Monthly Archives: June 2009

DIY Bridesmaid Headbands via OnceWed

I one thing I love most about reading Wedding Blogs are the creative ideas that you can find!

Remember my post a couple weeks ago on Rachel’s headband? Well I must really have a thing for headbands because today I have another headband to experiment with!

OnceWed did a recent post on creating your own DIY Brides{maid} headbands.  To be honest, I would wear these anytime, not just for weddings.



Materials & tools

-2 Different trims, both measuring from ear to ear, across forehead

-1 Ribbon, circumference of head

-1.5” Piece of ¼” elastic

-Needle & thread

-Hot glue gun and glue



Steps 1 & 2-Start with ribbon, glue edge and fold it over a ¼”.

Step 3-Center elastic on ribbon and glue down a ¼” in from folded edge.


Step 4-Glue along folded edge, overtop of the elastic, and fold in again, a ¼”. Then, fold and glue elastic back over itself, as pictured.

Step 5-Repeat steps 1-4 on other end of ribbon, joining the ends together.

Step 6 & 7-Layout trims and find centers of headband and bottom trim by folding in half, then tack together at centers with hot glue.


Step 8-Finish gluing bottom trim into place slowly, only gluing inch by inch, because hot glue dries quickly and you want to avoid any lumps or bumps.

Step 9-Stitch and gather headband ribbon just behind the edge of first trim, repeat on opposite side

Steps 10-11-Glue finishing trim onto first trim, slowly gluing and placing for a nice and even finish.

all images and directions via OnceWed {source}

Don’t you love it!?

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Elizabeth Anne Designs Feature: Wedding Dress- The Result

Remember last week and my meltdown with my wedding dress? I was having second thoughts about my wedding dress and wasn’t sure if it was the right one.

Through the advice of the fabulous girls over at Elizabeth Anne Designs, I got an overwhelming response of suggestions of what to do! Thank you so much!

The day after I posted my dress dilemma, I made an another appointment at Vera Wang.  I thought that my experience this time would be different since I wasn’t going during a sample sale.  I was the only one in the bridal salon and knew exactly what I was looking for.

Vera Wang only had one of the two dresses that I could try on.


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This is a dress from the Spring 2006 line.  They had the same dress that I tried on at the sample sale.  Apparently this dress is discontinued so there would be no way of buying one that fit properly (unless I found it on other pre-owned websites.)  To be honest, much like the Priscilla of Boston dress, it was wearing me.

I tried on a few more dresses that were nice.  I found one much like the one I was originally searching for but the skirt was so full that I don’t know how I was going to walk in it.

I contemplated the thought of buying it but I didn’t want to get in the same predicament that I was already in so I asked if I could take a picture of me in the dress.  I needed time to mull over it and being the visual person that I was, I needed a picture to remember what I looked like in the dress.  To my surprise,  I was not allowed to take a picture.  Apparently, you can only take a picture only if you decide to buy the dress.  Are you kidding me? How do you expect people to buy dresses if you don’t allow them to take pictures?  I was a bit taken aback and turned off to be completely honest.  I then asked if I could have the style number or name of the dress and was denied that as well.  The wedding consultant basically said that this number wouldn’t do me any good.

I can  understand that they don’t want brides going else where to find their dresses but I would be more inclined to buy from them if they let do the things I needed to do to feel comfortable with my purchase.

So that was my second experience with Vera Wang and I’m pretty sure I’ll never be back.

I know this post turned into more of a rant then anything but I have now developed a plan of attack with my wedding dress.

For now, I’m going to stick with my current wedding dress.  I have plenty of time to change my mind and will continue to look but at least I know that I have a dress that is beautiful and that looks beautiful on me.

I have learned that a wedding dress is not a piece of taffeta or silk, it’s not the buttons the line that back of the dress or the train that follows you, it’s the way it makes you feel.  You make it a wedding dress, it doesn’t make you.


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Sunday Sweets!

Oh how I wish I lived in Washington!



Today’s Sunday Sweets was brought to you from Swanky Tables via Truly Scrumptious

Anyway ever watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? 🙂

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Tablescape Friday- Rustic Grapes



via Hazelnut Photography {source}

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Candid Thursday- Infused


via Style Me Pretty {source}

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Snapshots to Fall in Love With

Picture 5

via Ruby Press {source}


via Lovely Morning {source}


via Simply Photo {source}


Step 1) Grab a bowl of some beautiful plump blueberries

Step 2) Pour yourself a refreshing glass of Sophia Sparkling Wine

Step 3) Relax with a great magazine full of beautiful photos

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Beautiful Beautiful Pink

Weddingbee strikes again for color inspiration! Wiley Valentine (Mary Wiley and Norma Jean Valentine) created this beautiful collage. 


{source} pink balloon bride, Azzura Photography; pink bike via Oh Joy; Macaroons via ffffound; pink cake via ffffound; tutus, Rachel Papo; pink bouquet, martha stewart weddings; custom invites, wiley valentine; wedding couple, azzura photography; bride via snippet and ink; anenome bouquet, martha stewart weddings; letterpress seed card, wiley valentine; wedding dress, Amelia Lyon; large pink bouquet, martha stewart weddings; pink tutus, Rachel Papo; adorable pink stamps via Ruby Press; pink wall via Ruby Press; bride with head piece via Style Me Pretty; Groom via Style Me Pretty; umbrella via Ruby Press.

I love all of the different shades of pink!

Is anyone have a pink inspired wedding?

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I shall not judge another “2-dress Bride.”

Okay…I know what you are thinking.  “How can yet another girl be a 2 Dress Bride.”

Well, technically I am not one… yet!

To be honest, I’m having second thoughts about my wedding dress.


I’m not sure if it is “wedding” enough.  I also worry that I’m going to feel a bit self conscious in it if the wii fit doesn’t take off more pounds.  The way the dress is meant to fit is not very forgiving.

If you remember, I bought this sleek little dress at BCBG after getting fed up trying on ridiculously expensive gowns.  I was at a point where I didn’t want give the wedding industry the satisfaction of capturing yet another bride.

My dress has been hanging in my closet since March and I get a chance to look at it every day.  When I first tried it on, I thought that i could definitely work with it and turn it into wedding material.

I was constantly asking my fiance for approval (yes, he’s seen the dress.) Ger would always say to me that its beautiful but I need to feel like a bride in it and that this day only comes along once in a lifetime.  The words resonated in my head.  Did I really feel like a Bride in this dress? Was this the one?

I secretly began to freak out.  Could this possibility be happening? Of all the stories I read about “2 dress brides.”  I thought I had escaped this phenomena.  I guess not.

On Friday I made the decision to ease my mind and just try on a couple more dresses.  I was hoping that this would only strengthen my decision to keep my present wedding dress.

On Saturday I was back in Priscilla of Boston trying on dresses.  I fell in love with Piper in the Vineyard Collection. I liked that it was much more modern then the previous Priscilla of Boston dresses.  I definitely felt more “bride” like but was it worth the thousands of dollars more? Very good question.



After sleeping on it, I realized that there was something that I didn’t like.  It was in fact, not the one.

I did more searching and somehow stumbled upon the Vera Wang dresses I tried on previously.


via {source}

I loved the way this one fit and I felt more comfortable with the straps.  It is very similar to the Priscilla of Boston Piper dress.

The next dress I tried on was one of my favorites as well.


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This dress had a lot of the same features of the Piper and Vera Wang.  I loved the flirty style of the straps, how natural it felt and how flattering it was.I didn’t feel that I needed to change a lot about me to feel beautiful in it.

This week I’m going to set up an appointment at Vera Wang to try on these dresses again.  Both of these dresses were at the March Sample Sale and from the 2006 Spring Line.  I only hope I can find them again!

The light at the end of the tunnel reminds me that luckily, if I do decide to buy a new dress, I won’t lose a lot on the first dress.  I can certainly shorten it and wear it for a another event!

So what do you think? Should I keep my original dress that I got at a stunning price or buy another one that has more of a wedding look to it for a much higher cost?

Please help!!


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Happy 100th Post! Sunday Sweets!

Today is a special day.  This is my 100th post and Father’s day!

Since I can’t be home to celebrate, here is a little treat dedicated to my dad!

Without Further Ado…Sunday Sweets!

I love cheesecake, a lot.

I came across a recipe for a Blueberry Cheesecake last year and have been waiting for the perfect day to try it out.



Be sure to visit for the full step by step recipe!

What type of cheesecake do you love? I’m a plain Jane and always get original cheesecake with strawberry topping.

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Wedding Channel Blog Awards!

Ohh Ohh Pick Me Pick Me!!

badge_bridalblog_1 is hosting the Bridal Blog Awards and Peaches by Plums needs your help!

Please visit, here to nominate me to win this award!

All you need to do is reply to the Peaches by Plums thread.

As always, thank you everyone for your continued support of this blog.


Abby xox

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