Friday, June 13, 2008

California Ranch Wedding

Our friends, Terese and Tom just got married at his family ranch near Santa Barbara on May 25. I can't get over how gorgeous their wedding photos are, all shot by the incredibly talented Nancy Neil.

Here are more details of their day:

Location of Wedding: El Chorro Ranch located in Lompoc, California (just north of Santa Barbara).

My husband's family ranch:
In March 2006, the Isaacson Family, California Rangeland Trust and the Wildlife Conservation Board secured a conservation easement on the 817-acre El Chorro Ranch.The conservation easement fulfills the desire of Esther Isaacson and her sons Bill, Deming and Bob to keep the land as a working cattle ranch in perpetuity.The Isaacson family purchased the scenic ranch at a public auction held on the steps of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in 1939. Located along Highway 1 in Santa Barbara County, the El Chorro Ranch possesses unique grazing, farming and ranching resources; remarkable wildlife habitat; and rich oak woodland and riparian areas.The project is one of several collaborative projects between California Rangeland Trust and the Land Trust of Santa Barbara County.

{photos by Nancy Neil}

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Renegade Craft Fair

Be sure to check out the 4th annual Renegade Craft Fair this weekend at McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg, June 14 + 15, from 11 am - 7 pm. I'll be there on Sunday!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


I absolutely love these incredibly detailed and delicate porcelain figurines by Lladró. I saw them last week over at Future Perfect in Williamsburg. What a nice little wedding gift to give or to receive. I wish I could give it, and I dream of receiving it!

{images from moco loco}


These top pics are from our ceremony. I love how our sisters matched the flowers, and stood out against the ocean tones. If you notice the top right photo, it is of our ring bearer (my nephew) trying to deconstruct the pillow. Advice to all brides, this probably isn't earth shattering, but I had never thought about it before, DO NOT HAVE YOUR WEDDING RINGS ATTACHED TO THE PILLOW WHEN IT IS IN THE HANDS OF A SMALL CHILD. At any given time, he was untying the ribbon, twirling it around, swinging it in people's faces, throwing it on the ground, you name it, if the rings had been on it during the ceremony, they would've been lost. With that said, I still recommend having a ring pillow, they are such a great element that add to your design story.

I was apprehensive about sharing the photo of me tearing up. Never in a million years did I think I would tear up, but boy did I. Here I had spent so many hours of dedication to all of the elements of the wedding weekend, but the actual ceremony I left in the hands of the Reverend. We didn't write our own vows, it wasn't something we felt the need to do. But I can't begin to tell you how profound that moment was, I didn't think I would lose it, and I did. So ladies, have your handkerchief ready, I didn't think I would cry and I did.

{photos by Anna Wolf}

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

design by Enise

Right before the wedding, I was on the hunt for earrings. I hadn't really put much thought into them and didn't want to spend a lot of $. Luckily, I came across design by Enise while browsing through Bloomingdales a few days before we left for the wedding and found her stuff to be gorgeous in person and very affordable. I didn't actually end up wearing the bottom pair of earrings as my sister gave me a pair of diamond earrings the day of our wedding as a surprise, but nonetheless, if you are looking for affordable earrings, Enise is great. Unfortunately her website doesn't show all of her great and affordable designs, but if you happen to be near the Bloomingdales in midtown this week, check out her stuff. She will be there personally until Thursday 6/12 selling her jewelry.

{images from design by enise and thoughtful day}

Monday, June 9, 2008

Shades of Grey

More pics from our wedding, I just happen to love this set, with all of the subdued grey tones in the photos. Our wedding was really colorful, (which I love), but it is nice to have these in the mix.

{top to bottom, l -r}

My niece and our flower girl, she is so cute! . Whatever you do, make sure the flower girl and ring bearer are happy, if that means gum, crayons, candy, whatever, just make sure they are happy.

Patrick and I holding hands, I love wearing my two eternity bands together while he is still trying to get used to wearing his band. P and his best man having a boys talk.

These last photos I absolutely love. If you want to go with portrait shots of your guests, pick a consistent wall or area and have your guests pose in front of it. Similar to a make shift photo booth, but without the set up. I personally like the clean / non textured background for shots like these. I love the continuity of the background with the different people, especially the ones of our mothers. They are just so pretty.

{photos by Anna Wolf}