Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I just can’t get enough of…. SHOES!!!


My oh my I was feeling inspired to write this blog post when I realized that I just had to write about one of my favorite topics ever… shoes!!!

Photo courtesy of Alison Conklin.
Now really, ladies… are the shoes not one of the best things about a wedding? I know, I know. There are about a million other things that are arguably way more important than this one tiny detail. But really, lifting up the hem of your wedding gown to reveal those delicious powder blue heels that were just made for you… heaven!!! The only hard part is trying to decide which ones you want to wear when there are just SO MANY gorgeous shoes to choose from!


Now, this post could have easily been ten pages long… and it would have all been pictures. I am completely hopeless. But of course I had to have some sort of restraint. I have a few too many pairs in my closet as it is! (You understand, I’m sure.) But they just speak to me. They say, “choose me! Choose me! I must be worn!!” And of course I respond, “well, if you insist.”


Shoes from Nine West.

And what’s fun is that regardless of the color of your dress, you can go completely all out with your shoes. There’s something about that splash of color peeking out from under a traditional white dress that makes the whole experience so much more personal. Shoes are the one part of any outfit that just make or break it, and of course the same is true at your wedding. It’s important to find that one pair that are to just so… you. You deserve to feel delicious on your special day!

Photo courtesy of Sam Blake.

Shoes by Stuart Weitzman.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Inspired Accents

Photo courtesy of Yvette Roman.

I’ve always been a firm believer that the little details bring the whole wedding together. The cake, the flowers, the shoes, the dress, the furniture… it all adds up to one great big beautiful celebration of love and families coming together to join a couple in marriage. The perfect combination of just the right details are what create the big picture.

Sometimes those amazing little details really jump out at you, and make you think, “Wow! That really is gorgeous!” You know, when the wedding planner found the absolute perfect accent to go with the wedding scheme and it just makes that particular setting? Well, I found a few of those and thought it would be fun to share them with you.

Sometimes it’s a simple as finding a gorgeous piece of furniture and taking it outside to a rustic, natural setting.

Photo courtesy of Brinton Studios.

Other times it’s rows of dozens of glowing lights growing like vines up the walls of an indoor patio.

Photo courtesy of Alison Conklin.

Or it could be the simplicity of a string glass jars hung in a row with dried florals peeking out of them.

It might be stumbling upon just the right botanical choices that match your color scheme to the T.

Or a gorgeous mirror-lined table piled high with bursting floral arrangements and candles.

Photo courtesy of Yvette Roman.

Sometimes it’s a unique decoration hanging from the ceiling, like these pretty floral lampshade skeletons.

Photo courtesy of Swoon Over It.

Or even just the elegance of a dozen glowing orbs dangling over a gorgeous seating arrangement that will soon be filled with family and friends.

Whatever it is, you know it when you see it. You get that, ‘ahh, perfect!’ feeling and a warmth spreads all the way down to your toes. That’s the magic of planning a wedding!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Seeing as how today is Valentine’s Day, it only seemed fitting that I blog about a Valentine’s Wedding, of course. Although there a million different ways you could design a wedding on this special day, I was really digging the vibrant red. So I gathered several pretty details that would make a great wedding in red, white, black, and of course various shades of pink.


Photo courtesy of Rebecca Thuss

This is such a versatile color scheme, you can really take it any way you like: classic red roses and chocolate covered strawberries… fuschia roses highlighted by delicate crystal accents… or soft, muted pinks with only small splashes of color. It all depends on your tastes. (Of course, you could always have a Valentine’s wedding that goes completely against the grain and has nothing to do with the holiday at all.) That’s what is so beautiful and wonderful about a wedding – it’s so personal. On your day, you get to have it your way.


Valentine’s is the one day a year that love is celebrated by so many at once. It only makes sense that it would be one of the most popular wedding dates as well! Couples are tying the knot across the country and vowing to love each other ‘til death do them part. I hope you all spend your day with your sweetheart, doing something fun and celebrating your love together.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Decadent Wedding Treats

Warning: this blog post will make you want to leap through the screen and devour all of these delicious pictures! Proceed with caution. :)

Every so often I find myself drooling over wedding goodies, and once I get started I just can't seem to stop. I am pretty sure there are a million+ different treats you can serve at your wedding and dozens of ideas that people have not come up with yet... but I'll settle for oogling over ones that are already out there.

1. S'mores Bar 
Source: Green Wedding Shoes 

This s'mores bar looks to die for. This is pretty much one of the best ideas ever -- what a great twist on an old classic There's a little bit of something for everyone. I want to try one of those s'more cupcakes...

 2. Chocolate Truffles in Sparkling Sugar
Source: Martha Stewart

A dense ganache made from champagne, cognac, and dark chocolate is the basis of these tasty truffles rolled in sparkling sugar.


3. Breakfast for Dessert 
Source: RSVP Catering 

I don't know about you, but I love breakfast. Who can resist a cold glass of milk and mini powdered doughnuts? Or mini pancake stacks drizzled in warm maple syrup?

4. Cake Pops 
Source: My Wedding Favors 

Cake pops are really popular right now -- and it's no wonder. Creamy, sweet cake coated in white chocolate! It's the perfect bite-size nibble for guests.

5. Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks
Source: Emmeline Bride

The sweet and salty combination is one of my favorites, and these chocolate covered pretzel sticks definitely look like they would hit the spot!!

6. Heart-Shaped Sandwich Cookies
Source: Brenda's Wedding Blog

These heart-shaped sandwich cookies are oh-so-romantic! Especially with Valentine's day just around the corner. Now I need to go find something to satisfy my sweet tooth...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Time to toss the bouquet!!

Photo courtesy of Aislinn Kate Photography.
You know the drill: a dozen single ladies all gather around the bride, eagerly waiting for the moment when the floral arrangement goes flying through the air. Stars twinkle and dance in their eyes as they imagine catching the bouquet, ready for a sign that they will be the next woman in a white dress. When the moment comes, the crowd becomes a sea of elbows and grasping fingers. One girl emerges from the fray, triumphant, while she is stared down by envious gazes.

It’s always the same. And while traditions can be fun, so can changing things up a bit and starting new traditions. So I thought I would share some other fun ideas for tossing the bouquet.

  • Rather that tossing the bride’s bouquet, have a special bouquet made called a break-away bouquet. Some florists know how to do this (and even if they’ve never done it before, it’s easy enough to explain.) Each flower in the bouquet has a tiny silver or gold charm tied to it, and when the bouquet is thrown, it breaks apart so that each lady receives her own flower and unique charm. You can have little papers with each charm printed on the front and a description or “fortune” so to speak inside, that they can collect after they have caught their flower. This makes the whole experience fun and special for everyone, and each girl will have a charm to take home with her. You will want to make sure that you include enough flowers for everyone though – and maybe even have a few extras, just in case.
  • Instead of giving it to a single lady, present the bouquet to the couple who has been together the longest. This is great if a lot of your friends are married or if you are renewing your vows. You can even have a dance where all of the couples start out, but are slowly eliminated – starting with those who have been married more recently. The last couple on the dance floor who has been together the longest is presented with the bouquet.

Do you have any other fun ideas to change up the typical bouquet toss? Leave a comment below and let us know!