Friday, April 29, 2011

Blue bedrooms

These three bedrooms have caught my eye recently. Love the pale blue + white + gray combo!

Top to bottom, Canadian House & Home, photo by Patrick Cline for Lonny Magazine, Bear-Hill Interiors

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Maine Squeeze: We eat!

With the portrait session over, it was time for the happy couple to head to the reception! Luckily, they had some nifty signs to follow, made by yours truly and her Dad.

The final sign they came to was this one, which pretty much sums up the reception, I think!

The grand entrance down the boardwalk:

The paparazzi was out in full force!

First order of business? Getting some food! Kate had planned this menu carefully, and she was VERY excited to sample her choices. Since we didn't want to build a kitchen onsite and wanted to cut down on the amount of rentals needed, we went for a menu that was as hands-free as possible, and could be brought to the Island pretty much prepared, and stored either at room temperature or in coolers. This really helped to cut down on costs -- if you're planning a wedding at a remote location, I would highly recommend carefully thinking through your menu! For the items that did need a fork, we prepared bamboo and cocktail napkin bundles ahead of time, tied with the same yellow and white twine we used on the invitations:

I believe the napkins were picked up at Ikea, but I could be wrong.

Now for the menu! We had delicious skewers cooked on a grill...

...a variety of veggies and pasta salad...

...a make-your-own organic beef slider bar...

...pulled pork sliders...

...a cheese and cracker display...

...veggies and dip...

...and many other delicious eats. The catering company did a beautiful job of setting everything up in the tent!

I also wanted to point out the buffet menus. We taped the print-outs I had designed into a variety of frames Kate found at Goodwill. Spray painted yellow, they looked as good as new!

Up next? A few more details from the day!

All photos by the super talented and lovely Jenna Cole and Meredith of & Unlimited.

We arrive
We prepare
We raise the tent
We rehearse and play wiffle ball
We jump off the wharf
We eat lobster
We wake up very early, and the gents get dressed
The girls get ready
They make their vows
Lemonade and cookies

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Better Homes & Gardens May Issue

Just like the January issue, I was a huge fan of Better Homes & Gardens May offering. My favorite features? Undeniably Jenny and Will Stegall's home, with its textured neutrals, updated classic styling, and pretty shades of green...

...and Sherry Hart's light and bright Atlanta home, which reinvigorated my love for vintage treasure hunting and blue hues (as if they needed invigorating...).

Are you a BHG fan? What was your favorite part of the May issue?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Board No. 89: Royal Wedding Sapphire

It's royal wedding week! I know some of you are probably sick of the festivities by now, but I am definitely not! How often do we get to celebrate a real prince and princess's wedding?!

Here's a board in love with all things royal, with a deep sapphire color palette inspired by Kate's engagement ring (and engagement announcement outfit!), complete with plenty of gilded touches. I have my fingers crossed we'll see a dainty golden circlet on Friday... how about you?

The Details:

First row, left to right: jewel-encrusted hair comb photo by Leo Patrone via Style Me Pretty, sapphire tablescape photo by MIMMO+NAZ (styled by Principal Planner) via Style Me Pretty

Second row: blue bridesmaids photo by A Bryan Photo, stationery suite by Mr. Boddington's Studio

Third row: portrait by Leo Patrone via SMP, cake by Maples Wedding Cakes, tablescape detail photo by MIMMO+NAZ (styled by Principal Planner) via Style Me Pretty

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter weekend!

Did you all have a nice weekend? We did! We worked at our church's community garden, picked ten pounds of strawberries at a local family farm (we've already eaten half, including homemade strawberry mint lemonade last night!), Skype chatted with my family, took a bike ride, and went to a wonderful Easter Sunday service. Some pictures:

Isn't the cross neat? Everyone was invited to bring a flower to stick on it, and by the end of the third service, it was beautiful!

We also checked off goal no. 1 on my 101 in 1001 list, paying for the car behind me in the drive-through line! If any of you are considering doing this, I would highly recommend it! I might be a huge dork, but it's kind of a rush :) And every cashier I've ever encountered is either excited about it, or, at the least, unfazed, so don't worry about that.

What did y'all do this weekend?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Formal accessories on a budget

I love getting email from readers! Y'all are the best, and Kelly's email was particularly awesome. She wrote:

"Hello Emily!

I'm an avid reader of Peach and Pearl way up north from Massachusetts. My junior prom is coming up in May, and I have a dress dilemma. I was inspired by your posts on the Rosecliff Ball, and "beauty on a budget." I decided that I could do the same for my first prom. I have the dress already picked out. However, I have no clue what I should do for my makeup/accessories. I don't have my ears pierced, so I guess earrings are out of the question. Have any ideas on how to complete the outfit?


First, I have to say that I'm tickled I have at least one reader that's a junior in high school. Are there any more of you out there? Sound off in the comments! :)

Second, I loved prom, so I'm always happy to help. (John and I went together senior year! I will have to dig out some photos for you...)

Anyway, here's Kelly's dress:

It's by Thread Social, though Kelly's getting it through Rent the Runway -- smart girl! I love the plum color.

I put together three different "looks": one gold-toned, one silver-toned, and one more colorful. Happily, most of these accessories are interchangeable. And -- bonus! -- most pieces on here are less than $35, and many are less than $10. The general exception is the shoes... they were too pretty to resist, and all could be worn for years with proper care, so we'll consider them an investment! The earrings are also all clip-ons, per Kelly's request.

The Goods

A. Bracelet from Forever 21 ($8.80), heels from Nina ($89.95), clutch from Macy's ($23.99), clip-on earrings from Macy's ($32)

B. Clip-on earrings from Forever 21 ($5.80), bracelet set from Forever 21 ($4.80), shoes from Nordstrom ($79.95), clutch from Macy's ($21.99)

C. Clutch from Macy's ($34.99), shoes from Nina ($99.95, but I also loved these ruby-toned ones from Payless, and they were just $19.99!), clip-on earrings from Macy's ($38), bracelet from Forever 21 ($5.80)

I also wanted to point out this pair and this pair of clip-on earrings I found in my search, though they didn't make it into the final board.

On the topic of makeup I am certainly no expert, so I'll just say that I love my Great Lash mascara and CoverGirl Lipslicks. Ladies, I'm sure our girl would appreciate any additional advice you could offer!

Kelly, I hope this has been helpful for you! And I hope you have a MARVELOUS time at the prom!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ombre cakes

Cake by Superfine Bakery, photo by Krista Mason (via Grey Likes Weddings)

Cake by Whipped Bakeshop

Cake by Martha Stewart Weddings

Cake by Cake Coquette, photo by Lisa Lefkowitz (via Style Me Pretty)

Cake by Nicki's Cakes, photo by Millie Holloman (via Style Me Pretty)

Cake by Cake Coquette via Landlocked Bride

Cake by Maggie Austin

Cake by Maggie Austin

I don't know if this look would be for me, but it sure is pretty to look at, don't you think?

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Vintage Village

I had my first vintage shop/flea market/garage sale outing of the spring earlier this week! I was pretty successful, too.

The larger wire basket was a steal at $12, and the embroidered cocktail napkins were too cute to pass up! They're the prettiest pale blue in person.

Triangle-area friends, you should definitely plan a trip to the Vintage Village (including Suzanna's) in Raleigh -- it's on Durant Road. Here's a photo my friend Nancy took earlier this month, so you can get a feel for the place:

Too cool! Nancy introduced me to the wonders of the Village as well as took me on my first trip there, so thank you, Nancy! I had the best time :)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Maine Squeeze: Lemonade and Cookies

When last we left off, the ceremony had just ended, and Kate and Cormac walked jubilantly back up the aisle!

The bridal party, families, and guests followed, and there was much hugging and many congratulations. And a few tears (happy ones, of course!).

Since we had opened up the ceremony, but not the reception, to the whole Island community, we wanted to have something of a mini party in between. So we did! My Mom's amazingly talented BFF made tons and tons of delicious cookies, my cousins set out lemonade, and it was the perfect little interlude.

My mouth is watering just looking at those photos...

After about a half an hour, most guests started to head for the reception while the major players took care of a few more portraits.

First, a cousins pic for grandma (LOVE this one!):

That's me on the right, for those of you who don't know!

Then, a few full bridal party extravaganzas:

The bridal party headed to the real party after that, while Kate and Cormac stayed back with Jenna for a few more portraits.

And with that, they walked off into the sunset!, reception :)

All photos by the super talented and lovely Jenna Cole and Meredith of & Unlimited.

We arrive
We prepare
We raise the tent
We rehearse and play wiffle ball
We jump off the wharf
We eat lobster
We wake up very early, and the gents get dressed
The girls get ready
They make their vows