weekly wrap up + summer cherry wedding

my favorite way to end each week is with some sort of little takeaway for the weekend. whether it’s a recipe, a diy project or just a nice idea, i always like heading into saturday with a smile. so i thought this beautiful wedding from eric and cathleen would be the perfect way to end on a happy note. i often wonder what our wedding would have been like if i’d gone with the red theme i originally planned, rather than the green one. and man, if i had, i would have been thrilled if turned out half as beautiful as this wedding. from the fresh bags of cherries and wild flowers to the red ribbon cake and hand drawn place mats (traced from plates)- this big day was perfection. i’ve chosen twenty of my favorite images from the wedding before and after the jump, so i hope you’ll enjoy this peek at cathleen and erik’s special day as much as i did. their wedding is proof that simple and sweet can be just as (if not more) meaningful as big and fancy. thanks to the lovely couple for sharing their big day, to photographer jose villa for sharing his gorgeous photos and to rebecca at duet weddings for sharing this event. {full credits for the wedding after the jump}

*below is a summary of this week’s highlights if you missed anything earlier this week. have a great weekend! xo, grace*

CLICK HERE for 13 more wedding pictures after the jump!

Rebecca of Duet Weddings arranged Cathleen and Eric’s big day. She explains that, “Their plan was to be surrounded by their nearest and dearest in a natural, beautiful outdoor setting. The Santa Barbara wine country served as their location and the Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse (arustic, old farmhouse tucked deep into the mountains in the Santa Ynez
Valley,) was the perfect place for them to host this special celebration.”

“The design for the day was approached very organically. Taking cues from the setting itself, (natural and wild with a dash of country charm,) the time of year, (insane cherry season!) Cathleen & Eric’s personalities (truly the warmest, sunniest, most fun and loving couple you’ll ever meet,) the result was a weekend of love and laughs in a truly breathtaking setting.”


-Mason jars with spiked lemonade in hand, guests found their way to hay
bale seating for the ceremony, to the sounds of a blue grass band.

Cocktail hour:
-Local cherries overflowing from paper bags served as escort cards,
guiding guests to their seats for the reception.

-Tablecloths made from kraft paper were beautifully calligraphed with
guests’ names inside scalloped outlines of plates. Mismatched
collections of bottles with loose picked blooms and baskets spilling
with cherries tumbled down the length of the tables. Kitchen towels
rolled with twine took the place of napkins..
-Texas pecan pies were flown in as a treat from Cathleen’s home.
-Calligraphy by Bianca Mascorro of Little Miss Press


Looks like the pecan pies are from Goode Company — yum!! Goode Co pies are always a special gift for a Texan “abroad” aka temporarily outside of Texas

kate holt

yummy everything! so pretty…especially love the bags of cherries for escort cards. and the traced place settings, the beautiful images by Jose, and, and, and…

Rebecca Wilson

Oh wow! Everything about this is so lovely, and it looks affordable, too!


I’m not really very fond of weddings. But this was truly amazing! I’d love to be a guest in this wedding!
So well done!


The butcher/craft paper table cloths with the written ‘seating charts’ are pretty darn cool.



i made an announcement earlier this month- the calendars are stopped for now. we’re focusing on getting the d*s redesign up, which requires all hands on deck. then we need to hustle to get the scholarship up and running by october, so we’re going to focus on those tasks right now…



Gorgeous photos! I love the hand drawn place mats and bags of cherries too. Just looks so sweet and personal.


What I particularly like is the subtlety of the white ink on the kraft paper… very delicate – the whole event looks magical.

Shannon @ bakeandbloom

Sunning! I love the butchers paper tablecloth/place setting idea.

I plan to have hay bales at my ceremony also (although with a row of chairs in the front because my father in law to be has bad hips, knees ect)

Just wondering if the napkins are really those 50c ikea tea towels?

rebecca stone

Grace~ Thank you so much for the gorgeous feature and thanks to Cat & Eric for sharing their special day with your readers.
Shannon- yes! The “napkins” are really the 50 cent Ikea tea towels. :)

sheena leano

This is a very nice country wedding. it is simple yet gorgeous. The reception looks very elegant having those berries looks delicious.


Great theme ! Can totally feel the relaxing beauty created out of simple, elegantly placed, natural pieces…


Beautiful, rustic wedding!
Thank you for sharing, I will go to check out the rest of the images…

Northern Light

Karen Ho Fatt

Love the beautiful simplicity of this. Outdoor weddings are always nice, even when it rains! Every time I see pictures like these, I want to get married all over again!!!

// Sarah

what a perfect, beautiful wedding…
i’m in love with the bride’s ring — do you know where it’s from or who it’s by? is it vintage?
also love the invites — so simple & elegant!
thanks for sharing!

Sweet T

I love this wedding! So rustic and beautiful. I knew as soon as I looked at the photos that this was in California. What a beautiful backdrop for their photos! Check out my brand spankin’ new post about our recent visit to northern CA. I love their climate… SO jealous.


If I ever would get married I would love to have it like that! This is sooo beautiful!
have a great start in the new week! greetings from germany, geisslein


This was a beautiful weeding. I am wondering however if this couple lives in a “rural” setting. When couples get married in a rural setting, that they actually live in, sometimes they are made fun of. But to me every wedding is beautiful.
It should reflect their lives currently and the beliefs or spirit of how they live that life.
Best Wishes to the Bride and Groom,



i’m not sure i understand what you’re saying- i’ve never heard of anyone being fun of for being married in a rural setting?


Sandra Kuwartowski

What a beautiful laid table! The striped wedding cake looks very special-the photos are so nice, each of them could be converted into wedding invitation cards.


Lovely wedding! I love the soft and rustic details with hints of red that don’t overwhelm. Looks fresh, fun and romantic!

Katie L.

This is without a doubt one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever seen. I am really just stunned! I love it all!


This is the most beautiful wedding pictures I have ever seen. I wish to turn the clock back and marry this way. Wishing the lucky people a happy life.

Renee F

So beautiful. Who made your wedding invitations? Love them and am looking for ones similar.

Gay Wedding Photographer

It’s simple but elegant in a way that I find it very romantic, quiet and intimate wedding motif. Interesting indeed. I also like the details on the venue of the reception and the place itself.

Ellen Costlow

I love the rustic theme and the calligraphy on the table settings! The white font on the wedding invitations really stands out, lovely!

Jennifer Ramones

I love the cherry bags. Where did you guys get these? I would love to do this for my wedding in June (2013).


I love the cherry bags too! I would love to know where to get them as well.

Gail Hunt

I love this wedding. After scouring everything, I cannot find what I was hopingto–what was used to hold up ythe lights and how was it anchored? Thank you so much!