This week we’re highlighting some of the amazing vendors in the brand new Snippet & Ink Select vendor guide! Today’s wedding comes to us from Rad + In Love, which is appropriate since this wedding is totally rad, and the couple is clearly in love. A little about their unique choice of venue: “We love to travel (we were engaged in Paris), we are huge aviation fans, and we’re especially into vintage aircraft. The Planes of Fame Air Museum has such a wonderful collection, and it’s run by people who are really cool and really passionate about their preservation efforts as well as the promotion of general aviation. We got the absolute perfect wedding venue that felt totally ‘us’ and it felt great knowing that we were supporting a good cause at the same time.”

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Says the bride, “I had a photo of Audrey Hepburn in her wedding dress from Funny Face taped to the fridge for a year during planning.”

Everyone from the bridal party to the guests dressed in vintage fashion.

The couple took on numerous DIY projects, including the taxiway light stands that the groom made to line the aisle for the ceremony.

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Instead of one large cake, each table had its own individual Princess cake (white cake layered with raspberry compote, custard and whipped cream with a marzipan shell) that acted as a centerpiece.

The couple used books and aeronautical charts from their private pilot ground school class, as well as vintage items from their home, to decorate the guest sign-in table and gift table including a vintage pilot’s log book used as the guest book.

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Once we knew where the wedding was going to be we drew inspiration from old movies, especially ones that involved WWII planes or Paris. We also looked at vintage pilot training films, photos and memories from our trip to Paris where we got engaged, and we spent a lot of time just walking around the museum and driving around the airport getting excited about all of the amazingly cool things laying around there.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  There were so many little moments that stand out… our grand entrance when we pulled up to the reception hangar in our friends Korean War era Jeep… the moment when it was my turn to walk out and down the aisle and I got so nervous I thought I was going to pass out or throw up or both… But I think my favorite part of the day was at the end of the night. It wasn’t planned, it just sort of happened almost as if we’d just had our normal Christmas cocktail party at our house. We were hugging people and saying goodbye and looking for shoes and purses and then suddenly we looked across the hangar at each other and found ourselves to be the last ones there. We had been living together for 9 years, the last 3 we had just spend being engaged and planning this huge event, and now I looked at this man who was now my husband, and he looked at me, and we laughed and hugged and looked around and marveled at what we had just done. It really felt like the beginning of something new.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  I really wanted to throw my bouquet from a biplane. I imagined putting a little parachute on it and making a low pass over the crowd to drop it over the side, but that didn’t work out and I just did the traditional toss over my head. We also did a cake cutting and sort of squished it in each others faces, although when I tried to wipe some whipped cream off of the cake cutter and onto my husband’s cheek, I realized as I was doing it that the cutter was serrated and I almost cut him!

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  My cousin had recently been married and she was adamant about hiring a coordinator – and I am so glad I did! It was expensive but it was worth every penny. Laura and her team from Rebel Belle made it a wow wedding that went smoothly and left me with nothing to worry about except the blisters from my shoes.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Stay out of the sun. I had a strapless dress, and THE WORST tank top tan ever and I couldn’t blend it away in time for the wedding. Thankfully our super pro photographers were able to capture me at angles where it didn’t show. Also, if you’re going to spend money on anything, definitely splurge on a photographer you love and a coordinator you click with. We did both and I owe my wonderful memories of that day to them. Lastly, you will find it very difficult to have a moment to yourself on this day. You will be the most famous person in the universe at your wedding and everybody is going to want to talk to you constantly, so if you can slip away either by yourself or with your new spouse, do it. Just for a few minutes, get somewhere where you can be alone and just look around you and let it sink in. Look at the faces of your friends, watch them laughing and drinking and dancing, listen to the music, look at all of your décor and just appreciate for a little bit by yourself.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  We saved a lot of money by doing a few things differently. Instead of a traditional wedding caterer, which was way out of our league price-wise, we hired a food truck. We bought all of our alcohol and sodas from Costco and hired a licensed bartending service to serve it. Also, instead of a traditional wedding cake, we saved several hundred dollars by having small cakes that acted as centerpieces on each table and that guests could cut and served themselves whenever they felt like it. That was our baker’s idea and it was brilliant!

 

Rad + In Love is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.

Photographer: Rad + In Love / Event Planner: Laura Guerrie with Rebel Belle Weddings / Venue: Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California / Dress: Whirling Turban / Shoes: BC Footwear / Wedding bands: Saturn 5 Studio / Vintage Hat: Material Memories Lane / Suit: Calvin Klein / Bridesmaid Dresses: Heartbreaker Clothing / Rentals: Baker Party Rental / Music: Jetset Quartet / Savory French Crepes: Crepes Bonaparte / Cake: Berolina Bakery / Wait Staff: Kevin’s Bartending
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Gina and Stephen celebrated their nuptials at the Presidio Social Club, so you know it’s a wedding after my own heart! And not only do I have a special fondness for the venue, but I’m also excited that two of the awesome talents from our brand new Snippet & Ink Select vendor guide were part of this wedding: photographer Josh Gruetzmacher and floral designer Max Gill. But enough gushing from me – on with the photos!

Gina carried a bouquet of white garden roses and anemones.

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In addition to passed hors d’oeuvres, guests enjoyed an oyster bar with Kusshi, Kumamoto, Skookum oysters.

A variety of patterns, from chevron paper straws to striped washi tape, checked napkins to ticking tablecloths, added a touch of whimsy to the black and white palette. Lush greenery added a fresh pop of color to the tables.

DON’T MISS THE FULL GALLERY FOR EVEN MORE GORGEOUS DETAILS FROM THIS WEDDING

 

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  The Presidio is very special to us. We live just outside the gates and run there regularly. It’s also where Stephen proposed during a run in August! The PSC is in the city, but it has a light and airy feeling. It’s such a unique space, we loved it.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted the wedding to reflect our relationship: classic with a twist, intimate and fun. We wanted our guests to feel like they were at the most amazing dinner party.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Just before we walked into the reception, we had a moment together. We took a photo in the Magnolia photo booth and just shared a moment together. It was so sweet and romantic, it’s a moment I’ll always remember.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We used traditional vows, but supplemented with our own personal vows to each other.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Everyone says this, but take that moment at some point to let things sink in with your new husband. And, when you’re planning, try and see the forest through the trees. There are lots of little decisions, but they’re much easier to make if you have a vision for your big day and you know what your priorities are.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  We knew we wanted the wedding to reflect our relationship and our style. We love to host dinner parties at our house and we approached the wedding in the same way we do when we have people over to our own home. What can we do to make sure the night is filled with great conversations, lots of laughter, amazing food, delicious wine and a little bit of craziness? I think we succeeded. The other thing that was special is the use of S♥G. We are big skiers and it’s one of the things we most love to do together. Early in our relationship, Stephen carved S♥G into the snow with his ski pole and it just stuck. Every time I saw the monogram at the wedding, it reminded me of that romantic gesture.

 

Menu
Hors d’Ouevres: Spicy Tuna Tartar Cubes, Kampachi Sashimi on an Udon Spoon, Pork Belly Bites, Gouger and Mushroom Mornay, Sweet Pea Crostini, Oyster Bar // First Course: Fresh White Fish Ceviche with Avocado Mousse and House-Made Chips // Second Course: choice of Butter Lettuce Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette or Market Salad with Chopped Kale, Carrot, Radish, Golden Beets, Pumpkin Seeds, Sherry Vinaigrette // Entree: choice of Filet of Beef, Duck Confit or Seared Diver Scallops // Late Night Snacks: Cheese toast, French Fries in paper cones, Beignets

 

Max Gill and Josh Gruetzmacher are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.

Photographer: Josh Gruetzmacher / Floral Designer: Max Gill / Event Planner: Rebecca Reategui Weddings & Special Events / Ceremony venue: Chapel of Our Lady / Venue, Catering: Presidio Social Club in San Francisco, California / Stationery, Calligraphy: Little Miss Press / Vintage Stamps for Invitation: Verde Studio / S and G charms on Invitation: Deedles Design / Invitation ribbon: The Ribbonerie / Save the Date Postcard: PS Paper / Dress: Jin Wang / Shoes: Menbur / Tuxedo: Hugo Boss / Cake: Beyond Buttercream / Hotel: Inn at the Presidio / Makeup: Julie Dy / Ceremony Musicians: Genie Wie of Entire Productions / Officiant: John Jimenez, 415-240-8095 / Reception Music: DJ Chris the Rebel via Boutique DJs / Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth / Rentals: Classic Party RentalsLa TavolaHartmann Studios

Magnolia Photo Booth is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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Shannon and Pete’s intimate DIY wedding took place in their own backyard, with delightful pics by Morrissey Photo

“When Pete and I first started talking about what we envisioned for our wedding day, we always knew we wanted it to be simple,” says Shannon. “At first, we saw ourselves getting married at City Hall and having a small reception with family to follow. We realized how important it was for our family (and dog, Betty White) to be there, so we decided to invite immediate family to our own backyard, for an intimate wedding with 13 guests. We had just moved into our house about a year prior to getting engaged, so we worked hard to fix up the yard to make it presentable for the big day.”

Love this: “I am just a little obsessed with details, so we embarked on a lot of DIY projects. Hand-dying fabric to create ombre strips that would hang from a tree was our first Pinterest fail, but we still ended up using them. “

Says the bride: “Since my family has a Native American background, we wanted to include a blanket ceremony. We asked our families to send us scraps of patterned yellow and grey fabric, which my best friend’s mom was kind enough to sew into a beautiful color wheel quilt. It’s something we can hold onto forever and it reminds us of our families uniting and all of that awesomely cheesy stuff.”

Sips included home brewed beer (complete with labels designed by the groom) and sangria.

Says the bride: “Our families joined forces the days leading up to the wedding to help us hang string lights, streamers, install a yellow and white striped tent, wash all of the mismatched vintage china we had been collecting, make hors d’oeuvres, and a lot more. We were really lucky to have their help, and it made everything even more meaningful.”

The wedding was full of DIY details that the bride and groom created together. “We made our own home brew together and Pete even designed the labels. We canned four different types of homemade jams for favors, with my illustrations on the labels. We made our own invitations. Since we only had 13 guests (17 if you count us and our amazing photographers), I decided to make place cards with drawings of each person. We spray painted plastic bunnies with gold paint and created place card holders, since we have two bunnies of our own and they hold a special place in our little family.”

Says Shannon, “We told everyone we wouldn’t really be dancing, but when our photographers kindly encouraged us to dance a bit under the tree at night with all of the lights, we were really glad they did. Now we have “a song” we can look back on and remember the night: “You Can Have It All” by Yo La Tengo. It was a magical moment for us, under the lights and streamers and just staring at the stars while spinning slowly together.”

Even the couple’s wedding film was DIY! “My brother was filming footage during the day (his first time using a DSLR for video), so I pieced together my favorite bits for a DIY wedding video. I’ve never edited video before, so it’s amateur, but we love it since it’s set to our song.”

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What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  I managed to forget my bridal bouquet in our house as I was about to walk down our makeshift aisle with my dad. I had to run back inside and search all over the house for them, running past a confused caterer and trying to not take forever. When I came back out, I was frazzled, but felt calm after looking at the end of the aisle and realizing what we were about to do.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  You can’t please everyone, so try not to worry about what everyone else thinks. Having a wedding so intimate might be confusing to friends and extended family who really want to be there, but at the end of the day you should really do what feels right to you as a couple. Having a talented photographer (or two!) is key when you’re having such a small wedding, so you can share the details with everyone and remind them that their support means a lot in your life. Sometimes you have to step back and ask yourself, “Am I a big wedding person?” and go from there.

What advice do you have for other brides?  During the wedding planning process, you’ll end up finding out a lot about each other, and during ours, we discovered we really like exploring things together. Even if it means burning a batch of homemade whoopie pies in the early hours of your wedding day and waking your sleep-deprived family with the lovely sounds of a smoke detector.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Everything about our wedding day was just what I imagined: it was completely laid back and really about creating a conversation between our two families. We wanted a long, relaxed dinner with some of our favorite foods (shrimp tacos were a must) and our caterer really made that memorable. It was my brother’s birthday, so the chef even brought out a banana crème brûlée with a candle in it after everyone was lighting sparklers around the fire pit.

Photographer: Morrissey Photo / Venue: couple’s backyard outside Philadelphia / Officiant: Journeys of the Heart / Dress: BHLDN / Shoes: Steve Madden / Earrings Vintage heart studs /  Belt: Kate Spade / Headband: Anthropologie / Suit: J.Crew / Tie: Forage / Groom’s Shoes: Macy’s / Tie clip: Etsy /  Floral Designer: Love ‘n Fresh Flowers / Tent Adams Rental / Furniture rental: Maggpie Vintage / Music: Luke Cleary / Caterer, Deserts:  Joshua’s Catering /  Make-up: Aleksandra Ambrozy
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    Having spent nearly every summer of my life in with family in Montana, Cecily and Nick’s summer ranch wedding just speaks to my heart – perfectly relaxed, sweet, and rustic.

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    Both the bride and her bridesmaids wore simple white dresses. As a special touch, the bride wrapped a scrap of her paternal grandmother’s wedding dress around her bouquet.

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    The playful invitation suite prepared guests for an easy going celebration.

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    Guests were greeted at the ceremony with lemonade. “While this isn’t exactly a signature drink,” says Cecily, “I thought it was a really lovely touch. And it was especially good for a pregnant bride!”

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    During the ceremony, guests sat on hay bales that had been harvested on the ranch and were later used to feed the horses during winter.

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    From the bride: “Ron Kamp, one of the ranch managers, designed the flower boxes that were the centerpiece of each table, and branded the table numbers into them. Ron also cut up a log for pie stands. It helped create a simple, rustic look that complimented the flower boxes and some of the other wooden platforms we had around the wedding.”

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    All white flowers, including garden roses and clematis, kept the look of the decor simple and romantic. Also, what’s a wedding without a whiskey bar!

    From the bride: “My father drove me down to the ceremony in a 1972 Chevrolet Luv pickup truck that Lora Kamp, one of the ranch managers, has had since she went to college. We filled the bed of the truck with petunias.  The Luv, being blue, was something old, borrowed, and blue. The petunias were new.” (The truck also made for a nice photo op later in the day.)

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    See all of Cecily and Nick’s rustic ranch wedding in the gallery.

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  I have been going to our family’s ranch since I was 18 years old.  It’s a special place for me and for my poetry. Nick visited it once with me in the winter and loved the place. When we got engaged, we knew it was the location that most spoke to the non-urban sides of our personalities, and we were eager to share it with our friends and family.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The Wyoming landscape is so exceptional that I wanted to make sure that the wedding didn’t try to compete with it. We tried to keep decor minimal, or at least relevant to the surroundings. So I suppose the western Wyoming landscape inspired us.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Dancing with Nick to our first dance, which was to the Sam Cooke song “Good Times.”

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  One friend in particular reminded me to steal away from the hoopla from time to time.  With Nick, of course.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Make sure your dress is comfortable. Even if you’re not pregnant at your wedding, you want to feel comfortable sitting, standing, dancing, eating, drinking, and laughing in your gown!

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  As a wedding gift to us, our friend (and one of the groomsmen) designed our wedding bands at New York Wedding Ring in Manhattan, using gold that was given to him as a gift while he was working as an arborist in French Guyana.

    Photographer: Carrie Patterson / Event Planner: Kendra Hobson with Simply Grand Weddings & Events / Floral Design: Fleur de V / Venue: private ranch in Merna, Wyoming / Dress: Le Spose di Gio / Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Engagement Ring: Sarah Perlis / Hair, Makeup: Eternal Beauty by Leslee Anne / Grooms Suit, Shirt: Brooks Brothers / Tie: Dior / Shoes: Kenneth Cole / Bracelet: Giles and Brother / Stationery: Lynn Buckley / Rentals: Hunter Gatherer Jackson HoleCanvas Unlimited / Band: The Greg Glassman Experience / Catering: Jackson Hole Catering / Antler Chandelier: Wild West Designs
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    When thinking about their summer wedding, Martha’s Vineyard was an obvious choice for Hans and Meghan. Says the bride, “Hans grew up on Martha’s Vineyard, and after college we moved there for the summer and worked at his parents’ bed and breakfast. That summer we decided if we ever got married, we would have the wedding on the island.”

    Meghan wore a veil made by her sister, and chose flowers for their meanings: “The bridesmaids carried pale pink roses, which symbolize joy. I had an all white bouquet composed of lily-of-the-valley (purity), ivy (fidelity), stock (happy life), and gardenias (hospitality; they are also my grandmother’s favorite).”

    Says Meghan, “We focused on creating an atmosphere that would bring all of our friends and relatives together. As many of our guest had to travel a long way to get to the Vineyard, many made a mini vacation out of it. We arranged to have bonfires, dinners, trips to the beach, and boat rides in the days leading up to the wedding. This gave everyone a chance to get to know each other long before the wedding. By the time the big day rolled around, everyone knew everyone else and it was a great big party.”

    Navy blue and white striped tablecloths fit the setting perfectly!

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  There were two guiding principles: First, we wanted a wedding with details that were symbolic, not only of what we hoped for in the future but of all of the wonderful experiences that we have already had as a couple. Second, and most importantly, we wanted the emphasis to be on having everyone we loved together. As a result, we had a very simple wedding, but every detail we incorporated was special. I chose the flowers for their meanings and received help from my wonderful aunts in arranging them. We also wanted the menu to reflect some of the places we had been, so we had mini fried shrimp po’ boys (we did Teach for America in New Orleans) for the cocktail hour and paella (a nod to my time studying abroad in Spain). The groomsmen were all given ties from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland (where Hans and I met), and I walked down the aisle to “Loch Lomond” (a song about Scotland that my mom used to sing to me).

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  I was unexpectedly nervous right before I had to walk down the aisle, however, once the doors opened and I saw Hans standing at the top of the alter, smiling at me, all of the fear melted away and I was filled with the most intense sense of joy and calm.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We used the Bible verses that my mother and father used at their wedding and I carried gardenias in my bouquet as a tribute to my grandmother’s favorite flower.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Every 30 minutes try to stop, look around, and take in the scene. I have so many wonderful mental pictures from the day because of this advice!

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Pick a few things that you want to make really meaningful and focus on those. We put a lot of thought into how to incorporate the things we care about into the flowers, music, and events leading up to the wedding.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  My dad thought that he was going to wear one of the St. Andrew’s ties for the wedding and didn’t pack a spare. When he realized (the morning of the wedding!) that there were only enough ties for the groomsmen, he decided to go for a run, thinking to himself, “I really have to get this tie situation worked out.” We were 30 minutes from the nearest store so he decided to stand at the entrance to a private road and wait until someone pulled up. When a car finally turned into the drive, he flagged them down. When they stopped and tentatively rolled down the window my dad said: “This is going to sound crazy, but my daughter is getting married in two hours and I forgot a tie. Do you have one I could borrow?” The man turned to his wife in the passenger seat and said: “What kind of guy doesn’t bring a tie to his own daughter’s wedding.” Without missing a beat his wife said: “You.” Turns out that the guy had forgotten a tie for his daughter’s wedding and had to borrow one from a waiter. My mom told the story to our guests at the reception and the tie my dad borrowed from that neighbor became the joke of the whole wedding.

     

    See more from Meghan and Hans’ classic preppy wedding in the gallery.

    Photographer: Jocelyn Filley / Day-of Coordinator: Danielle Bailey / Venue: Captain Flanders House on Martha’s Vineyard / Dress: Melissa Sweet / Shoes: J. Crew / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Neckties: University of St. Andrews Undergraduate / Stationery Printing: Crane & Co. / Rentals: Seaside Celebrations / Caterer: Herring Run Kitchens / Cake: MV Gourmet Café & Bakery
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