Monthly Archives: October 2010

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

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The countdown to our wedding day is going faster by the minute! With wedding To Do’s, blog To Do’s, and just regular life To Do’s, it’s starting to feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. It’s wonderful and crazy-making at the same time. So, if you’re getting married before the end of the year, and feeling a little nuts, I thought I’d share these words of wisdom from an email my friend Meg wrote to me recently:

First. No new projects ’til after the wedding!
Second. You have to let some stuff go and prioritize. Write out your wedding list, cross out what you can, ask for HELP on the rest.
Third. Take a nap.
Seriously. This is a tough time, you’re in the homestretch, you have to aggressively practice self care.

My godmothers are hosting a bridal shower for me this weekend, and both of my sisters have flown in for it, which has just made my week. Not only don’t I get to see them often enough, but my older sister has a bun in the oven that’s due (get this) on our wedding day. I’d say that’s pretty much a guarantee she’ll have more important things to do that day, so I’m really glad she was able to make it for the shower (she also brought my two nephews with her, so I get to hang out with them; plus the littler one likes to brush my hair which is always okay with me).

How are you spending your weekend? How about some fun links first?

Don’t you love seeing the journey of this jewel?

13 days of Halloween.

Love this chicken‘s hairdo.

Disco ball staircase.

Drooling over the packaging on this vintage French chocolate box.

Why aren’t you wearing a dress?

Especially this dress!

These Winnie-the-Pooh stamps are the sweetest thing.

Wish this dress lived in my closet.

Calendar swap!

Is that marshmallow I see?

It’s 85-degrees here, but if it’s fall where you are (I’m jealous), some October things to do.

$9 wedding dress. That’s right, nine dollars.

Have a happy weekend everyone!

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Though they live in New York, neither Lauren nor Adam is from the city – she’s from Colorado and he’s from Vancouver. They wanted to get married in the city where they met and fell in love, but they also wanted a venue that didn’t feel quite so urban, so they chose the New Leaf Cafe in Fort Tryon Park.

I absolutely love Lauren’s gauzy, blush pink dress from Lanvin – a beautiful wedding dress you could wear again and again!

Guests found their seats with the help of fabric boutonnieres tagged with table numbers.

Says Lauren, “We didn’t pick wedding colors because we wanted everything to have a very natural feel that would fit well within the park. So instead we used materials like brown kraft paper, cork, raw wood and tea-dyed cheese cloth to achieve that look. The flowers helped bring in a subtle element of color that was just enough pop.”

The cake sat on a jadeite pedestal cake stand, and was simple adorned with origami cranes.

Photography: Evan Miller

Venue: New Leaf Cafe in New York, New York

Bride’s dress / shoes: Lanvin

Bride’s veil: Sara Gabriel

Groom’s suit / shoes: Rag & Bone / Florsheim by Duckie Brown

Flowers: Poppies & Posies

Cake: Amy’s Bread

Congratulations Lauren and Adam, and thank you to Poppies & Posies for sending over this sweet wedding!

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