{Saturday’s Song} Anniversary Song

June 30th, 2012 | Posted by skirsner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Anniversary Song

Have you ever seen a sight as beautiful
As that of the rain-soaked purple
Of the white birch in spring?

Have you ever felt more fresh or wonderful
Than on a warm fall night
Under a mackerel sky,
The smell of grapes on the wind?

Well I have known all these things
And the joys that they can bring
And I’ll share them all for a cup of coffee
And to wear your ring

Have you ever had the pleasure of watching
A quiet winter’s snow slowly gathering
Like simple moments adding up?

Have you ever satisfied a gut feeling
To follow a dry dirt road that’s beckoning you
To the heart of a shimmering summer’s day?

Well I have known all these things
And the joys that they can bring
And I’ll share them all for a cup of coffee
And to wear your ring

And I don’t know how I survived those days
Before I held your hand
Well I never thought that I would be the one
To admit that the moon and the sun
Shine so much more brighter when
Seen through two pairs of eyes than
When seen through just one

Have you ever seen a sight as beautiful
As a face in a crowd of people
That lights up just for you?

Have you ever felt more fresh or wonderful
As when you wake
By the side of that boy or girl
Who has pledged their love to you?

Well I have known all these things
And the joys that they can bring
And now every morning there’s a cup of coffee
And I wear your ring

~ Cowboy Junkies

{Looking Back} Real Brides Q & A #7

June 29th, 2012 | Posted by skirsner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Real Bride #7: Mia McNice

 Ryan Phillips Photography

 

Where did you get married and when?

Rancho Las Lomas near Laguna Beach, May 20, 2007

What was the best moment of the day?

I loved right after the ceremony my husband and I had a few minutes to ourselves to just take in the moment as guests headed up to the dinner. It was so nice to catch our breath, spend a little time together and enjoy being Mr. and Mrs. McNiece for a few minutes before going back out into the crowd.

What was the most memorable moment of the day (different than the best- maybe something funny, someone fainting, bad toast, etc)?

The most memorable was spending the morning with my friends getting our hair and makeup done. It was so nice getting pampered while being surrounded by my closest friends and my mom and sister.

If you could do it over again, what would you do differently (if anything)?

I would not have put “formal” attire on our wedding website as I soon learned a lot of guests think this means tuxedos (it does not, that’s black tie) and were confused on what to wear. I was really going for a more relaxed Spring look but was just trying to avoid any relatives showing up in shorts. I would have also skipped the peanut butter cupcakes. Although all the flavors were clearly marked we did have one relative, who is highly allergic to peanut butter, take a bite of one and ended up in the hospital. He was fine!

What was the most stressful part of the planning?

The seating chart was way more stressful than I expected. Do I mix it up? Put people who know each other together?

What were you thinking while you were walking down the aisle?

“Don’t trip, don’t trip.”

Did you do anything special to get in tip top shape?

Yes! Stopped eating. I dropped ten pounds and will sadly never get down to that weight again.

What is your advice for choosing bridesmaids?

Choose friends who have been in your life for a long time, those pictures last forever!

What was your first dance song?

“Here With Me,” by Dido. That’s the concert where I had met my husband eight years earlier in New York.

What shoes did you wear and were they comfortable?

Just some inexpensive ones from the bridal store where I got my dress. I figured the dress was so long no one would really see my feet. They were pretty comfortable.

Were you able to enjoy the reception or did you feel that you needed to “work the room?”

A little bit of both– It was difficult to try to say hi to everyone and I really just wanted to dance.

What is your best “day of wedding” advice?

Remember you’ve already conquered the hard part – finding someone you love to spend your life with. The rest of it is all just a party.

Did your relationship feel different after the wedding?

It did have a nice, cozy feeling and made us feel more complete.

 

{Weekend Inspiration} Farmer’s Market Fun

June 25th, 2012 | Posted by skirsner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

This weekend was filled with sunshine and lots of color. On Sunday, I headed to the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market with some friends. I was especially drawn to the radishes– I love their naturally ombre look.

It was a perfect day out and we had a little picnic in the grass before heading over to my friend Meg’s new house, that she and her boyfriend are renting in Venice. Meg is the most creative person I know and that creativity shows in everything that she does, from her hand made birthday invitations (that she sends in the mail, not via email), to the details of her home. She is the queen of DIY, so I couldn’t wait to check out their new place!

They haven’t officially moved in, but they already put some horns over the door– it really adds character! I was also obsessed with the little footstool that they repurposed with fabric from Schumacher (LOVE that print!). I also had to put in a photo of their dog, Walter. I just love him.

What inspired you this past weekend?

{Saturday’s Song} All I Want Is You

June 23rd, 2012 | Posted by skirsner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

All I Want Is You

 

If I was a flower growing wild and free
All I’d want is you to be my sweet honey bee.
And if I was a tree growing tall and green
All I’d want is you to shade me and be my leaves

If I was a flower growing wild and free
All I’d want is you to be my sweet honey bee.
And if I was a tree growing tall and green
All I’d want is you to shade me and be my leaves

All I want is you, will you be my bride
Take me by the hand and stand by my side
All I want is you, will you stay with me?
Hold me in your arms and sway me like the sea.

If you were a river in the mountains tall,
The rumble of your water would be my call.
If you were the winter, I know I’d be the snow
Just as long as you were with me, when the cold winds blow.

All I want is you, will you be my bride
Take me by the hand and stand by my side
All I want is you, will you stay with me?
Hold me in your arms and sway me like the sea.

If you were a wink, I’d be a nod
If you were a seed, well I’d be a pod.
If you were the floor, I’d wanna be the rug
And if you were a kiss, I know I’d be a hug

All I want is you, will you be my bride
Take me by the hand and stand by my side
All I want is you, will you stay with me?
Hold me in your arms and sway me like the sea.

If you were the wood, I’d be the fire.
If you were the love, I’d be the desire.
If you were a castle, I’d be your moat,
And if you were an ocean, I’d learn to float.

All I want is you, will you be my bride
Take me by the hand and stand by my side
All I want is you, will you stay with me?
Hold me in your arms and sway me like the sea.

~ Barry Louis Polisar

{Looking Back} Real Brides Q & A #6

June 22nd, 2012 | Posted by skirsner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Real Bride #6: Dana Ross Rodgers

Photographer: Suzy Clement

Where did you get married and when?

Rancho Nicasio, CA.  July 29, 2006. 

What was the best moment of the day?

Either the hilarious stories my bridesmaids were telling to try and relax me right before I walked down the aisle, or walking down the aisle to a song that Todd and I both loved (Great Day to Be Alive by Travis Tritt).

What was the most memorable moment of the day (different than the best- maybe something funny, someone fainting, bad toast, etc)?

Hard to pick just one… dancing so hard that I was dripping with sweat and my dress broke, ripping off my stick-on bra seconds before walking down the aisle because it was showing, a very disgruntled ex-boyfriend accidentally showing up at the after-party because he heard there was “something cool going on”.

If you could do it over again, what would you do differently (if anything)?

Skip the after-party.

What was the most stressful part of the planning?

Probably cutting the guest list down to the number of guests that could fit at our venue, but even that wasn’t that stressful.  My mom and our wedding planner made the planning very easy.

What were you thinking while you were walking down the aisle?

I can’t believe this is happening, I hope I don’t trip, I love holding onto my dad’s arm, is my dad crying?

Did you do anything special to get in tiptop shape?

Ran a lot, worked out with a trainer a few times in the weeks before the wedding probably not enough to really matter, tried to eat more salads than I normally do.

What is your advice for choosing bridesmaids?

Choose people you feel 100% comfortable around who make you feel great about yourself, and who require NO maintenance.  I got unexpectedly really nervous 10 minutes before the ceremony and I didn’t feel embarrassed/uncomfortable in front of any of them.

What was your first dance song?

Sade’s “By Your Side”, but we think of “our song” as the Travis Tritt one I mentioned above.

What shoes did you wear and were they comfortable?

White flip flops with little sequins on them that I got from Zappos.   They were sort of ugly.  I felt like I couldn’t wear “normal” white flip flops for some reason, but I should have.  My dress was long so nobody saw them.

Were you able to enjoy the reception or did you feel that you needed to “work the room?”

I danced the entire time.  We spent most of the dinner hour visiting all the tables and saying hi to guests, so once the dancing started it was total party time.

What is your best “day of wedding” advice?

Whatever happens, your guests are going to enjoy themselves, so you might as well also.  It’s really just a huge party with all your favorite people in the world, so drink a beer and enjoy it.  The stressful stuff comes after the wedding…

Did your relationship feel different after the wedding?

The day to day didn’t feel different, but I had a much warmer feeling about our relationship overall.  It just all felt more relaxed and permanent — probably because it was.

{Bachelorette Ideas} Glamping

June 20th, 2012 | Posted by skirsner in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

Your best friend would rather be hiking than shopping, she prefers a picnic to a trendy restaurant, and a spa day just isn’t her thing. As girly as she isn’t, she stills needs a Bachelorette party and you’re the one planning it. The solution? In a word…Glamping! Glamping, or glamorous camping, ranges from super rustic (no running water) to 4 star accommodations, all with a “great outdoors” appeal.

Photo from the El Capitan Website

When it comes to Glamping, there are so many options, but I have narrowed it down to just a few. Take a look at what I consider to be the best options, then get your girls, ditch the make-up, and go!

Paycheck to Paycheck:

Costanoa is awesome because there are a variety of accommodations– from tent cabins to a more luxurious lodge. I’ve actually been to (& organized) a bachelorette party here and everyone had the best time! It’s also walking distance from the beach, which is always a bonus.

Carolina Heritage Outfitters  has Treehouses, need I say more? This definitely looks like the most rustic of all of the options, but there is room for 14 people and you have to canoe to get there. It looks like a real adventure!

A Little Splurge:

Mary Jane’s Farm has received rave reviews and the food is supposed to be amazing. They include an organic breakfast in the price of a night’s stay. The outdoor bathtub sold me! I definitely want to check this place out.

Camp Orenda is on a gorgeous lake and they offer a ton of activities from rock climbing to rafting. You’ve got the Adirondack Mountains and the Hudson River. They serve meals “fireside” and have canvas cabins.

Money To Burn:

El Capitan Canyon is near the gorgeous town of Santa Barbara and located on a beautiful creek. With yoga, massages, and plush bedding this really isn’t like camping at all, but you are staying in either a tent or cabin nestled in a grove of old oak trees.

Fireside Resort offers both tents and cabins, but you definitely won’t be “roughing it” here. Each cabin even has a cozy fireplace and goose down pillows and with the Tetons as a backdrop, you really can’t go wrong.

This weekend inspiration came from my friend Abey’s backyard BBQ. She and her boyfriend Matt had the backyard strewn up with lights and lanterns and they even had a piñata! However, the first thing that I noticed when I walked in was the print on Abey’s dress– pink and white Zebras! I was surprised to find that her dress came from H&M. I “stitched” the print together with a photo of a great find from inside the house– a wire on wood art piece of California. Abey said she bought it on Etsy.

My friend Crystal walked in with an outfit to die for! I loved how she paired her accordion skirt with a basic white tank and added some funny “flair” with those palm tree sunglasses.

 

Anyone who knows me well knows about my obsession with wall decals, especially the ones from Ferm Living. I particularly love any decals featuring birds. So I couldn’t help but take a photo of the awesome wall sticker that was on the main wall in the living room of the house, where the BBQ was being held. I thought it would look cute with Crystal’s outfit, so I “stitched” the two photos together. Love it!

{Saturday’s Song} Paperweight

June 16th, 2012 | Posted by skirsner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Paperweight

Been up all night staring at you
Wondering what’s on your mind
I’ve been this way with so many before
But this feels like the first time
You want the sunrise to go back to bed
I want to make you laugh
Mess up my bed with me
Kick off the covers i’m waiting
Every word you say i think
I should write down
Don’t want to forget come daylight
Happy to lay here
Just happy to lbe here
I’m happy to know you
Play me a song
Your newest one
Please leave your taste on my tongue
Paperweight on my back
Cover me like a blanket
Mess up my bed with me
Kick off the covers i’m waiting
Every word you say i think
I should write down
Don’t want to forget come daylight
And no need to worry
That’s wastin time
And no need to wonder
What’s been on my mind
It’s you
It’s you
It’s you
Every word you say i think
I should write down
Don’t want to forget come daylight
And i give up
I let you win
You win cause i’m not counting
You made it back
To sleep again
Wonder what you’re dreaming

~ Joshua Radin and Schuyler Fisk

{Looking Back} Real Brides Q & A #5

June 15th, 2012 | Posted by skirsner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Real Bride #5: Ellen Gardner

RedFish BlueFish Photography

Where did you get married and when?

We got married at Kiana Lodge on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington (a ferry boat ride away from downtown Seattle) on June 10, 2011 (we’re about to celebrate our one year anniversary!)

What was the best moment of the day?

Everyone knows weddings are expensive and it can certainly seem outrageous to spend tens of thousands of dollars on one day of your life. But having everyone you love in one place is incredible and I think that was truly what made the day so amazing. Other highlights were seeing friends/family getting to know one another, hearing the great speeches, the “first look” (where my husband and I got to see each other for the first time in our wedding day finest), and finally leaving the after party to go back to our hotel room where we ate wedding cupcakes and candy, drank champagne, and recapped the whole day.

What was the most memorable moment of the day (different than the best- maybe something funny, someone fainting, bad toast, etc)?

There were SO many! One funny one: My mother-in-law is a minister and has officiated tons of weddings, so she had a lot of great advice. One piece of advice she gave us was to NOT tie the REAL wedding rings to the ring bearer pillow, because so much can go wrong (the rings can get lost, they can be hard to untie from the pillow under pressure, etc.). So we had two fake, decorative “rings” on the ring bearer pillow, but the best man had the actual wedding rings. Well, apparently no one thought to tell the little ring bearer that because when the minister asked for the rings, the ring bearer (7 year old cousin) was ready for his big moment. Then he saw the best man hand over the real rings. The ring bearer looked at his pillow with the “rings” and then back up at the real rings, and was completely crushed! After the ceremony he asked his mom: “What was I even DOING up there? I was USELESS!”

If you could do it over again, what would you do differently (if anything)?

I would eat a s’more! During the reception, we had a bonfire with s’more stuff and I didn’t get to eat one!

What was the most stressful part of the planning?

We had a pretty long engagement (1 year, 4 months), and I think that’s just TOO much time to plan — you end up not making decisions because you have so much time! But I’d categorize the most stressful part of the planning as “people management” — trying to keep everyone in the loop and happy.

What were you thinking while you were walking down the aisle?

My 96 year old grandfather walked me down the aisle and he made several jokes (some of which the entire audience could hear), so I was laughing along with him. I also just kept looking around at all of the guests and it felt like a giant group hug from everyone I loved.

Did you do anything special to get in tip top shape?

I joined a morning “boot camp” and worked out every day. The goal of looking good for the wedding was a great motivator (and my arms looked RIPPED!)

What is your advice for choosing bridesmaids?

I’m not sure if this is advice, but I opted to pick bridesmaids from different “stages” of my life — even if we don’t talk every day now. So I had a childhood best friend, college friends, friend from when I lived in DC, friend from when I lived in LA, etc. A sort of “this is your life” of bridesmaids. Most importantly, the girls were all fun and helpful during the entire wedding weekend — love them!

What was your first dance song?

“You are the best thing” by Ray Lamontagne

What shoes did you wear and were they comfortable?

I think I was actually more in love with my shoes than my dress — and I definitely bought them first. They were hot pink Kate Spade “Clarice” peep toe heels — and were super comfortable. My feet didn’t bother me at all.

Were you able to enjoy the reception or did you feel that you needed to “work the room?”

I probably didn’t “work the room” enough! I was in the photo booth and dancing all night and probably neglected some long-lost cousins!

What is your best “day of wedding” advice?

Take as many pictures as possible ahead of time so that you can fully enjoy the cocktail hour/reception. And speaking of pictures, I think one of the best things we did was have our photographers take one, giant group picture after the ceremony. So we have a picture of us with EVERYONE who attended our wedding. Priceless!

Did your relationship feel different after the wedding?

Yes, which was actually surprising to me. We’d been dating almost 10 years before we got married (and lived together for 4), so I figured we had the commitment thing down, but the wedding made it all feel real and legitimate. Plus, there was the whole combining finances/changing my last name stuff that we chose to do that made us feel like a real team when we got married.

PS: You can get Ellen’s cute robe here (shameless plug).

{Giveaway} ~ Bridal Robe

June 14th, 2012 | Posted by skirsner in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Hello Friends! Have you ever won anything? Neither have I, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. Give it a shot today by entering our giveaway with Style Me Pretty, NYC.  You could win a gorgeous Lilian Robe.

The contest runs until July 12, so get going!