Sunday Funday!

This week I spent several hours hibernating under blankets awaiting the end of my terrible head cold. Unfortunately I was too sick to even post, but this weekend I have made a critical comeback and I have some GREAT treasures for you to check out...

1. Do your own wedding hair
2. Sweet Treats + Bridesmaid Gifts under $40
3. I want this home for my books!
4. A bride with some serious style...I NEED these shoes!
5. Custom napkins add a custom touch
6. Obsessed with anything pumpkin flavored??
7. Perfect variety of holiday photo cards

Photography: Jagger Photography


Real Wedding: Danny & Marisa

Danny and Marisa are truly a gorgeous couple! They also happen to be two of my favorite people I "inherited" when my husband and I started dating. I featured their adorable engagement session back in February. Today I have the privilege of featuring their beautiful vineyard wedding, which was an elegant and romantic affair for friends and family to celebrate their love for each other. And boy, are these two in love! These pictures perfectly capture this "perfect pear."
From the bride, Marisa...

It all started with the invitation. We were having a tough time drawing inspiration for our winery wedding, until we saw and fell in love with our invitation. Titled 'The Perfect Pear...' it was simple and looked hand drawn, and I felt was just really special. We pulled the chocolate browns, pear greens, and cream colors from the invitation and started with that. 
My goal for the wedding was for it to just be romantic, and beautiful, and kind of whimsical. I am not a super cookie cutter girl as far as this kind of stuff goes, so I tried to stay as far away from that kind of stuff as possible. We didn't have a real theme...I wanted the location and back drop of the Livermore valley to speak for it's self. 
I gave all of the above information to my florist and just told her to go with it, which was a little scary, but she set up our ceremony area exactly as I had imagined it in my head, and everything else ended up beautiful as well.

Florist: Flowers with a Personal Touch (Livermore, CA)
Caterer: Vintage Catering (Fremont, CA)
Photographer: Ben Krantz Studio (Oakland, CA)
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay (BariJay.Com, purchased at Gesinees Bridal- Concord, CA)
Wedding Dress: Nicole Pronovias (Purchased at Le Boutique Des Brides--San Francisco, CA)
Hair: The Beauty Lounge (Brentwood, CA)


Love in a Pumpkin Patch

I love visiting pumpkin patches. I would even say that I love visiting pumpkin patches more than I love buying or carving pumpkins themselves. There is something so whimsical, even magical about walking through a field of pumpkins and rows of corn stalks that I look forward to every autumn. This year my husband and I didn't get a chance to go to a pumpkin patch, but luckily Jill Thomas Photography perfectly captured the romance of this experience with these pictures from Bryn & Chris's wedding. See more pictures at The Bride's Cafe.


Invitations: Ello There

I have been a huge fan of the Etsy shop Ello There since I first blogged these save the dates back in December. Based in Seattle, this couple, Seth & Maddy, have created a quirky line of unique invitations that seriously make me want to get married again JUST for the invitations!

I love these hand drawn watercolor illustration invites.

They have mastered the popular bike motif.

And with my day job being a high school English teacher, I am oddly drawn to this personal save the date.

Cranberry & Peach Inspiration from Snippet & Ink

I heart Snippet & Ink. This adorable blog, sharing daily wedding inspiration, often features creative inspiration boards that I usually oggle at for hours at a time. I am mad about the details these boards feature and the latest board is no exception. The fruit on this cake is gorgeous and I am loving the cranberry shoes!

Credits courtesy of Snippet & Ink
Top row from left: buttercream cake with late summer fruit from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo of red sweater and pin curls by Amanda Pratt, photo of Max Gill bouquet by Meg Smith
Row 2: peach garden rose via Automatism, photo of red shoes by Elizabeth Messina
Row 3: centerpiece with red dahlias by Ariella Chezar (photo by Meg Smith), vintage silverware from Napa Style, Karmann Ghia photo by Polly Alexandre
Row 4: envelope with red calligraphy and vintage stamps from Martha Stewart Weddings, red apple photo by Karen Wise, centerpiece with peach roses and pomegranates from Martha Stewart Weddings

Bridal Bling!

Picking jewelry to wear on the big day can be a huge decision. Every picture of a bride will showcase these jewels so you want to make sure the jewelry you choose compliments your dress and veil as well as your personality. Of course if you are traditional, you may already have some borrowed jewels from your mother or grandmother in mind. For the rest of us stylish brides, we have Anthropologie, Nordstrom & J. Crew. Take a look at some of their latest jewels.




Invitations: Two for Joy Paper Studio

 The best and worst part about selecting invitations is the impact that invitations make on your guests. They set the scene for what guests can expect at the actual event. Keeping this in mind, selecting an invitation can be stressful. To help make your lives just a little easier I am beginning a series focusing on highlighting some truly fabulous places to find your invitations. Stumbling around Etsy, I came across the Two for Joy Paper Studio and this adorable bridal shower invite that would have been pretty darn perfect for the theme of my own wedding!

The Two for Joy Paper Studio has some other really great designs too, like this fabulous menu! This would be perfect for a glamorous dinner party, rehearsal dinner, or wedding. Check out more of her great work here!


Inspired by Autumn

What inspires design? What breeds creativity and allows it to flourish in your home and in your events?

I know in my home design may depend on a variety of random factors: my favorite colors, an old piece of furniture that has been kept in the family, or the bedding that is on sale at Target the week my dog throws up on the duvet cover. However random design may be at times, occasionally we get the chance to be inspired and select decor that reflects this inspiration.

This time of year I become incredibly inspired by the natural beauty of my surroundings. Driving home from work I see the foothills backlit by a descending sun in a way that I do not get to see during the spring and summer months. The colors of autumn leaves creep their way into blankets I crochet or curtains I purchase while pumpkins become my front porch and table top decor of choice. 

During this season inspiration is everywhere. If you are planning a fall wedding or smaller scale event in the near future don't forget to turn off the computer and take a look outside. Sometimes the inspiration you need is right in front of you.

What inspires you? Let us know.

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