Happy Valentine’s Day dear readers! In addition to our Snapshot of a Marriage post (a celebration of lasting love), we thought we’d give you a post the celebrates the other part of Valentine’s Day we can’t live without: chocolate! We asked some of our favorite wedding vendors to share their most-loved chocolates with us, and the result is a collection of amazing sweets that would make for delicious wedding favors, welcome bag gifts, or just everyday indulgences. Enjoy!

Meg Smith | Photographer
Caramels with Exotic Salts from Woodhouse Chocolate (top left)
“My favorites are any of the caramels with exotic sea salts from Woodhouse Chocolate in St Helena – my hometown. You feel like you’ve stumbled across a chocolate store in Paris. And if you want to see a child completely in awe bring home one of their chocolate animals for a very special occasion.”

Elizabeth Messina | Photographer
Dark Chocolate Truffles from La Maison du Chocolat (not pictured)
Dark Chocolate Truffles by Jessica Foster Confections (top right)
“I have a not so secret love affair with chocolate, and perhaps my favorite chocolate indulgence is a single dark chocolate truffle. The flavor is simply sublime. Maison du Chocolat Dark Chocolate Truffles have such a rustic feel, and the richness, flavor, and texture are divine. Jessica Foster is a local boutique company and each one is made by hand – these are the truffles I served at my wedding and they will always be close to my heart.”

Jose Villa | Photographer
Cocoa Truffles from Trader Joe’s
“I love Trader Joe’s truffles! I know getting chocolate at Trader Joe’s is not exactly a luxury, but they are darn good… and dangerous!”

Ariella Chezar | Floral Designer
Aztec Chili Tiles from Poco Dolce (far left)
“While I love almost all of Poco Dolce’s chocolate tiles (with their Burnt Caramel high up on the list), the Aztec Chili tiles have the perfect little kick combined with excellent quality chocolate. Yum!

Lisa Vorce | Event Planner & Designer
Chocolat Chaud from Angelina (left)
“My sister and I spent a very cold winter in Paris when we were young, and nothing warmed us up like the hot chocolate from Angelina. “La Maison Angelina” has been around since 1903, and serves the most luscious, thick, lava-like chocolat chaud you could imagine. Actually, you should go there, so you don’t have to imagine it! I promise, you’ll be in love! And if you can’t get there anytime soon, MarieBelle offers a line of hot chocolates that are delish as well!”

Bryan Johnson, A Bryan Photo | Photographer
Almonds & Sea Salt bar by Mast Brothers Chocolate (right)
“Mast Brothers uses the best ingredients and you can taste it in every bite. The almond and sea salt bar is exceptional because the dark chocolate is lightly sweet with a hint of salt for a savory twist! So delish.”

Kathryn’s favorite…
Butterscotch Squares by See’s Candies (a)
“Basically brown sugar covered with milk chocolate – it’s super sweet and is a childhood favorite that I will love forever.”

Laurie Arons | Event Planner & Designer
Champagne Truffes by Teuscher (b)
“It is a combination of a milk chocolate shell exterior, with a dark chocolate creamy make-your-mouth water ganache and a surprise of champagne creme in the center. Delicious!”

Sarah Ryhanen, Saipua | Floral Designer
Twix bar (c)
“My favorite chocolate is probably a Twix bar. I like cheap chocolate, and lots of it.”

Cynthia Warren | Illustrator, Designer, Calligrapher
Burnt Caramel Tiles from Poco Dolce (d)
“I desire less sweet things as I get older. However, the Poco Dolce bittersweet chocolate tiles are a perfectly sized little taste treat. They come in several flavors but my favorite are the burnt caramel. I love letting the velvety dark chocolate melt in my mouth to reveal the crunchy burnt caramel toffee inside – the combination of flavors and textures is delightful. The small sprinkling of gray sea salt on top finishes the flavor experience perfectly. Heaven!”

Steve Fortunado, Room Forty | Caterer
Dark Chocolate 70% bar from Green & Black’s Organic (top left)
“Green & Black’s Organic Dark Chocolate is hard to beat for breaking off corners of a delectable brick – I dig that it is fair trade, organic, the flavor is intense, balanced – and can be used for cooking or for straight up gnawing. I’m partial to the pure bars, because that simple, pure high quality chocolate goes really well with wine and spirits, and if we’re in the mood to eat chocolate, we’re usually in the mood to drink as well.”

Kate Holt, Flowerwild | Floral Designer
White Chocolate bar from Green & Black’s Organic (top left)
Chocolate Covered Pretzels (not pictured)
“This white chocolate is divine – it isn’t overly sweet, and is really smooth and creamy.
Also, I always love a chocolate covered pretzel. I guess it’s the sweet salt thing that gets me – whoever figured that combo out is a genius!”

Calder Clark | Wedding Planner & Designer
Sea is for Caramel bar by Sweeteeth (top right)
“I’ve always heard that your taste buds change every 7 years. Old wives’ tale or not, mine have become salt obsessed! So Sweeteeth’s ridiculous sea salt caramel dark chocolate bar covers my every craving, plus they’re local and so genuine that it’s easy to support artisan chocolatier Johnny Battle.”

Kathryn’s other favorite…
Passion Fruit Truffle by Laderach at CocoaBella (bottom right)
“I had no idea what I was biting into the first time I tried one of these bon bons, but the sweet white chocolate shell with the tart passion fruit center was the most delightfully surprising taste I’ve ever had. They’ve become one of my all-time favorites.”

Rebecca Schmidt Ruebensall, Mr. Boddington’s Studio | Designer, Stationer
Put Your Money On Honey from Droga Chocolates (right photo, top left corner)
“[We worked on some designs for Droga Chocolates] and I think it’s safe to say that Put Your Money On Honey are our absolute favorites. They are dark chocolate covered caramels made with wildflower honey and a dash of salt on top – delicious! We make excuses multiple times a day on why another box should be opened! Research, of course.”

Is your mouth watering yet? I’m not sure I’ve met a chocolate I didn’t like a lot, and there are some I truly love, but I’m always looking to try something new. So do tell – what is your all-time favorite chocolate bonbon or bar? Leave a comment by 11:59PM PST letting us know what chocolate you love most, and I’ll send one of you a box of my favorite Butterscotch Squares from See’s Candies!

 

Photos by Christina McNeill.
Styling by Stacy Wichelhaus.

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    Jennifer Behr creates some of the most beautiful bridal accessories out there – . Well, this week of Valentine’s day, one Snippet & Ink reader will win a gorgeous Cosmos Bandeaux from Jennifer Behr! Here she is layered under an ethereal drop veil, plus a few more of my favorite Jennifer Behr pieces (you might remember the pretty crystal piece I wore at my own wedding…). All photos by Belathée.

    Here she is again, that pretty Cosmos, valued at $625. Made by hand in Jennifer Behr‘s New York City workshop with Swarovski crystals, it’s a true heirloom piece that is both timeless and of-the-moment.

    So, how to win?! Just leave a comment on this post letting us know how the Cosmos Bandeaux would complete your bridal look (extra points for evocative descriptions).

    Contest begins Monday, February 11, 2013 at 10:30AM PST, and ends Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 11:59PM PST. 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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    Don’t get me wrong – I love frosting. LOVE it. And I’m a sucker for a classic white wedding cake (see Exhibit A). But there’s something so fun about these unfrosted wedding cakes! I love getting to peek at all the layers of yummy-ness! And really, if the cake and filling are delicious enough, the rest is just, well, the icing on the cake.

    Momofuku Milk Bar / BHLDN cake stand

    via Always A Bridesmaid / via Wedding Chicks

    Carried Away Cuisine via The Cake Blog

    Yuma Couture Cakes / photo by Braedon Flynn

    Martha Stewart Weddings

    Martha Stewart Weddings

    Momofuku Milk Bar

    Would you ever consider a “naked” wedding cake? Would you go funky like Momofuku Milk Bar? Or simple and sweet like Martha Stewart?

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    The lovely and talented Kate Holt of Flowerwild recently re-launched her website (with a gorgeous logo by Cynthia Warren), and it’s just chock full of inspiring styling and floral design. Though we’ve had the pleasure of featuring Kate’s work before, it seemed like an excellent time to highlight a few of my favorites from her portfolio…

    I just adore Kate’s romantic, elegant, timeless aesthetic, and though I’ve focused mostly on her floral design, you just have to check out the Flowerwild website (created by Finch Design) for a taste of her creative event styling (plus lots more floral eye candy). Congratulations on the beautiful new website, Kate!

     

    Photos by Jose Villa and Elizabeth Messina.

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    I recently came across the most gorgeously dramatic, edgy-ballerina dress on Pinterest,  and just had to know more! Some digging turned up designer Mohammed Ashi of ASHi Studio, someone I had never heard of, but who you can be sure I’ll be following from now on. Here, a few of my favorite designs from the 2011 Spring/Summer collection.

    To me, these gowns seem to perfectly balance architectural elements with feminine romance and whimsy, and I can imagine them on an incredibly chic bride, can’t you? As far as I’m concerned there can never be enough tulle and feathers in the world…

    See lots more stunning creations on the ASHi Studio website.

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