METALLIC GOLD NEON CHIC + FAMILY ISSUES SERIES | The *Only Way* to Rock a Hot Pink, Gold, Mint, Cream Wedding. Also, McPuppyPants… and I’m a little in shock.

Like WHOA.  You guys, I’m sitting in my chair, with Bambino wanting ups, me ignoring his repeated requests for ups, and Bambino releasing aggressive fart bombs immediately beneath me in retribution.  Why am I unable to enjoy his sweet, adorable overtures?  Because I’m still in awe over what just happened.  And that’s saying A LOT, because his sweet overtures look a-something a-like a-this:

see all the redness on my leg? ↓ that’s because we need to cut his nails but he HATES IT. P.S. – he winks a single eye a lot.  never the two shall blink at once.

↓ this is him giving up for a moment; isn’t his dismount cute?

omigod.  I promise, this post is not all puppy pictures.  There’s gonna be like, two more, max.

Ok, as you know, we launched a brand new series on those not-so-perfect real life stories of family + wedding planning = problems.  And we had a moderately interesting talk, eh?  I think we got down to some SERIOUS BUSINESS that really needed addressing in today’s world, regarding relationships, wedding planning and peeling off the facade of what we’ve all come to expect from the world around us when we ultimately announce, “WE’RE GETTING HITCHED!”

Well.  Since launching that series this week, I’ve received approximately a lot of emails recounting personal experiences and requests for advice that not only make my heart ache, but are testament to the simple fact that it’s not all sunshine and lollipops and rainbows and everything.  Oohhh speaking of rainbows…

It’s a rainbow on Bam Bam’s bottom!  Ok back to business...  We’d like to believe that, in the vast majority of cases, family is totally on board and throwing up with overwhelming joy over the fact that you’re getting married.  And a lot of times, that’s the case.  However, it is also not so far off from a norm for family to, on occasion – and sometimes completely unexpectedly – pull a 180 on you, specifically right about when you announce that you’re engaged.  Funny thing, family.  So, it’s become aggressively apparent that we’re going to keep this series going so that those of you out there who are experiencing difficult family issues can, at the very least, feel that you’re faaaaar from alone and, at the very most (is that a phrase?  whatevs – COINED), discover the best, most effective and most diplomatic ways to handle those moments of difficulty so that you’re not stuck suffering through it the entire effing time.  Because MAN, what a drag THAT would be… AMIRITE?  Wedding planning is supposed to be FUN, and you really do deserve to enjoy it!  Seriously, you do!

So, to close up this section, starting this series feels good, feels right.  And the honesty in so many of your reactions to Miss Rhi’s story brought tears to my eyes.  On the realsies.  And I’m just as excited as you are for Miss Rhi’s next installment, because she’s going to bring some tips along with her.

SWITCHING GEARS A BIT FOR TODAY, I thought it would be fun to bring you some glam wedding inspiration in the form of a super fun, super bright, occasionally sparkly and at times even metallic, color story.  High kick, woot!

I’ve been obsessing over everything high flash recently, but I’m also a strong believer in subtlety when it comes to glitz and glamour.  Sooooo… I’ve collected quite the bucketful of elements that would assist you in throwing together a fantastically chic, upbeat and carefree affair with this color story in mind.

Let’s start off with the images at the tippity top of this post, shall we?  I stumbled across that pink and gold candy buffet table, designed by Pinkpolka Wedding Design and picked up by Wedding Obsession.  Beneath it we’ve got a Neon Canvas Platform Sandal by Zara, and a Cream Pleat Belted Dress by Miss Selfridge.  All killer, imho.

Here’s a bunch more stellar neony metallic wedding inspiration to inspire your colorful day.  It brightened up mine, and I was having a pretty freaking BAD day.  No joke.  So I’m hoping that this’ll perk up your afternoon, no matter how it’s going. :)  Note: sources are listed in clockwise order.

Speaking of bad days, here’s something I’m going to call a Fun Friday Fact: You’re allowed to have a bad day.  Everybody does, but not everybody (often, including myself) is able to always remember that that’s totally effing normal.  *Especially* when you’re PMS’ing.

radiant orchid featherweight cashmere cardigan from J.Crew / rhinestone-encrusted sash from J.Crew / Shabby Apple’s Trixie

neon yellow dress via The Glitter Guide /  neon pink gown via flickr / metallic pink flower girl moccasins via Freshly Picked

Neon canvas platform sandal by asos / pink and gold clutch / Letterpress paper elements with hand-painted neon edging, anyone?

Kids’ Field Notes™ notebook three-pack from J.Crew / Jars of glow sticks via Glamour / bridesmaids in neon shoes, which is a sneak peek from an upcoming wedding on TKB!

Neon Nail Colors via Design Crush / yarn pom poofs via Project Wedding, which my girl Maddy of Inspired Bride pinned recently; Photos by Carly Taylor

Bhati Beads Silk Planets bracelet from J.Crew / Colorblock fringe necklace from J.Crew

neon leather capri hot pink sandal via J.Crew / light spearmint cashmere cardigan via J.Crew / neon bouquet featured on Once Wed, Event Design/Styling: bash, please [bash eco events & yes, please design], Photography: featherlove

gold bottom neon case from Freshly Picked / 60s wedding inspiration featured on Once Wed, Event Design/Styling: bash, please [bash eco events & yes, please design], Photography: featherlove

La Pochette clutch from Clare Vivier / neon seating and gold art installation

more pink and gold dessert table inspiration by Pinkpolka Wedding Design / Sleeveless Dress by Zara / / Vonya by Kate Spade

In closing… let’s try to remember that there’s a very fine line between tasteful glamour and glitz, and Disney Princess…

And, finally, in our ongoing series of “A Day in the Life of Bambino McPuppyPants…”

Today, I felt like sharing with you the spot where Bambino tends to be his happiest…

… it’s in his daddy’s arms. :)

SO… thoughts?  Questions?  Like/love/hate/loathe the wedding inspiration today?  I’m open to anything today, as per usual.

And on a FINAL note, I promise… as you know, I had a not so great day, so there’s one more thing I feel compelled to mention today.  (Other than the word “today,” which I seem to be using in every sentence.)  I appreciate you guys, so much, for just generally being such amazeballs individuals.  I love chatting it up with you on the daily, and I feel so lucky to be able to.   SO YEAH THANKS.  Sappiness over. :)

Happy Friday!

xoxo!  – Alison

Label(s): Color, Mr. McPuppyPants, Pink, Yellow, {Fashion}, {Inspiration Boards}

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  1. C/Bridal Rehab on June 17, 2011

    I love the idea of having all the Bridesmaids wear different brightly colored shoes!

    Could your pup get any cuter? I think not. ;)

  2. Sarah ( A Paper Proposal ) on June 17, 2011

    LOVE this roundup! Those heels and the clutch are fabulous. That, and your puppy pics always make me smile! :)

  3. J (SparklyLove) on June 17, 2011

    the glow sticks are so cute! great roundup! sorry you had a bad day, but remember, without the bad days, the amazeballs days wouldn’t be nearly as amazeballs :)

  4. Shana MacDonald on June 17, 2011

    Loving the bright colours! Exactly what I needed to perk up a cloudy day here in Canada. p.s. I want a rainbow on my puppies bum! Can your puppy come over to visit and show us how to acheive this he he :)

  5. Candace {} on June 17, 2011

    What beautiful inspiration. I wish Zara had an online shop in the US!

  6. Mimi Tilton on June 17, 2011

    Oh My BISCUITS! the horid non-support of family is enough to make me want to buy the world a Coke. Poor little things – they just want mama to lub dem. Shame on mama! Shame, I say.

    I love the color – of the shoes, not your skin.
    Speaking of that – touch McJumpyPants’ feet all the time with no reason – then get a grinder and have it touch his feets – then give him a treat or special nug-luv (he’ll start to associate treats and nug-luvs with the grinder) – then turn on the grinder and repeat the nugs – then he’ll most likly be ready for the grindageness of hims pedicure.

    Did I mention that ASOS platform – wholymargolis Mai Wants It!

    Always remember, no such thing as bad days when you got both fur-and-skin friends.


  7. Rhiannon Nicole {Hey Gorg} on June 17, 2011

    Ohhhh!! I am LOVING where the industry is a headed these days :) This post is a pretty good indicator too I think! Love all the bright colours, Al!

  8. Sarah on June 17, 2011

    I am LOVING those clutches! Must. Have. Now.

    Does Bambino have a puppy bed he can hang in? The bf works from home and our bully sleeps right at his feet in his puppy bed. So precious.

  9. Elle on June 17, 2011

    Best best post this year.

    <3 puppy.

  10. Lena on June 17, 2011

    CRAP, Bambino is so stinkin’ cute! After a pretty hellish work week (how is there so much shit to do?!?!?!?!!), I needed a little rainbow on a puppy butt. How did you know?

    AND, I absolutely LOVE the idea of a family issues series. I think it’s amazing, and I know that everyone planning a wedding needs a little help navigating those tough moments. Hell, everyone needs help managing their family sometimes ALL THE TIME. It’s going to be, to quote my favorite blogger, “amazeballs”.

    Have a wonderful weekend, darling!
    xoxoxx, Lena

  11. i love the inspiration pics! the first one though, definitely a fave. i had to save it for my future reference ;)

  12. claire on June 17, 2011

    HOW STINKING CUTE IS THAT LAST PICTURE? happy father’s day :) haha. Wow. adorable.

    ps. I LOVE those gold mirrors, they are incredible.

  13. Jessica Fey on June 17, 2011

    Love it, and love Feather Love! Funny thing is, I just posted a blog where my bride is wearing pink! Like, pink dress. The whole shebang.

  14. LOVE everything about this post….including the dress you think is too much.

    On Anne it looks killer.

  15. Madison on June 18, 2011

    LOVE the neon inspiration, makes me happy <3

  16. Sheila on June 18, 2011

    there’s a part of the New Englander in me that thinks that the bright neon colors are gaudy, but who can’t help but look at those colrs and feel happiness and joy. Afterall, that is what weddings are suppose to be, a joyous celelbration of love.

    Anne’s dress could have been so glamorous with a few altrerations. With the girls almost falling out on top and the bottom that big, just makes it look silly…..begs the questions, with all that money where is her stylist?? Too bad because she herself looks fabulous as always.

  17. Chantal on June 19, 2011

    I really love the colored candies. I went to wedding where the favor was various candy which is a great idea. The multiple colored shoes on the bridesmaids adds a lot of fun to the wedding.

  18. Lori on June 19, 2011

    So funny! I bought that cream dress from Miss Selfridge the moment it showed up online last week. I’ve looked at 18 million dresses and finally landed on that one for my wedding rehearsal this summer. Had to have it! I was thinking of deep, dark turquoise shoes, but now I’m going neon! Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. Nicky @ JAF Gifts on June 20, 2011

    Firstly, I want to cuddle your dog. What an adorable little pup! :)

    Second, I really love color in anything, so this post made me happy. :) Love that colored seating… very simple yet striking as well!

  20. The Perfect Palette on June 20, 2011

    A stunning palette, indeed. Tuning in to watch Ashely act like a fool tonight? Looking forward to your recaps this week! xo, chrissy.

  21. erin * sparkle & hay on June 22, 2011

    these colors are so fun & just make me want to frolic around outside! soooooooooo ready for this summertime!!! xo

  22. Robin on October 22, 2012

    Your dog is precious! What kind is he?

    • Alison on October 23, 2012

      Hi Robin – he’s a french bulldog, and I wub him.


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