Name Change Express giveaway!

Nov 30, 2009

There are so many details to consider when planning a wedding that sometimes changing your name can take a seat on the back burner ... all the complicated and time-consuming paperwork ... definitely not as fun as cake tasting or dress shopping ...

That's where Name Change Express comes in, providing a simple and customized solution to an often dreaded task. In three simple steps, brides can change their name and enjoy a stress-free experience.

And Name Change Express is kindly offering a chance to win a $30 package to three lucky CB readers! Just leave a comment below, including a valid e-mail address, telling us how you plan to change your name {taking your husband's; moving your maiden name to your middle name; merging both your last names to create a new one, etc.}

And to gain an extra entry, just follow me on Twitter and let me know that you do in your comment. The deadline to enter is Saturday, December 5 at midnight CST. A winner will be announced the following Monday.

*Sponsored Post

Valentino love

Gahhhhhhh. Seriously, too stunning. And the fact that it's a pale blue makes me fall even deeper in love.
{Images from Valentino via This is Glamorous via the peak of chic}

A Sunday kind of Love ...

Nov 29, 2009

Being somewhat partial to fluffball kittens, {we have a sweet black + white wegie who is a handful and a half} I just melted when I saw this photo. It's become so commonplace to see pups all dolled up with pearls and ribbons on wedding days ... love seeing the trend crossing over to kitties!

{Image: Pronovias}

Our holiday cards!

Nov 28, 2009

Our holiday cards arrived in the mail this week from Minted and we couldn't be happier! And to family and friends who will be receiving these, I promise this is the last year we'll be using a wedding photo on the cards {two years in a row isn't too bad, is it?!} ...

Minted has also kindly offered an exclusive 15% discount on all holiday cards to Classic Bride readers! They have an amaaazingly huge {and gorgeous!} selection so I know you'll find the perfect card! Just use code CLASSICBRIDE09 at checkout to receive the discount. The code is valid from November 30th to December 6th.

{Photo by Look Photography}
This post is sponsored by Minted. Holiday cards c/o Minted.

Dreamy inspiration

Nov 27, 2009

Hope everyone had a great holiday! I'm taking a day off from the regularly scheduled Friday Classic Finds but don't worry, they'll be back next week! Thought I'd turn the table today and share a pretty Inspiring Images board from Gia over at Flights of Fancy ... check out the rest of her delicious inspiration boards, too!

ps. Check out the beautiful Thanksgiving board Gia recently pulled together. Fancy and homespun all at the same time. Perfect.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 26, 2009

I thought I'd take today to re-visit a festive holiday board I put together last year. Hope you have a wonderful holiday with lots of smiles, laughter and yummy food.

Wednesday Nesting: Holiday decor

Nov 25, 2009

Jumping the gun a bit, I know ... but just like when I was little, I can't wait for Christmas to come and I love bringing out all the decorations! My favorite is natural greenery - wreaths for the doors and garlands for the doorways. I remember being tiny and accompanying my Mom into our backyard, watching her trim foliage from the pine trees and creating the most beautiful fresh wreaths and swags of greenery for our porch railing ... Looking back now, I can't help but imagine how gorgeous those swags would be for an intimate holiday wedding. What's your favorite holiday decor?

{All images from Country Living}

Getting ready for the holiday ...

Nov 24, 2009

Lately I've been busy as a bee planning our Thanksgiving menu for the family {my first year cooking for everyone!}, setting out festive decor throughout the house and getting into the general spirit of the holidays ... and this fab inspiration board from Peach and Pearl seems to sum up all that's wonderful about this time of the year ... falling leaves, good company, pumpkins galore ... and, of course, giving thanks for all we've been blessed with ...

Anyone having a Thanksgiving wedding?

Beaaaautiful boleros

Nov 23, 2009

You can never go wrong with a little bolero or shrug and I am just over the moon for these two - so ethereal - they literally look like they were frosted with sugar. Love!
Tulle bolero: Eve of Milady, $995, Bridal Reflections; Beaded bolero: Monique Lhuillier for Kleinfeld, $2,500, Kleinfeld
{Images found on Merci New York}

A Sunday kind of Love ...

Nov 22, 2009

Loving the slip-style dress. Have a beautiful Sunday!

{Amber Valletta for Harper's Bazaar via A Cinderella Project}

Elegant Bride ...

Nov 21, 2009

Fab spread from an archived issue of Elegant Bride. I even love how that first photo looks rather ridiculously contrived and overly polished in a Stepford Wives-kind-of-way.

{Images found via The Cinderella Project}

Classic Finds: Dress forms on FoF

Nov 20, 2009

Continuing with my fall guest posts, click over to Flights of Fancy for my full inspiration board and post on incorporating dress forms - new or old - in your wedding ... love the idea of adhering escort cards to a form using straight pins for an authentic look ... Have other ideas? Share them in the comments section!

And while I'd really love to find a fabulous French vintage form for myself, this one from Restoration Hardware isn't looking too shabby! Have you found any great sources for finding dress forms? Let me know!

Update! I ended up finding and purchasing 3(!) vintage dress forms while I was living in Europe. I'm debating right now whether or not to sell my largest one which is a full body and authentically stamped "Paris" ... if you think you might be interested, email me at

Real Wedding: Phuong + Gregory

Nov 19, 2009

You might recognize the beaaaaautiful bride as Mrs. Perfume from Weddingbee or from her highly addictive wedding blog, Macarons and Marie: My Modern Vintage Wedding. Regardless, I got hooked long ago following along as she planned a most decadent affair, absolutely fit for a queen, and by queen I am, of course, referring to the always très-chic Marie Antoinette. ;o) Scroll down for more eye candy and some fabulous insight from the bride herself ...

Tell us about your wedding style ... :
All we knew in the beginning was that we were having a garden wedding at a historic mountain resort, The Homestead. The trend or fashion when I started wedding planning was "vintage." I interpreted this as 1930s, somewhere between old Hollywood and Gatsby. Gauzy, delicate, soft, and time-worn was the look combination I was going for. It worked very well with the setting. I blended in a bit of crisp 50s retro with my getaway dress (which my mom made from a vintage pattern).

Personal touches ... :
My mother made my veil out of two different types of vintage lace: Chantilly along the sides and a more substantial beaded Alençon at the bottom. She also sewed the bridesmaids dresses. I couldn't find the color I was looking for in ready-to-wear dresses, so my mom came to the rescue. I made macarons for the favors. The jewelry I wore was antique and vintage. Gregory's mom is an antiques dealer and has a garage full of amazing pieces. She gave me the vintage 1930s Art Deco earrings (the antique locket and clip I found on eBay). She also loaned us a bunch of old sterling ice buckets, water pitchers, and candlesticks for the centerpieces on our reception tables.

Favorite moment ... :
The stand-out moment of the wedding was when our officiant mistakenly read the marriage twice. So we kissed twice and are doubly married!

Advice to fellow brides ... :
It's easy to feel overwhelmed. Be present in the moment; find a minute or two to drink in the day. You will miss it otherwise.

And now, for all the nitty, gritty details:

Venue: The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia; set in the Allegheny mountains, it's a picturesque location. We had been going there on weekends for some time, and decided it would be the perfect location. I guess now we've solidified it as our special getaway place. In terms of wedding location, it was most convenient. Everything was right there in one spot so we didn't have to worry about transportation, lodging, etc. Also, the onsite coordinator made it so easy to plan.

Florist: Mountain Laurel Creations; a tiny start-up business. They were so accomodating and incredibly reasonable in their pricing. Last minute, I changed my bouquet to Amnesia roses, which were hard to source. They came through.

Dress: Vera Wang; it was a sample from; the amazing thing is that the only alteration needed was a little hemming.

Invitations and paper goods: Lindsey Ryan. She's incredible and did a great job combining my idea of vintage, Parisian flea market, Ladurée, garden, Chinoiserie/indochine into a fantastic paper suite.

Etc.: I was obsessed with Ladurée macarons. Unfortunately they don't ship to the U.S. I was also keen on making something by hand that I could give to guests. So I made macarons for our favors. For those who know the difficulties of making macarons, I found a fool proof recipe!
Thanks so much for sharing an intimate sneak peek of your wedding with us, Phuong! And congratulations to both of you - all the best wishes for a long and loving marriage! xox.
And make sure to check out Phuong's gorgeous Etsy shop, Little White Dress, filled with oh-so-chic handmade dresses and accessories for weddings & parties! I especially love the sweet heirloom ring pillow! Timeless.
{All photos by Tim and Jamie Jackson}

Wednesday Nesting, For the Well Dressed Home

Nov 18, 2009

I love coming across interesting home decor shops and that's just what I found when I clicked onto The Well Dressed Home several months ago. The site is brimming with beautiful things to fill your home - some are elegant, some are fun and silly, and some would be just perfect for a wedding.

The Well Dressed Home was kind enough to send me two of their fabulous boxwood wreaths featured above and while I currently have the beauties adorning our front and back entrance doors for the holidays, I think they would add such a refined touch to a wedding by gracing the double doors of a church or side doors to a garden ... remember this beautiful getaway idea using a boxwood wreath? All you'd really need is some white satin or velvet ribbon to tie and secure the wreath and presto! ... gorgeous + simple wedding decor!

Here's a few other items that I've been admiring from the shop:

This whitewash artichoke candle is the definition of classic. Would be stunning used as centerpieces on a long table for a modern, stream-lined reception.

Soaps almost too pretty to use - wouldn't they be a special touch in the bathroom for a seaside wedding?
The Well Dressed Home also has a vintage collection which I can't help but love, love, love! How cool is this art-deco styled box?! I think it would make such a unique gift for a special bridesmaid!

Enjoy shopping!

This post is sponsored by The Well Dressed Home. 

Chandelier of memories

Nov 17, 2009

Every time I think I'm tiring of Pottery Barn, they do something to reel me right back in. This time it was a paper chandelier. Seriously, how great is that?! As soon as I saw it, I starting thinking how sweet and sentimental it would be to cover it with memories - sepia-toned photos, movie stubs, love notes, pages from favorite books, photobooth strips - and, of course, display at a wedding. I think it would be fab to place a paper chandelier over every table and bonus points if you figured out a way to actually illuminate it ... it could spur great conversations among guests and you could include memories of your coupledom {is that a word?} as well as childhood memories from both your pasts. Love it? Buy the chandelier here.

{Originally found here}

Feathers + Brooches = Love

Nov 16, 2009

Wow! I'm really liking some of the styles from's new Black Label collection. Check them out here. Wouldn't they be fun for a rehearsal dinner? What do you think?

Brooklyn Bride's 3rd annual card swap!

Nov 15, 2009

So much fun! Thanks for putting it together again, Vane!

A Sunday kind of Love ...

Loving Livy's Apple Week over on A Field Journal ... click over for directions on how to make these delicious-looking caramel apples and enjoy your Sunday! Also so lovely for a fun spin on the wedding dessert bar.

Key to my heart ...

Nov 14, 2009

Continuing with the skeleton key trend from yesterday, I just adore this photo ... wouldn't it make such a sweet Save the Date?

{image by Elizabeth Messina}

Classic Finds: Antique Skeleton keys on FoF

Nov 13, 2009

Continuing with my fall guest posts, click over to Flights of Fancy for my full board and post on collecting vintage skeleton keys and for tips on incorporating them in your wedding ... so many great options ... adorable for decorating escort cards ... strung through ribbon, they make a great heirloom gift for bridemaids/flowergirls ... if you have another idea, please share in the comments!

And if you're hunting for your own, check out the collection of vintage skeleton keys I have available in my wedding boutique - there's a sneak peek in the top left photo above! {the smallest one is engraved and reads: "1 Natl. Cash Register Co.; Dayton, Ohio."}

Classic Bride featured in Southern Weddings magazine!

Nov 12, 2009

The second issue of Southern Weddings magazine hit newstands this week and I am so excited and honored to have been included not once, not twice, but three times in their fabulous publication! Below is a sneak peek at my mentions but make sure you pick up your own copy for a great big dose of beautiful wedding inspiration! Congratulations to SWS for another tremendous issue and a big, big thank you to Emily and all of the staff at Southern Weddings for including me! xox.

Quoted in the article, 60 Ways to Have a Southern Wedding:

Mentioned as a planning resource in the Destination Wedding Guide section:

... and mentioned as a blog love among the best of company:

My kind of frosting ...

Totally in the mood for some diamond eye candy today. Which is your fave?

{Images from Martha Stewart found here}

Wednesday Nesting

Nov 11, 2009

We have been shopping for a new couch/sectional for our newlywed nest for over a year now. I've just had the toughest luck finding anything that appeals to my aesthetic in local shops. I fell in love with Room & Board's mid-century + streamlined designs but the closest shop is almost 8 hours away in Atlanta - boo! I've been thinking about a few leather couches from Restoration Hardware ... has anyone else experienced such disappointing couch shopping or is it just me?
If you have any suggestions for comfy mid-century designs, please let me know. I'm certainly open to suggestions. :o)
{Tufted blue sectional via Veranda magazine}

Rooftop love

Nov 10, 2009

Absolutely LOVING the Hotel St. James sign in the background for this rooftop wedding in San Diego! So classic in an old-school-made-new kind of way.

Breakfast at Tiffany's ... in a whole new light

Nov 9, 2009

A friend sent me a link to this spread last weekend and I couldn't wait to share it with you! Utterly Engaged - a wedding e-magazine that I highly suggest you start scouring for ideas if you haven't already - put a modern wedding spin on the timeless Breakfast at Tiffany's and I am in looove. Unlike the typical translation of using Tiffany blue on everything, they instead drenched the palette in colors that were present in Holly Golightly's apartment - pops of white, pinks and reds. So very fresh! Check out the full spread here.

A Sunday kind of Love ...

Nov 8, 2009

Possibly the best e-shoot prop ever! Takes me back to Valentine's Days filled with balloons, conversation hearts and those cards you buy in packs at the grocery to give to all your classmates ... lots and lots of simple happiness - the best kind. See more from the shoot here.