Sunday, October 2, 2011

Music, laughter, and the love of friends

That pretty much sums it up, don't you think?

". . .what wonder, seeing the conditions of our welcome! If, instead of the refreshment caterer with his contract properties, Beauty's daughters were to prepare the feast, how lovely it might be and what a pleasure ground for memory! A table spread with white and gold brocade, a room hung with garlands of myrtle and bay, generous sheaves of the perfect bridal flowers - roses, lilies, and magnolias, tulips, carnations and orange blossom - all in their seasons. Great dishes and platters of silver and gold, or gleaming brass, piled high with fruits - peaches and grapes, pineapples and plums, oranges, apples, melting pears - flagons of red wine, goblets of sparkling drink, delicious fragrance of rosemary, lavender, and ceder wood in all the air - unseen voices singing madrigals, music, laughter, and the love of friends.

What an hour to remember later in the silence and the starlight."

From the Chapter "Of Wedding Breakfasts"
A Little Dinner Before the Play by Agnes Jekyll
Sigh. I get lost in the language. Back to my book, a lovely birthday gift from these guys.

(Picture via Vintage Diary)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Blue note

Design inspiration really can come from anywhere. Take a look at how one bride collaborated with with custom invitation designer Sarah of Parrott Design Studio. It all started with a roll of vintage wallpaper. . .
(Pictures via Elements of Style and Things are Better with a Parrott)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Today. . .

. . .the temperature dropped a good 10 degrees (more like 30 by nightfall) and it was overcast in the loveliest way. I can't help but wish I spent it curled up on the couch in one of these, with hot chai and my current read. (Instead I was running all over town on errands, the highlight of which was taking this guy to the groomers').
Sigh. Fall is in the air and I am loooooooooving it. Bring on the tweed blazers, lacy tights and leather boots!

Tomorrow is a high of 66. I'm happy.

(Picture via

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Another Kate to emulate

I must have still been coming down from the royal wedding high when Kate Moss got married last month - the pictures didn't really leave an impression. But I literally want to live inside this new pictorial inside the latest Vogue.
I'm not sure how it manages to give off a vibe of Victorian picnic and rocker-chic at the same time, but it does. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to pick wildflowers and frolic in the woods.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Red riding hood

Currently enjoying's featurette on Valentino dressing supermodel Natalia Vodianova for her annual charity ball.
I loved reading that the dress code for the evening was actually silver and white. This girl knows how to make an entrance.

I can never get enough of a bright, striking, fire-engine red. I think I just found my new shade of lipstick.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Through the veil

I'm doing some major wedding-scheme inspiration hunting for a client and came across these beautiful designs from Spanish gown and veil designer Helena Mareque, courtesy of Kathryn at Snippet and Ink. I'm in love.

I think she does an incredible job of marrying (tee hee!) simplicity with adornment. Gorgeous. More pictures here and here.

(Pictures via Snippet and Ink)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Textures at the CFDAs

I love scanning the best-dressed on the red carpet as much as the next person, but photographer Jamie Beck's incredible style makes you really want to linger. Thanks to Erin Gates of Elements of Style for highlighting her gorgeous photos.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


It hasn't even been two months but Kate certainly has the princess thing DOWN.
In case you're keeping track, Kate's post-honeymoon wardrobe round-up.
Flawless. Reminds me I have not a THING to wear to a baby shower this weekend.

(All pictures via

Monday, May 16, 2011

Oh give me a home

Eventually I'd love to share more photos with you of our new home in Philly, but give me a break kids, it's only been a month, I need some time to really prepare. For now I'm just too excited about this brand new beauty hanging in our entryway.

Why do I love it? Because secretly my husband and I want to live in a barn. Yup, we're a couple of bales of hay from milking cows over here. What can we say. . .we dig the farmhouse style.

Thoughts? More farmhouse style lighting here.

Friday, May 6, 2011


Thanks for the email Anthropologie, I know it's Spring and all but I need the temperatures to go up a good 10 degrees before I'm ready to start daydreaming about beachwear.
Ready or not, I am glad to see the 1940s pin-up girl look is still in full-swing. Much to my husband's chagrin.

(Image via Anthropologie)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

In the garden

With the new house comes the first real outdoor space we've ever had. . .EVER.
It's been so lovely. I spent a lot of the weekend gazing up at the huge maple tree.
The previous owner was quite the gardener. I'm going to have to start doing some reading if I'm ever going to refer to the flowers by their actual names and not by color. I'll definitely be looking to A Country Farmhouse and The Gardener's Cottage for inspiration.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Royal Recap

My, my.

Well it's been a long time friends, and let me go ahead and apologize right off the bat for the radio silence the last several months. There's not much to say except that I've been staying at home with the most delightful not-quite-2-year old on the planet, planning the occasional wedding, and making the move to a new city. Yes, a lot to deal with but not overwhelmingly so. So I suppose another element of it was was that unavoidable feeling that after years of almost exclusively wedding-related blog posts I was stuck in a rut. Yuck.

But now, I'm settling in and enjoying a beautiful spring in Philadelphia and consumed with the new projects of exploring neighborhoods and turning our little house into a lovely home. The change is quite refreshing and gives me the energy to take bon mariage out of hibernation and into a new(ish) direction.

Warning: It's no longer going to be all weddings, all the time over here, k guys?

That being said. . .there is one wedding I'd like to post about. . .

Did you watch? Ughhhhhhhhh, I loved every second. I don't know if I'll ever be officially done consuming all the media coverage. Neither will my daughter. . .this morning when we came downstairs she picked up the remote, handed it to me and said "Princess watch?"

(All pictures via except for:
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Friday, April 29, 2011


Did I consciously take the last five months off from blogging in preparation for this?

More to come.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Checkout please

In the four years plus that I've been married, I've become a black-belt at online shopping. No joke. . .some people can bake. . .I can evaluate measurements and fabric quality from screen caps like it's my job. But I do kind of wish I'd been this good back then. . .not to say I would have changed my wedding dress or anything, but I think I would have heavily considered buying my dress online. Particularly if at the time Jason Wu was about to launch an exclusive bridal collection for Net-a-Porter, like he is this January!
More info and designs preview at The Bride's Guide.

(Pictures via The Bride's Guide)


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