WEDDING INSPIRATION LOVE | My Number 2 All Time Favorite Flower In the World for Wedding Bouquets, love bird love, lace wedding cake love… and your Friday Puppy.

SHARK WEEK!  WOOOooooOOOOOoooOOOO!  Nah, just kidding I couldn’t care less.  Hahaahaah.  Yeah.

Ok so here we go… happy Friday afternoon, friendlies!  How goes it?  Is it feelin’ hot hot hot where you are?  Because it’s 101 degrees of caliente here and so IT’S KIND OF A LITTLE INTENSE.  If I had alls-bay, they would probably be completely en fuego.  (Haha, I pig Latin’d balls, even though I unabashedly started out yesterday’s post with the very word in all its glory.  Hmph.  Odd.)  Anyway my focus is elsewhere, because our building sometimes *vibrates* for some unapparent and most likely harmful reason, however I’m sitting here in my vibrating chair and… not minding it so much?  In fact, I’m kind of enjoying it ifyaknowwhatimeanandithinkyoudo.  Sing it with me… I’m pickin’ up goooood viiiiiibraaaaations.  Yeah ok I need some water; maybe that’ll get the crazy out.  I beg you to blame the heat for any further instances of crazy.  Ok?  Please?  I’m gonna go ahead and assume that you’re on board.  Great.

Moving swiftly along.  Today we’ve got something super gorg for your faces to lick off the screen.  It’s an inspiration shoot that the wonderful team that makes up Locally Grown Weddings submitted recently, and it’s a slight doozie of seaside proportions.  I hope you love it!  And afterwards, there’s a treat for you… it’s four-legged.  *giggle*

Here are some words from the team:

Locally Grown Weddings is the creative team that designs and produces unique and sustainable events. We help our couples tell their story by creating and orchestrating beautiful, sophisticated and unique celebrations that reflect personal styles and tastes.

Inspired by the natural world and the period details of the setting, the Locally Grown Weddings team designed a special photo shoot at Lyford House in Tiburon. Perched on the edge of Richardson Bay, Lyford House shares its surroundings with a bird sanctuary and stunning views of San Francisco. The site was a natural fit for us since the venue not only hosts weddings, but also educates the public about the area and its inhabitants. We also appreciated that they had a shared focus on the environment that is aligned with the business values and practices of the Locally Grown Weddings team. We first learned about Lyford House through Chef Stephanie, who is a preferred caterer at this venue. With her Green Business Certification and focus on local and sustainable cuisine, Lyford House is one of her favorite venues in the Bay Area because it enables her to showcase her talents in a gorgeous setting.

Each of the team members brought their own unique twist to the overall vision of this photo shoot. Whether it was Angela channeling a bygone era of romance and haunting beauty in the hair and makeup styling for our bride, Cacey, Madeline and Sadie integrating gorgeous avian details with the sumptuous linens and place settings, the subtle artistry and references to the natural environment in Pei-Yee’s wedding cake design, Chef Stephanie’s elegant plates of delicious and seasonal food, or Aurora’s ability to capture the “perfect” moment in time.

Weddings aren’t just about the location, beautiful as they may be! For the Locally Grown Weddings team, one of our key goals is to help tell the story of the couple and bring their personalities and vision to life. And while this was a faux wedding, weaving together the story of an actual couple was a critical element for our photographer, Aurora. Having studied film and directing in school, she knew that one of the hardest things to fake is the chemistry between a couple; having Cacey and Paulo as our models was a true delight!

What sets Locally Grown Weddings apart in the wedding industry is that we are a cohesive team, each with a rich knowledge base in our area of expertise. Since we all know each other so well and trust each other’s instincts, we were able to work together seamlessly with plenty of smiles and laughter throughout the day. We also loved the opportunity to work with our network of partners, including: D & H Sustainable Jewelers, who shared some stunning vintage earrings and graceful rings from their well-curated collection, while Hartmann Studios provided us with the beautiful linens, tableware, and chairs that tied the whole vision together, and videographer Deepa Pathak of FilmTwist, who crafted a film interpreting the day’s shoot as a bride dreaming of her perfect day. Adele Wechsler provided a gown from her eco-couture collection where couture bridal fashion and a green perspective merge.

The end result of our collective team efforts? A modern take on Victorian era romance that was inspired by the local wildlife and surroundings and celebrates the timelessness of the Lyford House.

↑ AAAAAHHHH.  This is gorgeous.  Silhouette shots are the

Do one of those on your wedding day… if not for you, para mi?  Please and thank you.

And now, your Friday Fun: Another installment of Day in the Life of Bambino McPuppyPants.

Today’s episode: Bam is determined to figure out what mommy’s doing all day.  But what he discovers, he’s not prepared for.  Ok, here we go…

Ok, so let’s see what it is you’re up to when you’re not playing with me…

Wait, I didn’t – shoot, I didn’t bring my reading glasses, hold on a sec…

Ohhhh, ok.  I see now.  Wow, I bet those posts take time, eh?  Yeah I bet.



I knew it.  I KNEW you were publishing photos of me without my knowledge or consent.

Really Mother?  Really?

You know, it’s – you’re just – it’s not even worth arguing over because you and I both know quite well that you’ll just keep doing it anyway.  That’s not the point.  The point is simply that I expected more of you… of our relationship.

Just know I’m not on board with this.


Hey by the way – check out my view.  Yup, that’s genuine Grade A Time Warner cabling hanging directly in front of that window obstructing my view.  And yes, it *does* slap against that window pane with each passing wind, making a slapping sound.  JEALOUS?

OK, SO… tell me, do you love that tulip bouquet or WHAT??!!!!  I’ve always adored tulips, almost as much as I adore peonies.  And I’m SERIOUSLY DIGGING the REAL lace on that cake!  Truly, add edible or not edible lace to my wedding cakes, and I’ll be a pleased camper.

P.S. – this is my fave Bambino McPuppyPants installment ever.  Just so you know.  :)

xoxo!  – Alison

Locally Grown Weddings Members:: Event Planning: Sadie Waddington / Catering: Chef Stephanie / Photography: Aurora Meneghello / Flowers and Design: Madeline Trait / Wedding Desserts: Pei-Yee Woo / Make Up Artistry: Angela LaFlamme / Venue: Lyford House

Locally Grown Weddings Partners:: Jewelry: D&H Sustainable Jewelers / Rentals: Hartmann Studios

Guest Vendors:: Videography: Deepa Pathak for Film Twist Productions / Invitations: Cherish / A Special Thank you to Adele Wechsler for lending us a gorgeous dress from her Eco Couture collection.

By the way, here’s the video from this gorgeous shoot, by Film Twist Productions!

Label(s): Color, Mr. McPuppyPants, Pink, {Inspiration Shoot}

Love all of this...


  1. Marty J. Christopher on July 22, 2011

    LOVE her dress! So classically beautiful! And that bouquet is amazing. I also love the Friday puppy. Hilarious.

  2. Loe on July 22, 2011

    I love love love the birds! Also yes, the bouquet is super-gorgeous. Loves it so much.

    And this is also one of my favourite Bambino installments. I love his facial expressions!

  3. Caitlin on July 22, 2011

    Love this. I’m kinda a little bit obsessed with birds lately so this look is a total win in my book.
    And this is DEFINITELY my fav Bambino installment. So adorbs.

  4. BeeCustom Design on July 22, 2011

    The table numbers are so pretty, my favorite is the peacock……..there are no words for how cute the pups is!

  5. Sandy on July 22, 2011

    Your captions describe his obvious feelings to a T. Bravo! Best Bambino ever, it’s true. :)

    I also luuuuuurve the silhouette shot and the bouquet too! I think the only flowers I love more than those tulips are the kind with the feathered edges….le sigh.

    Snaps all around! Stay cool. It’s 100* in Boston too!

  6. Lena on July 22, 2011

    GUH. Those tulips, that gown, those SLEEVES?!?!? Those Sleeves. God Bless you, Kate Middleton, for sleeves on wedding gowns.

    Those photos of Bambino might have made me pee in my pants a little. How long did you spend snapping those, because they’re AMAAAAAAZING.


  7. Mr Frostings on July 22, 2011

    So pretty! Love the dress, love the silhouette shot, love the hand painted cake! (by the way, that’s the magic of that cake. anybody can add a lace ribbon to the bottom of a tier, ya goober!).
    Especially love the shots of BMPP! I get the same look of betrayal from @noahfrostings when he catches me posting pics of him on Twitter.
    I think most people forgive us our sins.

  8. Janna (SparklyLove) on July 22, 2011

    hahahaha i’m dying! bambino makes the best faces… you are quite the talented photog as well!!

    also i want to eat that bread through my computer screen. adorableeeee shoot!

  9. Kristen on July 22, 2011

    Love the hand painting on the cake. It’s so delicate. Bambino has another fan, my six-year-old who says Bambino is the “cutest dog in the whole wide world. Really mom, we have to get us one and then we could have the cutest dog in the world too.” Yep, that’s my little tax deduction ;)

  10. Cocroft & Delbridge on July 22, 2011

    Um. I am in freaking love with the wedding gown in this photo shoot…as in…if I didn’t already have a wedding gown I would be rocking that one.

    Also…adoring that cake…the branch details are just so sweet. I find myself wondering if it tastes good…I guess that means I should eat something since I am coveting a cake in a picture.

    McPuppy is wonderful per usual…I am sure that he secretly enjoys being somewhat of a blog hero…even though he protests. Gosh he is just so humble.

  11. Mimi Tilton on July 22, 2011

    As you are most likely aware by now, I adore you. In a thankgodIdontknowwhereyoulivesortofway.

    But this wedding post – I got stuck on one thing and couldn’t see anything but that. I’ll check back to see if anyone else noticed it. I’m thinking it’s just a Mimi-ism, but who knows…

    I just know that Mocha and Bambers would have way too much to chat about regarding their respective degradation should they ever meet.
    Her with our dog park newsletter and fb fan page (bee cave barker – dog park if you care) and Him with your utilizing his likeness sin concento… bad, bad (loveitabit) but bad mommies.

  12. Ashleigh on July 22, 2011

    Love your blog. Love love. And agreed- best Bambino installment yet, although the descriptions of the “fart clouds” cracks me up each time (I’m not quite sure how dogs create the worst smells).

  13. Jess on July 22, 2011

    I die for tulips, and I agree that the ones with the feathery edges are even more beautiful.
    aaaaaaaaaaaaand, I might be bambino’s biggest fan. His little scrunched up face trying to read the screen is my faves. Love him!

  14. Neeraj on July 23, 2011

    Loving this. Excellent dress, so lovely. Such an awesome wedding. :)

  15. Love Wedd Bridal Boutique on July 23, 2011

    Everything is so elegant and delicate! I especially love the dress. It’s modest without being boring, kudos!

  16. Kristine G. on July 23, 2011

    First of all, that silhouette shot is stunning. Stuh-uh-ning. Second of all, my favorite Bambino installment too. Nice work. I’m still chuckling to myself over here.

  17. Amy-Jo Tatum/Bride Chic on July 24, 2011

    The dress is totally one-of-a-kind and gorgeous! Lovely and original set of images

  18. Naomi on July 25, 2011

    Gorgeous! The dress is beeeeeoootiful. I love the design of the cake, too. Just a gorgeous wedding. BTW I think Mr. Pants is squinting! How cute would he be with glasses? xoxo

  19. Nicole on July 25, 2011

    hahah bambino! this is the best bambino story yet!

  20. Travis Cossel on July 26, 2011

    Go go gadget bambino-pants!!!

  21. Lisa on July 27, 2011

    This is so pretty! I really love the dress, the silhouette shot, and the hand painted cake. I hope everyone has a fairytale wedding, including me!

  22. Jehnisi on May 5, 2012

    The dress is beautiful! Where could i get one like that one?

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