zodiac wedding: pisces

Ocean wedding ideas

The zodiac wedding series today continues with an ocean themed wedding inspiration board for our Pisces brides! If you were born between February 19th and March 20th then this one is just for you. Pisces brides tend to lean towards mysticism and spirituality - they are definitely deep ladies. They're super sensitive (the most sensitive of all the zodiac signs!) and reflective souls who experience emotional extremes and are very perceptive and adept at … [Continue reading]

the $28,500 average wedding cost myth

average cost of weddings in America myth

I’m not a math person. In fact, when I’m commenting on other blogs and their comment approval system uses a math problem to prove that I’m human I panic. So that’s why until recently I’ve always believed what news outlets and infographics on Pinterest have told us all: that the average cost of a wedding is in fact (at least here in America) $28,500. Or at least that’s what the number came out to in 2012. $28,500 is A LOT of money. That’s some people’s … [Continue reading]

vintage glam bridal portraits

Vintage Glam Bridal Portraits / Hello Miss Lovely Photography

Photographer Autumn Beury of Hello Miss Lovely has a knack for creating the most original, unique, and whimsical bridal portraits. I've been blessed enough to share two of her inspiring sessions before: an alternative rock the dress shoot in a retro record store & a totally original and glittery bohemian one, and this vintage glam bridal portrait styled shoot is no different! It has got a touch a romance, a dash of whimsy, and a completely individual sense of … [Continue reading]

classic black and white

Classic black and white wedding inspiration

Black and white weddings are sophisticated and chic - and best of all - they never go out of style! This black and white wedding inspiration board has a bit of a film noir vibe that is both smoking hot and elegant at the same time. For an all black and white wedding it is important to stick closely to the color palette and pick just one or two accent colors. In this inspiration board the accent colors are silver and gold which definitely amps up the glamour … [Continue reading]

great gatsby wedding details

Great Gatsby Wedding Details / Florals by Passion Roots / Photography by U Me Us Studios

The Great Gatsby has been taking the wedding world by storm and it's easy to see why! This fabulous and luxurious 1920s style is sophisticated and celebratory. Plus, this look can be pulled off just about anywhere! For today's vendor spotlight I've paired two amazing wedding professionals who do Gatsby style right: Love vs. Design and Passion Roots. This modern art deco wedding invitation from Love vs. Design is a lovely way to kick off your Great Gatsby style … [Continue reading]


Mystical wedding ideas

This mystical wedding inspiration board is definitely different, especially if used as a wedding theme, but who can resist such fun colors and creativity?! I also adore the idea of using this mysterious theme for a bachelorette party. It has that nostalgic feeling that is hard not to love and takes us all back to the days when sleepovers with our best girlfriends involved tarot cards and ouija boards. To do this look right you've got to go all the way, in fact - … [Continue reading]

pin it & win it!

giveaway from Marilyn's Keepsakes

This is a partnered post.  Marilyn's Keepsakes has a whole array of customizable goodies for your wedding day - and this giveaway is extra special because you have the chance to win what you pin! That's right. Whatever you pin from Marilyn's Keepsakes is what you'll win! Bridal jewelry, gifts for your bridesmaids, champagne flutes, cake knives... Marilyn's Keepsakes has got it all. My favorite item? Definitely the 'wing man' flask for the groomsmen. Scroll … [Continue reading]

everthine bridal boutique

Everthine Bridal Boutique / Michelle Gardella Wedding Photography

The next installment of 'inside the boutique' has arrived! Chelsea of Connecticut's Everthine Bridal Boutique was kind enough to share not only  the advice she gives brides who come into her darling shop, but also thoughts on the interior styling and design elements she chose and how she got into the wedding industry. The boutique shoot from Michelle Gardella Wedding Photography is divine and captures the ethereal quality that this salon has perfectly! I just … [Continue reading]

zodiac wedding: aries

Grapefruit, mint, and yellow wedding

The zodiac wedding series continues today with a grapefruit and mint inspiration board for Aries brides. If you were born between March 21th and April 19th - that's you! Aries brides are known for their independent personalities. Being the first of all of the zodiac signs they are also known as leaders and go-getters. They have a special magnetism about them that makes other people fall in love with their upbeat nature. A fresh and fun grapefruit and mint … [Continue reading]

destination wedding welcome bags

What to put into a destination wedding welcome bag.

So while I'm in Fiji I thought it would be absolutely perfect to have the queen of island weddings over here on the blog today! I'm so pleased to welcome  Kylie of Bula Bride - a beautiful blog with a focus on gorgeous destination weddings in Fiji. She also runs a graphic design company called Peachy Flamingo that among other things creates lovely wedding invitations. AND (seriously, this girl does everything) she's got an awesome Etsy shop so I thought that … [Continue reading]

orange and turquoise

Orange and Turquoise Wedding Inspiration / Christina Heaston Photography

Orange and turquoise are a delightful and fun color combination for a summer wedding and this inspiration shoot from Christina Heaston shows off this bright duo of hues perfectly! Plus it's near and dear to my heart because this shoot took place right here on Oahu AND the bride's gorgeous statement necklace is from a boutique that I frequently shop at. These images were taken for the launch of Fred + Kate Events - a wonderful wedding coordination service out here … [Continue reading]

surfboards and succulents

surfboard and succulent wedding inspiration

There's a funny thing that happens to me all the time here in Hawaii. When I tell new people who I meet that I'm a blogger and they then ask me the name of my blog and I tell them... they automatically assume that I blog about surfboards. I'm not joking. So this gave me an idea - how about a surfboard themed wedding inspiration board? Succulents and surfboards would make such a cool wedding theme for a beachy bride! Succulents are perfect for beach weddings for a … [Continue reading]

chic hacienda engagement and wedding

Chic Hacienda Wedding Inspiration / Blush Wedding Photography

What a treat we have today from Kristy of Blush Wedding Photography! Nothing says summer like color and travel and that's why I'm so thrilled to bring you this chic hacienda styled engagement AND wedding inspiration shoot. This two-part shoot took place in Jalisco, Mexico at one of Jose Villa's workshops and the old buildings and vibrant colors are simply amazing. Don't you just love the colors in that engagement shoot? And those shoes! They're perfect. … [Continue reading]

vacations (are important!)


Since embarking on this new career as a wedding blogger the thing I've found hardest to do is take actual vacations away from blogging. We're so connected all the time that even if I give myself a day away from the computer to go to the beach or something, I still check my email, respond to submissions, send media kits to vendors who ask for them, make Facebook posts, tweet, and as soon as I get home I pin and proofread the next day's post! I've only had two real … [Continue reading]