It’s always fantastic to work with an event planner that pushes you as a designer. This is the first time we explored using handmade paper as envelope liners and we feel like it’s opened up a whole new world of design options for us. Sofia Crokos takes risks with pattern and color that are always successful, and you can see below how the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean came to life at Elizabeth and Efrem’s beach chic wedding in Turks and Caicos.

Event Planner: Sofia Crokos Events
Photography: Dave Robbins Photography
Venue: Hotel Gansevoort in Turks & Caicos
Linens: Designing LinensMassuci Real Wedding BLOG 2

My nephews love to draw, and I wanted to make their handmade work a permanent fixture in my home somehow. So I decided to frame a few of their pieces of art and hang them on the wall of my daughters bedroom. And to always remember who did which drawing, I stamped the boy’s names on the matte board.

I bought simple frames and mattes at Photograph & Frame an inexpensive frame shop on Chestnut Street in San Francisco, and I found the lettered stamps at Paper Source. I used a gold metallic ink pad (also from Paper Source) for a little flair.

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We’ve been thinking about retiling our bathroom recently and have been having so much fun researching all the different shapes and pattern options. Repeating patterns like the bathroom wall pictured here are such an inspiration for letterpress details like these designs from over the years.


photo credit: bathroom

Some might say Cay Lemon has a certain, ummm… zest for weddings. We had so much fun working with Cay to develop a playful logo and identity system for her event planning business Zest. Here are some of the fun pieces we created and some snaps from a few of Zest’s recent weddings.


Photography: Adeline & Grace Weddings and Catherine Hall Studios

I’m obsessed! Who knew that such a simple object could be so fabulous? I love these Gigogne tumblers. They come in two sizes – just right for big hands and little – are virtually indestructible, and stack beautifully. Perfection.



Living in the Bay Area, we are blessed (or cursed depending on how you look at it) with the perfect climate for successfully growing succulents. For some (read: me), they have become an obsession to grow and to highlight in your home and garden. And why not use them in your wedding, too? Check our these gorgeous and unique approaches to incorporating succulents into your special day.

SucculentCollagephoto credit: boutonniere, centerpiecetablebouquetcake, chair arrangementtable setting, terrarium