With temperatures here in Austin still in the 90s, it’s definitely tough for me to get my brain in autumn mode, but I know there are some fall brides out there seeking inspiration! Plus, it’s September – time for some rich color palettes and rustic elements. Make an oft-used palette like green and brown, new. Instead of green apple and chocolate, use shades of olive and deep caramel. Pull in unusual elements like dramatic pheasant and guinea feathers to create a beautiful twist on a classic look. And of course, don’t forget miniature apples and pears to round out the autumn event.

Mood: rustic early fall
Palette: olive green, warm cream, deep caramel brown

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Top row from left: vintage cream lace necklace by White Owl, bride in pheasant feather hat photo from Weddings Unveiled, olive green tie with brown sweater photo by Ben Blood, miniature candied apples from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: Dom Perignon champagne from Allure Consulting, bouquet with dusty miller and anemones by Ariella Chezar, brown and cream menu with whimsical font from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: large white peony pin by Emersonmade, ranunculus and pheasant feather bouquet photo by Laura Ryan, miniature pear place card from Brides, Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Row 4: faux bois invitation suite from Martha Stewart Weddings, lantern-lit stairs via {frolic!}, vintage olive green velvet sofa photo by Elizabeth Messina, pheasant feather place setting via Perfect Bound

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Hi all! I hope everyone had a nice long weekend. My friend’s wedding was just beautiful, and it was great to get home to San Francisco for a couple days. I’m headed back to Austin today, so I might be a bit slow (yes, even slower than usual) getting back to emails. But I promise I’ll catch up as quickly as possible!

When I first saw the beautiful floral pieces by Emersonmade, I knew I’d be incorporating them into some inspiration boards – they’re irresistible! The black and white checked tie with the cute yellow carnation pinned to it inspired this wedding board which includes retro elements and a bold yellow, black and white color scheme. It would work in spring or summer, but I’d love to see it as an autumn wedding – there’s almost a bit of a back-to-school feel to it that I just love!

Mood: retro, bold
Palette: dandelion yellow, daisy petal white, licorice black

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Top row from left: frozen ginger lemon drop cocktail and daffodil and daisy centerpieces both from Martha Stewart Weddings, checked tie with carnation by Emersonmade, modern cake by Flour Patch Bakery from Brides
Row 2: vintage camera photo by A Bryan Photo, striped envelope liner by Mr. Boddington’s Studio, Shasta daisy bouquet photo by Karen Wise
Row 3: vintage California state handkerchief ring pillow photo by Weddings By Two via 100 Layer Cake, daisy pom by R. Jack Balthazar, retro car license plate photo by Jose Villa, black-belted dress from J.Crew

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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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