FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS! | New Anthro, Table Numbers, Dress Love, an STD, a Cookie-Brownie, and a Lil Hot Tubbin’ Never Hurt Anybody…

Traces of Eyelet!

In A Twinkling Dress

Nueva Granada Necklace

For your bridesmaids? → Drifting By Dress

Obsessed with all of the above from my home away from home, Anthro.  I know I mention them a lot – would you like me to lay off a bit?  No?  Ok, full throttle on the Anthro it is.  …No one can say I don’t listen to my readers.

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Love and Lavender has provided me with the first good reason ever (in my personal book, which is often a unique book) to have an over-sized bridal party.  The reason is in the pictures, by the way.  The awesome, awesome pictures, taken by Jamie Clayton

I mean, how much are you loving these shots?  I’m thinking they’re totally worth putting up with a gazillion panicky phone calls from your girls about hair the day of your wedding.

*Awww!*

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Caught this unique vintagy find on a visit to Ruffled and died over the cuteness factor!  The idea, straight from Ruffled: vintage paper doll clothes as escort cards for a wedding! Am I blowing your mind?  Because it blew mine.  Creativity is the greatest thing in the world.  Truly.

{Vintage paper doll clothes on a clothesline via Kris Atomic by Aline Smithson found on Ruffled}

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This next find, dubbed A Literary Garden and brought to us by the ladies of 100 Layer Cake also had me reeling.  The table number idea, executed by Megan Gray of Honey and Poppies, is so simple – and I don’t mean easy, I mean simple – but I don’t know if I ever would have come up with it on my own.  It’s definitely one of those great ideas you wish you’d thought of yourself!  Love it, Megan.  You’re a genius, literally. *snicker snicker*

{Desserts: Erica O’Brien / Photos: Jessica Claire / Venue: The Heritage Museum of Orange County}

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Next up, some absolutely lovely wedding gowns from Neiman Marcus, which I discovered on Erin Ever After!  Apparently, most of them are below $750!!!  That’s kind of amazing… no, seriously.

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And check out this save the date, made out of a FEATHER!!!  I mean, what?!  A feather?!  I found this gem over on Brancoprata, a fantastic blog run by one of my good blogger friends – not to mention one of my favorite girls in the world – Sofia!  Totally in love with her attitude and her style.  But obsessing over this, in particular:

{Images via Once Wed / Design: Duet Weddings / Photos: Jose Villa / Cake: Erica O’brien / Flowers: Kate Holt}

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I’m thinking we end on a tasty, completely unrelated to weddings note.  Sound good?  Well, it certainly tastes good…

Yup.  That’s called a “brookie;” it’s a brownie-cookie.  Courtesy of the oven-lovin’ maven herself, Bakerella.  My question is: how do you eat just one?  How do you NOT eat the whole pan?  Seriously, I’m asking.  (People, I’m this close to licking the screen right now.  This close.  It’s settled; I’m baking these babies up over the weekend.)

Well, that about does it for Friday’s Fabs, my lovelies!  Fingers crossed that you enjoyed them as much I did!  I hope all of you are having nice little Fridays of your own.  Mine’s shaping up to be insane in the membrane.  I think I’ll need a dip in a hot tub by the time the sun goes down.  Anyone have a hot tub they’re willing to share?  Let me know.  Have suit, will travel.  Anywho, hope your weekends are filled with joy and hand holding, if you’re into that.  Try being into it, if you’re not, by the way.  You’re talking to a happy convert.

xoxo!

Alison


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WILL YOU MARRY ME? | the great cake lollie proposal…

Bakerella does some amazing things with a little bit of flour, sugar and some lollie sticks.  But this project takes the cake.

It goes on, as you can imagine…

But, here’s the beauty part:

And, stop right there. That’s it – that’s where I start to tear up.

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Find out what prompted all of this and more, over at Bakerella.  If you have feelings, the story will touch your heart like crazy.  I tear up a bit every time I read it.  I have never met these people, and I tear up a bit.  You want to make fun of me?  Go ahead.  I may be ridiculous, but at least I have copious amounts of feelings that cannot be contained.

Happy Thursday, to all.

Alison

P.S. – Want more stuff related to engagements/proposals?  Here’s a whole category for you.  Enjoy!

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Meg Duerkson = Funny {Great at Taking Pictures, Too}

Check this out on her blog, where you can purchase one that looks like this:

… though I’m sure she’d let you buy the former if you know George personally.  In fact she’d probably give it to you for free, seeing as the potential for the gift you’d be giving her is that much greater.

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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:

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

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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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