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One of my wonderfully talented wedding vendors has just launched her 2010 Holiday Collection, and it’s chock full of beautiful holiday decorations and gift items. Kathleen Deery Design is based in San Francisco, but all of these items are available for purchase on her online holiday store! Here are a few of my favorites…

From wreaths to place cards to gorgeous tabletop items, there are so many beautiful items to choose from, both for decorating your own home, or for gifting to your favorite people.

Don’t you love these pomegranate-inspired vases? So festive! I’m so excited to share Kathleen Deery‘s work with you, and I can’t wait to see what beautiful creations she has in store for my wedding!

Kathleen Deery Design is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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Some beautiful photos of a lovely wedding from Braedon Flynn today…

Photography: Braedon Flynn

Venue: Twin Peaks Ranch in Ojai, California

Bride’s dress: Christos

Groom’s suit: Yves Saint Laurent

Flowers: Endless Blooms, endlessblooms@yahoo.com

Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes

Thank you Braedon for sending over these beautiful pics! (I especially love that one of Brieanna dipping her toes in the pool.)

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Brilliant Earth has been a long-time favorite of Snippet & Ink, and they’re a great place to find the perfect holiday gift for your special someone. Using conflict-free diamonds and recycled gold and platinum, Brilliant Earth offers a huge variety of gorgeous jewelry that is also totally eco-friendly. Here are a few favorite pieces for the upcoming holiday season…

Above, White Gold Solstice Eternity Diamond Ring and Round Bezel Halo Diamond Ring with Side Stones. Below, clockwise from top left, Flora Ring, Packaging with a Purpose, Diamond Stud Earrings.

These diamond earrings are at the top of my Christmas list!

Above, Luna Ring and White Gold Solstice Eternity Diamond Ring.

Don’t see just what you’re looking for? Brilliant Earth will work with you to create the perfect custom design! Learn lots more about Brilliant Earth’s ethical practices, mission, and of course they’re beautiful designs right here.

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It’s been awhile since I had the pleasure of featuring photography by the talented ladies at Belathée, and I’m so happy to have them here on Snippet & Ink today. If it’s starting to cool down in your part of the world, this July wedding might be just the thing to brighten your day.

Shenna, the lovely bride, was kind enough to share some details about the day: I’ve always wanted an outdoor wedding, but since we are Catholic our ceremony was held in a church. However, by choosing a different location for the reception, we were able to spend time outdoors. and extremely lucky to have beautiful 80 degree weather.

I had a hard time focusing on a certain color scheme and look for the wedding, but the one thing I wanted to be sure of was that I kept it classic – I wanted to be able to look back at our wedding years from now and still find it timeless. Throughout the decor, we accented gray with pops of yellow and cream. I didn’t want everything to be too matchy, but I also wanted the look to be cohesive with a blend of rustic, vintage and classic elegance.

These last photos capture one of Shenna’s favorite parts of the day: Our favorite moment was when our photographers, Dorothee and Annabel, asked us to step away from the reception area for a minute to capture photos of just the two of us in the field during sunset. Although we were being photographed, we felt like we finally had a moment to ourselves and in such a romantic setting.

Photography: Belathée

Event coordinator: Va de Vie Events

Ceremony venue: St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in San Ramon, California

Reception venue: Martinelli Event Center in Livermore, California

Bride’s dress / veil: Amy Kuschel / Sara Gabriel

Groom’s suit / shoes: J.Crew / Adidas

Hair / makeup: Sherrie Long

Flowers: Chestnut & Vine

Program: Heroes & Criminals Press

Ring pillow: giggle room

Croquembouche: Gerhard Michler

Thank you to Dorothée and Annabel from Belathée for sending over these beautiful photos. Congratulations Shenna and Owen!

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With my wedding fast approaching, I’m so thankful for photos like these from Dave Ainley Photography. They capture the joy of the day so perfectly, and remind me of just what a wedding is all about. Plus, bride Lauren has the most incredible smile! She and her groom, Nikolai, planned their Spokane wedding in just over six months, creating a celebration that honored both of their families and heritage.

From Lauren: One thing we had to take into consideration for our wedding and ceremony was the blending of cultures, since Nick’s family is Russian. Both of us come from a strong Christian background – the church we were married in was built in the early 1900’s, and for many years was called Grace Baptist. When Nick and his family moved to America in 1989, they attended Grace Baptist church for 11 years. The congregation slowly disintegrated and about 5 years ago, the church I have gone to for 13 years, Christ the Redeemer, merged with them, and eventually bought the building. It was very special for us both to have a strong connection to the church we were married in. Not to mention, the building is beautiful!

One of my favorite moments was standing on the stage with Nick, looking around at all the pews full of people, realizing how many people were there who I cared about. I’m so glad I took a minute to look around me, because the day went so fast that there were a lot of details I don’t even remember. Nick and I were so filled with joy the whole day long, and we really haven’t had an unhappy moment together since.

Photography: Dave Ainley Photography

Venue: Christ the Redeemer Church in Spokane, Washington

Bride’s dress / veil: Bridal Collections / Jade Rose Designs

Bridesmaid dresses: Zara

Groom’s suit: vintage Harrod’s

Flowers: Just Roses

Happiest wishes to Lauren and Nikolai – thank you so much for sharing your wedding day with us! And a big thank you to Jill and Dave Ainley who shared these beautiful photos of their friends. You can see plenty more from Lauren and Nikolai’s wedding over on the Apple Brides blog, as well as a couple shots from their adorable engagement session over on Dave Ainley’s blog.

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