Friday, February 27, 2009

Pops of color

Balloons are popping up everywhere these days. From high fashion ads to lovely engagment photo sessions.

So when I saw these photos over at Jonathan Canlas
photo blog, I was blown away by the pops of color that were used in the couple's outfits and the soft pastels of the balloons. Seriously, can the couple be any more cuter? I am taking engagement photos next week and after looking at these photos, I might consider using props too. Would you use props for your engagement session? If so, what would you use? Do tell!

Jonathan Canlas is an amazing photographer so make sure to browse through his photos for more inspiration.

Well, I hope you have a good weekend everyone! I will be back in full force next week!

{photos via Jonathan Canlas}

Thursday, February 26, 2009

I'm here!

Oh my goodness, I apologize for my absence lately. Life just kind of crept up on me and I didn't realize that it's almost the end of the week! eek! Well, I am here! I will try not to do that again but if I do, I will tell you in advance!

I still need to catch up on my daily readings but I thought I should share with you today what I read this morning from Gwyneth Paltrow's weekly newsletter on GOOP. She shared a story about going to Paris with just her father one weekend and well I'll let her tell the story...

Excerpt from Gwyneth Paltrow's newsletter:


When I was ten years old, my father and I took a trip to Paris, leaving my younger brother and mother in London where she was filming a movie. My dad believed in one-on-one time with us, and sometimes that extended to a weekend away. We stayed at a great hotel and he said I could order whatever I wanted for breakfast (French fries). We went to the Pompidou museum, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre - the usual spots. It was pretty great. On the plane back to London he asked me if I knew why we had gone, just he and I, to Paris for the weekend. I said no, but I felt so lucky for the trip. He said, “I wanted you to see Paris for the first time with a man who would always love you, no matter what.” From that time on, Paris was and continues to be very special to me. I lived there for five months in 1994 and I have made many trips back. These are the places in Paris I stay and eat and toast my dad.


--- Gwyneth Paltrow

That touched my heart SO much! I went to Paris with a close friend last year and Paris will always be near and dear to my heart but the thought of going with your father and the sentiment behind that is so priceless. If you haven't already, be sure to sign up for Paltrow's weekly newsletter as she shares great insights about where to stay in her favorite places, recipes (next week, Mario Batalli will share some great recipes), child nurturing, and so much more. I just adore her.

{photo via}

Friday, February 20, 2009

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

{photo via Ben Chrisman}

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Right along the aisle

Due to our venue's policy, we are not able to scatter rose petals over the aisle. To minimize costs, I am trying to think of alternate ways to decorate the aisle without the use of tulle and flowers. I have been thinking about using candle votives or hurricanes along the aisle. I think the candles would lit the ceremony so beautifully in the evening. However, the fiance thinks someone will knock it over or better yet, I might knock it over with my train! I see this can pose a problem but it seems like it can work. The wedding above makes me believe that it went off without a hitch. Don't you think?

I just love the simplicity of this ceremony. Absolutely no flowers were used and yet it created such a calm and serene space.

Perhaps using sturdy pebbles/rocks would help if someone tempts to knock them over!

I'd love to know what you all did to decorate your aisle. Any suggestions?

{photo via Hugh Forte Photography, F-e-t-e, unknown*}

*I apologize in advance as I have many images that I have saved prior to starting this blog and there will be times where I am not sure where the source originally came from. If you happen to know the source for the picture above please let me know. I want to make sure I credit the source when credit is due. Thanks!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Something blue

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Isn't that dress above dreamy? I would love to see a bride wear a color such as this for their big day. The lovely lady over at Casando Ideias featured some beautiful dresses that are just exquisite. Here's some lovely vintage dresses that she posted up. I think the dress on the right is so pretty and delicate. {images via Casando Ideias}

Saturday, February 14, 2009

May love sparkle...

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.

Happy Valentine's day!
(gosh, I love sparklers!)

{photo via the image is found}

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Let's talk about veils again...

It seems like I'm not the only one thinking about veils. Meg over at A Practical Wedding is having two awesome ladies discuss the issue at hand. I particularly like Ms. Peonie's take on different alternatives to traditional veils. Go read it here. Make sure to also read East Side Brides's point of view and she even includes a picture (at the end) of her own wedding hairpiece ! Love it!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

To veil or not to veil

that is the question...

I am going back and forth about wearing a veil right now. I mean, I love veils especially in photographs and the way it blows in the wind but I am just not so sure if I want to spend so much for one as I plan on taking it off during the reception. I will most likely borrow a veil from a friend and I can count that as my "something borrowed". But should I forego the veil completely? Hmm...not so sure. What I do know is that I am planning on wearing a hairpiece throughout the night so I am turning to the ever so talented and crafty people on Etsy. Here's a few of my favorites:

I really adore this piece from Muscari. The guinea hen feathers and the soft pink petals ties in with my wedding colors to a T!

Same goes for this piece from qgdesigns.

A very classy and elegant hairpiece from JMGJewelDesigns will also do the trick!

I think I can kill two birds with one stone with this veil-like hairpiece from brendasbridalveils.

I love every single one of these pieces and it's so hard to choose. If only I could wear each piece every hour...that would be heavenly. Which one do you like the most?

Monday, February 9, 2009

Tea Party

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and is staying warm and dry.
I am doing just that at home wrapping myself with a blanket and fuzzy socks to keep me warm from the rain we've been having a lot lately.

Since I recently started our wedding gift registry, I've been thinking about home decor and it has been on my mind a lot lately. It was such a fun experience so I wanted to share some eye candy with you today.

The most cutest cake stands I have ever seen.

I am loving this teapot and it definitely helps when it's in a lovely cobalt blue.

This doily like coaster compliments the teapot above just perfectly.

Doesn't it seem like I want to invite you all for an afternoon tea party? Well these items would be just perfect for a lovely afternoon affair and I would love to have everyone over for some tea and cake with these beauties.

{images via Whitney Cecelia Smith, Toast, and Rose and Radish}

Friday, February 6, 2009

One hot potato

I know, I know you thought I'd start with something sweet and will surely come...just you wait.

Well, this potato is pr in pretty darn good. You see, not too long ago I made some curry for dinner one night and well I had one potato left. I didn't know what to do with it. Then I remembered I've been intrigued by the idea of hasselback potatoes. I'm not an expert in cooking but I certainly love trying new recipes. I remember reading about them on Orangette and couldn't wait for the opportunity to try it.

I just wish I had more potatoes because I wanted more after that. I sliced the potato very thin and instead of bay leaves, I inserted garlic slices in each cut. Oh, how I love garlic. I drizzled some really good extra virgin olive oil that I had bought from Florence at the Mercato Centrale last summer and voila, it was the best potato I ever had.

Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the finished product because I was too busy eating it with a big juicy steak my fiance grilled for me. I will next time...I promise.

And with that, I hope you all have a great weekend and hope you get to try this at home very soon!

{photos by me}

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Subtle signs of love

In the spirit of Valentine's day or just any day for that matter, wouldn't this necklace be so lovely to wear for your special someone? This necklace is handmade and would also be the perfect gift for your bridesmaids... Best of all, it doesn't burn an empty hole in your wallet! Only $30! You can buy it here.

{photo via JoiedeVieJewelry}

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Starting slow

I've been having interesting dreams every night this week and I wake up thinking, "Wow, I should write this down? Because it can totally be in a movie..." but a second later I forget. Does that happen to you? Well, all I know is that I end up saving the world from flying sea lions..err was it flying pigs? I forget but it would be very entertaining and I would make box office hits. I wonder as I dream, if I'm as happy as this girl and move as graceful as her.

What a lovely video.

{via Black*Eiffel}

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Why Hello.

I did it. I have been a blog lurker for months and months and so I am taking the plunge. Will you welcome me?

My name is Jisun. Say it like the letter "G" and the sun in the sky. It's surprising how so many people can pronounce my name in the most peculiar ways. I'll have to share at another time. But first things first, I wanted to tell you all that I am so excited to start sharing my thoughts about weddings, living, food, and just about everything in between that makes me happy. I am here to stay, so thanks for welcoming me.