What can I say, I’m a sucker for gorgeous flowers, and this incredible shoot from Oak & the Owl and Tonya Joy has them in spades. Loosely inspired by The Great Gatsby, the shoot is certainly full of romance and drama…

The bouquets and centerpiece include garden roses, ranunculus, dahlias, blackberries, and hops. I love seeing unique elements like blackberries and hops included with the flowers, and it works so well here! SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR ALL OF THE PHOTOS FROM THIS GREAT GATSBY INSPIRED PHOTO SHOOT.

Photography, styling: Tonya Joy Photography / Venue: Humphrey Estates in Temecula California / Floral Design: Oak and the Owl / Dresses: Kirstie Kelly / Cake: Rebecca Williamson / Stationery: Moment Prive  / Hair: Hair by Ceara / Makeup: MaryAnne Naylor, Awestruck Image / Headpiece: Lacielle Roselle
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I’m not sure what makes it feel like fall when it’s 80-degrees outside, but it feels like fall nonetheless. Time for pumpkins and apples and sweaters and soups. Even if it’s way too warm for the second half of that list.

Citrus from Rifle’s look book.

Drooling over this vanilla souffle with salted butter caramel sauce, via Katie’s Pinterest.

Extraordinary LEGOs – my nephews would love this!

Photo booth Halloween costume. Brilliant!

Love a wedding dress with a print.

Six decorative pie crusts.

So many gorgeous hats.

I’m always looking for alternatives to plastic – definitely going to give this bee’s wrap a try.


Have a happy weekend, lovelies!

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I’ve got some great weekend links coming up in just a sec, but up first, an introduction to five awesome vendors from Snippet & Ink Select

Photographer Gia Canali has an eye for light and detail, and together with her husband, she captures weddings with a blend of editorial-style coverage and documentary-style reportage. Which is really just a fancy way of saying her photos are utterly gorgeous and something you’d be proud to frame and hang on the wall.

There’s nothing quite like being a guest at a wedding that feels perfectly effortless in every moment and detail, except of course being the bride and groom at such a celebration. Beth Helmstetter works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that all of her clients and their guests can experience just such a perfect day, with beautiful surprises at every turn. (Photos by Jose Villa.)

Laura Hooper created the very first Snippet & Ink logo, so it goes without saying that I’m a huge fan of her work. With countless styles of calligraphy that she can apply to anything from envelopes to floor-to-ceiling chalkboards, Laura’s work adds an elegant, personal touch to any wedding. (Photo by My Modern Romance.)

There aren’t words to describe what Max Gill does with flowers. He creates arrangements that elevate blooms and botanicals beyond what you ever thought they could be, and though they look lovely in pictures, I promise you: they are somehow even better in person. (Photos by Silvana di Franco.)

Pam Cooley‘s calm and playful approach puts her subjects at ease, and by taking the time to get to know her clients, she’s able to capture them in their very best light. The result is photos that are sweet, romantic, and authentic.


Snippet & Ink Select is a handpicked selection of wedding vendors and companies we believe in. These are the vendors we would recommend to our sisters and our best friends, because their work represents the best the wedding industry has to offer. Learn more about Snippet & Ink Select.

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I hope my hubby is reading this post, because today’s wedding took place at one of his favorite places on earth: University of Wisconsin’s Memorial Union. As the bride says, “The student union is in the heart of the University of Wisconsin campus, and feels like it has been our home for the last ten years. We sailed together on the UW Sailing Team and had all our practices and meetings right there on Lake Mendota at the Union. We have spent every weekend since graduation meeting on the Terrace with friends, sailing out of the Hoofers sailing club, and enjoying all that the Union has to offer. It felt like the ideal place to join our lives together.”

“During the ceremony, we brought elements of Judaism and the Lutheran faith together to create an awesome interfaith wedding that represented us as a couple.”

Despite the rainy weather, Liz and Aaron couldn’t miss the opportunity for wedding portraits on the Union Terrace.

The bride’s bouquet included hydrangea, tulips, and roses in cream and yellow.



What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted to plan a guest-centered event that brought our friends and two families together for a weekend of fun in the city we shared for the last ten years. Knowing we came from different backgrounds, we tried to incorporate both of our upbringings throughout the ceremony and festivities.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Liz: I enjoyed the time after the ceremony and before the reception when we took pictures with the wedding party. It was nice to relax a little and enjoy the company of our best friends! // Aaron: Liz and I were the last ones to leave the reception. We couldn’t get a cab back to the hotel, so we walked from the Union to the hotel, up State Street, right through the heart of Madison. We walked slowly, just talking. It was like we were in our own little world in the city we grew together in. It was pretty magical.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Take time to enjoy the day with just the two of you, even if it is just for a minute. Look into each other’s eyes and take in the best day of your lives – together!

Photographer: The McCartney’s / Event Planner: Beyond Elegant Events / Venue, Catering: Memorial Union in Madison, Wisconsin / Officiant: Happily Ever After Weddings / Dress: Vera’s Bridal Salon / Suit, shirt: Jos A Bank / Tie: Brooks Brothers / Shoes: Cole Haan / Bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew / Floral Designer: Daffodil Parker / Music: Street Life Band / Rentals: BBJ Linens / Hair, Makeup: Salon Rue Cler / Stationery: Sugar Pear Design
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