Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Hope Jar

From the website:
A set of six vintage fortune bottles for your next dinner party!
Individual fortunes wrapped in sheet music and nestled delicately into vintage bottles. The perfect accessory for your dinner party and a fun and intimate way to get people talking.

Each bottle comes dressed with vintage ribbon, millinery flowers and a "petits quelque choses" - 'a little something' adorning it's neck.

Each set is distinctly unique - just like your guests!
This set features an array of mis-matched antique bottles dressed in in pink tones.

Ok. This is just magical. If only I had magic money to go along with it since 6 of these cost $42.95! May I will be able to make my own? I think I can.
Okay, you talked me into it. You're so persuasive.
Originally discovered by Victoria with Roses who found it via Southern Weddings.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Garden Rooms

Remember that book 'The Secret Garden'? These pictures, obtained from the fabulous blog Garden Rooms, are from a book entitled 'The New French Decor~ Living With Timeless Objects' remind me of the images in my head reading that book. Who need modern when there's old beauty like this? Not me.

And some more, just to keep your eyes (and heart) happy.

*these are all from Garden Rooms, sorry I don't know their sources, so pipe up if you do :)

Ohhh, I won!

So I won one of these flags! Super cute and a perfect addition to my never finished house. Thanks to Jess from Lobster and Swan for the beautiful surprise.

She also has another blog, Record the Day, that is equally as creative and pretty. I wish I could have her unique talent and an eye for the undiscovered beauty she is able to create.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

For marriage & life.

Remember when you go into the world to keep your eyes and ears wide open. And be kind. Love one another. Take care of each other. Tell the truth. Always do your best. Listen to the big people and the little people. Explore new paths and have fun. Know that you are loved like crazy. Give thanks for all your blessings. Above all else, love and you will do wonderful things in this world. - Rebecca Puig

Friday, August 22, 2008

Photo Love

via. Natalie Moser

via. Matthew Morgan via. Matthew Morgan
via. Matthew Morgan

The woman's hair on the left is absolutely perfect. P.E.R.F.E.C.T.

Thanks to Heather from We Met in a Bar for the photo inspiration :)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

So many ideas running through my brain!

There are so many ideas running through my head from reading wedding blogs all day that I am scared I may forget an absolutely brilliant idea. Just ideas. Not even anything special. The little things, that make the wedding unique. So I am going to come back to this post to update it whenever I read something or think of something that isn't necessarily a picture or theme, but that I want to remember. I feel like I have already forgotten so much but here we go....

-Taxi tags (for intoxicated guests). Hopefully my venue will allow people to keep their cars overnight.
-Vintage garden themed. (Colors are currently; moss/mint/pear/leaf green, bright yellow, pale yellow, natural, ivory, charcoal grey.)-too much? please tell.
-DIY jars with candles hanging from trees.
-Bonfire with su'mmore (how the heck do you spell this?!) fixings for later in the night. Maybe along with something greasy after a night of mini burgers and fries?
-I don't think boutineers are a necessary expense.
-I want both my parents to walk me down the aisle.
-I want to release that dorky?
-I want to have a 'photo booth' with props. Maybe with a Polaroid camera?
-I want to take pictures with horses (luckily my mom has 8 of them!). Doesn't that just seem just super sexy?
-A homemade sign pointing towards the wedding location.
-I want basic but beautiful chandaliers hanging with candles in them and maybe decorated with greenery.
-I want a picture of our shoes and his socks. Plus one with all the groomsmen's socks (argyle/stripy goodness).
-I want my flower girl to have a flower halo.
-I want to have salon lash extensions (super expensive). Like super expensive.
-I want a cigar station. All the men in both our families are big cigar smokers. How fun would this be?!
-I want many separate cakes in different flavors, not a large tall fancy one.
-I want nice furniture outside for people to sit on.
-I'm thinking that favors aren't necessary.
-I want a mantilla veil.
-I don't want any pictures of putting on makeup, eww. Not appealing to me.
-I want this quote to encompass the feel of the wedding, well, besides how blessed we are by God and all our family and friends. "Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two." ~Louis de Bernieres

I basically want to feel like this. No matter what all the other little details are.

via. Ann Hamilton

But, most important is I want to get married to the man I love so we can start our lives out together. Which means he really needs to ask me. I can see all our time slots filling up daily, but I really try not to push him. Sigh...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


So I'm the type of person that needs goals at all times. If not I honestly get depressed and feel very useless. Plus there are just so many things I want to do, I feel like if I don't write them somewhere I will forget them.

-Take a photography class and invest in a quality camera.
-Learn a foreign language (Italian/French?)
-Finish decorating my apartment (a seriously NEVER ENDING project).
-Become a yoga instructor. This is $2000 and would take time away from my current job, so this currently isn't looking very promising.
-Visit my sister in Spain next spring.

This is us, surprisingly on our first date!

Just a start.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A wedding with so many things I dream of...

I love her hair. LOVE IT! That is what I am having...which means I have to keep growing my hair (and bangs). I love her bouquet. I love kisses on the shoulder. I love the chairs they use (dark wood). I love a simple white cake. I love the parasols. I love the birch vases with peonies. I love the picture on the women looking on during the father daughter dance. It's almost perfect.

All pictures by Jose Villa.

Monday, August 18, 2008

100 things that make me happy...a work in progress...

This is a list that I think is so fun to make and if I am ever feeling down, I will be reminded of all the wonderful things in my life and the world.

Work in progress. Here is 1-13.

#1 Spring. The first day after winter when it feels like spring and you can roll down your windows and bask in the sun is one of the greatest feelings ever. After a long, cold Minnesota winter a 50 degree day feels absolutely balmy!
#2 The feeling after yoga; light, graceful, and peaceful. What could be better? When I come out feeling like a graceful ballerina. I wish I were an actual ballerina (obviuosly)…but this is a close second.
#3 Getting a haircut. I love that you get to have your head massaged while they shampoo your hair and the feeling of the swingy and suddenly new seeming hair on my head. Ah the little things :)
#4 Paying off a credit card/bill.
#5 Not having to work at work ie. sitting at the computer blogging while getting paid.
#6 Adopting from a shelter. Saving as many animal lives as possible (within reason).
#7 The cabin. Enough said.
#8 Fall. The smell of leaves, the beautiful trees, and the crisp air just to name a few.
#9 Feeling completely organized. A rare treat.
#10 When I feel Mark's arm around me.
#11 Forehead/nose kisses. So sweet :)
#12 Ana Christina Kurtz. Just a little peach of a girl.

#13 That Christmas morning is still whimsical to me. I cannot wait to help my own children experience the joy that Christmas brings (and teach them the importance of the day).

Flowers, lockets, and candles, oh my!

With all the wedding blogs out there its really hard to stay with one kind of color combination/style. That is why I think ivory/white, moss green/green, and natural/beige are the best because they will look sophisticated 1 year and 10 years away. This bouquet below is just perfect no matter what and I think it will always look classic and stunning. I'm thinking of wrapping the stems with some significant fabric (possibly a portion of grandma's wedding dress to bring hope for longitivity, love, and fertileness in the marriage, because they did/do!). I also really want to buy lockets for all the bridesmaid and myself that we can wrap around our bouquets and then can wear as necklaces afterwards. A great store on etsy does just that :) Lost and Fawned. Or this one from Sea Unicorn .

I can also see, as a great compliment to my bouquet the bridesmaids each holding white peonies. I have no idea if that is too expensive for my imaginary budget, but I think it would be just lovely! Kind of like this, but maybe without the ribbon, and less flowers :)

1st pic by Jasmine Star, 2nd pic from

Just yesterday I also saw a great idea for table centerpieces that look beautiful and also not very expensive! Are these peonies too?

How simple and gorgeous! Just the theme I am looking for. So does this mean I have all the flowers picked out?

Last pic from Martha Stewart.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Super funny Miss Cookie!

I like this letter written by one of the Wedding'Bees' to her Aunt Flo.

Dearest Auntie Flo,

I am sorry, but you are not invited to our wedding. I know how much we both enjoy our monthly visits together—even though you have been giving me horrible bloating and cramps lately. Mr. Cookie and I have a love/hate relationship with you! Every time you come to visit, Mr. Cookie has to rub my belly and says I become very irritable. But we both like that your visit indicates we will not be welcoming newly baked cookies to the family, just yet!

Recently, it seems like you keep pushing back your monthly visit. Your September visit is nudging closer and closer to our wedding date. I apologize, but during our wedding I just cannot accommodate your demands. Having my bridesmaid lift up my wedding dress, while I try to change a tampon, is just not an experience that I want to share with them. I also want my hormones at a steady level; I am already going to be emotional as is! In addition, Mr. Cookie and I would also like to get to know one another, in the biblical sense, if you know what I mean. We just can’t do “it” with you coming between us.

So, for the sake of our wedded bliss, can you please schedule your visit before the wedding? By your November visit, I will have beautiful pictures of the wedding to show you.

It would be ever so helpful for you to comply with my demand! Even though your visit will not to be able to ruin our wedding day, I prefer that you not attend.

Hope to see you earlier rather than later,

Miss Cookie

Funny right?! My relationship with my Aunt isn't quite so cordial.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Hope and love about the 1st year of marriage...from a man!

This is taken from Gabriel Ryan's blog, a photographer in California. What he says about the first year of marriage is so cute and full of hope. He is my kind of guy (and madly in love with his wife, which in itself is adorable)!

they say it's the hardest. they say that, and to be honest, i wish i knew who 'they' were. in fact, i am calling out the 'they's... right here... right now. i mean, how are you going to make a statement like that and not follow up with some hope.

for me, i will cling to hope. i have been called silly and illogical for trusting a God that, to be honest [again], i don't even always believe is there [or if He is... that He cares]. i have seen the looks from strangers when i make a comment about 'my wife,' knowing that they are playing out the odds in their heads of two twenty-somethings tying the knot. i know what the world says. but i will cling to hope.

this past year has not been the easiest by any means. but this year has given me clarity into my soul unlike any other time during my short 26 years on this earth. and i owe most of that to my bride.

the love that carlie renee davis draws out of me comes from the deepest parts of my heart, the parts that i didn't even know were there. so, babe, thank you for choosing me. i love you through the sadness of my own selfishness and in spite of your own. i choose you, just the way you are. i couldn't be more excited & anxious to spend the next 60 years by your side. you are it.

our friend dane shared some advice with us as he walked us through the process, preparing for marriage. he said, 'if, at the beginning, you knew what you were getting yourself into, you would never choose marriage. but, at the end of your days, you wouldn't trade it for anything in this world.' i think i like that one better.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Elegant vintage with a touch of whimsical. My offical theme?

I honestly don't know how people have time to write their own blogs as well as read all the new posts in their Google Reader everyday...right now I have 744 posts left to read. I think one time I was down to 300, but then I just lost it. But any little bit that I read brings me joy, which is the important thing. Anyways I thought I would post so I have it saved, the idea decor picture that I have been saving. It is absolutely perfect, and I can't think of a thing I would want to add or delete.

All photos from

I'm in love. I'm also in love with a man.

How do you suppose I would go about getting any of this stuff. Obviously it couldn't be exactly the same. I guess thats ok. Those plates. I need those plates. They make the table. Where can I get 200 antique looking plates? I might be fighting a losing battle with that one. :(