I know other parts of the country are getting ridiculous amounts of snow already, but it’s finally starting to feel like fall here, and I love it! Time for sweaters! And apples! I’m also continuing the never ending project of organizing our house, which has nothing to do with fall, but which has everything to do with my weekend plans. What are you up to this weekend?

via Creative Criminals


And now some links for your Friday!

What we can learn from Kim Kardashian.

Coveting every single thing from Stripe & Field, via {frolic!}.

I love paper flowers in every form, via simplesong.

30th birthday? Party in a box!

Rosebrook Meyer’s Belle invitation is just lovely.

So fun to see Amy Atlas’s pattern board.

Personalize your Moleskine.

Piles and piles of Kilim pillows.

Do you know about Warby Parker? $100 glasses, free shipping and returns, plus they donate a pair for every pair sold!

Sparkliest coin purse.

Gift idea: Black Box Dessert Club, via Ruby Press. Update! Black Box Dessert Club is giving Snippet & Ink readers 20% off! Discount code: snippetink, valid until 11/7/11 at midnight.

Congrats to Mrs. Lilien and Hello!Lucky on their new websites!

Laurie Arons is looking for an intern


Have a happy weekend, lovelies!


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Today’s wedding has so many lovely details and personal touches, I just knew you would enjoy it. Says Neela, the beautiful bride: “Planning our wedding was a unique experience coming from two different cultural backgrounds. My family is from Afghanistan, so we wanted to incorporate the cultural elements of a traditional Afghan wedding into a sort of fusion with the grand outdoor manor style weddings that I have loved since a little girl.”

And that’s just what they did!

The ceremony took place at the Love Temple on the grounds of Villa Montalvo.

Instead of one beautiful cake, Neela and Marshall had three! “Our cakes echoed antique Wedgwood patterns and Victorian cameos,” says the bride. Dessert also included pink Persian Rose macarons.

Neela shared all about the day with us:

Why did you choose this location?  Picking the venue was my favorite part. I wanted to find a mansion or a home that had large manicured gardens, like something from an E.M. Forster novel or the Great Gatsby. Villa Montalvo was such a beautiful location, with its gorgeous historical villa, with both a sprawling natural landscape and a manicured Italianate garden and great lawn, and a beautiful Spanish style courtyard with fountains. The theme for the wedding went from there.

Tell us about incorporating Afghan wedding traditions into the day.  Bringing in my culture and my family’s traditions was very important, but I was a little stumped at how to work things in seamlessly. Amy Nichols was wonderful with helping me solve this problem. She researched the cultural traditions and worked them into our timeline. We had a very memorable Afghan ceremony on the veranda that was elegant and touching. Part of this ceremony involves henna, so I thought it would be fun to have a henna artist on hand during the dancing portion of the event. It was a huge hit! She was wonderful and it was really great to have something else going on during the dancing that guests could occupy themselves with. Our caterers were also integral in working in all of the traditions and cultural elements. Our wedding occurred during Ramadan, so some guests were fasting. Global Gourmet made certain that they were not neglected and that they were served properly at exactly sundown. The menu that they created for our wedding was spectacular, and they were able to incorporate some Middle Eastern flavors. The guests had the most fun during the dancing. The DJs are friends of ours who know our taste in music very well, and they managed to track down a lot of very hard to find Afghan music as well. They were going to play it by ear, to see what people loved dancing to the most, and we were both surprised that everyone loved dancing to the Afghan music! It really brought both families and cultures together. It was so fun to see my family teaching my husband’s American family some of the Afghan dance moves.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Our wedding was a perfect marriage of two very different cultures, which represents my husband and me as people so well. We wouldn’t have been able to pull it off and make it look as beautiful without our all-star team of vendors. It’s so important to do your research in this regard. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results (especially the gorgeous photos by Cooper Carras).



Photography: Cooper Carras / Venue: Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California / Planner: Amy Nichols Special Events / Bride’s dress: Vera Wang / Bridesmaid dresses: BHLDN / Hair, makeup: Armando Sarabia / Flowers: Natalie Bowen Designs / Henna artist: Henna and Beyond / Cakes: Cake Coquette / Macarons: Chantal Guillon / Catering, rentals: Global Gourmet

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Today I get to share Ed Peers‘s work with you for the second time, and I’m just as excited about it as I was the first time around! Not only are his photos some of the loveliest I’ve seen, but his clients are so thoughtful in the way they approach their weddings. Perfect inspiration for those in the midst of planning…

Alex wore a custom gown (in silver satin!), made by a friend from the theater, costume designer Lynn Hamilton. The bride tells us it was “based on combination of my grandmother’s dress, some dresses I tried on, some seen on blogs, and some vintage patterns Lynn had access to. The monogrammed ‘W’ back buckle was a bargain find on eBay.”

Though the wedding wasn’t especially traditional, there were a few wedding customs followed. Say Mike and Alex: “We threw confetti after the ceremony, and we accidentally found ourselves in a receiving line (a good idea in the end)!”

Guests played card games and got silly with a limbo pole, including the best man who demonstrated his gymnastic skills by somersaulting over the it.

A friend designed the Deco-inspired signage, and Alex silk screened 100 tea towels with a hilarious quote from The Princess Bride

Instead of a formal wedding cake, the couple asked their guests to bake treats. Says Alex, “One of our favorite moments was when we sneaked off into the great hall before the guests, and the cake table – beautifully lit, covered in a spectacular display of our guests’ cakes – just took our breath away. The cake table looked STUNNING, and it was such a wonderful reminder of how much our friends cared.” Instead of a cake cutting, the couple had a ribbon cutting to kick off the dessert course!

Alex and Mike kindly took the time to share some details about the day!

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  When we first discussed our wedding, we agreed only two material things mattered – the venue and the food. We stumbled across Eltham Palace and fell in love with it. Discovering that our favorite Sunday brunch place was an approved caterer was pure kismet, and the look and feel of the day just followed – vintage (with nods to Art Deco), a bit rustic, but not overly-fussy or feminine. We’re a very relaxed and informal couple, so we wanted our guests to feel the same way.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We have a house filled with items that are antique, vintage, retro and modern, and love the informal feel it creates. Alex spent an afternoon creating a mood-room: a display of all the objects around the house that spoke about the look we were going for. We were in full agreement, and sent photos of that display to our vendors so they could see what we were aiming for. Also, as we met working in theater, we wanted a few subtle nods to that, and wanted the tone to be slightly bawdy and not too serious at all – see our cocktail names for a taste of that!

Do you have any DIY tips for other brides?  For DIY projects, make a list well before, budget this up, analyze what you can do yourself and what can be farmed out to helpful mates in the months and weeks leading up to the day. Cross off anything that isn’t something within your comfort zone (I wish I’d done more screenprinting at college – it was crazy getting 100 of those tea towels done!), but enlist friends wherever possible. As we saw it, they’re the ones who’ll shape your memories of the day, so having them involved throughout makes it all so much more special.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t panic when seemingly-important things go wrong – Alex’s bespoke wedding ring, picked up the day before the wedding after a second attempt, was a disaster, and the maid of honor had to talk Alex down from floods of tears! Alex rang her mother and discovered that, when she married Alex’s father, her wedding ring wasn’t finished yet. Her mum ended up getting married with her engagement ring – so Alex did the same.



Signature Drinks: “Bitter Union” (Orange Juice, Ginger, Whiskey) and “The Mayday” (Rose, Elderflower, Melon, Sparkling Mint, Gin) // Canapes: Giant Green Olives, Crudités, Selection of Toasted Breads // Seabream Filet with Rosemary and Garlic served with Rouille / Shoulder of Lamb Stuffed with Preserved Lemons, Apricots, Spinach, Pink Peppercorns served with Salsa Verde // Braised English Tomatoes and Aubergines with Herbs, Olive Oil and Garlic / Charlotte Potato Salad with Sour Cream and Samphire / Spanish Chopped Salad with Smoked Paprika and Sherry Vinaigrette / Slaw with Roast Garlic and Lemon Mayonnaise / Asparagus and French Beans, with Lemon-Thyme Vinaigrette / Foccacia and Sourdough // Artisan cheeses / Homemade Cakes



Photography: Ed Peers / Venue: Eltham Palace and Gardens in London / Bride’s custom dress: Lynn Hamilton / Bride’s shoes: Anthropologie / Bridesmaid dresses: H&M and COS / Groom’s suit: A Suit That Fits / Groom’s shirt: Charles Tyrwhitt / Flowers: Violets & Velvet / Catering: Hand Made Food

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It’s almost Halloween! Time for costumes and candy! Remember trading treats with your siblings? Getting my sister to take two Tootsie-Rolls and an Almond Joy in exchange for a Butterfinger was always a tough sell. But bad candy was always better than raisins – what is that about? Anyway, I’m trying to think of a clever last-minute getup – probably a fancied up mask or headband – and I’d love to hear your suggestions and costume ideas.

And now, as promised, a longer-than-usual link list since there was no weekend post last Friday. Have a Happy Halloween weekend everyone!

Black Halloween by Sweet Paul.

Who doesn’t want a pet porcupine?

I wish I had a reason to wear every single thing in Alexander McQueen’s Resort collection.

And Marchesa makes me want to dress like a princess.


What’s better than confetti? Giant confetti!

And cashmere is better with metallic leather elbow patches, of course.

Apple pie cookies. Mmmmm.

The bride wore plaid.

It’s always good to have a sense of humor, for things like when the sprinklers turn on in the middle of your outdoor wedding.

Winning invitations, via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

Pretty prints by Rebekka Seale.

Chocolate cake is pretty, too.

If anyone is wondering what to get me for Christmas, a foldover clutch is one idea…

This sweet wedding makes me smile.

Fun paper station wagon and letterpress boombox – Christmas ornaments maybe?

Have you checked out Lover.ly yet? Daily Candy and Glamour think you should!

Happy Anniversary Laurie (check out that lily-of-the-valley bouquet)!

Congratulations to Corbin Gurkin and Mae Mae Paperie on their new websites!


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