Nutcracker Sweet

My Christmas gift to my mom this year was a pair of tickets to The Nutcracker Ballet, so last night, we headed to downtown Houston for the performance. Going to ballets with my mom is so special to me–ballet was my life for years, and she was always my number one supporter, so we get equally excited for our favorite numbers! For today’s inspiration board, I drew inspiration from The Nutcracker with festive evergreen, Land of Sweets-inspired shades of pink, and plenty of theater-reminiscent elegance.

{Bouquet: Mikki Platt Photography via Blossom Sweet| Bride on staircase: Amy Punky Photography via French Wedding Style| Ranunculus: Machteld M| Sugar Plum Fairy costume: Classy Girls Wear Pearls| Dessert table: Jen Rodriguez Photography via Style Me Pretty| Macarons: Liza Voll Photography via Hostess with the Mostess| Ballet slippers: Julie Williams Photography via Something Pretty| Festive table: Rue Magazine}

If you’re a Nutcracker fan, tell me, what are your favorite dances? I have a soft spot for snowflakes, because I danced it back in the day, but the Sugar Plum Fairy and Nutcracker Prince pas de deux brings me to tears with how beautiful it is!

Love, Lisa

Love List

I’ve been home from school for a week now and it has already been so rejuvenating. My mom put up our Christmas decorations this week, we’re getting our tree today, and my sister will be home from Pittsburgh tomorrow, so it feels more and more like the holidays every day. A few more things I’m planning to do before Christmas are going to the Houston Ballet performance of The Nutcracker with my mom, baking madeleines (anyone have a favorite recipe?), and watching A Christmas Story. Anyone else have fun plans to get into the holiday spirit?

Swedish wedding inspiration{Did you know that yesterday was St. Lucia day in Sweden? This absolutely gorgeous, detailed shoot had me reminiscing about my little sister’s Kirsten doll :) By Brittany Dow Photography/Stacey Bishop Photography via Green Wedding Shoes}

Ryan Ray{I feel like I should add a section to my About page that says every time Ryan Ray’s work is posted, it will end up on a Love List. His portraits are way too beautiful not to re-feature! By Ryan Ray via Once Wed}

Emerald wedding jewelry |A Brit & A Blonde{My lovely friend Lena shared a Provence-inspired wedding this week, and I was smitten with the emerald gems, elegant fashion, and perfectly understated rustic details. I would not mind a pair of these gorgeous earrings to wear during Pantone’s emerald year! By A Brit & A Blonde via A Crimson Kiss}

Rebecca Amber Photography{Polka dots, stripes, gold details, and coral blooms…yes please! By Rebecca Amber Photography via Ruffled}

Have a merry weekend :)

Love, Lisa

Classic Southern Christmas Wedding

Thank you so much for all of your kind words about Something Pretty’s second birthday on Saturday! I can’t think of a prettier way to kick of year number three than with this beautiful wedding. I’ve loved Meredith Perdue’s work for awhile now, especially because the way she captures weddings reminds me of classic black and white movies–effortlessly chic, and completely romantic. Mix in some Christmas spirit and Southern charm, and you have today’s sweet wedding!

{Vendors: Photographer: Meredith Perdue| Second shooter: Graham Terhune Photography| Ceremony venue: The Village Chapel|Reception venue: The Fairbarn| Bride’s gown: Priscilla of Boston| Bridesmaid dresses: Champagne dresses by Anna Elyse, black dresses their own| Hair stylist: The Spa at Pinehurst| Florals: Aldenaye| Rentals: Richmond Rentals and Sales| Catering: Mark Elliot| Cake: Sweet Fi’s Cakes}

This wedding looks like such a dream to me, from the sweet first look to the traditional church ceremony to the horse and carriage exit. Best of all, every detail is so classic, it’ll never go out of style. Thank you so much to Meredith for the delight of sharing these beautiful pictures!

Love, Lisa