Remember how last weekend my honey and I were going to take a little trip down to Carmel? And then you all gave me so many great suggestions for what to see and do and eat while we’re there? But then we found out there was a car show going on and figured it might be a crazy weekend to go, so we’re saving it for another time. Instead, we took a little day trip to West Sonoma County (thanks to Sunset for the suggestion!). Picked up some baked goodies at Wild Flour Bread (think chocolate espresso scones and the world’s biggest sticky buns) and some pretty gifts for our flower girls. And I’m saving all of your wonderful ideas for our trip to Carmel next time!
This weekend is one of my best friend’s birthdays, so we’re going to have a little brunch celebration for her. Don’t you think brunch is the best meal out there? I mean, it combines breakfast, lunch, dessert and cocktails – does it get any better than that? And now, some links to kick off your weekend…
Can’t wait for Rue Magazine!
Gourmet s’mores? Yes, please.
Get the Midas touch.
Dear Pennsylvania, you’re lovely!
Have you seen a more entrepreneurial 15-year-old?
Pretty little bow for your head.
Pretty big flower, too.
Back to school sushi.
Back to school wedding invites.
I had so much fun hanging out at this photo workshop and you will too.
What do you think when you hear cool city garden?
Bohemian wedding style doesn’t get much better than this.
I’m so sorry for playing hookey yesterday – for some reason I managed to have several blog posts half-finished, and zero posts ready to go. Blogger ADD or something. Hopefully this vintage wedding inspiration will make up for it. Every year, when The Sartorialist posts photos from the Governor’s Island jazz dance and picnic, I get totally jealous. One of these summers I’ll make it out there! In the meantime, I thought I’d put together an inspiration board based on the fabulous fashion from these parties, for a vintage wedding vibe. 1920′s fashion, loose garden bouquets, picnic treats (lemonade and Bundt cake!), and a gramophone – anachronistic, yes, but I think they convey the feeling. Whimsical calligraphy by Betsy Dunlap (have I mentioned before how much I love her? yes?) is an unexpectedly modern addition.
Mood: old-fashioned garden party
Palette: garden green, black and white
Top row from left: garden chair and Panama hat style by Chelsea Fuss, photo of white dress and cloche hat from The Sartorialist, loose bouquet with striped ribbon by JM Flora, calligraphy by Betsy Dunlap
Row 2: white roses in vintage pharmacy bottle by Poppies & Posies via Brooklyn Bride, mismatched vintage silverware via Once Wed, photo of seersucker suit and plaid bow tie by Justin & Mary via Style Me Pretty, lemonade from Martha Stewart
Row 3: Bundt cake with powdered sugar from Design Shimmer, vintage 2-cent stamps, garden bouquet by JM Flora (photo by Jennifer Colina), jazz age fashion dance photo from The Sartorialist
Row 4: photo of Paul Smith shoes by Ashley O’Dell, gramophone photo by Justin & Mary, book of love letters via Style Me Pretty
If you like this inspiration board, then you’ll love this Great Gatsby wedding!
This lovely film of Christina and Jacob’s wedding was taken by Ashley Johnson, and edited by Branden Lower, for A Bryan Photo.
And in cased you missed it earlier, see Christina and Jacob’s beautiful wedding pics here.
My photographer friend, Bryan Johnson, never fails to impress me, and I think some of these pics from Christina and Jacob’s San Francisco wedding might be some of my favorites yet. Says Christina, “I love that Bryan uses film and I think that it really added an element of intent and timing that you don’t necessarily find in digital. He made everyone feel at ease and truly captured the joy of the event, and he and is wife Ashley are just so much fun to be around. We couldn’t have asked for more or better.” Of course, it doesn’t hurt that this wedding took place in one of the most gorgeous places on the planet, at the Point Bonita Lighthouse overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and Pacific Ocean (not that I’m biased or anything). Christina was also kind enough to share some of her thoughts and details from the day:
Jacob and I were married at the Point Bonita Lighthouse in May, and there were 30 people who attended. We’re both from Texas and living here, so our family and friends traveled a ways, but we intentionally kept it small to capture a really intimate, celebratory feeling.
The couple rented out the Marin Headlands Hostel so that they and all of their guests could spend the weekend together. From Christina: The entire day was beautiful, but one of my favorite memories is sitting under a quilt on the porch of the house in the morning with my mom and seeing the fog over the hills and just being filled with anticipation. The quilt was made by my great grandmother and has been in my home as long as I can remember – my parents gave it to me and it was a really beautiful way to be connected to our past and family.
It’s so important to stop and enjoy all the little moments because it goes so fast. That’s why I enjoyed celebrating over the whole weekend, to really soak up the energy and joy of that time. From eating together, to playing music, hiking to see the ocean, to dancing into the night, it was a incredible celebration of our relationship with those we love.
A friend made the green bridesmaid dresses.
Our wedding coordinator, Lauren from Downey Street Events, was only for the day, but she arranged all of our rentals, and made the day run very smoothly. I love the idea of some DIY projects, but I graduated the week before the wedding! Instead, I was able to suggest some things to Lauren, and she made them happen, like snacks and favors. She was incredible!
I was truly overwhelmed by the love of my friends and family during this time. The effort that they made to be there and support me, and to let me know they were thinking of me even if they could not attend, was truly amazing. It was a beautiful way to start our lives together and I think it is so important not to let expectations take away from your dream day.
Photography: Bryan Johnson for A Bryan Photo
Day-of coordination: Lauren Geissler for Downey Street Events
Lodging: Marin Headlands Hostel
Ceremony venue: Point Bonita Lighthouse in Sausalito, California
Reception venue: Poggio in Sausalito, California
Flowers: Mill Valley Flowers
Stationery: Lola Lorena
Best wishes Christina and Jacob! Thank you so much for sharing your wedding with us. There were tons more amazing photos from the wedding weekend, so it’s definitely worth checking out the gallery – plus you can see some bigger versions of those awesome vistas. Also, make sure to stop by later today to see the beautiful 8mm film that Ashley Johnson took of the wedding.