Tomorrow we’re flying to Wisconsin to spend Thanksgiving week with Ryan’s family – fingers crossed the plane ride with Caroline goes as smoothly as possible! Any tips for flying with a 6 month old? I’m also hoping to contribute a pie to Thanksgiving dinner, something seasonal but not obvious, but the truth is that I’m not much of a pie baker. I’m thinking maybe a chocolate pecan pie or this butterscotch pie, but I’m open to suggestions, so please share!

A swing at the end of the world.

The night sky.

Paris Advent calendar.

And Vosges takes the chocolate Advent calendar to a whole new level.

Illustrated guide to pears.

Serious dose of cuteness.

wishbone for everyone around your Thanksgiving table.

Lovely spool of calligraphy, via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

How to make lame art cool.

Who wouldn’t want a Hobbit Hole playhouse?

Have a happy weekend friends!

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Before everyone takes off for the weekend, I wanted to introduce you to five of the incredibly talented vendors who have joined Snippet & Ink Select

Katie Stoops‘ unobtrusive approach to wedding photography means that you’ll never know she was there… until you see the gorgeous range of moments she captured on camera.

The events that come from Bespoke Only, a boutique event design studio, are as seamless as they are stylish. Creative director Melissa Lee brings her refined aesthetic and meticulous standards to each wedding, creating celebrations with a modern approach to understated luxury.

“As modern as it is timeless.” That’s the best way to describe the beautiful work of Belatheé Photography, which balances fine art, photojournalism and portraiture. Lovely reminders of such an important day.

Not only does Florali bring beautiful blooms to weddings across the Bay Area, they do it using local and seasonal blossoms, leaves, tendrils, pods and fruits. Their attention to detail contributes to an utterly memorable celebration.

Stacy McCain Event Planning specializes in custom, one-of-a-kind events of all sizes. By building relationships with their clients, and with passion and creativity, they can make your vision a reality. (Photos by Gia canali, Gertrude & Mabel.)



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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Max and Sherri’s story marks a first for our Snapshots of a Marriage series here on Snippet & Ink… we’ve met couples who were separated by war or who even met in grade school, but Max and Sherri are the first to have met and fallen in love online before ever meeting in person!

Max and Sherri met when Max’s band was looking for a female musician to sing on a few tracks. He was already a fan of her music, so he used the opportunity to introduce himself by email. Lots of chatting and emailing ensued over four months before the couple met in person. They even sent each other songs they had written about each other before meeting! “Sherri and I literally started writing songs together for the singular purpose of wooing each other, and once we got the wooing done, it was to continue to expand upon our love for one another.”

Once they did meet, Max says, “It was amazing and I moved pretty much immediately to be near her. It was kind of a whirlwind thing but we really did give it time to grow. We didn’t want to rush things.” But before they knew it, they were married and starting their life together.

Since their wedding five years ago, Max and Sherri have used what they learned emailing back and forth in the early months of their relationship to their advantage. Sherri explains they always try to “be honest and over-communicate.” Max agrees this is a key to their marriage. He says there’s nothing that he’s ever felt he couldn’t communicate to Sherri, which helps the two keep from having lingering issues that eventually boil over.

From the beginning of their marriage, Max has made sure to fight against the stereotype he saw as a child. “I never really got advice from my parents about getting married. I think they just wanted me to make my own way. I do remember the social stereotypes about being married and about how much it saps your love for each other. I never believed in that. I just thought, it can’t be that way. I’m a hopeless romantic; I kind of decided to go the other way.” He adds, “We’ve never been more in love than we are today.” Clearly something’s working!

The couple’s advice to those planning their weddings today is exactly what you might think would come out of the mouth of such a creative person: “Try to understand that marriage is an extension of the passion that you have for each other. It’s not an archaic legal ceremony, it’s just basically a really intense form of commitment on a soul level. I think it’s like the most romantic thing in the world.” A wonderful, poetic reminder of how romantic marriage is, five years in.

(PS – Max and Sherri have recently released an album called Two of a Crime, so you can hear a few of the love songs that brought them together!)

Snapshot of a Marriage” is a series from contributor Emily Westbrooks, who interviews couples on some of their secrets for a strong and successful marriage. With all of our focus on how to make your wedding special, we thought it was important to highlight some ways to make your marriage awesome, too! Click here to see previous Snapshots.

SNAPSHOT SUBMISSIONS  Do you know a married couple whose relationship you admire? Or maybe you’re married and want to share your words of wisdom! We’re now accepting submissions from couples who have been married for ten years or longer. Email Emily at with your first names, how long you’ve been married, and a few sentences about why you’d like to be interviewed for our Snapshot of a Marriage series.
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Today we have a little break in the winter weather with a trip to Maui for this intimate oceanside wedding from photographer Jana Morgan

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The bride wore the same pearl earrings her mother wore on her wedding day.

Both the bride’s and the groom’s mothers wore hanboks, traditional Korean dresses.

Purple orchids and rows of pineapples were the perfect table decor for an island wedding.


Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  It has a beautiful view, good food, and a great deck for a wedding ceremony.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Simple elegance and the company of good friends and family in a relaxed, beautiful and tropical setting.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Saying “I do” to the man I love. Sneaking away after the ceremony for photos and seeing a huge green turtle swim below our photo site! It was magical!

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? We were so happy to have our closest family and friends witness our marriage in a gorgeous, natural setting. With the tropical sun on us and the ocean breeze, we felt like God was pouring his blessings on us!

Photographer: Jana Morgan / Venue, catering: Merriman’s in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii / Dress: Amy Kuschel / Shoes: Franco Sarto / Suit: Robert Lim, Taylor / Tie: Ferragamo / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Floral Designer: Dellables / Music: Marvin Tevaga / Cake: Maui Wedding Cakes / Hair, Makeup: Maui MiRa
  • Oceanside Maui Wedding at Merriman's

    21 November 2013
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