Laura and Justin have some of the most beautiful wedding photos I’ve ever seen – so many frame-able shots from photographer Molly Watson. Not only was their wedding stunning, it was also incredibly thoughtful and meaningful, from Laura’s lovely DIY details to the couple’s venue choice. And I just love these words of wisdom from the bride: “The best advice I received was that a wedding is only as stressful as you make it. Don’t lose perspective of the purpose of the day, which is really to create and celebrate a vast new space for love to reside in your life.”

Says Laura of the ceremony, “We were on top of a big hill overlooking 500 acres of undeveloped golden hills. The view against a big, bright blue sky was breathtaking – and I think it heightened people’s connection to our ceremony as a result. Our Rabbi was Rabbi Avram Davis from Berkeley. He has an incredible ability to bring people together through an appropriate balance of seriousness and laughter. There were only 5 Jewish people at the whole wedding so this quality was essential, as we wanted everyone to feel a part of our special day. After we signed the Ketubah, Rabbi put me and my bridesmaids together in a circle and told them they were there because I trusted them and therefore it was their job to shepherd me through all the things that marriage brings. He did the same with the groomsmen and it was very touching.”

How incredible is that oak tree?!

Laura baked shortbread and black pepper shortbread, which she packaged in glassine bags that she goccoed with a gold oak tree, as a nod to the big beautiful oak found on the Taber Ranch property. The couple’s Ketubah was displayed on the escort card table.

Laura printed the menus herself, using gold ink and doilies, which were placed under clear glass plates. The wedding cake included two flavors: Raspberry Royale (white cake soaked in raspberry syrup, filled with mascarpone and fresh raspberries) and Hazelnut Grand Marnier. The cake was wrapped in white chocolate rather than fondant, and decorated with branches and Kelsey plums.

Laura sweetly answered some questions about the day…

Why did you choose this for your wedding? We wanted our wedding to be elegant, but accessible, so we went with the theme of rustic elegance. We were so inspired by the natural beauty of Taber Ranch and we knew that our friends would find it warm, invited, and awe-inspiring. To us, getting married in the spring was symbolic – the beginning of something new. We also wanted a small wedding, where each person felt how important they were in our lives. All the love that went into making small homemade favors and invitations was a way for us to demonstrate how special these people were to us.

Do you have any DIY tips for other brides? In my case, going DIY didn’t always mean saving a lot of money. There were all sorts of materials that I needed in order to do things myself, and it probably would have been cheaper in some instances to just go out and buy them already made. So it’s a balancing act – each person needs to decide how much effort they are willing to put in order to have that “special DIY feel.”

What was your favorite moment or part of the day? The Hava Nagila was an amazing experience that made me feel really connected to the many generations of brides and grooms before me, but we added a little twist: my husband was raised Catholic and went to Notre Dame, where they have a tradition that whenever they score touchdowns, a person is thrown into the air repeatedly to celebrate (they call it push-ups). Justin’s groomsmen did that during Hava Nagila – not traditionally Jewish, but very fun!

What advice do you have for other brides? Make decisions together, with your husband-to-be. As an attorney, I didn’t have the time to do everything by myself, so I worked with my husband to divide and conquer our tasks. There were obviously some things that didn’t fit his interests, but there was always something for him to take ownership of, which he did. The process brought us closer together as a team, and I believe he felt more connected to the day as a result.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Taber Ranch is pretty remote, but there was nothing else that compared in beauty. So we made it work – we had our friends stay at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento, which is only 15 minutes from Sacramento International Airport, then we bused people from Sacramento the day of the wedding. We made soundtracks for 45 minute drive, and on the way back there were cocktails – everyone was able to enjoy themselves without having to worry about transportation.



Ceremony Drinks: Lavender Lemonade // Signature Cocktails: “Le Cheval” made with Cucumber, Lime, Vodka and Ginger Beer and “Strawberries in Vodka” made with Fresh Strawberries, Vodka, Simple Syrup and Lemon Juice // Passed Appetizers: Smoked Salmon on House Made Potato Chip, California Spring Rolls, Wild Mushroom Risotto Cake // First Course: Salad of Baby Green Oak Lettuce and Arugula with Watsonville Strawberries, Blue Cheese and Toasted Pistachios // Choice of Entree: Grilled Alaskan Halibut with Wild Rice and Grilled Asparagus, Grilled Niman Ranch Hanger Steak with Mashed Potatoes, or Squash Agnolotti with Spring Garlic Nage // Dessert: Wedding Cake



Photography: Molly Watson / Planner: Lauren Geissler of Downey Street Events / Venue: Taber Ranch in Capay, California / Bride’s dress, veil: Atelier des Modistes / Bride’s shoes: Miu Miu / Hair: Shannon Dean / Makeup: Christi Reynolds Makeup Artistry Groom’s suit: Sarar / Flowers: Botanica Floral Designs / Officiant: Rabbi Avram Davis / Harpist: Ricardo Tan / DJ: Sonny Garcia of Fog City Entertainment / Catering: Culinary Specialists / Cake: Torino Baking / Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals
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This week just flew by! I’m trying to find a better work/life balance, so this week I made time to read and cook and just sit outside – amazing what a difference it makes! Next on the list is finding a yoga class… you know, since yoga’s so hard to come by in the San Francisco Bay Area (not at all). This weekend I’m going to keep practicing this new work/life balance, with some sunbathing and brunching with my friend Mariam. What are you up to? How do you maintain a balance of work and life that keeps you sane?

by Jules Falk Hunter


Little pink church in the middle of the English countryside! (and the video, too)

Tons of inspiration on the Trendy Traveler tumblr.

How cute is this baby elephant taking a bath?

The perfect sunhat.

The Impossible Project has a shop!

Itsy bitsy wedding invitations.

Check out my green slideshow on the brand new kirtsy.

Gourmet picnic baskets – aren’t they beautiful?!

A surprise proposal/wedding – so romantic!


Have a happy weekend, lovelies!

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I thee wed…

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by The Duchess and The Rabbit


When Ryan and I were planning our wedding, we found there were surprisingly few resources for couples who wanted write their own ceremony, which is why I decided to share our wedding ceremony with you a few months ago. And though I love posting tons of visual inspiration and real wedding stories here on Snippet & Ink, I’d also love to provide inspiration for what’s really the most important part of the wedding day. So I’m calling on you to share your ceremony with us!


If you’d like to submit your wedding ceremony for a Real Wedding Ceremony archive, shoot me an email with the following:

- Subject Line: Ceremony
– Full text of your ceremony, including readings, prayers, vows songs, blessings, etc. (see my post here for a guide)
– Your wedding date and first names (optional)
– A couple lines about your ceremony (optional)


To answer some questions you might have:

- Ceremonies will not be posted on the main page of the blog, but rather will be published on their own individual pages.
– You can remain anonymous if you prefer, just let me know when you send your submission.
– Details you might share about your ceremony include: What inspired you (religion, cultural traditions, family, literature, etc.)? What was important to you for your ceremony?
– If you wrote your own vows, please only include them if you feel comfortable. Otherwise, just make note of the placement of your vows.
– I will post an announcement on the blog when the ceremony archive goes live.


Email ceremony submissions to And if you have any questions, you can email me or leave them in the comments here. Can’t wait to hear from you!

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Another fun rehearsal dinner full of details! This one comes to us from the ladies at Alison Events, and it’s full of elegant and rustic details – perfect for a laid back party on the shore of Lake Michigan.

Striped table runners and tent draping gave the dinner a tailored look, balancing the wildflower-inspired centerpieces and mismatched Liberty of London print napkins. Whitewashed floors balanced the rustic wood tables.

Dinner included a whole roasted pig from a local farm, corn on the cob, and potato salad made with the bride’s mother’s famous recipe.

The Howard Fishman Band band played New Orleans style jazz throughout the evening, and by sunset everyone was dancing in the grass. Guests roasted s’mores around a bonfire on the beach, and hung out until late in the night.

Elements like retro lawn chairs and corn cob skewers add just the right amount of kitsch.

Photography: Thayer Alyson Gowdy / Venue: private home in New Buffalo, Michigan / Planning, design: Alison Events / Styling, design: Brown Paper Design / Flowers: Bukiety Floral / Striped runners: Kehoe Designs / Catering: Blue Plate Catering / Music: Howard Fishman Band / Tent: Party Time Productions
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