Three of the most delightful days I’ve ever spent were at one of Ariella Chezar‘s incredible floral workshops, so it’s always such a treat to feature them here. With these beautiful photos by Meg Smith, you’ll be dreaming of gardens and flowers for days…

From Ariella: “Chalk Hill has always been high on my flower fantasy list as it is an absolutely spectacular cut flower farm. The Healdsburg setting and property is beyond, and the owners Kaye and Richard Heafey have created something truly beautiful. Not only are the clematis to die for, but there are row upon row of massive arching bushes of caning garden roses, an olive grove (they make really delicious olive oil and aged balsamico), a beautiful Mary Toomey designed garden, and the most insane kitchen garden I’ve ever seen. Wisteria draped arbor, espaliered fruit trees, fig hedges, citrus galore, several happy humming bee hives, pomegranates…

“It was such a kick to see the greedy glee in all the attendees faces as they cut buckets upon buckets of blooms. Thorns be damned, no one could get enough. There really is nothing like cutting your own flowers.”

Workshop attendees discussed color and choosing flowers for an event, and had the chance to create some of Ariella’s signature-style compote arrangements, taller statement arrangements, and bridal bouquets…

“My goal for these workshops is to teach people in an inspiring setting, feed them delicious food and allow them to work with the most beautiful flowers around. A full on sensual overload,” says Ariella. “I think Chalk Hill offers that and more, and so I intend to make it an annual occurrence.”

There are two spots left in Ariella’s next Master Class workshop at Chalk Hill, May 13-15. Find more information right HERE, or you can sign up for Ariella’s mailing list to be notified of future workshops HERE.



On the final day of Ariella’s Master Class workshops, attendees learn about designing a cohesive, unforgettable party. Check back later today to see Ariella‘s stunning table from last year’s Chalk Hill workshop, with more beautiful pics by Meg Smith.


Ariella Chezar and Meg Smith are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.

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Yesterday we got a look at some purple and blue Spring flowers from Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers, one of our talented Select vendors. Today, she shows us another direction Spring brides can go… I confess, I’m such a sucker for pretty pink flowers, especially in soft shades of blush. Photos by Kate Osborne.

“Spring blooms are intricately shaped and to me, very feminine,” says Sarah. “A soft color palette is easy to dream up with the spring flowers.”

Sarah used the following pretties in this bouquet and cloche-covered arrangement: Fritillaria, Hellebore, Dusty Miller, Ranunculus, Sweet Pea, Amnesia Rose.

See more seasonal wedding flowers right here.


Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.

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This week we have not one, but two, beautiful March flower features for you from Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers (a Snippet & Ink Select vendor!). If you’re a lover of blues and purples, then this post is for you… Sweet photos by Kate Osborne.

From Sarah: Purple and and especially blue tones in flowers are hard to come by. Most of the flowers that are in these tones are very seasonal. If you want these colors in the flowers for your wedding, choose an early spring date. I love the small blooms of flowers that grow in the early spring, they are each so delicate.

In this bouquet and boutonnieres you’ll find: Hellebore, Hyacinth, Sweet Pea, Ranunculus, Fritillaria, Muscari, Scabiosa, Lilac, and Delphinium.

Not a Spring bride? Find more seasonal wedding flowers right here.


Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.


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By the time February rolls around, many of us are just aching for some color! If you dream of bright, bold, cheerful flowers but you’re tying the knot during late winter (February and March), Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers (a Snippet & Ink Select vendor!) has some inspiration for you. Lovely photos by Kate Osborne.

Says Sarah: “For the bride that just can seem to submit to wintry colors, poppies and citrus fruit are in season in the late winter. They are just the dose of bright that you need in the late winter months.”

For the adventurous February or March bride: Poppies, Kumquats, Tulips, Jasmine Vine, Blooming Quince, Anemone, Spray Roses, Nerine, Ranunculus.

See more seasonal wedding flowers right here.


Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.

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I love the look of red lipstick, but I’ve always been a little afraid to try it myself, so I’m thrilled to have Lora Kelley here to tell us how to do it without looking like a circus clown. And really, what better time to give it a go than Valentine’s Day?! Share your red lipstick look with us on Instagram and make sure to tag @snippetandink – we’ll re-gram some of your pics next week!


Lora’s Tips for Perfect Red Lips

Tip #1: Choosing the right color. The best advice I’ve heard is from makeup artist Rae Morris. Ask yourself if you prefer Tango Tangerine or Ballet Pink Rose. If you opt for Tango Tangerine, then you’ll probably love a warmer red. If you j’adore Ballet Pink Rose, you’ll probably want a cooler red. The great thing is that if you have a warmer red and want to add some coolness, you can pop a cool-toned pink gloss on top and voila! You have a new color. The same works for a cool red: sweep some golden gloss over the top for a warmer red.

Tip #2: Avoiding the “vixen” look. I’m dreadfully prudish and I love a good red lipstick. The way I avoid looking to crazy is by keeping my eye makeup in check. Our model is wearing little more than some sleek black liner, Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat,  very light Sable Eye Colour in the crease, and of course mascara. You can add a retro swing by going cat-eye with the liner. I also recommend letting your red lip be the statement of your outfit, keeping colors minimal. If you’re making it an evening look, keep the dress Kate Middleton approved. 

Perfect Application

Tip #3: Be precise. I recommend Laura Mercier’s smoky eyeliner brush. Even though it’s not technically for lips, I have redefined its use to be my go-to lip brush. It’s a fine point synthetic brush with excellent precision for lining the lip. 

Tip #4: Stop feathering. Correct and prevent any bleeding colors or feathering by applying concealer around your lips. I love La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer with SPF 15. It’s a foundation and concealer in one. 

Tip #5: Start on the outside and work your way in. Line around your lip first, then fill in with color.

Inspired to give your kisser a red lipstick makeover for Valentine’s Day? Don’t forget to tag @snippetandink on your Instagram pic and we’ll re-gram some of them next week!

Hair, Makeup: Lora Kelley / Photography: Eric Kelley / Attire: EG / Earrings: Anthropologie / Red Lipstick: Poppy by Laura Mercier / Photo Scans: Film Box Lab

Lora Kelley and Eric Kelley are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.
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