I don’t know how it is that I’ve never featured a real wedding from photographer Allyson Magda, especially since I’ve admired her work since I started Snippet & Ink. But today I plan to remedy that with Kacy and Kirk’s beautiful wedding. They were married on California’s beautiful central coast, in a wedding that was both rustic and sophisticated. Says the bride:

Kirk’s parents live in Cambria and we spend a lot of time up there. It is the best of both Northern and Southern California in one place: the beach, the vineyards, a small town. We love it there and many of our friends and family members had never been, so we wanted to share the area with them, and to make the wedding feel as organic to the location as possible.

Since ours was an out of town wedding, we rented a large house for 3 weeks – I went up a week ahead of my fiancé to finalize all the details and to take some time to myself just relaxing. I was totally relaxed by the time our families and friends started arriving. Then, after everyone left, Kirk and I spent a week alone in the area for our honeymoon. It was so great not to have to rush off to catch a plane!


A bagpiper led the way from the chapel to the reception site. Don’t you think a wedding “parade” would be such a wonderful way to arrive at your reception?!


Instead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple had a “cake” with tiers of cheese!


Local noise restrictions meant the reception had to end at 10:00pm, so Kacy and Kirk rented out a local saloon, moved the DJ there, and continued celebrating until 2:00am. Says Kacy, “Everyone danced all night!”


Photography: Allyson Magda

Coordinator: Taffy Gonzalez for All Traditions

Ceremony venue: Old Santa Rosa Chapel in Cambria, California

Reception venue: Fog’s End Barn, also in Cambria

Bride’s dress: Augusta Jones

Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss

Flowers: Camilla Svenson Burns

Catering: Chef Charlie

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It’s been awhile since we had Katie Stoops‘ photography here on Snippet & Ink, so I’m happy she’s back today with this charming wedding. A rustic venue on a beautiful day, delicious local food, and lots of friends and family… it doesn’t get much better than that. Zach and Clay were kind enough to share some of the details about their wedding with us:

Finding the right venue was tough. D.C. is full of beautiful ballrooms and grand spaces, but those didn’t feel right to us. This barn was perfect – it’s only about 20 miles from Washington, but it feels a world away, like you’re really in the country. Although the barn was cleaned out and “finished,” with hardwood floors and so on, it’s still a functioning barn. There are goats in the lower level! On the day of our wedding, there were some other surprise guests – a small herd of alpacas had been moved there, too! The guests loved it. The alpacas were probably the single most photographed thing from our wedding. Hot new wedding trend: alpacas! You heard it here first.


Our ceremony was the best part of the entire day – it was very personal and meaningful and “us.” And we loved how informal it was, with the guests standing beneath a large tree there on the farm. We had friends do a handful of readings. It was a very special moment for us that we were so proud to share with family and friends.


The single most important aspect of the reception, though, was the food. We write about food on our blog, The Bitten Word, so we really wanted the food to be a special highlight of the day. We were thrilled to find our caterer, Oliver Friendly, who focuses on simple, seasonal foods using ingredients from within a 150-mile radius. One bite of Oliver’s baby BLT sandwiches (he cures his own bacon!), and we were hooked. (See the entire menu below.)

Flowers were from a floral wholesaler and were arranged by friends and family. Somewhat to our surprise, the DIY parts of our wedding ended up creating really fun memories. A small group of family and friends headed out to the barn the day before the wedding to string lights, clean up, arrange flowers and so on. It was actually really fun, and the “handmade” aspect of it really made the whole event feel special and personal.


Zach and Clay’s advice for anyone planning a wedding?

In general, just approach the entire event as a blank slate, and don’t do things because you think it’s what you’re supposed to do. For example, we mingled with the guests as they arrived at the barn and were served welcome glasses of Prosecco. Then, for the ceremony, we all headed over to a big evergreen tree and stood in the shade. It just seemed silly to us to “hide” until the ceremony. If that’s what you want to do, great! Just make sure it’s because you want to, and not because you think tradition compels you. Make the day what you want it to be – there are no rules.

One more piece of advice: Read Miss Manners’ Guide to a Surprisingly Dignified Wedding. It will help you keep your sanity about what’s really important about the wedding day, and about how you can have an amazing event on a small scale.


Photography: Katie Stoops

Venue: Agricultural History Farm Park in Montgomery County, Maryland

Clay’s navy blue suit, blue checkered shirt: J.Crew

Zach’s light gray pants, vest / necktie:  J.Crew / Banana Republic

Stationery: By Hand Invitations

Rentals / lighting: Capital Party Rentals / Atmosphere Lighting

Gypsy Jazz band: Hot Club of DC

Catering / drinks: Oliver Friendly from Eat & Smile Foods / Ace Beverage

Dessert: Dangerously Delicious Pies


Congratulations Zach and Clay! Yet another example of how simple can be just perfect. And thank you to Katie Stoops for sharing these lovely photos with us. You can see lots more from Zach and Clay’s wedding over on Katie’s blog.


Zach & Clay’s Wedding Menu

Prosecco

Watermelon Mint Julep
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36-Hour Smoked Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches
with Homemade Pickle and Slaw

Roast Vegetable Crostini

Pork-and-Scallion Wontons and Vegetable Wontons

Trio of Soup Shots
Roasted Corn; Sweet Pea with Thai Basil; Mushroom with Homemade Bacon

Ratatouille Spoons
with Lime-Poached Shrimp

Baby BLTs with Homemade Bacon

Gruyere Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
with Caramelized Onions

Mini Crab Cakes
with Roasted Corn Slaw
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Choice of Pie
Peach, Blueberry, Chocolate-Peanut Butter, “The Baltimore Bomb”

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I am always so inspired by the way people come together when bad things happen, and the internet is such an amazing facilitator for action. Tomorrow I’ll be participating in a Bloggers’ Day of Silence, organized by Utterly Engaged and Ever Ours. This means no posting on Friday, as a way to bring awareness and to acknowledge the devastation in Japan.

Even if you don’t have a blog, you can participate by making a donation to Shelterbox USA. It’s so easy to feel helpless in a time like this, but every little bit counts, and with just a couple clicks you can make a difference. Together we can send some disaster relief along with our thoughts and prayers. If you want to learn more about For Japan With Love, check out these posts on Ever Ours and Utterly Engaged. Be well, friends.

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