So inspiration boards sort of disappeared this week… sorry about that! I have several that are in the works (including a great Halloween-y/October-ish one), so hopefully they’ll be back soon. Meantime, enjoy some of my favorite links from around the web this week…

{probably one of my favorite photos ever from Martha Stewart, via Oh Happy Day}

How can you resist Ariella Chezar and Lisa Lefkowitz working on the same wedding?

Possibly my most favorite invites ever. No, really.

Go fly a kite.

Candied apples get spooky.

Add an orange VW Bug to my wish list.

And a map quilt, via paper tastebuds.

Virginia is for lovers, via Little White Book.

Tired of wooden mustaches? How about these cute alternatives.

I want to live here.

Hearts in your eyes (plus all of Joanna’s other wedding recaps).

Jill Lindsey rocks my world, via Automatism.

Blushers are the new birdcage.

How incredible is this chapel!

This might be the only tiara I’ve ever liked.

Running through the roses.

Congratulations to Ruffled and The Sweetest Occasion on the lovely blog launches!

Happy weekend lovelies!

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If you’re in the thick of wedding planning, then this post is for you… The Dessy Group, known for their beautiful bridesmaid dresses, has teamed up with the ultimate color authority, Pantone to help brides make the planning process easier. Need help coordinating wedding colors? They’ve got color swatch cards that you can give to your bridesmaids, stationer, planner – you name it! – to make sure that colors match perfectly.

In addition, you can use Pantone colors with Dessy’s new inspiration board maker to help focus your color palette, using their images and with the ability to upload your own. This is a great tool for creating a cohesive look on your wedding day (you know I’m a believer in inspiration boards!).

For help with choosing and matching colors, check out all of Dessy’s Pantone resources – but I warn you, making those inspiration boards can be addictive!

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Here’s a fun engagement shoot taken here in Austin shot by the talented husband and wife photo team, The Nichols. Holley and Jason wanted to take some pictures in a local record store, since music is a big part of their lives. They had also noticed a car junkyard one day, and thought it would make for some fun images. I think they’re all pretty fun!

Congratulations Holley and Jason! You can see their wedding pics over on The Nichols’ blog. And of course, thank you to Jennifer and CJ Nichols for sending over these fun photos.

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Somehow it’s already Friday – how did that happen? My little sister is coming to visit this weekend, which will be loads of fun and will probably involve lots of eating. I’m learning that visitors generally mean lots of eating. Also, is it just me, or are these lists of weekend links getting longer every week? Let me know if it’s an overload and you think I should edit them down a bit…

Taking chalk to a whole new level (thank you to Bryan for sharing).

Hey, nice package.

If you need a good laugh, via Decorno.

Nothing says I love you like a trampoline.

Indoor greenery, via everyone.

Bridesmaids or muses?

Itsy-bitsy spider.

Felted acorns for fall.

New favorite venue, via 100 Layer Cake.

Another talented calligrapher, via Oh Joy.

Rooftop movies sound delightful.

Going for the goddess look? I think one of these headbands will do the trick.

Digging monochrome letterpress.

I think I need one of these.

And I definitely need these shoes in my life.

Pretty green & white.

A big thank you to Your Wedding Day and Town & Country Weddings for the love in your latest issues!

Happy weekend lovelies!

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This wedding just makes me smile, and I hope it makes you smile, too. Laura, the talented illustrator and calligrapher behind Trial By Cupcakes (and a Snippet & Ink reader!), was sweet enough to send over some photos and some details from the day…

Laura made the illustrated watercolor map of Baltimore for her guests. Check out her calligraphy website for more information.

Laura and Stephen also screen-printed all of the invitations. She says, “It was a lot of work, and, in retrospect, I think we should have outsourced! We’re both big Wes Anderson fans, so we designed a simple invitation using Anderson’s trademark Futura font. I also did the calligraphy for the envelopes and place cards.”

The edge of Hurricane Kyle was pouring down on Maryland the day of the wedding. As Laura says, “If it’s true that rain on your wedding day is good luck, then this marriage is going to be the luckiest ever!” Laura’s bridesmaids chose their own dresses (they also made the wedding cake!).

Everything about this wedding, from the invitations to the flowers, was DIY. Together with friends, Laura and Stephen made all of the bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces.

The September wedding – both ceremony and reception – took place in the former sanctuary of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Baltimore, which is now rented out for events.

The ceremony included the Greek tradition of Stefana, or wedding crowns.

Stephen wore a suit from H&M. And I just had to share this wonderful story about Laura’s wedding dress: My dress was from a thrift store – I think it was $30. When I first saw it, I wasn’t yet engaged, so I (gulp) left it at the store. That night I told my best friend, Anna, about how much I regretted not just going ahead and buying the dress, engagement or not. Being the amazing friend that she is, she secretly snuck back to the thrift store, bought it for me, and held on to it for about six months, later giving it to me as the best birthday present EVER. I honestly don’t know how she was able to keep it a secret for so long, because I talked about that dress ALL. THE. TIME.

Laura calligraphed the escort cards with white ink on brown paper. Felt pennants acted as table numbers.

The night before the wedding, the couple’s friends gathered at the venue for a pizza and decorating party, blowing up giant balloons, stringing up paper lanterns and pom-poms, and moving furniture. Though the party was a huge success, Laura does say she wishes she’d had someone to take care of all the day-of logistics: I kind of regret not hiring a day-of coordinator. While I was running around to make sure everything was going smoothly, I didn’t get the chance to just be a bride and take it all in.

Laura and Stephen’s friends from Charm City Cakes (as in, the Ace of Cakes!) made the cake, including sculpting and hand-painting the fox cake topper, gum-paste dahlias and ranunculus, and creating a plaid pattern with piping.

I absolutely could not resist sharing this photo of Laura and Stephen crowd-surfing! I love it!

Congratulations to Laura and Stephen, who just celebrated their one year anniversary last month! Be sure to check out Laura’s beautiful calligraphy and custom maps over on her website, Trial By Cupcakes. And thank you also to Will Kirk for sharing these sweet photos.

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