As promised, Amanda's back with some inside scoop on her wedding, which is featured in our new real weddings issue! First up, she's spilling the beans on an area most brides's start with: the inspiration!
As you can probably imagine, running a popular wedding blog was both a blessing and a curse when it came to planning my own wedding. Over the years I have accumulated quite the collection of cute and inspirational details from so many of the amazing weddings we have featured on 100 Layer Cake. The tricky part to having all of these folders of inspiration was knowing how to tackle the theme, colors, and decor of our own wedding. How was I going to make it all come together? And of course I wanted it to have a different flair than the weddings I had seen before, which was a tough feat!
One thing I remember everyone telling me (even before I was engaged) was, "I bet you have your entire wedding all planned out already". Actually, I didn't. I wanted to wait and see what spark of inspiration would hit once Tim actually proposed. I trusted we could come up with a theme that fit both of our personalities as a couple…and not just me as a wedding blogger with folders full of inspiration.
The first night Tim and I ever kissed was at a friend's James Bond-themed party. I was dressed as the character Domino, and Tim was some sort of villain. It was such a fun and glamorous night filled with dancing, fancy cocktails, and retro style. Unbeknownst to us, the style of that party would influence our wedding 10 years later!
Tim proposed on Lake Como, on a speedboat surrounded by beautiful villas in the middle of the sparkling lake. Very James Bond style. Over an espresso a few days later we started to brainstorm what our wedding style would be. We agreed that we wanted to incorporate our love of mid-century design, the bright and vibrant colors and patterns of the early '60s, and retro glamour—with a few James Bond references to boot. Now mind you, I did not want a "themey" James Bond wedding, so we infused the whimsy of those early movies into fun things like our save-the-date video and photo booth.
Here is how our inspiration turned to reality:
Our save-the-date video was inspired by the opening credits from the movie From Russia with Love. Tim wrote the copy, I designed the slides and Scott Clark helped us achieve the same lighting and filmed us playing in front of the camera.
The black and white patterns and colors I used in our invitations were influenced by the set design of those early movies.
And of course you all remember the opening of the James Bond movies, which is where we took inspiration for our Smilebooth.
It was so fun to see it all come together! What a magical night.