California dreamin’ and lovin’

Meet the most handsome couple ever: Anna and Spenser. Are they just as cute as can be? I love this engagement shoot. Full of sunshine and smiles, these simple shots capture the couple perfectly — natural, relaxed, and full of light & love. The California coast ain’t too shabby of a backdrop, either. Congratulations to this beautiful pair, set to tie the knot later this month. Cheers!

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Photo Credit: Jessica Hill Photography

Snowy beginnings.

As we bid adieu to winter, I’d like to toast the beautiful beginning of my two dear friends Gavin and Sonal. In Whistler, amidst a wonderland of white, an unknowing Sonal followed Gavin on a snowy stroll, which ended on bended knee with a resounding ‘yes.’ Luckily Sweet Pea Photography was camped out to capture the sweet, whimsical moment.

Looking forward to their nuptials this fall in Philadelphia. Congrats you two lovebirds.

And yes, her ring is even more gorgeous in person.

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Credit: Sweet Pea Photography

Cheers!

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Southern Living Weddings Gift Guide

If there’s one thing I learned while living in the South, it’s how to say ‘thank you.’ Southern hospitality is alive and well. In a time when everything seems to have gone digital — e-cards, e-mail — Southerns still take the time to hand write a note, deliver a thoughtful gift in person and bake ‘welcome’ goodies for newcomers. A lost art in this day and age.

Your wedding is a giant production with a cast of characters, all integral to the success and happiness of your big day. From a shower hostess to your groom-to-be, it’s important to thank the special people in your life with a token that’s equally as special.

With wedding season approaching, I wanted to share my article featured in Southern Living Weddings (on newsstands now),  which provides some sweet gift suggestions that are sure to show your gratitude. Happy giving!

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Credit: Southern Living Magazine

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Winter Wedding Shower Inspiration

We’re throwing a bridal shower this weekend to toast a bride set to tie the knot in Whistler, B.C. this February. Take a look at our inspiration board, and we’ll circle  back with event photos this weekend!

Some ideas we’ve kicked around: hearty bread bowls, churros and chocolate, cabbage centerpieces, warm cocktails and personalized glove favors.

Cheers!

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Storytelling

Check out the stack of books, top row center.

If their colors give any indication as to their age (publishing date), these burnt orange hardbacks most likely stocked shelves at the local bookstore (yes, bookstores did exist in flesh, or brick that is, long before eReaders, Kindles and Nooks opened their virtual shopping spaces) in the 70s—perfect complements to the avocado shag.

These retro reads are a select few of an extensive collection that belonged to my grandfather. Their bold colors have breathed life into monotonous bookcases in our family room and warmed up the cold mantle above our fireplace. Cheaper by the Dozen and Spanish in a Nutshell are just two of the curious titles among them.

What boring lives books must lead. They’re read once, twice or maybe even a half time. They then live out the rest of their pre-Goodwill days standing stiff on-end.

Let your literature live a little.

Antique fanatics set out in search of shabby chic hutches, distressed leather chairs or Victorian silver teasets.

Pick up some books! I mean, they are practically antiques in this day and age.

Vintage books make for interesting, eclectic design elements. Try mixing up your tablescape with something old and unique but sophisticated and chic nonetheless. They are recyclable, inexpensive and  can serve to create varying height features, identify party table numbers, or make the perfect platform for candles and flower arrangements.

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