Posted by: loveandsplendor | June 20, 2008

inspiration preview for 6.21.08

saturday’s wedding is very special to me. the bride and i are old college pals, who lived together for one year in a beautiful victorian house. we shared so many fond memories together and i still crack up thinking of our hilarious outbursts, of which there were many!!

although i am usually wary of being “hired” by friends, V was insistent she wanted me as an official part of the day. so, for months we have worked together on crafting a truly personalized celebration. it has been nothing but a joy collaborating with her!! of course i brought on my favorite florist, kristin of the treasured petal. (we actually all knew each other in college and attended the same church in berkeley!) the three of us put our minds together to craft this very special event.

i can boldly say that saturday’s wedding will be fantastic… enchanting… just brimming with delightful and whimsical details, with loooooots of character. so, i thought it would be fun to tease you with some inspiration behind the event. i will definitely return next week with a sneak peek for you all!

the vision: v imagined an antique, vintage-feeling event overflowing with whimsy. the palette would integrate sherbet colors of blossom pinks and poppy orange, with accents of natural greens. florals would be lush, overgrown and loosely arranged in urns for an organic garden look. and the kicker: v looooves to read and has a special place in her heart for antique books. we decided to use gently-loved antique books as a recurring motif for the day, integrating them in centerpieces, the ceremony arrangements, and anywhere else we can stack them! πŸ˜‰

this pic encapsulates our original vision. the lush, almost wild-looking centerpiece is romantic and perfectly complementary to the natural surroundings.

another gorgeous centerpiece for inspiration

behold a fabulous sketch by the one and only krissy! this weekend’s wedding will be dripping with PEONIES! yummm ❀ we are perching the centerpieces atop stacked antique books that the bride collected over the months. i love this detail.

guests will whet their appetite reading the menu enscribed on a schoolhouse chalkboard

the groom has quite an affinity for adirondack chairs, so we’re setting up a vignette like this one at the site. it will be perfect for photos!

this is my slightly secretive way of alluding to the dozen vintage ball jars i bought yesterday. they are exxxtra special because they are the most brilliant, vibrant shade of turquoise (!!) glass. i immediately bought out the store. filled with pillar candles and scattered on the sign in table, they will be a rustic yet funky dΓ©cor item.

another must-have from the groom were these frasier fir candles by thymes. their fresh scent will add ambiance to the cocktail hour. πŸ˜‰ btw — i am HUGE fan of thymes products. in fact, kris introduced me to the line about a year ago. their kimono rose scent is intoxicating. check them out!

the rest of the details will be kept under wraps for now! i am giddy just thinking about them, though!!

i hope you all had a terrific week. happy first day of summer! enjoy the weekend~ xoxo, angel



  1. I await with bated breath! I can tell that this one’s gonna be a stunner!

  2. you had me at peonies and turquoise ball jars. can’t wait to see!

  3. I love peonies! Sounds like it will be a beautiful event – can’t wait to see the photos!

  4. Love it all. πŸ˜€
    Thank you so much for the tip about ribbon organizing! I need to do that. Ribbons get out of control way too quickly. hahaha! I hope the wedding season is going smoothly miss talented lady you!

  5. hi angel! πŸ™‚
    it was nice meeting you yesterday!

    the wedding was as you described it and moree! πŸ™‚ three cheers, for you!

  6. Oh I love peonies, mason jars and kristin πŸ™‚ I cannot wait!

  7. […] votives, mailbox, cakes, frames, bouquet, centerpiece, umbrellas, suitcase, brides dress, Mr. Avocado in his suit, and black bridesmaid […]

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