Our New Addition

We got a puppy this weekend! Her name is Abbey and she's a 6 month old black lab mix. We adopted her from a shelter, so there's no telling for sure what mix she is. They thought she might have a little Mastiff or American Bulldog in her? She's such a sweetheart. Absolutely adorable and very well behaved.... and almost even potty trained! She'll definitely give us a run for our money... but I love her energy and it's so good to be welcoming the month of March tomorrow. Spring is on its way!

A Second Life

Happy Friday everyone! It's been a long work week, especially for having Monday off. Last week I forgot to mention that Luke sent me the most beautiful floral arrangement for Valentine's Day. It smelled amazing too! Long after the roses and other blooms died, the orchids still looked like new. I gave them a second chance at life by putting them in these cute glass vases. They're still going strong! Happy weekend!

Group Shots

Gilligan's Island

Thanks goes out to Lee over at LeeLeesCloset for including my "Nautical Save The Date" in her recent Etsy treasury collection. I thought the theme, Gilligan Would Like it Here, was super cute and creative. I was instantly drawn to the two pendant necklaces also included in the grouping. Check out these stores for some really cute jewelry items: Lauren Blythe Designs and Verbel + Fox.


I wanted our bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages to feel earthy and whimsical. The color palette was a mixture of green and white. I worked with Karen and Jorge at Aria Floral Studio in Westmont, IL to bring the vision to life. The end results, as you can see, were amazing! Because my favorite flower, the ranunculus, was not in season in June, we compromised by using a select number of white stems in my bouquet and Luke's boutonniere. Other flowers used included white peonies, green hydrangea, white freesia, green painted billy balls, green hanging amaranthus & green hyperium berries. In retrospect, I'm so happy that Karen talked me into using the freesia because now whenever I smell it I'm reminded of my wedding day. Sounds cheesy, I know, but what a happy association to have with a flower!

The Church (Part 2)

The Church (Part 1)

Anthropologie's Bridal Collection

I'm jealous. First, Vera Wang comes out with a stylish (and affordable) wedding line at David's Bridal and now Anthropologie/Urban Outfitters has launched it's very own bridal collection online. Umm, hello, I already got married. Why didn't this happen two years ago? Anyways, the new bridal line is called BHLDN. Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't get the meaning behind the name? (Update: I just realized it stands for "Beholden"). Regardless, the collection is amazing. Gown prices range from $1000-$4000. They also have an extensive assortment of bridesmaid dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories. The look is definitely not for everyone, especially a traditional bride, but I love it. I would even consider purchasing some of the shoes or earrings for everyday wear if the prices weren't so high. I hope all of you brides-to-be take full advantage of these new collections. I know I would!