Inspired by Harry Potter

August 6, 2012By AllisonInspired by

My husband and I love the Harry Potter series. So much so that we did the midnight showing when the last film came out. It was such a memorable experience. Besides observing all of the fantastic costumes people wore to the opening, one of the highlights was a hand-written piece of paper in the bathroom … Read More

Inspired by Lavender – Lavender Wedding inspiration

July 31, 2012By AllisonInspired by

Today I am channelling serenity and tranquility by being inspired by lavender. As an aromatherapy herb, lavender is used to relieve stress, aid sleeping and support relaxation. If you would like to learn how to grow and harvest your own lavender, see here. One of my savored uses of lavender oil is at yoga, which … Read More

Inspired by String Lights

July 23, 2012By AllisonInspired by

This week I am inspired by string lights. String lights are the epitome of lazy, hot summer days relaxing with friends on decks and porches. Smell the delicious aroma of barbeque mixing with citronella. Heirloom tomato salads, crisp beers, and sweet watermelon smack your lips….it’s summertime! Photo on Everyday Musings blog by Olivia Rae James. Painting … Read More

Inspired by Italy: Burano

July 18, 2012By AllisonInspired by

Burano is a small set of islands connected by canals that is a 40-minute water ferry (or Vaporetto) ride from the main Venice island. It is known for its brightly-colored houses and has a history of lace-making. The first three times I visited Venice I decided not to take the excursion to Burano. I’m so … Read More

Inspired by Italy: Venice

July 17, 2012By AllisonInspired by

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am infatuated with Venice. I have been there 4 times in the last 8 years! That is basically an obsession! I love the alleyways. I love getting lost down them. I love the deterioration in the buildings. There is something so beautiful in erosion. Venice is one … Read More

Inspired by Italy: Colosseum

July 16, 2012By AllisonInspired by

This week I’m inspired by Italy, particularly the Colosseum. I have been fortunate enough to have visited Italy a few times. I can’t seem to get enough of the place. I’m already itching to go back. Maybe it is my roots…although I am only 25% Italian, up until I got married, I had had an … Read More

Inspired by Colorful Leaves

July 10, 2012By AllisonInspired by

Last year around this time I took a watercolor class at one of my favorite places, Terrain at Styers, with my wonderful friend, Matt, the designer behind Wyndetryst Design and Photography. It was one of those influential moments in my life that I couldn’t quite comprehend the impact of until months later. During that class, … Read More

Cobblestone Wedding Inspiration

July 3, 2012By AllisonInspired by

This week I am inspired by cobblestones. I am lucky to live in one of the most historic cities in the U.S., Philadelphia. It still awes me that I am a mere walking distance to “our nation’s oldest residential street,” the nation’s first hospital, the Liberty Bell, the Constitution center, and much more! There are … Read More

Origami Crane Themed Wedding: 2 Ways

June 29, 2012By AllisonInspired by

Origami cranes are so versatile. They work beautifully in a romantic evening wedding as well as a whimsical daytime wedding. They can be placed amongst the centerpiece (seated birds). They can hang in strings above the ceremony space or spruce up the stage by the band (flying birds). You can also have them out as … Read More

Inspired by Origami Cranes

June 26, 2012By AllisonInspired by

Have you ever heard of the Japanese tradition of the Thousand origami cranes? Traditionally the father presents the bride and groom a string of a thousand origami cranes as a wedding gift. It is a representation of a thousand years of happiness and good luck. For our wedding we decided to incorporate this lovely tradition … Read More

Inspired by Tandem Bikes

June 19, 2012By AllisonInspired by 1 Comment

Tandem bikes have become somewhat trendy in wedding photos the last couple of years. I am not one to necessarily hop on a trend, but there is something incredibly playful about a tandem bike theme that I think would work perfectly with many couples. Living in a city, and passing through Fairmount Park everyday, I … Read More

Inspired by Sunsets: Reception ideas

June 15, 2012By AllisonInspired by

There is some beautiful reception ideas for the Sunset theme! I originally had a mix of beach and seashell themed ideas for this post, but decided to scratch that and focus more on the sunsets, which happen everywhere, not just the beach! Descriptions of the inspiration from top to bottom: This wedding photo was taken … Read More

Inspired by Sunsets

June 12, 2012By AllisonInspired by 1 Comment

Every summer growing up I went to Florida with my family to stay with my grandparents in their home in St. Pete Beach. Sometimes we would go for the entire month of August! Now, it is just my grandmother and my mom goes down there numerous times a year, but my trips have gotten more … Read More

Rock Sculptures: Attire and Accessories

June 8, 2012By AllisonInspired by

One of my many creative hobbies is jewelry-making. I was inspired by rock sculptures to make these two sets of earrings. What I love about them is the beautiful imbalance of the varying stones on top of one another. These would be lovely as bridesmaids gifts or even for the bride herself. I took one … Read More

Rock Sculpture: Reception Ideas

June 7, 2012By AllisonInspired by

There are a lot of little ways to incorporate the rock sculpture idea into your wedding. Many of which are very inexpensive. My favorite idea, which I don’t think has ever been done, is to make a Rock Sculpture layered cake! Wouldn’t that be wonderful!! The other details use stones in creative ways as pictured … Read More

Inspired by Rock Sculptures

June 4, 2012By AllisonInspired by

The last two Aprils my husband and I have been lucky enough to take vacations in Sedona, Arizona. We both love Sedona! It is so different from our hometown, Philly (even though we love Philly too!). We love the red rocks, hiking trails, fresh air, and calm energy of Sedona. I also love the nature-focused … Read More

Spring Vegetables: Reception Ideas

June 1, 2012By AllisonInspired by

In continuation of our Spring Vegetables themes, I have found some great ideas for reception decorations and catering ideas. I love the idea of a vegetable stand, or alternative to the dessert tables that have gotten trendy the last couple of years. In my research, I saw so many beautiful decoration ideas that use artichokes; … Read More