Thursday, March 31, 2011

{guest post} custom straw tags

Hello Postcard & Pretties readers!  Thanks so much for having me!  I’m ilene from Come on, ilene! and I’m flattered to be a guest today.   When I  married my best friend seven months ago, I  LOVED getting wedding ideas from all over the web.   Sites like Postcards & Pretties were amazing sources of inspiration to me!  Our wedding was full of fun DIY details and today I am sharing a really simple project but one that got lots of “oohh and ahhhs” at our wedding:  custom straw tags!
These monogrammed straws are an easy way to add a custom touch and  some fun and whimsy to your wedding!
Materials: cardstock, hole punch, 2″ circle punch, embosser
1. Use the embosser to impress your logo on the cardstock.   (I got my embosser custom made with our initials at The Paper Source but if you don’t have one, you can use rubber stamps, stickers or even print out a logo on your computer.)
2.  Cut out logo with a circle punch:
3.  Use your hole punch to punch two holes, one at the top and one at the bottom of the circle:
4. Thread your straw through the holes and you’re done!!  See?  Super easy!!
We had small buckets full of these straws out at the bar during cocktail hour:
And one at every place setting during dinner:
You can also turn a bunch of these  into stickers with the Xyron sticker machine which we used to secure our cookie favor bags and  petal toss bags:
Thanks for having me here, Chris!  And to all the future brides out there planning weddings- good luck! Enjoy this special time in your life!  Believe it or not, as fun as it is to plan a wedding, life is even better on the other side!
Check out more of my DIY ideas at Come on, ilene!

{#142} tea & biscuits

{colors} mint green, biscuit, brown and peachy pink
{description} Earlier in the week, I had the pleasure to guest blog over at Marry you me and created this inspiration board to celebrate Annie's recent move to England. Inspired by the Brits love of tea & biscuits and using muted spring green and pale peachy pinks color palette, I dreamed up this perfect spring wedding.
{photos} dress {j. crew} bouquet {martha stewart weddings} teacup cake topper {ruffled} tea cup {dress design decor} table setting {lisa lefkowitz} true love biscuits {fry dog design} sun hat {kate powers} ice cream {tartelette} card catalog {simply bloom}

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

{shoot} las vegas desert

I thought nothing could be hotter than the desert sun until I came across this shoot from Kate over at {Kate Botwinski Photography}.  Shot an hour outside of the Vegas strip in the desert, Kate took advantage of the late afternoon sun to shoot this gorgeous duo in soft, romantic light. 
Here’s a little of what Kate had to say about the shoot I was in love with Megan's style: cowboy boots, blunt bangs, neutral makeup, and even her subtle witty tattoos. Wagner is Brazilian; a beautiful man on his own, so an untucked casual button-down and a rusty colored tie was perfect attire for him.“
 To see more of this shoot visit Kate’s blog {here} and this husband & wife destination wedding photography team will soon be based out of Minneapolis & Colorado too! 
Make sure to check them out!

{Flowers} Enchanted Forest
{Jewelry & Hair accessories} Tesoro Bella Jewelry
{Men’s attire} Second hand

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

{#41} tuesday shoesday

 These blooming heels totally caught my eye. Love the floral bloom.

also, check out these blogs for more tuesday picks:

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{in the studio with} lemon & lavender design

Ashley La Rue of Lemon and Lavender Design
Tampa Bay, Florida
How many years have you been in the wedding industry? 
 I am a newbie :)  I've been obsessed with weddings since I was a child but I didn't officially open my shop until a year ago. 

How did you get started? 
When I made the leap to start my own business I knew a blog was the first step then I emailed everyone I knew asking if they needed wedding invitations.  Luckily, I had several friends getting married and it was a great way to build my portfolio!
Where do you go for inspiration? 
Love pinterest and tumblr for gorgeous images for the blog but when I begin the design process with a bride I really look to little details in her wedding.  I ask about her dress, cake, venue, etc.  I think it's paramount to creating a unique piece that truly tells a story for the couples wedding day.

What's your signature style? 
I love vintage but I also love mixing my traditional vintage flare with modern elements.  I think it's a perfect marriage of design :)
What’s your favorite spot of your studio? 
Since my studio is really only my desk I would have to say that my favorite spot is right at my mac with an espresso in hand :)

Do you have a current favorite color palette or wedding trend? 
I am really in love with peach, coral, mint, and muted yellows.  Love all the pretty pastels this spring. 
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
My business has grown so much over the last year I really couldn't ask for more!  I have been truly blessed with amazing opportunities and wonderful clients but I would love to see the ready-made line of invitations become a staple in the wedding industry.

Finish this sentence 
“I can’t live without…” my delonghi ;) I make a pretty amazing Americano.
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Monday, March 28, 2011

{shoot} time traveler's wife

I’ll admit it I’m a total bookworm, I love the smell of books, the way a heavy novel cramps up my hands after reading chapter after chapter way into the night…don’t you?  That's why when I saw this shoot I knew I had to have it featured on P&P.  Sarah at {Sarah Bray Photography} was inspired by the sci-fi love story The Time Traveler’s Wife; one of her favorite books. The shoot was influenced by the Edwardian era, with a little bit of Steampunk toss in and finished off with a little Anthropologie touches.  
{Photography} Sarah Bray Photography  
{Vintage Dress} Catvickie
{Accessories} De Ja Vu Vintage, Orlando 
{Hair + Makeup} Luisa V

{guest blogging} marry you me

I'm guest blogging over at {Marry you Me} while Annie settles down in England. 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

{sunday} sweets

The winning comment for the Rustic Wood Cake Stand goes to Kristi who "liked Postscripts on Facebook", she also said that her cake of choice would be an Almond bundt cake. 
Happy Sunday!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

{friday faves} pastel wedding dresses

Happy Friday friends! 
Spring is finally here {even though this week we had a couple of snow flurries} but I'm optimistic that it will straighten itself out and warmer weather will be heading my way soon.   
Before I began blogging, I never would have considered the color of my wedding dress other than white/cream but the more I see these soft tinted dresses, the more I like them.  

Q. What do you think of these pastel dresses?

Don't forget to help support the Christchurch earthquake appeal~ Check out some amazing New Zealand vendors who will be donating 10% of their sales in March to help the people of Christchurch~ Ruby & Willow Design StudioBubbleRock StudioAnna Schimmel Bridal Designer & Artisan Cakes by Judit Meron.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

{#141} golden raspberry

{colors} pink copper, golden raspberry, white chocolate
{description} I had this board sitting on the back-burner for some time now because it took me quite a long time to find the last photo that would complete it...that amazing outdoor lounge!  I love raspberries but I'm intrigued with it's cousin the golden raspberry. It's golden-orange color paired with blush pink make for a sophisticated palette.  It's romantic, luminous and perfect for any upcoming spring/summer wedding. 
{photos} bouquet {poppies & posies} bow veil/couple {trent bailey} cotton candy {brides} metallic thread {sunday supper} lounge {martha stewart weddings} golden raspberry wedding cake {martha stewart weddings} ruffle sleeve/clutch {bride's cafe} champagne {martha stewart weddings} heels {erin hearts court} pink & copper table centerpiece {martha stewart weddings}

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

{couples} mallory + michael

Love, lace and lighting was all that was need for this gorgeous love shoot by Tahni from {Joyeuse Photography}.  Gathering inspiration from Free People, they headed out to Keswick Vineyards for this gorgeous bohemian inspired shoot.  

Tahni also created Mallory's bridal bouquet with fresh flowers she picked up from Whole Foods and added a few feathers and dried lavender and wrapped the stems with a vintage lace table runner.    
{Photography} Joyeuse Photography
{Modern bridal tutu} Your Sparkle Box
{Hairpiece, Boutonniere, Bouquet} Tahni Candelaria-Holm

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