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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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    You guys, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of your kind and supportive comments on my last post. I was sort of at my wits’ end when I wrote it (which you could probably tell), but taking a little break (and maybe a little ice cream) was just what I needed – so thank you! Tech gods willing, we’ll be back to normal posting next week,  and we’re back to weekend links today…

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    Peanut butter ice cream and ice cream peanut butter cups!

    Have you heard of The Juliet Club? Definitely worth 4 minutes, via Hannah Hart Beat.

    See the Northern Lights from your very own glass igloo.

    Darling baby announcement from Cynthia Warren.

    DIY heart-printed jeans.

    A Wayne Thiebaud inspired wedding.

    Would you try making some grocery store staples from scratch?

    I love when fashion doesn’t take itself too seriously (well, except for the price tag).

    Anatomy of a cheese plate.

    Neon bachelorette gift box via Buzzfeed.

    I was so happy to find these vintage seed packet stamps at the post office last week!

    And finally, thanks to everyone who participated in our 2013 Reader Survey and giveaway. Congratulations to Kristi, winner of $500 in custom letterpress from Kimberly FitzSimons! Kristi, you should have an email from us in your inbox. 

    Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

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