Monday, November 30, 2009

"Falling" in love, II

As if our gorgeous feature of Jenny Steffens's girly Fall inspired post wasn't fabulous enough, today we are featuring some of her fantastic DIY tips, via Style Me Pretty, that are so easily approachable for everyone! I am so excited to incorporate these fantastic ideas into my many upcoming projects!

From Jenny:
I spent a fun day in my front yard and put together a fantastic inspirational/do-it-yourself table setting – perfect for a flirty Fall wedding. I chose soft, feminine colors (instead of using the typical orange, golds and yellows that are used in Fall weddings) of ivory, pink, blues and natural colors. Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott made the fabulous Bee Hive Cake for the table.

Rose & Wheat Bouquet: Using creamy garden roses and soft pink tea roses and 10 stems of wheat, I gathered the flowers into a bouquet – taping the stems together with floral tape. Next, I added wheat around the roses, creating a collar. For the wrap, I used a small piece of burlap (that matches the table runner – and is super inexpensive!) and secured it with pearl pins… I love the mixture of rustic and refined elements.

Pumpkin Place Cards: To make the sweet and seasonal place cards, I spray painted mini white pumpkins a soft shimmery gold. I snipped the stems and inserted a small name card (printed on textured cardstock) into each pumpkin. A very simple, but special looking project.

Photo Credits: Visionaire Studio

Table: I used a variety of linens to achieve a luxurious feel – natural oatmeal linen as the base, a wide brown burlap runner and topped with a classic ticking stripe runner. To bring more seasonal elements to the table, I added Blue Hubbard squash on each side of our “Bee Hive” Cake created by Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott (Kansas City). Each place was set with vintage gold plates, classic hemstitch linen napkins, and, of course, the pumpkin place cards. For added ambiance, I added single rose blooms in bud vases that bring some floral whimsy to the table – without a big investment!


Thursday, November 26, 2009

"Falling" in love

I am absolutely smitten with today's delicious dose of couture inspiration! As a final farewell to Fall, we are featuring a lovely Fall inspired post that encompasses all things girly, flirty, and divine! Designer Jenny Steffens of Occasions by Jenny (Kansas City) has shared a few wonderful DIY projects that will surely inspire you to think twice on how you approach Fall entertaining. With a perfect blend of rustic textures and luxurious colors, Jenny has put quite a vintage twist on the traditional bold seasonal style of Fall and I am loving her for this! In fact, I am "Falling" more and more in love with this post with each and every glance!

Photo Credits: Visionaire Studios

Insanely gorgeous, right? I adore the pure, fresh, and charming approach to this delicate design as well as the simplicity to the whimsical décor. And seriously, the cake? STUNNING!

Up next, we will review some of the DIY projects that Jenny has shared with us from her blissful Fall inspiration design!


Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful to be sharing my very first Thanksgiving as a married woman with my dear husband and a handful of his lovely family members in gorgeous Naples, Florida! We have so much to be thankful for during this beautiful and ever so blissful moment in our lives and I appreciate this holiday as a moment to reflect upon our lives and our many blessings. I sincerely hope that you are sharing a splendid day amongst your dearest family members and friends and enjoying life's magical moments!

Photo Credits: The Royal Scoop


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Love is in the air, II

Most recently, more and more of today's engaged couples are incorporating whimsical props into their engagement photo sessions and I am a BIG fan of this idea! From balloons, to cotton candy, to ice cream cones, to carousels, vintage props provide that fabulous "je ne sais quoi" factor for a modern twist on engagement portraits. I just adore this idea and have a new slight obsession with balloons, especially large pink ones! I must admit, I simply adore being a girl!

Photo Credits: Ashley Brockinton Photography, Ben Blood Photography, Caroline Tran, Green Wedding Shoes, Style Me Pretty

Tip of the day: Take your whimsical e-session shots and incorporate them into your save-the-dates! A fabulous and affordable idea!

Most definitely, love is in the air! I encourage you to find that certain something that defines you and your fiancé(e) as a couple and to incorporate a sense of that "it" factor into your own engagement photo session . What makes your very own love story unique? Can your romance be defined by a location, an era, a theme, or even a symbolic element? Hopefully today's post has encouraged you and lifted you to new heights with your ideas and inspiration!


Love is in the air

I absolutely adore whimsical elements! I genuinely appreciate the dreamy yet eclectic mix of vintage designs with a hint of playfulness that you typically find within the design elements of anything whimsical. While planning my "Marie Antoinette" inspired wedding, I fell head over heels in love with the ever so brilliant French director Sofia Coppola. Sofia is responsible for a plethora of pure genius designs and artwork, but most notably for her work on the 2006 film Marie Antoinette. Her work is typically infused with delicious couture inspiration, and her most recent work for Dior’s Miss Dior Chérie fragrance is everything fabulous, magnificent, and yes... whimsical! An enchanting and infectiously happy commercial with a perfect blend of couture fashion and a gorgeous soft color palette... {Sigh} simply PERFECTION!

Photo Credits: Fashionologie

BRAVO Sofia! Up next, a look at how Sofia Coppola's work continues to inspire today's engaged couples to soar to new heights!


Saturday, November 14, 2009

I'm leaving on a jet plane...

I am headed to Texas, back to my roots and I am thrilled about it! Unfortunately, my husband and I could only pull off a 3 day trip due to our crazy upcoming holiday schedule, but I'll take what I can get. In light of our departure, I will have limited access to The Royal Scoop but plan on keeping myself busy while on the road with many upcoming projects for The Royal Sweet Shoppe! More on this in the future! So, before I bid you adieu, I've left behind some vintage couture inspiration for our glamorous departure!

Introducing the ethereal designs of the one and only Reem Acra! {Sigh}!


A Crowning Affair, IV

As we wrap up our look of regal inspired weddings, let's finish off with my favorite of favorites, the stationery pieces!

Vintage Spanish postcards were designed and placed upon each guest's place setting with a handwritten note from the bride, Andrea. I absolutely love this idea and think it's a must for every wedding! More and more brides are creating welcome/thank you notes for their guests as an extension of their appreciation for their family and friend's love and support on their special day. Nothing is more personal than a hand written note and your guests will be delightfully surprised at your thoughtfulness. To all things wonderful there is always a down-side and quite frankly, this is a large undertaking, so pace yourself ladies!

When working with a theme, stick to the elements that encompass that theme without going overboard on the concepts. For instance, Andrea's Spanish regal flair was definitely highlighted with vintage crowns, but vintage crowns alone. Find that little bit of something that you really appreciate about your theme and work it from every angle!

Photo Credits: Leo Patrone Photography