Monthly Archives: October 2010

I’ve missed the farmers market for the past two weeks, and I’m wondering if there will be pears by this Sunday – I hope so! Since I haven’t picked any up yet, though, I thought I’d make a board for a wedding with a pear motif. Miniature sugared pears make a simple, lovely, and budget-friendly centerpiece (they could even be a DIY project should you be so inclined). A rustic pear galette is a seasonal alternative to wedding cake. And there’s no reason to exclude a charming pear illustration from the invitations! A pale shade of Tiffany blue is an unexpected addition to autumn neutrals.

Mood: warm autumn tradition
Palette: porcelain berry blue, bosc pear brown

Top row from left: photo by Liz Banfield via Brides, sugared miniature Seckel pears from Martha Stewart, photo of pear galette by Gemma Comas
Row 2: photo of bass musician by Aaron Delesie, pear watercolor return address label from Felix Doolittle
Row 3: jacquard ribbon via Twins Garden, locket from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo of bride with veil by Meg Smith, bouquet with white roses by Matthew Robbins

If you like this inspiration board, you might also like:

Board #251: Perfect Pear
Board #493: Blue & Spanish Moss
Board #468: Love Butterflies

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Jonathan Canlas always sends me the loveliest weddings, made even better by his fab photo skills. I love the classic preppiness of Katie and Jay’s Montauk wedding, especially with it’s modernly sophisticated touches (those invites! that dress!). I also think that this wedding is evidence (yet again) that with a beautiful venue, there’s no need for overwrought decorations and details.

Guests joined Katie and Jay for a weekend of wedding activities, starting with a welcome bonfire on Friday night, and wrapping up with a donut breakfast on Sunday morning. On Saturday morning, before the wedding, everyone got together on the lawn to play Bocce ball.

Mr. Boddington’s Studio never disappoints, and these red, white, and blue invitations, in equal parts classic and quirky, really set the tone for the wedding.

The porcelain ring bearer’s dish echoed the tree motif from the invitations and ceremony programs.

Says Katie, “As an homage to my grandfather, I surprised Jay with a bagpiper playing Scotland the Brave as we left the church…bagpipes have that ability to resonate to your absolute core.”

Don’t you love Katie’s gorgeous dress? The lace applique is so romantic, while the fit and flare cut, one shoulder neckline, and black ribbon all make it modern. She paired it with jewelry from her grandmother.

The couple’s signature cocktail, a Montauk Monster, was made wit vodka, soda and lemonade, and garnished with a gummy bear!

Tables were decorated with brown linen runners made by Katie’s sister, and clusters of various glass containers with ferns, tulips, and hyacinth.

Katie shares one of her favorite parts of the evening: Late night McDonald’s. My husband and I joke that this is the only thing he contributed to the planning process but it ended up being a key element that kept the party going. We had 150 cheeseburgers and small frys delivered once the dance floor closed and I swear, we ate at least six cheeseburgers between the two of us. But it did keep me going!

Photography: Jonathan Canlas

Venue: Montauk Yacht Club in Montauk, New York

Stationery / calligraphy: Mr. Boddington’s Studio / Queen Quills

Porcelain ring dish: Paloma’s Nest

Bride’s dress: Christina @ Blue Soho

Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew

Groom’s suit: Paul Smith

Flowers: Amagansett Flowers by Beth

Congratulations Katie and Jay – thank you so much for sharing your wedding day with us. And thank you to my friend Jonathan Canlas for sending over these gorgeous photos. You can see tons more from this beautiful wedding over on Jonathan’s blog.

Paloma’s Nest is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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Well, September flew by without a single inspiration board, but now it’s October and it actually feels a little like fall here, so I thought it was high time for some autumn wedding ideas. I was inspired by the mini maple syrup favors from Vermont Vows, and by Florali’s abundant pumpkin and maple leaf centerpiece. Serve your guests apple cider and light up the room with tons of candles for a warm autumn feel. Surprise your attendants with gorgeous wool scarves in rich brown plaid.

Mood: rustic and sweet
Palette: rich maple red and brown

Top row from left: pumpkin and maple leaf centerpiece by Florali, photo of buttercream cake in rustic barn by Josh Goleman, typewriter menu on kraft paper via tales of a junkaholic, photo of bride and groom by Meg Smith
Row 2: apple cider from Brides, brown Burberry plaid, maple syrup favors from Vermont Vows
Row 3: candles in mason jars, orange and brown polka dot dress via A Novel Menagerie, photo of barn with party lights by Jonas Peterson, dahlia and rose bouquet with ribbons by Ariella Chezar (photo by Meg Smith)

If you like this inspiration board, then you might also like:

Board #291: Golden Autumn Days
Board #5: Autumn Air
Board #403: Apples and Horseshoes

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The folks at Southern Weddings asked me to write up a little something about Austin for their guide to the best Southern honeymoon spots, and you can find it on newsstands today. Here’s a little sneak peek for you:

Snippet & Ink is also listed as a read for modern brides! Check out your local newsstand to check out my Austin honeymoon suggestions (along with other closer-to-home honeymoon destinations). Whether you’re a Southern bride or not, you’ll find lots of inspiration on the Southern Weddings blog.

See you back here in a bit for an autumn inspiration board (think maple syrup) as well as a gorgeous Long Island wedding.

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I’m so excited (and, if I’m being completely honest, totally nervous) to share our engagement photos with you! Our wedding is coming up so quickly, and I know I’ve barely shared anything about it, so this post seemed like a good way to start talking about it. We weren’t sure that we would have a chance to take engagement pics, but when our photographer told us she would be in Napa to shoot a wedding, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. So, a few weeks ago, my honey and I were lucky enough to spend the day at a beautiful home in St. Helena, surrounded by olive trees and vineyards, eating lunch and drinking wine and giving each other lots of smooches.

I’ll admit, there was a lot of awkward nervous laughing at the beginning, which probably had something to do with all the hugging and kissing and hand-holding in front of a camera. Awkward, and also totally surreal. Like stepping through the looking glass to some alternate reality on the other side of the wedding blog, where I wear dresses and we eat cake and Elizabeth Messina takes our picture.

Our wonderful wedding planners (the inimitable Laurie Arons and Jenna Lam) put together the most perfect wine country farmers market lunch for us under the olive trees.

Sam at Perfect Endings made this darling miniature wedding cake, complete with marzipan olives and olive leaves. Chocolate cake with chocolate hazelnut truffle cream? Can you blame me for eating it for breakfast the next day?

We walked around and took photos in the vineyards that grew the grapes that made the wine that we had with lunch – such a treat! Oh, but let me give you a tip: do not try and walk barefoot in a vineyard. It might sound romantic and lovely, but then mutant thorns stab you in your feet. I swear those things had teeth. Not particularly romantic when your honey is helping you balance as he pulls the little monsters out.

This is just before I cracked up laughing because my honey kept smooshing his nose against my face.

This last one is my very favorite. To me, it looks the most like “us.” It was one of the last photos of the day and we’re in our everyday clothes, so we were way more relaxed than when we started. I also think it shows exactly how I feel, which is, “See this guy? I get to marry him!”

Photography: Elizabeth Messina

Venue: private home in St. Helena, California

Vineyards: X Winery

Lunch and details: Laurie Arons Special Events

Yellow dress / green dress / gold shoes: Kate Spade

Hair / makeup: Wallett Luburich

Cake: Perfect Endings

“I hear eloping is in” card: 9SpotMonk

It was tough deciding which photos to post (much tougher than choosing photos of someone else), so thank you to my honey for helping me narrow down our favorites (and for letting me post your handsome mug on the internet). You can check out some of Elizabeth’s favorites on her blog, Kiss the Groom, and more on Laurie’s blog where I believe she’s posting the menu of the amazing lunch she and Jenna made for us (I hope she tells you about the sandwiches, because I could eat one of those every day for the rest of my life). I’m so looking forward to having these wonderful ladies there with me on my wedding day!

A few of you have asked about my engagement ring, so I thought I’d share a bit about it. It’s a cocktail ring from the 1920’s, that came from Tail of the Yak in Berkeley. The center stone is an almandine garnet, which my honey jokes looks like a root beer barrel (you know those old fashioned hard candies?). I love it!

Kiss the Groom and Laurie Arons Special Events are sponsors of Snippet & Ink.

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