Monthly Archives: October 2011

It’s almost Halloween! Time for costumes and candy! Remember trading treats with your siblings? Getting my sister to take two Tootsie-Rolls and an Almond Joy in exchange for a Butterfinger was always a tough sell. But bad candy was always better than raisins – what is that about? Anyway, I’m trying to think of a clever last-minute getup – probably a fancied up mask or headband – and I’d love to hear your suggestions and costume ideas.

And now, as promised, a longer-than-usual link list since there was no weekend post last Friday. Have a Happy Halloween weekend everyone!

Black Halloween by Sweet Paul.

Who doesn’t want a pet porcupine?

I wish I had a reason to wear every single thing in Alexander McQueen’s Resort collection.

And Marchesa makes me want to dress like a princess.


What’s better than confetti? Giant confetti!

And cashmere is better with metallic leather elbow patches, of course.

Apple pie cookies. Mmmmm.

The bride wore plaid.

It’s always good to have a sense of humor, for things like when the sprinklers turn on in the middle of your outdoor wedding.

Winning invitations, via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

Pretty prints by Rebekka Seale.

Chocolate cake is pretty, too.

If anyone is wondering what to get me for Christmas, a foldover clutch is one idea…

This sweet wedding makes me smile.

Fun paper station wagon and letterpress boombox – Christmas ornaments maybe?

Have you checked out yet? Daily Candy and Glamour think you should!

Happy Anniversary Laurie (check out that lily-of-the-valley bouquet)!

Congratulations to Corbin Gurkin and Mae Mae Paperie on their new websites!


Laurie Arons Special Events is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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Few things will make a bigger visual impact for your wedding than a stunning venue. The Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse on North Carolina’s Outer Banks is just such a place, and it’s where Kristen and Danny opted to tie the knot.

Bridesmaids were asked to wear a little black dress of their choosing.

The couple’s favorite part of the day?  “Right after the ceremony, as we walked back down the pier together,” says Kristen. “I remember looking at Danny and both of us breathing a sigh of relief and laughing together. The nerves build to such an extreme high throughout the day, and that moment of relaxing together really sealed the deal – it was finally time to party the night away, and start our new life together.”

Kristen and Danny wanted their wedding to have both a relaxed beach feel as well as a classic lounge vibe…

Kristen shared some details with us about the day…

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We have both vacationed in the Outer Banks for years with our families, and for the last five years together as a couple – it’s our favorite place to unwind and have a good time.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted things to be personal and meaningful, so we were careful to spend our budget on things we cared about and cut corners on things that we felt we’d never remember years later. Mostly, we wanted people to kick off their shoes, celebrate and dance. I think we succeeded!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Etsy should be your best friend! And don’t be shy about asking family members and friends to pitch in their time and skills – you’ll save money and save your sanity.  My grandmother made the table runners when we couldn’t find ones to rent in the right shade of blue, and she still beams from ear to ear when someone mentions how lovely they were.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Not so much traditions as tributes. The groom’s family has roots in Wisconsin, so to honor his late grandparents we brought in varieties of Wisconsin cheeses for one of our appetizer stations. I wore my grandmother’s vintage Mikimoto pearl necklace. My father and I danced to “You Are So Beautiful To Me” by Joe Cocker as a tribute to my late grandmother, who was known for singing this to all her children and grandchildren.

What advice do you have for other brides?  It is truly just one day, so make sure you spend your time and money on things that really matter to you. Don’t be afraid to leave things out if you don’t care about them. Don’t be afraid to start your own traditions. One thing you should spend your money on? A fantastic, reputable photographer. At the end, you’ll have a new husband and hundreds of pictures that will become your memories, so choose your photographer wisely.



Photography: Gabe Aceves / Planning: Platinum Party Planning / Ceremony venue: Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse in Manteo, North Carolina / Reception venue: 108 Budleigh / Bride’s dress: Moni’s Bridal Boutique / Bride’s necklace: vintage Mikimoto / Groom’s suit: Joseph Abboud / Flowers: Renee Landry / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Rentals: Metro Rental

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Hi all! I know that many of you subscribe to Snippet & Ink through RSS, so you don’t get to see the sponsors on the sidebar – these are some the wonderful vendors who help to support this blog. Without them, there would be no Snippet & Ink! Some of them are longtime sponsors, and others are new, and they’re all wonderful. So I thought I’d bring them to your attention, in the hope that you’ll discover a fabulous vendor that was just what you were looking for.


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Looking at wedding photos in magazines and blogs, it can be easy to forget that most of the planning should be about creating an experience, not just about creating things that will photograph well, which is why Courtney and Bronson’s wedding is such a breath of fresh air. The couple wanted their wedding to be “their perfect day in New York City.” Getting ready at The Greenwich Hotel, an intimate ceremony in historic Duane Park, dinner at one of their favorite restaurants, followed by a private concert performed by their favorite musician. What an amazing experience to share with 50 of your friends and family!

And the photographs turned out beautifully, too…

The invitation suite included a concert poster and a 45, setting the tone for an utterly unique wedding.

The ceremony took place in historic Duane Park, near the couple’s home in Tribeca.

50 guests and the couple’s bull dogs, Polly and Otis, were in attendance.

Polaroid cameras made for a fun alternative to the traditional guest book.

After dinner, town cars picked up the couple and their guests and took them to Rockwood Music Hall for a private concert with David Ford, one of Courtney and Bronson’s favorite musicians. (I just love the dress that Courtney changed into – working on finding out the designer for you!)

It’s always fun when I get to share a wedding film with you in addition to the photos!

Congratulations Courtney and Bronson! See lots more from this thoughtful wedding over on Karen Hill’s blog.



Antipasti: Sliced Prosciutto and Salumi Misti / Sheep’s Milk Ricotta with Herbs and Grilled Ciabatta / Insalata d’Andrea with Arugula, Apples, Marcona Almonds and Lemon / Blue Crab Crostino with Jalapeño and Tomato // Pasta: Homemade Trofie with Ligurian Pesto and Parmigiano-Reggiano / My Grandmother’s Ravioli with Braised Short Rib and Pork Belly / Mezze Rigatoni with Lamb Bolognese, Ricotta and Mint / Penne Pugliese with Sausage, Broccoli Rabe and Chickpeas // Contorni: Wood-Fired Seasonal Vegetables with Sea Salt and Sicilian Olive Oil / Organic Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Lemon // Dolci: Gelato and Sorbetto



Photography: Karen Hill / Videography: Hello Super 8 / Event planning: Loli Events / Ceremony venue: Duane Park in Tribeca, NYC / Reception venue: Laconda Verde / After-party venue: Rockwood Music Hall / Invitation suite: Kelli Anderson / Wedding gown: Badgley Mischka / Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin / Hair, makeup: David Tibolla / Music: David Ford

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