Monthly Archives: October 2010

Pumpkin Love* Guest Post by Sparkle&Hay

Hello & Happy Friday Realistic Wedding readers!!  I’m Erin from Sparkle&Hay and am absolutely, positively, thrilled to be guest blogging for our favorite Miss Claire today!!  Since fall is my absolute favorite time of the year, and Halloween my favorite holiday, I thought that I would round up some of my favorite pumpkin inspired design ideas  from around the web and share the autumn joy with all of you!  While most of these are home decor inspired, I love that they could all easily be so easily used in a gorgeous rustic wedding as well!   So grab yourself a cup of coffee (or perhaps a pumpkin spice latte?) and enjoy!

To start off… a DIY vintage book pumpkin!  Something so perfectly rustic and fall about this – love it!

<DIY tutorial found via MySweetSavannah>


For those of us who love cake stands (and who doesn’t?!) I love the look of layering jack o’lanterns on a bunch of them all stacked up.
< Country Living>


Or making your own votive holders out of these adorable lil’ jacks?

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did you even know you can make your own mini pumpkin wreath?!  you can!

<southern living>


how much fun would trick or treaters have grabbing their candy from a jack-o-lantern bowl?? (I would suggest using a battery votive to prevent melting!)

<martha stewart>


and because it is SO pretty… the ultimate pumpkin decorated space…

<country living>

I doubt this can be replicated as  DIY (and if you can, I may just have to hire you to come to my house next fall!) but I couldn’t help but share this beauty with you! Thank you so much Claire for having me and allowing me to indulge in my pumpkin love and a Happy Halloween Weekend to all!  xo Erin



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A Fresh, Fall Engagement Shoot

I just had to lure you in with something!

I’m so over the moon excited to feature another amazing e-sesh from the very talented Andy Li of SincereLi photography. Now, you all remember the gorgeous Old Town Alexandria engagement shot I featured a few weeks ago? This one has the same gorgeous aesthetic and technique, but with the addition of some fresh, gorgeous fall colors and scenery! Ya’ll know my stance on anything fall, so I’ll just go ahead and say I’m loving this shoot!

The very photogenic couple, Christine and Kwang, met and fell in love at their local church and are getting married in March of 2011. This spiritual couple’s love for one another makes for absolutely amazing photographs. I also love their look. To me, there is nothing prettier than simple and understated outfits, especially with an outdoorsy and nature inspired shoot.

What I’m seriously dying over, though, is the stunning imagery of their location. This quaint Maryland town, known as Ellicott City, is situated about 20 minutes outside of the bustling city of Baltimore. The town boasts older architecture and lush foliage, which make it a perfect place for an autumn e-sesh! Enjoy the gorgeous photos and join me in congratulating Christine and Kwang on their engagement!

I love when couple’s use props for their shoots. This sign is adorable!

Click more to see the rest of the gorgeous e-sesh!

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Thursday Purseday Designer Spotlight: Fendi

Although this ad, like most of theirs, is very sexy and alluring, I must admit…I’ve never been a big fan of Fendi. I’ve seen a few girls with the monogrammed Fendi bags, and honestly, they just aren’t my style. To me, the only monogram bag I’ll carry is  a Louis. Well, after stalking Neiman Marcus for quite some time, I stumbled on a STUNNING floral inspired tote bag that made me salivate. I started gasping, oohing and ahhing (to Elliot’s dismay) and nearly died of shock when I realized who made it. If Fendi makes bags that look like this, I thought, I will happily jump on that bandwagon and ride into the sunset. So folks, although I’m still not a fan of their monograms, I’m absolutely in love with their other designs. All are available at Neiman Marcus.

Embroidered Baguette

Floral Zucca Shopper

Woven Pois Baguette

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Happy Halloween!

BOO! As you know, I’m a huge Halloween fan, so what better way to celebrate than with a spook-tacular inspiration board?

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Tuesday Shoesday: A Little Lace Goes A Long Way

Aren’t these all lace frocks to die for?

You may or may not know this already, but I’m slightly obsessed with lace. I’ve always had an eye for this delicate fabric, but ever since my dear fiancé put that shiny big rock on my finger, my like has tuned into fiery love. As much as I love lace dresses (aren’t the ones above just stunning?), they have to be crafted and measured just right to come off as vintage/sexy and not grandmother/tablecloth.  Although I’m a fan of the all lace gowns, I also think just a little bit of it can go a long way and can add just the right touch of vintage glamor to anything.  These beautiful Valentino pumps below demonstrate this point perfectly. Just a touch of lace turns these pumps from plain Jane to knockout. Which color is your favorite?

Sand/Black Lace Bow Pump

Black/black Lace Bow Pump

For more great #TuesdayShoesday picks, visit Swatchbook Weddings,Postcards and PrettiesNiche WhiteEnchanted Dream Weddings & AffairsThe DemoiselleSuperburbsRuby and WillowLemon BrideBig Day for 10kPeach BrideLittle Miss Bride to BeMarry You MeBrancoprata and Meant to be Sent.


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Marvelous Monday: A Winter Wonderland

Leave it to Monday to be absolutely, insanely busy! But, I have enough time to create a stunning and picture perfect winter wonderland inspiration board. Now, I know, it’s not even November yet. But I’ve already seen some Christmas ads and played NSYNC “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” on repeat on my iPod today. I’m the kind of person that will decorate their house with sparkling icicle lights and plush snowmen the day after Halloween.  So just humor me, okay?! And to all of you chilly weather/snow brides, just know, I’m jealous!

Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Photo credits: South Tahoe, Bayshore Photography, Studio 623, Forever Photography and Info Barrel.


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Friday’s Fab Finds: Some Cozy Shawls and Shrugs

BRRRRR! It’s finally cold outside! After the hellish summer (that lasted until last week), I’m beyond ready for scarves and a strong nip in the air. To celebrate the chill and all of the gorgeous brides who will be walking down the aisle in weather not conducive to heat stroke (or a good sweat), I’m featuring some fabulously cozy and handcrafted boleros, shrugs and shawls from Etsy! Spring and Summer brides, don’t fret, there are some sassy cover-ups below that are sheer and light enough for even the hottest wedding day!


Off White Beauty Bolero
I love the warm, chunky look with the big patterned rosettes!

POISON aqua raw silk bolero

Poison Aqua Raw Silk Bolero
Rosettes. Need I say more?

Custom Handmade Luxurious Knit Bridal Capelet - Paloma Shoulderette

Custom Handmade Luxurious Knot Bridal Capelet

Ivory short sleeve satin wedding bolero jacket shrug

Ivory Short Sleeve Satin Wedding Bolero

French Lace Ivory Bridal Capelet

French Lace Ivory Bridal Capelet
How fabulously vintage. I love it!

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