Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Now that I’m married to Ryan, I need a shirt that says, “Kiss me, you’re Irish.” Anyway…

I thought I’d revisit an inspiration board I made a few years ago, and re-work it with some new St. Patty’s Day finds. For a wedding in this theme, I imagine green grass and gray skies, lots of potted clover (this would be a very do-able project for the DIY-inclined), vintage Irish linens and lace. And of course a chocolate Guinness cake! A delicate clover-leaf necklace is a charming gift for your bridesmaids or flower girls (this is the same necklace that Ryan and I gave to our flower girl and our junior bridesmaid – the pendants are itty bitty and so sweet, and they also come as earrings). I think vintage St. Patrick’s Day greeting cards would be adorable – maybe as save the dates? I also think it’s hilarious how many of these vintage cards say “The Wearing of the Green.”

Anyone have fun plans for the day? Corned beef and cabbage (which I’m told they don’t actually eat in Ireland)? Wearing of the green? Whatever your plans, make sure to stop by later today, because I have the most delightful St. Patrick’s Day faux wedding to share with you – you’re going to love it, even if theme-y weddings aren’t your thing.


Mood: lucky in love!
Palette: clover green, white, brown


Top row from left: photo of bride by Meg Smith, daisy chain invitation suite from Martha Stewart Weddings, pot of pansies via Hardaker & Pope, Guinness draught beer
Row 2: bouquet with sweet peas and crepe paper shamrocks from Martha Stewart Weddings, chocolate Guinness cake by What Katie Ate, vintage St. Patrick’s Day greeting card, men’s green cardigan from J.Crew
Row 3: Irish butter shortbread from Martha Stewart, photo of stone wall and tree in Ireland by Mark Romine, brown linen blazer from Billy Reid
Row 4: four-leaf clover ring pillow from Martha Stewart Weddings, clover leaf necklace by Michael Michaud, shamrock cupcake from Martha Stewart, potted plants from Real Simple


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There are so many things I love about this beautiful wedding: the venue, the dress (oh the DRESS!), the darling school theme… 

Amy gave Naveen a pair of clover cufflinks in a silver box engraved with, “You are my lucky shamrock forever.”

Amy carried a bouquet of peach garden roses and dark chocolate calla lilies. She wore a peach cymbidium in her hair. And isn’t that dress stunning!? It looks like it’s blooming!

In lieu of a traditional guest book, guests were asked to leave “love notes” on pages printed to look like binder paper. A chalkboard and elementary school portraits finished off the table.

Instead of seating cards, guests’ names were printed on little tags attached to a classic yellow No. 2 pencil. Tables were numbered by grade (“1st Grade,” “2nd Grade,” etc.).

How cute is this bake sale dessert table! Cookies, brownies, rice krispy treats, and of course little cartons of milk. Guests were invited to take treats home in little brown paper bags stamped with Amy and Naveen’s names and wedding date. The two tier wedding cake was white cake with lemon curd filling and lemon icing. Yum!

Amy answered some questions about the day:

Why did you choose this for your wedding?   Naveen and I met in elementary school, so we were inspired to do a school theme. We chose the Carneros Inn in Napa because it upscale yet rustic – like a modern barn. We wanted to consider our guests that were traveling from India, Europe and other far away places, so we chose a place with soul, but where you could also get a spa treatment and brilliant meal and wine pairing.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Make things as easy as possible for yourself – if you can, hire a great coordinator and a great photographer. Outsource everything you possibly can so that you are surrounded by a great group of designers and vendors – your only responsibility on the day of should be to breathe and enjoy and look beautiful.

Photographer: Meg Smith / Venue: Carneros Inn in Napa, California / Event Styling, Design: Emilie Kate Style + Design / Bride’s dress: Carolina Herrera Hair, Makeup: Betten Chaston / Bridesmaid Dresses: Banana Republic / Groom’s Suit: Prada / Shamrock Cufflinks: Cufflinks.com / Flowers: Gilly Flowers / Ceremony Music: Lawrence String Group / Reception Music: DJ Morty Coyle / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Linens: La Tavola Linens / Cake: Sweet on Cake / Transportation: Napa Valley Tours & Transportation
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  • School Theme Wedding at Carneros Inn

    6 March 2011
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    I had a December wedding, in San Francisco, at a restaurant. And I loved every minute of it. BUT. I sure do love the idea of an outdoor summertime wedding in the countryside. Something that’s equal parts rustic and elegant. That takes its cue from the surroundings with earthy tones of honey and oak, and the summery green of grasses and vines. Instead of worrying about what’s trendy or overdone, worry about creating a lovely day and taking care of your guests: time your ceremony to miss the hottest part of the day, serve spiked sweet tea, keep decor to a minimum and let the natural surroundings shine. As complicated as planning a wedding can be, it can also be quite simple if you set your mind to it – I promise!

    Mood: rustic at its most elegant
    Palette: rich earthy hues, fresh cut green


    Top row from left: bouquet with ferns and sunflowers by Ariella Chezar, photo of huge oak tree by Michelle M. Waite, photo of jar of honey by Justin DeMutiis via Style Me Pretty
    Row 2: sepia photo of benches by Elizabeth Messina, vintage dishes from Matthew Mead Style, chocolate cherry cake with meringue mushrooms styled by Rebecca Thuss for Martha Stewart Weddings
    Row 3: mint juleps, photo of Twigs & Honey veil by Elizabeth Messina, centerpiece with dahlias by Ariella Chezar, photo by Aaron Delesie
    Row 4: bumblebee pin by Ruby Spirit Designs from Folksy, vintage getaway car from Brides, invitation with tree motif by Oscar & Emma, photo of sunset at a vineyard by One Love Photo

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    Beaulieu Garden is such an incredible place for a celebration – it’s no wonder Kelly and Martin flew all the way across the country to have their wedding there. And photographer Kate Webber captured the day beautifully! Says the bride:

    We didn’t want anything too formal for our wedding, just casual fun. My husband and I have completely different styles so trying to mesh them together was quite a challenge. He’s a very modern, contemporary man and I’m very a romantic, vintage-loving woman. We ended up having accents of each throughout the wedding. From our custom napkins to silverware, we took turns in choosing from one of our styles and somehow it worked. It was a mesh of both our styles and we loved it!

    How fun are those shamrocks on Kelly and Martin’s invites? By Cheree Berry of course.


    At the ceremony, a trio from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music included a flute, violin and cello.


    There were fun travel details throughout the wedding as a nod to all of the guests (and the bride and groom!) who traveled far distances to attend: postcards, luggage tags, and a suitcase for notes instead of a guest book.


    Guests enjoyed comfort foods with a Paula LeDuc spin: mini Cuban sandwiches, lobster rolls, crispy prosciutto cups, deviled eggs, vegetable empanadas – all of Kelly and Marty’s favorites.


    Photo booths are always so much fun for guests of all ages!


    Kelly loves purple, and the groom is Irish so green was the obvious pick for an accent color. Perfect Endings even made purple flowers from sugar for the wedding cake.



    Photography: Kate Webber

    Venue: Beaulieu Garden in St. Helena, California

    Planner: Stacy McCain Event Planning

    Bride’s dress: Marchesa

    Bride’s shoes / clutch: Jimmy Choo / Judith Leiber

    Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss

    Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper

    Floral design: Cherries Flowers

    Ceremony trio: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, contact Daniel Sharp (856)-341-0619

    Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering

    Photo booth: Magnolia Photo Booth

    Cake: Perfect Endings


    Thank you to Kate Webber for sending over these beautiful photos, and to Kelly, Martin and planner Stacy McCain for sharing these fun details.



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