Thinking About Elopement

I loved our wedding. I couldn’t have asked for a better day, it was just our style and everything came together like we wanted. However, there were many times during the process I thought about elopement. If you are a bride who doesn’t want to deal with all the work and money that a wedding really requires, you can still have a beautiful elopement. I decided today, to share some tips to a gorgeous elopement.

First, spend your money on an AWESOME photographer. You will not regret it. Getting the best photographer you can will really help create wonderful memories for you. All the best pictures at elopement are these private moments between the two of you, that may not necessarily have been captured in a big wedding.

Second, location, location, location.

Some City Halls are very beautiful, but no one says you have to get married there. For a small wedding of you both and the officiant most likely you can stand anywhere for free and get married. Why not pick a beautiful place that means something to you?

Third, details.

Including details help your photographer tell a story of your day. Have a gorgeous bouquet, statement jewelry, or maybe a great pair of shoes.

And lastly, tell people about it!

Everyone is going to want to know you got married! Why not send out an adorable announcement?

Has anyone eloped? Or, if you had a big wedding, and you had to do it over, would you elope?


Cherry Blossom Inspiration

This has been a really hard week for New England. My thoughts go out to everyone in Boston, and I hope that the city is finally able to breathe a sigh of relief.

I really want to move further south for gorgeous wedding inspiration today. The Cherry Blossom Festival is still going on is Washington D.C. and if you’ve never been, I really recommend it. There is nothing more gorgeous than the cherry trees in bloom. Getting married under the cherry blossoms would really be picture perfect!

What an awesome spring wedding! I grew up with a cherry tree in my front yard. When the blossoms fell it looked like pink snow. It would have made for the best aisle runner!

Spring Is Here! Why Not Some Bridal Shower Inspiration?

When spring comes to Maine it brings with it a ridiculous amount of excitement. We have (arguably) 5 months of winter so when it warms up just a little everyone is out!

However, now that we are into spring it is just another reminder that we are about to enter crunch time. I have just passed the 5 month mark, so panic and urgency are starting to set in. Eek! And when things start to get crazy I do what anyone would do, I avoid it.

So I’ve decided to focus on the now and live in the moment. Around this time would be a good time to plan a bridal shower. I’ve decided not to have one, just because my hubby-to-be and I have been living together for about two years and we have too MUCH stuff. But a girl can dream right? So I used my favorite spring color as inspiration for a perfect bridal shower!

Every party needs the perfect invitation! I found these adorable invites from Wedding Paper Divas. I love these invites so much I thought I’d use them for my inspiration! Like the hanger in invite? Try making one for real! Check out the tutorial here! Wedding Paper Divas┬áhave so many different bridal shower invitations it was hard to pick a favorite!

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring! If you love Macarons, you can make your own! See how here!

What kind of bridal shower do you want? Or have you decided against one?

So You Want A Maine Wedding?

So it’s no secret that I live in Maine, but I feel like when people talk about New England that their thoughts stop with Massachusetts and they don’t know what Maine has to offer. When I was moving to Maine (from New Jersey) many of my friends said, “So Canada?” No joke.

Maine has got to be the most beautiful place to be and I thought for Pinspiration today, I would show you around Maine!

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Maine has some gorgeous places for all types of weddings! If you like the beach there are beautiful beaches with the addition of gorgeous rock formations that make for spectacular wedding pictures! If you aren’t shy about getting your dress wet, some of the best pictures have the backdrop of the waves crashing against the rocks.

Don’t forget about all of Maine’s historical light houses! If you want to have a traditional Maine wedding, a lighthouse is the way to go!

If you are wondering what kind of food to serve, well, LOBSTER of course! If a whole lobster is too much for your budget, try hiring a food truck to make lobster rolls for your guests, just as traditional but probably not as expensive.

If you want a beautiful New England wedding, don’t count Maine out!

If You Haven’t Had Enough Irish…

Hey hey! How is everyone’s Monday morning? I wonder how many people take off work the day after St. Patrick’s day? We are not heavy drinkers so even though we both have Irish roots, it’s not really a big drinking day for us.

However, we really want to incorporate our Irish heritage into the wedding, so we are doing the Celtic Handfasting tradition. But I thought, if you’re still in the spirit, a little Irish inspiration!

I hope you had a great St. Patty’s day, and I hope you have a swift recovery on “Hangover Monday” ;).

Baby Talk

I’m so excited because my maid of honor is pregnant! Today she has an important ultrasound that will reveal the gender! Since she and her husband are throwing a gender reveal party, they don’t want to know right away, they want to wait until the party. They are, instead, entrusting the baker of their gender reveal cupcakes with the information. Guess who had two thumbs and is baking those cupcakes? THIS KID! (You can’t see it but I’m pointing at myself…)

I’m so excited to be entrusted with the important task of baking these cupcakes! Not only that, I have to keep a really important secret from my maid of honor. I’m super nervous about that.

Of course all this baby talk got me wondering how a bride deals with being pregnant and planning a wedding? I don’t think I could do it.

The dress would worry me the most. I’ve been listening to my maid of honor talk about all the changes her body is going through, how do you plan those changes and get a dress that fits?

It looks like the best option that’s a no-hassle dress for a pregnant bride is an empire waist

Ok, I know what it says, and pregnant women feel anything but petite, however this is a dress that can look very etherial and hides all the parts you don’t want seen, while still showing off your beautiful baby bump. The down-side is that as you get more and more pregnant you get, the bigger your boobs tend to get, so the bride would have to be careful about the bust line.

I really think the pros outweigh the cons though. Empire waisted gowns leave tons of belly room and usually have straps. The also tend to be more light and airy, so you don’t feel weighed down with a baby AND a dress!

Now I need to find the most delicious cupcakes for the party! Pictures will be posted of the deliciousness!

For your Pinspiration this week, I thought I’d share how I would want to do a gender reveal if I were pregnant!

Any pregnant brides out there? How did you do it?

Blizzard in New England!

So I’m sure that you’ve heard but New England got blasted with snow this past weekend. Maine is snow country but even we broke records over the weekend! Portland got almost 32 inches of snow.

If you haven’t seen enough snow pictures from the various social networks, here’s the view out of my back window.

This blizzard really shut down New England, but a lot of the weddings, at least those in the news, went on as planned!

How do you make the best of a blizzard-y situation? Well I gotta say, it has to be pretty hard to brave a storm like the one we just had! But one thing I’ve always wanted to do is make real snow snow cones! Now lots of people would think it’s weird to want to eat snow cones in the snow, because…cold…but I think I love cold things in the winter most…not sure why!

Consider a fresh snow cone on your special day, especially if you can grab it right from outside!

My New Bling and Pinspiration!

First of all, my parents had their anniversary yesterday and they’ve been married for 43 years! They are the role models for my marriage and I love them with all my heart. Happy anniversary mom and dad!!

Some of you made have seen it already but my wedding rings came in last week. The problem I had was that my engagement ring was too large to fit snugly on my finger, and it being winter, my fingers are smaller, so I was deathly afraid of making an over exaggerated hand gesture and it going flying. Since it being sized down is an impossibility, we decided to get our wedding rings, and those rings would be soldered to my engagement ring making it actually fit.

Miracle of miracles it worked and the ring fits (and looks) great!

So today is a Maine blizzard day. So all day today it’s going to be cold and snowy, AND next week is Valentine’s Day so today’s Pinspiration is hoping you hunker down with your Valentine! Let’s call it cozy love. ­čÖé


I sure wish it was me in the first picture! Instead, I’ll be at work all day today. It’s the nature of the TV business! Here’s hoping that all of you with snow get the chance to curl up with hot cocoa! Stay warm!

Sports Fan? Why Not A Sports Wedding?

So this past Sunday was the event when the men gather around the TV to watch a game and the women gather to chit-chat about their men and tune into the hilarious commercials companies pay too much for.

Ok stereotypes aside, there are some couples that really get into sports. I should say right now that my hubby-to-be and I are not that couple. I fulfill the stereotype of the woman, but he breaks the stereotype of the male who must love sports. And I have to say I wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t think I could be with a sports fanatic.

Working in New England I know my share of sports fanatics! You would be amazed how many disappointed people there were when the New England Patriots blew their chance at the Super Bowl. I find sports fans mystifying. I have actually seen tears, anger, even riots because a team didn’t (or did) win.

Now all that aside, I really do like Super Bowl parties. I like the general gathering with friends around chips and dip. The best thing about sports fans is that (provided their team is winning) their parties are always lively and fun. So to perpetuate these awesome parties, I think true sports fans should bring that spunk to their wedding!

My personal favorites are the shoes, even though the 49ers didn’t win! Love the red and gold color combo! To my sports fans: I hope you enjoyed the Super Bowl!

Skiing And Wedding Vows?

When they say “cold snap” in Maine they aren’t kidding…

Even further north it hit -20, and that’s before wind chill factor! I’m not sure why anyone would choose to live in a place where the temperature hits sub zero. I’m a little fed up with the living in a refrigerator.

The cold weather does offer some perks for adorable wedding planning! A wedding in the mountains, albeit cold, can be a beautiful backdrop for a ski-themed wedding!

Make sure if you are going to have a winter wedding that you keep all your guests warm with a nice cup of hot cocoa!

I don’t think I could take it in January weather, so if you can, you’re braver than me!