Fewer things are as lovely and romantic as lace, which made it the perfect inspiration for this wedding from photographer Sylvie Gil and planner Rebecca Reategui

With the bride’s veil and Anna Maier dress as a starting point, the lace motif carried through to the stationery, linens, cake; even the lanterns around the dance floor echoed the delicate textile. Add a palette of pale blue, cream, and whispers of pink, and you have the makings of an unforgettably beautiful wedding.

Sylvie Gil, Rebecca Reategui, Annadel Estate Winery | Snippet & Ink Sylvie Gil, Rebecca Reategui, Annadel Estate Winery | Snippet & Ink

Dauphine Press created the blue and white stationery suite, incorporating lace details from the envelope liner to the program cover.

Says the bride: “It was very important to my husband that the ceremony have a religious element, so our planners helped transform the stone ruins into a church-like setting with wooden pews and a beautiful altar backdrop. It all came together so wonderfully and was truly magical.”

Sylvie Gil, Rebecca Reategui, Annadel Estate Winery | Snippet & Ink Sylvie Gil, Rebecca Reategui, Annadel Estate Winery | Snippet & Ink

In addition to the lace motif, Dan’s love of philosophy inspired some of the wedding day details. Says Ashley: “Instead of numbering the tables, we named each one after a great philosopher, and placed a book by each author on the dinner tables to indicate the table name. Guests found their seats by taking small bud vases marked with both their name and the philosopher’s name, arranged on a bookshelf. Once they found their seats, they placed the vases on the table which added to the centerpieces.”


Guests enjoyed two flavors of wedding cake from Sweet on Cake: Strawberry Basil and Red Velvet. A friend of the groom created The Dashley, a signature cocktail made with Lillet Blanc and Wild Turkey 101, garnished with spearmint and a maraschino cherry.



Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We wanted a romantic and unique scene in wine country for our wedding. We were drawn to sites having stone ruins that we could include in the ceremony, allowing us to combine a really beautiful natural setting with an element of man-made history. To us this signified a mix of the eternal and the transient, which is precisely what the act of marriage signified for us as well. When we saw Annadel for the first time, we immediately knew that it was the perfect place.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I am from California and wanted the whole day to have a light, carefree atmosphere despite the seriousness of the occasion. Our color schemes, food and drink selections, and seating arrangements around the dance floor all helped achieved this.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  The whole wedding was one big feeling of awe. I loved walking into the ceremony laughing and whispering with my dad, and I was surprised how quickly I went from giggling to tearing up when I saw all of guests and my soon-to-be husband. My favorite part, though, was right after the ceremony when my husband and I had a few minutes alone to sit together and take everything in, right before our first dance.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We did try to include all of the typical wedding traditions. I wore a borrowed ring, a vintage ring, a blue garter and something new. We did the traditional dances and speeches. I had meant to throw the bouquet but became so wrapped up in the event that I didn’t remember until days later that I had forgotten! We were driven off as the music was coming to an end, beginning our honeymoon right away.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  One helpful piece of advice which I received was to spend a lot of time on wedding blogs and websites before planning details of my own weddings. It really helped us define the style of wedding we wanted.

What advice do you have for other brides?  My advice would be to not spend too much time looking at different wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses. There are so many options out there and it can be overwhelming. Once you find what fits your vision I would stop looking.

Photographer: Sylvie Gil / Venue: Annadel Estate Winery in Santa Rosa, California / Event Planner: Rebecca Reategui / Floral Designer: Cherries Flowers / Dress: Anna Maier / Suit: Hugo Boss / Tie: Hermes / Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo / Stationery: Dauphine Press / Calligraphy: Little Miss Press / Day of Signage: Flemings / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Archive Vintage Rentals, Blueprint Studios, La Tavola Linens / Music: Nob Hill Quartet, All Star Jukebox via Entire Productions / Catering: Park Avenue Catering / Officiant: Rev. Peadar Dalton with Your Ceremony Matters / Cake: Sweet on Cake / Lighting: Illusions lighting / Hair, Makeup: Julie Morgan / Transportation: Pure Luxury
  • Something Blue Wedding at Annadel Estate

    6 January 2014
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    Some wedding features require very few words, and this one from photographer Juan Maclean is one of them… the photos speak for themselves…



    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Connor’s parents have the most beautiful home and garden. It’s always been our favorite place to spend time, so it was perfect for our celebration.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Our inspiration came from so many different things – growing up in New England, travel, movies, blogs, and each of our own style and favorite things. Mostly, we wanted the wedding to feel like us.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  After the ceremony and a brief downpour, the skies cleared up and we took a golf cart down the long winding driveway to have a moment alone – it was pure happiness. We couldn’t stop smiling the entire day.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Not to worry about the small things. Focus on things that are important to you and it will all be wonderful.

    Photographer: Juan Maclean / Venue: Private Residence in Promfret, Connecticut / Day-of Coordinator: Doug Moffat / Dress: J.Crew / Shoes, jewelry: Kate Spade / Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew / Invitations: Rifle Paper Co. / Floral Designer: The Flowering Vine / Rentals: Sperry Tents, Liberty Rentals, New England Country Rentals / Guitarist: Gerry Johnson / DJ: Adam Jaena, White Label DJ’s / Catering: A Thyme to Cook / Mini Cupcakes: Sweet / Ice Cream: We-li-kit / Wooden Signs: True Connection / Honey Favors: Stonewall Apiary / Favor labels: Felix Doolittle / Gingham Napkins: Dot and Army

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  • New England Wedding from Juan Maclean

    2 December 2013
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    Emily de Ayora of Downey Street Events is here today not just as a wedding planner, but also as the bride! Annie McElwain (also a Snippet & Ink Select vendor) was there to photograph the beautiful February wedding…

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    Listen to this crazy story about Emily and Gerry’s wedding venue! “Oddly enough, I experienced more hiccups in my wedding planning than I have with any of my couples combined. The first major upset was with our venue. We picked an amazing art gallery in the Mission… which had to shut its doors 3 months before our wedding. The day we found out about the venue I was at a dress fitting, trying on this amazing custom dress and thinking that I had no place to wear it! Luckily I have two of the best colleagues in the world, and by the time the fitting was over, Lauren and Cassandra had a spreadsheet of options ready with availability and site visits set up. Gerry and I visited Dogpatch WineWorks that night. It was about 4 blocks from our home, newly opened, and a wonderfully interesting and flexible space. We signed the contract and I am so glad things worked out the way they did. Having the venue so close to our home allowed me to get ready at my own house on our wedding day. We did our first look in our backyard, and family photos in a park nearby. It was easy and comfortable.”

    From Emily: “My favorite part of planning was thinking up wonderful little details to surprise our guests. From our guest book (a cookbook with lots of lovely pictures and white spaces for notes from guests), to vintage sea glass jars as bud vases, to hand painting all of the votives with gold leaf and metallic paint, to displaying framed photos of our parents (married 35 and 36 years respectively). We also hand wrote notes to each of our guests, inserted into little metallic envelopes, which doubled as place cards. Our signature drink was ‘Guns and Roses’ (Brut Rose and blood orange juice with a twist).”



    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Planning your own wedding when you are a wedding planner is hard. I have seen and done so many things for my clients that it was difficult to come up with ideas that felt new, fun, inspirational, or personal. I tried to relax and focus on things that I really enjoy, and let the venue and the season inspire me. I also gave artistic reign to the vendors I worked with. I know from experience that trusting and collaborating with vendors is the best way to get a truly gorgeous and one-of-a-kind look for your event. Overall, the look of metallics, warm wood and linens combined with the structural but soft florals, perfect lighting, and the smell of wine in the air from the venue set a terrific tone for the event, and I was ecstatic with how it turned out both as a wedding planner and as a bride.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Our ceremony followed the traditional Catholic ceremony and vows very closely, which felt right to us as a family tradition. We also used the same toasting flutes that my parents used at their wedding, and my brother and sister-in-law used at theirs. I wanted our wedding to feel like a wedding – a celebration of our union. I think we succeeded in choosing traditions that led us to that type of event.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received was from Lauren, who reminded me often to focus on what I loved. Also, the wine and chocolate pairing station was her idea, and it was an excellent one.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  The best advice I always give to my brides is what I tried to follow as well – hire a planner, trust your vendors to do their jobs without micromanaging them, and get your groom involved in the things that are most important to him. A planner is necessary. Lauren always says that everybody needs a wedding planner – no matter what. There are a range of planners out there at different price points and you will save yourself and your family a lot of stress by having someone to recommend vendors for you, advocate for you, and set up and run your big day so you can just enjoy time with your loved ones. I also think it is important to let your vendors do their jobs. As I said before, giving them creative license can be a beautiful thing. You will be surprised in a good way. Collaborate with them, make them a part of your team. You will get the best results from vendors who value you as a client and want your day to be special as a result. Finally, I think it is extremely important for often-quiet grooms to have a voice in the planning process. I always ask grooms to tell about the thing or things they care about most, so that I can keep that in mind as we plan. In our case that was music, and Gerry spent a long time making sure that our musical choices reflected us and would be enjoyed by our guests. It was really fun to watch him take ownership of that project.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  One budget tip that I implemented was choosing an off-season date. Between November and March venues are less expensive, more vendors are available and willing to work with smaller budgets, and your guests will be less likely to have another wedding to go to. I loved having a February wedding! It felt cozy and romantic.

    Photographer: Anne McElwainMeg Messina, Jennifer Andresen / Venue: Dogpatch Wineworks in San Francisco, California / Event Planner: Emily de Ayora, Lauren Geissler of Downey Street Events / Officiant: Reverend Paedar Dalton, Your Ceremony Matters / Custom Dress: Jinza Jin / Shoes: Jimmy Choo via Bloomingdales / Suit, shirt: Indochino / Tie: Burberry via Nordstrom /  Stationery: Sixpence Press / Calligraphy: Pretty Pen Jen / Floral Designer: Natalie Bowen Designs / Linens: La Tavola Linens / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Guitarist: Matt Bacon, Paul Morton of San Francisco Conservatory Music to Go / DJ: Kevin O’Scanlon / Catering: California Table / Cake: The Whole Cake / Lighting: Got Light / Hair: Sublime Salon / Makeup: Katie Nash Beauty

    Downey Street Events and Annie McElwain are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.

  • February Wedding at Dogpatch Wineworks

    19 November 2013
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    You might have seen this beautiful wedding pop up for a brief moment a few months ago, until I realized I was supposed to hold the feature until November. Well it’s November! And seeing as this stunning Blackberry Farm wedding from Snippet & Ink Select vendors Calder Clark Designs and A Bryan Photo took place in November, it seems like an excellent time to share it with you…

    Invitations were a mix of classic calligraphy and playful graphics, printed in dark green ink on cream paper.

    The bride’s bouquet included blush pink and white peonies, white anemones, white ranunculus, white garden roses, and white hellebores.

    Flower planters that lined the ceremony aisled did double duty by decorating the edge of the dance floor.

    The couple’s getaway golf cart gets the full treatment, with garlands, purple ribbons, and a calligraphed sign. Seating assignments were displayed on a wall of moss and succulents.

    “My family always opens poppers on Christmas morning, so I thought it would be a fun idea to use poppers as our place cards. Calder Clark and I played around with ideas on what to include and decided to add a toy farm animal to each popper along with the dinner menu. Our guests loved the toys and they added a nice rustic touch to the table.” Place cards, menus, and favors in one!



    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We knew we wanted a destination wedding and somewhere our family and friends could have the opportunity to see each other and really get to know one another. I had this vision of my family and friends having breakfast with Stodd’s and thought it was a cool idea to pick a place where we could take over an entire property and be the only people there. I had long been obsessed with Blackberry Farm and used to joke that I would get married there. Being from Los Angeles, my family thought I was crazy, but the second we arrived for a site visit we knew nowhere else could compare.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I am an interior designer so I looked to interiors a lot for inspiration. I wanted our rehearsal dinner to feel like the way I would want an outdoor dinner party of ours would look like.  With Blackberry Farm as your backdrop you really don’t need to add much, but I wanted to enhance what as already there with jewel tones and an elegant chic feel. I was also obsessed with an Oscar de le Renta advertisement that had a model dancing on a beautiful black and white marble floor. I couldn’t believe Calder Clark and Blossom were able to replicate it for our dance floor!

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  I actually loved the afternoon of the wedding day. Stodd and his friends were playing corn hole and my friends and I were perched on the hillside staring out at the view. It was so fun to be surrounded by our friends and family in a relaxed environment just a couple hours before the big “I Do’s”.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Enjoy it! Being engaged is such a great experience. You have the rest of your lives to be married, but only a short time to really celebrate being engaged with family and friends.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  We created a custom Instagram hashtag that we included on our welcome maps. All our guests really ran with it and we had over 300 photos tagged with #stoddisaluckyguy that we are able to enjoy. It was so fun to be able to see what everyone was doing throughout the day. I love that I can pull up all the photos and relive the weekend.



    Passed Hors D’ouevres: Housemade Potato Chips with Paddlefish Caviar and Creme Fraiche / Benton’s Ham and Onion Tart / Mushroom Bruschetta // First Course: Salad of Purple Mizuna with Local Pears, Elderflower Vinaigrette, and Pecans // Second Course:  Mushroom Risotto with Parmesan Cream and Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette // Third Course: Short Ribs, Crispy Onions, Roasted Cauliflower, and Olive Oil Braised Greens // Dessert: Carrot Cake filled with Homemade Cream Cheese Buttercream

    Photographer: A Bryan Photo / Event Planner: Calder Clark Designs / Venue, Catering: Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee / Floral Designer, Production Team: Blossom Events / Gown: Oscar de la Renta / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bakery: Magpie Cakes / Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals / Tent: Skyline Tent Company/Sperry Tents Southeast / Linens: DC Rental / Lighting: TEC / Rehearsal Dinner Band: Whiskey Rebellion / Ceremony Musician: Mary Ann Fennell / Reception Band: The Maxx / Stationery: Mr. Boddington’s StudioCheree Berry Paper / Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher JonesTraci Green
  • Autumn Wedding at Blackberry Farm

    18 November 2013
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    There’s something so romantic about intimate garden weddings, like this one from photographer Nancy Aidee that took place at The Gardens of Bammel Lane in Houston.

    Caroline and Will wanted a simple wedding, and were inspired by the colors and flowers of spring. Says the bride: “We knew we would have a smaller wedding and wanted an intimate, outdoor setting. We are confirming our vows in the Catholic Church at a later date. It was a perfect and beautiful day in May. I couldn’t ask for more.”

    Guests were greeted with ginger-infused lemonade.

    The menu included sweet potato fries, soft pretzel rolls served with honey butter, buffalo sliders, Gulf shrimp quesadillas, and more. Later in the evening, waiters passed around frozen White Russians and Bourbon pecan bars.


    Photographer: Nancy Aidee / Venue: The Gardens of Bammel Lane in Houston, Texas / Event Planner: Jennifer Hobson of Keely Thorne Events / Gown: Vera Wang “Farrah” via Casa de Novia / Suit, tie, pants: Mens Wearhouse / Bridesmaid Dress: Anthropologie / Stationery: Smock Designs / Signage: Papellerie / Rentals: Events in Bloom, Aztec Events and Tents / Ceremony Music Divisi Strings / Music: Pro Sound / Caterer: A Fare Extraordinaire / Cake: Susie’s Cakes / Valet: Sovereign Services

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  • Gardens of Bammel Lane Wedding in Houston

    13 November 2013
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