Photo: Anna Kuperberg
Sometimes you just need a break from wedding planning, and by Friday everyone is ready for a break anyway! So each week, we send you into the weekend with some of our favorite finds from around the web, from pretty products to tutorials to interesting articles, and whatever else strikes our fancy. We hope you enjoy, and of course have a happy, happy weekend!
I can’t get enough of nectarines right now, and love the idea of putting them in a salad.
Oh do I love this dress.
Who knew a tampon commercial could be so fantastic?!
I really want to take this hand lettering class on Skillshare.
The great artisanal cheese panic of 2014.
This is my favorite blog right now. I love daydreaming about owning a wonderful old house someday!
Also enjoying this beautiful blog – makes me want to take another honeymoon (like I needed convincing).
Genius way to cut a bunch of grapes in half at once!
Dynamite favors (for a 4th of July wedding?).
If you’re in or near San Francisco, don’t miss dinner at TBD. I don’t usually post about restaurants, but this makes my list of top five meals of all time. I can’t stop thinking about it!
I will definitely be making rocky road pudding pops this summer.
Come across any gems lately? Share your finds in the comments, and have a lovely weekend!
Nina & Wes sent over the photos of this sweet Kentucky wedding, and I think it’s such a perfect example of the impact of a beautiful venue…
Says the bride: “I’ve always dreamed about having my wedding outdoors where I would be surrounded by trees, birds and God’s wonderful creations. I love nature and that is where I feel God’s presence the most. So I knew that I had to have a place that was naturally beautiful without artificial decorations. I wanted our love to be shared with others in a setting that felt free, graceful, and everlasting. I grew up in Richmond and as a child I attended many events at White Hall; there was no better place than to have a wedding where it reminded me of childhood memories. Knowing that my father would give me away on the same land that I had once ran, laughed, and played on as a child was very comforting to me.”
Each bouquet was accented with a special gold dragonfly pin: “There were many details that I loved about my wedding, but there is one that really stands out to me. I am a very lucky girl to say that most of my bridesmaids were ladies that I have grown up with since childhood. We did everything together and loved each other more like sisters than friends. When we were 18, one our best friends, Megan, was killed. It was a horrific, tragic time, but it brought us all closer together. I knew that if she were alive that she would have been a bridesmaid in my wedding, and I wanted to honor her memory on one of the biggest days of my life. Megan loved dragonflies: she drew pictures of them, she admired their beauty and one was even carved into her headstone. I thought long and hard on how I was going to honor her since she was such a big part of all of our lives. After a great deal of searching I finally found someone who created delicate, gold dragonflies. I ordered one for myself and each bridesmaid and had the florist tie them to the stems of each bouquet. This symbol of Megan’s memory was special to each of us, especially her sister Sara who was a bridesmaid. This beautiful dragonfly tucked under our flowers was a way that Megan could walk down the aisle with us, be with us throughout the day, just as if she were still alive.”
Both the ceremony and reception venues were historical sites. White Hall (the ceremony site) was built in 1798, and the Keene Johnson Ballroom (the reception venue) was built in 1896. The bride’s uncle made the large wood cross for the outdoor ceremony.
“My day was overflowing with magical moments,” says Jessica, “however my favorite moment was when my dad gave me away and I grabbed Dylan’s hand for the first time, knowing I would be his wife in a matter of minutes. I was so overwhelmed with happiness and emotions that all I could do was burst into tears knowing that this was the hand I would hold forever.”
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I was inspired by my love for vintage, soft colors, and simple things. I wanted everything to have a vintage theme. Natural colors, lace, classic invitations, vintage car, long flowing dresses, bow ties for the groomsmen, and jewelry (hair brooch, earrings, and bracelet) that look like jewels my great-grandmother would have worn. Walking past that mansion on that gorgeous lawn made me feel very elegant!
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? There were many traditions spread throughout the day, but Dylan and I made new traditions too. I gave my mother, my father, and each bridesmaid a handwritten letter full of memories and love, with a dated, sentimental picture of the each individual and myself. Dylan and I also wrote letters to each other and heard those sweet and humorous words for the first time when the pastor read them during the ceremony. We wanted to keep God front and center, thus our focal point for the ceremony was a large rugged cross made by Uncle Mike.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? The best advice I received was to relax, enjoy each moment, and let someone else worry about the details. That advice probably sounds familiar, but it’s so easy for a bride to get caught up in the details of getting her hair done, makeup, pictures, worrying about timing. Honestly take a step back from all the craziness and take a moment to enjoy – it only happens once! I can truly say I experienced many emotions throughout the day and I often had to take deep breaths to soak in the beauty of it all!
What advice do you have for other brides? The best advice I have is to always smile. The day will go on and maybe not exactly as you planned, but when it is all said and done you want to look back and remember that through it all you have a wonderful day and you were happy, blessed, and smiling! When the bride is happy and smiling it is contagious and everyone around you will smile as well.
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White Hall Wedding from Nina & Wes25 June 2014
Two of our incredible Select vendors at one of Northern California’s most elegant venues, all together in one beautiful wedding! MAP Events brought a classic style to Megan and Clinton’s wine country nuptials, and Meg Smith captured it all with her timeless photography…
Says Megan, “I wore my grandmother’s garter belt from her wedding (after some fixing up). Conveniently, it was blue so the garter represented both my ‘something old’ and ‘something blue’ from the traditional four ‘somethings.’”
The couple made their way from the ceremony to the reception in a vintage checker cab.
Says Melissa from MAP Events, “Megan had a very specific design idea in mind with farm tables, lace runners, and white antique lounge furniture. Kate Stanley designed the space with a mix of linen covered tables to balance out space, and used romantic white flowers.”
Escort cards with calligraphy by Tara Jones were displayed under sheer white ribbons.
Says Megan of the choice to hold the reception at Beaulieu Garden: “We chose Beaulieu because the venue was the perfect canvas to create the casual black-tie atmosphere we were looking for. The location’s versatile layout gave us the ability to host fountain-side cocktails in the front garden area, while taking wedding photos in the picturesque backyard landscape. From there, we were able to nicely transition to dinner under the arbor and dancing under the stars.”
Perfect Endings created a gorgeous four-tiered cake covered with textured white chocolate and their signature sugar flowers. Each tier was a different flavor: double chocolate with raspberry, pound cake with raspberry, red velvet, and banana cake.
And of course there’s nothing quite like a Magnolia Photo Booth to add to the wedding festivities!
Wedding film by one of our all-time favorites, Sandbox Love!
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We are both from northern California and consume more wine than we’d like to admit, so Napa was a natural fit. Since we had many guests traveling in from out of town, we also felt that Napa would be a nice vacation-y spot for our family and friends over the Memorial Day weekend.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The country vineyards of Napa combined with the venue’s manicured garden served as inspiration. When we visited Beaulieu Gardens, the French Chateau oasis in Napa fit the country chic vision perfectly.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? The experience in its entirety blends into one surreal moment, but if we had to choose a single favorite moment, it would have to be the first look.
Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. The groom’s cake was a fun detail as it represented the progression of Clinton’s interests from when we started dating in college to our final years in New York before moving back to California. Clinton played football in school so the cake was shaped into a football helmet that was half his high school helmet and half his college helmet. Right next to the helmet was a mini fondant sculpture of our dog, Ryley, who we raised in New York.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? The best advice came from my bridesmaids who told me to focus on choosing the venue first and let the details and inspiration follow from there.
What advice do you have for other brides? Don’t stress over things out of your control – like the weather. Channel that energy into things you can control. Also, another piece of advice is don’t feel pressure to rush into a wedding after getting engaged. We had an 18-month engagement and although at times we just wanted to get on with the big day, we also couldn’t imagine rushing to plan such an important weekend.
First Course: Peppery Greens with Oven Cured Tomatoes / Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese, Honey-Lemon-Lavender Vinaigrette, House Made Grissini, Herb Blossoms // Main Course: Filet of Beef Tenderloin with Merlot Demi Glace, Leek and Thyme Rösti Potato and Assorted Beets or Fennel, Coriander and Chile Crusted Bass served with Wilted Spinach, Potato-Fennel Purée and a Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette, Micro Greens or Red Quinoa Wrapped with Savoy with Mushroom Demi Glace, Leek and Thyme Rösti Potato and Assorted Beets
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Beaulieu Garden Wedding by Meg Smith24 June 2014
It’s always so much fun to feature a venue for the very first time, especially when it’s as lovely as the Columbus Museum of Art! It was the first place Libby and Jon thought of for both their ceremony and reception: “It was a favorite place of my husband’s before we were engaged. A bonus was that we barely needed any decorations – the art provided a great setting and the style of the interior was beautiful as is.”
All of the ladies wore red lipstick, and the bride accented her vintage-inspired BHLDN dress with a vintage hair brooch. In addition, says the bride, “I wore my mother-in-law’s earrings that she had worn on her wedding day, and just before the ceremony my mother gave me a handkerchief that her grandmother had embroidered.”
Libby designed and printed the stationery herself.
What inspired Libby and Jon’s design choices? “We both agreed that we wanted a classic, timeless feel for our wedding day, and we kept this in mind as we made planning decisions. Additionally, we planned our wedding very quickly in about four months. This actually turned out to be a good thing for me – I had to pick a style and theme early on and stick with it because there wasn’t time to change anything. If I had had a year or more to plan I probably would have agonized over each decision!
“Our florist offered a unique option for flowers – they helped me select the flowers I wanted to include, and they provided guidance and instruction while my sisters, mom, and I assembled the bouquets and arrangement ourselves. It was fun and also helped us save on the cost of a full florist service.”
“I was blown away by how sweet and sincere the speeches at the reception were – by my father-in-law, father, best men, and maid of honor,” says Libby. “I didn’t think a lot about the speeches before the wedding because I didn’t have to plan them! So it was kind of a surprise that they became one of my favorite parts of the day.”
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? My sister-in-law is an amazing singer, and she performed the song “Sea of Love” during our ceremony with two of my husband’s friends signing backup and playing guitar and drums. It was a really special moment for us, and many of the guests commented on how much they enjoyed it.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We included only the traditions that we liked! We did see each other before the wedding for a first look, and I think that was a great decision for us. It got some pre-wedding jitters out of the way and gave us some quiet time together. At the reception we included most of the traditions (dances, cake cutting, bouquet toss) kind of quickly at the beginning – we wanted to keep the party moving.
Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. My mother volunteered to grow 200 white tulips from bulbs for the wedding – she planted them months before, and it was so fun to check in on the progress (we were nervous they wouldn’t be ready in time). It ended up working out perfectly, and they looked so beautiful on the day of. // A fun detail is that my husband had twin best men – he has been best friends with them since middle school. In their speech they said “We know he picked both of us since just one of us couldn’t have gotten the job done!”
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Some practical advice: our officiant advised my husband and me to make sure we held our kiss for a couple extra seconds during the ceremony so that our photographers could be sure to get the shot and I thought that was really helpful (we did get an amazing photo!).
What advice do you have for other brides? Don’t over-DIY (extra stress during an already stressful time), and try not to ask too much of your friends and family – they want to enjoy the day too. Also, break in your shoes!
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? To help stay within our budget, we spent more money on the parts of the wedding that we thought would have the biggest impact (the venue, the flowers, my dress, an open bar) and we decided to forgo of some of the smaller details (favors, upgraded linens and chairs, a limo rental, etc.).
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? My maid of honor – my sister – announced to me just before that wedding that she was pregnant! My family and I were so thrilled with this news, and it added another layer of excitement and happiness to the whole weekend.
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