Thursday, March 27, 2008


My florist and I had been trying to come up with some unique containers for my centerpieces when I remembered my mom's collection of milkglass. Her mother, my Grammy, actually started the collection and since her passing my mom and my aunt have slowly begun to inherit the collection. Here is the whole collection and some of her larger pieces.

How well do you think they would work for flowers? We need to start buying more- which should be a lot of fun- and I am wondering which size and style would work best.

lisa spagnolo

Daily Candy gave me the heads up on Lisa Spagnolo's adorable totes and clutches. She has a website (that seems to still be in the works), a blog and an etsy shop. Here are some of my favorites. The first one would be a great something blue...

Friday, March 21, 2008

luckie paperie

While strolling through my feed stats, I noticed that quite a few readers had been referred by Lucky Paperie. I had to go check it out, and what a fun find! The blog is written by the owners of the Lucky Paperie invitation shop in is still pretty new, but there are some wonderful ideas there, including inspiration boards paired with some of their adorable letterpress invites. My favorite was the yellow and brown color pallete.


One of my "big ideas", back from when my planning began so long ago, was to cover the place card table with huge pieces of wheatgrass. I would use little garden markers as the place cards and ask the florist to create a big, organic and garden looking arrangement to shoot up through the center of the table. This image from Dilly Lily is what got me thinking about wheatgrass.

Wouldn't this be even cuter with lots of miniature flowers springing up all over the place?

I ended up deciding that wheatgrass didn't complement the look that I was going for as it is a little too whimsical rather than vintage Secret Garden. I still love it and I have been trying to convince others to go for it. This urn arrangement from housemartin would be a wonderful centerpiece to complement those placecards.

Any takers?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

i heart ranunculus

One of the few (very few) upsides of having your home on the market is that you have an excuse to buy yourself fresh flowers. I bought a few bunches of bright yellow tulips and gorgeous orange roses on Monday and promised myself that I would lay off on flower purchases until they were gone. Unfortunately, that promise was forgotten tonight when spotted some ranunculus at Costco. I am a total sucker for those flowers and I rarely see them in the grocery store. I had to buy them. They are out of season for the wedding, so I better enjoy them while I can!

Here are some photos I took of the ranunculus and roses together. I have been staring at them all night.

You can see our cute little Roomba slaving away in the back :)

All my photos were pretty crappy and it got me thinking about taking a photography class. Let me know if you have any tips for photographing flowers- I could use them!

Friday, March 14, 2008

simply flowers

After seeing Melinda and Dan's wedding, I have had a thing for white flowers with lotsa greens. In this mindset, it was fun finding the Simply Flowers site.

So clean, classic and pretty.

mrs. and mrs.

I received an email yesterday from OutVite, an online invitation company specifically targeting same sex couples. Here are a few of the samples that they included in the email. They are elegant and I love the colors, but what do they have to do with same sex couples? I see the "Mr. and Mr." but I can't imagine that you couldn't ask the invitation company to have whatever you like written there.

I read the email and headed out for the day, but it stuck in the back of my mind. There are a handful of wedding invitations out there that have a silhouette of a bride and groom, but most are very similar to the designs above. You can find invitations that go from very pink and feminine to very classic and without obvious gender stereotype to masculine. Invitation companies ask how you would like it worded, so the names can be whatever you would like. Other than the text, how could you look at the invite and know the gender of each part of the couple?

When I got back home, I went to the site. I found these:
Doing a quick search of most of the major online invitation shops, I couldn't find anything like these. If a couple wanted to emphasize the fact that they were both of the same gender, this would be a nice option. They are cute and sweet. I also realized that shower and bachelorette invitations have cutesy couples on them or just a bride in her gown. Something is still bothering me about this though...

I think it is the target marketing. The email said something along the lines of "same sex marriages were still controversial, but who cares? We can make some money off this new trend!" Ew. It reminds me of "Those crazy brides will pay anything for a wedding cake! Who cares if we are charging twice as much for the same cake?" Just as I dislike when Sally Hensen sends me an email about nail polish for brides, I dislike the targeting of same sex couples. I can't imagine that my taste in design would change if I was marrying a woman instead of a man. I am not in that community, however, so maybe there really was a need.

What do you all think? Are any readers in a same sex couple and have felt left out in regards to the invitations?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

melinda & dan's gorgeous chicago wedding

For the past few days, Brooklyn Bride has been posting photos from the wedding of Chicago couple Melinda and Dan. The pictures are gorgeous, the couple was adorable and I was patiently waiting, hoping, that Vane would say something about her vendors. My waiting paid off! (Thank you, Vane :)

First, the eye candy!

I could tell from the photos that her reception was held at the very cool Prairie Productions. The large windows, gorgeous views of Chicago and "blank canvas" make this place one of the most exciting venues around the city. Melinda sounded very pleased with her menu, so I was excited to hear that she used my caterer, Calihan Catering. I was not surprised that the flowers had been designed by Botanicals. They are insanely creative and their work is always unique.

Here is her complete list of vendors for the Chicago brides. What a gorgeous wedding!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

what to do in austin?

UPDATE: I was totally wrong about the movie passes! Jake and I went to see We are Wizards yesterday (it was adorable) and we are planning to see another one this afternoon. There have also been enough parties to keep us pretty busy. Thank you all for your suggestions! I think we might be going to the South Congress area later today.

I am tagging along with Jake as he attends the nerd (Interactive) portion of South By Southwest. I have never been to Texas so I am very excited to wander around while he is doing the conference thing. The music fest doesn't start until after we leave on Monday and you have to buy a pricey conference pass to watch the movies. Sooo... I am looking for something fun stuff to do in Austin- preferably close to downtown (so that I can walk), although I am open to anything. Does anyone have any recommendations? Any fun wedding shopping that I can do while I am here?

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

j'aime l'aubergine

My bridesmaids threw me for a loop on Sunday and chose aubergine for their dresses. I have never been a fan of purple and had been leaning towards chocolate brown. My sister, who is ahead of the curve on anything fashion related, went right for the purples when the fabric swatches came out. She had been thinking about my previous color selections and thought that deep purple would complement it well.

Here is my old board:

Here is the color sample from the Simple Silhouettes website (where we are ordering our dresses from):

And here is what happens when they collide:

Clockwise from the top: Livia Cetti bouquet, K-Amato necklace, tablescape from Oh, How Charming!, MS cake, Jennifer Behr hairpiece, drinks from InStyle Weddings, Oh, How Charming!, candles from MS, invite from Ceci NY, centerpiece via Brown Turtleneck Sweater, Vera Wang gown via Brooklyn Bride, Simple Silhouettes dress, K-Amato earrings

My all-time favorite bouquet already had aubergine in it, which validated my decision. What do you think?
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