Today’s romantic wedding comes to us from Tanja Lippert, and it’s full of soft pastels that feel just right for this time of year. And, as you know, these Marin County venues are near and dear to my heart…

Meghan got ready and took bridal portraits at Cavallo Point in Sausalito, just a short drive from the ceremony site.

Says Meghan, “The whole day felt like a dream, but having my dad walk me down the aisle and seeing Mason for the first time was definitely one of the best moments of my life.”

A vintage San Francisco cable car was a fun local detail that transported guests from the ceremony to the reception.

Decor was inspired by Meghan’s Monique Lhuillier corset. “It was a soft creamy latte color and had a very romantic feel,” says the bride. “I wanted our wedding to have muted colors that would create that same feeling, like soft pink, moss green, dusty rose, mint, and cream. I was also inspired by lovebirds and used the bird motif throughout the day.”

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Mason and I met on a boat in the San Francisco Bay, and it was something we wanted to incorporate into our wedding. After searching for a few weeks, I found Old St. Hilary’s. The moment we saw the church, we were speechless. It is a landmark, built in the 1800’s and moved to the top of a hill in Tiburon where it overlooks the bay and the city of San Francisco. It is breathtaking, and incredibly moving – Mason’s mom cried the first time she saw the church, and many of our guests had the same experience on our wedding day. For the reception, Guaymas was the perfect light and festive location, right on the water. It was a refreshing shift from intensity of the ceremony at the church.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Mason and I are both extremely close to our mothers. We wanted them included in the ceremony in a unique and special way, so we created a rose ceremony to show our appreciation for their presence in our lives. We also had plate that had been in Mason’s family for four generations. The rings were placed on the plate and passed down the front row, while everyone in the church put their hand on the person in front of them and thought of something they wished for us in our marriage. It created a warm feeling in the church and made the ceremony feel more intimate.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Slow down and enjoy every moment because before you know it the day is over. This was so true, but easier said than done. There are so many emotions and the experience is absolutely surreal. You want it to last forever, but in reality it’s over in just a few hours! Weddings can be stressful so remember to relax, breathe, and remember that you are marrying your best friend. Have fun and soak up every moment!

 

Vendors Photography: Tanja Lippert / Consulting, design: Nicole Lisanne / Ceremony venue: Old Saint Hilary’s in Tiburon, California / Reception venue: Guaymas Mexican Restaurant in Tiburon, California / Bride’s dress: Monique Lhuillier / Hair, makeup: Tia Reagan for Freebird Productions / Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid dresses: Adrianna Papell / Flowers: Asiel Design / Cable car rental: Classic Cable Car Sightseeing / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Photo booth: Magnolia Photo Booth

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It makes me so happy to know that there is a perfect wedding photographer out there for every couple, which is one of the reasons I love introducing you to a talent like Jonas Seaman

His work is full of personality, capturing the unique energy of the people he photographs. As Jonas says of his work, “I know these photos will be viewed and cherished for many decades to come, so I concentrate on the characters, the environment, and the emotions – I endeavor for my work to capture the individual feeling of the day.”

If you love Jonas’s photos, then you’ll love hearing what his clients have to say about him:

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Jonas is based in the Pacific Northwest, but he’s available for travel all over the United States, and his rates are incredibly reasonable, so if you think he might be the perfect photographer for you, don’t hesitate! And if you love his stuff and want to see more, check out his blog and website.

 

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We thought it would be fun to do a little DIY project based on yesterday’s Deco Glam inspiration board… a sugar-rimmed champagne cocktail and hand-stamped coasters made with linoleum block stamps on heavy weight paper (downloadable instructions below).

For the cocktail, top 1/2 ounce of St. Germain with champagne, then garnish with an orange twist. Add an extra special touch by dipping the rim of your glasses in lavender sugar.

If you’re not especially DIY inclined, dress up store-bought madeleines with a simple icing design – Donsuemor are my favorites.

A big thank you to Heidi from White Loft Studio for the beautiful photography!

 

Download Jess’s instructions for the DIY coasters right here.
See more Snippet & Ink DIY projects right here.

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One of the most popular weddings I’ve ever featured was photographed by Amy & Stuart, so I’m thrilled to have them back on Snippet & Ink today. Tons of beautiful details, and an exceedingly happy bride and groom – and of course beautiful photos by Amy & Stuart…

The couple on their venue choice:  As soon as we saw the house, we were in love with it. We watched a VHS tape of the owner’s daughter’s wedding, held in the backyard, and could feel how much their home meant to them – we’re so appreciative that they let us have our wedding there, and we hope that it adds to the history of the house. It will always be a very special place to us. We loved the view, but didn’t know how spectacular that would end up being: completely coincidentally, fireworks started going off on the skyline while we were having our first dance! Something about that place just seemed magical.

Advice from the bride and groom, “Both our photographers and wedding planners told us to take a few minutes by ourselves after the vows, and I’m so happy we did that. It’s nice to have a glass of champagne with the person who you just married before you have to go back downstairs. Or two glasses. Definitely two glasses.”

The menu included regional favorites from New Orleans, the groom’s hometown, such as chicken and andouille gumbo, oyster po’ boys, fried buttermilk chicken and waffles with maple syrup, and crawfish étouffée.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Peter is from New Orleans and Tess’s family is from New England, so we wanted to represent our families and hometowns (luckily, New Orleans and New England have awesome food, so that part was easy). We’re both bookworms, and Tess is a writer, so we had a vintage typewriter for our guests to tap out messages and slipped our table assignments in used books. We wanted a vintage, unfussy atmosphere so that our guests could relax and be themselves: no uniform white tablecloths, no super-formal dress code. We were going for “unique” over “fancy,” and I think our guests appreciated that.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Besides the surprise fireworks? Definitely running under sparklers held by our guests and getting into our ride to the after party. There’s a photo of us with glasses of champagne, sitting in the car with our friends and families cheering us on – it was such a touching and wonderful thing to be supported by the most important people in our lives, and that was the moment where I think everything hit us. It’s a tough call, though, because the whole day (and night!) was filled with so much love. We felt really, really lucky.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Instead of traditions, we included our dog. I forgot to wear a blue garter, so that rhyming tradition was out the window. I also forgot to throw my bouquet, and carried it around with me all night (I was happy to have it later, it sat in a Mason jar on my desk for a week). I did wear the earrings my mother wore on her wedding day, and since both of our sets of parents were married on Labor Day weekend, that was when Peter proposed.

What was the best advice you received as a bride? What advice do you have for other brides?   Another good piece of advice given to me was to chill out, which is almost always good advice: nothing was going to ruin the day. My only advice: if you’re on the fence about getting a wedding planner, get one (ours will be friends for life – they were amazing). Also: ditch your shoes before you hit the dance floor.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  We high-fived a lot: with parents, guests in the under-six age range, each other, the dog, everybody. I think I walked around for most of the event with my right hand positioned to take or dole out fives. We may not have figured out how to cue for toasts or remembered the garter, but we had a truly awesome wedding because everyone was having such a good time. I think we just got lucky: the people who worked on our wedding day, really cared about us and gave us something very special. Our families and friends couldn’t have been more supportive, or better people to clink glasses with. It just makes your hand float into the high-five position, that kind of stuff.

 

Photography: Amy & Stuart / Venue: private estate in Los Angeles (available through The Location Connection) / Event planning and design: Beth Helmstetter Events / Hair, makeup: Fiore Beauty / Flowers: Flowerwild / Stationery: Momental Designs / Catering: The Food Matters / Cakes: Vanilla Bake Shop / String quartet: Supernova / Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals and Classic Party Rental
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