Today’s wedding, shot by the talented Karen Wise, is a fresh breath of spring air. The bride, Anli, was kind enough to share some of the details behind the day, We wanted to blend visual and cultural elements of my Chinese heritage, my love of nature and flowers, and Kenneth’s hometown, into the celebration. We were going for a “Shanghai-1940s-era” meets “garden party” aesthetic, so naturally the Brooklyn Botanical Garden was a perfect venue. Also, the date of our wedding in early April influenced many of our decisions. We thought of our wedding date as another kind of spring, of new life and beginnings.

Dress by Pronovias. Flowers by Saipua.

The bridesmaids each wore a different dress from David’s Bridal, and carried parasols from Asian Ideas.

From Anli: Though the weather was cold and ruled out an outdoor wedding, we were ready with a backup setup inside the Palm House. In some ways this was preferable because our vows were extensive and important for people to hear and thanks to a great sound system and more intimate setting, no one missed a word. We got so many compliments on the vows!

Everyone danced the night away to music from DJ Gaza. Don’t you love all these great dancing action shots!?

Before the cake-cutting, Anli changed into a traditional Chinese chipao from Lai’s Royal Tailoring and made a “grand entrance.”

Kenneth arranged for he and Anli to be picked up in a classic 1958 Rolls Royce at the end of the night.

Congratulations Anli and Kenneth! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful wedding with us, and of course thank you to Karen Wise for sending over these beautiful photos! Guests told Anli and Kenneth that the wedding was beautiful, and the photos were even more stunning. See more of Karen’s beautiful work on her site and her blog.

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I am so excited for this weekend! I’ve been in beautiful Montana for about a month without my honey, and he’s finally coming for a little vacation. There are some great real weddings lined up for you next week, but I’ll probably be pretty MIA as far as email goes. We’re thinking of taking a short trip either to Yellowstone or Glacier, and… we’ve got some planning to do. Yep, we’re getting married in Montana next summer! That’s all I’m sharing for now, but in the meantime, here are lots of great links from around the web this week:

by Rodney Smith


This wedding makes me so happy, via {frolic!}.

Cute bridesmaid dresses.

Even cuter with one of these, via Grey Likes Weddings.

Birdseed par avion, via Jackaroo Love.

Coveting salt and pepper shakers, via Heartfish.

Black is the new, well…

Gorgeous stationery suite – Betsy of course.

Making formal portraits look good.

Best wedding present.

American Gothic invite, via simple + pretty.

Message in a bottle.

And don’t miss my second color palette over at The Bride’s Cafe!

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Now that I’m engaged, one of the things I’m most excited about (aside from being married of course!) is choosing which items I want to register for. One of the first places that I looked is at Tabula Tua‘s incredible online store. With their online wedding registry and registry completion program, it’s a great option for brides everywhere. Not only that, but right now they’ve got a special offer for Snippet & Ink readerswhen you register with them before September 30, Tabula Tua will give you a $100 credit toward your registry!

One of my very favorite collections that Tabula Tua offers is Match Pewter. I love that it can be dressed up or down, and that it’s the perfect balance between masculine and feminine. I love that it’s simple and lovely, from the Convivio dinnerware to the elegant serving trays. And I love that it’s all handmade. Here are a few of my favorite Match Pewter pieces…

{Convivio dinnerware}

{Luciano pitcher}


This is just a small sampling of the gorgeous tableware and furnishings at Tabula Tua, so be sure to check out all of the other collections they have in their online store. If you want to register for beautiful, special pieces that will become family heirlooms, Tabula Tua is definitely the place for you. Oh, and don’t miss their blog, Mix&Match, full of beautiful pieces and registry advice.

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I’m so excited – after some frustrating wedding planning stops and starts, we’ve finally decided on a date and a place! You’d think that after blogging about weddings every day for the last two years I’d have a very clear idea of what kind of wedding I’d be having. In some ways I suppose that’s true, but in other ways it’s just incredibly overwhelming. Hopefully now that we’ve finally figured out the where and the when, it will be easier to edit out some of the endless possibilities and focus on what makes sense for our wedding. Hopefully… Of course I have some favorite links to share with you this week:

Who knew a surveillance video could be so cool? No really, you have to watch this.

Darling new font by Jessica Hische.

Clever photobooth.

Or how about a shadow booth?

Sweet shoot from Steep Street.


Wouldn’t this be a fun way to spend a summer evening?

Tempted to elope, yet again…

Have a happy weekend, lovelies!

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