Some pretty wedding inspiration from photographer Sylvie Gil for your Easter weekend! Kate and Sam were married at a private apple farm in Napa, California, with lovely views and a relaxed, rustic atmosphere.

Kate shares her favorite part of the day: “I loved walking to the barn for dinner with my husband – the two of us walked together alone, just a nice respite and a few minutes to savor the day together.”

A little advice from the bride: “Drink and eat! I only had a few sips of wine and a few bites – what a waste! And relax! And my personal piece of advice is don’t do a first dance – too much stress and you have plenty of dances later with all of your guests that will actually be much better because not everyone is staring!”

Venue: private ranch in Napa, California

Bride’s dress: Vera Wang

Wedding consultant: Kathy Higgins Weddings

Flowers: Lelain Crist from Florabunda, 707-963-1128

Congratulations Kate and Sam, and thank you so much to Sylvie Gil for sharing these beautiful photos with us. And Happy Easter, friends!

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This weekend looks like it’s going to be a blast. Tomorrow, my entire family (Huge family. Huge.) is getting together to celebrate my grandmother’s 100th birthday. She is the most amazing woman, and I feel so honored to call her my Grandma Chris. And then on Sunday, I get to hunt Easter eggs with my darling nephews. What could be better!? I hope you have as much fun planned for your weekend!

French napkins for your next party.

Amsterdam layover.

I’m stealing this idea. Because I’ll never get sick of balloons.

Charming vintage advertisements.

Baby profiles
are the cutest!

Playing cards* from Eunice’s gorgeous wedding.

Have a happy, happy weekend!

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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

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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