Monthly Archives: December 2011

It has been way too long since A Bryan Photo stopped by with one of their awesome weddings! So in case you don’t already know, these guys are on my short list of very favorite photographers, and I have a feeling Hannon and Cameron would agree with me. The A Bryan Photo team loves what they do, and it shows.

Bridesmaids each chose their own gray dress – love the mix!

I love this special detail about Hannon’s bouquet: “Cameron’s mother planted the ivy from her wedding bouquet many years ago, and gave me a piece to carry in my bouquet.”

Says Hannon, “We choose The Stables at Russell Crossroads because I loved the unique design of the barn. It was the perfect combination for us, but I was adamant about having a fresh and clean feel at our “barn wedding” because I feel like rustic weddings have been a bit over done here in the past few years. Mixing clean lines with antiques, and neutrals with pastels, created the clean, soft look we wanted.”

I think this goes without saying, but weddings are made up of moments like these…

Hannon kindly shared some details about the day with us…

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Lake Martin is a special place for Cameron and me. My family has a lake home there and I grew up going there on weekends and Cameron is an avid outdoors man so the natural setting was a perfect fit for him.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  I have so many favorite moments from the wedding reception.  I normally steer away from the spotlight, but when you’re a bride the only option you have is to embrace it. So, finding myself on stage with my bridesmaids, sisters, and nieces dancing with tambourines was such a fun moment. My favorite part of the day has to be afternoon spent relaxing at my lake house with family and friends. It was such a blessing to be able to sit and enjoy the excitement with those loved ones I don’t get to see often.

What was the best advice you received as a bride? What advice do you have for other brides?  The best advice I received as a bride was to slow down and take the day in because everything happens so fast, and before you know it the night is over. My advice for other brides is to hire a wedding planner. I lucked out because my sister owns a wedding planning business, Mariee Ami. Having a wedding planner to keep up with all of the details allowed me to actually enjoy the planning process!

Stop by in a bit for more of the beautiful stationery details from Hannon and Cameron’s wedding, and see lots more photos from the day over at A Bryan Photo.

Photography: A Bryan Photo / Venue: The Stables at Russell Crossroads on Lake Martin, Alabama / Event Planner: Neillie Butler at Mariee Ami / Stationery: Holly Hollon Design / Bride’s dress: Liancarlo / Bridal veil: Amsale / Bride’s shoes: Pedro Garcia / Groom’s tuxedo: Brooks Brothers / Floral design: Weddings by Jill / Cake: Barb’s Cakes
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The beautiful photography of San Francisco wedding photographer Christina Diane reminds me of why I love love. With a background in advertising and fashion photography, she brings out the glow of brides and grooms, all while telling their story in her thoughtfully editorial style. Of course, her photos speak for themselves…

This one is my favorite…

You can probably tell what I think of Christina’s gorgeous photos, but more importantly, what do her clients think? Says one: “If you want a totally unique, one of a kind experience that will leave you with original and gorgeous photos, then Christina is your girl!”

Christina is based in San Francisco but will happily travel anywhere to shoot your wedding. And if you weren’t already convinced, she’s offering a great deal just for Snippet & Ink readers: Book before January 15th and receive a complimentary 5×5 Cypress “Iris” wedding album!

Want more? See tons more gorgeous photos over on Christina Diane’s website and blog. Bay Area and wine country weddings galore!


This post sponsored by Christina Diane Weddings.

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An Anniversary

A year ago yesterday, Ryan and I exchanged vows in front of 98 of our loved ones in a tiny little church in San Francisco. A year ago! So, a year later, some thoughts on our wedding…

I know it sounds silly, but I’m just as excited to see my husband every time he walks in the door as I was in this photo.

What I remember most about our wedding day was the way I felt: present, loved, beautiful, joyful.

I wish I could channel that present mindfulness into my everyday life.

I wish I had a piece of our chocolate hazelnut wedding cake in front of me right now.

The week of our wedding was just as fun and just as important as the day itself.

Sometimes I thought about eloping. Having our friends and family there to witness and celebrate with us made me so glad we didn’t.

Choosing things because we loved them, and not because it was trendy, means I still love every single detail of our wedding, from the invites to my dress. I hope I still feel that way twenty years from now.

I am still overwhelmed by gratitude for our wedding vendors.

San Francisco always held a special place in my heart; after our wedding I love it even more.

I don’t think I could kiss Ryan enough on our wedding day. Thank goodness I have a lifetime of kissing him ahead of me.


A Birthday

I’d never thought of it this way, but celebrating our anniversary felt very much like celebrating a birthday, and I love that. Because it’s not just a day to commemorate something that happened a year ago (our wedding); it’s also a day to reflect and celebrate something that began on that day (our marriage).

And I can’t wait to celebrate many, many more of these birthdays in the years to come!


If you wanted to read all about our wedding, I created this little page where I could keep track of the posts that I wrote. Or you can just read all of them in one go. Hopefully you’ll be able to glean something helpful for your own planning!


Top photo by Elizabeth Messina. Her blog, Kiss the Groom is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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Friends, I have been a terribly delinquent blogger this week, and I’m afraid I won’t be much better until next week. Not because I’m sick (though I am still battling with of this cold), but because my honey is sweeping me away for a weekend at a surprise destination to celebrate our first anniversary! Somehow it’s already been a year since our wedding – how did that happen?! I thought on Monday I might recap some of my wedding posts, but if you don’t want to wait until then, you can find all of my original wedding posts by clicking right here.

Thank you for all your patience with me this week, my dears. Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you next week!

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