March 2010 Archive

Balloon Themed Engagement
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If you recall this post right here, you’ll remember my love for balloons and my desire to use them in Apb and I’s engagement pictures this summer. At first I was afraid that the balloon idea had been over-used. But after stumbling across these photos by Denise Bovee, deep down inside I have no doubts our pictures will be nothing short of fabulous. To drive home my point take a look at these incredible pictures of honestly one of the most beautiful couples I have. eva. seen.
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Isn’t Yvonne’s hair piece to die for? Paired with her purple dress, dark locks and hubby-to-be’s leather jacket, this duo is magazine ready. I can only imagine how stunning their wedding will be. Perhaps I will do a follow-up come August when they are finally a Mr and Mrs…whose with me?
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Brace yourself for balloon goodness galore. Totally love the white colour. Good choice.
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My second fave right here. If only I could wake up in a sea of balloons everyday. I would be one very happy young lady (get that Apb? Sea of balloons surrounding my bed one day. Please and thank you. Any colour and size will suffice).
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And my first fave? Ah. Adore it. I will have to show these to my guy when he visits tomorrow! It’s been two months since we saw each other last. It’s going to be a tearful reunion I can guarantee that, but nevertheless one that is incredibly special to me. Enjoy your weekend plans whatever they may be and check back for some scheduled posts tomorrow and Friday! Have a great day lovelies xx
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So Much Love
Sloan Photographers
I’m a sucker for anything cute, gorgeous, romantic, lovey-dovey, you name it. Ha, like you couldn’t tell that about me already, right? Well, when I found these photos on Sloan Photographers blog I almost fainted in awe. The composition, colours, angles, the MODELS; everything about these images is pure and absolute bliss. I swear I have carpel tunnel from clicking and scrolling through each and every single shot. I couldn’t resist sharing this eye candy with you as we head into the weekend.
Sloan Photographers
Sloan Photographers
Sloan Photographers
Sloan Photographers
Sloan Photographers
Sloan Photographers
Sloan Photographers
Sloan Photographers
Sloan Photographers
Ok so these two need to be models ASAP. There isn’t one picture where they look bad. Not one. I also love the headpiece Leisel’s wearing made by the very talented Jenn Wood. If you want to check out more you can visit her blog here. Jenn also made Sterling’s quirky and super cute boutonniere. Even better she has an Etsy shop (I know you are totally clicking over to her store right now :)
Sloan Photographers
Sloan Photographers
Sloan Photographers
Sloan Photographers
Sloan Photographers
And my personal fave out of the dozens of perfect pictures? This black and white beauty below that I would totally adore as a canvas on my wall. Happy Friday everyone. Do something new, something that scares you a little :) What are your plans? xx

Sloan Photographers
Lo Boheme
Bloggers, meet Lo Boheme
…a one of a kind custom accessories shop that sells pieces for weddings, special occasions and everyday wear. Run by husband and wife team, Lauren (Lo) and Josh Christensen in San Diego, California, Lo Boheme’s designs are inspired by details of era’s past. “Whether it be French Bohemianism of the late 1800′s, the detailed lines of the Art Nouveau movement, or the glamor of Old Hollywood,” the pieces created by Lo and Josh are simply put: gorgeous, unique and absolutely incredible. I’m totally. in. love.
Today I contacted Lo (who by the way is such a total sweetheart!) through Etsy to see if I could feature her work here on Hey Gorgeous. Within 20 minutes I heard back from her. My heart jumped with joy to see her message in my inbox and nearly exploded with happiness when I got the go ahead to post these photos. Beware; the pieces are so stunning you too will be heading over to their shop to pick out your fave. Thanks Lo!
Purple Flower
Hairpieces
Feather

Gorgeous
Beaded Band
Flower Belt
The third photo up from the bottom?
My birthday is May 19th if anyone feels compelled to send it my way :)
The One
Trista Lerit Photography

Trista Lerit Photography
Remember that time I found my dream wedding gown and it was too much money to possibly spend on something I’d wear for only one day in my whole life? So I took my Dad down to Promises and Lace during the last hour of a sale to try it on for him so he could see how much I loved it. I wanted him to see how happy it made me because really, it was impossible not to smile when I stepped into this dress. My heart raced just gathering all of that fabric up off the ground to step out of the change room.
And remember that time he ended up purchasing it for me, with of course the one condition I pay him back for half of it? I remember that time perfectly. Almost as perfectly as the time I thought that maybe I had jumped to conclusions too soon. That I was buying the wrong dress and would instead fall in love with another. I tried to think of all the reasons why the dress wasn’t right. I contemplated begging the bridal store to let me pick out something different. Some more traditional. Something less me, and more every.body.else.
Then I came across Trista Lerit’s photography blog. And something caught my eye. At first it was the black and slate gray tulle flower and beading that stuck out. Then it was the dreamy soft lace and scalloped neckline that made my heart skip a beat or two. Then I found the wedding. And the blog post with all the details. And this bride who like me, fell in love with something a little more unique and different when it came to finding the dress of her dreams. And for that I thank the heavens because I am now 100% confident I picked the perfect gown for me. And I know that I love it almost as much as the guy I am about to marry. Have a splendid Sunday afternoon friends!

Trista Lerit Photography
Trista Lerit Photography
Trista Lerit Photography
Mac and Cheese
Those who know me best, know I don’t mess around when it comes to pasta. You’d think I was a permanently pregnant women with the types of cravings I get. My senior year of University I can confidently tell you that I ate spaghetti four to five times a week. With an NCAA schedule and full course load, pasta was easy, cheap and so so delicious to eat for lunch and dinner any time I felt like it. These days, I certainly still eat my fair share of pasta but of course within reason. If I’m going to eat some mac and cheese it’s gotta be good! With that being said, I share with you, a pretty yummy and gourmet tasting dish that any mac and cheese lover would put their stamp of approval on. Does the photo by Michael Kohn not do any justice for the recipe?
Mac and Cheese


Cheddary Mac and Cheese
from House and Home
1-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
veggie or olive oil
1-1/2 cups whipping cream
3/4 cup dry white wine
2 cloves garlic, peeled and lightly crushed
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
2 cups shredded cheddar (extra-old)
1/4 grated Parmesan cheese
3 tbsp good-quality sherry
2 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp white pepper
pinch cayenne pepper
Use chopped cooked bacon, caramelized onions, breadcrumbs and crumbled blue cheese for the toppings. Sprinkle on top and bake according to the recipe directions.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Cook macaroni is a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain and toss with a drizzle of oil. In a medium saucepan. simmer cream, white wine, garlic and bay leaf until mixture is reduced to 1 cup, about 15 minutes. Discard garlic and bay leaf; set aside.
In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter and cook onion for about 10 minutes or until it begins to turn golden. Stir in flour until blended; cook for one minute stirring. Gradually whisk in cream mixture, milk, cheeses, sherry, mustard, salt and peppers until smooth; bring to a boil, whisking frequently until thickened. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Stir in cooked macaroni. To bake, pour into a buttered 8 inch square baking dish. Top with breadcrumb topping, if using and add in any other desired toppings. Bake 20-25 minutes or until bubbly and golden. Macaroni can be prepared ahead, cover and refrigerated for up to one day. Just add 10 minutes to baking time. Enjoy!