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Dear readers, I love when you share your beautiful weddings with me! Chelsea says that she read Snippet & Ink every day while planning her wedding, finding fun and colorful inspiration. Which is wonderful, because her wedding was both of those things…

Chelsea is a graphic designer, and designed all of the stationery from the invitation to the place cards.

Says Chelsea, ” My dad surprised us with two 1947 Rolls Royces to be our wedding cars. It was the final special touch and it made my dad pretty happy too! Very sneaky dad.”

Says Chelsea, “One of our favourite moments was our wedding dance. We both met each other doing Salsa and Tango classes, so what could be better than a Tango that ends in Salsa? We had an incredible dance choreographed by our dance teacher and we were pretty nervous about it but we pulled it off without a hitch. It was a very special moment where it felt like just the two of us (except for the hoots and cheers in the background!).”

Chelsea answered some questions about the day…

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  I had been there before and had seen how stunning an event would be there. It was the first place I took Shahaf to see and he fell in love with it, just as I had. It’s also in the Yarra Valley which is wine country, with rolling hills and paddocks and grazing cows. So lovely.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The venue has a very rustic feel so it made sense to go with a rustic, harvest look and feel. My parents used to own a fruit business so having fruit and veggies in the flower arrangements felt very natural to me. I was also greatly inspired by Snippet & Ink – Shahaf caught me on the blog every day!

What DIY elements did you include?  In my toast I referred to this as DIWM not DIY. It stands for “do it with mum,” as all my projects were a collaborative effort with my mum! We quilted the chuppah and we tweaked a pattern so that it was made up of S’s and C’s (our first initials). We also made the 100 metres of bunting that looked phenomenal. Mum and I wrapped up all the succulent favors and my mum sewed the flower girl dresses. She is so talented! My dad also got into the DIY theme as he made my wooden cake stand.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The advice that was given to me was to make sure that you take a moment away to watch what is going on, as it goes so incredibly fast. Hide around a corner and peek out and observe the guests having a ball! It will be the same advice I give to others, along with relax and be happy!



Photography: Love Katie & Sarah / Venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley in Coldstream, Australia / Bride’s dress: Gwendolynne / Pearl earrings, wedding bands: Holloway Diamonds / Hair stylist: Lauren Mackellar, +61 416 409 709 / Make-up artist: Pollyanna Bernhardt / Bridesmaid dress: Nicolangela / Groom’s suit: Kenzo / Stationery: Chelsea Dunn (the bride!) / Flowers: Mr. Lincoln / Five-piece band: The Daedels

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There’s something so fitting about hiring a husband and wife team to photograph your wedding, don’t you think? Especially when the results are gorgeous and dramatic and playful, like these shots by Adam and Sarah of inTandem, a husband and wife photography duo.

Adam and Sarah take the kind of photos you want to frame and hang on your wall for everyone to see – “wall-worthy” if you will. Photos that remind you of exactly how happy, beautiful, silly, or loved you felt on that day.

Even though I think their photography speaks for itself, I just love these little tidbits from their website: Through the lens, Sarah sees tenderness and humor, infused with fairytale-like whimsy. Adam sees drama, scale and perspective, and transforms a real life moment into art.

Even though inTandem is based in Austin, Texas, these two love to travel, so if you love their work, get in touch! Near or far, they would love to shoot your wedding. Also, be sure to check out inTandem’s site and blog for lots more of their beautiful photography.


This post sponsored by InTandem.

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I’m headed to Alt! My bags are packed with lots of really fun outfits (read: black, black and more black), and since I’m probably the only blogger on the planet who has yet to own an iPad, I’ve got a good book to read on the plane, and a brand clean notebook so I can write down all the brilliant things folks have to say.

If you’ll be at Alt too, stop by my panel tomorrow morning where I’ll be speaking about work/life balance (and hopefully learning how to get even better at it from my fellow panelists!). And if you won’t be there this year but want to hear about what’s going on, my twitter feed is certain to be saturated with #altsummit tweets.

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Right now I’m loving Victorian-style illustrations, and I thought these bumblebees would make for a fun inspiration board. Something sweet and light, with shades of cream and golden honey, maybe even some black accents. I’ve imagined an intimate wedding at a Victorian bed and breakfast, with fruit and cheese, garden roses, and maybe Weck jars filled with your favorite local honey for guests to take home (if it’s small enough, travelers will be able to take it on the plane ride home). Little bumblebee charms are a sweet gift for flower girls.

Mood: sweet and light
Palette: honey gold, buttery cream, black

Top row from left: Victorian bumblebee illustration, yellow roses from Country Living, buttercream wedding cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, MacCallum House in Mendocino
Row 2: cheese plate from Wedding Style Guide, Weck jar of honey from Honey & Jam, photo of Twigs & Honey veil by Elizabeth Messina
Row 3: tiny bee charm necklace from Luxe Adornments, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings (photo by Johnny Miller), folding bistro chairs and cocktail tables from Ariella Chezar, honeybee wedding program via Plan Your Perfect Wedding


If you like this inspiration board you might also like:

Board #22: Sweetness and Light
Board #487: Summer Honey
Board #520: Love in the Outdoors
Board #226: Bee Mine


Elizabeth Messina and Ariella Chezar are sponsors of Snippet & Ink.

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Rebecca Hansen is the wonderful photographer behind our fun DIY holiday centerpieces from last month, and I think you’re going to love her work even more once you see Nicole and Lawrence’s charming Cape Cod wedding…

Set up in matching frames, guests could take a look at wedding photos of the bride and groom’s parents and grandparents.

I love this story from the bride:  As the wedding got closer and I had moments of panic about last minute issues and logistics, Lawrence would tell me: “It’s gonna be great.” At first he was saying it to be comforting but he had to use the phrase so much that it became our joke motto for when we hit the wall with wedding planning. “The wedding is two weeks away and we don’t know where we’re going to get flowers for the tables? It’s gonna be great! Rental company truck is stuck in the mud? It’s gonna be great!”

If you have room for it, it’s a fun idea to set up lawn games for your guests!

DIY details included rosemary sea salt favors, chalkboard menus, signage, bunting, and centerpieces. Instead of wedding cake, guests enjoyed strawberry shortcake – perfect for a summer wedding!

Some details from the bride!

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Lawrence and I spent a lot of time on Cape Cod while we were dating, so we started our search there but didn’t have much luck. We were having trouble finding a place that felt comfortable and homey, while still being able to accommodate up to 150 people. When we finally found the Overbrook House (just before the bridge to the Cape) we knew it would be the ideal setting. We loved that we could have the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing all in different places within the same property. And the huge house meant that both of our families and our wedding party could stay with us for the weekend.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We used the Overbrook House as our main source of inspiration – when we first visited I noticed that there were ferns growing everywhere, so we used that as a design element on the invitations and signage. The house is in the woods, next to a farm, and close to the ocean, so it didn’t lend itself necessarily to one specific look. At first I found that a challenge but I think it helped keep us from being too literal with a theme and instead focus on what felt natural to the venue and to us.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  I really thought I would be too nervous to enjoy the ceremony but it was absolutely my favorite moment. I couldn’t believe that I was standing up there with my soon-to-be husband, the weather was perfect, the chairs were full of people we loved, and all the wedding planning stress had vanished like it had never even happened. I was completely relaxed and happy.

What advice do you have for other brides?  My advice to other brides would be to have a cutoff point for looking at sources of inspiration. Wedding blogs are a fantastic resource, and I loved looking to them for inspiration. However, I found myself frustrated because what my mom and fiancee had worked hard to put together didn’t seem to measure up to a single cake table from some of the weddings I was looking at every day. I decided to stop looking at blogs a few weeks before the wedding and I think it helped me focus more on being happy with what we put together instead of feeling like we were leaving things out.



Photography: Rebecca Hansen Weddings / Venue: Overbrook House in Buzzard’s Bay, Massachusetts / Bride’s dress: Amy Kuschel / Hair, makeup: Charlotte Phinney / Groom’s suit: Banana Republic / Stationery: designed by bride, printed by Cranky Pressman / Bouquets: Just For You Florist & Gifts / Ceremony music: Con Fuoco String Trio / Reception music: White Label DJs / Catering: Season to Taste / Rentals: Peterson Party Center /

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