Friday, October 30, 2009

Invitations: Becky and Tyler

When I featured Becky and Tyler's super cute picnic wedding the other day, I knew you guys would love it as much as I did. Today I get to share with you the incredible invitations for the wedding that the bride Becky designed herself - super impressive! It was a process she loved doing so much, that she is now offering her invitation/save the date design services to other brides via her Etsy store for an amazing rate!

From Becky: "One of my favorite parts of planning the wedding was designing the invitation. It was so fulfilling to sketch it out, draw it up on Illustrator and send it to the printer. Everyone thought I was crazy, but I was insistent that the corners needed to be rounded and the finish was matte. Can you blame a girl for knowing what she wants?"
"I was so happy with how the prints turned out and they were a great price too. Check out the printer I used at"
"Of course I decided that I wanted to hand address the envelopes myself and I searched high and low for the exact white pen that I needed that would be bright enough on the red envelopes (I finally found it at Paper Source). Since I had overestimated my ability to hand address all 350 invitations myself, my amazing family and dear friend did most of them for me (hehe thanks guys!)."
"I also spent several afternoons driving to various post offices to find the stamps that I liked. I put three stamps on each envelope for a little added character."
Thanks so much for sharing Becky!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Inspiration Board: Get Your Kicks

...On Route 66. This board was inspired by my love of things Americana and kitsch, and the love of history and fun road trips that my husband and I share. A Route 66 themed destination wedding with vintage touches like postcard save the dates, luggage as decor (also fun for you to have for the honeymoon or in your newlywed nest), a cool retro rental convertible, local candy favors and map invitations, and postcards from the Mother Road decorating each place setting of your heirloom tables.

Get Your Kicks

Credits: Car and motel photo from Arizona Bride, bouquet photo by Dia Rio Photography, vintage luggage photo via Apartment Therapy, vintage Flagstaff postcard via A Mountain Bride, favors from Martha Stewart Weddings, table setting photo by Sedona Bride.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Real Wedding: Nicole and Adam

Ever since photographer and blogger Nicole Hill Gerulat got married a year ago, I have been dying to see the pictures of her big day taken by the super talented Elizabeth Messina. The few pics Nicole cryptically posted were so great, and then I saw this super adorable video teaser from their wedding by David Perry Films and couldn't stand it. Last night Nicole and Elizabeth Messina both shared the photos on their blogs and I have to say - the results are incredible. They are going to be published in Wedding Style Guide and Get Married magazines! Everything at this wedding was basically handmade by Nicole or her family. Oh and she planned it in a mere six weeks. Read on for more of the amazing details of this lovely homespun affair.

So many lovely details!

The reception took place at Sundance Resort (owned by Robert Redford!) in Sundance, Utah. On the way there Nicole and Adam stopped off for some pictures at a you-pick apple orchard. Fresh picked apples were among some of the favors for guests.

Nicole had horseshoe patches sewn onto the inside of her Vera Wang dress with all the dates of the 5 generations of women on her maternal side who were married before her in the Salt Lake LDS temple.

Horseshoes were a big theme of this wedding. They mean good luck of course, and also a nod to her heritage. Her grandfather was a rodeo cowboy, and inspired by a horseshoe ring her great uncle wears she had rhinestone horseshoe rings made for all her sisters. Horseshoe flower wreaths adorned the doors to the reception.

Top left: Wedding favors with handmade tags. Top right and Bottom left: Nicole handmade this beautiful quilt, I just love how they used it as a prop!

The couple stand by their handmade wedding sign pointing guests to the reception.

Reception details (click to enlarge)

As guests left for the evening, they received homemade cookies with the recipes enclosed.

The adorable fondant cake and a sparkler getaway!

All photos by Elizabeth Messina

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Real Wedding: Jan and Robert

I came across Elisabeth Millay's photography work and was instantly impressed. This wedding has fall love written all over it. Jan and Robert were married at their home in the Berkshires, and wanted the day to be about family and close friends. I like the results!

How sweet are Jan's dress, red shoes, red hair flower, red bouquet and pearl bracelet?

All photos by Elisabeth Millay

Monday, October 26, 2009

Inspiration Board: For Like Ever

Such a perfect theme for a wedding - "For Like Ever". That's how love should be. The poster sets the tone for the day - bright, giddy colors reflecting the range of wonderful emotions that love and weddings bring up. Vintage touches mixed with modern flair give this event a quality that shows that your love really will last "For Like Ever".

For Like Ever

Credits: Soda shop bride and groom photo by Megan W Photography, For Like Ever poster by Village via Apartment Therapy, red shoe pic by Zoom Photography, envelopes from Martha Stewart Weddings, wedding flag wands from Eden Creative Studio on Etsy, tablescape from Martha Stewart Weddings, soda bar from Project Wedding.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Inspiration Board: Golden Love

I made it on to the front page of Style Me Pretty with this board! Abby of SMP used it as a visual for their new weekend inspiration board challenge - create an inspiration board based on a style you'd like to see translated into an invitation design. The winner will have their design made into an actual invitation by Sarah Drake. Abby used mine as an example and called me fabulous. It was a good day!

Golden Love
Photo credits: 1st and 2nd rows - photos by Stephanie Williams Photography, 3rd row - candy favors from Martha Stewart Weddings, invitations by Rifle Design via MSW, boutonniere and dress photos by Stephanie Williams. 4th row - flowers by La Partie Events and photos by Stephanie Williams, cake photo by Joy Thigpen

Friday, October 23, 2009

Bridesmaids on a Budget

J.Crew is a great resource for dresses for the bride, bridesmaids, flower girls, and MOB. I saw this amazingly smokin' deal today on a fabulous bridesmaids dress that is too good to pass up. $59 for a dress thats regularly $215 is a bargain that your maids will thank you for!

Bride Style: White Shoes

So colored shoes for brides have been all the rage - and rightly so - but I am declaring that white shoes may be making a comeback. A classic never dies. Look at these beauties and you may be convinced. Still need a good reason to love these adorable white shoes? How about the $34 price tag? :)

Satin Bow Pumps from

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Real Wedding: Becky and Tyler

It's been way too long since I've shared a real wedding, truth be told I haven't seen any in a while that really spoke to me or seemed worthy of the two + hours or so it usually takes me to find a real wedding, write about it and post it. So when I saw this wedding featured on Grey Likes Weddings that was photographed by Trever Hoehne, I got excited. I'm in to unique weddings that are also budget weddings that also look amazing. This wedding was all of those rolled into one. Becky and Tyler were married this past August in Newport Beach with a fun park reception at Heritage Park in Fountain Valley, California. It was literally an entirely handmade wedding - Becky, the bride, made her own gorgeous dress and veil (wow), the bride's mother sewed over 150 yards of triangle flags for decor which the groomsmen hung throughout the park, in the gazebo and over the dance floor, the bride's brother Brian built a "lemonade stand" for refreshments, her brothers DJ'd, and the bride and bridesmaids made all the bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages the night before the wedding.

The couple had lawn games like croquet, bocce ball, badmitton and lawn bowling set up for everyone to enjoy.

All photos by Trever Hoehne - Thanks for letting me share these!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

DIY: Flag Wands

I love this idea! As an alternative to tossing confetti or rice, wave handmade flag wands. Take various types and colors of fabric, cut into triangles, and using fabric glue adhere to dowels. Viola! Something cute and unique for your guests to wave, giving you a fabulous send off!

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