Wednesday, March 10, 2010

French Silk Grosgrain

My mom found this French silk grosgrain ribbon (on the left) at Promenade fabrics in New Orleans.  Beautiful color!  It would look great as a sash for the flower girls I think.  Can't wait to see it (she has shipped it to me).  I only hope it isn't prohibitively expensive. So pretty!  Didn't think grosgrain came in silk!  Happy discovery!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Vera Wang - lavender grosgrain sash

The Vera Wang 2009 Fall bridal collection included several dresses with a thick lavender grosgrain sash. None of these dresses were right for me (or my budget), but I did fall in love with the color of the grosgrain sash. (I briefly though the dress of my dreams was a Vera Wang dress by the way).  Our wedding colors are lavender and navy and I love sashes and bows - so it is no surprise I fell in love.  See it on the dress below. 

Vera Wang dress, photo from Maurice Ramirez Photography
So now comes the question - how do I find this color grosgrain ribbon online?  I want to use it in the reception decor (around baskets, candles, etc).  It has proven difficult to find the right color - sort of a grey/blue based lavender instead of a red based lavender.  Worse comes to worse, I am going to Britex this Saturday so I can check out their massive ribbon selection (although they aren't the cheapest option).  

Any favorite online ribbon resources?

Saturday, March 6, 2010

rehearsal dinner dress... again

A few weeks ago, I found the rehearsal dinner dress of my dreams - Lela Rose for Dessy, style 102. Well, as it would turn out - you have to leave at least 5 - 8 weeks for delivery (with expedited shipping).  By the time I got to try it on - that ship had sailed.  So it was on to plan B.  I still want to wear a white dress, but finding a white dress in February is proving to be difficult.

My sister (and maid of honor) found me this dress at Nordstrom.  The smallest size is a 6 (which means it will need to be altered), but it was cute and the reviews were good.  I am crossing my fingers!  Hopefully I like the fabric and the shape when I see it in person. 

Donna Morgan from Nordstrom

I am not sure it will go with the petal pink shoes I planned to wear... might have to rethink that as well.  What do you think?

my amazing rehearsal dinner shoes 

Friday, March 5, 2010

bridesmaid's gifts + flowers!

A while back I stumbled upon a website called This very adorable woman makes (and models) cloth flowers and sells them via her website/blog.  When I discovered the cream dahlia clutch, I was in love.  I thought it would make the perfect bridesmaid gift for the right wedding.  I had already purchased a gift for my girls, and I wasn't sure I was really into the 6 of them having matching purses - but it was too gorgeous to totally leave behind.  Solution?  I just bought one for myself. 

the cream dahlia clutch from

And while we are on the subject of emersonmade - I saw the photo below and was instantly inspired.  I have since ordered a navy blue blazer from J. Crew.  I can't wait to wear it through spring and on my honeymoon in New Zealand!

photo from
I also bought the small red poppy broach to wear with my new navy jacket.  I couldn't resist.

the 5" poppy pin from

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

DIY Mercury Glass

For our centerpieces, I have borrowed 22 sterling silver mint julep cups from my dear Aunt Donna.  However, my florist suggested that we need about 8 - 10 more small vases.  She was thinking glass, but I was thinking that mercury glass might be really pretty.  When I suggested this to the florist she informed me that mercury glass could be quite expensive.  A lightbulb then went off - I remember Martha Stewart had a DIY tutorial in the January 2010 issue of Living.
Martha Stewart Living - January 2010
I think it looks pretty fantastic and it is super easy!  There are many other blogs that appear to have tried it with varying levels of success.  I could get cheap glass vases at Michael's or Target and then the only thing missing is the can of mirror spray paint.

The mint julep cups kind of look like this:

What do you think, does (DIY) mercury glass go with sterling silver or is plain glass better?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

counting down the days...

To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.   -- William Hazlitt

Sunday, February 28, 2010

the chain gang

Which one do you like better in sterling silver?  

{the baby ball chain from Mignon Faget}

{the figaro chain from Mignon Faget}

To be worn with the wedding cake pulls/pendants once pulled from the cake...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

adorable floral dress

{Silk Floral dress from BCBG}

Such a cute dress - is it too daytime for a going away dress?  I am obsessed.  It would also be adorable at a bridal shower.  

Still no progress on the white dress for the rehearsal dinner... 

Monday, February 22, 2010

bridal jewelry

I have been avoiding thinking about what jewelry to wear on my wedding day - mostly because I am not a huge jewelry person (well except for the engagement ring)!  I tend to wear the same jewelry for years on end - pearl stud earrings, my Tiffany "a" necklace, and my watch.  That about describes my look for the past 10 years.

So yesterday I was looking for a rehearsal dinner dress.  Again.  I can't seem to find a white dress that is affordable and available. Sigh.  Anyway, I stumbled across some seriously beautiful jewelry that seemed so feminine and bridal.

{Crystal Lattice Necklace from J. Crew $325}
This necklace had me at grosgrain

{Starlight Earrings from Banana Republic $25}
Love the vintage feel. 

I don't know if I will wear (fake) diamonds or pearls yet, but this jewelry certainly is beautiful.  Any ideas or favorites?  Honestly, my ideal would be to borrow some fabulous jewelry from friends or family.  Maybe I could wear my mom's (via my grandmother) dragon brooch somewhere...

Sunday, February 21, 2010

hostess gifts

Lindsey, a fellow bride and southerner, recently asked me what I thought about hostess gifts for people throwing showers.   I was so happy to get this email, because I had honestly forgotten all about that very important gesture!  With all the wedding parties coming up - I set about thinking about what would make a good gift in a few different price ranges.  I tend to like hostess gifts that are either something for the home or something delicious.

$50 or more (+shipping) 
Whitney Smith - Lidded Vessel $44
(you can get a matching creamer and the set is $80)

Pretty Soap on a Dish
Soap dish from Rae Dunn ($32)
I know that some people might not like this, but I think it is really cool.  You could get a beautiful soap somewhere and wrap the two in pretty fabric or a hand towel or tissue. 

$25 or under
Tea Towel + Champagne
Mr. Darcy's proposal tea towel ($11) at the Etsy shop Brookish
My plan is to wrap it around a bottle of champagne! Seems very romantic and who doesn't love champagne.You could also wrap the towel around one of the cute Brookish Mugs and fill the mug with something interesting (candies, chocolates, etc.). 

Homemade Treats
homemade vanilla sugar (I made some today)
You just split a vanilla bean and put it in a couple of cups of sugar for about a week.  Then you have amazingly fragrant vanilla sugar.  You could put it in a cute canning jar covered with fabric and then tie a recipe for shortbread on with twine.  I might try this for Christmas gifts.

That's all I can think of right now!  Hope that helps.

Monday, February 15, 2010


My bridesmaids will be wearing a mix of different caspian blue taffeta dresses from J. Crew.
I am now thinking about shoes and accessories and silver seems to work better in my head.  Here are some cute examples (out of the price range of course)... but just looking!

{Jimmy Choo at Saks}

{Badgley Mischka at Zappos}

My real price range is more in the Nine West Category.  Wore these shoes to my brother's wedding, which were a good deal at $39.99.   I have now worn them several times because they are comfortable and a versatile color.  I wish that they were still in stock or I would recommend them!  

Thursday, February 11, 2010

rustic wedding bridal party gift?

I was checking out the newest issue of lonnymag and I saw these bracelets from Col Littleton.  I think that they would make a cute bridesmaid favor at a rustic outdoor wedding. I think they are cute. Am I crazy?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

my married monogram

My mom saved this picture from an old issue of Martha Stewart Living.  She loved the "M" on the central fork.  I have sent this picture to our calligrapher to use as inspiration for my married monogram.  I am excited to see the results!  I'll keep you posted. 

Friday, February 5, 2010

necklace lengths

I have written about my plans to have cake pulls at our wedding.  Since the Mignon Faget cake pulls are their sterling pendants on ribbon, I am planning to give chains to the bridesmaids as gifts so that they might wear the pendant later as a necklace.  I love Mignon jewelry, so I hope that they like them.

I was talking to my sister about how to pick the perfect chain length to go with the dresses, and she sent me this diagram - which is really helpful.  Thought you might find it useful too.   I think I am going to go 16" or 18" - what do you think?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

DIY wedding veil?

So I have been doing some research about how to make your own bridal veil (with a little help from Mrs. Bower). I am not sure if I will end up making mine (I might borrow my cousin's actually), but I thought I would share what I have learned so far. Even Martha Stewart was no help on the subject of DIY veils - which I could hardly believe.

I think the site with the most complete instructions was on a blog called Chica and Jo - "Make your own wedding veil" post/tutorial (complete with lots of diagrams).

I then found a site that seemed to sell them for pretty cheap. If you wanted to use expensive heirloom quality materials, you could buy a cheaper veil and then deconstruct it and then use it as a pattern for your new DIY veil (this may not be the most cost effective option)! I went toBritex in San Francisco with Audrey and they have some insanely beautiful coutour lace from Paris (it isn't cheap, $$$/yd) - see below. I thought about using nice silk tulle, and then purchasing a small piece of this and placing the lace on the edge of the veil.

Finally, if you want to buy a pattern, there isn't a huge selection (only about 4 or 5 options). I found a site that sold many different patterns, in addition to all the patterns sold at each pattern maker's site below. For what it's worth, there isn't a whole lot to a veil - it just seems that handling the materials (which can be expensive) can be difficult.

I hope that you DIY-ers out there find this consolidation of resources useful! I couldn't find anything like this when I was looking. I'll keep you posted if I decide to make my own veil or have it be my "something borrowed." If you have made your own veil and lived to tell the tale - please share!

p.s. If I don't end up doing my own, I might try to do it for a friend getting married a year or so after me (I need time to recover from wedding planning). I am curious to see if I could make something nice. :)
p.p.s. If you can't tell, I like all the pretty, girly parts of the wedding.
p.p.p.s. also published on my other blog

Monday, February 1, 2010

you're invited

I spent most of my three day weekend organizing the addresses for our wedding (invites will go out soon). Basically I had to figure out what would go on both the inner and the outer envelopes of the wedding invitations. To get a feel for the numbers, check out this shoe box that we used to hold our addressed save the date cards.

Most of the weekend was spent with this book propped open on my lap in front of the computer - The Crane Blue Book of Stationary (online version available at It is by far the most useful book when trying to figure out how to address envelopes to wedding guests. It is the absolute best book for that kind of thing - blows Emily Post's wedding etiquette book out of the water when it comes to stationary. Seriously.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

beaded flower bouquet?

Last year for my birthday, one of my best friends from college Laurie got me an awesome birthday gift - a gift certificate to After spending several months deciding what to purchase...
I bought the Martha Stewart Encyclopedia of Crafts last summer. I have been looking at the different crafts for a few months, without having actually attempted one. Things that have looked interesting: beaded flowers, sand candles, decoupage anything, fabric flowers, and lots more.
Well this past weekend I finally got my act together and started work on a beaded flower - the small camellia.

Here it is mid assembly.

Here is a photo of the finished product. Pretty good right? I wanted to try making one because I am thinking about tucking a few into my bouquet. This small flower probably took about 2 hours to make and assemble. It was easy to pass the time though because I was watching "You've Got Mail" at the same time on tv.
This is an inspirational bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings where black beaded flowers have been tucked in among the fresh flowers.
I should mention that I wasn't the only person to create beaded flowers last weekend! Audrey made this adorable dogwood flower (and a couple of others not pictured). Very cute!
So now the question is - do I make more beaded flowers? Was it worth the time? There are several sellers on who make and sell beaded flowers (like this person and this person), but the cost is typically pretty high (>$40/flower)! Maybe Audrey and I should start a side business...

[update]: Audrey completed a daffodil! Very pretty - made with clear matte beads.

p.s. this was also posted on my other blog

Thursday, January 28, 2010

favor update!

Our small coffee bags came in and they are perfect!

I bought some gift tags at Michael's to see how they would look, and they are all way too big I realized! I can use them later to wrap gifts.

Here is the mock up. The ribbon is wrong (the ivory satin hasn't come in yet), but you can at least get the idea. We are then going to use the blue and white twine to hang a small label that says "thank you." We will also do a small sticker with an "M" on the back to keep the top closed.

What do you think?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

let them eat cake!

Wedding cake is one of my favorite parts of the wedding, and in southern weddings you are often treated to two cakes - the wedding cake and the grooms cake (often chocolate or whimsical or both).

Mallory and Tommy's cakes came from La Louisiane Bakery in River Ridge. Instead of the traditional almond cake with crunchy butter cream icing, the cake was an almond cake with a lovely, soft mousse-like filling. It was so delicious and a little bit unexpected! I actually had a 1.5 pieces of the wedding cake and one piece of the chocolate grooms cake - I found it my duty as a family member and bridesmaid to try both. :)

p.s. Also posted on my other blog

Monday, January 25, 2010

DIY favor - part two

So we have decided to go with the small coffee bags and thick ivory satin ribbon described here. However, we still aren't sure how to attach a label with our name or with thank you. I bought the twine too, but my mom isn't the biggest fan of twine so I thought I would see what a sticker would look like.

The first image is a mock up of our favors with a sticker over the ribbon on the front of the bag.

The second image is from Snippet and Ink and shows a cute scalloped label on a string. Imagine something similar dangling from the top of the coffee bag. Which do you prefer?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

rehearsal dinner dress?!

I think I found it! Now I just have to find it an try it on.
dress from Lela Rose

I think it might look great with my shoes... what do you think?
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