{It’s in the Details} Ring Bowls from Paloma’s Nest

There are some great alternatives to the boring ring pillow.  One of my favorites are customized ring bowls from Paloma’s Nest, another of my favorite etsy sellers.  The ring bowls come in different sizes and prices, and can be customized with your names, wedding date, or whatever your heart desires.  My favorite is the gold trimmed bowl.  Which one is your favorite?

Even if you don’t have a ring bearer, you could use a ring bowl to carry your rings in and pass them around your guests (remember my ring warming ceremony post) or photograph your rings in one.  Then you also have a beautiful keepsake long after your wedding has passed.

Love for All

I LOVE love, and I think that anyone that is in love and wants to commit to that love for life should have the right to do so.  While I’m celebrating my first married Valentine’s Day, I’m remembering that many do not have that same opportunity.  Some of you may not agree, but it is important for me to show my support by recognizing the Freedom to Love project.  Take the pledge and show your support here.

{Inspiration Board} Think Pink

Remember that spring florals post I did last week featuring beautiful florals from The Bride’s Cafe? Remember how I promised an inspiration board featuring those florals? Well, here it is, spring pink goodness! If my husband’s one caveat about our wedding wasn’t “no pink” I might have done something similar myself.

Top Row:  Umbrella photo by Jennifer Davis, place card via Dolci Odille via Once Wed, bouquet by Janie of The Bride’s Cafe photographed by Katie Stoops, bride and groom photo via Martha Stewart Weddings
Middle Row:  Ice cream via Martha Stewart Weddings, calligraphy by Crystal Kluge, balloons photo via Martha Stewart Weddings
Bottom Row:  girl holding peony photo by Elizabeth Messina, cotton candy via Martha Stewart Weddings, Peony by Janie from The Bride’s Cafe photographed by Katie Stoops, table setting by Lisa Lefkowitz, shoes by Christian Louboutins by Net-A-Porter

{DIY} Valentine Sugar Cookies

I couldn’t resist posting pics of the yummy cookies I made for my husband for Valentine’s Day (yes, I sampled one and they were quite good if I do say so myself!)

My mom and I used to make these every year for Valentine’s Day.  She would roll out the dough and I would stamp the heart shaped cookie cutters and dab milk on them so the sprinkles would stick.  It is a tradition I definitely want to continue for my family.

{Recipe Ingredients}
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
  • {Directions}
    1.                 In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).

    2.               Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

    3.      Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.  Then dip   
              in milk and enjoy!