This week has been delicious. Picked up tons of gorgeous fruits and vegetables at the farmers market, and ate the most magical Belgian waffle of my life. Got creative with ways to cook the monstrous zucchini from our neighbor’s garden (creamy zucchini and corn soup? yes!). My honey and I shared tasty pizza (with summer squash and pancetta) from Flour + Water, and tried honey lavender vanilla ice cream at Scoop. And I joined a gym.

Some of my fave links from the week!

Darling SmogShoppe wedding.

Sweet summer bridal shower.

Lady Rene is beautiful! via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

Love the look of the Dollar Dreadful, via all the mountains.

Some belated 4th of July inspiration.

An intimate Iceland wedding.

Check out these wedding rings!

Cheerful and mysterious, via Black Eiffel.

Love = a mix tape.

Macarons and yummy packaging.

Princess and the pea.

Does your groom want a handmade-in-Brooklyn suit?

I want an Airstream studio!

This little piggy.

A post for any brides worried about losing weight for the wedding.

Napa for the curious and eccentric.

Have a delicious weekend, lovelies!

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The very talented floral designer, Amy Osaba, sent over this colorful wedding. 60 guests joined Heidi and Michael at their May wedding, where they were married under a beautiful old tree.

Be-ribboned drink stirrers and monogrammed cocktail napkins.

During the cocktail hour, guests lounged in vintage lawn chairs and gliders, played croquet, sipped plantation punch and enjoyed Big Band music.

Favors were eco-friendly Meyer’s Spruce saplings planted in mason jars and tied with twine.

In addition to wedding cake, a dessert table included blackberry and peach cobbler, mini pecan pies, pound cake, and a German chocolate cake made by the bride’s grandmother.

Says Heidi: As a surprise to Michael, I bought each of us a beach cruiser bicycle to ride off on from the reception. So as we left on our new bikes, guests blew birthday horns to send us off.

Photography: Woodland Fields Photography

Planning: John Gandy Events

Venue: Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomasville, Georgia

Bride’s dress: Casablanca

Bridesmaid dresses: Lela Rose

Flowers: Amy Osaba

Cake: Sandy’s Sweets (850-893-7779)

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There’s something really special about summer weddings – relaxed, out of doors, sunshiny. Though they live in New York, Alice and Nick were married in June, at the groom’s family’s farm in Virginia, and it’s full of all those wonderful summer things – even a barbecue dinner! Working with a tight budget, they created a day that was laid back and beautiful by getting creative, doing a lot of things themselves, and employing the help of talented friends and family. Alice shares some of the DIY projects they took on:

My mother sewed table runners, arranged flowers, baked pies, made jam for favors and even had her college typewriter tuned up for a guest book! I did my own hair, one of my bridesmaids is a makeup artist, the whole family helped set up everything, and guests brought pies for the dessert buffet. A friend illustrated the invitations. Nick’s father made the arch out of a cattle feeder and grapevines found on the farm.

The couple’s friend, Nancy Cuervo, designed the invitations, including the mason jar bouquet illustration, and then Alice and Nick letterpressed them at a friend’s studio.

Women from Alice’s and Nick’s families did all of the centerpieces with flowers from their own gardens, supplemented with blooms from a local farmer. Alice’s mother scoured every antique store in New England until she found enough blue ball jars!

Guests went home with jars of homemade jam.

Says Alice, “Having the wedding in a place with so much family meaning made us feel like a part of something old and beautiful.”

Photography: Sarah Cramer

Venue: Panorama Farms in Earlysville, Virginia

Invitation design: Nancy Cuervo

Bride’s dress: J.Crew

Groom’s suit: Brooks Brothers

Tent rental: Skyline Tents

Cake: Albemarle Baking Co.

Bunny-head cake topper: Melabo

Alice has another budget tip for you: I’m a photographer, so we splurged on photography, which was worth every penny. We hired Sarah Cramer to shoot getting ready, ceremony and portraits and then saved by asking friends to send us their reception photos.

Thanks so much, Alice and Nick, for sharing your wedding with us!

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Dear readers – you have the most beautiful, charming weddings! And I love it when you share them with me! Ayesha and Zachary sent over pics of their lovely DIY wedding (taken by Julia Davis), and wrote about all the details, too. So, without further ado, Ayesha and Zach and their beautiful day…

We knew we wanted a small outdoor wedding with some coverage in a superbly unique setting. I was inspired by a mix of natural elements with things that define us as a couple and individuals. I wanted people to look around and go “Yup, that’s Ayesha & Zach.”

My dress was by Maggie Sottero, which I accented with flowers by Emersonmade. I found my shoes at rue21 of all places for like 8 bucks. They were flats which I knew I wanted and had a small ruffle detail. My honey’s suit was a white linen suit he got at Dillard’s. We just asked his guys to wear black pants, a white shirts, and we provided the ties for them.

Ayesha and Zachary commissioned watercolor portraits from Etsy artist, Jenny Meilihov, which were used for the invitations, and then displayed at the ceremony.

Zachary is my first, last, and only love. It was a truly magical day that brought together our families in a profound way. One of my favorite moments was when my Uncle (who married us) asked “Who supports this couple in their decision?” and everyone took out noise makers and rattled the Treehouse. We knew we had our friends and family rooting for us!

The menu for the Treehouse was very simple: old fashioned sodas and pretzels. Only the day of the wedding we realized that pretzels we ordered had mold on them! So we went with kettle corn instead.

My mother-in-law and 3 of my bridesmaids were my floral designers. I had scoured the internet for ideas, so we knew exactly what we wanted and the challenge was to recreate it, including growing wheat grass myself. The flowers turned out lovely and we saved a ton of money by doing it ourselves.

DIY projects included miniature paper pennants for the cupcakes, tissue paper pom poms, posters and signs, “instant conversation” menu cards, and CD favors.

Photography: Julia Davis

Venue: Treehouse at the Chattanooga Nature Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Wooden guest book: Lacuna (Etsy / flickr)

Bride’s dress / fabric flower pins: Maggie Sottero / Emersonmade

Shoes: rue21

Groom’s suit: Dillard’s

Congratulations Zachary and Ayesha! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness! You can also check out Ayesha and Zach’s wedding film by Tim Cofield here.

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Today’s beautifully whimsical wedding was held at Faye’s childhood home – a gorgeous farm in the English countryside (can you imagine growing up here?!). Says the bride:

Curt and I both wanted something fairly informal in an outdoor setting. It was really lovely to have the opportunity to hold our celebration in my childhood home. The grounds and gardens of my parents farm and home in Cheshire, a county in northwestern England, were the ideal location for the relaxed, romantic country wedding we both envisaged.

We held the ceremony outdoors (as risky as this was bearing in mind the unpredictable UK weather!), in a beautiful grotto in my parents’ garden that dates back to about 1883. What is now my parents farm used to to be the site of a big country house, the remains of which were sadly demolished in the 1960s. My parents have lovingly restored the parts of the grounds and gardens that still remain, including the grotto and a sunken lily pond. The champagne and canape reception was held in the courtyard of my parents’ house (which was the former stables of carriage house of the big country manor). My aunt sewed the bunting we had hanging from the railings in the courtyard and at the entrance to the farm.

It was a great stroke of luck that they were selling off the sample dress that I tried on in the shop – it was my size so I got my dress for about half price. As much as I loved my dress, during the meal I definitely wished I had chosen a style with a little more give when I could only eat half my dessert and not even a sliver of cheese due to being so tightly laced up!

Our daughter Lila was our flower girl.

My bridesmaids dresses were from Oasis, my mother made their beautiful chiffon capelets and I created their hair accessories – I have an Etsy shop where I sell handmade flower-inspired headbands with a dreamy and romantic style. The floral designer was a family friend and she created wonderful displays for inside the marquee, table arrangements, my bridal bouquet, the bridesmaids bouquets. The key flowers we chose to use were dusky pink roses which were ideal seasonally and also suited the romantic country theme.

Some advice from the bride: Delegate! Don’t be afraid to accept help with the planning and getting things done. It’s easy to become overly perfectionist and believe that you have to do everything yourself for it to turn out exactly the way you want it but if you take it all on single-handedly, it’s a sure fire route to a nervous breakdown! Also, do your research into any other events which may be happening in the area on the day and may effect your wedding- there was a country fair happening in the village near my parents farm and we didn’t realize they would be doing clay pigeon shooting displays during the afternoon which meant our ceremony was punctuated by distant gun shots every now and then!

Photography: David Murray

Venue: private home in Cheshire, England

Bride’s dress: Maggie Sottero

Groom’s suit: French Connection

Bridesmaid dresses / headbands: Oasis / Talking to Unicorns

Flowergirl dress: Monsoon

Happy wishes, Faye and Curt, for your marriage and for your recent move to New Zealand! See more from their lovely wedding over at Faye’s blog, Talking to Unicorn.

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