Junebug reader Ashley recently wrote in asking for a little help in bringing together some ideas for her upcoming Santa Cruz area wedding, and as you'll soon see why, I just couldn't resist giving it a go! She and her fiancé want a romantic and slightly rustic look, with a fun wedding color palette that will pop next to the monotone cliff sides and lighten the mood if the weather itself isn't bright and sunny. But most importantly, they want to incorporate their passion for restoring vintage bicycles and make it an intricate part of their wedding! Fun! Here is an inspiration board and a few ideas to get you going Ashley...
A perfectly romantic and lacy Carolina Herrera wedding gown accessorized with pearls from MarthaStewart.com. This model's simply pulled-back hair and clean makeup with pretty pink lips are a classic look that will never go out of style.
A colorful and rustic loose floral arrangement by Southern California florist Kate Holt of Flower Wild, image by Josef Isayo.
An all white wedding cake on a matching milk glass cake stand, image by Stephanie Williams Photography. A wide variety of milk glass pieces are easy to find at thrift stores and flea markets, and make lovely accessories for a romantic style wedding. Collect vases, dishes, candle holders and platters in the months leading up to your wedding and then let your florist and cake designer incorporate them into your wedding decor!
Beautifully calligraphed cootie catchers add to the fun and games for your guests. Use them as menus or wedding favors and place one at each place setting. Image from MarthaStewart.com.
Ashley and her finacé are restoring bikes from the 1930s-50s especially for the wedding and the wedding party. Ashley's bike is her "dream build," a pink, white and chrome Roadmaster Luxury Liner, so the wedding's color palette will definitely incorporate "sweet pea pink."
Paper lanterns from Luna Bazaar in the wedding's colors of turquoise blue (for the California ocean) and petal pink and fuchsia (for Ashley's bike) will make easy and dynamic decor accessories whether used inside or out.
Gray and white letter press wedding invitations from Pixel Soup Creative are made with playful calligraphy on a slant across the paper to create a classic yet modern look.
Cuff links for the groom and groomsmen are made from recycled bicycle tires by Etsy artist Christine Bossler.
Pink frosted cupcakes from Seattle's famous Trophy Cupcakes look extra sweet on a milk glass display. Image from Junebug's Candy Coated Color Fashion Report.
Colorful mismatched boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen will add a little fun and individuality to the wedding party look. Boutonnieres by Kate Holt of Flower Wild, image by Jose Villa.
Incorporate those beautiful bikes into your wedding photography! Get creative like this couple did at a wedding photographed by Kayleen T.