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

Monday, September 27, 2010

Wedding Decor - The Art of the Frame

Sometimes the simplest things can create huge impact. The wooden frame - simple or ornate - can be a fun element to add to wedding decor, especially since there are so many different ways to use it. It can have a purpose or it can be purely decorative but I am loving all the fun ideas below.

How great are the different color frames in this photo booth? The pops of color against the pretty patterned background are fab.

Then there is the framed menu, adding a bit of elegant decor to you table or reception entrance like the photo below.

And this incredibly romantic ceremony backdrop with the framed mirror, sweeping drapery and chandelier - how gorgeous is this?!

Using frames for table numbers has been a sweet detail for some time now, but I am loving the very french feel to the one below.

This next idea is the coolest frame decor idea I have come across yet! This couple used the frame and fun circles as their guest book AND ceremony backdrop. Each guest wrote a love note on a circle and then the bride and groom wed in front of it. LOVE!

Another great way to display seating - here is a fun alternative to a chart, a pretty list of names on doilies in a lovely wooden frame.

And this last one is pure genius. And the woman behind that genius - none other than Ms. Sasha Souza of Sasha Souza Events. How incredible is this photo booth backdrop with the wallpaper and family photo montage?! I love how the bride and groom poke all the way through for a sweet kiss.

Are you using frames in your wedding decor? How? Share? I wanna know!

Photo sources: 1 + 2 Shona Henderson via, 3 Trisha Dean's personal collection, 4 Boucher Photography via Style Me Pretty, 5 West Park Photography via Style Me Pretty, 6 + 7 Matt Brooke via Green Wedding Shoes, 8 Studio Castillero via Green Wedding Shoes, 9+10 Sasha Souza Event Design with photography by Elizabeth Messina

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fav Finds + Flower Friday: Pretty Pops of Color

Happy Friday! We are off at a weddin' but don't fret! We have flowers to share! I think this bouquet is pretty darn all over the place but then again it's not. Loving the bright colors and the contrasting textures. Mark Goins at Flower Art created this lovely bouquet and it was featured in an adorable wedding over on 100 Layer Cake.

As for some fun around the web this week, here goes...

Turquoise heels on a gorgeous yellow chair
Elizabeth Anne Designs

I want this table in my backyard stat
The Sweetest Occasion

Oak trees, red shoes, and really the most amazing wedding I've seen in a long time
Style Me Pretty

Fun food details
Ritzy Bee

The Inspired Bride

Happy Weekend everyone!

Photo source: Max Wagner

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Real Engagement Session - Erin & Chris

Hi All! I am so excited I can FINALLY share the fab breakfast engagement session that I styled with the amazing Meg Sexton! It posted yesterday over on The Inspired Bride, please jump over there and take a peek!

Just a few photos to get you excited! ;)

Photo source: Meg Sexton Photography

Monday, September 20, 2010

Moment in Time - Bay Area Wedding Photographer

They say, a picture is worth a thousand words - but when I saw this photo by Matthew May Photography - I was speechless. I love that he was able to capture so much sweetness in a moment on a city street. And that dress, how incredible is that dress! I want to put it on and dance in it for hours! This couple shared a gorgeous wedding with the help of the amazingly talented Kathyrn of Dream a Little Dream Events. Please check out more photos on Matthew May's blog here!

As for us, we are catching up from an fabulous wedding weekend and getting ready to launch into our next one up in Tahoe!

Happy Monday!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fav Finds + Flower Friday: Cool Crisp White

I know I have blogged about Florali on Flower Friday before but I have to do it again today because man, oh man, this place understands flowers! The photos that are on the Florali Journal are just stunning. I want them matted and framed and hung in my house please!

I was feeling a bit cool and chilly today - like Winter was not so very far away and this lovely centerpiece and bouquet jumped out at me. I love the soft textures with the firm cool greens of the succulents. And how fantastic are the photos?? LOVE.

Here are some favs from the week. We are off to a hang with a very cool bride and groom this weekend and we can't wait to see how their amazing wedding unfolds on Saturday!

Can't get enough of this photos - to die for!
Kiss the Groom

Love being the Teacher's Pet
Engaged and Inspired

Little letterpress owls
Twig and Thistle

An espresso cinnamon mushroom truffle??
Shop Friends

Sunset wedding kisses in a sweet yellow boat
Postcards and Pretties


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Dainty Details - Flip-Flop Fun - Beach Wedding

As the leaves start to change color and summer drifts into fall, I sit here feeling a bit sad that we only got a handful of the super hot days I am used to out here in the East Bay. So I thought I would cling on to summer as long as I could and post another fun find about a sweet sandy detail for beach weddings.

I don't know about you, but when I see a wet sandy shore, where the ocean has just washed up on it, I want to run to it and immediately carve my initials in it as big as possible, and of course surrounded them by a fat heart.

This idea I am about to share is borrowed from an adorable couple who recently got married at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. These two provided all of their guests sandals (or as I prefer to call them flip-flops) to wear to the ceremony. Each pair had the bride's initial on one side and the groom's initial on the other so as guests walked across the sand, the newlyweds were commemorated in style wherever they went. How cool is that?!

Other fun flip-flops I have seen also write Just Married in the sand, but I personally think the initials are super darn cute.

Happy Wednesday!

Photo source: The Image is Found Photography via WeddingBeePRO

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Perfect Chocolate Brown - Wedding Dress Sash Love

What happened to Sunday Funday?! I had a blah Sunday. Don't fault me for not trying, oh I did. I made an effort to clean, and when that didn't work, I then went to relax in the sun, and then when THAT didn't work, I gave up and went shopping. And still found nothing. I am searching for that perfect black dress that we all long for - the one you can dress up and down and wear on any occasion and feel amazing.

So of course, now you are scrolling down to see which stunning little black dress I am coveting that I found over the net. Well, I haven't seen a thing! So friends, if you have any good leads for me, PUH-LEASE send them my way.

Instead, to try and put some happiness back in my day, I hit up some of my favorite blogs...

For those of you who have been following for a while you know how madly in love I am with Sarah Yates and her photos. In the attempt to turn my day around, I found her lovely post (and then even more over on 100 Layer Cake) and something about this bride's dress just struck a cord with me.

The brown sash did it - the color - the perfect rich chocolate - just made my day.

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Love the naked wood tables and simple runner, the white peaches, golden nectarines, and the pretty pastels of the floral decor. So gorgeous!

I'm hoping when you read this on Monday that your day is going fantastic and the little brown sash makes you smile too!


Friday, September 10, 2010

Fav Finds + Flower Friday: The Gerbera Daisy

So, I will share a dirty little secret with you. I am not a huge fan of the gerbera daisy. I actually think carnations are cooler and more fun to work with than gerberas. Don't get me wrong, gerberas are fun and happy flowers - perfect flowers for a "Get Well Soon" bouquet, or a "Happy New Baby" arrangement, but not wedding flowers!

Well, I think I may be eating my words because today I uncovered a gorgeous gerbera daisy, yes I said gorgeous, centerpiece on Details Boston! I was so pleasantly surprised. Now don't get me wrong, part of me feels this centerpiece is perfect for a day wedding (or bridal shower!!), but it is a super fun option!

Details Boston has a great little site so if you are in the Boston area check them out!

Have you guys found any great gerbera floral decor that I just need to see to be proved wrong again? Share the links in the comments below!

Just a friendly reminder that Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back at Starbucks and you know what that means...Summer is sadly coming to and end and the Holidays are around the corner. I get so giddy when the Peppermint Mocha comes back! EeeeeEEEeeee!

Ok here are my fav finds from the web this week!

Tooting my own horn again, but these antler and snake skin tablescapes are SO COOL!
The Inspired Bride (written by me)

Loving the sparkly shoes, flowing dress and fresh gardenia hairpiece in this real wedding
Elizabeth Anne Designs

Again the heart gets me! Check out the sweet heart shades in the engagement session
Green Wedding Shoes

DIY to Die For Cute Shoes!?!?
Bonafide Bride

Back to school adorableness wedding style
The Ritzy Bee

Happy happy Friday!

Photo source: Unknown via Details Boston

Monday, September 6, 2010

Sneak Peek - Real Wedding - Elliston Vineyards

Happy Labor Day! Hope you are all out enjoying the day wherever you are! We are frolicking around the Bay, and excited for our 2nd annual neighborhood Labor Day ice cream social tonight.

In the meantime, hold tight, I am sharing a sneak peek of our Elliston Wedding from a few weeks back. The amazing Gabriel Harber took photos of the lovely Evonne and Chris. Such an adorable couple. So many more fab photos to come but in the meantime, here is the ceremony at Elliston Vineyards.

How great are those purple dresses? So much color in this wedding! More coming soon...
Happy day off!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fav Finds + Flower Friday: Flourish

I am back in action! Thank GOODNESS! I missed you all! I did have a few lost files but I was thankfully able to restore most of my little MacBook - hip hip hooray for Time Machine!! Thank you all for hanging in there with me!

The vacay was fantastic! The Mai Tais were so yummy, the beaches so amazing, the cabana boys so adorable! I loved every moment of it! But now, back to business as usual...

This Flower Friday I bring you the incredible, the wonderful, the hilarious Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas of Flourish. I was fortunate to spend some time with Shannon during The Simple Plan SF and she is not only a blast to chat with but you could really feel her passion for floral design. I personally am in love with a specific bouquet she designed with the lovely Kate Miller of Kate Miller Events for a fabulously whimsical Alice in Wonderland photoshoot.

How amazing are the details in the brooches on this baby!? Love the mixing in of the fresh flowers as well! You need to check out the gallery on her site, in my mind she truly understands how to use textures to create jaw dropping flower gorgeousness.

I am in love with vines peeping out of bouquets, and loving the gold twine wrapped around these centerpieces!

Ok, here are some of my loves from the web this week!

I am a sucker for hearts - all shapes and sizes!
The Knotty Bride

A drop dead gorgeous teal wedding gown
Elizabeth Ann Designs

Apple cupcake adorableness!
Head vs Heart

Super cute ring bowls and dishes
The Inspired Bride
(written by yours truly!!!)

Unicorn shoe beauty
Postcards and Pretties

Enjoy and Happy Labor Day!! See you all on Monday!

Photo source: Brooch bouquet: Sarah Maren, other images:
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