A Backyard Wedding Celebration

Becka and Nate are super talented and, it just so happens, they’re also super in love. So, once upon a time they ran away and got married in Italy and then celebrated with an awesome backyard party for thirty of their nearest and dearest. Pretty fabulous, right? You can (and should) read all about Becka and Nate’s trip, appropriately dubbed the weddingmoon, and in the meantime, to get this party started right, a glimpse of the newlyweds on their wedding day. (Prepare to be blown away.)

{Photos by Jeff Newsom.}

In Becka’s words, “Nate and I decided to elope in Europe instead of planning a huge wedding. For us, it was the perfect fit. Our relationship has always been extremely soulful since the very beginning and a big wedding didn’t really fit us. For us, it was just about the words we were going to promise to each other so we flew over the Atlantic and got married on the side of a mountain (in front of a castle) in Salerno, Italy. It was completely guerrilla style. We just asked the taxi driver to drive up there and then we found a little private spot. We wrote our own vows and were able to really focus and take it all in because there were no distractions or people watching us.” Honestly, I’m not sure I can think of anything so perfect.

Becka put her heart and soul (and her incredible creativity and design skills) into planning one heck of a backyard party to celebrate their wedding. The amazing invitations were all handwritten and set the stage for the kraft paper, white and feather details she incorporated throughout their party. I love the way these invitations set the stage for a casual yet incredibly special backyard reception filled with bright fiesta-inspired colors, miniature pinatas at each place setting, and pretty centerpieces potted in mason jars and assorted containers that Becka kept after the wedding.

I love how sweet and casual Becka and Nate’s reception was, with lots of special care to incorporate fun, handmade details that let their personalities shine throughout their wedding. Plus, you can’t beat a hopelessly romantic Italian elopement, now can you? Becka and Nate, my heartfelt congratulations to you both and thank you for extending me the great honor of sharing your incredible wedding. xoxo

{Photos by Studio 222 Photography unless otherwise noted.}

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A Cozy Winter Engagement Shoot

I am cuddled up working from home this afternoon, spending some quiet time with my pups. (My favorite thing to do after a business trip.) It’s sunny now, but Syracuse has been hit hard with lots of snow (again) the last few days so the snow is everywhere and there is no shortage of cold, making me kind of love this cozy winter engagement shoot shared by the lovely Emily and Bethany. All of the rustic, Nordic inspired details feel just right for romantic and snowy engagement photos, and I love how sweet Ingrid and Colby look together. Big cozy blankets, mugs of hot cocoa, camp lanterns and pine cones are the perfect little details for a winter celebration.

Vendors –
Photography: Emily Steffen Photography
Styling + paper goods: Bethany Hway
Attire: Lands End
Jewelry + accessories: Arise Designs

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Valentines Day Sponsorship Special!

In the last few months The Sweetest Occasion has seen exciting growth in readership and traffic, making it a perfect outlet to get your brand in front of thousands of brides, newlyweds, young moms and hostesses who love throwing well-designed celebrations. Now through February 14, 2011 – buy a 3-month ad campaign and receive a fourth month of banner advertising free! Be in touch for rates and details.

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Vintage Valentines Day Inspiration

Just a week out from Valentines Day, I am officially in love with everything red and pink. For me, I like to strip the commercialism out of Valentines Day and focus on sweet, handmade tokens of affection for the loved ones in my life, which might explain why I love this vintage inspired Valentines Day editorial shoot. With a cozy mix of snowy details, warm mittens, a spread of hot pies and old fashioned candies in red and pink the design really centers on fun, nostalgic details that feel like home. It’s the perfect kind of inspiration for a cold Monday morning.

Vendors –
Photography: Emily Steffen Photography
Styling + design: Bethany Hway
Paper + stationery: Dena Swenson
Floral design: Ginger Floral Design
Bouquets: Jillian’s Whimsical Floral
Bridal attire: Che Bella
Hair + makeup: Lindsay Schlotte

{Photos by Emily Steffen Photography.}

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Smock at Judy Paulen Designs! 2 Days Only!

This week I’m headed off to New York City for a couple of great Smock events. I would love to have you come by and say hello! Tomorrow and Tuesday we’ll be offering 25 free letterpress invitations when you buy 75+ (in addition to other fabulous promotions), plus we’ll have champagne and a little love for Valentines Day. If you’re in the market for incredible invitations, you don’t want to miss this. Hope to see you there! xoxo

Monday, February 7th
5pm to 8pm
1282 Third Avenue
212.737.0037

Tuesday, February 8th
4pm to 8:30pm
Bloomingdale’s 59th Street, 6th Floor
212.705.2833

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