Today's wedding style opens all kinds of opportunities to break from tradition. In today's blog post, we're exploring options that diverge from the miles of ivory silk and lovely Alençon lace (although, admittedly, that is a pattern) to see how the brides that have gone before us have incorporated patterns into their wedding days. And, naturally, at Ellie Wren, we do love how every bride is different. We realize that one bride's polka dots are another bride's pinstripe, so we've also included everything ombre, paisley and filigree, ranging from a subtle hint, to a loud statement piece.
Polka Dot Weddings
While we may think of it as the "starter" pattern, incorporating polka dots into your wedding day can be fun and flashy. We love the subtle play on polka dots with Ali Christine Bridal's pearl and crystal earrings, as well as the way Francesca Miranda's wedding dress design manages a totally classy look with an element of fun (note the lace edging at the top of the back). Ellie Wren's own take on polka dots involved adding these cute pheasant feathers to an otherwise traditional red rose bridal shoe design.
Polka Dot Wedding Dress: Francesca Miranda / Polka Dot Earrings: Ali Christine Bridal / Polka Dot Wedding Shoes: Ellie Wren
To make this list, each item really had to earn its stripes. Sigh. Bad joke, but we try! We are digging the sheer pinstripe back on that tea length House of Mooshki dress, the nautical feel of Kate Spades' bridesmaids' dresses (wedding at the Cape, anyone?) and the simplicity of the pinstripe wrap on the wedding bouquet we found on Style Me Pretty.
Pinstripe Bouquet: Style Me Pretty / Pinstripe Dress: House of Mooshki / Pinstripe Bridesmaids' Dresses: Kate Spade
This might be our favorite wedding look! Kicked off by Gwen Stefani and whether you're eating it, walking in it or wearing it, we love the way brides have adapted this edgy wedding style into their wedding days!
Ombre Wedding Shoes: Ellie Wren / Ombre Wedding Cake: Sweet Empire / Ombre Wedding Dress: Emmaline Bridal
Filigree designs can be elegant and subtle, like the Moonkist wedding ring we've featured; blinged out and fairytale-like, as we've tried to capture in one of our custom wedding shoe designs; or a nice way to blend two wedding themes, like your something blue with a delicate silver crystal filigree overlay wedding shoes.
Filigree Wedding Shoes: Ellie Wren / Filigree Wedding Ring: Moonkist Designs / Filigree Wedding Shoes: Ellie Wren
Sometimes patterns have a lot of significance, like a family tartan. Through the years, we've used many different tartan patterns to create our custom wedding shoes, but we're loving the ways it's been incorporated as well (especially that dog collar -- man's best friend meets ring bearer)!
Tartan Wedding Shoes: Ellie Wren / Tartan Dog Collar: DusiDog / Tartan Wedding Dress: Laura Beaumont Couture
When In Doubt, Go With a Tie
Paisleys, Checkerboards, Pinstripes, Oh My! As we've learned, there is no shortage of ways to incorporate a pattern into your wedding day. Whether it's with a custom wedding dress, a table runner or a pair of custom wedding shoes, patterns are a fun way to put your own stamp on your wedding style. But, if you find yourself with a little bit of wedding-planner's block, wedding ties for your groom are a great place to start and Etsy's own Tie Obsessed has an incredible selection, as well as the ability to custom order a pattern.
Tie Obsessed has over 1,200 different wedding ties to chose from, or you can request a custom order
Our Ellie Wren design team is a pretty dynamic group and, while we love everything wedding, we know that sometimes it's fun to indulge in other topics. So, on occasion, we like to share what we're into -- be it a great new book; a new recipe; a new time-saving, life-enhancing life hack; or just something that. is. so. cool. we just need to share the love. This week it's a little bit of this (a new recipe) and a little bit of that (time-saving and just.so.cool).
Today we're turning the focus on another creative endeavor... cooking! Ah, the joy of cooking, right? The process of finding a new recipe, leisurely and lovingly shopping for the ingredients and then spending hours in your kitchen simmering while you sip a drink and catch up on the days' events with your beloved. Not exactly, especially if you're in the midst of a building a career while you're planning the wedding of your dreams. If you're anything like us, you rush to the store the after work while frantically thinking, "what's for dinner?". And, at least for us, this frazzled approach does have a tendency to take the fun out of things.
In a quest to bring the love of cooking back into our lives and in an effort to streamline the process a bit, we came across RealPlans.com, an online meal planner with self-proclaimed super powers (and we are in full support of the description)! In a nutshell, RealPlans will generate a meal plan for as many days of the week as you would like, for as many people as you would like, as many times a day as you would like (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and do it all within a few minutes, while keeping your, your fiance's and your family's food preferences and allergies in mind. And, if that's not enough, RealPlans will generate a shopping list with all of the ingredients you'll need for your weekly menu and email it to you. How's that for streamlining?
A screen capture of RealPlans menu planner. From here, you can customize to your heart's content, or send yourself your shopping list via email.
And, while convenience is, well... convenient, what we really love about this new discovery of ours is the selection of recipes. In addition to the recipes you get through the site itself, you can also incorporate your own recipes as well as those from your favorite food blogger, in our case Cookie & Kate, which has shown us the way in great vegetarian cooking. Already this week, we've enjoyed the flavors of the Middle East with Cauliflower Curry and Lentil Soup and are looking forward to the Lentil Baked Ziti recipe that Kate recently posted. Delish! Best of all, it's been ONE (1) trip to the store, which leaves much more time for sipping and simmering.
Cookie & Kate's Lentil Baked Ziti (find the recipe here)
So now that you're armed with this great new piece of information, may we suggest that you tuck this little nugget in your pocket and just let your beloved feel just that... beloved... by the way you slave over the stove to make the perfect meals. Because, girl, your time-saving secret is safe with us. [Note: of course, if your fiance is the cook, feel free to pass this along and give yourself a huge pat on the back for landing a chef.]
Photo Credit: The featured image is Cookie & Kate's Spicy Sweet Potato and Green Rice Bowl. Awesome.
Ellie Wren is not affiliated with RealPlans or Cookie & Kate, so this promotion is solely based on desire to share our love for what they do with our brides.
Each week, through our "Outside of the (Wedding Shoe) Box" post, we like to pick a pair of wedding shoes that we designed with one of our brides that really expresses what we love to do -- create a truly custom pair of wedding shoes. If you're familiar with our custom wedding shoe design services, then you know that the sky is pretty much the limit! Or, if you're a newbie wedding shoe designer (and we bet you never thought of yourself that way), then we welcome you to learn what this custom wedding shoe business is all about!
Every day, brides come to us with unique wedding shoe ideas and ask whether we can incorporate a special symbol, a color palette or a pattern into their wedding shoes or wedding accessories that will mark not only the occasion, but those specific characteristics that make them and their intended unique. And, it's these shoes that really get our hearts pumping. We LOVE exploring ideas and options, sourcing materials and watching the whole thing come together. And so, when Barbara came to us and asked us to create a pair of shoes that celebrated her and her fiance's love of biking, we were all for it.
For her wedding shoes, Barbara started out by picking our Mya base shoe, a simple 3 1/2" platform peep toe that comes to us in a basic white dyeable satin. She also selected her base shoe color (Chardonnay) and accent color (Aubergine) through our color palette, as well as exploring other embellishment ideas by viewing examples of what we've done before. In the end, Barbara thought she might like to add an ombre crystal covered heel (in her colors of Aubergine and Chardonnay), a two-toned bow and a special message to the soles of her shoes.
After viewing designs we'd done before, Barbara was able to select her elements which we then modified to be in her colors and to fit the base shoe style she selected, the Mya base shoe.
With these elements in mind, and knowing that the key element would be getting her bicycle theme incorporated into her wedding shoes, Barbara first ordered a sketch of the design, so that she could see all of her elements together and make sure that the way she saw her wedding shoe design matched what her design team was envisioning.
Barbara's sketch let us understand that the purple she wanted was a touch more pink, so we made that adjustment and got to work on her custom wedding shoes.
After Barbara approved her sketch, we got to work on her shoes, first dyeing them the appropriate color and then setting our resident team of artists to work on adding the ombre heel and patterning out the bikes on the back. Of course, as we worked on the shoes themselves, we took photos and shared them with Barbara, so she could see how the design was coming together. The results, we think, were outstanding!
Are you inspired by Barbara? We'd love to help you design your dream pair of wedding shoes. To learn more about the design process, please visit our Design page!