Thursday, November 26, 2009

Real Wedding Inspiration: Simple Meets Trendy

Though I'm destined to be a June bride next year in California, I love the fall wedding season on the East Coast. The cool weather and lush colors in nature make it a popular time for tying the knot, including in the Washington, D.C., area.

Here are a few fun and inspiring ideas I picked up while celebrating our friends' marriage last month. Theirs was a wedding truly intimate in its simplicity and beautiful in the use of deep apple red as a signature color. To add a modern twist and keep things trendy, the bride and groom also added classy black and white to their color palette, along with a few touches of damask.

At the church, red candles encircled by rocks cast a warm glow.

One of the best signature drinks I've ever had at a wedding! It combined 2 oz. black cherry, 1 1/2 oz. raspberry vodka, 1 oz. syrup, 3/4 oz. lemon juice, and a lemon wedge for garnish.

The bride carried a simple red bouquet, which matched the sash on her gown.

The bridesmaids' white bouquets popped against their brown gowns and red sashes.

Instead of numbering tables, the couple named each one after a favorite Washington, D.C., museum or monument. Photos of the two of them at each location served as table markers.

I loved these simple but elegant fishbowl centerpieces, which featured floating flowers and stones.

The centerpiece at the sweetheart table included two floating red flowers to symbolize the couple.

Instead of a traditional cake, the bride and groom went with a pretty cupcake tower, with a single round layer of cake at the top for cutting. Each cupcake was topped with a mint marked with the initial "S."

Our friends can display this fun alternative to the traditional guestbook in their home.

Martini glasses filled with chocolate candies were colorful, easy favors.

(Photo Credits: Stephen Walrath & Heather Warren)

1 comment:

  1. Oh that is a cute guestbook idea! I love fall weddings too!