Monthly Archives: November 2011

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I find myself thinking of family and feasts, which I think would be an excellent theme for a wedding. For today’s inspiration board, using seasonal colors (flavors) of gingerbread and pear, I imagined an intimate wedding dinner at a favorite restaurant. Since my own reception was held at a restaurant, I’ve seen what a wonderful choice it can be for a wedding celebration, especially if it’s a chance to share one of your favorite places with your closest family and friends. Decorations would be simple here, just candles and fresh pears. And menus would be perfectly designed (Cynthia Warren comes to mind), with each guest’s name at the top of the menu at his or her seat.

Mood: rich, intimate
Palette: molasses and chocolate browns, pear and olive leaf greens, gold

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Top row from left: wreath chandelier from Camino via Food Gal, I Do Films business card with wreath by Two Paperdolls via Design Work Life, photo of Swedenborgian Church interior by Q Weddings
Row 2: bowl of quince (thought they were pears, but apparently they’re quince) from Coty Farquhar, bouquet by Ariella Chezar for Brides
Row 3: brown Burberry plaid, pear and napkin photo by Rikki Snyder, photo of chocolate silk dress by Rodney Smith, gingerbread bundt cake from Smitten Kitchen


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Board #317: The Bride’s Cafe
Board #251: Perfect Pear
Board #447: Fantaisie de Noel

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I once asked my nephew why his favorite color is pink, and he told me it’s because it makes him happy. What better reason do you need? Pink is certainly a happy color for Laura and Michael, who were married in a perfectly pink DIY wedding in July. Cappy Hotchkiss kindly sent over tons of gorgeous photos for me to share with you…

The wedding was full of thoughtful, handmade details, created by both the couple and their friends and family. The bride designed and Gocco printed the invitations, and, says Laura, “Friends helped to hand embroider the amazing welcome signs that we displayed in vintage frames found on eBay and painted white to match.”

Say Laura and Michael about the day:  “The entire day was everything we imagined it would be and more. Being surrounded by our friends and family who were all so happy for us was incredible. The best part of the weekend was the way everyone came together to help out with our final preparations and in doing so got to know each other in a way that would not have happened without so many hands-on details.”

In addition to passed popsicles, guests enjoyed a dessert table that included treats made by the bride’s mother, sister, and other bridesmaids: cherry pie, blueberry pie, peach pie, red currant raspberry pie, old fashioned cream pie, meringues, and “Nutter Butters” in the style of Bouchon Bakery. Says Laura, “It was a dessert feast and dream come true for a bride with a major sweet tooth. We also had a selection of favorite teas from Paris to serve with the desserts in vintage teacups.”

Vintage postcards from the couple’s travels served as table numbers.

One of the couple’s favorite parts of the day? “Before our reception began, Michael and I stole away from the cocktail hour to the barn where we prepared for our first dance to Somewhere Over the Rainbow sung by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. While we were inside the barn with the doors closed the guests were brought over and assembled outside. As the music began the barn doors slid open and we danced our first dance together. No one knew what was going to happen and they were all surprised and loved the drama of the moment.”

Laura and Michael shared tons of great details about the day with us:

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We both grew up in the midwest but decided we would rather unite all of our friends and family in New York, where we’ve lived for the past eight years. We chose to take everyone out of the city to High Falls in the Hudson Valley which is a couple of hours north of where we live in Brooklyn. We first found the area years ago when we started traveling there in the fall with friends to go apple picking. We fell in love with Shadow Lawn the first time we saw it, and it ended up being exactly the right place for us to be married.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted our wedding to be very personal and also very special for our friends and family who all traveled to attend. High Falls and the surrounding area is full of farms and orchards, and we both love to visit farmers markets, so we took vintage illustrations of fruits from seed catalogs and used them in our invitations. Then the fruit idea extended to the items we put in the guest bags (cherry- and peach-shaped sugar cookies) as well as decorations for the wedding (old fruit crates full of peaches, apricots and cherries to hold our escort cards, and our florist used fruit in the centerpieces. Overall our goal was to make our guests feel welcome and appreciated for taking the time and making the effort to be with us on our special weekend.

What were some of the handmade elements included in your wedding?  A lot! The DIY started with the save-the-dates and invitations. Then, on the wedding weekend, guests were greeted in their rooms with a printed canvas tote bag with striped grosgrain ribbon handles and embellished with a pair of needle felted cherries. Other DIY projects: Friends made heart-shaped garlands to hang between the trees for the cocktail hour and pennant garlands for the BBQ rehearsal dinner the night before. The ladies at my office sewed curtains for the barn and checkered tablecloths for our BBQ. We even had a vintage croquet set for guests to play during cocktails, and a friend customized it for us by painting the mallets and balls with stripes in the colors of the wedding.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We had some special family heirlooms with us, including my great-grandmother (and namesake)’s beautiful marriage certificate from 1905; a silver box which was a 25th anniversary gift to Michael’s grandparents, the silver spoon that Michael’s great-grandmother used to serve Jordan almonds to her wedding guests, and pictures of all of our grandparents, parents, and some aunts and uncles on their wedding days. Also, I had my great-great-grandmother’s wedding ring, which had been turned into a baby ring, hung on a chain and wrapped around my bouquet.

What advice do you have for other brides?  I had someone come to do my hair and makeup on the day of the wedding, which was a splurge for me, but I am so glad I did.  Having that time set aside to just relax and compose myself as Dorothy worked her magic was really wonderful. I highly recommend that quiet-time to other brides.  It was a great way to calm down from the chaos of last-minute preparations and reflect on the events to come.


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Photography: Cappy Hotchkiss / Second shooter (welcome sign and popsicle photos): Teresa Horgan for Cappy Hotchkiss / Venue: Shadow Lawn in High Falls, New York / Bride’s dress: Judd Waddell / Silk hair flowers: M&S Schmalberg / Bridesmaid dresses: Nanette Lepore / Hair, makeup: Dorothy Carlton, Pretty Bird Bridal / Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss / Flowers: The Green Cottage / Catering and desserts: Main Course Catering / Classical guitarist: David Temple / Ukulele duo: Edukated Fleas / Reception DJ: Lutz Entertainment
  • Romantic Barn Wedding in New York

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    What a wonderful week! Two lunches and a dinner, all with some of my favorite wedding and blog people! I can’t tell you how unusual it is for me to have a week like this – normally the only company I have during the day is my cat, and she’s only sweet and snuggly about 2% of the time. To top things off, my husby doesn’t have to work today, so we get a full three days to play! If it rains we might have to break out the Bananagrams…

    What are you up to this weekend?

    by Matt Clayton


    Every single Snippet & Ink inspiration board up on Pinterest!

    More from the masquerade ball seen in this inspiration board.

    Stumbled across this lovely wedding invitation.

    And how about this Champagne label birthday invite?

    Katie Ermilio is why I want to wear more color.

    Holiday cards like this make me so happy, via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

    These San Francisco hedges make me smile.

    Is it weird that I saw this bridesmaid dress and thought, “I’d really like to wear that!”

    I love glassware, but I love these wooden tumblers too.

    Emergency wedding dress, via Little Winter Bride.

    Congratulations to, Abbie, the winner of the $200 Minted giveaway! Abbie said: “There are so many good options!  I think it’s a toss up between the Making Spirits Bright holiday card and the Happy Everything card.  My mind might change tomorrow!”



    Dessy is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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    Dream of a destination Italian wedding? Then today is your lucky day! Melissa and Brett were wed in an intimate ceremony in the Chianti region of Italy, followed by a celebratory dinner with their nearest and dearest family and friends.

    An antique locket with a photo of her grandmother embellished Melissa’s bouquet of white roses and olive leaves. From Melissa: “Because Brett and I no longer have any living grandparents, we wanted to be sure we included them in the ceremony. Brett wore his grandfather’s cufflinks, I wore my great grandmother’s ring (as well as her wedding diamond in a necklace I wear everyday), I carried a locket with my grandmother’s photo in it, my mom read a poem my grandmother wrote, and we had a portion of our ceremony that named all of our grandparents and asked for a moment of silence in their honor.”

    The ceremony itself took place in a small family chapel on the property. Says the bride, “I think it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen and dates back to the 17th century. During the ceremony, my mom read a poem that her mother had written to my aunt the day of my aunt’s wedding (the year both Brett and I were born). Musicians from a local music school played cello and violin.”

    Says Melissa:  The whole experience was exactly what we hoped for except the “storm of biblical proportions” that arrived around lunchtime on our wedding day. Rain (so much rain), the loudest thunder I’ve ever heard, lightning, and hail. This went on for an hour and then, lightning actually struck the steps of the inn and the power went out for two hours! I think Brett and I were too stunned to panic, sitting there in the dark trying to think of a backup plan for our outdoor wedding dinner. Thankfully, a couple of hours later, the clouds parted, the rain stopped, and we had a gorgeous rainbow… and what became a perfect evening for our ceremony and dinner.

    Melissa answered some questions about the day:

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We first traveled to Italy together in 2009 and stayed at Rignana for part of our trip. We fell in love with, well, everything there – the food, the rooms, the olive trees and vineyard, and the history. So, when we decided to go small with the wedding, it was just the perfect choice.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I found it extremely easy to be inspired by Italy. I started by looking back at our photos from our 2009 trip and was so inspired by the rolling green hills, gorgeous old architecture, and remote location. We knew we wanted much of the celebration to be outside, so it became more about trying to keep things simple and not distract from the natural beauty of the location.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day? When the rain, thunder, lightning and hail stopped. (Kidding.) My favorite moment of the day was when Brett and I saw each other for the first time (which is also one of my favorite photos). We were like two little kids! So excited, so happy. We both just couldn’t wait.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  I wore a ring that belonged to my great grandmother, which my mom loaned me, so it was my borrowed and blue. And, even though we lived together for a few months before we married, we spent the night before the ceremony apart.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received was to remember to slow down and really take time to absorb everything. The wedding day goes by so quickly and it’s so important to really take it all in. I was fortunate enough to have our guests “trapped” out in the countryside with us for a weekend, so we actually had time to sit and talk to each person who was there with us. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me.



    Photography: Clare Barboza / Venue: Fattoria de Rignana near Greve, Italy / Bride’s dress: Pronovias / Veil: Marisol Aparicio / Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew / Flowers: Annalisa at Marie Lou Piante & Fiori / Catering: Arturo Dori


    See lots more photos over on Clare’s blog!

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