I first saw a little peek at this stunner of a wedding from Bespoke Only on their website, and months later I am finally getting to share it with you! New York’s Metropolitan Building, filled with hundreds of candles, flowers by Saipua, golden details… Not to mention, every single one of Pat Furey‘s photos from this wedding deserves it’s own post – scroll down or check out the gallery and you’ll see what I mean.

The bride designed her elegant beaded wedding gown.

The couple wanted their wedding to be both sophisticated and unexpected, beautiful and quirky, with a thoughtful, intimate ceremony where the string quartet played a rendition of Smells Like Teen Spirit – how’s that for unexpected?!

Throughout the wedding, the old blended with the new, for a classic-meets-modern charm, starting with the invitation suite. Chocolate bars at each place setting acted as both favor and place card. Inspired by Mast Brothers Chocolate, each bar was wrapped in fleur de lys patterned paper (the symbol of Florence, where the bride and groom first met) and finished with a kraft label name tag.


Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  From the bride: We loved the quirky yet classic and intimate vibe. // From Bespoke Only: The venue was chosen for its unique charm and nostalgic sense of history behind the walls. Being furnished as if it were a private home and filled with intriguing antique finds, Metropolitan Building provided the perfect backdrop for a grand affair

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  From the bride: Romance and fun. Mark and I wanted something special for our big day. Something classic, beautiful, aesthetically minded, yet raucous, quirky, unexpected. // From Bespoke Only: Megan and Mark’s shared appreciation for the beauty of European art and history naturally became the focus of the event. As they are two very fun-loving people, we wanted to keep their personalities in mind when designing, to create a day that was not only classic and sophisticated but also fun with an edge. We approached the overall design with a modern take on the classic elements.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  From the bride: The ceremony and seeing my grandmother in a gorilla suit at the photo booth. // From Bespoke Only: As the wedding was held the weekend before Halloween, a whole room was dedicated to the most awesome props collected by the bride for the photo booth, including a vintage E.T. mask from the 80′s! With a rack of costumes, funky masks, and trunks full of quirky little props, the room could be easily mistaken for a cool pop-up shop in New York City’s West Village. The end result? Some of the most fun photo booth photos ever

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  From start to finish, Melissa [from Bespoke Only] handled all our demands with ease. Not only did she seamlessly create our wedding day vision but she consistently made thoughtful suggestions and improvements that elevated the design beyond where we could have taken it on our own. Many thanks to her and our very talented dream team everything (food, music, flowers) turned out well above our expectations. It really was the most special and magical day a girl could dream of.

Photography: Pat Furey Photography / Venue: Metropolitan Building in Queens, New York / Event Planning, Design, Stationery: Bespoke Only / Floral Design: Saipua / Officiant: Jeddah Vailakis / Wedding Catering: Jewels of New York / Cake: Hope, Faith & Gluttony Bakery / Music: Tribute String Quartet of Lucy Music / DJ: Jason Fioto of Generation Events / Photobooth: We Love Photobooths / Bridal Suite: Soho House / Wedding Dress: designed by the bride / Hair: Andreas of Chris Chase Salon / Makeup: Nam Vo

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  • Moody Fall Wedding at Metropolitan Building

    29 January 2014
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    This bride’s romantic style is absolutely breathtaking… the cowl-neck gown, the 20′s style Juliet cap veil, the ballet slippers… and it all fits so perfectly against the backdrop of Laguna Gloria, with delicious flowers by one of our Select vendors, STEMS.

    Kate’s inspiration? Simply, “Bay laurel and Cynthia Warren’s work.”

    We’ve heard of a few couples who choose to have a private meal before joining their guests – I love this idea! For Kate and David, it was the best part of the day: “David and I had a secret meal upstairs in the house after our pictures, before being presented. Meg (the amazing caterer) had a table set, with champagne and (very) full plates. I have never felt so excited or childish… I couldn’t even sit still for two seconds. I was scarfing my food standing up (it was all so insanely delicious) while running over to look out at our guests, and then back to sit with David, then champagne. We both needed good food badly, and more importantly, a little moment of privacy after such a significant ceremony, and that set us up to feel even better going into the rest of the night.”



    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  It speaks for itself, really.  We knew we wanted to be married outside, and for the whole night to feel casual, comfortable, and classic, too, of course. We loved being near the water, and in so much lush greenery. The architecture of the house itself is so beautiful. David is from Houston and was actually born in Austin, while I am from Louisiana, originally. I had always imagined being married in Louisiana, so we went back and forth in deciding what state. Ultimately, Austin felt right in the end since this is really where we started our life together, and Laguna Gloria was hands down the only venue that made sense for our vibe.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  It was overall pretty traditional. We had a traditional Episcopal service, with traditional classical music played on strings. David and I didn’t see one another all day. I wore the whole ‘something old, something new something borrowed, something blue’. We were presented as a couple. I tossed the bouquet, and at the end of the night, David drove us off.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  So much good advice – none of which actually means anything until the weekend arrives. Like: Delegate! Your loved ones offer to help and truly mean it – so involving people to help you out is a good thing. You can’t do it all yourself (this was a hard one for me)!

    What advice do you have for other brides?  It of course will not be perfect because nothing is. There will be plenty of small things you care about that don’t look right, or even bigger things that aren’t what you had in mind, but it really doesn’t matter in the end. Everyone still has a blast. It’s such an amazing and surreal weekend of events – there will likely be no other time in your life when people come from all over to celebrate you and your partner. It’s an incredibly humbling and sacred time, so be full of gratitude and relish in it. As you will hear often: don’t sweat the small (or big) stuff. If you decide to have a big ceremony/reception and go forth with the whole kit and kaboodle, know there will be drama, no matter how chill of a person you are. The good news, is that there will be some tough but worthwhile growing pains in the process – you learn a lot about your own and your partner’s (and your families’) priorities, expectations and temperaments.

    Photography: The Nichols / Venue: Art Museum of Austin in Austin, Texas / Day-of Coordinator: Casey Dennis, DNA Events Austin / Floral Designer: STEMS Floral Design / Officiant: Reverend David Boyd / Bride’s Dress, Veil: Jenny Kim Couture / Shoes: Chloe / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Tie: Vaida / Letterpress: Carriage House Design Company  / Rentals: Marquee, Whim / Music: Figure Eight / Catering, Cake: Meg Schwarz of Spoon & Co / Calligrapher: Mia Carameros / Makeup: Avery Allen

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  • Garden Party Wedding at Laguna Gloria

    16 January 2014
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    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…

    Annie McElwain, Downey Street Events | Snippet & Ink Annie McElwain, Downey Street Events | Snippet & Ink

    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

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  • February Wedding at Dogpatch Wineworks

    19 November 2013
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