I can not begin to tell you how thankful I am that it is Friday.  I am so stinking tired.  Ready for a pseudo-restful weekend of listening to my hubs speak at a conference and preach at church on Sunday.

Can we talk about how lovely these colors are together and how much I love these monograms and pomanders?  What perfect spring or summer decor!  To add to the gorgeous yellow, orange and lime flowers, a bride could also bring in tons of lemons, oranges and limes as stunning (and cost effective) decor!  LOVE it!

All pics from Mulberry 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!

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

Oh my goodness!  I am sooooooooo glad that it is finally Friday.  “It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday…” (side note: How did that video become so popular?  It is horrendous.)  The hubs is finally out of his French class (for his grad program), my big event is coming together, and I CAN NOT WAIT to sleep in tomorrow morning.  It is going to be amazing sauce (do you add “sauce” to anything you say?  I do it all the time and my husband/friends think that I am crazy).

Ok, so I love planning events and writing this blog.  It is the perfect creative outlet for me.  I would love to have new people read the blog.  Any thoughts on how to reach new readers?  Thanks!

Now, let’s get down to business (this is another song reference…Mulan).  It is Flower Friday and I have a doozy for you.  These pics are from a pink and green Hawaiian wedding.  I seriously love me some Pink and Green.  The basic white table cloths provide fabulous contrast to the black vases, napkins, chairs, and favor boxes as well as the deep pink and bright green flowers.

Also, please take note of their stationary.  I ❤ it.  So creative, unique and perfect for the location!

All pictures by Apertura via Style Me Pretty.

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!

Apparently my incoherent ramblings yesterday about my crazy little neighbor child who jumps on my head when I am swimming made my mom laugh.  One point for Whitney!

Can I just say that I am sooooo glad that it is Thursday.  The hubs is headed to NC today for class (he is in a PhD program).  He worked until the wee hours of this morning (4:30 am-ish) on finishing up his 35 page paper and his 2+ hour presentation.  There are two things about this that make me happy.  #1 – He is finished with that craziness and can hang out with me again!  (I know we are married adults, but we like to hang out with each other…whatevs!)  #2 – I am so thankful that I am not in his PhD “shoes”…my whole head of hair would either be gone or would be entirely white (remind me to tell you about my white hair sometime).  I think that we should celebrate by going out for Cinco de Mayo…yummy Mexican food here we come!

Thursday also means that I am one day closer to my big event!  Woohoo!  Today, I will be picking up flowers and working on 15 flower arrangements for the big event!  🙂  If I remember, I will take a picture of them to post on the blog.  That is a big if…

On to more important things…these pictures!  I have 2 things that I would like to discuss.

#1 Don’t you love the beauty of the landscape in conjunction with the rustic cross?  LOVE IT.  Personally, I am not a huge fan of the white wedding arch that is often used in outdoor weddings.  Some are better than others, but typically they just look too small and sort of cheesy.  This is new and different.  (I also love that when you boil it down it is just the couple and the cross…so fitting.)

#2 On an entirely different note, there are entirely too many people in this bridal party.  9 bridesmaids and 12 groomsmen!  That is nuts.  The only way that the photographer can fit all of them in the picture is to stand so far back that it makes them look like ants (which makes me think of this).  I know that there are always lots of people that you want to include in your big day, but the more you have, the harder they are to please and the more money it will cost you in the long run.

Images from Style Me Pretty

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

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