Monthly Archives: May 2013

Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar

Let’s escape to Maui! Ariella Chezar recently held a workshop there, and on the last day she walked attendees through her process of creating a perfectly designed table – which they all got to enjoy later that evening for an end-of-workshop dinner party!

Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar
Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar
Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar

Says Ariella: “The gold and violet ribbon (wrapped around the votives above) was the jumping off point for the table design. It’s funny, I’ve never really loved purple that much, but these days I’ve really been enjoying this sort of violet/lavender color and I think it looks amazing with gold (what doesn’t!?). The ombre La Tavola Sinai Sunrise Amethyst was a beautiful base with a gold coated linen underneath all.”

Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar
Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar

“The location for the party was the old Baldwin estate – tons of history, incredible old trees, and a beautiful colonial house.”

Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar

Have carnations ever looked so lovely as they do in these chair garlands? As part of the workshop, Ariella takes attendees on a tour of the local cut flower farm, where they found purple bananas that she incorporated into the centerpiece (below).

Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar
Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar

“I always try to have my events look of the place,” says Ariella, “and the Hawaiian fabric that we made into napkins helped to achieve this.”

Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar
Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar Anna Kim, Ariella Chezar

Interested in Ariella’s workshops? Check out her website for dates and info.

See more of this bright, tropical wedding table in the gallery.

Floral Designer: Ariella Chezar / Photographer: Anna Kim / Venue: Historic Baldwin Estate on Maui, Hawaii / Linens: La Tavola Linen
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With all of our focus on how to make your wedding special, we thought it was important to highlight some ways to make your marriage awesome, too. Introducing “Snapshot of a Marriage,” a series from contributor Emily Westbrooks, who interviews couples on some of their secrets for a strong and successful marriage.

 Jonathan and Tamar met at a summer teen conference in Germany. When Jonathan saw Tamar from afar, he turned to a friend and said, “I could marry a girl like that.” And he was only fifteen!

It took him two more summers of conferences to get up the courage to ask her to lunch, but from then on the two were an item. When they parted ways after the few weeks and returned to their respective countries, Ireland and Holland, they began writing each other letters. “I told her my email was broken because I wanted to write to her,” says Jonathan. But Tamar didn’t mind at all, “I got to know him in a whole different way.”

Two years later, the couple were married and started their life together in Holland, but they quickly found that their schedules left little time for them as a couple. Three years into their marriage, Tamar and Jonathan took advice from a mentor. “He pointed out that we needed to re-prioritize. He suggested we plan time not to do anything, just to be together,” says Tamar. That extra time together, focusing on each other, did just the trick. “We still do that, even now,” she says. Jonathan agrees with a laugh, “We find it quite easy to drop the kids off with the grandparents!”

As the couple has moved around the world, from Holland to India to Ireland, and added two children to their family, they’ve come up with a system for making family decisions that keeps them on the same page. Tamar explains, “We constantly seek out the peace. No decision gets made unless we both have peace about it.”

Jonathan beams as he says, ”We forge peace together, we carve out time together, and we make sure we’re each other’s top priority.” It’s clear that ten years in, the still-smitten couple’s system is working.

SNAPSHOT SUBMISSIONS  Do you know a married couple whose relationship you admire? Or maybe you’re married and want to share your words of wisdom! We’re now accepting submissions from couples who have been married for ten years or longer. Email Emily at emily@fromchinavillage.com with your first names, how long you’ve been married, and a few sentences about why you’d like to be interviewed for our Snapshot of a Marriage series.
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Olivia Griffin Olivia Griffin

I’m not sure what I love most about this traditional wedding from Olivia Griffin: the pink spring blossoms or the bride’s heirloom veil. Or the classic tuxedos. Or the bridesmaid style. Or that the reception took place at home… Okay, maybe it’s safe to say that I love it all, and I think you will too!

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Olivia Griffin Olivia Griffin
Olivia Griffin Olivia Griffin
Olivia Griffin Olivia Griffin
Olivia Griffin Olivia Griffin

Tough to beat a classic tuxedo!

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Olivia Griffin Olivia Griffin
Olivia Griffin Olivia Griffin

The ceremony took place at the same church where the bride’s parents were married.

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Olivia Griffin Olivia Griffin
Olivia Griffin Olivia Griffin

How much do you love these shots with the vintage Mercedes?!

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Olivia Griffin Olivia Griffin
Olivia Griffin Olivia Griffin
Olivia Griffin Olivia Griffin

The reception was decorated with blossoming branches and a mix of pink, red, and white flowers.

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Olivia Griffin Olivia Griffin

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  I had always wanted to have my wedding at my parents’ home. It was important to me to hold this exciting event in an a more intimate space. Weddings are about family and friends and I loved being able to host everyone in the house I grew up in.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Dancing at the reception with my friends and family.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Everything about my wedding was a tradition it seemed, which was really nice! I wore my great grandmother’s veil, which every woman in her family has worn since. I wore my mother’s dress and we were married in the same church as my parents (where every member of my dad’s family has also been married). And my grandmother made sure that I had a six pence in my shoe.

 

See more of this traditional springtime wedding in the gallery.

Photographer: Olivia Griffin / Venue: private residence / Shoes: Kate Spade / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Rentals: Event Rentals / Music: Big Swing & Ballroom Blasters / Catering: Cribbs Catering
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This month we have a super fun giveaway for you and your favorite ladies! Stylish and socially conscious garment bags from Jendarling - what a perfect gift for your bridesmaids!

Jendarling Bags Jendarling Bags

Made of 100% cotton, these aren’t your average garment bags – they’re made in San Francisco with locally-sourced and repurposed materials, and they’re super chic! I especially love the Edie with her black and white stripes and kelly green details, and the Chevron style would be perfect for a bride’s something blue! The clutches and pouches are also perfect accessories, made with locally-sourced leather and lined with vintage fabric (I think the black croc clutch is my favorite).

Jen Darling Bags Jen Darling Bags

Okay, so now the part I know you’ve been waiting for – the giveaway! Jendarling is giving one Snippet & Ink reader 4 each of the Edie or Chevron Garment Bags, Edie or Chevron Shoe Bags, and Croco Blue Pouches, with a total value of over $900! Hello happy bridesmaids!

To enter for the chance to win $900 in accessories from Jendarling, check out their online shop right here, find your favorite item, then leave a comment on this post with the Jendarling accessory you love most. And make sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win!

Update! This contest is now closed.

 

Contest begins Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 10:30AM PDT, and ends Friday, May 10, 2013 at 11:59PM PDT. The winner will be selected by Snippet & Ink, and notified by email. Please note: winner must live in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec).

Official contest rules.

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Mood: tropical, vintage, preppy
Palette: black, white, yellow, cream

Preppy Pineapple Inspiration Board | Snippet & Ink Preppy Pineapple Inspiration Board | Snippet & Ink

I have sort of a thing for pineapples. I do love how yummy they are, but I also love them as graphic and visual elements – and I love that they’re a symbol of hospitality. What a perfect motif for a wedding! Instead of going beachy, I wanted this inspiration board to feel a little unexpected, so I gave it a sort of vintage preppy twist. And I think it would make for a pretty fun party, if I do say so myself!

Row 1: panama hat with black band, photo by Jamie Beck / invitation with ornate black and white envelope liner from Mr. Boddington / pineapple print fabric by Rubie Greene / Charleston palm trees, photo by Melissa Schollaert, via Entouriste  //  Row 2: five-tier wedding cake with passion fruit curd from Martha Stewart Weddings / miniature pineapple place setting from Wedding Style Guide / tropical white and yellow orchid bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings / short cutout beach wedding dress by Oscar de la Renta, from Martha Stewart Weddings  //  Row 3: William Aiken House in Charleston, South Carolina / raffia clutch from Mar y Sol / individual hummingbird cakes with pineapple flowers from Martha Stewart / pineapple photo via Green Cilantro  //  Row 4: striped table runner and white roses with privet berries from Martha Stewart Weddings / Mariage Freres label / Veuve Clicquot party photo by Jamie Beck
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