Happy weekend, friends!
I missed you last week.
About last weekend.
My sister and I came down with a dreadful case of food poisoning.
The culprit, we suspect, was a pork chop we shared.
It was the night before her daughter’s wedding.
Thankfully neither of us got sick until after the reception.
More about the wedding later.
Niece Sophie and Chad have graciously agreed to share their big day on the blog.
When the professional photos are back.
Like I did for Kyle and Melody’s wedding.
And, yes, the cake made it safely to the wedding.
Thank you for asking.
Let’s go …
CHOOSING A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Sophie and Chad’s wedding was our third this year. All three have been uniquely different and reflective of the couple’s personal comfort level and style. From big and elaborate to small and intimate we’ve loved them all. The one thing they had in common, besides a significant pandemic delay, a great photographer. I remember my mom telling me that a wedding photographer is one of, if not the most, important decision a couple will make for their big day. But how to find the right one? This article gives some straightforward advice.
Sophie and Chad chose Taylor Brooke Photography. Sophie had been following Taylor on Instagram for years and knew she was the one. I watched Taylor work throughout the day, amazed by her energy level and creativity. And it was a long day. Starting in the morning at the hotel capturing the bride and groom getting ready and ending late in the evening. The following day Taylor sent Sophie a few sneak peeks and I’m excited to share this one.
CASUAL SUMMER WEDDING GUEST LOOKS … HERS
A month or so ago I asked your opinion on two dress options for Sophie’s wedding. You overwhelmingly selected this blue and white Anthro dress. It was a great choice. It has a flattering fit, it’s lightweight and I felt really good in it. I changed up my shoes and bag from the original outfit collage. I loved both and they’ll make a repeat performance, with a different dress, at niece Megan’s wedding in August. A wedge heel is your best friend for outdoor events, and I was super comfortable all afternoon and evening.
CASUAL SUMMER WEDDING GUEST LOOKS … HIS
To Jim’s horror he found that he no longer had a suitable (pun intended) summer suit. His days of wearing a suit and tie to work regularly have come and gone. When he tried on his tan, summer suit it felt a bit outdated. So, he took himself to Nordstrom Walnut Creek to see Joseph, who has been helping him for years. He found this Canali wool/silk/linen blend suit. Canali is a favorite brand of Jim’s and this suit is going to be perfect for other summer events, including niece Megan’s wedding in August. He wore this blue Canali suit to Kyle’s wedding, which I shared here. Jim was thrilled he didn’t have to wear a tie to Sophie’s wedding. Jim, if you’re reading this, at Megan’s wedding you won’t get away with that. I love the lightweight fabric and beige color and it was ideal for the very warm wedding day. When the suit went for tailoring Jim had the last button on each sleeve removed and a vent with a functional button added. And he had the button hole stitched with a contrasting light blue thread. He says the last button on the jacket sleeve should always be left undone. He wanted to wear a blue shirt, but I
begged asked him to wear a white one. I think a blue shirt feels more businessy … he disagreed but went along with me. This time.
WEDDING GUEST SURVIVAL BAGS
Back in March I put together wedding guest survival bags for our friends and family coming from out of town to attend Kyle and Melody’s wedding. In Sophie and Chad’s bag I included baby food for their 8-month old daughter, Haddie. Just in case. Turns out they needed it. Auntie’s know things. She posted this funny story on Instagram the next day.
Sophie asked me to make wedding guest survival bags for her wedding too. These are not pretty little dainty welcome bags. These are serious, substantial goodie bags to help out-of-town guests make it through a wedding weekend without panicked trips across an unfamiliar town for snacks, water, and other necessities. Most hotels – including the good ones – have eliminated their mini bars, and provide little, if any, bottled water. What’s a parched and hungry wedding guest to do? Here’s how I put together our wedding guest survival bags:
I ordered these 12 x 12, burlap tote bags. And labeled them with cute chalkboard style tags using a white chalk markers. In the bottom of each bag, I crumbled sheets of tissue paper topped with crinkled paper. Then I added the survival essentials. Large bottles of water, cans of Sofia Brut Rose, Kleenex, hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial wipes, individual packets of pain reliever, IV Hydration Multiplier packs, ear plugs, travel size mouth wash, gum, SkinnyPop, Goldfish crackers, Kind Bars – full size and minis, a large bag of Trail Mix, raisins – plain, yogurt and chocolate covered, jumbo chocolate bars, individual packets of nuts and trail mixes, Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups (by the bride’s request!) … and more. Is this TMI … probably so. I’m nothing if not thorough.
SHOP WEDDING GUEST SURVIVAL BAGS ~
I purchased all the contents at Target, Whole Foods, and our local Diablo Foods. And for guests with children, I included kid favorites like animal crackers, fruit rollups, cereal bars, and baby food. Finally, I added disposable cups and straws zipped into a baggie. We all know NEVER to use the drinking glasses provided in hotel rooms (they don’t properly clean them).
Here’s Chad’s Aunt with her bag.
SUMMER STYLE FROM TARGET
A few days ago, I stopped at Target to make a return and took a stroll through the clothing aisles. As one does. After an in-store try on sesh (yes, my dressing room selfie skills need improvement) these are the pieces that came home with me. Target’s summer blouses and t-shirts are a great deal … I’ve raved about their t-shirts many times. And I really like these Universal Thread jeans.
I’m particularly thrilled with this blue and white stripe dress. $29! There are quite a few blue and white dresses in my closet. Surprise. Some cost 10x what this one did … but you’d never know the difference.
They still have the blue eyelet blouse I bought a few weeks ago. I noticed a lot of you loved it.
SHOP TARGET SUMMER STYLE ~
So there you have it, five fun things from my week.
Now let’s see what Elizabeth and Kim are sharing.
IN OTHER NEWS ~
- Can you guess the most popular lipstick in America? I ordered it after reading Kim’s fun walk down lipstick lane!
- I’m really enjoying this new podcast.
- Next weekend is Father’s Day! It’s the first Father’s Day since my sweet dad passed. Jim will be spending the weekend at Aspen Food & Wine. Not to worry, I’m still looking out for you and this Father’s Day gift guide caught my eye, this one looks good too, and this one!
Back to weddings.
Sophie and Chad’s wedding evening was perfect, and I can’t wait to share all the details.
In the meantime, I created a short video.
If you haven’t already seen it, you can view it here.
As always, I appreciate your visit and welcome your thoughts in the comments below.
Cheers from Snowberry!