Originally, I was on the hunt for Mother’s Day (May 11th) craft ideas because nothing says ‘I love you’ like a thoughtful gift. I found these 4 outstanding, diy projects that you could incorporate pet photos, wedding photos, baby photos or any photo for that matter! I think it’s important to give life to the images on cd and show them off. With everything being digital these days, seems that people forget to print photos! A reason why I offer an album and many other print materials with every wedding I book! I love the bottle-cap idea for napkins or place settings for a guest table. The tin cans would make personal wedding favors. Click for instructions: Personalized Magnets & Tins, Bottle-cap Magnets & Thumbtacks, Accordion Gallery, Pet Photo.
Aren’t these wedding photos incredible?! I have wanted to try various fabric back drops in my own wedding photography and while doing some research, I came across Lena Corwin’s Flickr page – incredibly excited! This is a great way to incorporate your guests in your wedding and it allows them to have some fun and quirky photos of themselves from your special day. Thayer’s work is featured in Martha Stewart all the time, and if I’m remembering correctly it was this wedding or another similar concept featured in Martha a while back. The creative combination of Thayer and her client, Lena is one to strive for when giving your wedding a memorable flare. Lena is a textile designer and illustrator, check out her adorable men’s ties!
Guilty pleasure = food network! I have to say my favorite shows are Barefoot Contessa and Everyday Italian…love the recipes, lighting, and the way the shows are captured. But even better, the Food Network is hosting a week of weddings starting April 28th. So plan to dine in with your notepad! In the meantime, check out the site for information!
I’m super excited that I just happen to be organizing my bookmarks tab and found this site! I was looking for decorative materials such as wheat grass and dried fruits to decorate my apartment with when I first moved to Chicago. Not only is this a great site for home decor but think of all the possibilities of floral design for your wedding! Many centerpieces and escort card tables incorporate these organic sculptures for added height and dimension. The site includes branches, fruits/pods, foliage, flowers and grasses – Nettleton Hollow.
I know you’ve been wondering what the kitties have been up to since spring arrived!? Ha! Our building hasn’t converted to air conditioning yet, and it’s been toasty these past few days. Boris has two coats of hair so we haven’t seen him around much because he cools in the shadows. He occasionally comes out of hiding to play with his favorite new toy, the gold bell! I accidentally stepped on one of the balls and broke the plastic around the bell. Best discovery ever! Desher lounges…she loves the heat! Such a cleaning diva. I love photographing animals when their most comfortable. So here are some more cat photos for your viewing pleasure.
While checking out one of my favorite design blogs (Design Sponge), I came across a mentioning of a wonderful florist in the NYC area named Nicolette Camille. I believe she’s located around the Brooklyn area but from some of the comments on Design Sponge, she works in the tri-state area. If you are planning a wedding in the northeast and love whimsical, organic arrangements – check her out! Her use of color and unique flowers is absolutely perfect! I love it! Did I mention I adore Thayer’s work as well….
April 22 is Earth Day! I thought it would be informative to share some eco-friendly ideas to help make your wedding day as green as can be! Many articles are saying that this is a trend, but I hope that these pointers can become a permanent choice in helping our environment – wedding or not. In my own digital photography workflow, I try to minimize as much paper as possible by communicating through email. My proofs are viewed only online, as well as the album proofs. All my ink cartridges are recycled, and I try to use reusable/recyclable papers and packing materials. Any bit helps! Check out ways you can help! (more…)
A little tap on my front door became the best part of my yesterday! My new inexpensive purse from Esty arrived! I was so impressed with how the seller packaged her product that I have to share my incredible experience with you. Etsy is a community site where artists all of kinds can display their accessories, art and apparel for buyers. I’ve been hunting for a new purse in the stores for weeks so I decided to go online and support other artists. You can’t go wrong with one of a kind pieces! This yellow mustard purse was purchased from Stephanie Bracciano – the person behind Mid West Vintage. “One of a kind finds for wasteless living – shop for vintage dresses, shoes, accessories, jewelry”. The best part is how much thought was put into my shipment (received just days after the purchase). Not only did I receive the purse but a hand-written note and 2 original photographs of hers that are incredible (birds above). What a bonus!! I love chatting about other artists so please be sure to check out her stuff Mid West Vintage on Etsy.
Brides – check out Etsy for unique wedding accessories or gifts. They even have a wedding section where you can find jewelry, ring-bearer/flower girl accessories and blushers! Guys stuff too!
I am VERY ready for spring to finally come around in Chicago! I was headed out to the grocery store a couple days back and passed a store called Sprout Home (located just off of Chicago & Damen intersection in Chicago). I’ve seen it a few times but never went in. It was a ‘fake’ spring day – the kind that is warm enough to not wear your winter coat and then it snows the next day. I decided to check it out! I love home accessory stores because I find lots of inspirations for art, photos and design. Greeted by the cutest dog in the world (a Vizsla – my fav!), I made my way around this very inviting store. Lots of home accessories such as plates, wrapping papers, ceramics and the cutest photo frames – which make great gifts for your wedding party!! Not to mention, plants galore! Sprout Home carries plant species of all types – indoor, outdoor, even little cacti. Check out their outdoor furniture! Can’t even begin to pick out a favorite product, but I have to say the photo frames and the modern bird feeders were top on my list! Brides and grooms – they even have gift registry!!
I highly recommend stopping in – especially if you have spring fever – or checking out their website link above because they have many more products then mentioned above.
Many of my close friends and family know how obsessed I am with my little kitties :) Thought I would show you what they were up to today and let me tell ya they were hard at work! HA! Taken with a point & shoot camera, you can see Desher just lays under the heater vent, sun-bathing. Boris made a new friend with the free American Greeting bunny I got from buying 4 greeting cards at the store. Oh and wonder what he’s doing in that cardboard box? It’s officially the kitty space ship that they adore – thank you wedding album binding companies for supplying my cat toys!
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