It’s in the Details: Maps

I am a huge fan of Laura Hooper‘s Calligraphy and of her blog, A Lucky Orchid Wedding.  She does fresh and feminine calligraphy on anything you can think of, but my favorite thing that she does are her custom maps

I really wanted these for my own wedding, but they just weren’t in the budget.  Maybe someday we’ll have her customize one of her Emotional Maps, or maybe she can do a logo for Oh Lovely Day or Tilde Designs when we are a super successful brand (here’s hoping!).  But for now, I will continue to follow the blog and drool over the beautiful designs she does for others.

Sweets for your sweet (or yourself)


Cupcakes & Cookies from Better Homes & Gardens




Cakes from Perfect Endings


In continuing with my Valentine’s Day posts, here are some yummy treats to bake for the occasion.  The last photo comes from a DIY project to make those adorable brownie bags.  Find the full DIY post here and download the template for the bags here.  Hope this inspires some baking…
~UPDATE~
Amy Atlas posted a great Valentine’s dessert board today…head over there and check it out!  Here is a little preview:

{Inspiration Board} When life gives you lemons

Living in Southern California but being from the midwest originally, I have become obsessed with lemon trees!  They are so pretty and different than anything I was used to growing up.  I recently made a lemon themed inspiration board, but was waiting to post it until spring.  That was until I spotted this amazing feature at Style Me Pretty that looks like it could have come from this board.  Now I can’t wait any longer…

Top Row:  Ribbon photo by Stephanie Williams, lemonade via Snippet & Ink, escort cards from Lulu Paper, lemon florals by Kathryn Kleinman, Cake by K. Rose Cakes, lemons table number setting from Martha Stewart Weddings
Middle Row:  cake by K.Rose Cakes, church photo by Allyson Magda via Snippet & Ink, bouquet from Bliss Events, shoes by Valentino
Bottom Row: Lemon tree photo by Brandon Vick  via The Bride’s Cafe, lemonade via Snippet and Ink,, gown by Vera Wang, shoes from Wedding Style Guide, yellow boutineres by Small Stump & Studio Choo, necklace from J.Crew
Be sure to check out the full feature in all of its vintage charm and beauty, but here are a few of my favorite photos from the shoot done by Amorology Weddings and Jill Thomas Photography:

{Inspired by} Valentine’s Day Cards I Love

With two weeks until Valentine’s Day, I wanted to devote some posts to all things Valentine.  First up, some of my favorite Valentine cards and stationery.  I’d be happy to get any one of these from my Valentine!

                                                                     Chewing the Cud                                                                   

{Inspiration Board} J’adore Paris

It was four months ago that my husband and I left for our honeymoon.  We had a day & night in Paris on our way to Italy, and we’ve been jonesing to go back to Paris ever since.  Until then, I’ll be dreaming of Paris…

Top Row:  birds photo by Elizabeth Messina, invitation by Ice Cream Social, eiffel tower photo by me, Dior ad via Rizty Bee
Middle Row:  Moet picture from Wedding Style Guide, dress from Martha Stewart Weddings, menu by Cynthia Warren,
Bottom Row:  Calligraphy by Maybelle, photo via Brides, flags from Vintage Weave, photo by me
I would love to style a wedding based on this Parisian insipration.  Think of the possibilities!

Simple Saturday

Image by Jose Villa, see full feature of this couple’s 65th wedding anniversary here
Grow old along with me
The best is yet to be
When our time has come
We will be as one
God bless our love
God bless our love
Grow old along with me
Two branches of one tree
Face the setting sun
When the day is done
God bless our love
God bless our love
Spending our lives together
Man and wife together
World without end
World without end
Grow old along with me
Whatever fate decrees
We will see it through
For our love is true
God bless our love
God bless our love
-John Lennon