art deco

vintage art deco wedding

Art deco is an eclectic aesthetic that began in Paris in the 1920s. Art deco represents elegance, glamour, modernity, and functionality. The art deco style had a major resurgance in the 1980s when graphic design went digital and is today a popular wedding style choice. Don't you just love the artwork by Artful Sharon (my Mum!) in this inspiration board? Beautiful! Looking for art deco wedding invitations? Look no further than the Marquee design at Hello … [Continue reading]


Winter wedding

Dachas are Russian second homes, usually located in the outskirts of the city, and rustic in nature. Because of the size restrictions put in place during the Soviet era, dachas were built with massive attics and multilevel verandas in order to get around these restraints. Dachas are generally used during the summers, but some families who reside in them year-round are referred to as dachniks, and it denotes a certain type of country lifestyle. The first dachas … [Continue reading]

cherry blossom

Pink cherry blossom wedding

Cherry blossoms bloom the world over, but the cherry blossom festival originated in Japan and is something of a national symbol. The transience of the blooms, their quick beauty and sudden death, remind viewers of the ephemerality of nature. During World War II cherry blossoms were often painted on the sides of kamikaze pilots' planes, and at Japanese memorials cherry blossom trees can always be found. Though the leaves are mildly toxic, cherry blossoms can be … [Continue reading]

wedding portraits

Vintage wedding portraits

My mother is a fabulous decorator and in one of the guest bathrooms at my parents' home in Fulshear, Texas (population 816), there are at least 20 vintage photographs in black frames. I find myself being creepy and lurking in the bathroom all the time just taking them in - examining each minute detail of the clothes, their expressions, their shoes... The image on the bottom in the center is of Florence and Jack, taken in the 1940s in Liverpool, England, where they … [Continue reading]

sweet home alabama

Charming southern wedding

Big wheels keep on turning Carry me home to see my kin Singing songs about the Southland I miss Alabama once again... - Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynryd And so it went, every time I walked back into my college dorm, my dear friends would be blasting this song (or 'Sara' by Starship) once they found out that yes, indeed, I was born in Alabama. *** This sweet southern real wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty, photographed by Leslee Mitchell, and took … [Continue reading]

wooden clothes pin

Vintage brown wedding

The precursor to the spring clothes pin was the one-piece wooden clothes peg, invented by Jérémie Victor Opdebec. The older designs did not use springs, put were fashioned out of a single wooden peg. In England, clothes peg making used to be a craft only associated with gypsies. The spring design, was invented in Vermont in 1853 by David Springfield. Find out all about the perfect wedding clothes pins at PoshLittleDesigns. *** This darling real wedding was … [Continue reading]

wet paint

Art gallery wedding

I have a soft spot for artists because my Mum is one. Looking for some art infused bridal party gifts? Or a little something to spoil yourself with? Check out the stunning items at Swarm - handmade in Amsterdam from oil canvases found in Dutch markets, antique stores, and French homes, and crafted into the most stunning, usable, wearable art.  A select few are also available at Anthropologie. Another unique touch for the bright-minded bride? Have an artist … [Continue reading]

abbey ever after

Downtown Abby style wedding

I'm bad. While I was looking for inspirational pictures for this board - I ran across some spoiler pictures from the next season! Straight from British tabloids - click at your own risk! Renact your favorite scenes from Downton Abbey with Vulture's printable paper dolls! Dowager Countess Zingers: "What is a weekend?" Cora: "Things are different in America." Lady Grantham: "I know. They live in wigwams." (Upon being told the swivel chair was invented by … [Continue reading]

my superhero

Superheroes are an American phenomenon. Why? Well, sociologists argue about exactly that... some say that since America does not have it's own mythology (like Greece, Rome, India, or most other older nations) we simply invented one. Others say that superheroes were created to represent American ideals: Captain America represents patriotism, Iron man shows the idolization of rich people and capitalism, and Superman portrays justice. Are the Ninja Turtles superheroes? … [Continue reading]

blue and white china

Blue wedding

The technique of cobalt blue decorations seems to have come from the Middle-East in the 9th century through decorative experimentation on white ware. Cobalt blue pigments were excavated from local mines in central Iran from the 9th century, and then were exported as a raw material to China.The blue-and-white technique was fully developed in China with porcelain technology in the 14th century.On some occasions, Chinese blue and white wares also incorporated Islamic … [Continue reading]

for the equestrian

Rustic wedding

1.Hunt Seat The English discipline of hunt seat originated from the British sport of fox hunting. Hunt Seat is probably one of the most popular disciplines in the world. If you are interested in jumping, then this could be the discipline for you. 2. Dressage Dressage is another English disciplines. This style is one of the oldest in the world. It was originally used in ancient Europe for military maneuvers. The word dressage is French for "training". Dressage is … [Continue reading]

california dreaming

Relaxed beach wedding

"All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray I've been for a walk on a winter's day I'd be safe and warm if I was in L.A. California dreamin' on such a winter's day." - California Dreaming, The Beach Boys *** This inspiration shoot was featured on Snippet & Ink, styled by Platinum Planning, and photographed by Tinywater Photography. // fig flatbread  … [Continue reading]

over the rainbow

Rainbow weddings are fun, quirky, and definitely memorable. If you are going to have a rainbow wedding, you have to go all the way. Rainbow theme everything from your drinks to your bridesmaids dress and of course your flowers and decor. A budget friendly way to bring a lot of color to your rainbow wedding is to use balloons - but be sure to use a lot of them! Nothing is sadder than too few balloons at a party. Got some major love for balloons? Wait 'till you … [Continue reading]

the little mermaid

 Now that she knew where he lived, she spent many an evening and many a night on the water near the palace. She would swim much nearer the shore than any of the others ventured to do; indeed once she went quite up the narrow channel under the marble balcony, which threw a broad shadow on the water. Here she would sit and watch the young prince, who thought himself quite alone in the bright moonlight. She saw him many times of an evening sailing in a pleasant boat, … [Continue reading]

pink’s revenge

Needless to say, pink is a little annoyed at yesterday's post. We just heard this from the color's spokesperson: "Purple is NOT the new pink. We're sending paper from our lawyers." Yikes. Pink is definitely 'hot' right now. Looking for some hot pink shoes to peek out from under your layers of bridal white? Look no further than these amazing beauties from Kate Spade. photo credits: yellow necklace, sweet stuff dessert bar, paper umbrellas, cake, pink paper … [Continue reading]

purple – the new pink?

Get purple by mixing red and blue (or starting a fight, dipping your hands into food coloring, bathing in blackberries, or chewing too much gum in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory). The actual color of  Tyrian purple, the original color purple from which the name purple is derived, is the color of a dye extracted from a mollusk found on the shores of the city of Tyre in ancient Phoenicia (present day Lebanon) that in classical antiquity became a symbol of … [Continue reading]