Josh Gruetzmacher (one of our awesome Select vendors!) photographs some of the loveliest weddings, and I especially love it when he sends us something at a venue we’ve never seen! Kristin and Elias had a sweet, intimate wedding at the Ralston White Retreat in Mill Valley, and Josh captured it beautifully…

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From the bride: “Eli and I wanted our wedding to be a reflection of both of our personalities. Eli is from rural Northern California, I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area, and we felt the Ralston White Retreat was a perfect balance of both rustic natural beauty and classic charm. As soon as we pulled up to the vast green lawn surrounded by towering redwood trees, we knew we had found the place. There was a magical feeling that overcame us as soon as we stepped out of the car.”

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“On the day of, for a touch of whimsy, vintage urns and vases were used for each flower arrangement, including a trophy that was given to Eli’s great-grandfather in 1905. As a floral designer,” says Kristin, “I knew I wanted an abundance of flowers and greenery to complement this vintage style. Each arrangement and bouquet was over flowing with hydrangeas, dinner plate dahlias, hyacinths, ranunculus, olive branches, silver dollar eucalyptus and flowering jasmine.”

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Kristin’s favorite part of the day? “Right after the ceremony as Eli and I walked hand-in-hand back down the aisle, seeing our family and friends grinning from ear to ear meant so much.”

 

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After the ceremony, the newlyweds took some time during the cocktail hour to get some priceless photos among nearby redwood trees.

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For dessert there was a small strawberry cake for cutting, miniature lemon pound cakes and chocolate chip cookies, plus an ice cream cart from Ici, a local ice cream shop.

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SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR ALL THE IMAGES FROM THIS INTIMATE MILL VALLEY WEDDING.

 

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The history and architecture of the Retreat inspired us and set the tone during the planning process. We wanted the wedding to be romantic and classic with whimsical touches. We incorporated the classic style starting with our invitation suites with the use of black and white stripes.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.

  We are extremely fortunate to have very talented family and friends, who we owe great thanks to for the details of the day.  From the cake toppers, hand-written calligraphy, and delicious home-made desserts, created by my family to the custom designed invitations and creation of the floral arrangements from dear friends. Every detail of our wedding had a very personal touch and everyone involved went the extra mile to make our day special.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  My sister told me to enjoy every moment because it will go by in a flash. Leading up to the day, it was very hectic, but once the big day had arrived, I took the time to enjoy every minute, and everything fell into place. It was definitely a whirlwind, but I was able to eat, drink, dance and celebrate.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Everyone has different ideas of their perfect wedding. Stay true to your vision and decide what details are most important to you.  In the end, our most important detail was sharing our happiness with our family and friends.

Menu
Passed Hors d’oeuvres: Potato Gaufrette with Ahi Tuna Tartare, Virgin Olive Oil, and Wasabi Tobiko / Flat Bread with Charred Figs, mild Chèvre and Prosciutto / Vietnamese Rice Paper Spring Rolls, filled with Mango, English Cucumber and Fresh Mint, served with Nampla Dipping Sauce // First Course: West Marin Field Greens with Heirloom Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella tossed in a Balsamic Vinaigrette / Artisanal Breads, Rolls and Bread Sticks, Butter // Family Style Meal: Dry Aged Tri-Tip with Garlic, Sea Salt, Cracked Pepper and Rosemary served with a Creamy Horseradish Sauce served with Roasted Garlic Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes / Mahi Mahi roasted with Lemon and Capers with a Red Onion Confit served with Fresh Green Beans and Roasted Cauliflower with Crispy Shallots // Dessert: Strawberry Wedding Cake / Miniature Lemon Pound Cake / Chocolate Chip Cookies / Assorted Ice Creams

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher / Venue: Ralston White Retreat in Mill Valley, California / Officiant: Chett Garcia / Dress: Angel Sanchez / Shoes: Zara / Hair, Makeup: Brianna Scheff / Hair Clip: J. Crew / Suit: Hugo Boss / Shirt, Tie Clip: J. Crew / Tie: Theory / Shoes: Magnanni / Stationery, Floral Design: The Bow Collective  / Calligraphy: Arney Walker Calligraphy / Music: Yuri Kye / DJ: Smiles Davis / Catering: Delicious Catering / Ice Cream Cart: Ici / Cake: Ling Ling Yee
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  • Mill Valley Wedding by Josh Gruetzmacher

    8 July 2014
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    Always a treat to feature a wedding from our friends at A Bryan Photo, and these images really capture the energy of the couple and the day. Not to mention, when the bride is a planner for boutique planning studio, Mariée Ami, you know it’s going to be a gorgeous, glamorous celebration!

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    Louise wore a stunning gown by Lela Rose, accented with a chapel length veil and phalaenopsis orchids in her hair. Bridesmaids wore a mix of gray and navy chiffon gowns by Amsale.

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    The bride shares about the decision to get married at Mobile’s Christ Church Cathedral: “There was no question as to where we were getting married. I love my hometown and my parents would not have had it any other way. Billy and I were married in my childhood church were I was baptized and confirmed.”

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    As a planner, Louise had a very clear vision for the design of the wedding: “We always dreamed of being married in a large tent over looking the water. While an outdoor wedding in August was out of the question, a tent was still something I wanted, so we created that feel inside. I new I wanted navy as the basis of the wedding. I also love a mix of garden-like design and straight line modern pieces. I love the crispness of true white and the preppy touch of boxwoods and ribbon.”

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    “Our friends and family love good food, but they also love to talk and drink. We had three huge square tables in the middle of the reception that allowed for guests to pick and eat directly from the tables. Oyster, shrimp, tuna, hot sausage with melted cheese, a variety of salads and antipasti presentations, and we couldn’t end the night without the groom’s favorite thing: mini fried chicken pieces on Sister Schubert rolls and beignets covered in powdered sugar!”

    Signature drinks were an Arnold Palmer for the groom and vodka milkshakes for the bride.

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    Doesn’t this photo look like it could have come from the 1950s?! I love it! The classic wedding cake was decorated with a lattice pattern and sugar calla lilies. Says Louise, “Both the wedding cake and groom’s cake were served on large silver trays that have been in my family for years. The tablecloths for the cakes were also meaningful family heirlooms. I was also given a toasting cup from my grandmother that both she and my mother used at their wedding receptions.”

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    SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THIS GLAMOROUS ALABAMA WEDDING FROM A BRYAN PHOTO AND MARIEE AMI.

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We chose to get married in August for a few reasons. We didn’t want a long engagement, a wedding during football season was out of the question, and, as a wedding planner, it was the only open weekend I had. I was worried about the heat in Mobile in August, so we choose an indoor venue rather than the outdoor bay wedding I had always dreamed of. Fort Whiting was the largest indoor venue we could find and I knew we could accomplish exactly what we wanted in the big open space.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Billy and I decided not to see each other before the ceremony and wait for that moment of walking down the aisle to see each other.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  When it came to the details my mind was going 100 miles a minute. My favorite detail of the wedding was actually all the little gifts and favors we had. Hypercolor cups and linen cocktail napkins were two of my favorite reception details. The hotel gifts really came together well. I wanted to incorporate my dog into the details so we had a local artist do a sketch. We used this sketch on canvas bags for the hotel guests, frisbees that could be taken home by other fellow dog lovers, and koozies. The monogramed playing cards were a favorite find in the hotel bags. // I also loved the paintings that hung above the bars. They were painted by one of my best friends and bridesmaids, Liz Legg (Liz Legg Designs), and are now hanging in my home. I also gave my bridesmaids earrings from Liz’s jewelry collection that they wore on the wedding day! She is so talented! [Check out these great details in the gallery!]

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  At the end of the day the most important thing is you will be married…. Don’t sweat the small things and enjoy every moment!

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Hire a wedding planner and do things differently from what you see all the time. Being a wedding planner by day, I did not do one thing from Wednesday on. With my team doing what they do every weekend, it was so nice to be the bride and let someone else handle the details!

     

    Louise and Billy’s wedding also appears in the current issue of Southern Weddings, which you can order right here!

    Photography: A Bryan Photo / Event Planning & Design: Mariée Ami / Venue: Fort Whiting in Mobile, Alabama / Church: Christ Church Cathedral / Officiant: Johnny Cook / Dress: Lela Rose, Spring from Ivory & White /  Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Veil: Ivory & White / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Ceremony Floral Design: Homer McClure, Ron Barrett / Reception and Personal Flower Floral Design: Buffy J. Hargett / Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited / Music: Atlanta Showstoppers / Lighting: AG lighting / Catering: Morrissette & Company / Cake: Barb Sullivan / Hair: Greg Andrews / Makeup: Ashley Mitchell

    A Bryan Photo is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor. 

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  • Alabama Wedding from A Bryan Photo

    7 July 2014
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    We heading out early this week to spend the Fourth of July holiday with family, but before we sign off, here’s a charming engagement session that Select vendor Christina McNeill shot last July 4th at a private residence in Healdsburg…

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    SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THIS PLAYFUL 4TH OF JULY ENGAGEMENT SESSION.

     

    Congratulations to Bridget and Matt who are tying the knot this Saturday! Thank you so much for sharing your sweet engagement pics with us!

    Photography: Christina McNeill / Venue: Private Residence in Healdsburg, California / Dress, Swimsuit: ASOS / Suit: Hugo Boss / Shirt: Brooks Brothers / Shoes: Allen Edmonds / Flag Shorts: Chubbies
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  • 4th of July Engagement Session from Christina McNeill

    1 July 2014
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    Blush gowns, baby’s breath and roses, champagne coupes and a towering white cake… all of these details make Emily and Christopher’s Louisiana wedding a perfectly timeless celebration. Captured by Select photographer Cassidy Carson, it’s a beautiful way to welcome the week.

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    Bridesmaids wore blush pink chiffon gowns and carried simple bouquets of pink roses baby’s breath.

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    Says the bride, “What was so special about the ceremony was that we included 2 old hymns sung by the congregation before the event started. It was neat to have the guests be part of the ceremony in a unique way.”

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    A sign that read #emandchrisweddingbliss encouraged guests to share their own photos from the day on Instagram.

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    The cake was decorated with pink roses, and the bridesmaids’ pink rose and baby’s breath bouquets were laid in a circle around the base of the cake.

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    This is quite possibly my favorite first dance shot of all time… what a unique and beautiful perspective!

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    SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THIS CLASSIC LOUISIANA WEDDING.

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  The location was a close family friend’s home and I have always been in awe of how gorgeous it was. I was interested in having the combination of an indoor/outdoor reception and this location was absolutely perfect for all my desires. It was full of flowers, a running stream, and gorgeous Victorian style interior.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I was inspired by spring, and emphasizing the natural beauty of the outdoors.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Because it’s so hard to narrow it down to one, I have three! First look in the pines, enjoying a peaceful walk and brunch with my sisters, and seeing family and friends who traveled so near and far to be a part of our special day.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  As believers of Christ, we gave communion and prayed with our parents on stage. It was very important to us to keep the Lord centered throughout the ceremony.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Enjoy every moment because the day will fly by.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Even if something goes wrong during the day, it’s okay because you’re marrying the man of your dreams.

     

    Cassidy Carson is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.

    Photography: Cassidy Carson / Venue: Private Residence in Ruston, Louisiana / Officiant: Mike Holloway / Dress: Maggie Sottero /  Shoes: Jessica Simpson / Suit: Men’s Warehouse / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid / Cake: Moore Cake Please
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  • Louisiana Wedding from Cassidy Carson

    30 June 2014
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