Colorful Paper Cranes

I think paper cranes are officially becoming a new love of mine. In general I am in awe of all varieties of paper crafts and I’ve grown really fond of the symbolism of love and peace that origami cranes are said to represent in Japanese culture. Particularly fitting given recent events in Japan, don’t you think? According to legend, those who fold one thousand paper cranes will be granted their heart’s desire. I love that. And I adore these paper cranes in particular. A rainbow of love, peace and hope.

{Photos by Bethan.}


Carissa + Aaron: A Sweet Artsy Wedding

There is something so heartwarming and charming about this wedding that it just struck me as perfect for a Monday morning. Carissa and Aaron are both artists and wanted to plan an intimate and really special wedding for their closest friends and family while bringing bits and pieces of their personalities into the celebration. They were married at the Tinney Contemporary Art Gallery in Nashville where Carissa wore an antique dress that was more than 100 years old and Aaron donned a favorite pair of jeans. A friend made over a hundred paper cranes, which they strung up behind them during the ceremony and carried throughout the reception, which was a feast of French cuisine at a local cafe. An abundance of wildflowers and plenty of DIY elements like cupcake liner garlands and heart-shaped confetti made for a bright and cheerful celebration just bursting with love.

Many thanks to photographer Kristyn Hogan for sharing Carissa and Aaron’s beautiful day!

Vendors –
Photography: Kristyn Hogan
Videography: 10th Avenue Productions
Ceremony Venue: Tinney Contemporary Art Gallery
Reception + catering: Marche Artisan Foods
Dress: vintage
Bridesmaids dresses: J.Crew and Macy’s
Groom’s ring: Zoe & Doyle
Flowers: Import Flowers
Groomsmen’s shoes: TOMS
Favors: GreenPost

{Photos by Kristyn Hogan.}


An Irish Blessing

On this day a year ago, I shared an Irish blessing in honor of a dearly departed friend. It seemed only fitting to raise a glass to her today. It is a beautiful day in Syracuse. A warm breeze. A sky filled with bright sunshine. I think of it as her gift to us.

Wishing you a rainbow,
For sunlight after showers.
Miles and miles of Irish smiles,
For golden happy hours.
Shamrocks at your doorway,
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through…

For more beautiful St. Patrick’s Day inspiration, visit Snippet & Ink.

{Photo by Larissa Cleveland via Snippet & Ink.}

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A Pretty Outdoor Fete

I’ve been dreaming of summer this week. You’re probably going to start to see that as a recurring theme around here. Summer. Long lazy days and pretty outdoor fetes at night. This party, spied a while back on Style Me Pretty, was held in honor of a new job and I think it’s the perfect inspiration for a rehearsal dinner, a casual outdoor wedding or a dinner party with friends. Great good, fine cheese and wine, brightly colored flowers in random assorted vases and vessels, strings of white lights, and organic farmhouse-inspired details make this party so inviting. I could spend the whole night at this table with my best pals. Good food and good company is the best combination in the world if you ask me.

{Event design by Styled Creative for Red Balloon PR. Photos by Nicole Polk Photography via Style Me Pretty.}


Pretty Eco Rings + Things

Like a lot of women I think an obsession with jewelry is hard-wired into my DNA. My grandmother and I used to spend hours playing in her jewelry collection and when she passed divvying up her prized baubles and trinkets was particularly meaningful. So when I see someone creating really special, one of a kind jewelry pieces I tend to fall in love. Andrea Bonelli does just that. A self-taught metalsmith with a simple, organic aesthetic, she crafts really lovely bridal jewelry and inspired pieces for everyday wear. (This pretty necklace is my favorite!) All of her designs are made by hand from recycled metals with ethically mined diamonds and gems, making them a great eco and ethically-friendly option. This kind of beautiful never goes out of style.

{Photos from Andrea Bonelli.}