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Melissa Schollaert shared these lovely photos of Chaviano Couture’s 2013 collection with us, and they were just too dreamy not to share…

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Flowing tulle, delicate lace, and hand painted organza… the collection perfectly embodies romance and whimsy.

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Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert
Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert
Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert

Don’t you love the barely-there roses on the skirt of this gown? So sweet and unexpected!

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Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert

I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an elegant take on kaftan sleeves – such a uniquely chic look!

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Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert Chaviano Couture, Melissa Schollaert


See lots more of Chaviano Couture’s beautiful dresses in the gallery.

Photographer: Melissa Schollaert / Gowns: Chaviano Couture / Floral Design, Stylist: Carlee Sizemore / Model: Kacie Boguski / Hair, Makeup: Medalyn Salon / Accessories: Paloma’s Nest / Custom Dress Fabric: Momental Designs
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This weekend three of my very best friends are hosting a baby shower tea for me, and I can’t wait! Especially once I realized the Cinco de Mayo evite they sent me was a joke and that they would not actually be serving margaritas out of baby bottles – really funny, girls. Although I have to say, at eight months pregnant, I have no idea what I’m going to wear (my uniform most days is maternity jeans, a tank top, and flip flops – not exactly afternoon tea attire). The rest of the weekend will involve continued nesting efforts and my last prenatal appointment with my doula. I know I say this every week, and it’s probably getting old, but I honestly can’t believe how fast time is flying by and how soon our little girl will be here. It’s overwhelming and awesome all at the same time (which is what I imagine motherhood will be like, too).

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Sip on a rhubarb raspberry fizz or a classic Kentucky Derby mint julep. Yum!

Weddings: what would you do differently?

Make a tissue paper strawberry.

I want one of these Gorjana clutches in every color!

In the spirit of the Kentucky Derby: a lace wedding hat.

How to bake flat cake layers.

Kraft + coral (and hand-lettering at its best) in these Florida wedding invites.

Chelsea Fuss is offering online floral arranging classes!

Have a beautiful weekend friends!

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Introducing 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 we wanted to bring them to your attention, with the hope that you’ll discover a fabulous vendor that was just what you were looking for.

Custom wedding maps and calligraphy from Trial By Cupcakes.

Classic letterpress stationery from Parklife Press.

Comfortable cotton robes from Plum Pretty Sugar.

Modern wedding invitations from Smitten on Paper.

Colorful bridal clutches from Jenna Lou Design.

Custom wedding invitations from Foglio Press.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor on Snippet & Ink, please fill out our inquiry form right here.

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With all of our focus on how to make your wedding special, we thought it was important to highlight some ways to make your marriage awesome, too. Introducing “Snapshot of a Marriage,” a series from contributor Emily Westbrooks, who interviews couples on some of their secrets for a strong and successful marriage.

Not many couples can say they have a president to thank for their marriage, but Breck and Elizabeth can. During the gas shortages in 1978, President Jimmy Carter put limits on who could buy gas for their cars on certain days. Elizabeth forgot to fill up her car and ran out of gas, so she turned to fellow law school classmate Breck for a lift to the library that night. According to Elizabeth, “If Jimmy Carter hadn’t declared odd and even gas days, we might not have gotten together!”

Instead of studying, the two spent hours in the coffee room, chatting away. But there were still a few kinks to work out early on. Both Elizabeth and Breck were recently divorced. They had been dating for a month when one of Breck’s housemates took Elizabeth aside and said he thought Breck should really be playing the field instead of getting serious so soon after his last marriage. That night on the way home, Elizabeth tried to slow things down with Breck, saying it was too soon for both of them. But Breck wasn’t having any of it. He pulled over to the side of the road and said, “Shut up, Elizabeth, I want to marry you!”

And that was that. A year and a half later, the two were married, and their friends and family all gathered to wish them well. That opinionated housemate of Breck’s? Even he got on board. Elizabeth says, “The ones who mattered to us had no problem with it.”

Breck offered Elizabeth a choice: an engagement ring or a honeymoon. She chose the latter and was pleasantly surprised when Breck planned a trip to Ireland to celebrate their wedding. Thirty-two years, two kids, and a few more dogs later, Elizabeth and Breck now enjoy traveling together, and have returned to Ireland six more times since their honeymoon!

Having both been married before, Breck and Elizabeth learned a few things before walking down the aisle again. “In my first marriage I was too quick to judge and be ready to argue about things,” says Elizabeth. Breck says, “You need someone there to be your friend. When times get bad, you’ve got friendship to lean back on.” Breck’s best trick for a happy marriage has been to maintain his sense of humor: “Even at 2am when life gets a little bit raw, you have to remember your sense of humor. You may not be able to laugh about it at the time, but you’ve got to try to set it up so you can laugh at it later.”

SNAPSHOT SUBMISSIONS  Do you know a married couple whose relationship you admire? Or maybe you’re married and want to share your words of wisdom! We’re now accepting submissions from couples who have been married for ten years or longer. Email Emily at with your first names, how long you’ve been married, and a few sentences about why you’d like to be interviewed for our Snapshot of a Marriage series.
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