Here are a few of my favorite photos from our amazingly talented photographer, and my friend, Elizabeth Messina

You can see more details this afternoon over at Martha Stewart Weddings, and then I’ll be sharing even more right here, starting with our wedding film later today. I can’t wait!


See a list of all our wedding posts right here!


Elizabeth Messina’s blog, Kiss the Groom, is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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It’s been nearly four months since Ryan and I got married, and I am so excited to finally share our wedding with you! There are so many things I want to share, about planning and the day and the details, but I couldn’t think of a better place to start than with my inspiration board…

Mood: classic, playful
Palette: Golden Gate red, charcoal gray, winter white

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Top row from left: vintage framed chalkboard from Blue Bell Bazaar via This is Glamorous, Golden Gate Bridge photo (can someone please help with a credit for this beautiful photo?!), Grace Kelly, Presidio Social Club
Row 2: letterpress menus with tree motif by The Lettered Olive, classic wedding cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo of Mindy Rice bouquet by Jose Villa via Jill LaFleur, gray chiffon bridesmaid dress by Amsale
Row 3: topiaries from Martha Stewart Weddings, Presidio Social Club logo, photo of gray suits and ties by Jose Villa, eggnog cocktails with letterpress coasters from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 4: red and white striped cupcake liners from Fancy Flours, photo of vintage photo booth by Jonathan Canlas, paper cracker from Present & Correct, vintage postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge

A couple things about my inspiration board. Our ceremony and reception were at two separate locations, and the church really needed such little decoration, so my inspiration board focused mostly on the reception site and details, as well as the overall style we wanted for our wedding. Also, this is probably the third or fourth version of my inspiration board, which I played around with and tweaked until it felt right. Once we chose a venue and a date, the colors and feeling stayed pretty much the same, but I refined details over time. And a confession: I never actually shared my inspiration board with my vendors. (I know!) But I did use it as a way to focus my own vision, and from there narrowed down the zillions of tear sheets and stationery samples and things, and brought my (very fat) binder of saved inspiration to vendor meetings.

Charcoal and red were the perfect accents for our December wedding – not only were they seasonal without being Christmas-y, they were also colors that appeared in our venue. The buildings in the San Francisco Presidio, where our reception took place, are this wonderful combination of cream and brick red, and the walls inside the Presidio Social Club are charcoal gray. We wanted our wedding to be timeless and elegant (Grace Kelly, a traditional wedding cake, stationery with edge painting), as well as festive and playful (eggnog cocktails, a vintage photo booth, Christmas crackers). And of course, it was only appropriate to include the Golden Gate Bridge.

So how did it all turn out? Thanks to our amazing vendors, and our incredible friends and family, our wedding day was a huge success – as I said after returning from our honeymoon, I’ve never felt more present, more loved, more beautiful or more joyful in my life than I did on our wedding day. I’ll be sharing lots more this week and next, so make sure to check back in!

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Tomorrow my sweet friends are taking me out for a birthday brunch (I don’t know about you, but as far as I’m concerned brunch is pretty much the best meal ever invented), and that’s the extent of my big plans for the weekend. The rest of the time I’ll be working on some posts about my own wedding to share with you next week – finally! I’m excited (and a little nervous), and I hope it will be fun for you! And in the meantime, here are some fun links from around the web.

If you need a pick-me-up, it doesn’t get much cuter or funnier than this baby.

Anatomy of a cupcake.

Love the red bow on this vintage dress.

Dear blank… (these cards are too funny).

How about one of these modern clutches for your wedding, via 100 Layer Cake.

Dapper little gents.

This poppy pic is too beautiful for words.

Love by Laurel and Paul.

Have you seen Kate Spade‘s new site?

Charming San Francisco storefronts.

Never heard of Sally Lunn bread before, but now I can’t stop thinking about it.

Lockers as home storage.

Mini accordion brag book for your favorite wedding or baby pics, via April Rocha.

I had so much fun at the Little Flower School (check out my arrangement – it’s the last pic in the post).

I will always love this Chanel dress.

Have a happy weekend lovelies!

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Prospect Hill Plantation in South Carolina was the perfect place for Anna and Michael’s wedding celebration, not just because it’s historic and elegant, but also because it happens to be the place her parents’ call home. And Anna was kind enough to share the details of their wedding with us…

My parents have been restoring their house, which was built in 1792, for the last 15 years, and now they live there full-time. The first time I visited Prospect, my mother told me, “This is where you’ll be married,” and she was right! It’s truly a magical place, and I love knowing that we were married at my parents’ home, just as many others were over the last two hundred years.

My sister wore my pearl earrings with her pearl necklace on her wedding day, and I wore her pearl necklace with my earrings on my wedding day.

According to Southern folklore, if you bury a bottle of bourbon where the bride and groom are to be married, then it won’t rain on their wedding day. For my sister’s wedding, my mom buried a bottle of bourbon under the oak tree where they were going to be married, however a few sips of bourbon were missing from the bottle and it rained anyway, so apparently the bottle of bourbon needs to be full to keep the rain away. For our wedding, my mom made sure to bury a FULL bottle of bourbon at the spot where Michael and I would be married – we didn’t have a drop of rain!

We used magnolia leaves cut from trees at my parents’ house in many of our arrangements. For food, we wanted to have a variety of things to eat, but we didn’t want to blow the budget. We reasoned that not every single person eats every item on the menu, so we just had smaller portions of more items.

The menu included Southern favorites like pimento cheese spread, mini sweet potato biscuit with ham and apple-horseradish chutney, quartered deviled eggs, as well as Chicken Country Captain, a traditional lowcountry dish.

Jim Smeal is an old friend of my mother and he was the pastry chef at the restaurant she owned for several years. Jim and Alejandro created a floral pattern for the icing of the cake that matched the floral cut-outs on my wedding gown.

Photography: Melanie Nashan

Venue: private home in Edisto Island, South Carolina

Event planner: Katie Hubel for WED

Bride’s dress: Justin Alexander

Groom’s suit: Grady Ervin & Co.

Stationery: Studio R

Cake: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal

Catering: Good Food Catering

Band: Equinox Jazz Orchestra

What a lovely event – thank you to Anna and Michael, and to photographer Melanie Nashan for sending along the pics!

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