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…
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

What I’m Loving: Lace, Lace, & More Lace!

I love lace elements.  My wedding gown was made of lace.  We used lace patterns on our invitations and actual lace on our programs and other DIY elements.  And I always love detail shots that I see that incorporate lace but modernize it a bit.  Here are two great examples of what I mean:

Both photos by Country Living
I love how the lace doilies are sewn together to make a table runner in the first photo and think displaying a bunch of vintage doilies on a cake plate puts a new spin on how we think of decorating with doilies.  Seeing these pictures made me go back and find the photos of lace elements for weddings that I had saved in my own planning.
Lace Program (middle, far right) by Ravenhill on Etsy, all other photos from Martha Stewart Weddings