Friday Link Love

Happy Friday! I’ve spent the better part of the week in the Adirondacks blissfully hidden away with my bestest friends sans internet connection. Think lots of board games, long hikes, baking cookies, curling up in front of the fire with a good book and just unplugging completely. Because I haven’t been online much this week, I have just a few links to share with you for your weekend. I’ll be back and in full swing Monday and look forward to catching up with everyone then. I’ve got a ton of incredible Halloween inspiration to share next week – a Halloween real wedding, Halloween printables, a Halloween dessert buffet and more. In the meantime, happy weekend!

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Completely ingenious (and super budget-friendly) DIY gift wrap.

A sample sale for a great cause.

A little inspiration in yellow and blue.

This color palette reminds me of the paint colors we’ve used in our house.

I love a bride who doesn’t wear white.

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Pretty (and easy) fall decorating ideas.

If I had a kid, I’d dress them up like this for Halloween.

The perfect fall bridesmaid dress. (In gorgeous fall colors.)

{Photo by knitalatte11 via Poppytalk.}

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A Pretty Backyard Bridal Shower

There is something about a beautiful bridal shower that never gets old for me. Brianne Walker of  Sean Walker Photography sent over this lovely bridal shower she recently planned for her good friend Dana and it completely fits the bill of just the sort of pretty I dream of all day long. Brianne wanted to keep the look soft and romantic with a few vintage-inspired details and incorporated white washed chairs, a long burlap table runner, tons of candles and twinkle lights. I love the casual elegance of this wonderful backyard celebration, filled with sweet little details that make it a day to remember for the guest of honor. Thanks so much for sharing, Brianne!

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{Photos by Sean Walker Photography.}

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Al Fresco Dining Inspiration

From the latest issue of Lonny, I am loving this pretty outdoor table design. With glossy yellow folding chairs and a ton of great color and texture along the table, this would be perfect for a rehearsal dinner, dinner party or even an intimate wedding reception. Isn’t this so pretty? Of course, the amazing view doesn’t hurt.

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{Photo from Lonny.}

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A Fall Adirondacks Wedding

As this post goes live this morning, I am packing up my car and headed up to the Adirondacks for an extended weekend. I can’t wait to spend the next several days relaxing and rejuvenating! In celebration of my mountain trek, it seemed only fitting to share Alyssa and Kevin’s gorgeous Lake Placid wedding captured by my good friends at Clark + Walker Studio. Alyssa and Kevin wanted a celebration rich in fall colors that reflected the spirit of fall in the Adirondacks and they certainly delivered. For those of you loving fall right now, you’re going to love this one…

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Alyssa is one of the prettiest brides I’ve ever seen.  I love the look of her lace dress with matching bolero paired with a big bouquet of red roses, leaves and berries.

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Alyssa’s dad was known for his homemade garlic popcorn, so to honor her dad they had a popcorn bar at the reception with three flavors of popcorn from Adirondack Popcorn. Traditional popcorn boxes allowed guests to serve themselves throughout the evening and even take some with them for a midnight snack.

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Just beautiful, right? Makes me wish I had planned a fall wedding. Congratulations, Alyssa and Kevin!

Vendors -
Venue: The Whiteface Lodge
Photography: Clark + Walker Studio
Dress: Modern Trousseau from Nicole Bridal
Hair/makeup: Encore Salon & Day Spa
Flowers: Trillium Florist
Bridesmaid dresses: Watters Wtoo
Popcorn: Adirondack Popcorn

{Photos by Clark + Walker Studio.}

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Announcing Inspired Creations Holiday Gift Exchange!

I’m so excited this evening to announce the latest Inspired Creations Contest with Elizabeth Anne Designs and our first annual Inspired Creations holiday gift exchange! For this Inspired Creations Contest, we’re asking readers, bloggers, and vendors alike to get involved by challenging you to create an original DIY gift idea. You can envision it as a favor idea, a bridesmaid gift, a holiday gift – anything goes! We encourage you to throw out all of the trends and traditions and think outside the box.

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Now for the good stuff. What’s up for grabs? (Glad you asked!) The winner will receive a fabulous gift box of goodies, including:

- a custom Ashley Brooke Designs illustration and notecards
- a beautiful Tulet headpiece
- a hand-illustrated poster from Two Brunettes
- a bottle of the newly-released Twigscent fragrance
- a 2011 letterpress calendar from Pistachio Press
- a keepsake gift box from Smock
- a handmade Paloma’s Nest ornament
- a boxed set of letterpress holiday cards from The Pink Orange
- and a $200 gift certificate to Williams-Sonoma!

To make the holiday season a little brighter, each entrant will receive a surprise gift in the mail because we’ll be randomly selecting each entrant to receive one of the submitted gifts! And we’ll be showing off all of your entries and DIY tutorials on the blogs!

Oh, and as if all of this weren’t enough, we are thrilled to announce the upcoming Inspired Creations newsletter! Sign up in the sidebar to receive fabulous DIY projects, fresh ideas and exciting inspiration for your big day in your inbox, exclusive to Inspired Creations subscribers. If you are reading in an RSS reader, please come visit the site and sign up! We can’t wait to see your gift ideas and look forward to sharing endless inspiration with you!

Full contest rules and submission guidelines can be found right here.  Start creating because entries are due by November 8.

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