Monthly Archives: March 2010

Hi all! I seem to have caught a cold, which was at least polite enough to wait until the day after my birthday to hit me, but which is keeping me laid up in bed. So, no fabulous wedding inspiration for you today. Instead, some links that I’m enjoying…

I love Paris in the springtime.

Brave enough to try making your own french fries?

Adding this plaid bag to my wish list.

The most beautiful city? I say yes.

I don’t care how the bon-bons taste. The packaging is delicious.

Charm school
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Try the cinnamon truffle. Mmmm…

Congrats on the cover, Elizabeth!

Am I the only one who wondered where those pretty toothbrushes in the magazines came from?

Happy Tuesday, friends! Hoping to be back tomorrow with wedding inspiration…

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I love Williams Sonoma. Love. It. Whenever I step inside one, I imagine all of the things that will one day live in my dream kitchen – KitchenAid Mixer? Check! Wüsthof knives? Check! Let’s just say that my honey and I will definitely be registering at Williams Sonoma. And not only do they have just about everything you could possibly think of to outfit your new home, but they also have all kinds of great specials when you set up a registry.
{Left: KitchenAid Pro 610 Stand mixer; Right: Wüsthof Classic 8-piece Knife Block set}

One you’ve registered for your KitchenAid Pro 610 Stand Mixer, Williams Sonoma will send you a free gift valued at $19.95.

When you add $450 worth of Wüsthof items to your registry, you’ll receive a free gift valued at $20. When Wüsthof cutlery purchases from your registry total $450 or more, you’ll receive a gift valued at $55.


{Left: Ceramic and Stainless Steel canisters; Right: All-Clad Stainless Steel Standard cups and spoons}

{Left: Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven; Riedel Vinum 7-piece Gift Set}

When you register for six or more pieces of Le Creuset cast-iron cookware, you’ll receive a gift valued at $20. Once your friends and family have purchased $500 or more of Le Creuset gifts for you, you’ll receive a gift valued at $150.

 
{Left: Breville Ikon Panini Press; All-Clad Stainless Steel Strainer Set}

When you register for $500 or more of All-Clad products, Williams Sonoma will send you a gift valued at $30. Once your friends and family have purchased $1500 or more of All-Clad gifts from your registry, you’ll receive a gift valued at $120.

 
{Left: Monogrammed Stainless Steel Beverage Bucket; Right: Cuisinart Food Processor}


Okay, so this is all awesome, and you’re probably already busy clicking away setting up your registry at Williams Sonoma, but just in case you need an extra incentive, I’m giving away $250 to one lucky reader! All you need to do is to sign up for Williams Sonoma’s Bridal Registry, and then leave a comment below to let me know you registered. If you’re already registered, just add something to your registry and let me know what it was.

UPDATE! I’ve extended the deadline for this contest. You now have until Monday at midnight to enter, and I’ll announce the randomly selected winner on Tuesday, 4/6. Happy registering!

UPDATE! This contest is now closed.

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I’m really looking forward to this weekend! I’m home visiting my mom, meeting my dear friend’s baby for the first time, and meeting up with a bunch of fabulous wedding folks while I’m here. And since it’s my birthday, and I’ve been dreaming about this marble cake since I first tried it a month ago, I’ll be picking one up as soon as possible. Mmmm….. But first, a whole bunch of links for you this Friday!

I love the baby name game! via Bliss.

Be content with who you are.

Happy 80th birthday!

I’m telling you, balloons never get old, via Once Wed.

An entire shop of folded paper, via Abby Tries Again.

Signage.

If I had an extra $4900, I’d buy this awesome desk shaped like California, via Oh Happy Day.

I heart this wedding.

Same hill, different day, via A Cup of Jo.

Say yes to the vest.

Greenhouse in springtime. Just lovely.

Underwater church, via my honey and Lovely Little Things.

If I had a land line (a what?) I’d have this phone, via Mrs. Lilien.

Will someone please get married here? via Clover & Bee.

Yummy Easter bunny.

Decorate your pretty little head.

Whisper rings.

Have a happy weekend, pretties!

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June and Paul’s beautiful wedding is full of such wonderfully whimsical details – ribbon streamers, butterflies and dragonflies – and Amanda Bevington‘s photos are lovely as always. I hope you find as much inspiration here as I have!

June shares one of her favorite parts of the day: My favorite moment was seeing Paul and his family walking down the aisle next to me. We walked down two separate aisles at the same time and for a split second saw each other through the trees. Our families met in the middle and hugged before they left me and Paul together. It was truly amazing to walk down the aisle at the same time – it felt like the right way to start our marriage!

How about these hanging frames – a literal family tree! June and Paul credit Rebecca Stone at Duet Weddings for helping them create their dream wedding. Says June, “If you live in LA, hire her. She will change your life. Not only did she make the day everything I wanted, but she also made the process everything I wanted.”

Some advice from June: Remember that if you are having a good time your guests will too! We danced so hard my legs were aching the next day. And although I was a sweaty, mascara running mess by the end of the night, I had so much fun! Oh also, remember to bring your room key with you when you leave for the wedding to avoid what happened to us. Yep, that’s right, I locked us out of our room on our wedding night. Paul was…not pleased!

I love this budget advice from June: Major budget tip! Start off with a lower number than you actually have to spend. This way when you go over budget – which you will, just embrace that fact! – you are still working from a modest number. (This tip also works for setting morning alarm clocks and any other area of your life where you need to delude yourself into thinking you’re better off than you are!) One thing I will say about spending more than I ever thought I would is this: It was the best day and I don’t regret it one bit!

Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Planner: Rebecca Stone at Duet Weddings

Bride’s dress: Melissa Sweet

Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss

Flowers: Modern Day Design

Catering / cherry lemonade: Pure Joy Catering

Cake: Crumbs Santa Barbara

Music: Santa Barbara DJs

Congratulations to you, June and Paul! Thank you to the couple for sharing so many great details, as well as to Rebecca from Duet Weddings. And of course, thank you to Amanda Bevington for sharing these beautiful photos – you can see lots more photos from June and Paul’s wedding over on Amanda’s blog.

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