Katie Stoops (one of our Select vendors!) and Ashley Baber Weddings are here today with a beautiful, sweet, intimate Virginia wedding – I mean, how dreamy is this first photo?!

Lora Kelley (another Select vendor!) did the bride’s romantic updo and natural makeup.

The groom’s jacket was lined with a blue paisley pattern, and embroidered with his monogram. His shirt cuffs were also monogrammed. The bride carried her something blue with her bouquet: “My grandmother gave me a blue handkerchief that belonged to my great grandmother,” says the bride. “Coming from a long line of incredibly strong, compassionate and beautiful women, this was an important tradition to include in our ceremony. I wrapped the handkerchief around my bouquet and smiled every time that I looked at it knowing that my great grandmother was a part of our ceremony.”

Some advice from the bride: “Right before our outdoor ceremony, a terrible storm passed through. Despite the perceived misfortune, it allowed all of our guests some extra time to spend with each other and enjoy a drink, it afforded me some extra time with my best friends in the entire world, and it gave Greg some extra time with his brother and friends. What seemed like an absolute disaster turned into a true blessing. So, no matter what comes your way at your wedding, just remember that you get to marry your best friend. And everyone will always find a way to have a great time!”

A few fun details from the reception: Mad-Lib inspired cards took the place of a guest book; guests enjoyed cigars hand-rolled on site; favors were jars of homemade dilly beans (spicy pickled green beans).

Love this shot of the mother-son dance!



Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Greg and I really wanted a location where our friends and family could enjoy exclusive use of the property and unwind for the weekend, sort of like a mini vacation. The Clifton Inn provided the perfect combination of a picturesque landscape, excellent service and accommodations, and superb food. Greg and I spent our first weekend at The Clifton Inn in April and we fell in love with everything about it.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Greg and I realized the weddings we’d attended that were designed for everyone to spend time together were those that we most enjoyed. Since our wedding was over Labor Day weekend, we tried to plan events that everyone could enjoy. Greg’s parents hosted welcome cocktails for all of our guests on Friday evening, our friends spent time at the pool on Saturday during the day, and we encouraged all of our guests to check out everything else that Charlottesville had to offer, from the shops downtown to the local wineries. Looking back, it was perfect. Even if Greg and I didn’t get a chance to spend a lot of time with each guest on our wedding night, we were able to spend quality time with them at other times throughout the weekend.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  It is hard to pick a favorite moment or part of the day from such a wonderful weekend, but Greg and I both loved the half hour we got to spend alone on the morning of our wedding. We each woke up early and played a friendly game of cornhole on the front lawn of the Inn. It was the only part of the day before we were married where it was just the two of us and it was the perfect moment together before the craziness of the day began.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received came from one of my best friends that had just gotten married the prior year. She told me to make a point of spending a few moments alone during the reception. Shortly after the dancing started, we grabbed hands and a plate of mini desserts and snuck into the backyard for a few moments together. From where we stood, we could watch everyone dancing under the lights. It was such a treat to enjoy that romantic moment alone with my new husband in the midst of so many people that loved us. I will always cherish this advice because you really do spend so little time alone on your wedding day. That moment for us will last a lifetime.

What advice do you have for other brides?  It might sound cliché, but really, whatever happens, go with the flow and stay calm. Also, hire a wedding planner! I could not have survived the wedding planning process without our amazing planner.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  You have to sit down and give serious thought to what is most important to you. If you splurge on everything, you will far exceed your budget. So pick out the one, two, or three most important aspects of the wedding to you and your husband-to-be and splurge on those areas. If it does not make the list, then you have to be flexible. For example, I always thought that I wanted a band at my wedding. We have been to many weddings where the band really made the reception. But, when Greg and I assessed what was most important to us, a band did not make the list. We decided to go with a DJ and it could not have been a better decision. We were able to stay closer within our budget, and most importantly, our DJ was fantastic!

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  After our reception, we hosted a late night celebration at the pool with drinks and snacks. Greg and I didn’t hesitate to swap out our wedding gear for bathing suits so that we could spend a little more time with our guests. For me, this really symbolizes the entire weekend for us. We had such a great time celebrating this incredibly momentous occasion with everyone that had helped us to become the people that we were, individually, and together. We soaked up every moment of it!

Photography: Katie Stoops / Venue, Catering, Cake: The Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia / Event Designer: Amanda Gray with Ashley Baber Weddings / Floral Designer: The Arrangement Company / Hair, Makeup: Lora Kelley / Floral Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar / Gown: Marisa / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Plate Rentals: Festive Fare / Lighting: Blue Ridge AV Lighting / Stationery: Ava Anderson & Rock Paper Design / DJ: Derek Tobler

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  • Summer Wedding at The Clifton Inn

    6 February 2014
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    Emily and Andy’s wedding is so totally timeless – classic wedding style at it’s loveliest! And with a gorgeous indoor venue, the rainy day couldn’t put a damper on their celebration. Beautiful photos by Nancy Ray, and planning and design by Rebecca Rose Events.

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    “If I had to choose a favorite moment, I would say our first look,” says the bride. “It seemed magical! Our wedding day was gray and rainy, but when it was time for our first look, the rain stopped and we were able to have it outside. It was such a special and intimate moment for the two of us. I replay it often in my mind. Not to mention, these are by far my favorite pictures of the day.”

    Bubble umbrellas were the perfect accessory for Emily’s bridesmaids on the gray and drizzly day.

    Says Emily, “We had a very traditional church ceremony and exchanged traditional wedding vows. The ceremony was extra special to us because my Uncle Dan was the officiant.”

    How great are these shots of Emily and Andy seeing their decorated reception space for the first time?!

    The best advice Emily received? “To stay present on the big day. I really tried to remember this because I’ve heard so many brides remark on how their day was such a blur. I have so many vivid snapshots of the day as I was able to stop and really take in moments like how I felt when I put my dress on, seeing the beautiful ballroom for the first time, how my dad smiled at me right before he walked me down the aisle, and how Andy tore up the dance floor!”



    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Andy and I are not from Winston-Salem, but it’s where we met and fell in love so we thought it was appropriate to get married here as well! We both pictured ourselves getting married in a church and when we stumbled upon Highland Presbyterian Church we thought it was perfect — traditional, simple, and it has a center aisle! We decided on Old Town Club as the venue for the reception because it is such an elegant, yet still functional venue.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Honestly, there were a few adjectives I kept repeating to myself and to my fabulous wedding planner throughout the whole planning process which described how I wanted our wedding to look and feel: twinkly, soft, and romantic.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Hire a wedding planner! It will make the big day that much more enjoyable because you and your family won’t have to worry about all of the moving parts that wedding planners are so good at taking care of.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  It was really helpful for me to prioritize a few big ticket items which were important to me, like my dress, the band, and the photographer. After that, it makes all of the expenses less overwhelming because you know you have ensured things which are most important to you and it will be easier to compromise on the rest.

    Photography: Nancy Ray / Event Designer, Planner: Rebecca Rose Events / Venue, Catering: Old Town Club in Salem, North Carolina / Church: Highland Presbyterian Church / Floral Designer: Amy Lynne Originals / Calligraphy: Carole Murray / Hair, Makeup: Jennifer Ericksen / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Cake: Maxie B’s / Band: The Company Band /
  • Classic Indoor Wedding in North Carolina

    5 February 2014
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    This incredibly romantic wine country wedding comes to us from two of our brilliant Select vendors: Alison Events and Scott Andrew Studio. Stacey and Austin chose Anderson Ranch for their wedding weekend, and the celebration was nothing less than perfect…

    From Alison Events: “Stacey was really inspired by a soft and romantic palette while including some textural elements for interest. She loves earthy elements such as olive branches, rosemary and eucalyptus to be along side of the classically beautiful masses of garden roses. The colors focused on pale blush pink with accents of silvery-green and ivory. For her bouquet, Stacey wanted something that was very clean and simple. She wanted us to take a few simple elements from the other arrangements and highlight those alone in her bouquet. A family heirloom locket was attached to the stems of the bouquet.”

    From the bride: “We knew we wanted to keep traditional vows but add a twist so we included our own promises to each other in our ceremony. It was important to use to honor our vows to god but also include how we truly felt about each other in our own words. It was also very important for us to include our parents in all aspects of our wedding by having my father walk me down the aisle and giving single stem roses to our mothers during the ceremony.”

    Pale pink and ivory arrangements were placed in rustic wood planters along the long farm tables. A sprig of lavender accented each napkin.



    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  My husband and I both have small families and we wanted our wedding to be an opportunity for them to come together for a fun week long vacation. Our love for the West Coast and wine brought us to Sonoma and it took one drive up the hilltop overlooking rolling vineyards to know Anderson Ranch would be the place we would start the next chapter of our lives. The barn where we held our reception screamed “us.” It could not have been a better venue for our wedding.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Wine country in itself was a big inspiration for us. Of course Pinterest and wedding blogs were critical and greatly used when planning our perfect day. I knew I wanted something simple yet elegant with both feminine and masculine touches. The venue was so breathtaking in itself that we knew we didn’t want to take away from any of the natural surroundings. Our amazing wedding planner, Alison Events knocked it out of the park when it came to taking my vision from words and pictures to reality.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  My favorite parts of the day had to be our first look and then the time we had together before entering our reception. The emotional reactions we shared during our first look is something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. After our ceremony, my husband and I took some time before the reception to be alone in the house and recap what had just happened. Having that alone time allowed us to appreciate the day and take everything in. Not to forget, our amazing planner who brought us a glass of champagne and food from the cocktail hour so we wouldn’t miss out on anything!

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received as a bride was to stop periodically during the day to take everything in because the day goes by so fast and that could not have been more true. I made it a point to take time during the entire day to reflect and look around at all the great details we planned over the course of the last year.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  My best advice for other brides is to try your very hardest to not stress about the little details. The day of the wedding all that will matter is you, your new husband and the memories you’ll share with your family and friends.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Between working with the very best vendors to not having any issues during the day, my husband and I truly can say it was the best day of our lives. My dearest childhood friend surprised us by performing “At Last” by Etta James, and there may or may not have been lots of singing by the fire pit toward the end of the night.

    Photography: Scott Andrew Studio / Event Planning, Design: Alison Events / Venue: Anderson Ranch in Kenwood, California / Floral Design: Natalie Bowen Designs / Ceremony Music: Mori Achen / DJ: Vaughn Wooster / Videography: Lola Video / Catering: Ramekins Catering / Cake: Cake Coquette / Rentals: One True Love / Linens: La Tavola / Stationery: The Aerialist Press / Dress: Joanna August / Suit: Isaia / Hair, Makeup: Painted Ladies
  • Romantic Wedding at Anderson Ranch

    4 February 2014
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    Our friends at Minted have done it again, upping the ante on wedding stationery with their gorgeous new foil-pressed Save the Dates - and believe me, as pretty as they are in these pics, they are even more impressive in person!

    Whether you go with a photo card or a non-photo design, the elegant addition of hand-stamped gold or silver foil adds the perfect amount of sparkle to your Save the Dates. This season, Minted is offering over 30 foil-pressed Save the Date designs, each one designed by independent graphic designers from around the world.

    Just as with all of Minted‘s wedding suites, you can fully customize the back of your Save the Dates, adding photos, text, patterns and more. And how about this: the foil-pressed designs are reasonably priced at $1.98 per card when you buy a quantity of 100 – that’s only 35-cents more than their regular digitally printed Save the Dates.

    GIVEAWAY! Minted is giving one Snippet & Ink reader a $350 credit toward any purchase at Minted! Just CLICK HERE to enter on the contest page. You have until Thursday, February 6 at 11:59pm PST to enter. The winner will be selected and notified by Minted. Have fun!


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    There’s an Old Hollywood glamour to this wedding that is just impossible to resist, from the bride’s wavy half-up-half-down coif to the groom’s classic tux (with the addition of a playful polka dotted bow tie!). Photos by Josh Elliott.

    The bride and her bridesmaids wore black and pink silk charmeuse pajamas by Oscar de la Renta while they got ready for the big day.

    The bride’s nude patent leather pumps were an engagement gift from her mother. She also wore a sapphire and diamond bracelet that belongs to her grandmother – something borrowed and something blue. The groom wore his own something borrowed: a pair of vintage shoes that belong to his father.

    Says the bride: “Matthew had three must-haves: a Catholic ceremony, an open bar, and a live band. Once those were taken care of, I added my love of bows, polka dots and monograms. We wanted our wedding to be both traditional and fun. So although Matthew wore a traditional black tux, his polka dot bow tie made it fun. And at cocktail hour, we had traditional monogramed cocktail napkins with fun polka dot straws.”

    “One of my favorite moments was after we were pronounced husband and wife, I surprised Matthew with a bag pipe player to lead us out of the church. I will never forget his expression!”

    The head table was adorned with a moss-covered monogram.



    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Newport Beach is where we first met and lived while we were engaged so it was both sentimental and convenient. I have always loved my Grandparents’ country club but Matthew was the one who originally suggested it for our reception venue. I am so glad he did!

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  One of Matthew’s favorite moments was when we first walked into our reception with all our friends and family cheering for us.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Everyone says how quickly the day goes by, so one of Matthew’s friends suggested to have someone tell us what time it was each hour. It was a great reminder to really soak everything in and appreciate the day.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Hire vendors you trust! It will make the planning process and the “Big Day” so much more enjoyable.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  JoS. A. Bank ran a “Buy 1, Get 3 Free” sale, so we rallied Matthew’s brothers and they each bought a tux for about the same cost of a rental. And, unlike a rental, they were able to tailor them so they fit perfectly!

    Photography: Josh Elliott / Venue, Catering, Cake: Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, California / Event Planning: Sugar Branch Events / Ceremony venue: Our Lady Queen of Angels / Floral Design: Rogers Garden / Stationery:  MKM Design / Dress: Oscar De La Renta via Erin Cole / Shoes: Valentino via Neiman Marcus / Veil: Veiled Beauty / Pearl Earrings: Thomas Laine / Suit: JoS. A. Bank / Shirt, Tie: Brooks Brothers / Socks, Cufflinks: Ralph Lauren / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy / Music: N’Demand

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  • Black Tie Country Club Wedding in Newport Beach

    3 February 2014
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