By Neil Palmer
Happy Valentine’s Day love birds! Not sure if I’ll get it done, but I have grand plans to make a Paris-Brest for the first time for dessert tonight. Do you have any romantic plans? Before you head out for the Valentine weekend, here are some links from around the web…
Please tell me one of you is wearing this Moschino heart dress today.
This key hook looks like my kind of DIY (cheap and easy).
Calling them “muffins” means you can eat them for breakfast (even though they’re totally loaded with chocolate).
Great gift/favor idea: DIY seasoned salt.
Pretty hammered copper cups.
Holy frozen lighthouses.
This parmesan bean stew seems like the perfect way to deal with relentless winter weather.
Denver’s lonely bouquet (thanks Dee!).
Red lipstick or pink? How about both!
Hilarious little house plant cupcakes.
Congrats to Lora Kelley on her new website!
This week on Snippet & Ink:
Romantic gold toile and rich red blooms.
Eccentric envelopes you can DIY.
Intimate, rainy secret garden wedding.
Rustic summer wedding in Nebraska.
How to wear red lipstick.
Nashville wedding with mercury glass pumpkins.
From the bride’s gorgeous lace gown to the elegantly rustic ceremony backdrop, this Nashville wedding is beyond beautiful and romantic – not to mention the whole thing was captured by Elizabeth Messina, my dear friend (and wedding photographer!). Breathtaking is really the only word. There are literally hundreds of jaw dropping photos of this wedding; do yourself a favor and check them out in the gallery…
Only fitting for a Nashville bride to wear some pearlescent cowboy boots!
Heather and John chose Cedarwood’s “Outdoor Cathedral” for the feel of a church wedding in the open countryside.
The bride’s bouquet incorporated peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, anemones, and jasmine. I love the way the deep burgundy ranunculus and black anemone centers add depth to the pale pink and white blooms.
Guests had a blast in the Magnolia Photo Booth, complete with a suitcase full of playful props.
The property’s lake made for romantic moments and post-ceremony portraits.
A table of apple and bourbon pecan Tiny Pies invited guests to take some sweets home with them.
For the October wedding, mercury glass pumpkins were a fitting choice, equal parts seasonal and romantic. Some of them donned table numbers painted on by the bride.
Says the on-site planner: “Romantic blossoms in pastel pinks and ivory were displayed in our collection of pink depression glass, medicine bottles and milk glass, for simple yet magically romantic decor. Heather added additional texture to the tabletops with pale pink tulle overlays and slate heart table numbers [from BHLDN].” A garland of cascading ribbons adorned the back of the bride’s chair.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? John and I love to travel and on one of our trips we fell in love with the city of Nashville. We decided it would be the perfect destination for our wedding. We wanted our wedding weekend to reflect us as a couple, letting our guests experience the city as we would, exploring the local sights and culinary scenes in the days leading up to the wedding. We fell in love with the simple charm and beauty of Cedarwood. Their all inclusiveness allowed us to plan the wedding from afar, focusing on the details that mattered most to us – photography, food and the overall comfort of our guests, letting the rest fall into place.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We envisioned an intimate outdoor wedding surrounded by the beautiful Southern landscape and antebellum charm of Cedarwood. Rustic Southern elegance was our vision, balancing the femininity of blush and lace with slate. Fall being our favorite season, we incorporated mercury glass pumpkins in the decor and had tiny pies in mason jars for favors.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? We were engaged for four years before saying I do and everything about that day was so memorable, from the first looks to saying our vows with only our closest family and friends as witnesses. I had an overwhelming joy and childlike giddiness that come over me the whole day. I was just so happy to be marrying my one and only love and best friend.
SEE THE FULL GALLERY
Nashville Wedding from Elizabeth Messina13 February 2014
I love the look of red lipstick, but I’ve always been a little afraid to try it myself, so I’m thrilled to have Lora Kelley here to tell us how to do it without looking like a circus clown. And really, what better time to give it a go than Valentine’s Day?! Share your red lipstick look with us on Instagram and make sure to tag @snippetandink - we’ll re-gram some of your pics next week!
Lora’s Tips for Perfect Red Lips
Tip #1: Choosing the right color. The best advice I’ve heard is from makeup artist Rae Morris. Ask yourself if you prefer Tango Tangerine or Ballet Pink Rose. If you opt for Tango Tangerine, then you’ll probably love a warmer red. If you j’adore Ballet Pink Rose, you’ll probably want a cooler red. The great thing is that if you have a warmer red and want to add some coolness, you can pop a cool-toned pink gloss on top and voila! You have a new color. The same works for a cool red: sweep some golden gloss over the top for a warmer red.
Tip #2: Avoiding the “vixen” look. I’m dreadfully prudish and I love a good red lipstick. The way I avoid looking to crazy is by keeping my eye makeup in check. Our model is wearing little more than some sleek black liner, Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat, very light Sable Eye Colour in the crease, and of course mascara. You can add a retro swing by going cat-eye with the liner. I also recommend letting your red lip be the statement of your outfit, keeping colors minimal. If you’re making it an evening look, keep the dress Kate Middleton approved.
Tip #3: Be precise. I recommend Laura Mercier’s smoky eyeliner brush. Even though it’s not technically for lips, I have redefined its use to be my go-to lip brush. It’s a fine point synthetic brush with excellent precision for lining the lip.
Tip #4: Stop feathering. Correct and prevent any bleeding colors or feathering by applying concealer around your lips. I love La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer with SPF 15. It’s a foundation and concealer in one.
Tip #5: Start on the outside and work your way in. Line around your lip first, then fill in with color.
Inspired to give your kisser a red lipstick makeover for Valentine’s Day? Don’t forget to tag @snippetandink on your Instagram pic and we’ll re-gram some of them next week!
A little taste of summer! Megan Pomeroy sent over her beautiful timeless photos of this sweet Nebraska wedding, and it’s sure to brighten your day February…
Says the bride: “Andrew and I met through Teach for America. We were both assigned to teach in Kansas City and actually met while doing our training in Los Angeles. We both ended up teaching 5th grade and got to know each other throughout our teaching.”
Guests enjoyed lawn games (giant “Jenga” and cornhole) and a photo booth with fun props (silly mouths, stick-on mustaches, and chalkboard speech bubbles).
The bride’s mom took on lots of DIY projects for the wedding, including custom cornhole boards, flower arrangements, and homemade jam favors in strawberry and apricot. A friend of the couple created all of the wedding day signage.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We wanted to choose a location that our family and friends could spend the weekend relaxing and celebrating together. We also loved the beautiful barn and outdoor setting.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We focused on bringing together our family and friends. The bride’s mom Nancy served as the creative force being all of the thoughtful details for our wedding day.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Spending the evening celebrating and dancing with our family and friends!
What advice do you have for other brides? To utilize the amazing talents of your family and friends to help make your day special. From jam making to flower arranging, our family and friends played a huge part in making every part of our wedding amazing!
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Our wedding was on the Sunday of Labor day weekend and out of town for most of our guests. Our rehearsal dinner included most of our guests, which turned our wedding day into more of a weekend. We loved being able to spend so much time celebrating with those we love!
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