Romeo & Juliet-Inspired Valentine’s Day Ideas

Antique Valentines Inspiration

The fact that Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year means there are probably a handful of weddings that will take place. And for those of you tying the knot on V-Day next year, or for anyone who simply wants to add a touch of romance to their wedding day, today’s editorial by Blu Event Design & Couture Florals is sure to inspire!

The photographer behind the beauty, Tiffany of Avant Images, shares, Our inspiration was a gorgeous antique table and deep green velvet chair. Based on the old world style of the pieces we planned to build the shoot around we chose Romeo and Juliet as our theme. As we brainstormed we asked ourselves what it might have looked like if the star crossed lovers hadn’t met their tragic fate, but instead were married. On Valentine’s Day. The most romantic of all the days.

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Antique Valentines Inspiration

Antique Valentines Inspiration

We adore this dreamy hellebore-filled bouquet!

Antique Valentines Inspiration

Antique Valentines Inspiration

Antique Valentines Inspiration

Antique Valentines Inspiration

The gorgeous beaded vintage Gossamer gown added another layer of enchantment to the setting.

Antique Valentines Inspiration

Antique Valentines Inspiration

Antique Valentines Inspiration

Grace and Serendipity created the most ethereal gold-flecked stationery for the shoot.

Antique Valentines Inspiration

Antique Valentines Inspiration

black and gold cake

What a beautiful setting, right?! We hope your Valentine’s Day looks even half as beautiful!

photography: Avant Images // planning, design + florals: Blu Event Design & Couture Florals // videography: Silver Shade Studios // stationery: Grace and Serendipity // wedding dress: Gossamer // hair + makeup: Mandy Trosclair // cake: Emerald Coast Custom Cakes

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For Her and For Him Bridesmaid Dresses

bridesmaid dresses from For Her and For Him

If you got engaged over the holidays or in the new year, it’s time to start hashing out the wedding details. Let’s start with a fun one, bridesmaid dresses, because not only is it one of our most favorite topics, but because the 2016 collection from For Her and For Him was just released and, trust us, it’s good!

For her and For Him is a US based designer of bridesmaid dresses, selling on-trend dresses your girls will love – all online. (And don’t fret, they ship worldwide + have a 100% return policy to eliminate any fear of online ordering.) But best of all, they’re having a HUGE New Year sale (from February 1st to February 29th) where bridesmaid dresses are up to 30% off and worldwide shipping is completely free!

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Isn’t the new collection so pretty? We are l-o-v-i-n-g those metallic frocks for a hint-of-glam soiree and the breezy, floral numbers would be perfect for a spring or summer al fresco celebration!

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But sometimes it’s best to see what the dresses will look like on real bridesmaids, and after being in business for five successful years, For Her and For Him has plenty of pretty captures to show off! Want to see even more? Check out the Real Weddings section of their website + see which of those real weddings have been featured!

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Did you see the perfect gowns for your girls? To see even more, to browse For Her and For Him’s stunning 2016 collection + to shop the giant New Year sale, visit their website today!

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Eclectic Westland Distillery Wedding: Kit + Ben

Westland Distillery Wedding

As Kit + Ben began planning their wedding, they quickly realized how important it was that the day be a reflection of both of their personalities and interests. It did not take long to label their aesthetic as eclectic, and by inviting Rachael of Lace & Likes, as well as their talented friends, to be a part of their special day, the beautiful setting created was truly built with love. K + B share more about that and, below, enjoy the gorgeous images shared with us by Studio Castillero!

As a musician, Ben created the party by incorporating friends’ different musical skills – a string band, a reggae/rock steady DJ, and a soul DJ spinning original 45 vinyl to keep people grooving into the night. With Ben’s additional artistic touch in making the folk-style paper goods, a pastry chef friend who baked the desserts, and a neighbor who roasts our favorite coffee in his basement for our favors, the celebration was truly a labor of Seattle love. It was so incredible to see our varied ideas and details come to life in a cohesive, personal way for our wedding!

Westland Distillery Wedding

pink bouquet

Now that’s a majorly gorgeous bouquet, and Siren Floral Co. is to thank for it!

Sarah Seven Dress

Westland Distillery Wedding

Westland Distillery Wedding

Kit wore a dreamy dress by Sarah Seven + Ben was killing it in Topman.

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Westland Distillery Wedding

Westland Distillery Wedding

Westland Distillery Wedding

Processional: Bridesmaids: Arioso – Bach; Bride: Canon in D – Pachelbel

Recessional: Le Rejouissance – Handel

First Dance: The Smile on Your Face – Little Ann

Westland Distillery Wedding

Westland Distillery Wedding

Westland Distillery Wedding

Westland Distillery Wedding

Westland Distillery Wedding

Westland Distillery Wedding

favors

Coffee favors are always a good idea!

Westland Distillery Wedding

escort cards

Westland Distillery Wedding

Westland Distillery Wedding

Westland Distillery Wedding

Westland Distillery Wedding

We just love this eclectic reception setting – the barrel room of Westland Distillery in Seattle.

Westland Distillery Wedding

Westland Distillery Wedding

Westland Distillery Wedding

Westland Distillery Wedding

Westland Distillery Wedding

desserts

Kit: Our first dance felt so full of love – unrehearsed, natural, and fun, just like we do together at home. At the end of the song, Ben picked me up and spun me around in a surreal moment of happiness that I will never forget.

Ben: I really enjoyed the post-ceremony/pre-reception time - walking down the church steps as the wind took Kit’s veil to the sky was amazing. Then we hopped in my cousin’s old Willys Jeep and rolled down the road with Hank Williams on the stereo, hugging, kissing, sipping whiskey and thinking, “We did it!”

Westland Distillery Wedding

If you are designing your wedding together, choose things that you each enjoy (e.g., painting table numbers versus choosing ceremony readings) and split up jobs accordingly to keep both partners involved and planning time equal(ish) between you both. Then, forget ALL about the planning day-of and get lost in the fun!

photography: Studio Castillero // venue: Westland Distillery Seattle, Washington // event design + planning: bride + Lace & Likes // florals + hairpieces: Siren Floral Co. // wedding dress: Sarah Seven // bridesmaid dresses: Forever 21, Nasty GalTopman, Nordstrom // hair + makeup: Urbanista Weddings // groom’s suit: Topman // paper goods: Ben Todd // catering: Cameron Catering // cake: Kobi Frum // music: Hi-O Revelers, DJ Prince Pauper, Emerald City Soul Club

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryStudio Castillero is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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