Lavender fields, candy-colored palette, a ferris wheel… all captured on camera by the talented Lisa Lefkowitz! I can think of no better way to spend the morning than with this whimsical wedding at Bear Flag Farm.

This might be my favorite mismatched bridesmaid collection I’ve ever seen! The shades of blue and coral work so perfectly together, and with the rest of the wedding decor. The ladies carried bouquets of peonies, roses, irises, and other blooms in shades of pink and cream.

Says the bride: “For the details of our ceremony, we took inspiration from our history as a couple, from our families, and from aspects of recent weddings we had attended (take notes!).”

What inspired the bride and groom in their wedding planning? “The earliest inspirations for our celebration were the lavender fields of Provence, a nighttime carnival, and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Thanks to the farm’s natural beauty, it’s natural bounty, and Tina’s ingenuity, we were able to create a sort of romantic carnival in the French countryside feel, complete with lavender fields, a French quartet, a gourmet ice cream truck, a ferris wheel, and amazingly delicious food prepared with seasonal ingredients grown right on the farm. The farm itself was a source of constant inspiration. We were married among fruit trees under arches of flowers against a backdrop of greenery, enjoyed our cocktail hour under a dreamy star-filled tent, frolicked through the gorgeous lavender fields and rode the ferris wheel at sunset, and dined and danced the night away under hanging lanterns on a sunken lawn surrounded by sycamore trees.”

Raj Tents added an extra touch of magic to Anna and Matt’s celebration.

Guests found their table numbers on cards attached to the spokes of an old bicycle.

Dinner was held on a sunken lawn, surrounded by sycamore trees. Large white lanterns hung over the tables and dance floor. Low centerpieces of hot pink peonies in turquoise vases added pops of color to the tables.



Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  After visiting several other potential venues, Bear Flag Farm just felt like “home.” We were enchanted by the serene and beautiful farm, whose lavender fields, orchards, vineyards, and sycamore trees are the stuff of paradise, and we were equally impressed by owner Tina Reikes, a wonder of a person who we would come to know as an all-around wedding-planning magician. We could see immediately that the farm would provide a spectacularly beautiful backdrop on which we would have the flexibility to bring to life our vision for our wedding day.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Toward the end of our celebration, the band performed a wonderful, French-English duet version of La Vie en Rose for our last dance. Part way through, we realized that our guests had begun to link arms and were slowly bobbing about us in a circle, creating an incredible moment in which the support of our family and friends was visually instantiated. Moments later, everyone treated us to a marvelously ridiculous kazoo send-off as we floated to our getaway car and made our escape together into the starry night.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  On a very practical note, more than one person suggested scuffing up the bottoms of my new shoes, which probably saved me from making an unintentionally grand entrance onto the dance floor.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Planning a wedding ourselves made us see other people’s weddings through an entirely new lens; attending other weddings is a wonderful way to identify things to incorporate (or avoid!) that might not otherwise come to mind. Also, as much as possible, surround yourself with vendors who know weddings inside and out; thanks to ours, we were able to simply enjoy our wedding day to the fullest – one of the best gifts we received!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Consider non-wedding-specific sources for bridesmaid dresses. Designers often require orders many months in advance and can be absurdly expensive, but we were pleasantly surprised that, with a bit of detective work, it was possible to find dresses we liked even better from other sources.

Photographer: Lisa Lefkowitz / Venue: Bear Flag Farm in Winters, California / Event Planning & Design, Floral Designer: Tina Reikes of Bear Flag Farm / Gown: Monique Lhuillier / Alterations: Michael Sommerfield, Miosa Couture / Shoes: Dessy / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff, WHBM, J. Crew / Hair, Makeup: Maria Chang / Tuxedo: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen Tuxedos: Black Tie Tuxedo and Formalwear / Officiant: Joshua Greene / Rentals: Hartmann Studio Rentals, Classic Party Rentals, La Tavola Linen / Tent: RAJ / Lighting: Got Light? / Videographer: Koda Pictures / Transportation: California Wine Tours / Getaway Car: Wine Valley Convertible  Catering: Paula Le Duc Fine Catering / Stationery: Hello!Lucky / Music: Baguette QuartetteFil Lorenz Orchestra / Ice Cream Truck: Twirl and Dip / Live Event Painter: Agnes Csiszar Russo / Wooden Flower Place Cards: CompanyFortyTwo

Lisa Lefkowitz is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.

Dessy is a sponsor of Snippet and Ink. 

  • Bear Flag Farm Wedding from Lisa Lefkowitz

    8 April 2014
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    Gia Canali, one of our wonderful Select vendors, recently launched her brand new website, and to celebrate we’re sharing her images from this gorgeous, timeless wedding at the Stanford University Memorial Church…

    From event planner Amy Kaneko: “Nicole and Patrick’s wedding had such a strong and beautiful focus on family. They really prioritized including all their loved ones. In fact, they had the largest bridal party I’ve ever seen – a total of 61 people were actively involved in the ceremony! In addition to the bride and groom, parents and grandparents, there were 13 bridesmaids, 6 flower girls, 12 groomsmen, 2 ring bearers, 10 ushers, and 8 readers. That focus on family continued into the reception. About a fifth of the guests were children, so we created a “Kid’s Corner” with blankets, pillows, and arts and crafts set on low tables. They even decorated custom banners for the bride and groom to hang in their home. This emphasis on family felt completely right in the residential setting of Allied Arts Guild, just minutes from Nicole’s childhood home.”

    Huge blue hydrangea bushes made for a beautiful backdrop at the Allied Arts Guild, where the reception was held. Guests were invited to help themselves to fresh-squeezed lemonade and cucumber-mint water.

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    Centerpieces and decor incorporated olive branches and lush dinner plate dahlias. Natural linen tablecloths were a refined, rustic touch.

    Says Nicole, “Our caterer perfected the recipe for mint gelato from our favorite Italian restaurant in Chicago.” There were also Italian cookies made by the bride’s family, and the signature cocktail was another nod to the bride’s Italian heritage (called Il Postino and made with prosecco, rum, honey, lime).


    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Patrick and I met during the winter of our junior year at Stanford and so we knew that we wanted to get married at Memorial Church on Stanford’s campus when we got engaged. Growing up in Menlo Park, I have memories of walking just a few blocks from our home to the beautiful gardens at the Allied Arts Guild, where our reception was held. It is a gorgeous setting and very close to our hearts!

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted the day to be about family and friends, food, and lots of fun! The many little ones that were involved in our wedding served as inspiration. We had 6 flower girls, 2 ring bearers, and other children involved in various aspects of the day, so we wanted to make it fun for the kids and have lots of places for them to hang. Food was also a source of inspiration. Our caterer, John Silva of The Culinary Eye, was absolutely fantastic! He worked with us to create the perfect menu with lots of Italian/Mediterranean flavors and details.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  There were so many special moments on our wedding day. Patrick and I chose not to see each other before the ceremony, so walking down the aisle was a wonderful and emotional moment. Another favorite moment was hearing my dad’s speech right before the dinner at our reception. It was so sweet and thoughtful, and it really captured the feel of our reception. And the chance to boogie on the dance floor with our family & friends was a perfect ending to the day!

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Yes! Lots! Patrick is Irish and I am Italian, and we tried to weave in some traditions from both of our cultures into our wedding day. We featured classic Italian wedding cookies and candies, made lovingly by my grandmother, great aunt, and cousins. I wore a veil made from pieces of my mother’s and maternal grandmother’s veils and carried a handkerchief wrapped around my bouquet that my paternal grandmother carried on her wedding day. Patrick’s sister, Jill, gave Patrick a few lucky Irish charms to keep in his pocket on the day of the wedding, too!

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  1. Celebrate your guests! It is a day that so many of the people closest to you will be together and it is a great opportunity to shower them with love! Patrick and I created personalized guidebooks for our out of town guests and included handwritten notes and treats. // 2. Consider getting help from a wedding planner! Amy Kaneko, of Amy Kaneko Events, could not have been more perfect! She is creative, organized, has an exquisite eye for detail, and is totally calming. She helped us prioritize vendors, set (and stay on) a budget, and flawlessly executed all of the day-of planning and coordinating.

    Photography: Gia Canali / Event Planning & Design, Stationery, Signs: Amy Kaneko Events / Venue: Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, California / Church: Memorial Church at Stanford University / Bride’s Dress: Marina Morrison Boutique / Shoes: BHLDN / Suit, Shirt, Tie: Brooks Brothers / Shoes: Cole Haan / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Floral Design: Natalie Bowen / Rentals: Hartmann Studio Rentals, La Tavola Linen / Music: Synchronicity Strings / DJ: Boutique DJ’s / Catering: Culinary Eye Catering / Cake: Prolific Oven Bakery / Hair, Makeup: Diana Luong / Videographer: REB6 Studios
  • Stanford University Wedding by Gia Canali

    7 April 2014
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    There are few places on earth more spectacular than Glacier National Park – what a magnificent place to be wed! Elaine and Mark chose it because it’s one of their favorite places, and husband and wife photography duo, Jeremiah and Rachel, captured the celebration perfectly…

    Says the bride, “Mark and I love outdoor adventure and travel. One of our first dates was a long weekend of climbing mountains in Glacier National Park, where I grew up playing each summer. We chose to get married in Many Glacier Valley because of the spectacular mountains, because it was already memorable for both of us, and it’s a place we’re sure to return to many times.”

    30 guests joined the couple for an intimate ceremony at Many Glacier Hotel. The reception was held on a boat tour of the adjacent Swiftcurrent Lake.

    The bride’s favorite part of the day? “Sitting on the bow of the boat with Mark after dinner, as we cruised around Swiftcurrent Lake, watching the mountains drift by. The weather has cooperated, the ceremony had gone off beautifully, and we had hours more celebration to come.”


    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The natural beauty of the place was our inspiration. We planned the day around sharing our favorite things about Montana with our guests, most of whom had never visited before. We also chose not worry about adding details beyond that, and to rely on the general spectacle of being there all together.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue… and a sixpence in her shoe. It’s good to have British aunts who explain these things to you and provide the sixpence!

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  I heard that after so much hard work and anticipation that the day can seem to be over too soon. So we planned five days of celebration, at my mother’s house on Swan River, at Many Glacier and on the shore of Flathead Lake. We were completely exhausted by the end, but it was a good choice.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Keep the invite list short, go big on a couple things and skip the ones that aren’t important to you.

    Photographer: Jeremiah and Rachel Photography / Ceremony Venue, Catering: Many Glacier Hotel near Babb, Montana / Reception Venue: Swiftcurrent Lake Boat Tour via Glacier Park Boat Company / Officiant: Damian Grindley / Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Stationery: The Nesting Project / Music: Porter Creek / Cake: Park Cafe
  • Glacier Wedding from Jeremiah & Rachel Photography

    3 April 2014
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    Today’s laid back DIY wedding from Select vendor Cappy Hotchkiss has us dreaming about sunny summer days. Says the bride: “We knew we wanted to be married on the East End of Long Island – it’s truly our happy place. As soon as we saw Bridge Gardens, we knew it was meant to be. Michael and I are both Californians who have fallen in love with the East Coast, in large part, due to the East End. Our wedding weekend was the first time we were able to share this special place with our family. It was so great to see the people we love fall in love with a place we love!”

    “My parent’s song was Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles, which played during their recessional. My oldest sister used this as her recessional music too, and it has become a Perth girl tradition – I was the third and final daughter to have this song play as I walked down the aisle hand in hand with my new husband!”

    The wedding included lots of personal touches: the bride did a drawing of Long Island used on the save-the-dates; an uncle officiated the ceremony; the cake was Michael’s mom’s famous mud pie (“Our caterer used the family recipe tweaking it only to make it into a beautiful three tiered cake. It is our favorite dessert and was a special way to incorporate her memory into our special day.”); the signature drink was called Mikey’s Mystery Cocktail (“because the groom famously has never had an established drink of choice”); the DIY table numbers were made from vintage botanical books found by the bride’s mother; the bride and her mother also went to the local nursery and bought tons of different potted plants for the escort table (“We later replanted these in our garden.”); the bridesmaids and flower all wore wreaths in their hair, made by the bride’s sister and sister-in-law.

    Centerpieces were clusters of mason jars filled with cream-colored dahlias and greenery. Each table also had a couple mason jars of grissini (skinny breadsticks) for guests to nibble on.



    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We were inspired by the outdoors. We wanted our evening to capture what we love most about summer nights in the Hamptons. Our look was laid back, yet timeless and classic. We didn’t want to compete with the natural beauty of Bridge Gardens so we went for a very organic and natural look – like our very own little garden party.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  My favorite moment from the day was when Michael was giving his toast and asked for a moment of silence to just look around the room and take in all the faces. Holding hands, we stood there together, and did just this. I have never felt such overwhelming love – having my husband by my side and feeling the love in the room is a moment I will never forget.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  There may only be one time in your life where you stand in a room full of people that have all joined together to celebrate you. Don’t let this moment pass you by. Make sure to take a minute, to look out at that crowd and feel their love.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Enjoy the moment! Don’t get too caught up in the fuss of creating the perfect day – in the end, it is the moments that you can’t plan for that end up being the most cherished memories, so just sit back, relax and soak it in!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Prioritize! There are a lot of expenses that go into making a night an amazing party. Decide what you think is most important and then stick to it! In our minds we placed the value of the guests’ experience above anything else – as such, we prioritized things like music, food and venue.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  The earrings I wore were my “something borrowed.” They were borrowed from one of my best friends who couldn’t be at the wedding, and I loved knowing that a piece of her was with me on our big day. The necklace I wore is by Tiffany, and was given to me by Michael on our wedding day. The bracelets I wore, I wear everyday – the gold bracelet was my dad’s and the delicate rose gold bracelet was a gift from my parents. // Michael’s mom passed away from cancer in 2005 during the first year of our relationship. As a gift to him on our wedding day, I sewed his mom’s initials into the lapel of his jacket as a memento and tribute to her that he could carry with him on this special day.

    Photographer: Cappy Hotchkiss / Venue: Bridge Gardens, Bridgehampton, New York / Dress: Priscilla of Boston / Shoes: J.Crew / Earrings: Steven Fox / Necklace: Tiffany / Suit, Shirt, Cufflinks: Ralph Lauren Black Label / Tie: Tom Ford / Shoes: Bergdorf Goodman / Bridesmaid Dresses: Paper Crown, Armani Exchange, Rachel Pally, J. Mendel, Peter Cohen / Wedding Map: Kelly Benton / Welcome Booklet: Designed by bride, printed by Village Printers / Invitations: Paper Source / Floral Designer: Pennington Flowers / Rentals: Party Rentals LTD / Tent: Sperry Tents Hamptons / Ceremony Music: Bon Musique via Elan Artists / Reception Music: Nancy Atlas / Catering: Catering By A Small Affair
  • Bridge Gardens Wedding by Cappy Hotchkiss

    2 April 2014
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    I know I say it all the time, but I’m a sucker for a classic Southern wedding! This elegant South Carolina celebration comes to us from Landon Jacob and Spencer Special Events, and it’s full of lovely Southern details from magnolia leaf garlands to boiled peanuts. I know you’ll love this one as much as I do!

    The bride’s cascade style bouquet included white roses, lily-of-the-valley, and magnolia leaves.

    Says the bride, “We wanted a classic, elegant, lovely, Southern wedding. We wanted the focus to be the May River, and to showcase the beautiful Lowcountry. We chose neutral colors throughout (white flowers and champagne bridesmaid dresses) to enhance the natural colors of the river and marsh, trees, and Spanish moss.”

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    After taking pictures inside and outside the church, the bride, groom and wedding party boarded a boat which took them down the May River to the bride’s parents’ dock, where they joined the rest of the guests for the reception in the bride’s parents’ backyard.

    “Our favorite part of the day was the boat ride between the church and the reception with our wedding party,” share the couple. “We loved having that special time to celebrate with our closest friends and family. Catching our first view of the reception was a spectacular sight.”

    The reception featured bluegrass music by the Savannah River Bluegrass Band, plus a Southern menu: fried oysters, tomato sandwiches, ham biscuits, boiled peanuts, fried green tomatoes, jumbo lump crab cakes, shrimp and grits, beef tenderloin, and collards in squash boats.

    The dramatic cake was created by Minette Rushing Cakes, and featured hundreds of realistic sugar flowers. Each tier was a different flavor: pound cake with vanilla buttercream, chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream, vanilla cake with raspberry and white chocolate mousse filling, chocolate cake with caramel and white chocolate mousse filling, and pound cake with caramel and white chocolate mousse filling.



    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We chose this location because I grew up in Bluffton, and we both love the Lowcountry. We chose to get married at the Church of the Cross because it is where my family has attended church all of my life. The Church of the Cross is a gorgeous, historic church in the heart of downtown Bluffton. The beautiful setting of my parents’ home on the May River in Bluffton was the perfect location for our outside reception. The view of the marsh and river in October is breathtaking.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We celebrated communion in the church service. At the reception, we had the father-daughter dance, the mother-son dance, we cut the cake, and I threw the bouquet. Our friends and family threw white confetti when we left the reception.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To take the time to step back and soak in every moment of the wedding day.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  My advice would be to first of all, enjoy the planning process! Keep your perspective and don’t get wrapped up in the tiny details. It doesn’t matter if the drink stirrers don’t perfectly match the cocktail napkins! You are marrying the love of your life, and that should be your focus. Secondly, look around you at your reception. Take in the flowers, the music, the atmosphere, the kind words, and most importantly, your guests – your closest family and friends who have traveled from near and far to be with you on this special day. Third, hire a good photographer and videographer. It is worth it to have timeless and beautiful coverage of your wedding day. Finally, soak up every minute, because it all flies by entirely too quickly!

    Photography: Landon Jacob / Event Planning & Design: Amanda Spencer, Spencer Special Events / Venue: private residence in Bluffton, South Carolina / Church: Church of the Cross / Bride’s Dress: Paloma Blanca / Shoes: Kate Spade / Groom’s Suit: Tom James / Shirt, Tie: JoS. A Bank / Boots: J.B. Hill / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Stationery: Pretty Papers and Gifts / Floral Designer: A Floral Affair / Rentals: Savannah Special Events / Music: Savannah River Bluegrass Band through Event Performance / Caterer: Susan Mason Catering / Cake: Minette Rushing Cakes / Videographer: Life Stage Films / Boat: Good Times Charters
  • South Carolina Wedding from Landon Jacob

    1 April 2014
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