Monthly Archives: March 2014

Late summer weddings have the benefit of beautiful weather, gorgeous summer fruit, so many lush flowers to choose from, and the easy going mood of the season. Add a personal ceremony, floral design by Ariella Chezar, photos by Belathée (two of our Select vendors!), and event planning and design by Storied Events, and you’ve got the makings of an extraordinary fête.

Bridesmaids wore deep plum colored chiffon dresses by Amsale, echoing the purple tones of the invitation suite and reception decor.

Says the bride, “I am Jewish, and we stood under a chuppah made from pieces from the train of my mother’s wedding dress during our ceremony.”

Laura’s advice for other brides? “When the day comes, just enjoy and take it all in. It’s not worth it to stress out about the things that might not be exactly how you planned or envisioned them.”

The simple buttercream cake was accented with wild grasses and fresh plums.

Ariella created centerpieces in her signature style, using shades of rich purple and magenta, incorporating dahlias, carnations, zinnias, garden roses, and dusky plums, as well as a variety of foliage.



What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Even though we had a large wedding, we wanted the day to feel as personal as possible. Robert arranged music that several of our friends played for our ceremony and our first dance, and one of my dearest friends wrote and read a beautiful poem during our ceremony. Our friend officiated and we asked him to write a ceremony that felt specific to us, and Robert and I wrote our own vows together. We also wanted to be able to spend as much time with our guests as possible. Instead of having a smaller rehearsal dinner, we had low key welcome barbecue for everyone. The morning of our wedding, I went to a swimming hole with all my best girl friends, since I had a very small bridal party (just our sisters) and knew we wouldn’t need the whole day to get ready. At the end of the night, we had a fire pit and s’mores for everyone.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  The whole weekend was wonderful. I’ll admit that I had found the planning process quite overwhelming and stressful at times, but when the weekend finally arrived, I felt very calm and was so happy to be surrounded by our family and friends. Two moments really stand out. During our ceremony, the song I walked in to wasn’t quite finished when I got to the front of the aisle. Robert and I just stood there holding hands, crying, looking at each other, looking out at everyone surrounding us, and just paused and waited for the music to play. We hadn’t planned for it, but it is one of the most treasured moments of my life. Another highlight happened after our first dance: everyone was seated for the first course, and the DJ started playing Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.” We had planned for low key music during the courses, with dancing following dinner. I think he thought it was a good choice for background music. Well, one of my friends came over to my table and asked me to dance, so I got up, and within moments, the tables were empty and the dance floor was completely packed with people! Not what we had planned for, but we just went with it, and danced the night away!

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  A co-worker told me to ask both sets of parents, and ask each yourselves early on: What are your priorities for this wedding? (Such as the size of guest list, type of venue, religious ceremony or not, etc.) She added that, though you know that you can’t make everyone happy with every decision you make, it’s helpful to be clear as possible about things early on and try to balance the most important decisions.

Photography: Belathée / Event Planning & Design: Carrie Macmillan, Storied Events / Venue: Fox Chair Mountain Farm in Chester, Vermont / Floral Design: Ariella Chezar / Bride’s Dress: Michelle NY / Shoes: Toms / Hair Pins: BHLDN / Groom’s Suit: Theory / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Rentals: Rain or Shine Vermont / Cake: Cakes by Irene

Ariella Chezar and Belathée are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.

  • Vermont Wedding from Belathée and Ariella Chezar

    31 March 2014
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    Sending you off into your weekend with some of my favorite links from this week… see you Monday!

    Meyer lemon marmalade sounds so yummy.

    Two-toned balloons are too fun!

    Hackers team up to save the bees.

    Creative DIY drawer pulls.

    I grew up with lots of freedom to run around, but can you imagine a playground like this?

    Another beautiful book on paper flowers.

    Just send waffles.

    Been looking for a great cross body bag… birthday present to myself?

    Black pepper strawberry butter sounds like a tasty way to ring in Spring.

    We’re turning our backyard shed into an office, and I think this task lamp would be perfect!


    This week on Snippet & Ink:

    London wedding at the Royal Opera House.
    Last day to enter to win $350 from Minted!
    A “less is more” backyard brunch wedding.
    Boho chic wedding with wildly beautiful bouquets.
    A glowing bride in this New England wedding.
    Simple DIY hand embroidery for your wedding dress.


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    Julianne Smith, owner of The Garter Girl, is here sharing her embroidery skills with us for a super sweet tutorial: how to add a little custom embroidery to your wedding day. Whether it’s a memento on the groom’s shirt, or something blue on the wedding dress, we love how simply charming this DIY project is!

    If you want to add something sweet and personal to your wedding dress, then consider hand embroidering something on the inside. You could put your new monogram or wedding date, even a heart! Once you master embroidering on the inside of your dress, you can also try embroidering your fiance’s dress shirt cuffs or a ring pillow. Embroidering by hand is simple, I promise, even if you can’t sew or don’t think of yourself as a “crafty” person!

    Embroidery also a very affordable wedding DIY project. Most packages of embroidery floss cost less than one dollar and you will only need a very small amount of a package. This is such a simple and small project that anyone can try it! The best part is that if it doesn’t work or you don’t like how it turns out, you can take it out with some scissors and try again!

    Sewing needle
    Embroidery floss in any color

    Step 1.  Because I embroider so much and have been doing it for years, I do most of it by “eye balling” the design. But, if you are beginner or just doing this once and want to get it just right, I recommend typing out what you want to embroider and printing it out. This print out will be act as a stencil for your embroidery design. You can pick a gorgeous font or something sweet like a clip art heart. Take your print out and place it underneath your fabric. Use the pencil to very lightly trace your design.

    Step 2.  Cut a length of embroidery floss about 30 inches long. You will notice that one piece of floss is made up of several smaller strands of floss that are twisted together. You’ll want to separate the floss strands and only use two strands of the floss at one time. You can separate it by pulling the strands apart. It helps to place the long piece of floss between your knees as you pull it apart.

    Step 3.  Hold your two strands of floss together and thread them through the eye of your sewing needle. The “eye” is the loop on the opposite end of the pointy end. It helps to moisten your strands and slightly trim them at an angle to make a point so they are easier to thread through the needle. Pull the strand about half way through the eye and let it hang down. On the long end of the floss hanging from the eye, tie a knot. It helps to moisten your fingers and hold the floss between your pointer finger and thumb. Wrap the end of the floss around your pointer finger and roll the strands through your fingers to make a knot.

    Step 4.  Hold your fabric in your lap with the right side facing you. (The “right side” is the side that you want to see when it is finished. The “wrong side” is the backside of the side of the fabric that no one will see.) Put your needle underneath your fabric and point the tip of the needle at the spot where the pencil mark starts. Pull the needle through the fabric at this point. The needle should go from the wrong side through to the right side of the fabric. Gently pull your needle with the floss on it through the fabric until the knot catches and you can’t pull it anymore.

    Step 5.  You will use the pencil marks as a guide and sew right over the pencil marks. If you made the pencil marks light enough, you won’t see the marks when you are done. Place your needle 1/8th an inch past the point where the floss came through from the wrong side. This is your starting point. Push the needle through the fabric slightly and pop it back through the fabric just before the starting point. It helps to use your opposite hand’s thumb as a guide. Gently pull the floss until it catches and you can’t pull anymore. Be soft and don’t pull it too tight. Put your needle 1/8th of an inch father up the pencil mark and pop it through the fabric right at the point where the first stitch started. Repeat these tiny stitches all across the pencil marks until the end. This is called the running stitch. If you need more instructions for how to do the running stitch or are a visual learner, you can search the Internet for tutorials on the running stitch.

    Step 6.  When you get to a sharp corner, push your needle down through the fabric to the wrong side. (You will be starting again.) Then bring the needle back up through to the right side of the fabric at the point that you want to start a new angle. Continue the running stitch down your new pencile marks.

    Step 7.  When you are finished, push your needle down through the fabric to the wrong side. Turn the fabric over so that you are looking at the wrong side. Pull your needle off of the floss and set it aside, you are finished with the needle. Gently tie the floss strands into a knot and trim the ends, leaving about a 1-inch tail.

    Concept, Tutorial: The Garter Girl / Photography: Abby Jiu


    The Garter Girl is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink. If you’re looking for the perfect, custom garter for your wedding day, look no further! Every piece is made by hand, and we especially love the set of 5 ombre garters for you and your bridesmaids. 

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    I love Jillian Mitchell‘s photos because they really capture the energy of her clients and their weddings – that’s why she’s a Snippet & Ink Select vendor! It’s so clear from these images that this wedding and the bride and groom were full to the brim of love and joy… plus they chose a venue with a working carousel, so it would be hard not to enjoy yourself!

    The couple opted to get married in the town where they live: “Michael is from Australia, and my family lives in South Carolina, so anywhere we chose would have been a destination wedding for at least half the guests – might as well have it where we currently live so it was convenient for us to plan. Our venue had it all: a beach, views over Long Island Sound, an already gorgeously decorated space, a roof and walls in case of inclement weather, and oh yes a WORKING CAROUSEL.”

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    I asked the bride what her favorite part of the day was. “This is an impossible question,” she says. “Was it when we were walking back down the aisle after the ceremony? Was it when we snuck out back to make out during the reception? Was it laughing hysterically during the dance? Was it revealing the sex of our baby after the speeches and getting a standing ovation (I was five months pregnant at the time, and we had the ultrasound technician write the sex on a card, then we opened the envelope at the end of the speeches)? I think the best part was seeing so many people smiling so hard and really truly wishing us deep happiness. It was the BEST feeling in the world.”



    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We (yes, both of us) read the book A Practical Wedding and chose a few key words that were important to the feeling we wanted the ceremony and reception to have: fun, meaningful, inclusive, relaxed, and elegant. In terms of visuals, we used a photo of one of the carousel horses to guide the color scheme, and focused on the colors that were already part of the venue: silvers and golds, dusky purples and pinks and sage green. We knew we didn’t want a “carnival” so instead our theme was “vintage carousel at the beach.” I scoured the internet for photos that spoke to me. We spent a lot of time working on the ceremony with our amazing officiant. The theme of inclusiveness guided a lot of our decisions for the ceremony.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  What made our wedding so special (besides the fact that it was ours) was the goal of inclusiveness, which guided a surprising number of decisions. We both had our parents walk us down the aisle, we had the bridal party read a poem during the ceremony; we had the entire audience agree to support us in our marriage. After the ceremony we took a big group photo of all the attendees and asked everyone to sign our wedding certificate as witnesses (a take on a Quaker tradition) – both these items are framed in our apartment, and the latter now hangs above our bed.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Don’t forget about the ceremony – that’s the whole point, after all! I really really recommend reading A Practical Wedding at the beginning of the process.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  See above. Set a budget and choose your three priorities (for us it was venue, photography, and food), and then go low rent on the rest of it. Don’t forget about the fussy little bits like programs and reserved seat signs – we printed them ourselves and it’s such a relief to just get them out of the way as early as possible. And if you get overwhelmed, just remember that planning a wedding boils down to decisions and logistics.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  We got buddies to DJ and we rented a full PA system for them for under $100 and it sounded awesome. Find a great venue. Ultimately, you’re throwing a party for other people, and they won’t care about your dress or your bouquet. They’ll care about how happy you look and how meaningful the ceremony was. (And they’ll REALLY care about the food and if there’s enough booze.). Also, if you’re working with a tight budget, TELL YOUR VENDORS UPFRONT; they will try to massage things so that they work for you – and if your vendors aren’t like that then get new ones!

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Two things: life and death. Both relate to my speech (because why shouldn’t a bride give a speech?). My grandmother had passed away about five months before the wedding. She loved flowers and flower arranging with a passion. So, instead of tossing my bouquet to the tiny collection of single girlfriends, I had originally planned to give it to her. Instead, during my speech I gave it to my grandfather. He put it on her grave on their 66th wedding anniversary, just two days after our wedding. In my speech I also brought up how this was as close as I was going to get to winning an Academy Award: I spent hours in hair and makeup, I was wearing a gorgeous dress, I got to thank everyone who had supported me along the way, etc., etc. And what awards show would be complete without the drama of opening a gold envelope? So then we had our brothers, the future uncles, come to the front and open then envelope containing a card with the sex of our baby on it. Upon the revelation that it was going to be a girl, everyone went nuts and gave us a standing, cheering ovation. (Her name is Francesca, by the way, and she is why I am answering these questions at 3AM several weeks after I was supposed to.)

    Photography: Jillian Mitchell / Venue: Carousel House at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, Connecticut / Day-of Coordination: Leah Willis / Officiant: Rev. Megan Lloyd Joiner-Clark / Bride’s Dress: J.Crew / Tailoring: Valentino Tailors / Shoes: Loeffler Randall / Veil: Everthine Bridal / Hair Accessories: Untamed Petals via Everthine Bridal / Groom’s Suit, Shirt: Ravi Seghal / Bow Tie: EH&CO / Shoes: Donald J. Pliner / Maid of Honor Dress: Allsaints / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Calypso St. Barth, Dillard’s / Flower Girl Dress, Groomsmen Suits: J.Crew / Pocket Squares: MJW Threads / Floral Design: Blossom Shop / Music: Matt Dingledine / Catering: Catering by Christine / Baklava: Mamouns / Cookies: Berger Cookies / Lighting: Philips Color Kinetics / Wedding Certificate Calligraphy: Lori Raines Calligraphy / Stationery Calligraphy: Jennifer Babcock / Hair: Adriana Papaleo, TIGI NYC / Makeup: Christopher Catanese, TIGI NYC

    Jillian Mitchell is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.

  • Carousel House Wedding from Jillian Mitchell

    27 March 2014
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