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by Corina

Visiting Camp Navarro in Medocino was a delight! Agathe, Cameron and I camped out in the rustic cabins, drank wine around the camp fire, and fell in love with the redwoods in the Anderson Valley.

We dreamed of their wedding in the Great Redwood Grove with hanging lanterns, and farm-to-table cuisine. We loved the idea of all guests receiving headlamps as arrival gifts, and styling each cabin with wool blankets and vintage camping lanterns. The Navarro River is absolutely gorgeous and just 10 minutes down the Highway you can launch canoes and inner tubes for a really fun group ride.

by Corina

I often visit plant stores and shops for event design inspiration. I find them especially helpful when planning a living arrangement centerpiece for an eclectic wedding design. One of my favorite online stores is Terrain (which is an extension of Anthropology and Urban Outfitters). Their line of gardening and outdoor living products are perfect for bringing the outside in.

I love this line of plant trays designed to catch water runoff from larger planters, but they themselves can be packed with moss, succulents, and air plants to create a long, beautiful, fresh arrangement in the center of your tables. It’s an easy project, and it’s eclectic approach makes it fairly easy for any DIY Bride and her family to create.

by Corina

Here are some of this week’s obsessions…

Loving this LA vintage eclectic wedding with modern bohemian accents.

Brooke Merrill Photography & Randi Marie Photography

I’m in love with Caitln Flemming for the first time. I cant believe I never knew about her until now!

San Francisco Firehouse 8 is an iconic venue full of possibilities for weddings, special events, and pop-up restaurants. I’m obsessed with brick (and, let’s be honest, Firemen too).

Obsessed with this incredible modern rustic Sonoma wedding at the Summerhill House by Hugh Forte Photography. Katey Oursler did a killer job with the farm-to-table dinner!

Hugh Forte Photography

by Corina

Alameda Antiques and Collectables Faire is the first Sunday of each month in Alameda Ca.

If you are in the market for decorations, unique dinnerware, or stylish lounge furniture for your upcoming wedding, Flea Markets & Swap Meets are the ticket. While Craigslist is a great resource for used wedding items as well, you can often find the unusual and unique if you venture out into some of these events.

Here are some ideas for your shopping list: mason jars, chalkboards, photo booth props, vases (try ceramic as well for an earthy look), candles, cake stands, vintage pie tins, lanterns, vintage table linens, rugs for the aisle or lounge.

For a list of Flea Markets in the SF Bay Area (where I live and work), SF Gate provides a great one here. My favorite from this list is the Alameda Point Antiques and Collectable Faire held on the first Sunday each month. There are so many gorgeous handmade crafts and beautiful antique items for sale.

If you are lucky to live in Chicago, plan on attending The Great Wedding Recyclery on Sunday April 27th. It’s an awesome event where former brides sell their gently used wedding items to brides and grooms and get to share with you how the item was used and experienced at the wedding.

by Corina

Tax Tips for Newlyweds

Here we go again, it’s tax time! For all you Newlyweds that were married in 2013 (even on December 31st), take note of these important tips you can take advantage of when filing jointly (source

Make sure all the information is current and correct. If you’ve changed your name or address, you need to make sure your W-2s are accurate as well as correct with the Social Security Administration and the IRS.

Know the benefits to filing jointly. It is possible that you can earn more money at a lower tax rate when filing as a married couple. BONUS!

Don’t settle for standard deductions anymore. Itemized deductions are now your friend. If you didn’t qualify for them previously, that may have changed. Don’t forget to gather your tax forms and receipts for things like home mortgage interest, property taxes, car registration, reimbursed employee expenses, and charitable contributions, which may give you more tax deductions and a bigger tax refund.

by Corina

mason jar wedding

As weather is heating up, I’m reminded of one of my favorite guest pampering tips, the “Refresher Station”. Upon arrival, guests love to be made comfortable, and I think it’s always a great idea to offer fruit-infused ice water and maybe a house-made lemonade before the ceremony. Because many guests have traveled a distance to get to the event, and this easy DIY water station will help to cool them off before they are seated.

If you don’t have the budget to have it maned by a bartender, place mason jars out with hanging tags so guests can write their names and hold onto their water glass for the night. Don’t forget to get a wooden crate, or wine box to lift the water jugs off the table in a stylish way. It’s important to raise the spouts up far enough off the table to make it easy for the glasses to fit underneath. Handmade chalkboard signs are a great way to finish off the look.

by Corina

Not just your average salad servers, these adorable bamboo spoons and service wear come with sweet motifs of swallows, branches and hearts. These would make the perfect eco-wedding gift– unique, usable, and made from a super renewable resource!

You can check out the full bamboo range on the dandi website.

inspiration and images via: re-nest

by Corina

The recent New York drama around some wedding photographer’s gone bankrupt, leaving many couples left in the dark with their wedding photo’s and albums, is so concerning.

I’m happy to see that the Attorney General of NYC is following up on the case, and has issued the following great advice for couples about hiring a wedding photographer.

1. Insist the company identify the photographer who will be at your wedding, and make sure they are listed on the contract you sign

2. Check at least 3 references for weddings that took place within the last 3 months

3. Never pre-pay in full

4. Discuss and decide on due dates for each task and make sure the contract contains that information (ie, proofs are ready for you to view by a certain date)

5. Check to see if the vendor belongs to a wedding photographer’s association

by Corina

Spring weddings are a great time to integrate the color green. It signifies “fresh” and “new”… and against white can make for a crisp modern look, or a classic feel.

This green and white wedding style shoot featured on Green Wedding Shoes is one of their most popular pages, and for good reason!

Check out the subtle use of baby’s breath in the bouquet (it’s so sweet!), and the integration of antique lace as the “something old” is quite eco-fabulous!

green and white wedding

green and white wedding

Photo: Barnaby Draper Studios

by Corina

I love to follow trends.. what woman doesn’t?! But more than that I love to follow eco-fabulous fashion and wedding trends. Of course, no eco-wedding trend should have a shelf life, expiring at the end of the year…after all they are all great, green practices for any green event!

photo by Catie Ronquillo

The Recycled Bride, which also has a fabulous real weddings section of their blog, publishes their take each year on the years great eco-wedding trends.

This year’s report says that the eco-savvy brides and grooms are…

1. still into chalkboards, be it for menu’s, seating charts, or programs they cut down on unnecessary paper waste, and just plane look cool

2. staying away from diamonds by either opting for colored gems or (my favorite) buying man-made stones, which are naturally conflict free

3. staying home for their honeymoons, seeking out romantic hometown adventures (hmmmm? if you lived in San Francisco maybe…)

4. sourcing local food, inspired by Chelsea Clinton’s wedding (of course)

5. opting for a smaller guest list, making for more intimate weddings (and more affordable)

6. recycling, by reusing gowns, party decor, and wedding accessories (though technically, this is called “reuse”)

7. shortening wedding dresses, so they can wear them again (very practical!)

8. registering green to support the sustainable economy (yayyy!)

9. love vintage bird cage veils, opting out of long veiled accessories

10. And last… featuring a more vegetable based dinner, reducing the meat at each plate! (victory for the vegetarians)

The trends are posted at Project Wedding now.. and the photo’s are just adorable, courtesy of Catie Ronquillo (I love the photo shoot!).

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