There are all kinds of things I could tell you about David Newkirk. Like how he’s a storyteller. And how he brings a fashion photographer‘s eye and a cinematic style to wedding and engagement photography. And how he’s a total blast to work with. But really, all you need to know is that this guy is good. And as soon as you see his work, you’ll wish you’d hired him yesterday.

Want more? Check out David’s portfolio and his blog. Oh, and did I mention that he’s just getting started shooting weddings, so his rates are insanely low? And that on top of it he’s offering Snippet & Ink readers an additional 15% off? So what are you still doing here – send him an email already!

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As much time as I spend thinking about weddings, I didn’t give much thought to hairstyles or makeup, or even dresses until I started planning my own wedding. But now that I’m scouring the web for help with my bridal look, I’ve found Project Wedding to be a great resource.
Browse gowns by style, price, or designer in the Wedding Dress gallery.
Find over 10,000 images in the Wedding Hair gallery and over 8,000 in the Wedding Makeup gallery.

Join Project Wedding for free and keep track of all your ideas, whether it’s the dress you’ve always been looking for, or the perfect style for short hair. It’s a great place to find and save inspiration!

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I’m really excited about today’s sponsor, because this is exactly the sort of thoughtful beautiful detail that I was talking about in this post awhile back. Courtney Khail creates the most incredible little works of art, so your guests are not only opening a wedding invitation; they’re opening a little watercolor gift. Each piece is hand-painted, so each one is totally unique. (Honestly, as pretty as these look on your computer screen, the photos don’t even begin to do justice to these little paper gems.)

If you have something special in mind that you don’t see on her site, Courtney will create a custom design for you. Check out her newly launched website, and then head over to her blog and see all the pretty projects she’s working on, including table numbers, Ketubahs – you name it, she’ll make it. What would you have Courtney make for you?

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Can you think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day than with gorgeous, eco-friendly jewelry? Enter Brilliant Earth. Not only are they committed to sustainable practices, using reclaimed and recycled precious metals in their jewelry, but they are also committed to craftsmanship and quality. And with five basic style collections – Classic, Modern, Nature, Antique, and Glamorous – plus the option to have something totally custom made, they have something for everyone.
{Some examples of the Glamorous and Modern collections.}
{Pieces from the Antique and Nature collections.}

And how about a little extra something to go with your ring? When you buy any ring during the week of Earth Day (4/18 – 4/24), Brilliant Earth will include a limited edition sterling silver charm necklace for free! I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a great way to celebrate Earth Day.

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You know those companies that you feel so lucky to know about? That’s how I feel about Bario-Neal. All of their jewelry is hand-crafted with reclaimed precious metals, ethically-sourced stones, and environmentally conscious practices. And it’s gorgeous. Anna and Page are the artisans behind the jewelry, creating everything by hand in their Philadelphia studio.

I love this ring – it’s simple, chic, modern. How incredible is that paper-thin band?

The reticulated rings on the right are made by continually heating and quenching the metal, giving them their organic shape and texture.

Tie the knot in silver or gold.

I’m thinking this simple gold band will go perfectly next to my vintage engagement ring…

There isn’t a ton of unique wedding jewelry out there for men, but Bario-Neal is stepping in to fill the void for grooms who want something less traditional than the standard band.

If you don’t see exactly what you want on Bario-Neal’s website, you can work with Anna and Page to create the jewelry of your dreams – they’ll even work with your heirloom materials. Because all of their work is handmade, make sure to place your order at least 4 to 6 weeks ahead of time (longer for custom pieces) – just a head’s up for all you 2010 brides!

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