photo by Apollo Fotographie
Exciting news!! Be Hitched is now hiring for our 2015 Summer Event Production Internship! Full description and details on how to apply are below. We can't wait to meet you and build the best team ever for our amazing 2015 season!!
PSA: WE FOUND BOURBON-SOAKED JERKY!!
When gifting your bridal party, why does it seem that picking something out for the ladies is always simpler? Groomsmen gifts get pigeonholed into three options: tie, flask, or cufflinks. Snoor-fest!
There is a multitude of fun and creative options for your man’s side of the bridal party that’ll knock those traditional gift ideas right out of the park.
When brainstorming ideas for what to give, try thinking about choosing gifts based on personality. This makes things feel less generic, and creates the opportunity to reflect on how awesome your groom’s dudes really are. I've narrowed it down to five personality types: The Athlete, The Outdoorsman, The Minimalist, The City-Slicker, and The World Traveler. I've also listed some favorite websites at the bottom to give you even more unique (and cool) gift giving possibilities!
MIDDLE: Custom Baseball Bat | The Man Registry
If you’re as obsessed with baseball as Rebecca (see her blog post comparing wedding planning to The Sandlot), you’ll love this baseball bat from The Man Registry that can be engraved however you’d like it. Choose the groomsman’s name, an inside joke, nickname — the possibilities are endless!
LEFT / RIGHT: Louisville Slugger Shades | Shwood
Maybe your fan likes to kick it in style. These shades from Shwood will keep the sun outta your eyes at any Giants game. They’re made from authentic Louisville slugger wood; pretty cool!
LEFT: Survival Kit | Manready Mercantile
Have a dude who is always down for a hike? Leave him prepared with this hand sewn pouch from Manready Mercantile, featuring: 6 feet of paracord, a small compass and a petite bundle of strike-anywhere matches.
MIDDLE: Bourbon Jerky | Manready Mercantile
Best addition to any campfire (or groomsmen gift)? This here jerky. Soaked overnight in Bulleit Bourbon whiskey, this stuff is the real deal.
RIGHT: Warhorse Workshop Bracelet | Manready Mercantile
Perhaps your outdoorsman appreciates hiking in style. This bracelet is made from braided Kangaroo leather with a deer antler closure. Known for durability, it’ll keep any groomsman fresh on the trails.
LEFT: Bison Made Wallet | Manready Mercantile
Handcrafted in the USA, this leather iPhone wallet is perfect for the no-fuss kind of guy. Slip in his phone, I.D, and cash and he’s good to go.
RIGHT: Poquito Wallet | Madera
Hailing from Australia, these wallets are from renewable timber and are as simple as can be. Slim, purposeful, and effortless cool.
The City Slicker
LEFT: Comb + Bottle Opener | Cool Material
A stainless steel comb doubles as a bottle opener. Keeps your dude lookin’ swell, even if he’s cracked a few too many.
MIDDLE / RIGHT: Lighter Cufflinks | Cool Material
I KNOW I said I wouldn’t include cufflinks. But these are vintage style lighter cufflinks. Flaming cufflinks here, people. The perfect addition to any bad-boy, city slicker’s wardrobe.
The World Traveler
LEFT: Waterproof Journal + Space Pen | Apolis
A water proof journal and space pen... because sometimes you need to take notes while scuba diving, right?
MIDDLE: Picture Dictionary | Flight 001
A pocket sized photo dictionary that allows you to point to a picture when you don’t know the word. Perfect for the guy who is adventuring across the globe.
RIGHT: Leather Passport Cover | Tom's (made by Apolis)
Simple and chic, this passport cover by Apolis is timeless. Apolis means “global citizen,” and their company believes in creating social change through business practice, which is an awesome bonus.
My go-to websites when searching for groomsmen gifts (or gifts for any of the men in my life!) are Manready Mercantile and Cool Material. Both feature a wide range of guy-approved gifts that are uniquely different and useful.
Because truthfully, we all just want to give the important men in our lives one kickass gift.
Above: Intern Stephanie and some of her favorite personal snapshots from the past year :)
I’m Stephanie, Be Hitched's new summer intern. I’ll be adding some magic to this here blog and our Instagram (http://instagram.com/behitched) account, along with assisting Rebecca at events (I’m a pretty lucky gal!).
Give us the basic rundown on who you are and where you’re from.
I’m a junior at UC Berkeley and I grew up in the East Bay. I’m originally from New Jersey, although I lost my accent long ago (and yes, I did spend my summers at the Jersey Shore!).
When you were 5, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A horseback-riding-dancing-actress; I was quite the aspirational multitasker.
Describe your perfect Saturday.
My weeks are filled with work and studying, so I covet my weekend time. I’d love a day chock full of reading, drawing, hiking, sharing good food with friends, and ending the day curled up with a cup of tea and an interesting film.
What’s your favorite season and why?
SUMMER! High-waisted shorts and sundresses are my go-to, along with s’mores around a campfire, and swimming on a warm night.
Oh gosh, so many. Pad Thai, pancakes, avocados, and just about every fruit.
Tell us about your favorite family trip.
Many of my summer’s were spent hiking & kayaking in Mendocino and Mount Shasta; both places are dear to my heart. I’m also very fond of Charleston, the most charming city I’ve yet to meet.
Local Natives, Florence & The Machine, Ben Howard, The Clash (the list could go on forever!)
What are your favorite flowers?
Sunflowers! The happiest looking flowers ever. And succulents are pretty dang cute too.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed and A Million Little Pieces by James Frey.
What inspires you?
Passionate people, dance, photography, books, the curiosity of little kids, and the vastness of nature.
sweet v. salty — sweet
forest v. beach — forest; particularly one next to a lake!
earlybird v. night owl — both! depends on the day.
sunrise v. sunset — sunrise
coffee v. tea — TEA! you could say I’m a tad bit obsessed (especially with La Boulange’s Chai)
Random fact about you– GO!
I lovelove photo booths; no matter when or where, if there’s a booth I’ll be in it!
I can’t wait to share more as my internship unfolds!
Use what you've got -- if Instagram is part of your life,
utilize it as a tool for crowdsourcing wedding pics.
The other day, one of my brides asked me a question that I'm getting asked more and more frequently, which is:
“What’s the best way to collect all of the pictures our friends will be taking at the wedding on their phones?”
Yes, there are a ton of different apps and sites out there that promise to make this easy, but from what I've experienced through my couples, the results are often mixed. One of the easiest (and most universally understood) ways I've seen to share and collect photos is through good ol' reliable Instagram and a custom wedding hashtag.
I recently stumbled upon this super handy A Practical Wedding article, How to Crowdsource Your Wedding Photos With Instagram. It describes a great and easy system for getting those pics offline and saved for future use in whatever form you choose.
And here's another little insider tip -- your planner, florist, and other vendors are freaking excited about your wedding, and we get some pretty awesome behind-the-scenes shots! If you do come up with a wedding hashtag, share it with your vendors too!!
Golden Globes Bingo | design & styling by Be Hitched
The Golden Globes have quickly become one of my favorite awards shows of all time… in spite of the fact that I maaaaaaaay have just discovered them for the first time this year.
Here are just a handful of reasons why I’ve seen the light:
and of course, the reason for this post…
If you’ve ever been to an Oscars party and played Oscars Bingo, you know what this game can do — it basically turns the awards show into a champagne-drinking, kale salad-eating sporting event, with ladies (and guys!) shouting,
“Camaaan, teleprompter fail! I just need the teleprompter to fail!”
“YESSSSSS! Tears on stage!”
“I just need one winner to be in the bathroom when their name is called! Is that too much to ask??”
So to make things a little more fun for Sunday’s Golden Globes viewing, I’ve created a whole set of Golden Globes Bingo cards, which you can download for free here:
If you’re getting some friends together to watch on Sunday, I hope you’ll enjoy playing Golden Globes Bingo as much as I enjoyed designing the cards :)
p.s. The 71st Annual Golden Globes will air on NBC at 5PM PST on Sunday, January 12th.
image by Nirav Patel Photography
You know that saying, when something “takes your breath away”? Today that literally happened to me.
Early this morning I received an email from one of my favorite couples on the planet, Lacy and Drew, with a link to these images from Nirav Patel Photography. I didn’t even get past the surfing pictures (yes, the bride and groom did a “first surf” the morning of their wedding… did I mention they were amazing??) before tearing up. I scrolled through the images and kept saying wow oh wow oh wow oh wow.
I dare you to look at these images — even if you don’t consider yourself a hopeless romantic — and not do the same. They are just STUNNING.
Not only did Nirav capture the incredible beauty of Lacy and Drew’s wedding perfectly, but he managed to accomplish that rare feat of capturing THEM as a couple — their genuine, fun, and laid back style, and most importantly, their bursting-at-the-seams, head-over-heels love for each other.
Working with Lacy and Drew felt like magic from Day 1. The first time I met with them at The Ferry Building, I was just wrapping up a meeting with another couple when they walked up and immediately started hugging the other bride and groom! Turns out they were great friends and not only did they attend each other’s weddings, but the groom I was meeting with officiated Lacy and Drew’s wedding (and, I will add, did an AMAZING job)!
From there, it didn’t take long for me to get to know Lacy and Drew and understand their core vision for the day. I connected them with some vendors I knew would be a great fit, including the mind-blowingly talented Svenja from Chestnut & Vine and Katie Powers Catering. Once we all visited the venue together for the first time, it was like YES. This is it. It’s real and amazing and this wedding is truly going to be an unforgettable, once in a lifetime event.
Side note: I remember at the end of that meeting sitting on the back patio with Lacy and Drew. I was mid-sentence when I noticed these beautiful little white flower petals blowing all around us in the breeze. I cut myself off and said out loud, "I'm sorry, is this real??”. We laughed and just took a moment to soak it all in. It was the kind of perfect where you felt like you accidentally wandered onto a set of a Jane Austen movie and Matthew Macfadyen was going to come around the corner at any moment.
But I digress!
All that is to say, I am so deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to be Lacy and Drew’s wedding planner and be a part of this incredible day. And in spite of the torrential downpour the morning of the wedding, not even rain could have stopped this wedding from being absolutely perfect. Although the sun coming out 45 minutes before the ceremony certainly didn’t hurt :)
Congratulations, Lacy + Drew!!
Okay, it's confession time.
One of my New Year's resolutions was to blog on a regular basis. I promised myself I would write a new blog at least once a week. It would be easy! I'd write about all of my weddings and new wedding trends and styling inspiration!
Then, wedding season hit :)
And while I haven't been blogging the past few months, I woke up this gorgeous 4th of July morning thinking of that fireworks scene in the second greatest movie of all time, The Sandlot (I grew up on this movie and have seen it probably no less than a hundred times). I realized that the way I feel about this year is exactly the way Squints, Ham, and Yeah-Yeah feel looking up at their neighborhood fireworks display -- in total awe.
This year has been nothing less than incredible. I've had the privilege of coordinating outdoor ceremonies in garden labyrinths, and helped pull off surprise mariachi bands and bridal party choreographed dances. I designed an outdoor vintage lounge area under strung globe lights, and planned dance parties by the pool. I'm perfecting the art of hand lettering using liquid chalk, and am having a blast designing personalized invitation suites and dinner menus for my couples. Since January, my weddings have been featured in Style Me Pretty THREE TIMES, and I just found one of my weddings featured on A Practical Wedding!
Needless to say, it's been an amazing, awe-inspiring past 6 months, and I'm so grateful for every day I get to wake up and do exactly what I know I'm meant to be doing.
Today I'm taking a little summer break to celebrate my favorite holiday of the year, complete with BBQ, sunshine, sparklers, swimsuits, fireworks, friends -- and with any luck, a little baseball :) I hope you get to do the same!
Happy wedding season, and happy 4th of July!
Happy Post-Valentine's Day!
Here's a little Friday sampling of four different invitations and save the dates for your viewing pleasure :)
Bold colors, art deco font, and a mountain skyline with a nod to Michael Schwab. At this wedding, expect an outdoor ceremony under a big ol' setting sun, bold pops of persimmon and pumpkin in the bride's bouquet, hearty local microbrews, and dancing the night away in a stunning mountain resort.
If this sounds like your wedding, snatch this url up now!
Backyard Garden Wedding
Romantic, elegant, intimate. I made this design with a garden wedding in mind -- one with maybe 50 guests and a backyard ceremony under a homemade garden arch (lightly adorned with seasonal flowers and hanging greens, of course!). Champagne cocktails served during the reception, and first dances outside beneath cafe lights and the trees.
Sweet, simple perfection.
Straight-to-the-Heart Save The Date
Fun, whimsical, but no frills. The little touches of this simple design -- a bold red watercolor heart and some hand drawn arrows -- are all that's needed to really express the core of the message here: two people love each other, and now they're doing something about it!
You know this wedding will be fun, sweet, and a true reflection of the couple's personality.
Colorful Beach Wedding
Festive flag pennants and a bold fun font, all in fiesta ware colors. Chances that this wedding on the beach will feature colorful paddle programs at the ceremony, a mariachi band, and an epic dessert buffet are about 100%. Guests at this wedding are going to be wowed by all of the unique DIY touches, and are straight up going to have FUN.
One of these days I promise to get all of these design samples up on a proper page on the website. For now, I'm just going to keep designing and blogging!
My total love and adoration for fonts can be summed up in this Oscar de la Renta dress.
Let me explain.
I am a huge, huge font nerd. I pore over new fonts the way my dad pores over the Sunday paper. I am fascinated by how a simple adjustment to the angle of a letter can conjure up a completely new mood and effect. When I'm working on a new wedding invitation or design, there's this moment that happens when I KNOW I've found the perfect font, when it just clicks, and it suddenly and completely all comes together.
I felt that same click (times a thousand) when I first laid eyes on this dress, and I realized it's the same with fonts as it is with fashion. The calculated angle of that bold black and white stripe pattern. The weight of the fabric. The perfectly complimentary accessories and updo…
I am as obsessed with this dress as I am with Bombshell Pro.
I promise all of this talk of fonts and Oscar de la Renta relates back to my Design A Day project!
When I started on this laurel wreath invitation (below), I knew I wanted it to be elegant, simple, and a little bit romantic. After playing around with different combinations of cursive and serif/non-serif fonts, it finally clicked when I combined Mr. Sheffield (this one, not this one) with a small caps version of Copperplate.
E voilà! Everything clicked :)
More to come tomorrow!