Day of the Dead Wedding

This unique themed wedding came to be via Eva with Catalyst Ranch, a one of a kind wedding venue in Chicago, IL. Catalyst Ranch tends to cater to couples who are fairly eclectic and really do some unusual things and this couple –Martha and Julio, don’t disappoint. Here are some great shots of their Day of the Dead themed wedding.

This photo of the bride and groom swinging makes my heart flutter.

Did you notice the Bride’s red shoes? LOVE them!

The bride handmade these Day of the Dead cookies herself!

Okay, I could go on and on posting photos of this unique wedding- but I’ll stop here. Visit Jeremy Lawson Photography to see the rest of these gorgeous images from Martha and Julio’s wedding. Thanks to Eva and Catalyst Ranch for sharing this one-of-a-kind event with us!

{Play} House Warming Party

This party was submitted by friend Julie Burke and it such a delight to share with you. Julie planned a playhouse warming/4th birthday party for her daughter that will tickle you pink! Her husband made this Victorian playhouse for their daughter and it offered as the perfect party inspiration. Take a look:

Could this be any cuter? What a lucky birthday girl! Take a peek inside:

Love the ribbon cutting gesture- pink ribbon even!

Sweet treats for the guests {love the cake stand of hostess cupcakes}.

Lemonade, chocolate milk and cupcakes…..what more could a little girl want?

I love the drink stirrers and the cone flower arrangements, what thoughtful touches!

Cake and tea anyone?

Hope you enjoyed this darling party. Thanks Julie for sharing it with all of us, fantastic job!

{Real} Party Feature: I Want Candy!

This candy themed party came to me via Glory of Glorious Treats. She planned this party for her daughter Grace’s 6th birthday. I love her use of pink and green- a perfect color scheme for a sweet party!

Check out the polka dot fabric runner under the candy buffet- perfect!

Even the tray of pinwheel sandwiches and fruit look like candies!

There’s the cute birthday girl! And lollipops to line the driveway like I did for my girls’ candy party.

Bright paper lanterns mimic the polka dots on the fabric runner.

Cookies and cookie cupcake toppers that replicate large pieces of candy- adorable!

For a ton of more fabulous photos of Grace’s candy themed party, head on over to Glory’s blog and check them out!

Love is Elementary

I spied this wedding over on The Bride’s Guide and can’t stop gushing over it. Perhaps it is the innocence of this school themed wedding, or the simple romantic idea of marrying your best friend from 4th grade- regardless, I have to share it with you! Here is the one of a kind nostalgia wedding of Minhee and Truman.

A teacher’s desk held the guests’ place cards.

Which were apples adorned with a numbered stickers. Each apple sat atop a hand printed piece of graph paper which included the guests’ names.

Chalkboard table runner? What screams elementary school more than that? This couple created theirs using black rolled paper and chalk- simple!

I love this fussy-free hand tied bouquet.

Guests posed for polaroid pics in front of a large chalkboard then inserted them into this guest book. Writing messages to the happy couple, this idea has that “yearbook” feel that is just so fun!

For more of this elementary school themed wedding (including their school themed favors, vintage cafeteria styled serving trays and to see how they incorporated that dreaded pop quiz, check out all the wedding pics on Martha Stewart Weddings: Minhee and Truman.

Garden Fairy Party

Just in time for Spring! This magical garden party theme was designed by my friend Kim of TomKat Studios for her daughter Kate’s 3rd birthday. If you have a garden fairy of your own, this just might be the perfect party theme for her!

Kim designed these fairy invitations herself- they seems to set the tone of the party perfectly!

Stunning garden cake with the perfect fabric backdrop, right?!

This is just a sneak peek….you’ll have to head on over to the TomKat Studio blog to see the rest of this magical garden fairy party!

{images via Vicki Lynn Photography}

A Red Carpet {REAL} Wedding

When M’chel Bauxal sent me photos of her Wedding at the World Trade Center in Portland, Oregon- I fell in love right away. Dennis and M’chel met a TV station and it was a whirlwind of romance after that. As a TV host and a celebrity makeup artist couple- it was only fitting that Dennis proposed LIVE on air! Yes, watch this on air proposal for yourself…. it is so sweet!

I’ll let M’chel tell the rest… so sit back and enjoy!

We chose the World Trade Center in Portland, Oregon because of the sophisticated and modern feel of the solid white truces that offered an ideal setting. The spacious open air terrace and relatively quite Sunday downtown was perfect for a wedding. Becki Duckworth of West Coast Event Productions provided a creative part of the wedding, the lounge which overlooked the Wilamette River in downtown Portland. Two large white leather tufted couches, chairs and ottomans were decorated with baby blue and red fur throws and pillows.

My dress was made of baby blue silk. A modern, couture wedding dress designed by myself and made by Allison of Amai Unmei. It was encrusted with Swarovski crystals on the cuffs, collar and corset back with a 27 foot train. My shoes were covered with some odd 3,000 small blue topaz Swarovski crystals that took me about 15 hours to put on with tweezers.

To keep with our “Red Carpet” glam- as guests arrived at the reception, they walked down a we a 40 foot red carpet and were photographed by several paparazzi photographers. Custom designed bottles of red and baby blue Jones Soda with our engagement photo and a note from us to our guests imprinted on the back were on every place setting.

Guests stood in front of step & repeat banners with our “G” signature logo made by Wonderful Graffiti. In the middle of our cake stood a 12″ square glass vase filled with blue water with large red and clear crystals. Small blue topaz and red swarovski crystals decorated the outside of our 8″ metal “G” cake topper.

Groomsmen: All the men wore designer Italian black suits with red swarovski crystal buttons on the cuffs, black shirts, and red satin stripped ties. Maid of Honors: Two different styles of black silk formal gowns adorned with red Swarovski crystals broaches, chandelier earrings and 1940’s style feather/crystal hair pieces.

At the end of the evening, I had the big surprise waiting that Dennis had no idea about: I planned and schemed for months to arrange. We blind folded Dennis while we were driving around Portland, stopped and lead him up an elevator to a roof top and there was a beautiful helicopter waiting for us!

Thanks M’chel and Dennis for sharing your fabulous red carpet wedding with us. Great work by Becki Duckworth of West Coast Event Productions and many other vendors not listed here.

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