This week I shared some pics of Caroline’s first birthday party over on Oh So Beautiful Paper, and as you can probably tell from the photos, I had a lot of fun with planning and crafting for it. I spent hours making paper flowers, and then making party hats, and then attaching paper flowers to party hats. I messed up the malted chocolate pots de creme, but had my heart set on serving them (in the cute little yogurt jars I’d saved!), so I made them twice. I took great advantage of my mom and sisters’ help in finishing up the dessert table and setting everything up. I totally forgot to change into my cute shoes so I’m wearing beat up ballet flats in all the photos. And, as I said over on OSBP, it turned out to be a really special day, which had little to do with all the details I planned, and had everything to do with the friends and family who helped us celebrate our daughter. 

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There are two takeaways I hope I can convey here. The first is that, with any party or celebration, big or small, the people are the point, and the details matter only inasmuch as they contribute to the experience. The second is that, details are totally fun, but don’t freak out if you can’t finish every DIY project you had in mind, or if you can’t afford to have 100 custom picnic baskets made, or garden roses are out of season and therefore unavailable, or whatever it is that you have your heart set on for your wedding. Because your wedding is not the last party you’ll ever get to throw. It might be the biggest, at least in terms of number of guests, but it certainly doesn’t have to be the last. There will be birthdays, anniversaries, holidays – lots of opportunities for fringe-topped swizzle sticks, hand-written menus, or maybe a vase overflowing with garden roses. No need to make yourself crazy trying to cram them all into your wedding day! Do as much as is fun for you, and save the rest for another time.

And with that, I leave you with a handful of weekend links!

The best way to reheat pizza.

What’s wrong with marriage in the movies.

I generally don’t spend this much on shoes, but I absolutely love these dressy flats.

School playgrounds from Kenya to Japan.

Candy corn on the cob is kind of hilarious.

The ultimate crostini station.

Secrets to decorating like the French. (I’m not convinced the French do everything better, but I do love Parisian interiors…)

I also love classic American design, like these cozy throws.

 

In case you missed it, this week on Snippet & Ink:

Boho-chic bride in this New Orleans wedding.
Spring Texas wedding with a kazoo processional.
Laid-back barn wedding on the California coast.
Preppy nautical wedding on Lake Tahoe, plus their wedding ceremony.
Some favorite ways to use fall leaves in your wedding.
Words to Love By from Audrey Hepburn.

 

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From Meagan:  “I just remember laughing endlessly almost the entire day. Sara & Rocky caught a few amazing moments, but this one of both me and Kyle enjoying my dad’s speech is one of my favorites!”

 


From Kyle: “My favorite is one captured of us on the boat after the ceremony. We love being on the water (the whole wedding was nautical) and it was awesome to enjoy that boat ride together.”

 

Photos by Sara & Rocky. See Meagan and Kyle’s wedding feature right HERE.

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One of the things I miss most about living in Wisconsin is the fall leaves – we just don’t get them like that in this part of California! I’ve chosen mostly muted tones here – browns and golds – and since it’s still just the beginning of fall, there’s some green mixed in there, too. How would you use fall foliage in your wedding or party?

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1. braid with fall ivy  //  2. golden oak leaf wreath  //  3. magnolia leaf escort cards  //  4. leaf stenciled cake  //  5. autumn leaf chair swags  //  6. pressed leaf cupcake toppers  //  7. dramatic arrangement with branches  //  8. bouquet with fall leaves  //  9. wine bottle decoration  //  10. foliage wedding arch

 

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Not quite ready to say goodbye to summer? I can’t blame you, especially when we’ve got a totally fun Lake Tahoe summer wedding to inspire us today. A few favorite things about this wedding? The lakeside setting, the sailboat table numbers, that the bride changed into her grandmother’s wedding dress for the reception, and the groom changed into shorts! Also, if you’re having a friend officiate your wedding and need some inspiration, do not miss Meagan and Kyle’s full ceremony!

SEE THE GALLERY FOR EVEN MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS LAKE TAHOE WEDDING BY SARA & ROCKY PHOTOGRAPHY.

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The Venue

“Lake Tahoe is a special place for me and Kyle,” says Meagan. “We’ve been coming up to the mountains from the Bay Area since we started dating both to ski in the winter as well as adventure and enjoy the water in the summer months. We considered a variety of different locations in the area, but after Kyle’s company hosted an awesome Fourth of July party at Gar Woods, we knew it was the perfect fit. The lakeside location is unbeatable, but what made the location a good fit was the great attitude of the restaurant staff – we knew they’d help us achieve our ultimate goal which was to throw an awesome celebration with our family and friends.”

 

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The Ceremony

“Our ceremony was extremely personal,” shares Meagan. “Our officiant was a family friend who I grew up with, and who ended up becoming close friends with Kyle when we first started dating. So, he knew us both extremely well, and he knew our relationship. He did a great job telling personal stories, while also including some jokes and fun anecdotes so that the whole thing didn’t seem to serious. I’m not a crier, but Kyle had tears in his eyes almost the whole time, which was really sweet, and kept me laughing throughout the ceremony.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Personal, Happy, Reflective.

How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  Since this was the first wedding that Graham had performed, we had to figure it all out as we went. We had no idea what we wanted, so we started with talking to our friends and family, and learning how other people had done it. Graham did a lot of legwork to create an outline for the ceremony and then we tweaked it from there. He also interviewed each of us separately and wove the stories that we told about each other into the ceremony. We knew we wanted my twin brother to do a reading and we looked all over the internet for the passage or story that would be the perfect fit and couldn’t find anything right. Our officiant had requested advice from each of our parents (both sets married over 30 years), and when we were about to settle on a reading, Graham suggested that my brother read our parents’ advice to Kyle and me instead of a more traditional reading. We loved it!

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  I am so happy that we asked our friend Graham to officiate the ceremony – he did a better job than I ever could have imagined. He was able to speak personally about us, and our relationship over the past ten years, and I loved how he still kept it light and celebratory.

SEE THE FULL TEXT OF MEAGAN AND KYLE’S WEDDING CEREMONY HERE.

 

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The Reception

“Kyle proposed to me on a sailboat and we’ve always loved boating and the water, so it was no question that our wedding was going to be unabashedly nautical. (Kyle called it ‘extreme nautical.’) So I was really inspired by boating culture and the water. Other than that, we both agreed that we wanted our wedding to be a joyful celebration with family and friends, so we tried to stay focus on that as the goal for the event.”

 

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Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  One detail that was really special to me was my grandmother’s dress. I have had my maternal grandmother’s dress in my closet since I was a kid, and always wanted to wear it for my wedding. Since it is a tea-length dress, I opted to wear a classic long dress for the ceremony, and change into my grandmother’s dress for the reception. Putting it on was really special, and seeing the reaction of my family members (some who had even been at my grandmother’s wedding over 50 years earlier!) was really awesome. It was a special way to honor her. I wasn’t the only one with a costume change – Kyle and his groomsmen also changed into shorts, which was only fitting since he runs the American-made shorts company Chubbies Shorts (many of the guests were wearing shorts too).

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  It’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite moment because the every second of the day was magical! I especially loved taking the boat-ride after the ceremony with Kyle and my parents. We were on such a high from the ceremony, it was really awesome to escape for a moment with just us – not to mention to be on a stunning boat ride and looking back at all of our closest family and friends on shore!

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Enjoy it! There is absolutely nothing like having your family and friends gathered to celebrate your relationship!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Don’t forget why you’re doing this! Your wedding is about you-the bride and groom- and your love. if something doesn’t feel right, don’t waste your time and money.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  I was completely shocked with how expensive everything wedding-related is! My advice is to be mindful of everything you’re spending and don’t lose sight of your budget. We prioritized the items on our budget early-on, so that if costs changed, we knew where we should cut things. Since our top priority was enjoying the special time with our family and friends, location, bar and music were top priorities. From there, I knew photography was going to be the next most important, and we were lucky enough to find Sara & Rocky who were a great fit!  //  Thankfully, I really love projects and was able to save money by creating some of the decor and other details. My mom helped make the table-runners and my maid of honor spent an afternoon with me creating the fun flag bunting that we used to line the balcony. I was also lucky enough to have a friend set up our photo-booth for us (really easy if you have a camera, tri-pod, and a willing friend!).

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Kyle and I have been together for over 10 years, and we started dating when we were 19, so our history together played a huge part in this celebration. There were so many things that had special meaning to us!

 

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Photographer: Sara & Rocky Photography / Event Planner: One Fine Day Events / Venue: Garwoods Pier and Grill / Bride’s Dress:  WToo Mimi / Veil: January Rose Boutique / Shoes: JCP, Brian Atwood / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Bow Tie: Kiel James Patrick / Shirt: J.Crew / Bridesmaids Dresses: Love Lane via Bella Bridesmaid / Groomsmen Bow Ties: Sperry Top-siders / Pants: J.CrewChubbies Shorts / Floral Design: Amanda Drobnica, Jiosia Designs / Rentals: Crux Events / Band: Orella Entertainment Group, Smash City Band  / Cake: Barbara Mott, One Divine Cake / Boat: Wild Goose II  / Videography: Natasha Drobina / Makeup: Kari Addison Beauty / Hair: Elyssa Corson, Greco Rose

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