Carrie Patterson is one of our treasured Select vendors, and she shared this sweet, low-key winter wedding with us. Planner Virginia Symons from Vibrant Events shared the details of the celebration.

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From the planner: Sam and Nicole contacted me in late November about a mid-February wedding. They were a young couple from Denver with hectic schedules and a 16-month-old daughter. Sam took a leading role in the planning (which I love) as both he and Nicole were in school and she had her hands full with a toddler.

Nicole had a vision of soft winter wedding in a rustic setting with sweet, simple details. The couple and her family came to Jackson Hole for Christmas and we visited several locations, but when we arrived at the barn it was obvious that the decision was made. It is a retired working barn, where the hayloft has been converted into an event space. With dramatic high ceilings and a plexiglass window looking right at the Grand Tetons, it was everything she wanted.

 

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Nicole and Sam were planning an afternoon wedding with a cocktail party reception for about 40 people. With the venue decided, we started looking at the logistics of creating a warm, inviting and lovely reception space at a time of year when temperatures in the unheated space could drop as low as 10 degrees below zero. We started setup and heating in the barn the day before, pumping warm air into the barn with propane heaters in each corner, and stringing lightings. Guests began to arrive around 3:00pm, enjoying cocktails and the cozy barn space. Hay bales draped in sheepskin created ceremony seating, and scattered tables draped with ethereal tulle created a lounge atmosphere. Simple florals of white accented the rustic space, and snowflake themed cupcakes served as a wedding cake (on Nicole and Sam’s insistence, guests dug in before the ceremony). 

 

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Once everyone was present, and Nicole and Sam had had the opportunity to greet most of their guests and socialize a bit, and guests were seated for the ceremony. Sam’s father performed the hilarious and heartfelt Jewish ceremony, under a chuppah of tulle in front of the window with the Grand view. Nicole and Sam toasted at the conclusion of the ceremony with glass goblets handmade by the bride’s sister. Heavy hors d’oeuvres were served post ceremony, and several family members gave touching speeches.

 

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After the cocktail party, the entire group headed to downtown Jackson and the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. The guys got rowdy, taking shots of fireball whiskey, and Nicole’s father teared up as the newlyweds had an impromptu first dance to a song that no one knew, played by whatever band happened to be donning the stage that evening.

 

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Photographer: Carrie Patterson / Venue: Private Ranch in Wilson, Wyoming / Event Planner: Virginia Symons, Vibrant Events / Dress: Free People / Floral Designer: Fleur de V / Desserts: Jackson Cake Company / Catering: Out of the Kitchen Catering / Hair, Makeup: Leslee Anne / Transportation: AllTrans / DJ, Lighting: Jackson Hole DJ / Rentals: Canvas Unlimited

Carrie Patterson is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor. 

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  • Winter Barn Wedding by Carrie Patterson

    10 December 2014
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    Today’s romantic wedding takes us to the shores of Lake Champlain. The bride wore a lovely wreath in her hair and carried a bouquet of pastel pink roses and purple clematis, the table numbers were equally rustic and elegant, the bridesmaids wore the metallic silver or gold dress of their choice… lots to love in this sweet Vermont wedding!

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    Says the bride: “Vermont has always been our place to escape to. We both grew up skiing with our families on the green mountains, went to college there, and our go-to get away for all celebrations is Burlington. Anthony proposed on top of Killington Peak last September, right before we headed north to Burlington for the Grand Point North Festival, as we boogied the weekend away on Lake Champlain, Anthony read my mind and said “We have to get married on Lake Champlain!” I immediately thought about Shelburne Farms, but assumed it would be a long shot – we got lucky and booked their last open Saturday of the following year!”

     

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    The Ceremony

    “We met with our friend and officiant, Wallace, four or five times before the big day, and we worked together to come up with ideas for what we wanted. Then Wallace took all those thoughts and ideas and wrote every word of the ceremony from scratch, and really incorporated every element we wanted in. He is truly gifted with words, and he absolutely nailed it! We both come from fairly religious upbringings, and I’m pretty sure our grandmothers were nervous when we told them we were getting married outside by one of our friends. It was important for us to incorporate our families, friends, and the higher power into the ceremony. We wanted it to be full of love and to recognize that something bigger than the two of us brought us there, and brought our families and friends together as one. Our readings were: Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12 because we loved the words and the idea of two being better than one, and we also chose (i carry your heart with me(i carry it in) by E. E. Cummings. It has always been one of my favorite poems, and we used the words on our invitation and throughout the wedding – it wound up touching a lot of people and setting a great tone for the day. We also had to incorporate our fur child, Simon. Even though he snacked on grass and rolled around his back through the ceremony it wouldn’t have been the same without him there!”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Timeless, Inclusive, and Powerful.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Wallace had a part at the end of the ceremony where he asked us and all of our guests to carry in our hearts how we felt on that day. It’s something I think about often, and will always remember. He stopped us all and forced us all to pause to really soak it in and bottle up the joy and love. When I think of those words I am immediately transported back to that day, and to those feelings.

     

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    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  The music was so important to us! We actually agonized over those songs choices, and they were absolutely perfect. Even if no one else remembers any of the songs that played as a part of the ceremony we always will and every time we listen to them we get super excited!

    Ceremony Music
    Processional: “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers
    Presentation of the Bride: “Wildflower” by Tom Petty
    Recessional: “Let’s Spend the Night Together” by Rolling Stones

     

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    The Reception

    “We agreed we wanted the wedding to feel timeless. We also wanted the beauty of Shelburne Farms to be the main attraction! When you chose to get married in such a majestic place, you have to be careful to not overshadow it. We wanted everyone to be comfortable and just enjoy the weekend – a little mini vacation – and we really wanted guests to fall in love with the location, and come back to visit the farm. It was also very important to both of us to chose a location that contributed to the greater good: the farm is a nonprofit and the celebrations they host are a major contributor to the farm being able to continue their environmental and educational programs.”

     

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    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Both Anthony and I wore something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. My engagement ring is from the 1920s (old), my dress was new, my handkerchief was borrowed, and my nails were light blue! Anthony wore his late Grandfather’s watch, and his wedding band was his great-grandfather’s on Christmas eve before the wedding his 101 year old great grandmother gave it to him (old), his tux (new), borrowed his shoes, and wore my late grandfather’s tie clip which was blue!

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  We knew we wanted personal touches all throughout our day, and instead of a wedding “theme” we wanted the day to be about family, love, great food, and even better music! A close friend who is a minister married us and he wrote every word of the ceremony, I wore peonies in my hair and they were in almost every arrangement as a tribute to my grandfather (they were his favorite flower), we served oysters from our hometown, we hired a band we loved seeing in college to play, and we served the last of our favorite Vermont beer (RIP Long Trail’s Blackbeary Wheat)! We worked with friends to design all of our wedding graphics and decor, good friends did both hair and make up, and after working together for six months or so on something as intimate as our wedding our vendors really became friends as well!

    First Dance Song: “Sweet Thing” by Van Morrison

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  We have a had so many friends get married in the last few years, and I asked every bride and groom the same question “What was the one thing you are happy you spent a lot of time working on, and what is the one thing you wish you didn’t worry about at all?” As you can imagine, this resulted in some wonderful advice! The best advice I got was to hire a photographer and videographer you are very comfortable with, because you spend so much time with him/her, and to not waste time micromanaging your vendors – they are the pros and if you effectively communicate what you want, they will deliver!

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Try your hardest to focus on what matters most to the two of you, come up with a list of your top three things, and don’t budge on them. Everything that isn’t on that list can be compromised, but those three things are yours! Also, have FUN! Wedding planning was a total blast for us, we took every excuse we could to head to the venue to stare at the lake and envision our big day! Every time you are stressing take a step back and remind yourself how lucky you are to be starting your life together, and the rest of the pieces WILL fall into place!

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  This may be the most difficult question to answer! I think we both can agree that the best part of the day was our first look, it wasn’t exactly a popular decision, but we stuck with it anyway, and with our family and bridal party in the background we got rid of all of our nervous energy and got some quiet time to just soak in the love and spirit of the day. It also allowed us and our bridal party and families to enjoy every second of the wedding from the ceremony to the last song of the night.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Our amazing wedding video by 822 Weddings really does a great job capturing the feeling of the day, and we’ve watched it countless times to be brought back to the day! We have had countless friends and even strangers tell us how much they loved the video, and how they cried watching it even though they don’t know us! It’s been kind of surreal but also really great to know we will always be able to relive that day.

     

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    Menu:

    A Seasonal Selection of Vermont’s Artisanal Cheeses: Assorted Cow, Goat & Sheep’s Milk Cheese / Rustic Gorgonzola Soufflé with Herbed Pitas / Marinated Olives, Spiced Nuts & Fresh Fruits / Assorted Chutneys, Pickled Vegetables, Mustards / Crackers, Lavosh & Rustic Breads / Antipasto Board / Marinated Bocconcini with Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Crushed Red Pepper

    Imported Meats and Cheeses: Prosciutto, Mortadella, Bresaola & Salami / Seasonal Grilled & Marinated Vegetables / Roasted Figs with Sherry Vinegar Gastrique / Fresh Melon Wrapped with Duck Prosciutto / Bread Sticks & Crackers

    Raw Bar: Oysters on the Half Shell to Include Kumumoto & Island Creek / Shrimp Cocktail with House Cocktail Sauce / Lemons, Aioli & Mignonette

    Food in Motion (Passed Hors d’Oeuvres): Boyden Farm Beef Tartar / House Made Potato Crisp / Roasted Dates wrapped in House Bacon / Bayley Hazen Bleu Cheese, VT Maple / Fried Chicken Bites / Pickled Jalapeno Pesto / Asparagus Wrapped in Phyllo / Sheep’s Milk Cheese / Sweet Potato Pierogi / Caramelized Onion, Caraway Sour Cream

    First Course: Arugula & Roasted Beet Salad / Ricotta, Preserved Lemon, Beet Top Pesto / Red Hen Baking Co. Bread Selection / Whipped Cabot Creamery Butter

    Center of the Plate: Smoked Sea Salt & Rosemary Cured Rib Eye, Local Spring Vegetables, Hand Rolled Potato Gnocchi, Tarragon Aioli / Roasted Cod “Chowder” with Potatoes, Mussels, House Made Bacon, English Peas, Sweet Corn, Chowder Sauce / Hand Rolled Gnocchi with Soubise Sauce, Asaparagus, Wild Mushrooms / Children’s Meal: Homemade Macaroni & Cheese, Carrot Sticks, Cucumbers

    Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake, Fresh Strawberries, Whipped Cream Frosting / Parisian Macarons, Coconut & Chocolate Dipped Macaroons, Lemon Squares, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

     

    Photographer: Christina Bernales / Venue: Shelburne Farms Coach Barn / Bride’s Dress: Alexandra by Karen Willis Holmes from Ceremony Boston / Hair: Kent Newton Salon / Makeup: Jeannie Vincent / Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Modcloth / Suit. Tie, Cufflinks: J.Crew / Groomsmen Attire, Grooms Shoes: The Black Tux / Stationery: Elise Crevier Design / Calligraphy: Sierra Knot / Floral Designer: Nectar & Root / Rentals: Vermont Tent Rentals / Band: Grippo Funk Band / Catering, Cake: Cloud 9 / Videography: 822 Weddings
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  • Vermont Wedding by Christina Bernales

    9 December 2014
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    This festive New Orleans wedding comes to us from Sapphire Events and photographers Zoeica Images. From the bride’s beaded Reem Acra gown to the sugar magnolia wedding cake, it’s a stunner! Valerie from Sapphire Events shared details of the day…

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    Donning a stunning Reem Acra beaded gown, Marie kept her florals simple and tasteful and let her dress stand center stage.

     

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    Embodyment Salon created an elegant updo for Marie to wear under her classic veil.

     

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    The Ceremony

     

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    After the couple exchanged hand-written vows (shedding a few heartfelt tears) they recessed down the aisle to God Only Knows by The Beach Boys, and set out for custom cocktails in the courtyard before dinner began at sunset.

     

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    The Reception

    New Yorkers Marie and Ken have a deep seated love for the city of New Orleans. Beyond the vibrancy of the of the rich architecture, lively music, and delectable cuisine, the pair met and fell in love in New Orleans and returned to the city to celebrate their union among their closest friends and family. Marie and Ken set out to celebrate all they love about the city and share that with their guests, and in planning their event picked a venue with the most ideal backdrop for such festivities in Race and Religious. This rustic yet charmed spot in the Warehouse District offers multiple houses sharing a common courtyard space, which was an ideal setting for guests to dine outdoors under the festoon lights and enjoy the South’s first breath of cool fall temperatures. Marie wanted to enhance the space’s glorious rugged brick walls and tattered shutters, so she planned a simple candle-lit design for the table tops and installed bistro lights over the dining courtyard to set off the building’s unique features. Marie and Ken were inspired by everything about the city that drew them together in the early days, and wanted to recreate that magic for their guests traveling in from out of town.

     

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    At the end of the final course, guests were surprised with the sounds of a brass band entering the courtyard for a second line parade through the venue and an impromptu dance party in a secondary courtyard. As the party had kicked off to a lively start, DJ Brice Nice spun a collection of vintage vinyl until the wee hours as Marie and Ken danced their hearts out and toasted to the beginning of their matrimonial lives together.

     

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    Read more about Marie and Kenneth’s wedding in The New York Times.

    Photography: Zoeica Images / Event Planning & Design: Sapphire Events / Venue: Race and Religious in New Orleans, Louisiana / Dress: Reem Acra / Floral Design: Kim Starr Wise / Lighting: Luminous Events / Catering: Brack May / Rentals: Your Event Delivered, Perrier Party Rentals / Entertainment: New Orleans Finest Musicians, Kinfolk Brass Band / DJ: DJ Brice / Cake: Pure Cake Nola / Hair: Embodyment Salon / Makeup: Makeup Lab
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  • New Orleans Wedding by Zoeica Images and Sapphire Events

    8 December 2014
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    Rustic, lovely, playful, elegant… this camp wedding from Nordica Photography is full of so many beautiful details that you’re going to love! I mean, they had a campfire at their ceremony! How fun is that?! Read on for even more camp wedding inspiration…

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    In lieu of a traditional ring pillow, Dana and Zak’s wedding bands were tied with rustic tweed ribbon and placed in a simple wood box.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “Our wedding was our heart. It was us at our most vulnerable and happiest and best. We got married in the woods under the filtered light we’d fallen in love with on our very first visit to Camp Wing.”

     

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    What’s a camp wedding without a campfire?! Dana and Zak didn’t just save the campfire for after-dinner marshmallow roasting; they incorporated it into their ceremony!

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Genuine, personal, inspiring.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  Our close friend, Friar Chris, wrote and officiated the most personal, spiritual, and moving ceremony we could have ever imagined. Surrounded at the fire circle by our people, we said our own vows and cried and laughed and made it official.

    What were your ceremony readings?  We left the space open for people to speak from their hearts, share stories, and well wishes. We didn’t have any designated readings, but both of our mothers took the time to read something wrote and prepared. Then a few friends and family stood up one by one and shared something special for the group. It was incredibly moving. Leaving room for the unexpected ended up leaving us with the best memories.
    
    What were your vows like?  We wrote our own vows. They were a perfect expression of who we are and what we mean to one another.

     

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    Dana carried a rustic bouquet of various greenery, accented with a few white flowers.

     

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    The Reception

    “We spent a night drinking wine and imagining this huge party we didn’t know how we would afford or pull off. So instead of making lists about colors and details and budgets, we wrote how we wanted the day to feel, who we wanted to be included, what was important to us. We wanted to be outside for as much of the day as possible, to support artists and people we really cared about, to have a long and loud dance party, and a giant sleepover; we wanted it to feel like us. We wrote down all the things we wanted to remember to keep ourselves centered when the inevitable wedding roller coaster took us off course. At the end of this amazing, incredible, expensive weekend, we would be married – that’s all that mattered.”

     

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    How would you describe your reception?  We ate a family style dinner of meatballs, polenta, and salads on long tables under lovingly and laboriously strung globe lights and eucalyptus bunches. We had house made red wine on each table as well, courtesy of the grooms parents who had been making and bottling it leading up to the wedding. We spent the next four hours dancing our faces off until finally stumbling back to the Stockade for a late night fire and that giant sleepover we wanted.

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  We thought, this will be so easy. As wedding photographers ourselves we thought we’d seen it all and we’d avoid the typical pitfalls. We were totally wrong. Although there were a few ways we’d might approach the weekend differently (ie. don’t leave all the DIY-ing until the week before the wedding because it might make you an actual crazy person), we wouldn’t have changed anything.

     

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    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  Our beautiful wedding would not have happened if it weren’t for the amazingly gracious work our friends and family who physically built our wedding with their bare hands. Their sweat and tears and love, made it possible. It was really the most overwhelming part of the whole experience – having the people you love most in the world come together in such an awesome way. We’re talking every little detail from packing and unpacking a U-haul, creating signs, spray painting bottles, setting tables, troubleshooting and building all the lighting. We’ll never be able to properly thank our parents, siblings, and friends who went so above and beyond what was any human should do for someone else’s wedding. We hope, despite the indentured servitude, they enjoyed it as much as we did (the dancing part of the evening leads us to believe they did).

     

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    Is there anything else you’d like to share?  We’re so thankful for the most amazing compilation of wedding artists who shared their talents that day and became friends along the way. We’ll never forget the love we felt that day thanks to Jakob Granqvist, part of the epic photography team at Nordica Photography. Having Jakob was such a dream for us, and it couldn’t have been a more perfect experience. He was unobtrusive and kind and so amiable to whatever worked for us. He even chipped in on Friday, helping move decorations out of U-haul. We feel so lucky to have these gorgeous photos forever. // Also, our rental fee for the venue was a direct donation to Crossroads for Kids, supporting local youth to develop their innate potential to become members of the next generation of diverse young leaders.

     

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    Photography: Nordica Photography / Event Planning: Ashley Jackson Events / Coordination: Sloane Hockemeier / Venue: Camp Wing in Duxbury, Massachusetts / Dress: Oscar de la Renta / Tuxedo: J.Crew / Floral Design: Rowena Day / Hair, Makeup: Kacie Corbelle / Videography: Sailor Abe Films / Catering: The Skinny Beet / DJ: Brent Fierro
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  • Camp Wing Wedding by Nordica Photography

    2 December 2014
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    Kaitlyn and Sam’s sweet wedding at Cornerstone in Sonoma is a perfect example of how simply thoughtful touches can make for a perfectly lovely celebration. Our favorite details: the welcome lemonade, the olive branch swag on the seating display, and the marquee letters made by the groom…

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    Kaitlyn and her bridesmaids carried bouquets accented with olive leaves from local olive trees. The couple’s invitations from Minted featured the lovely calligraphy font, Asterism, which they then used throughout the wedding on their programs, seating display, and place cards.

     

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    Guests were greeted with fresh mint lemonade to help them keep cool during the outdoor ceremony.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “Living in San Francisco, we both enjoyed the Wine Country for its natural beauty, serene setting, amazing wines and wonderful food. From our first walk through, we knew instantly that Cornerstone was the venue for us. Cornerstone is such a dynamic property where you’re able to create all different types of atmosphere throughout the night. We loved having our ceremony by the fountain and overlooking the vineyard – it felt very Sonoma to us, especially for our out of town guests. Having dinner under the huge white tent was beautiful and the twinkling lights helped make it feel more intimate. We also loved the barn area, which had a great indoor-outdoor feel for the cocktail hour and dancing. Plus, the art installations throughout the venue was fun and represented a more playful side.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Beautiful, Natural, Sincere

    How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  Throughout the whole wedding planning process, our goal was to always make sure it felt like and represented “us”. We wanted everything to be light-hearted and fun and all of our wedding elements represented our interests. We focused and prioritized which elements were more important to us and got those decisions out of the way first. Having a day-of coordinator helped us know that everything the day of would be taken care of but up until our wedding day, we planned everything!

    Who officiated your ceremony?  Our good friend Jon officiated our wedding and also doubled as one of the groomsmen. Sam was roommates with Jon in college and he and his wife were the ones to introduced us! It was very meaningful to have someone who knows us and who was there in the beginning of our relationship to marry us.

    What was your ceremony content?  Jon created his own script for the wedding. He asked us questions separately and then shared our responses during the ceremony. It was special to hear each other’s responses to the same questions, such as the moment we knew we wanted to marry each other, first impressions, etc. We wrote our own vows separately. It felt more personal to us to write our own vows and share with each other for the first time at the ceremony.

    Ceremony music:
    Wedding party processional: Latch (acoustic) by Sam Smith
    Bride processional: Use Somebody (acoustic) by Boyce Avenue feat. Hannah Trigwell
    Recessional: September by Earth, Wind and Fire

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  One favorite part about our wedding ceremony was Jon’s script. His words were so meaningful to us and incorporated memories and moments that we have shared throughout our relationship. We laughed, we had happy tears and we laughed some more!

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  In our ceremony, it was important to us to recognize our parents. We planned a special recognition to them for their love, encouragement and support. Although we were the ones getting married, it was also a time to celebrate those close in our lives and hearts.

     

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    The Reception

    “Our reception was filled with a lot of laughter, fun and love. Our venue allowed us to create different sections where guests could hang out – from an oyster bar to lawn games, a fire pit and a dancing area. We loved seeing our guests enjoy all aspects of our wedding and the different elements that we incorporated.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We both inspired each other throughout the whole planning process. It was neat to see what parts of the wedding meant the most to us and incorporate our favorite elements throughout. A main inspiration was food and how we could share our favorite foods throughout – oyster bar, family style meal, open bar, dessert table and late night donuts – our guests did not go home hungry!

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Both of our favorite moments at our wedding was seeing everyone’s reaction and enjoyment throughout the evening. From the ceremony, to the oyster bar, family style dinner and dancing in the barn, it was exciting to see our guests experience and enjoy everything we had planned. We put a lot of thought into every single detail and it made it so much fun for us to enjoy the day knowing it truly represented us!

    First dance song:  You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne.

     

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    What was your wedding menu?  Our wedding menu was a variety of Sam’s favorite foods! We did not care if certain foods did not go together, as long as they are tasty! We love good food and company combined with great wine! During cocktail hour we had an Oyster bar from Hog Island Oyster Company and passed hors d’oeuvres. For dinner at our farm tables, we had family-style dining. Our menu started with an amuse bouche, then crab corn soup followed by a caprese salad with delicious heirloom tomatoes, buttermilk fried chicken, braised short ribs, French green beans and garlic mashed potatoes.

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Our cake was a confetti cake! Sam’s cousin, Racheal is also a local baker (Bake with Mee) and she made all of the beautiful desserts for our dessert table of our favorite sweets including rice krispy treats, macaroons, brownies and chocolate chip cookies. As a late night snack we provided donuts from a local baker, that were a huge hit!

     

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    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  Sam made the “K&S” marquee letters that hung and lit up the barn. The marquee letters were playful and added such a personal element to the reception. Also, Kaitlyn’s mom made all of the napkins that guests used at the wedding. We picked out a variety of fabrics to have a mix n match feel. With our flowers and wedding colors on the neutral side, it was nice to add pops of color throughout.

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received as a bride was for the day of, no matter what happens, just enjoy the day. Cherish the memories with your husband and guests – and don’t sweat the small stuff as the whole day just flies by!

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  We’d recommend getting as much done prior to the wedding and not waiting until the final week of to finish or confirm anything. We made it a priority to have everything planned and ready at least a week prior so we could just enjoy our wedding week with our friends and family. Don’t lose track of what you want, be true to yourselves and have FUN. Everyone will have an opinion!

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  No! Honestly, we loved every moment of our wedding. If we wished to change anything, it wouldn’t be the same and as corny as it sounds, it was perfect for us.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  The best budget tip is to track everything in an excel document. This helps you know what you’ve spent as well as how much money you have left until you reach your budget.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Our goal was to create an event that everyone would have fun at and only incorporate items we felt truly represented us. At the end of the day, sticking to this simple formula was the best planning decision we made.

     

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    Photography: Christina McNeill / Day of Coordinator: Kelly & Company / Venue: Cornerstone Sonoma in Sonoma, California / Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos, Nordstrom, Paper Crown, J. Crew / Suit: Thick as Thieves / Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Save The Dates: Love vs. Design / Invitations: Minted / Floral Design: The Monkey Flower Group / Hair, Makeup: Raina Rombeiro / Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events / Music: DJ Odiaka / Catering: Sage Catering / Cake, Desserts: Bake with Mee, SusieCakes, Johnny Doughnuts / Videography: Xander B Videography / Photobooth: Magbooth / Oyster Bar: Hog Island Oyster Co.

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  • Sonoma Cornerstone Wedding from Christina McNeill

    1 December 2014
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