sf crushing: wineries and wedding venues

sf crushing- wine country

having lived in the bay area for a month and a half, one of the most popular topics of discussion amongst our friends and the new (wonderful) people we’ve been meeting is wine country. everyone has their favorite vineyard, with great stories about the wine, food, their experiences, and the gorgeous landscapes. i’m very much excited to snag a ride out to sonoma and napa and taste what this california soil and climate have to offer by way of its grapevines. in the meantime, i’ve been pouring over photos, and these are my top picks for gorgeous spots to hold either a big, or intimate wedding ceremony and reception.

 

Scribe Winery

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as a writer, and a designer, i’m already in love with the name and label that this winery boasts. take a look at their website, read their very personal stories, and that love intensifies by the sheer passion these fellas have for what they do, and where they do it. and then you find photos of their pick-up parties. this past february, they had chris fischer of martha’s vineyard fame (always love a good nod to my home state of massachusetts) come and put together an insatiable array of gorgeously prepared food to pair with their wine bounty. just to be present at one of these events looks like it would be an experience filled with great food, amazing wine, cozy fireside conversation, beautiful views, and fun company. i can’t wait to visit for a tasting, and am seriously considering joining their scribe viticultural society.

**Note – At the moment Scribe isn’t holding wedding ceremonies or reception parties on their grounds until they finish renovating the Mission-revival style Hacienda on the property. Down the road, they may be open to those kinds of inquiries, but for now they’re keeping their focus on the Scribe tasting experience.**

 

Photo by Allan Zepeda Photography

Photo by Allan Zepeda

Photo by Allan Zepeda

photography by allan zepeda

as featured on Style Me Pretty

 

Gundlach Bunschu

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imagine being ushered through a cool wine cave, being handed a glass of authentic sonoma valley wine, and exiting to a breathtaking view of an expansive vineyard under a clear blue sky. this is the experience guests encounter at a gundlach bunschu wedding. it sounds, and looks, incredible. add to it some rustic wine barrels, stone walls, and the natural beauty of vines – everywhere – and this particular winery provides such a light and bright environment to share such a special day with friends and family.

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photographs by jessica burke

as featured on Style Me Pretty 

 

Annadel

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this vineyard has everything that i love about infusing different textures, elements, and maintaing the authentic beauty of its location. with old winery ruins and a barn amidst rows of greenery and the most romantic big, beautiful trees, annadel provides so many opportunities for photo shoot backdrops. virtually touring these grounds is making me antsy to get there in person. it looks like it meets all the needs of both an intimate and larger wedding celebration, inviting a great conversation between the outdoor expanse and indoor coziness. bonus – they also provide roses to the san francisco flower mart, so how amazing that the florals might be available right at the venue!

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annadel vineyard

 

photographs by collin hughes

as featured on Snippet & Ink

 

excited to start tasting the wines from these gorgeous venues! tune in next when i shift focus over to the amazing professionals behind the wedding lens. have a beautiful week!

 

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sf crushing: florists and floral designers

sf crushing- florists

 

if there is one thing i’ve been appreciating like whoa since being out here – especially for the season and how drastically different it’s being represented here versus chicago – it’s the abundance of plant life. honeysuckle practically wraps a lasso of scent around you as you walk by, forcing you to stop and bathe in the sweetness surrounding you on the sidewalk. the flower buds on the tree outside my living room window have blossomed and burst and since given way to small bright green leaves. there’s crazy jurassic fauna and spiky fluorescent flora. everything smells like heaven, especially after it rains.

to celebrate this bouquet of floral inspiration, my next sf: crushing focus is on the floral designers and florists that harness and arrange and display and showcase and set free the plethora of local flowers and ferns and branches and everything else at their disposal.

 

here are my top three for now:

 

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Studio Choo

the name, first of all, is adorable – as is it’s inspiration (i also tend to have a particular penchant for other creative jills or jillians). the work that this duo – jill and alethea – puts together is just breathtaking. all of their arrangements and installations have a backyard cozy comfortable feeling, but with an elevated sensibility. their use of local grown flowers, and the care they take to showcase each bloom, is heartening. i just want to go live in their studio – what a thoughtful and artistic space to spend their days! take a look through their blog – i love how each post not only showcases the stunning visuals, but tells a personal story of each project’s inception.

 

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Twigss Floral Design

as soon as i opened up the website for twigss, i fell in love. i’m obviously the target audience for a hand-drawn laurel wreath and hand lettered logo design. and then they’re a mother-daughter team. and then their philosophy is so spot-on, i feel like i already know them. and then their photos and their flowers are just. well, they’re just gorgeous. i love the seasonal influence that takes precedence in each of their displays, bouquets and headpieces. and i also love their appreciation of the entire lifecycle of a flower – from bud to bloom to decay and deadhead. i’ve been pouring over their blog, and i suggest you do the same.

 

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Chestnut & Vine Floral Design

succulents. succulents. succulents. i’ve been looking for a floral designer/florist in the bay area who uses succulents in an artful way, and svenja brotz of chestnut & vine has hands-down the most gorgeous, lush, well-thought out arrangements using these amazing plants. succulents of all different colors, sizes, and paired with the interesting and complimentary blooms – i could look at her website all day. and i love that she’s based in the east bay, just a bit north of where i am, up in quaint and bustling berkeley. bringing a european sensibility to the abundant materials of northern california, she’s got a real talent for combining skill, vision, and resources. i just want to fill my home with her creations.

 

next week in the sf crushing series: invitations and paper goods. this is a special one, so i’m excited to share with you my favorites in the world of paper and design. have a beautiful weekend!

 

sf crushing: wedding planners

sf crushing- planners

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be in the Bay Area. Seriously. Not only do I get to wake up in the gorgeous Lake Merritt neighborhood, just minutes from nature, culture, urban atmosphere, and farm fresh produce, but I also get to work alongside some pretty talented individuals in the wedding and event industry. So, to highlight my love for this area, I’ve decided to start a new series: ‘sf crushing’. First up, some ladies from the wedding planning side of the industry. From my experience, working with some awesome wedding planners in Chicago (you, you, and you!), these ladies have to be multi-faceted. They have to be organizers, time-table enthusiasts, visionaries, designers, stylists. They have to be able to keep everyone on schedule, in line, and most of all, happy. And that’s just their relationships with other vendors. To the clients, the happy bride and groom, they have to be a mentor, friend, sometimes therapist. I take off my bike helmet to the people in this industry that love every single part of it. So many people think that a profession in wedding planning is just fun. These professionals prove that it takes a lot of work, but when done well, and with love, it IS fun.

stacy mccainStacy McCain Event Planning – http://www.stacymccain.com – San Francisco, CA

– Stacy and her team create timeless landscapes. The whole wedding, from start to finish, is styled with perfection, with the whole event in mind. It’s apparent that she takes the time to get to know what is most important to her clients, without compromising on the other pieces. As a designer, I appreciate how clearly she seems to communicate the vision of her clients. As a person, I appreciated even more how lovely she is in person. She is absolutely someone I would trust to handle the specifics of such a momentous day.

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Lovely Little Details – http://www.lovelylittledetails.com – napa, atlanta, new england

Jacin definitely seems like the kind of woman who knows what’s important. She limits the number of weddings she plans to 5 per year, serving couples in the Napa Valley, Atlanta, and my home region New England. I appreciate how much attention to detail she puts into each of the weddings she plans, and adding floral design to the mix just makes me love her more. Plus she seems genuinely enthusiastic about her love for elements both big and small, and having such an exclusive client roster, it’s refreshing to know that she’s willing to go knee-deep into building each and every event.

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Esla Events – http://www.eslaevents.com – San Francisco, CA

I first fell in love with Laurel of Esla when scouring design and newly popped up wedding blogs from my cubicle at Random House. She has a dreamy sensibility, and anything romantic with a bit of an edge captures my attention instantly. I also have an interesting soft spot for anyone who’s lived in New York for a period of time – something to do with surviving and thriving there, and then taking that same work ethic wherever you go – and the fact that she’s lived and gleaned inspiration from the various places she’s resided. Whether her events are indoors or outdoors, there always seems to be an element that’s a little unexpected. In my book, that’s the mark of someone I’d definitely want to work with.

 

Have fun spending the rest of the afternoon pouring over the websites and galleries of these three. And to celebrate my favorite thing about being somewhere warm and sunny (and the faint scent of honeysuckle in the air), the next spotlight in the series will be on florists and floral designers.

 

And as a reminder! To all west coast couples – I’m offering a 10% discount on all wedding lettering services if you book with me by the end of the month. For more information, send me a note at jilly.ink@gmail.com. Cheers!

 

 

 

antlers antlers wedding inspiration shoot

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over the holidays i had the great fortune to work with some amazing new clients, chicago-based wedding and event planners, and some very creative individuals. one of my favorite (favorite!) shoots took place at the historic keith house in chicago’s prairie district. it’s located in a pocket of chicago that’s home to some old mansions, a quaint little park, one of my best friends, and a path that takes you straight to the lakefront.

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splendid occasion shoot

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tiffany siladke (a splendid occasion), a talented chicago-based wedding planner and event stylist, had such a gorgeous vision for this inspiration shoot. she wanted to air on the darker side of things – it being winter and all – and decided to incorporate some animal-inspired elements. complete with antlers, cages, fur, darker, lush florals from natural beauties florals, antique pieces from rent vintage chicago and aged vintage rentals, amazing pies from bang bang pie shop, the whole shoot had an amazing woodland wonderland/big bad wolf feel to it. not to mention the models were stunning, with hair and makeup from nika vaughan.

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i was asked to create some hand-lettered menus for the table design, a sign for the place card table, and individual place cards that fit into gold-painted animal figurines. tiffany hand-charred the edges of the paper, which gave everything even more of a forest-feel.

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in truth, i loved putting together the paper elements for this shoot. and i love the photos even more. i can’t quite share the professional (and might i say breathtaking) photos that karissa kreager took, but here are a few self-shots of the menus and place cards for you. i promise to share the full photo set once it’s been published!

 

 

other vendors that worked on the shoot:

treat bags- fox and hound paperie, http://www.etsy.com/shop/FoxandHoundPaperie?ref=search_shop_redirect

invitation- tweedle press, www.tweedlepress.com

dress – nearly newlywed, www.nearlynewlywed.com

hairpiece –  danani handmade adornments, www.dananionline.com

men’s attire – bonobos, www.bonobos.com

video – amelia st. studios, www.ameliastreetstudios.com

models – nick zmuda & bri kreager

design crush

i’ve just been, you know, browsing the interwebs for hours on end, looking at gorgeously designed paper products for inspiration and general soul-quenching purposes, and holy gorgeous have i found something beautiful to share with you. let’s dig into this paper design crush session with the imagination and logic that makes up cindy and carl, the couple behind bliss and bone.

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{bliss & bone – reverence suite save the date}

 

i’m in love with everything about this design firm – from the webpage layout, the photos that make you wonder, ‘is this a paper design company, or a clothing company, or a fine arts photographer’s site?’, to the actual, innovative, super unique designs themselves. each suite is only available for one year, so if you choose them, you know you’re getting something that won’t be around the block tons of times. and honestly, it’s the kind of stuff that people will most likely keep on the fridge for a while afterwards, because it’s all just so gosh darned beautiful (and i’m sure, really fun to touch).  plus, cindy admits to wearing lululemon while she works, and being a yoga instructor/employee of the company/designer from my own home studio, i can tell you one thing – girl knows how to be comfortable, and stylish. i feel like we’d be friends, if i lived in hollywood hills. anyway, take a look, and gush with me over these suites:

 

the devoir suite – very parisienne (which, of course, i love love love):

 

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the effloresce suite – rorschache-inspired, deep colors, bold lettering that doesn’t weigh too heavily on the paper

 

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the lucent suite – very light, airy, loose lettering juxtaposed with laser cut block letters, set amidst a rosy color palette

 

 

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i also love that they include style guides with their invitation suites (and website design, by the way). i might start incorporating that into my own design process. can’t wait to see what’s in store for them in the coming years!

 

paper and pen crush

i’ve been doing a lot of perusing around the stationery world recently (and by recently, i really mean for the better part of the last three years), and i just have to remark on some of the lovely work that’s kept my eyes trained on the screen (sometimes at the sacrifice of doing my own work… it’s all in the name of inspiration, right?).

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pitbulls and posies – an la-based paper goods and design shop run by amber moon (who seems to love her hippy-esque name just as much as i did upon first glancing at it). i love the mixture of softness and edge that permeate all of their projects. some of my favorites include the deconstructed chevron pattern with sequins suite for an elopement announcement, and their desert mod invite suite, full of vibrant colors, tumbleweed silhouettes, and a playful layout.

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neither snow – this lady’s penmanship is breathtaking. all at once whimsical, fluid, edgy, and graceful, it’s so utterly romantic, it makes complete sense why people would want her script on their invitation designs, or their bodies. i’m in love love with the parisian wedding for which she scripted dinner menus, place cards, and table numbers on distressed vases. it’s all so timeless and fluid, organic and wistful, almost melancholic. i tend to draw a lot of inspiration from things that have those traits, and mara’s hand is one of them.

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just a little eye-candy to keep you occupied for the rest of your afternoon, as you look longingly out the sunny window and wish you had an extension cord long enough to bring you outside to finish your work… err, or that could be just me. either way, happy wednesday!

soiree!

i’m so honored and excited to participate as a vendor in soiree events‘ ‘leap into wedding season’ event tomorrow night at chicago’s fleur de lis florist in river north. the darling tiffany munster, brains and beauty behind soiree, asked me to provide calligraphy for the bridal grab bags – a cute play on the something borrowed, something blue, something old, something.. well, you know. here are the scans of the calligraphy – she’ll be printing the e.e. cummings poem on cute little cards, attaching the something borrowed to an adorable little ’emergency kit’, and as for the rest, well you’ll find out when i do!

for all brides that are attending the event, i’m offering a free custom return address stamp with the purchase of custom address calligraphy for 100 or more wedding invitation envelopes. i’m looking forward to meeting the other lovely vendors, trying some cake, and spending the evening at a decked-out decadent soiree!

 

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oh what a beautiful weekend it’s been!  after 2 sunny days of spring skiing, i’m full of inspiration and motivation for starting my own hand-lettering etsy shop.  in fact, i absolutely cannot wait.  i’ve been thinking of little ways to personalize the shop, and had decided to use little manilla tags monogramed with a jillyink logo and contact information to send alongside orders.

and now today, perusing around 100 layer cake, i came across this lovely gift idea that summer of grey loves weddings concocted for her boyfriend.  small found objects tied with ribbon and string represent milestones and every day commitments made in their relationship, with explanations typed up directly on the tags.

it’s such a beautiful and thoughtful gift, and i very well may use some elements for  my jillyink tags when i return to new york.

{images found via 100 laker cake & grey likes weddings}

sunday ceremonies (on a monday)

good evening everyone!  i hope you’ve all enjoyed this gorgeous mlk day as much as i have.  warm weather and sunny skies in mid-january is a bit of a tease, yes, but one i’ll gladly take right now.  i’m a bit late on my sunday ceremonies series, but i just came across these gorgeous photos of a wedding featured on green wedding shoes.  the day was photographed by erik clausen, and took place in beautiful chandor gardens in weatherford, texas.  my favorites are these taken with a light blue chevrolet:

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the colors in these pop, and i love the simple yet classic details.

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stunning, right?  the bride’s dress is from pronovias (where, coincidentally, my very good friend rochelle also found her dress for her wedding this july), and her lovely bouquet is a mix of billy buttons and daisies.  to see more photos from this sun-kissed day, check out green wedding shoes!

back to work tomorrow – have a great week everyone!

there’s always next year

yes, unfortunately, earlier today, in the blistering cold of foxboro, massachusetts, my beloved new england patriots lost their first playoff game against the baltimore ravens.  it was a sad, sad game, and with it came the sad realization that another football season is yet again over before i’m ready.  being a new england fan in new york isn’t easy (especially after the giants killed our near-perfect season with a surprise superbowl win a couple of years ago), but i do try to wear my colors proudly, even after admitting defeat at the end of a long and nail-biting season.  i don’t know how much of you are sports fans, but there really isn’t anything better than sunday afternoons spent yelling at a television, drinking a few beers and eating deliciously cheesy snack foods with friends (whether they be rooting for the same team or not).

but now on to an entirely different subject.  are any of you as obsessed with wedding blogs as i have been for the last year or so?  some of the ideas that people come up with for their day of nuptials are truly spectacular; i don’t think i’ve been quite as captivated with any other sort of styling than that i’ve seen of wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, engagement shoots, etc.  it’s all making me want to dive into the industry and become a wedding stylist.  what an amazingly beautiful job that would be – talking with a couple about their interests, ideas, visions, and then pulling together all the details to make it a visual representation of the day they’ve been planning in their minds.  i’m in love with blogs like once wed, style me pretty, 100 layer cake and green wedding shoes, all of which highlight photos and details from real weddings, musings on the various subjects involved in pulling a wedding together, inspiration boards, self-styled photo shoots, and various vendors in the field.  the girls behind these blogs must be in love with their jobs: spending hours looking at gorgeous photos from vintage, modern, rustic, french-inspired, carnival-esque, etc. events, building relationships with some of the most gifted and innovative wedding photographers, stationers, designers, and caterers, and just generally being around people in the business of promoting the love of two people.  in light of that, and because i’ll be attending and participating in a few weddings myself this year, i’ve decided to devote sundays to posting what i’ve found beautiful, helpful, and inspiring in the wide world of wedding blogs.

to start off, a little while ago, oh so beautiful paper featured a real invitation by jefferson perky (incidentally, also the groom in that particular wedding), that absolutely blew me away.

some of you may recall how much i love autumn, and this woodgrain design captures the rustic and earthy qualities of the season in a very stylized and beautiful way.  i also adore the typography – it has a little ‘alice in wonderland’ feel, which brings a sense of whimsy to the theme.

if you want to see more, check out the perky bros. website, and read jefferson’s take on the process of designing the invitations over on o.s.b.p.

{image credits: perky bros}

look for more wedding-inspired posts every sunday (unless i become completely overtaken, and feel the need to post more often), and i hope you all have a lovely week!