Time-Travel Inspired Vintage Wedding

“Love is timeless. It is the memory of the past, the happiness of today, and the promise of tomorrow.”

In April, I had the pleasure of teaming up with the wildly talented (not to mention sweetest ever!) Jessica Christie Photography for one of her signature With Love Workshops. Jessica approached me, hoping I would take her vision of a vintage, time-travel themed wedding and engagement shoot and bring it to life. Of course, I was more than thrilled to partner with her on this endeavor, and I am so excited to be sharing the fruits of our labor (these gorgeous images) on my blog!

Engagement Shoot Favorites

Wedding Beauties

A huge thank-you to all of the amazing wedding vendors who came alongside us for this shoot — we absolutely couldn’t have done it without you!

Venue: Creekside Tree Nursery

Vintage Rentals: Chairished Vintage Rentals

Reception Rentals: Colorado Party Rentals

Florist: The Perfect Petal

Models: Katie Etcheverry & Alexej Halvorson

Dress: Maggie Evans Design

Make Up Artist: Lindsay Ambrosio

Hair Stylist: Shelbie Borgman

Cake: Krissy’s Sweet Treats

Invitations & Paper Goods: Vintage Invites

Jewelry: Lucky & Me.

Photography Assistant: Shalynne Imaging


Spring Cleaning!

Each spring, I get antsy for a fresh start — in one way or another. Over the weekend, I spent time making a list of all of the places in my home I need to sift through (closets and cupboards, mostly) — so today, it’s Paisley Kay’s turn! I have been itching to give my blog a facelift, and make it, well, a little bit less predictable. Currently, I blog on Mondays and feature an image I love on Wednesdays. All fine and dandy, but mixing it up sounds like much more fun! So, beginning next week, Paisley Kay Event Design blog followers are going to get a mixed bag of the following:

  • Beautiful images that inspire
  • Anything that’s wonderfully wedding
  • Creative ideas for other events that mark major life milestones — baby showers, bridal showers, anniversary celebrations (If you have any other events you’d like to see me blog about, leave a comment on this post!)
  • A sneak peek into the life of Paisley Kay — things I’m working on, vendors I’m working with, seminars I’m attending, real weddings and clients of mine, styled shoots I’m designing, things that are sparking my imagination — this list literally could go on and on…

As these posts start to roll out, I would love your feedback! What do you like? What don’t you like so much? What would you like to see me cover that I am not covering currently? As much as this blog is a creative and professional outlet for me, I want it to be a fun, helpful, encouraging and interesting place for you to visit, too. So, please feel free to speak up!

I hope you enjoy the fruits of my spring cleaning labor…

Something Old & Something New: Bridal Gown Redo

One of the bridal trends that is quickly gaining popularity is something many brides in days past would have never (ever!) even considered. The latest trend in wedding attire means brides are actually wearing the dresses of their mothers, grandmothers and sisters down the aisle — minus the puffy sleeves, teal sashes and any other details that once upon a time were in vogue, but now seem, well, indiscriminate. They are giving these dresses complete (and amazing!) makeovers, and I promise, the transformations will leave you blown away. If this sort of thing fills you with excitement and you have a dress in mind, fabulous!

If you’re still skeptical, or don’t have a “something old” dress to start with you’re not alone. Read on…

Considering my mother’s wedding dress to be my own was never an option for two reasons. One, she was tiny (both vertically and horizontally), so I couldn’t even get her dress over my kneecaps to mull it over. Two, I had never considered the possibility that her very of-the-time gown from 1984 could ever be transformed into something that would be even remotely fashionable in the 21st century.

In light of that story, I wanted to share some other ways I considered incorporating my mother and grandmother’s wedding day attire into mine, so I could indeed carry pieces of two very important women with me on one of the most special days of my life.

Incorporate just a piece of someone special’s wedding fashion into yours. While not everyone is crazy about you cutting a chunk out of their heirloom, my mother definitely considered letting me snip a piece of lace from her 15-foot train to wrap around my bridal bouquet. While I didn’t end up doing it simply because I felt bad, there are plenty of other options, like sewing a small piece of her dress — even the liner! — or grandmother’s handkerchief into your dress.

Veils are far more fashionably timeless than dresses. Whether it’s a fluffy veil your sister was married in, a lengthy cathedral veil that was your mother’s, or grandmother’s birdcage veil, all are still beautiful and can be easily incorporated into your bridal style — even if your dress is really modern.

What gal doesn’t like vintage jewelry? One of my favorite pastimes — from the time I was 3 until now — is going on a treasure hunt in my mother and grandmothers’ jewelry boxes. There is never a lack of beauty to be found, and they have pieces that are so unique and beautiful I could have never found the match from a bridal boutique or department store. Whether it’s a simple pair of earrings, or the entire set of her bridal jewels, I promise that wearing a special trinket or piece of bling with rich family history will make your day that much more special!

I want to hear from you! What is (or was) your something old or borrowed?

Wedding Planning: Including the Groom

Once upon a time, a groom almost never involved himself in the planning of a wedding — disinterest, intimidation, hard-pressed for time? Whatever the reason, it just didn’t happen as frequently as it seems to be happening now. I am really excited and encouraged when I see a groom at a bridal show, or when a bride comes to me explaining that the groom’s point-of-view is essential to keep in mind during the planning. I think it is so important to ensure both the bride and the groom are happy with the planning process and final wedding product — but also that guests see both people’s personalities in the ceremony and reception. Following are a few of my favorite ways to involve your man in the plans:

Incorporate His Hobbies

Does he love golf? Consider a golf club as your wedding venue. Is he a cigar aficionado? Have a cigar bar at the reception. Regardless of how it manifests, it’s his day just as much as it is yours — so making sure his hobbies and interests are present will make it special for him, too!

Color Combination

Do you love pink, but he isn’t too keen on a super girlie wedding? Consider toning it down with a more masculine, complementary color — such as blue, grey or taupe. Or, find a way to mix your favorite colors together, or to use a color combination you both like!

Delegate Tasks

If he is willing to help, you might as well take him up on it! Find tasks and to-dos that he’ll enjoy pitching in on, such as setting up meetings with a few DJs, picking out the menswear for the wedding party — really anything he’s excited about that you could use the support on. Even having him come along with you to meet the planner and participate in the cake tasting can create fun bonding experiences!

Personalize the Catering

Consider incorporating his favorite food into the catering. Even if it’s something as bachelor-friendly as macaroni and cheese or pizza, there are always ways to “fancy” it up for a wedding menu. You can also salute your groom by using his favorite drink in your signature cocktail. If he’s a big whiskey fan, an Old Fashioned, Manhattan or even a Mint Julep might be the perfect libation for guests to sip at your cocktail hour!

I want to hear from you! How did you find the perfect balance of both bride and groom at your wedding?

Colorado Bridal Show: 2013 Trend Confirmation

Yesterday was such a great day at the Colorado Bridal Show! I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of brides-to-be, and cannot wait to have the opportunity to work with them! Since today is full of following up with said brides, this post is going to be short and sweet. After seeing all kinds of talented wedding vendors and what they had to offer yesterday, I wanted to post about some of the trends that are really making their mark in the wedding industry. Following are the top five trends I’m seeing, and it just so happens they’re really fun and easy to incorporate into real Colorado weddings.

Emerald Green is Pantone’s 2013 color of the year, which I am really excited about! It’s a color that’s gorgeous, rich, and can be mixed and matched with a lot of other colors to make a unique color palette that works with almost any theme. My favorite pairings are emerald with gold, emerald with peacock blue, and emerald with soft pink. Pretty!

Metallics and bling are a fun way to add some pizazz to your wedding, and what’s great is you can do as much or little as you’re comfortable with. Metallic cakes, sequined linens, and sparkly bridesmaid dresses are just a few of the countless ways you can indulge in this trend.

Vintage-inspired photography is king! There are a lot of great photographers who are making their names by focusing on photography with a vintage feel. Who wouldn’t want great wedding photos that are trendy and timeless?

Cupcakes and other confections are something brides are swooning for! Gone are the days where wedding cake is the standard — brides are putting as much effort into planning for dessert as they are for dinner! Check out my post, Life is Sweet, for some fun and delicious dessert options that fit perfectly into this trend.

Personal touches have always been something important to weddings, but now more than ever, brides are putting thought into making everything special to who they are as a couple, how they met, how he proposed…the list goes on! Some ways this trend is playing out: Selecting a venue that really embodies the couple’s personalities (and not just their wedding’s aesthetic), writing the ceremony from scratch, and using guest gifts and wedding entertainment as a way to further show who the couple is and what they love.

I’d love to hear from you! What is your favorite trend on this list, and why?

Budget-Friendly Floral Centerpieces

As a former floral designer, I absolutely love flowers, and truly believe they have their place at every wedding and social event — especially when it comes to centerpieces. Centerpieces are such an important part of an event’s overall aesthetic, but can often be costly, particularly as the guest list grows (read: more tables to fill). Following are a few tried and true tips for making the most out of your floral budget, while ensuring guests never know the difference.

While it is helpful to take photos of floral centerpiece inspiration to your florist, it’s also important to be ready (and willing!) to make substitutions based on flowers that are in season, or stems that are just naturally less expensive than others. Your savings will be well worth your flexibility!

Simple doesn’t have to be boring! I love creating centerpieces with single stems in a few different ways. If you are working with larger blooms or a flower that comes with multiple clustered blooms per stem (like orchids), one stem either submerged in a large vase, or placed in a tall and thin vase can make a great statement. If you’re working with smaller blooms, consider the mix and match effect by placing one or two stems in a small vase, and clustering a few small vases on each table.

Floral design is a skill, and oftentimes designing an arrangement requires a lot of labor. Cutting much of the labor out of creating a centerpiece means less cost for you, which is why potted plants and flowers can be a budget-friendly option. While not all potted plants and flowers are necessarily event-appropriate, succulents are on-trend currently, and look great in a glass bowl or pretty ceramic pot. If you’re into something a little more timeless and chic, a gorgeous potted or vased orchid plant is the perfect choice.

As always, I’d love to hear from you! How did you make the most of your floral budget?

Colorado Bridal Show, Here I Come!

I am less than two weeks out from exhibiting at the South Metro Denver Colorado Bridal Show, and could not be more excited! Not only do I have the wonderful opportunity to meet Denver’s beautiful brides-to-be, but also to be in one large room with lots of other talented and passionate wedding vendors — it’s bound to be good.

I’ll be offering 15 percent off all services to all Colorado Bridal Show brides, and one lucky winner will receive 35 percent off of my comprehensive wedding planning package. Be sure to stop by, say hello, and enter to win wedding planning from Paisley Kay Event Design for a serious discount!

Here are all the details you’ll need to get there:

Date: Sunday, February 17, 2013

Time: Noon — 4 p.m.

Place: Hyatt Regency — Denver Tech Center

Address: 7800 E. Tufts Avenue — Denver, CO 80237

Tickets: $9 @ door, or purchase online for $7 here

If you’re planning on coming, leave a comment here or contact me so I know to look for you!