Last weekend Ryan and I went in for our ultrasound and found out… we’re having a girl! For some reason I really thought we were having a boy, so it took me a second to make the mental shift (and start pinning little girl clothes), but it’s just so fun to know one more thing about this baby. I can’t wait to meet her!

Darling little Italian baby shoes!

Say yes.

Portrait of a wedding gown.

I’ve probably shared these city quilts before, but I just love them so.

Dreaming of Florentine fragrances.

The NFL bad lip reading cracks me up.

Would you send paperless save-the-dates?

A month’s worth of sandwiches.

We love our rescue puppy, so this photo series of Detroit rescue dogs touched my heart.

 

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

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Mood: vintage Hollywood glam
Palette: blush pink, pearl white, Oscar gold, tuxedo black

The inspiration for this board started with the fabulous label by Michael Hester – the colors and the vintage feel of it had me imagining a glamorous wedding with an Old Hollywood vibe. Champagne coupes, a classic tux, a cascade bouquet, and an old school convertible channel a different era. Gold foil letterpress, a blush pink dress, and Ted Muehling’s candlesticks bring it all up to date. And playful details like bags of popcorn and popcorn ball favors hint at the Hollywood theme without being too obvious. Even the curtains draped over archways echo what you might find in an old movie theater…

Row 1: blush pink cap sleeve dress by Reem Acra / pale curtains, photo by Jacqueline Campbell / classic pearl necklace via Real Simple / classic tux with black boutonniere from Martha Stewart Weddings // Row 2: champagne bottles, photo by Eric Kelly / popcorn ball favor from Sunday Suppers / pink and gold ribbon wedding cake from Martha Stewart Weddings // Row 3: custom popcorn bag by Kin Ship Press / Ted Muehling candlesticks, photo by Johnny Miller / cocktail label design by Michael Hester Design for Williams-Sonoma / blini bar from Sunday Suppers // Row 4: pink invitation with gold foil by Daily Sip Studios via Oh So Beautiful Paper / cascade bouquet with calla lilies from Martha Stewart Weddings / gold rimmed champagne coupes from BHLDN / vintage Rolls Royce wedding car via Martha Stewart
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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.

Donna and Jim both grew up on farms in the same small town in Alberta, Canada, each the oldest child in large families. After dating for three years, Donna and Jim got married in 1972, when they were both studying education in college. Donna was 19 and Jim was 20. Donna says, “We were young when we got married so we grew up together.” But, she explains, “We both had large extended families and felt their love and support, so we never felt that we were alone on this new venture of marriage.”

Donna shares a clever trick she has used throughout forty years of marriage: “Whenever I feel that a disagreement may be brewing, I ask myself to imagine that I am only allowed a limited number of disagreements throughout our marriage. I then ask myself if this situation is worth using one of them up. Usually not!”

Jim and Donna liken two people in a marriage to two sides of the same coin, “One is heads, the other is tails,” they say. Together “you are one, yet you have your own interests and identity.” In their shared interests, Jim and Donna have tried to remember to plan dates together thoughout their marriage. They waited ten years before having children, and then found it took a lot of teamwork to coordinate childcare and busy schedules as working teachers. Now that they are retired, Jim and Donna find it easier to make time for even more dates: they go dancing every week and like to take long walks together. According to Donna’s pedometer, they’ve logged more than 20 million steps in just the last few years!

And in addition to keeping their marriage strong, those steps have paid off in another way. For their fortieth wedding anniversary, the couple threw a party and decided to give their guests a fashion show – wearing their original wedding suit and gown! After forty years and millions of steps, they still look dapper as ever.

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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Kelly and Brian’s wine country wedding is a glamorous blend of unique and classic, with a mix of neutral colors and jewel tones running throughout the day. Enjoy Events Co. brought to life the bride’s vision of a classic celebration with a twist.

The invitation suite was both whimsical and understated, with a vintage twist. The monogram designed by Antiquaria was used on various printed elements on the day of the wedding.

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We have spent a lot of time up in Napa because my husband’s aunt and uncle live there. It really became one of our most favorite places to escape to. We love good wine and of course gourmet food. There isn’t a more beautiful place to soak up all these amazing things.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The 1920’s was a huge inspiration. Plus, Napa’s landscape was an amazing canvas to work with. I loved the idea of having touches of Old Hollywood meet rustic.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  The entire day was just perfect so it is hard to choose. I think the ceremony was the most unbelievable part of the day for us. There are so many feelings and emotions in your body. That was a very powerful moment.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To do exactly what you envision. Have the wedding that will make you most happy. I made many decisions during the planning process my mother may not have totally agreed with in the moment, but in the end she totally understood my vision and my dream and she couldn’t have imagined it to be any different once she experienced it all. And I have to agree, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. It really was the best day of my life.

 

See more of this Old Hollywood vineyard wedding in the gallery.

Photography: Cooper Carras Photography / Venue: private residence in Napa, California / Planning, Design: Enjoy Events Co. / Flowers: Shotgun Floral Studio / Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Valentino / Hair Stylist: Conscious Beauty / Videography: Austin Hendrix Productions / Catering: La Saison / Chairs: Hartmann Design Studio / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Linens: La Tavola / Vintage Rentals: Milk Glass Vintage Rentals / Invitations and Emblem Design: Antiquaria / DJ: Gary of Flashdance / Cake: SusieCakes / Photobooth: Magnolia Photobooth / Valet: Jeffrey Valet
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  • Old Hollywood Inspired Wedding in Napa

    23 January 2013
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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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