by Ed Peers
Since it would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday this week, and since I’m seeing her all over my television, I thought this pic was fitting for today. Gosh she was funny!
via Vanity Fair
Have a happy weekend, friends! Here are some fun links to send you off!
Giant peanut butter cup.
From the couch of… that’s about right for a blogger.
Flower happy save-the-date.
Sweet gold bunting.
Printable recipe cards would make such a cute shower favor.
What do you think of this lacy manicure? Whimsical or cheesy?
And these maps would make a great gift for the traveler in your life.
And congrats to A Bryan Photo on ten years!
San Francisco brides! Don’t miss the Unveiled event on Sunday!
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Don’t you just love a man in a tux? Janie and Jason’s South Carolina wedding is just full of classic elegance, including tuxedos, calligraphy, and a confetti sendoff…
Welcome bags included a custom watercolor map of Columbia. Says Janie, “Robin Egg Blue Baskets is my aunt’s Southern gift basket company. She illustrated the map for us as part of our wedding gift, which made this detail very meaningful.” Jute tote bags from Go Jute.
A favorite part of the day? “Our church only performs weddings at a certain time (2:30 on Saturdays), but we really wanted a night-time reception. So, we ended up having about a 2-hour gap in between, and we decided to use this time to take some photos. My brother and sister offered to stay with us and help out during our bride and groom photos, and after taking some pictures at a quaint bar/cafe, the four of us had time to relax and enjoy a drink before heading to the reception. Because my brother and sister live a few states away, I cherished this rare opportunity to just hang out and laugh with them, and enjoy a moment with my new husband! We both look back on this unplanned ‘break’ as our favorite part of the day. What we thought was an inconvenient gap in our wedding day timeline, turned out to be a blessing.”
In addition to an Italian Cream wedding cake, guests enjoyed English toffee from Morgan Price Candy Company in Decatur, Alabama. Says the bride, “This quaint candy shop with handmade chocolates, candies, and gift baskets has been a staple of my hometown for 25 years. My mom works at the shop, and I wanted to share this piece of home with our guests, so we had English toffee, the company’s most popular candy, out on the dessert table at our reception.”
Some details from the bride:
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Even though most of my family lives in Alabama, we chose to have our wedding in Columbia, South Carolina (my groom’s home state), because it is where we met and currently live. We knew it would make planning the event much easier and would allow us to share a part of our lives and some of our local favorites with our friends and family. Jason and I feel that our faith is the most important thing we share, so we knew we wanted to be married in a church. The beautiful and historic Catholic church where we are members was the perfect place to begin our married life.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? With no shortage of gorgeous wedding inspiration available in magazines, websites and blogs (such as this!), I found myself overwhelmed at times. So many great ideas out there and so many directions one could go. In fact, for me, it was more difficult to narrow down my inspiration and find a focus. We mainly wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us and for our loved ones to be able to relax and enjoy themselves. Choosing a wedding gown finally gave me a starting point. The dress I picked was unlike anything else I’d seen, and the more I thought about it, the more I knew it was ‘me.’ The dress is vintage in style, sleek and comfortable, but with romantic, elegant touches. I think this could be an accurate description of our wedding as well. Once Jason and I established the look and feel we wanted – rustic, elegant, classic, Southern, comfortable – it became so much easier to choose a venue, decorations, and entertainment to fit.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Most couples are working within a budget, so part of the process is deciding what elements of the wedding are most important to you both and what you will be able to forego or DIY. We were blessed to have some of our family members offer to help out with expenses as a wedding gift to us. Not only did it help us stick to our budget, but it made those details of the wedding that much more special and was a great way to involve our family in the big day. For example, when our plan for renting a vintage ‘getaway car’ for the end of the night fell through, Jason and I decided we would just save money and have a family member or friend drive us away. My older brother stepped up to the task, it made for a very fun, personal memory. I wouldn’t change it!
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Overall, we had a pretty traditional wedding and reception, but one special custom stands out. Jason’s fraternity brothers remain a very close-knit group even though their graduation was several years ago. When one of the ‘brothers’ gets married, all the guys get together and serenade the bride during the reception, with their rendition of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.” Top Gun style. Everyone loved it!
What advice do you have for other brides? Even though it’s easy to get pulled in different directions at the reception, try to spend as much time by each others’ side as possible. You’ll be so glad you experienced it all together. Remember that the wedding is a celebration of the marriage – don’t let the wedding become more of a focus than your marriage. Also, one thing I found helpful as I was planning: Watching quirky or light-hearted wedding movies like “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” helped remind me that no wedding is perfect and that you can’t control everything. Embrace the funny moments and people that make your wedding unique, and have fun with it! At the end of the day, you’ll be married to your best friend and that’s all that matters.
Photography: Stephen DeVries Weddings / Ceremony Venue: St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Columbia, South Carolina / Week-of Coordinator: Overflow Events / Bride’s Dress: Martina Liana / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor / Groom’s Tuxedo: Granger Owings / Bow Ties: Lionel Smith, Ltd. / Engraved Cufflinks: Cufflink Headquarters / Calligraphy: Sarah Robins Design / Letterpress: Copperdog Press / Welcome Bag Watercolor Map: Robin Egg Blue / Rentals: Palmetto Party Rental / Band: Big Band Baby / Cake: Burghardt’s Custom Cakes / Favors: Morgan Price Candy Company
Paola Gautier is the lady behind the lens at Spotted Photography, and she has a real love for what she does. As she says, “The beauty of photography is looking at a photo and feeling something real. People in love don’t care about who’s watching, where they are, or what time it is. I feel so lucky – to be able to capture that is the best job in the world.”
Here, a few of my personal favorites from Paola’s blog…
Don’t you just love the soft, romantic quality of film photography? There’s just something so timeless about it. As Paola says, film allows her to be more thoughtful about her craft. And before she even arrives at your wedding, she takes the time to really get to know her clients, so that she can do her best job capturing you on your big day. If you love the look of her work as much as I do, check out more over on the Spotted Photography blog and Facebook page.
Oh, and I can’t forget to mention: Paola’s rates are incredibly reasonable – love that! And though she is a Utah wedding photographer based in Salt Lake City, she loves to travel, and is always willing to negotiate travel rates. So no matter where you’re getting married, you can have Spotted Photography capture the day.
This post sponsored by Spotted Photography.
Instead of a do-it-yourself wedding, Katie and Joey had a do-it-together wedding, with friends and family pitching in to make the day beautiful and special. Which is really one of the most special things about being engaged and getting married: loved ones coming together to support you and celebrate you. And it’s extra wonderful when it results in a lovely wedding like this!
Joey shared a bit about the ceremony venue: “We knew that we wanted to get married outside in a large, open space – we love being outdoors, surrounded by rolling hills, the large blue sky, sunshine and the beauty of nature. So with Katie’s mom, we spent an afternoon driving through the hills of Redlands, going in and out of ranches. When we found ourselves at Jeffries Heartland Stables, it had just what we wanted. We asked the ranch owner if she’d had a wedding there before and she said, no, but she was willing to.”
I love this little detail from Katie: “Joey and I didn’t want to do a first look because we wanted see each other for first time in our wedding attire as I was walking down the aisle. Instead, we had breakfast together on the morning of our wedding. Many brides are conflicted because they want to see their spouse for more than a few hours on this huge day that so much time, effort, and money has been put into, but are conflicted because they don’t want to do a first look. I think this was a great alternative because we woke up early, got breakfast, exchanged gifts, talked about the day ahead of us, and were able to find peace in each other’s presence.”
Katie and Joey’s wedding was full of DIY details. Says Katie, “Our families baked their best desserts for our dessert bar. Joey made all the table numbers. And my dear friend Brittany (and our photographer’s wife) made our seating arrangement chalkboards – the list goes on and on. With the help of our friends and family, the wedding was full of personal touches.”
Katie and Joey answered some questions for us about their wedding:
Do you have any budget tips for other couples? Katie: Budget – practically the theme of our wedding! We had a budget of about $12,000 and I can proudly say that we were able to plan our entire wedding for 170 guests within this amount. There was not a single thing that I wished we had at our wedding that we didn’t. We were able to have our “dream” everything, even with this budget. One of my favorite things at our wedding was the food. We had In-N-Out for dinner and then we had our families bake the desserts that they are known for. It was small things like this that led to a lower-budget. My advice for planning a wedding on a low-budget goes on and on so I would encourage any brides with questions to get in contact with me through my blog, Buttons, Lace & Love.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Katie: My favorite part of the day was when we had communion at our ceremony. Joey and I just got to stand back and take it all in. We stepped to the side and stood over by our bridesmaids and flower girls and just watched all of our friends and family walk up to the line. It was so great because it gave us some time to reflect and smile and wave at all the people at our wedding. Oh, and of course, the dancing!
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Joey: Katie and I incorporated traditions into our ceremony by putting a twist on them and making them special to us. For example, instead of a unity candle or pouring sand, we tied three cords of rope together to represent the unity between us and God. Another tradition, one that was one of the most special aspects of our ceremony for us, was the taking of the Eucharist, or communion. Often in a wedding, communion is only between the two getting married, but we opened it up tradition for all who wished to partake. It was the first act we did as a couple after being pronounced husband and wife, and it was a very special time in the ceremony for Katie and me.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Katie: I think the best advice I received, and my advice to other brides, is that when the day comes, nothing else matters except that you and your spouse are together. You know all those little details you are stressing about? None of it will matter – I promise! Do what you need to get by, and don’t stress on the stuff that no one will notice. Another thing I suggest is only surrounding yourself with the people who will make you feel loved and relaxed on the day of your wedding.
Photographer: Michael Radford Photography / Ceremony Venue: Jeffries Heartland Stables in Redlands, California / Reception Venue: The Mitten Building / Bride’s Dress: Tara Keely / Groom’s Bow Tie: Nordstrom / Stationery: Underwood Letterpress / Floral Design: Art With Nature / Catering: In-N-Out Burger / Cake: Some Crust Bakery