Friday, January 29, 2010

Illustrated Calling Cards

Don't you think everyone should have their own personal calling card? Not just a business card with a company logo, but with your own personal FACE logo? I agree. And so does Anna Bond, illustrator and purveyor of the most adorable paper goods from her Winter Park, FL based Rifle Paper Co.

Here's where you should order yours. Immediately.

Woops, did I forget to mention you can also order your dog a personalized calling card? Now I know some of you will be rushing over to place your orders...

LACMA Street Lamp Engagement Session

OK! After much haranguing by you and slushing about by me, I am finally ready to reveal the highlights from our amazing engagement photos done by the talented husband-wife duo at Anika London. If I'm honest, by sharing these now I feel a bit like a magician who just learned a new trick and instead of saving it for his big show he tells all his friends how he does it. But hey, what the heck, enjoy the show now.

When we started the wedding planning process we knew that good photography was one of our biggest priorities. I was a bit skeptical about the need for engagement pictures, but I am really really really happy with our decision to go for it. The day we took our pics was such a special day. We got to visit some of our favorite LA spots, stare into each others eyes a LOT, make-out a bit, and generally just good off. I highly recommend it. We now have amazing pictures of us as a couple, not just as bride and groom, but as normal everyday in-love-people, and that is priceless to me.

I really hope you enjoy them, and forgive me for the quantity but it was just so hard to choose!

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (or LACMA as most people know it) street lamps in the sculpture Urban Light are just so cool. They would have made for incredible night photographs as well. Maybe for an anniversary shoot one day we will try that, someone please try that, I bet they would make your heart flutter. There also used to be a giant Jeff Koons shiny balloon animal sculpture in the courtyard behind the street lamps which would have made for some very bad ass shots, but alas, it has moved along.

When we took our pics here at LACMA it was so hot and bright out and we were still a bit nervous and there we were standing right on Wilshire getting honked at, so we didn't last too long in this spot. I still love the portraits here though, so artsy, and even if we're a bit squinty I think there were still plenty of winners. How good are our photographers?!

We decided to use LACMA as a backdrop to our first stop on our "Engagement Shoot LA Tour" not only because of the stunning installations and architecture, but also for sentimental reasons. When I was in college I interned at the museum, and later when I taught high school art I took my students to LACMA for field trips and Jonathon would chaperon. It was very romantic.

The La Brea Tar Pits are right next door to LACMA and we definitely thought about taking some goofy pictures with a saber toothed tiger or two but I'm glad we stuck with the art.

Stick with me, this show has just begun! The rest of our pictures from LACMA's new Broad Contemporary Art building are coming up next and after that there will be more pictures than you can handle from all over LA!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mmmm Pie

I'm just saying...

DIY Wedding with Papel Picado

This is why I love DIY weddings, they are so darn sweet and homey. How cute are those centerpieces? And so simple... Ideas are brewing...
Absolutely in love with the all white papel picado banners and twinkley lights.
Ay Mujer! handmakes these in Indo, CA and you know I'm going to be ordering some. They also have some beautiful photogrpahy from the Coachella Valley. Check it out!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Dumb name, but looks pretty sweet!

Watch live here.

Apple of My Eye

Oh Apple, why don't you have a wedding registry? Sigh, I suppose I will just have to make a wish list here, on this historic day of Apple...

Oh, did you not know? Today is Apple's HUGE LAUNCH of the NEXT BIG THING wherein they compete with AMAZON for bragging rights and pocketchange and control of the universe. Well, maybe just the publishing universe. But I am still so excited to hear all about the Apple e-reader the Apple Tablet, or the ipad (which, really, let's hope its not called that).

As a faithful Macintosher since my first big life purchase of a sweet cutting edge ibook back in my sophmore year of college *achem* eight *achem* years ago. Since then I have been rocking the same ibook dinosaur although now it is missing a few keys, resets the date to 1969 everytime it restarts, and completely shuts down if the cord is accidentally unplugged. Sigh.

Anyhow, I am pretty stoked about the e-reader and watching my news feed faithfully. The conference is supposed to start at 10am today and I am really hoping the thing lives up to the hype.

In the meantime, I would REALLY like to have a working macbook pro laptop with the full Adobe Suite and a HUGE imac screen for the home office and an iphone and the new e-reader cause I think it's going to be awesome.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I Love You Oh So Well

More of the highlights from our amazing engagement shoot with Anika London coming up so shortly, I promise! I have been getting the favs together and there are just a whole LOT so stick with me. :)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Two Month Stretch

I just can't wait to walk out of the bride's room and into the church in two months and three days, look down the aisle and lock eyes with this hotness:

But mostly I can't wait to walk out of the church after the ceremony married to that hotness!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Oh Man Oh Man Oh MAN

I AM SO DANG EXCITED! We got all 575 of our engagement pictures and they are freaking ROCKSTAR. Amazing. Genius. Mind-blowing! AHHHHHHHHHHH IT IS SO GREAT!


Gimme some time and you will get more I promise. I am still basking in the glory of clicking through them all over and over...


I seriously can not wait to see the magic that will be captured by these glorious photographic geniuses on our wedding day! OH YES!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

DIY Wholesale Florals

Something about how much of a sucker I am for beautiful flowers is making decisions regarding bouquets and centerpieces for this wedding pretty impossible.

Take for instance how much I love tulips. In fact, yesterday I received a beautiful bouquet of gorgeous yellow buds that this morning are wide awake and smiling at me. So simple but so insanely beautiful. Now tulips say spring like no ones business AND they come in coral, peach, and ivory. Why didn't I think of this before? Maybe because they are so delicate and I am afraid of them standing up against the heat... But just look how pretty!

So of course, because I got a new idea and it was a potential end to the NEVERENDING floral nightmare that is our wedding, I did some research. has some great deals on tulips and really they wouldn't require much maintenance, right? Just cut the suckers and stick em in the mason jars we already have and voila!

Er... maybe that's too simple. The wholesale-to-you flower website also offer these mixes of peach roses and orange lilies. I think these are so sweet but way too orange with that wacky vase. I could imagine these mixed with some succulents in a low box centerpiece though... also offer every kind of peachy-coral-ivory flower imaginable. For example: viburnum, garden roses, peony-tulips (yes, those do exist!), and of course coral rose petals! Is this making you want to DIY some centerpieces as much as it is me? I could imagine if it weren't my wedding and I weren't a stress-case that this would be so much fun, but as awesome as it sounds now, just paying someone else to do it sounds pretty awesome too. I guess I'm still in never ending flower decision land for now...

Oh peach colored flowers, how I do enjoy you. Is this garden rose bouquet gorgeous or what? To see more scrumptious peach inspiration and some very cute J.Crew Juliet bridesmaid's dresses, clicky.