BREAKING NEWS ❦ Calling All Wedding Vendors ❦ TKB Is Now Welcoming Sponsors!

There’s been a lot of news around these parts as of late.  Here’s some more…

I am pleased to announce that The Knotty Bride is now welcoming sponsors and other forms of advertising on the blog!  TKB has grown by leaps and bounds since its relatively recent inception in October of 2009, thanks to brides, wedding professionals, event planners, fantastic fellow bloggers and men and women everywhere planning special events of their own.

Readership continues to grow exponentially… I nearly pee my pants and call my mama every time I look at the daily traffic totals.  Plus, the feedback I receive every day re: the ideas, inspiration and advice I post on TKB brings me the kind of immense, incomprehensible joy that can be likened only to that which is felt when a baby is born, or after finding out at the register that the dress you thought was on sale for $149.50 is actually on sale for $69.50, but was for some reason not marked as such!  Or some other miraculous event – you get it.

So…

If you are interested in advertising on The Knotty Bride and you offer a product or service that you think would be relevant to this audience, I’d love to hear from you.  Please email theknottybride@gmail.com (subject: “advertising”) for information.

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Thanks, I look forward to working with you!

Coming up…

Remember when I said this yesterday? –> “Having a fit over my blog post for tomorrow.  An absolute, full-out, twitching, jump up and down fit.”

That’s up next, BOYYYYEEEE.

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OMG | The Wedding Chicks Talked About Me.

Maybe you can imagine my excitement when I saw this over on one of my favorite wedding blogs ever:

If that’s too tiny, for God’s sake go check out the post on the Wedding Chicks’ blog.  They are AWESOME, and I’m not just saying that because of the massive shout out love they gave me re: my new role as a Style Me Pretty guest blogger.  … But ok that is part of it.  Speaking of… THANK YOU for that massive front page shout out, ladies!  You have officially made my week and a half.  And not the kind that goes from Monday all the way through to Thursday.  No, no.  The kind that includes two weekends.  AKA the best kind.  AKA OMIGOD the Wedding Chicks talked about me!!!!!!!!

Lots o’ love goin’ around these days.  Feeling really blessed to be involved in it all.

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FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS! ♕ Soda Pop, Sweets, DIY Treats, a Touch of Fashion, Two Creative Couples and a Gumball Machine…

Let’s get right to it, no weird stuff…

Six killer heels for your footsies, from J.Crew

Sweet pink macaron pops, by Tartelette

DIY Soda Pop Escort Cards, by Mika 78, via 100 Layer Cake

Engagement shoot enchantment, by Emily of Borrowed Blue Old New, via 100 Layer Cake

A Paper Flower Favor Box Brooch, & Getting an A on Your E-Session

{ By the talented Kristen Magee of Paper Crave & Maddy Hague of Inspired Bride }

Loveliness, from Priscilla of Boston

… Aaaand just a wee bit more soda pop love, via Imprintables

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DESSERT TABLE INSPIRATION | look what I sniffed out! | This is Not Your Mother’s Viennese Table…

On a visit to Chic Florals & Events, while scrolling down the page I suddenly caught sight of something I knew I had seen before, elsewhere.  I remember totally loving it but, of course, whenever that first time was, I had been distracted by some other bit of loveliness elsewhere, and left it behind.  Well, thankfully I stumbled upon it once again, and no way is it getting left in my dust this time.  It’s just too pretty, too chic, and too great an idea to risk forgetting about all over again.

How sharp does that look?  There’s something so incredibly exquisite about this idea… and while I can’t speak for all dessert cheese tables, I’ll risk it and say that if you set up a smartly chosen arrangement of low-stink factor milky delights, and label those suckers in such a way as has been done here by the amazing Maybelle Imasa-stukuls, I’d say you’ve got a guaranteed hit on your hands.  And why’s that?

… Because people LOVE CHEESE.  And the only thing people love more than cheese is cheese spread across a slice of baguette.

Karen Mordechai of Sunday Suppers styled and snapped this loveliness for a guest blog post on The Bride’s Guide with Darcy Miller, Martha Stewart’s wedding blog.

The objective, in Karen’s words: “we decided to create a dessert cheese table—very much in the French fashion—using a rustic chic look for décor, staying within the given color palette of cream and white.”

By the way, adding comb honey to the tablescape is a magnificent idea, if you ask me.  Not only is it easy on the eyes (who hasn’t stared at that captivating little jar of tightly packed honeycomb, just waiting for a good reason to buy it?), but spread on bread or paired with a strong cheese, it’s one heck of a treat for the palate.  Your guests will LOVE it!

Credits:

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FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS + VALENTINE’S DAY INSPIRED GOODNESS | ladies in red | Engagement Sessions with Love Tones…

Valentine’s Day is this Sunday (!!!) and if it’s chilly in your neck of the woods, you might find yourself challenged in the cute outfit department.  But it doesn’t have to be that way!  Just throw on a simple red scarf like Katie did in her engagement session with Marianne Taylor of Marianne Taylor Photography, and watch your entire look go from ho-hum to va va voom!

But then again, maybe the chill factor isn’t as much of an issue for you.  If that’s the case, then I envy you, but more importantly I have the most beautiful engagement session to share with you, which I discovered – where else – on the always inspiring Style Me Pretty.  The stunning photography is by lunaphoto, and while it may be a little too nippy out there, even in Cali, how could I NOT bring this loveliness to your eyes…

Photo credits:

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FOOD & DRINK | wedding inspiration | Striped Paper Straws Are So Cute, Especially Inside of Specialty Soda Pop!

So, as usual, I was looking for more really cute, chic details for my upcoming nuptials, and I think I’ve found yet another one worth sharing.

Striped paper straws.  A crowd favorite, dating all the way back to childhood.  I can’t be the only one who blew bubbles in my chocolate milk when a wee babe.  I’m totally invested (mentally, we’ll see about budget-ly) in these cutie-patooties.

I found those super cute ones above over at Design is Mine, and I didn’t just get excited, I pretty much flipped out.  After this long, it still amazes me how aggressively the adrenaline within me can race throughout my body the moment I see something as insignificant as a paper straw.  I think it has something to do with all the colors and choices.  If there’s one thing I love, it is having options.  (They are also my downfall; I am indecisive as a rule.  But we all love the things that are not the best for us, so I’d say that makes me normal.  At least… that’s what I tell myself when I go to bed at night.)  Anyway, I choose not to question it.  Especially since, when I go with it, I always end up in my happy place!

It might interest you to know that the person responsible for the photographic bliss above is food/prop stylist Paul Lowe, and it might interest you even more to know that he has an incredibly addictive blog, called Sweet Paul.  Oh, how I heart him.

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Okay, so we’ve established one fact so far: paper straws rule.  Especially colorful, striped ones.  But now we need something deserving of said straws, right?  How about THIS…

Want to get your hands on some colorful pop for your big day?  Project Wedding – which is where I found the awesomeness immediately above – suggests BevMo.  Located in CA, they’ve got a wide selection of these super cute specialty sodas (and if you don’t live in CA, you can buy ‘em online – gotta love the internet).  You can also check in your local gourmet food shop for these uniquely joyful-looking drinks.  So, they’re around!  You just may have to do a little searching depending on where you’re located.  :)

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Next are some awesome pics by Cindy Ensley, which I discovered via the lovely Audrey of Urbanic + Parcel Post.  (My original description of Audrey involved “the pretty paper pusher,” but I thought it made her sound like some sort of fetish drug dealer, which seemed like a bad thing.  So “the lovely” it is.  And lovely, you are, Audrey!)

I know, SO cute.  Word on the ‘net is that you can find these babies over at Kikkerland.  It’s a great source for stuff like this; I visit the place quite a bit.  Not to mention, pretty much everyone I credited within this here post suggests the same.  Aside from Kikkerland, you can check out Pipii’s Marketplace, which carries the exact same brand.

In other news, check out Cindy’s save the dates -

Absolutely darling, wouldn’t you agree?  And totally DIY-licious.  You’ll probably be familiar with her supplies -  she used one of Martha’s punch sets, kraft paper (you already know the feelings I have for kraft paper), some AWESOME rubber stamps and white embossing powder.  See, all it takes are a few simple tools, and a lot of imagination and creativity!

Okay, just one more pretty picture of my new love:

Found these cherry red beauties over on Jordan Ferney’s Oh Happy Day! I’m sure you could figure out a way to work those stunners into a Valentine’s Day party, or even better, a love-themed wedding.  Though that’s what all weddings should be themed. Oh sappy me; that’s just how I like to end things.  On a sap note!

Seacrest out.

~A

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FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS meets + falls for + procreates with VALENTINE’S DAY INSPIRED GOODNESS! Part I ~ Meet their free printable ♥ edible ♥ inspirational ♥ and occasionally totally random babies!

Cute, huh?  I’ll get to these in a minute…

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Instead, let’s start with the loveliest free printable V-Day postcard you’ve ever seen.  I’m assuming.  Because this is pretty freakin’ lovely, and I haven’t been this ticked by a postcard picture in YEARS.  Thank you, Wedding Chicks, for this masterpiece theater!  Go get it here!

Love this one too, also from the oh so fabulous Wedding Chicks…

Smashing prop use and graphic design, wouldn’t you say?  Absolutely smashing.

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Handwritten Valentine Cupcakes with Chocolate Glaze, from – you guessed it – momma Martha!

Click here to get the full recipe!

I love the heck out of these magnificent photographs, taken by the incredible Caroline Tran, whose stunning work I’ve featured in the past

Want some more dessert food?  I was hoping you’d ask… I’ve got you covered.  How ’bout some cream-filled chocolate cupcakes?  Courtesy of – who else?  That’s right… Martha!

These teeny little sweet, shy Valentine buddies, by joojooland on Etsy, are THE CUTEST THING I NEVER NEEDED BUT LOVE…

Yup, also available in penguin.  :)

Snails, too.

In my nephew’s words: oohhh, sa’kyooot!

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*VALENTINE’S DAY INSPIRED GOODNESS* { D1, P1 } | DIY projects ♥ tutorials ♥ freebies ♥ treats for a blissful and beautiful ‘love day’

As announced on Twitter, we’re doing a Countdown to Valentine’s Day Tour, right here within the confines of this bloggity blog blog.  So, less a tour, per se, more a countdown to Valentine’s Day.  But all the same to you, right?  What?  Just get to the project?  Oh… oh okay.  Here you go…

So, I am madly in love with this little V-Day inspired project from Molly of The Purl Bee!

Valentine’s Day approaches, and I don’t have to tell you which flower is practically synonymous with that holiday.  So, what could be better than rose barrettes?  They’re pretty adorable, and I think they’d be quite a chic addition to any little kiddo’s otherwise drab V-Day ensemble.  You know, if you’re into that kind of thing.  (Even if you don’t think you are, you will be, trust me.  My sister’s little girl wears THE CUTEST OUTFITS ON EARTH, and my sister – hey, Jen! – is and has always been the polar opposite of what one would call a “girlie girl.”  Go figure.

When I have a little girl, she’ll be wearing felt barrettes that I made with my bare hands and she’ll LIKE IT.

So, here’s what you’ll need for this project, as advised by Molly:

-One Wool Felt Bundle in Spice
-Embroidery Thread to match the felt
-8 snap clip barrettes, available at most drug stores, or online here
-One Rose Barrette Pattern available for free download (on her site), printed and cut out

Molly gives you a step by step tutorial over at The Purl Bee ~ be sure to check it out so you can get crackin’ on these cuties!

I can totally see one of these barrettes atop the precious little noggin of a flower girl.  Or even an arrangement of four or five in a row, creating a kind of homemade head wreath!  Oooohh that would be too cute for words.  I would LOVE to see a picture of that in action!

I totally have those clips, you probably do, too.  Everybody had those growing up!

I’d love to see how these turn out, my darling readers.  If you decide to try your hand at this project, you MUST send a shot to theknottybride {@} gmail {dot} com!

Alright, more Valentine’s Day inspired goodness to come!

{ Project and photos by Molly, of The Purl Bee }

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JUST PEACHY | wedding photos ripe with color + inspiration ~ in the key of peach | This is Kind of My Perfect Wedding Palette!

My fiancé loves peaches.  Really, really loves them.  Not alone, oddly, but inside of things.  Like, inside of my peach and blueberry pie, for instance.  I don’t blame him… the pie is delicious.  I would go on about the pie and how much he loves it, but I risk getting mired in an unsavory realm of double entendre here, so I’ll just leave it at that.

When I came across these photos within the post Peach Wedding Ideas on Once Wed, I was struck by two pretty wonderful things.

The first was that my fiancé loves peaches (in his own weird way but still…) and the second, well the second was that I LOVE THESE COLORS.

A girl (like me) constantly dreams of developing or discovering the perfect theme or idea that meets two very important criteria: loveliness, and a reflection of our likes and personalities.

Jackpot?  Wedding theme chosen?  We’ll see.  I do ADORE the florals, and dig the idea of somehow bringing peaches into the mix, since I’m all about infusing natural elements into a wedding.  So I’m definitely a fan of what’s going on here.

Alas, I am fickle.  I’m really quite the indecisive young lady, with far too much inspiration at and oozing out of my fingertips.  (Eww.)  So I’ll just keep on looking, and keep on bringing it back here.  Because, you know what?  I love being overwhelmed.  Yeah, I THRIVE on the feeling.

Jeez Louise, look at this CAKE.  It. Is. PERFECT.  Kind of reminds me of this cake, from one of my favorite weddings EVA.

~ Details, courtesy of Once Wed ~

Photography Simply Bloom

Flowers Amy Osaba

Art Direction/Styling Joy Thigpen

Cake Topper Dolci Odille

Cake Chocolate Pink Cafe

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD | there’s something about Carrie… | “Hmm, it’s Nice… But Do You Have it in White?”

Awww, just look at them.  Aren’t they adorable?

Carrie with her fiance, hockey player Mike Fisher

{ 1, 2, 3 }

As we’ve come to expect from Carrie, she was a vision walking the red carpet, this time at the 2010 Grammy Awards in LA this past Sunday, January 31.

The details:

On her ears: Ippolita Silver…

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On her bod: a white Edition by Georges Chakra…

And in her hand: a Swarovski crystal clutch…

Alright, let’s get to it here…

Have you noticed a pattern in Carrie’s signature style over the years?  I suspect you may have, as she’s been following it to a tee – almost religiously.  Carrie is pretty consistent… in fact, one might say there are no shades of gray (or much of any other color, for that matter, save for the occasional all black ensemble, and a few brightly colored numbers she’s sprinkled in over the years).

Are you picking up what I’m puttin’ down?

If it isn’t already obvious – and I do believe I’ve beaten it to a pulp at this point – the 26-year-old has a rather serious penchant for evening gowns and cocktail dresses that keep it on the whiter side of things.  She clearly knows what works for her, and isn’t afraid to stick with it.  Sort of like back in grade school, whenever I found a top that fit me just right, I’d leave the store with at least three, in different colors.  (Noooo, I didn’t catch flack for that.)  So I feel ya, Carrie.

Here, flip through these and you’ll see what I mean…

[flagallery gid=10 name="Lady in (shades of) white"]

So, with that said, are you thinking what I’m thinking?  If you are, then that makes two of us who cannot wait to find out what the future Mrs. Fisher will be wearing for that walk down a very different kind of carpet.  Hint hint, nudge nudge.

She’s certainly gotten in some good practice. ;)

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WEDDING DRESS LOVE | feminine + delicate + alluring | Elizabeth Dye ~ The English Dept

Checking my Google Reader is ALWAYS a thrill, especially when I haven’t been by in a bit and there’s a lot through which to wade.  I hear some people don’t like that, and I can see how it could quickly become overwhelming… but I dig it.  I never know what’s in store for me, and I love it that way.

I swear, it feels like Christmas each and every time.  Especially given the fact that I can usually expect to see a post or two about beautiful paper, lovely note cards or pretty packaging.  So yeah, Christmas.

… So, imagine my delight when I clicked on the feed of one of my favorite blogs, Eat Drink Chic, and caught a glimpse of these:

Lovely, right?

It has been a challenge to hold these in over an entire weekend.

I seriously could not wait to show them to you!  These gowns are just a few of the many unbelievable pieces Elizabeth Dye has created as part of her Spring 2010 Collection.  I love them and openly covet them.  I wish (I could afford/it wouldn’t look ridiculous to) wear each and every one of them on my wedding day.  Aren’t they all just darling in their own, unique ways?

Honeychurch

Oysters and Pearls

Persuasion

Beatrix

Elizabeth works out of her studio in Portland, Oregon and owns a shop called The English Dept.  Don’t live anywhere near there?  No problem.  She also has a cozy little Etsy shop by the same name, where you can view a few of her inspiring designs – not to mention grab one for yourself if you’re in the market.

By the way, I love her custom work, too.  Especially this little number…

How cute does this bride look?  I love that she’s got to get on her tippy toes in order to lock lips with her hubby!  So precious.

Here’s another one of Elizabeth’s darling designs – it’s called “Ghost,” and it comes in both a long version…

And a short one!

I’m kind of loving the set design here, too.  And if I ever launch a line of wedding attire and need to do a model search, this gal will absolutely be on my short list.  Just look at that punim!  Gorgeous.

{ Photo credit: Lisa Warninger }

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Oh, by the way, here are a couple of cookies.

‘Cause it’s Monday, and you deserve it.

{ Where I got the cookies! }

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FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS { Part III } | California dreaming | Wedding Cakes, Wedding Kisses & the Chance to Win a Dream Photo Session!

I leave you, on a chilly Friday in New York, with this…

The cake, by My Sweet & Saucy is made of buttercream, and is topped off with luscious, fresh raspberries.

{ Photo Credit: Bonnie Tsang }

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This next set of photos have a certain special thing in common, that is, aside from being taken in California.  Each of them… well, can you guess?

These amazing engagement shots, taken on the beach in Santa Monica, are by California photographer Caroline Tran, and they are treasures.

I’m not much of a fan of the “all kissing, all the time” engagement shoots.  They can easily turn into too much of a good thing; the beauty of such intimacy can be lost with repetition.  But that’s not what’s happened here.

It’s subtle.  It’s soft.  It’s not in your face.  It’s totally beautiful.

I must add, too, that I’m a big fan of a color – or in this case, shade – coordinated couple.  Because two really poorly matched outfits can seriously ruin an entire shoot.

Oh, and by the way… how about a chance to win your own dream shoot?

One lucky couple – engaged or married, either one – will win this amazing session.  It’s an unbelievable opportunity to be photographed by Caroline Tran and stylized by Green Wedding Shoes!

Hurry!  Submissions are due by this Sunday, January 31.

{ Photo Credit: Caroline Tran Photography }

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FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS { Part II } | California on my mind | Sarah Yates Photography: Engagement & Wedding Photos with That California Glow + More Edible Goodness…

I adore nearly all things California, I think it’s obvious by now.  (A failing economy, fires and one movie star governor are behind the “nearly.”)  With so many awe-inspiring bits of photographic beauty emerging from the oblong state on the western edge of our country, it’s hard not to fall deeply and hopelessly in love with its warm sunny glow.  And what Sarah Yates produces is no exception…

Like Monique is one of the Queens of Comedy, Sarah Yates is – in my humble opinion, one of the Queens of Engagement & Wedding Photography.  And  her attractive and endearing subjects don’t hurt, either.  This brings me to another thing I love about California.  (Resisting the urge to write “Cali” at every turn here, people.  It’s rough going.)

I cherish people who wear color.  They are the few, the fiery, the walking embodiment of joy.  Wearing color can brighten your day, and it can have that same effect on those around you.  I always feel a special something different when I wear color, and whatever that is, it feels good, every time.  So, if you’re up to it, I suggest adding a splash of color to your typical look if you don’t already… it’s fun, and that’s what life’s about, please don’t forget that!

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By the way, remember Cannelle Et Vanille from earlier?  Here are a handful of other reasons I love her…

Pear, Raspberry and Ginger Pies:

Pumpkin and Hazelnut Doughnuts and a Clafoutis:

Sweet Potato, Yogurt and Hazelnut Cupcakes:

Churros with Spiced Chocolate Bisque:

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Coming up next: even more Fabulous Friday Finds!

{ Photo credit: 1-6, Sarah Yates Photography; 7-14, Cannelle Et Vanille }

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WEDDING PHOTO LOVE | real wedding ~ CA { Part II } | Steve and Kelly, LA Backyard Wedding by Sarah Yates

The Backyard LA Wedding of Steve and Kelly, photographed by Sarah Yates, continued…

I know.  This wedding is the definition of dreamy.  If you were to look up “dreamy” in the dictionary… you know the rest.

Kelly’s whole bridal look… her hair, her makeup, her gown… all of it, perfection…

Absolutely breathtaking.  A contender for the cover of a high society romance novel.

Doesn’t she look like one of the happiest brides around?  Surrounded by her maids, she shines.  Though, that tends to happen with pea soup green bridesmaids dresses.  Still, Kelly’s beauty is unparalleled.

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Click to view Steve + Kelly, LA Backyard Wedding { Part I }

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Once again:

The vendors, courtesy of Once Wed:

Photography: Sarah Yates Photography

Coordinator and Florist: La Partie Events

Catering: The Food Matters

Rentals & Lighting: Signature Party Rentals

Cake and Desserts: Joslyn’s Bakery

DJ: B-Boy Productions, Inc.

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WEDDING PHOTO LOVE | real wedding ~ CA { Part I } | Steve and Kelly, LA Backyard Wedding by Sarah Yates

On a visit to A Cup of Joe, I discovered a path to one of the prettiest weddings currently floating around in the ether, and featured on Once Wed.  Sarah Yates, the amazing photographer tasked with capturing this wedding – whose out-of-this-world talent makes my jaw drop repeatedly with every additional wedding she posts – features these stunning shots on her blog, Sarah Yates Photography.  If you’d like to see more, you can go directly to Steve and Kelly’s wedding.  Now, for the little bit of loveliness I’ve plucked…

These photographs of a couple in love are among my favorite this month.  Their bond, the natural surroundings, everything is beaming the warm glow of happiness.

How darling is this one of the couple sitting close together in the lower left corner of the image.  That red boutonnière makes the shot, doesn’t it?  A pinch of color can go so far.

I am in lust with the colors of this wedding.  The decor is unbelievable.  And those CENTERPIECES!  I am floored by the lovely and loud floral arrangements contained in those vases.  The colors, the choices of flowers, the overall shape, the simplicity.  I adore the work done here.

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Coming up: Steve + Kelly, LA Backyard Wedding { Part II }

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Vendors, courtesy of Once Wed:

Photography: Sarah Yates Photography

Coordinator and Florist: La Partie Events

Catering: The Food Matters

Rentals & Lighting: Signature Party Rentals

Cake and Desserts: Joslyn’s Bakery

DJ: B-Boy Productions, Inc.

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FLICKR SET LOVE | photography as inspiration for your wedding colors | Color Boards!

While combing flickr for some stellar inspiration, I lucked into finding this brilliant set of photographs by flag75*, each one more colorful and intriguing than the next.  They remind me of that game segment from one of those late night talk shows – the name of which I can’t recall at the moment – that featured super zoomed in shots of things, and we had to guess what those things were, based on the really close up, ridiculously obscure images we were given (shoot, I really can’t remember the show – this is killing me – was it on Jay?).

Well, if that game reference rang a bell for you, and you aren’t totally lost right now, then this flickr photo set reminds me of that game, except this game would be a way easier version.  Like, stupid easy.  That is, unless you don’t brush your teeth, you’ve never measured anything, and you think the term “LEGO” refers to a declaration made by some very possessive Eggo Waffle-eating children and adults.

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You can get some truly inspiration color coordinated mosaics out of this amazing set, like these few I whipped up…

1. Color Pencils #4, 2. Color Pencils #1, 3. Color Pencils #2, 4. Color Pencils #3

1. toothbrush, 2. thermometer, 3. Grapefruit, 4. TeaCup : sakura 桜

1. blue, 2. color label, 3. Color button, 4. Color Pencils #5

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And I just LOVE the gold, blue and creamy beige beaming out of this shot…

Hmm… gold, blue and creamy beige… what beautiful colors for a wedding.  With that color scheme in mind, we can find AMAZING inspiration… inspiration I have in abundance.

… And which is coming up in my next post today.  :)  Be sure to check back shortly… it’s kind of a big deal.  :)

{ Ring by artisanlook }

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WEDDING FAVORS LOVE | colorful, lovely, fabulous favor inspiration | All Hail Rebecca Thuss

I have admired Rebecca Thuss from afar for quite a long stretch now.  When it comes to swoon-worthy, she is, in my estimation, a genius.  Upon a visit to Rebecca’s site, one finds this menu:

Now, I can speak only for myself, but you might agree with me when I say that this short, sweet list of Portfolio items is kind of paralyzing in a way, with its array of tantalizing topics, each one more enticing than the last.  Where to start?!

This frozen moment can be compared to that brief moment when your beloved has just proposed, and you are, for a second, dumbfounded, with an acute case of shock, delight and this is the biggest decision of my life but I need to make it in the shortest period of time manifesting all at once on your face.  Or maybe that’s a bit extreme of a comparison.  But whatev.  No matter, as this period of reaction is short-lived, in both cases.  What takes over – back to Rebecca Thuss now – is an unparalleled excitement coupled with a furious exploration of every nook and cranny held within those carefully and cleanly titled categories.

Listed among her many enviable capabilities are Prop & Set Styling, Wedding Design, Event Design and Crafting…

Wow.  Every one of those skills is something I think most of us would be pleased as punch to do for a living ourselves.

Little boxes, on the hillside, little boxes, filled with ticky tacky…

These two, above and below, bring back thoughts of this oldie but goodie DIY project.

Want your wedding to be floral-focused?  Then these little pink favor boxes could be the perfect finishing touch on your big day.  And, speaking of flower power, these gowns will fit that theme, not to mention your shape, expertly.

I adore the favor boxes below; they offer a fun, rustic feel, and the images affixed to the box tops – each one different from the last – are filled with warm colors and tones.  Plus, I’m lovin’ the twine and tags, of course.  Attention to detail is always admired and appreciated… and if you have the time and desire to do it, I wholeheartedly champion the effort (and I’d love to attend your wedding, as well!).

Cherries!  Little scalloped edged bags of transparent vellum, filled with (what I consider to be delicious) deep red cherries.  So simple, so pretty… it’s perfect for the quick and easy favor, but still quite upscale and dignified.

{ Images: Rebecca Thuss }

Feeling inspired?  Stay tuned for more posts about other terrific ideas and sources for making your own, or at least semi-homemade, wedding favors.  There are so many out there, it’s kind of unreal, and definitely overwhelming.  But, as always, my goal is to track down the best of the best, or invent on my own when I feel like getting crafty.

For now, here are a couple of handpicked resources where you can find yourself some of your very own perfect favor packaging supplies…

~ The Packaging Source

~ Wedding Things (some samples: purple, orange and brown)

And always remember, have fun with it.  You’re throwing a huge party, and, besides getting married, the point of it is to have a grand ol’ time… so make sure you invite yourself!

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FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS ♡ Part 1 | Etsy Bitsy Favorites | hey… psst… I stare at you sometimes

Occasionally, I’ll go to my Favorites page on Etsy, just to take a lingering look at what I’ve accumulated.

For example, I favorited Etsy shop owner sarahparrott825, because she has the most precious thing going.  She calls it, “Press & Post,” which she describes as “a monthly delivery of one letterpress card complete with a kraft envelope & vintage postage stamps for those who love to write & send beautiful notes.”

What an absolutely, positively splendid idea.  And who doesn’t like pristine vintage postage?

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Gathering Etsy Favorites is one of my many labors of love.

I’m the saver in the family, so it’s not about parking things to pick them up later… though I certainly do Paypal it up every now and then.  (My credit card bill alternates between Whole Foods, Etsy, rent and Chipotle.)   I have a few reasons for picking Favorites… sometimes I feel like I need something, sometimes I find something inspiring, but most of the time I feel like having the opportunity to easily access and stare at something for whatever length of time pleases me.  To infinity.

Or ’til it makes its way to the blog.  A totally legit reason to hoard loveliness, no?

Time to share.

~ An origami paper crane, by Shadan.  I’ve had this one on the list for awhile, for two very specific reasons:

1. Origami cranes are my thing.  (Shout out, childhood.)
2. It’s just a paper crane – a beautiful paper crane, but a crane, nonetheless – however, somehow Shadan’s crazy skillz transform the scene it into a topographic landscape, complete with mountainous lanterns, what seem like jellybean lowlands, and I think there’s a kid in the back. (And that’s either a huge white diaper entombing his bottom half, or a sunbeam splashing off of an unknown in the foreground.  Votes?)

By the way, here’s Shadan‘s dandy Etsy bio:

“I’m a vegetarian,recently-married,closeted reality-show loving,friendly,artistic girl who would just like to turn my hobby of making things into a full-time career before I poke my own eye out with my pencil at my current 9-5 cubicle job.”

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~ A set of favorites from Sigmosaics, comin’ at us all the way from Christchurch, New Zealand <– why I love the internet.  I’m digging the “lip” of orange that rises just above the external mosaic.

More of my favorite mosaic work from Sigmosaics:

~ Last up, lovely paper goods from humunuku.

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RANDOM PRETTY THINGS | absolutely nothing to do with weddings | Ribbons & Bear Coasters!

I think it’s really just the vibrant colors that got me with this one.  I realize it’s only ribbon.  Folded mini bundles of ribbon.  But look at them… aren’t they sort of glorious?  Maybe it’s just me…

And I want these coasters BADLY.  I have a healthy chunk of German heritage flowing through my very visible German veins, and… well, I can’t really reveal to you yet the other reason.  But it has to do with the red bear print… though I guess that IS obvious.  What else could it be?  :)

Look at that punim.  So cute!!!

This was a more self-indulgent post than usual.  I do like to self-indulge, but maybe this one was kind of REALLY self-indulgent.  Thoughts?

I’ll give you mine: it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want to!  =D

Yeah… soooo… I’ll be back soon with something much more relevant.

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WEDDING PRINTABLES | freebies + downloads | My Work is a Label of Love

I’m absolutely gushing over today’s post, you guys.  First of all, it’s got printable freebies, and they’re labels.  Eek!  Second of all, the pictures, ooohhhh the pictures.

These labels from Eat Drink Chic, which I found via ‘IDo’-it-yourself, would be totally perfect for a really vintage, unique, hyper-stylish wedding.  And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is the description of one seriously hip affair.  Go download these free labels immediately if you can relate to that description, or if you just like the labels and want to do something neat with them.

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These two gorgeous printable label freebies came from the creative noggin’ of one of my favorite bloggers, Miss B of The Blah Blah Blog. Stunning design, and fantastic color combos, I might add.  Of course, I’m a sucker for red type and brown kraft paper.  Throw in a little soft bluish-green and I’m your lapdog.

{lil prettie mailing label}

{pen pal envelope wrap}

Visit her post on this loveliness to get the low down on the dl.  I love a good stream of consciousness rundown on a free download.  Miss B = a daily breath of fresh, female air.

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Here, we have a spectacular freebie I think you’re gonna love, courtesy of The Wedding Style Guide Magazine, and found via the ever-inspiring ‘IDo’-it-yourself.

Those tags are crazy beautiful, are they not?

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Next up, we’ve got these super fab labels I found on Melissa Van Hoose’s blog, A Very Chocolate Wedding.  Just perfect for those of you who would like to skip the whole writing out the addresses business that some of us spend days, err, weeks perfecting.  (Work in progress, friends.  You’ll see; I’m, uhh, pretty sure it’ll be worth it.)

Cute, right?  Go download the pdf of your choice here.

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Now last, but certainly not least, we have a set of darling printable bookplates created by Zee, a talented photographer who maintains a blog entitled, Hey, Zee!

If you’re considering books for favors, I think attaching these would be just about the most precious thing.  Get them here.

I am in lust with this woman; her photography is beyond… absolutely beyond.  And her prose are, I think – and I’m just taking a guess here – more captivating than she may realize.

In one of her posts, she writes, “The most important when editing my photos is that I only please my own eyes… I feel happy and confident about them. They make me smile. So, that is important. No one else must love them as much as I do.”

Well, if I may respond, Zee: in your efforts to please and stay true to yourself, I am confident that you have delighted the masses.

Following your heart; always smart.

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MARTHA WEDDINGS LOVE | take a peek… | New Winter 2010 Issue!

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the latest issue of Martha’s fabulous weddings magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, maybe a peek at what’s in store will help you brace the winter winds and scurry over to that newsstand…

Of course, the first section to which I always flip – without fail – is DIY Style. Verdict: I can promise you that it’s a winner in this issue.  The DIY projects Martha features are quite often utterly amazing, and the current issue is no exception.  In fact, I’d like to get started on a few of these IMMEDIATELY, but I can’t get myself to stop staring at the photography.  I love pretty colors and tiny details, so mine eyes have seen the glory and my pupils are dilated to the breaking point.  Kudos, Johnny Miller.  What lovely work you’ve done here.

My favorite project?  Oh, I’d love to tell you, thanks for asking!  Right off the bat, I was drawn to the jewelry box that involves repurposing your ring pillow.  It’s so simple, so green, and so perfect for bringing a bit of your wedding into your everyday life!  That’s how I define a great idea.

Of course, you’ll have to wait until after your wedding (rough, I know), but it’s such a smart, beautiful concept that I think it’s worth putting on that post-wedding To Do List, don’t you?  All that’s needed to craft up this little homemade jewelry box is a simple wooden keepsake box, like this one, suggested by Martha.  Plop in that already beribboned ring pillow, and presto!  Too cute.  Have fun!

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INSPIRATION | pretty lovely and pretty creative | Color Schemes for Your Home Space Work Just as Well for Your Wedding

I love this idea… it’s something I’ve always wanted to do with the many lovely photos of my mother that my dad has taken over time.  This one’s from Cindy Russell, of her mother.  … Always loved that he took those photos.  So sweet, such a deep expression of love.  I’m joyous that they exist, and I’m sure my mom is stoked about it, too.  This is a big part of the reason I let the boy take candids…

… no matter how hideous I may be feeling at that particular moment.  I don’t let myself stifle his often adorably sneaky efforts, ’cause who knows, one of those snapshots might actually become an image I grow to cherish 30 years from now.  One never knows.  For real – there are a solid three, maybe four photographs he took of me about three years ago that I really do adore; there’s no mistaking that I wasn’t in the mood to be photographed at the particular moment each was taken, but they still come off quite lovely (if I do say so myself).

I want to make something clear, though; I’m definitely not always camera ready.  Rephrase: I’m nearly never camera ready, in my opinion.  But, I’ve found in the trials and tribulations of being this fine gender of mine, that it’s really just a girl thing.  (SO GLAD I figured that one out sooner than later.  We really are way more camera ready than we may believe ourselves to be.  Truth.  I wouldn’t lie to you.  And if you’d like to contest that on a personal level, go ahead and send me your argument in the form of a pic of yourself.  I will be brutally honest with you.  But not one in which you’re trying to look not-so-hot.  Then you’re just trying to get me to say bad things about you, and that’s not good for my image.  Capiche?)

Anyway, I also found these next few rather colorful – in the absolute sweetest way – and, for me, intensely inspiring photographs, all of her living/work space.  The first is sort of Narnia magical, the second is pretty much exactly what my work space looks like, but in terms of the towering book stacks, only.

Those colors, those delicious pastels mixed with bolds, arranged in a teetering zigzag of organized clutter.  That’s my favorite kind of clutter.  I think my better half would agree, if I made the surrounding area of our teetering zigzags look as delicately beautiful as Cindy Russell’s.

That home design prettiness combined with the playful and similarly colored party flags behind this lovely wedded couple (the flag line is in the second set below) make for a massive amount of inspiration.  Don’t you just love these COLORS?

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I’ll wrap it up with an adorably colorful celebrate banner, and a totally cute getaway car flower garland, both of which Luzel featured on her lovely blog, iDiY.

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