Custom Stamps Now At Minted.com

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8 • 12 • 2016  |  Tips & Inspiration
I don't know how many times we have heard it from our clients, but they are always so disappointed with the USPS postage stamps for their wedding invitations. Many have purchased custom or even vintage stamps, but it isn't always easy.  
 
With Minted.com now offering custom and stamps that match their designs, it makes it so much easier, with a one stop shop for all your invitation and paper needs. Even if you don't have invitations or save the dates ordered through Minted, there are many designs that can match many invitation suites, as well as custom options. Check it out, search for "stamps" in the upper left hand corner, and make your stamps as pretty as the rest of your invitation!
Cheers, 

  Kathryn

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Featured: Claire + Jason

Borrowed & Blue
7 • 27 • 2016  |  Press
We are so happy to share this lovely wedding we produced in April at Cavallo Point Lodge, as it was featured today on Borrowed & Blue. This wedding was so full of love and joy, and just pure, simple beauty. Even though it downpoured that afternoon, and the wedding ceremony portion had to be moved indoors, the little chapel on the Cavallo Point Lodge property is a perfect setting for a rainy Spring wedding.  
 
Enjoy these images from Kate Harrison Photography, and see the full feature by clicking here.
Cheers,

  Kathryn

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Special Occasion Photo Package

at AT&T Park
6 • 29 • 2016  |  Vendors
I wanted to share this fun opportunity that AT&T Park is now offering, and that is their special occasion photo package. A lot of couples have asked me in the past how they can get access to the park to take engagement photos, wedding day photos, or even proposal photos (like my husband did, pre-Kanye!). Well, now the park is offering a special package for couples, which will give private access to the park for up to two hours including a tour, a message on the scoreboard, and two customized replica jerseys. Perfect spot for engagement photos, and also a great option for wedding day photos for those couples that have a gap between their ceremony and reception. That time can be used taking photos in and outside of the park, with some of the best views of the bay. 
 
I obviously think this is a great idea, as my husband proposed on the field in December 2010. The best thing about it is any time we attend a game, or watch the games on TV, we always see the place where we decided to spend the rest of our lives together. A very special memory for sure (sharing a few of the photos we had taken that day on my point & shoot camera!).
Here is more information from the Giants on how to setup this for your wedding or special occasion:

Download Special Occasion Package - AT&T Park.pdf

Cheers,

  Kathryn

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Article from Style Me Pretty

What Wedding Guests Do Wrong
6 • 23 • 2016  |  Tips & Inspiration
It has been a while, but we thought this was a great little slideshow from Style Me Pretty about what not to do as a wedding guest. We see some of these behaviors often, and the most common offense is not adhering to the dress code. More and more we are seeing guests showing up in flip flops, shorts, tank tops (on men!), and even jeans. Unless that is what the invitation specifically mentions for attire, we recommend avoiding being the worst dress guest. When in doubt, overdress, or ask around prior to the wedding to see what the couple would prefer.  
 
(photo by Josh Gruetzmacher)
We also thought we would share this little cheat sheet in case it is hard to decipher the wording on the invite: 
 
The invite says: "White Tie" 
This is the most formal of all wedding dress codes (think state dinners and the Oscars). 
 
He should wear: 
A tuxedo, a long black jacket with tails, a white pique vest, and a bow tie. Black, formal shoes and even white gloves for dancing are appropriate. 
 
She should wear: 
A formal, full-length ball gown in a neutral color like dark brown or black. Glamorous makeup and dramatic jewelry and hair are appropriate. 
 
The invite says: "Black Tie" 
This is the next most formal wedding dress code and usually means the wedding is an evening affair. 
 
He should wear: 
A tuxedo. A black bow tie, cummerbund, and patent leather shoes are also suggested. 
 
She should wear: 
A chic cocktail dress or a long evening gown in a dark, neutral color like brown or black. The bride, wedding party, or friends can help answer questions about the appropriate dress length. 
 
The invite says: "Formal" or "Black Tie Optional" 
The wording here suggests something slightly less formal than black tie. This means that a tuxedo isn't required but the event is still formal enough for one to be appropriate. 
 
He should wear: 
A tuxedo or a formal dark suit and tie. 
 
She should wear: 
A long dress, a dressy suit, or a formal cocktail-length dress in a dark, neutral tone like brown, gray, or black. 
 
The invite says: "Beach Formal" 
This suggests an elegant beach wedding -- so dress to impress, but also dress for the elements (sun, sand, and water). Anything you'd wear to a nice restaurant on a summer day is appropriate. 
 
He should wear: 
A summer suit with a linen shirt (no ties required), linen pants or khakis, and sandals. 
 
She should wear: 
A formal summer sundress at tea- or knee-length with flat sandals. Makeup and hair can be natural and everyday. 
 
The invite says: "Semiformal" or "Dressy Casual" 
Depending on the time of the event, you'll want to dress somewhere between formal and casual. Wear darker, more formal hues for an evening fete; opt for light colors and fabrics for a daytime wedding. 
 
He should wear: 
A suit and tie, dark or light depending on the season and time of day. 
 
She should wear: 
A cocktail dress or a dressy skirt and top. 
 
The invite says: "Casual" 
Generally, casual means anything goes. That said, jeans, shorts, and tank tops are probably not appropriate unless they're specifically noted as acceptable. For the purposes of wedding wear, assume business casual to be on the safe side. 
 
He should wear: 
Dress pants with a button-down shirt or polo. 
 
She should wear: 
A summer sundress or a skirt or pants with a nice blouse. Makeup and hair can be natural and everyday. 
 
Main thing to remember is that you were chosen to celebrate in this couples' big day, and you were chosen for a reason. Guests lists are sometimes a tough task for couples as they have to maybe cut people that they would have loved to have there. Don't be the one they wish they didn't invite!  
 
Cheers, 

  Kathryn

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Emily + Nick

August 1 | Vine Hill House
3 • 7 • 2016  |  Real Weddings
Sometimes we get to work with a couple on the design only element of their wedding, which can be really fun, especially when the bride and groom have such a pretty vision of what they want to begin with. I really enjoyed working with them to get the right rental pieces together for their wedding from different sources, and providing the right vendors to make sure that vision came to fruition. The goal was to keep everything simple and approachable, while keeping in line with the venue aesthetics.  
 
We are so happy with how everything turned out, and excited to share these images from Kelly Boitano from their wedding at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol.

Catering: Sage Catering
Table Rentals: Standard Party Rentals
Lounge Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

Linens: La Tavola
Floral: Wallflower Design
Cake: Branching Out Cakes

  Kathryn

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