Category archives: wedding

One Year

One year ago, surrounded by 44 of our nearest and dearest, I married my best friend.  I cannot believe how quickly the last year has flown by, it has been both an eventful and amazing first year of marriage full of highs and lows, but I never forget how lucky I am to be able to call such an incredible man my husband.  Thank you Andreas for always believing in me and being so wonderful, I am so ridiculously blessed to have you in my life and I promise to never forget that.

 

AND, did you see Andreas and me on Amanda Jane Jone’s blog on Friday?  Such perfect timing to take part in her Better Half series!

For more of our wedding photos, click here.  And our wedding slideshow which we walk almost weekly, here.

Wedding Photos by Davina + Daniel

a belated honeymoon

We never had a honeymoon.  Not a real one, at least.  We spent a few nights in Boston after our wedding last year as a “mini-moon” but it was way too short and sadly, we had a pretty horrible experience at the 5-star hotel we stayed at.  After the wedding, there was Christmas and then we moved to Berlin and somehow time just got away from us.  As this year we are spending over a month in the US with two more weeks at Christmas (woo hoo!), Andreas’s vacation time is pretty much already tapped out for the year.  Now we are coming up on our one year anniversary and I decided that instead of taking one long fabulous honeymoon, instead maybe we could take one real vacation every year to celebrate our anniversary for the next few years.  A vacation where we do a whole lot of nothing and just relax on the beach or by a pool and enjoy our time together.  Most of our traveling lately is for work or to go home to the US, which is always great, but never very relaxing.

So, lovely blog friends, if you had 5 days to go anywhere a short flight away from Berlin, where would you go?  I would love to swim, so a pool or beach are necessary and I want to go somewhere new and preferably off the beaten path (meaning without swarms of tourists).  Any tips for us, or places you yourself are dying to visit?  

These photos are from our last real beach vacation in Sardinia, which was a lovely little getaway- We rented a scooter, found some hidden beaches and our ghost-esque German skin got WAY too much sun.

brooks & katie

Today, my brother will marry his long time love, Katie.  I have considered her my sister for years already, but I feel so blessed to be here in Santa Barbara to celebrate with them as they finally make it official. Katie makes Brooks so unbelievably happy, and surely that joy will only continue to blossom as they continue to grow together.  Congratulations to my dear brother and my new sister, I love you both so much!

I was lucky to have been able to take engagements photos while I was back in California in February- these are two of my favorites :) 

Lou Lou magazine feature

We just received a copy of Lou Lou Magazine (thanks Daniel + Davina! – their stunning wedding is also in the mag) where our wedding is featured, and we are both completely flattered and honored to have two full pages in the Bridal issue in addition to being featured on their website this week.  It was a wonderful surprise especially as we did not have a lot of the gorgeous little details which grace most weddings featured in the blog/print world, but every time I see these images the  memoires of the weekend come flooding back- details or not, it was a damn good party :)

6 months + wedding film

I woke up to an email from Daniel and Davina this morning with some never-before-seen film shots from our wedding, which was a lovely surprise gift as we celebrated our six month anniversary this weekend.  Don’t you love the soft quality of film?  I love film grain and these photos remind me that I really need to take out my mamiya this week, since I brought it back with me from California and haven’t touched it since.
my hair guru/bff Travis Jay is truly amazing.  If any of you California friends need a fabulous hair colorist/stylist, Travis Jay is amazing re-writing my vows before the ceremony.  did i tell you that I forgot to copy one of them?  So when we said our vows, Andreas had one more than I did.  oops.  That might have been why I was laughing here:
film photos by our wonderful photographers Davina + Daniel
I hope you all had lovely weekends!  It was the most beautiful spring weekend here in Berlin, and while I lugged my camera around with me, sadly I didn’t take any pictures.  BUT we finally made some more progress on our flat, and I finally have my very own desk.  I had been working from the TV cabinet for the last few months and it was certainly not that chic.  Little by little, this apartment feels more and more like home.  :)
If you are not completely sick and tired of our wedding photos, you can check out part I and part II

and the bride wore valentino

Cruising pinterest the other day, I literally squealed when I saw the top right image.  “Is she wearing polka dots on her wedding day?!?!?!?”  (I really wanted to, but then that Monique Lhullier magically fell into my lap and I couldn’t say no, so I instead I rocked the polka dots to our wedding clambake)  After a second click I realized that homegirl was wearing the Valentino dress I had lusted after for a greater part of last year, and while they are technically not polka dots, they look that way from a distance.  SO chic and unique, and the rest of their Italian celebration looks equally as fabulous, check it out here.

Photos by Bayly & Moore

Wedding Part 2

I meant to post this second half of wedding photos weeks ago, but once again life got in the way.  If you missed the first half, you can see them here.

The week of the wedding we had gorgeous summer-esque weather in Cape Cod, and I crossed my fingers the weather would last until our Saturday celebration.  My mother obsessively checked weather.com, and eventually I had to confiscate her blackberry to avoid her freak-outs every time she saw that the rain forecasted for Saturday was still forecasted.  I, on the other hand, had faith that there would be no rain on the day of our little celebration. and knew that if there was… we would still have a great time.  Although just to be safe, a few days before the wedding I ordered another pair of shoes to wear in case of rain, because there was no way I was going to wear the beautiful Christian Louboutin pumps I had planned to wear, if it was raining.  Louboutins are gorgeous shoes, but definitely NOT rain appropriate and they would have been destroyed.  In the end, it rained all night long before the wedding and we awoke to a bit of sun and no rain clouds in sight.  Which is still good luck, right?  Since technically it rained on our wedding day? ;)

Right before the ceremony the sky turned grey and it looked like a storm was going to come to the party after all.  I had planned the ceremony right before sunset so afterwards we could take my boat out and enjoy a few moments on the lake together, just the two of us.  As we pulled the boat into the water,  the clouds suddenly parted and gave way to the most incredible sunset I have EVER seen.  My mama and I like to think that all of our family members who are buried at the local cemetery in Eastham had something to do with it (including my grandparents who loved Cape Cod with all their hearts).  It was truly a magical moment and incredible way to start our married life together.

The rest of the evening was filled with good food, good wine, lots of laughter and a couple of tears (happy tears of course).  My dream had always been for it to feel more like a fabulous dinner party with our nearest and dearest rather than a wedding and I definitely think we accomplished that.  As you can see, we had quite the dance party.  After it was all over, my friends came down from their cabins in swim suits for a midnight swim, and even though I didn’t have my bathing suit with me, I ran into the lake in my slip and joined them.  It was a fabulous end to the best day of my life thus far, and thank you for letting me share it with you.  xo

if you want to see the slideshow Davina and Daniel made for us, you can see it here.  It makes me both laugh and cry every time I watch it.

Venue: Gibson’s on the Pond
Caterer: Sumptuous Catering
Photographers: Davina and Daniel
Wedding Dress:  Monique Lhuillier & Cocktail Dress:  Antik Batik
My Shoes:  Badgley Mischka
Flowers:  Flowers by Mary
Andreas’s Suit:  J.Crew
Andreas’s Shoes:  H by Hudson
Hair:  tj hazzard
Rings:  Kevin Main Jewelry
Wedding Pies:  Cottage Street Bakery & Marion’s Pie Shop
Ceremony Musician:  Fred Fried

and if you missed part 1 of our wedding, see it here

western done right

Usually themed wedding are far too kitschy for my taste, but sometimes they are done oh so right, and the recent wedding of Lauren Bush and David Lauren looks to be from another era (and in a good way).  Normally I am not a fan of headpieces (sorry Kim Kardashian), but she looks amazing, and you know how I LOVE long sleeves on a wedding dress!  Of course having Norman Jean Roy and Mark Seliger photograph your wedding is another dream entirely, simply gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.
More photos at Vogue.com