Remember our new real bride, Megan? She's here today sharing her wedding inspiration and a few fun details her and Jeremy are planning for their big day in June. I'll just let her take it from here, so enjoy - and if you have any questions for Megan, feel free to ask them in the comments!
Inspiration! Where do I start... I was all over the place in the beginning and I had so many pictures and links saved to my desktop I couldn't even see my background screen anymore. Little by little though, I started to organize.
The first thing to trigger my inspiration was our wedding date. Even before I could update my status on Facebook, my fiancé had already narrowed down a date! He flipped though the calendar to find what day of the week the day we met was on and conveniently June 8th, 2012 landed on a Friday. There was no telling him otherwise, so I began planning on a very hot and sunny summer wedding!
I began by looking at all the very common websites such as: The Knot, Brides.com, WeddingChannel.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and even just Googling images of summer time weddings. All of these lead to an enormous amount of information. They really helped me start to formulate a picture of what I would like my wedding to look like. Natural? Elegant? Vintage? Modern? What really grabbed my eye was the popular growing trend in Vintage Chic. This mixed modern flare with some very classic and beautiful touches. Completely me! I don't like being the person that picks something off an assembly line, I strive to be unique.
After deciding on my summery, vintage chic wedding, I wanted to zone in on some colors. I'm a color freak, so this was not easy. I'm pretty sure I changed our colors about four times before it stuck. On The Knot I found an extensive list and examples of color schemes located under their wedding ideas/wedding colors section. I immediately knew I did not want any pastels or extremely extravagant colors. The first colors I picked were a grassy green, black and white. This was a strong runner at first, but then it started to feel too formal and more cool or wintery.
Next, I began to look at orange and green, mainly because my fiancé suggested it because he is a huge UM fan. This didn't really do the trick for me.
Aqua and red was my next victim. I actually decided on these two colors for about 4 months till I began to hate the light blue.
Then I stumbled upon a navy and fuchsia color scheme. This was almost the winner, but the fuchsia was just too sweet-sixteen for me.
However, I really loved the navy instead of black or grey and I still really loved the red. That is when the two came together and I chose red and navy for our wedding colors. This really got the ball rolling.
When the colors and atmosphere were established I could focus on the theme. We embraced a nautical theme 1) Because we met on a cruise, 2) Because we decided to have the wedding in Miami Beach and 3) Because it went perfect with the colors and the casual, vintage chic feel.
The best place for finding ideas for our nautical, vintage chic weddings were Etsy, Pinterest and of course Google. In stores, I found some cute nautical decorations at HomeGoods, I had a blast finding vintage frames, mirrors, jewelry and handmade touches like chalkboard signs, unique table decorations, wedding favors, invitations, and awesome wedding party gifts. One of my favorites, which we did buy, was personalized flasks for the groomsmen and dads from The Hair of the Dog on Etsy. We are still putting a ton of the finishing touches together according to details and I'm excited to see how it all turns out!