Monthly Archives: January 2012

Ariella Chezar is far and away one of my all-time favorite creative people ever of all time. Ever. Her work is one of the reasons I fell in love with weddings, and every time I see a photo of her flowers, it’s like a little gift. And if you feel that way, too, then you’re really going to love this: Ariella is hosting a floral design workshop in Maui!

The three-day class will focus on color, choosing the right flowers, and of course creating jaw-dropping arrangements and bridal bouquets; plus a field trip to a flower grower, and a party to wrap it all up. Be sure to check out all of the details right here.

Remember Serena and Matthew’s wedding at Haiku Mill…?

The workshop will take place at Maui’s Haiku Mill, February 22 – 24. If you love Ariella‘s work as much as I do, and you want to learn how to create floral designs that look like they grew that way, then don’t miss this chance to learn from the ultimate flower goddess herself. And if you don’t know about Ariella’s work (impossible!), then head over to her website immediately and immerse yourself in all the gorgeousness.


Top image by Meg Smith. Ariella Chezar is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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Mood: romantic, breezy
Palette: white hibiscus, sand, palm leaf, beach house blue

Our first inspiration board of 2012! And since it’s the midst of winter, I thought some of you might be craving a little destination inspiration. So we’re off to Hawaii! And as much as I love bright colors, I wanted to give you something light and breezy here. Neutrals like white and tan, greenery, and a bit of sun-bleached blue. I’ve drawn inspiration from things like palm trees, pineapples, and white hibiscus flowers, and added a few vintage touches like a retro fan, toy airplane, surfer postcard, and a darling Hawaiian quilt cake (I love Hawaiian quilts!).

Top row from left: palm tree on beach photo by You Look Nice Today, hibiscus embellished envelope with calligraphy by Laura HooperSaipua pineapple centerpiece photo by Justin & Mary, Hawaiian quilt wedding cake from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: photo of bride by Beloved Photo Boutique, vintage Waikiki surfer postcard, orchid and fern bouquet by Ariella Chezar
Row 3: photo of vintage fan by Jose Villa, white hibiscus, photo of leather strappy sandals by Garance Dore, photo with vintage toy plane and brass pineapple by Emma Mitchell via sfgirlbybay


Love Hawaii? Love gorgeous flowers? Check back in a bit for an exciting announcement!


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Board #524: Southern Comfort
Board #484: Beach House Blue

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It’s not often that we feature engagement sessions, but as soon as I saw Blaire and Dave’s beautiful love shoot, I emailed Britt Chudleigh about sharing her photos with you. I’m so glad she said yes!

What’s sweeter than snuggling up with your honey on a hammock?

I’m not gonna lie – these pool photos are my favorites!

Proof that all you need for a rad love shoot is your own personal style and the one you love (and an awesome photographer, of course). See even more of Blaire and Dave’s gorgeous engagement photos over on Britt Chudleigh’s blog!

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Happy New Year friends! About a month ago, I had lunch with photographer Nirav Patel, who told me about Sam and Alicia, and how he loved being part of their San Francisco wedding. Full of fun, creative details (like a curtain of streamers and a giant Lite-Brite inspired wedding invitation!), I thought it would be an excellent way to kick off 2012…

An air plant added a modern quirkiness to Alicia’s otherwise soft bouquet.

Say Sam and Alicia: “Our favorite part of the day was the ceremony! We spent a lot of time thinking about what we wanted to vow to each other, and it was so wonderful to stand up there together and finally say the words that held so much meaning. Also, we were really lucky to have our good friends play music as we walked
down the aisle and during happy hour.”

Instead of the usual caterer, Sam and Alicia hired three of their favorite San Francisco food trucks (Curry Up Now3 Sum Eats, and Pizza Politana) for dinner, plus a fourth for dessert: “Neither Sam nor I like cake or pie,” says Alicia, “so we opted to continue the theme with a cream puffs truck. They pulled up right next to the dance floor!”

Sam and Alicia kindly answered some questions about their wedding:

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted we wanted to have a fun party where people had the freedom to choose how to spend their night and try to limit the focus on us! We wanted people to enjoy each other, the food and the setting. As such, we opted for food trucks so people could eat when they wanted and sit where they wanted. We limited the traditions to those that were meaningful for us – speeches instead of a bouquet toss and cake cutting – so people had time to enjoy their night. We wanted a modern, colorful and sophisticated vibe but most importantly, we wanted people to relax and have fun.

Tell us about the fun giant light-up “invitation.”  We spent a long Sunday making it with the help of our friend James T. Edmondson. Starting with a piece of plywood, we projected the invitation font onto the wood and drilled little holes into the wood. Then we hot glued over 700 Christmas lights into the holes to make our names show up like a Lite-Brite. It was a lot of work but really fun!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Instead of going with one caterer, we opted to go with a few food trucks. We also bought our own liquor and hired bartenders. It required more coordination on our part but in the end saved a lot.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Let all the planning and worry go. It’s never going to go perfectly – all you can control is your reaction so just enjoy the moment.



Venue: Fort Mason Center in San Francisco / Photography: Nirav Patel / Second shooter: Gary Bradford / Bride’s dress: Nicole Miller / Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade / Groom’s suit: Hickey Freeman / Groom’s tie: Ermenegildo Zegna / Bridesmaid dresses: BCBG / Stationery: James T. Edmondson / Flowers: Church Street Flowers / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Reception music: DJ Cyrus / Catering: food trucks from Curry Up Now3 Sum Eats, and Pizza Politana / Dessert: Pacific Puffs

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