Love is in the Air: Pink + Red Valentine’s Day Themed Weddings

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collage courtesy of burnettsboards.com

Happy Valentine’s Day to all those who love!  Whether you’re in it, out of it, just starting to wade through it, or simply trying to avoid it (haha!), there is no doubt that love truly is all around us, and there’s no better day to exploit, er, I mean celebrate it than February 14th!  **RE: exploit.  But for cereal, everyone knows that Vday – while rooted in the works of the real life St. Valentine – has developed into the biggest Hallmark Holiday under the sun :)

But even knowing that, I still can’t help but get wrapped up in all the fun!  Regardless of consumerism, it’s nice to have a holiday dedicated to the most beautiful thing in the world… love!

Personally, I’ve always been a fan of the big V-day… even during my most single and sullen of days, I learned quickly to appreciate the holiday as one to simply celebrate love – in all its forms.  The love I have for that someone special.  The love I have for family.  The love I have for friends, etc.  Heck, if nothing else, it’s a day to simply celebrate the fact that mailboxes are a little more full with pink and red cards and stomachs with pink and red cupcakes.  Can anybody else say, “Yumm-MAY!?!”

And with all the pink and red being displayed – from store front to home front - I couldn’t help but think about two-toned weddings and just how b.e.a.uuuutiful they can be — and in today’s Cupid themed case, just how b.e.a.uuuuutiful Pink + Red can be!  It’s also a little cotton candy’esque, which only doubles my pleasure of this love themed gem!

Feel free to check out the images below, but also feel freer to take some time and spread the love tomorrow (and ever day after!!  After all, it is in giving that we receive :)

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collage courtesy of burnettsboards.com

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Pantone’s 10 Fabulous Colors for Fall Weddings

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courtesy of Pantone.com via sheknows.com

Okay, so I’m a blogger – true story!  But like most blog goddesses, it is not my only job.  In fact, my main job is as a designer and marketer for a major wedding wholesaler, and as such, I am all too familiar with Pantone.com and all their fabulous color finds for and throughout the year.

And I gotta say, Pantone??  In regards to your Festive Fall Lineup??

Wow. Wow. & Wow!  I am completely jaw-waggled by this palette of ten ahhhh-to the-MAZING finds for Fall! (& yes, I totally had to slow clap it out with Ross above to make my point more viable – haha!)

It’s like they took all the hot colors from spring and summer and literally warmed them up, deepened the hue and altogether provided a richer, more opulent spread.  Converting the peony pinks from summer into a Vivacious magenta and succulent Samba literally had me high-fiving unsuspecting co-workers all morning.  Not only that, but springtime’s soft grays took a Turbulent turn to the dark side; while the bright greens from a summertime in full bloom became an altering pattern of Deep Lichen and Linden Greens – love love love!

Check out below for inspiration on each :)

Emerald (Pantone 17-5614)

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Mykonos Blue (Pantone 18-4434)

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courtesy of marilynskeepsakes.com

Linden Green (Pantone 15-0533)

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courtesy of snippetandink.com

Acai (Pantone 19-3628)

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photos courtesy of theverylastdetail.com, platinumtoucheventsla.com, onetowed.com, landlockedbride.com, rusticweddingchic.com, weddingmania.com and weddingbee.com

Samba (Pantone (19-1662)

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Koi (Pantone 17-1452)

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Deep Lichen Green (Pantone 18-0312)

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photos courtesy of weddingsonthefrenchriviera.com, oncewed.com, squidoo.com, etsy.com and lilduckduck.com

Vivacious (Pantone 19-2045)

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photos courtesy of vibrantbride.com, blog.hwtm.com and jobspapa.com

Turbulance (Pantone 19-4215)

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photos courtesy of enjoyweddingnow.com, kandkdesigns.com, ruffledblog.com, tobeadored.com, zazzle.com and elizabethannedesigns.com

Carafe (Pantone 19-1116)

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photos courtesy of elizabethannedesigns.com, vintageweddingstyle.com.au and bisoubride.com

 

Trend Alert: 2013′s Happiest Color Combos… incorporated into Your Wedding Day!

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courtesy of ravensfete.blogspot.com

Recently, I came across an article in MSN’s Living section which featured what they were calling “the happiest color combos of 2013.”  Now, you know me.  I like to keep it real.  It’s always been mantra that honesty is the best (& only!) policy.

So, with that being said, I have to admit when I first opened the link to the aforementioned article – I mean, hello?!?! Who can resist even happy color combos… let alone THEE Happiest?! – I wasn’t the most impressed.  Mayhaps that was do in large part to the fact that the first combo featured olive green… a green this pretty little lady has never been a particular fan of.  Love the name (I mean, Baby Olive?  C’mon!  CUTEST!)  Loathe the color.

However, as I kept going through the article, I found myself simultaneously searching for wedding pics featuring the same combos… and my olive frown turned right upside down!! Check out below for some of my favorite examples… then, continue scrolling for even more “happy” color combos!

Olive + Acid Green + Coral.

**And yes, this was the culprit which gave mm my knee jerk “Oh, honey, no!” reaction, which was quickly stifled.  But seriously, it’s all about connotation, people!  Think how much better this one would have been if they called it Fern + Chartreuse + Coral??  See what I mean :)

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images courtesy of lauraefrank.blogspot.com

Turquoise + Blush+ Jade.

**A more feminine / muted collection of colors, this reminds me of the peacock themed weddings, which have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years.

images courtesy of elizabethannedesigns.com

images courtesy of elizabethannedesigns.com

Violet + Hot Pink.

**Talk about every little girl’s dream come true wedding – haha!  I couldn’t help but feature this ultra girly, and yet still so amazing color combo!

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images courtesy of onewed.com

Lemon Yellow + Gray.

**Previously featured on our blog over 3 years ago (guess we were just ahead of the trend :) — check out more yellow and gray wedding options here!

images courtesy of orangeblossomspecialevents.com

images courtesy of orangeblossomspecialevents.com

For the full listing of MSN’s happiest color combos, click here :)

Dare to Dream in Color: Rainbow Themed Weddings on the Rise

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Many years ago, a small-framed girl with a booming voice stepped out in pigtails and curls and belted out:

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high.  There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby.  Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue.  And dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.

And if dreams that you dared to dream really do come true somewhere over the rainbow, what better place to test that theory than on your wedding day??

That’s right, my little chick-a-dees, bold brides everywhere are choosing color, color and more color to accompany their wedding day themes, and I must say – after further inspection – I can really see why.

In all fairness, I was originally turned off by this all inclusive idea.  Being a fan of the less is more approach, I have a tendency to not always see “more as better,” but simply “more.”   However, after conducting my old standby investigative Google research, I’m happy to report I was pleasantly led into a world of “ooh la la.”

When you take the colorful theme and weave it into a DIY, nature-enfused, woods-inspired atmosphere, it radiates a feeling that is beyond reproach and incredibly hard to miss.   

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But for the even bolder brides… you can take the rainbow theme to even more vibrant levels and leave no detail left in the dull and REALLY let color shine!

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Either way, it really is an interesting concept, and one most definitely worthy of a share :)  After all: 

Someday I’ll wish upon a star, and wake up where the clouds are far behind me.  Where troubles melt like lemon drops away above the chimney tops… that’s where you’ll find me :) 

Fourth of July’s Finest: Red, White & (Navy or Teal) Blue Weddings

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It’s hard to believe, but this coming Monday will mark our 235th year as an independent nation.  Now, I don’t know about you, but that’s a cause for celebration in my book!

<Insert celebratory independence dance here>

I know you couldn’t see it, but believe me when I say, the moves I just did were amazeballs :)  And why were my moves so money, you may ask??  Well, because I love freedom – duh!  And even more so than freedom, I love… LOVE!  So, when you put the two together, I can’t think of any greater reason to pull up my celebration britches and have a BLASTIN’ good time!  Woot , woot!

Check out the punch of patriotic love below and see what I mean…

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Have a safe and HAPPY Fourth, everyone :) :) :)  And don’t forget, now thru July 4th, you can SAVE 30% on our Heart Shaped Wedding Sparklers!!

Summer Weddings Say it Best with Citrus!

You put the lime in the coconut and drink ‘em both up!!

Okay, so maybe you’re not a fan of limes (or coconuts for that matter), but you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who won’t go gaga over a wedding inspired by summertime favorites: citrus fruits!!

Bright, fresh and fun, citrus colored weddings can be a photographer’s dream!  Everything from sunshine-y yellows and exuberant oranges to lovely limes and tantalizing tangerines create eye-popping images you’ll surely love to look at… over and over again… after putting the lime in the coconut – ahhh! Can’t stop singing it!  Check out below and see what I mean :)

Look-at-Me Lemon.

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Oh my Darlin’ Clementine.

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In Love with Limes.

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Go Gaga for Grapefruits.

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First is the Worst, Second is The Best: What Purple Weddings Would Say

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While weddings done in shades of blue have had the wedding market on lock for two years in a row, purple nuptials – and all the hues they entail – are a close second.  And it’s no wonder why!

Pretty purples, vivid violets, lovely lavenders and impeccable indigoes all hold the key to the world’s most globally recognized look for all things regal.  Dating all the way back to Medieval times, purple dyes were considered a rare and expensive look for only the most worthy aristocrats throughout Europe and even became the official color for Roman emperors and their entourages – ooh la la, a color fit for a queen!  Appropriate because, who could quite possibly be more queen-like than a bride in love!  Umm, nothing – duh!

Often associated with nobility and royalty, purple shades have come to embody wisdom, enlightenment and spirituality by combining the stability of blue with the energy of red.  They create a clear sense of luxury and sophistication with hints of femininity and romance… all in all, an ideal tone for a wedding day celebration, don’t ya think?!  Look below to see what I mean :)

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*Blue* la la: Blue is Still the Hue to Beat in 2011

After a year on top in 2010, blue is still the go-to hue for weddings in 2011… and we couldn’t be more excited!  From royals and regals to aquas and skies, blue has a shade that will easily match any bride-to-be’s decor, and with its cool nature and stylish appeal, it’s easy to see why blue – and all its shades of glory – will spend another year atop the trend list in weddings!

Not only is blue a killer choice to pair with just about any other of shade of the rainbow, but historically speaking, it is is also the symbol for unity, trust, confidence, loyalty and security.  I mean helloooo??  Talk about a match made in bridal history!  And if you’re looking for some inspiration when it comes to your “something blue,” feel free to look out below: Blue for Wedding Shoes, Blue for Bouquets, Blue for Bridesmaids and Blue for Invitations: 

Blue for Wedding Shoes

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Blue for Bouquets

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photos courtesy of shoponline2011.com

photo courtesy of shoponline2011.com

Blue for Bridesmaids

photo courtesy of elizabethannedesigns.com

photo courtesy of elizabethannedesigns.com

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photo courtesy of weddingbridesmaiddressesblog.com

photo courtesy of weddingchicks.com

photos courtesy of weddingchicks.com

Blue for Invitations

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photo courtesy of momentaldesigns.com

photo courtesy of weddinginvitations21.com

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Wedding Trend Alert: Tone-on-Tone Weddings

So, it’s Friday, and let’s be honest, come the afternoon hour, just about everyone and their mom have clocked out for the day… it’s almost the weekend but not juuuust yet… you have stuff to finish up but you feel like you’re eight and you “just don’t wanna!”… you’re considering pulling the fire alarm but not quite ready to serve the jail time… believe me, I get the point.  Friday afternoons at work can be a real dag.

Which is exactly why Marilyn’s Keepsakes likes to give hard working brides-to-be everywhere something to look forward to on those never ending Friday afternoons… a brand new blog post.  Haha!  And today, my comrade cuties, is no different.  In fact, it might even be more exciting  because I’m so pumped to report about my new FAVE wedding trend: Tone-on-Tone Weddings!

This ultra delish dish came to me when I came across this picture perfect scene from kyweddingbliss.com:

Talk about rejuvination!  Now, mayhaps your brain doesn’t work like mine, but I instantly thought about the increds nature of doing weddings that would be tone on tone.  Instead of sticking to a similar color pallet, stick to a similar colors! 

Cosider the following yummy combos for a look that is both modern and timeless:

Ladies & Gentlemen, Start Your Engines for Black & White Weddings

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I assume most of you are aware that Memorial Day weekend brings “the greatest spectacle in racing,” the Indianapolis 500.  Since I’m from Indy, let me just inform all you non-Nap Town dwellers that this is one, huge weekend!!!  You can’t turn the corner without running into a black and white checkered flag, a stellar pair of cut off jorts (jean shorts), a solid print mank (man tank), a beer can or a backyard BBQ… just doing our part to keep America classy :)

Haha!  While “the greatest spectacle in racing” isn’t necessarily where brides-to-be flock for fashion forward advice, I would like to toot the horn of one of it’s most symbolic details… the black and white checkered flag. 

Black and white weddings are all the rage these days, and because they create a standout look whether they’re standing alone or paired with another, more vibrant accent color, it’s easy to see why.  Of course, black and white themed wedding are popular for a number of reasons but mainly because of their versatility and timelessness.

These two “non-colors” work in any setting, any time of the year, and their contrasting neutrality creates a serious pop of punctuated charm.  Check it, chickas… get it?  “Check.”  Haha, I’m awesome:

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