Wedding Wednesday

Wedding Wednesday: The Colors

1. how it all began: how you met, first date, first kiss, how long did you date? first picture together…..etc.
2. when you knew he was the one: self explanatory.. but how and when did you know?
3. proposal: how it happened, how long were you engaged for? was it a total surprise? pictures of that… etc.
4. the ring: tell us about it! did you pick it out? did he? pictures! tell us about his ring too!
5. engagement/bridal pictures: let’s see em!
6. the colors: show some of the flower and colors you used
7. the dress: was it what you always imagined? did you have it made for you? white or ivory?
8. the little accessories: you know, veil? shoes? jewelry? what did your bridesmaids wear?
9. the reception: where was it at? show us some pictures! what day did you get married?
10. the cake/food: i love food. so tell me about what you had at your wedding!
11. your song and/or the first song you danced to at your wedding: share a music video or lyrics if you can!
12. favorite part of the day and least favorite part of the day: can be anything.
13. honeymoon: where did you go? was it good? 😉 haha…jk.
14. thoughts on marriage: what is the easiest/hardest part? if you could change anything, what would it be?
15. first place that you lived together: pics if you have them!
16. kids: do you have any yet? if not, when do you plan on it? how many do you want? any tips on good/bad birth control?
17. most recent picture of you and your significant other and what you love most about them 🙂 and any other thoughts.

When I was younger and people would ask me about my future wedding colors (why do people ASK that??), I would always respond, “turquoise and fuchsia.” I wasn’t kidding. But, as the task of planning my own (real) wedding came up, I decided that my 10-year-old hunches were not always spot-on. I could only imagine what my family would have said at the prospect of wearing blue and hot pink.

So then I was thinking that I should do a red, white, and blue color scheme—not like patriotic red, white, and blue, but more like a china-bowl bright blue and a berry red. That idea was instantly shot down by my mother, who said that she was not going to be decorating with flags anytime soon (although I told her several times that a patriotic theme wasn’t the intention).

By the time I got to the wedding decorator’s business, I had tentatively picked out navy blue and yellow. But, when I saw the colors together, I actually really didn’t like them. I did, however, really fall in love with a “peacock blue” table she had on display by the door. And thus the idea for doing a peacock-inspired wedding was born.

Since peacock feathers can be kind of intense, I decided to lighten up the table arrangements a bit with lemon slices inside the vases. I half-heartedly toyed with the idea of making all the women in the party wear peacock feathers in their hair (like in an old-fashioned saloon), but decided against it. (You can thank me now for that, family).

So here are some of the pictures of how it all came together (pictures courtesy of Valor Photography):

I thought my florist did an inspired job with my bouquet: she was a bit nervous about using peacock feathers in the arrangement, but I love how unique it turned out. I chose three of my absolute favorite flowers to go in it: lilies, peonies, and tulips. Spring flowers are my favorite, so I sure was glad we got married in the spring!!

I really didn’t want to have formal “bridesmaids” at the wedding (partly because there were so many women that would be included!), so I just let everyone pick out their own outfits based around the color scheme. One of my biggest regrets from my wedding day is that we never did get any pictures of our families all dressed up in their wedding attire before the reception started (people were just enjoying the luncheon too much!). But luckily, we did get some pictures up at the temple after the ceremony, and I really love how those turned out. Here’ s some candid shots of the kids that I think showcase their awesome outfits:

And then here’s a couple more (from Chelsee Hanna Photography):

(we did actually get matching ties for all the men though. Here I am with my 2 brothers)

Overall, I’m happy with the colors I chose. If I was to do it all over again, I might have gone with something more subtle (like ivory and rose, with hints of pale green), but that’s okay. I would never, ever want to plan a wedding again. Too much stress. But you’ve got to do it once, right?

Thanks for reading, and happy Wednesday!

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