Archives for November 2010

Real Wedding: Stacy + Paul’s Anthropolgie Inspired Wedding

Happy almost holiday weekend!! I hope you all spend some time with family + friends and eat lots of yummy food! I’m on my way to spend the holidays with my husband’s family in Milwaukee, WI. Hopefully I won’t freeze! :) One more treat though first – a lovely wedding! Stacy + Paul were married at the Red Horse Barn in Huntington Beach, Ca. Stacy was inspired by vintage finds + found a lot of her inspiration from visiting her favorite store, Anthropologie. From Stacy, “We wanted our wedding to be unique, to be crafted from our own ideas. Paul + I had fun going to flea markets together and finding things we could incorporate into the wedding.

scrabble ring bearer pillow

dahlia bouquet

rustic outdoor wedding ceremony

flower girl princess

The most memorable (and terrifying) moment of the wedding day was walking down the aisle. After all the anticipation of the planning, the journey to find Paul and being surrounded by all those I loved was overwhelming and amazing. Paul and I thought that the ceremony was the part that we wanted to get over with so we could party with family and friends, but as we began planning the ceremony it became the most important part of the day. We decided to forgo the traditional ceremony with things like the unity candle, and instead did a tribute to our grandmothers who have passed. Our mom's read words of advice that our grandmothers had written when they were alive and it was a very special and touching moment.

dahlia bouquet

wooden balsa wood flower boutonniere

Love the balsa wood boutonnieres. :)

wedding party

wedding signs

The name cards are SO FUN!

wedding name cards with scrabble pieces

wedding typewriter guestbook

wedding table numbers with scrabble pieces

wildflowers for wedding centerpieces

vintage books and scrabble pieces for centerpiece

What a gorgeous wedding invitation to receive in the mail!

wedding invitation in a box

Such a gorgeous dessert table!! Designed by two of my favorite ladies – Jesi Haack + Sweet & Saucy

wedding dessert table my sweet saucy

modern wedding cake and mini desserts

mini desserts wedding cheesecake

mini desserts sweet and saucy shop

Stay organized, prioritize what is most important to you and let go of everything else. We couldn't spend a lot of money, so instead I spent a lot of time crafting everything. Although it was months and months of DIY projects, I enjoyed every moment.

A lot of the decor for the wedding we purchased with the intent of using in our home after the wedding was over. So much money goes into planning and paying for a wedding and it felt like a shame to just get rid of everything once the night was over. The frames we used in the gazebo are now hung in our bedroom, the wooden quotes of our grandmothers are now decorations in the living room. It is really neat to still be surrounded from memories of the wedding in our home.

Save money where you can. Weddings grow out of control real quick so pick and choose where to spend your money and where to save. We opted for a beautiful cake from Sweet & Saucy in Long Beach. To save on the cost of a cake to serve everyone, we opted for a smaller cake to serve 50 guests and then supplemented with different individual small bakery bites. All the flower decorations were done by me and my maid of honor in the garage a few days before the wedding. We purchased the flowers wholesale ad arranged them in mason jars. It really fit well with the whole vintage theme of our wedding and really helped to save on costs.

Stalk blogs and get as much inspiration as you can but make your wedding your own. It is your chance to show your family and friends exactly who you are as a couple. Good luck and enjoy the journey! It's a fast trip but an amazing one.

Photographer: Jeff Wallace
Event Planning: Jesi Haack Weddings
Cake Designer: Sweet & Saucy
Floral Designer: JL Designs (Carissa designed the bouquets)
Caterer: 24 Carrots
Reception Venue: Red Horse Barn

**update** Stacy is now selling items she created for her wedding in her etsy store!

Jeff Wallace and JL Designs are proud sponsors of Green Wedding Shoes.

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An Engagement Shoot inspired by Music + Butterflies

I fell head over heels in love when I saw this super sweet engagement session from Wildflowers Photography. I just love how personal the photos are and the story behind them…

They both felt butterflies the first time the met each other. He was performing on stage and she was admiring him from the audience.  He still remembers the white coat she was wearing and how he thought she looked like an angel. He has written countless songs about her since and now she has the honor of admiring him as her fiance.  The inspiration for this shoot came from the love story of Johnny Cash + June Carter. The love. The passion. The music. I did my best to use this as a starting point but added in a lot of things personal to Mike + Mary. – his guitar, his special (and fantastic) old mic stand, his songs to her, and of course…butterflies.

june carter Johnny cash inspired engagement photos

johnny cash june carter engagement photos

music inspired engagement photos

music guitar engagement pictures

record for wedding save the date

painting a canvas engagement photos

canvas with song lyrics engagement pictures

butterflies engagement photos

butterflies couple in love

They both felt butterflies the first time the met each other. Adorable! Thanks so much Joy!

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Rustic, Vintage Wedding Ideas

This lovely outdoor styled shoot was sent to me from Megan of Forget Me Knot Weddings and was inspired by all things vintage including an antique ironing board + iron. The vision behind the shoot was all about “ironing out the details and having a wrinkle free event.” Lots of inspiration for those who love the rustic, vintage aesthetic and hopefully some fun ideas to incorporate into your wedding or bridal shower! Thanks so much Megan to you and your team. :)

sewing wedding decorations

yarn wedding place cards

iron wedding details

vintage rustic wedding details

The talented Edyta of Edyta Szyszlo Photography captured each sweet detail and was such a joy to collaborate with. The slogan we created, “wrinkle free love” was inspiration to us and we wanted to build our vision around that idea. With that in mind, it lead us down the path of tying vintage inspired props together such as spools of thread, antique wooden bobbins, buttons, yarn and vintage aprons strung on a clothes line. Ambyr was our lovely model who captured our vision of a vintage bride with such ease and grace. She wore a beautiful multi layered dress designed by Eel and Ermine along with a vintage apron to tie back to our theme.

thread spool name cards

rustic wedding decorations

rustic wedding reception

The sweetheart table was styled with vintage dinnerware found at a local thrift store. I feel in love with these plates as they were iridescent with a marigold undertone that fit perfect with the lace marigold napkins. The gorgeous lush centerpieces designed by Florali were displayed in blue mason jars that complimented the tables soft simple colors and created the most beautiful focal point. The little details such as the wooden buttons, colorful spools of thread and mini clothes hangers made for charming decorations.

bride with mason har of buttons

spools of thread name cards

spools of thread wedding details

yarn decorations

The dessert table was inspired by a antique wood ironing board. Vintage aprons hung on the clothes line providing a picturesque backdrop. The pops of color mixed so well with the natural rustic setting creating a charming vintage aesthetic. We displayed pastries and a crape cake made by Adelphi Productions on cake stands which provided pure yumminess.

crepe wedding cake

spools of thread for decorations

bride in apron and boots

rustic dessert table

We also created a space for escort cards and favor bags that were finished with beautiful calligraphy by Sincerely, Dapper. The favor bags read “we are thread over spool in love, thanks for being cute as a button” using clothes pins.

Concept + Styling:
Photography: Edyta Szyszlo Photography
Floral: Florali
Cake and pastries: Adelphi Productions
Dress: Eel and Ermine
Makeup: Alifa Wong (
Model: Ambyr Bagby
Calligraphy: Sincerely, Dapper
XOXO Banner made by: Jennifer Moore of Monaluna
Location: Hap Magee Park

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