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{Real Weddings} Stefanie & Paulo

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Stefanie and Paulo’s intimate backyard barbeque was as simple and as beautiful as they come. The bride, a wedding photographer herself, and the groom, a musician, took on much of the work themselves, and supplied a ton of fun props for friends to play with throughout the night… which made for some pretty great shots.

Of course, those awesome shots are made all the more awesome by the fact that the wedding was shot in film.

You know what a sucker I am for film.

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The wedding was shot by Kristina Belkina, and shared with A Thousand Threads by second shooter Kirill Bordon, whose work is featured here.

Thank you, Kirill, for sharing these beautiful shots!

Photographer: Kirill Bordon Photography / Event Venue: Bowen Island / Flowers: Flowers from a Country Garden

According to our iPhones

Trips to the farm, the fair, Nova Scotia, and NYC (oh, and a little bit of wedding planning too).  It’s been a busy couple of months.  Are you following along?

Hope everyone’s week is off to a good start (even if Tuesdays are kind of the worst).

xoxo

Happy Friday!

It seems that while I was out, fall crept in.  In fact, I’m slightly suspicious that it may have followed me home.  Hot humid days have given way to crisp fall mornings and the bluest of skies… and folks, that is just fine with me.

The only odd thing about fall in Frederick is that our county fair, which to me (have I mentioned I was once a fair and rodeo queen? that might be a story for another day) will always be synonymous with the hot summer sun, doesn’t take place until now.

But the more I think about it… caramel apples, apple dumplings, fried things on sticks… all of those things are totally appropriate for fall.  And the fair is always fun, no matter when you go.  Which if you’re us is multiple times (what? you don’t spend the whole week there?).

I hope you’re enjoying the crisp fall air and feeling the spirit as much as I am… it’s just about time to start firing up the apple cider and pulling out the pumpkins!  Not to mention the fact that it’s just about time for my wedding (!!).

Here are a few things I’m loving this week…

This DIY couple’s Maine wedding and engagements.

The audience — who booed.

Five fresh (and yummy looking) fall salads.

Chelsea and Tec’s anniversary film.

Plums in wine and honey.

Jose, with a hasselblad, in Malaysia.

One last dose of summer.

Boxes and baskets — fall feels like a time for getting things organized.

Two Months Out

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Two months. I’m not even sure what to say about two months. I can barely believe it, but this time we have left will be gone in the blink of an eye!

The past week has been full of little accomplishments and final touches: We picked out our rings and mailed our final invites, and now I think I can officially say that we we’re down to the details!

Here’s what our checklist is looking like, two months out…

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Szu & Girish’s San Francisco Engagements

San Francisco Engagement Shots / A Thousand Threads

My favorite engagement shots are always those taken close to home, in the place the couple loves most… so you can imagine how giddy I am over these next shots.

Szu and Girish started their day at the coffee shop where they first laid eyes on each other, then made their way through the city for the most perfectly bright and colorful engagements that shine right through the foggy San Francisco day.

Plus, there’s that little friend they brought along, who shines pretty bright on his own…

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Photographer: Derek Martinez Photography

Wedding Budgets, They Triple

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Throughout this wedding planning process, I’ve spoken a lot about budgetary stress.

Of all the stress that accompanies the planning of a wedding (a ton) this is the thing that has hit me the hardest. I can try to rationalize it a million different ways, but the reality is that we are getting ourselves into a hefty chunk of debt, for a day… and something about that is deeply hard for me to swallow.

I often talk about my student loan debt (because it kind of blows my mind) and when I do I always express my regret that someone did not take me aside and explain — truly explain — what I was doing when I signed over the next 30 years of my life at just 21.

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Friday Link Love

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Is it Friday already?

No really, I mean that.  I know it’s blasphemy… but my weeks have been flying by.  It really is hard to believe that another one is gone…

Not that I’m complaining.  Friday means we’re going camping, and since my love of toasty marshmallows knows no bounds, I can barely contain my excitement.  It should be nice to escape, turn off the phone, the computer, and take a deep breath.  Goodness knows I need it.

What are you up to this late summer weekend?  Big plans, or just planning to take a moment to relax?

Here are a few things I’m loving this week…

Every single detail of this inspiring Paris wedding.

These gorgeous calligraphy Photoshop brushes.

This super pretty hair tutorial.

Kylee’s tips for better Instagram photos, I need to up my game!

Pretty statement necklaces.

Day 195.

Pretty lingerie.

Shouldn’t the groom get to look good too?

Brooklyn Tailors

There is nothing quite so wonderful as a man in a well-tailored suit… and, in my opinion, nothing quite so unfortunate as a groom in a suit that doesn’t fit.

This is one place where I’m always a little confused when it comes to weddings. Why, when I am encouraged by the media to spend upwards of $10,000 on a dress (I didn’t… I promise) is my guy encouraged to run on down to the nearest rental shop for whatever he can find? (naturally I’ll eat my words if you’re the kind of bride who also has chosen to rent your dress — which is totally possible these days)

I believe that my groom should have the opportunity to feel just as fantastic as I do on our day.

After all, it is our day. As bride-centric as the industry may be, I would hate to think that the day is just meant to be mine.

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So, when Mark came to me to say that he’d really love it if he could have a suit from Brooklyn Tailors, I was totally on board.

And actually, I was also really excited.

Not only did my guy want a nice suit… he had some seriously fantastic taste.

Brooklyn Tailors

Brooklyn Tailors is the most awesome little shop in Williamsburg, building beautiful suits for an unbelievably reasonable price… and their owner, Daniel (who owns the shop in partnership with his wife, Brenna) is just as wonderful as his work. He even took the time to give us a long list of his favorite restaurants, complete with a full description (a man after our own hearts) when we asked where we should go.

We’ve been ticking them off slowly with each visit.

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And I swear to you — every single time Mark comes out of a fitting, he’s glowing.

I’ve only been allowed to go along once, since Mark is keeping his look a secret — just like mine — but I know how great the fittings are going just by taking one look at his face.

I hope I look that happy when I try on my dress!

No… most of the time, while Mark is being fitted, you can find me just down the street, happily rocking a $35 mani/pedi (a unicorn that runs happy and free in New York and LA… but can’t be found — to save my life!! — in the DC area).

But that’s another story altogether.

The weekend is here, the weekend is here!

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I’m looking forward to soaking up the last bits of sun (since August refuses to slow down) and maybe attending this, which couldn’t possibly be anything but pure fun. Any great plans of your own?

I’ll leave you, as always, with a few things I’m loving this week…

Sarah and Lou’s beautiful wedding, shot by Max Wanger.

Mark started a fitness blog!! And it’s really (really – I swear it’s not just because I’m biased) good.

We’ll miss you more than you probably ever knew we would, Peter Bis. I’ll try not to eat too many cookies and cupcakes… even though you won’t be there to remind me.

I love t-shirts, so naturally I ordered 3.

I been wanting to know how to do this to my hair!

Crack pie.

Networking lessons from Ugly Betty.

Baby boy prep — for the coolest baby boy.

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I really want to throw Mark a birthday party that rocks as much as this.

Wedding Invitation Wording that Doesn’t Suck

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It took us forEVER to decide on the wording for our wedding invitations.  It’s not that we were all that indecisive, really, but the thing is, unless you’re planning to go completely traditional, or are a master wordsmith, there aren’t a whole lot of alternatives out there.

In fact, I felt a little overloaded by options that sound suspiciously like a nursery rhyme.

I’m telling you, it’s no fun at all.

So… let’s just say I spent a few (million) hours scouring the web for something a little less traditional that also didn’t suck, and after all of that time invested, I thought I should share a few of my favorites (many of which come from this amazing list here… a treasure trove of unconventional alternatives, it is).

Of course, all of the options listed below can be mixed, matched, and adjusted as you like. Take a little from here, a little from there, until you have the perfect combination.

And if you’re looking to include a really great quote, don’t forget about our very own Quiet Sundays.

(oh, and scroll all the way to the bottom of the post if you want to see the wording we eventually settled on)

What do you think? Would you go with something super unconventional, or do you prefer more traditional wording?

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