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Thursday, July 31, 2008

My work: Album layout



To see the layout upclose:
http://flickr.com/photos/mmbalmonte/sets/72157606455813402/

As promised the full version of the album I made for little Jilian. The parents bought the album and let me keep the extra copy as a hard copy of my work. I used the "get 1 album free" coupon code they always have in Yahoo mail and the discount for MyPublisher.

There are over 200 photos and only one week to do it in. It was insane. But I got through it and I'm happy with the results. I did the layout myself and some graphics were put in. Hopefully Jilie will love these years to come.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Biggest AW: I'm a Maggie Bride!


Maggie Sottero is the designer of my beautiful wedding gown. I'm very proud of the originality of my dress. I can't wait to wear it again at my after wedding photoshoot. I better get the best usage on the most expensive dress of my life.

The best part...I'm right smack the first bride. I didn't even realize that this was on there until one of theknot.com bride told me. Well several of them did. Too bad no photographer recognition. It was done by my talented photographer Ed Pingol Photography of course. When I initially submitted the photo to be a Maggie bride it had his web logo but I guess it was cropped out. So just that everyone knows it's him: Ed Pingol.

Anyways here's the link that it's on: http://www.maggiesottero.com/maggieBrides.aspx

More photos of my dress:

Upclose


My fave pictures of me in it


The back


Beautiful side detail


And look it matches the lace



Thank you Maggie Sottero site and Ed Pingol Photography.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

My work: Wedding Inspiration Board 1



I LOVE natural colors. And when you pair them up with something bold like a purple like fuschia.. it gives this modern, urban, chic look. I love how it looks romantic and sophisticated. You really can pick up color scheme from anywhere. Color scheme was inspired by a GAP Billboard. Sorry no picture to prove I didn't dream this up. The only think I can claim is putting the collage together.


Sources:
Bridesmaid's dress: Monsoon's Hampton dress
Groom's boutonniere & bridesmaids bouquet: by Poppy's Petalworks
Cake: Taken from project wedding *unknown cake designer please contact me to give proper credit*
Bridal gown: Amsale's BALI- Silk Organza/Duchess Satin/Alençon Lace. Organza A-line skirt with sculpted lace bust and halter neckline. Ruched sash at natural waist.
Centerpiece: Krislyn Design
Tablescape inspiration: http://simplystated.realsimple.com under their "celebrations"
Bridal bouquet: Photographed by Shawn Starr

Monday, July 28, 2008

Great Finds: Websites for Baby shower planning

We're having a crazy time trying to figure out new and innovative way of preparing a baby shower. We have a few pregger friends that are soon to be due. I'm in all the committees to get these party off the ground with some ideas.

In all the midst of the planning I found a lot of helpful site you probably don't know exist. These are my favorites:



http://www.flickr.com/
You might not believe this but when you search for favors, baby shower, in the search field you find tons of ideas. Just don't forget to credit them. A lot of those people have private business based on their ideas.. Just use them for inspiration.


http://www.etsy.com/

OF course the ultimate diy crafter's seller site. They provide great services and great ideas. I one of my fave favor vendor I plan to use is ALittleHut. I love those boxes!



http://www.marthastewart.com/
The Queen of craft on provides instruction on how to be crafty. Now she has uploaded some video demo straight from her shows!



http://paper-source.com/
My personal fave store. Also usually out of my budget range. But they have ideas, video instructions in their HOW TO section.






http://www.hostessblog.com/

This blog is the ultimate party planning site. Great ideas! Makes me want to keep signing up for all these baby shower w/all the creativity that's found on this site.

You can spring off millions of ideas alone on these five sites. Comment me with your fave sites to look for baby shower ideas!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

My work: Screen invitation


I love these color combo and I saw a screen with these pattern. I thought I put them together.

Today I am sitting here... wishing I'm a designer for a company.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

DIY: How to make your Pinata

Pinata's are always fun for kids at parites. I'm throwing a barrio fiesta (Philippines style) and there aren't any pinata that's custom that theme.

So that began my quest to see if I can make one on my own. I found these great instructions:

http://www.chevroncars.com/learn/fun-games/how-to-make-pinata

My inspiration... A bahay kubo (nipa hut) like this one:



I'll post pictures after I attempt one.

Great Finds: Etsy seller Luxe Deluxe

Sorry I'm a day late in blogging. Today I read one of my blogs and had to share this jewelry designer that was featured on Etsy Wedding. Had I known about this jewelry designer prior to getting married I would soooo buy her goods. They are so vintage and beautiful here are my faves:

Camille Necklace (green)


White Blush (silver)


Glittering Blossom (aqua)


Ashley


Soleil Glow Earrings


Pink Sugar Blossom


I might just pick up a pair of these since they are on sale:
Turkish Lace


Funny I'm not a gold tone jewelry person but I love these. The seller of Luxe Deluxe calls one of her collection "Vintage Glam" and I think it perfectly fits the bill.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Great Finds: Cupcake blogs and flickr users


MAN!!!!!!! I'm sooo in love with cupcakes. I bought the HelloCupcake! book. It makes me a believer that I can do it myself. But I wanted to see what everyone else had out there in terms of inspiration.

Check these blogs out:
http://cupcakeblog.com/
http://cupcakestakethecake.blogspot.com
http://www.littlehouseofdreams.blogspot.com/
maarte-stewart.livejournal.com/

Then these flickr users:
chotda
hello naomi
maarte stewart

These are on my list to try for an upcoming Filipino Barrio birthday party:
Ube Cupcakes by http://cupcakeblog.com/


Turon Cupcakes by maarte-stewart.livejournal.com/


As well as Macapuno-Ube Cupcake by maarte-stewart.livejournal.com/


Yippie for me. I'll blog my experiments soon.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Today's Quote

Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it.

-Buddha

Monday, July 14, 2008

Personal Spiel: Pro-photography for Wedding Rehearsal



The above is a slide I made with the images of Kali Kraum that she had taken of our wedding rehearsal. I'm so grateful she was able to do these at the last minute for usand at a great rate. She provided excellent customer service, promptness, and gave me the images on a dvd. How awesome is that?!?! They will be used for Christmas gifts that's in the works.

I suggest getting a professional photographer for your wedding rehearsal if you can use the images to your advantage. It would totally justify your investment. If you have a family/friend that's into photography that would work too. Mr. Mad is used to taking the pictures and I'm the one editing them. We felt with all we have to do for the rehearsal and wedding it would be akward if we were the ones taking the pictures. Plus I want him in the photos not taking them. Mr. Mad argued with me at first but when we received the images we were glad we did.

Thank you Kali Kraum for capturing this special moment for us.

Friday, July 11, 2008

My work: Jilieland




I've been helping one of my BFF to set up for her daughter's 1st birthday. This is a momentous birthday for all especially the parents. Jilian is my goddaughter and I'm so happy to be a part of her very first birthday. Working with creative people like BFF Jackie and husband Wilbur is always a treat. I helped with jumping off the idea of the invite, did some signage, album layout, create cake pops (courtesy of the famous Bakerella), bounced off party ideas, and the goodie bags. The theme was inspired by Candyland, the game. So we came up with: JILIELAND.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISS JILIE!!!!!


And many more to come.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Great Finds: Exercise TV

I came home late yesterday and ate a later than usual dinner for my Tuesday routine. I like to eat earlier so I can digest by the time it's my aerobics class. I was really worked up with stress and needed to work out. Like DESPARATELY.

We have Comcast at home with ONDEMAND. I thought there has to be some exercise ONDEMAND. Sure enough! Exercise TV! I was ecstatic. I did the Biggest Loser Cardio Max w/Bob Harper, Zen in your Den (Yoga) w/Jennifer Galardi, and Dance w/me by Mia Caress.

And for you brides out there there’s bridal work outs:Bridal Body Burn, Bridal AbSession, and Bridal Shape Up. Check it out if you have it. I feel so sore today.. but no pain no gain.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Great Finds: Orchid Bouquet and Shawn Starr

I have two loves I wanted desperately in my wedding. Orchids and a slammin' photographer. I have been lucky to get both. The other day a blogger on the www.weddingbee.com talks about how cymbidium (my all time favorite type of orchid) orchids are a common staple in weddings. This drilled me to research and keep an eye out for cymbidium bouquet with a personal flair to them.

I found this amazing picture by one of the best photographer around: SHAWN STARR. I have written him last week for his permission and he has given me the ok to post this beautiful picture. You may click on the image to see the whole wedding teaser slide:


That bouquet is so unique and very tropical zen. I LOVE IT. But wait... There's more. These are a few more that express different type of wedding affair also taken by SHAWN STARR:

Vibrant



Soft and sophisticated




Classic and dramatic elegance




Light and airy




Contemporary with a modern touch


MAHALO SHAWN STARR for the images and your permission. Your work is beautiful. Makes me miss Hawaii.

Readers: If you're ever getting married or plan to take your engagement session on the islands of Hawaii he's one to look up. When I look at his pictures I feel the breath of the ocean. It's like hula, it tells the story.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Favors: Oh how sweet this is




For one of TheMAD's wedding favor we did sandalwood fans in a glass box. We found this site that offered them for $1.25 each and shipping was relatively cheap. http://www.weddingfavorites.com. The two above is from that site. I love nostalgic favors.