Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Finds: Nordstrom Sale Faves

Happy Friday! The day is finally here! EVERYONE can shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, whether you're a card holder or not. Phew! I ordered a few things this week that I'm excited to show you next week! For now, here are my favorite this Friday:

DETAILSbasket / rug-- just got this for our kitchen! / blue bell sleeve dress / kate spade glitter earrings / crossbody bag (only $29!) / bootie / leather jacket sweater / cutting board / clarisonic

HOME: so many great things!!






Happy shopping and enjoy your weekend!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Creating Wedding Vignettes (& sneak peek of ours!)


I’m excited to talk to you about one of my favorite elements on our wedding: creating vignettes and seating areas for guests. This might not sound very exciting to most, but as an interior designer by trade, creating conversation areas and making guests feel welcomes is really important to me! (This post was on Style Me Pretty yesterday, in case you missed it!)

Seeing as a wedding is a fluid event, meaning people are constantly floating from one thing to the next naturally, you don’t necessarily have to worry too much about having a ton of seating in every area of the event, but it is important to remember a few key things:
Think of the elderly folks attending your wedding, like grandparents. It’s always nice to have a bit of reserved seating for them for a few reasons. First, pure convenience for them! Second, they’ll know you thought of them especially, which is a sweet touch. We are reserving a bench area at the cocktail hour and an upholstered sofa for them at our reception so they are nice and comfy.

Thinking of what takes place at each aspect of the wedding will help you determine what type of vignettes to create. A vignette doesn’t always mean seating; it can be a variety of things. For example, when guests first arrive to our venue, they are greeted with a cards, gifts and guest book table with a cute welcome sign. Immediately the tone is set. Next, they’ll find a lemonade and ice tea table for pre-ceremony refreshments. These are two separate areas where guests can gather to do different things. Thinking of these groupings of zones might be helpful– you never want your guests standing around wondering what they’re supposed to do, so make it easy for them!
At cocktail hour, while a few seating areas might be nice, it’s more important to have taller cocktail tables around the area where guests are standing (ours will be wine barrels, since it’s at a winery!). People often want to put their drink down on a table or rest their arm on a surface while they have conversation with others.
At the dancing portion of the reception, think of placing some cocktail tables around the dance floor, benches or regular tables for those who want to watch and not dance, and perhaps creating sweet, vintage arrangements for comfort and style. A variety of set-ups is the best way to go!

I’m so excited to have Forage Vintage Rental Company on board for our wedding. Bethany has the sweetest inventory of feminine, vintage pieces– fitting perfectly in line with our venue and wedding style. She’s even hunted down a few beautiful pieces just for our big day! We are creating a few seating vignettes, seen on the inspiration board. The blush pink sofa is so perfect with our color palette of blush, lavender and navy! In addition to the upholstered pieces you see, we’ll also be utilizing the venue’s wooden furniture.
To add some comfort and to help soften the space visually, we’re accessorizing with some Lulu & Georgia throw pillows and blankets. California might have warm days, but sometimes the evenings are chilly, so we want to be prepared! A few pillows in our color palette will add texture and comfort, hopefully making our guests feel right at home.
If you've missed any posts in my Wedding Bliss series, you can get to them all here:

Engagement story
Engagement pictures
Wedding shoes & dress shopping tips
Favorite marriage books
The First Look
Will You Be My Bridesmaid?
Our inspiration
Our flower mock up
Bridesmaid gift ideas
Our wedding venue 
Bridal hair ideas
Bridesmaid dresses
Favor Ideas

- Honest Thoughts on Wedding Planning 
- California Bridal Shower
- How to choose vendors for your wedding

What's been one of the most successful things you've seen done at weddings? I'm interested!


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Favorite Fall SALE Looks

I know it's summer (and I'm SO happy about that!) but Fall is just a few months away, so since the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the BEST place to get your new fall clothes, I thought I'd put together my favorite autumn looks. Also, fall is my favorite season! Every single piece is on major sale. Woohoo!

TWO: striped dress / leather jacket / sandal
THREE: plaid tunic / watch /  bootie / cardigan






This military jacket has me swooning all over the place. It's perfect in so many ways! Casual, effortless (isn't that all what we strive for?! ha), neutral...!

Though I've not been much of a plaid girl in the past, this year I'm branching out because my fiancé happens to love plaid! I can get on board I think:) Those booties pictured in look 3 are currently on their way to my front step. Can't wait! Will keep you posted on fit and style.

What are your fall must-haves?


Monday, July 18, 2016

My Brother's Wedding

I'm so excited to share my brother's wedding photos with you today!! He got hitched back on June 24th and my BFF Ashley was their wedding photographer. These images couldn't be more beautiful. Gorgeous wedding pictures is truly a gift.

Their wedding day was so much fun, filled with laughs, sweet tears, the most beautiful ceremony, lots of love, delicious food (and cake!), and loads of dancing. What a special day it was and I was honored to stand by their side! Take a look:

badgley mischka shoes

My mama pinning on his bout:

Beautiful flowers by Petal and Thread:

Their stunning venue, Clos La Chance Winery:

Giving my speech! (By the look on McCann's face on the right side of the picture, I guess I was pretty funny ;))

One of my faves:


First dance time!

Their cake was so beautiful AND yummy. The same cake place is making our cake-- we can't wait!

Colin was pretty stoked about it ;) (PS. They just learned the bride and groom feed each other the cake...their own wedding was their first wedding attended, so they weren't filled in ;))

My sweet, beautiful family!

The Artists | Photography: Ashley Slater Photography // Venue: Clos LaChance Winery // Florals: Petal & Thread // Film Developing: The Find Lab //

Oh, what a glorious day. Congrats Colin and Amy! We love you!

...and we're next! 2 months from today. Hooray!

Enjoy your day!

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