Feel illuminated with Limn & Lovely
When we came across Limn & Lovely, we found ourselves pining for a twin we could blog with about “Daily loveliness for every bride,” just like Lauren and Ashley. These girls know weddings, put together spectacular mood boards, craft DIY projects and share delicious cocktail recipes. Their posts are visually stunning and smartly penned, and they show the true beauty of love and marriage, too. Lauren answered a few of our questions…
Base: San Francisco and Chapel Hill, N.C.
How long have you been blogging? The blog was set up more than a year ago, but due to time constraints, we didn’t really get started until the fall of 2012. We’re now dedicated daily bloggers.
Blogging basics: Real wedding features, inspiration boards, DIY wedding projects (contributed by writer and crafter Polly Conway of The Firefly Express), clean signature cocktail recipes (contributed by wedding wellness expert Carlene Thomas of Healthfully Ever After), bridal fashion coverage and interviews with industry experts are currently our bread and butter. We have a new website in the works, scheduled to launch this May, that will include many new features, such as a visual search tool to help brides more easily locate inspirational imagery and a shop dedicated to handmade wedding goods.
What is limn? One of my favorite words, limn is an obsolete verb that means “to illuminate” or “to suffuse or highlight something with a bright color or light.” One source claims the word refers to the brief, multicolored shimmer that appears over a lake just before sundown.
Other blogs I love: I read many of my fellow wedding bloggers’ blogs, but my favorite non-wedding blogs include My Milk Toof, which chronicles the misadventures of the pudgy and curious Ickle and Lardee, two milk teeth made out of polymer clay by Berkley artist Inhae Renee Lee; Design Sponge, a design blog run by Brooklyn-based writer Grace Bonney; The Firefly Express, our craft expert’s blog; and LENS, the photojournalism blog of The New York Times.
Guilty pleasure: I have far too many to name! The worst one is probably my online shopping habit, but my unshakeable addiction to celebrity tabloids like Us Weekly and OK! is a close second. I’ve never left a drugstore without an armful of copies.
Last thing I bought: A set of colorful and delicate-looking papier-mâché bowls from Up in the Air Somewhere
What’s your favorite wedding color combination? I usually gravitate toward moody color palettes, which are underused in weddings. I love the dusty coral, stormy gray and fig hues in this inspiration board we recently created. On the lighter and brighter end of the spectrum, this bold combination of Tiffany blue and tangerine also speaks to my color taste. If you’re color shy, you can’t go wrong with green and white.
What is the best thing happening in weddings I think the most wonderful thing happening in the wedding world right now is the increase in same-sex weddings as a result of the recent strides that have been made toward marriage equality.
What is your favorite wedding DIY project? I love creative but doable do-it-yourself projects, such as these neon skeleton key escort cards that our crafter, Polly Conway, recently made for us. Polly’s crafts are original, refreshingly simple and always made with inexpensive materials. We also have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to do-it-yourself wedding projects and ideas. Here, you’ll find things like concrete candle holders, ice luminaries, yarn-wrapped vases and moss heart bunting.