Wednesday, August 31, 2011

{real wedding} anna + magnus swedish nuptials

Happy Wedding Wednesday! I have a sweet and stylish Swedish wedding that was held in the heart of Stockholm. The couple married in the Anglican Church built in 1863, took a boat ride (with lots of bubbly and canapés) to the Museum of Contemporary Art, where the reception was held. The Swedish bridal couple currently lives in Hong Kong and had gathered friends and family from four continents to celebrate their wedding day.
From Anna, the bride: We met 7 years ago in Umeå, my hometown. I was living in London and went home for a holiday to see friends and family, met Magnus who was studying to complete his degree and we have been inseparable ever since.
Karolina Danielson did my hair and make up in the morning of our wedding day. The groom and his best men stayed behind at the hotel room at Grand Hotel. It was really important for the groom not to see each other before the wedding ceremony on the wedding day and he had of course not seen the dress before. The moment we saw each other in church was very emotional for us both.
We pretty much filled up the whole church, Stockholm Anglican Church with approx 120 seats. 
Some of our guests managed to get lost during the short walk between the church and the boat. When they were walking over the bridge on their way, another bunch of wedding guests crossed their path and about 20 guests simply followed them to another wedding reception. Some even helped themselves and got drinks before realising it was the wrong wedding reception!
The Modern Museum was chosen because of its superb location with a panorama view over Stockholm, selected partly because of all the international guests. This also inspired the choice of menu with canapés with something Spanish (Magnus’ heritage) and northern Swedish ingredients (my heritage). The starter was made of Västerbotten cheese, a typical Swedish delicacy, the main course was blackened reindeer, something a lot of the guests had never tried before and the dessert had cloudberries, also a typical northern Swedish ingredient.
I was completely blown away when I saw the beautiful photos.  Annevi had managed to capture even the tiniest moments of affection between us. Never had I imagined that the photographs would be able to show just all the love that we felt on our special day. To me, all of the photos are truly work of art and the memories we now have from our wedding day is beyond what we ever expected. The minute she joined us in the morning it became obvious that she is passionate about her work. She is creative and had such a positive energy through out the whole day. She got amazing snaps of guests without them even noticing her presences.
One of the best memories from the wedding day was to have all of our family and friends from different stages in our lives gathered. It was truly special for us.
{Photographer} Annevi Petersson
{Brides Dress}  Forever Yours
{Reception}  Moderna Museet (Modern Museum of Contemporary Art Stockholm)
{MusicOrchestra of 12 people, DJ later in the evening
{SuitsTailor made for the groom
{Bridesmaids dressesTailor made
{Jewels} Tiffany & Co.
{Make up and hair} Karolina Danielson, WHYY Stockholm

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

{in the studio with} twig & lily

Christina Bronstein of Twig & Lily 
Austin, Texas
How many years have you been in the wedding industry?
A year now! 

How did you get started?
For years I used art as a creative outlet and worked in the Advertising industry while unofficially designing event stationery for friends and family. Then one day, I decided to follow my heart, leave the advertising world and follow my passion of art and stationery design. Shortly there after, Twig & Lily was born. One of the very early things I did to boost my confidence and get my name out there was to attend local craft fairs and I haven't looked back since!
Where do you go for inspiration?
I am and have always been inspired by nature. Really, inspiration is everywhere for me when I'm open to receive it. That being said all the lovely blogs out there are an amazing source of inspiration. And of course there's Pinterest

What's your signature style?
I love collaborating with a client on any style. But my signature style would have to be a combination of clean vintage whimsy with a touch of nature through textures like kraft paper and twine. I love mixing pretty feminine elements with rustic charm.

What’s your favorite spot in your studio?
Right at my good ol' mac!

Do you have a current favorite color palette or wedding trend?
My current favorite wedding trend is the hand drawn typography and art elements within invitations. The hand drawn elements give such a beautifully quaint feeling to what can sometimes be cold stationery pieces and I just love that.
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
I see myself continuing to work with custom clients on creating beautiful event stationery. I would also love to see my line of inspirational art and stationery in many more boutiques. Along with that I would love to have an expanded offering of stationery, home art, decor and event goodies on my website.

Finish this sentence ~  “I can’t live without…” My husband, friends, family and dog. Also I really couldn't live without: green tea, chocolate, nature, my mac, Italian food, creating and designing art, yoga {it keeps me sane}, love, laughter and travel.

{tutorial} braided updo

 Isn't this braided updo super sweet?  Spotted on {Keiko Lynn} with an easy step by step tutorial.  
Darn! I wish my hair was long enough.

{#59} tuesday shoesday

I'm wasn't the biggest fan of snakeskin until I saw these {anthropologie} t-strap heels with its vertical bow.

also, check out these blogs for more tuesday picks:

follow postcards and pretties on twitter {here} &  #tuesdayshoesday 

Monday, August 29, 2011

{#167} southern pizzazz

{colors} kelly green, white & black
{description} I'm still having trouble getting back to the blogging flow and Hurricane Irene didn't help either so I'm going to share a board I created a few weeks ago for my sweet friend, Courtney Dial from {Pizzazzerie}. She asked if I would create one to assist her in planning for her June 2012 wedding. Of course I jumped at the opportunity. Courtney knew exactly what she wanted... a sophisticated color palette of black and white stripes and kelly green accents with traditional southern flair. 
{photos} bowtie cake {martha stewart weddings} sunhat {harwell photography} paper fans {martha stewart weddings} dress {sarah seven} stripe parasol and bowtie pooch {jose villa}  favor boxes {martha stewart weddings} pineapple drink stirrer {sweet & saucy} green glassware {rebecca hansen} place card bundles {bride’s cafe} bouquet {martha stewart wedding}

{sponsor pretties} acute design

Happy Monday lovelies! I want to introduce you all to one of P&P's sponsors Acute Design. Regina's shop is filled with the most charming handmade pieces.  She has a bridal line filled with whimsical headbands and halos for all you brides that are looking for something different for your wedding day. Her shoe clips and jewelry would also make perfect gifts for your bridal party. Be sure to check out Acute Designs blog, twitter and facebook.
{photos 1 & 5} ae martin photo

Acute Designs is a postcards & pretties sponsor

Sunday, August 28, 2011

{weekly recap}

Have you checked out Ruffled Shop yet? Congrats Amanda! {photo by elizabeth messina}

in case you missed any of this week's posts...

The last few weeks, I had some amazing blogs give P&P some lovely shout outs and thought I would return the favor. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

{faves} maps + globes

Happy Friday, friends! 
I must still have traveling on the brain because I keep realizing that I'm constantly searching for travel inspired wedding ideas. While on vacation, I collected of a ton of city maps and they took up quite a lot of space in luggage. If you're like me and can't get enough of travel inspired pretties like maps and globes here are a few ideas that you can use for your wedding. 
1. map photo booth backdrop {martha stewart weddings} 2. map favor boxes {martha stewart weddings}
3. map escort chart {emily takes photos via the loveliest day} 4. map escort {tec petaja}
5. map covered vases {martha stewart weddings} 6. map dessert sign {stone crandall photography via green wedding shoes} 7. around the world letter {urban outfitters} 8. map pinwheel {elizabeth st.}
9. map cufflinks {martha stewart weddings} 10. map of the world skirt {anthropologie}
11. globe {josh goleman} 12. globe escort display {kate harrison} 13. love globe {ashley rose via forget me knot weddings} 14. hanging globes {tseventy} 15. mini globe {simply bloom photography} 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

{shop the inspiration} boardwalk bride

Today's shop the inspiration is equally sweet as the inspiration board that inspired it.  I love that sweet candy colored floral dress and can't you picture salt water taffy piled on that pretty pink pedestal?

{#166} boardwalk bride

{colors} cotton candy pink, buttercup & pale blue
{description} I'm continuing share with you some inspiration boards that I recently created for some blogger friends. Today's board was first seen on {Wild & Precious} a few weeks ago.  Being a Jersey girl my summers are usually spent going down the shore walking down the boardwalk, people watching while munching on some of my favorite treats like salt water taffy and cotton candy. I wanted the board to have a bit of a retro feel with soft shades of pastels which makes for a perfect summer palette for all you boardwalk brides.  
{photos} assorted candy {rebecca thuss} milk bottles/straws {cindy chae} coconut cupcake {somewhere splendid} blue dress {from me to you} pennant banner {martha stewart weddings} paper flower bouquet {kim le photography} cotton candy {martha stewart weddings} ferris wheel/kiss {one love photo} ticket roll cake {martha stewart weddings}

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

{real wedding} melissa + nick's diy mountain wedding

After receiving this gorgeous DIY wedding while on vacation, I was dying to get back home to feature it.  Melissa + Nick were married on a big hill with breathtaking views of the Colorado mountains. The groom and friends made all the food and sweets for the big day. They even brewed sun tea the day before with its sweet label that sat on the handmade bar.  
From Melissa, the bride: We felt so humbled by the amount of generosity everyone one bestowed on us. We barely had to hire anyone! Flowers were from a friend's mother that lives in Colorado Springs.  Nick and I made my veil. It had clips in it that were vintage gifted from my bridesmaid Kimi Recor.
The couple skipped on the traditional wedding cake and had pies instead! 
I love the lace detail on the bridesmaid's dress.
{Venue} Midnight Ranch
{Hair} Off 7th Salon by Emily Schmidt 
{Catering} Fireside Catering

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