Monday, July 12, 2010

Hand-Crafted Awesome

One word: ETSY.

I'm obsessed. You can find anything and everything on that site, and it is guaranteed to be a million times more charming than you would have imagined. I am constantly on Etsy searching for wedding related items, one of which was a guest book/photo album.

I got the idea for a Guest book album from our photographer, Noa, who showed us the ones she designs and that are available for purchase. Her's are beautiful flush mount albums, but were out of our price range, so I went on the hunt, which brought me to Etsy...which brought me to Etsy store Lacuna.

Lacuna is run by an adorable woman named Hana who lives with her family in Portugal. She makes personalized photo albums, journals, or any other books from recycled wood, and hand carves beautiful pictures onto the covers.

Here's the link to her Etsy store and her Flickr page.

Aren't they amazing?? I had to have one! I thought it would be perfect for our outdoor/vintage inspired wedding.

Hana just emailed me 2 days ago with the finished product that only took about 10 days for her to complete!

And here it is:

It's absolutely perfect, and exactly how I imagined it to look! The best part, is that is cost less than $100 including the shipping from Portugal! It doesn't get much better than that!!


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Something blue....

I'm not quite sure what my something old, new, or borrowed will be...yet, but my something blue will be my shoes.
And let me just tell's not easy finding a cute blue shoe!
My options are slightly limited due to the fact that we'll be on grass the whole time. I'm hunting and searching for a wedge or flat, but preferably a small wedge.
I won't say there aren't ANY out there, but like anything else, the shoes I like are out of my price range.

Like this beauty....
I wish I could run to Barneys and snatch you up!

Pierre Hardy Ankle Wrap Slingback- $680 oh wait...they're on sale for $409 :/

Spread the word for blue shoes! I'm on the hunt!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Martin Farms-Sneak Peek

Isn't it lovely?

Last week I had the rare opportunity to "hang out and be girls" with the lovely Sharon Martin, all day! Her 60+ hour work week, along with being a mom to two adorable youngin's, plus being a smokin' wife, rarely allot for "girl time". So we sipped margarita's and enjoyed the gorgeous Phoenix day, in the back yard.

It's hard to tell in this picture, but the tall bush in the back is a huge honeysuckle plant that is growing over an arch-way that leads into the flower garden, or as Sharon likes to call it her "secret garden". The ceremony will take place in front of that arch-way, which I think is absolutely perfect.

Only 11 days until we come upon our 1 year-until-the-wedding mark! I'll be taking a TON of photo's of Martin Farms next week, so please stay tuned!


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hair Inspiration

Hello Gorgeous!

I've been growing my hair out for a while now, and I was contemplating chopping it off right before the wedding, but then I saw this photo, and my love for long hair has been renewed.

I even love the hair piece, made by , but I don't speak French... So how do I order one??
Translator anyone?



Sunday, March 14, 2010


I'm finally going to be updating this blog at more regular intervals....instead of once every 6 months!

It's wedding time guys!


Sad, but true- our original venue of choice, called Ivanhoe Estate, has fallen through. Apparently they're site coordinator had some crazy family things going on, and they were "restructuring" the position. Well I don't think it's happening. We have had zero contact since January and now the website is gone.

Moving on....

We found a new place!!

The lovely Martin Farms, right here in good 'ol Phoenix, AZ.

Actually our very close friends, Chad and Sharon Martin, have graciously and excitedly offered up their place to us! If any of you have been to their house, you'll know how adorable and charming it is (I will be posting pictures soon).

Their backyard is the epitome of a "lets-get-together-and-be-friends" backyard. I mean there's a tree house, tree swing, fire pit, secret garden, fruit trees, a huge pecan tree, chickens, goats!, a vegetable garden, garden gnomes....I could go on forever!
Let's just say we're in love.

For the first time, I am truly excited and looking forward to planning this wedding. It doesn't seem like a giant stress-fest anymore! It's finally feeling fun, and that the pieces are coming together harmoniously. That's what it's about right?!

Stay posted for pictures of Martin Farms.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Thee wedding

I am beyond overwhelmed by wedding planning, and I really have yet to start. Just thinking about all the details that go into this one day is intimidating. So I'm putting all my thoughts down on paper (or blog), so they aren't taking up every inch of space in my brain.

We've set a date: May 07, 2011. I think it's perfect. An outdoor, garden set wedding in May sounds like heaven, right?

We've picked our venue: Ivanhoe Estate in Rancho San Diego, CA. This place is gorgeous, but I've been having issues with getting in contact with someone over there. I've decided to let the holiday season go by, and try again.

We've picked our photographer: the lovely and adorable Noa Azoulay-Sclater of Featherlove Photography. We just did our engagement photo session with her back in October, and it came out beautifully. I fell in love with her work the moment I clicked the link to her blog earlier this year. Beside her photography, her personality and style are just as charming. I am beyond excited to have her be the one to capture one of the most important days of my life on film.

We've picked colors: coral and turquoise blue, with touches of gold. Not turquoise like blue/green tropical, but turquoise like the stone, much more blue.
This had to be the hardest part so far. First I wanted purple and green, then purple and yellow, then pink, purple, blue and yellow. I couldn't narrow it down, and scrolling endlessly through wedding blogs doesn't help.
We've also got this Mad Hatter Tea Party influence running through everything, so the colors had to be bright and fun. Note the word influence, and NOT "Theme". I'm not a huge fan of theme weddings, unless they are executed to perfection, which isn't easy on a limited budget. Many try, and many fail.

I'll leave it at that for today. Soon I'll be posting pictures of influence for the decor and style of the wedding, so be on the look out!

-The bride-to-be L-Bean.