There have been a number of white dresses on runways from the most recent fashion weeks. Though they aren’t necessarily for brides, they sure are a refreshing departure from the standard gown. Alexander McQueen’s embroidered tulle and silk chiffon dress is a beautiful inspiration for the feminine, romantic bride.
–Brittany Watson Jepsen from The House That Lars Built
dress | shoes | ring | necklace
When I saw this I just knew that I had to find a way to make it wedding appropriate. This is definitely for a couple who want to PARTY at their reception. Plus, wouldn’t it be so fun to have a trampoline jumping shoot with your photographer for your engagement session? I think the best effect would be to have a room chock full of these balloons so it’d really capture the fun atmosphere.
Materials: balloons, string or ribbon, glue, scissors, pictures of the bride and groom about 4-6 inches tall cut out on cardstock
Step 1: Cut around the bodies of the bride and groom
Step 2: Glue to the string or ribbon of the balloon.
Step 3: Done!
by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built
photography by Hilda Grahnat
ps. some more balloon ideas here!
A carefully selected backdrop can act as a nice statement piece for your wedding photos. These are a collection of some backdrops that I considered for my wedding and some more recent ones that are just too cool for school. This chalkboard backdrop adds a personalized touch with the names of bridal party. The others are rolls of floral wallpaper, fabric, and a specially made white backdrop with scroll frame in the wedding colors.
Chalkboard | Floral (top left) | Yellow | Blue frame | Floral (bottom right)
by Brittany Watson Jepsen from The House That Lars Built
Adding metallic gold into your reception theme is an instant glamour move. For one, it pretty much blends with any color scheme. Two, it’s super easy to do with the right materials. Use spray paint on thrift store finds or a special spray for food from Deli Garage for a fun name card or table setting. — Brittany
table display | cake | ceiling lamp | fruit
Want to really make a bold statement at your reception or ceremony? One of my favorite tricks is to use one object en masse. By repeating the same object over and over you can create a powerful impression on your guests and more importantly, on you and your spouse. And let’s not forget, the effect looks great in pictures. Oftentimes, it can be better for your budget because you’re ordering multiple items and retailers will often lower the price for you. And if you can get it wholesale, even better!
These images above were themes that I considered at my own reception. Top picture: hydrangeas are big and full and can create a beautiful sculptural installation at the altar or around the cake. Middle picture: bulbs! The Grammery Park Hotel commissioned artist Annika Newell of The Design Element Studio to create an installation in their lounge. She used 16,000 bulbs to create this sculpture. Bottom picture: Ok, agreed, it might be a little creepy to feature a death scene for a wedding idea (Romeo and Juliet) but bear with me. Can’t you envision this at the altar or in an intimate reception setting? – Brittany
Flowers | Bulbs | Candles