Monthly Archives: December 2009

It is definitely starting to feel like the holidays around here. I’ve started a bit of my holiday shopping, drinking chocolate is making regular appearances in our apartment, and there’s even talk of snow! In Texas! What are you doing to get in the holiday spirit? How about some of these great links from around the web this week (like roasting chestnuts!)…

{by Darling Dexter}

Beautiful brides in pink ombre and black sashes.

Mmmmm. Lavender.

Striped icebergs. Absolutely unreal.

Q is for Quail, and for sassy bridesmaid dresses.

How to roast chestnuts.

I’ve never been so excited about food coloring in my life.

My newest dream wedding, via Once Wed.

Oh, snap!

A magical little nook.

Isn’t this what we’ve been talking about all week?

Great inspiration-to-reality series on SMP.

Best Christmas card ever.

One of my inspiration boards became this reader’s wedding. How fun!

These would be a nice surprise in my stocking this year.

I always enjoy Hollister’s gift guides.

And a big congratulations to Elizabeth Anne Designs on the beautiful new site!

Have a happy happy weekend!

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Here’s another thing I’m trying to remember as a bride: don’t take yourself so seriously. Have fun with the whole thing – I mean, it’s a party! Parties are fun! Pick up some bottles of bubbly, some packets of confetti, and get some of your favorite folks together – it can be as simple as that! Add some brightly-hued macarons, and you’ve got a modern take on the traditional cake and punch reception. In that spirit, and inspired largely by Chloe Aftel’s wonderful polaroid, I created today’s wedding inspiration board in a sweet lavender and gold palette, with playful details and a bit of humor. Champagne coupes flecked with gold stars add even more sparkle to fizzy libations. Gold polka dots are an unexpected addition to a wedding dress, striking the perfect balance between frivolity and sophistication. And I couldn’t resist including the pop-up wedding chapel, which is open until December 12 at Grand Opening in New York’s Lower East Side. Anyone?

Mood: girly and fun – and a little bit 80s?
Palette: sweet lavender, gold sparkle

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Top row from left: clematis in purple jar styled by Randi Brookman Harris for Martha Stewart Weddings, gold star champagne coupe from Anthropologie via Delphine Ephemera, confetti and lavender lace socks photo by Chloe Aftel via, little dish with gold stars via Concrete and Honey
Row 2: gold confetti stars from Century Novelty, hand-lettered and illustrated invitation by Alice Gabb, Comme des Garcons gold zip clutch from Bird, once-worn Lucienne dress for sale on Once Wed
Row 3: Sofia Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine via A Lovely Morning, Grand Opening Wedding Chapel from New York Magazine via a desert fete, purple and lavender macarons from Paulette

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As a bride, I’ve really been trying to maintain perspective about my wedding choices, and when you look at weddings all day long like I do, it’s definitely easy to get lost. It’s no secret that I love the pretty details, but there’s such a thing as too much. Instead, why not choose a few elements that matter to you and to make extra-special, focus on marrying the person you love and on being good hosts to your guests, and forget trying to style your wedding for a magazine/blog feature. Personally, I find understated elegance to be the most appealing look anyway! So, today’s inspiration board is another attempt at finding that balance of beauty and simplicity…

I’m a total sucker for lush florals, especially when they include seasonal fruit like this arrangement from Saipua, with its giant dahlias and young persimmons. That arrangement served as the inspiration for this board: a late autumn/early winter wedding with unexpected rustic details. We seem to see mason jars everywhere these days, but this porcelain version is a refined update, and giving off a pleasant glow when used as a votive. A basket of ganache-filled egg shells is both farm-appropriate and a delightful surprise for your guests. As for the color scheme, ochre is an unusual choice, but used sparingly it adds subtle richness and depth to a backdrop of cream and barnwood gray – pops of golden yellow in the form of persimmons, the bride’s bolero, and the velvet ribbon adorning her bouquet. Stationery pieces are printed on cream paper in black ink, allowing unique lettering to stand out.

Mood: heirloom rustic
Palette: cream, ochre, gray, brown

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Top row from left: centerpiece with dahlias and persimmons by Saipua, porcelain mason jar votive by Pigeon Toe Ceramics, calligraphy by Maybelle
Row 2: rustic apple tart photo by Gemma Comas, white ranunculus in vintage apothecary bottle photo by Tec Petaja
Row 3: birthday menu by Cynthia Warren (photo by Aya Brackett), bride with birdcage veil and ochre bolero photo by Rachel Thurston, brown and white invitation suite by Alee & Press, wine tumbler photo by Johnny Miller
Row 4: rustic farm building and chocolate ganache filled egg shells both from Martha Stewart Weddings, hand-drawn wedding invitation by Liam Stevens, bouquet with velvet ribbon from Martha Stewart Weddings

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The color red and I have a funny relationship. I avoid wearing it and using it in my personal decor, and I especially dislike red flowers, but then I see it in places where no other color would do, and it surprises and charms me. Red lipstick on a bride (the perfect accessory!), red letters on a bistro chair, a shockingly red door or piano. But it’s a dramatic color, so use it wisely – perhaps against a crisp white backdrop as I’ve done here. Though I love the bride’s red lipstick, I’ve imagined her carrying a bouquet of white flowers and some foliage. Red ranunculus have made their way into the centerpieces, but the gorgeous porcelain vase by Frances Palmer has enough personality to hold its own (you’d better believe this woman’s work is going on my registry). Though I think this palette could work well in most seasons, right now I can’t help but think of it as a cheery color scheme for a snowy winter wedding – appropriate for this first day of December, don’t you think?

Mood: cheery and charming
Palette: lacquer red, snow white

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Top row from left: Jenny Lee dress from Martha Stewart Weddings, bistro chair photo via Sunday Suppers, “quilted” wedding invitation by Prentiss Douthit, IKEA tea towels via The Kitchn
Row 2: red velvet layer cake via The Bride’s Guide, red piano from Martha Stewart Weddings, bouquet with white roses and snow berries photo by Clark + Walker Studio
Row 3: red ranunculus in a vase by Frances Palmer, red door photo by Love Life Images, white chocolate wedding cake favors from Martha Stewart Weddings, blind letterpress save-the-date by Alee & Press

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