Sep 30, 2013

Rose Tattoo Wedding Invitations

Roses, hearts and butterflies - most dearly loved tattoos for women.  Beautiful red roses, one of the most popular tattoo designs in the world, symbolizes passion and perfection, wealth and well-being.  Oh, and I almost forgot - fertility.  When paired with a heart it means love, now and everlasting.  These rose tattoo wedding invitations evoke the charm of something we take for granted everyday - velvety red roses, fragrant and fresh, filling our little world with breathtaking beauty.

Most Popular Tattoos for Women
  • Angels - symbolize our belief in spiritual guardians to watch over and protect us, always keep us in their loving care.
  • Butterflies - long a symbol of beauty and grace, but they also can mark a magnificent life-changing event such as a birth or wedding.
  • Doves - usually symbolize the end of a conflict or just the pure joy in living in peace and harmony.
  • Hearts - always invoke love, adoration, friendship and most of all - passion!
  • Stars - shooting stars can symbolize breathtaking moments in our life as well as our ambitions, aims and inspiration.

Sep 25, 2013

Vintage Wedding Cupcakes

For all the lucky brides who live in or near Manchester, England - these vintage style cupcakes will be breathtakingly beautiful at your bridal shower, brunch or garden style wedding. For the rest of us - we can only feast our curious eyes on these tea party inspired treats and pray that someone here on this side of the Atlantic Ocean has a flair for fondant and can breathe life into such magnificent sculpted roses as these.

vintage style wedding cake 
tea party themed cupcakes 
pink and white fondant cupcakes 
pink and white striped cupcakes

cupcake wedding ideas 

Sep 24, 2013

DIY Limoncello Wedding Favors

Ice cold limoncello - if you've never sipped this divine Italian after-dinner drink, make sure you do before week's end.  Traditionally, this lovely lemon liqueur was made from the zest of Femminello St. Teresa lemons, prized for their exquisite flavor, abundant rind oil, low seed count and exceptionally high juice content.  To get that variety we would have to pack our sunscreen and make our way to the Sorrento Coast of Italy, where the hot Mediterranean sun casts it's warm glow over lemons and every living thing.  But for now, we'll have to "make do" with lemons grown in Florida and Southern California.  This homemade limoncello is made with pure vodka - so a sip is better than a swallow. 

limoncello wedding favors

Easy Homemade Limoncello
10 lemons
1 liter of vodka
3 cups of white sugar
4 cups of water
  • Zest the lemons (the most time-consuming part - but the zest quickly adds up).  Place the zest into a large glass jar.  Add the vodka and cover loosely.  Leave at room temperature.
  • About one week later, combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil - without stirring.  Boil the sugar and water for 15 minutes. Allow syrup to cool.
  • Stir vodka mixture into the cooled syrup.  Strain into small glass bottles, seal and let them age for about 2 weeks. 
DIY limoncello favors
jars of homemade limoncello
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Sep 16, 2013

Burlap Wedding Reception Signs

Burlap wedding reception signs - rough, rustic, organic and original - are available from about $35 to $50 at Sophia's Sign Boutique.  Painted white and aged by hand, this "Dessert Bar - Love is Sweet" sign measures 14" x 7" - looks great on a table but can be customized for hanging as well.  Perfect for your rustic burlap themed wedding.  Love that wonderful loose weave?  That's natural Italian burlap, not the tight knit, processed kind you normally see.
dessert bar wedding reception sign

burlap wedding banner
here comes the bride sign
Rustic Mr. and Mrs. Sign

happily ever after burlap sign
personalized burlap wedding sign

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Sep 14, 2013

10 Amazing Succulent Boutonnieres

Succulent boutonnieres - you can see these sweet little easy-to-grow succulents - Hens and Chicks - look amazing with so many other gifts from nature, including pods, berries and charming yellow billy balls. Nestled in a plain burlap wrapper (top photo), this rustic succulent boutonniere is simple yet striking - something you could put together in just 20 minutes or less. But let's say you want more color, more texture, more pizzazz. Add one or more of these items (burrow's tail and dusty miller are my personal favorites) and make this eco-friendly boutonniere well dressed and very well loved.
  • thistle
  • Texas tallow berry
  • lavender
  • flower pods
  • dusty miller
  • lamb's ear
  • sedum
  • burrow's tail
  • craspedia (billy balls)
  • blueberries

succulent wedding boutonniere
fall wedding boutonniere ideas
diy succulent boutonnieres

billy ball boutonniere
rustic outdoor boutonniere
summer wedding boutonnieres
twined wrapped boutonniere
succulent and dusty miller boutonniere

outdoor garden boutonniere
fall themed boutonniere

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Sep 11, 2013

Fall Themed Wedding Cakes

Fall wedding cakes with their beautiful orange, green and golden brown loveliness - remind us that hot and humid (at least here in the South) will soon give way to 60 degree days, crisp fresh air and crackling maple leaves beneath our feet. A fall wedding beckons with what is Mother Nature's most beautiful box of colors - rust, gold, copper, burgundy, chestnut brown and crimson red.
 brown and orange cupcakes
Fall Wedding Cupcakes
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Rustic Flower Girl Dresses

Rustic flower girl dresses - lovingly handmade with 100% washable linen - shown here in off white, beige and dark beige - although many other colors are available too. These charming ruffled flower girl dresses are available from Finland at a price that seems too good to be true - a little over $60 each. Matching ring bearer outfits make this the perfect place to shop! Even with a $20 shipping charge to the United States, one of these fully lined linen flower girl dresses with satin roses and lace trim may be perfect for your outdoor or rustic themed wedding.

rustic flower girl dress, outdoor wedding ideas
linen flower girl dress

ruffled white flower girl dress

beige flower girl dresses, rustic wedding ideas

Sep 9, 2013

Vintage Suitcases - Wedding Card Displays

Vintage suitcases - for favors, love notes and cards from loving family, co workers and friends. Best of all - grandma might have one of these classic vintage Samsonite suitcases holding old photos and frames in her attic right now. Or you may have seen them at Goodwill, a little tattered and torn. Tiny flaws can be hidden behind flowers and lace, vintage brooches and bows. With so many wedding decorations over-priced and over-hyped, it's nice to know a simple suitcase can gather up warm wishes in such a charming old-fashioned way.

vintage suitcase for wedding reception
red vintage suitcase
vintage wedding reception ideas
vintage suitcase for wedding cards, rustic wedding ideas
beige vintage suitcase
vintage samsonsite suitcase
stack of vintage suitcases 
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Sep 8, 2013

Pumpkin Dessert Ideas

A fabulous favorite pumpkin dessert idea - before, during or after Thanksgiving - is double layer pumpkin cheesecake. Ideal for a fall or winter bridal shower when want your food to look divine as well as delicious. Grace your good friends with these other healthy pumpkin desserts, all full of the fragrances we love this time of year - freshly ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and those exquisite and inticing Indonesian flower buds known simply as cloves. No heavy lifting here - all of these desserts were made with canned pumpkin - 80 calories per cup, vitamins A, C and E, and 7 grams of fiber!

pumpkin cake roll

individual pumpkin trifles
mini pumpkin cheesecakes
pumpkin dessert bars
mini pumpkin pies

Sep 6, 2013

Pink and Turquoise Wedding Ideas

Pink and turquoise wedding ideas - some amazingly simple to make such as this precious pink peony, cozy and right at home in a vintage turquoise teacup (at bottom).  Have a drawer full of beautiful ribbons?  A lacey turquoise ribbon wrapped around a small white cake (made and frozen well ahead of time) and adorned with fresh pink roses - an incredibly inexpensive and charming pink and turquoise wedding centerpiece

pink and turquoise bridal shower ideas, tea party ideas
pink and turquoise centerpieces

tea party place settings, pink and turquoise tea party
outdoor garden bridal shower, pink bridal shower ideas, vintage style bridal showers

pink and turquoise cupcakes
Pink and Green Wedding Cupcakes 
vintage teacup, decorating with vintage teacups