Have you checked out the amazing website Modern Weddings Hawaii yet? It's the definitive guide for the Hawaii bride, and there is a whole lot to love over there. All the beautiful pictures in this inspiration board are from Modern Weddings Hawaii... makes you want to come visit us doesn't it? Destination weddings usually end up being cheaper than other types of weddings - surprised? Well for one thing, fewer people come (and typically, it's only the ones you really … [Continue reading]


Brown coffee wedding

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. … [Continue reading]

cowboy culture

Cowboy dictionary: Badman: also known as an outlaw or desperado. Bandana: a humble piece of cloth. Paisly-print red fabric is more functional than just as a wardrobe accessory. Bandoleer: a belt fitted with loops for carrying cartridges. If you're a soldier, wear it across your chest. Bars: toothless gap between the horse's teeth where you put the bit. Bell-horse: lead horse with a bell around it's neck in order for the wrangler to locate the herd. Branch: one … [Continue reading]

pink peppermints

Pink Peppermint Bridal Shower invitations available here! And don't forget to print the handy-dandy bridal shower checklist below! But before you do that... have you ever wondered where the tradition of a bridal shower came from? Its roots lie in old dowry practices. In western cultures if a poor woman was to be married and didn't have a dowry, or if her father refused her her dowry because he didn't approve of the man she would marry, her friends and female … [Continue reading]


Green and brown treehouse wedding

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 pins from Sweet Little Sparrow - perfect for weddings, or pretty much anytime you want to take a bit of the flowering forest floor … [Continue reading]

meant to bee

Honey themed wedding

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 Cocktail  1 oz. rum 5 oz. orange juice 1 oz. Honey Simple Syrup (honey and water) Mix 4 parts … [Continue reading]


Green, yellow, and black preppy wedding

 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 boat shoes, or skinny Nantucket red jeans, cardigans, and keds (although arguably of preppy origin, now adopted … [Continue reading]

the ugly ducking

Whimsical white wedding

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 all around was beautiful spring. Then the young bird felt that his wings were strong, as he flapped them against his sides, and rose high into the air. They bore him onwards, … [Continue reading]

pink flamingo

pink and blue wedding ideas and a super cute pink flamingos

Chevron patterns are taking the wedding world by storm! Just look at that fabulous chevron patterned cake in the inspiration board above. But what exactly is a 'chevron' and where did it some from? A chevron is an inverted V shaped pattern that traces its roots back to very early Greek pottery designs (very early as in 1800 BC). The city-state of Sparta used the Greek letter lambda (Λ) on it's shields and other insignia. In later history the chevron pattern was used … [Continue reading]


Green herb wedding

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 is to use recycled paper for your invitations. Minted has a HUGE collection (37 pages of them) in pretty much any style you could ever want. Another easy … [Continue reading]

blushing bride

Blush light pink wedding

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 received its name because of its traditional use in bridal bouquets in South Africa. Unfortunately, it seems to have been over-exploited … [Continue reading]

taste the rainbow

Anyone been to the Miami airport? If you have, have you seen the installation art called Harmonic Convergence by Christopher Janney? It's so beautiful! "The work combines light, colour, and sound as it leads passengers from a rental car terminal to the airport proper. Speakers installed at regular intervals along the walkway create a continuously changing 'sonic portrait' of south Florida as they play the sounds of tropical birds, thunderstorms, and other … [Continue reading]

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 your wedding with pink and gold, keep both of them soft and subtle and mix in neutral hues like grays, tans, and ivories. A pink and gold … [Continue reading]

key west

Beach wedding in 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 miles long and 2 miles wide, and it's original Spanish name is Cayo Hueso, which means Bone Cay (low lying island). Why 'bone' island? Well, it is said that when the … [Continue reading]

sequins and party streamers

Glittering wedding

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 Dana Powers Barn in Nipomo, California, and in case you're wondering where that stunning bridal gown was from - it's … [Continue reading]

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 money, honour and fame. The young and bourgeois Cornelius van Baerle has almost succeeded, but is suddenly thrown into the … [Continue reading]