Monthly Archives: June 2014

Blush gowns, baby’s breath and roses, champagne coupes and a towering white cake… all of these details make Emily and Christopher’s Louisiana wedding a perfectly timeless celebration. Captured by Select photographer Cassidy Carson, it’s a beautiful way to welcome the week.

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Bridesmaids wore blush pink chiffon gowns and carried simple bouquets of pink roses baby’s breath.

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Says the bride, “What was so special about the ceremony was that we included 2 old hymns sung by the congregation before the event started. It was neat to have the guests be part of the ceremony in a unique way.”

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A sign that read #emandchrisweddingbliss encouraged guests to share their own photos from the day on Instagram.

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The cake was decorated with pink roses, and the bridesmaids’ pink rose and baby’s breath bouquets were laid in a circle around the base of the cake.

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This is quite possibly my favorite first dance shot of all time… what a unique and beautiful perspective!

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  The location was a close family friend’s home and I have always been in awe of how gorgeous it was. I was interested in having the combination of an indoor/outdoor reception and this location was absolutely perfect for all my desires. It was full of flowers, a running stream, and gorgeous Victorian style interior.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I was inspired by spring, and emphasizing the natural beauty of the outdoors.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Because it’s so hard to narrow it down to one, I have three! First look in the pines, enjoying a peaceful walk and brunch with my sisters, and seeing family and friends who traveled so near and far to be a part of our special day.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  As believers of Christ, we gave communion and prayed with our parents on stage. It was very important to us to keep the Lord centered throughout the ceremony.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Enjoy every moment because the day will fly by.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Even if something goes wrong during the day, it’s okay because you’re marrying the man of your dreams.

 

Cassidy Carson is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.

Photography: Cassidy Carson / Venue: Private Residence in Ruston, Louisiana / Officiant: Mike Holloway / Dress: Maggie Sottero /  Shoes: Jessica Simpson / Suit: Men’s Warehouse / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid / Cake: Moore Cake Please
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  • Louisiana Wedding from Cassidy Carson

    30 June 2014
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    Sometimes you just need a break from wedding planning, and by Friday everyone is ready for a break anyway! So each week, we send you into the weekend with some of our favorite finds from around the web, from pretty products to tutorials to interesting articles, and whatever else strikes our fancy. We hope you enjoy, and of course have a happy, happy weekend!

    Not Without Salt Not Without Salt

    I can’t get enough of nectarines right now, and love the idea of putting them in a salad.

    Oh do I love this dress.

    Who knew a tampon commercial could be so fantastic?!

    I really want to take this hand lettering class on Skillshare.

    The great artisanal cheese panic of 2014.

    This is my favorite blog right now. I love daydreaming about owning a wonderful old house someday!

    Also enjoying this beautiful blog – makes me want to take another honeymoon (like I needed convincing).

    Genius way to cut a bunch of grapes in half at once!

    Dynamite favors (for a 4th of July wedding?).

    If you’re in or near San Francisco, don’t miss dinner at TBD. I don’t usually post about restaurants, but this makes my list of top five meals of all time. I can’t stop thinking about it!

    I will definitely be making rocky road pudding pops this summer.

    A glass labyrinth.

     

     

    Come across any gems lately? Share your finds in the comments, and have a lovely weekend!

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    Nina & Wes sent over the photos of this sweet Kentucky wedding, and I think it’s such a perfect example of the impact of a beautiful venue…

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    Says the bride: “I’ve always dreamed about having my wedding outdoors where I would be surrounded by trees, birds and God’s wonderful creations. I love nature and that is where I feel God’s presence the most. So I knew that I had to have a place that was naturally beautiful without artificial decorations. I wanted our love to be shared with others in a setting that felt free, graceful, and everlasting. I grew up in Richmond and as a child I attended many events at White Hall; there was no better place than to have a wedding where it reminded me of childhood memories. Knowing that my father would give me away on the same land that I had once ran, laughed, and played on as a child was very comforting to me.”

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    Each bouquet was accented with a special gold dragonfly pin: “There were many details that I loved about my wedding, but there is one that really stands out to me. I am a very lucky girl to say that most of my bridesmaids were ladies that I have grown up with since childhood. We did everything together and loved each other more like sisters than friends. When we were 18, one our best friends, Megan, was killed. It was a horrific, tragic time, but it brought us all closer together. I knew that if she were alive that she would have been a bridesmaid in my wedding, and I wanted to honor her memory on one of the biggest days of my life. Megan loved dragonflies: she drew pictures of them, she admired their beauty and one was even carved into her headstone. I thought long and hard on how I was going to honor her since she was such a big part of all of our lives. After a great deal of searching I finally found someone who created delicate, gold dragonflies. I ordered one for myself and each bridesmaid and had the florist tie them to the stems of each bouquet. This symbol of Megan’s memory was special to each of us, especially her sister Sara who was a bridesmaid. This beautiful dragonfly tucked under our flowers was a way that Megan could walk down the aisle with us, be with us throughout the day, just as if she were still alive.”

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    Both the ceremony and reception venues were historical sites. White Hall (the ceremony site) was built in 1798, and the Keene Johnson Ballroom (the reception venue) was built in 1896. The bride’s uncle made the large wood cross for the outdoor ceremony.

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    “My day was overflowing with magical moments,” says Jessica, “however my favorite moment was when my dad gave me away and I grabbed Dylan’s hand for the first time, knowing I would be his wife in a matter of minutes. I was so overwhelmed with happiness and emotions that all I could do was burst into tears knowing that this was the hand I would hold forever.”

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I was inspired by my love for vintage, soft colors, and simple things. I wanted everything to have a vintage theme. Natural colors, lace, classic invitations, vintage car, long flowing dresses, bow ties for the groomsmen, and jewelry (hair brooch, earrings, and bracelet) that look like jewels my great-grandmother would have worn. Walking past that mansion on that gorgeous lawn made me feel very elegant!

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  There were many traditions spread throughout the day, but Dylan and I made new traditions too. I gave my mother, my father, and each bridesmaid a handwritten letter full of memories and love, with a dated, sentimental picture of the each individual and myself. Dylan and I also wrote letters to each other and heard those sweet and humorous words for the first time when the pastor read them during the ceremony. We wanted to keep God front and center, thus our focal point for the ceremony was a large rugged cross made by Uncle Mike.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received was to relax, enjoy each moment, and let someone else worry about the details. That advice probably sounds familiar, but it’s so easy for a bride to get caught up in the details of getting her hair done, makeup, pictures, worrying about timing. Honestly take a step back from all the craziness and take a moment to enjoy – it only happens once! I can truly say I experienced many emotions throughout the day and I often had to take deep breaths to soak in the beauty of it all!

    What advice do you have for other brides?  The best advice I have is to always smile. The day will go on and maybe not exactly as you planned, but when it is all said and done you want to look back and remember that through it all you have a wonderful day and you were happy, blessed, and smiling! When the bride is happy and smiling it is contagious and everyone around you will smile as well.

    Photography: Nina & Wes / Ceremony Venue: White Hall in Richmond, Kentucky / Reception Venue: Keene Johnson Ballroom in Richmond, Kentucky / Event Planning: Ginny Adkins, Sharing Special Moments / Officiant: Kelly Jennings / Dress: Susana, La Sposas via Twirl Bridal Boutique / Shoes: Anette White / Brooch, Earrings, Bracelet: Annie Sara Gabriel / Tuxedo: Geno’s Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkof / Stationery: Blue Sash / Floral Design: Crist Crenoa Designs / Bentley: Gold Shield Cars / Limousine Party Bus: Thoroughbred Limo / Music: Ross Hill / Trumpeter: Evan Cummins / Catering: Aramark Catering / Cake: Tinker’s Cake Shop / Wedding Trolley: Kentucky River Foothills / Stationery: The Blusash 
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  • White Hall Wedding from Nina & Wes

    25 June 2014
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    Two of our incredible Select vendors at one of Northern California’s most elegant venues, all together in one  beautiful wedding! MAP Events brought a classic style to Megan and Clinton’s wine country nuptials, and Meg Smith captured it all with her timeless photography…

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    Says Megan, “I wore my grandmother’s garter belt from her wedding (after some fixing up). Conveniently, it was blue so the garter represented both my ‘something old’ and ‘something blue’ from the traditional four ‘somethings.’”

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    The couple made their way from the ceremony to the reception in a vintage checker cab.

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    Says Melissa from MAP Events, “Megan had a very specific design idea in mind with farm tables, lace runners, and white antique lounge furniture. Kate Stanley designed the space with a mix of linen covered tables to balance out space, and used romantic white flowers.”

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    Escort cards with calligraphy by Tara Jones were displayed under sheer white ribbons.

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    Says Megan of the choice to hold the reception at Beaulieu Garden“We chose Beaulieu because the venue was the perfect canvas to create the casual black-tie atmosphere we were looking for. The location’s versatile layout gave us the ability to host fountain-side cocktails in the front garden area, while taking wedding photos in the picturesque backyard landscape. From there, we were able to nicely transition to dinner under the arbor and dancing under the stars.”

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    Perfect Endings created a gorgeous four-tiered cake covered with textured white chocolate and their signature sugar flowers. Each tier was a different flavor: double chocolate with raspberry, pound cake with raspberry, red velvet, and banana cake.

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    And of course there’s nothing quite like a Magnolia Photo Booth to add to the wedding festivities!

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    Wedding film by one of our all-time favorites, Sandbox Love!

    SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THIS CLASSIC WINE COUNTRY WEDDING AT BEAULIEU GARDEN.

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We are both from northern California and consume more wine than we’d like to admit, so Napa was a natural fit. Since we had many guests traveling in from out of town, we also felt that Napa would be a nice vacation-y spot for our family and friends over the Memorial Day weekend.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The country vineyards of Napa combined with the venue’s manicured garden served as inspiration. When we visited Beaulieu Gardens, the French Chateau oasis in Napa fit the country chic vision perfectly.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  The experience in its entirety blends into one surreal moment, but if we had to choose a single favorite moment, it would have to be the first look.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  The groom’s cake was a fun detail as it represented the progression of Clinton’s interests from when we started dating in college to our final years in New York before moving back to California. Clinton played football in school so the cake was shaped into a football helmet that was half his high school helmet and half his college helmet. Right next to the helmet was a mini fondant sculpture of our dog, Ryley, who we raised in New York.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice came from my bridesmaids who told me to focus on choosing the venue first and let the details and inspiration follow from there.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t stress over things out of your control – like the weather. Channel that energy into things you can control. Also, another piece of advice is don’t feel pressure to rush into a wedding after getting engaged. We had an 18-month engagement and although at times we just wanted to get on with the big day, we also couldn’t imagine rushing to plan such an important weekend.

    Menu
    First Course: Peppery Greens with Oven Cured Tomatoes / Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese, Honey-Lemon-Lavender Vinaigrette, House Made Grissini, Herb Blossoms // Main Course: Filet of Beef Tenderloin with Merlot Demi Glace, Leek and Thyme Rösti Potato and Assorted Beets or Fennel, Coriander and Chile Crusted Bass served with Wilted Spinach, Potato-Fennel Purée and a Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette, Micro Greens or Red Quinoa Wrapped with Savoy with Mushroom Demi Glace, Leek and Thyme Rösti Potato and Assorted Beets

    Photography: Meg Smith / Event Planning: Melissa Panico, MAP Events /  Venue: Beaulieu Garden in Rutherford, California / Church: Grace Episcopal Church / Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti / Groom’s Suit: Thick as Thieves LA / Shoes: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Floral Design: Kate Stanley / Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering / Cake: Perfect Endings / Calligraphy: Tara Jones / Stationery: Mr. Boddington’s Studio /  Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, One True Love Vintage Rentals / Music: Starlite Strings, Notorious / Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth / Videography: Sandbox Love / Transportation: California Wine Tours / Vintage Checker Cab: Marin Checker Taxi / Hair, Makeup: Sherrie Long / Lighting: Got Light

    Meg Smith and MAP Events are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.
    Magnolia Photo Booth is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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  • Beaulieu Garden Wedding by Meg Smith

    24 June 2014
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