How cute is this cake!  It makes me think of my sweet friend Megan!  You should read her blog.  She is so fun and loves the color yellow!

From Sweet Monday Photography via Style Me Pretty


As a kid, I loved theme birthday parties.  Most of them were Minnie Mouse themed (even as a high school student), but none the less, a good theme is a great base for planning any party (especially a wedding).  For my wedding we interwove my love for pink and green with our love for William and Mary (Go Tribe!).  While it is not a super firm theme, it was a great jumping off point.  We brought in old script-y fonts, traditional invitations and paper, and tables named after famous alum/founders (like Thomas Jefferson, John Tyler, James Monroe) as a nod to our very old Alma mater.

If you are thinking about a theme, it is wonderful to pick something that relates to you and your fiance (think cultural).  Sometimes it affects the food choices, sometimes it affects the flowers, sometimes it affects the colors, and sometimes it affects every aspect of your big day.  Comment on this post or email me if you are working on a theme and would like a little help.  I would love to come up with a fabulous inspiration board for you.

Anywho – I loved this theme wedding that I saw on Hostess with the Mostess this morning.  I think it leans towards an Indian or Moroccan theme.  I love all of the vibrant colors, the use of beautiful fabrics and flowers, and the gorgeous invitation with a peacock feather (which is seen again in all of the arrangements and the on the cake).

Hope you have a festive Thursday!

It has become pretty popular, in the wedding world, for a bride and groom to serve cake and a number of other desserts.  Don’t get me wrong; I am ALL for this!  I love sweets so very much.  I could eat them all the time.  If you love sweets but don’t want to stray from cake on your big day, a cake buffet might be right up your alley.

Use different cake stands of varying heights and shapes (you can get them from your family and friends or hit up your local thrift stores). The wedding pictured below had mini cupcakes and eight 10’’ cakes in all different flavors (Mexican Hot Chocolate, Orange Creamsicle and Heath Bar Crunch to name a few).  If you are on a tight budget, you could enlist your family and friends to bake their favorite concoctions and bring everyone together the day before the wedding to decorate them in the same colors and designs.

Photos from Cynthia Brown Studio via Style Me Pretty.

PS – Aren’t these colors dreamy? They remind me of Steel Magnolias.  Also, I have to learn how to make the icing ruffles for my cakes.  They are so stinking cute.


A sweet friend of mine is getting married, and she is trying to figure out her color scheme.  She knows she wants the classic red flowers, but she is open to other accent colors.  One of my favorite color combos is Tiffany blue and red.  It is a modern take on the gorgeous red flowers that everyone enjoys.  I<3 Tiffany blue!  It makes me think of those fabulous little boxes and the stunning things that are inside those boxes (my hubby spoils me).  🙂

Here is the inspiration board that I came up with:

Red roses and blue bird flowers, blue dresses and red balloons, red carnations, 3 piece centerpiece, red and blue table-scape, red peep toe, invitation, ballroom set-up, cake, candy station, red soda, blue candy, red dress

Yesterday morning we celebrated the class of 2011 high school and college students at our church.  Since my husband and I work with the student ministry at our church, we know the high school students well and were incredibly excited to celebrate them (and their fab families) at our grad luncheon after the service.

Mark put me in charge of decor and set-up (he knows me so well), but we were on a pretty tight budget.  Thinking through our budget and the amount of time that I had to devote, I went with an old but good theme: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!.  My friend Mandy, made a  fabulous cake to go with the theme!  She is so talented!  Thanks again Mandy!

Here are the items that went into the set-up:

  • 12 black table cloths from Dollar Tree
  • 2 copies of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! from my own High School Graduation
  • Left-over pink, green, yellow, orange, and purple balloons and balloon weights (from past youth events)
  • 1 roll of light yellow wrapping paper from Dollar Tree
  • 2 25 packs of colored paper from Micheal’s
  • 5 packs of light yellow napkins from Dollar Tree
  • 5 packs of multi-colored tissue paper from Dollar Tree
  • 1 pack of polka dot mini cupcake holders
  • 3 packages of M&Ms

Price of all supplies for luncheon decor: $35

Congrats Class of 2011!  We love you!

Last week I posted a fairly new color scheme inspiration board that is becoming fairly popular in homes and weddings alike: gray and yellow.  It truly has a modern feel and flair without being too edge-y, if you know what I mean.

Today, I’d like to take a look at another color palette also featuring the color gray to show what a difference one color can make.  Substituting the bright yellow for a pink hue changes the look from modern to romantic and from playful to soft.  What do you think?

Here are the links to where I found the images:

3 pics with peonies and candles; bridal party with umbrellas, long table with gray runner, and groom in vest; shoes (upper right corner); white cake; gray cake; drink with striped straw; gray suits with pink ties, flower girl & ring bearer, wedding dress with gray ribbon, gray table with pink sash, pink hydrangea invite, monogram

Lace is synonymous with bridal gowns (and grandmas).  It can make up the entirety of a dress or be a slight accent at the neckline.  I think that most people associate lace only with wedding dresses or veils, but there are definitely other ways to use lace on your wedding day that will not make you think of your grandma. Here are a few of them…

From Paul Morse Photographs via Style Me Pretty.

From Sedona Bride via Style Me Pretty.

From the Knot.

From The Knot.

From The Knot.

From The Knot.

From Perfect Details.


See…lace isn’t just for grandma anymore!

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