Whenever someone asks me where they should look for unique engagement rings or wedding bands, Bario-Neal is always at the top of my list. Handcrafted in Philadelphia with reclaimed precious metals, ethically sourced stones, and low-impact, environmentally conscious practices, Bario-Neal jewelry is both gorgeous and one of a kind.

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Herkimer Diamond Ring

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Milla Round Band / Baguette Diamond Band

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Aldine Band

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Textured Rose Cut

I love the juxtaposition of classic expectations with totally modern design in these pieces…

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top to bottom: Linear Diamond Ring / Avens Large Ring / Aira Ring / Senna Round Ring

If you’re in the Philadelphia area, you can actually stop by the Bario-Neal studio storefront, but if not, their shiny new website makes it easier than ever to shop online. And if you love their style but don’t see exactly what you’re look for, Bario-Neal will work closely with you to create a custom engagement ring, wedding band – or even redesign heirloom jewelry!

 

This post sponsored by Bario-Neal.

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I don’t know about you, but a trip to the wine country sounds perfect right about now. Meg Smith and Kristi Amoroso take us there with this beautiful vineyard wedding.

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Meg Smith, Kristi Amoroso Meg Smith, Kristi Amoroso
Meg Smith, Kristi Amoroso Meg Smith, Kristi Amoroso

The bride and groom wrote their own vows, incorporating lines from their first dance song “If Not For You.” They also included more than 15 cousins in the ceremony by having them collectively read the lyrics to “It Takes Two” by Marvin Gaye.

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Meg Smith, Kristi Amoroso Meg Smith, Kristi Amoroso
Meg Smith, Kristi Amoroso Meg Smith, Kristi Amoroso
Meg Smith, Kristi Amoroso Meg Smith, Kristi Amoroso

One of the best parts of the day? Dinner under the trees!

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Meg Smith, Kristi Amoroso Meg Smith, Kristi Amoroso
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The bride designed the stationery suite, which was printed by The Desk Set. Favors were bottles of olive oil made with olives from the property. The four-tier cake was decorated with hydrangea, roses, and ribbon.

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We chose my family’s home and vineyard as our location because it is a spectacular setting and we have spent many wonderful times there with family and friends. It is a special place to us both and it is also where Aaron proposed to me.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We were definitely inspired by the beautiful setting and vineyard landscape. Stone Farm is a really special place for both of us and we wanted to get married somewhere that was meaningful to us. My sister was also married at Stone Farm one year earlier and we wanted to create a similarly incredible experience but with a different look and feel. In some way it was challenging to come up with something different, but from a planning standpoint it made it really fun and we were able to be very creative.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  We loved the whole day from start to finish. It just went by too fast! Some of our favorite parts include our exchange of vows, the bluegrass music playing at our cocktail hour around the pool, the heartfelt toasts given by family members at dinner time, dinner under the trees, our first dance under the beautiful tent with the sun going down on the vineyard, and the late night sing along around the fire pit to close out the night. I also loved my bridal hike and picnic lunch on Friday to kick off the weekend because I was surrounded by so many incredible women in my life. For as long as I can remember I wanted to get married at home – I love my family and I love being at home and so it was the perfect place.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  The groom is half jewish and we decided to include a little bit of Jewish tradition with the horah.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Enjoy the planning process because it is very easy to get stressed and overwhelmed by the little things. It can be such a fun and exciting time as long as you remember to keep things in perspective.

 

See all of this romantic wine country wedding in the gallery.

Photographer: Meg Smith / Event Planner: Kristi Amoroso / Floral Designer: Kathleen Deery / Venue: private home in Sonoma, California / Dress: Romona Keveza / Shoes: BHLDN / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN / Suit: J. Crew “Ludlow” / Ties: Brooks Brother / Rentals: Kathleen DeeryClassic Party RentalsZephyr Tents / Catering: Melons / Cake: Sweet on Cake / Music: Bravo String QuartetAdam TraumThe Cheeseballs / Videographer: Thomas Hughes Films / Getaway Car: Antique Tours
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To celebrate Samantha and Todd‘s recent engagement, and to showcase the richness of Santa Barbara’s farms and ranches, Karen Wise and Kelly Oshiro teamed up on this beautiful farm-to-table dinner. One look at these pics and that menu, and you’ll wish you were there – we do!

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Karen Wise, Kelly Oshiro Karen Wise, Kelly Oshiro

Says Kelly, “To really highlight the abundance of the area, Karen and I shot at a local dahlia farm, Greenwell Floral. I then used these same dahlias for the dinner table.”

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Karen Wise, Kelly Oshiro Karen Wise, Kelly Oshiro
Karen Wise, Kelly Oshiro Karen Wise, Kelly Oshiro
Karen Wise, Kelly Oshiro Karen Wise, Kelly Oshiro
Karen Wise, Kelly Oshiro Karen Wise, Kelly Oshiro

From Kelly: “Dinner took place at Todd’s parents’ home which has a stunning lemon orchard. Ashley Transki from Duo Events, a local farm to table catering company, made lemon saboyan for the dessert from the lemons on the property. Lemons were also used as additional decor on the tables.”

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Karen Wise, Kelly Oshiro Karen Wise, Kelly Oshiro
Karen Wise, Kelly Oshiro Karen Wise, Kelly Oshiro
Karen Wise, Kelly Oshiro Karen Wise, Kelly Oshiro

Ashley created a dinner menu inspired by the best seasonal and local ingredients: American Cucumber & Three Carrot Salad, Roots Farm Green Salad, Spot Prawn & Stone Crab Fettuccine, Jimenez Farm Leg of Lamb, and Rustic Peach Pluot Tart with Lemon Saboyan.

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Karen Wise, Kelly Oshiro Karen Wise, Kelly Oshiro

See more of this delicious farm-to-table engagement dinner in the gallery.

Photographer: Karen Wise / Styling, Floral Design, Production, Concept Design: Kelly Oshiro for Santa Barbara Chic / Wine: Cambria Winery / Sponsor: Duo Events / Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals / Props: Tricia Fountaine Prop Rentals / Dahlia Farm: Greenwell Floral / Farm: Roots Farm / Film Development: Richard Photo Lab
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Update! This contest has been extended until Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 11:59PM PDT. Read on for the full details.

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Everyone is talking about The Great Gatsby these days (how could you not?!), so it feels like the perfect time to share this gorgeous customized invitation suite from Minted with you. It’s a beautiful example of how one bride, starting with the Ascot Chic invitations, used Minted‘s customization option to bring her Great Gatsby themed vision to life.

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After falling in love with Coralie Bickford-Smith’s cover of the classic novel, the bride asked the Perfection Team at Minted to customize her wedding place cards, menu, and program to match the theme while incorporating elements from her dream invitation.

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Using Minted‘s online screensharing tool, Perfection Live Studio, the bride was able to collaborate directly with her designer to see changes in real time, including custom color and design elements that matched the book cover inspiration. The result was a completely hand-tailored and fully coordinated invitation suite, from RSVP to menu to place cards. (Love these day-of details? Since they were all completely customized you won’t find them on the site, but contact Minted and they can customize them just for you!)

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Excited to try out the Minted custom treatment? Well get even more excited, because they’re giving one Snippet & Ink reader a $350 gift certificate toward any order! To enter:

1) Check out the wedding invitations on Minted.
2) Pin your favorite onto a Pinterest board, and tag @minted in the description.
3) Then come back here and leave a comment with a link to your pin!

We’ll update this post with the winner’s name on Friday, May 17 Monday, May 20.

Update! The winner of this giveaway is Sarah Pearse.

 

Contest begins Monday, May 13, 2013 at 8:30AM PDT, and ends Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 11:59PM PDT Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 11:59PM PDT. The winner will be selected by Minted, and notified by email. Please note: winner must live in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec).

Official contest rules.

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Where to wed when the bride is from Connecticut and the groom is from California? For Heather and Brett, Jackson Hole was the obvious choice, as a place they’ve enjoyed together and where they got engaged.

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Bridesmaids carried pink antique hydrangea and the bride carried white garden roses.

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One of the best parts of the day? “My family surprised us with an antique car as we walked out of the church,” says Heather. “The owner was a local gentleman who did not drive this car for any compensation. He was impossible to reach and would only accept a donation in his wife’s name to the local hospital. It was very special to spend our first moments together as a married couple in the presence of a man who loved deeply and we were touched that my family arranged it.”

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The signature cocktail was a play on the couple’s last name, a “My Tighe” (aka Mai Tai).

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I love this little detail: “Brett has been known to wear Croakies to every wedding and formal event we go to. In honor of his charming style and since Croakies are a Jackson Hole company we made custom Croakies for our guests with ‘Tighe the Knot’ printed on the back of them. Brett wears his proudly almost every day in California.”

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Brett is from California and I am from Connecticut. Jackson Hole which sits in between those places has been incredibly special to both of us for many years – skiing, fly fishing, hiking and roadtripping. We got engaged at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain after a day of skiing.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We love the outdoors, we love being free, and Jackson represents that to us.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We don’t consider ourselves overly traditional in the classical sense, but there were some traditions we incorporated. I married with my grandmother’s ring – she represents to me all that is fun and adventurous and wonderful in life, an attitude I hope to carry with me in my life and marriage.

What was the best advice you received as a bride? Right before you leave the church, pause for a moment and look at everyone’s faces. It’s quite cool.

What advice do you have for other brides? Spend some quality time with your best friends and family leading up to the event. It’s far more important than a last minute beauty appointment.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Be as creative as possible and ask for anything you want even if it’s not customary. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.

 

See more of this romantic Jackson Hole wedding in the gallery.

Photographer: Britt Chudleigh / Event Planner: Destination Jackson Hole / Venue, Catering: The Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club in Jackson Hole, WY / Bride’s Dress: Milly / Groom’s Attire: Saks Fifth Avenue / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid / Stationery: Farewell Paperie /  Floral Designer: Char-Ral Floral / Music: Pete Muldoon / Videographer: Tower 3 Productions
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