Tuesday, June 30, 2009

what?! event inspiration from gilmour girls?!

I really have never been much of a fan of the Gilmour Girls. I know people really really overly love the show but I could never quite get into it. BUT...and there are always exceptions...I did see it this one time and they had the most amazingly beautiful event idea. I've often thought of it since and so I decided to see if I could find anything on it. I'm not entirely sure what was going on but Rory went with her boyfriend to this secret society Yale party in the woods where everyone slept in these beautiful, old-fashioned, white canvas tents and people carried lanterns, wore old-fashioned white clothes and there was fresh fruit everywhere and wood furniture. I thought my what an amazing idea for cottage weekend wedding Melanie Bloomer...I digress...don't get any ideas...Melanie Bloomer isn't planning a wedding!

It was a beautiful idea and I've managed to find a few pictures {thanks to Gilmore Girls News} of this particular episode. I can't quite find any pictures that capture the amazingness of my memories though...I'm sure there were more lanterns and the old-fashioned clothes seemed more bloomery in my mind...but I am after all a Bloomer so that makes sense. I don't remember when they changed into these fancy clothes either. But anyways...it would still make for an awesome event in the woods!!

Monday, June 29, 2009

i love moon gardens

Throughout the planning of Shayna's vintage circus wedding, there has been alot - and I mean ALOT - of attention going into my father's property, where the wedding will be held. Especially the garden, since the wedding will basically take place in the middle of it - yowzers! Since the wedding is at 8:30pm, the idea of of a moon garden really struck our fancy. A moon garden is a small place filled with night-blooming flowers, especially in white so that they give off a glow in the night. I love the moon garden featured in the Domino magazine a while ago (pic above) - it's really delicious. But because we already had an existing garden there, we didn't go totally moon-y, but basicially we have all yellows and whites, which should still be just as pretty and shiny in the moonlight! We used lots of dusty miller, shasta daisies, some grasses, and a pop of gerbera daisies amongs the yarrow and peonies that were already there. We were inspired by silver yarrow, four o'clocks and silvery maidenhair grass. The whole feat was masterminded by our dear friend and garden consultant Rebecca Perry from Becca's Garden Consulting. She's wonderful, so give her a call if you need help with yours too!

Friday, June 26, 2009

happy birthday momma

Today is our mom's birthday. She would have been 62 today. Every year on her birthday, one yellow rose comes up in our garden, and today there are two, which is extra special. So in Dody's honour, us Bloomers are asking you to eat a yummy cupcake, or a chocolate chip muffin, or if you're on a diet, buy yourself some lovely fresh flowers for her or go for a nice walk. She would love it if you treated yourself.
And just the other day, I remembered a song that she loved so much by Jewel, and we used to sing it at the top of our lungs all together, especially when she was sick. I think she really lived by this philosophy of living a life uncommon, and I think she raised us Bloomers to live this way too. Shayna Bloomer's vintage circus wedding is truly an example of a leading a Life Uncomon - one that is untraditional, 100% personal and breaks all expectations and boundaries. Here's a clip to the song, and the main chorus mantra which I think we should all live by:

Happy Birthday Momma Original Bloomer - here's to a life uncommon!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

rachel getting married wedding photos

A client (and spunky friend) of ours, Amy, is getting married! And at our meeting just a few weeks ago, Amy mentioned that she loved the eclectic and multi-cultural wedding in Rachel Getting Married. I ran out and rented the movie, as I have been meaning to watch it for months now, and I thought the wedding was really cool. Very carnival-like, but with very unique and eclectic little details that didn't necessarily fit a theme but just seemed plain fun. I did some screen captures, so take a look at some of the decor deets! Thanks, Amy, for pointing it out to us...stay tuned for Amy Getting Married (hardy har har)...

awesome tent and love the lights

the bride's wild and huge bouquet

bridesmaids' bouquets

a better look at the bridesmaid's bouquet

look at the cute elephant cake!

i like the poufy orange boutonniere to match the groom's lei

one of my favourite parts was the little trinkety placecard ornaments

i like the multicoloured lanterns and matching umbrellies

again, awesome tent

look at the graphics on the tent's inside walls ... so amazing!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

circus hairs

I went for my hair and makeup trial for the circus wedding and it was everything I wanted and more!!! I wanted a messy bouffant hair style with an Audrey Hepburn smokey eye for the makeup. I'm really happy with how it turned out!

I'm so excited with how everything is starting to pull together...the countdown is on!

Monday, June 22, 2009

sharp shouldered dresses

I wasn't a fan of these sharp shouldered dresses - I really wasn't - especially when I saw one for the first time on Jennifer Connelly in the People Mag, but then I saw Gwyneth Paltrow on Conan, and I really did love her dress. Aside from her extra shiny legs (what was that by the way?), she looked super fantastic. And then I saw Miley Cyrus wear one I liked also in the People Mag...and then Sienna Miller wore a similar shaped dress...and now I just can't help but like sharp shouldered dresses. Sigh, how does the 80s always manage to creep back?

This dress of Jennifer Connelly's seemed to start the whole sharp shoulder thing, and I immediately rejected the style, but then I saw the runway version (below) and I can see now why it looks nice!

Friday, June 19, 2009

white board envy: idea paint

Do you remember Melanie's chalkboard envy a while back? I love a good chalkboard wall myself. But the other day on Apartment Therapy I saw this cool thing too: IdeaPaint - a paint that can transform an entire wall into a dry-erase white board! Just think of all the places you could write and draw...you could probably do a lot of funky decorative things with it. Not to mention all of the To Do lists I could make {yes, paper nerd is list nerd too}! Bye bye chalky dust...this is pretty darn cool.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

adorably detailed wedding

I was just doing my thing, checking out pretty things on the web and I came across Laura Normandin of Wren Handmade's adorable nature-themed wedding. I love the quirky fun-ness they managed to capture...such a wonderful way to get married! The patterns, the flowerpots, the cuppies and the bikes! Its all good!

What I wanna know is how she got her groom to wear that tie?! Sigh...I love it when a blogger gets married...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

cardboard designs

The other day I went to the Distillery District to have dinner with my friend Jen, who took me to a whole bunch of awesome gift stores. There, I was introduced to cardboard furniture. Cardboard furniture sounds a bit crazy, I know, but it was actually quite pretty. And swell to know that it's all made from renewable resources, even using materials from waste including old containers and newspapers. Pictures all from Cardboardesigns.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

doing vintage like zooey deschanel!

I've been looking at vintage dresses for the Bloomers to wear to the circus wedding and I stumbled across all sorts of pics of Zooey Deschanel. I completely forgot that I coveted her look...I didn't think you would forget something you coveted but I did! A while back Jane magazine did a spread on her and her adorable vintage-ness...just look at the cuteness of the above picture!!

Upon some more research, here are a few looks that I think might adapt well for the circus wedding!

I don't really know what these dresses look like but they sure look like they would work well with my yellow and teal colour scheme!

This has nothing to do with the circus wedding...I just heart this outfit.