I’m not sure what I love most about this wedding! The dreamy dress, the rustic venue, the woodland-inspired centerpieces… not to mention all of the frame-worthy photos from Les Loups of The Wedding Artists Collective, and event planning by Melissa McNeeley. Well, why don’t I let you decide: what do you love most about Daryn and Alex’s romantic, rustic wedding?!

Their first look was one of the couple’s favorite parts of the day.

The bride shares some of the traditions incorporated into the wedding: “We had a chuppah designed by Taylor of Fox Fodder Farm, which was stunning and so special to exchange vows underneath. We reinterpreted other traditional Jewish customs to create a ceremony that we could both really appreciate. For example, rather than having a standard ketubah, we were inspired to write our own marriage contract, which we read during the ceremony. We also had a nod to Russian traditions by having a toast with raspberry-infused vodka (which Alex made!) for all the guests before the dancing really got going, followed by his mom signing a Russian gypsy love song.”

Another favorite part of the day? “Taking ten minutes to be alone away from everyone after the ceremony, to absorb the reality and romance of the ceremony… and to appreciate that we did it! We got married and pledged to be each others’ support for the long haul. We had written each other letters, using spare wedding invitations and we took that time to exchange them. It was another lovely moment. “

A welcome sign was written onto a framed pane of glass. The outdoor cocktail hour was adorned with rich burgundy dahlias in sweet glass bud vases. “Fox Fodder Farm used a variety of vessels for the flowers,” says Daryn, “Which perfectly enhanced the space, design and the whimsical beauty of all the flowers!”

Images of woodland creatures were printed on book pages in lieu of table numbers. In addition to lush fall flowers, the tables were also scattered with acorns and purple artichokes.

How about this sweet touch? “We toasted with champagne coupes that we found even before getting engaged, and purchased with coins found around the house during the first few years of our relationship.”



Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We zoned in on Hudson Valley because of its charm and awesome culinary scene, history and beauty. Grasmere Farm was the first thing that Alex got truly excited about. We knew we wanted to have the ceremony and reception on the same grounds and we knew we wanted to have the wedding ceremony outside. The space was intimidating, because it was just a raw canvas that would take extra work. However, seeing how into it Alex was sealed the deal.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We decided from day one that if we were going to plan a full on wedding, it would be done together, with a focus on truly celebrating what the big day was all about: having all of our loved ones together in one place to share in the celebration of our love, union and commitment.  The outcome was just that! There were funky quirky elements reflective of our playfulness (like random Victorian portraits hung on the walls and the use of woodland creatures). We went for rustic elegance, wanting to give our guests a reason to get gussied up, but also to provide a space where they felt they could kick their shoes off and be themselves.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  We can’t pick one… but we can narrow it down to three. The first was our first look… it was so amazing to see each other prior to the big event. It was full of emotion, love, raw feelings and laughter… it was an emotional high… cheesy but true. The second was post-ceremony when took ten minutes to be alone away from everyone. The last was walking into the reception and seeing all of our friends and family under one roof… one roof which looked (and sounded) AMAZING thanks to months of hard work and our amazing vendors.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The day goes by so just enjoy every moment and put blinders on to the small imperfections, because no one else is noticing them.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Remember what the day is really about… you and your soon-to-be husband professing your love and celebrating it with those nearest and dearest to you. Also, even if you are experienced, detail-oriented and creative, having an event planner is a worthwhile splurge… Melissa McNeeleyy was an invaluable resource of support, knowledge and creative enhancements.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  There will always be unexpected expenses. // Don’t underestimate what you can find on etsy/ebay/flea markets. // Also, I managed to source a majority of the books used as props for free, because I noticed them in a display window at a retail store and asked if there was any chance I could use them once the display went down. I got lucky… and got a yes!

Photographer: Les Loups of the Wedding Artists Collective / Venue: Grasmere Farm in Rhinebeck, New York / Event Planner: Events by Melissa McNeeley / Floral Design: Fox Fodder Farm / Officiant: Robert Micha’el Esformes / Dress: Mara Zwillinger / Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood / Suit: John Varvatos / Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent / Stationery: Lion in the Sun / Rentals: New England Country Rentals, Party Rentals ltd / Band: Ooh La La / DJ: Kenan Juska of Les Loups / Catering, Cake: Oliver Kita  / Lighting: Storz Lighting / Makeup: Ask Atelier 
  • Grasmere Farm Wedding from Les Loups

    22 April 2014
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    We love Rad + In Love - they have some of the most fun-loving, easy-going clients, and their photos capture such authentic moments. That’s why they’re a Snippet & Ink Select vendor! Here they are, along with Demaray Events, with Samantha and Jake’s sweet wedding at Descanso Gardens

    The bride tells us why she and her groom chose this lovely venue: “Jake wanted to have an East Coast-y garden wedding and I wanted something that felt very relaxed and Californian. The Descanso Gardens’ Oak Forest and Rose Garden felt like the perfect combination of those two inspirations.”

    At the ceremony site, the last row of chairs was adorned with a garland, finished with a cluster of pink and green flowers.

    “Surprisingly, my favorite part of the wedding was our ceremony – I thought the party would take the cake!” says the bride. “Our officiant, a friend of ours, blew us away with his speech. We also brought an heirloom rug from our home and stood on it as we got married. After the ceremony, our officiant asked all of our guests to walk across it, spreading their ‘positive protons’ on it. It is now back in our living room, and I love looking at it and being reminded of our wedding every day.”

    Samantha Claire Pettibone dress was a perfect choice for the woodsy garden setting. She paired it with a simple veil from BHLDN.

    The bride’s family owns Bake ‘n’ Broil in Long Beach, and is known for their Red Velvet cake, so it was a natural choice for the newlyweds’ wedding dessert. Three of the cakes were displayed on vintage pressed glass cake stands.

    How great is her laugh?! So happy!



    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The venue was the main inspiration for our wedding. We were lucky to have the garden inform most of our color and decor choices. From there, we just chose things that seemed to fit and that we genuinely loved, and I think it came together beautifully.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received was to do whatever Jake and I wanted and not worry too much about pleasing everyone else. Though we made sure that our parents had certain wishes granted, we made every decision with our taste in mind. We decided that we didn’t want to spend a great deal of the ceremony mingling at the tables… if people wanted to talk to us, they met us on the dance floor!

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Being easy-going leading up to the wedding day is the way to go! I really didn’t stress over the small stuff and it allowed me to be present and enjoy every moment.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  I made the invitations myself by looking for inexpensive or free fonts online, buying paper and envelopes from Paper Source, and using a local printer that got good Yelp reviews. We also saved a great deal on our cake; my family owns a bakery/restaurant in Long Beach and they make the world’s best red velvet. It was a no-brainer that they’d make our wedding cake. We also have a friend who is a DJ, so that saved us cash as well.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Aside from the ceremony, we made sure to pay homage to my late mother, who died a month before Jake and I got engaged. I tucked a small swatch of her wedding hat in the lining of my dress, carried a handkerchief with her initial on it, and Jake and my first dance was to The Carpenter’s “Close To You.” (Though another reason we chose it was because it is Homer and Marge’s song.) We also didn’t have traditional groomsmen or bridesmaids; instead, we each got married with our respective older sisters by our side.

    Photography: Rad + In Love / Venue: Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge, California / Event Planning & Design: Kelly Demaray, Demaray Events / Bride’s Dress: Claire Pettibone / Shoes: Zara / Veil: BHLDN / Groom’s Suit, Shirt, Tie: Prada / Shoes: Barney’s / Floral Design: Fiore Designs / Rentals: Town & Country, Casa de Perrin / Catering: Patina Catering / Ceremony Music: Weber Quartet / Cake: Bake ‘n’ Broil / Hair: Kelly Shaw / Makeup: Symmetry Beauty

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  • Descanso Gardens Wedding from Rad + In Love

    17 April 2014
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    You guys, I had the hardest time deciding which images to share in this post, because there were SO MANY amazing photos and details to choose from! Do not miss the gallery on this one – so much more inspiration from this woodland wedding to see! The bride shared so many great details, and Caught the Light captured the day beautifully – it feels like stepping inside a fairy tale!

    Says the bride on the choice of venue: “Both James and I love being outdoors and going on walks, and I’ve always found it incredibly uplifting to be out amongst nature. Being a bit of a romantic, I think I’ve always had a thing for forests and woodlands – there’s a certain magic and wonder about them. The woodland we got married in also runs alongside our home, so this particular location held a lot of significance and personal meaning for us as well.”

    (From the photographer: “Marina and James live beside the woodlands, and through the land registry they were able to find out who owns the woods and sought permission to use them for their ceremony.” What a special place to tie the knot!)

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    The bride shares some of the thoughtful details from the day: “We created a ‘Family Tree’ which we adorned with pictures of our respective family members getting married through the generations through to the present day. It was a sweet reminder of all the different loves and marriages that had led to each of us arriving at the present day and our own marriage. We also hung up little animal masks for children to pick up as they entered the woodland, to add a bit of fun to their experience of the day.”

    “We wrote our own vows for the wedding and had a humanist celebrant officiate the event, who also wrote and read a lovely personal statement about us as a couple and our hopes for the marriage and our future together. Before exchanging rings, we also planted a tree in the wood, as a symbol of our marriage, and our family members gave readings before and after. We wanted our guests to feel very much a part of the event, so they all sang ‘Hey Jude’ together under the trees, which was fun.”

    Some DIY details: “My cousin’s wife created all of our wedding stationery, which really set the rustic and organic theme of the big day,” shares Marina. “I also got quite hands-on, creating a number of embroidery hoops which we strung up in the garden, along with hanging tea lights. For wedding favors, we gave our guests little saplings that we had grown from acorns after we got engaged. The guests then took these home & planted them in recognition of something that held meaning for them.”

    “For the wedding breakfast, we all sat together at long refectory tables, which made it feel like we were all eating together ‘family feast’ style. The name cards at the table settings also contained an unusual fact about each of the guests which was fun for starting conversations. Our florist dressed the tables in the most spectacular floral arrangements that brought the outdoors in and gave the illusion that we were all in amongst the trees.”

    “Instead of a wedding cake, we came up with the idea of a ‘Brownie Mountain’ that everyone could take a slab of. I like that it was presented in a very informal style, with the sense that we were all feasting on a something home baked, out of the family kitchen.”



    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I remember watching the woodland wedding scene from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves when I was young, and being completely taken by the visuals – being married amongst the trees and the natural beauty of it all. Thinking back, it probably was the starting inspiration for our own wedding day. Throughout the wedding planning process, I was also quite inspired by the idea of creating something very organic, handmade and personal that really reflected us as couple. So we did as much ourselves as possible and it ended up being quite a “crafty” project with lots of DIY touches.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Probably the point at which my bridesmaids and I walked through the woods to the ceremony itself. It was quite overwhelming to see our nearest and dearest gathered together in the clearing and James waiting beside this incredible floral arch. I was excited and nervous in equal measure, but also blown away by the visual impact of the setting, so it was a really emotional moment!

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  For my something blue, I had a piece of my Dad’s tie pinned to the inside of my wedding dress (he passed away 3 years earlier), so that was very meaningful.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To create a really thorough “on the day” plan, that you delegate to someone else to take charge of on the day, so you can really relax and enjoy the whole day’s experience as a carefree participant, rather than a project manager.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  To enjoy the process as much as possible, and accept offers of help from friends & family. Not only does that mean you don’t carry the burden of preparation and organization single-handedly, but it’s actually the contributions of others that help make the whole day really personal!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  The best investment we made was on the photography – we’d definitely recommend getting a great photographer whose work you connect with, as the photos really do last a lifetime and have the power to evoke all the memories and spirit of the day over and over again afterwards.

    Photography: Caught the Light / Venue: private residence in Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom / Bride’s Dress: Baroque by Suzanne Neville from Miss Bush Bridal / Shoes: LK Bennett / Groom’s Suit: Mark Marengo / Shirt: Richard James / Shoes: Grenson / Stationery: Eleen Craig, Gal & Fellow / Floral Design: Gayle Evans of Bloomingayles / Music: The Modern Way / Caterer: Sally Iddles, Fabulous Food / Hair and Makeup: Elbie van Eeden / Officiant: Anne Delaney
  • Woodland Wedding from Caught the Light

    15 April 2014
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    If you’ve followed Snippet & Ink for awhile, then you know about my love for a green and white wedding, and this classic wedding is no exception. This breathtaking venue paired with this clean color palette makes for a stunning celebration… not to mention Lindsay Madden‘s romantic photography!

    One of the bride’s favorite parts of the day? “I really loved getting ready that morning with my family and friends with the anticipation building for the ceremony.”

    Pocket-sized programs echoed the design of the wedding invitations.

    “Looking back, I think that the best advice I received was that the day was going to fly and that I needed to take a few moments to savor it,” says Lauren, “So Bobby and I took a few seconds to step away, both right after the ceremony (we snuck into a stairwell before our big exit from the church), and after taking our photos, to come back to earth and remind ourselves to enjoy every minute.”

    After the ceremony, guests traveled to Bedell Cellars for the reception. Guests enjoyed an elegant outdoor cocktail hour near the grapevines, and as the sun everyone moved to the pavilion for dinner and dancing.

    Lindsay Madden, Bedell Cellars | Snippet & Ink Lindsay Madden, Bedell Cellars | Snippet & Ink

    Signature drinks were Long Island Twisted Tea (“a play on a Long Island Iced Tea and the Twisted Teas we drank in college”) and Bedell’s “First Crush” wines.

    A family friend arranged all of the centerpieces: hydrangeas, roses, and local foliage in a variety of silver containers. Each place setting was accented with a sprig of rosemary and lavender.



    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  I actually grew up five minutes from where we got married, and thought it was fitting to celebrate such a big moment in the same place that I was raised. I had visited our reception venue, a winery, many times for wine tastings and had always appreciated the gorgeous setting and views. Since so many of our friends and family, especially on Bobby’s side, would be traveling to Long Island for the wedding, I knew I wanted to feature elements the North Fork is known for, like the wine. Having our reception at Bedell fit in perfectly with our ‘rustic but elegant’ theme and as soon as we met the staff, we knew it was the right place for us.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We were mostly inspired by the natural elements of the North Fork, from the local wine and cuisine to the beaches and farms. We incorporated local items like lavender and stones from the beach into the décor, North Fork Potato chips into our welcome boxes, and local ingredients into our menu and favors.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Bobby: Seeing Lauren for the first time that day, coming down the aisle. // Lauren: When I looked around the reception and saw how everything had come together, and how everyone that we loved was in one room, really enjoying themselves.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We did include several traditional elements like a church ceremony, but most of them had a twist. For example, we did the traditional father-daughter and mother-son dances, but, at my Dad’s request, he and I surprised everyone (including my Mom) with a mash-up of Daddy’s Little Girl with classic dances like the Charleston and the Twist. We had a traditional cake cutting too, but also indulged Bobby’s sweet tooth with a dessert bar full of shooters, cake pops, chocolate covered fruit and pastries.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Since I didn’t use a wedding planner I found that I needed to have a really clear vision of the day in my head that I could communicate to everyone we worked with. Our vendors also communicated directly with each other, which was a huge help. At the same time, keeping everything in perspective is so, so important. The tiny little details that I obsessed over (like what amenities we stocked in the bathroom for the ladies and what color the flip flops for dancing were) are just that: tiny little details. Even if something goes wrong, your guests probably won’t notice since they don’t know what it was supposed to be like in the first place. They will just be glad to have been part of your big day.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  I found a Groupon coupon for our videographer which helped us save a chunk, and our video came out so beautifully! There’s nothing like having some footage of that day to look back on. We also used the Eversnap app, which was a super cheap way to capture and let our guests share the day with each other in real time. Plus, we got a great selection of photos that we could share with people who couldn’t be there right away while our photographer worked her magic on the professional ones.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Both Bobby and I have small families and close groups of friends, so our goal in planning our wedding was to create a memorable experience for us as well as for our guests that let them know how much they mean to us. For me, spending time on the small details was just another way for us to share a part of ourselves with our guests, and a small way to say thank you. At the end of the day there are so many great moments to look back on – like the impromptu conga line through the reception or my parents opening the handkerchiefs that I had personalized for them – that I wouldn’t change a thing.

    Photographer: Lindsay Madden / Venue: Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue, New York / Church: St. Patrick Church in Southold, New York / Bride’s Dress: Lian Carlo / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Belt: Vera Wang / Veil: Monique Lhuillier / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff / Groom’s Suit: Baroni / Tie: Vineyard Vines / Stationery: Pen & Paper Design / Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting / Music: Vail Entertainment / Videographer: Joyful Video / Floral Design: Conni Cross / Rentals: American Tent Company / Transportation: North Fork Trolley Co. / Hair, Makeup: Carolyn’s Salon / Bridesmaid Silk Robes: May Silk / Cake: The Rolling Pin Bakery / Catering: The Irish Pub
  • Bedell Cellars Wedding from Lindsay Madden

    14 April 2014
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    This gorgeous summer wedding was sent over by photographer Kate Webber, and we love all the details from Kristi Amoroso Special Events and Kathleen Deery Design, two of our Select vendors! The crisp white and tangerine orange color palette, the poolside dinner, the wedding gown’s sculptural bodice… what a wonderfully modern take on a wine country wedding!

    The couple were inspired by their travel experiences: “Being that we met living in London and have both traveled and lived all over the world, we wanted to incorporate that element into our wedding theme,” says the bride. “Our save the dates were sent to guests in elegant leather, monogrammed luggage tags. From there, we weaved this travel element into all aspects, from the invitation itself (which included a stamped passport book indicating all of the cities that we’ve lived in) to ceremony signage (there was a sign post with the exact distances to the cities where guests came from, all around the world). We felt very honored that our friends and family flew from overseas to join us and wanted to pay tribute to this.”

    With an intimate guest list – just 50 of their closest friends and family – the couple wanted to make sure everyone was looked after. To maintain a personalized feel of the entire experience Rebecca Johnson of Kristi Amoroso Special Events had individual SUVs pick up guests from their hotels and transport them directly to the ceremony location.

    Kate Webber, Kristi Amoroso, Kathleen Deery | Snippet & Ink Kate Webber, Kristi Amoroso, Kathleen Deery | Snippet & Ink

    At the reception, each guest received a bottle of 2011 Saxon Brown Pinot Noir made with grapes from the property.

    “We made sure to incorporate little elements/details that tied into our travels together Our signature drink was a Pimm’s cup, which was a favorite summertime drink for us in London where we met.” The cocktail hour also included a raw oyster bar.

    Kate Webber, Kristi Amoroso, Kathleen Deery | Snippet & Ink Kate Webber, Kristi Amoroso, Kathleen Deery | Snippet & Ink

    The dinner menu – from The Girl and the Fig CATERS! – included fig and arugula salad, beef filet and ricotta gnocchi, and a late night snack of mini burgers with brie and caramelized onions. In addition to a two tiered wedding cake (brown butter cake with salted caramel filling, and chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling), there was a late night dessert buffet with butterscotch pots de crème, lemon tartlets and chocolate sea salt tortes.



    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We both grew up in wine regions (the groom in Australia, and the bride in Canada) and wanted to choose a landscape to represent this. Napa Valley and Sonoma is one of our favorite areas. We have always had an interest in wineries, and it is our pipe dream to have our own vineyard one day. We fell in love with the property (and owner of the property!) the moment we laid eyes on it. A beautifully designed modern home in the midst of rolling vineyards – what’s not to love.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Seeing each other for the first time. We took our photos prior to the ceremony so that we would be able to join our guests during the cocktail hour. We couldn’t stop smiling and laughing with each other while pictures were being taken, and this came through in the photos. We felt very relaxed and did our very best to make sure that we took time to enjoy every single moment.
    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  It was from my husband – he took my hand on the dance floor and told me to stop and take a moment to look around at our friends and family enjoying themselves.

    Photographer: Kate Webber / Event Planner: Rebecca Johnson of Kristi Amoroso Special Events / Venue: The Standard, Glass House Vineyard in Sonoma, California / Floral and Event Design: Kathleen Deery / Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang / Shoes: Brian Atwood / Groom’s Suit: Ralph Lauren Black Label / Tie: Tom Ford / Shoes: Hugo Boss / Stationery: Little Miss Press / Hair, Makeup: Wallett / Officiant: Rev Donald MacInnes / Catering: The Girl and the Fig / Cake: Crisp Bakeshop / Musicians: Ever Music Group / DJ: Aykut / Lighting: Twilight Design / Transportation: Napa Valley Tours and Transportation / Linens: La Tavola / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Wine Country Party

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  • Modern Sonoma Wedding from Kate Webber

    10 April 2014
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