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Turquoise orchids, you say?

  Although I get tons of requests for features, sometimes a trend takes hold of not only our readers’ hearts but also my email box!  Petticoat Nation, I heard you loud and clear… you want to see some turquoise orchid bouquets.  Well, fret (and email) no more for I have not only found a wedding with said bouquet, but a whole theme fashioned around the flower.  I present to you, Allison and Jason’s beautifully blue hued New Jersey nuptials… Photographer:  Vanessa Joy Photography // Dress Designer: Allure Bridals // DJ: DJ’s AT LARGE // Floral Designer: Kim Auriemma Designs // Reception Venue: Meadow Wood …

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The Wishing Well Barn

Let’s be honest with one another… weddings are overpriced.  From the thousands spent on flowers that will die the next day to the dress you’ll only wear for a few hours, the costs of unnecessaries really add up.  So, it’s nice to see what a little elbow grease and a lot of creativity can accomplish (especially in regards to the pocket-book).  Take for example newlywed DIYers, Pamela and Don.  For their Florida nuptials, do-it-yourself was the name of the game and the results couldn’t have been more spectacular.  Photographer Cassandra VanCuren breaks down the handmade details: From the moment I …

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A Tent Built for Two

Nowadays when it comes to weddings, there are no rules.  Traditional, bohemian, punk, or shabby chic, anything is game.  So, that’s why we’re digging Ashley and Mark’s camping wedding.  With a casual atmosphere of fun and love, photographer Leah Moss breaks down all the details: Ashley and Mark wanted their wedding to feel more like a day at the beach with friends and family than a traditional wedding.  They had an intimate ceremony amongst their family and closest friends.  Then the party kicked in and over 200 guests walked up the 1/2 mile driveway for the most unique celebration I’ve …

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Your daily greens (and stripes!)

The graveyard of baby showers past is scattered with the stereotypical hues of pink rattles and blue onesies.  At what point did society decide that those were the only two colors that could be used to welcome a bundle of joy into the world?  Personally, I’ve never been a fan of the gender-based color schemes and couldn’t be more thrilled with the new trend that is emerging in the event planning world.  This new trend isn’t so much a tendency towards one specific theme or color… it’s a more of a pattern that’s departing from the traditional baby shower institution. …

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The Good Ship Eli

Besides always having photographic documentation of all life’s events, there is one other perk to being the kid of a prolific photographer… fabulously styled parties!  Shannon Von Eschen is one of our favorite photographers and always throws the most creative birthday fetes for her little one, Eli.  In fact a few months ago, we swooned over Eli’s pumpkin-themed first birthday.  Oozing with creativity and sophistication, Shannon’s parties are redefining the traditional children’s event.  Take for example, the nautical themed affair she threw for Eli’s second birthday.  Shannon breaks down all the delightful details below: As a mother who’s also a photographer, …

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Heart Beats

How do you breath life into a tired wedding theme?  Take it to the edge!  That’s exactly what a group of Virginia vendors did when they teamed up to do a music-themed wedding shoot.  Combining hard industrial lines with a natural rustic feel (and throwing in a radical color palette for good measure), they breathed life into this tired theme.  Photographer Traci Brooks breaks down all the delicious details: A couple of months ago, we decided to take on the “musical-themed wedding” with a fresh and unique approach.  The music sheet details and guitar guest book have been done before, …

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Sweet Harmony

There are blurred lines between a rustic fete and a shabby chic affair.  Rustic decor often boasts of masculine natural elements and exposed wood details.  Shabby chic decor usually combines a bit of feminine old world charm to soft pastel palettes.  However when paired, these seemingly dichotomous styles work wonders on a wedding theme.  Need an example?  Then take a look at Gina and Kirby’s Saint Augustine, Florida nuptials.  With a rustic lodge atmosphere and sweet shabby chic decor, it perfectly combines the masculine and the feminine in sweet harmony.     Photography:  Ivey Pictures Catering:  Catered Cocktails Event Planning: …

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Monet’s Water Lilies

One of the many perks of working in the wedding industry is getting to team up with fabulous vendors!  Our all time favorite company to work with? Pink Parasol Designs!  With limitless talent and bounding creativity, it’s always a happy day when we get a call from this ridiculously gifted planning company. So naturally when they asked me if The Frosted Petticoat wanted to have chocolates featured in their upcoming Monet-themed wedding shoot, I couldn’t have said “YES!” fast enough.  Without a second thought, I sent along a sampling of our Sunshine Cameos, Victorian Ladies, and Emerald Polka Dot Lollipops. And …