Monthly Archives: November 2009

Featuring a summery barbecue rehearsal dinner might seem totally out of place this Thanksgiving week, but I imagine there are still some summer brides here looking for inspiration, right? Besides, it’s so much fun for me to share celebrations inspired by Snippet & Ink, especially when that celebration is as fun (and budget friendly!) as Laurel and Veli’s rehearsal dinner. I love what Laurel shared about their planning:

I’m an avid Snippet & Ink reader, and when we first began planning our vineyard wedding, I knew I wanted something elegant in shades of deep purple, but I kept being drawn to your summery “picnic chic” inspiration boards in cheery shades of red and yellow. When both my fiance and I found ourselves casualties of the bad economy and had even less of a budget for our wedding – let alone our rehearsal dinner – I got my chance to put your backyard inspiration boards and our creativity to work for us! We were able to throw an intimate and beautiful backyard BBQ rehearsal dinner that became a lovely and very memorable night – all on a bail out budget!

With the help of friends and family, as well as day-of-coordinator Stacy McCain, Laurel and Veli’s low-key rehearsal dinner was a huge success. And now, on to the darling photos, taken by Veli and his best man!


Laurel and Veli designed the invitations (and tables signs) together, inspired by an illustration of a ketchup and mustard bottle in love.


Dinner was served on Bambu wear. Each guest was greeted with a floral name tag hand-drawn by Laurel’s father, who was to ill to attend the wedding.


Drinks were spiked Arnold Palmers, sangria and sun tea (made by Laurel’s bridesmaids).


Friend Scott Turnipseed, a sous-chef at Cafe Bernardo in Sacramento, created and executed the menu of sliders with homemade pickles and spicy aioli, home-fried rosemary potatoes, and a salad of mixed greens and strawberries. Laurel’s mom made peach cobbler (yes please!).

Venue: Private home, Sonoma, California

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Retro soda: Faygo

Day-of-coordinator: Stacy McCain

Thank you so much to Laurel and Veli for sharing your sweet rehearsal dinner with us – it’s always so inspiring to see how much you can do without a big budget. I think this could definitely work as inspiration for a wedding reception, too. And of course, congratulations on your marriage!

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Have you signed up for One Kings Lane yet? If you have, then you already know all about the exclusive home decor sales they have, featuring items from all kinds of incredible designers. And if you haven’t signed up yet, well, maybe this will change your mind:

One Kings Lane is giving away a $250 Shopping Spree to one lucky Snippet & Ink reader! All you have to do is click HERE to enter by no later than midnight (PST) on Wednesday, November 25. To give you an idea of some of the fun things you might put your $250 toward, here are just a few of the items that will be on sale this week over at One Kings Lane…


Darling holiday cards from the ever fabulous Mr Boddington’s Studio!


Zip wallets in fun colors by Graphic Image.


Sumptuous throw pillows by Chelsea Textiles (how stunning are these!).

You’re sure to find the perfect gift for someone on your list – or for yourself of course! It’s also the perfect place to register, because now friends and family can buy E-Gift Cards in a range of price increments, from $25 to $1000. Don’t miss this chance to win a $250 Shopping Spree at One Kings Lane. Enter HERE by midnight (PST) on Wednesday.

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The thing I love most about Toni and Chad’s wedding isn’t the pretty details – though there are certainly pretty details here – but rather the incredibly vivid emotion apparent in these photos. Missy Cochran has done such an amazing job of capturing two people in love, and I’m so excited to introduce her work to you today.

Also, I love what the bride and groom said about their planning: Neither of us really had a plan, we just started picking things out here and there during our engagement that we both really loved. Many of the wedding’s elements were created by the bride and groom, or with the help of family and friends. “We love being able to look back and remember all the people that put in the hard yards to make that day happen.” 90 guests joined the couple at their August wedding in Canby, Oregon.


The bride made this beautiful hair comb for her bridesmaid!

Venue: St. Josef’s Winery, Canby, Oregon

Bridal gown: Mori Lee

Bridal shoes: Bonnibell

Bridal veil and hair comb: Richard Designs

Groom’s suit: Calvin Klein

Flowers: Champoeg Farm

Cake: bride’s mother

DJ: Pure Energy Events

Toni and Chad decided to eat dinner together, and joined their guests later. It was one of their favorite parts of the day, as it “allowed us a private setting to slow down and enjoy our first moments together as newlyweds.” Congratulations Toni and Chad! Thank you so much for inviting us into your beautiful wedding day, and thank you to Missy Cochran for sharing these gorgeous photos (I just love her work!).

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What a fun week! I got to meet up with all the awesome folks at the A Bryan Photo workshop in Birmingham (my talk went well – thank you to everyone for the well wishes), and then last night I got to hang out with Leila from Be Inspired since she’s in town for a couple of days – it’s so fun for me to actually spend time with real people, since so much of my day involves working solo from my computer. No big plans for the weekend, but it’s always nice to spend time with my honey. I’m still not back to reading very many blogs, but here are a few links that I just had to share with you.

Scratch-n-Sniff holiday cards.

Digging this funky band – and they play parties!

If my honey is reading this and feels like taking me on a romantic getaway, here’s a hint.

Delightful letterpress especially for love letters, via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

Oh my – those shoes.

My parents were awesome, via A Cup of Jo.

Mmmm…. these cookies are definitely on my holiday baking list.

Advent calendars make me smile.

Not really a hat person, but maybe I could be.

I’d love to get one of these Thanksgiving invites in the mail.

Happy weekend lovelies! I have a real wedding for you tomorrow, and a few posts next week before signing off for the holiday.

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