The holiday season is in full swing around our house – three of my favorite ladies came over yesterday for cookies and eggnog, our decorations and tree are up, we have candles in the windows. And I have definitely been listening to Christmas music non-stop since Thanksgiving. Well, except for a brief Flo Rida interlude. Anyway, it is my favorite time of year! What do you like most about the holidays?

Tiffany & Co. Holiday 2011

 

This is your life: Holstee Manifesto poster.

If you missed it last week, Snippet & Ink went baby for a day over at La Petite Peach.

I’m intrigued by this little Cricut gadget – anyone tried it and liked it?

What to wear to a winter wedding, a la Oh Happy Day.

Loving everything about these Nariko slipper flats.

My down comforter is one of my most favorite things, but I think this Lands’ End down robe could compete for my affections

Someone please buy this pretty as an engagement ring!

Ski bunny accoutrements.

If I had an extra couple thousand dollars lying around, I’d use it to buy one of these vintage Chanel bracelets.

Felted wool critters make me smile.

 

Have a happy weekend, lovelies!

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Remember when I was looking for interns a little while back? Well I found not one, but two fabulous ladies to help me out at Snippet & Ink! Let me introduce Jess, our new project designer. When I asked her to put together some fun seasonal projects for us, she created this simply lovely table of boxwood and paperwhites. DIY and budget friendly!

Boxwood monograms are a pretty way to embellish a place setting, and paperwhites are both lovely and budget friendly (we found ours at Stop & Shop, $10 for 3). Boxwood table numbers would be another way to use this idea.

Create a simple centerpiece by clustering votive candles and paperwhites in mixed or matching containers. We used mercury glass vases and votives ($5 to $8, Anthropologie) to add a little sparkle – they would also be lovely take-aways for your guests.

I hope you’re as excited about having Jess at Snippet & Ink as I am! Also, a huge thank you to Rebecca Hansen for the beautiful photos.

 

Download instructions for the boxwood monograms right here.

Please take note: Boxwood sap can cause minor skin irritation, so you may want to wear gloves when handling it. If allergy is a concern, use another seasonal green or faux boxwood for your monograms.

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The other day an inspiration board over on Flights of Fancy caught my eye, and inspired me to create this pink and gold Christmas board. Gold and silver, pale pink and almost-red pink, ribbons ornaments, glitter. Wedding or no, this is a party I would love to attend!

Mood: festive and feminine and fun
Palette: berry and blush pinks, vintage gold and silver


Top row from left: vintage pink ornaments from Better Homes and Gardens, photo by Johnny Miller, Christmas carols songbook from Martha Stewart, striped bow from Better Homes and Gardens
Row 2: veil headband with organza bow from Ban.do, cocktails with gold swizzle sticks from The Crafts Dept. at Martha Stewart, fondant covered cake with candy ribbon bow from Martha Stewart Weddings, gold dress by Kate Spade
Row 3: Deck the Halls greeting card by Lola Nova via sfgirlbybay, gold and silver ornament “tree” via From Me To You, peony bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, gold garland via From Me To You

 

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

Board #245: Hot Pink & Gold
Board #448: Poinsettias in Pink
Board #503: Vermillion and Blush

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All of the subtle details from Hannon and Cameron’s wedding invitations seemed like they deserved their own post – I figured if you love paper like I do, you’d want to see more. I especially love the blind press on the save-the-date – gorgeous!

Stationery by Holly Hollon Design and Calligraphy
Photos by Jessica Wright

 

See more of Hannon and Cameron’s wedding right here!

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It has been way too long since A Bryan Photo stopped by with one of their awesome weddings! So in case you don’t already know, these guys are on my short list of very favorite photographers, and I have a feeling Hannon and Cameron would agree with me. The A Bryan Photo team loves what they do, and it shows.

Bridesmaids each chose their own gray dress – love the mix!

I love this special detail about Hannon’s bouquet: “Cameron’s mother planted the ivy from her wedding bouquet many years ago, and gave me a piece to carry in my bouquet.”

Says Hannon, “We choose The Stables at Russell Crossroads because I loved the unique design of the barn. It was the perfect combination for us, but I was adamant about having a fresh and clean feel at our “barn wedding” because I feel like rustic weddings have been a bit over done here in the past few years. Mixing clean lines with antiques, and neutrals with pastels, created the clean, soft look we wanted.”

I think this goes without saying, but weddings are made up of moments like these…

Hannon kindly shared some details about the day with us…

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Lake Martin is a special place for Cameron and me. My family has a lake home there and I grew up going there on weekends and Cameron is an avid outdoors man so the natural setting was a perfect fit for him.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  I have so many favorite moments from the wedding reception.  I normally steer away from the spotlight, but when you’re a bride the only option you have is to embrace it. So, finding myself on stage with my bridesmaids, sisters, and nieces dancing with tambourines was such a fun moment. My favorite part of the day has to be afternoon spent relaxing at my lake house with family and friends. It was such a blessing to be able to sit and enjoy the excitement with those loved ones I don’t get to see often.

What was the best advice you received as a bride? What advice do you have for other brides?  The best advice I received as a bride was to slow down and take the day in because everything happens so fast, and before you know it the night is over. My advice for other brides is to hire a wedding planner. I lucked out because my sister owns a wedding planning business, Mariee Ami. Having a wedding planner to keep up with all of the details allowed me to actually enjoy the planning process!

Stop by in a bit for more of the beautiful stationery details from Hannon and Cameron’s wedding, and see lots more photos from the day over at A Bryan Photo.

Photography: A Bryan Photo / Venue: The Stables at Russell Crossroads on Lake Martin, Alabama / Event Planner: Neillie Butler at Mariee Ami / Stationery: Holly Hollon Design / Bride’s dress: Liancarlo / Bridal veil: Amsale / Bride’s shoes: Pedro Garcia / Groom’s tuxedo: Brooks Brothers / Floral design: Weddings by Jill / Cake: Barb’s Cakes
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