Getting a bit of a late start this morning, but I hope you’ll find this sweet backyard wedding worth the wait. The bride wore her great-grandmother’s wedding dress from the 1930′s, and Eric wore a vintage three-piece suit. Lovely photos by Ryan Wilcox of You Look Nice Today Photography. Says the bride: My family moved into our home when I was five, and at a very young age I would tell my mother, One day when I grow up I’m going to marry my best friend in the backyard. I’ve been saying that up until the day it came true!

Eric and I went into the woods near my parents’ house and found a lot of long branches that we gathered and carried home, then we spent the afternoon building the arbor. We both love to design and build together!

We had a friend do all the catering to create a yummy taco bar! He made delicious carnitas, carne asada and veggie tacos, with fresh corn tortillas and lots of guacamole. For drinks, we had sangria, margaritas, and hibiscus iced tea, as well as Negra Modelo & Especial Beer. We used a local bakery up the street from my parents home, Sweet Ambrosia – the owner, Mary, baked us an amazing carrot cake!

Some tips from a DIY bride: If you’re doing a wedding yourself, get plenty of extra hands to help! The best thing I did was hire six helpers for the night. I gave them all detailed lists of what was to happen throughout the night and everything went smoothly. And my mom and I were free to have fun!

Congratulations Lauren and Eric! Thank you to Ryan Wilcox from You Look Nice Today Photography for sharing these great photos. You can see plenty more of this charming wedding right here on Ryan’s blog.

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One of my wonderfully talented wedding vendors has just launched her 2010 Holiday Collection, and it’s chock full of beautiful holiday decorations and gift items. Kathleen Deery Design is based in San Francisco, but all of these items are available for purchase on her online holiday store! Here are a few of my favorites…

From wreaths to place cards to gorgeous tabletop items, there are so many beautiful items to choose from, both for decorating your own home, or for gifting to your favorite people.

Don’t you love these pomegranate-inspired vases? So festive! I’m so excited to share Kathleen Deery‘s work with you, and I can’t wait to see what beautiful creations she has in store for my wedding!


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Some beautiful photos of a lovely wedding from Braedon Flynn today…

Photography: Braedon Flynn

Venue: Twin Peaks Ranch in Ojai, California

Bride’s dress: Christos

Groom’s suit: Yves Saint Laurent

Flowers: Endless Blooms, endlessblooms@yahoo.com

Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes

Thank you Braedon for sending over these beautiful pics! (I especially love that one of Brieanna dipping her toes in the pool.)

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Brilliant Earth has been a long-time favorite of Snippet & Ink, and they’re a great place to find the perfect holiday gift for your special someone. Using conflict-free diamonds and recycled gold and platinum, Brilliant Earth offers a huge variety of gorgeous jewelry that is also totally eco-friendly. Here are a few favorite pieces for the upcoming holiday season…

Above, White Gold Solstice Eternity Diamond Ring and Round Bezel Halo Diamond Ring with Side Stones. Below, clockwise from top left, Flora Ring, Packaging with a Purpose, Diamond Stud Earrings.

These diamond earrings are at the top of my Christmas list!

Above, Luna Ring and White Gold Solstice Eternity Diamond Ring.

Don’t see just what you’re looking for? Brilliant Earth will work with you to create the perfect custom design! Learn lots more about Brilliant Earth’s ethical practices, mission, and of course they’re beautiful designs right here.

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It’s been awhile since I had the pleasure of featuring photography by the talented ladies at Belathée, and I’m so happy to have them here on Snippet & Ink today. If it’s starting to cool down in your part of the world, this July wedding might be just the thing to brighten your day.

Shenna, the lovely bride, was kind enough to share some details about the day: I’ve always wanted an outdoor wedding, but since we are Catholic our ceremony was held in a church. However, by choosing a different location for the reception, we were able to spend time outdoors. and extremely lucky to have beautiful 80 degree weather.

I had a hard time focusing on a certain color scheme and look for the wedding, but the one thing I wanted to be sure of was that I kept it classic – I wanted to be able to look back at our wedding years from now and still find it timeless. Throughout the decor, we accented gray with pops of yellow and cream. I didn’t want everything to be too matchy, but I also wanted the look to be cohesive with a blend of rustic, vintage and classic elegance.

These last photos capture one of Shenna’s favorite parts of the day: Our favorite moment was when our photographers, Dorothee and Annabel, asked us to step away from the reception area for a minute to capture photos of just the two of us in the field during sunset. Although we were being photographed, we felt like we finally had a moment to ourselves and in such a romantic setting.

Photography: Belathée

Event coordinator: Va de Vie Events

Ceremony venue: St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in San Ramon, California

Reception venue: Martinelli Event Center in Livermore, California

Bride’s dress / veil: Amy Kuschel / Sara Gabriel

Groom’s suit / shoes: J.Crew / Adidas

Hair / makeup: Sherrie Long

Flowers: Chestnut & Vine

Program: Heroes & Criminals Press

Ring pillow: giggle room

Croquembouche: Gerhard Michler

Thank you to Dorothée and Annabel from Belathée for sending over these beautiful photos. Congratulations Shenna and Owen!

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