I have to confess something silly: sometimes I feel self-conscious about writing these weekend posts, because my weekend plans sound pretty boring. They usually involve hanging out with my hubby, reading, cooking, housework, going for a walk – nothing fancy. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I feel like if I’m going to share it with you, I should have something exciting lined up, you know?! So, since I don’t have anything particularly note-worthy going on this weekend… what are you up to? How do you make the most of your days off?

This quick film about a cardboard arcade will put a smile on your face.

Gorgeous gilded cakes.

Pop-up book proposal – so sweet.

Wouldn’t this be a nice surprise for your newlywed friends?

The world needs more tulle and lace.

Want to taste this color!

How cute are these sweet little spring chicks.

Check out my interview and registry picks on Newlywish!

A girl can never have too many notebooks, especially when they’re this pretty, via Paper Crave.

Have a happy weekend, lovelies!

 

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A lush Napa vineyard and collection of beautiful bouquets is a perfect way to welcome spring, don’t you think? Noa & Rob’s Tuscan-inspired wedding comes from photographer Leah McCormick – and you are just going to love these flowers!

From bouquets to ceremony decor to centerpieces, dahlias in a multitude of colors provided a bright pop of color to the event.

Guests enjoyed an alfresco family-style dinner of filet of beef and Tuscan-style chicken. Says the bride: “We opted for family style because of space constraints, and because we had the long farm tables. It worked out great!” 

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  It was a unique, rustic setting that we have always loved and wanted to share with our guests.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted a fun, laid-back but beautiful wedding. The theme was “disheveled Tuscany” and everyone of our vendors was exceptional – Natalie Bowen, our caterer, and our wedding planner – in creating a beautiful atmosphere that all guests could enjoy.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  The whole day!

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Our ceremony incorporated new and old family traditions. I wore the same earrings my great aunt wore when she got married (as she eloped in a red dress and on a white horse). Throughout the ceremony we involved our family – including incorporating a ring blessing and Hawaiian prayer that my mom read. My dad walked me down the “aisle” (a row of vines) and my stepfather married us.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Enjoy every moment, because it goes by fast. Also, get a month-of or day-of coordinator – it’s worth every penny, especially when you are getting married in a venue that involves multiple vendors and providing transportation for the guests. And because our wedding was outside, we made sure to have lots of heaters so our guests would never get cold.

Photography: Leah McCormick / Venue: Private winery in Napa, California / Planner: Janice Javier with Amy Nichols Special Events / Bride’s attire: Monique Lhullier / Groom’s attire: Ralph Lauren / Stationery: Rifle Paper Co. & Kiwi Cards / Flowers: Natalie Bowen / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental / Cake: The Whole Cake
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Sponsored Post

 

Minted is one of our long-time sponsors, and today not only do I get to introduce their new Spring collection of wedding invitations, but I also get to give away a $250 gift certificate to two lucky Snippet & Ink readers! But more on that in a bit. First, Minted sent over these mini inspiration boards, pairing some of the beautiful designs from their new collection with flowers and table decor. Classic, whimsical, modern… Which type of bride are you?

Clockwise from top left: Chalkboard, Elisabeth Millay via Style Me Pretty

Clockwise from top left: Charming Go LightlyRebecca Wedding Photography via 100 Layer Cake, via Flora Fetish

With over 250 new designs, Minted’s wedding collection has you covered, whether you dream of classic champagne and lace or something more rustic. Plus, all of Minted’s wedding invitation suites are fully customizable, printed on the highest quality paper, and backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Clockwise from top left: Just My Type, Molly Egan, Grand Lace, Jessica Johnston via Merci New York

Clockwise from top left: Circle the Date, Gabriel Boone via BridalHood, My Sunshine, Swoon by Katie via Wedding Chicks

Clockwise from top left: Mr. Laurence, Brandon Witzel via Green Wedding Shoes, via Postcards & Pretties

Minted offers hundreds of save-the-dates, invitations, programs, menus, and more, all designed by a global community of independent designers (hence the amazing range of styles). And you can enter to win a $250 gift certificate towards any wedding items from Minted! To enter, just visit the wedding giveaway entry page and fill out the entry form there. Contest closes at 11:59 EST time on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, then Minted will randomly choose two lucky winners and contact them directly. Please see official rules for details.

Special Pinterest Opportunity:  Receive an extra entry for pinning your favorite Minted wedding invitation! Just leave a comment here with the link to your pin, and you’ll automatically be entered to win a second time. Happy pinning!

 

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I’m a real sucker for city hall nuptials – maybe for their simplicity, or the nostalgia they elicit. Whatever the reason, Alice and Andrea’s wedding at an Italian town hall is a perfect example of what makes them so special…

A storm of confetti was the perfect way to kick of the celebration!

After the ceremony, the bride and groom took a few portraits among the autumn leaves, then joined their guests at a nearby restaurant for lunch.

Lunch took place at a restaurant in the same building as the town hall…

Instead of numbers, tables were named after different shapes of pasta. Guests found their names on cards nestled into brown bags of spaghetti, farfalle, and others.

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Since we weren’t having a church ceremony, we were looking for a nice location with a town hall and nearby restaurant. We found it in Verdello, with a beautiful town hall located in an 18th-century villa, and the restaurant was located in the same building just a few steps away.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted our wedding to be more like a big party with family and friends than a wedding following the “classic wedding rules.” That’s why we didn’t go for a white dress and tuxedo – we just wanted to look nice and comfortable to receive our guests. In a stylish way of course.

What was your favourite moment or part of the day?  The best part of the day was just after the ceremony, when we eventually got the chance to relax and spend time and have fun with our guests.

What advice do you have for other brides?  You’ll receive lots of advice, so the best thing to do is to take it all in, then just let it be and go with the flow. We wanted to avoid bridezilla moments and just enjoy the process of planning our wedding.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  It was the perfect day, just as we wanted it to be. Great people, fine food and wine, and a sophisticated but easy going party to tell everyone that we got married!

 

Vendors

Photography: Giuli & Giordi / Ceremony venue: town hall in Verdello Bergamo, Italy / Reception venue: Villa Giavazzi / Bride’s attire: Vivienne Westwood / Groom’s attire: Tom Ford

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I think I say this every time I get to feature a winter wedding, but as a winter bride myself, they hold such a special place in my heart! Especially when they’re as beautiful as this one, from Kate Headley Photography and Ritzy Bee Events

Welcome boxes, customized with the couples names and wedding date, included snacks, water, and information about the wedding weekend.

All of the gorgeous paper goods were designed by Mr. Boddington’s Studio, with calligraphy by Tara Jones. (click on this image to enlarge it!)

Says Amber, “Jeff is Jewish and I am Lutheran, so we incorporated elements of both the Jewish and Lutheran faiths into our ceremony.” This included a beautiful calligraphy and quilled paper Ketubah…

Amber and Jeff wanted their wedding to reflect the winter season without having a holiday theme. They chose a palette of gray, silver, white and natural green, as well as plenty of glowing candlelight.

In addition to hand-selected chocolates at every table, guests enjoyed miniature candied apples, cotton candy “lollipops,” and two types of wedding cake: Brown Butter Cake with Meyer Lemon Buttercream and Sour Cream Chocolate Cake with Sea-Salted Caramel Buttercream. Also, don’t you just love the chevron table runners?!

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We chose Washington, D.C. because we fell in love here and it is the place where we decided to make our home. It is the city that holds both our history and our future. The Four Seasons Hotel, nestled in Georgetown is such a special place with understated elegance and we knew it would be the perfect setting for our December wedding. Jeff’s family has a special relationship and long-standing history with the Four Seasons and all of their significant family events have taken place at various properties over the years, so having the wedding at the Four Seasons was also very meaningful to both of us.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The winter season was the initial inspiration while planning the wedding. We didn’t want a holiday themed affair, but we wanted it to feel both wintry and warm. The menu, flowers and design were all chosen with seasonality in mind. We were also inspired by all of our family and friends. It was very important to both of us to create a welcoming environment that would bring all of our guests together. Our wish was for all of our loved ones to have a fabulous time, so every detail of the wedding was planned with them in mind.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  After the ceremony, Jeff and I went to a private room to spend some time together before joining everyone for cocktail hour. In Judaism, this is known as Yichud. This time gave us the opportunity to decompress after the ceremony and take everything in. The Four Seasons had champagne and hors d’oeuvres waiting for us, which was wonderful since we were too busy and excited talking with all of our guests to eat during cocktail hour.

What advice do you have for other brides?  The advice that I would like to share with other brides is to not take too much advice. Everyone will have an opinion about what you should do. I learned the hard way that you can’t please everyone. Do what you love! It is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Spend your money on what is important to you. I spent nothing on my dress, but a significant portion of our wedding budget was spent on invitations and paper products. I don’t regret that. Designing my invitations and working with Mr. Boddington’s Studio was probably the highlight of my wedding planning. Also, try to budget for an event planner if possible. They can save you a significant amount of money and time.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  I had such a wonderful experience while planning my wedding and on my wedding day, and I owe so much of that to Maria Cooke and Kelly Seizert of Ritzy Bee Events, Sidra Forman, and Kate Headley. They are all incredibly talented women with big hearts and kind souls.

 

Menu

Hors d’oeuvres: Chilled Shrimp with Cocktail and Remoulade Sauces / Garlice Rubbed Petit Lamb Chops with Mint Drizzle / Mini Gruyere Mac N Cheese / Smoked Duck with Mango Relish in Wonton Cup / Lobster Newburg in Puff Pastry / Mini Beef Franks in Puff Pastry with Spicy Mustard / Thai Garden Roll with Warm Plum Sauce / Sliders and Fries / Mini Fried Chicken and Waffles / Korean Tacos
Appetizers: Cream of Chestnut Soup with Sage Crouton / Baby Red Romaine Bundle with Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Roasted Garlic Caesar Dressing
Dinner: Roasted Halibut with Maple Roasted Baby Rainbow Carrots in a Leek Tied Bundle, Twice Baked Truffle and Parsley Potatoes, Beurre Blanc Sauce and Red Pepper Oil / Slow Braised Beef Short Rib with Goat Cheese Mashed Potato, Baby Candy Stripe Beets with Micro Arugula, and a Zinfandel Reduction
Dessert: Mini Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream and Doughnuts / Brown Butter Cake with Meyer Lemon Buttercream / Sour Cream Chocolate Cake with Sea-Salted Caramel Buttercream / Cotton Candy Lollipops / Mini Candied Lady Apples

 

Vendors

Photography: Kate Headley / Planning, design: Ritzy Bee Events / Venue: Four Seasons in Washington D.C. / Invitation suite: Mr. Boddington’s Studio / Calligraphy: Tara Jones / Bride’s dress: Thread purchased at Garnish Boutique / Cashmere shrug: Neiman Marcus / Bride’s custom shoes: Roger Vivier / Hair flower: Lo Boheme / Groom’s suit: Boyds Philadelphia / Ketubah: All Things Paper by Ann Martin / Flowers: Sidra Forman / Cake: K. Rose Cakes / Music: Lapis Luna Jazz Band / Custom cocktail napkins, coasters: For Your Party / Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.

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