Monthly Archives: April 2009

Cheery Thursday!

Here is a little nudge to get you through the week!


via Bellissima Via Blog  {source}

Happy Thursday!


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DIY Hair? Okay!

I haven’t broke the news yet but there is a big possibility that our wedding will be in Ireland!  (More to come later on the details.)

Planning a “destination wedding” can prove difficult.  You rarely get face to face time with your vendors and need to trust blogs, forums and websites to lead you in the right decision when choosing the one.

Briana, a fellow blogger on Elizabeth Anne Designs, recently did a post on DIYing her Hair and Makeup.  She, too, is planning a wedding in another location and wasn’t able to find the right makeup artist & hair stylist for her wedding.  Deciding not to settle, she took to the DIY idea and gave it a try herself!

I think she did an excellent job!

via Elizabeth Anne Designs  {source}

via Elizabeth Anne Designs {source}

I love her hair style! This is exactly what I want. It is so natural but still flirty and fun.

via Elizabeth Anne Designs  {source}

via Elizabeth Anne Designs {source}

And how about her make-up!  I love how fresh and feminine it looks.

For an easy step by step tutorial on how to create this look, click here.

Would you dare take on such a challenge for your wedding day?


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Feature: Person & Killian Photography

I recently met Jill Person and Lauren Killian, cutting edge photographers of Person & Killian Photography, at an industry event.  I was really looking forward to meeting both of them.  I love their diversity and creativity that comes through their photos.

For those of you in the Boston area, you must visit their studio.  It is located on the posh Newbury Street! What a treat for clients!

Jill and Lauren describe their style as a “combination of photojournalism, artistry and emotion coupled with an innate sense of spontaneity to capture the moment.”

via Person & Killian

via Person & Killian {source}

Check out just a couple of my favorite shots

via Person & Killian  {source}

via Person & Killian {source}

via Person & Killian  {source}

via Person & Killian {source}

via Person & Killian  {source}

via Person & Killian {source}

via Person & Killian  {source}

via Person & Killian {source}

For more, be sure to check out their website and blog.  Peaches by Plums was recently featured on the site!

via Person & Killian  {source}

via Person & Killian {source}

Thank you Jill & Lauren for allowing me to share your talent!!

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Elizabeth Anne Designs- Meet Bradley!

Today is the day that you get to meet the latest member of our family…Bradley!

He just arrived yesterday and is already part of the family.  Be sure to go over to Elizabeth Anne Designs to hear more about this little guy and how he relates to the wonderful world of wedding planning!





He is just the most lovable little pup! 

Happy Monday!


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The Final Reveal

Jo & Dave’s Gallery Opening last night was amazing!  Their main focus was on “anticipation”, moments just before getting married.  It was a great look at all of the candid shots you can have before the actually ceremony.

As promised, here are the flower arrangements I did-pre-opening.













What do you think!?


Filed under Flowers, PBP Event & Floral Design, Photography

Allegro Photography Gallery Opening- Invitation!

Today is the day! Allegro Photography is hosting their Studio Opening tonight!

Here is the invitation


If you are a Boston Bride, I highly suggest you stop by to see their work.

I will be posting the photos of the flower arrangements later on tonight!

Hope to see you there!

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Sneak Peek-Peaches by Plums turns Floral Designer

My career as a floral designer has begun!

Here was my schedule today:

6:30AM- Wake up & Get Ready

7:45AM- Pick up the Zip Car

8:00AM- Head over to the Boston Flower Exchange

8:10AM- Walk into Heaven!

There were so many different flower wholesalers to choose from.  I had just the best time looking at all of the different varieties of flowers.  I think I could’ve spent the entire day in there.

I decided on a cream and plum color palate for my arrangements.

9:10AM- Head over to Jacobson’s Floral Supply

Jacobson’s has all of the floral materials that you would ever need (Vases, Ribbon, Floral Tape, Etc.)

9:50AM- Head back home

10:00AM- Start processing the flowers

I bought refrigerator buckets to store the flowers in and also bought plant food to keep the flowers fresh for tomorrow.  I made sure to trim the flowers to make sure they can absorb water then I placed them in water and stored them in the refrigerator.

10:45AM- Treat myself to Panera Bread!

Here are some photos of the beautiful flowers I bought today!







Look At My Darling Little Children Pose

Look At My Darling Little Children Pose For The Camera

Aren’t they just wonderful!?  I think I got a little overly excited and bought way to many flowers! Oh well 🙂

Next up: Tomorrow I will be showing you the finished product!


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I love nights when you can put away the wedding magazines, shut down the obsessive compulsive need to check Google Reader and just relax.


via Ruby Press  {source}

Enjoying some pizza (that I know Wii Fit will yell at me for later) and watching some top quality tv with my fiance.

Do yourself a favor and disconnect tonight.

Night All! xoxo

P.S. Early tomorrow morning I will be heading to the Boston Flower Mart to buy flowers for the Allegro Photography’s Gallery Opening! Updates will be via Twitter and a post will follow.


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Elizabeth Anne Designs: Drawing Inspiration

Today’s feature on Elizabeth Anne Designs, I talk about drawing inspiration! 

After all of the engagement celebrations are over, it’s time to start planning!  But how does one start? 

Planning used to consist with bridal magazines and/or a lot of leg work in visting vendors but now, the wedding industry has really expanded and made it accessible for a bride to find anything!

With the creation of wedding blogs, photography blogs, and the internet, the task of deciding on your wedding colors or your event’s theme goes from frustrating to fun!  


{Karen Wise via Snippet & Ink}

What unique places do you find inspiration?

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The Inescapable Counter

I was out shopping yesterday and decided to stop in Macy’s.  As many of you know, the first thing you see are the cosmetics counters.  The shiny packaging, beautifully lit displays and carefully coordinated colors can lure you into a false sense of security.



Then it all begins.  A crowd of aggressive makeup consultants fix their eyes on you (their next prey) and get ready to pounce.  When this happens, everything goes down hill.



I immediately go into survival mode and set a plan of how I am going to make it through the flood of consultants with no one approaching me, no samples of perfume and not one ounce of foundation rubbed on my face.  This is no easy task.



After feeling like the above photo…My eyes start to blur (most likely from the woman spraying perfume in them) and then get so frustrated and end up darting right back out of the door.  Defeated again…I couldn’t even make it to the shoe section where the next piranhas await.



This experience really correlates to how I sometimes feel about wedding planning.

I am really turned off by the aggressive sales person and hate feeling under pressure and overwhelmed.

A few months back, I went to my first Bridal Show.  There were hundreds of brides, long lines, and noise…oh the noise.  After getting past the first round of sales people (while still waiting in the line to get into the show) I knew that this was going to be a disaster.  When we walked into the show, we immediately were bombarded with more pushy sales people trying to sell honeymoons, bridesmaid dresses, cakes, limos, laser eye surgery, bands, etc.  How was I ever expected to find my wedding vendors in this environment?

Maybe I’ve become a wedding snob from working in the industry but I think it’s more than that.  This is such a personal experience and I feel that I should be able to treat myself a little bit (and I don’t mean monetarily wise.)

I love going to events that are more intimate and personal.  In terms of the cosmetic counter analogy, this is what I am looking for.







Doesn’t this look more relaxing, unforced and more personal?

How do you find the planning experience?  Do you feel overwhelmed by pushy sales people or do you thrive in these environments?

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