Monthly Archives: April 2012

How about a pretty, preppy bridal shower for your Monday! Michelle Warren sent over these lovely photos…

Lisa Witt, one of the shower hostesses, kindly shared some of the details from the day: The bride was using pale pink and pale green in her wedding, so the idea was to punch it up a bit for the shower with chartreuse green and rose petal pink. 

All of the papers were preppy and sweet, “Just like the bride,” says Lisa. Coordinating pink and chartreuse wrapping paper and ribbons from Paper Source were used throughout.

Guests enjoyed a yummy display from Enjoy Cupcakes. Flavors included: Mojito with green sugared lime zest, Strawberries and Cream, and Chocolate with Fudge Filling.

Flowers were a mix of tulips and orchids from the local farmer’s market, as well as kale, bells of Ireland and various stock flowers from Ocean View Flowers in Lompoc.

Lunch included artichoke bruschetta, orzo arugula salad with feta and grape tomatoes, chicken salad with pecans and cranberries, and butter lettuce salad with green goddess dressing. Guests could sip on pink lemonade, sangria, white wine, and citrus water. And of course there were sweets! Cupcakes (see above), miniature meringues, miniature pink and green macarons, and assorted candies.


Photography: Michelle Warren / Venue: private home in Santa Ynez, California / Flowers: Maggie LePley / Stationery: WH Hostess / Paper, table runners, linens: Paper Source / Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes / Catering: Solvang Bakery / Paper lanterns: Luna Bazaar

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I have to confess something silly: sometimes I feel self-conscious about writing these weekend posts, because my weekend plans sound pretty boring. They usually involve hanging out with my hubby, reading, cooking, housework, going for a walk – nothing fancy. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I feel like if I’m going to share it with you, I should have something exciting lined up, you know?! So, since I don’t have anything particularly note-worthy going on this weekend… what are you up to? How do you make the most of your days off?

This quick film about a cardboard arcade will put a smile on your face.

Gorgeous gilded cakes.

Pop-up book proposal – so sweet.

Wouldn’t this be a nice surprise for your newlywed friends?

The world needs more tulle and lace.

Want to taste this color!

How cute are these sweet little spring chicks.

Check out my interview and registry picks on Newlywish!

A girl can never have too many notebooks, especially when they’re this pretty, via Paper Crave.

Have a happy weekend, lovelies!


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A lush Napa vineyard and collection of beautiful bouquets is a perfect way to welcome spring, don’t you think? Noa & Rob’s Tuscan-inspired wedding comes from photographer Leah McCormick – and you are just going to love these flowers!

From bouquets to ceremony decor to centerpieces, dahlias in a multitude of colors provided a bright pop of color to the event.

Guests enjoyed an alfresco family-style dinner of filet of beef and Tuscan-style chicken. Says the bride: “We opted for family style because of space constraints, and because we had the long farm tables. It worked out great!” 

Leah McCormick, The Whole Cake | Snippet & Ink

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  It was a unique, rustic setting that we have always loved and wanted to share with our guests.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted a fun, laid-back but beautiful wedding. The theme was “disheveled Tuscany” and everyone of our vendors was exceptional – Natalie Bowen, our caterer, and our wedding planner – in creating a beautiful atmosphere that all guests could enjoy.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  The whole day!

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Our ceremony incorporated new and old family traditions. I wore the same earrings my great aunt wore when she got married (as she eloped in a red dress and on a white horse). Throughout the ceremony we involved our family – including incorporating a ring blessing and Hawaiian prayer that my mom read. My dad walked me down the “aisle” (a row of vines) and my stepfather married us.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Enjoy every moment, because it goes by fast. Also, get a month-of or day-of coordinator – it’s worth every penny, especially when you are getting married in a venue that involves multiple vendors and providing transportation for the guests. And because our wedding was outside, we made sure to have lots of heaters so our guests would never get cold.

Photography: Leah McCormick / Venue: Private winery in Napa, California / Planner: Janice Javier with Amy Nichols Special Events / Bride’s attire: Monique Lhullier / Groom’s attire: Ralph Lauren / Stationery: Rifle Paper Co. & Kiwi Cards / Flowers: Natalie Bowen / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental / Cake: The Whole Cake
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Minted is one of our long-time sponsors, and today not only do I get to introduce their new Spring collection of wedding invitations, but I also get to give away a $250 gift certificate to two lucky Snippet & Ink readers! But more on that in a bit. First, Minted sent over these mini inspiration boards, pairing some of the beautiful designs from their new collection with flowers and table decor. Classic, whimsical, modern… Which type of bride are you?

Clockwise from top left: Chalkboard, Elisabeth Millay via Style Me Pretty

Clockwise from top left: Charming Go LightlyRebecca Wedding Photography via 100 Layer Cake, via Flora Fetish

With over 250 new designs, Minted’s wedding collection has you covered, whether you dream of classic champagne and lace or something more rustic. Plus, all of Minted’s wedding invitation suites are fully customizable, printed on the highest quality paper, and backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Clockwise from top left: Just My Type, Molly Egan, Grand Lace, Jessica Johnston via Merci New York

Clockwise from top left: Circle the Date, Gabriel Boone via BridalHood, My Sunshine, Swoon by Katie via Wedding Chicks

Clockwise from top left: Mr. Laurence, Brandon Witzel via Green Wedding Shoes, via Postcards & Pretties

Minted offers hundreds of save-the-dates, invitations, programs, menus, and more, all designed by a global community of independent designers (hence the amazing range of styles). And you can enter to win a $250 gift certificate towards any wedding items from Minted! To enter, just visit the wedding giveaway entry page and fill out the entry form there. Contest closes at 11:59 EST time on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, then Minted will randomly choose two lucky winners and contact them directly. Please see official rules for details.

Special Pinterest Opportunity:  Receive an extra entry for pinning your favorite Minted wedding invitation! Just leave a comment here with the link to your pin, and you’ll automatically be entered to win a second time. Happy pinning!


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