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Bees and WASPs

April 9, 2008

A friend of my who hails from the North Shore of Massachusetts and attended boarding school recently gave me an engagement present that chronicles WASP style:  the coffee table book A Privileged Life: Celebrating WASP style.  If you haven’t seen this book (it came out last year and received some PR probably because of the lush photos of CZ Guest, etc) it makes a good companion to the slightly dated The Official Preppy Handbook published by Lisa Birnbach in 1980.

While the latter is truly more of a handbook (complete with checklists), A Privileged Life has beautiful photos and is rife with design inspiration.  Think you can’t mix stripes with florals with toiles with leather?  Think again.  Looking through this book brought back some ideas I had about the wedding.  I love the our wedding’s location can really draw on some uber-preppy themes, like blue ticking stripe and blue awning stripe, Lily Pulitzer shift dresses and color palettes, seersucker, and, of course, embroidered critter motifs.  If we do any kind of motif it will probably be a clam shell or silhouette of Narragansett, but isn’t a whale or a peacock or a pineapple tempting?  Oh, or a bee motif?  Maybe later…


Imaginary San Antonio wedding

April 2, 2008

Since I spent most of today in the airport, trying to divert my anxiety by thinking about wedding themes, I’d like to share what may have been the first time I thought about my own wedding, which was on a trip to the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas. This museum is similar to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in the way that in its former life it was the private residence of a lady and art philanthropist. I believe the McNay is where I first read the famous Edward Hopper remark: “What I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house.” So sometimes I imagine a Tex-Mex themed wedding at the McNay, complete with mariachis, pinatas, punchy colors and stark white cotton.



Photos of the McNay from the website.

Alamo charm from theknot real weddings.

Earrings from etsy.

And, of course, Mexican tissue paper flowers from loveboxes.

Salivating over paper

March 28, 2008

Kate Spade stationery

Couldn’t start this paper discussion without showing one of Kate Spade’s (for Crane) lovelies. This card is from the boxed-set collections.

Yesterday I went to look at wedding invitation ideas with my mother. She works in print design and I have inherited some of her paper fixations. We spent about an hour ogling the invites available at Paper Place in Austin. I plan to have my mom design our wedding invitations (despite my fiance’s mother’s insistence that the invitations be white with engraved script–“It’s got to be unreadable!” according to my fiance). So we looked at motif options (the small icon–a shell, an umbrella, etc) that can be embossed and we spent a long time contemplating whether my chosen colors (light blue and coral) were too garish and Howard Johnsons. My mom is an advocate of navy blue, white and coral in moderation. Here is a style we liked (sans the anchor):

Blue Moon

We both were trying to think of a way to tie in either ticking stripes or awning stripes and the shadow-striped paper seemed like a more subdued way to incorporate stripes.

Then, we stumbled across a letterpress company’s album. My mother loves letterpress, and I soon learned that I do too.  I later found this style online at the Carrot & Stick Press website:

Carrot & Stick Press

Do you think that the blue and cream above go with this color coral:


After paging through so many volumes of invitations, the afternoon devolved into my mother and I drawing pictures of lighthouses and shells and shorelines that we could print or emboss on invitations like the one with the anchor, in place of the anchor.  I told my mother that the Paper Place employees would probably say to each other, “I don’t know what they were doing, but those two ladies who were sitting in the back of the store at the custom invitation table were just drawing for the past 20 minutes!”