I love how Krista Turner‘s photos of Catherine and Tom’s New Orleans wedding make you feel like you were there – they really convey a sense of the place and the energy and the experience of this celebration. From the unique bridge location to the hot dog stand to the second line… well, you’ll see what I mean!

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Catherine describes the significance of their choice of the Magnolia Bridge for the ceremony: “The Magnolia Bridge is the oldest bridge in New Orleans. It’s a footbridge that crosses Bayou St. John, which runs through our neighborhood. The bridge is a sacred place in our community, the spot of so many formal and informal gatherings over the years. People have gotten married there, held memorials and birthdays and anniversaries, as well as canoe races, baby showers, Voodoo ceremonies, and pyrotechnic New Years’ celebrations, all centered around the bridge. We never really had to think about where we would get married. The bridge is such a special part of our lives; it was the natural decision.”

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After the ceremony, the couple made a quick stop for some photos and so that the bride could change into a short dancing dress. Then everyone joined in a second line!

What’s a wedding without hot dogs and snow cones?

Guests enjoyed two signature punches: an “Afternoon Punch” of grapefruit, pomegranate, orange, and basil and a “Green Citrus Cooler” of vodka, soda, lime, mint, and tarragon. In a New Orleans tradition, the bridesmaids pulled charms from the cake before it was cut.



What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We are both parts of so many diverse communities of people, and we wanted to create an environment where everyone, from my 88-year-old Southern grandmother to all of our artist and social justice friends, would feel not only comfortable but honored and welcomed. We decided to optimize the natural beauty of our surroundings while also highlighting our love of the food, music and culture of New Orleans.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Catherine: Walking at the front of our second line with Tom and three of my brothers and looking back to see everyone we loved dancing in the street together!  Tom: Our first dance when we finally got to talk to each other!

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  My cousins and I are all very close, and all of my female cousins wore our great-grandmother’s wedding earrings on their wedding days, so I wore them too. That felt very special.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  So much! I don’t know how I could have done it without all the help and support of so many friends and family, most of whom had been married already. Some of the best was: use your bridal party. They really want to be there for you. My bridesmaids did everything including tracking down a microphone cable minutes before the wedding, taking Tom to urgent care when he got food poisoning hours before our rehearsal dinner gracefully extricating me from long conversations so I could talk to our guests, and fixing me a plate and making sure I ate. The other thing that helped us a lot was being reminded to figure out early on what was really important to us, and what we would be willing to compromise. That helped us a lot when making hard budget visions, or having different visions with family.

What advice do you have for other brides?  It’s potentially really stressful, expensive and emotionally charged. Keep it in perspective. This is an amazing time that will only happen once.

Photographer: Krista Turner Photography / Ceremony Venue: Magnolia Bridge in New Orleans, Louisiana / Reception venue: Pitot House / Dress: Yvonne LaFleur / Suit, Shirt, Tie: Stein-Mart / Stationery: Scriptura /  Music: Harry Hardin Trio, T’Monde Cajun Band, Young PinStripe Brass Band / Caterer: Martin Wine Cellar / Food Trucks: Dat Dog Hot Dogs, SnoDat Snowballs / Cake: Haydel Bakery


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Let’s make summer last just a little longer with this romantic botanical wedding from Love Me Do Photography. Seersucker suits, cascading vines, homemade limoncello, all in the country’s oldest botanical garden tucked away in the city of Philadelphia…

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Trailing vines add drama to Celeste’s cascading bouquet of clematis, peonies, roses. Bridesmaids carried smaller versions of the bride’s all-white bouquet.

The bride sourced a vintage church candle stand for ceremony. Escorted by her father, she walked down the aisle to Here Comes the Bride played by a solo trumpet.

Groomsmen wore seersucker slacks with navy blue blazers. Bridesmaids wore ivory dresses of their choosing.

Perseverance Jazz Band played during the cocktail hour through dinner.

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Bottles of homemade limoncello did double duty as favors and escort cards.

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Centerpieces were a mix of bud vases and rustic wood planter boxes filled with white flowers, ivy, and other foliage. The flower boxes were one of the couple’s DIY projects, as were lace table runners and all of the stationery.

How’s this for a totally unique and super fun idea? At the end of the reception, guests danced with white parasols, echoing the Philadelphia tradition of the Mummers Parade.



Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We picked Bartram’s Garden because of the rustic garden setting and its close proximity to Center City. We were also surprised and happy to discover that it is the oldest botanical garden in the country!

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted a romantic rustic, country wedding tucked away in the city. Our colors were ivory, and greens and browns. I was inspired by lace, seersucker, twine, burlap, candlelight.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Hearing the wedding vows that we wrote for one another.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  It sounds simple, but enjoy the wedding day! Stop worrying about all the details and moving pieces, and cherish all the little moments.

What advice do you have for other brides?  You can’t start planning soon enough, particularly if you want to have your first choice of venue and vendors!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  If you start early enough in the process, certainly try to DIY as much as you can – though don’t leave too much to do towards the end, and make sure you don’t have any responsibilities on the wedding day itself.

Photographer: Love Me Do / Venue: Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / Dress: Addie by Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Auroral Vapor Heels by Something Bleu / Veil: Debra Moreland is Paris / Suit: Pincord Seersucker by Haspel / Shoes: Cole Haan / Floral Designer: Sullivan Owen Floral / Rentals: Ocean Tent and Party Rentals / Jazz band: Perseverance Jazz Band / DJ: Hi Society Productions / Catering: Diverse Catering / Dessert: Isgro Pasticceria / Transportation: Great American Trolley Co. 
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The rain may have forced Emily and Raymond to change some of their wedding day plans at the last minute, but their celebration was no less beautiful or special because of it. And photographer Jessica Lorren was there to capture it all on film…

The bride used a DIY tutorial by Antiquaria to create her watercolor invitation suite. Other DIY elements included Emily’s sash, the photo booth backdrop, and photo booth props.

Bride, Emily, on the weather: “Initially we had every intention to be on the dock, closest to that lake to say our ‘I do’s’ if not for the rain or the unpredictable wind that day. My friend, Will, had spent months building an outside structure hung with glass bubbles for us to stand under and it was inconceivable we would be anywhere else. We waited to the last minute, but eventually the rain won out, so on that unusually cold late evening in May, we stood in front of the elegant white French doors of the charming boathouse and proceeded on, as if it had been our plan all along. It wasn’t the golden al fresco ceremony we had envisioned, but in the end, it didn’t matter. Down that aisle still stood my gorgeous groom and we were getting married! In hindsight, having the ceremony inside was a blessing in disguise. The minister dropped Ray’s ring during our exchange and I could only imagine the picture of our wedding party simultaneously jumping into that lake after that ring. My girlfriends, dressed in gold sequined Aidan Mattox dresses, would have sunk straight to the bottom!”

Says the bride, “I worked with Amy of Seaport Flowers for weeks as she meticulously perfected all my incomplete thoughts and ideas. Mercury glass vases, frosted goblets, and glass tumblers spilling with charm peonies and garden roses set the tone for our unbelievably intimate and romantic reception.”

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For dessert there were two types of wedding cake: chocolate cake with layers of chocolate ganache and fresh strawberries, and pistachio cake with layers of rosewater buttercream and fresh raspberries with a vanilla buttercream frosting finish.



Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Emily: We loved everything about our venue. I’m pretty sure it was love at first sight for me. I thought the boathouse was incredibly charming with all its French doors, high arches, and sweeping staircase. I couldn’t envision anything more perfect for our day. // Raymond: When I saw the venue in person for the first time, I just knew it was right. Sometimes you have a feeling that this is the right place.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Emily: For me, it was definitely our first look. Ray is usually pretty collected when it comes to his emotions, but he completely came undone when he turned around and saw me for the first time. Of course I thought my groom was gorgeous as well, but Ray’s emotional response really took me for surprise. It really was a special start to our day.  //  Raymond: There are two moments. The first is our first look before the wedding when Emily tapped my shoulder and I turned around and saw the most beautiful woman in my life. I was taken aback and lost it for a moment. The second is when the I heard the drums starting to play as our recessional song came on. My wife, the moment, my emotional tears, the song, it is forever etched in memory.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Ray is Chinese and I’m Korean and that could have proven to be a very lengthy and exhausting day if we had chosen to acknowledge all our customs and traditions. We wanted to respect what was important to our families, but asked that they also embrace the new Western traditions we grew up with as well. We agreed to a Chinese Tea Ceremony with our rehearsal dinner the night before our wedding for Ray’s side, but we nervously insisted on our “first dance” with our usually reserved Asian parents on the day of. Ray and I danced with our parents to Laura Fygi’s version of “I Love You For Sentimental Reasons.” It was the first time either of us had been in such close physical proximity to our parents for any lengthy measurable amounts of time, but it was probably one of the fondest memories of the night!

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Don’t get stuck making the details perfect. You’ll have many more perfect days with your man so don’t focus on the one.

What advice do you have for other brides? Anything can go wrong, but everything will be all right! No, really, it will.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Splurge on what’s important to you; don’t get lost in what isn’t. I think as a bride you can get overwhelmed at what’s available to you. In the beginning you might think that you need it all and that can be really misleading, not to mention very costly. I focused on my must haves and questioned them frequently along my timeline to see if they still remained just as important.

Photographer: Jessica Lorren / Venue: Prospect Park Boathouse in Brooklyn, New York / Bride’s dress: Enzoani Dakota / Shoes: Glint / Earrings: Adriana Orsini / Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss / Shirt: Burberry / Bow Tie: Brooks Brothers / Shoes: To Boot New York / Socks: Happy Socks / Bridesmaid Dresses: Aidan Mattox, ASOS / Floral Designer: Amy Gardella of Seaport Flowers / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / DJ: DJ Duane Harriott of 74 Events / Catering: Moveable Feast / Cake: Betsy Thorleifson of Nine Cakes / Makeup: Nam Vo / Hair: Kristen with La Sorella Bridal
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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.



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.


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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