Photo: Kip Beelman
Photo: Kip Beelman
Sometimes you just need a break from wedding planning, and by Friday everyone is ready for a break anyway! So each week, we send you into the weekend with some of our favorite finds from around the web, from pretty products to tutorials to interesting articles, and whatever else strikes our fancy. We hope you enjoy, and of course have a happy, happy weekend!
Schin Loong’s Annoy a Postman series is fantastic! Impressed both with her skills and with the postal service!
Champagne rhubarb jelly shots – bridal shower maybe?
Smeg makes mini fridges!
Crepe paper flower garland backdrop DIY.
How to host a color fight.
Frozen coconut limeade, yes please!
The most fascinating story I’ve read lately.
When’s the last time you made a friendship bracelet?
Breakfast popsicles – brilliant!
Come across any gems lately? Share your finds in the comments, and have a lovely weekend!
This backyard wedding from photographer Christine Sargologos really captures the feel of springtime in Texas – the use of pale blues and purples against a grassy green backdrop feels just like a field of wildflowers! And Christine’s photos of the day are so lovely, they make me wish I was there!
Says the bride, “My husband and I spent a lot of time discussing our ceremony. When initially talking with our planner, we discussed that we wanted the reception to be fun, beautiful, and memorable, as that is what guests will remember, but also that the day is really about our commitment to each other. We chose pieces of the ceremony that joined both of our religious upbringings as well as pieces that represented who we are as a couple.”
Says Landin, “I ordered my wedding dress online without even seeing or trying it on in person. I also didn’t wear a veil – I think this goes to doing what fits with who you are. When I walked down the aisle I felt authentically me; I don’t know if I could say that if I was in a ball gown, long train, and veil. Those can all be beautiful, they’re just not me.”
Signature drinks were the “Southern Gentleman” (bourbon, ginger, orange bitters, orange twist) and the “Better Half” (cucumber, jalapeño, simple syrup, lime, tequila, triple sec).
Landin on the wedding venue: “Our reception was in my parents’ backyard – we wanted a venue that was meaningful and comfortable, but also accommodated about 200 guests. Additionally, we wanted to make it unique to us. Through our venue search, nothing seemed to fit. After a few conversations and a little bit of arm-twisting, my dad was on board and worked tirelessly for six months grooming the yard.”
“For dinner we served Texas brisket and Carolina pulled pork to represent our two families,” says Linden. “I am not a huge fan of icing, so our cake was a naked wedding cake; we also served pies.”
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Pinterest is such a great resource for inspiration, once you know what to search for. I’ve always been the girl that dressed a little more casual, valued comfort over show, but still wanted a little bit of spice. I have fond memories of dove and deer hunting with my dad, working in Papaw’s garden, attending musicals with Nannie, and debutante and Girl Scouting with my mom. I wanted both perspectives to show.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? I’ve had many people ask this, and I think I have given a different answer each time… mainly to give credit to so many amazing memories. At the risk of sounding cliche, the entire day really was surreal. If I had to pick one moment (with permission to change my mind next time I’m asked) I would say the 10 minutes leading up to the ceremony. I had been worried that I would be nervous, but I felt so peaceful. It really set the stage for the rest of the evening. Looking back, I’d have to give a lot of credit to Melanie (our planner). I didn’t have to answer one logistical question all day, my mom was calm and wasn’t worrying about any details. I also had my dog in the wedding – she was right by my side until we all started walking down the aisle. Having her around kept those moments real.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Yes, but I also left some out, some to my mom’s chagrin. Traditions I included were the something old, new, borrowed, and blue. I wore a necklace that comprised a collage of a few memorable pieces: my mom’s cross, cameo and gold coin, and Papaw’s wedding ring. So all of those were borrowed. I also carried a handkerchief given to me by my Oma – it was old and blue. My dress and shoes were new, but not too traditional. We also had first dances, cutting the cake, and a fairly traditional ceremony.
Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. We wanted Kinley, our six year old Vizsla, to be a part of the wedding. She was the “Dog of Honor” and was up at the altar for the entire ceremony. Our first dance was a song I will always connect with my dad’s parents, Oma and Opa… a good ol’ Randy Travis favorite.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Understand that it will go by so fast. Try to take in as much as you can in the moment, but make sure you have a really good photographer to capture moments you will miss, and to help relive the day.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? It was authentic. I’m sure brides will look at our wedding and find some pieces that are awesome and some that don’t fit their style; I know I did this when looking for inspiration. I look back at our amazing photos or talk about memories with my husband, and I am so pleased that everything was simply “us.”
Appetizers: Fried Shrimp / Deviled Eggs / Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos / Deer Sausage with Cheese, Pickles and Crackers // Entrees: North Carolina Pulled Pork / Texas BBQ Brisket and Oma’s BBQ Sauce // Sides: Macaroni and Cheese / Fried Asparagus with Bacon Jam / Vinegar Slaw / Ciabatta Rolls
Snippet & Ink Select photographer Jeremy Harwell always sends us the loveliest Southern weddings, and when you see this stunner from Georgia’s Pebble Hill Plantation, you’ll see exactly what I mean. The venue, the bride’s dress, the flowers… wedding inspiration galore!
Bridesmaids wore a variety of chiffon J.Crew dresses in “Dusty Shale.”
In true Southern style, the groom and his groomsmen all wore charming bow ties. The bride finished off her look with a tulle and net veil.
“A friend of mine referred me to designer and planner Alise Taggart, and I knew she was perfect for us,” says Lauren of their wedding design. “We wanted a natural, earthy, neutral-toned wedding – simple yet refined – and Alise’s style was right up our alley!”
What’s more romantic than a post-ceremony horse and buggy?!
Dinner included Southern standards like biscuits and shrimp and grits. Signature cocktails were Firefly Sweet Teas and Blushing Brides (champagne, peach schnapps, and grenadine). Favors were pralines from the Savannah Candy Kitchen and a mason jar of ‘moonshine.’
In lieu of a traditional guest book, friends and family signed vintage records that the couple could play at home.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We love the beauty of the rural South, and knew immediately that we wanted an outdoor wedding. We searched venues across the state of Georgia and a few in South Carolina and Florida. When we came across Pebble Hill Plantation, we knew we had stumbled upon something special. After a preliminary visit to see the grounds and meet with their staff, there was no doubt in either of our minds that this was the place where we would be married. Words cannot describe its character and beauty – it’s unmatched by any place we had ever seen. The exquisite gardens, majestic Georgia pines and Spanish moss-laden pecan orchard make a beautiful backdrop to any event on this property.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? That’s so hard to say! So many moments stand out to me. One most certainly is seeing Adam for the first time. Also, when we were walking to the reception, we literally took a step back and just viewed it all from afar. I recommend that to all couples. Just stop and take it all in for a minute.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? I wrapped my great great grandmother’s handkerchief around my bouquet which had her initials in blue monogrammed on it.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? To get a videographer. It was an after thought for us but one of the things we truly adore. It was money well spent.
What advice do you have for other brides? Relax and breathe easy! When you find yourself stressed, remember why you are here. Enjoy your day!
Cheerful yellow bridesmaid dresses, baby’s breath bouquets, food truck catering, and a sunny day in San Francisco – Kelly and Joe’s wedding at Dogpatch Wineworks was full of bright, playful details, and photographer Caroline Yoon captured it perfectly!
The bride’s Steven Birnbaum dress was purchased at Bridal Garden, a not-for-profit bridal boutique in New York which benefits children in need.
Says Kelly, “One of my favorite moments was when Joe shared his vows with me. He’s never been one to publicly profess love or emotions, so to hear him say such thoughtful and heartfelt words to me and still make me laugh all the while was a moment I’ll never forget.”
“We tried to make the wedding as intimate and personal as possible,” says the bride. “We drew inspiration from our daily lives and wanted the wedding to really be an extension of who we are and what we love.”
Dinner was catered by GoStreatery. Signature drinks were the couple’s favorite craft beers from various places they’ve lived: Golden Road (Los Angeles), Sam Adams (Boston), Anchor Steam (San Francisco), Ommegang (New York). Table’s were named after neighborhoods with meaning to the couple.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We visited the Dogpatch area for the first time with a few friends and immediately fell in love with the neighborhood! Joe and I had just moved from New York together to San Francisco and Dogpatch reminded us so much of Brooklyn. Dogpatch Wineworks was perfect because we wanted a very intimate and DIY wedding, and the space was a blank canvas that allowed us to create our dream wedding.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? I have so many! Two in particular really stand out to me… The first was when Joe said his vows (see above). The second is very near and dear to me as well: we served Bi-Rite Creamery ice cream at our wedding (which Joe and I absolutely love). We snuck away to a separate lounge area and sat there enjoying our ice cream together like it was just a normal day. It felt so simple, but was intimate and a sweet moment for us.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We got married on a Sunday. Faith and church are values and priorities that are important to us. Even though people thought we were crazy, we wanted to make sure we didn’t let go of what’s really important and still made it to church before our wedding with some of our closest friends.
Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. The majority of our guests were from out of town, so we wanted to give them a San Francisco experience. We had GoStreatery, an awesome food truck that uses locally grown ingredients, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Bi-Rite Ice Cream for our guests to enjoy. We also passed out a map of our favorites spots in Dogpatch so our guests could explore the neighborhood during cocktail hour.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? At our rehearsal dinner, my sister gave us the advice that the planning and everything goes by and fades so quickly so we need to enjoy every minute of what’s really important, which is the love, laughter, and union of marriage. I completely understand what she meant by those words; our wedding day just flew by, there were times I wish I could slow it all down.
What advice do you have for other brides? Have fun and look forward to not just the wedding but the marriage – it truly is the best part!
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? We had a very DIY wedding, which helped us not only budget but also make our wedding more personal. Some of the things we did: collected Mason Jars to use as water glasses, clear wine bottles to use as water pitchers, mismatched vintage plates from flea markets, Salvation Army, etc. to use as dinnerware; made our own burlap aisle runner using bulk fabric; and printed out invites (designed by the best man) at Kinkos.