At the risk of sounding famous (because I’m not) I once hung out in an airport with Dave Matthews. He approached me.
Let me set the stage: I’m de-boarding a plane. The face I see when I’m having sex with my college boyfriend is walking towards me. Initially the beauty of this moment is lost on me – I start searching for the pretty girl he’s looking at just over my shoulder. I notice only my friends are behind me, no offense. He stops a foot in front of me.. reaches out his hand, and opens his mouth. It speaks. The syllables are vaguely familiar…
My mom had noticed him seated at my gate — she’d remembered his likeness from the area of ceiling over my bed. He must be someone special.
Summoning the superhuman motherstrength that comes out in situations where your child could possibly be elated for a few seconds because of something you did, she very casually strikes up a conversation with Dave Matthews, nbd. “Your biggest fan is getting off that plane in a minute – she even has a poster of you over her bed..” ..is how I imagine it went. She says it didn’t go that way but I know what she’s like.
He ends up talking to me for 20 minutes. And from the moment he says “Alison?” to the end where he says “nice meeting you Alison, goodbye” I literally did not speak one word and he was asking me questions. Too in awe (or I was involuntarily c**ming and had to really really focus (ladies you know how it is!) Anywho. What I did offer him was a few breathy grunts, and a highly alert look of shock on my face for the duration (like what happens when you see a too large penis in front of you and you start freaking out because, uh oh, that’s not going to fit in my vagina. But then you “feel bad” and have sex with him anyway and it’s amazing, and you get engaged). I went that mute.
I was more speechless than that you guys, after last night’s Bachelorette premiere.
The recap of which is coming up after this lovely DIY project Kindred made for you guys. High kicks, woot!
Hello and happy Friday, everybody! How we doin’ today, eh? Doin’ well? I sure hope so. The weekend is upon us, so that means fun in the sun if all goes according to plan. Anyone have any interesting plans for the ol’ Sat-to-Sun? Me, I kinda feel like hiking again. You discover really cool things when you hike, like wedding venues. Yeah, totally serious. The boy and I plan to re-scope out this random beautiful joint upon which we stumbled while on a hike just north of the city a couple of weekends ago. I shall report back once the verdict on its quality is in. (:
Anywho, while we continue working out our server switcheroonie, as some of you have coined it (which I love and have now adopted), I thought I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring some seriously fabulous finds I managed to scoop up this week. So, here we go!
First up, a few killer details from one seriously UN.BE.LIEV.ABLE wedding, as photographed by – who else – Max Wanger, and featured on 100 Layer Cake. Le sigh. I shall dream about this beach wedding forever and always. Its colors, textures and characters (of the human sort) are the stuff of inspiration shoots, not real-life weddings. So this rocks it to the fullest. And by the way, PERSONALIZED BEACH TOWEL FAVORS ALERT!
Ok, this wedding featured on Style Me Pretty straight-up-now-tell-me blew me away. But most weddings involving horses (not pictured here) tend to blow me away, because, I mean, how did they get horses involved in their wedding? You know? It seems so involved. Do these people own horses? Do they find a horse – I dunno, farm, and shoot there so that it looks like horses attended their wedding? Does the New York Times write, “the wedding was well-attended; also, they had horses” because you can’t ignore the horse-factor. It’s a huge factor. It’s the elephant at the wedding, essentially. (Can you tell that I’m up way past my bedtime right now? It gets crazier and crazier.)
By the way, obsessed with the bouquet. Obsessed. It’s sort of EXACTLY RIGHT.
My good friend Melissa, of The Loveliest Day, made quite a stir in her new role blogging for Ruffled with one seriously sparkle-rific wedding dress… and not to mention super hunky groom. Super. Hunky. (Massive congrats, Melissa! Sooo freaking awesome.) Here’s a lil taste of the fabulosity that awaits you.
Coveting the incredibly laid-back but terrifically chic style of this bang-sporting bride. And just LOOK at that sassy feather statement necklace she’s got on!! Does it NOT fit perfectly with that gown? J’adore. Plus, you guys know how much I love a good bang! Hair, we’re talking hair. (… But I like the other kind, too, obvs.)
DIY dessert time! Comin’ atcha face: How ’bout a cupcake in a jar?
The steps involved make me so want to do this project.
I don’t know about you, but for me, a red velvet cupcake + a mason jar = the cutest, tastiest thing possible. I am loving this as wedding favors, especially with the spoons tied to the jars with – my favorite – baker’s twine! Most of you know I have a love affair with the stuff. (Yes, it’s under control now.) I found this awesomeness over on With This Ring, and she found it, plus instructions on cakies blog!
Here’s the supplies list, courtesy of cakies, if you’re interested in trying your hand at these babies:
Ooh, one more thing… you see the chic young lady at the tippy top of this post? Well, her name’s Andi, and she has a blog. On that blog, she posted the musical stylings of the fabulous Diane Birch, and I just seriously have to share this with all of you, if you haven’t already heard of her. Because she’s a whole lotta wonderful.
Ok, I get that these are some pretty REDONK finds I’ve got here today. They may in fact be so fabulous that deciding on a favorite is super way hard. But whatev who cares – I really wanna know so I’m still asking. (:
So, do tell: which of these is/are most inspiring to YOU? Lemme know. I can’t wait to hear!!!
People, LOOK what you can do with doilies! I mean, flimsy freaking doilies! It’s seriously a thrill and a half sometimes, to see what my fellow bloggers have come up with. Two Brunettes teamed up with Cyd from The Sweestest Occasion and Ami of Elizabeth Anne Designs and came out of the whole thing with all the delicate loveliness you see below.
I’m really feeling everything about this table design. But there’s a special place in my heart for those lovely wide cyan ribbons they’ve added as accents to the dessert jars...
Two Brunettes created the place cards and gift tags, and Ami was responsible for an inspiration board that brought this little shoot to life!
Morning, everyone! Just yesterday, I received in the mail my beloved Cox & Cox catalog. As per usual, it’s filled to the brim with the most delightful details one could ask for in a wedding and, as per usual, it’s got me all hot and bothered. Peculiar how pretty little tchotchkes can do that to a girl. Anyway, gotta share some of the new swag to be had (plus a few oldies for good measure):
Vintage Design Cake Boxes – NEW!
Rose Cupcake Wrappers – NEW!
Vintage Design Cones – NEW!
Cupcake Stand – NOT NEW, BUT STILL!
Organza Favor Bags – NOT NEW AS WELL!
(Like these? Well, using StazOn ink and other materials similar to those in this post on DIY Wedding Eye Candy, I created the CUTEST stamped bags to house some chocolate lollipops I made for Christmas last year. I wish I had a picture of them to show you! They were too cute, if I do say so myself. It’s really so easy – I highly recommend making them yourself!)
My Mom loves Ina Garten. She doesn’t just enjoy her, she doesn’t just get a kick out of her, she LOOOOOOOVES her show. And when her show is on the tele, guess who gets a call? That’s right. But you know what? I love it. I look forward to it.
And that’s because she clues me into delightful desserts like this one here:
I didn’t appoint my Mom “Dessert & Tablescape Inspiration Finder” for nothing. I didn’t think, “ooohhh she’s a woman, so she likes baking, and other womanly things that women do… she’s perfect.” NO. I did it because she’s THE REAL DEAL. She’s tapped into the minds of the collective. She’s got cupcake game, if I may coin a term. She’s knows what looks yummy. Which all translates to: she’s very mainstream with her likes and dislikes. ;)
Like I’ve said recently, I have full confidence in her abilities.
So, I’d love to hear it – what do you think of her talent?
Be honest, however she’s definitely reading this so be kind in your honesty… if that is even a possible thing.
Aaaand these little gems, too, ‘cuz they’re adorable and I need to get it out of my system…
I like that one ‘cuz that’s where I am. :)
I realize V-Day’s, like, a second away, and you can’t exactly get them in time for the Day of Cuddles, but I just HAD to show you those – I hope you understand. They’re too precious for words. Okay, now we move to desserts… these you can still whip up in time!
Oooohhh yeeeaaahhh. That’s right. Bakerella is all over this holiday.
So, remember that paper straw post from not too long ago? Well, here’s something straw-related that I think I love even more than everything in that post, PUT TOGETHER.
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.
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!
By the way, remember Cannelle Et Vanille from earlier? Here are a handful of other reasons I love her…
I left a teaser in my first post of the day… sorry about that, but it wasn’t to mess with you! I just couldn’t keep adding more goodness to it, when the goodness I wanted to add deserved its OWN feature! You understand, right? Hopefully I’ll be able to make amends with all that follows…
Here’s some of the most lovely wedding inspiration I’ve ever seen. In my life. And I’m in my mid-20′s.
… Plus a year or two.
We begin with a rather exquisite invitation suite…
A few ribbons of seating cards, hung from gilded branches…
A cake into which I wouldn’t want to have to be the first to cut…
A lovely altar, above which hangs the couple’s monogram…
Another cake, same story as above…
And some gold and aqua jewelry. Not too shabby.
Lovely stuff, am I right? I found it over at Martha Stewart Weddings, of course. Specifically, “The Golden Touch” gallery.
And this lil stinker, also from our beloved Martha…
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.
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…
Well, one big component of those obsessions is twine. And for a long time, it didn’t matter what kind. You see, I do my best not to discriminate. I don’t see type or color in my twine. I’m twine-blind. All twines are created equal, and that’s how it should be. Twine, twine, twine.
Recently, I’ve noticed that I have a thing for baker’s twine.
I’ve developed a slight – a slight – partiality. And here’s why.
It is obnoxiously adorable. In your face pretty. It’s just irresistible, and you know what? I won’t waste my time fighting off its advances. Why fight, when we can love? Really, everyone, join me. There’s enough to go around. It’s string.
Baker’s twine is awwwwesoomme (I sang that like an opera singer as I wrote it). There are SO many things you can do with baker’s twine. About a bazillion things to be exact, and they’re pretty much all haute and chic… you know, stylish-like.
So if you want some colorful bursts of inspiration that’ll get you into wedding decor production mode tout de suite, well then gaze upon that which ensues. I hope it pleases thee as much as it pleases me.
That above, that’s pennant bunting! I love jargon terms. They always have sort of a luscious taste to them as they roll off the tongue.
… more tags…
… and a pretty pink package, all from Nice Package. I like that shop name, but for the wrong reasons.
Major red twine love going on here. You can find the twine in these next two pics over at maythird.
Here’s a really lovely, simple wrap job to which I feel especially endeared:
You may have seen this golden beauty on The Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda: it’s the Limited Edition COUSIN CLAUDINE EXCLUSIVE FOR JENNIFER MILLER, and I highly recommend it! And why not on your wedding day, as your ‘something pink?’ :) In my opinion, it would look stunning on a bride’s wrist as she walks down the aisle. So, consider supporting this October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Charity Program benefiting SUSAN G KOMEN FOR THE CURE by dawning one of these:Breast Cancer Awareness bracelet of jewels.
You can check out the rest of Jennifer’s line here.