Monthly Archives: February 2011

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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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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