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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I love black and white with some accent colors – love it for home interiors, love it for clothing, and I love it for a wedding. As a wedding color scheme it strikes a balance of classic beauty and bold sophistication, and the addition of green foliage softens it (there’s also an itty bit of purple in the form of a Saipua arrangement with some fritillaria). I’ve also chosen romantic details like calligraphy, ribbons, and a vintage cake topper and ring. Also, with a color scheme like this, bridesmaids can wear their favorite little black dress…

Mood: romantic early spring
Palette: green, gray, black, white

Top row from left: photo of house by For You Love Me via Style Me Pretty, calligraphy favor box from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo of dress with ribbon straps by Nikole Ramsay
Row 2: letterpress stationery by Oscar & Emma, “With Love” wedding wine from Swanson Vineyards, photo of bouquet with anemone and ranunculus by Silvana di Franco, vintage cushion cut diamond and sapphire ring from Elle W Collection via 1st Dibs
Row 3: flower arrangement with hellebores by Saipua, tall coconut wedding cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, black envelope with white calligraphy from Mr. Boddington’s Studio
Row 4: photo of Chanel shoes by Jesse Leake, photo of vintage cake topper by Elizabeth Messina

If you like this inspiration board you might also like:

Board #273: Garden of Black and White
Board #464: Black Slate and Spring
Board #384: Gingham in the Garden

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

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I don’t know how it is that I’ve never featured a real wedding from photographer Allyson Magda, especially since I’ve admired her work since I started Snippet & Ink. But today I plan to remedy that with Kacy and Kirk’s beautiful wedding. They were married on California’s beautiful central coast, in a wedding that was both rustic and sophisticated. Says the bride:

Kirk’s parents live in Cambria and we spend a lot of time up there. It is the best of both Northern and Southern California in one place: the beach, the vineyards, a small town. We love it there and many of our friends and family members had never been, so we wanted to share the area with them, and to make the wedding feel as organic to the location as possible.

Since ours was an out of town wedding, we rented a large house for 3 weeks – I went up a week ahead of my fiancé to finalize all the details and to take some time to myself just relaxing. I was totally relaxed by the time our families and friends started arriving. Then, after everyone left, Kirk and I spent a week alone in the area for our honeymoon. It was so great not to have to rush off to catch a plane!

A bagpiper led the way from the chapel to the reception site. Don’t you think a wedding “parade” would be such a wonderful way to arrive at your reception?!

Instead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple had a “cake” with tiers of cheese!

Local noise restrictions meant the reception had to end at 10:00pm, so Kacy and Kirk rented out a local saloon, moved the DJ there, and continued celebrating until 2:00am. Says Kacy, “Everyone danced all night!”

Photography: Allyson Magda

Coordinator: Taffy Gonzalez for All Traditions

Ceremony venue: Old Santa Rosa Chapel in Cambria, California

Reception venue: Fog’s End Barn, also in Cambria

Bride’s dress: Augusta Jones

Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss

Flowers: Camilla Svenson Burns

Catering: Chef Charlie

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