Adorable! 101 Dalmations Engagement Session!

Nov 11 2015

Hello, Disney Fans! 101 Dalmations Engagement Session

Disney’s animation classic, 101 Dalmatians, has been adorably recreated by Corinne and Tony in today’s engagement session! If you remember, Pongo sees Perdita at the park—and somehow finagles  his way into getting his master, Roger, to meet Perdita’s owner, Anita. What a tangled mess they make and of course, everyone falls in love! Disney fans, Tony and Corinne, also love this adorable classic and decided to use it as their engagement story theme. The result is nothing short of fabulous. Most of their costumes were picked at a local thrift store and Corinne decorated her hat with felt and construction paper. Kudos to Melissa Biggerstaff of Rusty Lion Art for capturing all this sweetness. Enjoy as Corinne shares tidbits about the sesh and leading characters, and of course, their 2 other stars: Mookie and Izzy!

101 Dalmations engagement session {photos by Rusty Lion Art}

Engagement session location: Lake Katherine in Palos Heights, IL
Photography: Melissa Biggerstaff, Rusty Lion Art

Anita and Perdita--Recreating 101 Dalmations for engagement session {photos by Rusty Lion Art}

Roger and Pongo- Recreating 101 Dalmations for engagement session {photos by Rusty Lion Art}

Anita and Perdita at the park- Recreating 101 Dalmations for engagement session {photos by Rusty Lion Art}

Are Tony and Corinne similar to Roger and Anita?

“When I think about it, their love is simple. It wasn’t magical, it was built on a relationship. While their love is undeniable, they have independence and unique personalities.  They work better as a team but are not trying to fit a particular mold. Like all great things, Tony and I have a love built around relationships, not wishes upon stars.”

Adorable! Recreating 101 Dalmations for engagement session {photos by Rusty Lion Art}

At the park- Recreating 101 Dalmations for engagement session {photos by Rusty Lion Art}

Roger and Anita getting 'tangled up' Recreating 101 Dalmations for engagement session {photos by Rusty Lion Art}

101 Dalmations engagement theme

“I have always loved that Roger and Anita were not the typical fairy tale couple–they were believable characters who didn’t just come together merely by wishing on a star and casting a magic spell. Pongo had to take the first step, but also, simply enough, dogs are the best. Izzy and Mookie, although a bit older, pudgier, and sans spots, are the greatest family pets and we wanted to make them an indelible part of our memories. With the coaxing of some treats with Mookie, they did so great!”

Recreating 101 Dalmations for engagement session {photos by Rusty Lion Art}

Pulling Anita out of the water- Recreating 101 Dalmations for engagement session {photos by Rusty Lion Art}

Soaking wet- Recreating 101 Dalmations for engagement session {photos by Rusty Lion Art}

Wringing out the handkerchief- Recreating 101 Dalmations for engagement session {photos by Rusty Lion Art}

Wringing out the handkerchief- Recreating 101 Dalmations for engagement session {photos by Rusty Lion Art}


Will Tony and Corinne’s love of fairy tales influence their wedding theme?

“We’ll have to see… I favor the villains more–they have a better story to tell. Our moms, sisters, and friends have already started brainstorming shower ideas, they’re thinking “Villains couture.”  Tony and I like the vintage feel, so that might be more prominent than the fairy tale.

So much fun! Thanks for sharing Tony and Corinne! Best wishes with the rest of your love story!


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Blush Pink Wedding Ideas With Gorgeous Rose Gold

Nov 9 2015

Elegant Blush Pink Wedding Inspiration

Blush pink is a beloved wedding color and, of course, adding in rose gold makes everything that much prettier. This combo is perfect for chic yet romantic wedding styles and outdoor events. A blush pink wedding is ideal for spring and summer but lovely for any time of year, really. Completing your look and décor with gold accents like charger plates, cake fondant (not to mention rose gold wedding rings)  adds an air of elegance to set your palette as well as your look apart. Here are a few more style pairings to go along with the ever so sweet, blush pink wedding color:

Pink and Navy= Preppy
Pink + Brown= Rustic
Pink + Purple= Soulful
Pink + Peach= Springtime

Colors: 3 Custom Pinks | Ivory | Ashwood

Gorgeous blush pink wedding ideas with elegant rose gold

One Sweet Day Wedding Invitation Suite

One Sweet Day is a stationery suite that marries vintage charm with contemporary trends. Graphic hearts and scalloped framing, stripes and typography are the highlights that help modernize the look with fun contrast. This design can be easily customized with any colors (even custom!).

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Blush pink wedding invitation (get a Free Sample from MagnetStreet)

Photo Credits:
We thank the following for their permission to use their lovely images in today’s inspiration …

Bride + Groom, Bouquet and Place Setting images by Katelyn James | Bride + Bridesmaids, Rings, Cake and Ceremony images by peaches&mint {via Wedding Chicks}

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10 (Last Minute) Fall Wedding Ideas

Nov 6 2015

10 Last Minute Fall Wedding Ideas

Totally Doable. Totally Affordable.

Hello, Autumn! We love you–with your muted landscape, copious comfort foods, aromatic spices, cooler temps, cozy flannels, backyard bonfires, and beautiful weddings. It’s an inspiring time of year! Are you getting married this fall or next and need a few ideas {last minute and otherwise} that are totally doable and totally affordable to fill in the decor gaps of your ceremony and/or reception? Great, cause we have a few simple ideas to inspire you with. Which do you find the most doable?

10 (Last minute) fall wedding ideas

  1. Your Fall Color Palette Ideas: For those getting married this fall, we know you already have this one nailed down! With fall, you could go in a myriad of ways–from rich and robust to low-key and neutral. Choose 1 or 2 primary colors and 2-3 accent colors. Be inspired by these 8 color palettes trending now. What are your colors?

Fall Wedding Colors & Trends

2. Mini Pumpkin Topiaries: Easy-peasy fall decor. Don’t you just love these simple mini pumpkin topiaries with a raffia bow in small clay pots? Not only is this idea simple but you can make the topiaries at different heights to bring variation to reception tables, guest book table, drink station, etc.

pumpkin topiary

3. DIY Chalkboard Signage: Chalkboard signs can be created out of nearly anything. All that is needed is chalkboard paint and a fun frame. Create food and bar menus to fun wedding sign directions to poems and quotes … DIY chalkboard signs are simply irresistible. Here’s a tutorial and lots of ideas for placement and materials.

DIY chalkboard wedding signs

4. Feature a Bounty of Botanicals from Nature: Eucalyptus, fall leaves, birch twigs, birch bark, pumpkins, acorns, corns husks, Indian corn, greenery, fruit. The key here is to display them according to height and color contrast.

birch vase centerpieces

5. Pumpkin Containers: Pumpkins are wonderful fall decor–and can be used for anything from drink coolers {so awesome!} to flower containers, votive, and hurricane holders as well as being carved with fun images or your monogram. Here are a few more pumpkin ideas.

Pumpkin cooler

6. Wraps and Cardigans! Keep your wedding party cozy with an array of colorful cardigans or wraps. Not only do you keep your girls warm for chilly photo shoots, they make super fun photo ops, too!

bridal wraps

7. Painted Soup Cans: It doesn’t get any easier than painted soup cans for creating simple flower containers for your centerpieces. Super easy {and fabulous}! See this rustic organic wedding for more ideas.

DIY wood round wedding centerpieces

8. Mason Jar Drinkware and Decor: From glassware to vases sitting on tables, to hanging from trees and arbors, using mason jars is simple, tried and true–no matter where you live.

rustic reception table

9. Wood Rounds: Cut in a variety of shapes and wood types, wood rounds can bring unique textures and heights to any tablescape to create easy rustic touches for a fall event.

Rustic wedding decor

10. Make Your Own Cake Table: In the spirit of your wedding theme, you can make a unique focal point for your cake {or drink station, candy buffet, bar, etc} that’s full of natural charm–and perfect for a fall event.

rustic wedding cake table

Have a favorite?

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Pretty Purple Wedding At Ruby Hill Winery

Nov 4 2015

Vibrant Purple Wedding At A California Winery

Cheryl and Peter’s pretty purple wedding at Casa Real Ruby Hill Winery is full of vibrancy and personality. The fun is obvious and the joy is contagious! Their elegant ceremony was held at the winery and they said their “I Do’s” surrounded by family and friends. We adore their “first look” wedding photos as well as the array of purples in their color scheme–so beautifully complemented with a dazzling sunset orange. Super fun elements like the groom’s purple striped socks and Mickey and Minnie cake toppers are two of our fave accessories. That said, be inspired to add energetic details to your wedding look. Enjoy!

Pretty purple wedding at California winery

Pastel and jewel-toned bridal bouquet at winery wedding

Groomsmen in purple ties

sparkly wedding shoes

Getting ready! Bridesmaids in long purple dresses

First Look wedding photos

First Look wedding photo

Groomsmen in purple ties outside church

Ruby Hill Winery wedding ceremony

Ruby Hill Winery wedding ceremony

Bride and Groom recessional

Purple wedding at the Ruby Hill Winery

Purple and black groom's socks

Pretty purple wedding at the Ruby Hill Winery

Three-tiered white wedding cake with purple bands, orange flowers and Mickey/Minnie cake toppers

Ruby Hill Winery Wedding


Photographer:  Red Eye Collection | Dress Store: Janene’s Bridal Boutique | Makeup Artist: Angela Kim | DJ: Denon & Doyle Entertainment | Cinema and Video: Final Frame | Officiant:Fred Dea | Floral Designer: Gingerleaf Floral | Shoes:Jimmy Choo | Cake Designer: Cake Delight | Reception Venue: Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery | via Two Bright Lights

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