GUEST BLOGGER | ‘Postcards and Pretties’ | City vs. Country Weddings!

Hello Knotty readers… I’m Chris from Postcards and Pretties and I’m so honored to be a guest blogger on The Knotty Bride!  Today I would like to share with you two completely different weddings that share a similar color palette of magenta and gray.

The first wedding takes place in New York City {representin’ Alison’s hometown} possibly a city hall wedding with a small reception to follow with a few family and friends.  Centerpieces of potted orchids decorate an airy space and in lieu of a traditional wedding cake… pink frosted cupcakes are served to the guests.

City Board: couple on the bridge {simply bloom photography} piano {this is glamorous} escort cards {martha stewart weddings} bouquet {the knot} orchid centerpiece {martha stewart weddings} chalkboard {design sponge} pink cocktails {martha stewart weddings} white utencils and tufted couch {this is glamorous} hydrangea centerpiece {brides} cupcakes {my little things}

The country wedding is sweet and a bit rustic.  A garden shed makes a great backdrop for this outdoor wedding that is surrounded by potted flowers.  Bridesmaids will hold hand-tied bouquets wrapped with magenta ribbon and pashmina wraps are available to keep the chilly air at bay.  The homemade cake is as simple as this wedding.

Country Board: greenhouse {country living} bride {d magazine} garden utencils {kiss the groom} ice cream {tartelette} potted plants {martha stewart} peony bouquet {poppies and posies events} cake {oh joy} bouquet wrapped with velvet ribbon {country living} violets {martha stewart weddings}

So tell me: what are your thoughts on these two distinct settings?  What would you say is more your style?  I’d love to know!

xoxo!  -Chris of Postcards and Pretties

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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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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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Support Breast Cancer & Look Glamorous With This Bracelet By Jennifer Miller

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.

Jennifer Miller breast cancer bracelet

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