I’m back! Thanks so much for your patience with me this week as I took some time to get well. I’m definitely glad to have my energy back, since my two darling nephews are in town, and they’re just too much fun! Anyway, I apologize for disappearing on you the past couple of days, and hope you’ll enjoy this real wedding feature. Samantha is a Snippet & Ink reader (as well as a Chicago-area wedding coordinator) who was sweet enough to share her wedding story and photos with us…

Samantha wore a bridesmaid dress that she purchased in white.

From Samantha: “Advice to future brides: Do a first look! This was the best advice our coordinator and photographer gave us. It really gave us the time before the ceremony to let go of jitters and relax knowing we had plenty of time for some awesome pictures. We never felt rushed at all.”

The groomswoman (groomsmaid?) wore the same dress as the bridesmaids, but in navy blue.

Samantha’s aunt created centerpieces using river rocks and artificial pussy willow branches, purchased from Afloral.com.

Says Samantha, “My favorite moment from the wedding was most definitely taking a minute during dinner with my husband and absorbing our reception room together. We just both looked around at all of our truly amazing friends and family, and reflected on how happy and lucky we were to celebrate our marriage with so many people who have touched our lives, and always been there for us.”

Photography: Catherine Leonard

Venue: Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY

Bride’s dress / shoes: Priscilla of Boston / Nine West

Bouquets / boutonnieres: The Posie Peddler

Groom’s suit: Jos A Bank

Bridesmaid dresses: Dessy Collection*

Cake: Cakes by Angelina

Stationery: by the bride’s cousin

Congratulations Samantha and Josh – thank you so much for sharing your wedding with us!

*Snippet & Ink sponsor

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Hi all! I seem to have caught a cold, which was at least polite enough to wait until the day after my birthday to hit me, but which is keeping me laid up in bed. So, no fabulous wedding inspiration for you today. Instead, some links that I’m enjoying…

I love Paris in the springtime.

Brave enough to try making your own french fries?

Adding this plaid bag to my wish list.

The most beautiful city? I say yes.

I don’t care how the bon-bons taste. The packaging is delicious.

Charm school

Try the cinnamon truffle. Mmmm…

Congrats on the cover, Elizabeth!

Am I the only one who wondered where those pretty toothbrushes in the magazines came from?

Happy Tuesday, friends! Hoping to be back tomorrow with wedding inspiration…

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I love Williams Sonoma. Love. It. Whenever I step inside one, I imagine all of the things that will one day live in my dream kitchen – KitchenAid Mixer? Check! Wüsthof knives? Check! Let’s just say that my honey and I will definitely be registering at Williams Sonoma. And not only do they have just about everything you could possibly think of to outfit your new home, but they also have all kinds of great specials when you set up a registry.
{Left: KitchenAid Pro 610 Stand mixer; Right: Wüsthof Classic 8-piece Knife Block set}

One you’ve registered for your KitchenAid Pro 610 Stand Mixer, Williams Sonoma will send you a free gift valued at $19.95.

When you add $450 worth of Wüsthof items to your registry, you’ll receive a free gift valued at $20. When Wüsthof cutlery purchases from your registry total $450 or more, you’ll receive a gift valued at $55.

{Left: Ceramic and Stainless Steel canisters; Right: All-Clad Stainless Steel Standard cups and spoons}

{Left: Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven; Riedel Vinum 7-piece Gift Set}

When you register for six or more pieces of Le Creuset cast-iron cookware, you’ll receive a gift valued at $20. Once your friends and family have purchased $500 or more of Le Creuset gifts for you, you’ll receive a gift valued at $150.

{Left: Breville Ikon Panini Press; All-Clad Stainless Steel Strainer Set}

When you register for $500 or more of All-Clad products, Williams Sonoma will send you a gift valued at $30. Once your friends and family have purchased $1500 or more of All-Clad gifts from your registry, you’ll receive a gift valued at $120.

{Left: Monogrammed Stainless Steel Beverage Bucket; Right: Cuisinart Food Processor}

Okay, so this is all awesome, and you’re probably already busy clicking away setting up your registry at Williams Sonoma, but just in case you need an extra incentive, I’m giving away $250 to one lucky reader! All you need to do is to sign up for Williams Sonoma’s Bridal Registry, and then leave a comment below to let me know you registered. If you’re already registered, just add something to your registry and let me know what it was.

UPDATE! I’ve extended the deadline for this contest. You now have until Monday at midnight to enter, and I’ll announce the randomly selected winner on Tuesday, 4/6. Happy registering!

UPDATE! This contest is now closed.

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I’m really looking forward to this weekend! I’m home visiting my mom, meeting my dear friend’s baby for the first time, and meeting up with a bunch of fabulous wedding folks while I’m here. And since it’s my birthday, and I’ve been dreaming about this marble cake since I first tried it a month ago, I’ll be picking one up as soon as possible. Mmmm….. But first, a whole bunch of links for you this Friday!

I love the baby name game! via Bliss.

Be content with who you are.

Happy 80th birthday!

I’m telling you, balloons never get old, via Once Wed.

An entire shop of folded paper, via Abby Tries Again.


If I had an extra $4900, I’d buy this awesome desk shaped like California, via Oh Happy Day.

I heart this wedding.

Same hill, different day, via A Cup of Jo.

Say yes to the vest.

Greenhouse in springtime. Just lovely.

Underwater church, via my honey and Lovely Little Things.

If I had a land line (a what?) I’d have this phone, via Mrs. Lilien.

Will someone please get married here? via Clover & Bee.

Yummy Easter bunny.

Decorate your pretty little head.

Whisper rings.

Have a happy weekend, pretties!

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