I’m at that place in my pregnancy where when the baby moves I can actually see my belly move! How crazy is that?! I also recently discovered maxi dresses (don’t ask me what rock I’ve been under) and I’m pretty sure I’m going to start living in them. Anything that looks put together but feels like pajamas is aces in my book (pregnant or not). So that’s me these days – belly moves and maxi dresses. Not exactly the most exciting stuff (which I guess is good when you’re waiting around for a baby), so tell me about your exciting things! Wedding plans? Engagements? What’s new with you, dear readers?!

PS – Have you taken our 2013 Reader Survey yet? You could win $500 in gorgeous letterpress!

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Outfitting the nursery has me dreaming of a makeover for our bedroom, too.

Flowerwild does it again.

Super fun bright citrus print, via Mary Pinto’s Pinterest.

How cute are these hot air balloon cupcakes?

Ready for a picnic!

Dove does it again with this beauty sketch experiment (definitely worth a look!).

Well said, Victoria.

Darling blog elements by our friend Rebekka Seale.

Beautiful Mother’s Day brunch inspiration.

On swearing when you have kiddos.

Café pour quatre, via The Bedlam of Beefy.

Bee sting cake.

Whimsical baby shower invitations.

Great mix of retro and modern in this invite.

Such a beautiful, joyful photo project.

Save the date with chocolat.

Congratulations to Creature Comforts and Mrs. Lilien on the lovely new websites!

Want to help victims of the Boston Marathon explosions? Charity Navigator is a great place to start.

Have a happy weekend friends!

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With all of our focus on how to make your wedding special, we thought it was important to highlight some ways to make your marriage awesome, too. Introducing “Snapshot of a Marriage,” a series from contributor Emily Westbrooks, who interviews couples on some of their secrets for a strong and successful marriage.

More than 70 years ago, David was looking for a date to take to a friend’s wedding. He asked Daisy, a classmate of his sister, but she had to turn him down. The reason? She didn’t have a dress to wear! Luckily, David’s sister loaned Daisy a gown, and it’s a good thing she did: Daisy and David have been together ever since.

Shortly after they became a couple, David was headed off to fight in World War II. Before he left for basic training, he told Daisy, “I’ll be going into the Army soon and we’re going to get engaged before I leave.” David left New York and headed to basic training in Florida. When he got news that he was being sent to Germany, Daisy boarded a train for her first trip outside New York state. She arrived in Florida and the couple were married in a civil ceremony, sealing the deal with a $1 ring from the local five and dime.

Two and a half years later, David came home from the war, making the long journey by ship. Like many soldiers, he passed the time playing games of craps – but David got lucky, winning enough money to buy his bride the ring he knew she deserved. And when he returned, the couple had a second wedding to match the new ring, with a small Jewish ceremony their families could take part in. “My sister-in-law loaned me her wedding gown, my mother made a little wedding party in the apartment, and the rabbi lived in the same building so he married us.”

“When I got married,” says Daisy, “my mother said to me, Your husband comes first because he is the breadwinner. Today I would say it should be a two way street. I like today’s society better than mine, it’s more equal.”

And Daisy hasn’t passed on her mother’s advice to the three daughters she and David have. Instead, Daisy says it’s about patience, compromise, and a sweet gesture here and there. “You give a little bit, your spouse gives a little bit, it’s compromise. You work at it every day. Even though we’re married seventy years, if I see a little card for my hubby, I leave it on the bed.”

David agrees, “It’s all what you make out of a marriage.”

And Daisy and David can certainly be very proud of what they’ve made of theirs!

SNAPSHOT SUBMISSIONS  Do you know a married couple whose relationship you admire? Or maybe you’re married and want to share your words of wisdom! We’re now accepting submissions from couples who have been married for ten years or longer. Email Emily at emily@fromchinavillage.com with your first names, how long you’ve been married, and a few sentences about why you’d like to be interviewed for our Snapshot of a Marriage series.
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Yesterday we went to Florida for a wedding… why not stay awhile with this sweet and simple engagement session from KT Merry!

KT photographed the couple at Matheson Hammock Park, as well as at a private residence in Miami.

There’s something so fun about a vintage camera!

From Katie: “Rob and I, both South Florida natives and FSU alumni met on a blind date in Miami. We were set up by mutual friends and we have been together ever since. It’s true that sometimes an ordinary life will lead you to an extraordinary fairytale. We look forward to spending the rest of our lives together full of happiness and love and lots of Golden Retrievers.”


See more of this lovely Florida engagement session in the gallery.

Photographer: KT Merry / Hair, Makeup: Maryanne from Fresh Beauty Studio / White Dress: Rachel Pally / Tan Skirt: Haute Hippy / Blouse: J. Crew / Red Dress: Diane Von Furstenburg / Denim Blouse: J. Crew / Necklace, Bracelet: J. Crew /
  • Florida Engagement Photos in Coconut Grove

    18 April 2013
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    With a bright, vintage-inspired style, California wedding photographer Rahel Menig focuses on telling the stories of couples in love…

    By offering mini photo session consultations, as well as a complimentary engagement session with every wedding day package, Rahel gets to know her clients before the big day, allowing brides and grooms to feel that much more comfortable in front of the camera. And when clients are comfortable, relaxed, and having fun, says Rahel, that’s when she can really capture “the spark.”

    Rahel also believes that details tell stories too, so she makes sure to capture all those special little things that really make a wedding day unique (how cute is this burlap ring pillow?!).

    Though she’s based in the Bay Area, Rahel loves to travel, so if you love her soft, romantic style but you’re not in California, she’s available for weddings just about anywhere!

    See lots more of Rahel Menig‘s wedding photography on her website and blog, and find out more about her free mini session consultations!


    This post sponsored by Rahel Menig.

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    Today let’s escape to the Florida Keys for a romantic beach wedding…

    Playful stationery invited guests to this destination wedding.

    Ceremony programs doubled as hand fans to keep guests cool. The ring bearer looked dapper in classic seersucker. Pink ombre rose petals lined the aisle.

    Vintage postcards (embellished with fun little banners!) acted as table numbers.


    See the rest of this romantic Florida beach wedding in the gallery.

    Photographer: Ozzy Garcia / Venue: Pierre’s Restaurant in Islamorada, Florida / Bride’s Dress: Lazaro / Groom’s Tuxedo: Armani Black Label / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Floral Designer: Touch of Paradise in West Palm Beach / Stationery: Lion in the Sun Brooklyn / Hair, Makeup: Marie Pierre / Band: Junior’s Entertainment Group
  • Pink Beach Wedding in the Florida Keys

    17 April 2013
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