This week I’m able to proudly say I made a huge dent in my To-Do list! It feels great to have all of this done, done and done! I couldn’t be happier with the finished product 🙂 This boutonniere for Cham is my new ultimate favorite. Also, while I love the fact that all the mom’s and grandmom are going to have their fabulous corsages to wear again and again after the wedding, I think when this is all over I’ll have to make another one of each just for myself!

Cham's "Bee" inspired boutonniere.

Emplume™ boutonniere collection.

Mother of the Bride corsage.

Emplume™ corsage for the Mother of the Groom.

Kathlene’s corsage by Emplume™.

Corsage for Grandmother of the Groom.

1-Groom boutonniere

2-Groomsmen boutonnieres

2-Dads boutonnieres

1-Usher bout.

1-Ring bearer bout.

2-Moms corsages

1-Stepmom corsage

1-Grandmother corsage

WHEW! onward…..the next couple of days will be devoted to centerpieces and favors with some help from my Dad and Kathlene. We’ll be picking up where my mom and sister left off a couple of weeks back. I’m hoping for some more big check-off marks on my list by the end of this weekend!

Have a wonderful one!



As soon as my sister Lindsay began planning her wedding, I knew I had to link her up with our fabulous friend Renee who creates the most wonderful wedding invitations!  Together they came up with these amazing “honey bee” themed invitations that perfectly communicate to guests the simple elegant mood of the event. A whisper of glamour is in the details with a shimmering charcoal gray envelope and fine silver cording that ties the buzzing bee to the graceful yellow flower. Gorgeous!

Honey Bee themed invitations by Renee Rodriguez Designs.

Address label

Bee themed invites! Designed by Renee Rodriguez Designs

Reply card

More examples of Renee’s amazing work can be viewed at her website www.reneerodriguezdesigns.com/ Also visit her fun and inspiring blog Musings by Renee.

Thank you Renee!


Aerin’s dress & a pillow

It has literally been forever since I have sewn clothes. I was a little nervous about taking on the flowergirl dress. My fear was more related to not knowing how much time this would take to finish rather than how it would turn out. In total it took me roughly 15 hours to complete, but it really felt like it took one day since I was in the basement for 12 of those hours on Saturday { This was closely recorded by my husband, who was a little disgruntled at not having my company during the Spartans season opener this year. } But everything was going so well and turning out so cute I just couldn’t stop really 🙂 This is where I started- a pattern I planned to modify, an inspiration dress photo and some gorgeous yellow silk fabric….

Flowergirl dress inspiration photo.

Dress pattern to be modified into inspiration dress.

The pattern was easy to follow but not very true to size- It was very big! I used pattern pieces for Dress C-top and Dress A-skirt to get the look of the inspiration dress. I ended up still cutting another 7″ off the skirt length and took in about an 1 1/2″ in the back before putting in the zipper. I did not use a pattern for the sash/bow. This was purely educated guesswork 🙂 Love how it turned out!

Accomplishments from the weekend!

 The ring pillow was completely inspired by some fabulous scrap fabric I had and the big flower in the inspiration dress photo. I couldn’t be happier with the way this pillow turned out. I especially love how the mixture of fabulous silk damask {on the back & edge} and simple cream linen {front} gives the perfect balance of rustic glamour Lindsay is looking for in her wedding details. I can’t wait for my sister to see this in person!

Emplume custom ring pillow.

1-ring bearer pillow

1-flowergirl dress

Yea! now on to the rest  of it 🙂


T- 30 days

The procrastinator’s countdown begins….

Today there is officially one month left before my sister’s wedding. GASP!

During this month I will attempt to not only fabricate all that needs to be fabricated for this highly anticipated and extremely special event, but also document and share my accomplishments and possible failures here with you! {I am laughing hysterically now  b/c quite clearly it’s nearly impossible for me to update my blog any other time when I’m not experiencing chest pains :)} Oh Lordie….

So here’s what the next thirty days has in store:

1-Bridal bouquet

2- Maid bouquets

1-Groom boutonniere

2-Groomsmen boutonnieres

2-Dads boutonnieres

1-Usher bout.

1-Ringbearer bout.

2-Moms corsages

1-Stepmom corsage

1-Grandmother corsage

1-Bridal hair fascinator

1- Flowergirl dress for my daughter

1- Flowergirl wand

1-Ringbearer pillow

2-Maid reception accessories ( hairpieces or corsages? hmmm)

OK so that’s my list. Then 2 weeks ago I got my sister’s list meant just for me! I know it was given from her heart with lots of trust and love….heh heh:

15- Dinner table centerpieces

5ish-Cocktail table centerpieces

150- Preparing and assembling guest favors

1-Design and create a cake decoration

So the good news is that most of these things are all in various stages of completion lucky for her 🙂 But the list is long. It also doesn’t include the fact that I am a wife and mother and a business owner 🙂 Or that I’d also like to lose 10 pounds, whiten my teeth and get my hair colored, eyebrows waxed and nails done 🙂

It’s 30 days. I can’t wait to see all these things materialize! I know everything will be wonderful and beautiful and perfect just like my sister. Love you Lins!

Once again we are screaming over the obnoxious talent of our fabulous friend Renee @ Renee Rodriguez Designs! We recently asked Renee to design alter egos for us to use on custom stationary as well as incorporate into our website and blog. We are beyond thrilled with what she came up with!

Meet Shannon & Carrie

I would like to introduce you to two fabulous ladies, Shannon & Carrie, of Emplume Moderne Couture Bouquets. Five years ago they started their creative business designing couture wedding bouquets from feathers, gems, ribbons and more. Their creations are absolutely stunning.

About a year ago they asked me to help them with their brochure design and marketing plan, a mission I gladly accepted. We meet once a month at Emplume headquarters and discuss their fabulous business over delicious martinis and yummy treats. (tough job, but someone has to do it)

Now these lovely ladies really love my “girly girls” and asked if I would draw both of them for their custom stationery. How could I refuse?

First I would like to introduce you to Shannon.

Emplume Shannon

She loves, loves, loves jewels, especially giant cocktail rings and wearing layers and layers of necklaces. Shannon has extremely good taste and an amazing creative mind.

Now, on to my other fabulous friend Carrie, too darn cute for words. She has a swanky little walk is always pulled together with perfection. She too has an affection for jewels and is the other creative mastermind behind Emplume.
Emplume Carrie

So now that you have met my lovely friends, you can see how gorgeous they look together on their beautiful new thank you notes. The will be printed on creamy stock and then embellished with a few swarovski crystals – I know shocking, right?

Emplume Thank you blog

If you would like to take a look at their stunning bouquets visit their Emplume website here. In addition to bouquets, they design hair accessories, corsages, wrist corsages, shoe clips and much more.**

**Copied from Musings by Renee Rodriguez July 19 2010.

Shannon and I are in love with every gorgeous ego she designs. See what I mean by visiting her very sassy and girly website reneerodriguezdesigns.com and blog Musings by Renee Rodriguez. Renee has also published a book filled with pages of different wonderful girls, each with a fabulous wish for you! Hence the title  ‘Fabulous Wishes For You’. This delightful little book makes a great gift for all your special girlfriends 🙂 Get a copy to share here!

Nothing! This video clip by Jamie Honce has been on continuous replay ever since we first hit “PLAY”! Jamie’s inspirational work has been a huge part of our overall vision for the ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s‘ inspired photo shoot we did last month w/ Nicole Ladonne. I am personally a huge wedding video junkie. This is probably mostly due to the fact that one of my biggest wedding “Do Overs” would be to have a wedding video of my own- precisely like the artful, modern style of video by Jamie Honce Productions. Not all wedding video is created equal to be sure, but do yourself a favor and spend some time on Jamie’s website and blog. His work is so top notch.

But first, do nothing else until you watch this! 🙂

As usual it has been a long while in between blog posts, but I promise you that this one will be worth the wait! We have been so busy designing and creating our new 2011 collection – to be debuted on our totally revamped website very soon. But just in case that takes a little longer than we want it to… here is a sneak peek from Nicole LaDonne photography.

We cannot thank our fabulous vendors and models enough! Stay tuned for more! xo~ emplume