Not everyone can take a week or two for a honeymoon immediately after their wedding day, but even if you plan to take a longer trip later, at Snippet & Ink we believe in spending at least a day or two enjoying your newlywed status before launching back into “real life” – even if that means a stay-cation in your hometown, or a mini-moon somewhere nearby. With that in mind, we’ve asked some of our favorite bloggers to share their ideas for a mini-moon, starting with the lovely Ginny Branch and her hometown of Atlanta.

Although I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia I really never appreciated how truly cool this city really is. It took my return to my hometown after a 3 year stint in New York to see beyond the World of Coke and The Varsity. This city is a foodie’s wonderland and some of the best eatin’ south of the Mason Dixon line. And our shopping scene has finally stepped up its game thanks to areas like Virginia Highlands and the Westside. Now when people ask where to go shopping I no longer have to point them toward a mall. Phew.

Edibles & Potables:

1. The Optimist: Ford Fry’s Fish Camp & Oyster Bar has not lost an ounce of steam after Esquire’s crowning it “Restaurant of the Year” in 2012. This place oozes great design wherever you look and the food doesn’t disappoint.

2. The Pie Shop: Dangerously good pies. Mims Bledsoe clearly makes these pies with love and quite possibly a little bit of magic. I recommend getting a few to sample because it would be a disservice to just try one.

3. We may not be Portland or New York but I think Atlanta has several legit places to satisfy your caffeine craving. Whether you try Dancing Goats, Octane, or Steady Hand you really can’t go wrong.

4. Cacao: Who doesn’t need a little chocolate with their espresso? Atlanta’s chocolatier employs the use of time-honored, traditional chocolate making processes combined with high-quality organic ingredients. The Love Bar is worth sharing… or enjoying all by yourself.

5. Hugh Acheson’s Empire State South is outstanding and a place where you could order blindly and walk away completely and utterly happy. This place is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is equally as delicious any time of day. Noteworthy moments are the Phatty Cakes in the am, and the In Jars in the pm.

6. Holeman & Finch: This is the place to go for bespoke cocktails and a guaranteed thumbs up from your man. Although neither quiet nor intimate, this watering hole is the perfect place to reward your husband for a day of humoring you while you shop.

7. Abattoir: This brings me to my absolute favorite restaurant. Chef Anne Quattrano is the grande dame of this city. Almost every Atlantan chef worth his salt has cut his teeth in one of Anne’s kitchens. Don’t let the meat-heavy menu intimidate you, there are options for even the most discerning of vegetarians and ladylike of eaters.

8. Brunch being my favorite meal of the day is one I take very seriously. My trifecta of happiness goes to Sun in my Belly, Rise and Dine, and Buttermilk Kitchen. I recommend wearing a pair of elastic-waistband pants and bringing your best appetite. Follow with a nap.

Places to Shop & Things to See:

1. Speaking of Anne Quattrano, Star Provisions is my dream store. It boasts the DNA of a general store but with high brow sundries. I, on far too many occasions, have justified yet another hand carved wooden spoon or fog linen tea towel, much to my husband’s chagrin.

2. The Goat Farm is home to my studio I share with floral & event designer Amy Osaba, not to mention a variety of some of the best artists, photographers, and chefs in town. A little bit of a hidden gem, this re-envisioned Cotton Gin Factory is now a creative hub for concerts, film festivals, and art shows to name a few. Oh, and the filming location for The Walking Dead and The Hunger Games… NBD.

3. Kudzu Antique Mall: If antiques are more your speed, I highly recommend making a trip to Kudzu. Many a prop has found its way home with after a trip here.

4. Morgan Kylee: I had the privilege of going to highschool with the shop owner and so thrilled she has opened her successful boutique that boasts such brands as Rick Owens, Apiece Apart, and MiH.

5. Bella Cucina: Owner Alissa Barry knows how to create a beautiful life and thankfully you can buy a little bit of that fantasy at her store. My recommendation is to purchase one of her market totes and fill with jars of her pestos, infused salts, dipping crackers, and maybe a hand-carved bread board or two.

6. Seed Factory: This impeccably curated children’s boutique is worth a visit even if you don’t have children of your own. Here I satisfy my fix for Fog Linen women’s clothing and the heartbreaking beautiful, handmade dolls by Jess Brown.

7. It wouldn’t be a fair roundup of Atlanta without mentioning the tastemakers and smitten kitten husband and wife duo, Ann and Sid Mashburn. They are the authority on all things classic, preppy, and cool. I’m also confident they are responsible for igniting the dapper gentlemanly vibe that has infused Atlanta’s menswear scene.

8. An honorable mention, about an hour outside of Atlanta, is Serenbe, a sustainable community on a sprawling 1,000 acres of land. I am partially biased since this is where I married my husband, but this place is nothing short of magic. Walk the grounds and visit with the menagerie of chickens, goats, donkeys, and sheep or take a horseback riding lesson at the stables. The restaurants and shops nestled within the town are just as impressive as the majestic scenery. Trust me, it’s worth the drive.

 

Thank you Ginny! Check back all week for even more mini-moon ideas…

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Shira Savada has been a friend to Snippet & Ink for nearly as long as we’ve been blogging, and she’s always sharing some of the best inspiration from Martha Stewart Weddings with us…

 

I’ve been at Martha Stewart Weddings for more than five years now, but I’ve been a fan for much longer. I dressed up like a bride for Halloween as a little girl—it’s in the cards for me to work in the wedding world! Another thing I’ve been a long-time fan of is cake. I baked funfetti from an early age. Finding out what the wedding cake will look like (and taste like) is one of my favorite parts of attending a wedding. It’s a showstopper, it’s edible, and it’s art! And though it’s rooted in tradition, there are so many interesting approached these days that the options are endless.

I’ve rounded up 18 of my favorite wedding cakes from our magazine. It was a challenge, for sure, and I definitely shouldn’t have done it on an empty stomach. Want to see even more? You can view all of our cakes here and see our newly-launched gallery of cakes from real weddings showcasing fondant masterpieces, buttercream creations, and alternative ideas.

1. Two things I will definitely have at my wedding: cake and calligraphy. Why not consider them together? This cake is trimmed with love letters courtesy of paper artist D. Sharp.

2. It’s amazing how much impact a pair of off-set sugar camelias can have. If there are big blooms in your bouquet, consider a similar design, which looks so chic in its tone-on-tone palette.

3. One of our brides designed her own stationery suite, incorporating a floral pattern she hand painted. She gave that pattern to her cake maker, who piped it on with icing. The result? A textural and elegant masterpiece, finished with the perfect bow.

4. This is one of my newest favorites. I mean, I’ve always been a fan of Sylvia Weinstock’s cakes, but the colors and the actual flowers (I grew up with a Bleeding Heart plant in my front yard and my mom loves roses) just feel so “me”. If this were my cake, I’d frame a photo of it and hang it on my wall.

5. Mark Joseph always gets it spot on. I heart this cake of his, which was actually for a bridal shower, but would feel right at home at any wedding reception.

6. What’s the French word for delicious? Apparently it’s croquembouche. I actually got to sample this profiterole and pulled sugar confection by Francois Payard, and it tasted just as good as it looks.

7. I love a monogram, and I love a pretty, proportional cake, like this one. The combination is so elegant and timeless.

8. Purple’s my favorite color and as a kid I kept potted African violets. The buttercream piping of the violets, sweet peas, and pansies feels a bit like a secret garden. It’s totally my cup of tea.

9. Here’s another beauty from our calligraphy cake story from 2007, piped by Wendy Kromer. This one highlights the flourishes and ornamentations of calligraphy.

10. I have a confession to make… I used to read Martha Stewart Weddings in high school. I also have a major obsession with buttons. So I’ve been swooning over this adorable cake since it debuted in 1997. I’d wear this as a sweater if possible. There was a different version in a story from 2006, that I also love.

11. I love a common thread throughout a wedding. This bride used three patterns from her stationery suite as the basis for the piping on her five-tiered stunner. I also love the cake board: a simple wood base trimmed in ribbon, with knobs from Anthropologie screwed in to tie in the color palette and make it easy to move.

12. This couple had a buffet for their savory food and also for their dessert spread. Three cakes by One Girl Cookies took center stage among smaller sweets. One was white cake, one was chocolate cake, and the middle one was a marbled version of both flavors, a happy combination for the couple and a nice touch of the symbolism of a union. The simple piping on these confections is enhanced by fresh flowers.

13. This cake took its cue from the bride’s one-shouldered dress which was accented by a structured and cascading bow. Stunning.

14. Macarons are the ever-popular cookie of choice at weddings. So why not incorporate them into the design of the cake? At this Parisian wedding, a band of the airy treats surrounded the middle tier.

15. A few years back we did a story showcasing cakes inspired by different fabrics. This geometric lace was my favorite. Ron Ben Israel made an edible version of the beautiful textile that had me fooled.

16. This piped cake is our most commonly-referenced design. I’ve seen this ivory and peach creation done in nearly every color of the rainbow. I’m so glad that such a cute and timeless idea can be redone over and over again and still feel fresh.

17. The texture and sugar flowers on this cake are really spectacular. It’s wintery without being too wintery. And the mismatched tier sizes keeps it feeling really natural.

18. Here’s a modern take on cake. M. Robin Cake Design dreamt up this striped masterpiece, which is crafted using the European technique of entremet cakes, meaning that the sponge cake is on the outside, with layers upon layers of mousses, creams, custards, and cake on the inside.

 

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Most of the time you’ll find Chelsea on her blog, Frolic. Or designing and styling a photo shoot. Or teaching an online flower class. Basically she’s always busy with something lovely! Which makes us extra happy to have her stopping by with a guest post today…

 

I am so happy to be on Snippet & Ink today! I only read a handful of wedding blogs these days but Kathryn’s is always a standby. I love her timeless, sweet, and practical approach to weddings. A designer whose gowns embody these same values, is Leanne Marshall. Her looks are wearable, flattering and have a classic quality that makes me think you won’t regret being photographed in one of these looks. Many of her looks have an understated, girly quality that I just can’t help but love.

Leanne takes her ballet-inspired looks one step further with these pieces that have a bit of surprise, inspired by flower petals and cabbages! She’s not afraid to add some stripes and pink to a wedding dress either!

See more at Leanne’s blog and Etsy shop!

Thanks for having me on Snippet & Ink today, Kathryn!

xo
Chelsea

 

All images from Leanne Marshall’s blog and Etsy shop. 

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Faire Frou Frou is known for their brilliantly curated lingerie shop, though we think they’re equally brilliant when it comes to their blog and Pinterest page. Today they’ve stopped by to share a bit about lingerie with us – both for your big day, and beyond.

There certainly is a romantic vision of the bride on her wedding day; the gorgeous gown, the perfect hair, and even the sweet image of the lacy white intimates under that gown. The tradition of the bridal trousseau and lingerie bridal showers makes lingerie an essential component of the perfect wedding package. However, there is an interesting trend we’ve seen in our 8-year history of owning a lingerie boutique … and that’s what most brides are really wearing on their big day!

The fantasy and goal most brides seek out is wedding day lingerie that is beautiful and will be treasured for a lifetime (see all those lovely images above).  Perhaps a fine Italian lace bustier by La Perla in ivory with matching lace and silk trimmed panties. Maybe a delicate Fleur of England bra and panty handcrafted in white Chantilly lace. So many beautiful options from so many talented luxury designers.

While many of our customers select precisely those fantasy options, a good majority are in need of good old basics for walking down the aisle. Our best selling undies for the big day are typically nude, seamless thongs by Commando; the most basic panty in our boutique! As for a bra, most brides have a corset/bustier built into their gown and need accessories like Cleavage Cupcakes or one of those amazing Fashion Forms bras that suits the trickiest dress/bra needs (strapless, backless, plunging neckline, you name it).

When it comes to the honeymoon, that’s a whole different story! That’s where we see most girls budget for their bridal lingerie, and interestingly enough it’s rarely the traditional white, ivory and pale blue. It’s vibrant color, playful details, glamour, glitz, you name it! Our customers are selecting sets that they can wear again without feeling too bridal-looking. It’s a trend we love, because we agree with that train of thought.

We’re interested to know what you ended up doing (or plan on doing). Splurging on lingerie for the actual wedding ceremony, focusing on something incredible for the honeymoon, or both? Personally, we hope to get something special for both!

 

(images via Alison and Gail‘s Pinterest)

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What kind of music do you plan on listening to as you get ready for your big day?

Photo by Abby Jiu from Casey & Danny’s wedding. Robes by Plum Pretty Sugar.

 

If you want something a little mellow that might help you stay a little mellow, then definitely check out this Getting Ready playlist from the folks at Dart DJ:

“We put this mix together keeping in mind that your primary focus when getting ready is looking and feeling your best. A subtle energy runs throughout, allowing the music to fade into the background while keeping the mood in the room calm. We chose tracks that would create an organic and atmospheric space for you to look and feel your best.”

 

Getting Ready Mix by Dart DJ
(Best listened to while putting on pearls, diamonds and fine fabrics.)

 

Thanks to Dart DJ for the wedding day getting ready tunes!

 

Plum Pretty Sugar is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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