Just in time for Halloween, Alicia of Bows and Arrows sent this Alice in Wonderland inspired shoot my way. As a lifelong Alice fan (I can quote the whole Disney movie, ok?) I was head over heels for Alicia and this team of vendors' whimsical woodland take on a Wonderland wedding. Some seriously steal worthy ideas here - like the tea bag place cards, the recycled glass bottle centerpieces and the mismatched china and chairs.
So fantastic! Thanks so much to Alicia of Bows and Arrows for sharing this today. Have a happy Halloween weekend everyone!
My version of a halloween inspiration board, but of course it is more darkly romantic than scary. A ceremony in the woods at a stone altar, followed by a reception inside a large Gothic stone mansion. Tarnished gold, brass and silver goblets abound with anenomes, succulents and dried fiddleheads tucked inside. Mercury glass votives are in nearly every corner, adding romantic flickering candlelight to the dark manse. The bride is dressed in dramatic fashion in Vera Wang and gold cuff bracelets. The maid of honor wears a dusty purple dress with a feather headpiece. For the cake, Golden lady apples are painted with edible gold luster dust and set atop a vanilla-bean spiced apple cake filled with caramel buttercream and drizzled with caramel. The reception goes till the wee hours, and the bride and groom stay up all night to watch the sunrise among the misty morning fog.
"My thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, now and then joyfully, then sadly, waiting to learn whether or not fate will hear us - I can live only wholly with you or not at all." - Beethoven
I'm still on my fall kick, even though I feel winter coming on all too fast (it snowed where we live two nights ago). Apples are such a perfect symbol of fall, and they make cheap and delicious decor for a fall wedding. Here's some apple eye candy to feast on and DIY projects to get inspired by:
How gorgeous is this apple and dahlia centerpiece? DIY your own with these tips: "Tuck fresh apples into a bouquet of red dahlias for a bountiful centerpiece. Poke twigs (or floral picks) into the bottoms of different-size apples, then insert twig ends into floral foam in the container."
Happy Tuesday Shoesday! When I saw these Valentino Lace Rosette T-Strap platform pumps it was love at first sight. How pretty would that camel color be under a wedding dress? Valentino had me at 'lace rosette', because that lace rosette is just complete romantic perfection, and then give me a t-strap and a platform and I'm on board.
Valentino Lace Rosette T-Strap Platform Pump from Nordstrom, in Camel and Black
From Carissa of JL Designs: "I really adored this couple (who are wedding photographers)...they had a definitive vision for their day and I loved being able to pick up the ideas they had and run with them! Rustic, cozy, eclectic, warm, playful, crafty, comfortable."
From the bride Aimee: "Most of our inspiration came from the venue itself and the time of year. Its name was “Strawberry Farms” and it’s friendly red barn inspired us to create something that felt very crafty & very much like autumn. One of my favorite stores is Anthropologie – where I wandered for inspiration & later found my bridesmaids dresses :)"
"The bridal bouquet was made up of red, yellow + navy flowers - ranunculus, billy balls, cone flowers, privet berries, millet, blackberry branches and wrapped in crochet laces."
How sweet would a fall wedding in an apple orchard be? Let baskets of apples be your centerpieces as well as your favors for guests (or let them loose in the orchard to pick their own), have jars of homemade apple butter at each placesetting as yummy placecards that double as favors, have apple cider cocktails and mocktails as your signature drink, and serve apple hand pies as a sweet dessert.
I also had to let you know about a great giveaway my friend Claire is having over on her blog The Realistic Nutritionist in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She's giving away an adorable Liz Hurley pink lip gloss set from Estee Lauder (such a cute pink clutch!) AND a $40 Little Pink Card to Bloomingdale's! Proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
How to Win:
1. Visit this link at The Realistic Nutritionist and leave a comment telling your story. How has cancer affected your life? Have you or any of your loved ones suffered from cancer? Have you participated in any Race for Cures? Did you do it alone, with family and friends or with work colleagues?