{Inspired by} Pillows

I am in the market for some throw pillows and wanted something different and quirky but still in keeping with the style of my living room.  I decided to look on Etsy to start, and I ended up spending hours looking at pillows.  Who knew you could find so many cool pillows on Etsy!  I can’t decide which to buy now, because I will never be able to explain why I need 9 throw pillows to my husband or my couch.  But seriously. . . how cute are each one of these?

Pillows available from the following Etsy sellers:

{Inspiration Board} Down the Rabbit Hole

One of my favorite stories as a child was Alice in Wonderland.  Food and drink that makes you grow big or small, a hookah-smoking caterpillar, a rabbit that is always late, not to mention a cheshire cat (what exactly IS a cheshire cat?), and celebrating un-birthdays…what’s not to love!?  So needless to say, I am giddy to an embarrassing degree about the new Tim Burton film adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (out 3/5 in 3D…Hello!!!).  I’m sure it will be a tribute to the “curiouser and curiouser.”

In anticipation, I thought an inspiration board would be fun.  I have to admit I started seeing a couple on other blogs after I had decided to make one, but that will not deter my Alice spirit!  

Top Row:  Photo from Vogue shoot by Annie Leibovitz, tarts by Pink of Perfection, Favor flags by Pink Cherry Mama via Poppytalk, Rabbit pillow by Nuka
Middle Row:  Cake photo by Rodney Bailey, invitation by Bird and Banner, mismatched plates via Pretty Little Things and Snippet & Ink, invitation by Ritzy Bee Events
Bottom Row:  Croquet picture via Snippet & Ink, party photo from Plum Party, red banquet photo by Arnhemsmeisje and cards from Martha Stewart Weddings, both via Ritzy Bee

I also love this 2003 Vogue Alice in Wonderland fashion editorial shoot by the incredible Annie Leibovitz.  If this is what happens when you go down the rabbit hole, someone push me!
To see the slideshow at Vogue Online, go here.

Check out this amazing Alice in Wonderland themed party here at Amy Atlas’s blog.  LOVE it!

{Inspired by} Vintage Keys

Remember my post on vintage keys last week?  Well, I’ve found the perfect stationery suite to use in your key-themed wedding.

I mean seriously…how perfect are these invitations from Betsy White?  

I am also just a little bit obsessed with these adorable notebooks and weekly planners from Pretty Chic, and just bought the gold key set for myself.  I think a set would make a great thank you gift for a reader or special vendor, or part of bridesmaids gifts.  There are some other amazing patterns and styles as well (I was torn between the keys set and the blue geometric set myself).

And what about these new decorative antique keys from Pottery Barn!  I have to confess I just bought a set of these for myself also.  

Can you tell I love antique keys yet?

{Planning Tips} Let them eat…cupcakes!

I know, I know, cupcakes in lieu of cake is no longer a revolutionary concept.  But, I still think it is a fantastic idea and fun way to show personality, especially if you LOVE cupcakes like I LOVE cupcakes!
My husband and I had a cupcake tower instead of a cake.  We had a favorite bakery for a couple of years (big shout out to Vanilla Bakeshop!)  and we were lucky enough to get to have that bakery do our cupcake tower and for our venue to waive our cake cutting fee and allow it.  Our guests went nuts over those cupcakes.  Plus we picked our favorite flavors and it was easier to feed to each other during our “cake cutting.”  And it allowed us to make adorable signs that told guests what flavor of cupcakes were on which level and cute little flags with our monogram on them.
So for all of you brides out there who are considering cupcakes instead of a traditional cake, I say go for it. They make for yummy treats and great pictures!

Cupcakes and tower design by Vanilla Bakeshop, Signs and flags by Tilde Designs, bird cake toppers by Cotton Bird Designs, and photos by Jennifer Roper

{It’s in the Details} Vintage Keys

I like to tell myself I started the trend of antique keys that I’m starting to see on paper goods, in weddings, and even at Tiffany & Co.  While I know deep down that isn’t true (obviously) I did think of the idea to use vintage keys in my wedding before I had ever seen anyone else using them, and my mother and I hunted for about 16 months for them.  We scoured flea markets, antique shops, estate sales, any place we could think of to find a key for each guest that would attend my wedding.  And they were a big hit.  Now, everyone that attended my wedding has a little piece of it at home with them, as my husband and I do, and I love that.  Here are some ways we used the keys in our own wedding:

Tied to our escort cards
Tied to our florals
In our ring photos

All photos by Jennifer Roper, Florals by Greenwich Floral Design, Calligraphy by Barbara Kua