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Artsy Christmas Styled Shoot With A Zebra! – Mae Small Photography


Hey hey pearlies!  I hope you’ve had a wonderful week.  I figured this flashback post was the perfect way to end the year.  🙂  Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year…enjoying those you hold most dear.  ❤

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Good morning Pearlies!  I LOVE Christmas! Looking at all of these awesome shoots makes me want to snuggle up with a blanket and hot chocolate.  There’s something so magical about Christmas time, and this styled shoot from Mae Small is a perfect example of Christmas magic!  We love the overall artsy feel and the natural palette with pops of red.  It’s just absolutely gorgeous!  We know you will agree, but read on and see for yourself!


The featured couple is so cute and quirky and I think the bride’s headband is absolutely adorable!  Here comes more with the zebra!

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Such beautiful details!  Everything has a rustic meets vintage appeal and balances well with the youthfulness of the couple.



We hope you all enjoyed this post as much as we did!  Thanks to Mae Small Photography for this one!  And thanks to everyone for reading us!  We love you!


Chrissy and MiMi



Vendors: Photography- Mae Small Photography/ Flowers and Props- The Flower Barrel/ Zebra and Shooting Ground- Horn T Zoo


At Home Holiday Engagement~ Josh and Tera

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Morning Pearlies!  Hope you’re having a a great week…Before we head into our Christmas celebrations this weekend, I am doing some holiday flashbacks to end the week.  If you missed this one the first time around, I hope you get a chance to take it in today.  I loved this idea for an engagement session.  Although this year…there’s A LOT more snow on the ground this time of year.  lol!  Enjoy…

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Sooooo….don’t you just love it, when it seems like keeping something simple ends up making it unique??  Well if you do, you’ll love today’s feature.  Josh and Tera opted to do an at home engagement session, and it really couldn’t have turned out any cuter in my opinion.  The couple incorporated so much of themselves just by…well…being themselves.  The session was taken around the holidays by our awesome (and very talented) friend Mel Klemz of Mel Klemz Photography, and the results were lovely.  You’ll see the couple was able to take a few photos outdoors due to the mild Indiana winter this season, but also did their thing indoors…playing games, loving on their fur babies, and of course cuddling in their pjs.  In the end, this session is just plain old freakin’ cool.  Have a looksie for yourselves…

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Chrissy and MiMi

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Photography: Mel Klemz Photography

Adorable Gold and Peacock Courthouse Real Wedding in Portland~ Chintan and Jessica


Hey Pearlies!  Today’s wedding is so pretty and so…well…peacock-y!  LOL!  I just love the vintage style bride and all of the gold mixed with jewel tones, and I’m hoping you will too!  You really don’t see these color combinations too often, but it was a treat to see when this landed in the PPB inbox.  The couple definitely put their personalities and style into the day, and I just love it!

So enjoy re-living this beautiful spring day…and the story that matches it’s beauty!


The Story

We met seven years ago at a nightclub in Portland which no longer exists. Fittingly enough, by chance we had our photo taken the night we met. During the pedicab tour after our American wedding, we re-created the same pose and photo from seven years prior.

The Proposal

A few weeks after returning from India where I met his family, it was nearly Valentine’s Day. He had his brother send the ingredients for my favorite Indian food, street-style pizza. In India, you often have to offer bribes to get what you want. He said the pizza ingredients was my “bribe” if I’d let him be my husband. (Technically, I was proposed to with Amul cheese—although there was a ring, too).


The Gown

I initially wanted something short and simple. However, in my husband’s community, all-white is reserved for widows. The choice to have a couture gown custom made was a process of elimination. There were no dresses I liked, particularly with accent colors. I’m a big fan of Zuhair Murad’s designs, but nothing was available that was “just right.” Going with a custom gown was the only way to get what I wanted, although “what I wanted” drastically changed in the year-long process.


The style for your wedding day

For our American wedding, just a few weeks following the large Indian wedding, we wanted something small and simple with just friends. Since neither of us are Christian, the idea of a church wedding was already out. There’s always been something sweet and romantic about the notion of getting married at the courthouse. The day was informal, fun, and simple, which is just what we needed after spending a month in India.

The Decor

I am not a DIYer, but many of the details were from Etsy designers and shops. I also surprised my husband by having a brick placed in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Square. You can purchase a permanent brick in what’s dubbed Portland’s livingroom. It read “J+C 4.1.16.”


Any advice for fellow brides to be?

Prioritize making time to spend with just your husband on your wedding day! After all, that’s what it’s really about.

The favorite moment of the day…

For an hour in between the ceremony and reception, we took a pedicab tour around downtown Portland. It was time where we could just spend it together before hosting the party at home. We also got married again (our third time after India and the courthouse!) at Voodoo Doughnuts where legal ceremonies are performed with blessings from the “Voodoo gods.”


What a gorgeous day!  Congrats to the beautiful couple, and thanks for tuning in Pearlies!




Vendors~ Dress: Custom couture from Embellish Designs /Makeup: Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon/Hair: Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon /Shoes: Christian Louboutin for the ceremony, gold sequin Converse for the reception/ Accessories: Custom 24k necklace/earring set from Mumbai, the gold bracelet was my “something borrowed and something old” and was lent from my best friend Erin Smith (it was her mother’s, and her mother wore it at her own wedding 40 years ago)
Bridesmaids Dresses:
N/A /Grooms Suit: Custom made in Mumbai /Photographer: Powers Photography Studio  /Stationery: Adorn Invitations /Cake: Dream Cakes /Food: Display from Voodoo Doughnuts and two food trucks for catering on site (PBJs Grilled and Koi Fusion) /Flowers: Brooch Bouquet custom made from Secret Garden Bouquets /Ceremony Venue:  Multnomah County Courthouse (Portland, Ore. USA) /Reception Venue: Our custom built home (we moved in four days prior to the wedding)

Pearls of Wisdom~ Wedding Table Planning Made Easy via Commins & Co.

Hey hey Pearlies!  Today’s post is coming from Commins and Co. …They put together a perfect little Wedding Table Planning “Infographic” I wanted to share with you today.

I think everyone can relate to the reasoning for this coming together…”Making a decision as to who should sit where for the wedding reception can be difficult, with so many different groups of people to take into account. You’ll want to be careful not to split up distinct groups (e.g. work colleagues) or, worse still, sit divorced couples together. Then there are the practicalities of your table plan to consider; exactly how many people will be in attendance and how are you going to comfortably find room for them all within the reception hall?”

With that said… Enjoy…




Pastel Meets Vibrance Real Wedding~ Michael and Julia


Good morning Pearlies!  I’m so excited about today’s post…All I can say is…pretty…pretty…pretty.  This real wedding is coming from Australia’s most prestigious university!  From the ladies to the fun sock to the decor.  There really is nothing but good to show here!  I hope you love the inspiration along with the highlights of the love story today!  Enjoy!

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Michael and I met through mutual friends and had an instant connection, when we were 18 and 20. My family had just moved overseas after I’d finished high school, and I had just commenced at university. Feeling homesick for my mother’s wonderful Vietnamese cooking, I asked friends to join me at a local Vietnamese restaurant, and one of them brought her new friend, Michael. I was struck at first sight, and we were pretty much inseparable, in heart if not physically ever since. We spent 10 years courting, finishing our relative studies, and travelling, studying and working overseas, before moving in together and starting our lives together in Canberra nearby family and adopting our furbabies, Snowy the Japanese Spitz and Tintin the rescue kitten.

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Michael proposed on April 1st 2015, which was a significant date; he proposed with his grandmother’s beautiful solitaire diamond engagement ring, which she had worn for the duration of her long marriage to Michael’s grandfather. April 1st was the date that Michael’s grandfather had proposed to his grandmother, and so Michael wanted to follow this tradition especially using that ring. He did add his own flair, however, having starting the day with various April fool’s jokes designed to trick (and simultaneously terrify) me. After a full morning of tricks and jokes (some involving fake spiders), he went to the cupboard to make me breakfast, and when he turned around from the cupboard, he got down on one knee, with the ring box and proposed to me. After I said yes (having checked it wasn’t a joke first), he then recreated our first date for the rest of the day, including a meal at the restaurant where we first met


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I wanted an old fashioned gold glamour with romantic touches, with main colours of gold, and accents of creams, soft pinks and maroons. I once saw a wedding photoshoot set in a forest, with strong bold berry colours but accented with metallics. I was inspired by the bold colours and how beautiful they were alongside the metallics and so we developed the mix of creams, pinks and maroons to contrast leafy greens in the flowers, with a strong a gold base. I fell in love the champagne gold sequin fabrics and sought out the elegant bridesmaids gowns to bring the dream to life! I was also able to source matching gold sequin fabric overseas, and created all the table coverings to match.

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Almost everything was DIY! We did the tablecloths, mirrored seating chart, table numbers, centerpieces, most stationery and boutonniere amongst other things!

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Vendors: Dress:  Cristiano LucciMakeup: Shopgirl Beauty/ Hair: Leslie Henshaw / Stationery: Giant Invitations  Shoes:  Badgley Mishka / Accessories:  LOVEON Jewellery Bridesmaids Dresses: Jadore /Grooms Suit: Overseas tailor/ Photographer: Keepsake PhotographyCake: Traditional cake- Cake of Your Dreams Croquembouche: Croissandor/ Food: ANU House/ Flowers: Silk FloraCeremony Venue: St Christopher’s Cathedral, Canberra/ Reception Venue: ANU House/ Videographer: Say Hello to Forever DJ: Mr Michael Music  Live music: Jay Boats / Transport: Select Limousines