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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It has been just beautiful here, and I’m hoping it continues into the weekend! I’m having brunch with two of my favorite girls on Sunday, and then I guess I’ll watch the Super Bowl with my honey, if only as an excuse to eat copious amounts of dip (I’m less than excited since it doesn’t involve Green Bay). What are you up to this weekend? Big football plans? Or not?

by Kiss My Spatula

 

Some fun links to kick off your weekend…

Citrus salt sounds like something nice to have in the kitchen. Or give as a gift.

Get in a Valentine-y mood with Garance and The Sartorialist.

Did you know Sundance is now selling bridal jewelry?

Willy Ronis via A Bryan Photo.

How to write a thank you note, via Mighty Girl.

Gold floral pin place card holders – brilliantly simple!

Lemon meringue pie for my tummy.

Porcelain popsicle sticks (not as expensive as gold, I suppose).

Cabin porn (thanks little sister!).

Love letters.

Happy journal for your thoughts and ideas, via Creature Comforts.

Globes get dressed up.

Deep fried Elvis raviolis. What more do I need to say?

Congratulations to Rebekka on the new site!

 

Have a happy weekend, lovelies!

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There’s nothing quite like a summer garden wedding that’s all about family, and that’s just what I have for you today. As photographer Ryan Wilcox says: A gorgeous backyard commitment ceremony in the west hills of Portland, Oregon with an Elvis impersonator, Portland food carts, a vintage car, a rowdy fun group of guys and a stylish couple. What’s not to love?

Jane’s sister, Kailla Platt, arranged all of the lovely summer rustic flowers.

Jane and Stuart chose their wedding venue for it’s special significance in Jane’s family. Says the bride, “Portland has gorgeous summers, so we knew we wanted to celebrate outside. My grandparents built a beautiful garden together, and my eldest sister got married under the oak tree my grandfather planted over 70 years ago. He is 99 and was there to celebrate with us! Stuart and I got married under a paper bark cherry tree in their garden. The place is so lovely, we didn’t need any decor. Some dahlias on the tables and lights above the dance floor. Boom. Simple.”

Love all the hugs!

Several food trucks catered the wedding, including a late night visit by the Voodoo Doughnut truck!

A couple more details about the day from Jane and Stuart:

What advice do you have for other brides?  Drink a lot of Sleepytime tea the night before your wedding. Maybe even a nip of some booze. Anything to slow you down. I didn’t sleep a wink!

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Stuart’s mother was very ill and not going to make it to our summer wedding celebration. She and Stuart’s stepfather got married in Las Vegas, so in honor of her I surprised Stuart by whisking him off to Vegas to get hitched. I showed up outside of the school where he teaches with a sign reading “Will you marry me? In Vegas? Tomorrow?” We hopped in a cab to the airport and called his mom on the way. She got a kick out of it. She passed away a month and a half later, so we are both so glad we made it happen. In Portland we wanted to say our own vows to each other and celebrate with our dear friends and family (with an Elvis impersonator to bring in a little bit of Vegas!).

 

Vendors

Photography: Ryan Wilcox of You Look Nice Today / Venue: private garden in Portland, Oregon / Bride’s dress: Temperley London / Groom’s suit: Gucci / Groom’s shirt: J.Crew / Food truck catering: Violetta, Shut Up and EatThe Gaufre Gourmet, and Voodoo Doughnut

See lots more photos from Jane and Stuart’s wedding on Ryan’s blog right here!

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I had the hardest time finding the right wedding dress, but I knew early on that I wanted to wear one of Jennifer Behr’s stunning pieces in my hair – it’s still one of my favorite things from my entire wedding! Every season since 2005, Jennifer has created unique heirloom-quality pieces, made entirely by hand in New York City – and every season is as gorgeous as the last.

Each Jennifer Behr piece is made by hand from the finest materials: Swarovski crystals, antiqued metal, tiny pearls, ethereal silk chiffon… and they’re even more gorgeous in person than they are in photos! If you’re looking for something to accent your wedding day look, you’ll find something elegantly modern and timelessly chic in Jennifer Behr bridal accessories.

Love these sneak peeks into the Jennifer Behr studio! When you see the hand work and detail that goes into each headband and tiara and comb, it’s not hard to understand why they can take hours to create! Truly heirloom-worthy pieces for your wedding day.

 

Images from the top: hand-stitched chiffon, Eloise head wrap, Ariana comb, Nerissa headband, Chloe headband, Celeste tiara, hand-dyed feathers

 

 

This post sponsored by Jennifer Behr.

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