Friday, February 26, 2010

Aisle Markers

So you know that I am all about the aisle.  Personally, I think the aisle runner makes a huge impact on your ceremony decor - indoor or outdoor!
So I really flipped when I saw these great aisle markers.  They would look fantastic flanking the sides of a  hand painted custom aisle runner!
From Open Box Designs in California

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Coindre Hall

Coindre Hall is an early 1900s mansion on the Gold Coast of Long Island on Huntington Harbor.   The estate went through several changes in ownership over the years, but now is owned by the Suffolk County Department of Parks and Recreation.

Coindre Hall holds a special place in my heart.  When I was looking for the perfect place for my wedding reception in 1998, I found Coindre Hall neatly tucked away behind long winding roads alongside the water.  My mouth fell open as I arrived at the mansion and went in for my scheduled tour.  It was exactly what I wanted.  They would give you the whole mansion for the day.  There was a sitting room with big wing chairs and game tables and a fireplace of course.  There were windows and courtyards, and the spiral staircase with the mural painted on the walls.  That was just the main floor!  
At the time, the mansion had seen much neglect, and needed a lot of work.  The town said that they were doing ongoing repairs, but could not guarantee what would be done by the time of my wedding.  I loved that it was old.  I loved that it needed work.  I thought it was all part of its charm.  In the end though, I found a different place to have the wedding that was a little more mainstream.  I loved my wedding reception, the venue and wouldn't have changed a thing.   But I always wonder about Coindre Hall.
 It was great to do a little research on Coindre Hall for this post.  It looks like it has seen a lot of repair over the years.  When I was there, it had the same "bones" but it was a bit dilapidated.  It looks great now!  I hope that someone invites me to their wedding there!

 PS in the last photo, they REALLY should have had a hand painted aisle runner!

Photos courtesy of Lessings

Monday, February 22, 2010

Silk Ties for the Groom

Nobody is going to call the groom "rental boy" wearing one of these amazing ties!  What a great way for the groom to express his personality and taste as well as match the colors in the wedding!  These great sets are 100% woven silk with matching cufflinks and handkerchiefs.   


Friday, February 19, 2010


I know... I know... I post a lot about fancy cakes.  Maybe I am a frustrated pastry chef.  Or maybe I just really like sweets.  I don't know, but I really am blown away when I see a beautiful cake, so I had to re-post this article from The Wedding Company blog - Daily News section


Cakes by Konstadin

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wedding Bouquets

I found this beautiful bouquet pictured at
It is mainly white, but has touches of  color that make it quite interesting.  It's beautiful for any time of year, but absolutely perfect for a winter wedding!
The flowers in the bouquet are Calla lillies,  andromeda, spider orchids, nerine lillies, tweedia and succulents, and together they make a perfect combination.  From Lotus, New York.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Is that a cake?

I cannot believe what cake artists can do with sugar and flour! Each time I see a cake like this, I am blown away.  How can they make a CAKE look EXACTLY like pillows?  Just look at the shape of them!!
The "pillows" are covered in an Indian style "fabric" and surrounded by "leis" that represent the couple's destination wedding in Hawaii.   Differing concepts that were put together wonderfully! Take a look at the whole article, and lots more amazing cakes at
Cake by Cakelava

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Time's running out - Valentine's Day is almost upon us... and Cupid is taking aim.  Are you ready?  If you are fresh out of ideas for gifts for your sweetie, here are ten popular Valentine's Day gifts, courtesy of  By the way, this is a great site for gift giving at any time of year.  You can actually narrow down a gift selection by gender and personality!
  Flowers are always a good choice... it never gets old.

Valentine's Gift Baskets - they have a few different selections... the ideas are already put together, so you just have to pick the one that suits your sweetheart best.

Stories of Love Pillowcases - there are a few different designs and they are all cute!

Twelve Ways to Say I Love You Journal  

                                    The Chocolate of the Month Club -   Oh he must LOVE me!  :)

Romantic Dinner Cruise - if you haven't already done this, it might be too late to arrange it today.  But this is a great idea for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions!

                                                           The Wine of the Month Club

Heart Themed Photo Frames

Weekend of Love Kits  (ooh la la!)

Little Piece of My Heart token keepsakes (I love these)

Any of these ideas are also great wedding gifts to each other, or for couples that you know who are getting married.  Many things can be personalized too. 
Hope you have fun and enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wedding Photography

I love looking around in the blogosphere, and I especially like going to photographer's blogs.  There is nothing like looking at beautiful images that were captured by someone who really knows what they are doing!  The images are inspiring and just plain fun to look at. 
Here is an amazing photo that I found today at Hollye Schumacher Photography:
The subject, the color... everything about this is done to perfection.  To see this one and lots more just as beautiful, check out the blog at
Thank you for sharing these amazing photos with us!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

New design

Things have been pretty busy in my studio.  I am working on custom aisle runners, and launching a new line of hand painted stationery and hand painted wedding invitations that I am so excited about.  I wanted to share my latest painting, that I finished yesterday.   
It is being used on a beautiful vintage styled invitation, but of course it can be painted on your wedding aisle runner and other wedding accessories.   I can't wait to publish pictures of the new line when it's ready!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Turquoise and Sea Green Wedding Inspiration

Turquoise is the hot color for weddings in 2010, so I decided to do an inspiration board.
You may notice some of my artwork on the damask background... due to appear in our new and upcoming collection of unique wedding invitations... and why not look into getting an aisle runner to match?
I hope the board inspires you too!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Custom Aisle Runner

Here is a photo of our latest custom aisle runner for Lauren and Brad.  We did a  frame of hand painted pink flowers around the names, and painted black edges on the runner.  There were pink rosebuds scattered about the length of the runner as if someone had just tossed them there.
Honestly, the photos do not do this runner justice.   Lauren - please send me photos from the ceremony!
I liked the design so much, I used it as the first in my new catalog of hand painted invitations (see my previous post).
Please contact us today to get started designing artwork for your wedding aisle runner!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Etsy Wedding Finds

I stumbled upon these gorgeous beaded photo keepsake albums on Etsy today and wanted to share them with you.  These albums are worthy of the priceless photos taken on your wedding day. 
Check these out and all the others in Daisyblu's shop on Etsy


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