Monday, January 31, 2011

Dainty Details - A Snow Day 1st Birthday Party!

Happy Monday! It rained all weekend long, and I loved every minute of not feeling guilty and lounging around the house. I finally downloaded Em's 1st birthday party off my camera and made a little snow day inspiration board to share!

I had so much fun with this theme - we had a snowman that met you at the front door, painted snow resting on our window panes (let me tell you how fun spray snow is! I hit every window in the house and am a professional snow sprayer), mini snow flakes greeted you every which way, from the bathroom mirror to along the hall and falling from the chandelier.

The color palette we worked with was silver, navy blue, light blue and white. Favors for the little ones were light blue mittens wrapped in snowy paper and tied with snowman name tags. Older kids received snowman "take-out" boxes that had fun striped finger-less gloves hidden inside.

The cupcakes were by Glass Slipper Gourmet and were to die for. I personally ate 5, and no they weren't the small cupcakes. One of my clients hired them for their wedding and for me it was love at first bite. I was so excited Kelly was able to make these little cupcakes for Em's big day. Em is allergic to dairy so Kelly was amazing and made her a special angel food cake with non dairy frosting so she could partake in the fun.

The birthday girl rocked a sweet little navy sweater with embroidered snowflakes from Janie and Jack and the little snowflake hair clip was made by the mom of her BFF Callie Jo.

Have a fabulous week!

Photo source: Trisha Dean

Friday, January 28, 2011

Fav Finds + Flower Friday - Hello Peony!

I mean, really!? Are you people seeing this color? This fabulous hot pink? This peony is stunning! And they are straight from the garden of Holly Heider Chapple. I would like a bouquet please, in my living room to gaze at...right now! So happy Flower Friday and go take a peek at Holly's blog. It is just full of gorgeousness!

The finds of the week:

In preparation for Valentine's Day
The Inspired Bride

Anthro's new wedding fun, coming soon

Are you kidding me with these desserts??
The Knotty Bride

I'm a sucker for all things heart
Ritzy Bee

More hearts, fabulous pewter dresses and a stunning bouquet

Happy Weekend!!

Photo source: Genevieve Leiper

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dainty Details - And the Award Goes To...

The mini calla lily! I am in love with this flower. When I was looking for flowers for my own bridal bouquet, I stumbled upon bunches of these at my Trader Joe's. It was love at first sight. They are extremely easy to work with and since I was making my own bouquet…the simpler, the better. With their long, slender stems, lack of thorns and leaves, colorful blooms and ombré-like quality…I knew I had found “the one”.

I love how architectural mini calla lilies are. They are the perfect combination of feminine and pretty, without being too frou-frou (yep, that’s an adjective in my world). This makes them great for bouquets because they stand straight, don’t have much of a fragrant quality, and you don’t have to worry about any pollen or stamen staining your dress (it’s pretty tucked in there). Plus, they are sturdy. Petals tend not to shed, and they don't easily wilt.

Here are some facts: Mini calla lilies come in white, lavender, purple, pink, red, peach, orange, yellow, green and can even be dyed. They are available year-round, don’t cost an arm and a leg, and last for about 4-8 days.

They even work for an elegant yet masculine boutonniere! The first photo is my Maid of Honor with flowers I purchased at Trader Joe's, the other photos are from a wedding I designed and planned in October of 2010. The bride wanted a very natural, lush and organic feel for her plum colored florals. I LOVE the effect of the berries and branches and I think the mini callas are simply stunning!



Photo sources: Photo by Shaughn Crawford, Florals by Christy, Photo by Nicole Goddard with flowers by Anne Mendenhall, Photo by Trisha Dean flowers by Anne Mendenhall

Monday, January 24, 2011

Wedding Style - Mix and Match's Monday again! Amazing how fast it goes. It was gorgeous here this weekend. All sun-shiny and warm. LOVED IT!

Wanted to share this fun thing that brides and bridesmaids have been doing for a while now, but saw this photo and LOVED it. The mixing and matching of dresses, styles and colors. I think we will see more and more of this in 2011. Loving the greens, seriously.

And this photo is from Heather P. Moore Photography, the gal we were raving about on Friday with those photos of the fab flowers from The Little Branch.

Ok, off you go! Have a good Monday, see you Wednesday with Christy's post!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Fav Finds + Flower Friday - The Little Branch

Happy Friday Friends! I could have sworn I smelled Spring in the air yesterday, and that the warm weather is slowly making it's way! I wanted to share a fab florist I found over on Once Wed. The Little Branch is the LA area and just has the sweetest little florals. The photos are by Heather P. Moore who does amazing work. Seriously people, check out her blog.

Okay, are the boutonnieres to die for or what!? So darn cute.

Here are my fav finds for the week!

Another barn, another long romantic sigh
100 Layer Cake

Down by the winter sea shore
Ritzy Bee

Love in Wine Country
The Inspired Bride

Stitches for you
Oh So Beautiful Paper

Who doesn't need a gorgeous bag?
Shop Holly Scott

Have a fab weekend!

Photo source: Heather P. Moore Photography

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Hello Blog Universe! Allow me to introduce myself…my name is Christy Daly, I am a wedding coordinator living and working in San Francisco. I work as a consultant and planner for Trisha Dean (whom you must adore if you are reading this blog) and I am so excited to be a contributor to her blog and company!

Trisha and I met while getting our wedding planning certification from Cal State East Bay. I am happy to be part of Trisha’s team and my goal with blogging is to give readers a good idea of my aesthetic, my background and my personality. I find a lot of wedding blogs to be ‘fluffy’ and I’m not that kind of gal…I know my blog posts will be opinionated but informative, and I will draw from a lot of my personal experiences.

For example, I got married when I was 6 months pregnant. By then, I had already been working as a planner for another SF company. I planned my own wedding, complete with “Shotgun Wedding” DIY invitations, in about 7 weeks, with a budget of $10,000. In San Francisco. Labor Day Weekend. My background, education and experience made it all possible. I can honestly say that planning my own wedding, having the knowledge from working in the industry, and under the special circumstances I had at the time, have made me an incredibly well-rounded and confident planner for other people. I’m ready to take on the world with enthusiasm and experience! I absolutely believe that weddings are a heightened experience and I treat the planning and execution as such. I never forget that a person has so few times in their life when all their loved ones gather in one space to celebrate and support them. Weddings are rare and sentimental events in a person’s life and I love helping to create them for the couples I work with.

So…that’s a summary of me, I guess. I am excited about sharing with you through this blogging endeavor and I will “talk” to you soon!



Photo source: Shaugn Photography

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Fabulous New Face

Hi all! I know, I know. What can I say...first we had the holidays and then Emmie's first birthday and I will admit I am totally and completely behind! Excuses, excuses! But I do still have wonderful and new info to share. I will start by sharing the first and most exciting piece of news...and introduce to you the wonderful, the talented, the amazing...Christy!

Trisha Dean Events is THRILLED to welcome on another full time planner! Things are hopping over here and 2011 is looking like a fab year so I am beyond happy that Christy has officially decided to join my little company and help me grow. We've had fun dreaming up all of the wonderful ideas we have in store for you this year. She will be posting on the blog and sharing her witty sense of humor, her fab sense of style and her ridiculously helpful wedding tips with all you brides and grooms out there. You can learn all about her this Wednesday when her first post goes live!

Ok, I am off to download photos from Em's party and will post them soon so you all can see what fun we had with our snow themed birthday.


Photo source: Misti Layne

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A New and Improved Adore... on its way!

Welcome back! Our holidays were a blast and we hope yours were too! We have some fancy, exciting, spanking new changes over here at Adore! Of course I wanted to be able to launch into them on the first post of 2011, but as they say, change takes time, and we are still recovering from too much egg nog over here. :)

So keep your eyes peeled for new features, new faces and new fun. And slowly but surely a new look. In the meantime, here is a gorgeous image that I can't get enough of in attempt to hold you over. I found this on the lovely Elizabeth Anne Designs and it was taken by Marie Labbancz. The dress, the red soles, the brick path! Sigh. Love.

Happy New Year!

Photo source: Marie Labbancz via Elizabeth Anne Designs
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