So excited for a pre-Valentine get together with some of my blog ladies this weekend! Four of us have been getting together about once a month, and it’s been so much fun. I know this might sound weird, but sometimes I wondered if I’d have the chance to make new friends now that I’m not a student, and not working in an office environment. It’s nice to know that there are wonderful friends to be made in my grown-up life!
via Design Related
Now some fun links for your Friday!
Meat cookies for your Valentine.
A Valentine’s Day mix from Scratch Weddings.
Need a last minute (free) Valentine card? Paperless Post!
Hi-Hat cupcakes for my tummy.
Tiny brass heart earrings – little Valentines for your ears!
If Olive & Sinclair chocolate tastes half as good as its packaging looks, then it’s some darn tasty chocolate.
I know I’ve posted these Valentine chocolate cakes before, but they’re so delightful!
New gorgeousness from Velvet Raptor.
Great speakeasy wedding from 100 Layer Cake.
Wed. Dwell. Grow. Congrats to my friends at Be Inspired!
How to stock your bar cart, from Matchbook Mag.
Have a happy weekend, lovelies!
Today’s romantic wedding comes to us from Tanja Lippert, and it’s full of soft pastels that feel just right for this time of year. And, as you know, these Marin County venues are near and dear to my heart…
Meghan got ready and took bridal portraits at Cavallo Point in Sausalito, just a short drive from the ceremony site.
Says Meghan, “The whole day felt like a dream, but having my dad walk me down the aisle and seeing Mason for the first time was definitely one of the best moments of my life.”
A vintage San Francisco cable car was a fun local detail that transported guests from the ceremony to the reception.
Decor was inspired by Meghan’s Monique Lhuillier corset. “It was a soft creamy latte color and had a very romantic feel,” says the bride. “I wanted our wedding to have muted colors that would create that same feeling, like soft pink, moss green, dusty rose, mint, and cream. I was also inspired by lovebirds and used the bird motif throughout the day.”
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Mason and I met on a boat in the San Francisco Bay, and it was something we wanted to incorporate into our wedding. After searching for a few weeks, I found Old St. Hilary’s. The moment we saw the church, we were speechless. It is a landmark, built in the 1800’s and moved to the top of a hill in Tiburon where it overlooks the bay and the city of San Francisco. It is breathtaking, and incredibly moving – Mason’s mom cried the first time she saw the church, and many of our guests had the same experience on our wedding day. For the reception, Guaymas was the perfect light and festive location, right on the water. It was a refreshing shift from intensity of the ceremony at the church.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Mason and I are both extremely close to our mothers. We wanted them included in the ceremony in a unique and special way, so we created a rose ceremony to show our appreciation for their presence in our lives. We also had plate that had been in Mason’s family for four generations. The rings were placed on the plate and passed down the front row, while everyone in the church put their hand on the person in front of them and thought of something they wished for us in our marriage. It created a warm feeling in the church and made the ceremony feel more intimate.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Slow down and enjoy every moment because before you know it the day is over. This was so true, but easier said than done. There are so many emotions and the experience is absolutely surreal. You want it to last forever, but in reality it’s over in just a few hours! Weddings can be stressful so remember to relax, breathe, and remember that you are marrying your best friend. Have fun and soak up every moment!
Vendors Photography: Tanja Lippert / Consulting, design: Nicole Lisanne / Ceremony venue: Old Saint Hilary’s in Tiburon, California / Reception venue: Guaymas Mexican Restaurant in Tiburon, California / Bride’s dress: Monique Lhuillier / Hair, makeup: Tia Reagan for Freebird Productions / Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid dresses: Adrianna Papell / Flowers: Asiel Design / Cable car rental: Classic Cable Car Sightseeing / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Photo booth: Magnolia Photo Booth
It makes me so happy to know that there is a perfect wedding photographer out there for every couple, which is one of the reasons I love introducing you to a talent like Jonas Seaman…
His work is full of personality, capturing the unique energy of the people he photographs. As Jonas says of his work, “I know these photos will be viewed and cherished for many decades to come, so I concentrate on the characters, the environment, and the emotions – I endeavor for my work to capture the individual feeling of the day.”
If you love Jonas’s photos, then you’ll love hearing what his clients have to say about him:
“Jonas’s photos told the story of our wedding vs. being a collection of standard portrait / trite wedding shots. Our pictures are absolutely stunning and fun and capture the personality of our funky little wedding perfectly.” Angela & Alex
“Jonas is the best. No question. His work is unbeatable, as is his personality and commitment to his clients. If we could do the day over again, we’d hire Jonas in a heartbeat. It was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding.” Tera & Mike
“Not only is Jonas an amazingly talented photographer, he is super professional and so much fun to be around. He makes you feel comfortable in front of his cameras, and he really listens to you and your ideas. Best photographer hands down!” Katie & Geoff
Jonas is based in the Pacific Northwest, but he’s available for travel all over the United States, and his rates are incredibly reasonable, so if you think he might be the perfect photographer for you, don’t hesitate! And if you love his stuff and want to see more, check out his blog and website.
This post sponsored by Jonas Seaman.
We thought it would be fun to do a little DIY project based on yesterday’s Deco Glam inspiration board… a sugar-rimmed champagne cocktail and hand-stamped coasters made with linoleum block stamps on heavy weight paper (downloadable instructions below).
For the cocktail, top 1/2 ounce of St. Germain with champagne, then garnish with an orange twist. Add an extra special touch by dipping the rim of your glasses in lavender sugar.
If you’re not especially DIY inclined, dress up store-bought madeleines with a simple icing design – Donsuemor are my favorites.
A big thank you to Heidi from White Loft Studio for the beautiful photography!