Archive for July, 2008

Sale extended at Rock, Scissor, Paper!!

Rock, Scissor, Paper just extended their sale until tomorrow, Friday, August 1, everything in the entire store is 20% off!!  For those of you that haven’t seen their collection, they are adept at making the cutest retro and vintage looking invites and stationary.  Most of their invites come in three formats, blank (so you can print them yourself), fill-in (if you have gorgeous handwriting, why not add another vintage element), or custom-printed.

This is one of my favorites, which could be perfect for a casual wedding, or even an engagement party or Save-The-Date:


What a sweet option for a bridal shower!



These more general ones could be used for anything wedding-related (or not!):



If Audrey Hepburn had a bachelorette:



And don’t forget about your rehearsal dinner!



And lastly, they have the cutest thank you cards, so you will actually be motivated to send those out immediately following your wedding!


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Choosing colors…harder than choosing a mate!!

I know that choosing a color palette can be a huge task for some brides.  Some brides already have a favorite color in mind, and just don’t know what else to pair it with.  Other brides have a feel in mind for their wedding (fresh, preppy, summery, etc) but no actual color preferences.  Where do you start?! 

Here are two of my favorite tools to help you jog your brain, when it comes to colors:

COLOURlovers is great if you just want to be inundated with possibilites, you can browse through thousands of palettes that users are uploading daily…..maybe something will strike your fancy!!  Some of my new favorite color palettes that I found today:

This gorgeous light pink, mauve, purple, and raspberry combo screams girly:


Loving this aqua, teal, navy and green combo!!


Strawberry, red, charcoal and black making quite the splash together!


I haven’t seen this teal and purple combo done yet, but I love it!


And for the bride who fears too much color, this neutral palette is anything but boring!


Another handy tool, if you’ve got an inspiration picture or pattern is the Color Palette Generator by Big Huge Labs.  It allows you to upload any jpeg, and then immediately generates the color palette that is represented by that picture!

I uploaded a picture of a gorgeous sunset I found on Flickr, and the tool generated the palette found right below it:

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Ciao Santa Barbara Bridal, I bid you adieu

Sadly, Santa Barbara Bridal will be closing its doors once and for all, by the end of August.  I have a total affinity for this store because I got my own wedding gown there…..their customer service is amazing, and the selection is top notch (Reem Acra, Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera, Alvina Valenta, Jenny Lee, Melissa Sweet, etc.).

The good news for brides is that they are selling EVERY sample in their store right now, at 30-80% off of the retail cost of the gown.  You can finally get that dream dress that you initially thought was out of budget!!

Brides can call them directly at 805-730-7300 to make an appointment.

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But the sign says…..

Wonderful Graffiti Wedding has done it again with the addition of their new Chocolate Collection!!  For those of you who haven’t heard of this company, they take signage to a new level.   They laser cut matte vinyl into any monogram, phrase or picture that you can imagine, which you can then transfer to pretty much any surface.  Once you are done with your event, the vinyl peels right off !!  Below are some of my favorites:

The reason I first fell in love with this company, their getaway car graffiti, so much more gorgeous then the tin cans on ribbons!


For those of you with a mantel behind your sweetheart or cake table, how perfect is this piece?


Adding a monogram to your passed wine glasses at cocktail hour would definitely give them that WOW effect!


If a projected gobo isn’t an option, you can still personalize your dance floor with these!


A banner that gives your ceremony a focal point can be the perfect touch for the end of your aisle!


And lastly, what a cute way to give your guests a little direction!

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Happy anniversary to us!!

Well it was actually yesterday, that I celebrated my first anniversary with the hubs….but since he whisked me away to the happiest place on earth, DISNEYLAND (I grew up in Orange County and we went every year, so I still hold a little place in my heart for it), I had no time to blog about it!  I really can’t believe it’s been a year, (caution: gushy mushy thoughts ahead) I feel like the luckiest girl on earth every day and feel so blessed to be married to my man.

Some of my favorite shots from that special day (all taken by the ridiculously talented Evoke Photography):

The necessary elated shots taken moments after our recessional:



Our hottie bridal party:


And the people we can’t live without….our families:



More fun bride/groom shots:


Our ceremony was held at the gorgeous Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels:


Followed by a the reception I had dreamed up in my head for 18 months at the Athenaeum in Pasadena:


Our grand entrance went straight into our first dance:


Some of my favorite details of the day (most of this was all DIY, it took alot of blood, sweat and tears and an amazing mom to help me with all of it):

Our programs:


Our placecard trees:


The rhinestone table numbers we painstakenly glued every single rhinestone onto:


The placesettings, complete with a coral napkin, DIY menu and the DIY soda favors (that the hubs worked so very hard on), and the DIY round bottle opener/placecards:


The cocktail napkins and the bar menus:


And the yummy 3-tiered cake, provided by DeCroupet Cake Sisters:


 And the reasons I adore Kate Baker, who rocked my florals, as usual:


And, can’t forget about all the signs!


I know that this shot didn’t come out totally clear, but it brings back one of my favorite memories of the day.  I convinced the hubs that I HAD to have “Time of My Life” from the Dirty Dancing movie as our last song, and not only did he give in…..but when we did dance that last song, I ran to him – a la Jennifer Grey – and he spun me around like we were in the movie.  One of the 10000000 reasons I love my hubby!!


After the last dance, we went through a sparkler grand exit and into our getaway car!  Aside from the snafus, I will always remember it as a perfect day!



Eric – I love you more than I could ever try to put into words, you are my heart, but just as importantly, you are my funny bone.  Thank you for this amazing year, and my only wish is for 100 more!!

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Gifts for the guys…

Just when you think you have all of the hardest decisions of wedding planning behind you, you realize that you have yet to buy the bridal party gifts.  As if buying a gift for one man isn’t hard enough, now you have to find something for 3-10 guys…..something universally fabulous.  I decided to put together a few groomsmen gift ideas for those of you who are tired and stumped (this post is especially for you, K!!), and tried to keep them all under $50:

If your groomsmen are big boozers:

The Travel Bar from Flight 001 –  not only does it include the 2 flasks, but also a nifty stirrer and some collapsible cups. so they can create a complete cocktail in a flash:


Or for guy that prefers wine to a cocktail, the Wine Carrier Set at Red Envelope includes 2 wine glasses, a wine opener, and room for a bottle:


Or for the guys that prefer beer, what could be better than an Around The World Beer Bucket, found at Gourmet Gift Baskets?  This gift is priced a little higher than $50, but who says you can’t just swipe the idea for free and create your own, cheaper version with buckets and unique six-packs from Cost Plus World Market?


For the golf enthusiasts:

Personalized golf balls found at Red Envelope:


Or even combine a guy’s love for golf AND booze and give them the Designated Driver Kooler Klub found at After 5:


For the music enthusiast, a perfect summer gift is the cooler that incorporates an MP3 player and includes speakers.  The one found at can even be personalized with someone’s name or initials:


For the sports lovers….a retro-style Tshirt of their favorite team is always a good idea.  My favorite ones are found at Retro Sports Apparel:


And the last gift is extremely universal….turning even the biggest metrosexual into a handyman, the ALWAYS useful Leatherman tool.  These tools, which can even be personalized to incorporate someone’s initials or last name, can be found at all different price points, starting as low as $25 for the keychain versions:

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**Janice and Andrew**

I am so excited to blog this wedding from this past weekend, held at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset…..a HUGE shout-out to JAC Photography for not only taking amazing shots, but also for getting these blog teasers out in record time!! 

I met Janice and Andrew back in December during the craziness of the holiday season…..and immediately loved Janice’s calm nature.  She already had a friend doing the coordination of the timeline, but had these wonderful design ideas running through her head for her eggplant & lime-green themed wedding, and wanted help executing them.  I was more than excited to sign on to this wedding because I knew that it would end up nothing short of stunning, and I was right!  So without rambling on any further, the gorgeous shots:

A great shot of Janice’s shoes, they were the perfect combo of style and class, and fit her personality to a T:


One of my favorite “bride” shots of all-time!!


A fun shot of the girls in their gorgeous eggplant gowns:


And the guys were not to be outdone!


JAC captured this ceremony moment just beautifully:


Janice and her stunning bouquet from Kate Baker Florals, a lovely combination of peonies, orchids and callas:



A fun collage shot of some of the details (first row, left to right: Centerpieces by Kate Baker, adorable placecards by Serendipity Design alongside the personalized teacup favors, bridesmaid’s bouquet by Kate BakerSecond row, left to right: Janice’s DIY hanging escort cards, wish tree base with sign from Serendipity Design, flowergirl’s pomander by Tricia Tao.  Third row, left to right: Scrumptious cupcakes by A Sweet Design, “take a wish” bowl, and lollipop favors for the kids.


One of my favorite parts of the reception was the wish tree….a beautiful manzanita tree setup, with colorful squares of plexiglass that guests were able to add their “wishes” to, with metallic pens!  It turned into a beautiful piece of art in the room, and will be a wonderful keepsake for the couple to remember their special day!


Janice is a huge lover of everything “tea,” so it was a no-brainer that we included a tea bar setup for the wedding… was a HUGE hit with the guests!!


Janice and Andrew: Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your amazing day, I am so happy for you both!  Janice, your vision came together so beautifully, and I am so happy that you have these gorgeous memories for years to come.  Have a wonderful time on your honeymoon!!

Check out JAC Photography’s blog for more amazing shots of this unforgettable day!

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