Happy Monday! 

It was about this time last year I first started to think about/plan my save-the-dates…so I know that all you fall brideys out there are starting to think the same thing and are getting into save-the-date mode.

My fiancee (now husband) and I had such a fun time planning, designing, and ultimately being photographed for ours so I wanted to share a little bit about the ins and outs of what some people unfortunately refer to as STDs…no worries I’ll save my abbreviating for another day.

Save-the-dates are the time to get creative! Have some fun, get your photographer involved, and don’t worry… you don’t need to spend a fortune. Something as simple as a postcard (see below) will suffice. 

Your save-the-date will be the first thing that your guests see that lets them in on the theme of your wedding. Please refrain from selecting the mini-me version of your invitation. This may be the easy way out, but it is also the most boring. Your save-the-dates should definitely relate to your invitation, but they don’t need to be twins…they don’t even need to be brothers…they should be more like that funky third cousin that wears neon orange socks and glasses that look like this

Yes, now we’re on the right track. 

These little vintage themed lovelies cost a grand total of $0 to make and send. This couple did the design themselves and then sent them out as a digital file.

Perfect watercolor details for a seaside wedding. These were created using gouache paints and adobe illustrator. Cobalt and Sunshine yellow are so happy and pretty…slightly biased here since those were my wedding colors.

Here’s the postcard I mentioned…you don’t even need an envelope! 


These look professional and not to mention a tad expensive…but nope here’s the DIY tutorial.

Lois and Cris are quite literally tying the knot.

Super cute record save-the-dates, these are perfect for a music or retro themed wedding. 

Your save the date can be as simple as a picture. If you plan ahead you can take them at the same time as your engagement session and save some $$. Use props and plan your outfit accordingly-wear the colors that are going to be in your invitation/wedding. And you don’t have to be a graphics whiz to design your own save-the-dates…layout your pictures and text in powerpoint, then take the file to your local fedex/kinkos and they can format, print, and cut everything for you.

Good luck saving the date and if you have created an amazing save-the-date send it to me!

{Photo Credits: 1 Nan Lawson 2 Wedding Bee 3, 4 Scouts Honor Co. 5 Martha Stewart Weddings 6 7 Simplesong 8 Sherry Hammonds Photography}

Sweet Succulents

Oh please tell me I am not the only one who loves succulents! Is there any cuter or more natural looking little plant? They are gorgeous in a bouquet, boutonniere, center piece, or sitting on the windowsill in your kitchen. Better yet, these little guys store water in their leaves and thrive on neglect…if you use succulents in any of your wedding florals make sure they don’t get left behind!

{Photo Credits: 1 Tinywater Photography 2, 5 Petal PushersJennifer Laura Designs 3 Anna Williams 4 JL Designs}

Trendy Wedding Trends: Books, Books, Books!

As an interior designer in my past life I often find myself gravitating to interiors to gather inspiration for my clients. Books are one of my absolute favorite accessories and in my opinion there is no such thing as too many books.

To me a bookcase and the books inside can quickly become so much more when you begin to arrange them in interesting ways…and this can easily translate to create some really beautiful wedding details. 

Here is an entry table with some fantastic antique books. This can also be a really affordable way to spice up some of your spaces- look in thrift stores, 2nd hand book shops, and sometimes libraries even sell old books. 

Here I used books to elevate these moss covered buckets to different heights, we filled the buckets with birdseed and used small scoops to hand out the seeds to the guests to toss as the bride and groom were leaving.  

If you can’t seem to find books that are the right style or want a really clean look you can use wrapping paper and create book covers (just like in high school) to create a really unifying look.

I am also currently loving the look of hanging decor at weddings. These little book page puff balls are gorgeous and totally add to the vintage feel of this cake table area. Check out this tutorial to learn how to make these suckers yourself!

How easy is this? A book ring bearer pillow. Love it! This could be really special if you used a parent or grandparents bible….something borrowed anyone?

{Photo Credits: 1 From the Right Bank 2 Tinywater Photography 3 Jennifer Laura Designs 4 Holli B Photography 5 Milena Sefferovich 6 200 Dollar Wedding}

Etsy to the Rescue: Planning a Rustic Elegant Wedding

While planning my big day I quickly found Etsy was an amazing source for all things wedding and all things rustic! I found an endless supply of inspiration and Etsy vendors who were willing to customize their products to fit whatever crazy requests I could come up with. 

Bella Bean Couture created these custom flower girl dresses that turned out perfectly. I requested that they all be slightly different- so Faith, the shop owner, went to work and made sure one of the dresses had no straps, one dress had a train, and they all had gorgeous silk flowers that we could clip on in different locations. 

Look at this amazing train on the back, these could not have been more perfect!

I am so in love with this rustic lemonade tablecloth. I think serving lemonade or tea before your ceremony is the perfect way to start an outdoor wedding (chances are your caterer can even take care of this if you ask). Kimberly Parker with Sisters of Nature will customize this tablecloth with the bride and groom’s name and she also creates lots of other lovely little burlap accents that are for sale in her Etsy shop.

No rustic wedding is complete without burlap…when planning my wedding I couldn’t seem to get enough of the stuff! I used burlap for my ring bearer pillow, napkin rings, and there was even a piece of burlap wrapped around my bouquet. We ended up scooping birdseed out of wooden pails for people to throw as we left, but my original idea was to order these little sacks filled with birdseed for each guest. The Etsy shop Funky Shique makes these and will customize the design on the front as well as the color. 

I found these awesome rustic signs on Shandrus Creations‘ Etsy shop, created by the husband and wife team of Shannon and Chris Andrus and they gave me a great idea for our save-the-dates! Unfortunately, by the time I found them there wasn’t enough time to get them shipped to us, but we found some similar fence posts at a hardware store and cut them down for a little DIY fun.

We had our photographer Sherry Hammonds take these pictures during our engagement session, we then designed the layout and graphics in photoshop, had them printed, and glued magnets to the back for some fun and unique save-the-dates!

{Photo Credits: 1, 2 Sherry Hammonds Photography 3 Sisters of Nature 4 Funky Shique 5 Shandrus Creations 6 Jennifer Laura Designs}

Dog Bearer?

Dogs in weddings?? Oh yes!

My dog Charlie was the ring bearer in my wedding and it was a little tricky to coordinate, but it was well worth it! My husband Kris and I have two other larger dogs (shout out to Petey and Jake) and we would have loved to involve them as well, but unfortunately they are a little too excited around crowds and we could only imagine them jumping all over the guests (out of love of course) as they dragged whoever was unfortunate enough to be burdened with them down the aisle. 

However, our little pomeranian Charlie was the perfect candidate to represent our four-legged family on our big day. He is small, extremely well behaved, and seems to capture everyone’s heart who is lucky enough to meet him.


I made this burlap covered pillow for Charlie and sewed it onto a doggie harness for him to wear. If you are a little less DIY I also ran across some really cute dog ring bearer pillows on Etsy before deciding to make my own. I recommend using a harness instead of just clipping a pillow onto the collar though, a harness ensures the pillow won’t flop over to one side and fall off their back halfway down the aisle.

 So if you are contemplating whether or not you should involve your dog in your wedding here are some things to consider: 

-Does your venue allow dogs? If you are getting married in a church I would assume not…but you never know and it doesn’t hurt to ask! Our wedding venue (Red Corral Ranch) allowed well behaved dogs to be present for the ceremony but requested that they leave for the reception. So we found a dog boarder as close to our venue as we could and asked two friends (who love dogs) if they would mind delivering Charlie before and then dropping him off after. They were able to get him well in advance of the ceremony and took him back while the wedding party was taking pictures so they didn’t miss anything. A good wedding planner should be able to help you coordinate the details if you are determined to involve your pups!

If your venue doesn’t allow dogs, consider doing an outdoor photo shoot after the ceremony. Or if you decide to do a day-after photo session with your photographer this could be the perfect time to get some furry photos!

-Is your dog comfortable around large crowds? If your dog is skittish at dinner parties this might be a sign that a wedding crowded with lots of people is not the place for him.

However, this creative couple put their scaredy pup in a wagon and that seemed to calm his nerves a bit. Whatever way you are planning on including your dog- make sure they are going to be comfortable. Have them practice walking around with a pillow strapped to their back, plop them in the wagon and roll them around, put your pups needs and nerves first!

-What role have you envisioned for your pup? 


He doesn’t have to be the ring bearer, I’ve seen some pretty adorable doggie ties and presto! Another groomsmen. 

-What will my dog wear? Like I mentioned before Etsy has some great options.

But why not get your florist involved and have them make some gorgeous collars?

-Potty Problems… Whatever you do, make sure your assigned dog handler lets them relieve themselves before and after the ceremony! You don’t want any accidents around a white dress!

{Photo Credits: 1 Sherry Hammonds Photography 2 EP Love 3 Justin and Mary 4 Rebekah J. Murray Photography 5 Kathy Blanchard Photography 6 KT Merry Photography}

Details, Details…

For me, a beautiful wedding is all in the details. The little things you do for your guests, the personal touches you add to your tables, and everything in between that makes your guests say “wow”. 

A beautiful Brooch added to your bouquet.

If having an outdoor ceremony, why not cool guests down with some refreshing lemonade?
Take a look at this gorgeous dessert table. Using a piece of furniture instead of the typical rental table + tablecloth instantly adds lots of personality! Using homemade paper pom balls are also an easy and cheap way to make a gorgeous backdrop.
A seating chart is a great place to be creative and do something unique! These vintage windows were purchased in an antique store and hung from the tree with a hemp rope. 

Your place settings DO NOT I repeat DO NOT have to match. This vintage tablescape is absolutely beautiful and uses mismatched china, salad plates, and napkins. 

A collection of really beautiful glassware can make the perfect centerpiece. 

{Photo Credits: 1, 5 Jodi Miller Photography 2, 3 Gabriel Ryan Photography 4 Jennifer Laura Designs 6 Events By Heather Ham}