Photo: Debra Gulbas
It’s Friday! Before you head out for the weekend, here are some of my favorite links from this week. Enjoy!
Cocktails made with herb simple syrups.
The selfie that crashed Twitter.
Would love to try all of these yummies from The Marshmallowists.
Minty fold-up flats feel like Spring!
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Meredith Heuer takes the sort of photos you’d want to frame and hang on a wall. Photos you want to have around you and see every day and show off to anyone who comes by. Truly, take a look at this beautiful Oyster Bay wedding that Meredith sent over… you’ll see exactly what I mean…
The bride wore a custom gown by Samuelle Couture, paired with a wreath of seeded eucalyptus atop her head.
Says the bride, “The church ceremony was light and loving and in memory of my father. We walked down the aisle to ‘All You Need Is Love’ by The Beatles. Our dachshund Balloon waited in the Oeuf, our little yellow 1957 Isetta, and joined us on the trip back to the house for the reception.”
The bride’s mother wore an emerald green gown, echoing the color of the groom’s custom linen bow tie.
Dinner and dancing was held under a Sperry sailcloth tent.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? My parents were married here 30 years earlier. It is such a beautiful spot on the point with incredible water views. The house is where my mother and her siblings grew up and it has such history.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We wanted the weekend to feel full of tradition but with a relaxed air. A mix of the classic and the bohemian.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? It’s hard to pick one thing. The dramatic weather. From the moment we woke up the skies were a mix of bright September sunlight and dark gray and blue cumulus clouds. There was a breeze and it felt like the calm before the storm all day. It didn’t rain until very late at night when the DJ was playing on the patio and we all went outside and danced in the rain. During the day the girls spent time getting hair and makeup done while the boys when swimming in Oyster Bay. It was a relaxed day and so fun to be in a house full of your best friends.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? To relax and smile – you have done all the work and now it is time to enjoy the day. Things will go wrong but by the time they do it will not matter.
What advice do you have for other brides? After the ceremony you should take a moment alone with your husband to let it all sink in. All the months of planning you have done is now unfolding before you and it’s time to enjoy being together with family and friends and being married!
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Our first dance was You Are The Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne and then we had the band invite everyone to the dance floor for September by Earth, Wind & Fire which really set off the night right because it was the 21st night of September and the last day of summer. There was a harvest moon that night and it was at eye level glistening over the water while we were seated for dinner.
When you’ve chosen one of the most breathtakingly beautiful venues for your wedding, you can keep the details simple and let the place speak for itself. That’s exactly what Catherine and Marcus did at their June wedding at Sea Ranch Lodge, and Leah McCormick (a Snippet & Ink Select vendor!) captured some utterly enviable shots of their day… this is just a sampling, so be sure to visit the gallery for the whole shebang!
The bride’s favorite part of the day? “The whole thing! Especially the ceremony, when the officiant had the entire group laughing.”
Says the bride: “We kept things minimal because the natural setting is incredibly beautiful.”
As often happens on the Northern California coast in June, the day had moments of both sun and fog.
“Bridesmaids and flower girls helped cut hearts from maps of San Francisco and France where we’ve lived,” says Catherine. “We named the tables accordingly: Church Street, Vallejo, etc.”
Canapés included Point Reyes Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad in an Endive Leaf; Vegetable Dumplings with Ginger Soy Essence; Mini Crab Cakes with Roasted Lemon Aioli; and Rosemary Lamb Skewers with Dijon Mayonnaise. The cake was vanilla coconut cake filled with lemon curd, fresh raspberries and raspberry jam.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? It’s gorgeous. We loved the remote, raw setting, and thought it would be a perfect location to focus on family and friends. It also allowed us to keep all activities in the same location, but in different settings (bluffs, barn, tent, fireplace lounge, etc.). We had guests traveling from many different places, and doing this cut down on travel time during the weekend, clearing schedules for spontaneous encounters and outings.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We wanted it to be naturally beautiful, comfortable, and a little free form.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Don’t be hard on yourself as you plan. Only you will know if a design element doesn’t make it to the big day, and everyone is going to be happy no matter what.
What advice do you have for other brides? Stay focused on what matters.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? It’s not fun to budget, but it’s necessary. Be realistic and creative about what you can do.