All this traveling is making me completely lose track of the days! I didn’t realize until 2:30 yesterday that it was Friday, and that I had totally forgotten to post my weekend links! Anyway, I love weekend links, and even though they’re a day late, I hope you’ll love them too. The weather is practically perfect here in Austin, so I plan on spending as much time out of doors as possible, maybe doing some reading (any good book suggestions?)…
Répondez Vite — ou Mourez!
DIY inspiration kits.
Online marketing and the plus-sized bride.
Songs for February – better late than never!
Wear a little vintage.
Cherry blossom doughnuts for Spring.
Have a wonderful weekend, lovelies!
I have a few favorite photographers whose work I feature again and again, but I also absolutely love sharing new talented photographers with you (well, they’re new to me, anyway). Wentzu Chang is one of those photographers, and she got in touch with me about featuring the wedding of her friends, Jenny and Kyle – and how could I say no! The couple wanted an outdoor setting where all of their guests would feel comfortable, so they chose the Temescal Canyon Gateway Park in the Santa Monica mountains for their charming DIY wedding.
Jenny wore the same ballet slippers that her mother wore on her wedding day.
The couple grew amaranth and zinnias from seed for boutonnieres and bouquets. Centerpieces were herbs from the Hollywood farmer’s market, planted in containers that Kyle made out of wood recycled from and old fence at Jenny’s parents’ home.
Jenny and Kyle wrote their vows and ceremony, and a friend officiated.
Large Marge Sustainables created a delicious vegetarian menu. The couple provided their own alcohol.
Instead of purchasing a wedding cake, the couple challenged their guests to a bake-off. Several guests filled the dessert table with cakes, cookies, and cupcakes.
Catering: Large Marge Sustainables
Congratulations Jenny and Kyle! And thank you to Wentzu Chang for sending over your beautiful photos – I hope you’ll be back on Snippet & Ink soon!
I know most of us are looking forward to Spring right now, but this vintage-inspired winter wedding was just too lovely not to share with you (Julia and Brett describe their wedding vision as old world European meets post-war America, with some inspiration pulled from Moulin Rouge and Amelie). Plus, I’m really excited to share Genevieve Nisly‘s photography with you – she’s a talent you’ll want to know about.
Julia and Brett designed and made the stationery suite themselves, from the rounded corners to the gilded edges (with Martha Stewart materials from Michael’s), and each invite was customized for its recipient. Says Julia, “Not only did we save several thousand dollars creating our own stationery, but it grew into one of the elements of our celebration that we really cherish, and that received an overwhelming response from the recipients.”
Julia on her dress: “I saved massively by buying a floor sample, and I cannot say better things about [the designer] Eden Bridals – unbelievable customer service. They sent me a list of every boutique in the United States who had sample of my dress in my size, and by finding the size I needed, I ultimately needed no alterations whatsoever, which was also a great cost saver.”
“Huge money saving tip: Buy fewer slices of cake than you need, especially if you have another dessert or cookies like we did. Our cake served 82 and though we had 125 guests, we were still was able to save the top and had many slices left over.” The cake included layers of red velvet, almond, lemon and spice, all frosted in Crème de cacao butter cream, and it was topped with vintage handmade bride and groom clothespin ornaments that Brett’s parents used to announce their engagement to Brett’s mother’s family.
Ceremony venue: Saint John the Baptist in Canton, OH
Reception venue: The Canton Club
Flower girl dresses: J.Crew
Ring bearer’s ensemble: eBay
Groom’s 3-piece suit: Target
Ring pillow / crowns: Insignes
Paper / envelopes: Envelopper Inc.
Cake: And Eat It Too
I just had to share this tidbit from Julia, for any bride who worries that everything won’t turn out exactly as you’ve planned or envisioned: “The only thing I had really really really always envisioned for my wedding was to wear my hair in perfect marcel and finger waves, and it unfortunately just didn’t happen. I could have cried about my hair, but I just had to let it go. I found the love of my life and married him, and we had the most gorgeous and fabulous party with our family and friends from all over the world, and that is what matters. Have a vision, be flexible, prioritize, and let it go when you must. Don’t lose focus on what it’s really all about. Like every one told me, something (or ten things) always go wrong at the last minute. They totally did, and we lived.”
Congratulations Julia and Brett – thank you so much for sharing all of these wonderful details with us, and thank you to Genevieve Nisly for sending along this beautiful photos! You can see lots more from this wedding over at Genevieve’s blog.
Megan and Mihir kicked off their wedding weekend at The Old Village Post House in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Calder Clark designed and planned the party, and my buddies at A Bryan Photo took the photos…
The decor was a charming blend of classic and modern – I love those cork-wrapped candle holders!
Venue: Old Village Post House in Mount Pleasant, SC
Flowers: Blossoms Events
Stationery: Dulles Designs
Linens: DC Rental