Ryan and I are hoping to make a trip to Blackberry Farm later this year, and Jenni and Kevin’s beautiful wedding is a perfect reminder of why it’s such a special place. You might have seen some of these lovely images in the Winter 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, and our friends at A Bryan Photo and Calder Clark Designs were kind enough to share even more stunning photos and details with us…


While studying abroad in Spain (where she met Kevin!) Jenni fell for the espadrilles worn by local women, and she wanted espadrilles for herself and her bridesmaids. Just six weeks before the wedding, in her hometown of Atlanta, Jenni stumbled across Ann Roth who is known for her custom espadrilles, and who used fabric and ribbons to create shoes that not only fit the bridesmaid dresses, but that were also comfortable.

Blackberry Farm made a split rail fence just for Jenni and Kevin’s wedding, as a backdrop against the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, and Blackberry Farm’s floral team made wood boxes from scratch and potted them with masses of Aralia and herbs cut from the farm.

How adorable is this post-ceremony photo of the bride and groom!?

How about this summer dinner? Garden Beet and Fig Salad with Arugula and Blackberry Farm Brebis, Pan-Seared Scallops, Field Pea Succotash with Tomato Vinaigrette and Corn Emulsion, Wood-Grilled Short Ribs with Ribbons of Summer Squash and Smoked Potatoes with Crème Fraiche. And the wedding cake of course: Cinnamon Carrot Cake with Toasted Pecans, Fresh Pineapple, and Currants topped with Cream Cheese Icing and Blackberry Coulis.

Says Caitlin from Calder Clark DesignsThe property is already breathtaking, so we tasked ourselves with accenting the existing interiors and aesthetic instead of introducing anything that would stand in stark contrast to the soft, woodsy, gray palette. It felt very natural to opt for French grain sack linens and hand-gathered wildflowers. Our favorite detail was the oversized French grain sack dinner napkins, which at the head table were embroidered with guests’ first names in lieu of place cards.

Best wishes Jenni and Kevin! See even more amazing images from their gorgeous wedding on the A Bryan Photo blog. And now I’m off to make travel plans for me and Ryan to visit Blackberry Farm

Photography: A Bryan Photo / Event design: Calder Clark Designs / Venue: Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee / Bride’s dress: Vera Wang / Bridesmaid dresses / custom shoes: Thread / Ann Roth / Flowers: Blackberry Farm / Catering / cake: Blackberry Farm / Magpies Cakes / Rentals: All Occasions / Burlap linens: DC Rental
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I sure do love Nancy Neil‘s photos – she does such a lovely job of capturing not just pretty details, but also special moments. Caroline and Christopher’s wedding was full of both. The intimate celebration took place at the bride’s sister’s home, with just over 50 guests in attendance. One of the questions I ask brides and grooms is, “Why did you choose this for your wedding? What inspired you?” Caroline’s answer: “Doing it any other way just wouldn’t have felt like us.” Isn’t that exactly how you want to feel about your wedding?

Christopher and I planned the wedding together, which was a fun, exhausting, and ultimately rewarding experience. We learned so much about the ways we like to communicate under different circumstances, about the ways we interact with our family and friends, about the stuff we agree and disagree on, and about what really matters to us. From the beginning, we each took on different duties, and consulted each other on everything. As a result, our wedding day felt like a celebration that we had truly crafted as a couple with the people closest to us. It was a great start to our marriage.

One of my favorite things about the decorations was that my friend Lisa [Van Wambeck] made some garlands specifically to honor a very dear friend mine and some close family members who had passed away. I knew I would be missing them on the day of the wedding, and I wanted some way to represent that without it feeling too heavy or sad. Lisa asked for a color or motif to represent each of them, and worked them into specific strands of the banners. We didn’t tell any of the guests about it, and it wouldn’t have been obvious at all to anyone looking, but it felt really nice to look out at those decorations and remember the people I wished could have been there.

We wanted the reception to feel like a relaxed dinner party that we would host in our own home, and finding a way to serve food that we really loved was an important part of that. We were so lucky to find Ayda Robana from Om Sweet Mama. She was wonderful to work with and everything was delicious: gorgeous trays of fresh fruit and vegetables, beautiful crostini, and a wonderful cheese platter for the cocktail hour. Dinner was served in multiple courses, family style, to encourage people to mingle and linger over their meal: Orecchiette con salsa di noci with sage and roasted squash, roasted seasonal vegetables, sautéed greens with parmesan and truffle oil, polenta puttanesca, red leaf and arugula salad with citrus vinaigrette. For dessert we had two cakes: olive oil cake with Sauternes and roasted pears and fresh whipped cream, and chocolate hazelnut cake with crème fraiche. I made the little cake flag decorations at the last minute the night before the wedding!

Photography: Nancy Neil

Venue: private home in Arroyo Grande, California

Bride’s dress: Amy Kuschel

Hair: John Allen for Bungalow Salon

Bride’s hair accessory / feather hair clips: Lisa Van Wambeck

Groom’s suit: Theory

Personal flowers: Shell Beach Flowers

Stationery design / printing: the bride / Boxcar Press

Catering: Om Sweet Mama

Congratulations Caroline and Christopher!

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Intimate weddings (and elopements!) at San Francisco’s City Hall always steal my heart, and this one from photographer Kate Harrison is no exception. Shu, the lovely bride, kindly took the time to share her and Lin’s sweet story with us:


We found each other on our alumni club’s social website when I was studying in London and Lin worked in Hong Kong. Although we were oceans apart, we found an instant connection. When we finally met, it felt like we’d known each other forever. After many long haul flights back and forth across the continents, Lin proposed on a visit to the UK, totally spontaneously: no ring, no flower, and I said yes! Thinking back, it took such courage that neither of us imagined, yet it was a rare moment of facing and following one’s own heart.

Instead of the traditional big fat Chinese banquet, we opted for a simple wedding, as fuss-free as possible. San Francisco City Hall came to my mind – I remembered seeing a photos from a wedding there and falling in love with the breathtaking architecture, and the ‘calmness’ within such a busy place really struck me.

I’ve always loved vintage styles, especially the 1940′s, and I dreamed of having a dress like Audrey Hepburn’s. After weeks searching in vintage shops and fairs in London and online, I finally decided to make my own wedding dress, using some original vintage patterns. I had so much fun, going through decades of wedding fashions, imagining how I would look in them and then finding the exact dress I wanted. On our wedding day, I ended up doing my own make-up and hair, I wrapped a piece of dotted veil around what I call a ‘messy up-do’, (it wasn’t perfect but it suits the casual and spontaneous mood of our wedding), and I stepped out the hotel with my groom, feeling so happy in my DIY-ed outfit.


The wedding went in a flash – all we could remember was the warm feeling of being together through it all, just the two of us. I have to thank our lovely photographer, Kate Harrison, who acted as our witness. She captured the essence of those intimate, joyful moments of our day, that was particularly what we wanted to remember.


Our wedding trip to San Francisco left us with the sweetest memory. It was a total adventure and our life-long journey starts there. The planning process can be easy – after all, it’s the firm belief in love and the faith to walk the journey, holding hands, that matters.


Well if that’s not romantic, I don’t know what is. Congratulations Shu and Lin, and thank you to photographer Kate Harrison for these dreamy photos. See lots more over on Kate’s blog, right here.



This wedding was submitted via Two Bright Lights.

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If you’ve been reading Snippet & Ink for awhile, then you know about Bario-Neal and their jewelry and how much I love them. But if you’re new here, then please let me introduce you! All of Bario-Neal’s pieces are hand-crafted in their studio in Philadelphia, made with reclaimed precious metals, ethically-sourced stones, and environmentally conscious practices. And as you can see, they have a huge range of gorgeous styles…

There are so many stunning pieces (not just rings!), but if you don’t see exactly what you want on Bario-Neal’s website, they’ll work with you to create the perfect custom piece – they’ll even work with your heirloom materials. Looking to order rings for your wedding? Because each piece is made by hand, make sure to place your order at least 4 to 6 weeks ahead of time (longer for custom pieces).

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When Ryan and I were considering a summer or fall wedding, Chileno Valley Ranch is one of the venues we looked at – so fun to have a chance to feature a wedding there! It’s one of those places with lots of possibilities, from the apple orchard to the garden to the barn…

Photography: Michelle Walker

Venue: Chileno Valley Ranch in Petaluma, California

Bride’s dress / shoes: Azadeh Couture / Jimmy Choo

Flowers: Paul Robertson

This wedding was submitted via Two Bright Lights.

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