It took me a long time to buck up the courage to drive around Los Angeles, luckily we moved from Texas to such a walking friendly neighborhood. Franklin Village is a small section of streets just north of true Hollywood but south of the valley area. It has two coffee shops, a cafe, several delicious restaurants, a bookstore, and several other small establishments. I’ve never been the one to love the “cool” places in a city, or go out much at night. I’m a bit of a recluse and most of that is too loud, or busy and overwhelming for me. I love reading, hiking, and taking pictures. So if you are visiting the city and just need a day off from doing “cool” things, here are some of my weekly activities. Especially if you have an Air BnB in Franklin Village, Beachwood Canyon, or Los Feliz.

 

 

I live on Beachwood Dr. which happens to lead straight up to the Hollywood sign, you can see it from the road of my apartment. To start the day I walk down towards Franklin St – just a few minutes walk. My first stop is usually The Daily Planet – it’s a beautiful shop covered in ivy that has a wonderful selection of interesting magazines. I’m a sucker for publication design since my background is in graphic design. With my magazine in hand (either an art magazine, Interview or Angeleno) I head next door for coffee at the Bourgeois Pig. It’s a great little nook where I find so much inspiration!

 

 

Just a bit further down the strip is Counterpoint Books, a recycled book and record/music store. Anytime I’m planning for travel jobs, I’ll pop in there and pick up a few books for the plane. Its not very large but they always have an interesting mix of beautiful old prints and fun modern fiction.

 

 

Cherry Pick Vintage is probably more Los Feliz, but it’s on Franklin and walkable so I count it! Its a great little clothing store with a seafoam green exterior. I’ve gotten so many items here, to wear and for random fashion shoots.

 

 

There are some great restaurants on both sides of the book store, but if I’m with my best friend doing what we call “senior dinner” (dinner at 4:30pm) than we normally walk another block down to Pimai Thai, its so much quieter and less busy. The veggie eggrolls and Pad See Ew are amazing, but the servers are likely to forget you exist which I have grown to find charming.

 

 

Somewhere between The Daily Planet and Counterpoint is Upright Citizens Brigade which I guess counts as a “cool” LA thing I love to do. With shows at $5, we go see improv more than movies!

 

 

If I’m not catching improv then you’ll probably find me hiking, though I think it’s more a meander than a hike. You’ll want to drive to get there unless you are in the mood for a proper hike, but you should definitely stop at a great little flower shop call My Fair Lady’s Flowers. You won’t find a huge selection, but she always has a few interesting flowers there.

 

 

This also happens to be the entrance of the Hollywoodland area. And right next door is Beachwood Canyon Cafe, which is my favorite brunch spot, get The Runyon Scramble (you’re welcome). Hop back in your car and hang a left at the Beachwood Market and drive up till you see a castle (yup, a castle). A trail opens up from there and its more of a local spot. It overlooks the Hollywood reservoir and it has a great view of the sign too.

 

 

If you’re looking for a relaxed day with fewer social interactions, a little walking, and no parking stress in LA, than this Franklin Village stop makes for a great day!

 

This Mini Moon post was written and photographed by M.K. Sadler.  See more Mini Moon posts right HERE. 

 

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There’s something so special about a small wedding. There’s still lots of planning involved, but perhaps less production, so the whole thing feels a bit more relaxed and intimate. Not to mention it’s easier to DIY just a handful of invitations than to make a hundred of them! Erin and Mark tied the knot on a Friday evening with 19 guests in attendance, then everyone walked next door for a delicious meal at the newlyweds’ favorite local restaurant. If you’re aiming for a lovely low-key wedding with just your very closest friends and family, or even if you’re going big but you want some beautiful ideas, then read on!

SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THIS INTIMATE MAINE WEDDING BY HENRY + MAC.

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In addition to a few other DIY projects, the bride and groom made their own wedding stationery with watercolors and a unique monogram that appeared at the reception, as well.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  I didn’t receive any advice, mostly because I myself have been in the wedding business for 8 years. But the advice I gave myself was to have FUN!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  To relax, enjoy it, make sure it’s what you want and reflects who you are, and to go with the flow because not everything will work perfectly.

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  If we did it all over again (which I’d love to do because it was so much fun!), I think we would have an after party someplace.

 

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Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  We were on an incredible budget. I had just bought a house, we were coming out of a long and cold winter in Maine which drains everyone financially, and although our wedding was very important to us, we didn’t want to be drained financially after. From our attire, to food, to venue, to photographer, etc. we spent a total of about $4,000 (and about 80% of that total was the photographers because being a photographer myself, I knew that feeling confident with who we hired was essential). Otherwise, we traded. We have so many friends in the wedding business and they not only gifted us their talents, but we were also able to pay them back in other ways. We will be forever grateful to them! Our venue was very cheap, and we actually didn’t have to pay anything for our reception space, so that all cut down on costs. Also, the venue limited our guest list which was HUGE in terms of cutting costs. We were able not to skimp on food, alcohol, and other things because the guest list was small.

 

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The Ceremony

“The ceremony space is a beautiful, light filled, large room in an old mill building. We attended many art openings in the space when it was used as a gallery, and when we settled on our spot for the reception which was literally right next door, we knew this was the perfect spot to hold our ceremony and cocktail hour. It was such a big space for a group of 21 people, but I loved the fact that we were all huddled together during the ceremony. It felt so intimate, but spacious and free.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Love. Unique. Laughter.

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  One of my best friends is a marvelous officiant. She guided us through the process, gave us tips and pointers, and made us feel like everything was going to go very smoothly. The most important part for us was that it reflected who we were as a couple.

 

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Who officiated your ceremony?  Maria Northcott of A Sweet Start. She is fantastic, and even if she wasn’t one of my best friends, I would have still hired her!

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We did the usual exchange of rings, read our own written vows, and also did a ring warming where we passed our two rings around to all of our guests to hold and bless. It’s not really a tradition, but we stood on a very old rug that belonged to my late uncle whom I was very close with.

What was your ceremony music?  I walked down the aisle to a jazz song played by a talented jazz pianist I went to college with, who is part of the band Micromasse in Maine.

What were your vows like?  We wrote our own vows which turned out to be pretty funny. Mark read his first and they were really quick and short. I, however, had written quite a bit! I ended them with an excerpt from Beyonce’s song “End of Time” for some slight comic relief because everyone knows I have a little obsession with Queen Bey!

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  My favorite thing about our wedding ceremony was looking into my soon-to-be husband’s eyes and see how much he loved me. His favorite thing was seeing me walk down the aisle and hearing my vows.

 

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The Reception

“Our reception was fun, intimate, delicious, and full of wine and laughter and relaxing! Also, the room was gorgeous beyond my wildest dreams. The stylist (Emily Hricko of Emily Elizabeth Events) and florist (Amy Maloney of Pretty Maine Flowers) made a room that was so beautiful and stunning my jaw dropped when I walked in!”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your reception?  One of our favorite restaurants that we frequent regularly is Frontier Cafe in Brunswick, Maine. The restaurant is inside a big mill building, with beautiful wooden floors, white brick walls, and very large windows overlooking a river. And it’s right next to the gallery space where we held the ceremony. In the back of the space is a small room for private functions. When Mark and I tossed around the idea of having our reception at Frontier, I knew it was the perfect place for us. However, the space only holds 20 people max, which meant our guest list had to be severely limited. It was a hard decision, but we made it work!

What was your first dance song?  We danced to “My Romance” which is a classic jazz standard. Our friend played it on the piano.

Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  We made custom placemats for all of our guests which they got to take home with them. They were like mini chalkboards with each guest’s name written in chalk, then sealed so they wouldn’t smudge. Mark also made some unstretched paintings on canvas which become our “guest book” and we hung them in the reception room.

 

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Menu:  Frontier house salad: Mixed greens, shaved Parmesan, and Frontier vinaigrette // Goat cheese stuffed chicken: herbed goat cheese stuffed natural chicken breast, wild mushroom risotto, haricots verts // blueberry pork: pancetta wrapped pork tenderloin with a dijon and Maine blueberry pan sauce served with Yukon Gold and parsnip puree, and roasted baby Brussels sprouts

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We had a delicious spice cake topped with a buttercream frosting made by our friend and talented chef and baker Tara Barker of A Baking Life.

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Our love for one another and the life we’ve built together. We kind of infused our lifestyle and aesthetic into planning our wedding. The most important things to us our family, friends, food, and art! And we had them all.

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  I think my favorite part was being able to thank all of our talented friends who made our wedding day so amazing.

 

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Photography: Henry + Mac / Ceremony Venue: Coleman Burke Gallery in Brunswick, Maine / Reception, Catering: Frontier Cafe and Cinema / Event Planning & Design: Emily Elizabeth Events / Officiant: Maria Northcott of A Sweet Start / Dress: BHLDN / Shoes: Madewell / Jewelry: Rand Papele / Tie, Shirt: J. Crew / Shoes: Sebago / Floral Design: Amy Maloney of Pretty Maine Flowers / Makeup: About Face Maine / Ceremony Music: Micromasse / Reception Music: Playlist using Demerbox / Cake: Tara Barker of A Baking Life

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We are so excited to show you something we’ve been working on with Zazzle, one of our favorite wedding planning resources! It’s always inspiring to see the endlessly unique table numbers our featured brides and wedding planners have created, so we wanted to join in on the fun with our own Snippet & Ink table numbers!

 

 

These free printable numbers combine our love of romantic floral design and calligraphy with the classic look of black and white. They’re the perfect way to add a dash of color and contrast to any tablescape, and we can’t wait to see how you use them. Download all fifteen designs for free HERE!

 

 

Now, what to do with your new table numbers? It’s tough to beat the convenience of ordering printed materials on Zazzle – simply follow the directions for uploading custom projects here to have them printed on card stock or any item you want! They have a great collection of wedding ideas to help you get started, and their most popular items for wedding projects are all in one place for busy brides.

 

When it comes to making a bride’s life easier, Zazzle knows just how to do it. With their live previews and 24-hour turnaround, your table numbers will be printed just the way you want them and shipped to you in no time!

 

 

This post is sponsored by Zazzle, who makes it easy to create custom items for yourself or to sell, simply by uploading your artwork or personalizing one of their existing designs. From invitations to bridesmaid tank tops, from custom postage stamps to table number cards, Zazzle is a great resource for your custom wedding needs.

Custom designs by Elizabeth Hummert for Snippet & Ink.

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This is probably one of our favorite weddings yet! Not only is it utterly beautiful, but bride, Whitney, shared so many special details with us on top of those you see in the photos. She and Vince were incredibly thoughtful about their wedding day, from choosing a date that was meaningful to their parents, to writing their own vows (you can read those right here), to including a special hors d’oeuvre as a surprise for the groom. Read on and be inspired!

SEE MORE FROM THIS SOUTH CAROLINA WEDDING BY VIRGIL BUNAO IN THE GALLERY.

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Says Whitney of their beautiful choice of venue: “My mom and step dad purchased property in Palmetto Bluff a few years ago. Upon our first visit, we immediately fell in love and started dreaming of the perfect wedding weekend. We live in Chicago, far from most of our friends and family, so we imagined spending a ‘mini vacation’ with our loved ones. We wanted everyone to fall in love with the place like we did, and take advantage of the many activities the resort has to offer (riding around on bikes, playing golf, kayaking, etc.) during their down time. Once we got engaged there was really no other location where we could imagine getting married. The reception and ceremony were in the same location. We wanted the guests to feel as if they were on vacation for the weekend so we kept everything within walking distance to avoid asking guests to drive around. This was also a great way to have everyone all together for the entire weekend.”

 

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“To me, it didn’t matter where within the property we said our “I do’s” but as we began the planning process it became increasingly clear that it was important to my husband for us to marry in a chapel,” says Whitney. “The Waterside Chapel at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff was too perfect to look anywhere else.”

 

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Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  My something old, borrowed, and blue all came from jewelry leant to me from my mom. I wore a blue ring from my great grandmother, which was worn by both my grandmother and mom on their wedding days. I also wore earrings my mom wore when she married my step father. I was honored to be wearing family pieces.

Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  Shamefully, I’m too much of a perfectionist to do any DIY. The closest I got were the amazing welcome bags my mom put together, which included local Southern favorites like Hilton Head Popcorn, Bluffton Brittle, and Grits Bits to give everyone a “taste of the South”.

 

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Did you do a first look?  Yes! Because we wanted our candlelit ceremony to take place while the sun was setting our photographer encouraged us to do a first look. Hesitant at first to see one another before the ceremony, we are both so happy we decided to do it! The day went by so fast, and it was so nice to get a few special minutes to ourselves before everything began.

 

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The Ceremony

“We asked our dear friend to officiate the wedding, so we worked closely with him and his wife to write it. We had several meetings to discuss the outline, and what was important to us. From there we compiled the words we wanted for the marriage intentions and ring exchange, and our friend wrote the address for us. We left portions of the ceremony up to him so that it felt natural. We did a ton of research on writing your own wedding ceremonies, and combined our favorites to make something unique and meaningful to us.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Intimate, romantic, emotional

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  Because we were removing religion from our ceremony, we felt it important to include ceremony traditions like our intentions to marry, exchange of the vows, and the ring exchange. We also included a poem by Taylor Mali, “How Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog” (which was perfect for us dog lovers) and the Blessing of the Hands.

 

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What was your ceremony music?  We hired an amazing father/son duo (The Bob Williams Duo) from Charleston. (They also played during cocktail hour and dinner. They continued to impress us and really set the mood for the rest of the night.) Bob and his son play the violin and classical guitar, and are able to play everything from Pachelbel to Guns N’ Roses. We wanted the music to sound classic, yet have that fun twist we were striving for throughout the weekend. While people were coming into the chapel we wanted popular music that would be recognizable with beautiful acoustics, so the Prelude included songs like Jack Johnson’s “Better Together”, Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine”, Phish’s “Farm House”, and Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There” // Seating of the Parents and Grandmothers: Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” // Bridal Party Processional: Train’s “Marry Me” // Bridal Processional: Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” // Recessional: Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”

What were your ceremony readings?  We wanted the ceremony to be about our love for one another and the family we were about to start. We each have one living grandparent (our grandmothers) who both unfortunately lost their loved ones. We asked each of them to stand up and give their advice, or words of wisdom, on what makes a successful and happy marriage. It was such a unique and personal twist. // Some of the advice shared included: Live your lives honorably, so that you may respect yourself, and, in turn can be respected by your partner; Talk to each other and be sure to listen to what your partner is saying; Never go to bed angry; Practice random acts of kindness; Commune around your table with family and friends, sharing your talents and conversations, and let that table become a symbol of the love and respect you have for one another…”

What were your vows like?  We wrote our own vows, and are both so happy that we did. We wanted the ceremony to be personal and really capture the love we have for one another and felt that was the perfect way to do so.

READ WHITNEY AND VANCE’S PERSONAL VOWS RIGHT HERE.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Oh, our favorite thing…there were too many favorite moments! Looking back on our wedding weekend, the ceremony was by far our favorite part. The personal touches we put into it really made it so special and unique. We’ve had numerous guests tell us that our wedding ceremony was the most perfect, personal, and intimate ceremony they’ve ever witnessed and we are very proud of that.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  One of my favorite details from the entire weekend was a surprise for my grandmother. Unfortunately my grandfather passed away in late 2013. While we were saying our goodbyes, Vince and I spoke to him at length about missing the wedding. The three of us planned to surprise my grandmother and frame a photo of him (he picked the photo) to attach to her bouquet. We did this so he could “walk her down the aisle” even though he wouldn’t physically be there. I’ll never forget the smile on his face when we brought the idea to him nor the emotions the story brought to my grandmother on our wedding day when I handed her the bouquet. This small act perfectly represented the love my grandfather had for her, and it was so special to incorporate that love into our wedding.

 

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Why did you choose this date for your wedding?  Growing up I always dreamt of a wedding in the summer (my favorite season), but we ended up choosing to get married in the fall due to the continued importance of family throughout our planning. All three sets of parents have an anniversary in the first week of November, so we set our date (11.8.15) so we could always celebrate our anniversary together with our families.

 

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The Reception

“In planning our wedding, we were inspired by the Lowcountry. We wanted to embrace the scenery and really compliment it in our color palette and décor. The Inn at Palmetto Bluff is a beautiful resort located along the May River, and we wanted to complement the venue without overtaking the natural beauty. We chose the neutral colors of succulents (grays, green, pinks, purple hues) to complement the marsh. The resort is simple in its décor, and beautiful in its design. And that’s what we wanted our wedding to mirror.”

 

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What was your wedding menu?  When we were conceptualizing the menu with the catering team from the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, we wanted to capture some Southern favorites while also pulling in some seasonally appropriate family traditions. For our starter we served a butternut squash soup with fried veal ravioli and parmesan. I grew up eating butternut squash soup at Thanksgiving, and this Palmetto Bluff version was just delicious! We then served a salad coming from a family recipe (mixed greens with spiced pecans, chevre, and hot cider dressing). I didn’t want to fuss about which guest was eating what, so we served a dual entrée. It was a dish of grilled local grouper with Carolina gold dirty rice and charred okra alongside a filet mignon with a potato croquette, truffle hollandaise, and grilled asparagus.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We served a custom wedding cake from Minette Rushing which pulled in all of our favorite flavors. It was a vanilla pound cake covered in buttercream with raspberry preserve and chocolate ganache.

 

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Guests were directed to their tables with a seating chart written in white ink on the panes of a free hanging window.

 

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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  During our cocktail hour I surprised my husband with cheesesteak spring rolls, an ode to our Pennsylvania roots. My sister was married at the Four Seasons in Philadelphia a few years ago where they served an hors d’oeuvre so good that my husband still talks about it to this day. I called the chef from the Four Seasons and he gave me the recipe (I’m so thankful). I worked with our wedding coordinator and the chef from the Inn at Palmetto Bluff to surprise him with the cheesesteak spring rolls. It was so fun to watch him realize what he was eating!

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  When we played “Shout”… TWICE! A song favorite from our wild college days, playing it once was not nearly enough. After such a crazy rendition the first time (my husband and I were both tossed up in the air) I begged the band to play it again at the end of the night.

Special music:
First Dance Song: “You Make Loving Fun” by Fleetwood Mac
Step-Father/Daughter Dance: “Stand by Me” by  Ben E. King
Mother/Son Dance: “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder
Father/Daughter Dance: “Brown Eyed Girl” Van Morrison (We used this dance to kick-off the dancing: after 2 minutes we invited everyone out onto the dance floor. It was a fun way to really get the dance party started!)

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  A dear friend told us to take a moment for ourselves at some point in the night, and really take it all in. There likely won’t be another time in our lives where we have our closest friends and family there to celebrate with us. The day goes by fast and we were so happy we got to embrace quiet little moments, just the two of us. // And our wedding planner encouraged us to stop worrying about everything after our last meeting (the Thursday before), because at that point everything would be out of our hands. She suggested this so that we could enjoy ourselves and really feel like guests at our own wedding. While I didn’t quite finish everything I wanted (I still have cards for my bridesmaids sitting at home), I was stress-free the entire weekend and was really able to enjoy myself as if I was a guest. It was amazing!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Don’t get so caught up in all the little details! Throughout the planning process there were a few details (i.e. invitations) that I became so obsessed about. Seriously, I spent months approving the invitations (when in looking back the first version was just as beautiful as the final product). I was striving for “perfection” in so many ways. And when you do that you lose sight of the bigger picture, you aren’t as prepared when things don’t go exactly according to plan (they won’t). // In the end, our wedding day was perfect. Not because of my dress, or my obsession over our invitations, or the color coordination we had down to the groomsmen’s socks. It was perfect because I got to marry the man of my dreams, and celebrate with all of our loved ones.

 

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Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding? Our wedding story would not be complete without telling about our welcome dinner on Friday night. With family and friends traveling from all over, we wanted our guests to feel like they were on vacation and an integral part of the wedding activities. Rather than a typical rehearsal dinner, we had a welcome dinner where all guests were invited. We wanted to really set the tone for the weekend, so to kick off the festivities we took our guests on a sunset boat ride to a remote location. To embrace the Lowcountry we hosted an outdoor oyster roast, lowcountry boil, and barbecue full of our Southern favorites. Guests were entertained throughout the night by live country music (some guests even got up and sang with the band!), dancing, toasts, cornhole, and a seven-story treehouse. It was so fun to get to spend two incredible nights with everyone!

 

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SEE WHITNEY AND VINCE’S WEDDING VIDEO FROM LIFE IN REWIND RIGHT HERE.

Photography: Virgil Bunao / Venue, Catering: Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina / Event Planning & Design: Ashley Rhodes, Weddings and Social Events / Dress, Veil: Vera Wang / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Reception Dress: Herve Leger / Bridesmaid Robes: Girl With a Serious Dream / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Suit, Tie: Tom Ford / Shoes: Gucci / Socks: Etiquette Clothiers / Groomsmen Suits: Suit Supply / Ties: Bows-n-Ties / Invitations: Emily McCarthy / Day of Paper, Window Pane Calligraphy: Lowcountry Paper Co. / Floral Design: Sue Burden / Hair: Silhouette Hair Studio / Makeup: Skinzin / Rentals: Amazing Rentals / Ceremony Music: The Bob Williams Duo / Band: The Maxx / Cake: Minette Rushing

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