Monthly Archives: February 2011

For your Saturday, a fun DIY wedding full of kitschy retro details, and it comes to us from a Snippet & Ink reader! Elaine explains her planning mentality:

I saved money by questioning things and asking myself, “Even though it’s a wedding norm, do I really need this, or even want it? My husband got me thinking that way when we were talking about getting engaged. He asked me what kind of ring I wanted, and I said, “A diamond of COURSE.” He asked, “Why of course?” He then explained to me that engagement rings haven’t always been diamonds. So, I did some research and now have a beautiful pearl ring that I absolutely love. So, like I said, that got me started. When we went to the jeweler to get the wedding bands I thought, “I don’t have to have one…I don’t even want one! I like my engagement ring the way that it is!” After that I thought, does Patrick really need a wedding suit? He has only worn one of his suits once, why can’t that be his wedding suit? And so on…

I should explain that we technically got married at City Hall the night before the wedding. We aren’t religious and didn’t like the idea of some random person performing our wedding, so we went to City Hall and then had Patrick’s uncle perform the ceremony the next day.

Seating cards were all vintage cut-out paper dolls with the guests’ names and table numbers. The dolls’ clothes were on the table along with scissors. Each table had a vintage clock on it, and the time on the clock was the table number. Patrick’s mom baked miniature cakes in little tin cans to get the miniature layers, and a family friend piped the frosting. We had ’50s themed drinks-of-the-hour including Pink Cadillacs, Harvey Wallbangers, Manhattans, Side Cars and Blue Lagoons.

I lucked out and found my dress in a vintage store for only $48. It fit perfectly and needed no alterations whatsoever. Another funny little tidbit was that through all the wedding planning wildness, I hadn’t gotten a veil and I thought that the hat would be fine on its own. On the morning of the wedding when we were getting our hair and makeup done, the hairdresser really insisted that my hat really needed a veil and because I didn’t have one, she said, “Oh don’t worry, I just live across the street, you can borrow mine.” So that last minute detail was my something borrowed. This was very much how our wedding came together – even though I paid a lot of attention to detail in some respects, I allowed the day to evolve, too.

Photography: Trevor Booth

Venue: The Pavilion at Lakeside Park in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada

Bride’s dress: purchased at Lost and Found Vintage

Groom’s suit: MVIO

Music: Two Step Monday

Congratulations Elaine and Patrick!

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The Packers are in the Super Bowl, and now that I’m married to a Wisconsinite, that means our house is going into serious football mode this weekend. I’m making pulled pork tacos with chipotle sauce, and I think it’s an excellent excuse to make peanutella. I mean, why not? What are you making this weekend?

Thought this old pic of guys in hats watching a football game was appropriate…

{via rgc_cary’s flickr}

Super Bowl snacks and football fun…

More party food from Smitten Kitchen.

For your favorite cheesehead.

Panini party?

Game day cupcake flags.

Football whoopie pies.

The United States of Chili.

Tailgate with this!

Valentine pretties…

A little XOXO for your ears.

I heart

And Valentines for your drink.

Cupid’s arrows for your cupcakes.

Valentine’s day fruit stickers – you’re the apple of my eye!

Vintage Valentines.

Lovely heart doily garland.

You could make these in a heart shape, then give them to me for Valentine’s Day.

Sparkly heart.

Heart candy from Felix Doolittle.

And then some more fun links for your weekend…

This little piggy is the cutest darn thing I’ve ever seen.

Except maybe for Grover and John John counting.

Tightrope and trapeze necklaces via papernstitch.

Pretty, handcrafted, calligraphed DIY wedding, via Design*Sponge.

Oh Happy Day Letterpress is open for business!

Stella McCartney does day-of-the-week undies, via wit + delight.

Bird eggs of Australia.

Dreamy design from Christian Dior. Oh to have a reason to wear something like this.

Congratulations to Leila on the beautiful new blog and site!

Have a happy Super Bowl weekend! Go Pack Go!

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Today, a simply lovely wedding from photographer Jessica Peterson. Also, don’t you just love the bride’s vintage look? Romantic boho chic at its most gorgeous.

Tara designed the letterpress invitations, which were printed by a friend.

A little tidbit from the beautiful bride:

I had huge plans of filling the venue with all of these detailed little paper decorations that would have been so cute, but between choosing the playlist, registering during lunch breaks, and having a freaking life, I didn’t really get around to it. It’s okay because all of those big balloons worked out better. But, then again, I didn’t have to blow them up – my little brother did.

Photography: Jessica Peterson

Ceremony venue: Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah

Reception venue: Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah

Bride’s dress: purchased from Joan Astle, by appointment only (435)-649-9179

Groom’s suit: Joseph Abboud

Stationery: designed by the bride, printed by Rowley Press

Flowers: Sarah Winward for Honey of a Thousand Flowers

Cake: Seretta’s Cakes

See lots more beautiful pics of Tara and Christian’s wedding over on Jessica’s blog.

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It is always such a treat to feature Lisa Lefkowitz‘s photography here. Not only does she shoot some of the most beautiful weddings, but her photos always make me wish I was there. Chelsea and Scott were married on a gorgeous August day at a private estate in Calistoga – their wedding is classic wine country elegance at its best, with stunning florals from Kathleen Deery in one of my all-time favorite color palettes: green and white. Why this look? From the bride:

We absolutely fell in love with the location! How could you not? I am very simple in terms of style so wanted the feel of the day the be casual elegance. With the beauty of the setting we really didn’t need to bring in too much, and I liked the idea of all white flowers with the touches of color. Our invitations reflected the touches of blue-purple, as well as the bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen’s ties. But other than that, all the flowers, place settings and decor were mainly white.

Don’t you love Chelsea’s little touch of blue lace on her bouquet?

The couple, who married under a weeping willow, included a favorite poem on the back of their wedding programs. Says Chelsea, “It was a nice way to incorporate something we loved that was a little too long for a reading.”

Guests enjoyed basil gimlets during cocktail hour while listening to some of the couple’s favorite country music. As Chelsea says, “You cannot beat a good country song and a good drink in the afternoon sun!”

Chelsea’s advice? “The day goes so fast and is such a whirlwind, be sure to take a step back and appreciate it all. There were several time where I just stopped to take in the setting and see everyone I love having a blast.”

Congratulations Chelsea and Scott! And a big thank you Lisa Lefkowitz and all of the amazing Bay Area vendors who shared this gorgeous wedding with us. You can see more photos from the day over on Lisa’s blog.

Kathleen Deery Designs and Hello!Lucky are sponsors of Snippet & Ink.

Photography: Lisa Lefkowitz / Videography: Bliss* Video Productions / Venue: Black Swan Lake in Calistoga, California / Planning: Arelt Event Design / Floral design: Kathleen Deery Design / Bride’s dress: Melissa Sweet / Bride’s shoes: Nine West / Bridesmaid dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Groom’s suit: Selix Formalwear / Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering / Cake: Perfect Endings / Stationery: Hello!Lucky
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