I had a December wedding, in San Francisco, at a restaurant. And I loved every minute of it. BUT. I sure do love the idea of an outdoor summertime wedding in the countryside. Something that’s equal parts rustic and elegant. That takes its cue from the surroundings with earthy tones of honey and oak, and the summery green of grasses and vines. Instead of worrying about what’s trendy or overdone, worry about creating a lovely day and taking care of your guests: time your ceremony to miss the hottest part of the day, serve spiked sweet tea, keep decor to a minimum and let the natural surroundings shine. As complicated as planning a wedding can be, it can also be quite simple if you set your mind to it – I promise!

Mood: rustic at its most elegant
Palette: rich earthy hues, fresh cut green


Top row from left: bouquet with ferns and sunflowers by Ariella Chezar, photo of huge oak tree by Michelle M. Waite, photo of jar of honey by Justin DeMutiis via Style Me Pretty
Row 2: sepia photo of benches by Elizabeth Messina, vintage dishes from Matthew Mead Style, chocolate cherry cake with meringue mushrooms styled by Rebecca Thuss for Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: mint juleps, photo of Twigs & Honey veil by Elizabeth Messina, centerpiece with dahlias by Ariella Chezar, photo by Aaron Delesie
Row 4: bumblebee pin by Ruby Spirit Designs from Folksy, vintage getaway car from Brides, invitation with tree motif by Oscar & Emma, photo of sunset at a vineyard by One Love Photo

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Beaulieu Garden is such an incredible place for a celebration – it’s no wonder Kelly and Martin flew all the way across the country to have their wedding there. And photographer Kate Webber captured the day beautifully! Says the bride:

We didn’t want anything too formal for our wedding, just casual fun. My husband and I have completely different styles so trying to mesh them together was quite a challenge. He’s a very modern, contemporary man and I’m very a romantic, vintage-loving woman. We ended up having accents of each throughout the wedding. From our custom napkins to silverware, we took turns in choosing from one of our styles and somehow it worked. It was a mesh of both our styles and we loved it!

How fun are those shamrocks on Kelly and Martin’s invites? By Cheree Berry of course.


At the ceremony, a trio from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music included a flute, violin and cello.


There were fun travel details throughout the wedding as a nod to all of the guests (and the bride and groom!) who traveled far distances to attend: postcards, luggage tags, and a suitcase for notes instead of a guest book.


Guests enjoyed comfort foods with a Paula LeDuc spin: mini Cuban sandwiches, lobster rolls, crispy prosciutto cups, deviled eggs, vegetable empanadas – all of Kelly and Marty’s favorites.


Photo booths are always so much fun for guests of all ages!


Kelly loves purple, and the groom is Irish so green was the obvious pick for an accent color. Perfect Endings even made purple flowers from sugar for the wedding cake.



Photography: Kate Webber

Venue: Beaulieu Garden in St. Helena, California

Planner: Stacy McCain Event Planning

Bride’s dress: Marchesa

Bride’s shoes / clutch: Jimmy Choo / Judith Leiber

Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss

Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper

Floral design: Cherries Flowers

Ceremony trio: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, contact Daniel Sharp (856)-341-0619

Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering

Photo booth: Magnolia Photo Booth

Cake: Perfect Endings


Thank you to Kate Webber for sending over these beautiful photos, and to Kelly, Martin and planner Stacy McCain for sharing these fun details.



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Snippet & Ink loves our friends at Hello!Lucky, and today they’re here giving away 100 2-color letterpress wedding invitations to one lucky Snippet & Ink reader! Oh letterpress… it’s really one of my favorite things ever. Check out a few of the designs available from Hello!Lucky:

I have to tell you though – there is no way these photos can do justice to the awesomeness of letterpress. Letterpress is something you want to hold in your hand, to feel the texture of the impressions and the weight of the paper. So if you’re not sure about it, take advantage of this promo Hello!Lucky has going on right now, where you can get your hands on 3 wedding samples for FREE before March 31.

Okay, so how do you win 100 letterpress invitations from Hello!Lucky? Leave a comment here, sharing one or two things that have inspired you most in your wedding planning. It can be anything, from a magazine to a flower to a song. You have until Thursday at 5:00PM PDT to enter, and I’ll announce the randomly selected winner on Friday morning. And in the meantime, go check out the variety of designs over at Hello!Lucky, including some delightful save the dates.

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We haven’t had a love shoot feature for awhile, and I think you’re going to enjoy these fun pics from Ozzy Garcia. Laura and Josue and musicians in Miami, and they marked their anniversary with a shoot in the heart of South Beach…

A picnic on the beach sounds so nice right about now… Thanks to Ozzy Garcia for sending over these great photos! See even more from this shoot right here.

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