Summer’s End 5 Sep

Holding on to every last bit of summer, surrounding ourselves with a table of friends and the scent of honeysuckle blossoms filling the air.

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Scents have this amazing ability to transport us into another moment in time. The perfume of summer tomato vines, cut grass, the air after a thunderstorm, our hands after touching lavender, sheets dried in the sunshine, and honeysuckle nectar pull me into simpler days. Our backyard turns into a beautiful forrest of overgrown green vines sprinkled with white and yellow flowers. We spend summer evenings picking the honeysuckle blossoms and pulling the sweet nectar out.

As we wait for the cool nights to settle in and the leaves turn to gold, we’re celebrating the end of summer with syrup made from all our honeysuckle. Bottling up summer to make it last a little longer. The beauty of this recipe is you can use any fresh edible flower that takes you to another place. Lilac for Spring, roses and lavender for Fall. Pour this syrup over sponge cake, sweeten your tea, or make a beautiful flower scented cocktail.
Honey Suckle Syrup

1 cup organic sugar
1 cup water

In a saucepan over medium heat add the water and sugar, stirring occasionally until sugar crystals dissolve. Turn heat off and add the honeysuckle blossoms to mixture. Cover so the blossoms seep for an hour, infusing the syrup with honeysuckle. When the time is complete pour syrup through a sieve into a glass container to store. Place in refrigerator for storage up to 1 month.

Recipe adapted from this LAVENDER SIMPLE SYRUP RECIPE.

And the perfect Summer’s End Cocktail featured on Snippet & Ink!!

More fun recipes from our evening, the perfect salad recipe to end summer and the best pound cake recipe to pour the syrup over.




Danielle and Jesse – New York City 1 Sep

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Overlooking the lights of New York City, in the most amazing ballroom, Danielle and Jesse started their forever after. See more of the gorgeous feature on Style Me Pretty!


Wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Ana Parzych Cakes | Ceremony Venue: St. Anselm Church | Reception Venue: Saint Regis Hotel | Entertainment: POSH Entertainment | Bride’s Headpiece + Bracelet + Earrings: Bridal Styles Boutique | Bridesmaids dress: White Runway | Bride’s Robe: Girl with a Serious Dream | Bride’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Chiavari Chairs + Glass Top Tables: Luxe Event Rentals | Church Programs + Menus: Bella Baroque Design | Custom Aisle Runner: The Original Aisle Runner Company | Custom Garter + Ring Pillow: Millie Icaro | Event Coordination + Floral Design: A Votre Service Events | Flower Girl Dress: Custom Gavella | Groom’s tuxedo: Michael Andrews Bespoke | Invitations + Escort Cards: Paper Nosh | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Veil: Homa Bridal | Velvet Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Wedding Clutch: BHLDN

Botanical Inspiration 6 Jul

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Feelings of love and joy in having such amazing friends to help bring a vision of my new site and letterpress to life! The inspiration started with a gorgeous antique botanical print of “Clary Sage” I fell in love with. Miya from Layers of Loveless illustrations are visually stunning and there is so much artistry in her work. Together we created this hand drawn font incorporating Clary Sage. The lovely Megan with Ruby the Fox designed letterpress and Stacey from Steracle Press crafted these final beauties.


Antique Botanical Print – Belle Botanica

Custom Wax Seal – Stamptitude

Site Design – Dustin Davis

Natalie and Kevin 16 May

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City lights and jewel tones made this winter wedding a dream. So thankful to a part of Natalie and Kevin’s day! See more of their gorgeous celebration on Style Me Pretty.

xo to Coordination: Estera Events | Floral Design: Fleur Inc. | Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara | Bride’s Shoes: Ted Baker | Hair + Makeup: Nika Vaughn Bridal Artists | Band: Arlen Music Productions | Venue: Langham | Ceremony Backdrop: Art Of Imagination | Cocktail Hour Music: Chicago Children’s Choir Alumni | Wedding Dresser: Caroline Shaw