Wish Upon a Wedding's Gala Ball

Tonight is the first annual Wish Upon a Wedding Gala Ball in San Francisco, CA. This new  organization has been hosting these fund raising events all over the US, and they look amazing!! If you haven't heard of it, Wish Upon a Wedding (WUW) hosts weddings for couples all over the US facing terminal illness.  They cover all aspects of the wedding, from planning to vendor procurement. It's all funded by donations and volunteer hours-amazing!  It's a very special organization and I'm honored to be part of it.  You can take a look at their website to see some of the wedding wishes they've granted.

If you would like to donate to this fabulous cause AND take care of some of your wedding details, please take a look at their online auction. There are some fabulous regional and national items available for purchase, and the money goes to an incredible cause.  Wedding Cakes, Invitations, Bridesmaids Gowns... all available here!

Rustic Weddings.. I LOVE!

Loving the rustic wedding trends. All these warm earth tones, beautiful flowers, incredible elements... it's enough to make a girl swoon.  Some of my favorites!

Tablescape from Oncewed, invitations and escort cards from Crescent Moon Paper Co.,  flowers from the knot and Elegant touch events, shoes from weddingbee.

Eco Savvy wedding favors!

Here are some adorable eco-friendly wedding favors I've found online.  Eco friendly favors are a great idea on so many levels. Your guests will love getting a gift that doesn't need to be thrown away eventually. Also, these favors can double as placecards- how great is that!  All will require some extra planning, but definitely worth it for the day of!

how cute are these?! Potted succulent placecards/favors from yes, please
ooh, and here's a tutorial to make them yourself!! 

Adorable potted herb placecards. photo via intimate weddings.

Handmade soap photo via hundred layer cake

Deep, elegant purple

I'm seeing so much purple from my brides this year. Deep eggplant purple, bright vivid purple.. even, as one bride put it.. barney purple! Purple is so elegant and can be dressed up or down, depending on your mood.  I love pairing purple with champagne or gold for some added sparkle. 

Image 1 the knot 
Image 2 Karen Tran Floral
 Image 3 April Reed Cake Design NY
 Image 4 Vera Wang 

Crescent Moon Paper Co Invitations in Aubergine and magenta swirl

Invitations for the day

Rustic square pocketfold invitations in champagne and muted golds. Perfect for the rustic or out-of-doors wedding.  Find them here!

Couture Shoes! and on sale!

I love the thoughtful little details of weddings.  Gorgeous shoes are a perfect example of this. How many people will actually see your feet on your wedding day? Not many, right? But, for those that happen to glance at your feet (and for you!) fabulous shoes are a lovely accessory. 

Right now Zappos is having an awesome sale on their couture collection.  Save on Giuseppe Zanotti, Kate Spade, Cesare Paciotti, Ellie Tahari... the list goes on.  Go see!

Lovely photo by Sedona Bride.