Before my wedding, I would spend hours imagining where Ryan and I might spend our first week as a married couple. Can you blame me? Honeymoon daydreaming is one of the most fun things I can think of! Would we go to Venice, or Bali, or Mexico? If you’re a honeymoon daydreamer too, then you’re going to love Wanderable, a new online community where you can discover new places and experiences – just the thing to inspire you in your honeymoon planning.

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Somehow it’s already time for the summer issue of Martha Stewart Weddings! And it’s the annual design-it-yourself issue, so it’s full of ideas to personalize your celebration.

Here’s a little sneak peek at a lovely story all about carnations (which were about due for a comeback, don’t you think?). How beautiful and dramatic is that carnation “curtain” for your ceremony?!

Check out the magazine on newsstands, and now on your iPad too. And… the first five people to leave a comment on this post will receive a free access code to for the iPad edition of Martha Stewart Weddings Summer 2012 issue!

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We got a puppy! And her name is Noodle! She’ll be in our home as a foster puppy for the first month, and then we can decide to adopt her for good. She had a rough beginning in life, but things are looking up for Miss Noodle. Hopefully our kitty Lady Bird will get used to her soon! So that’s what we’re doing this weekend – learning how to be puppy parents. What about you, what are you up to for Memorial Day?

(This photo isn’t Noodle – I haven’t had a chance to get a good photo of her in an outfit yet. Promise to post as soon as I do!)

by Emily Steffen via Wedding Chicks

 

Rustic pie and tart tin stand.

I’m such a sucker for chocolate in pretty paper.

A whole suite of budget-friendly wedding dresses from Tadashi Shoji.

Going to see my friend Emily Mughannam at the Decorator’s Showcase this weekend.

Homemade Snickers bars.

Herb garden in a box.

Another wedding cheese cake!

2×4’s never looked so good, via Kelly’s Pinterest.

Adore this little Herringbone pouch via Sacramento Street.

Be a Fruit Loop in a world full of Cheerios, via Capree’s Pinterest.

If you loved Karen and Richard’s wedding, check out Karen’s own blog posts about the day.

Congrats to the Wedding Chicks on the new look!

 

Have a happy weekend, lovelies!

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There is something to be said for a keeping your wedding celebration small and intimate, and that’s just what Jennifer and Scott decided to do. They were joined by the bride’s two sisters and the groom’s parents at their April nuptials at the St. Regis Deer Valley…

Says Jennifer: “Scott’s dad surprised us with a poem he had written. This is a wonderful family tradition on their side. He has written several poems over the years for important family occasions, including both of Scott’s sister’s weddings and they are always a highlight of the day. Right after we had exchanged our vows and were toasting with a glass of champagne, Scott’s dad gathered us around to begin his poem. It was a wonderful moment and truly touched us!”

The fireside ceremony was followed by dinner at the St. Regis.

Small wedding? How about a cake for each guest?!

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Scott and I both wanted an outdoor wedding surrounded by nature, and we love the mountains. We wanted a location that was beautiful and felt intimate. The St. Regis in Deer Valley was perfect! Not only is it a beautiful property, but also offers a very warm feel.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  It was important to both of us to have a small and intimate wedding. We wanted the day to be a true celebration of the start of our marriage and to be about us as a couple. We decided to focus on family, delicious food and a beautiful backdrop. For us, the day was not a blur. Instead, we have so many wonderful memories shared with those closest to us.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  My only advice would be not to let financial pressure from the wedding cause stress in your relationship. We decided early on that we would not begin our marriage financially stressed, so we made a budget for the wedding and stuck to it. Also, having a very small wedding helped! We were able to do things that were really important to us because it was on a much smaller scale. We were able to spend more money on things we loved.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Our favorite moment of the day was during our “first look” photo session. Erin took us off the beaten path for some pictures and those moments stand out in our memory.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received as a bride was to enjoy every minute of the day! My sisters both told me to not let any small glitches upset me, because my wedding day was all about marrying a wonderful man and nothing else mattered! My advice would be the same! Don’t get caught up in the technicalities of the day, but rather enjoy the meaning behind what the day represents.

 

Vendors

Photographer: Erin Kate Photography / Venue, catering: St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City, Utah / Bride’s dress: Caroline DeVillo / Fascinator: Sara Gabriel / Crystal pin, shrug: Premiere Couture / Hair, makeup: Signature Brides / Groom’s suit: Joseph & Feiss / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Flowers: Artisan Bloom / Music: Michael Lucarelli / Cakes: Carrie’s Cakes

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