Custom Inspiration Board, No. 2

Jun 30, 2009

I'm excited to share another custom inspiration board I just created for sweet CB reader Kirsten! While Kirsten is already married, she will be having a lovely party this summer for her 25th birthday! And because party planning details share lots of common ground with wedding details, I think you'll enjoy this!

Here's a bit of what Kirsten told me about her upcoming party:
-i share my birthday with my fabulous grandma who passed away in february ... she and i baked together, drank many cups of coffee, and would lay on her bed and chat during her months of chemo.
-the party is at our townhouse/apt. we have a great living room/dining room and the festivities will spill out through our backdoor/sliding glass window into our backyard.
-my favorite color is green
-i am inviting people from all of my different 'worlds' ... so everyone needs to be friendly and ready to get to know each other.
-background music will include frank, dean, and sammy; micheal buble, and of course a nice mix of 90's pop music for reminiscing sake
-food includes several of my friends fav dishes that they will be bringing, me and my dad's chocolate chip cookies
-drinks of the night are reisling and cosmos. everything else is byo
-I like earthy tones, I suppose. But, I am liking any colors in a sunset or ocean for the party.

... And here's what I came up with:

Backyard chic
Palette: A coastal sunset; searing corals mixed with waves of emerald and aqua

Details (from left to right):
Row 1:
J.Crew dress; Martha Stewart image; Kaufmann House in Palm Springs via J.Crew
Row 2: Paper lanterns found here; Succulents via Martha Stewart; Cosmos found here
Row 3: Image via Soiree; Martha Stewart image; Paper flag banner via Lorajean's Magazine

The written (with some added visuals):

Attire: Loving these dresses for the birthday girl, too! Both from Simple Silhouettes - here and here.

Lighting: Use colored paper lanterns to stick with your color palette and create a warm ambience. Plain white lanterns, string lights or even candles could look just as great and act as neutrals. Note the use of clustered asparagus in the photo above as centerpieces - easy, affordable, modern and earthy! {Image via fete}

Decor: I think the key here is to keep things simple. Succulents emit a modern, edgy vibe but stay grounded with their muted coloring. They're easy to care for and won't wilt like some flowers in hot summer temperatures. You could use individual planters {similar to those in the board} as centerpieces and/or give them out to guests as favors. If you really wanted to get carried away, you could use chalkboard paint on the pots and write each guests' name on the side and use them as place cards. Moss or planted herbs could also work.

Drinks: With Reisling and Cosmos as your stated signature drinks, it might be fun to do a display of some sort that could also act as decor. You could fill an old metal washbin or a clawfoot bathtub {any type of fun container will do!} with ice and use to hold the wine and/or alcohol. If you choose to offer lemonade or iced tea, add a drink stirrer with ribbon or a flag to reinstate your color palette and add a special touch. Even drink umbrellas could be fun, colorful and easy to pick up at the grocery.

Treats, etc.: While I'm sure the birthday cake will take center stage, I just had to share these perfect summer Mojito cupcakes! Yum! While we're on the subject of birthday cake, I have to say how sweet I think it would be if you sat in the special chair your grandmother gave you while everyone sings Happy Birthday and you blow out the candles. It also might be sentimental to sprinkle a few framed photos of the two of you and other friends and family around the tables or maybe have a late-night coffee as a tribute to your grandmother.

Seating: Bring some cushions or even indoor furniture outside to create an intimate feel {so long as rain isn't in the forecast}. Spread the seating in small groups around the edges of the lawn, to create room for a game of bocce. I'm liking this Meraseine Conversation Collection from Target.

Activities: Sometimes it's hard to get people to mingle. Try luring some out of their shells with interactive games like Catchphrase, Outburst or Taboo. Or place some TableTopics around to get conversations started!

Banner: A cloth flag banner {like the one in the board} definitely adds an air of festiveness but I think this simple paper banner is just as cute and it's an easy DIY project! Just follow Martha's directions here!

For even more ideas, check out the Birthday Girl blog!
If you'd like me to create a personalized inspiration board for you, read up on the details here (half of the proceeds go to charity so it's all for a good cause and it's fun!) and then shoot me an e-mail telling me a little bit about your vision and I'll get to work!

Red + White

Just wanted to share a glimpse of an order I just finished for the lovely Amanda! Loving the rich red and crisp white combo - so fun + romantic! I hope you have a truly wonderful wedding day, Amanda! xox

Cute DIY labels

Jun 29, 2009

Gia just shared with me that there is a brand new darling DIY {+ FREE!!!!} download on Flights of Fancy today! Make sure you check it out here!

From FoF:
These labels are perfect for a sweet & simple at-home wedding, rehearsal dinner or bridal tea. Filling the bags with homemade treats would make them even more charming! Like our last DIY download, this project is really easy and affordable.

The pretty design is based on one of Gia's inspiration boards that featured sweet vintage charm. Goooooooorgeous:

A few French finds

I had such a fun {though hot, hot, hot - and I'm talking temperature here} birthday weekend in New Orleans but I'm happy to be home! Before I move on from French Week, I thought I'd share a few inspired finds from our recent beach trip to Destin. I loved the street signs above and I think they could be a quirky decor addition to the right wedding - I'm picturing a few on a wall to create an impromptu photobooth?

Love imagining the lanterns in a woodsy wedding circling the altar or aisle.

... and a pretty mirror to prep.

While I didn't find this last image on our trip, boy, do I wish I had! Doesn't it look so inviting?

{last image found

p.s. I'm on Twitter now!

Jun 25, 2009

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Weekend cheer!

I hope you all enjoyed the French Week series! On that note, J and I are headed out of town today for a long weekend in NoLA to celebrate my birthday! Hotel Monteleone's carousel bar ... breakfast at Brennan's ... spooky haunted tours and shopping on Magazine Street - Ooooh, I can't wait! :o)

While I'm away, I hope you enjoy this adorable music video that Kathy sent over to me:

In Kathy's own words:
We made this video to show at our wedding in May in Brooklyn; It's called Kathy and Rob's License to Wed. It's about the adventure of getting a marriage license in New York City. If you spend a little time with iMovie or any other built-in movie editing software and have a point and shoot camera with video, anyone can make a music video. This was a fun project because the video was an element that helped set the tone of our wedding. We thought it had a lot of energy and showed off New York and we just had fun making it.

Love, love, love this idea - DIY-gone-platinum! ;o) For more, check out the couple's blog here.

For the Groom {Prince Charming style}

I had so much fun coming up with an assortment of gifts I imagined a dashing groom would receive from his bride and close friends for a lavish castle fête. If you have more suggestions, as always, please feel free to share in the comments!

Clockwise, from top left:
Divot box from Brooks Brothers; Cuban cigars found here; Here Comes the Groomed Kit {Travel-sized products ready to go for the honeymoon!}; Card from tallu-lah; 50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know from Brooks Brothers; Vintage monogrammed cuff links - image found here

FRENCH WEEK: Board No. 4, Castle Couture

Jun 23, 2009

I wanted to go out with a bang for the last installment of this series so I chose a dreamy chateau that could easily double as a castle for the venue. To counter the coldness of the grey stone, I added in lots of ruffles, feathers and frill to play up a feminine vibe. I imagine this couple would throw a huge fête, inviting everyone they know and dancing in one of the ornately decorated ballrooms until dawn. Late-night coffee + liqueur bars would be in abundance.

Feel: Castle Couture
Locale: Château d’Azay-le-Rideau
Palette: Patisserie-inspired pastels

Row 1, left to right: Letters found here; image via This is Glamorous; trees found here
Row 2: Castle detail; 2+3 both found here on Snippet & Ink
Row 3: Monique Lhuillier dress found on Style Me Pretty; Cake found here; Château d’Azay-le-Rideau

Make sure you check out Nicole's last wedding board translation for the series - today she's focusing on dining! And don't forget to check in later for my groom gifting tips based on this board! Au revoir!

For the couple {City of Light style}

I heart, heart, heart this quirky assortment of gifts I imagined a bride & groom would collectively receive for a small cafe shindig-styled wedding. If you have more suggestions, please feel free to share in the comments!

Clockwise, from top left:
Globetrotter Centenary luggage set by J.Crew - cheerful send off for a honeymoon!; Handheld 8mm video camera to capture the ceremony and honeymoon - image found here; Vintage wine from the years the bride and groom were born - image found here; Romantic JimmyJane Ember massage candles; Senseo Single Serve Gourmet Coffeemaker - perfect for newlyweds!; sweet card by tallu-lah.

FRENCH WEEK: Board No. 3, The heart of Paris

Today's board imagines a very simple wedding in the heart of Paris ... the couple elope together at city hall {not quite as easy as it sounds} and then meet up with friends and family at a local cafe they reserved for laughter and merriment until the wee hours of the morning.

Feel: Classic Americana meets The City of Light; incredibly casual
Locale: A cozy yet bustling cafe.
Palette: Cafe au Lait, Lemon rind and Mint

Row 1, left to right:
Lemons from Country Living; Coffee found on Hostess blog; Parisian cafe.
Row 2: calligraphy sign by SDC; J. Crew heels; Absinthe bottle
Row 3: Couple found here; Meringue from Woman's Day; tablescape by Brides

Now head over and visit Nicole to see how she transforms this wedding into a breathtaking kitchen registry! Tune in tomorrow for the last of this week's French travels! Also, come back later today for my own gifting tips based on this board! Au revoir!

For the bride {Ballet style}

Jun 22, 2009

I'm loving this assortment of gifts I imagined a bride would receive for a ballet-inspired French wedding. If you have more suggestions, please feel free to share in the comments!

Clockwise, from top left: Taffeta flower headband from J.Crew; Magnolia pendant necklace from Orange & Blossom; India ballet flats by French Sole; Gustavian settee from Country Living; Nectar of the Gods deep treatment conditioner {most amazing conditioner I've ever had!}; Women's spa robe from {perfect for getting ready on the morning of the wedding day!}.

FRENCH WEEK: Board No. 2, Wooded Forest meets Ballet

I absolutely adore the idea of finding a secluded French chateau surrounded by lush greenery to frame an intimate summer wedding. With such a dramatic + marvelous backdrop, I think it's important to keep the details streamlined and simple ... yet still with a hint of whimsy!

Feel: Modern-day ballet meets enchanted childhood fairytale
Locale: A wondrous 16th century French chateau {+ it's for sale!}, complete with meadows, springs, woods and its very own chapel!
Palette: Verdant greens and milky whites with a whisper of lavender

Row 1, left to right:
Laura Heffington couple photo found here & flower photo found here, both via {frolic}; Calligraphy by Sarah Darcy
Row 2: French chateau; Arthur Elgort photo found here; Gustavian chaise from Country Living
Row 3: Martha Stewart cake; Tablescape and girl both found on Kiss the Groom

Now head over to Nicole's blog to see her corresponding bath registry board and tune in tomorrow for more French travels! Also, visit later today for my own gifting tips based on this board! Au revoir!

For your bridesmaids {Provence style}

Here are a few gifts I imagined a bride would gift her bridesmaids for a Provence-styled wedding. If you have more suggestions, please feel free to share in the comments!

FRENCH WEEK: Board No. 1, Provence

Hi pretties! I hope you had a happy weekend! I'm a little sad to already be back from the sandy shores of Florida but I'm so excited to kick off the week with a special series - French Week!

I've been working on and off all month to bring you a week's worth of French-themed wedding inspiration boards and the fun doesn't stop there! After you check out my daily board, make sure you head over to Nicole's blog to see her translate my wedding boards into gorgeous registry boards {today focuses on bedding}. Without further ado, I hope you enjoy the first installment:

Feel: Laidback Provençal elegance
Palette: Faded Mint, Lemon and Lavender with some nostalgic sepia tones

Row 1, left to right: Elizabeth Messina image; Pineapple coolers with lavender via Country Living; Elizabeth Messina image
Row 2: Elizabeth Messina image; bike found here; Cake via Vanilla Bake Shop
Row 3: Elizabeth Messina image; Lavender cones via Grapevine Weddings; String of houses in Aix

Check out Nicole's corresponding registry board here and tune in through Thursday for more fun French travels! Also, check back later today for my own gifting tips based on this board! Au revoir!

Coming up ...

Jun 17, 2009

I'm heading out of town for a long weekend in Destin + Seaside, Fla., but I wanted to leave you with a sneak peek at what's in store for next week! I'm teaming up with Nicole, of Kirei Nest, to bring you something super fresh and fun and I can't wait to share it all!

While I'm gone, I hope you'll feel welcome to acquaint yourself with Nicole's gorgeous blog where she features daily registry and gifting inspiration {see her delicious board above?} and her pretty shop that is full of wonderful treasures, too!
See you all on Monday! :o)

Nostalgic wedding {in Australia!}

Jun 16, 2009

What's not to love about this Australian garden party wedding? The colors are just sublime and seem to melt into the gorgeous surroundings. Completely and utterly enchanting.

Their wedding was also recently featured in the May 09 issue of Bride to Be magazine. Check out the breathtaking spread:

See more insanely beautiful photos from this wedding here.
{Photos by SugarLove, originally found on frolic!}

Priscilla of Boston sample sale!

Pssst ... Priscilla of Boston is having a ONE DAY ONLY SAMPLE SALE in each of its 15 salon locations this Friday, June 19th. The sale will feature couture bridal gown creations starting at $199 {originally offered between $1,500 and $8,000} and bridesmaid and special event dresses starting at $19.99! So if you're near a PoB shop, make sure you stop in to check out these fabulous deals! ;o)

Flower girl frill

Jun 15, 2009

While a bride rightfully owns the spotlight on her wedding day, flower girls can elicit their fair share of oooohs and aaaaaahs from guests, too! I don't think there's anything sweeter than dressing a little one up in a basic empire-waisted dress {like the cute ones above} with a few fun accessories to keep them happy, too.

If the economy has you in a bind, try looking in a variety of places for flower girl dresses - there is beauty in simplicity and it's amazing what a monogrammed sash can do to create a polished and tailored look.

{Images: All via J.Crew}


Minna Designs

It's no secret that I view paper products the way most women view George Clooney. I melt. And that's exactly what happened when I came across Minna Designs today. All of Minna's invitations and announcements are completely customized to convey her clients' individuality which is clearly evident in the careful detailing and gorgeous designs. Here are just a few of my favorite invitation suites and save the dates from Minna:

Love the silhouette details!

And this letterpressed suite is so elegantly streamlined! Swoon.

This has to be one of the sweetest save the dates I've ever seen! If I received this beauty in the mail, it would stay on the fridge long after the wedding!

To see more of Minna's charming designs, visit her website here.

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Vintage fab

LOVING this adorable engagement shoot spotted on Style Me Pretty! See more here. {And does she not look like Rachel McAdams in The Notebook?! Reminds me of this shoot!}

{Photos by Kristin Vining}

Garden glam

When Trisha Fay e-mailed me about the great sale at her Etsy shop, The Beautiful Garden Boutique, I just had to share! Trisha is celebrating her 2nd year on Etsy and is offering 20% off all orders of 2 or more items for the entire month of June! She has gorgeous earrings and necklaces that would be great as bridal {or bridesmaids!} accessories so hurry over and take advantage of her generous offer before the end of June! ;o)

Pssst ...

Jun 12, 2009

Girls, I have a great inside tip for you! If you're shopping over at MagnetStreet Weddings, make sure to click on the 2 red joined hearts on their homepage {right above their testimonials} - When you click on them, you'll receive a 30% discount! Just make sure you do it before June 14th! Happy shopping! ;o)

Found Lost: The elusive Daphne dress

From the second I saw the simple lines of J.Crew's silk organza Daphne gown back in 2007, I was smitten ... albeit late. The dress was no longer available on the website and brides were already resorting to bidding wars over the few available on eBay and other sources.

I know there are still lots of brides searching madly for this gorgeous gown and that's why I just had to share this exciting post I came across on J.CrewAholics: A J.CrewAholic Sells Her Coveted Daphne Dress! Check it out and good luck! Wow - Thanks to Leigh for letting CB know the dress is unsurprisingly already gone! If you have leads or tips of where to find another, please share for other brides in the comments. :o)

Lowndes Grove loveliness

Jun 10, 2009

Whenever I visit Charleston Weddings, I start missing the lowcountry like mad! And it's no wonder when they feature such gorgeous locations like the Lowndes Grove Plantation:

For more from this dreamy shoot, click here.

{Photos by Peter Frank Edwards}