Today's color palette was inspired by an English Manor wedding, a.k.a. all things Downton Abbey. The Edwardian period has always had a fascination for me, and it's no wonder that the show has garnered so many fans. It's taken all of my energy to avoid Season 3 spoilers, but I have promised myself to wait until January to watch it in all its fullscreen glory.
Of course, you don't have to wed in a centuries old manor to feel like a countess. Elevate your fall fete with warm fabrics like tartan wools, tweed, and velvet. Lush local greenery, fruits, and a few elegant blooms bring an element of the country to your ceremony space, centerpieces, and bouquet. Set a formal table that even Carson the butler would be proud of by following this place setting guide. Try working with a stationer to create a family crest or monogram to use as a motif on stationery, menu cards, and other wedding papers. Antique lockets make sweet and sentimental gifts for your bridesmaids, mother, and grandmother. On the big day, follow the example of the stylish Crawley sisters with a bias-cut dress with a tiered skirt, flutter sleeves, and beading. A low chignon fastened with an embellished comb or pin, lace-trimmed cathedral veil, and a wine-red lip completes your look. Finally, a rented 1911 Renault car makes the perfect getaway for you and your gentleman!
From top left: English manor wedding, Martha Stewart Weddings; Edwardian fashion plate; Antique lockets, BHLDN; Hairpiece, BHLDN; Ralph Lauren Collection 2012 Fall/Winter campaign; Downton Abbey; Lita gown, BHLDN; Veil, BHLDN; Stationery, Antiquaria; Pear place card and fall bouquet, Martha Stewart Weddings.