Take Five: Bouquets

There are five weeks in January which has inspired a little “take five-” themed post. Since this is possibly the most blah time of year (are we alone in this sentiment?!), let’s think about bouquets! Flowers can be magical medicine for the soul. One of us here at PEWS may or may not have a small fund dedicated to splurging on fresh flowers occasionally, to promote her belief that the combination of them, a good candle, and a glass of wine can solve many, many serious problems.

Anyway. Since each of our five pew styles has a personality of its own, we picked a few arrangements to suit them …

For the white washed: 

This wheat bouquet has the same simple, rustic charm.

For the colonial:

A collection of rose petals becomes a giant rose, which is just so perfect for the elegant and yet not quite polished glamour of the colonial.

For the golden oak: 

A unique and unexpected floral combination would be perfect with a warm, classic golden oak backdrop.

For the New York: 

This bouquet feels simultaneously luxurious and natural, which is quite like the New York.

Last but not least, for the Mobile: 

Spunky and bright with a classically feminine undertone is exactly how to characterize all things Mobile, AL.

Especially after that last bouquet, with all of its warm colors – we feel a little bit better already! What’s your favorite combination? Or would you go a completely different direction? Check out our Pinterest board of inspiration and let us know what you think.


Q&A with: Wesley and Emma

Talk about a couple that’s as sweet as the tea we drink around here – Wesley and Emma are the young couple behind W&E Photgraphie. We’ve worked with them a handful of times and the joy they radiate is contagious, which is exactly the type of folks we like to keep around. This week, we caught up with the married duo to talk about rainbows, butterflies, sunshine … and wedding photography.

Wesley, by W&E Photographie

Wesley, by W&E Photographie

A picture-perfect love. Before Wesley and Emma enrolled in the same black-and-white photography class at University of Alabama, they were self-proclaimed hobbyists. “Our love for photography kind of blossomed at the same time as our love for each other.” Four years after they first started learning and really pursuing photography, they took the leap and opened their own business.

Why weddings? The avid travelers are doing the only thing they know to do that allows them to combine a love of travel and visual storytelling. Hopping across states ain’t no thang, and this year they’ll start photographing weddings abroad, too! “Capturing emotions, making friends, telling stories, and eating wedding cake once a week” is a pretty good motivator, too.

He says, she says. While a treasured memory for Emma is a time, after shooting a wedding in Texas, when they put their cameras down and swam in a watering hole with their couple’s family and friends, Wesley has a different highlight. “Nick Saban gave me his cell phone to hang on to at his son’s wedding. I didn’t make any phone calls, but it was pretty cool,” says the Crimson Tide fan.

Sweet home Alabama… W&E is based in good ‘ol Birmingham, which Texas native Emma has come to really love. Wesley, who’s been in the state his whole life, says it’s finally growing on him, too – although it’s hard to compare to yearlong stints in Spain and Costa Rica.

…and European dreams. Should photography disappear (the horror!), Wesley would jump right back overseas and work with locals in some way, shape, or form. Emma would provide sustenance in the form of her childhood dream: “a quaint, European-style bakery.”

Don’t they make you want to drop everything and chase your dreams?! Oh, and don’t think we forgot to ask about their favorite pew. Both love the New York.

Bright Idea: lace up

Lace has always been a classic bridal choice, even if it’s never made it to “trendy” status. Enter Kate Middleton, who probably (definitely) first put it back on the radar. Now, as we consider winter weddings and their elements, lace is back in the picture – big time. Check out a few of our favorite ways to incorporate it into even the most modern soiree.

Let’s start with the biggest statement: a vintage lace veil/headpiece. We super love this twenties-inspired look. It’d be perfect for a wedding in the dead of winter, don’tchya think? For some reason, we see this veil and think of stone, moss, fog, an outdoor fireplace at the reception…

For a subtler take, investigate lace shoes. Again, these have always existed, but now there are more options than ever before! We especially love these booties that manage to be trendy and classic, delicate and fashion-foward all at once.

Alright alright, maybe lace is great to look at but just not your jam. In which case, you should absolutely still incorporate it into your decor. Look at these understated bench accents (which you know, of course, would look infinitely cooler on a church pew). This could go as a table runner, too, or even inspire abstract decor (think wrapping a few tree branches in lace or hanging chandeliers from chains with lace interlaced (heh) throughout).

And finally, if you don’t trust our hankering that lace is cool again, bhldn’s selection confirms it. Our favorite accessories are the clutch – perfect for your rehearsal dinner – and the Queen Anne’s Lace necklace. Such a unique piece!

both images from BHLDN

What do you think? Which lace would you choose?