Today I have a fun two-part feature for you! First up, Stephanie and Tyler’s yummy rehearsal dinner in the Napa Valley. Guests were served mini bottles of Ma(i)sonry wine as they arrived, and enjoyed other boutique wines, the bride and groom’s favorite Aperol spritz cocktails, and small plates of Italian dishes and charcuterie.

Stop back in just a bit for this couple’s gorgeous black tie wedding!

Photographer: Jose Villa / Planner: Laurie Arons Special Events / Venue: Ma(i)sonry in Yountville, California / Catering: Paula Le Duc Fine Catering
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Today’s cheerful farewell brunch comes to us from Calder Clark Designs and photographer Jeremy Harwell – I just love seeing all this yellow in the middle of winter! Whether you’re hosting a farewell brunch, or considering a brunch reception for the main event, there’s plenty of inspiration here.

Guests enjoyed lawn bowling and cornhole (or bean bag toss).

Pale blue hydrangea were a nice accent to the bright citrus palette.

The brunch buffet included all the favorites: seasonal fruit with yogurt, house-made croissants and breads, pancakes, Baker’s Mill Creek heirloom cheddar grits, scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon. Guests also enjoyed mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Guests could also opt for a to-go box, with a choice of buttermilk biscuit sandwiches and a fruit cup.

 

See more details from this preppy yellow brunch in the gallery.

Photographer: Harwell Photography / Planner: Calder Clark Designs / Venue, Catering: Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, North Carolina / Floral and Fabric Production Team: Blossoms Events / Rentals: DC Rental / Tenting: Skyline Tent Company / Linens: La Tavola / Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper / Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones / Transportation: Elite Limousine / Band: County Farm
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  • Preppy Farewell Brunch with Sunny Details

    22 January 2013
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    Every year, the talented Mindy Rice hosts a festive wreath-making party to get into the holiday spirit. This time, Elizabeth Messina captured it on film for Santa Barbara Magazine, and for us! Minday also shared some details about the event: I live in a valley that is full of beautiful, creative friends and an overdose of nature. It’s so easy to let time to fly by, especially during the holidays, so about three years ago, I invited my local girlfriends to an early winter wreath party. I hold the party at my dear friend Michelle deWerd’s home as she has a beautiful barn as a back up in case of rain.

    Each of my guests was asked to scour their properties for beautiful foliage and organic elements that would last the season. I think many were surprised by how much was available right out side their doors. People brought olive branches, oak, walnuts, pine, bay leaf, dried hydrangea, grapevine, fresh succulents – you name it! I often display all the foliage in front of the barn – buckets and baskets brimming with goodies cause a stir as everyone arrives!

    My dear cow friend, Ferdie, came to the party this year sporting her own necklace of fresh pine.

    I supplied each guest with an apron, clippers and hand-calligraphed name tags (that everyone tied on their wreaths at the end).

    I provided wreath forms, clippers, base foliage, fresh oranges, vintage millinery leaves and oodles of ribbons that I collected throughout the year.

    The party is scheduled for the late morning into the lunch hour as I like to offer sandwiches that everyone can enjoy during their crafting time! Every year I serve the same thing: chicken curry sandwiches on a French roll, classic egg salad served on Mom’s whole wheat, and grilled winter vegetables on ciabatta. The sandwiches are wrapped in brown butcher paper and slipped into a burlap bag with a calligraphed label.

    For beverages I always offer L.A. Burdick hot chocolate with fresh whipped cream, and for dessert, mini pecan butter tarts.

    Isn’t this a brilliant way to celebrate the season?! And everyone takes home a beautiful wreath to decorate their door. (I also love the red aprons with the Provençal print.) Thank you Mindy and Elizabeth for sharing this fun party with us!

     

    See lots more pics from this creative holiday wreath party right here.

    Photographer: Elizabeth Messina / Concept, Design: Mindy Rice Floral and Event Design / Custom Paper Tags: Lazaro Press / Hot Chocolate: L.A. Burdick
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  • Holiday Wreath-Making Party with Mindy Rice

    11 December 2012
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    Thanksgiving week seemed like the perfect chance to highlight one of the most important – yet oft-overlooked – elements of any wedding or party: the food! Earlier this year, the talented team at RoomForty (“a restaurant without walls” as they call themselves) served up a ten-course tasting experience for some of LA’s wedding industry, to prove that there’s no reason wedding food has to be mediocre…

    I just love how dramatic this “tray” is – as Steve Fortunato at RoomForty explained to me, serving an incredible meal isn’t just about preparing delicious food, but also about creating a memorable experience. What could be more important for your wedding?

    Guests went home with the fixin’s for a “Salad for Two.”

     

    Big thanks to Steve Fortunato and photographer Ryan Garvin for sharing this yummy event with us – learn more about this “Edible Audit” over on the RoomForty blog. Also, you can view the entire menu right here.

     

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    Photographer: Ryan Garvin / Event Planner: Sterling Engagements / Floral Designer: Shawna Yamamoto / Music: Roger Espinoza / Venue: Vibiana in Los Angeles / Invitations: Prim & Pixie / Linens: Designer Specialty Linens / Stylist: Lindsay Stetson
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    One of the reasons I love featuring rehearsal dinners is that they’re inevitably more relaxed than weddings, and that laid back feeling is something I’d love to see at more wedding receptions! To inspire you today, Amory and Marc’s gorgeous August rehearsal dinner in Maine…

    Amory shared some details about the day:  In planning our wedding, we thought most about our friends’ and family’s weekend in Maine, and giving them an experience that captured all that Maine offered. We couldn’t think of a more perfect place than my parents’ home to welcome everyone to Maine. Whenever we come home to visit my parents, my mom plans a huge dinner with a house full of friends and neighbors, a delicious meal, and cocktails overlooking the ocean in the fresh salt air. We tried to create this feeling for the rehearsal dinner – friends, family, lobster, BBQ, and (luckily) a beautiful Maine summer day.

    I love these drink stirrers that Amory made with striped paper straws and Washi tape!

    Guests could help themselves to fresh popcorn.

    The dinner menu was printed directly on paper table runners: lobster, barbecue chicken, pulled pork, sausage, cole slaw, beans, sangria, wine, beer, and whoopie pies for dessert.

    Sugar-lime cookies were packaged in blue striped bags so guests could enjoy them or take them home for later. Guests also enjoyed croquet and driving golf balls off the rocks.

    Amory’s advice for other brides? “It’s going to be an amazing weekend, so don’t forget to look around and soak it all in.”

     

    Vendors

    Photography: Moss + Isaac / Tent: Sperry Tents / Amory’s dress: Mason by Michelle Mason / Marc’s attire: J.Crew / Table runners: Paulina Reyes / Wine glasses, napkins: IKEA / Barbecue: Harvey’s Sebago Lake Smokehouse / Lobster: Ready Seafood / Whoopie Pies: Amato’s

     

    Congratulations Amory and Marc, and Happy Anniversary!

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