Ann’s Mint, Pink + Gold Bridal Shower Brunch…

Remember last month when I posted about the incredibly awesome company Bloominous  and how I’d be using their new Party Pop collection for a bridal shower I was throwing soon? Well, today I am going to share that shower and those beautiful Bloominous blooms with you! As I’ve mentioned previously, one of my very best friends in the world, Ann, is getting married next month and I’m lucky enough to be her maid of honor. I was so, so, so excited to host Ann’s bridal shower at my house at the end of May along with her other lovely bridesmaids. I came up with a fun design based on her mint + gold wedding color scheme. I added in some pops of varying shades of pink, a little confetti, and voila!
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We had an “advice for the bride-to-be” station where the guests could leave their advice and wishes for Ann on cards that she could keep as mementos. For a fun activity that also served as guest favors, we had a custom DIY fragrance bar that was so much fun!


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We had a great brunch menu including a a bubbly bar with assorted juices and berries, a mini mason jar yogurt parfait station, salads, mini frittatas + more.  I also made some watermelon mint infused water that was seriously delicious and refreshing! It would be perfect for any upcoming party this summer.

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Ann loves tropical flavors and macarons, so I combined those loves when choosing the desserts from the ever wonderful Sweet and Saucy Shop. We had a coconut passionfruit cake that was seriously to die for, and a selection of strawberry and pistachio macarons.

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The beautiful bride-t0-be with her bridesmaids. We had such a good time showering and celebrating this babe!


And lastly, one more big, huge thanks to Bloominous for the stunning flowers! They arrived quickly, packaged up with care, and included easy to follow directions. I put all the centerpieces together the day before the shower, which left me plenty of time to do the rest of the decorating, cooking and cleaning. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to DIY flowers for their wedding, a shower, or any other occasion! They have multiple collections to choose from, so there is something to fit every aesthetic.




Now, the countdown to the wedding is on:)



Boho Woodland Wedding Shoot…

I am loving the rich berry tones used throughout this boho woodland shoot sent over by Ashley Hoover + Nicole Kelley of Blue Birch Photography! Berry tones work year round, but I particularly adore them in winter weddings. Paired with the soft grey green of succulents or eucalyptus and crisp whites, they make the most beautiful palette!



Here is a bit more from Ashley about the shoot:



“We designed the shoot with a dreamy feel in mind. Our models, real-life couple Heather Jones and Kevin Kage, embodied our whole vibe. Heather, a glamorous fashion and entertainment writer, who’s very rocker chic, along with Kevin a mixed martial arts professional, were perfect muses. We styled the shoot ourselves in a wild, do-it-yourself craze. Nicole and I loved the idea of a naked cake in the forest decorated with succulents and berries. A majority of the accent pieces are antiques. The ring is my own, a smoky quarts designed by a silver-smith artist from Manitou Springs, Colo., which is where our invitation designer, Sixpence Paperhouse, also hails from. I came upon the location while hiking through a conservation area on Lake Alice in Gainesville, Fla., and fell in love. The cascading leaves and light were just enchanting.”






Photographer: Ashley Hoover 
Photographer: Nicole Kelley of Blue Birch Photography
Hair + Makeup: Ashleigh Marie Allen
Models: Heather Jones and Kevin Kage
Florist: Valerie Raymo Kelley Bold Blooms 
Invitations: Sixpence Paperhouse
Dress: Lulu’s


Rustic Fall Shoot in Bend, Oregon…

As we are all planning our upcoming Thanksgiving celebrations, I thought this beautiful rustic fall styled shoot, sent over by my friend Annie of Marry You Me, would provide some awesome inspiration! I love how easily wedding inspiration can translate to any event or party. Those pendelton wool blankets used as table linens and caramel dipped pears are definitely going into my Thanksgiving idea file!




Here’s more from Annie about this lovely shoot…



“Fall is a short but beautiful season in Central Oregon, and we wanted to celebrate the gorgeousness of fall and its colors and the best that Bend has to offer – sunny weather, local beers, the outdoors and of course, dogs. We chose historic Hollinshead Park for our shoot because of its orchards, old barns, and the fact that it has a great event barn perfect for weddings.



Working with a team of talented local vendors we wanted something that felt very Bend with a laid-back, natural yet beautiful and memorable feel. The beer bar of all local brews was a must – Bend has the nickname Beer Town USA because of our 14 (and counting) local breweries, and the beer growler filling phenomenon is booming here. Oregon is also known for its fruits and crops so incorporating fresh local fruits like pears, pomegranates and apples into the centerpieces and bouquet by Marry You Me and all of the desserts by Foxtail Bakeshop was important. Using non-floral centerpieces can be a great budget idea and the fruit can double as favors for the guests!



Pendelton wool plaid blankets (also made in Oregon!) adorned the dessert table and served as a table runner, as did Oregon brand fruit cans used for vases and Bend beer pint glasses. Locally made wood tables and benches from O’Brien Events were the perfect rustic touch for seating and have a great handmade feel to them. Fall leaves made for amazing natural decorations all over the ground at the park as well as in the bouquet for a nod to the season. The fall inspired invitations and calligraphed leaf place cards were designed by our model, Nikki Wilkinson of the The Wilkinson Loft. Fall in Central Oregon can be brisk, so a yellow sweater made the perfect and practical accent over the lace Mori Lee dress.”





Photography: Byron Roe Photography
Event Design: Marry You Me
Cake + Desserts: Foxtail Bakeshop
Floral Design: Marry You Me
Rentals: O’Brien Events
Invitations: The Wilkinson Loft
Location: Hollinshead Barn
Wedding Dress: Mori Lee from Bella Brides
Hair + Makeup: Lori for Weddings by Edge Salon
Hair Accessory: Buttons n’ Blossoms


DIY: Paper Flower Crown…

Happy Monday! I have another adorable DIY project from Smitten on Paper to share, and it’s perfect for this sunny Summer day.




This paper crown is so simple and can be made on the fly with things you probably already have laying around your house. I love the palette of kraft, mint and white they used, but you can use any color combination you prefer!








Paper, Scissors, Glue gun, Pen, Ribbon.








1. Draw a spiral on your paper.


2. Cut along the spiral line (it doesn’t have to be perfect or precise).


3. From the outer end, begin to roll the paper around itself until you get to the center.


4. Once you roll all the way to the center let the paper unroll slightly, settling on it’s own. Place a dot of hot glue onto the bottom center of the spiral and stick the rolled paper down.


5. Repeat with as many flowers as you would like on your crown.


6. Cut a length of ribbon that will fit around your head with enough room to tie a bow. Glue your paper flowers onto the ribbon to complete your crown!


This easy and whimsical crown would be perfect for a bridal shower, bachelorette party or even just a fancy day! Enjoy!






Smitten on Paper is currently offering 15% off wedding invitations through July 31st with the code “SUMMER15″- don’t miss out!


DIY: Stitched Burlap Table Topper…

The lovely folks over at Smitten on Paper are back with their second DIY feature for The Loveliest Day- a darling hand-stitched burlap table topper! I am a complete novice when it comes to sewing, but even I could do this. So simple and the result is totally adorable!






Burlap, yarn, silk ribbon in varying sizes, large gauge needle + scissors.







1.  Plan out your design and then draw it onto your burlap with a sharpie. It does not need to be perfect, the sharpie will be covered up with your stitching.


2.  Thread your needle with the yarn and use a running stitch to complete the basic part of your design.


3-6.  To make your flowers, thread your need with the silk ribbon and then make 3-4 stitches in a starburst pattern, depending on how large you want your flower. Tie the ribbon off on the back of the burlap and cut the excess ribbon.


7.  To make sure that your petals are nice a pretty the ribbon needs to be flat, not twisted. Place your finger under the ribbon as you are pulling the it through.


8.  Repeat with as many colors and sizes of ribbons as you would like!






We used this stitched burlap as table topper or runner, but it would also be adorable as a hanging flag or banner.





Big huge thanks to Smitten on Paper for creating another awesome DIY for us!!! Make sure to check out their website, facebook, + to see more of their amazingness:)



Lichen + Ash…

I always feel the most inspired in the fall + winter. In fact, my quality of life gets exponentially better as the temperatures cool, the sun makes way for gloomy skies, and I can wear boots and scarves on a daily basis. Unfortunately, it’s still close to 100 degrees in Southern California as I type this, but I am dreaming of the glorious overcast days to come. Those dreams led me to creating this board, inspired by lichen and ash. A perfectly chic color combo for fall weddings, and a great alternative to the more traditional shades of orange and red associated with the season.


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Poppies + Posies | Martha Stewart Weddings | Erich McVey Photography via Wedding Chicks | Jose Villa | Wedding Paper Divas | Moss + Isaac via Grey Likes Weddings




Luggage Tag Love…

After yesterday’s Fijian fete, I’ve had honeymoons on the brain! Before jetting off you’ll want to make sure you have all the right shoes, outfits, bathing suits and accessories, but don’t forget one important accessory that may slip under your radar- luggage tags! You need to make sure your bags are easily identifiable, both for you at the baggage claim, and in case they get lost in transit. You can always use the little paper ones supplied by the airline, but why not go for something that stands out a little more? No one says all the fun stuff has to stay inside the luggage:) Here’s a round up of some super cute luggage tags…

On the subject of luggage tags, I love this awesome wedding favor idea. Hand stamped luggage tags! While it may get a bit pricey for a large wedding, for a smaller one, it would be such a great and useful favor for your friends and family!