So now that I had a groom, a dress, and a place to get married, I could finally make my inspiration board! Â I wanted to include specific photos that I used for individual inspiration, but also convey the feel that I was trying to create. Â I actually made about five different inspiration boards as the process went on and the plans took shape, but here is my final product. Â I was going for romantic, warm, classic, and simple, and the colors I ended up using were ivory and black with gold accents.
Top from left: photo ofÂ Park Tavern, candles fromÂ MS viaÂ S&I,Â Christ the King photo byÂ Matt Adcock;Â Row 2: chocolate fromÂ MS Weddings viaÂ S&I, lanterns from Pottery Barn (found onÂ Classic Bride) viaÂ S&I, candle holders fromÂ Pottery Barn, pearls fromÂ Overstock viaÂ S&I;Â Row 3: my dress fromÂ Casablanca Bridal, invitation viaÂ S&I, Jack Vettriano image viaÂ art.com, photo byÂ Belathee viaÂ S&I; Row 4: photo byÂ Lisa Leigh viaÂ S&I, bouquet fromÂ Artfool, photo ofÂ Hotel Splendido viaÂ Little Winter Bride
Now I had an inspiration board, but I needed some priorities as guidance so that I could translate my inspiration into reality and decision making. Â Our top three priorities were as follows:
1. Ryan and I saw our wedding as an opportunity to say thank you and entertain our guests in our new hometown. Â Therefore our first priority was to welcome as many of our friends and family to Atlanta as possible for a great big party.
2. Photography. Â Similar to many of you, I spent countless hours looking through hundreds of websites, saving images that spoke to me and captured the elements I wanted present at my wedding. Â Having a photographer capture both the details I planned for more than a year but more importantly the moments that I would remember for a lifetime was incredibly important to me.
3. I didn’t want to lose my sanity. Â This might not sound like your typical priority, but having done research for a couple of years I knew that there were more beautiful details and ideas than I would ever have the time, motivation, or funding to implement!
So now all I had to do was choose a photographer, determine what I could handle planning, and delegate the rest. Â Sounds simple enough…