Kate Spade Bridesmaids’ Gifts

I always get a lot of questions about what gifts to give the ladies in the wedding party. This week, Kate Spade has had a great sale going on, so I thought I’d highlight a few ideas from their collection:

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Cosmetic Case

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Jewelry Case

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Love Notes Pave Bangle

Wedding Attire Guidelines


I’m always a big fan of including a dress code on wedding invitations. Guests that live in your area might be able to guess the formality based on the location, but out-of-town guests won’t have a clue! Save everyone from embarrassment of being under- or over-dressed by adding a little line on the bottom of your invitation with the suggested attire.

  • White Tie (channel your inner Downton Abbey)
    Men: Tuxedo with tails, a white vest, and a bow tie. White gloves are appropriate for dancing.
    Women: A formal, floor-length evening gown, preferably in a dark color.
  • Black Tie
    Men: Traditional tuxedo, preferably with a black bow tie and cummerbund. (yes, you’ll look like a maitre d’, but so will everyone else)
    Women: A long dress or a formal cocktail-length dress in a dark color.
  • Black Tie Optional / Formal
    Men: Tuxedo or dark suit.
    Women: A long dress or a formal cocktail-length dress in a dark color. (think little black dress)
  • Semi-Formal
    Men: Suit and tie, either light or dark depending on the season and time of day. Wear darker colors for evening, lighter colors for daytime.
    Women: Cocktail dress or other dressy dress.
  • Casual
    Men: Dress of khaki pants with a button-down shirt or polo shirt.
    Women: Sundress or even capris and a cute top.
    (If it’s a beach wedding, use “Beach Casual”)

For even more attire guidelines, check out’s Attire Guide.

Steampunk Themed Photo Shoot

Last summer, I had the honor of working with Ann at Premier Bride Magazine to create a steampunk-themed photo shoot for their Winter/Spring 2015 issue. The magazine is out now, so we are finally able to share the photos with you! Not only did we get to shoot at my alma mater, Flagler College, our photographer is a fellow alum too.

It was amazing working with such a talented team of wedding pros on this shoot: zach•thomas•photography, Jade Violet Wedding & Event Floral Boutique, Beautiful Faces by Erin, Jill Stonier, Professional Makeup Artist, Bridals & More, Take One ProductionsFlagler College, Brooch the Possibilities, LLC St Augustine FL, The Panama Hat Company of St Augustine, Men’s Wearhouse, Southern Charm Events, First Frost Designs and Simply Delicious Cakes.

Premier Bride Magazine - Zach Thomas Photography

Premier Bride Magazine - Zach Thomas Photography

Premier Bride Magazine - Zach Thomas Photography

Premier Bride Magazine - Zach Thomas Photography

Premier Bride Magazine - Zach Thomas Photography

Premier Bride Magazine - Zach Thomas Photography

And here is a great behind-the-scenes video to show how it all came together! It was so fun to think outside the box a bit for this shoot.

Wedding Day and Honeymoon Fun

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We’ve been busy pinning some fun ideas over one our Pinterest boards! Check out our new board, Wedding Day and Honeymoon Fun, for some great getting-ready attire and pre-wedding special touches. Plus, some honeymoon ideas too! What fun ideas have you pinned recently?

Pantone Announces 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Pantone 2014 Color Of The Year

Yesterday, Pantone announced the 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid. According to the press release,

“Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.”

If you don’t work in a design-related industry, you might wonder what the heck the “color of the year” is exactly.

“For more than a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.”

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So next year, as you are strolling through the mall and see lots of this color everywhere, think back to this blog post and say, “Ahh, I get it!”

The photo on the right is an example of a bridesmaid’s dress from Dessy in Radiant Orchid. Will you incorporate this color into your wedding? Share your ideas in the comments section!