Welcome back, everyone! We found a few free moments this week, in between some incredible weddings, to find some fabulous finds for you. Hope you enjoy!

Invitations We Love – Joy & Jerry

You’ll recognize Joy and Jerry from their recently blogged beautiful wedding. You can see all three(!) posts from their fabulous day – Part 1, Part 2, which shows many of their wonderful details and Part 3! Their entire day, as well as their incredible details, were all top notch and thoroughly thought out.

When Joy first showed us their invitation packet over lunch, I think I actually let out an audible gasp! The envelope was soooo thick with lovely calligraphy so I knew we were in for a special treat when we opened it. The  envelope itself is lined with a rich, chocolate brown moire silk and the invitation is a modern, letter pressed design on the thickest cream card stock we’ve ever seen—even thicker than our business cards and those could prop up wobbly furniture, although we don’t recommend them for that particular use. 😉

Joy carried the design through to the menu cards, table numbers, chocolate brown cocktail napkins and even the wedding certificate that all the guests signed. The design, calligraphy, focus on one rich color and the contemporary invitation wording completely fit the event and the couple.  Such gorgeous and thoughtful attention to detail definitely lets your guests know they are in for an amazing day and evening (extending through the next morning in their case!).

While we photographed the invitation at the wedding, I wanted to include the entire gorgeous suite in a few photos. When thinking about what background to use, I immediately thought of my maternal grandmother’s wedding dress! It’s been in storage and hidden away for many years, but was recently uncovered during a too-short spurt of basement organization. I decided the elegance of the invitation and the dress were the perfect match. My grandmother Rose would have absolutely adored these.

Vera Wang through William Arthur








And here are some shots of the various paper products “in action” that day and evening.








Ideas We Love – Innovative Color Combination’s

Many of you may remember Joy and Ben’s (whose wedding was featured in the latest Washingtonian Bride and Groom) sleek, bright and fun orange and sky blue color scheme. Their colors were perfect for a summer wedding. Flipping through a recent copy of The Knot magazine, I found another color scheme that I wouldn’t have thought of, but totally love—lemon yellow and aqua! Be sure to check out their great color-combo advice!

These cute cupcake flags could easily be an Idea We Love, too!

Courtesy The Knot

Courtesy The Knot

Same with the unique silhouette of the couple with their initial!

Courtesy The Knot

Courtesy The Knot

How about lime green and cherry?

Photo by Antonis Achilleos Courtesy TheKnot.com

Photo by Antonis Achilleos Courtesy TheKnot.com

Photo by Antonis Achilleos Courtesy TheKnot.com

Photo by Antonis Achilleos Courtesy TheKnot.com

Or how about these incredible combination’s courtesy of junebug WEDDINGS?

Courtesy junebug weddings

Courtesy junebug weddings

Top row:
Images from Junebug Weddings Candy Coated Color Fashion Report

Second row:
Marc by Marc Jacobs Caroline frilled dress from Net-a-Porter.com
Image from Junebug Weddings Candy Coated Color Fashion Report
Wedding cupcake image from Rebecca Thuss

Bottom row:
Wedding favor image from Rebecca Thuss
Table setting image from MarthaStewart.com

Courtesy junebug weddings

Courtesy junebug weddings

Top row:
Photo by Norman Jean Roy
Lilly mirror from Maison Luxe
MAXSTUDIO ‘Sidewinder’ sandal from Nordstrom.com

Second row:
Stationery from Michelle Rago
Resin cast decorative white coral from The Pottery Barn
Blue flower from Rebecca Thuss

Third row:
Coral cake from MarthaStewart.com
Dress by Vera Wang via Inside Weddings
Table decor from Michelle Rago

Bottom row:
Le Mystere ‘Isabella’ bra and thong from Nordstrom.com
Blue Darjeeling glasses from Rosanna

As you can see, the possibilities are endless. How will you be working your favorite colors into your own wedding? Add your comments to this post, as we would love to hear your thoughts and plans!

Ideas We Love – Inspiration Boards

As you can see in the color boards above, Inspiration Boards can really bring your wedding theme/style together cohesively. We’ve been lucky enough to have several of our images featured in the many style boards that can now be found on various wedding themed blogs, but Abby at Style Me Pretty was one of the first to start doing them and we’ve been fans ever since. (And proud Little Black Book members!)  Fittingly, she now invites her many readers to submit Inspiration Boards for periodical contests with fame and prizes to be awarded. She’s currently running a contest to create a board based on one the gorgeous dress styles found in their new SMP Look Book and the current winner will receive a $250 gift card to Crate and Barrel! Check out the details, but hurry – boards must be submitted by next Friday, July 31st!


People We Love – Kim G – BeautyMark

Sometimes you can just tell when certain people were born to do what they do. Kim Giammaria is one of those people. We’ve had the pleasure of working with Kim on several weddings throughout the years and we always get super excited to see her again. Not only is she incredibly talented, she’s one of the most warm, kind-hearted, and genuine people we know. She always makes our brides, along with their family and friends, look absolutely radiant on their wedding day, but totally natural at the same time. We have a sneaking suspicion that she connects with just about everyone she meets.

We honestly can’t recommend Kim highly enough. Even if you’re not getting married, but are perhaps going to a special event, you’ll definitely want to “connect” with Kim! Here are just a few shots of her working and the lovely results!











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Links We Love – The Wedding Chicks

We are pleased as punch to be one of The Wedding Chicks select few preferred photographers in Virginia thanks to Amy & Jacey! They recently launched a brand spankin’ new website and you know what, it really is “sweeter than honey”! We adore the vintage look amd everytime I visit, I find something new that makes me smile. (If you’re a DIY bride, be sure to visit their Free Templates gallery and their Etsy store for more fabulous finds.) Check them out and you’ll see what I mean. (Be sure to visit our fun eye candy gallery for some of our favorite wedding shots, too!)


Thanks so much for visiting. Have a fabulous weekend!!

This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. kim

    Anne and Bill thank you so much for your kind words…this was such a nice surprise today…I can not tell you how much it means to me.
    You two are the kindest and most generous people…thank you!

  2. Eddye

    Thanks for including us in today’s Fab Finds! We are honored to have you on our SMP/LBB team!

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