Month: July 2015

Friday Faves

Happy Friday! To get your weekend started off right, and hopefully inspire your wedding planning, home decorating, and summer hosting activities, we’ve rounded up our favorite posts from the blogosphere. These are our Friday Faves. Relaxed, Colorful Boho Chic  A relaxed and fresh style full of flea market finds, antiques, and Mexican textiles – we love this light and breezy interior. Check out the home tour for more photos. Blissful Ranch Wedding  There’s something about being outside, in the middle of the wilderness, with big open sky and all of your friends and family that really inspired us. Valerie and Taylor got married in the Texas desert for a truly intimate ceremony and reception. Check out more of their photos here. Funfetti Cake Batter Popsicles Your favorite birthday cake in popsicle form. This is the perfect dessert for summer get togethers. Get the recipe here. Summer Soirée Table  Outdoor eats on a white, linen table cloth. This shoot by SF Girl by Bay inspired us to have some friends over, fill the table with cheese and …

2 Dads + 4 Kids: #ZolaCouple Juan and Patrick

When Juan Luque and Patrick Duffy fell in love in 2008, marriage and family both seemed like distant dreams. Without the legal right to marry in their home state of Florida, first came love and then the baby carriage. With IVF and the help of a surrogate, Juan and Patrick welcomed their son Lorenzo in December of 2011. In April of 2013, their brood quadrupled in size when triplets Lily, Liam and Leo were born – again via surrogacy.  Since then, there hasn’t been a dull moment for the two dads, who document their adventures on their Facebook page  2 Dads + 4 Kids. Longtime activists in the fight for gay marriage in their home state of Florida, Juan and Patrick were finally able to wed when Florida became the 36th state to legalize gay marriage in January 2015.  They added special touches to their day with handmade floral arrangements, having their children as the wedding party, and a food truck for bites throughout the night. Much like with their wedding, Juan and Patrick had unique …

Guest Etiquette: How Much to Spend on a Wedding Gift

Here at Zola, we take a lot of calls from wedding guests who are struggling to choose that perfect gift for a happy couple. Something we hear over and over again is the simple question of ‘how much should I spend?’ As experts in the field of wedding presents, we know a thing or two about this topic so to help you out we’ve answered the most common question we hear. Here’s your full guide to how much you should spend on the gift. I’m a coworker, acquaintance, or distant relative, how much should I spend? You should aim to spend around $50. While there is no set rule for how much any guest should spend on a gift, we like to give this guideline based on average spending habits of guests. If I’m a close friend or relative of the bride or groom, how much should I spend? We suggest aiming for a present in the $100-$150 range or more. How much you spend should definitely correlate to your relationship with the couple. If you are a close …

Minimalist Wedding Registry Picks

Obsessed with that stripped down look? Even if you are against clutter, fear useless items, and do not care much for material possessions, a wedding registry is a necessity. For those who love having a sparse home with only the bare essentials, we’ve put together a list of must-have gifts that are perfect for your taste and needs. Fortessa Dragonfly 20-Piece Flatware Set, Service for 4 Sleek and slender, these simple utensils can make a big statement. Made from polished stainless steal, they can be used for everyday meals and dinner parties with friends. Acaciaware Baguette Tray with Dipping Bowls  Beautiful and understated, use this wooden tray for all of your hosting activities. We also love Acaciaware’s Oval Serving Bowl and Serving Tray with Handles for that natural, minimalist style. Canvas Home Morandi Bottle Vase  Décor that isn’t flashy. These plain vases can be nestled discretely throughout your home, adding a pop of fashion and some bright colors from single flower stems. Matouk Bryant Duet Cover If you want an understated looking bed, register for this duvet cover. …

Tips for Writing Your Own Wedding Vows

If you’ve decided to write your own wedding vows but have found yourself struggling to transform those powerful emotions into coherent thoughts, you’re not alone. Many brides and grooms struggle to find those perfect words to express just how much they love each other on their special day. To help you get past your writing block, we’ve teamed up with our friends at POPSUGAR and their associate news editor, Laura Marie Meyers, to bring you a few tips. Her personal story and advice should help you get that pen to paper. My husband and I wrote our own wedding vows, and those words were the very heart of what made our ceremony feel so special — and so very us. Of course, there are plenty of ways to add a personal touch to your big day, and traditional vows can be just as meaningful, but in my experience, written vows were the right choice. So how, exactly, did we go about writing the words we’d share with each other during one of the most important days of our …

Friday Faves

TGIF! Whether you have summer Fridays and are glancing at this while on the beach, or are still in the office and can’t wait for 5 p.m. to roll around, we want to get your weekend started off right. Well, you’re in luck with this inspiring content from the blogosphere. This week we’re all about summer weddings. From flowers to beverages to table settings, here are our Friday Faves. A Whimsical Photo Booth  With an outdoor setting, it’s easy to get creative with your photo booth. We loved this idea of decorating an old van or bus and think it’s perfect for that rustic, country setting. See more photos here. A Nontraditional Wedding  This beautiful, nontraditional, San Luis Obispo ranch wedding excited us. From a black wedding dress to edgy and dramatic photos, the couple turned tradition on its head for an epic celebration their guests will never forget. Summer Refreshments  For outdoor weddings in the scorching summer sun, refreshment tables are a lifesaver. We are big fans of this simple citrus drink station at Jess and Mikey’s California …

Meet the Maker: Chris Earl

Once in awhile we come across a product collection that is so unique it make us curious about its origins. Chris Earl’s collection is one of these. An up-and-coming furniture maker and designer based in LA, Chris produces mugs, bowls, serving trays, and other homeware goods that bring a natural, modern aesthetic into any space. While we initially fell in love with his design-forward wooden and ceramic accessories, we soon learned his story and became inspired by his brand. Originally from Papua New Guinea, his work channels his diverse lineage and personal history. We reached out to learn more. How did you learn to start making furniture and tableware? I really began by simply doing. I started off in schooling by focusing on studio art. Furniture, design, and tableware were just a natural progression for me as I realized that these utilitarian crafts were very in line with my hands-on bent. That said, I was very lucky to have had the chance to apprentice with a master craftsman, Steven Ritson. I credit him with much of my …

Recipes for your Waffle Maker

Thinking about registering for a waffle maker? This kitchen appliance is more versatile than you might think. To inspire your future waffle iron creations, we’re bringing you a series of recipes that prove you can never get too creative. Waffled Churro French Toast Sticks  French toast has never looked so charming or tasted so good. Make this finger food in your waffle iron on weekend mornings to start your day off right with a sugary sweet treat. Get the recipe here. Spanish Chicken and Frittata-Waffle Tapas Spanish tapas that will wow your dinner guests. If you love chicken and waffles, it is worth giving this Spanish alternative a try. Get the recipe here. Banana Bread Waffles  A fashionable twist on classic banana bread. These are easy to make and look great on the plate. Get the recipe here. Hash Brown Waffles  Buttery potatoes in the shape of a waffle. Hash brown meals are transformed forever with this delicious twist on a classic egg breakfast. Get the recipe here. Cornbread Waffle BLT’s with Garlic Aioli  This bacon, lettuce, and tomato …

Zola How To: Using the External Import Tool

One of the great benefits of registering with Zola is being able to build a wedding registry that has everything all in one place. You can perfectly organize and register for gifts, experiences, and cash funds all on a single page. And we’re not just talking about gifts that we offer here on our site. You can actually add items you love from ANY store on the web. So if you’ve created a registry and are struggling to add that vase you love that’s only available somewhere else, we have you covered. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to use our external import tool: 1| Getting Started After you’ve created your registry, click the ‘Add Gifts’ button on the top left of your page. A pop-up will appear to help you get started shopping. You will see an ‘Add from Another Store’ button here. Click on it. 2| External Import Choices From there you will have two options – you can either copy and paste the link of the external product and hit ‘Go’, or you can download the …

Beginner’s Guide to: Pots and Pans

A kitchen essential, no home can go without a simple set of pots and pans. From searing steak to sautéing vegetables, cooking pasta, and warming up soup, these instruments are necessary for all of your culinary endeavors. What are they?  Pots and pans are food preparation tools intended for use on a cooktop. I need this if?  If you have a kitchen in your home, with a stove, and cook even once a month, you need this. How many do I need? Pots and pans come in many different shapes and sizes and are quite versatile so many of their uses overlap. If you are an experienced chef, you might need a larger variety (6-8) than a beginner cook (2-4) would require. We recommend a bare minimum of two pots and two pans – a large and small size of each. What material is right for me? Pots and pans can come in a variety of different materials. From nonstick coating to enameled cast-iron, there are many options to choose from. When deciding what is right for you, consider what …