Monday, January 31, 2011

{real wedding} kristen + andrew

i love everything about this wedding... the diy touches, the gorgeous couple and that venue is absolutely to die for.  the bride, kristen enlisted the help of her family to create all of the wedding decorations- the hanging moss balls to the wood-burned centerpieces.  kristen enjoyed crafting for her wedding so much that she’s planning on opening an etsy shop.  here are some more details from kristen:“It was a total DIY wedding! We made all of our own decorations. It was kind of my own inspiration and what I had seen on a couple of blogs. My cake was made by my aunt (tasted amazing!!!), catering done by my other side of the family, and all the bouquets were made by my other aunt, the wedding planner. “
As for my favorite moments... "I think we had the best time the day before the wedding when we were actually decorating the barn. My bridesmaids were all there helping me, and although it was 20 degrees in the barn, we had so much fun! We drank Starbucks, blasted Ray Lamontagne and just decorated and laughed together the entire time. It was a good time for my girlfriends to finally be back together again because some live out of state. Simple, but lovely. "
my favorite shot...
congrats to kristen + andrew!! 

thank you {jon morton seniors} for allowing me to share your work.
to see more of this wedding visit jon's blog {here}

Friday, January 28, 2011

{friday faves} protea

happy friday friends!!
 i first came across these super large blooms when i worked afternoons in my local florist back when i was in school.  i was shocked when many brides would turn down this dramatic tropical bloom for their centerpiece, but times have changed and i'm happy to see the protea flower is making its way into today's weddings.  

Thursday, January 27, 2011

{couples} pamela + luke

warning: the following shoot will have you feeling weak in the knees...
{diana marie photography} was kind enough to share this amazing shoot with us. here’s what she had to say… “the day was very gloomy, windy, rainy and cold. but it was an amazing day none-the-less. i flew in the morning of to san fransisco and went to a day workshop held by tanja lippert called the art of directing. her business partner tia reagan did hair and make-up for the beautiful couple. since we were learning on how to “direct”, tanja thought it would be nice if we will have a real couple and not models. so she invited her friend luke and his girlfriend, pamela! they are just a beautiful couple! their love for each other just radiated and it was such an honor to be able to photograph them. they were simply the sweetest couple”. 

to see more of this photo shoot visit diana's blog {here}

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

{guest post} hanging mason jar save-the-date

 Hi Postcards & Pretties readers! 

My name is Lauren, from Lauren Elise Crafted, and I am honored to be here today, guest posting on one of my favorite wedding inspiration blogs.  Awhile back Chris asked me if I wanted to contribute to her beautiful blog and my answer was an oh-so-definite YES!  I love Postcards & Pretties for many reasons (one being Chris’s sweetness!), but I must say the inspiration boards are a favorite of mine.  If there was an Olympic event for picture board making, Chris would win gold…every year…she’d be unstoppable!  I’m not quite sure how she repeatedly wows us with these beautiful boards but every time she puts up a new one I’m blown away.  I cannot thank Chris enough for being such a great resource for not only brides but designers as well. 
 So for our DIY today, I have a crafty save the date that is perfect for all the brides that got engaged over the holidays.  The inspiration: mason jars!  Mason jars are the perfect detail for a rustic wedding and you see them all over the place.  Personally, I love this trend! These vinitage-esque jars are not only adorable but totally functional and can be used after the wedding as well.  So I recommend buying them up and scattering them all over your event!  And if the jars alone aren’t enough than this DIY is for you.  The jar design and the embroidery details together are the perfect handmade touch and your guests will not only love receiving them but also displaying them as a reminder.
muslin fabric
mason jar template
black embroidery floss
white felt
red twine & red thread
washi tape
printed save-the-date sheets
tacky glue
hot glue
red ribbon

 Get a mason jar template to use for tracing {image A}.  My template was a mason jar stamp by Inkadinkado Stamps.  Cut out a small piece of muslin and trace the jar onto the fabric with a pencil {image B}.  Embroider the outline with black embroidery floss using a simple backstitch {image C}.  Embroider over everything in pencil {image D}.
Cut out a piece of felt the same size as the muslin {image E}.  Set the felt aside for now.  Cut a 6” piece of red twine and stitch the center of the twine to the center of the jar with red thread {image F}.
Print out your save-the-date sheets with all of your information on them {image G}.  Mine were about 2.5” x 5” in size.  Roll up each sheet and hold together with some red-patterned washi tape {image H}. 
Glue the backside of the muslin with tacky glue {image I} and seal together with the felt {image J}.  Allow plenty of time for the fabric to glue together and dry.  I glued mine, placed it under some heavy books, and left it for about an hour.  Once dry, cut off the excess muslin and felt fabric, leaving a thin border around the black embroidery floss {image K & L}. 
Cut a small piece of red ribbon, make a loop, and glue both sides to the back of the mason jar (on the felt side) with hot glue {image M}.  Finally, place the rolled up save-the-date message in the mason jar and tie a bow with the twine to secure it {image N}.  
Send these handmade mason jars to your guests and they will hang it as a reminder for your wedding!   
Thank you so much for having me here today Chris!  I hope you all enjoy the DIY and that it inspires you to get crafty!     

lauren elise crafted
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

{shoot} in the garden

you'll be itching for spring after seeing this garden wedding from steph at {steph fowler photography}. here is what steph had to say... "i had this idea of a garden themed shoot for sometime now. i wanted it to have a english tea in the garden feel to it. the view from my place overlooks the learning garden in venice, and i would stand on my balcony and think how it would make such a lovely place to shoot a couple. i photographed tiffany and dan's wedding a few weeks before this, and when I met them, I felt like they would be the perfect couple for this fun project".
photographer: {steph fowler photography} | prop styling: {robin tucker} | make up: {brittany woodside} 
 hair: {philip arrieta} | cake: {superfine bakery} | desserts: {high tea for alice}

to see more of this shoot visit steph's blog {here}

{#32} tuesday shoesday

how fabulous are those cutouts? {+}

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Monday, January 24, 2011

{#131} paper cranes + china blue

{colors} china blue, lavender, white
{description} a few months ago my dear friend lydia asked if i would create an inspiration board for her friend shana who is getting married next fall.  lydia basically told me that the bride has been collecting antique china and especially loves blue and white china.   the bride is also a fan of purple and lydia suggested a softer shade of lavender would be better with the blue and white china pieces.  the couple wants to include asian elements in their wedding with charming paper cranes and cherry blossoms.  i cannot wait to see the final result of shana's wedding.
{photos} cherry blossom trees {pinterest} lavender toss {martha stewart weddings} white chocolate desserts {martha stewart weddings} paper cranes {muscrats vintage} paper crane backdrop & couple {green wedding shoes} hydrangea boutonnieres {martha stewart weddings} door {carter and cook events} plate setting {the knot} hydrangea bouquet {martha stewart weddings}

Sunday, January 23, 2011

{sunday} skate

going ice skating for the first time...i hope i don't fall on my a**!!

happy sunday friends!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

{friday faves} long veils

happy friday friends!!!
i must admit that i adore bird cage veils as much as everyone out there but i'm really happy to see that long veils are making a come back.  there is something so classic and romantic about these lengthy veils especially when paired with a lovely floral crown, tied at the nape of the neck or simple wrapped around a couple while embracing.

so, let's here it...
do you prefer a short or long veil?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

{real wedding} tiffany + paul

when i came across this wedding captured by taryn and shelby of {joielala photographie} on my facebook news feed, i knew i had to feature it on p&p. here's what taryn had to say about tiffany + paul's special day: we loved shooting this wedding! tiffany & paul are such a happy and easy going couple who just wanted to have fun and celebrate their love for each other. the colors and florals tiffany choose were stunning. we loved the cute ruffled flowergirl dresses, tiffany's bouquet was gorgeous and the dessert table was to die for!  
from the bride... i wanted muted  romantic colors. i wanted a simple wedding with little fuss. i wanted to eat MEXICAN food. i was tired of weddings with chicken.. i wanted to walk own a isle that was lit by candles and stand under a arch that was full of succulents and hanging vines . i chose to do a candy bar because i love deserts . i wanted more of a classic wedding dress. i wanted to look back in pictures and not look dated. i wanted to be different from other brides who wear strapless dresses. i really just wanted to celebrate our love for one another. we gathered our family and friends and planed on having a great time. i loved how it tuned out and i could not have asked for a better night.
congrats tiffany + paul!!!

to see more of this wedding visit joielala's blog {here}

photographers: {joielala photographie} second shooter: {scott lawrence} venue: {el adobe} 
florist: {downtown flowers} cake & candy table: {melissa blackburn}  
flower girl dresses: {j. crew} bride’s before dress: elizabeth & james bride’s wedding gown: mon arnie
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