Monday, February 28, 2011
I found another amazing dress I wanted to share - quite the wedding dress I might add, but I am a bit sad that I am unsure of the designer! The lovely Lilia, of Lilia Photography shot Lisa Marie and Richard's Elopement at the San Fran City Hall and this dress is just stunning. Super duper stunning. Take a peek...
Photo source: Lilia Photography
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Fav finds for the week:
Finding your wedding inspiration from a gorgeous book cover
Snippet & Ink
I so want this heart-y chair!
The most amazing Italian castle in Tuscany! A wedding here would be unreal.
Sweets that are ruffled and romantic!
Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas
Photo source: Annie of The Little Branch
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
My friend Joanne and her husband Britt are definitely the kind of couple that can pull off one of these shoots. Joanne’s inspiration for her pictures was “Mad Men”, and you can see from her interpretation, it was served straight up with twist!
Engagement pictures are meant to capture the personality of a couple, and these photos absolutely do just that. They aren't taking themselves too seriously, they have a super cool style, (how great is that pink rotary telephone!?) and they are having a fabulous time!
Monday, February 21, 2011
Found over on Perfect Bound, Johanna McShan on Hanna Mac Photography snapped this lovely shot of the bride and groom and their pup - and how fantastic is the cake topper to match the family of three! Love!!
Enjoy the rest of the holiday! Happy President's Day!
Friday, February 18, 2011
Kelly used aged rope, roses and lamb's ear for this nautical inspired bouquet. Simple, elegant and different all wrapped up into one!
Here are my fav finds for the week:
New blog love: Jenny's Cookies - is there any theme this woman can't do incredibly well?! Stunning party decor!
Re-designed blog love: Huge congrats to Ami of Elizabeth Anne Designs for her gorgeous blog re-design - it looks amazing!
Sweet and Saucy does it again! I want this cake stat!
Open wooden ceiling and chandeliers - yes please!
Loving these deep teal dresses and super bright bouquets
The Bridal Bar
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Today, I want to share a little secret weapon of mine: the John Henry Floral Fan Deck. It’s a pretty amazing set of cards that describe flowers. Sounds simple, right? It is simple. And it’s ingenious! And if you are a florist, planner, designer, or are planning your own wedding…it is an invaluable resource. This box of cards is an absolute wealth of knowledge, I have used it so many times and I always get the information I need. Check it out!
There are 8 decks total, they are separated by color and each one has about 50 cards. Each card has a large picture on one side and details on the other. I have brought the box to meetings with clients when we are discussing flowers and design. A bride can tell me her favorite flower, and then I can see if it’s in season, what colors are available, and tell her the “meaning” of the flower. I know I can look up all this information online, but having all of it in one place…something to browse through for ideas and inspiration…I prefer it to googling while brainstorming with a couple.
It’s just a great addition for your office if you are in this industry or for your bookshelf if you just love flowers.
Monday, February 14, 2011
I think one of my favorite things in this photo is the pearl bracelet (necklace?) wrapped around the bride's wrist. And those shoes! Sigh. Love! Here are a few more of this wedding shot by Elisabeth Millay...
Happy Valentine's Day lovies! Hope you have a wonderful hug and kiss filled day!
Friday, February 11, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
So, today I will share some wedding planner tips about the ever-important Emergency Kit. All brides need one. Sometimes the venue provides one; I’ve seen them in church getting-ready rooms. If you are going to hire a wedding planner, definitely make sure that they will be bringing a very thorough kit. And…if you are a bride or groom putting the kit together yourself, great! Just pass it off to a trusted friend or member of the bridal party on the wedding day. It can be stored in a coat closet, under a table, or even in the bathroom if you have a private bathroom for your event. Remember, this isn’t just for the bride. A well-stocked emergency kit can be called upon for bridal party wardrobe malfunctions, flower fixing, cake tweaking, paper product edits and re-dos…you name it, it might need some TLC come wedding day. A wedding planner will have a much larger kit than a bride will make herself. I’ll focus here on just what you’ll need in your own small personal kit.
First, a list of my MUST HAVES. Put these items in a separate, smaller bag in your emergency kit. These are the items I carry in a hip bag when I am the wedding planner. I use them all day long. Small pair of scissors, bobby pins, safety pins (several sizes) and straight pins, double-sided tape, and oil-absorbing sheets (they are in the face-wash aisle and they are awesome). One new fabulous tool in my Must Haves is the helix bobby pin from Goody. For the messy bun, which always needs fixing and re-messing as the reception goes on, this fancy hair-thing is the best!
Here are my BASICS. Extra paper and pens (for escort cards, buffet labels, favor tags, placement cards, table numbers…whatever you used paper for, include some extras), green flower tape (Michael's carries it), a lighter, a small sewing kit, extra ribbon if you used any in the décor anywhere, a brush, a couple extra hairbands, a lint-roller, toothpicks, a small mirror, a Clorox bleach pen and the basic toiletries: hairspray, deodorant, Advil, antacids, gum or mouthwash, hair powder (I love Shampowder and I use it and share it all the time at weddings: Buttercream Cosmetics), band-aids, chap-stick, and your makeup for re-touches.
PS. I am personally obsessed with Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers. I have been for over a decade now. It’s a great addition to the kit because it is a chap-stick with a great red-ish tint to it and it is small and cheap. Love it! DP Obsessed.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Of course, the oh-so talented Anna Kuperberg captured it's beauty, so how could you not fall in love with it for that reason alone? I can totally see the details of this wedding unfolding before me...great pops of yellow detail within the black and white...simply gorgeous.
Photo source: Anna Kuperberg
Friday, February 4, 2011
Here are my favs for the week!
I can't get enough of these colors!
A snow filled path (seriously stunning photos!!)
The Bride's Cafe
Congrats to a fab new site!
Inspired By This
Gorgeous pale green and gold, might be my new favorite colors!
100 Layer Cake
Loving these blues and greens
The Inspired Bride
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
An Open Love Letter to my Brother...
With Love, Christy
My dream career is to plan weddings for gay couples. I am a certified wedding planner, have been working in San Francisco for over 3 years, and got married myself in 2009. My brother, Alex, stood as a groomsman while our vows were exchanged and I know one day, I will stand up for my brother as he recites his own vows with his husband.
Here’s the thing: My brother is awesome. To know him is to love him. He is brilliant, ambitious, handsome, hilarious and loyal. He is the best person in the world to people–watch with. His sense of humor is wicked and no one makes me laugh more…or laughs with and at me more, which is a true delight in my life. I think he might rule the world one day. Thing #2: He is gay. So in most of America, by law, he is not allowed by to get married and he is stared at if he so much as walks down the street holding hands with another man. Not to mention the myriad of civil liberties he is not afforded. I don’t want to rant about politics here, but you can see where I stand and where I am going with this. I love this man. He deserves to be happy the same way that everyone else does. While I continue to love planning straight weddings, I need to put out there that I also love the gay and lesbian community, I support gay MARRIAGE, and I would be living a personal dream if I were working for gay couples right there along with my beloved straight couples.
So…here is my mission for 2011: I will work tirelessly (and happily!) to create beautiful, personal events for my clients. I believe weddings are a heightened experience and we have so few of these elevated moments in our lives. I also believe everyone deserves to feel loved and supported as they make the monumental life decision to get married. I hope one day planning gay weddings will be as "normal" as planning straight weddings, especially out here in California. But that day is not now, and this year I want to learn how to reach out to the gay community, market to the gay community and better support them through my career as a wedding planner. I truly look up to Bernadette of 14 Stories, who has created the first gay wedding planning firm. She is an inspiration to me and to the wedding industry overall.
I don’t just want to stand up next to my brother when he gets married one day. I want to plan the wedding. I want to plan the wedding in a country that recognizes, accepts, and embraces love and marriage for all.
So catch up with me, America!**
**you know who you are
Photo source: Shaughn Photography