Photo: Hart & Sol
Just a handful of links for you this week… not sure where the week went, but when I started working on this post, I realized that I hadn’t spent nearly as much time online (hunting down awesome links) as I usually do. I think it’s probably because we’re having such wonderful weather and I just can’t say no to being outside with my little one enjoying the sunshine! I hope you’re enjoying some sunshine too, or that you’ll get a chance this weekend. Of course, first some links!
Something so charming about this project of matching tiny things to their Pantone colors.
Sweet corn ice cream is one way to welcome summer!
Jerry Seinfeld on bedtime routines.
Everyone needs a great summer hat!
Brioche toast, homemade ricotta, raspberry jam… sounds like a dream breakfast!
Have a lovely weekend!
I know summer is well on its way, but there’s always something so romantic about a winter wedding, like this one from photographer Romin Lee. Lots of baby’s breath, string lights, and white linens gave the rainy day wedding a warm glow and intimate feel…
One of the bride’s favorite parts of the day? The first look!
How did the couple choose this venue? “We actually chose the venue without ever going inside first. As we were driving around to places we had scheduled to see, we saw this building, and decided to take a look through the front door. We were looking for a space that was both modern and rustic, that could fit 200+ guests, but still feel warm and have its own unique charm. To us, we could feel all of those things from our first peek at Sodo Park, so the choice was easy and comfortable.”
Says the bride: “A special detail from the day was having our families sit with us during the ceremony. Nura and I walked down the aisle together holding hands, and greeted our families who were waiting at the front where we were able to hug each of them before all taking our seats next to each other. We wanted to feel like we were part of a circle sitting with our guests, so we sat in the middle of our families who also faced the rest of the gathering to complete that circle and give a more intimate feeling.”
“The ceremony was so beautiful and full of emotion, and really captured the feeling we wanted to create. It was important to us to participate in the ceremony beyond reciting our vows, so we each chose something meaningful that we wanted to read, and we stood up together to share the readings before exchanging rings and reciting our vows.”
“We originally wanted a very small and intimate wedding, so as our guest list grew, it was important to us to maintain that intimate and genuine feeling. We focused on keeping things simple, and true to our personalities. Like sticking to a single simple flower choice throughout (baby’s breath), but using it in a way that was elegant, intentionally monochromatic, and gave off a wintery feel. So that the simplicity was beautiful in itself, while being there to support to overall feeling of the event and not take away.”
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? I wore my grandmother’s bracelet, one of the few things brought back from Iran, and the same bracelet I wore when my sister got married. My grandmother’s health didn’t allow her to be there for our wedding, so it was special to have that piece of her with me on that day.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? To put aside some time to be alone together on that day to take in the moment. For us this was so special, especially before the ceremony, to be able to pray together and just talk and say whatever was in our hearts in that moment before we walked down the aisle together.
What advice do you have for other brides? Don’t get too caught up in things you see on Pinterest or details or traditions you feel are necessary just because they have been part of so many weddings you have been to before. Evaluate each of the components you are considering and decide if it makes sense for you. If it’s something you wouldn’t do any other day (like having a cake if you don’t even like it, just so you can cut it) then don’t do it and avoid taking time away from the rest of the wedding. Figure out what both of you really want, and focus on the things that are actually important to you.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Just try to keep things as simple as you can, sticking to what you have decided is important to you so you spend money where it counts. We were able to save in a lot of ways by having a winter wedding, and choosing one location for both the ceremony and reception. And we used Uber to get around the whole weekend instead of taxis or hiring transportation – we just grouped up and one person would get on the app and a car would show up a few minutes later.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Another special moment was during dinner, when there was a surprise dedication song/music video played that was made by the groom and some friends. It was a total surprise and a hilarious moment for everyone. You can see for yourself here.
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Seattle Wedding at SODO Park by Romin Lee11 June 2014
I love our Select vendors – they produce some of the most wonderfully creative events! Like this fun Vienna-inspired birthday party from Allison Jackson of Pineapple Productions and photographer Kate Headley.
From the guest of honor’s wife:
“After living in Vienna for four years, I wanted to celebrate my husband’s 60th birthday and our homecoming by sharing some of the charm of Austria with our family and friends. I loved it when friends came up to me and said they felt like they had walked into a Viennese cafe! From the welcoming Austrian folk music and drinks served by a lovely young lady in an Austrian dirndl, to the schnitzel and pastries, to the schnapps bar, everything had the warm, lively feel that I was hoping for. And the cigars were a huge hit with the guys! The cake, though, was really the highlight – the entire family depicted on an Austrian alp (even the dog). Add a fantastic dance band and it was the perfect evening.”
From Allison: “We were inspired by highly decorative motifs and graphic patterns from the Vienna Secession Movement. Cheree Berry created a brilliant custom invitation suite in a forest green, orange, warm red and gilded gold palette.”
Europeans traveling to Washington D.C. for the party were welcomed with all-American treats, like mini Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pies packaged in kraft brown pie boxes and tied off with red and white pastry string.
Guests were sent home with take home breakfast treats – homemade Austrian breakfast rolls and Austrian jam and kakao (cocoa) from Julius Meinl. The rolls were packaged in custom pastry bags foil stamped with the wording “Essen! Essen!” (Eat! Eat!), and rolls, jam, cocoa and wooden knives with red linen napkins were placed into simple muslin sacks.
“We turned the library of the Meridian House into a Men’s Hunting Lodge with handsome tufted leather furniture, fur and woolen knit throws, natural animal hide rugs and wooden furniture,” says Allison. “In this room, we offered grilled to order Austrian sausages and a schnapps bar. Mountain foliage, herbs, candles and antlers were placed on the tables and fireplace mantle.”
The signature cocktail for the evening was an Aperol Spritz – served by ladies wearing dirndls of course!
“Under a grove of European linden trees we placed café tables and wood chairs with a variety of cable knit and woolen throws for an après ski feel. Large bulb café lighting was strung through the trees, and outdoor heaters kept everyone comfortable. A cigar station was set up on a rough hewn wooden tavern table. Vintage standing ashtrays were placed nearby. Oversized wooden lanterns were placed around the perimeter for a magical Alpine glow.”
“We turned the dining room of the Meridian House into a Viennese Coffee House, complete with an authentic pastry case filled with traditional Austrian tortes and treats. Made to order Viennese coffee drinks were prepared for guests who lingered at marble topped tables with bentwood chairs. Servers prepared crepes with raspberry jam, apricot compote and Nutella, with ice cream and whipped cream garnishes. Candles and thin bud vases adorned table and the fireplace mantle to complete the café look.”
Passed Hors d’Oeuvres: Espresso Crusted Smoked Venison on Black Bread Crisp / Foie Gras with Raspberry and Brioche / Salmon and Sole Pinwheels / Curried Carrot and Zucchini Pancakes / Olive and Goat Cheese Beignets / Spring Pea Soup Sips //
Traditional Beef Goulash over Egg Spaetzel
Charcuterie, Smoked Fish and European Cheeses
Bistro Leek Tart
Assorted Grilled Austrian Sausages with Homemade Pretzel and Kaiser rolls and a Variety of Mustards / Hot Apple and Potato Salad / Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage
Classic Austrian Wiener Schnitzel Served with Green and White Asparagus with Hollandaise and Six Spring Vegetable Chopped Salad
Desserts: Sacher Torte / Apple Strudel / Opera Cake / Hazelnut Linzertorte / Charlotte Russe / Crepes with Nutella, Raspberries, Apricot Preserves, Caramelized Bananas, Whipped Cream and Ice Cream
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Vienna Birthday Party from Kate Headley10 June 2014
When I got my hands on samples of the newest letterpress wedding invitations from Minted, I could not wait to share them with you! The designs are wonderful on their own, but the look and feel of letterpress adds so much richness and depth. And right now we’re giving away $500 to one Snippet & Ink reader for any purchase from Minted! Read on to find out more…
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If you’re in love with letterpress, Minted now has 100 fully customizable designs available to choose from, each one printed by hand on 100% cotton paper for a beautiful, tactile impression, using vintage Heidelberg Windmill presses.
One of my favorite things about Minted’s collection is that it’s designed by independent graphic designers from around the world. And no matter which Minted wedding invitations you choose, your personal Minted design specialist will hand-tailor your invitations to make sure they’re absolutely perfect. Plus, they offer free recipient addressing to help save you valuable planning time.
If you’re at all considering letterpress, definitely order some samples from the Minted collection – because as fun as these invitations are on your computer screen, they are even better in person. And of course, enter to win $500 toward any Minted purchase!
Just check out the new letterpress designs from Minted and decide out which one is your favorite (that’s the hard part – there are so many great styles to choose from!). Then leave a comment below telling us why it’s the perfect invitation for your wedding. Check back on this post next week when we’ll announce the winner.
Update! This contest is now closed.
The winner is Ashley Williams who said: “I adore the fling letterpress invitation by Andrea Mentzer! My wonderful fiance Chris and I are getting married on a late summer afternoon in the gardens of a historical adobe house from the 1850′s. I feel like this beautiful invitation would set the tone for the relaxing, intimate, joyful celebration we have planned!”
Contest begins Monday, June 9, 2014 at 9:30AM PDT, and ends Friday, June 13, 2014 at 11:59PM PDT. Winner will be selected by Snippet & Ink and announced on this post. Please note: winner must live in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec).
This post sponsored by Minted.