Monthly Archives: September 2011

This weekend I’m in San Diego again visiting my sister and her boys, and our other sister is home from France for the week before starting her internship at a delightful patisserie in Paris – does it possibly get any better than giggling with your sisters and eating homemade croissants filled with passion fruit pastry cream, or playing on the beach with your nephews?

via The Library of Congress


And of course I have some links for you before taking of for the weekend…

These look like the perfect ballet flat – anyone tried a pair to confirm this hypothesis? via Maggie

Cute personalized rubber stamps from Paper Pastries.

Name-your-price wedding photography experiment. Curious to see how it goes…

So many fabulous details in Annie and Oliver’s wedding.

An art project blending the faces of classic icons with contemporary celebrities, via Ez.

Congrats to Oh So Beautiful Paper on the new and improved invitation designer rolodex – what an awesome resource!

Dear husband, If you ever need a gift idea, consider Diamonds by the Yard. Love, your wife.

Wedding dress with a hint of pink.

Dipped legs – this looks like my kind of DIY.

The loveliest family tree I’ve ever seen, via Eat Drink Chic.


PS – If you’re in Southern California, did you experience a major power outage yesterday? How did you handle it? We lit candles and grilled hot dogs. (I’m thankful that my sister has a battery back-up for her modem, so I could finish up this post for you!)

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Lately I’ve been feeling inspired by the incredible fashions found in the digital archives of the Kyoto Costume Institute. Gowns from centuries ago are as jaw dropping as ever, with incredible textures and colors, cuts and patterns. I know this might seem like an abstract source of wedding inspiration, but consider the possibilities – details for a custom dress, color palette ideas, patterns for an envelope liner. And even if they’re totally unhelpful for you in thinking about design elements of your wedding, don’t you find them incredibly beautiful? I wish I had reason to wear a dress like this!

Oh, and as you go through the images, click on them to see larger versions with a closer look at all the details…

The intricate details on this monogrammed ivory hand fan are amazing, but I also love the use of pattern in both the gown and the sash. c. 1800, China.

The one above is probably my favorite of the lot – the simple colors, and the India-inspired pattern. c. 1850, India.

What about taking inspiration for your bouquet or centerpieces from a dress like this? I’d love to see what a floral designer might do with this as her only direction for bridal flowers. c. 1785, England.

This retro gown is a bit different from the rest, with a playfulness in its details (polka dots! bows!). c. 1950, Jacques Fath Paris.

c. 1888, Rouff Paris  //  c. 1780, France.

Even the description of the fabric in this elaborate dress is luscious: “Light-blue Lyons silk chine with cartouche-enclosed floral motif.” c. 1765, France.

Doesn’t this dress look straight out of Emma? I adore how light it seems, and the super simple pattern of what looks like bumblebees and wheat leaves. c. 1795, Italy.

c. 1855, England.

The floral embroidery on this muslin chemise dress is too beautiful for words! And feels very much like a wedding (especially with the white satin toe peeking out from underneath). c. 1802, France.


So what do you say? Would you be able to find inspiration in any of these designs or patterns, or in any of the other pieces over at the Kyoto Costume Institute?

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Today’s simply lovely wedding comes to us from Leo Patrone, and it’s one more wedding that proves you don’t have to go all out with details to create a beautiful and special day. Says the bride:

Years ago I wanted a big wedding with hundreds of people there to make me feel special. As I’ve grown older, I realized that it is about the quality of people, not the quantity. If you keep it small, your guests will appreciate the intimacy of your wedding and be honored they were included. Our budget wasn’t big but did allow us to splurge on each person because we only had 50 people.

Debbie and Mitch didn’t let a little rain get in the way of taking beautiful photos!

Guests enjoyed Blue Hill’s delicious hors d’oeuvres and summer strawberry sangria.

Debbie and Mitch shared some details about the day: 

Why did you choose Blue Hill at Stone Barns for your wedding?  We wanted our closest friends and family to celebrate with us in an intimate, beautiful and natural setting. We had never been to a wedding with knock-your-socks off food and wanted to create that experience for our guests, many of whom are big foodies.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  My favorite moment was when I stepped into the room for our ceremony and slowly took in the sight of every person who ever meant something to me. I felt pure love, good will and kindness. It was thrilling, moving and powerful. I took some slow breaths and tried to live in the moment. I hope every person has a chance to experience that!

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We eschewed traditions and decided to do what made sense to us as a couple. Instead of a cake-cutting, dancing and garter/bouquet toss, we chose to use that time to talk to our guests and create a personal experience since many of them had traveled across the country to be there. We reserved dancing, mingling and noshing at a food truck for the next night with a big party in Manhattan which allowed us a second night of celebrating with our nearest and dearest!

What advice do you have for other brides?  Your wedding does not need to be the most fun, beautiful, extravagant or unique. The details are not as important as you make them out to be. Most people will forget the wedding decor and details. They will only remember if they had a great time and the feeling you shared with them while celebrating. (And one very practical bit of advice:) If you’re doing an iPod wedding, set the music to cross-fade so that there aren’t awkward 5-second pauses in between songs for the dancing.



Photography: Leo Patrone / Venue: Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York / Bride’s dress: Elizabeth Fillmore from Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Groom’s custom suit: Alton Lane / Groom’s shirt: Thomas Pink / Necktie: Banana Republic / Stationery: Gwyneth Paige Letterpress / Flowers: Designs by Ahn
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I hope everyone had a nice long weekend! You might recognize this adorable couple from Sunday Edition a few weeks ago, and I’ll tell you what – the rest of their wedding just as charming. From the delightful invitation by Rifle Paper Co. to the awesome pics from One Love Photo, you’re going to love it!

After their temple ceremony, Robyn and John took some photos on the Balboa Island Ferry. Robyn’s favorite part of the day? “We got chocolate covered strawberries from a farmers stand right before we were about to board the ferry. Neither of us could eat that morning because our nerves got the better of us, but right before we were about to board the ferry, we got chocolate covered strawberries from a farmers stand. John got chocolate all over my face feeding me one of the strawberries. It was such a sweet moment of bliss and chocolate!”

After their photos, 150 friends and family members joined the couple at the home of the bride’s family for a ring ceremony and reception – I love that Robyn and John walked down the aisle together!

Guests enjoyed a simple (and affordable!) meal of panini, kettle chips, pasta salad, strawberries, and retro sodas. For sweets, Robyn wanted a dressed-up bake sale feel. “Plus,” she says, “I’m obsessed with dessert – I interned with a pastry chef in college!” Dessert included wedding cake, carrot cake, orange cake, angel food cake with fresh cream and berries, toasted coconut German chocolate cake, pillowy white coconut cake, mini fruit tarts, mini banana cakes, chocolate chip cookies and heart-shaped sugar cookies.

Robyn very kindly answered some questions about the day…

What inspired you in your planning?  I’d been dreaming about this day ever since I could remember. I hate admitting that because then people usually assume that I knew exactly what I wanted. Nope. The complete opposite. I was so overwhelmed that I didn’t know where to start. So, why not start with the ring? It’s a bit unique with a blue sapphire as the main stone instead of a diamond, so “something blue” became an underlying theme throughout the wedding. On our wedding website we invited people to wear “something blue” for good luck to our wedding. We wanted it to be fun, not stuffy or pretentious, playful, comfortable, whimsical, gentle and full of love. Maybe funny words to describe a wedding, but it worked for us!

Tell us about your darling dress…  I ordered a designer dress months and months before the wedding, and found out two weeks before my wedding that the order had been lost! I had no dress! Time for (a last minute entirely unplanned) Plan B. My dress was made two weeks before the wedding, using a 1956 Vogue pattern, with gold threaded fabric that looked vintage. It was all a happy accident, and the whole thing cost just $250!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Decide what’s important to you. Having a DJ wasn’t a big deal to us, so we saved a lot of money by plugging in our iPod for dancing. We also saved by skipping on china rentals – dinner was served buffet style with sturdy plastic plates and silverware instead. Granted there’s no stunning shot of a head table all decked out in fancy tableware, and our tables might have looked a little bare without china on them, but the whole affair felt very handmade and full of love, and I don’t think anyone minded it at all. Also, we saved money by making a website with all the information our guests needed, instead of having a million various print-outs stuffed into the envelope with our invitation.

What advice do you have for other brides?  I’m gonna be honest – sometimes I wanted to rip my hair out from the stress of planning this thing. There were days I wanted to ditch it all and just elope. But the best advice I got, and the words that kept me going were: Remember the day is about your love for each other. That kept me in check and reminded me not to get caught up in all the expensive details. When I walked into the reception, it was so beautiful, but I got distracted. With so much planning, I wanted everything to be perfect, and I started straightening up the party favor bags on the table because the wind had blown them out of place. Then I realized what I was doing, and laughed out loud and left the bags the way they were. So my advice to future brides? Learn to love the imperfections of your day – it’s what makes it all better than a magazine picture, because it’s real! And it’s all yours! Like the chocolate all over my face, muddy heels, or falling favor bags.



Photography: One Love Photo / Ceremony venue: Newport Beach Temple / Ring ceremony and reception venue: private home in Tustin, California / Invitations: Rifle Paper Co. / Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade / Vintage hair pin: / Bridesmaid dresses: Shabby Apple / Flowers: Dandelion Ranch / Ring pillow, felt boutonnieres: Llubav / Cake: Michele Coulon Dessertier / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Found Vintage Rentals



Congratulations Robyn and John! Oh, and check out Robyn’s sweet blog right here! And see tons more awesomeness from this wedding over on the One Love Photo blog

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