If you’ve been reading Snippet & Ink for awhile, then you know that every Friday I post links to some of my favorite finds from around the web. But if you’re new here (welcome!), and if you’re a bride (or groom!) in the midst of planning a wedding, then you might be wondering why a wedding blog has a weekly post dedicated to things that are (mostly) not wedding related. If you’re a bride or groom, you know that wedding planning, while usually delightful, can also be stressful and often all-consuming. So just think of this as a pause button; a chance to take a breather from the wonderful world of weddings…

Inspired by 1930s actress Dorothy Knapp‘s style.

BIG monthly planner to get the year started off right.

Lost my favorite sunglasses and looking for a new pair a la Grace Kelly. Suggestions?

Funny 1981 news segment about the Internet (I mean, it probably wasn’t funny then, but it’s pretty funny now).

Amazing what artist Elsa Mora can do with a little paper and glue.

Marshmallows? Cornflakes? Chocolate chips? These are quite possibly the best cookies I’ve ever had.

A little something blue for your ears?

Show mom and grandma’s handwritten recipes some love with this DIY project.

Gorgeous side braid tutorial on Once Wed.

Afternoon tea with a twist, aka the Sherlock & Watson cocktail.

If you have 30 seconds and need a laugh, this commercial did it for me.

A poem made from 2013 New York Times obituary headlines, via 5 Intriguing Things.


Have a happy weekend, lovelies!


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I just adore this bride’s timeless style, and I love it even more knowing that she wore her grandmother’s I. Magnin wedding dress from 1963. She and her groom were wed in Washington D.C., and Laura Gordon shot these lovely portraits for them at the Capitol.

Elizabeth’s “something blue” was a lace-edged handkerchief embroidered with her name in blue thread.

Says the bride, “Our absolute favorite part of the day was when we first saw each other from down the aisle. At that moment we both felt completely relaxed.”



What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  From the beginning we knew we wanted to have an intimate gathering that captured the feeling you have when you’re at a great dinner out with friends and family. We started by looking for great restaurants that had a private space large enough to fit our guests. We settled on Charlie Palmer Steak because of the wonderful food, beautiful atmosphere and location right near the Capitol.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We had a traditional Catholic ceremony but didn’t feel the need to have a traditional reception with a DJ and dancing. Not having a dance floor allowed us more time to visit with friends and family and helped to achieve the feeling of the intimate dinner we wanted.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Early on in the wedding planning, a friend pointed out to me that a wedding is one of the only times when everyone you love is together, celebrating and supporting you as a couple. At times, when the anxiety of wedding planning wore on me, remembering this would help me focus on what was important.

What advice do you have for other brides?  While your wedding is a celebration of your marriage, the most important people in attendance are your guests. When planning, consider how the event will go from their perspective and be as organized as possible to ensure the day flows well and guests are comfortable. You don’t have to go crazy, but small considerate details will be remembered.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Most wedding guests are looking forward to having a great meal- an investment in a great caterer will really go far to make an event. Great photography is another smart purchase. Wedding photographs will be are shared with family and friends for years to come. A great photographer helps capture the excitement of the day and all the details you spent so much time planning.

Photographer: Laura Gordon / Church: Our Lady Queen of Peace / Venue, catering: Charlie Palmer Steak in Washington D.C. / Vintage Dress Restoration: Orange Resortation Labs / Bride’s Shoes: Enzo Angiolini / Earrings: Kate Spade / Veil: Nina / Suit: Tailor Made Man / Groom’s Shoes: Magnanni / Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell / Stationery: Hello!Lucky / Floral Designer: Sara King, Park Florist / Cake: Balducci’s
  • Timeless Washington D.C. Wedding Portraits

    9 January 2014
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    Solage Calistoga seamlessly blends the feel of a romantic rustic garden with modern wine country elegance, making it a perfect backdrop for Liz and Dez’s wedding celebration. LVL Events brought the bride’s vision for a magical evening to life, and Esther Sun was behind the camera to capture it all…

    Liz’s romantic bouquet was full of lush garden roses, dahlias, chocolate cosmos, accented with trailing vines.

    The littlest bridal attendants wore classic seersucker suits. Flower girls and bridesmaids alike donned coral pink dresses.

    White rose petals added a touch of romance to the lawn where the ceremony was held.



    What inspired you while you were planning your wedding?  I think that weddings are magical nights so I really wanted the affair to be gorgeous and elegant but with a touch of whimsy. I included things like loose floral arrangements with trailing vines and loads of taper candles which cast a warm twinkling glow. I was inspired by the romantic garden parties in the 1920s and the over all esthetic of Sophia Coppola movies. I love a lot of tone on tone, muted colors and nostalgic elements incorporated in a modern way. One of my favorite details was the champagne tower with coupe glasses.

    What was your favorite moment or part of your wedding day?  I loved so many moments of the wedding but one that turned out to be particularly special was our first dance. My husband really doesn’t like dancing and the idea of a first dance with all eyes on him freaked him out. We selected a song that we both love to sing along with in the car, a blue grass tune called Wagon Wheel and invited all the guests to join in after the first verse. We had a little moment in the spotlight but then got to share our favorite song with all of our loved ones dancing along too. It was just a purely happy moment.

    What is the best advice you were given as a bride?  The best advice I was given as a bride was to put your money into the three things that matter most to you. For me that was the food, the flowers and the photos. The big day goes by so fast, make sure you have killer pics so you can relive it whenever you want!

    What advice would you give to couples planning now?  I would tell anyone who is getting married to stretch out the event. Make your wedding a whole weekend of festivities instead of just one night. There will probably be no other time in your life when you get to throw a huge party with all of your friends and family from across the country in one place. Take advantage of it! We had a big welcome dinner on the Friday before the wedding, and a brunch on Sunday after the wedding. I didn’t have a chance to talk to everyone at the wedding so it was great to have the other events to spend quality time with every guest.

    Photographer: Esther Sun / Venue: Solage Calistoga in Calistoga, California / Event Planner: LVL Events / Floral Designer: Daisy Rose / Stationery: Union Street Papery / Music: The Innocent Strings / Hair, Makeup: Salon 360 / Transportation: Pure Luxury / Rentals: Encore Rentals / DJ: DJ Matteo / Officiant: Dr. Judy Caldwell
  • Whimsical Garden Wedding at Solage Calistoga

    8 January 2014
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