CHIC CORAL + GREY WEDDING | “Plan for a MARRIAGE not just a WEDDING.” | Antique Maps, Sparkly Brooches, and The Importance of Chemistry in a Relationship…

I am shocked – SHOCKED – that it is already Friday, people.  Oh, sorries, happy afternoon, everyone!  I forgot to say that.  Ok but seriously WHERE DID THIS WEEK GO.  So weird.  Feels like Wednesday to me.  Though that could just be because I’m in the mood to hump.  So…… yeeeeaaaaaahhhhh ok moving on.  I hope you’ve had a good week.  A nice, full week.

Before I get into it, let’s just telekinetically transmit a massive hug out around all of our veterans right this second, seeing as it’s Veterans’ Day.  5 seconds of silence, if you don’t mind.

Thanks, y’all.  I think it’s safe to assume that we all have one or two or more family members, or friends with family members, who are either actively enlisted in the military, or are currently veterans, and regardless of which side we sit on wars and fighting, I hope they’re feeling the love from each and every one of us, today.

Ok, wedding time!  AND THIS ONE’S A DOOZY.  Look, here’s part of why I classify it Doozy Status, Threat Level Three (Orange?):

See?  Yeah you see.  Submitted by Her and I Photography, it’s got such a clean, happy, uplifting and spunky look to it that I’m actually pretty resentful I wasn’t invited.  Not only is the color scheme right about perfectly executed in every way, the brooch bouquet TO DIE FOR, but this couple has got that physical chemistry thing on lockdown.  I’m excited to share this wedding with you guys not just because of the details and gorgeousness of the overall execution, but because of that chemistry factor.  It’s so key.  It’s a great indicator of a couple’s real connection to one another.  It’s amazing how you can tell, quite often just by sifting through the photos from the wedding, just how in love a couple truly is.

Which reminds me, I have a question for when you’re done scrolling through the loveliness below:

I’m curious, how important do you think chemistry is to the success of a relationship?  Would love to hear what you guys think about that.

Ok, here’s what our gorgeous bride, Jessica, had to say… and I highly recommend reading her words, specifically her four bits of advice!

Logan and I were the best blind dates we had ever had! Having both lived in Peru, we were set up on the notion we could speak a little Espanol and talk about Peru…3 months later we traveled back to South America together! Luckily my job as a flight attendant allowed Logan and I to go on dates all over the world! We knew our passion for travel had to be incorporated in our wedding. However, rather than have a travel “themed” wedding, we decided to use travel as an accent. Once we decided on a coral and gray color palette – antique maps and sparkly brooches became our inspiration.

One thing that we wanted was an engagement video to our song “Best Days” by Matt White. We played it at our rehearsal dinner and at our reception on a large screen. It was an amazing touch. It allowed our guests to see us as a couple in a creative way. Our video was shot on the airport runway, on Logan’s motorcycle, and in his shop where we spend time together. We also staged a romantic picnic next to Salt Lake.

Miranda Lambert’s stunning brooch bouquet inspired my artistic sister to create a meaningful brooch bouquet for me. Each brooch was significant; some were my great grandmother’s. Others were gifts from my friends and family. The bouquet was a stunning part of my bridal ensemble and became quite the conversation piece wherever it was viewed. It also set the tone for the brooch accents throughout the decor. People appreciate art and creativity and it is something than can be lost in a wedding if everything in it is from a party rental store.

The ring ceremony and reception that followed took place at the residence of dear family friends. Their backyard is beautifully landscaped with a pool, and gorgeous waterfall. We wrapped the trees in white lights that gave the backyard a romantic vibe. Lights were strung over the dance floor – almost like a tent of lights. It was spectacular! We loved our venue choice because it was meaningful, comfortable andfriendly. 

We had our religious marriage sealing in the LDS temple in my hometown Fresno, California. That evening we preceded our reception with a ring ceremony in front of a fantastic cast iron arch beautifully draped in chiffon and flowers in our wedding colors. Following the ring ceremony we had an incredibel dessert bar and dancing! The details were exceptional! We had lemon cookies, blueberry Oreo truffles, andmini hydrangea cupcakes decorated with coral colored frosting.  

While planning our wedding reception we tried to keep the enjoyment of our guests in mind. On each table were grey jars accented with vintage maps labeled “table topics.” There were trivia questions on cards about a variety of topics, including us, the couple. It was fun to see tables of strangers reading the trivia with one another. We also had a photo-booth complete with a box of funny hats, glasses, boas..etc. This served as our favor and our guestbook. Guests took silly pictures and two copies printed out. One to take home and one to glue in our guestbook with a message. This was one of the highlights of our wedding because everyone loves photo-booths; kids, couples, bridesmaids! We both felt that weddings should be a celebration, not a meet and greet. We wanted our guests to have fun andcreate memories on our special day.  

My wedding day was full of amazing moments. My favorite with Logan was waiting in the most beautiful room in the temple while our guests gathered in the room adjacent. I am so glad looking back that we had that private moment to share our feeling about the promises we were about to make to one another because the rest of the day we were constantly around people. My other favorite moment was seeing the faces of my loved ones as Logan and I entered the room where we were to be married. How fantastic to have a room filled with the people you love the most there to witness the most precious moment of your life!

My advice to brides:

1. Know Yourself and Your Style: This is so key to your wedding look. If you have never even seen Roman Holiday why would you have a vintage themed wedding? In my search for the styling of my wedding I found again and again brides who wanted a style that was so obviously did not reflect them as a couple. Now, personally, I don’t dig the whole Mickey and Minnie Disney themed weddings, but if you both are die hard Disney gurus, why not?!  Pick colors you like. Pick a venue with significance. Choose your details with you as a couple in mind. We had travel, motorcycles and chocolate all incorporated appropriately. Narrow down your good ideas to a few key things you want flowing throughout your day. Don’t let a “theme” overpower your wedding. YOU are the focus, not the peacock (if that is your theme).

2. Call in your troops: My mother has an amazing network of talented and wonderful friends.On the day of the wedding, my mother and Iwere no longer involved in setting up or any party details. This allowed us to ENJOY our day. If you have not hired a wedding planner, let people be involved and help! I was so glad my mother was not running around my reception making sure the dessert tables were stocked. Instead she was greeting guests and rocking out on the dance floor! She carefully delegated out responsibilities so she could enjoy the wedding!

3. Let experts be experts: Unless you are Martha Stewart, assume you are not the authority on desserts, on set up, on decorations…ask around! So many people had great ideas and advice. There are wonderful blogs and websites dedicated to idea sharing. Some I took andused. Others I did not, but I am so glad I got the scoop on people who had used my venue, had similar colors…etc.

4. Plan for a MARRIAGE not just a WEDDING: Planning your wedding is an amazing time to prepare for marriage. As much fun as it is to ooh and ahh in floral shops with your girlfriends, do not let it overpower the time and effort you are putting into your marriage. Remember you and your sweetheart are the focus – not the cake, not the favors. Put the wedding books aside and minimize the blogs for a quiet evening with your husband to be. You are preparing for a life together and that will last longer than the 6 hours you are paying your DJ.

Below is the face of a girl with more excitement in her body that she can bear.  I have been there so many times.  I usually end up jumping around and karate chop dancing to release it.  Otherwise I just start feeling the too much unreleased energy version of being constipated.  … Which sounds just terrible.  But you get me, right?  You probably get me.

So, my pretties, here are some ideas to speak to, below.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on the below, or on anything else that caught your eye!

1) How important to the success of a marriage do YOU think chemistry is?  What are you thoughts?  I’m dying to hear it.

2) What do you think of her bouquet?  How amazing is it that her sister made it for her!

3) The bike getaway.  Are you loving it as much as I am?


xoxo!  - Alison

Photography: Her and I Photography / Stylist and Designer (Stephanie Adams) / Lighting: Lighting Resources, Fresno, CA / Cinematography: Michael Burton, Core Studio Productions / Florist: Sarcie McFarland, Styling Stems / Wedding Gown: Vera Wang – White, David’s Bridal

Label(s): Color, Grey, Pink, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Lena on November 11, 2011

    I am squealing, “CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!” These two are so damn adorable, but her perspective on marriage instead of just a wedding is so wonderful.

    Chemistry is one of those wonderful words-who can really know what it means until you feel it with someone. You can always tell when a couple has chemistry, and I don’t know if two people fall in love without some measure of it. I know that when I’m around John, I still feel butterflies, even if I can tell you the location of every birth mark. And that, in my humble but besotted opinion, is chemistry.

    And that BOUQUET?! Holy shit, that bouquet. It’s amazing. Like I hope your weekend will be, my darling!

  2. Ilana on November 12, 2011

    Chemistry IS one of those elusive to describe, but easy to see when it’s there. I think it’s necessary at every stage of the relationship. Not so much when you first meet someone, because there’s physical attraction and getting-to-know-someone-new excitement, and I think that develops into a chemistry. It’s about getting each other’s quirks and laughing at the same inappropriate jokes and appreciating the silence together when you are both completely happy to sit quietly beside each other without speaking.

    My FH and I are renting a Harley for the day for our getaway, so I’m digging the bike. Fo Sho!!

    Totally beautiful, I just had to look through everything again. Love It!! Oh, and bridesmaids dresses? Nailed it.

  3. Jessica Stoker on November 13, 2011

    Here is our engagement video….we had it played at our wedding!

  4. Rya on November 14, 2011

    New idea of bouquet without flower… Ehmss… Jewellery will be most expensive bouquet for the bride

  5. Rya on November 14, 2011

    Bouquet without flower.. I never ever think about it before see the pictures … Ehmss… Jewellery will be most expensive bouquet for the bride

  6. Lauren on November 14, 2011

    What a beautiful wedding! Love the different shades of pink for the bridesmaids dresses, such a great idea and always looks so amazing in pictures. I’m having my bmaids do the same! I gave them some swatches of colors they have to stick with, but left the dress choosing up to them because I couldn’t imagine forcing them to wear something they didn’t love. Makes for a happier day overall. :) I’m so excited to see what they pick!

  7. Alyson on November 14, 2011

    GET OUT. A motorcycle getaway?!! Obviously we’re dealing with a very cool couple here.

  8. Rhiannon Nicole {Hey Gorg} on November 14, 2011

    This couple is way adorable! I love the plan for a Marriage and not just a Wedding advice too. This girl and I would get along just nicely! And the colours in this wedding are simply divine. Does the bride not look like a way gorgeous Tara Reid?! :) xoxo

  9. Sonia Sharma Events on November 14, 2011

    The brooch bouquet is awesome! We love the pops of coral too. Congratulations!

  10. Colleen {Soundtrack To I Do} on November 15, 2011

    Gorg. And the couple is maximum adorbs for sure. And I agree with Rhi that the bride totally looks like Tara Reid – beautiful! And… I think that chemistry is super important. However, I do think for some couples it is more easily captured on film than for others… just like some beautiful people are just not that photogenic, ya know? And in the end, chemistry is not what it’s really all about. I get the sense that this bride knows that. But it IS important. Ok I’m done now.

  11. bridal girl on November 16, 2011

    This is really amazing. The concept is so unique especially with the bouquet. Well done!!!

  12. Pearl on November 24, 2011

    Love the bride’s advice. Almost as much as I love her bouquet! Such a beautiful wedding!

  13. Elin on January 17, 2012

    Love the Kranse Kake….

  14. Louise on September 9, 2012

    love the different shades on pink on the bridesmaid dresses and the little chocolate cakes with raspberries look great.

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