I’m back in San Francisco for my sweet friend Laura’s wedding – it looks like it will be a beautiful weekend for a wedding! How will you be spending this last weekend of summer? Other than enjoying some of my favorite links from around the web of course! Lots and lots of links this week…

First dance.

Something blue – for your hair.

Black + white + red inspiration.

Pretty garden invites in blue.

I will never get tired of cupcakes. Or birthday hats.

Awesome wedding keepsake from The Flash Dance.

And honeymoon keepsakes – one and two.

Loving Legos.

Advice from my favorite wedding graduate.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream, via Duet Letterpress.

Gorgeous flowers, via Steep Street.

Just add cowboy boots and a guitar!

Two yellow weddings.

Have a happy long weekend lovelies! I’ll see you on Tuesday!

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There are so many reasons I love Lizzie and Jarrett’s wedding… not only are Greg Slick‘s photos stunning, not only are the details darling, but the wedding also took place at one of my very favorite venues, the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts. But enough of me telling you why it’s so wonderful – see for yourself!

A friend of the couple made wedding signs to make sure guests didn’t get lost on their way to the venue.


To display family photos, Lizzie and Jarrett used jewelry clips to pin them to the outside of a large vintage bird cage. Table numbers were made of old metal numbers purchased from a flea market. Lizzie wasn’t sure at first how to use the metal numbers, so a designer friend made frames out of old crown moulding and hung the numbers in the frames.

 Jarrett is a scientist, so flowers were arranged in old glass beakers and flasks. In addition to Shiner Bock, red and white wines, champagne, lemonade, iced tea and coffee, guests enjoyed Cazadores margaritas.

Katie Powers, the exclusive caterer for the Headlands Center for the Arts, also happens to be a good friend of the couple. She is known for organic menus made with local, seasonal ingredients. I just had to share some of the menu with you – it had my mouth watering! Smoked trout crostini, lamb skewers with cucumber-mint yogurt sauce, apricots stuffed with chevre and wrapped in prosciutto, artisan cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery, seared halibut with olive-meyer lemon tapenade, cauliflower with fried garlic and capers… yum! And if that doesn’t get you excited, how about this: some couples are choosing to have their wedding at this venue just because they love Katie’s food so much!

For dessert, guests enjoyed chocolate mousse cake, and red velvet and vegan coconut cupcakes.

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  It’s been one of our favorite places to get out of the city for years. We wanted the feeling of our wedding to be very natural and organic, and that is exactly the feeling you get from the Headlands Center for the Arts. I didn’t want anything to be overdone, but I also wanted it to have a bit of our personality incorporated. We didn’t need to do much to the space because it so beautiful.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  The best surprise of the day came via my dad. He is from New Zealand, and most of our Kiwi family and friends made the trek for the wedding. During my dad’s toast at dinner, he started talking about New Zealand traditions and how he wanted to share them with all of our guests. Next thing you know a Maori burst in the door, in full traditional dress, including a grass skirt, war-painted face, and wooden staff. He then broke into the Haka, a traditional posture dance of the Maoris, meant to represent a challenge. The dancer was staring at my husband, Jarrett, the entire time, thus challenging him! It was a huge hit among the guest and was such an surprise. That was was definitely one of our favorite moments.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Try to hire people who share your tastes, and remember you can only manage so much, so don’t hesitate to give up some control to them. They are the professionals know what they are doing. And in the end, all that matters is that you enjoy yourself. If you do, then everyone else probably will too.

Photographer: Greg Slick, Once Studio / Venue: Marin Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California / Coordinator: Be Hitched / Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang / Alterations: Louise Austrie, (510) 839-8419 / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Stationery Design: Good On Paper Design / Stationery Printers: Paper Monkey Press / Flowers: Natalie Bowen / Photo Booth: Denon & Doyle / Catering: Katie Powers
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I am so sorry for bailing on you all yesterday – I was getting my post ready when I got a phone call that I had to pick my honey up at work and drive him to get stitches! He’s okay, but it was definitely scary, and it definitely ate up a good chunk of the day, and it definitely made me want to hug and kiss him as much as possible before I have to let him go back to work tomorrow. Anyway… I’ve got some great real weddings lined up for the next couple weeks that I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I do. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite links from around the web this week…

Happiest chuppah I’ve ever seen.

Gosh I love Gocco, via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

And hand-stamped paper too, via Annechovie.

Don’t you wish you were this clever?

I want one of each, via Design*Sponge.

Cute twist on the photobooth.

Inspired by beautiful book covers.

Gigantic key ring (and a stunning photo).

Darling backyard wedding in my new hometown!

I’d love to come across a time capsule.

Have a happy weekend lovelies! Make sure you give the ones you love lots of snuggles and hugs and kisses!

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Thank you to Bret Cole, whose gorgeous orchid bouquet photo inspired today’s wedding board… that soft gray velvet, the pop of orange ribbon, and of course the orchids. I think this palette is surprisingly versatile – the darker gray allows for a more formal event, while the orange keeps things playful. White is a crucial element, too, for making sure this look stays fresh, instead of heavy. Blending somewhat traditional materials and motifs (velvet, pearls, satin) with such a modern color scheme, I think the result is entirely unexpected.

Mood: bold, modern elegance
Palette: charcoal velvet, sweet tangerine, orchid white

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Top row from left: orchid photo by Bret Cole, short dress from J.Crew, seating cards and bar both from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: Kelley Wearstler design via Coco + Kelley, photo by Next Exit
Row 3: stationery by Pancake & Franks, gray suits photo by Jose Villa, ribbon and pearls via The Bride’s Guide
Row 4: cake photo by Union Photo, orchid centerpiece from Wedding Style Guide, Parker Palm Springs photo by Jose Villa, orchid and stone centerpiece by Red Orchid Design

Also… Leila from Inspired By This let me know that starting today, there will be 25 beautiful pieces from Adorn Brides exclusively featured on and available to rent from The Knot. You can see them all here. This is a great option if you want to wear diamonds on your wedding day but don’t want to break the bank…

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