Stunning Dresses from Monique Lhuillier

I loved the dresses that Monique Lhuillier designed for Mandy Moore at the Oscars and I’ve basically been obsessing over her gorgeous dresses ever since. Her pre-fall 2011 collection featured some absolutely knock-out dresses. Rich jewel tone colors that would be stunning for a wedding. Ombre, sequins, confetti-inspired color, perfectly lady-like silhouettes and incredible draping. These dresses are the stuff my little girl dreams were made of. (And, for sure, they’re the stuff my big girl dreams are made of, too.)

{Monique Lhuillier from via La Dolce Vita.}


An Artistic Mexican Inspired Bridal Shower

Inspired by the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, photographer Tahni Candelaria-Holm of Joyeuse planned the prettiest bridal shower for her best friend Allie. She crafted all of the pretty details and asked ladies to come dressed in Mexican bohemian inspired attire. A basket of colorful fabric flowers invited ladies to wear a flower in their hair for the afternoon and Tahni also created a personalized painting to act as a guest book. She created a pretty vase on a canvas and, separately, little flowers on which friends wrote well wishes for the couple. The flowers were then attached to the original painting, which found a place of honor in the newlywed’s home. Of course, no Mexican celebration is complete without a pinata. Who says grown ups can’t love a pinata, too?

Many thanks to Tahni for sharing this beautiful and heartfelt celebration with The Sweetest Occasion! You can read more about the shower on the Joyeuse blog.

{Photos by Tahni Candelaria-Holm of Joyeuse.}


Sponsor Love

I wanted to take a moment today to introduce some of The Sweetest Occasion’s much-loved sponsors. It’s these sponsors who make this site possible, so please take a moment to visit them if you’re in the market for something fabulous. Interested in sponsoring The Sweetest Occasion? Get the scoop here.

First up, It’s An Occasion, a newly launched event planning company. Owned by sisters Jennifer and Erica, It’s An Occasion serves the New York City/New Jersey area offering event design, planning and coordination.

Oslo Press offers absolutely stunning letterpress and engraved wood invitations, customizable with your choice of colors and type faces. Their designs are modern, unique and truly inspired.

Long time sponsor, Beau Coup offers an incredible selection of unique wedding and party favors, along with great decor for baby and bridal showers. With a huge array of styles, themes and  designs, they have one of the best collection of wedding favors going.

Minted really needs no introduction. Offering an awe-worthy selection of stationery, invitations and save the dates, they feature designs from some of the best graphic designers and illustrators out there.

As a paper junkie, the National Stationery Show is my kind of heaven. The world’s finest stationers all under one roof unveiling their latest and greatest work? It gets no better. Vendors at the show will start sharing their new work soon so stay tuned!

For beautifully designed, budget-friendly stationery options check out Printable Paperie for wedding invitations, baby announcements, housewarming party invitations and more.

American Bridal offers a wide array of wedding favors and bridal party gifts. They also have fabulous wedding day accessories like cake toppers and table decor.

A new addition to the sponsor roster, Hello Lucky isn’t new to my list of stationery loves. They offer an amazing collection of both digital and letterpress wedding invitations, in addition to great gift wrap, greeting cards and really unique wedding favors.

Many thanks to all of The Sweetest Occasion’s sponsors for your support. Without you, it wouldn’t be possible to do what I do. Much love!


Party Palette: Daffodil + Lemon

These color palettes are always fun to watch evolve as I’m working on them. With this one I was going for something yellow and cheerful in anticipation for spring. Instead I ended up with a rich and dramatic palette based on shades of daffodil and lemon. I love the way a couple of bold colors look paired with layers of soft neutrals.

{top. Åsa Tällgård via Oh Joy. left. Mel Yates via This Is Glamorous. right. Sweet & Saucy Shop.}


Pink Ballerina Birthday Party

All the way from Singapore, I love this pretty pink ballerina birthday party that Mimi threw for her daughter Sarah. Loads of pink treats, paper pom poms, bunting, and a pink rainbow cake with a ballerina cake topper are about as girly as it gets. Add in one adorable birthday girl sporting a pink tutu and you’ve got a fabulous party just waiting to happen. Thanks for sharing, Mimi!

{Photos from Mimi the Mom.}