Dream of a destination Italian wedding? Then today is your lucky day! Melissa and Brett were wed in an intimate ceremony in the Chianti region of Italy, followed by a celebratory dinner with their nearest and dearest family and friends.

An antique locket with a photo of her grandmother embellished Melissa’s bouquet of white roses and olive leaves. From Melissa: “Because Brett and I no longer have any living grandparents, we wanted to be sure we included them in the ceremony. Brett wore his grandfather’s cufflinks, I wore my great grandmother’s ring (as well as her wedding diamond in a necklace I wear everyday), I carried a locket with my grandmother’s photo in it, my mom read a poem my grandmother wrote, and we had a portion of our ceremony that named all of our grandparents and asked for a moment of silence in their honor.”

The ceremony itself took place in a small family chapel on the property. Says the bride, “I think it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen and dates back to the 17th century. During the ceremony, my mom read a poem that her mother had written to my aunt the day of my aunt’s wedding (the year both Brett and I were born). Musicians from a local music school played cello and violin.”

Says Melissa:  The whole experience was exactly what we hoped for except the “storm of biblical proportions” that arrived around lunchtime on our wedding day. Rain (so much rain), the loudest thunder I’ve ever heard, lightning, and hail. This went on for an hour and then, lightning actually struck the steps of the inn and the power went out for two hours! I think Brett and I were too stunned to panic, sitting there in the dark trying to think of a backup plan for our outdoor wedding dinner. Thankfully, a couple of hours later, the clouds parted, the rain stopped, and we had a gorgeous rainbow… and what became a perfect evening for our ceremony and dinner.

Melissa answered some questions about the day:

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We first traveled to Italy together in 2009 and stayed at Rignana for part of our trip. We fell in love with, well, everything there – the food, the rooms, the olive trees and vineyard, and the history. So, when we decided to go small with the wedding, it was just the perfect choice.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I found it extremely easy to be inspired by Italy. I started by looking back at our photos from our 2009 trip and was so inspired by the rolling green hills, gorgeous old architecture, and remote location. We knew we wanted much of the celebration to be outside, so it became more about trying to keep things simple and not distract from the natural beauty of the location.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day? When the rain, thunder, lightning and hail stopped. (Kidding.) My favorite moment of the day was when Brett and I saw each other for the first time (which is also one of my favorite photos). We were like two little kids! So excited, so happy. We both just couldn’t wait.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  I wore a ring that belonged to my great grandmother, which my mom loaned me, so it was my borrowed and blue. And, even though we lived together for a few months before we married, we spent the night before the ceremony apart.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received was to remember to slow down and really take time to absorb everything. The wedding day goes by so quickly and it’s so important to really take it all in. I was fortunate enough to have our guests “trapped” out in the countryside with us for a weekend, so we actually had time to sit and talk to each person who was there with us. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me.



Photography: Clare Barboza / Venue: Fattoria de Rignana near Greve, Italy / Bride’s dress: Pronovias / Veil: Marisol Aparicio / Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew / Flowers: Annalisa at Marie Lou Piante & Fiori / Catering: Arturo Dori


See lots more photos over on Clare’s blog!

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Mia and Jared had a lovely wedding, with beautiful photos by Katie Stoops, but as the bride says, “Creating a party where all of our friends and family would have the best time was the most important thing – our focus was always on the celebration rather than anything else.” An important thing to remember when planning a wedding!

Bridesmaids wore simple seersucker dresses.

Says Mia:  “Our ceremony was also really special to us. First off, being in the chapel on campus was very important to us. Jared’s cousin was ordained for the occasion and wrote such a sweet and beautiful script. We took readings from For Whom the Bell Tolls and our favorite My Morning Jacket Song and bagpipes played as we processed and recessed. We made it very personal and didn’t listen to any of the traditional ceremony must-dos which we were so happy for in the end. People we barely knew said they teared up during our ceremony!”

A calligrapher wrote guests’ names on kraft paper cutouts, which were pinned to napkins with tiny clothespins, purchased from Oriental Trading.

Congratulations Mia and Jared! And thank you to Katie Stoops for the lovely photos!



Photography: Katie Stoops / Ceremony venue: Hamilton College Chapel / Reception venue: Harding Farm in Clinton, New York / Bride’s dress: Anne Barge / Veil: Brideshead Revisited / Seersucker bridesmaid dresses: Reese Jacobs / Groom’s suit: J.Crew / Invitations: ellothere / Flowers: The Backyard Garden

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As you know, Minted is one of my all-time favorite sponsors, so when they asked me to create these little vignettes with some of my favorite designs, I couldn’t say no! It was such a fun project, especially since I just love getting to see these pretties in person. And even more fun, today I get to give one of you $200 toward any purchase from Minted!

St. Helena invitation

Honey Bee invitation (I think this one is my very favorite – I love that gingham!)

Rustic Type invitation (Here we used the wraparound address stickers and labels for the jam jar.)


Not only is Minted a fantastic source for wedding invitations that are both unique and reasonably priced, but it’s also a great place to find the perfect customized holiday card. I got to browse through samples from this year’s collection and they’re even better in person: printed on thick, quality paper, with all kinds of great options like envelope liners and colorful backers.


So what are your favorite Minted designs? To enter to win $200 toward any Minted purchase, just head on over to the site and browse the different designs, then leave a comment here letting me know your favorite wedding or holiday style.

You have until 11:59 PM (EDT) on Wednesday, November 9th to enter, and I’ll announce the randomly selected winner on Friday, November 11th.



Photography by Brooke Bryand Photography.
Calligraphy by If So Inklined.
Flowers by Birch.


Update! This contest is now closed.


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I know other parts of the country are getting ridiculous amounts of snow already, but it’s finally starting to feel like fall here, and I love it! Time for sweaters! And apples! I’m also continuing the never ending project of organizing our house, which has nothing to do with fall, but which has everything to do with my weekend plans. What are you up to this weekend?

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And now some links for your Friday!

What we can learn from Kim Kardashian.

Coveting every single thing from Stripe & Field, via {frolic!}.

I love paper flowers in every form, via simplesong.

30th birthday? Party in a box!

Rosebrook Meyer’s Belle invitation is just lovely.

So fun to see Amy Atlas’s pattern board.

Personalize your Moleskine.

Piles and piles of Kilim pillows.

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Sparkliest coin purse.

Gift idea: Black Box Dessert Club, via Ruby Press. Update! Black Box Dessert Club is giving Snippet & Ink readers 20% off! Discount code: snippetink, valid until 11/7/11 at midnight.

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