An Elegant Woodsy Themed Wedding with Naked Cakes

Today's elegant woodsy styled wedding with it's deep red theme is absolutely beautiful. And, those naked wedding cakes, especially the mini ones? YUM!!! I love the addition of the pine cones being used to bring the woodsy feel into the elegant dessert setting. The gorgeous photography is by Ashley Cook Photography.

Vendor Credits:
Photographer: Ashley Cook Photography
Floral Designer: Dream Design
Reception Venue: Grand Hollows
Cake Designer: Heavenly Delights Cupcakery
Makeup Artist: Makeup by Reina
Paper Props: Olive Juice & Co

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Glam Floral Chic Wedding Ideas in Pink, Black and White

Bird's Party Magazine has released their Spring issue and it's filled with so many wonderful ideas for the spring season. In this new issue, there's a wonderful styled wedding table setting in hot pink with black and white stripes {makes me think of Kate Spade}. The design for this tablescape was inspired by seasonal blooms and boasts stunning ideas for both the eyes and tastebuds. PS: Be sure to check out all of the Bird's Party Printables and Party Supplies - you can save 20% right now with code LUCKY.

My favorite ideas from this glam wedding + dessert table include:

1. The large "Best Day Ever" poster behind the dessert display
2. The single bloom on the top of the cake with the striped ribbon along the bottom. Prefer to place an everlasting bloom on your cake? You may like this clay peony cake topper.
3. The white milk glass bowls for the dessert display - they match the white ruffled cake stands
4. The glitter bows instead of ribbon around the "spread the love" favor jars
5. The black pom-pom topped drink stirrers

Vendor Credits: Cakes, Sweets and Venue by Cacao Sweets and Treats // Photography by Melissa Becker // Paper Goods and Backdrop by Paper Route Collective // Florals by Twigs

Top 8 Wedding Registry Do's and Dont's

Now that wedding season is gearing up it's time to start thinking about your wedding registry. For those of you that are starting to navigate the registry avenue - today's post is for you. Jackie joins us today with her Top Wedding Registry Do's and Don'ts.

1. DON'T expect that all your guests will get you a gift.

Remember that your wedding is truly about celebrating this very special moment with your close friends and loved ones, and their presence is way more valuable than anything they could ever buy you.

2. DO register for things in a wide price range.

Know that some of your guests may only be able to come to your wedding, particularly if it involves traveling. Providing a range of price points allows everyone to feel like they can get you something you'll want without placing financial strain on themselves.

3. DON'T feel obligated to put together
a registry, or a traditional registry.

Many couples these days live together prior to getting married or would simply prefer more personalized and unique items, so if you already have a full set of kitchen utensils, sheets and wine glasses, register for something that you will use. Honeymoon registries are a great way to allow your guests to contribute to a memorable experience, and sites like etsy and Scout Mob are great if you prefer more unique or handmade items like art prints and tech accessories.

4. DO use tact and appropriate language
when telling guests about your registry.

While many people might expect that you will be registered somewhere, it's in poor to taste to put registry information on or with printed wedding invitations. If you're using a wedding website, that's a great place to announce your registry; you can also spread the word through family and friends.

5. DON'T be afraid to register at multiple retailers or websites.

If you only find a handful of things you like or need at one retailer, register for them anyway. This also gives your guests more convenience: for some that prefer to purchase gifts at brick-and-mortar stores, registering with more than one retailer increases the likelihood that one will be nearby. And for those that like to shop online, multiple registries allows guests to mix and match, or additional options if one registry has already been completed. You may want to consider Amazon, Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, Macy's, Anthropologie, Kohl's, West Elm, and JCPenney.

6. DO research the registry process, return policies and customer
service experience with the places you intend to register.

Does the retailer or website make it easy to find my registry? If the retailer only has an online retail outlet, is it easy reach their customer service department? How strict is the return policy and time frame for returning items? How does this retailer keep track of what my guests have purchased? What happens when something I've registered for sells out or goes out of stock? Know what registering involves before announcing it to your guests so everyone has a positive experience.

7. DON'T be surprised if you get a gift you didn't register for.

Some guests who know you well may prefer to get you something meaningful (concert tickets, a restaurant or spa gift certificate - yes!), or many guests may just give you cash. Not every guest will feel comfortable with or as excited as you are about what you've registered for, but be sure to acknowledge their thoughtfulness.

8. DO personally thank your guests for the specific gift you received.

Thank you notes are a great place to mention how you've made use of a gift or what value it has added.


Spring Wedding Flowers : simple and sweet centerpieces

A little while back I had been selected to be in a group of "wedding industry professionals and bloggers in the know" and to share my top spring wedding tip. You can see the original post here. My Top Wedding Tip for all those planning a wedding or even a bridal shower during the Spring season is . . .

"Create simple centerpieces for Spring by grouping
several small vases together with single blooms"

Placing single blooms into individual vases that are similar in style, but varied in height will create a visually stunning display of the flowers. Grouping them in uneven numbers is always best too. Springtime is always a great time to think in terms of simplicity and while you might want to go for the big floral centerpiece, a simple centerpiece can make just as much of a statement. Plus, by going small - you might even be able to send each of the couples at the reception home with their very own flower in a vase after the wedding {a centerpiece and favor in one}

Image Credits:
single hydrangea sprig in a glass vase, dahlias in glass vases, purple blooms in a cluster of vases, fuchsia roses in small glass vases, single rose blooms in Moroccan tea cups

Easily Dress Up Your Wedding Cake with One Large Flower

Many say that having fresh flowers on your wedding cake is a no no. So, I say, why not place an everlasting bloom on your wedding cake? And, why not make it one BIG flower? I'm loving these handmade single flower wedding cake toppers. Some are made with clay, others are sugar paste flowers and each will last indefinitely for a treasured keepsake. You may have even noticed that one of these blooms was the handmade wedding find of the week {graphic in the side banner column}. These flower cake toppers are also perfect for bridal showers too.

Shop These Flower Cake Toppers:
Clay Peony Flower Cake Topper from DK Designs
Purple Anemone Flower Cake Topper from Sweet Idea Flowers
----- ps: this one reminds me of the Chevron Purple Anemone Invitations I've designed
Clay Succulent Cake Topper from DK Designs
Handmade Air-Dry Clay Au Lait Dahlia Wedding Cake Topper from Meli Mari Studio

Giveaway to Martha Stewart's Wedding Party in Chicago + a Modern Wedding of Two Artists

This morning I have a fun giveaway for all my Chicago area brides {hope you have this coming Sunday March 22nd free} and an incredible modern wedding with an intimate dinner {just 20 guests}. First up is the details and GIVEAWAY to Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party which will be held this coming Sunday March 22nd in Chicago at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) from 11 am to 3 pm.  Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party {produced by Claudia Hanlin, the Wedding Library and Lovebird Events, Inc.} joins over 100 of the finest wedding vendors, expert speakers, and bridal fashion, all under one roof. Expert advice will be shared by top industry pros including Darcy Miller, editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings in conversation with Lauren Conrad, celebrity and designer of the paper crown bridesmaid collection. The Marketplace features over 60 local and national wedding vendors. There will be mini-demonstrations on crafting a boutonniere, mixology, floral arranging, tying a bowtie and calligraphy. The Destination & Honeymoon Lounge features luxury properties and travel services from around the world. See the latest in bridal fashion, including an in-person introduction to the paper crown bridesmaid collection. You can even enter for a chance to win raffle prizes throughout the day.

I have the chance for one lucky Chicago Area Bride to win a pair of tickets {valued at $65 each} to attend Martha Stewart's Wedding Party on Sunday March 22nd, 2015.

This giveaway ends on Friday morning at 9 am EST. So, hurry up and leave me a comment on this post letting me know you would LOVE to attend Sunday's event in Chicago and I will pick one lucky winner. Want to purchase your tickets now so you don't miss out? Click Here

Event Date and Time: Sunday March 22, 2015 from 11am – 3pm
Event Location: The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel)
                           160 East Pearson Street / At Water Tower Place

Don't forget to leave me a comment to be entered to win
a pair of tickets to attend Martha Stewart's Wedding Party.

Now, onto today's featured wedding of Jaclyn and Ken that took place at Mastro’s Steakhouse with a small and intimate reception, photographed by Emily Gualdoni Photography. Emily writes . . .

The couple managed to rearrange and redefine the wedding experience to be uncomplicated and very intimate, all while entertaining a fluctuating amount of guests. The reception hosted about 75 people, but dinner was only 20 guests (served by the restaurant featuring the most amazing food of course). The environment reflected how special this day was for them, but what makes this wedding even more interesting is that Jaclyn and Ken had already gotten married. Of course, it was only a marriage on paper, so the day’s events were simply a delayed celebration. I feel like this helped keep the pressure off the event a bit, and of course the couple as well. 
Vendor Credits
Photographer: Emily Gualdoni Photography
Wedding Heels: Aldo Shoes
Floral Designer: City Scents Flowers & Gifts
Equipment Rentals: Hall's Rentals
Reception Venue: Mastro's Steakhouse
Cake Designer: More Cupcakes
DJ: Style Matters DJs

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Vintage Styled Spring Wedding with a Sweet Baby Goat

With St. Patrick's Day tomorrow and spring arriving on Friday, today's styled wedding shoot couldn't be more perfect. It's a Spring Equinox Vintage Inspired Wedding in verdant green and there's even a super adorable baby goat {the bride model was such a lucky lady as she got to hold the sweet goat and it even kissed her}. Corey Tucker of Corey Lynn Tucker Photography writes . . .

babies are being born and the birds are calling an
to our long New England winter. Who wouldn't
crave the fresh green burst of verdant green ferns.

The venue for today's styled shoot was South Farms and this third generation barn was just recently converted into a wedding and events venue to preserve the historic beauty for everyone to enjoy. The sweet baby goat {named Willy Nelson} not only stole the hearts of all involved in the shoot, he added a tender touch of new birth and the hope of Spring.

Wedding Vendors Credits:
Photographer: Corey Lynn Tucker Photography
Equipment Rentals: Tents Unlimited
Photo Booth Equipment: 179 Pictures
Bakery: Amanda Bakes LLC
Jewelry:Barbaret Jewelers
Event Planner: Borrowed, A Vintage Inspired Company
Hair Stylist: Faye Liseo
Dress Store: Julie Allen Bridals
Floral Designer: Sarah Worden Natural Design
Heirlooms and extras: Sassafras Vintage Rentals
Event Venue: South Farms
Paper Props: The Nice Paper Co.
Makeup Artist: Wedding Make Up By Candee Caldwell

Submitted via Two Bright Lights