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peach, spring, bayside, beach, crystal

This simple table design takes its inspiration from the beachy bayside. Peach, cream and white help bring in that summertime feel while the mimosa bar also keeps things light and refreshing. Though the table design is simple, the gold adds a nice spark to the plate settings. Grab a mimosa and take notes ladies because this tablescape is bound to inspire your wedding by the bayside.

bayside, food, mimosa bar, table design

floral, table design, shaped plates, peach, simple

white plate, favor, cream, gold silverware

 

Location: Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Downtown/Bayside

Photography: Studio Freyja

Coordinator: MHM Weddings

Florist: Ruby Bloom

Favors: So Belle Favors

Stationery: Take Note! Creations

Desserts: Frost Me Gourmet

Rentals: Anar Party Rentals, Concepts Event Design, Enticing Tables, BBJ Linen, The Chiavari Guys

printed pillow, gray, pastel, peach, candles, gold, white, arch

This garden wedding is giving off major spring time vibes. If you’re looking for a chic, modern tablescape then look no further. The neutral tablecloth helps the peachy florals to pop, while the gold candlesticks bring out the tiled arch in the background. The geometrical design on the pillows also brings in some fun shapes to break up the design a bit. The pop of dark pink works with the clear plates and gold silverware without looking out of place. Overall, this tablescape is a garden-lovers dream.

orange, peach, pink, flowers, gold, candles

pink napkin, gold silverware, clear plate, favor

gold cake, white, flowers

 

Location: Omni La Costa Resort

Photography: Honey Photographs

Coordinator: Michelle Garibay Events

Florist: Studio Fleurish

Linens/Pillows: Mod Mix Studio

Flatwear/Chargers: The Chiavari Guys

Cake: Laura Marie’s

Stationery: Whimsique

red, rustic, antlers, boho, floral, table, couch

What’s more bold than using the color red? This boho inspired wedding design uses a deep red, as well as burgundy, to create a rustic yet trendy design. The use of gold and brown mixes well with the bright pops of color. The white couch adds a touch of softness to the tablescape while helping to bring in the cream colored flowers. This table design is the perfect way to bring out your boldness.

black, white, red, florals, couch, wood, rustic

books, table, antlers, red, china

flower, invitation, red, boho, lace

gold, rose gold, red, plates, napkins

red cake, watercolor cake

Location: Lilac Canyon Estate

Photography: Blessed Wedding Photography

Stylist: Lift Consulting

Coordinator: Events Plus Style

Florist: Flowers Forever

Cake: Frost Me Gourmet

Stationery: Take Note! Creations

Rentals: Rickety Swank Vintage Rentals

chandelier, rose gold, gold, blush, fireplace, ballroom

Want the glamorous wedding you’ve always dreamed of? Well look no further than this luxury affair held at The US Grant. Take some elegant inspiration from this simple yet top-notch table design. Gold and blush work well with the interior of the elaborate venue. The chandelier seems to be the main focal point and complements the simple but very classy tablescape. The cake also has a modern flare to it while still remaining true to the theme with its touch of gold. Overall this inspirational table design is the perfect way to get some ideas for your glitzy wedding.

rose gold, blush, pink, gold, pink flowers, blush flowers, crystal

gold, silver, simple, place setting, china

cake, gold cake, blush, pink flowers, cake topper

 

 

Coordinator: JG Eventi

Venue: The US Grant, A Luxury Collection Hotel

Photographer: Paul Barnett Photography

Florist: Artistic Florals

Linens: BBJ Linens

Rentals: Anar Party Rentals

Dessert/Cake: Bird and Bear Bakehouse

Stationery-Paper Goods: Paper Scissors Print

gold, red, roses, ornament

If red is your color then delve into this beautiful table design. With the added touch of gold and the wooden architecture this tablescape screams rustic. The ornaments hanging off of the centerpiece offers a unique detail to what is already a beautiful design. While the theme is bright, it is still quite simple. There isn’t too much clutter but just the right amount of decor. The invitations are also kept simple with minimal detail and an elegant script. This idea could be perfect for a ranch style wedding or you could change up the venue and make it a bit more glamourous. It’s up to you!

Location: Bernardo Winery

Photography: Jay Resh Photography

Florist: Fleur d’Elegance

Rentals: BBJ Linens, Anar Party Rentals

Stationery: Little Road Calligraphy & Design

Favors: Sugar Mamma Carmels

Wedding cake, geometric, gold, glamorous

All things geometric are hot right now and this cake totally hits it out of the park!  This modern chic showpiece is so opulent looking with the gold layer and the perfect pink hand made flowers are a splendid accent.

Wedding cake, geometric, gold, glamorous

Cake: Bird and Bear Bakehouse

Photo: Paul Barnett Photography

meghan markle, royal wedding, gold, jewelry

This Thursday’s inspiration comes from none other than America’s true princess. There was a little piece of San Diego at the royal wedding this past May. Designer Lisette Polny had one of her bracelets worn by the Duchess herself, Meghan Markle. Markle also gave her closest friends the same exact bracelet, including her new sister-in-law Kate Middleton. Polny’s company, Zofia Day, is based locally in Encinitas where she continues to design pieces of jewelry. Match Meghan and purchase the same bracelet – or any of Polny’s other beautiful pieces of jewelry here.

 

purple, coral, bright flowers, paradise, beachy, Hawaiian

Hawaii doesn’t seem so far away when you have a tablescape like this at your wedding. These bright flowers will not only give off a wonderful aroma, but they also work to complement the beachy vibe. The gold accents on the table go great with the golden flowers as well as the purple printed table runner. These simple, yet classy invitations pair nicely with all of the greenery. The printed design on them carries over to the gorgeous cake as well as the placemats on the table. So go ahead and take a dip into paradise with this fun, beachy theme.

leaves, invitation, simple, green, nature

cake, white cake, simple, floral, leaves

 

Location: Paradise Point Resort & Spa

Photographer: Jay Resh Photography

Coordinator: Bliss Events

Florist: Studio Fleurish

Linens: BBJ Linens

Rentals: Folklore Rentals, Enticing Tables

Stationery: Love Notes Stationery

Cakes: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

Plates/Glassware: Pottery Barn

Flatware: Bed, Bath & Beyond

 

 

chunky, necklace, gold, silver, jewelry, pearl, chain

Which do you prefer, the chunky necklace or the sleek and simple one? One of the top trends at the moment are simple, layered necklaces. Both shorter and longer dainty necklaces can be placed over one another to create a cute but simple look. At times I still reach for my heavier pieces though when I want to add a nice flare to my outfit. Both options can dress up any look for any occasion. This Thursday’s inspiration post is dedicated to Chloe + Isabel by Stefanie Holmes, which is a jewelry company sold at local boutiques. This company designs beautiful, yet affordable unique pieces. Go to their website to find a local retailer near you or host your own pop-up.

Whether it’s a night out or a day at the beach, you are sure to find a necklace to perfectly match your style from Chloe + Isabel.

gold, necklace, simple, long necklace

simple, tie necklace, layered

gold, shapes, architectural, blue, macaroon, centerpiece

This modern yet unique style is perfect for those looking to do something a bit different on their big day. The contrasting choice of blue and gold with some added metal pieces mixed in works to complete this architectural inspired tablescape. The interesting variety of shapes, such as hexagons and circles, is a good way to add a spark to each centerpiece as well as each plate setting. Even the venue is every architecture lover’s dream with it’s wide ceiling beams and wall of windows. The gold plate settings are also quite unique as opposed to the usual silver. Take some inspiration from this beautifully structured table design and add it to your wedding.

gold, silverware, plate set, table setting

hexagon, metal, grey, cake, gold, structural

Location: The Great Hall at International House at UCSD

Photographer: Studio Freyja

Coordinator: Annmarie Donaker Weddings and Events

Florist: Taylor Grace Custom Floral Designs

Linens: BBJ Linens

Desserts: Frost Me Gourmet

Rentals: Adore Folklore, Enticing Tables

Stationery: Love Notes Stationery

Favors: J’Adore Macarons Bakery

New Trends in Wedding Jewelry
By: Jeff Martin

The wedding rings that the bride and groom end up selecting will serve as lasting symbols of their commitment to each other. They are a tangible representation of their love and dedication to one another. Long after the cake has been eaten, the flowers wilted, and the music fades away, the wedding rings remain. Realizing what an important element of the wedding experience the wedding rings are should impact brides and grooms as they choose their rings.
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Couples now have more styles and designs of wedding rings available to them than ever before. We are seeing everything from cutting edge design to tried and true classic styles. The options and combinations of different metals, gemstones, and diamonds have become too numerous to list. Both bride and groom are encouraged to seek out the design that truly reflects their individual tastes and styles.

When considering the style of her wedding ring, the bride should first consider what design will compliment the ring she is already wearing, the engagement ring. If the engagement ring is a simple solitaire, or other basic design, the bride will find more options are available to her. If the engagement ring is more elaborate and intricate in design, there will likely be fewer styles of wedding rings available that will look complimentary. If this is the case, the bride should consider having a wedding ring custom created to match the style of her engagement ring. A competent jeweler who specializes in custom design can create a wedding ring that matches perfectly.

We have found that many brides lately have been requesting design elements in the wedding ring that are a bit less traditional. Color has been quite popular in our custom designs. We have seen a marked up tick in the use of both colored gemstones and colored diamonds being used in wedding ring design. Brides are desiring to express themselves a bit more boldly through implementing some accent colored stones. Shades of blue, pink and yellow have been the most popular.
Bob Hoffman Photography & Video
Another way color is being used to “jazz up” wedding ring design is through using different metal colors and types. Rose or pink gold has truly seen a resurgence in bridal jewelry design. Many brides are fond of the “warmth” this color of gold brings to the design. Palladium is enjoying huge success now in the bridal jewelry market. A relatively new precious metal to the jewelry trade, palladium has made impressive inroads to the “white” metal market. With the price of platinum skyrocketing to over $2000.00 an ounce on the open market, palladium is proving to be a perfect alternative. In fact many brides who have platinum engagement rings are having wedding bands created in palladium. The two metals are near identical in color, yet palladium is a fraction of the cost and is actually a superior metal for jewelry purposes. It does not scratch or bend nearly as badly as platinum, yet has that nice grayish silver color that many women love about platinum.

The market for men’s wedding rings has truly evolved from the former days of just plain styles. Groom’s now have a plethora of different styles and types of metals available to them. We strongly encourage men to get out and consider the many possibilities available. Resist the urge to just get a plain wedding band like Dad, and seek out a style that truly represents you!

In addition to the numerous designs now available from wedding ring manufacturers, we are seeing a solid increase in the number of groom’s opting to have their wedding band custom created. Our use of CAD (computer assisted design) and CAM (computer assisted manufacture) has really increased the number of custom groom’s ring we are creating. Men are intrigued by the virtual 3-D design process and have really responded to the photo-realistic renderings we produce of the ring design before we even begin the actual fabrication process. Many grooms have a special pattern, symbol, or other element that they want to incorporate in the ring design. They don’t want the same ring as every other guy. By custom created the ring, with our CAD/CAM process, the groom can get exactly what he wants. This makes brides very happy, because if he loves his ring, he’ll wear it!
Amore Wedding Photography
Metal choice is important when selecting or creating the groom’s ring. We are finding high demand for both white gold and palladium, while platinum’s popularity seems to be waning. Both white gold and palladium are affordable in comparison to platinum, and both wear very well. As with ladies rings, we are seeing increased popularity in palladium in gent’s styles. The primary reason is due to palladium’s natural silver color. White gold has a slight yellow tint, which requires periodic re-plating to keep the nice silver color. Palladium requires no plating.

Alternative or exotic metals such as tungsten and titanium have become popular with grooms in recent years, especially with the younger set. Both metals sport a darker gun metal color. These metals wear well, tungsten being the better of the two, and feature lower price points than their precious metal counterparts.

Individual expression is the name of the game these days with couple selecting their wedding ring styles. It’s an exciting time to be a bride or groom in need of a wedding ring!

By: Kristen Castillo

Your color choices reflect on your wedding, your personality and your style. Love bold reds? You’re a passionate bride. Adore soft pink or peach? You’re a fan of the classics. So what happens when you combine these colors with a neutral or an accent color? Your color scheme comes to life. What color combinations are stunners? What’s trending? We’ve asked weddings pros to share their favorite color combo selections.

 Leah Marie Photography

Forget basic black. This season’s neutral choice is navy blue, which goes well with many hues.

 Kristin Watkins of Stephanie Rose Events loves pairing the dark color with lime green or turquoise.

“Navy blue is a classic color that is always sophisticated,” says Watkins. “When paired with the brightness of lime green or turquoise it makes the combination fun, fresh and young.”

 

“I am currently in love with the lighter pastel color combinations,” says Ashley Frederickson of Always Flawless Productions. “I feel like they bring back old-fashioned romance.”

Her favorite pastel palette these days is mixing light lavender with mint green and ivory, a look she calls “natural and earthy look,” crediting the lavender for creating a “romantic vibe.”

Your color combo doesn’t have to be limited to two or three colors. Diana Romero of At Your Side Planning + At Your Side DMC loves the fusion of burgundy, orange, ivory, light pink and purple, explaining, “With a multi-colored palette comes the opportunity to incorporate all of these gorgeous colors into any aspect of your event.”

Balancing the delicate white and pink roses with bolder colors of peach, purple and burgundy creates interest and adds, “pop to the arrangement,” says Romero.

The combination of turquoise and gold with nude accents is a hit for fashion and event stylist Sophie Mae of Stylish Details Events because the mix, “just feels so fresh and light.”

Pairing trendy turquoise with gold can make the look very modern, especially since nudes are replacing traditional wedding colors like white and ivory.

  • Color Coding

Your color choices are more important than they may seem. The right color choices will blend together to create a very cohesive look. The wrong color scheme might look dated or sloppy.

“We always advise that our couples choose two main colors that really ‘pop’ and pair them with a neutral, so that the colors don’t overwhelm the event,” says Mae, who recommends choosing colors you love that are also timeless.

“You don’t want to look back in ten years and regret the color of your bouquet because of a photo you saw on Pinterest,” she says.

Finding your colors starts with deciding which ones suit your style and personality.

“If your style is dramatic, then we recommend focusing on deeper colors,” says Romero. “If your style is more subtle, a focus on softer colors may be what you are looking for. There are countless options when choosing a color palette that suits your own unique style.”

  • Using Color Correctly

Your use of color can be soft and subtle or bold and striking. It’s your choice.  No matter what your colors are, be sure to maximize their impact during your celebration.

 If you have a few colors in your wedding palette, use them strategically.

“A trendy decision would be to not only integrate one color into the attire, but two or more,” says Romero, noting bridesmaid dresses and men’s ties and vests can each be one of the wedding colors. For example, groomsmen can wear light pink, peach or burgundy ties (as part of Romero’s favorite color scheme, noted earlier).

Using coordinated linens is a great way to show off color at the reception. Try something unexpected too like placing a single flower at each place setting in your wedding color, suggests Watkins, who also recommends incorporating wedding colors in place cards, menus, table numbers and favor cards.

For couples looking to be bold, she recommends using colored uplights and “bathing the entire room in your wedding colors.”

Still you don’t need to color every moment of the party. “I think the biggest obstacle couples encounter with color is trying to keep everything within the two specific colors they chose for their wedding,” says Frederickson, who instead suggests “adding hints of other colors” which can give the “wedding more dimension and is going to help prevent it from looking too matchy matchy. “

 Leah Marie Photography

  •  Other Combos to Consider:

Blush and Gold. Watkins loves this color combo, calling it, “so perfectly sweet and bridal.”

  1. Black and White.  This classic color scheme is always a stunner, especially when highlighted with an accent color like red or hot pink.
  2. Yellow and Gray.  Pairing sunny yellow with neutral gray is a sophisticated choice that “pops” in person and on camera.
  3. Orange and Fuchsia. A bold combo, these colors work well for a bright and beautiful event.

Take a look at some of this year’s breathtaking beauties.