Brandon is one half of Twin Lens Life (the other half is his brother and best man, Brian), and he and Serra had the most charming vintage-inspired wedding, so it’s only fitting that photographer Gia Canali used a bunch of vintage cameras to capture the day. Says Gia,

“Since Brandon is a photographer, we were happy to pull out all the funky vintage film cameras and dead stock films we could get our hands on (the Rollei, the Contax, the Leica, one of their Voigtlanders, plus a whole slew of Polaroid and toy cameras, and all the films that go with all those cameras). There were moments when the lawn was literally littered with Polaroids. I mean, Fuji instant prints.”

Okay, so on with the photos!

Serra wore a vintage dress from the 1960s, Miss Bisou shoes found at a thrift shop, and jewelry that had been worn by Brandon’s grandmother in her wedding and passed down through the family.

The wedding took place at Heritage Square Park in Los Angeles.

Flowers by Amanda Claverie at Rosebud Floral Design.

From Serra: I honestly loved every moment of the day! Brandon is my best friend and my love, and to see everything come together on that day was truly beautiful. I do have to say that our ceremony was my most favorite part. I loved when the rooster randomly came walking down the aisle during our vows and the foot washing with me sitting on the swing was perfect! I always told Brandon how romantic homemade tree swings are and he made one for our ceremony! I truly enjoyed those moments being surrounded by our family and close friends. It was fantastic, unexplainable, really.

Serra’s bridesmaid wore a dress purchased at American Vintage in Hollywood (323-661-8081). Brandon wore a vintage suit found at a thrift shop, and his brother wore a brown corduroy suit from Make Your Own Jeans. All of their accessories were also purchased at thrift shops – so perfect for the vintage feel of this entire wedding!

Brandon and Serra’s pet lovebirds, Frankie and Allie, were the center of attention in an antique, hand carved birdcage placed in the middle of the table.

Serra spent months collecting vintage plates from various antique and thrift stores, as well as tarnished silver salt and pepper shakers and flatware. She made napkin holders with buttons and fabric taken from a corduroy jacket.

How cool is this? Brandon’s brother and best man (and fellow photographer), Brian, took Polaroid photos of all the guests, which were used as place cards, and which had a place on the back where guests could to write a message to the bride and groom, to be compiled later as a guest book. You can see more of his Polaroids over on the Twin Lens Life blog.

From Serra: We both shoot Polaroid Land Cameras from the 60s and have documented our relationship from the beginning. We created a photo tree with long cherry branches and our Polaroid photos hanging from each branch.

For the dessert table, each cake and pie was placed inside a round bamboo box (similar to a hat box) until it was time to eat them, when they were stacked on top of the boxes and antique books.

Congratulations Brandon and Serra! Thank you so much for sharing your delightful wedding day with us, and thank you to the talented Gia Canali for sharing all of these incredible photos. Want more? See more pics over on Gia’s blog, and check back here later to see Brandon and Serra’s awesome wedding film! (Speaking of which, do you see the 8mm camera in Brandon’s hand – love it!) Also, you have to check out Twin Lens Film if you haven’t already – they rock!

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You guys, I am so excited for today’s feature. Remember (months ago) when you voted on an inspiration board to see turned into a photo shoot by Summer Watkins and Bonnie Tsang? Well here it is! The beautiful Keys Creek Lavender Farm – in full bloom – was the setting for the faux wedding of our faux couple, Bridget and Jonathan. You can see the original Pink and Fig inspiration board here, and then on with the photos!

It’s not even fair how delicious this cake looks and sounds: Chocolate hazelnut cake filled with raspberry cream and lavender butter cream frosting. Drool…

Can you believe that incredible bougainvillea arch? What a dream to get married under it!

Doesn’t that Raspberry Lavender Royal look tasty? Get the recipe over on Summer’s blog, along with other recipes by celebrity chef Kate McAloon, who used many ingredients from the lavender farm to create a custom menu for our faux couple.

Do you love it!? I’m sorry if I’m gushing – it’s just such a dream come true to see one of my inspiration boards brought to life. I love hearing Summer’s take on transforming inspiration into reality, and which elements she focused on and the story she created:

“The original board featured several dark, rich colors, so we made sure to bring those in with the help of flowers by Kate Holt from Flowerwild Designs. Fresh figs, which you see in the inspiration board, weren’t available at the time of our shoot, but it inspired us to utilize culinary elements, such as cutting boards and seasonal farm stand fruits and vegetables. Since the shoot took place at Keys Creek Lavender Farm, an organic lavender farm east of San Diego (which is available for real weddings!), we brought the farm to the table. Along with the signature cocktail, Chef Kate has shared the recipe for her Salmon with Lavender Cherry Lime Sauce, over on Grey Likes Weddings. As favors, guests received recipe cards for the salmon served at the wedding, and because the recipe calls for it, a jar of organic lavender salt, which is made at the farm. The lavender jelly and lavender salt can both be purchased here.

We tried to represent both the bride and groom in the décor. I imagined the bride as a country girl who loves all things feminine, while our groom is a guy’s guy from the city. We turned to industrial inspired furniture – thanks to Jeni at Found Vintage Rentals – for the urban touches, and incorporated one of my favorite parts of the scene: subway roll signs! These are available for rent and just a few created a huge impact. Peggy Wong of Blue Pool Road created a paper suite inspired by the subway roll signs, resulting in something both modern and feminine. The bride’s dress is from Forever 21, if you can believe it! With a really great headpiece, vintage gloves, and handmade belt, she looked very bridal. Several of the accessories are available for purchase here.”

A huge thank you to all the amazing vendors who contributed to this incredible shoot:

Styling / design: Summer Watkins, Grey Likes Weddings

Photography: Bonnie Tsang

Floral design: Kate Holt, Flowerwild

Food styling: Chef Kate McAloon

Stationery: Peggy Wong, Blue Pool Road

Furniture rentals / styling: Jeni Maus, Found Vintage Rentals

You can see tons more photos over at Grey Likes Weddings and Bonnie Tsang’s blog.

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Ta da!

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Remember three weeks ago when I made that little mention about the new blog launch? And then it didn’t happen? Apparently that happens with launches, but in case I jinxed it by talking about it, I thought I’d keep it to myself until it finally went up. And, well, here it is!

So, welcome to the new Snippet & Ink! It’s been a long process, and we’re still working out a few bugs here and there (and I’m still learning all the ins and outs of WordPress), but I’m so excited to finally share it with you. I hope you like the new look!

Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank Elaine from Papermade Design for lending her talents to creating the new Snippet & Ink logo. She was such a dream to work with – I hope you love her work as much as I do!

One last thing – if you sent me an email over the weekend, it’s possible it got lost in the server switch. Feel free to re-send anything that you think I might have missed.

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Just a quick heads up that tomorrow we’re doing a server switch, and any emails that are sent while that’s happening probably won’t get to me. But Sunday I should be all set to get emails again. Other than that, my weekend will include breakfast with Leila, catching up with my favorite blogs, meeting with our stationer to talk about invites (!), and enjoying some outdoor time with my honey. I think one of my favorite things about the summer is that there’s no need to make big plans – a simple, relaxing weekend is just fine.

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Some weekend links for you! And if you feel like it, share some of your favorite finds from around the interwebs in the comments.

Short dress, big bouquet.

Congrats to Max and Margaux!

Science never looked so lovely.

Love this sneaker roundup.

Portland pop-up postcard, via simple + pretty.

Delightfully whimsical photos, via Black Eiffel.

Tiny flashcards.

Sweet candy, sweet packaging.

Have a happy, happy weekend lovelies!

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