Archive for February, 2010

Brooklyn Bridge Is Falling Down

February 24, 2010

I had to post this… because I’ll be walking on Brooklyn Bridge, coffee in hand, with one of my best friends, one week from today! The anticipation is killing me.

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Photo courtesy Simply Bloom Photography. What a gorgeous engagement shoot! View the rest here:  http://simplybloomphotography.com/blog/?p=1577

Color Me Prada!

February 24, 2010

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Don’t these just just make you happy? Looking at these leather suitcases from Prada’s Trolley collection makes me long for another stamp in my passport. And, for the price of a plane ticket to a really exotic locale, one of these beauties could be mine. Sigh.

Golden Girl

February 23, 2010

I found this dress in a wedding magazine, while waiting in a doctor’s office lobby. Rather than tear the page out (which I would never do… or maybe only if nobody’s watching!), I just did an image search for the Monique Lhuillier and found this one of Eva Mendes at the CNN “Heros” event. Isn’t the dress, with it’s gold matchstick print, stunning? LOVE!

Red Carpet Soiree: CNN Heroes Awards and AMA

The dress is so great, I’m really glad that she paired it with plain open toed pumps, elegant hair and no jewelry. Gorgeous!

Love Is Sweet

February 23, 2010

August 1, 2008, the night of our first date, Will brought me a big bunch of stargazer lillies… and I gave him a doughnut with sprinkles.

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Turns out, love is the sweetest gift of all!

**I think this would be a fun wedding favor: a cute doughnut with a sticker that says the above?

Sacrificial Love

February 23, 2010

A friend (thank you Robin!) recommended I take a look at Almasy Photography and I stumbled across photos from a couple involved at NorthPoint, where I go to church. Jenn & Billy had amazingly beautiful pictures overall, but I was especially struck by the two below.

In their ceremony, which was held at the Alpharetta campus on North Point (I think), they washed each others feet, to symbolize the sacrificial love required in marriage, as a reflection of Christ’s sacrificial love for us. How amazing and humbling to take time to do this in your wedding ceremony!

I loved looking at these photos because it’s so clear what a worshipful experience their wedding was. I don’t know these two personally, but I sort of feel like I’ve seen a little bit of their hearts by looking at their photos. They were stunning!

You can see the rest on the Almasy blog: http://www.almasyphoto.net/index.php?s=jen+%26+bill&sbutt=Find

If you’re having a higher budget wedding (their packages can run over $10K), definitely check Almasy out – their photos are gorgeous!

I Carry You In My Heart

February 19, 2010

My dad died when I was 11 years old and my mom’s dad – “Daggy” to me – lost his battle with cancer when I was 16. He and I were super-close, and as for my Daddy, I remember after the funeral crying and asking, “Who’s going to walk me down the aisle?!” in the typical innocence of a grieving child. The question of who is walking me down the aisle has yet to be resolved… but now that I’m actually planning a wedding, I really want to find a way to honor Daddy, Daggy and Will’s grandparents, with whom he was particularly close.

I stumbled across the below photo on Los Angeles-based event designer Beth Helmstetter’s blog and LOVE this idea. They are mini photos of people who can’t physically be with you the day of your wedding… elegantly tied to the bride’s bouquet.

Does anyone know where to get tiny photos framed? I’d really like to do this… and, since I’m pretty sure Will hasn’t actually read my blog yet, I may even try to make it a surprise.

Train’s Coming Through!

February 18, 2010

A little-known fact about my fiance: he is an artist and used to paint on trains and in train yards (perhaps not always sanctioned by the trains’ owners, but it was in his younger, wilder days!).

So, when I found these photos, I thought they would be such a neat piece of engagement photo inspiration. Love them!

I should have paid attention to where I found them… but I have no idea. Oops!

Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

February 18, 2010

I love etsy.com. It’s like an online marketplace for designers of all kinds of fun goods – jewelry, handmade clothes, letterpress stationary, decor, furniture. I found these cute “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” cards from a designer called Sweet Bella Cards. If you click the photo below, it’s linked through to the online store.

Will you be my Bridesmaid Folded Note Cards

In my excitement to ask my girls (Elizabeth, Brittany, Stephany, Nicole, Katy & Katie) to be my bridesmaids, the night Will & I got engaged I called all of them and asked them right away, over the phone. I wish I would have been more patient, and sent each of them one of these adorable keepsakes.

Ladies, if you’re reading this (even though you’ve already said yes!), “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?”

Family Jewels

February 18, 2010

I have to thank my friend Elizabeth (and maid of honor!) for sending this to me. San Juan, CA floral designer Amanda Heer does more than just real flower arrangements for weddings & events. She does these gorgeous bouquets made entirely of jewelry! The best part is that, while live flowers die (disclaimer: I’m absolutely planning to have real flowers at my wedding!), these last forever and become family heirlooms.

brooch bouquets!
www.broochbouquets.com or email fabflorals@cox.net
It’s simple: You collect pieces of jewelry (brooches, earrings, pendants, watches, etc… new or old) from friends and family. Send about 50 of them – they don’t have to be flowers – to Heer, letting her know which are your favorites. She’ll put them together ($350) and ship them back to you in just a week.
I found this photo on her blog – how special to give a brooch bouquet to your grandmother as a gift? It would be like an anthology of all of her special real & costume jewelry. Love this idea!

BANANAS!

February 17, 2010

I adore J. Mendel’s design asthetic – so etherial and light. I especially love this style board (via www.style.com). In fact, if the short mustard colored dress wasn’t nearly $5,000, I would have my bridesmaids wear a style like that. Aren’t they gorgeous? They look like lovely, modern flowers.

J Mendel Spring Collection as a wedding dress

For a somewhat more reasonable price, I found the below on Etsy.com from a Portland- based designer named Sarah Seven. This one is still $475. Sigh…

Tulip Dress