wedding ideas

First Comes Love

I think I am in the same boat as a lot of people my age, the invites keep rolling in. My refrigerator door is covered in wedding showers, parties and wedding invitations. I typically shop off the registry for wedding gifts, but for showers and parties I like to buy something different and fun. Something a couple wouldn’t normally buy themselves.  I pulled together a few of my online favorites below. Last minute invite? Head to the housewares section of your local Anthropologie, my go to when I need to pick something up quick.

apple inspired

A few weeks back one of my daily reads {Green Wedding Shoes}, featured my best girlfriend and her new husband in such a fun inspiration post. I was honored to stand in their wedding and just love this shoot they took part in a few months after their actual big day. I especially love that she was able to re-wear her beautiful wedding dress, not to mention, work with several amazing New Orleans vendors. How much fun is this fall shoot? And the apples mixed in with the flowers, just love!  For more pictures check out Green Wedding Shoes and Mrs. Vintage Rentals.

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photography: Photography by Erika Parker // styling, design + rentals: Mrs. Vintage // florals: Poppy & Mint Floral Company // venue: Docville Farms // paper goods + calligraphy: Shannon Kirsten // hair: Rachel Reed, Stardust Salon

*Image credit and vendors can also be found HERE and HERE

the goody bag

bachelorette party goody bag

A few months back I organized a bachelorette party for one of my dearest girlfriends. Since we were doing a small girls night out here in New Orleans, I wanted to bring  something special for all the girls, not to mention a bit of flair for the evening. I got to the restaurant a little early and had all the goody bags on the table settings for when the girls arrived. These heart sunglasses were such a hit!

bachelorette party goody bag

bachelorette party goody bag

bachelorette party goody bag

Make Up BagLip Gloss; Royal Couple MagnetsHeart SunglassesGlitter  Nail FileGlow Ring

chalkboards and burlap

My sister’s wedding came and went so quickly, and to be honest I’m not so sure where the time has gone since then. I waited to do this post for the professional pictures, but unfortunately the DIY aspect of the signs didn’t come out as I had hope. So my pictures will have to do. We wanted to create signs to put outside of the reception in order to direct guest, as well as, near the photobooth to add a little commentary. We started with a few pieces of per-cut wood, several store-bought black chalkboards and some burlap ribbon. They came out so well, I am already thinking of ways to use them again!

DIY Wedding Signs

DIY Wedding Sign

DIY Wedding Signs

DIY Wedding Signs

DIY Wedding Signs

DIY Wedding Signs

DIY Wedding Signs

*I did all the writing with a chalkboard paint pen

currently craving…

I have several weddings between now and the new year and my cocktail dress collection is begging for a few new additions. I am currently loving a touch leather, a nice peplum, a great silhouette and a little embellishment! 

peplum, red, leather

 

where’s my seat

For my sister’s bridesmaid luncheon we went with something casual, fun and festive. With wine flowing and delicious food. My mom and sister put together amazing, bridesmaids, goodie bags that included almost everything! From homemade emergency bridal kits, to fun slippers, flip-flops and matching shirts to wear while we were getting ready for the big day {more on those to come}.

We wanted everything to be at the guests seats when they arrived, therefore we needed some form of seat identifier. Instead of doing name cards we did photos of my sister with every guest, we had collected the photos throughout her engagement. The frames, believe it or not are from the Dollar store! Such a cute way to identify seats and makes a great party favor for everyone to take home! Not to mention we also had wine glass markers for each member of the bridal party to go along next to the frames.

{glimpse of the invite, done by my great friend, and the straws match}

 

just darling

Last Friday night we celebrated my sister and her fiance, now husband, with an amazing rehearsal dinner, hosted by his parents, and her dress was absolutely perfect! Breakfast at Tiffany’s meets Sex and the City. I just have to share some photos with you, because honestly you never know where you will find your next best dress. She saw this dress online, White by Vera Wang for Davids Bridal, and immediately headed out to try it on. And what do you know her party dress was talk of the evening, as it should be! {I did her bun, which was the perfect style for this precious dress!}

*and how cute are the shoes, she wore them under her wedding dress as well! {shoes}

party puffs

 

I recently hosted my sisters bachelorette party and had these little party puffs throughout the beach condo. And I have to say I don’t think I will ever throw a party again without them. They instantly add color in such a fun way, and make great backdrops for photos!  I purchased mine {here}, however supposedly they are fairly easy to make {click through the first photo below for a DIY}. And what’s great if you make your own, you have an endless amount of color options, when it comes to tissue paper. {If you do purchase, they can be used again, as long as you carefully take them down.}

 

{martha stewart DIY}

“hair” comes the bride

My sister will be walking down the aisle, oh so soon, and over the past several months I have been collecting inspiration for everything. We are finally down to the last few weeks, and lately my focus has been on hairstyles. Here’s a little glimpse into what I have gathered so far….

cupcake martini

I spent this past weekend in St. Louis at a wedding shower for my sister and her fiancé. His mom and aunts made these precious cupcakes. Absolutely picture {pinterest} perfect! The cupcakes were baked in the martini glasses {she used gluten-free mix cake mix},  and traditional icing {with food color added} was melted and poured on {hence the smoothness}. Jordan almonds and mini M&M’s were added on top for decoration. Can’t forget the sugared rim as well! How cute are these? They would be perfect for the upcoming easter weekend as well.

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