Monthly Archives: March 2010

Kicking off my honey’s spring break by meeting up with Bryan and Branden from A Bryan Photo, and Branden’s lovely wife Lindsey, for dinner at one of our favorite Austin spots – the weather is finally nice enough to eat outside! Then we’re headed out of town for a few days, back to Wisconsin to meet our new nephew – what a fun way to spend the weekend! What are your plans? Anyone else taking a spring break?

Organizing by color.

Excited about these new stamps, via Letter Writers Alliance.

One-bite creme brulee. Yes please.

Letterpressed map-of-NYC envelope liner – what’s not to love?

Gorgeous winter wedding inspiration.

Wedding style in black-and-white.

These earrings
make me miss Mississippi, via bows and arrows.

Happy weekend, friends!

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Alison Bank from First Comes Love Photography sent over this charming wedding, and I think both the photos and the story from the bride are great reminders to anyone out there who feels like pulling their hair out over wedding planning. Says the bride, Carolyn:

“Don’t plan too long or too hard. You have to listen politely to the suggestions of family and friends but in the end this is your day and it should be what you want so don’t feel bad about saying no. We planned our wedding in less than 5 months with very little stress and I think that relaxed and fun attitude came through on the actual day.”

And they came through in the photos, too!

Close friends played music during the ceremony and reception.

Carolyn wore a sundress by Ralph Lauren for her August wedding.

From the bride, “We had a lot of help from friends with various areas of expertise which really helped keep our budget down. The invitations, flowers, wine, music, and some of the produce for the dinner were all provided free of charge by friends in those businesses. We purchased all our liquor at Costco and hired a bartender, which greatly reduced cost of the open bar. We let the setting be the decor and kept the linens and decorations simple.”

Venue: Oz Farm in Point Arena, CA

Bride’s dress / jewelry: Ralph Lauren / family heirlooms

Groom’s suit: Banana Republic

Flowers: Petaluma Bounty

Catering / cupcakes: Pangaea Cafe / Franny’s Cup & Saucer

Congratulations Carolyn and Zachary! And thank you to Alison Bank for sharing these pretty photos!

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Nancy Liu Chin shared this pretty table with me, and it’s full of Spring elements that I know you’ll love. She and Gloria Wong created the look for San Francisco’s Wedding University event, imagining a couple who loves the outdoors:

“We imagined that they would pick a lodge or cabin setting, and we wanted their decor to include things you would see on a nature hike. Elements like foliage, logs and moss were key. To keep with the casual and relaxed feeling, we used chalkboards and handwriting on chalk tags and containers. For the flowers I used beautiful spring bulb flowers and succulent was also used. And we finished the whole thing by creating a very rustic bride/groom chair decor – we actually tied a log to their chairs!”

On with the pictures!

Photography: Janae Shields

Venue: Four Seasons in Palo Alto, CA

Rentals: Hartmann Studios

Linens: Wildflower Linens

Lighting: Enhanced Lighting

Event Design: Gloria Wong Design

Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin Designs

Stationery: Good On Paper Design

Thank you to Nancy Liu Chin, and all of these wonderful vendors, for sending this pretty table over. It may not officially be Spring yet, but this is a nice way to usher it in!

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It’s been awhile since I posted a rustic barn inspiration board, and since it finally felt like spring here yesterday, I thought that today I’d post one that combines those two things. A lucky horseshoe motif on the invitations hints at the country location – and maybe set up a horseshoe pit for your guests to enjoy during cocktail hour. We see so many autumn barn weddings, but white flowers, blossoming branches and chocolate quail eggs (in a little nest!) mean Spring, which I think is a nice “theme” for a slightly formal ranch wedding.

Mood: rustic, elegant spring wedding
Palette: nest brown, petal white

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Top row from left: formal table from D Magazine, barn photo by Weeks Photography, water bottle table number from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: horseshoe invitation suite and white cascade bouquet both from Wedding Style Guide
Row 3: branch and blossom arrangement by Artfool, peony centerpiece photo by Elizabeth Messina, buttercream cake photo by Union Photo, cocktail tables photo by Kimberlee Miller
Row 4: photo from Brides, twine-tied vintage silverware from Napa Style via Elizabeth Anne Designs, chocolate quail eggs from Martha Stewart Weddings, white flowers in zinc pots photo by Bret Cole

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