I had a chance to meet the very sweet Olivia Leigh at the Visual Supply Co. workshop this week, which was appropriate since I had planned to share Lindsey and Mike’s wedding with you today. They got married in a beautiful old church, then celebrated with friends and family at an antique store. All I know is, any wedding where you can frost your own cupcakes is right up my alley…

Lindsey borrowed handkerchiefs from both her grandmother and Mike’s.

Says Lindsey, “Mike said something at the reception which I liked: your wedding day is probably the only day in your life when you will be with everyone—everyone!—you love and who loves you. I think that’s what makes weddings seem so surreal: that your boss is next to your grandma who’s next to a fellow ensemble member from your theatre who’s next to your uncle who’s not really your uncle, and there’re all there smiling, together, for you. It’s a beautiful, once in a lifetime event. Savor it.”

The dessert table had a variety of mini cupcakes, some frosted and some not so that guests could choose any combination they wanted: carrot, orange chiffon, red velvet, or chocolate fudge cupcakes, and vanilla buttercream, mocha buttercream, cream cheese frosting, or orange curd.

From Lindsey:

Why did you choose this for your wedding? We wanted it to be personal, we wanted traditional and non-traditional, to feel like both a party and a ceremony. The mash-up of one of Chicago’s oldest buildings (Old. St. Pat’s Church) and the more hipster venue of Salvage One was the perfect blend.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day? We thought it would be the reception, but honestly, it was the church. We’re parishioners at Old St. Pat’s and it is simply stunning. We gave a good amount of thought to our readings, our priest made everyone feel so welcome, and the church could not have been more accommodating with our request to have our musician friends play us out with Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are The Best Thing.” Love abounded, the room exploded with joy.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Something Mike really wanted was the Irish tradition of “The After”, so the day after the wedding, everyone was invited to meet up at Galvin’s Pub in Jefferson Park. Of course, not everyone makes it, so you get a much smaller, zero pressure, and quality time filled kind of party with your friends and family—it’s also a great incentive to not over-celebrate the night of your wedding.

What is your advice for other brides? You always hear that the day goes by in a blur, but much of that is up to you. During the vows, make sure to take a breath, slow down, and look at the man standing there who loves you, and tell him how you feel. Also, Michael and I agreed to protect about 20 minutes to be together, alone, to let the ceremony sink in and to savor the day. We did this during the cocktail hour, and it worked out perfectly. (It also gave us a chance to eat!)

See lots more photos from Lindsey and Mike’s charming wedding over on Olivia Leigh’s blog. And weekend links will be up in a bit!

Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie / Planner: Lauren LePine for Ryan Alexander Events / Ceremony venue: Old Saint Patrick’s Church in Chicago / Reception venue: Salvage One / Bride’s dress: Bridal and Formal in Cincinnati, Ohio / Groom’s suit: Brooks Brothers / Cake: Harper Cakes and Confections / Ice Cream: Graeter’s
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Today’s pretty at-home wedding was sent over by Michael Ash – again, lovely evidence that simplicity is a beautiful way to go. Abbey’s home has been in her family for six generations and is on a beautiful property in Chester County, Pennsylvania, so hosting the reception there was pretty much a no brainer. Says the bride, “It was so convenient and fun to have the reception venue at your fingertips at all times.”

Instead of cut flowers, centerpieces were wooden planter boxes filled with potted flowers.

Origami paper cranes were a nod to the bride’s Japanese heritage.

Favorite moments? “Crowd-surfing to Sandstorm by Darude with my bride by my side,” says Ben. “I think a star was born when we kissed.” For Abbey, “I loved the entire ceremony. My immediate and extended family were all very involved and it was so special for me.”

Congratulations, newlyweds!


Photography: Ash Imagery / Venue: private residence in Chester County, Pennsylvania / Bride’s dress: Monique Lhuillier / Groom’s attire: J.Crew / Flowers: Heather Potter at Cottage Flowers / Sailcloth tent: Sperry Tents /  Caterer: Memorable Affairs / Music: DJ Mike Mandato of Silver Sound

See lots more from this beautiful wedding over on Michael Ash’s blog.

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It’s been such a long time since we had a love shoot on Snippet & Ink, but I just love how sweet and simple Mike Carreiro‘s photos of these high school sweethearts are. No props, nothing fussy or fancy, just a pretty location and two kids in love…

Doesn’t it make you want to go hold hands with your sweetie in a field? Thanks to Mike from Studio Eleven for sending over these pics. (Shot in Laguna Canyon, California.)

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You all know how I feel about perfectly simple weddings, which is exactly what I have for you today. Elizabeth and Danny are celebrating their second wedding anniversary this month, so it’s a treat for me to share their wedding with you. Vineyard setting, simply lovely details, and beautiful photos from the very sweet Kristen Loken

Four layer cakes were displayed like in a bakery window, and were decorated with hand-made white sugar flowers, inspired by images of couture paper hats from Chanel’s Spring 2009 collection, that Elizabeth sent to the baker.

Elizabeth kindly shared some of the details about the day:

Why did you choose this for your wedding? We loved the modern architecture, concrete floors, and surrounding vineyards at Stryker and they inspired the look and feel of the wedding.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Save a little by sending save-the-date and rehearsal dinner invitations via email. Also, have guests email their RSVPs rather than sending back reply cards. This way guests can send their congratulations and ask any questions directly to you and your fiancé.

What was your favorite part of the day? Besides actually getting married, Danny and I looked down the rows of seats at the two large communal tables where guests were seated for dinner and realized that this was the best party list we could have possibly put together for any occasion and we were so happy to have everyone there to hang out with us.

What advice do you have for other brides? Make the wedding what you and your significant other want it to be – there’s no need to follow a prescribed list of things you have to do or feel obligated to do. Respect everyone’s wishes, but figure out how you both would do it on your own – you’re going to be making it up as you go along for the rest of your relationship so you may as well start now.



Hors d’Ouevres: Rock Shrimp Ceviche on Crispy Tortillas, Mini Tortilla Cups with Black Bean and Corn Salad, Mini Corn Tostadas with Chipotle Grilled Chicken, Cotija and Salsa Verde // First Course: Jicama Salad with Coriander Vinaigrette // Main Course: Grilled Orange-Chipotle Chicken with Roasted Tomato Salsa, Grilled Cod Tacos with Jicama Slaw and Tomatillo Salsa, Vegetarian Tamales with Ancho Mole, served with Cilantro Lime Rice and Garlic Black Beans // Dessert: Red Velvet Cake, Butter Cake with Lemon, Triple Chocolate Cake with Mocha, and Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese // Signature Wines: Stryker Alexander Valley 2007 Semillon Oz, Russian River 2007 Chardonnay, 2004 Merlot from Two Moon Vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley



Photography: Kristen Loken / Venue: Stryker Sonoma Winery in Geyserville, California / Bride’s dress: Kristen Tucker Designs / Groom’s suit: Jil Sander / Flowers: Rosenow Floral Design / Catering: Grapevine Catering Company / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Sofia and Ben’s awesomely, beautifully fun wedding is exactly what we all need on a Monday morning – not just the smiles of the bride and groom, the cheery yellow and white palette, and the boat rides, but also Sofia and Ben’s attitude about the whole thing. Like this little nugget of wisdom: “A wedding is a party, not a performance. If at the end of the day you are married to the one you love, then everything went perfectly.”


Don’t you love this idea for bridesmaids! Sofia had yellow skirts made for them, and they each chose a white top to go with it.

From the couple: “We are both lucky enough to be close to our families. Sofia’s younger brother was ordained so that he could perform the ceremony and her grandmother wrote a poem to read, and Ben’s cousin played classical guitar and his other cousin Emily gave a reading. Our families live all over the country, so we may never again have the opportunity to have everyone in the same place at the same time. That alone was really special.”

Guests had the chance to enjoy boat rides around the lagoon – “Probably people’s favorite part of the day,” say Sofia and Ben.

Sofia and Ben collection vintage postcards of the Boathouse which they scanned and printed for a guest book alternative.

Sofia and Ben are graphic designers, so they designed all of the stationery and favors, then had it printed by Studio On Fire. Favors were tote bags, folded inside of berry baskets and tied with twine. For centerpieces, Juliette and Sierra from Poppies and Posies (who, Sofia says, “are the nicest girls in Brooklyn, and possibly the planet”) arranged a variety of blooms in vintage yellow pitchers and Bulleit Bourbon bottles that Sofia and Ben collected throughout the year.

Friends helped to bring the day together, including one who made linen table runners for the tables, one who acted as DJ and MC, and two who helped to organize the day: “On they day of the wedding, two of our sweet friends and wedding guests art directed the setup – it was so nice to have people we trusted making last minute decisions.” And the music? “We spent a lot of time choosing music and dancing around our kitchen the year of our wedding. Then our cool friend and former neighbor who was our DJ/MC also picked a lot of great songs for the night.”

How much do you love this wedding! And you’re going to love all these little tidbits that Ben and Sofia were sweet enough to share with us:

Why did you choose this for your wedding? I don’t think either of us thought we would have a wedding wedding but we are so happy we did. Choosing the Boathouse (which we live close to) was the first big decision we made. It was always a place that felt romantic to us. It is so iconically Brooklyn but still feels like an escape from the city – we are so glad our guests were able to enjoy Brooklyn in an unexpected way. And we loved that it wasn’t a huge space and we could have our medium sized wedding in a location that felt intimate.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The boathouse itself. Brooklyn. Summertime. Blogs like Snippet & Ink!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Prioritize. You will have a million ideas at the onset (vintage taxi! photo booth! chuppah! and so on….), but choose what you can afford and what you actually have time to organize. A wedding doesn’t have to be a photoshoot. As much as we enjoyed creating personal details for the day it wasn’t worth it to us to go overboard with decorations and create things that would be thrown away after 5 hours of use. If you can’t eat it or take it home with you it may not be worth spending money on. I think all a successful party needs is good food and drinkables, good friends, good music. Everything else is just extras.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day? There were so many including waking up together in our home and having brunch just the two us, seeing my grandparents (who have been married 60 years) dance together. But our favorite moment without a doubt was running upstairs alone right after the ceremony and feeling this mixed sense of relief and joy about what had just happened. It was like the adrenaline had worn off and it felt…real.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? One anecdote about things not going smoothly but ending up fun: We decided just to take local car service to the wedding to save on an expensive car rental and driver. We took some photos in Grand Army Plaza before heading to the boathouse. When we finished we realized that the car had abandoned us! Anyone who has been to Grand Army knows it is not the easiest place to find a cab. A complete stranger noticed our distress, let us hop in his car and he drove us to the wedding. Thank you to him for rescuing us and to his friends for squishing all the way in the back to make room!


Summer Wedding Menu

Dinner Zucchini Fritters // Heirloom Tomato Salad // Fish Tacos // Pulled Pork with the Groom’s Grandmother’s Barbecue Sauce // Red Velvet Whoopie Pies // Miniature Key Lime Pies // Chocolate, Vanilla, Espresso Chip, and Coconut Ice Cream


Thank you so much to Oh, Darling! for sending over these beautiful photos, and to Sofia and Ben for sharing all these wonderful details. Best wishes to the two of you for a lifetime of happiness together!


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Photography: Oh, Darling! / Venue: The Boathouse in Prospect Park, Brooklyn / Bride’s dress: Elizabeth Dye, purchased at Lovely Bride / Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo / Groom’s ensemble: J.Crew / Custom bridesmaid skirts: Jill St. Coeur / Flowers: Poppies & Posies / Stationery design: Sofia and Ben / Letterpress: Studio On Fire / Catering: Movable Feast / Dessert: Trois Pommes Patisserie / Ice cream: Blue Marble
  • Playful Wedding at Prospect Park Boathouse

    8 August 2011
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