Archive for the ‘Weddings, weddings, everywhere!’ Category

Utterly Awestruck: The Flashdance Wedding Photography

March 13, 2009

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This is not a wedding blog. And that’s probably for the best, because my love of other peoples’ wedding photos borders on obsession. I just can’t get enough of them; they’re my candy. And these images from The Flashdance are the perfect example of why.

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The photography arm of The Flashdance–a total wedding resource based in Los Angeles–consists of Jess and Whitney from Our Labor of Love, and Max Wanger, whose work I guarantee you’ve seen here. Weddings are a microcosm of the newlyweds’ universe, with each detail speaking volumes about their personalities and about what makes them unique as a couple. These photos so beautifully capture that.

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What’s more, the emotion that radiates from wedding photos captivates me. The smiles on this day are so happy, the eyes so full of love. Yes, we know there might be a million things happening behind the scenes to stress out the bride and groom (heaven knows there are more than a few shots of me running around like a crazy woman in my white dress) but in the end, the pendulum swings heavily in favour of utter joy.

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But more than anything else, I love looking at wedding photos because my wedding was one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had–think pancakes, a school bus, swing dancing, and a Civil War era fort–and I love seeing others having that much fun too. It’s so fascinating to me all the different ways that couples find to be playful together. It inspires me to keep that spirit of play alive all the time, even when there’s no camera watching.

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So tell me: what did you/would you do for fun at your wedding? More importantly, what are you doing for fun this weekend?

All images courtesy of The Flashdance. See tons more here–it’s like instant Prozac!

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One to Watch: 100 Layer Cake

March 5, 2009

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Last summer, when I lived and breathed all things wedding, I was glued to my screen for the exquisitely stylish lead-up to the wedding of Kristina from Lovely Morning. So I was beyond thrilled to discover that as of last month, Kristina and a few of her friends have embarked upon an exciting new venture: 100 Layer Cake! They describe it as a ‘wedding planning resource for and by crafty, modern women’ but I can tell it’s going to be so much more.

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A full site is on the way; for now you can head to their blog for fabulous entertaining tips (a spa party with homemade beauty potions and downloadable recipe cards!), gorgeous inspiration boards and color palettes, and generally fresh, cool, accessible ideas with a warm, clean contemporary aesthetic. I cannot wait to see what they come up with next—looks like I’ll be glued to my screen a while longer!

All images courtesy of 100 Layer Cake.

Brooklyn Bridge + Pink Balloons= Best Proposal Ever!

February 17, 2009

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I couldn’t resist spreading the word about this one–Jill over at My Spinning Wheels helped her brother propose to his girlfriend over the weekend. They recruited strangers to hold balloons as the lucky lady walked across the bridge towards her beloved. Read the whole story here and tell me if it’s not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen!

P.S. While you’re there be sure to explore Jill’s fabulous blog. It’s one of my new faves!

Inspiration Board: French Blue and Raspberry for Miss Duckling

February 11, 2009

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Even though my wedding was last summer, I’m still suffering from serious Post Wedding Planning Syndrome. Amongst the symptoms of PWPS? An irrepressible desire to seek out hapless brides-to-be and shower them with unsolicited advice on such burning issues as embossed vs. letterpress, taffeta vs. shantung, fondant vs. buttercream. So imagine my great joy when Miss Duckling of Wedding Bee and My Wedding Report fame approached me for advice with barely any need for my usual persuasive (stalker) techniques! I had the honor of putting together an inspiration board for her, which she posted yesterday on Wedding Bee and which I’m pleased to share with you here today. Here’s what I had to say about the board’s creation:

Miss Duckling came to me with a color palette of white, grey, navy, french blue and raspberry, and she wanted a stronger idea of how the palette should guide her as the wedding comes together. Miss Duckling has a very refined aesthetic sensibility but she’s also one of the friendliest brides you’ll meet in blogland–so I really wanted her inspiration board to reflect this balance of sophistication and approachability.

As I compiled the images, navy blue fell by the wayside and it became clear that French blue would provide the bridge between the two qualities I sought. French blue can be utterly luxe–as on a piece of Royal Copenhagen porcelain–or humbly radiant, as in the petals of a cornflower. Cool white and soft grey set a serene foundation, and bright raspberry provides a playful pop. I also considered the outdoor setting of Miss Duckling’s ceremony and allowed snippets of green foliage to sneak in. The result is an inspiration board in which continental elegance meets garden romance. I can’t wait to see where Miss Duckling goes from here!”

For image credits and for Miss Duckling’s lovely commentary please check out her amazing personal blog My Wedding Report!

Get Hitched Italian Style: Un Matrimonio Formato JPG

November 18, 2008

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If you like Snippet and Ink (and who amongst us doesn't!) then you'll just love the gorgeous blog of Juliette from Un Matrimonio Formato JPG—or in English, 'A Wedding in JPEG's'. Juliette lives in Milan and proves without question that Italy is the most romantic place on earth! Her wedding inspiration boards are so lush, each one a bite-sized indulgence that I could linger over for hours…

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Juliette posts in English and in Italian, and from the sweeping scenery to the lucious desserts she features, the influence of her native country is palpable in everything she creates. Not only
is Juliette a major talent, she's also the sweetest bella on the
planet. Plus she's promised big things to come on her blog, so stay
tuned!

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Inspiration boards courtesy of Un Matrimonio Formato JPG. For image credits and to admire more of Juliette's stunning work, head here.

Big Shout Out: Fuss Jewelry

November 3, 2008

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I'd like to extend a huge thank you to Wendy at Fuss Jewelry. A few weeks ago I was honored to win an inspiration board contest at the Southern Weddings Magazine blog, and the prize was this gorgeous necklace. Made of green prehnite, rose quartz, and pearls in a variety of sizes and hues, it is so finely wrought and radiates such a soft, lovely glow. Wendy has a background in biology, and it's fascinating to see how the intricate patterns and formations of nature inspire her designs.

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Fuss Jewelry has been featured in several prominent bridal publications, as well as in New York Magazine. Wendy's designs range from vintage elegance to a more spare and modern sensibility, and they would look stunning on a bride, her bridesmaids, or just for everyday! I've already paired my necklace with jeans and plain white tee, and it made me feel so glamorous at the grocery store 😉

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I encourage you to view more of Wendy's exquisite work at Fuss Jewelry, and feel free to check out my winning inspiration board here! And thanks again, Wendy, for the beautiful necklace!

Image Credits: 1. Photo by me 2. Long Vines and White Pearls Earrings, Fuss Jewelry
3. Pink Amethyst Nugget Ring, Fuss Jewelry

They Like Me! They Really Like Me!

October 6, 2008

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A few weeks ago I entered two inspiration boards in a contest being held by Southern Weddings Magazine…and I’m happy to say that they’ve chosen both of my boards as finalists!

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The assignment was to create a wedding inspired by a piece from Fuss Jewelry, and there are certainly some creative folks out there because all
the boards look lovely! Head over to Southern Weddings and vote for your favourite…and if course if one of your faves happens to be #1 (top) or #9 (bottom) then all the better!

Note: For image credits please see the original posts here (for the top board) and here (for the bottom board).

They Like Me! They Really Like Me!

October 6, 2008

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A few weeks ago I entered two inspiration boards in a contest being held by Southern Weddings Magazine…and I’m happy to say that they’ve chosen both of my boards as finalists!

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The assignment was to create a wedding inspired by a piece from Fuss Jewelry, and there are certainly some creative folks out there because all
the boards look lovely! Head over to Southern Weddings and vote for your favourite…and if course if one of your faves happens to be #1 (top) or #9 (bottom) then all the better!

Note: For image credits please see the original posts here (for the top board) and here (for the bottom board).

Inspiration Board: Ruby Red Vintage Glamour

September 29, 2008

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Here’s an inspiration board I put together for a contest being held by Southern Weddings Magazine and Fuss Jewelry. The challenge was to build a board inspired by a piece of jewelry on the Fuss website; I chose the Kelly earrings in black spinel and gold wire. I may still tinker with it before sending it in, but the contest ends at midnight so if you’re interested, put your creative cap on!

Row 1: Crystal claret glasses by Gentl & Hyers; red flower initials from OnceWed’s Flickr photostream; mirror and candelabra still life by Jo Tyler; red roses invitation suite Ceci New York.
Row 2: net and feather headpiece, Sara Gabriel; Kelly earrings from Fuss Jewelry; rose petals line the stairs in a photo from Emilie Inc.; red patent shoes from The Knot; blackberry fizz cocktail, photographer Dierdre Rooney; vintage wedding gown photo from Junebug Weddings.
Row 3: luggage photograph, Bueller Designs on Etsy; Kirsten Dunst photographed by Alex Lubomirski, Harper’s Bazaar (October 2008, page 300); scrollwork silhouette photo by La Vie Photography; red and white cake on Instyle Weddings.
Row 4: Roses close-up by Gentl & Hyers; reception space, Quat Quatta in Victoria Australia; red chandelier, OnceWed’s Flickr photostream; 1940’s getaway car photo on Junebug Weddings.

Wedding Flashback: Ring Bowl by Paloma’s Nest

September 26, 2008

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This was one of those special wedding details that very few people—really only me, the groom, and the best man—knew about. I ordered this custom ring bowl for the ceremony from one of my favourite Etsy sellers, Paloma’s Nest. You can select any text you like, and Paloma will imprint it on one of her spare, simple porcelain bowls.

I chose the final line from one of our favourite poems, "Directive" by Robert Frost. I had originally wanted a longer quotation, but Paloma was kind enough to contact me and recommend something shorter as the bowls are quite small and can only fit so many words! But she makes bigger ones too…

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Hello, anniversary gift! I wonder if she can fit the following lines?

And if you’re lost
enough to find yourself

By now, pull in your
ladder road behind you

And put a sign up CLOSED
to all but me.

Here are your waters and
your watering place.

Drink and be whole again
beyond confusion. 

. . .

Sigh. Isn’t it the most soulful poem in the world?