If you’re a long time reader of Snippet & Ink, then you know how much I love a classic green and white wedding – it’s always such a timeless choice, and a look that is easy to execute well. Today, I wanted to take that classic palette and give it a fun and preppy kick with some stripes: a skirt for the bridesmaids, an under cloth for the table, a tie for the groom. Maybe envelope liners, too? I love simple details that, while elegant, are totally DIY-able, like fruit bowl centerpieces and finger sandwiches. White calligraphy on green envelopes is a playful and updated touch. And the cap sleeved eyelet dress from Lilly Pulitzer is so perfectly preppy, it seemed made for this inspiration board.

Mood: classic playful preppy
Palette: lawn green, white, cream

Top row from left: centerpiece with fruit and flowers and vodka gimlet both from Martha Stewart Weddings, striped skirt by Anne McCramer, photo of stone house by Scott Clark
Row 2: photo of cucumber finger sandwiches by Sussie Bell, peony bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, child’s dress and green shoes from Flora & Henri
Row 3: white calligraphy on green envelope by Jenna Hein for Martha Stewart Weddings, eyelet cap-sleeve dress by Lilly Pulitzer Bridal, photo of classic white wedding cake on silver filigree stand by Jose Villa, green striped necktie from Scraggy Neck Design

 

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Like Martha and Jon’s wedding featured yesterday, Janet and Joel had an intimate wedding with fewer than 50 guests, with an historic ceremony venue followed by a simple dinner reception. There’s just something so lovely about this type of wedding! Says Janet:

Very early in the planning process, we decided that the most important things to us were sharing a really good meal with our friends and family, and hiring a great photographer to document the day. So we focused our resources on those things, kept the guest list small, and asked talented friends and family to help out.

After the wedding, the couple’s friend, Tania Lee, illustrated a charming wedding announcement for them (above left).

Janet arranged all of the flowers herself, and a friend made the magnolia leaf garland used as a ceremony arch. Janet made the programs using letterpress cards with a dogwood illustration from Paper Source.

Joel and I met in England several years ago while studying the art and architecture of country houses. We wanted our wedding to have an English Regency feel, but also to celebrate the history of Virginia. Having a beautiful old Georgian house as a backdrop really set the scene. I had my dress made by a local designer, who played up the Regency theme with an empire waist and a high ruffled collar. Joel completed the look by giving me a strand of 18th-century coral beads, which he found in an antique store and painstakingly restrung himself.

Janet also wore a vintage brooch at her waist, as well as her mother’s antique lace mantilla veil.

So much of what happened in the morning leading up to the ceremony was a blur of activity and excitement, but I remember the moment after our vows when Joel took my hand and we walked through town together to the restaurant. Just the two of us, taking our first steps into the future together. Such a special moment. When we arrived at the restaurant, our guests were having so much fun they didn’t realize we had arrived. We sipped sparkling rosé together in a quiet corner and just soaked in the happy babble around us!

Decorations were kept to the bare minimum – because I knew there would be so many wine glasses on the tables, I simply assembled small nosegays of flowers in glass rose bowls. Place cards were done by the same calligrapher who addressed our invitations, Kathryn Murray, and my 12-year-old niece made paper origami cranes (a symbol of honor and loyalty), which she placed at each setting. We sent guests home with jars of Virginia peanuts.

The autumn menu included butternut squash soup, veal meatballs with corn polenta, and pear crisp with ginger ice cream for dessert. In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, the chef made us a miniature three-tiered cake, which made everyone laugh when they brought it out. We cut it with much ceremony!

When people tell you it all goes by in the blink of an eye, they aren’t kidding. So breathe deeply, steal every kiss, hug as closely as you can, and say “I Love You” again and again.

 

Photography: Kate Headley

Ceremony venue: Carlyle House in Alexandria, Virginia

Reception venue: Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, Virginia

Bride’s custom dress: Elegance by Roya

Headband: purchased at The Hour

Shoes: Nina

Groom’s suit: Brooks Brothers

Tie: vintage Liberty of London

Bridesmaid dresses: Anthropologie

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding announcements: Tania Lee Illustration

Calligraphy: Kathryn Murray

 

Happiest wishes Janet and Joel! See more from this lovely wedding at photographer Kate Headley’s blog, and at Janet’s own blog.

 

Wedding Paper Divas is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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I’m not usually one to gush, but Martha and Jon’s wedding is one of the most charming weddings I’ve ever seen. The Charleston setting, the small guest count, the fun red and white palette, the bride’s Audrey Hepburn style… everything about it is too sweet for words! Martha and Jon are both part of the team at Tara Guérard Soirée, so it’s no surprise that their wedding included such an attention to detail.

With such a small guest list, each invitation was written by hand in letter form, addressing each guest by name. Martha is one of the ladies behind Tara Guérard’s stationery company, the Lettered Olive, and designed the dandelion motif used on all of the printed materials, from the invites to the menus.

Welcome boxes for out-of-town guests included a welcome booklet and low country treats like pralines and benne wafers.

Tara used tulips in Martha’s bouquet, as well as at the ceremony and reception.

Martha and Jon’s forty guests joined them after the ceremony for dinner at La Fourchette, a local French restaurant. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, baker Jim Smeal made a miniature cake for each guest: chocolate and Kahlua with vanilla buttercream, with the red dandelion motif piped on top.

 

Photography: Liz Banfield

Planning, design, flowers: Tara Guérard Soiree

Ceremony venue: French Huguenot Church in Charleston, South Carolina

Reception venue: La Fourchette

Stationery, welcome bags: Lettered Olive

Bride’s dress: Siri

Miniature cakes: Jim Smeal

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This was one of those weeks that just flew by – I can’t believe how quickly summer is approaching! What are your weekend plans? Hubby and I will be doing some delayed (and much needed) Spring Cleaning, and I’m going to try and figure out how to style my new short hair cut. I’ve had short hair before, but I forget that every time I chop it all off, it takes a week or so for me to get the styling just right. Even though I like having short hair, I invariably start growing it out again almost immediately. Don’t ask me why I do this, because I have no idea. Hair identity crisis maybe?

Have a happy weekend, lovelies, and of course some links for your Friday…

vintage photo via flickr

 

This is why I miss living in a rural place.

DIY doily-edged mirror – so simple!

Paper invitations are much more my style, but if you’re going to send an email invite, it should be as cute as Mr Boddington’s Nephew, via Hip Hip Hooray.

Fun on a stick (photo booth props).

Congratulations to the Johnson family on their newest addition!

Happy flower font.

Wouldn’t you just die to see a Tim Walker wedding?

I want to have more tea parties, and I’ll serve little sandwiches like this.

An ode to chambray.

Remember this wedding board? Dauphine Press created an invite using it as inspiration.

Missing my little Mississippi town these last few weeks, and thinking of all my friends still in the Delta.

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