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March 21

A Pop-Up Wedding : RUNAWAY with Me

There’s something magical about getting eloped. Just you and your fiancé making that commitment to one another to always love and cherish. Like any other big wedding it is just as beautiful. Are you torn between having a lovingly hand-crafted dream wedding, and saving some cash (and sanity!) by eloping with your sweetheart? Now you can have both. Sitting in a Tree, Rad + In Love, Yeah! Rentals, Pitbulls and Posies, Bloem Hill, A MIHO experience, and The Hostess Haven are collaborating on one very awesome & memorial experience for you and your hunny – Runaway: A Pop-Up Wedding. Take a peek at their inspiration board…

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Here is how it works: They’re offering a pop up wedding venue in place of running away to vegas or city hall with a hand picked cast of the raddest vendors in the wedding world. (Perfect for couples on a budget who wish they could afford all of these rad vendors at once).

They’ll provide: A hand crafted and styled venue, celebratory cocktails and pre ceremony apps, a mini bouquet, photography coverage of your ceremony & a portrait session, a private wedding ceremony with officiant, live music, and downloadable announcements so you can tell everyone what it is you crazy kids have gone and done.

You bring: Yourself and your fiance, a marriage license (vow renewals and same sex unions welcome!), up to 12 of your favorite witnesses, some killer style, and all the love you got.

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The whole shindig lasts about an hour and a half, start to finish and will set you back 1200 bones. Ready to sign up? Reach the crew at hello@runawaypopup.com to ask questions and set up your pretty elopement date! Don’t walk. Run.

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Need a little inspiration of how others have eloped? Here are a few that we love around the blogsphere

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Annie + Jon  /  Photo by Lacie Hansen / found here

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Stephanie + AJ  / photo by Jessica Burke / found here

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Sam + Dave / photo by Studio 213 Films / found here

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Sarah + Lou  /  photo by Max Wanger / found here

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Styled Shoot / Photo by Our Labor of Love / found here

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styled shoot / photo by Ciara Richardson / found here

categories BLOG LOVE, INSPIRATION, LOOKS FOR LESS, REAL WEDDINGS, TOOLS & RESOURCES

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March 11

In Remembrance of Japan Two Years Later

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since the devastating disaster in Japan. But even two years later, the memory is still so freshly imprinted in our minds. It’s so important to take a moment to remember the lives lost and the survivors from that tragic day, and to remember never to take our lives and our loved ones for granted.

The thing that still touched us most is the outpouring of kindness and generosity through For Japan With Love that came out of this tragic day. It was truly an incredible thing to witness the blogging community from all over the world come together to reach out and help. Over 1,200 bloggers participated in the Bloggers Day of Silence and because of this, we were able to raise $66,733 within two weeks! And after our friends in the Bay Area organized a charity event on behalf of For Japan With Love, the grand total ended up being $73,000! And all raised within one month. The idea still overwhelms us.

We are grateful for Lydia of Ever Ours for finding ShelterBox, such an amazing organization to donate to. And for the Shelterbox team for bringing our donations to those people in need. And we are especially grateful for all of you who reached out and contributed. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Let’s just take a moment to remember what happened two years ago today, to remember those who cannot speak anymore and those who have lost so much that day. Our hearts and minds will forever be with you.

Watch this video created by ShelterBox reflecting on the 2 years since the devestating earthquake and tsunamis that struck Japan and how YOU helped rebuild their lives.

categories BEHIND THE SCENES, BLOG LOVE, GIVING BACK, INSPIRATION, JOURNAL, NEWS

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November 12

Together for the Holidays :: A Benefit Event for Kids

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Although the holidays is still a little over a month away, we’re already thinking about twinkle lights and peppermint hot chocolates. But what we love most about the holidays is getting together with our loved ones and remembering those who are less fortunate. Our friends at Blu Bungalow and Very Merry Events in San Francisco had the same idea. On December 9, 2012, they will be hosting a fun event called Together for the Holidays where kids get to decorate cupcakes, do holiday crafts, play games, and all the kids at heart will get to learn creative ways to gift wrap, decorate your holiday table, how to look hot for the holidays, and find ways to detox during the holidays. The best part of the event is that, besides all the fun things planned, they’re giving hope to those in need. There will raffles and prizes, and a silent auction, where all the proceeds will benefit Cancercare for Kids. They’re also having a children’s shoe bin collection for Project Resoled. This fun event will be from 1pm-6pm at Blu Bungalow, 2068 Union St., San Francisco. If you’re in the area, make sure to stop by and show your support for those who are less fortunate. And while you’re at it, get inspired for your holidays! The event is free, but please RSVP so they know who’s coming! To follow updates on the event, please go to their site.

categories BEAUTY, BLOG LOVE, DIY PROJECTS, GIVING BACK, INSPIRATION, LOOKS FOR LESS, NEWS, SPONSORS, TOOLS & RESOURCES, WEDDING DECOR, WEDDING FAVORS, WEDDING PLANNERS & DESIGNERS, WEDDING STYLE

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