Monthly Archives: June 2011

Following their wedding ceremony at the LDS Temple in Dallas, Shelly and Steven were joined by 200 guests at a ring ceremony and informal reception at the bride’s family’s ranch. Lots of bright and quirky DIY details to start your week!

Love the “bouquets” of vintage arrows!

Says Shelly of the DIY details: “Our cake was made by a dear family friend and most of the other desserts were baked by family members. My mother sewed all of the napkins for the tables, my father made the wooden benches and hauled in hay bales, vintage quilts were loaned to us from a friend with a fantastic quilt collection, I made the bunting and burlap table runners with our initials monogrammed in yarn, and an artist friend drew a gorgeous tree for our guests to adorn with their fingerprints as a guest book.”

Shelly kindly answered some questions for us about the day.

Why did you choose this for your wedding? We wanted the day to feel intimate in a handmade sort of way, kind of like a big comfortable family gathering kicked up a notch. Steven took me to a little burger shack on our first date, so we knew pretty early on in the planning process that we’d serve burgers at our wedding, which also meant that we would have an informal reception. After looking at a few more traditional reception sites, we decided a big tent and a clearing in a lovely wooded area on my parents’ ranch was more “our style.” Everything kind of grew from there.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day? It was the somewhat imperfect moments of the day that ended up being my favorites. A dear family friend, who happens to be a fabulous baker, made our cake for us as a gift. She came by to deliver it as I was getting ready and the bottom had shifted a little in transit.  The fix required her to run back to her house to grab supplies and while she was gone it nearly toppled over, so I had my brother just completely remove the top.  As soon as the cake beneath was exposed, family members and my bridesmaids started hovering over it, sneaking a few little tastes. I figured at that point that layer was unsalvageable, so I gave a nod of approval, a fistful of forks appeared via my sister, and everyone went to town on it!  It totally broke up the nervous tension that we had from buzzing around trying to make everything perfect.

What was the best advice you received as a bride? What advice do you have for other brides? If you are a DIYer, seriously consider hiring a day-of coordinator. I didn’t realize such a thing existed until after our wedding! We managed just fine without one, but if I had it to do over again that is the one thing I would do differently.



Photography: Jenna Cole Photography with Lynn in Love Photo / Venue: private home in McKinney, Texas / Bride’s dress: Amy Kuschel / Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade / Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss / Stationery: Dapper Paper / Flowers: Edwards Floral Design / Cake topper: Melabo / Rentals: Big D Party Rentals

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It’s supposed to rain here this weekend, so I’m planning to take advantage of the crummy weather and do some organizing. There’s always something so satisfying about getting rid of things and sorting the rest (I’m not alone in that, right?). Even with the rain, now that it’s June, I can’t stop thinking about summer trips. Especially road trips – I haven’t been on a good road trip in a few years (moving cross country so doesn’t count), and I’m really craving one. Are you going anywhere fun this summer? Do you have a favorite road trip?

by Mandy Lynne


Do you miss pudding pops as much as I do? via Design Crush

Cutest guest book alternative – thumb prints, balloons, a bike… via Utterly Engaged.

Jennifer Behr veils at J.Crew!

Lovely budget-friendly earrings for your bridesmaids (and yourself), via The Neo-Traditionalist.

Rifle’s invitation suites get me every time.

Congratulations to Jordan on the new website – it looks amazing!

New use for old window shutters.

Desktop strawberry calendar for June.

Love the whimsy of a gazillion bouncy balls in San Francisco.

How incredible are these hydrangeas spilling off the table? Perfectly dramatic.

Online shelter magazines are thriving (and in the New York Times!).

If love ain’t cool, then cool we ain’t.


Have a happy weekend everyone!



Jennifer Behr is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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Wedding photographers! Come hang out with me! Well, me and some amazingly talented wedding photographers. I’ll be teaming up with Jonas Peterson, Joel Flory, Sean Flanigan, and Nate Kaiser from The Image is Found for an awesome workshop in San Francisco, August 8-10.

In addition to live photo shoots and post processing techniques, the workshop will focus on:

- 1-on-1 brand and portfolio review

– building your business
– establishing your unique creative vision
– working with designers
– attracting the clients you want


You guys, I’m so excited about this workshop – it’s such a comprehensive look at all the aspects of wedding photography, that I know anyone who’s interested in honing their craft and developing their business will get so much out of it. With such awesome speakers and space limited to 40 people, I know it’s going to fill up fast, so hop to it! Register HERE!

The details: $1500 registration fee includes all the awesomeness mentioned above (two full days), plus dinner Monday and Tuesday, and breakfast and lunch Tuesday and Wednesday.



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You are going to love Katie and Jeff’s vintage-inspired engagement photos – they just scream summer love, don’t they? Perfect for the first day of June! Katie is a professional swing dancer, the couple met at a swing club, and they have a love for all things vintage, so a vintage-inspired love shoot was so perfect for them. And, appropriately, the brothers Wright used their awesome multitude of vintage cameras to capture it all…

Doesn’t everything about this black and white photo look like it came straight out of the forties? I love it!

Say photographers Brian and Brandon Wright: The location for these photos is just down the road from Katie and Jeff’s new place in Pasadena, at Eaton Canyon. It was quite a challenge hiking to the falls, crossing the river over a dozen times, but it was well worth it. There were actually over 100 people watching us shoot, but somehow we managed to have a lot of fun with it and still pull it off. Pretty much everything you see is vintage 1930s, 40s and 50s, from Katie’s swimsuit to Jeff’s bow tie.

See tons more vintage goodness from this love shoot over on the B. Wright Photo blog. Happiest wishes Katie and Jeff!
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