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Emily and Matt’s lovely DIY wedding is especially fun because Emily read Snippet & Ink all throughout her engagement – I love that! It’s also wonderful because of Emily’s thoughtful advice about her wedding – I love the part where she talks about how having all your people around you on your wedding day lifts you up, because it is so, so true…

Says Emily, Everything was very DIY – I made the invitations, programs, place cards…all of the paper products. The flowers were done by my grandmother and me. My mom made the ribbon wands for the ceremony (we weren’t allowed to throw anything like rice, so we came up with the wands instead) and the mossy light up jars that were used for the ceremony and reception. My dad did all the calligraphy. The table decor/favors were pine saplings to take home and plant. It was a completely magical day. We had unseasonably warm weather – my mom says this was a gift from my grandparents, who were married on the same day in 1944. One of our favorite surprises was the albino squirrel that visited our ceremony site just a couple minutes after our ceremony ended. We consider him an auspicious visitor.

I’m one of those girls that has been thinking about weddings for almost my whole life, and I was secretly afraid that when the real thing happened, it would feel small in comparison. I needn’t have worried, because when it really happened, it was more than just the sum of aisle runners and place cards. There was a happiness I hadn’t planned on. When you have 130 or so people together, in one room, all laughing and dancing and wishing good things for you and the person you’ve picked, it does something. All those people lift you up, like puffs of air into a balloon.

The Picnic House was the perfect combination of what each of us wanted for the day. I wanted to be in nature, he wanted to be in the city, and neither of us wanted a place that was too wedding-y. Once we chose the location, the theme emerged naturally: trees. We didn’t want the wedding to be too formal. We wanted it to be relaxed, fun and intimate. The long, banquet style tables really helped us achieve that. I can’t tell you how many people told me how much they loved the long tables. I thought it would be one of those things that only I would notice.

I leave you with a couple more tidbits of sage advice from the bride:

Try not to get caught up in how you’re supposed to feel about certain aspects of the planning process. For instance, I didn’t like dress shopping, and I felt really sad because I was “supposed” to be thrilled. Feelings about getting married and weddings are complicated – let them be. Make peace and move on. Also, you’ll be surprised about what parts of the process wind up being wonderful and meaningful. A favorite part for my husband and me was when we went to the NYC flower market at six in the morning. It was still dark outside, except for the flower shops, which were bursting with gorgeous colors.

One of the biggest sources of stress can be the guest list. Combine that with a tight budget, and it can cause a lot of strife. Most wedding sources will tell you that the quickest way to reduce the cost of the your wedding is to cut the guest list. That is absolutely true. However, when we started cutting our list, the wedding quickly became a party that didn’t sound that fun. We kept most of our original list, and made cuts elsewhere. And, if you’re on the fence about inviting a certain person, unless you have a strong reason not to, just invite them. I regret not inviting a number of people, but there is no one I regret inviting.

Also, a little silly, but remember to stand up straight during the ceremony. I was slouching in a lot of the photos!

Photography: Kella MacPhee

Venue: Picnic House in Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Bride’s dress / shoes: Saja / Stuart Weitzman (purchased on eBay)

Groom’s Suit: Hickey Freeman

Stationery: DIY with supplies purchased at Paper Presentation

Flowers: by the bride’s grandmother, with flowers purchased in New York’s flower district

Catering / dessert: F.E.A.S.T. / The Pastry Garden

Congratulations Matt and Emily!

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This gray ruffly dress from Nina Ricci is one of my favorite things I’ve seen in a long time – if my legs were that long I’d have to have it for myself. Instead, I’ve done the next best thing I can think of, which is to use it in an inspiration board. The romantic ruffles, the moody gray of the dress, and the blush pink on the model’s face and at the back of the runway. All of those things made me think of romantic flowers and frilly calligraphy, with a moody twist. The overall look reminds me of sunset over a city, particularly pink sunset over gray city, hence “Sidewalk at Sunset.”

Mood: romantic and moody
Palette: warm gray, blush, nude, blackberry

Top row from left: gray ruffle dress by Nina Ricci via A Glamorous Little Side Project, dramatic dahlia centerpiece from Little Flower School, Paris at sunset via Paris Apartment
Row 2: white calligraphy on gray paper by Lisa Holtzman for Sugar Paper via Oh So Beautiful Paper, blush Vera Wang gown, grape elderflower fizz from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: dahlia bouquet by Ariella Chezar, Esla Events logo via 100 Layer Cake, blackberry tartlet via La Tartine Gourmande, table with garden chairs and votive candles via (help! where did I find this!)

If you like this inspiration board, you might also like:

Board #348: Ink & Peony
Board #471: Rough Winds and Darling Buds
Board #340: Urban Lavender

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You might remember David Newkirk from this wedding that I featured awhile back, but if you haven’t seen his work before, then you’re in for a real treat. I’m always so excited when someone that I already know and love decides to support Snippet & Ink by becoming a sponsor, and David is definitely one of those vendors. He’s passionate about what he does, and I think you can really see that in his photos.

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Ever since I started blogging about weddings, Manka’s has been a dream location of mine. The coastal beauty, the pier, the local (and whimsical) menu. Actually, come to think of it, I should really make reservations there now that I live so close. Anyway, all of that is to say that I’m excited about today’s feature: a lovely rehearsal dinner along the Northern California coast, from Rosemary Special Events, with flowers by Nicole Sillapere and pics from photographer Kristen Loken.

Erin and David wanted to showcase the beauty and food of Tomales Bay, where the groom had spent much of his childhood at his grandparent’s home, so they selected Manka’s boathouse in Inverness. Rosemary kindly sent over a description of the evening:

“A cool blue palette was perfect for an event on water’s edge, and we used rustic garden chairs and true linen cloths in sea-blue to compliment the seaside weathered look of the boathouse. The couple wanted to play off the simple and natural beauty of the Bay, so we went with natural décor elements such as artichokes, bunnytail grass, Boston ivy and sweet bunches of feverfew. For paper elements, we called on Maybelle Imasa-Stuckuls to pen the menu and then had it letterpressed. Clever descriptions of dishes (see below) added a playful element and made for fun conversation among guests. We added simple calligraphed placecards at each setting for a finishing touch.”

“The dinner was very intimate, served fireside in the charming boathouse with accompanying sounds from a well known local jazz pianist. 100 hurricane candles lined the dock, and added a gorgeous sparkle to the bay after dark.”

Venue / food (see full menu below): Manka’s Boathouse

Photography: Kristen Loken

Event planning: Rosemary Special Events

Flowers / decor: Sillapere

Calligraphy: Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls

Jazz piano: Mike Lipscomb

Thank you to Rosemary and Kristen for sending along these beautiful photos! Oh, and here’s that whimsical (and locally-sourced) menu, since I’m sure you’re curious:

In Anticipation of Erin & David’s Wedding
October 9, 2009

Passed Hors D’oeuvres

Crisped Oysters
from the waters beneath your feet
held by a leaf of local little gem greens

Ceviche of Local Halibut
atop a tangle of coastal cucumbers

A Puff of Cheese from Carmody Lane
filled with Inverness duck egg
french scrambled with garden herbs

Wee Burgers
of lamb last seen roaming
on the range of historic ‘H’ Ranch

Seated Dinner

A Soup of Coastal Corn
crowned with a dollop of corn musk
and wild herbs pillaged from The Point

Leaves of Local Wild Arugula
draped over baked ricotta of coastal sheep’s milk
and a small riot of local late harvest tomatoes

Leg of Jim’s Duck
nested in a mash of local golds
encircled with a duck sauce dotted with Nan’s olives

A Low Profile Cake of Inverness Apples
and coastal dairy whipped cream

Enthusiastically Prepared by
Daniel DeLong and Margaret Grade at Manka’s Boathouse

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Claire Bean does some of the most beautiful flower creations you’ll ever see (remind me to tell you sometime about a wedding she did with a tiny pot of African violets at every seat), so I knew this would be a lovely wedding as soon as I saw her name in my inbox. Then I saw the photos from Our Labor of Love, and read the story from lovely bride Kat, and I knew you’d all just love it.

From the bride: We had what we referred to as “summer-spectacular-Monday-wedding at the Wolffer Estate.” So first let me explain the obvious: MONDAY. Ben and I are both actors living in NYC and working on Broadway (I’m in “West Side Story” and Ben is in “American Idiot”), and Monday is the traditional day off in our world, so basically if we wanted to have any of our actor “family” at the wedding, we really had to hold it on this most untraditional day. Since we spend our lives on stage, we really wanted our wedding day to be more personal and to put the focus on family, so we aimed for personal and familial, kind of like an elegant outdoor dinner party for our closest family and friends.

After looking at every possible venue in Manhattan, we finally decided on a mini-destination wedding in the Hamptons. Turn the corner into the circular driveway at Wolffer Estate Vineyard, and its like being swept away to Tuscany – we felt completely secluded and in another world.

Ben has a huge, close knit family filled with little ones, so our way to incorporate them was to have his 8 nieces and nephews, 2 half-brothers and 1 half sister, plus my 3 young cousins serve as our “child attendants/flowergirls/ring bearer” – 14 children under the age of 11! Just shiny, happy kiddos parading down the aisle on a gorgeous summer day. What could be better than that?

One of my favorite parts of the wedding was our friends singing…I gotta brag and just say that we have the most talented friends and family in the world! So you better believe that we were going to have them “make a joyful noise” on this most sacred day, including my very good friend Jennifer Sanchez who sang me down the aisle (Jen is one of my closest friends and has one of my all time favorite voices. We did our first Broadway show together and we sat next to each other in the dressing room for 2 years and nearly 700 performances!).

Father Callahan’s ceremony was serene and sacred when it needed to be, but more than anything it was joyful. Like, laugh out loud joyful. Heart-burstingly joyful! We imagined a beautiful summer wedding with a laid-back and relaxed, sweet, fun, whimsical, romantic, elegant and did-I-mention-FUN vibe, and that’s exactly what we got. It was seriously the most perfect summer day imaginable…one of those perfectly warm, low humidity, clear bluest sky days that just make you happy to be alive!

We fell in love by accident, not to mention that Ben is the poster child for “accident prone,” and we wanted our first dance to reflect that, so our first dance was to “Accidentally In Love” by the Counting Crows. Fun, joyful, up-tempo and completely unexpected. He was twirling me around the dance floor so well that many people thought our dance was choreographed, but we were just winging it!

Photography: Our Labor of Love

Venue: Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, New York

Bride’s dress / belt / shoes: Monique Lhuillier / Lela RoseYves Saint Laurent

Bridesmaid dresses: Thread

Groom’s suit: J.Crew

Ring bearer dish: Paloma’s Nest

Day-of stationery: The Village Invites

Flowers / day-of coordination: Claire Bean

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Catering: Fresh Flavors

Music: Vali Entertainment

A big thanks to Claire Bean and Our Labor of Love for sharing this gorgeous wedding with us, and to Kat for taking the time to share so much about her beautiful wedding.

I’ll leave you with some advice from the bride, which is the same advice I’d give after my own wedding: Work with amazing vendors. It will take a load off of your mind! They know what they are doing….so trust – it will seriously add years to your life. We researched and researched (and researched….) to find the right vendors who shared our style and aesthetic and then just let them do what they do best. No need to micromanage!

Paloma’s Nest is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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