I am constantly looking to update my playlist so I jumped at the chance when Martha Stewart Weddings asked if I wanted to share the mega-playlist curated by Grammy-winning artist John Legend for his post-ceremony celebration with bride Chrissy Tiegen.
Oh my gosh...I absolutely adore this couple...and to get a playlist curated by John Legend?!? I'm in! (and so are you!)
The 60-song playlist (yes, that's more than four hours!) is perfect inspiration to set the tone for any upcoming reception, bridal shower or dinner party. It's fantastic. He had me at Son of a Preacher Man. It screams (rather, sings) cool cocktail party on the patio to me...even if I'm just on the banks of Lake Minnetonka and not Lake Como, Italy. It features Aretha Franklin to Led Zepplin and everything in between. Click here to check out!
And as exciting as the playlist is to me, so are the three GORGEOUS Vera Wang gowns Chrissy wore throughout her big day. I LOVE seeing the sketch to reality for each of her stunning looks.
It's a white out.
I just can't get enough of clean white interiors. Inspired by Scandinavian design, these open rooms are simply beautiful, peaceful and happy spaces. The understated elegance and use of light is undeniably chic. I adore the texture of the wood accents and coolness of the color palettes.
Sit back and soak in these rooms that ooze inspiration. And, you, too can map out a loft, kitchen or bathroom makeover. Or my fave a white barn for a wedding!
A huge fan of sweet art, I have been oogling over the gorgeous bespoke cookies from Brooklyn-based Sogi's Honey Bakeshop. A crazy talented watercolor artist, Sogi creates the most magical and delicious cookies. The perfect favor or gift for any celebration or triumph in life!
Undeniably, they look too good to eat. But trust me, take a pic to remember and then take a bite..it's worth it!
Photos courtesy of Sogi's Honey Bakeshop via Etsy
I simply love a winter wedding.
Having one myself, I truly have a soft spot for sunshine and snowfall on your big day. And Melia and Ryan were blessed with just that!
Sarah Pollio Photography captured them celebrating their nupitials in true Minnesota fashion. Surrounded by family, friends and an enchanting winter wonderland - all with effortless elegance. Winter never looked so good...
Wedding Details | Church: King of Grace Lutheran | Outdoors: The Stone Arch Bridge | Reception: International Market Square | Bridal Gown: The Wedding Shoppe | Shoes: David's Bridal | Hair: Broadway Hair Fashions, Jody Danielson | Make-up: Rachel Olson | Bridesmaid Dresses: The Wedding Shoppe | Photographer: Sarah Pollio Photography | Flowers: Debbie & Megan Kelly | Caterer: D'Amico & Sons | Cake & Cupcakes: D'Amico & Sons | DJ: Elegant Affairs
Sometimes you just fall in love with the space...and that's what I did when I saw this inspired shoot by Happily Ever After Weddings.
Welcome to The Waterhouse - Warehouse Room.
With a soft spot for a lofty warehouse, I was so thrilled to learn it is a "new" event space back in my hometown. HEA Weddings was the first to shoot here and lucky me, I get to share! I am so looking forward to their seeing their first wedding take place here in June.
The Waterhouse is the new kid on the block and well on it's way to being quite popular! A photographer's lofty dream. Think of the pretty pictures?! And...one heckuva party...
Venue: The Waterhouse, Warehouse Room | Styling & Design: Happily Ever After Weddings | Photography: Pam Cooley Photography | Gown, Shoes, Jewelry: Cloud Nine Bridal Boutique & Fine Paper | Floral: Heaven on Earth Floral Design Studio & Wedding Boutique| Chairs & Linens: Heaven on Earth Floral Design Studio & Wedding Boutique
Best Day Ever.
I have been waiting to share this post until the we got closer to the Winter Olympic Games. Not only would it be a fun reminder of my most recent Best Day Ever but also lend itself to the pure joy of team spirit, trying something new and the Olympic Games.
Crazy enough, I have had Learning to Curl (and that's not my hair) on my list of things to do. I have been fascinated with this game every since I was first exposed to it watching the Winter Games. A rock. A broom. Ice. A serious deep lunge. Yipping and cat calls. Oh, and of course, finesse. It's like chess on ice.
Minneosta is a hotbed for curling Olympians. Look at Team USA here! Minnesota is more than well represented and I love it! I would randomly hear about this subculture of curlers in my neck of the woods. They were always so passionate and happy about thieir strategic game on ice but the game itself always seemed so mysterious to me. I wanted to see if I could get a taste pre-Sochi...and who knows? Maybe find a secret talent?
So, for my birthday, I asked my friends to join me in what I jokingly called My Road to Sochi (which I have compeltely over-hastagged, sorry) and to learn to curl. Of course, they were game. They too thought there might be a chance for a secret talent reveal from someone!
Everyone was a little nervous. (This has to be WAY harder than it looks?) Everyone considered doing more yoga for that deep lunge seen in every curling picture googled. (No pulled hamstrings, please!) Even some were watching YouTube and researching terms. (I just love to say the word "bonspiel.") The anticipation was awesome...I smile just thinking about it.
And of course, we needed some team apparel! So GO USA mittens were sent as the Save The Date to get everyone's patriotic juices flowing.
My Best Day Ever happened at Frogtown Curling Club in St. Paul.
We had the most amazing host and coach, Lionel. He's legit. So fun and patient. He truly helped us learn curling techniques, was quite the storyteller and got us through our first mini bonspiel.
A couple things we needed to do before we got started was pick teams (nothing better than friendly competition with this crew), play the Olympic theme song on my iPhone and of course, make a toast!
With nervous giggles, pomp and circumstance and even an official coin toss complete...it was time to learn how to throw some rocks and sweep!
I was beaming the whole time. And this crew rocked it. (Ps. the white hats won, drinks on the red hats. It's curling etiquette. Cheers!)
It was addicting and we were soon googling curling clubs closer to home to see if we could take our show on the road. I think some secret talent (or maybe just a potential hobby) was discovered for a few of us! Pays to try something new.
Hands down, curling is legitimately awesome.
Best Day Ever. Go Team USA!
Photos by Jordi Lee Photography