Friday, April 29, 2011

The Royal Wedding

 I'm loving Kate's dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. It's so simple and elegant yet refined and fit for a princess. 
 The veil is stunning and the 1936 Cartier Tiara borrowed from the Queen is the perfect accessory. 
 They make such a cute couple. 
 And the tradition continued of waiting until they get to the balcony of the Buckingham Palace to have their first kiss as husband and wife. 
 The cake is very traditional and regal, perfect for this wedding, and bringing back a lot of old-fashioned cake decorating techniques. 
And the getaway car fit for James Bond was adorned with balloons, ribbons and a "just wed" sign on the back as the couple drove off. Love, love, love. I can't wait to see images of all the royal receptions. 

Fabulous Find: Royal Wedding Trinkets

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Royal Wedding: Princess Bride's

I'll admit it. I'm a true sucker for all things princess. I grew up as daddy's little princess and still to this day find a fascination for royalty, whether it be through movies or the royal monarchy of England. Everyone knows that the big day is tomorrow, the Royal Wedding of the Century they're calling it, when Prince William makes Kate Middleton, a commoner into a princess. It's a true Cinderella story. So, in honor of all things princess I thought I'd share some photos of real life princesses past & present as well as some of my favorite fictional princesses. 
 Who could forget the late Princess Diana and that enormous train. A true royal dress & a true 80's dress with those puffed up sleeves, but she pulled it off with grace & beauty. 
 Then there's the current Queen Elizabeth II, who at one time was a princess, so it still counts. : )
 And one of the most famous royal princesses to date is still Princess Grace Kelly.
 Hollywood Royalty in her own right before becoming a true royal when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco. 
And now for some other princesses, fictional sure, but still princesses. There's of course the infamous Princess Bride herself, Princess Buttercup who is set to marry a horrible jerk of a guy so he can become king, but of course true love wins when she gets to be with her true soul mate Wesley (he should have never lost that 'stache, thinking of Liar, Liar...he was so hot before and then shaved and ugghh, not so much).
 Moving on to my favorite movie royal princess, Mia Thermopolis Renaldi, Princess of Genovia who had "Julie Andrews" as Queen Clarice for a Grandmother. If there's ever anyone living today that I could see being a fabulous queen it's Julie Andrews. 
 I loved her stunning off the shoulder sleeved dress with lace & embroidery and lost of sparkle with crystals and pearls all accented by a simple yet stunning tiara and a mantilla style veil. Love it!!! And yes, Princess Diaries 2 is one of my absolute favorite movies. I can't get enough of it. 
 And here's a more recent Disney Princess, Giselle, from the movie Enchanted. I loved how they mixed animation with real footage, brilliant. 
 And last but definitely not least, Danielle, playing a "modern day" Cinderella and pulling it off brilliantly. Cinderella is still my favorite story and it's been recreated in so many different ways, but I have to say that Ever After is still my favorite adaptation of this famous fairytale. 
I can't wait to see tomorrow's Royal Wedding of William & Kate, the future King & "Queen" of England. I'm curious to see if they'll go traditional white for the floral decor, or if they'll go a little more modern and use color, color, color. Either way I'm sure it's going to be spectacular. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Real Event: Claire Pettibone Trunk Show

I am biased towards this trunk show particularly because my favorite florist in the world, Peony & Plum, is showcasing her work. Yay. So if you want to see pretty flowers & pretty dresses, then RSVP. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Free Stuff: Striped Table Number

I am trying my hand at graphic design and I wanted to share what I put together. Click here to download the PDF for table number 1-18. If you want a different color, just email me {} and I will make it another color, and for free. Stay tuned for the Invitation, Dessert Tent Cards, DJ Music Request Cards, and more. 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fabulous Find: sTORIbook Weddings

One of my guilty pleasures is watching Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. Then when I found out that they were teaming up to plan weddings, they had me at "weddings". 
  You can watch new episodes of sTORIbook Weddings on Wednesday nights on Oxygen. You can also download episodes on iTunes.
 It's fun seeing a couple plan their wedding and choose surprises for each other. 
 And I love that each couple stays true to their personalities like this wedding being themed after a Hollywood Night Club.
 And they also had a love for their pet rats, so there were rat shaped topiaries, the rats were given costumes and wheeled in on a wagon in a pink cake, and there were also rat shaped cookies. Sounds a little gross, I'll be honest, but I love that they let their love & personalities shine. 
 Plus who doesn't love seeing a couple who ballroom dances pull of a one of a kind first dance. 
The bridesmaids even choreographed a little number of their own. If you're looking for a fun show to watch that has heart, sTORIbook Weddings is the way to go.