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Roses and Cocktails

            My husband and I had a great date night last weekend. We dined at this cozy little wine  bar at Minneapolis Uptown area called Lucia. I drank a glass of wine called Syrah Rose. A beautiful rose-colored drink that is fruity and not dry at all. Just the way I like it.  It lifted up my spirit (as it has been a bit dry lately) and it gave me an idea of doing an inspiration board surrounding roses and cocktails.

1. Starting with the dress

When it comes to wedding dress, Vera Wang is the absolute go-to designer. I’m especially in love with this pale pink, strapless mermaid gown from her 2012 Spring Collection. You could opt for ivory or white version of this dress.  Oh, so pretty!

2.  Cocktails

Cocktail hour is especially noted when it comes with a signature drink. Yes, I’d suggest the Syrah Rose for the occasion. Or go with a pink lemonade for a non-alcoholic version.  But have you thought about adding edible rose petals into the drink? I bet your guests will go rosy wild about that! Edible petals can be found at

3. Other pretty things

And yes … I heart vintage & romance. I hope to coordinate a wedding like this one day!


Eco-Chic Bridal Expo

A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of participating and helping to coordinate the day-of Eco-Chic Event at Buca Di Beppo St. Paul. It started with an idea from Kim Harrison of Artemisia Flowers ( with Mary Lindahl of Buca St. Paul. The event was captured by the talented Erin Smith with Erin Smith Photography (check out her blog:

We had fabulous green vendors across the board. It was a eco-chic haven for those looking for vendors for their wedding! We had everything from planner to venue to flowers to photographer to invitation to skin care (free make-over that day) . We had music jammin’ all day and a few beautiful ladies played the role as our models. The weather was awesome and we all had a great time!

1. Kailyn Spencer (violinist)

2. Midway Party Rental (

3. 413 on Wacouta (

4. Bee The Buzz Event (


5. FOAT Designs (



6. Knit-n-Jules (


7. Laurie Schneider Photography (


8. Glo Skin Spa (


9. Erin Smith Photography (


10. Skin and Laser Co. (


11. All About Honeymoons


12. Lace/Hanky Photography (


14. Artemisia Flowers (


15.  Rare Bird Jewelry Design

16. E. Summers Design

17. Generation Now DJ (

18. Tre Corda Music

19. Buca di Beppo (

20. Queen of Cakes (

21. Event Photobooth (

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Picking The Perfect Pallete

When it comes to choosing the perfect colors to your wedding, there are few things that you need to consider:

1. Visual Feast
Each color combination must be pleasing to the eyes. Pay attention to skin tones of your bridesmaids and the overal mood of the wedding. Pick two main colors to avoid color clash and to maintain the elegance of a wedding. Choose the colors that you can’t live without and your own visual feast awaits you.

2. Symbol of love
Believe it or not, the colors that you choose for the wedding will be the symbol of colors that you and your fiance’s absolutely love together (the word “together” is crucial here). It is important to balance the feminine colors with masculine ones so that the look and feel of the wedding wouldn’t be one sided only.

3. Base Colors
The most universal base color for weddings is obviously white. However, there are shades of whites that you may consider to match perfectly to your chosen colors. Wikipedia shows 15 shades of white to choose from:

To learn more about wedding color pallete, check out newest video about Color School.

This year’s Pantone Color: HoneySuckle

Video Shoot with Staja Studios

This morning I had the privilege to participate in a video shoot with Staja Studios for their new cinematic video product line. I am still in adrenaline high as I am writing this blog, even though I had only 3 hour of sleep last night (my little boy had a fever and was constantly up since 3 am). It was a fantastic interview by Jason Thon and me being a background person was actually quite at ease, thanks to Ryan for shooting the video. I can’t wait to see the final product!

I can’t tell you how much I highly recommend Staja Studios for their work in weddings and also in charity work. They are super amazing! If you are still looking for an awesome photographer for your wedding or special event, please give them a call and check out their new booklet at: They are also offering photo sessions for babies and families after the wedding. Who doesn’t love that?

Also this morning (see why I was so excited?) I met a wonderful Kaja Foat, the owner of Foat Design. Do you know what she does? Well, I feel giddy for introducing her to you. She does an amazing work of re-designing bridal gowns from the past into a totally new, totally fabulous dress of the present. Let’s say, your mom had this beautiful bridal gown which she wore for her wedding that you are absolutely in love with. Perhaps as time passes, some of the fabric is no longer in good condition or you just want to re-create a dress of your own but using some of her fabric for sentimental reason. By any means, call Kaja Foat! I saw with my own eyes this morning how she transformed a 1940s dress into a simple, one-of-a-kind dress that will surely be amazing to wear. She also designs yoga and every-day apparel that are just so sweet. Check her out at:

Shop for your wedding: At the Mall

Brought to you by Mall everywhere: Your Wedding. From gown selections to skin care, I saw weddings, weddings, weddings all over the Mall.

The Limited is not only selling your work wardrobe but they also sell wedding dresses. What’s crazy is the price. Gowns are selling for less than $250. The bridesmaids dresses are selling for $60. Need accessories? They are selling necklaces and bracellets less than $40. But again, what you paid is what you get. The fabric is decent but the color is not applicable to all skin tones. The seams may look like it was done too quick and therefore not giving the feeling of high point in your dress search as “the one”. Some brides love it. Some don’t. If you are okay with all this, go for it. Otherwise, there are plenty of local bridal shops who would be happy to have you as a customer. And in return, you will be a happy bride as well. I think you will be happy regardless what you choose. You have the man whom you will spend the rest of your life with!

Digging deeper, you would love to look and smell good on your big day, wouldn’t you? My favorite skincare – Philosophy – is now offering a range of products for weddings. From the oxygen peel (which I personally use even though I’m not getting married again) to the field of flowers shower gel to the unconditional love spray fragrance. You can basically mix and match (and bring to your honeymoon) all these products that work for you. You will feel refreshed and lovely all day on your big day.

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Ah, love is in the air! Happy Engagement and Planning!

The Salt Covenant

A new twist on Unity Candle and Sand ceremonies at weddings is the Salt Covenant. When I found out about this, the first thing that came to my mind was: brilliant. The Salt Covenant is not only unique but also brings great meaning to the bride and groom.

Image and wording below from CenteredCeramics

The Story of the Salt Covenant

The Salt Covenant
During ancient times, agreements and promises were sealed by a salt covenant. Each person would take a pinch of salt from their pouch and place it in the pouch of the other. This agreement could not be broken unless an individual could retrieve their own grains of salt. But this, of course, is impossible.

This raku-fired salt egg has been especially made for you to create a salt covenant with your spouse in the beginning of your new life together.

Both spouses should take a bag of salt and combine the the two bags inside the egg.This a bond that can not be broken… as is a symbol of an unbreakable promise of love.

Salt is to add flavor to any meal. Just so, salt in a wedding ceremony is a symbol of adding seasoning to a marriage that will not easily broken.

Why do you need salt in your marriage?

Salt is a good preservative. It will help you remember that your love for one another should be preserved for all time.

Salt adds flavor. We all need a little spice in our lives.

Salt melts ice. When your heart begins to grow cold you can melt one another again.

Salt is easily dissolved. You can remember to dissolve your issues and learn to work together.

Now use this salt in your cooking until it’s gone, and then each time it needs refilled, refill it together. It is a wonderful way to remember what your marriage is about.

Why an egg? The egg shape symbolizes the full cycle of life, and therefore encompasses all that you will enjoy, create, and love with in your life together.

This Salt Covenant can be purchased at

image from CenteredCeramics

Lila Couture

My friend Lisa and I was at Posh Bridal Shop in Semple Mansion a few weekends ago and despite the cold weather outside, we had a BLAST! We laughed, took pictures and guess what … we met the designer herself! I think Lisa and I were both a bit starstrucked when we met Amanda (Lila Couture’s designer) as we had never met a gown designer in person. Amanda was so down to earth and it was really fun to meet with her.

(from left to right: me (who obviously needed a hair cut), Lisa and Lila, the designer)

And yes, what you see is what you get. Posh will also open a bottle of champagne to celebrate your wedding gown purchase! How lovely!