Simple elegance is my favorite look, and Nicole and Adam achieved just that for their wedding at Marvimon House last summer. Photos from the darling Annie McElwain:

Thank you to the bride and groom for sharing some details about the day…

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We wanted a small and intimate event space that had both an indoor and outdoor area. We immediately fell in love with Marvimon and its uniquely gorgeous garden, exposed brick walls, and beautiful hanging light fixtures; it was so beautiful on its own that we didn’t need to do much to decorate it!

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  From the beginning we wanted a very classic, but still unique wedding. The venue became a huge inspiration for the design and color scheme. We love succulents, so we had the florist use them generously in the arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres; this really helped tie in the flowers beautifully with the plants in the garden. Adam was a film major in school and always loved the elaborate choreography in the old Busby Berkeley movies, so we decided to show the movies on the large projector to create a fun atmosphere and add to the classic theme.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Our favorite moment was watching all of our family and friends have a wild time on the dance floor. A close second was running around downtown LA, gown and all, as we took photos.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Since the groom is Jewish and the bride is Catholic, we had a Rabbi and Priest officiate the wedding. This made the ceremony special for both sides of the family, as well as for us.

What advice do you have for other brides? Our best advice was probably to soak in every moment, because the day really does go by extremely fast! Also, wear comfortable heels, or if you don’t (like me), at least bring a pair of flip-flops or flats. You will be glad you did!



Photography: Annie McElwain / Venue: Marvimon House in Los Angeles / Planning: Dovetail Coordination / Bride’s dress: Vera Wang / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Hair: Christine Choi / Makeup: Suga Brown-Faal / Groom’s suit: J.Crew / Flowers: Holly Flora / Catering, cake: Auntie Em’s Catering / Rentals: Town & Country  Event Rentals

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It’s always an honor to bring you the unique designs of Bario-Neal, and today I get to give away some beautiful earrings to three lucky winners! As all of you know, Bario-Neal‘s jewelry is one-of-a-kind and one of my favorites. It’s handcrafted in Philadelphia with reclaimed precious metals, ethically-sourced stones, and environmentally conscious practices.

Don’t you just love these engagement rings and wedding bands?! Clockwise from top: Asymmetrical Avens ring, Aldine Thin band, Avens ring, Senna Round ring, Milla Hammered Square band, Inlay Rose Gold band, Linear Diamond ring, Reticulated Narrow Two band, Knottedrush ring, Weathered Bronze band.

Now for the best part: Enter to win these gorgeous Octillo 14kt gold earrings! All you need to do is browse around the Bario-Neal website, then come back here and leave a comment telling us what piece you’d most like to have for your very own. You have until 5:00PM PST on 2/28/12 to enter, and I’ll announce the three randomly selected winners on 3/2/12.

Update! This contest is now closed.

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DIY: Sips & Sweets


Using yesterday’s inspiration board as a starting point, Jess imagined a simple wedding reception of sips and sweets, with adorable little layer cakes and pretty pink Depression-era glass plates.

What are some of your favorite cake flavor combinations? We like banana cake with caramel buttercream, sponge cake with lemon cream and fresh raspberries, coconut cake with passion fruit curd, dark chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting…

The other element that Jess created from the inspiration board was a beautiful invitation suite. There’s no reason doing it yourself has to look DIY! All you need is a gorgeous font (we used Belluccia, available for just $39), a decent printer, and hand-cut envelope liners if you’re so inclined (Paper Source has an envelope liner kit to help you out).

A huge thank you to our newest sponsor, Rebecca Hansen, for these beautiful photos!

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Hi all! I know that many of you subscribe to Snippet & Ink through RSS, so you don’t get to see the sponsors on the sidebar – these are some the wonderful vendors who help to support this blog. Without them, there would be no Snippet & Ink! Some of them are longtime sponsors, and others are new, and they’re all wonderful. So I thought I’d bring them to your attention, in the hope that you’ll discover a fabulous vendor that was just what you were looking for.

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Playfully modern wedding photos by InTandem Photography.

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Tasteful and timeless wedding photography by Rebecca Hansen.

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One of my favorite things about this job, is that I get to imagine a different wedding with every inspiration board. In this one, I wanted to combine playfulness and chic sophistication: orange and pink plus soft gray, retro wedding bells meet gorgeous calligraphy, a mini dress with long sleeves, cocktails and sweets following a city hall ceremony. This is an inspiration board I would love to see brought to life!

Mood: playfully elegant romance
Palette: dusty rose and peach, gray velvet, warm cream

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Top row from left: couture by Ulyana Sergeenko, letterpress stationery by Cheree Berry, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, blushing coupes from BHLDN
Row 2: Bonne Maman jam jar by see/saw via Daniella Marie, elaborate calligraphy by Elizabeth Jones for Sixpence Press
Row 3: small chocolate cake photo by Elizabeth Messina, birdcage veil by Jennifer Behr for J.Crew, San Francisco City Hall, vintage book photo by Aaron Delesie


If you like this inspiration board, you might also like:

Board #541: Coral and Storm
Board #481: Nude & Gray
Board #515: Sidewalk at Sunset


Elizabeth Messina is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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