Michaele Thunen (my godmother) made our sweet little ring pillow with beaded fabric and tied with a red velvet ribbon. Our wedding bands came from Stephan-Hill, a local jeweler that my mom has used for years. I went with a very simple yellow gold band, and Ryan chose a white gold band with a scratch finish. These silly little books were just too funny to pass up.

Last week I talked about the beautiful bouquet that Michaele made for me to carry. She also made the attendant bouquets using white flowers (ranunculus, paper whites, cyclamen) and dusty miller, as well as the flower girl cone (with just the perfect amount of red ribbon) and head wreath.

Many of our guests traveled from out of town to celebrate with us, and we wanted to greet them with something fun and useful, so we had welcome bags waiting for them at their hotels.

For the graphics on the bags themselves, I made a little collage of silhouettes that had to do with Ryan and me and our relationship: golf ball, laptop, the states we’ve lived in, a moving truck, a wedding cake. Jill Sassa screen printed the design onto small canvas tote bags purchased from Bagworks. She also designed and printed little name tags and welcome booklets that included an itinerary for the weekend, as well as some of Ryan and my favorite restaurants and things to do in San Francisco.

In addition to the welcome booklet, bags included:
Locally made Beth’s Heavenly Little Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Crunchy corn from Sensible Foods for a healthier snack.
Calistoga sparkling water.
Vintage postcards from the Presidio Social Club, tied with twine to recall our save-the-dates.
A glassine bag filled with travel-sized necessities (Kleenex, Advil, toothpaste, Shout wipes, and Tums).
A set of California-themed pencils from Paper Pastries – each pencil was a different color, stamped with a different California fact, like the state bird, state motto, etc.

Photos by Elizabeth Messina.

Kiss the Groom (Elizabeth Messina), Paper Pastries and PS Paper are sponsors of Snippet & Ink. Thank you to my wonderful godmother, Michaele Thunen, for the gift of our personal flowers and the darling ring pillow.

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Last week I shared some of the inspiration for our wedding stationery; here is the resulting invitation suite…

White paper with gray ink and red accents were an obvious choice for the wedding we were planning, and they fit with my goal of an invitation suite that was both playful and sophisticated. I started to play around in Photoshop with fonts and motifs, and came up with a design for the invitation, reception card coaster, and reply card. With the help of Laurie Arons (our planner) and Jill Sassa (PS Paper), we finalized the details (exact colors, paper weight, text spacing, etc.), and Jill executed the design perfectly.


The couple times I’ve received mail from calligrapher Betsy Dunlap, it’s always felt like a little gift – I wanted our guests to have that same experience when they received our invitations. Betsy’s whimsical calligraphy (we chose her Sofia style) combined with vintage stamps from The Paper Nickel added just the right amount of fun and color to our envelopes.

For our save-the-dates, Jill found the perfect vintage postcards of a cable car and the Golden Gate Bridge, and added the tiniest bit of glitter to make them extra special. One card was printed with a hand-written note asking guests to save the date, and the other was printed with hotel and travel information. The two cards were tied together with bakers twine, finished off with a custom tag, then mailed in glassine envelopes with a wrap-around address label. (You can see a pic with all of those save-the-date details on the PS Paper blog.)


We used traditional wording on our invitations, printing just our first names in red for a little playfulness. A simple wreath motif was printed without ink (also called a blind press) at the top of the invite.


Laurie suggested a coaster for our reception card, and I immediately agreed that would be a perfect touch for our supper club reception. The coaster and RSVP card also included the blind press wreath. Once all of the designs were finalized, Jill gave the paper rounded corners, had all of the pieces hand-edged in red, and all of the envelopes hand-bordered to match, then brought them to Alan Hillesheim Letterpress for printing. All I can say is that I wish you could touch our invitations – I just love the texture of letterpress, especially when it’s printed on extra thick paper.

For anyone who might be curious, the fonts used in our invitations are ITC Bodoni Seventy-Two and Chopin Script. The paper was extra thick Crane Lettra 100% cotton in Pearl White.

Photos by Elizabeth Messina.



Kiss the Groom (Elizabeth Messina), Laurie Arons Special Events, The Paper Nickel and PS Paper are sponsors of Snippet & Ink. Thank you to Betsy Dunlap for the wedding gift of envelope calligraphy.

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At the risk of overdosing you on our wedding, I have a few more posts with more bits and pieces from the day – there were so many details that I wanted to share, and they just wouldn’t fit into one post! First up, a “Getting Ready” post (though we all know getting ready for your wedding isn’t just about hair and makeup)…

While the boys (Ryan, his dad, brother, brother-in-law and nephews) got ready at our house, the girls (me, both of our moms, my sister, Ryan’s sister and sister-in-law, and nieces) got ready in one of the historic suites at Cavallo Point.

Ryan and I didn’t write our own vows, but we did write letters to each other – it was so nice to take a moment in the middle of all the hair and makeup and chatter to connect with my groom, even though he was getting ready somewhere else. We also each gave a card from Tallu-lah (one of Snippet & Ink’s long time sponsors, and purveyor of charming letterpress wedding cards) to our moms and siblings.

This next bit is only relevant because you can see my hands in the photo above: I have a terrible time with manicures – within minutes of leaving the nail salon I am guaranteed to smudge the polish, and within a day or two I’ll have chipped a couple of nails. For this reason, I decided to try out long-lasting gel polish for the wedding (I believe the shade I chose was “Bashful” by Gelish). Though I wouldn’t do this on a regular basis (it kind of destroyed my nails for a few months), it did keep my nails looking good for the rehearsal dinner, wedding and honeymoon.

There were a few little things on my wedding to-do list that ended up falling by the wayside, one of which was to get a decent dress hanger for photos. Instead I get to show you this pic of my dress on a plastic hanger, and guess what – it’s really not a big deal. It’s one of those things that would be nice if it happens, but that is really not worth stressing over if it doesn’t. (Does that sound crazy? If a special wedding dress hanger never crossed your mind until now, then please ignore this entire paragraph.) I kept it simple for shoes: you’ve already seen my not-so exciting white bridal shoes which lasted me through the ceremony, dinner and first dance, and then I changed into my sparkly Steve Madden flats. And then I changed into bare feet.

Per my wedding planner‘s recommendation, Jim Avila and his associate, Darlene Carlson, were there to make sure we all looked our best. He created a soft look for my hair and makeup, and they both stayed in place all day and throughout the evening. Jim also acted as a sort of a bridal bodyguard, making sure that noise was kept to a minimum, and that any problems went to our planner, Jenna, instead of to me – I think every bride needs someone like this around!

Ryan and I knew we wanted our wedding to feel intimate, regardless of how many guests we had, so we chose to have our siblings be the only attendants. My younger sister was my maid-of-honor, and Ryan’s niece was a junior bridesmaid. Ryan’s brother was his best man and his sister was also a groom’s attendant (groomsmaid?). Ryan’s younger niece and nephew were the adorable flower girl and ring bearer. I wanted my older sister to stand up with me, but she was due with her third baby and couldn’t travel to the wedding – even though it made me so sad not to have her and her family there, I knew she was thinking of me that day (I also thought she should let me name the baby to make up for missing the wedding, but she disagreed).

I had what you might call “wedding dress issues.” I’ll probably embarrass myself here, but my dress search involved seven different bridal salons and at least 50 different dresses, a ridiculous fight with my mom about a Grace Kelly-inspired dove gray dress that she absolutely loved, purchasing a dress that I loved as a dress but not for me, deciding eight weeks before the wedding that the dress for me was in fact the Grace Kelly number favored by mom, and scrambling to have it made and altered in time for the wedding. If you ever think you’re acting like a crazy bride, just remember my little story and feel better.

Jin Wang was awesome to work with – in addition to being wonderfully sweet, she rush ordered my Angel Sanchez dress at no extra charge, fitted my dress in one week, and completely altered its neckline for me. Since Jin is herself a designer, I trusted that she would be able to make the top of my dress less revealing without sacrificing the original design, and she certainly lived up to my expectations.

Our sisters wore floor-length charcoal gray chiffon dresses by Amsale, and they each chose their own style for the top, while the flower girl and junior bridesmaid wore silk shantung dresses from LulaKate, in contrasting shades of gray and white. All of their dresses were ordered through Bella Bridesmaid, which was nice because even though they live in different states, they could each go in and try on dresses. Our sisters received beautiful gray pashminas to keep warm (it was December after all!), and for the little girls, we found the sweetest clover pendant necklaces (since Ryan’s family is Irish). Ryan’s brother and the ushers each received a different gray necktie.

My mom and her friends let me look through their jewelry boxes for the perfect pair of earrings, and there were a few contenders in the running. My sisters and I each have a pair of diamond stud earrings made from our grandmother’s watchband, and my godmother, who used to make her own jewelry, made the most wonderful suggestion and gave me one of the sweetest gifts: she added a pair of large drop pearls to the diamond studs, creating a pair of earrings that were not only beautiful, they were also incredibly meaningful to me.

A special wedding day perfume was another one of those wedding to-do’s that I had written off as unnecessary. But the day before our wedding, after our civil service at City Hall, my mom took us to lunch at the Rotunda at Neiman Marcus where a salesperson suggested Jo Malone’s Orange Blossom Cologne as a wedding day fragrance – and it was perfect! And unlike my wedding dress, it took about five minutes to find. I’m dying to wear it again, but I’ve been saving it for a special occasion. When I do, I’ll let you know if it brings back wedding day memories!

All photos by Elizabeth Messina.


Bella Bridesmaid, Jim Avila, Kiss the Groom (Elizabeth Messina), Laurie Arons Special Events and Tallu-lah are sponsors of Snippet & Ink. Thank you to Cavallo Point for extending the media room rate for our stay.

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I hope you’ll forgive me posting an image of myself for this Sunday Edition. There is a black and white bridal portrait of my grandmother that I spent a lot of time looking at before our wedding, so when Elizabeth sent this photo over, I immediately felt like this was that timeless image for me – the one that maybe someday my own granddaughter will look at before her wedding…


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It has been such a treat for me to revisit my wedding this week – thank you so much for all of your kind words about everything! Since my sister is here for the weekend before she leaves for 6 months in France, I thought I’d end the week with this photo of us at the wedding opening the Christmas crackers. I feel so lucky to have her as my best friend (especially since I wasn’t always the nicest big sister growing up), and I’m so excited for her French pastry school adventure. Our grandmother is turning 101 on Saturday, so we’ll be spending the day celebrating with her and our extended family, which is always a good time. What about you? What are your weekend plans? If you’re in the Bay Area, how much are you loving this gorgeous weather?!

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Some fun links to kick off your weekend…

If you have ten minutes and need a little laugh, this clip of Jack Hanna is pretty funny.

Books are such special objects; even more so with these embroidered covers.

Matchbook asked me what I think is the ultimate luxury. Check out my answer on page 46!

Who wants to have a tea party?!

What can I say, I have a thing for vintage-y sunglasses, via coco+kelley.

Check out my inspiration board tips over on Brides.com.

Will someone please get married in this dress? via A Cup of Jo.

I’m one of DailyCandy’s favorite wedding bloggers!

Whole wheat flour never tasted so good. (Heidi made these cookies for the Little Flower School a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t stop eating them!)

This “Jubilee Stripe” cover makes me want to upgrade to the iPhone 4.

Emersonmade goes to India.

Dreaming of spring picnics

I’ve been Unveiled.

Have a wonderful weekend lovelies! See you next week!


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