Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wedding Style - Jewel Tones

Hello Wednesday!
I am loving this season’s fashion trend of blushes and neutrals. I love it for everyday (I believe there is a shade of peach that flatters EVERYONE), and I love it for weddings (I’m talking to you, Reese Witherspoon). The palette is all over the place, from J. Crew and Urban Outfitters, to wedding blogs and magazines and tweets and then blogs again. I, however, would like to focus on the other trend right now, all the way on the opposite side of the spectrum…yes, that’s right. I want to dedicate this Wednesday on Adore to the big, bold, beautiful jewel tones that are all over the place right now!

I just bought a fabulous blue dress for my cousin’s wedding in June. I am obsessed with it. It’s a little outside my usual fashion box, and I proudly refer to it as a “big girl dress”. It just wouldn’t look right on a 17-year-old and I love it all the more for that! Purchasing it got me thinking about how most of my go-to dresses are black, and about how excited I was to wear this crazy shade of blue. Everyone should have some rich, juicy jewel tones in their closet! My dad rocked a fuchsia polo yesterday, so I do mean, EVERYONE. So let’s all get out there and attack the plums, emeralds, bright blues, teals and pinks!

Have fun with color! (It goes without saying that I think jewel tones are fun and fabulous at weddings, right? I mean, this is a wedding blog!)


Photo sources: Chrisitan Louboutin,,

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sneak Peek - Real Wedding - Cavallo Point

I can't wait to share with you this wedding that the lovely Mary McHenry and I worked on together at Cavallo Point. This bride had a lovely, soft sense of style and we pulled some amazing things together for their wedding. Here is a sneak peek!

Photo source: Mary McHenry Photography

Friday, May 20, 2011

Fav Finds + Flower Friday - Natalie Bowen Designs

Happy Friday!! So here is the amazing and talented Natalie Bowen doing what she does best - creating different and exquisite floral designs. How cool are these? I love the bright colors and the tropical feel! These were designed for a very special and fabulous wedding planner's engagement party and I am so happy for her and her man! :)

Fav finds for the week!

In love with this blush pink wedding and a menu card and place setting that I am swooning over!
Dream a Little Dream Events

I agree - my favorite photo from the Royal Wedding
Amy Nichols Special Events

I want painted edges on my business cards and on all of my client's invites!
Dauphine Press

Yellow and sweet
Jenny Cookies

I am a sucker for Gatsby - loving this board!
Snippet & Ink via The Ritzy Bee

Monday, May 16, 2011

Wedding Decor: Twigs and Texture

Hi Friends! In my fantasy world, it would still be Friday especially since Blogger hated me last Thursday and Friday (I think some other bloggers had problemos to!) So my Flower Friday post is now slightly useless until this Friday. I mean really, Fav Finds + Flower Monday does not have the same to ring to it, right? Well, hopefully all of this will be solved soon as I work on a behind the scenes plan to shift blog management systems (enter evil villain laugh here).

So last Friday's post will come this Friday and I am excited as it is about the lovely and talented Natalie Bowen! And then look for the fab Christy and her post on fabulous color this Wednesday! But today is another dreamy inspiration board from Erin! Take a peek...

Twigs and Texture

Inspiration: Natural elements, twigs and branches, backyard wedding, rustic but polished
Colors: Cream, chestnut, olive, taupe and all shades of brown
Details: Unfinished wood, branched altar, woven table settings


Photo Credits:
Top row: Cheddarngrits, Blush Botanicals, Suitie Central via Magpiepaperworks; Middle row: Princess Panda; Bottom row: Ruffled, Tahoe Unveiled, Ooh Events via Magpiepaperworks

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wedding Tips - The Kid Conundrum

Last Sunday was Mother’s Day and I celebrated for my second time as a mom. It was a wonderful day for me, starting off with roses in my son’s room when I got him out of his crib that morning, and ending with a massage and mani/pedi arranged by my husband (thanks, honey!). I thought about how nice it was that there is one day in the year when we celebrate the moms. It’s a bonus that restaurants don’t make you feel awkward for toting the kids in on Mother’s Day. Usually, it’s a bit of an ordeal. I live in a city that isn’t exactly kid-friendly in the dining-out-department.

Speaking of kid-friendly... Lets talk about kids at weddings! It’s a sensitive issue and Mother’s Day capped off a week of wedding work that actually included not one, but several, discussions with brides about kids…or rather, NO kids, at their weddings. I also received an invitation to a wedding in June and had to call to find out if kids were “invited” since the invite didn’t mention it one way or another. So I’ve been on both sides of the issue, so to speak. Here’s the thing: like “fancy” restaurants, small kids just aren’t welcome at some weddings. It’s harsh sounding, but true. I find that dealing with how to make this clear to guests is a challenge for my clients. Here is some of my advice:

1. If the guests with kids are your friends or close family, call them yourself after the invitations are sent and tell them that it’s an adults-only party. If you can help with babysitting arrangements or suggestions, that’s awesome. Some guests bring their kids with them and then leave them with a sitter in the hotel.

2. Have your mom and mother-in-law do the dirty work and call their family members with kids for you! They’re probably good at that stuff, right?

3. Include something in the invitation or on your wedding website that says “Please note that this a wedding for adults only”

4. If you don’t mind kids there, but want to wrangle them a little after dinner, hire a babysitting service to set up camp at the reception site.

In my experience, it feels like a big deal, and some people do get a little peeved, but it is best to get all the explaining and arranging done as far ahead of time as possible. Remember that this is your wedding and it should be the kind of party that you want. If you want to throw a kid-friendly, family oriented party, accommodate people and have fun! If you want a black-tie affair with an ice sculpture bar and passed martinis, go all out and have fun! If your wedding falls somewhere in between…do your own thing (kids or no kids) and HAVE FUN!

Spa Day is adults-only in my world, but Joey can look the part!

Back in a week!


Monday, May 9, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

A belated Happy Mom's Day to all those Mother's of the Brides! My momma is my bestest friend and I love her lots and lots. Here we are back in 2004 on my wedding day. It was an amazing, amazing day and I would be lost without her!


Friday, May 6, 2011

Wedding Decor - Springtime Romance

The lovely and talented Erin of Trisha Dean Events has created a gorgeous inspiration board to for your Friday viewing pleasure! Flower Friday and Fav Finds will be back next week. In the meantime, here are the deets on this gorgeous board!

Springtime Romance:
Inspiration - femininity, vintage chic, floral details and grandma's closet
Colors: pale pink, cream, crystal and old gold
Details: soft florals, vintage glassware, peonies, costume jewelry and salt water taffy


Photo sources:Top Row: Country Living, Brooke Keegan Weddings via Style Me Pretty, Dusty Rose Events; Middle Row: Once Wed; Bottom Row: Style Me Pretty, Coco SMP, Cath Kidson

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wedding Decor - Picado Flags

In honor of Cinco De Mayo we are doing a quickie post from a lovely bride and groom that we worked with a few weeks back. They had amazing custom made picado flags to wave as they walked out hand in hand as the new couple. I just had to share! How fabulous are these!? Wait until you see the amazing paper picado flag chandeliers the bride made for the ballroom! More to come soon! Now, go grab a margarita! Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Photo source: Author's personal collection

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wedding Decor - A Succulent Session

Hi Wednesday!

I am working on design with a bride right now and I am really excited about her vision and my plan for it. She loves succulents and wants them incorporated into centerpieces, her bridal bouquet, and as favors for guests. There are plenty of wedding blogs out there that feature beautiful succulent designs, so I started collecting pictures and the wheels started turning…pretty soon, I had my own picture of a unique succulent wedding and I am stoked about it!

We are now sourcing small, delicate glass vases and large galvanized metal tubs. I am busy getting quotes for a living wall that may serve as a backdrop for a self-portrait photo booth and am reviewing florist proposals filled with burgundy dahlia pomanders and barely-there succulent boutonnieres (I love how structural and masculine these are!). I am researching how to make lush arrangements for the tables; low wooden containers filled with pale green and almost blue desert plants, anchored by dark dirt and small stones. It’s all coming together! A mix of glass, wood and metal, greens and reds, dirt and understated, natural elegance. I’m especially excited about a fresh fruit dessert bar labeled “Succulents” with a copper herb garden sign. The groom wants fruit and fruit he shall have!

All in a day’s work for this excitable wedding planner! Sigh…I love my job.



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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Not Feelin' So Fine

Hi Friends,
Sorry for the posting delay! I have a serious case of strep throat and it is kicking my booty! Thank goodness that Wednesday is Christy's day to post so I can take another day to try and recover. I'm thinking we will hear from our lovely intern Erin this week as well!

Hope you are having a good week so far!

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