Since you’re probably already in the giving spirit, we thought it was a good time to think about bridal party gifts. Jess and Lyndsey, Snippet & Ink interns extraordinaire, helped me to round-up some of our favorite ideas (which would also make for excellent holiday gifts) in a range of prices. First up, goodies for your bridesmaids (or for yourself)…

Scotch Naturals Nail Polish, $15 / Sofia Blanc de Blancs, $19 / Bloom Etched Stemless Flutes from CB2, $16 for 4 / Pave Bow Pendant from Bauble Bar, $42 / Silk Cord and Crystal Necklace from The Vamoose, £16 / Tassel Bracelet by Lennebelle, €19 / HomArt Matches from Areo Home, $3 / Linnea’s Lights Soy Candle, $30 / Bagatelles & Co. Envelope Clutch, $90 / Lollia Handcreme in Wish, $24 / Kissing Swallows Cuff, $225 / Merino Wool Shawl by Virginia Johnson, $195

Stop by later today for some groomsmen gift ideas!

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There are so many things I love about the fall, just one of which is all the yummy treats that come in season. I thought I’d share a little round-up of some of my favorites that I’ve come across. What are your favorite autumn treats or flavors?

 

Snacks

Clockwise from top left: Salted Butterscotch Popcorn with Peanuts, Maple Sugar Candies from Vermont, Miniature Grilled Cheese with Creamy Tomato Soup, Manchego Crackers with Quince Jam

 

Cocktails

Clockwise from top left: Grape-Elderflower Fizz with Concord Grapes, San Francisco Filibuster with Maple Syrup, Cognac Sparklers with Apple Cider, Vanilla Bean Old Fashioned

 

Pears

Clockwise from top left: Pear Tartelettes with Puff Pastry, Spiced Poached Pears with Warm Chocolate Sauce, Pear Almond Tart, Caramel-Dipped Pears with Salt

 

Pumpkin

Clockwise from top left: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Milk, Pumpkin Tartelettes with Meringue, Spiced Pumpkin Doughnuts, Pumpkin Bourbon Tart with Mascarpone Cream

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Last week, Joanna posted this darling photo of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and it sent me searching for more pics of the famous Hollywood couple.

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward wed January 29, 1958 in Las Vegas, and there are so many delightful photos of them together that seem to explain how they stayed happily married for 50 years.

Joanne: Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat…

I imagine if you’re reading Snippet & Ink, you love flowers and invitations and all the lovely details that go into a wedding. But if you’re anything like me, you’re even more inspired by what could only be described as true love. Sweet, romantic, silly, mundane love. Eating popcorn together and snuggling up with a cup of tea…

I adore these two – look at the way he looks at her!

This? This is the reason there are weddings.

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Lately I’ve been feeling inspired by the incredible fashions found in the digital archives of the Kyoto Costume Institute. Gowns from centuries ago are as jaw dropping as ever, with incredible textures and colors, cuts and patterns. I know this might seem like an abstract source of wedding inspiration, but consider the possibilities – details for a custom dress, color palette ideas, patterns for an envelope liner. And even if they’re totally unhelpful for you in thinking about design elements of your wedding, don’t you find them incredibly beautiful? I wish I had reason to wear a dress like this!

Oh, and as you go through the images, click on them to see larger versions with a closer look at all the details…

The intricate details on this monogrammed ivory hand fan are amazing, but I also love the use of pattern in both the gown and the sash. c. 1800, China.

The one above is probably my favorite of the lot – the simple colors, and the India-inspired pattern. c. 1850, India.

What about taking inspiration for your bouquet or centerpieces from a dress like this? I’d love to see what a floral designer might do with this as her only direction for bridal flowers. c. 1785, England.

This retro gown is a bit different from the rest, with a playfulness in its details (polka dots! bows!). c. 1950, Jacques Fath Paris.

c. 1888, Rouff Paris  //  c. 1780, France.

Even the description of the fabric in this elaborate dress is luscious: “Light-blue Lyons silk chine with cartouche-enclosed floral motif.” c. 1765, France.

Doesn’t this dress look straight out of Emma? I adore how light it seems, and the super simple pattern of what looks like bumblebees and wheat leaves. c. 1795, Italy.

c. 1855, England.

The floral embroidery on this muslin chemise dress is too beautiful for words! And feels very much like a wedding (especially with the white satin toe peeking out from underneath). c. 1802, France.

 

So what do you say? Would you be able to find inspiration in any of these designs or patterns, or in any of the other pieces over at the Kyoto Costume Institute?

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I have some dreamy eye candy from Elizabeth Messina for you today, plus, all of the dresses and accessories in this post are part of an exclusive vintage-inspired collection created for the brand-new-today Ruffled Shop. Find out more below all this gorgeousness (including where you can find even more sneak peeks)…

I adore the swiss dot tulle on this dress!

Now all the details… these beautiful dresses are customizable (fabric, length, petticoat, and hello, pockets), and with many of them under $800, they’re affordable too. There are also veils, hair accessories and jewelry, all exclusive to Ruffled. Designers include Fancy, Sarah Seven, Tessa Kim and Wendy Mink. And keep an eye out for even more designs in the fall.

Of course, if you don’t want to wait that long, check out more sneak peek posts over with our friends Leila at Inspired by This, Jen at Green Wedding Shoes, and Elizabeth Messina at Kiss the Groom. And be sure to check out the Ruffled Shop!

 

 

Vendors

Photography: Elizabeth Messina / Dresses, veils, accessories: Ruffled Shop / Location (available for weddings): Santa Barbara Historical Museum / Styling: Catherine Sheppard of The Life Styled / Hair, makeup: Christina Burns 617-285-8772

 

Kiss the Groom is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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