Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Theodora and Peter

Peter and Theodora are city mice who craved a countryside setting for their big day. Charlottesville, where the groom's parents own a farm, was an idyllic locale, and King Family Vineyards, nestled in the foothils of the Blue Ridge Mountains, proved to be the perfect place for saying their I do's. Working with local planner Shindig Weddings And Events, the pair planned a celebration inspired by Charlottesville's rustic beauty and romance. Their blush, cream and gold palette was echoed in invitations by Bella Figura and romantic floral arrangements by Beehive Events.

Theodora wore a gently glimmering Vera Wang gown, diamond drop earrings and gold Jimmy Choo peep toes. A silk flower tucked into her sleek chignon and a simple lace-trimmed veil complimented her lush bouquet of dahlias, roses and jasmine from Beehive Events. Her maids wore blush dresses of tiered lace by Marina, and Peter and his groomsmen added a bit of color to their classic black suits with matching blush ties.

After a ceremony on the lawn, King Family's Crosé Rosé was served while guests played bocce, cornhole and croquet. Inside the Carriage House, crisp white linens, Chiavari chairs, blush and ivory floral arrangements and classic gold-rimmed china made an elegant impression. Despite the temptations served up by 20 South Catering and Cakes Unlimited, A-Town A-List managed to keep everyone dancing throughout the evening, and at the end of the night, fresh donuts and coffee from Carpe Donut made for a sweet farewell.

Of course, the couple had Jen Fariello to thank for the stunning photos that serve as a daily reminder of their beautiful celebration; I'm sure more than a few of these images have found their way into frames! Tell me, what's your favorite detail or photograph from this Southern fête?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Oyster Bed

I spotted these Oyster Bed d'Orsays at Jeremys the other day and couldn't resist slipping them on.
I haven't pulled the trigger yet, but boy were they lovely!

Bands of Gold

Monday, Monday...

After a busy week, I was thrilled to see the expanse of Friday afternoon open up before me. I headed out of the office at a reasonable hour and meet John and our best bud for beers at a cozy dive bar in the Tenderloin. After catching up (3 operas will have an effect on your social life), we bid AJ adieu and headed back to our 'hood for–what else–Indian food! There were curries and naan breads, but best of all, there was the promise of a quiet evening just the two of us. We made our way home with visions of The West Wing dancing in our heads and couldn't even make it through a full episode.

John was up early the next morning, and I happily dozed while he dashed around with the laundry. I spotted a hummingbird in our lavender just before he delivered breakfast to me in bed, and I knew then we were in for a good day. I spent the morning cleaning up my inbox and doing some blogging, and after some cheese and apples, dove into research and writing while John focused on practice and arrangements. It was dark before I realized that we were expected at a birthday party, so I threw on my best riding boots and John packed up the juicer–his addition to the celebration was his bartending skills! We sipped mezcal cocktails and played a hysterical game of Celebrity before serenading the birthday boy and calling it a night.

I was the one up early on Sunday, with John dragging behind me. I met up with a blogging friend for a fabulous breakfast at Mission Beach Café, then headed to the San Francisco Public Library for a date with the microfiche machine. When I got home that afternoon, John was just waking up from a nap and we settled into our to do lists and dinner planning with ease. I starting prepping for our trip to Boston this weekend before doing a bit more blogging and some ballet (eggs Benedict for breakfast will make a girl crave a little activity!). We took advantage of the warm San Francisco weather to enjoy a big salad with grilled haloumi for supper and headed to bed early with a big week ahead!

Tell me, what were you up to this weekend? Learning a new skill, like coding, enjoying a cocktail with friends or diving into a great book, perhaps?

Blush and gold cake from Martha Stewart Weddings.

Friday, September 26, 2014


"Coffee–the favorite drink of the civilized world."
Thomas Jefferson

Image by Laura Nelson.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pamela and Robin

You can imagine an assistant editor at a floral magazine would have a pretty good handle on all things pretty; when Robin got down on one knee to propose to Pamela, she had already been dreaming about her wedding day for many years. Inspired by English gardens and her family's country home in Alabama, the bride and her wedding planner, Blair Bullen, pulled off a spectacular celebration that will change the way you think about your own backyard.

Wearing a delicate Reem Acra gown, ornate studs and a simple net veil tucked into her loose curls, Pamela was the picture of the modern romantic bride. Her maids wore minty pleated gowns in various styles by Jim Hjelm, and carried diminutive versions of the bride's English garden-inspired bouquet by Sybil Sylvestor of Wildflower Designs, who incorporated peonies, roses, olive branches and dusty miller. Robin and his groomsmen wore classic white dinner jackets, while the youngest attendants were outfitted in vintage lace dresses and navy blazers.

Tradition and family played a tremendous role in Pamela and Robin's wedding day; stationer and calligraphist Holly Hollon memorialized Choctaw Bluff in a letterpressed map sent alongside the classic invitation, and the bride walked across the lawn to the Riverbend Chapel to "Amazing Grace" in honor of her beloved grandmother. After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests spilled onto the lawn for glasses of Champagne and Southern hors d'oeuvres from Clifton Morrissette. One slice of cake and a final spin beneath the café lights strung through the trees, and the new Mr and Mrs were off on their honeymoon, arm in arm. 

Images by Mandy Busby, first spotted on Snippet & Ink.
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