A Nuage Designs Guide to: Classic Weddings

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. It’s these time-old wedding traditions that add so much meaning to each couple’s story. There’s a unique kind of beauty we find in the design of a classically styled wedding, and a true happiness at the touch of a crisp hemstitch napkin! But there’s so much more that gives classic weddings a special place in our hearts. Read on about our key elements for nailing that perfect wedding look!

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First things first, set the tone. The invitation suite is the first peek your friends and family get into your wedding and it can set the mood for your upcoming nuptials. In true traditional fashion, we love using shades of navy and deep royal blue, bright whites, light cream tones and metallic foil detailing. As for your choice of type, combining script calligraphy styles with serif fonts makes your invitations both beautiful and functional. Whether you opt to add in some ornate patterns or monograms, make it totally yours. We also love a custom wax seal, that’s one small detail that never loses it’s appeal!

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What we really love about a classic wedding is it’s inherent timelessness. Tending towards simple designs and time-tested color palettes, they come together as impossibly elegant and refined events. Of course, there is the traditional blue and white color palette. As much as we want to try something different, this is really the one that sticks. You can opt to go with darker hues of navy or bright shades of royal, both will be just perfect.  There’s a couple of patterns that we love here too. You can add in awning stripes, french toile, or a chinoiserie print in your textiles or on the tabletop for nice detail.

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Balancing out those blue hues with crisp whites is essential to this design. We like giving the day a bright base to work from. Consider combining white linen tablecloths with soft embroidered overlays on your tables and tying the look together with crisp hemstitch napkins for an elegant effect. Bring in minimal white chairs, like this infinity chair, for seating that is both lovely and comfortable.

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When it comes to flowers, we love an assortment of light creams accented with sprigs of green. Ranunculus and hydrangeas are big blooms that add a nice volume to any arrangement. Add in white anemones, some sweet baby’s breath and green amaranth to break up the design and add a dimension of color.

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Choose a location with some history and add a piece of your own to it. With so many different options across the states, there’s a place that will speak uniquely to you. We love the idea of planning wedding events across different spaces of a unique location. That could mean cocktails inside a once residential turned museum mansion, or a tented reception on perfectly manicured historic gardens. Knowing that you’re adding a piece of your family to the story of the venue adds a level of intimacy to the day.

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Adding details that speak to you and your love story will be the touch that resonates with your family and friends. In true tradition, monogrammed pieces make for beautiful mementos. Consider monogramming your napkins for cocktails or dinner, or adding a monogram to your cake design. We also love when couples add in pieces that are special to them and their family. Whether that means wearing an heirloom piece of jewelry, vintage cufflinks or using your grandmother’s china, imbue your day with the things that are precious reminders of your life story.

Photography + Styling  Henry Photography | Wedding Planner Katie Werkin of Chancey Charm | Floral Design Ashley Henry | Hair + Makeup Audi Anderson + Madison Brynn + Steve Napier of J. Bentley | Cake Blush Arrow Cakes | Gown La Jeune Mariee | Gown Twigs & Honey | Gown Lazaro | Bridesmaid Gown Jenny Yoo | Shoes Bella Belle | Jewellery Trumpet & Horn | Stationery Wedding Paper Divas | Vow Book Wedding Story Writer | Linens Nuage Designs | Ribbon Adorn Company | Ring Box The Mrs. Box | Venue Kingwood Center Gardens | Film Lab PhotoVision | Monogrammed Napkins via Easton Events | Invitations via Written Word Calligraphy

Destination: Charleston, SC

Welcome to Charleston, South Carolina. This quaint Southern beauty is one of the top spots for destination weddings and there’s no wondering why. With its seaside views and beautifully preserved historic buildings, it is chock-full of character and charm. Strolling along the Charleston peninsula you’ll run across some of the oldest churches in the United States alongside delicious restaurants serving up traditional seafood dishes until you stumble upon Lowndes Grove Plantation. It’s right there that A Charleston Bride made us fall in love with Charleston.

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This dreamy wedding, designed in neutral shades of ivory and soft shades of blue was overlooking the Ashley River under a magical tent twinkling with chandeliers. With the tables set in cornflower blue paisley patterned linens, A Charleston Bride designed bright flowers in an ombre effect fading from coral to nude to create a beautiful balance of color. The small nods to tradition were so beautifully woven into this couple’s wedding day we can barely believe it! From a custom wedding crest, painted by artist Arabella June, to a fret-pattern ribbon around the bouquet we love how the small touches were tended to.

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It was a truly magical night with guests dancing happily and others lounging around in the beautiful rentals from Ooh! Event Rentals set underneath the trees, strung with lanterns and sparkling into the night. And to top it all off? A sparkler send off down the dock for a romantic ride around the Charleston harbor in a vintage wooden speedboat. Can you believe it? Only in Charleston.

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Original feature in Charleston Weddings Magazine Summer 2016 and online at Charleston Weddings Magazine 

Designer's-Picks

Wedding design and Florals A Charleston Bride | Venue, Catering, Cake Patrick Properties |  Lighting Technical Event Company | Linens Nuage Designs | Lounge Furniture, Décor Ooh! Event Rentals | Tabletop Polished Rentals | Photography Ryan Ray | Rentals Snyder Events | Stationary Studio R Design | Calligraphy Elizabeth Porcher Jones | Wedding Crest Arabella June | Altar banner Boutique Tents | Welcome baskets A Signature Welcome | Ceremony musicians Bob Williams | Reception Musicians Simply Irresistible | Transportation Absolutely Charleston | Getaway Boat Classic Boat Charleston | Videography East West Production | Bride’s Attire Anne Barge | Dress Steamer Cacky Bride + Aid | Beauty Ash + Co. Bridal | Bridesmaid’s Attire Alfred Angelo | Menswear Men’s Warehouse | Ring Bearer’s Attire Florence Eiseman

Inspired By: Manus X Machina

The world of fashion has always fascinated us. We spend many a fashion week live-streaming the runways of couture fashion houses like Chanel and Dior alongside Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen, watching in absolute awe of their creations. We wait in anticipation every fall for the Metropolitan Museum of Art to announce the theme for spring’s annual Met Gala so that we can plan our visit to the exhibit, always finding ourselves more impressed than the year before. When we heard this year’s theme, Manus x Machina, we weren’t sure what to expect but when we arrived at The Met, it was so much more than we ever could have imagined. We snapped pictures, took notes and starting mood boarding away for our own upcoming collections. Scroll through and be inspired with us!

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True works of art, these beautiful pieces selected for the exhibit demonstrate craftsmanship as the highest levels. Walking through each of the galleries, we were taken on a tour of different techniques and how they have evolved over time with the advent of technology. Regardless of the newer and faster practices in use, they all start at the beginning with a tailor or a dressmaker working on the fit and drape. Speaking the language of each fabric, they are the ones that set it on it’s right path to creation.

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With pieces from Dior, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, the parurier floral galleries has us head over heels. Comparing the 1952 “Vilmiron” dress from Dior with a dress from their 2012 collection, we saw the modern approach Raf Simons took as he paid homage to Christian Dior’s legacy and his love of flowers. And the intricate work a wedding ensemble from Chanel’s 2005 collection had us saying “yes to the dress.”

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With it’s traditions in needlework, embroidery has been a long-standing technique used to embellish textiles. With endless materials at hand, the creations that can come to life through embroidery are infinite. The ombre sequins patterns on the dream gowns on view left us with stars in our eyes. And the Yves Saint Laurent “Sardine” dress from their 1983 collection, which took 1,500 hours to complete? Well, we could hardly believe our copper-hued reflection when we saw it!

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From Yves Saint Laurent’s 1969 evening dress delicately composed of bird-of-paradise feathers to Iris Van Herpen’s 2013 design made of laser cut silicone feathers nearly fifty years later, the beauty of plumasserie is not lost on fashion. It’s incredible to see these pieces side by side, each a masterpiece in it’s own right.

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In the world of weddings, lace is one of those things that never ceases to amaze us. From gorgeous wedding gowns to invitation details, the beauty of lace is in it’s timelessness. Dating back to the 1600s, lace making was a time intensive process performed by highly skilled artisans. While there is still plenty of handmade lace, the advent of technology has led to machine-made lace which is both quicker and draws qualities from traditional lace patterns.

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In the galleries of pleated pieces, we could not believe the range of possibilities! From Madame Grès’ delicately draped dresses to Issey Miyake’s contemporary approach to pleating clothing, these pleated garments transported us from the 1950’s straight to the future.

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Culminating in the show stopper, this wedding ensemble from Chanel’s 2014-2015 collection combines traditional hand-made techniques with modern technology to show how haute couture relies on this interplay to create their beautiful works of wearable art.

Photos Via The Met | Vogue | Fashionista | Hollywood Reporter | CNN Style | NYC The Official Guide | The NY Times | Style Zeitgeist

Infinite Summer Inspiration

With August upon us, the summer sadness is starting to sink in. We can hardly believe how quickly the season has gone by. But you know what they say, time flies when you’re having fun. That’s exactly what was going on during this Flaire Weddings styled shoot.

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Taking beach inspiration to a whole new level (no navy and white stripes here!) the design has a bright palette full of orange and pink blooms and fun flamingo and pineapple motifs throughout. Wedding Paper Divas really set the mood to party with their bubbly stationary and invitations. I mean, who could deny a pretty pink invitation to “Eat, Drink and Rehearse?” Especially not once you see their gorgeous table set up! Mixing glam sparkle with true Florida-beach vibes, the combination of the white sequin allummettes linens with rattan chargers was just perfect!

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But what really took our breath away were the bridesmaids’ dresses. Nude sequins from Badgley Mishka played so well with the seaside setting at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island and transitioned with total ease to dinner. This one is definitely one we’ll revisit come the winter months, with one of those flamingo cocktails in hand! Flaire Weddings styled shoot.

Designer's-Picks

Photography Brooke Images | Design and Florals Flaire Weddings | Venue The Ritz Carlton Amelia Island | Invitations and Stationery Wedding Paper Divas | Linens Nuage Designs | Wedding Dress and Accessories The White Magnolia | Bridesmaid Dresses Rent The Runway | Hair Grazyna Mercado | Makeup Kimtasha | Exit Confetti Flutterfetti

Inspired by Palm Springs

Imagine this, you’re driving on the I-10 passing one city after the other until you stumble upon a bright oasis in the middle of the Palm Desert. You have landed in Palm Springs. Paradise found? Why yes, we think so! This perfectly styled, midcentury modern hot spot is full of brilliant inspiration. Come along and let’s explore!

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There’s obvious eye candy in Palm Springs. From the homes, to the hotels and even the visitor’s center, all the architecture here has that modernist touch. Never before have we been to a place where there is attention to detail on such a scale. It’s like everywhere we look there’s a great wedding picture waiting to be taken!

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In Palm Springs, it’s not just what’s on the outside that matters, it’s the inside too! Each of these beautiful places is decorated to the nines. Stepping inside any of the boutique hotels or touring the incredible residences is like walking into the 1950’s with original Saarinen and Eames pieces beautifully lit under starburst chandeliers.

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Established as a hollywood retreat with fashionable resorts and rat-pack favorite hang outs, Palm Springs has always been a place for fun and leisure. To this day, that laissez-faire attitude still permeates. It’s no wonder that couples come here to celebrate their love with each other and with their family and friends! 

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With all of the lounging around to do, you’ll want to pack your favorite leisure outfits. Between the heat and the sunshine,  we find that bright bikinis and light kaftans work best. Here’s what’s inspiring our Palm Springs wardrobe.

If there’s one thing that Palm Springs has, it’s character. With it’s brightly colored facades and beautifully streamlined architecture set against the San Jacinto mountains, it is as picturesque and unique as they come. With the lively parties and dreamy weddings that have been taking place for years, we’re starting to think there’s something magical in the desert air!

Photos Via Alchemy Fine Events | Kristina Adams | My Domaine | 100 Layer Cake | Ruffle Blog | Green Wedding Shoes | Poppy Talk | June Bug Weddings | Melanie Riccardi | The Parker Hotel | Quinn Cooper | The Cherry Blossom Girl | The Cut | Dusty Burrito | The Glitter Guide