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Month: June, 2012

REAL SUMMER IN THE CITY

On June 16th Traci and Brett celebrated their wedding at Farina restaurant – 81 degrees in San Francisco, truly something to remember!Image

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Theirs was the first wedding celebration at Farina and it was completely wonderful.Image

The ceremony was up on the rooftop, then down to the restaurant for a scrumptious dinner.  Image

ImageHand-made handkerchief pasta with Genovese basil and almond pesto was part of the menu, with little jars of the pesto at each place setting as favors.Image

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Back to the rooftop for dessert…Image

No, that’s not the moon, but a Geronimo-style balloon!Image

And the perfect night was finished with everyone dancing back down in the restaurant.  Quite a crowd gathered on the sidewalk outside the windows of Farina, dancing to the DJ’s tunes.  Oh, what a night!

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PORTLANDIA

“Mississippi” is my favorite neighborhood in Portland, Oregon.  The Meadow (3731 North Mississippi Avenue, Portland OR 97227) is something to behold: every chocolate known to man, every sea salt you can dream of, and a splendid collection of bitters line the perimeter walls, topped off by a collection of unusual flowers at the center island.  Ha!  There’s also one in New York (523 Hudson Street).  But of course!

I just think that Portlanders do it differently – their sense of designing a space and inventiveness for product – they are ideas people and I value coming across such unique products and spaces given the volume of stores that I frequent.

Another great up-and-coming street nearby is Williams, and I encourage everyone to take a gander.

Coastal Love

Late September wedding for Chris and Christina, who I like to call C and C, at La Costanera at Montara Beach in Half Moon Bay.

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This is one of my most favorite beaches along the Northern California coast.  I can get a little lost in this environment and have to remind myself that I’m actually there to work!

Met with Erica Lewis (Erica Rose Design) and shared an instinct to use the native flowers for our decor and bridal bouquet.  Sure to be lovely!