Well dearies, what do you have planned for the weekend? My honey and I are taking a little road trip down the coast to Santa Barbara for my cousin’s wedding this weekend, and then further on to San Diego for a few days where we’ll hang out with my sister and her boys, and where I get to stop by Jonathan Canlas’ Film is Not Dead workshop. I can’t wait!

{Kate Spade}

Hope you enjoy these links from around the web this week!

Frenchwomen’s secrets to aging well (thank you to Mariam).

I write like ________.

Quite a fancy business card.

Custom fingerprint paper cutting? Brilliant save-the-date idea!

My bed wants to wear Leontine Linens, via i suwannee.

Mi madre in 1967, via Nibs.

Raspberry brown sugar gratin? How did I not know about this until now?

Delightful illustrations, via Mint.

One of these days I’ll make it to this fabulous party.

Have a happy, happy weekend!

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Today’s pretty backyard barbecue wedding comes to us from photographer Kate Osborne. The bride, Kelly, stopped by to tell us a bit about the day:

Most of the decisions we made for our wedding were based on what was least expensive and what I thought would be the easiest and most fun. We wanted people to be able to have a good time. As far as location goes, I love, love, love, my mom and step-dad’s backyard in West Bountiful, Utah and I wanted people to come out and see how pretty it was. I had a suspicion that my step-dad (who loves parties) wanted to utilize their nice space by one day having a wedding there and also I thought it would be cheaper and easier than renting a venue. Our reception was on Thursday, July 9th and I’m not positive, but I think we had 200-250 guests show up.

Pretty much everything about our wedding was do-it-yourself. I designed and printed our announcements; my mom and I designed and made my dress; my sister got a crew of us to make the pinwheel decorations, which cost a total of about $48, including ribbons, and which we hung them ourselves; my cousin made the beautiful flower arrangements; we made a couple of play lists and our friend managed the sound system.

Guests enjoyed lawn games such as badminton, horseshoes, and bocce ball.

Happy wishes to you, Kelly and David! See more of their lovely wedding celebration over on Kate Osborne’s blog.

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Natalie and Matthew’s beautiful Australian wedding is a perfect example of how a classic wedding look can still be unique and totally reflective of your personalities. 60 guests joined them at their June wedding at the Longworth House in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

Says Natalie, “The venue was kind of a hidden gem in the city – if you didn’t know it was there you could walk straight past it. We didn’t need to go far for photos and the different levels of the building allowed us to have the ceremony in one room which had a baroque feel to it, and then we all moved to the front lounge for drinks and canapes. For dinner we moved upstairs to a simple, light-filled room with amazing chandeliers from the ceiling.

The look of our wedding was something a bit vintage Hollywood, but modern at the same time. There was no theme, just all the things we love – we had old Jazz playing during canapes and the wedding rings and invitations had a French feel, to them.”

From Natalie: The whole day was divine, but the ceremony was my favorite part of the whole day. Our readings, ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’ by Edward Lear and lyrics from ‘Dance Me to the End of Love’ by Leonard Cohen were just perfect, and the candlelit room created a wonderful ambiance. It was a very special moment and I couldn’t take my eyes off my man!

Natalie suggests choose a venue that has the look you want, and avoid having to do lots of extra decorating. “Keep it simple,” she says. “Always step back and think, Do I really need this? We barely added anything to the dinner room other than fresh flowers to the tables.”

Guests went home with boxes of Hunter Valley chocolates.

Photography: Zoe Lonergan

Venue: Longworth House in Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Bride’s dress / shoes: Melanie Ford / Panache

Groom’s suit: Rundle Tailoring

Chocolates: Hunter Valley Chocolate Co.

Many happy wishes, Natalie and Matthew! Thank you to San Francisco based photographer Zoe Lonergan for sharing these lovely photos of the day.

(Photos submitted via Two Bright Lights.)

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The other day, I was revisiting one of my very favorite blogs, Faye & Greer. It was one of the first blogs I read, and it was one of the reasons I decided to start Snippet & Ink. Though it’s been “out of service” for nearly three years, I still find ideas and inspiration there when I stop by and browse the archives. On this visit, I came across an inspiration board they made for a champagne and cake wedding, and I thought I’d expand on that look and idea for today’s post.

Having a champagne and cake reception is such a sweet and sophisticated way of saving money on your wedding. Though I imagined a venue with a rustic feel to it, this type of wedding could easily translate to a garden setting, church hall, or historic building. Splurge on two or several gorgeous (and delicious) cakes, and buy champagne in bulk (some places will even let you return unopened bottles). Fabric rosettes appear on the bride’s dress and the table linens, lending a feminine and romantic touch. Not that good wedding cake needs improvement, but vintage forks with mother-of-pearl handles are a glamorous detail. Send guests home with pretty packages of chocolate truffles.

Mood: romantic and warm (with just a touch of rustic and vintage)
Palette: champagne, sugar, rosé

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Top row from left: rustic ceremony photo at Mankas by Thayer Allyson Gowdy, wedding dress with rosettes from Rebecca Thuss, photo of peach ranunculus by Aaron Delesie, vintage-inspired wedding cake with sugar anemones by April Reed
Row 2: coconut cake slices from Rebecca Thuss, photo of peach and gold dresses by Cherry Blossom Girl via Dress Design Decor
Row 3: chocolate truffle wedding cake by April Reed, photo of champagne bridesmaid dresses by Aaron Delesie, classic pink stationery by Sugar Paper, mother-of-pearl flatware
Row 4: pink ranunculus centerpiece by Saipua, champagne chocolate truffles from Martha Stewart Weddings, photos of champagne bottles and rosette linens both by Aaron Delesie

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