Arati and Chandan’s wedding is such a beautiful blend of vibrant Indian wedding traditions and classic wine country ambience. From the bride’s fuchsia lengha, to the elegant cocktail seating area, to the mix of hanging metal lanterns over the bridal party table, this is one of those weddings that we just can’t take our eyes off of!


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“Before our engagement, we took a trip to Napa Valley together and discovered the charming town of Yountville. We observed a wedding taking place at the nearby Vintage Estate and thought to ourselves how wonderful it would be to get married in such a beautiful outdoor setting. Vintage Estate has a rustic-chic, vintage feel reminiscent of Tuscany, and Napa is renowned for its fine wine and culinary culture, for which we, as a couple, share a profound passion. About a year later we got engaged, and we knew that we wanted the week of festivities to take place in a setting that would offer natural and peaceful beauty and good food. California wine country was perfect for us, and we looked forward to sharing it with our loved ones and making memories with them in a place that already had such deep meaning for us as a couple.”


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Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Indian weddings are filled with pre-wedding rituals and celebrations that continue for several days. The day of our nuptials was preceded by a week of festivities that included mehndi (henna) application for all the ladies in the bridal party and an intimate outdoor mehndi party at the beautiful and picturesque Brix Restaurant & Gardens for all of my closest and dearest girlfriends. The vibrant colors of cocktail dresses combined with mehndi designs, colored glitter, and (after much vino) some fun Bollywood dance moves, made for some great photographs and memories. Our families also took part in the Haldi ritual, a fun and traditional gathering filled with music and chanting in which items such as turmeric and betel nuts are used to wish the couple good luck, prosperity, and beauty. This is meant to be a beautification process before the big day.

Tell us about your beautiful jewelry?  Something old: My mother-in-law gifted me with a family heirloom: a gold necklace and earring set that her mother-in-law had gifted her on her wedding day, which I will pass on in the family one day as well. // Something new: Wedding jewelry from my parents. A wedding band and a mangalsutra (black and gold beaded diamond necklace), tied around my neck by my husband at the end of the wedding ceremony. Chooda (green bangles) and silver toe rings, which hold special significance in Maharashtrian Indian weddings and represent marital status. // Something borrowed: Gold jewelry pieces to wear during the various wedding festivities of the week. // Something blue: The Carrie Bradshaw-inspired, satin blue, Cinderella-like Manolos, which I wore during one of the wedding festivities of the week.


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“The wedding ceremony was preceded by a traditional baraat (groom’s procession) – my groom looked like a true Mughal prince as he rode on a white horse (named Fabio), followed by his entourage dancing to the rhythm of the dhol (two-headed Indian drum) through the historic V Marketplace to the ceremonial mandap, where members of my family waited to greet and welcome them.”


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The Ceremony

“It was important for us to include a touch of our own style and individuality while still honoring our Indian heritage and traditional Hindu rituals. Thanks to the creative talents of our design vendors, we were able to transform Vintage Estate’s beautiful wedding arbor/gazebo into a picture-perfect Hindu mandap with simple white drapings, strands of white flowers and foliage, and vintage furniture pieces, complete with a fire pit, deities, and all other items required to perform a Hindu marriage ceremony.”


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Your ceremony in three words.  Colorful, festive, heartfelt.

What was your ceremony music?  The processional included various musical segments. My nieces, the flower girls, were accompanied down the aisle by my brother-in-law while “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole) played. My sister and sister-in-law, the bridesmaids, walked down the aisle to the song “Tere Bina” (A.R. Rahman). My husband loves the sound of the bagpipe, so we decided to hire a professional to play Highland Cathedral as my father walked me down the aisle. Friends and family members hymned mangalashtakas or blessings during various parts of the wedding ceremony, and the wedding party danced to “Feel So Close” (Calvin Harris) at the recessional.


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Who officiated your ceremony?  A well-known Hindu Pandit in the northern California Maharashtrian Indian community officiated our marriage ceremony and led us through the symbolic customs and rituals.


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Tell us about some of your ceremony traditions.  The Pandit recited mantras to auspiciously solemnize the wedding. A holy fire, or Agni, was lit to symbolize purity and to serve as a divine witness to the vows that we recited in Sanskrit to express our expectations and aspirations for one another. As each vow was uttered, Akshata (rice grains/flower petals) representing the blessings of our parents and other well-wishers were showered upon us. This was followed by the Mangalphera ceremony (circling the holy fire), which symbolized our walk together in life on a path toward mutual goals, and seven symbolic steps that represented oaths of Strength and Courage, Prosperity, Happiness, Good Health and Longevity, Mutual Love and Affection, Progeny, and Everlasting Friendship and Companionship.


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Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  I wanted to honor the spiritual presence of my brother on this special day. My brother had the most amazing drawing skill. The cover of our program book was a sketch that he had created of Lord Ganesha, a god of beginnings who is typically honored at the start of rituals and ceremonies.


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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The days and hours leading up to the ceremony were filled with hectic activity and attention to last-minute details, but as my groom and I at last stood together under the mandap, the afternoon breeze from the valley brought with it a beautiful sense of calm and serenity. It was an incredible feeling to stand before our family and friends who had gathered on the beautiful green lawn to bear witness to one of the most important days in our lives.


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The Reception

“We wanted our wedding to be a true reflection of us as individuals and as a couple. We wanted to complement the natural and rustic charm of the grounds with details that were simple, elegant, and meaningful, with a touch of the far East.”


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How would you describe your reception?  Magical. Al fresco dining on the pavilion. The cocktail reception included vintage furniture pieces, hanging tea lights, mercury glass votives, and white floral arrangements. For dinner, long farm tables were left exposed and decorated with clusters of lanterns, hurricane vases, and votives in mixed metallics and mercury glass, as well as flowers submerged in small cylinders. Intricate lanterns added a far-East flair that melded seamlessly with the other elements. While our guests dined under the stars, the wedding party sat under an umbrella of suspended lanterns.


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“We, along with some members of our families and some guests, changed from Indian attire to western formalwear for the reception,” says Arati. “I chose a full-length, form-fitting, vintage-inspired wedding gown made of lace and crystals to complement the ambiance of the night. My groom looked dashing in his steel blue suit.”


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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Hire a videographer to capture the details and relive the special moments of the day. Relax and enjoy every minute.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Don’t feel obligated to invite everyone. This is your day and it should be shared with the people who know you the best and are important to you in your life. Stick to your vision and focus on making it an unforgettable and memorable occasion.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  Absolutely not – we saw our vision come to life. It was a magical day for us that we will keep in our hearts and cherish for a lifetime. Our vision could never have been a reality without the support of our family and friends and the wonderful “dream team” of talented individuals that we were so grateful to have the opportunity to work with.


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What was your first dance song?  Our first dance song was “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green. We chose to coordinate the father/daughter and mother/son dance side-by-side, to “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.

What was your wedding menu?  Our guests received personalized menus in ivory and gold calligraphy. Each course offered a true California-Mediterranean culinary experience using the freshest local ingredients. Instead of a signature cocktail we offered beer and local wine.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We called it a night with a “perfect ending” complete with a Perfect Endings cake dressed with green ferns, foliage, and white flowers that complemented our wedding ceremony haars (garlands). The cake was made with rounds of café mocha, red velvet, and my absolute favorite, lemon poppy seed.


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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Making our grand entrance as husband and wife and hearing the heartfelt speeches given by our family members and close friends.


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Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception.  After dinner, we made our way to the Barrel Room. The entryway was lined with an assortment of lanterns and votives, while the inside of the Barrel Room was decorated with warm amber lighting, small votives, and lounges created from vintage furniture pieces. This is where we had our first dance and father/daughter and mother/son dances. We danced into the early hours of the morning to a mix of music from the 80s and 90s, popular Bollywood songs, and, of course, the groom’s all time favorite, Ska music. He had a great time “skanking” with his closest buddies when his uber-talented friend surprised everyone by rocking out his trumpet and coordinating a few famous Ska tracks with our DJ.


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Photography: Tanja Lippert / Venue: Vintage Estate in Yountville, California / Event Planning & Design: Soiree by Simone Lennon / Floral Design: Floral Theory / Officiant: Prabhakar Sathe / Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Chanel, Christian Louboutin / Suit: Tom Ford / Music: Fog City Entertainment / Bagpiper: Lynne Miller / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, One True Love Vintage Rentals / Stationery: Union Street Papery / Calligraphy: Barbara Callow / Cake: Perfect Endings / Hair, Makeup: Maria Chang / Videography: Andrew Hsu
  • Yountville Indian Wedding by Tanja Lippert

    7 May 2015
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    Hi, I am Victoria  from Milkfed Press.  I’m thrilled to be sharing some of my favorite Oakland highlights with you today! I did not grow up in the Bay Area, but came here in the early 90’s to pursue my dreams of bookbinding and letterpress printing. I fell in love here, I started my business here, and later – my family. Its indefatigable spirit is an endless stream of inspiration, character, and restoration to me.

    Here’s an example of my perfect day: it includes simply grabbing my camera and walking out the door. The signs, the letterforms, the people, and the industry — I find something new and beautiful every time. I try and integrate these moments into my own life as much as possible. Sometimes a simple image will stick with me, and I’ll later draw it my sketchbook for future prints or projects.

    Gertrude Stein once said of Oakland, “There is no there there.”, but I have always found this sentiment to be untrue. It welcomed me to the Bay Area over 20 years ago, and my love for it has never waned.

    Once seen as the scrappy underdog to San Francisco, Oakland is rich in history, and has had a huge revival in the last 10 years. Artists have been opting for this sunnier-side of the Bay for its opportunities, and the ability to live and thrive in a close-knit artist’s community.

    It’s also become a foodie’s playground with both a huge wave of new restaurants opening weekly (it seems) and the stalwart, hole-in-the-wall restaurants in every neighborhood. It’s almost impossible to get a bad meal here. Lastly, the live music and arts scene has exploded, and between the Fox Theater, the Paramount, Yoshi’s, and the small clubs throughout downtown, you can find live music every night of the week. When I moved here, the Fox Theater was closed down for good, it seemed. It took many years, and many committees to revitalize it, and like a phoenix rising above—it is one of the greatest places to see a live band today.

    The first thing I need to tell new-comers is that Oakland is a large, very-spread-out city. What I’ve always loved most about it is its diversity —not just in regards to the people who live here, but the architecture and the landscape as well. Each neighborhood is unique, and 15 minutes in any direction can offer a completely different experience.

    I have come to realize that I am definitely more of an experienced-based person — I love live events, enjoy good food with friends and family, and really prefer to shop for others. For simplicity, I’m going to highlight some of the quirks in my favorite neighborhoods.




    Starting down at Jack London Square, take a quick pop into Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon and experience the after-effects of the 1906 earthquake: This is a tiny bar/shack with a tilted floor and a clock which is still stuck at the time of the earthquake. Jack London himself used to hang out here: it’s a quirky little reminder of days gone by.

    A walk just a few blocks over on Webster Street leads you to local favorite, Blue Bottle Coffee. Locals go crazy for this coffee!

    Chop Bar on 4th and Alice Street is a great place to have brunch, and I love their basil gimlet.

    Since you’re down there, one of my favorite shops for local and well-crafted goods is Oakland Supply Company, on 3rd. Their stuff is well curated, and I’ve adored anything I’ve ever bought there.




    Chinatown in Oakland is smaller than San Francisco’s but quite mighty. This is graphic-paradise to me, and I love coming here with my daughter, and exploring the packed shops, and looking at all of the amazing packaging. Teas, stationery, cloth-covered boxes — I always find inexpensive and unique things for my friends.

    Franklin Street is one of my favorites for wandering, and we love to finish up at Ruby King Bakery for egg custards or for lunch at Soba Noodles.

    If I’m with a friend, the Trappist (on 8th, just past Broadway) is a great place to have a beer and look over all of our goods. They have a great assortment of beers, and a great selection of food to nosh on.




    This was our neighborhood when I met my husband, and we loved getting off the beaten path to hang out in the Morcom Rose Garden. Located right off of Grand, it’s still Oakland’s best kept secret garden. Bring a book or pull up a bench — it’s a great place to stop and smell the roses. Wander over after brunch at Camino for a perfect Sunday stroll.

    The Grand Lake Theater is yet another gorgeous movie theater, this one was built in the 20’s, and still runs first-run pictures. Saturday nights feature a player on the mighty Wurlitzer before your film.

    Up the street from the theater you’ll find a straight-up institution known as The Alley. Not just a bar and restaurant, this piano bar has been here since the 30’s. Graphically-inclined people will be thrilled to find that there are no less than 30,000 business cards stapled on the walls. Come in, add yours, and sing a song with Rod Dibble while you can.

    If that’s not your thing, Boot and Shoe Service is right across the street.




    This man-made lake with a 3-mile walking/jogging trail around it is the true mark of civility. I love coming here on Sundays for a stroll and people watching. If you’re here into the evening, the lights that twinkle around the lake are super enchanting. I’ve admittedly never taken a gondola ride, but that’s not to say I won’t one day.

    If you have any kids with you, you must get yourself into Children’s Fairyland. This is the park that inspired Walt Disney himself to create the Happiest Place on Earth. It is so, so charming, and never gets old. Seriously. This place is bananas. They do sometimes have special parties for just-adults throughout the year, definitely worth checking into.




    North Oakland’s Temescal District has seen a huge revival in the last 10 years. Great restaurants, and shopping for sure.

    One of my favorite places to go to is the Creative Depot for Reuse: a great destination for makers of all kinds, it’s a nice place to treasure hunt for truly inexpensive materials. I never know what I’ll find.

    These were an assortment of vintage-inspired greeting cards, all for $1 a piece. Vintage stamps (great for wedding stationery envelopes!) range from 10–20 cents a piece, and these great patches were a few dollars each. Their stock is changing daily, but I think it’s a maker’s paradise.

    Up the street you’ll find the delicious Pizzaiolo at 5008 Telegraph. Chef Charlie Hallowell started at Chez Pannise, and opened this restaurant about 10 years, ago. The food is delicious and it’s a real staple to the community. I really love that he kept the sign from the old business from before him.

    Walk around to the alley behind Pizzaiolo and discover the sweetest shops ever. With lively events on the first-Friday evening of every month, it’s a step back into the artistan world of commerce. Walk-in for an awesome haircut and shave at Temescal Alley Barbershop (no appointments) or enjoy one of the best crème-filled donuts you’ve ever tasted at Donut Dolly. Owned by pal Hannah Hoffman, you have not lived until you have experienced one of these delicious things.

    If this isn’t enough, visit my favorite shop here: Crimson Horticultural Rarities.

    The aesthetics of this place get me every. single. time. Ideal for plant lovers, I come here for all of my favorite Santa Maria Novella soaps, candles and sprays. Everything is so well-curated, that it’s a treat to visit the shop, and simply experience the place. My number one place for buying thoughtful gifts.

    Don’t think this letterpress printer didn’t notice your fabulous gold-foiled cards!

    The simple typography on these Swarm of Bees candles make it hard for me to use them.




    I think I visit this neighborhood the least, but not for lack of things to do. The shops are great! Atomic Garden is one of my favorites. Down the street towards BART, we like to pick up food for a picnic from Market Hall and visit Mountain View Cemetery, at the top of Piedmont Avenue. I know, this may sound strange to some, but it is one of the most beautiful, well-kept places in Oakland. Originally designed by the Father of Landscape Architecture himself, Frederick Olmstead (he designed Central Park, among other notable places) — it is a lovely place to sit and contemplate the big questions while typography and history combine in marble stone.

    Going down Piedmont Avenue, I have to note a few great shops there:

    Good Stock at 4198 Piedmont Avenue. The fixtures and wares are just beautiful. I buy my favorite MCMC perfume here.

    Next door is Neighbor (co-owned by the same women who own Good Stock, and Mercy – a vintage dress shop next door on the other side), which focuses on home and garden items. Vintage, artisan and always eclectic.




    Last but not least, this may in truth be my favorite neighborhood to visit. I love walking around International Blvd., and looking at all of the vintage hand-painted signs. I find it really inspiring every time.

    If you’re new to the Bay Area, a burrito at El Farolito is a must. Walk down a few blocks and finish up with some hand-made rose-petal (yes!) ice cream at Nievos Cinco de Mayo, and just take it all in.




    Those visiting Oakland really must check out the Oakland Museum of California. I love their exhibits—both during the day and on every Friday night, where—rain or shine—they put on fantastic programs and offer half-off admission price to the museum.

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    If you find yourself around Telegraph and 23rd on the first Friday of the month, you should check out “Art Murmur”. The streets are closed off and it is art, food, music and party all in one sentence. This monthly event is huge, and you’ll never know who you’ll meet. If you’re down here, be sure to check out my pal Nat at Bloom Screen Printing.

    Creative Growth at 355 24th Street is a really special place to visit working artists and to be inspired at the same time. It’s the oldest and largest art center in the world for people with disabilities—primarily developmental. Founded over 40 years ago, the center has never taught art in a formal way. They simply invite artists to come here, find your way, find your voice, and tell us your story. It’s really amazing.

    Had enough city life? Many who visit us are surprised to learn that Oakland is not strictly an urban city. If you get in a car and drive 20 minutes from downtown, you can find yourself deep in the redwoods at Joaquin Miller Park. With miles and miles of hiking trails throughout, the “Sequoia Bay View Trail” is still one of my favorites.

    True to almost A-Z form, I will end with an unexpected place that I love to tell people about: The Oakland Zoo. This historic park is am impressive 525-acre home to over 600 native and exotic animals. About 25 minutes from Downtown, it’s easy to navigate and makes for a nice getaway. We like to bring a picnic, and the bird’s eye view from the sky ride is a nice way to see the bay view, the trees (and the Bengal tigers).




    This was the hardest portion of putting this together! So many places I can say to NOT stay (MacArthur Blvd., or out by the airport), and for such a large city, there aren’t that many hotel options. There is the Marriott downtown, or the fabulous Claremont Hotel in the Oakland Hills (though technically in Berkeley). It’s always worth a stay there, for sure. Enjoy the pool, relax in style, or get a coffee or cocktail in the bar, and marvel at the view of Oakland.

    I think if it were me coming to visit for the first time, I would opt for the Claremont, or I would choose a neighborhood that I liked, and spend some time looking into someAir bnb options. Staying by BART (Rockridge, Downtown, Temescal, Lake Merritt, and Fruitvale stations) will be helpful, if you don’t have a car.

    A quick search on Air bnb just now landed me on the “Liberty” sailing yacht that is available for $109 a night. How fun would that be?

    I hope this has been helplful, and if you come to Oakland, I hope that you love it as much as I do. If you’ve enjoyed this article, please keep in touch or follow more of my adventures on instagram (@milkfedpress). Safe Travels! xo Victoria


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    Midwesterners Cassie and Jacob wanted a seaside destination wedding, and found their dream location on the sandy shores of Alys Beach, Florida. We’re loving the cool, desert vibe of their relaxed celebration, the chic coffee shop where they held the intimate reception, and the eclectic décor they spent years sourcing for the big day – and we know you will, too!


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    Cassie wore a vintage-inspired dress from BHLDN.


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    “We wanted our guests to feel like they were on vacation, so we chose a location that we hoped they would enjoy. For us, spending a week near a beach sounded heavenly, so we opted for a destination wedding at Alys Beach in Northern Florida. It was the perfect backdrop for our informal, laid-back wedding, and we were able to spend an entire week there celebrating with family and friends.”


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    The Ceremony

    “We wanted our vows to be a list of promises to each other, essentially our love contract, and we wrote them together. During the ceremony, we read them aloud to each other, each sealing the contract with our words.”


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    Your ceremony in three words.  Genuine, simple, and family.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  My husband’s mother was our officiant. We chose her because of her ability to write beautifully and speak to a crowd. She also shared our spiritual ideas, and it was a real gift to us when she accepted. Together, we built the ceremony and the readings to reflect our past and future.

    What was your ceremony music?  The maid of honor and the best man walked down the aisle to “Sea of Love” by Cat Power, and my father and I to “Blackbird” by The Beatles.


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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The bride said, “My favorite moment of the ceremony was walking down the aisle with my father, observing all the guests and the beautiful scenery. There was so much love on that beach.”

    The groom said, “My favorite moment was seeing Cassie come down the aisle. Cliché, I know, but being on an open beach, I had to intentionally turn away as she approached. I heard my best man, Ben, whisper, “Wow,” and that was my cue to turn. I didn’t hear or see a single thing other than her in that moment. Time froze and I felt weightless.”



    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Don’t worry about what you’ve heard weddings are “supposed” to be. This day is for you, your future husband, and your closest friends and family. If having a traditional wedding isn’t your style, do what comes naturally to you and your partner. Try to infuse as much of your personality as you can into the celebration – it’s a choice you can’t regret!


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    The Reception

    “Our biggest inspiration for our reception was the environment. We wanted our wedding to be easy, stress-free and fun, with a focus on enjoying the simple things in life. Our guests have traveled a long way, so we wanted them to feel like they were on a memorable vacation.”


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    How would you describe your reception?  An outdoor dinner party with our closest family and friends, surrounded by beautiful scenery, amazing music, and good food.

    Why did you choose this location for your reception?  We wanted an outdoor reception that would feel like a laid-back dinner party, so we rented out Fonville Press, a lovely coffee & ice cream shop with a large covered patio. The environment was romantic and relaxed – just what we’d hoped for!


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    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  My parents handcrafted almost all of the wood accents and lighting pieces, and the table settings, including glasses, plates, and décor, were collected during many antique shop hunts. It was probably 2 years in the making to collect & make everything at our reception!

    Please tell us about any special details or moments from your reception. We gifted our guests with small air plants to take a bit of the tropics home with them. We also installed a cozy pillow lounge near the DJ to create a laid-back atmosphere for dancing and chatting with friends and family.



    What was your wedding menu?  We served an Italian menu which included lots of pastas, soups, breads, and salads. The Italian appetizers served during cocktail hour were real crowd pleasers, too!


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    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We had a two-tier chocolate and vanilla cake, as well as individual mason jars filled with chocolate mousse made by my very talented sister-in-law, Roma.



    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Dancing beneath the twinkle lights. I had no idea I had a family of dancers!

    What was your first dance song?  Our first dance was to “Come Away with Me” by Nora Jones. My dad and I danced to “Walk with You” by Edwin McCain, and Jacob danced with his mom and grandmother to “Over The Rainbow / Wonderful World” by Israël Kamakawiwo’ole.


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    Photography: Olivia Rae James / Ceremony: Grayton Beach / Reception Venue: Fonville Press in Alys Beach, Florida / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: Fishers Flowers / Dress: BHLDN / Shoes: Steve Madden / Maid of Honor Dress: BHLDN / Jewelry: Anthropologie / Suit: J.Crew / Tie, Pocket Square: April Look / Shirt: Banana Republic / Watch: Seiko / Best Man Suit: Calvin Klein / Stationery: Bride / Calligraphy: Type & Title / Hair: Salon Twist on 30A /  Music: BBoy Productions / Catering: Caliza Restaurant / Cake: Sugar Art by Angela

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  • Laid-Back Alys Beach, Florida Wedding by Olivia Rae James

    5 May 2015
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    While we love the endless sources of DIY’s and tutorials on Instagram, Pinterest, and beyond, some projects truly require a hands-on learning experience in order to achieve a professional look. Floral design and table styling are at the top of that list! Luckily, the talented ladies at Daisy Rose Floral Design and Hawthorn Flower Studio have teamed up to create a comprehensive floral workshop experience in the heart of wine country, filled with flowers, seasonal fruit, wine, and delicious food, hosted by the wonderfully modern and upscale Hamel Family Wines. Your Memorial Day weekend just got an upgrade!

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    At the Rose & Thorn Workshop you’ll spend a gorgeous Saturday enjoying Hamel Family Wines’ organic rosé and charcuterie while immersing yourself in the arts of floral design and table styling, all with the help of seasoned industry professionals. No need to worry about bringing your own supplies – flowers, vases, tools, and photographs will be provided for you! If you’ve always wanted to learn how to create your favorite lush, garden-style centerpieces, you don’t want to miss it!

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    After learning the tips and tricks to achieving those dreamy, overflowing shapes we all love, you’ll hone your table styling skills to really give your creations a masterful look! The Rose and Thorn Workshop even covers vase selection, sourcing seasonal materials, and sustainable flower care – everything you need to know in order to craft perfect floral designs! While this is clearly an Instagram-worthy experience, photographer Megan Clouse will be on-site to document the day and each student’s beautiful work.

    If you’re thinking you’ll want to celebrate your new expertise with more local wine and a hearty meal, the all-inclusive experience is exactly what you’re looking for. After the workshop portion of the day, you’ll wind down with an organic, farm-to-table picnic lunch prepared by Bouchon-trained executive chef Clinton Huntsman, along with a thoughtfully curated wine tasting presented by a Hamel Family wine ambassador. Top it all off with a caves tour and you’ve had an incredibly unique wine country workshop experience!


    May 23, 2015 at Hamel Family Wines in Sonoma, California

    • 10 am to 1 pm:  Floral Design Practice, Table Styling, Charcuterie, & Rosé
    • 1 pm: Wine Tasting & (optional) Lunch
    • 2 pm: (optional) Caves Tour

    Workshop: $299 – Tools & Supplies Included

    All-Inclusive Experience: $359 – Workshop experience plus wine tasting, catered lunch, and caves tour

    GIVEAWAY: Since Daisy Rose Floral Design and Hawthorn Flower Studio know how much our readers love stunning floral designs and of course, wine country, they’re offering a FREE seat at the workshop ($299 value) to one lucky winner! To enter, just leave a comment letting us know which flower you’d include in your dream arrangement and why you’d love to attend the Rose & Thorn Workshop!

    Contest begins Monday, May 4, 2015 at 9:30AM PDT, and ends Friday, May 8, 2015 at 11:59PM PDT. Winner will be selected by Snippet & Ink and announced on this post. Please note: winner must live in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec).

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    UPDATE:  This contest is now closed.  Congrats to the winner, Michelle who said:  “Honestly I don’t know a lot of the names of flowers and plants that I think are beautiful. That’s one of the reasons I would love to join this workshop! but I do know that I love dahlias. They have this amazing geometry, richness of color–they’re just so striking!” We can’t wait to see what you dream up!  


    This post is sponsored by Hawthorn Flower Studio and Daisy Rose Floral Design. 

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