Real Party: Ranch Wedding

I’ve mentioned my friends Jason &Jen here before.  
Last weekend we finally celebrated at their long-awaited wedding and I cannot wait to share all the fun details!  It was such a beautiful day.  The couple had truly thought of everything. 
The venue was a gorgeous ranch outside of Seattle, complete with green fields & a barn. 
The ceremony took place outside, looking over a meadow with mountain peaks in the distance. Gorgeous! 
The colors were coral & gray.  I loved the bridesmaid dresses and coral shoes. (Speaking of shoes – wait until you see the bride’s!)
Jason & Jen were married by a high school friend of Jason’s.  
They look so happy!
Directly after the ceremony we walked over to an outdoor cocktail hour.  An adorable sign made by the best man led the way. It pointed out locations for the night’s events and displayed distances to meaningful places to the couple (who’ve done an enviable amount of traveling). 
 Isn’t it adorable? 
(We traveled here with Jason &; Jen!)
We enjoyed the views and had appetizers and cocktails (virgin for me!).
How cute are those stir sticks? And the twine-wrapped vases? I died. 
Dinner & dancing were in the barn. 
I can’t even explain how much I love white lights. They make a rustic space seem so elegant. 
The bar in the reception was definitely not forgotten.  I loved the gray straws and lace wrapped J&J.  A frame displayed drink choices. 
The gorgeous centerpieces were put together by a friend of the bride.  Vases of different blooms were cluster on a stump over a burlap runner.  More burlap, fabric, and lace were tied to the vases. 
Since Jen loves brownies, and Jason made them for her on one of their first dates…it was only fitting that instead of traditional cake they served brownies.  
Touching toasts, silly photo booth pictures, and fun dancing finished off the night! 

Luckiest guy in the world: It’s true. :) 
Congratulations Jason & Jen!
I almost forgot her shoes! 
Aren’t they perfect?

Real Party: Apple Green & Fuschia Wedding Reception — updated!

**Update: half of this post was erased somehow. (ugh!) Please read again, all the information is now updated and included!**

Last week I finally got around to sharing some pictures of my wedding from several years ago.  

Today I’ve got the rest of the pictures for you from our reception. 
We had a little table with our guest book and some photos of our parents at their own weddings near the entrance to the reception.

The centerpieces were one of my favorite things about the wedding. 
Apples were a nod to my home state — Washington — and I love the color.  We used floral picks to attach apples, and then my florist went through and added some flowers and ribbon flags.  

I was thrilled with how they turned out.  
 Green apples also decorated the buffet table. 
My husband is an avid snowboarder, and I like to ski.  We decided to name our tables after ski resorts that we have been to.  We sat people at tables that were somehow related to them, for example we sat people at resorts near where they live, or that we had vacationed to with them.  Everyone noticed this touch and really enjoyed it.  My Grandma made pink fabric squares to place under the centerpieces to give the tables a pop of color. 
My Grandma also wrapped chocolates for us and we had them sprinkled among all the tables throughout the reception. 
We saved a lot of money on the cake by ordering a plain white layer cake.  The baker just added some of the coordinating ribbon which we pulled off before serving.  
Our florist added some flowers.  
Our party favors were individually wrapped Tom’s Cookies, a famous cookie shop in San Francisco (which I think has now closed — sad!)  My wonderful friend and bridesmaid Janelle baked them all for me in the days before the wedding. 
After dinner there were sweet & funny toasts. 
And then we danced the night away! 
What a fun night!! I wouldn’t have changed a thing!

Photography: Krystal Preciado
Flowers: Kathy Campisi

Real Party: Apple Green & Fuschia Lakeside Wedding

I got married before I started this little blog. 
Since weddings are some of my favorite parties, I’ve been meaning to share some of the details with you.  I planned to share pictures the week of our anniversary…well that came and went, and morning sickness stopped me from getting my act together. 
This is turning into all-about-me week around here! ha! 
We were married at a small lakeside resort in Central California. 
Today I’m sharing the details from the ceremony.  (Come back for the reception pictures!)
The ceremony took place on a grassy patch near the lake.  The outdoor setting didn’t require much in the way of decorations, but we added a few touches.
Flowers decorated the arch where we were married. 
And hung in galvanized buckets down the aisle. 

Candles hung in the front of the ceremony area. 
My niece and nephew handed out programs and fans to arriving guests. 

 My friend Lindsay and I made the programs (which matched the invitations we also made).

My Grandma made little tags to hang on the fans.  Glad we had these — it was HOT that day!
I loved the flowers my girls and I carried! 
We settled on apple green dresses and my Grandma made the bridesmaids matching earrings. 
 I wore pink shoes! Loved them!
Our mini attendants were too cute.  My Grandma made the ring pillow.  We purchased a simple white flower girl dress and added a matching ribbon belt. 
My dad walked me down the aisle. :)
Married at last!
Check back soon for all the reception details…including the original centerpieces that I am still in love with to this day. 

Photographer:Krystal Preciado
Bridesmaid dresses: J Crew
Flower girl dress: Target
Flowers: Kathy Campisi
Candle holder and flower buckets: Joann’s Fabrics

Real Party: Wedding on a Texas Hilltop

I mentioned my recent trip to Austin, Texas yesterday. 
We attended a beautiful wedding of some friends while we were there.  
The wedding was held at Villa Antonia.  What a gorgeous venue:  A sprawling villa in the hills outside Austin.  There is something so relaxing about going to a wedding where the ceremony and reception are held at the same location. 

The ceremony took place at the chapel at the villa.  It was a lovely ceremony and the couple looked ecstatic as the danced down the aisle. 
All the attendants danced down the aisle as well. It was so fun! 
{How cute are those pink shoes?!}
The cocktail hour and buffet dinner took place in the courtyard of the villa. 
The centerpieces were lovely: mixtures of different pink blooms in a variety of vintage silver vessels.  
After dinner we moved back into the transformed chapel to celebrate. 
The cake was beautiful and delicious. 
The first dance was romantic.
Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the candy bar before the kiddos demolished it.  :)
Congratulations Lesli & Sean!! 
What a fun party!

I am Loving: Paper Garlands

I am in full shower planning mode & I love it!   
I have a bridal and baby shower in the works for the spring. 
I am loving all the different paper garlands in blog land, and plan to incorporate one or more into these showers. 
Here’s some of the inspiration I have gathered:
Image via Style Me Pretty
These simple paper chains are reminiscent of elementary school crafts.  The metallic paper steps the glam up a notch in this picture.  And could it be any simpler to put together?  Paper chains are definitely a front runner for my spring shower decor. 
Isn’t this dainty doily garland sweet?  DIY instructions are here
On a related note, have you see the beautiful painted doily garland that Meg from Whatever (one of my favorite new crafty stops on the web) created with her kids.  Its beautiful! Check it out here.  It’s definitely not dainty! Amazing what a little color can do! 
I love these velum mobiles.  Aren’t the colors amazing?  DIY details are here.  
This simple circle garland from Kim at TomKat Studio is too cute.  It allows for fun papers to be mixed and matched.  I love this one so much that I’ve used it at a party before — see here! Find Kim’s DIY instructions here
This coffee filter garland is stunning.  It was inspired by this wedding featured on Martha Stewart Weddings.  Two great DIY instruction posts can be found here and here.  From what I’ve read, these are easier to create than the traditional party pom’s. 
Hope you are inspired!