DIY YOUR WEDDING | Earthy Travel Themed Inspo | Also, I finally *get* one of your name ideas for McPuppyPants.

I don’t know how much longer I can take this.  I cried the first 10 times it happened, but now I’m just entering a tunnel of concerned sadness over it…

Mr. McPuppyPants keeps slamming his noggin’ into EVERYTHING.  EH. VRUH. THUH.  Every day.  All Day.  He does this run and duck thing down the hallway, with our couch serving as the obstacle under which he must duck.  Makes it 9 times out of 10.  Solidly.  But then there’s that 1 time out of 10 he misses, and seeing as he plays this Slip N Slide game approx. a lot of times every day, he knocks his cranium AT LEAST 17 times a day.

AAAAAHHHHHH.  It’s the saddest.  But he loves the game so much.  And we’re not getting rid of the couch, so…

Is it ok that he knocks his head on the daily?  He doesn’t seem to be effected by it.  In fact it seems the only thing that’s suffering is my emotional state.

Aright, moving on… today I’m thrilled to share with you this unique and super earthly inspiration shoot submitted to us straight outta Italy (said like Tupac… too soon?) by Cinzia Bruschini.  With Earth Day approaching (April 22), I kinda thought Cinzia’s collaborative shoot, entitled “Invisible Cities,” might be just the ticket to fuel that adoration we all have for our dear Mother Earth.

I mean, just tell me this doesn’t get you excited…

(If it doesn’t, don’t tell me.  I think I’ll cry.  I’m very emotional right now over this puppy head-smacking thing.)

Speaking of the pup, I FINALLY get why some people have been suggesting we name him ‘Batman.’  I can’t believe I didn’t get this right away.  In fact, I feel like a straight up idiot for not making sense of it right off the bat.  Tee hee.

Sorry, that picture is terreeblay.  But it’s the shot that finally made my mind go, “OHH!  Batman!  Right!”


Take it away, Cinzia!

Then, yours it is a real journey into memory – Italo Calvino - Invisible cities

The Gran Khan used to say this to Marco Polo, while he was talking about travels, about faraway places he has seen and about the “invisible cities” described by Italo Calvino in his book.

The travel is the theme of this inspiration shooting;  we go back in the past,  through vintage atmosphere, memories, antique things and warm colors of other times.

Like what happens in Maurilia, the city where every travellers is invited to observe some old illustrated postcards.

So we explore exotic places, where coconut leaves, cinnamon and messages in bottle mixed together. A melting pot of colors, smells and stories.

Like what happens in Eufemia, the city where at every solstice and every equinox, merchants from seven nation meet each other.

Then we can fly on balloons carried by the wind, up to never-never lands; we can imagine fine dreams like poppy’s petals, we can fix them in our mind or on paper sheets and collect them in an hand bound notebook; and we arrive where love dreams became reality.

At the end we go home, shaded by olive trees, among sage, thyme and rosemary, typical fragrances of our gardens; we come down to earth, and as usual, we keep repeating the same acts until they become habits; like what happens in Zirma, the city where everything is repetitive, so we can remember that easier.

At the end we go home, because no matter where, no matter when, no matter if is a real or imaginary travel, the important thing is to leave and then to come back.

We imagine wedding day as the beginning of a beautiful travel on a hot air ballon. It’s an eventful, exciting, strong but also soft and light-hearted journey. So here this stationery, inspired by vintage illustration, brown shades and heavy kraft cardboard contrasting with light traslucent paper.

The notebook is hand bound using the crisscross binding, realised by Anne Goy and rediscovered by Hedi Kyle. It’s a binding with an interlaced sewing which reminds to the Japanese binding sewing pattern but it enables the full opening of the pages.

D.I.Y. – Boutonniere (What you’ll need…)

rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis)
thyme (thymus citriodorus)
sage (officinalis purpurea)
olive leaves
hyperico berries
little diamond
floral tape


First of all, take long green elements (rosemary, olive leaves, sage), then put flowers (lisiantum and buttercup) and finish off using decorative parts (hyperico berries and thyme). We want to obtain a very natural effect, so we join the stems only using floral tape.

Leave the stems exposed and use a natural string to cover the floral tape; the result is clean and plain, without artificial binding.

And now, the shoot.  Hope you enjoy!

I’m really digging everything that went into this beyond inspirational outdoor shoot.  And those chalkboard-looking labels on the plants?  DYING.  I also adore that boutonniere.  (I love green, you guys.  Like, for reals.  I’m obsessed.)

… What think you?

One more thing, am I a total dweeb for worrying about the puppster’s head?  Are their craniums strong enough to withstand a gazillion smacks during playtime?

xoxo!  - Alison

Photography: Cinzia Bruschini / Stationery & Craft: Ara Marvin Marsili / Flower & Set Designer: Roberto Monaldi / Resource DIY Air Balloon Mobile / Video trailer

Label(s): Color, Green, Mr. McPuppyPants, {DIY + Freebies}, {Inspiration Shoot}

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  1. Mara on April 20, 2011

    Ha! I love how the pointy ears in the shadow totally make him look like Batman. I definitely had an aha moment :)

    Good call!

  2. Cara on April 20, 2011

    This is freaking gorgeous. Every single bit of it. And those plants are my fav, no question. :)

  3. kim e. on April 20, 2011

    omgeeeee i love your dog!!!!!! he’s the cutest frenchie i ever did see. you should name him batman!! it works!

    and what a beautiful shoot! love the planters and the bout too, so pretty :)

  4. Alison on April 20, 2011

    Mara – oh good! I’m relieved to know I’m not the only one! ;)

    Cara – those plants are the bomb diggity. I’m so with you on that.

    kim e. – thanks! we love him, too. a lot :)

  5. jenn on April 20, 2011

    in. love. i’m diy-ing my wedding and we’re using assorted herbs with a mix of simple off white flowers like ranunculus and maybe some anemones. can’t wait to put it all together full scale!

    as far as the pup noggin vs hard surface, he should be fine. its like when little kids run around and smash themselves into your table and stuff. just a bump, shake it off and they are off again. probably something he will grow out of. and if not, maybe you will have to find him a helmet. :D

  6. Katy on April 20, 2011

    Mr McPuppypants should be quite alright. My frenchie STILL does this. Ran into my leg one time, toppling me over, and leaving a bruise, yet HE was fine. wtf? Frenchies are solid creatures. Be ready for more more headbanging and body smashing activities :)

  7. Alison on April 20, 2011

    jenn – I obsess over anything involving ranunculus flowers, so I have a pretty strong feeling I’m going to LOVE your wedding :)

    Katy – thank you (and jenn!) so much for the reassurance re: the pup; I was actually for real concerned about it. This is a HUGE relief. I can stop crying every time he head butts. That will cut my daily crying by 94%!

    The rest of those tears can be attributed to watching wedding films. They getcha every time. ;)

  8. lizzie on April 20, 2011

    i LOVE how epic his shadow is, ha! adorable inspiration!

  9. Lauren Elise on April 20, 2011

    Amazing picturest! I love the Earth Day inspiration and just all the natural elements here. I want to exist in this shoot! The fact that it’s from Italy probably doesn’t hurt either. Bellissimo!

  10. Nicole Mitsakis on April 20, 2011

    Great blog post……love the invitations too… may think blogging about a cute puppy dog within a wedding blog would not work……if so they would be seriously mistaken. I think it is pure genius how this little package of furry lovin seamlessly works with your blog and it’s content. This could be because I am a bulldog fan french or english but I more just think its fabulously refreshing:)

  11. Lena on April 20, 2011

    Is it possible for your panties to twist in a good way? Because I’m pretty sure that’s how to describe what just happened over here. This shoot is absolutely stunning!

    As for pups, he’s probably just fine. After all, he keeps going for it!

  12. Kilean on April 20, 2011

    name the pup bartock, the little white bat from the anastasia movie!

  13. Naomi on April 20, 2011

    This shoot is stunning! I love the earthy details… especially the wrapped cinnammmanannnaonn {that’s how my nephew use to say it}. I don’t know it just looks like the shoot felt “good” so natural and not forced. Great post!

  14. Chantal on May 29, 2011

    I love the step-by-step pictures to create your own boutonniere. It is gorgeous and looks easy to make, I cannot wait to try it.

    Some other ideas I love are using candles of varying heights and placing them on a tray or mirror and scattering small stones, seashells, or colored glass around them.

    There are so many fun and easy do it yourself ideas to make your wedding unique.

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