Monthly Archives: July 2012

Today’s charming Minneapolis wedding comes to us from Jeff Loves Jessica, who I hope we’ll be seeing lots more of soon! Nora and Reed’s wedding is a perfect blend of bright, modern style and nostalgic details…

Despite the drizzly weather, Nora and Reed took portraits at one of their favorite hangouts, Lake Calhoun.

Reed’s favorite moment of the day? “Skipping down the aisle to I’ve Just Seen a Face with my new wife.”

Nora and Reed chose an utterly unique wedding venue: a boxing gymnasium! Says Reed, “Nora and I wanted an opportunity to create something unique. Other venues were nice, but Uppercut really gave us a chance to create something special. We both wanted a warehouse vibe, but weren’t finding the right mix of size and flexibility, at a reasonable cost, in other more traditional warehouse spaces.”

How awesome is this custom chalkboard sign? So perfect for the gymnasium setting!

The bride and groom planned to take a delayed honeymoon, so they asked guests to share their favorite travel spots to help them decide where to go (the map also doubled as a guest book!).

Reed kindly answered some questions for us about the day!

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Looking back on how everything came together, the greatest influence on our planning was the combination of our personalities. The wedding was unconventional, but traditional in many ways. Elements of practicality, creativity and frugality were common themes in our details. Above all my wife and I wanted to create a joyful time for everyone involved. It truly was an expression of the two of us.

Do you have any budget tips for other couples?  Take whatever you think it’s going to cost and double it. Okay, more seriously: spend money on the things that matter most. Food, booze, a good DJ – whatever it is pick the things you are willing to spend money on and do it, and don’t stress out about the rest. And write those things down! If your experience is anything like ours was, you don’t think you care about something, and then you find out you do care, and then you run out of time doing other things, so you don’t care again.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We followed a traditional flow of events for both the ceremony and reception. The only other tradition that was included in our service was that we chose to serve communion to our guests, which was very meaningful to both of us.

What was the best advice you received before your wedding?  Know who you are and have confidence in the ways that you want to express yourself to your community. There’s no dearth of feedback that you will receive along the way, so don’t let that energy take away from the little things that make you, you.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  From photographers Jeff Loves Jessica: Reed proposed to Nora through an amazing series of screen-printed post-card sized puzzle pieces, each depicting a different scene from Minnesota that was significant in their relationship.  He mailed each postcard to Nora, and once she had collected them all, she pieced them together to find an image of them standing as bride and groom. (I know, right!?!!) They then used these art-pieces as table numbers at their reception, which is just one example of their extraordinary creativity and thoughtfulness!

Photography: Jeff Loves Jessica / Ceremony venue: Grace Trinity Community Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota / Reception venue: Uppercut Boxing Gym / Bride’s dress: Priscilla of Boston / Bride’s shoes: Che Bella / Hair, makeup: Estetica Salon / Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew / Men’s attire: J.Crew / Flowers: Spruce / Chalkboard design: benjayway / Catering: Chowgirls / Dessert: Jenny Lind Bakery / DJ: Jukebox Express
  • Playful Red and Blue Wedding in Minneapolis

    17 July 2012
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    Mood: sweet, summery Americana
    Palette: cherry red, grass green, crisp white

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    Row 1: red ranunculus bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings / letterpress cocktail napkins by Oscar & Emma / wedding dress with flower details from Martha Stewart Weddings / glassine favor bags with cherries from Martha Stewart Weddings // Row 2: vintage patriotic bunting / black and white banjo, photo by Aaron Delesie / outdoor table with wicker chairs from Martha Stewart // Row 3: letterpress business card by Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence / basket of cherries, photo by Kathryn Kleinman / cherries and peonies via Design*Sponge, photo by Jose Villa / straw sun hat with red ribbon and cherries by Whichgoose


    I really love the idea of a wedding motif – not a theme, exactly, just something that runs throughout the event. For this summer inspiration board, cherries seemed like a sweet choice. In baskets as centerpieces, in baggies for favors, or even in a hat band or boutonniere, cherries are a simple and affordable motif. You can even incorporate them into your invitations. In the rest of its details, this board feels like vintage Americana at its best: a banjo, patriotic bunting, old-fashioned typeface. If I could sum it up in one line, I’d call it “summer in a small town.”


    If you like this inspiration board you might also like:

    Board #512: Coming Up Roses
    Board #527: Black Raspberry
    Board #520: Love in the Outdoors

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    Happy weekend, friends! Any fun plans for your two days off? This weekend I’m trying to reduce my Montana withdrawals by going to a concert with friends – nothing like a little country music to make things better. I should also be working on some fun new projects for Snippet & Ink, but I just got a new book that I’m loving and I have a feeling I might do some procrastinating with that…

    via Cowboy Poetry


    What’s your Pantone color? via Design Crush

    Marchesa’s Resort 2013 collection would look lovely on a bride.

    Which of paperfinger’s new invites do you love best?

    Everything about this July wish list makes me smile.

    Darling picnic table from Chelsea.

    Hello giant banana split.

    Loving this DIY donut cake.

    Anyone going to one of the Little Flower School summer classes?

    Square-foot gardening sounds like something I might be able to handle.

    Congrats to my dear friend, Kara, on her new blog!

    And to our sponsor, Erica Weiner, on the new site!

    You know how I love Monique Lhuillier; if you’re in the LA area, check out their sample sale on Sunday! (1201 S Grand Ave #3)


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    Nick and Jason are Snippet & Ink readers, which makes it extra fun to share their engagement photos with you. (Plus, I just love their preppy-chic style!)

    Nick and Jason shared their proposal (or counter-proposal) story with us: Nick was going to propose to Jason in Palm Springs the first weekend in April, but Jason had his suspicions that something might be up when Nick kept telling him that the weekend was going to be “really special.” In true Nick-and-Jason manner, the next day over IM Jason asked Nick if he was planning on proposing, and Jason said he wanted to talk about it when Nick got home from work. Nick got home and opened the door to a candlelit room and the word “YES” spelled out in rose petals. So Jason sort of counter-proposed…


    Photos by Tinywater Photography, taken at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

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