I’ve posted a number of winter wedding inspiration boards this week and last, so when my sweet friend Janie at The Bride’s Cafe asked if I’d like to share this winter holiday shoot with you here on Snippet & Ink, I jumped at the chance. And that was before I’d even seen the photos! Created by some wonderfully talented ladies, including Janie, Courtney from Merriment Events, and Katie from Open Air Photography, this lovely shoot is exactly what I love – beautiful and thoughtful without being overdone. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your winter wedding or for next week’s holiday party, you’ll definitely find some great ideas here…


The tree was decorated with pine cones and mercury glass ornaments hung with jute twine.


Courtney created this garland by stamping the letters on vintage tags, then stringing them on jute twine.


Vintage sheet music can be found throughout the shoot, from accordion “garlands” on the mantle, to paper pinwheels, to gift wrap. (Can you see the name on that gift tag? It’s Kathryn! How much did that make my day!)


Gifts were also wrapped with kraft paper and tied with gold ric rac, upholstery ribbon, or green satin. This one was embellished with vintage skeleton keys.


The mantle was decorated with various flowers in mercury glass vases and a vintage box filled with jute twine and silver ornaments. Silver serving trays were hung on the wall above the mantle – what a simple and effective way to fill up wall space!


Janie decorated the table with white amaryllis, French anemones, Victoria white ranunculus, supergreen parrot tulips, and white peonies all in mercury glass vases. Using only one type of flower in each vase allows each flower to stand out, and is simple solution for centerpieces. The amaryllis arrangements are rather tall, so they can be removed once guests are seated to allow for conversation across the table.


The menus were lettered in the shape of a star, and embellished with little stars made of sheet music.


Menus and place cards were calligraphed by Jen at Pretty Pen Jen, using gold ink on ivory paper.


Croquembouche is a perfectly dramatic and appropriate dessert choice for a winter wedding or party. This one, created by Jenny at Sweetest Thing Bakery, is drizzled in white chocolate.


For the winter brides out there, a bouquet of white peonies, gray dusty miller, nearly black privet berries, and tied with beautiful striped French wire ribbon.

Thank you so so much to all of these talented ladies for sharing this beautiful winter shoot with us – now I can’t wait to throw a holiday dinner party! I hope we’ll be able to have all of you back on Snippet & Ink again very soon.

Photography: Katie Stoops at Open Air Photography

Styling: Courtney Spencer at Merriment Events / Little White Book)

Flowers: Janie Medley at JM Flora / The Bride’s Cafe)

Calligraphy: Pretty Pen Jen

Cake: Sweetest Thing Bakery

Hair and makeup: Sarah Valentine at Mango Hair Salon

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  1. Truly Engaging

    Beautiful inspiration! The variety of heights and textures are extremely appealing and yet like you said, not overdone. Love the vintage feel..

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  2. illumedc

    Such a beautiful shoot! I love every little detail and wish I could be a guest at this stunning holiday soiree!

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  3. Chelsea

    THis is really beautiful!

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  4. Stephanie

    This is charming! I'm doing something similar for my present wrapping paper this year. I love the vintage adornments. Thank you so much for posting! I don't always leave comments, but your posts are always so amazing.

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  5. Maria @ {ritzy bee}

    Gorgeous!!!!

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  6. carissa

    in love! very similar to my own holiday decor this year! pinecones, jute twine, mecury, cedar etc – classic and chic and wintery-fresh! :) great job ladies!

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  7. Paige Appel

    that mantle decor is perfection. great job ladies!

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  8. Brooke

    Stunning! Absolutely stunning.

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  9. Jen

    Love everything about this – especially the mantle! Great job ladies!

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  10. Amorology

    This is gorgeous! So much fun!

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  11. BLOGGER

    fabulous!

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  12. {jen} miss pickles press

    as always, well done, ladies! just beautiful.

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  13. True Blind Faith

    Simply stunning! Oh how I love that mercury glass!

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  14. sandra pan

    great job, katie!! decor and calligraphy looks great!

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  15. {The Perfect Palette}

    oh wow!!! now this is some serious inspiration! i'm loving all of it! Especially the mantle decor, the custom signage & the kraft paper accents!!! this was a great post. thanks for sharing.

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  16. Tracey

    Gorgeous. I love that you could make many of these ideas yourself.

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  17. XochitlTheBlogsmaid

    LOVE the black rim plates and the music sheets! So stunning! I wish Amarylis was in season all year long.

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  18. Meg @ Sienna Wedding

    This is just so gorgeous and inspiring… I can't wait 'till Christmas now!

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  19. Camille @ STYLE NOTES

    The vintage tag garland is TOO adorable! I'd love to adapt it as a "Just Married" or "Happy Birthday" garland for other events.

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  20. Joyful Weddings and Events

    Absolutely lovely!

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  21. Courtney

    Thanks so much for all of your sweet comments! xo

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  22. Alicia

    Oh.my.goodness – I love everything about this photo shoot! Makes me want a winter wedding right now and I'm not even engaged!!

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  23. Janie

    Thanks everyone for your lovely comments and I wish a Happy Holiday Season to all of you…xoxo

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  24. Jessebel

    J'adore!!

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  25. anne&bill

    {swoon} Absolutely gorgeous shoot! I love, love the vintage sheet music and mercury glass ornaments. Beautiful inspiration on this snowy, wintery day! – Anne

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  26. anne&bill

    {swoon} Absolutely gorgeous shoot! I love, love the vintage sheet music and mercury glass ornaments. Beautiful inspiration on this snowy, wintery day! – Anne

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  27. Amy

    Add in vintage wedding photos, and this is my wedding decor in a nutshell. January '11 can't come soon enough! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  28. Beth

    wow, totally gorgeous table decorations!

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