Archives for July 2011

Friday Favors + Featured in Brides Magazine!

silhouettes cake toppers

Happy Friday lovelies! I can’t believe August will be here starting next Monday!! This summer is flying by. Planning on working on some house projects this weekend, testing some recipes, catching Crazy Stupid Love and biking on the beach. Hope you all have something fun planned! Anyone going to a wedding this weekend? :) Now for some of my faves from this week…

• cute silhouette wedding cake topper from Simply Silhouettes

• peaches + cream bouquet by Matthew Robbins Design

• love Ali’s Justin Alexander dress and her sweet wedding photographed by Nichole Jordan

And I know July is almost over, but wanted to share this fun feature I had in the July 2011 issue of BRIDES magazine! If you pick up the issue you can read 10 tips on bringing nautical inspiration into your wedding – with a green wedding shoes twist! :) Thanks again to the lovely ladies at BRIDES magazine for the feature!


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A Stylish Annapolis Wedding: Maria + James

Remember this adorable engagement session I featured a few months back? Well, that super cute couple got married and I’m sharing their pretty wedding today. :) Maria + James held their reception at St. Johns College in Annapolis, a small school where Maria and James met. A peak into the planning from Maria, “James and I were engaged for over two years. In that time, we became teachers, grad students, and coaches. We decided that since our schedules kept us away from home often, we would take planning slowly and do it together. We kept waiting for the moment when the process would get stressful or frustrating, but it never came (thank goodness!). We both thought the planning was tons of fun!” James even added, “The fact that we were allowed to get really creative with it and put our own aesthetics into action made it engaging and enjoyable.” Thanks so much to Gabe Aceves for the gorgeous photos!

blue and yellow bouquet

blue and yellow wedding invitations

saja wedding dress


blue bridesmaids dresses

groomsmen with striped socks

wedding party

saja wedding dress

I just LOVE Maria’s gorgeous Saja’s dress!

bride and groom photos

saja wedding dress

dc wedding bow tie

table design wedding ribbons

pinwheels at wedding

dc wedding reception dinner

Our favorite part of the day was absolutely the reception. We immediately felt at home and comforted in the middle of what James and I had put so much planning and thought into. It was perfect.

dc wedding reception dinner

wedding first dance

From Maria: “For me, the wedding morning was full of anxiously excited butterflies! I loved the long process of getting ready, it felt ritualistic and soothing. Right before we went downstairs to get into the car, I felt my stomach sink like a rock and my hands started shaking. Luckily the hotel room service sent up the world’s fastest glass of Chardonnay, and my nerves settled a bit. Once I saw James and the ceremony started, everything was a breeze! I seriously had a ball at my own wedding. Yep, we both ate the food – from appetizers to dessert. We danced until we dropped, and had so much fun visiting with all of our friends.”

From James: “The wedding day was epic. I barely got any sleep the night before and then got so nervous in the morning that before I even got to the church, I felt totally drained. It was funny, but I sort of got all my nervousness out of me before anything really happened, and was thankful for that. The ceremony would have felt totally surreal to me had Maria not been with me the entire time. My favorite part was seeing her walk down the isle. She was gorgeous. Also, a funny side note. The priest, my best man and I were chatting it up for about 20 minutes before the ceremony about foreign films and film houses. Right before we walked out we somehow got to The Importance of Being Earnest with Rupert Everett and Colin Firth, when mid-conversation the priest looks outside and sends us out to the altar.”

Congrats you guys + thanks so much for letting me share your day!

photography: Gabe Aceves // wedding dress: Saja – I added a Saja belt, too // earrings + necklace: Swarovski, a gift from my dad to my mom that she lent me // hair+makeup: Varuna SalonSpa // bridesmaid dresses: Anthropologie // shoes: (ceremony) Pour La Victoire (reception) TOMS // headpiece: Anthropologie // groom suit: Alfani Red Label (at Macy’s) // guys socks: Paul Smith // floral design: Flowers by Judy // reception venue: St. Johns College in Annapolis // catering: Ken’s Creative Kitchen // music: DJ Rusty (via DJ D-Mac)

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A Whimsical Backyard Wedding: Rachael + Mike

Rachael + Mike found most of their wedding vendors here on Green Wedding Shoes, so I’m super excited to share their gorgeous wedding! Rachael + Mike were married in Mike’s parent’s backyard outside Chicago, Illinois. They wanted a wedding that reflected who they were as a couple 100%, so with their love of home, family, chicago style deep dish pizza + travel, Carter & Cook Event Co. helped them create a beautiful yet whimsical backyard affair. The wedding was intimate, but was jam packed with lots of details that made it perfect for Rachael + Mike. Gorgeous photos by Stone Crandall Photography.

ring photo on maps

white and pink wedding bouquet

wedding first look

Always love those first look photos! :)

bride and groom in the woods

bride and groom in the woods

bride and groom in the woods

bride and groom in barn

chicago wedding

peony flowers wedding

beautiful outdoor wedding

How gorgeous is their ceremony location?! The ceremony was designed to reflect a sweet flower market with the varying heights of silver french flower buckets. Vases were wrapped in old map to give off a ‘fresh from the market’ type of garden feel & contrasted with beautiful flower arrangements bursting with peonies.

wedding outdoors

peony flowers

outdoor Chicago wedding

outdoor wedding chicago

white wedding bouquet

Because of their love for traveling and getting married in a backyard, they wanted their wedding to have a bit of travel flare, but with sophistication and soft beautiful colors. Carter & Cook Event Co. used 1000’s of paper heart maps to create a fun garland that covered the canopy tent. Posh Paperie interwove the couple’s travel theme through the invitations and all the wedding day paper items.

wedding invites with maps

wedding map for guests

Guests found their escort cards via a paper airplane on a large burlap map tapestry.

outdoor wedding under a tent

outdoor wedding reception under a tent

wedding dessert table with maps

For dessert, guests enjoyed Yorkville’s famous pastries, donut holes, home baked cookies and sweets.

wedding dessert table with maps

wedding dessert table with maps

first dance under a tent

Such a sweet + personal wedding! Congrats to Rachael + Mike!!

photography: Stone Crandall Photography // planning + design: Carter & Cook Event Co. // flowers: Carter & Cook Event Co. // venue location: Private Estate // rentals: Classic Party Rentals // linen: La Tavola Linen // catering: Ginos East Pizza // invitations + paper: Posh Paperie // calligraphy: Dear Darling

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