Let a unique wedding registry help bring your wedding style home! Known for their stylish registry options, NewlyWish has partnered with The Wedding Library to offer a series of gorgeous tabletop collections and exclusive pieces. Here, some of my favorite items from two of The Wedding Library collections (I want that porcelain pineapple!)…

Black & White > 1. Coffee Pot by Miss Blackbirdy / 2. White Porcelain Pineapple / 3. Country Estate Serving Platter Flint Main House by Juliska / 4. Sanded Frost Votive / 5. Graham Footed Goblet by Juliska / 6. Amalia Balloon Wine Glass by Juliska / 7. White Chain Side Plate by Miss Blackbirdy / 8. Black Flower Small Plate by Miss Blackbirdy / 9. Table Runner by Miss Blackbirdy

Seashore > 1. Cane Finial Lantern / 2. Sun Passion Accent Plate by Weimar Porzellan / 3. Optical Illusion Accent Plate by Weimar Porzellan / 4. Gilded Sea Votive / 5. Antique Mercury Tumbler / 6. Gold Nautilus Resin Shell / 7. Crystal Double Old Fashioned Glass by Match / 8. Oval Napkin Rings by Match / 9. Resin Coral Candleholder / 10. Toscana Pyrex Casserole Dish by Match


Of course, this is just a small sampling of what NewlyWish has to offer. With registry staples like kitchen equipment and bath linens, plus unique gifts like honeymoon experiences, NewlyWish is a one-stop registry solution for any couple who wants something a little different and special.

Now for the best part: You can enter to win a $1,000 tabletop shopping spree simply by creating a registry on NewlyWish with at least one item from any of The Wedding Library collections! Enter by April 26, 2013 and the winner will be announced on May 1st.


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Photographer Linnea Paulina paired up with stylists Kae + Ales to bring us this totally unique table setting. I love that they blended woodsy spring foliage (and hellebores!) with exotic-feeling orchids and olive wood details. It’s romantic without being too sweet or fussy.

The centerpiece includes orchids, hellebores, scabiosa pods, and foraged foliage.

I love the olive wood details – what a lovely contrast to the gold-rimmed plates and flatware (which are available at West Elm – totally accessible).

The arm-style bouquet echoes the centerpiece with it’s mix of flowers and foliage.

Photographer: Linnea Paulina / Creative Direction, Styling, Floral Design, Calligraphy: Kae + Ales / Flatware, Dinnerware: West Elm / Rose Gold Rings: Tiffany & Co 
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With all of our focus on how to make your wedding special, we thought it was important to highlight some ways to make your marriage awesome, too. Introducing “Snapshot of a Marriage,” a series from contributor Emily Westbrooks, who interviews couples on some of their secrets for a strong and successful marriage.

Vitaliy was an exchange student at college in Chicago, entering his senior year, when he met Candace. He was chatting with a few friends at a cafeteria table, and mentioned his home country Ukraine. Sitting just a few seats down, Candace perked up when she heard mention of the country that she remembered from her grandmother’s Christmas traditions.

When Vitaliy’s friends left, Candace scooted down and started asking questions about the Ukraine. She was sure Vitaliy could tell her more about her grandmother’s culture, the details of which had been lost to her family when her grandmother died. Says Candace, “I thought, He has the info I need and he’s going to give it to me.” Vitaliy, meanwhile, was unconvinced, returning to his room and telling his roommate, “Man, that girl is crazy!” But Candace was persistent, the couple started spending more time together, and they were soon boyfriend and girlfriend.

When the couple had been dating only a few months, Vitaliy’s parents and brother were killed in a car accident. Vitaliy returned to Ukraine to take care of his younger sister, and Candace decided to leave her last year of school to join him. When the time came to return to the United States, the couple made a big decision: “We decided we would adopt Vitaliy’s sister,” says Candace, “and we would go ahead and get married.”

Candace and Vitaliy started their marriage with a fifteen-year-old to care for. “It was the hardest time of our life,” says Candace, “but I really feel like it’s what strengthened our marriage.” And since their wedding, the couple has come up with ways to keep their marriage strong.

“Having an unhappy marriage is not an option,” explains Vitaliy. “So we have to make it work.” One of the ways they make it work is by having regular date nights. Candace adds, “And sometimes those date nights need to be maintenance nights, where we really check in with each other on how we’re doing in our marriage.”

The couple now runs a photography business together, with Candace joining full time late last year. Candace was a little worried about working so closely together, but has worked to find a balance between the roles of co-worker and wife. “Sometimes I need to be his wife, not his business partner. I have to ask myself, How can I love you today?”

SNAPSHOT SUBMISSIONS  Do you know a married couple whose relationship you admire? Or maybe you’re married and want to share your words of wisdom! We’re now accepting submissions from couples who have been married for ten years or longer. Email Emily at emily@fromchinavillage.com with your first names, how long you’ve been married, and a few sentences about why you’d like to be interviewed for our Snapshot of a Marriage series.
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I’ve loved Paper Pastries ever since my own wedding, when I ordered some fun California-themed pencil sets to include in our welcome bags. You might know Paper Pastries for other fun items in their shop, like the Message In a Bottle Kit or these charming Home State custom rubber stamps

… but did you know that Paper Pastries also offers custom invitation design? If you love the playful style of the rest of their products, then you will adore these whimsical wedding invitations from their collection of custom work.

Working with Margaret of Paper Pastries, you know you’re getting something completely and thoughtfully custom, not just something with a few color or text changes. As she says, “To me, custom design means from scratch. My brides are individuals, and as soon as we start talking options I see their eyes light up and I know it’s going to be great.”

In addition to hand lettering and calligraphy, handmade touches like envelope liners, a monogram wax seal, or hand-drawn illustrations make Paper Pastries custom invitations extra personal and special. What a treat for your guests to receive in the mail! Here are a few more fun designs from Paper Pastries, including a custom rubber stamp wedding invitations…

And of course you can’t forget the I Left My Heart series loved by bloggers everywhere! And what’s not to love – there’s a card for everywhere from San Francisco to Tokyo to Berlin!

If you’re interested in the fun products or custom invitation design from Paper Pastries, definitely head over to their online shop and portfolio. There’s lots more where these pretties came from!


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This beautiful Wyoming wedding from Carrie Patterson is equally elegant and laid back, exactly what the bride was going for: “I wanted a classic wedding with a laid back vibe, so I tried to balance the fancy with the relaxed.”

Before the ceremony, guests enjoyed mason jars of pre-wedding punch.

The groom’s smile makes me smile! The bride’s favorite part of the day? “Having Trey’s 92 year old grandfather, marry us.”

What better way to celebrate being just married than with a fist pump?!

Flip flops and pashminas were available to keep guests comfortable.

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We knew we wanted to get married in the mountains and it was always my dream to get married in Jackson Hole since first visiting when I was 14. I spent the summers there in college and it is one of my favorite places on earth. When Trey and I first met, he had rented a house in Jackson for a month (which made me think we had something in common) and I was able to go out to visit him and show him around. Now we have a family home there, so it’s not just my place, but our place.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Having been in over 15 weddings, I knew what I didn’t want. When Elizabeth (our coordinator) showed me the Aspen Grove, I cried. I didn’t even know it existed and knew it was the place.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  On the back of our program we listed all our closest relatives who were unable to be with us because they were watching from heaven. For my mom’s aunt, we had a nosegay on a chair with her name on it.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  HAVE FUN!

What advice do you have for other brides?  Your attitude and vibe will dictate the tone of the day. If you’re relaxed, your guests will feel that. Things are going to go wrong and sideways. Just go with it and enjoy the moment, your guests will too!


See more classic details from Amanda and Trey’s elegant Wyoming wedding in the gallery.

Photographer: Carrie Patterson / Venue: Snake River Ranch near Jackson Hole, Wyoming / Planner: Elizabeth Kelleher with In Any Event / Gown: Oscar de la Renta / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Suit: Samuel Sohn / Tie: Hermes / Stationery: Paper & Grace / Floral Designer: Lily & Co / Rentals: Canvas Unlimited / DJ: DJ Lucy Wrubel / Catering: Maho / Cake: Jackson Hole Cake Company
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