Monthly Archives: September 2011

Monday is a great day for something sweet and lovely, don’t you think? Eliza and David’s wedding fits the bill, with simple DIY details, an at-home reception, and lots of thoughtful advice and reflections from the bride. Oh, and I just love this idea for something old: Eliza sewed two buttons from her grandmother’s collection into her dress…

One of Eliza’s favorite parts of the day? “The walk from the church to the house with the bridal party was wonderful – full of sunshine and laughter as we walked through the neighborhood I grew up in.”

In addition to dancing, guests (and the newlyweds!) enjoyed lawn games like croquet. In addition to wedding cake (with tiers of red velvet and vanilla raspberry), the dessert table included chocolate raspberry cakes and raspberry-rhubarb, strawberry-rhubarb and blueberry pies. 

Eliza and David kindly shared some details about the day:

Why did you choose this venue for your wedding?  We chose the location because it just seemed natural to have the wedding in Yarmouth, with the reception at my parents’ house. My mother suggested the Old Meeting House for the ceremony – an excellent idea. When my family first moved to Maine, we literally lived a stone’s throw from the Meeting House, and we used to picnic on the front steps. We even went sledding down the hill next to the church in the winter. We hoped that we would get a nice enough day that everyone could walk from the Meeting House to my parents’ house; sure enough, we were blessed with a glorious, sun-splashed afternoon.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Don’t be afraid to DIY things that might otherwise cost astronomical sum – it’ll free up money you can use in other areas of your budget if need be, and best of all, you’ll feel like the cleverest bride that ever was when people compliment the things you worked so hard on. We also saved money by having a smaller, simply decorated wedding cake and supplementing it with other cakes and pies – better, in the end, because it allowed us to offer a wider array of flavors.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We went very traditional with the ceremony; it was straight from the Book of Common Prayer. Additionally, we used the old Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts.”

What were some of your DIY projects?  Flowers, invites, programs, music, flag bunting, cake topper, bird table markers. I made earrings for bridesmaid gifts, and my mom spent hours painting all the Adirondack chairs herself! For the ceremony, my cousin’s daughter played violin and my aunt played piano, and a groomsman acted as DJ with a playlist made by the bride and groom.

What was the best advice you received as a bride? And what advice do you have for other brides?  The best advice I received was to take a few minutes alone together after the ceremony to marvel over our newly married state! It’s a life-changing experience, and it’s important to pause for just a moment to take that all in together. My advice would be to resist the urge to micromanage people and things. Not everything will go according to plan. Stay organized, but also stay sane. Remember, you hired these professionals because they know how to do their job, so let them do it! Work on things together as much as possible, as it helps create a day that’s about both of you rather than just about the bride. Also, get your programs done early – because the blasted things take forever!

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Our wonderful family and friends really helped us out – the bridal party helped decorate, the bridesmaids and friends put together all the floral arrangements, my parents hosted 130 people and threw tons of energy into the preparations, David’s parents put together beautiful welcome bags and planned a wonderful rehearsal dinner, and people drove for hours and hours to celebrate with us… it was a lot of hard work by a lot of people. The key is that the whole time, we were not alone – we had amazing loved ones supporting us all along. As our wonderful priest pointed out, it’s the same thing with marriage – it’s not just about us but about the greater community of family and friends who love and support us. We were so blessed to share this wonderful day with them.



Photography: Meredith Perdue / Ceremony venue: Old Baptist Meeting House in Yarmouth, Maine / Reception venue: private home / Bride’s dress: Maggie Sottero / Print-at-home stationery: Wedding Chicks / Rentals: One Stop Party Shoppe / Catering: Belle Fete Events & Catering / Baker: Two Fat Cats


Congratulations Eliza and David! Thank you for sharing all of these fun details about your wedding!

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Happy weekend lovelies! What are you up to this weekend? I’m headed to the Russian River for Mighty Summit, which is “an annual retreat structured around the idea of creating a better life,” something I’ve been actively working on for the past couple years and that I could probably use a little help with. I’ll be spending the weekend with 20 women from the blogging and social media community – to be honest, I’m a little intimidated by the amazing resumes of some of these ladies! But hopefully I’ll leave the weekend motivated to cross things off my life list, and with some new friends, too.

Of course, before I head out, here are a bunch of my favorite links from around the interwebs this week…

Whoa, chocolate truffle loaf.

It’s not original or anything, but roses are my favorite flower.

Loving Eva and Logan’s wedding suite by Milkfed Press.

Oh, Marilyn.

What are your thoughts on the aristocratic arch? As a lifelong owner of serious eyebrows, I’m a fan!

Excited about the launch of Whitney Deal!

Deb’s 9/11 story gave my heart hope.

Check out my “Behind the Veil” interview over at Oh Lovely Day!

Gorgeous modern ketubot, via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

Christian Siriano’s collection for Spring 2012 will brighten your day.

This farm fresh invitation suite would have been perfect for my You Say Tomato inspiration board.

LOVE the neon wedding shoot from Brooklyn Bride!

These dipped ombre bags by Teddyfish make me smile, via Oh Joy.

Oh, and don’t forget to enter the NewlyWish registry giveaway going on this week!

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Last month I got to fly down to Los Angeles for the day, to hang out with some lovely wedding bloggers and attend the Loverly meetup at the Shade Hotel (and eat some cheesecake pops and drink some wine!). Elizabeth Messina took some photos of the party and all the pretty details…

Have you heard about Loverly yet? I really think you’re going to love it. It’s a visual search engine with an archive of more than 100,000 images from wedding blogs like Snippet & Ink, where you can create a scrapbook of favorite pics – like an online wedding binder! The site opened up to its first users this week, and if you want to check it out (of course!) you can request your invite right here

It was so fun to finally meet some of the wonderful bloggers who inspire me on a regular basis! Some of the beautiful (and fun and hilarious) blog ladies in attendance included Leila from Inspired By This, Cathleya from Weddingbee, Summer from Grey Likes Weddings, Shawna from Maharani Weddings, Amy and Jocey from Wedding Chicks, Chandra from Oh Lovely Day, Emarie from The Collection Event Studio, and Kelly from Santa Barbara Chic.


Photography: Elizabeth Messina / Venue: Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, California / Event production: Be Inspired PR / Flowers: Dolce Designs Studio / Desserts: Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach / Dessert table backdrop: Jesi Haack Design / Champagne: Nicolas Feuillatte / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Stationery: Cherish Paperie / Gift bags: Wedding Chicks / Photo booth: Mobile Photo Booth



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NewlyWish has quickly become one of Snippet & Ink’s favorite new sponsors – I just love their beautifully curated collection of registry items. They believe that registries should be as unique and personal as every other part of your wedding, offering everything from bedding to artwork to honeymoon luxuries, and all with a focus on quality and style. Here are a few of my favorite pieces available at NewlyWish (I wish I’d known about these beautiful white handled knives when I was registering – I love them!)…

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With NewlyWish, you can register for dinnerware and linens that totally fit your personal style – maybe some blue alabaster bowls? Pastel plates from MUD Australia? Or perhaps a modern take on monogrammed napkins…

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You know what you’ll find at NewlyWish that you won’t find anywhere else (that I would have registered for in a heartbeat!)? Interior design and professional organization services. Talk about a registry to match your personal style!

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To get you even more excited about NewlyWish, they’re giving Snippet & Ink readers the chance to win a $200 gift certificate toward any purchase! There are three ways to enter (or you can do all three for a better chance of winning; just be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry):

Leave a comment below with a link to your favorite item from NewlyWish; Leave a comment letting us now that you’ve signed up for the NewlyWish newsletter (click here, then scroll to the bottom right); or “Like” NewlyWish on Facebook (click here) and let us know in the comments section.

You have until 11:59 PM (EDT) on Wednesday, September 21st to enter, and I’ll announce the randomly selected winner on Friday, September 23rd.


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