Antique Bucket Vase

Charming little buckets from Orange & Blossom.  The silver really sets them apart and makes a gorgeous sparkle!

orange and blossom glass holder

We still can’t get over these little bucket baskets. They shine and sparkle in brilliant antiqued silver. Hang them or use them as small centerpieces.

* For weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers
* Fill with flowers or small pillar candles
* Sold individually; 4 inches high

Easy and affordable with maximum impact.

A Fabulous First Birthday Fiesta

That’s it!  The theme of  my baby boy’s first birthday party.  I saw all of these vibrant and beautiful colors surrounding me and I thought – PERFECT – let’s use that and implement a Mexican-inspired celebration.

Not to mention the fun and yummy parties I went to while in our many trips to Mexico to visit family.  Those gave me the most reason to throw this type of soiree for my little one.

Some of my inspiration:

ty party jarritos

tissue paper yellow

tissue paper flowers


That’s a Tall Cupcake!

Love, love, the vertically-enhanced cupcake!  Sugarbloom brings to you not only a scrumptious delight but the directions on how to make your own.  Do these not look absolutley yummy?

And the details, the CHARMING details!  I have placed desserts on my plate that seriously took me several minutes to bite into because I was happy enough gazing into the sweet work of art!

bolly cakes sugarbloom

tall cupcake open sugarbloom

tall cupcake sugarbloom

Oh, Lovely Bouquet

Another Stat of The Week to share: Apparently, the amount a bride is spending on her bouquet is dropping a little bit.

Could that mean brides are opting for a more affordable version of their dream bouquet?

In any case, below are some pictures of my favorite bouquets: vibrant and colorful and romantic/vintage.  Love them all!

bouquet stats

treasured petal 2

the orange blossom

the orange blossom 2

treasured petal 1

treasured petal jasmine

nisies enchanted

Florals, from top to bottom by: The Treasured Petal (top), The Orange Blossom (second and third ), The Treasured Petal (fourth and fifth), Nisie’s Enchanted Florist (bottom)

Weddings With a View

Due to my absolute love of ceremonies with gorgeous views, I will be showcasing some of my favorites.  First up, the one and only Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Yes, my very own wedding ceremony was held at this heavenly site, so i’m truly and proudly shining the spotlight on it first!  I remember hearing about the chapel and how amazing it was, back when I started planning my wedding.  As soon as my now-husband and I pulled into the parking lot, we KNEW for certain this venue was IT!

Not only is the interior charming and filled with natural beauty, but the outside overlooks the blue, sparkling ocean and cliffs.

Designed by Lloyd Wright, the all glass sanctuary is nestled in a grove of towering redwood trees and surrounded by 3.5 acres of beautifully landscaped lawns and gardens with a panoramic ocean view of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. The exquisite Rose Garden forms a stunning background for wedding photography and videography. Evening ceremonies provide an enchanting candlelight atmosphere.

Many couples feel the chapel is a “wedding factory,” turning over lots of wedding each day but this site is definitely for a guest count of 100 or less and a small bridal party, so with that size of wedding, the two hours allotted really is plenty.  Ceremonies are about 20 minutes in length, which gives you time for pictures afterward.

wayfarers chapel

wayfarers 2

Picture Gallery

If you want to find inspiration for wedding florals, cakes, hairstyles, favors, dresses, etc. visit the Elegala Photo Gallery and search by color, specific detail, name and more.

Very convenient, narrows down the choice and you end up with great pictures to keep in your planning file.  These are some of the searches I performed and the resulting pics:

Bridal Bouquets

search criteria: bouquets, peonies, pink





Hair Styles

search criteria: Up-do, All hair lengths, All hair types, vintage/romantic



Wedding Signs: This Way!

Make sure your guests know where they are headed and add some rustic decor to your space while you’re at it!

These wooden wedding signs are useful and add a lot of charm!  One of my 2010 brides specifically asked for something like the pictures below, but of course I will have to add some Charming touches to the final product!

I cannot wait to put together the details of this fabulous day and share next year.  Top two photos below from Leigh Miller.

wedding signs 2

wooden signs 1

wedding signs 4

wedding signs 3

wedding signs 5