Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Drink stirrers in action!

Squee!!! My drink stirrers were featured in the most STUNNING wedding a few months back on Style Me Pretty!

Doesn't Kate make a beautiful bride? When she asked for tall drink stirrers in lavender and cream, I never knew I would be sending them to such a gorgeous celebration. See the rest of her photos, by the talented Samm Blake, here! (And if you're wondering why it took me a few months to share, it's because her wedding was just featured in Wedding Style Guide, an Australian publication, which landed on newsstands a few days ago!)

And if you'd like drink stirrers of your own, click here!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Marget + Seth engaged!

On another personal note, I am so excited that one of John's sisters is engaged!! Seth asked for Marget's hand a few weeks back (in Paris!), and the two will be married at the Eolia Mansion at Harkness State Park next summer. We've had two planning calls already, and things are starting to take shape. Can you tell I am a little excited for them?!

Two photos above of Harkness (top by Carla Ten Eyck, bottom by Raw Photo Design)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Happy anniversary, Mom and Dad

Today is my parents' thirtieth anniversary. My Dad is funny and smart, and incredibly patient, charming, and diplomatic. My Mom is also funny and smart, and the warmest, most welcoming, and kind person you'll ever meet. They are two of the most special people I know, and I'm so glad they found each other and decided to have children :) I love you, Mom and Dad!

P.S. Doesn't my Mom's wedding dress kind of remind you of Kate Middleton's?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Deep dish chocolate chip cookies

Oh. My. Gosh. Deep dish chocolate cookies. With vanilla ice cream. So making these this weekend.

Recipe and photos from White on Rice Couple

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Maine Squeeze: We Toast

We've hashed out (almost) all the pretty details; now it's on to some of the "events" of the reception. First, toasts.

My Dad spoke first. Those of you who know my Dad would agree -- he is a master speaker. He has almost 30 years of being a professor under his belt, so he is something of a professional, you might say. But still -- he has an uncanny and extraordinary knack for saying the perfect thing at every occasion. Kate and Cormac's wedding was no exception. His toast was warm and welcoming, funny and clever, heartfelt and loving. It was so obvious he put thought into it (as he always does), and it paid off. Bravo, Dad.

Next up was the father of the groom. Rick did a wonderful job, as well, reflecting on the past week (and years!) as well as the wedding day itself. He is also a teacher, so I wasn't surprised he was comfortable speaking in front of a crowd. Bravo, Rick.

Which brings us to the bridesmaids/maids of honor toasts. My sister Kim and I shared these roles, and so we shared the toasting responsibilities, too. We had talked briefly about what we would say several times before the wedding, agreeing that we would hash out the details when we were together in Maine the week before the big day.

Which we did... sort of. We kind of settled on a loose plan of Kim will introduce us, and Em will say what an awesome big sister Kate is (and was) and how excited we are to have Cormac joining our family. Well, we executed our plan... sort of. I do remember saying something about how much we love Kate, and I do remember saying something about how much we love Cormac. But what I remember more is how what we said in no way encompassed the sentiment we actually felt. And I felt horrible.

Yes, I had the excuse that I was a leeeeetle busy in the weeks and days leading up to the wedding, well, planning the wedding. And I have the "excuse" that I hate public speaking. But I could have done better, and I should have done better, because you don't get too many chances to toast your big sister and her new husband, and I should have done a better job with the one I got. This is especially crushing to me, because one of my very FAVORITE parts of weddings are the toasts.

Luckily (at least according to the photographic record), Kate appears to have liked our speech:

BUT moving on. We were followed by Cormac's best man, Paul, who had the crowd roaring. Paul's toast involved snot.

The groom really didn't find the toast very funny, unfortunately.

We finished the speaking part of the reception with a blessing over the meal given by my Uncle Dick, who is more of an honorary uncle than an actual uncle. It was really special to have him giving the blessing, since he married my parents thirty years ago and baptized Kate ON the Island where she was married 26 years later. Pretty special.

Up next? The cake!!

All photos by the super talented and lovely Jenna Cole and Meredith Perdue.

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
We eat
We play
More decor

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


I love how classic paper poppers are as wedding favors, and several neat variations have been popping up lately. A few of my favorites...

DIY by Posh Paperie, photo by Jackie Wonders

Martha Stewart Weddings

Styling by Joy de Vivre, photo by Michael + Anna Costa, via Style Me Pretty

Styling by Lisa Vorce, photo by Aaron Delesie, via Once Wed

Martha Stewart Weddings

Styling by A Field Journal (DIY on The Bride's Cafe)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Board No. 91: Green and Cafe Au Lait

It's been awhile since I've posted an inspiration board -- my apologies! I'm feeling very inspired by summer right now, so this board is all about that, with lovely tones of grass green, white, and cafe au lait. I also went for everything ruffly and fluffy, from a tiered gown, to tulle-covered tables, to a sheer-skirted cake table.

The Details

First row: veil photo by Abby Jiu via Southern Weddings, tulle table setting photo by Michele M. Waite (see more here!), ruffled wedding gown photo by Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty

Second row: Charleston church photo by A Bryan Photo via Southern Weddings, cake photo by Aaron Delesie via Once Wed

Third row: tulle bridesmaid dress photo by Michele M. Waite via Style Me Pretty, paper bag favors photo by Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty, white centerpiece photo by Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty

If you like this inspiration board, you might check out a few others...
Board No. 71: Hamptons Pool Party
Board No. 43: White Elephant
Board No. 38: Cherries Jubilee

Friday, June 17, 2011

Guest bedroom style

Are we up for some voting today, friends? You know I'm in the process of deciding what to do with our guest bedroom. Here are my four current favorite options:

Cheerful yellow, coral + aqua (from Cottage Living)

Calm blue, gray, + white (from Bear Hill Interiors)

Preppy red, blue + white (from Lonny)

Casual pink/red + white

Let me know what you think below! :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Fourth of July drink stirrers!

I just wanted to give you guys a heads up that I added a custom set of drink stirrers especially for the Fourth of July to my Etsy store last night! Independence Day is one of my very favorite holidays, and I love that these will help you (and me!) celebrate in style. Here's the listing!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Apartment garden: June

No blossoms or fruit yet, but the plants are much larger than last month, no? We've been harvesting lots of lettuce, basil, cilantro, and mint in the meantime! Fingers crossed for peppers in July :)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Flea market find: faux bamboo table

This Saturday my friend Megan and I introduced our friend Nancy to the wonders of our local flea market. We had a great time, and came away with some great finds! My favorite was this guy:

A faux bamboo bedside table from Thomasville! At just $50, I consider this a HUGELY lucky find. (Especially since I just checked out the Thomasville site, and their least expensive end table/side table/bedside table is $350!) It's in great shape construction-wise, and will be positively beautiful once it's cleaned up and painted. I'm still contemplating a color scheme for our guest bedroom, so I'm not sure which shade to go with just yet, but rest assured, as soon as I figure it out, that baby will be colorful and glossy. In the meantime, I thought I'd share a few pieces of bamboo inspiration...

These last two are particularly for John. We were discussing what colors we might paint the table, and I suggested red... to which he said, "NO one has red furniture!" :)

I also took home an adorable salt and pepper shaker pair for $3. I was just telling Nancy about how I was inspired to start collecting fruit and vegetable salt and pepper shakers after reading about them in the June issue of Martha Stewart Living, too! They also had an onion pair, but I resisted.

Now tell me: what color would you paint my table?

Image credits, top to bottom: personal image; Plum Cushion via Little Green Notebook; unknown, F.E. Castleberry for Matchbook Mag; unknown, Cottage Living Magazine via Honey & Fitz; Patrick Cline for Lonny; via DecorPad; personal image