I have some wintry inspiration boards for you tomorrow and Wednesday, but today I wanted to post one last gorgeous real wedding before everyone heads out for the holidays. Kristy and Chris were married at one of my favorite venues, the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts. Says Kristy:

“Chris and I met in San Francisco and although we had moved to New York by the time of our wedding, our closest friends were still there. The Headlands location was beautiful, unique, and abounding with personality. Also, the site fee goes to help the resident artists at the Center, which I really liked. For the event design, I was inspired by this little vintage Italian post card that I found… the colors were rich and beautiful and the image was romantic and luxurious, but rustic at the same time. Chris and I were engaged in Italy, so it was the perfect starting point.”

Beautiful flowers from Nancy Liu Chin (who I get to have lunch with today!) and beautiful photos from Greg Slick and Jesse Leake… enjoy!

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Kristy designed all of the printed materials from the save the dates to the programs, which were printed on Crane paper by Soiree San Francisco. Of the day she says, “The weather was the best surprise… March in San Francisco could be anything, but it was sunny, warm and absolutely beautiful! We bussed everyone from the city and had the drivers take the scenic route, so our guests got a spectacular view of Golden Gate bridge and the city from the Marin Headlands on the way to the wedding.”

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“My favorite moment was our actual ceremony. We had a close friend officiate and he performed a very nontraditional ceremony that incorporated carefully selected vows as well as a Celtic handfasting ceremony that Chris and I borrowed from an old celtic tradition. We wanted the ceremony to feel very personal and it also referenced Chris’s Scottish background.” Chris wore his family’s tartan and Kristy’s Venetian lace veil is a family heirloom.

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Kristy’s advice? “We planned our wedding rather quickly… in 4 months. I actually loved the abbreviated planning time line as we focused on the big things and made decisions quickly. I just say try to relax and enjoy the day. Having your closest friends and family in one room on one of the biggest days of your life is wonderful… try to take it in and have fun.”

Photography: Greg Slick and Jesse Leake

Venue: Marin Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California

Bride’s dress: Lanvin

Groom’s tux: Band of Outsiders

Stationery: Soiree San Francisco

Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin

Music: Brit Beat (a Beatles tribute band)

Lighting Design: Hartmann Studios

Catering: Katie Powers Catering

Thanks so much to Greg Slick and Nancy Liu Chin for sharing this beautiful wedding with us, and to Kristy and Chris for all of these fun details. Happiest wishes to you!

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Even though it’s been just over two weeks since our wedding, I’ve been sitting here for half an hour trying to figure out how to talk about it all, and I can’t even think where to begin – it was beyond words in every way. I’ve never felt more present, more loved, more beautiful or more joyful in my life than I did on our wedding day.

Thank you so much to all of you who sent well wishes, and of course a big thank all of the wonderful guest bloggers who helped out with posts while I was away. Weren’t they fun?!

So, since our wedding photos aren’t ready to share, and since lots of folks are already off celebrating the holidays, I’ll hold off on a full re-cap until the new year. But until then, I thought I’d bring you this poem by Walt Whitman that I’ve been hanging on to for awhile. It feels like just the perfect love letter to my husband (my husband!) at this beginning of our journey together.


from Song of the Open Road
by Walt Whitman


Allons! we must not stop here,
However sweet these laid-up stores, however convenient this dwelling
we cannot remain here,
However shelter’d this port and however calm these waters we must
not anchor here,
However welcome the hospitality that surrounds us we are permitted
to receive it but a little while.


Listen! I will be honest with you,
I do not offer the old smooth prizes, but offer rough new prizes,
These are the days that must happen to you:
You shall not heap up what is call’d riches,
You shall scatter with lavish hand all that you earn or achieve…


Allons! the road is before us!
Camerado, I give you my hand!
I give you my love more precious than money,
I give you myself before preaching or law;
Will you give me yourself? will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?



(If you’ve done any digging for wedding ceremony readings, you may have come across this one already, but either way I hope you love it as much as I do. If you want to read the whole thing, you can find it right here.)

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[Not only does Caroline love pretty things as much as I do, she also cracks me up. Plus she's a doll for guest blogging today! The rest of the time you can find her at i am a greedy girl.]

I’d had my eye on that beautifully simple Lanvin dress for a while now, so when Kathryn asked me to contribute with a guest post, I knew the time was right: I needed to update My Pretend Wedding. And, while I’ve always fancied myself a bold, crazy kind of wedding girl, I couldn’t help but love these almost-pastel details. They perfectly complement the gown, don’t you think? I still would need a pop of color. But, that, of course, would come in the form of My Pretend Wedding Louboutins.

Gown (by Lanvin) here.
Invites (by new favorite Mae Mae Paperie) here.
Gorgeous face here.
Cake (from Maggie Austin Cake) here.
Pretty decor (photo by Kamp Photography) here.
Sapphire ring (by Toronto-based Eidel Precious) here.

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[With the launch of Rue, I have no idea how Anne found time to create this inspiration board guest post for me, but I'm so glad that she did. Most days you can find her at The City Sage (add it to your reader; you'll be so glad you did).]

Inspiration Board: Splendor and Blush

Kathryn is the undisputed queen of inspiration boards, so when she asked me to do a guest post for her, my heart fluttered at the chance to pay homage to her talent and skill! And what better tribute to her long-awaited nuptials than an image set that revels in the pure indulgence of love? Think soft shapes, silky textures, and an abundance of that most romantic of colors: pink!

Congratulations to Kathryn and Ryan on their wedding and on their much-deserved (and much-envied) Hawaiian honeymoon!

Image Credits:
First Row: Martha Stewart via Decorology, Roland Bello, Janne Peters, Polly Wreford
Second Row: Sandra Lane, Craig Fordham, Gentl and Hyers,
Christina Wilson
Third Row:
Decorology’s Flickr Photostream, Chris Blott, Gemma Commas, Jo Tyler,
Fourth Row:
John Hudson, Hannah Simmons, Don Freeman, Janne Peters

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