I just finished the first week of working at my new office space with Meg and Maggie – I love it! It’s so nice to get out of the house and have a place for blogging other than my couch, especially in such a fun neighborhood. Not sure about weekend plans yet, but I think they’ll involve sleeping in and hopefully some French toast. Are you doing anything that exciting?

{via Most Beautiful Darling}

Some links for the end of your week!

Such a pretty wedding.

Wondering what to do with all that snow? How about mini snowmen?

Love the printed pieces for this wedding from AE Planning & Design.

Oh, Italy!

I’d like one of these little lovelies for myself. Also good bridesmaid gifts!

Even gray is prettier in Paris.

Love the Valentine’s Day round-up in Lonny this month.

Home sweet Emersonmade home!

Chalkboard art.

How gorgeous is this bride’s dress?

Have a happy, happy weekend lovelies!

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Melanie and Karen’s intimate beach wedding is a perfect example of why small and simple can be just perfect. They were married in September on the beach in the little town of Tofino, British Columbia, with nine of their closest friends and siblings there to celebrate. Melanie was kind enough to share some details from the day:

We have always envisioned a beach wedding, something very quaint, intimate and charming. Although our 9-year relationship has had the love and support of all our family and friends, we knew that we weren’t interested in a big produced event. Having visited the beautiful beaches of Tofino previously, we knew this was the perfect location for us, so with a close-knit group of siblings, their partners and our best friends, we headed to Tofino where we rented a stunning beach house with direct beach access for the ceremony the next morning.

For the ceremony we created an aisle in the sand with rocks found ashore and tiki torches for a little bit of ambiance. I walked down the aisle as our friends Elaine and Marife played “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on their ukuleles.

We decorated the table in a beach theme using starfish, a white driftwood garland, burlap, seashell candles and a large candle centerpiece with sand collected from the beach outside. Wicker plate chargers were also used to play up the beach theme. Wedding favors were tiny individual jars of hot chocolate for each guest to enjoy beachside as the sun set and the tide rolled out.

This day was extra special for us as we announced at dinner for the first time that Karen and I were expecting our first child. It was a beautiful moment shared amongst us all – tears, laughter and lots of love. After dinner we all changed into more comfortable clothes and simply walked along the beach as the sun slowly set. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day!

Photography: Krista Fox

Venue: Chesterman Beach in Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Green dress: BCBGMaxAzria

Hair / makeup: Jessica Taylor of Salty Dolls Hair Salon

Flowers: Heather’s The Flower Shop (604) 603-4995

Best wishes Melanie and Karen, and congratulations on your newest addition! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful wedding with us. See more photos over at Melanie’s blog (Melanie is the other half of Verve Photo Co.)!

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More pink and green today! Although this time there’s something blue in it, too…

Sometimes a single photo can inspire an entire event, and in the case of this inspiration board, it’s the delicious peach pic from What Katie Ate. That lovely blue on the rim of the plate, the soft white linen napkin, and of course the baked peaches. Mmmm…. The romantic garden feel came next: lace wedding dress, antique cameo ring, garden roses. And though this palette works splendidly in the Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, I think it could also work for a pretty beach wedding.

Mood: sweet garden romance
Palette: sea foam blue, cameo peach, white linen

Top row from left: peach dessert on blue plate from What Katie Ate, wild bouquet with pink satin ribbon from Martha Stewart Weddings, lace cap-sleeve dress by Christos, calligraphy by Maria Thomas
Row 2: photo of pink glasses by Sylvie Gil via The Bride’s Cafe, photo from Brooklyn Botanic Garden by Henry Shoots via Style Me Pretty
Row 3: bouquet of peach garden roses and old fashioned roses by Ariella Chezar (photo by Corbin Gurkin), linen hemstitch napkin with sage green monogram from Leontine Linens, vintage cameo ring from Morning Glory Antiques, photo of blue bridesmaid dresses by You Look Nice Today

If you like this inspiration board, you might also like:

Board #473: Antique Peach and Blue
Board #496: Secret Garden, Revisited
Board #466: Have your cake…

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I just want to eat Elizabeth Messina’s gorgeous photos, and Jillian and Rick’s wedding is no exception. Classic elegance with a touch of modern design, including lovely paper elements from the bride’s own letterpress collection, Gigi Press. Jillian was kind enough to share some details about the day:

We really wanted our wedding celebration to be special not only for us but also for our guests. It was a treat to see our guests really enjoying themselves, starting by being greeted with champagne with fresh springs of lavender when they arrived at the ceremony, to when the doors of the reception opened up to the fabulous band, continuing through dinner and afterward when the men enjoyed fresh rolled cigars, and finally at the end of the night when In-N-Out cheeseburgers came out of the kitchen.

I have a letterpress stationery collection of my own, Gigi Press, but when it came to my own invitations I knew I needed another set of eyes, so I collaborated with Passing Notes on my wedding invitation suite. My goal was to letterpress everything imaginable: welcome notes for guests, CD covers, menus, seating cards, cigar labels…you name it! The table numbers were etched in walnut, as were many coordinating signs. Invitations, seating cards and menus were hand calligraphed with guests names by Grace Connell.

Jillian chose different dresses for each of her bridesmaids based on their body type and personal style. The dress designers include: Badgley Mischka, Marchesa, Robert Rodriguez, and Kay Unger.

Says Jillian: It rained on our wedding day…the cocktail reception was completely rained out. I was a total stress case the day before, and Elizabeth [Messina] helped remind me that it’s not about the rain ruining the day…it’s all about you and the love of your life. Now, every time it rains, I think of the day we got married, and it’s a beautiful memory.

Floral design was by Square Root Designs. They did an amazing job – we were married between two pepperberry trees adorned with hydrangeas, succulents, and roses. My bouquet consisted of white baby ranunculus and lily of the valley. And my favorite touch was our chair treatments, a garland of fresh rosemary.

You’ve gotta love Jillian’s advice to other brides: Always keep things in perspective…keep your eyes on the prize…your groom!

Photography: Elizabeth Messina

Venue: Montage in Laguna Beach, California

Planning: Kelly Michelle Weddings

Bride’s dress / shoes: Monique Lhuillier / Manolo Blahnik

Groom’s suit: Calvin Klein

Flower girl dress: Flora & Henri

Stationery: Gigi Press in collaboration with Passing Notes

Calligraphy: Grace Connell

Flowers: Square Root Design

Cake / cake topper: Montage / Fancy Flours

Thanks so much to Jillian for sharing so many details about her wedding, and of course to my friend Elizabeth Messina for sending over these beautiful photos.

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{clockwise from top left: Priscilla of Boston, Monique Lhuillier, Marchesa, Vera Wang}

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