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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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The signature cocktail for the evening was an Aperol Spritz – served by ladies wearing dirndls of course!

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“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.”

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“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.”

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Menu

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

 

Kate Headley and Pineapple Productions are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.

Photography: Kate Headley / Event Planner: Allison Jackson, Pineapple Productions / Venue: Meridian House in Washington, D.C. / Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper / Floral Design: Dragonfly / Music: Big Ray and the Kool Kats via East Coast Entertainment, Austrian Duo - Liab Und Schneid / Cake: Charm City Cakes / Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pies: Pie Sisters / Austrian Breakfast Rolls: Wagshals
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  • Vienna Birthday Party from Kate Headley

    10 June 2014
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    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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    This fun food truck wedding from photographer Tyler Branch is everything I love most about weddings: simple, authentic, lovely. And with summer fast approaching (or having arrived in some places already!), it’s the perfect way to kick off the week…

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    Bridesmaids wore a variety of dresses in shades of pink and green, purchased from AnthropologieJ.CrewTarget, and BHLDN.

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    All of the flowers were done by the couple’s friends and family.

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    “Something that we really tried to do was honor Ryan’s mom through our wedding as best as we could,” says Jessie. “She had passed away about a month before our wedding and we were all caught by surprise. There were so many little things she had talked about and planned for our big day, and we were so thankful to see those things come to life at our wedding. Things like an all white bouquet, enough food for everyone to eat as much as they wanted, and having her sons and husband walk a flower down the aisle in her honor.”

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    The bride’s favorite part of the day? “The whole day was just the best, it is so hard to choose just one moment!,” she says. “I really loved our vows though. We decided to do traditional ones, as well as writing our own. I loved hearing and sharing our hearts for each other in front of all the people we love. I also really loved once the dancing started. We really have some of the best friends in the world, and they were finally all together with us celebrating the monumental thing we just did! It was such a great feeling to just be there in that moment with all of them rejoicing over the fact that we are married and they all played a part in it in some special way!”

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    Guests tossed lavender buds at the newlyweds as the walked down the aisle together.

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    The day was full of DIY details – even the music was a Spotify playlist made by the groom. Shares the bride, “I definitely bit off more than I could chew when it came to small details! I sewed over 200 napkins for all the guests with fabric that Ryan and I had gathered over the course of our engagement. My uncle made about 25 beautiful wooden picnic tables for all of the guests to sit at. My dad, who is a welder by profession, made 10 chandeliers that we hung in all of the trees over the reception area for the most picturesque lighting a bride could ask for! All of those things made our wedding so personal and sweet to us – we were so humbled by the amount of effort everyone put into our wedding.”

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    For dinner, guests enjoyed pulled pork sandwiches, grass fed beef burgers with kale and cheddar grits, jerk chicken sandwiches, and french fries, all catered by the MIHO Gastrotruck. Instead of cake, there was an ice chest filled with the bride and groom’s favorite popsicles and ice creams.

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    SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THIS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WEDDING.

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  This location was very special to me. It is my Uncle Mike’s avocado ranch and a place that holds many memories for the whole family. We celebrated my grandmothers 90th birthday there, pumpkin patch parties, and other family gatherings. It was the first family wedding though, and I am so honored to say it was ours. Having it at a family home made it so fun and so easy. My dad, aunts and uncles, and cousins really made it beautiful and that wouldn’t have happened any other place! Not to mention it is one of the most beautiful hidden treasures in the whole world!

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Over the past couple years I have been able to travel to really beautiful places, like Myanmar, Belize, Germany, San Francisco, and some others. In all of these places I have observed and come to love different cultures, and people, and the way they do things. I loved learning about how people gather. It was so exciting to me to think about all of these people from different worlds and different walks of our life coming together in one place. The thought of throwing them all a party was so inspiring me! I have been very visually inspired by all of these places and the natural beauty that they all hold. I also have been very inspired by my job and the creative people I work with. I work at Anthropologie so the aesthetic of our wedding was definitely influenced by that.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We actually didn’t want to have a super traditional wedding. We did say traditional vows and pledges, but other than that, we just wanted to do what we wanted. We didn’t have cake or a bouquet toss, or anything like that. Mostly because we just didn’t feel it was us.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Honestly, the best advice was people just telling me that I just had to do what I wanted to do. When you are a bride people always think they have better advice than the person who talked to you last, but the truth is, every couple is so different and does things SO differently. Hearing a bunch of different advice from a million different people can really get inside your head!

    What advice do you have for other brides?  There are so many options for how you plan and how you want your wedding to look. You really just have to find out all of those things together and surround yourself with people who will join in on your vision and help you create the day of your dreams. Also, as obvious as it may seem, pay so much attention to your new husband. It is the best day, but also the most overwhelming. It is really easy to walk around and get pulled in different directions to say hi, thank people, and get in everyone’s Instagram picture, but you just have to remember to stay together and enjoy everything as a brand new couple!

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  One thing that was so special, that I would suggest to anyone, is making a whole weekend out of your wedding. Our rehearsal dinner was so special to us and just as sweet as any there part of the wedding. We spent time sharing with our closest family and friends about why we chose them to stand beside and thanked them as well. Whether it is a destination wedding or not, getting all of the people involved together for more than just a day really relieves stress. It is also fun for you as a bride to have one last giant sleepover as a single lady!

    Photography: Tyler Branch / Venue: The Accidental Winery in Valley Center, California / Bride’s Dress, Belt: BHLDN / Shoes: Seychelles via Anthropologie / Groom’s Suit, Tie, Pocket Square: Lundlow, J.Crew / Tailoring, Shirt: Taylor Stitch San Francisco / Shoes: Frye Loafers / Tie Clip: The Tie Bar / Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie, J.Crew, Target, BHLDN / Stationery: Ben Sanders / Catering: MIHO Gastrotruck / Wedding Arch, Chandeliers: 626-795-8166
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  • Food Truck Wedding by Tyler Branch

    9 June 2014
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    Have a lovely weekend everyone! But of course, first enjoy some of my favorite links from around the web this week!

    What a magical garden path.

    Printable pineapple wrapping paper.

    Artsy chocolate bars, via Eat Drink Chic.

    Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

    Easy peach ice cream and snickerdoodles… yum!

    Loving the new Adorn family of fonts (see our Facebook page for a discount code!).

    Ducklings adopted by a mama cat – so sweet!

    Great round-up of DIY Father’s Day gift ideas.

    The endless t-shirt.

    Lots of fun cookie cutters in this Etsy shop, via Cool Mom Picks.

    West Elm has launched a wedding registry!

    Whole wheat blackberry ricotta scones are happening this weekend.

    Easy peasy felt banner DIY.

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