by Samm Blake
What are you all up to this weekend? I have a new book that I’ll be reading by the pool, and I have a few yummy recipes that I want to try out. Also, I’m super excited to be attending Mighty Summit this year, so this weekend I want to finish up my Life List (which currently includes things ranging from find the perfect red lipstick to go to the Maldives before they’re underwater).
Have a happy weekend, lovelies, and here are some fun links for your Friday…
Do you have a silk scarf you love?
Hilarious zombie engagement photos, via @weddingbee.
Oh, Jamie, you’re so glamorous.
Romantic elopement on the Golden Gate Bridge.
Branding 10,000 lakes – what a fun project!
What to do with all those stickers you collected as a kid.
If I had some money to burn, I’d totally rewardrobe…
Donuts or wedding cake? Why not both!
I heart Shanna Murray‘s gift fair booth.
Gorgeous gold wedding dress.
Even Clyde, Casey and Danny’s French bulldog puppy, dressed up for the wedding! Bridesmaids wore J.Crew dresses in the same color, in the style of their choice.
Says Casey, “Danny’s family is 100% Irish, and his uncle preformed our ceremony in a kilt and all. He even learned special songs that he surprised us with on the bagpipes. Instead of throwing petals or lighting sparklers, we found several vintage tin bells. The guests rang them as we left the aisle as a sign of good luck.”
A donut food truck from Carpe Donut was a fun surprise for guests – and for the bride’s father!
Some details about the day from the lovely bride:
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Everything that we love and enjoy during our daily lives! Danny has a strong affection for Bruce Springsteen, so we had the band play a Springsteen set list during cocktail hour. Hints of Virginia Tech and Blacksburg were everywhere with the corn hole, table names and the personalized cake topper.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Ask yourself who will notice this detail – everyone, or just you? And ask yourself, do you love this idea? Having a photo booth was not originally part of the plan, but I couldn’t say no, and to make it work I took out a few items, such as the cheese platter at cocktail hour and the champagne toast. There is nothing wrong with just “Everyone raise your glass!”
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Marrying my best friend. Seeing and living the party that we wanted to have. The band was the biggest hit of the evening and even surprised us by learning our first dance songs live. My dad’s speech. These are all moments that we still talk about and wish we could re-live.
What advice do you have for other brides? Don’t focus on so many items and touches that will distract from what the day is supposed to be – we only included items that we felt would add to the day and the party. Also, keeping the flow of the day going is key. If you can, hire a wedding planner – it will be worth every penny and more.
Photography: Abby Jiu / Planner: Ritzy Bee Events / Venue: Stone Manor Country Club in Middletown, Maryland / Dressing robes: Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie / Bride’s dress: Tara Keely / Bride’s shoes: Nina / Veil: Bella Rosa Bridal / Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew / Hair, makeup: Annie Decker Beauty / Groom’s suit: Joseph A. Bank / Stationery: Appalachia Press / Calligraphy: Pretty Mail / Vintage stamps: Verde Studio / Flowers: Holly Chapple / Catering: Carriage House Inn / Donut food truck: Carpe Donut / Band: NYC Swing
Congratulations Casey and Danny! See lots more from this wedding over on Abby Jiu’s blog.
Here’s Part II of Regina and Zaheen’s gorgeous destination wedding in Zacatecas, Mexico (see Part I here). First the magical ceremony venue, and now you’ll see the amazing reception venue – the beautiful Quinta Real hotel that was originally a bull fighting ring! After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed a festive cocktail hour in the square outside the convent, complete with mariachis, folk dancers, and tequila.
Regina and Zaheen traveled from the cocktail hour to the reception in a classic retro Cadillac.
Some more details from Regina:
What was your favorite part of the day? There were many, many magical moments on our wedding day, but if I had to choose one it would definitely be after the Callejoneada when all our guests and the mariachis and folk dancers gathered in this little square for the cocktail hour. Locals had gathered around to listen to the Mariachis sing, there were women leaning out of their balcony windows to watch and little children playing all around – everyone was really enjoying the atmosphere. Zaheen and I were in the middle of the mariachi circle dancing together, and I started crying because in that moment, I really felt my dad present, and Zaheen and I got to share that moment.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Our wedding was a celebration of our cultures and families, so we included aspects of both in the ceremony. We had a reading from the Q’uran in both Arabic and Spanish during the traditional Mexican blessing known as the Lasso. This was a way that we could unite both our traditions in a way that was particularly meaningful for both Zaheen and me. One of the most fun traditions was the Callejoneada – a traditional Mexican parade with music, dancing and lots of tequila. For me this part was uniquely special because my grandfather used to be a tequilero. He literally used to travel with a donkey in tow to Tequila, Jalisco to procure tequila to sell.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Right as we were about to start dancing, thunder started rolling in and it started pouring rain and it was so windy, we were afraid the tent would fly away. Everyone remained in good spirits, and as my grandmother used to say, “Into each life some rain must fall.” I once told Zaheen that and without skipping a beat he said, “Well Regina you can always stand under my umbrella.” Life is full of challenges and unexpected events, but I know with Zaheen by my side we can tackle anything that comes at us.
Congratulations Regina and Zaheen! I am so happy for the two of you! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us, thank you to Lisa Vorce and Aaron Delesie for all the pics and details, and again, thank you to Aaron for the lovely photo layout. Check out Aaron’s post over on his blog, and if you missed Part I earlier today, find that here.
When my friend Regina told me she was getting married, I knew her wedding would be unforgettable, and I think you’ll agree – Regina and Zaheen are crazy for each other (paramount to any wonderful wedding!), and with Lisa Vorce, Aaron Delesie and Mindy Rice on board, their day was perfect and full of fun and special details.
Says the bride, “For something borrowed I wore my paternal grandmother’s silver bracelet that was from Zacatecas, and my maternal great-grandmother’s pearl ring was my something old. My something blue was a handkerchief that my mom monogrammed with a Z and R, and that we sewed inside my dress.”
The gorgeous stationery suite, including the papel picado-inspired save-the-dates, was created by Papel Paper & Press. (It was by far the most beautiful wedding invitation I’ve ever been lucky enough to receive!)
The intimate ceremony took place in a 16th-century convent – don’t you love the “skylight” where the roof has caved in?
Regina very sweetly answered some questions about their wedding for us…
Why did you choose this place for your wedding? My father’s side of my family is from Zacatecas, Mexico. My dad passed away a few years ago, so I wanted to get married somewhere I knew his presence would be felt. I joked during the rehearsal dinner speech that my father’s two great passions in life were Mexico and golf, so a golf course would have been a good option for the wedding, but Zaheen, a verified golf addict, would have been too distracted by the game. So Zacatecas was the only place we both could have imagined getting married.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The city of Zacatecas that was my true inspiration. It still has the look and feel of an old colonial city, with its cobblestone streets and cathedral in the city center. There are so many design elements to draw from Mexico and Mexican culture, but for me, it was the old colonial buildings made of the pink stone that comes from the local mines surrounding Zacatecas. The stone holds in it the spirit and essence of my antepasados, my ancestors. When I saw Kathryn’s Bougainvillea & Stone inspiration board, I knew that was the look and feel I wanted for my wedding.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? What advice do you have for other brides? Two years ago when I was the maid of honor for my maid of honor, just as we were about to walk down the aisle, she grabbed my arm and said “Regina! When you get married, get a wedding planner!” That was the best advice, and the first thing I did when I started planning was to call Lisa Vorce. And now, after all is said and done, the best advice I can give to other brides is this: Try to stay grounded and remember that the wedding is really only about you committing yourself to your best friend for life and celebrating that fact with your loved ones.