{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

{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