You’ve probably seen photos from Lanie and Matt’s gorgeous winter wedding around the interwebs, but I couldn’t help sharing it with you here. The couple lucked out with a beautiful January day in Colorado, full of incredible details from the talented Lisa Vorce (and stunning photos by Aaron Delesie).

Lanie had long sleeves added to her Vera Wang dress, perfect for a snowy winter wedding.

Little welcome bags included a note from the couple, pure vanilla extract, and the recipe for Matt’s father’s pancake recipe.

A candy buffet included chocolates and caramels, which guests could take home in little paper bags. There were also small glass bottles of root beer milk, one of Matt’s favorite treats.

Mindy Rice created uniquely beautiful centerpieces with cotton bolls, pine cones, and evergreens. Candles added a warm and cozy glow.



First Course: Olathe Corn Chowder with Lump Crab Croquettes / Second Course: Grilled Wild King Salmon with Wild Mushroom Ragout, Fingerling Potatoes, Haricots Verts and Chives or Ginger Soy Rack of Lamb with Sweet and Sour Eggplant, Bok Choy, Chili Beurre Blanc and Jasmine Rice


Photography: Aaron Delesie / Ceremony venue: The Chapel at Beaver Creek in Beaver Creek, Colorado / Reception venue: The Ritz-Carlton in Bachelor Gulch, Colorado / Planning, design: Lisa Vorce / Bride’s dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Groom’s suit: Charles Tyrwhitt / Flowers: Mindy Rice / Stationery: Yellow Owl Workshop / Rentals: Barker Decor ServiceAlpine Party RentalsLa Tavola Linen
  • Elegant Winter Wedding in Colorado

    9 June 2011
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    This classic July wedding was sent to us from the talented Leah McCormick – love these photos! Napa Valley was not only the place where Byron proposed to MacKenzie, but it also made for a fun destination for the groom’s family, and is close to the bride’s family in California. Says MacKenzie, “We loved celebrating with family and close friends!”

    The aisle was decorated with hanging baskets of white hydrangeas. The young flower girl came down the aisle in a special “Wedding Flyer” wagon.

    Centerpieces were garlands of magnolia leaves, white roses and green apples.

    MacKenzie’s advice for brides is simple: Enjoy the day!

    Photography: Leah McCormick

    Venue: Meadowood in Napa Valley, California

    Coordinator: Lori Wickersham for Meadowood

    Bride’s gown: Oscar de la Renta

    Groom’s custom suit: J. Michaels Clothiers of Nashville

    Bridesmaid dresses: BCBGMaxAzria

    Flowers: Friday Flowers

    Linen rentals: “Bingo” from La Tavola


    See lots more from this beautiful wedding over at Leah McCormick’s blog.

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    Savannah is one of the most romantic cities I can think of, and such a beautiful place for a traditional wedding. Nkechi and Mitch were married at the Mansion on Forsyth Park on a lovely day in March. I can’t get over the wisteria and the Spanish moss… Says Nkechi:

    Georgia is a very special place to us. We met in Atlanta our freshman year of college and had so many wonderful experiences there. We have a great life in New York, but there was something very special, gratifying, and comforting to be married in Georgia where our story began. Like Mitch says about the first time we met, “It felt right as rain.”

    I was surprised how wonderfully perfect the weather was in Savannah that day. It was like the weather wrapped all of us in a warm happy embrace. The day before was very hot, the day after the wedding was gray and rainy, but our wedding day was bright and sunny with a slight breeze. Perfect.

    Gorgeous photos by Jen Huang.

    Nkechi’s bridesmaids wore lovely floor length dresses by Miranda Bennett.

    The wedding program was typed and assembled with the help of friends and family. It was so special to select all the Bible passages and customize our celebration. We also wrote our vows and created a special prayer that we read during the ceremony. The prayer is something that we can always use to reaffirm our love and strengthen our relationship.

    In the African American tradition, we jumped over a broom. We chose to jump over Mitch’s late grandmother’s broom. It was small, old, and red – charming. Mitch more than embraced my Nigerian traditions when we traveled to Nigeria for our wedding ceremony there, so it was important for me to embrace his traditions, too.

    The Mansion on Forsyth Park boasts a diverse collection of art and other surprises, including an entire wall of vintage ladies’ hats. Love it!

    Nkechi’s advice for other couples getting married? Don’t forget that you are celebrating the love that you have for the person in your life. On the day of the wedding, instead of fretting over details you should be holding hands and kissing your husband, dancing, eating, and drinking. Believe me, all the little details will not mean anything if you allow the day to go by without enjoying yourself.


    Photography: Jen Huang

    Ceremony venue: Saint Michael Catholic Church on Tybee Island

    Reception venue: Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia

    Bride’s dress: Monique Lhuillier

    Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka

    Bridesmaid dresses: Miranda Bennett

    Groom’s custom tuxedo: My.Suit

    Groom’s shoes: Ted Baker

    Flowers: Chuck Haynes Floral

    Cake: Art Cake Co.

    Linen rentals: BBJ Linen

    Music: DJ Mighty Mike


    Happiest wishes to you, Nkechi and Mitch!

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    Old St. Hilary’s is a little church on a hillside, overlooking the San Francisco Bay, and one of the most charming places I can imagine for a wedding. Especially on a sunny day, like the Friday in August when Marnie and Brian wed. Says the bride:

    We wanted something that was more romantic than anything else – something elegant but neither fancy nor overly rustic. Something intimate and unique. We wanted to find a small chapel for the ceremony and Old St. Hilary’s was perfect, and when I first saw pictures of the Outdoor Art Club I fell in love with it. We love that both buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, and after that everything came together.

    We chose music that we loved and that seemed fitting for the occasion including Fred Hersch’s interpretation of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and “Good Day, Sunshine” by the Beatles for walking back down the aisle. We wanted music that provided a sense of joy and of the sacred and yet was not entirely serious.

    We snuck down the road before the reception to take some photos with the best man and maid of honor. The trees are giant and covered with moss and it’s beautiful – we couldn’t resist clambering around a bit in the forest and the stream, a nice way to escape for a while.

    After the ceremony, guests headed to the Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley for dinner and dancing.

    We have two adorable shelter mutts who couldn’t be there, so we included them by making a donation to Just a Dog Pitbull Rescue in lieu of wedding favors, and had little portraits of them on our invitations and cake.

    Marnie’s advice for other brides?  You may need help where you don’t think you will, like remembering to do the basics (sleep! eat dinner the night before!). It’s so easy to get caught up in all the excitement and the lovely details, but no dress or make up artist or stylist can make you look nearly as good if you haven’t had a good 7-8 hours of sleep. You’ll need it! Also, if you’re keeping your dress long, make sure you have a free hand to life it as you walk down the aisle or you might trip.

    Photography: Gia Canali / Ceremony venue: Old St. Hilary’s in Tiburon, California / Reception venue: Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley, California / Bride’s dress: Rosa Clara / Bridesmaid dresses: Dessy / Groom’s suit: Ermenegildo Zegna / Floral design: La Fleuriste / Catering / cakes: Elaine Bell Catering / Branching Out Cakes
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    I don’t know how it is that I’ve never featured a real wedding from photographer Allyson Magda, especially since I’ve admired her work since I started Snippet & Ink. But today I plan to remedy that with Kacy and Kirk’s beautiful wedding. They were married on California’s beautiful central coast, in a wedding that was both rustic and sophisticated. Says the bride:

    Kirk’s parents live in Cambria and we spend a lot of time up there. It is the best of both Northern and Southern California in one place: the beach, the vineyards, a small town. We love it there and many of our friends and family members had never been, so we wanted to share the area with them, and to make the wedding feel as organic to the location as possible.

    Since ours was an out of town wedding, we rented a large house for 3 weeks – I went up a week ahead of my fiancé to finalize all the details and to take some time to myself just relaxing. I was totally relaxed by the time our families and friends started arriving. Then, after everyone left, Kirk and I spent a week alone in the area for our honeymoon. It was so great not to have to rush off to catch a plane!

    A bagpiper led the way from the chapel to the reception site. Don’t you think a wedding “parade” would be such a wonderful way to arrive at your reception?!

    Instead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple had a “cake” with tiers of cheese!

    Local noise restrictions meant the reception had to end at 10:00pm, so Kacy and Kirk rented out a local saloon, moved the DJ there, and continued celebrating until 2:00am. Says Kacy, “Everyone danced all night!”

    Photography: Allyson Magda

    Coordinator: Taffy Gonzalez for All Traditions

    Ceremony venue: Old Santa Rosa Chapel in Cambria, California

    Reception venue: Fog’s End Barn, also in Cambria

    Bride’s dress: Augusta Jones

    Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss

    Flowers: Camilla Svenson Burns

    Catering: Chef Charlie

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