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Wedding Trends: Place Settings

One element of beauty that every guest of the wedding gets to see is their place setting. So, it’s important that the design of each place setting is gorgeous. It will be one the definitive displays of the wedding theme in the reception, as it is the only usable form of decoration in the wedding reception. As important as it is to have some of the stylish beauty of your theme in your place setting, you should also have your personality thrown in the mix as well. As with all other parts of the wedding, there are trends for dinnerware, and also like all other parts of the wedding, the trend it toward more old-fashioned and simple elegance. I personally love seeing this trend in dining ware, because with many elements involved in a place setting, the culmination of ornate or simple dinnerware creating a sweet, vintage ambiance is possible in many varying ways.

One great thing about this trend is that it’s possible with many motifs, all color and each season. Intricate and classic designs work in many wedding motifs, unlike modern motifs. Straight edge, and plainness can’t work in every wedding, which may be one reason that vintage is making a comeback.

Another cool fad that comes along with vintage dining ware is that family dinnerware can be used or be a source for inspiration for designing the place setting. It’s a sweet and simple return to old-fashionedness can will always be appreciated by family and friends. It will also add a homey, down-to-earth touch that can’t really be done another way in place settings.

For those who want some simply beauty, but with whimsy rather than old-fashionedness, colorful and playful details are the way to go. Using fruit, candy, feathers, or other out-of-the-ordinary, fun elements can do just this. And, if you have a specific theme, such as an old black and white movie, a county fair or something else, try to fit the theme to the tee to make it as authentic as possible. That greatly includes the dining experience.

No matter the theme of your wedding and how elegant and beautiful your design, make sure it includes your personality and greatly illustrates your motif.

 

photos @ Style Me Pretty

 


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Wedding of the Week: Simple Country Beauty

I fell in love with this wedding almost instantaneously. It is a perfect spring country wedding held in nature and full of color and elegant vintageness. Set in the woods of Tennessee, this Nashville wedding is a beautiful production of simple, rustic and easy country living. It has amazing unique twists though including an outside church and a polaroid photo booth. I especially loved the church set up outside, as it is something that I’ve never seen before. It was a cool idea to set up pews and an altar turning their space outdoors into an actual sanctuary. It’s a perfect way for those who want to get married in church but also want to do it outside. And the polaroid photo booth is the simple, down to earth and just plain friendly way to to have photo booth pictures. Now onto the classic beauty! Enjoy!

As always, congratulations to happy bride and groom!

photos @ Elizabeth Anne Designs


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claire - August 13, 2011 - 11:10 am

Sadly I don’t. I tried to look it up, but I couldn’t find any info for it. Sorry I couldn’t help

Katie - August 11, 2011 - 9:14 am

I really Love her bridesmaid dresses! Do you know where she got them from or who made them? Thanks

Fabulous Etsy Finds: Gardening

If you like to garden in the Summer, clap your hands.  Yeah me too, although I am admittedly not very good at it.  I have yet to meet a plant that I can keep alive for a full season.  But I still like to get in there with the smell of soil and sprinkling of water cans.  It is a mother-son activity around here.  I plant it, they drown it.  As I was pulling our gardening gear out of hibernation a few days ago, I realized that we could use a few new things.  So off to Etsy I went looking for one-of-a-kind garden finds.  Submitted for you approval, I give you my top picks.

$7

I have heard of these seed bombs before, but have never actually used them.  The idea is to throw them around anywhere you think could use a few wild flowers–be it your own backyard or a city park.  They are best used right before a good rain.  I think this would be a blast to do with the kiddos.  Its like a kind-hearted tagging excursion.

$3.95

These organic heirloom watermelons looked too good to pass up.  Sure I would probably kill them, but you might have better luck.

$2.25

I like to fancy myself a bit of a culinary dare devil.  So when I coming across something that I have never seen before in my seven years of cooking, it deserves a shout out.  These are organic heirloom purple beauty bell beppers (say that 3 times fast).  I may just have to pull out my Topsy Turvy and take a run at them.

$20

These plant markers take me away on a daydream of having a complete vegetable garden just steps outside my back door.  Where a perfect summer salad is just a few wrist twists away.  I probably will not get there any time soon, but I believe I will keep these around for inspiration.

$25

Gardening with children can get a little harried at times.  You have tools and seed packets everywhere, and little hands grabbing tools and seed packets.  This colorful apron gives you a place for everything so that you can keep everything in its place.   After all gardening is supposed to be relaxing, and nothing kills that buzz like digging a hole only to find your seeds scattered through out the grass.  Trust me, I know.

$20

This gardening crate is so simple and chic!  It makes ordinary vegetables look like Chef Ramsay’s vegetables.  It romanticizes the idea of eating a salad.  And it looks so darn charming on a table or counter.

$21.95

These gardening gloves have just enough frill to keep you feeling like a girl while you’re digging in the dirt.  They also protect your forearms from bug bites, scratches and the ever annoying shot of stray dirt down your cuff.


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Got a Marriage with Faith Differences?

I am all about having a happy marriage.  My parents got divorced when I was really young and though they continued to get along and actually still had a friendship, it was hard for me and my sister.  So, I made a vow to myself that the man I married would be “the one”.  And I did mean one.  Movie Star is incredible.  I know his sisters are probably laughing at that right now, but it’s totally true.  Maybe I just see a side of him that no one else gets to see.  If you are married, you probably know what I’m talking about.  It’s like he saves certain things about himself or certain thoughts or feelings only for me.  Okay, I didn’t mean for this to turn into a mush-fest over my man, but it has got me thinking about other couples I know.  I wonder, do they have what I have?  Or was “the knot” tied a little less than tight?  Don’t get me wrong, Movie Star and I have our ups and downs.  I’ve been relatively bitchy lately, overly preoccupied with this computer (which drives him up a wall) and had some issues with my side of the family that usually get us arguing.  Financially and career-wise things have not been good for sometime and we all know how that can drag any marriage through the ringer.  Regardless, I am blessed with him. I attribute it completely to our mutual and ever-growing faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit living in us and the Father who is ever-present, never changing and always working everything in our lives for good.  Without that common faith, we -individually and maritally- would be through. So, as I’ve been thinking about those who I know do not have a mutual faith relationship with their spouse (and I know plenty), I can not help but wonder how to encourage, how to help them stay the course when they feel like giving up.

Strangely enough as I have been reading through my Bible (I started a “Read Through the Bible in a Year” program 1 1/2 years ago….) I have been encountering far too many discussions from Paul in the New Testament on the subject of marriage.  Now I must confess I do have a Couple’s Devotional Bible, so I get little tidbits every few pages that further comment on what the Bible is saying.  I realized that there are some insights I wanted to share with any of you who married the man of your dreams only to wake up to someone you can’t even communicate with. And of course this can happen to any marriage, regardless if there are any faith differences.  So, if you are not having that specific problem, don’t click to another page!  Stick with me, this stuff crosses more boundaries than just this.

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ and find yourself married to a non-believer who can’t seem to understand you and your way of living, causing stress and strain on your marriage and life, don’t throw in the towel (though you may be seriously considering it).  Divorce is far too rampant in today’s society because most people haven’t learned, over the generations, to fight for something even though it’s harder than you think you can bear.  Yes, God wants all His believers to marry (be yoked with) others of faith in order to build a family of faith that will strengthen each other and spread the gospel.  However, sometimes we take our own way.  That’s called free-will.  God gave that to you because he loved you. He didn’t want to force you into anything (remember this…) You get to make your own choice and then you have to live with it.  I’m sure you love this person and the kids you have with them (if you are a parent) and therefore wouldn’t want to change those choices.  But you just wish the guy (or gal) would catch on to Jesus already!  Not only do you want to share with them the gloriousness of faith but it also makes parenting and decision making soooooo much easier.

If this sounds like you, I’m sure you’ve tried to “help” them change.  You’ve had dozens of discussions (or arguments), tried to encourage them to go to church with you or placed scriptures and a bible next to their side of the bed just hoping one day they’ll say ” well, why not!” But it hasn’t worked.  When reading through 1 Corinthians 7, I found one of my tidbits from Pastor and Writer Jay Kesler.  He reminds us that Paul is saying “Be faithful to Christ. Carry out your marital responsibilities in the best way you know how, and somehow the faithfulness of your life will speak to (your spouse) in the long run”.

The Long Run? I don’t want it in The Long Run.  I want it in the Quick Sprint.  My family needs change now, not many years from now.

Trust me, I know how you feel. There are many things in life that we want right now.  Especially from God.  We know He can do anything at any time, so why must it take the long way?  I have to tell you, I do not know.  That’s (to me) one of the mysteries of God. His timing.  I love and I hate it.

So then, one would assume it’s all about patience and perseverance, eh? I know, I hate those words too.  But Galations 5:22-23 tells us that they are fruits of the Holy Spirit. And don’t you want to posses fruits of the Spirit? Yes please!  Kesler also feels that “significant character change (seems not to be) possible without pain.  And perhaps it’s not possible for us to help another person grow without pain either”. Oooooo, heavy.  I dont mind enduring pain when I’m the one who needs to change, but when I have to suffer because of someone else, now that’s just down-right cruel. However when I think about this in terms of just being myself (a faith-filled, right-doing, non-judgmental woman in Christ) it doesn’t seem so hard.  Wouldn’t you rather have your spouse decide on their own to join you in services or pick up the bible instead of being forced or guilted into it?  Isn’t the whole point for this person to actually change for the better so that your love can grow strong and your children raised right?

This reminds me of the true-story film The Prize-Winner of Defiance, Ohio (I know Claire….. Movie Star watches it too much) where the Mother consistently lives her life, raising 12 children and a drunken husband, with a smile on her face and a positive outlook on every situation.  Now, that may seem impossible to live up to, but she was trying to get her attitude to rub off on her family in order to make life better for all (including herself).  And as Kelly, the drunken husband who’s depressed in the kitchen, said:

“You know what your problem is, Mother?”

“No Dad, I don’t.” (Mother says as she’s smiling and swaying to a commercial jingle)

“You’re too damn Happy.”

All the kids in the living room laugh with their Mother as she finishes with “Oh Kelly, how do you come up with this stuff?” You see, even he recognized her attitude and though he didn’t share her sentiment, at least he saw it.  I won’t give away the ending, but eventually, he made it up to her ….. in the end.

So, if life seems unbearable because of your faith differences in marriage, just listen to the Lord: “If a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she should not divorce him.  For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife through her believing husband. (1 Cor. 7: 13-14) How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife? (1 Cor. 7: 16)”  He is telling us that by believing we have sanctified our spouse.  Now if they are sanctified, I’m sure the Lord will be pressing into them as often as possible. But He also says that we can not save them.  Only He can do that.  Simply put your faith in Him in this matter, courageously gather up all the patience you can muster and always do what is right in the eyes of the Lord, before your spouse.  In the long run ….. the Lord will save.


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