Earthy Chic Autumn Wedding Editorial

If there's one thing I love about planning weddings in the DC area, it's that the possibilities are endless. While DC is best known for its classic grand ballroom and opulent historic venues, this city has some hidden gems for those looking for something outside the norm. My goal in this editorial was to intertwine a nature inspired, organic setting with glamorous elements - an aesthetic that's best described as "earthy chic"!

Woodend Sanctuary was the perfect venue to bring this vision to life. Located in Chevy Chase, Maryland, the venue features a historic mansion surrounded by a sprawling, peaceful oasis of preserved nature right outside of our bustling nations' capital. The al fresco table scape, effortlessly chic bride-to-be, marble textures, subtle pops of lavender and soft pink were some of the intentional details that made this editorial so special. It turned out to be everything we envisioned and more thanks to an amazing, super talented vendor team and stunning images captured by Dani Leigh Photography. You may recognize some of these images from our Wedding Chicks feature, as well!

Loved this simple, yet elegant marbled invitation suite with deckled edges and copper foil, by Ruby the Fox

Wooden cross back chairs and farm table from Party Rental Ltd. blended seamlessly to Woodend's landscape. Is there anything better than al fresco dining during golden hour in autumn?

This hand-tied bridal bouquet by Jasmina Design was made up of greenery, eucalyptus and foliage, with lavender and cream roses. It was recently named by BRIDES as one of the best rose bouquets this year

We added pink glassware to tie in the floral tones, which really made the table scape pop.

Marble, wood and hammered copper were some of the organic textures that we tied into the table scape design. 

How amazing are these sugar flowers and copper sugar ribbon by Catherine George Cakes?!

Our awesome model Maura, looking stunning in Woodend's wildflower meadow. So many unique spaces for photo ops here! 

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Venue | Woodend Sanctuary

Planning & Design | Sarah Kazemburg Events + Styling

Photographer | Dani Leigh Photography

Florals | Jasmina Design

Bridal Gown & Accessories | Couture By Posh Bridal

Hair & Makeup | Alison Harper & Co. 

Stationary | Ruby The Fox

Cake | Catherine George Cakes

Furniture, Linen & Tabletop Rentals | Party Rental Ltd.

Model | Maura Deegan

Our favorite new trends for 2017 weddings

Hey everyone! I can't believe summer is officially over and we are right around the corner of 2016 coming to an end. This also means that 2017 brides are getting down to business with their wedding plans and in the midst of making lots of decisions when it comes to color palettes, floral design, bridesmaids dresses... the list goes on and on!

Since my official business launch earlier this summer, I've been completely immersed in the latest wedding trends with a focus on Maryland and the DC Metropolitan area; both for 2017 clients and for upcoming styled photo shoots I'm leading planning on (which I can't WAIT to share more about on the blog very soon). So, I thought now would be the perfect time to share some of these amazing trends with all of you brides-to-be who want to step your decor game up a notch and incorporate these stunning ideas into your special day. Enjoy!

Ombre Color Palettes

 Ombre bridesmaids dresses; Image via Style Me Pretty

Ombre bridesmaids dresses; Image via Style Me Pretty

Recently, we are seeing less color palettes consisting of 3-4 distinct colors, and couples choosing to have one main color featured in an array of different shades. This turns out to be visually stunning, especially mixed with a metallic color. Our favorite colors for this trend include mixed shades of gray, purple, mauve, and blues. It's also an amazing way to update your bridesmaids dresses! Rather than have all of your maids' in matching dresses, you can add a lovely amount of dimension by choosing one color in different shades - and if you prefer, you can even keep the gown style the same for uniformity! If you need color samples to help you decide, a super easy idea is going to the paint section of a local Home Depot where you can pick up endless options for colors in various shades. You can also incorporate different shades of the same color into your floral design, invitation suite, and linens for a cohesive look. 

Go Green

 Image via Wedding Sparrow

Image via Wedding Sparrow

Lots of lush greenery with an organic feel is making a huge comeback with weddings. Even if you are having a ballroom style reception, greenery is perfectly acceptable for a black tie affair! There are so many beautiful shades of green that can work into any color palette: Emerald with jewel tones, Sage or Mint with light, airy colors, or Moss for a garden style palette, just to name a few. 

If you are using a head table, we love the idea of draping a lush green garland across the enter of the table with floral pieces along either side. For your bouquets, adding green pieces, such as eucalyptus, will give you lots of texture and make your blooms stand out against your dress. Even adding a simple piece of foliage, such as a branch of rosemary, on top of each guests' place setting is a simple, inexpensive way to add a green touch to your table scape.  Green is a symbol of rebirth and harmony, and is also known to be the most calming color. Who wouldn't want calming vibes on their wedding day?! 

Copper, Velvet & Silk Accents

 Copper details; Image via Style Me Pretty

Copper details; Image via Style Me Pretty

In recent years, weddings saw a huge wave of "shabby chic" decor - such as burlap, tulle, lace and DIY details. Most planners and industry experts agree that those trends are now on their way out, at least here on the east coast! The fresh way to add texture to your event design is with luxe fabrics such as velvet and silk. Instead of using satin or tulle to tie your bouquets, we love the idea of using an airy, loose silk tie which ups the romantic style factor. Silk table linens and ties can be purchased by fabric companies like Silk & Willow, or if you are looking for a less costly option there are many shops on Etsy that sell the fabrics for a reasonable price. Using a silk table runner across a farm table is super chic, elegant and modern. 

For fall and winter weddings, incorporating velvet into your wedding adds texture, warmth, and a rich feel. We especially love to see velvet in jewel toned color palettes! Velvet can be used inside an envelope liner, used to wrap boutonnieres or bouquets, or even as a table runner on your escort card table or dessert table. 

Finally, for 2017 we say that Copper is the new Gold! We especially love Copper for fall and winter weddings, but with the right palette it can be used any time of year. Like Gold, Copper is super versatile and can blend well into nearly any color palette. Copper looks amazing when used in foil lettering on invitations and paper goods, with votive candle holders, table numbers, wax seals, dinnerware and even cake stands! Our favorite use of Copper is mixing it with earthy colors: greenery, grays, taupes, burgundy, and purple shades. Darker and richer in color than gold with warmer undertones, copper is definitely having a moment. Moscow mule, anyone? :)

What are your favorite wedding trends for 2017? What trends would you like to see less of? Let us know in the comments below!