Archive for March, 2012

Fashion Friday: Runway Inspired…
Posted by Kate. Filed under Do It Yourself, Wedding Inspiration

You have GOT to see how D.C. based floral designer Sarah Von Pollaro of Urban Petals used inspiration from this stunning Elie Saab Couture runway gown….

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….To create this sweet and sunny springtime centerpiece!

{Photo of Centerpiece by  Chris Zarconi Photography}

Best of all, she’s all about empowering people to create their own gorgeous florals, so she put together a little DIY video for us!  You can also catch detailed how-to instructions and step-by-step photos right here!


Happy Friday… xoxo


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Modern-Vintage Winter Wedding by Shandro Photo
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Hold your horses… just because it’s officially springtime (YAY)!… doesn’t mean that we don’t have one more winter wedding to show off before we dive headfirst into the season.  With the vintage-glam guinea fowl feather accents and the sharp, perfectly matched wedding party wardrobe, this one had to be shared.  Mackenzie and Ian were married on the weekend of her grandparent’s 66th wedding anniversary, and a winter wonderland in Edmonton, AB, Canada was the setting for their intimate wedding.  Shandro Photo was there to document their modern-vintage day!The wedding party wardrobe is so fun!  I love the sleek black attire with the Guinea fowl-esque polka dot accessories.  It’s just the right amount of matchiness and just terribly charming! The bouquets and boutonnieres featured winter white blooms, berries for a pop of color, and the themed feathers.  The bride designed and planned the entire day and clearly, she has a knack for vintage styling in a fresh, contemporary way!

The evening wasn’t complete without a photo session out in the pristine, new fallen snow.

Big congratulations to Mackenzie and Ian!

Photographs by Shandro Photo

Bride’s Hair & Makeup by Mousy Brown

 Bridal Gown by David’s Bridal 

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Individually Selected

Florals by Laurel’s on Whyte

Reception Venue: Mayfair Royal Golf Club

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DIY Wednesday: Votive Cup Mini Cakes!
Posted by Kate. Filed under DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself, Wedding Cakes

By: Victoria Hudgins

Everything this season seems to be getting smaller and I love the idea of serving individual desserts at a reception. How about votive cup mini cakes?! These votive-cup-baked cakes take the term cupcake to a whole new level. They make splendid plate toppers or are cute for a dessert bar display. Interspersing them with actual candlelight votives can be a festive touch. If you’re wanting a unique dessert option, they’re a bit different… more modern and sophisticated, if you will… than the original cupcake!


Step One. Make your favorite cake recipe just as your normally would.

Step Two. Collect small glass votive holders and wash them up.

Step Three. Spray each cup with a cooking spray (or dust with flour) and fill 2/3 of the way full with cake batter.

Step Four. Place 12 cups per baking pan; bake according to the recipe. Be sure to check on the cakes at about half the baking time (it will take a bit less time then a normal cake takes to cook).

Step Five. Let your mini cakes cool fully.  

You can frost your cakes and serve them inside the votive cups, or you can turn them upside down to remove from the glass.  Top your mini cakes with a tiny fork for a dainty treat!

Project Design and Photography by Victoria Hudgins

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A Something Blue Southern Wedding by Sherry Hammonds Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

The first thing I have to say is that I LOVE how involved both the bride and groom were in designing this wedding.   Jennifer is a wedding planner, so naturally she envisioned the setting and décor.  Kris built the welcome table from Jennifer’s sketch, and since bright blue is Kris’ favorite color, the palette was a combination of sapphire and golden yellow, mixed with natural tones.   Here’s a peek at their album by Austin-based photographer, Sherry Hammonds.Jennifer wore a satin, drop-waisted gown by Winnie Couture with sapphire shoes by Manolo Blahnik.  The maid’s dresses and golden yellow bouquets by Petal Pushers added a dash of bright color to the natural setting.  The flower girls looked sooo precious in poofy tulle skirts!  It was a gorgeous, sunny day in Wimberley, Texas at the Red Corral Ranch.Jenn and Kris married on the labyrinth, a breathtaking piece of the ranch property that is surrounded by trees.  Their pomeranian, Charlie, was the official ring bearer!  Before their charming rustic-style reception on the ranch, the couple posed for portraits against the Texas landscape.  Read the rest of this entry »

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