Props can be fun, but all you really need for a darling engagement session is a pretty place and each other. And a good photographer of course!

Photographer Cassidy Carson shared a bit about the shoot: “Lindsay and Ben’s love is radiant. You don’t even have to know them to know how crazy about each other they are. It’s such a wonderful thing to witness and I’m so honored that I was able to capture their engagement session. We took a short drive from Nashville to Hatchland Hills Vineyard in Joelton, Tennessee for the shoot. It was raining for most of it, but they were both so easy going, it didn’t bother them. Right as the shutter clicked on the last frame, the bottom fell out of the sky. It was a perfect session for an amazing couple.”

See lots more photos from Lindsay and Ben’s love shoot over on Cassidy’s blog!

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Living in hectic New York City, Lauren and Grant wanted their wedding to be anything but. So they opted for a romantic, low-key wedding in Vermont, where they both attended college…

Baby’s breath decorated the wedding: a wreath of baby’s breath marked the ceremony site, bridesmaids carried baby’s breath bouquets, and the bride wore baby’s breath in her hair. Baby’s breath even adorned the wedding cake!

Says Lauren: My mother was my Maid of Honor. My mother’s famous line when I was growing up was, “I’m not your friend, I’m your mother,” but at some point she relented and became my best friend. The night I got engaged, my mother was the first person I called and I knew there was no one else I’d rather have next to me while I was saying “I do.”

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Grant and I both attended UVM, and we had the most incredible college experience and continue to visit frequently. When we got engaged, we both knew that we wanted to say our “I do’s” in Vermont. The Brick House was the first of 5 venues that we planned to see on our first Vermont wedding planning weekend, and as soon as we got there we both knew The Brick House was where we were meant to get married. The amazing views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks completely blew us away. The house had a warm, cozy, lived in feel. We sat on the screened in porch, overlooking the mountains, picturing our friends and family around us and knew we had found the spot!

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Living in fast paced New York City, I knew that I wanted my wedding to be the opposite of that. My inspiration for the wedding was natural, minimalist, elegant and comfortable. We had wood benches for the ceremony, the food was served family style and shoes were optional!

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  During dinner I looked around the tent and realized that every person that I love was sitting around me. It was surreal. Wedding planning can become extremely stressful, but in that moment I realized that the table linens, matching ties, and stationary really didn’t matter.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Delegate! While I was wedding planning, all of my friends and family would check in with me on a weekly basis, asking what they could help with. It was such a relief when I would offload a task. I hope they all know how much I truly appreciated that.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t sweat the small stuff! It is tempting to get involved in every little detail of your wedding but don’t! Hire people and vendors based on their previous work, explain your vision, and let them do their thing. Chances are an experienced florist knows how to put together a beautiful floral arrangement better than a stressed out bride.



Photographer: 822 Weddings / Venue: The Brick House at Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont / Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss, Brooks Brothers / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Flowers: From Maria’s Garden / Tent Rental: Vermont Tent Company / Ceremony Violinist: Samantha Gillogly / Catering: Susanna’s Catering / Cake: Bake Aria

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Five years ago today, I published the first post on Snippet & Ink – can you believe it’s been five years?! Thank you to all of our loyal readers and wonderful sponsors who help to make this blog possible – you inspire me to work every day to make Snippet & Ink better and better. Here’s to another great year of daily wedding inspiration!


Photo by our sponsor Elizabeth Messina of Kiss the Groom.

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Mood: playful, rustic, low-key
Palette: black, white, honey gold, green, tan

I love black and white as a way to dress up a rustic event – it seems sort of unexpected and even a little bit modern. Here it’s more black and tan, I guess, and the effect is warm and a little bit playful, especially with details like funnel cakes and a silhouette artist. Dahlias and sunflower centers tiptoe back and forth between summer and fall, and a rustic venue feels like the perfect place to be as one season transitions into the next…


Row 1: woman in gingham shirt and cardigan with vintage camera, photo by Kate Powers / letterpress invitation, calligraphy by Betsy Dunlap / funnel cakes from Food and Cook  //  Row 2: Motorman chocolate lager, packaging designed by Freshthrills, via Lovely Package / bouquet with maidenhair fern and brown sunflowers by Ariella Chezar for Brides  //  Row 3: barn and field with dandelions, photo by Rebekka Seale / musician with mandolin, photo by Jose Villa / silhouette artist from Martha Stewart Weddings  //  Row 4: escort cards nestled in peanuts from Kelly Oshiro, calligraphy by Betsy Dunlap, photo by Jose Villa / centerpiece with dahlias and fruit by Amy Merrick / black striped linen tablecloth from Relish Decor

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It feels like summer just started, yet here it is the end of August. It happens every year, and I’m always surprised! How are you spending this long weekend? Ryan’s sister and her kiddos are coming for a short visit this weekend, which I hope means we get to splash around the pool all day. I also think house guests are a great excuse to bake something yummy, since there are people to help me eat whatever it is…

…I’m thinking maybe some double dark chocolate shortbread cookies.

Speaking of baking, I made these scones for my brunch last weekend and they were a hit!

Which states are dear to your heart? At $18, you can buy a print of each!

Late summer garden party inspiration.

Fun crawfish boil invites.

Fun wallpaper for your iPhone.

These bouquets by McKenzie Powell are to die for!

And a darling paper doll app, via Ez’s Pinterest.

In another life I’ll have occasion to wear this dress and this ring. Together.

Organization inspiration.

I’d love to see a wedding invitation inspired by this sparkling wine label.

Thousands of black paper moths – so elegant and creepy at the same time.

Congratulations Maria!

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And in case you missed it, we’re looking for crafty folks to collaborate with us on some fun projects! If you or anyone you know might interested, check out our post!


Have a wonderful long weekend everyone!

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