You guys, I had the hardest time deciding which images to share in this post, because there were SO MANY amazing photos and details to choose from! Do not miss the gallery on this one – so much more inspiration from this woodland wedding to see! The bride shared so many great details, and Caught the Light captured the day beautifully – it feels like stepping inside a fairy tale!

Says the bride on the choice of venue: “Both James and I love being outdoors and going on walks, and I’ve always found it incredibly uplifting to be out amongst nature. Being a bit of a romantic, I think I’ve always had a thing for forests and woodlands – there’s a certain magic and wonder about them. The woodland we got married in also runs alongside our home, so this particular location held a lot of significance and personal meaning for us as well.”

(From the photographer: “Marina and James live beside the woodlands, and through the land registry they were able to find out who owns the woods and sought permission to use them for their ceremony.” What a special place to tie the knot!)

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The bride shares some of the thoughtful details from the day: “We created a ‘Family Tree’ which we adorned with pictures of our respective family members getting married through the generations through to the present day. It was a sweet reminder of all the different loves and marriages that had led to each of us arriving at the present day and our own marriage. We also hung up little animal masks for children to pick up as they entered the woodland, to add a bit of fun to their experience of the day.”

“We wrote our own vows for the wedding and had a humanist celebrant officiate the event, who also wrote and read a lovely personal statement about us as a couple and our hopes for the marriage and our future together. Before exchanging rings, we also planted a tree in the wood, as a symbol of our marriage, and our family members gave readings before and after. We wanted our guests to feel very much a part of the event, so they all sang ‘Hey Jude’ together under the trees, which was fun.”

Some DIY details: “My cousin’s wife created all of our wedding stationery, which really set the rustic and organic theme of the big day,” shares Marina. “I also got quite hands-on, creating a number of embroidery hoops which we strung up in the garden, along with hanging tea lights. For wedding favors, we gave our guests little saplings that we had grown from acorns after we got engaged. The guests then took these home & planted them in recognition of something that held meaning for them.”

“For the wedding breakfast, we all sat together at long refectory tables, which made it feel like we were all eating together ‘family feast’ style. The name cards at the table settings also contained an unusual fact about each of the guests which was fun for starting conversations. Our florist dressed the tables in the most spectacular floral arrangements that brought the outdoors in and gave the illusion that we were all in amongst the trees.”

“Instead of a wedding cake, we came up with the idea of a ‘Brownie Mountain’ that everyone could take a slab of. I like that it was presented in a very informal style, with the sense that we were all feasting on a something home baked, out of the family kitchen.”



What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I remember watching the woodland wedding scene from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves when I was young, and being completely taken by the visuals – being married amongst the trees and the natural beauty of it all. Thinking back, it probably was the starting inspiration for our own wedding day. Throughout the wedding planning process, I was also quite inspired by the idea of creating something very organic, handmade and personal that really reflected us as couple. So we did as much ourselves as possible and it ended up being quite a “crafty” project with lots of DIY touches.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Probably the point at which my bridesmaids and I walked through the woods to the ceremony itself. It was quite overwhelming to see our nearest and dearest gathered together in the clearing and James waiting beside this incredible floral arch. I was excited and nervous in equal measure, but also blown away by the visual impact of the setting, so it was a really emotional moment!

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  For my something blue, I had a piece of my Dad’s tie pinned to the inside of my wedding dress (he passed away 3 years earlier), so that was very meaningful.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To create a really thorough “on the day” plan, that you delegate to someone else to take charge of on the day, so you can really relax and enjoy the whole day’s experience as a carefree participant, rather than a project manager.

What advice do you have for other brides?  To enjoy the process as much as possible, and accept offers of help from friends & family. Not only does that mean you don’t carry the burden of preparation and organization single-handedly, but it’s actually the contributions of others that help make the whole day really personal!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  The best investment we made was on the photography – we’d definitely recommend getting a great photographer whose work you connect with, as the photos really do last a lifetime and have the power to evoke all the memories and spirit of the day over and over again afterwards.

Photography: Caught the Light / Venue: private residence in Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom / Bride’s Dress: Baroque by Suzanne Neville from Miss Bush Bridal / Shoes: LK Bennett / Groom’s Suit: Mark Marengo / Shirt: Richard James / Shoes: Grenson / Stationery: Eleen Craig, Gal & Fellow / Floral Design: Gayle Evans of Bloomingayles / Music: The Modern Way / Caterer: Sally Iddles, Fabulous Food / Hair and Makeup: Elbie van Eeden / Officiant: Anne Delaney
  • Woodland Wedding from Caught the Light

    15 April 2014
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    Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls did the calligraphy for my wedding day, and she’s one of our Select vendors - needless to say, when I heard about her Petals & Penmanship workshop with floral designer Tulipina, I couldn’t wait to share it with you! And then she emailed me with the opportunity to give one Snippet & Ink reader a free seat in the upcoming class on April 19th, and I knew you would be just as excited about it as I am!

    If you’re in the Bay Area, or if you can get to LUXsf Studio in San Francisco for this all-day workshop on this coming Saturday, April 19, 2014, and if you adore beautiful flowers and calligraphy and want to learn more, then this workshop is for you!

    Attendees will get hands-on practice with lush, garden-style floral design, as well as an in-depth introduction to calligraphy, from two very talented wedding artists. Class will run from 10am to 4pm. All materials and supplies are included, and a light lunch will be provided. Each attendee will take home a floral arrangement, calligraphy kit, and plenty of inspiration!

    You can sign up for the workshop right HERE. Or…

    … you can enter to win! To enter for the chance to win a seat in the Petals & Penmanship workshop for this Saturday, April 19, 2014, just leave a comment on this post letting us know what you’re most excited to learn. You have until tomorrow at 11:59PM PDT to enter, and the winner will be contact by email and announced back on this post.

    Contest begins Monday, April 14, 2014 at 9:30AM PDT, and ends Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 11:59PM PDT. Winner will be selected by Snippet & Ink and announced on this post. Please note: winner must provide her own transportation to and from the workshop.

    Update! Lauren is the winner of the seat at the Petals & Penmanship workshop this Saturday. Lauren said: “I’m getting married this year, and it would help keep the cost down if I could write the invitations by hand. What a beautiful thing it would be to learn calligraphy!”


    Photos by Angie Cao.
    Official contest rules.

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    If you’ve followed Snippet & Ink for awhile, then you know about my love for a green and white wedding, and this classic wedding is no exception. This breathtaking venue paired with this clean color palette makes for a stunning celebration… not to mention Lindsay Madden‘s romantic photography!

    One of the bride’s favorite parts of the day? “I really loved getting ready that morning with my family and friends with the anticipation building for the ceremony.”

    Pocket-sized programs echoed the design of the wedding invitations.

    “Looking back, I think that the best advice I received was that the day was going to fly and that I needed to take a few moments to savor it,” says Lauren, “So Bobby and I took a few seconds to step away, both right after the ceremony (we snuck into a stairwell before our big exit from the church), and after taking our photos, to come back to earth and remind ourselves to enjoy every minute.”

    After the ceremony, guests traveled to Bedell Cellars for the reception. Guests enjoyed an elegant outdoor cocktail hour near the grapevines, and as the sun everyone moved to the pavilion for dinner and dancing.

    Lindsay Madden, Bedell Cellars | Snippet & Ink Lindsay Madden, Bedell Cellars | Snippet & Ink

    Signature drinks were Long Island Twisted Tea (“a play on a Long Island Iced Tea and the Twisted Teas we drank in college”) and Bedell’s “First Crush” wines.

    A family friend arranged all of the centerpieces: hydrangeas, roses, and local foliage in a variety of silver containers. Each place setting was accented with a sprig of rosemary and lavender.



    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  I actually grew up five minutes from where we got married, and thought it was fitting to celebrate such a big moment in the same place that I was raised. I had visited our reception venue, a winery, many times for wine tastings and had always appreciated the gorgeous setting and views. Since so many of our friends and family, especially on Bobby’s side, would be traveling to Long Island for the wedding, I knew I wanted to feature elements the North Fork is known for, like the wine. Having our reception at Bedell fit in perfectly with our ‘rustic but elegant’ theme and as soon as we met the staff, we knew it was the right place for us.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We were mostly inspired by the natural elements of the North Fork, from the local wine and cuisine to the beaches and farms. We incorporated local items like lavender and stones from the beach into the décor, North Fork Potato chips into our welcome boxes, and local ingredients into our menu and favors.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Bobby: Seeing Lauren for the first time that day, coming down the aisle. // Lauren: When I looked around the reception and saw how everything had come together, and how everyone that we loved was in one room, really enjoying themselves.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We did include several traditional elements like a church ceremony, but most of them had a twist. For example, we did the traditional father-daughter and mother-son dances, but, at my Dad’s request, he and I surprised everyone (including my Mom) with a mash-up of Daddy’s Little Girl with classic dances like the Charleston and the Twist. We had a traditional cake cutting too, but also indulged Bobby’s sweet tooth with a dessert bar full of shooters, cake pops, chocolate covered fruit and pastries.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Since I didn’t use a wedding planner I found that I needed to have a really clear vision of the day in my head that I could communicate to everyone we worked with. Our vendors also communicated directly with each other, which was a huge help. At the same time, keeping everything in perspective is so, so important. The tiny little details that I obsessed over (like what amenities we stocked in the bathroom for the ladies and what color the flip flops for dancing were) are just that: tiny little details. Even if something goes wrong, your guests probably won’t notice since they don’t know what it was supposed to be like in the first place. They will just be glad to have been part of your big day.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  I found a Groupon coupon for our videographer which helped us save a chunk, and our video came out so beautifully! There’s nothing like having some footage of that day to look back on. We also used the Eversnap app, which was a super cheap way to capture and let our guests share the day with each other in real time. Plus, we got a great selection of photos that we could share with people who couldn’t be there right away while our photographer worked her magic on the professional ones.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Both Bobby and I have small families and close groups of friends, so our goal in planning our wedding was to create a memorable experience for us as well as for our guests that let them know how much they mean to us. For me, spending time on the small details was just another way for us to share a part of ourselves with our guests, and a small way to say thank you. At the end of the day there are so many great moments to look back on – like the impromptu conga line through the reception or my parents opening the handkerchiefs that I had personalized for them – that I wouldn’t change a thing.

    Photographer: Lindsay Madden / Venue: Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue, New York / Church: St. Patrick Church in Southold, New York / Bride’s Dress: Lian Carlo / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Belt: Vera Wang / Veil: Monique Lhuillier / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff / Groom’s Suit: Baroni / Tie: Vineyard Vines / Stationery: Pen & Paper Design / Lighting: Matt Murphy Event Lighting / Music: Vail Entertainment / Videographer: Joyful Video / Floral Design: Conni Cross / Rentals: American Tent Company / Transportation: North Fork Trolley Co. / Hair, Makeup: Carolyn’s Salon / Bridesmaid Silk Robes: May Silk / Cake: The Rolling Pin Bakery / Catering: The Irish Pub
  • Bedell Cellars Wedding from Lindsay Madden

    14 April 2014
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    Take a break from wedding planning with my weekly round-up of favorite links from around the web. And have a lovely weekend!

    8 million flower petals over Costa Rica.

    Coveting every print from Les Indiennes.

    DIY giant pearl bracelet.

    These invitations sort of remind me of this book cover. Love them both.

    Prince George on a play date!

    How about a black and white spring table?

    The other bees.

    Camille has a beautiful book!

    Love the simplicity of these copper cups – perfect for a Moscow Mule!

    The found art of thank you notes.

    Would love to see a bride rock the skirt-and-top look, a la Rosa Clara or J.Crew.

    Congrats to Select vendor Leah McCormick on her beautiful new website!


    This week on Snippet & Ink:

    Timeless wedding at Stanford University.
    Unique, ethical jewelry from Bario-Neal.
    Whimsical wedding with lavender fields and a ferris wheel.
    Fourth of July wedding in Brooklyn.
    Modern wine country wedding with pops of orange.


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