Friday, July 30, 2010

Fav Finds + Flower Friday: Sharla Flock Designs

Happy Friday! You all know that Nonpareil Magazine is one of my fav online magazines for wedding inspiration. I wanted to share an amazing floral designer that I found in one of the mag's recent shoots - Sharla Flock Designs. Her work is gorgeous! Check out these lovelies from the shoot in Nonpareil...

Loving the pinks! LOVING!

Ok as for fab finds around the net...

You all know how I feel about barns... well this one is a stunner!
Green Wedding Shoes

Simply rad boutonnieres found here
Junebug Weddings

Tutu love!!
Weddings and Pretty Things

These shoes ruffle our feathers
The Knotty Bride

Another barn, splashed with THE BEST COLORS!
Elizabeth Anne Designs

Have a great weekend!

Photo source and vendors for the Nonpareil shoot: Lisa Lefkowitz Photography, Sharla Flock Designs, Concept Production and Styling by Anne Sage of The City Sage.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Gatsby by Day - Sweet Daytime Wedding Details

I will let you in on a little secret. I am a Gilmore Girls fanatic. Huge. I mean, it's a bit gross. I've got all of the seasons on DVD, and watch them waaaaay too often. Why am I sharing all of this? Well, my favorite episode is called "You Jump, I Jump Jack" (season 5, episode 7) and it is based on a secret society that has an event set in what I like to think of as a Gatsby-esque era. All the fun details in this episode are so neato. I tried to find the episode on Hulu and link to it for you all, but sadly, it was not there. But all sorts of other Gilmore Girls episodes are...take a peek!

Anyway, the tie back to weddings is coming....

So, I am also a huge fan of Snippet & Ink and the amazing inspiration boards Kathryn creates. She has such an eye for detail when putting these babies together. She posted one the other day that I have printed out and hung on my personal inspiration pin board in my office because it instantly reminded me of my favorite episode of GG. I can't wait to have a client request a wedding full of summer yellows and a pop of sweet berry. LOVE!

Click on the image to see all the pretty details. The hats, the bow ties, the parasols. The sunshine and the blackberry colors contrast each other so well. Can't you see the twinkle lights, hear the music hanging on the heat from a warm summer night? And I have the perfect venue in Sonoma - Beltane Ranch - with it's wrap around porches and working cattle ranch. Yes please!
I'm sure there is some plantation in the South that is also begging to have this wedding thrown at it, but I think Beltane would add a California twist to these sweet nuptials.

Here are some more fab finds based on the lovely inspiration board above...

Beltane Ranch Ceremony with the wrap around porch.

A stunning antique jeweled bouquet by Noaki Jewelry.

The lovely work of JL Designs and Sweet and Saucy.

Would doesn't love wedding pie?

I adore antique rings, this one is quite a gem.
Lovin' the sassy yellow stripes.

Programs with gingham ribbon = adorable.

Hope you all are diggin' the Gatsby by Day post!

Photo sources: 1, 2, 3, 4 Photo by Stephanie Williams Photography via, 5,6, 8, Martha Stewart Weddings, 7

Monday, July 26, 2010

Evonne & Chris Engaged! Stunning Photos by Gabriel Harber

Hi All! I am so excited as I ramp up for the wedding of Evonne and Chris. This couple has been so much fun to work with and I am counting the days until their August wedding in Livermore Wine Country at Elliston Vineyards.

And how amazing are these engagement shots by Gabriel Harber! I worked with him on Ben & Stacey's wedding and I can't wait to hang out with him again. He takes such beautiful photographs.

Enjoy the rest of your Monday!

Photo source: Gabriel Harber

Saturday, July 24, 2010

6 years ago today...

I married my best friend.

He is a super duper dancer with arms flailing in his signature move.

Gets lovingly called Dean.

Loves to tinker for hours and hours in his garden.

Drinks a ridiculous amount of espresso.

Has a much better wardrobe since meeting me.

Takes amazing care of his girls.

Doesn't have a mean bone in his body.

Is so incredibly handsome.

And he's all mine, forever.

Happy 6th Anniversary hon!


Photo source: Laura Hunt Photography

Friday, July 23, 2010

Fav Finds + Flower Friday: Florali

Yeah! It's Friiiiiiiday! I have a fun sporty corporate event all next week so I will be out and about but Adore will still have the same lovely posts while I am gone. And in even bigger news, me and my man are celebrating 6 years of wedded bliss on Saturday. Whoo hoo!

Let's kick this post off with the wonderful floral designs of Florali. I am so excited to find this lovely little shop out in the East Bay. Her design aesthetic just appeals to me. Click through her wedding portfolio and see how she uses peaches and apples and lemons in some of her stunning designs. Love! Here are two of my favs from her site:

As for what is happening around the web here are some col finds and fun news tidbits...

Simply fabulous and colorful shoes
Weddings & Pretty Things

Revenge of the Nerds - Wedding Style
The Bridal Bar

The Ritzy Bee

Quilts, and chickens and badminton, oh my!
Snippet & Ink

California Home + Design teams up with Evernote (the coolest program ever)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Photo source: - photo 1 by Lisa Lefkowitz, Photo 2 by David Allen

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lovin' Gatsby After Dark - Art Deco Inspired Details

It seems that at the moment, the vintage shabby chic look is all the rage in the wedding design world, but let's not forget about the era of swing dancing and bootlegging! One of my favorite books, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, conjurs up details of pretty parties and delicate details. Lost in the romance of a hot summer evening wedding, filled with after dinner drinks and cigars in the parlor and twinkle lights hung over the outdoor dance floor, I wanted to share some sweet Gatsby-esque finds...

Feathers + Roses + Sparkles

Feathers + Veil + Pearls

Oh Christian Louboutin, you never disappoint!

The sweetest vintage engagement ring.

Stunning art deco design all in white.

Every gal needs a fabulous strand of pearls...

Printing invites on vintage handkerchiefs?! So dapper!

You can do so many fun things with vintage themes...are you incorporating any vintage details? Let me know what you love!


Photo sources: Inspiration Board from Snippet & Ink, 1, 2, 3, 4 Lauren Rose Design via, 5 Martha Stewart Weddings, 6, 7

Monday, July 19, 2010

Summer Sunflower Details

Driving through the central valley yesterday, I saw field after field of sunflowers - their little faces turned up toward the sun basking in every ray. I love how wonderfully tall and lanky they are with such heavy bright yellow heads. They are just happy flowers. So I thought I would take a stab at designing a post around the sunflower as a wedding element. These flowers really work well paired with non-traditional materials such as wicker, metals, leather, wood, and raffia. They are such a fun flower that you can take and shape into so many different wedding visions.

Sunflowers and cowboy boots work so darn well together...

This cake is so pretty, loving the petal details and the ribbon.

I couldn't resist this sweet brooch...

And fabulous scented favors...

The deep brown of this wicker charger shows off the sunflower.

Galvanized tins are another great way to display these guys.

I know these flowers on the invite are dahlias, but they give such a warm sunshine vibe like the sunflower so I had to include them. Plus there are some really funky looking sunflower invites out there...

Loving how they pop on this wooden arch.
Hope you enjoyed! See you Tuesday on Bay Area Bride Guide and see you back here on Wednesday!

Photo sources: 1 & 2 Open Air Photography by Katie Stoops via Elizabeth Anne Designs, 3 Tasty Little Cakes via Flicker, 4 Rusty Charm via, 5 Lilac Ave via, 6, 7 IlluminArts Photography, 8 Artistscs28 via, 9 Wedding Paper Divas Blog

Friday, July 16, 2010

Fav Finds + Flower Friday: Yellow Flower Pots and Berries

Another summer week has flown by! This Flower Friday is a bit different from past Flower Fridays in that I want to showcase this neato idea I found over on Green Wedding Shoes - one of my favorite blogs - and then realized the floral designer was the fabulous Carissa of JL Designs! A win win! This bride was married down south and look what she did! How fun are the maids with their potted bright yellow marigolds instead of traditional bouquets!?

Doesn't it look great?

And I am really lovin' the groom's boutonniere! So darn snazzy with the berries!

My fav finds these week are all real weddings! Take a peek at some fabulousness:

You HAVE to click HERE to this DRESS! And CAKE! This is wedding overload for the eyes in such a GOOD way!
Green Wedding Shoes

Holy archway - I kinda want it in my backyard!
Snippet & Ink

Bagpipes, Treehouses and Kilts oh my!
Style Me Pretty

Musical paper flowers and sparkly Jimmy Choos
The Inspired Bride

Lots of yellowness and a new sweet way to depart the wedding festivities
100 Layer Cake

Happy Weekend! And stay cool out there (as I melt from the heat writing at 12:37am Friday morning, the sun went down hours ago!!!)


Photo sources: Robert Evans Studio

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Monogram Love - Banners and Wreaths

One of my most favorite Ella Fitzgerald songs, Someone to Watch Over Me, has a quote that I love..."I'd like to add his initial to my monogram". In honor of how cool Miss Ella is and some hanging inspiration I posted yesterday over on Bay Area Bride Guide, I want to share all sorts of nifty finds on monograms.

Side note: There is a sweet DIY wreath monogram tutorial I linked to from Design Sponge in my post at BA Bride Guide! So make sure to click over and check it out.

Another side note: Since you can seriously go crazy with monograms and use them on so many fab things for your big day - in this post I am going to focus strictly on hanging monograms. We can attack the monogram and its many other uses on another post.

Here goes...ok wait. Before I go on, I have to share this little bird cake topper monogram I found cause it is too cute...Love!

And one more quickie without a monogram BUT it is a wreath - well a square wreath (is it even a wreath then??!) This gorgeous square wreath - actually the whole photo set up with the door and the flowers and the ribbon - I am in love with!

Ok, NOW on to the monograms...

Hanging on a window sill, these rustic monogram wreaths make for lovely decor.

I love the simplicity and the bright green color of this boxwood wreath and it's sweet gold H adds elegance.

These next monogram floral letters were designed by my idol Tara Guérard and the coolest part is she used them here at the ceremony on the entrance doors...

And she re-used them for the reception - in the lounge area to designate Men's and Women's powder rooms - I guess this idea only really works if your initials are M and W...

Maybe it is the princess in me, but I'm loving these hanging banners - they look so royal.

I think it is a requirement to have your wedding at a castle with the next one...

These are sweet wooden letters that look lovely hung with ribbon on doors...

A great way to dress up an entrance gate in an outdoor setting...the moss covered letter

Ok, now I realize these next few might be a stretch but if you think about it they still "hang"!

How sweet and dainty are these embroidered lace pieces - image one "hanging" off of the wrapped stems of your bouquet

These chair covers "hang" sweetly over the bride and groom's seats...

What groom wouldn't want a monogrammed necktie "hanging" from their neck?

And finally, as these cute little monogrammed flags wave in the wind, "hanging" off little wooden sticks shouting out your new initials to every parched person at your party.

Are you using monograms in your decor? Do share! And more importantly...will it be hanging? ;)


Photo sources: 1 Orly's Design via; 2 JM Floral & Photo by Eleise Theuer via Elizabeth Anne Designs 3, 9, and 13 Martha Stewart Weddings, 4, 5 & 6 Liz Banfield via Tara Gué, 7 Michelle Rago Blog, 8 Jim Kennedy via Elizabeth Anne Designs, 10, 11 Yebisu via, 12,, 14
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