Whitney + AK: A Sweet Garden Wedding

If I were the swooning type (and let me assure you, I am not) I would definitely be swooning over today’s real wedding feature. What I can tell you is that I think I may have cried the first time I saw photos from Whitney and AK’s wedding, captured by the amazing Emilie Inc. Whitney is one half of Gus & Ruby Letterpress and a lady I consider not only remarkably talented but a truly lovely friend, too. Whitney and AK were married at her grandmother’s home in New Hampshire, almost 38 years to the day after her parents were married at that very spot. Whitney, along with her business partner and dear friend Samantha, planned and designed every last detail of the day, focusing on bright colors reminiscent of August flowers and fashionable yet timeless style. Of course, the day wouldn’t have been complete without Ruby, Whitney’s dog (and namesake of Gus & Ruby along with Sam’s dog Gus) and a vintage aqua Thunderbird to take Whitney and her dad off to the ceremony.

Gorgeous letterpress wedding invitations, designed and printed by Whitney herself (of course), set the stage for Whitney and AK’s gorgeous garden wedding. You can catch all of the details about the paper goods at Oh So Beautiful Paper today, too!

Whitney’s beautiful Melissa Sweet dress is one of my favorite details of the day! It’s classic and elegant and I love a dress with straps.

The bridesmaids wore J.Crew dresses and colorful flowers from Beautiful Days carried a dash of playful romance throughout the celebration.

Whitney and AK wanted to plan a wedding that emphasized a carefree spirit and encouraged their big crowd of family, friends and kids to kick up their heels and dance the night away. In that spirit, they hosted a gorgeous tented reception following the ceremony in the backyard with a big buffet of delicious cakes and donuts as midnight snacks.

Using vintage wood type, Whitney designed colorful letterpress note cards with assorted greetings to act as favors. Each guest was gifted a box of notes at their seat. The kids took home little packages of toys and candy.

There are so many gorgeous images from AK and Whitney’s day that I just couldn’t stop there! See even more of their beautiful celebration on facebook and remember to pop over to Oh So Beautiful Paper for many more photos and details of the beautiful stationery and paper goods. Be sure to revisit Whitney’s lovely bridal shower, too. Thanks so much for sharing, Whitney! xoxo

Vendors –
Photography: Emilie Inc. / Event design + planning: Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Day-of coordination: Diana Ma Diana Ma Weddings and Events / Caterer: Julie Dunfey from The White Apron / Floral design: Kate Martin of Beautiful Days / Tent: Sperry Tents Seacoast /DJ: Jeff Erwin from Music Man DJ Services / Cakes: Winnipesaukee Chocolates / Cake toppper: Ann Wood Handmade / Donuts: Congdon’s Doughnuts / Hair: Vicky Kleiner of Mango Salon and Spa / Makeup: Joanne McDonough from Joya Beauty / Stationery + paper goods: Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Calligraphy: Jenna Hein Love Jenna Calligraphy / Wedding dress: Melissa Sweet at Belle Couture Bridal / Bride’s shoes, groom’s suit + bridesmaids dresses: J Crew / Bride’s accessories: Puttin’ on the Glitz / Bridesmaids gifts: Sea Bags /Rings: Bellmans

{Photos by Emilie Inc.}

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Tea Sandwiches + Rosewater

Now that summer is in full swing, I’m all about easy entertaining and lazy afternoons. Small bites, pitchers of cocktails mixed in advance, homemade lemonade and sun tea set out to steep while you’re doing more important things like reading a book or going for a swim. These pretty little tea sandwiches and minted rosewater from Sunday Suppers for Trad Home hit just the right note for casual summer parties and bridal showers.

Feeling inspired? Get the lowdown on making your own minted rosewater.

Photos + Styling: Karen Mordechai / Styling Assistant: Lizzy Sall  / Sandwich Recipes: Camille Becerra for Sunday Suppers / Carafe, Glassware + Spoons: Canvas

{Photos by Karen Mordechai | Sunday Suppers for Trad Home.}

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DIY Prize Ribbon

Hey there and happy morning, friends! I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. Chelsea here from Lovely Indeed, and today I’ve got a DIY for you that I can almost guarantee you can put together for a couple of bucks, if not absolutely for free. (My favorite!) We’re making prize ribbons – and who doesn’t love winning a prize?

Supplies –

  • an old paper grocery bag
  • Elmers glue
  • a glue gun
  • scissors
  • glitter
  • scrap cardboard

From your grocery bag, cut these shapes:

Fold the long rectangle into an accordion, with the folds about 1/4 inch wide. Then fan out the folds and hot glue the ends of the rectangle together, making a circle. For stability, also hot glue a small circle of cardboard onto the back of the folded paper.

Next, spread Elmer’s and sprinkle glitter onto your remaining shapes.

Finally, assemble all of your pieces; hot glue the glittered circle onto the center of the folded brown piece, and hot glue the two ribbons in an upside-down V shape, peeking out from behind the folded brown piece. Present it to your favorite person and let them know you love them! You can glue a magnet to the back and put it on a fridge, or glue a pin to the back and pin it on a guest of honor. Use it as a bow on a package, or as decoration at your next shindig.  Quick, easy, and adorable! xoxo

{Photos by Lovely Indeed for The Sweetest Occasion.}

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Loving July 4th + Happy Weekend!

July 4th weekend is always one of my favorite times of year. Somehow it just seems more carefree than any other holiday. There are long summer days of frolicking about and evenings filled with s’mores and fireworks. What’s not to love? Before I run off to the lake for the weekend, here’s a final dose of red, white and blue summer lovin’ to kick your weekend off in style. Have the sweetest holiday weekend – see you Tuesday! xoxo

{Photo by Emersonmade.}

{Photos by Beaux Arts Photographie via Style Me Pretty.}

{Photo by Blue Window Creative via Ruffled.}

{Photo by Love Life Studios via Elizabeth Anne Designs.}

{Photos by Love Me Do via Style Me Pretty.}

{Photo by Adrienne Gunde via Style Me Pretty.}

{Photo from 365 Days of Breakfast.}

{Photos by Beaux Arts Photographie via Style Me Pretty.}

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A Cake Decorating Party

The sweet Andrea of Strawberry Chic (who shared the awesome DIY pencil holder with us not too long ago) recently planned the loveliest party for her little sister and her friends. A cake decorating party! Each guest got her own mini cake on a pretty little platter and Andrea taught them all a few basic frosting techniques like how to make frosting ruffles and roses. Isn’t this unbelievably fun? It’d be a great idea for a birthday party or even a bridal shower. It definitely has me inspired to start practicing my frosting ruffles.

Get even more party details at Strawberry Chic – thanks for sharing, Andrea!

{Photos by Strawberry Chic.}

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