Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Hi all,
It is the most wonderful time of the year! The radio has been tuned to KOIT 96.5 since November 18th, when I heard the first Christmas song of the season and has not been turned off once - I really do think the cats enjoy it when we are out and about!!

Most of the holiday to do list is done...I delivered some fun toys and much needed donations to The Bay Area Crisis Nursery and know they will go to good use, the house is decorated and ready to go, although I am debating adding more lights out front - the cool white LED lights just don't give off the holiday glow I am looking for.

The trees are done, yes, we have two this year! Emmie gets her very own little tree, because it is cool to have more than one tree, and it is her first Christmas! Oh alright, the real reason is I am super picky about my type of tree and particular about each year's theme. Crazy right?? This year's tree theme is snow and the tree is covered in silver, white and blues. I love glitter ornaments, especially old school ones, and always, always have white lights on my tree.

The thing I have yet to complete, ummmm, should I say start...is my Christmas shopping. It is so hard to find the perfect gift! I must let you in on a little secret though...one little gift I am giving my hubby and daughter this year is a mini vacay from blogging. So, this will be my last post of 2010, and I will resume the week of January 10th bright eyed and bushy tailed!!

Happy Holidays my friends and I will see you in the new year and I can't wait! I hope Santa brings you all that you dream of and more...

Photo source from an adorable new blog I found called Kate's Place.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Fav Finds + Flower Friday - Kate Healey Flowers

Happy Friday! It's a bit rainy, but that won't dampen my spirits as I am headed to Carmel for a little R&R! Super excited! I plan on hitting up those outlets, a few wineries and then catch up on some reading in front of a roaring fire, hot cocoa by my side. So now that I have tortured you with visions of my perfect weekend, let me also say that I have barely touched my Christmas list - no shopping or wrapping has been done! So much to do!! Maybe those outlets will come through for me!

While we are there, we will also be revisiting the restaurant Casanova where my adorable hubby proposed! So excited to go back and take it all in! When we were there the first time, after he popped the question, I couldn't eat a thing I was so excited! Now I can't wait to go back and try it again and clean my plate!!

OK, enough ramblings about me. This week's flower Friday reminded me of some of the gorgeous and rich shades of purple that pop up in holiday decor. Purple is known as the color of royalty and it simply looks divine in this wedding.

The photography is from my fav, the amazing Sarah Yates, the flowers are by Kate Healey Flowers in Big Sur and the mixing and matching are simply stunning! The lovely cake is by Royal Bakery - so sweet and simple!

Here are some of the best of the blogs this week!

A cake in an unexpected place and a gorgeous shoot
Kiss the Groom & Nonpareil Magazine

The holidays are almost here!
Ritzy Bee

Dainty glass baubles
Postcards & Pretties

Gift wrapping party prettiness
The Sweetest Occasion

Mirrors and greenery = love!
Elizabeth Anne Designs

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dainty Details - Wedding Winter Wonderland

I'm in winter wedding mode. I'm torn between loving an all white wedding or a winter wedding with fun pops of color such as bright teals and yellows. Dreaming of soft faux fur shrugs and wedding snow boots (is there such a thing you ask? Of course!!) I've also really been into the perfect table setting using multiple textures and colors. Check out this nifty teal winter wedding shot from the talented Jessica Claire and Carissa of JL Designs...

And then I couldn't resist showing you these great ideas and images I found over on Once Wed...

And then speaking of winter wedding boots, I had to share this image from Thayer Allyson Gowdy found over on Martha Stewart Weddings - I also blogged about the entire wedding over on Bay Area Bride Guide today - you should check it out! But first peek at these warm boots and this sassy lil' shrug...
And the image over on the right - yup those are the guest favors - flasks for him and snug boots for her! Wish I had been invited!

Stay warm by the fireplace friends, I am excited to say that my little fam will be headed to Carmel for a few days this week at the stunning Bernardus for some pre-holiday R&R.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Fav Finds + Flower Friday - A Nashville Wedding

Hi hi Hi! As your read this post, me, the hubs and baby girl are on a plane to the Happiest Place on Earth! I know our little one is a bit young but our whole extended family is going and it should be crazy and fun. Every year when I was little girl my Grandparents would take me to Disneyland (I am a bit of a spoiled brat right?!) and so this year when my Grandpa passed away, our family decided to honor him by heading down there for a fun trip. I'm excited and happy to go especially since it will be decorated for Christmas and oh my lovely readers, I am a
Christmas-aholic. I get serious about Christmas, but let's save that post for another time. I could ramble on and on about my decorating traditions for ever.

Flower Friday! Here is a gorgeous, GORGEOUS bouquet from Souder Photography, found on their blog but the wedding was also featured on Style Me Pretty (you should take a peek!) The sad thing is I have no clue who did the flowers! SMP didn't list anyone either. So, not knowing where to give credit, I simply share! Loving the softness and really loving the burlap and twine!

Here are some of my favs this week!

Are you kidding me with these adorable succulent Christmas trees?!
Somewhere Splendid

Let it snow, pretty white details
Ritzy Bee

I need a simple bunny hat for Emmaline stat!
Sugar B Baby

This couple took the plunge, seriously!
The Bridal Bar

I want this! And some chalk of course.
Design Sponge

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sweet Treats & Dainty Details - Black and White Wedding Cake

Hello all! I rambled on and on in a recent post about my almost black and white wedding dress. Well, I have now found the perfect cake for the wedding theme that almost was! How gorgeous is this?! The lace detail is amazing! I think later this week I will be building an inspiration board around this baby! I can't wait! Keep your eyes open! ;)

Photo source: Real Simple.com

Friday, December 3, 2010

Fav Finds + Flower Friday - Peaches and Greens

Happy Friday! It's a rainy day here in Nor Cal and this lovely photo I am about to share truly is a bright spot of happy color! I am loving all of the orchestrated chaos in these bouquets - succulents, grapes, garden roses! I'm seriously giddy about the color combos too! The fabulous Holly Heider Chapple created these lovelies and Kristen Gardner captured their beauty. I found this image over on the Southern Weddings blog and although they had a rough day today with their new site launch, I know it will be simple AMAZING when it does get up and going - so an early congrats to the rad gals over there at Southern Weddings on all their exciting new things!

Here are this weeks must see posts!

Pretty soft colors for a romantic inspiration board!
The Inspired Bride

A little holiday cheer!
Twig & Thistle

I'm a sucker for a wrap around porch and a snakeskin belt
Magnolia Rouge

Excuse me, but the back of this wedding dress is a MUST SEE!
Alchemy Fine Events

Thank goodness for this fab little gift guide for all your holiday shopping needs!
Design Sponge

Happy happy weekend!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Real Wedding - Elliston Vineyards - Evonne and Chris

Hi all! I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving and stuffed yourselves silly! We went up to wine country to visit with family and had a wonderful time.

Today, I am so excited to share with you a Real Wedding! Evonne and Chris got married at Elliston Vineyards in the gorgeous Livermore Wine Country. This wedding was featured over on The Inspired Bride last Wednesday (which just happened to be my hubby's birthday - must be good luck!!) Here are a few more great photos from the amazing Gabriel Harber but please head on over to The Inspired Bride to read the full story! Just a little note, one my favorite thing about this wedding were the yummy peanut butter and jelly cupcakes by Marisa Cakes. I was a bit apprehensive at first - PB&J in a cupcake but they were seriously delish.

Photography by Gabriel Harber, Florals by Mary at Out of the Weeds

Monday, November 22, 2010

Dainty Details - Ice Blue Inspiration Board

Winter is here! A chill is in the air, twinkle lights are going up around the neighborhood and the holidays are getting closer. The season introduces a whole new element of detail to a winter themed wedding. So many fun colors to play with - dark rich reds, pine colored greens, and what about cool ice blue? Adding a sweet sophistication to baby blue is a fern green color. Boxwood wreaths, blue foil wrapped chocolate hearts, dainty swirls that mimic a snowy gust - I am loving this cool icy blue inspiration board that I pulled together!
Photo sources: Clockwise from top left: Missy Photography via The Wedding Chicks, Cake found via WeddingPaperDivas.com, Bella Pop Photogrpahy, Bella Figura, Wedding Favors with Luv, Martha Stewart Weddings, Country Living.com

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fav Finds + Flower Friday - Pretty Purples and Rosemary

Rainy Friday! A cold front and thunderstorms are headed this way, so grab the hot coco and marshmallows friends it will be wet this weekend!

To brighten this rainy day I wanted to share this lovely lil' bouquet made by the bride's friend's mom! Crazy town! How gorgeous?! I found this wedding over on Magnolia Rouge and was smitten. You should click over and check out this bride's wedding dress - not only was it super pretty it was totally break away to an adorable cocktail dress...click over for more fun details on how she tricked her new hubby with it during the garter toss!

Here are my favs this week!

Think pink! A stunning pink wedding dress + beautiful hot pink bouquet = LOVE
The Inspired Bride

LOVING every single thing on this post - the dress, the font, the bouquet, the giant teacup!
Wiley Valentine

The most adorable short dress and some pups
Postcards and Pretties

Millions of peaches - pretty peaches
Elizabeth Anne Designs

Pretty Turkey Day Centerpiece Ideas

Stay dry lovies! Chat with you next week!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Dainty Details - Design your own wedding shoes!

Monday Monday...still recovering from the worst cold ever and getting better every day! Now, my poor husband has it! I can finally almost talk today! Whoo hoo!

I wanted to share this nifty site that my momma showed me...Milk and Honey Shoes where you can simply design the perfect shoe! Think of the possibilities! Every bridesmaid could have a similar shoe in color and material but just in a different style! High heels, low heels, sparkles, straps, really it is whatever you dream the perfect shoe to be!

Two sisters, who adore shoes, came up with this amazing concept so if you have yet to find that dream shoe for your big event, start designing. They also have a lovely selection of ready to wear shoes that are simply fab.

Here are the sweet little pair that I designed for me. I am looking for the perfect gray suede T-strap and then I just couldn't help myself and had to add a little glitter to the toe. LOVE!
Head on over, check them out and just for fun whip up a shoe or two!

Happy almost Shoesday!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fav Finds + Flower Friday - Michael Daigian Designs - SF Floral Designer

Happy Friday Friends! Things have been a bit crazy over here in my world. So please forgive the spotty posts these past two weeks. My little girl has an ear and eye infection, and I then I caught a nasty cold that made me lose my voice - now that was entertaining! It is finally back today, a little froggy but back in action.

Last week I was invited to visit my new friends at Michael Daigian Design and check out their pretty SF studio. I was treated to a lovely tour, yummy cookies and received a sweet little yellow orchid that I adore and am doing everything to keep alive (my past history with plants is a bit scary).

That said, I wanted to share this gorgeous dark bridal bouquet they designed. Loving how dramatic this is and how it would just look stunning at a black and white wedding.

On to my fav finds for the week!

A wooden wedding
My nifty weekly post for The Inspired Bride

This dapper and dandy dinner party is adorable! Check out the tie escort card display!
Alchemy Fine Events

A sweet circus birthday party
The Sweetest Occasion

Seriously incredible calligraphy
Twig & Thistle

Adorable fall fondant toppers!
Somewhere Splendid

See you all next week!

Photo source: Michael Daigian Design (blog)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Wedding Decor - Bee Mine - Bee Details

I do love the little bumble bee. Stingers aside, they are just so darn cute! My family threw me the most adorable bee themed baby shower with last summer. I was way impressed. I came across this cake from Maggie Austen Cake and was immediately smitten. LOVE!

I also squealed a bit when I found a whole inspiration board dedicated to the bee over on Snippet & Ink. Reminds me of a warm summer day. Good stuff!

Happy Monday!

Photo source: www.maggieaustencake.com and snippetandink.com

Monday, November 1, 2010

Wedding Decor - Lovely Location - Rustic and Romance

Hope you are all handling your candy hangovers with dignity and grace. I want to share a gorgeous photo to kick off your November.

Location, location, location! Loving this romantic and rustic reception room. Very barn like and you know how I love those darn barns. The colors of the room are reflected across everything and then fun pops of green and it all works. The ribbons, the fireplace, the hay bales and the lanterns - really good stuff. Check out those table legs - the fun reverse situation?!

Photo source: Amy Osaba for Southern Weddings Magazine found via Going to the Chapel

Friday, October 29, 2010

Fav Finds + Flower Friday - Grapes + Flowers - Branford Flower Shop

Hi all! Are you just so glad it is Friday? I sure am! It is World Series Madness out here in the SF Bay - everyone, and I mean everyone is walking around in head to toe orange and black and more people than not - men and women combined - are walking around sporting large black beards. I was in Fiddler on the Roof way back in my high school days and I am having flashbacks of the L'chaim song and dance number with all these beards walking around!

So the Giants and Fiddler on the Roof couldn't be further from the Flower Friday gorgeousness that I want to share. I found this AMAZING bouquet over on the lovely blog Sparkle and Hay.

Branford Flower Shop is located in Branford, Connecticut and they did this jaw dropping beauty.

I mean, come on, there are GRAPES in there! Grapes! And look how amazing they look! Love it. The colors, the textures - love love love it!

Here are my fav finds from this week! Think good thoughts for the Giants and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Loving this new blog I found with TONS of super cute DIY paper printables
Paper and Cake

In the spirit of Halloween a lovely inspiration board that keeps it pretty
Magnolia Rouge

I love me some coffee - how about you?
The Inspired Bride

Very cool things out of unexpected everyday items
Alchemy Fine Events

Tablescape Love
Somewhere Splendid


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sweet Treats - Gorgeous Wedding Cakes

I can't put into words how perfect I think the cakes from The Sweet and Saucy Shop are. Melody and her team do an amazing job on creating the most beautiful cakes ever - the details, the colors, such fun! Here are two new ones I found over on her lovely blog. These two cakes take the meaning of detail to a whole other level! How amazing is the floral work on this baby?

For our next cake, I have a little ditty to share...when I was getting married waaaay back in 2004, I fell in love with an ivory gown that had a cathedral length train. The whole bottom of dress and train was embroidered in a black floral pattern that then repeated along the strapless top. (I know what you're thinking - you're thinking it sounds scary - it wasn't I promise, think Halle Berry Oscar dress with a long train). I LOVED this dress. Lots. My mom and I brainstormed about what fun we could have with a black and white wedding...the trouble was my venue was outdoors practically in a vineyard. Since the dress and the venue were pretty much polar opposites, I said goodbye to my black and white dreams. I eventually found THE dress, but a little part of me still wants to have a black and white wedding (now to tie it back to the cake) and below would be my perfect cake!!

Enough of my rambling on and on - enjoy the rest of your Wednesday!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Wedding Decor - Dainty Details - Mini Wedding Cakes and Lacy Birds

Over on the fabulous blog of the lovely Amy Atlas, she featured an amazing pick up truck dessert bar. I loved the whole idea, but my little eye spied these ADORABLE mini wedding cakes on sticks. How super sweet are they?! I personally think they are really homemade marshmallows with a bit of icing but you never know with these crazy desserts - they really could be mini cakes that some baker perfected some how! I think this idea is simply fantastic and know it can be used a million ways as a decoration detail.

My other fun find was over on Shop Friend.com. These lacy bird cut outs are just the bestest. I can see them perched on the top of a wedding cake, or even hidden among flowers as centerpieces, maybe even somehow highlighting table numbers. Really, the possibilities are endless with these cuties.

Happy Monday!

Photo sources: Jeanna Hayes via Amy Atlas Events and I Wanna Be via ShopFriend.blogspot.com

Friday, October 22, 2010

Fav Finds + Flower Friday - Anne Mendenhall - East Bay Florist

I had the pleasure of meeting and working with the amazing Anne Mendenhall of Anne Mendenhall Flowers and wanted to share the amazing work she does on this lovely Flower Friday! Unfortunately you will have to wait for the talented photographer Nicole Goddard to see what magic she and Anne both worked last weekend since my personal photos came out not so fab.

In the meantime, here are some quick snap shots of my favs from Anne's site!

And here are my favs for the week!

These shoes need to be mine now - the pink pair AND the silver pair.
The Knotty Bride

Wine barrel wedding decor love
The Inspired Bride

In love with this Real Wedding
Sparkle & Hay

Moss Frames? Ingenious!!!

Mix and Match = Super Pretty
Engaged & Inspired

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wedding Decor - Backyard Wedding

I am sorry friends! I had SO much trouble with Blogger today! No matter how I tried to sneak attack it - it would not let me upload photos! So finally, here we are. I just wanted to do a quickie post today. I love me a good outdoor party and this image made me want to throw one immediately! I loved so much about it! The wooden tables and chairs and benches, the piazza lights (I love to call them that and can get it away with it because I am Italian right?) and the colors! Loving the red flowers in the sweet tin. The gorgeous trees and open space! This whole image is made up from simple elements yet when all pulled together it looks amazing and elegant! Happy Wednesday!

Photo source: Max Wagner via Green Wedding Shoes

Monday, October 18, 2010

Wedding Industry Love: Engage '10 Recap

I won't lie, I have been avoiding the writing of this post like the plague! It's just, I am afraid that what I want to say about my Engage!10 experience isn't easily described with words. Silly, I know, but so true. Engage'10 was the most amazing wedding industry conference I have ever attended. From the moment my cab pulled up to the stunning Breakers Hotel I was in awe.

Coming from the west coast it took me three flights and four airports to get to Palm Beach and yet for someone who is not the biggest fan of flying, I was thrilled to be attending this conference. I have been having some medical issues lately, and then when my grandpa passed away the Sunday before I was to leave, I thought about reaching out to Rebecca and Kathryn (their company Engaging Concepts created the Engage conferences) and seeing if I could postpone. My hubby and I chatted and realized that this trip might just be the R&R that the doctor ordered - away from the hum drum of every day, in beautiful sunny Palm Beach and focusing on my passion - weddings!

So once I pulled up to that gorgeous hotel and met some lovely friends in the bar, all was right in the world (maybe it was the amazing glass of chardonnay that was in my hand 5 seconds after exiting the cab or maybe it was the company I was surrounded by Harmony, Daniela, Paula, Alex and Lara you were a fantastic welcome wagon after a long day of travel!)

The next few days were a whirlwind of meeting wedding royalty, as well as the industry's up and comers, and then people like me, newbies trying to make a name for themselves in this fabulous industry. Every person I met, no matter what "level" they were at, was a kind and genuine person who seemed truly happy to meet me and chat. There were times I wanted to pinch myself (dinner with Marcy Blum, hanging bar side with Randy Fenoli, meeting Carley Rooney and Carol Poon, dancing up a storm with Tara Guérard and Todd Fiscus, photobooth fun with Bryan Rafanelli, chatting beachside with Lara Casey, discussing photography with Amy Atlas, I mean COME ON - SO darn cool!!)

I had two wonderful roomies, the fabulous Amy Nichols and the incredible Daniela Ferdico Faget. These two ladies were so much fun to be around and bounce ideas off of whether it was wedding related or simply what shoes look best with which dress. I know we had a blast on the dance floor late night and we took good care of each other making sure we all had heavily caffeinated morning lattes -- the three of us were damn good roommates!

A quick side note about The Breakers, the service at this hotel was AH-MAZING. Seriously. Unreal. It was almost as if, before I could think about needing it, these people made it happen. It was an incredible environment to be able to learn and play in.

I won't go on and on about all of the fabulous events and mind blowing surprises that Rebecca, Kathryn and The Breakers team created for us (the video can also show you a bit about that), but it was an experience of a lifetime, and at times allowed me look at event design and planning in completely new ways. The speakers were inspiring and fascinating - I could listen to Liene Stevens from Splendid Communications for hours....and David Beahm had tears glistening in the corners of my eyes...Tara Guérard and Liz Banfield had me giggling with bloody mary in hand while chatting about photography - the whole thing was such an unreal experience.

I have to give a ridiculously large shout out to two amazing people who demanded I go to Engage - Harmony and Ali, you are the best! Thank you for welcoming me into your worlds with open arms, lots of laughter and for letting me be your sidekick while I learned the ropes (and continue to do so!) It is talented, genuine people like the two of you that makes the wedding industry an incredible place to be.

And to all of the new friends I met, I can't wait to watch how our friendships unfold over time and how we will continue to inspire and support each other.

Seriously, this conference rocks. I know this was not the most eloquent and entertaining post I have written (and I use about a bajillion adjectives over and over) but just know that it was straight from the heart. Thank you Rebecca and Kathryn for an unforgettable experience. My goal is to contribute to your amazing conference in the future, some how, some way and I can't wait to experience my next Engage!

Take a peek at the awesome videos from Cloud Nine Creative that give you a little glimpse into my fun filled experience...

Photo sources: Amy Atlas, J Sandifer from Live Books (and also from Portland, Maine, not Portland Main), and Bruce Patterson of Cloud Nine Creative.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fav Finds + Flower Friday - Bellissima Floral Creations - Tahoe Floral Designer

Happy Friday! I have the most gorgeous flowers to share with you! Sara of Bellissima Floral Creations was the amazing designer behind these jaw dropping bouquets! Her and her team are an absolute dream to work with and seriously her floral designs could not be any more stunning!

The photos above were taken by another amazing Tahoe vendor - Annie X Photographie. She is also a blast to work with and her photos are beautiful. She captures the sweetest moments.

Here are some of my fav finds from the blog world this week!

Just like Janie, I heart these too!
The Bride's Cafe

Cupcakes + Hearts = Adorable yummy-ness
Elizabeth Anne Designs

A gorgeous wedding in a sweet red barn
Green Wedding Shoes

Tablescape Love by Me
The Inspired Bride

Hello black and white - beautiful! This invitation may out do them all!
Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photos source: Annie X Photographie

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pretty in Purple

Hi all! I contribute to a few blogs, one of which is the fabulous Bay Area Bride Guide every Tuesday. And this last Tuesday I created a gorgeous purple inspiration board that I wanted to share with you - so here is my post from BABG!
I have been loving all of the purple wedding details I have been seeing lately in the wedding world, so I thought I would pull together a pretty little inspiration board for you. The one image that inspired it all was the top left photo of the bride with the stunning bouquet. How amazing is that photo?! The bouquet is from the incredibly talented Natalie Bowen of Natalie Bowen Designs and the image is by the fabulous Joel Flory of Flory Photo. Taking that one image as my lead, I then went searching for images with a romantic yet modern and clean vibe in purple and and lavender hues. Enjoy!


Photo source clockwise from top left: 1) Flory Photo via Natalie Bowen Designs, 2) Photographer unknown via www.Idoinspiration.blogspot.com 3) East Six Invitation via Style Me Pretty, 4) Susan Stripling via Green Wedding Shoes, 5) Natalie Norton Photography via Green Wedding Shoes, 6) Photographer unknown via www.ComfortandLuxury.Blogspot.com

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Brides!! A Fab New Search Tool!

Hi Party People! I am switching things up a bit this week and posting Tuesday instead of Monday, I know I know, crazy but I thought I'd give it a whirl. I wanted to introduce you to this nifty list that I am loving, and it's not just any list, it's a list that will seriously help brides search out and organize their favorite wedding vendors. Allison from the fab little blog Engaged & Inspired created this tool with it with her tech guru fiance Ian, and I must say they made a rad little site.

The Inspired List is an awesome source list for all things wedding. You will find amazing vendors listed here in a different and, in my opinion, better way. It focuses on simplifying the search process for brides - they can search by budget, location and service and compare vendors. The site is super clean, easy navigate and pretty all at the same time.

I actually got pleasantly lost on it last night looking at all of my amazing competition out there! ;) They Bay Area has some great vendors listed! So if you are searching for the perfect florist or event designer - take a peek!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fav Finds + Flower Friday: Peony and Plum

Happy Friday!! While we are out and about this weekend - we wanted to share with you some pretty florals from Peony and Plum.

How gorgeous are the deep purples and reds?

Here are our favs for the week:

Tie me up
The Inspired Bride

Twinkle twinkle
The Sweetest Occasion

Just a lovely photo
Kiss the Groom

A stunning engagement ring
Head vs Heart

Dish love
Alchemy Fine Events

Have a wonderful weekend - some of you may even have Monday off - if so enjoy the loooooong weekend!

Photo sources: Stephanie Williams Photography, John Martorano Photography

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Photo Love - Tahoe Wedding Photographer

Hi gang! I just had the opportunity to meet the amazing and talented Annie X! I am loving this sweet shot she took!

Click through to her blog to see even more fabulous-ness. Happy Wednesday!

Photo source: Annie X Photography

Monday, October 4, 2010

Dainty Details - Wedding Accessories - Pearl Necklaces

I am loving multi-strand pearl necklaces on brides lately. Especially ones that have a huge stunning sparkly brooch on one side. The chunkier and bolder the necklace is, the more I am loving it. To me, the necklace you wear on your wedding day is a huge personal statement. Sometimes it is a family heirloom, sometimes it is a gift from your husband to be, but it is always a personal reflection of you. How great are some of these below? This bride in the first photo actually made her necklace. Loving the different sizes and colors of the pearls.

Here are some pretty ones I found out and about.

The changing lengths, the ribbons, and the different sizes of pearls on the same strand are all so darn pretty I'm not sure which is my fav! How cool is this last one - so unique! It feels very elegant and Audrey Hepburn-esque to me!
Photo sources: Style Me Pretty, Etsy: Treasures 570, Bella Lu and Me, Ribbons Galore, Jurgita's handmade, and Dutch Pearls

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fav Finds + Flower Friday: Bird of Paradise

Since I've got Grandpa and Grandma on the brain I thought I'd share my Grandma's favorite flower, the bird of paradise. I remember as a little girl walking into her backyard which was filled with them. I did a quick search to see how they could be used in weddings and I really didn't find much. I think brides are a bit afraid of it's boldness. It is also a fairly large flower and stalk.
I thought the bouquet below was pretty cool...

Here are some of my fav finds from the week!

A shameless plug for my Berry Beautiful inspiration board
The Inspired Bride

I LOVE the holidays and love that people have started thinking about them!!
The Sweetest Occasion

Adoring these black envelopes
Twig & Thistle

How much fun does this look?
Green Wedding Shoes

Who wants pie??
Ritzy Bee


Photo source: The Bubbly Bride

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Love and Memories

Hi all,
I have a bit of a different post today - one that is a little more personal. Instead of the fun wedding details, I wanted to focus on the love part that gets us to the wedding that leads to the fun wedding details.

My Grandpa passed away this past weekend. My Grandma passed away a few years back, and I know he is incredibly happy to be with her again. They were married for 64 years, had three children and a sweet little home in San Bruno, California.

My Grandpa served in World War II and was one of the first troops to land in Normandy on D Day. He spoke 7 different languages - was fluent in Italian, and made enough money winning poker games during the war that my Grandma was able to purchase and furnish a home on the winnings he sent back to her. How cool is that?! My Grandparents loved Disneyland and my sister and I were spoiled with summer trips and wonderful memories of being in the happiest place on earth. They were the best!

In my little post today, I wanted to remind us that love is timeless and sacred. Through thick and thin, good times and bad, love will get us through. It amazes me that this feeling on which we build a life with someone has the ability to create such an impact in our day to day lives - and I wouldn't have it any other way! I am such a romantic and to me, a wedding is a moment in time with family and friends where love is celebrated.

Ok, enough sappy stuff. Go hug and kiss your loved ones, live in the moment, and be happy. Here is Grandma and Grandpa - Bob and Bernice - not sure of the date, but thrilled to have found the photo.

Photo source: Author's personal collection
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