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Lessons Learned from My Wedding

On our wedding day, our wedding planner (the goddess Paige of Bash, Please) told a very anxious about-to-walk-down-the-aisle me to “just do what feels natural.” She told me to go with the flow, to be myself, and most importantly, to relax. So when my heels started sinking into the grass, I ditched my shoes. And by “ditched my shoes” I mean I literally took them off just before I was going to say my vows. In front of everyone. Because it felt like the right thing to do. I knew that if I didn’t take them off I’d be focused on my shoes and not on my vows. And you know what? It was totally fine. It got a few chuckles from the front row, and I read my vows with sincerity and focus.

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Focus on the big things first. When we got engaged, we dove right into the planning process. As much as I wanted to focus on the details (like the papergoods, decor, etc.) I knew I’d be better off going from macro first to micro later. Almost immediately we booked our wedding planners (Bash, Please), our venue (The Ojai Valley Inn), and bought the dress (from Monique Lhullier). Once the big things were done, I was able to focus on the smaller things, and even more importantly, I was able to envision how each detail would fit into the larger picture.

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Our wedding party was a collection of our oldest, nearest, and dearest friends. I chose my bridesmaids based on who I thought would be in my life forever. I took it very seriously, and felt honored and blessed to have such wonderful people standing up there with us as we said our vows.

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Don’t sweat the small stuff. Things will go wrong. I took off my shoes, my bustle ripped on the dance floor, the band mixed up the mother/son & father/daughter dance songs. But those moments add character. The mix-ups remind us that this is real life, this is happening. Don’t sweat it, because at a wedding full of love and happiness, nobody really notices the bumpy bits anyway.

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Party like it’s 1999. My wedding was, without a doubt, the most fun night of my entire life. I felt so loved, so honored, so full-to-the-brim. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Photography: Paige Jones Dress: Monique Lhullier Venue: Ojai Valley Inn Wedding Planning: Bash, Please Florals: Twig + Twine Papergoods: Page Stationery

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It’s A Process: My Wedding Invitations


When it came to our wedding invitations, I knew I wanted something old school and classic but with a funky edge. The wording had to be formal, and there most certainly had to be some calligraphy involved. I wanted a dalmatian print backer and envelope liner, thick card stock, a monogram, and above all, letterpress printing. After searching high and low, I found Page Stationery. All I can really say about the folks over at Page is that they picked up exactly what I was putting down. We clicked. Best friends forever.

Long story short, after much patience (on their part) and 1,000,000 rounds of edits, a big box showed up on my doorstep. I cried when I saw them for the first time. The wedding could now go on, because I had my invitations, and they were perfect.


We hired Anne Robin to do our calligraphy, and I chose three good men for our stamps.


And last, but not least, I had our monogram made into a wax seal. Because really, why not?



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It’s A Process: My Wedding Monogram

When we first got engaged, we enlisted the wedding planning help of the goddesses over at Bash, Please. In our first meeting they asked me to list the elements of the wedding (food, band, dress, decor, etc.) in order from most important, to least important. Without a moment’s hesitation I wrote “PAPER” right at the top.

Step One: Designing the Monogram

This part of the process was the most integral for me, because it would be the element that I built everything else around. My first initial is K, and my groom’s: B. I started playing with ways to intertwine the two.

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KB-Wedding-MonogramAnd then just like that, our wedding monogram emerged. The roman numerals spell out our wedding date (10.26.2013).

Tomorrow I’ll be comin’ at ya with a Part 2 of the wedding papergoods saga (finding a printer, creating the invitations, and one million rounds of edits). Stay tuned!

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Spotlight: Alexander Kent


Who knew a ladder and a little bit of black paint could be so MESMERIZING?! Honestly though, Alexander Kent (a London-based still life photographer) blows my mind every single time.

Alexander Kent http://www.alexander-kent.com

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