A Thousand Threads

Month: February, 2012

A Little Inspiration: Pretty Pastels

Streamer Garland / Horses / Vase / Bouquet / Chandelier / Bride / Table / Bridesmaids / Ties / Door

There is something so classic about a pretty pastel wedding.  Add in a few rustic touches and I’m sold.  For me, this look comes close to perfect.

The Diet

Admit it.  If you’re engaged, you’ve probably thought about a diet once or twice.  We all want to look our best, and even the most fit and fantastic of us are rarely able to see past those few extra pounds they swear they have to lose (even if they really don’t).  It’s sad, to be sure, but true.

Because Mark and I are anything but immune to the same concerns, and have recently scheduled our engagement shots, the pressure is officially on.   We’ve started a diet, and right now Mark is cursing me for even daring to show him the picture above.

To be honest, though, I’m not a big fan of diets.  I can’t bring myself to jump on board with any of the latest fads, and just the idea brings to mind images of starvation and a little weight loss followed by binge eating and loads of weight gain.  I hate them, and in many cases I might even admit that I don’t believe in them.

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Friday Link Love

This rainy day has me dreaming of a hammock, warm in the sun.  I hope you all have a lovely weekend!!

Here are a few things I’m loving…

Shorts and sweaters.

I might be a little late to this but oh my, so cute.

Also adorable.

All things Oscar.

Embracing your wedding worries.

Photo: Jonathan Canlas via Snippet & Ink

Floral Inspiration: Ranunculus

Native to Asia and celebrated for its bright beauty, the ranunculus is available in nearly every color, from white to pink, red, yellow, and orange.  Often considered as a cost-effective alternative to the rose and the peony, the lush, multipetaled bloom is actually a relative of the buttercup — that little flower you might have picked and held close to your chin as a child — and stands just as well on its own as it does as an accent.

Season: Late fall to early spring.

Meaning: You are radiant with charm, attractive.

Pros: The sturdy stem and hardy flower of the ranunculus make it a popular choice for wedding arrangements.  Once cut, ranunculus can last up to a week, making it an ideal pick for both bouquets and centerpieces.

Ranunculus comes in many colors, and is pretty in bouquets at all levels of openness, from a tight bloom to a fully open flower.

Cons: Because there is only one flower on each stem, and the flowers tend to be small, many stems will be needed in each bouquet.  Unless, that is, you use the ranunculus as an accent flower.

The ranunculus can be wire-wrapped, but prefers to be in water and may begin to droop by the end of the night without it.

Photo: Once Wed

A Little Inspiration: Vintage Green and Gold

Hanging Dress / Envelopes / Frames / Bridesmaid / Vintage Dress / Feathers / CeremonyBracelet / Boutonnieres / Notes / Brooch

{Real Weddings} Chuck & Ginger’s Sweet Southern Charm

This one is really special.  I’m not sure if it’s the rustic DIY detail, the impossibly perfect, sweet Tennessee venue… or just that horse (I love that horse).  This one takes my breath away.

I had to reach out to the bride to hear more…

How did you choose your venue… did it have any special significance?
We didn’t want the typical wedding venue.  We wanted something unique and country.  My husband was from the north so we wanted to show his friends and family a southern good time when they came down, so we wanted the theme to be country chic. We finally found a venue that fit that theme.

What other special details did you incorporate into your day?
We made the last minute decision to walk down the aisle in cowboy boots which was a nice special detail I don’t regret.  My matron of honor wrote us a poem of our love story that we had displayed at our wedding.

What was your favorite part of the day?
I think my favorite part of the day was taking pictures with Chuck… spending a couple of hours before the wedding just goofing off and being ourselves really calmed our nerves down for the actual ceremony.

Any advice for other brides?
Get a good photographer. The day goes by so fast and all you’ll have left is the pictures so spend the extra research time and money in getting a good photographer

I couldn’t agree more! Thank you so much, Ginger, for taking the time to answer my questions, and to your fabulous photographer for sharing these shots.

Photographer: Matt Phoenix Photography / Reception Venue and Ceremony Location: Front Porch Farms

Happy Presidents’ Day!

Happy birthday Mr. Washington (and Lincoln?).  So as not to show any preferential treatment, I thought I’d share this adorable shot of Barack and Michelle on their wedding day.

Don’t you just LOVE them?

Friday Link Love

Have you read A Practical Wedding?  Because it truly is amazing.  And oh-so relevant to planning a real wedding in this day and age — straight talk, no bs, no long list of must-haves.  I wish I had read it before this journey began.  I’m not sure I would have done anything differently… but I might have found a little comfort in its honesty.

Then again, maybe now is the perfect time to read this book.  This morning I laughed out loud while reading Kayce Hazelgrove’s “The Six Stages of Wedding Planning,” including #1. Euphoria: “Squeee,” #2. Discovery: “Ooooh, pretty,” #3. Panic: “How the hell?,” #4. Outrage/Depression: “What the eff,” “Eff me,” and #5. Rebellion: “Eff it.”  In this fifth stage, “It is not uncommon to find yourself telling overzealous friends and family where to stick their ‘helpful suggestions.'”

Recently, I’ve found myself floating somewhere in between numbers four and five, feeling like a crazy person and a little alone in my insanity.  My groom has an uncanny ability to be calm approximately 99.8 percent of the time… so that feeling that there might be a crazy person lurking somewhere in the house is particularly prominent when I’m off my rocker.

Thankfully, after breaking down a little, I was promptly reminded by a few fantastic friends that it would all be okay… my feelings were normal and my day would be beautiful.  Sometimes, in the midst of a breakdown, all you need is to be told.

The stages end in #6: Zen: “It is what it is.”

Having progressed through the other five stages, you are left with a feeling of having done all you could do.  Calmness sets in.  You accept that things will go wrong but understand that they won’t take away from the beauty of the day.  This stage is often followed by the drinking of copious amounts of alcohol and the shaking of your bottom.

It’s not that this concept is a foreign one. It’s the same reassurance my friends and family have steeped upon me in the past few weeks… but it’s good to hear, to have that reassurance that what you’re going through is normal and in the end, it will all be okay.

If you haven’t read the book, get it now… I’m loving it like crazy this week, along with these few other things…

Speaking of APW, I also love spreadsheets.

This lovely dahlia arrangement.

Everything about this awesome wedding, Part 1 and Part 2.

A letter from Johnny to June.

The gorgeous bridal shots, the morning of.

Things to worry about.

Valentines Day… which was perfect for a million reasons, including the amazing meal we had here.

Photo: Tec Petaja

{Real Weddings} Sarah & Robert’s Desert Romance

I have to admit — I’m a little bit of a sucker for a desert wedding, and Rob and Sarah’s destination wedding in Scottsdale, Arizona is no exception.

Photographer: Jennifer Weems Photography / Floral Designer: Petal Pushers / Reception Venue: Troon North Golf Club / Cake Designer: Julia Baker Confections / DJ: Starz Entertainment

A Little Inspiration: Tangerine Dream

Guests / Bride and GroomVaseSpeckles / Table / Food / InvitationFlowers / Bunting / Cake / Cocktails

Is it wrong that this board makes me want to sing?