oh the (five) places we will go

April 30th, 2012 | Posted by Hello Love in Style - (Comments Off)

Mexico. My happy place. My husband teases me because I talk about escaping to Mexico all the time. I love it. Last year for our one year anniversary we went to Rivera Maya. I had never been to Cancun and I was a little nervous. Hoping for a “honeymoon” and not a “spring break” I wasn’t sure what we were getting or about our safety with all of the press surrounding the area at that time. What we got was one of the best vacations I’ve ever had, completely safe and perfect. And get this — wait for it — it was all inclusive. I think that was the best part. It was like going to the best restaurants and hotels for days and never blinking an eye. At any time of stress or just seeking a moment of peaceful bliss this is the place I think of. So after a gorgeous wedding this weekend (will share soon) wishing two very dear friends a happy new life together and sending them off on their honeymoon – I had vacations on the brain. Today I share with you five places that I think need to be on your list for Mexico.

**In honor of Cinco de Mayo Hello Love celebrates Mexico this week — thus I picked five places!**

1. The One and Only Palmilla – it’s on the bucket list. More here and here.

2. Rosewood Mayakoba – you get to take this adorable little boat to your room —- WHAT??!?! We visited while we were there and they have a GREAT little tequila bar that I highly recommend. More here and here.

3. Deseo – I wish I knew more about it but what I know is that the decor is KILLER. I have to say I completely judge a book by it’s cover. When searching for a hotel the first thing I do is type in the names and hit Google images. It’s what makes me happy. A beautiful hotel is a weakness for me but of course it must be comfortable. Deseo seems minimal but perfect. See the entire hotel here. FAB.

4. Maroma – with a 7,000 square foot spa I don’t think you have to twist my arm to go here. More on Maroma found here and here.

5. Grand Velas Rivera Maya – This list would not be complete without showing the INSANE spa at the luxury all inclusive (yes, those two words actually do go hand in hand) at Grand Velas. By far, the moment that set that trip apart from so many. Read about our entire experience here. And this is a pretty great write up on Grand Velas here too.


the (not) wedding

April 28th, 2012 | Posted by Hello Love in Parties - (1 Comments)

Is this wedding real or fake? You be the judge….


lord of the ring

April 27th, 2012 | Posted by Hello Love in Style | Uncategorized - (1 Comments)

When I decided to propose to my girlfriend I knew the ring would have to be something special and unique. I researched for months until I ran across a little antique jewelry shop called Erie Basin in Red Hook Brooklyn. I was immersed in this tiny world of antique rings and wondered which one would win me a bride! Erie Basin’s website and blog are beautiful but the shop, and the relics in it, transport one to another time and place!  – Adam Rico


The (Purely Paper) Flower Shop

April 26th, 2012 | Posted by Hello Love in Paper - (Comments Off)

To celebrate the launch of his new book, David Stark Design, David created a pop up store display in the middle of a New York City west elm store. It was only open for 4 days but it left a lasting impression. David and his team created everything out of paper from disgarded books. From the flowers and plants to the gardening tools, walls and awning, everything was sculpted recycled paper.

Shoppers could actually purchase just about everything in the shop. Jealous!


think green!

April 25th, 2012 | Posted by Hello Love in Flower - (Comments Off)

Plants make great centerpieces! They are fairly inexpensive and will last long after the wedding is over. If you are a DIY bride, plants are a great idea for you! I suggest you think about a few of these green options: olive, rosemary, dusty miller, wheat grass, succulents, myrtle, mint, hypericum, or lambs ear.






photos sources: elizabeth anne designs, style me pretty,  martha stewart, and brides.

bon voyage

April 24th, 2012 | Posted by Hello Love in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)


Bradley David

The Hot Hot summer is right around the corner, why not have your engagements captured across the big blue sea. Take a peek at the lovely destination engagement shoots. Where would you and your honey go?

 Bryce Covey

En Route Photography

 Simply Bloom

 Jose Villa

 Marshal Gray

 One and Only Paris

Aneta Mak

Aneta Mak

Bradley David

until next week,

be our guest

April 23rd, 2012 | Posted by Hello Love in Style - (Comments Off)

Guestbooks can be tricky. They have become so much more than the simple book that your mother shoved onto a table hours before the ceremony. Now it’s photos, frames, typewriters, you name it if it documents the attendees then it’s fair game. A few inspiration photos for you. My favorites are the record, the map of the US (which could also be your state – we Texans are proud so I could see the shape of TX being really great) and the top is probably the dictionary. Sometimes it can be so tough to think of something to write that everyone else hasn’t already said so that’s super cute and helpful AND it’s actually a book you would be able to put in your home not just in a box hidden with all the rest of your wedding keepsakes. And wouldn’t it be fun if you actually used that dictionary every once in a while!?

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