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slug bug style

13 Jun

Our friend and talented photographer, Meredith Moran, worked her first styled shoot in May at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park. Her dad’s refurbished slug bug served as the inspiration behind the shoot. Of course, we love the red slug bug…and all the details to go along with. The pop of red. Vintage white dresser. Old school desk sprinkled with buttons. Antique china. Mason jar floral arrangements on antique books. And who doesn’t love a Radio flyer? For all you brides out there…you can rent those items and more for your wedding from Jessica at A Vintage Affair Rentals. If I could re-do anything from my wedding, I would rent Jessica’s entire warehouse.

Kudos to Meredith and Tiny Bubbles Event Design. We can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

For more lovely photos from the shoot, visit here.


Photography/Design:  Meredith Moran Photography
Planning/Coordination:  Tiny Bubbles Event Design
Vintage Furniture & Accessories:  A Vintage Affair Rentals
Paperware/Invitations: Fleur de Lis {a paperie}
Flowers:  The Ruffly Rose
Cake & Cupcakes: Goblin City Bakery
Dress: Kathy Ireland Weddings by 2 Be (get it at The Bridal Collection)\
Hair & Make up: Cory Bryant, Make Up By Cory
Flatware/Glassware/Chairs: All Well Rents
Lace Tablecloth: Linen Hero
Venue: The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park
Models:  Jim & Kelli Goodwin

{images via Meredith Moran Photography}


kate + daniel in greece

6 Jun

Kate and Daniel came traveled all the way from Malaysia for a pre-wedding photo shoot in Santorini, Greece. Malaysian Chinese has a tradition of taking pre-wedding photos, and since Kate and Daniel were planning a trip to Greece and Turkey for holiday anyway, they decided to take their photos pre-wedding photos there.

Looking at the photos, you wouldn’t know they were frazzled or stressed, but the day progressed in a way they never expected. The couple planned for photos with a different set of gowns and jackets and additional props; however after the couple posed on the beach, their parked car got stuck in the sand on the beach. Eventually, and after unsuccessfully trying to push the car out themselves, nice locals passed by and stopped to push and pull their car out. Everyone was so consumed with finding a solution, no photos were taken, but the memory is a treasure…and the photos look flawless.

The beauty, rich colors, simple and natural, romantic elements were captured beautifully by their photographer, Anna Roussos. Kate’s beautiful, custom gown was handmade by a designer in Malaysia.  The shape, the details and the design of the gown is one-of-a-kind made just for Kate.

The couple is getting married in July, and we wish them nothing but a lifetime of happiness…and tow trucks close by just in case they get stuck again. 🙂

{images via Anna Roussos Photography}

hanky invite

7 May

Whether your having an antique or vintage-inspired wedding, looking for that added touch of southern charm or want the kind of detail people will always remember, a handkerchief invite by Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence is for you. We are in love with these lovely invites screen printed on a cotton handkerchief.

These handkerchiefs are so unique and so pretty – guests can keep them on display to remind them of your special day, and then bring them to your wedding to wipe their tears of joy.

You can opt for the floral design or the classic white. Both are stunning!

{images via Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence}

coco chanel for babies

19 Jan

As you may or may not know, Jenna {our sister, owner of Fleur de Lis and contributor to this blog} is pregnant with her first baby! We are so thrilled and we know she is going to be such a wonderful mama!

It’s also important to note that Jenna is our little fashionista and hasn’t given up the heels, her handbags or style … even while 7 months pregnant.

I have several ideas for her upcoming shower {I hope to share all of them with you}, but for today’s potential theme, I’ll give you two quotable clues …

1. “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”
2. “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”

Pregnant or not – we know that Jenna is classy and fabulous, she likes to be different, and one of her fashion idols {besides her fave Audrey Hepburn}, is CoCo Chanel.

Yep, a Chanel-themed baby shower seems fitting!

{These are our brainstorming party ideas so bear with us … not quite the final plan}

Colors: soft greys and pinks, with black & white stripes {we don’t know the sex of the baby, so we are keeping things fairly neutral, with just a splash of pink for the pregnant mama}.

Food: brunch inspired foods… fresh fruit, caprese skewers, egg casserole, asparagus, blueberry coffee cake, rosemary potatoes.

Dessert: White and black cake pops with Chanel No. 5 {Jenna No. 1} design. Candy” bar” with Jenna’s favorites which include, jelly beans {black, white and pink}, licorice, snickers, Hershey’s kisses and swedish fish inside glass candy jars. Frosted pink donuts.

Drink: Prosecco {Jenna’s non-pregnant favorite}, pink lemonade {her pregnancy craving} with black and white striped straws.

Table Numbers: Chanel-inspired perfume labels displayed the table number, but instead of “Chanel No. 5” it will have “Jenna No. 1.”

Centerpieces: Black or clear vases with white flowers and peonies. Even single vases with a single bud would be beautiful and for a “baby” touch, baby bottles would work as vases too.

Invite: Ask guests to wear black and white, and of course pearls. Black and white color invite with signature Chanel quilting, black & white stripes, and maybe a splash of pink due to the “ladies only” feel. All corresponding paper products will match with “Jenna No. 1” on it or will have Jenna first initial in the mirrored-image style, just like the Chanel logo.

Decor: Black and white striped fabric on dessert table or as a background to dessert table. Blush pink colored poms hanging from ceiling. Pearls. Brooches. Jenna’s baby pictures in small frames on each table.

Activities: Jenna is not one to like shower games, so I love the idea of doing “diaper notes,” where guests leave notes on different sized diapers for Jenna and Will to ready when they have to change their little one.

{images via The Fashion Shows, Trendy Rose, Cake in Bed, Hostess with the Mostess, Belleza e Luce, See Jane Design}

winter wonder

23 Nov

This romantic and vintage winter white photo shoot made its way around the ‘wedding blogging world’ earlier this year, but it’s the time of year in Colorado when the ground is often covered in white, the trees are frosted with white and white snowflakes serenely fall from the sky.  So, it seems an appropriate time to dream of an all white wedding…and this beautiful photo shoot styled by a talented Colorado team is the perfect inspiration.

Lemon Sprinkle Events set up a beautiful dessert display, centered around the vanilla buttercream cake. Treats served on the all-white menu included white chocolate pretzels, vanilla bean taffy, meringues and classic jordan almonds.

The flowers in this photo shoot particularly caught my eye. They were beautifully designed and hand-made by the talented and lovely Cori Cook of Cori Cook Floral Design. She is phenomenal and I adore her…and her work. From the chic and affordable baby’s breath bouquet tied together with a strand of pearls, to the stunning ranunculus bouquet with a “something blue” tulle tutu and the romantic, custom-designed rosette bouquet, she inspires brides at all price points {and personalities} to have an all-white bouquet.

Photography: Laura Murray Photography
Florals: Cori Cook Floral Design
Dessert Set Up: Lemon Sprinkle Events
Make Up: Jenny Van Tuine {}
Invitations & Stationary: Papertalk Press
Gowns & Headpieces: Blue Bridal Couture
Venue: The Oxford Hotel

{images via Laura Murray Photography}

lauren + greg

16 Nov

Every girl dreams of her wedding day and beautiful Lauren was no exception. As a girl growing up, Lauren attended the sanctuary of Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Denver, Colorado and dreamt of the day she would say I do to her prince charming below the vaulted ceilings and in the light streaming through the beautiful stained glass windows.

So, she found herself a handsome groom {the love of her life}, Greg, and Lauren made her way down the long aisle to the sound of a graceful organ on August 14, 2010…just like she always imagined.

The bride was stunning in her ivory organza, overlaid with Alençon lace gown. In Lauren’s words: I wanted to look romantic, so I wore side-swept bangs and a pinned low-chignon. My mom found a custom-made flower comb and I also wore a cathedral-length veil.

My sister and Maid of Honor picked out black, cap sleeve cocktail dresses for the bridesmaids that coordinated really well with the details and colors of the day. Since the wedding was black tie, I wanted everything to be black and white and champagne colored. In keeping with the white floral, I wanted them to carry bouquets of white hydrangea and roses. There are so many details we love about this wedding and one of them is Lauren’s bouquet. We L.O.V.E. her peony bouquet. Lauren carried a hand-tied monochromatic bouquet of blush peonies {her favorite flower}, which are rare and usually not available in August. But, she received a special delivery on her special day. “It was a huge special day-of surprise that my florist was able to get peonies in. I wanted the blush pink to be the only splash of color among all the other white flowers and decorations,” said Lauren.

Jenna McKinlay {yours truly} helped Lauren with the invites and additional paper products on their wedding day. The beautiful invitations were traditional and simple, yet elegant. From Lauren: I love the feel of letterpress on ecru paper, and the fonts and design of our invitations really appealed to us. We sealed each invitation with hand-dripped wax and a custom postage stamp. The ceremony programs, cocktail napkins, menus and other wedding materials showcased our wedding logo, designed by my friend, Sara. It was inspired by the theme of keys and “locking in love” – like the traditional {we all love and believe in} on Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence, Italy.

Oh and let’s not forget the DIY details and unique touches that we all love! In Lauren’s words: Our guests’ names were hand written in calligraphy and attached to antique skeleton keys, which went along with the logo and the idea of the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence where I studied and Greg visited. I really wanted to give our guests a better sense of who we were as a couple. So we named the 20+ tables with places and things that were important to us and our relationship. For example, where we met, where Greg first said “I love you,” our favorite restaurant, how we wrote our vows, etc. We had our calligrapher draft paper that featured our wedding logo, wedding date, and fun phrases such as “cake,” “kiss,” “toast,” “dance,” “I do,” “happily ever after,” and others so we could fold and make “cootie catchers” at each place setting.

My mom and I spent many nights on DIY projects like signs that sprinkled the event, fashioned out of ribbon and lace. We also hand crafted heart-shaped confetti out of old Italian novels.

And for a late night treat, our guests were given paper cones made of music sheets and filled with Greg’s favorite snack: kettle corn.

A special moment of the day Lauren loved was her gift for Greg: For my letter to Greg, I knew I couldn’t say everything I wanted in just one note. So, instead I wrote him eight poems and 14 memories to coincide with our wedding date, 8.14.11. Then I sealed each note with the wax and stamp we used for the wedding invitations. With his groom’s gift, I enclosed the stamp saying, “Here’s to making many more wonderful memories in the years to come.”

Another highlight of the day was the married couple’s getaway car. As they exited the church they were showered with white rose petals and stepped into a classic…an antique Rolls Royce. Then, the couple made their way to their beautiful reception at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver, Colorado.

During cocktail hour, Lauren and Greg wanted their guests to be greeted at the Ritz-Carlton with a signature drink, “Strawberry Kiss,” made of champagne, vodka, and strawberry purée. The drink is one of my favorites and I think provided a pop of color for the evening.

Our first dance was to Pat Green’s “Crazy,” performed by the seven-piece band. The song is especially important to us because it is the song we fell in love to. Also, the year of our engagement, we had the absolute privilege of having Pat Green dedicate the song to us at his local concert!

I wanted the cake to kind of mirror my dress features. It was all-white, four-tier, and was adorned with white fondant and decorated with ivory satin ribbon, little sugar buttons, and sugar lace appliqué to match the dress. The cake alternated between red velvet and almond with toffee filling layers and was topped with fresh, white hydrangeas.

Photographer: Lindsay B Photography
Reception Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Denver; Elizabeth Brady
Band: Moments Notice/Jerry Barnett Entertainment, Marla Gifford
Florist: Kimball Floral
Bridal gown: anna bé
Makeup: Laura Mercier, Mindy Waite, 303.990.2466
Ceremony Music: Doris Merritt, Pianist, 303.761.6242
Ministers: Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Cindy Cearley and Angelic Healing Associates, Gina Fenske

{images via Lindsay B Photography}

‘pear-fect’ place card

8 Nov

It’s almost that time of year when we gather with loved ones and reflect on what we’re grateful for around the table set for a turkey feast…Thanksgiving!

Throughout this month, we have ideas and inspiration {recipes, table settings and favors}  that will help you make this year’s Thanksgiving holiday special and fabulous!

Today, we have some wonderful place card ideas that will delight your guests as they make their way to this year’s table.

“Pear”-fect Place Card
{inspired by Real Simple}

You’ll Need:
pears {or fruit of choice}
alphabet stickers {I found at Michael’s. You can find online at}
spray paint {I used Krylon Metallic Brilliant Gold}

How To:
Open newspaper and lay on garage floor {or wherever you plan to spray paint} to protect your floors
Place an initial adhesive initial firmly on pear
Spray paint entire pear
Let the paint dry
{yes, it’s that easy}

NOTE: This project should be done a day before Thanksgiving because the green color of the pear will change to brown if done earlier. If you have time, you can spray paint the letter a different color prior to spray painting the rest of the pear, so if you don’t want a green initial, it can be red, white, black, etc}

ANOTHER NOTE TO SELF: This also makes a cute centerpiece.

If the pear place card doesn’t fit your fancy, look at these fantastic ideas…

1. Design*Sponge impresses again with these Clay Conifer place cards. NOTE: I think using the same white model magic by crayola to create a leaf place card would be a perfect place card. You can use a leaf-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the leaf. Use a hole punch to make a small opening to string twine through for a hang tag. Once the leaf dries, you can paint to desired color, or just use a paint marker to write your guests name. If you prefer to leave the leaf ‘whole,’ wrap twine around the leaf and attach a hang tag for name. This makes a beautiful place card, and a great ornament favor for guests. Make sure you read Design*Sponge directions here {even if you make a leaf} for insider tips.
2. Country Living creates a neutral and beautiful napkin place card. Write each guests name {with your best script} invisibly with the Prym Dritz disappearing-ink pen. Via Country Living…immediately trace over the name in a bronze, copper, or gold color with a medium round-tipped ink marker, such as Uchida’s DecoFabric Marker from
3. Buy 2 large leaf stencils {2 sizes – one large and one small – with the same leaf shape}. Buy designer fabric, or scrapbook paper. Simply trace the stencils on the fabric or paper. Make sure to use different fabrics for each leaf. Cut and tie leaves together with hemp ribbon {use a small hole punch to create an opening on the top of the leaves}. Add a hang tag and voila.
4. Add a vintage feel to your setting with these handmade, stamped hang tags from Elegant Knitting.
5. Fill these cute muslin, favor bags from Crafty Clementines with nuts or chocolate and add a name hang tag.
6. Write guests names on these handmade, burlap chalk cloth tags by Blue Pearls and then they can re-use at home.
7. Pumpkins are still very festive, and an easy place card. Just add a small wooden stick and flag {colorful tape}, then write guests name on the flag.
8. Better Homes and Gardens gives us an adorable DIY project with these Pilgrim Cap place cards. NOTE: I think a great alternative for acrylic paint on the terra-cotta pots is chalkboard paint {or spray paint}. It’s a cheap and easy paint swap. You can write names in chalk, and your guest can bring home to re-use for whatever their heart desires.

{images via Tutto Bella, Design*Sponge, New England Fine Living, Crafty Clementines, Blue Pearls, Elegant Knitting, Country Living , Better Homes and Gardens}