Monthly Archives: June 2012

Hi friends!  I’m still out of town without much access to internet, but I just wanted to drop in and say hi. Next week will be a short week because of the Fourth of July holiday, but definitely check in for a few really fun posts that I’ve lined up for you while I’m gone.

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And in case you missed it:

Happy pickup truck bride.

Roaring twenties wedding with synchronized swimmers!

This bold and romantic photo shoot is a new favorite for me: Part One and Part Two.

Red-striped summer inspiration board.

 

Have a wonderful weekend, y’all!

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Today’s wedding touched a special place in my heart, as it was held at the Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco – where I got married just a year an a half ago! Lizette and Ernesto also opted to host their reception at the Swedenborgian, in the parish house just behind the church. And how about this: the groom planned the entire thing!

Says the couple, “In Mexico, a band walks behind the bride as she goes into the church, so we wanted to include that tradition. We also made sure to not see each other until the ceremony.”

Centerpieces were arranged in Mexican jarros, purchased at the San Jose Flea Market.

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We chose the church because it was small, intimate, rustic, simple, had a organic feel. The parish house had  the same look and was attached to the church, making it easy for our guests.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Our love for each other and the things we share in common: our culture and heritage, our love of rustic and antique things, and organic and simple things. We also wanted to maintain the feeling of a family get together, just dressed up a bit.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  We started by coming up with an estimate of how much we initially wanted to spend on the event, as well as what our maximum limit was; in our case we wanted to spend about $7,000, but definitely didn’t want to go over $10,000. Next we prioritized our must haves and assigned a portion of our initial total estimate to each item. Although we wanted to stay as close to our initial number, we also felt that quality was the ultimate priority. Therefore in order to hit budget, our next option after deciding to not sacrificing on quality was moving the wedding day to a weekday. Not only were we able to get weekday discounts from various vendors, but our guest list became a little bit more manageable. Additionally, we were lucky enough to have a professional florist in the family that provided the flowers as a wedding gift, so we only ended up spending on the Mexican jarro vases. Once our must-haves were covered, we layered in all the other items by shopping around for our wedding invitations, rentals, and supplies to make our wedding favors.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Always remember that the wedding day is for both of you. A lot of brides have a habit of saying “my wedding” when they should be saying “our wedding.” Make every decision together – what better way to start your marriage off right than working together and being in harmony on your decisions about your wedding. Also, if your family wants to be a part of the wedding and help, you should let them. Lastly, treat your vendors like family and guests because they play a huge role in making your day memorable.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  The groom planned the whole wedding! From Lizette: I trust Ernesto and his decisions. He has great taste and he has a great eye for beautiful, unique and meaningful things. Brides always seem to overshadow the grooms, so in our case I wanted him to feel just as special and proud of his wedding day. From Ernesto: I can never turn down the opportunity to be creative, especially when it puts a smile Lizette’s face. And I did make sure to get her input on all my ideas.

 

Photographer: Christina McNeill / Venue: Swedenborgian Church and Parish House in San Francisco / Bride’s dress: Rin’s Bridal / Bride’s shoes: Menbur / Flower girl dresses: Mariel’s Bridal Boutique / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Flowers: Bella Flor / Music: Mariachi Trio San Jose / Catering: Mexican Taco Party Catering, 510-538-7205 / Cake: Vanilla Moon Bakery / Rentals: A-1 Party Rental

 

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Mood: simple beach prep
Palette: preppy red, seashell white

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Row 1:  red striped sweater from Chance Co. / framed lobster print from Williams-Sonoma / short-sleeved wedding dress, photo by Amelia Lyon  //  Row 2:  glass water bottle with table number tag by U+U Design / bouquet with Sally Holmes roses by Flowerwild, photo by Jose Villa / dipped baskets from Wisteria, similar craft from Martha Stewart / simple three-tiered-wedding cake with red stripes from Real Simple  //  Row 3:  sand and seashell centerpiece from Martha Stewart Weddings / ice cream cones with striped paper wrap styled by Erin Quon, via Santa Barbara Chic / playful map wedding invitation by Ello There

 

I’m such a fan of stripes, and they’re a perfectly preppy pattern to include in a wedding day design. Here, a mostly neutral background is accented with pops of red in the form of striped papers and perhaps a striped table runner. A silkscreened map invitation sets the tone for a low-key destination wedding – perfect for summer, I think! Though this invitation suite would work beautifully, too, for the wedding I’ve imagined here. Glass bowls and jars filled with sand and seashells make for beach-appropriate DIY decor, and ice cream cones add to the playful summer vibe.

 

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

Board #488: Lobster Red and Blueberry Pie
Board #529: Pretty Preppy Stripes
Board #316: Preppy Red & White

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Part Two of this bold and romantic photo shoot! I always love the juxtaposition of completely different styles, and I think the various elements in this shoot achieve a perfect balance between modern boldness and soft, timeless romance.

The letterpress place cards untied to reveal a clever accordion-style menu.

In case you missed it, see Part One right here. And again, a huge thank you to all of the talented people who brought this shoot to life!

 

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Photography: Lisa Lefkowitz / Planning, Design: Laurie Arons / Floral Design: Max Gill / Venue: The Fairmont San Francisco Penthouse Suite / Dress and Veil: Monique Lhuillier / Jewelry: private collection / Hair, makeup: Wallett Luberich / Cake: Emma Cakes / Macarons: Chantal Guillon / Menu placecards: PS Paper / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental / Dinnerware, glassware, and chairs: Hartmann Studios Rentals / Glass candlesticks: Sue Fisher King / Model: Sara with Scout Model & Talent Agency
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Last month I had the pleasure of working with some of my absolute favorite creative people (Laurie Arons, Max Gill, and Lisa Lefkowitz, to name a few!) to bring this gorgeous photo shoot to life. It was an amazing opportunity to see all of the work that goes on behind the scenes to make something so beautiful happen – and now I get to share it with you! I hope you love it as much as I do…

The dining room of The Fairmont San Francisco Penthouse Suite, with it’s dramatic black and white walls, really set the tone for the shoot. Boldly patterned linens accented with clear glass candlesticks and modern Louis Ghost chairs, were softened by romantic peach and orange centerpieces.

Arrangements included tulips, poppies, roses, ranunculus, clematis and kumquats.

The simply elegant dessert table included a variety of macarons (red velvet, orange blossom, Earl Grey, almond amaretto and Tahitian vanilla) and a two-tier cake with both sugar petals and a real rose. For our model, we chose a look that was classic and romantic, but that could also hold its own in such a dramatic venue: head-to-toe lace plus a full-length veil. The black and white bouquet included poppies, anemones, ranunculus, and lily-of-the-valley.

There were so many amazing photos that I couldn’t stop with one post, so check back in for Part Two in a couple hours!

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Photography: Lisa Lefkowitz / Planning, design: Laurie Arons / Floral design: Max Gill, / Venue: The Fairmont San Francisco Penthouse Suite / Dress and veil: Monique Lhuillier / Jewelry: private collection / Hair, makeup: Wallett Luberich / Cake: Emma Cakes / Macarons: Chantal Guillon / Menu placecards: PS Paper / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental / Dinnerware, glassware, and chairs: Hartmann Studios Rentals / Glass candlesticks: Sue Fisher King / Model: Sara with Scout Model & Talent Agency
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