The beauty of this wedding from Select vendor Jemma Keech is breathtaking in its simplicity… just a few perfectly executed details, captured beautifully in these soft, romantic images…

The bride shares her favorite part of the day: “Walking down the aisle and seeing Chris for the first time. I was incredibly nervous in the lead-up to the wedding, even more so on the morning of the big day. I am not usually good with being center of attention, so walking down the aisle was a daunting prospect. However, when the processional music started and at first sight of my husband-to-be, all the nerves disappeared, I was completely calm and incredibly happy. It is a moment I will never forget.”

“It was important to us that our guests had a great night,” say Natalie and Chris. “We wanted to enjoy ourselves too, so we kept formalities to a minimum and tried not to over-engineer the day. In the end we had an amazing time and I think our guests did too.”

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We had always loved visiting wineries and had spent many weekends exploring the wine regions of Western Australia. In fact, Chris proposed to me on one of our weekends away, so it seemed fitting for us to marry in a vineyard setting. Sandalford Winery was close to home with beautiful surroundings so it was the perfect location for us.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  In planning the wedding we wanted to make sure the day was beautiful and romantic but also relaxed. I got a lot of inspiration from bridal magazines and wedding blogs and became addicted to beautiful wedding images. I adore delicate lace, pastel colors and pretty flowers, so I knew I wanted to incorporate all of these things into our wedding.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  At the reception we displayed the wedding photos of our grandparents with a memorial candle to represent our loved ones who could not be with us on the day. We also wanted to acknowledge our parents in some way, so during his speech Chris surprised each of our mothers with a bouquet of flowers as a thank you for everything they had done for us. It was these small details that meant everything.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  It may be cliché but the best advice I received, from more than one person, was to enjoy every moment because it will be one of the best days of my life but it will go by so quickly. They were right, it was and it did!

What advice do you have for other brides?  Keep it simple and don’t over think things. Have faith in your vendors and trust that they will do a great job. The planning process can be overwhelming, but stay the course, be true to your own style and know that your day will be perfect, even if things don’t go to plan!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Spend money on the things that are important to you and try not to get carried away with the things that are not.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  No perfume, a forgotten heirloom for my bouquet and a missing groomsmen’s belt were some of the little imperfections of the day, however in the end none of it mattered. It was perfect to us – it was the best day of our lives.

Photography: Jemma Keech / Venue, Catering: Sandalford Winery in Caversham, Australia / Dress: Jenny Packham / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Veil: Elle Boutique / Earrings: Linneys / Headpiece: Jannie Baltzer / Suit, Tie: Calibre / Shirt: Parker & Co / Shoes: Aquila / Cufflinks from Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alice & Olivia / Stationery: City Bee Design / Floral Design: Zinnia Floral Designs / Groomsmen Suits: Tony Barlow / Music: Les Trois Amies, Baker Boys Band / Cheese Tower: Deli divine /  Hair: Kobe Armstrong / Makeup: Rebekah Clark / Officiant: Jill Barnes

Jemma Keech is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.

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  • Sandalford Winery Wedding from Jemma Keech

    20 March 2014
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    This is one of those weddings that I wish I could live in… the envelope liners alone are enough to inspire! Then there’s the whole invitation suite from Select vendor, Swiss Cottage Designs, the lush flowers by Poppies & Posies, the bride’s romantic Juliet veil from Twigs & Honey, and to top it all off, Jen Huang‘s incredibly romantic photos from the day…

    The bride’s gorgeous bouquet included bright pink peonies, peach garden roses, and clematis. The groom wore a rosemary boutonniere.

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    Says the bride, “I drew inspiration from lots of sources and collected them all on a Pinterest board. After some time, the loose theme that came together was ‘Italian Garden.’ This theme best described for me the romantic, natural, and simple elegance of the design and decor choices that I made, and it inspired me to pull together a color palette of creams, greens, and lavender.”

    “The best advice I received was to try to live in the moment despite the whirlwind going on around me,” says Caroline. “I did my best!”

    Cakes to Remember created a strawberry orange blossom cake for the couple. The simple buttercream confection was adorned with a single sugar flower.

    SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR MORE OF JEN HUANG’S BEAUTIFUL IMAGES FROM THIS ROMANTIC FLORAL WEDDING.

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  After David and I decided we were going to celebrate our wedding in southern New Hampshire, near my hometown, we did a weekend of venue tours and didn’t fall in love with any of them. A lovely venue in Groton, Massachusetts, the Barn at Gibbet Hill, was booked until the fall of 2013 or into 2014 and we didn’t want to wait that long. In the end, we decided to go with LaBelle Winery, a sister location to the Barn at Gibbet Hill that was still under construction and hadn’t yet hosted a single wedding!

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  My favorite moments of the whole wedding weekend were all the opportunities to spend time with family and old friends. David and I felt blessed that so many people made the trip from far and wide to attend our wedding, and we cherished the experience of gathering all the people we love around us to celebrate.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  The traditions we included were religious ones. The ceremony was an interfaith service that combined Jewish and Episcopalian elements. We also signed a ketubah, said our vows beneath a chuppah, broke the glass, and danced the Horah.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  I’d recommend giving serious consideration to changing into a second dress for the dancing. Since I splurged on my dress, I decided wear it all night, but unfortunately it wasn’t conducive to really getting down on the dance floor and I wished I was more comfortable!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  As I’m sure all brides come to realize, it’s really tough to stay within the budget. My approach was to spend what it took to hire a few essential vendors whose work I loved. We decided to forgo other vendors entirely. For example, we hired an incredible photographer but did not hire a videographer.

    Photography: Jen Huang / Venue: LeBelle Winery in Amherst, New Hampshire / Day-of Coordinator: Melanie Voros, Blissful Beginnings / Ceremony Venue: St. Paul’s School / Bride’s Gown: Mira Zwillinger / Veil: Twigs & Honey / Shoes: Gianvito Rossi / Stationery: Swiss Cottage Designs / Floral Design: Poppies & Posies / Catering: Fireside Catering / Organist: Nicholas White / Band: District 21,  857-250-2064  / Cake: Cakes to Remember / Groom’s Suit: Charles Tyrwhitt / Shirt, Tie: Salvatore Ferragamo / Bridesmaid Dresses, Shoes: Anna Elyse / Rentals: Ultra Pom

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  • LeBelle Winery from Jen Huang

    19 March 2014
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    This week we have not one, but two, beautiful March flower features for you from Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers (a Snippet & Ink Select vendor!). If you’re a lover of blues and purples, then this post is for you… Sweet photos by Kate Osborne.

    From Sarah: Purple and and especially blue tones in flowers are hard to come by. Most of the flowers that are in these tones are very seasonal. If you want these colors in the flowers for your wedding, choose an early spring date. I love the small blooms of flowers that grow in the early spring, they are each so delicate.

    In this bouquet and boutonnieres you’ll find: Hellebore, Hyacinth, Sweet Pea, Ranunculus, Fritillaria, Muscari, Scabiosa, Lilac, and Delphinium.

    Not a Spring bride? Find more seasonal wedding flowers right here.

     

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    It’s been far too long since Braedon Flynn was here on Snippet & Ink, but I’ll tell you – this stunning wedding was worth the wait! Two gorgeous gowns, a luxe ballroom reception, and a dreamy beach location. Plus, spectacular photos from Braedon!

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    Mandana’s Monique Lhuillier gown was beautifully timeless, with its lace and long sleeves. Says the bride: “I wanted a very Grace Kelly inspired dress, and an all white bouquet that included lily-of-the-valley and stephanotis. For the reception, I changed into a mermaid style dress with art deco accessories.”

    The rings were carried in a seashell box.

    “I am Persian so we incorporated the Persian tradition of the Sofreh table into our Catholic ceremony. Our priest was so lovely and did such an amazing job explaining how each element on the table was symbolic of a happy life and marriage together. We also had all the happily married Persian women in attendance come up, hold a veil above us and rub together sugar cones above our heads – which represents a sweet life together in the future.”

    “Any moment that Ben and I shared privately that day was so special and filled with so much gratitude at how many people went out of their way to be with us and show us so much love that day.”

    One of the bride’s favorite details was the Sylvia Weinstock cake, “a five-tiered white floral dream confection that had all of our guests (including me), speechless. She is a true artist!”

    “The cocktail hour took place in the Mediterranean courtyard, and we included a a raw seafood bar, a beautiful ice sculpture, a cigar rolling station and a corn toss game to add a playful vibe.”

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Ben grew up in New York and I grew up in Southern California. Ever since he was a little boy, his family has had the tradition of spending the Easter holiday in Palm Beach, and every year we look forward to spending quality family time at the beautiful Breakers Hotel. We are also very fortunate that Ben’s cousin is the CEO of the Breakers and was gracious enough to host our wedding. It is a magical place for us and because we have a family connection to it, it was the obvious choice for our special day.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I wanted a vintage vibe and I decided my colors would be predominantly ivory and yellow gold. The wonderful thing about the Breakers is that it is a magnificent, self-contained oceanfront resort with beautiful beaches, magnificent gardens, shops, restaurants and spa services, so most of our guests did not have to leave the resort all weekend. And although our wedding night flew by, it was so wonderful to be able to spend the entire week with our family and friends.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  There are so many moments I wish I could freeze in time and bottle up. One thing I have never shared with anyone is that I often speak to my mother when I look out over the ocean on the Breakers. The sunsets and sunrises there are absolutely breathtaking and awe inspiring. That morning, when I woke up I could feel her presence, smile and good energy and my photographer happened to capture that very moment. I loved the quiet breakfast I shared with my two sisters that morning, I loved the look on my father’s face when he saw me for the first time. Another great moment was when my tiniest flower girl came down the aisle. My best girlfriend had flown in from London and her daughter was not thrilled about going down the aisle and refused during the rehearsal. The evening of the wedding, we decided to let her go down the aisle in her micro scooter and crossed our fingers and hoped for the best. All I could hear was cheers as she made it down the aisle and it was so hilarious and perfect! I loved walking down the aisle – I actually asked the attendants to wait a few seconds longer before they opened the ceremony doors so I could savor that moment a little while longer. But my absolute most favorite moment was my first look with my husband because it was so emotional and intimate and we were both moved to tears.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received was to have everything done early so you can enjoy the week and day of the wedding, and I did. I really stopped and took it all in.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  1) Wear comfortable shoes! 2) Take a moment and step back during your wedding and take it all in. Everyone around you is there celebrating your love and it’s such a special feeling.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  The wedding planning year was an emotional year for me. A week after Ben asked my parents for my hand in marriage, my mother passed away. So while there was much to celebrate in the wedding planning, it has also been an emotionally raw year for me in grieving her loss. When Ben felt it was finally right to propose, he presented me with a gorgeous ring in the middle of Central Park, with her name engraved on the inside so it would always be close to my heart.

    Photographer: Braedon Photography / Venue: The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida / Event Design, Floral Design: Joy Cudahy from the Design Studio at the Breakers / Event Planning: Sascha La Greca from the Design Studio at the Breakers / Ceremony Dress, Veil: Monique Lhuillier / Reception Dress: Oscar de la Renta / Feather Hair Piece: BHLDN / Shoes: Chanel, Prada / Earrings: Harry Winston / Engagement Ring: Neil Lane / Wedding Ring: Tiffany / Bracelet: BHLDN / Hair: Janessa Morera / Makeup: Katherine MacDonald / Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August / Groom’s Suit: Susan Damon / Shoes, Tie: Tom Ford / Videographer: Braedon Photography / Cake: Sylvia Weinstock / Stationery: Monumental Designs, William Arthur Invitations

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  • Glamorous Florida Wedding at The Breakers

    18 March 2014
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    Problem: You have a bunch of bridesmaids who all have different body types, different styles, and you want them all to feel great in the dress you choose for them to wear (while coordinating with each other and your wedding).

    Solution: Dessy’s Twist Wrap Dress! You choose the fabric and the color, then let your ladies decide how to wear it! Halter? Strapless? One-shoulder? Sleeves? With at least 9 different possibilities for twisting and wrapping, and available both long and short, every one of your bridesmaids will feel beautiful standing up next to you on your big day. 

    As a bridesmaid in a wedding later this year, the thing I appreciate most about the Twist Wrap Dress is that it gives you options. You buy one dress, and then play around with which wrap style you like best – you can even change your mind at the very last second! I love that! And with over 25 colors to choose from, the bride is guaranteed to find one (or a few) that works with her wedding palette, which means everyone is happy.

    The fabric choices are all great for packing, so bridesmaids who have to travel for your wedding don’t have to worry about the dress getting messed up in her suitcase. And actually, this same quality makes the Twist Wrap Dress a great piece to take with you on your honeymoon – no reason to let your bridesmaids have all the fun! Maybe in Ginger pink or Oasis blue?

    I’d love to know… how would you wear the Dessy Twist Wrap Dress? Share your favorite style in the comments!

     

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