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paper decor

July 11th, 2013 | Posted by Hello Love in Paper - (Comments Off)


Lately, paper crafts have been everywhere in wedding and event decor. Here’s a few that made our cut list, starting with this insanely gorgeous paper flower and draped alter by Calder Clark and Blossom Events.


Super rad geometric hanging decor by Nicole Rene of Simply Savannah Events.


Origami Paper Crane Backdrop by Elizabeth Anne Designs.


Geometric paper decor by Indie Wed and Jayne Weddings . Love!


Obsessed with these paper chains photographed by First Mate! Sooo cute!


Alice in Wonderland and Wizard of Oz sized paper flowers from Ruche. So pretty! Here’s the tutorial if you’re feeling crafty!










July 10th, 2013 | Posted by Hello Love in Flower | Parties - (Comments Off)

americana bouquet

AMER-I-CA-NA: materials concerning or characteristic of America, its civilization, or its culture; broadly: things typical of America.

This wedding is certainly not typical but it is definitely all American, July 4th inspired and totally gorgeous…

americana red wedding invitation


for your fella

July 9th, 2013 | Posted by Hello Love in Sweets - (Comments Off)

 My earliest memories of wedding cake are not towers of ivory but rather the jarring collegiate tributes of Southern groom’s cakes. As a young wedding guest, the face of a college mascot (be it horse, pig, mustachio-ed cowboy) or simply bold letters spelling out the groom’s alma matter were memorable but by the time I had reached adulthood and was post-college, planning my own wedding, a tribute to my fiancé’s university was the last thing on my mind. Lucky for me, my fiancé had no objections to this. The thing is, weddings today are so different than weddings twenty, ten, even five years ago. Today’s weddings are stylish affairs, inspired by place, sentiment, seasons and not always collegiate loyalty. More and more couples are opting for a single wedding cake or a collection of smaller cakes representing their union (and ability to choose yummy flavor combinations together). But the groom’s cake is not a piece of history just yet. the cake tasting is one of the few elements of wedding planning that your groom will almost certainly not want to miss out on. For many couples the idea of a groom’s cake still holds a special place in wedding tradition – so what exactly do today’s groom’s cakes look like? Well, here are a few ideas that speak the language of both stylish wedding and total dude, at once, in perfect harmony.

Chocolate cake has always been the yin to the white bridal cake’s yang, and so, it translates exceptionally well as the Mr. to your Mrs. This naked version, with its delectable ganache drip and sophisticated fruit styling is very of the moment and striking in its simplicity.

This mustache cake is as adorably hip as the guy holding it!

A beautiful mess: these cakes embody the quality we often come to love about our guys.

A perfect pair: sometimes symmetry is the sweetest way to say “his & hers”. The dichotomy of these cake pairings is perfection – they play off each other’s height and style to create a perfect pairing that speaks to the event’s style.

Side by Side: These cakes take a more traditional approach with a taller bride’s cake accompanied by a smaller groom’s cake. The key here is simplicity. Both of these tables exude a beautiful but minimal styling approach that emphasizes the simple elegance of the cakes. The addition of the graphic banner gives the scene a playful punch.


lookin’ hot – feelin’ cool

July 8th, 2013 | Posted by Hello Love in Beauty - (Comments Off)


If you’re like me, the dog days of summer do not easily elicit my most beauty conscious self. Perhaps it’s just a product of my locale but during the summer I have a habit of reaching for the same products, clothes and popsicles that make me most forget about the 100+ degree heat. But getting into a routine, especially during the summer, doesn’t have to be a bad thing. If you could make the following three trips part of your summer standard, you’ll actually look and feel better, despite the heat.

1 - Exfoliate! Summer can be brutal on our skin, even if we’re applying all the right things. Water and sweat resistant SPF works so well because it adheres to the skin which is FANTASTIC when you need it but not so great when the residue remains and clogs your pores. So your first summer ritual is to use a gentle, exfoliating body wash. Yes To Carrots is great because it has finely ground walnut shells for a natural buff, resulting in radiant skin!


2 - Store products in your fridge! If you’ve never put your eye cream in the fridge, you’re missing out on one of life’s more refreshing moments. Anything from eye cream, face lotion, body lotion and especially gel aloe feels much better when chilled in the summer. Not to mention, a cool moisturizer can actually reduce redness, as it constricts dilated blood vessels!


3 - Lighten up! Stash your thick foundations and cream lipsticks for the Fall. Less is more when it comes to summer makeup. Use a tinted moisturizer, cheek stain, bronzing gel and lip gloss. If you tend to get too shiny with this look, switch your rich cleanser to a foam face wash and make sure your face cream is oil-free with a minimum SPF of 15.







Sources: Yes To CarrotsZiba BlogSmashbox

menu du jour

July 4th, 2013 | Posted by Hello Love in Paper - (Comments Off)


Menus are a beautiful addition to any table setting and really adds that “something extra” to your wedding or event! Here are my fav menu ideas, starting with these gorgeous placemats. Love the simplicity of this rustic placemat – great if you are having a buffet but still want to have something lovely on the table.


Wine bottles are the perfect place to do a menu, plus I love wine that’s already on the table – saves you a trip to the bar!


Paper bag menus from Bash Please! So fun for a laid back reception or at home movie night!


Circle menus are so chic and look great with fuller place settings.


I love walking into a bakery/deli and seeing these kraft paper menus. Perfect for such a wide range of and styles of events! So rustic and modern – love!


Printed menu on chocolate! CHOCOLATE!!!


Sources: Wedding ChicksStyle Me PrettyBash PleaseA Trendy WeddingAt Home in LoveSugar Rush Events

secret garden summer

July 3rd, 2013 | Posted by Hello Love in Flower | Parties - (Comments Off)


A lovely article from Rue Magazine with inspiration for a summer secret garden soiree! Keep it small, cozy and intimate and attention to detail becomes simple!













Photography: Ryan Ray Photography

Creative Design and Styling: Lavender Joy

Flowers: Bows and Arrows




macaroons styled

July 2nd, 2013 | Posted by Hello Love in Sweets - (Comments Off)


Macaroons have almost become a wedding party staple these days and we are certainly better for it! These adorable little cookies are cuteness bombs that elevate the celebratory vibe for every setting they find themselves in. A dessert bar favorite for their ability to pack flavor and color into one package, they are just about perfect on their own, but check out the playful ways designers are using them to accessorize moments. Just when you thought they couldn’t get any cuter…they do. This is one trend that continues to inspire!


This may be my favorite with bold and beautiful graphics! What an adorably creative way to incorporate a sweet message and/or your party branding into the sweet.



Tea party! A simply charming way to style macaroons for a bridesmaids brunch or shower – collect some of grandma’s china piece and mix and match to create a truly stunning display.