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

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

Simple & Pretty

Winter isn’t the best time for beautiful flowers, but I’m a firm believer in turning the everyday norm into something sweet. When spring fever came on strong a few weeks ago, a simple floral arrangement brightened the day. This whimsical bouquet of hearty hydrangeas and carnations was a refreshing break from the green and brown that is a Seattle winter. Normally I’m not a big fan of carnations, but their mini size and fresh peachy color reminded me a bit of spray roses (and yes, they came from the grocery store…gasp!). Hope this adds a bit of simple & pretty to your Monday afternoon.2014-03-10_0001 2014-03-10_0002 2014-03-10_0003 2014-03-10_0004Photos: Lora Grady