Thursday, October 8, 2009

speedier thank you notes?

I love a handwritten note, and I enjoy writing them. I think a poorly written thank you is better than a typed one. I still thought FontCapture was kind of a neat idea- particularly for brides. You fill out a template, scan it in and you can create your own font. A little thank you note at the back of your programs, or your signature on the menu, would be more personal than a swirly font. It could work for holiday cards or valentines.

Our scanner is being crabby, so I can't test it out, but here is a sample from the site:

At the very least, it would be fun to make your own font. Would you consider using this for thank you notes?

Friday, October 2, 2009

broke-ass bride's wedding in a week!

If you haven't been over to the Broke-Ass Bride yet, I definitely recommend that you go! She is doing a full week of fabulous giveaways. DIY facials, favors, aisle runners- everything you could need and all yours for the taking! Her blog isn't so hard to read either. She is one funny lady!

I particularly love the wedding map giveaway courtesy of Pantomime Papers.

Colorful and fun, these maps are guaranteed to knock your guests socks off. Good luck!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

erica barraca photography

My friend and former coworker Erica had a hobby of taking beautiful photographs of friends and family. Everyone has been begging her to make a real business of her immense talent, and she has finally done it! Here is her lovely website with some examples of her work. Congrats, Erica!

Monday, July 20, 2009

everything but the dress launch party

The Left Bank Jewelry in Lincoln Park is starting a blog and hosting a little blog launch party on Wednesday night. This is such a sweet shop, I definitely recommend visiting, even if not for the party. Lots of fun and affordable jewels, custom veils and a variety of other wedding paraphernalia. If you know whats good for you, you will also coordinate your visit with a trip to Sweet Mandy B's across the street. Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting... droool...

Flower image from Arne G

Thursday, May 7, 2009

a dress for my mother, part 1

My mom and I share clothes. Well, if we are being honest, I steal her clothes. We have very similar taste and gravitate toward the same stores and styles. She is a few inches shorter than me, leaving most pants off limits, but tops and dresses are fair game. I was one of the lucky girls who actually liked the clothes that my mother bought me for my birthday. I never imagined that shopping for her "mother of the bride" dress would be such a challenge.

What is with all the jackets? For a fancy event, Mom might grab a cardigan or wrap to keep herself warm at night. The matching jacket is kind of a conservative move. It definitely works for some women and it sometimes adds a little style to the ensemble. I get this look- although maybe not in that color!

My mom, however, is not a dress and jacket kind of lady. We wanted something flattering and fun. Something cocktail length, nothing strapless, nothing too short or low cut and no black (mom's decision). She also didn't want to spend more than a few hundred dollars. This is what we found.


All are lovely, but none were suited to my mom. A little too country club, not enough 50's dance hall. We did most of our research online and bought a few/returned a few. Next time, I can show you the dress and her runner-up.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

mother of the wedding fashion show

For the Chicago readers-

CS Brides and A'Lamour are offering a fashion show for the mommas! My mom and I had such a hard time trying to find her dress and I know others are in the same boat. I thought this might help- or at very least provide a list of new sources. There might even be a few dresses that don't come with a matching jacket!

A L'Amour & CS Brides present the Mothers of the Wedding Fashion Show

Sunday, May 17th

Fashion Show at A L'Amour

236 West Northwest Highway | Barrington

Featuring selections from Alyce, Cameron Blake, Daymor, Damianou, Jade, Jade Couture, Jovani, Modern Trousseau, Montage, Rina di Montella and introducing a new resource, Marisa Baratelli.

Please call for time and additional information. Limited Seating and Reservations Required


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

pretty hairpieces

Anthropologie has a few bridal worthy and cost-effective hairpieces on their site. I love how frilly and feminine they are- although the Lilac Breeze Barrette does come in black and a lovely shade of yellow.
I saw the Duchess Headband while out shopping on Monday. The metallic thread and glass beading give it a little more sparkle than it might appear in the photo.
I love the vintage looking lace on the Honeysuckle Headband. The glass buttons also glam it up a bit.

Friday, April 24, 2009

fire lilly truffle cones

For the ice cream loving couple... I thought these FireLilly Gourmet Truffle Cones would be a pretty adorable favor or addition to the out-of-towner bag or candy bar.

They come in six flavors, including my personal favorite, peanut butter. They are individually wrapped and come in a convenient Costco-worthy container.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

miss maisy

There are very few things that I regret from our wedding. The major one is that I didn't surgically attach my bouquet to my wrist. Another is that we don't have any photos of our beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Maisy. The Catholic church isn't big on dogs walking brides down the aisle, but she was present that day. She was allowed to stay at our hotel, which means that I got to see her that morning and she was living it up with the rest of us at the after party. I do not, however, have any photos of her.

While looking through these photos of Juliet and Gregor's gorgeous wedding on snippet & ink, all I could think was "damn!" I mean, dogs at weddings? Genius!

How freaking cute is little Gwenyth?

All photography by Meg Smith.

And here Maisy, lounging on our deck, wondering why she couldn't have been a dog model.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

anne benjamin

The Daily Candy Chicago Wedding Guide came this morning. I love the DC wedding guide for it's ability to point out small but fabulous local vendors. Take, for instance, Chicago invitation designer Anne Benjamin. Even her envelopes are cool.

I wouldn't want to send this back to the bride and groom!

A modern take on the classic silhouette

And a matching brunch invitation


A simple invitation which really highlights the letterpress-And a not so simple liner to surprise the reader.

Daily Candy also launched a site entirely dedicated to weddings today. Be sure to check it out!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

little birdy

I saw this gorgeous arrangement on Saipua this morning and it reminded me of my sad, stolen bouquet. The fact that it plays into my recent fascination with birdy things isn't hurting, either. If only she could ship to Chicago...

Our dear departed friend.

Friday, April 10, 2009

sarah seven

UPDATE: Please consider the comments below before purchasing from Sarah Seven. I have not had personal experience with her dresses, but almost a year after writing this post, I am still getting negative feedback. She also took down her etsy shop, which removed an easy way to find reviews.

My sister sent me a link to Sara Seven's etsy shop (UPDATE: her shop is now closed) yesterday and we drooled over the gorgeous fabrics and frothy layers of sustainable fabrics. The photography alone will grab your attention. Then Daily Candy sent me news that she had just launched her own online dress shop and I felt compelled to share it with you, just in case you missed it. Oh, and she donates part of the proceeds to charity. Warm fuzzies!

Some bridal, some just fabulous, but all right up my alley.

Peaceful Afternoon, in short and long

And my absolute favorite...

Thursday, April 9, 2009

new house photos- the second floor

Let's go upstairs, shall we?

Creepy hallway before...
Now its my office/cozy reading space/laundry room (around the wall on the left)

The old master...and new.
We had to move walls around, so the space looks quite different. Jake's office before...

and now.
Old master bath-
Taking pictures of bathrooms is tough! Please ignore the ugly bottles in my shower.

A final shot of the whole home.
Up next- landscaping, window treatments, more paint. I have heard from other home owners that your house is never done- I believe it! We are going to rest and enjoy it for a bit :)
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