Gabrielle and Matt got married at the Urban Outfitters Warehouse in Philadelphia. It’s right smack in the middle of the Navy Shipyard, which makes it so interesting and awesome! I love the urban feel of this wedding. Photos by Cliff Mautner Photography.


Guest Paint Project

August 22, 2008

This guestbook idea is too cool. Found in One Love Photo blog:

“They asked their friend Kathleen to act as the “art director” for the project. Kathleen selected an image of sunflowers to sketch on the canvas. Once the sketch was complete she drew a grid on the canvas over the image. At the wedding each guest was asked to paint one square of the grid. On the cute art table, there was a variety of paints,brushes and directions that explained the art project in detail. While Shawn and Owen sneaked off for photos, they had a lovely cocktail hour planned in the side yard at their Aunt’s house. Owen’s brother played acoustic guitar while their guests nibbled on seafood and painted away. Kathleen kept an eye on the progress of the painting and encouraged guests who were shy about picking up a brush. After the wedding she filled in the blank spots and then delivered the colorful painting to the happy newlyweds.”

J. Crew

August 22, 2008

I’m loving these wedding gowns from J.Crew!

I’m sold on this Lucinda gown because of its modern look, and especially its pockets.

This Silk tricotine Rebecca long dress is only $350.

I like this empire waist gown with all the tulling on it.

Another simple modern dress. This Matelassé Cassia gown is less than $800, and I love the pleating along the waistline.


August 19, 2008

These awesome little cake bites would be really cute party favors for your wedding! There are a lot of different designs and recipes that can be found here in Bakerella.

Mandy Hank Photography

August 14, 2008

I’d like to introduce Mandy, from Mandy Hank Photography. She was the photographer for Krista and Tim’s Wedding. She was very sweet and a pleasure to work with.  I’m a big fan of her work, and she was kind enough to share some information about herself and how she got started in this business….

“I started my photography business after the birth of my first child 
and I couldn’t put down the camera.  My husband was in a wedding and 
the night before at the rehearsal dinner that their photographer 
wasn’t going to show up so they asked me.  I was so nervous and went 
out there and did the best I could.  I shook the entire wedding. I was 
so scared.  But I did pretty good and they loved the photos so I built 
up my business after that.

My favorite part of weddings I think has to be getting to know the 
couple.  I love meeting their family and friends.  I love when their 
family gives toasts and speaks about them and wishes them well.  It is 
such a wonderful time where the whole family comes together, everyone 
is so excited for this couple to start their life together.  I love 
the reception as well.  I love how once the toasts, dinner and cake is 
done everyone lets loose.  After months of planning and stressing they 
are able to relax, have fun and create memories.  I’m a part of that 
and feel so honored.

Krista and Tim’s wedding was really special to me.  Their family was 
really welcoming to myself and my assistant.  I love the details that 
Krista and Tim had at their wedding.  Their quirky cake, their table 
settings, the groom’s cake, everything.  They both were really laid 
back and willing to have fun!  That is always a photographers dream.”

Thank you Mandy for sharing your story with us!


August 12, 2008

****edit. This is BY FAR, the winner of my favorite photobooth alternative. Life sized posterboards! Found in Junebug Weddings.****


Photobooths have been all the rage for weddings these days, but not everyone has the budget for them. Here are some more creative ideas as an alternative to the photobooths.

Hire a characaturist. I budget-friendly way to do this is to hire talented art student to draw characatures of your guests. Photo link here.

Cut Arts. Photo link here.

Create your own photo space with props and chairs. La Vie Photography. Photo link here.

The best idea I’ve seen yet! Photo by Kilbridge Photography.

Fish Cake

August 7, 2008

I just wanted to share a picture of the wonderful cake made by Ellie, our pastry chef. This was the groom’s cake for Tiffany and Ryan’s wedding here at Orange Tree in March. Thank you Marnee from Marriott Photography for sending us the pic!


August 5, 2008

Here are some of my favorite tablescapes and reception decor.

These images found on The Knot:

Photo below by Jen Fariello.

Photo found in The Brides Cafe:

This straw chandelier was a display for Anthropologie, my favorite store. What a unique idea in place of lanterns! This would be an awesome do-it-yourself project.

Earth Tones

August 4, 2008

What really drew me to this wedding were those amazing cupcakes! And of course the color palette with earthy tones of brown, green and creams. Photos by Lisa Lefkowitz.

Bold Colors

August 1, 2008

I found this amazing wedding on the Southern Weddings blog. This couple’s wedding colors really stood out to me. What an interesting combination. The deep reds against the Tiffany blue really pops, and the colors are displayed throughout their whole wedding, from their ceremony programs down to the monogrammed napkins. Photography by Boutwell Studios.

This little sign is awesome. A memo that every bride should display on their wedding day.