{today I love… strawberry picking!}

Before I jump into today’s regular content – including some amazingly gorgeous wedding invitations – I just had to share a few photos from our trip to a u-pick strawberry farm this past weekend. Over the holiday weekend, the husband and I went out to the same farm where we picked out our pumpkins last fall, this time with the goal of bringing home as many strawberries as we could pick! We eventually met our goal (and perhaps even surpassed our expectations), but first we were distracted by some very cute kid goats and piglets:

baby farm animals

And a few roosting hens:

roosting hen

spring chickens

But then it was on to the strawberries!

strawberry farm

strawberry farm

strawberries

strawberries

We came home with – no joke – TEN pounds of strawberries!

strawberries

strawberry basket

We’ve already eaten about a quarter of that and used another quarter to make ice cream. I’m busy exploring yummy strawberry recipes for the rest now!

{all photos by me}

{today I love… spring!}

Spring is my favorite season in DC.  After just a few short weeks, my city has gone from drab and gray to full of color and teeming with life.  We took a little field trip to the National Arboretum this weekend, where everything is suddenly bursting into bloom.  Of course, DC is famous for its cherry blossoms, but this year I've fallen for the gorgeous magnolia trees and camellias:

Cherry-blossoms
White-lily-bells
Fern-bells
Fern
Vibrant-pink-camellia
Pink-camellia
Daffodil

And of course, the magnolias…

Magnolia-canopy Magnolia-blooms 
Magnolias
Purple-magnolia
Pink-magnolia 
Magnolia-tree-canopy

Oh, and remember how I was all about gardening a few weeks ago?  Well, we turned over some soil to create a bed and planted some seeds a couple weeends ago, and we just noticed that the seeds have finally started to shoot up!  We planted a butterfly mix, some double rose poppy seeds that Katy found, hollyhocks, and lupine seeds, along with a few bulbs that won't bloom until later in the fall.  I'll share some photos once there's more to see, hopefully in a few more weeks!

{all photos taken by me}
 

Small + Delicate

Happy Monday everyone!  And happy Passover to those of you celebrating this week.  As we do nearly every year, we'll be going to a seder tonight with some very good friends and I just can't wait for this evening to arrive.  So in the meantime, I thought I'd help pass the time with these beautiful necklaces from Stone + Honey and Polli:

Stone-honey-gold-necklaces{stone + honey}

Polli-tea-time-necklace{polli}

I don't usually wear a lot of gold jewelry, but lately I've been drawn to small, delicate, and intricate gold necklaces like the ones above.  The honeycomb pattern from Stone + Honey is definitely on my wishlist, but I also love the whimsy of Polli's tea time necklace.

{image credits: stone + honey via satsuma press, and polli}

{today I love…}

…all the gorgeous details from the Urban Wed event earlier this week:

Urban-wed-chalkboard-seating-global-stamps
Urban-wed-moss-silhouettes
Urban-wed-cameras-calligraphy
Urban-wed-photograph-table-runner
Urban-wed-rubber-stamp-books
Urban-wed-table-centerpiece
Urban-wed-paper-cup-pins{photos above by jen huang photography}

 Urban-wed-paper-cup-invitations
Urban-wed-paper-cup-invitations2{photos by jenny ebert photography}

From the invitations (Paper + Cup) to the calligraphy (Paperfinger) to the amazing vintage photograph table runner and centerpieces (by Hatch Creative Studio), Vané pulled together an amazing group of vendors for a beautiful show.  I wish I could have been there in person!  I'm sure Vané will be doing a more extensive review of the show on Brooklyn Bride and the Urban Wed blog, but in the meantime you can read about the experience on Ruffled, Papertastebuds, and Paper + Cup.

{image credits: top photos by jen huang photography, bottom two photos by jenny ebert photography via paper + cup}