REAL WEDDING, INTERNATIONAL | Tânia + Ricardo’s soft, detail-rich nuptials in Santa Comba Dão, Portugal | by Brancoprata

I was thinking about speaking on the topic of E!’s Bridal Plasty today but, somehow, discussing soul crushing, emotionally vacant, body manipulation competitions is not the direction in which I want to take today’s post.  Maybe tomorrow.  Plus, I haven’t sat through the wretchedness as of yet.  It’s sitting in my DVR, waiting to torture me with its wrongness.

So, instead, I’m going to talk about something AWESOME, also known as today’s wedding. :)  Note my special titling for International Real Weddings.  Yes, there’s a heavy influence coming from HGTV’s House Hunters therein.  No shame in my game.

Now… remember this sneak peek?

Well, it came from today’s Real Wedding.  And believe you me, I’ve got a whooooole lotta love for this wedding – and not only because it’s a golden pastel wonderland of pretty pretty prettiness with jimmies on top.  Even though that would be sufficient qualification, if you know me.  Aaaaand ya do.  But yeah, reason number one why I love this wedding is {Continue reading…}

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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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DIY Delight: Ring Pillows Aplenty!

I have to share with you these pillowy little pleasures I’ve always admired from our friends over at Martha Stewart Weddings. I bet you could pump one of these stinkers out while sipping your latte or even commuting to work! I’m totally coveting the top three, but I can’t stop staring at each and every single one of them.  They’re just so adorable!

If you’re feeling a tingle of creativity, go get the directions for these babies over at Martha’s DIY Weddings Inspiration, or just take a stroll at Martha Stewart Weddings.

mwdDIY-whiteringpillow

mwdDIY-dogcollarringpillow

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mwdDIY-silkflowerringpillow

mwdDIY-winterknitringpillow

mwdDIY-floralringpillow

mwdDIY-eyeletringpillow

mwdDIY-cloverringpillow

mwdDIY-redpincushionsilo

mwdDIY-mossgreenultrasuederingpillow

mwdDIY-velvetleafringpillow

mwdDIY-layeredorganzaringpillow

mwdDIY-mossringpillow

mwdDIY-vintagelinenringpillow

mwdDIYeasy-to-holdringpillow

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