A charming wedding luncheon in a cafe garden felt just perfect for this beautiful summer day…

The bride, Juli, was kind enough to stop by and share some details about her wedding:

When Scott and I planned our wedding reception we wanted something simple and tasteful, and we wanted our guests to feel welcome, happy and comfortable. If we had a Sonoma home we would have invited everyone over for an afternoon in the garden, but since we don’t have one, the patio at the Harvest Moon Café on Sonoma Square was the perfect canvas for our celebration. Cotton table cloths in a muted blue and white tied the eclectic garden furniture together. Flowers (in vases I’ve collected over the years) were arranged to look as though they were picked that morning from the garden.

Having a fondness for wax seals, I undertook a treasure hunt that led me to Portobello Road in London where I was fortunate to find an Edwardian era double-headed eagle, a symbol used in history to combine empires. Seemed like the perfect thing for our place cards. Saved wine corks were modified to serve as their stands.

With Jen and Nick Demarest of the Harvest Moon Café, we designed a menu of locally grown food, wine and beer. Jen happens to be an excellent pastry chef so she also made our beautiful cake. And, of course, we worked with photographer Silvana Di Franco to capture the afternoon with her beautiful work. The morning of the reception came an unexpected summer rain, and luckily, it dusted off the patio and left a lovely fragrance in time for the festivities. Everyone mingled, caught up, put names with faces, hugged, kisses, laughed, and the food was delicious! It was a glorious afternoon, just as we’d imagined and more.

Thank you Juli! And to Silvana di Franco, also, for sending over these beautiful photos.

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After loading a moving truck in the Austin heat and humidity (if my honey is reading this: you’re my hero), and then a three-day drive, we arrived at our new home! Well, our new temporary home – we’re house sitting while my mom is away for the summer, which means we have some time to find our own place (and which also means we’ll be moving all this stuff again, just not as far). Our kitty is exploring everything, and has discovered how fun it is to slide across hardwood floors. I’m working on some great posts for you, but until I can get those finished and posted, here are some awesome links to check out…

My dream honeymoon spot.


Hero supplies for dad.

I’m thinking of going with bangs after the wedding.

Stepford wife gone rogue.

Preserving Van Gogh’s palette.

A greenhouse wedding.

You can bet I’ll be making strawberry ricotta graham tartlets this summer.

My iPhone wants one wants one, via automatism.

Adding these (totally perfect for summer) beach blankets to my wish list, via {frolic!}.

Inspired by a summer camping trip.

Have a happy Tuesday!

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The Dessy Group has teamed up with top American designer, Cynthia Rowley, to launch a brand new line of pretty and sophisticated bridesmaid dresses. (Check out the launch party here – don’t you love that short pink tulle number?!)

With a range of styles, from tea length tulle to floor length satin, the new line of Cynthia Rowley bridesmaid dresses has something for weddings both simple and grand, informal and black tie.

And since it’s The Dessy Group, the dresses come in just about any color you could want, perfect for coordinating with the rest of your wedding palette. So, which one’s your favorite?

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I spent the day yesterday packing up most of our apartment, so I wasn’t able to get up the inspiration board that’s sitting half finished on my desktop. Hopefully this beautiful (and totally DIY) wedding will make up for it. Susan and Jesse were married in November in a private ceremony, followed by a reception full of fabulous vintage details.

Says bride, Susan: We did the vast majority of the work on our own. I stayed up late
making the bouquets after our florist went in for a surgery. Jesse‘s mom
took care of the boutonnieres.

The bridesmaids all wore authentic 1920s dresses.

I made the dress from something old and something new. The lace portion of was taken from a dress from the early 1910s (purchased from Timeless Vixen at the Vintage Clothing Expo in Los Angeles. I deconstructed the dress, and stitched the lace to a French tulle dress (made by St. Patrick), which I also altered. I found the tulle dress on clearance at a Bridal shop a few blocks from my house, and it was perfect!

We wanted to avoid traditional colors and themes, and we also wanted to be as economical as possible. We thought the best way to get what we wanted was to do what we like, and punch it up. We were able to use a lot of the things we already owned, antiques, frames, easels, etc.

We hired our friend to DJ for us at the reception, and also used an antique phonograph for the music. It was great to have our friends and family involved, and we appreciated all of their help.

Ceremony venue: LDS Temple in Logan, Utah

Reception venue: Salt Lake Hardware Building in Salt Lake City

Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss

Can you believe that Susan made her own dress?! Beautiful. Thank you to Susan and Jesse for sharing their lovely wedding with us, and thank you of course to Duston Todd for sending over these wonderful pics. You can see even more from this wedding over on Duston’s blog.

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