Things I Love | Baby’s Breath

Just a little floral inspiration for you this lovely Thursday. This is another trend that I think is amazing: baby’s breath! So simple, but so lovely!


Source: Left, Right


Do you love them too?

Sarah {A Paper Proposal} - September 1, 2011 - 8:52 pm

Yes, I most certainly DO! It’s kind of funny, because I remember when everyone HATED baby’s breath…it was always known as that cheesy stuff mixed in with red roses? But then, someone thought it deserved to be appreciated on its own, and voila! Amazing! Love how modern it always looks.

Erin - September 1, 2011 - 9:36 pm

I used to hate it, but I absolutely love the way it’s used now. I think my main flowers will be hydrangeas and baby’s breath (with lots of candles and mason jars!) :)

Kismet - September 2, 2011 - 4:27 pm

As the ladies have already said- didn’t like it earlier but like how it is being used now- without other flowers-I think those flowers they were paired with took away from their beauty.

Bree [capitolromance] - September 2, 2011 - 4:45 pm

love this – so simply and summery. but a poof of unique too!

Adrienne O'Connor (Ruffles & Tweed) - September 2, 2011 - 7:12 pm

baby’s breath really can be absolutely stunning – and I love the way it’s used here for the boutonnieres!

Layla Mayville {Simply Savannah Events} - September 5, 2011 - 1:33 pm

Very pretty! I love baby’s breath and also used then for my booth at a bridal show… can see them here:

WrappedCouture (Lissahn) - September 5, 2011 - 2:37 pm

Baby’s breath is making a comeback! It used to be the cheesy stuff but it’s now being paired with some really elegant things and looks classy and even modern at times.

Stephanie Elizabeth {Fab You Bliss} - September 5, 2011 - 4:01 pm

Ooohhh, I love the Baby’s Breath bouquets. Very pretty!

Jessica@TWB - September 6, 2011 - 10:31 am

I love the way people have been using this as a stand alone floral element more and more, and not as just the “throw away” filler in arrangements. It’s so much more powerful when there’s alot of it.

Laura - September 6, 2011 - 4:53 pm

I love babies breath when it is solo… so lovely!!! One summer I am going to grow it :)

chandra ~ oh lovely day - September 7, 2011 - 5:03 pm

when done right, baby’s breath is breathtaking :)

Alyx - November 15, 2011 - 8:51 pm

so simple and so beautiful :X

Guest Post | You Are The Best Thing

Hello friends. Remember a couple weeks ago when I was sharing some music tips over at The Charity Wedding? Well today, we have the pleasure of having the lovely Alicia here with us. If you have not checked out The Charity Wedding, you definitely should – find out how Alicia and her hubby put on a beautiful wedding and gave to charity at the same time! The blog is a great source of wedding inspiration.

Alicia and her husband did not have the easiest time selecting their music, (I’m sure some of you can relate!) and today she’s sharing with us a bit about that process and the choices they ended up making. Give her a warm welcome.

Melissa Dunstan Photography

When it came to planning our wedding, music selection was one of the last things we did. Of all the planning elements, music just hovered over me. I knew I had to tackle the task but I didn’t want to. The thing was we love music, everything from oldies, to country, to pop songs. But we don’t know music, by that I mean we aren’t the type that can just pull out great songs and the people who sing them from the top of our heads nor did we have any must have options that made the list easy. To be honest, music selection over whelmed me. It would have been easier if I just didn’t care as then I could have told our DJ to just do his thing. But we did care, we wanted great music and we wanted truly meaningful songs for the big moments like walking down the aisle and our first dance. I spent a lot of time searching for options on the internet, but I felt like the options were cliché or just not us. Since music wasn’t really our thing, I decided it was best to look outside the box and get inspiration from areas of our life that we were more interested in. I started to think of things that Kyle and I like to do together and I also started to think of memories in general of my childhood or other aspects that would bring meaning to a song. Below are some of the songs we selected and why…

  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version)– Used for the processional of the Wedding party and Kyle and his parents. Why? I grew up watching the Wizard of Oz on repeat. I saw it as a tribute to our childhood, our lives before we were a couple, and symbolic of the fact that we were moving on to a life together. It represented the rite of passage we were about to undertake.
  • Stars and Butterflies (Jean-Yves Thibaudet) –Used for my procession down the aisle. It is a musical score from the movie Pride and Prejudice, my absolute favorite movie and one that Kyle and I have watched many times together. Of course Pride and Prejudice is an epic love story which made the choice all the more meaningful as I walked down the aisle to marry my Mr. Darcy.
  • Lucky (Jason Mraz)- Used after we were announced as husband and wife at the end of the ceremony. Why? We like Jason Mraz and that song. We wanted something fun and upbeat that would get the guests excited. And of course, we both felt incredibly lucky to be married and to be best friends.
  • You Are The Best Thing (Ray LaMontange)- Used for our First Dance. Anyone that knows Kyle and I, knows that we are not the type to engage in public displays of affection. Dancing to some sappy song, super slowly in front of 100 guests just wasn’t us. It wouldn’t have felt sweet, it would have felt awkward. We wanted a song with sweet lyrics that was a little more upbeat, something that we could have fun with. The jazzy beat of this song was absolutely perfect. We twirled around while our guests surrounded us waving sparklers.

When all was said and done, we loved our song choices and while the song itself may have not held major meaning to our relationship, the reason behind the choices made the songs special to us. If you are in the same boat as we were, I’d encourage you to look for other areas of your life that bring you joy and find songs that represent that in some way. Who cares if a song has been used a thousand times or if no one has ever heard it, it is your wedding and as long as you like the song, that is all that matters.

Thanks so much for sharing with us Alicia!

Alicia @CharityWedding - August 31, 2011 - 4:32 pm

Ohhh I forgot I was guest posting today! Thanks so much for having me!

The Perfect Palette - August 31, 2011 - 8:22 pm

sweet post :) thanks for sharing. Very informative.

xo, chrissy
The Perfect Palette

Sarah {A Paper Proposal} - August 31, 2011 - 10:17 pm

I really tried to make sure that most of the songs we played at our wedding had personal meaning, too! I can understand why it can be difficult – I remember it was a process for us, as well. I think it’s a great idea to just start a playlist early on, and keep adding to it as you think of songs. It’s hard to think of all of the songs you want off the top of your head, so the earlier you start thinking about it, the better, in my opinion!

Rhiannon {Hey Gorg} - August 31, 2011 - 11:06 pm

I adore Alicia :) And I adore You Are the Best Thing, too. We used that as the song that plays when we were announced as Mr and Mrs at the alter. I loved that moment! xo

Stephanie Elizabeth {Fab You Bliss} - September 1, 2011 - 12:52 am

Great post! Alicia, I had the most difficult time with our first dance as well because every song just seemed so sappy to me. Eventually we ended up choosing Miles Davis’s “It Never Entered My Mind”. Such a lovely instrumental and we did a slow Rumba, (maybe not perfectly), but it was fun and meaningful for us as well.

Orly Lyndon {the boutique photographer} - September 1, 2011 - 10:04 am

I just love how much a simple song can mean so much x

Erika {Borrowed&Bleu} - September 1, 2011 - 4:56 pm

I love your song selections and the meaning behind them, Alicia! Somewhere Over the Rainbow is an awesome choice.

Alicia @CharityWedding - September 1, 2011 - 5:54 pm

Thank you for all the sweet comments ladies!

Bree [capitolromance] - September 2, 2011 - 4:47 pm

finding out the reason’s behind song choices is the best thing ever in my opinion. i LOVE when couples have a special reason for the selection. i think everyone should do like Alicia/her husband did!

Grand Palace - September 17, 2011 - 3:00 am

You have really interesting blog, keep up posting such informative posts!

casse monitor - November 9, 2011 - 4:06 am

Hi, this is a great post! Thanks..

Dear Mr. Someday


Whenever I’m with my family I think about Mr. Someday a lot. How he will fit in with our bunch, whether he will get along with my brothers-in-law, whether my parents and sisters will love him as much as I do, whether my nieces and nephews will adjust to calling him “uncle” even though they’re getting older. I wonder a lot of things. So I thought I’d post about it. I actually have a list that I made on my personal blog about a year ago as a result of a writing workshop that I thought I’d share with you guys. The assignment of the workshop was to share 50 things that you look for in a potential partner/spouse. I remember enjoying myself as I brainstormed. Here is what I came up with:

1. He loves Jesus
2. He cares about people
3. He makes me laugh
4. He thinks I’m funny
5. He’s smarter than I am
6. He makes me feel smart
7. He’s good with kids
8. He loves music
9. He’s creative
10. He’s outgoing (to balance me out)
11. He’s honest
12. He’s tolerant of all people
13. He accepts people (especially me) as they are
14. He’s trustworthy
15. He cares about family
16. He’s adventurous
17. He puts faith first
18. He knows how to be a leader
19. He’s attractive! (To me)
20. He’s attracted to me
21. He knows how to apologize
22. He knows how to forgive
23. He can communicate his feelings
24. He wants to be a father
25. He has Godly wisdom
26. He has a silly side
27. He’s fun to be with
28. He’s romantic
29. He’s confident
30. He’s humble
31. He’s passionate
32. He’s strong
33. He knows what he wants
34. We have chemistry
35. He has strong values
36. He’s spiritual
37. He’s generous
38. He can hold me accountable
39. He’s compassionate
40. He’s educated
41. He works hard
42. He plays hard
43. He can be spontaneous
44. He’s good with his money (because one of us should be!)
45. He’s respectful
46. He’s sweet
47. He loves animals (or at least dogs!)
48. He seeks God’s will for His life
49. He’s flawed
50. He’s perfect! For me.:)

Dear Mr. Someday,

Think you can measure up? I have faith that you can and will.


Jenny ~ Something Old, Something New - August 30, 2011 - 1:11 pm

Love this post – that perfect guy is definitelt out there for us all. I love this idea of writing these 50 things down!

The Perfect Palette - August 30, 2011 - 1:54 pm

i love this post! great list :) He’s out there!

xo, chrissy
The Perfect Palette

Cris of Kiss My Tulle - August 30, 2011 - 6:27 pm

I did this a long time ago and the two things on my list were: just like my dad and just like my best friend. My husband is both.

Laurel G - August 30, 2011 - 11:12 pm

great list!

Melina - August 31, 2011 - 12:24 am

I just love the list idea because the faith in it alone brings that right man to you. We women cannot settle for less and definitely need to trust that God will guide his daughters to their loves :-)

chandra ~ oh lovely day - August 31, 2011 - 2:46 pm

It is great to know what you want in a partner, and it looks like you do. I’m sure you’ll find him :)

Chrisalen - September 1, 2011 - 9:07 pm

How wonderful! Just imagine the day when you will be able to share this list with him!

Song Inspiration | My Favorite Things

I had a great weekend with my family, in very hot Southern California. I hope all you East Coasters are safe and doing well!

I have a new series that I’m pretty excited about: song inspiration. Inspiration boards inspired by song lyrics! Although it’s August, I’m getting a bit wintery over here, because this is actually the song that gave me the idea: Favorite Things, from the Sound Of Music. Lyrics are below the board. It makes me feel warm and cozy and ready for winter! What do you think?

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad

If you think of any songs that would make a great inspiration board, let me know! I love a challenge. Happy Monday!

Laura - August 29, 2011 - 9:23 pm

So beautiful!!! I absolutely love it… I am going to think up a “song challenge ” to send over to you!

Isabelle - August 29, 2011 - 10:59 pm

LOVELY!!!! Very inspirational, as always!

Jenny ~ Something Old, Something New - August 30, 2011 - 12:53 pm

Love this idea! And what a great first post – you really illustrated the song!

Bree [capitolromance] - August 30, 2011 - 1:17 pm

omg i LOVE this idea Colleen!! Seriously, SUCH a fabulous idea. More couples need to use a song as their wedding theme :)

Jessica [Shimmer+Silk] - August 30, 2011 - 5:38 pm

Such a neat idea! And a gorgeous board!

Rhiannon {Hey Gorg} - August 31, 2011 - 11:07 pm

This is so fabulous!! Who would have thought of something so rad? Only you :) xo

Kathy - September 7, 2011 - 10:31 pm

So beautiful, and I think I may know where your inspiration
came from!! : )

Announcement + Link Love

Hi guys! I’m in So. Cal. right now, basking in the sun, but I wanted to leave you with some good stuff before you head off for your weekend fun.

First up: ANNOUNCEMENT. Good news!!! We are keeping the contest for FREE Wedding Photography open for another month! We will continue to take entries until September 30th at 11:59 pm, Pacific time. We will announce the finalists Saturday, October 1st. Voting will take place until October 15th, and the winner will be announced Monday, October 17th. Thank you so much to those who have entered, and looking forward to more great entries!!

I will leave you with some of my recent favorites around the blogosphere.

Starting with… A ridiculously cute engagement shoot.

Via The Wedding Pickle

Not one but TWO fabulous posts on music sheet wedding details!

Spotted on No Impact Bride

Spotted on Capitol Romance

Love is: sitting on the porch in rocking chairs, playing a ukulele. (But seriously, this engagement shoot is amazing.)

Via Southern Aisle

Pastel rainbow palette. Perfection.

From (Where else?) The Perfect Palette

Now. Want to see a wedding in those colors? Of course you do.

Via Green Wedding Shoes

Ok lovelies, that’s all for today. Hope you all have a beautiful weekend!

Bree [capitolromance] - August 26, 2011 - 1:20 pm

thanks for the link love lady :) enjoy that socal sun while we brace for Hurricane Irene over here in DC !!

The Perfect Palette - August 26, 2011 - 6:41 pm

AW! Thanks for sharing, Colleen :)

xo, chrissy
The Perfect Palette

Wrapped Couture - August 27, 2011 - 3:29 am

I’m loving those music note flowers!

Stephanie Elizabeth {Fab You Bliss} - August 29, 2011 - 1:32 pm

Hope you had or are having a nice time here in California :-)

Kismet - August 29, 2011 - 5:07 pm

I love anything to do with music sheets!

Sandra Downie @ - August 30, 2011 - 12:55 pm

Love the soft color palette from Chrissy and the mixed bridesmaid dresses.