Real Wedding: Vintage England, II

October 27

My sister’s ceremony was held at the Richmond-upon-Thames registry office. A small room in a historic house, the ceremony had just 40 guests in attendance. The service is very simple, bridesmaids and groomsmen sit with guests. The bride and groom also sit at the registrar’s desk. During the ceremony the license is signed  by the best man and maid of honor. After that, the couple and all the guests stand as the wording before the kiss is said. And afterwards, the couple gets showered with confetti as they leave the office. I love, love this tradition!

Post-ceremony we took portraits, some more traditional, some less so (we had to bring some westside style to this shindig).

Tracy & Mark continued with photos while we headed to the reception. I’m absolutely in love with their wedding portrait by the Thames by Kirsten of Beaux Arts. My mom had brought wellies from the US and they just happened to match her wedding dress perfectly. Mark, of course, wore a traditional morning suit.

My sister, like me, opted to go with a short wedding dress. She paired it with a classic birdcage veil and some Badgley Mischka heels. You can see more of the wedding right here on Snippet & Ink!

Bride’s Dress: Marisa Baratelli
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Event Design: Kelly Oshiro Design
Ceremony Venue: Spring Terrace, Richmond
Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN

Real Wedding: Vintage England (aka my sister’s wedding!)


I can’t believe its been almost a year since my sister Tracy got married… I traveled to England two weeks prior to the big day to help her with all the last minute details and to gather all the decor for the wedding. My sister wanted something that felt appropriate to the reception space and we talked about a color palette of soft blues, bits of lavender, and cream. I threw out the ideal of Toile which is that perfect shade of blue/grey and definitely had that old world elegance. Once we had that piece decided on, I ordered fabric and had my linen vendor make a runner for the head table and napkins for all the guests.

I brought the menus, linens & napkins, and a suitcase full of floral supplies with me (TSA was a big fan I’m sure). Tracy and I bought containers ranging from old tea sets, to old trophies, to vintage biscuit tins from flea markets and antique stores. I sourced flowers from the London Flower Market (I used Alagar, who were easy to work with and delivered the flowers directly to my sister’s house) and I ordered  garden roses from David Austin.

For seating cards, we found a vintage letterpress drawer to tuck the cards into. My mom was kind enough to write them all out, since I elected her as having the prettiest hand writing. The menus are from Wedding Paper Divas. I accented them with Italian paper from Paper Source and a “R” seal for Ryan (the groom’s last name). I got the seal and the wax from Letter Seals. My sister made the majority of the seals which we dubbed “Ryan money” since they looked like copper pennies.

Of course, what would an English wedding be without many proper pints? My dad, up top making friends with the groom’s family, and myself, after finishing setup.

There was much laughter and love that night, the two families with extremely different backgrounds came together and crushed many a pint. Above, my sister with my dad, below Tracy and I with the two bridesmaids, Lisa, my sister’s BF, and our cousin Jocelyn sharing a moment right after toasts.

My sister’s first dance was adorable… She chose “At Last” by Etta James which was fitting. They met in Australia while both were back packing and working… Mark is from England (though ethnically Irish) and she was an American… After much world trotting back and forth and going through the immigration process to get into the UK, it was nice to simply celebrate their new lives together.

I was absolutely in love with the adorable cake my sister designed with Georgina’s Cakes. The bride and groom figurines are sitting on a rucksack with a map and book saying Australia in reference to how they met. It was so much fun to get to spend time hanging out with my sister and her husband and seeing how happy they are. Congrats you too!!!

*And where is ceremony you might ask? It’s up on Snippet & Ink right here. Go look, the bride & groom photos are adorable! And I’m a big, big fan of the UK tradition’s of a confetti toss.

**And a very special thank you to the amazing Kirsten at Beaux Arts Photographie for coming all the way to London to shoot my sister’s wedding!

*** You can see more about my adventures in London right hereherehere and here.

Reception Venue: The Windmill, Clapham
Event Design & Production: Kelly Oshiro Design
Bride’s Dress: Marisa Baratelli
Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN
Cake Baker: Georgina's Cakes
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Inspiration Board: Moody Forest Camping Party

October 09

I’m dreaming about escaping to the woods for a campfire, smores, and some quality nature time… Happy Wednesday!

Images via My Pinterest.

Editorial: Roots Farms, Santa Barbara

June 17

A couple of weeks ago, I showed you my visit to the dahlia farm for the Farm to Table shoot I did. This week, we’re visiting Root’s Farm in Santa Ynez Valley. Ashley from Duo referred me, as they get a huge chunk of their produce directly from this farmer. Root’s Farm sells locally at the Farmer’s market and they seriously have these BEST tomatoes. I’m obsessed with their heirloom cherry tomatoes.

So obsessed in fact, I got permission from the farmer and I shot the tomatoes growing on the vine. Little pieces of veggie candy, every one!

Roots Farm also grows corn in one of the prettiest little valleys in Santa Ynez.

Next to the corn, a field of beans….

And a little product shots of the beans. All of these ingredients were used in the dinner catered by Duo Events and I will be posting that next week!

Photographer: Karen Wise // Produced & Art Directed & Styled: Kelly Oshiro // Location: Roots Farm // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

Editorial: The Coast of California

March 04

With all the craziness in our every day lives, its easy to take for granted the natural beauty that surrounds us. Bryce Covey, a photographer from New York, sought to capture the simple beauty of the coast of California: the birds, the sea and the sky… I love the quiet beauty of these images

From Bryce:

“The California Coast is one of my favorite in the world. Most of the time I photograph the setting as a beautiful backdrop to weddings or portraits, but as I was driving down the 101 at sunset one day I pulled over to enjoy it on it’s own. Looking at the coast as the subject, with sand, waves, birds and sky painted with the gorgeous golden light was refreshing. It’s so easy to take for granted the beautiful location we live in, but photographing the coast with a new perspective makes me appreciate it all over again.”

Photographer: Bryce Covey

Editorial: Old World Elegance Wedding Ideas

January 28

I’m absolutely smitten with this old world elegance editorial photographed by KT Merry and styled by Style Serendipity and shot on location in Ireland. How awesome are these Irish wolfhounds with their garland collars?

Castle Leslie is a fully functioning hotel and wedding location. I would seriously die and go to heaven if I got to a design a wedding here.

In keeping with the old world vibe, invitations were printed on pretty handkerchiefs, crown book marks served as favors, and lace up shoes from BHLDN captured the timeless feel.

A delicately beaded Jenny Packman gown added to the elegant feel…

Soft blooms such as peonies, roses, veronica, and astilbe made up the bride’s bouquet.

An elegant scroll nailed to an ivy covered tree serves as seating chart.

The ivy covered walls of the castle makes a beautiful background for the dinner table draped with a garland over lace and accented with velvet details.

Thanks KT for sharing this beautiful editorial!


Photographer: KT Merry
Reception Venue: Castle Leslie
Invitation Suite, Menu, Program and Seating Chart : Slideshow Press
Bride’s Dress: Samuelle Couture
Hairstylist: The Vintage Bride
Makeup Artist: Jennifer Ireland
Flowers & Decor: Best Buds Florists
Groom’s Attire: David Fittin

Editorial: Parisian Bridal Style

January 14

Today I’m excited  to be sharing this understated, but oh-so-elegance editorial by Elisa B Photography. The couple, Nicole & Thomas wed in Viriginia and then met their photographer in France for a post-wedding photo shoot. Delphine Manivet provided the dress and veil for this romantic shoot.

An elegant long veil edged with delicate lace compliments the simple wedding dress.

The beautiful Tuleries Gardens of Paris makes for an utterly timeless backdrop.

The newlyweds also visited the love locks of the Parisian bridge, Pont de l’Archevêché.

Nicole wears a messy and simple chignon that captures Paris’ elegant, but not fussy vibe.

And how could a Parisian shoot not include a vespa? A special thanks to Elisa for sharing this trés chic editorial with us!


Photographer: Elisa B Photography
Bride’s Dress: Delphine Manivet