Dolce Does..another check off the list!

This probably should’ve been one of the first vendors I booked given our “shorter” engagement and popular date in our city…but, we FINALLY decided on our DJ!  I am so, so excited.  The DJ we are selecting was on the higher price range of our options, but I just loved him during our meeting, he has a great reputation and came highly recommended, and — bonus! — he will provide the much-needed uplighting for our venue!

It’s amazing how great it feels to get one more item off the check list — especially when it’s an important one!  Now the number one item is to figure out our Officiant situation, because we can’t have a wedding without one.

A few weeks ago D and I interviewed a Pastor.  While our primary goal was to have someone we know get ordained and officiate, we ran into a few issues there, so I started the search for a professional. The Pastor was great and D really liked him, so I’m glad we have that option.

Yay to booking vendors!

Dolce Does..Ombre!


Ombre is all the rage these days from hair to nails to even wedding flowers!  Over the past few months, it has seemed like every time I try to go more modern, I just end up more traditional.  So, how do I marry (no pun intended) traditional with some modern flair?

As I mentioned before, I’m envisioning lots of candles for the romantic flair, black and white for a classic feel, and feathers and bling to add a little glam.  When it came to flowers, I imagined a little bit tradition meets classic meets romance.  I also knew that while I was all over the map deciding on colors and theme, once I sat down with a florist it would help me nail down my vision a little more.

I met with a florist yesterday and that is exactly what happened.  It was hard because I received confirmation that my top two wedding flower wants are out of season in October.  I mean, look how gorgeous these peonies are, and the black and white anemones couldn’t be more perfect!!!


But, going in I knew peonies were a spring flower, and according to my research anemones come into season in November.  I wasn’t sure if that was close enough, but sadly, it’s not.

Although I can’t get my dream wedding flowers (silly October and all your oranges) the meeting made me really excited for all the decor.  I’ve settled on the black and white with gray and accents of blush and coral.  I’m really wanting to stay away from BLACK and PINK everywhere, but I think I can achieve that if I stick to a little pink only in the flowers and lighting.

So far we discussed lots of roses, maybe some carnations to make that tight ball look for centerpieces, some stephanotis, and gray beads and leaves!  I’m really excited for the gray.  And, I want to incorporate black and white stripes to make it a little younger.  Can’t forget the feathers – I’m definitely having some feathers in my bouquet!

Now, I didn’t lead in with the ombre for no reason.  One idea that came to me during the consultation that has me really, really excited, is incorporating some ombre in the lower centerpieces!  White, blush and coral ombre surrounded by candles on black linens with a black and white striped runner?  I am loving it!

I have a few more florists I want to meet with, but I’m glad I booked this consultation early because it certainly helped me figure out my overall decor theme!

I’ll leave you with a few floral inspiration photos I’m really loving right now!


Dolce Does..Wedding Colors!

One of the first questions I get from people (other than when and where and have I said yes to the dress yet) is what my color theme is.  For years now I’ve known I wanted to go with the classic black and white.  I just love the looks and feels of these inspiration boards:

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But I’ve also known I’ve wanted to incorporate an additional one or two colors.  For the longest time that color was gold, but lately I’ve fallen in love with dark gray for bridesmaid dresses.  I’m loving these dark gray/white bouquet and dark gray/blush bouquet looks:

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I even went to my local home improvement store and gathered up some paint chips for inspiration:

Black, White, Grays and Blush Pink!

Black, White, Grays and Blush Pink!

Black White Gold and Gray

Black White Gold and Gray

I’ve just had the hardest time deciding which combination.

So, then I decided I’d go with the Black, White, Grays and Blush pink.  Until I started considering what flowers are in bloom during October.  Peonies, which I love for the blush pink, definitely are not.  And while I could go with pink roses, I want some unique flowers in the mix.  So upon doing my research I realized Orange calla lilies are in bloom.  The gears started shifting yet again and I started considering a Black, White, Gray and Orange, or a Black, White, Gray, and Coral mix.  I’m shying away from orange because our wedding’s already in October and I don’t want people thinking it’s Halloween themed – people showing up in costumes? Negative, Ghostrider – but I am just LOVING coral!

Don't the gray and coral look so pretty together?!

Don’t the gray and coral look so pretty together?!

I’m thinking I could maybe mix coral in with the blush pink, so black, white, shades of gray and pinks, but I’m afraid that’s going to get too pink, too quickly.  I’ve got a huge decision to make, but I’m thinking maybe a meeting with a florist will point me in the right direction, since my indecisiveness is stemming (no pun intended?) from what color bouquets I go with.

What color combination do you like for a Fall wedding?  Did you have a hard time choosing your colors?