Monthly Archives: January 2011

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I love my wedding planner. No, really, I love her. Because of her, not only did our wedding go off without a hitch, but I was actually able to relax and enjoy it – what a gift! You’ve heard me talk about Laurie Arons Special Events before, but today I’m excited to introduce you to their newest project, Boutique Events.


Headed by my lovely planner Jenna Lam, Boutique Events is the perfect option for brides who want the quality and style associated with a Laurie Arons event, but on a smaller scale. With Jenna’s exquisite taste and impeccable attention to detail, I can promise you’ll be in excellent hands.


(Remember Ryan and my engagement photos? Laurie Arons Special Events pulled together that beautiful wine country luncheon for us! Just a tiny snapshot of what they can do. Photos by Elizabeth Messina. Oh, and check out a beautiful wedding planned by Jenna over on Laurie Arons’ blog today.)


Okay, so here’s the best part, just for Snippet & Ink readers…

When you sign up for a full-service wedding package with Boutique Events, you’ll get the special opportunity to have Jenna plan either your night-before rehearsal dinner or day-after brunch or lunch, a $5500 value at no additional charge. (Email events@lauriearons.com or call 415-332-0600 for more information. This offer is available when you sign up before February 28, 2011, and is subject to availability.)

There’s a reason Laurie Arons and her team are known for offering the highest level of service to their clients – I have never felt more taken care of than I did on my wedding day, thanks to Jenna Lam. Whether you’re planning a wedding that’s grand or intimate, if you want the very best quality, service and taste, you’ll want to get in touch with Laurie Arons Special Events.


Laurie Arons Special Events is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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The first inspiration board of 2011 is dedicated to my talented photographer, Elizabeth Messina. She has a love of all things vintage, French and romantic, and I created this board with those three elements in mind – I think the only thing missing is chocolate. Vintage paper candy cones and a simple bouquet of old-fashioned roses are perfectly sweet details, while pearl-studded silk shoes, an antique lace veil, and ornate calligraphy in gold engraving are utterly luxurious. Add champagne and croquembouche, and set the whole thing in a gorgeous 18th-century French chateau. Sounds pretty dreamy to me!

Mood: vintage French romance
Palette: cream lace, vintage white, champagne gold

Top row from left: 18th-century Provençal farmhouse via automatism, photo of Flowerwild old-fashioned rose bouquet by Jose Villa via Once Wed, aged bucket with champagne via Dress Design Decor
Row 2: lace veil photo via We Heart It
Row 3: Manolo Blahnik shoes with pearls from Martha Stewart Weddings, gold engraved menu calligraphy by Bernard Maisner, croquembouche photo by Elizabeth Messina, vintage paper candy cone from Etsy

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

Board #383: Red French Poppies
Board #392: Old-Fashioned Garden
Board #232: Old Time Photographs

Kiss the Groom is a Snippet & Ink sponsor.

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What makes a good bridesmaid gift? Definitely something beautiful, and how about something they’ll use not only on your wedding day, but afterward too? Like these robes from Doie Lounge. Made of bamboo jersey, they’re incredibly soft and comfortable (trust me, I have one and it feels like pajamas!), totally eco-chic, and the 100% silk trim adds a lovely and luxurious touch.

{black with butterfly trim}


{black with Asian trim}


{clockwise from top left: white with light garden, navy with fuchsia bonsai, white with silver bonsai, green with blue bonsai}


Sara at Doie Lounge can work with you to create a color concept specific to your bridesmaids – there might be some options not shown on the site, so don’t hesitate to contact her with your questions or ideas. You can also get up to 35% off when you order robes for all of your girls. And don’t forget a robe in white for the bride!


This post sponsored by Doie Lounge.

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It’s gray and dreary here today, so Kara and Will’s warm October wedding seemed like a nice way to brighten things up. Plus, these photos from David Newkirk are beautiful! Though they live in San Francisco, the couple chose the Harvest Farm Campground in Kara’s home state of Iowa for their nuptials. They planned the entire thing in just three months!

As the bride says, “It was a labor of love and we couldn’t have done it without our family and friends in such a short period of time. Everyone was so generous and helpful and it was such a wonderful feeling to be surrounded by such love and enthusiasm. And even though the day had it’s hiccups and there were things that didn’t go as planned, in the end it all turned out beautifully.”

The farmer whose property bordered Harvest Farm Campground graciously waited to harvest the corn in his fields until after the wedding. Our neighbor and old family friend let us borrow 80 bales of straw that were used as seating during the ceremony.

Will wore a vintage Levi’s suit purchased at a favorite thrift store for $1.00! His sister wore a dress she already owned, and Kara’s sister wore an Alfred Angelo dress found at Goodwill for $3.00.
Says Kara: We tried to incorporate elements from our heritage into the wedding. For example, Will and I walked down the aisle together, which is both a German and Swedish tradition and honored both my mother’s and father’s families. We had a chuppah in honor of Will’s paternal side, and we had a bagpiper who played Scottish music in honor of his mother’s side.
I’ve been a lifelong thrift store aficionado, have a love of all things vintage and am committed to re-using and recycling as much as possible, so we started combing thrift stores and rummage sales for all kinds of dishware, flatware, vases, linens, picture frames, Christmas lights and things that could be used to decorate. We lucked out one afternoon driving by an antiques store that had gone out of business and left unwanted items by the side of the road. For favors, we gave out dish towels which my grandmother and my mother embroidered with our names and the date of our wedding. We also used them as napkins for the dinner.
My brother’s girlfriend made our wonderful, homespun wedding cake. It was a chocolate cake recipe from the Depression handed down from my grandmother, that uses no eggs, with cream cheese frosting. My mother made supplemental sheet cakes of our favorite butter brickle (technically butter pecan) cake with her homemade brown sugar frosting. Delicious! My mother and I made “Burning Man” cake toppers from twigs and acorns (Kara and Will met at Burning Man in 2002).

Photography: David Newkirk

Venue: Harvest Farm Campground in Cresco, Iowa

Bride’s dress: Allure Bridals

Bouquet: Everyday Bouquets (Rochester, Minnesota)

Day-of coordinator: Cara Castelli-Sathrum from A Moment Like This

Congratulations Will and Kara! See tons more photos from their wedding over on David Newkirk’s blog.

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