- Monday, November 19, 2012

Downton Abbey: Shekinah's Inspired

From intern Shekinah:

This board was SO exciting for me to do. Thanks to my best friend who basically sat me down and forced me to watch the first season straight through with her (who am I kidding? I was hooked after the first episode), I am officially obsessed with Downton Abbey. Amazing acting aside, the entire set and costume is just one giant piece of eye candy. So what better way to deal with my Downton Abbey withdrawal until the third season premieres than doing an inspiration board?

For once it’s not about rustic and handpicked flowers and little paper flags (as much as I adore all that stuff as well). This is about richness and grandeur. Colors are antique gold, ivory, blush, and even some grey/pewter. A perfect reception location would be a mansion (Brecknock Hall is a great location to check out here on the island), or you could REALLY pay homage to this Golden Age by having a destination wedding in Newport, Rhode Island (just google  "The Breakers"  "Rosecliff" , or   "Cliff Walk" and you’ll see what I mean).

With your d├ęcor, let your venue do the work. Yes you want lush, soft, elegance (with a bit of drama)- but you don’t want it to take away from your surroundings. Perfect example- picture in the upper-left corner. The centerpieces in this Rosecliff Mansion wedding are definitely beautiful but the design elements aren’t competing for your attention (*a wedding planner can help you find this balance).

Fashion for the girls is lace, draping, and slim silhouettes (like that gorgeous dress by Naomi Neoh - it’s actually called the Lady Mary!). Since your silhouettes of this time period are relatively simple, adorn yourself with detailed jewelry like the fabulous shoulder necklace on the top or the embellished sash  on the bottom. Bridesmaids can basically wear anything from Bhldn and look amazing (like this this dress ). For guys, go with tails obviously, but pair it with the gray pants for a more fashionable look. 

Some details that I love are finding a vintage typewriter so guests can type their wishes for you (much more fun than a guestbook). Also, I love the idea of using vintage teacups for escort cards (fill them with something delicate like a pair of pastel macarons and they can double as favors). For table numbers, use antique mirrors or since those may be hard to find, these beautiful pearl frames from the Cloud Nove store would work perfectly as well. 

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