There’s something so wonderful about saying your vows under the branches of a huge oak tree, don’t you think? Follow that up with a family style dinner, dancing with a lake view and surprise fireworks, and you’ve got the makings of a pretty perfect day. Of course that’s a total oversimplification of Caroline and Conner’s beautiful Texas wedding, so read on for all the delightful details!

SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THIS RUSTIC TEXAS WEDDING BY AUSTIN GROS.

Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink

 

“We were lucky enough to have our entire wedding both ceremony and reception on the same property. Throughout middle school and high school I frequented the Meyer’s ranch house, and it was always everyone’s favorite place to go on an adventure,” shares the bride. “A short drive from my hometown of Katy, Texas, the Meyer family graciously approached us and offered up their ranch for our wedding! We were blown away by their kindness and generosity. I couldn’t have pictured a more meaningful, beautiful place to get married. There is actually an old photograph of me climbing the very same tree we got married under. The reception was held at the Meyer’s beautiful house on the property only a short walk from the pasture where the ceremony took place.”

 

2-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner 2-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner
3-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner 3-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner

 

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  I think the best advice I received was to not only look forward to my wedding day, but more importantly look forward to life after that special day is over and gone. By focusing on how excited I was for everyday life with Conner it took so much pressure off of me to plan a “flawless” wedding day. I realized that regardless of how our wedding day turned out I was still going to get to wake up next to my best friend for the rest of my life. It is truly freeing to come to that realization.

 

Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink
Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink

 

The Ceremony

“The sun was going down over the horizon, and there was a light breeze. I mean, it was perfection for Texas in August. I loved that we chose to have our ceremony at dusk, it was pure magic.”

 

6a-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner 6a-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner
7-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner 7-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner

 

Your ceremony in three words.  Authentic, joyous, and effortless.

Who officiated your ceremony?  My Grandad (Clois Smith) officiated our wedding. It was a done deal ever since I can remember that he would officiate my wedding. Having him officiate the ceremony was really icing on the cake to a beautiful event. I look up to my Grandad more than anyone else probably, so to have him stand there with us was extremely impactful.

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  We worked very closely with my Grandad on all of the details and progression of events. He’s done so many weddings that he’s an expert. It was awesome having someone so close to your heart help you plan one of the most important events of your life.

 

Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink

 

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We wanted our ceremony to be spiritual and meaningful yet simple and sweet, so we kept things as such. We chose to focus on music, prayer, and scripture as our main traditions.

What was your ceremony music?  We are so fortunate to have so many talented friends. My cousin plays violin beautifully and a close friend of ours is a gifted singer and guitarist. Processional : What a wonderful world -Louis Armstrong (violin + guitar version) / Recessional : I decided to surprise Conner (groom) with a song from the Lord of the Rings movies that we both love (nerd alert!) It’s called The Shire (violin) / Other: Oceans by Hillsong (violin and guitar), Come Thou Fount (violin and guitar), Garden (Needtobreathe on violin and guitar)

What were your ceremony readings?  Philippians 2:1-2 “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, have the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.”

 

Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink

 

What were your vows like?  We chose not to write our own vows for the ceremony merely because I wouldn’t have been able to hold it together up there in front of everyone! We chose to share our own personal vows to one another privately. We got together with my Grandad and talked through what our vows would be, we went with something pretty traditional. It’s actually pretty cool uttering the same wedding vows that so many couples before our time have said; the history behind traditional vows made it an easy choice.

 

Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink

 

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  I was not prepared for the nerves! I don’t love being the center of attention so I practically sprinted down the aisle. Also, the feeling after your wedding ceremony is like nothing else. You are finally married to the one you love most in this world and it feels like great big exhale. We were on cloud nine. It’s crazy to look out and see the faces of all of your closest family and friends and realize that they are all there to share in this life-changing experience with you.

 

11-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner 11-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner
12-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner 12-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner

 

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Our advice to other couples is to not get hung up on the details. We were so shocked with the overwhelming wealth of choices you can make when planning a wedding. I remember getting so hung up on the color of the bridesmaids dresses because I had so many options and I liked all of them in every color. I could have done blue, sequins, blush, you name it. It’s really a blessing and a curse in the wedding industry today, we have more resources and amazing options to chose from that sometimes it can really get frustrating. At the end of it all color palettes are trivial because you’re still getting married and it’s going to be one of the most beautiful dadgum days of your life.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  We laugh all the time about how crazy the season of wedding planning was and how some things just didn’t pan out on the actual day. But in all honesty, we wouldn’t do anything differently because we can’t imagine it going any other way, and we love being married too much to do it all over again! If we had to chose something to do differently though, it would be to wait a day before flying out on our honeymoon. Traveling the morning after your wedding that ended at midnight is just not a very good idea if you need your sleep like we do.

 

Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink

 

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Prioritize is the word I used through the entire budgeting process. I would say to put your money toward something that matters most to you and your fiance. For us it was the photography, but for you it may be something like a killer band or upscale decor. You want to pick one or two things that you have always wanted and see if you can make it happen! Everything else will be wonderful and fall into place, plus you probably wont even notice if it doesn’t.

 

14-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner 14-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner
Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink

 

The Reception

“Our reception was very laid-back and family style. We wanted the meal to feel like a great big family sitting at the kitchen table so that’s exactly what we did! It was very important to us that everyone felt like an important piece of our story so we tried to make our reception feel like family coming together to celebrate something wonderful. Naturally, there was also a lot of dancing throughout.”

 

16-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner 16-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner
17-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner 17-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner

 

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We were inspired by the natural landscape out at the ranch. We really wanted the backdrop to be the true aesthetic that shown through everything, the natural beauty of God’s creation is impossible to beat.

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Bride: My favorite part was sitting down to dinner with everyone and looking out over the lake, it was just so beautiful to see everything unfold and get a chance to sit and see everyone in conversation enjoying themselves. // Groom: Definitely when I shattered a wine glass trying to call for toast at dinner. Other than that shining moment, my favorite part was the same moment that Caroline mentioned. There’s just something about breaking bread with loved ones.

 

Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink

 

Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  One of my love languages is baking and cooking for others, so I felt like I could use that love of mine and incorporate it into our unique touch. I whipped up some homemade chocolate chip dough about a week in advance and then we baked them the day before as favors for the guests. It was so much fun to do and I know going home with a chocolate chip cookie made our guests happy. My husband is a very talented woodworker so he made several signs for directions and chalkboards for the menu and reception.

 

19-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner 19-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner

 

Please tell us about any special details or moments from your reception.  My brother prayed over dinner, that was a very special moment for us. Also, the Meyer family surprised us with a firework show over the lake towards the end of the night. It was breathtaking and so thoughtful of them to put even more extra time and energy into pulling that off. We also had a Polaroid camera with a scrapbook for our guests to take pictures and leave notes. I’m really glad we decided to do that because the end product is hilarious and priceless. Conner and I look through that book all the time laughing and smiling at what everyone said.

 

Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink
Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink

 

What was your wedding menu? A selection of cheeses and crackers, grilled rosemary chicken, penne pesto pasta with roasted tomatoes, my dad’s corn and black bean salad, and watermelon wedges.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  I actually don’t love icing (I’m a weirdo, I know) so we went with a naked cake with fresh berries. We also served brownies with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge.

Did you have a signature cocktail?  We did not have a signature cocktail. We served wine, beer, lemonade, and had ice water in pitchers on each table.

 

Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink
23-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner 23-austingros-snippetandink-carolineconner

 

Special music:  Our first dance was to Ray Lamontagne’s You Are The Best Thing. My dad calls me “sweetpea” so we danced to Sweet Pea by Amos Lee. Conner danced with his mother to You Send Me by Sam Cook.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding? Our family and friends are the reason our wedding was so incredibly wonderful. Every single person played an important part in pulling it off, which makes it that much more meaningful to us. Whether it was a talent, extra pair of hands, creativity, or love, the people closest to us were an integral piece to our wedding day. We are so grateful for everyone’s authenticity and love.

 

Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink
Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink
Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink Austin Gros | Snippet & Ink
Photography: Austin Gros / Venue: private ranch in La Grange, Texas / Dress: Houston Bridal Gallery / Shoes: Joie sandals / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN / Suit, Groomsmen Attire: Perry Ellis / Tie, Shirt: J. Crew / Shoes: Cole Haan / Watch: Fossil / Stationery: Smitten on Paper / Floral Design: Rosehip Flora / Hair, Makeup: Amanda Gros / Rentals: Premiere Events / Reception Music: Strat Kat DJ / Catering: Whole Foods Market / Cake:: The Best Little Cake Shop in Texas

Smitten on Paper is a Snippet & Ink sponsor. 

This post contains affiliate links. 

SEE THE FULL GALLERY
  • Rustic Texas Ranch Wedding by Austin Gros

    22 July 2015
  • 1 comments posted +add a comment SEE MORE: Real Weddings

    The last day of February proved to be a picture perfect day for Megan and Philip’s New Orleans wedding. From the bride’s timeless style to the second line send-off, it was a celebration full of both elegance and fun.

    SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THIS NEW ORLEANS WEDDING BY GREER GATTUSO.

    Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink

     

    Megan wore a classic veil and carried a simple white and blush bouquet of garden roses.

     

    Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink

     

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding day?  I surprised Phil by using his late grandfather’s ring as his wedding band. He has always felt so connected to him, so it was a really emotional moment giving him the ring. I also included a piece of lace from my late grandmother’s 75 year-old wedding dress on the ribbon of my bouquet. My ten best friends/bridesmaids started a tradition of passing the same garter to each other when someone gets married. My last friend who got married, Emily, sewed my new initials into the garter and gave it to me on wedding day. Now I’ll get to do the same for whoever is next!

     

    Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink

     

    Megan’s gorgeous Monique Lhuillier dress featured soft tulle and several tiers of romantic lace.

     

    Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink

     

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To do a first look. I was hesitant at first but we decided to go for it so that we could get pictures while the sun was still out. Having that moment alone with Phil before the ceremony ended up being such a blessing. Phil read the letter I wrote to him just before we saw each other and when he turned around to see me, it was such an emotional and beautiful moment. It also gave us the freedom to take all of our photos in one of our favorite places in the city, Audubon Park, which is just a couple of blocks away from our house. After the first look, we both felt so much more relaxed and could really enjoy every part of the ceremony and reception.

     

    8-greergattuso-snippetandink-meganphilip 8-greergattuso-snippetandink-meganphilip
    Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink

     

    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  Our favor was a bag of koufeta, or sugar-coated almonds for each guest. Giving koufeta is a Greek tradition that wishes happiness, health, wealth, children, and a long life to the bride and groom! A week before the wedding, Phil’s mom gathered about a dozen women to assemble hundreds of favors. It was a beautiful picture of love and heritage.

     

    Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink
    Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink

     

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  My mom gave me the best advice when she told me to stop throughout the day and take snapshots of the small moments. The sounds, the smells, the expressions, all of it. Taking pauses to really look and notice what was going on made me feel so grounded and present in the moment.

     

    Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink
    13-greergattuso-snippetandink-meganphilip 13-greergattuso-snippetandink-meganphilip

     

    Ribbon wands were a fun detail for guests to wave at the end of the night to send off the bride and groom.

     

    Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink
    15-greergattuso-snippetandink-meganphilip 15-greergattuso-snippetandink-meganphilip
    Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink

     

    The Ceremony

    “Even though we weren’t being married in a church, it was really important to us that our faith was at the forefront of our ceremony. My parents were invaluable and offered important advice and insight on choosing our readings and hymns. Because we knew that the ceremony was the most important part of the day, we focused on making it personal and meaningful for us a couple. The officiant has known Phil since he played in guitar chapel in third grade and the soloist is one my mom’s closest friend. We have never been surrounded by so much love.”

     

    Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink

     

    Your ceremony in three words.  Intimate, spiritual, warm.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  Father Michael Kuhn officiated the ceremony. Phil has known him since childhood as he was the chaplain at Phil’s elementary school. Father Michael set the tone of the ceremony as being serious, yet very warm. He is one of the kindest, most sincere men Phil and I have ever known and we were so honored to have him officiate.

     

    Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink

     

    What was your ceremony music?
    Seating of the Mothers and Grandmother: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” JS Bach
    Procession of the Attendants: “Canon in D Major” J. Pachelbel
    Entrance of the Bride: “Trumpet Voluntary” J. Clarke
    Soloist Hymn: “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
    Recessional: “Allegro Maestoso” (Water Music-Suite 2) G.F. Handel

    What were your ceremony readings?
    Genesis 1: 26-31
    Colossians 3: 12-17
    John 15: 1-17

    What were your vows like?  We used traditional vows and exchanged letters beforehand with our more personal feelings on the day.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  For both of us, it was the exchange of vows. Even in a room full of people, in that moment, we had never been more connected as we committed our lives to each other.

     

    Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink

     

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  Right after the ceremony, our amazing wedding planner, Elyse Skansi, set us up to have some time alone for a glass of champagne and a bite to eat before we headed downstairs to the reception. It turned out that those fifteen minutes were some of our most memorable from the day. Having a minute alone to laugh, cry, and start to process what had just happened was so fun! We were filled with so much joy, excitement and relief in that moment, it was so special.

     

    Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink

     

    The Reception

    “Our relationship began long distance between New York City and New Orleans. Phil is from New Orleans and, like so many other natives to the city, he is incredibly rooted there. Visit after visit, I fell so in love with the city, the culture, the vibrancy, and the unique personality. I moved down to New Orleans and haven’t looked back since. There were lots of different places we thought about having our wedding, but ultimately, New Orleans is our home and where we fell in love, so we decided to do it there. Also, me being from Lexington, Kentucky and both of us having family and friends all over the country, we were excited to show off the city that we love so much to our guests. The guest experience played a major part in all of our decision making. When we went to look for venues, we fell in love with the Chicory at first sight! It has such a rustic elegance and we knew our guests would love the uniquely New Orleans feel of the space.”

     

    22-greergattuso-snippetandink-meganphilip 22-greergattuso-snippetandink-meganphilip
    Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink

     

    How would you describe your reception?  Elegant, romantic in decor and celebratory in feel! Phil and I wanted the reception to reflect the things we love most: incredible music, dancing, and food. Music was the focus of the night, from our incredible Motown band, to an interlude of Greek music (Phil’s family’s heritage is Greek), to the finale of the second line band to close out the night. So many people traveled from so far away and we wanted them to enjoy a memorable New Orleans night together.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Neutrals and blush, candlelight, New Orleans, our wedding planner Elyse Skansi, and my mom of course!

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  Yes! We served a “champagne julep,” a drink combining Phil’s love of bourbon and my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky!

     

    Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink

     

    Menu:
    passed hors d’oeuvres: asparagus with phyllo / crabmeat ravigote on endive / sicilian meatballs / mesquite chicken quesadillas / fried catfish / Natchitoches meat pies / pulled pork sliders with asian slaw // buffet: fresh fruit presentation / imported cheeses / charcuterie and antipasto / crawfish and brie dip / roasted artichoke dip // stations: shrimp and grits / steamship roast carving / 5 cheese macaroni and cheese // late night passed snacks: chicken and waffles

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Denise St. Pierre, an amazing cake designer and close family friend, was beyond generous and gifted our cake to us as a wedding present. She is known for doing cakes with incredibly detailed sugar flowers that take three days for her to complete. I told her that I would love a cake with cascading flowers and suggested peonies because that was the flower I was using in my bouquet. Otherwise, I didn’t know what to expect on wedding day. Needless to say, I was completely stunned at how breathtaking the cake was. As soon as I saw her at the reception, we both started crying. It was such a gift of love and one that we could never repay.

     

    Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink

     

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Phil’s family’s heritage is Greek so we were so excited to Greek dance at the wedding. I took lessons with Phil’s family before the wedding and they were beyond patient with me as I struggled through the moves! Fast forward to the reception. I’ll never forget the circle of family and friends from all over, my arms around my mom and my new husband, and everyone laughing and dancing like we all knew what we were doing (many of us didn’t ha!). After the group dance, Phil surprised me and told me he wanted to “dance for his bride.” He sat me in a chair in the middle of the reception and did a traditional dance for me. As he jumped through the air, showing off his moves, all I could do was laugh and smile from ear-to-ear.

    What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance?
    First dance: “Can’t Help Falling in Love” Elvis Presley
    Father/daughter: “In My Life” The Beatles (this is the same song that my brother danced to with my mom at his wedding!)
    Mother/son: “I Get a Kick Out of You” Frank Sinatra

     

    Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink
    26-greergattuso-snippetandink-meganphilip 26-greergattuso-snippetandink-meganphilip

     

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  During the second line send-off at the end of the night, I looked back and was so overwhelmed with love. Seeing all of our family and friends dancing and marching through the streets of New Orleans with the brass band playing was a feeling I will never forget. Strangers were coming out of neighboring bars and restaurants to join in on the celebration with all of us. Phil and I just looked at each other and laughed because it was the perfect New Orleans moment and the perfect ending to the most incredible weekend.

     

    Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink Greer Gattuso | Snippet & Ink
    Photography: Greer Gattuso / Venue: The Gallery at the Chicory in New Orleans, Louisiana / Event Planning & Design: Elyse Skansi, Tying the Knot Wedding Coordination / Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Jewelry: Friend and Company / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Save-The-Date: Tupelo Honey Designs / Stationery: Scriptura / Calligraphy: Dellacarta Studio / Logo Design, Signage: Ebb and Flow Ink / Floral Design: Nola Flora / Hair: Hair by Ginger / Makeup: Melissa Vaccaro, Ashley Sievert Beauty / Rentals: Luminous Events and Event Rental / Ceremony Music: New Orleans Finest Musicians with White Oak Productions / Reception Music: Memphis Soul Revue / Catering: The Chicory / Cake: Denise St. Pierre / Groom’s Cake: Nikki’s Frosted Fantasies / Videography: Suzy Marks / Second Line Band: Kinfolk Brass Band

    Greer Gattuso is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor. 

    SEE THE FULL GALLERY
  • New Orleans Wedding at The Chicory by Greer Gattuso

    21 July 2015
  • 2 comments posted +add a comment SEE MORE: Real Weddings

    Set against the backdrop of Mill Valley’s redwood trees, the Ralston White Retreat was an intimate and obvious venue choice for Jennie and Eric’s wedding. They filled the reception space with tons of flowers and vines, served guests a newspaper wedding cake, and had a DIY photo booth – all of which made for a beautiful and fun celebration.

    SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THIS MILL VALLEY WEDDING BY JULIE MIKOS.

    Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink
    3-juliemikos-snippetandink-jennieeric 3-juliemikos-snippetandink-jennieeric

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We wanted a fun, relaxed atmosphere, and for the wedding weekend to feel like a retreat for family and close friends. We wanted the event to feel easy for our guests to enjoy. We also wanted it to be a little weird (like us)! The venue, Ralston White Retreat, was awesome. The staff there was so helpful, and really contributed to the low key, relaxed mood of the weekend.

     

    Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink

     

    The Ceremony

     

    Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink

     

    Your ceremony in three words.  Authentic. Unusual. Funny.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  Rev. Maggie Beretz. We found her on Yelp and she was phenomenal!

     

    Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink

     

    What was your ceremony music?  The processional was “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys. We picked it one day while driving in the car. It’s a beautiful song, but it also has a bit of an edge if you really listen to the lyrics. We liked that. Honestly, we picked the recessional the day before the ceremony (we just forgot about it!). We went with the Charlie Brown theme song, “Linus and Lucy,” which also happens to be my ringtone.

     

    Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink
    Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink

     

    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We bowed to our parents at the end, which is a Korean tradition.

    What were your ceremony readings?  We chose a selection of Bible verses.

    What were your vows like?  We wrote our own. They were the highlight of the ceremony.

     

    Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink

     

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Just being able to be ourselves.

     

    Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink
    Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink
    Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink

     

    The Reception

    “I’d describe our reception as a great party. We wanted a fun, relaxed feeling for our wedding and that’s what it was.”

     

    Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink

     

    How did you go about planning your wedding?  We divvied up tasks based on who wanted to do what. We had a lot of help from my sister, who has much better taste than either of us! A friend of ours graciously volunteered to be the day-of coordinator, so, you know, he basically saved the wedding, and we’re thinking of naming our first-born after him.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  The speeches from family and friends.

    Special songs:  First dance: Jem’s version of Maybe I’m Amazed // Father/daughter and Mother/son: Stand By Me by Ben E. King

     

    Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink
    18-juliemikos-snippetandink-jennieeric 18-juliemikos-snippetandink-jennieeric

     

    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  We set up a “hipster photo booth” consisting of two Fuji instax instant cameras and tons of film. Guests took 100+ photos, which were really fun to go through the next day.

    Are there any special or funny moments you’d like to share with us?  I made Eric carry me for a photo, and he ripped his pants while setting me down!

     

    Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink Julie Mikos | Snippet & Ink
    20-juliemikos-snippetandink-jennieeric 20-juliemikos-snippetandink-jennieeric

     

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  The wedding cake was our most personal touch – it was designed to look like a stack of college newspapers (we first met while writing for the college paper). We cut the cake with the same knife that Eric’s parents used to cut their cake.

     

    21-juliemikos-snippetandink-jennieeric 21-juliemikos-snippetandink-jennieeric
    Photography: Julie Mikos / Venue: Ralston White Retreat in Mill Valley, California / Officiant: Minister Maggie / Dress: Minerva by Jenny Packham / Shoes: Rene Caovilla via therealreal / Veil: Vera Wang via David’s Bridal / Hair Piece, Bracelet, Earrings: BHLDN / Suits: J. Crew / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas, Minted / Flowers: Flora Grubb / Hair: Jen Toy, JT Artistry / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Catering: Le Papillon / Cake: Jasmine Rae Bakery

    Minister Maggie is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.

    Minted is a Snippet and Ink sponsor. 

    SEE THE FULL GALLERY
  • Ralston White Retreat Wedding by Julie Mikos

    20 July 2015
  • 0 comments posted +add a comment SEE MORE: Real Weddings

    We just love the way Lauren and Phillip approached planning their wedding: “It was important that we create an environment that was elegant and simple, and most importantly, fun,” says the bride. “We did not want a fancy, stuffy, overly-structured atmosphere. Our main goal was to have an event that focused on our guests and ensuring they would have a great time. Our families and friends comprise a truly diverse set of lifestyle and cultural backgrounds, and it was important that everyone feel welcome and see parts of themselves represented. It made us so happy to see all of the different groups interacting with each other.” Read on for all the details of how they brought this vision to life!

    SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THIS SHADOW LAWN WEDDING BY CAPPY HOTCHKISS.

    1-cappyhotchkiss-snippetandink-laurenphillip 1-cappyhotchkiss-snippetandink-laurenphillip
    Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink

     

    “Our first thought was to have a small simple wedding somewhere in Manhattan or Brooklyn, but as the guest list grew, we turned our attention outside of the city. When we saw Shadow Lawn, it just made sense. We knew that we could have the simplicity and stylishness we wanted and it would be far more accessible for our guests. Shadow Lawn was the first place we looked at, and after going to 10-12 other locations, nothing seemed to compare to what Shadow Lawn had to offer. It has such a relaxed yet elegant vibe to it that we knew our guests would be able to let loose and have a good time while still feeling like they were at an important event.”

     

    Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink
    Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink
    5-cappyhotchkiss-snippetandink-laurenphillip 5-cappyhotchkiss-snippetandink-laurenphillip

     

    Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  Phil wore a tie clip and I wore a matching brooch, both from my grandparents’ trip to Japan in the early 1950’s. The tie clip was my grandfather’s favorite.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  It is definitely worth it to make room in the budget to hire a day-of event coordinator to deal with the details of the day so that you can relax and have fun!

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Realize that you’re the only one that will notice anything that goes wrong, and any missing details. Decide what is truly important to the wedding ceremony and reception experience and make those things happen. Your guests won’t notice that you got the fancy table runners or the top of the line chairs.

     

    Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink
    Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink

     

    The Ceremony

    “Getting lost in the ceremony and feeling like it was only the three of us in that moment was incredible. It was important to us to share our story with all of our guests, and we were so happy that we were able to do that in a heartfelt, sincere and fun way.”

     

    8-cappyhotchkiss-snippetandink-laurenphillip 8-cappyhotchkiss-snippetandink-laurenphillip

     

    Your ceremony in three words.  Honest, nontraditional, and fun.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  Barbara Ann Michaels. Her ceremony was unconventional in a lighthearted way while still honoring traditions and respecting the emotional magnitude of the ceremony. She spent a lot of time with us to understand us, our relationship, and what it meant to us to get married. She was very respectful of both the traditional and nontraditional aspects that we wanted to cover in the ceremony and she made all of it work seamlessly. She was able to keep the guests engaged in the ceremony was able to make them part of the event. Barbara Ann was simply fantastic. Some guests commented that they had never been to a wedding where the ceremony was actually a fun and entertaining part of the event!

     

    Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink
    10-cappyhotchkiss-snippetandink-laurenphillip 10-cappyhotchkiss-snippetandink-laurenphillip

     

    What was your ceremony music?  As the guests took their seats, “Book of Love” by Peter Gabriel was playing. Lauren walked down the aisle to Iron & Wine’s version of “Such Great Heights.” The ceremony concluded with “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oats.

    What were your ceremony readings?  Pablo Neruda’s Sonnet 17.

    What were your vows like?  Our officiant helped us write our vows. We met with her on a few occasions where she spoke to us individually and as a couple. We then sent edits back and forth until we settled on a finalized version. The idea was to have some humor and still be respectful of the fact that marriage is deeply emotional and spiritual event. And because Phil likes surprises, she kept some of the edits/additions from us until the actual ceremony so that we could include that element in the ceremony as well.

     

    Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink

     

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Phil was so focused on Lauren that he leaned in to kiss her at the wrong time. Our guests had a good laugh.

     

    12a-cappyhotchkiss-snippetandink-laurenphillip 12a-cappyhotchkiss-snippetandink-laurenphillip
    Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink

     

    The Reception

    “I would describe our reception as very loosely structured and with plenty to drink and eat. Again, our foremost goal was to create a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Eat when you want, drink when you want, and dance as much as you can. We minimized breaks in the music and used variations in the pace to give people an opportunity to slow dance or talk and eat. We decided not to include any traditional dances (first dance, mother/son, etc.) so that the event could be more about our guests celebrating with us rather than watching us celebrate. We had no assigned seating (though we did reserve tables for elder family members) including for ourselves. We wanted to be in the crowd of our friends and family rather than separated from everyone at an assigned table.”

     

    Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink
    Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink

     

    Why did you choose this location for your reception?  Aside from the beauty of the venue, it was easier and far less expensive for guests than if we held the reception in Manhattan or Brooklyn. People took time and effort to travel to be with us. We took that into consideration.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted the reception experience to be as free from structure as possible. We were really looking to do something that was more like a fun party where everyone could interact and feel like they were a part of the event. We wanted it to be relaxed and comfortable for everyone.

    Please tell us about any other special details from your reception.  Music was a high priority. We mixed in classic music for the parents, including 50’s, 60’s and Rat Pack, and even the Electric Slide (no joke, Filipino moms and aunts love it), as well as a broad mix from the 80’s to contemporary, but everything had to be dance-able. // Lauren had the idea to have a Girl Scout Cookie table. It was cleared out in minutes. // We had a bonfire with smores, blankets and hot cocoa. It just made sense, considering the surroundings. // Cappy set up a photo booth and brought boxes of props. People took to it immediately. The results were hilarious.

    Menu:  Food is a big part of both of our lives, and it was a priority that the menu truly represent our culture and experiences. Passed Hors D’oeuvres: Truffled Mac ‘n Cheese Bites / Lumpia (Filipino spring rolls) / Mini Oyster Po’ Boys on Garlic Crostini with Tartar Sauce / Pigs in a Blanket with Spicy Mustard / Dates Stuffed with Almond and Bleu Cheese, Wrapped in Bacon / Brazilian Coxinha* (herbed pulled chicken wrapped in mashed potatoes or yucca, deep fried) / Beef Filet with Gorgonzola and Horseradish Sauce on Mini Baguette Toast // Dinner Stations: “Filipino” with Chicharrones; Full Lechon; Pancit; White Rice / “Gastro Pub” with Lamb Shepard’s Pie; Slow Cooked Beef Short Rib over Egg Noodles; Mission Fig, Red Beet, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette / “First Date” with Branzino al Cartoccio (Seabass with Fennel, Tomato, and Capers); Roast Cornish Game Hen with Pancetta and Honey, Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Brown Butter and Sage; Asparagus Bundles Tied with Leek Ribbons Drizzled with Lemon Olive Oil

     

    18-cappyhotchkiss-snippetandink-laurenphillip 18-cappyhotchkiss-snippetandink-laurenphillip
    Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink
    20-cappyhotchkiss-snippetandink-laurenphillip 20-cappyhotchkiss-snippetandink-laurenphillip

     

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Justine’s famous carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, bourbon pecan diamonds, lemon bars, brownies, and Girl Scout cookies. Just to bring us back a bit. We also had a bonfire with s’mores.

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  No signature cocktail. We had a full bar and a whiskey tasting table. We included four types of whiskey – Irish whiskey, Bourbon, Scotch, and Rye with descriptions of each. The beverage manager at Char No. 4 in Brooklyn helped us a TON in picking out the whiskeys. A lot of our friends told us they discovered some new favorites! // Our beers were Lagunitas, Heinekin, Corona Light, and Six Point. // For the wines, we also enlisted the help of some professionals. We went to a few classes at Corkbuzz in Manhattan and then got some recommendations from their sommeliers. They were amazing in giving us suggestions about different types of wines to strike a good balance and also stay within our budget. The wine was amazing and we are super thankful we have a few bottles of each left over!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  It’s easy to think that every tiny detail will make or break the experience for your guests. Decide what your priorities are and allocate your budget to satisfy those needs with minimal compromise. After that, you’ll realize that there is a lot you can do without. We put half of our budget toward food and drink. Having met that need, it became clear that smaller details were less critical, and small compromises and omissions add up to significant savings. We also decided to buy all of our own alcohol which helped a lot to keep within our budget. It also gave us the freedom to choose the liquor/wine/beer and that made us super happy. It was definitely worth the effort!

     

    Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink
    Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink

     

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Philip: My favorite part of the reception was seeing so many different groups of people eating, drinking, laughing, and dancing together. There was never a moment when there weren’t people dancing and laughing. // Lauren: I was so happy to see the dance floor was always full! Our guests really were eating, drinking, dancing whenever they wanted and having a great time. Seeing so many people smiling and having a good time, interacting with friends and strangers alike – it was just amazing to see.

     

    Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink Cappy Hotchkiss | Snippet & Ink
    Photography: Cappy Hotchkiss / Venue: Shadow Lawn in High Falls, New York / Officiant: Barbara Ann Michaels / Dress: Angelo Lambrou / Veil: Brenda’s Bridal Veils / Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier / Suit: Indochino / Shirt, Shoes, Tie: Hugo Boss / Pocket Square:Angelo Lambrou / Groomsmen Attire: Suit Supply / Floral Design: Steven Bruce Design / Hair: Kristen from Studio One Hair Design / Makeup: Maura from Studio One Hair Design / Cake, Catering,Rentals: Bridge Creek Catering / Music: Dave Leonard, JTD Productions

    Cappy Hotchkiss is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor. 

    SEE THE FULL GALLERY
  • Shadow Lawn Wedding in New York by Cappy Hotchkiss

    14 July 2015
  • 3 comments posted +add a comment SEE MORE: Real Weddings

    Today we have a gorgeous rainy day summer wedding to inspire you! From the incredible bouquets by Love ‘n Fresh Flowers to the intimate stone barn ceremony to the candlelit dinner under a clear tent (under the pouring rain!), Naomi and Grant’s celebration will convince you that rain on your wedding day certainly means good luck.

    SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THIS PHILADELPHIA WEDDING BY OLIVIA RAE JAMES.

    Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink

     

    “The day of the wedding Grant and his brothers got ready at our house while the girls got ready at my mom’s house. The atmosphere at my mom’s was wonderful, with family milling around and music playing while the bridesmaids and I had our hair and makeup done right in my mom’s living room. Then we rode in separate trolleys over to the venue. I was so nervous on the ride over, but one of my favorite parts of the day was when all my best friends and immediate family and I were signing along to Ain’t no Mountain High Enough on that ride.”

     

    Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink
    Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink

     

    Naomi and her bridesmaids’ lush bouquets included dahlias in shades of pink and burgundy.

     

    Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink

     

    “Grant and I felt that our decision to commit our lives to each other was a personal one, but that the whole point of the wedding was to bring everyone important to us together,” shares Naomi. “We wanted to get married in Philadelphia, the city where we met and have made our home, but since neither of us are from here it meant that most of our guests had to travel. So our goal was to show off Philadelphia during the holiday weekend that our guests were in town, but to have the ceremony and reception feel like an intimate village wedding. Our venue, Bartram’s Garden, is the nation’s oldest botanical garden tucked away in southwest Philadelphia. It’s lush and peaceful, with turkeys roaming the grounds, and has the feeling that you’re in a secret garden totally removed from the rest of the city.”

     

    Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink
    Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink

     

    The Ceremony

    “The ceremony was supposed to be outside in the garden, but had to be moved into the old stone barn because of threatening weather, and this actually turned out to be amazing. The space was gorgeous, but big enough only to seat the older guests, and have everyone else standing. Having all of our 143 guests crowded in around us as we said our vows felt so warm and intimate – like a village wedding!”

     

    Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink

     

    Your ceremony in three words.  Warm, intimate, romantic.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  The ceremony was performed by the Lance Sussman, the same rabbi who married my mom and step-dad, and was a friend of my grandfather.

     

    8-oliviaraejames-snippetandink-naomigrant 8-oliviaraejames-snippetandink-naomigrant
    Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink

     

    Tell us about walking down the aisle.  Grant and I didn’t have a first look. I saw him for the first time that day standing under the chuppah as I walked down the path, which was really thrilling, and just filled me with emotion. I loved that. We still had plenty of time for pictures after the ceremony and didn’t feel like we missed out on the party at all.

     

    Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink

     

    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We included some Jewish traditions like the chuppah, and we modified some traditions as well, including signing our ketubah as part of the ceremony and having both of our mothers sign as our witnesses.

    What was your ceremony music?  The wedding party walked down the path to the barn to Chopin’s Nocturne No. 9 and then I was escorted by my mom and dad to Soave sia il vento from Cosi fan Tutte. It was so romantic!

    What were your vows like?  We recited traditional vows which were: “Wear me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is infinitely strong. Many waters cannot quench love, no flood can sweep it away, I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.”

     

    Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink
    Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink
    Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink
    Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink

     

    The Reception

    “The rain held out just long enough for our guests to have cocktail hour in the field while Grant and I slipped away with our photographer and then as everyone entered the tent for dinner, it began to storm violently. While 90 degrees and thunderstorms may not be ideal wedding weather, the atmosphere was actually gorgeous with rain falling on the clear top tent, tons of candlelight, and lush garden floral arrangements. We had long communal tables and served a family style meal. My dad, who is a medical illustrator by profession, made all the paper products for the wedding including the invitations, which we designed together, menus, programs, and seating chart.”

     

    17-oliviaraejames-snippetandink-naomigrant 17-oliviaraejames-snippetandink-naomigrant
    Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink

     

    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  My dad and his wife were living in India while I was planning the wedding. They bought the fabric for the chuppah from a local fabric seller there and had the canopy for the chuppah made. As I said, my dad, who is an illustrator, and I created the invitations together. I came up with a general idea and he created a template. We went back and forth until we came up with a final design together. Then he had the invitations printed on handmade paper in India. He also made the menus, place cards, and programs and I made the flower basket for my flower girl.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  The only tip I have is that sometimes trying to do things the alternative/DIY way ends up being more expensive than doing it cheaply and traditionally. For example, our invitations were made by my dad, but the cost of printing them, and purchasing vintage stamps from Etsy, and having them calligraphed probably ended up being more than if we had purchased some cute, pre-made ones off of Minted or something. In this case, it was totally worth it, as this was a project of love, but it’s just something to bear in mind. // Also, some smaller bakeries that don’t do wedding cakes per se, may be much less pricey than a wedding cake vendor. In our case, an adorable little bakery called Baker’s Jar had just opened up in our neighborhood. I stopped in to ask the young woman who owns and runs it if she did wedding cakes to which she replied, “Well, I made the cakes for my friend’s wedding. I can show you pictures on Instagram.” She ended up doing a wonderful job and being super easy to work with and way less expensive than most wedding cake vendors we checked out.

     

    19-oliviaraejames-snippetandink-naomigrant 19-oliviaraejames-snippetandink-naomigrant
    Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink

     

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Some things WILL go wrong and it won’t matter.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Offload as much of the logistical stuff as you can. Have a plan in place so that you don’t have to bother with anything on the day of the wedding.

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? I would actually have splurged on a wedding planner. I had assurances from the catering company that they would act as the day-of coordinators, but there was so much outside of their scope that I had planned myself (things to do with the rehearsal dinner, transportation, hotel, etc.) that I wished I had been able to delegate to someone else.

     

    Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink

     

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Grant’s family is really big on speeches and each one of his four siblings toasted us as well as his dad, my dad, my mom, and my sister. It sounds like a lot, but they all did such a good job, and had everyone laughing and crying.

     

    Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink
    Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink

     

    What was your first dance song?  Our first dance was to Donnie Elbert’s “Everything to Me,” and we danced with our parents to Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald’s “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.” Then everyone got up for the hora, which was terrifying and super fun, and led into a dance party that had everyone out of their seats for the entire rest of the night! In fact, a lot of people missed our cake cutting because the DJ played “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch,” and everyone just kept on dancing, not realizing what was going on. I’m disappointed that more people didn’t get to try our delicious chocolate cake with mascarpone whipped cream, but I think it just shows how great a time everyone was having, which really was the whole point after all.

     

    Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink Olivia Rae James | Snippet & Ink
    Photography: Olivia Rae James / Venue: Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / Officiant: Rabbi Lance Sussman / Dress: Bridal Garden / Jewelry: Anna Bellagio / Suit: Boyd’s / Ties: Bows n Ties / Floral Design: Love n Fresh Flowers / DJ: DJ Sound Choice / Catering: Birchtree / Cake: The Baker’s Jar
    SEE THE FULL GALLERY
  • Bartam's Garden Wedding by Olivia Rae James

    13 July 2015
  • 3 comments posted +add a comment SEE MORE: Real Weddings