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Green & Gold Spring Wedding Inspiration

Simple Spring Centerpiece and table arrangement

Spring Centerpiece and table Arrangement

We love nothing more than the chance to collaborate on styled wedding inspiration shoots with some of our favorite vendors. In this design, bold greenery against a white and black table setting adds a pop of color to this beautiful arrangement. Some extra little green and gold accents really bring out the fresh feelings of springtime.  Vintage touches in the glasses and candle holders give the table a little something extra. This elegant table arrangement is perfect for any outdoor or spring wedding.

Event Planner & Designer: The Stylish Soiree  Floral Designs: Soulflower Design Studio  Photography: Melanie Duerkopp  Vintage Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals  Venue: Private estate in Napa, CA. Contact us for more details.

A full spread can be seen in this months issue of Today’s Bride and also at


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Sneak Peak: Boston Tea Party

We all want our loved ones invited and incorporated into the most special day of our lives! This Tuesday, we are teaming up with a couple of lovely vendors to show you how to style up your doggie for your wedding day or for any special occasion. Be prepared for some serious cuteness later this week, including bow ties, bright pops of color, and Boston terriers!


Photo credit: Emily Steffin via

How have you guys included your pets into your wedding day or if you’re planning on doing so?

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Beautiful Shot of the Day: Meg Perotti

I don’t have enough time to write a full post today, but though I would share this lovely picture from one of my favorite photographers (and one of my favorite people in general!), Meg Perotti. Meg and I met about a year ago, when I contacted her to get rates for a client of mine. Since then we’ve had the pleasure of becoming friends and working together multiple times… yet I still get blown away by some of her images, like this one. Composition is one of those things it’s hard to put your finger on when you look at a photo, yet she just nails it every time.

One detail I loved from this wedding (hard to tell from just this pic alone) is the bride’s floaty dress, which, if you are tall and slim and can pull it off, makes a beautiful statement in pictures. I know it seems like many brides these days have pictures in a field of wildflowers, but seriously, it’s just so darn pretty I can’t help but love it anyway! Nature will always be beautiful and timeless in my mind, so when you have the choice of taking pictures in a field of wildflowers or on bicycles with balloons and lollipops…. my vote goes with the wildflowers. 🙂


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Lovely Vintage-Inspired Engagement Shoot

breakfast_tiffanys_01 vintage inspired engagement shoot

breakfast_tiffanys_04 vintage engagement shoot

Jen from the always-inspiring Green Wedding Shoes featured this stunning engagement shoot by Axioo Photography on her blog  and I instantly fell in love. Not only is Audrey Hepburn a style icon, but Breakfast at Tiffany’s is an iconic film. To see the lovely vintage theme replayed for an engagement shoot like this was such a treat, and I hope it inspires you to get creative with your own engagement pictures.

In my opinion, the best ‘styled’ engagement photos represent the couple doing something that is uniquely them. Perhaps the future groom is an avid hunter and the bride to be is known among friends and family as a talented baker.  A hunting lodge with mounted game would make a perfect setting for the shoot in the case of the groom, and the couple can wear plaid shirts, puffer vests, jeans and wellington boots. The groom brings his shotgun and cap along for props, and you have yourself a clever, cohesive and personal engagement shoot that is uniquely you.

For the bride, whip up a batch of cookies and cupcakes before the shoot and display them on cake stands and platters in the kitchen. A KitchenAid mixer, vintage and mismatched tea cups and saucers and Anthropologie-style aprons complete the props. If you want to style the engagement shoot further, you can always don a 50s housewife style dress and accessories and dress your man in a ‘Mad Men’ esque power suit… the possibilities are as open as your imagination – be creative and you can create the perfect setting for an unforgettable engagement shoot that embodies your personalities and relationship to a T.

Psst… check out Green Wedding Shoes for more delectable pictures from this engagement shoot!

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Vintage Courthouse Wedding

At long last, here is the lovely vintage courthouse wedding I’ve been promising, photography courtesy of the talented San Diego-based Aaron Willcox Photography. What I love so much about this wedding is the simplicity that doesn’t sacrifice style.  Her meticulously planned vintage gray suit, the delicate hat with netting and her stunning purple calla bouquet. The groom is quite dapper as well!

The other thing I love about this wedding is the intimate size and courthouse setting. A courthouse wedding is no less a wedding than a full-blown elaborate affair at a country club, and what shines through these photos the most is the couple’s raw emotions. Her anticipation while getting ready, his adoring gaze, and their sheer happiness in the courtroom.  I think every bride and groom should be lucky to feel the same on their wedding day.   So without further ado….

Vintage Courthouse Wedding 1

Vintage Courthouse wedding 2

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Um, hi there… sheepish blogger here.

Vintage Coke AdIt seems that as busy planning season has come upon me, I’ve neglected my bloggerly duties. I can’t be too apologetic, since I will always choose to devote my full attention to my clients over my inspiration blog, although I promise to make it up to the readers with a few good upcoming posts.

First off, I have the most LOVELY vintage courthouse wedding photographed by talented San Diego photographer Aaron Willcox. Aaron’s eye for those special moments is what makes him such a gem, and I highly recommend him to any San Diego brides out there. So keep your eyes peeled for a truly inspirational vintage affair on the blog later this week.

Secondly, while I haven’t posted much on this blog, I have written some fun wedding planning ideas for Bridology. So, if you’re looking to plan an Americana themed wedding fete, want to create a fabulous cookie favor bar for your guests, or are interested in some stylish wedding day clutches oozing with personality, click over to Bridology for a little advice courtesy of moi.

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Real Wedding Inspiration

I’ve always admired the work of talented Tennessee photographer Tec Petaja, but haven’t had a chance to post any of his work on the blog yet.  While perusing the backlog of my Google Reader on Monday I came across this stunning Tennessee wedding and couldn’t resist saving the files for a post.  The wedding took place in the bride’s parents’ backyard, which is simply breathtaking. Weddings like these truly make the case for having your ceremony and reception at home, and make me wish I had such a lovely backyard!

What I, being a fashionphile, love most about these photos is the bride’s perfectly pulled together look. From her natural blushing bride makeup to the carefully coiffed updo that looks loose and natural to the stunning empire waist silk tulle dress, and finally that amazing necklace. Everything just goes so well together, and when paired creates this effortlessly chic look that is greater than the sum of its parts.

For more eye candy from this photo shoot, head over to Tec’s blog.

TN wedding 1 - tec pateja

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TN wedding 3 - tec petaja

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