Sunday, February 28, 2010

{sunday smooch}

catherine + jordan
big sur, california
have a lovely sunday.....xo


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Saturday, February 27, 2010

{blog love}


a big thank you goes out to these amazing sites for featuring little ol' me...xo


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Friday, February 26, 2010

{friday faves}

hi friends.....sorry for the late post but i just spent two hours shoveling the 12+ inches of snow off my driveway....ughhhh!!!  so now i'm finally inside, exhausted and hungry ..i think i might pop some pillsbury ready to bake cookies in the oven and pass out.....hope everyone has a great weekend. xo

sippin' some soda pop escort cards via here

i ♥ postcards garden via here

intimate and whimsical wedding via here

hand bound albums via here

handcarved stamps + rice paper = sweet handmade cards via here

pothole garden via here
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

{#60} black-tie bbq inspiration board

{season} spring, summer
{colors} black caviar, white, green
{description} today's inspiration board is both simple and sophisticated. caviar and picket fences anyone?
{photos} shoes {dress, design and decor} wedding cake {martha stewart weddings} bouquet {band g photography} vintage car {jose villa} centerpiece {martha stewart weddings} black one shoulder gown {jose villa} wine bottle {country living} silhouette cards {leigh miller} picnic blanket {this is glamorous} informal tuxedos {country living} picket fence escort card holder {lisa lefkowitz} blinis {sunday suppers} long table {the knot}

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

{trends} handkerchiefs

handkerchiefs ….what can i say i heart you.

last summer while visiting a region in portugal called minho i came across {lenços dos namorados} or lover’s handkerchief. i was told that this poetic and lovely tradition consist of white cotton or linen handkerchief are hand embroidered in different colors with names, poems and secret messages by girls of marrying age as a declaration of their love for the man they would like to marry. when the handkerchief was complete, it was secretly passed to the lucky guy by a friend.
how romantic is that!!!



{photo from  here }


another reason why i’m loving handkerchiefs is because they are popping up everywhere in weddings. here are a few ideas on how you can incorporate them in your wedding.

wrapped up wedding bouquets


create a handerkerchief ring pillow


use handkerchiefs in your wedding decor

string some up as garland {jill thomas via amorology}
sew on beads and you have yourself a drink cover {martha stewart}
use as table number {design sponge}
diy hanging handkerchief vases {once wed}

 use these pretties as a fun and unique save the dates and invitations
save the date {fiona e}
diy handkerchief save the date {benign objects via wedding chicks}
handkerchief wedding invitation {bird and banner via martha stewart weddings}

{update}
omg...i found this diy handkerchief invite at {tulle and feathers}. love it!!


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{engagement} liz + jesse

i'm loving this engagement shoot from {jessica bennett}here's what the talented photographer said about the shoot - “the images were shot in an orange grove in oviedo, fl. both liz and jesse were born and raised in/around orlando, orange groves represent a huge part of what orlando looked like 50+ yrs. ago. liz is a huge fan of vintage, so i trusted her to pick the attire and i brought the suit case. “


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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

{#59} love and lemoncello inspiration board

{destination} almafi coast, italy
{colors} lemon yellow, white sugar
{description} i finally tried lemoncello for the very first time and {wow}. this italian dessert digestif made with lemon zest, alcohol and sugar looks pretty but it packs a punch. i knew i wanted to create a board that reminded me of italy's almafi coast because that where this pretty little drink comes from. just sit back and imagine sitting in a italian cafe sipping this sweet delicious drink.
{photos} lemon sugar and lemon wedding cake{martha stewart} soft yellow dress {samuelle} outdoor table setting {one love photo} canopy cake table {rebecca thuss} ballet shoes {brides} mini vase centerpiece, lemon /menu {the knot} wedding dress {martha stewart weddings} ruffle wedding dress {lundlund bersa} white calla lilly and yellow roses bouquet {the knot} favor boxes {rebecca thuss} sugared lemon centerpiece {martha stewart weddings} lemoncello, yellow and white stripe awning {truly smitten}

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Monday, February 22, 2010

{#58} oatmeal and oak inspiration board


{season} fall, winter, spring
{colors} oatmeal, brown oak and creamy ivory
{description} i absolutely love rustic weddings… today’s inspiration board takes place in a old vintage barn full of charm…there is something special about incorporating vintage and heirloom pieces within your wedding – your grandmother’s pearls for your something old and antique silverware for something borrowed. make sure to keep things neutral for a sweet and simple gathering.
{photo}button jar {country living} various pearl jewelry {veranda} groom with umbrella {chris nicholls} a peaceful afternoon dress {sarah seven} cheese and crackers {martha stewart weddings} white bouquet {utterly engaged} chocolate cake {the knot} antique key and calligraphy {maybelle} rustic barn {country living} shoes and shelves {sarah maingot} utencils on burlap {sunday suppers} pickup photo {martha stewart weddings} pie {country living} snow dahlia {emersonmade}

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Friday, February 19, 2010

{friday faves}

so who can keep up with all the amazing blogs and sites out there... i sure try to that's why i compiled a few of this weeks favorites....enjoy and have a wonderful weekend everyone......

have you ever considered a mushroom bouquet
gowns on a limited budget
macarons on a stick as seen here and here
pretty garland
who doesn’t love a sale
raindrops on roses
clear your calendar for march 23 & 24
have a seat…don’t mind if I do
i heart these love notes
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

{blooms} olympics bouquet

have you noticed the monochromatic congratulatory bouquet at this year's winter olympics in vancouver? the bouquets are made up of green spider mums and green hypericum berries and large leaf greens, fern and loops of monkey grass and tied with a simple blue ribbon.  i think they are quite beautiful. do you agree?

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

{#57} mocha & rose inspiration board


{season} spring, fall
{colors} mocha, dusty rose, pearl
{description} this board has a bit of a timeless and classic with a modern twist - miss matched bridesmaid dresses. 
{photos} astilbe vase arrangement {country living} chair & bouquet {kiss the groom} hair bow {jenna carver} triple chocolate mousse cake and pearl monogram {martha stewart weddings} chocolate wedding cake {the knot} bride & bridesmaids {todd pellowe} vintage journals {rebecca thuss} pear favors and bouquet {martha stewart weddings} couple {brides} dusty rose, fiddlehead fern and succulent centerpiece {martha stewart weddings} rings {brides} ribbon tied utencils {sadie olive} gold ballet shoes {sarah maingot} woman holding vintage camera {tiffany & co}

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

{blog love}


much love going out to these site for featuring {postcards and pretties}.  thank you!!


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{#56} new orleans inspiration board

{destination} new orleans, louisiana
{colors} lavender, white, green, gold
{description} happy mardi gras day... i thought today's destination board should be the oldest and famous french quarters in the beautiful city of new orleans. i didnt want this board to scream mardi gras but i wanted to use some elements ...everyone knows that purple, green and gold are the colors of mardi gras but i chose to soften them with light lavender, grassy green and touches of gold. i'm a big fan of tiny desserts so why not serve your guests warm mini beignets with different dipping sauces * and  no new orleans wedding is complete without a second line dance, where the bride and groom dance in line with umbrellas and their guests follow them waving handkerchief...so like a great party.
{photos} seraphina gown {j. crew} belt {ban.do} couple holding hands {tec petaja} flor di lis bouquet {the knot} fiddlehead fern boutonniere {martha stewart weddings} wreath {style guide} bowtie {leigh miller} beignets {epicurious} flor di lis wedding cake {the knot} couple on moped {meg smith} french quarter street light {searching for style} mardi gras mask {brides} lace umbrella {bella umbrella}

* {i'm drooling think about the beignets...yum}

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Monday, February 15, 2010

{diy} bay area printables


i was so excited when i found these bay area printables from {kirei nest}.
 it's works perfectly with my {san francisco inspiration board}.


{if you have a product or diy project that you believe will work well with my inspiration boards...email me at postcardsandpretties@gmail.com .. i would love to feature it}

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{#55} light as a feather inspiration board


{season} winter, spring
{colors} charcoal gray, cloud white and blue
{description} for today's inspiration board i wanted to create a wedding that was minimal and yet elegant. the bird couple cake topper and the nest boutonniere add hints of whimsy to this event and makes everything light as a feather.
{photos} mini angel food cakes {martha stewart weddings} nest boutonniere {fritts rosenow} short dress {sarah seven} white centerpieces {martha stewart weddings} place setting with branch {gemma comas} bird nest {martha stewart} bride photo {eva lindh} birdcage pop-up placemat {publique} bird cake topper {martha stewart weddings} flowy wedding dresses {brides} buffet photo {country living}

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Friday, February 12, 2010

hi friends...sorry for the lack of posts these past 2 days.
 i'm a little under the weather and will be back to regular posting on monday.
ugghhh i hate being sick.
hope everyone has a great weekend.
happy v-day ... xo

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

{#54} cupid's kiss inspiration board

{season} valentine's day
{colors} blush pink, marble, white clouds
{description} valentine's day isn't complete without it's icon cupid..the god of love and beauty and his fairy tale story with the beautiful mortal pysche.
{photos} chair {polly wreford} wings {cox & cox} tiered wedding dress {j. crew} table setting {martha stewart weddings} butterfly sleeve dress {brides} bouquet {martha stewart weddings} cupid bow & arrow photo shoot {simply bloom via green wedding shoes} ribbon headband {brides} cupid's kiss {flickr} cupid postcard, marzipan cherries {martha stewart weddings} chandelier {dress, design & decor}

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

tiny valentines


loving all the tiny valentines around the web...here are a few of my favorite.

tiny love {maya made}
tiny valentine love notes {jack and jen}
minature valentine's day goodie bags {martha stewart}
world's smallest postal service {leafcutter designs}

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{#53} aspen inspiration board

{destination} aspen, colorado
{colors} chocolate brown, white wool, ebony, charcoal
{description} when i think of aspen- i think of snow...when i think of snow- i think of skiing...when i think of skiing - i think of hot cocoa...when i think of these things i created this board. enjoy!
{photos} knit gloves with hot cocoa mix favor {instyle weddings} mercury glass vases {eva lindh} tarts {style guide} couple {heather waraksa} white dessert liquors {martha stewart weddings} pine cone bouquet {brides} gray cardigan/bouquet {ritzy bee} table setting {martha stewart weddings} boutonniere {the knot} ski lift {unknown} bride with skis {martha stewart weddings} gray stripe vest {j. crew} rustic cabin {heather waraksa} chocolate {janne peters} cocoa {eva lindh} winter bouquet {ritzy bee}

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Monday, February 8, 2010

{diy} valentine's day - part 2


enjoy some more valentine's day goodies.

valentine's day goodie bag {twig & thistle}
doily garland {little pheasant}
valentine's day matchbook {nice package via brides}
lacy votive holders {martha stewart}



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{#52} my sweet valentine inspiration board

{season} valentine's day
{colors} chocolate, rose, pearl
{description} for today's board i was inspired by the heart-shaped chocolate box that is quintessential to valentine's day but with more of a romantic feel with warm chocolate browns and soft rose and pearl accents.
{photos} dress {leanne marshall} utencils {sadie olive} couple & vintage car {jose villa} rose headband {brides} pearl monogram {martha stewart weddings} programs and vintage books {rebecca thuss} striped chir with bouuqet {kiss the groom} chocolate heart box {gemma comas} stephanotis & rose bouquet and wedding cake {martha stewart weddings} twine wrapped invitation {kiss the groom} rose & queen anne's lace centerpiece {brides}

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Friday, February 5, 2010

{#51} bird and twig inspiration board


{season} winter, spring
{colors} robin's egg blue, silver, white
{description} sorry for the late post friends... i found a board i had created last month but totally forgot about it ...silly me...i love this board because it can be easily used for a winter or spring wedding or somewhere in between. i saw these lovely handmade invitations from brancoprata that i believe would look amazing with this wedding.... happy friday!
{photos} marble wedding cake and bird/log favors {martha stewart weddings} bride with groomsmen {leo patrone} ring {elephantine} ruffle wrap {anna wolf} reception table {veranda} birch log centerpiece {jose villa} pencils {twig & thistle} plaid tie and boutonniere {the knot} branch place setting {gemma comas} dusty miller bouquet {real simple} silver flats {chelsea elizabeth} hearts {jose villa} salt & pepper shakers {calla evans}

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

{diy} valentine's day - part 1


did some diggin' and found some amazing and {free} valentine's day pretties.

heart matchboxes {inchmark}
sweet straw hearts {papermash via a field journal}

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{pretties} heart shaped balloon

today's {pretty} comes from {samski art} heart shaped balloon stiched ilustration wall plaque just in time for valentine's day. 


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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

{blooms} violets

this month's flower is {violets} . violets are a five petaled velvety blossom that represent faithfulness, virtue and modesty.

meringues with edible violets {country living}
violet bouquet and wedding cake {martha stewart weddings}

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{style} amethyst

bridesmaid dresses inspired by february's birthstone - amethyst



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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

{#50} fiesta romantico inspiration board

{destination} mexico
{colors} cactus green, stone, white lace
{description} this mexican inspiration board doesn't have your typical fiesta colors but instead a muted palette of cream and white with hints of green and brown. i love how serene and romantic this board looks it's one of my favorites.
{photos} vintage skeleton keys {leigh miller} salsa verde {country living} couple {jose villa} mariachi hat {brides} crown cake and just married sign {elizabeth messina} ring {linda chaja} papel picado {belathee via smp} bench {jose villa} succulents, mexican wedding cakes {martha stewart weddings} mexican chapel {the knot} cactus tablescape {martha stewart weddings} lace veil and fan {instyle weddings}

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Monday, February 1, 2010

{#49} red and amethyst inspiration board


{season} winter, spring
{colors} amethyst purple, red, white, chocolate brown
{description} here is another inspiration board inspired by this month's birthstone - amethyst. the color combination is fresh and unexpected and would be perfect for a valentine's day wedding.
{photos} paper cones {eva lindh} lilac centerpiece {eddie ross} chiffon and organza wedding dress {j. crew}, red bistro tables {wiley valentine} dried lavender bouquet {elizabeth messina} button heart {cox and cox} paper garland {kristinamarie} handful of raspberries {martha stewart} jewelry and tablescapes {randi brookman harris} hair flower {saja weddings} heart sugar cubes {cox and cox} dress {jeffrey monteiro} macaroons {design is mine}

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