I love the way that brides today can use the internet to connect with people – to get advice from other brides or wedding professionals, or to sell a dress that didn’t work out, or to buy a previously-owned veil or find deals on favors. And that’s what BravoBride is all about! It’s an online marketplace where brides, newlyweds and bridal boutiques can buy and sell new and pre-owned wedding items, from designer wedding gowns to jewelry to reception decorations.

In addition to all of this, BravoBride also offers a forum for brides to chat, and to give and get advice from one another, and a new blog where you can read wedding tips and learn about special promotions from wedding vendors. If you’re looking for good deals, or if you want to sell some of the items from your own wedding, be sure to check out BravoBride!

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I can’t tell you how fun it is when I get to feature a company whose work I’ve loved for such a long time. From way before I ever even knew what a blog was, I’ve loved the things that Chronicle Books publishes, from beautiful cookbooks to crafty kits to silly gifts. Here are just three of their lovely books…

In The Destination Wedding Planner, Alison Hotchkiss gives advice on everything from choosing the location and setting a budget to managing arrangements from afar. And with beautiful photos by Thayer Allyson Gowdy you can’t miss it!

Sweetie Stats, written by a husband and wife, are little journals that help you be the best spouse you can be by tracking hundreds of fun and important stats about your spouse.

A Bloom a Day Fortune Telling Birthday Book has 365 gorgeous flower photographs for every day of the year, each with a corresponding birthday fortune and the meaning of the flower.

And right now, Chronicle Books is offering Snippet & Ink readers 20% off any purchase! Just enter the code SNIPPET when you check out. Trust me, you’ll want to spend some time browsing around the site – Chronicle Books are hard to resist!

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I love having the chance to share one of my very favorite photographers with you – Jonathan Canlas! The color, the feeling that he captures in each image. I could go on and on, but really, the photos speak for themselves…

Shooting exclusively with film, Jonathan captures the details, moments and the overall feel of the day. He uses a mix of lifestyle photography, travel photography, and editorial portraiture to tell the unique story of each wedding he shoots. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out even more of Jonathan’s incredible work on his website, and keep up with his most recent work on his blog.

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Jocelyn Mathewes of Studio Mathewes Photography says that the best part of her job is that it feels like play – she loves being part of a couple’s special day, and getting to help them save the memories from that day. And Jocelyn’s love for her work comes through in the lovely images that she captures – see for yourself!

This is just a small sampling of some of my favorite shots, but you can see so many more over at the Studio Mathewes website, and their blog of course. Beautiful photos, Jocelyn!

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One of the things I’m most excited about getting married is creating a new home with my future husband. And since my taste is often more expensive than my wallet allows, I was really happy to hear about One Kings Lane.

This exclusive online shop features limited quantities of highly-coveted home decor brands at bargain prices – up to 70% off! Plus, they’ve got an entire section devoted to designer tips and inspiration – perfect for those of us lamenting the loss of some of our favorite nesting magazines.

Be sure to sign up for the members-only site, and then check out the events they’ve got going on this week: Jardins en Fleur (my two favorite pieces are pictured above), Reed & Barton, Cote Bastide, Somma, Fatboy and others. Oh, and don’t miss their recent New York Times mention to learn even more about One Kings Lane and the two ladies behind it. Click HERE to join.

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