I have two sweet weddings to share with you today! First up, and intimate City Hall wedding from a Snippet & Ink reader. Says Erica, “My Morgane Le Fay dress is how I found Snippet & Ink. It was the first dress I tried on and I fell in love with it. I went home and looked online to see if anyone had worn it as a wedding dress and Didi and Ambrogio’s wedding came up!”

13 people joined Erica and Justin at their San Francisco City Hall wedding ceremony. Says Erica: “SF is a beautiful city and one of our favorite places to visit. We wanted a simple ceremony followed by an intimate dinner with our immediate family. City Hall is as stunning as any location gets and we were so excited to be married on the 4th floor! It was such a surprise to be able to get married on the 4th floor of City Hall. It’s gorgeous up there. I had seen photos and read about it but it’s usually closed unless rented out for private events. We were the last wedding of the day and City Hall was completely empty so I asked. My favorite moment was standing in front of the judge with the light beaming in the courthouse, holding Justin’s hands, looking into his eyes and feeling like we were the only ones in the room. I couldn’t stop smiling and got the giggles. I have never felt such peace and happiness in my life as that moment.

Says Justin, the groom: “I guess my favorite moment was standing in front of my wife-to-be and looking into her eyes. We had been running around non-stop for several weeks so it was the first chance to enjoy the moment. I also got a kick out of Erica being very predictable and forgetting something. This time it was her ID in the town car and my brother having to sprint all the way outside to retrieve it while we waited to be called into the clerk’s office. Naturally, our families were waiting in the hall and not sure what was going on. They probably thought the worst!”

I love these tips from the couple. From Erica: We went back and forth whether or not to have our families at the wedding or elope. Sitting at dinner and looking around at everyone laughing and sharing stories made us so happy we had them there to share the day and help us celebrate. And from Justin: Be sure you give yourself enough time to tie the best knot you have ever tied on a neck tie. When you get into all the options for knots, you’ll likely need plenty of time to try them all.

Photography: EmmyJeanne Photography (found through Snippet & Ink!)

Ceremony venue: San Francisco City Hall

Reception venue: Le Charm Bistro in San Francisco, California

Bride’s dress / shoes: Morgane Le Fay / Kate Spade

Groom’s suit / shirt and tie: Banana Republic / Thomas Pink

Flowers: Natalie Bowen

Congratulations Erica and Justin!

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It’s so fun for me to introduce one of my wonderful wedding vendors with you today. Bella Bridesmaid has so many beautiful dresses to choose from, they made finding perfect bridesmaid and flower girl dresses one of the easiest things on my wedding checklist. To be honest, I’m a little jealous of my maid of honor – I love the dress she gets to wear!

Bridget Brown opened the first Bella Bridesmaid boutique in San Francisco in 2000, to fill a much needed space in the bridesmaid market for chic, wearable, designer dresses showcased in a comfortable and intimate boutique setting. Ten years later, there are more than 40 stores across the country, all with a wide range of price points and a variety of colors and styles. I’m telling you, if you don’t want your girls to wear the same old bridesmaid dress, make an appointment at Bella Bridesmaid – you’re bound to find just what you’re looking for.

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This wedding is so lovely – I think Sophie, the bride, said it best: We had a dream of a wedding at my parents home on top of a mountain in the Napa Valley.

A dream indeed! And Nancy Neil captured the day beautifully...

We wanted to marry at my parents’ place because it is a spectacular place, and we wanted an intimate feeling. Ben and I have been together 6 years and engaged for 3, so we pretty much have felt “married.” The wedding was very much about bringing our families together and establishing a new family – we wanted people there to witness our commitment and who we knew would be there for us through the years to come.

We did a lot of things on our own and it was fun but we kept it simple. We had friends and family help with the set up. We borrowed a funky dance floor from friends. We hung the lights, lanterns and set the long table. My mom and sister made the banners from material my mom had. My sister’s boyfriend filmed the wedding and did fun interviews with our camcorder; they made a wedding video for our wedding gift. On a whim, my mother’s cousin made the flower piece for my hair, which ended up being a beautiful last minute surprise.

My sister and best man went to the wholesale flower market in San Francisco and did all of the flower arrangements. We kept it simple and also used the farmers market flowers we had used at the rehearsal dinner pig roast the night before. We wanted a very personal home made wedding feel, so we used linens my mother had and borrowed mixed china from a friend.

Don’t you love Sophie’s Grecian goddess look? I found my vintage dress at a roadside “gypsy shack” out by Bodega Bay with my mother about a month before the wedding. One of my best friends altered it the weekend before to work with my mama belly. My shoes were sandals I’d bought while living in Italy the previous year.

Congratulations Sophie and Benjamin, on your marriage and your new arrival! Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding with us, and thank you to Nancy Neil for sharing these amazing photos.

Photographer: Nancy Neil/ Venue: Private home in Napa, California / Dress: Vintage / Event Planner & Designer: Julia Lake / Groom’s shirt, pants, vest: Givenchy / Ralph Lauren / Rag & Bone
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I’m so sorry for disappearing the last couple of days – wedding errands sort of took over and I lost track of time. But it was productive! I found a veil and got ties for the boys, Ryan and I bought our wedding bands, had a gelato tasting (yes we’re serving gelato at our December wedding, because as far as I’m concerned it’s always the right season for ice cream), and finally picked the songs for our wedding ceremony. It feels like we’d be engaged forever, and now our wedding is just around the corner!

This weekend I’ll be checking some more things off the wedding to do list, but first let me leave you with some fun links. Have a happy weekend everyone!

Downtown from behind, via A Cup of Jo.

Red lips and big hair. Love. It.

30/30/30 – could you do it? via Design for Mankind

I’m already plotting how I’m going to cut my hair after the wedding. Maybe something like this?

How about golden ballerina shoes with your wedding dress?

New old frames. I want them all!

Gorgeous invites by Rosebrook Meyer, via Brooklyn Bride.

Some more pics from our engagement shoot!

Under the Tuscan sun (how awesome is the back of that dress?).

Simple little gift for your groom.

Not sure how much longer I’ll be able to hold out on buying an iPad.

Black and white and yellow will always be a favorite of mine.


Album and art piece in one.

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