I have two faux weddings for you today, one for those autumn brides out there, and then one a little later for spring nuptials. This first shoot comes to us from Gavin Wade Photographers and stylist Gianna Sanfilippo from Chic Celebrations, who found inspiration in one of Snippet & Ink’s inspiration boards for a day-after shoot with bride and groom, Briana and Brandon. Fall leaves and cinderella pumpkins pair with barely pink roses for a look that’s both rustic and romantic…

I love the groom’s rich velvet bow tie and the bride’s heavy knit wrap – perfect for the season!


Photography: Gavin Wade Photographers

Styling: Chic Celebrations

Flowers: Heavenly Blooms

Venue: Strawberry Farms Golf Course

This shoot was submitted via Two Bright Lights.

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San Francisco isn’t the easiest place to wed on a budget, but Tracy and Jake prove that you can have a playful and stylish wedding in the city without breaking the bank. Says the bride:

We were originally going to have our wedding in the countryside of northern Wisconsin where Jake is from. It would have been a beautiful outdoor summer wedding but we realized that it was going to be waaay too much work, and a major pain for all our friends and family since it’s 3 hours from the nearest airport. San Francisco is where we met and have called home for the past six years, so instead we decided to do a simple ceremony at SF City Hall, and we started looking at restaurants whose food we enjoyed. Two friends recommended Axis Cafe in Potrero Hill so we checked it out and it was perfect. They only serve seasonal/local ingredients which makes for a delicious menu, and they offered us an off-season discount.

Decide where you want to save and where you want to splurge. Photographs were very important to me so we put more of our budget there. I’ve never seen a photo of my parents on their wedding day since they eloped and move to the United States right after. We wanted to have something to show our children and grandkids!

A good friend is a floral designer who created simple loose arrangements. The groom designs and makes furniture from salvaged materials, and he made the sandwich board sign and T&J table decoration (below) from salvaged wood.

I couldn’t wrap my head around spending over a thousand dollars on a dress that I’d only wear once, so I opted for two affordable dresses (one for City Hall and one for the reception) and splurged on shoes which I’d get to wear again and again.

Tracy’s favorite part of the day? “Jake’s speech. We had nothing planned so I had no idea it was coming. He brought me and all the guests to tears (of joy that is!).” And Jake’s favorite moment? “When I walked walked into City Hall and saw Tracy in her dress for the first time.”


Photography: Traci Griffin

Ceremony venue: San Francisco City Hall

Reception venue: Axis Cafe in San Francisco

Bride’s dresses: Wilfred by Aritzia / Alice + Olivia

Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin

Hair / makeup: Mike Page Style Lab / Mary Sanchez

Groom’s suit: Burberry

Flowers: Twig & Twine

Custom signs: Reason Furniture Design

Cake: Caitlin Williams Freeman


Congratulations Tracy and Jake! And thank you to Traci Griffin for sharing these beautiful and fun photos with us!

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Crystal Kluge does some of the sweetest, most playful calligraphy you’ll ever see, so I was thrilled when she teamed up with typographer Stuart Sandler to form Tart Workshop, putting out some of the most delightful fonts I’ve seen. And when she emailed me about her newest fonts, Bookeyed Suzanne and Bookeyed Jack, I instantly imagined them on a wedding invitation or program or menu. They both have such personality! From their descriptions on MyFonts…

“Our darling Suzanne, she’s personable and flexible with a large number of alternative glyphs & ligatures to customize her appearance. A modern girl with vintage charms, she’s equally comfortable placed as center of attention or in a supporting role. Her stylish serifs were created with antique French nibs dipped in walnut ink. Suzanne (like her cousin Jack) loves books for adults & children, posters, stationery, weddings, gifts and sugary sour candy.”

“Everyone loves Jack! He’s easy to be around and plays delightfully with other Tart Workshop fonts. Bookeyed Jack is strong enough to command the page, yet he doesn’t complain when others get more attention. His handsome good looks were handdrawn with pointed pen in walnut ink. He adores books & music, posters & stationery and spending time with his stylish cousin Suzannne.”

Will someone please design an invitation suite with these fonts and then send me the photos? At $29.95 each (or $49.95 for the pair), using either of the Bookeyed fonts seems like a totally budget-friendly way to create something that looks hand-drawn (because it is!).

And then there’s Tart Workshop’s Barocca Monograms, another lovely way to get a custom, hand-lettered look for less. I can’t even tell you how much time I spent at MyFonts playing around with my initials, my husband’s initials, our married monogram… “Barocca is a beautifully romantic monogram font with passionate inclinations. She’s a performer who shines in the spotlight. Originating from experiments with highly flourished calligraphic letters using antique French nibs & sepia ink upon rag paper, she developed in a charmingly unique font with impulsively spirited center caps held in check by more disciplined side caps. On or off stage, Barocca sings!”


Tart Workshop has even created Nelly Frames, a “variety of interlocking corners, sides and centers” that you could use to create custom frames for any number of wedding projects, from address labels to favors to table numbers.

Tart Workshop has a slew of fonts and styles to choose from, these just happen to be my favorites. Nelly Script and Nelly Script Flourish are another great way to get a hand drawn look that’s a bit more classic, but just as lovely, and I believe that Tart Workshop has a few new fonts coming out soon. So please, will someone create something wonderful with them and let me see how it turns out?

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Old St. Hilary’s is a little church on a hillside, overlooking the San Francisco Bay, and one of the most charming places I can imagine for a wedding. Especially on a sunny day, like the Friday in August when Marnie and Brian wed. Says the bride:

We wanted something that was more romantic than anything else – something elegant but neither fancy nor overly rustic. Something intimate and unique. We wanted to find a small chapel for the ceremony and Old St. Hilary’s was perfect, and when I first saw pictures of the Outdoor Art Club I fell in love with it. We love that both buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, and after that everything came together.

We chose music that we loved and that seemed fitting for the occasion including Fred Hersch’s interpretation of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and “Good Day, Sunshine” by the Beatles for walking back down the aisle. We wanted music that provided a sense of joy and of the sacred and yet was not entirely serious.

We snuck down the road before the reception to take some photos with the best man and maid of honor. The trees are giant and covered with moss and it’s beautiful – we couldn’t resist clambering around a bit in the forest and the stream, a nice way to escape for a while.

After the ceremony, guests headed to the Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley for dinner and dancing.

We have two adorable shelter mutts who couldn’t be there, so we included them by making a donation to Just a Dog Pitbull Rescue in lieu of wedding favors, and had little portraits of them on our invitations and cake.

Marnie’s advice for other brides?  You may need help where you don’t think you will, like remembering to do the basics (sleep! eat dinner the night before!). It’s so easy to get caught up in all the excitement and the lovely details, but no dress or make up artist or stylist can make you look nearly as good if you haven’t had a good 7-8 hours of sleep. You’ll need it! Also, if you’re keeping your dress long, make sure you have a free hand to life it as you walk down the aisle or you might trip.

Photography: Gia Canali / Ceremony venue: Old St. Hilary’s in Tiburon, California / Reception venue: Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley, California / Bride’s dress: Rosa Clara / Bridesmaid dresses: Dessy / Groom’s suit: Ermenegildo Zegna / Floral design: La Fleuriste / Catering / cakes: Elaine Bell Catering / Branching Out Cakes
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Whenever Calder Clark Design and A Bryan Photo work together, you know the results are going to be nothing short of stunning – sophisticated design and beautiful details plus photos that are at once timeless and modern. And Francie and Matt’s Charleston wedding is no exception…

Francie carried a romantic bouquet of astilbe, freesia, roses and sweetpeas, tied with a blue and green brocade ribbon that hinted at the reception’s cheery color palette. Bridesmaids wore teal blue shantung dresses by Coren Moore.

The ceremony took place at the Francie’s family church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in downtown Charleston, and Francie wore a family heirloom lace veil (accenting her simple Carolina Herrera gown perfectly).

Guests were greeted at Hibernian Hall by the Burke High School Band (the High Stepping Bulldogs), led by a friend of the bride’s family.

As guests arrived at the reception, waiters (in color coordinated ties and aprons) passed around Arnold Palmers spiked with Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka.

Classic blue and white china vases and containers balanced bright apple green linens and accents. Flowers included Queen Anne’s lace, ranunculus, roses, sweet peas, thistle, tulips, tweedia, viburnum, wax flower and hellebores. Guests went home with local Anson Mills grits and a family recipe for shrimp and grits.

Jim Smeal created three cakes for the couple: one four tier cake in the center of the table, with two smaller cakes on either side of it. Each cake was a different flavor: Grand Marnier-infused sponge cake with chocolate ganache; lemon spongecake with lemon zest, lemon curd, and fresh macerated blueberries; and the classic KeyLime. The dessert table also included miniature blueberry and pistachio tartelettes.

A Bryan Photo set up a vintage Polaroid “photo booth,” complete with silly disguises and even a life-sized cardboard cutout of the couple so that everyone could have a photo with the bride and groom, even when they weren’t nearby. Photos were pinned to fabric-covered corkboards so guests could pick them up before heading home.

After dancing the night away to Bobby and the Aristocrats (plus a performance by Francie’s teenage brother), guests sent the newlyweds off on their honeymoon with kazoos.


Photography: A Bryan Photo

Planning, design: Calder Clark Designs

Ceremony venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Charleston, South Carolina

Reception venue: Hibernian Hall in Charleston, South Carolina

Bride’s gown: Carolina Herrera

Bridesmaid dresses: Coren Moore purchased at Bella Bridesmaid

Tuxedos: Berlin’s

Trolley transportation: Absolutely Charleston

Monogram banners: Boutique Tents

Flowers: Blossoms Events

Catering: Cru Catering

Cakes: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal

Rentals / linens: Snyder Event Rentals / DC Rentals

Lighting: Technical Event Company

Photo booth: A Bryan Photo

Band: Bobby and the Aristocrats via East Coast Entertainment


Congratulations Francie and Matt! Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding with us, and thank you to Calder Clark Designs and A Bryan Photo for the fun details and fab photos. You can find even more from this wedding in the Summer 2011 issue of Charleston Weddings.



Bella Bridesmaid is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.


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