Archive for June, 2010

It’s All In Your Head

June 30, 2010
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Kyna Hairpiece, by Lo Boheme

Memorable weddings (or events, for that matter!) are all about the details, and one of the next details I need to focus on is the veil. I found these that I love by Lo Boheme, each handmade by a designer / artist team out of San Diego.

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Penelope, by Lo Boheme

Lo Boheme hair pieces

I hope I’m brave enough to really make a statement with whatever I pick… I’m hoping to find something sweet and elegant for the ceremony and then something bold and, dare I say, funky for the reception. My dress will definitely lend itself to both styles, so now I just need to be inspired. Recommendations welcome!

<3, Jennifer

These Boots Are Made For Walkin’

June 22, 2010
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Can you see me? I'm in the national gardens in Caracas, Venezuela. Spot the boots? Summer, 2007.

Do you have one piece of clothing or jewelry that seems to be present in a lot of significant moments in your life? It doesn’t have to be expensive (heirloom jewelry) or special by virtue of what it is (a Hermes scarf, for example)… just something that you love and makes you feel like the best version of yourself when you wear it. For me, it’s a pair of tan boots. Full disclosure, they’re from Target from years ago, right when the whole calf-length cowboy-style boots were becoming popular. I saw them (probably priced less than $30) and thought, “Why not?”

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With my mom, Debra, at the fountain on Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain. Such a fun mom / daughter trip!

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In front of the Eiffel Tower, Paris on the second leg of the Spain / France trip, 2006.

They have become my go-to footwear favorites and have traveled with me to France, Spain, Kenya, Venezuela and I was wearing them when Will proposed. They’re comfortable and pretty much “all weather.”

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Playing with some little friends in Ngaamba, Kenya (couple hours from Nairobi), January 2009. You can sort of see the boots.

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I'm jumping up & down & screaming... I don't even think I cried - just squealed!

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ENGAGED!!!

When it came time to decide on outfits (or in Will’s case “clothes,” since he was quick to remind me that guys don’t do “outfits”) for our engagement shoot with Alea, I knew I had to fit the boots in somehow.

They’ve taken me from being a single, world-traveling girl to an engaged, about-to-be-married girl (it’s weird for me to say “woman”… I’m not quite 30 yet, so I can get away with it for a bit longer!)… And I look forward to taking them on many more adventures (hopefully around the world!) as Will’s wife!

Color Me Inspired

June 18, 2010

Cameron Diaz is not necessarily one of my favorite actresses today, but when she gets it right style-wise, she really gets it right (often styled by Rachel Zoe). I’ve loved the magenta + turquoise combination for a while now, but as my friend Elle put it, “no one has done it as well as Cameron.”

Here she is at the The Met’s Costume Institute Gala in 2007 – stunning magenta dress and chunky, vintage-y turquoise accessories.

I also love the Van Cleef & Arpels turquoise & diamond necklace Eva Mendes wore to the 2009 Golden Globes – so bold against her structured white frock.

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I’ve *definitely* chosen bridesmaids dresses – FINALLY! We’re doing gorgeous, floor-length Dessy gowns in “merlot” (a magenta-y color) with turquoise accents. I know the turquoise might make it slightly more spring/summer, but I love it, so I don’t really care. Isn’t it a fun, different, color combo? And, since each ‘maid will have her own dress, she’ll also have her own, unique turquoise jewelry to go with. Check – another decision made (and blogged about, so that makes it totally final, right?).

<3,

Jenn

Wedding Trends To L-O-V-E

June 17, 2010

I’ve never really liked the term “trendy.” It always makes me think of a teenager who shops exclusively at 5-7-9 and says the word “Mom” with 15 syllables (the ability to do this is the precise reason why my own mom never wanted to be called that).

All that being said, trends are part of what propels culture (and, for the purposes of this post, weddings) forward. Some – like jams, slap bracelets, feathered bangs and poofy-sleeved bridesmaids dresses – are so over. Others, like the ones below, are making me think twice about some of the expected, traditional choices for my own wedding. Who knows? Perhaps I’ll figure out a way to pioneer some trends of my own…

  • Eat local: Regardless of where you live, chances are something is grown locally. Why not incorporate it into your menu? Some ideas for Georgia would be peaches, Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese for a cheese course (they are known for their Asher Blue – a salty, crumbly blue cheese. MMM.) and pecans (pie anyone?). Not only is it a way to keep sustainability in mind, but if you get things in season, it could help cut costs.
  • A group photo of ALL the guests: I’m definitely doing this one. After the wedding party walks out of the church, we’re going to have our minister ask everyone to remain in their seats – then we’ll come back in and have our photographer come in and get a panoramic view of everyone who’s there. How neat to have all your nearest & dearest in one shot!
  • Photobooth: Another one that I’m totally doing! I’ve loved the “SmileBooth” concept since I first saw it on Our Labor of Love’s site. But, having a pro set it all up would add about $1,000 (that I do not have!) to my budget. So, I believe I’ve figured out how to DIY-it, with the help of my very tech-savvy photography-buff future brothers-in-law. I’ll do a whole post about how to set it up later, but it’s a completely fun way to give guests both something interactive and entertaining at the wedding… all while documenting some silly moments that the bride & groom would never see otherwise.

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  • Mini-Food: Think about doing something special that will make guests smile, right at the beginning of your reception. Ideas are endless – think mini-grilled cheese sandwiches, tiny pulled pork or hamburger sliders, personal crudites and lobster bisque served in an espresso cup. Guests will love the whimsical, just-one-bite twist on some classic comfort food. Bonus – no utensils needed!
  • Family Photos: One of my favorite weddings I’ve been to recently (hi, Ellie & Clint!!) featured a huge table by the escort cards full of wedding photos from the bride & groom’s families – their parents, grandparents and maybe even great-grands. What a neat way to honor your personal history and the legacy the new couple is a part of!
  • Non-Traditional Shoes in Bold Colors: Yet another trend I’m totally on board with. I love shoes (have I mentioned this before? If not yet, just wait…) – the higher the heel, the better. I’m on the hunt for something stunning to wear the day of… and they most certainly won’t be white. I love the idea of a fun pop of color peeking out as I walk down the aisle (and later, dance the night away). Aren’t the Christian Louboutins below gorgeous? Pink isn’t so much the color I’m looking for, but stunning shoes, nonetheless.

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  • Temporary Augmentation: The beauty buzz words these days in terms of bridal are spray foundation (flawless, HD finish from dawn ’til dusk), hair extensions (think Victoria’s Secret waves), spray tans (no need to use your wedding as an excuse for skin damage!) and eyelash extensions (self-explanatory!). I’m considering all of the above – all brides want to look like themselves… perhaps just a slightly upgraded version.
  • Cheers!: A full open bar for the duration can get crazy-expensive. I’m hearing about / seeing a lot of brides opt for an alternative – signature cocktails or a series of signatures. Some brides choose to have a cocktail created for their reception and named something significant to the bride & groom (like the “S-Rated” cocktail some girls & I did for our friends Stephany & Samm). A twist on this would be to serve local wines or beers or something more elaborate like a margarita or mojito bar. What about a coffee bar with cordials (Kahlua, Bailey’s, Frangelico, etc…) as mix-ins? It’s a fun excuse to be extra-creative… and maybe do some taste-testing.

I haven’t begun to scratch the surface, but part of the benefit of blogging while wedding planning is that you have an online record of all the ideas you’ve run across. Perhaps it’s time to embrace my inner trend-follower…

Let Them Eat (Little) Cakes!

June 16, 2010

My fiance reminds me frequently that he’s “just not a dessert person” – these reminders tend to come when I look longingly at the dessert menu or even bring some kind of sweet treat home. I, on the other hand, LOVE dessert. I don’t have an over-active sweet tooth, but I would say that I have a healthy appreciation for chocolate, tarts, cupcakes, ice cream and such.

In lieu of a groom’s cake, Will has requested his favorite dessert – apple pie – be served at the end of our reception. I’m happy to oblige, but I also want something really fun and memorable for our wedding case – something that’s a bit of a departure from the standard tiered white cake. In my constant trolling of wedding blogs, I found this stunning wedding on Green Wedding Shoes. This super-creative couple (Leslie & James) in California didn’t tell their guests where the wedding was – they sent them invitations to meet at a specified location to board a bus and be taken to their venue (a re-vamped auto showroom – how cool!). They said that they wanted their guests to instantly to have something in common – in this case, all being left in the dark about where the wedding would take place. But, I digress…

My favorite part of their wedding was their twist on the wedding cake or wedding cupcake (quite a popular trend these days) – they are cake minis. How adorable!



The bakery that produced these is Cake Monkey in Los Angeles. They are mini multi-layer cakes – it’s brilliant! I’m not sure what the white one is, but the chocolate one has caramelized rice krispies. Y-U-M.

Some of their other fun ones are 1) raspberry red velvet 2) “vanilla gorilla” – vanilla cake with Tahitian vanilla frosting and sugar sparkles and 3) “must love chocolate” – devil’s food cake with crunchy Valhrona chocolate pearls and dark chocolate frosting topped with crumbled honeycomb.



Seriously? I wish Cake Monkey was in Atlanta! Bring on the cake tasting…

To Each Her Own

June 16, 2010

I *think* I’ve finally chosen bridesmaids’ dresses. Two of my sweet ‘maids (thank you Elle & Steph!) went shopping again with me over the weekend and I commented that it was surprising that picking bridesmaids dresses and colors has been so much harder than choosing my own dress.

I started out wanting teal and cocktail length… Now, I’m thinking magenta and floor length. I guess it’s a bride’s perogative to change her mind? I’m sitting on them for a couple days to make sure I still love them as much in a week… Below is a style board I made of them on www.Dessy.com (home of the “Panetone Wedding,” a kind of brilliant way to take a look at what dresses and accessories come in your color). I’m really excited because the dresses are modern and there are enough of them that each girl will have her own, unique one – whohoo for personal style! Exactly what I was looking for. What do you think? I welcome feedback…

Where The Wild Things Are

June 15, 2010

If you’ve been reading for a while, you probably know that I have a bit of a thing for peacocks. I’m not entirely sure why (it was lady bugs when I was a child)… I think it’s because they’re just such stately, elegant looking birds. I hesitate to say this in the blogosphere, in fear of getting nothing but peacock parahpanelia for gifts from now on… However, are these plates not so fun? They’re on sale right now at Anthropology’s online site. They would be really neat accent plates for bright colored pieces on a table. Love them!

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Dreaming Of…

June 15, 2010

I would like to be here, right now. A girl can dream…

Reserve Soneva Fushi by Six Senses

I Believe…

June 14, 2010

 

Audrey Hepburn

“I believe in pink… I believe in kissing, kissing a lot… and I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.”

~Audrey Hepburn

DIY Bride, Cool Welcome Bags

June 11, 2010

A highschool friend of my maid of honor is a super-creative newlywed. Meet the fun blogger behind “Natty Michelle”… Natalie herself. I asked her to tell me about her welcome bags for out of town guests – since she did a semi-destination wedding (in Athens, GA about 1 hour away from Atlanta), most of her guests were officially “out of towners” staying in hotels. Here’s what she had to say!  

“Hi Jennifer!  
You are sweet. I actually did make guest bags – I put one of my wedding maps in them! (They’re in my etsy shop). I also went to Sam’s and bought stuff like Double Bubble gum, crackers, waters, Pringles, etc. and stuck it all inside…My wedding map insert included the picture of the map and below it a quick note to my guests saying welcome and thanks for coming, then the address of the church, time of the ceremony, reception venue address and time of the reception. On the back, I put 5 of James and my favorite things to do in Athens, where we were married. It was fun!


 
If I had an unlimited budget, I could’ve been reeeeally creative with the guest bags. There are so many fun things to make, and so many fun things to buy to put IN the bags! However, I tried to be as creative as possible on my budget. I went to Paper Source and bought some pre cut gold cards shaped like a flower, and glued one to the front of each white gift bag (Michaels – you can get 13 for like $5.99). I bought a die-cut thing at Michaels to mirror the flower shape, got some white card stock, and glued the smaller white flower shapes to the gold (in the middle). I drew a “K” on each (my new last initial). I tied the bags with teal and gold raffia and included another little flower cut out where I stamped my bride and groom stamp (found at Paper Source). On the back, I stamped “All You Need is Love,” too. My mom and I made 70 bags!”

Thanks, Natalie, for sharing – maybe I’ll be contracting your map-making services for one of Buckhead! Love those!