portsmouth, new hampshire

Darling custom cocktail napkins for you reception – find the best of the best of them at For Your Party! *** This real wedding was featured on Martha Stewart Weddings and photographed by Rodeo and Co Photography. photo credits 

dotty for daisies

Dotty (adj): Amusingly absurd. Crazy. Amiably eccentric. Marked with dots. Darling pink polka dot straws (and all sorts of other fun stuff) available at Hey YoYo. photo credits: balloons, polka dot straws, bride and bridesmaids, pink boots, polka dot bags, daisy cake, pink daisy field, bike.

espresso

How to order an espresso and not sound stupid: *** This inspiration shoot was featured on The Wedding Chicks, styled by Blossom Events, and photographed beautifully by Paul Nelson Images. photo credits: inspiration board pictures, espresso cups.

treehouse

Guest books and trees go hand in hand. Japanese custom dictates that guests tie their written sentiments to tree branches with ribbons. You could also have guests write their well wishes on paper doves (symbolic of love, happiness, and harmony), or leave their finger print on a DIY guest registry tree. Whimsical and enchanting hair […]

meant to bee

Cinnamon Honey Salad Croutons  2 Tablespoons butter, melted 2 Tablespoons honey 2 cups cubed cinnamon-raisin bread, crust removed Combine melted butter and honey; mix well. Combine with cinnamon-raisin bread; toss until cubes are coated. Spread out on baking sheet and bake at 275°F 15 to 20 minutes or until crisp and lightly toasted. Honey Blossom […]

prepster

 Definition of a prepster: Really a chimera of two existing groups, the prepster is someone most likely raised in the suburbs and very preppy, that moves to a very hipster centered city (Brooklyn, Portland, Austin), and due to scene exposure adopts certain hipster trends whilst retaining the preppy spirit. Specific examples are skinny jeans with […]

the ugly ducking

It would be very sad, were I to relate all the misery and privations which the poor little duckling endured during the hard winter; but when it had passed, he found himself lying one morning in a moor, amongst the rushes. He felt the warm sun shining, and heard the lark singing, and saw that […]

herbs

I just love ‘green weddings,’ (and not just because I’m married to an environmentalist!). Green weddings are ecologically friendly, and there are many ways to have a green wedding without compromising the look you want. You don’t have to all green to be Earth friendly, just try where you can. One thing you can do […]

blushing bride

A member of the Protea family, Blushing Bride flowers in spring producing papery white bracts, or floral leaves, surrounding feathery tufts of white to pinkish flowers. Flowers are white or pink. ‘Sugar ‘n’ Spice’ is a well-known variety with pink flowers and deep, rose pink colouring on the white bracts. It is thought this plant […]

french chateau

Looking to purchase your own French Chateau? Check out the castles (literally!) here. I’ve got my heart set on this 34 million Euro stunner with an indoor lap pool (a must!) Husband to me: “keep dreaming.” Perfectly elegant and chateau-worthy bridal jewelry available at Bespoken For. In order to avoid going over the top at […]

key west

Key West is the home to the southernmost point in the continental United States. (The most southern point? That’s right – the place I’m lucky enough to call home – Hawaii, well that is unless you count territories, in which case it would be Rose Atoll in America Samoa). The island is only about 4 […]

sequins and party streamers

Don’t be ashamed if you have a love for sequins – they’ve got some awesome history behind them! Evidence exists that gold sequins were being used as decoration on clothing in the Indus Valley as early as 2500BC, during the Kot Diji era. *** This adorable real wedding was featured on 100 Layer Cake, photographed by Ellie Grover, took place at The […]

the black tulip

The Black Tulip is one of my favorite books by Alexandre Dumas. Action, adventure, intrigue, romance, and tulips!?! Tell me more!  The city of Haarlem, Netherlands has set a prize of 100,000 guilders (a lot of money back then!) to the person who can grow a black tulip, sparking competition between the country’s best gardeners to win the […]

the secret garden

The Secret Garden was what Mary called it when she was thinking of it. She liked the name, and she liked still more the feeling that when its beautiful old walls shut her in no one knew where she was. It seemed almost like being shut out of the world in some fairy place. The […]

tiffany blue

Tiffany Blue is a colloquial name for light to medium blues (think: robin egg). The actual color of Tiffany & Co. boxes is protected by a trademark and was created for them by Pantone Inc. As a trademarked color, it is not publicly available and is not printed in their swatch books. Until I started […]

carousel horses and paper dolls

Paper dolls have been around as long as paper (think: origami dolls in Japan and artfully painted paper puppets in Indonesia) however, paper dolls as we know them really took off in France during the 1800s. They were intended to teach about fashion and to entertain and they spread like wildfire throughout high society. Rare, […]