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Seeking out Inspiration!

In a week and a half TJ and I leave for our big Euro trip! Just yesterday we purchased our first dSLR camera and I couldn’t be more excited to put it to good use! I am really hoping to be inspired while abroad…to really sink into and absorb other cultures. I have some really high goals for myself and B.Lue come this fall. We will see how my visions are influenced by our travels!

In some other great news, I just got the notification e-mail yesterday that our wedding was accepted as a feature on the Knot.com! It’s such great exposure for B.Lue….and just really nice to be able to go back and relive the events from 2 years ago. The feature is set to run in October, so it will be a nice 2 year anniversary present!

Happy Wednesday to all!

xo

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My current favorite pins!

It’s always good to have inspiration boards, which is why I LOVE pinterest so much. Here are a couple of beautiful, creative and unique wedding invitations that I am totally into right now.

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Okay, how creative is this?! Your save the date would be super memorable if it were scratch off! Check out that link to see lots more innovative design ideas.

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I am a sucker for white space and beautiful typography. This is a simple yet stunning invite by my dear paperie.

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Ok. I bet you’ve never seen an invitation set like THIS before. The colors are stunning, and so is the personality. I’d love to see what the rest of this wedding was like! Design by Douglas Behl.

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Ah, beautiful water color and knock out typography. This design is so romantic. By wedding paper divas.

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And finally, a bold and graphic suite. This couple definitely has a eye for color! By up up creative.

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Wedding color palette inspiration

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Lets talk about color. It plays a huge part in the cohesive design of your wedding and while color inspiration can come from anywhere, the easiest place to start would be the season in which you plan to have your wedding. These color palettes are all inspired by season:

Spring:

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Bouquet: Lane Dittoe

Summer:

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Table Props: Cynthia Martyn Events Inc. & Stemz

Fall:

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Photography: Deborah Zoe

Winter:

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Boquet: Alively Photography

Another way to choose a color palette is to pin point the type of wedding you’re planning. Stay true to your taste and the style should come to you naturally. Here are some examples:

Are you a modern couple? Do you like minimalistic sleek architecture and strong lines?

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Dress by Rosa Clara, Invitation design by B.Lue, Napkin ring by Bohemian Bloom

…or are you a traditional couple? You prefer the classics; neutral colors and textures that boarder on rustic?

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How about designing your wedding around your favorite color? The one you’ve always seen when daydreaming about your future wedding? Here are some color combinations based off common favorites.

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Big Archie Linen and Vinnie cushion

See what I mean by inspiration coming from anywhere? Isn’t this drapery amazing? And it complements a navy color palette wonderfully…

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This is a great example of how a gold-ish orange can beautifully accent traditional royal blues and neutral grays.

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Here is a great example of how soft green and gold can accent each other in a non-traditional way.

Color palettes are so fun to create and really tie the design of a wedding together. Which are your favorites?

xo

b.lue

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Custom designed wedding stationery VS DIY templates

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Congratulations, you’re engaged! Embarking on planning a wedding is both exciting and challenging. While picking a stock template might seem appealing (its easy and relatively cheap) working with a designer brings so much more to the table.

1. This isn’t just any wedding. It’s your wedding. A designer will help make that apparent to your guests.

Your wedding stationery should reflect you and your partners’ personality. Color, illustration and typography details can all work together to set the tone of your wedding. B.lue works with each couple to get at the core of what makes them special. These unique details will make your invitations stand out from all the cookie cutter varieties.

2. Someone else is thinking about the little things, so you don’t have to.

You may have thought all you needed were invitation and RSVP cards. However, depending on the personality of you and your partner, there may be other details! From specialized ceremony programs, way finding signage, and even bar menu options, B.Lue can help you determine all the printed materials to make your day unique.

3. A visual partner. 

How do the colors of your bridesmaid dresses work with the color palette of your stationery? This may seem like a silly question, but cohesive design extends further than just your invitation. B.Lue will be your partner in making sure all the visual details of your wedding are as beautiful as the vision you have in mind.

Working with a designer on the stationery for your wedding will allow you to: inject you and your partners’ personality into each piece, remove the stress of managing all printed materials and make sure there is visual cohesion across all details. This is a special time in your life! Get out there, enjoy it, and leave your stationery design to us!

xo

::andrea::

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Transition to fall fashion

Even though it’s been terribly HUMID in NY over the past three days, I am very excited to start wearing fall pieces… I actually considered putting on my grey suede ankle boots today (even though it is 85′ out) buuuut decided to hold off for at least a couple more weeks ; ) Here are some really great ways to start mixing in “It might be hot out, but it’s September” clothes to your wardrobe. AddinBootsI might take inspiration from this look sometime next week… the ripped shorts may not be office appropriate, but a cute skirt would def work.

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Love the sweater-over-dress combo here. I bought a basic black dress from old navy a couple weeks ago, and think it will pair great with some of the sweaters hiding in my closet.Baubles to bubbles_blazinThe professional-meeting-laid-back look is so on trend right now. And you know I couldn’t pass up a hot colored blazer like this one. The only problem for me is, my closet is lacking one! You can shop these pieces outlined by Baubles to Bubbles here!

NewHairsOh, and lets not forget the inspiration for my latest haircut… I wanted to go shorter for fall for two reasons: 1. because I’ve had long hair for a while, and 2. because my wavy hair could be manageable in the cooler months sans humidity. (The weather played a trick on me and I ended up getting it cut on the hottest day of the year in NY… harr harrrr) This cut is apparently called the “lob” (meaning: long-bob) which I HATE the sound of, but so far I am enjoying styling it. It kinda feels a little 90’s-grunge. Interesting…

Happy Friday everyone!

xo

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Mixed media fabulousness by Gregory Euclide

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One of my favorite forms of creating art is mixed media. Here, Gregory Euclide is making mastery of this very style. His use of painting, found items, moss, wood and paper is magical.

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I love the shadow and depth created by the silhouette of the paper against the rich background.

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Gregory Euclide is an artist and teacher living in the Minnesota River Valley. His work has been featured in Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape at MASS MoCA (2008-2009), Otherworldly at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York (2011), Small Worlds at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio (2011), and was recently on view in the solo exhibitionNature Out There, at the Nevada Museum of Art (2012). Go visit his site now and be inspired!

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Water color obsessed

No one will be surprised here, but I am 100% jealous (and crushing on) the water color illustrations by Marta Spendowska. Her brand V E R Y M A R T A is basically what I dream my work being. She creates beautiful water color paintings for a variety of applications, print/brand/accessories… they are just gorgeous.

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