Inspiration Board: Hugo Inspired Bridal Shower

I so love it when people find an excellent theme in a movie, and then they create an inspirational party design concept from it. That is what this board highlights, snippets from a fabulous Hugo inspired bridal shower styled shoot from First Pick Planning, Lizzi Photography, held at POP Champagne and Dessert Bar in Pasadena, California.

If you aren't aware, the movie Hugo took place in 1930's Paris. There's a lot of attention to detail in the styled shoot that holds the theme. From the vintage keys, to the antique camera, even down to the champagne cork place setting holders, which even the pace setting cards are like vintage movie tickets, it's fabulous! Of course the homage to Paris is strewn in with Eiffel Tower tags and French writing. 

To see the shoot in it's entirety, click the image below, or here, you will not be disappointed!  

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Event Planner: First Pick Planning//Photographer: Lizzi Photography//Venue: POP Champagne and Dessert Bar

Real Couples: Kelly & Scott's Chicago Post-Wedding Photo Session

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Today we are sharing with you Kelly & Scott's Post-Wedding Photo Session with their wedding photographer Monika Thorpe. We featured their lovely Intimate Chicago Trattoria Wedding on Monday, seen here if you missed it. They opted to have the shoot for after their wedding so that they could be relaxed and not have the stress of the wedding day on them. I think it's a great idea! They picked bustling Chicago to be their background for their session, which is contrast to the lovely intimate setting of their wedding.

Monika shared with us how this photo session came to be:
Like with most weddings, the day almost seems to be a blur as everything goes into overdrive and time flies quicker than anyone would expect. Knowing this, the bride and groom decided rather than rush the pictures in-between and during their special events of the day, they would comeback in front of the camera, just the two of them, as a married couple one week later.

Real Weddings: Kelly & Scott's Intimate Chicago Trattoria Wedding

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Hello everyone! It's been a long time to feature a Real Wedding with you all! More on that in a minute... We are wrapping up the summer months it seems, and preparing for the Fall! It's still hot and monsoon-y here in AZ.  Fall isn't yet on the brink, though I wish, but the changing of seasons in the wedding industry is noticeable. It's been a very busy summer for me at my Etsy shop, and as the summer weddings are turning quiet, I'm able to turn again to my passion of blogging about all things concerning weddings, and that means sharing real weddings yet again! I took a break to take care of my now nearly 2 year old, to learn the ways of  being an Etsy shop owner, and being a wedding vendor. It's been an interesting change of course, which I'm so grateful for, with lots of personal growth.

I've so missed featuring wedding related photography on a constant basis, and have been grateful for the submissions I've received this past year, while I took a hiatus from Two Bright Lights, where most of my features have come from. Well, that hiatus is no longer and I'm happy to report I've signed back on! Let the wedding related photography continue onwards and upwards...fingers crossed!

One such photographer that emailed me a beautiful real wedding to feature is Monika Thorpe! She is a Chicago wedding photographer, and presented me with this cute couple's wedding.  I was drawn in as soon as I reviewed the lovely photography, and this lovely couple. The gleam in their eyes says it all! This will be a two part feature as we have Kelly & Scott's wedding, but we also have their post-nuptial pics, too! The wedding is quite intimate, and then the tempo changes a bit as the post-tying the knot pics take place one week after, in and around bustling Chicago! To see that feature, click here.

Inspiration Boards: Lavender & Seafoam Green By The Sea

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What's not to love about this color palette? It's soft, elegant and just calms the eyes. Lavender and seafoam green pair well beautifully, especially on a beach setting. Love the use of natural lavender and greenery mixed with the lavender hued touches, and green glass bottle. The natural elements and soft presence of lace, with a few seashells here and there add a nice touch to the whole setting.  

The images here highlight a styled shoot captured Best Photography, featured here.

Styled Shoot: Shabby Chic Beach Wedding

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I featured this piece before, but in a two part series, as there are so many decor and styling details, plus the gorgeous couple and their captured moments. Today I'm featuring this yet again, in its is just too pretty to not share again. 

Please enjoy and swoon along with us as you take in the beautiful imagery that Best Photography captured...and get ready to pin!

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DIY: Lemon Poppy Seed Goat's Milk Soap


A few months back I shared a DIY on making soap, which is a new fave hobby of mine. More than the soap making is the new obsession I hold for Essential Oils. Once I was turned onto them, I have started making all sorts of things with the beautiful oils. I originally got into eo's for medicinal purposes, but when I received my first order I immediately dove into making soaps, lotions, scrubs, etc.

The soap diy tutorial I made last time was Sweet Orange Shea Butter Soap, in case you missed it.. I will differ a lot of the steps from that one for this, as it's the same process, just different ingredients These homemade soaps are perfect for gift giving, which makes them great bridal shower favors, or gifts for the bridesmaids.  And, it's so simple to do!