Archive for the ‘Real Weddings & Events’ Category

oct14To continue the retro inspiration from today’s Wedding Dress Wednesday, here is a look at Mad Men’s own, Christina Hendricks’ (aka Joan Holloway) wedding. Why would AMC deprive us Joan’s wedding in Mad Men? I was so disappointed when the new season started and we did not see ONE picture from the grand event. Her small and intimate IRL wedding will have to suffice.

Christina and Geoffrey

The couple became engaged in December 2008 after Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell), introduced them. In September, Christina said to E! News, “We really wanted it to be filled with our absolute best friends and our family. We didn’t want to spread ourselves too thin and we really wanted it to have a warm environment, so we kept it with the tightest people.”

Christina Hendricks exchanged vows with Geoffrey Arend in front of 70 guests on Sunday, October 11, 2009. The ceremony and reception took place at II Buco restaurant in New York, according to People.

Her dress strapless star burst design concoction was designed Carolina Herrera. According to Hendricks, her dress has “a bit of Sophia Loren to it, but really, it’s a Christina Hendricks dress” (Instyle Wedding). I completely agree! (Carolina Herrera; $6000). Her bustle is the prettiest bustle I’ve seen.

Sweet Deets
Her flowers were a mix of leaves in muted fall colors and camellias
Vintage chandelier earrings in gold with burnt orange accents
Henna designs adorned her feet and hands
She walked down the aisle on the arms of her father and wore a blusher veil over her face
Her bridesmaids wore a mix of vintage dresses and accessories.

(Picture Credit by Just Jared and Info and pictures by Celebrity Bride Guide)


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oct05Our 44th President and the First Lady celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary on the 3rd of October. Congratulations! Here is a glimpse into their 1992 nuptials. Luckily, the paparazzi were not around to harass the newlyweds, but that also means, there are not a lot of wedding pictures available on the internet. Sigh.

robinson obama wedding

After refusing date requests for a month, Miss Robinson finally said yes to their first date. They went to the art institute, ate lunch at an outdoor cafe, attended a showing of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and enjoyed a drink on the 99th floor of the John Hancock building. What a great first date!

Two years later, Barack asked Michelle to be his wife at Gordon’s Restaurant (now Naha) on Clark Street in Chicago. When dessert was served, the ring box was sitting on her dessert plate.

The couple were married one year later on October 3, 1992 at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago by Reverend Wright Jr. in a traditional Christian ceremony. Following the ceremony, the reception was held at the South Shore Cultural Center. It was a former all-white Country Club. The bride wore a long sleeve off-the-shoulder duchess satin dress. The sweetheart dress with floral appliques and chiffon overlay was paired with a princess-length veil and full-length gloves. Her bouquet was made of greenery and white roses.

The couple honeymooned along the coast of California.

(Pictures and info: Brides and Bridal Wave)

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sept06One of my Etsy customers, Casey recently sent me pictures of a baby shower she recently hosted. She hung the poms from the rafters to add some color to the shower. Isn’t it lovely that Casey incoporated to the baby crib into the decor? Pretty in pink table cloths and napkins are paired with Gerbera daisy centerpieces. This is a fabulous example that you don’t need over the top decorations. A classy way to show the mama-to-be that you care. Thanks Casey for sharing!!

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may25When planning a wedding, usually the bride’s goal is to make the wedding spectacularly different from any other wedding. Memorable. Unique. Personable. Recently, I came across this video and all those adjectives immediately came to mind. How would the invite look?

Together with their parents

Jane Zoe & John Doe

request the honour of your presence
at their marriage
on Sunday, the fourth of October
two thousand ten
at six o’clock in the evening

1890 SE Street
Portland, Oregon

Wedding Music Video and Reception to follow

Check out the wedding music video of Brian and Eileen. I bow down to their video coordinator and guests. Kudos to you.

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apr06Hello! How are you doing? While on the island, it was an unspoken rule on the island that you must greet everyone before starting a conversation. I absolutely loved this! If only somehow I could bring this back to the mainland. Haha! Anyway, onto the details!


1) Design wise, my main focus was on the reception. Since the group was small (14 guests), we were able to do one intimate rectangular table. The table runners (turquoise) and cotton napkins (lime green) were ordered from Table Cloths Factory.They were the most affordable in the colors I wanted. Tealights were placed down the center of the runner along the length of the table. Since the ceremony was just before sunset, most of the reception would be in the dark. By providing mood lighting with the tealights and the warmness of the candle light worked well with the cool Caribbean night.

2) I choose the napkins to be a different color than the runners, so you had the pop of color. Since we did not ordering additional flowers for the reception, the green napkins were part of the design. The name cards were created in PowerPoint, then cut individually and glued to a blue cardstock. For cake table banner, this process was the same, but an additional green circle was added behind the blue cardstock. Although, it was not pictured here, a little sweet with a personalized “O” for the couples’ last name was added to the top of each napkin.

3) Again being budget friendly, we did not rent chairs or rent/buy chair covers. By using what is available and ordering chair sashes (which are cheaper than chair covers), it really dressed up a simple plastic chair. The chair sash was also from Table Cloths Factory (in turquoise).

4)The Tissue Poms strike back! I’ve said in one of my earlier posts that I love these poms. To save time, I used the poms from the bridal shower, “depuffed” 40 of them and packed them in my carry on. The night before (after the rehearsal dinner), I enlisted the group to “puff” them out. I was quite pleased with the results. In addition, the restaurant wanted us to leave them (Yay!! No tear down) for another party. The roof of the recption area was pretty high. By using the poms, they brought the roof closer to the party. Thus, creating a more personal space.

Reviews: Being on an island that is 9 miles by 3 miles, we were limited in some of our options. Everything has to be shipped to the island, making costs on everyday items expensive. We did what we could with our budget and try to expand the dollar by bring most of our décor with us on the plane.

Overall, the wedding was a complete success. The ceremony was personal, funny and moving in all the right moments. At the end of the ceremony, a lovely song dedicated to the couple was sung by the group, in perfect harmony with the breeze. The food all week was beyond amazing. Fresh seafood is my favorite!! Most importantly, all the persons involved were unbelievably kind and helpful in assisting me in my endeavors.

And the Mother of the Groom has a surprise song for the Bride and Groom. The musical talent sang “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz and an impromptu jam session started. *Notice the name cards on the ukulele players. Cute!


Beach: Trunk Bay was the gorgeous beach where the ceremony was held. I did not obtain the evening/event permit, but the Mother of the groom did. There is a small fee to use the beach after the beach closes. This worked out well, as the day users had to leave at 4:30 pm, thus, making the beach empty and open for all of our festivities. The beach was very clean and had covered pavilions which were used for pictures while the rain came down.


Cake: St John Cakes was our cake vendor. They weren’t responsive at the beginning, due to an email problem. However, it was confirmed we would use their services, but then their fax machine didn’t work. They said they would not bring the cake (although it was already paid for) until the contract was given to them. We finally coordinated a PHYSICAL time/place to meet up with them to give them a contract. I am not sure if that is the way the island does it, but it was stressful when we were having trouble contacting them while on the island. In the end, the Chocolate Ganache with Madagascar vanilla filling and frosting was delicious. Cake decorations were from another vendor.


Cake Decorations: I found a cute little vendor, Through the Woods, on Etsy. If you do not know about Etsy, shame on you! It is a fabulous way to find homemade arts, crafts and goods for reasonable prices. It is a good way to support up and coming artists, local artists (search local Etsy) and incorporate a bit of style into any event. I ordered the cupcake medallions (sweet favor on top of each napkin), cake topper and the fondant circles. I was very pleased with all items. My only concern for future orders is the packing/shipping of the medallions (all other items were perfect). These fragile will sweets were jumbled a bit, but packing them in foil or something that cushions the bumping postal ride will help loosing some of the lovely little dots.

P1010055bridesmaids and reception table centerpieces: mini green hydrangeas, cymbidium orchids and hypericum berries

Flowers: Ali from East End Flower Shop in St Thomas, was an absolute doll. She was able to ease my worries about the flowers. As much as I love destination weddings, I prefer to see things in person, especially flowers. Through our many email conversations, I was able to convey the look I wanted. Her local flower expertise was very useful when choosing flowers in season that flowers that fit our color and budget. I highly recommend this little shop on St Thomas.


Bride’s bouquet: white Casablanca lilies and white roses

Reception: The reception was held at the Fish Trap Restaurant in St John. Lisa and her husband are the owners of the Fish Trap and Lisa was my main contact. She is so fabulous! She was able to provide everything I needed at a moment’s notice. I am so grateful for her help and assistance. She knew what to expect for a party and made sure our group had their every request fulfilled. Not to mention, but most importantly, the food. O.M.G. The food was amaaaazing. It was an open menu, so the guests were able to order anything off of their extensive and very fresh and local menu. Just like Pavlov’s dogs, my mouth still waters at the thought of my dinner.

Music: We use a speaker system for iPods and use an iPod preloaded with all our favorite songs. It was loud enough to have background music for dinner and music for a bit of dancing.

Villa: Everyone stayed at Chateau Margot, a private villa in the mountains of St John. It was a fabulous place to stay, however I would have preferred a option that was closer to town, as taxis and driving got to be bothersome.


That is it, mon! Hope you enjoyed the whirlwind review.

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apr05On March 25, 2009, my husband and I were in paradise. We were surrounded by picture perfect blue water and our toes were mingling with silky white sand. I was extremely lucky that my bride and groom were laid back and did not care what I did. As long as it had the following elements: kept it under a certain budget, incorporated blue and green colors and everyone was barefoot on the beach for the ceremony. All of my projects are from the heart, but this set up shop in a special nook, as I was her Matron of Honor. This 15 month process was a labor of love and my sweet Jessica was getting married to her perfect match in St John USVI. Here are some non-pro pictures of my favorite details.


Attire Details



1) The bride’s “something borrowed” was one of the bridesmaid’s earrings and the “something old” was the pearl necklace.


2) The bride wore an empire waist dress from Tread, a dress line in NYC. The silk chiffon was a perfect match for the light and airy location. It was ordered from The English Department, a cute boutique in downtown Portland, Oregon.


3) The groom wore a crisp white collared shirt made by Calvin Klein and knee length khaki shorts.


4) The bridesmaids wore a simple strapless cotton dress from J Crew. I love that it had pockets!


Ceremony :: Trunk Bay, St John, USVI



1) A couple of the bridesmaids’ gold braided sandals from Old Navy were left on the nearby rocks.


2) The kiss! After the each of the 14 guests spoke a few words, recited a poem or lyrics from a song, the couple exchanged their personalized vows.


3) The scene for the ceremony was gorgeous enough. I didn’t want to obstruct from the grand view, so fresh cut palms were used in creating the ceremony aisle and circle.


4) Ukuleles and a bass made up the components of the ceremony music. The father and mother of the groom (middle and right) played and sang the couple’s favorite song, “Three Little Birds” as the processional song and recessional song. They were also the ordained ministers and conducted the intimate ceremony.


5) The newlyweds taking their first walk as husband and wife. As you can see the clouds brewing in the background, the warm rains of St John sprinkled down a few moments later.


That is all for now. More to come!!!

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mar11I love perusing the internet for new blogs and ideas. However, if you already been to this page, then you know it is a great source of ideas and real wedding snapshots. This post caught my eye. I check the page quite often and you can always catch me drooling over the pictures of real weddings and innovative ideas. In my blogging world, SMP is the dreamy out-of-my-league-kinda-guy that owns a 3 story craftsman with all the built-ins. A girl can dream. Right? One. Day.

DIY + Green + Edible = my favorite centerpiece.  It includes all my must haves.  It is simple and very fresh.  Potted herbs flank the basket of goodies. Using several types of bread will create drama and dimension.  As for me, I would choose the focaccia and smear it with the herby pesto AND hummus. Visit the site, but come back soon!

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