A few months ago, Adrienne Page sent a beautiful wedding to me, and in her email she mentioned a new project she was working on, which I have been dying to share with you ever since, hence this new “Kathryn Loves” feature…

Yes, those are velvet photo albums. Hello GORGEOUS. They’re from Velvet Raptor, Adrienne’s line of albums and journals, and I love them. I think the design strikes a perfect balance of simple and rich – such clean lines paired with sumptuous velvet. And those colors! I want to buy one for my wedding photos, and I’m thinking dove gray, but I also love the pink lilac and sea green. Is it bad that I want all three? I could totally find a use for all of them…

Something I thought a lot about with my wedding was the idea of heirlooms, things that would stand the test of time both in their aesthetic and in their quality, and in my opinion, these albums are definitely heirloom objects (especially once our wedding photos are inside).

Wouldn’t these be perfect wedding gifts? I’d even love to give a small one in pink to a new mom.

Okay, so where can you find them? They’re available online at Velvet Raptor and Jenni Bick, as well as at Cursive in New York, and starting in the spring, you’ll be able to find them at BHLDN. Or you could enter to win one right here! Just take a look at the different options, then leave a comment here letting me know which album is your favorite (seriously, how are you going to pick just one of those colors?). You have until midnight on Friday, 2/18 to enter, and I’ll announce the randomly selected winner on Monday, 2/21 Friday, 2/25. The winner will get to choose between a guest journal in sea green or a small album in dove gray.

Credits for this lovely photo shoot are as follows…

Photography: Adrienne Page

Styling: Ann Prentice

Hair / makeup: Emily J

Model: Alyssa Nyman

Purple dress: vintage

Ballerina dress: H&M (with a net tulle skirt added by Adrienne)

Oh, and photographers! If you’re going to be at WPPI, my dear friend Elizabeth Messina (who also happens to be a Snippet & Ink sponsor) will be giving away some pretties from Velvet Raptor at her session on Monday, 2/21 (she loves them as much as I do, and if anyone knows pretty it’s Elizabeth Messina).

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Do you have any romantic plans? Did you mail paper treats to loved ones? Anyone planning on popping the question today…?

My Valentine to you comes in the form of an inspiration board. In terribly predictable colors. By accenting this nearly translucent pink with pops of very red red, I think I’ve avoided being overly sweet. I’m thinking red ink on barely pink paper, red fruit and bisque roses, perhaps bright red lipstick beneath a blush colored veil.

Mood: sweet Valentine
Palette: seashell pink, crimson red hots

Top row from left: Mast Bros. Chocolate bar via Sunday Suppers, photo of red striped socks by Weddings By Two via 100 Layer Cake, photo of red bird and Twigs & Honey feather headpiece from Kiss the Groom, room with chandelier via Dress Design Decor
Row 2: rose centerpiece with pomegranate from Martha Stewart Weddings, heart doily with “love” calligraphy by Crystal Kluge, ring pillow with felt flowers by Llubav
Row 3: pink cake with fondant decorations from Martha Stewart Weddings, red peony photo by Elizabeth Messina, pale pink wedding favors from Martha Stewart Weddings, “Love One Another” ring dish by Paloma’s Nest

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

Board #147: Valentine
Board #460: Pink Sugar
Board #498: Playful Pink and Blue

Weddings By Two, Kiss the Groom and Paloma’s Nest are sponsors of Snippet & Ink.

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One of the best parts of being back in the Bay Area is getting to hang out with my very best friends in the whole world – girls that I’ve known since I was fourteen, who have seen me through thick and thin, and who make me laugh until my face hurts. We all went away for college and other adventures, but now we’re back in the same place and we’ve implemented a monthly brunch get-together. This weekend it’s my turn to host! I have a few ideas of what I’d like to serve, but I’m always open to suggestions – any favorite brunch recipes?

And then of course it’s Valentine’s Day next week! I’m hoping my day will involve chocolate and kisses…

via kissssing

Noteslate? Um, AWESOME.

I’m not sure what exactly is happening in this photo, but it sure is pretty.

Navy blue ombré… GORgeous

Vivez la langue.

Weddings by frolic!

I’m really not ready to say goodbye to the post office.

New Rifle!

Kate Spade’s e-Valentines are back.

See this clock? I want it. Do you have one? Can I have it? via Lox Papers

Valentine cakes.

This sequin sweater dress wants to live in my closet. When I’m not wearing it of course.

Just engaged? Real Simple sent me a copy of their 2011 Weddings, and I think it’s a great place to start.

Have a happy weekend kids!

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