Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday Bouquet

C is for Charmed - what a fabulous blog!

Photo Love

I've known that it would be important to me to somehow integrate family photographs into our reception  but was not sure how... until now.  I cannot claim this find as my own - it was brought to my attention by Sarah & Lucinda while discussing paper and our wedding design on Friday - but naturally I fell in love with the idea. What a fantastic way to show off vintage family photos (and, of course, I love the use of the tree stumps!).

Friday, February 26, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Hay Seating

Hay.  One of the quintessential elements,to me, of a Rustic Chic event... Hey - (no pun intended) I even used it to title this blog!  Such a versatile object, one can dress it up, dress it down, scatter it around, gather it in bundles, or even make SEATING out of it.  One of my very favorite ideas to be incorporated into our wedding is a comfortable yet chic lounge area; and you can bet there will be some form of a hay seating element as a part of it!

A hay couch

Hay loveseats
images via  and  snazzyjazzy

Hay coffee table/seating

 and it works with such a variety of color palettes...


Look - you could even do it at home for a summer party - or a shower, how fun!

I would, however, suggest adding some cushioning or a blanket to protect bare legs from being scratched.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Sunday Bouquet

Another beauty.  LOVE those white flowers;  what are they?  Some form of a white poppy?


I realized that Sunday's seem to be becoming my bouquet days... we shall see what next week brings!

oh, and I couldn't resist showing off some of the lighting from this wedding as well!

both from this post on Style Me Pretty

Suzanna March Photography

A few weeks ago Dan & I had the amazing opportunity of doing a winter engagement shoot with Suzanna Guidone of Suzanna March Photography. I cannot begin to say enough wonderful things about Suzanna.  She is enormously sweet, talented, creative and truly was able to make 2 nervous people feel comfortable in front of a camera lens.  Here are a few of my favorites:


Both Dan & I  attended Assumption College for our undergraduate studies and met in Worcester; so it was only fitting to do a shot or two with the AC sweatshirts!

 Please be sure to check out more of her work at Suzanna March Photography!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Vintage Earrings & Burlap Love...

In my travels across the internet in search of all things rustic chic, this time in particular french burlap table runners, I happily stumbled upon a gorgeous blog - EAB Designs. Whoa.  Absolutely stunning accessories for the home and for you!  Please check out her shops on Esty : EAB Designs and (for her jewelry line) The Pemberley Collection. It's hard for me to pick my favorite because, honestly, I want them all!  But since my birthday is coming up....

How amazing is this tote!  The ruffles! The flower! The burlap!  Wouldn't it be a great inspirational piece for me to carry all of our wedding plans around in? 

And then I just couldn't decide between the three of these! I would love to own and wear any/all of them!

Wouldn't these look beautiful on the bridesmaids too? hmmmm...

all photos from EAB Designs.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Champagne Wishes

Champagne on ice, what a welcome sight.  Who wouldn't love to be greeted by a frosty vintage silver tub of bubbly?! Where wouldn't it fit in; an evening bridal shower, bachelorette party, in the bridal suite, the possibilities are endless...

Not only do I love the taste, but I love a pinkish-champagne as an accent color in a rustic chic wedding!


One of my most favorite things about planning our wedding is seeing how creative other people have been and drawing inspiration from them (hence, this blog!)  Two days in a row now I have been happily surprised in seeing "ordinary" items turned into focal points of a wedding design.  Today's ordinary item: cotton.  I love cotton tees, love cotton sheets (800 thread count Egyptian anyone?), love cotton summer handbags, and today - love cotton blossom wedding decor.  Absolutely natural rustic chic! 
From an organic wedding posted on Green Wedding Shoes:

Beautiful little details

and how gorgeous is that bouquet?!


   and of course I love the use of bark!

 All photos from this post on GWS

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Baby's Breath

I had always discounted baby's breath as a basic filler flower... until seeing this post on Ruffled.  Now I see that uses for this flower span multiple areas of decoration bringing in a lovely soft and whimsical, yet elegant, romantic chic feeling.

On a Dessert Table

The cake and treats almost seem to float in tablecloth of bb (also love the lighting!)

Creating Stand-Out Centerpieces
On it's own or on a Table - just gorgeous!

At the Ceremony
Isn't this reminiscent of heavenly clouds... how dreamy to walk down an aisle of baby's breath!

All images from Ruffled

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Pretty things, Pink

Pink.  As it is only an accent color in our wedding inspiration (pale pink to be exact), I have not given pink a lot of blog-time, so I thought that in honor of Valentine's day I'd take some time to highlight a few of my favorite PINK things...

 all images courtesy of the Knot, MSW, and

and a few other delicious images I couldn't resist sharing;

 chocolate and pink - a great combination!


I'm always amazed at photos like this - how do they do that?!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Lights in the Night

If you've read any of my earlier posts you'll already know that I have an affinity for special lighting.  It's images like these make my heart skip a beat.

Happy Friday! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Pearls, Bows, and Prettiness - Jewelry!

I am have a very hard time deciding what style of accessory best suits my "bridal style".  Traditional, elegant, vintage, princess/sparkly - I love them all!  Thank goodness for the rehearsal dinner! (I get new jewelry for that too don't I?!)  Here are some eye-catching options for your viewing pleasure:

Mixing classic and vintage
all from JCrew's latest collection

Some one-of-a-kind gems found on Etsy:


and the matching necklace

 SybilKotDesign on Etsy

Or something different like this one made with Fabric and Pearls
Flora Bond on Etsy

A slightly new twist on some classic pearls


Or some classic Tiffany Sparkle


about a million dollars worth of diamonds from Tiffany  

Monday, February 8, 2010

Vineyard Wedding Elegance

No words to describe this vineyard setting - I wish I could see it at night with the glow from all of those chandeliers...

another beauty from Style Me Pretty

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Bouquet Beauty

Such a beautiful bouquet... it makes my heart smile.  Happy Sunday!

Found on a SMP featured wedding

Monday, February 1, 2010

Pretty... Oh so Pretty...

In my daily perusing of wedding blogs I came across the below photos on Once Wed taken by photographer Corbin Gurkin.  I was immediately taken with the sparkley rustic feel exuding from the images.

So taken by these I dug deeper, searching the Corbin Gurkin Photography blog and happily found the below additional shots from the amazing 2009 wedding.

 Still digging, I found that the Bride (who's name just so happens to be Erin as well) has a fabulous blog "Erin Ever After" which is brimming with dreamy wedding, design, and life inspiration.  Definitely a new daily read!