Champagne, cake, pretty pink cherry blossoms – all good choices for a spring bridal shower. But how about a modern trousseau theme? I love this updated take on a hope chest, from Kate Webber and Jess Flood. Says Jess:

We love the tradition of building a hope chest of handmade linens for a bride’s future home. The care, creativity and thoughtfulness of making and collecting items that will last and be passed down for generations is part of a wonderful historic custom that we wanted to see renewed and modernized.

“Blushing Bride” cocktails include sparkling wine, pink grapefruit juice, a splash of grenadine, all garnished with a raspberry. Mmmm…

The modern trousseau concept lends itself perfectly to a bridal shower party focused around friendship, craft and fine textiles. We imagined a group of creative women gathering together to build a collection of useful and beautiful things for their friend’s married life and we designed it in the tones of early spring in Northern California: gray fog and clouds, and dreamy pink blossoms. Serene, simple and handcrafted.

Ask guests to bring fine linens, vintage or new, and send them home with crafty supplies like embroidery hoops and thread.

We made sure to include things that every party needs, plenty of bubbly and amazing desserts! The dessert table included meringues, Mexican wedding cookies, and homemade bundt cakes. Find similar stemless champagne flutes at Napa Style.


Photography: Kate Webber

Design, flowers: Jess Flood Event Design

Calligraphy: Barbara Callow

Hope chest linens: Ambitalia Textiles

Furniture, glassware, dessert stands: Wine Country Party Rentals

Dishes, vases: Heath Ceramics

Table linens: Rough Linen

Hair, makeup: It’s a Date at the Powder Room

Wedding cuvee: Iron Horse Vineyards


See lots more from this photo shoot at Kate Webber’s blog, right here.

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Lately I’ve been revisiting inspiration boards that I made (what feels like) ages ago, especially some of my earlier inspiration boards which aren’t always the most well put-together (what can I say – I’ve been learning as I go along). Today’s inspiration board is a blend of one of my very first posts and a board I recently created for Kiss the Groom, and if I were to get married in South Carolina in the spring, I think this is what I’d like my wedding to look like…


Mood: classic Southern elegance
Palette: pale French blue, magnolia blossom, Spanish moss

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Top row from left: flower girls via {frolic!}, photos of porch ceiling fan and magnolia blossom both by Elizabeth Messina, photo of bride and groom under canopy of Spanish moss by Millie Holloman via Style Me Pretty
Row 2: photo of bride and groom in vintage getaway car by Elizabeth Messina, bride style by Rebecca Thuss for Martha Stewart Weddings, photo of cocktails by Elizabeth Messina, blue patterned hand fan from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: hanging glass lanterns from Real Weddings, red velvet cake with buttercream frosting and sugar magnolia blossoms from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo of bluegrass band by Belathee, mint julep and rose arrangement by Ariella Chezar (photo by Lisa Lefkowitz)
Row 4: miniature pecan pie favors from Martha Stewart Weddings, Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Inn, calligraphy from Martha Stewart Weddings


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

Board #493: Blue & Spanish Moss
Board #463: Robin’s Egg Blue
Board #476: China Cabinet


Kiss the Groom (Elizabeth Messina) is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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A few weeks ago I included a link to General Knot & Co. in my weekend round-up post, but I thought it would be fun to do a whole feature with some of the designs I like most. Plus, one lucky reader will win a $100 gift certificate to General Knot & Co., so that’s fun too!

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General Knot & Co.‘s  neckties, bow ties and pocket squares are made from fine vintage fabrics with unique prints and patterns. Each design is a limited edition, made in the USA, and frankly, they make me want to start wearing neckties. I especially love that there are reverse designs of each tie – I imagine one for the groom, and then groomsmen in the reverse.

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How about a whole set for your wedding party? Here are some ties that a groom commissioned for himself and his attendants. Each tie is different, but the coordinating colors create a cohesive look. What a fun one-of-a-kind gift for your groomsmen!

How about corresponding neck ties and bow ties for the wedding party?

Outfit your gents! Leave a comment here telling me your favorite item available at General Knot & Co., and a randomly selected person will receive a $100 gift certificate. You have until Thursday at 5:00pm Pacific time to enter, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday morning.


Update! This contest is now closed!

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At my wedding, I was lucky to have not one but two talented makeup artists on hand to make everyone look their best. Darlene Carlson worked her magic on moms and sisters, bringing out the glamorous in all of them while still maintaining their natural beauty. She also happens to have a very calming presence, and what bride wouldn’t want that present on her wedding day?

Here a few shots of Darlene at work (including my pretty sister and sisters-in-law!)…

Photo credits: 1 and 2 by Elizabeth Messina, 3 by Blonde Tulip


Darlene’s website is still in the works, but if you’re a Bay Area bride wanting to look lovely for your wedding day, you can get hold of her by phone or by email:

phone: 415-381-5609


This post sponsored by Darlene Carlson.

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