I’m not sure what I love most about this wedding! The dreamy dress, the rustic venue, the woodland-inspired centerpieces… not to mention all of the frame-worthy photos from Les Loups of The Wedding Artists Collective, and event planning by Melissa McNeeley. Well, why don’t I let you decide: what do you love most about Daryn and Alex’s romantic, rustic wedding?!

Their first look was one of the couple’s favorite parts of the day.

The bride shares some of the traditions incorporated into the wedding: “We had a chuppah designed by Taylor of Fox Fodder Farm, which was stunning and so special to exchange vows underneath. We reinterpreted other traditional Jewish customs to create a ceremony that we could both really appreciate. For example, rather than having a standard ketubah, we were inspired to write our own marriage contract, which we read during the ceremony. We also had a nod to Russian traditions by having a toast with raspberry-infused vodka (which Alex made!) for all the guests before the dancing really got going, followed by his mom signing a Russian gypsy love song.”

Another favorite part of the day? “Taking ten minutes to be alone away from everyone after the ceremony, to absorb the reality and romance of the ceremony… and to appreciate that we did it! We got married and pledged to be each others’ support for the long haul. We had written each other letters, using spare wedding invitations and we took that time to exchange them. It was another lovely moment. “

A welcome sign was written onto a framed pane of glass. The outdoor cocktail hour was adorned with rich burgundy dahlias in sweet glass bud vases. “Fox Fodder Farm used a variety of vessels for the flowers,” says Daryn, “Which perfectly enhanced the space, design and the whimsical beauty of all the flowers!”

Images of woodland creatures were printed on book pages in lieu of table numbers. In addition to lush fall flowers, the tables were also scattered with acorns and purple artichokes.

How about this sweet touch? “We toasted with champagne coupes that we found even before getting engaged, and purchased with coins found around the house during the first few years of our relationship.”



Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We zoned in on Hudson Valley because of its charm and awesome culinary scene, history and beauty. Grasmere Farm was the first thing that Alex got truly excited about. We knew we wanted to have the ceremony and reception on the same grounds and we knew we wanted to have the wedding ceremony outside. The space was intimidating, because it was just a raw canvas that would take extra work. However, seeing how into it Alex was sealed the deal.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We decided from day one that if we were going to plan a full on wedding, it would be done together, with a focus on truly celebrating what the big day was all about: having all of our loved ones together in one place to share in the celebration of our love, union and commitment.  The outcome was just that! There were funky quirky elements reflective of our playfulness (like random Victorian portraits hung on the walls and the use of woodland creatures). We went for rustic elegance, wanting to give our guests a reason to get gussied up, but also to provide a space where they felt they could kick their shoes off and be themselves.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  We can’t pick one… but we can narrow it down to three. The first was our first look… it was so amazing to see each other prior to the big event. It was full of emotion, love, raw feelings and laughter… it was an emotional high… cheesy but true. The second was post-ceremony when took ten minutes to be alone away from everyone. The last was walking into the reception and seeing all of our friends and family under one roof… one roof which looked (and sounded) AMAZING thanks to months of hard work and our amazing vendors.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The day goes by so just enjoy every moment and put blinders on to the small imperfections, because no one else is noticing them.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Remember what the day is really about… you and your soon-to-be husband professing your love and celebrating it with those nearest and dearest to you. Also, even if you are experienced, detail-oriented and creative, having an event planner is a worthwhile splurge… Melissa McNeeleyy was an invaluable resource of support, knowledge and creative enhancements.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  There will always be unexpected expenses. // Don’t underestimate what you can find on etsy/ebay/flea markets. // Also, I managed to source a majority of the books used as props for free, because I noticed them in a display window at a retail store and asked if there was any chance I could use them once the display went down. I got lucky… and got a yes!

Photographer: Les Loups of the Wedding Artists Collective / Venue: Grasmere Farm in Rhinebeck, New York / Event Planner: Events by Melissa McNeeley / Floral Design: Fox Fodder Farm / Officiant: Robert Micha’el Esformes / Dress: Mara Zwillinger / Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood / Suit: John Varvatos / Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent / Stationery: Lion in the Sun / Rentals: New England Country Rentals, Party Rentals ltd / Band: Ooh La La / DJ: Kenan Juska of Les Loups / Catering, Cake: Oliver Kita  / Lighting: Storz Lighting / Makeup: Ask Atelier 
  • Grasmere Farm Wedding from Les Loups

    22 April 2014
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    When you’re planning a wedding, and putting so much thought into every little detail, you want your wedding website to be as special and beautiful as everything else. Not to mention it’s often the first impression your guests will have of your wedding! That’s where Riley & Grey come in. Not only do they have terrific hands-on customer service, but they also have incredibly unique website designs, perfect for modern couples who want something exceptional and inspired, and that will reflect their style beyond just the wedding. Here’s a handful of my personal favorites…

    Riley & Grey takes a modern approach to wedding websites, with an easy-to-use interface and limited-edition designs that draw inspiration from the worlds of high fashion and decor. But their customer service is perfectly old-fashioned, and if you ever find yourself in need of help, just reach out to the Riley & Grey team and they can walk you through everything.

    Riley & Grey also makes things super easy on your guests, by providing a mobile experience that looks and feels just like a custom app, but doesn’t require your guests to download anything. So when they want to double check which hotels you recommend, or what time the rehearsal dinner starts, or how to get to the venue, they can just hop on their smart phone and pull it up.

    Riley & Grey‘s wedding websites are limited-edition, and as a Snippet & Ink reader, you can start customizing your beautiful website right away. Collect mailing addresses, add your wedding itinerary, upload photos and even video! Oh, and if you’re looking for some chic, irreverent inspiration to get your creativity flowing, you’ll definitely want to follow Riley & Grey on Instagram – gold temporary tattoos? Marilyn Monroe and Kate Moss? I’m telling you, lots of wonderfully unexpected wedding inspiration to be found.


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    Select vendor Erin Kate has paired up with floral designer Nicole Land of Soil & Stem for this gorgeous berry- and emerald-hued inspiration shoot… I absolutely love the use of berries and mint leaves in these floral arrangements!



    From Nicole: “We wanted to keep our look personal and organic. To achieve this vision, we used delicate detailing such as hand-lettered calligraphy, heirloom jewelry and flatware, French silk ribbon, and fresh mint sprigs harvested from the garden that morning. Vintage frogs were used to display seating assignments, menu, and invitation. We really loved the contrast of harsh metal against the supple fluidity of calligraphy. Floral frogs were also given as favors for wedding guests to use in their own garden bouquets or to display as art in their home.

    “From the flowers to our signature spritzer and ice, you will find rich berry and orchid hues woven throughout the shoot. Our berry theme carried over (literally in berries!) to our boutonnieres and cake styling. We find these colors evoke passion, closeness, and creativity – a little of what every love story is made of. David Austin’s ‘Kate’ garden roses, named in honor of the Duchess of Cambridge, provide us with a magenta that is striking against other beautiful stems like ranunculus, stock, mint, and olive. Aside from color, Kate’s fragrance is fresh with delicious hints of raspberry, redcurrant, and geranium.

    “My favorite part of the shoot was plucking a stray purpling ivy vine that had crept its way onto my lawn. Using ivy was never a part of my original design but it transformed into a lovely gestural member in my arrangements. Sometimes these small and inconsequential nuances can tie everything together to form a perfect marriage.”

    Photographer, Styling: Erin Kate / Floral Design, Styling: Soil & Stem / Calligrapher: You Doll Design / Cake: Pippa Cakery / Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic
  • Berry-Hued Wedding Inspiration from Erin Kate

    21 April 2014
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    Happy weekend lovelies! I have a bunch of fun links for you, but first, a quick shameless plug of my little sister’s Kickstarter campaign for her Denver dessert truck, The Bumblebee! Help launch this yummy little truck and get some fun swag or some delicious goodies!

    Wouldn’t you want The Bumblebee at your next party?!

    A keepsake cork holder is such a charming gift idea.

    Meals from famous books brought to life in Fictitious Dishes.

    Love the touches of gold in these bilingual wedding invitations.

    Would you apply for the world’s toughest job?

    Micro homes the size of a parking spot.

    The magical world of snails.

    I think I need a panama hat this summer.

    Let’s fill the mail with confetti!

    I’m such a sucker for a sweetly packaged box lunch.

    The pattern on this moth’s wings is just. Wow.

    These little Easter egg critters are too cute.


    This week on Snippet & Ink:

    Green and white New York vineyard wedding.
    Whimsical woodland wedding inspiration.
    Floral inspiration from this amazing workshop, part one and part two.
    Laid back SoCal wedding in a woodsy garden.


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