Peony Passion

Peonies are the most trendy flowers included in today’s arrangements.  They are sweetly scented and relatively inexpensive.  Their bulbs are large and their colors range from white to coral.  They can be paired beautifully with many accent colors.  Peonies are a sophisticated alternative to the rose.  Peonies bloom in May and June, making them the perfect choice for your outdoor wedding.  Here are five wedding themes that peonies compliment perfectly.

1. French Garden – French garden decor incorporates blue and green pastels with soft grey hues for a classic French look.  Light pink peonies are a perfect way to maintain continuity with the pastels while introducing another color for added interest.

2. Classic Nautical – Nautical decor mixes neutral tones of navy blue, white, and tan for a classic look.  Incorporating magenta or coral peonies add a bold punch of color to your decor while light pink or white peonies will add texture to your arrangements.  Consider pairing light peonies with an additional accent color like yellow or red.

3. Rustic Barn – Rustic barn decor is all about lots of earth tones and texture.  Mixing pines and other foliage with textured flowers is a great way to play up this effect.  Peonies are very soft and delicate so using light colors like white or light pink intermixed with ferns and berries can create an interesting look.

4. Black Tie – Black tie weddings are focused on elegance.  White peonies with smooth, dark green leaves can help create that clean, classic, and sophisticated look.

5. Shabby Chic – Shabby chic decor is all about color and texture.  Any color peony works magically with a shabby chic look.  Combine white, light pink, and magenta bulbs of different stages (some closed, some opened) for a natural look.

Emerald Everywhere

I found this photo on The Bride's Guide on marthastewartweddings.com - follow this link for more inspiration:http://thebridesguide.marthastewartweddings.com/2011/01/inspiration-emerald.html/emerald_green_wedding

I found this photo on The Bride’s Guide on marthastewartweddings.com – follow this link for more inspiration: http://thebridesguide.marthastewartweddings.com/2011/01/inspiration-emerald.html/emerald_green_wedding

I hope everyone had a wonderful time over the holidays and is excited for the start of a New Year!  After the end of a long semester, I decided to take a break from True Blue Wedding for a little while to spend time with family and friends.

There is no color us lovers of the outdoors cherish more than green (and blue of course)!  This year, Pantone named Emerald the color of the year for 2013.  Emerald is rich and bold and is one of the most flattering of jewel tones.

If you’re having an outdoor wedding, there will be tons of green all around you, so emerald on it’s own may not be what you’re looking for.  Luckily, there are so many combinations of colors that emerald works well with.  Here is a list to give you some creative inspiration!

Emerald and navy are classic and clean.

Emerald and other jewel tones.  Think magenta, midnight blue, or amber.

Emerald and peacock feathers.  Pull out colors from the peacock feathers to accent other factors of your reception.  The peacock theme will work well with invitations and centerpieces.

Emerald and other shades of green and yellow are a fun and bold combination.  Shades like chartreuse and lemon can bring out the beautiful colors in nature.

Emerald and white create fresh and clean elegance.

Emerald and lavender are simple and fresh.  Lavender looks great with any rustic decor as well.

 

 

9 Ways to Decorate with Mason Jars

I love the look of a classic mason jar.  Lately, it seems like they are popping up everywhere!  They are really inexpensive and because the jar has such a simple design, there is really so much you can do with them.  Here are nine ways you can use a mason jar at your wedding; whatever the season!

1. Fill them with Christmas lights.  Take a mason jar and drill a whole in the bottom center.  Then, fill with lights and string them through the bottom to plug into an outlet.  It is a great way to add some soft lighting and interest to your décor. (You can try this with empty wine bottles too!)

2. Pour water inside of the jar and place flowers or candles on top of the water.  Cut flower heads and place them on top of the water.  Instead of flowers, you can also use tealight candles. They will float on top and create an ethereal effect.

3. Fill them with an arrangement.  They make great centerpieces!

4. Fill the jar halfway with sand.  Then, put a small candle in the sand and wrap a piece of twine or ribbon around the top of the jar.

5. I found this idea on Oh Lovely Day!  Place old family wedding photos and your engagement photos in the jars and place them around centerpieces.

6. Put a small colored glass votive inside of the mason jar.  A simple and creative way to add some color!

7. Use the jars as cups for drinks!  This is a really cute idea for summer weddings.

8. One of the newest trends for centerpieces I keep seeing is a plant submerged in water.  Here is a really beautiful idea I found on Better Homes and Gardens using cranberries, candles, and greenery.

9. Fill a mason jar with sand and place the head of a flower on top.  Pale pink roses look beautiful against the color of the sand.