Thank You All!

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Dear sweet readers,

I am absolutely blown away by all of your words of encouragement and understanding. I’m not sure what I expected to happen when I decided to write that post, but finding this amazing well of support was such a happy surprise and blessing. Thank you so so much to all of you, from the bottom of my heart.

Much love,

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Hello Again!

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Hi lovelies! I’m back from my retreat, and I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing it was to have an entire week without any internet or cell phones. I highly recommend it to everyone.

In addition to just saying, “Hi, I’m back!” I also wanted to check in with all of you. The personal voice of this blog seems to have gone missing in the past several months, and now that I’ve had some time away, I feel like I’m in a good place to do some sharing about what has been going on over on this side of Snippet & Ink. Though I’ve debated whether or not to “go there” on this blog, I’ve found that keeping things open and honest is always a better option than closing things off, so here we go.

{by Kari Herer}

For some time now, I have been struggling with depression, and only in the last couple of months have I started to actively address it. My honey and I have decided to put wedding plans on hold for the time being, while I make this a priority. Things with us are good, and I’m still wearing my engagement ring – it’s just going to be a longer engagement than we had originally planned.

Another part of my life that has been affected is this blog. Growing pains are a natural part of the readership growth and changing blog world that Snippet & Ink has seen in the last two years, and whenever a creative hobby becomes a business, the dynamics of it change. But more than that, so much of the joy I took in blogging went away, my creativity has felt sapped, and I’ve lost focus on what I love about this blog.

All of this is to say that, while things here on Snippet & Ink may be a bit bumpy for awhile, there are some great things and exciting changes in store in the next year. I am working on re-focusing and bringing back the joy and creativity that make this blog such a fun place for me – and I hope for you. I can’t even begin to express my gratitude for the incredible readers that I have, the wonderful comments that you leave, and the kind words that you send in emails. My hope is that, through it all, Snippet & Ink continues to be a source of daily inspiration for you.

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A sweet and casual love shoot from Snippet & Ink reader, Carolyn: My new husband and I are currently living in Singapore and we were married last month in Perth, Australia where he is from. We wanted to incorporate something Australian into the pictures and what better way than Australian bottle trees at Bottle Tree Park, right here in sunny Singapore!

Bride’s dress: Banana Republic

Groom’s suit: Zara

Photos: The Peeping Thom

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Gia Canali takes such lovely photos, so I’m thrilled to have a chance to share her work with you on Snippet & Ink… Sharlyn shared with me why she and Jim chose this for their wedding: “We had recently moved to the Bay Area and wanted to provide an exciting opportunity to have our friends and family join us for a long wedding weekend get-away. We liked the charming feel of Healdsburg and absolutely fell in love with Healdsburg Country Gardens – it was quaint, private and romantic. Nothing pretentious or gaudy. The amazing oak tree overlooking the vineyards symbolizing a new life of strength and wisdom, the European gardens that wound around the premises, and the 1804 barn just sealed the deal as my husband had asked me to marry him at a barn in Seattle (with my horse in tow). Believe me when I tell you, he wanted to figure out a way to have my horse there at the ceremony!”

As much as I love wedding photos, I just can’t resist the sweet stories from the bride and groom that might not be visible in pictures. Sharlyn shares one of her favorite moments from the day: “A light wind had picked up during the ceremony, blowing through the grapevines and oak tree. After the exchanging of vows and the kiss, we walked down the grass aisle to have the wind scoop my veil up and tightly wrap Jim up in it. As soon as it was unraveled, the wind blew again only to find Jim wrapped closely to my side in the veil. It was a great symbol of our now joined life together.” Sharlyn’s mother made her veil.

Venue: Healdsburg Country Gardens, Healdsburg, California

Bride’s dress: Jenny Lee

Thank you to Gia Canali for sharing these photos. And of course, congratulations and best wishes to you, Sharlyn and Jim!

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