Recipes

Santa Fe Tea Party

  Sometimes opposites attract… and make for some gorgeous wedding decor!  Lovebirds Maura and Brandon hail from very different areas of the United States.  Maura was raised in the historic landscape of the East Coast, while Brandon grew up in the aired desserts of the Southwest.  So when these two decided to get married, they wanted to integrate both their upbringings into the festivities.  Bride Maura gives us all the detail behind this unique wedding: Being that I am from the East Coast and grew up in a Victorian home, but I met my amazing husband in the beautiful southwest. So …

Product Reviews

Giveaway: Pisidia USA Handbag

  Well folks, hold onto your petticoats because we’ve got an amazing giveaway for you today!  Have you ever fantasized about a designer bag that is both gorgeous and durable?!  You know, one you don’t have to treat like a baby everywhere you go (it’s raining… put the bag inside your jacket, quick!).  Well, PISIDIA USA has come up with a solution to this stylish predicament.  Their hot new line of eco-friendly, stitched-silicone bags are not only luxurious, they are water resistant!  And they’ve teamed up with us to generously give one of our readers a $430 designer bag from their …

Recipes

Darcy’s Bride

  Hi, my name is Sam and I am a Austen-holic.  *Hi, Sam*  That’s right, I am an utter Jane Austen fanatic and read her classic tale Pride & Prejudice at least once a year.  And you know what? I’m not ashamed of it.  If loving Mr. Darcy is wrong, then I don’t want to be right!  So, you can imagine my utter delight (and unladylike squeals) when I saw today’s photos.  Photographer Gayle Driver introduces us to the special event designer behind this delightful shoot: This lovely Pride & Prejudice themed styled shoot was designed by my wonderful and …

Party Themes

The Princess Convention

  This might sound a bit shocking coming from a woman who heads a whimsical company called The Frosted Petticoat and regularly wears crinoline to work (don’t judge, I like twirling!)… but as a child, I wasn’t really the “dress up like a princess” type.  As a swarthy 6-year-old, I fancied myself more of a female Indiana Jones roaming the known universe looking for sirs in distress that might be in the market for an equal life partner.  Dresses and tiaras only served to inhibit my tomahawk throwing skills.  Needless to say, I was a bit ahead of my time for the …

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Baby Sanctuary: Benefits of a Neutral Nursery

  There’s something to be said for a calm and tranquil space.  It floods you with peace, lowers your blood pressure, and makes you feel all cozy inside.  So, why is it that these spaces are usually only found in spas and resort hotel rooms?  Today, we’d like to make a case for the “baby sanctuary” nursery, because (by golly) babies deserve a little tranquility too! Thankfully the days of primary colored nurseries and gender specific palettes are quickly coming to an end.  Where in the book of life did it say that boys rooms must always be police car blue …

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Dr. Who & the Newlyweds

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last 50 years, then you’ve probably heard of the British TV phenomena, Dr. Who.  If you’re not familiar, it is the timeless tale of a man trying to find his way in life… by battling robots and teleporting through blue police boxes.  Naturally, it makes for an amazingly kick-ass wedding theme!  Photographer Bonnallie Brodeur describes the fantastical day: Émilie and Bobby are inseparable. They met while they were in school and haven’t left each other’s side since. They have become best friends, confidantes, accomplices, and soul mates.  They chose to celebrate their love …

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The Spanish Wild

  The sad truth for many a bride is that the big day just doesn’t live up to their expectations.  This was true for photographer Alicia Rius.  However, in a happy turn of events she was given a second chance to recreate her wedding day.  Alicia gives us insight into her vision: I am a Spanish photographer living in California.  Last year I got married in the city council of San Francisco, far away from my family and friends in Spain.  The wedding had absolutely nothing to do with what I envisioned for myself, but due to the circumstances I …

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Snow White Bride

  High school sweethearts Kyle and Shari just celebrated their five year wedding anniversary.  To commemorate the occasion, they decided to have portraits done in a fairytale style.  Photographer Maura Jane explains the special photo session: A hopeless romantic at heart, Shari loves any story about true love, her favorite being Snow White.  Knowing this, I suggested we do a mini vow renewal inspired by the tale.  Incorporating trends, we created a whimsical story of Shari and Kyle’s own personal fairytale.  Shari donned a backless Allure gown and carried a bouquet inspired by Pantone’s color of the year, Marsala.  The …