Ryan and I (okay, Ryan) started making a dent in clearing out the second bedroom we’ve been using for storage and that we plan on turning into a nursery, so that project will likely continue over the weekend. What about you guys? Any home projects you’re working on these days?

Whoa $6000 copper bike, via Design Mom.

What would be your perfect day?

Loving this farm to table inspiration shoot.

Sweet little Valentines.

Everything about these invites makes me happy.

Peek-a-boo lace socks.

Best plant-able cards I’ve seen yet.

One line art.

I want these chocolates for the packaging alone.

I’m so sad to be missing Alt Summit this year! Ez made a great survival guide if you’re lucky enough to be attending.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

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If you loved Sharon and Adam’s wedding, then you’ll love today’s feature – another stunning celebration at San Ysidro Ranch, this one from my dear friend Elizabeth Messina. It’s also being featured in the latest issue of Magnolia Rouge, so be sure to check that out as well!

The bride wore a lace dress by Rivini that she found just a month before the wedding: “The dress was perfect – the problem?” she says. “The wedding was in one month and there was not enough time to order a dress! The stars were aligned for me that day – the sample was in perfect condition and only needed minor alterations.”

Mindy Rice designed all of the romantic floral decor. Says Tiffany, “I knew I wanted a soft and romantic ambience for the wedding and ceremony. Mindy Rice truly helped to make that vision come true through her floral and event design.”

This bride is a girl after my own heart – her favorite details from the day? “The cake! When I close my eyes, I can still taste the fresh berries and lemon! To be honest, my husband and I couldn’t wait the full year to eat the top layer of the cake. I think we ended up only waiting one day!”

How much are you loving these romantic details? Then you won’t want to miss Joel Serrato’s 8mm of the day:


You can see so much more from Tiffany and Peter’s gorgeous garden wedding in the gallery.

Photographer: Elizabeth Messina / Videographer: Joel Serrato Films / Venue, Catering: San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California / Planner: Soigne Productions / Floral Designer: Mindy Rice / Bride’s Dress: Rivini / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair, Makeup: Team Hair & Makeup / Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan / Groom’s Attire: Mission Tuxedos / Stationery: Lazaro Press / Music: Ybarra Music / Ceremony Pew Rentals: Found Rentals / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Lighting: Ambient Event
  • Classic Garden Wedding at San Ysidro Ranch

    17 January 2013
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    With all of our focus on how to make your wedding special, we thought it was time to highlight some ways to make your marriage awesome, too. Introducing “Snapshot of a Marriage,” a new series from contributor Emily Westbrooks, who interviews couples on some of their secrets for a strong and successful marriage.

    When Margery was a senior in high school, she worked in the camera department of a Missouri drugstore. Gary, a police officer at the time, stopped in one day and kept coming back. He claimed he was “shopping for a camera,” but soon he worked up the courage to ask Margery for a date.

    Margery ended her senior year with a whirlwind month: In May, 1958, she turned 18 on the 2nd, graduated from high school on the 18th, and got married on the 24th. Their  wedding photographer worked at a local newspaper, and they paid him $20 for their 11 black and white photos. Says Gary, “It’s the best twenty dollars I ever spent.”

    Two years after they were married, Gary joined the military and the couple moved from a small town in Missouri to Camp Pendleton in California. Away from home and family for the first time, Margery and Gary learned to depend on each other. And they continued to depend on each other through many months apart, when Gary served three tours in Vietnam. Margery said that though she and Gary only spoke once or twice on the phone during that time, “He wrote every day.” Gary explains it was simply “Because I missed her.”

    He missed her so much that he remembers the moment in 1964 when he returned from a thirteen month tour in Okinawa and finally saw Margery. He recalls the vivid memory of meeting and embracing on a street corner and says, “She would not let me go.”

    Once the couple was back together again, Margery said the hardest adjustment was getting used to making decisions as a team again. For so long, she made decisions for the family and “gave the kids their orders.” But with time, they began making those decisions together again.

    Fifty-four years later, Margery and Gary now spend most of their time together, taking long cross-country trips in their RV and visiting their grandkids and great-grandkids. Gary’s piece of advice for newlyweds? “Try to say I love you every night.”

    Photo by Sonya Yruel.

    SNAPSHOT SUBMISSIONS  Do you know a married couple whose relationship you admire? Or maybe you’re married and want to share your words of wisdom! We’re now accepting submissions from couples who have been married for ten years or longer. Email Emily at emily@fromchinavillage.com with your first names, how long you’ve been married, and a few sentences about why you’d like to be interviewed for our Snapshot of a Marriage series.
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