Friendly Inspiration: Jamie

by Lavender Elizabeth, March 03, 2013
Week Three: Jamie
Our Relationship: I met Jamie my freshman year of high school
Her Major: Communications: Interpersonal with a minor in Spanish 
Her School: Wheaton College
Her Interests: swimming, going to the beach, all things California (especially since she goes to school in chilly Illinois)

Jamie's Questionnaire:
Colours: definitely love blues - I'm really into mint and aqua right now
Feeling: more warm/cozy, simple yet fun
Season: summer for sure!
Dress: lace, I like sweetheart necklines, or off the shoulder sleeves
Location: outdoor reception and ceremony, would love it to be by some sort of water or trees
Special Requests: I LOVE fun lighting

Jamie's Dream Wedding:

The Colours: The colours that Jamie loves inspired me to create a colour palette in ocean hues, from mint to aqua to blue. To add another colour to the palette, Jamie and I decided on light pink.

The Invitations: To introduce one of the wedding colours for the first time, this aqua invitation was sent to the guests. It is simple, yet has a fun design!

The Bride's Attire: This Angelina Faccenda by Mori Lee dress encompassed everything that Jamie wanted in a dress. The floral lace detail was a beautiful bonus!

The Bride's Beauty: Jamie has naturally wavy hair, so with this look from Jessica Alba, we're able to enhance her waves and make them oh-so glamourous! For her makeup, we went for amped-up natural, with va-va-voom lashes, a pretty pink pout, and rosy cheeks.

The Bridesmaids Attire: To match the neckline and lace-fabric of the bride's dress, this mint dress from Mod Cloth was the perfect choice!

The Groom & Groomsmen: Since Jamie is having a summer wedding, we thought that the men shouldn't have to wear a jacket - except for the groom (we want him to stand out!). To coordinate with the light grey suits and mint bridal party, we chose these perfect ties. For the groom, a speckled mint tie, and for the groomsmen, a patterned mint tie to give them some extra flash.

The Flowers: Jamie absolutely loves daisies, so to go with the light pink accent colour, these unique silk flowers are a perfect addition to the bridal party. The groom and groomsmen will also have boutonnieres inspired by the bouquets.

The Ceremony: Pebble Beach Resorts offers so many great spaces to hold outdoor weddings! With the breathtaking view of the ocean, Jamie can get married by the water without having to deal with the mess of sand!

The Ceremony Decor: To bring the beachy-feel into the ceremony, I chose to decorate in three different ways. The first is with the alter, in which I found an arch that is covered in flowy fabric all in the bride's colour scheme. To line the aisles, I chose to bring in the daisies by hanging them in mason jars. To make it unique, I created an ombre effect of ocean hues leading into the pink of the accent colour. By finding the corresponding coloured mason jars (great DIY project!), I then filled them with matching sand (great way to bring in the beach-feel) that the flowers would then be placed in. To give the aisle some warmth, candles will be lit inside lanterns.

The Reception: Pebble beach can be quite cold at night, but this great venue lets you escape the elements, while still enjoying the ocean-view. (If the weather is on our side, I would choose to have the reception in a clear-tent outside.) This room offers high ceilings and windows-galore, giving the feel of outdoor bliss, while staying warm indoors.

The Reception Decor: To bring in Jamie's love of fun lighting, I decided to hang lighted lanterns in her colour scheme, covering the ceiling, along with stringing twinkle lights throughout the space. For the tables, large rectangular vases will be filled with aqua and mint-coloured glass to create the effect of the ocean, with colourful daisies standing out of them. Other tables will have the lanterns from the ceremony as their centerpiece, filled with matching daisies.

The Escort Cards: To bring the beach-feel indoors, the escort cards are situated in sand (I would include the coloured sand from the ceremony) with a "message in bottle" sharing their names and table number.

The Cake: To bring the ombre effect from the ceremony into the reception, this ombre-ruffle cake was chosen. The cake begins with the same colours as the ceremony aisle, working its way to the pink top layer. The ruffles create a wave-like image, perfect for a reception over the ocean!

The Favours: Unique favours were chosen for Jamie's guests - coasters! Guests will have their choice of coasters, choosing what best fits their personalities.

The Extras: To send Jamie and her groom off at the end of the night, I chose to use biodegradable lanterns that the guests can send off into the sky, making a wish for the newlyweds as the embark on their lives together.

Next week, tune in to find out how I create a vintage-inspired wedding for my best friend, Caitlin!


Colours: Design Seeds
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Bridal Gown: Mori Lee
Bridal Hair: Style Bistro
Bridal Makeup: Style Bistro
Bridesmaids Dress: Mod Cloth
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: ZazzleMiddleton Park
Flowers: The KnotAmazon
Reception Decor: Style Me PrettySave On Crafts
Escort Cards: Martha Stewart Weddings
Send-off: Velvet Palette
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