Thursday, October 31, 2013

Brooke and Drew Kessler's Anniversary Box Story

Brooke and Drew Kessler received an Anniversary Box as a wedding shower gift before their wedding this October. This creative couple has found additional uses for the Anniversary Box, however, by creating an accompanying anniversary tradition. Each year, when they open up a letter from their family and friends, they will also each open a letter from each other from the previous year detailing their hopes and wishes for their marriage. After reading their letters, they will then each write one for the next year and seal it away in the box until the next anniversary. We don't think they'll have any problems keeping their wedding day feelings alive!

Photo via Ashley Peterson Photography

We think the Kessler's idea is a wonderful one and we're so happy they allowed us to share it with you! Do you have a unique use for your Anniversary Box? We'd love to hear them! E-mail us at or visit us at to begin your Anniversary Box story!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Who's Got the Herb?

Fresh herbs are a wonderful, fresh accent to any wedding. We found a few DIY's so that you can easily add some fresh herbs to your big event!

Rosemary Wreath Napkin or Place Card Holders (

Fresh Herb Wedding Favors (

Rosemary to Throw ( 

Herbs mixed into the Bouquet (

Herb Signature Cocktails (

Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! Start your weekend off with our favorite finds from this week!

These shoes. (

DIY floral hair crown. (

Post wedding outdoor move night. (

They're just precious. (

Metallic, paper cone backdrop. (


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Art Deco Wedding Inspiration

With Leonardo DiCaprio's recent reincarnation of Jay Gatsby, art deco is seeing a sudden surge in popularity. Whether you've always loved this unique 20s style and party embracing culture or you're just picking up on it, it can make for a spectacular wedding theme. We found some photos via Pinterest that might even spark envy in Gatsby himself.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Becca's Anniversary Box Story

Becca Sennett is getting married on December 21, 2013 and has shared her feelings on receiving an Anniversary Box as an engagement gift. We wish you all the best, Becca!

How do I even begin to express my appreciation? The Happily Ever AfterWords Anniversary Box is the perfect engagement gift and so meaningful. I can't wait to have our friends and family fill out the cards at our wedding--and maybe at the shower, too! It is the perfect keepsake.

Visit Happily Ever AfterWords today to begin your Anniversary Box story.

E-mail us at to share your story.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday Favorites

Start the weekend off right with this week's Friday Favorites!

With Halloween so close, we are totally getting into this whole masquerade wedding idea. (

And we know, we know, it's barely fall, but the idea of a winter white wedding is starting to appeal, too. (

Barn parties and tea parties are two of our favorite kinds of parties, so you can only imagine our reaction to this Barn Style Tea Party wedding. (

There is something very tranquil about the simplicity of this beach shoot...and we love flower crowns. (

This is just genius. (

Happy Weekend!


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Top 10 Packing Essentials For Your Honeymoon

1. Oversized Sunglasses - Oversized sunglasses are awesome because they simultaneously allude an air of glamour and mystery all while protecting your eyes and face from the harmful UV rays. They're also really great for when you don't feel like putting your eye makeup on. Keep a pair around for those lazy brunches with your newly betrothed when you know you'll just be returning to the room afterwards.

2. Comfortable Sandals - Uncomfortable shoes or shoes that are hard to put on are not ideal for your honeymoon. You want to be able to slide into something quickly that isn't going to prohibit your ability to get around. No one wants to miss out on a spontaneous adventure because they couldn't walk through the sand in their stilettos.

3. Sunscreen - Simple. Sunburn = No fun. No sunburn = Fun.

4. Cocktail Dress - While the honeymoon may include a fair amount of lounging around and relaxation after the stress of actually pulling off the wedding, there's definitely going to be a few nights where you'll be eager to get out on the town with your honey. Be sure to bring appropriate attire and make everyone else jealous by being the best looking couple for miles!

5. Bathing Suit - For all of your aquatic endeavors.

6. Comfortable Maxi - One of the only complaints I've heard from married couples about their honeymoons is how much food they ingest over the course of the trip. But seriously, you've probably been starving yourself for umpteen months in preparation for the big day and didn't have time to eat through the actual event so now that it's happened, the pictures have been taken, and you're on vacation and stress free, by all means, EAT! DO, however, bring something comfortable to wear around after you've consumed more than you can actually handle. No one likes to squeeze themselves into shorts, even if you swear they fit two days ago.

7. Mini Umbrella - Don't let it rain on your parade! When armed with an umbrella, the rain can't do anything to dull your daily adventures.

8. Satchel - You probably won't be carrying that much around so a small one will suffice, but holding onto a clutch can become bothersome and you have a giant chance of setting it down somewhere and leaving it. A satchel, however, leaves your hands free and stays close to your body which gives added security when traveling.

9. Camera - Document this first married adventure with photos! You're definitely going to want to bore your kids with them one day.

10. An eagerness for adventure and an air of spontaneity - Relax. Everything doesn't always go exactly according to plan, but that's half of the fun! Embrace this time with your loved one and get lost in the unexpected. You'll be glad you did.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Glamping Themed Weddings

Whether its popularity has stemmed from actor Matthew McConaughey and wife Camila's wedding or is spinning from this season's festival buzz, "glamping" is on the rise in wedding trends. This idea of glamorous camping allows individuals to become in tune with nature without having to really "rough" it. Gentle touches reminiscent of a weekend camping trip mixed with luxurious creature comforts will have you thinking that you don't really ever want to leave the great outdoors--particularly not right when the party is over. We've compiled some pictures from our favorite glamping inspired weddings.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday Favorites

We found lots to be happy about for this week's Friday Favorites!

Homemade Jam Favors (

Pumpkin Spice Pretzels (

Bite size wedding treats like these coffee and doughnut bites! (

Nature Inspired Wedding Invitations (

Fall. Finally. (

Enjoy the weekend!


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Rainy Day Weddings

It's going to be a rainy next couple of days in Richmond, Va, but not everything about this wet, grey, weather screams gloom and doom. We found plenty of cheery wedding photos taken in the rain to brighten your mood during these days of downpours.

Find even more rainy day wedding photos on Pinterest. Something about pinning is really comforting during rainy days..and check out our boards while you're there!