You might remember this dreamy California wedding (and really, how often do I call something dreamy?) from when I linked to it awhile ago – I just couldn’t resist sharing it again here on Snippet & Ink. Romantic, rustic elegance at its loveliest…

A clean gray and white palette lets Laura Hooper’s beautiful calligraphy stand out in Liz and Chris’ stationery suite (also, check out the hand-drawn map). A floral envelope liner and postage stamps bring in subtle pops of color.

Kate Holt from Flowerwild created a bouquet of lush garden roses in peach and white, tied with a beautiful pleated ribbon. Just one of the many details that gave the rustic Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse a touch of formality.

This tulle blusher veil from Erin Cole is a softer alternative to a birdcage veil.

From the bride: Our car ride to the reception was my favorite moment of the day! After getting married at the church, Chris and I were chauffeured  through the beautiful hills back to the farmhouse. Beside our sweet driver, it was just the two of us alone. We toasted with a bottle of champagne and reveled in our brand new newlywed status. It was all love.

In another blend of rustic and formal, guests enjoyed strawberry lemonade served in mason jars as well as chocolate raspberry martinis. The drink menu also included jasmine iced tea, mango mojitos, and spring flower sangria.

Just to give you a little taste of the gourmet dinner, the menu included items such as grilled apricots with pink peppercorns, goat cheese and pistachios. Doesn’t that just sound like something that should be eaten al fresco?

Flowers were arranged in a variety of silver vessels, as well as in colorful tea tins.

Liz suggests making time for just the two of you during your wedding day. “It helps slow the day down and allows you to take it all in,” she says. “We loved every minute of our wedding weekend, but when we reflect back, it was the moments that we stepped away together that we now cherish the most.”

The couple’s first dance was to music played by Spanish guitars.

Photography: Aaron Delesie

Ceremony venue: Mission Santa Inés in Solvang, California

Reception venue: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse in Los Olivos, California

Planning: Beth Helmstetter Events

Bride’s dress / shoes / veil: Vera Wang / Valentino / Erin Cole

Groom’s suit / shoes: Armani Collezioni / Salvatore Ferragamo

Flowers: Flowerwild

Stationery / calligraphy: Bella Figura / Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Rentals / linens: Classic Party Rentals / La Tavola Linen

Catering / cakes / pies: Duo Catering & Events / Enjoy Cupcakes / Marcie’s Pies

Thank you to Aaron Delesie and Beth Helmstetter for sharing this magical wedding with us, and of course thank you to Liz and Chris for sharing their details. Best wishes to you!


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Remember how last weekend my honey and I were going to take a little trip down to Carmel? And then you all gave me so many great suggestions for what to see and do and eat while we’re there? But then we found out there was a car show going on and figured it might be a crazy weekend to go, so we’re saving it for another time. Instead, we took a little day trip to West Sonoma County (thanks to Sunset for the suggestion!). Picked up some baked goodies at Wild Flour Bread (think chocolate espresso scones and the world’s biggest sticky buns) and some pretty gifts for our flower girls. And I’m saving all of your wonderful ideas for our trip to Carmel next time!

This weekend is one of my best friend’s birthdays, so we’re going to have a little brunch celebration for her. Don’t you think brunch is the best meal out there? I mean, it combines breakfast, lunch, dessert and cocktails – does it get any better than that? And now, some links to kick off your weekend…

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by One Love Photo

Can’t wait for Rue Magazine!

Abby’s pics are always a nice little reminder of what I’m missing in Austin.

Yellow, yellow, and more yellow.

Gourmet s’mores? Yes, please.

Get the Midas touch.

Book of the Month a la Kate Spade.

Summer ties, via Unabashedly Prep.

Dear Pennsylvania, you’re lovely!

My feet have a crush on these adorable polka dotty shoes, via wit + delight.

Have you seen a more entrepreneurial 15-year-old?

Pretty little bow for your head.

Pretty big flower, too.

Back to school sushi.

Back to school wedding invites.

Stone house via Black Eiffel

I had so much fun hanging out at this photo workshop and you will too.

What do you think when you hear cool city garden?

Bohemian wedding style doesn’t get much better than this.

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I’m so sorry for playing hookey yesterday – for some reason I managed to have several blog posts half-finished, and zero posts ready to go. Blogger ADD or something. Hopefully this vintage wedding inspiration will make up for it. Every year, when The Sartorialist posts photos from the Governor’s Island jazz dance and picnic, I get totally jealous. One of these summers I’ll make it out there! In the meantime, I thought I’d put together an inspiration board based on the fabulous fashion from these parties, for a vintage wedding vibe. 1920’s fashion, loose garden bouquets, picnic treats (lemonade and Bundt cake!), and a gramophone – anachronistic, yes, but I think they convey the feeling. Whimsical calligraphy by Betsy Dunlap (have I mentioned before how much I love her? yes?) is an unexpectedly modern addition.

Mood: old-fashioned garden party
Palette: garden green, black and white

Top row from left:  garden chair and Panama hat style by Chelsea Fuss, photo of white dress and cloche hat from The Sartorialist, loose bouquet with striped ribbon by JM Flora, calligraphy by Betsy Dunlap
Row 2: white roses in vintage pharmacy bottle by Poppies & Posies via Brooklyn Bride, mismatched vintage silverware via Once Wed, photo of seersucker suit and plaid bow tie by Justin & Mary via Style Me Pretty, lemonade from Martha Stewart
Row 3: Bundt cake with powdered sugar from Design Shimmer, vintage 2-cent stamps, garden bouquet by JM Flora (photo by Jennifer Colina), jazz age fashion dance photo from The Sartorialist
Row 4: photo of Paul Smith shoes by Ashley O’Dell, gramophone photo by Justin & Mary, book of love letters via Style Me Pretty

If you like this inspiration board, then you’ll love this Great Gatsby wedding!

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