Overlooking the Long Island Sound, Beth and Mark’s lovely July wedding incorporated classic details and personal touches – I love the morning coats as a nod to the groom’s English background!

The classic calligraphy invitations were letterpressed in pale lavender blue ink on creamy paper with rounded corners.

Says the bride, “We chose Wainwright House for its idyllic setting – a gorgeous French country manor style house with charm and style that we both loved the instant we walked in. The fact that the house opened out onto a great lawn in the back, with a backdrop of Long Island Sound, clinched the deal!”

Escort cards were nestled in a bed of lavender buds, surrounded by a moss border.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The French countryside was a big inspiration for our wedding. We brought lavender sprigs, macarons, and a specialty drink called the ‘Poire Williams’ into our theme. We also played off the fact that Mark is English, so he and his groomsmen wore traditional morning coats (full coattails!) and we had Cherry Bakewell tarts – an English favorite – as favors.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  We absolutely loved our wedding ceremony, but outside of that, there were two favorite moments: Listening to the speeches from my husband and my dad which were incredibly touching, funny, and was a moment I will never forget. We also loved that during cocktail hour we were able to escape for a few quiet minutes and have a few hors d’oeuvres on our own, looking out over the water, and marveling that we were husband and wife!

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  ‘Something old’ was my grandmother’s bracelet, ‘something new’ was the pearl necklace (and gift from my husband), ‘something borrowed’ was my mom’s pearl earrings, and ‘something blue’ was a small embroidered ribbon of my initials and wedding date that was sewn just inside my dress.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Without a doubt the best advice was to simply enjoy the day, and not stress. I also appreciated the advice to savor as many moments as I could – it all goes by so fast, and there are so many memories that you’ll want to re-live over and over.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t sweat the details – the day will turn out brilliantly and beautiful, and the guests will remember what a beaming beautiful bride you are!


See more of Beth and Mark’s traditional wedding in the gallery!

Photographer: Stefanie Kapra / Event Planner: Stacie Shea / Venue: Wainwright House in Rye, New York / Dress, Veil: Jane Wilson- Marquis / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Morning Suit: Baldwin Formals / Tie: Brooks Brothers / Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Bridesmaid Dresses, Flower Girl Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Floral Designer: Dirt / Ceremony Music: C3 Worship / Reception Band: Clark Eno Orchestra / Catering, Cake: Cornerstone Catering / Hair, Makeup: Jennie Fresa / Limousine: Morano’s Limousine / Stationery: Jessica Haley
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You might remember MyPublisher from the adorable photo guest book in this wedding feature, but did you know they also offer charming (and totally affordable!) save the date cards?

Each design has been hand-picked, resulting in a thoughtful (and stunning!) collection of save the dates that offers something for every bride, especially when you consider the customization options: over 50 fonts to choose from in an unlimited range of colors! Also, can we talk about these darling envelope liners? What a fun detail for the folks on your guest list!

The best part of MyPublisher? They offer premium quality stationery at totally affordable prices – who doesn’t love that?! Whether you’re interested in a photo save the date card or a bridal shower invitation, MyPublisher is committed to hands-on quality control – by handling every step of the process in-house, they ensure that your customized order turns out perfectly.

So cute, right?! And all of these styles are available on super thick paper, which just adds to their appeal. See lots more designer save the dates – plus photo books and bridal shower invites – over on MyPublisher.


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Natalia and Steven planned their intimate lighthouse civil ceremony in just three weeks, and the bride bought her dress at Bloomingdales just the day before! Says Natalia, “Not to sound cliche, but we got married because it was the most natural, easy and obvious thing to do. Even though we have been living apart and long-distance for over a year now, it felt like we have been with each other for centuries because our love was so deep, forgiving and patient and we simply wanted to be husband and wife because we knew our love has been through enough to deserve that.”

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The couple’s families joined them on The Original Party Trolley of Boston.

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From Natalia: “Steven’s family is all from New England, so we chose Cape Cod and found a unique spot to get married: the Nobska Lighthouse.” Though the lighthouse grounds are available for weddings, the lighthouse itself is not generally open to the public, but because Steven is a former Marine combat veteran, and the lighthouse is managed by the Coast Guard, the couple and their handful of guests were allowed inside.

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Don’t you love this shot of the groom twirling his new bride after their ceremony? So sweet!

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Steven grew up in New England and we are both drawn to the ocean. The Nobska Lighthouse is on a hill right by the ocean in Cape Cod, and felt tranquil and magical to us.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Dancing and getting absolutely wild on the trolley with my whole family while “Shout!” by The Isley Brothers was playing. We were jumping up and down till the whole trolley was swaying to each side and it made me so happy to see both of our families become one large dancing family.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Don’t talk badly about your husband to anyone. People say they are just venting but others don’t forgive and forget the things you say about your husband because they don’t love him like you do. Sometimes the only way people know your husband is through you. Build him up. Always.


See more of this intimate lighthouse wedding in the gallery!

Photographer: Erin McGinn / Venue: Nobska Lighthouse in Cape Cod, Massachussetts / Dress: Bloomingdales / Shoes: Zara / Groom’s Attire:  Ted Baker / Catering: Brazilian Grill Churrascaria / Trolley: The Original Party Trolley of Boston / Hairstylist: Mirror Image Salon
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The Kentucky Derby is still a few days away, but we couldn’t wait any longer to share this romantic inspired shoot with you! Mint juleps, fancy hats, roses for days… what a perfect place to draw inspiration from. Says Krista from Blue Eyed Yonder, “Inspired by the beautiful, iconic imagery of the Kentucky Derby, this Run for the Roses look blends classic Derby elements with a soft, romantic mood and a color palette of creamy blush, textured neutrals, and a pop of rich, emerald green.”

Serenbe Stables provided the perfect backdrop for this equestrian themed wedding shoot.

Emerald green accents, including this floor-length pleated bridesmaid dress, added richness to the otherwise color palette of soft blush and cream.

For dinner, Allison Leuker, head chef at Sun In My Belly, created a menu of benne seed biscuits with country ham and grain mustard, pickled shrimp in cucumber cups, cheese straws with bourbon pecan crust, and rosemary and garlic crusted lamb chops with golden beet grits, pan roasted okra, and caper berry remoulade. And signature mint juleps of course!

Vintage silver trophy cups were the perfect choice for a Derby-themed centerpiece!

As an ode to the infamous large hats of the Kentucky Derby, Jessica Gallo of Fine and Fleurie created a hand-crafted statement bridal hairpiece from blush-colored silk.

Inspired by the tradition of the winner’s blanket given out each year, floral designer Lindsay Coletta created a luxurious blanket of over 1,000 blush roses.

A big thanks to Ali Harper for sharing these gorgeous photos! Now we’re all ready for this year’s Kentucky Derby – and hopefully we’ve inspired some Derby weddings, too!


See tons more Kentucky Derby wedding ideas in the gallery.

Photographer: Ali Harper / Design, Styling, Props: Blue Eyed Yonder / Venue: Serenbe near Palmetto, Georgia / Floral Design: Lindsay Coletta Designs / Videography: Artworks Wedding Cinema  / Hair, Makeup: Claudia Mejerle / Food, Drink: Sun In My Belly / Stationery: Buzzy Craftery / Wardrobe Stylist: Molly K. Web / Wedding Dress: Fabulous Frocks of Atlanta / Bridesmaid Dress: Neiman Marcus / Silk Floral Headpiece: Fine and Fleurie / Silver Trophy Cups: Chicken and the Egg / Linens: Pottery Barn  / Horses: Mia and Peyton of Serenbe Stables
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    It’s always nice to see a beautiful example of a perfectly intimate wedding: Jaclyn and Dennis were wed on the shore of Lake Michigan, with eight of their closest friends and family to celebrate the day.

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    Jaclyn wore a gorgeous vintage-inspired gown from BHLDN.

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    Doesn’t this shot look like something straight out of a Virginia Woolf novel?

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    The table was decorated with blue, purple and white flowers, candles, and a blue toile runner.

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    Little wreaths in purple and white flowers added something special to the chairs of the bride and groom.

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We choose to have the wedding at this location because we got engaged while on vacation in Michigan. Since I had visited the Inn at Bay Harbor before, I knew it would be the perfect location for a Michigan wedding.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  My favorite moment of the day was at the reception. Everything was over, the stress was gone, and I finally got to relax. I think the whole family felt it too. We ended the day laughing and smiling while reliving the moments of the day.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  One important tradition that we included in our wedding ceremony was adding an excerpt from ‘The Prophet’ by Khalil Gabran. It was spoken at my parent’s wedding so I wanted to include this passage in our wedding.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received as a bride is to always be honest with each other. Trust is key to great marriage.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  The three pieces of advice I have for other brides is to plan for their marriage too, not just the wedding; keep the wedding about you (the couple); and don’t spend a fortune on the wedding.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  At first you’ll think to yourself, “A dress, suit, and cake…how much could that be?” But depending on the wedding you want, these details can really add up. All in all, the wedding is only one day, so be careful how much you spend. Remember: $20,000 is a great starting point for a down payment on a house! Also, check out Cost of Wedding to help you plan.


    See more of this intimate lakeside wedding in the gallery!

    Photography: Weber Photography / Venue, Catering: The Inn at Bay Harbor in Bay Harbor, Michigan / Floral Designer: Bloom / Officiant: Gayle Gennett / Dress: “Lita” from BHLDN / Shoes, Earrings: BHLDN / Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein  via Mens Warehouse / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Rentals: Taylor Rental / Cake: Bella e Dolce

    *Wedding Paper Divas is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink

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