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Featuring a wedding from One Love Photo is like posting twenty-five Sunday Editions at once – every single image is artistic and frame-worthy, and makes you so happy for the couple who hired them. Audrey and Craig were married at one of the most beautiful venues in Northern California, and One Love Photo captured it brilliantly…

Audrey shared a bit about their ceremony: “Our favorite part of the day was the ceremony. From beginning to end, the mood was simply happy and full of laughter. It was exactly how we would have wanted it but could never have planned for. My uncle’s jazz band was playing as people got settled (there’s just something so special about a live jazz band in such an old building), so the mood was upbeat and lively. So much so that, when Craig walked in with his two siblings, the entire room burst into applause! It was great and we couldn’t have predicted that people would react that way, but it fit our personalities perfectly. When the ceremony actually started, Craig’s sister, Brianne, who was our officiant kicked everything off by reciting a line from The Princess Bride. You know the one: Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what bwings us together today… Everyone, including the two of us, burst into laughter. It was the perfect way to enter into our life together – with so many people we care about laughing together.”

Audrey kindly answered some questions about the day (lots of words of wisdom!):

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  The Headlands Center for the Arts is nestled away in a national park just North of the Golden Gate Bridge in one of a handful of converted military buildings in the area. Surrounded by eucalyptus trees and just a 15 minute trek from the beach, Craig and I have always loved hiking in the area. The setting alone was reason enough for us to choose this special place as our venue, but the fact that it is home to an artists-in-residence program was a big deciding factor for us as well. Craig and I met in design school and each have a deep love of the arts, so it meant a lot to us that we could support such an important program as this. Add to that the quirky details of the refinished interior, the rawness of the decor, and the amazing staff and we were sold. There is a magical quality to the Headlands and we were thankful to be a part of it for a couple of days.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The venue and surrounding landscape are so inspiring and so special – full of raw beauty and history – that we let them guide a lot of our visual inspiration when we were planning our wedding and kept any additions on our end simple and complimentary to the venue itself.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We wanted the whole event to feel like a gathering at our house where people we loved were involved in just the right ways and where things were personal and casual. So, since neither of us is religious, we asked Craig’s sister to officiate the ceremony and tell the story of “us,” and we each picked a close friend to speak about us as individuals. It made everything feel tailor made and like a conversation between great friends.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  A friend of mine gave me the best advice ever. She told me that even though I would want to have my hand in everything and care 100% about all of the details, that realistically I would only be able to care about 3-4 things. So, I’d have to decide up front what those things were and be relaxed about everything else. It really helped me focus and it helped to take the pressure off. I’d add that you have to find a planner you really trust even if it’s only for day-of help. At first, I thought that planning would be the one place for me to save money by doing it all myself, but I was so wrong. Laurel, my planner at Esla Events, covered things that I didn’t even know needed covering and most importantly I trusted her to make decisions on my behalf on the day-of. Being able to enjoy every minute of your big day is priceless.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  We were lucky enough to be able to tackle a lot of the design details such as invitations, menus, and décor, ourselves, but it also really helped that we were able to play on a few of our friends’ strengths to help bring the whole day together. My bridesmaid, Veronica, did my make-up and hair for me. Another bridesmaid, Elyse, did all of the flowers. My uncle and his band played during the ceremony. And a group of our friends and family helped us set up the venue the morning of. At first we felt like we were imposing on our friends and felt bad for even asking, but it actually made everyone feel more involved in the big day and we ended up having a lot of fun. Another thing to keep in mind is photography. Of all of the line items of your wedding day, don’t skimp on photography and also make sure you know exactly what’s included in the price that you’re paying. If they’re traveling for your wedding, make sure you talk through expenses (a couple photographers we spoke with didn’t include that in the price they quoted) and take your time interviewing a few to get a feel for which personalities fit with yours. In the end, we were lucky enough to find Heather and Jon of One Love Photo who not only had a travel package but also walked us through all of the details, answered all of our questions, and who (as you can see) are amazing artists to boot.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  We knew that one of the most special things about a wedding is having so many people you care about in one place at one time, so Craig and I really wanted to seize the opportunity to extend our time together. It just so happened that up the road from our venue was a hostel with a main house and an annex house and we were able to rent out the entire annex house for our wedding party. We’re talking communal bathrooms, a shared kitchen, and bunk beds: hostel. We weren’t sure if everyone would be keen on the idea, but it was one of the best decisions we made because it gave everyone a chance to get to know one another and it gave us the chance to spend time with everyone before the chaos of the big day hit. We had breakfasts together, lounged around in our sweats, and had a ball. After the reception, we walked back to the house and a friend of ours serenaded the group with a few songs on his ukulele.

 

We love One Love Photo! See lots more from Audrey and Craig’s beautiful wedding over on their blog today.

 

Vendors

Photography: One Love Photo / Venue: Marin Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California / Planning, design: Laurel Anderson of Esla Events / Bride’s dress: J.Crew / Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade / Groom’s suit: J.Crew / Alterations: Glenda Pongiglione / DIY stationery: Paper Source, Kelly Paper / Jazz band: San Francisco Feetwarmers / Reception DJ: DJ Sol / Catering: Katie Powers Catering / Ice cream: Bi-Rite Creamery / Photo booth: Glass Coat Photo Booth

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The key to DIY wedding invitations that don’t look DIY? A fabulous font! Last week we featured this DIY invitation suite that used Belluccia to create an expensive, custom look for less, and it inspired me to round-up 50 of my favorite fonts. This post doesn’t even begin to do justice to these beautiful typefaces, so make sure to click through and see them in action – some of them will really blow you away.

1. Aguas Frescas by Chank, $29
2. Ambassador Script by CanadaType, $70
3. Aphrodite Pro by Typesenses, $15
4. Attic by YouWorkForThem, $30
5. Aunt Mildred by MVB Fonts, $39
6. Baronessa by Juraj Chrastina, $39
7. Belinda by Mikas Melvas, $35
8. Belluccia by Correspondence Ink, $39
9. Bodoni At Home by Giuseppe Salerno, $1.00
10. Bookeyed Suzanne by Tart Workshop, $30

11. Breathe by Lián Types, $20
12. Brioche by Jessica Hische, $79
13. Buttermilk by Jessica Hische, $49
14. Carolyna Pro Black by Emily Lime, $89
15. Cerise by Magpie Paper Works, $69
16. Channel by Mans Greback, FREE
17. Cheap Pine by Hannes von Döhren, $25
18. Chopin Script by Diogene, FREE
19. Cowboyslang by Hannes von Döhren, $30
20. Dear Sarah by Betatype, $119

21. Emily Lime by Emily Lime, $29
22. Fidelia Script by Melle Diete, $50
23. Gelateria by Flat-it, $20
24. Guadalupe by Latinotype, $29
25. Harmony by YouWorkForThem, $20
26. HoneyBee by Laura Worthington, $27
27. Jacob Riley by Magpie Paper Works, $32
28. Jane Austen by Pia Frauss, FREE
29. Jeeves by Red Rooster, $79
30. Lavandería by Lost Type Co-op, FREE

31. LiebeErika by LiebeFonts, $30
32. Mary Read by Melle Diete, $45
33. Matilde by Type Depot, FREE
34. Mishka by Fenotype, $30
35. Muncie by Lost Type Co-op, FREE
36. Nelly Script by Tart Workshop, $39
37. Packard Old Style by Red Rooster, $60
38. Parfumerie Script by Typesenses, $30
39. Respective by Mans Greback, FREE
40. Saissant by Magpie Paper Works, $54

41. Saltpetre by Magpie Paper Works, $32
42. Samantha Script by Laura Worthington, $29
43. Sudestada by Sudtipos, $59
44. Sympathique Pro by Canada Type, $30
45. Trithart by Emma Trithart, $25
46. Vermandois by Magpie Paper Works, $76
47. Verner by Fenotype, $35
48. Victoria by Eric Carlson, $25
49. Weingut by FaceType, $12
50. Wisdom Script by Lost Type Co-op, FREE

Whether you want something retro, timeless, playful or elegant, beautifully designed fonts offer affordable graphic design for your wedding projects. There are thousands upon thousands to choose from – these 50 are just a place to start, and I’d love it if you’d share your favorite font finds and font projects in the comments!

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What’s not to love about a winter wedding?! I was a winter bride, so maybe I’m a little biased, but there’s something extra special to me about gathering all your favorite people together to celebrate against the cold and gray. Says the bride, Whitney:

We planned our wedding in two months. I had always wanted a summery, June wedding where the pictures are in daylight and you can have an outside wedding party. But we both have sisters who are having babies soon and we wanted to have our wedding before they were due, so we said, Why not New Year’s Eve? Plus, my husband’s last name (and now mine) is Snow. It ended up being perfect! 

Whitney and Dalen chose a warm and festive color palette for their New Year’s Eve wedding: gold and white with navy blue accents. The cake was the bride’s favorite flavor, Devil’s Food with mint infused buttercream and ganache, and the groom’s cake? “The groom wanted Funfetti and so that’s what he got,” says Whitney. “And my husband’s last name is Snow, so it was a snowman covered in coconut.”

Says Whitney: Later in the evening, we served white, caramel, and cheese popcorn from Poppin’ on Broadway from my hometown, as well as cookies. We also offered our guests hot chocolate and hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks – this helped people warm up after a carriage ride! 

A fun little detail? The couple mailed their invitations from Winter, Wisconsin so even the postmark fit with the snowy theme! Whitney was kind enough to send over some more about the day…

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  With two sisters married before me, we had a lot of old Martha Stewart Weddings magazines. Also, I found a palette of indigo, french blue, nude and gold on Snippet and Ink and used it in all of my planning, especially for the flowers, bridesmaid dresses, and the table decor. We wanted  it to be a day to remember, and for our loved ones to have a wonderful time.

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  The Chicago Temple has been an important part of my spiritual life since I was a child, but even more so as an adult. We chose the Elm Grove Women’s Club for the reception because it is close to my hometown and accommodating. Pick a place you don’t have to spruce up, that is lovely inside and out, and with kind staff.

How did you incorporate New Year’s Eve into your wedding?  I wanted this to be the best New Year’s Eve of our lives – after all, we were getting married! Our first dance was to “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” Then, before midnight, we handed out cheap noisemakers and hats from Wal-Mart, as well as fake snow in glassine bags for everyone to throw like confetti at midnight. We printed Auld Lang Syne on cards and put them at the tables (because who really knows the words to that song?), and sang it at midnight with the big band. Immediately after midnight, guests sent us off with large sparklers. To add to the festive mood, we offered carriage rides throughout the night.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Being married in the Temple surrounded by people who were vital in our lives and had watched us grow up was overwhelming and we were full of happiness. That’s the best way to start a wedding day, and really all that matters. Kissing at midnight on New Year’s Eve as husband and wife was pretty amazing too.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Spend as much time together as you can on that day. You can’t do it all, so don’t try. It’s wonderful to work so hard and see it all come together, so just enjoy it with your new husband. Also, remember to eat! Pack yourself a lunch or snack bag – we didn’t and were starving.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  My husband was by my side helping me with all the planning during our engagement and that made us enjoy all the details and party so much more. For wedding gifts, I gave him cologne to remember the day when we smell it and he got me a Tiffany’s snowflake necklace as I became a Snow.

 

Vendors

Photography: Jonathan Canlas / Ceremony venue: Chicago LDS Temple in Glenview, Illinois / Reception venue: Elm Grove Woman’s Club in Elm Grove, Wisconsin / Bride’s custom dress: Adell Basinger, 262-896-9772 / Bride’s shoes: Supadance / Reception dress: Ralph Lauren / Groom’s tux: JoS. A. Bank / Cufflinks: White Truffle Studio / Stationery: Amy Graham Stigler for Smock Paper / Flowers: Impressions by Ester Fleming, 414-453-3323 / Catering: Chef Jack’s / Cake: Le Cakery / Popcorn: Poppin’ On Broadway / Carriage rides: Hoof Beats Express / Music: The All-Star SUPERband

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Remember the inspiration board contest we ran awhile back? Well, The Lab Event happened in January, and they brought the board to life, and we have the photos to share with you…

left: Tinywater / right: Meg Perotti

Edyta Szyszlo

Meg Perotti

left: Silvana di Franco / right: Meg Perotti

left: Meg Perotti / right: Jennifer Skog

 

Vendors

Photography: Meg Perotti, Silvana di Franco, Tinywater, Edyta Szyszlo, Jennifer Skog / Videography: Lovespun Films / Design: Erin Taylor, Bustle Events / Flowers: Soulflower / Cakes: Sweet on Cake / Rentals: Hartmann Studios / Vintage rentals, chandelier: Heritage & Craft / Lighting: Impact Lighting / Stationery: Hello!Lucky

 

Hello!Lucky is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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