Monthly Archives: January 2010

Remember that NYC engagement shoot giveaway from a couple of months ago? Well Bryan Johnson from A Bryan Photo sent over these photos and 8mm from the winning couple, Annie and Jared, and I love the way they turned out. Winter in New York is so romantic…

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Thanks so much to A Bryan Photo for sharing Annie and Jared’s love shoot and 8mm with us! You can see more fun pics from their trip to NYC over on the A Bryan Photo blog. Also, one more big thank you to all of the sponsors who helped make the engagement shoot contest possible: Cypress Albums, Richard Photo Lab, Traveler’s Joy, and Pro8mm who donated all of the film and processing for Annie and Jared’s 8mm film.

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I know I didn’t post a weekend round-up last week, but I promise I have an excellent excuse: I was having an absolute blast in Salt Lake City at Alt! I met so many of my favorite bloggers, and learned about blogs that were new to me, and came away totally inspired and feeling like I’m part of this awesome community of creative and supportive people – which is so refreshing when you spend pretty much everyday working solo. Anyway, now I’m back, and weekend links are back, too.

How about a road trip?

They look like conversation hearts, but they’re cakes!

Cute as a button, via Creature Comforts.

Not that I’m getting a tattoo, but if I were, it would be this or this.

Channeling Grace Kelly.

I know I have a new favorite wedding every week…

The beards behind the chocolate, via paper tastebuds.

I want to live here.

Oh my deer!

Dear Valentine.

Excited about this new wedding resource.

Really loving Seth’s definition of art.

This is the first I’ve heard of a friendship cloth, but I think it’s a great idea.

And congrats to Amanda on the launch of Ruffled classifieds.

Have a happy happy weekend, all!

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Though Valentine’s Day is still a couple weeks off, I couldn’t resist this pretty pink and black shoot from Ariella Chezar and Meg Smith. The Olema Inn where this shoot took place, is certainly one of the loveliest places I’ve had the chance to visit, and it’s the perfect choice for these romantic details. I’m inspired to throw a Valentine party!

Monogrammed mugs from Anthropologie each contain a different type of flower. Victorian table cards and paper garlands both from Tail of the Yak.

Ariella adorned the bouquet (which includes anemones, ranunculus, ornithogalum, blushing bride protea, garden roses, as well as a few silk flowers, black silk leaves, and dyed black fairy leaves) with wide pink ribbons and black French net.

 Ariella made the pink buttercream cake, embellished with flowers, faux mushrooms (find similar ones here), and a vintage cake topper.

 Pretty favor boxes, from Addison Endpapers (510-601-8112), each have a small window in them to show off the chocolate treats inside.

This is just a small sampling of the amazing work that both Ariella and Meg do. And I’ve said it before, but for those of you who missed it, make sure you have some time to devote to getting lost in their websites. I’ve easily spent hours delving through all of the inspiration on both sites…

  • Pink and Black Valentine Wedding Ideas

    28 January 2010
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    After looking at venues up and down California, Amy and John visited Olive Oaks and knew it was just the place for their wedding. Says Amy, “We knew that we wanted to keep our event to around 100 guests total, so we needed a space that didn’t feel too overwhelming for our party size. Although the property has a very vintage/rustic feel to it, there were also many modern touches throughout. This really helped to inspire and inform the rest of the event design elements.”

    Amy couldn’t find bridesmaid dresses in the styles and fabrics that worked with the relaxed aesthetic she wanted for her wedding, so she designed and made these lemon silk chiffon dresses herself (she also made the flower girl dresses). She was even inspired to start her own line of bridesmaid dresses, Swoon!

    From Amy: My hands-down favorite moment of the entire wedding was when John and I were able to walk back down the aisle together as husband and wife with all of our closest friends and family cheering us on. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything quite like it.

    Other than the invitations, Amy made all of the paper elements, using resources such as Paper Source, Paper Mart, and font websites.

    Centerpieces in wooden boxes included white roses, succulents, green coxcomb and scabiosa pods.

    For all of those brides out there who feel like they have to DIY everything, here’s some advice from Amy: My #1 piece of advice to brides – particularly for those of us who have, shall we say, “control issues” – is to take your time researching vendors. If you have open lines of communication during the planning process and can build trust in their taste and ability to see how you want your event to look and feel, then by the day of your wedding you won’t feel the need to sweat the small stuff. The last thing you want to be thinking about on your wedding day is flower arrangements, place settings or wedding favors!

    Photography: Michelle Pattee

    Venue: Olive Oaks, Sebastopol, CA

    Bride’s dress / shoes: Monique Lhuillier / Sigerson Morrison

    Bridesmaid / flower girl dresses: Swoon

    Groom’s custom suit: Isaia

    Planning: Kim Yee Events, (650-773-6916)

    Flowers: Hunt Littlefield

    Catering / Cupcakes: Elaine Bell Catering Co. / That Takes the Cake

    Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

    Thank you to Amy and John for sharing your beautiful wedding with us, and for sending over all of these great details. Best wishes to you for a lifetime of happiness!

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