Fridays used to be days when I shared a little about what was going on with me, and then some fave links from my web browsing that week, and then (cliché warning) I had a baby and had a hard time coming up with things to say. Certainly part of that could be attributed to baby brain and lack of sleep and not being able to think straight long enough to form complete sentences even in simple face-to-face interactions. But I think it’s also partly due to the fact that a huge part of my life now revolves around Caroline, and I’m a) not sure how much of her I want to share with the internets and b) not sure how much the internets wants to hear about mama/baby stuff. Or at least, not here on a wedding blog. Also, if I’m being honest, it’s Friday. Doesn’t your brain just kind of want to kick back and have a cocktail, because mine does. I still want to do some more personal writing in some form or another; these weekend link round-ups just aren’t the place for it, and I’m not quite sure where is.

So, while I’m figuring that out, please enjoy these links, and have a lovely weekend! And if you’ve actually read all of this and have a (kindly-worded) opinion, I’m all ears!

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If you’re in Denver you have to check out The Bumblebee Truck! Okay, okay, it’s my sister’s dessert truck (yes that’s her, she’s adorable, it’s annoying), and that’s why I can tell you: the sweets are insanely good! Pic by Christina McNeill.

I don’t have a Cricut but these shadow puppets make me want one.

Chic leather clutch for a chic bride.

How to bake a bread balloon.

Inspired by this hairstylist who spends his Sundays cutting hair for the homeless.

The long term affects of bad news.

New snack that I wasn’t sure about but now I’m kind of addicted: Toasted Sesame + Seaweed Popcorn.

Beyoncé wasn’t built in a day. This definitely needed to be put on a t-shirt.

A simply modern wedding announcement.

And a simply darling wedding invitation.

What is this leaf? Amazing!

It wouldn’t be weekend links without a s’more recipe. Or two. Introducing: peanut butter s’mOreos and s’mores pretzel hand pies.

 

And, in case you missed it on the blog this week:

Romantic autumn wedding in New York from Trent Bailey.
How to build an awesome wedding welcome bag.
Timeless Russian wedding in Chicago from Clary Pfeiffer.
Moody fruit and floral centerpiece from Sarah Winward.
Perfect polka dot inspiration.

 

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Christina McNeill is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.
All opinions are my own.

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I’ve been saving these polka dot pics for ages, and it finally occurred to me that I should share them with you guys! If you can’t get enough, you’ll find even more over on our polka dot Pinterest board.

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1. buttons // 2. lanterns // 3. bow tie // 4. stockings // 5. clutch // 6. veil

 

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7. goody bags // 8. bridesmaids // 9. streamers // 10. flute // 11. blusher // 12. cake

 

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13. shoes // 14. cape // 15. mini cakes // 16. one-shoulder gown // 17. invitation // 18. dress

 

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It’s been a few months but our friend, and Select vendor, Sarah Winward from Honey of a Thousand Flowers  and photographer Kate Osborne took a moment in the midst of wedding season to share some gorgeous late summer floral inspiration. I absolutely love these colors – I always appreciate when pink gets paired with something unexpected, like these moody, dark hues. Reminds me a little of this inspiration board from a few years ago…

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From Sarah: “Middle to late summer is a time when so many fruits are available both on the stem and off. I like my flowers to really feel like the season they are in! For this berry-toned look, we incorporated blackberries, plums, and blueberries with the flowers. We let the fruit and candles spill between the flowers to create a whole tablescape that runs down the length of the table. To make the bright pinks and burgundy of the flowers feel a bit moodier I stuck with mostly dark foliage.”

 

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In these arrangements, Sarah used: Yves Piaget Rose, Baroness Rose, Astilbe, Blackberry, Clematis, Ranunculus, Plum Foliage, Ninebark, Smoke Bush, Lemon Scented Geranium, and Penstemon.

 

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Not tying the knot in late summer? Find more seasonal wedding flowers right here.

 

Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.

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Rachel: This is my favorite picture. Mostly because I can remember the moment that it happened. Alex turned to me as we were about to walk away from this area and he quietly whispered in my ear that he loved me. It was a true reaction and not posed.

 

Alex: I chose this photo because it reminds me of all the wonderful memories we have in Chicago.

 

Photos by Clary Pfeiffer. See the full wedding feature right HERE.

 

 

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From the lace details on Rachel’s gown to Alex’s stylish tuxedo, this wedding is full of classic elegance. And I love the use of gold accents! Such a perfectly glamorous touch!

SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR ALL THE IMAGES FROM THIS CLASSIC AND ELEGANT WEDDING FROM CLARY PFEIFFER.

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The Ceremony

“It was important to both of our families that we get married with Jewish traditions, and Jewish weddings are very scheduled as far as the ceremony goes. We sat down with the rabbi several times, and he went over it step by step.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Jewish, Russian, Simple.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The fact that your whole family gives you away and stands with you under the chuppah.

What music did you choose for the ceremony?  We hired a husband and wife violinist and pianist to play renditions of Pachelbel’s Canon in D (the bridal party), traditional music from a Russian ballet (Alex’s parents), and “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri (the bride) for the processional. The recessional was to “Siman Tov, Mazel Tov.”

 

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The Reception

“Alex is Russian, so we needed to find a Russian venue that would allow vodka bottles on the table – needless to say our signature drink was Grey Goose vodka.”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Simple: I wanted no drama. I had my brothers as my “bridesmaids,” which was really special for me and made life easy – black tuxedos, no dresses or extra flowers or jewelry.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Being with my family in the morning was wonderful. I was able to spend time with my mother and my brothers. Besides that I really liked our time taking pictures around Chicago. I got to enjoy time with just my husband.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Talk with each other about what you guys want in a wedding before bringing your parents or family into the discussion, otherwise you might get lost in trying to please others. We were lucky in that everyone just wanted us to be happy, but sometimes parents expect certain things you might not have really wanted.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  It’s easy to get lost in the details, so take some time at the beginning and write down the three most important things you want at your wedding. We didn’t care about linens, dinnerware, and glasses; but we made sure we filled the glasses with top liquor, the plates with great food and sat the people we truly loved in all the seats.

First Dance: “Sway” by Dean Martin. We didn’t want to choose something trendy now. We both love oldies. We wanted something that would be appropriate to dance to when we were old and gray.

Anything else?  Alex was a DJ before medical school, and it was nice to have the last hour of music be a mix that he made.

 

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Photography: Clary Pfeiffer / Venue, Catering: La Mirage in Rolling Meadows, Illinois / Dress: Vera Wang / Shoes: Brian Atwood / Earrings: Tiffany / Suit: George Zaharoff / Shoes: Prada / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Floral Design: Yoni Design / Music: La Mirage Band
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