Spanish Sophistication: Wedding Inspiration

Fall in love with the sophisticated charm of Spain by going for a Spanish inspired wedding. Bring in latin influences with breathtaking colors, good food and rustic touches.

Mantilla veils are the ideal choice for a Spanish styled wedding. They are effortlessly romantic and complement a variety of dresses, especially lace. For fuss-free centerpieces, vibrant tin cans with bright blooms will create a fiesta atmosphere. Spanish cuisine is delicious and full of flavor, making it a great menu choice. Serve paella and tapas for a home cooked feel.

With a focus on deep reds and eye-catching colors, you can start with a clean base. White linens with geometric tiles have a Mediterranean flair which you can still add brighter decor to. Loose waves with bold red lips are good bridal beauty options for this theme. Rustic table settings with fresh fruit and wooden details will make your Spanish menu stand out.

These intricate laser-cut invitations are a match for your Mediterranean inspired nuptials. The design has architectural details, that will look stunning when they arrive in your guests’ mailboxes. A lace tablecloth with cobalt blue glassware and lanterns, will transform the look of your outdoor tables.

A detailed lace dress gives a nod to Spain’s rich lace heritage. A sangria bar is a fun and refreshing choice for your reception. You can also serve a variety of  fruits for your guests to mix in with their drinks. Make like a flamenco dancer with flowers in your hair, as an accessory for a side bun.

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A centerpiece overflowing with zesty flowers has a Latin touch with the addition of Spanish table numbers.

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How to Have a Brewery Wedding

If you’re a fan of craft beers and rustic venues we’ve found the perfect venue for you. Choosing a brewery for your wedding gives you the opportunity to work with a raw space that can be personalized to your own taste. These spaces usually come with a unique history, and if it’s a working brewery then also great beverage ideas too.

You can adapt the space by working your own theme or colors into it. There doesn’t have to be a focus on beer or brewery related ephemera, if that isn’t your style. A classic silver, grey and white palette will contrast well with the brick walls and wooden details.

Use the authentic details in the brewery to really make your photographs stand out. Also, tie in your centerpieces or table decor with the tones around you. Play with the dark browns and neutral colors by using burlap and brown paper bags. A chalkboard above the bar with the chosen drinks that will be served on the night is a nice way to get people talking about the brewery’s beverage selection. Amanda&RossWedding-66

Hanging string lights across the space is ideal for lighting up the brewery for a spot of late dancing.

Bold signs add some personalization to the venue, as there may be brewery logos or signs around the space. If it is possible to feature the equipment on the site, then do so! Being able to setup your event around a working brewery is a unique way to keep your guests intrigued throughout the night. Why not use beer bottles for your centerpieces?

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Now, here’s where the benefits of a brewery wedding really come in. You can discuss the possibility of creating your own special brew for the day. Or having a tasting and choosing your favorite. This beer can work not only for your signature drink but also as a delicious favor. Why not make your own beer glass favors out of beer bottles! (Here is the DIY!)

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What better place is there for a hops boutonnière than a brewery?

Metal can openers for escort cards can also be kept by your guests for favors. These can be personalized with your names and the date of your wedding. A brewery definitely works for an intimate wedding. There’s no need to be intimidated by the capacity as you can use this to your advantage. You can have different table styles, use it as a ceremony space also and set up different food, drink or activity stations.

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Golden Honey: 5 Amber Color Palettes for Your Wedding Day

I think we can all agree that the colors of fall are beautiful, but when it comes to your wedding, orange, red and yellow might not be your first choice for a color scheme. Today’s amber orange color palettes, however, just might change your mind. Here are 5 ways you can incorporate the warmth and richness of amber into your wedding day.

Despite the predominance of typically fall colors (orange and yellow) in this palette, the paleness of the yellow and the addition of coral keep this color scheme light enough for a summer wedding.

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For a fun and festive color palette we’re digging this warm gradation of yellows, oranges, and reds (with a pop of purple for good measure). It’s perfect for a late summer/early fall outdoor celebration.

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Dark plum purple, ruby red, and amber make for a gorgeous jewel-toned and autumnal palette.

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Adding lots of warm white to a fall palette full of darker tones keeps this color scheme from becoming too heavy.

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If a dark palette is what you’re going for, adding amber will help add a richness to the other hues, making it feel opulent and sophisticated instead of drab.

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10 Romantic Ways to use Quotes in Your Wedding

Whether it’s from Shakespeare, a romantic comedy or a post-it from your other half, love quotes can make us all go weak at the knees.

Using quotes in your wedding decor adds a romantic touch to your big day. Quotes are a subtle way to emphasize the true sentiment of marriage, which can often be forgotten amongst the chaos, dancing and food. Here are 10 ways to incorporate love quotes into your wedding.

1. Handheld Prop 

Handwritten quotes can make for very sentimental photography props. Not only are these shots frame-worthy, they can also be a special gift to your new spouse. If you’re having bridal portraits done, then this is a great time to sneak in an image with a love letter to create a nice surprise for your husband (or wife!) when you go through your wedding photographs together!

2. Edible Musings 

They’re called ‘sweet nothings’ for a reason. So what better way to share your most romantic words, than on a cake?

3.  Wooden Display

Quotes on a wooden backdrop with a bold white script, are a nice touch to add to your outdoor ceremony.

4. Literary Quote

If you’re an avid reader but over the used-books-as-wedding-decor trend, then this one is for you. Pull your favorite literary love quotes or letters and place them on signs around your venue.

5. Photo Display 

Surrounding a quote with photographs will create an interesting piece in your venue space. You can display engagement shoot photos or old family photos.

6. Writing On The Mirror 

Mirrors are a lovely canvas for meaningful words. Surely that’s what bathroom mirrors were made for? Take it one step further by using antique mirrors as signs.

7. Childhood Inspiration

Some of the best love quotes come from childhood books and films. Their simplicity makes them universal. Wooden palettes are an inexpensive way to display your top picks.

8. Wise Words 

Share some words of wisdom or advice with your guests. These can be in the form of tongue-in-cheek ramblings, notes from relatives or your own thoughts.

9. Table Decor

Having different quotes at each table is a fun way to differentiate them and add a theme.

10. In The Theme 

If you’re having a wedding themed around a time period, you can use quotes to enhance the look. Finding romantic excerpts from that era will really add to the mood.


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Thea and Jesse’s Oregon Beachside Elopement

Thea and Jesse went through the entire process of planning a wedding only to realize, when it came time to start putting down deposits, that it really wasn’t what they wanted at all. What they did want, was a day that was just about the two of them. They cancelled their plans and opted to elope on the beach instead, celebrating with a private oceanside dinner and a two week honeymoon in Europe. How can you argue with that?

Special thanks to Victoria Greener for sharing their beautiful elopement with us!

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Thea, 23 & Jesse, 23

Warrenton, Oregon

Wedding Date: June 25th, 2014

Number of Guests: 3

Wedding Cost: $1,900

Wedding Ceremony Location: Sunset Beach, Oregon on the sand dunes overlooking the ocean.

Wedding Reception Location: We didn’t have a formal reception, but plan to have one in September of 2015 with all our friends and family in Idaho.

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Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We chose an intimate wedding because we wanted something simple and stress free. We wanted the day to be about us, and not about pleasing our families. After planning a very elegant $10,000 wedding, when it came time to book everything and pay our deposits, we just couldn’t justify spending that kind of money for something that was not just about us. So we opted to elope and book a two week honeymoon to Europe instead.

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What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

Our biggest challenge was how our families were going to react to our decision to elope; as well as who to invite because we needed two witnesses. Also, finding reputable vendors was a stressor. Since this was also a destination wedding, we had to hope that the vendors would really take our ideas and pictures and help our vision come to life when it came to the cake and flowers.

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Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

Yes, this was the hardest part! We had decided all or nothing when it came to who to invite. I slipped the word to a couple friends who demanded they be there so we just let them come, and it turned out to be wonderful. Keeping it from our parents was the hardest part.

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Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

Everyone respected our decision to marry the way we did. And we had no negative responses. We told everyone with cute elopement announcements/save-the-dates. I think because we made our friends and family feel included by letting them know we still planned to celebrate, they were more welcoming of our decision.

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What were the highlights of the ceremony?

It was beautiful, and we were not stressed at all! Everything was so simple and sweet and went according to plan. Jesse’s vows were super special and made everyone cry. Everything felt so in the moment and there were no distractions. Everything was beautiful and exactly as I had dreamed.

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What were the highlights of the reception?

For our informal reception, we had dinner at a sweet oceanside restaurant called the Bridge Water Bistro, and they kept the doors open after hours for us. We sat at a table right by the fireplace next to a wall of windows looking out to all the ships coming into port. That alone time after the big day had come and gone was so special. Jesse and I really got to enjoy each other’s company and really take in what a beautiful day we just had. This meant the most to us.

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What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

The whole day from start to finish was about us. We got to really focus on each other and the fact that it was our wedding day. Rather than running around trying to tie up finishing touches and please our families, we got to soak up every planned detail for ourselves.

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What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Really think about what aspects of your special day are important to you. Do not make your decision based on family and friends, and remember that this moment is about the two of you. Lastly, do not forget the photographer or videographer when choosing an intimate wedding because these are the pieces of your special day you will want to remember and share with family and friends.

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Flowers: Mimi’s Flowers

Photography: Victoria Greener Photography

Officiant: A Ceremony to Remember 

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