Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Coffee or Tea?

Its Wednesday! Which means we need your help once again. Billy and I would love to know which is better, Coffee or Tea? This is sure to be a heated debate so share this photo so we can see who wins this week!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Wedding Dress A Wins!

Over 100 of you guys voted AGAIN!! This week Wedding Dress A wins thanks to your input. Come back next Wednesday for another contest. Trust us, you won't want to miss this one!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pick The Dress!

Its that time again! We want your input so share this with your friends and lets get down to the bottom of this together! Which dress would you pick?

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Ice Cream Wins!

Over 100 of you voted and Ice Cream takes the cake!

We had both cake from Sweet and Saucy Shop and Organic handmade ice cream from Sweet Lucies. Check them out and show your love. More contests to come!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Cake or Ice Cream?

Date Night

We asked you guys the other night to help us with date night
I had never been to the Santa Monica Pier so Billy I went up to enjoy the evening together.  Here are a few of the photos from the night.
Thank you guys so much for all the wonderful ideas!  Keep your eyes open because we will be asking again shortly for your ideas.
It's important to never stop dating one another even after your married! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Hello Lovelies!

Today’s blog is all about doing it yourself. We are all looking for a better, cheaper, easier and prettier way to do things, especially when it comes to our weddings, our parties, and our events. We see those beautiful, creative, one of a kind decorations and ideas and think, ‘man, they must have spent a fortune on that or, humph, I could never make something look that good.’ Well I’m here to tell you that is no longer the case. With just a touch of skill, a little effort and some determination you can transform any event into an amazing DIY extravaganza.

The following DIY ideas can be used interchangeably at any one of your next big events whether it’s a wedding, a bridal or baby shower, a birthday party, or just a fancy get together with friends. They are some of my favorites because of their low cost, funkiness, and versatility. So take a look, pick a fave, and DO IT YOURSELF!


One of my all time favorite decorations- Pom Poms
They are so cute, so funky, and can be done in any color you like. They add such a romantic and light-hearted feel to any space/event-not to mention they are incredibly cheap!
Here’s how to make your own:

Step 1: Gather 8-10 20x30 inch sheets of tissue paper. Begin folding the tissue stack in 1 ½ inch wide accordion folds, making sure to crease each fold.

Step 2: Fold and 18-20 Inch piece of floral wire in half and place it around your folded stack. Twist of the end to secure and the cut off the ends of your stack, rounding the edges.

Step 3: Start separating your layers by pulling each accordion fold away from the center, one at a time.

Step 4: Bend the wire into a loop to fit around your hanging/securing device and secure at the end.

Viola! Beautiful, fun, inexpensive DIY paper pom poms! Too easy!

Wedding: (invites)

When planning a wedding, obviously you’re looking for ways to cut costs. Making your own personalized invites or save the dates is one way to pinch those valuable pennies.

Depending on your theme (or style, or color scheme) you can decide what you want to send out. Some of the cutest things I’ve seen are the most simple, and the least expensive.
You can go to any store that sells stationary in bulk, you can even go to target and get construction paper, or card stock. You can pick your color and design, or go plain and let the words or image speak for itself.

I personally love the look of a plain, understated cardboard, or burlap, or eco friendly paper. The natural look is so beautiful and gives your special day a very organic, natural, easy going feel.

Whether it’s a picture of the two of you, a collage made into the shape of a heart, your favorite colors into dates, or your fingerprints like the one below. Do whatever your heart desires, pick a font, add in something personal and go for it.


Who doesn’t love a good margarita?! These little guys are almost too cute to drink.

Mini Patron bottles with Margaritas inside:
All you need is a bunch of mini patron bottles, limes margarita mix, and straws.

Empty out the patron from the mini bottles and put into a pitcher. Use the patron and store bought or homemade margarita mix to make your delicious concoction. Keep the patron bottles in an ice bucket to give them a nice little frost. If the corks are soft, just push your straw through the top and take out the extra cork part. If not, drill a hole through the middle of your cork just big enough for your straw to fit. Pour your margaritas into to mini bottles, cork the bottles and add your straw. Serve with lime or lemon wedges on the side and watch your guests swoon over the cutest margaritas they’ll ever gulp down!

**Even cheaper option-serve your margaritas (or just shots) straight out of a lime. Cut the limes in half, cut/scoop out the inside leaving a perfectly shaped bowl. Salt the rim, and fill with your beverage! So cute!

Party: (treats)

Making your own desserts is obviously a money saver when throwing a party. I don’t need to tell you how to bake a cake or make tasty treats, but I can show you some killer ideas for the most unique, dazzling desserts to serve at your next event.

Never thought sprinkles would be my most favorite food accessory, but when you see how cute they look on cake and cookies you’ll understand.

Rainbow Pinwheel cookies:
Sugar cookie dough recipe (store bought or homemade)
Liquid food coloring in whatever colors your heart desires
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Divide all of your dough evenly into five bowls and color each bowl a different color
Roll each colored dough into grape sized balls and roll one color of each into a big ball.
Roll the large ball in between your hands and the counter until you have a long cylinder.
Start from one end and roll the cylinder into a coil, twisting as you go.
Roll small/medium coils for each cookie then roll the edges of each coil into sprinkles.
Bake for 10-11 minutes or until done.
Serve and enjoy!

Sprinkles Cake: This needs even less of an explanation. Bake or buy cake of your choice. If cake is already frosted but not going to hold sprinkles--Make a sugar/water mixture and get a medium size brush. Coat outside of cake with mixture—cover every inch in sprinkles. Pat them in to make them stick and keep coating your cake until its totally covered.

Add bows as a cute garnish/decoration, serve and WOW the crowd!


If you’re at all like me, I love things that are homemade. They have such a special feel and the fact that nothing is one in the same is so special and very appealing. I love giving homemade gifts and I love receiving them. I came across this little DIY bracelet on Pinterest and couldn’t resist sharing-it’s easy, cute, and totally modifiable for whoever you want to give it to.

Bonus: Anytime Decoration:

Chalk Board Platter: (good for parties/showers or small wedding receptions)

Easy peasy: chalkboard paint, plates/platters of your choice, brush, chalk.
Clean and dry your plate, paint with chalkboard paint, let dry, label/design/draw, serve food and dazzle your guests.

Get creative and add your own flair to any of these DIY ideas. Making them your own will make the whole experience much more fun. Enlist some friends and have a great DIY time!!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Beauty Tips for the Modern Bride

On your wedding day you want to look your best. You want to look the most fantastic you’ve ever looked, you want to wow the crowd and make that person standing at the end of the aisle fall madly in love with you all over again.
You also want to look like you.
Well, you’ve come to the right place. Carly Rae Weddings has just the tips for you to look smoking while still looking naturally beautiful.

“This year, I’ve seen a lot of brides with beautiful, natural looking makeup that defines their features without overpowering their face.” Says makeup mogul Bobbi Brown.

This season, bright lips, colored smoky eyes and ultra dewy skin are hot but…“if you’re going to wear any of these beauty trends, just pick one on your wedding day,” advises Bobbi.

Ready to start your wedding day beauty planning? Then here’s your list of must read DO’S and DON’TS to looking smashing on your big day!

**Decide if you are going to have a professional style you on your big day or if you are going to DIY. If you’re brave/talented enough to do it yourself, more power to you!

Either way, one of your most important DO’S is Practice.

Have your wedding day stylist go over your make-up, your hair and your nails before your big day, that way you’ll know exactly what you like and what you don’t and have enough time to make all necessary changes.

DO Keep it Natural

Take Bobbi Brown’s advice, you want to be the most beautiful YOU!

DO Invest in the Right Products

Your wedding day is not necessarily the right time to try something super different. If your stylist has professional products she uses, you’re fine going with those. If you are purchasing your own you should either use products you already know and trust, or talk to your local make up counter/store.

DO take the time, and effort to keep everything in place

If you’re worried about fussing with your bobby pins or hiking up your strapless dress, your day is going to be stressful. Take the time before hand to make sure everything fits, sticks, pins and stays in place for a long love filled day or night.
**Dirty hair is the secret to a long-wearing up do. Clean hair is harder to keep in one place.

DON’T Look too Orange

Many brides are tempted to fake and bake before their big day. Nothing looks worse than a really fake looking orange tan. Go easy on sunless tanners, use sparingly and use many days before to make sure any streakiness or mistake areas are perfectly polished. For your face, go for a light healthy look by using a non orangey bronzer and sweeping it over the parts of your face that normally get the most sun-cheeks, bridge of nose, center of your forehead and the tip of your chin.

DON’T Get Stressed!

Not only will stress make your day much less enjoyable but no body wants to wake up on their day of I Do’s with a big spot on their face. Stress and anxiety can cause greasy skin and unwanted breakouts. Use a very mild/gentle toner after cleansing your skin at night to control some of the effects. If you have oily skin, use peppermint and if your skins more dry, use chamomile.
**On the day of, stash baby wipes in the bathroom to freshen up…workin’ it on the dance floor is bound to break a sweat!

DO Get a good nights sleep

Feeling excited and nervous and unable to sleep is inevitable before your big day so to help you relax try different breathing techniques like resting your hands on your stomach while lying down breathing in gently and counting to ten. When you reach ten, start back at one and repeat. This will keep your mind focused on your breaths instead of everything else going on.

And finally...DO remember that no matter what happens, this day is about two very special people, and no eye shadow or misplaced curl can change that.

It’s your day. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. And nothing can stand in your way!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Forbidden Fruit Shoot

We haven't been able to post about all the wonderful shoots we've done & so I'm SO excited to share with you one of our shoots that we co-styled with Primary Petals & Tasteful Tatters. The idea came when I was looking on the web for a pomegranate inspired wedding & didn't find ANY. I was shocked because this is one of the coolest fruits and you can eat it with just about anything. Mmmmm! Check out the photos & the links of these amazingggggg vendors!

Here's more pictures!

Special Thanks to:

Meghan Christine Photography
Primary Petals
The Vintage Table Co.
Tasteful Tatters
The Scootabaker
Paper Cut Industries
Anna Quinn Make-up & Hair

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Ryan+Hartley's wedding was such a fun one! It included 400+ people, a petting zoo, & carnival games! The venue: Parker Ranch was so cool & the rustic feel was PERFECT for this couple! I had the honor of being apart of the planning process & day-of coordinating:) The photographers: Smetona Photographers. Check up out! Here's a few pics!