Registering for wedding china isn't everyone's cup of tea, but if you love setting a beautiful table and want a set of your own to pass down and add to your collection, it's a beautiful way to add an heirloom to your life. I was fortunate enough to inherit some beautiful floral patterns from my grandmothers. Here's a round up of some current pieces I love:Read More
We just got engaged and I already feel behind. Everything I read says my engagement needs to be at least 12 months or more. Is this true?
Oh lady, I feel you on this one. Choosing a wedding date, and thus an engagement length, is likely one of the first hard decisions you and your partner will have to make. At risk of sounding like a broken-record, you really do have to make the choice that’s best for you and try as much as you can to ignore all the outside chatter happening around you right now.
Here are three really practical things to think about as you’re considering how long of an engagement is right for you:
Fall is my most favorite season of the year, and I couldn't resist a little round up of the things I'm loving having around this year. I hope your fall is filled with football tailgates, weddings, pumpkin patches, and long walks in the leaves!Read More
As a follow up to last week's post on How to Organize Your Wedding Pinterest Boards, I thought I'd give you a deeper dive look into how I actually use Pinterest in my every day work and life. I still remember eagerly signing up to be on the beta test list for this site called Pinterest YEARS ago when I was still saving .jpegs of all my inspiration files on my computer (anyone else?!). That old hard drive had folders upon folders of jpegs saved with no search features, no visual way to see everything. Just one big digital black hole. It's a mystery how I had enough storage space to even save anything. Pinterest was the digital answer to so many challenges. And with any powerful tool, it's best used with boundaries to be efficient, effective and stay original. Here's how I do it:Read More
A soft and romantic inspiration board for your Tuesday morning.
Touchable soft texture ties this look together with muted shades of blush and rose.
Cream, gold and wooden accents let the details shine through and keep everything cohesive.
What should I do about a guest book? Do I need one and where should I put it? Should I have a guestbook attendant?
Think of your guest book more as a keepsake for you to cherish than any formal register or process that needs to be built into your wedding day. You by no means have to have one, but it is a nice momento that you may love reminiscing over one day. This is often one of the last details selected, when your brain is just on total decision fatigue. Keep it simple and fun and don’t stress about every single guest signing it.Read More
There is no disputing the fact that Pinterest has changed the game for weddings, along with a number of other areas of life. With access to so.much.inspiration the bar was raised all around and the soul-crushing, life derailing concept of “pinterest-perfect” entered our lives. I get questions on Pinterest A LOT from my clients. Here’s an easy step by step process to harness that inspiration, keep it all organized, and battle the scroll overwhelm.Read More
Combine a dancer, a pilot and a one hundred year-old historic conservatory building and the wedding result is a little bit like magic. That was the feeling in the air on Jordan and Dan's August wedding day. Bringing together family and friends from across the country for a weekend-long celebration that culminated in a ceremony and a reception filled with music, dancing and touching toasts. And I can't even begin to describe how much I loved Jordan's blush and tulle dress!Read More
With my summer wedding season winding down, my days are spinning just a little less quickly and I’m enjoying a little bit of head space to process the first two-thirds of 2016. So I thought it was time to share an update of some exciting changes for Heirloom Event Co. over these last few months.Read More
I thought it would be fun to share a little round up of the products that I'm loving most as spring (maybe) finally appears in Chicago. I'm trying to be a lot more intentional with the physical things in my life. Partial spurred by the Marie Kondo joy-sparking method, but mostly because my apartment feels like the walls will literally split if I bring one more thing into this house.Read More
Welcome to week 3 and the final step in this Wedding Guide to Make The Pretty Mean Something! I’m so happy to have you back again. So far this month you’ve learned why this process is so important. Last week, you did the heart work and talked with your partner about the celebration you’re planning to start off your marriage and have a good set of 1-3 wedding values to work from that resonate with both of you. Now it’s time to LIVE them! Get excited- because this is where you really reap the rewards of not diving head first into Pinterest without a life vest.
Here’s how to Plan a Wedding Around Your Values:
Hi there, friends!
I’m glad to have you back in the second part of this guide to Make The Pretty Mean Something for your wedding celebration. Let’s recap, shall we!Read More
Hello there lovely, recently-engaged, floating on cloud nine, and then immediately overwhelmed couple. This post is written exactly for you. If the planning process has left you feeling stressed and hallowed then please keep reading. I am on a mission to help you create a wedding planning experience that honors where you've come from as individuals and celebrates where you're going together as a couple.Read More
When you live in certain parts of the country (ahem, Chiberia), winter is inevitable. We say that we get use to it (do we say that?), but in all reality we live under three fleece blankets on our couches for four months and spend a lot of time checking the thermostat because it could not possibly be 68 degrees in this house right now!! And sometimes we wear hats to bed. Frolicking-in-the-snow totals approximately 6 days a year, and the rest of the time we're just trying not to fall in the street while walking through slushy, icy crosswalks.
Last year I had this revelation that I should try and stop hating winter. I drank hot cocoa well into March, upgraded my fleece to a plush down blanket and embraced winter as a season of rest. I read an impressive number of books, turned down most social obligations that required any kind of crosswalk traipsing and built the foundation for this business. Take that, Snowmageddon!
So if you're a winter bride, don't listen to the weather naysayers. A cozy, intimate celebration with a roaring fire, a signature hot toddy, and soft textures throughout your design will be unforgettable! And DON'T feel like you're only option is an icy-blue color palette. Winter neutrals are a gorgeous backdrop to the landscape and one of my favorite un-trends.
Ya'll it feels both scary and exhilarating to type out my first blog post in more than 3 years. Confessions - I wanted to fact check the 3 years part of that first sentence and I couldn't even remember the name of my old blog to type it into Google! It's been THAT long.Read More