Looking for an alternative to wedding cake that’s not cupcakes or pie? How about a frozen bombe or bonbons? As this June 1955 cover of Gourmet magazine shows, it’s a retro-inspired idea, one that I think updates nicely (and deliciously!), and that adds a fun kind of fancy to dessert. The one in this issue of Gourmet is a white Curaçao mousse in a shell of sweet orange ice, but they can also be made with ice cream, sherbet, or sorbet, and covered in chocolate or meringue. Here, a round-up of 12 bombes and bonbons that I’d love to see at a wedding this year…

Bombe and Baked Alaska from Ici Ice Cream in Berkeley. Photo by Aya Brackett.

Peach Coconut Sorbet Bombes from Martha Stewart Weddings.

Banana Split Bombe from Martha Stewart.

Chocolate Baked Alaska from Martha Stewart.

Neapolitan Baked Alaska from Martha Stewart.

Miniature Ice Cream Bombes from Ici Ice Cream.

St. Clair Molded Ice Cream from Martha Stewart Weddings.

Fauchon Pyramide de Sorbets via Martha Stewart Weddings.

Key Lime Bonbons by Garrett Kern, via Justin Kern’s flickr.

Ice Cream Cubes by Tom Turtle in Melbourne, via B for Bel.

Two-Bite Gelato from Bacetti.

Coconut Almond Bonbon from Martha Stewart.


Which of these frozen yummies would you like to try (um, all of them?)? Would you consider serving a bombe in place of wedding cake? Or maybe in addition to? Do you have a bonbon recipe that you’ve tried and loved?

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Shopping for a wedding gown can be exhausting, and even more expensive, but I think the process just got a little easier. Nearly Newlywed is an amazing online boutique that carries a beautifully curated selection of nearly new designer gowns (think Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta), that they sell for a fraction of the original price. Boutique owner, Jacqueline Sheller Courtney, describes it as the “borrow, alter, send back or sometimes keep” experience, and it really is as simple as that.

It might seem crazy to buy a designer wedding dress online, but Nearly Newlywed makes it totally risk-free with free shipping and a five-day return policy. So if you try a dress and it doesn’t suit your fancy, you can just send it back! Or, if you love it, wear it on your wedding day with the option of selling it back – how awesome is that?!

If your wedding has come and gone, or if you’re like me and decided to wear an entirely different wedding gown than you originally planned, consider submitting your dress for consignment at Nearly Newlywed. Once you’ve agreed on a selling price, just send them your dress and they take care of the rest. Easy peasy!

And now for the really fun part! Nearly Newlywed is giving one Snippet & Ink reader a $250 gift certificate toward the purchase of a wedding or party dress. To enter, just leave a comment on this post with the Nearly Newlywed dress that you love most. You have until Monday, May 21st, at 5:00 PDT to leave a comment. The randomly selected winner will be notified by email. Happy dress hunting!

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Milkmaid Press is the charming stationery company of my friend Kristen Nichols, and when she offered to design an invitation suite based on one of my inspiration boards, I couldn’t possibly say no! Imagine my surprise when she turned out a delightful design that works with a huge range of wedding styles, simply by customizing the color and backer pattern…

Board #467: Bold As Love with yellow floral.

Board #524: Southern Comfort with blue damask.

Board #556: Pretty in Peach with pink confetti.

Board #545: Romantic Early Spring with moss floral.

Board #490: Poppy & Mint with mint diagonal stripe.

Okay, as if I didn’t love it already, but then she went ahead and named it Kathryn. Which pretty much made my week! AND. Kristen is giving away a $250 gift certificate to FOUR lucky Snippet & Ink readers! Just leave a comment on this post with which Milkmaid Press design is your favorite. You have until Thursday, May 17th, 2012 at 5:00PM PDT to enter, and the randomly selected winners will be notified by email.

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When I was working on the budget-friendly inspiration boards from a few weeks ago, I came across some of the prettiest dresses at reasonable prices, and I thought it would be a shame not to share them with you! So here you go: 40 wedding dresses under $1000 in a variety of styles.

Thread “Mabel” $420
J.Crew “Sinclair” $675
Saja “HB6979” $930
Ann Taylor “Silk Georgette” $550

Aidan Mattox “Rosette” $500
JS Collections “High-Low Hem” $140
BHLDN “Lustrous Lace” $750
J.Crew “Dune” $995

Roberto Rodriguez “Silk Dress” $487
Rachel Zoe “Amelie Godet” $625
10 Crosby Derek Lam “Sheer Illusion Chevron” $695
Sue Wong “Lace Ruffle” $568

Ivy & Aster “Sweet Dreams” $1000
White by Vera Wang “Short Satin-Faced Organza” $528
Sarah Seven “Elope” $770
Chloe & Reese “Silk Faille Party Dress” $460

Ruche “Audrey” $250
BHLDN “Comme Il Faut” $800
Ruche “Tiffany” $350
Whitney Deal “Lola” $785

Whitney Deal “Gracie” $890
Anne M. Cramer “Flynn Sterling Skirt” $320
Lula Kate “Organza Striped” $495
J.Crew “Kira” $995

Laundry by Shelli Segal “Pleated” $385
J.Crew “Feather” $895
J.Crew “Dinah” $795
Ann Taylor “Silk Crepe One-Shoulder” $550

ML Monique Lhuillier “Contrast Strap” $898
Tadashi Shoji “One-Shoulder Rosette” $840
Kay Unger “Foil Print Halter” $650
Aidan Mattox “Sequined Gown” $525

Aidan Mattox “Metallic Jacquard” $550
Theia “Organza Mermaid” $895
White by Vera Wang “Hand Appliqued Lace” $600
White by Vera Wang “Twill Gazar Mermaid” $628

Oleg Cassini for David’s Bridal “Champagne Tulle Ball Gown” $950
ML Monique Lhuillier “Beaded Bodice Ball Gown” $898
White by Vera Wang “Taffeta Ballgown” $800
Tadashi Shoji “Cap-Sleeve Lace” $945


And lastly, one beauty that I just couldn’t leave out, even though it just barely exceeds the $1000 limit…

Notte by Marchesa “Strapless Beaded Gown” $1045


A lot of the designers that I’ve included here have many more budget-friendly wedding dress options, so be sure to browse around. Have you come across any fabulous budget-friendly wedding dresses? Please share them with us in the comments!


Thank you to Lovely Bride and my sponsor Bella Bridesmaid for helping out with this post!

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In honor of my sister coming home from Paris today after studying pastries for the past year, today’s post is all about cake! As yummy as simple chocolate and vanilla can be, it’s fun to imagine unique flavor combinations for your wedding cake, and as I was going through my files and Pinterest “Sweets” board, I realized that many of my favorite layer cakes came from the same place: Sweetapolita. So I decided to highlight some of the yummiest recipes from her collection… (click the images for the original recipe link).

Malted Chocolate + Toasted Marshmallow “Campfire” Cake
Salted Caramel + Chocolate Fudge Cake
Chocolate Stout Cake + Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting
Vanilla Bean Cake + Vanilla Espresso Buttercream
Sweet Potato Ginger Cake + Brown Sugar Buttercream
Hawaiian Carrot Cake + Coconut Cream Cheese Icing
Orange Ginger Carrot Cake + White Chocolate Buttercream
Triple Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake
Dark Chocolate + Raspberry Buttercream Cake
Inside-Out Neapolitan Layer Cake
Six-Layer Dark Chocolate Cake + Strawberry Buttercream
Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake + Whipped Peppermint Icing


How yummy do these cakes look?! If you haven’t visited Sweetapolita yet, prepare to spend some time there.

Have you decided on something for your wedding cake yet? What are your favorite cake flavors? My wedding cake was alternating tiers of  Lemon Sponge Cake with Lemon Curd and Chocolate “Mahogany” Cake with Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle Cream – I’m drooling just thinking about it…

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