I don’t know about you, but I so wish the weather was to right to sit outside in the sun with a book and a bowl of summer fruit. Hence today’s inspiration board. Bright summer sun, filtered through an orchard thick with peaches, and a casual meal in the late afternoon, once the day has cooled off a bit. Set up games, maybe a tire swing, and serve family favorites for dessert. Instead of flowers, decorate tables with baskets of peaches that guests can take home.

Mood: sunny, homegrown
Palette: sweet peach, summer green

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Top row from left: table photo by David Tsay via sfgirlbybay, veil by Leah C., punch photo by Jose Villa, peach tree photo by David Tsay via sfgirlbybay
Row 2: photo by Robert Sukrachand, cake
Row 3: mason jar votive via Once Wed, lemon tart photo by Valls Photographic, utensils tied with twine photo by Bill Kingston, baskets of peaches from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 4: invitation by Poppies for Grace, game sign photo by Jose Villa, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, gate photo by Billy Winters

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One of my favorite things is opening an email and seeing beautiful work from a new vendor, and Minna Designs is a perfect example of this. With a background in design and fine arts, Minna made her first wedding invitation for a friend’s wedding, and now she’s extending her creativity to the rest of us. Here are some of my favorite pieces…

These are just some of Minna’s custom designs. See more at Minna Designs’ website, and see updates at her blog. And if you’re in the New York area, head over to the Bridal Show at Oheka Castle on Thursday to meet Minna and see some of her work in person.

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JoEllen and Rob’s wedding is full of playful, do-it-yourself details, in cheery red and white. The September wedding took place at the Round Barn Farm, a bed-and-breakfast in Red Wing, Minnesota. JoEllen and Rob both stayed there with their families for the whole wedding weekend.

The bride and groom both have backgrounds in design, so it was logical that they would design their own invitations. They were inspired by the weathervane on the top of the Round Barn, and it appeared as a motif on the stationery.

Rob spent the summer before the wedding working on his 1952 Chevy pickup truck. He and JoEllen and custom door decals made with the graphic they designed for their invitations. They drove the truck to the wedding venue, and to make their getaway on Sunday morning.

Little bells were placed at each seat for the ceremony for guests to ring as the couple made their way back down the aisle. The bells were embellished with tags that the couple printed to read “Ring bells for first kisses and the newest Mr. & Mrs.” The ceremony was full of personal details. The Urthema String Quartet played a selection of the couple’s favorite music, including the theme from The Life Aquatic, one of their favorite movies. JoEllen’s and Rob’s fathers each did a reading, including a piece of scripture and a selection from The Little Prince.

Hay bales covered with vintage wool blankets made for rustic seats during the cocktail hour. The venue was hung with bunting flags that JoEllen made from 1950s tablecloths and other fun fabrics. During the cocktail hour, guests played Kubb, a Viking lawn game which is sort of a combination of horseshoes and bowling. Croquet and Hatchet Toss were also set up for guests to play.

Cupcakes including chocolate and vanilla with various fillings (strawberry, fudge, Bavarian cream), and red velvet. JoEllen and Rob made the little cupcake flags, the cupcake stand was made by JoEllen’s father, and JoEllen made the cake topper from vintage millinery supplies. 

In addition to dancing, there was a photobooth, games, and a bonfire for making s’mores. 

The couple stole a kiss in the old truck at the end of the night.

Photographer: EyeSpy Photography / Venue: Round Barn Farm in Red Wing, Minnesota / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Groom’s Attire: Heimie’s Haberdashery / Catering:  Lunds and Byerly’s / Cupcakes: Lindquist Cake Shop / Bulk Flowers: 2G RosesFarms To GoAppleblossom Flowers
  • DIY Wedding at Minnesota Bed & Breakfast

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    There are rumors of 70 degree weather here in California this weekend, so I’m planning on enjoying that before I head back to the snow next week. Some of my favorite things from around the web this week…

    Joanna’s engagment photos have been all over the blogs.

    Jewelry made out of tea cups and plates, via Katy Elliott.

    Custom letterpress stationery from Black Pearl Press – yes please!

    Lauren and Tim’s New Orleans wedding caught on 8mm.

    Snippet & Ink is one of Joel Flory’s favorites!

    A clever way to do your own calligraphy.

    My dream vacation of the day, via Hollister Hovey.

    Also, Cassandra was sweet enough to invite me to share my 2009 color predictions, so check them out over at coco + kelley, along with all of the other predictions here.

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