Today I have another detail-focused feature, this time a rehearsal dinner from Ritzy Bee Events and photographer Kate Headley. How much do you love the monogrammed tote bags for preppy vase alternatives? Says Maria Cooke, the lovely lady behind Ritzy Bee:

The couple wanted to give their out-of-town guests a beautiful Washington D.C. experience, and with the Decatur House literally sitting in the backyard of the White House, it was the perfect venue for guests to have a sense of place in our nation’s Capitol. They also wanted to create an experience for their guests that would differ from their more formal wedding the following evening. Having a cocktail style reception allowed guests to relax and mingle with one another, creating a vibe of casual elegance with delicious sips and bites. We were completely inspired by the beautiful outside brick courtyard and created a garden meets marketplace feel with the farm-to-table food selections, decor and floral elements and details.

Guests loved the fix-it-yourself “Mix + Muddle” mojito bar – such a fun idea!

Potted herbs, bud vases and galvanized buckets accented cocktail tables and buffets. Tote bags of various sizes were filled with hydrangeas, tulips, and peonies – the couple didn’t want the flowers to go to waste, and handing off tote bags to guests as they headed home was a fun way to give them away.

The string quartet was placed in the center of everything instead of in the corner, creating a fun focal point for the party.


Photography: Kate Headley / Planning, design: Ritzy Bee Events / Venue: The Decatur House / Flowers: Christopher Vazquez of Amaryllis / Stationery: Simplesong Design / Catering: Design Cuisine / Music: Sterling Artists / Rentals: Amaryllis, DC Rentals

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Whenever possible, I love to share the story of a wedding. Sometimes, though, a couple prefers to keep the story to themselves, while sharing all the visual details with us. And today’s feature is all about the details – a stunning Martha’s Vineyard wedding from photographer Adrienne Page and planner Tara Guérard. It’s equal parts classic preppy and sophisticated rustic, and I know you’ll find tons of inspiration here, from the something-blue bouquet to the wedding menu board…

Huge urns filled with baby’s breath lined the aisle.

After dinner, guests returned to the cocktail tent for cake and dancing.


Photography: Adrienne Page / Design, flowers, planning: Tara Guérard Soirée / Bride’s dress: Vera Wang / Stationery: The Lettered Olive / Bridesmaid dresses: Lela Rose / Catering: V. Jaime Hamlin Events / Cake: Val Cakes / Tent: Big Sky Tents

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My honey and I are taking a little road trip down the coast this weekend to San Luis Obispo – any suggestions for what to do or where to eat while we’re there, on on our way down Highway 1? What are you up to this weekend? It’s pretty mild here in the Bay Area, but I know the rest of the country is dealing with some serious heat – how are you keeping cool this weekend?

via Sandy’s flickr

Weekend links are a little late today, because I wanted to share Eleisha and Josh‘s beautiful wedding with you first! But if you haven’t left for the weekend yet, I have some fun ones to share with you.

Have you checked out Kinfolk yet?

Bowling alley wedding!

If you’re in the San Francisco area, check out the Fizz and Frills pop-up event in a couple weeks!

Who knew a paper cup could look so good.

If you like Felix Doolittle, you’ll love Dear Hancock.

Simple stripes – love them.

A homespun Iowa wedding.

This peach crostata is definitely on my summer-to-cook list.

Maybe this piña colada cake, too.

Next party I throw, I’m sending out Viewmaster invitations.

Cute and curly little kitty!


Have a lovely weekend friends! Stay cool!

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I love these words of wisdom from today’s bride, about her sweetly simple wedding: “Expectations are the death of serenity. And since I didn’t overplan or expect perfection, I was on top of the world the whole day.” Eleisha and Joshua were joined by their parents and sisters at an intimate ceremony and dinner on the coast of Northern California. They hired Noa Azoulay from Feather Love Photography to capture the day, and I just love the shots she sent over (there are also lots more photos over on Noa’s blog – it was so tough to choose just a few!).

Eleisha wore a cameo ring that matches ones her sister and mother both wear. She carried a bouquet of family heirloom brooches, vintage pins, and sprigs of baby’s breath.

The couple had a traditional Catholic ceremony, and hired violinist Marcia Lotter to play arrangements of “My Darling, My Darling” and “Le Feuilles Mortes.”

Framed photos are a simple and thoughtful way to honor family and decorate an intimate dinner celebration.

Eleisha was sweet enough to send over some of the details about this special day…

What did you want for your wedding? We wanted an event that was beautiful, simple, and centered around the real reason we were there – to exchange vows of our love and dedication to each other. The guest list was limited to immediate family in order to keep the ceremony intimate and free from the stresses of playing hostess at a large party. I remember every moment of my wedding day. The same cannot be said of our Fais Do Do in Louisiana, where hundreds of people joined in celebrating our recent marriage. It was wonderful seeing everyone and an honor to have their support, but I can’t imagine running around and speaking with crowds of people immediately after becoming Mrs. Josh Cooke. Instead, my husband and I had a couple of hours after the wedding to talk, take pictures, and soak in the beauty of our surroundings.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Both of us love bygone eras, so we were inspired by classic images and traditions from the 1930s and 1940s.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides? My biggest budget tip is to decide what is the most important to you.  Don’t skimp on those elements. Our reception dinner, cake, venue, and decorations were less than $1,000 total; we wanted to spend the majority of our money on things that would last, such as our attire and our photos. By doing that, we now have a perfectly-captured memory with a classic look that our children might someday love thumbing through.

What advice do you have for other brides? The more details you plan, the greater the chance that something will not go your way. I’m a very detail-oriented person. If I had planned this wedding the way I plan a big trip, there would have been a myriad of things that could have “gone wrong.” Because the wedding was so small, we didn’t feel any pressure to impress our guests, and were able to concentrate on the emotions of the day, rather than worrying about how the cake tasted, or how the flowers weren’t the color I thought they would be. Expectations are the death of serenity; and since I didn’t overplan or expect perfection, I was on top of the world the whole day – and the day truly was perfect.



Photography: Feather Love Photography / Ceremony venue: Blessed Sacrament Church in Elk, California / Reception venue: MacCallum House in Mendocino, California / Bride’s dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Groom’s suit: Ermenegildo Zegna / Groom’s custom shirt: Anto / Cake: Sharon Robinson


See more from Eleisha and Joshua’s wedding on the Feather Love blog.

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