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Last month I got to fly down to Los Angeles for the day, to hang out with some lovely wedding bloggers and attend the Loverly meetup at the Shade Hotel (and eat some cheesecake pops and drink some wine!). Elizabeth Messina took some photos of the party and all the pretty details…

Have you heard about Loverly yet? I really think you’re going to love it. It’s a visual search engine with an archive of more than 100,000 images from wedding blogs like Snippet & Ink, where you can create a scrapbook of favorite pics – like an online wedding binder! The site opened up to its first users this week, and if you want to check it out (of course!) you can request your invite right here

It was so fun to finally meet some of the wonderful bloggers who inspire me on a regular basis! Some of the beautiful (and fun and hilarious) blog ladies in attendance included Leila from Inspired By This, Cathleya from Weddingbee, Summer from Grey Likes Weddings, Shawna from Maharani Weddings, Amy and Jocey from Wedding Chicks, Chandra from Oh Lovely Day, Emarie from The Collection Event Studio, and Kelly from Santa Barbara Chic.


Photography: Elizabeth Messina / Venue: Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, California / Event production: Be Inspired PR / Flowers: Dolce Designs Studio / Desserts: Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach / Dessert table backdrop: Jesi Haack Design / Champagne: Nicolas Feuillatte / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Stationery: Cherish Paperie / Gift bags: Wedding Chicks / Photo booth: Mobile Photo Booth



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NewlyWish has quickly become one of Snippet & Ink’s favorite new sponsors – I just love their beautifully curated collection of registry items. They believe that registries should be as unique and personal as every other part of your wedding, offering everything from bedding to artwork to honeymoon luxuries, and all with a focus on quality and style. Here are a few of my favorite pieces available at NewlyWish (I wish I’d known about these beautiful white handled knives when I was registering – I love them!)…

toaster, dutch oven, mixer, cutlery


With NewlyWish, you can register for dinnerware and linens that totally fit your personal style – maybe some blue alabaster bowls? Pastel plates from MUD Australia? Or perhaps a modern take on monogrammed napkins…

bowls, dinnerware, tea towel, napkin

You know what you’ll find at NewlyWish that you won’t find anywhere else (that I would have registered for in a heartbeat!)? Interior design and professional organization services. Talk about a registry to match your personal style!

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To get you even more excited about NewlyWish, they’re giving Snippet & Ink readers the chance to win a $200 gift certificate toward any purchase! There are three ways to enter (or you can do all three for a better chance of winning; just be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry):

Leave a comment below with a link to your favorite item from NewlyWish; Leave a comment letting us now that you’ve signed up for the NewlyWish newsletter (click here, then scroll to the bottom right); or “Like” NewlyWish on Facebook (click here) and let us know in the comments section.

You have until 11:59 PM (EDT) on Wednesday, September 21st to enter, and I’ll announce the randomly selected winner on Friday, September 23rd.


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This weekend I’m in San Diego again visiting my sister and her boys, and our other sister is home from France for the week before starting her internship at a delightful patisserie in Paris – does it possibly get any better than giggling with your sisters and eating homemade croissants filled with passion fruit pastry cream, or playing on the beach with your nephews?

via The Library of Congress


And of course I have some links for you before taking of for the weekend…

These look like the perfect ballet flat – anyone tried a pair to confirm this hypothesis? via Maggie

Cute personalized rubber stamps from Paper Pastries.

Name-your-price wedding photography experiment. Curious to see how it goes…

So many fabulous details in Annie and Oliver’s wedding.

An art project blending the faces of classic icons with contemporary celebrities, via Ez.

Congrats to Oh So Beautiful Paper on the new and improved invitation designer rolodex – what an awesome resource!

Dear husband, If you ever need a gift idea, consider Diamonds by the Yard. Love, your wife.

Wedding dress with a hint of pink.

Dipped legs – this looks like my kind of DIY.

The loveliest family tree I’ve ever seen, via Eat Drink Chic.


PS – If you’re in Southern California, did you experience a major power outage yesterday? How did you handle it? We lit candles and grilled hot dogs. (I’m thankful that my sister has a battery back-up for her modem, so I could finish up this post for you!)

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Lately I’ve been feeling inspired by the incredible fashions found in the digital archives of the Kyoto Costume Institute. Gowns from centuries ago are as jaw dropping as ever, with incredible textures and colors, cuts and patterns. I know this might seem like an abstract source of wedding inspiration, but consider the possibilities – details for a custom dress, color palette ideas, patterns for an envelope liner. And even if they’re totally unhelpful for you in thinking about design elements of your wedding, don’t you find them incredibly beautiful? I wish I had reason to wear a dress like this!

Oh, and as you go through the images, click on them to see larger versions with a closer look at all the details…

The intricate details on this monogrammed ivory hand fan are amazing, but I also love the use of pattern in both the gown and the sash. c. 1800, China.

The one above is probably my favorite of the lot – the simple colors, and the India-inspired pattern. c. 1850, India.

What about taking inspiration for your bouquet or centerpieces from a dress like this? I’d love to see what a floral designer might do with this as her only direction for bridal flowers. c. 1785, England.

This retro gown is a bit different from the rest, with a playfulness in its details (polka dots! bows!). c. 1950, Jacques Fath Paris.

c. 1888, Rouff Paris  //  c. 1780, France.

Even the description of the fabric in this elaborate dress is luscious: “Light-blue Lyons silk chine with cartouche-enclosed floral motif.” c. 1765, France.

Doesn’t this dress look straight out of Emma? I adore how light it seems, and the super simple pattern of what looks like bumblebees and wheat leaves. c. 1795, Italy.

c. 1855, England.

The floral embroidery on this muslin chemise dress is too beautiful for words! And feels very much like a wedding (especially with the white satin toe peeking out from underneath). c. 1802, France.


So what do you say? Would you be able to find inspiration in any of these designs or patterns, or in any of the other pieces over at the Kyoto Costume Institute?

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