wedding and baby inspiration, diy, design and other loveliness

A Vintage Summer Wedding

This year, we have twelve weddings to attend. Twelve!!! And it’s not like I can say not because it some of my favorite people getting married! Therefore, there will be a smattering of wedding posts in the new few weeks.

One of the more recent weddings we attended was someone I’ve known since 13, a childhood friend, Jessie. She asked me to run her wedding and I obliged so I didn’t capture that many details but I know her lovely photographer, Nick Radford who shot this wedding will have many good ones to share. The wedding was held at the beautiful Orcutt Ranch  in southern California. It’s a state park so cost for rental isn’t as high as other venues.

They also asked me to design their invitations. Something clean and art-deco. Jessie really wanted to incorporate rose gold foiling into the invite which we did. Hopefully I’ll have some better shots soon!


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rose gold foil invites

The bride DIY-ed some really adorable hot air balloon centerpieces out of paper lanterns, yarn and potted succulents.
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hot-air-balloon-centerpieces

 Congrats to the lovely couple.

jessie-andrew

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A Rustic DIY Fall Wedding

Recently, I had the honor of being my maid of honor’s maid of honor. Hope that wasn’t too confusing right there. I met Monica when I was attending college in southern California and though we seemed like two entirely different people, we somehow became good friends through our boba loving, california hand roll happy hours and practicing Cantonese together.

This past November, she was married at Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen, California. This venue was absolutely gorgeous. I’m always a little envious of how many more options there are down south as opposed to the bay area. It was pouring rain the day before but God shone the sun on down to dry up the farm just in time for the wedding and it made for some beautiful hues and tones in the photos.

I would like to best describe Monica similar to Monica Bing of “Friends” during this wedding. This girl DIY-ed her little heart out and planned everything herslf to a tee. I had to admit, I didn’t think she could pull all the things she was doing off especially since 90% of bridal party was pregnant and I myself being pregnant and 7 hours away could not contribute much. In the end, it all came together so beautifully and I’m so excited to share some of the wedding details with you. The leaves were a beautiful yellow and the landscape was breathtaking. It was a beautiful fall wedding through and through.

Riley's Farm in Oak Glen
The bride put together these amazing yarn ball and feather boutonnières.

DIY feather and yarn boutonnière

diy string initials purple and yellow
I designed a lunchbox with their illustrations on it from their invitation onto a lunchbox and stuffed a bunch of goodies in there for a bridal emergency kit.

Lunchbox bridal emergency kit for the bride's big day
rustic Bride bouquet and vintage boutonniere

Mori Lee Wedding Dress

Wood Engraved Bunting to block of ceremony aisle

The bride wanted a unique wedding program poster. This was printed at the local Costco.
Personalized wedding program poster of bridal party and order of ceremony
One of my favorite parts (and my son’s) was the tractor ride that took the guests to the ceremony site.
Tractor shuttles guests to ceremony site at Riley's Farm
Bride on a tractor

Hanging jars at altar
Purple bridesmaids dresses
Rustic flower girl's basket with lavender
Horse at a farm wedding
Riley's Farm Reception venue yellow and purple wedding decorations
live band at Riley's Farm
The bride made like a gazillion of these yarn ball things for the centerpieces. My contribution: 3 🙂 DIY yarn poms for centerpieces
Yellow and purple wedding dessert bar
Wooden cake topper and cake cutter trinkets
One of our favorite drinks is bubble milk tea so I was ecstatic for her bubble tea bar. All the guests got to take home a custom mason jar with
a scripture engraved on it and little wooden hang tag escort cards.
Custom wooden hang tags escort cards with mason jars
Bubble Tear Bar menu illustration by joliejoliedesign

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Geometric Ombre Wedding Invitation

Last weekend, my little brother got married and it was such a fun celebration for us on many levels. His wife asked me to help with the invitations and she herself already hand in her mind a grand idea. The main part of this invitation was this kind of geometric shape artwork that she HAND drew. It was amazing. Not surprising that she has a keen eye in design since she was a fellow art major except that she studied Interior Architecture & Design and The Academy of Art. I simply digitized it with some gradient and laid out the text for her. The envelopes featured sheep because of the book they both read and apparently initiated the relationship: A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami.

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Geometric Ombre Wedding Invitation

Geometric Ombre Wedding Invitation

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Okay, so now check out these amazing yarn knitted escort cards. I love the integration of this to the invite. It is such a unique escort card. Her maid of honor lovingly made all 250.

yarn escort cards

unique yarn escort cards

The reception was held outdoors at the beautiful Los Altos History Museum.

Los Altos History Museum Wedding Venue

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These unique DIY centerpieces were also one of my favorite little elements from the wedding. She created the geometric shapes similar to what she drew in the invitation with little coffee sipper straws. I’m going to have to ask her for a tutorial on those.

diy straw wedding centerpieces
diy straw wedding centerpieces
flowers

My little boy got to be the ring bearer.

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What wedding isn’t complete without the bride and groom smashing pinatas of themselves?

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The following photos are teasers from Studio MSV

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Studio MSV Wedding Photo

Our family of three, soon to be four!
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Raptor photobomb! I smell a Christmas card design.

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New Wedding Invitations in the Shop!

Hi everyone! It’s been busy so thanks to you who all check back 🙂 Lisa has been really busy attending pastry school in San Francisco and working on fun recipes over at JolieJolie Fooderie’s blog. The perks of her commute for me are that she is near all the amazing food. She recently brought by an amazing  B. Patisserie which has AMAZING kogin amann (flaky croissant like buttery-sugary goodness.) It is probably one of the best ones I’ve had since I was in France a few years ago.

I (Rachel), on the other hand have been busy working on a few stationery and invitation projects. I just added and will be continually adding more wedding invitations, party invitations and save the dates to the shop!

Check out some of the latest additions.

You may have seen the foiled version of this invite, now I’m offering it as a more budget-friendly flat printed version.

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