Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tuesday Shoesday :: Dance All Night

Grant and I started dancing lessons last week. Flat soles required for slipping and sliding in time. Suede recommended. Made me wonder how many of the shoes I've been considering for our wedding would be just as pretty as they are fun to dance in. Most of them = pretty, but not great for dancing. The rest of them = great for dancing, but mostly ugly. So, here are a few I've found that get great marks for both! Would love to hear from anyone who has a pair to recommend!

Here's a little something for the traditional bride in white.

I'm loving this pair from Martinez Valero. I'd dance with Lexie all night long!

Or, for something perfect for the moody, mother-in-law or matron of honor, how about this black pair from Beverly Feldman. Fanciful, indeed! Love the lower heel and the ever-sexy silhouette.
The list of lovelies who showcase shoes each week in honor of Tuesday Shoesday just keeps growing and growing.

Simply and Forever , Landlocked Bride, Gweneth Paige, Swatchbook Weddings, Meant to Be Sent, Weddings and Pretty Things, Life in the Superburbs, Slice of Lime Design, April Foster Events, and Bellwether Events .

Monday, June 28, 2010

Southern Weddings Feature!

Hello loyal blog readers!  I just wanted to drop you guys a fun note this morning to let you know that one of my latest styled shoots is gracing the (online) pages of Southern Weddings Magazine's daily blog.

a little teaser for you:

Head over to the Southern Wedding Blog and check out the rest! 

And be sure to applaud the local vendors that helped bring this shoot to life!

Vendors: Catie Ronquillo: photography / Lauren Kelly Events: planning and design / Angela Karr of Faces by Angela: makeup / Philip Sanchez of Salon Wabi Sabi: Hair / White Gown Showroom: fashion / Laverty's Antiques in Waco, TX (254-754-3238): props and location / What About Cupcakes: dessert / Long dress: "Barcelona" by Blue by Enzoani / Short dress: "Audry" by Stephanie James Couture

Friday, June 25, 2010

DIY Photobooth

Most brides aren’t usually into following trends and want something out-of-the-box at their weddings, but having a photobooth at your wedding is definitely an exception. They are becoming extremely popular for weddings, birthday parties, and other special events because they provide the guests with entertainment and the host with fun memories.

If you are thinking of having a photobooth at your wedding, there are a couple of elements that you can include to make yours the best it can be. Choose a background that suites your personality as a couple. This could simply be a white sheet set up by a stand, or a colorful background or painted wall. Having the guests stand against the backdrop will add personality to the pictures.

Sources: Engageology, Thoughtfully Simple, Style Me Pretty

Another element to think about when making your own photobooth is lighting. If you are having an outdoor wedding, then keeping the photobooth outside is the perfect solution! Natural lighting is great and doesn’t cost anything. Another option is to have your photographer take the pictures for your photobooth and they can set up their own lighting.

Source: The Wed Hub

You can also add props to your photobooth to make them more fun. When you get the pictures back they will be full of your friends and family being silly with the props you left them. In my opinion adding chalk and a chalkboard or a dry erase board is a great way for your guests to leave you fun messages and entertain themselves. You can also add masks, wigs and costumes.

Sources: Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes

Another option you can choose to do is rent a photobooth instead of making it yourself. This is good because your guests can get the prints automatically, but this option is also more expensive. HubPages has a ton of information on renting photobooths.

Whether you are planning on renting a photobooth or making it yourself, it will definitely be a hit among your guests and a way to show off your personality as newlyweds. We would love to hear about your DIY photobooth experiences!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tuesday Shoesday :: The Glitter Edition

Tuesday Shoesdays roll around with incredible regularity and with them inspiration from some of the chicest bloggers around. Thank goodness. A few weekends ago I tried on my first pair of Christian Louboutin's. These glittered goddesses come in blues, pink, gold, silver, and several other hues. These seriously wanted to make me cry. Both, because they were almost more beauty than I could handle and because my feet are unaccustomed to a heel of that height. Serious ouch. I have nothing but admiration for the women who rock these down the aisle. I simply could not. But, I love sparkle and I love the variety of colors available to work for any bride.

Don't you just want to put a pair of these glitter pumps on your feet and dance, dance, dance? If you're worried about being gracefully impaired *ahem* like I am, then don't despair. There are other options that will make your toes tingle, while still allowing blood flow.

Yes, there is an opposite extreme to both the pricetag and over-all look of the Louboutin. Meet Tom. Or, more accurately, TOMS glitters in silver and gold.

And, for those who haven't heard of TOMS, you're missing out. They're comfortable, well-made shoes and they're made by an awesome company.

And, though these aren't glitters, I think these images from Rebecca Cash of Captivating Photography illustrate my point. TOMS are cute for weddings, too. Perfect, even, for the right bridal party. And, in these babies you can dance all night long.

Or, if you're not convinced they're fancy enough for you, you can work them into your engagements, like JT and Liz did with Sarah Hess of Fleeting Moments Studio.

Happy Tuesday Shoesday, everyone! For more inspiring soles, check out these lovely ladies Simply & Forever, Landlocked Bride, Gweneth Paige, Swatchbook Weddings, Meant to Be Sent, Weddings & Pretty Things, Life if the Super Burbs and Slice of Lime. Have we left anyone out who's just joined us? Let us know!


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Finally, a Giveaway for Moms!

Some of you may have heard me mention this before, but finding dresses for our moms has been one of the bigger challenges for our August wedding. Grant's mom looked and looked and looked, and then right about the time she decided she might just have to wear whatever she could find, she found 2 dresses in one day! And, she looks beautiful in them both. Grant and I were sitting on the couch with his dad when she walked out to show them off and all three of our jaws dropped. I'm so excited for her.

My mom, on the other hand, hasn't been able to do much looking. We send e-mails back and forth about things we've found or flip through a catalog on either end of a telephone, but she hasn't spent as much time in stores as she needs to. See, she's her father's full-time care-giver. And, until a few months ago was taking care of my grandmother as well, when she started needing more help than my family could give her. So, she rarely gets a chance to leave the house.

So, this morning when I saw that Fab Over Fifty was hosting a style makeover for the Mother of the Bride or the Mother of the Groom I was really excited (and I even entered my mom to win!) One Fab Over Fifty Mom will win a private style consultation and a dress for the wedding, both from Kay Unger!

Tell us, what dresses have you seen moms and grandmothers wear to a wedding that really made them shine? Show us what dresses you've found that would be perfect from every wedding from a more casual to formal! We can't wait to see what wonderful dresses we discover along the way. And, what places would you suggest for people to be looking? We can't wait to compile all the suggestions and do a follow-up post!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue.

"Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue,
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.”
Every bride has heard the phrase, and most strive to gather the perfect collection of items that bring luck to the bride on her wedding day. The age old tradition of having something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue in your wedding is thought to complete the special day. These elements of your wedding attire can be very traditional such as items owned by family members, or something new and modern.
Something old can be something that is passed down from generation to generation. Whether this is a garter, embroidered handkerchief, or a piece of jewelry, this is a way of tying family tradition into your wedding and bringing more significance to your special day. One bride photographed by Michael Oppenheim, wore a bracelet made out of the gold from her father’s wedding band. This was a way of adding something special into her wedding while also honoring someone important to her.

Sources: Michael Oppenheim and Style Me Pretty
Something new for a bride is usually the actual wedding dress. This is the most obvious piece of clothing that is new, but brides also use gifts such as new jewelry given to them before the wedding.

Sources: Verbena Floral Design via Style Me Pretty
When looking for your “Something borrowed,” choose an item that belongs to someone important to you. That way the item adds more significance to your wedding day. You could borrow a ring or hairpin from your mother, grandmother, or family friend. Traditionally this is someone who holds an important part in your life and is already happily married.
Something blue is where you can get the most creative. Some brides have the blue in their shoes such as these brides from Style Me Pretty and Big Day Plunge. One bride even had the soles of her shoes painted blue so the guests could only catch a glimpse of blue while she was walking down the aisle. This is a subtle way to add the blue element into your wedding attire.

Another way to add the “Something blue” into your wedding is to wear blue jewelry or tie your bouquet with blue ribbon.
Sources: Style Me Pretty and Flower Picture Gallery
These items can also be combined on your wedding day in case carrying four items is not something you would like to do. We would love to hear what your old, new, borrowed and blue items were for your wedding!


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