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Elli Real Weddings: Kimberly & Brooks

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We are so excited to feature Kimberly and Brooks’ wedding day today! Our in house designer, Courtney, was lucky enough to work with Kimberly on her wedding invitations this year! She also created custom gift tags for Kimberly that were tied to her and Brooks’ wedding favors. We were thrilled and inspired to see how Kimberly and Brooks uniquely tied our pieces and more into their special day, a rustic wedding with an emphasis on color (the couple met as employees of Pantone – adorable!). I’ll let Kimberly tell you the rest – read about her wedding below, in her own words!

Elli Real Brides - Wedding Invitations & Gift Tags

We were married in South Carolina on my husband’s family’s farm. Our guests were taken by hayride to our ceremony in an open field with an amazing tree as our focal point. After the ceremony we headed back to the barn where we had a family style farm-to-table dinner and lots of dancing!!

Our loose theme was “Rustic Romantic”. My dress was Catherine Deane from BHLDN with a full lace back and flowing skirt. I fell in love with how easy and romantic it was. It was the perfect dress for our venue. The wooden, almost picnic like tables were covered in burlap with lace table runners. This became the theme for our invitations, welcome bag tags and a framed piece at the reception. Our flowers were soft and diffused shades of white, blush and peach. Mason jars were used for some of the arrangements and small wooden crates for others. Candles gave everything a warm glow. We added some placed succulents here and there to accentuate the earthy feel.
My husband and I both work for Pantone, which is a company all about color. We wanted to incorporate touches of the brand in the day since that was the place that brought us together. So instead of numbering our tables we had colors. When guests arrived at the barn they would pull their swatch down from the clothes line and go to the table that corresponded with the color. I framed swatches in distressed white frames with a floral feel to them. We also crafted our fans out of tonal purple colored chip pages and sprayed wooden sticks grey to better go with the colors. Bakers twine was a great finishing touch to all of our DIY projects!

We incorporated shades of purple in the bridal party. The bridesmaids wore deep purple, lace and chiffon knee length dresses. The groomsmen wore grey suits with lavender ties. Our junior bridesmaids wore plum and lilac, while the ushers sported purple paisley print bow ties and suspenders.

At the end of the day we did have multiple little themes going that we tried to always sway back to our overarching theme so it was still understandable but very much “us”!

Elli Real Brides - Wedding Invitations & Gift Tags

What is your favorite memory?

It’s hard to just have one! I think my absolute favorite was looking down the aisle at Brooks and seeing that his eyes were welled up with tears. It was just a genuine, heartfelt, priceless moment where I was able to forget about everyone else there and focus on him. I also loved spending the morning with my girls getting all dolled up with hair and makeup. It meant so much to us that we could celebrate with our close friends and family.

Any advice for future brides?

As cliché as it sounds try not to sweat the small stuff. I know we had to make compromises along the way that could have really derailed us but we had to put things into perspective and know that it was all going to work out exactly as it was meant to…and it did! Whether it is limitations from the budget, venue or product availability, there is always a solution or an alternative that may end up being for the best.


Thank you to Cindy Karp Photo and Michael Izzo for all of the lovely images above!

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The Elli Team

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  1. I think you’re so fortunate to create for and testify one of the most important days in the lives of such a charming Couple like Kimberly and Brooks.
    Who said Real can’t be Out of This World. This couple – and you – certainly pulled it off. What a Charming Party and Details.
    Congratulations and wishes of a Long and Happy Life to the newlyweds.

  2. Elli designs are beautiful; so are Brooks & Kimberly Palmeter Tippett. Elli designs helped make their wedding totally beautiful and perfect!

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