There is something so classic about black and gold. When paired with ivory, the neutral palette lets rich details shine through and adding some sparkle elevates the glam factor. Mixing with antiqued silver or blush tones keeps things subtle and sophisticated.
Bridal portrait photography by Amy Karp.
Yesterday marked one year since my engagement and next week I’ll be married for a month! What?! Time went by so quickly and I’m happy to say our wedding was everything we hoped for. Thinking back to a year ago, I remember piecing together a wedding style that felt true to us: a vintage deco feel with elegant romanticism and some glitz and glamour. Our wedding was held in an classy restored ballroom that overlooks downtown Dallas. Below are some of my initial inspiration images. The main colors were black, gold, and ivory, with an accent of teal and a romantic floral mix with shades of pinks and burgundy.
Here are some images of how it all turned out. We haven’t yet gotten our professional photography, so these are mostly just snapshots. I liked having the mix of the geometric deco elements blended with the scripty romantic details. Deco is such a popular look and I enjoyed interpreting it a little differently, adding in some updated elements and punching things up with an accent of teal.
During the wedding planning process, things continuously stayed busy! Having it all behind me now, I think I can fairly say that wedding planning is what you want to make of it and your level of involvement is completely up to you. In my case I definitely gravitated toward the design elements of things (aka my playground!). It was both challenging and very rewarding having the opportunity to work on most of my printed pieces, signage, and invitation calligraphy. And making my bridesmaids’ jewelry was very much a spur-of-the-moment, hey why not?!, kind of thing that ended up being really fun for me and hopefully meaningful to them.
With my wedding in less than a week, I’m completely focused on getting ready to celebrate! So much time goes into wedding preparations that it’s nice to just unwind and enjoy the celebratory events. My bachelorette party was a few weeks ago and was such a memorable night with my closest girlfriends!
My sister (who is also my matron of honor) and one of my bridesmaids put together a really fun night. I loved this invitation they found from Wedding Paper Divas.
My look for the evening was loosely inspired by the above ensemble from Ted Baker at Nordstrom. I wanted to go with an ivory dress to stay true to the bridal feel and fell for this flirty rendition by Lulu’s. I love the “something blue” statement cobalt shoes and found these amazing strappy Stevens (which were surprisingly very comfortable!). I brought in some gold in my jewelry (like this necklace from Etsy), and topped it off with the prized Bachelorette sash.
Making a group statement is always fun when there’s some kind of theme, even if it’s simply black. It gives everyone a chance to express their own style but feel a sense of camaraderie. Plus, black cocktail dresses always feel so classy and chic! (Dress shown from Piperlime.)
My sister and mom threw me a bridal shower a couple weekends ago — a celebration that was packed with loving people and fun games! They created a beautiful setting with decor in minty turquoise, pink, and gold.
Ordered from Wedding Paper Divas, this cute invitation feels whimsical with hand-drawn illustrations and a fun script font.
I couldn’t help but match the color scheme a bit! I wanted a look that was completely girly, deciding on this dress from Ruche (shown here with a Kendra Scott necklace and Steve Madden shoes). Since we’re still in the hot summer months, I loved the idea of a soft floral print that sports two of my current go-to colors, mint green and neon pink.
The ombre cake and conversation cookies were equally pretty and delicious. Balloons centered each table popping color all around the room. The hand gel favors dressed as bride and groom and shower games (like designing a clay wedding dress) made for a memorable and amusing day!
My fiance, Daniel, and I had our engagement photo session a few weeks ago. In the weeks leading up to it of course my main concern was what to wear! We ended up choosing three different looks, but this one was by far my favorite. It felt true to us, blended well with our surroundings, and the colors harmonized beautifully creating a nice warm/cool contrast. Our session was shot by the talented Amy Karp Photography in the Bishop Arts District area of Dallas.
Here’s a similar look to what I wore:
Earrings: BaubleBar | Necklace: J.Crew | Dress: ModCloth | Cardigan: J.Crew | Shoes: Nine West
See more photos from our session by Amy Karp Photography here.
Inspired by tawny, harvesty hues spun around vibrant purple amethyst, the Medeira Collection showcases a unique spin on a warm-cool color combo for Fall. Deeply textured bronze swirls in an eclectic pattern to create a look that’s decidedly bohemian. I would love seeing this collection worn with a camel or blush colored sweater or sweater dress.
Designed for Barse Jewelry.
Tribal prints and patterns leave a lasting impression towards the end of summer. It’s like a little reminder of summer getaways and exotic destinations. Deep blues, browns, tans, and taupes seamlessly bridge the gap between breezy summer dresses and crisp fall looks. Navy naturally complements tan and blends with various shades of denim.
Jewelry is bronze set with dumortierite, graphic feldspar, and smoky quartz. Designed for Barse Jewelry.