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.”



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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    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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    There’s something so incredibly special about a bride wearing her mother’s or her grandmother’s wedding dress, wouldn’t you agree? This beautiful bride paired her grandmother’s dress with blue velvet flats and a full-length, lace-trimmed veil, and the result was nothing short of glamorous perfection. Here, the whole gorgeous celebration as captured by photographer Matt Edge.

    “I did the traditional something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” says the bride. “Old: My grandmother’s wedding dress. 62 years old to be exact. No alterations done. It just fit like a glove and looked as good as the day she wore it. New: My beautiful spanish styled veil. Borrowed: I wore Alex’s mother’s pearl bracelet that was her mother’s and his stepmother’s pearl earrings. Blue: My blue velvet flats.”

    Jaclyn carried a bouquet of white blooms, including roses and calla lilies, accented with almost-black privet berries.

    Shares the bride: “My grandfather was a Lutheran pastor and was set to marry us at the First Lutheran Church of Fullerton. Unfortunately, he passed away six months before our wedding and having it at the church made it all the more special to honor him. The pastor of that church married us. He knew my grandfather for years and as a surprise to me, even wore my grandfather’s cross around his neck during our ceremony. “

    “Our reception was held at a restaurant called Angelo’s & Vinci’s (right around the corner from the church) that we would go to to celebrate Valentine’s Day and our anniversary for years. Both venues were very sentimental to us. We wanted a more relaxed and fun wedding. And that is just what Angelo’s & Vinci’s delivered!”



    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I knew I wanted a traditional, classic wedding. I love everything about Spanish architecture and wanted to get married in a Spanish styled church. So, that’s where I started in the whole planning process. We lucked out finding The First Lutheran Church with Spanish architecture in Fullerton. We wanted everything to be classic. Looking back 30 years from now, I didn’t want to ask: What were we thinking?! I don’t think your wedding is a time to experiment too much. I love black, white and gold and all things Art Deco as does Alex and we just decided to keep within those colors and stay simple. The restaurant is like an Italian Disneyland so we really didn’t need to do anything for the reception besides the floral centerpieces which was great!

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Just seeing everyone we love and care about in one room celebrating our love was the most overwhelming feeling.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  My best advice is to not get blinded by the little things and remember what the day really means. If your decor doesn’t come out exactly how you imagined or if you are running a bit behind schedule just take a deep breath and remember that everyone is there to celebrate your love for one another. Stay grounded in your love.

    Photography: Matt Edge / Venue: Angelo’s & Vinci’s in Fullerton, California / Ceremony: First Lutheran Church of Fullerton / Event Planner: Stephanie Anderson, Exquisit Event Specialists / Gowns: Grandmother’s, Vera Wang, Victoria’s Secret / Shoes: Blue Velvet flats from Zara / Veil: Vanya Bvlgari / Rings: Simone and Son / Suit: Vera Wang via Mens Warehouse / Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal / Floral Design: Flower Allie / Stationery, Seating chart: Zazzle
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    Happy weekend, y’all! Are you getting ready for some St. Patrick’s Day festivities on Monday? I’ll be cooking corned beef for the first time, so wish me luck! Until then, take a little break from wedding planning with these fun links…

    I kind of love these dipped paintings by Oliver Jeffers.

    This wall of colorful knobs is so cheerful!

    Salted moon pies… yummmm….

    I didn’t know this First Kiss film was an ad when I first saw it. Now that I know, I’m not sure if I still feel like it’s sweet and clever, or if I feel duped… you?

    Cute floral bon appetit tags (free printable!).

    Sandcastle suburbia.

    I wish I had this much washi tape. And that it was this organized.

    There’s something really happy about these flower-topped flats.

    Petals and penmanship… two of my favorite things came together in this class!

    The story behind these vintage hotel keys, via Fallon Elizabeth.

    St. Patrick’s Day wedding inspiration.


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