A Homage to my Halloween Costume

October 31, 2014By AllisonMade my Day

Happy Halloween everyone! Here is a little homage to my costume tonight. Can anyone guess who I’ll be? I am hosting our annual Halloween party tonight and spent much of the day cleaning, so this quote (hint…it is the introduction to a very famous song) was very inspirational. Wishing everyone a spooky night full of … Read More

What I’ve been up to

August 18, 2014By AllisonMade my Day

You may have noticed that it has been a little quiet here on the Hand-Painted Weddings blog lately. The reason for this is that the last two years I’ve been working real hard to earn my MBA, which I did on July 7…YAY! With tough classes such as international finance and managerial accounting on my … Read More

Happy Christmas Eve!

December 24, 2013By AllisonMade my Day

Happy Christmas Eve everyone! Its been a busy month full of holiday festivities, a long weekend at the wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, a second surgery on my leg to remove the hardware that was set in March (when I broke it), and a trip to my favorite store (no matter … Read More

4 Years

October 17, 2013By AllisonMade my Day

Today is my 4 year anniversary! Wow, time flies! There isn’t a day that passes that I don’t love being by this man’s side, experiencing the adventure called life. I feel very lucky and blessed. Happy Anniversary Carl! Photos by Hoffer Photography.

Wedding Paper is the Glue to the Wedding

July 29, 2013By AllisonMade my Day

I love my clients! I love hearing about the details they want incorporated into their wedding. Some people may think about wedding paper as one element to the wedding, but it is so much more. A great way to look at wedding paper is as the glue to the wedding. It really packages up the … Read More


July 10, 2013By AllisonMade my Day 1 Comment

  If you follow me on Instagram, you noticed that while I was posting on the blog last week, I was actually across the ocean in Budapest, Hungary! I don’t think I have mentioned it here on the blog, but I am currently enrolled in an MBA program. Through this program, our class travels to … Read More

Hello Summer

June 24, 2013By AllisonMade my Day

Flowers are blooming. Insects are busy at work. Days are beautifully long. Mountains of fresh lettuces and fruits are sold at the markets. Summer is upon us. Summer is a beautiful season. My goal for the summer is to not fill it. Often I feel that people stuff their summers to the brim and then … Read More


March 28, 2013By AllisonMade my Day 1 Comment

A dear friend of mine is moving to New York City. She’ll be living in Manhattan, starting a new job, and be experiencing many new adventures for sure….she is a very lucky girl. I’m also a very lucky girl to call her my friend! She has been there for me through the thick and thin … Read More

Moment When Light Equals Dark

March 20, 2013By AllisonMade my Day

The Spring Equinox was completely off my radar this year (clear by the fact that I’m so late in posting this mini blog post). I got a beautiful little email from a good friend this morning with this article about the Spring Equinox in it. A little snippet from the article by Teo Bishop: “Here … Read More

Happy St. Patty’s Day

March 15, 2013By AllisonMade my Day

May you have a lovely and lucky St. Patrick’s Day weekend! Around Philly there are numerous opportunities to have a little fun and celebrate this lively holiday! I’m not Irish but these celebrations are always a good time! As for me, I plan on having over friends this weekend and enjoying my new shamrock plant…hoping … Read More

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2013By AllisonMade my Day

Happy Valentine’s Day lovely readers! May your hearts be filled with love today and everyday! If you are looking for a last minute DIY for someone special in your life consider putting your love note in a bottle. This little trick will instantly make your card into a unique gift! Tutorial here. Came across this … Read More

Watercolor in Catalog Inspiration

January 22, 2013By AllisonMade my Day

The fantastic design team over at Anthropologie does it again! They are a constant inspiration to me and I just adore what they did with their latest catalog (seen above). One of the reasons I am so drawn to Anthropologie‘s clothes is because of the artistic nature of their patterns, textures, and shapes, so it … Read More

Life is Pretty Amazing

January 17, 2013By AllisonMade my Day

I’m feeling a bit uneasy today as my grandfather is being put on hospice care and has only a mere few days left in his life. He will be very missed by family and friends when he takes his last breath in this life. This whole process makes me think about this beautiful photo/illustration/quote that … Read More

Weird Looking Fruit

January 2, 2013By AllisonMade my Day

Painting and photos by Hand-Painted Weddings. The other day I walked into Whole Foods and saw a display of these outrageously cool fruits! I had never seen anything like them before! Well, maybe at the aquarium amongst the coral reefs. As soon as I saw this fruit I knew I had to share it with … Read More

Gratitude Week: I am thankful for…

November 20, 2012By AllisonMade my Day

It is the week of gratitude, and I want to share with you what I am most thankful for. I am thankful for my husband, Carl. He never ceases to amaze me in his zest for life. He smiles (and laughs) more than anyone I know. He is an incredibly intelligent person, and shows more … Read More


November 9, 2012By AllisonMade my Day

I have this quote on my fridge and on the home screen of my cell phone. It is a favorite of mine. It speaks to me. It is something I need constant reminding of. I know it is antithetical, but peace is challenging. It is something that I cultivate through yoga and self-exploration and realization. … Read More

Autumn in Philly

November 8, 2012By AllisonMade my Day 1 Comment

Autumn in Philly is lovely. The beautiful tree-lined streets in Society Hill start to brighten as the leaves change colors and soon litter the sidewalk. Potted mums and pumpkins adorn people’s stoops. Layered sweaters, scarfs, and cute boots adorn passer-bys. The smell of old fireplaces being turned on for the first time in the season … Read More

Make Time Today to…

November 6, 2012By AllisonMade my Day

I got out to vote today…did you? Am I the only person that has adrenaline pumping through their body when they are waiting to vote? And then when I’m walking out of the poll station, I feel this awesome sense of accomplishment and pride…it is almost euphoric honestly. A few related fun links that you … Read More