Just in the nick of time (the evening before the ceremony), Theresa and Jon found a white 1959 Cadillac convertible with red leather interior to rent. Friends decorated the car with soup cans and paper fans in the wedding's color palette. The fans are made by accordion-folding 10-inch-square pieces of tissue paper and cinching them with red twine, which also tied it all to the car.
Bride Cheree created light-pink card-stock "chargers" printed with her and Jeff's names and wedding date. The trumpeter on the place card (which doubles as a menu) hints at Jeff's love of music, while a card invites guests to save room for dessert. Just behind it: a port glass with a chocolate and a monogrammed tag balanced on top. For the centerpiece, red, pink, and orange dahlias, zinnias, and roses form a neat dome.
A different ranch animal presides over each table, set with mismatched plates and napkins for a rustic, intimate, family-dinner vibe at this rustic wedding held in Napa. Bride Satoko bought them, along with the votive holders and centerpiece vessels, at tag sales, antiques stores, Goodwill, and the Alameda Flea Market.
Jean and Devin's artistic flair is reflected in the decor of their wedding. How did they create the homespun feeling at the reception? At the seated dinner, yarn is wrapped around Mason jars that have greenery and red flowers in them and are set down the center of the long tables.
Bride Cheree wears a Carolina Herrera lace gown and carries a bouquet of red, pink, and orange ranunculus with a single tiny golden bee -- one of the motifs the bride often uses in her work as a stationer -- perched among the flowers. The embroidered hankie, her something blue, is a gift from Martha Stewart Weddings editorial director Darcy Miller.
Cheree, bride and owner of Cheree Berry Paper, a stationery and graphic-design company, created invitations with creamy envelopes addressed in swirls of red calligraphy, with the words "love mail" printed in the corner. Different printing techniques (including engraving and letterpress), unexpected touches (the origami chart of St. Louis attractions), and fanciful details (the bee on the reply card) give a richly layered feel. Cheree, deeming a palette of reds, oranges, and pinks "too perfect," laced it with robin's-egg blue.
Designed by bride Casey and made by Lana of Lana's Sweets, the three-tiered cake is dotted in red icing and finished off with a cake topper that mimicked Alfred Eisenstaedt's famous photo of a sailor and nurse embracing in Times Square on V-J Day. The topper was found on eBay and perfectly brought together the thematic elements of the wedding.
In addition to fresh summer fruit and ice cream, guests at this New York City wedding are treated to coconut-flecked red velvet cake with sweet buttercream frosting for dessert; the cake, like many elements in the celebration, bears stripes in the wedding's principal hues: red and white.