by Abby Jiu
Happy weekend, lovelies! I’m not gonna lie: I’m still going through Paris withdrawals nearly a week later. My preferred mode of procrastination this week has been browsing HomeAway for Parisian apartments, and creating a Paris Pinterest board of favorite things from my trip. Fortunately, other people love Paris as much as I do, so a few of this week’s links are a little francophiliac…
Paris in pictures.
Take me away: Paris.
Gray and celadon makes reminds me a little of Petit Trianon.
Pretty ice cream and sherbet colors.
Another project from the ever-clever Jordan: birthday yarn.
Love these whimsical bonsai tree houses.
This invisible Mercedes ad is awesome!
Silent film inspired cards.
Darling book plates, via Letterology.
DIY wedding makeup tips.
Cute little ivy bike lock.
Budget-friendly spring centerpieces.
What’s your ultimate mac-n-cheese?
Perfect English country house.
Do Good in March with Bella Figura.
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Today we have another apple orchard wedding! This one feels just like autumn, with a pie buffet and Hunter wellies on the bride, who says: “We let the season and surroundings be our inspiration. We really wanted our guests to have an authentic Virginia experience. Our venue is surrounded by apple orchards and we knew the trees would be full of fruit at our wedding, so we used apples a lot: our favors were apple cider donuts from a local donut shop, we used apple cider from my family’s orchards in West Virginia in our signature cocktail, we even used apples in the bridesmaids’ bouquets.”
The signature cocktail, The Apple-achian, included apple cider from the bride’s family’s farm and was garnished with a very thin slice of apple. A pie buffet took the place of wedding cake, and included Dutch Apple, Pumpkin, Cherry, French Silk, and Lemon Meringue.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Location was an easy choice for us. I grew up in Roanoke and we met, fell in love, and got engaged in nearby Lexington, Virginia when we were both working at Washington and Lee University. Getting married in the church where I grew up was a no-brainer. And once we had set the date for a fall wedding, we knew we wanted a reception venue that would allow our guests to enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the fall. Sundara was the first and only reception venue we visited and we signed the contract the next day.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Stick to your budget and plan for emergencies. When you’re talking in such large figures, it’s easy to think that going $500 over budget here and $300 over budget there isn’t a big deal, but it adds up quickly. If you’re going to splurge in one area, remember to scale back in another. And make sure to have some padding in your budget for unexpected issues! We had a freak snowstorm the night before our wedding and had to bring in heaters under the tent so our guests didn’t freeze. It was a painless decision for us because I knew we had some wiggle room left in our budget.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? When the sanctuary doors opened and I saw Mike at the other end of the aisle, that was pretty incredible. One of those moments you think about your whole life and it was so breathtaking when it actually happened. I was so excited to get to him! My other favorite moment was when the DJ played “Shout.” Everyone was on the dance floor, including our parents and their friends, and everyone was really into it. It was so much fun and also a great feeling to look around and see all of those people there for us. I still smile when I think about it.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We chose not to have a “first look” session, so the first time we saw each other was when I walked down the aisle. I wore something old (my paternal grandmother’s locket on my bouquet), something new (my jewelry), something borrowed (I carried my maternal grandfather’s handkerchief), and something blue (my shoes!). We did the bouquet and garter tosses. And my favorite: Mike proposed with my paternal grandmother’s ring, so her engagement ring is now mine.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? I can’t remember who told me, but the best advice I got was to sit down as a couple and each write down the 3 things that are most important to you about your wedding. Those things should be your top priorities; everything else comes after. Establishing those priorities really helped us throughout the planning process, especially with budgeting.
What advice do you have for other brides? The advice I have for other brides, to paraphrase William Morris, is, “Have nothing in your wedding that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” The wedding industry is so trend-driven these days, and it’s so easy as a bride to be convinced that you just have to have X, Y, or Z in your wedding because a magazine or website tells you to. With every single detail related to our wedding, if one of us didn’t absolutely love it or it wasn’t necessary, we didn’t include it. It makes things much simpler and, after all, shouldn’t your wedding be a reflection of you as a couple?
Photography: Cramer Photo / Venue: Sundara in Boones Mill, Virginia / Bride’s dress: Pronovias / Veil: C.L. Costa Designs / Groom’s attire: JoS. A. Bank / Groom’s tie: J.Crew / Stationery: Lemon and Lavender / Calligraphy: InkyBug / Vintage stamps: Verde Studio / Flowers: Creative Occasions / Caterer: Center Stage Catering / Ribbon streamers: Romancing Juliet
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What could possibly make a summer wedding at an apple orchard even better? How about a picnic reception? That’s exactly what Asa and Alex chose for their July wedding at The Apple Farm in Philo, California…
Asa and Alex chose to have a delicious picnic reception, complete with picnic blankets made by the couple themselves. Says the bride: We made some simple choices that helped us stick to our budget without compromising our priorities of good food in a beautiful setting. Our largest cost saving measure was deciding to have a picnic instead of a sit-down meal. By having picnic baskets and blankets, we eliminated the need to rent tables, chairs, linens and table settings, and flower arrangements. The picnic was self serve so we did not need as much staff.
Instead of a traditional wedding cake, Asa and Alex served a chocolate souffle cake from Tartine.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We wanted to find a location that prioritized what we were looking for: wonderful food set in a beautiful outdoor space. The Apple Farm’s sense of sustainable and responsible farming along with their incredible catering made them the perfect location for our wedding. We are fortunate to live in Northern California where we could count on having a clear sunny wedding day in the month of July, so we planned an all day outdoor event: a ceremony in the orchard followed by picnic and lawn games. We loved the idea of being in the orchard without electricity or running water, and The Apple Farm made that possible for us.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We let the farm itself inspire us. All of our color choices stemmed from the flowers and fruit trees found in the gardens and orchards. We wanted to make choices that would create a relaxed day of celebration with our friends and family. While planning, I found myself thinking of 19th century French paintings of croquet and garden parties: women in big sun hats and men in seersucker suits. We also wanted an energetic evening of dancing to a big brass band. The Apple Farm had the most wonderful patio where we were able to dance the night away under café string lights. Also, inspired by our first date in San Francisco at a taco truck, we ended the evening with soft tacos from a taco wagon and beer we brewed ourselves.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? I most often find myself reliving the moment of our wedding day when we exchanged our vows. We spent many hours deciding what we wanted to commit to one another. It was a wonderful feeling to speak our intentions surrounded by our close friends and family.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? To honor Alex’s father who passed away, his uncle gave a Latvian blessing that was followed by a series of Latvian trials. Traditionally during a Latvian wedding banquet, the groom and bride are tested with performing daily housekeeping activities. Usually the groom is required to chop firewood and the bride is asked to wash a dirty doll, but instead we decided that we would both test our wood chopping abilities with a wedding ax, and both washed the hands and feet of our eight-month-old niece.
Drinks: Wine, Home-Brewed Beer, Mexican Coke, Jamaican Agua Fresca, Apple Spritzer, Iced Tea, Lemonade // Hors d’Oeuvres: Oysters, Artichokes with Dipping Sauce, Buttermilk Biscuits, Deviled Eggs // Picnic Baskets: Grilled Eggplant or Grilled Lamb Sandwich with Red Pepper Mayonnaise, Pickled Red Onions and Arugula / Bright Green Beans and a Small Red Pepper filled with Basil Mayonnaise / Fresh Mint Pea Soup // Dessert: Tartine’s Chocolate Souffle Cake // Late-Night Snack: Carnitas Tacos with Roasted Pineapple Salsa and Spiced Mashed Potato Tacos
Photography: Myrtle & Marjoram / Venue, catering: The Apple Farm in Philo, California/ Bride’s dress: Vera Wang / Cowboy boots: Lucchese / Groom’s attire: Freeman’s Sporting Club / Invitation: Marginal Editions / Ceremony music: The Sazer Trio, 415-305-9846 / Reception music: Brass Monkey Brass Band / Cake: Tartine