{Inspired by} A Winning Oscar Party

I’ve seen some great Oscar party ideas on the blog circuit recently, and I’m passing them along here hoping someone will use them and throw a fun party.  My husband and I take watching the Oscars very seriously…we have a ballot competition, make treats, and have seen most (me) or all (him) of the nominated films.  But this year I’ll be watching the Oscars alone, because husband is working at the Governor’s Ball after the Oscars and leaving me to compete with myself.  “No I don’t mind watching the Oscars alone while you’re hob-nobbing with the Oscar attendees at the most glamorous party of the year…have fun!”

Seriously though, how cute are these Oscar ideas, courtesy of the always creative Twig & Thistle and the amazing Amy Atlas!

To download the ballots go here and to download the popcorn bags go here and to see the full features at Twig & Thistle, go here.

To see the full feature and for recipes from Bakerella for the cookies and brownies above, go here.
So download, bake, pick your winners, and have fun!  I’ll be rooting for The Hurt Locker (although I loved Avatar and Inglorious Basterds too!), Kathryn Bigelow, and Jeff Bridges myself…

{Planning Tips} Your "Something Blue"

There are so many personal and meaningful ways to do the “Something Old, Something New” tradition in your wedding.  But I have to admit that my favorite is “something blue,” which is why I had five somethings blue!

Photos by Jennifer Roper
The hanky was vintage and given to me by my mother.  She clipped special momentos to it to represent my loved ones who weren’t at my wedding but with me in spirit (my father’s wedding band, and something that belonged to my grandmother and grandfather) and I wrapped it around my bouquet. 
The keys were wedding presents.  The larger key and necklace were my wedding day gift from my husband, and the smaller key was a gift from my brother…and it was a total coincidence that they both happened to give me keys (and I wear them together every day!).  From Tiffany & Co.
The garter was made by Julianne Smith, otherwise known as Garter Girl who makes classy and beautiful garters.  I loved it, and even though I didn’t do a garter toss, I think it was fun to know I was wearing one and to have as a keepsake for later. 
The dress label was one of my favorite touches.  It had my name with both my maiden name and my new last name and wedding date, and I had my tailor sew it into my dress under my Melissa Sweet dress label.  It was made for me by etsy seller Dana Marie Creations.
The thong is light blue and is from Hanky Panky, and are the most comfy thongs ever! 
What were/are your somethings blue?

{Inspiration Board} Poetic Inspiration

My husband and I watched the movie Bright Star over the weekend, and in addition to being a well told, acted, and directed film (it tells the true story of the three-year romance between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne), it was a beautiful visual inspiration.  Every scene, whether shot in a field of wildflowers or set in an English kitchen, was shot so beautifully.  Everything was just so pretty.

Images from the film Bright Star, written and directed by Jane Campion
I thought that styling a wedding based on the film would make for a breathtaking day.  Here is the inspiration board interpretation I created based on Bright Star.
Top Row:  Headband by Jennifer Behr, calligraphy letter by paperfinger, bouttonieres and lavender florals by Jose Villa
Middle Row:  Bouquet photo by Jose Villa, gown by Amsale
Bottom Row:  Table photo by Meg Perotti via Style Me Pretty, books and florals photo by Ken Kienow, Bride and Groom photo by Braedon Photography via Green Wedding Shoes, bride photo by Jose Villa

{It’s in the Details} Succulent Chic

Living in So Cal, succulents have become a staple in my attempts at “gardening” (a.k.a. two small window boxes).  They are easy to take care of and require little maintenance or water, and are always visually pleasing.

Succulents are being seen more and more in weddings and from these photos it is easy to see why.

Succulents as favors:
Originally seen here on Style Me Pretty
Succulents in bouquets, boutonnieres, & accessories:
Photos 1 & 5 from this amazing Malibu wedding on Style Me Pretty
Photos 2, 3, & 4 from this cool desert wedding on Green Wedding Shoes
Photo 6 from this beautifully bright wedding (my personal fave) also on Green Wedding Shoes

Succulents in details, table settings, and floral arrangements:
Photos 1&2 from the same Malibu wedding on Style Me Pretty (check out that cake designed by the groom and made by Vanilla Bakeshop!)
Photo 3 from this Palos Verdes wedding seen on Style Me Pretty
The 5 photos from the lower left side are all from the same cool desert wedding as above 
Final photo in bottom right corner from this Palm Springs wedding, also on Style Me Pretty
And how about this gorgeous ring shot!
From the beautifully bright wedding above originally on Green Wedding Shoes
Go here to see the full feature (and I really think you should!)

{Inspiration Board} Vintage Elegance with Pops of Color

While doing several drafts of an inspiration board for a client this week, I created the board below, and while it isn’t the one the client was looking for, it is the one I am the most drawn to.  I love the color palette: the combination of muted gray, ivory, light yellow and light blue, mixed with pops of brighter yellow and aqua.  The lace and milk glass bring a vintage feel, but the color palette is more modern and whimsical.  I would love to see this inspiration board brought to life in an elegant ballroom wedding or a fun tented country club event…

Top Row:  Invitation by Golden Rectangle Press via Snippet & Ink, florals and lace dress photo by Punam Bean via Oh So Beautiful Paper, macarons by Paulette Macarons via Snippet & Ink
Middle Row:  photo by Ashley Baber Weddings, earrings by Mia Beads, dress photos from J.Crew
Bottom Row:  photo from Plum Events via Snippet & Ink, florals by Caroline Roehm via Snippet & Ink, invitation by Wiley Valentine,  place setting by Millie Holloman