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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Letterpress: Paperedtogether

{images from paperedtogether}

A little letterpress in Minneapolis that prints an assortment of custom jobs {stationery, wedding invitations, announcements, business cards, cd/album jackets, coasters, etc.} as well as a complete line of letterpress-printed greeting cards and coasters. To see more of Paperedtogether wedding invitations go here, for custom jobs go here and be sure to check out the shop here

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

little honeymoon adventures: Morocco

By Kira Wind

I've invited my best friend Kira, a.k.a, little miss globe trotter, to guest blog on little honeymoon adventures today. A couple of posts back, she was kind enough to share insider tips on how to have an ultimate Nantucket honeymoon. To read about it go here. And today she will transport us over to exotic Morocco.

There are few places as romantic and mysterious and Morocco. It’s hot, cold, dry, spicy, sultry, sweet and mystical. If you’re looking for a honeymoon that will take you completely out of your element and drop you thousands of years in ago in a land rich with history, culture, tradition and personality, Morocco is a trip of a lifetime. There are many ways to see and experience Morocco – too much in fact. In your planning process you’re going to have to make some difficult decisions about what you desperately can’t miss and what you’ll skip. If you’re going in the summer (namely July and August), you may want to take into account the extreme heat. If any of your itinerary includes more than an evening ride into the Sahara and a sunrise ride out, consider traveling in the Spring or Winter. The sun is blistering hot and there’s nothing less romantic than heat stroke. There are many fantastic ways to see the country, but the safest, easiest and most interesting is to hire a driver/tour guide. Your driver is your key into this beautiful and unusual culture and country.
Some of the most interesting adventures in Morocco include camels, sand dunes, waterfalls and long, beautiful hikes. There are also sites for the more leisurely travelers, but there’s just so much to see and do that you’ll want to bring a great pair of sneakers and some sunscreen and do everything Morocco has to offer. As far as lodging, Morocco stands apart. In most cities and even in some villages, Riads are generally a fantastic choice. These are old palaces that have been converted for the modern traveler, maintaining all of the architectural integrity and incorporating all of the modern conveniences of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels. There’s a Riad for all tastes and budgets – so be adventurous. This isn’t where you want to be looking for a Marriott.

Karim, one of the managers of Kasbah Omar will take you on the best hike of your life. Exploring high mountain villages, natural water falls and swimming holes –you’ll forget the heat of the city and lose yourself in a beautiful mountain wilderness.

Kasbah Omar Ourika, High Atlas Mountains

Dades Valley

Dades Valley, Gorges

Driving out to the Saraha

Setting up camp in the Merzouga Dunes

After a delicious meal cooked for you under starlight, the local Berber evening entertainment begins.
The only way in and out of the Dunes is by camel or dromedary. Your guides will lead you.

You may feel a little sandy upon returning from the desert. No better way to wash off than with a traditional Moroccan hammam. This exfoliating treatment will leave you soft and radiant. Most hotels and Riads offer this spa option.

Marrakech has plenty of best in class hotels to choose from. La Sultana offers five star luxury accommodations, dining and spa options. Other luxury resort options in Marrakech include:

La Mamounia
La Villa des Orangers
Palmeraie Golf Palace & Resort

It’s hard to go wrong dining in Morocco. Local tajines, juices and breads are delicious options no matter which part of the country you find yourself. Orance juices are particularly good, as is the local olive oil. If you’re invited into someone home for a meal, don’t decline. This will be your most memorable evening in Morocco!

Moroccan crafts are stunning. Whether you’re shopping for lighting fixtures, antique jewelry boxes, carpets, perfume bottles or pottery, you’ll be sure to find unique objects all over the country. The medinas (or old walled cities) are the best places to find the most authentic goods, so be sure to bring a certified tour guide and start exploring!

How to get there…
Royal Air Maroc
Daily flights from JFK to Casablanca (and domestic connections to Fes, Marrakech, etc…)
When planning your itinerary, consider skipping Casablanca altogether and connecting to one of the main cities. A connection from Casablanca to Fes is just about an hour of flying time and will cut hours off of your drive. A sample week long itinerary includes Fes, Merzouga Dunes in the Sahara, Ouarzazate, Ourika/High Atlas Mountains and Marrakech.

{Photography by Kira Wind}

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Photographer Spotlight: Paloma Images

{photos by Paloma Images}
I thought I'd share these two enchanting weddings photographed by Paloma Images.
The first wedding was held at the Malibu Nature Preserve, while the other was one held at a winery in Napa. A little nature mixed with love, aren't they just gorgeous? The two creative forces behind these lovely images are photographer, Fontaine Su and James Erin de Jauregui, based in Pasadena, California. To see more of their wedding photography go here and be sure to check out their blog here. And now that you have photography figured out you might want head over to here for some modern invitations, designed by Courtney de Jauregui's.
Guess creativity runs in the family......

Monday, July 28, 2008

Magda Berliner

{images via Magda Berliner}

I'm kinda of digging the one of a kind vintage wedding dress by stylist/designer, Magda Berliner.
Go here to see more of her unique little everyday frocks

Friday, July 25, 2008

The EAD Library

{image via EAD}

Before you close that laptop and head out for a lazy summer weekend, be sure to take a peak at Elizabeth Anne Designs new library site here. It's an amazing! The Library is filled with hundreds of useful links, from photographers to shops to stationers. comprehensive list of vendors. The Library will help every bride, no matter her location, find the vendors and inspiration she needs for a beautiful event.

Dolls and Lace

{images via dolls & lace}

When I was planning our wedding last year, I stumbled upon these beautiful velvet flowers.
So, for those that can't get to Tinsel Town Trading in NYC, don't fret, this place here is a fantastic source for vintage millinery, lace and more.

Botox Bridemaids

{vintage movie poster from here}

I know it can be a little crazy when it comes to wedding details but there is a limit, right? Apparently not, according to one bride featured in today's style section of the NYtimes she believes cosmetic intervention is a must when it comes to "styling" not only herself but also her little ladies in waiting. If anything, this article will bring you back down from that fluffy bridezilla cloud you've been floating on and let you move on with your bridal blogging day with some giggles. Go here to read the full article

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

little honeymoon adventures: British Columbia part 2

Vancouver Island

Today, I give you part 2 of little honeymoon adventures in British Columbia.
I am whisking you away from the mountains to a little enchanting town called, Tofino, located in the Pacific Rim region of Vancouver Island.
Life here revolves around the
arts, outdoor adventure and the spectacular nature.
his spot is the perfect setting for that couple looking for a bit of wilderness and luxury. For a secluded and romantic getaway go here and those looking for something a bit more rustic with a hint of ultra luxury go here.
Need I say more?

SLEEP in Tofino

ACTIVITIES around Vancouver Island
Whale Watching
Bear Watching
Sunset tours
Sea Kayaking
Mountain Biking
Surfing in Tofino
Pacific Rim Parks

more travel information check out this blog here

Sunken Garden at Butchchart

How to get there go here
here and here
for more information on Tofino go here and for Vancouver Island here

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Love Bird Cake Topper

{images via Bills Flower Market}

Still on the hunt for cake toppers? These adorable love birds could do the trick, not to mention they're budget friendly! More of these little creatures can be found
here at Bill's Flower Market, located in the heart of the NYC Flower Market. There you will find a wide selection of glass vases, plastic containers, artificial birds & butterflies, ribbon, feathers, candles, floral supplies and fresh flowers for all those DIY wedding projects you plan to do.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Archive Vintage

{images via Archive Vintage}

Archive Vintage is a Dallas-based web site filled with beautiful vintage fashion.
How about these little accessories, a delicate Victorian top and a rare 1940's Alencon lace veil, perfect for any vintaged inspired wedding. For more fashion treasures go here