Posts Tagged ‘wedding’

Glamour. Taxidermy. Staircases. Romance.

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Ben and I attended a beautiful wedding at the Historic Grand Island Mansion in Walnut Grove, CA.   The mansion was breathtaking and filled with glamour, taxidermy, staircases and romance.

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This is the Hemingway Room:
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50s dress and vintage sequin coat (and Ben’s vintage skinny tie – has an embroidered “B” on it): Costume Party
tights: thrifted
40s feather tilt: ebay
shoes: MIA
purse: found

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Besides an espresso bar and a movie theater, a spa and several fireplaces, the mansion also has one of the biggest pool tables I’ve ever seen.

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Can you imagine being the bride and getting dressed in this room?  I completely squealed when I saw it.

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The guy I’m with in this picture is a pretty famous guy in the punk scene.  I didn’t tell him that my friends and I took a picture with him when I was 15 years old at the Vans Warped Tour where Rancid played.

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Life is weird, right? And beautiful!
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a lovely excuse

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

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40s coral chiffon evening gown with hot pink beading and soutache embroidery at the bust: Thunderhorse Vintage, Sacramento – last seen at Nicole‘s epic Valentine’s Day party
mother of pearl bangle: ebay
bronze peep toe heels: Ross or something, long time ago

When I get invitations to weddings now I get excited mostly for the excuse to wear one of my many pretty fancy dresses.  There aren’t enough excuses for me to wear this 40s beauty.  These photos don’t even do it justice.

All in all a fun time was had.  Ben and I played a lot with my nephew.  Can you believe I sat in a pile of leaves in this dress for that little one?  You can’t say no to that guy.

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camping, wedding, vineyard, fireworks

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

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Our friends got married a couple weekends ago and the wedding was FUN.  Camping was involved – in a beautiful spot on this vineyard with a little lake.  There was fireworks, dancing, bonfires, and ghost stories.  It was actually the first time Ben and I have been camping since we’ve been together, and it’s got me excited for more weekend camping trips with friends.

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1990s rayon dress: thrifted
sandals: Payless
1940s pink horsehair hat with purple velvet ribbon: TheMadHatLady etsy shop
abalone pendant necklace: antique store in Santa Cruz
bakelite bangles: thrifted, ebay
abalone ring: ebay

Knowing I would be camping I brought my easy 1990s dress.  It’s a good thing I did, too, because when I was chasing a runaway roll of paper towels to save it from falling into the lake, I ended up falling in myself!   Could you imagine if I slid in the mud, into the water in some 1940s perfection?   It’s for this reason that I keep my eyes peeled for these 90s frocks at thrift stores.  They’ve become throw-on staples for work, play, travel.  Even their odd mid-calf lengths have grown on me.

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JESUS!

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I adored the DIY/thrift store vibe of the wedding decor; handmade gingham bunting, daisies and sunflowers, and the pick-a-mug-to-drink-from-and-keep table.  I managed to take home a couple cute vintage mugs.  The tables were decorated with quirky thrift store finds, coordinated by color.  I loved how personal the touches were, such a reflection of the quirky and fun couple.

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The view from our tent in the morning.  I loved seeing the steam rise from the lake.  Gorgeous.

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a Cliff House wedding

Friday, April 18th, 2014

I have fond memories of visiting the Cliff House as a kid, when the penny arcade was still there. That’s where I first saw Laffing Sal, and witnessed the way she made my grandmother laugh uncontrollably.  It’s one of my favorite memories of her. So it was a complete delight to make a visit back decades later for a friend’s wedding. It’s a San Francisco landmark with a rich history, with its many iterations and renovations from its start in 1858.

Wandering the coast line near the Cliff House, San Francisco, California

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The Cliff House Vintage View Card "Front"

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Cliff House - San Francisco, CA Postcard

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Whitney's Cliff House, San Francisco, 1954
(All above images found via Flickr, click through for source info)

And here it is today:

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The cute couple:

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What I wore:

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1930s gown: ebay
art deco brooch: vintage store in Portland
purse: borrowed from my Etsy stock
Giant Dwarf astral crown
vintage fur capelet: antique fair
Victorian lapis ring: gift from my boyfriend, from the Midway Antique Mall

A lesbian wedding wouldn’t be complete without a cat cupcake topper:

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The view from the reception hall – where playland at the beach used to be:

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And where the camera obscura first was (built in 1948) before it moved to the Cliff House:

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And I have to take some stylist credit, as the beautiful bride Jennifer (funny lady @JennDron on Twitter) wore my grandmother’s fur stole and a sweater guard of mine.  And the ruffled white umbrella of mine seen in their photos was something I knew would come in handy on their rainy special day.

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(last 2 photos by wedding photographer Raynie Vratari)

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