Wedding Reception Ideas

2014 Wedding Trends

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Wow! Just like that 2014 is upon us and we are gearing up for wedding season! We are loving the trends we are already seeing…from “Gatsby” themed events, to those beautiful mint bridesmaids dresses we can’t wait to see all that 2014 has to offer the wedding world! Here’s what we think some of the most popular trends will be in the year to come…

Art Deco

As much as we would love to think that the classic novel played the biggest role in this 1920’s craze, we think Leonardo DiCaprio’s role in the 2013 rendition of “The Great Gatsby” is a huge reason why we are seeing more and more requests for grand chandeliers, flapper inspired gowns, and bold hair and makeup. Luckily, one of our gorgeous private estates serves up the perfect canvas for any wedding with a 1920’s twist.

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Radiant Orchid

Pantone just announced the 2014 color of the year as Radiant Orchid, a gorgeous blend of pink and purple. We feel like we have seen this color before and are not surprised that we will be seeing again on brides color palettes for their 2014 weddings! Our favorite Radiant Orchid touch? Dressing up one of our ballrooms with accent lighting!

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We are so happy to predict these gorgeous flowers as being the one to look for adorning bridal bouquets, centerpieces, and ceremony alters. These gorgeous blooms come in a variety of colors. (our favorite is jewel toned!) and can liven up any setting.

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Mint Accents

Mint is everywhere these days! And we see a big trend with mint wedding accents, especially bridesmaids dresses. This perfectly neutral color keeps a wedding from being too feminine, yet is still delicate and romantic enough for such a special event. With many tones and shades we expect to see this color in so many different themes from rustic to glamourous.

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Are there any trends you think we missed that you predict will be a huge hit in 2014? Share with us in the comments section!


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It’s In The Details – Escort Card Inspiration

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Are you all about the details? if so, you have probably spent a lot of time thinking about the escort cards to help your guests find their place on your big day. With so many options out there it is easy to become overwhelmed. Ask yourself a few questions to help you decide for yourself what style will work for you.

1. What is your wedding theme? This will help you decide what overall style to look for in your escort cards. Are you more of a rustic bride? Think burlap, mason jars, or wood. More classic? Think lace, clean lines, and simplicity.

2. How much time and money do you want to go into your escort cards? Unless you want to make a huge statement we suggest sticking with a more traditional style. Want more of a bold escort card display? DIY options and more unique ideas are probably for you!

3. Do you want your escort cards to become a keepsake? Escort Card/Wedding Favor have become a big theme lately and we love it! This is a great idea for someone who doesn’t want to see their escort cards tossed away at the end of the night.

We have put together some of our favorite styles in escort cards below!


For anyone wanting their escort cards to be a memorable experience and one that your guests are talking about throughout the night. This is also great way to tie in food and beverages into your escort cards.

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With Gift

Want your guests to cherish their escort cards for years to come? Combine them with a gift that will remind them of your big day. Whether this is a plant, a jar, or a unique gift idea it is a sure way to make your escort cards last!

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Traditional Escort cards are some of the most simple, yet elegant we’ve seen. Make them your own by using creative fonts or by displaying them in unique ways.

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Have a theme? Or a creative side? DIY escort cards are SO FUN! From pencils to luggage tags you really cannot go wrong with a DIY style. And your guests will see the hard work put in.

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The Non-Escort Card

Limited on Space? Don’t have set tables? Or just want to be different? Introducing the “non-card” escort card. We are sure you have seen the vintage windows and even framed table numbers, but polaroids? We are head over heels in love with this idea!

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Fall In Love

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Fall is one of the coziest times of the year, so what better time to plan your autumn inspired wedding?! Besides, we are loving all the rich berry colors and warm pops of pumpkin and apple that are showing up on bridal palettes. See some of our favorite fall themed picks, from inside out cakes (a fall must have) to jewel toned bottles and jars in our “Fall in love” inspiration board.

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Are you planning a fall wedding? Share your thoughts and ideas with us in the comment section!


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Rustic Styled Photo Shoot at the Beautiful Hamilton Oaks Winery

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It’s no surprise that the lush landscape, blossoming citrus grove, and historic 1920’s carriage house make Hamilton Oaks Winery a photographers dream, but can we say that the icing on the perfectly moist buttercream cake is that this gorgeous venue is located in San Juan Capistrano, recently named “America’s Paris”. What better place to say “I DO!”

Thank you to Colorful Snapshots for these breathtakingly beautiful photos. And thank you to the rest of the hardworking team of vendors that made this shoot our favorite to date!

Needless to say, we are head over heels in love with everything about this shoot!

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Venue: Hamilton Oaks Winery
Photography: Colorful Snapshots
Event Design & Rentals: Jake Duke Studios
Hair & Makeup: Katelyn Alford Makeup Artistry
Flowers: A La Carte Flowers
Deserts: Sweet Misty’s Custom Cookies
Bridal Gown & Stylist: Mary Me Bridal
Models: Dani McElwee & Josh McCuistion