Savannah is one of the most romantic cities I can think of, and such a beautiful place for a traditional wedding. Nkechi and Mitch were married at the Mansion on Forsyth Park on a lovely day in March. I can’t get over the wisteria and the Spanish moss… Says Nkechi:

Georgia is a very special place to us. We met in Atlanta our freshman year of college and had so many wonderful experiences there. We have a great life in New York, but there was something very special, gratifying, and comforting to be married in Georgia where our story began. Like Mitch says about the first time we met, “It felt right as rain.”

I was surprised how wonderfully perfect the weather was in Savannah that day. It was like the weather wrapped all of us in a warm happy embrace. The day before was very hot, the day after the wedding was gray and rainy, but our wedding day was bright and sunny with a slight breeze. Perfect.

Gorgeous photos by Jen Huang.

Nkechi’s bridesmaids wore lovely floor length dresses by Miranda Bennett.

The wedding program was typed and assembled with the help of friends and family. It was so special to select all the Bible passages and customize our celebration. We also wrote our vows and created a special prayer that we read during the ceremony. The prayer is something that we can always use to reaffirm our love and strengthen our relationship.

In the African American tradition, we jumped over a broom. We chose to jump over Mitch’s late grandmother’s broom. It was small, old, and red – charming. Mitch more than embraced my Nigerian traditions when we traveled to Nigeria for our wedding ceremony there, so it was important for me to embrace his traditions, too.

The Mansion on Forsyth Park boasts a diverse collection of art and other surprises, including an entire wall of vintage ladies’ hats. Love it!

Nkechi’s advice for other couples getting married? Don’t forget that you are celebrating the love that you have for the person in your life. On the day of the wedding, instead of fretting over details you should be holding hands and kissing your husband, dancing, eating, and drinking. Believe me, all the little details will not mean anything if you allow the day to go by without enjoying yourself.

 

Photography: Jen Huang

Ceremony venue: Saint Michael Catholic Church on Tybee Island

Reception venue: Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia

Bride’s dress: Monique Lhuillier

Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bridesmaid dresses: Miranda Bennett

Groom’s custom tuxedo: My.Suit

Groom’s shoes: Ted Baker

Flowers: Chuck Haynes Floral

Cake: Art Cake Co.

Linen rentals: BBJ Linen

Music: DJ Mighty Mike

 

Happiest wishes to you, Nkechi and Mitch!

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This weekend is my 10 year high school reunion – should be interesting. I went to a very small high school, so I’m wondering how many people will be there. Hmm, also not sure what I should wear… suggestions? What are y’all doing this weekend?

Chance via Black Eiffel

 

And some fun links for you…

Snippet & Ink is groom approved!

8-year-old banjo player, via The Coterie Blog.

Kate Middleton’s wedding day fragrance – I always love white flowers.

Dip dyed design.

What could be lovelier than hand watercolored invitations?

S’more cakelettes? I think yes.

I’d like this gorgeous dress in my closet just so I could look at it.

Congrats to Amanda Bevington on the new website!

Home office is one of the projects at the top of my to do list. Finding inspiration at Rue.

Can’t get enough of these new designs from Cheree Berry!

Modern meets preppy in these fun notecards.

 

Have a happy weekend friends!

 

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This February, Ryan and I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of our dear friends, Lawton and Shelton, who we’ve known since our Teach for America days. It’s such a treat to share their sweet wedding with you today, especially since Shelton sent over such a thoughtful write-up about the day.

Many elements of the wedding were influenced by the February date. Many decisions, ranging from our color palette to our menu were inspired by the season. While most brides worry that the weather won’t be nice, I found myself worried that we were going to have unseasonably warm temperatures. Ridiculous!

Wedding planning for us was completely a team effort. I think the wedding industry is very bride focused, but I couldn’t have made it without Lawton’s involvement in every decision. He helped me to remember to focus on what was most important about the wedding – marrying my best friend.

The Episcopal wedding liturgy doesn’t traditionally include the line “you may now kiss the bride.” During the rehearsal, our priest, who felt that a bride and groom shouldn’t have to be given permission to kiss anyway, suggested an appropriate point in the ceremony for us to kiss. At the agreed upon time, we kissed at the altar before being announced as husband and wife. The congregation, not knowing about our previous arrangement, all laughed believing we had jumped the gun. I hadn’t even thought about how everyone else would react, and it’s a moment I will never forget!

My sister and I made the paper garlands and the cake topper. My family loves themselves a craft, and I had a list a mile long of things that I would have loved to do myself, but we tried to minimize the number of projects so that everyone could fully enjoy the days leading up to the wedding.

One of the biggest surprises of the night? Lawton, along with many of his friends and his father’s friends doing the “Gator” when the band played Shout. I can’t believe the number of people who took turns sliding on their backs onto the dance floor one after another as the band played the song over and over!

 

Photography: Meghan McSweeney

Ceremony venue: St. James Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia

Reception venue: Country Club of Virginia, James River Clubhouse

Bride’s ceremony dress: Jenny Yoo purchased at Hannelore’s of Olde Town

Dancing dress: LulaKate purchased at Bella Bridesmaid

Hair, makeup: Nicki Crocker for Cary Town In Style Salon, 804-355-6334

Groom’s suit: JoS. A. Bank

Flowers: Judy Hillman

Fabric flowers: Emersonmade

Cake, catering: Country Club of Virginia

Band: Gentlemen and Their Lady

 

Congratulations dear friends! We had an absolute blast at your wedding, and your relationship is a model for the rest of us. We love you! See more from this darling wedding over at photographer Meghan McSweeney’s blog.

 

Bella Bridesmaid is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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You might remember Caroline and Clark from their darling engagement shoot awhile back, and their backyard wedding is just as sweet! Caroline sent over details about the day, and photos by our friends at A Bryan Photo

Says Caroline: I wore the same earrings and carried the same Bible that both my mother and grandmother carried as they walked down the aisle. This was something I had always looked forward to!

Our ceremony was very sweet and intimate. The expression on Clark’s face when I walked down the aisle is a moment I will never forget! We had our families come on stage with us and pray over our marriage, which was also very special for us.

I was inspired by Father of the Bride, thus the backyard reception. We wanted our wedding to feel sweet and intimate and the reception to feel like a fun summer garden party!

Mismatched china purchased at flea markets added to the homespun charm of the wedding. Some fun details for a July wedding: decorated jam jars for the kids to catch fireflies, and a five-tier strawberry wedding cake with cream cheese icing. Says Caroline, “I wanted the frosting to look like my grandmother had iced it.”

The couple and their 275 guests danced the night away. I think the rest of these photos speak for themselves…

Congratulations Caroline and Clark! 

Caroline and Clark recently joined the team at A Bryan Photo, and Caroline has started her own styling business, so I imagine we’ll be seeing lots of more of them down the road. In the meantime, see tons more photos and details from their wedding over at the A Bryan Photo blog.

Photography: A Bryan Photo / Ceremony venue: Wightman Chapel at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee / Bride’s dress: The Cotton Bride by Chris Kole / Bridesmaid dresses: Bari Jay / Groom’s suit: Street Tuxedo / Flowers: Julie Brown (615-300-5795) / Trolley transportation: Good Time Trolley (615-226-1900) / Catering: Martha Stamps Catering / Cake: Gracious Goodness Cake Co. (706-534-1374) / Band: Scat Springs Band

 

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