Friday, October 29, 2010

A Curious Wedding

Just in time for Halloween, Alicia of Bows and Arrows sent this Alice in Wonderland inspired shoot my way. As a lifelong Alice fan (I can quote the whole Disney movie, ok?) I was head over heels for Alicia and this team of vendors' whimsical woodland take on a Wonderland wedding. Some seriously steal worthy ideas here - like the tea bag place cards, the recycled glass bottle centerpieces and the mismatched china and chairs.

So fantastic! Thanks so much to Alicia of Bows and Arrows for sharing this today. Have a happy Halloween weekend everyone!

Vendor Credits:
Props & Photo Styling: Crisman Liverman
Hair & Makeup: Tisha Corcoran, TC Makeup
Wardrobe: Dolly Python
Model: Laura Squire

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Inspiration Board: Immortal Beloved

My version of a halloween inspiration board, but of course it is more darkly romantic than scary. A ceremony in the woods at a stone altar, followed by a reception inside a large Gothic stone mansion. Tarnished gold, brass and silver goblets abound with anenomes, succulents and dried fiddleheads tucked inside. Mercury glass votives are in nearly every corner, adding romantic flickering candlelight to the dark manse. The bride is dressed in dramatic fashion in Vera Wang and gold cuff bracelets. The maid of honor wears a dusty purple dress with a feather headpiece. For the cake, Golden lady apples are painted with edible gold luster dust and set atop a vanilla-bean spiced apple cake filled with caramel buttercream and drizzled with caramel. The reception goes till the wee hours, and the bride and groom stay up all night to watch the sunrise among the misty morning fog.

"My thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, now and then joyfully, then sadly, waiting to learn whether or not fate will hear us - I can live only wholly with you or not at all." - Beethoven

Ever Ours

Photo credits: Clockwise from top left - Dress by Vera Wang and photo from, silver apple photo from Style Me Pretty, couple in moonlight photo from, flowers by JL Designs and photo by Meg Perotti via Style Me Pretty, altar in woods photo by Punam Bean, golden apple cake by Nine Cakes photo and recipe on Martha Stewart Weddings, feather headpiece by black label, couple embracing photo by White Album Weddings via Style Me Pretty, invitation calligraphy by Mr. Boddington's Studio, flowers by JL Designs and photo by Meg Perotti via Style Me Pretty

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

DIY Apple Wedding Inspiration

I'm still on my fall kick, even though I feel winter coming on all too fast (it snowed where we live two nights ago). Apples are such a perfect symbol of fall, and they make cheap and delicious decor for a fall wedding. Here's some apple eye candy to feast on and DIY projects to get inspired by:

How gorgeous is this apple and dahlia centerpiece? DIY your own with these tips: "Tuck fresh apples into a bouquet of red dahlias for a bountiful centerpiece. Poke twigs (or floral picks) into the bottoms of different-size apples, then insert twig ends into floral foam in the container."

Apple dessert buffet ideas - serve candied apples on stacked tiers, and dress up a plain cake with apples, leaves and flowers

A sweet escort/place card idea - candied apples with wood tags

For appetizers, serve Crostinis with Homemade Tomato, Bacon and Apple Jam topped with Feta Cheese. Get the recipe here (from Better Homes and Gardens)

Homemade Apple Butter favors with cloth covered lids do double duty as a placecard and favor. (from OnceWed)

A rustic Apple Butter Cake makes a sweet fall treat.
Get the recipe here (from Postcards and Pretties)

Apple pie pops in fall shapes like leaves with be a hit with guests of every age. Get the recipe here (from Better Homes and Gardens)

Have a "Pick Your Own" apple station where guests can take home custom printed paper bags of apples as favors.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday Shoesday

Happy Tuesday Shoesday! When I saw these Valentino Lace Rosette T-Strap platform pumps it was love at first sight. How pretty would that camel color be under a wedding dress? Valentino had me at 'lace rosette', because that lace rosette is just complete romantic perfection, and then give me a t-strap and a platform and I'm on board.

Valentino Lace Rosette T-Strap Platform Pump from Nordstrom, in Camel and Black

Check out these other lovely ladies who feature Tuesday Shoesday picks!
Brancoprata, The Cinderella Project, The Demoiselle, Enchanted Dream Weddings & Affairs, Meant to be Sent, Niche White, Postcards and Pretties, A Realistic Wedding, Ruby and Willow, Superburbs, and Swatchbook Weddings.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Real Wedding: Fall Wedding at Strawberry Farms

Today's real wedding is so delightfully fall-ish, you can literally feel the crispness! Aimee and Troy's wedding was held at Strawberry Farms in Orange County, and had a down home, rustic, vintagey feel to it, which Carissa at JL Designs helped design. Robert Evans and Christopher Wren were on hand to capture the day, as was Elysium Productions who put together one of the sweetest wedding videos ever of this wedding.

From Carissa of JL Designs: "I really adored this couple (who are wedding photographers)...they had a definitive vision for their day and I loved being able to pick up the ideas they had and run with them! Rustic, cozy, eclectic, warm, playful, crafty, comfortable."

From the bride Aimee: "Most of our inspiration came from the venue itself and the time of year. Its name was “Strawberry Farms” and it’s friendly red barn inspired us to create something that felt very crafty & very much like autumn. One of my favorite stores is Anthropologie – where I wandered for inspiration & later found my bridesmaids dresses :)"

"The bridal bouquet was made up of red, yellow + navy flowers - ranunculus, billy balls, cone flowers, privet berries, millet, blackberry branches and wrapped in crochet laces."

The stationery was all done by the bride's sister, Promise Tangeman.

The bride's headpiece was a vintage find.

How amazing is the aisle decor with all these mis-matched lanterns? Brilliant.

The bridesmaids all wore vintage hats that the bride had scoured vintage and thrift shops for.
Instead of flowers, the bridesmaids carried terracotta pots of marigolds tied with yellow lace.

Thanks so much to Carissa of JL Designs and Aimee and Troy Grover for sharing your wedding with us!

Floral & Event Design: JL DESIGNS
Invitations and Graphic Designs: Promise Tangeman
Photography: Robert Evans Studio
2nd Photographer: Christopher Wren
Cinematography: Elysium Productions
Coordinator: Jennifer Wahlquist Events
Band: Upstart
Acoustic Band: Kurt Hunter
Cake: Katie Townley
Groomsmen attire: H&M
Bridesmaid dresses: Anthropologie

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Inspiration Board: An Orchard Wedding

How sweet would a fall wedding in an apple orchard be? Let baskets of apples be your centerpieces as well as your favors for guests (or let them loose in the orchard to pick their own), have jars of homemade apple butter at each placesetting as yummy placecards that double as favors, have apple cider cocktails and mocktails as your signature drink, and serve apple hand pies as a sweet dessert.

An Orchard Wedding

Sources: Clockwise from top left - Inivtations by HelloLucky!, flowers on OnceWed, couple in field photo by Elizabeth Messina, table setting on OnceWed, shoes on blanket photo by Nicole Hill Gerulat, apple hand pies on Williams Sonoma, reception sign photo by Elizabeth Messina, cider and apple butter photo on Once Wed, bride and groom with apples photo by Elizabeth Messina.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday Shoesday + A Giveaway

This week's Tuesday Shoesday post comes courtesy of Marry You Me reader Emily who is sharing pics of her adorable yellow J.Crew shoes from her wedding.

So cute! I love the yellow paint on the stairs for these shots, so fun. Thanks so much Emily for sharing!

Giveaway Time!
I also had to let you know about a great giveaway my friend Claire is having over on her blog The Realistic Nutritionist in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She's giving away an adorable Liz Hurley pink lip gloss set from Estee Lauder (such a cute pink clutch!) AND a $40 Little Pink Card to Bloomingdale's! Proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

How to Win:

1. Visit this link at The Realistic Nutritionist and leave a comment telling your story. How has cancer affected your life? Have you or any of your loved ones suffered from cancer? Have you participated in any Race for Cures? Did you do it alone, with family and friends or with work colleagues?

2. Follow Claire on twitter (@realnutritioncg).

3. Like The Realistic Nutritionist on Facebook.

4. For an additional entry, retweet this: “I’m doing my part to help end breast cancer by entering @realnutritioncg ‘s contest. Do your part and enter too!"

The contest ends October 21st, 2010 at midnight. Good luck!
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