Tuesday, November 30

Still Falling for Nautical

I know the calendar says fall isn't officially over until December 21st but, in my mind, autumn doesn't last a day past November.

So I'm squeezing in this one last series* of fall wedding photos, courtesy of Style Me Pretty. And it's preppy-nautical to boot!:

 { Who knew blue and white stripes went so well with pumpkins? 
I'm inspired. Truly inspired. }

{ Pearls, ruffled navy dresses, orange pashminas, ga-ga-gorgeous flowers and more blue-and-white striped grosgrain ribbon. Could there be anything more perfect for a fall Shoreside bride? }

 { Classic. }

*Who am I kidding? I love fall. This won't be the last. But I'm full-to-the-brim of sparkling holiday ideas to share.

Tuesday, November 23

Happy Thanksgiving

Signing off early this week to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Turkey! And thanks for reading!

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Monday, November 22

Pizza Night

Is it OK to serve pizza at a wedding? I'm not talking about having pizza delivered late-night for people to nosh on as they continue to dance & drink into the wee hours. (This is, obviously, totally acceptable and really good. Who doesn't love drunk food.)

No, I'm talking about serving pizza for dinner.

I'm not thinking Domino's delivery...  Something more like an interactive food station with wood-fired pizza and lots of gourmet toppings.  

Something like this:

 { How cute is the antique truck? Pizzas are created to order,
grilled and served from the bed of the truck. 

Imagine the savings! Pizza, even from a cute old truck, can't be too much of a budget-breaker.
Any Cape Cod caterers doing something like this? 

Or am I completely crazy?

Wednesday, November 17

She Wanna Pearl Necklace

The pretty kind. Not the, uh, gross kind.

Particularly these, which would make a great bridesmaid gift. (I know. I've seen them in action. With short chocolate brown dresses and gold strappy sandals. Perfection.)

Or just a great anytime gift. (Hint, hint.)

{ Find 'em here }

Tuesday, November 16

Cape Cod Wedding Venue: Highfield Hall

Highfield Hall amazes me every time I go. Built in 1878 as the summer home of the prominent Beebe family, the Queen Anne stick-style mansion is nestled high in the woods of Falmouth. The Beebes used the home until the early 1930s, after which it changed hands a number of time, serving as a hotel and theater before eventually falling into neglect. In 1994 a local committee raised nearly $8 million to save and renovate the building, which reopened in 2007.

It has every modern amenity but the meticulous renovation maintains the building's historic character and architectural details. If the story of the building and its glorious return from despair doesn't intrigue you, maybe its covered porches, giant fireplaces and a swoon-worthy grand staircase will: 

{ via Hemlines & Heels ... Check out the blue petticoat, too! }

{ Tim Cook via www.highfieldhall.org }

Let's do a Great Gatsby style wedding here, with croquet out on the lawn during the cocktail hour.  Or a warm & cozy winter wedding inside the mansion.

Monday, November 15

To Favor or Not to Favor: That is the Question

What do you think about party favors?

From little baggies filled with dime-store trinkets to mini bottles of champagne, party favors run the gamut from the mundane to the sublime, but are they always necessary?

Far too often at the end of a party I watch catering staff throw away all the leftover favors. And really, when it comes down to it, how often do you use that singular wine glass engraved with "Emily & Chris 9.12.09"? It's tucked away in the back of your cabinet until you give it to the really clumsy guest at your next huge party.

Don't get me wrong... I love myself a little schwag. New pair of flip flops? I'll take 'em. Pretty candle, sure. But I just adore the favor that is so cute, so personable and so meaningful to the hosts, that it adds style to the entire event. Here are some of my favorite ways of thanking your guests:

I love that these potted orchids are both the centerpiece and the favor. I think favors should almost always do double duty: centerpiece/favor, placecard/favor, etc.

Making a donation to a charity in lieu of a favor has long been a 'favor'ite idea of mine. I've recently read some negative comments about this idea that surprised me. Evidently, somewhere, some guest actually wants something physical to take home with him or her from an event (evidently a full stomach doesn't count). Yeah, I think those people are bunk. If you are afraid that guest is attending your event, you can tie a little note about the donation to a decorated cookie or a bag of Jordan Almonds.

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Lottery tickets. At a wedding, attach them to a placard that quotes Willa Sibert Cather: "Where there is great love, there are always miracles." For added fun, hide them under the charger plate for your guests to find when your first course is cleared.

So here's my two cents on favors:
Birthday parties for the elementary school set - yes, a favor is required. Even if it's the plastic bag full of dime store trinkets.
Adult parties - maybe.  They are a 'charming custom, but are in no way required or expected,' according to the Emily Post Institute. If you are going to favor, make sure it's a reflection of who you are, and your inherent style.

And maybe try to make it edible. Those always seem popular. 

Thursday, November 11

Happy Veterans Day

To all the men and women who serve: Thanks.

{ Really. Can a man in uniform be any more handsome? }

Wednesday, November 10

Love Is...Part 2

More Shoreside guest "book" ideas I've been collecting...

{ Make a Wish, Take a Wish. It fulfills my need for 
apothecary jars and seashells. }

{ 'Leaf' a thumbprint on a Wedding Tree via; or all over Etsy}

{ Or have guests sign a object you could use to decorate your home, like an oar...}

{ ... or a pair of Adirondack chairs }

Tuesday, November 9

Need More Info.

Two new Cape Cod wedding venues have crossed my path. Does anything know anything about them? Photos of weddings there? Inquiring minds want to know. 

The Elnathan Nye house in Falmouth looks to be an old sea captain's house with a barn and room for a tent. According to the website, the site can accommodate up to 200 outside or 45 inside.  There are not too many venues on the Cape that can accommodate small groups or large groups... a place that can do both is a rare find.  And an antique house makes such a lovely spot for an intimate winter wedding. 

The outer Cape is also seriously lacking in wedding venues. Edgewood Farm in Truro might just become a new favorite. Meadows, barns, gardens... this place looks like it's got it going on.

{ A big ol' Sperry Tent nestled amongst Edgewater's pine trees. Nice. Very nice. }

Have the 411 on these places? Send it along. Would love to share with other Shoreside Brides.


Monday, November 8

Love Is...Part 1

I'm always looking for interesting "guest books." Something more interactive for the guests than just signing their name. I'll share a few ideas this week, but I keep obsessing about this one:

{ via Peppermint Bliss. The whole wedding is ah-mazing. Whimsical, enchanting, endlessly personal. 
Highly suggest reading each installment. }

So the little parts about this that make it a recurring part of my wedding dreams: "Love Is" spelled out in ribbon.  The most pretty shade of red.  The guest-book 'kiosk' -- including built-in shelves! -- made from barn-board. The little cards held down by string.  It was so thoroughly thought out. And I appreciate that.

I also appreciate that one guest very seriously contemplated writing "Love is.... A battlefield."  I would be that guest. Not because I thought the sentiment was true, but because it would crack me up the whole night.  

Thursday, November 4

A Hot Drink for a Cool Day

Today was one of those cold, dark and stormy and days where you really want to spend it in bed, watching movies, eating popcorn and drinking hot chocolate.

I didn't get to spend all day in bed, but there's still hope for a movie, popcorn and hot chocolate. And isn't this the cutest little package of hot chocolate? I'd be a very happy wedding guest if I got this today.

 { DIY instructions on Ruffled. Did you read Ruffled last month?  It was chock-full of DIY ideas. }

Wednesday, November 3

Cape Cod Wedding Venue: Bourne Farm

There is something almost poetic about a fall wedding held at a farm.  Rustic barns... fresh-from-the-harvest-foods... crimson-colored leaves... full moons...cool nights... warmth of love...

I could write a little Ode to Bourne Farm and its utter perfection as a fall (or spring or summer) wedding venue, but I'll spare you the iambic pentameter. 

Bourne Farm, in West Falmouth, is part of the Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries. It's a working farm (they grow pumpkins!) overlooking a kettle pond, with a big ol' barn, rolling fields cris-crossed with stone falls and a grape-vine covered pergola. It's charming. It's classic New England. It's picturesque.

Some pictures to prove it:
{ Reception in the fields underneath a big white American Tent }

Want to know more? Email us!

Tuesday, November 2

Tuesday Shoesday

Flannel and glitter. Who knew they'd look so good together? Kate did, of course.
How perfect for a warm & cozy - yet completely glamorous - fall wedding.

{ Find them here. }

Monday, November 1

Candy Overload


We're back. And suffering from post-Halloween candy overload. But not suffering so much we can't throw out a little Shoreside Candy Bar inspiration.

OK... Admittedly maybe not the most appropriate for fall, but I'm always a fan of blue and green for Shoreside weddings. (And really, it's never too early to start planning for next summer.)

 { The Knot }

Old-fashioned fun. Have you bought penny candy at the 1865 Country Store store in Centerville?

Must-haves for a Shoreside Candy Buffet:

And this little bit of super-cuteness:
{ Chocolate Covered Cranberries in teeny-tiny apple picking baskets? I die. }

{ And a little sneak peak from what I was doing when I was away }