It's hard to find quality time with your man when he's on a Navy destroyer in the middle of the ocean. Fortunately for the officer in question, John Harrington IV, and his now-wife Lily Fink, Cupid had wings. The two were wed in the backyard of Lily's childhood home in Santa Barbara, and perhaps the most sentimental moment of all came near day's end, as the two happy newlyweds danced together in the twilight.
The challenge for Lily and John: creating invitations both unusual and classically formal. The solution: engraving on thick, creamy card stock and handwriting each guest's name (classic) while mixing traditional type and fonts with ornate calligraphy, by Nancy Howell, and using offbeat ink color and paper combinations (unusual).
In a twist on the trend of having bridesmaids wear variations on a theme, John told his groomsmen (including brothers Kent and Christian, who flank him in the photo) to wear their own gray suits -- most of them own a few for work -- with matching pink ties from Turnbull & Asser.
A cake topper derives its super-sweet charm from two wedding bells made with quilling paper and framed by vintage millinery lily-of-the-valley buds and a gauzy vintage linen ribbon, tied into a bow; festooned with rose-budded swags of royal icing, the raspberry-lemon cake rests with ladylike poise on a pedestal.
Florist: Livia Cetti for The Green Vase
Photographer: Melissa Musgrove
Gown and veil: Carolina Herrera
Suit: Marc by Marc Jacobs, from Zappos.com
Vintage millinery flowers: Tinsel Trading Co.
Calligraphy: Nancy Howell Calligraphy
Invitations: Grosvenor Stationery Co.
Custom "Sally Holmes" Paper Rose: Jude Miller
Bridesmaid Dresses: "Tulip" dresses in azalea with peony sash, from Simple Silhouettes
Custom bridesmaids handbags: Lauren Merkin
Photobooth rental: Photobooth Scrapbooks
Cake: Christine Dahl Pastries
Cake topper: Livia Cetti for The Green Vase