Monthly Archives: October 2010

Two of the most wonderfully opulent things I can think of are chinoiserie wallpaper, and calligraphy by the inimitable Bernard Maisner. So, today, a wonderfully opulent inspiration board for you that includes both of those elements. Wouldn’t you love to attend a wedding like this? And don’t you think Jasper Conran’s Chinoiserie pattern for Wedgwood works perfectly with this look?

Mood: luxurious, ladylike
Palette: darkly, deeply, beautifully blue

Top row from left: chinoiserie wallpaper via Belle Maison, cake from Rebecca Thuss, navy blue sweater with jeweled neckline via Oh Joy, vintage stamps
Row 2: rehearsal dinner invitation by Mr. Boddington’s Studio, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo of loveseat by Jose Villa
Row 3: amazing calligraphy by Bernard Maisner, branch against a stone blue wall via Erin Ever After, porcelain berries from Saipua

If you like this inspiration board, you might also like:

Board #496: Secret Garden, Revisited
Board #353: Songbird Love
Board #503: Vermillion and Blush

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If you enjoyed Part I of Kavi and David’s beautiful wedding, then I know you’ll love Part II. A fabulous wedding parade, beautiful outdoor ceremony, Indian and Jewish wedding traditions, flowers (and pineapples!) by the talented Saipua

For the ceremony, Kavi wore a sari handmade in the Indian state of Orissa, jewelry from Jaipur, and bare feet.

During the processional, the couple’s friends performed the bride’s favorite song, “That’s How Strong My Love Is” by Otis Redding.

I love this series of photos. I love that David is wearing one shoe (important for breaking the glass!), and I love that hug!

The Peter Ecklund Band kicked off the cocktail hour with jazz standards.

Kavi made all of the printed materials, from the invitations to the cocktail menu to the table numbers.

Why don’t more tables have pineapples on them?

Seriously, every party needs pineapples!



Photography: Justin & Mary / Venue: private venue / Bride’s reception dress: Jaya Rathore / Bride’s shoes: Stella McCartney / Groom’s suit: Michael Andrews Bespoke / Band: Peter Ecklund Band / Flowers: Saipua / Catering: Baluchi’s


Congratulations Kavi and David! And thank you to Justin & Mary for sharing all these beautiful photos!

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There were so many beautiful photos from Kavi and David’s wedding that I had to turn it into two posts! 300 guests joined for the wedding weekend, starting with this Friday mendhi party. Says Kavi: “We were inspired by having friends and family together, not having too much ceremony and attention on us, and just having a great party with lots of boozy dancing!”

Kavi wore a dress by Tarun Tahiliani, Stella McCartney shoes, and her mother’s jewelry from India.

Guests were invited to help themselves to bangles.

Guests played lawn games like bocce ball and cricket.

One of Kavi’s favorite parts of the weekend was when her friends performed a Bollywood dance. “All the dances and performances at the menhdi meant so much to us. Cousins, brothers, sisters, friends – so special.”

Make sure you stop by in a bit for Part II of Kavi and David’s wedding weekend! All photos by Justin & Mary.

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We finally had some weather here this weekend – since we don’t really get fall leaves here in the Bay Area, you know the seasons are changing when it’s overcast and raining all day. Not nearly as romantic or charming as a crisp, sunny autumn day with flaming leaves, which is where this inspiration board is coming from. It’s why October was my favorite time in Wisconsin! A cozy white farmhouse surrounded by orange and red leaves, decorated with pumpkins and acorns. Set the table with country linens and arrange flowers in white compotes and pitchers. Fill a table with seasonal desserts like apple cheddar pie and caramel pear tarts, and send your guests home with jars of local jam (this might be a really common wedding favor, but it’s still one of my favorites – for out of town guests, it’s a nice souvenir of their visit, and everyone likes an edible favor).

Mood: crisp autumn, warm farmhouse
Palette: burnt umber, burnt sienna, warm cream, brown tweed

Top row from left: farmhouse with autumn leaves via We Heart It, centerpiece with orange flowers and white compote vase by Matthew Robbins for Martha Stewart Weddings, photo of jam jar favors by Suzy Clement
Row 2: hand-lettered letterpress invitation by Cynthia Warren, variety of pumpkins from Martha Stewart, homespun dessert table by Rebecca Thuss for Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: acorn and autumn leaf boutonniere from Martha Stewart Weddings, autumn entrance with pumpkins and leaves from Martha Stewart, photo of red haired bride by Shelly Kroeger, farmhouse linens via Katy Elliott

Don’t forget to enter the NYC photo shoot giveaway, which includes photos and 8mm from A Bryan Photo, plus a $500 travel credit from Traveler’s Joy! Details here.

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