What are you up to this weekend, friends? I’m going to try and get caught up on my new goal of being at least one week ahead with blog posts, and I have a new book that I’m enjoying. Really exciting stuff. Honestly, my favorite thing about weekends is spending time with my honey, whether we’re cleaning the house together or going away for a day or two. No big plans needed!
And now, I promised you lots of links this week, so here we go…
Chrysula recaps our Alt Summit panel.
Some business cards collected at Alt (can you spot mine?).
8 steps for getting over Alt Summit withdrawals.
Book art by Robert The.
Utterly delightful bird stamps.
Get ready for Super Bowl Sunday with dips galore!
Look no further for fun pocket squares.
Decorate your next party with parasols.
Ryan Gosling reminds us what matters in a wedding.
Pretty pouches from Tracey Tanner.
Lovely seating charts and table numbers (and pics by ABP!).
Pocket totems. Adorbs.
Winter picnics are a wonderful idea!
A big brother’s guide to the world (so sweet!)
I know it’s been out for awhile, but this champagne story makes me so happy.
Amy Atlas does a book.
See lots more from Nicole and Lawrence’s charming wedding right here!
Have a happy weekend, lovelies!
Isn’t there something so romantic about a lighthouse wedding? Emily and Matt chose Wings Neck Lighthouse in Cape Cod for their low-key Labor Day weekend wedding, and filled it with DIY details (and a lobster bake)!
“The ceremony was our favorite part of the day,” says Emily. “The weekend was super windy, but during the ceremony, the winds calmed and it was sunny. It was magical as we said our vows. We wanted to keep the wedding intimate, so we Matt’s dad officiated the ceremony, and we got married legally when we got back to Chicago.”
Instead of a full bar, Emily and Matt offered beer and wine, as well as cranberry lime seltzer and grapefruit pineapple ginger ale that guests could mix with vodka and gin if they liked. Dinner was a classic lobster bake which included New England clam chowder, Cape Cod steamers, mussels, linguiça sausage, corn on the cob, red bliss potatoes, cole slaw, fresh rolls, and sliced watermelon.
Some details about the day from the lovely bride…
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We aren’t from Massachusetts and many people ask us why Cape Cod. I’ve always loved lighthouses and we wanted an outdoor destination wedding from the start. We Googled lighthouses and this place was one of the first searches that came up. It’s both a lighthouse and a vacation rental – it was perfect. We rented the place for a week, which was really convenient for setting up the day before and the day of.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We really wanted to enjoy our wedding weekend with the people that matter most to us, and a small casual wedding appealed to us. Because it was a small destination wedding, we were able to treat everyone to a sunset sailboat ride after the rehearsal. Three hours at the reception was not enough time, so a weekend full of activities allowed us to engage with our guests and take in the moment.
What advice do you have for other brides? Don’t sweat the small stuff. I didn’t care if my hair wasn’t perfect or I forgot to wear my earrings or it was too windy for flying lanterns at the end of the night. It was about all my family and friends together for that day.
Photography: Julia Hui / Venue: Wings Neck Lighthouse in Pocasset, Massachusetts / Bride’s dress: purchased off eBay / Bridesmaid dresses: Target / Groom’s vest: Forever 21 / Stationery: DIY with paper from Paper Source / Catering: Clambakes Etc. / Dessert table: Alexis Evonne Concepts / Rentals: American Tent Company
I know lots of you probably follow Jonas Peterson’s blog, so you may have already seen shots from Claire and Nick’s darling wedding, but it’s just so darn sweet that I figured you wouldn’t mind seeing it again. Especially since I have all sorts of fun info from the bride about the day!
You know why I love Jonas Peterson’s work, but it’s always nice to hear why a bride and groom love someone they’ve hired. Says Claire, “We found our photographer Jonas Peterson before we even had a venue! He was an integral part of our wedding. Even though he just walked quietly around the venue taking snaps, barely saying a word to anyone – there was something about his quiet presence that really defined the day. There was no cheesy posing, no tying a tie that had been done hours ago. His sense of humor and honesty captured the true spirit of the day. Our photos reflect that.”
Nick wore Levi’s and a corduroy jacket he already owned. Claire purchased her Karen Willis Holmes gown off the rack.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Trying to find a place that offered garden ceremonies with a marquee reception in Sydney was proving incredibly difficult and expensive. We found out about Terrrara House from a friend and instantly fell in love with the place – we booked Terrara the same day we found it! Rosie Jennings and her husband actually live on site, and host weddings in their spare time on weekends. The love and commitment they display in making every wedding perfect is just mind boggling, and their team went above and beyond anything we had ever hoped or dreamed of for our wedding. They coordinated everything for us from the food to the flowers and took the stress out of planning our big day. Plus there was the day spa at the venue!
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We weren’t really concerned with a theme. It was important to us that our guests feel comfortable at our wedding. We wanted people to have a good time. An out of town wedding can be a pain if you do it the wrong way, and we didn’t want people to feel burdened by the long trip. My mum owns a homewares store, Papaya, so we took a lot of inspiration from her store, and used a lot of her stock for decorating. Mostly, though, the wedding came together as a result of thinking about How can we make people feel at home? How can we make this an experience? The rest just happened organically.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? There are too many to count, but the Irish dancing was a highlight. Instead of the traditional father-daughter waltz, my dad and I danced an Irish jig while Nick – who is a classically trained violinist – played the violin. Soon all of my dad’s family got involved and everyone had a great time reeling it out on the dance floor. My 12 uncles and aunts are all gold-medal winning Irish dancers. I had never been formally trained so my uncle and Dad to taught me the basics three weeks before the wedding. Somehow I picked it up. Sort of. I’ll remember that moment for the rest of my life. And if my memory starts to fade – I’ll always have the YouTube clip for posterity! (See below.)
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We lit two memorial candles to remember those that had passed. Nick’s father passed away when he was very young and my grandparents both died a few years ago, so it was important for us to do something that honored their memory.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? What advice do you have for other brides? Be low maintenance. People will love you for it.
Photography: Jonas Peterson / Venue: The Verandahs, Terrara House Estate in New South Wales, Australia / Bride’s dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride’s shoes: Salvio’s Dancing Shoes / Bridesmaid dresses: Forever New / Groom’s shirt: Nigel Lincoln / Flowers: Rosie Jennings for Terrara House Estate / Stationery: Peppermint Press / Music: The Baker Boys Band
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