I’m really looking forward to this weekend! I’m home visiting my mom, meeting my dear friend’s baby for the first time, and meeting up with a bunch of fabulous wedding folks while I’m here. And since it’s my birthday, and I’ve been dreaming about this marble cake since I first tried it a month ago, I’ll be picking one up as soon as possible. Mmmm….. But first, a whole bunch of links for you this Friday!

I love the baby name game! via Bliss.

Be content with who you are.

Happy 80th birthday!

I’m telling you, balloons never get old, via Once Wed.

An entire shop of folded paper, via Abby Tries Again.

Signage.

If I had an extra $4900, I’d buy this awesome desk shaped like California, via Oh Happy Day.

I heart this wedding.

Same hill, different day, via A Cup of Jo.

Say yes to the vest.

Greenhouse in springtime. Just lovely.

Underwater church, via my honey and Lovely Little Things.

If I had a land line (a what?) I’d have this phone, via Mrs. Lilien.

Will someone please get married here? via Clover & Bee.

Yummy Easter bunny.

Decorate your pretty little head.

Whisper rings.

Have a happy weekend, pretties!

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June and Paul’s beautiful wedding is full of such wonderfully whimsical details – ribbon streamers, butterflies and dragonflies – and Amanda Bevington‘s photos are lovely as always. I hope you find as much inspiration here as I have!

June shares one of her favorite parts of the day: My favorite moment was seeing Paul and his family walking down the aisle next to me. We walked down two separate aisles at the same time and for a split second saw each other through the trees. Our families met in the middle and hugged before they left me and Paul together. It was truly amazing to walk down the aisle at the same time – it felt like the right way to start our marriage!

How about these hanging frames – a literal family tree! June and Paul credit Rebecca Stone at Duet Weddings for helping them create their dream wedding. Says June, “If you live in LA, hire her. She will change your life. Not only did she make the day everything I wanted, but she also made the process everything I wanted.”

Some advice from June: Remember that if you are having a good time your guests will too! We danced so hard my legs were aching the next day. And although I was a sweaty, mascara running mess by the end of the night, I had so much fun! Oh also, remember to bring your room key with you when you leave for the wedding to avoid what happened to us. Yep, that’s right, I locked us out of our room on our wedding night. Paul was…not pleased!

I love this budget advice from June: Major budget tip! Start off with a lower number than you actually have to spend. This way when you go over budget – which you will, just embrace that fact! – you are still working from a modest number. (This tip also works for setting morning alarm clocks and any other area of your life where you need to delude yourself into thinking you’re better off than you are!) One thing I will say about spending more than I ever thought I would is this: It was the best day and I don’t regret it one bit!

Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Planner: Rebecca Stone at Duet Weddings

Bride’s dress: Melissa Sweet

Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss

Flowers: Modern Day Design

Catering / cherry lemonade: Pure Joy Catering

Cake: Crumbs Santa Barbara

Music: Santa Barbara DJs

Congratulations to you, June and Paul! Thank you to the couple for sharing so many great details, as well as to Rebecca from Duet Weddings. And of course, thank you to Amanda Bevington for sharing these beautiful photos – you can see lots more photos from June and Paul’s wedding over on Amanda’s blog.

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Today’s wedding board was inspired entirely by Silvana di Franco’s photo of the red folding bistro chairs. The simplicity, the muted colors. Like yesterday’s inspiration board, something about it feels like this early part of Spring – soft gray with glimpses of color. Used judiciously, red is one of my favorite colors. It has so many moods, from playful to sexy. Here, I think it’s both sophisticated and sweet. For this couple, I imagine a low-key luncheon with just a few perfect details – personalized menus, a single peony instead of a bouquet, a getaway bicycle – and just their closest friends and family.

Mood: perfectly simple, sweetly sophisticated
Palette: French red, white linen, stone

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Top row from left: photo of red bistro chairs by Silvana di Franco via Wiley Valentine, bride and groom from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo of single red peony by Elizabeth Messina via Ritzy Bee
Row 2: photo of climbing roses and French house number via Creature Comforts, red nail polish via Mary Ruffle
Row 3: photo of bride and groom on bicycle by Yves Samuel, photo of personalized menu by Elizabeth Messina, berry cake from Martha Stewart Weddings

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I don’t know why, but I’m really digging this dark moody gray right now. It feels like such a perfect neutral for this early part of Spring, the windy, rainy days paired with blossoming trees. I also like the way it has a masculine feel to it that balances the sweet, feminine pink in this inspiration board. What do you think? Do you like this charcoal gray as a neutral, or is it too dark for your taste?

Mood: romantic, moody
Palette: charcoal and slate grays, cherry blossom pink

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Top row from left: Carolina Herrera ballgown from Charleston Weddings, photo of table with bentwood chairs by Jose Villa, gray suit from Brooklyn Tailors via this is not my work
Row 2: charcoal gray invitation by Gryphon Stationers, blossoming branches photo by Gemma Comas
Row 3: chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat, photo of car and oak tree by Jose Villa, flowers by Saipua

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