Monthly Archives: August 2011

Sometimes working with bright and bold colors can be tricky, so it can be helpful to find one (or four) images that really convey the color story you have in mind. Just as with a full inspiration board, a color board like this can help you and your vendors stay focused, and maintain a cohesive look even with a range of fun colors.

Palette: black fig purple, raspberry lemonade pink, cerulean blue

Clockwise from top left: papel picado photo by Jonathan Canlas, fig and blackberry photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy, lollipop photo by Jose Villa, flowers by Ariella Chezar


So what do you think of the color boards? That’s it for today, but I have a few more to share with you tomorrow – and if you like them maybe I’ll create some brand new ones, too!

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There’s no reason a monochromatic palette has to be flat. Various shades of the same color create depth and visual interest, such as this mix of blues. Not only are they different levels of dark and light, but they’re also different tones, some with more of a teal or turquoise hue, others more true blue.


Palette: teal, denim blue, seaglass

Clockwise from top left: mismatched china via Perfectbound, book cover via Style Court, calligraphy by Betsy Dunlap, photo of curio box by Cori Kindred

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Last year I made a few color boards for The Bride’s Cafe, and I thought it would be fun to share them with you. These are different from my inspiration boards in that they’re entirely about a color palette, rather than specific details. A little less concrete, perhaps, but maybe a good starting place for someone who just needs some color inspiration. I do hope you’ll find them inspiring!

Palette: shell pink, sour cherry red, coffee foam beige, cocoa brown

Clockwise from top left: cherry clafoutis photo by Johnny Miller, string of lights via Lolita, tulle dress and pearl ring via Dress Design Decor, velvet chairs via This is Glamourous


A couple more coming up later today!

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There is nothing I love more than opening an email from a Snippet & Ink reader, and finding stunning photos like these – it makes my week! Lara and Oliver were just married in June, but this spring they met up with photographer Aneta Mak in Oxford, England, to take these beautiful engagement shots.

Says Lara: For our engagement photos, we walked along cobblestone streets, climbed under electric fences to roam around grand pastures, and strolled alongside punters in the river. We happened to find a beautiful cherry blossom tree, and took advantage of the petals covering the plush grass.

Lara tells a little about their story: I am from the New York and worked for Anthropologie for eight years, traveling to visually direct store openings, on the road three weeks a month for four years. I was living in hotels and airports, and one day I literally began to dream of England – I was dreaming in a British accent! I knew it was time to make a massive change, and create my version of the European semester abroad to experience culture across the pond. This was very unlike me – friends thought it was truly our of character – but as they say, fortune favors the bold. After just four days in London, I was introduced to my (now) husband!


Congratulations Lara and Oliver! Thank you so much for sharing your engagement shoot with us – we can’t wait to see the wedding photos! Oh, and check out Lara’s website for some of her lovely design work.


See the full gallery here.

Photography: Aneta Mak / Red dress: People Tree / Calligraphy: Jenna Hein
  • Spring Engagement Photos in Oxford, England

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    Camille of Camille Styles is one of the loveliest people I’ve had the pleasure to meet, and she hosts some of the loveliest get togethers. A few weeks ago, she invited a group of her creative friends over for “Food & Flowers,” and the whole thing is such wonderful inspiration for a bridal shower. Says Camille:

    Every girl I know loves gorgeous flowers, but most of my friends (and myself) don’t always know just what to do with our blooms when we get them home from the market. I thought it would be a such a blast to gather a group of friends to learn a few tips for making beautiful arrangements in a completely un-intimidating environment. Of course, the flowers at the farmers market can’t overshadow the equally-vibrant fruits and vegetables at this time of year, so I decided to make this party a total celebration of seasonal food and flowers.

    I covered my dining table in butcher paper, and added a romantic floral runner for lunch; the runner was easily removed after we ate, leaving us with the perfect workspace for our “flower school.”

    The charming cake was inspired by Saveur’s strawberry cake, and this post on Seven Spoons. After a lunch of seasonally inspired dishes, Ash Bailey from The Byrd Collective instructed the ladies in the art of flower arranging. She provided each guest with an apron, vintage milk glass vase, and pruning shears. Says Ash:

    I wanted to use this class as an opportunity to show students not be afraid of the flowers, but to have fun with them. I believe that everyone should put together the colors and textures that capture her own attention, creating a unique canvas that eventually becomes an arrangement. No need for a floral “recipe” for this class – each student simply added the amount of garden roses, dahlias, sweet peas, scented geranium, astilbe, moss and even seasonal fruit that felt right to her. I supplied the most beautiful flowers I could get my hands on during this season. “Earth laughs in flowers,” as Ralph Waldo Emerson says, and that’s how I see it, too. Flowers are joyous, and I love teaching my creative students to be calm and enjoy the sheer luxury of holding a flower in her hands, transforming it into a gorgeous arrangement.

    Wouldn’t this make for a fun bridal shower?! Camille sums up the party perfectly, “The whole day was truly a feast for the senses, full of wonderful fragrances, mouthwatering tastes and all-around beauty. And each girl loved getting to take her unique creation to enjoy at home!” Thank you Camille! Also, can we talk about how delicious that raspberry pistachio cake looks? Lucky for us, Camille is sharing the recipe today over on her blog, so be sure to take a look!



    Yellow and Red Watermelon Skewers with Pure Luck Feta // Asparagus with Olive Oil Sabayon and Radish // Oka Potato Salad with Fennel, Castelvetrano Olives, and Citrus Vinaigrette // Salmon Tartare on Avocado Toast with Chile Oil // Raspberry and Pistachio Cake with Mascarpone Icing // Strawberry and Rose-Infused Sorbet



    Photography: Melanie Grizzel, She-n-He / Concept, design, styling: Camille Styles / Floral design and instruction: Ash Bailey, The Byrd Collective / Catering: Any Style Catering / Invitations: Byrd & Bleeker / Fabric pom favors: Emersonmade

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