Archive for September, 2011

Fall Friday {A Real Wedding by Paper Antler}
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Colleen and Nick’s love story is one for the books… and their fall wedding, filled with personal touches. The couple met when Nick, a member of the Geek Squad, was sent out on a routine visit to repair Colleen’s computer.  As soon as Nick saw her, he conveniently prolonged a five minute quick fix into a multiple hour visit.

They married on an October day in Madison, Wisconsin, with falling leaves painting the backdrop. The reception was held at Sardine, a trendy bistro that overlooks Lake Monona.  This is where Nick had proposed. 

It was a day of sweet celebration and love.

Happy (almost) One Year Anniversary to Colleen & Nick!

A super special thanks to Jonny and Michelle of Paper Antler for sending these photos over!  If you don’t already know this, I really love the folks over at Paper Antler… not only do they take beautiful, timeless photographs (with that subtle hint of vintage)… but they are also changing the world with their work.

In 2012, Paper Antler will set out to photograph fifty weddings in fifty states, donating $1,000 from each wedding to She Dances, an ‘anti-human trafficking’ organization.  They’re calling it the Fifty Nifty and they’re booking now.  SO, if you’re getting married in 2012 in one of the fifty states.. and you’d like to support this extraordinary effort you can find out more…

Sweet weekend to ya…


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Pin-Worthy Project Round Up
Posted by Kate. Filed under Do It Yourself, Favors

Right now the ideas section is overflowing with crafts and DIY projects from our fabulous contributors!  In case you’ve missed any pin-worthy projects for your personal file,  here’s a round-up of the latest and greatest:

Marbleized Paper Goods by Victoria Hudgins

Hot Pepper Plants (+ a free printable template) by Jordan Ferney

…and Cute Heart Confetti for a send-off with style!

Project by Victoria Hudgins; Photos by Prokopets Studios

Hope your Thursday feels inspired… : )




Cherry Harvest Styled Shoot
Posted by Kate. Filed under Photography, Wedding Inspiration

A super chic and eco-conscious trend right now is to think seasonally.   What month are you marrying in?  What flowers are blooming?  What fruits are in season?   Organically, a stunning wedding concept can unfold.  Here, Christine Shields and her team of stylists and designers put together a cherry harvest photoshoot, showcasing all the inspiration a season brings… Loving these pleated, layered dresses by Holly StalderAnd a gorgeous paper suite by Paper Bloom Studio

Photographs by Christine Shields

Event Design by Destiny Taylor

Dresses Designed by Holly Stalder

Hair Styling by The Prettiest You

Floral design by Petalos

Invitations by Paper Bloom Studio

Makeup by Courtney Rogers

Bride’s Veil designed by Austie Eckley

Photographed in Oregon, U.S.A.

Although we’re certainly skipping along into fall.. we couldn’t pass up sharing this end-of-summer goodness.  A special thanks to the talented team for sharing their work with us!


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First Look! Fashion Highlights for 2012
Posted by Kate. Filed under Wedding Dress

It’s been a whirlwind weekend in the windy city… Dozens of bridal fashion designers unveiled their newest collections for 2012 at the semiannual Chicago Bridal Market.  I was there getting in on all of this unveiling and here’s a first look at some of the highlights!

A patterned fabric gown by Steven Birnbaum.  Ladies, the photo just doesn’t do it justice, this fabric was sooo lovely and the cut, impeccable.  I think this is a nice look for a sophisticated bride who has a little boho-chic running in her blood.

Gorgeous, Green, and Glamorous by Enzoani.  This subtle green stunner stole my heart.  The color, for one, was endearing… the raw cut fabric, edgy.. and that skirt- unforgettable.

Of course not all styles featured that gorgeous trumpet skirt seen in the first two, I also saw a re-emergence of full A-line skirts and ballgowns. Here, a model shows off a two-toned Sophia Tolli number in pewter and white.

Watters and Watters stole the show with their contemporary trends that are utterly wearable.  Above, a silk sheath with a peplum at the waist, and below, a peek at their newest print for bridesmaids!

I thought this Justin Alexander beauty was terribly romantic, and just loved the asymmetrical cascade of organza roses.

And last but not least, layers of dusty violet fabric make for a fashion forward style by Wtoo.  Love, love, love…

Of course there is so much more to show you from this weekend fashion extravaganza!  These are just a few of the photos that I took with my handy dandy SLR.  More to come when we get photos back from our staff photographer!

x’s + o’s -kate

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