I have seen so many beautiful photos of vineyard weddings, and while I think that a lot of Snippet & Ink’s inspiration boards could easily translate into vineyard weddings, I haven’t made very many with that specifically in mind. This is one way I imagine a vineyard wedding – rich purples, lots of vines, and bottles of wine at every table. This is definitely a more rustic approach, with lilacs in vintage bottles for centerpieces, mismatched flea market chairs, and a hand-painted sign pointing to the wedding. And then just for fun, how about a panini grill?

Mood: rustic and romantic
Palette: purple, green, brown

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Top row from left: photo by Suzy Clement, Livia Cetti bouquet from In Style, White Rose dress from Brides UK, photo by Elizabeth Messina
Row 2: brown suit from The Knot, blackberry tart photo by Sheri Giblin, invitation by Greenwich Letterpress, tied arrangement by Todd Events
Row 3: panini grill from Amorology, lilacs via The Simpler Things, wedding sign from Sharla Flock, bridesmaids from Love Luck and Angels, wine photo by Jeremy Samuelson
Row 4: hand-bound recycled notebooks via Suburose’s flickr, chair from In Style, seating cards by Peculiar Pair Press for Michelle Rago (photo by Dasha Wright), clematis bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings

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Today’s bride, Jennifer, planned her destination wedding (she and John live in New York; the wedding was in California) in a environmentally sustainable way – an impressive feat. And as these photos show, doing it yourself and going green don’t have to mean sacrificing style!

Some of Jennifer’s best girlfriends made this advent calender for her to open the week before the wedding. Jennifer says, “It was beautiful and very well done, a collage of clippings from bridal magazines and a book about love glued onto two pieces of stock board with windows cut out.”

The weekend’s events were planned within walking or biking distance which allowed the couple to ask their guests to avoid using cars.


Jennifer purchased flowers in bulk and did the arrangements herself. The groom’s family lives in Bermuda, and they printed this on the dinner menu: There is a Bermudian wedding tradition of a cedar tree atop the grooms cake. The tree is planted immediately after the wedding as a sign of their future together. In lieu of a Cedar tree, we have planted a tree in the name of each of our guests through the American Forests. We hope to not only honor the Bermudian tradition but also gently offset some of the environmental tax of your trip to Mendocino.

After dinner, guests walked to Crown Hall and danced the night away.


Photographer: Gertrude & Mabel / Ceremony Venue: Portuguese Point in Mendocino, California / Dinner Venue: Jennifer Taylor Property / Dancing Venue: Crown Hall / Bride’s Dress: Selia Yang / Catering: Cafe Beaujolais / Invitations: Good On Paper DesignSoho Letterpress / Flowers: Village Florist, 707-927-0907 / Band: Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers /

  • Eco-Friendly Wedding in Mendocino

    5 April 2008
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    I think that this inspiration board proves my point that a mostly green and white palette works with any event. Compare this simple, homespun wedding board with Monday’s much more formal board. If you’re thinking, “She’s used some of these photos before,” you’re absolutely right. I suppose that’s one of the fun things about this blog – I can revisit something as many times as I want, changing it to suit my mood and hopefully creating an inspiration board that is entirely its own.

    Mood: homespun, easy country charm
    Palette: green, white

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    Top row from left: white flowers in galvanized tin, cake with pecans, hors d’oeuvres buffet from Rebecca Thuss, tablecloth clip from Cox & Cox
    Row 2: photo by Meg Smith, typewriter menu from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo by Jensen Sutta via Santa Barbara Wedding Guide, dress by J.Crew
    Row 3: strawberry favors from Martha Stewart Weddings, lemonade, photo by Vallentyne Photography, bouquet from Rebecca Thuss
    Row 4: photo via Sweet Paul, centerpiece from Laurie Arons, “guest book” via Brooklyn Bride, photo by Mindy Rice

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    This chrysanthemum bouquet (hence the board title) from Martha Stewart Weddings is too good to resist. The colors here – white, yellow, lavender and slate – are the main inspiration for this wedding board, as well as its slightly modern style. What other elements would you include in this wedding?

    Mood: modern, sophisticated
    Palette: yellow, lavender, slate gray, white

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    Top row from left: lemonade, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, gray suit from Brides, seating cards and lilacs by Ariella Chezar (photo by Dasha Wright)
    Row 2: boutonnieres by Michelle Rago (photo by Dasha Wright), Romona Keveza veil from Brides, decor by Fete NY
    Row 3: purple bridesmaid dresses from In Style, chrysanthemum cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, vases via Desire to Inspire, thank you card by East Six
    Row 4: centerpieces from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo from Kathryn Kenna, invitation by The Lettered Olive, gray suits from Martha Stewart Weddings

    Update! I asked what you might include in this wedding board, and look at what Kate sent me. Is this not the most perfect hairpiece for this wedding? Check out Mikiye’s Etsy shop for more styles.

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    While it’s true that I tend to think an all-pink palette should be reserved for bridal and baby showers, sometimes I’m in the mood for a perfectly girly pink wedding board. (Note: I spent two years telling my kindergartners that there’s no such thing as a girl-color or a boy-color; maybe you can convince your groom of this, too.)

    Mood: soft, sweet
    Palette: pink, pink, pink

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    Top row from left: photo from Martha Stewart Weddings, place setting from In Style, bouquet by Modern Day Design, pink Philip Treacy hat from Brides
    Row 2: tulips via Toast and Tables, pink bridesmaid dress, cake by April Reed, cocktails from Brides
    Row 3: photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy, bouquet from In Style, invitation by East Six, candy favors via {frolic}

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