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No Flowers, No Problem

Many people associate weddings with beautiful floral arrangements, but it is no secret that there are plenty of brides out there who do not like flowers.  Flowers can be very expensive when you include all of the arrangements from the ceremony, the reception, the bouquets, and the boutonnieres.  According to Lindsay Goldenberg of Woman Getting Married, it is estimated that 8% of your total budget will most likely go to wedding flowers.  That can amount to thousands of dollars, but if you think outside of the box, you can save some of that money by adding non floral elements to your big day!


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Posted: September 9, 2015  • Category: Inspiration, Weddings • Tags: , , , , , ,   • Comments (0)

Pagani Huayra-Inspired Wedding

As you may have noticed, I’m a bit obsessed when it comes to cars – especially when they’re as beautifully crafted as the Pagani Huayra, one of my all-time favorite driving machines. So for this week’s post, I decided to have some fun and see if I could do a Pagani Huayra-inspired wedding – here goes:



A driver’s-eye view of the Huayra’s modern Victorian interior (this is also the photo that inspired this post!) | CNET


And here's another look at the exquisite interior | CNET

And here’s another look at the exquisite interior that blends old Victorian elegance with modern technology – I especially love the contrast between all the different textures: the luxurious leather, the metallic instruments and the carbon fiber | CNET


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The Cooper Estate – with its dark wood, chandeliers, and studded leather chairs – brings to mind old world elegance| Jason Webster Photography


A more detailed view of the textured tablecloth | Jason Webster Photography

A more detailed view of the textured tablecloth | Jason Webster Photography


This bouquet is playfully modern and echoes the purple and teal colors found in the Huayra's lit-up display | Wedding Bee

This playfully modern bouquet echoes the purple and teal colors found in the Huayra’s light-up display | Wedding Bee


The gray tones in this modern cake reference the carbon fiber used in the Huayra's interior

The gray tones in this modern cake reference the carbon fiber used in the Huayra’s interior


A modern reinterpretation of the vintage lace dress | Zuhair Murad

A modern reinterpretation of the vintage lace dress | Zuhair Murad

Posted: June 27, 2014  • Category: Inspiration • Tags: , , , , ,   • Comments (0)

Styled Shoot – We <3 Shoes

What bride (ok woman!) doesn’t love her shoes? Shoes can make or break your outfit. When it comes to a wedding gown, well they have to be not only perfect but absolutely divine and it doesn’t hurt if they can compliment your flowers as well. To capture what it would be like to be a bride with amazing shoes and gorgeous flowers to compliment them perfectly we teamed up with Sassanova, Petals Edge Floral Design, and Danielle Cover Photography in Old Town, Alexandira to create the ultimate Tuesday Shoesday. This spread is currently featured in Virginia Bride Magazine.

Stuart Weitzman Porthole
I am in love with this seashell and cotton bouquet!

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L.K. Bennet Malibu
Poppies and poppy seed pods, so fresh!

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Pour La Victorie Sophie
So much amazing texture in this bouquet!

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Kate Spade Velvet
I don’t know a bride who doesn’t love peonies!

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Pour La Victorie Veronica
The feathers in this bouquet make it so special.

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Both the shoes and bouquets here are a reminder that you don’t have to white shoes or roses. Think outside the box when it comes to both and you can get amazing results!

A Place for Pinecones

I only recently developed a love for fall, but I have always liked pine cones. They are pretty and you can make such awesome crafts from this wonderful thing found easily in nature. If you have are having a fall event, you can use pine cones any and everywhere. And think of how affordable!

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Posted: October 15, 2012  • Category: Uncategorized • Tags: , , , ,   • Comments (0)

Rachel’s Favorite Things

I could go on and talk about weddings all day. There are so many things I like but these are the things that I absolutely love!


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Posted: August 24, 2012  • Category: Inspiration • Tags: , , , ,   • Comments (0)

Beautiful Bouquets

I love the idea of using everything but flowers for your bouquet. Its so cool and trendy. You can use things such as buttons, paper, brooches, butterflies and even food. Anything you can imagine can be your bouquet.

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Posted: August 8, 2012  • Category: Inspiration • Tags: , , , , ,   • Comments (0)

Bring May Flowers

The beautiful flowers of spring make the April showers all the more worth it. I love the pale colors, fresh and frilly looks and how feminine they all are!



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Posted: May 2, 2012  • Category: Inspiration • Tags: , , ,   • Comments (0)

Herbs as Decor

We have established that bouquets, centerpieces and decor doesn’t just have to be flowers anymore, they can be made from anything, but I particularly love the trend of using herbs. They can be beautiful, they smell pretty and they create really interesting texture. And you don’t have to be hosting a hippy or green, earthy wedding to use herbs, they look lovely regardless of the tone of your day.

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Posted: March 26, 2012  • Category: Inspiration • Tags: , , , , , ,   • Comments (0)

Bonkers for Burlap

Between rustic weddings and DIY being so in these days, burlap has made a huge comeback! It can be used anywhere, for anything and makes for such a fantastic, natural background for whatever you are doing. If you are planning a rustic, chic event, incorporating some burlap can give any venue a rustic feel.

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Posted: November 9, 2011  • Category: Inspiration • Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,   • Comments (0)

Baby’s Breath Bouquets

I am in love with the simplicity and airy freshness of baby’s breath! This is a beautiful, affordable and easy trend I hope sticks around! You can use it anywhere, bouquets, centerpieces, on cakes, a large amount or small, it always looks lovely!


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Posted: June 23, 2011  • Category: Inspiration • Tags: , , ,   • Comments (0)

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