David and I planned to have our wedding ceremony and reception in Costa Rica, for our love of the sun and surf, and invite our close friends and family to witness our union under the chuppah and celebrate with us. But as it turned out, our family had some exciting events that would prevent a few close family members from joining us. So, in an effort to include everyone closest to us in our celebration, we decided to have 2 wedding celebrations: a religious ceremony and reception in Costa Rica on May 12, 2009, and a legal ceremony and dinner on April 5, 2009, which would be a small gathering of just the immediate family, and my best childhood girlfriend, to be held in the garden of the private residence of David’s father and step-mother in Marin, CA. We were fortunate to have David’s 96 year-old grandfather, who is an internationally-known Rabbi, officiate our legal ceremony for us, and have our closest family members in attendance, totaling 16 people.
We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. The weather was warm, the sun was shining, and love and joy were all around us. I wore a spring-time white, halter dress from BCBG and fuscia colored, satin heels from Stuart Weitzman. David wore a custom button-down shirt by Ascot Chang, pants from Banana Republic, a belt from The Hound, and shoes by Auri Footwear.
The florals were arranged and presented by Main Street Florist, San Anselmo, CA, the Costa Rican inspired menu was prepared and served by Stacy Scott Fine Catering, San Rafael, CA, the wedding cake was designed and created by Shin Min Li of I Dream of Cake, San Francisco, CA, and our photography was shot by Janet and Lisa of JL Photografia, Monterey, CA.
Main Street Flora Gardens – (415) 485-2996
Stacey Scott Fine Catering – 415-455-8181
I Dream of Cake - 415-989-2253
JL Photografia – 760-494-5894 serving northern ca + available for travel
[images from JL Photografia]
My husband Rama and I are both artists with a special fondness for children’s book illustration, so our wedding theme was vintage + children’s book + and just plain sweet. Our printed materials were inspired by The Little Prince, one of our favorite books. For the save-the-date, Rama drew a portrait of me as a girl and I drew a portrait of him as a boy, and the two versions were sent out to our respective families and friends. The story continues — and the two drawings coming together — with our invitations.
[images from Christine]
My fiance and I have gotten lots of compliments on our save the date (which we designed in Photoshop, and had a graphic designer friend “fix up”.
[image from Andi]
i made these save the dates for my upcoming wedding in berkeley, ca in august. i created the design with illustrator and then laser cut them on 1/16th inch plywood. i hand painted some with watercolors and left some unpainted to emphasize the material itself. i have additional photos i can send, as well as the actual save the dates if you would like to have one. mailing them was tricky because they are somewhat fragile so we sandwiched the between sage-y green museum board and chip board and tied them all together with a ribbon. as far as we’ve heard they all made it to everyone safe and sound!
[image from Tricia]
Julianne wrote to me last week after I was having a pretty crappy day, and totally changed it around with her note. Apparently, she’s been trying to come up with a theme for a party she’s hosting, and after seeing the Esther Coombs cakestand post, came up with a modern tea party theme! She put together this inspiration that day and I just had to show it off here, it would make a great bridal shower! Thanks Julianne!
photo credits for launch party inspiration board:
(from left to right, starting at top)
1: julianne smith (www.juliannesmith.com)
2: martha stewart (http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/photogallery/bridal-shower-tea?lnc=&rsc=lpg&lpgStart=1¤tslide=14¤tChapter=2#ms-global-breadcrumbs)
3: golden star tea (http://goldenstartea.com/) divx wall e
4: La Tartine Gourmande (http://www.laduree.fr/public_fr/produits/macarons_accueil.htm via southern weddings http://www.swsmag.net/blog/2008/5/7/la-tartine-gourmande.html)
5: paul lowe (http://sweetpaul.typepad.com/ via southern weddings http://www.swsmag.net/blog/category/inspirations?currentPage=13)
6: hello cupcake (http://www.hellocupcakeonline.com/)
7: southern weddings (http://www.swsmag.net/blog/2009/1/16/special-friday-post-oh-sugar.html)
8: julianne smith (www.juliannesmith.com)
9: jen fariello (http://www.jenfariello.com/ via snippet & ink http://snippetandink.blogspot.com/2009/04/real-wedding-saturday-kristin-dan.html)
10: martha stewart (http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/photogallery/bridal-shower-tea?lnc=&rsc=lpg&lpgStart=1¤tslide=2¤tChapter=1#ms-global-breadcrumbs)
11: paul lowe (http://sweetpaul.typepad.com/
via southern weddings http://www.swsmag.net/blog/category/inspirations?currentPage=13)
12: martha stewart (http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/photogallery/bridal-shower-tea?lnc=&rsc=lpg&lpgStart=1¤tslide=27¤tChapter=2#ms-global-breadcrumbs
13: esther coombs (http://www.esthercoombs.com/ via brooklyn bride http://bklynbrideonline.com/?p=3885)
By the time you read this, Chad and I will be on a plane to Atlanta for the weekend! See you back here on Tuesday and have a great Memorial Day!
[inspiration board by Julianne Smith]