Wednesday, December 2, 2009


image via we heart it

i'm sure some of you have seen this coming - well it's pretty obvious, since I'm not around posting anymore. but when i started c is for charmed i never really had any intention of anyone reading it. i was just looking for a place to store inspirations and to have something i could look back on when the wedding was over.

and while yes, i could continue this blog with what is relevant in my life now i feel that's unfair to the readers who have come here looking for wedding inspiration. and i don't want to let you down with a post every now and then.

so consider this chapter closed and we're on to the next... come visit me on my new blog, court + hudson, where i share a little bit of what i'm loving everyday. and hopefully bigger things will be in store for court + hudson very soon!


Monday, November 16, 2009


i just wanted to thank you all for your sweet comments on our wedding, i read everyone of them.. then made my husband read them too : )  it's a scary thing sharing a very personal day with the world!

and i wanted to give a special thanks to veiled vows and lake jane for featuring our wedding. thanks ladies!

ps. it's true... my dress is for sale. so if any of you are interested in purchasing it, please contact me for details.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

our wedding: the bridge

here are a few additional pictures we shot on a bridge near the brewery. while the rain had stopped, the wind moved in. and 40 mph winds + a fitted dress + loose hair = not so cute. but we managed to snag a few of my favorite shots of the night in our alternate location here on this little bridge.

and i guess that's it!! it's been almost three months since the wedding ended, and i still miss it. it's just one of those really amazing days in your life that shouldn't be clouded with wedding dresses and sit down dinners and perfection - it should be about the two of you.
 that's what makes it all count.

i suppose that's my newlywed advice to all of you.

all photos by aaron ingrao

our wedding: the reception

as you have read, the details were extremely important to me. and there were a lot! (and a lot that weren't captured!) from menus to lace votives,  a "sweet love" candy bar to the wedding tree, it's what made our wedding very special. and you'll see that many of the weddings i've featured here inspired some of the elements (the wedding tree, yes i totally copied, but spread the love, it's a great idea!)

and i told you we'd have a photo wall. such a fun idea, and a great alternative way to
display your family photos. our guests loved it.

our wedding: some fun and a little break

the street fair was fun and all, but after a rainstorm, a power outage, and some serious ceremony nerves, all i wanted to do was relax. so the bridal party headed to my brother's gorgeous house for a little r and r. a few photo ops first...


in case you're wondering, my hair fascinator was created by the LOVELY chelsea
from oh my deer. the piece was gorgeous and beautifully crafted.

and because our flowergirl and ring bearer stole the show... she's not even three,
look at that pose!
Annalise and Louis (2)

and finally, some time to relax. one of my favorite parts of the day!
montage 1

our wedding: a street fair

we were that annoying couple that had six hours between their ceremony and reception. not by choice as those were the only time slots available. alas, a six hour gap gives you plenty of time to do just about anything, so while our guests headed up to niagara falls or ventured off to nosh on some great Buffalo eats, we perused a crowded street festival filled with sloppy hot dog eating and a whole lot of confusion! every girls white dress nightmare, but it was amusing seeing the bewildered faces of festival-goers as we walked down the street decked in wedding attire.

you know, tried on a couple hats...
girls at fair

danced to some live music...
lindsey and eric

ate a hot dog (they did, not me... i stood far away from the ketchup!)

and the sun finally started peaking through the grey!
dress 3

next up, some downtime... and then party time!

Monday, November 9, 2009

our wedding: the ceremony

our ceremony turned out to be beautiful - literally. we get to the greenhouse and the sun came out the second my dad and i started walking down the aisle. it sounds cheesy, but i swear, the timing could not have been planned better than if you organized it with mother nature! we originally wanted to have our ceremony in this gorgeous perennial garden on the botanical grounds, but due to the weather we opted for the shelter of the greenhouse instead.

so our circle seating arrangement was a bit smushed, and with the sun, the guests were a bit warm (we were in a greenhouse after all!) , but we loved every minute of it. i'm sorry i don't have many detail shots of the ceremony... the fan programs i spent hours designing, gluing and crafting, the sheperd's hook aisle runners filled with playful wildflowers and the bushels of hydrangeas that surrounded the heart of our ceremony - but sadly, these little details did not get captured!

our ceremony focused on unity, which is why our family and friends surrounded us in a circle as we stood among them.

"let this circle be a sign that love has a past, a present, and a future, and that whenever there are sorrows, joy will come around again"

"for after you says these vows, you shall say to the world, this is my husband, this is my wife"
ceremony 1

"remember that marriage is a shared relationship, not a matter of possession. it is a means of showing your commitment to one another, not a blind surrendering of personality. it is not an excuse to become limited in your outlook; but an opportunity for mutual growth"

chris and jon kiss

we did it!

Jon and Chris ceremony

hello again.... and getting ready

so i know what you're thinking. where have i been and why did i leave before posting a wedding recap? after all, isn't that what i've been working towards the entire time i've been blogging? and the answer is yes, but what i didn't expect was all that came after the wedding planning. and that was a serious creative void that i've been busy trying to fill with new projects.. that i will tell you about later. but i owe you some wedding photos and a recap of our wedding day, so here goes!

while i'd like to say it was the perfect "75 degrees & sunny" august day i was hoping for, it wasn't. it was COLD and rainy... and i woke up to a transmitter dying. yes, the day started with no power at my parent's house! not the biggest deal, but moving to my grandmother's house for hair and make-up left us with little time for those "getting ready" photos. here are a few we managed to get right as the power came back on, and right before we had to leave for the botanical gardens.


naturally, it started to rain the second we headed out to the limo on the way to the ceremony, but i truly believe it will only bring our marriage good luck : )

Monday, September 14, 2009

as you may have noticed, blogging has come to a bit of a halt. i'm struggling with where i want this blog to go now that the wedding is over, and thus new things are in the works. but i need some time to figure out what those things will be.

but don't worry, i'll be back with the recaps when the photos are in. until then, albert einstein sums up my attitude at the moment... just need to make sense of the jumble in my head!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

aimee + kumu

so yes, i'm officially back from the wedding. and no, i do not have pictures back yet. so we'll do a recap when we get those babies!

but for now let's take a peek at this awesome post-wedding shoot shot by jess over at jessica kettle photography. aimee and kumu were married in hawaii, where they now take up residence. but these shots were taken out in seattle.

the mood of the whole shoot is just divine - the sweet parasol, the beautiful garden...
and maybe the fact that aimee and her mother designed & MADE her dress! 100% tulle people - if you sew, you know how hard it is to work with tulle!

so gorgeous, just what i needed after a (sort of) break from the wedding world! thanks jessica for sharing these images.

Monday, August 31, 2009


we're officially married and spending a few days unwinding in vermont since our honeymoon isn't officially until november. our wedding was so surreal and so beautiful - i will have a full recap up next week, but here's a teaser for now!

Friday, August 21, 2009

a perfect pillow

so we're down to 8 days until the wedding - can't make any promises about posting the next week since we head to buffalo on tuesday to finish all of the last minute details. BUT how cute are these state embroidered pillows over at whispering pines.

i've posted about them before, but they really do have some cute items for a slightly vintage, rustic wedding. i think these would make great ring pillows - slightly expensive, but fully hand embroidered.
they have all 50 states available (i just picked the states of our hometowns!)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

grace & tailor

have you had a chance to glance through the latest issue of brides uk? we get the international editions of bridal magazines at work and i love thumbing through them to get a different perspective on things. i came across this (seriously!) GORGEOUS wedding spread that, oddly enough, Bertie from casando ideias posted today.
in the spread they feature this suitcase table plan from uk based styling team grace & tailor , isn't it just fantastic? you have to go check out the weddings, events, and displays they create - many are slightly vintage & fully of whimsy - i am in love.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

treehouse point

ever since i was little i wanted a tree house - you know the one from the movie, now and then? i even went as far as to build little seats in a tree in our backyard with my sister so we could pretend it was a house, of sorts.
so imagine my delight when hollin + eric's wedding, shot by ben blood popped up in google reader. they got married in a treehouse? i'm so very jealous of them. but if you live in the seattle area, you too can get married in a treehouse. (or have a lovely dinner party there!)

treehouse point is a dream realized for designer pete nelson and wife judy. you must pop over to their site to see the rest of the gorgeous grounds.
someone please have a party there, and invite me as a guest?