Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Wedding Flowers

Leading up to Christmas is filled with all sorts of activities, organizing food, presents, flowers, holiday accommodation. Is the spare room ready for guests? Yes it is chaotic and the list is endless.

Yet it can be exhilarating when you and your partner decide to marry at Christmas.

Whether it be a winter wonderland wedding or get away to the tropics. This is a time when your wedding will make a huge impact on family and friends regardless of the destination.

It's Christmas time, a time for goodwill towards all men. A wedding to top it off always brings added joy.

Wedding flowers at Christmas during winter are gorgeous. Perfect time for tulips, hyacinths, freesias, and so on. A winter wonderland theme is perfect to entertain your guests with at Christmas time if your in the Northern Hemisphere.

For those considering a tropical Christmas wedding the season swings to the vibrant colored lilies and orchids, roses and a rainbow of colors in a large range of florist blooms to choose from. Tropical beach wedding on the sunny shores are breath taking with frangipani or orchids to dance in your hair.

Florist flowers are chosen specifically for their longevity,they are grown in hot houses to suit all seasons.

Wedding flowers are special no matter the season nor the choice of flower, it is always smart to know when your choice of bloom is in season,whether it be a Christmas wedding or a tropical beach wedding. Seek advice and know what is in season for your wedding to save any disappointment.

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Dream Destination Wedding in a Puerto Vallarta Villa

Every woman dreams of her wedding at some exotic destination with beautiful white sand beaches, pristine clear waters, magnificent Villa and surrounded by her close ones. If you thought this is just a dream then you could not be more wrong. You can have your wedding with great style and sophistication in a luxury Villa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Now, you could have your Wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on while sand beaches or in a Luxury rental Villa or on beautiful grounds. You can choose a traditional wedding with a white dress, long veil, train, lots of exotic flowers and vows or you can opt for a simple yet elegant look with a slip dress. The entire Villa Rentals in Mexico can be yours and share this most important day in your life with your friends, relatives to share the joy and happiness of your wedding.

A private Luxury rental vacation Villa in Puerto Vallarta Mexico is equipped with all amenities and features. If you thought a luxury Villa on rent will be very extravagant then you will be surprised on how affordable rental vacation villas are in Mexico. Here superb villas with ever caring and competent attendants and chefs come at very economical prices. The atmosphere in Puerto Vallarta is very relaxed and you will enjoy a carefree vacation in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A lifelong memory of your destination wedding is so close to your hands.

Wedding planner will take care of all arrangements and you will have to just sit back and soak the atmosphere and enjoy once in a life time moment with your loved ones sharing your most important day in the intimate luxury of a villa in Mexico.

If you want to fulfill your childhood dream of a wedding by the Oceanside, come to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and make your dream comes true!

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

An Indian Wedding: video feature

We're happy to share with you a video sneak Peek of Shraddha & Hitesh's wedding we did this year at The Darlington House!!

The lovely folks over at Zelo Photography and Video also just let us know that the video has been featured on Maharani Weddings: A Haven for South Asian Brides.

It was our first traditional Indian wedding, and we learned so much about their amazingculture... and are grateful to be included on such a reputable Indian site! Thanks to Zelo for their awesome work! The quality of their camera is amazing and combined with their talent, the end result is a video that looks and feels just like a movie.

I think my favorite part of the video has to be the shots of all the beautiful guests during the ceremony. There is something so stunning about all of the bright, rich colors of the women's saris...completely striking. I also love the dancing in the street before the ceremony began :) It was extremely hot that day, but the guests didn't let that stop them! Can't wait to share the rest of the
details and more of their reception!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Titanium Collection Honey Amber Ring

The cold , hard titanium is in direct opposition to the warm, soft amber stones, yet the two complement each other so well. This collection is great for romantic types enjoying the evenings in chic parlors and lounges. Detail

Forzieri Swarovski Crystal and Sterling Silver Tennis Bracelet

Dazzling sophistication perfect for any occasion, this river of round Swarovski crystals by Forzieri sparkles from this gorgeous tennis bracelet, in a square prong setting made in non-tarnish sterling silver and finished with a secure clasp. Gift box included, Made in Italy. Detail

White Gold Inside-Out Hoop Huggies Diamond Earrings

These beautiful and gorgeous hoop diamond earrings are set in lustrous 14k gold and embedded with dazzling icy white Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds. The elegant charming look can go along perfectly with different outfits for day and night. Diamond Hoop earrings have been the most popular diamond jewelry for every one. Detail

White Gold Heart Diamond Pendant Necklace

This romantic and trending Heart-Shaped Diamond Pendant is gorgeously rendered in 10k gold and studded with sparkling icy white diamonds. It dangles beautifully from a gold chain. Heart is a symbol of love and joy. A classical and charming Heart Diamond Pendant is the best jewelry for all occasions and outfits. Nothing can be lovely than this beautiful heart diamond pendant. Detail

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year has been crazy, and definitely full of its ups and downs. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays (not just because of the delicious food we get to eat...and trust me, that plays a huge role), because it forces us all to take a deep breath. To stop with our busy lives and remember everything we do have, and to be grateful and appreciative of those things.

Last year, as a family we made a thankful tree. My husband had gone on an expedition with Finn and brought in a branch from outside and placing it in a big pot, we cut out paper leaves, wrote some of the things that we are thankful for and glued it to the branches. The kids had so much fun counting their blessings while filling the tree. Our little paper tree has continued to grow this year....and while the leaves are dropping from the trees outside, inside our thankful tree is full and abundant. As simple as it is, it is beautiful and it reminds me that life is beautiful. My heart is full with gratitude for all that we have and how the blessings continue to come with each passing year. This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for so many things, but I wanted to share with you a few leaves from our tree:

Family, healthy bodies, full bellies, freedom, friends near and far, spontaneous little "i wuv you's" from the kids, ice cream after every dinner , cuddles in the evening, books, warm blankets, a comfy home, clean clothes, our memory that can recall favorite times with those we love, sunshine, hands to hold, rain and fireplaces, the smell of waffles in the morning, swimming pools, weddings, sweet singing and music that fills our home

hugs and kisses,
for sand in our toes and the beauty of the beach
for the quiet moments

and for the noisy moments too

For a man I feel cherished by everyday
for the simple joys that come from being a mom

and the smiles that light up our world.

I hope you all have a warm and cozy Thanksgiving full of friends, family and love. We found this quote in the Happily Grateful journal from the paper source (pictured above) and thought it couldn't be more fitting for us this holiday season....

"We are most alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." - Thornton Wilder

Happy Thanksgiving everyone and may your thankful trees be full!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Orazio - Stunning Two Tone Comfort Fit Wedding Band

Classic Two-Tone Wedding Band for Him & Her - Comfort Fit! Seven mm wide, 925 Sterling Silver & 10K Gold. Detail

White Gold Swiss Blue Topaz Teardrop Earrings

Swiss blue topaz stones combine with gleaming 14 karat white gold for a look of cool, modern elegance in these small but striking drop earrings. They feature slender hinged bars of polished white gold tipped with pear-shaped blue topaz stones. The stones are held in simple three-prong settings and have a rich medium blue color and a faceted cut for maximum sparkle. Detail

Amethyst and Mystic Topaz Dragonfly Pendant

Let this gemstone and diamond dragonfly add a flash of bright color and sparkle to your neckline. Crafted in 10 karat yellow gold, this eye-catching pendant displays colorful gemstone wings, with bright purple amethyst above and mystic topaz--showing a range of pink and purple, with flashes of green--below. The marquise-shaped stones are held in two-prong settings and frame a slender curved dragonfly body set with ten sparkling round diamonds (.04 cttw). Detail

White Gold Diamond Heart Keyhole Pendant

White gold diamond heart keyhole pendant. Detail

Gold, Round, Diamond 4-Prong Stud Earrings

No jewelry wardrobe is complete without a classic pair of diamond stud earrings. Simple enough for daytime wear, yet radiant with evening attire, they offer sophistication and versatility all in one beautiful package. These classic studs, available in 18 karat white or yellow gold, showcase single round-cut diamonds with a total weight of 1/3 carat, held securely in four-prong settings. Detail

Friday, November 20, 2009

All You Need Is Love, Part 2

Stepping into the reception...

In keeping with the stars and guitars feel, guests were asked to sign a classical guitar the couple could then take to showcase in their house! I always love unique ways to create a lasting memory in lieu of the standard guest book.

Did we mention that we loved Nick's Ted Baker suit jacket? These are the kind of groom's that we just can't get enough of...the ones that are hip enough to pull of this look and brave enough to go for something different! Love it!

We suggested Rancho Valencia to Missy and Nick as the perfect, intimate venue to compliment the great Spanish vibe that worked so well with the inspiration guitar pin. The tiles, as well as the incredibly colorful crawling bouganvilla that covered the walls, were also inspiration for their entire wedding.

From the beautiful custom bougainvillea invitations that April of True Impressions created (hand-beaded and all!) to the escort cards, table names and the Spanish tile menu...everything was given a special touch.

Nick and Missy chose their favorite artists, and songs from those artists, as their table names. It was really fun to see some of their favorites, which included Otis Redding, James Taylor, Carole King and Chaka Kahn just to name a few. During dinner, Nick had the DJ play "A Soul Tribute to the Beatles" as background music. It was very cool and set the mood. My assistant Stephanie couldn't resist and bought the cd afterwards :)

The couple loves coffee and had their favorite brew shipped in from their favorite coffee shop in Chicago. We placed the coffee in bright coral coffee mugs as favors for their guests. While assembling them, the whole room filled with the smell of coffee, and wow did they smell amazing! :) We even put some spare coffee beans in the base of our candle votives. We also had Courtney Scowby of Brightly Designed, custom make the labels which read "Blended with Love" on the coffee bags.

We brought in Spanish-style lounge furniture that guests enjoyed throughout the evening, but especially as the night went on into the late evening. It was such a nice night, guests could grab a drink and sit under the stars if they wanted a break from the dance floor.

April of True Impressions helped us paint the custom backdrop we built to sit behind the head table. "All you need is love," a simple, classic John Lennon lyric, was painted across the musical staff. A timeless phrase we all felt was so fitting for the couple on their wedding day.

The whimsy design on the cake was done by the lovely ladies at Sweet Cheeks and was a replica of the intricate detail on the guitar pin . We decided to take it outside for a photo on the stairs. It's always a little scary to move a cake...but with Twigg's added flowers, the sunlight and the tile background, it really made for a great shot! Thanks Natalie for always working so hard to capture it just right!!

We continued with the stars and guitars feel and hung the paper stars throughout the entire reception room. At night, when all of the stars were lit, the room completely transformed. We also had various guitars displayed throughout the room.

Missy and Nick, it was such a pleasure to work with you! Your LOVE and your style was so incredibly inspirational for us, and truly reminded us that all you need is love.
Again, many thanks to Natalie Norton Photography . I am loving these images!