My honey and I are taking a little road trip down the coast this weekend to San Luis Obispo – any suggestions for what to do or where to eat while we’re there, on on our way down Highway 1? What are you up to this weekend? It’s pretty mild here in the Bay Area, but I know the rest of the country is dealing with some serious heat – how are you keeping cool this weekend?
via Sandy’s flickr
Weekend links are a little late today, because I wanted to share Eleisha and Josh‘s beautiful wedding with you first! But if you haven’t left for the weekend yet, I have some fun ones to share with you.
Have you checked out Kinfolk yet?
Bowling alley wedding!
If you’re in the San Francisco area, check out the Fizz and Frills pop-up event in a couple weeks!
Who knew a paper cup could look so good.
Simple stripes – love them.
This peach crostata is definitely on my summer-to-cook list.
Maybe this piña colada cake, too.
Next party I throw, I’m sending out Viewmaster invitations.
Cute and curly little kitty!
Have a lovely weekend friends! Stay cool!
I love these words of wisdom from today’s bride, about her sweetly simple wedding: “Expectations are the death of serenity. And since I didn’t overplan or expect perfection, I was on top of the world the whole day.” Eleisha and Joshua were joined by their parents and sisters at an intimate ceremony and dinner on the coast of Northern California. They hired Noa Azoulay from Feather Love Photography to capture the day, and I just love the shots she sent over (there are also lots more photos over on Noa’s blog – it was so tough to choose just a few!).
Eleisha wore a cameo ring that matches ones her sister and mother both wear. She carried a bouquet of family heirloom brooches, vintage pins, and sprigs of baby’s breath.
The couple had a traditional Catholic ceremony, and hired violinist Marcia Lotter to play arrangements of “My Darling, My Darling” and “Le Feuilles Mortes.”
Framed photos are a simple and thoughtful way to honor family and decorate an intimate dinner celebration.
Eleisha was sweet enough to send over some of the details about this special day…
What did you want for your wedding? We wanted an event that was beautiful, simple, and centered around the real reason we were there – to exchange vows of our love and dedication to each other. The guest list was limited to immediate family in order to keep the ceremony intimate and free from the stresses of playing hostess at a large party. I remember every moment of my wedding day. The same cannot be said of our Fais Do Do in Louisiana, where hundreds of people joined in celebrating our recent marriage. It was wonderful seeing everyone and an honor to have their support, but I can’t imagine running around and speaking with crowds of people immediately after becoming Mrs. Josh Cooke. Instead, my husband and I had a couple of hours after the wedding to talk, take pictures, and soak in the beauty of our surroundings.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Both of us love bygone eras, so we were inspired by classic images and traditions from the 1930s and 1940s.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? My biggest budget tip is to decide what is the most important to you. Don’t skimp on those elements. Our reception dinner, cake, venue, and decorations were less than $1,000 total; we wanted to spend the majority of our money on things that would last, such as our attire and our photos. By doing that, we now have a perfectly-captured memory with a classic look that our children might someday love thumbing through.
What advice do you have for other brides? The more details you plan, the greater the chance that something will not go your way. I’m a very detail-oriented person. If I had planned this wedding the way I plan a big trip, there would have been a myriad of things that could have “gone wrong.” Because the wedding was so small, we didn’t feel any pressure to impress our guests, and were able to concentrate on the emotions of the day, rather than worrying about how the cake tasted, or how the flowers weren’t the color I thought they would be. Expectations are the death of serenity; and since I didn’t overplan or expect perfection, I was on top of the world the whole day – and the day truly was perfect.
Photography: Feather Love Photography / Ceremony venue: Blessed Sacrament Church in Elk, California / Reception venue: MacCallum House in Mendocino, California / Bride’s dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Groom’s suit: Ermenegildo Zegna / Groom’s custom shirt: Anto / Cake: Sharon Robinson
See more from Eleisha and Joshua’s wedding on the Feather Love blog.
Husband and wife team Stone and Shelby Crandall sent over these photos from a rainy day wedding at Santa Barbara’s Rancho Dos Pueblos, and I’m excited to have a chance to share their beautiful work with you! Michelle and Ryan’s wedding is full of rustic and romantic details that I knew you’d enjoy…
Michelle and Ryan answered some questions for us about their wedding day:
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Although we live in New York City, we are from Northern California and with all our family and friends still living there, we knew we would be getting married out west. Rancho Dos Pueblos was the last location we visited, and we both fell in love with it. It is completely secluded and totally gorgeous, but not over the top fancy. Also, the property includes a beach, a barn, beautiful lawns, and also a gorgeous historic house on the property for us to rent the week of. By the time our wedding day came, it felt like home to us!
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We were originally inspired by our love of travel and realizing that our relationship had taken us to so many amazing places we thought it would be neat to tie that into our theme. We also wanted to create a very homey and comfortable atmosphere, but at the same time have it feel elegant and special.
What was your favorite part of the day? Our favorite part of the day was the ceremony. It was, naturally, the most meaningful part of the day and even though there are 100 people in the room, it felt really intimate, romantic and truly a moment neither of us will ever forget. But quite honestly, beginning to end, it was the best day and night of our lives.
What advice do you have for other brides? The best advice I got was to try to live in the moment the entire day and to seal all those moments into memory. The wedding day goes so fast and its important to just be a bride and groom and have the time of your life!
Photography: Stone Crandall / Venue: Rancho Dos Pueblos in Goleta, California / Event planner: Kelly Oshiro Design / Bride’s dress: Romona Keveza / Groom’s suit: Brioni / Bow tie: Tom Ford / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Flowers: Tricia Fountaine / Catering: Duo Catering & Events / Cake: Christine Dahl / Cake topper: MilkTea / Rentals: Town & Country / Lighting: Bellavista Designs
See even more photos from this beautiful wedding on the Stone Crandall blog!
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