[Jane loves pretty paper and pretty things, so naturally her blog is one of my favorites. She’s also one of the most thoughtful people I’ve met in Blogland. Jane kindly agreed to guest blog today, and I thought her post was perfect for this first day of December.]

When Kathryn asked me to write a guest blog post for her, I was honored, as I am a big fan and longtime reader of Snippet & Ink.  Soon after, reality set in and I was overcome with a terrible case of writer’s block. Snippet & Ink’s inspiration boards are so lovely that the blog is a visual feast: what could I come up with that could measure up?

I offer a favorite quote from James M. Barrie: “God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.”

Kathryn, may the memories you shared on your wedding day be the foundation for a lifetime of roses. All my best to you and Ryan.

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[Leila and I are both California girls who fell in love with Wisconsin boys, and she’s been a dear friend to me as we both planned our own weddings the past year. Usually she’s sharing her thoughts and inspiration over at Inspired By This, but today she’s here with a lovely guest post!]

If any of you have visited my blog or website, stopped by my office or can guess what color my home is then you know that GREEN is my absolute favorite color. I don’t discriminate when it comes to Green: Lime, Chartreuse, Emerald, Mint, Olive… they all get me oh so excited!

{Elizabeth Messina}

However, green has more than surface beauty. It symbolizes living and thriving, it is growth, abundance and forward motion. We see it daily at traffic lights signaling people to move ahead, on a vine bearing new fruit, and in tiny stems pushing their way upward from the earth.

{Sunday Suppers}

Every Winter, the weather strips the trees of their leaves and the fields of their grasses, but we always know Spring will evoke life once again.  Green is everywhere: Symbolizing life is fresh and new and full of beginnings!

{Jose Villa}

As you plan your wedding, look for what inspires you! Is it a texture? A picture? A season? or a Color? If you love Green like I do then this post is for you!

May You Be Inspired!

{Leo Patrone}

A note to Kathryn: Kathryn I am so happy for you. Congrats on getting married! It’s been a wonderful time sharing in the wedding planning process together as we both prepared for our own weddings. I am moved that you asked me to be a part of this memorable journey and honored to call you a friend. The best of life is yet to come. Cherish it always.


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[Kate’s blog, Wit + Delight, is aptly named as Kate is always posting delightful fashion and design finds. And since she’s a recent bride herself, you’ll find some wonderfully chic wedding inspiration on her blog, too. So glad she stopped by to guest blog today!]

Hello Snippet and Ink readers! Today I have pulled some different looks for a variety of wedding-related occasions to suit different styles and budgets. Whether you choose a non-traditional wedding gown, a flirty frock for your bachelorette party, or a sophisticated number for your bridal shower, you just might consider wearing one of these dresses again, really.

- Kate from Wit + Delight

A Dress for Every Occasion

City Hall: one, two, three, four

The Romantic: one, two, three, four

The Fashionista: one, two, three, four

The Non-Traditionalist: one, two, three, four

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[Karey is an everyday story teller, and never fails to make me smile. Mary inspires me daily with her photos, both original and curated. Together they’re the t.ruffle girls, and I’m so happy they agreed to do a guest post while I’m away!]

The night my husband and I met for the very first time, he asked me to marry him. I answered “Sure!Because I felt quite sure I could spend the rest of my life listening to him talk to me. He had this accent that I couldn’t quite place. It was a blend of East coast, Midwest, a year studying in Europe, and thug Italian. It was devastatingly cool. Still is.

A few years later, we eloped to Nantucket; my dad had died the summer before, and neither of us could imagine such a day without him.

I wore a J. Crew dress long before they sold wedding attire. We remembered all our documentation, but forgot rings and the shoes over which I’d obsessed for months. Too bad, because they were perfection.

I forgot my something old and something blue, but my boy assured me that the blue of my eyes would do nicely. And the old would be what we’d grow together.

In the end, I can tell you none of the details mattered. There was no letterpress, no photo booth, no first dance jitters, no calligraphied place cards, no bouquets, and no color scheme except the blue of the sea and the green of the lawn at the Wauwinet. And, yet, there was so much more.

The night before we wed, my husband-to-be picked the perfect spot for our vows. They were simple; I promised to make him laugh every day and he promised to want to talk to me every day, and we both promised to choose each other for the rest of our lives.

Three lovely daughters and years and years later, I still count that day as one of our most perfect, clutter-free moments. It was me and him on the edge of an island, promising to try our best to live our best. Together and forever.

This morning, I shook him awake thirty minutes early. “It snowed last night!” I whispered excitedly. He jumped out of bed and looked out the window with the glee of a ten-year old kid. Then realized I’d been teasing him.

“After all these years, I still fall for you.” He said, shaking his head and laughing.

Okay. In all honesty, that wasn’t his exact quote. It ended more like “…I still fall for your bull*#@!” But I knew what he meant. And it still thrills me to make that boy laugh.

(Visit us – Mary Swenson and Karey Mackin – at our sweet Etsy shop. You might want to buy a calendar or one of our gorgeous posters. That would make us very happy. It would also make you very happy. We promise.)

Top row, left to right: Simple bouquet from Jose Villa / silver wedding bands from Precious Jewelry Designs / white car from Jose Villa
Bottom row, left to right: Champagne picnic basket from In This Instance / bride and groom from Orchard Cove Photography via Style Me Pretty / cupcake pair from Paul Barbera

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… and we’re gonna get married…

Can you believe it? My wedding is just around the corner! This weekend Ryan and I got to hang out with our videographers, and had the chance to reflect on our relationship, which was such a wonderful thing to do the week before our wedding. I just cannot wait to be married to the love of my life and my very best friend! I’m playing hooky this week to finish up some last little details (like unpacking all these moving boxes…), spend time with friends and family who are coming to town, and to marry this handsome devil. How lucky am I?!

{photo by Jesse Tarnoff, our fab videographer}


After the big day, we’re headed off for some sunshine and relaxation, so while I’m away I have some incredible guest bloggers lined up – definitely check in for your daily dose of wedding inspiration. And as I head into this wedding week, I just have to say thank you to all of my wonderful readers. You have been such a source of encouragement and inspiration during my engagement, and I can’t wait to share all the details and stories with you. In the meantime, have a wonderful couple of weeks, enjoy some fabulous guest posts, and the next time we talk I’ll be a Mrs.!

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