Melissa and Jacob are San Francisco-based artists who came together to craft a wedding that would reflect their colorful, creative sensibilities. From the bride’s spectacular bouquet to the quirky, layered centerpieces, this wedding will enchant anyone who collects antique cloches or adores a healthy dose of whimsy.

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“I felt really lucky about all the vendors we chose. They all were open to collaboration, and I felt like I can call them all friends. It is amazing to find people who are good at their craft, so we did our best to simply let them shine!”

 

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Did you wear something old, new, borrowed and blue?  I chose to wear vintage jewelry, including a brooch at the waist of my gown as my something old, and a ring made my a friend was my something new. Something borrowed was a bracelet and a wrap a friend with impeccable taste lent me, and the best was my something blue – my mom found some embroidery thread that had belonged to my great aunt and cross-stitched forget me nots on a small piece of cloth. She was very dear to me, so I pinned it inside the bodice of my dress to keep her close.

Did you include any DIY details?  My husband made several things for the wedding, including our chalkboard sign and beautiful wooden serving platters etched with our wedding logo. I incorporated my artwork in the stationary and included hand-cut paper details. Being able to make our art a part of the wedding made people say that it really felt like “us”.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To take in the moment and don’t sweat the small stuff. This is the only time all of these fabulous, cherished people will all be in one room, so enjoy it as much as possible.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Don’t forget that you’re a team! It was fun that my husband and I both contributed to the wedding. I also recommend hiring a wedding planner, at least for the month of the day. Having someone we trusted and who knew the drill was key to us feeling relaxed and comfortable on our wedding day.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Start the budgeting process by deciding what things you want to spend money on and which things you can let go.

 

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How did you go about planning your wedding?  My first goal was to look for inspiration – Jacob and I are both artists, so naturally we focused on the visual aspects. When it came to the details and event organization, we had help – I felt that hiring people who were good at their craft was the key to allowing us to have fun and be present on the day. We also had some of our friends actually participate in parts of the ceremony, so a celebration of their talents became part of ours.

 

 

The Ceremony

“Jacob and I met and fell in love in San Francisco. Since I grew up in Texas and he’s from Washington state, we thought that having our family and friends come and celebrate here was particularly fitting. Jacob is a woodworker, and once we saw the Swedenborgian Church, we knew it was perfect.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Relaxed, Natural, Warm.

Who officiated your ceremony? We had our friend Ian officiate the ceremony. I grew up with Ian, and he is one of my closest friends, so having him be a part of the day was really special. Our wedding was as much about our love as bringing all of our friends together.

What was your ceremony music?  We had a talented musician friend play acoustic guitar. He played “January Rain” by David Grey for my entrance, which is one of my favorite songs, and remind us of New England in the fall.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? The whole church was filled with warmth. From the fire place and candles, to the large group of family and friends that surrounded us with love. The room itself is small, which made it cozy and perfect.

 

 

The Reception 

“We wanted our reception to feel like a party at our home – if our home was a vintage greenhouse filled with apothecary details. My husband and his friends installed café lights in the space, and we served dinner family style on bare wood tables.”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your reception?  The Palm room at the San Francisco Film Centre is a beautiful blank slate. There are large windows, hardwood floors and clean white walls. I felt confident we could so much with the space, and walking in to the reception was a moment I’ll never forget. Seeing all the hard work come to life with our family and friends was really overwhelming and special.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  My husband and I are both creative, so we wanted to incorporate our crafts and interests into the day.We both wanted an outdoorsy/Midsummer Night’s Dream feel, so I looked at gardening websites and took lots of afternoon walks through Golden Gate Park.

 

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Tell us about your wedding menu.  We served barbecue from Smoke Berkeley. The chef, Tina, brings Texas roots and traditional French cooking techniques to her food, and all of those flavors came together in our amazing feast. Serving the meal family style made the evening so laid back, as if we were in our living room.

What kind of cake did you serve?  We served a small cake, so that I could use the cake topper I had from my grandparents wedding, as well as award-winning pies from Smoke Berkeley and macarons from Miette.

 

 

“Dancing with my dad was one of my favorite parts of the night. My dad has always loved the Beach Boys and I grew up bopping along to all of their music. When I had to pick a song for us to dance to, I knew instantly that ‘Little Surfer Girl‘ was the one.”

 

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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  Our music helped make the evening really special. I grew up with “oldies” and I feel like that music spans the generations to appeal to everyone. Our RSVP card included a line for musical requests, so everyone heard songs they loved, and our DJ had a killer collection of vinyl that easily filled in the gaps.

What was your first dance song?  We had a hard time picking our first dance song – figuring out a song that defined us was tough! We ended up picking “Such Great Heights” sung by Iron & Wine.

Did you throw an after party?  Our after party was held at the Presidio Bowling Alley, and the majority of our guests came. It was a riot to see everyone bowling in their fancy clothes, and I loved spending a few more hours in my dress!

 

Photography: Emily Merrill / Event Planning & Design, Coquette Events, Liz Duran / Venue: San Francisco Film Centre in San Francisco, California / Ceremony: Swedenborgian Church / Dress: Watters via Mia Bridal Couture / Shoes: Kate Spade / Suit: Ben Sherman / Bow Tie: Edward Armah / Suspenders: Beau Ties of Vermont / Stationery: In Haus Press / Floral Design: Studio Choo / Hair: Brian Jensen / Makeup: Cindy Chan / Ceremony Music: James the Giant / Reception Music: DJ  Wam Bam Ashleyanne / Catering, Pies: Smoke Berkeley / Cake: Gluten Free Gourmet / Macaroons: Miette

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Timeless weddings are a favorite at Snippet & Ink, and Michael and Emily’s Seaside celebration is exactly that. We love the lush pink and white bouquets, the elegant tented reception and the couple’s vintage getaway car, but best of all, we love how much fun these two are having!

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“Since I was a little girl, I dreamed of a wedding in Seaside where I made all my childhood memories. When Michael proposed, there was no question about where to get married. Seaside was such an integral part of my growing up, and it was absolutely perfect for our wedding.”

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  We addressed all the invitations ourselves to save some money. It was a cost-saver, but people also thought it was personal and friendly – a win-win!

Did you incorporate something old, new, borrowed and blue into your wedding day attire?  My father’s cufflinks, which we bought together in France, were woven into my bridal bouquet and served as my something old. My gown was my something new. I borrowed my mother’s diamond earrings, and Michael bought me a small turquoise bracelet for my something blue.

 

 

The Ceremony

“The chapel, friends, and family – everything was perfect on our wedding day.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Simple, elegant, intimate.

What was your ceremony music?  My mother walked down the aisle to “Hornpipe” from Water Music by Handel. My bridal party processed to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” and I walked down the aisle to Wagner’s Bridal Chorus.

Who officiated your ceremony?  Michael’s uncle officiated the ceremony. Neither one of us is particularly religious, and we wanted someone we knew and who knew us to lead the ceremony.

What were your vows like?  Michael and I both value tradition, so we exchanged time-honored vows during our ceremony.

What were your ceremony readings?  “The Good-Morrow” by John Donne, and Corinthians 13.

 

 

We love the vintage Packard convertible that Emily and Michael used to make their wawy from the ceremony to the reception!

 

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How did you go about planning your wedding?  We had the help of a wedding planner from Seaside, who was invaluable in the planning process. Because our engagement was relatively brief, all the planning happened at once. Once the location was secured, we booked our florist and photographer. We also wanted a great band for the reception, so we booked them as soon as possible. Catering and cake were booked about three months in advance, and we had a beautiful wedding planned in only six months!

 

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The Reception

“We held our reception on a large lawn beneath an open tent with a small stage for dancing and the band. Long rectangular tables with tablecloths seated the guests and there was a long dark wood table for the bridal party. There were café lights strung everywhere and pink flowers wherever you looked.”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your reception?  I wanted to be outdoors. It was March in Florida, and the weather was perfect. The beautiful green grass complemented the lush pink flowers and crisp white linens.

 

 

What inspired you when you were planning your reception?  We wanted the ceremony and reception to feel warm for all our guests, and, most importantly, we wanted everyone to have fun.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We served a 4-tier vanilla cake with alternating layers of fresh strawberry filling and chocolate filling.

 

 

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Pick what is really important to you and allow yourself to spend money in that area while cutting from other areas. For example, I wanted a lot of flowers, but didn’t care as much about our wedding menu. So I splurged on flowers, and really tried to cut back on the catering expenses.

 

 

What was your first dance song?  Fly Me to the Moon,” by Frank Sinatra.

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  My godfather’s toast. My father passed away a couple of years ago and was very missed at my wedding. My godfather gave a toast in remembrance of my father’s vibrancy and good sense of humor which I felt solidified my father’s presence on my wedding day.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Have fun, and enjoy every moment. You may meet a few obstacles on your wedding day, or miss the people who aren’t there, but it is a once-in-a-lifetime day and everything will turn out beautifully.

 

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Photography: Lauren Kinsey / Venue: Seaside Interfaith Chapel in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida / Event Planning & Design: Defining Moments by Heather / Officiant: Rick McPherson / Dress: Ines de Santo / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHDLN / Suit, Groomsmen Attire: Black, Vera Wang / Stationery: Minted / Floral Design: Myrtie Blue / Hair, Makeup: Roland’s Studio in Seaside / Rentals: Dine by Design / Music: Nu South Playaz / Catering: Dine by Design, Bud and Alleys / Cake: Bake by Day

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Vanessa and Max had their hearts set on an intimate destination wedding in Beaver Creek, Colorado, and from the stunning images, it’s easy to see why. They focused on making their celebration an expression of their love for one another and their guests, and we think you’ll love every detail, from the bride’s lush bouquet to their classic stationery suite.

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“Some of the most valuable advice I received as a bride was to stay present in the moment of your day. People kept telling that their own wedding day flew by, so I was conscious of making sure I cherished each moment. I can remember the day so clearly, and I wouldn’t change a thing.”

 

 

Are there any details you’d like to tell us about? We really wanted to be sure to include elements of New Orleans, where we live and where Max is from, even though our wedding was in Colorado. We had a local New Orleans letterpress company, Grove Street Press, design and print our invitation suite and the paper for our menus.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  First I’d say accept that you’ll probably end up spending more than expected! For me, it was figuring out what items were most important, then spread out the remaining balance of our wedding budget to cover the expenses that were less important to us.

 

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Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  I wore something old, new, borrowed, and blue, but the most meaningful piece was a vintage key pin that I put beneath my dress. It belonged to my grandmother and it helped to feel like she was with us that day.

 

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The Ceremony

“We wanted a ceremony that was more unique to us than one following a particular religious tone. Our officiant worked with us on structure for the ceremony and we added ideas or phrases we felt represented us and took out those that didn’t feel like as authentic. In the end, it was absolutely perfect.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Short, sweet, and meaningful.

Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  We knew we wanted the ceremony to be outdoors, and the deck at Allie’s Cabin was picturesque. It was also small enough to lend itself to the intimate feel we were going for.

Who officiated your ceremony?  Tara van Dernoot. When we first decided to get married in Beaver Creek, I asked local vendors and area resorts for their officiant recommendations. Tara’s name came up on everyone’s list. When we finally met, I knew she’d be the perfect balance of tradition and fresh ideas.

 

 

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We included a stone blessing in our ceremony that I particularly loved. We gave each of our guests a stone to hold in their hands and asked them to silently say a blessing for us as they held it. It gave our guests a chance to participate in our day in such a concrete and spiritual way. We were able to bring these stones home with us and keep them in our study as a visible reminder of the love we felt that day.

 

 

What was your ceremony music?  I walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of “Crazy Love.” After the ceremony, Max and I walked up the aisle to Bright Eyes’ “First Day Of My Life.”

What were your ceremony readings?  My mother in law read “Union” by Robert Fulghum, and my mother read James Dillet Freeman’s “Blessings for a Marriage.”

What were your vows like?  We decided to write our own vows, which allowed us to make the moment unique to our relationship while still embracing the tradition of reciting vows.

 

 

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  I loved that it was emotional, not just for us as a couple, but for all of our guests.

 

 

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  To follow your hearts and make decisions for your wedding that reflect your relationship.

 

 

The Reception

“Max owns two restaurants in New Orleans and we love to eat, so the food for our wedding very important to us. Our 5 course menu was a labor of love between Allie’s Cabin’s amazing chef and the two of us, and with such a small group, we wanted to be sure everyone had an amazing experience. We planned a menu that featured the food of the region, including Dungeness crab, sablefish, veal ravioli and rack of lamb, and that let the chef display his considerable talents. It was perfect.”

 

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How would you describe your reception?  A very intimate dinner party with family and friends.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I was inspired by our location. I wanted our wedding to have a natural warm feel that was classic and timeless.

Are there any special details you’d like to share?  One of my girlfriends, Hattie Moll, has an insane talent for calligraphy. I was lucky enough to have her address our save the dates and invitations, and she penned each menu!

 

 

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We had our cake shipped in from Momofuku Milk Bar in NYC. We wanted something less traditional than the standard three-tiered fondant cake, and our naked cake was heavenly with a glass of Schramsberg sparkling wine.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Don’t sweat the small stuff and focus on what the day is all about – celebrating the love that you and your partner share with your community.

 

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What was your first dance song?  Max and I danced to Nick Drake’s “Northern Sky Lights.” My dad and I chose The Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody,” and Max and his mom danced to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man.”

Our dances with our parents were very special, and it was nice to have that moment to share with them.

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Listening to all of our guests toast us was incredibly touching. Those toasts shared by my parents were especially meaningful for me, and I’ll never forget their wonderful words.

 

Photography: Sara Hasstedt / Event Planning, Floral Design: Love This Day Events / Venue: Allie’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado / Officiant: Tara Van Dernoot / Dress: Essence of Australia via Patsy’s Bridal Salon / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Earrings: Wedding Belles / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Suit: Luca Falcone / Stationery: Grove Street Press / Calligraphy: Hattie Moll / Hair: Anna Marie Murrell / Makeup: Blush Skin Care and Makeup / Rentals: Alpine Party Rentals, Wildflower Linens / Music: Roy Bloomfield

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Calling all brides who loved Midnight in Paris, spend their weekends browsing at vintage bookshops and can’t get enough of gorgeous blooms – because boy, do we have a wedding for you! Michelle and Benjamin’s vintage-inspired Chicago celebration is full of gorgeous details, and the bride’s feather-topped slingbacks are at the very top of our list. Other highlights include their amazing first look photos, the romantic touches they put on their industrial venue, and the coolest cocktail hour entertainment we’ve ever seen!

SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS VINTAGE CHICAGO WEDDING BY T&S HUGHES PHOTOGRAPHY.

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“After 9 short years together, our day was truly a collaboration of our love, vision and dedication to each other.”

 

 

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  As a bride, I loved the tradition of something old, new, borrowed and blue. My Mom gifted me my wedding jewelry, and I also wore her garter that she had saved from her own wedding day.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?
Thinking back, we would have liked to have all of our DIY projects done a week prior, so we could have relaxed a bit before the big day, but c’est la vie!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Have the tough budget conversation early on in the planning process! Be realistic of your hopes and dreams for your day. We kept an up-to-date budget spreadsheet of everything that we were spending which included the projected cost per item, the actual cost, and the +/- balance. And don’t be afraid to try to negotiate costs, especially when it comes to food and beverage.

 

 

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To do a “first look” before the wedding ceremony. There was so much leading up to that moment and I couldn’t imagine having to coordinate keeping us apart before my walk down the aisle. We found a historic church and park as a backdrop and as Benjamin waited in front of the church, I walked from the hotel to meet him. The pictures of our first look carry the emotion and feeling of being able to take in the anticipation leading up the the very moment. It was simply magical.

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  Our wedding was truly a DIY effort from start to finish. The design of our save the dates, invitations, place cards, and programs were designed by Benjamin. We assembled every single invitation, complete with a wax seal and carefully selected stamps that we found from a local stamp collector who had an immaculate vintage collection. We also scoured the area for vintage books and vases for our centerpieces. The ceremony, photo wall and photobooth backdrops were made by our super talented carpenter friend, and on the day before the wedding, the bridesmaids were assembling the dried lavender bouquets to line the ceremony aisle while my maid of honor extraordinaire artfully penned all of our chalkboard signage.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  We opted to have a rehearsal lunch instead of a dinner. It allowed us the afternoon and evening to write our wedding vows, and our out-of-town guests used this time to explore the great city of Chicago.

 

 

The Ceremony

“We asked our guests to participate in an unplugged ceremony. It was one of the best feelings – everyone in the room was completely present and not attached to phones and devices. All of our guests were very respectful of our request, and it meant a great deal to us.”

 

 

Your ceremony in three words. Heartfelt, inspirational, romantic

Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  We love old, industrial buildings and we were extremely drawn to the character and history of the building. It is located in Bridgeport, which is near a neighborhood called Pilsen where we have spent a lot of time exploring together and making music. We chose the 5th floor loft space because the city view is simply breathtaking from that vantage. Once you you walk out of the expansive elevator all you can say is, “Wow.” The space really spoke for itself.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? My dad walking me down the aisle was one of the best experiences of my life.

 

 

Who officiated your ceremony?  Our great friend Luke officiated our wedding. He had officiated two weddings prior to ours and we knew he was the right person for the job. It was incredible to have someone officiate our ceremony who has come to know us individually and as a couple throughout our years together.

What were your ceremony readings?  The bride’s brother read, “Your Laughter” by Pablo Neruda, and Benjamin’s sisters read an excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit.

What were your vows like?  We wrote our own vows. Talk about waiting to the last minute – we each wrote them the night before in our separate hotel rooms! Amongst all the craziness and anticipation leading up to the day, it honestly took us being in the moment the night before to put the pen to the paper, and that night, the words just flowed.

 

 

What was your ceremony music?
Mother’s Processional – “Meditation” from Massenet’s Thais
Wedding Party Processional – “Gymnopedie #1” by Erik Satie
Bridal Processional – “Claire de Lune” by Claude Debussy
Ceremony Music – “The Moon Song” from Her arranged by Stephen and Bethany Smoker
Recessional – “How it Ends” by Devotchka

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  The most important thing to us was telling our story and staying true to our journey together. A friend recommended Rev. Judith Johnson’s “The Wedding Ceremony Planner” which we found tremendously helpful as we built our ceremony.

 

 

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Our dearest friends Stephen & Bethany Smoker performing “The Moon Song.” They are a couple that exude love, compassion, and have such a strong partnership. It felt like they were passing on their love and support for us to conquer the world through their sincere performance. It is something dear to us that we will cherish forever.

 

 

The Reception

“We were inspired by the aesthetics of Paris and New Orleans, along with the humor of Wes Anderson’s films, when planning our reception, and we had an absolutely magical evening.”

 

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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. We are crazy about music from the 1920’s and ‘30s. We had members of Chicago’s Fat Babies Jazz Band perform during our cocktail hour, and projected an old black and white Clara Bow film on a wall. It felt as if we transformed the room into a party from the past, complete with the sounds of dixieland toe tappin’ goodness!

How would you describe your reception?  So wonderfully us. The details glowed against the sunset, and the Chicago skyline lit up as it grew dark. Friends and family were smiling and having a great time. We watched as all the little details came to fruition, and it was the most marvelous feeling.

 

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Why did you choose the same location for your ceremony and reception?  We were so happy to have the ceremony and reception in the same spot, which meant that our guests could really enjoy themselves without having to drive from place to place.

 

 

What was your wedding menu?  Southern food with New Orleans flair was our inspiration. Jewell Catering really understood our palette and tastes. Our appetizers included petite chicken and waffles, bayou fried shrimp, braised short ribs and mini bacon burgers served with fry shooters and curried ketchup! I still think about how delicious that meal was.

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We realized right off the bat that we didn’t want one large cake, so we explored various options and decided to serve both bride and groom’s cakes. The bottom layer of the bride’s cake was pound cake with fresh strawberries and blueberries, and the top layer featured vanilla buttermilk cake and chocolate diplomat. The groom’s cake was a white buttermilk cake with a layer of espresso mousse and mascarpone mousse. We also had a delicious sweets table with macarons, chocolate and lemon tarts, and petit fours.

 

 

Did you have a signature cocktail?  We chose to feature our favorite local spirits from Few Distillery and Koval Distillery, along with Half Acre Beer. Even the sodas were bottled locally in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

 

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What was your first dance song?

First Dance – “La Vie en Rose” recorded by Louis Armstrong
Father/Daughter – “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
Mother/Son – “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Our first dance – we took dance lessons in the months before, and practiced a lot in our kitchen! We’ll never forget how we felt together, beaming with joy.

 

Photography: T&S Hughes Photography / Venue: Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft in Chicago, Illinois / Event Planning & Design: An Event Less Ordinary / Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes, Purse: Kate Spade / Veil and Hair Clip: Sara Gabriel / Belt:  Nina via Nordstrom /  Jewelry, Veil, Headpiece via The Left Bank Jewelry and Finery / Engagement Ring: Simon G / Wedding Bands: Steve Quick Jewelry / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN / Groom’s Suit: Sebastian Grey / Tie, Socks: The Tie Bar / Shoes: Hugo Boss / Cufflinks:  J. Crew / Groomsmen Attire: Bar III / Stationery, Wedding Website: Designed by the groom,  Benjamin Miles / Calligraphy, Chalkboard Signs: Siobhan McNulty / Floral Design:  Asrai Garden / Hair, Makeup: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists / Rentals: Rent Vintage Chicago / Tableware: Plate Vintage Crockery Rental & Rescue / Ceremony Music: Lindsay Wright String Quartet, Stephen & Bethany Smoker / Cocktail Hour Music: The Fat Babies / Reception Music: Toast & Jam / Ceremony and Photobooth Backdrop: Floyd Davis III of Artpentry / Officiant: Luke Rzewnicki / Catering: Jewell Events / Dessert table: Vanille Patisserie

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When you work in the wedding industry, your big day is bound to be beautiful – after all, you’ve been collecting inspiration and working with vendors that can bring your vision to life. So when Mollie married Patrick, their black tie wedding was full of spectacular floral arrangements in a setting as stunning as the bride’s pearl-studded wedding gown.

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Floral designer and Snippet & Ink Select Vendor Kathleen Deery said about Mollie and Patrick’s wedding, “We love pouring our hearts into the design details of a wedding, especially for our dear friends. When those friends are professionals in the event industry who have seen it all, we have to raise the bar even higher. For Mollie and Patrick, we pulled out all the stops.”

 

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Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  The bride borrowed a silver charm from the groom’s family which had belonged to the groom’s late sister, and held her paternal grandmother’s lace handkerchief.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Hire a videographer to capture the day, as it goes by so quickly and you may forget the details.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Let the experts that you have hired be exactly that. Trust that they will make the event perfect!

 

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The Ceremony

“While taking a break from our wedding party pictures, I wandered into our ceremony to find the choir rehearsing. Being alone in the room, I was able to take in everything I had dreamed and hoped for as it came to life. I thought, ‘This is it! Everything is exactly how I wanted to start my life with Pat.'”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Graceful, Majestic, Personal

Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  I have participated in the planning of over 500 weddings as a professional, and I have always felt that the old world charm, history and formality of the Bently Reserve gives one the feeling of stepping back in time.

Who officiated your ceremony? How did you choose him?  It was important for us to have a personal relationship with our officiant, which is why we asked a good friend to do the honors.

What was your ceremony music?  Ja Ronn and Flow, a local gospel choir, were truly one of the highlights of the evening and provided the musical energy for the ceremony.

 

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What were your ceremony readings?  We wanted our readings to be simple and profound. We chose “Oh the Places You Will Go,” by Dr. Seuss and “It’s You I Like,” by Mr. Rogers.

What were your vows like?  We wanted our vows to provide a blueprint for the rest of our lives. We chose to write our vows and deliver them as a promise to each other.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  As guests arrived, they were greeted with glasses of Champagne and serenaded to their seats by the gospel choir.

 

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The Reception

“From the wedding invitations to Mollie walking down the aisle and throughout the reception, we wanted guests to feel like they were looking out from a champagne glass through the bubbles – effervescent, and sophisticated. This theme was prevalent throughout the night, from the lighting design on the ceiling to the design of the cake.”

 

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How would you describe your reception?  Our reception was a sophisticated black tie event that never lacked in fun! Guests were provided with the rare opportunity to dress up and enjoy an event that became special for all.

What was one of your favorite details from your reception?  Kathleen Deery and her team went above and beyond in the design of our wedding. Everything was beautiful, dramatic, and graceful, and no detail was left undone. Even the women’s restroom was made stunning by Kathleen! She added lounge furniture, wallpapered the existing towel dispensers, and added flowers and candles. Guests told us they visited frequently just for the experience!

 

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What was your first dance song?  The lyrics to “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” include the bride’s maiden name, so the Beatles song was a perfect choice. The bride danced with her father to “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, and the groom with his mother to “Loves Me Like a Rock” by Paul Simon.

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Sweet on Cake designed our delicious wedding cake, feature caramel toffee, red velvet, and cherry almond tiers. We also served late night sweets including Chimay floats with Straus ice cream, cappuccino push-up popsicles, and strawberry-ricotta zeppoles.

Did you serve a signature cocktail?  The Blushing Bride: sparkling wine, pavan liquor, hibiscus liquor and lemon bitters, served in a coupe glass and rimmed with gold sugar.

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  I was delighted to be able to showcase my professional experience for our friends and family. Guests were treated to a five star dining experience from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, which everyone agreed was the best wedding food they had ever had. The reception band, The 415’s (San Francisco’s area code) was an intergenerational delight for guests from 18 to 88! The dance floor was never empty from beginning to end. Seeing our family and friends enjoy themselves was an incredible feeling.

 

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Photography: Kate Webber / Venue: Bently Reserve in San Francisco, California / Event Planning & Design:  LMM Events / Dress, Veil:  Jin Wang / Shoes:  Jimmy ChooBridesmaid Dresses: AmsaleSuit, Groomsmen Attire: Vera WangStationery Calligraphy: Little Miss Press /  Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Design / Hair: Ashley Melamed for the Woodbridge / Makeup: Miranda Gulyash, Faux Lash  / Rentals: Hartmann StudiosCeremony Music: Ja Ronn and FLOW Choir, Entire Productions / Reception Music: 415’s, Entire ProductionsCatering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering / Cake, Dessert: Sweet on Cake / Videography: Weddings on Film / Escort Boards: Yonder Design / Lounge Furniture & Bar Rental: Urban Parlour 

 Paula LeDuc Fine Catering and Kathleen Deery Design are Snippet & Ink Select Vendors.

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