Monthly Archives: September 2011

Sneak Peek: Julie & Eric

Happy Thursday! It’s finally a beautiful, sunny morning here in DC so my spirits are very high! Plus, it’s one day closer to the weekend! I have some super fun (yep, i said that) fall activities lined up for Saturday! My friend and I are going outlet shopping, winery tasting and then going to a haunted house! Wee! It’s really kind of awkward how much I love fall and Halloween.

I could blab your ears off about fall and Halloween, but I’d much rather show you a wedding that has me GIDDY with excitement. A vintage inspired bride, glittery belt and a venue overlooking the bay? Yes, please! Julie wore a gorgeous, vintage inspired all lace gown with cap sleeves and had soft, finger curls in her hair. The wedding was in Dana Point California at the picturesque Laguna Cliff Marriot, which overlooks the gorgeous Laguna bay area. Oh and the men had on purple bow ties. How CUTE! Photos submitted by Deborah Huber Photography via Two Bright Lights.

Stay tuned for the rest of this beautifully vintage, seaside wedding!



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Tuesday Shoesday: Pretty in Green

I’m not a huge fan of the color pink. I’ve never been. I was one of the only girls growing up who didn’t want to wear pink dresses or ride a pink bike. I’ve always been more of a blue & green kind of girl. This could, partly, be due to the fact I grew up with 3 rambunctious brothers. For example, they used to tear the heads off my Barbies and shave their heads. Imagine what  they would do if I pranced around in a pink dress? Even now, at age 25, I just don’t gravitate towards pink. However, I’m still completely in love with blue and green. So when I saw these gorgeous, bright green suede pumps on Pinterest, my heart nearly stopped.

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I absolutely LOVE this color of green. These would add the perfect pop of color to any wedding dress, don’t you think? Plus, total re-wearability. You could rock these at the office with tailored skinny black pants or with dark jeans on girls night out! I’m smitten, completely smitten.


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Real Wedding: Mark & Ashley

Oh, Monday. I’m having a rough day already. But, I suspect it will perk up, especially after I’m done looking at these adorable DIY wedding pictures.

Ashley and Mark wed at Mark’s family home in Raleigh, North Carolina. What I love most about this wedding is how personal, understated and comfortable it is. They wanted just a simple wedding surrounded by the people they love most. Ashley carried a classic bouquet in green, yellow and white and carried those colors throughout the rest of the reception. Her favorite food, peanut butter and jelly, was also featured in the adorable hor’s devours. Plus, their “how I met” story is absolutely heart melting. Thank you Sarah of Whitmeyer photography for sharing this adorable wedding! [All images submitted via Two Bright Lights].


Ashley and mark were introduced by Ashley’s cousin, Tracy, who lived across the street from Mark. Tracy kept telling Mark, “Ashley is your future wife” and continued to tell Ashley, “Mark is your future husband”. Both Ashley and Mark brushed Tracy’s remarks off without knowing that Tracy was speaking the truth! When the two finally met, Mark walked up to Ashley and said, ” I guess I should introduce myself to my future wife!!” And low and behold….the two were wedded at Mark’s Parent’s home in Raleigh on September 10th!

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Anniversary Band Shopping & Affordable Bling from Anjolee

There is nothing I love more than a good deal. Whether it be on clothing, food, trips, shoes or jewelry, I’m always looking for a way to save money on the things I need (or, in most cases, want). That’s why when I was contacted by the online jewelry store Anjolee to do a review of one of their products, I was immediately on board.

For those who don’t know, Anjolee is an online jewelry retailer that has a large selection of engagement and bridal jewelry. Anjolee is the also the only jewelry website that offers customers the ability to customize any jewelry designs to the customers’ exact preferences, taste and budget. Anjolee’s product line includes fine diamond and bridal jewelry. Their selection is INCREDIBLE and they have a piece for, literally, anyone. To review, I chose a 14k white gold band with aqua blue topaz. When it arrived and I opened the box, I was very surprised by how pretty it was. I had an expectation that it would look cheap, but I was completely wrong.

As many of you know, I REALLY wanted two wedding bands. I wanted the one that was made with my ring and I also wanted a sapphire and diamond one to go above my ring. Because of budgets and stuff, that didn’t happen by wedding date. However, I’ve hinted to my husband (about 10,000 times) that I want a pretty band for our anniversary in March. I just love the look of two bands. I tried the aqua topaz band out, above my engagement ring, to see if I would actually like the look on. Um, guys? I’m freakin’ obsessed. I LOVE the pop of color and it looks SO regal with my set.

Don’t they just look so pretty together? So, whether or not my husband knows this, I’m completely sold on another band. I want one with sapphires (love the regal look of them and the bright pop of blue). Now, this is where I need your help, friends. I absolutely LOVE Anjolee’s selection (and hubs will love the prices) so please help me pick which one to point in his direction.

Option 1: Sapphire & Diamond Eternity Band

 Option 2: Gemstone Accent 2 Stone Anniversary Band

Option 3: Splendid Romance Double Row Ring

So what do y’all think?? I seriously can’t decide. I love them all 🙂

Whether you are in the market for an anniversary band, an engagement ring or just a pretty piece of jewelry, check out Anjolee. You can truly create a piece of jewelry that is meant for you! (And won’t send the hubs/bf/fiance into tears because of the price). Head over there now to find your perfect diamond wedding ring, diamond wedding band and fidn other fabulous diamond wedding bands!      

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Thursday Purseday: Mustard, Lace & Ruffles

I died and went to happy vintage heaven this morning as I was gleefully pinning around on Pinterest. Sometimes, I see things that, pretty much, send me into cardiac arrest. Sometimes, I just, can’t control my reactions. I scream, I clap, I gasp, I giggle. I’m fairly confident my work colleagues think I’m a total nutter. But, I digress (as usual). I found something, a manifestation of everything I want in one outfit today and I just, HAVE TO SHARE.

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This has EVERYTHING I currently covet. The color mustard? Check. Ruffly, lacey top? Check. Nude nails? Check. An adorable short sleeve belted trench? Check. AH. I wish there was a way I could see the whole outfit. I’d probably just, die. But what really drew me to this picture was the bag. The dark, deep, mustard color, the size and the gorgeous leather make this the IT fall clutch. I need it. Someone, find it for me. I’ll make you muffins or something.


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Sneak Peek: Ashley and Mark

Shameless plug: the amazing La Petite Coquin featured my bridal shoot on her site today! Check it out!

Happy Wedding Wednesday friends! I have so many amazing weddings to share with you, I just can’t contain my excitement. What I love, even more, is that each one is SO different from the next. Every single wedding reflects the personality and tastes of each couple perfectly. It’s so refreshing. With that, I bring you a few teaser images of a FABULOUS backyard wedding in North Carolina. What makes this diy wedding even better is that the home has a pool! I love, LOVE when brides decorate the pool to match their wedding decor with lily pods, floating candles, etc. I love. Plus, they  have one of the cutest how I met stories, but I’ll save that for the feature 🙂

Thank you Whitmeyer Photography for the photos! (All photographs submitted via Two Bright Lights).

and my favorite…

Stay tuned for the rest of this September backyard wedding 🙂 Have a great Wednesday!


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Real Wedding: Katie and David

Happy Tuesday, friends! I apologize for leaving you on the edge with my sneak peek of this adorable wedding but life has been busy! But have no fear, I have the rest of the GORGEOUS photos here with some words from the beautiful bride.

The April 30th ceremony took place at the St. Helena Catholic church, with a reception directly following at the Charles Krug Winery. I’ve always been a sucker for classical vineyard weddings and this one is definitely one of the prettiest I’ve seen. The pale pink peonies with the white, ivory bouquets were simple, yet glamorous and the centerpieces, place cards and props matched the natural, rustic chic vibe of the venue. One of my FAVORITE parts of this wedding doesn’t have anything to do with the decor. This couple is SO adorable. They are whimsical, fun and visibly madly in love. Couples like this are why I love weddings. They understand it’s a serious event, but you need to be YOU and have the whole thing represent that. Okay enough of my blabbing, lets look at some pretty pictures courtesy of the talented Lori Paladino photography.

The wedding planning process was certainly daunting at first. We really wanted it to be a classic, timeless affair and we kept that in mind as we were searching for all of our vendors starting with our wonderful wedding planner, Amy Thumhart! She had worked on my brother’s wedding so we decided to build on that relationship and invite her to make the magic happen for our wedding. From then on, we gathered a team of vendors who were absolutely amazing every step of the way. I could not thank them enough after the wedding day.

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