Monthly Archives: February 2011

Sean Flanigan is one of the most talented photographers out there, and today I get to share his work with you! Veronique and Daniel flew Sean all the way to Luxembourg to capture their special day. Says the bride, “All of our friends and families helped make the day special. Daniel’s bandmates played music all day long, my friends helped with the flowers and decorations, plus it was my grandmothers’s 90th birthday!”

The bride got ready at her parents’ home. She wore a vintage dress and carried a bouquet made of vintage brooches collected from around the world. The groom wore a suit by Hugo Boss.

What’s with the goat? Says Veronique: In Luxembourg, when the bride or groom has older siblings who aren’t married yet, the sibling receives a goat at the end of the ceremony as a place-holder for a wife or a husband. This old tradition says that they have to carry the goat all day long.

Don’t you love these rainy day photos? And that awesome car? (It’s a 1957 Chevy Bel-Air, in case you were wondering.)

Veronique and her grandmother made quince jelly the week before the wedding, for guests to take home as favors.

Congratulations Véro and Danny! And thank you to Sean Flanigan for the gorgeous photos! See lots more from this wedding over on his blog, right here.

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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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