Monday, September 28, 2009

Blue and Yellow

Elise and Ben were married this past May. Blue and yellow were their wedding colors, so we designed a flower style around that. Take a look at these beautiful shots taken by Cary Klein.

Elise carried a bouquet of blue hydrangea with yellow tulips and freesia. It was a very garden-y look with a vintage feel.

The girls carried yellow gerber daisies and blue delphinium to continue the garden-y look.

The aisle was lined with the bride's blue hydrangea.

The men wore yellow freesia, with the groom in yellow and blue.

We wish Elise and Ben all the best!

Thursday, September 24, 2009 GIVEAWAY!!!

Hello all - I am happy to announce Traditionally Modern Design's first opportunity for a GIVEAWAY! The gracious people over at {} would like to give my readers(US and Canada residents only)an opportunity to win something from their site that is worth up to $70.

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Yellow and Coral -- Part 2

Here they are--as promised!! These shots are taken by Clary Photo of Melissa and Patrick's July 4th wedding in St. Charles. Take a look!!

As mentioned in the last blog, the bridal bouquet was a mix of coral roses with rhinestone accents surrounded by bright yellow freesia.

The bridesmaids' bouquets were the same flowers as the bridal bouquet, but the freesia was mixed in with the roses.

The flower girls even had a mini bouquet to carry down the aisle.

Melissa and Patrick's reception was held at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles.

Some of the tables had these garden-y ginger gars filled with yellow and coral roses, spray roses, gerbers, and filler.

The other tables had these tall vases with the same flowers.

Special thanks for Clary Pfeiffer for these awesome photos!!

Congratulations to Melissa and Patrick! We wish you all the best!

Miss Ruby Sue

Lori, a 35 year old mother of 4, is the designer for {Miss Ruby Sue}. Her company first launched in 2008 and has immediately become a recognized national label - Small Magazine, Good Morning America, The View, and the Today Show have already featured her work, as well as celebrity clients like Tory Johnson, author of "Women For Hire", Courtney Love (no description needed), Joy Baher, co-host of 'The View', Letitia, CEO of Dujior Magazine, Kevin Laur from Etsy Administration, Elizabeth Kartchner, Sarah Miller, editor from the well know "The Knot" Magazine.

You can now find her "Angles Song' and 'Anthropology' necklaces (the first two designs above) in select Anthropologie stores in the United States.

Miss Ruby Sue creates beautifully charming designs in bold colors and artistic patterns, giving any woman who wears it a free spirit and making them stand out among a crowd. For those getting married, she creates high impact jewelry - which is currently making its way into the "wedding world". These pieces are specially made without striking colors if that is not your desire. She will work with you to create something that will help make your special day unforgettable.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Canditto ~ Capture Every Moment :)

I came across {Canditto} and thought this was a great idea! Yes, professional photographers should still be hired to capture moments from your special day (if that is in your budget, of course), but there are also so many great candid photos that are taken by your friends and family with their digital cameras that you probably will end up seeing very few of. Here is a solution. Have the Canditto set up somewhere your guests will pass by as they leave and this great invention allows your guests to insert their memory cards and it will upload any picture taken in the past 8 hours (so don't worry about photos still on your memory cards from before...) This is not only a way to collect all the great shots from the night and save the hastle of emailing pictures, putting together a CD of them, or passing around the memory cards, but it also allows the couple to see fun photos from their wedding right away!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Baby Shower! Cupcakes! Decorations! Sewing!

So, last weekend was my friend's baby shower - it was amazing! This was also my friend {Natalie} and my first attempt at doing a dessert spread - A few different kinds of beautifully decorated cupcakes, brownie pops, and fruit skewers. Many props go to our friend Tabitha, for her amazing decorating skills - it looked wonderful down to every little detail: the hanging onesies, the cute drink buckets, the appetizer table, the chalkboard, the small vases wrapped with beautiful ribbon, the stylish paper chains, the adorable "about to hatch" egg timer favors for everyone, and much, much more! Check out the handmade elephant stuffed animal and handmade flannel burp clothes made by our friend {Tricia}.

Below is the gift I sewed for the guest of honor ~ a nursing cover!

Rustic Wall Art

This is absolutely beautiful - handmade {rustic wall art}. Great idea for something to do with scrap wood (besides using it for a bonfire).

Italian Espresso Set

I LOVE this mid 20th century Italian stainless steel and ceramic {espresso set}. I have been missing the delicious cappuccinos and espresso from my trip to Italy last summer - so I found this at the perfect time :)

Wall Decals!

Looking as though they were painted onto the wall, these decals are becoming a more and more popular form of decorating! They last for at least 5 years on the wall and peel of easily - perfect for renters like myself :) Here are a few I found looking through different stores on {Etsy}. These are perfect for any room in the house from a baby's nursery to a fun living room!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Yellow and Coral -- Part 1

Melissa and Patrick were married on 7-4-09 in St. Charles. Melissa loved the idea of having coral and yellow flowers at her wedding. Here are some snapshots of the day that we took while delivering the flowers.

The bridal bouquet was a combination of coral roses with rhinestone accents and bright yellow freesia around the outside.

Anything this beautiful bride carried would have been gorgeous!! She loved the yellow and coral!

Here are some shots of the decorations we did inside St. Cletus Church in St. Charles. We tied small clusters of yellow and coral gerbers to the pews to line the aisle.

We also brought altar vases in the wedding flowers and colors, as well as a unity piece with candles.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this blog with some of the professional shots from Melissa and Patrick's big day--taken by Clary Pfeiffer.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Creative Concepts and Clever Packaging

Here are some pretty creative concepts and packaging found on {Packaging | UQAM}. I am unable to translate the descriptions, or else I would have included them - but I think they are pretty self explanatory.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Beautiful Engagement Photos :)

Natalie and Garret are getting married! I seriously can't wait :) These are some of the photos from their engagement session with {Jake}, one of {Mike Larson's} photographers. Check out Natalie's blog, {In the Kitchen with Kristie} for some great recipes!

Felt good to sew again!

It had been far too long since I had last done a sewing project, so what better time than a baby's first birthday!? Here they are, the blanket and dressed I sewed for baby Tveen :) Check back soon for a picture of her wearing the dress!

The pattern for the dress is my own take on one from {Mani-Mina} on Etsy. The pattern for the flower was found on {Sew Ritzy Titzy}.

I was gonna just wrap it in a usual gift box, but I felt like using a plain brown bag instead and dressing it up with some paper and ribbon I picked up at {Paper Sky} here in {San Luis Obispo}.

Sydney International Food Festival

I love food and love it even more when people do creative things like this with it! Check out these international flags made of food - advertisement for the {Sydney International Food Festival} this year. Jason, even you have to say this is pretty cool!

Thanks to {Steven} for finding this!

Wedding at Grand Basin and the Chase

Meryl and Scott were married in June at the Grand Basin. They had a beautiful day for a wedding. Take a look at these shots from Benton Park Photography.

The wedding colors were blue and white. Meryl's attendant carried a bouquet of all white and blue hydrangea.

Meryl carried a bouquet of all white peonies with a rhinestone accent.

For the ceremony, we filled our two large urns with all white flowers to frame the couple and the scenery in the park.

The reception was held at the Chase Park Plaza in the Zodiac Room.

All of the tables had a tall silver stand filled with white dendrobium orchids.

The white flowers and silver containers complimented the white and silver of the linens and the blues in the Zodiac Room. As always, the staff at the Chase was very helpful and a real pleasure to work with! (We actually had two weddings at the Chase this same day--this one upstairs and another in the downstairs ballroom!)

Thanks to the Scott and Meryl. It was fun working with you and we wish you all the best for your future together!