We Eloped! The Tale of Our Elopement to Mexico (With Video)

Court & Blaise Eloped to Mexico! : Design Wine SunshineBig news! Blaise & I eloped!!!
Here’s a little elopement video we took with our iPhone:

We hopped around the Yucatan exploring Playa del Carmen, Tulum, & Cozumel. After an absolutely marvelous trip, we finally landed on a secluded beach where we said our vows. We eloped ultimately to save money so we can buy a home together, but after we built this little video and took our own incredible wedding pictures on the beach, we couldn’t imagine a better way for us to have gone with the whole wedding thing. It was intimate, magical, hilarious, and above all – perfectly peaceful!

Here are some of my favorite shots we took while using a selfie stick buried in the sand + our iPhone on a self-timer…
Court & Blaise's Mexico Elopement : Design Wine Sunshine

Simply put, eloping (for us) was a dream come true. Just the two of us, so happy, free, and in love. It’s really all we needed to commemorate such an enormous decision to spend the rest of our lives together. In our vows, we made sure to include the importance of humoring each other, limitless time for playing with our pups, along with unconditional love & support through whatever life may bring us (especially during football season). Seriously! …and, not so seriously – we wanted this to be a lot of fun to share with our friends and family back home. Cheers to a life full of laughter and love!

Court & Blaise Play in the Agave Plants - Elopement to Mexico : Design Wine Sunshine

PS – Blaise’s amazing black Tungsten ring was created {& engraved!} by Etsy shop Rogue River Jewelry. I loved working with an Etsy artist for something so sentimental, and they shipped within 1 day! Wonderful service, highly recommended.

Designer Loves : Hally’s in Parsons Green

Hally's Parsons Green - xo Design Wine Sunshine

Looking for some light-hearted interior design inspiration? I just fell in love with this little cafe/diner/hangout, Hally’s in Parsons Green. The look and feel completely embodies California, what a bright, airy, uplifting joy for such a rainy area! It’s such a quirky, fun little bistro. I’m stoked about the mixed media baths, dip-painted chairs, & the curiosities that hop along the shelves. All images found via their beautiful site »

Designer Loves : A Splash of Color

Design Seeds Brushstrokes xo Design Wine Sunshine

I’ve always loved color palettes as much as I do a beautiful bottle of cheap wine…
I love every new combination and always begin to think of an imaginary client they would go perfectly with. When I stumbled upon Design Seeds Brushstrokes, I first fell over, and then knew I wanted to share them here. I hope this color overload brightens your day! And for all the designers out there, I have a feelin’ you’ll dig it for your next client whose aesthetic begs for a touch of something handmade. Cheers!

Pantone Universe : Home 001

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Ever since I discovered the Pantone Universe at Lowe’s, I’ve been thinking of the rest of my world in coated and uncoated swatches. What’s that? You do too!!? Let’s party sometime.
Here’s a beginning of my Pantone series, as a home palette. Blaise would kill me if I brought home a can of 2736 C, but a happy designer girl can dream : ) These bright home interiors and hundreds more found via Heidi Damata’s I LOVE Color! Pinterest board (ammmmazing). Cheers!

Design Wine Sunshine – The Mood Board


Design, wine, and sunshine are three of my favorite things. High five to the universe for letting them rhyme! Sure – I wanted to add animals, palm trees, family, traveling, laughter, color, warmth … but I figured in the end, I could always loop my loves back around to each other. So here we are – my little moodboard of things that inspire me and guide the visual language for this blog. I’m thinking fun, happy, colorful, design driven, relaxed, surprising, and bright. Voila!
You can find my inspirations & their lovely links on this Pinterest board