There’s nothing quite like a summer garden wedding that’s all about family, and that’s just what I have for you today. As photographer Ryan Wilcox says: A gorgeous backyard commitment ceremony in the west hills of Portland, Oregon with an Elvis impersonator, Portland food carts, a vintage car, a rowdy fun group of guys and a stylish couple. What’s not to love?

Jane’s sister, Kailla Platt, arranged all of the lovely summer rustic flowers.

Jane and Stuart chose their wedding venue for it’s special significance in Jane’s family. Says the bride, “Portland has gorgeous summers, so we knew we wanted to celebrate outside. My grandparents built a beautiful garden together, and my eldest sister got married under the oak tree my grandfather planted over 70 years ago. He is 99 and was there to celebrate with us! Stuart and I got married under a paper bark cherry tree in their garden. The place is so lovely, we didn’t need any decor. Some dahlias on the tables and lights above the dance floor. Boom. Simple.”

Love all the hugs!

Several food trucks catered the wedding, including a late night visit by the Voodoo Doughnut truck!

A couple more details about the day from Jane and Stuart:

What advice do you have for other brides?  Drink a lot of Sleepytime tea the night before your wedding. Maybe even a nip of some booze. Anything to slow you down. I didn’t sleep a wink!

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Stuart’s mother was very ill and not going to make it to our summer wedding celebration. She and Stuart’s stepfather got married in Las Vegas, so in honor of her I surprised Stuart by whisking him off to Vegas to get hitched. I showed up outside of the school where he teaches with a sign reading “Will you marry me? In Vegas? Tomorrow?” We hopped in a cab to the airport and called his mom on the way. She got a kick out of it. She passed away a month and a half later, so we are both so glad we made it happen. In Portland we wanted to say our own vows to each other and celebrate with our dear friends and family (with an Elvis impersonator to bring in a little bit of Vegas!).



Photography: Ryan Wilcox of You Look Nice Today / Venue: private garden in Portland, Oregon / Bride’s dress: Temperley London / Groom’s suit: Gucci / Groom’s shirt: J.Crew / Food truck catering: Violetta, Shut Up and EatThe Gaufre Gourmet, and Voodoo Doughnut

See lots more photos from Jane and Stuart’s wedding on Ryan’s blog right here!

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I had the hardest time finding the right wedding dress, but I knew early on that I wanted to wear one of Jennifer Behr’s stunning pieces in my hair – it’s still one of my favorite things from my entire wedding! Every season since 2005, Jennifer has created unique heirloom-quality pieces, made entirely by hand in New York City – and every season is as gorgeous as the last.

Each Jennifer Behr piece is made by hand from the finest materials: Swarovski crystals, antiqued metal, tiny pearls, ethereal silk chiffon… and they’re even more gorgeous in person than they are in photos! If you’re looking for something to accent your wedding day look, you’ll find something elegantly modern and timelessly chic in Jennifer Behr bridal accessories.

Love these sneak peeks into the Jennifer Behr studio! When you see the hand work and detail that goes into each headband and tiara and comb, it’s not hard to understand why they can take hours to create! Truly heirloom-worthy pieces for your wedding day.


Images from the top: hand-stitched chiffon, Eloise head wrap, Ariana comb, Nerissa headband, Chloe headband, Celeste tiara, hand-dyed feathers



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To be completely honest with you, I rarely pay much attention to the latest runway designs. That said, there are a few designers who take my breath away with every collection, and Elie Saabis one of them. When Roséline posted some of the gowns from the Spring 2012 Haute Couture collection, I instantly imagined how they might translate into bridal wear, and couldn’t keep from sharing them with you…

Don’t you just love those shapes and sherbet colors? Wearing one of these gowns would be like wearing spring itself!

See more from Elie Saab’s Spring 2012 collection over on This is Glamorous, plus a jaw-droppingly gorgeous behind-the-scenes look at the runway show.

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My wedding was the most wonderfully exhausting day of my life, and all I wanted to do after it was over was to put my feet up, relax and unwind. With a three-night honeymoon package designed especially for newlyweds who want to enjoy the finest of New York City living, The Setai Fifth Avenue is the perfect place to do just that.

Start by enjoying a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries in the privacy of your suite, then head down to the Auriga spa for a romantic couples bath and massage in one of the special couples’ treatment rooms. Honeymoon guests of The Setai Fifth Avenue can even call upon a Personal Assistant to fulfill any request or desire, even if it’s “bring me lemon wedges while I sit here in this marble soaking tub and do absolutely nothing.” Love it!

One night, spend a few hours at a privately reserved table listening to live jazz at Bar on Fifth (the bottle of champagne is on the house), and wake up each morning to the aroma of freshly baked pastries with breakfast in bed. After the wedding, the chaos is over, but the “VIP status” continues at The Setai Fifth Avenue.

Honeymoon packages start at $3950, and if you book now for a stay anytime in 2012, you’ll get a complimentary upgrade to a 1,100 square foot Avenue Apartment Suite! Call 877-452-8214 to book your honeymoon stay, and just make sure to mention Snippet & Ink to get the room upgrade.



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Today’s beautiful Bay Area wedding comes to us from a devoted Snippet & Ink reader, which (as you know) totally makes my day.

Does it get any sweeter than an adorable ring bearer in a seersucker suit?

Says Alexis, “One of the most special things about our wedding was that my brother officiated it. He did such a great job and made the ceremony so personal and special.”

Says the bride, “My Basset Hound, Gretel, is such an enormous part of my life. She goes with me practically everywhere, and I felt strongly that she had to be a part of the wedding, so we only considered venues that allow dogs.”

Bar Agricole is known for it’s locally sourced ingredients, and the menu reflected what was in season: heirloom tomatoes with basil and burrata; belgian endive with goat cheese and asian apple pears; roast chicken with gypsy peppers and sweet corn polenta; brisket with horseradish, romano beans and whipped potatoes; and sheep’s milk ricotta gnudi with basil pesto and ratatouille.

Some details from Alexis:

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We love our city and we thought there was no place more appropriate to have our wedding than in the place where we met and make our home together.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Seeing Erick’s face when he saw me walk down the aisle. And dancing to Tina’s Turner’s “Proud Mary” in my wedding dress at the reception!

What was the best advice you received as a bride? What advice to you have for other brides?  ENJOY your wedding. And eat. I had my stressful moments but I was calm as could be the day of the wedding. I had the best bridesmaids and maid of honor who took incredible care of me. It’s not worth any of it if you don’t savor every moment. Erick and I had an incredible time and we ate like pigs – we spent a lot of time on that incredible menu!

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  We stayed true to who are as a couple and what we love and share. The wedding was a perfect reflection of how much we both love the outdoors/ beautiful scenery and also the city. We adore excellent food and wine and could not have been happier with Bar Agricole as a venue. They never held a sit down 115 person wedding reception and did a phenomenal job. The best is hearing our friends and family still tell us it was the most fun wedding they had ever attended. That could not make us happier!



Photography: Jenna Beth Photography / Ceremony venue: Landmark Art & Garden Center in Tiburon, California / Reception venue: Bar Agricole in San Francisco / Planning: Gillian Shenon / Bride’s custom dress: Jinza Jin / Groom’s suit: J.Crew / Stationery: Tinker & Tailor Design House / Flowers: Kathleen Deery Design / Rentals: Hartmann


Kathleen Deery Design is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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