Kate Holt of Flowerwild and Rebecca Stone of Duet Weddings teamed up to create this floral photo shoot for Martha Stewart Weddings. I love the modern bohemian twist they gave it (how cool is that urban greenhouse?). Photos by Jose Villa.

Loose bouquet of orange and copper cymbidium orchids, oncidium orchids and passion vine tendrils.

Bouquet of cattleya orchids and green anthurium, tied with hand-dyed silk ribbon.

Arm bouquet of maroon and chocolate oncidium orchids and white passion vine.

Cascade bouquet of green cymbidum orchids, pale green phalenopsis orchids, ladyslippers and vines.

Simple bouquet of snake’s head frittilaria, sword fern and wild grasses, tied with vintage trim.

Full bouquet of orange weber parrot tulips and foraged trumpet vine.

Joel Serrato caught the shoot on 8mm.

See even more from this shoot over at The Bride’s Guide!

Photography: Jose Villa / Videography: Joel Serrato / Florals, styling: Kate Holt of Flowerwild / Styling, coordination: Rebecca Stone of Duet Weddings / Location: Hatfield Orchids / Hair, make up: Team Hair and Makeup / Wardrobe: Swift Vintage / Jewelry: Wish List


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One of the things I strive to do on Snippet & Ink is to show that simple is often the most beautiful choice, and that it can take many lovely forms. Alisa and Tim’s charming Fourth of July wedding is one example of how sweet simple can be, and the bride was kind enough to share plenty of details about the day.

Says Alisa: In reflection, the experience of planning our wedding was as meaningful and fulfilling as our wedding day itself. I am so grateful for all of the time I got to spend with Tim, my friends, and family through out the process. Even though at times it was stressful, it was also a lot of fun, and a huge growing experience. I think we both developed a new appreciation and stronger relationship with the people most important to us in our lives. And I think the commitment we made to each other on our wedding day was that much stronger because of the process.

For a number of reasons, including venue availability and ceremony timing requirements, we decided to get married on Sunday, July 4th. We were a bit nervous about choosing this date, but after surveying close family and friends we were thrilled to discover that people were actually excited about the idea. We knew we wanted to have a light relaxed fun celebration, and since our guests were forgoing their usual holiday plans to celebrate with us, we wanted to make sure it was worth their while!

There are so many yummy gorgeous ideas out there that I definitely needed parameters, otherwise I would have been lost. Fortunately, Fourth of July served as a great guide for the design and feel of our event and fit well with our location. We decided sparklers, BBQ, and cupcakes were a must. Colors were loosely shades of blue and red with some yellow and white.

For the seating cards, I took the scrap fabric from the table toppers and made button magnets, using button kits, a glue gun, and magnets purchased from a local craft store. My mom and I also made a bunch of extra buttons (without the magnets) that could be used on the bouquets and boutonnières.

I owe nearly all of the credit for our wedding design to my mom who had the idea to make quilted table toppers. She picked beautiful fabrics that truly captured the spirit of our day and we used them as our design guide for nearly everything. Our “guest book” was also my mom’s idea. She cut up evenly sized squares of fabric, ironed special paper onto the backs making them stiffer for signing, and set them out at a table with fabric pens. After our wedding she used the signed squares, the mini table quilts, and any extra fabric she had left over and created an heirloom quilt for our bed as a wedding present.

All of the other lovely details including flowers and the look and flow of our event was thanks to our vendors, who in the end did what they did best to make our vision for our wedding a reality. Truly, the whole day surpassed our greatest expectations. And one of the best parts was watching our guests enjoy everything as much as we did!


Photography: Beaux Arts Photographie by Kirsten Ellis

Venue: McCormick Home Ranch in Camarillo, California

Month-of coordination: Kelly Oshiro Design

Bride’s dress / shoes: Paloma Blanca / Angela Nuran

Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew

Suit rentals: Friar Tux

Flowers: Kelly Oshiro Design

Officiant: Rabbi Rochelle Robins

Catering: DJ’s California Catering

Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes

DJ: Ian Gotler for Red Shoe LA

Sparklers: Sparkle


Congratulations Alisa and Tim! Wishing you both all the best! I also have to say, it’s such a treat to have Kirsten Ellis from Beaux Arts Photographie here on Snippet & Ink, and I hope she’ll be back again soon.

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Becca grew up near the lakes of Michigan, and Tim hails from the coast of North Carolina, so they both have a love of the water, which is part of why they decided to have their wedding in Tiburon, just across the bay from San Francisco. Says Rebecca:

Prior to our engagement, one of our favorite weekend activities was to take the ferry across the bay to enjoy Tiburon’s restaurants and spectacular views of our beloved city. We both realized fairly quickly that Tiburon would be the perfect location to celebrate our wedding – its downtown area is storybook-adorable and being right near the water invokes both of our upbringings. We were certain it would be the perfect vacation destination for our out-of-town family and friends as well.

While our ceremony and reception were held in Tiburon, our honeymoon suite was located at the Cavallo Point Resort located just under the Golden Gate Bridge. This is also where we took a majority of our bridal party photos and where Tim and I saw each other for the first time that day. Our photographer captured every moment beautifully. I have such a love for those towering pine and eucalyptus trees that surrounded us.

One of my favorite memories leading up to our day was the assembly line of our girlfriends in our apartment (many close friendships made through my husband) helping us with all the DIY details. Each of them shared in our excitement and anticipation while helping create the ceremony programs, table tents, and gift bags for our guests. On the day of, they also assembled our chocolate chip cookie favors.

For the ceremony, Becca wore her mother’s blusher.

The event director at the Corinthian Yacht Club, Leila Heyman, made the rest of our planning effortless. She was extremely helpful in coordinating every detail for our reception. The large, yet cozy room opened up to a sun room that overlooked the bay with views of San Francisco. During cocktail hour, our guests poured onto the patio outside while the chef prepared fresh crab cakes as one of our appetizers.

The main room at the Corinthian has two large ship wheels that serve as chandeliers, which Susan from Fantasy Florals surrounded with flowers that completely tied the room together. I remember glancing up at them throughout the night and just grinning.

Tim and I are still playing back our favorite moments that lead up to and took place during that day; one of his favorite moments was the universal rush to the dance floor from our guests, thanks to our DJ who took the time to get to know us personally and help decide on our play list. Our guests danced tirelessly throughout the evening.


Photography: Myrtle & Marjoram

Bridal party portrait venue: Cavallo Point in Sausalito, California

Ceremony venue: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Tiburon, California

Reception venue: Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon, California

Bride’s dress / blue sash: Haute Bride / Britex Fabrics

Hair: Mark Schulte for Salon Mark Carlos (Says Becca, “I’ve been going to Salon Mark Carlos for years. I have a ton of hair, so when Mark literately sewed my hair up for the day, I was so grateful.”

Makeup: Veronica Sjoen for Artist Untied

Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo

Flowers: Fantasy Florals

Cake: Branching Out Cakes

Chiavari chair rentals: Miranda St. John Wedding & Event Rentals

DJ: Christopher Monroe for Cutting Edge Mobile Music


Congratulations Becca and Tim! Thank you for sharing all of these thoughtful details with us, and thank you to Ingrid from Myrtle & Marjoram for sending along these lovely photos.

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