By the Light of the Silvery Moon...
…and some well-placed candles. Yes, yes, yes, I know the whole moon line is from a nursery rhyme, but hey, inspiration where you can find it, yes? And I happen to think that nothing is more romantic than an evening wedding with lots of candles (I might or might not have bought 500, give or take a few, for my own wedding). Flowers are lovely when done right, but give me hundreds of candles...
On Being Dapper
You’ve picked out your stunning, modest gown (the one that will make his jaw drop and knees weak). It’s SO perfectly you. Your bridesmaids are each fitted out with an amazing dress that suits each beautiful woman. And all of you have probably gone through hours of being jabbed with pins while a seamstress makes the fit just perfect. And then, into this lovely vision of customization...
The Ring's the Thing
With apologies to Shakespeare, when it comes to engagements, it’s (usually) all about the ring. Now, I know plenty of people who chose not to go the ring route, but most women I know started dreaming about a ring on that all-important finger shortly after they were old enough to spell engagement! So if you were like me, the ring shopping started way before you even met your husband. Maybe in...
Cover to Cover: Good Stock
I am dangerous in a bookstore. Really, really dangerous. I just LOVE books: the smell of leather, the heft of a properly bound book, and the joy of discovering something lovely in the stacks of an old bookstore. Growing up, I loved to read biographies, and one of my favorite parts were the photographs and their attendant captions. Oh, the captions. It’s fascinating to me to see what the...
Demure Design: Jasmine Bridal
Hello all! I apologize for the radio silence last week; a trip out of town combined with a series of technical difficulties (including someone deciding that my new cell phone would have a better home with them…) conspired to derail my posting plans. But I’m back this week, and have a lot of great things to share with you! Does anyone remember the Barbie Fashion Plates toy from the 70s...
Real Modest: Sheena's Bridals
Today’s “Real Modest” feature comes to us courtesy of Amber Weimer, who you may remember from her work with Jackie and Jang. Sheena is a bride after my own heart: her bridesmaids wore gray! How did you meet? Trent and I met at school. We were both studying photography at UVU and he was the TA during my class time, so I had to check out equipment through him. (He likes to add...
So, one of modesty’s paradoxes, then, is that it is usually a reflection of...– Wendy Shalit in A Return to Modesty (via jlgerhardt)
Move Over, Shirley Temple
I actually have nothing against Shirley Temples — those sweet concoctions of lemon-lime soda and grenadine. But I don’t drink, so it always makes me happy when I go to a restaurant, and they have interesting non-alcoholic drinks that don’t involve cherry syrup (my most recent favorite involved apple cider, seltzer, and a secret fruit ingredient I’m still trying to figure...
The Master Plan
I am what might charitably be described as Type-A…all the way! So when it came to planning my wedding, I didn’t just have a notebook, I had a notebook, a file folder, a binder, an online wedding file, and a step-by-step guide to our big day. As you might imagine, then, wedding organization is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. Let’s take a look at some of your wedding...
The Illustrated Bride
Having spent a good of my childhood in Pensacola, FL (aka practically Alabama!!) and Tennessee, I am fairly conversant in Southern wedding traditions. Including bridal portraits, usually displayed at the wedding or reception. I didn’t choose to go that route; I’m shy enough that I threatened, on my wedding day, to barricade myself in my dressing room and make my husband and our pastor...
Demure Design: Melissa Blackburn
Sorry for the lack of post yesterday…I was in bed all day, fighting the flu (or The Plague, as I assured my husband in my more melodramatic moments). Today it looks like I’m going to remain in the land of the living, so I’ll have a couple of posts to make up for it!! Did you see this wedding? Well, all of the gorgeous photos of the dress made me curious about the designer. So I...
There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or...– Martin Luther
Paper Love: Lion in the Sun
Happy Friday, everyone! As I’ve mentioned before, I love paper. All things paper. So what better way to head into the weekend than with a look at some paper loveliness? Today, I wanted to share one of my favorites: Lion in the Sun. At their Park Slope store, they produce such gorgeousness as these invitations: I am totally in love with these white-on-black invitations. In. Love. ...
Signature Scent: Ka-mil-yin
One Mother’s Day when I was young, my sister and I discovered a store that let you make your own custom lotions and perfumes (I’m afraid the name has disappeared into the years) and created a custom scent for our mother. Ever since, I’ve been fascinated with the idea. So when I saw Leila’s bridal shower last year, I was jumping-up-and-down excited about the perfume...
The Chalk Art of Dana Tanamachi
If you appreciate typography (and chalkboards!) as much as I do, then you probably already love the work of Dana Tanamachi. She’s a graphic designer who moonlights as a custom chalk letterer. She starts with a sketch like this: And turns it into a work of art like this: Amazing, right? She’s available for commission, so you could have this kind of gorgeousness at your own...
Papercuts by Joe
I love paper. Adore it. I might have been known to buy gorgeous paper just because it’s pretty, even if I don’t have a specific project in mind (I find a project for it! Usually.). So as you can imagine, I love amazing paper art, and one Etsy store that has been on my radar for a while now is Papercuts by Joe. Joe makes intricate, lovely, and sometimes cheeky papercuts, and I love his...