We’ve looked at inspiration and flowers, so now it’s time for fashion! Photographer Annie Edmonds sent over these lovely images of Southern belles in their Derby finery, and I don’t know about you, but they sure make me want to grab a mint julep and hitch the next ride to Kentucky for this weekend’s festivities! Are any of y’all lucky enough to be going to the races?
Did y’all see our Derby Week posts last week? (Here, here, here, here, here, and here, in case you missed ’em!) I hope you all took our friendly pointers and sipped on scrumptious mint juleps while donning fabulous hats on Saturday! Oh wait, you don’t have a huge sun hat? Never fear! We are giving away five monogrammed floppy hats from Marley Lilly, one in white and the other four in the color of your choice!
A big round of applause for Kristen C! She answered:
I love the classic wide derby hat in the caramel color with the yellow/green big sash bow. I would top off the look with my monogram in green, my primary wedding color! Love these hats! Such a great giveaway and absolutely perfect for a summer wedding in the south! :)
I’d also like to send a big huge congratulations to Animal Kingdom, the winner of the 137th Kentucky Derby! We’re big fans, here in the SW office!
You know how the saying goes: “first comes love, then comes marriage…” Well, the folks at Spark Letterpress like to change it up a little. Their mantra? “First comes love, then comes letterpress”! You know what? They’re right! Before you wear that pretty white dress, you have to send out save the dates for the big day and Spark Letterpress has some of the most fabulous save the dates out there!
Last week, we asked you to check out Spark Letterpress’ awesome website and report back to us with your favorite save the date collection. Out of the many entries, only one winner can be selected and we are so excited to announce her now!
Congratulations to Anne J. who will receive 100 completely customizable save the date cards and envelopes from Spark Letterpress! By the way, Anne was quite fond of the Lily design.
Check back next week for another tremendous giveaway opportunity!
Red rose round-up — say that three times fast!
The Kentucky Derby isn’t called “The Run for the Roses” for nothing — the blanket of blooms that’s draped over the winning Thoroughbred’s neck is made up of 554 red roses! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite red rose inspiration, and though one-bloom, one-color bouquets like these are not as popular as they used to be, we think there’s something beautiful and classic about them when done right! Red roses can also look beautiful in cakes and table decor.
Image credits, top to bottom: Amanda Watson, next two Gabriel Ryan (floral design by JL Designs), Melanie Mauer, next two Melanie Mauer (floral design by Best of Flowers), Olivia Griffin, Olivia Griffin (see more from this wedding here!), Sarah K. Chen, Ivy Weddings via The Bride’s Cafe
For those of you looking for a twist on the classic red rose, we thought we’d include some of our favorite updated designs. These bouquets mix roses with other bloom varieties, and often choose garden roses over more traditional “Valentine’s Day” roses.
Image credits, clockwise from top left: Char Beck via Coco + Kelley (design by McKenzie Powell), Meg Smith (design by Ariella Chezar), via Martha Stewart Weddings, design by Ariella Chezar, Jose Villa (design by Flowerwild), Elizabeth Messina
What do you think, ladies? Would you go for red roses at your wedding?