Eco-Friendly Green Summer Forest Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 15, 2013



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Nina and Sergery were engaged on Valentine’s Day and married six months later at Pema Osel Ling Retreat Center in a secluded redwood grove. The bride’s favorite detail from the day? “I loved my dress,” she said. “I wanted to have something simple but unique, and that dress was it.” During the ceremony, they was surprised with a speech from their officiant about them being secret agents from other planets. “It was hilarious,” she said. In order to make their day personal and a reflection of them as a couple, they also wrote each other letters and sealed them in a box along with a bottle of wine to open on their 10th anniversary. Guests enjoyed a semi-vegetarian meal and went home with a “tie the knot” kit, since Nina and Sergery are both into backpacking and hiking.

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Photography: Choco Studio Photography | Venue: Pema Osel Ling Retreat Center

Peach, Ivory and Mint

Posted by acursaro on Jan 28, 2011

The second 2011 Color Combination makes me want sorbet!  Use this delicious palette of colors for a beautiful backyard ceremony or a swanky foreign affair.

Row One:  Bridal Hairpiece Image from 100 Layer Cake; Taffeta Ball Gown with Layered Tulle Skirt Style (WG3057) by Galina for David’s Bridal

Row Two:  Table Decor Image from 100 Layer Cake; Invitation Photo from Green Wedding Shoes; Cake Image from OnceWed; Centerpiece Image by Marisa Holmes Photography

Row Three:  Centerpieces and Bouquet by JL Designs; Bridesmaid Image by Max Wanger Photography

Row Four:  Shoe Photo from Style Me Pretty

My What If Wedding

Posted by lilac on Dec 13, 2010

What if I were getting married close to Christmas? The following would be my inspiration for a near Christmas wedding with dark green and gold.

I am quite happy with when and where we’re getting married, so don’t think this is my dream wedding. It’s just something that I think is beautiful. So if anyone needs Christmas wedding inspiration, feel free to share!

Newport, RI mansion at Christmas. Photo from

Fall Stationery Trends

Posted by acursaro on Sep 24, 2010

It’s officially my favorite time of year – Fall!  Fall is obviously the favorite of many brides-to-be, too, because Fall has become the new “it” season to get married in.  I didn’t have a single summer wedding to attend as a guest this year, but last weekend I started with wedding number one of four in the Autumn months!!  For those of you planning Fall weddings for next year, take a look at some of the trends I think are becoming popular right now:

1.  Plantable Paper – In keeping with the “green” movement, this trend not only helps the environment by making the paper useful after they are sent, but it adds the much needed texture Fall weddings crave!

Plantable Paper Invitation by baci designer stationery + events

2.  Sewn Stationery – It’s as simple as it looks, just run your paper pieces through your sewing machine to add a little something extra to your day!

Sewn Escort Cards Image from 100 Layer Cake

Sewn Save-the-dates Image from 100 Layer Cake

Bridesmatron Recap: Bridal Shower Details

Posted by bridalbuds on Sep 07, 2010

As you may have read in some of my prior posts, I was invited to be a “bridesmatron” in my friend’s wedding this summer.  Let’s just call this friend “Green”, because that’s her favorite color!  Green’s mom did a great job organizing Green’s bridal shower, and included a lot of personal touches that I wanted to share with the garden!  There was marriage advice collected on pieces of paper that got folded up and put into a picnic basket with some picnic essentials, there was bridal bingo with scratch-off lotto tickets for the winners, there was a beautifully framed picture of Green and her fiance placed at the escort card table for all guests to see upon their arrival, there were green decorations at the tables and on the cake, there was a raffle for each table’s 3-piece candle set centerpiece (which I won!) and there were of course favors.  Green’s ceremony was held outdoors in Long Island in late August (more to come on that!), so Green’s mom gave each shower guest a beautiful wooden fan to help keep cool at the ceremony:

Favor from "Green's" Bridal Shower

Photo taken by Me

Along with the fan came this cute poem:

Thank you for attending Green’s shower.
Now, we are looking forward to that special hour!
Please bring this fan as we celebrate the joining
of Green and her mate, on August 28th!