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A Romantic Elopement

May 11, 2017

When Ashlie and Brendon approached me about their wedding they wanted an intimate elopement but not one that looked as though it was casually thrown together. They talked about their wedding in many details and took a firm stance that this elopement was going to be something that was like a day in a fairytale book. She wanted to feel like a princess. No detail spared. They wanted this day to be just about them, planned in immaculate detail. Ashlie & Brendon also wanted every table setting, every flower arrangement and every special moment to be captured. So this is precisely what I set out to accomplish.

I often find myself taking ideas and concepts from my brides and recreating something that is cohesive and that makes sense stylistically. Bride’s usually have so many ideas that are often in separate directions they don’t know which style they like more, which one to go with so they mix them all together. This a very important aspect to me as a designer.

My bride Ashlie loved color. She loved spring colors, she loved summer colors, even the deep burgundy of fall and wanted to somehow put them all together in one melting pot for an April wedding. This is where the challenge was. How to marry all three seasons and still make the pallet something that made sense for April 5th, 2017.

To do this, I decided to go for a spring/summer look by combining all the colors she loved in a way that was tasteful.

Now anyone who knows me, knows that I am a stickler when it comes to color. Color is very important to me and I believe it is something that can make or break your wedding décor. If you choose tones that don’t work well together or cheapen the overall look, you may invest the same amount of money but it won’t look that way. I always advise my brides that aren’t good with color to get a professional opinion or do something that is simple.

In Ashlie’s case- I knew the perfect combination and I was excited for the challenge, and really excited about using color!

In order to achieve the look, I put most of the color in the flower arrangements and was very specific on what I desired to see. I wanted deep pinks, fuchsias, coral, peach and soft pink- even a few burgundy colored flowers to add depth and stay true to a color that Ashlie loved- Inspired Design nailed this perfectly.

When I work with a bride who is desiring a package with design, full production or floral artistry I always like to create a visual pallet. Something that you can look at and really get a sense of the direction as it showcases your ideas onto one page. It was no different for Ashlie and Brendon's wedding. Here is the wedding day color & design pallet collage for Ashlie & Brenden.


Ashlie was stunning in her wedding gown. She radiated beauty, elegance and was every bit of a modern princess. She chose something simple yet romantic. And her wedding dress was peach. I’ve seen blush several times but peach was a fresh touch!


HOT TREND ALERT: Simple Wedding Gowns

Ashlie’s wedding dress was made in simple tulle fabric. The overlapping tulle at the bodice added just enough character to this timeless gown.


Yes, indeed yes. Ball gowns are making a comeback. For a long time all we saw was fitted styles of lace, lace and more lace and the ball gown remained dead on the racks. However, brides started wanting something different then a fitted lace dress to wear. It’s about making a statement, but not a statement that you will regret in a few years that’s why a simple ball gown is the perfect balance.


The wedding venue that they chose was Richie Hill in Charlotte NC. Ritchie Hill is a gorgeous white mansion with beautiful gardens, balconies and porches.  The charm of this venue is it southern feel with underlying modern weaved into the décor, furniture and remodel. This is a venue that is an empty slate and you can make it southern, vintage, even classic and modern. This was a perfect venue for their elopement.

I decorated the first look moment that was held inside the home at the staircase. The staircase was wrapped in a eucalyptus Garland and lanterns. Gorgeous!

And look at this beautiful couple! How lovely are they! I love Brandon's expression here.

Of course, the unpredictable happened. In this case, it was rain. Because of the weather we moved the ceremony to the covered driveway – and it couldn't have been more perfect. The rain eventually stopped and just left the air cool, crisp and the smell fresh.

The ceremony was decorated with a shimmer peach colored fabric and beautiful garland made of eucalyptus. I also finished the touches with beautiful lanterns and rose petals around the alter.

HOT TREND ALERT: The ever-gorgeous garland.

Ah, I absolutely love garland. It always looks lush, elegant and vintage. Ashlie added Garland to the staircase for their ‘First Look’ moment as well as the ceremony arch.

The reception was my favorite aspect. Here you saw all the colors, the romance and elegance. Because Ashlie wanted a vintage look we added mixed patterns with her dishware, china and silverware as well as vintage candlesticks (*Rented from Evermore rentals) and of course, the main centerpiece at the head table
(* flowers by Inspired Design of NC).
Of course, none of these decorations could upstage this beautiful couple who had an amazing ease with one another stealing kisses, glances and smiles throughout the evening.