shades of purple: springtime inspiration shoot

A while back, I collaborated with the lovely Courtney Williams of Her & Him Events on a light and airy springtime styled shoot. The venue was gorgeous—check out Pfeiffer Winery on your next Willamette Valley wine tour!—and Gaby captured some gorgeous pictures to inspire your imagination to run wild. You can see the full collection on the Gabriela Ines Photography site, but here are just a few of my favorite snaps:

Here is the full list of all the excellent vendors who contributed to this shoot:

Photographer: Gabriela Ines Photography / Venue: Pfeiffer Winery / Design & Styling: Her & Him Events / Flowers: Ali Briskey Designs / Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Reina / Calligraphy: Clay & Ink Calligraphy / Rentals: Poppies & Top Hats + For the Love of Pete / Cake: Soft Peaks Cakery / Dress + Suit: Exclusively Bridal

ciao from Firenze

Clay & Ink has moved to Florence, Italy!


We'll try to pepper in some bits of Italian life, but the main focus of the blog will still be the calligraphy... or shall we say, la calligrafia. Stay tuned for updates, now available to you West Coasters 9 hours sooner than before :).

Debbie & Mark: a late Spring wedding in New England

Featured below are a few of my favorite images from Debbie and Mark's intimate garden wedding, an early Summer soirée in beautiful Upstate New York.

To set an elegant yet unfussy tone for their celebratory weekend, which started not with a formal rehearsal dinner but with an evening at the Mets game, the couple made the brilliant suggestion to incorporate the team logos onto the enclosure card. Soft details continued throughout the ceremony in their own gorgeous backyard, filled with lush florals from Forever In Bloom. Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, and a scrumptious cake from DiMare Pastry Shop at the charming Bedford Post Inn, a historic building so charming that I created a sketch of the venue to feature in their thank you notes! Those cards were giclée printed by Nightingale Handmade (photo credit to her for that one!). The bride and groom looked stunning in attire by J Crew and Hugo Boss, respectively. All photographs were made by the talented Greg Lewis--see more pictures from throughout the day on his blog.