Unique Wedding Tablescapes from Elizabeth Duncan Events

Every couple deserves a color palette and wedding design that is true to their style. That’s why Elizabeth Duncan Events has put together four distinctive table-setting designs that are sure to inspire creativity this wedding season! Pulling this season’s inspiration straight from the runway, Elizabeth tells you her creative process along the way.
Colorful Party
Pops of color add a punch here and there, but, this year, the runways were full of rainbow stripes. Blending this trend with bold geometrics and a little Kate Spade preppy chic, resulted in a fun and vibrant design.
– Elizabeth

The Talented TeamStyling – Elizabeth Duncan Events
Photography – Sweet Tea Photography
Floral Décor – Amaryllis
Venue – Shakespeare Theatre Company Sidney Harman Hall
Printed Materials – Winifred Paper
Linens, chairs and place-settings – DC Rental
DIY – Ribbon Ties Chair Accent, Paint Chip Table Number
Sophisticated Gingham
Gingham is everywhere this season, so we took the it-print of the moment and paired it with rustic and masculine details for the perfect industrial garden-inspired design.
– Elizabeth

The Talented TeamStyling – Elizabeth Duncan Events
Photography – Sweet Tea Photography
Floral Décor – Philippa Tarrant
Venue – Shakespeare Theatre Company Sidney Harman Hall
Printed Materials – Winifred Paper
Linens and Flatware – Party Rental
China, Glassware and Chairs – DC Rental
DIY – Bread sleeve place cards
Ice Blue Art Deco
Incorporating one of the “Cool” colors of the season and another trend all over the runways, brilliant beading, we designed a wedding that encapsulates the glamour and decadence of the early 1920s.
– Elizabeth

The Talented TeamStyling – Elizabeth Duncan Events
Photography – Sweet Tea Photography
Floral Décor – Distinctive Floral Design
Venue – Shakespeare Theatre Company Sidney Harman Hall
Printed Materials – The Dandelion Patch
Linens and place-settings – DC Rental
Flatware – Party Rental
Hair and Make-up – Alison Harper & Co.
Wedding Gown – Hitched SalonAmy Kuschel, and Modern Trousseau
Model – Stephanie Farina
Sweet Sunshine
Sunshine and happiness go hand in hand. That’s why we took a cue from Jenny Packham’s 2015 line and let yellow be our inspiration for a tropical beach-inspired wedding. Palm leaves, pineapples, and plenty of bright yellow blooms are a perfect way to brighten your wedding day.
– Elizabeth

The Talented TeamStyling – Elizabeth Duncan Events
Photography – Sweet Tea Photography
Floral Décor – Philippa Tarrant
Venue – Shakespeare Theatre Company Sidney Harman Hall
Printed Materials – The Dandelion Patch
Table linen – Wildflower
Cocktail linen and china – DC Rental
Chairs, Glassware and Flatware – Party Rental
Hair and Make-up – Alison Harper & Co.
Dress – Hitched Salon, Amy Kuschel
Model – Natalie Rutherford
DIY – Pineapple Table Number, Palm Leaf Menu
A special thank you to Elizabeth Duncan Events for sharing these four creative wedding tablescapes with us! To request information about Elizabeth Duncan Events, check out her listing on our Washington DC’s Best Wedding Planners page.  Need more help choosing your perfect wedding design? Head over to this Ask the Expert post: Wedding Design Tips and Ideas from Cassandra Santorcheap formal dresses

Junebug’s 10 Favorite Summer Bouquet Trends

Flowers are the classic staple of any extraordinary wedding. They add life, texture, and a freshness that is much appreciated by your wedding design. Your unique floral combinations are what set your wedding apart from the rest, creating a one-of-a-kind atmosphere for your big day! The bridal bouquet is the signature floral piece, and that’s why it should be uniquely you. Over here at Junebug, we rave about awesome florals and truly can’t get enough of inspiring combinations for breathtaking weddings. Hoping to inspire an unforgettable floral design on your special day, we’ve gathered up some of our favorite summer bouquet trends. Take a look!
Photography: Katelyn Shanice; Floral Design: Doniphan Flowers & Gifts; See more from the wedding here!

Photography: Caitlin B Photography; Floral Design: Flower Power Products; See more from the styled shoot here!

Photography: Danielle Real Photography; Floral Design: Wollam Gardens; See more from the wedding here!

Photography: Monica Mae Photography; Floral Design: Andy Castano Design; See more from the wedding here!

Photography: Maria Sundin Photography; Floral Design: Antheia Flowers; See more from the styled shoot here!

Photography: Nyk + Cali; Floral Design: A Village of Flowers; See more from the wedding here!
Photography: Megan Robinson Photography; Floral Design: Scenemakers; See more from the styled shoot here!

Photography: Rebecca Silenzi; Floral Design: Grazie dei Fiori; See more from the styled shoot here!

Photography: Jess Petrie Photography; Floral Design: Emma Weddings and Events; See more from the styled shoot here!

Photography: Sun + Life Photography; Floral Design: Francine Biton; See more from the styled shoot here!
Got your summer bouquet covered but need more floral inspiration and design tips? Check out this Ask the Expert on How to Plan Your Floral Design!  cheap ball dresses auckland


How to Look and Feel Great on Your Wedding Day

Looking great on your wedding day is important, but what’s even more important is feeling great. Instead of focusing on pounds and inches, today’s From Blogger to Bride is going to focus on how to feel your loveliest and healthiest in time for your wedding. I don’t know about you guys, but I definitely don’t want to feel weak and tired walking down that aisle. Instead, I hope to feel strong, confident, and happy! There are so many posts and guides out there telling us how to lose weight quickly, but that’s not healthy nor is it safe to starve yourself while you’re planning a wedding. If any of you have come across CarlyRowena before, then you know this fitness guru is all about manageable goals and positive life changes. Luckily for us, Carly is here today to share 10 tips on how to stay happy and healthy before and after walking down the aisle.

1 – There’s nothing better than working out with someone you adore and most of my clients find it attractive watching a loved one work up a sweat. Cardio based activities like heading outside for a run, hitting the golf course, going for a swim or just a simple stroll after dinner are surprisingly good for your waist line and your relationship. If you feel like turning it up a notch try a Hot Yoga, Kettlebells or Circuits class together or if you really like to tackle things head on, grab some boxing gloves and take out the days stresses with a couple of rounds, my partner always grab the gloves when feeling frustrated and it always ends with us in fits of laughter as well as sweat.

2 – Before a wedding it’s great to try and keep stresses low so add in a run or walk at the weekend followed by couples yoga to relax, however if your finding the whole wedding experience a breeze take up a challenge like bouldering, climbing or spinning. After the wedding you might need to work off those extra honeymoon pounds so find a local gym you can both go to and invest in having an induction or getting a trainer to show you how to make the most out of your workout.
3 – When it comes to abs it’s all about compound movements, I’ve never done a crunch in my life. Squats, Deadlifts and Pull-ups are some of the best moves you can do as they work your whole body and force your core to work under weight. Another incredible core cruncher is obviously the plank but get creative, lift one arm, one leg or even try planking on top of each other!
(if you don’t know what a deadlift is, check out Carly’s video below)
4 – Food is the biggest way to make positive changes to your body but that doesn’t mean drop your calories to zero and avoid carbs. Aim to eat around 1800 calories a day full of natural, non processed ingredients and up your water to 3litres for better skin and circulation. The best quote to go by, if you can’t kill it or pick it, have less of it.
5 –Healthy and glowing is going to look one million times better on that your wedding day than malnourished and tired so aim to nourish your body. Have 3 – 4 well balanced meals throughout the day with a couple of snacks if you need them, drink lots of water and try to get plenty of sleep. I find apps like MyFitnessPal and Sleep Cycle are great to keep track of how you’re doing.

6 – Having a healthy lifestyle is all about preparation, stick to it for 4 weeks and it becomes a habit. Plan the food shop together and try to do it online as it resists temptation to buy products you don’t need (and keeps the finances in check) plan your meal times and aim to eat together. Healthy food is no longer boring so challenge each other to come up with a new recipe each week, go out to healthier restaurants or even try a cooking class.

7 – Take time out, we all get trapped in the hype around weddings, too much pressure from friends, family members and yourself can destroy your big day, so remember to have a reality check, You’re marrying the one you love, you should be having fun. Remember to make time for date nights, have a blackout evening where you switch out the world, invest in an adult colouring book, a yoga class or even a salsa lesson.
8 – It seems that whenever anyone wants to change their body they drop their calories as low as possible and up their workouts, this works fantastically for about 2 -3 weeks until they crash and burn. Think of your body as a plate, don’t take everything away straight away, start with a couple of small changes to the way you eat, have a better breakfast, eat more veggies, add more water and try some exercise classes, watch as the weight starts to fall off, then once you have plateau’d take another look at what you could change, remove the biscuits, have one less glass of wine and go for a walk after dinner. Give your body more time to adjust, it’s a journey, not a destination.

9 – There’s no such thing as good or bad food, just the amount. My top tip would be to try and make everything yourself, that way you know what’s in it and my other tip is to experiment, have you tried everything yet?
10 – Remember to stay in love, sometimes the best couples of their wedding day are the ones that remembered why they were doing it, yes you want to look your best but also you want to have the best time, relax, let your hair down and show the world why you’re getting married, you’ll look beautiful no matter what you do.

Thanks so much to Carly for her sound advice. If you’re looking for more fitness tips and inspiration, be sure to check out Carly’s blog and Youtube channel. Next time on From Blogger to Bride, we’re talking about one of the most important vendors you’ll hire for your wedding. If you want a hint, here’s a riddle for you: What type of decor is not seen, but can make or break your wedding’s vibes? Happy wedding planning!  cheap formal dresses australia

4 Ways to Add Personality to Your Engagement Photos

5o years from now, when you’re flipping through your engagement photographs, you’re going to want your photos to bring back memories of you as a couple. That’s why it’s important to ensure your engagement photos are authentic and memorable; filled with personality. We’ve put together 4 simple rules when it comes to planning your engagement photo shoot. Follow these rules, and your photos will always bring you joy!
1. Incorporate Your Hobbies
What better way to show your personalities than doing the things you love doing together in your photos?

Angela Varveri of Rchive Visual Storytellers

2. Be Yourselves
If you and your partner are goofballs, staring intensely into the camera for those “serious” photos may not be the way to go. Don’t be afraid to be yourselves and get goofy in front of the camera.

3. Get Your Pet Involved
Obsessed with your dog, cat…or chicken? Why not let them in on the fun? Just be sure to let your photographer know so they can plan ahead.

4. Choose a Sentimental Location 
Choosing a location that holds a special place in your hearts is so much more meaningful than just taking your photos at the most scenic spot in town. Get inspiration from thinking about the place you met, fell in love, your favorite date spot, or the proposal location.