Virginia is for lovers, as the state’s slogan goes, and it’s certainly appropriate for Megan and William who celebrated their nuptials at the beautiful Tuckahoe Plantation in Richmond. And Snippet & Ink Select vendor, Katie Stoops, was there to capture all the details, like the super fun welcome bag goodies: locally roasted coffee (and a souvenir mug), cookies in the shape of Virginia, a bottle of locally brewed beer, Virginia peanuts, and more.
In addition to their attendants (three each), the couple had honorary bridesmaids and groomsmen, also known as a “house party,” where dear friends are honored by processing in during the ceremony, but are seated with the congregation during the ceremony. (Check out this Southern Weddings post on the house party tradition!)
The groom and groomsmen wore “Clemson orange” bow ties for the groom’s alma mater.
There is a tradition at Tuckahoe for brides and grooms to bury a bottle of bourbon exactly one month before their wedding date, to ensure good luck and good wedding day weather. Megan and Will dug up their bottle that day and enjoyed some bourbon together.
Says floral designer Jeanette McKrittrick, “Late April on the banks of the James River is quintessential springtime in Virginia. We wanted to highlight the lush garden setting, not compete with it. We used dogwood, garden roses, clematis, peonies, fiddleheads, freesia, and the bride’s favorite, tulips.”
Merriment Events planned the day down to the last detail, including the Just Married sign on the vintage getaway car. They even arranged for Barbara Meyers, a special occasion artist, to be there painting the event as it unfolded!
Today’s romantic wedding comes to us from another one of our amazing Select vendors, Belathée. An intimate celebration at a private home near San Antonio, Texas, it’s full of beautiful flowers and sweet details…
The invitations were wrapped with lilac open-weave linen, tied with a delicate silver thread and finished with a hand stamped “B” brass charm. The couple’s Italian greyhound donned a bow tie collar and walked down the aisle.
The bride adores fresh flowers and was inspired by the soft colors of early spring wildflowers in Texas. Bouquets and floral arrangements included seasonal blooms like lilacs, clematis, dogwood and sweet peas.
Held at the bride’s uncle’s home, the couple wanted their wedding to be an intimate springtime dinner party. Their 45 guests enjoyed a seasonally inspired four-course dinner, followed by dancing by the pool and a late night impromptu karaoke session.
Recipes for both signature cocktails were printed on coasters as a fun keepsake for guests: The Blushing Bride (Vodka, Saint Germain and Strawberry Lemonade) and The Casper (Vodka, Saint Germain, Fresh Lime and 7-Up). Favors were miniature bottles of Tito’s vodka.
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Passed Appetizers: Caramelized Onion, Roasted Tomato and Smoked Mozzarella Tarts / Shrimp Wrapped with Basil and Prosciutto and Smoked Paprika Aioli / Texas Quail Farms Quail with Harissa & Cilantro Cream on Herby Quinoa Flatbread // Salad: Fresh Sweet Early Summer Texas Corn, Tomato & Cucumber Salad with Oregano, Feta and Olive Oil // Entrée: Richardson’s Farms Ribeye with Pecan Butter and Candied Jalapenos, Served with Carrot, Beet and Sweet Potato “Flames” and Cilantro // Dessert: Little Strawberry Rhubarb Tarts with Lemon Crème Chantilly / Pecan Praline Wedding Cake // Cheese Course: Pure Luck Del Cielo with Honeycomb, Pistachios and Edible Flowers
This week we’re highlighting some of the amazing vendors in the brand new Snippet & Ink Select vendor guide! Today’s wedding comes to us from Rad + In Love, which is appropriate since this wedding is totally rad, and the couple is clearly in love. A little about their unique choice of venue: “We love to travel (we were engaged in Paris), we are huge aviation fans, and we’re especially into vintage aircraft. The Planes of Fame Air Museum has such a wonderful collection, and it’s run by people who are really cool and really passionate about their preservation efforts as well as the promotion of general aviation. We got the absolute perfect wedding venue that felt totally ‘us’ and it felt great knowing that we were supporting a good cause at the same time.”
The couple used books and aeronautical charts from their private pilot ground school class, as well as vintage items from their home, to decorate the guest sign-in table and gift table including a vintage pilot’s log book used as the guest book.
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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Once we knew where the wedding was going to be we drew inspiration from old movies, especially ones that involved WWII planes or Paris. We also looked at vintage pilot training films, photos and memories from our trip to Paris where we got engaged, and we spent a lot of time just walking around the museum and driving around the airport getting excited about all of the amazingly cool things laying around there.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? There were so many little moments that stand out… our grand entrance when we pulled up to the reception hangar in our friends Korean War era Jeep… the moment when it was my turn to walk out and down the aisle and I got so nervous I thought I was going to pass out or throw up or both… But I think my favorite part of the day was at the end of the night. It wasn’t planned, it just sort of happened almost as if we’d just had our normal Christmas cocktail party at our house. We were hugging people and saying goodbye and looking for shoes and purses and then suddenly we looked across the hangar at each other and found ourselves to be the last ones there. We had been living together for 9 years, the last 3 we had just spend being engaged and planning this huge event, and now I looked at this man who was now my husband, and he looked at me, and we laughed and hugged and looked around and marveled at what we had just done. It really felt like the beginning of something new.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? I really wanted to throw my bouquet from a biplane. I imagined putting a little parachute on it and making a low pass over the crowd to drop it over the side, but that didn’t work out and I just did the traditional toss over my head. We also did a cake cutting and sort of squished it in each others faces, although when I tried to wipe some whipped cream off of the cake cutter and onto my husband’s cheek, I realized as I was doing it that the cutter was serrated and I almost cut him!
What was the best advice you received as a bride? My cousin had recently been married and she was adamant about hiring a coordinator – and I am so glad I did! It was expensive but it was worth every penny. Laura and her team from Rebel Belle made it a wow wedding that went smoothly and left me with nothing to worry about except the blisters from my shoes.
What advice do you have for other brides? Stay out of the sun. I had a strapless dress, and THE WORST tank top tan ever and I couldn’t blend it away in time for the wedding. Thankfully our super pro photographers were able to capture me at angles where it didn’t show. Also, if you’re going to spend money on anything, definitely splurge on a photographer you love and a coordinator you click with. We did both and I owe my wonderful memories of that day to them. Lastly, you will find it very difficult to have a moment to yourself on this day. You will be the most famous person in the universe at your wedding and everybody is going to want to talk to you constantly, so if you can slip away either by yourself or with your new spouse, do it. Just for a few minutes, get somewhere where you can be alone and just look around you and let it sink in. Look at the faces of your friends, watch them laughing and drinking and dancing, listen to the music, look at all of your décor and just appreciate for a little bit by yourself.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? We saved a lot of money by doing a few things differently. Instead of a traditional wedding caterer, which was way out of our league price-wise, we hired a food truck. We bought all of our alcohol and sodas from Costco and hired a licensed bartending service to serve it. Also, instead of a traditional wedding cake, we saved several hundred dollars by having small cakes that acted as centerpieces on each table and that guests could cut and served themselves whenever they felt like it. That was our baker’s idea and it was brilliant!
A variety of patterns, from chevron paper straws to striped washi tape, checked napkins to ticking tablecloths, added a touch of whimsy to the black and white palette. Lush greenery added a fresh pop of color to the tables.
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Why did you choose this location for your wedding? The Presidio is very special to us. We live just outside the gates and run there regularly. It’s also where Stephen proposed during a run in August! The PSC is in the city, but it has a light and airy feeling. It’s such a unique space, we loved it.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We wanted the wedding to reflect our relationship: classic with a twist, intimate and fun. We wanted our guests to feel like they were at the most amazing dinner party.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Just before we walked into the reception, we had a moment together. We took a photo in the Magnolia photo booth and just shared a moment together. It was so sweet and romantic, it’s a moment I’ll always remember.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We used traditional vows, but supplemented with our own personal vows to each other.
What advice do you have for other brides? Everyone says this, but take that moment at some point to let things sink in with your new husband. And, when you’re planning, try and see the forest through the trees. There are lots of little decisions, but they’re much easier to make if you have a vision for your big day and you know what your priorities are.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? We knew we wanted the wedding to reflect our relationship and our style. We love to host dinner parties at our house and we approached the wedding in the same way we do when we have people over to our own home. What can we do to make sure the night is filled with great conversations, lots of laughter, amazing food, delicious wine and a little bit of craziness? I think we succeeded. The other thing that was special is the use of S♥G. We are big skiers and it’s one of the things we most love to do together. Early in our relationship, Stephen carved S♥G into the snow with his ski pole and it just stuck. Every time I saw the monogram at the wedding, it reminded me of that romantic gesture.
Menu Hors d’Ouevres: Spicy Tuna Tartar Cubes, Kampachi Sashimi on an Udon Spoon, Pork Belly Bites, Gouger and Mushroom Mornay, Sweet Pea Crostini, Oyster Bar // First Course: Fresh White Fish Ceviche with Avocado Mousse and House-Made Chips // Second Course: choice of Butter Lettuce Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette or Market Salad with Chopped Kale, Carrot, Radish, Golden Beets, Pumpkin Seeds, Sherry Vinaigrette // Entree: choice of Filet of Beef, Duck Confit or Seared Diver Scallops // Late Night Snacks: Cheese toast, French Fries in paper cones, Beignets
Snippet & Ink Select is finally here! After nearly six years of fielding emails from readers asking for our vendor recommendations, we’ve made it official with a guide of some of our all-time favorites. We’ve decided to call it “Snippet & Ink Select” because each vendor has been handpicked – they are the vendors we would recommend to our sisters and our best friends, and who we know will make your wedding day as magical as possible.
The best thing about Snippet & Ink Select? Not only are these wedding vendors Snippet & Ink approved, but unlike other vendor guides, we limit the number of vendors listed in each section. We know how overwhelming wedding planning can be, so our goal is to make the process easier by highlighting just a handful of amazing wedding professionals.