Thursday, August 18, 2011

Inspiration Board: Berry Farm Wedding

I'm sharing my latest inspiration board today, which I  recently guest posted for my friend Melissa of The Loveliest Day. I adore the idea of a summer wedding around a berry theme, and seeing how we are in blackberry season here in Oregon, I felt super inspired to do a blackberry farm inspired board for a wedding. Berries not only provide great desserts for weddings, but also are amazing for color palette and floral inspiration. For a berry inspired wedding, these mason jar printables from Paper Crave via Cottage Industrialist are simply divine (these would also be great for barbeques, kitchen showers, baby showers, etc!) I love the idea of using unripe raspberries as boutonnieres, in bouquets and centerpieces. Use fresh berries in signature drinks like blackberry gin fizz or berry lemonade, in cardboard berry baskets as favors, in desserts like mini chocolate blackberry cupcakes, berry pies or for decorating cakes. A rustic farm setting at sunset makes for a perfect venue for this berry fete.

Credits: Clockwise from top left - Aqua dress with bouquet via Elizabeth Anne Designs, Mason jar printable inviations and envelope liners by Paper Crave for Cottage Industrialist, Garden rose and berry centerpiece via Elizabeth Anne Designs Pinterest, Plates on crate from The Farm Chicks, Boxes of berries photo by Corbin Gurkin via Marry You Me, Couple with pies photo by Sweet Monday Photography via Style Me Pretty, Blackberry gin fizz from Martha Stewart Weddings, Blanket photo by Gia Canali via Martha Stewart Weddings, Mini chocolate blackberry cupcakes from The Crafty Penguin

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Happy S'more Day!

Happy National S'more Day! Last year I did a s'more roundup and it was a hit, so I thought I'd give you  some more s'more love this year :) I've rounded up some cute ways to incorporate s'mores into your wedding.

A sweet wrapped favor from Houston's Event Solutions event planners

A DIY s'more bar from Eat Drink Pretty - love the s'more love banner!

The cutest s'more bar from The Knot magazine

A to-go s'mores kit via Martha Stewart 

S'more cakelettes (oh how I love that word!) from Desserts for Breakfast

No firepit at your venue? Keep the s'more love alive with cute s'more cookies. 
Check out this adorable DIY tutorial over on The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tuesday Shoesday

Sweetness is...coordinating your pale ballet flats with your gorgeous vintage inspired cake. 
And laying in the grass with your honey ♥

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Vintage Summer Picnic

Because I don't just love weddings but also entertaining in general, I wanted to share this sweet summer picnic that reader Lisa sent my way! She put together a cute vintage inspired summer picnic in the park with a classic picnic menu including sandwiches, fried chicken and macaroni salad.

From Lisa: "I used plenty of little lanterns, old soda crates, fresh flowers, and my mom's vintage tablecloth to set the table."

"Jars are an excellent way to hold picnic food! They transport easily and look much prettier than tupperware. It's a simple way to add beauty to the table and still keep it functional."

"Wrapping each sandwich individually in parchment paper
gives it that extra special restaurant style touch!"

Wrapping plastic cutlery in cute patterned napkins and trying them with twine is such an inexpensive and fun way to bring some cuteness to utilitarian items.

"I used mini buckets for individual beverage icers to keep drinks super cold."

Lisa's American Summer Picnic Menu:
Homemade Cold Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Sandwiches filled with cold cuts and veggies
Egg Salad sandwiches
Macaroni salad 
Fresh Melon Ball salad with a caramelized orange juice & ginger sauce
Tapioca pudding with fresh blackberries and whipped cream
Layered Green Salad with homemade dressing
Homemade Chocolate Sheet cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting
Gourmet potato chips

Thanks so much to Lisa of Moore Minutes for sharing this adorable picnic with us today! 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Real Wedding: Cara and Corey

I am always so thrilled/honored/touched/over the moon when I receive wedding pictures from brides who read my blog. I love seeing what brides come up with to make the day their very own, and when the pictures are of the couple surrounded by family and friends having an amazing time you can practically feel the love coming through the photographs. This is one such wedding. Sent to me by reader Cara and photographed by Lydia of D.I.A. Images, this wedding was a sweet affair with many personal touches and details. These two are so sweet together that I can't help but think of the song 'Chapel of Love' when I look at these pictures of them so in love, and with Cara's short dress, d'orsay pumps and birdcage veil she looks like she stepped right out of the early 60's!

From Cara: "Corey and I were married in Winona Lake, a small lakeside town in Northern Indiana. We were married on November 13, 2010. Our wedding was vintage and traditional, yet with some modern twists (no sand pouring or unity candle for us). My husband is a musician and wrote a song and reworked others to make the wedding music truly unique for our day."

Thanks so much to Cara and Lydia of D.I.A. Images for sharing these with us today!

Credits: Photography: D.I.A. Images, Bride's Dress: Oleg Cassini, Groom's Attire: Suit was created by a small local suitshop with items from J. Crew, Florist: Iris Trail Florist Shop, Cake and Baked Goodies: Lauren Shewman of The Sweetest Thing (inspired by a Martha Stewart cake), Centerpieces: DIY and Iris Trail Florist Shop.
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