A lovely lighthouse wedding from Erin McGinn today… how gorgeous is this bride’s dress?! She was inspired by her rose gold engagement ring, and I can totally see that blush color echoed in the sequined ribbons on her gown…

The bride’s bouquet included pale pink and yellow garden roses and a variety of foliage. Says the bride, “I had my grandmother’s lace handkerchief wrapped around my floral bouquet. As my mother walked me down the isle, it was great to know that my grandmother was right there with us.”

“As residents of Newport, Rhode Island, we could not have chosen a better place to encompass all that we love and enjoy together then at the Hyatt Regency Newport. The location is absolutely beautiful, with a panoramic view of Newport Harbor.”



What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  What truly inspired me when planning our wedding was my engagement ring. The ring is made of rose gold and diamonds, and its whimsical and vintage look really helped me choose the overall theme and elements of our wedding.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Our favorite moment of the day was when we were introduced as husband and wife at our reception. We came out as Mr. and Mrs Anton. to one of our favorite songs, “Howlin’ For You” by the Black Keys. As we were dancing, we were completely in our own element and enjoying every part of the moment.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Your ceremony concludes, and you are introduced as husband and wife for the very first time. As you turn toward your family and friends, pause together and take that moment to look around at all the people who came to share and join in celebrating your marriage. It is truly an amazing experience.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Stop, breathe, pause, and look around you. Take in and really enjoy every moment with your new husband. It is the beginning of your new life together, so make sure to take mental snapshots of all of your favorite moments.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Budget tip number one, STICK TO YOUR BUDGET! Financial stress is not a good way to start off a marriage. Although it is very difficult to not get caught up in the trendy fashions of designing your ultimate wedding, just remember that the day is about you and not all of the accoutrements.

Photographer: Erin McGinn / Venue, Catering: Hyatt Regency in Newport, Rhode Island / Floral Designer: Greenlion Weddings / Hair: Ra-New / Makeup: Jenny Graham / Dress: Lindee Daniel / Accessories: Andria Bird Bride / Cake: Scrumptions / Rentals: Rentals Unlimited / Music: Luke Renchan Entertainment / Suit, shirt, tie: Jos A Bank / Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew / Flower girl dresses: Little Dreamer Tutus / Stationery: Lauren Anton, Illustration
  • Lighthouse Wedding in Rhode Island

    5 December 2013
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    I just love the glow of winter weddings like this one from Studio Castillero – especially in such a uniquely beautiful venue! Romantic flowers by Twig & Twine.

    “It sounds cheesy but really my favorite and most memorable moment was right before I walked down the aisle,” says the bride. “Sebastian and I chose not to do a first look which made the moment even more exciting. After the bridesmaids had all walked down the aisle and my favorite song started playing, I remember standing there arm and arm with my dad and time really stood still. It was definitely a surreal moment for me.”

    “I love when places feel comfortable and inviting so I wanted our wedding to have that warm and cozy feeling. I’m also very inspired by things that are vintage and used – I’m pretty sure these influences came from my great grandmother; we were very close and she would never buy anything new – she either made it herself or turned old things into new treasures.”

    “The day passes by so quickly so don’t get too caught up in the small details. Make the planning part fun and enjoyable. So many brides go crazy trying to make everything perfect but when it comes down to it, no one really cares what color the table linens are – everyone is there to celebrate your love for each other so don’t lose sight of that.”



    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We wanted the wedding to be convenient for us, our wedding party and most of all our friends and family, so we knew we wanted to stay in Los Angeles. Also, everyone who knows us knows that we are homebodies and love where we live so it was no surprise that we stayed close to home. We both fell in love with Carondelet when we first visited – it was close to where we live and it felt like walking into someone’s amazing old home.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding? At our rehearsal dinner my mom presented me with the ring that she bought when I was born and has worn every day up until my wedding. It was a really nice tradition that I hope to pass along to my own children.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I was given for my wedding day was to only drink one glass of champagne. I was so nervous that I was tempted to drink a whole bottle to settle my nerves but I’m so glad I stuck to only one glass the whole night because now I remember every second of it. The best advice I received for marriage was from my aunt and uncle who have been married since high school. I expected them to say marriage is great and perfect, but instead they told me marriage is really hard and you have to work at it everyday, so don’t go into it thinking it will always be easy. If you understand ahead of time that you will face some difficult times, you will be able to get through almost anything together.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides? What worked for me was setting a very strict budget upfront and planning everything else to fit within that budget. If something would cause us to go over budget I would cut back and revise – it also forces you to get more creative which is always a good thing.

    Photographer: Studio Castillero / Event Design: Twine Events / Floral Design: Heather Williams, Twig & Twine / Venue: Carondelet House in Los Angeles, California / Officiant: Deidra Gray-Breijo / Dress, Veil: L’ezu / Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Hair band: Stephanie Browne / Suit: Barneys / Shirt: Theory / Tie: Skinny Vinny Bowtie / Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo / Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew / Stationery: Indie Printing / Rentals: Town & Country / Music: Tony Liebetrau from Red Shoe LA / Cake: Sweet & Saucy / Videographer: McDuff Productions / Photobooth: AmigoBooth

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  • Winter Wedding at Carondelet House

    4 December 2013
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    Snippet & Ink Select vendor Jeremy Harwell shared this gorgeous, elegant Atlanta wedding with us, and I just know you’ll love it – from the bride’s romantic gown to the delicious Southern menu, it’s full of inspiration!

    “I incorporated the tradition of having something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue,” says Brittany. “My something old was my grandmother’s cross necklace that she gave me before she passed away. My something new was the earrings Jake gave me the day of the wedding as a gift. My something borrowed was my hair accessory/comb and my something blue was my garter.”

    The bride on her favorite part of the day: “When the doors of the church opened and I saw Jake for the first time at the other end of the aisle. We had decided that we would not see each other before the ceremony the day of the wedding as we wanted to keep with tradition. I remember the day going by so fast but when the doors of the church sanctuary opened and I saw Jake for the first time, time seemed to stop for a minute. I remember that at that moment all of my nerves and anxiousness went away and it felt like it was only the two of us in the room. It was such an amazing moment and one I will never forget.”

    The Southern menu included smoked sausage, chicken salad pinwheels, and pimento cheese on crackers for appetizers; barbecue pork, barbecue chicken, and burnt ends, mac and cheese, baked beans, and mini jalapeño corn muffins all served family style; wedding cake and banana pudding; plus a late night snack of smoked chicken wings. The signature drink was a watermelon margarita served in mason jars.



    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  When we moved to Atlanta we became members at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church and knew that we wanted the ceremony to take place in our new church home. For the reception, we considered several different locations but a friend had mentioned that we go look at Summerour and when we did we fell in love with it. We knew that it would provide the perfect atmosphere that we were looking for in our reception.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received was from my mother who told me to enjoy every minute of the planning process even when it seems to be too much, because the day will be here and over before you know it. This helped me keep things in perspective and really soak in the months leading up to our wedding day.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  The one thing I would say would be to try not to get stressed about the small details as they can get overwhelming. In the end, on your wedding day, you are so full of joy and it is such an exciting day that you will not even think twice about the small details. You cannot plan for everything that could go wrong, but on that day you won’t even notice if it does.

    Photographer: Jeremy Harwell / Assistant: Haley Sheffield / Event Planner: Stella Harper Events / Venue: Summerour Studio in Atlanta, Georgia / Dress: Casablanca / Shoes: BHLDN / Suit: Vera Wang / Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew / Invitations: Paces Paper / Escort Cards: Blacky Designs / Floral Designer: Juli Vaughn Designs / Rentals: We Rent Atlanta / Music: Creativity / Catering: Fox Bros BBQ / Cake: Frosted Pumpkin Gourmet / Hair, Makeup: Andrea Carter Artistry / Chandeliers: Crush Vintage Rentals / Transportation: Atlantic Limo

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  • Atlanta Wedding at Summerour Studio

    3 December 2013
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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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