Archive for October, 2011

Rustic & Heartfelt Outdoor Celebration
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

This week’s real wedding is just so special.  The photos emanate such a divine love… and all of the planning revolved around the connection that Tessa and John share with their loved ones.  The bride said, ‘Once we found that center it was easy to let some traditional elements go and not feel pressured by trends. This allowed us the freedom to create a totally unique and intimate event for our guests.’  The day overflowed with organic beauty and rustic sophistication, and was captured in both digital and film photographs by Michelle Warren.

There is so much more of this gorgeous earthen palette to enjoy!… See the full story {here}.

Photos by Michelle Warren

Venue: A private estate

Bridal Gown: ‘Thank You’ by Reem Acra

Bridesmaid’s Dresses by Calvin Klein via

Event Coordination by Jackie Blackwell

Cake by Montecito Confections


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Trend Snippet: Decade Flashback
Posted by Kate. Filed under Wedding Dress

As we move into the 2012 bridal season, we couldn’t help but be swept back in time by style accents reminiscent of bygone eras.  So, for the second in a ‘Fashion Friday’ series inspired by the new season of gowns- here goes… some time travel back into the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s in both subtle and not-so-subtle ways!

1.  60’s Flouncy Brigette Bardot-inspired Trapeze Dress by Ramona Keveza.  2. 60’s/70’s  Style Blue Embroidered Bohemian Chic Gown by Claire Pettibone 3. 70’s Fringe by Hayley Paige 4. 80’s King of Pop Pantsuit by Yumi Katsura 5. Neon Paint Splatters by Angel Sanchez 6. 90’s Refined Rosettes by Marchesa.

So.. would you partake in a little era flashback on your big day or is that something you save for costume parties?

Happy Halloween Weekend!


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Angelica + Ben’s Whimsical DIY Day
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Angelica and Ben’s wedding is one of those that is so uniquely and genuinely a reflection of the bride and groom… When you get right down to it, that’s what every couple wants in their wedding day. Although, this kind of of imbued personalization comes from a lot of time, attention, and energy on behalf of the couple.  Angelica and Ben did just that… countless hours were spent on the decorations, the dress.. it was a day of love-filled planning and Something Pretty.
The invitations were made from custom watercolor portraits by etsy vendor, Caitlin Shearer.  Below, Angelica’s feminine, basque-waisted dress… made by the bride!!!

Pink and metallic fringe adorned the entryway… all the paper décor was DIY.The bridal party looked ethereal and so feminine in chiffon Bari Jay frocks and floral wreaths.  The ceremony took place outdoors, on a lush, wide open piece of land in Virginia.  Angelica and Ben wed in front of a tipi, handmade by the bride’s sisters!Angelica had her colorful ukelele on hand to play a song during the ceremony;  dozens of glass vases held single flowers showing their faces to the sun. 

So much handmade love 

Congratulations Angelica & Ben!

You can read Angelica’s blog {here}

Photos by Something Pretty

Watercolor portraits by Caitlin Shearer

Bridesmaid Dresses by Bari Jay

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DIY Wednesday: Gussied Up Taper Candle Display
Posted by Kate. Filed under DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself

By: Victoria Hudgins

The simplest way to warm up a chilly fall wedding is with candles. Their warmth and glow instantly make a room more inviting. You can purchase plain candles at many big box stores, and easily transform them into statement pieces with paint and glitter. A grouping of five to ten candles makes a lovely centerpiece for a table.

For a custom look, use a few coordinating colors and designs. Thrift silver plated and glass candlestands (you can easily find them for under $1 a piece) and create a gorgeous display by layering paint texture and candle height. Here are tips for three different techniques that look perfect together!
Preparation: Prior to using any of these painting techniques, be sure to rub a thick coat of rubbing alcohol all over your candle tapers. This will take the top layer of wax off and allow for the paint to stick to the candle well. Style no. 1: Glitter Band Candles. To make these pretty candle bands, paint a line (or a pair of lines) around the candle 1/3 length from one end. Before the paint dries tap out a line of glitter covering the paint line. Let dry. They look a bit like wedding rings around the candles and are super pretty under the flickering candle light.
Style no. 2:  Polka-dot Tapers. Using a small circular felt brush (available at most craft stores), dab a circle of paint first onto paper and then onto the candle in a random configuration. These are sure to give off a bright and festive feeling.Style no. 3: Water Painted Candles. The finished product has a subtle texture and color through the use of paint and water. Apply paint strips liberally along your candle and wet with water. Using your fingertips (plastic gloves will keep them paint-free), blend the paints together until the texture and color is to your liking. These candles will add a bit of neutrality to the display while also adding texture and interest.
Use one of these techniques or all three. I love how they look all mixed in together, but a large display with just one paint design would be beautiful as well!

Photos and Project Styling by Victoria Hudgins

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