Monday, October 31, 2011

{#178} white caramel

Happy Halloween!! Last year I created a dark and wicked board but for this year I wanted go the complete opposite. Inspired by my obsession love of shimmer and my favorite candies {caramel squares} I wanted to keep the board light and whimsical.  How much do you love that mask? It's ridiculously gorgeous and I can totally picture it in a bridal or boudoir shoot.  

{colors} white lace, caramel, champagne
{photos} mask {elizabeth messina} table decor {bhldn} gold animals {luna & chloe handcrafted} champagne {martha stewart weddings}  caramel squares {andrea dozier photography via hooraytree {this is glamorous} golden heels {anna sawin} mother of pearl utencils, crepe cake {charleston crepe company}

Thursday, October 27, 2011

short hair brides

It's funny how a simple conversation can inspire a blog post. Last week I went for my long overdue hair cut and caught a conversation a few chairs away.  The woman was telling her hairdresser that this was going to be her last major haircut because she was growing out her hair for her wedding. {It's funny how my ears perk up of any mention of weddings, etc.} The hairdresser was clearly surprised and insisted that she can still wear her signature hair short for her wedding.  The bride went on and saying that she wasn't sure if short hair looked good with a ...and that's all I heard!!! My hairdresser began blow drying my hair and I could eavesdrop hear the rest of the convo.  So I'm guessing that she said short hair wouldn't look good with a veil but that couldn't be so farther from the truth. I personally love the look of short hair brides especially if it's your signature look. Cute lacy headbands, floral fascinators or birdcage veils would be my go to accessory for short hair brides. 
Here are a few I collected from super short pixie cuts to pretty bob lengths. 



Are you planning on growing out your hair for your wedding?

{giveaway} lillyput lane design company

   I have an amazing giveaway for you friends!! Lillyput Lane Design Company is offering one lucky P&P reader a chance to win $150 gift certificate to her etsy shop.  Laurie, the talented woman behind the jewelry hand crafts each piece from the finest sterling silver, gold, precious and semi precious stones.  These pieces make great gifts for yourself or the lovely girls in your bridal party.  
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

{shoot} rustic burlap inspiration

Inspired by organic texture, reminiscent of the tactile diversity in nature, material composition of burlap, sheet metal, and wood were used to create this rustic ode to romance.  Emily Carter of Emily Carter Floral Design with Sharyn Peavey of Sharyn Peavey Photography combined these elements, against the pastoral setting of a barn amidst rolling green hills, as a design concept for this style shoot.  For the ceremony panels of burlap were hung with circular cutouts to allow natural light to stream in and reflect off of metal flowers with yellow craspedia centers.  Birch trees were propped within the barn for a more intimate and inviting setting.  The quality of bringing the outdoors, inside.  The bride and groom  were surrounded by a circle of rope, detailed with smilax and peonies, to reinforce the beauty of tying the knot.
The tablescape highlights reused and vintage materials.  Adorned with tin ceiling tiles as chargers, antique silver creamers and sugars, as well as wood containers for flowers.  The centerpiece, distressed wooden planks and moss wrapped votives atop a burlap runner.  The seating an unexpected mix of hay bales elevated on old wooden drawers with a linen covering.  
{Stationery} Papier Gourmet
{Catering} 111 Maine | Weddings and Events     
{Rentals} One Stop Party Shop 
{Jewelry} John McVeigh designs    
{Hair & Make up} Kate Pannill-Siersma    
{Event Design} A Family Affair     
{Models} Rosie Reighley of ME & DJ Travon Santerre of CA 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

{paper pretties} azulsahara

If pretty stationery makes you go weak in the knees.  Azulsahara’s gorgeous collection of wedding stationery is just the place for you.  They carry an array of different styles from vintage, classic and trendy in a rainbow of color choices.  Azulsahara definitely has something of everyone and hurry over and receive 15% off their wedding invitations with this code AZSPF15S until November 15th.  

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{engagement} jessica + romeu

Luis + Kerry of {Piteira Photography} was kind enough to send over this adorable engagement session that took place in one of my favorite cities...Lisbon!!  
Here's Jessica + Romeu love story...
"I live in the US and my fiance, Romeu, lives in Portugal. I travel every summer to Portugal, to our small beach town just outside of Aveiro to visit my family. Romeu is a local there, and we met through family & friends, and we were just a "summer fling" I began college and was unable to travel summers to Portugal for nearly 3-4 years, so Romeu and I lost touch. After those few years, I went back to Portugal, really hoping I would see him again, not knowing anything about him, if he was still in Portugal, was dating someone, etc. One evening, I was home and my brother told me somebody was outside to see me. I thought I'd leave Portugal without seeing Romeu, well, low and behold it was him !! From that evening on, we spent our days together, on the beach, evenings with friends, etc. I just knew Romeu was the one! However, I was at the time studying at the university in Miami, Florida and Romeu was also studying. We had a long distance relationship and only saw each other once a year, during the summers. Romeu and I really had something special and we knew we couldnt pass  the opportunity on that "spark" we had. We share many common interests: music, the outdoors, traveling, modern & edgy art.. we knew there was definitely something there !! So Romeu surprised me in 2008, for Valentines Day, where he showed up at my doorstep, I could not believe it that he was in the US ! So we spent the next three years, until now, traveling every few months, in between Miami, New Jersey (where I am originally from and currently residing) and Portugal. He proposed to me this passed January, in Portugal, and I couldn't be happier !"
 {Photography} Piteira Photography

Monday, October 24, 2011

{#177} cinnamon & coral

I've had this inspiration for a few weeks now but I've been putting off sharing it because I couldn't figure out a name for it. What do you think of Cinnamon & Coral?  
I love this color palette don't you? It's autumny with the cinnamon tones and the coral add a brightness to it and who can't resist a gorgeous rustic mason jar chandelier sparkling from above. Happy Fall! 

{colors} cinnamon, coral, tan 
{photos} wrapped fruit {dan cutrona} moss centerpiece {bhg} shoes {jen curtis} cake {sarah's stands} cinnamon stick plate setting {simply rosie photography} bouquet {elyse hall photography} dresses {stephanie rausser} mason jar chandelier {jamie grenough} gourds {jose villa} 

Friday, October 21, 2011

{happy friday} apple picking

Happy Friday friends! Can you guess who's going apple picking this weekend. This girl right here!! Yay! I'm soooooo looking forward to a relaxing weekend of just baking, relaxing and catching up to my favorite shows that I have sitting in my DVR for the longest time.  Any fun autumny plans this weekend, friends?

this week's favorites...

photo  {Elle Moss}

Thursday, October 20, 2011

{shop the inspiration} love cabin

I think this has to be my favorite shop the inspiration so far just because it's so warm, cozy and totally screams autumn to me. 

cardboard deer head {uncommon goods}  botany necklace {modcloth} boots {celia x stitch}  trail mix favors {caroline & evan photography via smp} apothecary matchstick bottle {terrain} pine cones {save on crafts}

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

{real wedding} erin + ben's colorado mountains wedding

To continue with the woody rustic theme that's going this week which wasn't at all planned, I wanted to share this sweet mountain wedding from Alison Vagnini Photography
"Ben and I (Erin) are both geologists who work and live in Denver so it was perfect for us to get married within the beautiful mountain scenery of Colorado We were looking for a casual and rustic venue for the wedding and Peaceful Valley Ranch was perfect.  It has beautiful aspen groves and the St. Vrain River runs right through the property.  Ben’s family is from Michigan and mine are from Nebraska so we had everyone travel to us.  Peaceful Valley Ranch had enough lodging for all our guests which allowed everyone to spend the entire weekend together instead of just one night.  We had the opportunity to go horseback riding, swimming, fishing and hiking with our guests throughout the weekend.  We were very grateful for everyone traveling so far to spend the weekend with us that we put together welcome bags for everyone to receive when they checked into the lodge.  The welcome bags contained mixed nuts, bridge mix, bottled water, granola bars, ibuprofen, and sunscreen all tied up with a special note and picture of us next to the “Welcome to Colorful Colorado” state sign."
"We wanted to create a comfortable, rustic, outdoor feeling throughout the entire setting but we also wanted to save money so we did a lot of things ourselves.  Ben cut and painted the wood used for the chalkboards and he also cut the aspen logs that were used for the chalkboard stands.  Instead of the formal guest book we cut pieces of fabric for guest to sign which I will sew into a quilt.  We hung pictures of ourselves with clothespins and twine instead of doing a slideshow.  We bought the mason jars, aluminum watering can and milk cans, ribbons, guest bags, candle holders, candles, and paper for the programs all at Michael’s on-sale with coupons."
"Our background theme was “Lucky in Love” which was inspired from the cake topper found on createbyheart’s Etsy site.  The horseshoe theme fit perfectly with the dude ranch venue and I designed the napkins to fit this theme.  When it came to the flowers, we wanted a colorful country feel and decided to use sunflowers, which is the state flower of Kansas where we met.  Kim and Company created the most beautiful flower arrangements we could ever have imagined.  Ben and I both love dessert so when it came time to decide what to have for the wedding, we couldn’t.  So, we ended up with 5 cupcake flavors, 3 pie flavors, and huge chocolate-chip cookies.  The day was perfect!"
{Photography}  Alison Vagnini Photography  /  {Venue and Catering} Peaceful Valley Ranch  /  {Dress Designer" WTOO by Watters purchased at d’Anelli Bridal, Lakewood, Colorado  /  {Shoes} Vintage cowboy boots bought at a thrift store in Cody, Wyoming  /  {Hair} Jeanice Prohs from Pati’s Haircare, Estes Park, Colorado  /  {Make-up} Tracy Orellana from Classic Hair Design, Estes Park, Colorado  /  {Hair Accessory Flower} Bought on Etsy  /  {Veil}  Borrowed from Bride’s friend, Kat Goodman  /  {Bridesmaids Dresses} David’s Bridal  /  {Flower girl Dress} Bought at Target during Easter season  /  {Grooms Attire} Suit and tie bought at JC Penny, vest rented from Men’s Warehouse  /  {Groomsmen Attire} Ties bought at JC Penny  /  {Jewelry} Pearls borrowed from Bride’s Grandmother, Blue ring borrowed from Mother of the Bride  /  {Flowers} Kim and Company, Estes Park, Colorado  /  {DJ} Ron Michaels, Fort Collins, Colorado  /  {Cake, cupcakes, cookies, and pies}  Mermaids Bakery, Denver, Colorado  /  {Save the Date cards} Bonnie Marcus  / {Wedding Invitations} Wedding Paper Divas  /  {Programs} Made by the Bride, paper purchased at Michael’s  /  {Cake Topper} creativebyheart  / {Bar Napkins} Designed by the Bride and purchased from For Your Party

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