Dina And Yuval's California Dreamy Wedding

Meet Dina. Dina and I met while working on an event together. Our relationship started by blowing up each other's inbox twice a year with silly questions about things like step-and-repeats and boiler plates. However, this all changed once we discovered that we were both engaged. We quickly bonded over the unknowns about this new chapter in our life - the separation anxiety that comes with a new last name, the pooling of finances and the thought of calling your boyfriend your family. Needless to say, we got through it, though this bonding over our similarities and parallel lives continues as we both begin to navigate through our early 30s and realize adult craft parties now sound lovely.

So again, meet Dina and meet her husband too. I'm pretty sure they met at a dinner party and I want to say it was a Jewish holiday - seems so NYC. I've only witnessed them in person once, but I've never met such strong and successful individuals who encourage, support and love each other through it all. They have cute hashtags to chronicle their journey as husband and wife and always seem to be laughing.

Without further ado, please enjoy a glimpse of their picturesque wedding nestled among the hills of Northern California.


In one word, how would you describe your wedding day? Serene

What was your inspiration? We wanted the wedding to feel like an extension of ourselves. When we finally picked the venue, everything came into focus for us: California beauty with a rustic twist. And then throughout the way we infused little parts of ourselves. The oranges at each of the placements were inspired by the orange groves that surrounded the village my mom grew up in. The favors were Israeli snacks that Yuval used to eat growing up.

What was your favorite wedding blog or website that you trolled on a daily basis? Nothing too mind blowing: Style Me Pretty and Green Wedding Shoes. Pinterest also helped me to organize and create structure.

What is the one piece of advice that you wish someone would have told you before your wedding? Find out what means the most to you about your wedding. I knew the feeling I wanted to evoke: beauty, peace and contentment. That helped me to reorganize my thoughts around my priorities. And then of course near the end I started obsessing over the little details that couldn't have mattered less! :)

What was your first dance song? Bones by Michael Kiwanuka

What is the best part of marriage? Yes, the cliche: I married my best friend. Yuval makes me giggle like a teenage girl. Marriage allowed for any of our subconscious reservations about each other to fall away and quieted the outside noise. Now, we are just us. We are silly and dance together to music while brushing our teeth. We tell each other jokes that aren't funny. We get to live our own romantic comedy together every day. Somehow the middle for us is better than the beginning. We live in the middle. We love in the middle. Safely separated from the vulnerability of the beginning and even still far away from the too comfortable companionship of the future. Everyday we learn about each other more and love each other more and I wake up thankful that I have this little precious piece of cargo sleeping next to me. My partner and my champion.

Any wise words on life as a wife? Lose your ego. Just leave it wherever you found it and don't look back. It will do nothing for you than cloud your judgement and take you in the wrong direction. Be bold and be confident and be whoever you are, but look for long term gain, not short term. Oh, and also: a good home cooked meal goes a long way.

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Wedding Dress: Ramona Kevesa | Crowns: Mordekai by Ken Borochov | Photography: Delbarr Moradi Photography | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Holman Ranch | Floral Design: Mid-Valley Florist | Catering: Paradise Catering

Bre and Matt's Nature-Inspired Wedding

My husband and I have been lucky enough to attend 23 weddings together in only five short years and we can't thank our friends enough for inviting us to be a part of their special day. As I thought about how I wanted to expand my blog and include new types of content, I wanted to find a way to incorporate our friends who continue to inspire us. So, what better way to show off their amazing personalities and impeccable taste than to give you an inside glimpse at their wedding day. 

Meet Bre and Matt. Bre and I met after we were already signed up to live together junior year in college at Penn State. We quickly bonded over our obsession with celebrity gossip and interior design and after graduating, we both made the big move to NYC. After a few years, she moved home to Florida to be with her family and settled down with the love of her life. When it was time to plan the wedding, she chose Fallingwater - a Frank Lloyd Wright home tucked away in the woods in her mother's home town. It was the perfect balance of simple elegance and rustic charm. It was basically Bre if she was a wedding.

Please enjoy these lovely pictures from the bravest, funniest and most kind-hearted person I know. 


In one word, how would you describe your wedding day? Magical

What was your inspiration? I was inspired by my wedding venue.  It was held at Fallingwater which is an iconic home in western Pennsylvania.  The architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, pioneered organic architecture which unifies how we live as humans with nature.  I wanted to embrace the beautiful mountains and autumn flowers while still keeping the wedding semi formal and stylish.

What was your favorite wedding blog or website that you trolled on a daily basis? pinterest and www.naturecomposed.com

What is the one piece of advice that you wish someone would have told you before your wedding? Delegate! Do not take on so much responsibility. People around you want to help, so let them.  Give up the control and treat yourself. It is your special day!

What was your first dance song? Into the Mystic by Van Morrison covered by Fungus (local band)

What is the best part of marriage? The best part of marriage is getting to spend your life with that person who brings out the best version of yourself.  You will bring this out in each other and, together, reach a whole new level of happiness and trust.

Any wise words on life as a wife? Choose your battles!  

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Photography: Kassie Jackson Photography | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Fallingwater | Floral Design: Nature Composed | Catering: Myriam's Table | Hair Styling: Mansberry Hair House in Uniontown, PA

Bridal Banter

I promised that I wouldn’t turn this blog into wedding vomit, but I’m 90 days out from the big day and I can’t help it! My mind is consumed with all things wedding. I don’t want to ignore ClaraMaeJames any longer so I must concede and share the peaks and valleys of this journey…starting with Bridal Shower Outfit Drama!

Do I wear white? Do I not wear white? Long? Short? Hippy? Chic? What would Jessica Alba wear? This is what runs through my mind every night as I comb the Internet for my bridal shower dress. My top picks are above, but I need help. Pretty please?! Enter your fave in the comments and I’ll come up with a way to reward you all for your help. #swear

1. Long Crossover Japanese Print Dress

2. Frock and Frill Shift Dress with All Over Embellishment

3. Lashes Of London Smock Dress In Lace With Fluro Contrast

4. Crazy For Love Dress

5. Lydia Bright Swing Dress with Lace Top

6. ASOS Pencil Dress In Colourblock With Contrast Detail