Yesterday was a perfect day here, and we enjoyed it by cooking out with some friends – I hope we’ll have lots more days like that this summer! This week, I thought I’d post some red, white and blue inspiration boards, and I’m starting with this laid back lobster boil wedding. Get your guests in the spirit with lobster bib save-the-dates. How to make things both relaxed and lovely? For table numbers, tie tags around galvanized buckets filled with flowers, and for place cards, write guests’ names on smooth stones. Serve up ice cream in paper cups with wooden spoons, and drinks with striped straws. Send guests home with lobster-shaped lollipops. And if this seems too casual for a wedding, how about a rehearsal dinner?

Mood: relaxed, preppy
Palette: driftwood, pale blue, lobster red

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Top row from left: bride and groom with balloons via Nibs, ice cream with paper+cup wooden spoons via Martha Stewart Weddings, Cape Cod photo from Maverick Charters
Row 2: linen ring pillow from Eunice’s wedding via Martha Stewart Weddings, dahlias in mason jar vase from Wedding Style Guide, lobster lollipops and rubber stamp save the date both from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: lobster save-the-date by Linda & Harriett, photo by Karlisch, blue striped straws via Kelly Oshiro Events, lobster bib by Bird & Banner
Row 4: photo of DIY programs with bakers twine by Leigh Miller, red checked napkin, dahlias in galvanized bucket from Real Simple, blueberry pie

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This week involved a lot of catching up on emails and blogging, but I think I’m starting to make a dent. My goal is to set a good schedule for myself, so that I have some time to enjoy the summer, because (and I think anyone who’s self-employed will agree) it’s just so easy to never stop working! So, I’m trying to be a better time manager, to make time for things like the farmers market and art exhibits and trips up or down the coast.

The other thing I want to make time for, and that I’m just so excited about, is starting to plan our wedding ceremony. As much as I’m having fun thinking about all the little design details, choosing readings and music for our ceremony and talking with our officiant about what we want for our wedding really reminds me of why we’re planning this event in the first place, (and it makes me feel not so bummed out about the fact that getting married in December means no garden roses). I’ll probably talk more about all of this more down the road, but for now we’re really just getting started. How are you going about planning your wedding ceremony? Any great readings or resources that I just have to know about?

The other thing I’ve been doing is catching up on my blog reading, so I’ve got loads of links for you to enjoy!

A recipe for radishes in soil.

Custom Scout Books would make the cutest favors.

Charming vintage paper crafts and incredible paper flowers.

Urban picnic.

Green rooftops, via paper tastebuds.

Loving these wedding portraits. And that dress!


Hoping to find rhubarb at the farmers market this weekend (I don’t know about you, but I prefer my rhubarb pie unadulterated. No strawberries, thank you very much.).

Someone please buy this amazing vintage tropical fabulous dress

Love this desert wedding – that last pic is an especially good wedding day reminder.

Poster on a stick, via Twig & Thistle.

A menagerie of clutches, via Kris Atomic.

Computer icons as stationery.

Rugs inspired by the view out your airplane window.

It’s a mod, mod wedding.

A delicious map.

Sunrise engagement shoot.

I really love the chalkboard place mats.

Even though we just spent three days moving cross-country, I’m still thinking my summer needs a road trip.

Cheerful yellow business cards.

I dig The Sartorialist, but this is too funny.

Seersucker invitations are perfect for summer.

These shoes want to live on my feet, via Santa Barbara Chic.

Socks for your bridesmaids.

Is there anything cuter than vintage baby Nikes?

Knots in a frame.

I want one so bad.

Well lovelies, have a wonderful weekend. I hope you get a chance to enjoy some sunshine!

PS – I just remembered something! Tomorrow is our would-be wedding date, if we hadn’t decided to put things on hold. We were planning on getting married at my family’s summer home in Montana, where it’s supposed to storm. Funny how things work out… I think my honey and I will go out for dinner here in San Fran, instead.

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Today’s charming Midwestern wedding feels like summer, with a rustic, woodsy camp vibe that I love. Laura (an event planner out of Minnesota) and Colin chose this private lodge in northern Wisconsin for their Friday wedding not just because of it’s beautiful location, but also because the bride’s family has rented it out every summer for 50 years. Photos by Jennifer Cress.

Laura tied vintage floral fabric on the wedding programs.

Colin is a professional brewer (beer maker, not baseball player), so he made his own beer to serve on-tap and in bottles for guests to take home.

Both the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere incorporated barley hops, a nod to the groom’s profession. Laura’s dress was a cocktail dress purchased off the rack and lined with an ivory slip.

A hand-drawn map directed guests to lawn games (like horseshoes), canoe rides, a cigar cabin, and firepit.

Venue: private lodge in Brule River, Wisconsin

Bride’s dress / shoes: Off 5th / My Glass Slipper

Groom’s suit: Nordstrom

Flowers: A Day in Provence

Stationery: Lunalux

Thank you to Laura and Colin, and thank you to Jennifer Cress for sending over the photos of their lovely wedding!

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