Posts in the 'Maddie' Category

Wedding Inspiration: Falling for Fall

It’s not really feeling like fall here in Los Angeles. The farmer’s market is still stocked with fresh summer berries, the days still feel long and hot, and the flowers are still in bloom. But today on a walk I noticed a few leaves on the trees beginning to change. So since I can’t really enjoy all of fall in LA, I’ve been enjoying it on Pinterest! Fall weddings provide the perfect combo of bright fall colors and comfort foods! Enjoy these fall wedding inspiration photos I’ve been loving!

I’m loving all of the colors in this photo. Makes me miss the Midwest.

Mums and fall floral colors look especially bright when paired with the yellow billy balls and orange clementines!

Layers of spiced cake with frosting only on the inside give this cake a rustic look. And the sugared fruits and leaves add a playful element!

Centerpieces are a breeze for fall weddings. Grab some branches of leaves and spray paint them gold! Such an easy and simple DIY. Put them in a vase and you’ve got a simple and elegant centerpiece.

Send your guest home with one of my favorite fall treats! Yum!

Are you having a fall wedding? What is your inspiration? Let us know!

Wedding Inspiration: A Royal Wedding-Themed Bridal Shower

A while back I posted a wedding inspiration right here on how to make your wedding as fabulous as the Royal Wedding. And then not too long ago, we had a reader write in about having a bridal shower with the theme of a royal wedding. This is the BEST idea, and it would be so much fun!

Ridiculous hats were one of the biggest parts of the Royal Wedding – so why not DIY your own? With just a few supplies and a little creativity, your bridesmaids and gal pals can make their own! Pick up some head bands, feathers, netting, rhinestones, faux flowers, and that trusty old glue gun and go to town! Have your girls make their own frou-frou fascinators or hats complete with bows and flowers. The more ridiculous, the better!

Serve up some tea and finger sandwiches so your guests  feel extra British for the day. And don’t forget to send them home with a little favor! I would deck out a blue ring pop with rhinestones, so it would look just like Kate Middleton’s famous sapphire ring!


Will you be having a themed Bridal shower? What do you plan on doing with your lovely ladies? Let us know!

Wedding Inspiration: The “Traditional” Halloween Wedding

Halloween is right around the corner and I can hardly contain my excitement! First of all because I bought a totally awesome costume for my dog, secondly because we bought a house and will have trick-or-treaters this year, and last but not least because I LOVE a good theme wedding.

Now, I know you can go all traditional halloween colors, but orange is just not for me. How does a little coral and black sound instead? Gotta love a new take on an old classic, right? I think this color combo is a nice update and when you add some gold metallic hues and glitter? Well, gold and glitter make everything better in my opinion.

I’m also pretty in love with the idea of a black wedding dress (really, at any wedding, but especially at a Halloween wedding!)

As for decor? It couldn’t be easier. Forget carving pumpkins. That’s hard work. Glittery pumpkins are simple and sparkly! Clean off your pumpkin and dry it off, paint it with glue (Elmer’s works fine) and dust with glitter. The perfect DIY, non floral, cheap and easy centerpiece.

Anyone here doing a halloween wedding? Are you going classic orange and black or will you change it up? Let us know!


Wedding Inspiration: BAM! KA-POW! Comic Book-Inspired Decor, Outfits, & Accessories

I don’t know a whole lot about comics, so when a request came in for a Comic Con edition of Wedding Inspiration, I had a bit of research to do….and now I’m LOVING comic books as inspiration for a wedding. I would dress my bridesmaids in bright colors and gold shoes and let my groomsmen wear little details like Batman cuff links, or rock their favorite superhero tee under their tux.

Ok, so the super hero cake may seem like a bit much, but it would make a totally awesome grooms cake – or you could do superhero cupcakes! And how amazeballs are the save the dates that look like comic book covers?!

I would also have to doll up my bridesmaids in these comic inspired headbands from Etsy seller Janine Basil. Available in boom, bam, pow, kapow, and zing! I think if I were the bride I’d ditch the traditional veil for a rhinestoned headband too. At least for the reception anyways. It’s so fun!

So, I hope this offers a bit of inspiration for all of you comic book fiends out there! Don’t be afraid of bold colors and funky designs! And don’t forget to have a ton of fun with planning!


Wedding Inspiration: Peony Pink & Turquoise Blue

Ladies, I know that summer is technically over and I should be all “fall weddings! yeah! Leaves, and pumpkins, and bold color combos!” And I will be…eventually. But right now I am head over heels for this little color combo that I was inspired by on Pinterest. (Pssst, are you on Pinterest yet? Cuz all the cool kids are doin’ it.) I saw this photo of a bride holding bright fuchsia peonies with some great turquoise jewels. Simple and so pretty. Perfect gold accents, bridesmaids in long maxi skirts hanging by the beach. Are you feelin’ it? I know I am.

What do you think of this color combo? Do you love it as much as I do? What swoon-worthy color combo are you using on your big day?

Wedding Inspiration: School kids in L-O-V-E

Ah, September! I love you so. The air turns crisp and you see the first hint of fall and of course-school starts. It was only after I was finished with school that I truly missed shopping for school supplies. A new box of sharpened crayons (the 64 pack with the sharpener in the back if your parents spoiled you), the new 3 ring notebooks in fun colors, and covering books with brown craft paper so you had something to doodle on in class when you were bored.

Of course, all of this first day of school reminiscing provides the perfect wedding inspiration: school kids in l-o-v-e.

Dress your bridesmaids in some school girl chic-plaids, skirts, over the knee socks, conservative dresses, and some oxford shoes.

Here are some quick tips, tricks, and ideas for a fun filled, easy to DIY, “school kids in love” inspired wedding day.

1. Serve up your meals on lunch trays. It will have a fun vibe and if you get biodegradable, disposable trays, you’ll save money and be kind to mama earth!

2. Use an old desk and some red apples for place cards to let people know where they will be sitting.

3. Replace cocktail hour with cookie and milk hour….complete with milk cartons. Or, send guests home with a midnight snack!

4. Use old school photos as table numbers! It adds a personal touch and it’s a super easy DIY!

5. Use standard margin rule paper for your invites. Will you be attending our wedding? Circle yes or no!

6. Cover old books with brown paper and fancy writing and use them as centerpieces!

What do you think of this “School Daze” inspiration? Would you use it for your big day?



Wedding Inspiration: Creating Country-inspired, Flowerless Tablescapes

This week’s wedding inspiration is a little bit different. We recently received an inspiration request from a bride who wants a rustic country wedding and wants centerpieces that don’t use living florals, but also won’t break the bank. Time to get creative! Think that faux silk flowers are the only alternative to real ones? Wrong. Silk florals are pricey and if you find ones that are cheap, they look cheap. So here are some great alternatives:

Now, on to some centerpiece options! I put together three ideas for a rustic, country centerpieces:

Who says you need to keep your shoes off the table? I say, kick your heels up and put your boots on the center of a table. Use them as a vase or have them standing alone. I know, cowboy boots are expensive, but you can pick some up at goodwill and clean them off. If they look to dirty for your taste, pick a color and spray paint them!

Our second option is a little more romantic. Surround a deer antler with tons of candles for a simple, homespun look. Deer naturally shed their antlers every year (so it’s eco and animal friendly) and you can buy a single antler for around 20-25 dollars, add in the costs of candles and your centerpiece option is under 40 dollars! Score! Also, if you live in a wooded area, you might be able to walk around and find the deer antlers yourself! Just be sure to give them a good cleaning before using them.

Lastly, we have another simple and easy centerpiece option. Place a cowboy hate in the middle of the table. I think a reception room would look so pretty with a simple table-scape like this and using a different hat on each table would look so fun. Surround the hat with some rope or even a lasso and some candles and use a horse shoe for your table numbers by spray painting stenciled numbers on them!

I hope these centerpiece options have inspired you to get creative! Have a blast planning your wedding and remember, there are no rules when it comes to just how creative and crazy you can get while decorating for your big day!

 – Maddie

{Wedding Inspiration} Mary Poppins

Every now and then it’s fun to change up weddings a bit and throw people a curve ball. Sure, you can get your wedding inspiration from your favorite color or flower or whatever season you’re getting married in, but why not have fun with it?!

How about a wedding based off of your favorite movie? Of course it would be fun to have a Cinderella Princess wedding at Disneyland, but one Disney movie that would make for fantastic inspiration is none other than Mary Poppins! Hold your wedding in a park with whimsical decor and if you can find a carousel, go take some pics by it! Have your bridesmaids carry umbrellas, decorate the tables with vintage copies of the book, and march down the aisle to a song from the movie!

What do you think of this wedding? Is it practically perfect in every way? If you could have your wedding or engagement pictures based off of your favorite movie, what would it be? Let us know in the comments!


{Wedding Inspiration} High Tea Wedding

You may not be able to afford a royal wedding, but you can take away one tradition from England and incorporate it into you big day for less. How about a high tea wedding? You save plenty of money by not feeding your friends and family any dinner or full bar (score!) and this inspiration is totally cute and chic!

Deck your bridesmaids out in some prim and proper dresses that are tea-party ready! Be sure they wear plenty of pearls and top off their outfit with a hat or a fascinator. They would all look so cute in different toppers! And if you don’t want this as a wedding idea it could make for a fun bridal shower theme.

Serve up your favorite finger foods and some cupcakes with your tea. You can even make the sandwiches yourself, just use a cookie cutter to slice the sandwiches in fancy shapes. Collect tea cups ahead of time at flea markets and antique shops and let guests use them and then take them home. All of the mismatched tea cups on the table will look so cute! You can also collect and buy old handkerchiefs and use them as napkins that the guests can take home as well.

What do you think of having your wedding in the middle of the day to save on some dough? Would you rock this high tea wedding theme?