Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving! =)

From Amy Atlas' thanksgiving spread. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Playful stationery by Rifle Paper Co.

I was so excited to see that Rifle Paper Co. has created a website to sell their full collection of adorable and playful stationery! This company mainly focuses on personalized wedding invitations, but they also make extremely memorable note cards, gift wrap, and business cards!

I love these business cards! I wonder what my caricature would look like...haha, I'd probably have a smile so big that my eyes disappear

And these recipe cards! If I could have a collection of these for Christmas, I would probably bake more and my hubby would be chubbier =p


happy holidays everyone =)

and this one is particularly fun

discovered via Design*Sponge

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Alicia and Matt - Bold Cultural Celebration (Part II)

What's special about this wedding is that it's a union of two cultures. It was a unique opportunity for both families to experience the traditional Cambodian culture of the Penn family with some down-to-earth American details, like the tasty buttercream cakes and the remixes of 80s pop and hip-hop dance music.

buttercream cake: Ms. Therese Harding, 443-540-8391
grooms's cake: college friends with creative talent

boogie with: The Remixologists
venue: Good Fortune Chinese Restaurant

photography: CarmenWangStudio

A few notes from the bride:

Favorite dress: My favorite outfit was the pink skirt and top I wore during the beginning of the reception-- my sister found the material in an old suitcase while she was helping my aunt organize her house.  The suitcase was full of cloth my grandma had saved for our weddings. Since my grandma passed away when I was in the 5th grade, I felt like it was a lucky sign when Phedra (my sister) called to tell me what she had found!

Favorite moment of the day: Every so often I would notice Matt doing a totally random task to help out.  It made me really happy that he put his game face on for the wedding and took all the chaos in stride

Congratulations Alicia & Matt! May your future be full of fountain-penn happiness!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Alicia and Matt - Bold Cultural Celebration (Part I - Ceremonies)

I have recently had the privilege to accompany my hubby to DJ an awesome wedding. The wedding was cleverly entitled the Fountain-Penn wedding (fountain pen, get it?) because of the last names of the bride and groom, and believe me, the rest of the wedding was just as good-spirited!

According to the lovely bride, the wedding schedule was jam-packed, starting at 8am with a prayer service by Buddhist monks. In total, there were 5 separate ceremonies, each with a symbolic message of union and blessings for the new couple. It was a cultural celebration that was bold and beautiful - stylishly put together by the Cambodian community in the DC area. Enjoy the pictures, taken by CarmenWangStudio.

hair: Nila Kong (Alicia's cousin)
makeup: Kira from Renaissance Salon and Spa (410)527-1175

Cambodian weddings begin with the groom and his family traveling to the bride's home bearing gifts to the bride's family as dowry. For more details on traditional Cambodian weddings, check out Alicia & Matt's wedding website

The hair-cutting and wrist-tying ceremonies follow - friends and family get involved in encouraging and blessing the newlyweds.

Traditionally seven married couples pass a candle around, blessing Alicia & Matt.

After an entire morning and afternoon, they are finally pronounced husband and wife! Stay tuned for their awesome reception.

Real Wedding Preview: Alicia and Matt

images courtesy of CarmenWangStudios

Thursday, November 19, 2009

DIY Family Tree Guestbook - a creative approach!

If I had a very small wedding for just family, I would have loved to attempt this DIY family tree guestbook idea that I found on Inspired Goodness. The best thing about it is that it can be a piece of art to be hung in the couple's new home, especially since it represents the coming together of two families to form a new one. It evokes sweetness and also a deep heartfelt emotion of home.

images courtesy of Jonas Peterson via Inspired Goodness

More Moustache love for Movember!

yup, that's right - MORE moustache love! Check out the photo-ops that result if you were to give moustache chocolate lollipops to guests as favors!

images courtesy of Full House via Hostess with the Mostess
Also you may be asking why is the writer of this blog so obsessed with mustaches this November? Because it's Movember, the world's largest charity for men. The Mo (slang for moustache) and Movember (formerly known as November) come together each year to create the world's largest movement for men's health - bringing much needed awareness and funding to men's health, specifically prostate and testicular cancers.

The Movember Foundation challenges men to start Movember 1st (November 1st) clean shaven, then grow and groom their moustache for 30 days to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for prostate and testicular cancers.

I have a couple friends who are growing out their facial hair, so please go support them!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Special cupcake toppers and liners with Cupcake Social

I guess cakes and cupcakes have been on my mind lately because here's another way to set apart your special desserts! Cupcake Social on Etsy has a ton of special cake toppers and liners that will make your cupcakes too cute to eat =) For $3-5 for a 50-pack of liners, this is a really inexpensive way to make your homemade desserts stylish.

and I get a kick out of their special cake toppers!

perhaps I have a thing for mustaches too...because I find the following ADORABLE!

image courtesy of Birds of a Feather

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Makeover for your desserts

A quick way to give a makeover to your homemade desserts! Ticings are edible icing sheets that can dress up any cake, cookie, cupcake with a modern design. Personally, I feel like my cupcakes always look a little boring, so this would be the perfect way to give them a facelift and also attach a theme for a party =) Plus, if you ever want to DIY a dessert table for a bridal shower or even a small wedding, you can use these designs to stay within a certain color scheme.

As seen over on Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas

Friday, November 13, 2009

Gorgeous wedding by Erin Hearts Court

Erin Hearts Court is a photography pair, made up of two people (Erin + Courtney - cute brand name huh?) who are married and in love! Personally, I feel like you can see their adoration of marriage and love in the pictures that they take. They capture the most beautiful candid moments of affection. Check out their latest wedding on Style Me Pretty

and check out how stylish the bride is! Her shoes are old-hollywood fabulous without looking costumey

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Birch Bark Basket - DIY!

Perfect for a flower girl to carry down the aisle or even just to add a bit of rustic beauty in your wedding decor, check out these DIY birch bark baskets! You can find the full directions over at Design*Sponge, one of my favorite design blogs =)

Better Bit of Butter

Not only do they have a clever name, Better Bit of Butter makes extremely pretty and creative cookies - perfect for birthday parties and showers...and maybe even a dessert table at a wedding? These fondant-covered jewels have totally inspired me to bake more, though I doubt mine would come out as delicate as these!

as seen on Inspired Bride

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Handmade goodies over at Papernstitch

Papernstitch is an online exhibition space to promote talented artists, designers, and makers selling handmade goods. It's a little bit like etsy, but the site is more of an exhibition than a shop (though you can buy the lovelies too!)

There are a bunch of collections on there that would make gorgeous gifts for bridesmaids. The prices are incredibly reasonable as well, which always makes me happier =)

Wool felt coin purse with French lace over at the Banoo exhibit

retro 70s clasp purse from Twinkering Textiles exhibit

vintage metallic brown evening purse from the Laur exhibit

These badges would be super cute in a boutonniere (all from the Banoo exhibit)

Free Color Palette Generator

I found another nifty and free tool over at BigHugeLabs - a color palette generator. All you have to do is upload a photo, and it will generate the color palette with all the different shades in that photo. This is particularly useful for creating inspiration boards and testing color coordination for your bridal party.

Tip: The flowers you see above are my lovely hydrangeas that are sitting in $1.25 silver-wash mint julep cups. Each stem was only $2 and therefore made for a tasteful bargain! They lined the stage at our ceremony and later, we had friends gather them up and bring them to our reception, where they doubled as easy centerpieces. For great savings, order your flowers at a wholesale market.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Free Photobooth tool - fun memories for your guests after the wedding

I just found this awesome site called BigHugeLabs. It's a site dedicated to providing free tools to the public to do fun stuff to their pictures. A tool that I thought was particularly fun is the Photobooth, where you can create vintage photo booth strips.

People always inquire about the professionally-taken wedding photographs and how come the guests never end up seeing a recent bride, I think this tool could be pretty cool way to distribute some of those pictures. After all, it only took me 5 minutes to create the following:

All photos by my wonderful photographer (and brother-in-law) at PhatWeddingPhotography

Monday, November 9, 2009

Seriously cute flowergirl dresses from GrowingUpWCharissa

I recently found out that my friend from college opened up her own etsy shop called GrowingUpWCharissa, a little girls clothing line, as inspired by her own daughter. Not only are her designs creative and modern, but they are seriously inexpensive too. These are great deals and some of the styles are dressy enough to be flower girl dresses!

charissa is so cute=) and she totally sells the clothing! check out her mom's site for more of these dresses, priced around $20-30!

DIY centerpieces

A great way to save money on your reception is DIY centerpieces! However, I do not recommend brides to this themselves, since the flowers need to be bought the day before the wedding (to remain fresh) and need to be arranged on the day of. Have a good friend (not a bridesmaid - they're already overloaded) handle these, and it'll be a huge moneysaver. Plus, they look handmade and sweet, not overdone or cheesy.

check out the full directions at Project Wedding

For shabby chic centerpieces, try DIY'ing the flower containers too! These make for great aisle decor and will look so vintage =)

check out Once Wed on how to make these!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Embellishments that make/break the dress!

I've always been lover of ruffles and embellishments - it can take the most classic and simple shift dresses to new heights, just by adding a rosette by the collar or some extra gathering at the sleeves. The only practical problem is that when these pieces are physically attached to your top or your dress, it gets less and less beautiful every time you wash or dry clean that piece.

Solution: beautiful & dressy brooches that are easily detachable

These brooches from A. Alicia would make even the simplest bridesmaid dresses SHINE with personality.
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