Can you believe it – this weekend already marks the unofficial start of summer. How has time gone by so quickly? My husby and I will be grilling out with some friends, possibly tossing around a frisbee, and hopefully getting a little sun. Any suggestions for favorite picnic side dishes that I might contribute to the get together? I was thinking maybe some blue cheese cole slaw or a minted fruit salad, but I’d love to hear if you have any favorites you’d recommend.

What are your Memorial Day plans?

via My Parents Were Awesome


Trade in your bridesmaid dress for a little black dress.

Vintage magazines online – why didn’t someone think of this sooner?

I wish the pics were bigger, but these rings look so lovely.


Vintage bling is my favorite kind, via The Bride’s Guide.

Fruity art prints from Sycamore Street Press.

A charming illustrated guide to the perfect pantry, a la Alice Waters.

Classy Jell-O shots, who knew!

Sunny, happy bridal shower invites.

Everyone needs more surprises in their lives.

Some sassy little dresses – which one is your favorite?

Funny puppy.

Such pretty watercolor stationery (especially love the strawberries), via Wedding Chicks.


Have a happy Memorial Day weekend, lovelies!



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Kate and Brett’s Kate Spade-inspired wedding is just too fun! Gold sequins and confetti tie together the bright and colorful palette…

Says Kate: My favorite moment of the day was walking into the courtyard toward Brett and our guests. It was a reminder of what the day was about. I was just so happy – happy to see Brett and all of the people who have been there for us.

Invitations were chosen by the groom from Minted, and the rest of the printed items were designed and printed by the bride. In lieu of a guest book, the couple asked their friends and family to write on little cards with prompts: Advice for the newlyweds…, Favorite moment with the bride and groom…, and Where do you see us in 25 years…


Photography: Diana Elizabeth

Venue: Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona

Bride’s dress: J.Crew

Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade

Gold sequined clutch: Kate Spade

Groom’s tux: Calvin Klein

Stationery: Minted

Flowers: Butterfly Petals

Cake: La Dolce Pesca


Best wishes Kate and Brett! And thank you to Diana Elizabeth for sharing these fun photos with us.


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If you’re a long time reader of Snippet & Ink, then you know how much I love a classic green and white wedding – it’s always such a timeless choice, and a look that is easy to execute well. Today, I wanted to take that classic palette and give it a fun and preppy kick with some stripes: a skirt for the bridesmaids, an under cloth for the table, a tie for the groom. Maybe envelope liners, too? I love simple details that, while elegant, are totally DIY-able, like fruit bowl centerpieces and finger sandwiches. White calligraphy on green envelopes is a playful and updated touch. And the cap sleeved eyelet dress from Lilly Pulitzer is so perfectly preppy, it seemed made for this inspiration board.

Mood: classic playful preppy
Palette: lawn green, white, cream

Top row from left: centerpiece with fruit and flowers and vodka gimlet both from Martha Stewart Weddings, striped skirt by Anne McCramer, photo of stone house by Scott Clark
Row 2: photo of cucumber finger sandwiches by Sussie Bell, peony bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, child’s dress and green shoes from Flora & Henri
Row 3: white calligraphy on green envelope by Jenna Hein for Martha Stewart Weddings, eyelet cap-sleeve dress by Lilly Pulitzer Bridal, photo of classic white wedding cake on silver filigree stand by Jose Villa, green striped necktie from Scraggy Neck Design


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

Board #420: Good Green Fun
Board #384: Gingham in the Garden
Board #201: White and Lime

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Like Martha and Jon’s wedding featured yesterday, Janet and Joel had an intimate wedding with fewer than 50 guests, with an historic ceremony venue followed by a simple dinner reception. There’s just something so lovely about this type of wedding! Says Janet:

Very early in the planning process, we decided that the most important things to us were sharing a really good meal with our friends and family, and hiring a great photographer to document the day. So we focused our resources on those things, kept the guest list small, and asked talented friends and family to help out.

After the wedding, the couple’s friend, Tania Lee, illustrated a charming wedding announcement for them (above left).

Janet arranged all of the flowers herself, and a friend made the magnolia leaf garland used as a ceremony arch. Janet made the programs using letterpress cards with a dogwood illustration from Paper Source.

Joel and I met in England several years ago while studying the art and architecture of country houses. We wanted our wedding to have an English Regency feel, but also to celebrate the history of Virginia. Having a beautiful old Georgian house as a backdrop really set the scene. I had my dress made by a local designer, who played up the Regency theme with an empire waist and a high ruffled collar. Joel completed the look by giving me a strand of 18th-century coral beads, which he found in an antique store and painstakingly restrung himself.

Janet also wore a vintage brooch at her waist, as well as her mother’s antique lace mantilla veil.

So much of what happened in the morning leading up to the ceremony was a blur of activity and excitement, but I remember the moment after our vows when Joel took my hand and we walked through town together to the restaurant. Just the two of us, taking our first steps into the future together. Such a special moment. When we arrived at the restaurant, our guests were having so much fun they didn’t realize we had arrived. We sipped sparkling rosé together in a quiet corner and just soaked in the happy babble around us!

Decorations were kept to the bare minimum – because I knew there would be so many wine glasses on the tables, I simply assembled small nosegays of flowers in glass rose bowls. Place cards were done by the same calligrapher who addressed our invitations, Kathryn Murray, and my 12-year-old niece made paper origami cranes (a symbol of honor and loyalty), which she placed at each setting. We sent guests home with jars of Virginia peanuts.

The autumn menu included butternut squash soup, veal meatballs with corn polenta, and pear crisp with ginger ice cream for dessert. In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, the chef made us a miniature three-tiered cake, which made everyone laugh when they brought it out. We cut it with much ceremony!

When people tell you it all goes by in the blink of an eye, they aren’t kidding. So breathe deeply, steal every kiss, hug as closely as you can, and say “I Love You” again and again.


Photography: Kate Headley

Ceremony venue: Carlyle House in Alexandria, Virginia

Reception venue: Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, Virginia

Bride’s custom dress: Elegance by Roya

Headband: purchased at The Hour

Shoes: Nina

Groom’s suit: Brooks Brothers

Tie: vintage Liberty of London

Bridesmaid dresses: Anthropologie

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding announcements: Tania Lee Illustration

Calligraphy: Kathryn Murray


Happiest wishes Janet and Joel! See more from this lovely wedding at photographer Kate Headley’s blog, and at Janet’s own blog.


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