Copper + Cobwebs…

Copper, cobwebs + a touch of brass. A sophisticated palette that I am a little obsessed with for Halloween. Orange is not my favorite, but copper….copper, I love.

copper cobweb inspiration


JL Designs | Rosie Hardy | Bhldn | Style Me Pretty | Anthropologie



Sweet + Simple: Ghost Cake Toppers…

It has been awhile since I’ve done a sweet + simple post. They are always some of my favorites, because who doesn’t love a project that is super easy, but makes a big impact?! When I came across these adorable cheesecloth ghost cake toppers on A Beautiful Mess, I knew I had to share them with you.

DIY Cheesecloth Halloween Ghost Cake Topper



Some skewers, cheesecloth, cotton balls, thread and you’re good to go! Seriously, it couldn’t be any more simple.


DIY Cheesecloth Halloween Ghost Cake Topper


These would be perfect for upcoming Halloween parties you are having, and you could even make petite versions with shorter skewers or even toothpicks to use in cupcakes, mini sandwiches, or really anything else! Love these so much!!!


Photos by A Beautiful Mess


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.


lichen ash wedding inspiration



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




The Present Company Project…

I’m about to tell you about a project that is totally mind-blowingly awesome, and I am so proud to say that it is the brain child of my phenomenal friend Amber Mahoney, who many of you know as the eye behind the lens at Live it Out Photography. To refresh your memory, here, here and here are some of her gorgeous weddings and engagement sessions.

Amber decided to try something new and challenge herself, and the result of that is The Present Company Project.

Amber says…

“The Present Company Project basically involves me taking a polaroid of a stranger and asking them one of two questions, “If you could ask a perfect stranger anything in the world, what would it be?” or “What is one thing you’d like people to know about you?” I started it as a challenge to myself – I wanted to have a genuine interaction with someone I might otherwise never know. I wanted to stop fitting people into my world, but rather see them as they are. I thought that if I could connect with others on this level that it might make me a better artist, and more so, a better person. It’s uncomfortable (just walking up to strangers) and I usually blush and get a bit awkward, but it’s been a pretty rad ride and I’m not sure how I’m going to decide when it’s time to call it quits.”

It all started with Tyrone, the man you see in the upper left corner, and since then, Amber has met, photographed, and talked to many, many more strangers. She’s documented it all, and in addition to sharing each of these photos and Q & A’s on her website, she’s also contributing to Hello Giggles.

Here’s an excerpt from the story Amber tells about meeting Tyrone. It seriously left me in awe!…

“A few months ago, I headed to Best Buy for a new hard drive. I was stressed about pretty much everything and after looking through about 50 different hard drives that looked exactly the same, I picked one at random, bought it and kind of power walked out the store, head down, into the street. I paused for a second to figure out where I’d left my car, and as I stood there looking frazzled and probably a little insane, I met Tyrone. He was selling Street Sense but he didn’t ask me to buy anything, he just asked me how I was doing. We talked for a while about things strangers don’t usually talk about – what it’s like to live in DC, our lives, our health, family, the things that worry us. And I just couldn’t believe how positive he was about everything. His positivity made me feel positive during a time when I really needed it. And I wanted to thank him. Toward the end of our conversation, Tyrone mentioned two hopes for his life: to learn how to play guitar and find someone to write his life’s story. He told me how someone had stolen his guitar a few years back when he was living in a motel and how he hadn’t been able to afford another. As I drove home I called around my musician friends, asking if anyone had a spare guitar. A few weeks later, I got a text from my friend Jason saying he’d found one.”

Well, Amber gave Tyrone that guitar, and the rest of the story is documented here. If you want to be inspired, and maybe cry a little bit, definitely check it out.

Amber has decided to open this polaroid documentary up to submissions because she’d love to start a kind of mini-movement around this – creating/realizing connections between “others” and ourselves. Next time you’re oot and aboot and see someone you find intriguing, ask if you can take their photo. You’ll be surprised by what happens next. Then send your stories/photos . Amber’s favorites will be featured in the next edition of Hello Giggles’ For Instants and will be in the running to be published in The Present Company Project book!

Thank you Amber for the inspiration!!! You and this project are absolutely amazing!!!

To learn more, make sure to visit The Present Company Project’s website.


Colorado Vintage Indoor/Outdoor Inspiration Shoot…

As they say, April showers bring May flowers, but April showers may also force a change of scenery for your Spring wedding from outdoors to indoors. This vintage inspired wedding shoot from a talented team of Colorado vendors plays on the idea of “plan b”. As a nod to the ever changing Colorado climate they created and then recreated an organic vintage tablescape in both an indoor and outdoor setting. The indoor look is more formal with shades of gold, merlot, lavender and green, surrounded by the warm glow of flickering candles. The outdoor look brings in an industrial element with the exposed brick that pairs beautifully with the weathered farm table, fresh fruit, and vintage decor. A big thanks to Flourish Photography + Bridalize Eventsfor sending this over! For a full list of vendors, scroll down after the images.

If you’d like to see more, check out this video of the shoot by Elevation Events


Photographer: Flourish Photography
Hair Stylist: Salon Misha
Event Planner: Bridalize
Floral Designer: Delilah’s of Denver
Cinema and Video: Elevation Events
Dress Store: Little White Dress Bridal Shop
Cake Designer: Cakes By Lacey
Makeup Artist: Kelsey Zabawa Makeup Artistry
Linens and Coverings: Chair Covers and Linens
Equipment Rentals: A Vintage Affair Rentals
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Ted’s Clothiers
Photo Booth Equipment: Flourish Photography


English Mod Send Off Party…

It’s finally Thursday, which means it’s almost Friday…hooray! To celebrate it almost being the weekend, but not quite yet, I have a fun little party to share with you! Lane Dittoe and Amanda + Rachel of In the Now Weddings joined up with Bride and Bloom Flowers(who sent me this gem of a shoot!) and a team of other awesome vendors to put together a honeymoon send off party with a little English mod flair! It was complete with tea, mini desserts and a confetti exit. Oh, and a fab herringbone backdrop that I am loving!

Photographer: Lane Dittoe
Event Design: Amanda + Rachel of In the Now Weddings
Venue: In the Now Studios
Makeup: Flawless Faces
Caterer: 24 Carrots
Floral Design: Bride and Bloom Wedding Flowers
Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Cheerio, my darlings!


Taxidermy Bridal Shoot…

Carmen, the face behind FRESH Photography teamed up with a group of local wedding industry talent to bring her vision of a taxidermy inspired bridal shoot to life. I love finding beauty in the slightly strange, so this is right up my alley! Here is a bit more from Carmen about the shoot…

“The Oddly Beautiful Taxidermy-inspired Bridals were a creative, collaborative effort of local artists. FRESH brain-childs two such styled bridal sessions a year, partnering with trusted professionals to showcase, share and live our passion. We’re mostly creatives from a small mountain town, fighting boredom in the off-season. The Bridals were originally inspired by the mixed-media sculpture of former Shack Shoot model, Joey Conundrum, and found vintage dresses and conceptualized by FRESH.”


Photography: FRESH Photography
Concept + Styling: FRESH Photography
Cinematography: Luma Lab Films
Cakery: Sweet Dreams Cakery
Hair Stylist: Shine Salon
Makeup Artist: Makeup by Emily Kjelshus
Mixed Media Artist + Assistant: Joey Conundrum
Models: Lisa Frisk, Sam Zielsdorf + Tamer Vockeroth
Furniture: Trail’s Treasure Chest