Monthly Archives: August 2010

Ouma Clothing

Monique Martinez is the designer for Ouma Clothing, a fabulously romantic Etsy shop with a flair for feminine and romantic detailing. Here are a few images from her store:

Monique recently teamed up with Lindsay Ann Photography to showcase some of her new offerings and I loved the vibe so much, I had to share some of the images with you. Here are a few snapshots from the day. Be sure to check out Monique’s store Ouma…so many great finds!

Photographer: Lindsay Ann Photography | Dresses: Monique Martiez of Ouma Clothing | Hair Pieces:   Xappa of Space Cadet | Hair &Makeup: Vicki Vee | Location: Heber, Az


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Make Your Mark

I love love love these customized stamps by MaeMae Paperie. How great would a custom stamp look on your thank you cards that you’ll be sending out ad nauseam for the next year of wedding planning? Of course, as a bridesmaid, this is an obvious gift choice for the bride in your life. Or…if you’re like me, it’s a great self-gift. To purchase a custom stamp with ink pad for $34, click here!


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Real Wedding: Scott and Ingrid

This wedding shot by Kelly Boitano is simple and absolutely lovely. I love the pale colors, and especially the bridesmaid dresses. Groomsmen always look dashing in grey, don’t they? Check out below for more of their vendors!

Location: Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont, Ca. Coordinator: Becky Miller. Flowers: Victoria Briggs of Inspiring Details. Cupcakes: Emily Gillette. Musicians: Ivory Owl and Jaymes Reunion.


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U.S. Honeymoon: East Coast

Now we’re taking you toward the Atlantic, to feature some favorite East Coast destinations that would be perfect for a honeymoon! Here’s Katie:

Sole East Resort in Montauk New York

The Sole East Resort in Montauk is a great, stylish, boutique hotel.  The bungalow like rooms are all unique and decorated in casual beach style.

They have beach cruisers you can rent, weekend pool parties, and a fire pit.

While here you can go fishing, surfing, biking, golfing or sailing.

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, South Carolina

This hotel located at Kiawah Island, near Charleston in South Carolina.  Here you can experience southern hospitality at its finest.

The rooms open up to a balcony with amazing ocean views.  Plus there are a number of fabulous restaurants at the resort.

There is a spa, tennis, golf, and a great pool, all while being right on the beach.

Mondrian Hotel, Miami

Are you a couple that likes the nightlife and are looking to spice up your evenings after a day on the beach? For you modern couples that like a little funk in your lives, visit Miami and stay at the incredible Mondrian Hotel. This gorgeous locale is situated on the Biscanyne Bay side of Miami Beach.  So while you are still close to the action, you still feel slightly removed.

The look of the hotel is gorgeous, filled with unexpected accessories that come together for an amazing look.

While in Miami you can relax on the great beaches, enjoy the shopping, the nightlife, and of course the incredible restaurants.


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U.S. Honeymoon: The West

U.S. destinations are often ignored by honeymooners. But we have so many fabulous places worth visiting, so today we wanted to bring you a few notable U.S. resorts that are worth mentioning if your planning on staying stateside. Katie has rounded up some goodies that I know you’ll immediately want to visit…especially if they are within driving distance.

The Carneros Inn, Napa

What can compare to the romance of a Napa honeymoon? Fabulous food, gorgeous scenery, romantic inns…and of course, the wine. Mother Nature’s blessed gift from the vine!

If you’re thinking about a honeymoon spent in the Napa Valley, then you must consider The Carneros Inn.  It is a special hotel perched atop Napa Valley wine country.  It is made up of 86 individual cottages, each with its own little garden courtyard–a perfect place to relax after a fun day of wine tasting!

The hotel also has a gorgeous pool, a great spa, and incredible restaurants, which of course serve amazing wine.

Hotel Hana, Maui

You thought we’d leave out Hawaii, did you? Well, we’re sneaking it in under U.S. destinations. And if you’re headed to the islands, we love Hotel Hana!

Hotel Hana is on the quiet and secluded eastern coast of Maui.  Rather than the high rise hotels in the west coast, here you will find quaint cottages with patios to enjoy the great views.

Besides the gorgeous beaches, you can experience real Hawaiian culture, take a helicopter tour of the island, go horseback riding on the beach, and visit the famous Black Sand Beach and cave pools.

The Inn at Langley, Whidbey Island, WA

Whidbey Island is in the heart of Puget Sound, and only about an hour by car and ferry from Seattle.  It is far from the speed of the city though.  The island is the perfect place to do as much or as little as you would like.

Just want to relax?  Get a suite and enjoy the peaceful view from your balcony.  You can go wine tasting at nearby wineries, or just walk around the island.

Want some adventure?  You can go scuba diving, kayaking, bike riding, or even go whale watching.

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Honeymoon Budget Tips

Inspiration board by Green Wedding Shoes: Click here for credits!

This week I know we’ve overwhelmed you with tons of idyllic honeymoon locations, but I’m sure many of you may be thinking: “Thanks for nothing…I can’t afford any of this!” So I called on Katie to give us a few more tips about how to get the most out of your honeymoon dollars. In addition to her awesome list, we also wanted to make sure we featured some U.S. honeymoon destination that are just as amazing as their counterparts abroad. That’s coming up later today, but I wanted to start your morning off with some of Katie’s travel tips that I hope you’ll find extremely helpful.

The images I’m featuring are from the unbelievably fabulous Jen at Green Wedding Shoes. You’ve likely seen these inspiration boards because if you’re like me, you’re an avid reader of her blog. I thought they went beautifully with this post, but be sure to check out her original post here, which includes more info and all image credits!


traveling smart

-Register for your honeymoon.  Couples always tell me how shocked they were by the amount of money they received from their honeymoon registries.  Contributing to a honeymoon is much more fun than buying a couple some kitchen appliances!

-Don’t go too far from home.  If you have a limited budget don’t spend a huge portion of it on expensive flights.  Spend it on a great hotel, a spa, dinners, experiences, or whatever else is really important to you.

-Figure out what is a priority for your wedding.  See if you can spend less on other aspects of your wedding in order to have more of your budget go towards your honeymoon.

-Go in “shoulder” season- just traveling a month or two before or after the peak season can save a lot of money.  It can also be a better time to travel.  For example the summer is peak season for Europe, but Spring and Fall has better weather, cheaper rates and less crowds.

Inspiration board by Green Wedding Shoes: Click here for credits!

-Plan ahead of time.  Flights are usually less expensive in advance, and many hotels will offer discounted Advance Purchase specials.  Most honeymoons I plan just require a deposit when you book, and the balance is due closer to your departure date, so you don’t have to come up with the total amount at once.

-Get an airline credit card that provides a lot of bonus miles for signing up.  If you are close to the number of miles you need you can buy the extra miles, which is still cheaper than the flight would cost.

-If you can’t afford your dream honeymoon right after your wedding, just go on a short local trip, and then save up to take your dream honeymoon on  your 1 year anniversary

-If you are trying to stick with a set budget, go for an all inclusive hotel.  This way you will know ahead of time exactly what you will spend on food and drinks.

Inspiration board by Green Wedding Shoes: Click here for credits!

-Go for less time.  Do a shorter honeymoon, and then relax at home for a few days before heading back to work.

-Don’t leave on the Sunday after your wedding.  Sundays and Fridays are the most expensive days to fly.  Just waiting until Monday can save you money.

-Work with a professional like myself.  I can find you the best options within your budget.  It doesn’t cost you anything, and I shop around for the best rates so you don’t have to.  I also have access to special rates, and get my clients special deals only available to an agent like myself.

What are you doing to save for your honeymoon?


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Couples Profiled: Beaches

We’d be remiss to leave out those of you whose idea of a perfect honeymoon involves only the necessities: newly minted spouse, chaise lounge, pristine beach, cocktail, and swimsuit (which may or may not be optional). Katie’s rounded up what many would consider the most unbelievably gorgeous beaches in the world. And of course, we’ve thrown together a few outfits for you gals who can’t imagine anything better than trolling around in the waves with your hunky beau. Here’s what Katie’s found:

When most people think of their dream honeymoons, the first thing they picture is an amazing beach. So today I am going to feature great hotels that are lucky enough to reside on unbelievably gorgeous beaches.

Pink Sands Hotel in the Bahamas

Pink Sands Hotel was named after the beach it sits on- Pink Sands Beach located in Harbour Island in the Bahamas.

The hotel is made up of 25 cottages scattered through the gardens. Yes, the hotel is gorgeous, but the pink sand beach takes center stage.

There are no words for the beauty in the contrast of the pink sand with the turquoise water.

Rosewood Mayakoba in Riviera Maya

I absolutely love the Riviera Maya area of Mexico. It has it all- perfect beaches, fun water sports, and amazing hotels. Plus you can visit downtown Playa del Carmen for great shopping or nightlife, or visit the Mayan ruins for some history and culture.

Recently a lot of great hotels have been opening in this area. My favorite happens to be Rosewood Mayakoba. The hotel is very modern and stylish, and the spa is on its own island!

And look at the amazing beach it faces!

My favorite room is the Deluxe Over Water Lagoon Suite, which features a terrace with a private plunge pool and an outdoor garden shower. The rooms sit over water, and actually appear to be floating!

Bedarra Island Resort in Australia

The next hotel is the Bedarra Island Resort located in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. The floor to ceiling glass walls all face out to the incredible beach. There are just 16 villas, all built into the rainforest.

This hotel is incredibly secluded, private, and luxurious. Have a picnic on a private beach, visit the incredible spa, and have their specialty Miami Mojito cocktail.

And look at this beach!

For you beach faring beauties, here’s what we’d love to see you don…if you decide you need to cover up a little:

FOR HER: Bikini. Sun Dress. Sunglasses. Tote. Sandals. Earrings.

FOR HIM: V-Neck. Shorts. Sandals. Tote. Hemp. Sunglasses.

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