Love by Roy Croft

I love you
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.
I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.
I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out;
I love you
For putting your hand
Into my heaped-up heart
And passing over
All the foolish, weak things
That you can’t help
Dimly seeing there,
And for drawing out
Into the light
All the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked
Quite far enough to find
I love you because you
Are helping me to make
Of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern
But a temple.
Out of the works
Of my every day
Not a reproach
But a song.
I love you
Because you have done
More than any creed
Could have done
To make me good.
And more than any fate
Could have done
To make me happy.
You have done it
Without a touch,
Without a word,
Without a sign.
You have done it
By being yourself.
Perhaps that is what
Being a friend means,
After all.

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Today’s wedding in Napa is really making us crave some warm, sunny weather… Lexi and Al chose a private estate where they spent all their summers growing up. With the deep connection to the venue and all the memories they shared there, it made for the perfect location to celebrate their wedding with family and friends. From the brides amazing lace Monique Lhuillier gown, a delicious dinner and poolside cocktails, this wedding is sure to inspire any bride-to-be!

Photography by Weddings by Sasha.

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Enjoy it, it goes by quickly. Try not to get in fights or stress, because in the end, no one will notice what you think. It’s the feeling and the love people will walk away with.

 

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Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? Something borrowed—a ring from my mom. Something old—my baby bracelet. It still fit! Something blue—my toes. Something new—my dress

Dress by Monique Lhuillier.  

 

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Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding? We grew up in the same city and went to the same grade school and neighboring high schools. We never met until later in life. You just never know.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Nothing—except I wish it lasted a little longer!

 

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The Ceremony

“We married in the home Lexi spent the summers of her life in. The setting was beautiful and the house exuded feelings of nostalgia for both our family and friends. We couldn’t imagine any other venue with a deeper connection. Most of our guests had spent as much time and shared as many memories as we had there.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Elegant, touching, intimate

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  We set our wedding date six months from the day we got engaged. We are both super busy and knew we needed help, so we hired wedding planner, Laurie Arons. She is brilliant at what she does. She made it seamless and stress-free. Lexi also provided many of her small touches that made it extra special and personal.

 

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What was your ceremony music?  We hired a quartet that played instrumental alternative rock and classical songs.

Ceremony Music by Synchronicity Strings.

 

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Who officiated your ceremony? Lexi’s best friend’s father married us, who just so happens to be a San Francisco Superior Court Judge.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? We had family members recite a couple of readings, followed by our vows. We had a California civil ceremony.

 

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What were your ceremony readings? Love” by Roy Croft and “Touched by an Angel” by Maya Angelou.

What were your vows like?  We didn’t write our own. We wanted our ceremony to be short and very sweet.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? Have a special place to retreat to as soon as the ceremony ends, so you and your partner can toast each other in private and soak in the very first few moments of what you just did. Have a good friend or family member provide a nice cocktail or glass of bubbles waiting for you and kiss your partner—then enter the party!

 

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The Reception

“Our reception was a blast—dancing, cutting a rug with family, and letting loose!”

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail? Aviation—gin, maraschino liquor, crème de violette, lemon juice. Tequila sour—tequila, lemon, agave, egg white, orange peel.

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The private estate and backyard weddings.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  You don’t need every person you ever knew at your wedding. Keep it to the people you call and care about.

 

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What was your wedding menu? Phenomenal, we basically hired the best caterer in town. The tasting dinner was a lot fun. Appetizers: Beggar’s Purses with Caviar and Crème Fraîche / Tuna Tartar / Fried Chicken Sliders / Soup shots // First Course: Fish Crudo // Main Course: Lamb Chops and Seasonal Vegetables. All served Family Style—so much more relaxed.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? The after party of course, but the speeches also stood out the most for me. The speeches were touching, heartfelt and tear-jerking. Oh and the food! Paula LeDuc Fine Catering is the best!

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Dark Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel and Coconut Frosting, decorated with olive branches.

 

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What was your first dance song? Father/daughter dance?
First dance: “Baby, Come to Me” by James Ingram
Father/daughter: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What A Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

 

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Photography: Weddings by Sasha / Event Planning & Design: Laurie Arons / Venue: Private Estate in Napa, California / Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Floral Design: Valley Flora / Catering: Paula Le Duc Fine Catering / Stationery: Amber Moon Design / Calligraphy: Anne Robin / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Lighting: Illusions Lighting Design / Ceremony Music: Synchronicity Strings / Cake: Perfect Endings / Luxury Restrooms: Water Cottage / DJ: Chris Clouse

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Calling all Bay Area brides! On February 28, Gump’s is putting on San Francisco’s most elegant bridal event — Wedding Chic. Even better news? Gump’s is giving away 2 FREE TICKETS (a $60 value!) PLUS  $250 TOWARDS ANY PURCHASE AT GUMPS! It’s  a perfect opportunity to bring your mom and best girlfriends and make a day out of it in downtown San Francisco!

 

 

This is a completely curated event, showcasing the best fine china, wedding decor and more in the Bay Area. Some of our favorite Select vendors will be there, including Kathleen Deery DesignDowney Street Events and Weddings on Film! Be sure not to miss sweets from Perfect Endings — they designed the cake for Kathryn’s San Francisco wedding! Plus, you’ll also get to meet other notable vendors including Austin Cocktails, Marina Morrison Bridal Salon, Sylvie Gil Photography, Sounds Ahead and Taste Catering.

 

 

Where else can you sip sparkling cocktails, enjoy gourmet bites and browse beautifully-styled tables brimming with inspiration for the wedding of your dreams, all for under $30?! Plus, Gump’s registry consultants will be on standby to answer all of your most pressing questions, and help with curating your must-haves registry items!

 

 

Wedding Chic takes place on Sunday, February 28, 2016, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at 135 Post St., San Francisco, CA. Tickets are $30 and include complimentary valet parking, a gift bag of wedding surprises, cocktails, delicious desserts, door prizes, and the chance to meet and speak with Gump’s wedding registry experts and premier wedding vendors.

 

 

To enter to win 2 tickets to Gump’s Wedding Chic bridal event (a $60 value) + $250 toward any purchase at Gump’s,  follow THIS LINK entering your name and email, then leave a comment on our Facebook post telling us about your wedding and what you’re most looking forward to about this bridal event! Good luck!

 

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Contest begins Monday, January 25, 2016 at 9:30AM PST, and ends Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 11:59PM PST. 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). Official contest rules.

 

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This post is sponsored by Gump’s, home of Wedding Chic, San Francisco’s most elegant bridal event.

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We’re so excited to share this amazing Indian fusion wedding filled with so many meaningful and stylish details. Shalou and Eric chose to have two complete ceremonies as a way to honor their families and cultures. From the marching band, to the impressively dressed groom riding in on a giant white horse, to the choreographed Bollywood dance party, this musical and festive celebration will leave you feeling overjoyed!

Photography by Q Weddings.

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? My relationship with Eric. Our passions. My family. My culture.

 

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Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  It goes back to the two or three details that you care the most about. Spend your money on those 2-3 line items to ensure you get exactly what you want and save money in the other areas because no one (including you) will remember those little details.

 

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Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding? Eric riding in on a giant white horse, both him and the horse in fancy Indian dress literally from head to toe, could not have been a better beginning to our epic 17-hour wedding day!

Baraat Horse service from Angeli Carriages.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? Slow it all down so you can be in the moment, otherwise it will fly by way too fast and you’ll be left with very few memories from the day.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? As a couple, figure out and agree upon the two or maybe three things you really care about and make sure you get those components just the way you want them. The rest is not that important so don’t stress or waste too much time trying to perfect (or arguing over!) those details.

Music performed by Minor Mishap Marching BandDesi Junction DJs

 

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The Ceremony

“Our Indian wedding was full of traditions. The baraat, the dance-off at the end of the baraat, exchanging of fresh floral garlands between the two families uniting, and various exchanges and promises between bride and groom. Our evening ceremony was less about tradition and more about each of us, our relationship and our passions.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Colorful, festive, musical

Why did you choose this venue for your Indian ceremony? Austin is home for both of us. The Four Seasons on Town Lake was the perfect setting for our morning Indian ceremony. The baraat (groom’s procession) took place on the hotel’s lush lawn right next to Austin’s Town Lake, and the marriage ceremonies were held inside, appropriately in one of the opulent ballrooms.

 

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Who officiated your ceremony? The morning was officiated by a wonderful Indian priest who came recommended to us. He was personal but not too serious, which made our ceremony light yet still very special. And since we are not religious, we found a judge who was passionate about marriage and well known for putting her heart and soul into being an officiant. She did not let us down—not only did she shed some tears of heartfelt joy during our exchange of vows which we wrote ourselves, but our relatives can’t stop talking about the ceremony.

 

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Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  We love nature and simple structures, so the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center was the perfect setting for the evening ceremony. The venue has so many different experiences in one location—butterfly gardens, a beautiful multi-purpose space with floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking a field of wildflowers, a look-out tower, and more—it suited our needs and our multi-faceted evening “itinerary” just perfectly.

 

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What were your vows like?  We wrote our own vows. Shalou’s was a heartfelt promise to Eric to be forever fun-loving and passionate, and Eric talked about their amazing love trajectory and followed that by singing a song he wrote about Shalou shortly after they met.

 

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What was your ceremony music?  Our music was so diverse! We had several different live bands—a marching band, Indian drummers and a sitar player, a modern string quartet and an amazing DJ who balanced the perfect amount of 80’s music with some amazing Bollywood hits. On the bus ride back to the hotel, members of my family made their own music—singing and dancing during the half hour commute back to the hotel!

 

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Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? Personal details were so important to us, so we tried to incorporate many thoughtful touches along with hand-making or designing many of the elements on our own.

 

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The Reception

“Having attended a few dozen weddings, there were one or two that stood out to me as just feeling special and memorable. I drew inspiration from those celebrations and created a unique template for our day. Music was number one on the list for us—in the morning we had a marching band and Indian drummer for the baraat, sitar player during the lunch reception, a string quartet for our ceremony and cocktail hour and a high-energy DJ for the dance party at night! Food was really important, as well, so selecting talented caterers and working closely with them was key. Finally, our guest list was critical. Indian weddings can be obscenely large and thus impersonal. We went the non-traditional route and limited our invitations to family and only close friends.”

 

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How would you describe your reception? Lively and concluding with a very memorable dance party with nearly everyone on the dance floor busting out some serious dance moves—breakdancing included!

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? I would have told my mom to change into her third and final outfit—another Indian dress. I forgot to tell her and she likes to remind me of this all to often.

 

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Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? Eric created the graphics for all of the menus, name cards, programs, and various other literature. The table cards were my favorite. Instead of table numbers we had table names, named for each big adventure/trip we took together (i.e. Big Sur, Tokyo, Tamarindo, etc.). The table cards were monochromatic (utilizing colors from our wedding color scheme), the graphic was an aerial shot of the geographic destination and we added some text below the table name—a few words or phrases hinting at highlights or special moments of our trip.

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail? “The Diamond Ring”—French 75.  “The Good Karma”—Pimms Cup

 

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Menu: Morning menu: interactive stations with Indian Street food to start; a buffet that offered Traditional Northern Indian dishes and Indian fusion; Traditional Indian desserts, plus coffee & chai // Evening menu: Indian Fusion for the Passed Hors d’oeuvres / Traditional Northern Indian entrees and New American entrees presented buffet style.

Catering for Western Menu by Word of Mouth Catering.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Beautifully presented at the dessert table for the evening reception: Cakeballs, Dark Chocolate Covered Mint Leaves (they looked really cool and we both LOVE dark chocolate), Strawberry Shortcake Parfait.

Cake by Austin Cake Ball.

 

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What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance?
First Dance song: “Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS
Mother/son dance: “Young at Heart” by Frank Sinatra

Reception Music by Johnny Robinson of GrooveLabs.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Eric singing the song he wrote for me, and playing his guitar. Also, our surprise Bollywood dance performed by Eric, me and our entire wedding party. Eric and I took several weeks of Bollywood dance lessons in preparation and then with the help of one of my friends we rounded up all of our friends / wedding party a few times before the wedding and had a blast teaching the dance to everyone and choreographing some solo parts for Eric and me!

 

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Photography: Q Weddings / Event Planning & Design The Simplifiers / Indian ceremony Venue: Four Seasons in Austin, Texas / Western Ceremony Venue: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center / Floral Design: Pollen Floral Art / Dress: Carrafina / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair Piece: Tessa Kim / Suit: Hugo Boss / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Hair, Makeup: Rae Cosmetics / Ribbon wands: Allison Burke / Videography: Elite Video Productions / DJ: Johnny Robinson of GrooveLabs / Music for Western ceremony: Arundel Ensemble / Sitar and Tabla: Amie Maciszewski of Sangeet Millenium Ensemble / Dhol drummers: Desi Junction DJs / Marching band: Minor Mishap Marching Band / Baraat Horse: Angeli Carriages / Indian Priest: Krishna Sripada / Rentals: Marquee Event Group / Lighting: Ilios, ILD / Stationery: Invitations by Ajalon / Cake: Austin Cake Ball / Catering for Western Menu: Word of Mouth Catering / Catering for Indian Menu: The Clay Pit / Henna Artist: Anju Garg of Mehndi Time

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