a journey toward non-traditional wedded bliss, with style

A Starry Wedding January 28, 2009

 Flipping through an art book today I rediscovered one of my favorite Van Gogh paintings, “Starry Night Over the Rhone,” and of course immediately thought what a beautiful theme it would make for a wedding. Lots of deep colors, candlelight, by the water, under the stars


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Yes, please. January 26, 2009

I wasn’t sure I wanted toasting flutes until…

“Amor Vincit Omnia — Love Conquers All. Efva Attling is a designer of jewelery who has now brought her considerable experience and skills to the creation of glass. Each glass has a silver ring encircling the graceful stem. The ring is inscribed with the words “Amor Vincit Omnia”. The glasses making up this luxury collection are evocative of the art deco of the nineteen-thirties.”

Sign me up!


Buying in Bulk January 25, 2009

I’m not going to lie, when Drew casually mentioned that he wanted us to get a Costco membership I had a brief moment of panic. I stumbled over myself trying to give excuse after excuse (they won’t have enought organic food, how will we possibly store an 80 pound box of toilet paper etc) but my real problem was that a long time ago I filed Costco away in the “only if and when we have kids” segment of my brain. Still, I let Drew drag me along one Sunday afternoon to check it out. I was reasonably sure we wouldn’t find anything, and leave sans membership, with our early 20’s independent pride intact. Of couse I was wrong.

I won’t bore you with tales of all the fabulous organic items we found, the way cheaper energy efficient lightbulbs, or the eco-friendly showerhead we got totally excited about, because this is a wedding blog after all. And after one trip, my mind was already spinning with possibilities

Since we’re having an outdoor rehearsal dinner, I started eyeing up all the pre-prepared catering trays. You could easily cater a whole party or reception pretty economically, with food and booze, all from Costco. Their turkey wraps are pretty delicious, actually. And while we’re on the subject of food, you can definitely save money by filling up welcome bags with snacks and candy you bought in bulk.

Who knew Costco had wedding invitations? They have every type of wedding stationary imaginable, and some of it is dirt cheap. You could also make use of their Photolab to print thank you postcards or create a book of your wedding photos.

Or you could do like this bride, and order flowers from Costco which she says are cheaper than wholesale. I would trust her too, her wedding was so fresh, modern and gorgeous I’ll probably write up a whole feature about it later this week. If you can’t wait, go here to check out the rest of the pictures, they are amazing!


Art Deco Earrings January 19, 2009

I’ve always loved Art Deco anything, so pretty early on I planned on keeping my eye out for jewelry (vintage or reproduction) from that era. My dress has a 1940s Hollywood vibe, so I figured some semi-dramatic earrings would be perfect since the rest of my jewelry is pretty minimal. I already snagged a fabulous citrine brooch from the 1940s to pin the sash at the back of my dress, and these are a few options I’m considering for earrings:


So pretty, and I love the baguette shapes at the bottom. These are $120 at Jardin Jewelry.

These Gwenyth earrings from Anna Bellagio are probably my favorite right now. I love the delicate shape they have and they’re the cheapest at $68!

Oh, Isaac Manevitz I love pretty much everything you design, and these are no exception.

Of course, I could always be a little more authentic with vintage screwback earrings. These are currently up on Ebay for a highest bid of $9.99!



If I were this bride… January 16, 2009

I don’t know what I would be more upset about, that my husband was pretending to make out with the maid of honor, or the eight pounds of fluffy tulle threatening to crush my head. 

 Check out this New York magazine  article for a slideshow of vintage wedding pictures, that range from political to just pretty 🙂


Take a Dress, Make it Your Own January 12, 2009

Filed under: do it yourself,fashion,gowns,inspiration,wedding planning,weddings — laragale @ 10:07 pm

Trolling around on Weddingbee, I found these amazing pictures from Sara who added her two cents to “But is it Really Me?” article. I am blown away! She went with a simple dress from J Crew and made it uniquely her own by stitching together pieces of antique kimonos to make this incredible sash. Honestly, this is one of the most beautiful dresses I have ever seen, and I love her advice:

“I had the same problem when searching for my dress. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money, and none of the dresses that I tried on really felt or looked like “me.” So I ended up going with the trusty J. Crew Sophia dress that I found on clearance for $60. My mom and I added our own flair to it, based on a design that I had seen on a dressmaker’s website. We made a sash out of antique kimonos that matched beautifully. It made for a unique dress that was totally and completely me. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in a store, take a plain dress and make it your own.”



Photography by Blue Lotus


Website Templates from Offbeat Bride

I just can’t say enough about Offbeat Bride. Besides being one of the original sites to inspire me to start my own blog, Ariel is one seriously cool chick who celebrates what modern nontraditional weddings are all about. So when I found out that she had teamed up with indie designers to offer wedding website templates that don’t include the usual sappy poems and animated hearts I was psyched! If Drew wasn’t a web designer I would be all over these. Check them out here, and if you like what you see, many of the designers offer matching invitations!


Etsy Find: First Comes Love January 9, 2009

Oh, Etsy how I love you. I was casually browsing last night with a vague notion of looking for a ring bearer pillow, and found the perfect one! Not only was it a steal ($10 people!) but the owner was fabulous, e-mailing me back within seconds and scouring her house for the perfect shade of green ribbon. It definitely beats trying to sew ribbon on a pillow myself, since I am sewing challenged. This store also features a variety of damask table and aisle runners, which I’m already eyeing for the rehearsal dinner!


Modern Baroque Frames January 8, 2009

Like most items for our wedding, I have a very specific image in my head of the type of frames I want for our table numbers, and they look something like this:

My idea is to pop out the glass, frame pages from old art books (dime a dozen at used bookstores), and glue painted wooden numbers at the bottom corner. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find any similar frames for a decent price.  Not even at my mecca for such things! Anyone have any idea of where else to look?


West Elm January 7, 2009

Our six month quest for the perfect dining table finally ended this weekend! It seems like there is a big void in the furniture market for moderately priced, non-ugly, modern style furniture. We do love Ikea, but for certain pieces we wanted something a little more permanent, which is why we were excited to find West Elm. Their decor is crisp, modern, with the occasional Asian/ethnic influence, which I love. They’re also having an awesome sale right now, and there are definite wedding decor possibilities!

Pretty purple and white centerpiece vases for $6.99 to $7.99!

How cool would these crystal stands look draped from trees for an outside ceremony?  Or for $9.99 a strand, you can afford to bling out your centerpieces. If the natural look is more your style, they also  have river rock strands for $4.99 apiece.

Ok, so these lanterns aren’t a total steal at $29.99, but if you have a small number of tables to decorate for a rehearsal dinner or reception they could really make a statement.