1. Why It Works Wednesday: The Beauty of Neutral Winter Wedding Decor

    I hate to be the one to point it out but there is a visual assault that starts to happen right about this time of year. The loud loud reds start to blare, the intense neony greens that we try to pass off as reds counterpart click into action and everywhere we look we are hit with a visual cacophony! Call me crazy, call me over saturated in the red & green = Winter Christmas department, but I am over it and have been for a long time. Its not to say that I am anti-red and green, just someone who actively searches for an alternative, some other way of expressing the winter holiday season. Naturally this sets one up to explore lots of other color avenues, like my dear mother who was a big big fan of the pink Christmas, dusty pink not bubble gum thank you very much! While alternative colors for the holiday season are all well and good, I personally always seem to find a neutral palette the most pleasing.

  2. Modern Come Vintage Austin Texas Wedding In Baby Pink & Turquoise

    Style, sophistication, and class is the name of the game when it comes to this lovely modern come vintage Austin, Texas wedding! Sarah DeLaCruz & Matthew Lucero opted to invite their closet friends and family into their new life in Austin celebrating under the clear starry tent at The Allan House . Lace dresses lead the way in the form of a gorgeous perfectly fitted Augusta Jones wedding gown and complimentary baby pink lace cocktail dresses from BCBG Generation. Girls after my own heart, Sarah & her ladies did not short change in the shoe department, Sarah wearing some gorgeous sparklers while the ladies wore some killer turquoise pumps! Sarah's hair was to die for, fashioned in a side braid which ultimately came together in a lovely loose textured structured do while the girls rocked a mix of braids and tumbling locks! Not to be out done, the men wore ever handsome steely gray tuxes from Vera Wang & matched the ladies awesomeness in the shoe department in the form of Toms! Sarah along with some help from friends, worked to hand craft each detail from the centerpieces to signage to bring a personal & vintage feel, my personal favorite being the amazing seating chart drawn by hand by her Aunt Paula! I anticipate tons of pining from this gorgeous wedding, from the bridal style, the suave look of the bridal party to the details! What a gorgeous Austin Texas dream wedding!

  3. Why It Works Wednesday: The Beauty Of The Naked Cake

    For today's Why It Works, we are stripping down to our bare selves, our naked self, in the form of an utterly gorgeous {& delicious!} wedding trend, The Naked Wedding Cake! Perhaps you don't know exactly what I am talking about but rested assured, you've already seen at least one or two. Naked cakes are those that go sans frosting around the sides of the cake {frosting in between layers is certainly fair game!}, leaving the appeal of the cake to be in its natural, uncovered beauty of the spongy goodness of the cake itself. The beauty in this design, the color of the cake itself can set a tone and influence the look and feel that your going for, another fun way to bring something to life! Vanilla cakes & those with a lightly colored cake batter, volia, a blonde naked cake! Conversely a chocolate cake, or any other dark battered cake will get you a wonderfully moody sultry treat! My favorite part to naked cake designs is that the fun does not stop at just the beauty of the cake alone, the other side to the naked cake's beauty is in it's fillings & toppings, in the form of frosting, berries, caramel, honey, natural blooms and so much more! There is a limitless amount of creative elements that can be put together, while the real value is that these frosting shedding cakes can easily transcend a number of different wedding themes & styles!

  4. Growler Station & Bourbon Bar Lay The Ground Works For This Gentleman’s Southern Living Fete

    Make no mistake, today's feature is geared toward the masculine {and of course the ladies who appreciate a more gentlemanly pastime!} dripping in some of southern living's finer instruments of leisure! One of my favorite crews from South Carolina has returned, this time throwing an engagement party focusing more on the groom to be! Sampling from some truly terrific southern treats, racks of BBQ ribs slaw & the like were the meal of choice, while a craft beer growler station was set up to wash down the tasty meats. For those seeking a more refined sipping style, a Bourbon Bar was erected, featuring some of the south's finest ranging from light honey to deep amber in tones. What is celebrating with the boys if not puffing on a fine, freshly hand rolled cigar made on site to bring that extra special touch! Upstairs at Midtown played the perfect host for this wonderfully masculine affair, featuring rooms with exposed brick, barn wood flooring and elegant molding. Tables were set with gold rimmed fish plates, vintage silverware and adorned with touches like deer antlers, gentlemen's flasks and silver camping cups. Being a bit of a tomboy myself, I connect with this vibe on some many levels. Its earthy, woody, strong, dark where it needs to be, a wonderfully neutral based color palette, and perfectly zeros in on some of the finer things to please all inner foodies & frosty beverage lovers alike. This masculine leaning affair is the perfect example of why not all wedding things should simply be fluffy pink and pretty. As you can see, every now and again, strong earthy with a touch of androgyny makes for one heck of an amazing fete!