Styling Sunday 5: The ABC's behind the "I Do's"

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Behind the “I do’s” are memories, history and a magical love story that’s all your own.  But, quite literally, what’s behind you?  What will you choose to surround you and your partner as you say your vows?  I’ve broken it down into three simple categories: A, B and C.  Altars, Backdrops and Canopies! Oh my!  These design aspects are a great way to introduce your wedding's theme because the ceremony is usually the first item on the agenda, am I right?  How you style your aisle really sets the tone.

At first I thought about giving you all the low-down on all three categories today, but I thought I'd better stretch out the process over three weeks and give you one letter at a time.  More dedication to each category that way.  So, today: Altars!

Altars aren’t often seen in weddings these days.  They are traditionally used in religious ceremonies or rituals.  Altars are usually flat tables where perhaps flowers, a unity candle or other ceremonial trinkets are placed.  If your wedding takes place in a church, obviously an altar will make an appearance.  Don’t let their origins fool you, though.  You can easily utilize a console table or vintage buffet for your outdoor wedding.  Even a faux-fireplace makes for a pretty alternative.  There is much beauty in the simplicity of a bare altar, but piling on dense strands of flowers and leaves is quite exquisite, too.
(Click for sources: Soft Pink Altar , Fireplace Mantle, Cross Table, Woodland Tree Stump Altar)

Stay tuned for next week's post about our "B" of the ABC's: Backdrops!  Oh, I just cant wait!  Those are my fave!  Until next Sunday, my stylists.
xoxo, Kim

Destination Wedding Spots: Historical Italian Churches- Religious Ceremonies

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Ciao from Italia!
I am currently in the midst of studying abroad in Rome, Italy! From the beginning of April to mid-June I will be spending my time studying, traveling throughout Italy as well as in nearby countries, and finding the most beautiful and unique wedding destination spots to share with all of you! From historical churches to outdoor venues Italy has so much to offer you on your special day. If you are interested in having your own destination wedding or are simply intrigued with the beauty and history behind these venues be sure to keep an eye out for my posts!

One of my first days in Rome, Italy we had a walking tour throughout the city, highlighting places such as the Pantheon, Saint Peter’s Basilica, and San Clemente. Though these specific churches are reserved for religious ceremonies rather than civil ones, you are able to arrange your wedding in all public churches within Rome. If you are a devout Catholic and Rome is your calling I would highly advise looking into any one of these beautiful and historically rich locations.

The Pantheon was built during a 3 year period between 27 BC and 14 AD by Marcus Agrippa and was later destroyed and rebuilt in the year 110 AD. From the outside view, the Pantheon consists of 16, 39 by 5 foot granite columns.  Directly in front of the building is a beautiful 16th century marble fountain “Fontana del Pantheon”, (an excellent photo op!) From the inside, the 150 foot diameter circular room is engulfed in lavish textiles, engravings, and sculptures that are meticulously painted in soft neutral colors. There is a hole in the center of the dome shaped roof, allowing for fresh air and natural light to fill the room (be sure to consider the weather if booking a ceremony, a potential down pour might call for a pair or two of rain-boots). Between two massive grooved marble columns, opposite of the entrance, lies the extravagant high alter, covered in marble. The high alter also contains a copy of the 13th century icon of the Madonna. If you are a historical buff looking for a religious ceremony in Rome, Italy the Pantheon may be everything you’ve ever dreamed of!

*Pictures below were taken during my visit to the Pantheon!

Watch out for the next addition to wedding destinations as I will be traveling north of Rome to the City of Water, Venice!

Till next time,
Lauren Zehnder

Just A Few Food-Tastic International Wedding Traditions

Friday, April 17, 2015
In Italy, wedding guests each receive five sugared almonds, like those coveted Jordan Almonds from my all time favorite movie, Bridesmaids. Each candy represents a different well wish for the bride and groom: health, happiness, wealth, fertility and longevity. The almonds also serve to remind the couple that life has both a bitter side and a sweet one. These sugar coated almonds have also been used to shower the bride and groom during their grand exit as a newly married couple. Edible confetti? A must.
In South Korea, the bride and groom's families toss chestnuts and dried dates to the couple, which the bride attempts to catch in the skirt of her wedding gown. It is believed that the fruits and nuts gathered in her gown represent the number of children that the couple will have. Hoping to have a large family? Extend the traditional invitation to your friends, too.

One of Japan's most famous wedding rituals is called the san-san-kudo, when the bride and groom take turns sipping sake from three different cups of varying sizes stacked on top of each other. The first three sips (san) represent three couples: the bride and groom, and the bride’s parents, and the groom’s parents. Ku, which means "nine", is considered a lucky number. This moment seals the marriage and represents the couple's newly formed and unbreakable bond.


Janice Hussey, Food-Tastic Friday Blogger

Share a bit of your love story!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

What better way to personalize your wedding than to share with your guests the real reason why they are there in the first place! I am a total hopeless romantic so I love to know the cute details about how you two met, when you started dating, awesome dates that you have been on, how he proposed, etc. and I know that all of your other nosey guests are interested too! I think the best way to do so is through pictures. Having a power point video of a bunch of pictures and a playlist of your favorite songs is a great way to do that, or incorporate some picture frames of the two of you for the centerpieces at each table. I've even seen a table runner made of pictures going down the tables as well. This also gives guests something to look at while they are sitting down with their drinks or waiting for dinner. You can also share some fun facts about the two of you in a "bio" section of your programs. Or you could make it simple and list out some of the important dates on a chalkboard for guests to see as they are walking in. "December 12th, 2010: the first day we met. January 5th, 2011: our first date. October 3rd, 2014: He asked, I said yes!" etc. And then my personal favorite, I attended a very fun wedding this summer where the man that ordained the bride and groom was also the person who had introduced them as kids many years ago! He cracked a couple jokes about the two and told a few funny stories about them during the ceremony, it was very sweet! I personally think it is a cute idea to add a little personality into the ceremony or to your vows to liven it up a little bit. Everyone's love story is very different and unique, and it is a perfect touch to share a little bit of it on your big day!
Your personalization blogger,

Introducing Elegant Affairs' new look

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Since its inception in 2005, our first logo was text based then a few years later our logo changed to incorporate three wedding photos. Even though I loved that logo so much but celebrating our 10th Anniversary this August it was a time to change.

For nearly a year I have have been thinking how we can take Elegant Affairs to the next level and finally during the Seattle Wedding Show in January; Rachel, Kim and I really started to put our plan in action. Stemming from our Secret Garden themed booth, we came up with how we wanted Elegant Affairs to reflect who we are now.

Coming up with font styles we liked and a color palette the next step was to find a designer who understood our vision and then I found Sofie Boyer. From our first conversation she got what we were looking for and quickly came up with a design and we couldn't have been happier.

So I am pleased to introduce the Elegant Affairs new primary and secondary logos!!! I hope you fall in love with them as we have!!!

Our primary logo is perfect for Elegant Affairs as it "elegant" (haha) and classy because of the calligraphy font and paired with a little whimsical for the flowers and greenery. If you look closer at the gold "Elegant Affairs" it has a little sparkle.

If you remember we used the gorgeous anemones in our floral headpieces at the Seattle Wedding Show gorgeously crafted by the fabulous Rachel and the greenery we used in our garland for our table and for the chair wreaths.

I would love to give a huge thanks to our designer Sofie Boyer for her beautiful work. It was truly a pleasure working with you.

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