What are you up to this weekend? Caroline’s birthday party is tomorrow, so I’m spending today getting everything ready (and I’m so thankful for all the help from my mom and sister!). I know you’re not supposed to try a recipe for the first time when it’s for guests, but I can’t help it – I have a bunch of little yogurt jars saved up and malted milk chocolate pot de creme sounds so yummy! Wish me luck with them.
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Not many links this week as I was buried under a pile of crepe paper and floral tape – if you have any favorite finds, please share them in the comments!
Talk about timing! I scheduled this fun feature, only to learn that the venue had abruptly closed its doors, leaving hundreds of couples out of their deposits – or for some the full balance! – and without a venue. What a wedding nightmare! My heart just breaks for all of those couples who are affected, and I was reminded of my sister’s and friend‘s respective weddings that were impacted by the flooding in Colorado last year, and I know that wedding vendors really rallied and helped to save tons of weddings in those weeks. Looking at my Twitter feed, it’s obvious that the same is happening here, with incredibly generous and talented people offering their services at hugely discounted rates to the couples left in the lurch by reBar’s sudden closing.
In an effort to help, we’ll be updating this post with the names and contact info of those vendors here, and if there’s anyone I missed, please leave your info in the comments. And if you aren’t a vendor but you still want to help, there’s an Indiegogo campaignset up to help couples afford a new wedding, as well as a Give Forward page to help the employees of reBar who are left without a paycheck.
I’m having so much fun designing and making flowers, and can’t stop thinking about them, so I thought I would share some of my favorite paper flower inspiration with you!
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I received a copy of Paper to Petal by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell last summer, and it’s been an incredible resource for inspiration and techniques – I highly recommend it! It includes 75 projects, plus hundreds of petal and leaf templates (which are available in PDF form - hugely helpful for printing and cutting them out).
In addition to creating charming paper flowers, Livia Cetti is a gardener and incredible floral designer – somehow I think that comes through in her sweet paper creations. She also has a gorgeous new book out, The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers.
One of my favorite things about autumn weddings is the incredible richness of color, and Isabel and James’s palette is a perfect example: aubergine, forest green, gold and ivory. Gorgeous! Photographer Sarah Jane Winter captured the rustic elegance of their wedding beautifully in these images…
From the bride: “Staunton is a beautiful part of central Virginia, and represents the state’s mountains and countryside perfectly. We both enjoy the rolling hills of Virginia and wanted a place that represented our love of the outdoors. The Inn at Old Virginia is a gorgeous estate nestled in an idyllic location; with such a picturesque backdrop of the vibrant green cedars, there was really nothing else needed to dress it up. The Inn itself was exactly what I was looking for: a location that could hold the wedding party and close family so that everyone could just sit back and relax for the entire event. The owners were also so special and made the weekend proceed seamlessly.”
Isabel’s favorite part of the day? “James I had a moment just after the ceremony as we were waiting to be introduced where we had a few moments to reflect: wide-eyed, staring at each other, realizing that we were married! It was truly surreal – the actuality of finally being married and what that meant was overwhelming. The man who continues to inspire and pursue me was my husband! It was so special to be able to just hold each other before jumping back into the festivities for a minute.”
The couple had a Quaker-inspired wedding certificate that was signed by each of their guests.
“Having the event at one location for the weekend was perfect. Seeing friends and family come from all over to support and celebrate with us was exactly what made the event so memorable. The ceremony was in the evening, so from when I woke up to when I walked down the aisle I was around my dear girlfriends from all different times of my life. From middle school to present day, having those women was a huge blessing and I was so touched by them being there. “
“Sitting at a community table and having the food served family style was molded after our new business, The Dog and Pig Show,” shares Isabel. “We love having people share memories over great food and good drinks, so we could not imagine a more appropriate time to incorporate that shared pastime than at the reception.”
There were several cakes to choose from: Carrot Cake, Chocolate Raspberry Ganache Cake, Lemon Cake with Blackberry Filling and Vanilla Buttercream, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake. On the cake menu, each one was named after one of Isabel’s “house party” girls, as were the signature cocktails on the drink menu.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?There were a few images that I kept going back to for inspiration. As a bride, I wanted an aesthetic that reflected our taste and also created a magical evening for our guests. I went with aubergine, forest green, gold and ivory as accent colors. Combined with the outdoor events, those colors created a laid back elegance. I love the juxtaposition of certain elements. Outdoor simplicity with a glamorous tent, rough farm tables with lush and organic flower arrangements… those components along with the twinkle lights were the perfect backdrop for the evening.
What was the best advice you received as a bride?Everyone told me that the day would fly by and to take in every moment. The day did go by fast, but the advice that I appreciated most was from my mom. After the ceremony she told me that James was a man who took things seriously – such as our marriage and his commitment to me. She reminded me how important it would be for me to truly value our marriage daily and never take each other for granted. My mother and father have been married for over 30 years, so her insight was treasured!
What advice do you have for other brides?The day of the ceremony can be daunting and emotionally overwhelming. I would advise taking time to really reflect and soak in the beauty of it all by yourself – if only for a moment – just to take in as much of the extraordinary as possible. So that I could remember everything, I wrote notes to myself throughout the day – things people said to me, how I felt getting into my dress, and other experiences I wanted to be sure to never forget.
From Courtney: Our invites were quite possibly the hardest thing I had to do for my wedding. Given the fact that I design wedding invitations for a living, there was a bit of “gentle ribbing” from friends and family about their expectations. And frankly, designing for yourself is very hard! We didn’t really have a theme going into our wedding but one thing that kept coming up was music and the colors black and white.
I knew I wanted the invite to be focused around a hand drawn illustration since that is what I love to do. We got married in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn which has some pretty awesome views. There is one iconic street that showcases the Manhattan Bridge with the Empire State Building nestled below, and I chose to draw that as our main image.
My personal favorite detail was the envelope liner. My friend is a photographer and looking through her pictures, I saw one of a guy with knuckle tattoos. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to incorporate that same idea into our suite somehow. Once I realized that “BROOKLYN” fit on the knuckles, it was a done deal!
One of the important things for me was to have the invite sound like how we both actually speak. We have a very dry sense of humor and we really wanted that to come out in our copy.
I really had my heart set on black envelopes so I knew addressing them would be an issue. In came the ridiculously talented Jenna of Love, Jenna calligraphy. She created the perfect look for our suite complete with little details to match back to our design.
I finished the suite off with a black + gold twine from the awesome Knot + Bow, and had a die cut tag created to hold everything together. I love little silhouettes and created one of our hair to use throughout. Overall, we wanted our invites to set the tone for our wedding, but most importantly to make our friends and family laugh.