Monthly Archives: January 2012

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My wedding was the most wonderfully exhausting day of my life, and all I wanted to do after it was over was to put my feet up, relax and unwind. With a three-night honeymoon package designed especially for newlyweds who want to enjoy the finest of New York City living, The Setai Fifth Avenue is the perfect place to do just that.

Start by enjoying a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries in the privacy of your suite, then head down to the Auriga spa for a romantic couples bath and massage in one of the special couples’ treatment rooms. Honeymoon guests of The Setai Fifth Avenue can even call upon a Personal Assistant to fulfill any request or desire, even if it’s “bring me lemon wedges while I sit here in this marble soaking tub and do absolutely nothing.” Love it!

One night, spend a few hours at a privately reserved table listening to live jazz at Bar on Fifth (the bottle of champagne is on the house), and wake up each morning to the aroma of freshly baked pastries with breakfast in bed. After the wedding, the chaos is over, but the “VIP status” continues at The Setai Fifth Avenue.

Honeymoon packages start at $3950, and if you book now for a stay anytime in 2012, you’ll get a complimentary upgrade to a 1,100 square foot Avenue Apartment Suite! Call 877-452-8214 to book your honeymoon stay, and just make sure to mention Snippet & Ink to get the room upgrade.

 

 

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Today’s beautiful Bay Area wedding comes to us from a devoted Snippet & Ink reader, which (as you know) totally makes my day.

Does it get any sweeter than an adorable ring bearer in a seersucker suit?

Says Alexis, “One of the most special things about our wedding was that my brother officiated it. He did such a great job and made the ceremony so personal and special.”

Says the bride, “My Basset Hound, Gretel, is such an enormous part of my life. She goes with me practically everywhere, and I felt strongly that she had to be a part of the wedding, so we only considered venues that allow dogs.”

Bar Agricole is known for it’s locally sourced ingredients, and the menu reflected what was in season: heirloom tomatoes with basil and burrata; belgian endive with goat cheese and asian apple pears; roast chicken with gypsy peppers and sweet corn polenta; brisket with horseradish, romano beans and whipped potatoes; and sheep’s milk ricotta gnudi with basil pesto and ratatouille.

Some details from Alexis:

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We love our city and we thought there was no place more appropriate to have our wedding than in the place where we met and make our home together.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Seeing Erick’s face when he saw me walk down the aisle. And dancing to Tina’s Turner’s “Proud Mary” in my wedding dress at the reception!

What was the best advice you received as a bride? What advice to you have for other brides?  ENJOY your wedding. And eat. I had my stressful moments but I was calm as could be the day of the wedding. I had the best bridesmaids and maid of honor who took incredible care of me. It’s not worth any of it if you don’t savor every moment. Erick and I had an incredible time and we ate like pigs – we spent a lot of time on that incredible menu!

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  We stayed true to who are as a couple and what we love and share. The wedding was a perfect reflection of how much we both love the outdoors/ beautiful scenery and also the city. We adore excellent food and wine and could not have been happier with Bar Agricole as a venue. They never held a sit down 115 person wedding reception and did a phenomenal job. The best is hearing our friends and family still tell us it was the most fun wedding they had ever attended. That could not make us happier!

 

Vendors

Photography: Jenna Beth Photography / Ceremony venue: Landmark Art & Garden Center in Tiburon, California / Reception venue: Bar Agricole in San Francisco / Planning: Gillian Shenon / Bride’s custom dress: Jinza Jin / Groom’s suit: J.Crew / Stationery: Tinker & Tailor Design House / Flowers: Kathleen Deery Design / Rentals: Hartmann

 

Kathleen Deery Design is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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What are you up to this weekend, friends? I’m going to try and get caught up on my new goal of being at least one week ahead with blog posts, and I have a new book that I’m enjoying. Really exciting stuff. Honestly, my favorite thing about weekends is spending time with my honey, whether we’re cleaning the house together or going away for a day or two. No big plans needed!

And now, I promised you lots of links this week, so here we go…

by One Love Photo

 

Did you see Maurice Sendak on The Colbert Report? HILARIOUS. Parts one and two.

Chrysula recaps our Alt Summit panel.

Some business cards collected at Alt (can you spot mine?).

8 steps for getting over Alt Summit withdrawals.

Book art by Robert The.

Utterly delightful bird stamps.

Love Sarah and Chris’s cheese cake? Then you’ll love these chevre tablescapes.

Get ready for Super Bowl Sunday with dips galore!

Look no further for fun pocket squares.

Designer wisdom.

The Noun Project.

Decorate your next party with parasols.

Ryan Gosling reminds us what matters in a wedding.

Pretty pouches from Tracey Tanner.

Lovely seating charts and table numbers (and pics by ABP!).

Pocket totems. Adorbs.

Typographic prints by Matthew Kavan Brooks, via Miss Moss.

Winter picnics are a wonderful idea!

A big brother’s guide to the world (so sweet!)

I know it’s been out for awhile, but this champagne story makes me so happy.

Amy Atlas does a book.

See lots more from Nicole and Lawrence’s charming wedding right here!

 

Have a happy weekend, lovelies!

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Isn’t there something so romantic about a lighthouse wedding? Emily and Matt chose Wings Neck Lighthouse in Cape Cod for their low-key Labor Day weekend wedding, and filled it with DIY details (and a lobster bake)!

“The ceremony was our favorite part of the day,” says Emily. “The weekend was super windy, but during the ceremony, the winds calmed and it was sunny. It was magical as we said our vows. We wanted to keep the wedding intimate, so we Matt’s dad officiated the ceremony, and we got married legally when we got back to Chicago.”

Instead of a full bar, Emily and Matt offered beer and wine, as well as cranberry lime seltzer and grapefruit pineapple ginger ale that guests could mix with vodka and gin if they liked. Dinner was a classic lobster bake which included New England clam chowder, Cape Cod steamers, mussels, linguiça sausage, corn on the cob, red bliss potatoes, cole slaw, fresh rolls, and sliced watermelon.

Some details about the day from the lovely bride…

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We aren’t from Massachusetts and many people ask us why Cape Cod. I’ve always loved lighthouses and we wanted an outdoor destination wedding from the start. We Googled lighthouses and this place was one of the first searches that came up. It’s both a lighthouse and a vacation rental – it was perfect. We rented the place for a week, which was really convenient for setting up the day before and the day of.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We really wanted to enjoy our wedding weekend with the people that matter most to us, and a small casual wedding appealed to us. Because it was a small destination wedding, we were able to treat everyone to a sunset sailboat ride after the rehearsal. Three hours at the reception was not enough time, so a weekend full of activities allowed us to engage with our guests and take in the moment.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t sweat the small stuff. I didn’t care if my hair wasn’t perfect or I forgot to wear my earrings or it was too windy for flying lanterns at the end of the night. It was about all my family and friends together for that day.

 

Vendors

Photography: Julia Hui / Venue: Wings Neck Lighthouse in Pocasset, Massachusetts / Bride’s dress: purchased off eBay / Bridesmaid dresses: Target / Groom’s vest: Forever 21 / Stationery: DIY with paper from Paper Source / Catering: Clambakes Etc. / Dessert table: Alexis Evonne Concepts / Rentals: American Tent Company

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