Wednesday, February 24, 2010

What's your aisle style?

So my daughter asked me why I was collecting pictures of people's feet on our computer. "Ew, gross" is actually how she began her posed question. Ah, my dear, dear girl- you have so much to learn! It's not the feet I'm interested in, of course. It's the shoes- shoes, shoes, glorious shoes! Of all the ways you can accessorize an outfit, shoes are - in my opinion at least- the most important element. In fact, they quite often make the outfit. Yes, yes jewlery is important, I guess... but I've never been a bling girl. Shoes are just so much more fun!

Lately I've been seeing lots of color in wedding shoes. What a great way to express yourself and define your personal style on your wedding day. That little glimpse of shoe as you march down the aisle helps tell your story.. fun, flirty, style-maven, beach bum, sophisticate. Whatever it may be, it's all you!

so many shoes, so many styles, so much luscious color! photo credits: all from A Stunning Affair: Thayer Allyson Gowdy, Project Wedding Blog, Alli + Bri Photography, Once Wed

love these sassy shoes as documented by Kristin Spencer Photography

Oh my gosh- red wedding shoes.. you are such a flirt! photo credit Sedona Bride

The guys can have fun too... thanks Kristin Spencer!

Color coordinated socks and bridal shoes..way cool. photo credit Elizabeth Messina

these lovely feet actually belong to a Bella bride- Lauren and Donald's wedding at the BHH was stunning... I love how the purple theme was carried right down to the purple shoes (and toenails!) ..that totally rocks. photo credit: Kristin Spencer Photography

This is a photo by Lexi Photography. Lexi happens to be one of my favorite photographers because she always captures all the little details that make a wedding special and unique. I love the bows on these shoes!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines' Day!

May 12, 2001.. the story begins
Today two things made my heart swell- the card my husband gave me and the card my daughter made me. Marc pointed out that he bought the card in advance (!!!) to show me he was thinking about me while he was out of town last week, and the words he used to express how he feels for me reminded me all that's good about our relationship. And my 6 year old presented me with a card she had written all by herself that said "you're so helpful to me so happy valentines day!" awwww.. what's better than feeling appreciated by your kid?!!! Anyway... I'm feeling a bit sappy about my family today. I feel extremely lucky to have the husband and children I do, and I only hope I make them as happy as they make me.

You know in my job I focus a lot on the wedding day, and no argument your wedding is a magical, special, unforgettable day. But, it's everything that comes afterward that makes life truly beautiful. The loves that roots before the wedding blooms and grows with each passing year, with each shared heartache and triumph. Committing to someone and loving them means loving them wholeheartedly, regardless of the little squabbles or annoyances that may crop up, despite hardship, in spite of outside influences. My husband and I are quite different in many ways, but we fit together like a puzzle. He's good at things I'm hopeless at and I, from time to time, have been known to show him a thing or two. We sometimes approach life (and it's challenges) with different perspectives, but our overall goals, ambitions and ideas about our relationship, our family and our future are solidly in sync. And, most importantly we respect each other. We may argue- but in the end we always take time to listen to each other. And then, of course, there's love. I love him. I love our children. I love the life we've built and the future we're building. It's not perfect. But it's ours- and it works.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Going Green...

Lately I've found myself drawn to more eco-friendly design and have been inspired in my work to use simple, earthy elements that naturally bring out the beauty of the flowers I'm working with. I adore using wooden boxes, tree bark, mason jars, old iron with a patina, twine, or anything else that looks like it's been lying around someone's garden shed for a while! Here is a collection of some of my recent favorite inpiration photos for garden themed weddings. And please note- eco friendly, green style weddings are not restricted to outdoor wedding settings! Even if your wedding is to be held in the most sophisticated of ballrooms, you can create nature inspired decor that makes sense in the space.

photo credit: style me pretty

I love this card table! What a great use of natural elements- and it was a DIY project. Check out for a "how to" and create your own!

Such a romantic arrangement- I can see this on a dinner table, or used as an accent piece during cocktails. I love the soft flowers combined with the rough hewn wood. photo credit: style me pretty

I love, love, love succulents! It's a trend I'm seeing more and more in wedding design and I couldn't be happier. Not only are these georgous- they'll last forever, and even those of us with the un-greenest of thumbs will be able to enjoy their beauty for months after the big day is over. The zinc table numbers add the perfect final touch (check out Anthropolgie to buy yours!)
photo credit: kellychris blog

A beautiful option for an outdoor/back yard wedding

photo credit above: Love Life Images, from The Bride's Cafe

I love how this ceremony setting feels home-spun and comfortable.

photo credit below: Andrea Marie Photography, from The Bride's Cafe
Rustic details enhance the feeling of intimacy.

photo credit above: style me pretty

Bringing the outside in: I think this is a good example of how to use a garden style floral decor in a more formal space- the combination of the dramatic height of the flowering branches helps fill the room and "dresses" up the simple style. it's not fussy, but still feels elegant and appropriate.