Elegant Affairs' Wedding on Style Me Pretty

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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Just heard the great news that Style Me Pretty just featured a wedding we planned/coordinated back in August at the Inn at Port Ludlow. Thanks to the amazing photography due, Jeff and Sally Honeycutt from Sea Studios who submitted their artwork to the great Web site. Please take a look at this very memorable wedding.
Here is the bride's take on her wedding:
The last thing I expected during a September trip to Victoria B.C. for Brandon’s birthday was for him to pop the big question! The true romantic and planner that he is couldn’t have made it any more perfect – on a bridge at sunset, on his birthday. His proposal set the tone for our wedding the following August. We wanted an outdoor waterside venue where we could fill the space with personalized touches and where our guests could have a fantastic time. Brandon found a venue before he proposed that he thought we both might like. On our first visit to The Inn at Port Ludlow we fell in love with it. Located about an hour outside of Seattle by ferry, the Inn sits on the water and has views of both mountain ranges. In addition, the staff was fantastic and was more than happy to help us achieve our dream wedding.

Our wedding weekend began with golf for the guys and an outdoor catered BBQ under a tent for our guests who had come from all over the globe (Alaska, Washington, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Canada, and Spain). The night was filled with lots of laughter, stories, smores, banana boats (secret family recipe), food, and drinks.The next day we were treated to clear skies – a pleasant surprise since it had rained the day before. After a full day of getting ready and lots of photos on the golf course it was time to head back for the ceremony. I remember taking a moment before walking down the isle with my dad to look around at the reception tent and setting. It was beyond gorgeous. Every detail was perfect from the chandelier and table numbers to the lavender hydrangea centerpieces surrounded by candlelight and candy buffet. To me it screamed romantic. It was everything Brandon and I wanted.

The setting was beautiful but we decided to add special personalized touches to make it more us. Personalized water bottled and wine were placed in guest’s rooms. Wood signs from Etsy with Mr. and Mrs. on one side and thank and you on the other were used for our thank you cards and placed on our seats at our table for two. Our wonderful photographers created a guest book for us with our engagement photos and I added ‘B’ and ‘K’ mugs with flowers and silver letters from Anthropologie to the guest book table. Inspired by our photographers we added more initial mugs with flowers to our candy buffet that spelled out SWEETS. Our candy buffet had every purple candy I could find and was put together by our wedding planner. My mom also created kits for kids to keep them entertained with silly bands, slinkys and coloring supplies. I added my Boppa’s Bronze Star to my bouquet to make sure he was there with us that day and carried a handkerchief with my initials during the ceremony. My maids gifts were initial necklaces with a lavender bead from Etsy. I also added a lavender sash to my dress to match Brandon’s tie. It was very important to us to include family and friends in our ceremony and therefore we asked a close friend to marry us and my cousin to recite I Carry Your Heart With Me by E.E. Cummings. The ceremony was very memorable – we laughed, we cried and passing boats honked in celebration.

After the ceremony the string trio continued to play throughout the cocktail hour where drinks and appetizers were served. Guests were then escorted into the tent for dinner and dancing. The evening ended with an exit through sparklers and an after hours indoor dance party, featuring my husband’s famous dancing! Our wedding was far better than either of us could have imagined. We can’t thank our amazing guests and vendors enough for helping to make our special day an experience we’ll never forget.

2011 Pantone Color of the Year

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
"Energizing Honeysuckle Lifts Spirits and Imparts Confidence to Meet Life's Ongoing Challenges"

According to Pantone, the 2011 Color of the Year is Honeysuckle.

"While the 2010 color of the year, PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, served as an escape for many, Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life," according to the Pantone Web site.

“In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.”

Eiseman continues, “The intensity of this festive reddish pink allures and engages. In fact, this color, not the sweet fragrance of the flower blossoms for which it was named, is what attracts hummingbirds to nectar. Honeysuckle may also bring a wave of nostalgia for its associated delicious scent reminiscent of the carefree days of spring and summer.”

Honeysuckle is guaranteed to produce a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. It's a striking, eye-catching hue that works well for day and night in women's apparel, accessories and cosmetics, and in men's ties, shirts and sportswear. Add a lively flair to interior spaces with Honeysuckle patterned pillows, bedspreads, small appliances and tabletop accessories.

Superhero Birthday Party

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
For my son's 6th birthday, he requested a Superhero Party. After doing some online research, I found that there wasn't much about this party theme so I had to really start from scratch. I purchased this Superhero Collection on from woofyworld. I used the images on everything from the invitations to the Superhero Certification tags and certificates, favor boxes and cupcake toppers. The color scheme for the party was red, blue, yellow and black.
For the party we wanted to have a central theme and wanted all the party guests to go through the Superhero Academy to become certified Superheros. I created a Certification tag for each guest to complete six tasks in order to become a Superhero. Once they completed each task they got a corresponding sticker that I created on their tag. Once completing all six tasks they received their Superhero Certification Certificate. The tasks included: creating a Superhero Name, Super Power, designing outfit (each guest created a mask and/or superhero cuffs), leaped over a tall building in a single bound, exhibited superhuman strength and defeated the villain.

For the dessert table, I wanted to stick with the four-colored Superhero theme by making Cake Pops, Chocolate covered marshmallows, strawberries, two flavors of cupcakes (Funfetti and Devil's Food Cake). For the candy, thanks to Sweet Treats & Designs, I had a candy buffet containing gummy bears, gum balls, candy coated sunflower seeds, cinnamon bears and malt balls.
As for decor of the room (aka my living room) I hung streamers of all four colors from the ceiling. The backdrop of the dessert table featured Superhero terms.

The favor boxes contained Superhero trading cards, an actual Superhero and Superhero candy (candy sticks, taffy, gummies and sweet tarts).

To demonstrate their Superhuman strength, I created a barbel out of a wooden dowel and two 8-inch Styrofoam balls that I spray-painted black and painted "500" on each weight.

Similar to the Superhero art, I found theses amazing capes on from firstcrushdesigns. I bought a cape for the birthday boy who wanted a Superman-inspired cape (blue and red reversible cape) and for Jackson who wanted a Batman-inspired cape (black and yellow reversible cape).

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