This week involved a lot of catching up on emails and blogging, but I think I’m starting to make a dent. My goal is to set a good schedule for myself, so that I have some time to enjoy the summer, because (and I think anyone who’s self-employed will agree) it’s just so easy to never stop working! So, I’m trying to be a better time manager, to make time for things like the farmers market and art exhibits and trips up or down the coast.

The other thing I want to make time for, and that I’m just so excited about, is starting to plan our wedding ceremony. As much as I’m having fun thinking about all the little design details, choosing readings and music for our ceremony and talking with our officiant about what we want for our wedding really reminds me of why we’re planning this event in the first place, (and it makes me feel not so bummed out about the fact that getting married in December means no garden roses). I’ll probably talk more about all of this more down the road, but for now we’re really just getting started. How are you going about planning your wedding ceremony? Any great readings or resources that I just have to know about?

The other thing I’ve been doing is catching up on my blog reading, so I’ve got loads of links for you to enjoy!

A recipe for radishes in soil.

Custom Scout Books would make the cutest favors.

Charming vintage paper crafts and incredible paper flowers.

Urban picnic.

Green rooftops, via paper tastebuds.

Loving these wedding portraits. And that dress!

Yikes!

Hoping to find rhubarb at the farmers market this weekend (I don’t know about you, but I prefer my rhubarb pie unadulterated. No strawberries, thank you very much.).

Someone please buy this amazing vintage tropical fabulous dress

Love this desert wedding – that last pic is an especially good wedding day reminder.

Poster on a stick, via Twig & Thistle.

A menagerie of clutches, via Kris Atomic.

Computer icons as stationery.

Rugs inspired by the view out your airplane window.

It’s a mod, mod wedding.

A delicious map.

Sunrise engagement shoot.

I really love the chalkboard place mats.

Even though we just spent three days moving cross-country, I’m still thinking my summer needs a road trip.

Cheerful yellow business cards.

I dig The Sartorialist, but this is too funny.

Seersucker invitations are perfect for summer.

These shoes want to live on my feet, via Santa Barbara Chic.

Socks for your bridesmaids.

Is there anything cuter than vintage baby Nikes?

Knots in a frame.

I want one so bad.

Well lovelies, have a wonderful weekend. I hope you get a chance to enjoy some sunshine!

PS – I just remembered something! Tomorrow is our would-be wedding date, if we hadn’t decided to put things on hold. We were planning on getting married at my family’s summer home in Montana, where it’s supposed to storm. Funny how things work out… I think my honey and I will go out for dinner here in San Fran, instead.

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  1. foxflat

    Oh man, I TOTALLY agree about the rhubarb pie haha. A slice of cold leftover rhubarb pie (with crumb topping) and a cup of coffee makes the best summer breakfast. I'm making myself hungry…We're working on the ceremony for our August wedding. The readings are the hardest for me. Do you have any suggestions for good sites? You prolly know of this one (which leads to an awesome repository on indiebride): http://offbeatbride.com/2008/07/wedding-readings

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  2. Darci

    We wrote our own ceremony, and The Wedding Ceremony Planner really helped to get us started. It outlines the flow of a ceremony and its spiritual but not devoted to one religion or another. I would just send you my copy but its all dogeared and highlighted! http://www.amazon.com/Wedding-Ceremony-Planner-Essential-Important/dp/1402203438

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  3. Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife

    I am LOVING your blog. I'm your newest follower, and I'm wishing I could get married, all over again! = )

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  4. GirlWithCurls

    Green Rooftops made it to my facebook page. Desert Wedding made my heart ache for home (Idaho). The Sunrise engagement shoot was GORGEOUS and got passed on to two photographer friends. The pancake bar is an adorable idea and I think I'm doing one this summer for family reunion.Thanks for all the amazing links!

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  5. Chelsea

    I am doing the same thing, KAthryn! I've got a new schedule so I can enjoy the summer and I am cutting down extracurricular work activities! life balance is SO important and so easy to forget as small business owners.I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. Janice Carnevale

    I'd be happy to share with you our wedding ceremony. I had to write ti from scratch. Also, the best reading I've ever heard (and as a planner I've heard a few) is from The Velveteen Rabbit :)

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  7. Kathryn

    Darci, I just put that book in my shopping cart – thanks for the tip! Foxflat, I had no idea about the Indiebride reading repository – amazing! Thanks for the help – anyone else who might have some input or insight on planning your ceremony, I'd love to hear it.

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  8. kbatty

    We added a special reading, called The Blessing of Hands, to our ceremony. It was read after the homily & before our vows, but I think you could incorporate it anyway you'd like. Here is the link! If it doesn't work, I also have a copy of it that I can email. Literally half of our guests asked for a copy of it after the wedding. http://www.chicagomarriage.com/romantic_readings.htm#Hands

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  9. Sasha {Everything Fabulous}

    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!!

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  10. Aliza Werner

    I was so excited to read your post about planning the ceremony! So many people get caught up in the party afterward that the ceremony becomes an afterthought. My hubby and I just got married this past summer, and I spent countless hours planning the ceremony so that it felt like "our" wedding ceremony, not a "drive thru" (the phrase we coined) event.My best advice for planning the ceremony is to mix new/unique/"you" elements in with tradition. It's meaningful to personalize and create parts, but also to know that some elements are timeless traditions done for ages. Also, don't fall into the trap of feeling like you HAVE to do something (i.e. walk down the aisle to the Wedding March or Canon in D) because everyone else has. Put a twist on tradition. We are an interfaith couple, so instead of a unity candle or sand, we did a plant watering ceremony using a jade plant. We wrote our vows, picked unique readings and music, and designed programs. We included as many family and friends as we could, and thanked many more in our programs. A friend created our chuppah cover out of fabric squares decorated by fam and friends! Last piece of advice…get a phenomenal musician. Our guitar player blew the crowd away with his vocals as we walked down the aisle. All I can remember is hearing his voice and seeing my groom at the end of the aisle! Good luck in planning and be in the moment when it comes!

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  11. chris.masson

    Funny how things work out! Firm believer in what's for you wont go by you!!Look forward to hearing more as you get involved with planning!Clairhttp://www.wedding-inspiration.com

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  12. Kimberly

    Thought you might like this idea for your ceremony… The Hands Ceremony[Bride's name] and [Groom's name], Please face each other and take each others hands, so that you may see the gift that they are to you.These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow and forever.These are the hands that will work along side yours as together you build your future.These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other.These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief temporarily comes your way.These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow and tears of joy.These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.These are the hands that will give you support and encouragement to chase down your dreams.These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times.These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.These are the hands that will lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into eyes that are filled with overwhelming love for you.And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.:)

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  13. Jessica

    WOW!! I must say, that the hands ceremony words made me all choked up. I wish I had found that when I got married!Hi Kathryn, I just found your blog and must say what a page to fall on. I got married in November, just after the time change … so not only was it dark but it rained so it was cold as well :) FUN! I do have to say though, I got beautiful pictures of my husband and I under an umbrella, standing in front of an old fashioned car near the hall's Victorian styled street lamps. There are also images that captured the falling raindrops. So, don't be deterred from December's weather. You could have gorgeous pictures of the two of you in the snow having a snow ball fight … LOL :)The best advice I can give would be to just be yourselves. All my life I wanted to personalize my wedding vows, however, when the time came the traditional ones were what we went for. There is something to be said about standing in front of God and reciting in his promises.We made it ours, by having my husband's band-mate play the Acoustic and sing as I walked down the isle. Then we played a punk version of "Walking on Sunshine" as we walked out (we are not punk but liked the song). My husband's brother, who's a missionary pastor, did our communion and we opted out of everything else.All-in-all, the whole thing could fall apart. Things did for us, but it didn't matter because I was marrying my best friend, companion and forever soul mate!

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  14. chandra

    We basically wrote our ceremony (vows, words during ring exchange, etc.) and one of our readings was what I think marriage is all about. It was called "Why Marriage" by Mari Nichols-Haining. I highly recommend it! Enjoy the planning!!!

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  15. Jessica

    Here is a reading that I instantly fell in love with:From "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" by Louis de Bernieres:Love is a temporary madness; it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is.Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not thepromulgation of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.

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