The countdown to our wedding day is going faster by the minute! With wedding To Do’s, blog To Do’s, and just regular life To Do’s, it’s starting to feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. It’s wonderful and crazy-making at the same time. So, if you’re getting married before the end of the year, and feeling a little nuts, I thought I’d share these words of wisdom from an email my friend Meg wrote to me recently:

First. No new projects ’til after the wedding!
Second. You have to let some stuff go and prioritize. Write out your wedding list, cross out what you can, ask for HELP on the rest.
Third. Take a nap.
Seriously. This is a tough time, you’re in the homestretch, you have to aggressively practice self care.

My godmothers are hosting a bridal shower for me this weekend, and both of my sisters have flown in for it, which has just made my week. Not only don’t I get to see them often enough, but my older sister has a bun in the oven that’s due (get this) on our wedding day. I’d say that’s pretty much a guarantee she’ll have more important things to do that day, so I’m really glad she was able to make it for the shower (she also brought my two nephews with her, so I get to hang out with them; plus the littler one likes to brush my hair which is always okay with me).

How are you spending your weekend? How about some fun links first?

Don’t you love seeing the journey of this jewel?

13 days of Halloween.

Love this chicken‘s hairdo.

Disco ball staircase.

Drooling over the packaging on this vintage French chocolate box.

Why aren’t you wearing a dress?

Especially this dress!

These Winnie-the-Pooh stamps are the sweetest thing.

Wish this dress lived in my closet.

Calendar swap!

Is that marshmallow I see?

It’s 85-degrees here, but if it’s fall where you are (I’m jealous), some October things to do.

$9 wedding dress. That’s right, nine dollars.

Have a happy weekend everyone!

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Though they live in New York, neither Lauren nor Adam is from the city – she’s from Colorado and he’s from Vancouver. They wanted to get married in the city where they met and fell in love, but they also wanted a venue that didn’t feel quite so urban, so they chose the New Leaf Cafe in Fort Tryon Park.

I absolutely love Lauren’s gauzy, blush pink dress from Lanvin – a beautiful wedding dress you could wear again and again!

Guests found their seats with the help of fabric boutonnieres tagged with table numbers.

Says Lauren, “We didn’t pick wedding colors because we wanted everything to have a very natural feel that would fit well within the park. So instead we used materials like brown kraft paper, cork, raw wood and tea-dyed cheese cloth to achieve that look. The flowers helped bring in a subtle element of color that was just enough pop.”

The cake sat on a jadeite pedestal cake stand, and was simple adorned with origami cranes.

Photography: Evan Miller

Venue: New Leaf Cafe in New York, New York

Bride’s dress / shoes: Lanvin

Bride’s veil: Sara Gabriel

Groom’s suit / shoes: Rag & Bone / Florsheim by Duckie Brown

Flowers: Poppies & Posies

Cake: Amy’s Bread

Congratulations Lauren and Adam, and thank you to Poppies & Posies for sending over this sweet wedding!

Don’t forget to enter to win an engagement/lifestyle photo shoot and 8mm from A Bryan Photo, and a $500 travel credit to get there from Traveler’s Joy! Details here.

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Hello!Lucky was one of Snippet & Ink’s very first sponsors almost three years ago, and they continue to be one of my very favorite sources for wedding goodies. It’s probably no surprise that one of my favorite Hello!Lucky wedding invites is for a San Francisco wedding…

Don’t you love these destination save the date cards and destination wedding invitations? They come in a bunch of different colors for a bunch of different destinations, and I know I’d love to receive one as a guest. I’d frame the Hawaii save-the-date and hang it on my wall!

And I think every crafty bride out there would love Hello!Lucky’s new book, Handmade Weddings, coming out in January 2011 (engagement present, anyone?).

They offer other printed wedding items, from table numbers to menus (they even have charming playing cards designed for Eunice’s whimsical wedding), so no matter what you’re looking for, you should be able to find it at Hello!Lucky.

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I love mixing outrageously bold colors with softer more romantic ones. Here, vermillion orange and pale blush pink make up a palette that’s both sweet and sexy – bold regency romance. Each element adds to the opulence: elaborate florals, satin shoes, rubies, truffles, and ostrich feathers.

Mood: Russian ballet meets Paris ballet
Palette: vermillion orange, blush pink, hints of gold

Top row from left: Vera Wang dress and red floral wallpaper from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo of pink Christian Louboutin shoes by Jose Villa, bouquet with orchids and maidenhair fern by Ariella Chezar
Row 2: champagne coupe glasses, bride with pink feather headband from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: diamond and ruby earrings from Doyle & Doyle, dusted caramel truffles from Charbonnel et Walker, envelope with vintage stamps from Bari Zaki
Row 4: Palace Garden Court, orange and white salad plate by Royal Crown Derby from Martha Stewart Weddings, red canopy bed via The City Sage

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