Friday, July 30, 2010

Saturday Afternoon

So excited, the first of our wedding "events" has finally come; my bridal shower!  Tomorrow my lovely bridesmaids will be throwing me a shower here in CT and I am simply beside-myself excited!  There will certainly be plenty of pictures taken and I'll be sure to share with you in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, a pretty picture from the beautiful Breakfast at Tiffany's shower that we all fell in love with over at Eat Drink Pretty


Wishes for a lovely weekend to all!  xo

Wedding of the Week

I don't know about all of you but my heart gave a little sigh of happiness when I came across this SMP featured wedding.  Unable to shake this first image from my mind the last 2 days, I knew this was my favorite wedding of the week and despite just being posted, could not resist choosing my favorite images to share with you here. It is absolutely positively rustic chic perfection; and on an island nonetheless! ::sigh::


 

 (yes, you are seeing the correctly - a moss table runner with adorable votives nestled in it - love, love, love!)


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Paper Love: Minted Wedding Invitations

   So after my fantastic meeting with Lucinda a few weeks ago we pretty much have our invitation design down, and needless to say, I am in love with it.  But you are all going to have to wait to see it until after they all go out - so it'll probably be about a month from now until I can post.  To hold you over in the meantime, here are some gorgeous suites I fell in love with over at Minted. A little rustic, a little chic, these are just so so pretty on the eyes.

Starting with my favorite cuties (let's keep that mason jar love going!)


and look at the matching envelopes!


For some true rustic style how fantastic is this...


and a simple but special script - just love it!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Clutch Situation: Bridal Clutches & Handbags

To carry a bag or not to carry a bag; that is the question.  I'm nowhere near picking my bag yet as I'm still working on my other accessories (particularly jewelry and shoes), but sometimes I wonder why I need to carry a bag the day of the wedding at all.  Isn't there a room designated to hold every possible thing I could possibly need that day?  Won't the bridesmaids be able to help with that?  Where would I put it?  I definitely know that I would want to have one for pictures but other than that I don't really see any utility in it.  Now don't get me wrong - that doesn't mean that I don't want to carry a bag, but it does weigh in on my deciding if this purchase will be an investment piece or not.

A few sophisticated and sparkly (small investments) which catch my eye...




diane von furstenberg via shopbop

(I had to leave out the Valentino because that was a HUGE investment piece and I can't even look at that!)

And a cute ruffly affordable option or two..



And I couldn't leave out the bridesmaids!  A custom clutch is the perfect thing for them; doubling for use the day of the wedding and as a gift. Would be great to add a custom inscribed label inside with  a little thank you note.  These beauties come in a variety of colors and patterns - so pretty.


oatmeal lace design  (how great is that name too? LOVE it!)

What I love so much about all of these is that they can be used again - I'm trying to use that logic in the purchase of all of my accessories.  So tell me brides; what did you do?  If you carried a bag did you use it, or was it more as an accessory? Any other great finds to share?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wouldn't it be Lovely...

...to sit on a pretty picnic blanket and munch on a tasty treat from a basket while watching a couple you love become married?

 Wild Flower via Inspired by This

just posted, but I fell in love and couldn't resist!

The Bathrooms: Wedding Bathroom Baskets

Yes, my design inspiration flows right into the restrooms at our reception!  Normally these rooms are not a part of the decorating scheme, aside from if the bride makes up a special "care package" to be placed in the bathrooms.  (In case some of you don't know what I'm referring to, these are typically cute little baskets containing necessities such as stain-stick, band-aids, safety pins, make up remover, aspirin, antacids, gum/mints, clear nail polish, floss, a lint brush, deodorant, moist toilette, and the list goes on.)  While we will provide these things for our guests, I also plan to "pretty up" the display with some vintage/rustic/french inspired goodies like some of these:


All of the above found at Farmhouse Wares;  aren't those mirrored trays fantastic?!  Would be beautiful used at home after the wedding on my dresser or in one of our bathrooms.

Carrying over with the mason jar lovin' from yesterday... another rustic/vintage fabulous piece that will be in the bathroom is this fun little beauty:

Midwest Finds on etsy sells these beauties in an array of colors and sizes...

This guy will also be sitting on my sink in the kitchen after our wedding!  So excited!

I also plan on printing a cute little poem and framing it to put on the vanity (at least in the ladies), something like:
Whether your skin feels dry
or your hair out of place.
You're not feeling so fresh
or whatever the case.
We've put together a basket
to help you along,
Now hurry back out
before you miss the next song!

*I did not write that and definitely saw it online somewhere and forgot to cite it - sorry! 

Because why shouldn't you carry the details out into every space at your wedding?!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Ball Jar Light Love

It's been a while since I've posted of my love affair with lighting so when I saw this imagine I absolutely could not resist sharing.  You'll remember this fabulous ball jar design - and these people took it to a whole new level!


How absolutely positively amazing this is?  And they did it all themselves!  So beyond in love with these right now!

With Gratitude

There is so much in life to be thankful for.  As I mentioned a few weeks back (here), Dan & I are going to be married in a catholic church. As many of you are probably aware, in order to be married in a catholic church a couple must partake in a form pre-marital counseling (pre-cana, engaged encounter, engaged couples conference, etc).  Dan & I opted for the engaged couples conference.  Not sure what to expect, we spent 5 hours of a Sunday afternoon in June with complete strangers who are also engaged (and were all equally as unsure of what was about to happen) and two married couples who were our instructors. Well, we survived, and it actually wasn't that bad!  It was an afternoon of stories, role playing, and deep prodding Q&A to ensure that we, as a couple, were planning our future, hopes, and dreams together.  (and not once were we put on the spot or uncomfortable) I can  honestly say that there was not one question that Dan & I had not already considered, however it was a nice break in all of the craziness of wedding planning to get back to focusing on the reason all of this is occurring: each other. A part of the homework assignment that came out of our class was to describe "one action step we plan to do in order to realize our dream of being an extraordinary couple."  While I won't bore you with the long winded answer that we came up with, I will share a portion of our answer, a portion that we started that very night.

It is important to both of us that we remain grounded, both in life and in our relationship and commitment to one another.  (*note grounded does not mean not continually pushing ourselves to reach for our dreams) A way to accomplish this is to always remember and acknowledge the things we are thankful for; our families, our friends, our health, our home, our jobs, and most of all each other.  So we have made a pact to discuss DAILY at least 3 of the things we are thankful for (no, you are not reading The Secret right now even though it may sound like it). 
  So where am I going with all of this... since this is a wedding blog, I thought that I would take today to acknowledge all of the people with whom I have the privilege of working with towards turning my big day dreams into a reality and who have become more than just vendors (hate that word - does anyone have a suggestion for something better?) but friends.

Our fabulous planning & style duo Sarah & Lucinda

The lovely ladies @ Gourmet Galley

The unbelievably talented  Anna Sawin

The super sweet  Jennie Fresa

The magical (really, I cannot WAIT to talk about our flowers) Yumiko

And... something else to be thankful for I just won my first blog contest EVER!

A Paloma's Nest Dish - what a fabulous thing to win!  I am overjoyed and want to express a HUGE thanks to Wendy at JustWenderful

Finally, before I step off my soapbox, I have to thank from the bottom of my heart, all of our friends and family, specifically our wedding party, and Dan's and my parents - without whom this wouldn't be happening!

Ok, enough of me for one Monday - what are YOU thankful for today?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sunday Bouquet

How unique is this bouquet?!  Relaxed, rustic, and just simply stunning!




Friday, July 23, 2010

Three Months from Today, this Very Minute

I will be standing up in a church marrying this man, the love of my life.  How lucky am I?

Does life get any better than this?

(and yes, in case you're wondering, he does give me that "what are you up to over there" look quite often!)

Happy Friday! xo

I Heart Trucks: Incorporating Food Trucks into your Wedding

Food trucks that is! They are both fun and functional and add an edible touch of whimsy to any event.  While out to dinner last week the topic of rehearsal dinners came up (don't get me started on that - I still haven't booked mine and it's oh, 3 months from yesterday!) someone I was dining with mentioned that his son, who is getting married this fall, is having the In-N-Out Burger truck come to their house for the RD (they live in California).  He thought this was a silly idea and had tried to talk them out of it, but I sat there and nearly fell off my chair.  Ever since then I feel as though the idea of using a food truck has been haunting me, popping up all around the internet as I go about my daily browsing.  Like this gorgeous event featured on ErinEverAfter

Plus it had a chalkboard menu and hay bale seating and we all know I'm a sucker for that!


And then there was in infamous In-n-Out truck featured on stylemepretty.
  Now you know that it's a fab idea when it's featured on a SMP wedding!

Not to ignore the idea of the dessert truck - I know we've all seen the colorful Ben&Jerry's Truck used in weddings around the net!



I then got to googling around a bit and found out that here in Connecticut we even have our own special food truck - it may not be an airstream trailer - but we have the cupcake truck!  

 
New Haven's Own;  The Cupcake Truck

Done right, I think a food truck would be an amazing and memorable addition to any kind of event - a late night snack or pick your own cupcake at a wedding, pizza truck to dine alfresco for a rehearsal dinner, or maybe even used for a more casual BBQ or neighborhood block party. 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

J'adore J. Crew! J.Crew Weddings

J.Crew just can't seem to get it wrong!  And I'm not just saying that because my bridesmaids dresses which I adore are from there (remember this?).  But seriously, with the new J.Crew Bridal Boutique opening in NYC I think this is just the tip of the iceberg on what we will see coming from their bridal design house.  Not only are they making wedding styling easy (all the girls had to do was order online or call the catalog number - just like ordering a sweater!) but they are also paying close attention to the details that make the experience personal, like this:

I don't know about you but I would positively love having this pretty little ribbon sewed into my dress (which isn't from J.Crew I will admit, I "said yes to the dress", but will unfortunately not be posting about my white dress until after the big day as Dan reads this blog).

But for ladies who have purchased their gowns from here they can now also purchase not just their jewelry accessories but also headpieces here!  Like this pretty bouquet length veil:


Whether or not you get your accessories here (and I do love the J.Crew accessories as seen here) you now also have the option of buying your dress's accessories - how smart is this dress first aid kit by The Laundress New York exclusively for J.Crew?!


Check out all of these goodies and watch the fun video now on J.Crew Weddings


And just because I couldn't help myself here (again) is the dress I selected for my beautiful 7 bridesmaids to wear on October 23rd...



p.s. they also sell Spanx now - but since we all know (and love) what those little miracle workers do I decided not to post that picture! 

p.p.s. Am equally excited that Anthropologie is coming out with a wedding line next year - cannot wait to hear more on that too!!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Lovely Heart

I just have not been able to get this image out of my mind since I saw it on yesterday's post at Cap Classique.  It's simplicity is just stunning yet the details are what make it so special. The table made from wine barrels, the slightly modern twist with the beautiful orchids, and especially the twig heart on the wall (be still my heart).


The entire post is a must-read - so so pretty (as always)!

Doily love for the millionth time!

Really, Martha - why don't I ever think of these things?!  So, so pretty, clean looking, - and easy too!  I could see layering a few different kinds/colors of doilies to rustic-it-up (yes, I just made up another word/saying) a bit.  Love this idea for a dinner party or sit down shower as well!



While I'm at it (throwing out some MSW love that is) this DIY banner template has always been one of my favorites as well - what do I love about it?  You don't need a fancy color printer to make it - you can print in black ink and simply use colored paper!


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Marissa's Bridal Shower

As I've mentioned in previous blog posts one of my oldest and dearest friends (is that saying too grandmotherish? Oh well, it is fitting in our case!) is getting married this labor day weekend.  I am so honored to be in her wedding and beside-myself thrilled that she will be in mine!  A few weekends ago her shower was held at the Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club in Branford, CT - it was nothing short of perfection!  An underlying color palette of pink and navy set the fun/preppy mood, enhanced by a beautiful day, spectacular water views, good friends, and a pretty darn impressive pile of gifts!  A few amateur shots from my good old point and click to share a few highlights of the day with you, beginning with the gift table!


Honorable mentions go to the fabulous gift basket that the bride's sweet mom made up - all goodies for baking and to the basket of wine (supplied by the MOH a few of the bridesmaids) which accompanied a wine fridge but most of all came along with a lovely poem (written by the oh-so-talented b'maid Bridget) describing how each bottle was to celebrate a different life milestone together. My personal favorite was the line about the non-alcoholic sparkling cider to toast the news that a little one is coming - but no pressure Marissa!

A few shots of the invite & recipe box (we all had to bring a recipe card for her!) and tables...


She did a great job of smiling as she opened all of her gifts, one of my favorites was her new monogram apron! 

Really!!  How cute is she?!?!

Oh, and a round of applause to bridesmaid Emily who did an excellent job of announcing and displaying what items Marissa opened so that all those watching could play bridal shower bingo!


and finally;  all 9 of us with the beautiful bride!


and because I know you wanted to see it up close - a good shot of that amazing ribbon bouquet!

It was an absolutely wonderful day and only made me even more excited for all of the upcoming festivities for Marissa & Steve's wedding.  xoxo

Monday, July 19, 2010

Girlfriends

I am truly so blessed to have some amazing friends.  Every single one of them is a good, kind, sweet (most of the time) and beautiful person and I am so so lucky to call you all my friends.  I got to see all 10 of my favorite girls (6 DB!!!) from undergrad this past weekend as we celebrated Nicole's bridal shower and bachelorette and it got me thinking about the important part that friendships play in weddings.  (because, really, who else is going to run out to the dance floor with you at your wedding when that Ja Rule song you heard every Thursday night of your college career comes on - your aunts?)
I often times look at real wedding photos and absorb every detail, dissecting the flowers, table linens, lighting, color palette, and when it comes to the people shots, I often focus more on the cut and color of the dresses and what accessories are worn.  (These typically are the shots displayed in wedding features as the purpose is to feature a design or style, not have an online wedding album) However, some images, though the intention may be to show off a dress or fabulous shoes, catch me due to the sheer emotion that radiates from them. Often it is the happiness and love shared between a newly married couple that shines through, but equally as much it is the moments between a bride and her wedding party or her friends.

Girlfriends

Friends are such an important part of your big day.  Whether they are in your wedding party or not, it is so wonderful to be surrounded by people who love and support you (and unlike family do so by choice none the less!)

girlfriends 2


I might have slipped a VERY old picture of us into this next one... see if you can determine which one it might be - ha.

girlfriends 3

For any of you girls reading this - sorry we're not quite at our finest in this picture (and sadly 3 of you are missing) and yes, I know, if I was on facebook I could've found a better one.  Maybe someday... maybe.