Ashley and John’s wedding brings garden flowers to an urban Art Deco venue – and I love all the black and white! See the full post of Ashley and John’s romantic vintage-inspired wedding here.
If you loved Sharon and Adam’s wedding, then you’ll love today’s feature – another stunning celebration at San Ysidro Ranch, this one from my dear friend Elizabeth Messina. It’s also being featured in the latest issue of Magnolia Rouge, so be sure to check that out as well!
The bride wore a lace dress by Rivini that she found just a month before the wedding: “The dress was perfect – the problem?” she says. “The wedding was in one month and there was not enough time to order a dress! The stars were aligned for me that day – the sample was in perfect condition and only needed minor alterations.”
Mindy Rice designed all of the romantic floral decor. Says Tiffany, “I knew I wanted a soft and romantic ambience for the wedding and ceremony. Mindy Rice truly helped to make that vision come true through her floral and event design.”
This bride is a girl after my own heart – her favorite details from the day? “The cake! When I close my eyes, I can still taste the fresh berries and lemon! To be honest, my husband and I couldn’t wait the full year to eat the top layer of the cake. I think we ended up only waiting one day!”
How much are you loving these romantic details? Then you won’t want to miss Joel Serrato’s 8mm of the day:
You can see so much more from Tiffany and Peter’s gorgeous garden wedding in the gallery.
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Classic Garden Wedding at San Ysidro Ranch17 January 2013
With all of our focus on how to make your wedding special, we thought it was time to highlight some ways to make your marriage awesome, too. Introducing “Snapshot of a Marriage,” a new series from contributor Emily Westbrooks, who interviews couples on some of their secrets for a strong and successful marriage.
When Margery was a senior in high school, she worked in the camera department of a Missouri drugstore. Gary, a police officer at the time, stopped in one day and kept coming back. He claimed he was “shopping for a camera,” but soon he worked up the courage to ask Margery for a date.
Margery ended her senior year with a whirlwind month: In May, 1958, she turned 18 on the 2nd, graduated from high school on the 18th, and got married on the 24th. Their wedding photographer worked at a local newspaper, and they paid him $20 for their 11 black and white photos. Says Gary, “It’s the best twenty dollars I ever spent.”
Two years after they were married, Gary joined the military and the couple moved from a small town in Missouri to Camp Pendleton in California. Away from home and family for the first time, Margery and Gary learned to depend on each other. And they continued to depend on each other through many months apart, when Gary served three tours in Vietnam. Margery said that though she and Gary only spoke once or twice on the phone during that time, “He wrote every day.” Gary explains it was simply “Because I missed her.”
He missed her so much that he remembers the moment in 1964 when he returned from a thirteen month tour in Okinawa and finally saw Margery. He recalls the vivid memory of meeting and embracing on a street corner and says, “She would not let me go.”
Once the couple was back together again, Margery said the hardest adjustment was getting used to making decisions as a team again. For so long, she made decisions for the family and “gave the kids their orders.” But with time, they began making those decisions together again.
Fifty-four years later, Margery and Gary now spend most of their time together, taking long cross-country trips in their RV and visiting their grandkids and great-grandkids. Gary’s piece of advice for newlyweds? “Try to say I love you every night.”
Photo by Sonya Yruel.
It’s such a treat to have Jonas Seaman back on Snippet & Ink this year! His photography captures emotions and moments in such a thoughtful way, and I imagine his clients must have a tough time narrowing down which shots to have framed in their homes. (To be honest, it was tough for me to narrow down my favorite images for this post!)
Jonas’s work is playful, sweet, beautiful, edgy – it seems clear from his photos that he loves what he does. As he says in his website bio, “I believe in love, and I can’t tell you how much it means to me to know that it is my images a couple will be holding onto when looking back upon their day in years to come.”
Loving these photos as much as I do? Here’s what some of Jonas’s clients have to say about working with him:
“Hiring jonas to shoot our wedding was – hands down – one of the top decisions we made. He was superb! His photographic style and talent way surpassed our expectations. He was 100% a delight to work with. He did a perfect job!!!” Margaret & Bridger
“Jonas absolutely blew us away… His attentiveness and guidance throughout the whole process, from our first meeting until we received the photos, have been incredibly personal and special. We have never, ever seen such gorgeous photos of us and of our family and friends. Each individual person, each moment, each detail was captured in the most amazing way possible. We were in tears looking through each and every photo, immediately transported back to our wedding day.” Valentina & Rob
“I feel so fortunate that we found Jonas. He is professional, personable, and has an incredible eye for the unique and memorable moments of the day. When I saw the photos, I felt like he had dipped into my own memories. He works some magic. We can’t recommend Jonas enough as a wedding photographer!” Meaghan & Fleetwood
This last shot might be my very favorite…
There are so many more great shots that I couldn’t fit into this post – definitely check out Jonas’s website and blog for even more. Jonas also loves to travel and is available for weddings all over the United States and Mexico, so even though he’s based in the Pacific Northwest, shoot him an email no matter where you’re getting married!
This post sponsored by Jonas Seaman.
An eclectic New York wedding for your Wednesday…
From the bride and groom:
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? It just fit our personalities perfectly. We knew the second we walked in the door. The venue and their staff were super laid back and everything we needed and wanted was included. The entire 3rd floor of the warehouse is filled with gorgeous antiques and we were given the liberty to handpick pieces we wanted to use for the day of, including our favorite item, the stack of suitcases for our wedding ceremony. We literally were given the freedom to do whatever we wanted in the space – a piñata, hand fireworks for recession, custom decorations and of course an epic dance party.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The most important things to us, was to have an intimate wedding where guests could be a close part of it in every way possible. We really wanted it to represent us, through our love for each other and all the playful elements we incorporated throughout the day.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? The entire thing. It was the perfect day – best party we’ve ever been to hands down. Hope everyone else is so lucky.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We included readings that had deep meaning to us throughout our relationship, such as 100% Perfect Girl by Murakami and The Little Prince. We also created some new traditions, like passing our wedding rings through the hands of each guest during the ceremony.
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