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Real Wedding: Kansas City

May 17, '11 by Maggie Lord

 Today's real wedding took place in Kansas City at the Ironwoods Lodge. The reason I picked this wedding today was because it has a pure, simple and classic look to it in a rustic location.



(Heather Brulez Photography)

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Sunflowers & Sunshine

May 16, '11 by Maggie Lord

 When I saw the photos from the wedding I wanted to feature today I could not help but smile and here are the two reasons why: Sunflowers & Sunshine. I think these are the two best accessories you can have at a summer wedding. Look how great these pictures are!




(shutterhappy photography)

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Showered With Love

May 12, '11 by Maggie Lord

 With the summer wedding season almost here it can only mean one thing... bridal shower time. When throwing a bridal shower I think it is important to remember the brides style and not let your own take over. Any one else remember the Sex and the City episode where Charlotte is throwing a shower for Miranda and Miranda wants fried chicken served and Charlotte says no way would she ever throw a shower where fried chicken is the main dish... eventually Charlotte came around to the idea that it was supposed to be all about Miranda and what she wants (but not without an ugly fight first). Save yourself a fight and let the bride's style take center stage and have yours take a backseat... not easy but necessary. Here are some wonderful bridal shower invites that would make any bride happy. All of these invites come from Minted.

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J.Crew Gowns

May 11, '11 by Maggie Lord

 Here are some all new J.Crew Gowns for the spring 2011 wedding season. I think J.Crew makes great dresses for a rustic wedding since they have a relaxed and soft look to them but won't sell short the beauty you want you the day. All dresses can be found at

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A Whispering Pines Honeymoon

May 09, '11 by Maggie Lord

 Planning the honeymoon can be almost as fun as planning the details for the big day. If you are working on your honeymoon plans here are some Whispering Pines favorites to help you relax in style.

Row one: The Northwoods Travel Tote, The Summer Dress & The Love Sandal

Row two: Turquoise Bracelet & The Whispering Pines Market Basket

If you have any good suggestions for a honeymoon spot you think our readers would like send me an email

Maggie {at}

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Mother of Style

May 06, '11 by Maggie Lord

 In honor of Mother's Day this weekend I thought I would show off some great Mother of the Bride dresses that I found over at Lilly Pulitzer that would be great options for the bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or even the big day! At first you might not think Lilly dresses would fit a rustic wedding, which is what we are all about here at Whispering Pines but I feel these dresses would look great at a casual, outdoor type of wedding do to their vibrant colors and upbeat prints! All of these dresses fit the spring/summer wedding season perfectly and have sense of style and class perfect for the Mother of the Bride. Don't forget to kiss your mother this weekend!






(photo credits: Lilly Pulitzer)

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Hanging Placecards

May 05, '11 by Maggie Lord

 I know it seem like we have been on a kick about plcaecards lately but when I came across this display I couldn't help but show to you all. I think this display has a very whimsical feel to it and can easily by copied by using our Metal Cards Holders.


Our Metal Card Holders


(photo credits: The Party Dress)

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I've Got Your Number

May 04, '11 by Maggie Lord

 Table numbers at a wedding are almost essential, people have to be able to find where they are sitting but the way you display these numbers can be anything but normal. I have some great examples for you today of fun and interesting ways to display your table numbers that I think will really get your creative juices flowing. Most of these ideas would be fun projects for you to work on leading up to the big day.



Love the way this chalkboard looks...use our Old Fashioned Chalkboards to get this look.



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DIY: Table Numbers

May 03, '11 by Maggie Lord

 I have a really fun Do It Yourself project for making fun table numbers which I found at Once Wed. These table numbers would be great for an outdoor wedding since not only would the they fit your decor but they could also be very helpful with keeping tablecloths from flying in the wind. If these are not perfect for your wedding decor think about using then for your rehearsal dinner. My husband and I had our rehearsal dinner outside and these would have been perfect and a fun project to do leading up to the big day. 

The possibility are endless with what you can fill the jars with: pine cones, shells, wine corks, candy etc...



1) Clean jars and lids thoroughly and remove all labels.  Soaking them in soapy water will make easy work of this, though occasionally a stubborn label will leave a residue.  Goo Gone will take care of whatever you can’t scrub off
2) Print out numbers and cut down along dotted lines.  Use a piece of double-sided tape to stick number to the inside of glass
3) Trace over number with white paint pen.  Allow to dry a good 5-10 minutes, then go back and paint a second layer until number is opaque
4) Roll a piece of paper into a funnel (or just use a funnel if you have one) and pour sand into jars until almost full.



(DIY project and photos: Once Wed)

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Real Wedding: Strawberry Farms

May 02, '11 by Maggie Lord

 Today's real wedding took place in Irvine, CA at Strawberry Farms and is amazing looking! I think this wedding has a vintage feel but it still feels very rustic chic. This wedding really does a great job of bring a farm & barn wedding to life with what looks like some modern touches.

(Troy Grover Photography)

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The Royal Wedding

April 29, '11 by Maggie Lord

Not exactly a rustic wedding but I could not help but cover the Royal Wedding today.  Princess Catherine was truly beautiful, dignified and sophisticated as she wore a dress designed by Sarah Burton for the Alexander McQueen label as well as did her sister and maid of honor, Pippa. Catherine's choice of dress was perfect as well was her choice to go with very little jewelry since we was sporting that grand and royal tiara, she did wear beautiful earrings that were a gift from her parents. We can't all have a princess wedding but I think what we can all take away from this amazing event is that you can look stunning on your big day when you pick the right dress, feel comfortable in your skin and let your true self shine, Catherine seemed to do his effortlessly today.


Want to incorporate the look of the royal wedding into your rustic wedding? Think about having Pippa's dress copied for your wedding dress. Pippa's dress would look amazing as a rustic wedding dress!


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Put A Ring On It

April 28, '11 by Maggie Lord

 I have some gorgeous wedding rings to show off today. All of these rings are from the Brooklyn company Catbird and I think each and every one would make the perfect ring for a Rustic Wedding. Hard to pick my favorite but if I did I would say the knot ring is amazing!  Check out their site for many more wonderful designs.


(photo credits: Catbird)

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Real Wedding: Golden Gates Park

April 27, '11 by Maggie Lord

 Today's real wedding come to us from the west coast as it took place at the Golden Gates Park in Seattle. This wedding has a very cool laid back and vintage vibe. One of the coolest parts of this wedding which you may want to incorporate into your big day is how the bride wore a wrap sweater over her dress which seems to add to the vintage feel. Also take note of the chalkboard where it lists all of the guest and their table...a very fun idea which you can easily duplicate.


(Photo Credits: Jagger Photography)

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The Zinc Bistro Cards In Action

April 26, '11 by Maggie Lord

 We love our Zinc Bistro Place Cards and when I found them used for an event I thought it was the perfect way to show just how great they can look. This wonderful party was shot by photographer Laura Novak and not only does it show off our Zinc Bistro Place Cards perfectly but the entire decor of this party is oh so Whispering Pines Rustic Chic.


(Photo Credit: Laura Novak)

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Real Wedding: Maple City, MI

April 25, '11 by Maggie Lord

I have a beautiful real rustic wedding for you today that screams Rustic Chic! This wedding took place near the bride's summer vacation spot in Michigan at the Snow Moon Ranch. 

One of the best things about the wedding is the save the date, invitation and welcome bag are so perfectly detailed and really carry out  the vision for the wedding. This is definitely a wedding you would want to help inspire your big day. Submit your rustic wedding to me and I will be happy to feature it. Email me at mlord {at}





(Photo credit: Cybelle Codish of Studio [c])

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The Nontradional Bridesmaid Dress

April 25, '11 by Maggie Lord

Many rustic wedding brides find it hard to locate a good bridesmaid dress for their wedding party since so many dresses have a traditional look that just does not fit their idea for the I have some great dresses that may not be the most traditional looking but sure would look great and might fit the vision for the day perfectly. I can tell you I would not mind buying and wearing any of these dresses for a spring/summer wedding! All of these dresses can be found at Anthropolgie.






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Engagement Chicken

April 23, '11 by Susan Panian

 Recently I have seen this recipe talked about everywhere from the Today Show to almost every wedding blog so I wanted to share because I thought it is a cute and fun idea and if nothing else at least a good meal. The legend goes if you make Engament Chicken for dinner it will help your significant other pop the question! The original recipe was seen in Glamour Magazine and dates back 26 years.

  • 1 whole chicken (approximately 4 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, plus 3 whole lemons—including 1 sliced for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Fresh herbs for garnish (4 rosemary sprigs, 4 sage sprigs, 8 thyme sprigs, and 1 bunch fl at-leaf parsley)

1. Position an oven rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove the giblets from the chicken, wash the chicken inside and out with cold water, then let the chicken drain, cavity down, in a colander for 2 minutes.

2. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Place the chicken breast-side down in a medium roasting pan fi tted with a rack and pour the lemon juice all over the chicken, both inside and out. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper inside and out.

3. Prick 2 whole lemons three times each in three different places with a fork and place them deep inside the cavity. Chicken cavity size may vary, so if one lemon is partly sticking out, that’s fine. (Tip: If the lemons are stiff, roll them on the countertop with your palm before pricking to get the juices flowing.)

4. Put the chicken in the oven, lower the oven temperature to 350°F, and roast, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

5. Remove the roasting pan from the oven. Using tongs or two wooden spoons, turn the chicken breast- side up. Insert a meat thermometer in the thigh, and return the chicken to the oven and roast for about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the meat thermometer reads 180°F and the juices run clear when the thigh is pricked with a fork. Continue roasting if necessary. Keep in mind that cooking times in different ovens vary; roasting a chicken at 350°F takes approximately 18-20 minutes per pound, plus an additional 15 minutes.

6. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving. And here’s the secret: Pour the juices from the roasting pan on top of the sliced chicken— this is the “marry me juice.” Garnish with fresh herbs and lemon slices.

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Pastel Color Pallet

April 22, '11 by Susan Panian

 With the Easter holiday here and the warmth of Spring I thought I would show off a fun pastel color pallet I found to help get you in the egg coloring mood. The fun soft colors can look great at a garden or outdoor wedding and speak to a enchanted ethereal type of feel. The butter & pink colors work so well together and play off of the warm gray color perfectly.


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The Long & Short Of It

April 21, '11 by Maggie Lord

 I have some all new Bridesmaid dresses for you today that I think are a perfect fit for a spring/summer wedding. I think both the short and long styles that are in this season fit many wedding venues and don't look like the traditional unwearable again bridesmaid dresses of the past. All of these dresses come from Ann Taylor's Wedding Collection and come in some stunning colors.

This first dress would look amazing at a garden or outdoor wedding...especially in the color. I think the cut of this dress is so flattering. I would buy this dress to be a wedding guest as well.


Love the neckline of this dress which really shows off the sophistication of this dress and would be perfect for a morning or afternoon affair. 


Classic and chic this has big city wedding written all of it to me.


This navy blue long dress screams beach or seaside wedding to me. Love the layered ruffle look.


Having an evening wedding... this bridesmaid dress maybe the one for your girls!

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Real Wedding: Lake Martin

April 20, '11 by Maggie Lord

Yesterday I showed you the wedding video from this southern rustic wedding and today I have some great photos to show off. I think these are some of the most beautiful wedding photographs I have seen! These photos really make me feel like I was at this wedding which I think is the stamp of a good photo.










(A Bryan Photo)

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