A Thousand Threads

Month: December, 2011

Merry Christmas!

… and a Happy New Year!

Thank you for all of your support in this first year of A Thousand Threads.  I could never have imagined how many wonderful friends I would make as a result of this little blog.  2011 has been an amazing year in every way… which makes me all the more excited for 2012!

I’ll see you all back here then.

xoxo Laicie

Photo: Remodelista

Happy Friday!


No doubt a lot of you are already off on lovely holiday vacations, far from the day to day… and mine is just about to start.  Just this final day of work and I’m off to a week and a half of rest and relaxation, catching up, and holiday fun with my guy… who finally has this time off as well!

I have so much to be thankful for this year, I can’t even begin.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays… I hope your last day of preparation is going smoothly (and that mine does as well).

Here are a few things I’m loving this week…

Joel Serrato and Jose Villa here, here, and here (and the winter 2012 issue of Martha that I’ll be picking up later today).

Did you notice that’s my venue?  OMG.

These awesome DIY stockings.

I want my engagement shots to look exactly like this… please?

DIY ‘vintage’ crates.

Letters to Santa.

An adorable first birthday with calligraphy by Neither Snow.

A winter playlist.

Christmas Tradition

Rock N’ Roll Bride

When I was a little girl, Christmas was all about tradition.  The holidays were always the same.

On Christmas Eve, we would get all dolled up and go to my grandparents’ house, where it would already smell delicious.  With Grandma’s dip on the table and Grandpa’s Singapore Slings on the way, we would always leave an hour or so to catch up with family before dinner, torture when I was particularly young and couldn’t take my eye off of the presents in the next room.

Dinner was shrimp louie, clam chowder, bread and plenty of wine… and it was never rushed.  It wasn’t a traditional meal, but we were from the coast and my grandmother made the best clam chowder in the world.

Eventually, after no small amount of begging on my part, we would move to the next room for presents.

This was the best, but not just because there were presents involved.  It was best because it took hours, each person taking their turn in a single chair at the front of the room, opening a single present, until the huge pile was gone.

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A Little Inspiration: Winter Warmth

Swing / Suitcase / Cakes / Turntable / Book / Coke / Bride / Reindeer / Table / Cabin / Tree

It’s been much too long since I posted an inspiration board, and since it doesn’t feel like winter here at all, I thought I’d try and create my own.

I love that despite the cold, this board still feels warm and cozy.  Right now I would like nothing more than to be curled up in that cabin, sipping hot cocoa and humming along to Christmas songs with my honey.  I can’t believe I’m saying it… but I’m kind of ready for some snow.

{Wedding Film Wednesday}

Would you mind if we do something a little different today?  Like… maybe a proposal film?

With a big dose of Disney (as in both this proposal takes place at Downtown Disney and should be in a Disney movie) a flash mob, and a super nervous adorable groom-to-be this might just be the cutest proposal ever caught on film.

A big big thanks to Lover.ly for pointing this one out on Twitter yesterday!

I can’t actually stop watching…

{Real Weddings} Amos & Justine’s Vancouver Bash

I heart this wedding and this adorable couple.  From the colorful bridesmaids dresses and matching groomsmen’s socks to the gorgeous flowers and personal touches, Justine and Amos’ day looks like so much fun!

From the photographer:

Justine and Amos met when they both worked at the same law firm for a couple of years. Justine says, “Our firm had a Breakfast Club every Friday morning and Amos and I would often end up arriving before our co-workers. That is where I got to know him and his humour, good nature and blue eyes.” Amos said he is attracted to how sweetly outspoken Justine is, “she says what is on her mind and calls a spade a spade.” This is how you know you have found an amazing guy, Justine moved into Amos’s neighbourhood and before she got cable, Amos kindly invited her over to watch The Hills at his house so she wouldn’t have to miss any episodes. {Sorry ladies Amos is now married!!}

After a tricky week of on and off rain, the wedding day was here and so was the sunshine and almost summer like temperatures. It was a day that went so fast, Justine looked stunning and Amos looked so GQ. Their wedding party was FAN-TAS-TIC. I think one of the things I loved were the girls being able to choose their dresses and the colour of their dresses, then the guys matched their socks to the girls dresses. LOVE. Justine created a lot of the details at the reception herself which I love when a couple puts their own personal touch on their wedding. It truly was an amazing day.

Photographer: Daydream Weddings / Event Planner: Down the Aisle / Floral Designer: Celsia Florest / Dress Store: Frocks, J. Crew / Ceremony Location: Burnaby Village Museum / Jewelry: Twigs & Honey / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Harry Rosen / Restaurant: Boneta

{Real Weddings} Brendan & Joanna’s Sunny Soirée

What a weekend… I’m still recovering!

Our trip was even better than expected, with great weather, amazing sunrises, fresh air, and views.  There is nothing better.  But I have to admit… all of that cold has me craving the heat, and this beautiful celebration is just the fix.

Brendan and Joanna’s intimate wedding is full of gorgeous vintage touches and plenty of sun — enough to warm even the coldest of days.

Not to mention one of the prettiest bouquets I’ve ever seen.

Photographer: Lauren Reynolds Photography / Caterer: Carbonara Catering / Floral Designer: Krista Jon / Planner and Stylist: Ki Ki Lee Herr / Cake Designer: Itty Bitty Sweets / DJ: Divel Entertainment / Equipment Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals, Classic Party Rentals / Event Venue: The Historic Cottage

Quiet Sundays

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.
~John Muir

I Dream of Weddings

Friday Link Love

Steep Street

The end of the week is here!  We’re headed off soon for a few days in the woods and the weather is so on our side it’s unbelievable.  I don’t even know what’s happening here in DC.  Weather in the 40s and 50s in December?  I’m knocking on every piece of wood I can find because seriously, this is the best winter ever.

Just right for a backpacking trip with a few good friends, a toasty fire, and some s’mores (you better believe there will be lots of s’mores).

Here are a few things I’m loving this week…

Everything about this wedding.

DIY dip-dyed stationery from Martha.

This dress.

Christmas with a pallet!

I need to make these.

Unconventional Christmas colors and painted driftwood. ❤

12 dates of Christmas.

This adorable Christmas card.

Amazing moms and holiday cookie swaps.

I could eat sweet potatoes every day this time of year.

Courtney & Stan’s Awesome Outdoor Engagements

When I received this engagement submission through Two Bright Lights, I immediately accepted.  Not only is the shoot unbelievably fabulous, the theme is right up my alley…

In fact, we have a big backpacking trip planned for this weekend!  I won’t look nearly this great, but none of that matters.  There is nothing better than a little time outdoors (even sub 40 degrees) with good friends and a warm campfire… no cell phones, no internet, no stress…

It’s the best thing in the world.  So I can see why Courtney and Stan chose camping as the theme for their engagement shots!

What I didn’t realize when I jumped at this theme was that it originated from the very same genius photographer I published just days ago!  Clearly I’ve found a new love!

Here’s Melissa with another AMAZING story…

Stan lived with his family, right next-door to Courtney’s aunt and uncle. While he never managed to bump into Courtney there, Courtney’s aunt made it a point to suggest he meet her sweet niece, and then show him a picture. When Stan started college at UCA, which happened to be the school Courtney was attending as well, her aunt became more insistent…..Here’s what Courtney looks like (again, she offered up a recent picture) Stan, be SURE to look for her on campus! Sure I will, Stan thought, wondering how in the heck he was supposed to find one girl in a sea of over 10,000 faces. But as luck (or fate) would have it, the two did run into one another, at a party. Stan sees Courtney, instantly recognizes her and stutters…….Hey, you’re that girl…I live beside your aunt! Courtney’s aunt had done her job well, because when Stan did finally see that face, he had to talk to her, if only to find out why his next-door-neighbor was so insistent they meet. Almost immediately, a friendship developed, and the two began spending time together…..as just friends, of course. Eventually, Courtney and Stan woke up to the sweet fact that everyone around had known all along…they were never just friends. There was always something more than simple friendship between these two. Courtney and Stan are getting married May 12 in Scott, Arkansas.

I can’t get over these stories — SO perfect.  Thank you for sharing with us again, Melissa!

Photographer: Melissa McCrotty Photography / Event Venue: All Souls Church