It’s Friday! Ryan’s parents are in town this weekend, so we have some fun things planned: lunch at Out the Door (have you had their warm sticky rice? you should – it’s delicious), the Pulp Fashion show at the Legion of Honor, and if the weather stays nice maybe a couple of winery tours.

{via BHLDN}

My bed would be so pretty with one of these headboards.

Ties by General Knot & Co., via Mint.

Is it a dress? Or lingerie?

Have you seen A Desert Fete’s new look? Love it!

TOMS wedding collection (something blue?).

The value of a dollar (10 organic blueberries or a double cheeseburger…), via Design Crush.

A letter to my wedding.

Wrap it in red polka dotted tissue paper. Whatever it is.

Camera love.

Jordan explains the key to a clean home (brilliant, Jordan).

Check out my 2011 wedding trend predictions.

Have a wonderful weekend lovelies!

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What are two of the loveliest things you can think of? How about a ballerina and a bride? That’s what Diana Palmer (aka Yan) thought of, and so she decided to bring them together in a sweet faux wedding shoot, with the help of Sarah J. Winwood from Honey of a Thousand Flowers and Darcie Sanders from Pink Peach Cakes. Lovely for a spring or summer wedding, you could easily switch out the flowers and make it work for winter or even fall. The wreath motif is subtle and perfect. And I love the juxtaposition of romantic and feminine with the ropes and almost industrial-looking chairs…

I love the open wreath on this sweet letterpressed invitation…


How wonderful is that delicate chandelier? A totally do-able project for the DIY-inclined. Darcie of Pink Peach Cakes made it with fabric and a wooden hoop frame. She cut various sizes of circles from fabric, then sewed vertically through the circles to create the strands. She attached the strands to the hoop, then tied the strands together in the middle to create the “jellyfish” effect.


Any centerpiece that incorporates vines is on my list of favorite things in the world…


I’d love to see a bride wear her hair in a wonderful braid like this, wouldn’t you?


Photography: Yan Photo

Dress: Alta Moda Bridal

Hair / makeup: Versa Artistry

Flowers: Honey of a Thousand Flowers

Stationery: Rowley Press

Cake: Pink Peach Cakes


Thank you to the wonderful vendors who put this lovely shoot together (you might remember some of them from Tara and Christian‘s wedding not too long ago), and thanks to Yan Photography for sending over the romantic pics! There is LOTS more from this shoot over on Yan’s blog, right here.

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Remember a few weeks ago when I told you about the brunch I was hosting for my girlfriends? I’d say for my first brunch, it was quite a success, thanks in large part to the many wonderful gifts Ryan and I received from our Williams-Sonoma registry. So, since our friends from Williams-Sonoma are here today giving away a $150 gift certificate, it seemed like an excellent opportunity to share some of my favorite registry items, and at the same time share my tips for hosting a brunch (now that I’m an expert with that one brunch under my belt)…

1. Pantry Tablecloth
2. Bee Pressed-Glass Tumblers
3. Peach Streusel Coffee Cake
4. mixed berries

I tried to keep my menu fairly simple: coffee cake, scrambled eggs with scallions and cream cheese, bacon, berries with honey yogurt, and fresh-squeezed juice and coffee. (Okay, the juice was excessively time-consuming, but it was delicious.) The night before, I set the table, put the berries and yogurt in serving dishes, and made a coffee cake (I’d like to thank my Kitchen-Aid mixer, various measuring cups and rubber spatulas, and the seriously-no-stick Anniversary Bundt Pan, all of which came from my Williams-Sonoma registry).

The next morning, all I had left to do was to make the bacon and the eggs. Now, let me confess something. Every time I make bacon on the stovetop, I burn it. Every. Single. Time. Which is why I love this method of cooking bacon in the oven, by placing it on a cooling rack set over a jelly roll pan. All you have to do is set a timer, and the bacon does it’s own thing while you cook the eggs. Brilliant.

1. Williams-Sonoma Traditional Finish Jelly Roll Pan
2. Rösle Silicone Locking Tongs
3. Steel Cooling Rack
4. Williams-Sonoma Oven Mitt

Once the bacon was in the oven, I started on the eggs. I generally don’t care for scrambled eggs, but my mom has made this version with cream cheese and scallions since I was a kid, and it’s one of my favorite breakfast foods. By the way, can I suggest that you strongly consider registering for a nonstick pan if you don’t already have one? My eggs are infinitely better now that they come right out of the pan when I want them too. Not that I’ve tried an actual omelet yet…

1. All-Clad d5 Stainless Steel Nonstick Omelette Pan
2. Rösle Silicone Egg Whisk
3. 10-Piece Glass Bowl Set

Then there’s the aftermath of hosting a Sunday brunch: clean-up. And again, Williams-Sonoma steps in to make the whole experience all the more pleasant. Their Meyer lemon dish soap, hand soap and lotion all smell so bright and clean, and they look way nicer next to my kitchen sink than some of the alternatives out there (I may or may not have bought a set as a little gift for myself…). Together with a set of dish towels and a wood-handled brush I think they’d make a perfect shower or wedding gift.

1. Maier Nonstick Pan Cleaning Brush
2. Williams-Sonoma Essential Oils Collection, Meyer Lemon
3. Williams-Sonoma Set of 4 Assorted Kitchen Towels

Okay, so who wants a $150 gift card to Williams-Sonoma?! To enter the giveaway… if you haven’t already registered with Williams-Sonoma, sign up and then leave a comment here telling us the registry item you’re most excited about. And if you are already registered, you can add another item and share it in the comments. You have until next Wednesday, March 9th, to enter. I will announce the randomly selected winner on Friday, March 11th. Oh, and I should also mention that you can receive an extra entry if you include your public registry link in your comment. I can’t wait to hear all about what you’ve registered for!

Official giveaway rules.

This post sponsored by Williams-Sonoma.

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Warning: This post is wordy. With lots of photos. I couldn’t help myself – there was too much good stuff to leave any of it out.

So many of the photos that end up in a real wedding feature are about little details, things like confetti in glassine envelopes or designer shoes. And those things are wonderful and lovely and I enjoy them as much as the next person. And maybe 90% of the weddings that get featured are outdoor daytime weddings because, well, the lighting is gorgeous. Nick Tucker’s photos from Kate and Felix’s winter wedding are something else entirely. Instead of gauzy afternoon light, they’re beautifully composed high-contrast nighttime shots. Instead of details, his photos capture energy – you can just feel the joy and love that were present at this wedding. Why did the couple choose this photographer? “We wanted someone who was instinctive, embraced chaos and didn’t mind low light levels,” says Kate. Brilliant.

And that brings us to the specifics of the day. Kate, a media producer for The Tate, and Felix, the artistic director of an immersive theater company, chose for their venue “a rambling empty old house near North Wales, that hadn’t been lived in for over 60 years.” Says Kate, “We are very lucky and have a lot of very talented and creative friends, who camped in the house the week before the wedding and set about transforming it from a shell into its former glory. Lots of ivy, enormous branches of mistletoe, rich brocade, beautiful furniture…”

In Nick Tucker’s words (since he was there and since I couldn’t possibly say it better), it was “a genuinely strange wonderland wedding…a blend of gothic and 1950s high society Manhattan, the whole place peppered with dandies, roustabouts, raconteurs, and Belle Époque beauties. And yet the day’s crowning achievement was that none of the spectacle ever overshadowed what was, at heart, just a very beautiful marriage. The whole thing was personal and idiosyncratic, but it was never self-consciously eccentric and never lost sight of its being a wedding day and amazing party.” Have you ever heard a more delightful description of a wedding? And the best part is, you can see all of that in these photos.

Okay then, on with the photos already!

From Kate: My dress was vintage, late 1930′s silk and tulle from a wonderful shop on Portobello Road in London called Jane Bourvis. Jane also found me a beautiful long Victorian veil. I wore dark blue velvet ballet shoes from Emma Hope and my great grandmother’s gold and pearl necklace. The New York artist Jude Miller handcrafted bluebell flowers from paper for my hair (Felix had proposed in a bluebell wood the spring before).

My favourite moment was seeing Felix for the first time, it was extraordinary and spine tingling, the best feeling I’ve ever had. And as I walked up the aisle, my little nephew said in a stage whisper saying ‘Goodbye Kate Vogel,’ which was extremely perceptive, since I was becoming Mrs. Barrett…

How about those gigantic mistletoe “chandeliers” – what a clever idea for a December wedding!

We wanted to have lots of music and dancing at different times throughout the day. We had a Welsh choir in church, Morris Dancers (old English pagan tradition), Music Hall Sing Alongs, a British Cockney knees-up with Chas & Dave and English folk music for dancing and reels with the band Bellowhead.

Yes, that is a 30-foot wedding cake fireworks bonfire…

A huge thank you and congratulations to Kate (a Snippet & Ink reader!) and Felix, and thanks to Nick Tucker for sharing this spectacularly beautiful and eccentric wedding with us. A perfect reminder that there’s not one right way to have a wedding, and that above all, a joyful marriage celebration – whatever it looks like – is the whole point. And if you can’t get enough, see the rest of the photos from this wedding over on Nick’s blog.

Photography: Nick Tucker

Bride’s dress / shoes: Jane Bourvis / Emma Hope

Paper bluebells: Jude Miller

Music: Chas & Dave / Bellowhead

Immersive theater company: Punchdrunk

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