Their faces say it all.

Mix a little of Lo's and a little of Kristen's expressions and you will get the gist of what I think about this wedding...(or really about the groom!)

But, I'm not going to lie--I can't wait to see it on The Hills.


An outdoor affair.

The summer is a great time to have an outdoor wedding. At first thought, it may seem that a home or backyard wedding will cost less than most venue rentals. In some cases, that may be true, but here are some extra expenses you'll have to consider.

  • Extra tables
  • Extra chairs
  • Plates, glassware, flatware
  • Table linens
  • Portable restrooms- you don't want to destroy the home plumbing by overuse on the big day
  • A dance floor
  • A generator-for the musicians and or DJ equipment, extra lighting, etc.
  • Speakers-unless your DJ will supply these
  • Lighting
  • Microphones
  • Tent-your Plan B in case Mother Nature decides to play a trick.
  • Permit-check your local laws for gatherings of more than 100 people
  • Parking space-consider having your guests transported in from a larger parking lot
  • A dumpster-if the guest count is large enough

    • If you want to throw your soiree in a public place, you may need permits for the following:
      • Beaches
      • State park land
      • Private or public gardens
      • Estates
      • Alcoholic beverages on public grounds
      • Fire use (candles, torches, etc)
      • Fireworks
      • Exemptions from local noise violation laws
      Although there can be a lot more planning involved in an outdoor affair, it may be worth it in order to have a personal home wedding or a fun, off-beat locale. Look for amazing backdrops like mountain cliffs, a gorgeous city skyline or beneath an old, large tree. Just don't forget the bug repellent!





      [arbutus photography]

      [Julie Harris Photography]


      Dress envy.

      I love the Max Wagner photos from this wedding, but I really, really love this gown.

      Are there other ex-brides out there who have dress envy the way I do? I must get it at least twice a month!

      From a Wedding Cabaret


      The groom's cake.

      I'm happy to say that while some traditions survive, many do not. Breaking cake over the bride's head? Not on that perfectly coiffed 'do, thankyouverymuch.

      One tradition that has made a comeback in recent years is the groom's cake. Rooted in the South, it was originally meant as a gift from the bride to the groom. At the end of the wedding, superstitious single women would go home with a slice of the liquor-soaked cake and sleep with it under their pillows. Legend has it, each woman would dream of her future husband.

      Whether you believe in legends or not, a groom's cake is certainly a way to highlight your future hubby's interests. It can be a fun addition to the rehearsal dinner or as a sidekick to the main dessert.



      [images: Cake Girls]


      Nail an interview.

      In today's economy, with as many layoffs as there are, we can all use a little help. And by help, I mean...a good chuckle? This site features job interviews with a hidden camera. At least you'll know what not to do if you land an interview.

      A couple of highlights...


      Appreciation #8: My health.

      [image from here]

      I caught a cold this past weekend and I was feeling a little sorry for myself because of how crappy I felt and how little I wanted to do. I decided to take a bath to sooth my achy muscles and while I was soaking in the hot water, I started to relax and and think about how blessed I am for my general health.

      It sucks to be sick, but a cold goes away. It's short-lived and temporary. How lucky am I that I don't have a lasting illness? I have my eye sight. I can taste, feel, smell. I haven't spent a significant amount of time in a hospital.

      It's easy to take something like our health for granted. But I started this appreciation series to remind myself to be in the moment and to be thankful for life's little things. While health is certainly no 'little' thing, it's good to remind ourselves to appreciate our wellness and to take care of our bodies. It's important to move around, eat well, learn how to de-stress and relax and to smile through the pain.

      After my bath, I took a long, hot cleansing shower and felt so much better. After all, I was able to walk out of the shower, put on my own clothes and make myself something to eat*.

      *Why am I the only person in the world who doesn't lose my appetite when I'm sick. Losing a couple of pounds should be one benefit of catching a cold, right?


      DIY Friday: 101 ideas.

      I wish I had time to organize all of my favorite projects into one list. But, lucky for me (and you!) this site has has a great one I'll be sure to reference again and again.

      Here's a sampling of what you'll find:

      [Flights of Fancy]

      [Vintage Glam]

      [Reese Dixon]

      [Elizabeth Anne Designs]

      [Merriment Design]

      [100 Layer Cake]

      [A Wedding Cabaret]



      I found this site yesterday called viovio, which is not unlike Blurb or Shutterfly in that you can make your own hard cover books. Their prices start at $19.99. This gives me more motivation to finally get my wedding photos in some order so I can put them in one of these types of 'coffee table' books.

      Besides the above, do you know of any other great sites for this type of project?

      Completely unrelated, I just scored really great tickets to the U2 show in Las Vegas. I have been a fan for oh, you know, ever, and I'm really excited to see them in October (six months away!).



      Here's the thing.

      I am secretly a bohemian, hippy artist living inside a Type-A exterior. I love reggae and classic rock, but dress in clean, classic lines. I love my pearl necklace as much as my braided, leather belt. I can sit through the ballet or opera and actually love it so much I have tears in my eyes. I am at home in the theater as much as I am camping on dirt in the mountains. If I had just a bit (okay, a lot) more talent, I would love to be able to play the guitar and sing around the camp fire. To meet me, you would realize I don't lay out all the cards on the table at once.

      My artsy side wishes it were better at artsy things. Like singing. Like painting. But mostly, I wish I could take amazing photos. Sure, I point and shoot pretty well, but I am honest with myself about my limitations. I am good at what I choose to keep doing, but oh, how I wish I could capture life's moments with the grace of a fabulous photographer.

      I once read that a wedding photographer is the nation's most over-payed profession. And sure, it may seem like $3500 (or even $1000 for that matter) is a crazy amount of money to spend on a photographer. There are many things I personally wouldn't spend a lot of money on for a wedding. But photography is an art form and if you have hired a photographer that does their job well, then your wedding is captured as art that will be cherished by you and your family for generations to come. You can't buy memories, but a fabulous photographer will capture your moments and make them beautiful through their creativity, skill and expertise.

      I was talking with a photographer today and she sent me this article. I would highly recommend reading it. It will give you some insight to the wedding photographer's world and why they charge what they do.

      [Laura Novak]

      [Jared Wilson]


      Buttercream vs. fondant.


      I wish I were one of those people. You know, the ones who say, "I don't like dessert" or "I don't like anything sweet" (you know who you are).

      I'm not a fan of sugar in my coffee or tea or for things to be sweet just for the sake of being sweet. But I do love dessert. I do love pastries. And I do love cake. Especially carrot cake. Anyone have a good recipe they want to share with me?

      When you start planning your wedding and decide to have cake at your reception, you will be faced with the question, buttercream or fondant? Here are some quick guidelines to help you make the decision.

      Most fondant sort of tastes like marshmallows and is typically overly sweet. There are those who think hands-down, buttercream is better tasting than fondant. However, there are bakers who are able to make good/decent tasting fondant, if they make it by hand (instead of buying it bulk). Buttercream is your typical, creamy frosting that tastes like sugary whipped cream. I personally like the lighter styles that melt in your mouth, rather than the thicker, super sweet type.

      Fondant looks like smooth satin. Often, bakers are able to use it for more intricate designs because it can be molded into just about anything. But again, this depends on your baker and how experienced he or she is working with it. There are many wonderful cake designers who are able to duplicate the appearance of fondant with buttercream, like the below photos.

      [intricate icings, left and top, Mulberries, right]

      If you're going to have your cake outdoors, you'll want to use a fondant covered cake. Buttercream, because of it's butter content, tends to melt in the heat.

      These cakes are covered in fondant.

      [Intricate Icings]

      Fondant usually costs more than buttercream.

      You may ask, what is more important, taste or appearance? But you can have a beautiful fondant covered cake that tastes good as well. It's important to taste the fondant of your baker and ask if they make it in-house or buy bulk. Additionally, be sure to look at your cake designer's portfolio and see if there's a similar design to what your expecting your cake to look like. Also, ask your baker if they make their cake mix in-house or if they buy it in bulk...yes, many bakers will buy large quantities of wholesale cake mix, rather than making it from scratch.

      So how do you answer that burning question? I say choose both! Tell your baker to add a layer of buttercream under the fondant. It's your wedding, have the best of both worlds.

      [Cake Girls]

      [Cake Girls]

      [Cake Girls]

      [Charm City]

      [Fancy Nancy]

      [By Request]


      DIY Friday: Calling cards.

      Many of you have business cards, but how cute are these calling cards? You can use them to promote your blog or take them with you to a party (much more fun than business cards). Include your favorite quote or saying or just your digits. If they work with your wedding theme, you can even use them as seating or place cards. Get the free downloadable templates on Cottage-Industrialist.

      Found via How about Orange?


      Outside the box and off the rack, in action.

      Ashley sent some photos of her wearing the beautiful Sue Wong dress I featured here.

      Thanks for sharing these Ashley! It's great to see that the Sue Wong is gorgeous on a 'real person'.


      You've planned the menu and the coordinating linens. You've picked out beautiful flowers and finally, your reception decor is coming together.

      One detail you don't want to overlook is the napkin fold. It may seem minor, but in fact can add so much to the finality of your decor. Imagine your guests' delight when they sit down and see a perfectly folded napkin that happens to match your theme or help make the color in your flowers pop.

      Often times, your caterer or the banquet captain at your venue will automatically fold the napkin according to habit, but this is one area you can step in and add your touch.

      [martha stewart]
      [martha stewart]
      [martha stewart]
      [the knot]
      [linen effects]
      [martha stewart]
      [martha stewart]

      [the knot]

      [the knot]

      This is a great site for learning different types of napkin folds.

      Did I miss anything?

      I love to post inspired ideas and photos from other blogs and the web. I try my best to give credit where it's due, but if I miss something, please let me know. And, if you want something taken down, I can do that. No problemo.