Monthly Archives: December 2009

Today’s winter wedding board draws its inspiration from a classic harbinger of the holidays, the poinsettia. But instead of the traditional red, I’ve used poinsettias in various shades of pink and cream. With a mostly white palette and lots of candles, the pink isn’t cloying – though it would certainly make for a sweet bridal shower as well as a wedding or holiday party. Invitations are all white, except for calligraphy lettered in pink ink, and they’re finished off with white twine and sealing wax (if you want to send envelopes wrapped in twine, you’ll need to put them inside glassine envelopes for mailing). I imagined this as a simple tea reception, with cake and candies, and of course champagne and tea – a budget-friendly option that’s charming and sophisticated.

Mood: warm, charming
Palette: poinsettia pink, candlelight white

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Top row from left: poinsettia wreath from Matthew Mead Style, white Christmas crackers from Rebecca Thuss, red calligraphy from Mr Boddington’s Studio, red-lipped bride with pale pink dress from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: various white candies via The Bride’s Guide, blusher veil photo by Corbin Gurkin, tea cake from Crown & Crumpet, ceremony site with candles from Wonderful Graffiti
Row 3: bouquet with cattleya orchids from Martha Stewart Weddings, envelope with twine and wax seal from Linea Carta, vintage gloves photo by Anna Kuperberg, pink poinsettia from Matthew Mead Style

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As a kid, I spent summers (still do!) in the Rocky Mountains in Montana, so every time I see photos on Carrie Patterson‘s blog, it makes me a little homesick for that place. Lindsey and Kevin’s engagement shoot was no different – an absolutely gorgeous shoot, complete with big sky clouds, in Wyoming’s Tetons. I also love how simple this shoot was – pick a special place, throw on some cowboy boots, and take some photos with the one you love. What could be better?! Though the couple lives in California, Lindsey shares a bit about their decision to hold their engagement shoot and their wedding in Wyoming:

“Kevin spent his childhood summers in Wyoming with his grandparents, and his family owns a small ranch outside of Jackson. I knew from the first visit I took with Kevin that it was the ideal location for our wedding. We both love the natural beauty and laid-back style that the state offers, and we look forward to having our guests experience the serene beauty we love so much!”

Though a thunderstorm threatened that morning, it broke up into clouds, providing great natural lighting for the shoot.

Thank you so much to Carrie Patterson for sharing these beautiful photos with us, and best wishes to you Lindsey and Kevin! You can see even more from this shoot, and from the gorgeous Tetons, over on Carrie’s blog.

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Somehow this week just flew by – it never seems to me like there’s enough time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. So, I guess all there is to do about it is to slow down with things like cocoa and cookies in between all of the rushing around. Oh, and how about a chocolate tasting? That’s what my honey and I are doing this evening at one of my favorite little shops here in Austin, and it sounds like just my kind of night. How about you? How are you taking time to savor the holiday season? Hmmm…. savor…. I think that’s my new word.

{by Little Brown Pen}

Inspired by Chelsea’s holiday tables.

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Wonderfully bold wrapping paper.

This song now playing on repeat, thanks to this guy.

Say yes to suspenders, via Once Wed.

What a nice way to think about gifts.

No tree for us this year, but hopefully next year we can rent one.

I’d like some of these vanilla roasted pears with ice cream please.

Cupcake ruffles.

Wedding in 73 seconds, via A Practical Wedding.

Records on ice. Well, made of ice – absolutely fascinating!

Give the gift of root beer.

Modest Peach sent me a bracelet, and it’s named after me! I’m blushing…

Have a happy weekend lovelies!

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The day after I posted last week’s “Keep It Simple” inspiration board, I got an email from one of my favorite photographers, Leo Patrone, because he had shot Ashley and Michael’s lovely wedding in October, and thought it fit perfectly with that inspiration board: a city hall ceremony, a dinner party reception, all in San Francisco!

 How cute are these love notes on a chalkboard wall in the entrance of the couple’s home?

I think you all know what a sucker I am for balloons. And I love how joyful she is here!

 People ask me what to do with your bouquet during the ceremony if you choose not to have any attendants. Simple! Just turn around and hand it to someone in the first row, like your father (I love that shot).

After the ceremony at San Francisco’s city hall, the couple took their guests on a tour of the city’s most picturesque spots, in a classic old cable car. With snacks! Guests nibbled on organic popcorn, vegan doughnut holes and lavender short bread cookies, all locally made.

Dinner took place in the private dining room at Spruce, decorated with tons of pillar candles. Everyone enjoyed a five-course tasting menu, planned by the restaurant’s chefs and sommeliers for the wedding. The darling cake was inspired by the design on Ashley and Michael’s invitations.

See the full gallery here.

Photographer: Leo Patrone / Wedding Planning, custom favor labels: Downey Street Events / Invitations: eco-friendly letterpress by Bella Figura / Flowers: Natalie Bowen Designs / Bride’s dress: Elizabeth Fillmore at Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier / Shoes: Pedro Garcia from Yoox / Ceremony venue: San Francisco City Hall / Cable car rental: Classic Cable Car Sightseeing / Reception venue: Spruce, San Francisco / Wooden place cards: sustainably harvested birch wood by Night Owl Paper Goods / Cake: Flours
  • Modern San Francisco City Hall Wedding

    10 December 2009
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