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 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

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 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

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
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