Guest Curator: Marina Birch’s Top Wedding Trends of 2015

tsg-marina-birch-lead-2 After months of date-saving, wedding season has arrived, which means for the next couple of months we’ll be celebrating happy couples—and enjoying the work of the creative and talented planners who help orchestrate the memorable events. Curious about what we have to look forward to seeing this year, we asked Marina Birch of Chicago-based Birch Design Studio to share her top wedding trends for 2015 with us. Here are her picks and predictions:

Plunging necklines

tsg-marina-birch-wedding-trends-dresses-1 This year we are seeing wedding dresses taking on a more fashion forward look with brides looking like they are ready to take on the red carpet. One trend that really stands out is the plunging neckline. Brides are pairing this dramatic detail with long sleeves, bare shoulders and stunning beaded and lace appliques to create an elegant and seductive look on their wedding day.

{above: Carolina Herrera “Claudette” (left); Paolo Sebastian (right); below: Rivini (left); Ashi Studio (above, right); Zuhair Murad (bottom, right)}


Rose gold engagement rings

tsg-marina-birch-wedding-trends-rings-croghans Blush tones and rose gold rings exude romance and timeless elegance, as well as flatter a wide range of skin tones.  When you combine the tone of this ring with its beautifully soft curves, it creates a magical effect.

{above: 18kt rose gold ring with a 3.08 carat center emerald cut diamond and diamond baguettes available from Croghan’s Jewel Box; below, clockwise from top left: Mattioli Tibet Ring With Diamonds available from Amanda Pinson Jewelry, 18k Rose Gold Tacori round shaped diamond in a prong setting availble from Barton Clay, 18k Rose Gold Mirielle diamond ring available from Astley Clarke, DeBeers Classic Pavé Radiant Fancy Pink Ring}


Ceiling Decor


One of our favorite trends right now is eye-catching ceiling décor. We are seeing brides incorporating anything from an abundance of strung lights to a blooming floral canopy. This overhead detail in sure to immediately capture the attention of anyone who walks into the room, and not only makes a wedding feel intimate and romantic, but changes the entire environment for your guests.

{ceiling photo 1: Photographer Kendall Karmanian, Florist Rishi Patel, HMR Design; ceiling photo 2: Photographer Kent Drake, Florist Rishi Patel, HMR Design; ceiling photo 3: Photographer Kent Drake, Florist Rishi Patel, HMR Design}

Bringing the garden to the wedding: Living Walls


tsg-maina-birch-living-wall We are seeing more and more brides drawn towards a very natural garden look this year and these innovative vertical garden living walls can really make a pervasive impact on all your guests. Showcase their versatility by employing them as a band back drop, step and repeat or strategically placed throughout the room.

{living walls photographed by Patricia Lyons; florist: John Hensel, HMR Design}

All About the Sparkle

  tsg-marina-birch-ceiling We are seeing the use of sparkling lights for couples wanting a warm and romantic feel to their wedding. By using chandeliers, candelabras and simple candle light, you can create an ambiance that is sure to capture the attention of your guests and create an intimate and inviting feel.

{sparkle photographed by Bob and Dawn Davis; florist: Renee Price, Kehoe Designs}

tsg-wedding-trends-marina-birch An acclaimed boutique event-planning firm, Birch Design Studio was founded in 2004 by owner and principal designer Marina Alexandra Birch, and since then has developed a reputation for designing and producing stunning, one-of-a-kind celebrations. Recognized by various publications and praised by clients for their creativity, attention to detail, and excellent service, the team of designers and producers behind Birch Design Studio creates unforgettable bespoke events tailored to each client’s individual needs and wishes.






Lead image credits: photographer: Beale and Wittig; florist: Rishi Patel, HMR Design 


Pretty in Pink: One Palette, Three Ways

tsg-amina-rubinacci-blazer There’s something about pink that seems so perfect for the time during which spring transitions to summer. Pale, pretty, and at times delightfully preppy, as the Amina Rubinacci Gerrick jacket in rose above proves, the color feels fresh, polished, and ready for warm-weather fun. And while we tend to think of a white blazer as being a must-have spring/summer staple, this year we’re mixing it up with one in a beautifully muted hue.

Pretty in Pink: Her

tsg-marissa-roan Light pink can be sweet yet sophisticated, especially when used for a gorgeously structured piece like the Stella McCartney top available from Naples’s Marissa Collections (above, left). The bubblegum shade pairs particularly well with white, resulting in a crisp, clean look. A slightly dustier tone stands up well to black, as the Rag & Bone dress available from Richmond’s Roan shows, creating an ensemble that is feminine with an edge. The stylish silk number is a lovely take on the spring 2015 shirtdress trend.

Pretty in Pink: Little Ones

tsg-bonpoint-kids2 Girls just want to have fun—in pretty pink dresses, of course. The above image, from Bonpoint’s summer 2015 campaign, beautifully captures why this is the color of choice for the younger set: Fairy-worthy and fit for a princess, it was made for floaty fabrics. tsg-kids-pink-bonpoint-bellabliss

Whether the look in question is casual and sporty like the girls’ Bonpoint outfit (above, left) and boy’s bathing suit (also by Bonpoint) or traditionally dressy like the cotton pleated Mitzi dress by Lexington’s Bella Bliss, when it comes to kids’ summer clothing, you can’t go wrong when you think pink.

Pretty in Pink: Him

tsg-pink-mens-from-pockets We admit to having a soft spot for men in pastel shades, and the above image from Dallas’s Pockets Menswear’s spring 2015 lookbook shows why. Paired with a cuffed pale blue pant, the perfectly fitting pink striped shirt looks sharp and summer getaway-ready. tsg-mens-short-shirt-swim

Nantucket red is a summer tradition, and the linen and cotton shorts by J. Hilburn are destined to remain a wardrobe classic for years to come. A pink linen button-down is another effortlessly cool item that every man should have in his closet; available from Marissa Collections, Orlebar Brown’s Malone shirt in flamingo is eye-catching in the very best way. Finally, swim trunks bearing stripes in shades of pink are perfect pool-side attire. Call and claim the above bathing suit available from Austin’s Sunroom today.

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Words We Love / 51


Scouted: Fringe Moccasins


Scouted: fringe moccasins Leather and fringe have been in fashion for multiple seasons now, and these moccasins are a stylish masculine take on the long-lasting trends. Comfortable, cool, and the perfect shade of blue, they’re destined to be his go-to shoes for the multiple seasons.

Tomas Maier  //  Palm Beach, FL   //  561.650.1221

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Elegant Garden Elements

TSG Elegant Garden Elements We’re devoting more and more attention to our gardens these days, and in addition to planting and pruning, we’re reassessing our ornamental elements. An elegant and lasting way to add color, height, and architectural interest, as this image of a space by Fairfield, Connecticut-based Devore Associates Landscape Architects shows, a beautiful and well-placed piece can make your landscape feel not just complete, but truly magical. Inspired by the secret garden shown above, we sought out some unique options from across the TSG network; here are a few of our favorites:


Elegant Garden Elements

1 .French Painted Zinc Baptismal Font from Fireside Antiques in Baton Rouge, Louisiana // 2. Terra Cotta Urn & Plinth from FOUND in Houston, Texas // 3. Cast stone Garden Urn from Townhouse by Robert Brown in Atlanta, Georgia // 4. French Garden Urn from FOUND in Houston, Texas // 5. French Planter from South of Market in Charleston, South Carolina.


SCOUTED: Gilded Fauteuils

Scouted: Gilded Fauteuils

Elegant and eye-catching, this pair of 19th century French fauteuils will add grace and charm to any space. Measuring 37″ h x 24″ w x 19″ d and featuring original upholstery, they are in excellent condition—and absolutely stunning. Call and claim them before we do.

FOUND //  Houston, TX  //  713.522.9191

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