A Love Affair with Wedding Photo Props

Here we are again, another love affair has arisen to the forefront of our wedding planning.  Photo props! I have been collecting fun props for the past few months to take up our wedding photos up a few notches.  There is so much inspiration out there is hard to stop…  Luckily, there are some restrictions at our venue for certain things such as balloons and candles so that has helped me cut back some, but I think I need help…maybe an intervention of sorts, lol!

I mean look at all there is to inspire:

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What are some of your favorites that you have used/seen/pinned?


Just Engaged? 5 Things No One Tells You About Planning A Wedding

Ok so with everything that has been going on…it feels a little bit like we are kind of starting over with the wedding planning.  Just a little.  Luckily, we were able to keep ALL of our vendors, which was incredible!  But, we have learned a few things through this process that I thought I would share…

1) Soak up the Initial Excitement & Celebration

Be present in the moments that will go flying by…the time goes by way faster than you can ever imagine.  I think it’s important to really soak up all of the love during this really special time.  Pop the champagne, kick off your heels and really delve into that issue of Martha Stewart Weddings that you have been eyeing for umm 6 months or so before you got engaged.


The good, the bad, the ugly…share everything with your partner.  I’m not talking relationship communication…that goes without saying.  But, wedding communication is HUGE! The saying, two heads are better than one, is a saying because it’s true.  Trust! Keeping something from your soon to be spouse because you think you are protecting them is not advisable…even if it seems to be.  If you really want something to be part of your BIG day talk about it, even if it seems like it might not fit in with what your significant other may want or it may not seem to be in the budget.  If you talk it through you may come up with a great solution.  Instead of holding onto something and being disappointed or bitter without thinking it through.

3) Spreadsheets are your new way of life. 

Well that is if they weren’t before, like me.  They are SOOO many variables and they change constantly.  Excel will save some of your sanity.  Create one for your overall budget, your floral budget, your catering budget, your everything! It makes your life so much more simple.

4) Know your limitations.

While getting married and planning a wedding is incredible…you have found the love of your life, you want to declare your love to the world, and start a life together.  It doesn’t get much better than that!  It is also pretty stressful: emotionally, mentally, physically…. Know what you can and can’t do and don’t sign up for more than you can handle.  It makes things way harder or you and your partner when you do.  If you really just can’t handle that DIY project tonight, just share that with your partner…if you need a break from working out, take it.  Something’s gotta give sometimes.  Just make sure you share that in a supportive, loving way (see #2).

5) Be Proactive.

You never know what curve balls life might throw you.  Be as proactive as possible, which will help you bounce back from some hiccups.  When we were weighing our options about whether or not we would have to push back the wedding we called ALL of our vendors to see what would happen if we did postpose the wedding.  We asked about our deposits, their availability to rebook late in the year, etc.   Once we had all of the facts we made a decision together and got to work.  I was immediately researching ways to infuse a little more fall into our original spring wedding.  We have come up with a few ideas that we are both really excited about.

Fall Wedding Flowers

It’s a snowy, COLD, COLD, COLD day here in the Baltimore area.  I am enjoying the whimsical parts, yesterday I only had a 1/2 day at work and went home to snuggle by the fireplace with the puppy and the Mr.  Then this morning Mr. Brady and I had a blast playing in the snow.  He is a snow dog.  He loves the white stuff.

But, at the same time I have been craving me some blooms.  I wish I could just cover every surface of our apartment with peonies and ranunculus and dahlias.  Needless to say blooms have been on the brain it’s seems like it’s the only thing on my mind (exhibit A).  So, I have been thinking that with our date change…making our wedding closer to fall I might make some changes to our wedding flowers.  Here are some of the bouquets that have been inspiring me:

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DIY or Buy?

The wedding dress…I NEVER, NEVER…EVER thought I would be DIYing my wedding dress.  But, after going to several bridal boutiques and just not finding the right dress…I finally said yes to my Mom’s dress albeit with a bit of a DIY element.  Obviously I am not going to be able to go at this project alone so, I have enlisted the help of a professional.  However, I still consider this a DIY project because believe it or not if you are going to be embarking on this journey you are INVOLVED! Much more involved than I originally anticipated, but I have been loving every second of it!

The design has been a work in progress…and I feel like every time I meet with our dressmaker it gets better.  This past Saturday my Mom and I went for another fitting and it is just coming along beautifully.  I am so excited! I can already tell this is going to be one of my most adored elements of our BIG day!

So, in my experience this was a definite DIY.  I think it goes without saying that it is a very personal choice.  However, I will say it’s important to make sure you are open to options that you may not have thought were for you…because they may be better than you could have ever imagined.

Here’s a little sneak peek of the dress…


The Best is Yet to Come

You came along and everything started to hum
Still it’s a real good bet, the best is yet to come!

2014 is here and the countdown begins! The BIG Day will be here before we know it!  There are less than 20 weekends left until the wedding…WOW! The best is yet to come! This year is going to be filled with so many incredible adventures.

I always love heading into the new year feeling like life is full of opportunities.  Anything is possible!  And new years is a great reminder of that.  So I thought I would share with you a few of my resolutions for 2014.


DIY or Buy?

Hello there! It’s been a while.  The holidays were just absoultely lovely.  The Mr. and I spent some quality time with his family up in Vermont this Christmas.  It was filled with love, laughs, a Christmas day hike, board games, and so much more.

While, it’s tough to come back to reality after the holidays I am excited to be back to share with you some escort card inspiration.  Escort cards can be a bit boring…and they are really the first impression of your wedding reception.  So I advise you to not let the first impression be boring.  You could buy some folded cards & then have a calligrapher do the rest.  It’s classic.  But, I recommend to add a little more personality with a quick DIY.  There are so many different ways to spruce up this element of your wedding so, don’t bow out…get creative!

I love our escort “cards,” well they aren’t really cards but, anyway I love them! They have a bit of whimsy, the display fits in with our art deco theme, and they were made by yours truly. I can’t wait to share them with you, but until then here are some other great ideas to get your wheels turning:


Beverage Escort Cards


Pancake Escort Cards


Pick Your Posies Escort Cards 

Happy Weekend!

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost here.  The Mr. & I will be in full holiday mode this weekend with Christmas shopping, Christmas cocktails, and most likely some Christmas cookies ;-)

I saw these yummies on Glitter Guide earlier this week…so I have an inkling they may be baked up in the kitchen this weekend since I am still thinking about them.

Almond-Butter-Cookies-with-Chocolate-ChipsRecipe + Image: Erika Sheffer of Style Activist 

P.S. They are healthy and paleo-friendly. Your welcome :)

Wedding Shoes, Part II

So this whole time I have been thinking about having a shoe change after the ceremony see here, but it turns out I may not have to…  Are you sitting down? You should be!  Because I am about to rock your world!

Let me introduce to you something magical! Milk & Honey Shoes I am in love! Milk & Honey Shoes will let me have my metaphorical cake and eat it too. A little sparkle and a pop of color all in one shoe because Milk & Honey let’s you design and buy your own shoes! I know amazing right!

Here’s how this works: first go to their design now page where you will see various shoe styles (platform pumps, pumps, flats, oxford heels, oxford flats, wedges, platform wedges, wedges, boots, moto boots, booties, ankle boots, platform sandals, sandals, and flat sandals) anything a girl could want! And pick out what you want. That’s the hardest part…there are so many great options.  Then you go through super easy steps to customize the design until you find the perfect fit of sparkle and pop or whatever makes you happy!

Here are some of my favorite designs I’ve come up with so far:

Now onto the hardest part…choosing which one! Can’t I buy them all?!? Lol!

DIY or Buy?

Wedding invitations…there are so many gorgeous wedding invitation suites out there! OMG! That was actually the first thing the Mr. and I looked at, lol! We went to the most beautiful paper boutique in Portsmouth, NH just days after our engagement.  I was so excited! Just a little fair warning it only takes you about umm 5 minutes to fall in love with everything! If you are ever in that area you have to stop by Gus & Ruby, not only do they have beautiful paper goods but, they also have great gifts! But, for us buying the type of custom wedding invitation suite that I soo wanted was just not in the budget. So, I got to work! I was going to get the custom suite I wanted by DIYing my heart out.  One thing that I would definitely recommend if you plan on DIYing your wedding invites is to wait until after you have your wedding venue selected and your general design plan for the wedding: decor, cake, dress.  So you know what type of look would suit everything. I started out just researching design elements that fit with our look that I could incorporate easily.  Our venue as I have mentioned before reminds me so much of Jay Gatsby’s house straight off of the 1974 set of the film (swoon Robert Redford). So, some of our design inspiration has come from the Jazz Age.  However, at the same time I wanted to keep them modern with a bit whimsy.  Here are some of the elements that inspired me:

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The design process was actually a lot of fun for me.  I would print out the updates as I incorporated different elements to show the Mr. and he would give me some input.  It was really a great team project.  Then we got them printed using our handy, dandy Groupon saving tons of money.  All that is left is assembling them, postage, and calligraphy. We were actually snowed in yesterday so, we got a good dent into the assembly process.  It was such a great sense of accomplishment seeing how it all came together.  I couldn’t be happier! Plus, I am so grateful that we didn’t have it in our budget for the fancy letterpress suite.  We would have missed out on collaborating on such an amazing project together.  We were snowed in with the fireplace on in our PJs putting them together.  It was a great day!

Bachelorette Party Planning

I have a problem allowing other people to plan anything.  It’s a control thing! My poor mother has unfortunately experienced this with the bridal shower planning…I may or may not have designed the invites, picked out the favors, and in the process hurt her feelings :( Sorry Mom! So, I am trying my best not to do this with this to my girlfriends with the Bachelorette Party Planning…trying is the operative word.

One thing that I have decided I would like to be part of the Bachelorette party is sky diving! I have always wanted to do it.  I am a little bit of an adventurist including cliff diving, kayaking, scuba diving… so why not sky diving?  I thought before I take the big leap of faith in myself and in my future husband I would take a literal big leap out of an airplane.  Lol! I can’t tell you how excited I am to do this?! And hopefully all of my favorite girls will be able to make it to either cheer me on or jump with me :)

One my bridesmaids saw a great deal on Groupon! Groupon saves the day again! See what I mean here  It’s actually still available on Groupon, for now, for other Baltimore Brides…or Grooms for that matter that might like to take the literal leap before the BIG DAY! $169 for a Tandem Skydiving Experience with $30 Photo Credit from Skydive OC ($339 Value).


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