Thursday, September 24, 2009

i want one of these

Destined, Tom & Bethany's Love Story Film from alan silva on Vimeo.

I'm so in love with these videos I've been seeing on various wedding blogs!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Rob Loud Photos

There are two things I want from my wedding day:
1. to be married (obviously), and 2. good photography

Wedding blogs are full of gorgeous, totally drool-worthy pics by really talented photographers who all live a really long way from me. In my search to find "the one", I first have to decide what it is that I'm really looking for.

I'm seriously loving these photos by photographer Rob Loud. I love how bright and saturated with color these pictures are. So far, I've really been drawn to dreamy, vintage looking shots, but these are making me so so happy right now.

Of course, it just might be the exotic location that I'm loving here...

Seriously, what's not to like?

All photos found on Brenda's Wedding Blog

Sunday, September 20, 2009

vintage & vibrant

I love the vintage and vibrant look of these photos I came across on Once Wed.

morning wedding

Now here's something to consider, a morning wedding

Thursday, September 10, 2009

more pom poms? yes please!

What could be better than big fluffy pom poms? Pom pom vines of course! And it just so happens that I came across a tutorial for these lovelies right here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

pom poms? yes, please!

Add these gorgeous creations to my current obsessions list! To try some of your own, visit Martha Stewarts website where you will find a tutorial on making these fluffy fun thingies. Original post found here.

elements of table decor

While I love the idea of more of a freestyle approach to scattering a collection of things on the tables, I like how these decorations become more of a centerpiece when placed within a frame.

How cool, too, would spray painted thrifted books used as risers be??

table setting

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this table setting via Green Wedding Shoes courtesy of Tec Petaja Photography. It has such a wonderful vintage and garden vibe. My head's spinning with ideas!

bridesmaid dresses

I LOVE this whole post on non-matching bridesmaid dresses I found on Green Wedding Shoes. I always knew I'd want my girls to wear what would flatter each of them best, but had never considered for them to be in completely different colors. This opens up a whole new area of decision-making!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

painted branches

found here

I love the idea of this natural element tweaked with color. What a great excuse it would be to get out the old collection of spray paints! Did you know that you can actually buy tree branches??!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

pie pops

I came across this photo while blog hopping and I just wonder if it would be too much to ask my future mother in law to help me out with a project like this. Wouldn't these make the best wedding favors?! Original Pie Pops story found on Luxirare

Check out Bakerella's Flickr photostream for some additional eye treats, and if you don't already feel like you've gorged yourself without even taking a bite, follow the link on the right side of Bakerella's Blog,

i have a thing for banners

Once Wed photo by Charley Star

In all their shapes and forms, I just can't get enough!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

the succulent in wedding florals

Through my gardening adventures I have developed a deep love of succulents. They come in so many shapes, colors, types and sizes and collecting them can become addictive. I was so surprised to see how many ways they are being used in wedding decor. I'm seriously in love with these ideas!

moss ring bearer pillow by April Hiler Designs

succulent table arrangement found on Once Wed, photography by Charlie Star

a lovely succulent and yellow crespedia bouquet photographed by Erin Hearts Court

succulents as accents on a cake, mycoffeetablebook

can you believe the color you can add with succulents?

little succulent centerpieces that double as favors, Succulent Love Designs, via 100 Layer Cake

succulent terrariums to use as table decor, Succulent Love Designs, via 100 Layer Cake

Aren't these ideas great?!

candle makeover

I'm loving this idea for jazzing up cheap dollar store candles using fun, crafty supplies that I have in my stash! So great for a wedding or any occasion! You can find the tutorial on the Kenner Road blog here.

a wedding that inspires

This wedding is filling my head with so many inspiring ideas. I love every little detail, the colors, the feeling I get when I look at all the pictures. It has such a great relaxed and fun vibe.

Really, how cool is this?

And I'm really in love with this unique dress the bride is wearing.

Make sure to check out the rest of this beautiful wedding on the Nichols Blog here.

All photos by CJ & Jennifer Nichols.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

I'm head over heels

In love with this wedding!

Photos found on Once Wed

I love everything about it, the sweet, vintage style, the cluster of decorations centered by a place mat, the twinkle lights, and pom poms.

Also from this wedding, but found on a different blog, 100 layer cake, are a few more images:
I love her veil and the rows of pictures hanging from the trees.Banners? Yes please.

All photos by Erin Hearts Court

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


The instant we became engaged I knew I'd look to blogs for inspiration in planning our wedding. I'd never seen a wedding blog, but was sure they existed. The first one I found was The Wedding Chicks, then came Once Wed. After that, I don't remember the order, but I found them fast. Over time I stuck to the same group, all reliable sources of eye candy, information, and advice. I've never bought a magazine, haven't needed to. My head is so full of ideas for my wedding day and it started with this picture from this post on Once Wed.

The idea is of an Anthropologie, vintage inspired wedding and reception. The only idea I'd ever had for my own wedding was that I wanted it to be outside. Other than that I had no plans or childhood dreams about how it would be or look or play out. I consider it good fortune that I came across this in the very beginning and I could have a clear picture of what I could aspire to create for our own special day.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

this journey

This journey started right here, the night he asked me to marry him almost 11 months ago.

It still seems so unreal, like the dim memory of a dream. I'm glad I had my phone with me to capture the moment. So giddy, so happy, so US.

We gave ourselves time to enjoy being engaged without the pressures of wedding planning. It really is a special time, to look at each other in a new light, to see each other as future spouses and not just as boyfriend and girlfriend.

September 25, 2010, our wedding day, is just a few months away. I've spent months hopping from one wedding blog to another, soaking in details from photos I've seen, dreaming of what our day might be like. A visual person, I've decided to create this blog to use as a tool in the planning process. Although we are heading into a stressful time, I think it's still important to enjoy each step of the way. I imagine it will be fun to look back at how it all unfolds, to see how the ideas we start out with change along the way.

Monday, August 24, 2009

garden love, again

In an attempt to get all fancy with my cell phone blog posts, I failed. Rather than a single photo post + a few words, I thought I'd get all complex with text following each photo. While pressing the "send" button caused a feeling of giddiness, logging on to see what actually posted caused a feeling of slight heartache. The photos were listed one after the next, followed by my first line of text, then a three section message from Verizon. Ugh!

I need more practice.

So, if you will, please check out the corrected, re-posted, and much prettier post garden love.

Oh, and you might as well lookee here, too!

Saturday, August 15, 2009


One of my favorite things about gardening is being able to pluck a fresh little bouquet to add some cheer to the corners of my home.

MY bouquets, however, aren't so much plucked as they are a combination of torn, broken, accidentally deadheaded or otherwise mangled snippets of various unfortunate plants plunked into the nearest jar, vase, or old Coca Cola bottle.

At this very moment I have 4 such happy accidents including a beautiful big fat frilly red begonia bloom that fell off when I knocked into it. Makes me :)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

yard sale times are here again!

Today I broke a self imposed ban against going to yard sales. And what a day it was! There were so many to choose from, signs beckoning bargain hunters on every corner. I was very well behaved and stuck to those I circled in the Times Standard last night at work. My prized find is the sweet little red wagon that I plan to use as a fun garden accent.

Friday, August 7, 2009

garden love--Re-posted

I've spent all of spring and a good portion of summer working towards "finishing" my garden. My goal was to create a space I find inspiring, quirky, and peaceful.

From my kitchen sink I look out at my back yard and admire the result of all the work I've put in up to this point.

Each time I look out, my gaze is drawn to one corner. The group of plants that sit here beneath the cherry blossom tree make up my favorite view.

I'm especially amazed by the size of the blooms on this mophead hydrangea.

As if one giant bloom weren't enough, this baby's loaded with several.

The work involved in this gardening gig is endless, but then, so are the rewards.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

endless summer

Welcome home! the overcast ickyness. Just got in from a quick trip down to Santa Rosa for a family reunion. I love going out of town to visit just about anywhere. During the summer months trips away usually involve hotter weather than we get here on the coast. More often than not it also results in coming home to the fog and cloud bank. After so many years you'd think I'd be used to it, but I still feel a little ball of disappointment and wish that, for the summer at least, I could live some place where the sunshine is endless.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Cookin up some pretties in the backyard so stay tuned.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Well, hello there. It seems like I post more about me still being around than actual posts that show I'm really around. So here I am, assuring you that I am still around, see. I even got a new do. This isn't how I'll really wear it though.


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