desire to inspire

“just don’t give up on trying to do what you really want to do. where there is love and inspiration, i don’t think you can go wrong.”
– ella fitzgerald

{via mario testino, vogue}

hey friends! let’s look at some pretty pictures and get inspired today 🙂 are you ready?
i thought i could share a little bit about how our little beach wedding inspiration came to be. and while sifting through thousands of photos and pages of magazines and blogs is easy, piecing together an inspiration board for our wedding can be a bit trickier.
on the heels of the proposal, I did what any other blissful bride-to-be does the day after they are engaged.
i went to the bookstore and bought every wedding magazine in existence.
my thought was that these mags were brimming with pretty things, stunning photography and oodles of ideas for any wedding. i would pull out my favorite pages, tack them on a large poster board…and viola! inspiration board 🙂
but after shuffling through all of those bridal mags, i quickly realized that these mags were full of advertisements. boo. and in the end, I came up with maybe 8 pages of inspiration {thank goodness for the Martha Stewart Destination Weddings issue!}.
{all photos via Martha Stewart}
and one year later, i still adore these first inspiration images as much as i did the moment i laid eyes on them. the sea urchin vases, bouganvillia, coral peonies, vintage votives, oyster linen tablecloths and pale pink shells take my breath away!
but we needed more than 8 pages of inspiration. so, i did the next best thing – i visited the wedding blog universe and gasp! there they were – a sea of marvelous photos and collages at my fingertips!
{via snippet & ink}
{snippet and ink via here}
as you can see, we have dreams of a cool, beach chic wedding – a bit of the sea, a dash of vintage, a pinch of whimsy and a whole lot of romance!
and after filling my virtual wedding folder full of pretty photos, we put together our very own inspiration collage, which has been incredibly helpful for our vendors and wedding planner as they begin to help us design our wedding. we have a a page for every major piece of our day – the flowers, the ceremony, the cocktail hour, and the reception. and today, i wanted to share with you our 1st page, which represents the look and feel of our day.  i hope you like it!  🙂
so there you have it! part 1 of our beach wedding… 🙂
how about you, dreamy friends? where do you go to find inspiration?


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  1. Go visit Paris Hotel Boutique:

    I think it’s right up your alley!


    Posted 10.6.10 Reply
  2. Daiane wrote:

    oh how exciting to plan a wedding! i think the inspirations you posted are very beautiful! love the first page!


    P.S. I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY, come enter if you like, it is pretty fabulous! 🙂

    Posted 10.6.10 Reply
  3. You have such a great eye for this stuff! I was just shopping with my girlfriend today to find her perfect destination wedding looks for Mexico. It was so much fun to help her create her “theme” and make her vision a reality.

    I will pass on this post to her!


    November Grey

    Posted 10.5.10 Reply
  4. Samantha wrote:

    I love this!! All of those pictures are so inspiring and beautiful. I cant wait to see what your wedding turns out to be..I’m sure it will be lovely and magical!!


    Posted 10.5.10 Reply
  5. Jen wrote:

    I love that books photos with Gwenyth Paltrow! She looks so cute!

    Yay for weddings! Have you been to The Knot? They also have a magazine, and if I remember correctly I really enjoyed looking through that one when I was getting married.

    Posted 10.5.10 Reply
  6. love ALL of these photographs.

    enchanting collection.

    <3 dennica pearl
    – through the eyes of a pearl
    – vintage shop

    Posted 10.5.10 Reply
  7. Darling, this is pure magic! I can only imagine how gorgeous this wedding will be if this is the inspiration! As for me, Martha never seems to disappoint!

    xx, Lena

    Posted 10.5.10 Reply