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Real Wedding - St. Louis, Missouri

I am excited to share this wedding with you today, which I had instant affection for because it shares both the same date and a similar color scheme with my own wedding. The pictures are full of sentimental details and emotion, so I am sure you will adore all of them as much as I do! Allow me to introduce you to Jennifer and Jim. They were married on September 20, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri. They are High School sweethearts who have been together for eight years and also have an adorable son, Jack. Jen's bouquet consisted of hydrangeas, roses and hypericum berries - beautiful inspiration for any of you that are looking for a green and white bouquet. Her dress is Mikaella style #1260 (you can search for that style number on the website to see additional pictures) and was purchased at Simply Elegant Bridal in St. Louis.

If you look closely at the next picture, you will notice that Jim and Jen are both wearing small silver bracelets on their right wrists. When Jen went away to college her Mom gave her a Sandy Comstock bracelet that reads "Remember" on the outside and "I am always here for you" on the inside. So for his wedding gift, Jen bought Jim a bracelet of his own.
As you can see, the inside of Jim's bracelet reads "I am always with you." Such a great gift and a meaningful keepsake.
Little Jack got ready with Jen the morning of the wedding and sported some seriously cute suspenders, complete with a bow tie and a hat. Isn't he the cutest?
The bridesmaids wore black tea length dresses from David's Bridal, with a honeydew colored sash.
As a "thank you" to their guests, Jen and Jim provided each person with a green coozie and also had a candy buffet at the reception. In addition, they rented a photo booth from CI Photo Booth and guests were all able to take home a copy of any pictures they took during the reception.
There is just something about the moment that a bride and her father share before walking down the aisle...
The aforementioned candy buffet, full of a variety of green and white candy:
It wouldn't be a wedding post without the cake! I am always a fan of simple wedding cakes and this is no exception. The polka dots are so sweet (pun intended).
A sweet moment between the couple during the toasts...
All photos in this post were taken by Stevie Photography, who comes highly recommended by the bride. Thank you so much Jim and Jen for sharing your wedding! If any of you are interested in submitting your wedding to be featured on the blog, just send me a quick email with the details.

PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com - Sponsor Announcement

You all know that PreOwnedWeddingDresses is a great source for buying and selling your wedding dress, but now there is also a section for accessories! Just launched this morning, you can now use the site to buy and sell your wedding veils, shoes, purses, etc. There are already a bunch of beautiful options, I am even thinking of selling the pearl hair pins that I didn't use. Check it out!

Technical Difficulties

I am having some major trouble with my feed and don't know enough to work out a solution! If you're somehow reading this in a feed reader, could you click onto the blog and leave a comment to let me know? I will try to get this fixed as soon as possible...

Inspiration

It can be found in the strangest places (inspiration, that is). Last night I was watching an episode of Brothers & Sisters online and was completely distracted by the background image they continually use throughout the site (above). I love the lanterns hanging from the tree, the table with the mismatched chairs, all of it. It would be such a perfect setting for an outdoor wedding...there is something about beautiful lanterns and chandeliers outdoors that just oozes romance. For example, this image I found from The Flashdance via Green Wedding Shoes: And of course, the ultimate use of outdoor lighting is from the ever amazing Elizabeth Messina's own wedding:Ahh, outdoor weddings. If only Wisconsin were warm enough in September. I hope you're easing into your Monday and gearing up for a wonderful week. I have two beautiful weddings to share with you this week along with an exciting announcement on Friday. Stay tuned!

Custom Hearts

These custom embroidered hearts by Miniature Rhino are simply too cute (found via Chelsea). Not only would they be a great gift for some newly engaged friends, they could possibly be used as ring bearer "pillows?" I am thinking you could tie some ribbon to the top of the hoop and attach the rings accordingly.

The shop owner seems to be taking a break from making them right now but hopefully she'll be back to work and filling orders soon.

Real Wedding - Phoenix, AZ

When Stephanie contacted me to share her wedding photos, I knew that you would all love her color palette. Obviously I am a fan of black & white paired with another bold color and Stephanie did a great job by adding in some red. Stephanie and Tyler were married at the beautiful Stonebridge Manor in Phoenix, Arizona and held their reception there as well. The bridesmaids wore black tea length dresses with white sashes, and carried out the color palette by carrying red bouquets. The boys wore red roses on their black suits.
I adore the way that Stephanie decided to do her hair. If mine would hold anything resembling a curl for longer than 3 seconds, I would have gone for something similar.
I asked Stephanie where she found this cute sign and she said that it is part of the venue! I so appreciate a well thought out space.
Stephanie designed all of the paper products for the wedding by herself. She bought the cardstock from Michaels, download the Scriptina font (the script font used for their names) for free from dafont, and then assembled everything with permanent glue runners.
The sand ceremony vases were purchased at Crate and Barrel - a great example of finding a use for something that isn't necessarily designated for that purpose. This is the large carafe and these are the smaller ones. I've also seen these used for a sand ceremony and they are quite cute as well.When I asked Stephanie about the centerpieces, this is what she had to say "The wedding venue provided the vases and candles. I wanted to do more with it so I bought the polka dot ribbons from Michael's and the red decorative plates from Crate & Barrel's for $3 each (12 tables) and liked them so much that I would use them again for dinner parties! Being deaf myself, I wanted to have centerpieces that weren't too tall and in the way for our guests to communicate with each other, since we had invited our deaf friends. " Thank you for sharing, Stephanie! You can see some more pictures from Stephanie and Tyler's wedding at her blog, Luxe Chandelier. All photos in this post were taken by Fotos by Flint. Want to submit your wedding to be featured on the blog? Just send me an email with the title "Real Wedding."

Bakery Bar

I was reminded of the Bakery Bar yesterday and realized that I hadn't posted any of their lovely cakes on the blog before. Not all of these are in their "wedding cake" category but I thought that this strawberry cake was too adorable not to share. When you're looking at bakeries and trying to get an idea for cakes, don't just focus on the pictures of wedding cakes. There are often a lot of great and unique options that have been used for events other than weddings.

If anyone is feeling inspired enough to order up that strawberry cake, you just let me know. And while we're on the subject, if anyone ever needs a friend to attend a cake tasting I am your girl. I am just that kind of friend.

Bridesmaid Dresses?

I was browsing for sale items at Banana Republic this weekend, and couldn't help but think these dresses have bridesmaid potential. They are all under $200, extremely cute, and could be worn again and again. The strapless dress above kind of looks white in this picture but it is actually khaki. I feel like this second one (also in navy) would be universally flattering and has the cutest back: This yellow dress also has a cute back - the straps cross. What do you think?

Engagement Book

Seeing as how I love all things letterpress, I am a fan of Studio on Fire and their beautiful blog. When they wrote about their first ever "engagement book" production last week, I was immediately emailing them to ask if I could share it with all of you. When Craig knew he was ready to propose to Sarah, he turned to Studio on Fire and asked them to create a book of all the love letters they have ever exchanged (that were in email format, naturally). Four years worth of letters were bound into this beautiful book...I am still having trouble getting over how completely lovely and thoughtful this is. Not only did Craig have the forethought to save all these emails, now they have a keepsake that can be poured over for years to come. Can you even imagine getting this as your proposal?The pages were actual sewn into the custom book cover. And Studio on Fire happily confirmed that she said "yes!" You can go here to read the rest of the post and see some additional pictures. I think I speak for everyone when I say - well done, Craig.

Here Goes Nothing...

{Image by the incredibly talented bakerella}

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