Before everyone signs off for the weekend, I wanted to introduce you to five more of my all-time favorite wedding vendors, all of them members of Snippet & Ink Select…
Elisa Bricker is a romantic at heart, and it shows in her beautiful photos. Full of light and life, they are a blend of fine art imagery and candid moments – memories on film that reflect Elisa’s artistic background, and that romantic sensibility.
Josh Gruetzmacher believes that, just as your wedding will be full of family, friends, and fun, so should your photos reflect that same love and vibrancy. His images are timeless and thoughtful, capturing both the little details and the big moments – details and moments you’ll want to frame and and hang on your wall.
If attention to detail and sophisticated design are at the top of your list for creating a memorable wedding, then Shannon Leahy is the wedding planner for you. Her creativity, candor, and calm demeanor make her one of our favorite planners in Northern California, and her clients agree! (Photos by Josh Gruetzmacher.)
On your wedding day, you want to look like the most beautiful version of yourself. That’s exactly what hair and makeup artist Lora Kelley helps brides to achieve. She focuses on enhancing your natural beauty, letting your true, best self shine through at your wedding and in the photos of the day. (Photos by Eric Kelley, who happens to be her hubby and a fellow Select vendor!)
One look at Eric Kelley‘s work can tell you what Rangefinder magazine recently announced: that he’s one of the rising stars of wedding photography. As Eric says, “I love the stillness and intentionality of fine art, but I appreciate the candid and authentic movement of photojournalism.” And his jaw dropping photos show it…
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One of the things I love most about my job is getting to see how one venue can look so different depending on the wedding. Yesterday’s feature showed the Metropolitan Building drenched in candlelight, with a neutral color palette; this vibrant coral and gold wedding from Matthew & Bo of CLY Creation and Christine of Exquisite Affairs Productions shows the same venue in an entirely different, and equally lovely, light…
Says the bride: “One of the most amazing features of the fourth floor of the Metropolitan Building is a giant skylight in the center of the room. Our florist built the most beautiful canopy of peonies underneath it to serve as our mandap, the area where Hindu wedding ceremonies take place. Our ceremony was in the morning and it felt as if the sun burst through the clouds at precisely the right moment to illuminate what was happening. I was also really inspired by color. Indian weddings are traditionally very vibrant and we fully embraced this trend with centerpieces full of coral, peach and orange, as well as bright silk saris that stood out against the exposed brick backdrop.”
The best advice the bride received? “If the couple is having fun, the guests will have a blast too. We tried to focus on really enjoying every moment of the day and spent the whole reception on the dance floor with our friends and family. Due to that fact (and our amazing DJ), the dance floor never thinned and I have incredible memories of kicking off my shoes to “Footloose” with our friends, attempting some Bollywood moves with my relatives, and being hoisted up in a chair during the Michigan fight song in homage to our alma mater. When the last song of the night came on, I think we were all pretty sad to leave.”
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Though we live in San Francisco, Jamie and I are both originally from the New York area and knew that we wanted to have our wedding in New York City (we love public transit and the fact that you can get a late-night snack at 3 a.m). When I walked into the Metropolitan Building, a former electrical parts factory, I knew we had found our venue. The vintage aesthetic, coupled with the fact that you can use props that they have on-site, like old steamer trunks and vases, to make the space your own, really separated it from other venues.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? At the last minute, we decided to write our own vows and exchange them. I’m so glad we did because that wound up being my favorite part of the day. The majority of the 1.5 hour ceremony (yup, you read that right) was in sanskrit so having this moment to speak in English about our relationship, crack a few jokes and make commitments that everyone understood, felt incredibly good.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We really wanted our wedding to showcase traditions from both of our cultures. On the Indian side, we had a traditional Hindu ceremony, complete with a Nadhaswaram band who played classical South Indian music, a “sumangali prarthanai” where married female relatives bless the bride, and a henna party at my house where all of my friends learned the art of sitting still with their palms open. To honor our American roots, we exchanged rings, had a rehearsal dinner, reveled in wonderful toasts, cut the cake, and danced until the wee hours.
What advice do you have for other brides? It’s the only time in your life when you will have everyone you love in the same room, so savor that. We were so fortunate to have our friends and extended family join us on our wedding day, particularly my relatives who traveled all the way from India to celebrate with us. One of my favorite photos from the wedding is a portrait of my mom and her eight siblings who haven’t all been in the same place in years. On that note, I would also recommend hiring a great photographer so you can remember the day in all of its glory because it goes by so fast.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? We definitely approached the wedding as a family effort, and that helped. My dad had his friend cater the reception so we saved some money there. Jamie’s mom painted the invitation. My uncle and aunt had the menus and programs printed in India. Jamie’s brother and godmother negotiated a great price on NYC hoodies to hand out at the outdoor rehearsal dinner when the forecast predicted wind and rain. The other thing that is difficult but can help a lot is trimming the guest list. We got ours down to 175, which still seems large, but is a minor miracle when you consider the average size of an Indian wedding. At the end of the day, we felt like the most important people were there with us.
I first saw a little peek at this stunner of a wedding from Bespoke Only on their website, and months later I am finally getting to share it with you! New York’s Metropolitan Building, filled with hundreds of candles, flowers by Saipua, golden details… Not to mention, every single one of Pat Furey‘s photos from this wedding deserves it’s own post – scroll down or check out the gallery and you’ll see what I mean.
The couple wanted their wedding to be both sophisticated and unexpected, beautiful and quirky, with a thoughtful, intimate ceremony where the string quartet played a rendition of Smells Like Teen Spirit – how’s that for unexpected?!
Throughout the wedding, the old blended with the new, for a classic-meets-modern charm, starting with the invitation suite. Chocolate bars at each place setting acted as both favor and place card. Inspired by Mast Brothers Chocolate, each bar was wrapped in fleur de lys patterned paper (the symbol of Florence, where the bride and groom first met) and finished with a kraft label name tag.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding?From the bride: We loved the quirky yet classic and intimate vibe. // From Bespoke Only: The venue was chosen for its unique charm and nostalgic sense of history behind the walls. Being furnished as if it were a private home and filled with intriguing antique finds, Metropolitan Building provided the perfect backdrop for a grand affair
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?From the bride: Romance and fun. Mark and I wanted something special for our big day. Something classic, beautiful, aesthetically minded, yet raucous, quirky, unexpected. // From Bespoke Only: Megan and Mark’s shared appreciation for the beauty of European art and history naturally became the focus of the event. As they are two very fun-loving people, we wanted to keep their personalities in mind when designing, to create a day that was not only classic and sophisticated but also fun with an edge. We approached the overall design with a modern take on the classic elements.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day?From the bride: The ceremony and seeing my grandmother in a gorilla suit at the photo booth. // From Bespoke Only: As the wedding was held the weekend before Halloween, a whole room was dedicated to the most awesome props collected by the bride for the photo booth, including a vintage E.T. mask from the 80’s! With a rack of costumes, funky masks, and trunks full of quirky little props, the room could be easily mistaken for a cool pop-up shop in New York City’s West Village. The end result? Some of the most fun photo booth photos ever
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? From start to finish, Melissa [from Bespoke Only] handled all our demands with ease. Not only did she seamlessly create our wedding day vision but she consistently made thoughtful suggestions and improvements that elevated the design beyond where we could have taken it on our own. Many thanks to her and our very talented dream team everything (food, music, flowers) turned out well above our expectations. It really was the most special and magical day a girl could dream of.
This is one of those weddings that was really tough to narrow down the photos for the feature because there was just so much beauty and emotion in every image. Storybook flowers by McKenzie Powell, touching photos by Michele M. Waite, delicious family style dishes, a romantic garden setting… you’ll definitely want to check out the gallery for this one so you don’t miss a thing!
Amy and Jeri’s advice to other brides? “Take some time after your wedding ceremony to share some quiet moments alone, just the two of you. The day happens so quickly, and you want to be able to treasure the true reason it is all happening.”
Why did you choose this location for your wedding?We had just returned from living in London for a year, and were so inspired by all of the beautiful private gardens that we found throughout the city, and during our European travels. We wanted a place that echoed this feeling, and we wanted incredible food. The Corson Building was a perfect match in all regards.
What inspired you when you were planning? Our inspiration was drawn from our European travels, and from the immense love we had for another. We wanted the day to feel as easy and connected as we feel in our relationship.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Our favorite moments– One, we started the day with yoga on our rooftop deck, a private class led by our favorite yoga teacher, and those moments of calm and connectedness before the big day really helped us to stay grounded and present for one another throughout our day. Two, we received a surprise during the cake cutting when our dearest friend Doris brought out Amy’s favorite childhood dessert that she used to make for her when Amy was a little girl– homemade icing on club crackers!
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? I would suggest making decisions based on what you want, not what you think other people want/expect you to have.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Our day was sweet, perfectly calm, and full of joyous love – the best day of our lives.