Monthly Archives: February 2010

Ariella Chezar and Meg Smith have one last gorgeous shoot to share with us, and I’ve saved it for last because the bouquet is one of my favorite floral designs ever. It may seem familiar to you, either from Ariella’s portfolio, or because I’ve included it in so many inspiration boards – it’s irresistible! And the rest of these details are just as lovely…

The “bride” wears J.Crew’s Sophia dress and yellow cymbidium orchids in her hair. The “ring bearer” wears a crown of muscari.

The bouquet includes cattleya orchids, garden roses, yellow abutilon and bear claw fern foliage, and is adorned with dramatically long yellow and blue ribbons.

Sigh. I want to live inside these photo shoots… I don’t think I can convey how delightful it has been to share so much gorgeous inspiration from two of my very favorite wedding artists – and they truly are artists. It has been such an honor and a treat for me to share their work with you, and I hope you’ve found as much inspiration from these images as I have. Thank you so much to Ariella Chezar and Meg Smith – maybe they’ll stop by again in the future!

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    11 February 2010
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    I have the most wonderful readers, and it is so fun to get an email from one sharing her wedding with me – especially when I get to share it with the rest of you! Cristina and James were married in the small fishing village of Trinidad, where redwood trees meet the rugged Northern California coastline. Their wedding was full of thoughtful details and special moments, and they were kind enough to send some over.

    Holy Trinity, an historic church built in 1873, is perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

    Cristina suggests buying wedding party attire just after the winter holidays – her bridesmaids’ dresses were marked down more than $100! Also, listen to her clever way of making custom letterpress invitations fit their budget: We were convinced we couldn’t afford letterpress invitations until a spark of creativity hit me when I saw this stationery desk set by Elum and discovered it could very easily be converted into a wedding suite. I used the floral cards as invitations, the faux bois cards as response cards, the gift cards/envelopes to hold our favors, and the sheets of correspondence paper as our programs. A talented friend created the type design as her wedding gift to us and we asked Egg Press to do one-color impressions on the Elum pieces – making our dream of custom letterpress invitations a reality.

    Cristina’s bouquet included greenery that could root and then be planted, allowing her to have a sweet reminder of her wedding day. Says Cristina, “September 5 also happened to be the one-year anniversary of losing my beloved Nonno. I fastened a photo of him to my bouquet to honor him and keep his memory close on such an important day. He would have loved it.”

    One of Cristina’s favorite parts of the day: The forecast called for rain and wind, so it was a wonderful surprise when the clouds parted and the sun came out minutes before our ceremony. The sunset that evening was fantastic. We loved that at some point, most of our guests had their shoes off and were splashing in the ocean (including us!).

    Cristina sewed 100 feet of bunting flags to decorate the reception site!

    Favors were keepsake buttons designed by a friend of the couple and made by Busy Beaver Buttons

    For music, the couple made a playlist of musical requests that guests sent in with their response cards.

    Photography: Amy Kumler

    Ceremony venue: Holy Trinity Church, Trinidad, CA

    Reception venue: Moonstone Beach House, Trinidad, California

    Stationery: paper from Elum / letterpress by Egg Press

    Bride’s dress: “Vivien Leigh” by Siri

    Groom’s suit: Duchess Clothier

    Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew

    Flowers: Flora Organica

    Catering: Celebrations Catering, (707) 826-1224

    Cristina and James, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful day with us (and for making me even more homesick for California), and for sharing all of these clever ideas, too. Happiest wishes to you!

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    A little more Valentine inspiration for you, with this retro-toned sweetheart inspiration board, inspired by the red heart shoes in this photo by The Alf Memoirs. Grab your honey, some cupcakes, and an instant camera, and have yourselves a fun date. Or a wedding!

    Mood: playful retro sweethearts
    Palette: faded polaroid, retro red

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    Top row from left: jumping groom photo by Daniel Kiyoi via Grey Likes Weddings, red sprinkle cupcakes from Martha Stewart Weddings, polaroid photo by The Alf Memoirs via Ritzy Bee
    Row 2: red ribbon bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” notecard by Paper Pastries
    Row 3: retro car graphics by Stephane Massa-Bidal via A Cup of Jo, white rose and doily table from Project Wedding, striped paper straws* photo by Brooke Schwab via Once Wed

    *Find similar straws at fort & field’s Etsy shop.

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    I was browsing through one of my favorite sources of inspiration last week and came across this photo of pink Depression glass on a backdrop of crinkled white tissue paper. I couldn’t resist it! So here’s a little pink party inspiration board for this week before Valentine’s Day…

    Mood: flirty and sweet
    Palette: sugar white, sweet pink

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    Top row from left: pink glassware from perfectbound’s flickr, peach and fuchsia peony and sweetpea bouquet and paper garland canopy both from Martha Stewart Weddings
    Row 2: white wedding cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, pink macarons photo by Aya Brackett
    Row 3: natural makeup from Martha Stewart Weddings, pink invitation by Betsy White*, white lemonade from Amy Atlas, rose photo by Concrete and Honey

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    Brion Hopkins pretty much summed up everything I think you should know about him in these two sentences:

    “I shoot film and digital, and I will travel anywhere to shoot a wedding (including Cuba, I would go to Cuba for free actually). Also, I love chocolate chip cookies.”

    He left out the part about how he also takes freaking awesome photos, but I think they speak for themselves…

    I couldn’t resist including one of Brion’s polaroids:

    Want more? Go check out his blog and his website, and then sign him up quick, because now that the word is out I’m pretty sure he’s going to be all booked up in no time…

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