Growing up, my family would take summer picnics into the California hills north of our house. Those golden hills, dotted with dark green California oak trees, are still one of my favorite things in all the world, and they inspired today’s wedding board. A casual, California picnic in late summer – utensils wrapped in brown twine, a simple meal of fruit, baguette, and cheese, local wine, and miniature almond cakes in place of a traditional wedding cake. Bentwood chairs around a rustic farm table fit perfectly in this space.

Mood: easy-going, gourmet rustic
Palette: wheat, almond, oak

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Top row from left: oak tree photo by Ian Grant, photo by Allyson Magda, wine photo by Johnny Miller, mailbox from Grapevine Paperie
Row 2: twine-tied utensils photo by Bill Kingston, box of snacks from Martha Stewart Weddings, oak tree photo by Ian Grant
Row 3: bentwood chairs from Oh How Charming!, invitation from Martha Stewart Weddings, dress by Kate Towers, bouquet by Artfool
Row 4: bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, invitation by Wiley Valentine, mini almond bundt cake from Martha Stewart

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I can’t say enough good things about Leo Patrone‘s photography. He is incredibly talented, and is by far one of my favorite photographers. I think when you see his work, you’ll understand why…

Because he loves the look and feel of it – the color, the grain, the softness – Leo shoots exclusively with film. However he does it, he’s definitely doing something right! If you haven’t already, check out his brand new website, and see updates on his blog – his work is truly inspiring, and any couple would be lucky to have him capture their special moments on film.

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Jose Villa‘s work is a constant inspiration to me, so it’s no surprise that one of his photos is on the cover of PDN’s new book by Jacqueline Tobin, Wedding Photography Unveiled, a book full of work from some of the best wedding photographers in the world. I used Jose’s cover photo to create today’s inspiration board – I imagined an elegant, formal wedding set against the backdrop of colonial Mexico, draped in lush bougainvillea. And… to celebrate the book’s release, Jose has offered to give a copy to one Snippet & Ink reader! Just leave a comment on this post about why you’d like to win the book, no later than 5:00 PM on Thursday. I will announce the winner in my Friday post.

Mood: vibrant, romantic, old world
Palette: bougainvillea, stone

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Top row from left: Wedding Photography Unveiled cover photo by Jose Villa, bougainvillea fromflickr, boutonniere photo by Alisha & Brook, monogram parasol via It’s Lovely
Row 2: seating cards from Brides, bouquet via Little Winter Bride, veil via Absolutely Beautiful Things
Row 3: flowers by R. Jack Balthazar via The Bride’s Cafe, ice cream cones from Paula le Duc, photo by Elizabeth Messina, invitation by Flush Designs
Row 4: star lanterns from Oh How Charming!, bouquet by Artfool, photo by Meg Smith

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Happy weekend lovelies! In my brain it’s been Friday for the past three days… Lots of good stuff on the web this week – here are some of my favorites!

Whimsical invitation illustrations, via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

So much cooler than the portrait studio at the mall.

Would you rather be a bridesmaid, or a candy bartender?

Darling baby shower thrown by talented Jenna for sweet Erica.

Luxury for your out-of-town guests.

Embellish everything with organza flowers, via Elizabeth Anne Designs.

An inspiring, carefree and laid-back wedding.

I love these love notes!

Take wedding planning to a whole new level.

Keep things short and sweet with a wedding haiku.

There’s more than one way to have a wedding reception.

Sweet little porcelain jewelry, via Katy Elliott.

Gorgeous ring pillows, via Love Notes.

Raising the bar for DIY invitations.

And thank you to Nancy Liu Chin and Janie for your sweet posts!

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