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When Jocelyn Filley sent me this wedding, I knew I just had to feature it. Not only is it lovely, but it is a perfect example of how an imperfect day, where it seems that nothing else could possibly go wrong, can still make for a beautiful, meaningful and fun celebration. I’ll let Liz tell most of the story, which starts days before the wedding…

The last day of work before I was leaving to go to Martha’s Vineyard, I was running for a cab because I was late for work. My heel got caught in a groove in the sidewalk, and I tripped and fell. I broke two fingers and had a black eye! I ended up in the emergency room because one of the broken fingers was my ring finger and they wanted to cut the ring off! Thankfully, lots of ice and time brought the swelling down so they didn’t have to. 

Our biggest hope was that we could create a wedding that would be beautiful and feel very personal and fun. We had 130 people in attendance. Sean and I are both very laid back and appreciated that the Beach Plum Inn on Martha’s Vineyard was the perfect setting for casual elegance.

Our wedding logo, a polka-dotted fish, could be seen on many things at the wedding, including our invitations and the fishbowl that was meant for people to put their wedding cards in at the reception.

The weather. Well, what can we say. The wedding site and Friday night party site both would have been absolutely beautiful if we just could have seen on of the inn’s famous sunsets. But it poured and poured and poured from Friday morning through Sunday morning. We were shocked that people even made it to the island since most flights and even ferries were cancelled! The rain was so bad that the Justice of the Peace had to stop talking during the ceremony because no one could hear him over the rain.

For our wedding cake, we ordered cupcakes for everyone and then for the top of the cake stand, our baker made a polka-dotted fish cake in our wedding colors – but on the way to the wedding the baker had to slam on her brakes and the cake slid off her back seat and got destroyed!

Although we had sides on our tents, the band (The Mike Benjamin Band) had to evacuate because a gust of wind blew the rain right under the sides of the tent. The tent was flooded and the band had to relocate to the kitchen area of the inn – not what we had in mind for aesthetics!

To ensure we had the maximum memories possible, we created a guest book station where people could take instant pics of themselves and put it in our album with a note. We also set up a “self-service video camera.” We didn’t want our videographer to chase people around, and our friends felt comfortable speaking to a little camera set up in the lobby.

But in spite of it all… we had such a blast! Not one person at our wedding let the rain get in the way of having a great time. Everyone was on the dance floor (outside of the kitchen). People gobbled down the delicious cupcakes and totally forgot about the actual wedding cake (which the baker brought over a new one at 10:00pm). We partied until they had to shut the lights down at the inn. It was great! It was the most informal but best flow to a wedding that I could have hoped for. And the most important thing? We got married!

Congratulations Liz and Sean! Thank you so much for sharing your wedding day with us, and for showing how important it is to remember what really matters – and that a little rain doesn’t have to put a damper on a good party. I think it’s safe to say that the best contingency plan is a good attitude! And thank you to Jocelyn Filley for sharing the images with us – it’s so apparent from these photos that everyone had a great time. As Jocelyn said, “What the day lacked in sunshine was made up for in spirit!”

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Happy weekend all! My big plans involve baking these (but using apricot instead of raspberry) and packing my suitcase to head to California for the holidays. What are you up to this weekend? Here are some of my favorite things from around the web this week…


Ellie’s save-the-dates as well as Justine’s, via Brooklyn Bride.

I’d love to see one of these pretties as a cake topper, via The Constant Gatherer.

When you start to stress out about your wedding day, just remember, it’s all about Le Love.

Kristine Lombardi’s fantastic maps.

Whimsical engagement photos, via Black Eiffel.

This bride wore the same dress her mother wore in 1976.

After the vows and the cake go swimming!

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There is no doubt that I love the beautiful, thoughtful details that go into a wedding day, and often those details add up to something that is either costly or time consuming – or both! I wanted to create an inspiration board with special details without being overwhelmingly expensive or elaborate. I imagine an intimate ceremony followed by a low key dessert and coffee reception at a favorite cafe. A Quaker wedding certificate, signed by every guest, takes the place of a guest book. In their invitations, guests would receive a book plate and note indicating that the couple would prefer to receive a favorite book than traditional gifts. The bride would wear a skirt and jacket, and definitely a sassy custom hat. The groom would wear jeans, a vest and a pair of classic brown Oxfords. And how about a fabulous cocktail ring in lieu of a traditional engagement ring?

Mood: intimate cafe style
Palette: cafe au lait, espresso, cream

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Top row from left: Kelly Christy hat from Rebecca Thuss, shoes photo via sfgirlbybay, black and white cafe

Row 2: dessert buffet and Quaker wedding certificate both from Martha Stewart Weddings, bud vase photo by Anna Williams, vest and jeans from J.Crew

Row 3: book and bookplates via Style Court, smokey quartz ring by Marie-Helene de Taillac from Twist, hat by Ellen Christine from Brides, espresso
Row 4: calligraphy by Tara Jones, House of Dior ensemble from The Met, Modern Day Design bouquet photo by Jose Villa

{Thank you to Janie for loaning her blog name to this inspiration board!}

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It snowed here yesterday, and all I can think is what happened to fall! So I thought I’d go with a warm and sunny wedding board today. A preppy, summer, garden wedding in cherry red and white. Definitely white parasols at the ceremony to keep guests shaded, and a badminton court set up for the reception.

Mood: preppy summer
Palette: cherry red, tennis white

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Top row from left: dessert buffet from Martha Stewart Weddings, summer parasol, strawberries
Row 2: peony arrangement by Ariella Chezar, Linea Carta invitation via Brooklyn Bride
Row 3: bouquet by Ariella Chezar, French net hat from Martha Stewart Weddings, raspberry lemonade photo by Alison Miksch, red car
Row 4: monogrammed linens from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo booth photo by Meg Smith, tables by D’ette Cole via {frolic!}, rose centerpieces from Domino

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