April 21, 2011

Sonya Ruth & Charity Michelle Photography Contest!

Are you getting married in 2012?

Are you getting married on the east coast?

If both of your answers are yes, this contest is for you! My lovely friend Sonya of Sonya Ruth & Charity Michelle Photography is offering 25% off wedding packages to one lucky couple!

STEP 1: Submit a picture of you and your better half, and a description of your upcoming wedding, to sonyaruthphotography {at} gmail {dot} com by 10:00 pm Sunday evening.

STEP 2: Gather the troops! The couple with the most “likes” on their photo, located in an album in the Sonya Ruth & Charity Michelle Photography Facebook page, after two weeks, will win!

Even  if you’re not getting married next year, do yourself a favor and check out her blog at sonyaruthblog.com. Enjoy!

April 19, 2011

Free “Sweet Love” Invitation Suite from The Wedding Chicks

Paper & Thread created this sweet invitation suite for The Wedding Chicks. It includes an invitation, rsvp card, save the date, menu, escort cards, table numbers, dessert signs, and even stir sticks! You can customize the text and colors according to the look of your event. The best part is, all of this is absolutely free! Click here to get started!

April 19, 2011

Spring 2012 Wedding Dress Favorites

Here’s a peek at some of my favorite lovelies for Spring 2012. All photos from Martha Stewart Weddings with photography by firstVIEW. Hop on over there to see all the gowns!

First up, my always favorite, Monique Lhuillier. A dress would have to be pretty stunning to sway me from wearing Monique Lhuillier on my wedding day. Absolutely dreamy, and I am loving the hints of blush-toned color. Starting with my favorite dress of all the new 2012 collections..


Vera Wang has lost some of my affection since selling her soul (ok, maybe just her name) to David’s Bridal. I feel like the decision to offer lower quality (read less expensive) gowns to David’s Bridal is a dilution of her brand. Don’t get me wrong, the gowns for David’s Bridal are pretty, but part of why people admire Vera Wang is because it is Vera Wang. Elusive and top of the line. Anyway, *stepping off my soap box*, that is another discussion for another day. She still designs some gorgeous, ethereal gowns, including these..

Which of these is your favorite?

April 18, 2011

Pretty packages make me happy

A pretty little package is on its way to its way to a friend who’s strength I admire

and who is about to make an amazing mommy!

April 15, 2011

neVer forgeT

Being a Hokie is not a mercenary relationship. It is not a business proposition. It is not an exchange of goods and services for money. It is a shared bond, a love that comes from somewhere we don’t understand and can’t explain to others. We do not take from this university; it gives to us. Perhaps when we first arrive on its campus, we have our own selfish interests in mind, but by the time we leave, we are transformed. We are Hokies.

It is sad and tragic that this happened to us. Because we love this university, we are devastated by what happened here. But if it was necessary for us to suffer in order for others to benefit, it is a burden we will bear, because our motto — Ut Prosim, That I May Serve — tells us that’s what we must do. If our tragedy brings you together, if our loss makes you safer and makes you value what is important in life, if our suffering is not in vain, then we are prepared to shoulder this load … so you don’t have to. That has always been the mission of this university, and we are honored to carry it out.

Do not let the deaths of these 32 victims be in vain. Look into your hearts and see what it teaches you, and how you may be better because of what we have gone through. And know that when the bodies are in the earth, when the media has left, when others have moved on and life resumes its course, that for us, there is only one emotion left: Love. Love for this university, love for the people who died on April 16th, 2007, and love for those who are left behind.

Remember this, and what happened here will not have been for naught.

William Neal Stewart

April 14, 2011

Always remember..

from Crush Party via Plum Pretty Sugar

April 12, 2011

Beehive Bundt Cake Pan on Joss & Main

image via Joss & Main


I have some exciting news to share about my recipe for a Sweet as Honey Baby Shower! I mentioned that you could find a beehive cake mold online, like the one below from Nordicware. Lucky for you, it is available right now on sample sale site Joss & Main for just $21.95. That’s almost 60% off!


image via Joss & Main


Hurry up and grab one before they sell out or before the sale ends on Friday. To skip the wait list and join the invitation only site right away, follow the link below!


Joss & Main



April 12, 2011

Spread the Love with The Aisle New York

The Aisle New York is a sample site similar to RueLaLa, One Kings Lane, or Gilt. But, with every purchase of a dress or gown on The Aisle New York, a portion of the sale is donated to a charity chosen specifically by the designer.

Talk about feel good shopping! If you were going to buy a wedding gown anyway, why not make a difference when you do!

Here are a few of my favorite designers and their charities of choice..


Amsale – Aid for AIDS International

Elizabeth Fillmore – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Monique Lhuillier – P.S. Arts

Rivini – Feed the Children

Isaac Mizrahi – Good Shepherd Services


See the charities chosen by the rest of the designers here.


Two new sales just started (like 1 minute ago) called “The Royal Bride” and “Haute Accessories”, and I am loving all the princess-inspired looks.

My favorite look is this Angel Sanchez gown paired with simple pave cushion drop earrings.



April 11, 2011

My favorite wedding EVER.

I mean it. When I first saw this wedding I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Titled by Style Me Pretty as “Beyond Chic in Napa Valley”, I am in love with the the blush tones, the ranunculus bouquet, and THAT DRESS. It is sheer perfection by the incredible Monique Lhullier and I would wear it in heartbeat. Did I mention I’m obsessed with the dress? Admire it all for yourself..



April 11, 2011

The higher the hair, the closer to God.

photo by Kristin Vining via Style Me Pretty