pottery, willow and leather

It is Wedding Wednesday – and it just so happens to be our nine year anniversary! The ninth anniversary is PotteryWillow (traditional) and Leather (modern). But for us, it is hire a bi-weekly house cleaner (practical).


Which would you choose?

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Thank you Shannon for capturing so many great memories (mostly taken on FILM but enjoy these digitals).

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Years ago… back when I lived in Montreal and had a really bad job at a business news publication, I called in to the CBC noon hour call-in radio show. They were asking what our favourite Christmas movies are. Easy question right? Well I froze – I forgot the name of the movie and then tried to explain it by saying  “It’s that Canadian movie, I think, you know, on television every year… with the angel and that famous actress – I forget her name (Mary Steenburgen)… The kids die, but they don’t and then an angel comes and saves them…”

It was a train wreck – they had no clue what I was talking about and the call ended just like that. 

ONE MAGIC CHRISTMAS!!! How could that explanation not help?

I swore I’d never call in to a radio station again… but email… hell ya! Today’s Maritime Noon was Wedding Etiquette in the digital age which is my thang. I couldn’t help myself… I was tapping down my thoughts before the news had even ended and here is what they read:

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I believe the best investment for your wedding is hiring a good photographer. However, that being said, the day is about celebration and having fun – which is why social media – especially Instagram is great AFTER the ceremony and portraits with the paid photographer.

When it is all over, the couple can experience the reception through the lens of their guests and not only the photographer.

As a photographer’s assistant I have seen disrespectful guests with and without smart phones in their hands but as a wedding invite designer, I encourage the couple to share a common hashtag – it’s a great way to unite the event.

If the couple sets a good example from the beginning with proper etiquette then the guests should follow suit. Cash bars, e-invites, Facebook and announcing the registry on your invite are all becoming more popular, which breaks my heart!

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Who’s a wedding snob? It’s me! At least the expert guest from The Knot agreed with what I said. Amen.

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

Photo by me (and my SMART PHONE) of Shannon at work.magic f

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the little black dress wedding wednesday

When I hear cocktail I immediately think of Pretty Woman BlackcocktaildressI am loving the idea of a cocktail reception as an alternative to a formal seated dinner especially when the event is outside and it’s summer… Everyone is happy to mingle and sip drinks with a croquet mallet in the other hand!

mwd106572_win11_feimg_0797_1_hdHere is some inspiration for comfortable seating I found online. What’s great about a cocktail reception is anything goes – from hay bails to outdoor living rooms, you can do it all but make sure you offer plenty of seating options because no one wants to stand all day.

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And an article I found online: Why a sit down dinner is a waste of money

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meanwhile, elsewhere

It is pretty incredible how a change in weather can readjust your mental state of mind in a matter of minutes. We’re back on Anna Maria Island and the palm trees and good company have made me happy.

Friday’s online finds: Inspirational, educational or just silly. Here is what I found this week…

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When on vacation, I like to google local real estate and wonder why I don’t live here


And then I like to book the next holiday… a (hopefully) sub four hour tour of Chicago on footBank-of-America-Chicago-Marathon

Have a lovely weekend! I know I missed this week’s Wedding Wednesday but, Jodie and I plan to check out the Anna Maria Wedding Festival this weekend and I will report back next week!

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the short list

It is the grand finale of the J.Crew fashion show! Today it’s all about the bride but we’re keeping this short.

Call me biased (because I did it), but I love a short wedding dress. I’m a leg girl, and after our dreadful winter, don’t be afraid to show them off this summer! Here are J.Crew’s collection of short bridal dresses. short dressesBride

What about you… Did you go short? Would you? What about shorts? I’d love to know. C0772_NA6434_m

Click here to visit the J.Crew website and find my other Navy by the Sea posts here, hereherehereherehere, here and here

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