6 Pounds of Hamburger, Sofas, Printer Ink and Wedding Dresses?!

Just when I thought Costco really has it all - they one up us again. A few months ago, Costco announced that they will carry designer wedding gowns by Kirstie Kelly at 40% off retail. The trunk show will be in the DC area Aug. 4-7 at the Chantilly store - 14390 Chantilly Crossing Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151; 703.885.5541. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended. I am going to have to check this out in person!

See the dresses!

Interested to find when they are coming to a store near you?

One of my favorite dresses from Kirstie's collection retails for just $999!

Images via Linzi Events & Kirstie Kelly


Beat the Heat

Nothing beats the summer heat like ice cream. Our favorite ice cream spot in our home town is Kline's Freeze. They have the best soft serve I have ever tasted and their Boston Shake is to die for. I want to drive there right now and get one!!

I remember when I was little I would order a chocolate cone dipped in chocolate and it would quickly drip and melt all down my hands into a sticky mess. Kline's sits up on a hill over looking route 28 in Manassas, VA. If you are ever in the area between March - Oct., it's a must stop! The line will be out both doors in the summer, but it's worth the wait.

Image via OtherThink


Fall Wish List

Summer is flying by and my J.Crew mailer has me excited with some fall sneak peaks! While I will savor my September beach vacation, I can't help but get excited for fall sweaters, jackets & boots! Here are a few of my wish list items:

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Saturday pant

images via J.Crew


Baby On Board!

Pulling together inspiration for a vintage travel themed baby shower. All Aboard!


Garden Escape

Happy Friday! We are building our table for the 2011-2012 bridal shows and wanted to go with a rustic garden theme. Here is some garden escape inspiration -

Images via Artsy Muse; Ruffled; Jose Villa photography; Elizabeth Messina photography;


In Love!

Being a proud Mama of this little stud muffin, I just couldn't help but share his latest impromptu photo shoot from Jess Creates!


Slip Away Together

I have always been a big advocate to go BIG or go home with the honeymoon and now that I am a Mom, I can't stress enough that you should make this trip a big splash! If you are in the DC area and are looking for a great travel agent - I recommend Perfect Honeymoons and Holidays and Power Trips.

Enjoy some pics from our honeymoon in Bora Bora planned by Perfect Honeymoons!


Pretty Pretty Paper

Today is National Town Crier Day, no I didn't make this up...it really exists (second Monday in July)! We are so thankful for the printing press so that we can make beautiful invites to spread the news!


Dining Room Inspiration

Yes - my wedding china is still in boxes in our basement & we celebrate our third anniversary in November!

We moved out of our condo and into a house a year and half ago and I was so excited to get my china from my Mom's to have at our house! But - we have done so many projects to make this house a home and the dining room is the last untouched room, but now I want to focus my attention on it and make it as unique as my office.

First Up - I want to find a Harvest Table like this one on Country Living. Any suggestions on where to find one?

Image Via Country Living

Retro Wedding Photo Display!

Loving this post from Brides magazine providing an alternative way to display your wedding photos!

I am thinking about using it for my son's first birthday to track him through his first year! Could also be used as a thank you gift to your parents or displaying your engagement photos to keep your guests entertained!

Simply go to Image 3D upload your digital images, add 3D captions and a few days later your view master will arrive in a sleek white box on your doorstep. The first set (includes viewer, one reel and gift box) is $25 with additional sets costing just $15 each.

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Image via Brides




Image via The Good Food Buzz

July is national ice cream month so why not keep your guests cool and entertained with an ice cream bar! Bringing you some Etsy Ice Cream love!

Love these Sugar cone sleeves we found from RefreshMyHeart

These Wooden Ice Cream Spoons from SucreandSpice can be made in any color combination!

Custom stickers to adorn your paper ice cream cups from ohsogoodiedesigns

Cupcake toppers like these from PartyOnDigital double as ice cream cup toppers & make a sweet monogrammed addition


Christmas in July!

While everyone around the US celebrates the 4th of July this weekend, our family has Christmas in July. Since my in-laws relocated to the beach and never get to have Christmas in their beautiful home they decided to host the family for an honorary Christmas in July every year.

So, every year in July my family and my sister-in-laws fam from Seattle gather in NC and enjoy 95* in the sand and the sun and gather around the Christmas tree in the evening. Santa comes every night and the house is quite the neighborhood spectacle; my MIL decorates the outside of the house with garland, bows and red, white and blue Christmas lights. Yes, we do celebrate America too - thank you to our troops!

Sparkler Send Off

Happy 4th of July!

Red Ribbon Studio, La Vita Bella Events, WeddingBee, Savoir Weddings, I Do Details events, Ann and Spencer Photography
Jess Creates has done it for us yet again! Love these fab personalized note cards she made for Carson!

Images via Jess Creates