After my own wedding, I tell everyone I meet who’s planning a wedding to consider a restaurant venue: they’re intimate, delicious, and the best bang for your buck. Plus, they can be exceptionally beautiful, as evidenced by Kate and Ryan’s intimate celebration…

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  I learned calligraphy and addressed our invitations and place cards by hand. I was obsessed with Happy Menocal invitations but knew that they would be beyond our budget. Instead I purchased a set of greeting cards featuring her watercolor paintings and used my calligraphy skills to turn them into table numbers.

 

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“We booked our venue and set our wedding date four months before getting engaged!” says Kate. “While Ryan was working hard to custom make the engagement ring I had dreamed of, we had a very honest conversation about when and where we wanted our wedding to take place. Given that venues book quickly in New York, especially for fall weddings, we knew we had to start planning even before the ring was on my finger. While it might have seemed anticlimactic to some, I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way. We were able to ensure that we had the exact wedding we wanted and made one of the most important decisions of our lives together, separate from the surprise and intensity of the actual engagement. It was also a lot of fun to email our save-the-dates out the day after we got engaged!”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  One of our biggest passions as a couple is food and wine. Kate cooks, Ryan picks the perfect wine pairing. Frankies was the ideal venue to host our intimate dinner party wedding for our closest friends and family to share with them our love of food and wine. We loved that we could have an intimate ceremony and reception in one location and that because the bare space is already so gorgeous we could achieve a lush ambiance without breaking the bank.

 

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The Ceremony

“We wanted our officiant to be someone we both knew so that the ceremony would be as intimate as possible, so we asked Ryan’s good friend Adam Mann to officiate. We researched traditional ceremony structures online and used those as the architecture from which to craft our own. We provided that architecture to our officiant and let him fill in the blanks, allowing him to personalize it and weave a thread of his own message throughout.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Non-traditional, intimate, happy

What were your vows like?  We found traditional vows online and customized them to pick the parts we both preferred: “I, [speaker’s name], take you, [partner’s name], to be my [husband/wife], to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish as long as we both shall live.”

Ceremony music:  
Processional: Moon River
Recessional: “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys

What were your ceremony readings?  Excerpt from The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach: “A soul mate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soul mate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found our soul mate.”

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  That it was totally us. It was simple, intimate and comfortable.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  We served cocktails to guests upon arrival and people mingled before the ceremony started. I think that sort of greeting helped set the tone for the evening.

 

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The Reception

“Our reception was the perfect dinner party! 60 of our closest friends and family mingled over cocktails and then shared an Italian family style meal. Seeing our friends and family truly enjoying each other was so heart warming. I think as the hosts of a wedding you worry your guests will cling to you and not seize the opportunity to be social. We need not have worried about that! Seeing how happy those closest to us were on the night of our wedding made us feel so loved.”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted the wedding to fee like us! And our guests said that we accomplished that. I wanted to take the beautiful rustic space in Frankies’ backyard and dress it up with lush florals, linens and lots of romantic candlelight, then juxtapose that with the comfort and ease of a family style meal at Frankies – antipasti, meatballs, ever-flowing wine and conversation.

Menu:  First Course: Meat & Cheese Antipasto, Assorted Crostini, Roasted Seasonal Vegetables // Second Course: Escarole with sliced Red Onion & Walnuts, Frankies Greens with Cipollini Vinaigrette // Third Course: Cavatelli with Spicy Sausage & Browned Sage Butter, House-made Gnocchi Marinara & Fresh Ricotta, Frankies Meatballs with Pine Nuts & Raisins // Dessert: Frankies’ Chocolate Ganache Tart, Sugar Sweet Sunshine Cupcakes topped with fresh figs

Did you have a signature cocktail?  The Manhattan, Ryan’s favorite.

 

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What was your first dance song?  We didn’t have one! We aren’t dancers and didn’t want to spend time on traditions that weren’t meaningful to us.

Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  When you’re in your thirties it’s possible your friends are burnt out on playing bridesmaid! We chose not to have a bridal party but we both found ways to include our best friends in our day-of wedding preparations, during the ceremony and throughout the evening that felt more natural to us, including the opportunity to give speeches after dinner. To us, their words were as meaningful as any we could have incorporated into the ceremony and allowing them to truly enjoy the wedding without being “on duty” as part of a bridal party was important to us.

 

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Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  I am particularly in love with the concept of hosting restaurant weddings and think that the value is incomparable. While restaurants might have limitations (for example, no group dancing is allowed at Frankies) they can also provide a focus and intimacy that other venues don’t allow for.

Have a welcome cocktail reception the night before instead of a rehearsal dinner. Don’t be afraid to ask guests to pay for their own drinks!

Given that our wedding was at a restaurant, the menu we selected included desserts. We simply traded one of theirs for our favorite cupcakes and saved a lot of money by forgoing a traditional cake and cake cutting fees.

Since we didn’t have dancing at the reception we saved money by not having a live band or DJ. Instead, Ryan put together a playlist that provided background music for dinner and mingling. We shared the Spotify playlist with guests in a thank you email the next morning.

We used Paperless Post for our save the dates, saving money and trees. We also asked guests to RSVP on our wedding website instead of mailing them in.

We didn’t feel obliged to purchase wedding favors. I think they’re lovely if your budget is bottomless and you find something that people really want to take home, but we wanted to focus our spending on dinner and drinks to ensure guests had a great experience.

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  I really wanted to wear an off the rack dress, not a wedding dress, that I could wear again, but it turned out to be a more difficult search than I expected. Now that Oscar de la Renta has passed, I wish that I would have searched harder and worn something by his label that I could keep for other formal events.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  It’s funny, but I don’t think anyone gave me advice…they might have been scared to! If you know me, you know I’m confident in my own opinion and am usually comfortable trusting my gut. But I definitely second guessed my decisions and my girlfriends were there to offer opinions and reassurance. To a bride that reassurance is all you need – not people telling you what to do!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Do what you want and feel comfortable skirting tradition if it doesn’t suit you. Ryan and I were lucky that we didn’t have to contend with much input or drama from our families. They were very supportive of everything we wanted. I hope that other couples are as lucky – but if they aren’t I would urge them to stand by their vision for their wedding day. I can’t imagine it being worth the work without looking back and feeling confident that we had the exact wedding we wanted.

 

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Photography: Kate Ignatowski / Venue, Catering: Frankies 457 in Brooklyn, New York / Day of Coordination: Elana Delasos / Dress: Carol Hannah / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bracelet: Tom Binns / Earrings: Ben Amun / Suit: Gucci / Tie: Theory / Shoes: Ferragamo / Stationery: Jen Huang Art / Printer: Paper Presentation / Floral Design, Table: Poppies & Posies / Hair: Andy Tseng / Rentals: Atlas Party Rentals, Poppies & Posies / Ceremony Music: International String Trio / Cake, Dessert: Frankies 457Sugar Sweet Sunshine
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  • Brooklyn Wedding at Frankies 457 by Kate Ignatowski

    3 February 2015
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    Do you love vintage inspiration? Or maybe you love all things modern? Why not both! Katie and Justin were able to bring their love of both vintage and modern design to their wedding in a way that worked beautifully. From the bride’s vintage style to the modern ceremony setting, the day was nothing but lovely.

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    Katie accented her dress with lace gloves from BHLDN and a crystal hair pin by Jennifer Behr, highlighting her vintage bridal look. She and her bridesmaids carried bouquets filled with pink peonies.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “My husband and I have a love for art. He is a full-time artist and I am a graphic designer. We choose to be married at the Holland Performing Arts Center. This venue was perfect for us. It offered crisp, urban modernism inside and out with large windows, glass stairs, unique lines, and grey interior. To tie in Justin’s profession, he hand-painted our aisle runner, detailed with classic, structured lines (grey, black, and white) alternating with the contrasting loose, free-form, abstract sections. The aisle was decorated with white stands holding clear-vase floral arrangements full of white flowers and greenery. We sealed our love in front of a gorgeous Jun Kaneko ‘Dango’ sculpture.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Love-filled, personal, unique.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  Our officiant was Chaplain Royal Bush. Before selecting him as our officiant, we met with him a few times and loved his easy going, heartfelt side. He wrote a story of love about us, which was comical yet captured the essence of our love in a magical light.

     

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    Ceremony music:  Processional: Air on the G String, J.S. Bach // Bridal Processional: Prelude from Cello Suite no. 1 in G Major, J.S. Bach // Recessional: Bourree 1 from cello suite no. 3 in c major, J.S. Bach

    Ceremony readings:  First Reading: Cherish Every Moment, by Leslie A. Neilson // Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

    What were your vows like?  I (Katie) wrote my own vows declaring Justin as my best friend, soul mate, husband forever. Always promising to share in his dreams and challenge him professional, emotionally, spiritually. Most importantly with Justin’s love I will be a better person tomorrow than I am today.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Definitely the hand-painted aisle runner – well besides the groom, of course! Months later, we cut-up the runner and framed the pieces as gifts to the wedding party. It’s astonishing to think that everyone who was at our celebration walked on the runner.

     

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    The Reception

    “Our reception was also at the Holland Performing Arts Center in the Scott Recital Hall. We worked with Lovestru.ck Weddings and Events to execute and tailor our wedding to reflect our everyday life. We really wanted to highlight Justin’s painterly side as well as our love for all things vintage and eclectic. The room glowed with 245 candles. A variety of hand-painted hobnail jars, heirloom votives, and holder vases filled the room with a playful romance. Each place setting had a striped place card and a miniature paintbrush (the paintbrush handle specific colors representing food selection for plated meal). Mix and match black and white linens added texture to the room, as well as tall centerpieces full of white lilies and greenery.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  A mix of contemporary and vintage. We wanted to use a variety of colors and textures, yet everything looked like it belonged together. I showed Lovestru.ck images and ideas of what we liked (via Pinterest) and they ran with it!

    First Dance: “Home” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
    Father/Daughter Dance: “Isn’t She Lovely” Stevie Wonder

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Carrot Cakes, Lemon Cakes, and Chocolate Mousse Cakes. Each table had one cake on it as part of the centerpiece.

     

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    Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  Take my word for it, having a photo booth is essential! It captured all of our guests in the moment. I mean, even the conga line went through it! Shots the photographer just won’t get – super special!

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Have help! We hired Lovestru.ck Weddings and Events to help us make our dream a reality!

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Breathe and absorb. Take time to enjoy the planning process. It’s easy to invest a lot of time in your special day, and the day itself flies by in the most beautiful way.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  My favorite moment during the reception was our first dance. Justin and I first danced as husband and wife to “Home,” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Our moves were lively, versus the typical slow first dances. Our guest clapped, whistled, and sang along – positive energy filled the room. I truly was lost in the moment.

     

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    Photography: Megan Pomeroy Photography / Venue: Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha, Nebraska / Event Planning & Design: Lovestru.ck Weddings and Events / Officiant: The Inclusive Life / Dress: Catherine Dean Onyx from BHLDN / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Lace Gloves: Cornelia James Heritage from BHLDN / Hair Pin: Crystal Wing from Jennifer Behr / Earrings: Ben-Amun / Necklace: Swarvoski / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN, Jenny Yoo / Suit: J. Crew / Stationery: Design by bride, Letterpress by Inclosed Studio / Floral Design: Hillis and Company / Hair, Makeup: Kontempo / Rentals: AAA Rentals / Ceremony Music: cellist April Faith-Slaker / Reception Music:  Pam and The Pearls / Catering:  Guckenheimer / Cake, Dessert:  Cupcake Island / Photo Booth: Justin Limoges
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  • Holland Performing Arts Center Wedding by Megan Pomeroy

    20 January 2015
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    I’m always such a sucker for weddings full of Gatsby-era details and inspiration, and Bettina and Daniel’s is a gorgeous example of just why I love them so much! From the Art Deco ceremony “arch” to the bride’s and bridesmaids’ flapper-inspired dresses, from the Art Nouveau invitation to the gold fan adorned wedding cake, you’ll find tons of inspiration for any Gatsby-inspired celebration.

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    “I was very much inspired by the film, Midnight in Paris. I’ve always been such a huge fan of The Lost Generation, Jazz Age, and the Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods, and I loved the film’s modern take on it, so I wanted to recreate that feeling in our wedding,” says Bettina. “Our décor was a reflection of this modern-yet-nostalgic glamour: the ceremony was conducted under a rectilinear arbor wrapped in fan-like foliage and calla lilies, and our reception tables had sequined chevron-patterned linens and crystal, rhinestone, and mirror votives. My florist did a fantastic job creating lush, decorative arrangements that featured huge blossoms with succulents and air plants​.​ My graphic-designer-bridesmaid-friend also illustrated an Erté-like modern flapper on our invitations, which were black with silver and gold foil.”

     

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    “I wore an ivory silk and tulle wedding dress, with delicate beading and rhinestones, that felt very Gatsby, although it was a contemporary design, and I selected silver-sequined dresses for my bridesmaids, made by a company that specializes in Jazz Age and flapper dress replicas.”

     

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    The Ceremony

    “As a person who considers herself the non-conformist, I didn’t think I would want a traditional wedding,” says Bettina, “but that wasn’t the case. I was surprised to find myself really appreciating wedding traditions, from creating and delivering wedding invitations to the traditional format of the wedding day​. I would say many of the elements of our wedding “traditional,” with a twist of individuality.​​​​”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Inspired, non-conformist, nostalgic.

    Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  We live in Manhattan, and we wanted to put some distance between our special day and the typical energy and high stress that defines the “City.” So we chose The Garrison, a venue in upstate New York (45 minutes from Manhattan) that was known for its gorgeous views in the spring and, very importantly to us, its fantastic food.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  ​A very good friend of mine from law school happens to also be an officiant, so that was a no-brainer choice for us. It was a family affair, actually, because his wife was a bridesmaid and their two children were my flower girls!​ ​ ​

    What was your ceremony music?  The processional was Jose Gonzalez’s version of “Heartbeats” (originally by The Knife). Daniel and I really love this song. The recessional was the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s song, “Hysteric.” We both are huge fans of the band and this song seemed very fitting.

    What were your vows like?  We wrote our vows together, and then we each wrote a short, personal message, which we chose not share with each other until our wedding day.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  My favorite moment​ was when I shared my personal message with Daniel. His eyes welled with tears when I said aloud, “I have loved you for a very long time.” I had never seen him shed tears before, and it was such a beautiful moment – the sun was literally sparkling through the windows into our ceremony – that my voice broke and I had to pause before continuing. I don’t think our love has ever been more palpable.

    Is there anything else you’d like to share about your ceremony?  As an agnostic, I knew from the outset that I did not want a religious ceremony, which could have caused some issues with my in-laws, who are Christian. But they were such good sports about absolutely everything – including the fact that the ceremony would not be religious – that I wanted to give something in return: I asked my father-in-law to read aloud a blessing and prayer during our ceremony. I think it meant a lot to him, which in turn made me very happy. ​

     

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    The Reception

    “I really wanted to make sure every visual and sensorial element was carefully considered – that everything felt authentic to my husband and me – so I was hands on with all my vendors. But the most important thing was that at the end of the day, the only thing that mattered is that we had fun. There comes a point in time when you have to stop planning and nitpicking and just focus on the family and friends who show up especially for you!”

     

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    First dance song:  Our first dance song was “All I Want Is You” by U2, which my best friend, Ted, sang and played on his guitar. U2 was a childhood favorite for all three of us (Daniel, Ted, and me), and that particular song – especially the title – encapsulated how Daniel and I felt about each other pretty accurately!

    Father/daughter, mother/son dance:  My father’s favorite song is “Unchained Melody” – he used to make me play that piece on the piano thousands of times! Although the lyrics totally didn’t fit, I couldn’t think of a better song to share with him. D​aniel danced ​with his mother to “​​Forever Young” ​by Bob Dylan​, which is one of her favorite songs. ​

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  We did! All our guests received custom 5-spice Asian bitters as a favor,​ which could be added to alcohol or tea (you can even cook with it). The bar served the bitters in our signature cocktail, and guests got to keep a sample.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  As is traditional Chinese custom, I changed into a qi pao dress that I had custom-made for my wedding. While I was changing into my qi pao, my mother and aunts (her sisters) spent time adorning me with a ton of gold jewelry that is passed from generation to generation, which was a really beautiful moment.

    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  There was a lot of DIY! I was very hands-on with the whole process, from conceptualizing our motif and the illustration for the invitation, to working on our our wedding website, to creating wedding favors. And I had a lot of help: my friend and bridesmaid is a graphic designer and illustrator, so she helped me with the visuals and the invitations, menus, and signage; my cousin-in-law helped with the wedding favors.

     

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    What type of cake or dessert did you serve? ​ Our cake was so delicious. It was an angel food cake filled with strawberry ​preserves and ​​​white​ ​chocolate​ ​mousse.​ I found some inspiration online for an “art deco” cake design and asked our pastry chef to re-create that feeling.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Make sure to set aside time for you and your groom to eat. We served delicious food, but we neither Daniel nor I had much of a chance to eat!

    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  I​ would have​ done a sound check before the wedding! The only issue I had with my wedding at all was that the speakers were way too loud for a portion of the ceremony and reception.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Our wedsite!

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  My favorite moment was actually when my husband and I had a chance to sneak away from the party. We spent so much time speaking with and thanking our guests that we didn’t have much time for each other. It was really lovely to step away for the moment, sit outside with our shoes off under the moonlight and stars, hand-in-hand, my head on his shoulder, and just ​enjoy the happy quiet.

     

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    Photography: Karen Kristian / Venue: The Garrison in Garrison, New York / Event Planning & Design: Bettina Chin / Dress: Pronovias / Rhinestone Headband: Jennifer Behr / Bridesmaid Dresses: The Chevron Tabard from LeLuxe Clothing / Suit, Tie: Burberry / Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent / Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang / Stationery: Naomi Otsu Illustration and Design / Floral Design: Lee Vasquez Floral Design / Hair: Aut Sivongxay / Ceremony Music: The Metropolitan Hot Club / DJ: Jason Scott Henderson / Cake: The Pastry Garden
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  • Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding by Karen Kristian

    19 January 2015
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    Amy and Greg wanted a wedding that focused more on the friends and family gathered to celebrate, than on making a big production. The result was an intimate summer wedding at a favorite restaurant – proof that small and simple can be just perfect…

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    From Lidia of La Fleuriste, a Snippet & Ink Select vendor: “Amy had mentioned an affinity for smaller blooms, such as lily of the valley, spray roses, etc. Her bouquet included a variety of petite garden roses, sweet peas, sweet basil, lisianthus, lily of the valley, ranunculus, and accents of organic greens. Her head wreath was made with lily of the valley and creeping fig.”

     

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    The Ceremony

    More from Lidia: “I loved the process of working with Amy on her wedding flowers. She was such a sweet bride! She contacted me after seeing my work on Snippet & Ink, and in the months that followed, we met in person and exchanged numerous emails about flowers, vases, and inspiration. Amy wanted a very classic look – focusing on white flowers with hints of natural greenery. She mentioned that Greg’s father was Italian and this became a subtle theme for the day. It was also appropriate given the venue for the wedding. As part of the altar décor we used olive branches featured in Tuscan cachepots. I even included stems of sweet basil in her bouquet.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Short, simple, traditional.

    How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  I looked up “Traditional Roman Catholic Vows” on Google and followed that. What was important to us was that they were the same words that many other people had said before us.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  Greg’s dad officiated our ceremony. It just seemed like a natural fit.

    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  Our ceremony was very minimalist: the traditional walk down the aisle, giving away of the bride, the vows themselves, and the kiss. We didn’t have any readings. I would just say to other brides who are planning and who might be like me and thinking that to have a ceremony that is long and/or personalized is somehow going to be boring for people (or for you!), really give it a lot of thought before making that decision. You want to show everybody a good time, but you also want to put the appropriate emphasis on what this day is all about.

    What was your ceremony music?  My processional music was a lovely instrumental song by a Welsh band called Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci called The Blues Trees from the album of the same name. Our recessional song was also by that band and from that album and it is called Fresher than the Sweetness in Water.

    What were your vows like?  Taken from the Internet, we did not write them ourselves, but after reflecting back, we both wish we’d written at least part of the ceremony ourselves. It was great to have the tradition, but the ceremony didn’t end up feeling personal enough for us.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The kiss.

     

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    The Reception

    “We knew that, to save money, we wanted to have our reception and ceremony in the same place. And we couldn’t imagine having a reception in a place that did not have amazing, rustic, delicious food and great wine and cocktails. Plus Pizzaiolo is one of Greg’s parents’ favorite restaurants. And also they have a beautiful backyard, complete with a fountain and a bocce court.”

     

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    How would you describe your reception?  Like a big dinner party.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The simplicity and conviviality of both weddings in the first Godfather movie.

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  We had two. Mine was something called Smoke and Flowers (it involves, among other things, smoky scotch and St. Germain) from Hotel Delmano in Brooklyn (where we live). And Greg’s was a classic Negroni.

    What was your wedding menu?  To be completely honest with you, I can’t remember. We didn’t know what our menu would be until we arrived at the wedding (they shop for a wedding dinner a lot like any other dinner service there, using the greenmarket), and we were so busy talking and introducing ourselves to people that we didn’t really have time to take in the name of each dish. I do remember that all of the food was rustic, simple, and delicious, and that everybody loved it.

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  In honor of Italy, America, and my family’s love of this kind of ice cream, we had a Neapolitan cake, with alternating layers of strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla cake – naked, so you could see the layers and frosted with an Italian meringue buttercream with chopped up strawberries in between.

     

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    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  They’re not pictured, but I made our save the dates out of vintage airmail stationary using the font from Moonrise Kingdom. It’s a hand-drawn font, but I got a printout of all the letters and numbers and then using airmail paper (which happens to be transparent) traced the letters onto the page. I was pretty proud of myself.

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  It’s not about the wedding; it’s about the marriage.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Nothing will matter more to you on that day than being surrounded by people you love and who love you. Make your guest list your number one priority.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  If you pick a space (or spaces) with good design built in, you will have to pay less to embellish it and you will also have less to worry about. Pick people whose work you really love and feel a connection to and then see what they can do within your budget. I was very lucky with my photographer and my florist – I never felt pressured to spend more than I had and I always felt they were excited to work with me, on my side, and wanted to create something beautiful and cool. I also think that a wedding doesn’t have to be at all splashy and in fact some of the best weddings are the ones that are the most humble and modest. It’s really about the people you have there and the connection you feel with them.

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Cutting the cake was fun, because it’s such an iconic moment. Plus we hadn’t seen the cake before, and it was so beautiful.

     

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    Photography: Kristen Wood / Venue, Catering, Coordination: Pizzaiolo Restaurant in Oakland, California / Dress: Leanne Marshall / Shoes: Kate Spade / Groom’s Suit: Bindle and Keep / Tie by Penguin / Shoes: Cole Haan / Floral Design, Floral Crown: La Fleuriste / Stationery: Rifle Paper Co. / Rentals: Event Magic / Cake, Dessert: Kiri Mah
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  • Oakland Wedding at Pizzaiolo by Kristen Wood

    12 January 2015
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    Happy New Year! I can think of no better way to ring in 2015 than with this cheery ranch wedding – sweet yellow flowers, an elegantly rustic outdoor setting, classic bridal style. Gorgeous!

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    Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  Something old: My veil has been worn my all the women on my mom’s side of the family dating back to my great grandmother. Something new: My dress. Something borrowed/blue: My mom’s sapphire and pearl horse shoe pin that my grandmother gave her on her wedding day to my dad. It was originally gifted to her by my grandfather for an anniversary gift. My sister and I both borrowed it for our wedding days.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “For as long as I can remember, I wished that one day I would be married at my family’s ranch. It is a place rooted in memories, family, love and tradition. The ceremony took place under a large madrone tree which was planted by my grandfather. My sister was also married under the madrone the year before.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Classic, Cheerful, Warm

    Who officiated your ceremony?  The same priest who married my parents and my sister also married us. He and my father lived together in college and he has been a dear friend of our family for my entire life. We were married under the Madrone tree where my sister had been married the year before and our yellow lab, Purdey was our ring barrier.

    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  The ceremony and vows were traditional, but we did add a few traditions of our own including a bag piper, bluegrass band, our dog Purdy the ring bearer, and a Scottish hymn performed by Paul’s cousins.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  The ceremony music began with a bagpiper who lead our guests to their seats and the rest of the music was instrumental and preferred by a bluegrass band. The processional song I chose for our parents and grandparents was Red River Valley. I chose this because it reminds me of the ranch and it is also known as the Cowboy Wedding Song. My bridesmaids processed to Here Comes The Sun, and my dad and I walked down the isle to Wild Mountain Thyme. Paul’s cousins and aunt sang “Wild Mountain Thyme” during the ceremony. It is such a beautiful Scottish hymn and was definitely one of the highlights for me.

    What were your ceremony readings?  “On Love” by Thomas Kempis, “Love is an Adventure” by Pierre Tielhart de Chardin, and “Wedding Prayer” by Robert Lewis Stevenson was printed on the back of our programs.

    What were your vows like?  We said traditional vows.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Paul and all of our friends and family standing and smiling at me. It all seemed to hit me at once and I was overwhelmed with happiness. I remember my lower lip was uncontrollably quivering and it took everything I had not to burst into happy tears.

     

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    The Reception

    “Our reception was light hearted, boisterous, farm to table, yellow, rustic and romantic. Our band had tons of energy and had everyone out on the dance floor after dinner – they played 30 minutes past their contract! We also had bistro lighting strung over the pool and large paper globe lanterns hanging in the oak trees over the dance floor that helped create the warm and majestic ambiance I was after.”

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your reception?  Our cocktail reception opened into the ceremony area once the chairs were moved. Our dinner reception area was around the pool also adjacent to the ceremony location.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I was inspired by the idea of an outdoor French, Provence bistro. I imagined lots of yellow, garden roses, herbs, bistro lights natural wood and stripes! I also love texture and wanted everything to be in keeping with the natural beauty of the ranch.

    Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  One of my favorite details was our escort card table. We had them set up on a rustic, vintage wagon with antique bottles filled with posies and herbs.

     

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    Menu:
    signature cocktail: firefly sweet tea vodka, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, sparkling water, mint // amuse: sweet white corn soup with dungeness crab, basil and chili oil // salad: frog hollow grilled peaches, county line arugula, endive and butter lettuce, with sherry vinaigrette, marcona almonds and chevré // entree: rack of lamb with marble potatoes, sea salt and local cress, with gypsy peppers, toy box eggplant, baby artichokes, summer squash and mediterranean salsa verde // dessert: passed chocolate and salted caramel pots de creme / gourmet s’mores station / coconut pineapple wedding cake with cream cheese frosting

    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  My mom and I spent several weekends and week nights making rosemary olive oil bottles, rosemary sea salt favors, welcome candy bags and tying ribbons to everything. For the rosemary sea salt favors we got small Weck jars and filled them with rosemary sea salt. The labels said “Rosemary sea salt to remember our day,” as rosemary is the symbol of remembrance. It was all very time consuming, but we had fun with it, and lots of laughs!

     

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    What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance?  Paul and I danced to “Rose of My Heart” by Johnny Cash and “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher” by Jackie Wilson. My dad came out to the dance floor with the theme song from The Good, Bad and the Ugly (a tradition my sister started the year before) and we danced to “Do You Believe In Magic” by The Lovin’ Spoonful. Paul and his mom danced to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  It all goes so fast, so remember take a few private moments to take it all in.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Try to have fun and enjoy the process as much as you can. Stress is inevitable, but at the end of the day, it should be an enjoyable experience.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  By the end of the night our two family’s were on the stage with the band, screaming whatever song they were singing at the top of our lungs and all of the men had their shirts ripped open.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  This is a tough question…sabering the champagne and cutting our cake was a special moment that I will remember forever.

     

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    Photography: Silvana di Franco / Event Planning & Design: MAP Events / Venue: Private Family Ranch in Gilroy, California / Dress: Oscar de la Renta / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Stationery: Bella Figura / Calligraphy: Papineau Calligraphy / Floral Design: Brown Paper Design / Hair, Makeup: Sarah Hyde / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Ceremony Music: The Get Down Boys / Band: Notorious / Catering: Sage Catering / Cake: SusieCakes / Linens: La Tavola / Lighting: Got Light

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  • California Ranch Wedding by Silvana Di Franco

    5 January 2015
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