Mood: modern elegance, winter chic
Palette: dark evergreen, white orchid, kumquat orange

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I know it’s still the middle of autumn, but I was so inspired by this orchid and kumquat and couldn’t wait to create a chic winter wedding board with it in mind. Crisp white is the perfect backdrop for this unique winter palette of evergreen and orange. Though it’s not a minimalist look, the details are simple and not over done. It balances classic and modern, for a timeless yet updated look. If you wanted to add a holiday touch to this winter wedding, without being too obvious, unembellished white crackers would be a good choice.

Row 1:  centerpiece with orchids and kumquats and green wedding invitations both from Martha Stewart / modern orchid centerpieces from Wedding Style Guide / kumquat boutonniere photo by Blonde Tulip  //  Row 2:  white bridal headband from Brides / cascading orchid and vine bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings / floral gown by Reem Acra / escort cards with jasmine display from Michelle Rago  //  Row 3:  green and white ring pillow by Maihar Design / calligraphy favor box from Martha Stewart Weddings / kumquat arrangement and citrus desserts photo by Aya Brackett / Location 05 modern loft studios
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Anna wrote me the sweetest email, sharing her engagement photos with me, and now I get to share them with you! In Anna’s words: My wonderful friend Windy took engagement photos for us before we left California to move back to the East Coast. Tyler and I are high school sweethearts, been together 10 years… about time he popped the question!

I love the different places Anna and Tyler went for these photos, but the beach ones are my favorite…

Congratulations Anna and Tyler! It’s always so fun to see engagement photos that really show a couple’s personalities and absolute love for one another! You can see more from this shoot over on Windy Dougall’s blog

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This weekend brings more visitors, and then I’ll be taking off for about a week – no cell phone and no computer for six days! Meantime, I’ll have some beautiful real weddings scheduled to post while I’m away, and of course there are the weekend links…

by Rodney Smith

Pillow fight

Loving the look of Remedy Quarterly – hope it gets kickstarted!

Clever jewelry photos.

Incredible Gatsby party, via Party Perfect.

Find some wedding inspiration here?

These flowers are making my day.

What can you do with paper? via Chewing the Cud

Too cute!

Working on living in the moment, so I’m feeling inspired by this.

I heart this sweet beach wedding.

Fashion advice from Vivienne Westwood.

Lots of little treasures in these wedding invites.

Antique jewelry at Topazery, via East Side Bride.

Glamorous feathers.

Cookies in the mail!

Happy weekend lovelies!

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Our friends from A Bryan Photo are back today to share this beautiful Southern soiree with us. Mia and Christian’s June wedding took place at the beautiful Belmont in Elkridge, Maryland, and though the morning of the wedding was full of heavy rain and wind, the sky cleared just an hour before the ceremony and made for a picture perfect wedding…

Mia wore a gorgeous gown by Oscar de la Renta purchased at Mark Ingram’s Bridal Atelier in New York.

Mia embellished basic paper parasols with pink paper petals for the flower girls. Mia owns bridesmaid dress boutique, Garnish, and she chose dresses by her friend Anna Elyse for both the flower girls and the bridesmaids.

All of the stationery, from the invitations to the programs to the menus, were designed by Mia’s friend Katie at Chelle Paperie (you may remember Katie’s wedding feature from a while back). Peach and cream were used throughout, as well as a dragonfly motif inspired by Mia and Christian’s china pattern.

Mia shares a bit about the ceremony: Our officiant was the pastor that baptized me when I was a little girl. My family is from South Carolina and we were raised Southern Baptist. To give a little feel of the south to the wedding, we jumped the broom after our ceremony, a family tradition which is followed on my mother’s side.

A gospel choir sang the guests into the cocktail hour, where the sipped Arnold Palmers in the Belmont’s gardens.

Christian and his groomsmen wore navy blazers and khaki pants purchased at Peter Elliot in New York, as well as coordinating neckties.

All of the flowers were arranged by Mia’s friend Shawn at The Floral Studio, a boutique right next to Mia’s shop.

Since Christian’s favorite pastime is sailing, the couple wanted to incorporate a small nautical element in their decor – he came up with the idea of including goldfish in the centerpieces.

Favors were tiny copies of the book I Like You by Sandol Stoddard, which was also included as a ceremony reading.

The four-tier buttercream cake had alternating lemon and chocolate layers. Mia’s mother helped choose the other treats for the dessert buffet, including cookies, cupcakes, chocolate covered fruit, macarons, and fruit tarts.

The night ended with confetti poppers! Also, I had to share this wonderful detail with you, from Mia: My husband had a little surprise for all of us and was called on stage later in the evening and played drums with the band. He had apparently traveled to new york and practiced with them after telling me he was going away on a business trip. It was an awesome surprise and got all of our guests excited!

Congratulations Mia and Christian! Such a classic, Southern wedding – thank you so much for sharing with us. And thank you to A Bryan Photo for sending over these incredible photos – beautiful work as always. Oh, and if you’re a bride in the Maryland area, check out Mia’s boutique, Garnish!

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