• Martha Stewart Weddings Fall Real Weddings Issue Sneak Peek

    Martha Stewart Weddings Real Wedding Preview | Oh Lovely Day | photography by Rachel Thurston

    The fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddings debuts this week, and as usual it’s chock full of gorgeous wedding inspiration. And I have an exclusive sneak peek of one of their real wedding features, the Temecula wedding of Brooke and Shea. It’s a true blue fabulous affair with some amazingly good DIY. I’m in love and just want to live in it’s indigo stripes forever.

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    Did I tell you!? And can you believe that those umbrellas were DIY – painted on by the bride and her family? Be sure to see the full feature and all of the other stunning real wedding features in the latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, on newsstands now.

    Photos by Rachel Thurston, courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings.

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    DIY San Diego Picnic Wedding

    DIY San Diego Picnic Wedding by Hom Photography | Oh Lovely Day

    It’s been a while since I shared a real wedding here on Oh Lovely Day. To be honest, these features are super time consuming to edit and post and as much as I love them having a new baby was making it quite hard to do all that work. So the real weddings might be featured a bit less for a bit, but when I do share you know they will be good. Today’s simple and sweet San Diego wedding is full of DIY, color, and love. What’s better than that?

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    Picnic twister and pinatas! So fun, right!?

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    I love all of the color and texture the bride’s DIY napkins added to the day.

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    Sharing some sweet details from the day is Hom Photography:

    Alisa and Mike’s park wedding had it all: hand stitched details, gorgeous florals, puppies, bacon, waffle and omelet bars, hand-crafted mimosas, piñatas, and so much more.  What else could you need?  This celebration embodied the laid-back, humble couple behind it all, proving that your wedding day does not need to be elaborate to be perfect. 

    Held at San Dieguito Park in Del Mar, this morning wedding had a true San Diegan feel, from the native succulents used to in their floral arrangements to the bride’s choice of wearing her Rainbow sandals, despite the fact that she actually purchased another pair of shoes for the wedding.  

    Alisa explains that, “we immediately knew we wanted our wedding to be outside somewhere with lots of trees and grass. As I started thinking of colors and themes, my mind kept wandering back to a specific cloth napkin in my sister’s mismatched collection.  From that napkin sprang forth a picnic feel and mismatched color scheme.”

    For the ceremony, driftwood lined the aisle, which led to the simple, but stunning altar.  The bride and groom provided blankets and chairs for the many friends, family, children, and dogs that attended.  Songs used include:

    Processional: “Heartbeats” by Jose Gonzalez  and “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron & Wine
    Hymn: “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
    Recessional: “Cinnamon Girl” by Neil Young

    Friends of the bride and groom played instrumentals of the songs on violin and guitar.  “Come Though Fount” is Mike’s favorite song, and other than that, the couple wanted to use songs that were non-traditional and fit the feel of the day.

    Guests moved their blankets and lawn chairs to the other side of the park and lined up to indulge in made-to-order omelets, waffles, and mimosas, among other brunch items.  For dessert, guests enjoyed cake made by the bride’s sisters and donuts from her grandfather’s shop.  “We’re breakfast lovers,” Alisa explains, “so we decided it was only natural our food choice should reflect that.”

    As a labor of love, Alisa made each guest a set of napkins.  Her sisters took care of all of the florals for the day.  Her sister explained to me that she was excited to repurpose the succulents used throughout the day to grow a succulent garden for the newlyweds using a little root stimulator. 

    Hanging from either side of the reception tent were bicycle wheels, covered with pictures of the couple, and also used by guests used to hang notes to the newlyweds.  Cycling is a favorite pastime of both the bride and groom.  Recently, Alisa and her beloved father toured all the way down the Pacific Coast by bike! Alisa and Mike also brought tons of games for guests of all ages to enjoy, including piñatas and twister, which were a huge hit amongst the kids and adults. 

    From the bride and groom: “Our favorite memory from the day was having all the people who love us most there to witness our covenant and then later seeing them visibly enjoying a day in the park.”

    Don’t you just love every single bit of that? Sounds like such a dreamy and romantic day. Congrats to Alisa & Mike!

    {Vendors} Photographer: Hom Photography / Venue: San Dieguito Park / Dress: David’s Bridal / Suits: H&M / Bow Ties: The Tie Bar / Caterer: Feast on This / Donuts: Stan’s Donuts 

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    Charlie is 4

    Charlie, I can’t believe you are 4. You have grown into such a beautiful and joyful little boy. I love that you prefer Bohemian Rhapsody to Disney songs, and you know the words to and who sings the songs on the radio (“momma, this is a Jay-Z remix!”), I love that you know if someone moved one of your toys even an inch, I love that you only want to eat yogurt and bananas all day every day, I love that you call pooping “dropping deuces.” I love what a big innocent heart you have and how everything is magical and exciting to you. I love how you see something that most people think is ordinary like a leaf or the sky and call it beautiful. I love that you are shy in public and a ham at home. I love how you talk in poetry, making up stories and songs that both have rhythm and that rhyme. I love how you insist on performing those songs every night wearing only a hooded fox towel. I love how you make us video each performance and then have to watch it back immediately. I love how you call me your beautiful momma, how much you love your brother, and that your daddy is your best friend. I love you for all that you are, even when that is a raging fournager. I hope you always live your life as fully as you do today. Thank you for making me a momma and letting me be yours every day. Even on the hardest of days it is just the best thing. Love you forever and no matter what. Happy 4th birthday baby boy.

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    Autumn Wedding Inspiration

    Everyone is already thinking about the Christmas holiday season and decorating for winter, but I feel like fall just started here in Los Angeles and I am not ready to give up my fall decorations or fall wedding inspiration posts yet. Here are some of my favorite fall features of lovely days passed, which is perfect for you newly engaged planning a fall wedding for next year!

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    DIY Fall Escort Cards

    DIY Fall Escort Cards | Oh Lovely Day

    I’ve got another fun DIY coming at ya from DIY Contributor Chloe of Boxwood Avenue is sharing a fun fall escort card DIY that you can use for fall weddings or as place cards on a holiday table!

    I’m getting married next fall and have been in full on pinspiration mode for all aspects of my wedding. I really want to incorporate some fall elements into the day, but I don’t want to turn it into a harvest party. I think these escort cards are the perfect way to add a little bit of fall without going overboard – I wanted something that could double as a favor, and could be set at the table, rather than having a designated ‘seating’ table. These turned out perfectly for that, and could also be used for any upcoming holiday parties!

    Supplies:

    • Leaves (from around your yard, make sure they aren’t too dry)
    • Gold Paint
    • Small Paint Brush
    • Tulle (or container of choice – cheesecloth, mason jar, etc…)
    • This Pen – you’ll thank me later (or just use a sharpie)
    • Baker’s Twine
    • Mulling Spices (homemade or bought)

    I picked up the leaves from around our yard, and I have to say, I love that they are foraged and not perfectly shaped or colored! I think, the more imperfections the better, because when painted, the brown spots look wonderful.

    To start, you’ll either need to buy some mulling spices (can be found here) or make your own! I used a recipe from good ‘ole Martha, but feel free to make up your own. I played around with it a bit by adding orange peel and leaving out the cardamom.

    Once you’ve got your mulling spices ready, cut your tulle into circles. I used two layers of tulle for my sachets and cut them to be about 8 inches in diameter. Another option would be to put the spices in cheesecloth (if you’re worried about the food quality of tulle) or little mason jars.

    Now you’ll want to prepare your sachets. Add your mulling spices into the center of the tulle or whatever package you’re using. Then bundle them up and tie off with some baker’s twine, but don’t tie it into a bow yet!

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    Next gather as many leaves as you’ll need for your guests. The leaves will dry and become crinkly after a few days, so make sure the leaves you select are still ‘pretty’ when they’re dry. I found it easiest to use freshly fallen leaves that were still pliable for the next steps.

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    Paint each leaf with a bit of gold paint, and allow to dry (should take less than 15 minutes). Once dry, use your handy new pen (or a sharpie) to write the names of your guests on the leaves. Be careful not to press too hard or you will tear the leaf.

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    Now that your leaves are done, add them to your sachets. I tied a tight bow around the stem of the leaves, which worked very well; and that’s it, your guests are sure to love them!

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    Such a simple DIY that makes such an impact on your table, right? If I were hosting Thanksgiving dinner I would totally make these. Thanks to Chloe for the great idea! And if you love to create, take great photos, and want to submit a DIY to be published on Oh Lovely Day, send them my way to chandra@ohlovelyday.com with the subject line DIY submission. Photos must be high quality, DIY’s original, and preferably not yet published elsewhere. Full source list and instructions should be attached to email in a word doc, photos at least 600 pixels wide, and either attached to the email or submitted via dropbox. Can’t wait to see what you are creating!

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