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Archive for August, 2011

The New Guest Book

Ok, let’s be honest, practically the entire world has gone electronic.  Companies are recognizing the consumer friendly social media and mobile technology in efforts to boost business through the numerous ways to advertise through all the different mediums at hands reach. Handwritten notes have almost become a thing of the past, except writing your thank-you notes of course. However, a new wedding trend is having an iPad guest book. I love this idea, because it’s dual purpose. You can design your page, and have guests write wishes in the easy to navigate product. The best part about this idea? Post wedding, you can easily share your book online with friends. It only takes moments to upload online through Facebook, Flickr or YouTube for all to enjoy. Have a viewing party after the wedding with friends and family!


Photography by Jamie K Photography

From 11 Wedding Trends for 2011 via on TheKnot.com



Wedding Reality TV: My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

As many know, I am a card carrying member of the reality TV obsessed. The interest is strong – but equally matched by my love of all things wedding…..enter My Big Fat Gypsy Weddings on TLC.

The show documents the the lives of Gypsy and Irish Traveler brides, living in Britain, as they prepare for their over-the-top weddings.

TLC describes it as a “community of contrasts, living by centuries-old religious and cultural traditions, but at the same time embracing the flashier side of the celebrity and fashion-focused times in which we live.”

Everything from the hair, dresses and horse drawn carriages are LARGE and in charge…

While this all may be a little much for most modern US brides, I strongly recommend catching an episode while taking a break from wedding planning.

To see more click here.  Enjoy!

Photography by TLC.

Chicago Wedding Venue: Eaglewood Resort and Spa

Located a few miles from downtown Chicago and conveniently close to O’Hare airport, Eaglewood Resort and Spa offers a spectacular setting away from the hustle and bustle of the city.  Set on over 100 acres of land, this resort can accommodate weddings of all sizes. Depending on the number of guests, couples can choice from the Red Oak Ballroom (up to 450 guests), the Pavilion tent (up to 300 guests), the Linden Ballroom (up to 200 guests), and the Wisteria Terrace (up to 100 guests).  All venues offer stunning views of the golf course and the natural beauty of the land.


A great way to unwind the day before the wedding is to take advantage of the many spa packages the resort offers or play a round of golf with family and friends. Eaglewood Resort and Spa is the perfect getaway without having to travel far.

To learn more about Eaglewood Resort and Spa, visit their website at http://www.eaglewoodresort.com/

Photos courtsey of Eaglewood Resort


Wedding Ideas: Vintage Suitcase

Vintage suitcases. Just plain adorable. Use them in your wedding for favors, programs, gift cards, etc.  and then take them home and have them decorate your house!

Photo: Ribbons and Rust

Even if you are not having a vintage themed wedding, a vintage suitcase can set the scene for your upcoming honeymoon, your love of travel, or your love of all things classic.

Photo: Ribbons and Rust


Use one for programs at an outdoor ceremony by propping it open with a stick.


Use it as a guest book! Buy vintage stickers and have your guests sign them all over the suitcase or have them write you best wishes notes on postcards and drop them in.


Photo: ruffledblog.com


Photos: Ruffled Blog, Ribbons and Rust 

Hot Wedding Color Combo: Cloud + Cream + Platinum

As I was reading new color palette trends on TheKnot website, the combination of Cloud + Cream + Platinum really stood out to me. I love the simplicity of the colors, yet you can add texture to the colors, or go for more vintage looks. All of these combinations achieve that perfect elegant look.

I love the table setting decor. It would be perfect for a tented wedding.

The purse is so vintage and textured and goes wonderfully with the color palette.

Pictures by By Christa Vagnozzi
Photography by Antonis Achilleos
Styling Anna Beckman
Event Design by Barb Salzman of Hatch Creative Studio from TheKnot.com


Cute Idea Alert: Flower Girls and Ring Bearers with signs

As if Flower Girls and Ring Bearers weren’t already cute enough, this summer I’ve been seeing a lot of this…

Flower Girls and Ring Bearers carrying signs announcing the Brides arrival.

It’s not only cute – but provides something for the smallest bridal party members to focus on during their long walk down the aisle (and when paired up, older children can help the younger ones).

So, what do you all think?  Pretty cute, eh?

Photography by Vineyard Vines, Erinn Hargis and J and J Photography.

Wedding Flowers: Black Tie Bouquets

I love a touch of unexpected  at a wedding and find that these black tie bouquets from Martha Stewart Weddings fit the bill! The mixture of black with white gives the classic white bridal bouquet a new spin.

This DIY bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings is made up of white carnations, white flower ribbons, black velvet ribbon and a black pleated stem.



This bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings consists of white sweet peas and anemones wrapped with a black ribbon.


Wedding Cocktail Hour: Specialty Drinks

Every bride wants people to have a rocking good time at their wedding. You want your guests to have a blast, enjoy a few libations (responsibly, of course!), eat some amazing food and

An apple wheel would be an adorable garnish for this fall favorite.

leave talking about how much fun they had for the next month. For the bride executing their party on a budget, reality may unfortunately set in when you receive your bar proposal – you want people to have fun, but not that much fun.

Don’t sweat it.  A wine and beer-only bar will cover the needs of the majority of your guests, and allows you to have some fun with a specialty cocktail in the color (or theme) of your event at a much lower price point than a full bar. Consider offering your guests red and white wine,  2 different types of beer – I would suggest a regular and a lite option – and something with some personality.

For fall brides, I think something warm with some spice can be a really nice surprise. Spiced Apple Cider with Captain Morgan in little mugs as guests arrive is down-right irresistible. You could even pair this with an apple cider doughnut on the side as a nod to the apple orchards we’re all flocking to at this time of year as an after-dinner treat.

Perhaps you consider a cocktail with meaning – for example, where I went to college, Sangria served in a mason jar with fruit bits soaking up all the deliciousness was a staple on brisk football Saturdays. It brings back all kinds of fun memories for me and my friends, and would be a great item to have on the bar at any of our events.

Spicy sangria is made festive in a mason jar.

Love champagne? How about a Kir Royale – A simple low-cost prosecco or sparkling wine in a champagne flute with just a touch of Chambord and a floating raspberry would add a little sparkle to your day. Nothing says its time to party like a little a little bubbly!

Talk with your caterer about fun ideas of how to work a specialty cocktail into your wedding’s overall look and feel as a cost-effective answer to your bar worries. Don’t forget to have fun with it – these fun touches are what makes your day memorable


Photos compliments of foodnetwork.com

Bridal Beauty

As a bride, you are probably worrying about all the little details that need to be organized to make sure the day goes perfectly, which can lead one to stress. Keep in mind that you should focus on YOU, and take time to treat yourself.


Pictures from Philosophy website

Try new products to benefit your skin. Philosophy carries a phenomenal skincare line that many have found success with. I recommend trying Hope in a Jar,  The Microdelivery Peel and Completely Clear Skin System.  It’s so important to take care of your skin for the wedding day. Great skin can make all the difference. I love Philosophy because it offers so many options for every skin type, and all their products are  formulated with scientifically proved ingredients. Check out their website and reviews on Philosphy.com, see if you think it’s a right for you.



Celebrity Weddings: Kate Moss and Jamie Hince

Some days normal people get married…and some days, Kate Moss gets married.
As featured in a recent vogue.com article, Hamish Bowles documents the day and Photographer Mario Testino captures each beautiful detail.

Father of the bride Peter Moss with Kate and her daughter, Lila Grace.

The intimate wedding ceremony (138 guests were invited) took place at St. Peter’s Church, in the village of Southrop, where Lila Grace, Kate’s eight-year-old daughter with journalist Jefferson Hack, was christened.  “I wanted it to be kind of dreamy and 1920s, when everything is soft-focus,” says Kate. “The Great Gatsby. The code name was GG for a while. That light and that kind of fun decadence. It’s rock-’n’-roll Great Gatsby!”

The dress was done by John Galliano and adored by Kate, “When I put the dress on, I’m really happy,” says Kate. “I forget about everything.”

The lucky groom is, Jamie Hince, the 42-year-old guitarist of critically acclaimed rock band The Kills.  The two were engaged after a romantic trip to Thailand, after dating for two years.

After the ceremony, guests who were interested in changing wardrobe were invited to The Second Looks Tent before enjoying a party filled with Victorian chandeliers, 1920s silver ashtrays, pale apricot and lilac roses, Chesterfield sofas, Edwardian palms and Colin Field and his team from the Bar Hemingway at the Ritz Paris serving the Kate 76, “a lethal cocktail of vodka, champagne, crushed ice, and sugar.”


The six-tiered cake designed by Peggy Porschen.

Fabulous, simply fabulous….thoughts?

Photographed by Mario Testino, Featured in Vogue.com