Isn’t Karen and Richard’s English seaside wedding so charming – I mean, what’s more romantic than a sweethearts’ boat ride from the ceremony to the reception?!

Karen and Richard were married at the same church as the bride’s parents and grandparents.

Says Karen: “Our plan to transport our guests to the reception by boat was totally weather dependent. We had lots of rain in the days leading up to the wedding and even on the morning, things were looking dubious. Then, while we were in the church the sun magically came out so the boat trip turned out to be an extra special part of the day for everyone.”

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  It is where Karen grew up and just a few miles from Richard’s home town. Karen’s family has run a boat building business on the same spot since 1922. We also wanted our wedding to showcase the harbour which is very special to both of us.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The novelist Daphne du Maurier was a big inspiration. She was married in the same church and traveled by boat to and from her wedding. Also her first novel, The Loving Spirit is written about a boatbuilding family and was based on Karen’s family’s boatyard. Karen also drew a lot of inspiration from American wedding blogs – Snippet and Ink was a daily read!

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice we were given was to organize the party of our lives. We took that very much to heart and it was the driving force in our plans. I would also tell other brides to savor the planning process. It does get stressful at times but it is such a special experience to plan your wedding that you should savor every moment. Also, make sure you look after your guests. Our wedding venue was quite isolated and we organized all the travel arrangements so our guests didn’t have to think about them. The fact that no one had to worry about getting from A to B helped create the relaxed atmosphere that was so much a characteristic of our wedding.

 

Vendors

Photography: Green Photographic / Bride’s dress: Ann’s Couture / Groom’s suit: Suit Supply / Tie, pocket square: Dessy

 

Dessy is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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My honey is away for the weekend, so I’m going to have some fun time with just me and my momma! We’re thinking of going to the Gaultier exhibit at the De Young – have any of my Bay Area readers checked it out? I’ve heard great things, and I love visiting museums with my mom! What about you? What are you up to this weekend?

via Hitched Salon

 

Love these photos of small town America.

Fruit pie in candy bar form.

Gorgeous patterns from Moniquilla via Note to Self.

I don’t have kids yet, but Olive Us makes me so happy!

Loving the layers of this wedding invitation, via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

Do you suffer from FOBJ?

Get in the mood for summer with a stay at home yacht club.

This little rope clutch looks like the perfect summer accessory.

Matchbook landscapes via Paper Crave.

Simple, affordable jewelry via A Cup of Jo.

Backyard weddings warm my heart.

City Hall wedding for you? Here are 20 dresses under $200.

Sky-high updos.

Congratulations to Darci on the new With This Ring design!

 

Have a happy weekend, lovelies!

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Shopping for a wedding gown can be exhausting, and even more expensive, but I think the process just got a little easier. Nearly Newlywed is an amazing online boutique that carries a beautifully curated selection of nearly new designer gowns (think Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta), that they sell for a fraction of the original price. Boutique owner, Jacqueline Sheller Courtney, describes it as the “borrow, alter, send back or sometimes keep” experience, and it really is as simple as that.

It might seem crazy to buy a designer wedding dress online, but Nearly Newlywed makes it totally risk-free with free shipping and a five-day return policy. So if you try a dress and it doesn’t suit your fancy, you can just send it back! Or, if you love it, wear it on your wedding day with the option of selling it back – how awesome is that?!

If your wedding has come and gone, or if you’re like me and decided to wear an entirely different wedding gown than you originally planned, consider submitting your dress for consignment at Nearly Newlywed. Once you’ve agreed on a selling price, just send them your dress and they take care of the rest. Easy peasy!

And now for the really fun part! Nearly Newlywed is giving one Snippet & Ink reader a $250 gift certificate toward the purchase of a wedding or party dress. To enter, just leave a comment on this post with the Nearly Newlywed dress that you love most. You have until Monday, May 21st, at 5:00 PDT to leave a comment. The randomly selected winner will be notified by email. Happy dress hunting!

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Maybe I’m just a sucker for a man in a tuxedo, but there’s something so lovely about a black tie wedding, especially in a charming setting like Coral Gables. Says Veronica, the bride, “I wanted a venue that was romantic, timeless, and elegant. I love historic buildings, and the history that surrounds Coral Gables, so when I saw Comber Hall I knew it would be perfect for an intimate wedding.”

Elegant invitations set the tone for the event.

Says the bride, “One of my favorite moments of the day was walking into the church. My father and I were waiting behind the church doors and there was a beautiful light shining through since the sun was setting. I heard “Canon in D” begin to play, the doors flew open, and all of my favorite people were smiling at me. At the end of the aisle I saw my soon to be husband looking at me, and everything felt perfect.”

Some details from Veronica…

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The architecture, colors, and landscaping in Coral Gables. Once we chose the venue, we let the building inspire me. Comber Hall has an old world elegance to it – it’s not the type of venue you try turning into something else; you go with its natural beauty. I chose light pink and peach colors for my flowers, since they reminded me of the color of Comber Hall.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t feel obligated to do every tradition or thing you see on wedding blogs that other brides are doing. Realize that not everything will go perfectly, and try not to take it all so seriously – my dad kept  telling me, “It’s really just a party.” When you look at it, it’s a party to celebrate your new life together, and what makes a good party? Good food, good drink, fun music. Don’t over think it.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Tyler and I met in college and began dating when we were 20. We have a lot of history together.  Pretty much everyone at our wedding knew us as a couple, since we had dated for nine years. I think it was the fact that so many of our guests have been there along our journey, that made it feel like there was such true love and joy in the room for us.

 

Vendors

Photography: Ozzy Garcia / Hotel: The Biltmore in Coral Gables, Florida / Ceremony venue: Church of The Little Flower / Reception venue: Comber Hall / Planner, floral design: Sylvia Viyella / Bride’s dress: Monique Lhuillier / Sash: Maria Elena / Shoes: Fendi / Hair, makeup: Ashley Mandy / Bridesmaid dresses: Jim Hjelm / Groom’s tuxedo: Hugo Boss / Stationery: The Invitation Place / Cake: Edda’s Cake Designs / Reception music: DJ Ubi

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