Beatrice and Jonathan approached their wedding with a practical mindset: they wanted to make choices that would allow their wedding to run smoothly, and that showed their guests a great time. At the end of the day, it sounds like they achieved that goal, and they did so beautifully.


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The Ceremony

“We chose to have our wedding at India House for several reasons. First, it was a beautiful historic building. We’re not into trendy or overly showy locations. Second, the pricing per guest was quite reasonable. Third, it was close to mass transit and we were able to secure parking for our guests.”


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Your ceremony in three words.  Traditional Korean-American.


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Who officiated your ceremony?  Rev. Milind Sojwal officiated the ceremony, following a traditional Episcopalian ceremony format. Beatrice attended his church so it made sense to choose him as our officiant.


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What was your ceremony music?  The ceremony music was a theme from the Twilight movies, selected and performed by our cousins on violin, cello and keyboard.

What were your ceremony readings?  We selected readings from the Old Testament and the New Testament.

What were your vows like?  We recited traditional vows.


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“After our ceremony and a cocktail hour, we included the Korean Paebaek ceremony which in the U.S. has been modified to become more of an entertainment for guests rather than an actual Korean wedding ceremony.”


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How did you go about planning your wedding?  We did most of the planning ourselves, with some suggestions from others. We knew we wanted to start with the ceremony, then cocktails, then a modified Korean Paebaek ceremony, followed by dinner and dancing.


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The Reception

“Our reception was held on the top floor of the India House.We’ve always believed that weddings are really for the guests, and we loved that everyone seemed to have a good time.”


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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We kept in mind the mantra: “simple done well”

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Seeing all of our friends and family gathered in one place to celebrate a special day with us.

What was your first dance song?  “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne.


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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  Have a clearer schedule for the reception/dancing. We waited too long to start the dancing. But then again we had never planned a wedding before!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Gear the wedding around making your guests happy, so long as it doesn’t conflict with your personal tastes. If your family has difficult-to-pronounce names, make a recording of their names so whoever announces them can practice.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Nothing will ever go exactly as you plan, so try not to stress when they don’t. If you don’t have a planner, assign a key person or two who can help you sort out wedding day mishaps so you don’t need to worry about them.



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Photography: Karen Hill / Venue: India House in New York, New York / Dress: Alma Novia / Shoes: Michael Kors / Tuxedo: Bonobos / Shirt: Thomas Pink / Shoes: Cole Haan / Floral Design: Designs by Ahn / Stationery Materials: Paper Presentations / Hair, Makeup: Pas De Deux Salon / DJ: The Remixologists / Catering, Cake: Masterpiece Caterers

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    24 June 2015
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    As lovers of all things pretty, we’re thrilled to introduce the Il Nostro Sour as the newest member of our  signature cocktail series. Original recipe from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering and photos by Josh Gruetzmacher.



    Il Nostro Sour


    small coupe glassware
    eye dropper
    • edible flower petals
    • 1 1/2 oz. Pisco
    • 1/2  oz. Slivovitz
    • 1/2 oz. Apricot Liqueur
    • 3/4  oz. fresh Lime Juice
    • 3/4  oz. bar syrup
    • 1/2 oz. fresh egg white

    Directions: Dry shake without ice to froth; add ice, shake and fine-strain garnish with angostura bitters design in foam (using eye droppers), add multi-colored edible flower petals.


    We’d love to see your creations! Share your homemade Il Nostro Sour on Instagram and tag us @snippetandink for a chance to be featured.


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    We love when there’s a breakfast or brunch the morning after a wedding – it’s such a great chance to spend more time with friends and family you might not get to see very often, and to chat about the night before. But if you’re the newlyweds, the idea of hosting yet another party might seem daunting. We’ve called on Rebecca Pfiffner from Be Hitched to share some budget friendly ideas for an easy-peasy day-after brunch:

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    My inspiration for this shoot came from a pretty consistent reaction I’ve experienced as a planner when I’m meeting with couples and I bring up the question of a “day after” gathering. Usually the immediate response involves some dread – and I totally get it. The idea of having to plan a whole other party or formal brunch after spending so much time, energy (and money!) on the rehearsal dinner and wedding itself can definitely sound overwhelming. But I am here to shout from the rooftops that it doesn’t have to be that way! The “day after” gathering can be as simple as offering donuts and coffee in your backyard (or the backyard of a rental house). It gives you and your guests the chance to catch up, relax, and swap stories about favorite moments from the night before. Just like you, your guests don’t necessarily want to get dressed up again and go back into formal party mode the next day. An open house-style get together is not only low maintenance, it’s incredibly affordable – think $200 – $300. And with a few little fun DIY extras, all of which can be prepped in advance, it’s the perfect stress-free way to cap off an amazing, unforgettable weekend.


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    A “croquembouche” made entirely of donut holes is a super fun way to serve these little breakfast sweets. GET DIRECTIONS FOR THE DONUT TOWER HERE.


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    Several of our projects involve cut-out letters, including these custom coffee cup sleeves. From Rebecca: I’d seen an Instagram post from Bri Emery of Design Love Fest about a new printer she was playing around with that precision-cut her handwriting into a paper cut-out. Being the design nerd I am, I thought, “Maybe I could use something like that for these projects?” Two days later (thank you, Amazon Prime!), the Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine arrived at my door. This machine is AMAZING. I used it to cut a fun all-caps font on plain white sticker paper for the coffee cup sleeves, cake toppers, and award ribbons. If you don’t feel like investing in the Cricut, there’s practically a block-long aisle in every Michael’s filled with scrapbooking sticker letters. I just had way too much fun using this printer to go the manual route! GET DIRECTIONS FOR THE COFFEE CUP SLEEVES HERE.


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    Being a wedding guest many, many times myself, there’s always fun conversation the next day about the wedding highlights: who surprised everyone with their amazing dance moves, which speech made everyone cry the hardest, etc. So I thought, why not formally acknowledge these Great Wedding Moments with some awards given out by the couple?! GET DIRECTIONS FOR THE AWARD RIBBONS HERE.


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    Guests love to swap stories the day after a wedding almost as much as they love to swap photos. Yes, you can create a custom hashtag for Instagram and check out a bunch of wedding photos the next morning on your phone, but I believe there’s nothing more fun than seeing wedding photos printed in person. The kraft paper photo board is inspired by the many couples I work with who hire a photo booth for the wedding. Some of these companies can very easily print more that one photo strip every time the booth is used by guests. With a small request made in advance to the photo booth company to print an extra copy of each photo strip that’s taken, you’ll have a collection of physical photos at the end of the night to take home. Putting the photos up on display at the day-after gathering creates a visual way for guests to reminisce about how amazing the wedding night was, and it also gives the couple a chance to see everything they might have missed. GET DIRECTIONS FOR THE PHOTO BOOTH POSTER HERE.


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    Thanks to Rebecca from Be Hitched for these fun and easy day-after brunch ideas! Whether the bride and groom are hosting, or a friend of the family, these are great ideas for anyone.

    Photography: Christina McNeill / Event Planning & Design, Styling: Be Hitched / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth Company / Venue: Pizzaiolo / Floral Design: Chestnut & Vine

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    From our easy DIY “day after” brunch, here’s the How To for a donut hole “croquembouche” tower. Thanks to Rebecca Pfiffner from Be Hitched for this fun project!


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    Supply list

    1. foam cones (we purchased ours from Michael’s)
    2. toothpicks
    3. donut holes



    As simple as the donut towers were to make, it took a bit of trial and error to figure out the best and most efficient ways to put them together. At first, we tried doing a few toothpicks at a time at the base of the tower, adding donuts along the way to work our way up. But we found that once your hands get sticky with glaze, it’s much harder to press new toothpicks into the foam. So…

    - Start by covering the entire Styrofoam cone with toothpicks. Start at the base and work your way up, pressing the donut holes into the toothpicks (each donut hole will be held in place by more than one toothpick). 



    - Be sure to buy more toothpicks than you think you need. For the large foam tower (about 24” high) we used 800 toothpicks! For the medium tower (18” high) we used about 600 toothpicks.

    - We found that smaller, evenly round cake donut holes work a bit better than the larger traditional glazed donut holes, which often come in varying sizes and shapes. But it does mean you’ll need more donut holes since they’re slightly smaller.

    - If you need to transport the donut towers after you add the donut holes, wait to add the last bunch of toothpicks and donut holes on the top until after the tower has been put in its final place of display. You’ll want to be able to grip the top to stabilize the tower when you move it, and being able to hold on to the foam at the top makes this a lot easier than trying to maneuver around the donut holes.


    Design ideas

    - You can opt for simple plain glazed donut holes, or chocolate, powdered sugar, or a variety. You can make a spiral pattern, random assortment, or you can even add sprinkles!

    - I’m a sucker for all things polka dot, so at first we thought we’d use chocolate donut holes for “dots” but they were so dark that the donut tower started to look a bit ominous – great for Halloween treats, but not the look I was going for! I decided I wanted some real pops of color instead, and couldn’t find donut holes with sprinkles anywhere, I decided to make my own. (This is a pretty simple trick, but it definitely adds to the work time for this project.) Using plain glazed donut holes, I dipped them in an extra layer of homemade glaze (powdered sugar mixed with warm water) so they were good and sticky, rolled them in sprinkles, and set them aside to dry. We paired some of the colorful, sprinkled doughnut holes with some powdered sugar ones, and it turned out to be just the kind of polka dot design I was hoping for – fun and festive without being over the top!

    - A simple cake topper is an easy way to add an extra touch of whimsy to your donut tower. 

    Photography: Christina McNeill / Event Planning & Design: Be Hitched / Venue: Pizzaiolo
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