I recently went out and purchased some painting supplies (gouache and paper and cheapo brushes, nothing fancy), and am going to put them to use this weekend. Spring feels like the perfect time to pick up a hobby like painting, don’t you think? I haven’t painted since high school, so we’ll see how it goes, but mostly I’m looking for new ways to exercise creativity (simultaneously bringing a little more color into my life). What are you up to this weekend?

Happy Anniversary Will and Kate! One of my favorite royal wedding posts from last year.

Another nearly royal wedding: Jackie & JFK.

Vintage photos + thread = charming! via all the mountains

I’ll be using OnTheWay app next time I plan a road trip.

Pop-up glamping sounds awesome.

New designs from Pretty Plum Sugar.

Owl in super slow motion – look at those wings!

Loving the minimalist style of this tumblr blog, via Caitlin Flemming’s Pinterest.

Hello Brazilian dream house.

Meet KatieRose, the quirky new calligraphy font from Trial by Cupcakes.

Loving this branding for The Snow Man (and I seriously miss sno cones).

These vegetable babies would be so sweet for a garden or farm wedding.

The Complete Official Bride’s Kit for Getting Hitched without a Hitch.

Beautiful black and white artist studio.

Have a happy weekend, lovelies!

 

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Y’all, not only is The Little Flower School coming to Northern California, but Jen Huang will be there capturing it all on film, and she’s looking for a real couple to model for the workshop!

Are you in Northern California? Are you and your honey available May 12th to come to Petaluma to have your photos taken by the talented Jen Huang, surrounded by beautiful flowers? Then enter to win! Just send an email to Jen at jen@jenhuangphotography.com with your love story and your photo no later than April 30, 2012. Jen will notify the winners via email.

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With springtime everywhere you turn, it’s a perfect day to share Erin and Dave’s classic garden wedding with you! Photos by the always wonderful Cappy Hotchkiss.

Every wedding should have a “Say Anything” moment, don’t you think?!

Guests went home with homemade bottles of vanilla extract – yum!

Some details from the bride and groom!

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We wanted something close enough to the city to be convenient for everyone, but far enough to feel special and not “everyday.” We liked the backyard wedding idea, but when we started thinking about all the catering costs and hassle, Round Hill was the perfect solution. They had beautiful gardens for the ceremony, a lovely old mansion with character for the reception, a professional and warm staff that took care of everything. We fell in love with the place and would do it all over again there in a heartbeat.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Blogs! And our love for each other of course. And blogs!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Doing the all-in-one catering/venue really helped us out. A friend of a friend DJed (and was great). We got a lot of things from Etsy and generally didn’t “add on” lots of things. But we got everything we really cared about (a great photographer, venue, flowers, and all the guests we wanted).

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  The entire ceremony was so much more touching than I could have anticipated. I knew it would be special with our two best friends serving as officiants, but there were birds and crickets, and the weather and the wind, and all the guests singing “59th Street Bridge,” and Dave’s vows and… it was all just really perfect and amazing. Then we had a great time dancing and dancing and dancing…

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We sort of took the “we’ll keep the tradition unless we don’t like it and then we’ll change it” approach. So my dad walked me down the aisle, but he didn’t give me away. That kind of thing. Everyone says this, but we wanted our wedding to be a celebration of love, not just our love, but the idea of love, all the love our guests have for us and each other. I guess that’s traditional, we embraced that.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Enjoy the process. It is only one day, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a truly magical, unforgettable, wonderful day.

 

Vendors

Photography: Cappy Hotchkiss / Venue: Round Hill in Hudson Valley, New York / Invitations: Medley Invitation Designs / Bride’s dress: Liancarlo / Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s suit: My.Suit / Flowers: Stem / Catering: FEAST Caterers / Cake: The Pastry Garden / Music: Dan Sterling DJ Entertainment, 917-763-7536

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A bride-to-be friend recently asked me: “Would you rather go camping in Vancouver, or sightseeing in the south of Spain?” For me it’s no contest (Spain please!), but she reminded me just how special it is to take the honeymoon that perfectly suits you.

So, which honeymoon perfectly suits you and your fiance? To get some ideas, check out the real member registries over at Traveler’s Joy. See where actual brides and grooms went and what they saw, from Canada to Europe and beyond.

One thing is clear from the real member stories: creating a honeymoon registry through Traveler’s Joy is the perfect way to involve loved ones in the trip of a lifetime. Guests can contribute to any portion of your honeymoon, from flights and hotels to snorkeling gear and video cameras – and costs can be divided into manageable gift portions. As one bride put it: “They were all so eager to hear about what they’d gifted us when we returned, and it was a great way to share the fun of our trip!”

So if you’re thinking you and your future spouse already have enough stuff, a honeymoon registry through Traveler’s Joy could be just for you!

 

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I know you love all things preppy just as much as do, which is why I knew you would love today’s sunrise engagement shoot from photographer Erich McVey. Taken on a freezing cold morning at the beach, they sure turned out wonderfully…

Don’t you love these?! Kristin and Michael have known each other since they were children, but as Kristin says, “Our friendship kind of took a different turn during the summer of 2010 – something just started to click. We began hanging out with the same people, spent lots of time serving at our church together, and even separately started finding excuses to be around each other. We tried to ignore it and explain it away, but it soon became apparent that there was something there. We started dating in April 2011 and took the fast track to marriage – fell in love and got engaged in November, and are now anxiously awaiting our May wedding! It’s been the best adventure, and we’ve been blessed and surprised from the beginning.”

 

A big thank you to Erich McVey for sharing these photos with us – Erich’s work is gorgeous, and I just can’t wait until the next time we get feature his work!

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