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Spring has definitely sprung, and with it comes plenty of fresh wedding inspiration that has us so excited to enjoy the new weather! Today’s feature shot by This Love of Yours at Villa Montalvo (which is a venue that looks like it is in Italy–but NO!–it is in California!) is none other than absolute romance, thanks to the styling genius of Honey & Twine, with florals by Tango & Foxtrot and gorgeous calligraphy by our very own Grey Collective member, Curlicue Design. We know you are are going to love!

Before we sign off, we thought we’d leave you with the words that Curlicue Designs etched onto the stationery:

I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees. - Pablo Neruda

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Vendors: Photographer: This Love of Yours // Styling: Honey & Twine // Venue: Villa Montalvo // Hair & Hakeup: Miche Makeup & Hair Boutique // Rentals: Pieces by Violet // Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs // Florals: Tango & Foxtrot // Cake: Maison Michelle // Attire: BoLee Bridal Couture

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Today, we are inviting MaeMae & Co. to start the week off for us with a tutorial that we are crazy excited about: “How to use a mood board.” MaeMae is the queen of genius inspiration boards, and she’s getting down and dirty with us on how to utilize that inspiration to help your design process–think wedding design or invitation design–these tips are crazy helpful! Take it away, MaeMae!

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Creating a mood or inspiration board (both digitally and physically) is an important part of our design process at MaeMae & Co. It sets the tone for the entire project, and acts as a guide as we move through designing each element of the project. However, if you’ve never worked with a mood board before, we realize that the concept can be a bit confusing. Next time you work with a creative who is using a mood board (or next time you make one for yourself!), keep these two tips in mind:


1. It’s all about the feeling: The point of an inspiration board is to create a visual vibe for your project. It is not a place to nail down specifics like exact fonts or images, but rather think of it as creating a world that your brand, website or wedding stationery would live in.

When making a mood board, we focus on defining the color scheme, texture and graphics that best represents the project’s world. Rather than copying those inspirational images exactly, we use them to guide our design choices and find or create similar graphics for your unique project. For example, if we include an photograph of roses and an etched wreath in a mood board – we may combine those two visuals and create a vintage wreath made of roses for the project’s monogram.


2. But, you won’t get what you don’t see: While an inspiration board is about the vibe of the project, we do follow the visuals closely when designing. For example, if there are blocky fonts paired with a vintage script in a mood board – don’t expect to see modern calligraphy in the first design proof. We always encourage our clients to point out anything in the mood board that they feel is missing. So if they have their heart set on modern calligraphy, we always edit the inspiration board to include an image that represents their request. Similarly, if there is something on the mood board that a client isn’t digging, we’ll remove the image and replace it with one that better reflects their idea.

Check out our mood + method blog series, and follow us on instagram for more inspiration!

For those of you that go for a moody vibe for your wedding decor, we are kinda crushing on the idea to do a villian inspired wedding. Okay, we can leave out all the evil plots and poisonous apples, but we’re all about embracing the dark tones! How much fun would it be to surprise your guests with this elegant vibe at a wedding hosted with Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons. We’ve been sharing with your a little weekly dose of their modern inspired decor, and that, plus their customized, full service, one stop shop wedding services have us excited about all the possibilities.

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Visit Disney Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons to learn more about all of the possibilities.

Today, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we thought we bring you some simple romance–in the form of flowers–to celebrate the day! Very special thanks to Mariel Hannah for the images and to Mint Design for the virtual bouquet!

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Vendors: Photography: Mariel Hannah // Florals: Mint Design // Model: Maddie Warren

Before the hustle and bustle of summer is in full swing, spring on the Jersey Shore is an incredible fun (and need we say romantic) place to host a wedding! Why not host a little ice cream social for dessert appetizers after a ceremony on the beach? And a blush colored gown? Need we say more! These lovely photos by Saltwater Studios will convince you further!

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Seaside Soiree from Saltwater Studios on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Saltwater Studios // Venue: The Windrift Hotel // Invitation Designer: Just Be Studio // Floral Designer: primrose and company // Dress Store: Wedding Belles Boutique