Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and I can think of no better way to mark the occasion than with this stunning red and gold styled shoot at one of my favorite Bay Area venues, from three (three!) of our brilliant Select vendors. With design by Shannon Leahy, flowers by Max Gill, and photography by Josh Gruetzmacher, you will definitely want to check out the gallery for every last detail.

From Shannon LeahyThe inspiration for this photo shoot comes from the fabric, toile. Toile du Jouy (named after a French town) originated in 18th century Ireland and traditionally was used for window treatments and upholstery. In many ways toile has come to represent stuffy, outdated design and I wanted to find a way to take a relic of the past and update it in a fresh and modern way.

Of course, the photographs from Josh Gruetzmacher who found the space and spearheaded the shoot take it all to the next level. The crisp, classic look of his film in this light and bright space bring everything to life and let us all step into the fantasy of what it must have been like to sail across the ocean in a 22-carat gilded saloon.

Many of the traditional toiles are made in blue-and-white but for our shoot at the golden hued China Cabin we thought bringing in warm tones of yellow and cream would blend with the gold beautifully and set a perfect backdrop for Max Gill‘s dramatic red and burgundy toned flowers.

The China Cabin is a historical location in Tiburon, just right over the Bay from San Francisco. The walls are gilded in 22-karat gold in this space which was once an elegant social saloon of the PS China. The ship was originally built in New York City in 1866 and was one of the four sister ships the United States Postal Service ordered to carry mail and passengers from California to Asia. The China Cabin, now docked permanently in the Bay Area was the officers stateroom.

We really wanted to carry the toile through from beginning to end and so we incorporated a toile ribbon on the bride’s bouquet, a custom tabletop runner of yellow toile, a welcome box made we made for out of town guests made of toile and accented with glittering, over-the-top gifts that would set the tone for an evening in the China Cabin.

The toile carried through to the paper products and invitations by Mira Aster as well. We adore the unique place cards she came up with that are made from gilded edged paper to look like a ribbon fluttering in the breeze, perfect for a wedding on an ocean liner.

For this shoot, I found the perfect gowns from local San Francisco designer Trish Lee. The main dress for the shoot is called The Lady. We love the supremely elegant and refined look of this gown and can imagine a Bride who adores the traditions of the past but still wants a fresh and updated look slipping into this gorgeous gown. According to Trish Lee, The Lady was inspired by the poise and spirit of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aunt San Suu Kyi and is a tribute to the designers Burmese heritage. We can think of no better dress for a 19th-century ship that sailed between Asia and the United States.

We imagined a second look for this Bride in the dress Joni also from Trish Lee. According to the designer this dress epitomizes that certain “je ne sais quoi” the elusory “it” factor. The fluttering capelet over the shoulder gives an effortless bohemian effect and to us, symbolizes the China Cabin’s final home in the free-spirited Bay Area. (See the second look in the gallery!)

Julie Morgan styled our Bride perfectly with an elegant and refined Downton Abbey look for the first dress and a more sultry, whimsical look for the second dress complete with a crowning head wreath by Max Gill.

We were so excited to use San Francisco’s own Frances Lane for the vintage tabletop rentals which really elevate the tabletop. Accents like the settee and vintage cake stand from One True Love vintage complete the story of romance rooted in tradition. The deep burgundy and fig tones of the floral arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres from Max Gill add richness and contrast to this glittering gilded yellow and gold tablescape.

To complete the entire look the toile coated cake by Sweet On Cake is the crown on top of the jewel box. Inspired by the architecture of the space, Amber from Sweet on Cake created a real masterpiece.


Photographer: Josh Gruetzmacher / Venue: China Cabin in Tiburon, California / Event Planner, Designer: Shannon Leahy Events / Floral Designer: Max Gill / Dress: Trish Lee / Hair, Makeup: Julie Morgan / Shoes: Valentino / Stationery: Mira Aster / Rentals: Hartmann Studios, Frances Lane, One True Love Vintage Rentals / Cake: Sweet On Cake / Hotel Welcome Gift: Shannon Leahy Events

Josh Gruetzmacher, Max Gill, and Shannon Leahy Events are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.

  • Gold and Red Valentine Wedding Inspiration

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    This photo shoot feels a little like a modern fairy tale – there’s just something so romantic about woodland inspired details! Says photographer Kate Osborne: “Ashley [Tinge Floral] and I wanted to collaborate on a shoot that incorporated ferns and a monochromatic color palette that really highlights the details and wasn’t relying on color to catch your interest. Bride, Jann, contributed her talent with amazing handmade elements including her hand sewn dress and hand silkscreened booklet invites.”



    Ashley on the floral design: “The flowers in this shoot were focused primarily on different kinds of ferns in all shades of green. The shape of a fern immediately creates an organic aesthetic and feel, and when paired with the right blooms they can add to a more romantic shape. In these arrangements I was lucky enough to get a few tree peonies! Contrary to popular belief, peonies come back into season late in the fall. Limited varieties are available but the big blooms pair beautifully with the richness of fall.”

    Photographer: Kate Osborne / Floral Designer: Ashley Beyer, Tinge Floral / Dress, Stationery: Studio Jann Marie / Makeup: Carli Call / Shoes: Dillards / Suit: J.Crew / Shoes: Cole Haan

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  • Woodland Inspired Wedding Ideas

    10 December 2013
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    What can I say, I’m a sucker for gorgeous flowers, and this incredible shoot from Oak & the Owl and Tonya Joy has them in spades. Loosely inspired by The Great Gatsby, the shoot is certainly full of romance and drama…

    The bouquets and centerpiece include garden roses, ranunculus, dahlias, blackberries, and hops. I love seeing unique elements like blackberries and hops included with the flowers, and it works so well here! SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR ALL OF THE PHOTOS FROM THIS GREAT GATSBY INSPIRED PHOTO SHOOT.

    Photography, styling: Tonya Joy Photography / Venue: Humphrey Estates in Temecula California / Floral Design: Oak and the Owl / Dresses: Kirstie Kelly / Cake: Rebecca Williamson / Stationery: Moment Prive  / Hair: Hair by Ceara / Makeup: MaryAnne Naylor, Awestruck Image / Headpiece: Lacielle Roselle
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    Today we have a sweet little photo shoot that highlights one of the most important elements of any wedding: the food! Beautiful flowers by Matthew Robbins, delicious bites by PS Tailored Events, gorgeous accessories by Jennifer Behr… all photographed by Snippet & Ink Select vendor Belatheé. Happy Tuesday to you!

    A sweet white and yellow peony adds a romantic touch to each silver and white place setting.

    “While brides and grooms often take little time to really enjoy their meal as they are busy greetings their wedding guests, in this little story the lovebirds are able to really enjoy the amazing food served,” says Pierre of PS Tailored Events.



    From Pierre: “The idea behind this little intimate shoot was to illustrate the amazing dishes that are often served at weddings. After all, most weddings resemble a fantastic dinner party. We know most couples spend a lot of time choosing and attending tastings and finalizing the menu for their big day, and we all hope this story serves as an inspiration to stop and celebrate food and the people behind the scenes that help make it all happen.”


    Belatheé is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.

    Photography: Belatheé / Floral Design, Decor: Matthew Robbins Design / Food: Pierre Schaedelin of PS Tailored Events / Dresses: Carol Hannah / Headpieces: Jennifer Behr / Hair, Makeup: Jarrett Brandon of Yves Saint Laurent Cosmetics
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    If your wedding style is classic, timeless, elegant… well then this photo shoot from Landon Jacob and Parkside Wedding Studio is for you! Simple details done beautifully, a classic white wedding color scheme (with green foliage and gold accents) – you are bound to find some timeless inspiration here. I also adore the bride’s classic style – and those earrings!

    A loose bouquet of white peonies, pale yellow garden roses, and white campanula looks as though it came straight from the garden. It’s finished off with a pale peach bow.

    A simple, two-tier buttercream cake is elevated with delicate sugar flowers.

    Including a four-legged friend at your wedding celebration? A floral “collar” will make him look the part!

    A mix of brass candlesticks and vases add a vintage touch to the white garden table.


    Photographer: Landon Jacob / Concept, Design: Jessica with Parkside Wedding Studio / Florals: Fern-Studio / Stationery: Lady Letterpress / Calligraphy: Lydia Hendrix / Shoes: Something Blue from Kicks / Dress: Chaviano Couture / Suit: Topman / Candlesticks: Thrifted
  • Timeless White and Gold Wedding Style

    6 August 2013
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