Monthly Archives: August 2011

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

    30 August 2011
  • 12 comments posted +add a comment SEE MORE: Love Shoots

    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

    23 comments posted +add a comment SEE MORE: Other Parties

    What are you all up to this weekend? I have a new book that I’ll be reading by the pool, and I have a few yummy recipes that I want to try out. Also, I’m super excited to be attending Mighty Summit this year, so this weekend I want to finish up my Life List.

    Have a happy weekend, lovelies, and here are some fun links for your Friday…

    Do you have a silk scarf you love?

    Hilarious zombie engagement photos, via @weddingbee.

    Oh, Jamie, you’re so glamorous.

    Romantic elopement on the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Branding 10,000 lakes – what a fun project!

    What to do with all those stickers you collected as a kid.

    If I had some money to burn, I’d totally rewardrobe

    Donuts or wedding cake? Why not both!

    So much inspiration backstage at Elie Saab.

    I heart Shanna Murray‘s gift fair booth.

    These are friendship bracelets I’d totally wear, via Oh, Hello Friend.

    Gorgeous gold wedding dress.

    3 comments posted +add a comment SEE MORE: Weekend Round-Ups

    Another sweet wedding from Abby Jiu today – this one with an adorable puppy, beautiful robes from Plum Pretty Sugar, and a donut food tuck…

    Even Clyde, Casey and Danny’s French bulldog puppy, dressed up for the wedding! Bridesmaids wore J.Crew dresses in the same color, in the style of their choice.

    Says Casey, “Danny’s family is 100% Irish, and his uncle preformed our ceremony in a kilt and all. He even learned special songs that he surprised us with on the bagpipes. Instead of throwing petals or lighting sparklers, we found several vintage tin bells. The guests rang them as we left the aisle as a sign of good luck.”

    A donut food truck from Carpe Donut was a fun surprise for guests – and for the bride’s father!

    Some details about the day from the lovely bride:

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Everything that we love and enjoy during our daily lives! Danny has a strong affection for Bruce Springsteen, so we had the band play a Springsteen set list during cocktail hour. Hints of Virginia Tech and Blacksburg were everywhere with the corn hole, table names and the personalized cake topper.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Ask yourself who will notice this detail – everyone, or just you? And ask yourself, do you love this idea? Having a photo booth was not originally part of the plan, but I couldn’t say no, and to make it work I took out a few items, such as the cheese platter at cocktail hour and the champagne toast. There is nothing wrong with just “Everyone raise your glass!”

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Marrying my best friend. Seeing and living the party that we wanted to have. The band was the biggest hit of the evening and even surprised us by learning our first dance songs live. My dad’s speech. These are all moments that we still talk about and wish we could re-live.

    What advice do you have for other brides? Don’t focus on so many items and touches that will distract from what the day is supposed to be – we only included items that we felt would add to the day and the party. Also, keeping the flow of the day going is key. If you can, hire a wedding planner – it will be worth every penny and more.



    Photography: Abby Jiu / Planner: Ritzy Bee Events / Venue: Stone Manor Country Club in Middletown, Maryland / Dressing robes: Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie / Bride’s dress: Tara Keely / Bride’s shoes: Nina / Veil: Bella Rosa Bridal / Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew / Hair, makeup: Annie Decker Beauty / Groom’s suit: Joseph A. Bank / Stationery: Appalachia Press / Calligraphy: Pretty Mail / Vintage stamps: Verde Studio / Flowers: Holly Chapple / Catering: Carriage House Inn / Donut food truck: Carpe Donut / Band: NYC Swing


    Congratulations Casey and Danny! See lots more from this wedding over on Abby Jiu’s blog.

    19 comments posted +add a comment SEE MORE: Real Weddings