‘ALISON LOVES…’ SPOTLIGHT | Minted Stationery = Amazeballs. Help me choose my fave?

Happy Thursday to your beautiful faces, my darlings.  I’m kind of foaming at the mouth about this vendor so I’m just gonna hop right to it so you can catch the rabies-like excitement that’s going around this office apartment right now…

Oh, and I’m feeling especially gipperrrrr today because it’s kind of the nicest weather we’ve had in a gazillion years, and weather has this funny way of wholly determining my emotional state during that *special time* of the month.  Good times.  Good times!  Ahh-MAZING.

Ok, SO.  If you know me at all, you know I am obsessed with extremely amazeballs things within the wedding realm.  And that I don’t feature something unless I dig it, myself, and would indeed consider using it for my own wedding.  I don’t think I could STAND being a blogger if I wasn’t speaking exclusively about the stuff I love.

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{#1} WEDDING FONT FAVORITES | Edition 01 | I’m quite font of the following font(s)…

Had an extensive conversation on Twitter last night (yeah I’m cool) about font families.  The conversation attracted so many that I’ve decided to start a regular column on favorite fonts… might be “of the week” or “of the month,” but will most likely be “when the mood hits me.”

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FOURTH OF JULY | wedding and event inspiration | You asked for it…

Aaaaaand…  I’m back!  Did you miss me?  (:

{Photos: Stephanie Williams}

First things first: let me extend the heartiest of hearty thank yous to my lovely guest bloggers for taking the reigns in such unique and fabulous ways.  I’m forever grateful for your amazing contributions over the last few days!  Superb jobs done by all!  And thanks for showing your love and support, my dear readers!  I’m so glad you enjoyed their posts!

Now, I won’t lie; the time we got to spend away from all the hoopla this weekend was supa fly – supa dupa fly – and very much needed…  {Continue reading…}

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I ♥ PAPERWINK | discount code | Me? I’m in lust with their return address stamps & wedding invitation collection!

Happy Monday, everyone!

How were your weekends?  Fruitful, I hope.  We actually went horseback riding (I wrote that with my lower jaw jutting out, and in a very entitled way… don’t hate me).  It was a delight.  Except for the extreme pain my tush is experiencing at this very moment.  It hurts to sit.  So much in fact that I had a bad dream last night about having to sit in one of those plastic and metal desks we had in middle school, and having to use a little seat cushion and getting mocked by my entire seventh grade class.  Good times!  So, word to the wise: unless you have enough cushion for the pushin’, be sure to put some “chicken fillets” (you know, the ones meant for your bubbies, as NJ housewife Theresa calls them – who, by the way, I’ve heard is $11 million dollars in debt which I thought was IMPOSSIBLE but apparently isn’t) in your back pockets or something.  Did you follow that sentence?  I didn’t; I think the parenthetical tangent was too lengthy.  Add some padding to your behind if you ever go riding, is what I’m saying.

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ANYWAY, today, I have something that makes me happy… so I was thinking it might make you happy, too:

It’s Darcey’s 31st birthday, so she and Tara of the incredibly fun, colorful and creative paper company, Paperwink, are giving you “31% off all online orders over $31 on Monday, June 14, 2010!*” What do you have to do?  Just enter code 31 Wishes in the special offer box when you check out.  AWEsome.

I ADORE Paperwink.  They have some of the cutest things I ever did see.  Case in point, they make the raddest return address stamps in the whole entire world.  Check them out here.  I love these rubber stampers; I imagine them being the perfect unique, elegant touch on your wedding invitations, and I just KNOW the larger designs would be magnificent stamped onto your RSVP return envelopes.  Your thoughts?

In the meantime, check out my current faves:

I kind of love this invitation:

And I’m a little obsessed with this stationery, which has absolutely nada to do with weddings:

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*Fine print time: “This special can not be combined with other offers and does not apply to shipping.  Promotional code must be entered at time of purchase and can not be applied to previous purchases. Promotional code is valid for 1-time use.”

Are you loving Paperwink as much as I am?  And I’m curious; would you use one of their return address stamps for your wedding correspondence?

xoxo!  -Alison

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WEDDING INVITATION LOVE | hello! lucky | A Great Way to Make Sure Your Guests Know Where They’re Going…

Really digging these wedding invitations from Hello!Lucky featuring the San Francisco Skyline.  They’ll leave no doubt in your guests’ minds as to where the wedding is taking place.  ;)  The colors, the images and, above all, the simplicity are really doing it for me.  I’m telling you, this is precisely the stuff that rocks my world.


They come in “bone” and “coal” versions, and they’re my current obsession. :)


What do you think – would you consider sending out an invitation that depicts an image of your wedding ceremony and/or reception location?

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SPEAKING OF WEDDING INSPIRATION { + DIY LOVE }… | gold, blue and creamy beige | Choose These Colors for Your Wedding, and You Won’t Be Sorry…

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

… Was the inspiration OrangeBeautiful needed to create this incredible bridal shower for her lovely sis, Kristen…

What a neat looking game, don’t you think?  OrangeBeautiful’s bridal shower fun was inspired by this cool creation:

If you’re interested in trying your hand at a personalized version of this adorable game & pencil set, she discovered it here, at Made Sweet.


If you’d like to see some more DIY projects that are heavy on the gold (tastefully, of course)…

Here’s a post that’ll answer your prayers.  (Man, I’m real heavy on the Martha today, huh.  But really, who can blame me?  Stop producing quality wedding product, Martha.  It’s too inspiring.)

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Part II: FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS | love print + wedding photography giveaway + flourish freebies + a colorful new spin on a couple of wedding trends | So, in Short, More Wedding Goodies!

OK, let’s get started…

Here we go with more of that sweet, sweet stuff I love today!  Beginning with this abso-fab print from bubbo on Etsy…

It’s pretty freakin’ nice, wouldn’t you say?  I’m including this today not just because it’s fantabulous – which it so is – but because of what happens if you buy it.  Take it bubbo…

Bubbo: “100% of sales from Valentine’s posters + prints goes to Haiti!”

That right there, folks, is what it’s all about.

And what do we have here?  Oh, just some free flourish ornaments/designs for your very own personal use, from none other than iDiY, via veils and vows.

If you’d like to get your hands on these, just click the links to the two sites I’ve listed above, or check them out via these links, below, courtesy of iDiY.

Aridi Calligraphia Flourish 2 via Fontica

Civilite Tails via FontGirl

Ornament Scrolls & Flourishes by T. Olsson via Moorstation

I’m gushing over this next one, which is – omigosh – a WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY GIVEAWAY!  My sister talks to her little boy like that to get him interested in activities when she isn’t confident the interest will come about naturally.  Funny, because I’m confident about this one…

Love it!  How great are wedding photography giveaways?!!  About as great as free flourishes, I’d say, yes I would.  The photographers offering this amazing package, which I discovered via Emmaline Bride, are Andy Stenz and Jamie M. Swanson.  Thank you, Andy and Jamie.  You are stupendous and on behalf of brides everywhere, I extend my deepest appreciation for doing something so wonderful.

Oh, speaking of wedding photography earlier… here’s today’s uber-cute collection, which I found here, within the my heaven on Earth, flickr.

How great is that?  The bride is seriously pulling off that stunner of a dress, and you know I’m a sucker for a good dessert table.  Oh, and by the way, it looks like that mustache trend is here to stay, brides and grooms.  Feel free to get on board!  So, while we’ve got a bunch of trends going on, that lime green, canary yellow and baby soft bluish-green is so crazy beautiful and unique, it makes the whole thing look quite fresh and new.  That color scheme is mega-inspiring!

Also found this photographic beauty there, which I’ve seen a million times in every magazine I own and have been meaning to scan, myself, for I don’t even know how long.  So glad I found it on flickr!  It’s just so intense!  Love it.

Let’s end with some wedding dessert options.  Yeah, that’s the stuff.

{Source of yummy dessert photos}

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Part I: FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS! | save the date freebies + smiles + scrabble | Happiness Lies Within

Alright everyone, here we go.  I’m practically hyperventilating over these finds, today.  Go get a brown paper bag in case you begin to experience some shallow breathing…

The Wedding Chicks have outdone themselves with this find right here.  They’ve brought us one of the most beautiful wedding paper templates I’ve eva seen.  Eva.  It’s beautiful, it’s got that oh-so-popular vintage look we’re all after these days… it’s EPIC… and, best of all, it’s a freebie.

Hello, Photo Save the Date Calendar Cards freebie.  So nice to meet you on this fine day.  I have been hoping you’d arrive one day.  You’re everything I’ve ever wanted, and I’d like to share you with all of my friends and family…

Not only are you beautiful… you’re customizable, too!  Seriously, you need to stop it – you’re spoiling us.  (Don’t stop – I didn’t mean it.)

I am absolutely, positively swooning over these Save the Date Templates.  THANK YOU, Wedding Chicks!!!

It was this last sample of the template in action that led me to that superfantabulous freebie (freeby?) discovery above…

The couple in that picture share a love for a certain board game…

… ditto for the FH and me.  I admit to thinking, on occasion, about how to infuse a little bit of the game we both enjoy so much into the wedding.  But everything I’ve brainstormed has been too Scrabble-y for my taste.  Enter: the engagement photo session of Julia and George, by Bend the light photography.  What did they do?  They broke out a game of Scrabble for the shoot!  So simple – I can’t believe I didn’t think of this!

Wedding Chicks

Next up, I’ve got something that really makes me happy.  Whenever I’m perusing the latest wedding photos put up by all of my favorite photographers, I search for one specific thing the most, above all.

The perfect beaming smile shot:

Can’t you just see the happiness pouring out of their mouths?


Thank you for these day brighteners, Amelia Lyon.

Today is just overflowing with finds, people.  I LOVE what’s coming next, and, well, I can say with confidence that you will, too. Check in later for Part II of the Finds…

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PICTURE PERFECT | obsessed with these ideas! | Want Your Smiling Faces on Everything? Martha’s Got You Covered

Dear Martha Stewart Weddings,

Your magazines are among the only ones I keep, for years past the date printed on the cover.  Why?  Because the ideas that line the glossy pages of each and every issue you make are the kind that will never go out of style.  And these ideas right here – which I rediscovered while flipping through the pages of an oldie-but-goodie during a recent cross-country flight – are precisely what I mean…

Picture Treats


Photo Stickers


Photo Kisses


Photo Confetti


Photo Cake


Playing Cards


Photo Bracelets and Pendants


Cufflinks and Watch


{ All images courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings }


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TYPOGRAPHY LOVE | uniquely crafted caps by jessica hische | I Bet You’re Going to LOVE Your Initials After You Read This



LOVE TYPOGRAPHY.  Now, I know I say “I love” about a lot of things – but with Typography, I mean it.


If Typography had been a character on Saved by the Bell, it would have been Zack Morris (I realize it would make more sense as Jessie Spano, but… c’mon).  And, if asked to stay on the cast as the show inevitably transitioned into Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Typography would have respectfully bowed out, because that would have been a bad career move.  A real step down for Typography.

Especially since there are so many opportunities for Typography.  It doesn’t need Saved by the Bell: The College Years.

For example, check out its starring role in the brilliant – and may I add, quite funny – Jessica Hische‘s Daily Drop Cap.  She creates the most stunning designs with the letters in our alphabet.  Here are some of my favorites (but hardly all of them; I strongly suggest visiting her site for the full experience):

And her super creative “Q,” which is quite possibly my favorite of the bunch…

How AMAZING are these letters?  Here we have one of the illustrative letter sets she displays on her site – which, again, I highly recommend you visit…

I have so much fun with pretty letters; here I spelled out two of my favorite words:


Jessica Hische, you are fabulous.


Love it and want more of it?  Check out this post for another small dose of Typography Love…

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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.


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.


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

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STATIONERY LOVE | a wedding suite + colorful, coordinated details | Ceci New York

I count her among my favorite stationers.  She makes fabulously pretty paper, and inspires me just as much as this lovely lady.  Her name is Lisa Hoffman, and she’s the creative force behind Ceci New York

Lisa designed this luxurious wedding suite of lavender, deep purple and brilliant blue.  Her paper perfection was the featured invitation suite for a soft, sweet, and absolutely darling wedding shoot arranged by one of my favorite sources of specialness, Style Me Pretty.

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Ah.  Be still my heart.  You’ll have your day, sweet thing.

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