From Sketch to Reality Wedding Inspiration

Switching gears this afternoon from the spooky to the pretty, I just had to share this pretty wedding inspiration sketch from Ashley Brooke Designs. (You might remember the beautiful sketches Ashley created for her own picnic wedding.) Ashley recently created this gorgeous illustration for Fresh Lime Events, showcasing a stunning table design loaded with over the top glamor.

The sketch:

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The reality:

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Can you handle all of those gorgeous feathers? So so pretty. Thanks for sharing, Ashley!

{Illustration by Ashley Brooke Designs. Event design by Fresh Lime Events.}

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Halloween Cards + Stationery

I am sending Halloween cards for the first time this year (details to follow after they hit the mail) and I just can’t get Halloween cards off my mind. There is something so irresistibly fun and somewhat magical about this time of year. This year is our first year in our new home and subsequently our first year hosting trick or treaters so I’m more excited about Halloween than ever. Here are just a few of the Halloween cards I’m loving this year…

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{Halloween cards and invitations from Hello Lucky.}

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{Letterpress Halloween cards from Studio 827 KC.}

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{Ghost Halloween cards from inkadinkadoodle.}

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{Halloween invitations from Sugarcube Press.}

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{Halloween coasters from Olive Route.}

wild-ink-press-halloween{Halloween cards by Wild Ink Press.}

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{Halloween card by The Pink Orange. Photo by Boxcar Press.}

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{Black cat cards by Sycamore Street Press.}

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{Halloween party coasters from 4 Hounds Press.}

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{Vampire fangs card from Katie Fenwick.}

For more great Halloween card finds, visit Oh So Beautiful Paper for Nole’s picks.

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Recipe Card Save the Dates

The baked goods-loving cook/baker/foodie in me is loving these sweet recipe card save the dates from Chewing the Cud. I love great wedding stationery infused with personality and little details that reflect the couple so naturally these rank high on my list of favorites. Cute recipe cards bundled with a little package of cookies would make perfect wedding favors on the cheap, too, or a great addition to a bridal shower invitation (just ask guests to return them with a favorite recipe!)

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{Photos by Chewing the Cud via Ritzy Bee.}

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Chelsea and Ryan’s Central Park Engagement Shoot

Good Monday morning, everyone! I hope you a lovely weekend. (How did it get to be Monday already, anyway?) I wanted to start the week off by sharing Chelsea and Ryan’s sunny Central Park engagement shoot, captured by  Nick Gaswirth Photography. (Nick also happens to be their roommate – how fun!) While I don’t post engagement shoots very often, there was something I couldn’t resist about Chelsea and Ryan’s incredibly fun engagement photos. They incorporated a lot of their favorite things in their shoot, including Chelsea’s love of yellow, their shared passion for ice cream, Chelsea’s ukulele skills (she’s currently teaching Ryan to play, too) and cute chalkboard signs, which will also be making an appearance at their upcoming wedding. Chelsea even made Ryan’s cute yellow bow tie!

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Check out Chelsea’s blog Lovely Indeed for more about their upcoming wedding and to get inspired by her crafty DIY projects. Thanks so much for sharing your engagement photos, Chelsea!

{Photos by Nick Gaswirth Photography.}

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Friday Link Love

Happy happy Friday, friends! I am so incredibly excited for this weekend. I am meeting up with three truly fabulous ladies for a day of apple picking, dinner, and hopefully a few glasses of wine in the backyard by a big fire. I am also going to start packing, because next Wednesday I am headed to the mountains for a long weekend at a cabin in the woods with my bestest friends. It’s an annual tradition we started last year and I’ve been counting down the days for months. Hiking, big fires, lots of board games, baking cookies, and (maybe best of all) no internet and no cable. What are your weekend plans? Whatever they are, I hope it’s a good one!

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Don’t forget, you can now find The Sweetest Occasion over here.

A beautiful portrait of fall.

This time every year I become obsessed with throw blankets. I love these.

Perfectly spooky cards for Halloween.

I’m a sucker for pretty gift packaging.

Cake + Guinness = uh, yes please.

Loving me some creepy crawlies.

The dress, the flowers, the stationery, perfection.

The perfect hideaway.

{Photo by Shannon Blue via poppytalk.}

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