Monthly Archives: November 2011

Mia and Jared had a lovely wedding, with beautiful photos by Katie Stoops, but as the bride says, “Creating a party where all of our friends and family would have the best time was the most important thing – our focus was always on the celebration rather than anything else.” An important thing to remember when planning a wedding!

Bridesmaids wore simple seersucker dresses.

Says Mia:  “Our ceremony was also really special to us. First off, being in the chapel on campus was very important to us. Jared’s cousin was ordained for the occasion and wrote such a sweet and beautiful script. We took readings from For Whom the Bell Tolls and our favorite My Morning Jacket Song and bagpipes played as we processed and recessed. We made it very personal and didn’t listen to any of the traditional ceremony must-dos which we were so happy for in the end. People we barely knew said they teared up during our ceremony!”

A calligrapher wrote guests’ names on kraft paper cutouts, which were pinned to napkins with tiny clothespins, purchased from Oriental Trading.

Congratulations Mia and Jared! And thank you to Katie Stoops for the lovely photos!



Photography: Katie Stoops / Ceremony venue: Hamilton College Chapel / Reception venue: Harding Farm in Clinton, New York / Bride’s dress: Anne Barge / Veil: Brideshead Revisited / Seersucker bridesmaid dresses: Reese Jacobs / Groom’s suit: J.Crew / Invitations: ellothere / Flowers: The Backyard Garden

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As you know, Minted is one of my all-time favorite sponsors, so when they asked me to create these little vignettes with some of my favorite designs, I couldn’t say no! It was such a fun project, especially since I just love getting to see these pretties in person. And even more fun, today I get to give one of you $200 toward any purchase from Minted!

St. Helena invitation

Honey Bee invitation (I think this one is my very favorite – I love that gingham!)

Rustic Type invitation (Here we used the wraparound address stickers and labels for the jam jar.)


Not only is Minted a fantastic source for wedding invitations that are both unique and reasonably priced, but it’s also a great place to find the perfect customized holiday card. I got to browse through samples from this year’s collection and they’re even better in person: printed on thick, quality paper, with all kinds of great options like envelope liners and colorful backers.


So what are your favorite Minted designs? To enter to win $200 toward any Minted purchase, just head on over to the site and browse the different designs, then leave a comment here letting me know your favorite wedding or holiday style.

You have until 11:59 PM (EDT) on Wednesday, November 9th to enter, and I’ll announce the randomly selected winner on Friday, November 11th.



Photography by Brooke Bryand Photography.
Calligraphy by If So Inklined.
Flowers by Birch.


Update! This contest is now closed.


This post sponsored by Minted.

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I know other parts of the country are getting ridiculous amounts of snow already, but it’s finally starting to feel like fall here, and I love it! Time for sweaters! And apples! I’m also continuing the never ending project of organizing our house, which has nothing to do with fall, but which has everything to do with my weekend plans. What are you up to this weekend?

via Creative Criminals


And now some links for your Friday!

What we can learn from Kim Kardashian.

Coveting every single thing from Stripe & Field, via {frolic!}.

I love paper flowers in every form, via simplesong.

30th birthday? Party in a box!

Rosebrook Meyer’s Belle invitation is just lovely.

So fun to see Amy Atlas’s pattern board.

Personalize your Moleskine.

Piles and piles of Kilim pillows.

Do you know about Warby Parker? $100 glasses, free shipping and returns, plus they donate a pair for every pair sold!

Sparkliest coin purse.

Gift idea: Black Box Dessert Club, via Ruby Press. Update! Black Box Dessert Club is giving Snippet & Ink readers 20% off! Discount code: snippetink, valid until 11/7/11 at midnight.

Congrats to Mrs. Lilien and Hello!Lucky on their new websites!

Laurie Arons is looking for an intern


Have a happy weekend, lovelies!


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

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Today’s wedding has so many lovely details and personal touches, I just knew you would enjoy it. Says Neela, the beautiful bride: “Planning our wedding was a unique experience coming from two different cultural backgrounds. My family is from Afghanistan, so we wanted to incorporate the cultural elements of a traditional Afghan wedding into a sort of fusion with the grand outdoor manor style weddings that I have loved since a little girl.”

And that’s just what they did!

The ceremony took place at the Love Temple on the grounds of Villa Montalvo.

Instead of one beautiful cake, Neela and Marshall had three! “Our cakes echoed antique Wedgwood patterns and Victorian cameos,” says the bride. Dessert also included pink Persian Rose macarons.

Neela shared all about the day with us:

Why did you choose this location?  Picking the venue was my favorite part. I wanted to find a mansion or a home that had large manicured gardens, like something from an E.M. Forster novel or the Great Gatsby. Villa Montalvo was such a beautiful location, with its gorgeous historical villa, with both a sprawling natural landscape and a manicured Italianate garden and great lawn, and a beautiful Spanish style courtyard with fountains. The theme for the wedding went from there.

Tell us about incorporating Afghan wedding traditions into the day.  Bringing in my culture and my family’s traditions was very important, but I was a little stumped at how to work things in seamlessly. Amy Nichols was wonderful with helping me solve this problem. She researched the cultural traditions and worked them into our timeline. We had a very memorable Afghan ceremony on the veranda that was elegant and touching. Part of this ceremony involves henna, so I thought it would be fun to have a henna artist on hand during the dancing portion of the event. It was a huge hit! She was wonderful and it was really great to have something else going on during the dancing that guests could occupy themselves with. Our caterers were also integral in working in all of the traditions and cultural elements. Our wedding occurred during Ramadan, so some guests were fasting. Global Gourmet made certain that they were not neglected and that they were served properly at exactly sundown. The menu that they created for our wedding was spectacular, and they were able to incorporate some Middle Eastern flavors. The guests had the most fun during the dancing. The DJs are friends of ours who know our taste in music very well, and they managed to track down a lot of very hard to find Afghan music as well. They were going to play it by ear, to see what people loved dancing to the most, and we were both surprised that everyone loved dancing to the Afghan music! It really brought both families and cultures together. It was so fun to see my family teaching my husband’s American family some of the Afghan dance moves.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Our wedding was a perfect marriage of two very different cultures, which represents my husband and me as people so well. We wouldn’t have been able to pull it off and make it look as beautiful without our all-star team of vendors. It’s so important to do your research in this regard. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results (especially the gorgeous photos by Cooper Carras).

Photography: Cooper Carras / Venue: Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California / Planner: Amy Nichols Special Events / Bride’s dress: Vera Wang / Bridesmaid dresses: BHLDN / Hair, makeup: Armando Sarabia / Flowers: Natalie Bowen Designs / Henna artist: Henna and Beyond / Cakes: Cake Coquette / Macarons: Chantal Guillon / Catering, rentals: Global Gourmet
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