Meredith Heuer takes the sort of photos you’d want to frame and hang on a wall. Photos you want to have around you and see every day and show off to anyone who comes by. Truly, take a look at this beautiful Oyster Bay wedding that Meredith sent over… you’ll see exactly what I mean…
Says the bride, “The church ceremony was light and loving and in memory of my father. We walked down the aisle to ‘All You Need Is Love’ by The Beatles. Our dachshund Balloon waited in the Oeuf, our little yellow 1957 Isetta, and joined us on the trip back to the house for the reception.”
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? My parents were married here 30 years earlier. It is such a beautiful spot on the point with incredible water views. The house is where my mother and her siblings grew up and it has such history.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We wanted the weekend to feel full of tradition but with a relaxed air. A mix of the classic and the bohemian.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? It’s hard to pick one thing. The dramatic weather. From the moment we woke up the skies were a mix of bright September sunlight and dark gray and blue cumulus clouds. There was a breeze and it felt like the calm before the storm all day. It didn’t rain until very late at night when the DJ was playing on the patio and we all went outside and danced in the rain. During the day the girls spent time getting hair and makeup done while the boys when swimming in Oyster Bay. It was a relaxed day and so fun to be in a house full of your best friends.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? To relax and smile – you have done all the work and now it is time to enjoy the day. Things will go wrong but by the time they do it will not matter.
What advice do you have for other brides? After the ceremony you should take a moment alone with your husband to let it all sink in. All the months of planning you have done is now unfolding before you and it’s time to enjoy being together with family and friends and being married!
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Our first dance was You Are The Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne and then we had the band invite everyone to the dance floor for September by Earth, Wind & Fire which really set off the night right because it was the 21st night of September and the last day of summer. There was a harvest moon that night and it was at eye level glistening over the water while we were seated for dinner.
When you’ve chosen one of the most breathtakingly beautiful venues for your wedding, you can keep the details simple and let the place speak for itself. That’s exactly what Catherine and Marcus did at their June wedding at Sea Ranch Lodge, and Leah McCormick (a Snippet & Ink Select vendor!) captured some utterly enviable shots of their day… this is just a sampling, so be sure to visit the gallery for the whole shebang!
Canapés included Point Reyes Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad in an Endive Leaf; Vegetable Dumplings with Ginger Soy Essence; Mini Crab Cakes with Roasted Lemon Aioli; and Rosemary Lamb Skewers with Dijon Mayonnaise. The cake was vanilla coconut cake filled with lemon curd, fresh raspberries and raspberry jam.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding?It’s gorgeous. We loved the remote, raw setting, and thought it would be a perfect location to focus on family and friends. It also allowed us to keep all activities in the same location, but in different settings (bluffs, barn, tent, fireplace lounge, etc.). We had guests traveling from many different places, and doing this cut down on travel time during the weekend, clearing schedules for spontaneous encounters and outings.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We wanted it to be naturally beautiful, comfortable, and a little free form.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Don’t be hard on yourself as you plan. Only you will know if a design element doesn’t make it to the big day, and everyone is going to be happy no matter what.
What advice do you have for other brides? Stay focused on what matters.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? It’s not fun to budget, but it’s necessary. Be realistic and creative about what you can do.
This beautiful Cape Cod wedding is full of vintage-inspired details and touching moments captured by photographer Lara Kimmerer. I especially love these romantic first look shots of the bride walking across a bridge to her groom… it doesn’t get much better than that moment and Lara captured it beautifully…
Says Johanna of the First Look: “I had always thought the first look thing was so silly and dramatic. But over time, when people explained it to me (Lara included), I became excited by the idea. When Paul and I met on a bridge down by the ocean for our first look, it was one of the most powerful and special moments of the entire wedding. We had been through so much that past year, and we turned to see each other and it was like, ‘We are here. We made it – and we look amazing!’”
“Just after we said our “I dos,” we walked up the aisle and Lara took us over to a little covered path in one of the gardens. It was so quiet and the light was pouring through the trees. We each had the other’s wedding band inscribed and had been waiting weeks to see what they said. We tugged our bands off and squinted to see the inscriptions… it was a really special moment.”
“Our guest book was comprised of vintage Cape Cod postcards and each guest was encouraged to write a message on one,” says Johanna. ”Paul and I were about to move into a new apartment in New York, and we had this idea for our parents to slowly send us the postcards after the wedding. We are now making a guestbook of the well wishes.”
A candy buffet was actually a timeline of when various candies originated. The wedding cakes were also a special detail: “We had two cakes. One was from our favorite bakery in Pittsburgh, Prantl’s. Paul grew up in Pittsburgh and I went to college there. We both have great memories of eating Prantl’s famous burnt almond torte, so we had four of them flown in for the wedding. The other cake was made by an amazing little bakery in Orleans called Cottage Street Bakery. I worked there during the summers when I was in high school and had told Marc, the owner, that when I got married, I wanted him to make my wedding cake.”
One of the best parts of the day? “Paul and I were going to drive to a hotel after the wedding in our rental car, but instead our entire family had secretly decorated an old Volvo nicknamed Grey Poupon. This Volvo has been in our family for over 2 decades and has schlepped us to the beach and back hundreds of times. It was the best surprise of the night and an amazing way to get to our hotel, tin cans scraping the pavement and all.”
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? I grew up traveling to Cape Cod during the summers. I have such wonderful memories from my time spent with my family – my parents, brothers, cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles – the whole crew! I knew from a fairly young age that I wanted to get married on Cape Cod. When Paul and I met and I discovered that he had traveled to Nantucket for many summers during his childhood, it matched up perfectly. We both loved the area and were so grateful to my Aunt and Uncle who opened up their home for the entire affair.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We tried to play off the natural beauty of the Cape and location of the wedding. We worked with Mary at Flowers by Mary to make sure the flowers had a very organic, garden-like feel to them, and we used flower boxes and old vases and bottles that my mom had collected to give it a more laid back feel. Music was also very important to Paul and me. We found this amazing band in Brooklyn called the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn – they were actually the first vendor we booked. We hadn’t seen them live, but listened to their music online and loved it. It was bluesy/classic jazz/swing – we felt it would fit perfectly with the venue and the kind of vibe we wanted.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? I had a few favorite moments – too hard to choose just one! It was an outdoor ceremony in a field and my dad and I were standing at the top of the hill before walking down the aisle. We were watching everyone process down and I was freezing and so nervous. My dad held my hand and said, “Breathe.” At that point, a sense of calm washed over me for a minute. Of course, I lost it again walking down the aisle, but those few quiet moments with my dad I will treasure forever.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Try and let go of perfection. A friend shared with me this quote from Anna Quindlen’s book Being Perfect when I was having a wedding planning breakdown: “What is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” While I think this applies to life in general (it has obviously stuck with me), I think it very much applies to wedding planning too. It’s okay if everything isn’t perfect; just work on making it yours. Take inspiration from things here and there, but don’t get hung up on every last little detail. I promise, you are the only one who will notice. Learn how to let some things go.
What advice do you have for other brides? Don’t forget about the happiness of the day. Don’t forget to have a few quiet moments to reflect on everything with your partner. Dance. Eat. Drink.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? No one is going to look back at your wedding and think, “Wow, looks like they really skimmed on the glassware.” Or, “Wow, they should have upgraded these chairs.” They are going to remember the moments and the love the two of you share. Also, don’t be afraid to try things on your own. Find something that you love in a fancy store that isn’t within your budget? See if you can do it yourself. I really wanted to do vintage china but it was about $7 per place setting to rent it. My parents and I ended up doing it (my mom really took on most of the challenge) and scoured thrift stores for months and months for used china. We found plates and saucers and teacups for 50 cents, $1.00. We ended up savings hundreds of dollars and still got the look that we wanted. And, after the wedding, my parents sold it all at a garage sale! If there is a will, there is probably a way.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? All of our vendors were amazing to work with. Paul and I were going through a very difficult time while planning our wedding. I was battling cancer and recovering from surgery and our day to day was at times incredibly challenging. Every single one of our vendors was understanding, accommodating, kind, and compassionate. I would like to extend a special thank you to Lara Kimmerer and her husband Peter who not only captured the day so beautifully but opened up their hearts to us during our struggles.
When I first saw a sneak peek of this stunning bouquet on Eric Kelley‘s blog, I was dying to know about the rest of the wedding, so you can imagine how excited I was when Eric offered to share it with us on Snippet & Ink! As soon as you see these photos, I know you’re going to fall for Aris and Ona’s glamorous, romantic ballroom wedding just like I did… (Not to mention, Eric Kelley and hair and makeup artist Lora Kelley are both Select vendors!)
I love this little detail: Favor boxes were finished with a wax seal of the newlyweds’ monogram, which also happens to spell out OPA! They were filled with five koufeta, traditional white sugar covered almonds. “They represent the bittersweet life of a married couple,” says the bride, “and each of the five almonds symbolizes a wish for the new husband and wife: happiness, health, wealth, children and a long life.”
In addition to two types of wedding cake, there was also a tea and cookie bar with cookies made by the groom’s grandmother.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? When my husband and I began our search for a venue we knew we wanted a few specifics – first, the food had to be amazing (my husband is a really big foodie); second, it had to be in the city, preferably close to where we had lived through our entire 5 year relationship; and finally, it had to feel like “us.” One of our favorite restaurants in the city had always been Blue Duck Tavern, which was also conveniently a block away from our condo. When we learned that the Blue Duck also catered all of the food straight from there kitchen to your guests’ tables for weddings at the Park Hyatt we were pretty much sold. Add in that the venue was modern yet still maintained a very cozy and organic atmosphere it was perfectly us!
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? When I envisioned our wedding I wanted our guests to feel transported into, for lack of a better term, an enchanted forest. I wanted our wedding to feel very organic, unstructured, whimsical, and romantic. I envisioned bringing the outdoors inside – with branches and candlelight, soft colors and wood.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? My husband and I both agree that our favorite moment was walking into the ballroom before our guests to get a sneak peak. It was that moment when you realized everything you had envisioned and dreamed off was even better in reality.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Think of your wedding as a play – with each part being it’s own significant act. What do you want your guests to think, feel, experience. Go at it each one individually.
What advice do you have for other brides? Do your research & then trust your vendors! Everyone tells me that I was one of the calmest brides they’d ever seen. And honestly, it was because I had totally faith in all of my vendors doing what I hired them to do. My husband and I had so much fun on our wedding day – we were full of energy and life…and our guests just fed off of that momentum. It was one big party and completely perfect.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? First of all – Overestimate! You will almost always spend more then you think. Keep a little stash away towards the end because all of the “minor” details really start to add up to a lot. Let photography be a big money item…it’s all you have to look back on; don’t skimp here! Oh, and when it comes to lighting – yes, it’s expensive; but it also completely finishes off your atmosphere.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?We worked really hard to make sure that their were constant little touches and details that stood out as “us”. We both grew up in families that worked in agriculture. Our rehearsal dinner incorporated original wooden produce boxes from when his great grandfather founded their company. Our favors that evening were mini versions of the boxes with fruit & vegetable candies. On the day of our wedding I had him wear black jack cufflinks, his favorite gambling game. I also tucked away my great grandmother’s handkerchief in my dress. We used OPA in various places, as it is both our monogram and is used to signify a celebration in Greek. I could go on and on…but basically everywhere throughout the wedding the details were consistent with little tokens of “us”.
Yesterday my sister shared the story of her wedding, and how it was impacted by the floods that hit Colorado last September. Today’s post is an entirely different look at how the flooding affected another wedding, that of Kelly and Aaron (who happens to be one of my husband’s best friends since childhood). The groom kindly shared their story, and Sara Hasstedt shared these beautiful photos.
When we booked our destination wedding in Estes Park, Colorado, we envisioned sunny skies, warm weather, and mountain vistas. We arrived the Wednesday ahead of our Sunday wedding to gloomy skies and the forecast of rain. That evening we enjoyed a nice dinner with one of the bridesmaids and her husband, discussing the fun events to come over the next several days. We booked a hotel on the river for our first few nights prior to the wedding. Throughout the night, our phones continued to alert us to “flash flood warnings” in the area. I nervously looked out over our deck at the river, watching it grow higher and higher. The following morning, the first text I received was from one of the groomsmen and read, “How does it feel to be stranded in Estes Park?” Within the coming hours, we learned that the downtown had flooded and the two main highways coming from Denver had been destroyed. The mountains above Estes had received over eight inches of rain in just three hours that night. While we frantically tried to contact our family and friends who were en route, we lost cell phone and Internet service. Watching the rising water infiltrate our hotel, we were relocated to their sister hotel, Murphy’s Resort. Luckily, their Internet provider was the only one in town that still had service, allowing us to stay in contact with our guests and vendors.
Over the next forty-eight hours we had no idea if the wedding would actually occur. We began hearing rumors that our guests would not be allowed into the city because of the now limited access due to severe flooding and mudslides. Many of the weddings in Estes were cancelled and there were suggestions that we should follow suit or move the venue to Denver. Through the help of the staff at Della Terra and Murphy’s Resort, we were able to get many of our guests into town. Each guest had to pass by a national park ranger or through National Guard checkpoints showing our wedding invitation in order to gain access to the town. Each tells stories of pleading with guards and driving behind a snow plow utilized to clear the road of water entering Estes Park. A simple two hour trip from the Denver airport became more than a seven hour adventure for most.
As icing on the cake, Kelly’s wedding dress was stranded at a dry cleaner in Longmont, Colorado. Longmont was heavily damaged by the flooding and mostly evacuated – leaving her wedding dress newly steamed but unreachable. Hearing of our struggles via Facebook and Twitter, the amazing people of Estes Park scrambled to find her a replacement, allowing her to try on their own wedding dresses at their homes. As guests began to trickle into town, we were in a race to find a new rehearsal dinner site as our first was under water. A new restaurant, The Overlook, graciously agreed to host our rehearsal dinner party on less than 24 hours notice for “somewhere between twenty and fifty guests,” our best estimate.
With the help of so many people, the wedding started to come together. The wonderful staff at Murphy’s Resort helped us every step of the way and even manicured Kelly’s nails. Our phenomenal vendors worked together and carpooled in order to be able to arrive at our wedding. Sara Hasstedt, our photographer, arranged for Kelly’s dress to be picked up in Longmont, and then drove it up the mountain herself, in the dark and the rain, the night before the wedding.*
In the end, forty-five of our seventy guests were able to brave the storm and make it to our wedding amid the natural disaster. While our wedding week was far from what we envisioned, our family and friends rallied around us despite the dire circumstances to make for an unforgettable night. The kindness shown to us by the people of Estes Park was overwhelming and their willingness to lend a helping hand will never be forgotten. It is said that rain on a wedding day is good luck, so I guess we will have enough luck to last a lifetime.
*When it looked like she might not have a wedding dress to wear, the bride joked that people had better be ready to wear jean shorts, because she would not be upstaged on her own wedding day. Thankfully, it didn’t come to that. Sara Hasstedt shares how social media helped save Kelly’s dress: “Longmont was one of the towns that had been evacuated due to the floods. I reached out on Facebook, and two friends immediately commented that they wanted to help. These two women took the initiative to coordinate with each other via Facebook to help rescue Kelly’s dress. They were moved by her story and, both being married women themselves, wanted to make sure that this bride, who they didn’t even know, could still look and feel her most beautiful on her wedding day.”
Thank you so much to Kelly and Aaron for sharing your incredible wedding story with us!