Monday, January 26, 2009

Wishful Thinking

As I sit here wearing a turtleneck and wool pants, I can't help but long for the sunny, warm days of Spring. I am not a cold-weather person, as anyone will tell you. My absolute favorite time of the year is the Spring, and I adore Spring in D.C. So I thought I'd do a post to help hasten the coming season and also feature the always fresh and preppy color combination of pink and green. I hope you enjoy some of my favorite ideas for a preppy, Spring wedding.

One of my new favorite paper companies was actually started by a former bride. I did Kristin's wedding well over ten years ago (which maybe dates us both more than we'd like) and it was a gorgeous affair at the Fairmont Hotel (then it was called the ANA Hotel--dating myself even more). But, I digress. Hampton Paper Designs is a fabulous, whimsical line of papers featuring lovely custom artwork that is perfect for a preppy or seaside wedding. I adore the pink and green wedding cake motif at the top of the blog! Also, they use recycled papers. And you all know that we love being green!

My fantasy preppy Spring wedding starts with fun Save-the-Dates from Hampton Paper Designs adorned with the pink and green wedding cake above. Next, elegant pink and green invitations from Smock invite guests on 100% bamboo paper. This is one seriously eco-chic company with gorgeous invitations.

It just so happens that one of my favorite new finds is custom jeweler Meg Carter. She lives right here in the D.C. area and designs gorgeous jewelry inspired by the sea and the city. She will also work with brides to custom-design jewelry for their bridal party. What could be more fun than designing the perfect necklace to go with those darling Lilly Pulitzer bridesmaids' dresses? Check out these pearl bracelets!

And I would be remiss if I didn't mention perennial favorite site Etsy for fabulous design ideas and details to pull any wedding together. You can find designers to customize wedding logos and monograms that you can then put on anything that doesn't move. From welcome bags tags to programs to favors, a chic wedding logo can pull your whole look together. I love the one below, although I'd put the bride's name first. It's all about the babe in the white dress.

Another great Etsy find are these pink and green dotted favor boxes! Fill them with pink and green candies or uber-deluxe pink and green French macaroons for a perfect wedding favor.

I hope you enjoyed tip-toeing through the Spring tulips with me. Is that snow I see outside my office window? I think I need a warmer sweater!