Thursday, September 29, 2011

Our Love Session with This Modern Romance - Help Heal Isaac

Yesterday I read a post from photographer Stephanie Williams of This Modern Romance that really affected me personally. Her talented husband and photography partner, Isaac, has been battling with a sudden brain tumor and is recovering from a stroke caused by the tumor that has left much of his left side paralyzed.
Isaac and Stephanie Williams

I had long admired Stephanie and Isaac's work, and two years ago for our first anniversary Brandon and I were lucky enough to be able to have a day-after style anniversary session with them in Carmel, California where we were married. This charming, talented, funny and down-to-earth duo made us feel at ease and captured some of the loveliest pictures of us I've ever seen. We had such a great time hanging out with them during our session, and would have loved to have gone out for a drink and some dinner after our session with them, but alas they had to continue on down the coast to their home in Southern California. We've always talked of how much fun we had and how great they were to be with.

After seeing Stephanie's post yesterday, I wanted to help this amazing couple in any way I could. They have given Brandon and I (and all of their clients, or those who enjoy looking at beautiful work) an incredible gift of wonderful memories captured perfectly in some of the prettiest pictures ever. Isaac's  rehabilitation and medical bills will be expensive, and since they work as a team Stephanie will be soldiering on with work alone. If you can help out in any way (no amount is too small!) - I know Stephanie and Isaac would appreciate it more than words can say.

And now I felt it was only right to share the amazing pictures that Stephanie and Isaac took of us on our first anniversary...

Photography: Stephanie and Isaac of This Modern Romance
Dress: Watters
Birdcage veil & flower and feather headpiece: Brenda's Birdcage Veils
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Flowers: Floral Farm Design Studio, Carmel Valley, CA
Brandon's Suit and Shoes: Nordstrom
Tie: Robert Talbot

Monday, September 19, 2011

Adorable Idea: Fruit and Flower Bouquet

I love bouquets that are a mix of soft and bright colors and different textures, with an extra added twist, like this lemon! Adding fruit is a unique and fun way to mix it up - pomegranates, apples, pears, lemons, or limes could all make sweet additions to a bouquet. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tuesday Shoesday

There's nothing like pretty bouquets and colorful shoes to brighten a day.
I'm super in love with these dyeable shoes from Unforgettable Moments by Lela Rose for Payless. Under $50 with free dying and shipping? Yes please! Plus, I've tried them on and can say they are super comf and not too narrow which is perfect for a long day of standing and dancing in heels. They come in 10 dyeable styles with 64 color options. My fave is the Nathalie round toe bow pump.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday Musings

After waging a losing battle with Ann Taylor LOFT to have an order sent to the correct address for most of  today, I needed to relax and look at pretty pictures. Kristi of Luna and Chloe Weddings always puts together the sweetest tablescapes. She styled this gem for Over The Moon Vintage Rentals, her super stylish vintage event rentals business, which is a part of the Inspired Collective shop in Northern California. Can't you just imagine this as a guest book table or escort card table? Stop by these sites and take a peek around - so much lovely inspiration!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Our Third Anniversary

To my husband Brandon: I can't believe that its already been three years since our wedding day - time flies when you are having fun! We've been through so much and it's only made our love stronger. Thank you for supporting me in everything I do, and for being my biggest fan. 
I love you.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Vintage Travel Shoot from Chic Design Studios

When Kimberly Watt of Chic Design Studios in Salt Lake City sent this amazing shoot my way, I was so excited. If you know me or have followed my blog for a while, you know that I love me a vintage inspired road trip (see exhibits A and B). This shoot perfectly evokes a vintage-road trip travel theme with a modern splash of color from the lovely green and yellow color scheme, which, being a University of Oregon Duck, I naturally love! Vintage gas stations, country fields, retro dessert buffet, a bright ruffled cake and a splash of vintage Americana make this shoot so awesomely awesome. Scroll on to get lost in this lovely bit of retro road trip bliss...

From Kimberly Watt of Chic Design Studios: "With the age of airplanes and fast travel, road trips are something of the past. We decided to make this our theme - thus the road maps, globe, and travel details. I chose the colors for the shoot because as much as I love soft pinks, peach, and cream, I was ready for something else! The colors yellow, green, white, and black were used to show brides they can achieve that great vintage feel with any color.

The fashion inspiration from this shoot came from the dress. My mother and I found the dress while searching through an old trunk of my grandmothers. We later found out that the dress belonged to my Aunt. I knew then that I wanted to see the dress worn by someone!

The dessert table featured a fantastic ruffle cake along with donut kabobs, cupcakes and old soda pop bottles displayed in a white tin to keep cool. The curly willow backdrop was the perfect accent to the table. The backdrop featured dancing ribbon and a vintage chandelier. The favor was a mason jar filled with trail mix and stamped with a “Thank You” tag. The flowers used in the shoot where orchids, china mum, roses, billy balls, and gerbera daisies. I chose this combination to show that you can mix the more modern orchids with the more rustic daisies and mums.

By adding these vintage details I hope guests will feel a moment of nostalgia and take a moment to remember past memories."

Thanks so much to Kimberly (and the fab Utah vendors who contributed to the shoot) for sharing!

Photography - Ceniza Studios 
Florals & Staging - Chic Design Studios 
Table & Chairs - Alpine Event Rentals 
Cupcakes - So Cupcake 
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