Category Archives: weddings

Say goodbye to InStyle Weddings

I just found out that InStyle Weddings is no longer with us.  Their last published edition went on the stands this past Christmas.  Though it wasn’t one of the magazines I religiously bought during wedding planning days (like Martha Stewart Weddings), I’m still a bit bummed because it contained lots of gorgeous celebrity wedding pictures fabulously out of my price range.  Perhaps they’ll continue their website – I just took a look at and seems to be going strong.  btw, Christina Hendricks of Mad Men and her 60’s inspired wedding is featured…wonderfully eclectic and worth taking a peek!

It seems like wedding magazines, or to be honest, the entire publications industry, is heading south pretty rapidly.  InStyle Weddings is just another casualty in the market catering to brides, like Elegant Bride and Modern Bride, which makes sense given the amount of free information and resources you can find online.

Out of curiosity, I googled publications that went belly up in 2009 and was surprised by the number that popped up.  Check it out for yourself to see if there are any surprises.

Wedding Day @ the Cravens Estate

Our wedding day was truly magical.  During our rehearsal the evening before, the weather was cold, misty, and gloomy, and I was freaked out that our predominantly outdoor wedding would have an unexpected guest in the form of rain.  The next morning, I woke up to more gray skies and all throughout the time my bridesmaids and I were getting ready, I anxiously watched the weather forecast, crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.

The morning and early afternoon continued to be overcast, which was actually great for pictures since it diffused the lighting.  Half an hour before the ceremony began, sunshine broke out from among the clouds.  The rest of the day was splendid indeed…not too hot, not too cold.  Phew!!

Without further ado, some pictures…

Our venue, the Cravens Estate, is the home of the San Gabriel American Red Cross.  They have a beautiful old building in Pasadena that they also rent out for filming and special events.

The house, inspired by a french chateau, has many beautiful areas for pictures.  What sold me when I first saw the venue was the beautiful wrought-iron staircase in the middle of the house.

The backyard had a lovely grassy lawn with trees that was also a great setting for pictures.
The ceremony was held at the front of the house, in front of the main entrance. 

Reception was held in the backyard, facing the back of the house. 

It was a fun-filled, stress-free day (surprisingly!), and our awesome photographer, Paul Lee, did a fantastic job capturing so many wonderful memories for us.  It’s hard to believe almost 6 months have passed since then!