March 10th, 2010 · Michelle
Leave it to the ever preppy and polished designer pet accessories company, Up Country, to come out with a sophisticated wedding line for dogs! The handcrafted line features beautiful flower collars and neckwear for your beloved pooch to wear on your special day. There are traditional rose collars for classic affairs, fun and cheery daisy chains for a garden gathering, and a unique hydrangea style for the most elegant of weddings. Prices range from $25 to $50.
March 5th, 2010 · Michelle
The new Fall 2010 Marchesa ready-to-wear collection recently shown during NY Fashion Week was absolutely enchanting! Every dress was right out of a girl's dream... or perhaps even a bride's. Here are a few stunners from the collection that I think would make be absolutely amazing going down the aisle.
February 26th, 2010 · Michal
My husband took me to Paris for Valentine's Day (I know, so romantic!) and I had to share some photos of sites of loved. Yes, there maybe one photo in here of the Eiffel tower, but mostly I'm talking about the desserts, pastries and flowers! I was blown away by the pastry shops and flower "ateliers" as they call them, and I thought you all could get a little inspiration from them!
Lastly, if you are having a Paris-inspired wedding, how sweet are these Eiffel Tower favors and Street Lamp Seating Cards for your event? Looks like the real thing!
February 24th, 2010 · Michelle
Know someone who recently got a new puppy or are you just looking to spoil your furry friend? Navy & Lavender just launched a Pet section!! Check out all the adorable new gifts!
February 22nd, 2010 · Michelle
Last week I blogged about some beautiful escort cards, so today I wanted to share some elegant place cards that live up to them - these creative tags definitely won't disappoint when guests finally arrive to their tables. What I love about these samples are how unique and functional they are, whether it's making use of items already on the table like a wine glass or actually incorporating your appetizers into the place cards. I love the little origami heart... you can also try it with your napkins instead!
February 19th, 2010 · Michelle
I love when the escort cards for a wedding are arranged in a little scene or landscape - it immmediately sets the tone for guests as they enter the reception! Here's a look at four gorgeous seasonal themed escort card settings... don't they just capture you immediately and make you want to see what's in store for the rest of the wedding?
Photos courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings.
February 17th, 2010 · Michal
There's no reason to lose your love of red just because Valentine's day is over! It is a winter color through and through. Here are some red inspirations to get you through the rest of the winter!
February 15th, 2010 · Michelle
With all this snow and terribly cold weather we've been experiencing in New York, I wanted to post about some things you can give your guests to help them stay warm if your wedding is also in a chilly locale. Just like umbrellas are great to hand out for rainy affairs, and fans are perfect to keep guests cool on hot and sunny days... these gifts will surely be appreciated by your guests to beat the cold. I especially love the mini hand warmer favors and heart hot water bottles (contact us for ordering info). Aren't the mustache coffee cups to go so cute too... give them to guests on their way out!
February 10th, 2010 · Michelle
For those of you who want to include personal touches in your thank you cards, but always seem to get a case of writer's block when it comes to this sort of thing... enter Backyard for Bongo. This fabulous line of fill-in-the-blank cards was created by husband and wife team, Jenny and Chris. After the two got married, they noticed how formulaic their thank you cards all sounded and so they dreamed up this fun and cheeky collection of template cards as a playful nod to that. Since then Backyard for Bongo has expanded to Baby, Birthday, Get Well, I'm Sorry... you name it cards!
Here's an example of one of their fill-in-the-blank options...
And just in case you haven't picked up a card for your Valentine yet this year, check out their sweet love note cards...
All 8-packs are $18 to $20. Single cards are $4 each (minimum purchase $12).
February 8th, 2010 · Michal
Here are some sweet inspirations for cakes and other tidbits for your Valentine's day wedding or event! I love this unbelievable "Conversation Hearts" cake from the Cake Girls - how do they get that box to defy gravity!? A simple cake can be wonderfully romantic with real or sugar rose petals; vintage cake toppers invoke a nostalgic era long past; top chocolate desserts with raspberries and edible gold leaf for the ultimate aphrodisiac.
Images, Cake Girls, Martha Stewart Weddings. Cake topper from Fancy Flours.
Combine pinks and reds for a fresh look - perfect for weddings in warmer climates! Decadent chocolate and red sugar flower cake looks almost too good to eat; a perfect Valentine's Day chocolate found! Give each guest a milk and white chocolate cupid holding a red heart, from Martine's.
Images, Martha Stewart Weddings. Chocolate Favor, Martine's.
February 5th, 2010 · Michelle
Aside from adorable heart shaped cookies and love note confections, here are an assortment of useful favors that are perfect for a Valentine's wedding. This heart shaped towel cake is a fun, unique way to present something practical that guests can use after the wedding. N&L's bar and wine collection also features a lot of love themed items that are both elegant and handy, from glass coasters to wine charms. Take a look!
February 3rd, 2010 · Michal
Whether you are having a Valentines weekend wedding, or just giving your honey something sweet this Valentines day, you can't go wrong with these cookies from Whipped Bakeshop in Philadelphia! Her wedding cakes are beautiful, and I'm sure I'll blog about them another time, but just one look at these gorgeously detailed morsels made me want to have a Valentines party just to give them out as favors! Not from Philly? Don't fret, Whipped Bakeshop ships!
I also found these wonderful treats at Bake at 350 on Etsy. If you are looking to propose this Valentines Day, or just do something sweet and creative, have Bake at 350 make you a crossword cookie set, or spell out what your asking on hostess cupcakes. Yum! Like to try your hand at them? Her blog shows you how to make her sweet treats so you can try them at home!
February 1st, 2010 · Michelle
Chinese New Year is just a few weeks away... the holiday officially begins on Valentine's Day and it's the year of the tiger! So I wanted to share some of our festive favors, which are sure to bring luck, love, and "double happiness" to your wedding day! I especially love the bamboo place card holders, which add a subtle eco-friendly Asian feel to the table.
January 29th, 2010 · Michal
I am digressing from our normal mode of everything weddings to bring you the most beautiful baby shower I have ever seen! Our friend Nina, who had thrown this shower for her good friend Claire, sent us these photos and I just had to post them. The table is set beautifully in pink and brown, with a crossword puzzle about Claire and the baby for each guest to fill out tied to the napkins with a beautiful brown satin bow. Tulips and roses and peonies oh my! But my favorite detail has to be all the fabulous favors set out for the guests to enjoy! From pink carriage boxes filled with pink jordan almonds, to personalized candy jars filled with pink and red peanut M&M's, to an egg whisk and egg timer, this is one shower that is looking forward to springtime! I have to point out the piece de la resistance, N&L's custom favor: egg soaps in a nest tied with place tags with each guests names tied with a printed "baby" pink ribbon. Congratulations Claire!
January 27th, 2010 · Michelle
Bicycles have become such a popular piece in weddings today, so I wanted to post some pretty pictures showing how you can incorporate the classic icon into your special day. First off, bikes make great props for your engagement/wedding pictures, or they can be the perfect addition to a photo station for your guests to pose and have fun with. As graphics, bicycles - especially tandems (perfect for the bride and groom) - make charming additions to wedding stationery, from invitations to programs.
Bicycles just have such a wonderful nostalgic feel to them, which automatically lends a quaint, vintage feel to a wedding that make it all the more charming and memorable.
January 25th, 2010 · Michal
We had a fabulous Valentine's day themed fête to celebrate N&L's first anniversary! Here are some pictures from the event. We had two fantastic participating vendors, Regas Stationery, a gorgeous letterpress company, and Free Fingers cashmere gloves, which give 100% of its proceeds to breast cancer research. Thanks for a year of wonderful support from our blog readers and our brides!
January 21st, 2010 · Michelle
Today is Navyandlavender.com's 1st anniversary! Exactly one year ago today we launched our company's website and what an incredible journey it has been ever since.
Michal and I just wanted to say thank you to all the talented and creative individuals who have contributed so much to our online success this year! And to our loyal customers and blog readers, we greatly appreciate all of your support and valuable feedback on both our website and products. We look forward to continuing to grow and develop, and put our N&L touch on many more special occasions to come!
January 20th, 2010 · Michal
A beautiful Fisher Island wedding continues...
The bride and groom were married under the old tree that has been on the property since the early 1900's. A raised platform with a beautifully covered chuppah was lit by lanterns that hung from the branches of the tree. Orchids were carefully placed amongst the old Banyan, creating an almost rainforest effect.
The tables were simply decorated with white flowers and floating candles.
Orchids were also incorporated in the cake; cocktails were outside under the iconic tree; the view from the water of the Fisher Island Mansion and reception tent.
January 18th, 2010 · Michal
This beautiful Fisher Island, Florida wedding continues...
The weekend began with guests taking the Fisher Island Ferry over to the exclusive island, accessible only by boat. Each guest received a welcome tote, customized by the bride to include her favorite snacks, such as M&Ms, Goldfish crackers, Kettle Salt & Vinegar chips, a flip-flop shaped iced rice crispie treat, granola bars, personalized sunblock, and N&L Rescue Me Kits.
The photography by Donna Newman is just beautiful. How cute is the groom! You can really tell the bride and her maid of honor are sisters - they both look incredible. The groom's niece acted as one of their flower girls.
January 15th, 2010 · Michal
I am so excited to write about this beautiful wedding in Fisher Island, Florida! After such a gorgeous cooking shower, I expected nothing less from our bride Samantha...
From the beautiful invitations, to the magical settings and the perfect welcome totes (Navy & Lavender of course!) this event was just perfect. Enjoy the photos!
Photography by Donna Newman Photography.