This weekend three of my very best friends are hosting a baby shower tea for me, and I can’t wait! Especially once I realized the Cinco de Mayo evite they sent me was a joke and that they would not actually be serving margaritas out of baby bottles – really funny, girls. Although I have to say, at eight months pregnant, I have no idea what I’m going to wear (my uniform most days is maternity jeans, a tank top, and flip flops – not exactly afternoon tea attire). The rest of the weekend will involve continued nesting efforts and my last prenatal appointment with my doula. I know I say this every week, and it’s probably getting old, but I honestly can’t believe how fast time is flying by and how soon our little girl will be here. It’s overwhelming and awesome all at the same time (which is what I imagine motherhood will be like, too).

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Sip on a rhubarb raspberry fizz or a classic Kentucky Derby mint julep. Yum!

Weddings: what would you do differently?

Make a tissue paper strawberry.

I want one of these Gorjana clutches in every color!

In the spirit of the Kentucky Derby: a lace wedding hat.

How to bake flat cake layers.

Kraft + coral (and hand-lettering at its best) in these Florida wedding invites.

Chelsea Fuss is offering online floral arranging classes!

Have a beautiful weekend friends!

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Introducing some the wonderful vendors who help to support this blog. Without them, there would be no Snippet & Ink! Some of them are longtime sponsors, and others are new, and they’re all wonderful. So we wanted to bring them to your attention, with the hope that you’ll discover a fabulous vendor that was just what you were looking for.

Custom wedding maps and calligraphy from Trial By Cupcakes.

Classic letterpress stationery from Parklife Press.

Comfortable cotton robes from Plum Pretty Sugar.

Modern wedding invitations from Smitten on Paper.

Colorful bridal clutches from Jenna Lou Design.

Custom wedding invitations from Foglio Press.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor on Snippet & Ink, please fill out our inquiry form right here.

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With all of our focus on how to make your wedding special, we thought it was important to highlight some ways to make your marriage awesome, too. Introducing “Snapshot of a Marriage,” a series from contributor Emily Westbrooks, who interviews couples on some of their secrets for a strong and successful marriage.

Not many couples can say they have a president to thank for their marriage, but Breck and Elizabeth can. During the gas shortages in 1978, President Jimmy Carter put limits on who could buy gas for their cars on certain days. Elizabeth forgot to fill up her car and ran out of gas, so she turned to fellow law school classmate Breck for a lift to the library that night. According to Elizabeth, “If Jimmy Carter hadn’t declared odd and even gas days, we might not have gotten together!”

Instead of studying, the two spent hours in the coffee room, chatting away. But there were still a few kinks to work out early on. Both Elizabeth and Breck were recently divorced. They had been dating for a month when one of Breck’s housemates took Elizabeth aside and said he thought Breck should really be playing the field instead of getting serious so soon after his last marriage. That night on the way home, Elizabeth tried to slow things down with Breck, saying it was too soon for both of them. But Breck wasn’t having any of it. He pulled over to the side of the road and said, “Shut up, Elizabeth, I want to marry you!”

And that was that. A year and a half later, the two were married, and their friends and family all gathered to wish them well. That opinionated housemate of Breck’s? Even he got on board. Elizabeth says, “The ones who mattered to us had no problem with it.”

Breck offered Elizabeth a choice: an engagement ring or a honeymoon. She chose the latter and was pleasantly surprised when Breck planned a trip to Ireland to celebrate their wedding. Thirty-two years, two kids, and a few more dogs later, Elizabeth and Breck now enjoy traveling together, and have returned to Ireland six more times since their honeymoon!

Having both been married before, Breck and Elizabeth learned a few things before walking down the aisle again. “In my first marriage I was too quick to judge and be ready to argue about things,” says Elizabeth. Breck says, “You need someone there to be your friend. When times get bad, you’ve got friendship to lean back on.” Breck’s best trick for a happy marriage has been to maintain his sense of humor: “Even at 2am when life gets a little bit raw, you have to remember your sense of humor. You may not be able to laugh about it at the time, but you’ve got to try to set it up so you can laugh at it later.”

SNAPSHOT SUBMISSIONS  Do you know a married couple whose relationship you admire? Or maybe you’re married and want to share your words of wisdom! We’re now accepting submissions from couples who have been married for ten years or longer. Email Emily at emily@fromchinavillage.com with your first names, how long you’ve been married, and a few sentences about why you’d like to be interviewed for our Snapshot of a Marriage series.
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Overlooking the Long Island Sound, Beth and Mark’s lovely July wedding incorporated classic details and personal touches – I love the morning coats as a nod to the groom’s English background!

The classic calligraphy invitations were letterpressed in pale lavender blue ink on creamy paper with rounded corners.

Says the bride, “We chose Wainwright House for its idyllic setting – a gorgeous French country manor style house with charm and style that we both loved the instant we walked in. The fact that the house opened out onto a great lawn in the back, with a backdrop of Long Island Sound, clinched the deal!”

Escort cards were nestled in a bed of lavender buds, surrounded by a moss border.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The French countryside was a big inspiration for our wedding. We brought lavender sprigs, macarons, and a specialty drink called the ‘Poire Williams’ into our theme. We also played off the fact that Mark is English, so he and his groomsmen wore traditional morning coats (full coattails!) and we had Cherry Bakewell tarts – an English favorite – as favors.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  We absolutely loved our wedding ceremony, but outside of that, there were two favorite moments: Listening to the speeches from my husband and my dad which were incredibly touching, funny, and was a moment I will never forget. We also loved that during cocktail hour we were able to escape for a few quiet minutes and have a few hors d’oeuvres on our own, looking out over the water, and marveling that we were husband and wife!

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  ‘Something old’ was my grandmother’s bracelet, ‘something new’ was the pearl necklace (and gift from my husband), ‘something borrowed’ was my mom’s pearl earrings, and ‘something blue’ was a small embroidered ribbon of my initials and wedding date that was sewn just inside my dress.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Without a doubt the best advice was to simply enjoy the day, and not stress. I also appreciated the advice to savor as many moments as I could – it all goes by so fast, and there are so many memories that you’ll want to re-live over and over.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t sweat the details – the day will turn out brilliantly and beautiful, and the guests will remember what a beaming beautiful bride you are!

 

See more of Beth and Mark’s traditional wedding in the gallery!

Photographer: Stefanie Kapra / Event Planner: Stacie Shea / Venue: Wainwright House in Rye, New York / Dress, Veil: Jane Wilson- Marquis / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Morning Suit: Baldwin Formals / Tie: Brooks Brothers / Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Bridesmaid Dresses, Flower Girl Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Floral Designer: Dirt / Ceremony Music: C3 Worship / Reception Band: Clark Eno Orchestra / Catering, Cake: Cornerstone Catering / Hair, Makeup: Jennie Fresa / Limousine: Morano’s Limousine / Stationery: Jessica Haley
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You might remember MyPublisher from the adorable photo guest book in this wedding feature, but did you know they also offer charming (and totally affordable!) save the date cards?

Each design has been hand-picked, resulting in a thoughtful (and stunning!) collection of save the dates that offers something for every bride, especially when you consider the customization options: over 50 fonts to choose from in an unlimited range of colors! Also, can we talk about these darling envelope liners? What a fun detail for the folks on your guest list!

The best part of MyPublisher? They offer premium quality stationery at totally affordable prices – who doesn’t love that?! Whether you’re interested in a photo save the date card or a bridal shower invitation, MyPublisher is committed to hands-on quality control – by handling every step of the process in-house, they ensure that your customized order turns out perfectly.

So cute, right?! And all of these styles are available on super thick paper, which just adds to their appeal. See lots more designer save the dates – plus photo books and bridal shower invites – over on MyPublisher.

 

This post sponsored by MyPublisher.

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