Monthly Archives: February 2011

While yesterday’s wedding feature was pink with a modern twist, today’s is pink at it’s most classic and romantic. Hello, peonies! My friend Laurie Arons (who was also part of the planning team for my own wedding) sent this wedding over, and it’s full of such lovely details. Kate and Brandon’s timeless wedding is a perfect example of how you don’t need to reinvent the wheel to have a wonderful wedding that’s also an amazing time for your guests. Says the bride:

We wanted a destination wedding, and since we’re big foodies and we love wine (plus we wanted our wedding to be elegant yet relaxed), Napa was perfect. As soon as we saw Beaulieu, we knew that was the place. It’s an amazing setting – so beautiful – and it was like having three different venues in one, with different spaces for each part of the day – ceremony in one place, cocktails in another, dancing in yet another. And since Paula LeDuc is the exclusive caterer at Beaulieu, we knew we’d have amazing food. It was such a memorable weekend, because of all the people who made an effort and traveled to Napa to celebrate with us – my brother came all the way from Switzerland!


Kate shares her wedding dress experience: Originally I was going to have my dress custom made, and it ended up causing me a total anxiety attack. I didn’t get to see the final product until a few weeks before the wedding, and it was not at all what I was expecting. I ended up wearing a Vera Wang dress that I bought off the floor two days before we left Seattle for the wedding weekend. Laurie [Arons] was hugely helpful with the dress – I really needed her at that moment, and she found somewhere that I could have it altered in San Francisco at the last minute.

Brandon was all about the food. He was beside himself with all of it! The passed hors d’oeuvres were really creative and fun (like mini chicken and waffles) and the fritto misto station was amazing.

Kate loves peonies, and happily they were in season at just the right time, so floral designer Kathleen Deery used pale pink peonies everywhere, from the bride’s bouquet to the cake. Jill Poole from PS Paper created a “chalkboard” seating chart and menus to fit in with the feeling of relaxed elegance.

In addition to the three-tiered cake from Perfect Endings (with layers of lemon pound cake and ivory apricot cake), Paula LeDuc Fine Catering created a dessert buffet with strawberry shortcake, pots de creme, cookies and miniature lemon meringue tartlets.

Best wishes Kate and Brandon, and a big thank you to Laurie Arons and all the awesome vendors who shared this wedding with Snippet & Ink! You can see even more pretty from Kate and Brandon’s wedding over on Laurie’s blog.

Laurie Arons Special Events, Kathleen Deery Design and PS Paper are sponsors of Snippet & Ink.

Photography: Angie Silvy / Event Planner: Laurie Arons Special Events / Venue: Beaulieu Garden in St. Helena, California / Bride’s dress: Vera Wang / Flowers: Kathleen Deery Design / Day-of stationery: PS Paper / Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering / Cake: Perfect Endings / String trio: KLC Music / DJ: DJ Solomon / Tent, lighting: Classic Party RentalsGot Light
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You guys are so patient… I promise this wedding was worth the wait. Paper chains and a disco ball? I know, awesome. Sarah and Michael wanted a wedding that was fun, in a style that was both organic and modern, and she chose vendors that definitely delivered on that, from design by Bash, Please to music by The Flashdance. Sarah’s advice for having an awesome wedding?

Be yourself. Be thoughtful. The funny thing that gets stuck in some brides’ heads is that it’s “your day.” I disagree. It’s everyone else’s day which organically evolves into “your day” because you’ve provided the platform for everyone to celebrate love and life. So plan the best day for your guests. If your intention is to plan a party where your guests have the best time, so will you!

With her Vera Wang dress, Sarah wore beaded shoes purchased at a market in Israel. Her bridesmaids wore sparkly silver TOMS.

Ceremony programs doubled as fans to keep guests cool at the August wedding.

Paper chains were used all around the venue, from the ceremony to the Smilebooth to the bride’s and groom’s chairs.

The walls were hand-painted with an e.e. cummings poem, a modern wedding monogram, hearts, stripes… such a fun and unexpected decorative element!

Photography: Charleystar Photo

Venue: private home in Brentwood, California

Event design / coordination: Bash, Please

Bride’s ceremony dress: Vera Wang

Bride’s reception dress / gold sandals: Jill Stuart / Tory Burch

Bridesmaid dresses / shoes / necklaces: J.Crew / TOMS / Madewell

Groom’s ensemble: J.Crew

Flowers: Dandelion Ranch

Stationery: Pica Press

Ceremony music / cocktail music: Reiko Nakano / Denny White

DJ: The Flashdance

Cake and sweets: Sweet and Saucy Shop

Photobooth : Smilebooth

Thanks so much to the very lovely Charleystar for sending over these very lovely photos!

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I’m figuring out what my schedule is going to look like now that I’m sharing an office (with some awesome ladies!), so that I can optimize both my work time and the time I get to spend with my honey. Which means going to bed at a different time than I’m used to, which in turn means that I’m a little behind with today’s post. But you’re going to love it, so here’s a little sneak peek from Charleystar to whet your appetite…

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It’s been awhile since we’ve had Scott Andrew Studio’s beautiful photography here on Snippet & Ink, but I think it was worth the wait – Amy and David’s wine country wedding is one of the most charming I’ve had the pleasure to share with you. With 34 guests, it was a truly personal and intimate celebration. The lovely bride shares a bit about the day:

David and I knew we wanted an intimate and unique wedding. I’m a huge Francophile – we were engaged in Paris – but knowing that it wasn’t realistic to get married in France, we thought the next best thing would be a destination wedding in California’s wine country. Filled with French antiques and set on 75 acres of vineyards, Anderson Ranch seemed perfect, so when I called the owner I was thrilled to learn she was willing to let us host our wedding there.

The bride carried a fragrant bouquet of fresh lavender, tied with ribbon and fastened with her grandmother’s brooch. Says Amy: “Your palette, while it should be appropriate, doesn’t have to follow the typical expectations for a season. Everyone thinks orange for a fall wedding. I initially worried about using purples and blues in September, but grounding it with browns and beige made the colors work for a fall wedding.”

Some of Amy’s DIY projects included stationery, napkins, table runners, pillowcases, hand-stamped favor bags, and ribbon wands.

The best part was being able to share this day with our friends and family. We felt so fortunate to have people in our lives willing to travel and take time from work and home to be with us on our wedding day. After the ceremony we served iced tea, lemonade and a small snack so that guests could take a moment to enjoy the scenery of the vineyard.

Keeping with the French-inspired style, a croquembouche took the place of a traditional wedding cake. Congratulations Amy and David, and thank you to Scott Andrew Shoemake for these beautiful photos. See lots more from this wedding over on Scott’s blog. For some sage advice from the lovely bride, see below…

Photography: Scott Andrew Studio

Venue: Anderson Ranch in Sonoma, California

Bride’s dress: Angelina Bridal

Bride’s shoes / necklace: Kate Spade / Lord & Taylor

Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew

Groom’s custom suit: Nicholas Joseph

Flowers: FleurEssence

Guitarist: Mori Achen

Month-of coordinator: A Savvy Event

Catering: Ramekins

Amy shared some great tips that I wanted to pass along to you:

On budget: First, I’ll admit we spent more than I had originally planned. That being said, we cut back on elements that weren’t as important to us, and focused our budget on those that mattered the most such as food and wine. We didn’t spend a lot on flowers – rather than a lot of small arrangements, we used one statement piece, and used it at the ceremony site and on our welcome table. The arrangements for the dinner tables were also rather small, but we placed big candelabras on the tables and tea candles, which created great lighting and the tables didn’t look like they were missing anything. The venue itself saved money in décor – since the ceremony site and house were so beautiful, they didn’t need a lot of embellishment. Also, don’t be afraid to ask vendors to work with you on price. Our florist cut back and made adjustments to meet our budget, and our photographer worked with us to make a custom package. Instead of a band, we had a solo guitarist for ceremony and cocktail music, and used an iPod for dancing.

On having a destination wedding: If you’re having a destination wedding, a planner is essential. I thought I could do everything myself but began seriously worrying in the last months leading up to the wedding. We hired A Savvy Event for month-of coordination, and they saved us! Also, if you’re bringing décor for the wedding, ship it beforehand. We brought everything with us, and it was not easy getting through the airport with six suitcases plus a wedding dress. Also, we arrived in California 3 days before the wedding, and since I was doing so much myself, it felt really hectic. If you’re going to be hands-on, I would recommend arriving a week before to give yourself plenty of time to prepare.

In general: Don’t worry so much. I say this as a perpetual worrier and perfectionist. It’s true that it will be the most wonderful day and everything will fall into place.

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