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Friday, September 25, 2009

The rain in Spain.

Looking for a colorful and historic international destination for your wedding? Why not Spain? There are so many landscapes to choose from. Check out the imagery below for proof. All photos by Weddings by Shaun.

Oh, and I'm on my way there next week (!). Seriously. I'll be back in early October after a much needed vacation. ;)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cake cuteness.

I'm celebrating my birthday next week with my hubby's just two weeks later. Wahoo! One of our favorite parts of each birthday is eating yummy cake. Here is some eye candy to get my taste buds watering (and hopefully yours, as well!). All cakes by Baking Arts.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Bright orange + lime green.

I recently put together a custom monogram, favor tags, booklet-style programs and thank you cards for Susan & Todd. They chose bright, fun colors for their September wedding: orange + lime green. Pairing these two looked great together—energetic and season appropriate. Thanks again, Susan & Todd... and congrats!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A serene + romantic bride.

This morning, I'm loving this blue bridal hat from Etsy vendor twigs & honey. It's vintage-inspired and oh-so-romantic in style. Be sure to check out her shop because there are many more lovelies where this came from...

Monday, September 21, 2009

Five planning tips for a handmade wedding.

Looking to create a unique, handmade wedding? Be sure to check out these five planning tips from the Etsy Wedding Team. Maida Vale is thrilled to be featured as part of it. =)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Giveaways galore from the Etsy Wedding Team.

Remember last month's favor tag giveaway? Well, imagine that multiplied by dozens of Etsy vendors and you have the Etsy Wedding Team's Autumn of Giveaways. Talk about excitement! The first giveaway was posted this week, and there will be a new one each week. And, there might just be a little something from you-know-who... ;) Visit the Etsy Wedding Team blog for more details and to enter each week. Good luck!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Custom Moleskin albums.

I started putting together coffee table photobooks around the time of our wedding, and typically create a new one annually (to capture our travels). These custom Moleskin albums from Good Stock Press & Bindery are simply delightful. So classic. So elegant. So ideal for recording a major event like a birth or wedding.

Via Junebug Weddings

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Balloons + being in love = cute.

So positively cute. Need I say anything more? Click each to enlarge.

Photos by Caroline Tran via Rock 'n Roll Bride

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A DIY burlap banner.

Looking to add a handmade or rustic touch to your event? This darling DIY banner is easy to make and adds a fun touch to any setting. Add your names to it and drape it across the front of a buffet perhaps. Find the tutorial over at Little Old Hat...


Monday, September 14, 2009

Real couple: Shannon + Matthew.

Remember Shannon & Matt? The feedback Shannon sent me after receiving her invitations was really touching. I was very honored when she asked me to create coordinating table numbers and menus for their big day, as well. For a glimpse into their romantic wedding, check out this post on photographer Jasmine Star's blog.

I mean, how pretty are those lights dangling from the tress? Aaah.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Etsy find: beautiful headbands.

If you love the look of beaded headbands, but don't have a huge budget, check out Etsy vendor quirkybeauty. Her work is seriously gorgeous and very affordable. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Autumn inspiration.

The hubby and I went home to Indiana last week. During our trip, we rented a cabin with college friends in beautiful Brown County. With rolling hills and trees waiting to drop their leaves, I can only imagine what a stunning backdrop it creates in autumn. Check out these lovely pics for evidence (and inspiration!):

Photo by David Bracho

Photo by Ashley Athey

Photo by David Bracho

Photo by Happy Horizon Studios

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Rosa Clara Two.

Amazing new gowns from Rosa Clara. I just love the first one, but also adore how the third image really reflects the designer's Spanish roots.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Back (with a big thank you).

I'm back from a wonderful week back in the Midwest! I may not resurface for a bit as I try to catch up, however...

But, before I go, I want to send a big thank you to all of my wonderful clients. While I was away, the Maida Vale Etsy shop surpassed 100 sales. I'm truly honored!