Friday Link Love

Hello, friends! Can you believe it’s the weekend again already? The final few days of summer seem to be slipping us by quicker than I can keep track. As much as I’ll miss my flip flops, I’m definitely getting excited about sweater weather! There’s just nothing I love more than cozying up by a bonfire or in front of the fireplace on a crisp fall night. What are your weekend plans? I’m looking forward to catching up on some work and spending time with my most favorite person in the whole wide world. See you here on Monday! xoxo

Loving the all-new Claremont Collection website! (See some of their letterpress invitations here.)

Speaking about cozying up, I need this. (Spotted.)

Brainstorming for a huge holiday project this week, which has me revisiting this.

In love with this beautiful country wedding.

My inspirational quote of the moment.

Obsessed with this video. (The cocktail looks delicious, too!)

These save the dates brought a smile to my face.

My infatuation with neon continues!

A bright and happy sip n’ see.

On my fall to-do list: camping.

{Photo by Guy Sagy.}

Claremont Collection is one of The Sweetest Occasion’s beloved sponsors.

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Chelsea + Ryan: A Lovely DIY Wedding Indeed

I am so excited today to share the beautiful wedding of our very own Chelsea of Lovely Indeed! Chelsea and Ryan planned a truly personalized celebration loaded with great DIY details, focused on celebrating with their closest family and friends. Chelsea shares, “We decided to DIY just about everything, because each detail was so important to us, and we loved putting our hands and hearts on every little thing. And by doing things ourselves, our wedding had so much personal connection to each of our families and our history, which made the day feel so extraordinary.

I constructed my bouquet from vintage brooches borrowed from the women in my family – both grandmothers, three aunts, my mom, and my sister were all represented there. For the boutonnieres and corsages, I made fabric flowers to keep our floral costs down.

We found a vintage typewriter at a yard sale and used it throughout our whole process; every save-the-date and invitation was addressed using it, as well as the place cards at the reception (which were also decorated with a DIY rubber stamp that we handmade). The typewriter was also part of our guest book table, and our guests had a ball typing us sweet messages. Around the cake, we placed framed photos of each of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days.

Our centerpieces were especially meaningful, a mixture of vintage books from my grandmother’s house, mason jars that once held canned fruit from another grandmother, wooden letterpress blocks that Ryan and I bought each other as an engagement gift, and free-standing wrought-iron table numbers, which my dad handmade for us. We filled the mason jars with flowers that looked hand-picked and fresh from the garden, thanks to Audrey at Botanica Floral Designs.

I have to say, though, that one of my favorite memories of the day is driving from the church to the reception in my dad’s ’57 Chevy Bel Air. Ryan and I had made a “Just Married” sign for the back, and just the two of us were in the car. People were honking, waving, rolling down windows to shout congratulations – it was like the world was conspiring to make us smile. Looking back, I don’t think I could have imagined a better day. From the group of my friends who formed a choir and sang at our ceremony, to the silly and heartfelt speeches at the reception, to the very last dance, the day was way on the other side of perfect. We left feeling exhausted and blessed, but most of all, loved.

Much love and best wishes to Chelsea and Ryan! Can’t get enough of this super cute couple? Revisit their Central Park engagement photos and visit Chelsea at Lovely Indeed!

Vendors –
Photography:  Joelle Pulido Photography / Flowers: Botanica Floral Designs / DJ + photobooth:  SJS Disc Jockey / Church:  Holy Spirit Parish, Sacramento / Reception Venue:  The Firehouse, Old Sacramento / Hotel:  The Citizen Hotel, Sacramento / Dress:  Kleinfeld Bridal (Melissa Sweet’s Fiesole) / Cake: family friend

{Photos by Joelle Pulido Photography.}

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Loving Love

I am going to be traveling unexpectedly to tend to some personal issues, so posting may be a bit lighter than usual today. That said, I couldn’t resist leaving you with these Ben Harper lyrics that have been swirling in my head this week. When life gets crazy and days seem dark, I’m always amazed by the power of true love to empower our lives. Here’s hoping you all have or find the one who makes you happiest in life…anything less just isn’t enough.

There is not a river wide
Not a mountain high
And neither sin nor evil
Could change how I feel inside
Could change how I feel inside
Not all the strength of the ocean
Not all the heat from the sun, from the sun
Now, others have tried, I just can’t deny
To me you are the one
To me you are the one
The true love is priceless
For true love you pay a price
But there’s nothing can keep me from loving you
Not fire no not ice
Not fire no not ice
Like a hero or a champion
You are the best, you’re the best
Like religion or superstition
With you I am blessed
With you I am blessed
Now the river may grow wider
The mountain may reach past the sky
And wether or not you feel same
My love shall never die
My love shall never die
The true love you give and take
The true love is sacrifice
But there’s nothing can keep me from loving you
Not fire no not ice
Not fire no not ice

– Ben Harper, Not Fire Not Ice
(Listen to it here.)

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Loving Metallic Gold

Another trend of the moment that I can’t get enough of? Metallic gold. Depending on how it’s used, it can look either super glamorous or sleek and modern. I love how just a touch of metallic shine instantly adds a festive touch to any celebration or outfit. File this trend under, “cant’ get enough!”

{From top: Gold mason jar / tumblers / ring / serving tray / cards / party animals / tote / bracelet.}

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Announcing: Goody Bag Giveaway Winner!

A huge congratulations to Jozen for winning the goody bag from Jenny’s awesome blogger meet and greet event! Jozen, Jenny will be in touch with details. Thanks to everyone who chimed in with love for Jenny and Lyndsey’s awesome party!

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