Inspiration :: Gray

Archives, CelebrationJomylene Ruiz

I have this thing for the color gray. I don't know when it started, and I don't know how it came about, but for some reason or other, I have been into it. It was one of the colors for my wedding. My bridesmaids wore it. My bouquet incorporated it. My husband wore a gray suit. The amazing thing about this color, which actually makes it a bit confusing is how there are so many shades of it.

photo credits: 1 - via Creatocrat's Etsy shop; 2 - via herz-allerliebst; 3 - via Crush Cul De Sac; 4 - via Babble; 5 - via flickr; 6 - via ciruelointeriors; 7 - via aiayu; 8 - Pinterest

I fully intend on incorporating grays into my color palette in home decor... for my living room, bedroom, my baby's room, everywhere. More news about that soon. But how much is too much gray? Can you go gray overboard?

Shelby Rug by Pottery Barn
Shelby Rug by Pottery Barn
Z Gallerie
Z Gallerie

Weddings 2014 - Celebrity Wedding Photo Faves

Archives, CelebrationJomylene Ruiz

So the peak of wedding season has come and gone, so I thought I would share my favorite celebrity wedding photos of 2014. Gosh there were so many. According to Us Weekly's article, there have been more than 50 celebrity weddings in 2014 already. Wow! Some were very glamorous and extravagant [hmmm, Kimye's wedding, for example], and others were big secrets [ala Brangelina and Adam Brody + Leighton Meester].

photo credits: George Clooney + Amal Alamuddin, Lauren Conrad + William Tell, Nate Berkus + Jeremiah Brent, Gabrielle Union + Dwayne Wade, Donnie Wahlberg + Jenny McCarthy, Kim Kardashian + Kanye West, Olivia Palermo + Johanne Huebl, Eve + Maximillion Cooper, Katie Couric + John Molner, Adam Brody + Leighton Meester, Kandi Burrus + Todd Tucker, Brad Pitt + Angelina Jolie

All I have to say, is Andrea Bocelli surprise performance at Kimye's wedding? Wow! And how simple + chic is Olivia Palermo's dress? I wonder of Mama Joyce was "that happy" on Kandi's wedding day. I really hope so. Which is your favorite?

How to Plan a Wedding :: Invitations & Paper

Archives, Celebration, Life, Pen + Paper, PlanningJomylene Ruiz

When I got engaged (finally), it seemed like everyone was expecting me to have my whole day was planned. I did. Sort of. Being an event coordinator myself withy share of weddings, there was no doubt in my mind that I would be tackling as many if the planning and to-do's myself, especially the paper. As a "paper person" who is obsessed with Pantone color swatches and typography, I even found myself confused as to pinning down the look of my paper style. Here are my three absolute to-do's in order to get the best paper style to suit your big day!!

[one] : GET INSPIRED!! Create a board on Pinterest strictly for paper goods. Selecting your paper style can be a nightmare and fairly overwhelming if you're like me and like EVERYTHING! Go to a design blog, wedding blog, or paper blog. At the end of the day, check out all the stationery that caught your eye. What do they all have in common? Is there a particular tone it sets for your big day? Would your fiancé agree? What typography is being used? Ask yourself what you like about them. If that's too difficult, ask yourself what you DON'T like about them. That can help too!

This will help you: 1) get an idea of whether you want "custom" stationery; and 2) help convey your "style" to your stationer (trust me, they'll be so grateful).

[two] : GET ORGANIZED!!! I created a blueprint of my invitation suite. Yes, a blueprint. Outlining the fonts, colors, and materials I would be using. This will be useful because it will allow you to organize your ideas AND get a clearer picture if what you're going to spend -- envelopes, ribbon and other embellishments, paper, printing!

[three] : KEEP IT SIMPLE!!! Yes, I know what you're thinking... this coming from someone who created a blueprint for her invitations? By "simple," I mean not to worry about it. No one will remember invitations or paper goods, unless they're designers, they are paper-obsessed, there is a misspelling, or you create something beyond magnificent that no one has ever seen! If your budget doesn't leave room for letterpressed or embossed stationery (I know mine doesn't!), cut corners, DIY, and you will find a way.

Martha says... Party Planning Guide

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Although I've been absent, my obsession with Martha Stewart continues.  Seriously, she's my hero.  I'm a firm believer that everyone has something to offer, and despite how much of an expert you are at one thing (or many), you can always learn something from someone else... who knows?  It could be easier, more efficient, less costly... better.  Anyway, here is Martha's Party Planning Guide.  You party planners out there may roll your eyes & tell yourselves "I know this already," and you novice planners may think it's the best thing ever.  All I know is there's no harm in seeing how Martha does it, and adding to it, if you need to.

1: Establish the Basics; 2: The Date; 3: The Guest List; 4: Location; 5: Cocktails or Dinner?; 6: Your Budget; 7: Music & Entertainment; 8: Putting It All Together; 9: The Checklist

Color Inspiration :: More White

Archives, CelebrationJomylene Ruiz

Do you consider "white" a color? While white on white on white may seem a little "lackluster" to some, I am absolutely in love with it. It's more than just the fact that it simply looks flawless & chic to me. It's fresh & just reminds me of new beginnings and traditions at the same time. I hope you get inspired by these photos that incorporate white.

left to right, row 1: Natalie Hunfalvay Photographyvia Somewhere Splendid, boutonniere by Ariella Chezar & shot by Suzy Clement via Snippet & Ink, via joielala Photographie; row 2: bouquet by Brown Paper Designs & shot by Caroline Tran via Style Me Pretty,chess pieces via Tinywater Photography, via The Bride's Guide; row 3: bouquet by Fleur:ology via Weddings Fresh, shot by Inspired By This.