Monday, October 25, 2010

The Wedding Dictionary

Grooms- Not really sure what your bride-to-be is talking about with all of that wedding lingo?  Here's a short list of vocab you should probably know when you start planning your wedding.  Ladies, you might like to know some of these too!

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The Groom:
Ascot: A wide, formal tie generally worn for formal daytime weddings.
Boutonniere: A flower, or flowers that are worn by the men in the wedding party. It should always be affixed to the left side of the jacket.
Cutaway Jacket: A jacket which tapers from the front waist button to a long, wide back tail. It is usally worn with a wing-collar shirt with an ascot and vest.

The Bride:
Bodice: The close, upper-fitting part of the dress
Blusher: A short veil that covers the bride's face before the ceremony.
Cathedral train: A long piece of fabric that extends 7 feet from the waist.
Illusion: The netting used for veils and headpieces. 
Nosegay: A small bouquet carried by the bride and bridesmaids. 
Tea Length: The length of dress that falls several inches above the ankles. 

Photo courtesy of The Wedding Chicks

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Proposal

How would you like to be proposed to? Under the stairs on a moonlit night as you and your partner sit at your favorite spot? At the restaurant where you had your first date? On a romantic weekend getaway at that sweet, little cottage in the mountains? It is a fun occasion to fantasize about - imagining that moment in which your loved one pulls from his jacket pocket a small box that contains so much promise for the future.

Recently, while on a jog in the nearby park, I came across this chalk drawing on the pavement:

Who is Paige?  Did her soon-to-be fiance plan a romantic walk in the park that would end at this very spot?  Did he plan for her regular running route to bring her to this place where she would be surprised by the unexpected message?  I'd like to think that she said yes and that they are now happily planning their wedding.  Unfortunately, the end to this story is a mystery. 
Seeing chalk drawing this made me think of the lengths that men and women will go to to propose to their loved one in a special way.  The proposal does not have to be extravagant, just meaningful.  Because when you're in love, romance comes easy.  
What would your ideal romantic proposal entail? We'd love to hear from you!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Marie Antoinette meets Rustic Glam

The first thing that came to mind when I saw this post on Style Me Pretty last week was the film Marie Antoinette.  If you combined Sofia Coppola's lavish costumes and treat with California's rustic style, this would be the outcome.  Thanks to XOXO Bride, Braedon Photography, and Nico Designs, the bride and groom found themselves in a truly spectacular fairy tale at Dos Pueblos Ranch in Santa Barbara.  Make sure to go to the Style Me Pretty blog to see more photos from this dreamy wedding!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Robert Plant - Falling in Love Again

I promised, and here it is: Robert Plant's "Falling in Love Again."  Ignore the video, it's not official.  Just listen to the music and enjoy!

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Monday, October 4, 2010

It's October Again!

It's October again!  That means it is officially the season for apple cider, pumpkin carving and apple pie.  It also means that it is once again 50 degrees in Nashville, which to me, is freezing.  To take my mind off the cold weather, I've decided to share some fall wedding inspiration.  

Fall is a great time for a rustic-themed wedding and hand-painted signs are a must-have. 

The guests above are sitting on haystacks.  I love this for 2 reasons: 1. Nothing says fall like a good hayride.  2. If you live on a farm or know someone who does, haystacks are a low-cost, easy alternative to chairs.

This couple carved Mr. and Mrs. into a pumpkin.  It's creative and perfect for the season.  

To make your wedding memorable not only for you, but for your guests as well, throw in some surprises.  Tomato soup shooters, apple cider martinis and miniature apple pies are just a few examples of something you can do to take your wedding that extra mile.  

Of course, there's always the cake.  Don't you just want to dig in right now?  

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