Flowers of the Week 12.21.09

Just in time for winter.  I seriously L-O-V-E this bouquet for a winter wedding!
So perfect with the muted greens, whites, creams and soft grays!  Just fabulous don't you think?

~ Ciao

...flower design by rountree


On the Table: Shells

There is nothing prettier and simpler than a glass bowl full of shells.  What I really like here is that the shells are all white - leading to a simple, clean but elegant centerpiece idea.
Design, Shells
Wouldn't this be amazing at a winter wedding by the beach!  Just dreamy.

~ Ciao

...image via atlanta bartlett


Who Says...

...ornaments are only supposed to be used during the holidays!  These cute glass ornaments from Pottery Barn would be stunning at your wedding hanging from trees or just about anywhere!  Imagine a handful of these votive ornaments hanging in a tent...oh the effect from the candlelight suspended in mid-air would be magical.  Or instead of having a centerpiece at each table I would hang a group of them over each table.  Romance anyone?
Wedding, Holiday
The second glass ornament is a mini vase.  I used something similar at my wedding, back in 2000.  I hung them over each table in place of a centerpiece.  I had to create a fishing line system in my tent in order to make it work - but the result was simply breathtaking...especially when there was just the slightest breeze and they swayed like they were dancing!
Wedding, Holiday
Whatever you decide - have fun with it! 

~ Ciao

...images via pottery barn


On the Table: Holiday Inspired

With the holidays all around us, I have been seeing a lot of red lately!  Who hasn't?  Yet, when I ran across this picture I thought that it would be a great simple way to decorate your tables at your wedding.  And, I know - wholly brightness, but if the color scheme doesn't work for you a can of spray paint can work magic!
Simple, sophisticated and a little fun don't you think?  And if this is just to simple for you...think place cards, favors or a sprig on the plate!

~ Ciao

...photo tina rupp


Shoe Storage

So what do you do with your wedding shoes after you have worn them?  I think most people put them back in their box - even though I am sure some probably still wear them on occasion.  Well how about putting them on display like this...
Fashion, Shoes
I L-O-V-E this idea!  This is definitely how I would do it.  Don't they look just amazing?  Oh, so pretty.

~ Ciao

...image via lonny and shoes jcrew

Color Palettes: Sorbet

Inspiration today comes from a picture of waxed cord.  I knew as soon as I saw it the sorbet colors in raspberry pink, orange and lemon would make the most beautiful summer wedding palette. 
Don't believe me?  Take a look at this pale yellow cake with raspberry pink and orange detail!
Wedding, Cake
So adorable don't you think?

~ Ciao

...photo (1) via papiervalise and (2) katie stoops


Flowers of the Week 12.14.09

Summer country is what I am thinking about this week.  This easy arrangement of hydrangea, bells of ireland, roses, ivy and branches in greens and white all tied with a simple ribbon in yellow is just what I am in the mood for after days of rain! 
Wedding, Flowers
Plus, I love how it's adorning the door - the perfect touch.  Simply lovely isn't it?  Happy Monday!

~ Ciao

...photo nato welton



The perfect wedding shoe that is!  I am drooling (really) over these Christian Louboutin Studio 120 peep toes.  I think they would make the most spectacular wedding shoes!
It's those red soles that do it.  Imagine being in all white and having the red pop out.  I L-O-V-E it.  Oh, and the pictures would be sooo cute.

~ Ciao

...image net-a-porter


I Scream, You Scream

We all scream for ice cream!  This is just fabulous.  I am not sure whether this was arranged or not...but I love it and had to share.  How fun would it be to have an ice cream truck make a pit stop at your wedding! 
That way everyone gets what they really want! 

~ Ciao

...photo southern wedding film photography

Who Says...

...you have to wear white on your wedding night?  I think this would be just perfect...
Just a thought!

~ Ciao

...photo jonas bresnan


Faux Snow

Yes, this picture is straight off the Pottery Barn website...not intended for weddings really...but that doesn't mean that this wouldn't make a fabulous centerpiece at a winter wedding!  How amazing would your table look covered with a little faux snow and candlelight?  Lower the lights, light the candles and revel in the magic of the flickering flames.
Holiday, Wedding
Other things that come to mind when I see the picture above...tartan (plaid), velvet, wool blankets, hot apple cider spiked with rum, and a horse and carriage to sweep you away!  But, remove the snow and you could have an amazing outdoor, woodsy wedding with lighter fabrics, colors and the like.  As I always say - ideas are everywhere!

~ Ciao

...image via pottery barn


Color Palattes: Gold

One thing I love about gold is that it plays off of the light - giving you more than just one color.  Another thing, it's blingy.  Combine the two and you will get a warm and fabulous color scheme.  Take a look at this cake, which is quite formal and blingy, do you see just gold?  No, you see a variety of shades and depths of gold (I know, I put color boxes along the side to help).  Wouldn't it make a decadent color scheme for a more formal affair?
Wedding, Cake, Color
And if a more casual affair is what you are going for, then the cupcakes below are a great way to incoporate gold into your color scheme.
Wedding, Cupcakes
Wether you incorporate just a hint of gold or go all out - the end result, I'm sure, will be fabulous!

~ Ciao

...photos raymond hom


Flowers of the Week 12.7.09

This weeks flowers are a combination of pink, purple, grey and green.  Plus the bouquet below has lots of texture.  I love the overall feel of this bouquet.  The majority of the flowers are calm, casual and natural...and then you get that pop of hot pink which brings it up a notch - just fabulous.
I am loving it.  Happy Monday!

~ Ciao

...image via lauren and abby ross


Color Palettes: Flowers + Stole

What do you get when you combine a vase full of pretty flowers and an amazing faux fur stole?
Fashion, Flowers
The most gorgeous color palette.  How amazing would this rich, warm color palette be at your wedding?  And the stole over your dress, with pearls - so glamorous!

~ Ciao

...images via lisa hubbard & kendall farr


Please Pass the Salt

First off, I can't help but think how cute these favors would be at a beach wedding...maybe because of the ocean's salt water...who knows.  I will tell you that I do think this is a cute and simple favor idea that is perfect for a DIY bride.  And if the bride or groom is either a chef or just loves to cook it would make it even better - it would be the personal touch that I am always looking for.
Wedding, Favors
I really love the shape of the bottle, and those labels are just perfect with the scalloped edge (which is reminding me of ocean waves).  The added sprig of rosemary on the bottle is the type of detail I love - just a little something extra!  And if you think about it - who doesn't like a little salt?

~ Ciao

...image via frances janisch


Shell Filled - Update

Okay, so just yesterday I posted a giant clam shell with different ideas on how you could use at your wedding.  And low and behold, today I look online at Pottery Barn - and yes, they are selling a clam shell!  Not only that - but what do they fill it with?  Hello, ice and oysters on the half shell.  Seriously, I have not seen it until two minutes ago, when I knew I had to give you an update and post the pic....so here it is...
Man, am I good!  Just kidding, of course.

~ Ciao

...image via pottery barn

Going Green

So here is a simple, casual tabletop style that I think is just fabulous.  Rice steamers as centerpieces?  Yes, and I am loving it! 
Tabletop, Wedding
And in doing some research they would be quite affordable to purchase (depending on the size of your wedding).  Here is a closeup pic of one I found...
Wedding, Details
So you are probably thinking what the heck would I do with all of them after the wedding?  I would give them away as a gifts at the wedding to one lucky person at each table (depending on the type of table and the number of steamers on each table, you could give away multiple ones at each table).  Tape a cute little "You are the Winner" ticket under the chair...whoever sits there gets to take home the steamer.  Oh what fun!

~ Ciao

...image via scott horne and sur la table


Shell Filled

So I saw this pic and thought...hey, there is a super cute idea!  Yes, I know this is set for the holidays - but how cute would this be at your wedding?  Especially one with a beachy theme.
How cute would these giant clam shells be filled with some sand to display your table cards?  How about filling them with your favors?  (Above the hostess filled the shell with little boxes of macaroons for her guests as their parting holiday gift - too cute!)   Or you could use smaller ones either filled with water and floating candles as your centerpieces, or filled with flowers, seagrass, shells, etc.  Also, these would be super cute filled with some ice and used for either oysters on the halfshell type of buffet, shrimp buffet, or drinks.  Think outside the shell (corny, I know) and see what else you can come up with!  As always, I can go on...let me know if you would like more ideas...not just for this post - but any of my posts!  Happy Tuesday inspiration. 

~ Ciao

...image via homes and gardens