naturally neutral {guest post}

I am very excited to have Gaby and Mimi from Mimi & Co. on the blog today to talk to us about table decor trends! Take it away ladies! “A Mimi & Co’s favorite that is heavily trending right now is Vintage Rustic themed linens.  In this economy, savvy Brides have started recycling (up cycling) […]

a quaint afternoon

Quaint (adj) Attractively unusual or old fashioned. Oddly picturesque, interesting in a pleasing and charming way. Skillfully or cleverly made. *** This darling inspiration shoot was originally featured on 100 Layer Cake, photographed by Brandon Chesbro, and took place at Southhall Eden, Tennessee.

farm to table (reader request)

I was sitting on the plane waiting for them to close the doors in Miami on my way back from Cuba when I got this email from my friend Heather: “My friend Katie just got engaged and I asked her what her first thought is in planning her big day and she told me farm […]

americana

There are a of couple pros and cons you should consider when having a July 4th wedding. Good news first: almost everyone (in America) has the day off, so theoretically they should be able to make your wedding. Simple BBQ foods are not only fun, but also less expensive than more traditional wedding catering choices. […]

lake tahoe

There is just something about rustic barn weddings that I really love. I think it’s because of all the places I’ve lived, I’ve spent the most time in Texas and it’s just so easy to feel ‘at home’ there. I’d like to introduce you guys to a lovely lady who goes by the twitter handle […]

grey chalk

Customized chalk lettering is all the rage for weddings right now. Incorporate chalk lettering into your wedding invitations, wedding portraits, engagement shoot, signage and decor, and (I love this idea) have guests sign their names and leave you a sweet note in chalk! photo credits: napkins and chalk place setting, succulent boutonnieres, barn wedding reception, […]

red ribbons

Cherrytini Ingredients: 12 frozen pitted tart cherries 2 Meyer lemons (or regular lemons if you can’t find them) 3 tablespoons sugar 2 1/2 cups tart cherry juice, chilled 1 1/2 cups vodka (Grey Goose) 2 cups of ice cubes Directions: Thread 3 tart cherries onto each (4-inch) cocktail pick or skewer and keep them in […]

summer cherry

Cherry Pie: 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie 4 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 cup white sugar 4 cups pitted cherries 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 tablespoons butter Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Place bottom crust in piepan. Set top crust aside, […]

sepia

Sepia: noun A reddish-brown color associated with monochrome photographs of the 19th and early 20th centuries. A brown pigment prepared from a black fluid from cuttlefish used in monochrome drawings and in watercolors. A drawing done with this pigment. Burlap is the perfect addition to any rustic barn wedding. Burlap has a definite odor when […]

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 […]

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 […]

nashville

PUB TRIVIA NIGHT The Nashville, Tennessee round… Which former President and Nashville resident had a driveway shaped like a guitar? Andrew Jackson! What famous Nashville candy is made of chocolate, marshmallows, caramel, and peanuts? Goo-Goos! After drinking a cup of locally produced Nashville coffee, who coined the phrase ‘good to the last drop?’ Theodore Roosevelt! […]

apples

Where to find apples: on trees, orchards, teachers desks, grocery stores, in pies, and in tarts. On computers, iphones, ipods, and ipads. Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter’s birth certificate. Bad apples: the one Snow White ate and the one Eve ate. Use apples to: compare to oranges, compute, discover gravity, eat, bob for on Halloween, and keep […]

in the forest

Out of the mid-wood’s twilight Into the meadow’s dawn, Ivory limbed and brown-eyed, Flashes my Faun! He skips through the copses singing, And his shadow dances along, And I know not which I should follow, Shadow or song! O Hunter, snare me his shadow! O Nightingale, catch me his strain! Else moonstruck with music and […]

dachnik

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 […]

for the equestrian

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 […]