BHLDN is in our hometown of San Francisco for a Pop-up Shop this week, and they invited our new editor, Lena, to take some of their newest Spring gowns for a twirl! How could we say no?! Here she is in the Persiphone gown, with a beaded bodice and fuller layered tulle skirt. So romantic!

 

 

BHLDN has just launched its Spring collection of more than 30 new gowns, from design partners like Badgley Mischka, Watters, Tadashi Shoji, Nicole Miller, and Rosa Clara. And with gorgeous details like illusion necklines, delicate sleeves, ruffled trains, lace, embroidery, and more, there is absolutely something for every bride, no matter your style. Below, our girl Lena models Diana Chandelier earrings and the Adalynn gown: stitched ivory organza with a mermaid skirt and train, and we love the beautiful back!

 

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Appointments for trying on gown samples filled up super quickly, but you can still stop by and check out a curated assortment of flower girl dresses, accessories (sashes, veils, jewelry, and more), and even decor. The best part is that if you love what you find, you can purchase it on site and take it right home with you! And if you have your heart set on a BHLDN gown, you can shop the entire collection online, and even have a consultation with one of their stylists.

 

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Isn’t Lena totally Downton Abbey chic in the Bettina gown and Floret tulle sash? Love those delicate flutter sleeves! Magnolia gown below, right.

 

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I think this next dress is my very favorite… the Valentina gown… the front is so sleek, and then can’t you just imagine the dramatic ruffled back walking down the aisle? Gorgeous!

 

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BHLDN‘s San Francisco Pop-up Shop is at Firehouse 8 (also a pretty awesome wedding venue), located at 1648 Pacific Avenue (between Van Ness Avenue and Polk Street). Pop-up shop hours: Monday – Friday from 11 am – 7 pm, and Saturday – Sunday from 10 am – 6 pm.

Thanks so much to BHLDN for inviting Lena and Snippet & Ink to give the Spring collection a try!

 

Photography credits: Christina McNeill.
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Every wedding has those moments or details that are the most memorable, and I can only imagine how much fun it must have been for Caitlin and Peter’s guests to ride a chairlift to the wedding site! Definitely memorable! Looking out over the mountains, their celebration was breathtaking from start to finish…

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The Ceremony

“We moved to Utah from Minneapolis four years ago for our love of the mountains. As avid skiers and mountain bikers, we are constantly exploring the mountain ranges around our home in Park City. When it was time to look for places to have our wedding, we thought there was no better place to do it than in the mountains we’ve grown to love so much. We contacted Canyons Resort, where we often ski, and were excited to find out they use Lookout Cabin as a wedding venue. Located on top of the mountain, with some of the best views and food in Park City, we knew it would be the perfect venue.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Intimate, personal, unforgettable.

Who officiated your ceremony?  We wanted it to be someone who knew us well, so we asked my younger brother, Frank, to officiate the wedding. Having him marry us was very special and something we will always cherish.  His witty sense of humor definitely brought value to the ceremony.

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  We had Frank put together the ceremony. We gave him a few ideas and gave him a time frame to work with. We asked for it to be short and sweet. He did a great job.

What was your ceremony music?  My older brother, Rusty, played the acoustic guitar. I walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” and Cold Play’s “Paradise” for the recessional.

What were your ceremony readings?  My brother read a poem titled, “Why Marriage” by Mari Nichols-Haining.

What were your vows like?  We spent several hours researching vows on the internet, and pieced together our vows with words we thought embodied our relationship and commitment to each other.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Getting married on top of the mountain with all of our closest family and friends – we couldn’t have pictured a better backdrop and group of people to share our day.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  Our guests were greeted with a glass of champagne as they took the chairlift up to our wedding location. Having most of our guests come from the Midwest, it was a real neat and unique experience for them. Months later, our family and friends are still talking about it.

 

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The Reception

“We wanted our wedding to be rustic yet elegant, with a casual vibe. To say we are casual is an understatement. We wanted our guests to be comfortable, wear whatever they want and just have a good time. One of our friends even wore a piano tie…that has got to be a first! After an amazing cocktail hour on the deck and a fabulous meal, we spent the night dancing and mingling with our closest family and friends under the stars. It was quite the party!”

 

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First dance song: “This Years Love” by David Gray
Father/daughter and mother/son dance: “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  I wore my mom’s diamond watch that was given to her by my grandparents to wear on her wedding day. Peter wore his late grandfather’s silver cufflinks.

Please tell us about any special details or moments from your reception.  We had our dog, Sam, walk down the aisle with Peter (in a matching tie, of course!) and the venue allowed us to have him there the whole night. He even sat on the floor next to us at dinner. I think he was more tired than we were the next day! Our favorite details was our coasters, which had a picture of him printed on them. Also, in lieu of wedding favors, we made a donation to the animal shelter where we found Sam, in our guests’ names.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  We highly recommend getting a day-of wedding coordinator. It was so nice not having to worry about anything. We were able to enjoy the day with our family and closest friends. It was definitely one of the best decisions we made. Also, if you are doing a destination wedding, we suggest doing a welcome get-together before the wedding.  Although we weren’t traveling, most of our guests were traveling to us. We hosted a barbecue at our house the night before the wedding – it was great to be able to catch up with all of our family and friends before the big day. It was very important to us to spend time with every guest so having the BBQ definitely made it less stressful during the wedding itself.

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Where do we begin?! After dinner, we were able to see one of the most beautiful sunsets. The pictures of us with the sunset in the background are definitely some of our favorites. Another highlight was taking the chairlift down together at the end of the night. It was our first time alone as husband and wife, and it was so nice to recap the day together and take it all in. I remember Peter saying to me, “Can you believe we’re married?” After 7 years of dating, we were so happy to officially become family.

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? We actually asked ourselves this very question after the wedding was over and we honestly couldn’t think of one thing.

 

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Photography: Erin Kate / Venue, Catering: Lookout Cabin at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah / Event Planning & Design: Harvest Moon Events / Dress: Legends by Romona Keveza via L’atelier Couture / Shoes: Stewart Weitzman / Jewelry: L’atelier Couture / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zara / Suit: Ted Baker via Nordstrom / Floral Design: Lilac Floral / Hair: Gina Ellen Cooper, Spectrum Salon / Makeup: Ashley Lynne Basmoen / Ceremony Music: Rusty Thayer / DJ: DJ Jake Russell / Cake: Sweet Tooth Fairy / Videography: Grit Visual / Lodging: Waldorf Astoria Park City

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  • Canyons Resort Wedding in Park City by Erin Kate

    29 January 2015
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    This Austin wedding from Select vendor Caplan Miller Events is winter elegance at its best! Glowing candlelight, cozy textures and materials, white and gold details – just beautiful!

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  With over 300 guests, we still wanted our wedding to feel as intimate as possible. Brazos Hall’s style aligns with ours as a couple, yet it is also a blank slate that allowed us to create our experience from scratch.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “Everyone expressed to us how much the ceremony represented us as a couple. This really warmed our hearts, as we put a lot of thought into the ceremony, and wanted it to feel intimate and heartfelt.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Personal, romantic, unique.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  Rabbi Neil Blumofe officiated our ceremony. The ceremony included many Jewish traditions, as well as personal touches, such as four couples participating by doing readings: Love is by Susan Polis Schutz, The Art Of A Good Marriage by Wilferd Arlan Peterson, and The Apache Wedding Blessing from Broken Arrow.

    What were your vows like?  I wrote three private letters to Adam that he opened Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of our wedding weekend. Adam read a heartfelt letter in the ceremony about our relationship, love, and future.

     

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    The Reception

    “Our reception was romantic, warm, upbeat, elegant. We love the feel and look of Brazos Hall and the infinite possibilities that the blank slate allowed. It was the only venue in Austin that we considered. The downtown location and indoor/outdoor aspects were also great benefits. We kept colors neutral and warm. We also wanted it to feel as intimate as possible, which greatly influenced that layout of our ceremony, dinner, and party.”

     

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    Menu:  I have been eating vegan my entire life, so it was very important that the wedding menu be completely vegan as well. Kurant Events did an amazing job, putting together a delicious menu that encompassed some of our favorite foods from local restaurants:

    Passed Hors d’Oeuvres: Adam’s Tofu Spring Rolls with Sriracha-Peanut Sauce / Crispy Eggplant Fries with Clover Honey and Sea Salt / Rosemary Focaccia Toasts with Walnut Mushroom Pate / Grilled Blue Corn Grit Cakes with Braised Red Cabbage and Plum Gastrique // First Course: Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Micro Cilantro / Sea Salt Focaccia / Alex’s Favorite Salad with Baby Romaine and Edamame-Jalapeno Dressing // Entree:  Japanese Mushroom Ravioli with Braised Pistachios, Shiso Foam, Pickled Sunchokes and Radishes // Late-Night Menu: Crispy Quinoa Sliders Black Bean Sliders // Truffled Yukon Gold Fries Sweet Potato Fries Ketchup

     

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    What was your first dance song?  “You are the Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  The cake and desserts were all vegan as well. Along with our wedding cake, we also included several of our favorite local vegan desserts including our favorite Big John Chocolate Chip cookies from Whole Foods.

     

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    Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  We included our wedding toasts at our reception, rather than the evening before so that all guests could be present. We borrowed champagne glasses from the groom’s mom and used a Jewish tallit that belonged to the groom’s father in the ceremony. The chuppah also belonged to the groom’s family. These personal touches and traditions meant the world to us.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  We absolutely loved our wedding band, Blind Date. People were on the dance floor having a wonderful time – mission accomplished!

     

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    Photography: SMS Photography / Venue: Brazos Hall in Austin Texas / Event Production and Design: Caplan Miller Events / Suit: Zegna / Stationery: Meldeen / Floral Design: Wendee Sawran Petals + Decor / Hair: Sarah Garner / Makeup: Avery Allen / Rentals and Decor: Marquee Event Group, La Tavola Linen, Townsley Designs, Loot Vintage Rentals, Ilios Lighting / Ceremony Music: The Good Nights / Reception Music: Blind Date, DJ Johnny Bravvo / Catering: Kurant Events / Cake, Dessert: Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, Whole Foods Market, Sugar Circus / Second Shooter Diana M. Lott Photography

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  • Brazos Hall Wedding by Caplan Miller and SMS Photography

    28 January 2015
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    There’s nothing quite like a beach wedding in the middle of February! Cheryl and David opted to escape the winter cold with a destination wedding to Tulum, Mexico. Friends and family joined them for time on the beach, tequila tasting, and a churros cart. What a perfect way to celebrate tying the knot!

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    “We knew we wanted a destination wedding so that we could spend time with our guests over a few days, instead of trying to pack it into one night. We visited a bunch of locations but both of us loved Tulum from the start.”

     

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    The Ceremony

    “We knew we wanted a destination wedding to make it more of an ‘event’ and be sure to have enough time to spend with out guests over a few days, instead of trying to pack it into one night. We visited a bunch of locations but both of us loved Tulum from the start. For our ceremony we wanted to include traditional elements, but not make it feel too rigid or processional. We didn’t follow a template, we just talked about it as a couple and kept things we both agreed on.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words. Relaxed. Brief. Genuine.

    Who officiated your ceremony?  Our friend Rachel. She’s both a wise soul and a great friend, and we deeply appreciate her marriage and thought she was a great example to follow. She also helped introduce us!

    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We included “tradition-lite” – a stripped down tea ceremony and part of traditional Jewish weddings so that both our backgrounds would be represented.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  Dave chose all of our music, since he’s picky about that kind of thing.
    Gathering Music: “Your Hand in Mine” by Explosions in the Sky,  “The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side” by Magnetic Fields, “I Need My Girl” by The National
    Processional, groom and parents: “I Hear the Bells” by Mike Doughtry
    Processional, bridesmaids: “First Day of my Life” by Bright Eyes
    Processional, bride: “You Belong To Me” by Bob Dylan
    Recessional: “Let my Love Open The Door” by Sondre Lerche

    What were your ceremony readings?  A Blessing for a Journey: A Buddhist Prayer.

    What were your vows like?  Our vows we intentionally kept traditional – to have and to hold, sickness and death – all that good stuff. There was something comforting in knowing that although this is our journey, we were also following countless people who have done this before.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  This is kind of cliche, but in all honesty it was being able to celebrate the moment with our friends and loved ones.

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  Beaches are awesome places to get married.

     

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    The Reception

    “Wanted to create an experience that our friends and family could share together. We just looked at the favorite parts of weddings we’ve attended and tried to include as many of them as possible.”

     

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    How would you describe your reception?  Intimate and romantic. Also, a whole lot of people got to leave the East Coast in the middle of a polar vortex and come drink with us in Mexico. They did not disappoint.

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We had a small cake, a churro stand and a popsicle stand.

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  We had a tequila tasting, and waiters on the dance floor pouring tequila into our guests mouths as they danced. That helped the party a lot.

    First dance:  “My Love is Your Love” by Whitney Houston
    Father/Daughter, Mother/Son:  “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole

     

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    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Just remember that in the end people want to be there – they aren’t sweating all the little details and neither should you.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  I would be prepared with what your bottom line is before you choose your venue. It will put you into a stronger negotiating position.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Dancing!

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  I think the pictures definitely capture the spirit and essence of it – it was the time of our lives!

     

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    Photography: Jillian Mitchell / Venue, Catering: Jashita in Tulum, Mexico / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design, Rentals, Music: Destination Wedding Tulum / Dress: Lusan Mandagas / Shoes: Calypso / Earrings J.Crew / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo / Groom’s Suit: Custom Suit by Ramon / Stationery: Smock

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  • Destination Wedding in Tulum, Mexico by Jillian Mitchell

    27 January 2015
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    How To Tie a Bow Tie from Snippet & Ink and General Knot & Co. How To Tie a Bow Tie from Snippet & Ink and General Knot & Co.

     

    If you ask us, not enough gents (or ladies for that matter!) wear bow ties on a regular basis – we just love that dapper look! If you’re tying the knot in a bow tie, or you’ve asked your groomsmen to wear them, then this post is for you. We’ve teamed up with General Knot & Co. to bring you this video on how to tie a bow tie so you can look your very best… and it’s easier than you think!

     

     

    Haven’t picked out your bow tie yet? We’ve got you covered: General Knot & Co. makes charming ties from vintage fabrics (so each design is limited edition!), and if you have something specific in mind, they’ll even create something custom just for you and your wedding party.

     

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    This post is sponsored by General Knot & Co., who creates limited edition ties and bow ties, handmade in the United States from vintage fabrics. Custom designs are available, and General Knot & Co.‘s personalized customer service makes it easy to coordinate your tie, bow tie, or bridal party gifts with your wedding colors. 

    Director, Producer: Christina McNeill / Co-Director: Jill Vice / Director of Photography, Cinematography: John Burke / Bow Ties: General Knot & Co.
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