Carolina and Joe were the sweetest couple. When they told me they were getting married at a private estate in my hometown of Kenwood admits the rolling hills of wine country, I couldn’t have been more thrilled. With such a beautiful Italian style estate as their wedding venue, they chose to let the property shine and add rustic details for an overall understated yet elegant affair.
It was such a pleasure pulling the details together and bringing everything to life for their special day. You could truly feel the love in the air. Not only between Joe and Carolina, but that of their guests who were enjoying each others company so much the dinner ran long due to the flowing conversation. And once they reached the dance floor, there was no stopping the party! This crowd was all about the party.
Rose gold is so pretty and classic, yet there is something unexpected about it. Paired with Navy you find the perfect balance of feminine and sophisticated. A winning palette for the girly-girl at heart.
In the spirit of love and coupledom, my husband and I spent the past few weeks testing out the couple’s app, Avocado. And we love it!
While I believe we do a good job of making time for each other, we (like you I’m guessing) lead very, very busy lives. Between him heading a new recruitment department at a quickly growing online video ad network company, and me running my own business, things often fall through the cracks or get mixed up. Between the hundreds of emails, phone calls, work meetings, it’s no surprise if one of us misses an email or in our haste, sends a lovey-dovey text to the wrong person (embarrassing, much?). We really needed something to make our communications more efficient, and Avocado has done just that plus an added dose of fun factor!
The app allows couples to stay connected via a variety of features, including a shared calendar, to-do lists, and send private message and photos. You can even send hugs and kisses, which makes me all giddy, like a Sixth grader getting a note from her crush. As much as I love the cutesy features (and i do!), Avocado really has improved our communication. Being pregnant, we can use the help organizing as we plan for baby. We schedule our doctor appointments in the shared app, so Erin doesn’t miss a (heart) beat (or sonogram).
In fact, after this morning’s Doctor visit, Erin added a couple follow up items to our to-do list, which I was immediately notified about in my alerts. We also receive a notification when the other crosses an item off the list. The only feature I would like to see is the ability to add reminder alerts to the lists. While available on the shared calendar, it would be a great additional to the to-do lists. However, I currently am using the free version, so maybe this function is available on the paid upgrade. Anyone?
Experiencing how useful Avocado has been in planning for our baby, I can easily see just how much it would help a couple planning their wedding. Schedule your vendor meetings on the shared calendar, send photos of things you like to get your fiance’s opinion, divide and conquer with a shared to-do list so your honey knows when you’ve called the photographer or emailed the song list to your DJ. Heck develop the list of songs for your wedding day within the app, so you can both contribute and make suggestions on the go.
There are endless reasons why Avocado makes sense for couples. But why the name? It turns out avocados only bear fruit when they grow near each other. Avocados also grow in pairs. How apt (and adorable!) is that?
Not yet a user and want to give it a go? Download the app for iPhone here.
I want to know your experience with the app. Love or hate? Are you using it while planning your wedding or another big project?
Still not sure what to do for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry, Kaella has you covered. Here are some last-minute creative ideas to show your love to your someone special.
Even when this lady was single, she was a firm believer that Valentine’s day wasn’t just for couples. As I mentioned in last week’s post, it’s a day to celebrate love, and that includes the family and friends you love, right?! That’s why I love this idea, because it can work for everyone. We’re talking about having a coffee or hot cocoa date to show someone just how much you care about them. Add some heart shaped marshmallows to give the hot drinks a special Valentine’s Day treatment!
These are some simple, but creative DIY cards any procrastinator can make for Valentine’s Day. On the left, you just need a book of matches (tear the matches out until just two remain), past it to a plain card, write the message “we’re a perfect match” and voila!, you have yourself a card for your Valentine. On the right, is a cute way to use an existing photo, add some graphics and text. Then print for a Valentine’s Day card you can send anybody!
Now we’ve all heard the saying, “a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” so why not bake a Valentine’s Day cake or make him breakfast with a loving inspired twist?!
These two DIY projects make simple and sweet gifts. Create custom heart-shaped labels to attach to your favorite tea bags. Or bake heart shaped cookies and wrap in a cute box or bag. You may even want to throw a tea party for your friends and combine the two!
Send a message. Leave a banner note for your sweetie. Or deliver a heart attack! Yeah – you heard me, a heart attack! Find out how to make this awesome DIY idea on The House That Lars Built blog, as fantastic site for creative inspiration! She also did a heart attack for the door, which is perfect for a person who lives near you.
Sources for all the images in this post are available on my Holiday pinterest board, where you will find more Valentine’s Day inspiration.