Monday, August 31, 2009

Sponsored Post: Clover & Bee

I've followed Rebecca's blog for the longest time, and I featured her beautiful and crafty wedding here on Snippet & Ink, so when she announced that she was starting Clover & Bee, an online wedding resource for Midwest couples, I could not WAIT to see it! Well, the wait is finally over... Clover & Bee has just launched, and you are going to love it. Here is just a little sneak peek of what to expect...

Clover & Bee is all about helping couples plan their Midwest weddings in a thoughtful and style-conscious way. With its heirloom aesthetic and an emphasis on handmade, organic, modern, and local vendors, Clover & Bee is the perfect place to find inspiration and practical help in planning your wedding. Featuring both established and emerging talents from around the Midwest and across the nation, it's a resource you won't want to miss. If you're looking for ways to make your celebration as sweet and special as can be, then head over to the brand new Clover & Bee - and don't miss their online magazine, C&B Daily!


Real Wedding: Sarah & Oren

Since their wedding took place on the first day of summer, Sarah and Oren chose colors inspired by a bold sunset: purples, reds, and some yellow. They really couldn't have chosen more perfect colors either, because despite a gray and rainy day, their wedding was bright and full of cheer. And they've been kind enough to share it with us!

The wedding took place at Moraine Farm in Beverly, Massachussetts.

I love what Sarah has to say about getting married on a rainy day: June 21st was a stormy, windy day. But, as my dad says, a wet knot is harder to untie! A wedding on the lawn was out of the question, so we all squeezed into the screen porch of the house. There were gusts blowing in sideways and the floor was slippery, but it all made for the most relaxed, intimate ceremony, full of laughter. I truly felt surrounded by love and support.

Sarah wore a dress by Dina Bar-El, butterfly flip-flops by Dolce Vita, and a red silk camelia in her hair by Etsy vendor Mikiye. She also wore a necklace given to her by her grandmother, and which was originally a wedding present for Sarah's great grandmother from her mother. Oren wore a suit from Express and a red tie that he already owned. The bridesmaids wore a purple dress of their choice, which looked beautiful next to the groomsmen in their red shirts!

Sarah carried a bouquet of dried organic lavender, and the bridesmaids each carried a single sunflower. After the ceremony, guests tossed dried lavender buds at the couple.

I absolutely love the story of Sarah's dress: I spotted a photo of Uma Thurman wearing a stunning gown to the Oscars and decided that it would be my wedding dress. I printed out a picture, wrote "Sarah's dress, $299" on it, and stuck it to my wall. After much hunting and Googling, I found out that Dina Bar-El had designed a version of the same dress, and a few weeks later, what was probably the only one for sale in the whole world popped up in an eBay search, in practically my size. I bid $150 and won. Including alterations, I figure I spent just about $299. Moral of the story: It always pays to put it out there in the universe.

The day-of coordinator, Linnea Tangorra, brought a giant umbrella which Sarah and Oren used in their portraits.

Sarah used Adobe Illustrator to design their save-the-dates, invitations, programs, seating cards and chart, dinner menus, and all of the signs at the wedding. She says it was one of her favorite parts of the process.

Sarah made paper cones, which were filled with Terra Chips for the cocktail hour. For drinks, guests enjoyed local beers, Prosecco, and the debut of Sarah's own recently bottled Je Suis Syrah.

Sarah is a food writer and winemaker, so good food was a priority. Blue Ribbon Barbecue provided quite a feast, which was served family style so that guests could relax and enjoy a laid-back meal. Aprons were placed in each female guest's chair so they wouldn't have to worry about getting barbecue all over their nice clothes! Ne Me Quitte Pas Catering provided hors d'oeuvres (miniature bison burgers and miniature grilled cheese sandwiches with accompanying shots of soup) and dessert (miniature ice cream cones, ice cream sandwiches, and ice cream pies).

Instead of cake guests enjoyed fleur de sel caramels by Recchiuti with glasses of Port. At the reception, Sarah changed into a short dress by Georgiou and red wedges by Paco Gil.

A group from Winiker Bands got everyone dancing!

Congratulations Sarah and Oren! Best wishes to you as you embark on your life together! And a big thank you to Lisa Rigby for sharing these beautiful and playful photos with us. If you haven't already, be sure to check out the rest of Lisa's awesome work on her blog.


Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sneak Peek: Sarah & Oren

I've got a week of beautiful real weddings for you. Don't miss this one tomorrow!


Sunday Edition #49

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Real Wedding Saturday: Sara & Ryan

I've been wanting to share a wedding shot by Carrie Patterson with you all for the longest time, so I'm excited to have that chance today! Sara and Ryan had such a lovely destination wedding in Jackson Hole, with great classic elements, incredible natural beauty, and darling DIY details...

Sara wore Monique Lhuillier's Celestine dress.

The lovely daisy pomanders were a DIY project for the bride. Sara shares some of the design choices: We based our color-scheme and theme off natural elements like grass, flowers, clouds, trees, leaves and stones and tried to incorporate as many of them into the wedding as we could. Our invitations were engraved in wood, our escort cards were river stones, we made serving trays out of slices of tree trunks, my dress was cloud-like, we had branches, wildflowers and ivy everywhere.

The bridesmaids each wore a different green dress of their choosing.

After the ceremony, Sara traded her veil for a flower by Etsy vendor, Powder Blue Bijoux.

Sara shares one of her favorite parts of the day: I think one of the biggest surprises was the unexpected incorporation of horses into the wedding. We surprised all of our guests with Ryan coming up the hill to the ceremony on Blondie, a beautiful palomino, and the guitarist playing the “Rawhide” song! It was so western and cute. The horses “talked” to each other quite a bit during the ceremony, which was hilarious and kept me from bawling a few times. But it was a complete surprise to everyone (myself included) that all the horses would be released from the barn right after they announced us husband and wife to run through the field behind us as we made our way up the aisle. It was a very classic and romantic moment. Once our guests returned to the patios at the Lazy Moose, there were buckets of carrots there to feed the horses. Everyone really got a kick out of that – maybe we’re all city folk, but the horses stole the show! And, of course, our pictures wouldn’t be complete without one of Ryan and I with Blondie. She was quite the ham!

The wedding took place at The Lazy Moose Ranch. Though it was not where the couple originally planned to get married, it was absolutely perfect. Sara tells the story of how they ended up booking Lazy Moose: "Five months before the wedding, due to a change in ownership, our original venue was no longer available and we began the hunt for another available location. Sight unseen we booked the Lazy Moose and could not be happier with our decision. Not only was the ranch even more beautiful and intimate than the original venue, we felt like we gained new friends in owners Robin and Cherrie Siegfried, who take great pride in their gorgeous ranch and took amazing care of us and our day."

Jan Kew at Creative Botanicals (307-739-9092) arranged all of the flowers.

Sara designed and printed the menus herself. The meal was a twist on classic Jackson Hole food, including elk egg rolls, smoked gouda quesadillas with barbecue creme fraiche, and bison strip loin with horseradish mashed potatoes. Catering by Bistro Catering.

One of the couple's DIY projects was making boutonnieres from flies that Ryan tied himself. Sara tells us, "Since Jackson Hole is a fly-fishing mecca and Ryan is a beyond-obsessed fly-fisherman, we incorporated a lot of fly-fishing details to represent his love of the sport (the cake topper is a bride “catching” a groom on a fly rod, Ryan tied flies as boutonnieres, his cufflinks were tiny fly reels)."

Cake by Jackson Cake Company.

Congratulations Sara and Ryan! What an absolutely beautiful day - it's no wonder your guests are asking you to plan another trip to Jackson Hole next summer! A big thank you to Carrie Patterson for sharing these beautiful photos with us - if you haven't checked out her blog, be sure to spend some time there. It always makes me wish I was in the mountains...


Friday, August 28, 2009

Sneak Peek: Sara & Ryan

See the rest of this beautiful Wyoming wedding tomorrow!


Happy Weekend!

I am so sorry for bailing on you all yesterday - I was getting my post ready when I got a phone call that I had to pick my honey up at work and drive him to get stitches! He's okay, but it was definitely scary, and it definitely ate up a good chunk of the day, and it definitely made me want to hug and kiss him as much as possible before I have to let him go back to work tomorrow. Anyway... I've got some great real weddings lined up for the next couple weeks that I hope you'll enjoy as much as I do. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite links from around the web this week...

{via Little Brown Pen}

Happiest chuppah I've ever seen.

Gosh I love Gocco, via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

And hand-stamped paper too, via Annechovie.

Don't you wish you were this clever?

I want one of each, via Design*Sponge.

Cute twist on the photobooth.

Inspired by beautiful book covers.

Gigantic key ring (and a stunning photo).

Darling backyard wedding in my new hometown!

I'd love to come across a time capsule.

Have a happy weekend lovelies! Make sure you give the ones you love lots of snuggles and hugs and kisses!


Discounts, Giveaways, Etc.


Modest Peach is giving Snippet & Ink readers 30% off your entire purchase from now until September 19. What a great gift idea for your bridesmaids! Coupon code: SNIPPETNINK

For all invitation orders placed in the month of September, PapelVivo is giving Snippet & Ink readers that same number of corresponding thank you cards and place cards! (So if you order 100 invites, get 100 thank you's and place cards.) But be sure to use THIS LINK to take advantage of this offer.

Get 15% off your next purchase at Navy & Lavender until September 14. Coupon code: N&LFall09

9tailors is hosting a Custom Apparel Event on Saturday, August 29, from 12:00PM to 5:00PM. Brides and grooms can choose from new 100% cotton shirting fabrics, including wrinkle-free and easy-care options. See all of the event details HERE. And, for Snippet & Ink readers only, 9tailors is giving an exclusive 20% discount on our new 100% cotton fabrics (our $90.00+ shirts) when you either attend the event on Saturday in Boston or e-mail them at before September 5. All you have to do is mention Snippet & Ink!


The following blogs are doing giveaways to celebrate the new partnership between Adorn Brides and The Knot: The Bride's Cafe, Ritzy Bee, Wedding Chicks, and Style Unveiled. You can enter any of them for the chance to wear one of Adorn's beautiful pieces of jewelry on your special day.

To celebrate their one-year anniversary, Geezees Custom Canvas Art is giving away a 9 x 12 custom canvas. See details here.

Project Wedding is giving away a custom stamp and boxes of thank you cards from Charming Cards. See details and enter here.

Brenda's Wedding Blog is giving away a $50 gift certificate for Taylor's Paperie. See details here.


What's going on? If you've got any events, or other discounts or giveaways, let us know in the comments section!


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Board #423: So. Much. Color.

So. Much. Color. There's not much more to say than that. I'm guessing it either works for you or it doesn't, though I think it would be hard to pass up a fiesta in these colors, even if you can't imagine it for a wedding...

Mood: uncompromisingly bright and fun
Palette: super-saturated yellow, blue, green, orange

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Top row from left: streamers photo by Our Labor of Love, "There Will Be Cake" photo by Meg Smith, bouquet photo by Anna Kuperberg, lollipop photo by Lisa Lefkowitz
Row 2: photo by Jose Villa, photo by Steep Street, swizzle sticks from Martha Stewart, kumquats and bird by Flush Designs
Row 3: seating card toys from Mary Mix Events, flowers via Lily-G, save-the-date, flowers by Ariella Chezar

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Board #422: Graphite & Tangerine

Thank you to Bret Cole, whose gorgeous orchid bouquet photo inspired today's wedding board... that soft gray velvet, the pop of orange ribbon, and of course the orchids. I think this palette is surprisingly versatile - the darker gray allows for a more formal event, while the orange keeps things playful. White is a crucial element, too, for making sure this look stays fresh, instead of heavy. Blending somewhat traditional materials and motifs (velvet, pearls, satin) with such a modern color scheme, I think the result is entirely unexpected.

Mood: bold, modern elegance
Palette: charcoal velvet, sweet tangerine, orchid white

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Top row from left: orchid photo by Bret Cole, short dress from J.Crew, seating cards and bar both from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: mirrors via Coco + Kelley, photo by Next Exit
Row 3: stationery by Pancake & Franks, gray suits photo by Jose Villa, ribbon and pearls via The Bride's Guide
Row 4: cake photo by Union Photo, orchid centerpiece from Wedding Style Guide, Parker Palm Springs photo by Jose Villa, orchid and stone centerpiece by Red Orchid Design

Also... Leila from Inspired By This let me know that starting today, there will be 25 beautiful pieces from Adorn Brides exclusively featured on and available to rent from The Knot. You can see them all here. This is a great option if you want to wear diamonds on your wedding day but don't want to break the bank...

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Sponsored Post: Tinywater Photography

If you're looking for photographers who think outside the box, who want you to be yourself, and who absolutely love what they do, then look no further - Daniel and Caroline at Tinywater Photography are the artists for you. Fun. Unique. Romantic. Creative. Modern. Elegant. Colorful. All of these words can only begin to describe Tinywater's incredible work. I can't tell you how tough it was to choose just a few favorites to share...

Like what you see? This is just the beginning of what Tinywater Photography has to offer - don't miss their blog and website for even more jaw-dropping eye candy!


Board #421: Cotton Candy

Ribbons and cotton candy are the prevailing motifs in this sweet inspiration board. And if you find it too sweet for a wedding, how about a bridal shower, baby shower, or birthday party?

Mood: sweet, light
Palette: cotton candy pink and yellow

Top row from left: headband by Untamed Petals via Frenchie & Flea, tissue paper decorations via Creature Comforts, cotton candy from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, cake by Sweet & Saucy, ring pillow by Maihar Design, bridesmaid dresses by Harvey & Ella
Row 3: photo by Gibbous Fashions via This is Glamourous, invitation by Ink Love, envelope liner by Thoughtful Day

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