From Heather: “This one stopped me in my tracks as I was going through our 600+ photos from the day. It was an instant favorite and still remains at the very top of my list. The joy and happiness in our faces as we danced together for the first time, while singing and laughing, is so genuine and candid. I can feel the love exuding from it and it perfectly captures exactly how I felt at that moment in time.”


From Brady: “One of my favorite photos shows Heather and me enjoying a moment alone while our guests eat dinner. It captures a perfect and personal moment out in the fields on the farm. I love seeing Heather in her gown out in the tall grass. More important, this photo captures true smiles and happiness. All day, we smiled at numerous cameras for photos, but in this moment, we got a chance to stop and smile at each other.


“Tied for favorite photo is this one of us holding hands during our wedding ceremony with our guests looking on and our dog sound asleep at our feet. It was a peaceful day on the farm.”


Photos by Ruth Eileen. See Heather and Brady’s wedding feature right HERE.

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Beautiful photos of fun details are incredibly inspiring, but we’re always so tickled when a couple goes above and beyond just sharing their photos, and shares details of their ceremony and their budget – knowing the specifics of how someone else did it can make planning so much easier! Big thanks to Heather and Brady for sharing their full wedding ceremony and their budget breakdown (in addition to their gorgeous photos!).


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The Ceremony

“We had our dog, Nicholas, walk down the aisle with Brady,” says Heather. “We weren’t sure how this would work out, but he is generally a very calm dog so we went for it. I had seen him and Brady before the ceremony for photos so he got his excitement out then and when he got to the altar area he immediately made himself comfortable, laying down in the grass, and watching as the bridesmaids and then my Dad and I walked down the aisle. He didn’t get up or pull away, he just lied there watching intently. When everyone was in place and the ministers started speaking, he stretched out behind Brady and went to sleep! At one point in the ceremony, the ministers mentioned him, and Brady and I turned around to see him sound asleep behind us and we, along with everyone else, started laughing. He was a perfect four-legged groomsman and it made us so happy to have him there with us.”


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Your ceremony in three words.  Thoughtful, Personal, Happy.

How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  Brady’s aunt and uncle were our ministers. They had married his two older siblings already and we knew they were the perfect choice for us as well. The ceremony and sermon were so much more personal and we were more relaxed in their presence. They sent us their basic wedding template with two variations on the ritual, as well as some recommended readings common for weddings. We used one scripture reading from their list, and chose one that is not as commonly used in weddings (Ruth 1:16-17), but we thought the words and sentiment fit our lifestyle perfectly. We also chose to add two non-scripture readings that were perfect for the occasion and they obliged, even including one as a basis for the sermon. We decided to combine our own personal written vows with traditional vows and they turned out perfectly.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The vows, easily! Brady and I wrote our own but followed the same format so that the personal words and promises were a surprise to each other, but we also knew we were on the same page. We started with a brief history and a few kind words, then on to personal promises, and then we added the traditional vows. We each ended with “It was always you, [Brady/Heather]. It will always be you.” The last line was something I wrote down soon after we got engaged and knew I had to have in my vows. I couldn’t help sharing it with Brady and he wanted to use it too. It perfectly wrapped up our vows and tied them together.



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The Reception

“Brady and I met in high school in 2001. We went to Brady’s senior prom together and then parted ways as he went off to college and then started a career in the Navy, while I went on to nursing school. But we always kept in touch and met up every year for dinner around Christmas when he was in town. In 2009 our dinner together felt different and I wondered why I kept letting him go. After that we started to talk daily. He was living in Mississippi and I was living in Massachusetts. I made my first trip to visit him in April 2009 to see if it was more than friendship (it was!) and eventually moved to live by him in February 2010. Since then, we’ve lived in four states (and are moving again at the end of this year). Needless to say, our wedding was a long time coming and we enjoyed every last second. We spent the night on the dance floor. Our feet hurt, my gown was filthy, my hair was a mess. The first thing we did when we got back to our room was sit on the edge of the tub and soak our poor feet while eating the snacks that our caterer left for us! Despite the stress and anxiety a wedding can bring, we’d do it again in a heartbeat. It was that good.”


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Your ceremony in three words.  SO MUCH FUN!

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  A vintage crystal decanter! It was the first piece I saw that set in motion the rest of our plans. I was over-inspired, if that’s possible, by magazines, blogs and Pinterest and my head was spinning with all the possibilities and color schemes and themes available. When I saw the crystal decanter, my brain slowed down a little and started thinking about how I could incorporate it. From there, everything else started to fall into place: a loose theme of “Elegant Barn Wedding” and colors, flowers, decor all started falling into place.


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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Chickens, newborn goats, sheep, wild turkeys, a garden full of peonies, lilac trees. It’s so hard to choose one reason why the farm appealed to us! Every inch of Mount Hope Farm is charming and beautiful, when we first visited it felt like we stumbled into a dream. We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding in New England and it perfectly fit the bill and truly felt like us. We were able to rent every room on the farm and have most of our family stay there as well, turning our wedding weekend into a perfect family getaway.

Signature Cocktail: Cucumber Margarita with a Tajin Rim // Passed Hors d’Oeuvres: Mini Lobster Rolls / Deviled Eggs / Shrimp Cocktail Shots / Goat Cheese Rounds / Mini Lamb Chops // Starter: Ceasar Salad // Main Course: Delmonico Grille Marinated Ribeye Steak with Red Onion Balsamic Marmalade and Cabernet Au Jus, served with Yukon Potato Wedges, and Broccolini with Red Peppers / Pan Seared Local Scallops with Sundried Tomato Chardonnay Cream, served with Creamy Orzo with Mushrooms and Scallions, and Vegetable Batons / Wild Mushroom Ravioli // Dessert: Various Miniature Sweets / Cotton Candy / Chocolate Wedding Cake

Reception Entrance Song: Happy by Pharrell Williams
First Dance Song:  A Little More You by Little Big Town


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What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Hearing Brady’s vows sits very high on the list. Also, looking up at my dad when the song for us to walk out to came on and laughing our way down the aisle between tears. The nervous feeling in my gut watching from an inside window as seats started to fill up and then noticing that close friends who we didn’t think would make it were there! The pure joy I felt during our first dance and singing every word of the song to each other. So many good thoughts, I can’t choose!

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We actually decided to forego a lot of traditions for our wedding. Brady serves in the U.S. Navy and it is a huge part of our lives but we didn’t want it to define our wedding, so we left the uniforms, swords, and traditions at home and instead hung a huge American Flag above the fireplace, a simple but bold nod to our life and our country. We also skipped the church wedding, saw each other throughout the day before the wedding, and spent cocktail hour with our guests instead of off taking photos.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  Instead of a traditional guest book, we opted for something we could hang on our wall and see daily. I designed a Quaker style marriage certificate, which we had everyone sign as witnesses to our vows that day. // My great uncle Ernie played a few songs on the accordion for us during dinner! // At the bottom of our menus it read “No chickens were harmed in the making of this meal.” (We raise chickens at home for eggs and entertainment!)


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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Sneak away for a few private moments together sometime after the ceremony to take it all in! We did this during the salad course of dinner and got a second to talk to each other as well as a few great pictures as the sun was going down without an audience. Also, focus on your groom and smile as you walk down the aisle! It helped to keep me from being overwhelmed by all of the people watching. My dad and I cracked a few jokes to laugh through the tears and then made our way down to Brady with big smiles on our face. // Eat something before the wedding and save a snack for after it. Also, don’t drink too much; you’ll want to remember this night!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  I cannot explain enough how great it was to see each other before the ceremony and going to take photos. We had a private few moments to take it all in and calm our nerves. It didn’t take away from walking down the aisle AT ALL. I was still in tears and my heart was racing as we made our way to my groom. Then we got to spend an extra hour with family and friends on the beautiful grounds, enjoying the hors d’oeuvres and drinks we spent so much time planning! Also, I recommend that you practice bustling your dress with your bridesmaids beforehand. It took a bit longer than we hoped and wasn’t quite done right, but it worked out in the end!


Photography: Ruth Eileen / Venue: Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, Rhode Island / Dress: Nina by Hayley Paige via The Bridal Garden / Shoes: Michael Kors / Jewelry: Nadri via Nordstrom / Suit, Cuff Links, Pocket Square: Banana Republic / Shirt: J. Crew / Tie: Men’s Warehouse / Shoes: Florsheim / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff via Special Events Bridal Shop / Dog’s Attire: Silly Buddy / Stationery: Green Fingerprint / Calligraphy: Ali Makes Things / Floral Design: Robin Hollow Farm / Catering, Cake, Rentals: Russell Morin Fine Catering / Music: Fivestar Entertainment DJ / Videography: Nathan Gomes, Blueflash Photography
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When you’re planning a wedding, one of the first things that comes up is The Budget, and it can be incredibly helpful to see how other couples allocated funds for their own wedding celebration. Heather and Brady have graciously shared their full budget breakdown with us… You can see their full wedding feature here.

From Heather: “We spent about $30,000 when all was said and done, including rehearsal dinner and welcome drinks, and accommodations for some of our family. We saved a bit of money (but added a bit of stress) by buying flowers in bulk from the florist and arranging the centerpieces ourselves. Luckily I had an army helping me get it done, otherwise I do not recommend it!”

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May 31, 2014
Bristol, Rhode Island
86 Guests

Venue (ceremony and reception): Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, Rhode Island, $4,250

Catering / Rentals (food, drinks, desserts, cake, staffing, day-of coordinator): Russell Morin Fine Catering$14,000

Photography (one photographer for the wedding day as well as a photo booth, engagement session, and a military discount): Ruth Eileen$3,442

Videography: Blueflash Photography$1,065

DJ (ceremony, cocktail hour, reception): Fivestar Entertainment DJ$1,070

Florals (6 bouquets, 5 boutonnieres, 5 corsages, and 5 buckets of assorted flowers for DIY centerpieces): Robin Hollow Farm$1,900

Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige via The Bridal Garden$2,870 (Looking to re-sell if anyone is interested!)

Bride’s Accessories (Shoes: Michael Kors / Jewelry: Nadri via Nordstrom): $200

Hair/Makeup: $250

Groom’s Attire (Suit, Cufflinks, Pocket Square: Banana Republic / Shirt: J. Crew / Tie: Men’s Warehouse / Shoes: Florsheim): $600

Invitations: Green Fingerprint$1,200

GRAND TOTAL: $30,847


(I also collected vintage stamps for the invites, thrifted glass and crystal vessels for centerpieces, and DIY-ed some decor, but I truly have no idea how much I spent for these things, as they were collected and created over more than a year’s time!)


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Photography: Ruth Eileen / Venue: Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, Rhode Island / Dress: Nina by Hayley Paige via The Bridal Garden / Shoes: Michael Kors / Jewelry: Nadri via Nordstrom / Suit, Cuff Links, Pocket Square: Banana Republic / Shirt: J. Crew / Tie: Men’s Warehouse / Shoes: Florsheim / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff via Special Events Bridal Shop / Dog’s Attire: Silly Buddy / Stationery: Green Fingerprint / Calligraphy: Ali Makes Things / Floral Design: Robin Hollow Farm / Catering, Cake, Rentals: Russell Morin Fine Catering / Music: Fivestar Entertainment DJ / Videography: Nathan Gomes, Blueflash Photography
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This squid costume cracks me up, and totally reminds me of the year that my little sister and I decided to be endangered species for Halloween. Lora was an Ozark big-eared bat, which made perfect sense as a Halloween costume, and was something people would be able to recognize on at least some level. Me, on the other hand? I got stuck on the idea of being a dwarf wedgemussel. Yes, it’s a mollusk. Don’t ask me why I thought that was a good idea. And instead of trying to encourage something a little more recognizable like, say, a Hawksbill sea turtle or maybe a Delmarva fox squirrel, our talented mother went ahead and cut foam into the shape of mussel shells that I wore like a vest over an orange turtleneck. As you can probably guess, not a single person could determine what I was supposed to be. Someone asked if I was an ear. I think one person might have come close and guessed I was a clam. Admittedly not my best costume idea. Although I suppose if nothing else, I educated dozens of Halloween candy distributors about the existence of an obscure endangered shellfish.

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Dreamy backstage pics from Reem Acra’s Fall 2015 runway.

If I were dressing Caroline as an endangered species this year, she’d be a monarch butterfly. Let’s plant some milkweed people!

It finally feels like fall here. Time for apple cinnamon rolls.

Something kind of wonderful about this dress.

Most gorgeous invitation suite I’ve seen in awhile.

Brilliant charcoal finger-paintings.

Imagine seeing Rio de Janeiro from this perspective.

Homemade cheater cronuts.

I love the scalloped edge on these makeup bags.


In case you missed it, this week on Snippet & Ink:

Classic wine country wedding at Chalk Hill.
Sweet Southern wedding at Serenbe.
Marin Headlands wedding with personal vows.
Black-tie ballroom wedding in San Francisco.
Pretty pins: 10 ideas for bold, black wedding details.
Words to Love By No. 7.

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