Monthly Archives: February 2009

When a caterer at Paula LeDuc and a chef at Chez Panisse marry, the result is nothing less than delicious! Monica and Aaron tied the knot in an October wedding full of fall abundance on a farm in Northern California…

 Monica made beaded necklaces and monogrammed handkerchiefs for her bridesmaids, as well as beaded flowers for her hair.

 Monica’s bouquet included chocolate cosmos, red ranunculus and dahlias, begonia foliage and porcelain berries.

 For a fragrant touch, Kathleen Deery adorned the inside of the chuppah with herbs. One of the most magical moments of the day happened when a buck with a full rack of antlers came and stood behind the chuppah during the ceremony!

Monica’s mother is a ceramic artist, so she made spoon rests imprinted with rosemary for escort cards.

Centerpieces in unique copper containers included flowers and produce such as dahlias, artichokes, eggplants, and grapes.

 The menu reflected the bride and groom’s love of seasonal, local and delicious food. Aaron made all of the salumi (including the prosciutto) that was featured during the cocktail hour, all of the produce was grown on site by County Line Harvest, and dinner ended with a course of California cheeses.


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Photographer: Meg Smith / Planning and Design: Kathleen Deery Design / Venue: County Line Harvest in Petaluma, California / Bride’s Dress: Dana Gail / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid / Flowers: Max Gill, (510)-459-5831 / Stationery: Janel Claire / Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering / Sailcloth Tent: Zephyr Tents
  • Foodie Wedding in Northern California

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    It’s looking like a girls’ weekend for me – face masques and nail polish and chocolate chip cookie dough. And now some of my favorite links from around the web this week…

    Rustic centerpieces you can make yourself, via A $10,000 Wedding.

    A new kind of inspiration board (and thank you for the love!) on a fantastic new blog.

    Brightening dreary February days.

    Loving these rockstar wedding portraits.

    A variety of tying-the-knots.

    Etsy finds: rings via A Cup of Jo, cake stands via Green Wedding Shoes, bow ties via Casando Ideias.

    Mustaches are still cute to me, especially in miniature.

    Great idea for Moo cards.

    Too many bridesmaids to count? How about a color team instead.

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    If you’re lucky enough to have a lovely home with a pretty backyard, it could be the perfect place for an intimate wedding. For this wedding board, I was inspired by the retro feel of this bride’s dress and veil – maybe a little picket fence, glossy white mailbox, suburban nostalgia? For the ceremony, drape a basic patio umbrella with fabric and garlands. Afterward you’ve said your vows, invite guests to lounge on picnic blankets, eat watermelon and homemade cake, drink lemonade and play croquet. And have plenty of pink balloons for the kids!

    Mood: home sweet home
    Palette: picket fence white, lawn green, buttercream yellow, hints of pink

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    Top row from left: bride from Martha Stewart Weddings, lily of the valley photo styled by Heidi Johannsen, watermelon and croquet mallets from Well Wed, white mailbox
    Row 2: pocket watch photo by Union Photo via Style Me Pretty, sink-side flower via This is Glamorous, umbrella ceremony canopy from Martha Stewart Weddings
    Row 3: bouquet and vintage stamps both from Martha Stewart Weddings, peony bud photo by Ericka McConnell, girls with balloons via {frolic!}, cake photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy

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    Today’s wedding board is my way of willing away the snow and welcoming back the birds…

    Mood: subtly ornate, garden elegance
    Palette: pale powdery blue,

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    Top row from left: pussy willow nest from Martha Stewart, rice packets via Marry Me!, bird photo via Cherry Blossom Girl, garden bench from Coty Farquhar
    Row 2: photo via {frolic!}, garden table photo by Brian Andriola, suit photo by Stephanie Williams, plate of chocolates photo by Elizabeth Messina
    Row 3: ceremony venue from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo from Napa Valley Celebrations, bouquet by Modern Day Design, photo by Victoria Pearson

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    I think the colors and sensibility of this inspiration board would work especially well for a baby or bridal shower – or maybe a birthday party. Whichever one you choose, it certainly satisfies my sweet tooth.

    Mood: Polaroids in a candy shop
    Palette: soft filtered sunshine, candy pink

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    Top row from left: table via A Field Journal, peony photo from Danske’s flickr, teacup photo from Under the Leaves’ flickr, save-the-date from Martha Stewart Weddings
    Row 2: seating cards from Martha Stewart Weddings, parasols via Daisy Chain, macarons from Boule, dress by Elizabeth Dye
    Row 3: lollipops from Technicolor Kitchen via Design Crush, photo by Jonathan Canlas, magnolias, crepe cake photo from Nymphonia’s flickr

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