Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Our Wedding: The Engagement Photos!


What he's wearing: All J.Crew except the shoes, the shoes are vintage and resoled
What I'm wearing: A ModCloth dress, Forever21 shoes, & a Spotted Moth necklace

Here we go, time to recap this shindig! For those off the grid: Chris and I finally tied the knot last weekend in front of everyone we love. Now it's time to undertake the task of recapping everything that happened! Since I'm still waiting to see all the photos, I thought I would start with our engagement photos!

Back in late June, on a hotter-than-hell evening, Spring of Spring Smith Studios came to Massachusetts to take our picture. Chris and I wanted our location to mean something to us, but also be fun, so we chose the Salem Willows Amusement Park & Casino (that description should be taken very loosely- it's an arcade). We have been taking photobooth photos there since our first date, so incorporating the photobooth was of top priority!

You can see more of our engagement shoot on Springs Blog, and on the Style Me Pretty: Massachusetts blog!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Mini Spotlight: Lulus, Blowfish Shoes, & Mitu Vintage!

Dress: Lulu's, Belt: Mitu Vintage, Bag: Lulu's, Booties: Blowfish Shoes

Ahh...Do you feel it? Fall is on the horizon! There's a little change in the air, when our closets start to make the transition to deeper colors, and richer fabrics. A little fall outfit I'm looking forward to: This sweet pleated dress from Lulu's (see similar), a vintage belt from Mitu Vintage, a classic cross-body bag from Lulu's, and some cozy booties from Blowfish Shoes!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ruche Giveaway!


It's giveaway time again! This week, Ruche is offering one lucky winner $50 to spend in their fabulous store! What a great way to kick start a new season, a new school year, or even just celebrate the last couple of weeks of summer. Have you seen Ruche's new lookbook? It's the perfect blend of late summer and early fall styling.

To Enter: Visit Ruche and leave a comment telling me what your favorite new item is and where you would wear it this fall! Good Luck!

Tiny print: One comment per person. This contest is open to ALL. be sure to leave me an email address if you do not have a blog where I can easily reach you. Giveaway ends Thursday September 1 at 10PM EST. Winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Backyard Family Time

Hello Orchid Grey readers! I'm Starr from A Thought is the Blossom, excited to be here guest blogging for Julie today while she and Chris celebrate their new marriage. I'm thankful that Julie left us with such a great topic to talk about before she left, because not only was it easy to come up with all the things I love about summer, but it was also kind of fun. What's not to love? There's late sunsets, no school (and thus, no homework), lake/beach trips, my birthday, shark week, my birthday during shark week (win for me!), sandals and sun dresses, and gosh, I could probably go on and on for days. . .

My boyfriend recently gave me another reason to smile about the summer when he brought home a ten-week-old Puggle as my birthday present! In the evenings when he gets home from work, we like to take Louie and our cat Monkey outside to play. Lately, that's when I've been doing my tripod shots. Jake will get the soccer ball out and kick all around me while the little dude chases him around. Needless to say, it's made outfit photos a lot less lonely and whole lot more fun. My boyfriend's usually a no camera/no facebook/off the grid kind of guy, but I tricked him into a family photo just for you guys!
Big thanks to Julie for letting me guest blog for her today, and CONGRATULATIONS on tying the knot!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Sun Sets on Summer


Hello, everyone! Katy from Kansas Couture here. First off, a huge congratulations to the lovely bride and lucky groom! I can't wait to hear all about the wedding. Now on to my ode to summer. There are aspects of each season that I love, but there's something so singular about summer. Though my school days are long gone and my schedule stays the same year-round, that carefree vacation vibe permeates the season. The days grow longer, and there's no guilt in socializing till the sun goes down or spending lazy days at the lake. As much as I enjoy layering for cooler temps, summer lets you show some skin, celebrate simplicity and make the most of accents.


I wore this outfit for dinner and drinks on a warm evening last weekend. While there isn't all that much to it, I think the interesting print, chunky necklace, touch of neon and '70s platforms come together to make a statement.


As autumn approaches, I'm getting excited for sweater weather, but there's always that tinge of sadness as the sun sets on summer. Soon I'll forget the feeling and get swept up in hot cider, Halloween costumes, snow days and Christmas. Then when next year rolls around, I'll learn the magic of summer all over again.


Cheers to summer love and to the newlyweds!

Monday, August 22, 2011

city love

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Hello, Annie here of Time Enough for Drums bringing you a little guest post for Julie while she's out getting hitched.  As I'm sure you already know, Julie asked us guests to blog about summer love.  Though I'm happily single, I do have a few summer loves of my own.  First, this little dress.  Second, my brand new apartment.  I moved in just a week and a half ago, and this is a small sneak peek.  And third, my new city of Chicago.  I relocated here to begin graduate school at the end of the month, and feel so lucky to be in such a vibrant and exciting new place.  Lucky for me my sunroom has a breathtaking city view, which these days, I just cannot get enough of.  What are you loving this summer?

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Let's explore together

Hi, Orchid Grey readers! I'm Tieka from Selective Potential. Not only am I super excited to be guest blogging for Julie... but I'm even more excited for why I'm guest blogging for her! I can't wait to hear all about her wedding and I'm so happy for both her and Chris. Marriage is the best thing ever... and I know they are going to have such an amazing life together!

When Julie asked us to blog about 'summer love', I thought I'd put together a date night outfit! Typically, my husband, Brett, and I go out to the movies, or explore lighthouses, or travel for our 'dates' but sometimes we like to get dressed up and head out for dinner! I've been wanting to try a lace bandeau under a lace top for a long time... and I like the way it turned out! Definitely a more 'dressy' and 'risky' outfit for our small beach town in Michigan though!

Just a note too: Julie has definitely been one of my favorite bloggers ever since I started. She's so sweet. I have absolutely loved being friends with her for the past couple of years. I can't wait to hear all about the wedding weekend and see all of the photos! Eee! Congrats again to Julie and Chris! Thanks for reading my guest post... and be sure to check out all of the other guest bloggers too!

Outfit details:
Vintage lace top c/o andwhatelseisthere
Forever 21 floral skirt
Jessica Simpson Dany heels
Francesca's Collections lace bandeau

Thursday, August 18, 2011

My, how your garden grows

Hi, Orchid Grey readers! I'm Indiana from Adored Austin. Like Julie will be soon, I am married to a dude named Chris, too. One thing that Chris and I do together is garden. In fact, our garden is usually the backdrop for my outfit photos, but I've never really taken the time to write about what it means to us.
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We live in Austin, Texas, and it is hot here. It's been well over 100ยบ every day for the last month, and the heat won't let up until close to the end of October. Even in the winter we rarely get nights below freezing, so this means if we plan well, we can garden all year round.
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We grow mainly edibles: lettuce, corn, peppers, and lots and lots of basil. I make a killer pesto sauce.
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We grow flowers that attract hummingbirds, too, and it always seems magical when we see those tiny little birds getting their fill of nectar.
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Gardening is a lot like marriage, I suppose. Both require patience, care, diligence, and smart pruning of things that could harm it. Both give you things of nourishment and things of beauty.

Our son Jude is ten months old and he loves being out in the garden. Just today we caught him snacking on fresh basil.
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He's growing like a weed!
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The next time you're in Austin, look me up. I'd love to make you some pesto pasta.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My heart is full

Hey guys, Punky from Punkystyle.com here. When Julie asked me to write about "summer love", I got really nervous. As much as I love blogging about weddings, I'm really bad at expressing my feelings. We are now 3 days away from the first wedding I have ever attended of two really good friends. To say my heart is full of excitement for Chris and Julie is a complete understatement. I have been bugging them for weeks with unsolicited advice and handmade decor for their wedding. I'll probably be a wedding planner in my next life, which could be soon if I dont stop trying to "help". So I bought these two little heart pillows made from vintage chenille blankets because I thought they would be cute props for their photo booth, but this is the first Julie is seeing of them. Surprise!


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I cant wait to spend this weekend celebrating with you guys!
Yay #Orchidgreywedding