Archive | October, 2011

{Wedding Accessories} Making a Statement

27 Oct

A week or so ago, I came upon these collection of black engagement rings on Pinterest and fell in love with them. Any of these rings are a bold statement piece of jewelry – even more so than the traditional white diamond ring. Black and white are the ultimate contrast, and make for very stylish accessories for the big day. Check out a few pieces below that would be beautiful with a white gown. Continue reading


{Real Wedding} B + A

25 Oct

Following up on the sneak peek from Sunday, here are some more pictures from Saturday’s wedding. It was a gorgeous fall day, the bride had a beatiful beaded gown with an equally stunning high-collar bolero. Colors of celery green and deep red were a perfect palette for a fall wedding. Continue reading

{Real Wedding} Sneak Peek

23 Oct

Barbara and Adam got married this weekend, on an ideal Minnesota fall day. Here’s a sneak peek from their reception, held at Hotel Sofitel in Bloomington, MN. They had a delicious dessert buffet in the evening, including these mini Creme Brulees.

More photos to come this week!

{Wedding Dresses} Very Vera

21 Oct

If there’s one thing about wedding aesthetics that I get really jazzed about, it’s the wedding dress. It’s probably the first thing a bride does when she starts planning her wedding and this choice really sets the tone of the entire wedding design. One of the most classic wedding designers is the talented Vera Wang. Continue reading

{Inspiration Board} From India with Love

19 Oct
A friend recently took a trip to India and brought me back this beauty of a ring from Delhi. It is a statement piece and I love the turquoise, gold and chocolate color combination. This is a great color to pull into your wedding pallete – through stationary, jewelry, the list can go on and on. Gold tones warm up the blue – making a beautiful color combination, just like my ring.
Here’s how I was inspired by the colors:
You don’t see invitations like this everyday. Find them at Wedding Paper Divas.
Gold jewelry Etsy
Cake via The Knot
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The Favor Dilemma

17 Oct

If you’re in the middle of planning your wedding, you’ve probably given a little thought to favors…”Will we do favors? Will we skip them? Is it just a silly tradition, a waste of money”, yadda yadda yadda. Especially for larger weddings, favors can seem like an insurmountable task – finding a way to thank each guest with something that they’ll appreciate and that won’t break your budget.


There are some great options for favors that won’t drive you crazy or put you over budget. If you forgo the traditional favor for each guest, a nice option is to give the money that you would have spent to a charity. A sign on each table can state this and encourage guests to give to the charity that is close to your heart, too.

Double Time

Favors can serve double-duty with escort cards. This is a creative way to kill two birds with one stone – making your life easier! These small succulents in clear jars are adorable.

Image from Emmaline Bride

And, this gumball and pencil jar combination is a super easy (and inexpensive) way to add a fun edge to the reception. Snag these at back-to-school sales in the late summer.

From Southern Weddings

Something heart-felt is always the best, whether it’s more or less money doesn’t really matter to guests. It’s an expression of who you are and a thank you to everyone who comes to celebrate with you.

{Wedding Design} A Modern Take

14 Oct

There’s something refreshing about a modern wedding. In a day when vintage is all the rage, (don’t get me wrong, I love vintage) modern design has become the distinct and unique look of today. Modern style and design never goes out of style because it is synonymous with the word classic (a la Grace Kelly, Kate Middleton, you get the idea).

Key words for pulling a modern look together: clean lines, crisp colors, minimal, bold prints, shapes and texture

Rosabelle Gown from J.Crew, Cake via Style Me Pretty, bouquet via, stationary Etsy