Whimsical Spring Bridal Session

A woman’s bridal gown is so much more than a dress. It’s a symbol of love, hope, family, youth and happiness. For some, the dress defines the event itself, and for others the type of event dictates the dress choice. Either way, your dress becomes an heirloom, whether you decide to keep it, or it’s forever preserved in photos. A stylized bridal session like this is one beautiful way to ensure your dress gets its proper moment in history…

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I’d love to help you style your bridal session. Connect with me and let’s start dreaming.

Vendors:

Floral Design: Darien Leigh Events & Design 

Photography: Lora Grady Photography

Dress Shop: Unveiled Bridal Boutique

Vintage Rentals: Vintage Ambiance

 

Lovely Leather : Wedding Invite Inspiration

A trend I’ve noticed popping up more and more in the wedding world is the incorporation of leather into the paper goods. Depending on how it’s done, I think it can make a seriously sophisticated statement, especially when paired with beautiful gold calligraphy. I love the masculine touch it adds to more feminine details like flowers and fine china. It also fits with a range of styles, from rustic to elegant or bohemian. Here’s a look at a few of my favorite ways I’ve seen it done:

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Photo 1: Photo by Elizabeth Messina; Photo 2: Pinterest via MStarr Event Design ; Photo 3: Cassidy Brooke Photography; Photo 4: Mark Brooke Photography; Photo 5: Pinterest via Oh So Beautiful Paper; Photo 6: Etsy; Photo 7: Martha Stewart Weddings

Berry Crisp : Easy & Delicious Dessert

Who said crisp was a thing of the fall!? When I had a craving for those cinnamony-sugar crumbles, I decided to improvise and use the ingredients I had. This tangy but sweet berry crisp was the result, and when topped with a dollop of old fashioned vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream it becomes dessert at its finest (and it only takes about a half hour from start to finish!) When baked individually, it would make a wonderful addition to a dessert bar at a rustic wedding, and can even be packaged up as a pretty little favor (sans cream of course!).

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Seattle Love : Seattle Wedding Planner

Moving to Seattle was never on my radar growing up. From upstate New York, it was distant land that mainly existed in Grey’s Anatomy episodes. But it’s kind of funny because the idea of the city has seemed to follow me throughout my life. In fifth grade we did a project on the fifty states. For some reason, I was drawn to Washington and chose to study Seattle and it’s surroundings. Little did my 10 year-old self know then, this city would become such a large part of who I am.

2014-03-04_0004I love it’s history and it’s sense of youth. This city makes you feel your big dreams are valid and attainable. There is this drive for the discovery of new things; things few others have yet to try or do. Yes, some would call this “hipster”, but I think it’s exciting.

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This city is full of tiny corner shops and bustling market streets. It doesn’t rain quite as often as everyone says it does, and it’s home to an extraordinary set of active, creative people trying to make their mark.

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This city has taught me that the world isn’t as large as we think it is, and with some hard work and the right people in your corner, anything is possible.

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Photos: Lora Grady

Refreshing and Romantic Wedding Inspiration

Yesterday’s weather was absolutely beautiful. One of those spring days you can’t let pass without spending time outside for fear it will all be gone tomorrow, which is exactly what happened. So on this drizzly day, I’m bringing back some of yesterday’s magic with its warm golden sun and cool, clean spring air….Mint inspiration

refreshing and romanticDoor: via Pinterest; Cake: The Cake Whisperer, Photo by AMB Photo; Mint Dress: Nordstrom; Bouquet: Photo by Lexia Frank; Chair: Anthropolgie; Tabletop: Rebecca Reategui Weddings & Special Events, Photo by Lisa Lefkowitz;  Invitations: The First Snow

Southern-Style Bridal Inspiration : Happy Spring!

Here’s an inspiration board I whipped up for a project I have going on this weekend. Can’t wait to share the beautiful results with you!inspiration 3

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Credits: Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop, Earrings: Southern Love, Invites: Lennah Press, Photo by Elisa Bricker, Linens: Alder & Co., Men: Pinterest via Grey Likes Weddings, Bowtie: Photo by Troy Grover Photographers, Bar: Pinterest via Southern Weddings, Chalkboard: Photo by Laura Murray Photography

 

Bohemian Bridal Inspiration

This bohemian bridal inspiration leaves me longing the warm days of summer with its soft glow of evening light…boho inspiration

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Bride and Groom Photo: May Carlson Fine Art Photography, Bride Photo: The Nichols, flowers by Nouveau Romantics, Lantern Photo: Aaron Delesie, Invite Photo: Kzphoto, Wheat Photo: Thea via Flickr, Floral Crown Photo: Alyssia B Photography

Whimsical Irish Bride : Whidbey Island Wedding Inspiration

In the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with green year round, especially along the coastline. Yet, I still find myself feeling giddy at the thought of spring, bringing fresh buds to the trees and a sweet, clean smell to the air. Our bridal shoot was inspired by the cool, early days of spring along the romantic coastline of Whidbey Island, WA. The green rolling hills, weathered farmhouses, and gray misty coast set the perfect backdrop for an ethereal shoot, transporting us to the Irish countryside. Go ahead and get lost…

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2014-03-17_0002The dress choice was inspired by intricate Irish lace crochet, a popular choice for wedding dresses in the early twentieth century, fitting perfectly with the beaded floral headpiece and authentic vintage jewelry.2014-03-17_0003 2014-03-17_0004 2014-03-17_0006 2014-03-17_0005The color palette was pulled from the picturesque surroundings and stemmed from a base of ivories, golds and deep emeralds, which were worked in through floral and accessory choice.2014-03-17_0007 2014-03-17_0008 2014-03-17_0009

The wonderful team of like-minded, creative women behind the scenes really made this shoot come alive. It is so refreshing to work with talented individuals who truly love what they do and can effectively collaborate, while enjoying each and every minute. We weathered cold temperatures and some seriously harsh winds, but these whimsical photos made it all worthwhile.

Styling and Floral Design: Darien Leigh Events & Design
Photos: Lora Grady
Dress: Unveiled Bridal Boutique (Saison Blanche)
Hair/Makeup: Hair by Ceann Cherry
Hairpiece: Lacielle Roselle
Earrings: Unveiled Bridal Boutique (Everything Angelic)
Vintage Ring, Vintage Brooch: Rhinestone Rosie

Life is Beautiful : Italian Wedding Inspiration

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Bouquet: Mindy Rice, Photo by Jose Villa; Invitations: Signora e Mare, Photo by Buffy Dekmar; Dress: Claire Pettibone, Photo Elizabeth Messina; Urn: Rylee Hitchner Photography; Ballet Flats: BHLDN; Getaway Car: Velvetine Photography

 

Anisette Cookies : A Taste of Home

Growing up, we knew company was coming when the house smelled of anisette cookies.  My mom always whipped up a batch right before friends stopped by for a visit. The traditional Italian cookie gets its flavoring from the anise extract, and while it looks like biscotti, and uses the same twice-baked procedure, these cookies are much softer and doughier (although I tend to under-bake all my cookies…purposefully!). They would make a sweet addition to a brunch-style bridal shower (think cookie bar!) and would be a great wedding favor for an afternoon affair. They are the perfect easy, all-around-likeable recipe for a chat over tea or with a good old-fashioned glass of milk, and are even better dipped in chocolate!2014-03-13_0001 2014-03-13_0002anisette cookies 2