Valentine’s Gift Guide: A New Twist On A Box Of Chocolate’s

We here at Beau & Arrow are anxiously counting down the days until Valentine’s day! Because we know just how busy you are and that you may not have much time to come up with some fun new gift idea’s. We decided that every few days leading up to V-day we will be featuring a gift that we are completely swooning over and are secretly hoping may end up in our laps on the big day!

Our first suggested Valentine’s gift is via one of our go to website’s Etsy.com from the shop What Candy Says. With these unique boxes of chocolate you can spell out anything your little heart desires, or choose from one of their already created sayings. These will make an awesome gift at a great price point!

What a fun way to propose!

This would make a great gift for an engagement party.

This would make a simple yet sweet wedding favor.

What would you spell out in chocolates for your Valentine?

Underneath It All

There’s little more than two weeks until Valentine’s Day 2012 and not gonna lie, I’m rather excited. A lot of folks harp on the commericalism of the holiday, but I really relish the day  for two main reasons: I feel no guilt whatsoever gorging myself on little heart shaped candies, and I always treat myself to a new dainty piece of lingerie to prance around in. I know you’re thinking waaay too much information right now, but seriously even if it’s just for yourself, how good does it feel to wear something pretty and ruffly on your bum? If you need more convincing here are my pastel lingerie picks from etsy…

{Eye Mask. Bow Sets. Puppy Love. Bloomers. Lilac Teddy. Pink Lace.}

Featured: G.S. on Green Wedding Shoes!

We are so honored to be featured on one of our absolute favorite wedding blogs- Green Wedding Shoes! Jen did a great job on the post and we are so thrilled with how it turned out! To see the feature and to leave us some love please go here.

Katie Neal just posted more pictures on her blog today as well! Head over there and check out more of her gorgeous work- make sure and tell her how phenomenal it all is!

We have some of our favorite shots from the shoot up right now in our gallery too.  Or you can check them out on our Pinterest page. We’ll be posting more faves right here on the blog as well, so look out for those.

We want to thank all of the wonderful vendors who brought this shoot to life. It definitely would not have been so perfect with out each one of their talents! Thanks again everyone!

Photography: Katie Neal Photo

Hair & Make up: 10.11 Make up

Florals: Blush Botanicals

Paper Elements: Posh Paperie & Karrie Pyke Designs

Cake & Cupcakes: Hey There, Cupcake!

Cookies: VG Donut & Bakery

Linens: Wildflower Linen

Chiavari Chairs: Allie’s Rentals

Vintage Rentals (cake stands, table top, books, table): Moss Vintage Rentals

Peace & Love

We’re terribly sorry for the short lapse in posting this week! We have been completey swept up with D-I-Y projects and details for our latest shoot. It’s all going down tomorrow and we are SO excited! Here’s a little sneak peek of the inspiration behind the shoot. We can’t wait to share all of the fabulous details, projects, and vendors too! Stay tuned and you might catch some behind the scene shots…

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

It seems that their is always some new item, product, or toy that I am lusting after. Fortunately or unfortunately I’m not quite sure, Pinterest has made my Wish list of these items seem forever growing, and  rarely shrinking. So I thought I’d share a few of the items off my rather large wish list that I am coveting right now. Maybe since its friday I’ll even treat myself to a few of these purchases!

I’m Just completely in love with these gorgeous pattern pens. I could see these looking amazing on a wedding guest book sign in table.

I’m hoping this acrylic box gold notecard set shows up on my door step pretty soon! This would also make a great guest book at your wedding, have guest leave little thoughts on the cards then you can display the box with the notes in your home.

Who would have thought a lighter could be so pretty. I think these are gonna be my new hostess gifts.

Who doesn’t want to add a little sparkle to there baked goods? I think I Just might be doing a little baking this weekend.

What Items are you coveting right now?

Nautical Niceties

{Anchor.Dresses.Ocean.Paper.Flowers}

Do you frequent Society 6‘s website? I like checking back there often- always a good source of quick inspiration! I instantly loved this anchor print and thought it tied in nicely with the whole brights and neutrals Spring trend we’ve been chatting about. Couldn’t you just picture a beachy nautical wedding with muted linens (burlap even maybe!?) and super bright flowers. Love the pale striped bridesmaid dresses too, but the anchor got me thinking how fun would it be to mix in a little Pucci print as well for the girls attire? The possibilites are endless

Monday Morning Mix: Retro Steppin’

We’re gearing up for an awesome photo shoot this month and have been compiling a playlist of early-late 60s hits to play during the shoot, which got us thinking how cool would it be to only play oldies for a wedding? We would be more than happy with that! We broke down some of our fave songs choices for the big day…

To get ready to…

En route to the cermony…

Walking down the aisle or first dance…

Cocktail hour and to get dancing started…

To really get the dance floor packed you might need some re-mixed Elvis…

You have to end with Sam Cooke for the last dance.

The Bold &The Beautiful

These gorgeous ladies know how to rock a heavy dose of color! But would this look translate for a wedding party?

I found this picture of models backstage at the Spring 2012 shows and thought this color scheme would be gorgeous for bridesmaids! Or if you’re a little more adventurous maybe have all bright dresses and skip the muted ones….

 Which roundup do you prefer; the mix n match or the go bright or go home?

{All dresses from Shopbop}

Real Bride Blogger Jessica: The Backyard or The Beach?

After determining the guest count, the next thing for us to do was choose a VENUE. I’ve never been one of those girls who grew up knowing just  where I wanted to have my wedding. Plus, I’ve moved around a bit- so as much as I may have liked a certain spot in Texas or LA it just didn’t make sense for the wedding now.

We did have a few basic guidelines that helped us to narrow down the search:

- Ceremony site near the ocean (Nick is an avid surfer)

- Something casual and not too formal

- Nothing too pricey (rather have more food than space if you ask me!)

- Something with vendor options (definitely wanted flexibility to choose my own vendors)

This is really where having a planner helped me out. There are so many incredible venues out there; I never would have seen all the right ones for us without guidance. Kate and Ellen sent me a list of venues that matched the requirements we gave them, plus a couple extra venues they thought were worth looking at. My favorites were Condor’s Nest Ranch, Leo Carrillo Ranch Park,  The Thursday Club, Martin Johnson House, and my parents’ backyard.

{Condor’s Nest Ranch by Katie Neal}

To narrow down my choices, I started by making a list of pros and cons for each venue. Condor’s is a lovely scenic ranch, but ultimately is too far from the ocean for us. The Thursday Club in Point Loma is near the beach, but doesn’t let you have hard alochol. This may not be a deal breaker for some, but knowing our friends, we had to keep looking. Leo Carrillo Ranch is located fairly close to the ocean, full of charm, and is flexible with vendors. It was definitely a top contender

{Leo Carrillo by Tec Petaja}

Ultimately, it really came down to my parents’ house (ceremony at J Street look-out and reception in the backyard) and The Martin Johnson House. Both choices had the feel we wanted our wedding to exude. I really liked the idea of a causal backyard wedding and I figured it could save us some money that we could use elsewhere in our budget. Plus, I would be able to have the sparkler send-off that I always envisioned.

However, when we budgeted out the two options, they were more comparable than we thought. We really weren’t saving that much by holding the reception in the backyard, since we had to bring in more décor elements and all of the rentals. The final deciding factor: I really just disliked the idea of guests having to commute the distance from the ceremony site to the reception location. With Martin Johnson house it was all right there with a pretty ocean view bow on top!

{Lookout From Martin Johnson House}

After walking through the Martin Johnson a couple times with Kate and Ellen (this had been their number 1 all along) and looking through past weddings held there, we knew we had found the perfect venue for us. It was casual beachy, but still beautiful. Our ceremony will be held facing the Pacific Ocean. Black’s Beach (a favorite surf spot) is even visible from the ceremony site, a big plus for Nick. I love that the ceremony and reception can both be held in the same area.

The actual house has a homey feel and a huge deck overlooking the ocean that is perfect for dancing. There is ample room for lawn games, which I really want to incorporate into the cocktail hour. But what really sold us, is the amazing natural beauty found on the property, including huge trees, vibrant succulents, and the breath-taking views. The only bummer for me, is they don’t allow sparklers. So we’re brainstorming other options for my perfect send-off

{Ceremony at Martin Johnson House}

Finding a venue was a piece of cake compared to my next challenge…dress shoping! Boy was that a HUNT! Stay tuned to find out all the knitty gritty details on the dress!

From B & A: Jess covered a lot here so we don’t want to overload you with venue talk, but we would love to point out a few tips! Options… it’s always good to look at multiple locations even if you think you know exactly what you want. Jess didn’t seem too keen on the Martin Johnson House at first, since it was in La Jolla and they were originally thinking of a surf spot in Encinitas, however, we just knew it hit everything on their checklist.

Seeing a site in person makes all the difference. A site that looks gorgeous in one particular picture might not be so charming when you see the surrounding area in real life, and vice versa a lesser-known site could have lots of hidden potential!

Definitely do what Jess did and make a list of requirements from the start. Then weed places out through pros and cons. You should feel great about the venue you choose and really be able to envision YOUR wedding there!

It’s a Nice Day for a White Wedding: January Wedding Ideas

 If I could have multiple weddings-one would definitely be a cozy, snowy, white January wedding. There’s just something special about getting married in January. The month seems to carry a sweet sentiment for marriage. Beginning of the new year, and the beginning of the rest of your lives together. This board is what I dreamed up for the intimate gathering; powder white confections, crisp flowers, a big poufy dress, and of course some fur.

{Sweet Treats.Flowers.Fur.Antlers.Cake.Couple}

Blame it on the cold weather yesterday, but I am coveting all things (faux) fur at the moment. I found some great inspiration pictures of how to incorporate fur into your big day.

you can wear it

you can have your girls wear it

you can wear it next to your furry friend

you can dine on it

and lastly you can get married on it!

{1.2.3.4.5.}

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