BERMUDA BLISS

Bermuda Wedding | Easton Events
Bermuda Wedding | Easton Events
Bermuda Wedding | Easton Events
Bermuda Wedding | Easton Events
Bermuda Wedding | Easton Events
Bermuda Wedding | Easton Events

Continuing with last week’s theme of inspiring people, places, and spaces, I had to share this Bermuda wedding planned by the talented team at Easton Events. The entire affair looked magical, but the invitation suite and coordinating ceremony and reception materials are on another level!

The stationery was designed and illustrated by one of my very favorite artists, Happy Menocal. I bought a print from Happy’s matador series for our first apartment 5 years ago and it’s probably one of the very few things that has transitioned with us from that time of questionable style decisions!  

I can only imagine how giddy the couple’s guests must have been upon receiving such a beautiful mailer. I likely would have considered framing those amazing palm fronds, but at the very least, this suite would be occupying a prominent place on my inspiration board!

I have a feeling the bride and I must be kindred spirits, because if I were to re-do our wedding on an island with a more tropical climate than Martha’s Vineyard, I would want it to look exactly like this.

OUR WEDDING

Souza Speace Martha's Vineyard Wedding

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Souza Speace Martha's Vineyard Wedding

Souza Speace Martha's Vineyard Wedding

Souza Speace Martha's Vineyard Wedding

Souza Speace Martha's Vineyard Wedding

Souza Speace Martha's Vineyard Wedding

Souza Speace Martha's Vineyard Wedding

Souza Speace Martha's Vineyard Wedding

Souza Speace Martha's Vineyard Wedding

Souza Speace Martha's Vineyard Wedding

Souza Speace Martha's Vineyard Wedding

Souza Speace Martha's Vineyard Wedding

Souza Speace Martha's Vineyard Wedding

Souza Speace Martha's Vineyard Wedding

Souza Speace Martha's Vineyard Wedding

Six months and two days ago on a rainy Saturday on Martha’s Vineyard I married my best friend. As the memories start to fade into a soft focus it feels like an eternity ago, but what I remember most and hope to always carry with me is the delirious happiness I felt that day.

Last week, Martha Stewart Weddings took us right back to that October weekend by featuring our welcome clambake and wedding. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite photos captured by the talented Kate Headley Photography which didn’t make the cut.

Special thanks to the amazing team of vendors who brought our vision to life, and also to my mother who really should have her own credit on this list for patiently helping me collect everything from brass candle sticks and blue and white ginger jars, to mussel shells straight from the beaches of Maine. It really was a labor of love, but one that I promise I won’t make anyone repeat. 😉

View the features here and here for more details from the weekend.

Photography: Kate Headley Photography | 
Venues: Old Whaling Church [ceremony]; Dr. Daniel Fisher House [reception] | Event Planning: Lauren Wells Events | Catering: Annie Foley | Flowers: The Cottage Garden | Officiant: James Pringle | Stationery: Kearsley Lloyd; Digby & Rose [printing] | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Cake: Cakes by Liz  | Music: The Sultans of Swing  | Rentals and Lighting: Big Sky Tents | Makeup: Sea Spa Salon

SHOP TALK: KEARSLEY LLOYD

I’ve always loved introducing you to small business owners, but it’s even more rewarding when the business owner happens to be someone you’ve known since you were 16 years old.

I first met Kearsley Lloyd as a dorm mate in boarding school (she can probably attest to the embarrassing ribbon belt collection previously mentioned) and even back then her artistic talent was inspiring.

Post high school Kearsley went on to the Rhode Island School of Design and I’ve enjoyed following her successes ever since; including the launch of a successful accessories collection, Tipsy Skipper, and now, her eponymous graphic design studio, Kearsley Lloyd.

I had the pleasure of working with Kearsley on our wedding invitations and since it is engagement season, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to introduce you to an amazing talent.

The Pursuit of Style | Kearsley Lloyd

all of Kearsley’s designs start out as watercolors

I’m the first to admit I’m a pain in the butt client–I drive myself crazy with design decisions–so I was a little nervous about working with someone (especially an old friend!) on our invitations. I worried there might be multiple revisions necessary and that I wouldn’t be able to get my vision across, but it quickly became clear all my worries were for naught.

The Pursuit of Style | Kearsley Lloyd

our save the dates ready to be mailed

After a phone call, and a shared Pinterest board, Kearsley came back with a first round of mock-ups for a custom wedding crest that actually bowled me over–she got it on the first try.

I think I asked to see a version slightly lighter and slightly darker just in case, but we ended up using the very first option she sent. How often does that happen?! I can tell you, with me, NEVER.

The Pursuit of Style | Kearsley Lloyd

custom stamps featuring Kearsley’s mussel shells

From start to finish, the process was seamless. We ended up hiring Kearsley to design additional elements for the wedding (I can’t share photos just yet, but soon!) and received so many compliments. One of our friends actually framed one of Kearsley’s illustrations for their gallery wall.

The Pursuit of Style | Kearsley Lloyd

our personal stationery

The mussel shell and coral crest perfectly captured the aesthetic of our Martha’s Vineyard wedding, but I love it so much I’ve since carried it over to our personal stationery.

Working with Kearsley on our bespoke illustrations was such a special part of the process for us and ultimately guided many of our other design decisions.

In addition to wedding logos, Kearsley also designs corporate logos, emblems, and coat of arms. Her talent truly knows no bounds so if you have a project in mind I’d highly recommend reaching out–I’m confident she’ll over deliver!

BITS & PIECES

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley

The Pursuit of Style | shot by Kate Headley
A few weeks ago we met up with friend, and our talented wedding photographer, Kate Headley, to snap our engagement photos. I wanted to share a few photos of the setting because in my opinion it’s truly one of the most beautiful but surprisingly unknown places in DC.

We decided on the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks for the same reason I decided on our wedding venue–stunning architecture and a sense of history. It was actually The Orangery that sold me. It’s breathtakingly beautiful in person (fourth and fifth photos) and Kate totally caught me obsessing over those lanterns. Typical, right?

As camera shy as I am (no future in fashion blogging here!) it was so fun to spend an afternoon wandering the gardens with Garrett and have Kate as our very own paparazzi. I know we’ll cherish the photos for years to come.

For our garden photos I wore this eyelet dress and these espadrilles, which are probably the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned. I highly recommend them and already have my eye on another pair!

DC friends and out-of-towners, definitely put Dumbarton Oaks on your must-visit list. Next time we’re going back with a picnic packed!

All photos taken by Kate Headley

THE SECRET GARDEN

Secret Garden Wedding: Allison + Paul

Secret Garden Wedding: Allison + Paul

Secret Garden Wedding: Allison + Paul

Secret Garden Wedding: Allison + Paul
Now that our Save the Dates have officially been sent, I’ve been able to focus on the details for our October wedding and it’s finally starting to feel real! I recently stumbled across this California wedding and the details just blew me away so I knew I had to share.

Inspired by the bride’s favorite classic novel, The Secret Garden, the vibe was boho-English garden party and I think they totally nailed it. I mean, those table cards!!! I would like numbers 3, 5, and 15 made into fabrics and also wouldn’t mind having that rug in the bottom right photo!

Cheers to Allison and Paul for what looks to have been a magical day!

via Green Wedding Shoes