A Spring Wedding With All the BLING!

Spring Wedding with Pops Of Color & Bling to Match

Gwen's Inspiration Board

 

I was ecstatic to be selected by Gwen Meyers to plan her and her fiance’s special day! After our initial consult, I kicked of our planning journey with an inspiration board that visually captured her described perfect wedding day – purple, fuchsia, and bling!  I must say she was in love with the visual and we spent the next 12 months making her lovely vision a reality. Today I would like to share this beautiful wedding that was featured on MUNALUCHI BRIDE with you. You’ll hear from me and you’ll hear from the bride – bon appetite! 

 

{DEETS FROM THE WEDDING PLANNER – Elvira DeCuir}
This beautiful Southern CA wedding took place at a very unique and beautiful venue, a neighboring Episcopal church and a Masonic lodge, which made a rather lovely combination for the exchange of wedding vows between this Bride & Groom. The church’s gorgeous ceiling-to-floor stained-glass windows made for a jaw-dropping entrance for the bride, and the reception hall’s hilltop location provided amazingly beautiful views of the local port and surrounding areas. You’ll notice that a lovely shade of purple plus beautiful pops of fuchsia infused with rhinestone elements were used to decorate the church and the reception hall. The Bride’s chosen color palette and beloved bling were complimentary and absolutely stunning when paired together. In addition to these beautiful elements — the draping, lighting, floral arrangements, candles, lovely wedding stationary, adorable Bride & Groom cake pops, fun photo booth, great weather, fabulous food, great song selections & DJ, and the joyous love witnessed between the bride and groom — were the perfect ingredients combined for a FABULOUS and BEAUTIFUL wedding in the historical port community of San Pedro.  Enjoy the beautiful pictures below by the talented Cary Pennington!
 
{DESCRIPTION IN THE WORDS OF THE BRIDE – GWEN MEYERS (now GIVENS)}
 
Our Wedding Day
 
The morning of my wedding day I awoke with this calm that I hadn’t had the night before.  Actually the night before I was really nervous, I am not sure why because I’ve know my soon-to-be husband for almost a decade and there was nothing that I wanted to do more than to marry this man — the love of my life. On my wedding day, I couldn’t wait to see the man of my dreams waiting for me at the altar. While I was getting my make-up done and thinking about my upcoming nuptials, I felt at peace about everything. Anyone who knows me will tell you that for being an A-type personality, this was truly rare for me. I definitely give the credit to my wedding planner, Elvira DeCuir, who took care of every detail and made it very easy for me to stay in the moment and enjoy my wedding day worry-free. As my bridesmaids and I made our way to the church for the ceremony I was so overjoyed with the notion of finally marrying my best friend that a wave of emotion overtook me. When it was finally my turn to walk down the aisle, I immediately locked eyes with my fiancé and that was it — the whole world around me disappeared except for him.  The day that I had waited for was finally here. Our marital vows were traditional and with every word my heart filled with so much joy that I couldn’t wait to kiss him.  It seemed like forever, but finally we were pronounced man and wife and I got to kiss the man of my dreams and call him my husband. 
 
The Details
 
The wood details and innate beauty of the church required very little decor, so when I saw the aisle runner and freeze dried rose petals placed perfectly down the aisle, I was overwhelmed with emotion. The church looked absolutely beautiful and it was the perfect setting to say, “I DO”.  Before the ceremony, I had the chance to walk into the reception hall and I was truly amazed! I am not sure how my wedding planner, draper, and caterer pulled it off, but it exceeded my expectations and turned out to be more than I could have imagined. Lovely purples and sassy bright pinks with the touch of silver and bling beautifully filled the room. My flowers and floral arrangements were perfect, the details were on-point, and immediately I fell in love with the room. It was at that moment that I knew it was going to be an amazing day, the wedding day that I had always dreamed of.
 
During the planning process my main source of inspiration for the cake, invitations, decor, etc., was Pinterest and I also got a lot of wonderful ideas from my wedding planner’s blog ( http://3D-Memoirs.com). I must admit that I was in love with her blog even before I got engaged.  I loved Elvira’s style and ideas so much that after my mother she was the next person I told that I was getting married and the first person I hired for my wedding. We made a great team. She owned the planning process and helped me every step of the way from securing my vendors, providing ideas for DIY projects, decor and other wedding details, to helping me with making some difficult decisions throughout the planning process. 
 
My fun DIY project for the wedding was glass cylinder vases wrapped in rhinestone ribbon, filled with crystals and a floating candle, and surrounded by pink, purple, and clear crystals. (These items were purchased from Shinoda Design Center and Hobby Lobby.) 
 
I can’t tell you how amazing my wedding day was to me! The day was beautiful, everything was perfect, and I would love to do it over and over again. I know it may sound a bit cliche but this was truly the best day of my life!
 
 
{Vendors:}
 
Wedding Planner & Stylist: Elvira DeCuir – DeCuir Details & Design (also blogger of 3D-Memoirs)
Draping, Lighting, Fantasy Skirt (cake table & sweetheart table): SBD Events 
Florist: Ninfa’s Flowers 
Wedding Cake: Torrance Bakery 
Bride & Groom Cake Pops: Sis’s Sweetness
Wedding Dress: Ferndales Bridal
Make-up Artist: Jessica Davis
MC & DJ: DJ Tee
Hair Stylist: Jevonne Outerbridge
Wedding Stationery: Dymesha Sherell
Photo booth: The Perfect Photo Booth 
I hope you enjoyed this beautiful wedding as much as I enjoyed being a part of it and making this bride and groom’s wedding dreams a reality! The wedding day went beautifully and flawlessly just as planned! If you are interested in working with me in planning your special day, please CONTACT ME for a FREE initial consultation! 
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Etsy Thursday: Mint, Peach & Coral Wedding

Mint, Peach & Coral Wedding Inspiration

Spring offers some amazing color palettes for a wedding. This week’s Etsy wedding finds are for a lovely mint, peach and coral color palette. You will see below that there are many ways to incorporate these 3 colors together. Mint and peach or mint and coral look AMAZING together – I just love it! You will find that peach and coral are in the same color family and mint and aqua blue can look very similar too. You could technically have a mint, aqua blue, coral, and peach color palette which would be very complimentary or do a combination of any 2 of the colors for a beautiful color palette. Not only do these colors look amazing together but you can also combine them with yellow, ivory, white, tan, navy blue, gray, and add gold accents.

 

Mint & Coral Wedding Invitation

Mint & Coral Wedding Invitation

 

mint and coral Fabric Rag Tie Garland

Mint, Peach, and Coral Fabric Rag Tie Garland

 

Coral Wedding Place Cards

Coral Wedding Place Cards

 

 

Mint & Coral Vases

Mint & Coral Shabby Chic Vases

 

Mint & Coral Saffron Bowl

Mint & Coral Saffron Bowl

 

Mint & Coral Love Birds Cake Topper

Mint &Peach Love Birds Cake Topper

 

Mint Bridesmaid's Dress

Mint Bridesmaid’s Dress

 

Mint & Coral Beaded Friendship Bracelet

Mint & Coral Beaded Friendship Bracelet – Perfect for a Bridesmaid’s Gift!

 

Mint & Coral Earrings

Mint & Peach Earrings

 

Mint & Coral Feather Boutonniere

Mint & Peach Feather Boutonniere

 

I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU:  Did you love this color palette? What other colors would you combine with this palette?

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Ideas for a Vibrant Summer Bridal Shower

Everyone LOVES weddings & so does 3D-Memoirs, but before you take the most anticipated walk down the aisle there’s a little celebratory event with close friends and family called the BRIDAL SHOWER!  Today, I have the honor of sharing some amazing invitation “eye-candy” from one of our favorite sites: Wedding Paper Divas!! I hope you are as excited as I am to see some of the creative & lovely bridal shower invitations that Wedding Paper Divas offers–a perfect personal touch for those DIY Bridal Showers!

To add to this “eye-candy”, I will be sharing a couple of DIY ideas (found across the web) to incorporate with these lovely Bridal Shower invitations! Ready for some Bridal Shower inspiration?

 

Bridal Shower Invitation from 

Bridal Shower Invitation {Freshly Festive : Basil}

Back of Bridal Shower Invitation {Freshly Festive: Basil}

 

Lovely vibrant punches of color makes this invitation perfect for a late Spring or Summer Bridal Shower. I am loving this fresh color scheme of soft mint punctuated with bright orange, yellow and cherry. A potential theme that comes to mind is “Summer Love” (or “Spring Love In Bloom” if you have it during the spring) and here are some DIY ideas to help you put this bridal shower together.

 

Bridal Shower Food & Drinks

For this “Summer Love” Bridal Shower a simple, light, & refreshing meal would be ideal. Here are some wonderful menu & drink options, courtesy of some of my favorite Pinterest pins!

Here is a sample health-conscious menu: finger sandwiches (pick your favorite meat(s) & bread(s) or offer a variety), veggie tray, mixed greens salad (add blueberries, strawberries, blackberries/raspberries) tossed with a light fruit vinaigrette, and these lovely fruit kebabs!

Fruit Kebabs

Below you will find some of my favorite Pinterest pins for drinks & libations. Whether you choose to add alcohol or not, these tasty drinks will go perfect with your “Summer Love” Bridal Shower theme!

Pineapple Sangria

Low Country Lemonade (lemonade, peach schnapps & blue curaçao)

Sweet Basil Lemonade (non-alcoholic)

Summer Pineapple Strawberry Cooler (Rum is optional)

 

To add to the summery charm, don’t forget to add colorful straws wrapped with the bridal shower details.

Colorful Paper Straws

 

Bridal Shower Decor

Make a crepe paper backdrop, perfect to display behind the food/dessert table or as a funbackdrop for photos with the Bride.

Crepe Paper Backdrop (featured by DIY Weddings Magazine)

 

Hang colorful paper lanterns and/or honeycomb tissue balls (see below) around the house/backyard/venue to decorate your event space with color. Use varying sizes, shapes, & patterns of orange, yellow, pink, white/creme, red, turquoise, & mint green to match the Wedding Paper Divas invitation!

 

Orange Paper Lantern

Yellow Nylon Hanging Lantern

Begonia Red Paper Lantern

White Honeycomb Ball

 

It would be amazing if you could score mint green tablecloths to compliment the Wedding Paper Divas’ Bridal Shower invitation, but I realize that it is probably a difficult color to come across. Whether you rent linens or buy paper/plastic tablecloths I would recommend white, yellow, or ivory and utilize your decor to bring in the colorful elements.

 

For your table centerpieces, a simple touch of flowers will add a elegant element to this summer Bridal Shower. Here are a few simple yet beautiful examples of centerpieces that you can incorporate:

Colorful Gerbera Daisies

This lovely centerpiece combines colorful Gerbera Daisies in a tall vase lightly filled with rocks. The pop of color from the flowers and simplicity of the centerpiece definitely adds an elegant touch to your bridal shower decor.

DIY Floral Centerpieces {Featured by Hostess With The Mostess}

This beautiful DIY centerpiece by Geranium Lake (featured on Hostess with the Mostess) is a simple and lovely centerpiece for a “Summer Love” Bridal Shower. Select beautiful & colorful wrapping paper to wrap around cylinder vases and/cans and add a beautiful trim with a complimentary ribbon. (You can probably substitute the wrapping paper for colorful fabric or layered tissue paper.)

Fruit Centerpiece

Pick bright fruits that compliment this Wedding Paper Divas Bridal Shower invitation–strawberries, lemons, oranges, cherries–and fill (at varying heights) a couple vases for each table and add a few colorful flowers, rocks, gems/beads to the vase and VIOLA!

Succulents

Loving the look of these mint to light green succulents in silver dishes as a centerpiece!

LOVE Flower Centerpiece

These monogrammed mugs filled with flowers make for beautiful centerpieces. Use bright and colorful flowers, or stick with white flowers if you have enough color infused throughout the room. If you don’t have these crafty mugs to use, simply substitute them for colored/painted pots, tin cans, or bark wrapped vases.

 

Bridal Shower Favors

For your guests favors, you can either fill a mini pillow pack with red hots (hearts) or a daisy favor box with colorful candy and personalize the label with “Summer Love is so Sweet” or the Bridal Shower details (date, bride’s name, etc)!

Mini Personalized Candy Pillow Packs

Gerbera Daisy Favor Box

 

I hope you didn’t overdose on all the sweetness from the *eye-candy* provided above! What are your thoughts on Wedding Paper Divas lovely Bridal Shower invitation, the “Summer Love” theme, and the DIY details that I’ve shared with you? In addition to this lovely bridal shower invitation, Wedding Paper Divas offers a variety of several other creative and beautiful bridal shower invitations for you to choose from, here are a few of my favorites:


 

No matter what your bride’s style or the theme for the bridal shower, you are guaranteed to find a lovely Bridal Shower invitation from  to match. Also, don’t forget about your thank you cards, you can find the perfect Thank You card here.

I would love your feedback on today’s post! Do you have any creative bridal shower themes that would go perfect with any of the other invitations shown above?  I’d love to hear some of your ideas! (Comment below the post or send me a note at 3DMemoirs@gmail.com.)

As an Event & Wedding planner, I absolutely adore distinctive details, which is why I can’t help but share amazing posts on creative DIY projects, event decor, & lovely wedding touches with my readers! 

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Exciting happenings on the 3D-Memoirs blog: 

10 Hot Wedding Trends for 2013 – Every Wed by guest blogger, Gail Oliver (OliverINK Etsy Shop). We have already revealed the first two trends, so catch up here and come back next Wednesday for #3.

Etsy Thursdays – If you LOVE Etsy, handmade goods, and/or weddings, then you’ll LOVE Etsy Thursday–every week I select a theme and show you my best Etsy finds!

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