Mexico, Here We Come! | Bridal Blogger Alisha

So after all of the venue hunting, I finally came to a conclusion... I want to elope to Mexico! I want to start off by saying I adore weddings and I love helping plan for other people, but my own wedding planning just wasn't happening. The more I tried the more stressed I because and the farther away my actual marriage seemed. Finally I realized my fiance and I were constantly saying the same thing - let's just get married already!

After many long talks and much deliberation, we finally arrived at the core of our wedding day wants. As much as we would love our friends and family to join in on our day, we finally realized that more than that, we just want to go on an adventure together! So, Mexico here we come!

Photo via Camille Styles 

I have to admit, since making our decision, I have become obsessed with the idea. I've even, already started making a souvenir wish list! My number one item is some brightly colored throws like the ones pictured above. So gorgeous! 

Photo via Ruffled Blog 

Photo via Ruffled Blog 

I've also been dreaming up the perfect wedding dress. With our new location I feel less pressure about my bridal look for and I'm ready to just have fun with it. I can't wait to get shopping!

Photo via Florida Social 

The best thing about this little change of plans is the amount of pressure that it has relieved. Instead of freaking out from stress, I'm freaking out because of excitement! I am so ready to hope a plane and say I do! Before that happens though, I have to work out the details and that's where you come in. Please leave comments below with any advice for planning my destination elopement!

Can't wait to read your comments! 


My Top 3 Inspiration Sites | Bridal Blogger Alisha

Today I thought I'd share a little inspiration for all you brides out there. I know sometimes it can feel like you're in a wedding planning rut, but I guarantee these sites will give you the boost you need. Let's hope right in!

Photo via Carlie Statsky

Photo via Carlie Statsky

1. WeddingBee

Weddingbee is one of the best sites for inspiration, simply because you get to interact with real brides. You can get feed back on your decor, see what other brides did differently, and even create a poll to help you make the tough decisions. 

2. Pinterest

This probably seems like a no-brainer but I thought it deserved a mention. Pinterest is such an easy way to collect your thoughts and scan large amounts of content at one time. If you're not signed up yet - What are you waiting for? Go check it out, but prepare to pin away your afternoon!

3. Weddinggawker

Weddinggawker is a fantastic site if you are wedding obsessed. It allows you to create collections and save content like Pinterest. However, unlike Pinterest, this site houses 100% wedding related content. Once again, you may want to set aside a couple of hours before officially logging in but I promise you're gonna love it!


I hope these sites help you along your planning process. Leave a comment letting me know how you get inspired!

Engaged // Lauren + Patrick

These two will be getting married at the beautiful Holman Ranch in September. I absolutely love working with them, and her uber-organized mother Theresa, on planning and designing what will be just a flat out awesome wedding day! Danielle Poff will be photographing, and if their engagement shoot is any indication, I'm pretty excited to see what she does with the wedding! 

Honeymoon Search | Bridal Blogger Alisha

I know - I'm totally procrastinating with the venue decision. It's been a crazy, stress-filled week and all I can think about is how much I need a vacation. This thought led me to obsess about my not yet solidified honeymoon plans, which led me to endless, "best honeymoon location", Google searches, which leads me to the topic of this post. Let't talk front runners... 

Santorini, Greece

Are you dying over this view? Honestly, Santorini has been my most pinned location this week. Not only is the island gorgeous, but it's said to have a great nightlife, and a red sand beach leading up to clear blue water. Count me in!

Photo via 99 Travel Tips 

Tulum, Mexico 

What better way to kick of the adventure that is married life than with sun, surf, and awesome Mayan ruins? Not to mention legit, authentic Mexican food!!!!!!

Photo via CN Traveler 

Photo via CN Traveler 


You'll notice I didn't list a specific island and that's because, all of Hawaii is amazing! I've been dreaming of going back for the last year or so and our honeymoon sounds like the perfect time. 

Photo via Top inspired 

Photo via Top inspired 

So, what do you think? Do you have a honeymoon recommendation I should check out? Leave me a comment and help me plan!


A Desert Engagement Shoot by M. Felt Photography

I'm absolute dying over this adorable engagement shoot by M. felt Photography. Not only is the couple super cute, but their style is killer, and it fits in perfectly with the natural beauty of Nevada's Red Rock Canyon National Park. See below for some totally swoon-worthy shots. 

Congratulations on your engagement, Jackie and Danny! 

The E Word | Bridal Blogger Alisha

If you couldn't tell from my past few posts, I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed by this whole wedding planning business. I have a super tight budget and the attention span of a turnip, so it's been a hard for me to make the big venue decision. I find myself worrying that Pinterest has ruined me with its picture perfect wedding photos. All I can think is - am I asking too much?

I've heard from many brides that finding the venue is the hardest part and I can now safley confirm that - there weren't lying. I sit here now, 65% ready to throw in the towel and start using the E word. 

I'm not saying eloping is a bad thing by any means. In fact I think it's incredibly romantic and I envy the brides that get to enjoy their day that way. I'm just not sure it's for me. A big part of me really doesn't want to miss all of the awesome things that come with a wedding day. Still, just for today, let's endulge in a few of my favorite elopement photos and the idea that wedding planning doesn't have to be that hard. 

SF City Hall Elopement 

We could always run off to city hall. Get some amazing photos and hit the beach. 

Mountain Elopement 

Or we could do an easy peasy mountain ceremony and have a romantic picnic for two.

Paris Elopement 

Better still, we could mush our honeymoon and wedding day into one thing and get married in a far away place.

I wish I could just wave a magic wand and fast forward to the time when all the plans have been made, vendors paid, and all that is left to do is actually tie the knot. I am so excited to marry my fiancé but so unmotivated to plan this wedding. Is eloping right for me or am I just being lazy? 

Fellow brides, If your going through or have been through the same thing leave me a comment! I'd love to know what your take is on this experience and if you have any tips and tricks on ways to get through the venue/Pinterest ruined my wedding blues. 

Until next time...

20 Cool Ways to Go Greenery

Of all the wedding decor trends floating around out there, I have to say, the greenery thing easily lands high on my favorites list. The trend is cost effective, high impact, and super versatile. Today I share twenty awesome ideas you can use, to incorporate the greenery trend into your big day. 

1.  Decorative Wreaths 

Photo via Ruffled Blog

Photo via Ruffled Blog

2. Hair Accessories

Photo via Ruffled Blog

Photo via Ruffled Blog

3. Green Bouquets



Photo via Smitten on Paper

6. SIGNAGE decor

7. Ceremony wall Art 

8. Ceremony Arch

9. Spruced up aisle ways

Photo via Loft Photography 

10. Beautiful exits

11. Seating Chart boarder 

Photo via Rachel Solomon

Photo via Rachel Solomon

12. Garnished Menus

Photo via Sarah Kathleen 

13. Green Chair Backs

14. Casual Cake Topper

15. natural CHANDELIERs

Photo via Jose Villa 

Photo via Jose Villa 

16. Dressed up Tent

17. Non-Boring Balloons

Photo via Riley and Grey 

18. Glorious Table Runners

19. Green Bunting

Photo via Mango Studios 

Photo via Mango Studios 

20. Naturally Beautiful backdrops

Photo via Ameris

Photo via Ameris

My Bridal Look | Bridal Blogger Alisha

Hi all - So the venue hunt was put on hold this week due a family members surprise birthday party that I helped put together. Despite the fact that party planning was super time consuming, I kept finding my mind wonder back to my big day. It's officially an obsession at this point. 

Since I now I have my "venue vision" (minus the actual venue), I thought I could finally start figuring out my bridal look. This is defiantly going to be a work-in-progress. Still I wanted to put what I'm thinking out there and see what you, the E & I Readers, think! Let's hop right in...

Hair Inspiration

Since I'd like to incorporate some old hollywood style into my day, I'm thinking I need to go glam! I love the idea of soft pretty waves pushed back on once side. Add a killer embellished headband or comb and I'd be good to go. 

My only issues with this style is that I'm worried it's going to look too flat and I wonder if the embellished touch will clash/snag on me veil. (I told you I've become obsessive!) I am considering going hair accessory-free for the ceremony and then popping one on before I step into my reception. Let me know your thoughts! 

Beauty Inspiration 

As far as my makeup goes, I'm totally torn. I've always had a taste for more dramatic looks but worry that too much makeup will be a distraction. Part of me thinks I should play it safe and go for a natural look, but I've always thought I'd rock some bold makeup on my wedding day.

My main concern is my lip color. I'd love to wear a strong glam lip color but I'm so worried that I'll have to fuss with it all day. Any recommendations on this ladies? I'd love to know what your favorite long wear lip color is or if you have any wedding day beauty tips to share! 

See below for my favorite looks so far. 

Photo via Mangofaster 

Photo via Mangofaster 

Photo via Soshallo

Photo via Soshallo

Thanks so much for reading! I can't wait to read your thoughts and tips in the comment section! Until next time.