We appear to be having technical difficulties that are preventing me from posting a photo with these links… fingers crossed that my web folks will have it fixed soon! Until then, here are some of my favorite links from around the web this week…
Lunchtime links are coming up shortly, but first, meet five more of our brilliant Snippet & Ink Select vendors…
Karen and Frank are the husband and wife team behind Karen Hill Photography, and they approach weddings with an organic, natural approach. They follow the day as it unfolds, paying close attention to every detail, and capturing the story of the day with timeless photographs.
From highlighting the details of hemstitch linen napkins, fine china, and beautiful ambient light, to executing proper flow and flawless timing that are most impactful to your event, Lyndsey Hamilton Events envision, create, and execute the perfect wedding experience.
Scott Andrew has traveled all over the world to capture weddings with his ethereal, and editorial, style of photography. No matter the location, Scott brings the same thoughtful eye to each event, with a passion for finding the most beautiful elements of the day, in order to tell a larger story.
The work that comes out of the Paperfinger calligraphy studio is quirky, modern, romantic… contemporary elegance at its most beautiful. They are especially known for their custom invitations, menus, and other charming hand lettered and illustrated wedding day details.
Susan Dean draws inspiration from her clients, working to create images that capture the true spirit of a couple and their loved ones – “a celebration of life through photography.” She becomes a seamless part of every wedding day, and the resulting photographs are authentic, modern, and timeless.
Snippet & Ink Select is a handpicked selection of wedding vendors and companies we believe in. These are the vendors we would recommend to our sisters and our best friends, because their work represents the best the wedding industry has to offer. Learn more about Snippet & Ink Select.
When I first saw a sneak peek of this stunning bouquet on Eric Kelley‘s blog, I was dying to know about the rest of the wedding, so you can imagine how excited I was when Eric offered to share it with us on Snippet & Ink! As soon as you see these photos, I know you’re going to fall for Aris and Ona’s glamorous, romantic ballroom wedding just like I did… (Not to mention, Eric Kelley and hair and makeup artist Lora Kelley are both Select vendors!)
I love this little detail: Favor boxes were finished with a wax seal of the newlyweds’ monogram, which also happens to spell out OPA! They were filled with five koufeta, traditional white sugar covered almonds. “They represent the bittersweet life of a married couple,” says the bride, “and each of the five almonds symbolizes a wish for the new husband and wife: happiness, health, wealth, children and a long life.”
In addition to two types of wedding cake, there was also a tea and cookie bar with cookies made by the groom’s grandmother.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? When my husband and I began our search for a venue we knew we wanted a few specifics – first, the food had to be amazing (my husband is a really big foodie); second, it had to be in the city, preferably close to where we had lived through our entire 5 year relationship; and finally, it had to feel like “us.” One of our favorite restaurants in the city had always been Blue Duck Tavern, which was also conveniently a block away from our condo. When we learned that the Blue Duck also catered all of the food straight from there kitchen to your guests’ tables for weddings at the Park Hyatt we were pretty much sold. Add in that the venue was modern yet still maintained a very cozy and organic atmosphere it was perfectly us!
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? When I envisioned our wedding I wanted our guests to feel transported into, for lack of a better term, an enchanted forest. I wanted our wedding to feel very organic, unstructured, whimsical, and romantic. I envisioned bringing the outdoors inside – with branches and candlelight, soft colors and wood.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? My husband and I both agree that our favorite moment was walking into the ballroom before our guests to get a sneak peak. It was that moment when you realized everything you had envisioned and dreamed off was even better in reality.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Think of your wedding as a play – with each part being it’s own significant act. What do you want your guests to think, feel, experience. Go at it each one individually.
What advice do you have for other brides? Do your research & then trust your vendors! Everyone tells me that I was one of the calmest brides they’d ever seen. And honestly, it was because I had totally faith in all of my vendors doing what I hired them to do. My husband and I had so much fun on our wedding day – we were full of energy and life…and our guests just fed off of that momentum. It was one big party and completely perfect.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? First of all – Overestimate! You will almost always spend more then you think. Keep a little stash away towards the end because all of the “minor” details really start to add up to a lot. Let photography be a big money item…it’s all you have to look back on; don’t skimp here! Oh, and when it comes to lighting – yes, it’s expensive; but it also completely finishes off your atmosphere.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?We worked really hard to make sure that their were constant little touches and details that stood out as “us”. We both grew up in families that worked in agriculture. Our rehearsal dinner incorporated original wooden produce boxes from when his great grandfather founded their company. Our favors that evening were mini versions of the boxes with fruit & vegetable candies. On the day of our wedding I had him wear black jack cufflinks, his favorite gambling game. I also tucked away my great grandmother’s handkerchief in my dress. We used OPA in various places, as it is both our monogram and is used to signify a celebration in Greek. I could go on and on…but basically everywhere throughout the wedding the details were consistent with little tokens of “us”.
Yesterday my sister shared the story of her wedding, and how it was impacted by the floods that hit Colorado last September. Today’s post is an entirely different look at how the flooding affected another wedding, that of Kelly and Aaron (who happens to be one of my husband’s best friends since childhood). The groom kindly shared their story, and Sara Hasstedt shared these beautiful photos.
When we booked our destination wedding in Estes Park, Colorado, we envisioned sunny skies, warm weather, and mountain vistas. We arrived the Wednesday ahead of our Sunday wedding to gloomy skies and the forecast of rain. That evening we enjoyed a nice dinner with one of the bridesmaids and her husband, discussing the fun events to come over the next several days. We booked a hotel on the river for our first few nights prior to the wedding. Throughout the night, our phones continued to alert us to “flash flood warnings” in the area. I nervously looked out over our deck at the river, watching it grow higher and higher. The following morning, the first text I received was from one of the groomsmen and read, “How does it feel to be stranded in Estes Park?” Within the coming hours, we learned that the downtown had flooded and the two main highways coming from Denver had been destroyed. The mountains above Estes had received over eight inches of rain in just three hours that night. While we frantically tried to contact our family and friends who were en route, we lost cell phone and Internet service. Watching the rising water infiltrate our hotel, we were relocated to their sister hotel, Murphy’s Resort. Luckily, their Internet provider was the only one in town that still had service, allowing us to stay in contact with our guests and vendors.
Over the next forty-eight hours we had no idea if the wedding would actually occur. We began hearing rumors that our guests would not be allowed into the city because of the now limited access due to severe flooding and mudslides. Many of the weddings in Estes were cancelled and there were suggestions that we should follow suit or move the venue to Denver. Through the help of the staff at Della Terra and Murphy’s Resort, we were able to get many of our guests into town. Each guest had to pass by a national park ranger or through National Guard checkpoints showing our wedding invitation in order to gain access to the town. Each tells stories of pleading with guards and driving behind a snow plow utilized to clear the road of water entering Estes Park. A simple two hour trip from the Denver airport became more than a seven hour adventure for most.
As icing on the cake, Kelly’s wedding dress was stranded at a dry cleaner in Longmont, Colorado. Longmont was heavily damaged by the flooding and mostly evacuated – leaving her wedding dress newly steamed but unreachable. Hearing of our struggles via Facebook and Twitter, the amazing people of Estes Park scrambled to find her a replacement, allowing her to try on their own wedding dresses at their homes. As guests began to trickle into town, we were in a race to find a new rehearsal dinner site as our first was under water. A new restaurant, The Overlook, graciously agreed to host our rehearsal dinner party on less than 24 hours notice for “somewhere between twenty and fifty guests,” our best estimate.
With the help of so many people, the wedding started to come together. The wonderful staff at Murphy’s Resort helped us every step of the way and even manicured Kelly’s nails. Our phenomenal vendors worked together and carpooled in order to be able to arrive at our wedding. Sara Hasstedt, our photographer, arranged for Kelly’s dress to be picked up in Longmont, and then drove it up the mountain herself, in the dark and the rain, the night before the wedding.*
In the end, forty-five of our seventy guests were able to brave the storm and make it to our wedding amid the natural disaster. While our wedding week was far from what we envisioned, our family and friends rallied around us despite the dire circumstances to make for an unforgettable night. The kindness shown to us by the people of Estes Park was overwhelming and their willingness to lend a helping hand will never be forgotten. It is said that rain on a wedding day is good luck, so I guess we will have enough luck to last a lifetime.
*When it looked like she might not have a wedding dress to wear, the bride joked that people had better be ready to wear jean shorts, because she would not be upstaged on her own wedding day. Thankfully, it didn’t come to that. Sara Hasstedt shares how social media helped save Kelly’s dress: “Longmont was one of the towns that had been evacuated due to the floods. I reached out on Facebook, and two friends immediately commented that they wanted to help. These two women took the initiative to coordinate with each other via Facebook to help rescue Kelly’s dress. They were moved by her story and, both being married women themselves, wanted to make sure that this bride, who they didn’t even know, could still look and feel her most beautiful on her wedding day.”
Thank you so much to Kelly and Aaron for sharing your incredible wedding story with us!
Last September, my sister’s wedding was cancelled due to the catastrophic flooding in Colorado. Instead of postponing their nuptials, she and her fiance ran off to the wine country to get hitched that very weekend. This is the story of their elopement, with beautiful photos from Select vendor, Christina McNeill. And if you missed it earlier, you can see Part One of Lora and Grant’s wedding story right here, where my sister talks about planning a wedding that didn’t happen.
On Friday morning, the day before their Colorado wedding would have happened, my sister says, “I woke up in our beautiful hotel room in Napa and prepared to exchange vows with my husband-to-be. Our wedding photographer lives in the Bay Area, so she was able to pick up some things from local loved ones: champagne and a few good luck trinkets from my sister, and gold bows for my shoes (and a glue gun to attach them with) and a beautiful bouquet from my godmother. I had my dress, which was just as I had imagined it. I had my veil to make me feel like a true bride. I did my makeup and hair. And I was so sure in what I was about to do, that I knew the day would be just as it should be, and I embraced it with both arms.”
Lora and Grant walked up the steps of the Napa Valley courthouse, only to be told that they were in the wrong place… instead they needed to go around the corner, down a little alley, to the county clerk recorder’s office…
The best advice Lora received as a bride? “Just go with it. The county offices where we got married weren’t exactly beautiful. They looked a little like a DMV. And the special room for weddings was particularly interesting. There was a large old 70’s photo of a vineyard, faded and yellowed, plastered on one whole wall, and it was framed by two polyester maroon curtains. Not exactly what I had been expecting or would have chosen. When we walked into the room our photographer didn’t skip a beat. “Just go with it.” She said. “This is amazing, I can see some great cheesy prom pose pictures happening in here.” I wouldn’t say that it was her words so much as how she delivered them. She wasn’t just telling me to go with it; she wasn’t going to allow anything else. It was such a relief and immediately took all of the pressure off! Grant and I were able to have fun with the space and our photographer and neither of us worried about the curtains or the poster. It became a fun part of the day instead.” (See some of the cheesy prom pose photos in the gallery.)
In addition to her something old, new, borrow, and blue, Lora’s earrings were a gift from the groom’s mother. They were custom made drop pearls, accented with diamonds that had once been part of her own engagement ring.
The gold and cream bouquet included cafe au lait dahlias, parrot tulips, lace cap hydrangea, ranunculus, passion vine, hellebores, blushing bride protea, wild grasses, and miniature pomegranate, accented with a gold brocade ribbon.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? I really enjoyed the entire day so much. Getting ready in the morning, the wedding ceremony, and the photo shoot around Napa Valley afterwards were all very special and fun. But perhaps my favorite part of the day was after all of that when it was just Grant and me, walking in the dark from our hotel to Bouchon for dinner. Yountville is so beautiful, peaceful, and quaint, it felt like being in a movie. Especially after the amazing day we had. We were both on such a high but both so relaxed. It made it feel real for me, that Grant was my husband and I was his wife, and we were walking to our first dinner together.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? I had planned on including a few traditions in our wedding, but due to all the last minute rearrangements, all that stuff sort of fell to the wayside. Luckily, I have one of the best sisters in the world and she sent a wedding tradition care package along with my photographer. Not only did she send celebratory champagne (and beer for Grant), but she also included something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence for my shoe. I didn’t know I’d feel this way beforehand, but I really appreciated having these little things to make me feel like a bride. Traditions have a way of transcending time and space, and taking part in this tradition allowed me to feel like I was a part of something bigger.
What advice do you have for other brides? To go with what feels right for you. I felt pressured to have the perfect wedding and that caused me to stray from what I knew all along I would really enjoy. Something small, personal, and private. Thankfully I got a second chance and was able to have my perfect wedding all along. But I really wish I had stuck to my guns from the beginning. It would have saved a lot of time, money, and stress.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Something unexpected about the day was everyone’s positive reactions to us as we made out way through Yountville. We stopped at Bouchon Bakery for savory fouette and a raspberry eclair. Other customers beamed at us and gave us a polite congratulations. At the R + D Kitchen the hostess immediately congratulated us and quickly swept us to a seat at the bar, poured us some champagne, and gave us some delicious crostini to nibble on. When we mentioned how much we loved their bee champagne flutes, and if we could purchase them as a memento, she insisted that we take them, free of charge. The bartender and rest of the staff were all more than accommodating and really made us both feel like guests of honor.