A Blueprint for Success
By Kristy Rice, Photos by Gideon Photo
Let’s face it…frilly florals, lace textures galore and pretty pastels are not for everyone. So our gents have fast become an integral part of the planning process and there is no turning back. The word couple in today’s wedding climate pictures the true sense of the word. Two hearts meet, yes, but two minds as well.
Long gone are the days where our partners take a back seat to the small, visually based decisions. Mindsets have shifted from one side of the couple making only the big financial decisions, while the other focuses on the visuals. Today couples are a puzzle pieced together with common vision and mutual investment in the visual and emotional statement their wedding intends to make.
The design and overall feel of your wedding should begin with your wedding invitations and paper details and carry through into all of your wedding design and decor. From your table settings, to your place cards and signage all through your wedding, each piece can speak to your design aesthetic and taste.
Here the Groom’s profession was the single inspiration for décor. Architecture in all its structure, form and function became our muse for a thoughtful celebration of design. The blueprint specifically became the key, speaking subtly in shades of a classic moody blueprint hue along with accents of amber.
An engraved invitation featuring a blueprint-esque illustration of Southern Utah’s iconic rock formations was the first glimpse guests had into all that was to come, making it clear that frills and fluff would not play a part in the forthcoming celebration. The angular and structured lines of a blueprint were softened where they appeared by watercolor moments in shades of indigo and amber. Place cards fashioned after faded, vintage map compasses make a statement honoring our theme but in a subtle manner.
Stationery is an Art:
Do you possess artistic skills that have you considering a DIY paper adventure? Or perhaps your partner has a wild concept that will be tricky to execute in a elegant fashion? Wonderful, but do consider working with a professional to guide you through the logistics of paper, print and finish to ensure you can focus on what you love most about the invitation process. In a truly custom design experience paper, ink, calligraphy and even wording become elements making up an artistic composition, much like an artists’ brushstroke on a canvas. A stationer worth their salt will welcome immersive collaboration with you. Practicing artists and designers are irreplaceable along the journey to discover your love story on paper. Imagine having a soundboard, idea springboard and artisan to partner with and execute your vision!
To Flower or Not to Flower?
Just a small change from silver flatware to copper drinkware and accessories can evolve the table’s mood easily. Additionally using the typically utilitarian as décor, allows a more reserved use of flowers. Carefully curated bottles of wine, bold salt and pepper grinders, a curious pin stripe cloth napkin and a loosely gathered runner create a sumptuous scene but without an overflow of flora.
Our bride welcomed the chance to indulge in a bit of luxurious bounty with her floral choices but keeping the color palette moody and reserved, preserved the more masculine voice of the design aesthetic as a whole. Deep red dahlias, berry toned ranunculus, chocolate cosmos and burgundy hued filler settled comfortably nearby more feminine, pastel garden roses.
Pink has its place:
Rich blues, merlot and even eggplant play it safe towards a classically masculine color palette but a mindful touch of light pinks and greens create an unexpected color story. Bountiful vines in all shades of silvery green surround more intense and shadowy hues effortlessly. Without the whispers of pink and green, the heavier colors could quickly become just that…too heavy. Developing an eye for balance will keep your color palette fresh and dynamic.
Keep the Theme Subtle
Our blueprint and architecture theme works so effortlessly because overdoing it just wasn’t a part of our design vocabulary. The word “theme” strikes fear in so many couples just launching their wedding planning. Producing a design plan with a specific theme in mind can certainly keep you focused, leaving the distraction of countless blogs and magazines in check but take it too far and your theme can become a matchy-matchy misstep. So avoid the urge to plaster every surface with evidence of your theme choice. Instead make mindful selections as to where the more obvious themed elements will appear.
When both sides of the couple commit to developing the wedding design aesthetic, pure magic can happen. Just like a formula for a solid marriage, good design makes paramount, balance, compromise and thoughtful choices.
Cake- Cupcakes By Julie
Design & Styling- Forevermore Events
Hair- Evan Stowers Studio
Makeup- Makeup by Chantel
Photos- Gideon Photo
Props- Urban Renewal
Rentals- St George Party Rentals
Suit- Mens Warehouse
Stationery- Momental Designs
Venue- The Knox Residence