Warning: This post is wordy. With lots of photos. I couldn’t help myself – there was too much good stuff to leave any of it out.

So many of the photos that end up in a real wedding feature are about little details, things like confetti in glassine envelopes or designer shoes. And those things are wonderful and lovely and I enjoy them as much as the next person. And maybe 90% of the weddings that get featured are outdoor daytime weddings because, well, the lighting is gorgeous. Nick Tucker’s photos from Kate and Felix’s winter wedding are something else entirely. Instead of gauzy afternoon light, they’re beautifully composed high-contrast nighttime shots. Instead of details, his photos capture energy – you can just feel the joy and love that were present at this wedding. Why did the couple choose this photographer? “We wanted someone who was instinctive, embraced chaos and didn’t mind low light levels,” says Kate. Brilliant.

And that brings us to the specifics of the day. Kate, a media producer for The Tate, and Felix, the artistic director of an immersive theater company, chose for their venue “a rambling empty old house near North Wales, that hadn’t been lived in for over 60 years.” Says Kate, “We are very lucky and have a lot of very talented and creative friends, who camped in the house the week before the wedding and set about transforming it from a shell into its former glory. Lots of ivy, enormous branches of mistletoe, rich brocade, beautiful furniture…”

In Nick Tucker’s words (since he was there and since I couldn’t possibly say it better), it was “a genuinely strange wonderland wedding…a blend of gothic and 1950s high society Manhattan, the whole place peppered with dandies, roustabouts, raconteurs, and Belle Époque beauties. And yet the day’s crowning achievement was that none of the spectacle ever overshadowed what was, at heart, just a very beautiful marriage. The whole thing was personal and idiosyncratic, but it was never self-consciously eccentric and never lost sight of its being a wedding day and amazing party.” Have you ever heard a more delightful description of a wedding? And the best part is, you can see all of that in these photos.

Okay then, on with the photos already!

From Kate: My dress was vintage, late 1930′s silk and tulle from a wonderful shop on Portobello Road in London called Jane Bourvis. Jane also found me a beautiful long Victorian veil. I wore dark blue velvet ballet shoes from Emma Hope and my great grandmother’s gold and pearl necklace. The New York artist Jude Miller handcrafted bluebell flowers from paper for my hair (Felix had proposed in a bluebell wood the spring before).

My favourite moment was seeing Felix for the first time, it was extraordinary and spine tingling, the best feeling I’ve ever had. And as I walked up the aisle, my little nephew said in a stage whisper saying ‘Goodbye Kate Vogel,’ which was extremely perceptive, since I was becoming Mrs. Barrett…

How about those gigantic mistletoe “chandeliers” – what a clever idea for a December wedding!

We wanted to have lots of music and dancing at different times throughout the day. We had a Welsh choir in church, Morris Dancers (old English pagan tradition), Music Hall Sing Alongs, a British Cockney knees-up with Chas & Dave and English folk music for dancing and reels with the band Bellowhead.

Yes, that is a 30-foot wedding cake fireworks bonfire…

A huge thank you and congratulations to Kate (a Snippet & Ink reader!) and Felix, and thanks to Nick Tucker for sharing this spectacularly beautiful and eccentric wedding with us. A perfect reminder that there’s not one right way to have a wedding, and that above all, a joyful marriage celebration – whatever it looks like – is the whole point. And if you can’t get enough, see the rest of the photos from this wedding over on Nick’s blog.

Photography: Nick Tucker

Bride’s dress / shoes: Jane Bourvis / Emma Hope

Paper bluebells: Jude Miller

Music: Chas & Dave / Bellowhead

Immersive theater company: Punchdrunk

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Happy March! Is spring here yet?

In my mind, I could smell lilacs the entire time I was working on this inspiration board. I love it! And this is my favorite kind of purple – the kind you find in nature, against a backdrop of green and white. I also made this board because I was feeling sort of an overdose on wedding details and trends, and wanted something that focused on just a few pretty things. One gorgeous flower, repeated. Champagne and cake, and maybe some of your aunt’s famous shortbread (with or without a personalized stamp). Lawn games and a jazz band for a sweet afternoon celebration. Lovely, but nothing fussy.

(While we’re on the subject of wedding overdosing, you might like this post over on A Practical Wedding. A little sanity for any brides who might be feeling overwhelmed with ideas.)

Mood: simple, classic and lovely
Palette: fresh green, purple lilac, clean white

Top row from left: photo of punch table under a tree by Corinna Raznikov via True & Wesson, letterpress invitation with green motif by Blue Ribbon Design, lavender wreath by Rebecca Thuss for Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: photo of gorgeous lilac centerpiece by Tara Whittaker via Wedding Chicks, photo of champagne bucket by Thayer Gowdy
Row 3: photo of bouquet with embroidered handkerchief by Beaux Arts Photographie via The Bride’s Cafe, Jenny Packham dress from Brides UK, stamped shortbread from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo of classic white convertible by Gertrude & Mabel for Rosemary Events
Row 4: photo of croquet set by Jose Villa, lilac centerpiece with jam favors by Chelsea Fuss for Project Wedding, three layer wedding cake with white petals from Martha Stewart Weddings, lilac bouquet by Chelsea Fuss

If you like this inspiration board, you might also like:

Board #452: A Taste for Timeless
Board #483: Lilac and Lemonade
Board #276: Keep It Simple

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Sponsored Post

Every time I see a porcelain ring dish from Paloma’s Nest, I kick myself for not using one at our wedding. Have you seen them? What a special object and memento from such a special day! Every single piece is hand crafted one at a time with such care: they are really meant to be heirlooms, something special your daughter might use some day at her own wedding, and your granddaughter.

Paloma’s Nest is not only home to the Original Ring Bearer Bowl, they also make a number of other handcrafted wedding pretties, including some brand new items like custom cufflinks and boutonniere pins. I love the simplicity of each piece – the clean lines and bold text – all of them designed by Caroline Colom Vasquez and her husband, Jose, and made in their Austin, Texas studio. Here are a few favorites…

L: Original Ring Bearer Bowl
R: custom Ring Bearer Bowl with blooming branch

L: large stamped cufflinks
R: small inscribed cufflinks

L: inscribed monogram pin
R: stamped monogram pin

L: hanging heart picture ornament
R: Bouquet Text Tiles

So many special things to include in your wedding, and to have as a keepsake. Which one is your favorite? From accessories for the guys to bridal party gifts, there’s a lot to love! I think since we missed our chance to use a Ring Bearer Bowl, I might have to get one of those heart frame ornaments instead…

See lots more from Paloma’s Nest over on their brand new website, and if you happen to be in Austin, check out their flagship store which opens this summer!

This post sponsored by Paloma’s Nest.

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A classic New England wedding for your Saturday! Bethany and Eric were wed at the groom’s parents’ home, in Massachusetts: “After a six month renovation, the house was ready just days before our wedding!” says the bride.

One of Bethany’s favorite parts of the day? “When Eric and his four brothers, all very musically talented, sung ‘1,2,3,4’ by the Plain White T’s a capella. They set the tone for a very joyful day.”

A green and white palette reflected the garden venue: garden roses, sweet peas, lisianthus, tulips and hydrangea. In addition to flowers, centerpieces incorporated small birds nests, as well as pots of ivy and ferns, small candles wrapped with birch bark, and larger candelabras for a more formal touch.

Photography: Lara Kimmerer

Venue: private home in Falmouth, Massachusetts

Bride’s dress / shoes: Lazaro / Martinez Valero

Groom’s suit: Chase Couture

Bridesmaid dresses: Coast

Flowers: All About Flowers for Weddings

Cake: Michael’s Creative Baking

Rentals: Taylor Rental

Congratulations Bethany and Eric!

This wedding was submitted via Two Bright Lights.

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