Monthly Archives: August 2012

Amy and Alex just celebrated their first anniversary, which makes it extra fun to feature their wedding today. Plus it’s lovely to have photographer Polly Alexandre back for a visit!

The traditional church ceremony took place in London’s Dulwich Village.

Amy and Alex had a little adventure after their ceremony. Says Amy, “After the ceremony, Alex and I raced off ahead to meet Polly in a vintage navy blue 1958 Bentley SI. Alex and I had spotted one on a garage forecourt one afternoon and just knew that it was the car for us. Unfortunately, we didn’t arrive at the venue in it – we arrived in an armored police van instead, with a dozen policeman! Our car ground to a halt outside the Houses of Parliament and the police came to our rescue instead. Tourists cheered and clapped us on our way. We arrived at our reception venue in style with a dozen policemen, and a great story to tell everyone.”

Centerpieces mirrored the bride’s bouquet: textural green flowers and foliage including hydrangeas, viburnum, chrysanthemum and seed pods.

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We chose the venue because it had a fabulous roof terrace with lots of lush green plants. Alex particularly loved this space as he is a landscape architect and loves being outdoors. We were also getting married in mid-August and we wanted our guests to have the opportunity to enjoy some of the great British summer sun if it happened to fall on our wedding day – the roof terrace had a roll on/roll off roof so even if it rained we would be able to use the space. The venue was also in central London, which is where we wanted to be, since it was easy for everyone to get to.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  There were so many memories from the day. The first was arriving at the church – I was so very nervous and had found the rehearsal tough and extremely emotional. I was fraught with nerves. As my father walked me to the entrance of the church, I had a quick peak round the church door to see if everyone was there, and they were. I instantly went from feeling anxious to excited and elated and I almost ran down the aisle to meet Alex.

What advice do you have for other brides?  It’s an overwhelming and emotional day that goes so very quickly, I think that the most important thing a bride and groom can do is to steal a few moments away on their own at some point during the day and to try and capture a moment to take everything in.



Photographer: Polly Alexandre / Venue: Century Club in Soho, London / Bride’s Dress: Lusan Mandongus / Bridesmaid Dress: Caroline Couture / Groom’s Attire: Suit Supply / Flowers: Jane Packer / Cake: Abigail Bloom Cake Company / Vintage Bentley: Ashley Wedding Cars / Transportation: Traditional Travel


Happy anniversary Amy and Alex!

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Mood: rustic, refined abundance
Palette: green, plum, black, white

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Row 1: bowl centerpiece with purple artichokes and plums by Amy Osaba, photo by Jose Villa for Once Wed / black and white gingham necktie from J.Crew / oak leaf and daisy garlands from Michelle Rago / chalkboard art sign by Dana Tanamachi   //  Row 2: dress photo by Yazy Jo via Elizabeth Anne Designs / square wedding cake with stone fruit, photo by Jose Villa for Once Wed / barn wedding with party lights, photo by Jose Villa / wedding guest in black and white dress from Martha Stewart Weddings  //  Row 3: garden letterpress invitation by Ceci New York / baskets of seasonal fruit and vegetables, photo by Karen Mordechai for Sunday Suppers, calligraphy by Paperfinger / miniature blackberry pies from Martha Stewart  //  Row 4: Lyon’s Farmette photo by Alison Vagnini / dark purple boutonnieres by Flowerwild, photo by Jose Villa / black and white gingham tablecloth, table styled by Coty Farquhar


My baby sister is getting married! She seems set on doing most of the planning on her own, but she did give me a little direction so I could work on an inspiration board for her. They’ve picked Lyon’s Farmette in Colorado as their venue, and the date is set for about a year from now, so I went with a “late summer bounty” theme. Lots of deep purple fruit, foliage, and black and white gingham to keep things playful. You’ll probably be seeing a couple more inspiration boards made with Lora’s wedding in mind – hopefully she’ll end up using one of them!


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

Board #384: Gingham in the Garden
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Blue Hill at Stone Barns is such a special place, which is exactly why Rachel and Charlie chose it for their intimate 60-person wedding.

Says Rachel, “Blue Hill at Stone Barns is the perfect combination of city and country. We spend our weekdays in Manhattan and our weekends in the Hudson River Valley in Garrison, New York. Stone Barns is situated right in the middle – a 45 minute drive up river from NYC and 40 minutes south of Garrison. The first time we had dinner there I told Charlie, ‘I want to get married here!’ and he said, ‘Then we will!’ And that was pretty much the story.”

Rachel on including traditions in their wedding: “Charlie is Episcopalian and I was raised Jewish, so it was important that we have traditions from both religions incorporated in the ceremony. Frank, the Episcopal priest who officiated, suggested we conclude the ceremony in the Jewish tradition by sharing a sip of wine and breaking the glass with a collective ‘Mazel tov!’ The mix of our traditions was just right, and after we smooched, we walked down the aisle to our own private moment in the herb garden.”

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and seasonal passed hors d’oeuvres before moving inside for dinner, including such creative items as a cube of “vichyssoise.”

Rachel is just one of the sweetest brides I’ve ever heard from! Here, she tells the story of her wedding to Charlie:

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The location was the greatest source of inspiration for us. We wanted our wedding to be intimate, relaxed, elegant and romantic. “Made with Love” is a phrase Charlie and I use all the time to describe the things we do for each other or experience together, and everything at Blue Hill is absolutely made with love. It was important to us that the wedding be very personal: small and non-traditional, no bridesmaids or groomsmen, but very beautiful, in a formal setting where our guests would feel welcome and comfortable, and enjoy outstanding food and drink.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  A series of different snapshots run through my head when I think of a favorite moment that day. I loved walking arm in arm with my dad and looking up and seeing Charlie looking so handsome standing up in the front, smiling, waiting for me. I loved getting hair and makeup done upstairs in the beautiful hayloft with my sweet friend who flew all the way from Hawaii, my beautiful new step-daughter and my mom. And I loved looking at our stylish guests mingling on the garden patio as the sun was setting.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice we both received was to be in the moment. It sounds simple, but making the concerted effort to connect with your partner often throughout the day and evening – sharing private stolen moments, making eye contact or sharing a giggle or a secret together. These are the moments that will stay with us forever.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Just embrace the fact that complications will arise, and try to relax and plan to be around calming friends as much as possible. Also, don’t over-think things – keep things stylishly simple.


Signature Cocktail: Celery Tarragon Margarita  //  First Course: This Morning’s Farm Egg with Greenhouse Greens and Herbs  //  Second Course: Maine Lobster with Pistou of Spring Vegetables  //  Third Course: Loin of Beef with Broccoli Rabe, Sugar Snap Peas and Tarragon Pesto  //  Dessert: Momofuku Milk Bar Wedding Cake (Bottom Layer of Chocolate Malt Cake, Malt Fudge, Malted Milk Crumbs, and Charred Marshmallow / Middle Layer of Pretzel Cake Stout Ganache with Burnt Honey Frosting and Pretzel Crumbs / Top Layer of Chocolate Chip Cake with Passion Fruit Curd, Chocolate Crumbs and Coffee Buttercream)

Photographer: Erik Ekroth / Venue, Catering: Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico, New York / Officiant: Reverend Frank Geer of St. Philip’s Church in the Highlands / Bride’s Dress, Shoes: Lanvin / Bride’s Hair: Ryan Cotton / Groom’s Attire: Lanvin / Wedding Rings: Phoenix Roze / Stationery, Calligraphy: Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls / Letterpress: Milkfed Press / Flowers: Saipua / Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar
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Since it would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday this week, and since I’m seeing her all over my television, I thought this pic was fitting for today. Gosh she was funny!

via Vanity Fair


Have a happy weekend, friends! Here are some fun links to send you off!

Giant peanut butter cup.

From the couch of… that’s about right for a blogger.

Flower happy save-the-date.

Beyonce has a tumblr, and I love it! via i suwannee

Sweet gold bunting.

Printable recipe cards would make such a cute shower favor.

What do you think of this lacy manicure? Whimsical or cheesy?

And these maps would make a great gift for the traveler in your life.

Congratulations Camille!

And congrats to A Bryan Photo on ten years!

San Francisco brides! Don’t miss the Unveiled event on Sunday!


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