Friday, May 29, 2009


I will be going on a whirlwind trip to Palm Springs Sunday night for The Sunday Wedding. I am SO f-ing excited. I wish the boy can make it up but I will be taking my good friend who will soon be engaged I'm sure. If anyone else is going give me a holler. I will be the one with champagne in one hand and a cupcake in the other!


Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Oh sorry. That's just the sound of me drooling on my desk over this wedding shoot. Of course, everything is styled with Anthropologie. This is mix n' match perfection in my mind and I just want to roll around in it and lick it and squeeze it forever and ever. Thank you Erin for posting this!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Now back to the Sparkles

Dear Elsa,

I have never been a sequins kind of girl. Beading and lace make me break out in hives. Maybe it was all the dance costumes I was forced into as a child. But you, with your dreamy Milk fibers and your delicious, hand-sewn. vintage metal paillettes, could make a girl give up everything she believed was good and true in this world.

xoxo forever.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wedding Envy

It's quite unlike me to write two serious posts in a row but there is just something I have to get off my chest.

A couple of weekends ago a girl I know became engaged. She and I are about as different as can be when it comes to money and how we choose to spend our money. I'm pretty sure there have been few times in her life that she has felt want for anything. I would classify my family as middle class. I was always well fed and well clothed and well educated but money was still something that was not just handed out. My own funds are not that substantial so I pick and choose what I spend my hard-earned cash on. Spending thousands upon thousands of dollars on one day (even though that one day IS very important and significant) does not quite make the list of necessities in my life.

BUT I have been feeling severe pangs of wedding envy recently. Though the newly engaged couple is, well, newly engaged the planning process is already in full swing. This weekend there are wedding dress search plans with mom (dresses BEGIN at $2,500). There is no doubt in my mind that the minimum budget for this little soiree will be close to 50K. Yes, I think that's ridiculous but part of me still wishes that I could actually make happen any and all of the ideas that pop up in my head with no worry of the pretty penny it will take to get there.

I'm just going to take comfort in idea that in the end love is all you need and all you need is love.
Anyone else been feeling the wedding envy blues?

UPDATE: Thank you all for your comments! I know that our wedding will be magical and unique and a blast. Sometimes I just wish it wasn't such a hassle to pull this beast off. But I know it will be worth it in the end. MWAH!

{photo via beautiful paper}

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hand-crafted Ceremony

We have been thinking about our ceremony recently. Out here in blogland we tend to get carried away with flowers and sparkles and tulle and feathers. But the ceremony and the promises that we make to our other is really the most important part of the day, correct?

In the beginning, we were all about the Quaker ceremony. My mother, on the other hand, was not a fan. She does not speak in public. And, honestly, neither do I. I break out in hives and usually black out half way through with no recollection of what was said or done. Why would I want to put other people through that? Did I really think people would be so overcome with joy and love for us that they would forget their insecurities and anxiety??? Would I speak at a friend's Quaker ceremony? Maybe but most likely not. So we have decided to look into other options and hand-craft every aspect of the event. I love that word - hand-craft - especially when I think about handcrafting something with my man.

I came across this reading on Wedding Cabaret and it really touched me. I was so reminded of all the conversations of "us" and "someday" that we have had throughout our relationship. It fits us so perfectly and I would love for our friend and officiant to read it at some point.

by Robert Fulghum

"You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks - all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will and you will and we will”- those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe”- and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “ You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed- well, I meant it all, every word.” Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another- acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this- is my husband, this- is my wife "

And another I saw a moment ago on Ordinary Things. A sweet reading from one our lovelies, perhaps?

From Everything is Illuminated
by Jonathan Safran Foer

“This was the world in which she grew and he aged. They made for themselves a sanctuary from Trachimbrod, a habitat completely unlike the rest of the world. No hateful words were ever spoken, and no hands raised. More than that, no angry words were ever spoken, and nothing was denied. But more than that, no unloving words were ever spoken, and everything was held up as another small piece of proof that it can be this way, it doesn't have to be that way; if there is no love in the world, we will make a new world, and we will give it heavy walls, and we will furnish it with soft red interiors, from the inside out, and give it a knocker that resonates like a diamond falling to a jeweler's felt so that we should never hear it."

How have you hand-crafted your ceremony? What readings did you choose?

Real Wedding: Nathalie and Cory

I was researching MD photographers for a friend's wedding and I came across this amazing wedding shot by Studio Mathewes. I love her dress and the wild flowers and the woods! I love that they incorporated so many local and indie sellers (learn more here) like Amanda Archer and SmittenXOXO.

Thank you, Jocelyn, for letting me share these gorgeous photos!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Notti d'Estate

This whole setting makes me think of Fellini, summer nights, friends, wine and really yummy food. Now if only I spoke one of the romance languages.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Floaty Earthy Beach Board

I know I know. I got a little overwhelmed with the boards. But I couldn't resist doing an "earthy floaty" board for Red Frame!

It's in the Blood

I wouldn't take back my engagement photos for the world BUT if I could do another shoot I would totally head down to M Theory or Lou's for some record time. This couple is just so freakin' adorable! Check out Ben Blood's blog and website for more photos.


I need to get my butt to LA and check out all the stellar spaces up there. I just discovered Royal/T today and it is a dream. OK, the Japanese girls in french maid outfits kind of scare me but, still, how fun would it be to have a wedding here!?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

"Love is better than rehab, any day."

I watched They All Laughed a couple of weeks ago and fell in love with Patti Hansen. She is so fierce and funny and sexy and I wish she had done more movies. Instead she married Keith Richards of Rolling Stones fame. Here's what he had to say about it -

"...besides, shit, I'm gonna try anything. And if I'm gonna try anything like marriage, I'm only gonna try it once. And if I'm gonna try it once, it's gonna be with this chick..."

Best Man Mick Jagger!

PS: Yes, they are still married!

{photos via Child of the Moon}

Monday, May 11, 2009

Go Fly a Kite

I'm over balloons. What can I say? My attention span matches that of a toddler. Let's move on. Kites, anyone?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Come on in...the Water's Fine

I am about ready to scratch everything and have the wedding here. Late night pool party, anyone? I'm planning on inviting my parents' neighbors/family friends and they have a pretty sweet heated pool. Perhaps they wouldn't mind some drunk punks jumping in post-nuptials!

Seriously, this couple can't REALLY be this good looking in real life. Can they???

{photos by Erin Hearts Court}

And here's another poolside affair I've been admiring lately.

Rachel and Austin

This was my reaction as I scrolled down this post over at Tea and Whimsy - "Oh, cute"..."oh SO cute"..."CUUUUUTE!". Needless to say, this wedding is freakin' cute. 'Nuff said.

{photos by Amelia Lyon}

The Great Polaroid Hand-off

With our mini-budget we can't really afford a photographer. Lucky for me I LOVE the look of polaroid wedding pictures. I wouldn't be opposed to handing my Spectra AF off to my friends and having them snap away.

Michelle Pullman