Photo: Christian Oth Studio
What are you up to this weekend? Caroline’s birthday party is tomorrow, so I’m spending today getting everything ready (and I’m so thankful for all the help from my mom and sister!). I know you’re not supposed to try a recipe for the first time when it’s for guests, but I can’t help it – I have a bunch of little yogurt jars saved up and malted milk chocolate pot de creme sounds so yummy! Wish me luck with them.
Not many links this week as I was buried under a pile of crepe paper and floral tape – if you have any favorite finds, please share them in the comments!
I would really love a mini greenhouse.
Love the whimsy and simplicity of this ticket roll photo booth backdrop.
Yellow stripes and a scalloped edge make me so happy!
We eat french toast at least three times a week in our house. This coconut cream pie version sounds amazing.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Talk about timing! I scheduled this fun feature, only to learn that the venue had abruptly closed its doors, leaving hundreds of couples out of their deposits – or for some the full balance! – and without a venue. What a wedding nightmare! My heart just breaks for all of those couples who are affected, and I was reminded of my sister’s and friend‘s respective weddings that were impacted by the flooding in Colorado last year, and I know that wedding vendors really rallied and helped to save tons of weddings in those weeks. Looking at my Twitter feed, it’s obvious that the same is happening here, with incredibly generous and talented people offering their services at hugely discounted rates to the couples left in the lurch by reBar’s sudden closing.
In an effort to help, we’ll be updating this post with the names and contact info of those vendors here, and if there’s anyone I missed, please leave your info in the comments. And if you aren’t a vendor but you still want to help, there’s an Indiegogo campaign set up to help couples afford a new wedding, as well as a Give Forward page to help the employees of reBar who are left without a paycheck.
Image via Gothamist.
404 NYC. firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-290-2665
Bat Haus. (917) 865-8660
Dream Baby Bar. (646) 807-3754
Galapagos Art Space. (718) 222-8500
Gleason’s Gym. email@example.com
One Girl Cookies. (347) 338-1268
Water’s Edge. (718) 482-0033
Please note: these specials are being offered to couples whose weddings were displaced by reBar closing.
We’re having an early birthday celebration for Caroline this weekend, and I’ve been in paper flower heaven the past week, making pretties for the party…
I’m having so much fun designing and making flowers, and can’t stop thinking about them, so I thought I would share some of my favorite paper flower inspiration with you!
Thuss + Farrell
I received a copy of Paper to Petal by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell last summer, and it’s been an incredible resource for inspiration and techniques – I highly recommend it! It includes 75 projects, plus hundreds of petal and leaf templates (which are available in PDF form - hugely helpful for printing and cutting them out).
Oh, and the Thuss + Farell Instagram feed is wonderful, too!
I was first introduced to paper flowers years and years ago at the magical Berkeley shop, Tail of the Yak, with Anandamayi Arnold‘s spectacular paper botanical surprise balls…
Jude Miller‘s botanical sculptures are breathtaking - can you believe these are made of paper?! Imagine wearing one as a fascinator…
In addition to creating charming paper flowers, Livia Cetti is a gardener and incredible floral designer – somehow I think that comes through in her sweet paper creations. She also has a gorgeous new book out, The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers.
Brittni Watson Jepsen
I love paper blooms in any size, and Brittni over at The House That Lars Built clearly does too – how awesome is this giant flower! She has lots of great paper flower tutorials on her blog, and also offers workshops and online paper flower making classes.
Martha Stewart Weddings
Some of the most darling paper flower projects that I’ve seen come from the folks at Martha Stewart…
If you love paper flowers, you’ll also want to check out the work of Lyndie Dourthe and Eloise Corr Danch. Also, Lia Griffith has some great tutorials on her blog for a bunch of different flower styles.
And for even more of my paper flower finds, head over to my Paper Flower Pinterest board!
I received a review copy of Paper to Petal from Potter Craft/Random House, but all opinions expressed in this post are my own.
One of my favorite things about autumn weddings is the incredible richness of color, and Isabel and James’s palette is a perfect example: aubergine, forest green, gold and ivory. Gorgeous! Photographer Sarah Jane Winter captured the rustic elegance of their wedding beautifully in these images…
From the bride: “Staunton is a beautiful part of central Virginia, and represents the state’s mountains and countryside perfectly. We both enjoy the rolling hills of Virginia and wanted a place that represented our love of the outdoors. The Inn at Old Virginia is a gorgeous estate nestled in an idyllic location; with such a picturesque backdrop of the vibrant green cedars, there was really nothing else needed to dress it up. The Inn itself was exactly what I was looking for: a location that could hold the wedding party and close family so that everyone could just sit back and relax for the entire event. The owners were also so special and made the weekend proceed seamlessly.”
Isabel’s favorite part of the day? “James I had a moment just after the ceremony as we were waiting to be introduced where we had a few moments to reflect: wide-eyed, staring at each other, realizing that we were married! It was truly surreal – the actuality of finally being married and what that meant was overwhelming. The man who continues to inspire and pursue me was my husband! It was so special to be able to just hold each other before jumping back into the festivities for a minute.”
The couple had a Quaker-inspired wedding certificate that was signed by each of their guests.
“Having the event at one location for the weekend was perfect. Seeing friends and family come from all over to support and celebrate with us was exactly what made the event so memorable. The ceremony was in the evening, so from when I woke up to when I walked down the aisle I was around my dear girlfriends from all different times of my life. From middle school to present day, having those women was a huge blessing and I was so touched by them being there. “
The invitation suite and wedding day details featured calligraphy by the Left Handed Calligrapher.
“Sitting at a community table and having the food served family style was molded after our new business, The Dog and Pig Show,” shares Isabel. “We love having people share memories over great food and good drinks, so we could not imagine a more appropriate time to incorporate that shared pastime than at the reception.”
There were several cakes to choose from: Carrot Cake, Chocolate Raspberry Ganache Cake, Lemon Cake with Blackberry Filling and Vanilla Buttercream, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake. On the cake menu, each one was named after one of Isabel’s “house party” girls, as were the signature cocktails on the drink menu.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? There were a few images that I kept going back to for inspiration. As a bride, I wanted an aesthetic that reflected our taste and also created a magical evening for our guests. I went with aubergine, forest green, gold and ivory as accent colors. Combined with the outdoor events, those colors created a laid back elegance. I love the juxtaposition of certain elements. Outdoor simplicity with a glamorous tent, rough farm tables with lush and organic flower arrangements… those components along with the twinkle lights were the perfect backdrop for the evening.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Everyone told me that the day would fly by and to take in every moment. The day did go by fast, but the advice that I appreciated most was from my mom. After the ceremony she told me that James was a man who took things seriously – such as our marriage and his commitment to me. She reminded me how important it would be for me to truly value our marriage daily and never take each other for granted. My mother and father have been married for over 30 years, so her insight was treasured!
What advice do you have for other brides? The day of the ceremony can be daunting and emotionally overwhelming. I would advise taking time to really reflect and soak in the beauty of it all by yourself – if only for a moment – just to take in as much of the extraordinary as possible. So that I could remember everything, I wrote notes to myself throughout the day – things people said to me, how I felt getting into my dress, and other experiences I wanted to be sure to never forget.
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