Aloha! Hawaiian Themed Wedding

If you are newly engaged you may not know where to start your wedding planning!  Planning a wedding can be very overwhleming process, escpecially when trying to decide what type of wedding you want to have!  No need to worry….you don’t have to have a wedding theme but coming up with a clear direction of your wedding is key.

First decide on a color palette or combination you love.  This may naturally send you in a direction of a theme you want to go in.  If you choose earthy tones and want an outdoor wedding a garden theme might be perfect for you.  Or if you love the look of muted colors, birdcages and lace, a vintage wedding theme may be perfect for you.  Whatever you decide make sure it is a good example of you…as long as it fits you and your fiance the more people will love your “theme”.

Below is an insiration board of a hawaiian themed wedding since the couple loved Hawaii and went there on their honeymoon.  After choosing her wedding colors the theme came naturally.  Over the next few weeks I will try to give you some expamples of different wedding themes and color palettes.  I hope this helps you in picking your wedding “theme”.

Happy Planning!!



Lantern Release for Wedding Farewell!

 I think every bride and groom hope for a memorable departure from their reception.  Most couples opt for a traditional farewell of bubbles, rose petals or even sparklers but this past October a Glendalough Manor couple had a unique and fun way for guests to say their farewells and I just had to share this idea with you!

Lauren and Adam Matthews released lanterns right before they left the reception and not only did Stephanie Hamlet capture some beautiful photographs of the lantern release but it was also a very memorable moment for the bride and groom and all of their guests. The bride said it was “one of her favorite parts of the wedding”.

I found some eco friendly lanterns on that are 100% biodegradable.  They are non-flammable and easy for your guests to use.  They will fly for about 12 minutes and go up about a mile high in the sky and the white lanterns are a stunning display when released by all of your guests at the same time. 

An idea I absolutely love is to have your guests write a “wish” for you and your groom on the lantern itself and on the personalized tags.  The tags can be kept as a keepsake from the wedding!

Hope you like this ideas as much as I did! Happy Planning!


50’s Inspired Wedding

If you are having a 50’s inspired wedding or love vintage weddings then you have to take a look at this inspiration board!

Jillian and Scott Mason knew they wanted an outside wedding and that’s one of the reasons the couple chose Glendalough Manor.  They knew it would be the perfect backdrop for their 50’s themed wedding.   Jillian wore a 50’s inspired gown from Etain Bridal Boutique and a birdcage veil.  I thought the best part about her bridal attire was her white gloves. Perfect for her theme!  The bride carried a bouquet of dark red callalilys and roses accented with white feathers. The bridesmaids wore black wiggle dresses and completed their look with red flowers in their hair.  The groomsmen wore black traditional tuxes with red bowties and dark red calla lilys accented their tuxes.

The bride told me she dreamed of having a vintage car at her wedding and was so happy she was able to have one their for photographs.  I thought the bride and groom next to the car was some of the best pictures!

The couple chose black and gold lace linens for the reception with black satin napkins.  The table centerpeices were candelabras and vintage bird cages both adorned with red roses.  They also used the aisle arrangements again as centerepices….a great way to save money on flowers!

Jillian and Scott said it was a perfect day and they wished they could do it all over again!

If you are having a 50’s inspired wedding or a themed wedding we would love to hear about it!

Happy Planning!

Sources:,, All photography by Stephanie Hamlet Photography