{It’s in the Details} Nature Inspired Elements

I love these ideas for incorporating nature and woodland elements into your wedding day.  It would be perfect for an outdoor wedding and a green and brown color palette.  I could style a wedding around that ring pillow alone!

Top Row:  Table number by Orchard Cove Photography, ring nest photo (and bird toppers and card sign) by Jennifer Roper, bird cake toppers by cotton bird designs, fern photo via Snippet & Ink
Middle Row:  Cake by Orchard Cove Photography, card sign by Tilde Designs, chair photo by Jasmine Star / Bottom Row:  programs photo by Jasmine Star, invitation by Peculiar Pair Press, table setting photo by Sean Walker via Style Me Pretty, ring pillow photo by Jasmine Star

{Inspiration Board} Pink, Feminine, & Romantic

The new issue of Martha Stewart Weddings is entitled “Pretty in Pink,” and it really is!  Taking its inspiration from ballerinas, it features some of the softest, fluffiest, and most romantic gowns I have ever seen.  If I didn’t know I would look ridiculous, I would wear a pink tulle tutu everyday (at least in the privacy of my own home), so I absolutely loved the theme.  So, as I often do when I am inspired, I made a board based on the new MSW issue:

Top Row:  tulle flowers by Emersonmade, head piece by Twigs & Honey, necklace from flickr via The Sweetest Occasion, bride and groom from MSW, florals from flickr
Middle Row:  florals from flickr, stationery by Hello! Lucky, bouquet from Wedding Style Guide, both floral photos from flickr, pink bridesmaid dress via Wedding Style Guide, 
Bottom Row:  menu by Tilde Designs, pink gown photo by Amy Squires, bride from MSW, desserts by One Girl Cookies, Setting via Wedding Style Guide

{Inspiration Board} Connect the Dots

I’m loving polka dot details incorporated into the design and styling of weddings and events!  They’re so fun and a little bit retro…

Top Row:  Photos 1 & 2 from Martha Stewart Weddings, invitation from Tilde Designs, ties from flickr via Something Old, Something New
Middle Row:  Place setting from Kelly Gao  and shoes by Delicious via Style Me Pretty, dress by Michelle Roth, room photo by Tim Walker for Vogue Italia via Oh Joy!
Bottom Row:  Lanterns from The Knot, envelopes and favor box from Martha Stewart Weddings, Ring Pillow made by Brookyn Bride via Thoughtful Day

You definitely want to stay away from being too literal – do NOT use dots in every element of your wedding.  Just pick a couple of details, like your stationery and ring pillow, or incorporate them in your decor, the groomsmen ties, and your shoes.  They are a fun way to lighten things up and add a bit of whimsy to your day.

{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?