Monthly Archives: May 2009

Today’s beautiful wedding looks like something straight out of a classic novel. Gena and Russell wanted a small, intimate wedding with just close friends and family. 80 guests attended the May wedding at Gena’s parents home in Laurel Hollow, New York. Meredith Davenport for Christian Oth Studio took the beautiful photos…

Gena believes that wearing red wards off bad luck, so she and Russell tied red threads on each other’s wrists to wear during the ceremony.

Flowers were done by Scarsella’s.

Gena wore a white cotton dress by Ivan Grundahl, a top by Comme des Garcon, and shoes by Jimmy Choo.

I love that the groom (in a Prada suit) carried their wedding sign to the ceremony – like a miniature wedding parade!

Gena and Russell surprised everyone by walking back down the aisle together to the song Walk It Out!

A local bakery, Messina Market, made the cake. Since food was an important element to the couple, they asked Karen Lee, a caterer and friend of Gena’s mother, to cater.

Congratulations Gena and Russell, and happy anniversary! Wishing you all the best in your life together! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely wedding with us. And thank you to Meredith Davenport for Christian Oth Studio for sharing these gorgeous photos!

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I’ve been floating on air ever since my honey proposed. I catch myself grinning in public places and realize I probably look like a crazy person to everyone around me. I guess that’s the price I have to pay for being on cloud nine. Anyway… here are some of my favorite things from my internet browsing this week:

by Rodney Smith


Camp correspondence, via Design Sponge.

I can’t get enough ruffles! via Twigs & Honey.

Fantastic wedding portraits at the salt flats in Utah, via everyone.

Important to remember.

Clever new use for vintage silverware, via Design Sponge.

Feeling totally inspired by this new blog.

This slideshow makes me wish I was in Montana, via {this is glamorous}.

I want a Holga, and I want to take it to Mexico.

Tutorial for finding vintage stamps.

Old west wedding.

Best moving announcement ever, via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

I finally caved – now you can follow me (and my wedding planning) on Twitter!

Have a happy weekend lovelies!

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Billy buttons (also called billy balls or craspedia) are so playful and silly, and I thought they’d be fun inspiration for a wedding board. No pastels here – the yellow in today’s inspiration board is highly saturated, and instantly cheerful. And though I’ve placed this wedding in a garden (because all I want is to be spending my days outside right now), this feeling and color scheme could definitely work indoors – maybe in a modern loft, or even a sleek restaurant.

Mood: playful, retro
Palette: mustard, cream

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Top row from left: cake photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy, bouquet by Claire Bean for Brides, place setting from Martha Stewart Weddings, ceremony arch photo by Angela Anderson via Elizabeth Anne Designs
Row 2: tables and lanterns from Wedding Style Guide, invitation by Lulu Papers, photo by Union Photo via Once Wed, flowers via Amorology
Row 3: photo by Studio Nouveau, lemonade from Alison Events, craspedia boutonnieres via Brooklyn Bride, “Howdy” card by DWRI Letterpress

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It must be that it’s springtime, because I just can’t bring myself to create any indoor inspiration boards right now! I know I’ve posted several other green and black and white boards before, but ever since seeing Coty Farquhar’s gorgeous afternoon tea post, I couldn’t wait to put something together that incorporated black and white gingham into a casual garden wedding. From the groom’s casual shirt, to the checkered tablecloth, to the ribbons around honey jar favors and hanging flowers, black and white gingham is somehow both totally laid back and still refined. Maybe it will be the new damask…

Oh, and happy happy birthday little sister! I LOVE YOU!

Mood: garden casual, simple elegance
Palette: black and white gingham, garden green

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Top row from left: hanging flowers from Apartment Therapy via Oh So Beautiful Paper, limeade photo by Lisa Lefkowitz, gingham shirt from J.Crew, flower girls from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: bouquet from Wedding Style Guide, tablescape by Coty Farquhar
Row 3: bouquet by Modern Day Design, tablescape by Coty Farquhar, cupcake photo by Victoria Pearson, invitations from Brides
Row 4: bench photo by Art of Vision, photo by Karen Hill, honey jar photo by Red Ribbon Studio, photo by Miss Whit

Oh, and be sure to stop by With This Ring today – she’s taking votes on which of my inspiration boards to turn into a DIY series next!

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Today’s sponsored post is especially exciting, because it’s an awesome giveaway! is giving away a $2000 Marriott Honeymoon TravelCard, redeemable at any Marriott hotel anywhere in the world! And don’t think the TravelCard limits you to hotel rooms – you can also use it for spa treatments, golf, even breakfast in bed! Here are just a few of the 3000 hotels that you could choose from…
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