Going, Going, Gone

31 October 2008

One of my favorite “vintage” wedding traditions is the going away suit – such a fun and classic throwback that adds a last surprise at the end of the night. It reminds me of old movies, Grace Kelly, soft wrist-length kid gloves… and as an added bonus, it will probably make your grandmother happy!

Here’s what Cotton Inc (of all places!?) had to say about this tradition:

“After the wedding, the newlyweds would disappear to change into the going-away attire. The bride then emerged, sneaking into the getaway car with her husband dressed in an appropriate style for travel on train or plane: a well-tailored skirt suit, stockings, a hat and pumps. “

Clary’s outfit (from a Real Wedding on Southern Weddings) is my most recent love:

{Both photos by Christopher Record Photography}

Talk about vintage charm! I love the idea that some of my photos could look like they came straight out of my parents’ wedding album.

Would you consider changing into a going away outfit or would you rather wear your dress as long as possible?

Jenna Lyons House Tour

25 October 2008

Jenna Lyons, the Creative Director at J. Crew, has a house that looks like it was lifted out of the pages of their catalog – but I guess that’s no surprise!

Two views of the kitchen:

I can’t get over the yellow striped ceiling and the fireplace typography in the nursery. So chic, but it looks comfy, too.

And of course, a room-sized closet:

How great is that settee? See all of the photos and some sources here. Thanks to Chelsea at {frolic} for the tip!

Inspiration Board #2: Green Apples

23 October 2008

Green apple green adds just the right pop to an otherwise classic black and white palette. Details I’m loving in this board include the centerpieces of apple “topiaries” piled on vintage glass and milk glass cake stands and the bride’s snappy heels. I could see this board translated into either a spring wedding – the green lends itself perfectly to that season, and the apples would be complemented nicely with fresh grass centerpieces – or a fall wedding, if you’re looking for something different than the usual brown, red, and orange scheme.

Mood: fun, fresh, classic
Palette: green apple, black, and white

{Click to enlarge!}

apple topiaries via {frolic}, green heels photo by Amy Squires via Style Me Pretty, portrait by Tanja Lippert Photography, tall centerpiece via Style Me Pretty, escort cards by Oh, How Charming! via Style Me Pretty, tablescape via Weddingbee