Wedding Wednesday: Vogue Weddings

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I wandered in to Barnes & Noble last week looking for something fun for my one-and-only to open on Valentine’s Day.  I went with this sweet little book which now sits on his nightstand. I also snagged this gem on super sale for myself.  I couldn’t help it.  I covet books like this but just can’t bring myself to pay full price – even when they’re as beautiful as this one.  I often put them back telling myself that I don’t need it.  But this was a total score at less than $20.  (It’s also available on Amazon, here.)

While my little one napped during the snow/ice day yesterday, I got the chance to thumb through it’s glossy pages with a big cup of coffee. I almost got through the whole book before she woke up! I’m so glad I didn’t put it back.  It’s page after page of inspiration from historical wedding photos, like Prince William and Princess Kate or John Lennon and Yoko Ono.  It ends with a collection of bridal centric Vogue editorials.  There’s also TONS of inspiration from table top to decor and of course, dresses.  Here are two of my favorites:

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I’m always a sucker for stripes but I also love the use of the green glass with the white clay vases and of course the pop of pink in this rustic setting. How amazing is this tent?! What a great way to add some style to a casual affair.  I bet those lanterns made for some romantic lighting at night – great for pictures! You could exchange them, however, for chandeliers, swap out the greens for fresh white flowers and this tent could be more formal, too. It’s all about the details. Also notice the table placement. Laying them out this way sets up an area for a dance floor without having to rent one!

I’ll leave you with this awesome shot from the book – such rockstars! Here’s hoping you all feel this way on your wedding day.  Happy planning everyone.

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Sneak Peek: C&Q Say I Do

I can’t wait any longer to share some pictures with you from a March wedding.  I’m working on a post with the professional images but in the meantime, here is a sneak peek with images taken from my iPhone. I CAN NOT wait to share the special shots with you soon!

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We made custom welcome bags that included:

  • custom designed map of Durham and schedule
  • local nut butter from Big Spoon Roasters paired with a sourdough pretzel
  • small bag of the bride’s favorite, gummy bears
  • custom goose cookie from Mad Hatter’s Bakery referencing the B&G’s nickname for eachother
  • custom water bottles
  • hangover kits from Etsy

There was a quiet moment when we finished decorating in which I could snap this photo before we ran to the ceremony.  I always hope to give the bride (or the bride & groom together) this moment, too.  They were thrilled with results and I have to say, I was too.  Can’t wait to share their special story and other images with you.

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Wednesday Weddings – Peachy Palette

(originally posted to Gracie Happens Blog)


One of my dearest friends is getting married this June.  Because she’s a graphic designer, I’ve been waiting with anticipation for her invitations!  They arrived this weekend.  She’s always had an effortless sense of cool about her that I’ve admired since we were 7 years old.  Her wedding promises to elude a style incomparable to any other.  As a designer, her taste tends to lean towards the modern side but she’s always been drawn to the ocean.  Her wedding will surely balance her clean graphic style and the romance of the summer beach.  The celebration will be held at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, RI with a perfect menu from Blackstone Caterers.  I can not wait to share the full wedding with you but in the meantime, below are some images from the Pinterest boards we’ve put together in creating her dream wedding.  I wouldn’t want any less for my sweet and indefinitely cool friend.  Enjoy & Happy Planning!


Tabletop Inspiration from Ms. Martha

I have recently discovered a love for place settings and all things table top.  It may be a result of finally unpacking our wedding gifts or be influenced by my mother-in-laws ever growing collection of table top accessories.  Whichever the catalyst, I am having a blast imagining different ideas for my next private party.  The table cloth in this image can work great with a variety of patterns.  It can be dressed up as is in this Martha Stewart image (left) or dressed down for a farmhouse dinner party with a simple place setting like this Vietri (right) set.