Gosh. There has been so much going on lately, I don’t even know where to start! My honey and I are making another interstate move in just a couple of months, our wedding planning is back in full swing, and then there’s all the fun of tax time (glad that’s over). Lots of good things, but overwhelming, too – you know? Today, we’re off on an early-morning flight to Wisconsin for a cousin’s wedding, but I wanted to leave you with some fun links to kick off the weekend…

{via bippity boppity boo}

On the map, via Oh Joy!

This little piggy.

Best homework ever.

These are a few of my favorite things.

Favorite entry in The Sartorialist’s vintage photo contest.

Pretty little doily stamp.

Unexpected patterns on pretty rings.

Train hopping, via a desert fete.

These pretties would sure look nice on my ears (your ears, too).

Wish I had a hilarious Uncle Sugar.

Only Oscar could make me love a giant pink bow.

Tiny people, via Paper Tastebuds.

Shades of toast.

I’ll never get sick of chalkboard paint.

And some fab decals to slap on it, via A Cup of Jo.

Fabulous gold clutch, via Mrs. Lilien.

Say Happy Mother’s Day.


How do you improve on chocolate? Awesome packaging never hurts.

Have a wonderful weekend, lovelies! Any fun plans?

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When Tom and Kimberly attended a wedding at a friend’s home in Healdsburg, California, they absolutely fell in love with a giant oak tree on the property. Just one of the reasons they chose to have their own wedding there…

Kimberly wore her mother’s Priscilla of Boston dress from 1967, that she had altered and updated by Suzanne Hanley at Atelier des Modistes. Because of the uneven ground, she opted for shoes with wedge heels.

The couple’s friend officiated.

Photographer Gia Canali used some really fun cameras at Tom and Kimberly’s wedding: “I first met Tom and Kimberly in 2007 when we were all in Beijing for a wedding. We hit it off talking about cameras – Tom has the most enviable collection of antique and unique cameras one could ever want. So when they got engaged and hired me to be their wedding photographer, I was, of course, totally thrilled, and started planning to incorporate a bunch of my antique cameras into the photography of their wedding day.”

100 guests sat together at one long table, winding among the trees, and enjoyed a meal of seasonal, locally-grown ingredients (including a pig roast!), catered by Outstanding in the Field (that’s right – they cater!).

Venue: private home in Healdsburg, CA

Bride’s dress / shoes: vintage Priscilla of Boston updated by Atelier des Modistes / Bottega Veneta

Bridesmaid dresses: Cari Borja

Flowers: Dragonfly Floral

Catering: Outstanding in the Field

Music: Green String Farm Band

Lighting: Twilight Design

Coordination: Off the Beaten Path Weddings

Congratulations Tom and Kimberly! And thank you to the sweet and talented Gia Canali for sending over these gorgeous photos.

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This week’s inspiration boards use simple palettes of a single color and white – orange and creme, blue and porcelain, lemon yellow and meringue. The elements here are pretty simple, too: bunting and tissue poms, ribbon wands, ruffles and roses. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel to have a lovely wedding!

Mood: sweet and sunny
Palette: lemon pie, white meringue

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Top row from left: photo of tent with yellow bunting by One Love Photo, bridesmaid with slice of lemon meringue pie from Wedding Style Guide, yellow and white tissue pom poms from The Paper Whale
Row 2: ruffled tablecloth and yellow bistro chair via Daisy Chain, yellow ribbon wands by {frolic!}
Row 3: photo of ruffled dress by Duston Todd, flower girl with ranunculus nosegay by Ariella Chezar from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo of California oak tree by Jose Villa
Row 4: vintage Porsche and Monique Lhuillier “Arianna” dress from Martha Stewart Weddings, RSVP calligraphy by Laura Hooper*, bouquet of yellow garden roses by Nicolette Camille

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I love the perfect blue found in traditional blue and white china, and that, along with the blue-edged hydrangea in this centerpiece from Martha, inspired today’s wedding board. Bring in calligraphy, candlesticks, and a stunning number by Reem Acra, and it’s utterly classic and totally gorgeous. Everything you need for something old, something new, and something blue – now what to borrow?

Mood: classically romantic, something blue
Palette: china blue and white

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Top row from left: blue hydrangea and gardenia centerpiece from Martha Stewart Weddings, vintage book of Shakespeare from Sadie Olive, miniature angel food cakes from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: photo of chandelier and dessert table by Lisa Cohen via Automatism, photo of blue stilettos by Jose Villa
Row 3: white candies from Rebecca Thuss, blue bridesmaid dress from Martha Stewart Weddings, bust and candlesticks from Ralph Lauren Home, Reem Acra dress from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 4: patterned envelope liner and calligraphy from Mr. Boddington’s Studio, white “matelasse” cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, blue and white china from Matthew Mead Style, blue and white tissue paper crackers by Rebecca Thuss

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You know those companies that you feel so lucky to know about? That’s how I feel about Bario-Neal. All of their jewelry is hand-crafted with reclaimed precious metals, ethically-sourced stones, and environmentally conscious practices. And it’s gorgeous. Anna and Page are the artisans behind the jewelry, creating everything by hand in their Philadelphia studio.

I love this ring – it’s simple, chic, modern. How incredible is that paper-thin band?

The reticulated rings on the right are made by continually heating and quenching the metal, giving them their organic shape and texture.

Tie the knot in silver or gold.

I’m thinking this simple gold band will go perfectly next to my vintage engagement ring…

There isn’t a ton of unique wedding jewelry out there for men, but Bario-Neal is stepping in to fill the void for grooms who want something less traditional than the standard band.

If you don’t see exactly what you want on Bario-Neal’s website, you can work with Anna and Page to create the jewelry of your dreams – they’ll even work with your heirloom materials. Because all of their work is handmade, make sure to place your order at least 4 to 6 weeks ahead of time (longer for custom pieces) – just a head’s up for all you 2010 brides!

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