Dear Sunday, it is my birthday.
Love, Jess
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Real Wedding: Brittany + Brent

You might remember Jenny and Joel's wedding that we featured in late August. Everyone who I talked to about it had the utmost admiration for it, as did I. Well today I am excited to share with you another of Andy Jackson's beautiful films, and I know that you will fall in love with it as much as I have! Andy wanted to share a brief message with you prior to watching the film...
"Both of these films are approximately 20 minutes in length, and I always try to ask people not to watch my films until they know they can watch all the way through, without interruption. The purpose of my work is to allow the viewer to "feel" the wedding day; to be sucked into the emotions of the day. My hope is that the viewer will experience love, not just as it relates to the wedding or event, but as it relates to every detail and every action that takes place between a couple, their friends, and their families. The wedding itself is just a symbol... without the foundation of love and sincerity that is portrayed, the symbol is meaningless."
Brittany and Brent's wedding took place on the lovely Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

Event Planner: Shay Brown - www.shaybrownevents.com
Photography: Parker J Pfister - www.parkerjphoto.com
Cinematography: Andy Jackson of Portal Films - www.portalfilms.com
Florist: The Bloom Room - www.bloom-room.com
Venue: The Biltmore Estate - www.biltmore.com

Credit: Portal Films


pretty little things: the place close to your heart

O France! If I lived or studied in France I would send little notes and packages such as these to my dear friends. I love the idea of using a place that is special to you as inspiration for your special day. It might be a specific place like Paris, your hometown, or something like the beach or a rose garden.
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{ oh what larks! }

One day I would like to have pretty things like these in a sun-filled room painted in chantilly lace white and gossamer blue. I could have company over for afternoon tea Dorothy Draper style or sit and sew new pillow shams to match the tufted sofa. O frivolous, romantic thoughts.

garden vase

vintage-inspired pillow by GeorgeGs

pintuck taffeta

Croscill Veranda Luxuriance Multi or Croscill Veranda Emanuelle Passion Fruit


create: handy tags

Hang your tags on each wine bottle or use them as table cards, implement beautiful calligraphy to write each guest's name on the opposite side and drape all the tags on a "tree" of leafy magnolia branches. Click here to download the free template for these tags!

Credit: Poppytalk


Real Wedding: Ginny + Ed

I adore this fabulously vintage-inspired wedding, everything was seamlessly integrated into the couple's vision for their special day. Even the guests dressed perfectly for the occasion! I can't get enough of this!
Ginny and Ed are too cute together.

I love how the light seems to glow in this shot of the vintage bridal party dresses!

What a beautiful, happy bride!

Love this photobooth shot!

Credit: Josh Goleman


pretty little things: brown paper packages all wrapped up in strings

This invitation suite is full of foresty goodness. I love the deep green and the fun white calligraphy that just pops off the envelopes. Lately I've been a huge fan of tags and baker's twine, it reminds me of the market in a way that is reminiscent of the older days when you received parcels wrapped in crisp brown paper and twine. These are a few of my favourite things!

Credit: Rifle Design


lovely: pronovias

Pronovias can be credited for some of the most stunning gowns ever. They are a family business that originated in Barcelona and have come a long way to currently being a leader in the wedding fashion industry. Below are a few that caught my eye! Seriously, oohing and aahing over wedding gowns is simply too much fun.

I love the simplicity of this one.
I am really attached to this silhouette lately, it's just so feminine and pretty!
This one reminds me of Spain and the roots of Pronovias.
If you look closely there's some pretty, subtle detailing.
Exquisite lace.
Credit: Pronovias found via Brides


tea, a drink with jam and bread

I hosted a Saturday tea recently and have shared photos of the details on my Parcel blog. It just might inspire you to be creative when planning a luncheon for your bridesmaids! Click here to jump to photos of the table decor, placecards, and more!

Credit: Parcel


Real Wedding: Laura + Bobby

When I saw Laura and Bobby's wedding on Erin Hearts Court I ate it all up! The beautiful photos on the beach, the Anthropologie-esque tablescape, the colorful flag banner hanging in the tent...and did you SEE the fun ampersand that sways between the bride and groom's chairs? The decor of the wedding all comes together and just works. I keep seeing burlap table runners and I'm not gonna lie, I think it's a fantastic idea and adds a great element of texture to the table!

Credit: Erin Hearts Court


pretty little things: etched toasting flutes

This would make a beautiful toasting flute. Can you believe how intricate and elegant the etching is? It would look so good in the photos, and you could display them in your cabinent after the wedding and use them on anniversaries and special occasions (I vote everyday). It just goes to show that you don't have to splurge on Vera Wang or Swarovski...though I wouldn't complain!

Credit: Anthropologie


something else: exquisite white cakes

I LOVE white cakes, and the ones I have to share with you today are exceptional. Simply whimsical, magical wintry icing, and oh-so-special. It's really too difficult to pick a favourite, believe me, I tried. These pretty cakes make me think of the sugar plum fairies from the Nutcracker! I feel like I could be ready for winter, the season brings beautiful things! —Jess

Credit: Dietlind Wolf, Julia Hoersch, Tine Bergmeier, Elle Bistro


create: garden escort cards

I love this DIY escort card idea, I think it would be a fitting touch for an outdoor wedding, garden party, or bridal shower. You could work with this idea and get creative, make it your own!

Materials: popsicle sticks, colored cardstock, permanent marker or paint, scissors, glue, moss, wooden box/container

Try creating other veggies like eggplant, tomatoes, and broccoli!

Credit: Once Wed, Rifle Design


create: ice cream parlor

Recreating an ice cream parlor at your wedding has to be one of the most charming ideas ever! I love the stripes, if you do this, please, please, please get those pink striped cloth napkins to go with it. I feel that it all comes together exquisitely well, if you stick with a general colour scheme you can avoid the "messy syndrome". Mixing and matching is a good thing, and I love it, but there has to be a degree of commonality.

Credit: Eat Drink Chic


something else: peach perfection

Peach has recently been one of my new favourite colours, I feel that it is just so pretty and can work well with the different seasons. I hope you can understand why I would fall for this beautiful peach-inspired tablescape! The rosy flowers complement the real peaches that are used in the centerpiece and the table settings, and the floor-length table linens really add to the elegance of the entirety. However, my two most favourite elements of this table are the placemats (love the texture!) and the lustrous flatware. I am not typically drawn to highly polished flatware, I usually like the muted, vintage feel, but these are intricate, charming, and absolutely beautiful.

Credit: Carter & Cook Event Co., Found via Style Me Pretty


{ parcel }

Good morning all! I cannot tell you how excited I am to share my news with you. Today I am launching my new studio, Parcel. My hope is to sell wedding and bridal accessories, invitations and stationary, housewares and accessories appropriate for everyday. I am hoping that you will stop by and take a little peek! I am currently working on getting more pictures of my designs up on the Parcel blog, but I'll occasionally post a highlight on Just Happily Ever After. Cheers and thank you for your support!

Credit: Parcel, Parcel blog


Weekend Deals!

The following Etsy shops are having special weekend deals, don't you love the design ideas behind these? See the end of the post for links. Have a lovely Friday, everyone!

Credit: Mini Cups, Patina Earrings, Peacock Pedestal