Wednesday, November 30, 2011

{real wedding} anali + george

Anali + George's wedding is proof that you can create a gorgeous wedding in just six months.  Anali did like most brides and began her search online for her must have wedding location. She was also incredibly kind to share her wedding details with us ...take it away Anali "When we went to check out the Audubon we were stunned by how much better it looked in person! It had everything we needed for a beautiful rustic wedding. Among these things was a gorgeous historic stone house perched on the top of a hill overlooking a lovely creek, an old-wood barn and a rustic wooden and tin pavilion complete with a stone fireplace. Oh! And the best part was that everything surrounded by beautiful nature and of course the birds of the Audubon Center. We made a decision on the spot and were able to book our date for a Friday at the beginning of September - the perfect time for an outdoor wedding." 
"I would say that my favorite piece of handmade decoration was the “Welcome Amigos” sign. Kudos go to my amazing husband, my father-in-law and my sister who worked on it as a team and delivered this beautiful piece that was placed at the entrance of the Audubon."
"The bridesmaids were given a piece of fabric of a pale/nude pink color, and asked to pick their own dresses. I also asked them to stick more to a romantic dress style to keep the theme of the wedding. The groomsmen wore classic black suits supported by suspenders. Their bow ties I made myself with plaid style fabric. I wanted my dress to be classic and simple and George wanted a tux with a traditional look, similar to the groomsmen, but a bit more modern and slender. I made my veil from scratch and attached a bow to it for a more girly touch. Because the dress was very simple, I decided I wanted to wear a big and bold necklace."
"We wanted a simple and rustic wedding. We decided to stick to neutral and hearty colors in order to not take away from the natural beauty of the Audubon but to emphasize it. We incorporated burlap as table runners, candles, wooden barrels, lanterns, etc, to go with the theme of the wedding. I am originally from Paraguay and I wanted to include a few things from my country. The most mentionable item was an authentic hand woven Paraguayan hammock imported from the country-side. Additionally from Paraguay I brought in handmade doilies and little jars with dulce de leche that doubled as place holders and party favors."
"I also took on the assignment of making the flower arrangements and bouquets. This was pretty easy, but a bit stressful because I could only work on the flowers just before the wedding. I wanted mostly white wild flowers and was able to buy them in bulk at a wholesaler. Last minute, I ended up adding white roses and some handpicked flowers from a local farm field."
"The day of the wedding was a sunny and warm end of summer day. Our guests arrived to the sounds of acoustic Brazilian jazz and we danced the night away to a mix of classic and new Latin and American songs. Our DJ did the best job we have ever seen, especially considering the challenge of multi age groups and multi cultural backgrounds."
"During the week it had actually rained for the 4 days previous the wedding day, and though we were blessed with a sunny day, the humidity was very high and our predicted cool September evening ended up being an extremely energetic albeit sticky summer night. This was a blessing in disguise and gave way to the highlight of the night: two weeks earlier I thought about having an ice cream truck pull up during the dance party. Well, given the warm night and the amazing dance floor, there could not have been any better of an offering to our guests than the delicious homemade soft serve ice cream to a crowd of sweaty, warm and happy dancers."
"As I look back and think of all details that were incorporated into this wedding I realize that what really made this occasion an unforgettable one wasn’t all the hard work we put into it but the presence of our family and friends that were able to join us and helped us organize and celebrate one of the best days of our lives!"
{Venue} John James Audubon Center, Eagleville, PA
{Church} Holy Saviour Church, Norristown, PA
{Catering} Jeffrey Mills Catering
{Band} Chance of Rain
{DJ} East Coast Events- DJ Johnny V
{Transportation} Bucks County Trolley Company, Hagey Coach and Tours
{Ice Cream Truck} Big Chill Ice Cream
{Dress} Almata, Rivini
{Necklace} Dannijo, Ismene Bib Necklace

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

{shop the inspiration} winter shimmer

There is something about this time of year that I want every single item to shimmer & shine. Inspired by yesterday's inspiration board, Winter Shimmer I gathered a few pretties that will make you and your decor sparkle. 

feather hair fascinator {loboheme} gold velvet pillow {pier 1} ring {pree brulee} flats {dsw}
 metallic leaf garland {crate & barrel}  nail polish "shifting power" {essie} ornamants {macy's}

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Monday, November 28, 2011

{#182} winter shimmer

Back in January I guest blogged for Melissa over at {The Loveliest Day} and featured this Winter Shimmer board with her lovely readers.  I never got a chance to share here on P&P until today. Everything looks prettier when it sparkles…don’t ya think? Who doesn’t love a festive and glamorous winter wedding. You don’t typically associate rich delicious brown as a winter color but when combined with bronze, gold and hints of silver can convince any winter bride to consider this palette for her own wedding.   Ornaments can be your best friend when it comes to decorating for your winter wedding. By scattering metallic and glass ornaments around the tables {or staircase} will instantly add color and interest to your event.  

{colors} bronze, gold, chocolate, ivory
{photos} just married sign {martha stewart weddings} dress {utterly engaged} snowflake cookies {alexandra grablewski} dessert table {martha stewart weddings} feather wrap, centerpiece {martha stewart weddings} stairs filled with ornaments {vintage rose garden} plate setting {better home and gardens} bouquet {martha stewart weddings}

Sunday, November 27, 2011

{weekly recap}

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

Friday, November 25, 2011

{happy friday} + shopping

Guess who just got home from the Target Black Friday sale. This girl right here!! This being my third year of BFS {black Friday shopping}, I gotta tell you I maneuvered that red shopping cart like a boss.  Due to my nocturnal shopping spree, the weekend links are missing but I'm leaving you with some amazing gift guides. 
Have a great weekend...I'll be back on Monday! 


Thursday, November 24, 2011

{happy thanksgiving}

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Pies are baked, turkey is in the oven and I can't wait to change into my comfy pants ;)  I just wanted to stop in and say that I'm so thankful for each and everyone of you that take time to visit P&P.  To my incredible sponsors, thank you for you constant support! 
You all are the absolute best!  

photo Jose Villa

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

{real wedding} bridget + mike's intimate wedding

This elegant and intimate wedding was captured by Sarah of {Sarah Vaughan Photography}.  Bridget was kind enough to let us in on her wedding day. "We took the inspiration for our design from the things we love to do when we travel: visiting art galleries and seeing live music! Friends and family helped us scan tickets stubs from concerts and post cards of art we’d seen and mixed in crystals and mirrors and hung them with ribbon and silver wire to create a lovely, whimsical backdrop of color … in terms of the dress , I knew I loved a vintage feel with a modern twist and I think our designer created the perfect mix! Lastly, our honeymoon planned for France and Italy inspired touches in our d├ęcor from toile and ‘Paris of the 20’s’ with our peacock feathers!"
The decorations were made from postcards taken from the various art galleries the couple visited; the place cards for the dinner reception featured various musical concert stubs the couple attended over the years.
Their favorite part of the day (aside from the yes’s!) was the steady stream of smiles and laughs with their guests. It felt like a charmed day and was so very gratifying for us both.
Any advice? "The advice Mike and I would give would be to develop a bit of a goal for the day and stick to it. Our goal: “The wedding and celebration will be simple and elegant”. Whenever a new choice came along or something we hadn’t considered fell into our laps, we’d asked ourselves “are we making this too complex?” if the answer was “yes”, we took it off our list. It instantly relived our stress and we could proceed with the next set of activities. The details we spent extra time on: the vows / ceremony plan, the song list and the seating plans."
{Photography}  Sarah Vaughan Photography
{Flowers}  Devine Creations
{Bride’s Dress}  Michelle Baynes of Emogene Couture
{Bride’s Shoes}  John Fluevog
{Groom’s Suit}  Brooks Brothers
{Marriage Commissioner}  Abby Charchun

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

{good eats} pies


 I'm craving some good ol' fashion pie. Who's with me? You know the ones with the nice flaky crust and gooey filling...yeah those! And there is nothing I heart more than to see make an appearance in autumn weddings {or on my Thanksgiving table}. Perfectly presented in tiers or simply tied with bakers twine for the perfect take home snack for guests. 

What's your favorite pie flavor?  Will you be serving pie at your wedding?

{table pretties} light & airy autumn decor

With Thanksgiving just two days away, all I can think about is how I should decorate the table. This year I'm in charge and I'm still trying to figure out what to do.  I'm considering a light and airy autumn table that uses organic and vintage elements. I found these three different tables ideas that I think will come quite handy for me on Thursday. 

{Favorite detail} Vintage Postcards 

{Favorite detail} European linens

{Favorite detail} Yarn 
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