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Paris by the Beach Wedding Shoot

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When the images from a recent shoot we collaborated on, showed up in our inbox we were beyond in love. I mean the details on this shoot are unreal! From the custom made structures, to the gorgeous chandeliers, and don’t get me started on that veil!! We had so much fun creating the invitations for this shoot, taking inspirations from french chateau meets glamour by the beach. So beyond fun with wax seal details and hand dyed silk ribbons, our favorites!! Not to mention the custom mini cakes with calligraphed flags to double as place cards!! yes and yes! Check out all the details over on Love Luxe Life, and the full list of dream team vendors below.

 

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Deep Indigo and White Wedding Style

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We recently created the most stunning invitation suite for a couple getting married in Mexico. We used a deep inky indigo blue paired with softer navy watercolor textures and bright white cotton paper. I absolutely love this look. The deep blue lends itself to the ocean blue of Mexico, while the softer water color textures hint at the Mexico skies. It’s such a chic twist on a beachy vibe. Here are my inspirations for that couple along with a photo of the events card we created for them.

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Mom Monday {The Stylish Mom’s Guide to Tulum}

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If you have been following our insta accounts here and here last week you know we were enjoying a week in Tulum. A little back story to why Tulum is so special to me. The hubs and I visited the Riviera Maya area almost 12 years ago and ended up getting married there shortly after. We honeymooned in Tulum and even returned for a Wiley Valentine creative retreat 9 years ago. Since then, the area has changed so much. Where the restaurants used to be just palapas on the sand now stand chic fabulous hotels and restaurants. They still have the rustic fabulous Mexico charm, but the style factor has definitely gone up a ton.

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Not to be missed are the fabulous shops along the main drag in Tulum. My personal favorite was Caravana, filled with fabulous basics and handmade cotton gorgeous pieces. Lunch at Posada Margherita was definitely a stand out. You look out over the ocean, and your meal begins with the prettiest plate of housemade breads and a jar of the most delicious cauliflower. They make all their pastas in house and they use the freshest veggies. The cold pressed juices are not to be missed, and the best part, your kids will love all of this too! You can even do a little shopping just steps from your seat. Win win!

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We had the most divine dinner at Hartwood, a restaurant that you will definitely hear about when you start looking into Tulum. And for good reason. The menu changes daily and is presented to you on a huge chalkboard. The ceviche we had was by far the most beautiful I have ever seen, topped with gorgeous seasonal fruits and flowers! So amazing! Breastfeeding with a view was a favorite memory of the trip for sure. Also don’t miss the gorgeous hand embroidered textiles and adorable kids dresses!

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A favorite spot we discovered was Raw Love. They take such care to make their coconut yogurt each morning and pack their smoothie bowls with tons of superfood goodies! A great break from some of the heavier Mexican delights you may indulge in. Feel free to enjoy a matcha latte from the comfort of a hammock and don’t forget to walk several steps to the beach as it is absolutely breathtaking here.

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These Tribord snorkel masks were serious game changers. With Piper never trying snorkeling before, and a few people in our group that can get a bit of anxiety from the typical snorkel breathing, these were amazing. Piper absolutely loved snorkeling as did everyone else. You can literally just breath normally while snorkeling and the mask never fogs up! Brilliant! Hartwood has a cookbook which is the perfect way to take a bit of Tulum home with you. This kaftan has a similar vibe to the Caravana one I snagged in town. This is the bikini Piper rocked much of the trip, and this dress is the same look as the ones I got for the girls.

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Friday Fun {Beaches and Peaches}

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The inspiration to-go photo today is my favorite spot in Laguna Beach. So gorgeous don’t you think!? The pin of the week is this recipe for super simple Peach Wine Slushies. You could also easily make a virgin variation and the kids could enjoy them as well. Perfect for a warm summer evening.

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Honeymoon/Vacay Wardrobe

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Whether you are preparing for your honeymoon, or just getting away, here are a few of my favorites to take with you to the beach…

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Family Getaway {Laguna Beach}

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Happy New Year my friends! We are back and ready to make 2014 our best year yet! To start off our posts, I am sharing a quick fire idea to for all of you ready to get a away just for the weekend. Laguna Beach is one of my favorites with so many hidden treasures. It’s great for families, or even for a romantic getaway, sans kids. Enjoy!

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Photos via {sunset magazine // every trail // visit california // Laguna Beat }

Help Me Find My Perfect Vacation Contest

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Hello My darlings! Ok so I have been on the hunt for the most perfect vacation spot, and I am just at a loss. I am now turning the task over to you. If you can help me locate my perfect vacation spot I will reward you with your very own personalized stationery. Here is what I am looking for: a family friendly spot, a house for rent preferably, on the beach, relaxing and gorgeous. On your marks, get set, go! To enter simply Email me with your submissions.

Pinterest Pretties {shot of inspiration}

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Here is your shot of inspiration for the day…

Images via {clambake fabulousness, Inspired by This; airstream dream, The Sweetest Occasion; Giftbox gorgeous, by Simple Song design, via The Brides Guide; the most amazing quilt I have ever seen, S-t-e-v-e-n’s Flickr; Mama ring (melt my heart) by St. Kilda, via A Cup of Joe; velvet shoe madness, Vanda Vintage}

Clam Bake day dreaming

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It has always been one of those things I am dying to do, have a clam bake. Those brides that I design invitations for that throw clam bake weddings or rehearsal dinners…I envy you!! There is something so dreamy about the casual vibe of newspaper covering the table and eating with your hands…but eating pure luxury, lobsters, crab, clams…sigh. Here are some clam bake inspirations to leave you all wanting to crack into a lobster tail while sipping beer and enjoying friends.

{1} the picture that says it all via These Things Take Time ; ¬†{2} I adore this umbrella by La De Da via SFGirlBay {3} what an adorable way to serve beers…in a sail boat! via SMP {4} the perfect invitation inspiration via Red Stamp {5} and the perfect yellow cocktail if beers are not your thing via imgfave

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