I love all fruit decorations, but lemons are probably at the top of that list. This delightful centerpiece from Rebecca Thuss‘ own wedding served as the inspiration for today’s wedding board – sugar-dusted lemons in a simple compote dish. White garden roses are a simple and romantic choice for bouquets.

Mood: simple, tart and sweet
Palette: lemon and sugar

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Top row from left: lemons from Martha Stewart Weddings, place cards by Lulu Paper, bridesmaids from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: garden rose bouquet from Bellissima Vita Weddings, spiked lemonade with calligraphy by Paperfinger, ceremony seat photo by Stephanie Williams
Row 3: taffy styled by Chelsea Fuss, veil from Wedding Style Guide, balloons from Martha Stewart Weddings, lemon tree photo by Brandon Vick via The Bride’s Cafe
Row 4: stationery by Ceci New York, bouquet by Saipua, lemon sugar from Martha Stewart, lemon cake by K. Rose Cakes

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If you’re looking for a sweet, personalized gift for your bridesmaids (or your mother, or your sweetheart, or yourself!), you have to check out this custom hand-stamped jewelry by Lisa Leonard Designs. Lisa offers a variety of pieces, from necklaces to key chains to spoons (yes, spoons!), stamped with the monogram or words of your choice in sterling silver. Here are a few of my favorite necklaces…

Lisa originally started her business as a way to spend more time with her two sons, and is inspired by the beauty of the everyday. You can see more about Lisa and her work on her blog, and of course check out all of her pieces over at the Lisa Leonard Designs website.

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Today’s feature is actually a rehearsal dinner, but I think it could just as easily be a really fun wedding, and it felt like a really fun theme for the Fourth of July weekend. Laurie Arons created this retro hoedown party for a bride and groom in Calistoga, and Thayer Allyson Gowdy captured it all in these great shots…

 During the cocktail hour guests enjoyed a full bar, including the signature drink of whiskey sours, as well as mesquite grilled prawns and chipotle deviled eggs. Dinner included buttermilk fried chicken, barbecue ribs, biscuits, cornbread and coleslaw.

 Everyone came dressed in their cowboy gear! Welcome baskets included the classic children’s book This is San Francisco, old fashioned peanut brittle, Popchips, sunscreen, a San Francisco/Napa Valley Zagat guide customized with the couple’s wedding date (a gift from the Zagats, close friends of the couple), a tin of roasted almonds from Torn Ranch, Calistoga mineral water, and a detailed welcome letter listing the weekend’s activities.

 Instead of numbers, tables were named after vintage western movies and shows.

 Guests enjoyed a country western themed movie about the bride and groom.


  Dinner was followed by square dancing, complete with a caller, and dessert. The bride loves cake, so Perfect Endings made a display of home-style favorites, including devil’s food, banana, spiced pecan, and red velvet. There were also s’mores (with organic dark chocolate, and homemade marshmallows and grahams – of course!) to end the evening. Guests were sent home with small burlap bags filled with retro candy.

If this doesn’t look like a fun time, then I don’t know what does! Congratulations Chrissy and Alex – see some pics of their actual wedding day over on Laurie’s blog.

Photographer: Thayer Allyson Gowdy / Venue: Durham Ranch in St. Helena, California / Planning, Design: Laurie Arons Special Events / Catering: Daniel Ripley Catering / Cakes:  Perfect Endings / Bluegrass Band: Innovative Entertainment / Table Numbers: PS Paper / Hats, Bandannas: Oriental Trading Company
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Happy 4th of July weekend! I hope everyone has something fun planned – beach? barbecue? appropriately-colored berry dessert? And for your holiday weekend enjoyment, here are some fun links from around the web…


Charming paper crafts for the 4th of July.

Two more delightful tables from the delightful Chelsea.

What’s more romantic than lavender fields?

Another incredible wedding from Josh Goleman.

Sweet seersucker invites.

Two perfect shots.

Wouldn’t your bridesmaids love one of these? via Oh Joy!

Irresistible color palette.

More fabulous flowers by Saipua.

Custom notes in the sand.

Jump for joy, via Brooklyn Bride.

Cleverest business cards I’ve seen in awhile.

Have a happy happy holiday weekend!

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