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heather + dennis

23 May
I saw this photo…
and was completely in love with this wedding…and I want to borrow the bride’s red shoes!
Heather and Dennis McMahon were married back in June 12, 2010 in Syracuse, New York. Living in Colorado and planning the wedding in New York was no small feat according to Heather, “but damn was it a good time, and a day that I would do over and over again, and never change a single detail.” 
Two years later, the classic ballroom/vintage style of this wedding is still timeless and an inspiration for today’s brides. Per Heather and Dennis’ request, their photographer Kelly Stremmel captured their day the way it unfolded, without too many shots being posed, but rather artistic shots that represent things the way they took place.  The artistic, natural shots Kelly captured was one of our favorite things about this wedding…and we’re happy to share it with you today.
After meeting at SUNY Oswego in New York their last semester of college, and joining mutual friends at a Dave Matthews Concert several weeks later, Heather and Dennis had an undeniable love connection. Having dated only 6 short months, the love birds moved Vail, Colorado and on their 4th anniversary Dennis popped the question at The Vail Plaza Hotel before a romantic dinner at LaTour. They married two years later, almost 6 years to the day of our “first date” at the Dave Matthews show.
In Heather’s words: It was very important to me that my bridesmaids be comfortable and have the ability to showcase their own style. I gave each girl black coque feathers to put in their hair however they desired once it was styled, and a vintage brooch to incorporate into their dress wherever they liked. 
We wanted to have a bit of Colorado inspiration in our wedding, but still pull off the ballroom vintage vibe. We placed hummingbird fly fishing flies in our calla lily boutonnieres for the guys as Dennis is a big fly fisherman and our guest book was a coffee table picture book filled with stunning images of Colorado. 
To see each other or not to see each other before the ceremony was a question Heather struggled with, but as she said, “I knew that if I didn’t see him and get all of those emotions out-of-the-way, the anticipation was going to leave me an emotional, blubbering wife-to-be. Dennis is my rock and I needed him with me for the emotional roller coaster that was our wedding day… and I simply could not wait to be with him! So, about an hour prior to the ceremony Dennis and I met on a street corner.
The 590-room non functioning hotel was built in 1924 and has character and charm like no other. The floor to ceiling windows offer a picturesque view of the city, the stunning vintage gold chandeliers everywhere create an incredibly romantic ambiance, and on the 10th floor is the Grand Ballroom…perfect for our reception. 
In Heather’s words: The Dave Matthews Band was what sparked our fiery romance, and therefore their music served as inspiration on our wedding day. Our first dance was to none other than the DMB song, “You and Me.” Dennis picked me up when Dave sings “…teach them to fly…” And we leaned back and forth on each other singing “…we could do better than anything that we did, you know that you and me, we could do anything,” with a stratigic high five and then I did my happy dance. 
Per Heather and Dennis, their DJ handed our “flair” toward the end of the night, which brought out the silly in everyone.
And, who wouldn’t want to run in the rain at the end of your wedding night? How romantic and fun…the perfect send-off if you ask me!
Bridal gown: Maggie Sottero Amour Brooch, purchased at Spy Baby Bridal Boutique in Syracuse, New York
Bridal shoes: Nina
Photographer: Kelly Stremmel
Makeup: Gina Scammell {}
Hair:Tiffany DeWald {}
Wedding Planner/Day of Coordinator: Amy Preble {}
Ceremony Venue: The Most Holy Rosary Syracuse, New York
Reception Venue: The Hotel Syracuse Syracuse, New York
Cake: Pascale Bake House, Syracuse, New York
Desert Bar: DIY {Do-It-Yourself}
Stationery: DIY

to: mom

1 May

Motherhood is complete happiness for me. My children amaze me everyday and I can honestly say wouldn’t want my life any other way. As a mother, I have grown as a woman and a human being.

Having said that, I have also never been so tired, dirty, worried and had my patience tried so much as a mother. 🙂

I have an unbelievable amount of gratitude for my mom and all she did for me and a high level of respect for all the wonderful moms doing the best they can to raise happy, healthy children.

Today, we have a few treasured finds to show your mom you care on Mother’s Day.

{P.S. You should order today as Mother’s Day is 12 days away}.

Rewired Basket
, Home Decorators Collection {$24}
{this would be adorable filled with short glasses, a bottle of vino, bread, cheese, grapes and some meat along with a soft blanket for a picnic…it would double as a gift and a fun Mother’s Day outing}


Two Color Striped Floppy Hat, Echo Design  {$42}


Gecko Bangles in a variety of colors, Fornash {$25}


Flowers in a Can, {$15}

I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids by Trisha Ashworth and Amy Noble, Amazon {$13}

Lollia Relax Evening Bubble Bath
, Lollia {available for purchase at Fleur de Lis, a paperie for $34}

My Mom Scented Candle
, Curly Girl Store {$17.95}

Mom’s Toms Shoes
, toms {$54}

Echo ‘Pear Label Conversational Scarf’
, Nordstrom {$38}

 {images via Home Decorators Collection, EchoFornashFredFlare.comToms, Curly Girl Store, Lollia, Amazon and Nordstrom}

if this shoe were a room…

2 Mar

I fully admit, I’m obsessed with Houzz. As my girlfriend says, “It’s like my Architectural Digest fix.” Not only can I find beautiful inspiration for my home, but I found products I want to buy and where to buy them. Gotta love that! If you have an ipad, you MUST get the Houzz App. It’s fabulous.

Combine my obsession with Houzz, and Jenna’s obsession with shoes and…If This Shoe Were a Room was born. It just shows that sometimes all you have to do is look down and find your next piece of inspiration on your very own feet.

If this Sperry Top Sider  Montauk Leather Boat Shoe were a room…

…it would be crisp, clean and oh so coastal nautical.

If this DV by Dolce Vita Archer Sandal were a room…

…it would be a cottage-chic pink and light teal bedroom with touches of gold.

If this Tom’s Corbel Classic Slip On were a room…

…it would be a bright and cheerful dining room full of pattern, color and bright light.

If this VC Signature Lene Sandal were a room…

…it would be bold, unique, glamorous and organic.

If this Kate Spade New York Cindy Wedge were a room…

…it would be a posh and fabulous fashion office in New York City {with black and white stripes, of course}.

If this elaborate Christian Louboutin shoe were a room…

…it would be a chic, detailed and shimmery room {in this case, a bathroom…I know, I know a Christian Louboutin should never be compared to a  bathroom, but just bear with me}

{images via Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Design House, Honey & Silk, Nordstrom, NL Designs, Tara Seawright, The Designers Palette and Casa Sugar}

all dressed up in love

13 Feb

I can just hear the song by Jennifer Hudson from the Sex and the City Movie.
{I couldn’t find an official music or movie video, so this will just have to do for now}.

We’ve taken a literal {maybe some a bit cheesy, but all fun and cute} translation of Valentine’s Day with these clothing and accessories to celebrate sweet love. I don’t know about you, but I could rock those Tom’s all year long. 🙂

Dorothy Perkins Grey Heart Printed Cardigan: $49 | Tiffany Love Charm in Sterling Silver: $175 | Madewell Heart Alphabet Bag: $29 | Tom’s Valentine’s Women’s Classic: $54 | Modcloth I’m in Spatu-Love: $12.99 | Modcloth The Heartbeat is On Earring Set: $15.99 | Urban Outfitters LOVE Oversized Tee: $29 | American Eagle Heart Aviator Glasses: $15.50 | Modcloth Em-bracelet the Love: $24.99

favorite things {for a friend}

28 Nov

I am truly blessed to have a loyal group of girlfriends I can always count on, and who love me through it all. Just thinking about all of them makes me smile. Everyone needs a good friend in his/her life…it’s therapy you don’t have to pay for! 🙂 Think about your girlfriends this holiday season, and if you can’t afford to buy them something, make them dinner or send a card letting them know how much you love and appreciate them.

We have terrific gift ideas {FOR THE FRIEND} this holiday season that will be sure to delight…and come back here tomorrow to enter in our giveaway because we have a giveaway item from the list below you won’t want to miss!

1. Petal Heads Frayed Flower Hats, $38, Doodle Designs Shop
2. TOMS Herringbone Shoe, $54, Toms
3. East Cloud Grey Scarf with Sequins, $48, Kitson
4. I heart Italy {insert your favorite place} necklace, $55, tru.che {Stevie at tru.che kindly offered Tutto Bella readers 10% with code BELLA this week only. Shop her etsy store – she creates beautiful jewelry ranging from $8-$100. I am in LOVE with the I heart Italy necklace…think about that special place for you you’d like to keep around your neck and close to your heart this holiday season and always}
5. Voluspa Candle, $18-$28, sold at Fleur de Lis, a paperie

{images via Doodle Design ShopKitson, Toms, tru.che, Voluspa}

grace with lace

28 Oct

Black lace – it’s chic, sexy, classy and modern, and never goes out of style. Rock your black lace this Halloween weekend or the upcoming holiday season.

Dreaming about this Nina Ricci Lace & Radzimir dress.

left to right starting with the top row:
Urban Outfitters Sparkle & Fade Lace-Inset Dolman Sweater Dress: $54, Hawthorn Lace Top by Patterson J. Kincaid, Piperlime: $118, Nordstrom HUE Baroque Lace Net Tights, $18, Nanette Lepore ‘Sin Zin’ Lace Applique Skirt, Nordstrom: $298, MM Couture Lace Mini dress, Piperlime: $78,  In Your Lace Top, Modcloth: $32.99, American Apparel El Salvador Lace Tee: $30, Glint ‘Trio’ Peep Toe Bootie, Nordstrom: $99.95

Don’t forget about the little girl in your life. These lace rompers from Baby Lace Rompers are absolutely adorable. I want one for my little girl.  

{images via American Apparel, NordstromUrban Outfitters, Piperlime, Modcloth and Baby Lace Rompers}

walk down the aisle

2 Sep

Happy Fashion Friday!

So being the shoe-aholic that I am, and this being the week my sister is getting married, I found it appropriate for a wedding shoe post!

When I was looking for wedding shoes, I found myself going towards the unconventional – not the white, “typical” wedding shoes that I seemed to find everywhere (not that there is anything wrong with typical wedding shoes). I went for 2 pairs of shoes – 1 new (Valentino) for my new dress, and the other I had in my closet (Bakers) that I wore with my grandmother’s dress. My black and white, winter, old-fashioned wedding lended itself to just that for shoes – black and white, winter, old fashioned.

I say that if you want to wear blue shoes on your wedding day (for your “something blue”) … do it! If you want beautiful Cinderella sparkly shoes … do it! I have been seeing some unique wedding shoes {see the pink pumps below} perfect for a garden wedding. It is your day and you need to feel unique and special in your dress, shoes, and skin.

There are a couple shoes from Nordstrom that I love for a wedding dress! Whether your wedding is summer, spring, fall, or winter – you can find a shoe that fits your wedding day, dress, and personality. Keep looking. I know it can be tiring, but stick in there! You found your soul mate … now find your sole mate 🙂

manolos{manolos at nordstrom}

pink pumps{chinese laundry at nordstrom}

{badgley mischka at nordstrom}

{WARNING: SPLURGE ITEM! christian louboutin}

Happy Shoe Shopping!

OH … and A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my hubby William today 🙂 … you are still the love of my life after our first date, today, 10 years ago.

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