Yesterday’s bride was a wedding planner, and today’s bride is a wedding photographer – it’s so fun to see how wedding vendors tie the knot! Kelli and Kevin opted for an intimate, rustic wedding at a Colorado bed and breakfast…
Kelli’s favorite moment from the day? “At the very end of our ceremony, after we had done a huge group prayer, and then we were pronounced husband and wife. I remember falling into Kevin’s arms, hugging him tightly and thinking, God is so good. That was the constant feel of the day.”
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Why did you choose this location for your wedding? In planning our wedding, we really wanted our friends and family to be treated well and we wanted a simple, cozy venue in the mountains. The B&B was perfect because it provided a place for all of our favorite people to celebrate with us the entire weekend, and we had a lot of creative freedom to transform the quaint and rustic space into a beautiful wedding day.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We are both artists and we love people and the mountains so we wanted that to be the focus. We wanted a Kinfolk feel to our reception, with family style dinner and candles and flowers everywhere so our guests could really enjoy themselves and it felt like being around the dinner table with family. Our aesthetic and styles are very different, mine being simpler with clean texture, and Kevin’s being more bold, masculine and quirky. In the end, we married the two styles together, and I think it turned out better than expected.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Keep it simple and really enjoy every part of the day, and let everyone else figure out the details. As a wedding photographer, I know how chaotic weddings can sometimes be, but being a bride was different. I didn’t care about the details as much as I thought I would. Instead I really took everything in that day… the cold air, the smell of trees, the people, what I was feeling, seeing Kevin’s tears as my dad walked me down the aisle. I remember it so vividly even though it was such a fast day.
What advice do you have for other brides? Remember the reason for all the planning: you’re marrying your best friend and the person you get do life with forever. The details will come together how they are suppose to, so it’s not worth it to get worked up over the little things that seem to be going wrong. If you’re one to be more of a perfectionist (like I can be sometimes) it’s best to delegate tasks to people that are willing to help. Then just let things fall into place as they should.
Listen to this crazy story about Emily and Gerry’s wedding venue! “Oddly enough, I experienced more hiccups in my wedding planning than I have with any of my couples combined. The first major upset was with our venue. We picked an amazing art gallery in the Mission… which had to shut its doors 3 months before our wedding. The day we found out about the venue I was at a dress fitting, trying on this amazing custom dress and thinking that I had no place to wear it! Luckily I have two of the best colleagues in the world, and by the time the fitting was over, Lauren and Cassandra had a spreadsheet of options ready with availability and site visits set up. Gerry and I visited Dogpatch WineWorks that night. It was about 4 blocks from our home, newly opened, and a wonderfully interesting and flexible space. We signed the contract and I am so glad things worked out the way they did. Having the venue so close to our home allowed me to get ready at my own house on our wedding day. We did our first look in our backyard, and family photos in a park nearby. It was easy and comfortable.”
From Emily: “My favorite part of planning was thinking up wonderful little details to surprise our guests. From our guest book (a cookbook with lots of lovely pictures and white spaces for notes from guests), to vintage sea glass jars as bud vases, to hand painting all of the votives with gold leaf and metallic paint, to displaying framed photos of our parents (married 35 and 36 years respectively). We also hand wrote notes to each of our guests, inserted into little metallic envelopes, which doubled as place cards. Our signature drink was ‘Guns and Roses’ (Brut Rose and blood orange juice with a twist).”
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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Planning your own wedding when you are a wedding planner is hard. I have seen and done so many things for my clients that it was difficult to come up with ideas that felt new, fun, inspirational, or personal. I tried to relax and focus on things that I really enjoy, and let the venue and the season inspire me. I also gave artistic reign to the vendors I worked with. I know from experience that trusting and collaborating with vendors is the best way to get a truly gorgeous and one-of-a-kind look for your event. Overall, the look of metallics, warm wood and linens combined with the structural but soft florals, perfect lighting, and the smell of wine in the air from the venue set a terrific tone for the event, and I was ecstatic with how it turned out both as a wedding planner and as a bride.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Our ceremony followed the traditional Catholic ceremony and vows very closely, which felt right to us as a family tradition. We also used the same toasting flutes that my parents used at their wedding, and my brother and sister-in-law used at theirs. I wanted our wedding to feel like a wedding – a celebration of our union. I think we succeeded in choosing traditions that led us to that type of event.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? The best advice I received was from Lauren, who reminded me often to focus on what I loved. Also, the wine and chocolate pairing station was her idea, and it was an excellent one.
What advice do you have for other brides? The best advice I always give to my brides is what I tried to follow as well – hire a planner, trust your vendors to do their jobs without micromanaging them, and get your groom involved in the things that are most important to him. A planner is necessary. Lauren always says that everybody needs a wedding planner – no matter what. There are a range of planners out there at different price points and you will save yourself and your family a lot of stress by having someone to recommend vendors for you, advocate for you, and set up and run your big day so you can just enjoy time with your loved ones. I also think it is important to let your vendors do their jobs. As I said before, giving them creative license can be a beautiful thing. You will be surprised in a good way. Collaborate with them, make them a part of your team. You will get the best results from vendors who value you as a client and want your day to be special as a result. Finally, I think it is extremely important for often-quiet grooms to have a voice in the planning process. I always ask grooms to tell about the thing or things they care about most, so that I can keep that in mind as we plan. In our case that was music, and Gerry spent a long time making sure that our musical choices reflected us and would be enjoyed by our guests. It was really fun to watch him take ownership of that project.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? One budget tip that I implemented was choosing an off-season date. Between November and March venues are less expensive, more vendors are available and willing to work with smaller budgets, and your guests will be less likely to have another wedding to go to. I loved having a February wedding! It felt cozy and romantic.
Carmen Santorelli is one of our newest Select vendors, so we’re thrilled to highlight some of her beautiful work today! Plus, she has a lovely treat for Snippet & Ink readers who book her before December 31st (scroll down for the details)…
Based in both California and New York, Carmen Santorelli specializes in destination weddings and will travel worldwide to shoot your wedding. She captures the emotions and moments of weddings with her fine art approach, and she believes that there is no better way to tell a story than through photographs. As she says, “Each wedding is a work of art. My ultimate goal is to create images from the day that will become treasured family heirlooms.”
Speaking of heirlooms, Snippet & Ink readers who book Carmen before December 31st, 2013 will receive a complimentary 6×6 20-page fine art album – that’s an $800 value! Nothing quite like a beautiful album full of priceless photographs to tell the story of your wedding day…
This post sponsored by Carmen Santorelli. Carmen is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.
You might have seen this beautiful wedding pop up for a brief moment a few months ago, until I realized I was supposed to hold the feature until November. Well it’s November! And seeing as this stunning Blackberry Farm wedding from Snippet & Ink Select vendors Calder Clark Designs and A Bryan Photo took place in November, it seems like an excellent time to share it with you…
“My family always opens poppers on Christmas morning, so I thought it would be a fun idea to use poppers as our place cards. Calder Clark and I played around with ideas on what to include and decided to add a toy farm animal to each popper along with the dinner menu. Our guests loved the toys and they added a nice rustic touch to the table.” Place cards, menus, and favors in one!
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Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We knew we wanted a destination wedding and somewhere our family and friends could have the opportunity to see each other and really get to know one another. I had this vision of my family and friends having breakfast with Stodd’s and thought it was a cool idea to pick a place where we could take over an entire property and be the only people there. I had long been obsessed with Blackberry Farm and used to joke that I would get married there. Being from Los Angeles, my family thought I was crazy, but the second we arrived for a site visit we knew nowhere else could compare.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I am an interior designer so I looked to interiors a lot for inspiration. I wanted our rehearsal dinner to feel like the way I would want an outdoor dinner party of ours would look like. With Blackberry Farm as your backdrop you really don’t need to add much, but I wanted to enhance what as already there with jewel tones and an elegant chic feel. I was also obsessed with an Oscar de le Renta advertisement that had a model dancing on a beautiful black and white marble floor. I couldn’t believe Calder Clark and Blossom were able to replicate it for our dance floor!
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? I actually loved the afternoon of the wedding day. Stodd and his friends were playing corn hole and my friends and I were perched on the hillside staring out at the view. It was so fun to be surrounded by our friends and family in a relaxed environment just a couple hours before the big “I Do’s”.
What advice do you have for other brides? Enjoy it! Being engaged is such a great experience. You have the rest of your lives to be married, but only a short time to really celebrate being engaged with family and friends.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? We created a custom Instagram hashtag that we included on our welcome maps. All our guests really ran with it and we had over 300 photos tagged with #stoddisaluckyguy that we are able to enjoy. It was so fun to be able to see what everyone was doing throughout the day. I love that I can pull up all the photos and relive the weekend.
Passed Hors D’ouevres: Housemade Potato Chips with Paddleﬁsh Caviar and Creme Fraiche / Benton’s Ham and Onion Tart / Mushroom Bruschetta // First Course: Salad of Purple Mizuna with Local Pears, Elderﬂower Vinaigrette, and Pecans // Second Course: Mushroom Risotto with Parmesan Cream and Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette // Third Course: Short Ribs, Crispy Onions, Roasted Cauliﬂower, and Olive Oil Braised Greens // Dessert: Carrot Cake ﬁlled with Homemade Cream Cheese Buttercream