January 29

Gotta love a pretty silver shoe, especially when its got such great texture!

More silver patent leather shoesday goodness here:

Photographer: Nancy Ray

Editorial: Old World Elegance Wedding Ideas

January 28

I’m absolutely smitten with this old world elegance editorial photographed by KT Merry and styled by Style Serendipity and shot on location in Ireland. How awesome are these Irish wolfhounds with their garland collars?

Castle Leslie is a fully functioning hotel and wedding location. I would seriously die and go to heaven if I got to a design a wedding here.

In keeping with the old world vibe, invitations were printed on pretty handkerchiefs, crown book marks served as favors, and lace up shoes from BHLDN captured the timeless feel.

A delicately beaded Jenny Packman gown added to the elegant feel…

Soft blooms such as peonies, roses, veronica, and astilbe made up the bride’s bouquet.

An elegant scroll nailed to an ivy covered tree serves as seating chart.

The ivy covered walls of the castle makes a beautiful background for the dinner table draped with a garland over lace and accented with velvet details.

Thanks KT for sharing this beautiful editorial!


Photographer: KT Merry
Reception Venue: Castle Leslie
Invitation Suite, Menu, Program and Seating Chart : Slideshow Press
Bride’s Dress: Samuelle Couture
Hairstylist: The Vintage Bride
Makeup Artist: Jennifer Ireland
Flowers & Decor: Best Buds Florists
Groom’s Attire: David Fittin

Lemon-licious + Weekend Links

January 25

Ah, I am so late (seems to be the theme this week) but I thought I’d share some inspiring photos that I was using for a top secret shoot this week… The location had citrus up the ying yang, and Nancy Neil, Ayda and I made some pretty things happen with it… I hope to share more soon, but in the mean time, some lemon-licious ideas:

I want some Lemon Coconut Sugar Cookies

A lemon inspired wedding shoot

Let’s spend an afternoon in a citrus grove

Mix up some lavender lemonade

What’s better than homemade lemon bars?

Sinful Lemon Curd

Photos: Top row, left & right: Veronika Studer, unknown, image via Bottom Row, left & right: James Carriere, Anna Williams

Engagement: Love over Coffee & Tarts

January 23

Today I’m so excited to share our very own “On the Rocks” editor, Melissa, engagement pictures! Shot in LA by my girl Kirsten of Beaux Arts Photographie, Kirsten picked this adorable cafe to capture their love over coffee & tarts…

Melissa and Jeff are getting married this April and we’re designing a decidedly glamorous and sparkly affair.

Congrats you two!


January 22

Nothing like some distressed wood to set off some fabulous Jimmy Choos, no? And you can pick up a pair for yourself right here.

More sparkly shoesday goodness:


Photographer: Michael & Anna Costa

Watercolor Moments

January 21

A little post today (since it is technically a holiday) of some pretty watercolor moments. How cute are these DIY water color tags? They’d make for some cute escort cards!

Pair actual watercolor elements with watercolor flowers (how pretty are the clematis on the left?) and you’ve got a pretty, soft, spring look I love… See you tomorrow, I’m off to prep for a shoot… you can get a sneak peek of what I’m up to right here

Top left photo via Eat Drink Chick Top right photo via Once Wed. Bottom left photo: Christopher Baker, bottom right photo: Beatriz da Costa

On the Rocks + Weekend Links

January 18

From the archives, this lady-like Mint Julep will no doubt keep you warm and snuggly especially given the unusual cold weather we’ve been having in Santa Barbara (and yes 40 degrees is cold, to me anyway). You can mix up this pretty lady with:


2 dashes of bitters

1 tsp of maple syrup

1 1/2 shots of bourbon

Fresh mint

*In a martini shaker, muddle a few mint leaves, add bitters, maple syrup, and bourbon, shake well and serve up with a few mint leaves for garnish

And around the web, I’ve spied a number of tasty libations, here are a few of my favorites:

Cider Rum Punch via the Sweetest Occasion

El Calle Real via Mrs. Lilien

Orange Rosemary Spritz via Snippet & Ink

Champagne three ways via Could I Have that

Blood Orange Margarita via Annie’s Eats

And you can browse all the On the Rocks posts right here.

Photographer: Nancy Neil