I must have heard that question at least 50 times, followed by a look of bewilderment when I responded that we didnâ€™t really have one. I know it makes things easier and helps you to visualize a final product, but flea markets didnâ€™t have color schemes. Alas, in the end, one ended up emerging, but it literally wasnâ€™t until the few weeks before the wedding!
It started with my dress, which is â€œLeahâ€ by Elizabeth Fillmore. I found it on my lunch break with my co-worker (also one of my best friends and bridesmaids). It was not a big event, my mom and sister werenâ€™t there and there was no champagne clinking. It was low-key and mellow, very much as I had wanted. Although, Alana did make me hug her when I said this was the dress.
Then came my three bridesmaids. I never wanted all of the girls to wear matching dresses and I did not want them to spend a lot of money for them. I knew I wouldnâ€™t be getting the dresses from a bridal salon so I hit the internet for cocktail dresses. Nordstrom, Macys, Dillards, everywhere I could think that might have some affordable options that they might actually want to wear again.
The decision was made pretty quickly that a Maggie Sottero silver strapless cocktail dress would be a great choice for two. They both liked it a lot, and it was reasonably priced, so that was settled. My sisterâ€™s dress took a little longer to decide on, like three weeks before the wedding. A bargain at $30, her light light peach dress eventually ended up setting the tone for the wedding. A quick DIY flower sash gave it a little extra pop.
The guys were easy. Jon knew tuxes werenâ€™t appropriate for our wedding, nor did he see himself ever wearing one. And he was the one that wanted to wear the converse (even before he knew it was a â€œtrendyâ€ wedding idea!) So grey suits and converse it was. The peach striped ties came into play two weeks before the wedding and I made the boutonnieres out of some fabric and feathers.
So somehow our â€œlate-in-the-gameâ€ wedding attire ended up dictating our color scheme, since we didnâ€™t decide on flowers until three weeks before the wedding as well! Youâ€™ll see those later.
* images by Aaron Ingrao, edited by me