A sweet and casual love shoot from Snippet & Ink reader, Carolyn: My new husband and I are currently living in Singapore and we were married last month in Perth, Australia where he is from. We wanted to incorporate something Australian into the pictures and what better way than Australian bottle trees at Bottle Tree Park, right here in sunny Singapore!
Gia Canali takes such lovely photos, so I’m thrilled to have a chance to share her work with you on Snippet & Ink… Sharlyn shared with me why she and Jim chose this for their wedding: “We had recently moved to the Bay Area and wanted to provide an exciting opportunity to have our friends and family join us for a long wedding weekend get-away. We liked the charming feel of Healdsburg and absolutely fell in love with Healdsburg Country Gardens – it was quaint, private and romantic. Nothing pretentious or gaudy. The amazing oak tree overlooking the vineyards symbolizing a new life of strength and wisdom, the European gardens that wound around the premises, and the 1804 barn just sealed the deal as my husband had asked me to marry him at a barn in Seattle (with my horse in tow). Believe me when I tell you, he wanted to figure out a way to have my horse there at the ceremony!”
As much as I love wedding photos, I just can’t resist the sweet stories from the bride and groom that might not be visible in pictures. Sharlyn shares one of her favorite moments from the day: “A light wind had picked up during the ceremony, blowing through the grapevines and oak tree. After the exchanging of vows and the kiss, we walked down the grass aisle to have the wind scoop my veil up and tightly wrap Jim up in it. As soon as it was unraveled, the wind blew again only to find Jim wrapped closely to my side in the veil. It was a great symbol of our now joined life together.” Sharlyn’s mother made her veil.
Noah and Elizabeth are a “BBQ loving Southerner and vegetarian New Englander,” and they were married somewhere in between at this historical Maryland inn. Katie Stoops from Open Air Photography sent over some beautiful photos of this timeless wedding…
With more than 20 children in attendance, it was important to include them and make the wedding enjoyable for them, too. The innkeepers set up a kids’ station with kid-friendly foods and floor seating with pillows. They also had babysitters on site for the little ones and so parents could enjoy the evening stress free.
Elizabeth shares this bit about the cake: ”About 8 months before the wedding, I couldn’t think of the perfect wedding gift for Noah, until I was watching an episode of the Food Network’s Ace of Cakes. The idea hit me, and several friends and family kept this a guarded secret until the reception. Noah is a longtime Star Wars fan, so I auditioned all of the characters in my mind until I decided on the Millennium Falcon ship. He had no idea until we walked into the tent and were walking up to the cake.”
The fireworks were one of the couple’s favorite moments of the day. Since they love fireworks, they chose to fit it into their budget, and surprised all of their guests with a beautiful finale to the day.
In some ways, today’s feature is an ode to a dress, but I also love sharing a couple’s wedding day story in their own words, especially when it is put as beautifully as this one was. I enjoyed reading this lovely story from Dmitra and Pascal as much as I enjoyed their amazing wedding ensembles (photographed by the talented Jude Mooney)…
“Dmitra and Pascal finally decided to get married on their 10 year anniversary. Pascal is French and sometimes feels he was born in the wrong century, so they chose to have 18th century ensembles created. She wanted lush and gorgeous clothing that wasn’t too theatrical, while he wanted to retain his punk rock aesthetic. Master San Francisco costume designer and couturier Todd Roehrman helped the couple hone in on their vision through historical costume research, creating sketches and sifting through fabrics. Dmitra’s dress featured a fully hand-built embroidered silk corset and cascading, hand-made silk flowers, one of Roehrman’s specialties. He also created a striking pheasant feather headdress and velvet collar, finished with period silk brocade and buckle shoes. Todd added industrial zipper piping, large clasps and silk flowers to Pascal’s gentleman’s frock coat and pants, paired with an embroidered silk vest and the quintessential black boots. Everyone else got to wear whatever they wanted, which made for an eclectic and originally bedecked audience. The ceremony and reception were held on a friend’s private ranch near Sonoma, surrounded by ancient oak trees and rolling hills. The couple ended the ceremony by jumping over a manzanita broom made by a friend in the African American tradition of Dmitra’s heritage. They have a 9 year old son, Keda Dawn, who would not wear his fancy Indian suit but did come down out of the oak tree to put the rings on his parents.”
Dmitra shares her favorite reading from the ceremony, an Egyptian song dating from 1300-1100BCE, found inscribed on a vase in hieroglyphs and adapted by Robert Haas: This love is as good as oil and honey to the throat / as linen to the body, as fine garments to the gods / as incense to worshippers when they enter in / as the little seal-ring to my finger / it is like a ripe pear in a man’s hand / it is like the dates we mix with wine / it is like the seeds the / baker adds to the bread. / We will be together even when old age comes. / And the days in / between will be like food set before us, / dates and honey, bread and wine.
It’s so wonderful to see such a unique wedding, that is such a reflection of the couple. Thank you so much to Jude Mooney for sharing these photos, and to Dmitra and Pascal for sharing the story of the day!
I’m sure you already know of my love for Jonathan Canlas‘ photography, and today’s feature is no exception. Courtney and Christian’s wedding was a beautiful, classic event at the bride’s childhood home. Says Courtney: “I always wanted to have my reception at home, in my backyard. I am from Maryland and I love the big, tall green trees in my backyard. Each of my four sisters also had their receptions at home, and I have grown up looking forward to mine. Another wonderful thing that I loved about our wedding is that we got married at 2:00pm. We had all morning to relax, and at 11:00am we went out for brunch with just our parents. It was so nice and peaceful. After that we went to the LDS temple to be married, and the rest of the day just flowed. The weather was perfect. Not a cloud in the sky, which is a miracle because it had literally rained for the two weeks before that day, and the two weeks after it.”
Cake: Windows CateringThe cake was, according to Courtney, the best cake ever! Each of the five layers was a different flavor: almond, lemon raspberry, milk chocolate, and vanilla blackberry.
Congratulations Courtney and Christian! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful day with us, and thank you to Jonathan Canlas for sharing these stunning photos. You can see even more from the wedding day on Jonathan’s blog, as well as the couple’s “bridals and groomals.”