Real Wedding, II
I knew that you guys would completely love Amy and Aaron's wedding...so, as promised, here are a few more images and tidbits from Amy about those perfect little details... _HERE ARE THE OH-SO-FABULOUS...

I knew that you guys would completely love Amy and Aaron's wedding...so, as promised, here are a few more images and tidbits from Amy about those perfect little details...



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Here are the oh-so-fabulous details that Amy and Aaron included in their wedding...



Modern gown – My gown, The Mansion, was from Lela

Rose’s
first bridal collection. The bejeweled neckline and

muslin fabric were the perfect mix of organic couture that I was seeking and was

fitting to our setting. Our wedding date was stitched in the hem in light blue.

And it was so special to purchase the gown from a grade-school friend and client

Elle Warren, who owns Warren Barron Bridal. Later in the

year, we designed Lela’s new website after sending her a proposal full of photos

from our big day!



Design your own materials — Aaron designed all of

our printed materials. Letterpress was a must, so we enlisted Inky Lips Press for the printing. We also used Aaron’s photography (http://www.brandhatchery.com/clients/napa/napa07/)

( http://www.brandhatchery.com/clients/napa/napa06/)

from our trips to Napa as the basis for the table cards, escort cards and save

the date.



Tribute to family and friends — We wanted to give

a nod to all of the married couples—family and friends—who inspired us to take

the leap. We mailed an extra card with the RSVP asking married friends and

family to send us photos from their big day. We scanned and converted all of the

images to black and white and hung them on a tree where all of our guests could

recount memories and share stories. We also used the photos on the back of our

dinner menu and for a slide show at our rehearsal dinner, which took place at

Artesa Winery.



Beyond the guest book — We collect books,

especially coffee table books. So when it came time to choose a guest book, we

opted for a copy of Shades of the Vine, a beautiful tome published by

Meadowood that now sits on our cocktail table.



Honor your grandmothers — I carried white

peonies, my late paternal grandmother’s favorite flower, from Julie’s Flowers.

It was my way of making sure she was present. We reset my maternal grandmother’s

engagement ring and I wore an antique pin on my bouquet from Aaron’s side of the

family.



Non-traditional style – My husband wears Pumas,

jeans and t-shirts to work every day, so I knew he wouldn’t be in typical

attire. He surprised me by wearing green Converse shoes to match the green polka

dot tie from Ted Baker that we picked out together. And I

surprised him with green striped cuff links the night before.



Gem

friend
— My friend Shelby Katz designed a gorgeous

seed pearl necklace for my sister, my maid of honor, who wore a Nicole Miller cocktail dress (a frock she will actually wear again),

and a smoky quartz necklace for my mother.



Beyond the bridal portrait — Instead of the

traditional bridal portrait, Aaron created a collage of black and white photos

which hung in the entrance to the ballroom.



Handcrafted details — Aaron’s mom is a very

talented seamstress. She designed the girls’ dresses, the ring pillow using

Aaron’s great great grandmother’s handkerchief and the platinum fabric gift bags

for the olive oil—our favorite--that we gave as gifts. She even sewed muslin

bags for our invitations which was similar to the fabric of my gown. And my mom

knitted an ivory silk shrug for me to wear with my dress later in the evening

and to brunch the next morning.



Personal scent — We mailed boxes of Casa Blanca

Lily candles—a personal favorite of mine—made by our friends at Mast-Peters Fine

Candles
to illuminate.



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