All posts by Whitnie Watkins

Unique Send-Off Ideas

Sending off a bride and groom at the end of their reception is a classic tradition that lives on today. The sendoff can add an extra bit of style and personality to the end of a couple’s big day. However, keep in mind that many venues have restrictions on what may be allowed. If your chosen venue does not allow sparklers or loose materials (like confetti or flowers) just know that there are a plethora of options for you to choose from. Remember, noise-makers like cow bells or tambourines could make for a memorable exit. You may have to put your thinking cap on, but once you start thinking outside the box your grand exit will become more personalized than you could have ever imagined.

Streamers or ribbons add a pop of color that can tie into your color scheme and are a great idea for a daytime getaway. These wands are an awesome no-mess option and can also become a noise-maker, if you so choose, by simply adding small bells to the top of the wooden dowels. This alternative can complete your day by adding a touch of lightheartedness and whimsy.

Do you love neon colors? Do you want your send-off to illuminate the night sky? Glow sticks may be the perfect option for your special day. These glow sticks can be handed out while guests are still on the dance floor which would give your reception a club atmosphere and delightful pictures.

If your chosen venue does not allow sparklers or loose materials (like confetti or flowers) just know that there are a plethora of options for you to choose from. Remember, noise-makers like cow bells or tambourines could make for a memorable exit. You may have to put your thinking cap on, but once you start thinking outside the box your grand exit will become more personalized than you could have ever imagined.

Image 1: Laura Murray / Image 2:  Paula Bartosiewicz

Dark Romance Inspiration Wedding

Hey there everyone! My name is Whitnie and I’m interning with A Vintage Affair this summer and as part of our tasks we were asked to create an inspiration board for a potential wedding that was based on a non-wedding photograph. Well, I had just gotten back from a month in Paris where I was exposed to more art than my brain knew what to do with, and subsequently took a ton of photos as well of said art. When we were given this assignment I immediately knew what photo I wanted to use.

This painting by Giacometti includes beautiful rich tones and a dark aesthetic. The deep red and blue colors were complimented by the cool whites and accents of gold. These colors and the overall composition evoke a feeling of dark romance, and I knew this is what I wanted my inspiration board to reflect as well.

I began by looking at photos that incorporated this moody vibe and wanted to embrace a variety of textures and finishes. I absolutely love the contrast between the opulence of the velvet furniture against the industrial finish of the candle shelf. I also really wanted this board to contain a balance between natural elements, like the wood of the farm table, and more polished and romantic details, as seen in the gold flatware and the whimsical blush table runner.

The flower arrangements contain stunning shades of maroon along with greenery, which perfectly reflects the outside ceremony space and gorgeous place cards, done by the amazing Bash Calligraphy . The accents of sparkly gold against the stark black reminds me of the days of gothic cathedrals and adds a touch of glamour.

I wanted this inspiration board, and corresponding wedding, to transport guests to another world. A world filled with magic, intrigue, and fairytale endings. I hope you all enjoy and can take aspects of this board and incorporate them into your own special day!

Furniture: The Perfect Palette | Circle Shelf: Something Borrowed | Altar: Nonagaya | Tablescape: The Perfect Palette | Cake: Cakes2Cupcakes | Bridal Party: Junebug Weddings | Escort Cards: Bash Calligraphy |