Monthly Archives: April 2014

Brighten up the middle of your week with this sweet yacht club wedding full of cheerful sorbet colors from Finch & Thistle! Photos by The Popes.

The bride wore her mother’s wedding dress, from Priscilla of Boston’s original petite collection, “Teeny by Priscilla.”

The Popes, Finch & Thistle | Snippet & Ink The Popes, Finch & Thistle | Snippet & Ink

“My favorite moment, besides saying our vows, was having our little dog, our chihuahua, Gia, be a part of the day,” shares the bride. “She was an excellent traveler and she did so well as the flower girl, although she slept through the ceremony! The fact that we got to share our day with her was so fun and memorable!”

Escort cards were pinned to a pink board for a simple, lovely display.

The groom is a health and wellness coach, and he created a fitting signature “cocktail”: the non-alcoholic Mango Madness, a healthy (and yummy!) protein rich energy drink. The bride’s signature coctkail was the “Salty Chihuahua” – pink grapefruit juice, orange liqueur and tequila – in honor of the flower girl dog.

The best advice Edwina received as a bride? “No matter what happens, be flexible and remain calm on your wedding day! It’s not going to go exactly as planned, so go with the flow and you’ll be much happier.”

There were two flavors of wedding cake, red velvet and chocolate truffle. The groom’s cake was lemon. “It was egg and gluten-free,” says Edwina, “as some of our family members have food allergies. We wanted everyone to participate in having some wedding cake!”

It wouldn’t be a July wedding without a sparkler send off!



Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  My family lives in the Pacific Northwest, but Seattle was a destination wedding for 30% of the guest list (and for us as well – we live in Dallas, Texas). I really wanted our location to be near the water. Plus, my husband grew up in Dallas and hadn’t really experienced the beautiful Puget Sound and Lake Union. July is the sunniest month of the year in Seattle, and a perfect month for guests to travel. The Yacht Club’s hardwood floors, covered balcony and accessible dock was perfect for both the ceremony and reception, convenient for our guests, and also for my 94 year old grandfather who was able to fly in from Virginia to share our day with us.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Everything that is vintage, classic, traditional and beautiful. I have a master’s degree in Art History, so I wanted a timeless, beautiful look, but still make the day uniquely ours.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  My dad was instrumental in planning the traditional aspects of our wedding. He planned and coordinated the father/daughter dance and gave a very thoughtful and humorous toast. According to tradition, I wore something borrowed, my mother’s Priscilla of Boston wedding dress from 1969, something old, my grandmother’s pearl earrings, and something blue – a blue ribbon attached to a tiny medallion from my maternal grandmother that was pinned inside my dress.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Make the planning of your day your own! You can get lost in so many beautiful inspirational Pinterest boards and bridal blogs and forget about what you really want for your day. Focus on just three things you absolutely must have at your wedding and don’t worry so much about the other things. You’ll be less stressed. It’s hard to balance everything, but above all trust the vendors you chose for your day – let their talents shine!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Again, figuring out what is really important to you and spending money on those things will make all the difference. There were some ways we were able to save – the ceremony and reception were in the same place, and we booked the venue early when they offered to waive the site fee if we booked by a certain date. Our venue was flexible in that we were able to provide all of our own alcohol as long as we paid the state liquor board permit, which was only $10. I didn’t hire any transportation the day of, we just used our family cars – freshly washed and detailed. I wore my mother’s wedding dress – which happened to be fabulous and vintage so I really lucked out! I found my shoes on for $31.99! I had a small bridal party -which meant fewer expenses and fewer people to coordinate. I also opted out of the popular trend of getting ready photos, so I could focus my amazing photographers attention and more hours on the event itself and the people I loved (instead of me in the mirror, freaking out, half dressed…)

Photographer: The Popes / Event Planning & Design: Rachel Bowes of Finch & Thistle Event Design / Venue: The Yacht Club on Lake Union in Seattle, Washington / Caterer: Ravishing Radish Catering / Dress: vintage Priscilla of Boston / Shoes: Paladin by Nina via 6pm / Veil: Bellevue Bridal / Rings: ebay / Videographer: Laura Randall at Edit 1 Media / Suit: Jos A Bank / Shirt: Nordstrom Rack / Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan via Nordstrom / Makeup: Sara Lily Kahn / Hair: Sompon Green / Save the Dates: Vista Print / Stationery: Invitations by Dawn / Music: Sounds Unlimited / Cake: Honeycrumb Cake Studio / Favors: Seattle Chocolates
  • Yacht Club Wedding from The Popes

    30 April 2014
  • 4 comments posted +add a comment SEE MORE: Real Weddings

    Jen Huang recently teamed up with Daniel Tran of Oliveta Design and Max Gill for one of her One-On-One Workshops, held at Casa Madrona in Sausalito. The details are romantic, the flowers perfection, and the furry little “groomsmen” are darling!

    Jen created this sweet and simple detail by painting “to have and to hold” in gold on a basic wood hanger.

    Pale green taper candles are an unexpected touch, and a lovely contrast to the dark wood table.



    From Oliveta Design: “We had the opportunity to style Jen Huang‘s One-on-One Workshop at the Hillside Mansion of Casa Madrona, Sausalito. The concept for this workshop was to reflect an airy, light and fresh spring day. The tablescape strived to contrast the simple yet elegant with a touch of vintage details. We chose a laser-cut beaded and flower motif gown by Sarah Janks.

    “We also had the privilege to work side-by-side with Max Gill Floral Design. Max created lush centerpieces and his choice of flowers were beautifully on point. The gorgeous cakes were created by Sugarpie Baking Company.”

    Photography: Jen Huang / Venue: Casa Madrona in Sausalito, California / Event Design: Daniel Tran for Oliveta Design /  Floral Design: Max Gill / Hair & Makeup: Rebecca, Sherrie Long Artists / Dress: Daisy by Sarah Janks / Painted Dress Hanger:  Jen Huang Art / Cakes: Jennifer Hirt, Sugarpie Baking Company / Rentals: Seventh Heaven Vintage Rentals
  • Casa Madrona Photo Shoot from Jen Huang

    29 April 2014
  • 13 comments posted +add a comment SEE MORE: Faux Weddings

    Did you know that Minted has a collection of totally delightful and affordable wall art prints? They’re available in every size from postcard to poster, plus you have the option to choose from seven types of frames (including reclaimed barn wood!). And right now they have a really special promotion going on for Mother’s Day…

    When I was at Alt Summit earlier this year, I had the chance to meet Christy Turlington Burns, and to hear about Every Mother Counts, a program she founded with the aim of making pregnancy and childbirth safer for women around the world. I learned that 287,000 women die each year as a result of complications in pregnancy and childbirth, that the United States ranks 50th in maternal mortality, and that 90% of all these deaths are preventable. As a mother, this campaign really resonates with me, and why I think it’s so awesome that Minted supports EMC by donating 2% of the proceeds from all art print sales. Even better? For Mother’s Day, Minted will donate 20% of the proceeds from art prints when you use the code SNIPPETEMC.

    There are lots of custom wall art options, a great idea for gifts, as well as limited edition prints of beautiful photos, paintings, and drawings. Here are my five favorites…

    one / two / three / four / five

    If you’re ordering custom art Mother’s Day gifts, order today (4/28) to get it in time with ground shipping. (For all other Mother’s Day orders, check out the holiday shipping calendar.) And remember to use the promo code SNIPPETEMC so that 20% of the proceeds will go to supporting a really amazing cause.


    Minted is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink. All opinions expressed herein are my own.

    0 comments posted +add a comment SEE MORE: Announcements

    I didn’t get a chance to spend as much time browsing around this week as I usually do, but I did find some gems nonetheless. Here they are – my favorite links from around the web this week. And have a happy weekend!

    Typography and greenery make for the loveliest wedding invitations by Lisa Hedge, via Riley & Grey’s Instagram.

    Punched leaf napkin rings.

    Blue butterflies swarm the world.

    A beautiful Mothers Day brunch for a good cause.

    Need help naming your hipster bar?

    A modern medicine cabinet.

    Hen party invites from Mr. Boddington.

    DIY stationery gift set.

    Strawberry sour cream ice cream just sounds like summer.

    Who said tree houses are just for kids?


    This week on Snippet & Ink:

    Berry- and emerald-hued floral inspiration.
    Gorgeous limited-edition wedding websites from Riley & Grey.
    Rustic, romantic, woodland-inspired wedding.
    Classic wedding style in New Orleans.
    Lakefront wedding with an amphibious getaway car.


    Riley & Grey is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.
    This post contains affiliate links.

    0 comments posted +add a comment SEE MORE: Uncategorized