Thursday, April 5, 2012

We've Moved!


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Colorful Spring Pants

In addition to floral prints and spring skirts, we simply adore colorful pants.
It's a spring trend that Dear Lizzy and Kendi Everyday wear perfectly. ♥
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Do you adore this spring trend too? View our indigo pants and fuchsia pants to get the look!


Spring Florals

We're celebrating spring's arrival with a garden of floral delights. Among delicate daffodils and blooming roses, we're smitten with the watercolor palettes, breezy silhouettes, and elegant statement pieces. Which spring florals do you adore?

Monday, April 2, 2012

Picture This: How to Choose a Photographer

Wondering how to choose a wedding photographer? See below for tips from Jessica Claire, a talented photographer herself!


For more wedding planning tips, stop by Wedding Bliss, a guide to the perfect wedding day.


Friday, March 30, 2012

Love Stories: Found in NYC

I decided, on a whim, to move to NYC one spring. Everyone asked me if I thought I'd meet someone, fall in love, and never come back to Austin. I doubted it.
Two years later, I was sitting on a picnic blanket in Central Park with friends. I was almost done with grad school, had a job waiting for me back in Texas, and was absolutely single. It seemed my fate was sealed, as far as that falling in love in NYC scenario was concerned. And then a guy, a mutual friend of the picnic organizer, came walking towards our blankets. I think a part of me recognized him right away: this is the man I will marry. But that is crazy, right? How could that possibly work?

We talked all afternoon and all night. He walked me home. I might have immediately made some phone calls announcing that I'd found The One. I couldn't explain the details. Like how this would possibly work. But it just had to.
After our first date, I spent the whole night staring at the bedroom ceiling trying to imagine how this could possibly work. By that point I was certain. It absolutely had to.

When I flew back to Texas by myself at the end of the summer, I cried. But he whispered in my ear: don't worry. I'll be there soon. And he was.

A few months later he left the big city to start a new life with me in Austin. A year later we were married. Almost five years and two kids later, I'm just as certain as I was sitting in Central Park, standing in front of my Upper East Side apartment, and staring at the bedroom ceiling: he is the one.

I wasn't expecting to fall in love in NYC. I wasn't sure how on earth it would work. But I did. And it did. And I couldn't be happier.

-- Laura, from Dirty Diaper Chic

See the previous Love Stories here! If you would like to submit your story, please see our Ruche Blogger Family page for details.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Project DIY: Floral Ankle Straps

Wondering how to make a shoe clip? Put a twist on the idea and learn how to create an elegant ankle strap. It effortlessly dresses up a simple pair of heels with vintage-inspired charm and detail. ♥ Enjoy!


P.S. If you're looking for heels, peruse our wedding shoes and more classic heels to find the perfect pair.

Wedding Bouquets: An Interview & DIY Project

We recently had the pleasure of working with Mai, the creator of Bunch Studio, and her team. They helped us create our wedding vision with their gorgeous flower arrangements and bouquets. Take a peek into Mai's creative mind below. ♥

When did your love for flowers and designing begin?
I've always had a preference of creative outlets over anything else academic... it's worked out for me so far. I am also an interior designer by trade, so I have respect and appreciation for all things beautiful and well curated. A room, space or event is never complete without the presence of natural botanicals.

What does a typical day in the studio/shop look like?
Cold early mornings at the Los Angeles flower mart, anywhere from 4am to 10am... leaves, petals, and branches everywhere at the studio mid-day, and late nights at the computer. There really are no breaks, but the work is quite enjoyable so you don't always notice when the day has passed you by.

Do you like to garden at home?
I do not have a green thumb, but my goal is to master the art of gardening as we just moved into a space with a 4,500 sq ft yard!

What was the process like for creating Ruche bridal bouquets?
It was a fun palette to work with, and the garden theme gave us more range with the shapes of the bouquets.

Are there any behind-the-scenes moments from our bridal lookbook to share?
The urns at Kimberly Crest had some well rooted aloe plants that we thought were going to be easy to temporarily uproot and replace with our arrangements. While it worked out beautifully, it was quite a process we didn't anticipate. Also both my assistants grew up with horses, which was really helpful when we had to shoot with the ponies.

For a bride on a budget, what flowers would you recommend?
If garden roses aren't in the budget, try standard / Ecadorian roses that are fuller in bloom. Stock and lisianthus are great filler flowers and look really lush in dense quantities. Using just one flower type everywhere makes a great statement, no matter what the flower is. Always aim for seasonal or local.

Thank you so much, Mai! We truly appreciate all the beautiful work you created for us. Ruchettes, be sure to stop by our Wedding Guide and learn how to create wedding bouquets. Bunch Studio shared their recipes from our bridal lookbook!