Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Planned By Us: Rustic Elegance

I have to admit, this trend might be one of my favorites in the wedding world right now. I am LOVING the barn meets elegant wedding feel- with the rich wood tones, fresh green nature in the background, and homemade feeling to the decor. Ali and Jared tied the knot in June, and we had the privilege of planning their wedding. Enjoy these gorgeous photos, taken by Erica of City Lights Studio.

Ceremony at Spring Lake Winery in Lockport, NY.

Reception at Becker Farms and Vizcarra Winery in Gasport, NY.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Blogging Hiatus: I'm back!

Well as you've noticed, we've been on a little blogging hiatus. But I have a good reason I swear! On April 25th, my husband Eric and I welcomed our new baby girl Evelyn Clara into the world. :) So I've been quite busy since then recovering and settling in to motherhood. She is a wonderful baby, very good-natured and independent already. And the sleep deprivation is getting better and better every week as she sleeps longer and longer (never in my life did I think I'd be so happy to sleep 4 hours in a row!).
I'm getting back into the swing of things now, so my blogging frequency should pick up again in the next few weeks. We have a really fun wedding this weekend- very backyard elegance with pies instead of wedding cake and strawberry centerpieces- so I'm looking forward to that. Hope all is well and welcome to summertime!

(Want to see more photos of baby Evie? The lovely Lindsay DeDario did her newborn shoot, and she blogged about it here. Check it out!)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Kate Spade Wedding Boutique? Yes Please!!

Kate Spade is a favorite designer of mine, with her crisp lines and use of bright colors. If you're looking for a preppy clean look for your wedding day (and a short dress!) check out Wedding Belles, Kate Spades new bridal collection. She also offers bridesmaids dresses, and tons of cute, colorful shoes and accessories.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Row Row Row Your Boat

I've been seeing a lot of gorgeous wedding images featuring boats lately, and I'm kind of in love. :) Plus, we have a fall wedding this year with a "lagoon" theme that we're considering using a boat as part of the decor, so I love to find more inspiration photos. From canoes to row boats to sail boats, if boating is part of your life then why not incorporate it into your wedding photos?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bridal Shower Photo Decor

I thought this was a really cute idea for decor at a bridal shower (or, if executed correctly, a wedding). Photos of the couple are attached to ribbons, mixed with flower pomanders hanging on a window. This decor could be hung anywhere in your event space, and could be done horizontally as well. The little bags holding flowers along the windowsill are adorable as well!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Facebook Friends

Do you follow us on Facebook? You should!! We post various cool wedding links, tips, tricks, and inspiration throughout the week- little things that don't always make it on the blog. Just today I found the coolest "rustic circus"-themed wedding that I posted on our Facebook page!!

Make sure you "Like" Forget Me Knot Details on Facebook!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Jewel Tone Inspiration

Here's an inspiration board for a fall wedding of ours- the color scheme is a background of navy blue with beautiful jewel tones as accents. It's very elegant and luxurious- love it!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Royal Wedding: Wedding Day Timeline

Creating a detailed timeline for the day of the wedding is one of the many jobs that brides enlist their wedding planners to take care of- and it's one of my favorite jobs to do. :) And enforcing the timeline- well Julie and I have gotten pretty good at that too!!
This video outlines the wedding day timeline for William and Kate's wedding- what a long day they have planned! Their planners must be starting the day at like 3 am, that's one stressful workday. Stay tuned for a post on how to create your own wedding day timeline.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Royal Wedding: Wedding Website

Did you know that Prince Willian and Kate have a wedding website? They are so with the times. ;) Check out to see the latest details about the upcoming wedding. Want to know where the procession will be driving? How the orchestra is preparing for the ceremony? Who's designing the wedding cake? All of this and more can be found on their official website.
Us common folk can have the privilege of having a wedding website as well! There are many sites out there that offer to host an official website for you and your betrothed for free, where you can share wedding details like the ceremony and reception locations, registry info, and directions. Some of these sites include:

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Celebrity Wedding Gowns

I have to say, I'm kind of dying to see photos from Reese Witherspoon's wedding!! They are keeping everything super private right now, but I hope that they release photos eventually- she is too cute and I can't help but love her. :) Plus, she starred in one of my favorite movie weddings from Sweet Home Alabama:One detail they have released is that she walked down the aisle in a custom-designed Monique Lhuillier pale pink gown. Love it!! A lot of sites and bloggers are making a big deal about her not wearing white, but the colored-wedding dress trend has been gaining steam for at least five years now, so I don't know what everyone's getting all worked up about. Besides- we all know she has been married before, so I feel like her not wearing white should be even less of a surprise. Kudos to her for going the non-traditional (but I bet still gorgeous) route.
In other celebrity wedding gown news, Jessica Simpson has said that she's going to be a part of designing her own wedding dress for her upcoming nuptials to Eric Johnson. I so want her to succeed and be happy now, you know what I mean? Yes, she's made mistakes, but I feel like it's time for her to really be herself and settled. Anyway, they haven't set a date yet, but it makes sense that she would want to help design her gown, since she's been successful in the fashion world already. I hope she goes a little more out of the box than her dress when she married Nick Lachey- their wedding was beautiful, but in a very traditional way. Can't wait to see what she comes up with!
And of course, we're all dying to see Kate Middleton's choice for the big Royal Wedding. I'll probably (god, I hope so) have my baby girl by then, so I fully intend to snuggle all day on the couch with her watching the proceedings. :) Again, the details are being very heavily guarded, but at least we can be sure that we'll get our fill of everything eventually!

Got any favorite celebrity brides/weddings? We'll be talking about "movie weddings" next (inspired by Sweet Home Alabama)!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Steven Birnbaum Collection- My New Favorite!!

While sitting in the ob/gyn office yesterday, I was flipping through a Brides magazine from a couple months ago. I saw an ad for the Steven Birnbaum Collection- which I'd never seen or heard of before- and I fell in love. :) These dresses are right up my alley!! Clean tailored lines, crisp details, feminine without being frilly. And who wouldn't want pockets in a wedding dress?
Here's the line description, nabbed from his website:
"The Steven Birnbaum Collection is a modern blend of clean lines and simple sophistication. Paying homage to creative genius of Yves Saint Laurent, this season's collection is inspired by the classic styling of the tuxedo..."
Love!! He takes American sportswear, and translates it into gorgeous wedding gowns- I love how they have a hint of vintage 50's in them, but are still very wearable now. Okay, enough of my blabbering- on to the photos!
This is the Kristen- the one I fell in love with in the magazine. LOVE the belt detail, as well as the sheer top with short sleeves.
The Maggie- yay for pockets!
The Callie- how gorgeous is that lace?? And it's lace without being overly fluffy and girly. And again- love the belt in a big way. And the cut of the skirt- eek!

Another fun thing about his collection is that he offers many shorter dresses- this is the Audrey.

Oh if only I could have another wedding (to my husband of course!), I would definitely get one of these dresses. And since they range in price from $970-$2700, I could actually afford one! Tell us about your favorite wedding designer- or your dream dress!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Royal Wedding: Hat Fashion

With the approaching Royal Wedding, more and more details are coming out about the plans. I for one am very excited to watch this wedding happen- they look like such a sweet couple, and Kate definitely has fantastic style so I can't wait to see what she chooses!
It was suggested by our friend Lindsay DeDario that we share our thoughts on the wedding plans, and while doing some research I found some interesting info on the dress code for the royal wedding. So I'm going to go on a little fashion tangent that's not exactly important to the wedding plans, but I still think is interesting.

Why don't we wear hats anymore?? Hats are SO fun, such a unique way to take a usual outfit and make it your own. The British have maintained the hat-wearing tradition, and I applaud this. As part of the dress code for Kate and Will's wedding is "a morning coat" which translates for women to a dress (often with matching coat) that is in between formal and business wear. AND some glorious hats. :)

Kate is a big fan of hats, this one above was designed specifically for her by milliner Phillip Treacy. She has also commissioned him to design custom hats for some of her guests- how fun!

This hat above is a typical Kate hat- she wears many of her hats tilted to the right side. And this outfit has been praised all over for the gorgeous blue brocade coat- so pretty for a morning wedding ceremony!
Birdcages were all the rage last year, and they are still going strong as brides still love the vintage look. Here is a little pillbox hat with some interest added by changing the shape- and a gorgeous little birdcage veil.

This feather-y hat is a little more out there than the rest, but it's still so fun!! I can totally imagine this on a bride with a subtle bird theme throughout her wedding day.
We'll be discussing more of the royal wedding plans and our take on the fashion and decor as we get closer. Tell us- are you a hat person?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Meet the Planner: Liane

As I talked about in this post, connecting with your wedding vendors on a personal level is important when you're going to spending a lot of time with them. So, I thought it would be good to let you all get a peek into our lives outside of the wedding world. And we'll start with me (Liane) since I do most of the blogging anyway. Julie says I'm the tech saavy one, and she's the artsy one- it's so true!
I'm 25 years old, and I've been married to my wonderful husband Eric for 4 and half years. Yes- I was a baby bride! ;) Getting married at 20 wasn't something I expected, but when you meet the perfect guy for you at age 17, and he's five years older and got his life together- well, it was hard to wait. And I've never regretted that decision- I still finished college and did all sorts of fun things, I just did them with Eric!
Speaking of getting married- I LOVED planning our wedding! But I suppose you probably assumed that right? Planning my own wedding in 2005/6 was my first foray into the wedding world in Western New York, and my mom and I had a blast. I did so much research and really thought out every decision that we made. I am a planner by nature (it's in my genes, ask my mom), and I love to be organized. So I went around with my trusty binder, pulling together all of the details that I wanted included in our big day. And I was so thrilled with the result. My favorite detail of our wedding day? The cake!!! I didn't want to cut it, I wanted to take it home and keep it. :) Here it is!
It was OVAL (for some reason I had to have it oval) with swiss dots, and that fondant made to look like draped fabric- oh I just loved it! And see our monogram up top? Eric designed that himself (he's a mechanical drafter/engineer) on AutoCAD and had it made at the shop where he works. I still have them- someday I swear I'll make a shadowbox with them or something!
So here we are, four and a half years later, and I'm planning weddings with Julie. I had started dabbling in wedding planning after numerous friends asked for help with their own plans, wanting things to be as organized and smooth as my own wedding! Then Julie and I were seated at the same table at a wedding two summers ago, got to talking, and decided to combine forces and plan weddings together.
Outside of the weddings, the other thing that consumes my life right now is being PREGNANT. :) Yes, we are expecting our first child in April- just two months from now! It's a little girl, and her name is Evelyn Clara. We are so excited to be adding to our family, and I will admit that while my daydreaming used to be mostly about gorgeous, no-budget weddings, it now shares space with baby nursery decor and meeting our little girl. In case you're curious, her nursery is ladybug-themed, red, black, and white. And also in case you're curious, here's me- pregnant.

Yes, not quite the same as that awesome headshot photo up top (props to Lindsay DeDario for our photos!), but what do you expect for 7 months pregnant? :) Eric takes a photo of me every week on Mondays, to document my growing belly. You can check them all out on my personal blog, The Baby Roy.

So, those are the highlights for now... stay tuned for more glimpses into the life of me, as well as some posts from my partner Julie- which I will have her write and then I'll post on the blog, because I'm the techy one. ;)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

More 2011 Pantone Colors!

Have I mentioned that I love color? Because I do. :) Pantone released their color of their year, Honeysuckle, a couple months ago, and now with Fashion Week they've come out with their color report for Fall 2011. I find Pantone's color reports to be a great resource for the latest and greatest wedding color trends. I could go through and spell it all out for you, but one of my favorite color palette sites did such a great job, that I'm going to just link up to her. Check out The Perfect Palette's detailed summary of the Fall 2011 Color Report!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Wedding Signage


Signs can be both practical and beautiful- a creative way to extend the theme of your wedding, while getting the job done of directing your guests. Here's the low-down on ways to use signs for your wedding day.

Outdoor wedding locations often benefit from signs to direct guests where to go. Use them to point your guests towards the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, and more. Having a rustic, beachy theme? Use driftwood and white paint to evoke the seaside. Simple woodsy charm more your style? Have your stationary company design signs incorporating your wedding flowers or other symbol.
Chalkboards are all the rage on the wedding scene these days- they fit with a variety of wedding themes and locations- from farms to wineries. Use a chalkboard to tell guests which table their sitting at, what the menu is for the evening, or as a fun prop that guests can personalize in a photo booth!
Fancy, personalized signage can add to the elegance and feel of your glamourous wedding. Use signs to let guests know about your signature drink at the bar, or to instruct them to take a favor home at the end of the evening. Signs can designed to fit any theme- I love the one in the lower righthand corner above that looks like an old-style movie poster! It's subtle enough not to be tacky, while still evoking a specific style.
Graphic designers are geniuses these days, with all kinds of technology at their fingertips and all kinds of creativity in their heads. So go crazy with signs- we love them!

(click on the above image for photo credits)

Friday, January 28, 2011

2011 Wedding Trend: Rustic Chic Weddings

Last year, backyard weddings gained popularity as brides looked to tie the knot at home. This year, the location has expanded, and the feel of a "rustic chic" wedding has been more clearly defined. 2011 brides are looking to evoke the feel of down-home goodness and barnyard fun, while still maintaining an elegant air to their special day. How can you get the rustic backyard feel for your wedding day?
Location: The easiest way to bring a certain feel to your wedding is to reflect it in your ceremony and reception location. Consider local farms with gorgeous barns, wineries that offer their facilities both indoors and out, or old farmhouses that have been turned into bed and breakfasts all may be willing to host your wedding.
Decor: Subtle touches in your decor can reflect the rustic feel- try using chalkboards as your table numbers, or to detail the menu for the evening. Also, clotheslines are a very "barnyard" way to display anything from your placecards, to photos of you and your new hubby. I also like the idea of mixing in photos of other loved ones' wedding days- like parents, grandparents, friends, etc.Photos: How to get the rustic feel in your wedding photos? Let's go back to location. :) When exploring the area around your ceremony and reception location, look for things like abandoned barns, old style wood or metal bridges, farmhouses- even a tractor in a field can make your photos feel more rustic! Using a field as a background can do the job, but adding these extra "props" can really enhance the feel. Just make sure you ask permission first before you use someone's personal property in a photo.

Food: One of the most fun ways to make your wedding rustic chic is through the food you choose to serve. Instead of the standard "steak or chicken" choices, consider homestyle fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, and other home-cooking specialities. Consider using local vendors to provide homemade goods- and serve iced tea and lemonade to cool your guests during the ceremony. And for dessert? One of the biggest trends we've seen for wedding dessert is PIE! Having a buffet of different-flavored pies can definitely remind your guests of being down on the farm- while still being delicious!

(All photos nabbed from the photo galleries over at Style Me Pretty)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Meet the Planners

Like our new header? :) Well we have our lovely and talented photographer friend Lindsay DeDario to thank for both the photo and the graphic design work- so thanks Lindsay! And as part of a renewed effort to keep up on blogging, I've decided to get a little more personal with our business blog. Nothing too crazy, but I think it's important that readers feel connected to the writer- just like I think it's important for brides to feel connected to their wedding planner. A wedding planner isn't a "behind the scenes" vendor, as maybe a florist or invitation designer might be. A florist is an important part of your special day, and their work is on display for everyone to see- but you don't spend countless hours with them pouring over details until your eyes go blurry. Sure, it's great if you and your florist click personally. But is it a neccessity? Probably not.
However, we feel that it is important that you click with vendors like your photographer or wedding planner(s). Why? Well, you probably WILL spend hours pouring over details with them! Plus you spend your entire wedding day with them by your side. And wouldn't it be more fun if you actually liked them? And wouldn't it be easier to hand the reigns of your big day over to someone you respected and trusted and knew that they just "got" you? We think so too. :) And while a face-to-face meeting can never be replaced, a blog is a little slice of personality, and maybe this blog will help a bride out there get to know us better as she's searching for help to make her wedding day perfect and stress-free. If that's you- hello bride! This is us.

It was bit windy the day we did our photo shoot- made for some fun hair situations. :) Stay tuned for more one-on-one, up close and personal chatter from both myself (Liane) and my partner Julie. And tell us what you think- is it important to "click" personally with your wedding vendors?