Monthly Archives: May 2013

This is truly a happy weekend post! Kathryn and Ryan welcomed their baby girl this week and the whole family is happy and healthy. As Kathryn heads into baby-landia (her word, can’t take credit), I will be taking over Happy Weekend posts. Don’t worry, I’m sure she will pop back in every so often with updates on life with Baby Girl Grady. My first post of Friday links includes new found gems, as well as a few tried and true places on the web I find myself revisiting all the time. Do you have any websites or blogs you can’t get enough of? Or maybe a video you’ve watched more times than you’re willing to admit?

Meet baby Caroline! How beautiful is she?

A “must pack” item for your next summer adventure - soaps to go! Such a genius idea  made even better with beautiful packaging!

Can’t you see these fun pins as bridesmaid gifts or shower favors? I especially like “ice cream aficionado”…

I love any kind of ballet, but this bird ballet is something else…

I’ll admit, I’m an obsessive desktop background changer. This background from the Design Love Fest Dress Your Tech series is fun AND functional.

Check out these DIY Projects – Rope Edition round up from Apartment Therapy.

Bet you didn’t know there were this many expressions of espresso! Via Fast Co. Design

If you’re a DIY bride, you’ll love these envelope addressing tips! (This post goes along nicely with our 50 of the best fonts for weddings invites post this week! Fancy that!)

Can you imagine stumbling across this geode art project? Via Knot and Bow

Still Motion has such a way of telling stories through their wedding cinema. One of my favorites.

Have you ever played around with the Adobe Kuler tool? Could be an awesome way to pick the perfect color palette for your wedding?

P.S. Thank you for having me, I’m excited to be here! – Shanley

 

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How about a little trip to Scotland for this beautiful wedding from Ed Peers? And not to give anything away, but wait until you see the bride’s shoes…

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Not every bride could pull off these incredible feathered shoes, but Jen sure does!

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The groom and his attendants wore traditional kilts.

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Before moving to a tent for dinner, guests mingled in the garden for cocktail hour.

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There’s something so wonderful about the juxtaposition of these romantic blush dresses and the red hens!

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  I’d always dreamed of marrying at my parents backyard, but given they live in a condo in Miami, that wasn’t going to happen. My husband is Scottish so once we landed on a wedding in Scotland, Greywalls stood out to us, because we could rent out the entire place for exclusive use and treat it as our home for the weekend, it also had a beautiful garden, spectacular food, outstanding service and was relatively close to an international airport, which meant all our friends from the States could get there easily.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The movie Father of the Bride, and garden and country weddings.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  The ceilidh and seeing all of our friends and family join together on the dance floor

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Don’t try to please everyone. And take a moment during the day to really appreciate it all.

What advice do you have for other brides?  The best decision we made was to hire a wedding coordinator. They were amazing during and eliminated any decision making on the day-of as everything was planned to a T before the wedding. Also know that planning can get stressful but it is all worth it to see your family and friends gather for one day in your honor.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  We carried 150 Momofuku blueberry and cornflake cookies to Scotland as a wedding favor to all our guests. This made the whole day feel more personal and we were able to share our favorite New York treats with all our friends and family in Scotland.

 

See all of the photos from this romantic Scotland wedding in the gallery.

Photographer: Ed Peers / Event Planner: Litu Scotland / Venue, Catering: Greywalls Hotel and Chez Roux in Muirfield, Scotland / Dress: Jenny Packham / Shoes: Brian Atwood / Kilt: Kinloch Anderson / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Stationery: Ellas Paper / Floral Designer: Astrantia Floral Passion / Rentals: Cheviot Marquee / Favors: Momofuku Blueberry & Cornflake Cookies
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Last year we did a post on 50 of our favorite fonts, and it was such a hit that we thought we’d round up another 50 awesome fonts – and this time, all of them are free for personal use! From invites to menus to favor labels, any of your DIY wedding projects can benefit from a fabulous font…

Aerolite CP / Amatic SC / Archistico / Birmingham / Brannboll Fet / CAC Champagne / Castro Script / Centeria Script / Champagne & Limousines / Champignon

Clipper Script / Coneria Script / Contribute / Cursif / Cylburn / Dancing Script / Ecolier / Espacio / Fontleroy Brown / Freebooter Script

Grand Hotel / Hand Shop Typography / Henry Rodeo Circus / Housegrind / Janda Elegant Handwriting / Janda Stylish Script / Jenna Sue / La Belle Aurore / Learning Curve Pro / Lighthouse

Little Days / Mardian / Masterics / Matchbook / Mountains of Christmas / Nautik / Nickelodeon / Pacifico / Parisienne / Pompiere

Ranger / Ribbon / Riddle / Sail / Sofia / Some Weatz / Southern Aire / Suilly la Tour / Windsor Hand / Wonderlust

 

We’d love to know how you’re using fab fonts in your wedding projects – and did we miss any of your favorite free fonts? Share them in the comments!

Please note: Most of these fonts are free for personal use only. Many of them also accept optional donations to support the designers.
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When we saw Heather and Christian’s gorgeous San Francisco wedding in Martha Stewart Weddings, we just had to see more! Lisa Lefkowitz kindly shared some of her beautiful photos with us…

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Something so sweet and elegant about classic white bridal shoes.

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Heather carried a bouquet made entirely of white sweet peas, tied with a pink striped ribbon.

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The couple chose a soft summer palette of pale yellow, gold, wheat, and clean white. Their guests rang tiny bells as the newlyweds walked back down the aisle.

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Says the bride, “We wanted the wedding to have a vintage and elegant feel without being too formal. Our wedding outfits fit the bill. I was giddy in my Oscar de la Renta tulle and silk organza applique sweetheart neck natural-waist ball gown. Christian beamed in an Armani peaked lapel tuxedo.”

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The newlyweds toasted with their respective signature cocktails: a peach bellini and a vodka martini.

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Instead of numbers, each table was assigned a type of flower, such as sweet pea and freesia. Guests knew where to sit with the help of escort cards tied to the stem of that particular bloom.

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From the bride: “Our cake had a whimsical and natural cascade of pastel pink, orange, and gold sugar hydrangea petals, topped with a handcrafted sugar gazebo containing the small porcelain German figurine.”

A silhouette artist added to the fun, cutting portraits of guests on the spot!

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From the Bride & Groom:

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  I never dreamed of my wedding day growing up, so when Christian and I got engaged, I had no idea what I wanted our wedding to look like. We ultimately fell in love with the James Leary Flood Mansion. Since we met and dated in San Francisco, the venue, with its bay views and classic early 20th century San Francisco architecture, seemed like a natural choice.

What inspired you when you were planning?  The venue really set the tone for the entire wedding. We wanted decor that highlighted the Mansion’s dramatic architecture and historical features. Also, having been a florist for five years, I’ve seen my share of mixed bouquets. So, we opted for a single type of white flower per vase. The arrangements included lush hydrangea, fragrant sweet pea, dense garden roses, playful snapdragon, and more, accented with lemons, limes, and gold ribbon.

From wedding planner Kathryn Kalabokes of Dream A Little Dream Events:  When I first met with Heather and Christian, they said the three most important elements were family and friends, the little details, and that it was fun. Not only were Heather and Christian surrounded by the love of their family and friends, but everyone noticed all the little details, and the night ended with dancing to a wonderful swing band. Heather and Christian both put so much thought into making this wedding amazing for their guests, and there is no question that they succeeded!

 

See all of Heather and Christian’s elegant Flood Mansion wedding in the gallery.

Photographer: Lisa Lefkowitz / Event Planner: Dream A Little Dream Events / Venue: James Leary Flood Mansion in San Francisco, California / Floral Designer: Sharla Flock / Hair, Makeup: Sherrie Long / Catering: Knights Catering / Cake: Cake Coquette / Officiant: Minister Maggie / Lighting: Got Light? / Musicians: Stompy JonesSynchronicity Strings / Transportation: Classic Cable Car / Silhouette Artist: Cut Arts
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