Posts Tagged ‘nostalgia’

Vintage Americana Fourth of July

July 4, 2010

What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July, then with an All-American inspired backyard wedding inspiration photo shoot.  With plenty of red, white, blue, stars, and stripes that would make any president proud, you can’t help but to feel a little patriotic.

We were so excited to be able to create a Vintage Americana cookie bar for this occasion!  We got the chance to work with a top notch team of vendors who came together to make sure no detail was missed.  It was a great pleasure to be able to work with such a talented team.  Thanks to everyone’s hard work, our efforts were even celebrated on the Style Me Pretty blog so that we could share our work with all of their fabulous followers as well!  Thank you to:

Designer: Amber Novey of Platinum Planning
Floral Artistry: Audrey Gardemeyer of Botanica Floral Designs
Graphic Designer & Paper Goods: Herdah Sukandi Warner
Makeup & Hair: Rona Basa of Luxe Image
Dress: Wish Bridal
Hair Accesories: Pegasus Maiden
Jewelry: June Sablan at Stonewear Jewelry
Photographer: Caroline and Dan of Tinywater Photography
Venue: Xan Latta of Flyaway Farm
Golden Retriever: Callie Bearie!

What’s more American then Milk and Cookies?

A Cookies and Milk table, complete with fresh berries and whip cream!

It’s all in the details.  Patriotic flags in the berries, customized labels on the cookie jars, sodas, and milk, gorgeous floral arrangements, vintage suitcases.  It all adds to the warm fuzzy nostalgia.

Delicious create-your-own cookie sandwiches.  Thanks to Rona for the creative whip cream heart!

A festive kid’s table, including take-home cookies for the kids!  Although, we doubt they’d make it all the way home. 🙂

The gorgeous bride and handsome groom have some fun with cookie sandwiches… and a mustache…

Fresh berries and cookies filled with whip cream on a hand-made vintage plate. Yum!

A fantastic nostalgic vintage Americana table setting.

While I absolutely love the bride’s red birdcage veil, I can’t help but shamelessly plug Callie Bearie the All-American golden retriever… *my* All-American golden retriever. 😉


The Magic of the Market

June 8, 2010

There’s something about the Farmer’s Markets that I absolutely love.  If all I wanted was locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, I would just order up a CSA box.  But the markets mark the start of summer for me.  They’re nostalgic of times where people stopped and talked to each other, even if they’re perfect strangers.

It’s unfortunate that a lot of markets have turned into big businesses that are more interested in the churn and burn of making big bucks.  But, it really does make me appreciate the small markets where I can freely walk around.  Take the time to talk to vendors.  And enjoy being outdoors in the sunshine with my husband.

This year is the first time I’ve ever been a vendor at a market, and I find myself eager to go back every week.  What I love is seeing familiar faces every week and learning who loves what.  Meeting the new folks who have just discovered the San Ramon Farmer’s Market.  And seeing the kids’ eyes light up as they walk by our booth.

The bottom line is, I love watching the people. It’s not like shopping at a box store, where a lot of families are stressed to find “something” and hurry out.   At the market, people are happy.  Families are enjoying each others company.  Everyone moves at a slower pace.  It’s refreshing.

What are some of your favorite local markets?