By Brad Ross
Tomorrow was supposed to be my sister’s wedding day. She was getting married at The Lyons Farmette outside of Boulder, Colorado, which was sadly one of the casualties of the devastating floods there last week. So instead of tying the knot on a little farm with 120 guests and a bluegrass band and a picnic lunch, my sister and her fiancé are eloping to Napa today. Just the two of them and their photographer. She has her dress, he has his suit. They have the rings, and they have each other. And really, despite what blogs like mine might sometimes lead you to believe, that’s more than enough to marry the one you love. Congratulations Lora and Grant! Happy Wedding Day!
And happy weekend to all of you, lovely readers!
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You see lots of outdoor weddings on blogs and in magazines, because they are beautiful, and because natural light makes for some awesome photos. But as someone whose wedding took place in a church and a restaurant, I know that the experience of an indoor wedding is no less special. And as these shots from Sarah and Stephen’s celebration prove, you can end up with some pretty great photos…
Sarah’s bouquet was wrapped in a piece of the wedding gown that both her grandmother and mother wore, and wore a hair comb embellished with beads from their dress.
The ceremony took place at St. Mary’s Student Parish on the University of Michigan campus.
The church ceremony was followed by an intimate dinner: “We wanted to celebrate our life in Ann Arbor with family and friends. We are also both from Michigan, so using local and Michigan vendors was really important to us. We had been looking for an intimate venue that would make our reception feel like a big family dinner. The space perfectly fit our group and was so beautiful complimented our neutral vision perfectly. Zingerman’s also has amazing food and service, and they were a pleasure to work with!”
Guests were invited to sign Jenga pieces instead of a guest book – what a brilliant idea!
Strings of party lights cast a cheerful, warm glow over the entire dinner – and made for some incredible indoor photos!
SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR MORE ROMANTIC PHOTOS FROM THIS ANN ARBOR WEDDING.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I love the photos and look of my parents’ wedding 35 years ago. They had a very intimate and simple family wedding with all ivory flowers. I always thought it was the perfect idea and, luckily, my husband agreed! I also wanted very classic invitations, menus, and programs and have an incredibly talented sister who designed everything for us inspired by my parents’ invitations.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? I have two! My favorite moment with my husband was during our first look. We got to have our private moment to take in the day, and it definitely helped calm our nerves. My dad’s toast was another favorite part of the day. He always gives amazing toasts and this was his best yet. By about 30 words in we were all crying and laughing hysterically at the same time. He gave such a great description of our family and my wonderful new husband.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Figure out what would make Steve and me feel relaxed and comfortable on our wedding day and stay as true to that as possible!
What advice do you have for other brides? Keep it simple and don’t get caught up in the details. I loved how elegant and clean the look of our wedding turned out to be. It’s too easy to get carried away with every idea you get from other people’s weddings, so just pick a few things and do them really well. We also had a welcome party for all the guests who arrived the night before and it was an amazing chance to greet everyone! It was a fun way to bring our families together and made the reception even better.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Steve and I started dating in high school and have been through so many transitions together. We knew we wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us and it felt like everything came together perfectly.
If you ask anyone who attended my wedding what their favorite part of the reception was, I guarantee that most of them will mention the photo booth. It was jam packed with people the entire night, and not only did everyone leave with fun photos, but Ryan and I ended up with a super fun and unique guest book filled with the duplicates. Magnolia Photo Booth added so much to our wedding, and though it was nearly three years ago now, I still pull out our coffee table book and smile at our hilarious friends and family.
You can do pics in black and white, or in color. You can go with plain print-outs, or have Magnolia‘s design team create a custom wedding logo for you (so no one ever forgets when and where they took that awesome photo!). The booths themselves even come in different colors, so you can choose the one that best coordinates with your event. I also love that they’re the perfect blend of retro and modern, with the feel of a retro photo booth and the convenience of a modern one. An unexpected bonus to the way the booth is designed? By having curtains on the sides instead of solid walls, you can pretty much cram as many people as possible into one photo. We have a few clown car shots from my wedding as proof.
MagBooths are located in eight major U.S. cities (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Louisville, Austin, New York, Chicago, and Cleveland), but they’re also happy to travel pretty much anywhere you can think of.
I think the best part of renting a Magnolia Photo Booth is probably the fact that they’re all-inclusive: set-up and take-down, an on-site attendant, unlimited prints, web-hosting where your guests can order prints, and both a disk AND a book of images. Oh, and even an assortment of props!
From my personal experience, I cannot recommend The Magnolia Photo Booth Co. enough. It’s a fun-loving company who will bring some big fun to your wedding!
The Magnolia Photo Booth Co. is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink, but the opinions in this post are my own.
Though they woke up to thunderstorms on the day of their wedding, Leslie and Nick were able to have the outdoor ceremony they originally planned for: “I looked out the bridal loft window to see the guests arrive, and then I looked up and the skies parted right before my eyes. The rain stopped and the sun began to shine through. This meant we could have our ceremony outside as planned. It was such a relief!”
Special guests wore corsages of pale pink and deep purple ranunculus.
Says Leslie, “My favorite moment with Nick was when we walked down the aisle together as a married couple. It was the happiest moment of my life.”
“We wanted our wedding to highlight the beauty of Green Bluff and early summer in our region. We envisioned our guests being relaxed and able to truly enjoy the celebration of our love. Friends and family are such a huge part of our lives and we are truly thankful for the foundation they have given us as a couple. We called on family and friends to contribute their special talents to the wedding, and it just made the day even more special knowing how many of our loved ones came together to make it perfect.”
Instead of hiring a DJ, the couple made a playlist for the reception.
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Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Green Bluff is a historic farming community that has so much character and beauty, and we loved the idea of getting married there. Trezzi Farm was the only wedding venue we looked at. We had never been there before but it immediately felt special to the both of us. The owners, Davide and Stephanie Trezzi, have done a fabulous job making their property feel like a little piece of Tuscany. Nick and I both appreciate simplicity, and no one does simplicity better than the Italians. We wanted our wedding to focus on love, family, and delicious local food and wines – we had found our place.
What advice do you have for other brides? Create a detailed wedding day timeline! This is one of the best things I did in preparation for the wedding. Start this early, about a month before the wedding. Make it as detailed as possible. Chances are you won’t stick to it exactly, but it makes you realize how many things you have to cram into the day. Give a copy of the timeline to anyone in your wedding or involved in making your wedding happen. Also, on your wedding day be sure to remember the true meaning of the day. It is a celebration between you, your partner, and those nearest and dearest to your heart.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? It is one thing to be thrifty when planning a wedding, but don’t cut corners. I was really overwhelmed about the budget when I first began planning. Nick and I decided what the most important aspects of our wedding were and really splurged on them. Then we went thrifty on some other things that weren’t as vital. We put money towards our photography because we knew that was going to be such a valuable part of our wedding, then we saved money on other things.