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Desert Safari Motifs and Inspiration - Blog Around the World #18 Wednesday, July 20, 2011 ~ 10:30 a.m.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I know that Wednesday is usually a Picks on Paper day, but I'm postponing it until tomorrow for the Blog Around the World series today! The series features tons of amazing photos from the Vintage Desert Safari styled photo shoot, all coordinated by Miss Alicia of The Charity Wedding.

Just in case I'm your first stop on this blogging adventure, let me give you the basics. I have the honor to be a part of a collective of twenty fabulous wedding blogs from all over the world, which will each be publishing one or two photos from this safari-themed styled photo shoot today. You can check out the exact release order and participating blogs below. As you can see, I'm actually #18 on the list, so if you haven't already, be sure to go back and check out all of the other goodies that have already been published this morning!

Vintage desert safari wedding cake

First, isn't this wedding cake by Kick Ass Kakes absolutely amazing??? When I saw it, I knew that it was "the one" for me. You'll notice that the cake has a tree motif on the second layer, which is one of a few motifs used throughout the photo shoot - on the menus, cupcake toppers, wedding invitations and more. It's a great way to integrate the safari theme in a way that remains stylish and elegant (because the last thing anyone wants on their wedding day is a bear skin rug!).

I'll be totally honest...Before I began researching motifs for this post, I always thought that a motif was in reference to something floral. However, a floral motif is just one of the many possibilities! Being the nerdy writer that I am, I looked it up, and defines a motif as "a distinctive and recurring form, shape, figure, etc., in a design, as in a painting or on wallpaper." In wedding terms, this basically means that a motif is any design element that is used multiple times throughout your event - in the decor, paper, food, flowers, etc. Integrating a motif into your wedding decor is an awesome way to establish continuity amongst the millions of wedding details that we all love to stress over. You can print it on your wedding invitations months before the wedding, then again on the ceremony programs, the dinner menus at your reception, the escort cards, the wedding favors and the wedding cake, of course. I think that a lot of brides and planners rely on color to create that same sort of cohesiveness, but sticking to the same peach and blush color palette can be limiting. Using a discintive motif is another way of going about it.

While floral and ornate motifs are popular, there are many others that have the potential to make your wedding day amazing. You'll notice that the safari shoot does a great job of integrating a few select motifs of the tree pictured above, as well as a couple of exotic animals. This establishes the safari theme; it makes everything sort of "fit" together. To provide further inspiration, I pulled together some of my favorite motifs for weddings just below, including bumblebees, bicycles, silhouettes, hot air balloons and "love birds" :)

Motifs in wedding decor

Bee motif on table runner Bicycle cake topper Bicycle belt Bird favor bags Paper hot air balloons Nautical wedding invitations Hot air balloon stationery Silhouette wedding invitation suite Silhouettes lawn games Silhouettes

Motifs in Wedding Decor - Click on photo to view source

...And now, be sure to head on over to Engaged and Inspired for your next stop on our blogging journey!

Other blogs featuring our #OutOfAfrica #blogaroundtheworld photo shoot are:
Bubble Rock Studios | Cap Classique | The Unreal Bride | Brancoprata | Bijoux Bride | Bridal Musings | The Oceanside Bride | Hey Gorgeous | Sparkle and Hay | Wedding Pickle | The Perfect Palette | Oh Lovely Day | La Petite Coquin | Brenda's Wedding Blog | Fab You Bliss | Landlocked Bride | Bow Ties and Bliss | The Charity Wedding

Photo Shoot Credits:
Location: Out of Africa Wildlife Park and Along the Verde River, Camp Verde, AZ
Coordination & Concept: Alicia French of The Charity Wedding
Event Design: KD Event Designs
Photography: Fancy Fin Photography
Bouquet: Glamorous Occasions
Cake & pastries: Kick Ass Kakes
Invitations, Menu, Dessert Toppers and Hang Tags: Wedding Girl
Model: Dahlee
Makeup Artist: Sabrina Sweet Makeup
Hair Artist: Erin McDonald of Aveda Red 115 Salon
Gown: La Belle Reve
Jewelry: Genevieve
Cupcakes: Handmade by Alicia

Insert Comment | View Comments (13)




Alicia@CharityWedding (Arizona)

Jul 20, 2011 10:38 AM

Perfect post! I love to see little things carried through all the details in subtle ways in any event. I loved your rundown on motifs! Thank you so much for joining the fun!

chandra ~ oh lovely day (LA)

Jul 20, 2011 10:43 AM

LOVE the motif ideas! So original and such great ideas!!

The Perfect Palette (ga)

Jul 20, 2011 10:46 AM

Well, color me inspired! Because I am! Lovely post!

xoxo, Chrissy
The Perfect Palette

louise {bijouxbride} (London, UK)

Jul 20, 2011 11:32 AM

LOVE the cake! And your take on the inspiration is just perfect :)

Kismet (India)

Jul 20, 2011 11:38 AM

Thank you for making me slightly wiser today- I never really knew what motifs fully meant! I think I would have a dragonfly motif!

Elizabeth {Bridal Musings} (London)

Jul 20, 2011 12:29 PM

Lovely take on the shoot! You choose some charming motifs for your inspiration board ~ love them all. That bicycle belt is awesome!

LAA - Southern Aisle (Arkansas)

Jul 20, 2011 6:00 PM

That cake is SO fab! I can't stop staring at it...

Melina (Florida)

Jul 20, 2011 8:42 PM

I love that you defined what a motif is! I love the ideas that you shared too! :-)

Stephanie Elizabeth {Fab You Bliss} (California)

Jul 20, 2011 8:53 PM

I agree...that cake is just beautiful!

alishka (Mumbai India)

Jul 20, 2011 11:56 PM

I think one of the biggest challenges of a wedding is to get it all to look like "One" and if you're not a big fan of themes... i do think a motif is the best way to go about it.... thanks for the post... it really helped :)

Pat | Wedding Favors (USA)

Jul 21, 2011 6:54 AM

The cake is a real beauty. :) I love the bikes and the silhouettes too. ^ ^

Christina (Austin, TX)

Jul 21, 2011 8:06 AM

I love the collection of motifs you put together! The bumble bee is so sweet. I love the way you write and break it down for us. I always walk away from your bloggy feeling like I've learned something new. ; )

Brenda's Wedding Blog (upstate NY)

Jul 21, 2011 9:38 AM

Love how you talk about motifs. One of my favorite parts of this shoot was how they took the tree motif that I had used on the paper goods and implemented it into the cake - clever and beautiful. Motifs are so fun for weddings.