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Wedding Sugar Palette #1103 | Hot Chocolate

Happy December, we’re officially in the heart of the holiday season! Today, a chic and polished inspiration board centered around a calf-length bridal gown, silver & gold accessories, and a playful hair-comb veil. The Ceremony would be followed by a chocolate filled Dessert Reception with artistic china and well-paired wines.

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Sugarcomb Wedding | Galen & Jeff by Sarah Rhoads Photographers

Galen and Jeff are sweet and stylish. In my consultation with the East Coast couple, the bride and I discovered that we grew up just a neighborhood apart and attended the same high school. The pair returned to their hometown of Seattle to share their wedding with family and friends in venues that are as beautiful as they are nostalgic for the couple. Galen and Jeff married on a gorgeous August day at St. Joseph, one of my favorite churches. They created a wedding as sophisticated as it was organic, with vintage inspired colors, florals and decor. Their reception took place at The Seattle Tennis Club on glistening Lake Washington…

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Photography: Sarah Rhoads Photographers
Ceremony: St. Joseph
Reception: Seattle Tennis Club
Florist: McKenzie Powell Designs
Entertainment: Wave Link Music
Beauty: Christina Rose of Lux Agency

Wedding Fashion Inspiration | Sachin + Babi

Spring 2011 Fashion Week starts today! Yesterday Sachin + Babi released photos of their line; I came across a look that would be great inspiration for an alternative bridesmaid dress.  I love the sparkle, the idea of a belted two-tone ensemble and the muted romantic colors…

Photo Courtesy of Sachin + Babi via style.com
Here are a few coordinating accessories to complete the picture…
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Wedding Fashion Tip | Weather or Not

Happy Bridesmaids equal a happy Bride! In consideration of the upcoming seasons (hard as it is to say goodbye to the warm weather), it’s a great idea to give your bridesmaids some weather appropriate dress and shoe options. Warmer fabrics like satin and taffeta will greatly add to their comfort, as well as considering the dress length and sleeve options.  There are masses of dressy shoe options in velvet and suede as well as booties for a little bit more coverage. Here are some ideas…
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Wedding Advice | Thinking Outside of the {SHOE} Box.

If you search for Bridal Shoes online, you will find pages and pages of stores that specialize in various classic styles of white silk and satin shoes.  Just pick your style and your size and in 7-10 days it’s all yours.  Bam, done, cross it off your list of things to do.  Why has this become the standard?  Let’s apply a valuable lesson we learned in grade school and think outside of the box.  Bridal footwear options have come a long way since my mom wore bright white polyester platform pumps on her wedding day.  Have some fun with it!
With the right pair of shoes, a bride can express her sense of style through its shape, color and embellishments.  The added bonus is that you get to walk away {pun intended} from the best day of your life with a fabulous pair of shoes that will continue along your journey with you.
My own wedding shoes were a pair of Loeffler Randall peep-toes in baby-pink metallic leather and I’ve worn them quite a few times since our big day.  Yes, they were an investment piece, but I still love them as much, if not more, than I did at our wedding.  Their timeless style and craftsmanship will carry on for years to come and how great is it that I can reach for that box in my closet and wear them out to dinners, events or even our anniversary?  Ooh, I should wear them on Valentines Day this weekend!
Now, yes, I’m a sucker for an expensive shoe {I can’t help it, they’re drawn to me}, but there are plenty of budget-friendly, stylish choices out there that would be great alternatives to a classic bridal shoe.  Leather, feathers, tulle, crystals, booties or bows; jewel tone, pastel, saturated color, even black; there are hundreds of stunning options that will add a unique quality to your bridal fashion statement.  Explore your options before you check this one off your list!
Already married?  Planning a wedding and just found your dream shoes?  What’s your take on the subject?
Please note I resisted adding a single pair of Louboutin’s to the collection above.  That should serve as solid proof that I do not have an addiction. :)
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