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Vintage Americana Fourth of July

July 4, 2010

What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July, then with an All-American inspired backyard wedding inspiration photo shoot.  With plenty of red, white, blue, stars, and stripes that would make any president proud, you can’t help but to feel a little patriotic.

We were so excited to be able to create a Vintage Americana cookie bar for this occasion!  We got the chance to work with a top notch team of vendors who came together to make sure no detail was missed.  It was a great pleasure to be able to work with such a talented team.  Thanks to everyone’s hard work, our efforts were even celebrated on the Style Me Pretty blog so that we could share our work with all of their fabulous followers as well!  Thank you to:

Designer: Amber Novey of Platinum Planning
Floral Artistry: Audrey Gardemeyer of Botanica Floral Designs
Graphic Designer & Paper Goods: Herdah Sukandi Warner
Makeup & Hair: Rona Basa of Luxe Image
Dress: Wish Bridal
Hair Accesories: Pegasus Maiden
Jewelry: June Sablan at Stonewear Jewelry
Photographer: Caroline and Dan of Tinywater Photography
Venue: Xan Latta of Flyaway Farm
Golden Retriever: Callie Bearie!

What’s more American then Milk and Cookies?

A Cookies and Milk table, complete with fresh berries and whip cream!

It’s all in the details.  Patriotic flags in the berries, customized labels on the cookie jars, sodas, and milk, gorgeous floral arrangements, vintage suitcases.  It all adds to the warm fuzzy nostalgia.

Delicious create-your-own cookie sandwiches.  Thanks to Rona for the creative whip cream heart!

A festive kid’s table, including take-home cookies for the kids!  Although, we doubt they’d make it all the way home. 🙂

The gorgeous bride and handsome groom have some fun with cookie sandwiches… and a mustache…

Fresh berries and cookies filled with whip cream on a hand-made vintage plate. Yum!

A fantastic nostalgic vintage Americana table setting.

While I absolutely love the bride’s red birdcage veil, I can’t help but shamelessly plug Callie Bearie the All-American golden retriever… *my* All-American golden retriever. 😉


Patriotic is…

July 2, 2010

July 4 commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Many of us think of BBQ, hot dogs, beer, and fireworks. But, it’s also a great time to reflect on what America is about. defines a Patriot as:  a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.

So, I’m sitting here wondering, what *are* America’s interests. Well, other then TV, celebrities, sports, fast food, and consumerism. 🙂  The second sentence in the Declaration of Independence is one of the most famous historical statements:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

When I read this statement, I can almost feel the sense of community that our forefathers wanted for this country.  All politics aside, it seems like in the last 200 plus years, we may have strayed from the ideals that created this country.  It seems like a lot of us have gotten so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, we forget to look around us and think about our fellow Americans.  We worry about our own woes and we forget that there are others out there with problems much larger then our own.

For this Fourth of July holiday weekend, I encourage you to do something “patriotic”.  Volunteer.  Take some time out of your day to help become a part of your community.  Support the folks around you.  Get to know them.  Shake their hand.  Hear their stories.  You’ll be better connected to your community, and we may slowly get back to what our forefathers wanted.

What are some of your favorite organizations to volunteer for?