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April 17

A blessing in disguise

Lately there have been some tragic accidents happening, with the bus accident in San Francisco, the South Korean ferry capsizing, the two firetrucks colliding in Monterey Park. Our hearts are heavy and our prayers go out to those affected by the incidents and the search team in South Korea.

Sometimes events like these make us question why. Although we may never quite fully understand why at the moment or ever, I do believe that everything happens for a reason.

And sometimes, just sometimes, accidents turn out to be a blessing in disguise. It seems the case with our couple Ann and David. Maybe reading their story can give us a sense of hope.

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HOW THEY MET

The first time Anna and David corresponded was over e-mail. David was apart of a Bible study led by Anna’s uncle in Pennsylvania. When he heard that Anna had been in an accident, he reached out to her with encouragement and told her he was praying for her daily. Anna had been receiving a lot of emails, so she didn’t respond.

Four months later Anna came across David’s e-mail again and felt the need to write back. David responded. Anna responded. Next thing they knew they were video chatting for four hours at a time. But after meeting in person and keeping in touch, they didn’t pursue their relationship at that time, because Anna didn’t want to commit to a long distance relationship, and they dated other people.

One day, David found Anna’s photography website. He instant messaged her to talk about her new work, and they were back in touch and video chatting all night again.

Their first date was a destination one. Anna took a bus from Boston and David drove from Pennsylvania to meet in New York City for their first official date. They walked around the city taking pictures and ice skated in Rockefeller Center. Months after they’ve gotten to know each other’s family, David made the move to Massachusetts be closer to Anna, while starting over his photography business. They enjoyed living in the same state and grew closer every day. It eventually became clear that the natural next step was marriage.

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THE PROPOSAL

Anna and David were spending the New Year’s Eve apart with their own families. David had planned to visit Anna and her family the next day, but Anna came down with the flu and slept most of the day. He managed to convince her to take a walk with him to get fresh air and she took him to some of her favorite childhood play spots. When they got back to the house, they sat on the porch, Anna’s favorite place in the world, where she took some of her first steps, read her first book, and spent many rain storms and summer evenings sitting with her grandparents. So it was the perfect place for David to go down on one knee and ask for her hand in marriage. And of course she said yes!

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FINDING THE WEDDING DRESS.

ANNA: My mom found it! I wasn’t sold when she saw it on the rack. but when I put it on I finally felt the way I wanted to feel when I got married, like myself. All the other dresses did something to make me feel just pretty, or just sexy. I felt like I was looking at myself in this dress. My mom secretly called my dad to help me seal the deal (it was a little more money than I wanted to spend). My dad showed up and surprised me and talked me out of my fears of spending money on it, and all was bliss :).

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THE WEDDING FLOWERS

Anna found “Little Big Farm”, an organic flower farm in Blairstown, and she fell head over heels for it. The farm owner Patti helped Anna choose flowers in season within her budget and the farm grew them just for their wedding! Patti grew a variety of creamy white and yellow flowers for the tables, and grew flowers for the bridesmaids to assemble their own bouquets the morning of the wedding, that included white zinnia, white gomphrena, solidago, white dahlias, sweet annie, sylphid celosia. Anna’s bouquet was a Larkspur bunch wrapped in lace. The bouts were white buds, greens, and wheat sprays.

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SWEET DETAIL: The flowers tossed by the flower girls were dried petals from all the flowers David ever bought Anna.

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THE WEDDING CAKE

Anna: Our cake was chocolate espresso with buttercream icing. All made from scratch by my sister Eleanora! She put some of the extra flowers on it and topped it with our grandparent’s cake topper from their wedding in Italy 60 years ago!

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What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding?

Anna: Having enough time and energy to get everything done! Both of us worked full time during the week while photographing weddings on the weekends. We had to design everything from scratch because the farm was not a venue, from tents, chairs, caterer, everything! It was fun, but we’re glad that the process is over!

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What was the most memorable part of your wedding?

Anna: Our first dance. We re-recorded an old song that I had written for David with an extra verse added in. We felt so close, and so happy to be surrounded by our family and best friends!

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CREDITS Planner: Anna (the bride) // Photographer: Laura Leslie Photography // Venue: Gaisler Farm // Floral: Little Big Farm // Caterer: Mara’s Cafe // Wedding cake: Eleanora Sparling (bride’s sister) // Hair: Jessica Rousseau (bridesmaid) // Makeup: Anna (the bride) // Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm, Blush. Sweater from Crochet Butterfly, Etsy // Veil: Distinctive Veils // Bride’s shoes: Franco Sarto // Bridesmaids Dresses: Anne Taylor, eShakti, thrift shops, T.J. Maxx // Groom’s attire: Tailor4Less custom suit // Groom’s tie: thetiebar.com // Groom’s tie bar clip: 9design on Etsy // Groomsmen attire: Ralph Lauren Shirts, Dockers

categories BARN WEDDING, Brown, Cream, GREEN, Gold, Ivory, REAL WEDDINGS, RUSTIC WEDDING, Vintage Wedding, WEDDING CAKES, WEDDING FASHION, WEDDING FLOWERS, WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY, WEDDING STYLE

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April 17

Sexy Black Pasta

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It’s #TastyThursdays! And today we’re having sepia fettuccine that smells and tastes like the ocean!

Just like the fennel broth from the last post, I am again inspired by color and of course, season.  This is an excellent summer dish as it utilizes fresh red bell pepper and even better if you can get the baby ones from Weiser Farms that have an extra-special flavor.  I had my mind set on the the leathery sexiness of black pasta, but I wasn’t sure what sauce would do it justice.  You don’t want to muddy the color by tossing it, but let’s be honest: a pasta with little sauce is a tragedy.  The way we avoid this is to pour the sauce down first on the bowl and then plate the pasta- it really lets the colors stand out and once the plate is down you can devour it however you want, but it’s that initial presentation that we chefs really care about.  Like many great dishes, this was another example of a “leftover” creation.  We smoke a ton of peppers during the summer to go on antipasti platters and these killer pesto chicken sandwiches.  We had them left over when we were testing this dish and the smokiness of the sauce was like the clouds parting from the heavens.- Chef Pace

Sepia fettuccine with fennel confit,  smoked pepper coulis, bottarga, mint, pinenuts, chili flakes
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS //////

PASTA:
10 oz. flour
2 egg yolks
2-3 tbsp sepia

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Run pasta through angel hair setting.

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1/2 bulb fennel, thinly sliced
50/50 olive oil, canola oil blended together
garnish: bottarga
garnish: small bunch mint, leaves plucked, chiffonade
garnish: 1 oz. pinenuts, toasted
garnish: chili flakes for garnish

SAUCE:
2 oz. peppers, smoked
hickory chips
6 oz. red bell peppers, flame roasted
1 clove garlic
2 oz. parm cheese
olive oil
salt, to taste
white pepper, to taste

METHOD:
Confit fennel.
For the sauce, puree both peppers, parm, olive oil, garlic, salt to taste. Strain sauce. Gently re-heat at service.
Cook pasta. Toss with fennel confit.
Pour sauce onto plate, then plate pasta. Garnish with mint, pinenuts, and chili flakes.

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CREDITS { Thank you to Joel of Studio EMP for capturing these savory dishes and recipes created by Taste of Pace. }

categories FOOD & DRINKS, MATCH MADE VENDOR

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April 16

Modern Japanese Inspired Styled Shoot

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Today, we have this adorable Japanese inspired wedding styled shoot that draws from the culture but with a modern and eclectic twist. Being that Henny (Indonesian) and I (Vietnamese) are both Asian, when we ever have the opportunity to share our love for our Asian brothers and sisters, we always jump on the chance to feature it. I’m going to let the photographer, Jennifer Fujikawa walk us through and have her share their inspiration behind such a culture rich shoot.

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The bride’s dress was handmade and custom designed by Marisol Aparicio. She drew inspiration from Japanese kimonos and balanced the design to appeal to our elegant everyday brides.

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Other unique ideas include our fun floral frame, zen garden escort cards, and Black Kimono Soap favors from Etsy vendor Tokyo Factory.

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Tender Greens catered some delectable savories, while Ticings brought along bite-sized desserts.

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Our florals echo the style of Japanese “ikebana” and cherry blossom branches. Dandelion ranch did a wonderful job creating arrangements that were both visually stunning and soft to the eye.

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Our main table scape design is playful, modern and elegant with CB2 dinnerware sitting atop of slate chargers.

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CREDITS:

Photographer: Jennifer Fujikawa Photography // Assistants: Alexandra Cooper & Stacey Yamada   //   Invitation suite & Escort cards: A Visual Concept   //   Rock Escort card holders: Brooks Barrow //   Origami crane installation: My Origami and Yours   //   Favors and Gifts: Tokyo Factory   //   Hair Stylist: Blooming Beauty By Cammy //   Equipment Rentals: Classic Party Rentals //   Floral Designer: Dandelion Ranch //   Equipment Rentals: Designer 8 Rentals   //   Event Venue: Elysian LA   //   Veils and headpieces: Marisol Aparicio //   Caterer: Tender Greens //   Favors and Gifts: ticings // Models: Paul & Monica Matsushima // White Chairs at main table: Classic Party Rentals // White Couch & black tables: Designer 8 Rentals

categories FOOD & DRINKS, Fall Weddings, Fashion & Accessories, SUMMER WEDDING, WEDDING STYLE

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