Monthly Archives: February 2012

Yesterday I had lunch with the world’s cutest baby and her awesome momma Kara, and tried a crepe cake for the first time. Um, where have you been all my life? Have any of you made one before? I need to recreate this deliciousness in my own kitchen. I also stopped over at CocoaBella to kick off my goal of trying every chocolate they sell. I know other people make goals that involve exercising more or eating fewer sweets but I like my challenge better. I’ll let you know how that goes…

Lots and lots of links for you today!

365 Days of Pinterest project.

New York Times art.

You smell like a lemon!

Beautiful new collection (and new boxes!) from Twigs & Honey.

Love some fancy chickens.

I wish I had a reason to wear shoes like this (oh, Oscar!).

With my Marchesa gown.

St. Germain truffles to go with your St. Germain cocktail.

Cheerful commercial: color changes everything.

Fab fonts from Magpie Paperworks.

The Venus Project – reminding us that curves are beautiful.

Win $500 from Minted!

Chocolate Appreciation Society.

We all need more flowers in our lives, don’t you think?

Talking pictures. Love these!

Backpack roundup.

Bridal fashion according to the New York Times.

Have you pre-ordered your copy of The Luminous Portrait yet?

Have a happy weekend, lovelies!


Update! And the winner of the tickets to Airplanes + Blazers TWO is… Ramona who said, “Bridgette Bardot, absolutely gorgeous!!!”


Elizabeth Messina and Minted are sponsors of Snippet & Ink.

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Nancy Neil is one of my favorite photographers to feature – not only does she take lovely photos, but her clients always have the loveliest weddings! In a fun twist, Laurel and Scott were wed at the Santa Barbara Zoo…

Before the ceremony, guests were offered water and lemonade in miniature jam jars.

I asked Laurel and Scott why they chose this location for their wedding:  Scott is from Santa Barbara and we knew we wanted to get married somewhere outdoors in his hometown. Because he grew up there he was initially skeptical about the zoo (he hadn’t been since he was a kid), but when we saw it we knew it was just right for us. It’s very pretty and has beautiful views of the ocean and mountains. We also have lots of family and friends with kids, and we wanted to be able to include everyone in our celebration, including their children. We both love animals too – who else can say they got to feed a giraffe right after their ceremony? And it’s a little different and not too formal. We really wanted everything to be relaxed, casual, fun and still beautiful.

How darling are these animal alphabet cards?! Says Laurel: The amazing custom wedding day stationary was made by my best friend, who was also one of our officiants. She did 17 original watercolor paintings of different animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo that start with a different letter, and then each table at the reception had a custom-printed version of her paintings as the place card for that table (instead of table numbers). She made printed sticker versions of the animals and we hand-stamped guests’ names on the escort cards. She also drew the program and custom zoo map, which included activity information for our guests.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  My father passed away three years before our wedding, and he was remembered in many ways during our wedding, from the flower my mother carried in his memory when she walked me down the aisle, to the ceremony and toasts at the reception. We included some other traditions, but including the memory of my dad in the day was the most important.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t sweat the small stuff. Things that don’t go according to plan are either so memorable that they’ll make for great stories, or are so forgettable that even you won’t remember a year from now. All the little details can be fun if you want them to be, but truthfully, most of your guests won’t notice or care. Everyone’s there to celebrate, and at the end of the day, if you get married and have the people you love with you, that’s really all that matters.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Scott and I have known each other a very long time – we first met in college almost 16 years before our wedding, so that means we’ve also known each other’s families and friends a long time too. Because the large majority of our guests were traveling from other places (and even other countries) to attend, we wanted to have as much time with everyone as possible and tried to extend the celebration all weekend. Everyone was invited to a party on Friday night, and we had a big brunch on Sunday that lasted into the afternoon. To have almost everyone you love together in one place – there’s truly nothing better.



Photography: Nancy Neil / Event planner: Tonya Szele for Soigné Productions / Venue: Santa Barbara Zoo / Bride’s dress: Junko Yoshioka from Mark Ingram Atelier / Beaded belt: Oscar de la Renta / Hair stylist: Lucy at Salon U / Groom’s suit: John Varvatos / Flowers: Holly Flora / Ceremony music: Chris Fossek / Reception DJ: Jon Harris / Photo booth: The Traveling Photo Booth Company / Catering, rentals, lighting: Zoo Catering Services by Rincon / Cakes: Jeannine’s
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You know what I love about wedding veils? They’re so ethereal and barely-there, yet they add so much to a bridal look. Laura Jayne Couture Accessories is known for their hand-embroidered veils featuring French chantilly, Alençon lace, Swarovski crystals, and European mirage tulle. With so many looks to choose from, and with options for customizing, it’s tough to narrow it down! I’d say I’m a classic – what about you?

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If you’re headed to WPPI, then you won’t want to miss the Airplanes + Blazers party on February 20th – and I’ve got a pair of tickets to give away! This year’s theme is classic 1960’s Vegas, so if you plan on attending, I thought I’d provide you with a little inspiration for your ‘do.

What is Airplanes + Blazers? In their own words: “It’s the only party at WPPI by photographers, for photographers.  And that’s why we do it: for you, for us!  This is our chance to be the party instead of shooting it!” So you’ll be at WPPI and you want to win those two tickets? To enter, just leave a comment here telling us your favorite style icon from the 1960’s. You have until tomorrow, 2/16/12, at 5:00PM PST to leave your comment, and I’ll announce the randomly selected winner on Friday.


Would you go fabulously retro for your wedding? Which style icon would you model your look after? From the top: Brigitte Bardot, Barbara Bouchet, Aretha Franklin, Elke Sommer, Diana Ross, Twiggy.

Oh, and if you’re looking for some Vegas wedding inspiration, check out my Vegas Baby! inspiration board right here!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I could think of nothing more appropriate for today’s feature than Holly and Scott’s romantic Paris elopement…

Sweet pink ribbon tied the couples’ rings together, and matched the bride’s blush pink gown.

The ceremony was held in a small park adjoining Les Invalides, across the street from the Rodin Museum.

Holly’s antique veil was handmade with duchess lace. “Originally from Paris,” says Holly, “it was acquired by my grandmother before I was born.” After the ceremony she changed into a chic bridal hat.

After the ceremony, Holly and Scott attached a padlock to the Pont des Arts. Says Holly: “It’s a bridge where lovers attach a padlock and then throw the key into the river. I bought the lock at a hardware store and decorated it with a handmade blush flower and silk ribbon streamers. Scott wrote our names and wedding date on it after I decorated it.”

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We both love Paris but had never been there together. We knew we wanted to honeymoon there and once we started planning that trip we couldn’t think of anything more romantic than getting married there too.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  My favorite moment was our ceremony in the park. It was so sweet and so beautiful. There were several mothers and daughters playing in the park when we arrived. The little girls were so wide-eyed and excited to see a bride come walking in. Their little faces were so cute! A few sat quietly and watched our wedding which I thought was adorable.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received was to let go of others’ expectations about what my wedding should be. That allowed us to plan the wedding that we truly wanted.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Having a great photographer is so important in terms of capturing the essence of the day. Our planner, Ginny Au, suggested that we bring David over with us rather than hiring a photographer there. That way we could get to know him a bit before the wedding day. We flew over together and were able to explore the city the day before the wedding which was so much fun. We love the way his photographs tell our story.



Photography: David Shirk for Unplugged Photography / Hotel: The Ritz Paris / Coordination: Bits & Bobs / Bride’s dress: Vera Wang for David’s Bridal / Bride’s shoes: Seychelles / Bridal hat: BHLDN / Groom’s suit: Banana Republic / Cufflinks: Tiffany & Co. / Bouquet: Artisan Fleuriste / Cake: Sugarplum Cake Shop 

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