Wedding Styling Tips: Q&A With Peggy Russell

It’s safe to say after 10 years of coordinating and designing weddings that our founder and principal stylist, Peggy Russell, knows a thing or two about weddings.  Yet that didn’t stop her from putting on her travel boots this year to take a mini tour of the U.S. to study with some of the wedding industry’s best.  What most people don’t know initially about Peggy, but what becomes abundantly clear after only a few minutes in her presence, is that she is a lifelong learner, always seeking to expand her circle of influence and inspiration, especially in the creative realm.  So during my last trip to Miami I took the opportunity to sit down for a Q&A with Peggy to ask her about her most recent trip to Charleston, styling, and her newest endeavor – foraging and creating bouquets. Alex: What, if any, was the inspiration behind how you styled your bride? Peggy Russell: For the most part, I am always inspired by a bride’s story and the vision they give me for their wedding day.  However, in this particular instance, it was impossible not to be inspired by the ethereal and timeless beauty of the location, which was a 100 year old property outside of Charleston, South Carolina, so I felt deeply inspired to honor the period of the location.  I picked a dress with clean and simple lines made of raw silk that had a touch of modernity but could have been an heirloom as well.  I also wanted a less busy dress because I really wanted to accent the bride’s florals, which were created by blending an array of both greens, which were foraged from the location, and florals.  I loved the randomness of the...
Top 15 Wedding Design Inspirations

Top 15 Wedding Design Inspirations

Today we’re here to share with you our current top 15 wedding design inspirations we’re loving here at the Destination Wedding Studio, inspired by our DWS couples, our time studying with the School of Styling, recent wedding style shoots, and our hours and hours of looking online through Real Wedding Galleries.  And although the web and all things social media irrefutably conjure up a mix of love and hate in most people, we here at Destination Wedding Studio are forever grateful for the gifts that these avenues of inspiration (and distraction) are in our lives, most of the time that is.  To be able to have so much information and inspiration so readily available was inconceivable not that many years ago.  So today we’re celebrating technology.  Here’s to being connected and inspired via the worldwide web! 1. Eucalyptus: because for us, there is truly no other plant that is quite as versatile.  It works for just about every wedding theme imaginable.  Most importantly, it is a statement piece alone, but just as impactful in collaboration. 2. Calligraphy: is a must!  From invitations to escort cards to signage to seating charts to you name it, good calligraphy takes everything up a notch.  And the best part, there are SO many fabulous calligraphers out there bringing their artistry to the wedding world and this makes us so happy, as it should you! 3. Watercolor: is calming and evocative.  Planning weddings primarily in South Florida and the Florida Keys watercolor is the perfect design accent as it so perfectly mimics the freedom in the air and the fluidity of the sea.  We’re not exactly sure when watercolor...
10 Wedding Ceremony Chair Ideas Worth Considering

10 Wedding Ceremony Chair Ideas Worth Considering

After all is said and done, when asked, “What was the most memorable part of their day?” most of our couples will respond without hesitation their ceremony.  Perhaps it’s because upon remembering one’s wedding day, most of the day can seem like a blur, but the ceremony is the part of the day that asks the most from every bride and groom, it asks their full presence and nothing less.  After months or even years of planning, when you finally stand across from your beloved and exchange your sacred vows and offer forth your ‘I do’, it’s as if all breath is being held and the whole world is standing still just for you.  It’s unlike anything, which is why we’re such firm believers that your ceremony and it’s decor require the same consideration as your reception.  Below are 10 wedding ceremony chair ideas for all brides, styles, and budgets.  Remember, give your heart and it’s consideration to every part of the day and you will be forever grateful.  Love to you and yours! 1. One Flower: We absolutely LOVE this idea!  Depending on how large or small your wedding and what flower you choose, this is a pretty easy and affordable solution for most couples.  Also, to add another layer of meaning to your ceremony, consider the meaning and significance, even the story behind the flower you choose. 2. Photos: To tell a visual story, create an aura of nostalgia, or for the photo aficionados, this is an easy, affordable, and unique decor solution! 3. A Pop of Color: For the minimalist out there, adding a single ribbon, ideally in one of your wedding colors, is a perfect solution...