BY THE WAY | I Need This…

Found this over at SeeSaw Designs.  Please, someone in my life buy this for me.

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Oh, and I want this chair, too.  Sometimes, my back hurts.  Thaaaaanks.



Get this stuff at Bluelounge

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ARTIST LOVE | In Lust With This Series From Carl Kleiner & Other Colorful Madness

http://www.carlkleiner.com

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I know – how did he do that, right? A million little clear wires, or photoshop?  HOW?

Also must mention these two beauties:

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Probably should finish this off with some really pretty stuff from some pretty talented photogs…

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Ok, I think I’m going to stay away from rainbow for a little while.  Everything involved with this post was kind of intense.

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HOLIDAY + DIY LOVE | Attention to Detail – Delightful Packaging for Your Tasty Treats

Macarons are pretty famous these days.  I’ve seen them pop up in quite a few weddings… and, to be honest, it took me some time to figure out just what, exactly, the colorful confections actually were.

Back when I first started noticing them, I’m talking right at the beginning, I thought they were some sort of mini hamburger confection.  And I didn’t really get the whole mini hamburger craze so many brides seemed to be embracing.  I like hamburgers, but I mean, I don’t love them, and certainly not enough to feature them in confection form at my wedding.

La Maison du Chocolat

But I figured it out after a while.  And now, I totally get it.  How adorable and delicious do these tiny treats look?!?!  Love them.  Even though they still look like miniature hamburgers to me.

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By the way, for anyone still a little bit confused by just what, exactly, a macaron is, here’s a great explanation, courtesy of Wikipedia: Macarons are sandwich-like pastries made with two thin cookies and a cream or ganache between the cookies.  Macaroons, on the other hand, are dense cookies made either with coconut or with a coarse almond paste.

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Now, what’s better than mouth-watering pictures of macarons?

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Do-it-yourself projects involving macarons!!!  And first up is this super-cuteness I found on Project Wedding.  For the full project and pics of the process, go here!

Source List

1. Small favor boxes, 2″ square from PaperMart ($20 for 200 boxes)
2. Sturdy Paper Punch - Here we used this Cosmos Punch from Martha Stewart Crafts ($10)
3. Macarons – You can try to make your own or purchase some from your local French bakery. Prices will vary but it will be somewhere around $1.50 per cookie.
4. Ribbon from PaperMart (25 yards for $1.40)

Instructions:

Step One: Using the Cosmos Punch, make a hole in the front of the box.
Step Two: Assemble box and place macarons inside.
Step Three: Tie with a ribbon and voila — one sweet favor!

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Next up is a fantasmagoric (my mom uses that word, I love it) diy project by Vanilla Bakeshop, and featured on Style Me Pretty

For the full project, including a killer do-it-yourself recipe for making your very own homemade macarons, check out Style Me Pretty’s Holiday DIY Project by Vanilla Bakeshop.  Here are their hints on how to craft up this cutie:

DIY Tips for Holiday Macarons

Color & Flavor Coordinate: Presentation is key! You eat with your eyes first. Take that into consideration when you are making your French Macarons. Choose three flavor and color combinations that compliment each other and taste delicious.

Personalize: Adding a personalized custom label to your favor is a sweet touch that is simple and inexpensive. A helpful online source is http://www.MyOwnLabels.com. Choose from a variety of label templates and colors. Cost: approximately .75 per label.

Packaging: Choosing recycled eco-friendly cardboard or clear favor box is a creative way to show off your colorful French macarons. A cost effective online packaging source is http://www.papermart.com Cost: approximately .50 per box

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Maybe you like crafting, but not so much the taste of macarons?  No problem.  Here’s an adorable Macaron Charm Tutorial, just for you, macaron hater.

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Now these next images are not quite do-it-yourself, but I just love the packaging and creative arrangements you can find over at Paulette Macarons, an inspiring macaron collaboration which I came across during a visit to Kim Vallée‘s site.  As you can see, the creators of Paulette Macarons are very committed to the glorious art of presentation, which makes for some great time spent window shopping…

Coming up: more tantalizing treats for your eyes to covet… plus the second edition of Keepin’ It Bridal.  Talk soon!

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HOLIDAY LOVE | Wrap Your Gifts in Pretty, Decorative Packaging… It Makes ALL The Difference

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Yesterday, I received a package.  I was promised it would arrive several days ago, but, as you can easily infer, it didn’t.  I’m not so much a stickler for timeliness as I am someone who appreciates keeping your word if you’ve promised something.  So, it shouldn’t surprise any of you that I wasn’t too thrilled about the late arrival.

But guess what?

When I opened it up, it revealed THE MOST PRECIOUS packaging efforts I had ever seen in my life.

The package came late?  Oh.  I had forgotten as I stared lovingly at the pink tissue paper and brown Kraft confetti.  Lateness?  Completely forgiven.

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Clearly, the right packaging can make quite a splash with your recipient.  Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done with myself, had that item arrived on time.  Great packaging and timeliness might have made me fly out there and thank her myself.

So, in case you were looking for the perfect way to package your gifts this holiday season, I think I might have just the thing.

Have you seen these lovely paper goods from Martha Stewart Crafts?  I just love all of the packaging materials she offers.  Below are a bunch of my favorites.  They are divine for packing up some fresh, homemade (or store-bought like the rest of us) cookies, or a bunch of your favorite chocolates.  … Or any other little bits of love you’d like to share with someone.  She also has absolutely darling flair for you to pretty up your basic package.  Crafty or not, you can do this!

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QUICK NOTE: Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing with you some of the best wedding crafts and deals floating around in this here ether we call the ‘net. Do you know the only thing that upsets me about all these goodies and DIY projects?  That I can’t have 17 separate weddings, just so I can use it all and do it all.

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Oh, did I mention a lot of these items below are on sale right now?

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Large Gingerbread Treat Boxes

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Iced Cookie Boxes

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Tall Goodie Boxes

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Candy Cane Compartment Treat Boxes

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Say you’re all set with your basic packaging.  How about some wonderful ways to jazz it up?

Dimensional Pink Rose Stickers

I SO love those rose stickers.  How cute, right?  :)  Ok, now on to the holiday appropriate ones…

Heirloom Tags

Gold "Happy Holidays" Transfers

Silver "Merry Christmas" Transfers

Frosty Village Edge Punch

Woodland Metal - Rimmed Gift Tags

Woodland Ribbon-Threaded Tags

Apricot Ribbon Bows Dimensional Stickers

Colorburst Ribbon Borders Transfers

Looking for some step by step guidance?  You can find tutorials like this one on Martha Stewart Crafts as well:

Food Packaging

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Wedding + Holiday Paper Swoonfest | Delicious Illustrated Paper Creations By Anna Bond of Rifle Design

"Anatomy of Love" Print

While rifling through some paper goods in house and online today, I rediscovered something.  Something really special.  I’ve seen her work before; colorful, expertly drawn prints…

Monsters in the Bushes Print

… and flawless, unique stationery…

Just A Little Note... Card

… but she’s got something pretty awesome of which I just caught wind, and I cannot wait to tell you about it.

I’m talking about an A. MA. ZING. wedding stationery line from Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co.  I am so frikin’ excited (SNL?  Anyone?) about her wedding stationery line, I can’t even tell you.  I can’t even.  I mean I’m nearly keeling over due to dangerous levels of being thrilled about it.

So, looking for a brilliantly illustrated and personalized save the date?  Or maybe you want an exquisitely drawn marriage certificate.  Or maybe what you really want is the whole kit and caboodle (totally recommended… I like the way you think).  Look no further.

I hope you love these, because they are deserving of someone’s love.  I’ve included my favorite wedding suites, and in addition to those beauties, I’m showing you some of her equally amazing work in the form of thank you notes, business cards, and more, all available on her site.  And all of it is perfection.

By the way, since it’s holiday time, I wouldn’t just post about wedding paper, now would I?  Scroll to the bottom for the most relevant treat of all…

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Check this one out, New York brides…

~ Marriage Certificates by Anna Bond ~

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~Save the Dates by Anna Bond ~

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~Beautiful stationery and other paper goods by Anna Bond ~

Botanical Card Set

Folk Card Set

Ava Thank You Card

Frances Thank You Card

Many Thanks

Ella Thank You Card

Assorted Dog Card Set

Monogrammed Notes

Botanical Notes & Calling Cards

Illustrated Notes & Calling Cards

Garden Recipe Cards

Go on, check out the rest at her store.

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Now, here’s that treat I mentioned…

Yes, she makes holiday cards, too… if you want some of your own you’ll have to hurry, many are already sold out!

Holiday Birds

And did I mention she makes wrapping sheets, as well?  I know, I want to hang out with her right now, too.

Holiday Pine Wrapping Sheets

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Holy Westchester Wedding, Batman! This One Took Place Right Near Where I Grew Up!!!

Somehow, this is really, really exciting to me.  The weddings featured on Style Me Pretty almost always make me swoon, but I think it’s the fact that I’ve totally been to the Larchmont Yacht Club (I say with an upturned nose and jutting chin), and the place looks quite unbelievably exquisite in these photographs.  I mean, it’s a lovely place on any day, but holy cow!  My most esteemed kudos to the photographers, One Love Photo, as well as the rest of the team that came together to produce this masterpiece.

(Seriously, this is just cool; we even considered their band!  Does anyone else get this giddy about having been to a place where a beautiful and blogged about wedding has taken place?  I can’t imagine I’m alone in this.)

I recommend checking out this Westchester Wedding so you can get a full serving of the scintillating scenery, courtesy of Style Me Pretty.  Abby Larson always delivers.

How chic, how glamorous, how vintage, how PERFECT.  That Maggie Sottero dress is to die for. And I want to make a note here: the bride got her feather hair piece from the fabulous MJ Trimmings Bridal Salon… which I am SO going to post about soon.

Larchmont Yacht Club wedding

Congratulations to the bride and groom who put on this divine event.  Best wishes for a lifetime as wonderful as your wedding!

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Do You Realize What Today Is? Not Much Time Left To Find Your Look!

Seriously, I’m asking.  Do you know what today’s date is?  Because it just hit me; it’s DECEMBER 14, 2009.  That means that New Year’s Eve is just around the corner.  We’re nearly half-way through the month, and I’m a little worried you might not know what you’ll have on as you bring in the New Year.  This is an issue.

Since I’m so incredibly concerned about this, I’ve compiled twin sets of my favorite dresses, jewelry and clutches… plus a hot shoe.  These all have one – well, two, major things in common: they will require layering, as in a heavy coat since you will suffer hypothermia should you walk out in the threads posted here, alone… and, second, I adore them.  Haha, that’s so not important to you… but if you keep coming back, it could be that you like some of the things I like, so maybe the I love it factor is, indeed, relevant?  ;)

And now, the divalicious dresses, glistening gold jewelry and the cutest freakin’ clutches I’ve seen lately.  Add these wow factors to your look, (especially this first backless number I’ve been coveting for about a month) and you’ll blow ‘em all away.  You can snag each and every one of these over at shopbop.

Coming up next: Keeping It Bridal – you’re a bride, so dress like it; great ivory, white and cream looks for New Year’s Eve...

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Loeffler Randal, “Strap Back Dress”

Loeffler Randal, "Strap Back Dress"

Loeffler Randal, "Strap Back Dress"

Loeffler Randal, "Strap Back Dress"

Tory Burch, “Iona Strappy Booties”

Tory Burch, "Iona Strappy Booties"

camilla and marc, “Charity Dress”

camilla and marc "Charity Dress"

camilla and marc, "Charity Dress"

camilla and marc "Charity Dress"

… just one more, even closer (I just LOVE this dress)…

camilla and marc, "Charity Dress"

tuleste market, “Pilled Chain Necklace”

tuleste market, "Pilled Chain Necklace"

Felix Rey, “Greta Satin Bow Clutch”

Felix Rey, "Greta Satin Bow Clutch"

Felix Rey, "Greta Satin Bow Clutch"

Felix Rey, “Grace Sequin Bow Clutch”

Felix Rey, "Grace Sequin Bow Clutch"

Felix Rey, "Grace Sequin Bow Clutch"

nathan&moe, “Dolores Bangle Set”

nathan&moe, "Dolores Bangle Set"

nathan&moe, "Dolores Bangle Set"

Ahh.  So fabulous.

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Wedding Photographer Spotlight | Jessica Claire Has Rocked My World… And She’ll Rock Yours. Oh Yes, Yes She Will.

There are quite a few photographers out there who rock me.  I’m talking every image, every time of day, every subject, every setting – SWISH.  Nothing but net.  Many of these artists have truly honed their talents, and that’s what keeps me so pumped up as I set out each day to find yet another wow factor wedding.  After all, when the wedding’s over, we’re left with our family, our friends and our precious photos.  Hire right, and you haven’t just bought professionalism, you’ve bought peace of mind; one of the key ingredients in the recipe for having fun on your wedding day.  Here’s one example of a photographer who will bring you all of that and more.

Now, before I was introduced to the incredible artistry of wedding photographer Jessica Claire, whose work was recently featured on Style Me Pretty, I was heading down a path of disillusionment…

Among other things, I had begun to accept that, quite possibly, there was no such thing as a good dress shot.

Maybe you know what I mean (or maybe you disagree with me, but); the photos I’ve seen of wedding gowns hanging in all of their weighty whiteness, still, straight, see-through… sad.  At least, to me.  The dress shot I so often see leaves me wanting more – like, for starters, a body inside of it to liven things up.  I’ve begun to understand the importance of the shot (I think), but the result is so often lackluster in my eyes that I was rather close to trashing the idea entirely.

Enter: Jessica Claire.  Profession: Photographer.  Noteworthy skill: pictures that’ll BLOW YOUR MIND.

Of course, when we’re dealing with a photographer THAT good, it can’t just be about a dress… oh, no.  Jessica has skills that are limitless, and it would be a shame if I featured only her ability to capture a wedding dress properly.  While that image, alone, is STUNNING, I was swept away by all of her work, and I just had to bring a handful of that perfection back here for your eyes.  This is just a taste, so I encourage you to visit her site, where she has loads more delicious eye candy, PLUS one of the coolest things a photographer can do – teach others through special posts she calls, “TOTALLY RAD! Stuff for Photographers.” Teach a man to fish.  Right on, Jessica.

Here we go… and, of course, we begin with the dress shot:

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Heaven.

But you know it doesn’t end there.  Not at all…

hand in hand

I’m swooning over these colors and details:

details!!!

How ’bout some lovely flower shots?  You got ‘em.

flowers by Kate Holt from Flower Wild

{Flowers by Kate Holt of Flower Wild}

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Look at that CAKE:

san ysidro ranch wedding

This has got to be one of my favorite shots of all time:

san ysidro ranch wedding

Here’s one of her Before & After back-to-back images, used to teach other photographers the tools and techniques of the trade (bravo, Jessica):

Jessica's photoshop actions tutorial

By the way, did I mention she offers a workshopSigh.  The things I would do if I lived in California.  Oh, the things I would do!

Jessica's workshop

Jessica, more than your expert images, your talent has captured my heart.  Please, be careful.  It beats for you!

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Friday’s Fab Finds!

For some reason, the phrases “talk is cheap” and “a picture is worth a thousand words” BOTH popped into my head simultaneously today, so I think I’ll go with it…

On to the finds… essentially, in Twitter-ease.

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Want to embroider your own handkerchief but have absolutely no clue how exactly to do it?  It’s easier than you think; visit the always awesome and inspirational design sponge for this very elegant, very personalized diy hanky project

diy hanky!

lotsa hankies!

How about saving some postage on your save the dates?  Here’s an idea: print out an image you love, or cute pic of you and your sweetie, and stamp the back with this nifty postcard stamp!  That’s creative AND resourceful, two traits anyone would admire.  From modernartstamps and terbearco, respectively.  Both on Etsy!

modernartstamps on etsy - DIY Postcard Card Rubber Stamp

Found this PRECIOUS diary from Keel’s over at the lil bee today.  Check her out!  You can grab this cuteness at Anthropologie

Keel's diary

On the lookout for a super-fun return address stamp for you and your honey?  Here’s one that’ll definitely get a double-take:

AsspocketProductions on etsy -  Postmark Rubber Stamp!

I almost forgot – I promised myself I’d be brief with these comments!!!  So here, a custom calligraphy address stamp (hover over for where to find – ok, that’s all I’m sayin’):

DPaulette on etsy -  Custom Calligraphy Rubber Address Stamp

Speaking of calligraphy…

"Francesca" font

{pretty pen jen via littlewhitebook}

Completely loving the deliciousness of Adios Script, a font you can find at Veer

Adios Script, from veer

And, since we’re on a font kick at the moment, how about some musical flavor in your wedding menu?  Love this paper perfection by Cynthia Warren via design is mine

Note suite by Cynthia Warren

And this candy-licious Valentine’s Day menu, also by Cynthia Warren, via Jordan Ferney

Cynthia Warren pink paper plate www.cwarrendesign.com via jordanferney.blogspot.com

Aaaand one more, by Ceci New York via Paper Crave (this made me fall back in love with purple)…

Ceci New York wedding suite

Ok, dying to get this for Christmas…

14K Gold Filled Rings

Cute stamps (hover over for where to find)!!!

karaku on etsy -  Wooden boxed Natural Stamps

And, finally – even though I could add more Fab Finds ALL DAY LONG, I’ll force myself to wrap it up with this fine photo by Kristen Grinnell via 100 layer cake

Photo by Kristen Grinnell kristengrinnell.bigfolioblog.com - via 100layercake.com_blog_archives_category_pretty-paper

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DIY Wedding Eye Candy + Instructions ♥ Make It Pretty, Make It Personal, Make It with Decorative Rubber Stamps

karaku on etsy - Stazon cotton white starter set one plastic wrap bag

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Lovely, right?  This is a pretty stunning project, a GREAT WAY to save money, and in my opinion an even better way to make your wedding yours… not to mention get loads of compliments on your unique talents.  You can stamp your monogram on a bag of cookies, or prettify a plain brown paper baggie with a flourish of your choosing.  Personally, I think it would be great fun to get a personalized rubber stamp from Pretty Pen Jen for this project.  (Below is one she made of a couple’s return address.)  I cannot WAIT to do something like this for my wedding.

made by pretty pen jen

{Pretty Pen Jen via littlewhitebook}

Don’t have the stamps or ink?  No problem, there are SO MANY PLACES to find exactly what you need, on the internet or in stores, like Michaels craft stores, for example.  And various crafty things are on sale there all the time.

Etsy has everything you need to make your project the best project.  And by the way, I’m sure you’ve noticed I mention etsy quite a bit on here, but it’s not just because I’m obsessed; it’s also because it’s so incredibly awesome for finding and doing things like this!

karaku on etsy -  6pcs - ink for fabric!

And this, which you can use to embellish a brown paper favor bag, like the one up top:

nothingelegant on etsy - Lace Pattern Wooden Rubber StampAnd check this out – how about making personalized linen ties for your favors?

karaku on etsy -  30mm - tape for stamping!

For a destination wedding, stamps with international themes like this Parisian set are oh so magnificent for adding a little flare to your correspondence:

karaku on etsy - The Eiffel Tower set

karaku on etsy - The Eiffel Tower set

So, if you’re getting into this whole personalization-by-stamp idea, here’s my advice on how to get the best results: get yourself some Staz-On stamping ink, a quick-drying ink for stamping projects on plastic, glass, paper, wax paper, porcelain, photographs, metal, vinyl, and more.  Pretty amazing stuff.  You’ll also want the cleaning solution, for any accidents.  Everybody makes mistakes, but not everybody can afford to replace whatever it is that’s been stamped. Never fear; check it out, in action:

karaku on etsy - Stazon cleaner

Awe. Some. Ness.

I love this play by play instructional by karaku on Etsy, where you’ll find many of the stamps I’ve mentioned, as well as bushels and bushels of other fantastic eye candy. The steps pictured below are all you need to get started on a project of your own.  Seriously, even though I often LOVE professionally done weddings and super pricey decor, when I see stuff like this, I just can’t imagine spending bucketloads of dough for something I can make for pennies!!!

karaku on etsy - using STAZON 1

karaku on etsy - using STAZON OPAQUE 2

I totally encourage a project of this nature.  It’s EASY, fun and hard not to come out with something beautiful. Go forth and create, my pretties!

Oh, and don’t forget the ink!  :)

karaku on etsy -  6pcs - INK FOR FABRIC - Japanese colors

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COLOR PALETTE INSPIRATION | + amazing engagement photo[shop] magic | Victorian Trade Cards ~ E.W. Hoyt & Company

E W Hoyt & Co. trade cards

I came upon these trade cards during a search for inspiration, particularly that of a German bent.  You’ll notice they advertise Hoyt’s German Cologne.  The only thing German about the product is its name; nonetheless, the inherent beauty of the art overwhelmed me and thus I had to share.

Here, a mix of good teeth and cologne cards.  Their sepia tones and vintage appeal make them primo inspiration.

E W Hoyt pamphlets

These colors brought back the memory of a heavenly engagement photo taken [and edited, of course] by Sloan Photographers.  I want this, so badly.  The thing is just SO. COOL.  When it’s this beautiful, staying inside the lines just won’t do… click on the image if you’d like to see it large and in charge.  I recommend it.

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Wedding AND Photographer Spotlight: Jose Villa Captures a Lavender Field of Dreams in Montecito + Other Lavish Lavender Wedding Ideas

Recently, I came across a breathtaking wedding out of Montecito, California, while searching out inspiration for my own.  A common scenario, yes.  But this wedding, it’s far from common.  I’d say it’s among the most dreamy, ethereal wedding events I’ve EVER had the pleasure of viewing.  But it’s no wonder, since the couple chose none other than the brilliant, and highly sought after, Jose Villa, of Jose Villa Photography.

playing in a field of lavender

The wedding of Alissa and Ryan achieved perfection in what seems to be every single way possible.  All of the photographs – which are available for viewing on Jose Villa’s site – reveal a setting that whispers of a simplicity, elegance and comfortable beauty throughout.  Below is a sampling of his work; I’ve included the images I found to be most inspiring with regard to their powerful color and fine composition.  But each and every shot taken on that day is magic, if you ask me.  Villa easily sets the standard for modern day wedding photography.

If I had to single out one setting out of the entire shoot, it would have to be the field of lavender.  It’s as though Alissa and Ryan are blissfully floating together amid soft purple waves.  These images are unbelievable, and make me want to be there with them.  I recommend seeking out a location similar to this one if you can; the shots Villa captured are priceless, complementing the rest of the suite in a divine way.

field of lavender

field of lavender

paper and centerpiece

floral | seating

field of lavender

program | setting

parisols | favors

bouquet

cake |seating

flower in hand

Aren’t those photos just darling?  So peaceful and sweet.  So intimate.  A truly special moment in time for Alissa and Ryan… one that I suspect will live on in the blogosphere for many years to come.

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Loving lavender and want to make it a part of your wedding celebration?  Below are some lovely ways to make it a part of your day…

LOVE sign in lavender field

lavender field

the bride in lavender

guests in lavender

lavender bridesmaid bouquet www.pics.gallery.weddingbee.com

www.mybouquet.ca

lavender WALL! by chelseaelizabeth.com

lavender details

custom cozies for the bridal party via waysideviolet.com

lavender wedding

lavender satchet stylisheventsblog.com

lavender place setting www.bride.ca_wedding-ideas

lavender and orchids via www.weddingobsession.com

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After the Ceremony: What You Should Know About What Your Guests Are Throwing at Your Face

 

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I’m sure you’ve seen some form of it… I think by now we all have.  Maybe it happened at your friend’s wedding, or you might have seen photos of it happening online somewhere.

Pictures of some form of this are among the most unforgettable images we see across the wide spectrum of images snapped during a wedding – it adds fantasy and fun to this already emotionally magical moment, and it can be the key to one seriously amazing exit shot.

What is it?  It’s whatever your guests are going to throw at you, blow at you, wave over you, or float in your general direction as you and your new sidekick-for-life exit the site of your ceremony.  And you have some options here, so choose wisely!  One quick note of advice before we begin:  be sure to check with your venue about any restrictions they may have before you fall in love with any one choice.  Depending on the site, rice, and even bubbles, might not be among your options!  Ok, let’s begin…

Lily Fink Wedding Rice Packets

{Martha Stewart Weddings}

 

RICE ~ Here’s the widely disputed 411: it has been rumored for quite some time that uncooked rice is a serious health hazard to birds.  The belief is that when the rice mixes with liquids in the bird’s stomach, it expands and the bird perishes as a result.  That sounds HORRIBLE and I doubt any of you want to hurt a helpless little birdie.  Well, the current understanding is that this is nothing but a rumor, and that rice is perfectly safe for any wildlife attending your ceremony.  But don’t celebrate yet; many venues do not allow guests to throw rice, so you should check with your venue before making any decisions.

Even though it seems that the death-by-rice rumor has been debunked, that doesn’t mean it’s safe for your face.  So if this bird thing is in fact a rumor, I’d suspect it was started by a very smart engaged couple who were just trying to avoid this:

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Ouch.

So, let’s say you’ve ditched the rice but still really like the pellet-pitching approach?  How about supplying the post-ceremony line-up with birdseed?  It’s undoubtedly bird-friendly, and still gives you the all-important feeling of tradition that so many of us seek for our nuptials.  And if you want to take it really far, you could celebrate birds and make it a wedding theme of sorts!  Here are some absolutely darling ways to bring out the birds on your big day (I simply couldn’t choose just a few, so here’s a shot of nine ideas I loooove:

"birdify" your wedding with one of these, all from Etsy!

 

And a few more, just ’cause…

cottonbirddesigns on Etsy - Love Birds Ivory and Pumpkin Wedding Cake Topper

 

winged place cards

 

cookie decorations

{1, cottonbirddesigns; 2 & 3, Martha Stewart Weddings}

 

ROSE PETALS ~ Maybe you’ve chosen to go with rose petals.  A lovely and much softer, gentler choice, both on the environment and your decolletage.  (Who wants to pick rice from within their bosom?)  Those rank among the major pros of choosing to provide your guests with a handful of rose petals to toss over you as you make your exit.  Here’s a small con of which you may not have been aware: someone has to sweep it all up, and your venue might charge you for that service.  Not awesome.  But if you’re ok with that, I’m ok with that… because when I look at this absolutely magical photo from one of the most elegant and beautiful weddings I’ve seen out there in the ether, any cost seems justified… 

petals and confetti!{Photos by Max Wanger via 100 layer cake}

By the way, there are other wow factor ways to add the delicate beauty of rose petals to your ceremony; just check out this awe-inspiring pathway of pretty petals:

rose covered aisle

{Martha Stewart Weddings}

 

SPARKLERS ~ Oooohh I love sparklers.  One of those guaranteed WoW factors.  How naive I once was to have thought their only purpose was to bring in the New Year!  Ever since I first saw these bright light beauties being held high, flanking the exit path of a thrilled bride and her groom as they exited their ceremony site, they have held a special place in the wedding-planning chamber of my heart.

Pros: they are a ridiculously good time, they shimmer and shine, they guarantee an AH-MAZING photo, and they make people smile.

Cons: although I’ve never heard of an accident involving sparkler use, they do seem a tad dangerous.  I don’t know for sure, it’s just a feeling.  Anything that gets lit has to be a little bit dangerous, no?  (And that works for both lit objects and lit people.)

Yes, your wedding can look like this, too (!!!)…

wedding sparklers

{Photo via ever after planner}

sparklers!

{Photo via bridal inquirer}

wedding sparklers

{Photo via elizabeth anne designs}

wedding sparklers

{Photo by Holland Photo Arts via brides.com}

 

BUBBLES: I love bubbles!  Here’s what’s great about them: they are light, low-impact (who has ever gotten hurt by a bubble in the face?), rainbow-colored floating spheres that take us back to a time when we were kids at play.  WHAT IS BETTER THAN THAT?  Not much.

love this one :)

{via wizards4weddings}

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bubbles!

{Photo by Sakura Photography via bridal inquirer}

bubbles

{Photo by Sakura Photography via bridal inquirer}

bubbles

{via elizabeth anne designs}

 

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Friday’s Fab Finds ★ Paper ‘n’ Postage Edition! Fabulous Save the Date Ideas + My Royal Postage

Cheree Berry's wedding paper

{Image by Donna Newman via The Bride’s Guide}

The future hubby and I are sending out our Save the Dates in a matter of days.  A teensy weensy bit later than I had hoped, but still within the proper limits set by those masters and mistresses of industry.  Sorry… can’t reveal the final product yet – we want it to be a surprise to our guests!

But here’s the beauty part – throughout our journey to find that perfect Save the Date card that was also within budget (a not so tough task in this day and age!), we… okay I’m just going to say “I” from now on today, because I don’t want to give any of you dear readers false hope about the level of participation you can expect from your significant others.  Sure, he has shown interest, and he certainly has opinions on the occasional detail, but really, he’s a guy at the end of the day.  He’d rather just chill with me… in silence… than debate the pros and cons of printing on linen vs. 80# card stock.  And I like it that way.  The great thing is, he helps me in exactly the way I need to be helped; when my indecisiveness becomes debilitating, he makes a choice within 30 seconds.  I envy this skill… I wonder, can it be learned?

Back to that beauty part I mentioned…

In my search for just the right Save the Date, I came across myriad colors, shapes, textures and designs, all of which made me wish we could get married a hundred times over, complete with a different invitation suite for each occasion.  Since that’s not going to happen, the next best thing is to share my finds with you guys!  Hope you like today’s Fab Finds: Paper ‘n’ Postage Edition!

First, more details from Cheree Berry’s invitation suite which I found over at The Bride’s Guide

Cheree Berry's save the date

Cheree Berry's wedding paper

The postage I am using for my save the dates (don’t you love?)…

King and Queen of Hearts USPS Postage

{Photo via weddingbee}

One thing I’m doing – and I HIGHLY suggest, if you’re looking for a way to keep costs down but adore the superior look of high quality stationery – is using a custom made address stamp on my save the dates, and quite possibly my RSVP envelopes.  These custom stamps, from Paperwink, are among my favorites…

fling

ChirpFlapper

I really love the look of printed hankies.  So delicate and special.

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luckyluxe save the date hankerchiefs

{Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence via 100 layer cake}

A wax seal is a terrific way to seal your envelopes.  I’m still searching for that perfect seal, myself, and when I saw this, I felt that much more driven to make it happen for my wedding.  And, by the way, the photographer who took these shots, Max Wanger, is a fab find for today, as well!  He is golden.  Why oh why do I keep finding fab photogs in CALIFORNIA?!!  I just LOVE that sunkissed, misty look.  So dreamy and whimsical.

Hanky save the date, sealed with wax heart imprint

{Photo by Max Wanger via 100 layer cake}

Here are a couple of favorites from Paper + Cup Designs

"firstclass"

"dearest"

This colorful threesome of spectacular save the dates is by Sarah Q Designs (SO talented!)…

Sarah Q Designs - The "Lovebirds" Save the Date Card - www.sarahqdesign.com

hearts save the date

magnolia save the date

The next five you can find on Etsy!  Just hover over the images for more details…

DIYpaperie on etsy -  Print your own save the date - Vintage

nelladesigns on etsy - Custom Silhouette Print From Your Photo

FeliceDesign on etsy - Unique Custom Illustrated Retro Vintage Inspired Balloon Save the Date Postcards

drippyink on etsy - photobooth save the date magnet

LaurenLoweDesign on etsy - Eco Friendly - Bird on Cherry Blossom -Save The Date

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The Dream Proposal: Engaged Yet? You Might Want to Leave This Page on Your Screen When Your Man Comes Around…

You know, up until now, I thought my fiance’s proposal was pretty freaking spectacular.  I still do, of course, but, you know, there was never anything that made me wonder about the validity of that belief.  You’re probably thinking the same of yours, no?  Here’s a quick recap of mine: it was on a romantic trip to Cancun, Mexico, it involved a gazebo (I love gazebos), a beach and a cliff, and it was a total surprise.  It was great!  And, before this day, it was enough.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love the way it all worked out, and baby, if you’re reading this and I know you are – your proposal was absolute perfection and I love you for it.

But I really do have to admit – seeing these over at green wedding shoes made me wonder juuust a lil bit if my proposal standards might have been a bit low.

a rare photographic moment!

Amazing.  Right?  If you haven’t yet caught on to what’s got me so excited about this…

Have you noticed that this proposal has been CAPTURED ON FILM?

This guy – his name is Daniel – planned out the entire thing, including getting his photographer involved so that the whole experience could be relived, by him, his future bride, their families AND their future wee ones.  So that’s what’s got my my underoos in a bunch.

Daniel, you are a fine, fine gentleman.  Bravo.  BRAVO.  Here are a few more photos of the adorable California couple, from their super-cute engagement shoot.  If you’d like to see the whole beautiful thing, go check out the full post over at green wedding shoes!

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daniel and candyce

daniel and candyce

{Photos of Candyce & Daniel by Shannen Natasha via green wedding shoes}

Here’s another artfully captured proposal, this time coordinated by a fine man named Chris, who proposed to the lovely Whitney, on the slopes.  This incredible series of moments, which likely went by in an instant as they so often do, was nearly two months in the making.  Wow, Chris – I think we all sort of love you collectively right now.

Retrospect Studios

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Gotta love the victory cheer.  Don’t you adore witnessing those rarely captured on film moments when a guy is consumed with the happiness and love he has for his leading lady?

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{Photos of Chris and Whitney by Retrospect Studios via comments on green wedding shoes}

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The Wedding of Lily Fink & John Harrington IV ♥ Santa Barbara, CA ♥ Featured in Martha Stewart Weddings

Lily and John dancing together - possibly the best photo ever?

There are a few weddings that truly have my heart.  These weddings accomplish what I personally consider to be among the most important details in planning one’s perfect wedding.  Here’s the short list, in no particular order:

1. They are brilliantly colored…

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Bridesmaid Bouquets

2. They reflect the personalities and interests of the bride and her groom…

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Photo Booth

3. They foster an atmosphere of merriment and togetherness…

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Reception

4. The details are as elegant and charming as they are playful and sweet…

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Favors

(And they don’t get much sweeter than this!)

One of these weddings I’ve shared with you already, and that is the incredible wedding celebration of stationer extraordinaire, Cheree Berry.  Let’s think back on that red, orange, pink and blue masterpiece for a moment.  (Or click on it to refresh your memory.)

But there’s another one that, to this very day, continues to inspire me as I plan my own celebration.  It’s the wedding of Lily Fink and John Harrington IV, and it was featured in the Summer 2008 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings.

Feast your eyes on the inspirational goodness, below.  If you discover that you love this bride’s style as much as I do, be sure to check out Lily and John’s feature in Martha Stewart Weddings, where you’ll find each and every delightful detail.

MSW Lily Fink Wedding - bustle

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Bridal Party

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Cake

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Ceremony

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Bride and Mother

Lily arm in arm with her mother, Sharkey. (How great is that name, by the way?!!  Love it.)

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Bouquet

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Centerpieces

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Monograms

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Cornflower Boutonnieres

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Groom's Family

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Bridesmaid Gifts

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Bride's Hair

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Stationery

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Bride's Family

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Rice Packets

MSW Lily Fink Wedding More Favors

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Table Settings 3

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Table Settings 2

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Table Settings

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Groomsmen

MSW Lily Fink Wedding Guestbook

{All photos courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings}


Lily and John’s wedding vendors/details:

Florist: Livia Cetti for The Green Vase

Photographer: Melissa Musgrove

Gown and veil: Carolina Herrera

Suit: Marc by Marc Jacobs, from Zappos.com

Vintage millinery flowers: Tinsel Trading Co.

Calligraphy: Nancy Howell Calligraphy

Invitations: Grosvenor Stationery Co.

Custom “Sally Holmes” Paper Rose: Jude Miller

Bridesmaid Dresses: “Tulip” dresses in azalea with peony sash, from Simple Silhouettes

Custom bridesmaids handbags: Lauren Merkin

Photobooth rental: Photobooth Scrapbooks

Cake: Christine Dahl Pastries

Cake topper: Livia Cetti for The Green Vase

{Photo and vendor/detail list, courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2009}

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My Wedding ☀ A Much Anticipated Update on What’s Been Sloshing Around in My Head

{Photography}

Okay, see now THIS  is why I want to make time for a pre-wedding glam shoot in New York City.  I encourage you to click on the photo below to behold its true size and unleash its impact… for, my friends, it is impactful.

Grand Central Station - Elyse & Brad Wedding - becreativephotography

As I write this, our wedding plans do not include a wedding day photoshoot in New York City.

Originally, they did.  But now… or at least currently… they do not.

… HOWEVER…

When mine eyes have seen the glory of a photo like the above (courtesy, Be Creative Photography) then the idea of getting up at dawn for hair and makeup, spending copious (and extremely gratifying) amounts of time with our photographer to luck into a moment to rival the Grand Central Station shot above, and potentially running late for our vows doesn’t seem so completely insane.  Listen, as long as we’re both not there yet, no one’s getting stood up, right?  Right.  Just kidding, not gonna do that.

Which brings us back to square one.  (Stay tuned.  I’m still working this out in my head.  Any suggestions?)  For the time being, I will share with you a few additional shots de perfection, captured in this, the city that never catches a nap…

Emmy and Elliott, by becreativephotography

smooch in the city - Emmy and Elliott - becreativephotography

hug in nyc - Emmy and Elliott - becreativephotography

I dream that my wedding pictures will have half the beauty of those above.  That hue, the pure joy and uninhibited intimacy the couple emit – it’s catching!

{Fashion – Reception Dress}

This Nanette Lepore gold sequined stunner of a cocktail dress hath captured me.  Be still, my heart…

Gold Sequin Cocktail dress, by Nanette Lepore

{Paper – Wedding Stationery}

My wedding stationery, while I have not yet picked it out, will look very similar to the following two styles; styles I admire most, out of everything I’ve ever seen in any magazine, anywhere.  Check it:

Cheree and Jeff St. Louis, Missouri Wedding Stationery {courtesy Martha Stewart Weddings}

{Photo credit: Martha Stewart Weddings}

Lily Fink's Wedding Stationery {courtesy Martha Stewart Weddings}

{Photo credit: Martha Stewart Weddings}

And with just a splash of the kind of action you see going on in this colorful assortment:

In Style Weddings Wedding Stationery

{Decor – Tags}

As promised, here is the detail from the last post that I actually plan to use as decor for my very own wedding…

Okay, to clarify, it’s more like one detail, but in a myriad of colors and styles…  Colors and styles from which I still have to choose my favorite(s).  Hey!  Don’t knock it ’till you try it!  Planning a wedding is hard!  Seriously, it’s hard work – really hard.  (Heh, that word sooo doesn’t look like a word anymore now that I’ve typed it more than twice.  What kind of a word is hard?!  I’m laughing out loud now.)

As I was saying – choosing colors isn’t the problem; I’ll just get them in red, pink, orange and blue.  The dilemma is which tag style to choose…

Do I choose the scalloped tags?

thegildedbee - Robins Egg Scalloped Tags

thegildedbee - Orange Scalloped Tags

thegildedbee - Cherry Red Scalloped Tags

… the dotted birdy tags?

(As you can see, there are many from which to choose…)

Bird tags in all colors

… or…

Cherry Red dotted Tags

… the charming simplicity of the dotted tags???

Or do I change my mind completely and go with something entirely different?  Oh thegildedbee, you have so many lovely options, I cannot bring myself to decide.  Unfortunately, your wide selection does not benefit your bottom line when it comes to this indecisive bride.

{Paper – Address Stamps}

One idea I’ve been playing around with in my head is getting a custom made rubber stamp with our names and address to mark the backs of our invitations.  I think this is an especially fun thing to do, because I like a touch of personalization with my weddings (really, who doesn’t) and stamps are just, well they’re just fun.  I used to LOOOOVE playing with my stamps as a wee babe.  Doesn’t get much better than making a personalized bookmark for your grandma, now does it.

So, given my love for crafting and the good times I had with stamps in my formative years, I think it would be rather odd if I DIDN’T want to make a personalized address stamp for our snail mail correspondence, however rare.

Here are some of my top pics (not every image – just the more girly ones), from Paperwink.

Paperwink custom rubber address stamps 1

But wait, there’s more…

Paperwink custom rubber address stamps 2

{Food + Drink – The Cake}

While flipping through a Summer 2006 issue of In Style Weddings, I discovered one of the most fetching three tier wedding cakes I’d ever seen.  It stayed with me.  The chocolate cake, covered in a most beautiful robin’s egg blue fondant, was hand-crafted by Ron Ben-Israel, cake-maker to the stars.  Now, I just wonder if I can get it in an ice cream cake… :)

In Style Weddings, cake by Ben-Israel of NYC

… let the planning continue…

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Wedding Inspiration ✴ Color & Detail ✴ Should We Leave It to the Birds?

They’re staring at that horizon for a reason…

natureandart on Etsy - Love birds 14 - original oil on canvas painting

Thing is, I’m not a bird, so I’d be lying if I claimed to know why.  What I can tell you is why I would fix my eyes on that view:

To me, a sunset horizon is peaceful and soothing to the soul.  Its colors are awe-inspiring; they capture our attention and bring about a moment of calm reflection.  Perhaps most of all, a sunset is evocative of a bringing to an end… an end which sets the stage for a new beginning.  

I don’t know about you, but to me, that spells wedding!

So it’s no wonder that the painting above, entitled “Love Birds” by natureandart, captured me with its blended tones of that most beautiful time of day.  

When I saw this image, I got so excited.  You know that feeling you get when you find something that speaks to you?  (Bear with me.)  This is part of the fun of planning your own wedding.  When you discover something – maybe a new piece of artwork, or a brilliant piece of jewelry, or an especially beautiful and carefully detailed handcrafted good – and its tone, or its shape, or its meaning… fits seamlessly into the scene you are working so hard to create.  I love it when that happens.  And this painting is SO that.

I hope you like these colors and details… remember, just hover over the image if you’d like to learn more about where to get it and what it’s called.

By the way, stay tuned… later, I’m going to share with you a few new details I’ll be infusing into MY wedding.  (Hint: one of those details is below!)  You have no idea how excited I am to post them.  And I certainly hope you’ll let me know what you think.  I love getting your suggestions!  :)  

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Recognize this bewitching bouquet of butterflies?  It was handcrafted by a young woman named Laura, whose incredible Brooklyn wedding was featured in none other than Martha Stewart Weddings!  And guess what?  If you love this image as much as I do, then you’ll be quite pleased to learn that Martha has launched a brand new line of invitations on Pingg, an online invitation service!  Many of my absolute favorite images from the magazine are now available as personalized invitations.  Seriously, how cool is that?!  

Butterfly bouquet featured in Martha Stewart Weddings

If you’re hosting a luncheon, or throwing a bridal shower in the near future, these invitations are pretty much made for such an occasion.  So if you need some invites, you’re in the mood to create, or you just want to fix your eyes on some fantastic photos… go check out Martha’s invites on Pingg.

But if it’s this butterfly bouquet that’s got your gaze, and you’d like to fashion one similar to Laura’s, visit the Butterfly Bouquet How-To over at Martha Stewart Weddings.  

Here’s a closer look at Laura’s masterpiece:

MSW Laura's butterfly bouquet of silk and feathers!

The perfect cherry berry red…

claireishino on Etsy -  Red and Pink Washi Leaf

LOVE these handmade butterflies.  And they are SHOCKINGLY inexpensive!

thegildedbee on Etsy - Bubble gum pink_Cherry red Vintage-style Butterfly

Searching for bouquet alternatives for your bridesmaids?  This is a top choice in my book.

thegildedbee on Etsy -  Scarlet Roses

Ahh, I just love that blue background.  The boutonniere’s nice, too.  ;)

Rationale on Etsy -  boutonniere - Trista

Okay, Camille Chung is a favorite of mine when it comes to creative instinct.  Her marriage of coral and blue in this Save the Date is pure, bold beauty.  

camillechung on Etsy - Save The Date coral and blue

WHY HAVEN’T I PIERCED MY EARS YET?  It pains me when I see something as brilliant as these red roses…

TheBumblingBird on Etsy -  Sweet Vintage Coral Roses

Uhh, yeah.  That’s a nice piece of jewelry.  Like it?  Nab it now, if it isn’t sold already.

verabel on Etsy - The Vintage Feather Bracelet one

Gold jewelry has truly made a remarkable comeback, and for that I’m grateful.  Because if it hadn’t, we might not have rings like this… 

artisanlook on Etsy - Rolling stones - 14k rose gold band inlaid lab grown opals

(Just had to show you the butterflies again.  Too cute, right?)

thegildedbee on Etsy - Bubble gum pink_Cherry red Vintage-style Butterflies

 

I just really like the bold red lettering here.  Not exactly about to set up a kissing booth at the wedding, not that there’s anything wrong with that.  :)

 

rollandtumblepress on Etsy -  Kissing Booth Handprinted Letterpress Poster

 

These cupcakes are adorable.  Uh-door-uh-bull.

millalove on Etsy - 12 Cupcake Toppers Millalove's Paper Flowers

I love these tags.  They’re so cute and oh-so perfect to attach to favors, or to use as escort cards.  

~thegildedbee on Etsy - Cherry Red Scalloped Tags

This ring is THE PERFECT SHADE of red. 

rachel323 on Etsy - red poppy. vintage german glass flower close

I realize there isn’t any gold to be found in the ‘Love Birds’ painting – the centerpiece of this here post.  But I’m sure that if there’s one thing that comes to mind when you imagine a sunset, it’s the golden rays of that shimmer and shine as the sun begins to set… am I right?  

So, here’s some loveliness with those golden rays in mind: 

~Seehara on Etsy - Pearls with gold filled necklace

And here’s the most precious shade of pink… still related to the painting because there are a couple of birds (HA!)…

modernartstamps on Etsy -  Birds in Love Modern Art Rubber Stamp - A51

And, finally, an accessory from a well-known favorite, the Little White Dresser.  A lovely accent, no matter how you choose to dawn it…

~LittleWhiteDresser on Etsy - English Garden sash or headband

 

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Friday’s Fab Finds, Cont’d | Anthropologie Makes Me Happy

I just couldn’t resist it… so here you go – more Black Friday deals!  I found all of these GORGEOUS accessories (plus a serving dish I couldn’t NOT post) from the always interesting and forever fresh Anthropologie.  Check ‘em out…

Silver Spotted Skipper Ring

Eden-In-Autumn Bracelet

Sculpted Grass EarringsIdyll Respite Necklace

Posy Duet Headband

Whorled Alba Necklace

fondant serving platter

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Friday’s Fab Finds | BLACK FRIDAY Edition ♥ Sweetest Etsy Deals Around + Dresses for Less for You and Your Girls!

Hey everybody!  So, I’m so glad I called this “Friday’s Fab Finds,” because it means I can do a Black Friday edition!  Exciting, right?  Up first: a couple of fabulous stores are having a couple of fabulous sales:

Wedding Atelier is having a Black Friday Sample Sale – Many Famous Designer gowns will be 40%-70% Off!  Prices start at $495, and you don’t even have to make an appointment!  You can call the store with questions: (646) 638-3263.  Location: 103 Fifth Ave 2nd Fl, NY, NY 10003.  For the special coupon, visit Citysearch.

One of my favorite stores for bridal and high fashion, Pronovias, is having a ONE DAY ONLY sale on select cocktail gowns at their flagship store, located at 14 E 52nd St., NY, NY (212) 897-6393.  I highly recommend checking this out; discounts are up to 75% off.  Book your appointment!

And now, for your Etsy fix… (get ready – Black Friday means SAVINGS in the world of Etsy!)

I searched far and wide for the most beautiful, amazing, adorable, elegant and delicious discounted details available.  And I just have to say one thing about it: sometimes, I like what I’ve found SO MUCH that it’s kind of extremely hard to resist buying it all for myself, too.  Still resisting the urge… so please, wish me luck.

Anyway, I hope you find these delightfully discounted details as desirable as I do!

(Note: hover over the images for their shop names and descriptions.)

GemJunkie on Etsy - 4 Vintage Inspired Pendants for Necklaces half price

GemJunkie on Etsy - 4 Vintage Inspired Pendants for Necklaces half price - back

EllaScottJewels on Etsy - Lilac Ring in Copper Filigree Black Friday - Cyber Monday Special

HeartNSole on Etsy - Yvette Rhinestone Hair Flower - BLACK FRIDAY FREE SHIPPING

HeartNSole on Etsy - Yvette Rhinestone Hair Flower - BLACK FRIDAY FREE SHIPPING updo

kgarnerdesigns on Etsy - Diamante Earrings - Swarovski Rhinestone Crystal on Sterling Silver wires

jewelryvine on Etsy - Black Friday Cyber Monday Sale - adore earrings

tomatomade on Etsy - BLACK FRIDAY SALE - connor cufflinks in vintage map custom location with gift box

MelroseFields on Etsy - Scented Silk Arrangement - White Pom Pom Flowers in Silver Vase

TheHomeCentric on Etsy - Decorative Pillow Covers Cushion Covers Curtains.png

kgarnerdesigns on Etsy - Love Song - Coin Pearl and Sterling Silver Necklace with antiqued Bird Charm

bridalbyalyson on Etsy - Small Hand Hammered Sterling Hoops with Wire Wrapped Rice Freshwater Pearls

trudiedavies on Etsy - Unique handmade Jewelry for all Occasions

luecosmetics on Etsy - Eye Shadow Choose your shade

trudiedavies on Etsy - Sterling silver bangle that can be personalized with the inscription of your choice

HoneyPotBelly on Etsy - Super Wknd Holiday Sale--Beautiful Vintage Lace Southern Belle Wedding Dress closeup

HoneyPotBelly on Etsy - Super Wknd Holiday Sale--Beautiful Vintage Lace Southern Belle Wedding Dress

kgarnerdesigns on Etsy - On the Vine Earrings - Swarovski Crystal on Pewter and Gold Fill

DancingPen on Etsy - SALE Place Cards with Hand Calligraphy

TheLoudLion on Etsy - PoshBerry Single Baby Bangle - Sterling Silver

mellonmonkeys on Etsy - BLACK FRIDAY_CYBER MONDAY SALE - LITTLE MONKEY NECKTIES on a boy

mellonmonkeys on Etsy - BLACK FRIDAY_CYBER MONDAY SALE - LITTLE MONKEY NECKTIES

TabbyCat13 on Etsy - Black Friday Sale Custom Wedding Cake Cookies

DolceVitaMia on Etsy - SALE Burgandy Ranunculus with golden center on an Ivory Headband

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Etsy High-Beam | Give Thanks for Holiday Sales on Charming Wedding Details

I scoured Etsy today for all the darling details I could find at a discount.  Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for everything we’ve got, and that includes pretty good deals on some really delightful little treasures!

(Note: hover over the images for their shop names and descriptions.)

1 UntamedPetals on Etsy - Bridal Crystal and Rhinestone Beaded Headband or Halo

2 UntamedPetals on Etsy - Bridal Crystal and Rhinestone Beaded Headband or Halo

3 TRUECONNECTION on Etsy - Four Personalized Hand-Painted Signs with Stakes

4 rachel323 on Etsy - sea green necklace

5 mcfarlanddesigns on Ets

6 DavieandChiyo on Etsy - Secret Garden - 8 inch - Silk lined Frame Clutch Bag - with_withouth a chain

7 hollylynne on Etsy - Ariel Earrings with Sterling Silver and Freshwater Pearls

8 passionforbeauty on Etsy - Pink Mother-of-Pearl Necklace

9 passionforbeauty on Etsy - Blue Bayou Earrings

A. shopsomethingblue on Etsy - Alissia gold tone hair comb

B. PrecociousPaper on Etsy - Rainbow of Cupcakes - Tiny Tags on a Ring

C. ilickyou on Etsy - Pet bridal veil

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Double-Duty Table Decor That’ll Charm Your Guests on Thanksgiving… and Then Once More, on Your Wedding Day.

Recently, I’ve been interested in finding great ways to personalize a Thanksgiving table.  (I know, shocking!)  While searching out my favorite styles and settings, I found quite a few looks that, at least to me, seemed quite capable of serving double-duty; perfect for the holiday table, and utterly ideal for the bride who wants a fresh, chic look for her reception.  Why this is a good idea: listen, these projects don’t make themselves.  It takes some effort, on your part, and what’s better than a little reduce-reuse when it comes to your table decorations?  The only people who’ll know – not that it matters – are the guests you’ll be inviting to both events.  So make sure you tell them not to spill the beans – both by word of mouth, AND as they pass them over your centerpieces.

Here are my favorite looks for a chic celebration… whether it’s for a truly terrific Thanksgiving, or your wow factor wedding celebration.

(Note: Hover over each image for more detail.)

1 Martha Stewart's Cornhusk Votives

2 Martha Stewart's Glimmer and Shine - spray painted miniature pumpkins and a place card written in gold ink

3 Martha Stewart's Oak-Leaf Cornucopia

4 Martha Stewart's Printed Linens

5 Martha Stewart's vivid fall leaves (clipped maple sprays, from your yard!)

6 Martha Stewart's Tabletop Collage - Display autumn leaves beneath a sheer tablecloth

7 Martha Stewart's photo place cards - copy your fave photos, then glue them to card stock

8 Martha Stewart's Glowing Hurricane Glasses

9 Martha Stewart's Cornhusk Napkin Rings & Place Cards

9a. Martha Stewart's Step by Step for Cornhusk Napkin Rings & Place Cards

A. Martha Stewart's Fall Basket Centerpiece

B. Martha Stewart's basket-weave place cards

Bb. Martha Stewart's Basket-weave place cards detail

C. Martha Stewart's Feathery place setting

D. Martha Stewart's Beaded Napkin Rings

E. Martha Stewart's Ribbon Napkin Rings

F. Martha Stewart's Sleek hurricanes filled with fallen leaves

H. Martha Stewart's No-Stitch Cross-Stitch

Hh. Martha Stewart's No-Stitch Cross-Stitch details

{Images courtesy of Martha Stewart}

If you would like to try your hand at any of the above projects, click here to go to Martha Stewart’s Thanksgiving Table Settings Gallery and check out her corresponding How-To instructions!

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