I’ve been quiet lately, but certainly not bored. My plate has been more than full … sort of like a buffet exploded on my lap, actually. I apologize for the lack of posts — though you seem to have kept occupied reading about summer cocktails, circus parties (an oldie but goodie) and how to make tissue paper pom poms — so that’s good :).
Here’s a few snapshots on what’s been keeping my busy and a little sneak peek at one very gorgeous wedding.
FLOWERS. They occupied my life for 3 straight days. Non-stop. My air conditioner that was set at 50 degrees can testify (dreading that bill!). I played wedding florist (first time for everything, huh?) and it was no small feat. With 150 guests and a large venue… we had a TON of flowers. Just picture, 11 bouquets as a starting point. Boy, I’m glad that’s over!
DIY galore. Painting, staining, building, crafting, gluing …. pretty much up until it was time to get hair and makeup done. Oh, did I mention I was the Matron of Honor? Wedding planner, florist, Matron of Honor, and Sister-in-Law to the beautiful bride … yep, told you I was busy :).
FUEL. This is how I survived. Between all of those roles above, I was still playing the usual: mom, wife, cook and also keeping together my full time day job.
It was WAY worth it though. This stunning couple are the best Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law one over-worked gal can ask for. They deserved a perfect day!
I had so many wonderful vendors help me pull this day off… I can’t wait to show you all the pictures!
And that pic of the rings? It almost killed me. Yep, heart attack. I kept it on the inside though because a frantic sister/Matron of Honor/wedding planner is the LAST thing a happy bride needs to see on her wedding day. Can you guess what happened after this photo was taken? Go ahead, guess.
More, regular posts coming next week (I promise). Thanks for hanging in there with me. I’m going to relax and get rid of my wedding hangover this weekend and then … I’ll be baaaaaack!
This romantic bridal shower is girly and simple. Hope you like it!
When coming up with the over all look and feel of this special shower, I started with the romantic wedding color palette and added a little more “girly” with the addition of gold sparkles and a touch of romantic lace. Overall, I think it had a nice romantic, girly, yet sophisticated feel. Take a look! (Oh and if you want to skip to the wedding, here it is.)
Simple place settings and centerpieces lined the table set for thirty.
The center of the table was lined with flowers that just played nicely to that romantic vibe. Blooms were gathered in milk glass vases. Nothing too fancy, just soft shades of pink and white flowers. At each setting was a “He said/She said” questioneer and a tiny pink pencil. Guests filled out their cards (a fun conversation starter) and later, the bride read and answered the questions aloud.
(To make the pale pink pencils, I purchase a box of golf pencils from the office supply store and just painted them pink the week before.)
Also the favors were aside each plate — a “adult” flavored lollipop. The flavors were Ginger (totally refreshing) and Champagne and Roses.
The flowers were amazing. Gerber Daisies, A wide variety of roses, ranunculus & hydrangeas — all locally grown. Bonus — they smelled divine! If you’re planning a romantic bridal shower, flowers are a must!
This hutch worked as our beverage station. Guests enjoyed drinks and appetizers before lunch was served.
The Make your own Mimosa station was a hit.
The gorgeous desserts complimented the shower so perfectly. These dessert designers (I can’t think of a more fitting name to call them) matched this theme to-a- T!
The ribbon and lace backdrop was by far my favorite element. So simple to make and yet so dramatic.
Raspberry and Salted Caramel Macarons from Sparkles Macarons, Cheesecake bites and lemonade cupcakes adorned with fondant fabric flowers from Edible Details (all were almost too gorgeous to eat).
The sugar cookies from Better Bit of Butter were a show-stopper. OH. MY. And they tasted just as good as they looked. They matched the look and feel of the shower so perfectly, I couldn’t have imagined them up to be more perfect.
The darling mini wedding cakes were from The Marshmallow Studio and they are … yep…. marshmallows! They were such a unique addition to the dessert table (thanks Alejandra!). And here’s the blushing bride (who happens to be my lovely sister-in-law). :)
A few last pics of the shower. It was such an amazing day. I’m really proud of how it turned out and VERY honored to have hosted such a lovely day for a very special bride.
I hope these photos help inspire your next event, thanks for reading everyone! xoxoxo.
Be sure to see how the wedding turned up. This Temecula Wedding venue was the prefect backdrop for this Hostess to stretch her creative wings!
This wedding comes to us from Mike and Natala of Choco Studio Photography. You might remember their amazing work from this vintage white wedding we featured as well.
A short and sweet ceremony was held near a pool of water with overgrown with lilies. Following the ceremony the guests were invited to the Birch Garden for cocktails and encouraged to explore the nine acres of the garden and enjoy the art.
The wedding was just perfect – intimate and relaxed, with everybody having lots of fun! Here are some favorites:
The lovely bride Leela with her Maid of Honor and Groom Jeff with his best man.
If you are looking for a playful yet wildly romantic wedding theme, this one is for you. I recently came across these photos while browsing one of my go-to wedding sites, The Wedding Chicks. This wedding was inspired by the movie UP! and boy, I got carried away just looking at these photos!
Photographed by Wildflowers Photography, this Up movie themed wedding all began with an Up Inspired Engagement photo session. Be sure to check out the two-part shoot here and here. And also read what Pixar sent this lovely couple as a wedding gift once the these stunning images got their attention!
Take a peek at just a few of the images from Jame’s & Lynette’s Up inspired wedding:
James & Lynette both on and off of the cake.
The groom James, surprised his lovely bride with a balloon-filled room. Each balloon lifted up a photo of the two of them over the years.
More of their playful spirit- love it!
Here is the wedding gift that Pixar sent — a book with a drawing and a special note wishing them a happy adventure together, cool right?!
For more stunning photos of this UP! inspired wedding, please visit Wildflowers Photography. Every photo is simply stunning and should not be missed- check them out!
Perhaps it is my love of vintage, or even love of the written word– but something about old typewriters, well makes me smile. I am loving the idea of using typewriters as an alternative to your traditional guest book. Why not set out an old vintage typewriter, a reel of paper and let your guests type you a little note? At the end of the night, roll up the paper like a scroll and secure with a ribbon!