RUSTIC WEDDING IDEAS | Anthropologie centerpiece mugs | Those details you wanted from my Style Me Pretty guest post! (+ my MacBook Pro review)

Hmm.  My titles are getting too long.

Ok, so, as many of you know, I recently purchased a hella expensive, hella worth it MacBook Pro.  Yup, all 17″ of it – worth it.  Except for one thing.  The battery life has been for shiznit.  They claim 8-10 hours, and I realize that can often refer to the time something lasts when it’s idling/not in use. BUT, here’s the thing: if you’re throwing thousands of dollars of hard-earned moula at a 17″ MacBook Pro, aren’t you doing so for the express reason of doing more than using a single tab in your browser to sign into your aol account and forward your nieces and nephews hilarious and adorable kitten photos?  Do I surf one web page at a time, within one tab in my browser?  Hardly.  But THAT’s why I bought the Pro.  Anyway, whatevs the battery sucks and I brought it in for an exchange.

And guess what?  They gave me a new one.  But before I continue, a quick aside: some of you saw my tweets about that Apple Store employee who SCREAMED AT A BABY for… get this… SCREAMING in the store.  That isn’t Alanis Morissette irony, that’s actual, real-life irony.  And it would be hysterical in its irony if it didn’t involve a screaming baby and it weren’t so dang horrid.  But don’t worry – he was so loud that everyone in the store turned and stared at him.  He was very embarrassed, and I’m confident he learned a life-long lesson.  Or was fired.

… Anyway, as I was saying, they gave me a brand new Pro to replace the one with the faulty battery.  HOORAY!  But… and I’m going to sound like a spoiled little baby right now (quite likely the screaming kind), but I have to mention this because it is slowly driving me insane…

My new Pro has quite possibly the LOUDEST CLICK BOARD in laptop history.  Here: imagine the loudest click sound you could possibly make.  THAT’S IT.  I don’t think I can take this thing to the library (hah, like I’m going).  I think I woke up my sweetie four times last night (I, uhh, stay up late a lot working).  I think if I bring this hyena to Starbucks, I will single-handedly cause much internal unrest among patrons, but nothing will actually come of it (because Starbucks patrons aren’t the confrontational type).

Moving on…

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Ok, I adored putting together Amber and Sean’s wedding feature.  Rustic venues and DIY brides, each on their own, make me happy.  But together?  Chills.  I’m not lying.  And it doesn’t hurt when you add the fact that the groom DIY’d a whole bunch of things with his manly man hands for the couple’s big day.  Sweet?  Check.  Seriously creative?  Check.  Sexy?  Oooohhhh yeeeeaaaahhh.

And, while this is my faaaavorite inspiration board of them all…

I have to share with you some very small but great details I gushed over, especially because you guys have come to me with questions about them!

First, you see those alphabet (monogrammed) cups up at the tippity-tip top of this post?  When you guys wrote me asking if I knew where to find them, I immediately remembered that I’d seen them in Anthro a couple of weeks back.  So glad I remembered that, because they rock and are totes wedding-worthy!  Check ‘em out:

Love ‘em all lined up so cutely:

Are you likin’ them too?  You can nab your own right here!  Stick some flowers in them and set them on tables for the absolute cutest centerpieces ever!  You can go with your initials like Amber and Sean did, or you can ID your tables with letters instead of the ho-hum table number approach, using your favorite letters from the alphabet!  Sorry!  I’m talking to you like you’re five!  And you aren’t!

Right.  Ok then… are you looking for something a bit more fancy-shmancy?  Here you go:

Gorgeous.  I’m lovin’ all over these flourish-tastic alphabet mugs.  You can grab them here.

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Next up, paper straws!  Here they are being put to use at Amber and Sean’s DIY-rrific wedding:

Love ‘em?  Then check this: my post on my sweet, sweet love affair with striped paper straws.

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Now, for a couple more details I know you guys loved… starting with the shoes:

The bride let us know that her shoes are from Nordstrom.  They’re the BP. Platinum ‘Jade’ Sandal and they also come in black and silver satin.  GORG.

And that dress of hers?  It’s by Demetrios, though Amber informed us that “it’s not online, but it is available at the store in San Diego.”  So, I guess, book a flight if you ADORE that gown!

Rustic Wedding Credits:

Guest post on Style Me Pretty / Venue: Spanish Oaks Ranch in Santa Margarita, CA / Flowers: April Flowers / Photographer: Ken Kienow / Video: Jack Hutchinson / Catering: Pacific Harvest Catering / Cake + Cupcakes: Cassie’s Custom Cakes in Atascadero, CA / Stationery: Jessica Lehry Bishop – JessLehry Designs

Ok, so what do you guys think?  Would you use those monogrammed mugs as part of your wedding decor?  Or maybe throw in some soda pop and striped paper straws for your guestipoos?  (Guestipoos?)

xoxo!  – Alison

Label(s): {DIY + Freebies}, {Floral + Decor}

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  1. brancoprata on July 13, 2010

    Hilarious … the Mac part of the post!! And i remember well that tweet about the screaming employer …. crazy!!
    As far as the wedding… still swooning … it was beautiful!!

  2. Postcards and pretties on July 13, 2010

    i prefer the fancy shmancy mugs in “c” of course & I would definitely use them in a wedding!

    ps you got my vote & nom!

  3. Weddingsandprettythings on July 13, 2010

    Ummm I LOOOOOOOVE STRAWS!!! (as evidenced by a full entire post I once dedicated entirely to swirly straws) Also, love the mugs & the shoes & you!

  4. Super Burbs on July 13, 2010

    I love straws, I love anthro mugs and I even love your screaming tweets about the Mac book. fabulous post as always!

  5. goodlifeevents on July 13, 2010

    Love those mugs and stripey straws are a fave of mine – we use them with Mason jars at home!

  6. Brownbag85 on July 13, 2010

    Those flourish-tastic alphabet mugs are my favorite! LOve the sugar cones and straws.

  7. Gigi on July 13, 2010

    Those flourish-tastic alphabet mugs are my favorite! LOve the sugar cones and straws.

  8. TenThouBride on July 13, 2010

    those cups are adorable! sorry about your probs with the MacBook, i expect so much from Apple now that I had to tone down my expectations…it's just a computer…it can't save the world…

  9. Amanda on July 13, 2010

    Pretty sure I have never had a gut reaction to mugs before. But MAN those things rock. :)

  10. Aileen@LoveandLavender on July 13, 2010

    Ooh lala I love those monogram mugs AND the stripey straws and will be using both in my wedding!

  11. Naomi on July 13, 2010

    Love the mugs but not your noisy mac. Ask for a switch?

  12. swoondress on July 15, 2010

    Ohhhh – this blog made my day. As a sleep-deprived new mommy, it takes a lot to get a laugh out of me. You did it. Thank you :)

  13. swoondress on July 15, 2010

    Ohhhh – this blog made my day. As a sleep-deprived new mommy, it takes a lot to get a laugh out of me. You did it. Thank you :)

  14. Kate Landun on September 13, 2010

    I love those mugs! They’re perfect. Also, you are cracking me up with post. LMAO!

  15. Jenna on September 14, 2010

    I am having those stripey straws at my wedding! I remember when you posted the straws, I loved that post (obviously!). Loving this one, too, such great ideas. I don’t know which mugs I like more, it’s so hard to choose. You have the greatest inspiration, Alison!

  16. Kate Holland on September 14, 2010

    Funny – I was just oogling these over on the Anthro website yesterday and was going to see if they’d ship them to NZ!!! I SO wish we had Anthro here – I’d settle for just their homeware alone!! And I’d drink from them with stripy straws!!

  17. Christy on September 14, 2010

    Great idea! Adding Anthropologie trip to my wedding to do/buy list!!! I love the table number idea!! How cute and different!

  18. Kait.Island on September 16, 2010

    My MBP has a loud click too. OOF When I used to frequent the library I would refuse to actually click on anything, I would just double tap. Boy is the loud click embarrassing!

  19. LLCoolDave on September 27, 2010

    Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.

  20. Katherine on January 11, 2011

    I feel you on the Mac part. My excuse of “I type with purpose” didn’t fly so much with the boy, after I got my Pro. I got a keyboard guard and that seems to help some…love the mugs & the straws!


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