Monthly Archives: March 2011

Thursday Purseday Beach Totes by Angela of Swatchbook Weddings

Angela is my cyber twin sister, I swear. I’ve always loved Angela from her hilarious posts to her adorable posts, but really connected with her over pop culture, Seinfeld to be exact. I believe I gchated ” Hellooooooooooooo! Ps Angela, I said that in my best Seinfeld voice.” Her response? “AHHH NEWMAN!” I knew we’d be fast friends. I’m so happy she came back from her hiatus to post for me. Angela, you are the George to my Jerry and thank you so much for posting!

Hello m’dears! It’s Angela from Swatchbook Weddings & I’m filling in for Ms. – actually, MRS! Claire while she is whisked away on her honeymoon. I know you guys feel the same when I say I am so happy for her! We have been each other’s ear via gchat many times and no matter what is stressing us out, we always sign off cracking up & feeling much better. So in honor of her much deserved honeymoon & the fact that it’s Thursday Purseday, I’ve picked out some of my favorite brightly colored beach totes that are perfect for a tropical getaway!







Filed under Claire Elliot Wedding, honeymoon, Thursday Purseday

Maintaining the Bliss: Guest Post by Jacin of Lovely Little Details

I’m so thankful for Mrs. Jacin Fitzgerald. This woman has been such an amazing friend and supporter to me and I’m so thankful for our friendship. Thank you Jacin for posting while I’m away getting tan on my honeymoon!

I am so happy that Claire invited me to guest post while she is off celebrating the most amazing day of her life, marrying the man of her dreams!  I couldn’t be happier for the two of them and wish them nothing but happiness and blessings as they start their lives together as a married couple.

Speaking of married couples…  remember back in the day when you’d be dating someone and those first three months were absolute bliss?  It’s kind of like when you watch the bachelor.  The people on this show date each other for a month, go on fantastic vacations and experience dates like most would never experience even once in a lifetime.  They are living in a state of bliss, before the realities of life come back in to play, and then once the vacation is over, it can be challenging to maintain that state of bliss.  Well, the same thing happens in married life, too.  It can be hard to remember to put the computer down, turn off the blackberry, and spend more time doing things together instead of always worrying about the stresses of daily life.  By doing things together, you are working as a team, spending quality time, and just enjoying each other’s presence – the very thing that led to your marriage in the first place.

Me and Pat 🙂

I recently purchased a book while perusing knick-knacks at Anthropologie called Happiness for Two by Alexandra Stoddard.  I loved the book because it makes you take a step back and think about all the things you could be doing together, rather than all the things you tend to do alone; from the simplest task to adventurous excursions.  And of course, I wanted to share some of these ideas with you!

First off, When You Are Together, Be Together.  Sounds simple, right?  Well if you’re both out to dinner and “liking” someones Facebook status from your iPhone or checking your email from your blackberry, you’re not really 100% there.  Leave the phone at home- this is your together time.  Any other distractions are just that – distractions from the two of you, taking you apart for even those brief moments.  So I challenge you to think of the ways you can just be together – folding laundry, chopping onions, going for a walk – sans blackberry – will make your time even more special.

Next, Bring Flowers Home.  Easy as that.  If you see some lovely blooms on your way home, pick them up.  And every girl I know loves to receive flowers – and even the simplest petals can cheer up a room and brighten a day.  Emerson once said “Earth laughs in flowers”, and when we’re happy, we’re happy.

Lastly Be More Sentimental and Indulge Each Other.  What does this mean?  Think about each other’s personality and needs – there is no need to empty your wallets on each other at all times but if you see a little trinket at the store that reminds you of him, pick it up.  “When we share sentiments, we create moments as big as years”, poet John Keats said, and these moments create the memories we will carry with us forever.  So literally – be more sentimental and indulge each other – at least once in a while!

Whether you find ideas in a book or come up with them on your own, if you’re always on the lookout for a special way to add a bit of sunshine to your lives, your bliss will never run out.


jacin {lovely little details}


Filed under Claire Elliot Wedding, marriage tips

Free and Fun Cocktail Party Template by Brancoprata

I’m so honored to have the fabulous Brancoprata guest posting here! Sofia has been a rock in  my life and I’m so incredibly blown away by the talent of this incredible duo. Thank you both for absolutely everything, from putting a smile on  my face to helping me out when I’ve been stressed! Thanks for posting while I’m beaching!

Hi there lovely readers of A Realistic Wedding. We are Sofia and André, from Brancoprata and we are here to guest post while beautiful Claire is off celebrating her wedding and honeymoon!

Since Claire will be a newlywed when she returns we thought that she will probably be having a lot of gatherings and parties for her friends and family… that being said, we thought about making a free download for Claire and you (her faithful readers). A cool, modern invitation template for a night of fun and cocktails!

In this case we used a muslin bag as an envelope and attached a circular paper tag!

We hope you like it and … use it 😉

Claire, once again, thank you for inviting us to guest post here on your blog!!


Filed under Uncategorized

Wedding Day Necklace Tips by Erin of Sparkle and Hay

I don’t know what to say about Erin. All I know is that without this girl, I would be completely lost. She has been such an incredible source of inspiration and friendship, I’m  just so blessed to “know” her. Thank you Erin for posting while I’m honeymooning!

Hi Realistic Brides!  Erin from Sparkle & Hay here and I am so, So, SO thrilled to be guest blogging for the sweetest sweetheart of them all Miss Claire as she is basking in all of her lovely newly-wedded glow.  Claire & I “met” nearly a year ago, at the time both brides to be in the midst of our wedding plans, and it has been so much fun and such a pleasure sharing our journeys and I am beyond excited that Claire’s big day has finally come (and now already dying to see the photos!)

For me, one of the most fun things about a wedding is seeing how a couple infuses their personality into it – from the décor to the food to the ceremony to their fashion/style.  I’m going to focus on the latter in this post – and am dedicating it to one of the most iconic accessories of all time (particularly for weddings) PEARLS.  Whether traditional or alternative, pearls are a mainstay in the wedding industry and I just love, love, love seeing a bride walk down the aisle in her pearls.

Perhaps they are a dainty strand, a family heirloom, your “something borrowed”or “something old”…

pearls - classic

perhaps they are modern; colored,funky & chunky and making a statement…


or a boho-chic cluster, layered or coupled with other stones …

pearls boho

I love their versatility and ability to morph to fit into every (should she want it) girls wedding dreams.  I also LOVE how available they are (mostly the costume variety).  So inspired, I did a little search for pearl projects this morning and discovered this AHmazing & simple tutorial by PS I Made This for how to make a chunky accent necklace!


Filed under Bridal wear, Claire Elliot Wedding, Inspiration Weddings

Fabulous Fashion Picks for Your Honeymoon by Naomi of Enchanted Dream Weddings and Affairs

Naomi has been one of my truest friends for a while. She is always there, no matter what, to support me, offer me advice and stand by my side. It’s hard to find true people in the world and I’m lucky to have one to call my friend. Thank you Naomi for standing by my side, no matter what, and for inspiring me every single day! Thank you for guest posting on the biggest day of my life!

It is Claire’s wedding day and I’m so happy for her and honored that she asked me to guest post the day of her wedding! Claire was one of the first people on Twitter to reach out to me and ever since then we’ve exchanged laughs, a few of life’s frustrations, and a nice friendship. Claire is one of the sweetest people I have “met” on Twitter. I know when we do meet it will be a big giggle fest filled with hugs and lots of catching up!

Knowing Claire’s love for fashion, and that she will be going on her honeymoon very soon I decided to create a post on what to pack for three different honeymoon locales along with a few tips. It was fun creating these and I hope you like them, too!

Shop & See

When packing for an extended trip, pick a color scheme that can be worn with the different pieces you pack. For example, the trench coat can be worn with the skirt, white blouse, and boots.The same skirt can be worn with the striped blouse, ballet flats and cream Kate Spade purse. Also, load up your carry on with accessories. It makes all the difference and can change an outfit from casual to haute with the change of a pair of earrings or a necklace.

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Glam & Sand

Layers are the greatest way to change an outfit and to stay warm. Most beach destinations are cooler at night. Pack a light cardigan or two to wear over jeans, slacks, or wear one belted over a maxi dress. Your maxi dress can also act as your beach cover up during the day and an evening dress at night. Change the accessories and shoes and your cover up is now your evening dinner dress. A shrug over a simple tank, paired with jeans, dangling earrings, an arm full of sparkly bangles, with a pair of beautiful wedges is the perfect outfit for a night of casual fun and dancing!

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For fun add pieces, like the ones below ,that can always be used to add a little “Rock Star” fun to your vacation wardrobe no matter the destination. Also, all the pieces that you see are from Polyvore. That doesn’t mean you have to buy them there {unless you can} some are quite high in price. All the pieces can be purchased for a lot less and some of you may have a few of these staples in your own closet. Use this as a guide. Happy travels…oh and shopping, too!

Image credits


Filed under honeymoon, Honeymoon Spotlight

Homemade Thursday Gladiolus Bulbs by Kristi of Luna and Chloe Weddings

Guh, I started tearing up just reading this. Kristi has been such an amazing friend to me these past few months and I honestly don’t know what I would do without her. She’s so incredibly sweet, positive and uplifting and will do ANYTHING to help her friends in need. I’m so happy to have her as a friend and I just can’t wait to showcase the amazing thing she did for my wedding. Her kindness and love blows me away. Kristi, I’m forever thankful for you!

Hello my dears!  Kristi here from Luna and Chloe Weddings.  When Claire asked me to do a guest post for her while she is off becoming a Mrs., I jumped at the opportunity.  You see, I adore Claire and her lovely blog.  Claire and I met on Twitter one day, and we have been friends ever since.  She has been a huge supporter of me, my blog and my homemade projects, and I can’t seem to thank her enough for her wonderful and encouraging comments!  (Thank you, thank you, thank you to the moon and back sweetie!!!)

So while she is off getting ready for one of the biggest days of her life, I thought I would keep it pretty simple around here with a little homemade project.  Since Spring has made it’s official arrival, I have had nothing but bulbs on my mind.  Don’t ask me why, I just do.  I know in a lot of areas bulbs are planted in the Fall, however, the bulbs I am talking about are planted in the Spring for bloom in Summer.  And just what bulbs am I talking about you ask?  Gladiolus, of course.  They represent sincerity and strength of character…which is exactly how I feel about Claire – so I thought they are perfect for this post, no?
For today’s post I decided to show you three different ways you could use gladiolus bulbs as favors at your wedding.  My goal here is to show you that using the same fabric (I used a scrape piece) and gladiolus bulbs throughout, and by changing just a couple of elements you can come up with a variety of looks for favors.  They range from very simply, to just a tad bit of work…but still not much.  Here is the first favor example…


Ah yes, that is a mini latte bowl from Anthropologie!   These little devils are so darn handy…I can’t even begin to tell you all the ways you could use them.  However, with each bowl being $2.50, they make a reasonably priced gift for a favor.  All you need for this idea is a small bowl, tissue paper, bulbs and some fabric…

Just trim off a small piece of tissue paper, place a couple bulbs in the center (I used 5), gather up the ends and twist.  Place the tissue paper with the twisted side down in the bowl, tear off a strip of fabric and tie a knot.  Trim any excess fabric or strings if needed, and that’s it.  ***Oh, and with each of these ideas, make sure to add a note about how to plant!  Pretty simple, no?
Ready for my second idea?  Well here it is…

Small linen drawstring bags adorned with a fabric strip.  For this idea, you only need small linen bags, bulbs, fabric and some spray adhesive.  Just tear a wider strip of fabric, spray it with adhesive, wrap around unfilled bag, trim off any excess fabric and let dry.  Once dry, fill with bulbs and tie closed.


And finally, here is your third idea…


For this last project you will need small brown kraft bags, bulbs, fabric, plant marker (I found the ones above at Target in the $1.00 bin for 5), stamp(s) and stamp pad, small hole punch, instant setter with the punch attachment, setting mat and pencil.


Using a pencil mark where you want the plant marker to go.  Slide the setting mat inside the bag so that the area you want to punch is covered.  Just above the mark use the instant setter tool with the hole punch attachment to punch two holes.  Stamp the plant marker with thank you or anything else you might want and slide it into the two holes.  Don’t worry that it falls forward some, once the bag is filled it will sit flush against the bag…or you could add a piece of tape on the inside to hold in place.  With the small hole punch, punch two holes at the top of the bag, and then pull the fabric through and tie a knot.  Viola!


So tell me my dears ~ which way is your favorite?  Oh, and how cute would these be filled with candy?

~ Ciao
…concept, design, styling & photography all by luna and chloe weddings


Filed under Flowers & Decor, Inspiration Weddings

Tuesday Shoesday: Last one as a Miss!

I’m getting a little choked up here guys. It’s my LAST, very last, Tuesday Shoesday as a Miss! Can you believe it friends? It’s been a long journey but it’s here! Weee! So to celebrate my madness and my impending nuptials, I’m going wild and crazy. I’m talking clashing colors, 5 inch heels and crazy patterns. Go big or go home, and I’m going big! (No, I’m not on crack, I’m just losing my mind, NBD.) And in the world of crazy, high couture shoes, these aren’t that expensive. These Gaga like pumps will only set you back $795! Can be found at Neiman Marcus.

Aren’t these wild?


Filed under Claire Elliot Wedding, Tuesday Shoesday