This inspiration board didn’t start out with an accent color, but there is the slightest hint of mint green on the walls of Lisa Lefkowitz’s photograph, and that inspired the rest of these image choices. I imagine a chic cocktail party, or (yet again) a champagne and dessert reception. Though it may take place in a gorgeous mansion, and though the men may be in black tie attire, formality is no reason to exclude whimsical touches, such as calligraphy cootie catchers or a sweet snack of hot beignets. Though they are certainly not major elements in any wedding, they’re a fun touch if you feel up to executing them.

Mood: polished, sweet
Palette: tuxedo black, crisp white, a touch of mint green

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Top row from left: calla lily centerpiece from Brides, black bridesmaid dress by Q is for Quail, calligraphy cootie catcher from Martha Stewart Weddings, Kohl Mansion wedding photo by Lisa Lefkowitz
Row 2: seven-tiered coconut buttercream wedding cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, classic wedding rings photo by Whitebox Weddings, ornate RSVP card by Austin Press, Elie Saab butterfly sleeve dress from Brides
Row 3: tuxedo, lily-of-the-valley and hydrangea nosegay, and beignets all from Martha Stewart Weddings, Flood Mansion

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When I was in Birmingham at the A Bryan Photo workshop, I had the pleasure of meeting a number of talented photographers, including Kristopher Orr who shot today’s wedding. I thought for the first real wedding feature of 2010, this Hawaiian getaway might be a nice escape for everyone who is ready for some warmer weather. Though the couple lives in British Columbia, the groom has family in Hawai’i, so it was a natural choice for them to get married there. The lovely bride, Megan, shared a bit about why she and Andrew opted for an intimate destination wedding:

As long as I can remember, I always imagined having a destination wedding. Immediately after Andrew proposed, we knew it would be Hawaii for two reasons. First, we knew it would be about us and only the most important people in our lives would make the effort to come. Secondly, my family had never taken a trip together – my Mother had barely left Canada, so it was the greatest excuse to give her a well-deserved vacation. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing. It was perfect.

And now, the pictures!

Megan, Andrew and their guests hopped on a plane for a short flight from Oahu to the Big Island, where their ceremony would take place at the Kona Temple.

Andrew’s mother, father, and cousin and Megan’s mother attended the ceremony, and Andrew’s mother surprised the couple with traditional leis: a maile lei for Andrew and a haku lei for Megan.

The wedding party gets a shot under this amazing umbrella tree.

After flying back to Honolulu after the ceremony, Andrew and Megan celebrated with 9 guests at Sam Choy’s.

Megan shares a favorite moment: The absolute best part was the Hawaiian band that just happened to be located right beside our table. They sang everything from love songs to comedic interludes. They played our first dance and entertained us the entire evening. It was way better than having hired a band and so unexpectedly memorable.

Though Andrew and Megan didn’t plan to have a traditional wedding cake, their families surprised them with one purchased at Dee Lite Bakery in Waipahu.

Ceremony venue: Kona Temple

Reception venue: Sam Choy’s

Maile lei: Watanabe Floral

Haku lei: Waipahu Florist

Bride’s dress: custom made

Happiest wishes to you, Megan and Andrew! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful wedding with us – further evidence that a simple wedding can be just perfect. In fact, Megan shared this sound advice: Remember the reason for the day. Don’t start your marriage off by going into debt if you can help it. The only things that should last forever is your marriage and your photography – everything else is just details.

Thank you, too, to the talented Kristopher Orr for sharing his work with us – you can bet that we’ll be seeing much more of his photography in the future. You can also see more great photos from Andrew and Megan’s wedding on Kristopher’s blog.

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How is it already Friday? And how are there still eight gazillion emails in my inbox? I’ve clearly been having way too much fun visiting with my mom and my little sister, which involves lots and lots of laughing. Anyway, despite my lack of blog productivity in the first week of 2010, I do have some fun links for you to enjoy before you head out for the weekend…

Toasting the new year, splurge vs. steal.

A gelato bike! For your wedding!

Braving the cold for engagement pics.

Excited about the new Saipua website.

Funny kitty.

I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions, but I do want to write more letters.

And send more care packages.

What if you don’t love your wedding?

business cards.

Pretty wooden cake stands, via It’s Mary Ruffle.

Custom photo booths? Wow.

Beautiful portraits.

Congrats to Jillian on her new event company!

I’m so excited to be speaking at Alt Summit with some wonderful bloggers – I hope you’ll join us!

Have a happy happy weekend!

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Today we have a fabulously modern tablescape from Ariella Chezar and Meg Smith. The contrast of hot red and orange against the stark white studio is such a sophisticated look – I can just imagine wedding guests coming in from the cold to find this burst of flame red and orange. I also love a bride in a chic white pantsuit.

Ariella used parrot tulips, ranuculus, nerines, clivia and Icelandic poppies in the bouquet and centerpieces.

Long before I ever started Snippet & Ink, I was drooling over the floral designs of Ariella Chezar, and the photography of Meg Smith, two of the most talented women out there. I can probably list about five people whose work inspired me to start this blog, and Ariella and Meg are two of them. So I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was when they sent me several gorgeous and inspiring wedding shoots, and how honored I am to share them with you here on Snippet & Ink.




Photography: Meg Smith / Floral, Design: Ariella Chezar / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

  • Modern Red & Orange Photo Shoot

    7 January 2010
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