Recently I was gifted this wonderful little wallet from my dear friend. She lives in New Zealand and works for this leather company called Meniscus Leather Goods. They create quality leather goods for film and their own range of luxe accessories. All their work is made by hand in Rongotai, on the south coast of Wellington, New Zealand. Whether you know it or not, you are actually probably already familiar with their work. They have made replica armor and leather pieces for The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Dracula Untold and more.
I adore this little wallet. It’s just the right size for business or credit cards, and people always notice when I pull it out of my bag. It is simple, but the leather is so thick and beautiful, you can tell it’s going to last a long time. In fact, that’s one of their little tag lines ‘Meniscus Leathergoods take a little time to wear in but a long time to wear out.’ And I know this makes me a super nerd, but it smells so good. Really good leather, mmmm. It’s a simple and affordable luxury that makes you feel just a little beauty in your day-to-day life.
Ok, I’m so excited to get to part 2! Let’s just jump right in.
Are you ready? First we’ve got Danielle of Paper Portrayals. Um, wow. right? These are Paper. I’m still kind of in awe of these. Not only is she this crazy amazing paper artist, she’s also a really good florist, too! She has an amazing eye for color and detail, don’t you think?
Next we’ve got Dorthea Couture. Theresa makes the most luscious bridal accessories. Can we just for moment take a look at this capelet? SIGH. Is there any possibility I can wear silk velvet everyday while living on a farm?
The Cheese School is my new obsession. Will someone please invite me to a wedding with a cheese wheel cake? Or buy me one for my birthday? It’s cute, it’s clever, it’s unique and it’s delicious. What more could you ask for? Perfect for the couple that isn;t that into sweets, or maybe even just for a cocktail hour wedding.
My English Tea Party provides vintage crockery rentals for tea parties, bridal showers and small weddings. I have always loved the mismatched look and adore their little tag line “Tune your mind to Happy with the chick of cups and saucers”
All Seasons Catering provided two amazing items to nibble on. One was smoked salmon on a black sesame white macaron with creme fraiche. I did not get any photos of those because they were gone by the time I got over there! (well except for one which I ate, sorry) I did however get to photograph and eat the cheesecake filled donut with salted caramel chocolate glaze. Yes, they were as amazing as they sounded.
Jasmyne of Pink of Perfection is an amazing event planner. She was my neighbor at the event and while we only got to talk briefly, I adore her aesthetic and can tell she is a highly organized person. But beyond that, she has style. Her weddings are big and small, rustic and elegant, city, country, beach… It really looks like she can tackle it all! I can not wait to work with her, I bet she’ll be even more than I expect.
Brianne of Brown Fox Calligraphy has some gorgeous work! As someone who has tried (at failed) at learning modern calligraphy, I know how hard it is to do it well. She’s got great, clean lettering and a good sense of design. True Emerald Styling and Planning were also a beautiful booth. They look like they have a gorgeous aesthetic and I just loved their display!
I got to chat a little with Audrey of Botanica Floral and Event Design. What drew me to her at first was this sofa. I tried to steal it but she caught me. boo. 🙂 She’s betting on Bohemian being a big look in the next few years and she will be the gal to talk to! The lush colors and textures that she threw together are just yummy.
My across the way neighbors were Off The Grid. They travel all across the Bay Area, coordinating food trucks of your choice for your reception. Very cool and a total on-trend idea! Last but not least, I need to give a nod to the brilliant Toasted Gals. Dawn and Tara, You gals did an AMAZING job. Who knew that a new event would pull in such a crowd?? Thank you so much for having me be a part and I can’t wait to do it again.
I know I’m forgetting so many people, and I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to talk to you or take a photo… You all rock!
What an amazing day! I met a TON of great couples, and got to meet and chat with SO MANY amazing vendors! It was crazy packed and I’m sorry I didn’t get to say ‘Hi’ to everyone, but I really didn’t see a thing there that wasn’t top notch. I tried to get some photos of some of my favorite things, though. I took terrible notes, so if I get anyone mixed up, please correct me.
Let’s start with MY booth. 😀 Nichole of California Sister made me the most amazing floral display and I really feel like it made the entire thing pop. It was beyond what I hoped for and nearly everyone commented on them. Bonus is that I get to enjoy them in my house for a few days.
I can’t help it. Forever and always a dork.
Next, my booth neighbor and friend Sarah of Warner’s Whole Heart Events. Sarah is a wedding planner/coordinator and even though I’m familiar with her work, it’s so amazing to hear her chat up couples and solve problems or give them ideas right on the spot. She’s funny, kind and super organized. Just the type of person you want around you on your wedding day. Nichole also made Sarah some amazing flowers… I just want to have these in my life every day.
We somehow scored the BEST spot in the show. Next to the bar! Pour Girls were serving two delicious cocktails: A vodka, blood orange & tonic with thyme and a gin, meyer lemon and lavender concoction. Probably the most popular booth at the show -I think I read they gave out over 300 drinks? Plus they were super nice. How gorgeous would this set-up be for your signature cocktail table?
Next up, I met Jeanette from Candy Crush Shop With her party decor and supplies like these super sparkly fabrics! She shared her space with Fleur de Farine bakeshop, who had the most beautiful little cakes and DELICIOUS macarons. So fluffy and crisp and mmmm. I think I had a toffee flavor? It was amazing.
Ok, I’m going to sound like a broken record pretty soon… Seriously everyone was so awesome. Next is Madeline Trait. She makes these crazy gorgeous wood laser cut cake toppers and decorations. These were like, the first thing I saw at this show that convinced me I needed to get married again. (To you Nathan, I swear!)
Betsy Barron is Love & Luxe, a jewelry designer and shop in SF. We bonded over my grandmother’s love of crazy jewelry, but I totally fell in love with her gorgeously simple rings. I am so in love with them. They are feminine without being foofy, classic yet still totally modern.
How much more can we handle? How about one more for today?
Karmalit is a local candle company that not only has yummy smelling scented candles, but they give back a portion of proceeds from every candle scent to a different organization that helps kids. Pretty cool. I am NOT a fan of fake scented stuff, but I loved these, especially the citriusy Ambrosia, yum. The thing that I loved, though is that she is completely set up to provide you with custom favors, bridesmaid or client gifts! What a cool idea, right? You can have your logo, name or invitation elements incorporated right on the label.
Ok, that’s probably enough for today. I have SO MANY more things to share with you, check back in tomorrow for round two!
This was a truly magical wedding. Truly, truly magical and filled with so much heart… This couple is so kind and loving and so uniquely themselves that you can’t help but smile at everything. Bridget is a healer and Josho is an artist and permaculture landscape designer and every aspect of the weekend was crafted to show their values and passions. Equal parts quirky and traditional, handmade and elegant, goofy and sweet. Really the perfect mix of laughter and spirit. Food, flowers and beverages were locally sourced and provided by the greater community of these two very connected people. Post-celebratory herbs and tinctures were available for later in the evening with handmade soaps for the favors. Located up in the Anderson Valley, Wild Iris Retreat is a fantastic location for a weekend wedding. Guests camped at the site, but it was large enough that it felt very private and separate from the guests while we were getting ready. Friends and family lounged by the pool in the days leading up to the big event and the weekend-long format allowed for ample time for socializing and celebrating. The whole event was planned by the couple and the talented Freida Neiman at Sacred Weddings and Events. Enjoy the show!
Steph & Kris are such a laid-back and easy couple! Their celebration was and intimate little gathering at the lovely Alexander Valley Hall. There were so many sweet and beautiful moments to the day, but my favorite detail was Stephanie’s shoes! Love a bride that chooses both comfort AND style!