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Prairie-Style Weddings (Rustic and Romantic Farm, Woodland, and Garden Celebrations) by Fifi O’Neill makes me want to rush outside and start planning a grand party.

Bestselling author Fifi O’Neill has earned a  reputation for her unique development of prairie style. As an executive editor overseeing several successful, magazines including her latest, Prairie Style, The New American Country, she’s known as a talented stylist who often creates prairie style editorial for dozens of other publications.

Working with talented photography Mark Lohman, O’Neill created a book that is not only gorgeous, but packed full of marvelous, creative notions.

The book’s blurb says: “Rustic barns and gardens are popular settings for the intimate, personalized weddings that are today’s top trend. Stylist Fifi O’Neill knows how to transform such venues into gorgeous “prairie style” celebrations that seamlessly blend ruggedness and elegance. This beautifully illustrated look-book with more than 150 photographs is filled with unique ideas for planning the perfect bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception. From a cheery garden-shed party to a dinner set amid a lush cornfield, Prairie-Style Weddings shows how to achieve an effortless look that is rich in personality and bursting with charm. Ten simple DIY projects add a homespun touch to any wedding event.”

Each page holds a treasure-trove of ideas, pops of color, and a definite romantic feel.

Talk about clever – who would have thought to make a chandelier out of vintage silverware and candles? And I want every single plate in the top photo on the right!

How fun are these chairs for a newlywed couple? Seriously, there are just pages and pages of unforgettable style.

barn weddingI absolutely love this idea! I can’t even begin to tell you how every girly cell in me screams out to jump into the photo and attend this celebration. The soft pastel colors, the lace, the candles and the chandelier combine for a perfect ideal of romance against the rustic barn setting.

heart laceI think this lace heart is one of my favorite details. And you don’t have to be planning a wedding to make a few. You could hang them in a window, outside on your porch, on a guest bathroom wall…

If you are a romantic at heart, love beautiful photography, or host parties, this book is a great selection to add to your collection. Especially, if you’re planning a wedding!

Available from Chronicle Books, the book can be found at Amazon and other retail outlets.

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A few weeks ago Hubby and I escaped, ran away, packed our bags and got out of Dodge, made a mad getaway…  we went on vacation! And it was awesome.

But before our official vacation fun began, we made a detour of a few hundred miles so we could 1. spend Father’s Day with our dads and 2. attend the wedding of my cousin’s first born, dearly loved son. I’m so glad we did.

As you may or may not know, I love weddings. Absolutely, cotton-picking love weddings. I love the emotion, the joy, the laughter, the wedding songs, the beautifully-wrapped gifts and the cake, particularly if it is chocolate.

This wedding that united Chance and Veronica in wedded bliss was so much fun – and so very sweet.

Mother of the Groom, my cousin Julie, is on the right - the cute one laughing. If I had to get stiffed on all the good genes, I'm glad she's the one who got my share.

The mother of the groom, my sweet cousin Julie, was very gracious and lovely. Not that I’d expect her to be anything else. She is one of those people you’d love to hate because not only is she is perky and gorgeous, she is also hysterically funny, sweet, sincere, genuine and beautiful. Yeah, I’m not sure how we could possibly be blood relation because looking at us you’d see absolutely no family resemblance at all. I think Julie got my share of all the cute and fun genes.

The newlyweds prepare to leave the church via a buggy ride.

Anyway, the wedding was casual, relaxed and lovely. Then we all loaded up in our cars, left the church and drove out to Julie’s home. Not everyone could accommodate several hundred guests descending on their home like ants on a picnic, but Julie and her husband Wally did a swell job of making everyone feel welcome.

The first dance for Chance and Veronica.

We enjoyed a splendid feast, cheered as the newlyweds cut the cake, listened to amusing and touching toasts from the best man and maid of honor and watched the first and second dance. It was fantastic.

The groom and his mother share a dance while the bride danced with the father of the groom.

I think my favorite thing of all were these little packets of seeds that were handed out as we signed the guest book.

The front of the packet has their names and wedding date.

But the back is what made my heart melt. It says "Everytime you give these flowers a glance, please remember that Veronica loves Chance." Not only sweet, but what a clever idea!

Thanks to Julie and Wally for welcoming us to your home and being so gracious. Thanks to Chance and Veronica for allowing us to be a part of your special day,  and for the flowers that will indeed make me remember this special wedding every time I see a bloom.

Best Wishes!

Shanna

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