The Great Gatsby Engagement Inspiration: Blaire & Sam

Jun 23 2016

The Roaring Twenties were a remarkable time period full of change, new ideas, economical prosperity, and technological advances. Jazz, dancing, and radio emerged in a giant way … and along with it, iconic flapper fashion and Art Deco that continue to inspire so many people today.

The Great Gatsby Engagement Session With an Old Hollywood Vibe

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel, The Great Gatsby, took place in the 1920’s … and became the inspiration for Blaire and Sam’s The Great Gatsby engagement shoot in Old Sacramento. Bride-to-be Blaire was not so keen on the flapper fashion of the 1920’s, and instead stuck with a vintage glam/Old Hollywood style for her and Sam’s session.

The ultra-chic couple used four different photos from their session for their save the date magnets from MagnetStreet … and they are simply marvelous! Their photographer, Levi from Mr. & Mrs. Photography, perfectly captured their personalities and chemistry.

Friends & family received one of these four stunning options:
Ritz & Romance Save the Date Magnets
Great Gatsby Engagement Save the Date

Whispering Feather Save the Date Magnets
Great Gatsby Engagement Save the Date

Great Gatsby Engagement Save the Date

Great Gatsby Engagement Save the Date

“My experience with MagnetStreet was amazing! I could type in ‘art deco’, ‘great gatsby,’ or ‘vintage’ … and all types of save the dates I was interested in came up. It is very easy to personalize each item, giving it our own touch. I cant wait to order my wedding invitations through MagnetStreet!”

Great Gatsby Engagement Shoot

“Sam’s favorite photo, obviously, is the one with the basketball. Basketball is his life, and he wanted to make sure it was incorporated in at least ONE photo. That ended up being one of the four save the dates we chose, and no surprise there … it went to all his basketball associates and former college teammates.”  

Great Gatsby Engagement Shoot

“From the beginning I knew I wanted a 1920’s/ The Great Gatsby themed wedding. I wanted my engagement photos to match this as well. Sacramento has a downtown area known as Old Sacramento, which has a lot of original buildings and monuments that suited our theme well.”

Great Gatsby Engagement Shoot

“My favorite photo is also one of our save the dates, where I’m holding onto Sam’s arm and giving my super model ‘barely there’ smile! Sam also loves how mischievous he looks with his eyes barely showing under the brim of his hat.”

Great Gatsby Engagement Shoot

“Sam and I did our research, going a few weeks prior to our scheduled engagement shoot to look for locations and backdrops that would work well with our theme. I was able to find a great woman online in the Sacramento area who owned a vintage vehicle, which she was willing to let us take photos with.”

Great Gatsby Engagement Shoot

Great Gatsby Engagement Shoot

“I kept texting Sam photos of Leonardo DiCaprio from The Great Gatsby, and told him, ‘you can wear whatever you want, as long as it’s within the theme … and you look just as dapper as Leo did in this film!'”

Great Gatsby Engagement Shoot

“When people think of 1920’s costumes, they think of the flapper girls! I did NOT want a flapper dress. I wanted gowns that looked like I was attending the Oscars in the 1920’s.”

Great Gatsby Engagement Shoot

How it all began
Blaire & Sam met six years ago at a fitness club. She couldn’t get the lockers to work, so Sam popped over to help her out. Thinking he worked for the gym, Blaire let him do his thing. {Really, he was contracting the gym out for his coaching gig and pretended to be an employee. He used this as his chance to meet Blaire … smooth move!} And to this day, neither of them know how to operate the lockers!

Great Gatsby Engagement Shoot

The proposal
“Like any other girl, my heart was set on going to the Eiffel Tower. So on day 4 of Paris we went during the day. It was beautiful!!! Sam said, ‘I heard at 10pm, it lights up and sparkles so we should come back tonight.’ That night on August 10, 2015, at 9:58pm, Sam had asked a man to take a photo. The man said ‘it’s on video, how do I switch to photo?’ Sam told the man to just take a video instead and the man looked dumbfounded but did as Sam had asked. Then all the sudden the clock struck 10pm, the Eiffel Tower lit the sky of Paris, Sam opened his reading glasses case, and out popped a burgundy box! I freaked out!! I was NOT expecting this. I went in to kiss Sam and he said ‘it’s not that part yet, I haven’t even asked you what I’m down on my knee to ask you.’ And then we both just started laughing! In the video all you hear is the camera man shouting ‘YYYYEEEEEAAAAHHH!!!’ He was just as excited as I was!”


Best wishes to Blaire and Sam on their wedding planning journey! Their wedding is SURE to be full of more fabulous elements of 1920’s glitz, glamour, and fun! xo


Photo credit: Levi Wells of Mr. & Mrs. Photography | Stockton, CA

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Bold + Modern: Blue and Orange Wedding Inspiration

Jun 20 2016

Happy First Day of Summer! With blue at the helm, let’s take a deeper dive into this summer’s color trends with the unexpectedly swank Punchy color palette! Blue and orange wedding colors may have you thinking sports team, but that is not the inspiration behind this palette. Blue and orange are complementary colors, so pairing them together for your wedding is a natural and fresh choice!

Blue adds sophistication, while orange adds contemporary and summery flair. Full of pep and spontaneity, blue and orange are also the perfect mix of cool and warm. A bit of sugar and champagne neutrals added in keeps it easy on the eyes and elegant.

Best for summer weddings, this punchy palette is really perfect across any and every detail of the wedding—centerpieces, cake, flowers, and more. For a bold and bright effect, orange should be the star! If you’re not feeling too daring, consider using orange for pops of accent color against the cool blue and neutrals.

Punchy Palette
Classic Blue | Tangerine | Sugar | Champagne
Blue and Orange Wedding Inspiration

Blue and Orange Wedding Invitations | MagnetStreet  {get free samples!}

live.laugh.love  The motivational quote patterns the background on some of the designs in this modern suite, accented by dotted lines to set a romantic, yet contemporary tone. 

Forever Mine Marvelous and modern! This design is patterned with a blend of zigzag arrows and chevron, with soft lines adding a chic touch to break up your wedding wording.

This Joyful Day  A naturally beautiful wreath and sprinkling of floral accents and patterns on this unique design. From vintage floral to classic modern, this suits a variety of wedding styles!


Blue and Orange Wedding Engagement Session
Spontaneous, boisterous, and on-trend, I just love the energy of this color combo … which is beautifully captured in Chelsea and Jacob’s engagement session!
Blue and Orange Wedding Inspiration

Blue and Orange Wedding Inspiration

Blue and Orange Wedding Inspiration

Blue and Orange Wedding Inspiration

Blue and Orange Wedding Inspiration

Blue and Orange Wedding Inspiration

Blue and Orange Wedding Inspiration

Blue and Orange Wedding Inspiration

Blue and Orange Wedding Inspiration

Blue and Orange Wedding Inspiration

Blue and Orange Wedding Inspiration

Blue and Orange Wedding Inspiration

Blue and Orange Wedding Inspiration

Blue and Orange Wedding Inspiration


Photo Credits: Kandid Weddings Photography | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | via Two Bright Lights

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Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

A Styled Shoot With a Modern Industrial Wedding Invite to Match

Distilleries, wineries and breweries are fast becoming hot venues to host weddings. Full of rustic textures, industrial elements, and modern metallics … there’s nothing much traditional about weddings in these locales!

Amber Allen, owner of Allen & Company Photography, created her very own stylized modern industrial wedding at Journeyman Distillery, a fantastic new-yet-historical {working whiskey distillery} venue in southwest Michigan.

The breathtaking shoot also featured one of our very own modern-meet-rustic designs … and it quite perfectly accents this shoot. Amber even added a fantastic touch to the invite, by applying a copper treatment to the watercolor splashes of the design {see details at the end!}.


Washed in Love Bracket Invite |  MagnetStreet Weddings
This wedding invite features bold typography elements and soft watercolor strokes blended together perfectly. Splashes of paint and crisp typography create a look that is both artistic and modern!

Washed in Love Modern Industrial Wedding Suite

Amber found us on Google
“I was actually looking for a single invite set, and MagnetStreet was one of the few vendors that offered just a single set. I wanted something modern with somewhat of a bold font and a unique shape.”

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

Rustic wood floors, metal ceilings, large open windows, and distressed interior elements … this distillery has so much history … and dazzling details to offer as a wedding venue.

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

Fun fact: Amber lent her own wedding dress to the model, and did most of the decor … including adding/painting in the copper elements herself.

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

Cascading wedding bouquets are having their moment in time again! Gone are the cascading bouquets of the 1980s, and in their place … modern-meets-rustic, foliage-heavy bouquets for a chic and not over-styled look.

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

The copper elements are carried over into these fantastic candle sconces and industrial-feeling light bulbs.

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

A sweet and simple place setting with shiny silverware and rustic dinnerware.

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

That cake …. oh, THAT cake. Definitely a modern feel, with splashes of rustic brush-stroked coppery colors and sharp lines.

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

Definitely a rustic-meets-modern feel … with this fantastic vintage metal chair and rustic foliage-filled bouquet.

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

The floor-to-ceiling windows of the distillery offer ample natural light opportunities, and the distressed, natural maple wood floor provides an open palette for wedding day decor.

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

A little sampling of what this venue offers …

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

Just a few meters away … great photo opps for rustic shots of this gorgeous bride!

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

Loving the vintage feel of the lacey wedding dress, cascading bouquet, and suspenders!

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

Not only do great textures like the wooden maple floor and metallic industrial elements abound … check out the historic limestone brickwork of the walls!

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

Modern Industrial Wedding Shoot in the Distillery

Create your own copper look
“I used copper acrylic paint. I started by applying a small amount to a paint brush and at first, I did not like the effect. I thought I had actually ruined the invite and would have to order another one. I then tried swirling the paint that was already applied with the brush in a circular motion with my fingertip, and loved it! It was a matter of trial and error, which I feel is a must for any artist.”


So much thanks to the following fabulous vendors who were part of this shoot:

Florals: Snapdragon Designs | Hair and Makeup: Bangs Salon and Spa | Make Up Artist: Ezra Gabrielle Makeup | Hair: Summer Melton | Cake: Sweet-Em’s Cake Shoppe | Venue: Journeyman Distillery | Photography and Design: Allen & Company Photography | Dress: David’s Bridal

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Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding Inspiration

The chic and sophisticated, the Fresh color palette from this summer’s color trends is super versatile across venues, styles, and even seasons. Grounded in a soft minty pistachio hue and peachy champagne, this enchanting summer pastel wedding theme creates a calming, relaxed beachy and restful mood. Romantically playful and refreshing … it’s a pleasant summer combo I’m excited to feature!

Adding twinkling lights, elegant pink roses, and sequin accents to this delicate palette makes it both fresh for a country celebration, or formal for a country club celebration. The contrast of warm versus cool pastels is enough to be eye-catching and unique, but does not contrast in the least bit.

Ryan and Deanna’s outdoor rustic-meets-garden nuptials provide a fabulous backdrop for tying these four beautiful hues together in the most perfect way!

Fresh Color Palette
Mint  |  Teaberry  |  Champagne  |  Custom Blue (CMYK: 21, 12, 2, 0)
Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding color palette

Fun & Fresh Pastel Summer Wedding Stationery Designs

Mark Your Calendars Save the Date Magnet:  This modern suite is full of fabulous chic elements, including catchy pinstripes and unique hand lettering.

Botanical Cascade Rectangle Invitation: Celebrate in style with this modern design that is filled with graphic floral illustrations, little hearts, and playful petals.

Lace Country Rectangle Invitation: Ornate lace patterning drapes this design with rustic elegance, while worn textures and script lettering fill the background.

Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding Inspiration

Ryan and Deanna’s Wedding   |  Riverdale Manor, Pennsylvania

Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding Inspiration

Totally loving the personalized wedding dress hanger trend!

Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding Inspiration

Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding Inspiration

Gorgeous, rustic bouquet with ivory and dusty pink roses, white anemones and ranunculus.

Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding Inspiration

A heartfelt way to honor loved ones unable to attend with tiny photo frames  <3

Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding Inspiration

First look with the dapper groom and beautiful bride.

Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding Inspiration

Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding Inspiration

Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding Inspiration

Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding Inspiration

Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding Inspiration

Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding Inspiration

I Do! And a gorgeous wedding dress with sequin beading and flowing tulle.

Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding Inspiration

Bride and groom table with simple chic, rustic decor.

Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding Inspiration

Real dusty roses on the cake, with subtle and pretty sugar crystals to create a sparkly look… yum.

Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding Inspiration

Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding Inspiration

Overhead shots … not just for use in retail shops anymore! 🙂 I love it!

Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding Inspiration

The twinkling lights against the wood backdrop is ultra-romantic and intimately rustic.

Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding Inspiration

Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding Inspiration

Stunning sparklers with time-exposure photography …  dreamy and magical!


Get your own free sample pack of these lovely wedding stationery pieces!
Fresh & Enchanting Summer Pastel Wedding samples


Photo credits: Nathan Desch Photography, LLC | via Two Bright Lights

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