25 Jun

Okay so it’s no secret that we do love barn venues. Super romantic with the ability to be rustic yet modern. But seeing this vintage HammerSky wedding last week really set us off on a full on obsession with barns, more so than ever before. Well, lucky us, The Venue Report shared their list of the top barn wedding venues in the USA. We couldn’t resist. Take a look and let us know your faves.

Pippin Hill Virginia wedding venue

Pippin Hill in North Garden, Virginia is a charming blend of historic + modern.

Dos Pueblos Ranch wedding venue

Dos Pueblos Ranch wedding venue

Dos Pueblos Ranch in Santa Barbara, CA (featured here… There’s some inspiration for sure!) is naturally equipped with sweeping ocean views, but the rustic charm really melted our hearts.  Photos by Braedon Flynn Photography.

Durham Ranch wedding venue

Durham Ranch wedding venue

Is Durham Ranch (featured here) in St. Helena, California not the most elegant barn venue one could dream up? It boats 33ft ceilings and four thousand square feet. Photos by Jose Villa.

Hammersky Vineyards wedding venue

Okay, HammerSky is pretty amaze too, as mentioned. Just a few hours north of LA, it has a little east coast modern vibe. Photo by Danielle Poff Photography.

Hardy Farm Maine wedding venue

Hardy Farm Maine wedding venue

Hardy Farm in Fryeburg, Maine is a restored 18th century farmhouse + barn, which so happens to also be The Venue Report’s most pinned venue. Winter wedding anyone? Photo by Carrie Pellerin Photography.

Hardy Farm Maine wedding venue

Hidden Vineyard in Berrien Springs, Michigan. If you’re looking for vintage charm in a barn venue, you are absolutely set.

Rubies & Rust Barn wedding venue

Rubies & Rust Barn is a beautifully rustic + curated wedding venue in Belle Plain, Minnesota. Photo by Meg Cooper Photography.

Santa Lucia Preserve California wedding venue

Santa Lucia Preserve California wedding venue

Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. As if Carmel wasn’t already a breathtaking place to say I Do, the previous owner in the 1920s held lavish Gatsby-like parties at this estate + barn. Imagine the possibilities!

Sweet Meadow Farms Georgia wedding venue

Sweet Meadow Farm in Talapoosa, Georgia. Here you’ve got meadow, lakes, garden, and hello incredible barn views.

Cedar Lakes Estate wedding venue

Cedar Lakes Estate in Greenville, New York is a camp setting at it’s FINEST. And we do mean finest. It’s set on 500 acres and yet somehow only 70 miles from Manhattan. Better set a date for autumn, remember those viewsPhoto by Pat Furey.

Okay, there’s one more. We just had to. You’ll understand when you see this photo:

Vista West Ranch Texas wedding venue

Right?! Vista West Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas is bohemian, rustic, and bridal chic. A vintage wedding would be so at home here.

Kinda need to see these all in person stat. Thanks to The Venue Report for helping us *mostly* narrow it down!

 
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24 Jun

Well friends, it’s about time we put the spotlight on our A-List vendor Bario Neal. They have some of the most beautiful, unique engagement rings and jewelry that you’ll die for. Who doesn’t want to peruse a few sparkling rings anyway? Wedding jewelry is so special that it only makes sense you’d want to know the story behind each piece and it’s so nice to know that Bario Neal is handcrafted in the US with sustainability in mind. We’ve got a Q&A for you to learn a bit more about their materials and process, not to mention a giveaway you won’t want to miss.

Bario Neal wedding rings

The Aquamarine Halo Ring is simply mesmerizing, isn’t it?

Q: What is the difference between a recycled diamond and an ethically sourced diamond? What are the benefits of each?

A: The diamond mining industry has a dark and complicated history, rife with human rights abuses, environmental destruction, community displacement, and economic exploitation. The benefit of choosing a recycled diamond is simple: no new mining needs to occur for you to acquire your stone. Recycled diamonds are cleaned and re-graded, so (outside of the third party auditing that assures their recycled nature), there is no visual difference between a contemporary recycled or newly mined diamond. Antique recycled diamonds, like European and Old Mine cuts, are also available. The major issue with recycled diamonds is that they are not traceable.

However, an ethically-sourced stone from Namibia, for example, is traceable while supporting small-scale mining communities who are given a fair wage. Our Namibian diamonds also support economic development in a country where 2 million people depend on the mining industry. Since they are ethically sourced, they cost bit more than recycled diamonds.

Bario Neal wedding rings

Dais Narrow Band with Sapphires

Q: What is the difference between Fairmined and Fair Trade gold? What about recycled metals?

A: Fairmined gold is a label that assures gold is coming from responsible and empowered artisanal and small-scale mining communities. The label Fairmined is similar to Fair Trade and with a specific focus miner’s rights. The mining community receives a fair price and premium for the gold in exchange for meeting the strict Fairmined standards for health, labor, and environmental impact. Premiums placed in Fairmined gold are democratically reinvested into the community, going toward social development and other projects that improve efficiency and environmental protection at the mines, like a new high school for the community surrounding the Aurelsa mine in Peru.

Fairmined.com has a very informative infographic and is a great resource in general.

Recycled metal have the same pros of a recycled diamond in that no new mining has occurred in an industry with a complicated history. The recycled metals that Bario Neal uses come from a variety of sources- old jewelry and jewelry workshop scraps, electronics recycling, and photo processing. Another important point to mention is that our 100% recycled precious metals are refined at LEED certified facilities with closed-loop water supplies; the energy and water use is a big part of the environmental impact of metals recycling.

Bario Neal wedding rings

Linear Diamond Ring

Q: My grandmother left me her engagement ring, but the design is not for me. Can I use this sentimental stone in your jewelry?

A: Absolutely. We understand the sentimental value of heirloom jewelry and will work with you to use the stone in jewelry in our collection or in a specially custom piece.

Bario Neal wedding rings

The blue-green sapphire Myrtle Ring is one of many non-diamond options…

Q: I’m looking for a non-diamond engagement ring, what can you tell me about my options?

A: There are many options for a traceable non-diamond engagement ring. Sapphires for one come in many colors, including yellow, orange, blue, and even clear. Zultanite is an ethically sourced stone from Turkey with a greenish hue that looks perfect in a gold setting. Other options include aquamarines, rubies, tourmalines, and garnets, just to name a few.

If a traditional diamond is not for you, but you still want a diamond, you might look at rough diamonds which come in many unique shapes and forms (macles, octahedrons, cubes), or champagne diamonds for a tinge of color.

Bario Neal wedding rings

Milla Curved with Diamonds Band

Q: I’m looking for wedding bands, but nothing seems to sit flush against my engagement ring. Do you have any solutions for this?

A: Many customers come to us for custom curved bands for to go with their engagement rings. We’ve made custom curved bands with stones, without stones, with engraving, etc. We also have two bands with subtle curves in our collection: The Milla Curved Band and the Milla Curved with Diamonds. We also have bands whose natural form contours with a variety of engagement rings, like our Reticulated One Band with Diamond (or without diamond), or Reticulated 2 Band.

Bario Neal wedding rings

Fishtail Band

Big thanks to Bario Neal for sharing more about their work. Now, onto the giveaway!

One winner will receive a pair of gorgeous circle studs in 14kt yellow gold, the Octillo Small Earrings. To enter, just follow Bario Neal on Instagram and log your entry via the contest widget below:

 
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24 Jun

Mezcal cocktail recipe | 100 Layer Cake  plus Crate and Barrel

Naturally when one hosts a Taco Party for her friends, she absolutely must provide a signature cocktail. AMIRIGHT?! Like this tasty update to the a classic Margarita… the Mezcal Mai Tai.

Mezcal Mai Tai
(serves one)

1.5 oz Mezcal
.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz Orange Curacao
.5 oz Orgeat
Citrus Salt (recipe follows)

Mezcal cocktail recipe | 100 Layer Cake  plus Crate and Barrel

Citrus Salt
To make citrus salt, grate the zest of a lemon and a lime with a microplane grater. Stir the zest into salt and let it sit for 10 minutes (to allow the oils from the citrus to coat the salt).

Mezcal cocktail recipe | 100 Layer Cake  plus Crate and Barrel

Rim a rocks glass (like the Lulie Stemless Martini Glass) with the citrus salt. Shake the mezcal, lime, curacao, and orgeat with ice in fancy cocktail shaker and strain over ice into the salt-rimmed glass.

Mezcal cocktail recipe | 100 Layer Cake  plus Crate and Barrel

So refreshing and festive, no?

Mezcal cocktail recipe | 100 Layer Cake  plus Crate and Barrel

Mezcal cocktail recipe | 100 Layer Cake  plus Crate and Barrel

Mezcal cocktail recipe | 100 Layer Cake  plus Crate and Barrel

To see our favorite picks for summer barware, pop over to Crate and Barrel’s blog!

Bar essentials: Orb Copper Shaker, Lulie Stemless Martini Glass, Microplane Zester, Tondo Round Wood Severing Platter, Welcome White Mini Bowl, Studio Light Clay Bowl, Hue Blush Salad Plate

Concept and Styling: 100 Layer Cake / Photo: Apryl Ann Photography / Products: Crate and Barrel

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23 Jun

Summer entertaining | 100 Layer Cake for Crate and Barrel

Aw, summer. You gorgeous thing you. There’s nothing like warm days and nights, filled with food and drink and people you love. We adore this time of year so much for so many things, especially the casual parties that seem to pop up throughout the next few months. In our on-going series with our friends at Crate and Barrel, this month we’re sharing one of our top summer party themes, ever.

Summer entertaining | 100 Layer Cake for Crate and Barrel

Three cheers for the Taco Party! With thoughtful serving pieces like the Wilder Oval Platter, Feast Platter, Marin Blue Serving Bowl, and Tondo platter, presenting a beautiful spread is kind of a breeze.

Summer entertaining | 100 Layer Cake for Crate and Barrel

Summer entertaining | 100 Layer Cake for Crate and Barrel

A big jug filled with a festive drink is guaranteed to keep people chatting late into the evening. And an elegant glass like the Lulie stemless martini glass works perfectly for a watermelon cocktail too.

Summer entertaining | 100 Layer Cake for Crate and Barrel

Summer entertaining | 100 Layer Cake for Crate and Barrel

Summer entertaining | 100 Layer Cake for Crate and Barrel

The Beck Tray has to be one of our new favorites. Those copper handles! Looks especially lovely when filled with tasty little morsels.

Summer entertaining | 100 Layer Cake for Crate and Barrel

Summer entertaining | 100 Layer Cake for Crate and Barrel

Summer entertaining | 100 Layer Cake for Crate and Barrel

Summer entertaining | 100 Layer Cake for Crate and Barrel

Summer entertaining | 100 Layer Cake for Crate and Barrel

The perfect taco-sized plate dressed up with a floral doily adds such a thoughtful touch.

Summer entertaining | 100 Layer Cake for Crate and Barrel

Summer entertaining | 100 Layer Cake for Crate and Barrel

Summer entertaining | 100 Layer Cake for Crate and Barrel

Gather your friends together for a spontaneous taco party and you’ll be set to entertain in summer style with your Crate and Barrel gift registry picks. The beauty of registering for a range of dishes and serving pieces is that you’re always ready for guests!

Summer entertaining | 100 Layer Cake for Crate and Barrel

Ready for a quick recipe tip? Top vanilla ice cream with lime zest, coconut, and shaved chocolate for the easiest, summer treat. Serve it in a coconut half for bonus points. (How lovely are these indigo linen napkins, btw?)

Summer entertaining | 100 Layer Cake for Crate and Barrel

You could so easily plan this party by next weekend! To see our picks for the perfect summer-friendly gift registry, pop over to Crate and Barrel’s blog. And don’t forget to check back for a recipe for a Mezcal Mai Tai tomorrow!

Summer entertaining essentials: Plates, Napkins & Flatware: Roulette Blue Salad Plate, Olson Orange Salad Plate, Urban 5-piece Place SettingDiego 3-round Flatware Caddy, Helena Indigo Linen NapkinSet of 24 Round Doilles  / Drinks: Acrylic Beverage Dispenser, Lulie Stemless Martini Glasses / Serving Pieces & Platters: Feast Platter, Wilder Large Oval Platter, Beck Tray, Tondo 12″ Round Platter, Marin Blue Bowl, Studio Light Clay Bowl, Welcome White Mini Bowl, Southhampton Basket

Concept and Styling: 100 Layer Cake / Photography: Apryl Ann Photography / Products: Crate and Barrel

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23 Jun

Magnolia leaf garland arbor

We love Palm Springs weddings, and the fact that this is DIY (though you’d never know it) is such a bonus. With Sarah being a graphic designer, her sister in design, and her mom having their aesthetic down too, they opted out of hiring a coordinator. Creating their own chuppah, signage, favors, and decor actually made it easier to nail the modern Moroccan theme that M. K. Sadler captured just beautifully, as you could assume!

Modern Palm Springs wedding bridesmaids

White bridal bouquet

Palm leaf decor

We liked the idea of bold graphic black and white design mixed with dark green palm leaves and hints of metallic. Our ceremony and reception was held at Greta Garbo’s desert vacation home from the 1920s. We wanted to respect the Spanish and Moroccan architecture with the theme. We loved the classic yet modern feel of our wedding.

Modern Palm Springs wedding signage

Modern Palm Springs wedding

Side note: Their wedding website is still up + full of sweet stories a la the groom.

Modern Palm Springs wedding

Modern Palm Springs wedding ceremony

Right before it all began, Sarah even snagged a moment to take it all in, which she majorly advises all brides do (srsly brides-to-be, heed that advice!) She says, Right before you walk down the aisle, slow down, stop, breathe, take everything in. All the faces, the scenery, and especially the groom! You will want that mental image to last forever. The ceremony was so emotional when they read their vows, that not even the groomsmen could keep it together. So presh.

White lace Watters wedding dress

Modern Palm Springs wedding

Moroccan inspired escort card display

Moroccan inspired escort card display

Modern Palm Springs wedding

White ranunculus

Moroccan inspired table decor

And a few words on finding their photog, M. K. SadlerWe were searching for a long time and everything started looking the same. Then we came across Meghan. Her style stood out immediately. We loved the mood, movement, and artistic expression she was able to capture. We didn’t want traditional portraiture. Meghan’s style fulfilled everything we desired in our lasting photographic memories of our engagement and our wedding day.

Magnolia leaf table garland

Modern Palm Springs wedding

Leaf place card setting

Magnolia leaf bouquet

Black tie wedding party

Congrats to D + S!

Photographer: M. K. Sadler / Videographer: East West / Venue & Catering: La Quinta Resort & Club / Coordination: Bride, her mom, & sister / Florist: Jessie Craven of Indigo Design / Makeup: Dottie Palmer / Hair: Molly / Invitations: Bride’s Sister Hannah of Soffa Design / Dessert: Banana Foster Bar & Espresso Cart by Brew Ha Ha / Rentals: Signature Party Rentals / Bride’s Dress: Watters from The White Dress in Corona Del Mar, CA / Shoes: Badgley Mischka ‘Lacie’ in Dark Blue / Earrings & Bracelet: The White Dress ‘RP Midori’ / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Roe + May / Groom & Groomsmen Tux: Calvin Klein Slim Fit

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