We’re so pleased to celebrate Select vendor Jesse Leake‘s new website, and to share his photos from Susanne and Ed’s lovely wedding with you today! Susanne and Ed let the beauty of their venue in springtime set the tone for their lovely wedding day, from the flowers to the menu, and their team of all star vendors made sure the day was exactly what they’d hoped for.

SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR ALL THE IMAGES FROM THIS ELEGANT CALIFORNIA RANCH WEDDING FROM JESSE LEAKE AND ALISON EVENTS.

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The Ceremony

“The best thing about our wedding ceremony was having everyone we love and care about in one spot, to support our love and our new journey as husband and wife. It was a beautiful day.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Traditional, non-religious, short and sweet.

How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  We met with our officiant The Right Reverend Dave (David Graves, co-owner and winemaker at Saintsbury Winery), and he gave us a book of wedding poetry and ceremonial readings, from religious to New Age, to Buddhist. We picked a traditional, non-denominational ceremony.

What was your favorite part of the day?  There are so many favorite moments from that day, but by far the best moment of the day is when I saw my husband for the first time waiting for me at the end of the aisle. He started crying when he saw me and I was just concentrating on getting to him. When I got to him he was still crying and I leaned over and whispered to him, “Please stop crying or you are going to make me cry and I don’t want to ruin my make up.” He laughed, wiped away his tears, and before I knew it we were married!

Ceremony music, played by Entire Productions (string quartet): 
Bridal Party Processional
: “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young
Bridal Processional:  “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison
Recessional: “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison

 

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The Reception

“We were inspired by spring time, new life, new beginnings, fertile ground abundant with wild flowers, bright green fields and mountains. Spring is filled with hopes and promises for a prosperous, happy, love-filled future. In planning our wedding we drew inspiration from our surroundings and the land. We wanted to bring the outdoors inside with an effortless, casual elegance, nothing overproduced, with everyone dressed in black tie.”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We got married at Hudson Vineyards, this is my husband’s family ranch located in Napa Valley where he grew up.  The Ranch is a special place to both of us, and I think my husband always wanted to get married there. We have created a lot of special memories there together over the years, so it was an easy choice. Plus, no site fee which was a major bonus!

Tell us about your wedding decor.   To create the abundant springtime look that we wanted, our florist used only flowers that were in season and California grown, as well as lichen and Spanish moss, branches and some wild flowers found on Hudson Ranch. Alison Events created this feeling inside three different tents: cocktail, dinner and dancing. We used ivory, flax and slate blue gray and let the flowers and greenery add the color. We had green water glasses and vintage wine glasses, with fine china and wood handled flatware.

What did you serve?  We wanted a menu that would reflect our tastes and have the feeling of something we would serve at an intimate dinner party at home, and our caterer did a fantastic job. The seasonal menu included an asparagus and artichoke salad, followed by lamb osso buco, and an Italian café wedding cake for dessert, made by Alexis Baking Company. The wines were from producers who used Hudson Vineyards grapes to make their wine.

 

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Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  We had a “speakeasy” lounge tent for after dinner, and Rye on the Road served a range of cocktails: Pisco Sour, Girl Next Door, Aviator, Old Fashioned and many more. // We did a traditional first dance, father/ daughter, and mother/son dance, and then the Monophonics came on and rocked the house for about two hours! They were amazing and had everyone on the dance floor the entire time they played. After the band finished, our close friend, DJ Dukes of Boutique Wedding DJs, had people dancing non-stop until the early morning hours. I danced all night! // Our photographer Jesse Leake, was so easy and fun to work with. He was able to capture the many special moments of the evening without hovering. I loved that!

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  If anything goes wrong, chances are you will be the only one who notices, so let it go. Don’t draw attention to it and nobody will be the wiser. Also, make sure to steal away with your husband for a few minutes and be present in the moment.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Be patient with each other, follow your hearts and your vision. Be flexible and if one of you really doesn’t like something, let it go.

 

Photography: Jesse Leake / Event Planning & Design: Alison Events / Venue: Private Estate in Napa, California / Dress: Carolina Herrera / Shoes: Rene Caovilla, Jimmy Choo / Tuxedo: Brioni Tuxedo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy / Floral Design: The Monkey Flower Group / Stationery: Olive Route / Videography: Lola Video / Cake: Alexis Baking Company / Photobooth: Magnolia Photobooth / Rentals: Hartmann Studios, One True Love Vintage, Frances Lane, Zephyr Tents, Royal Restrooms / Hair: Stella Rickett / Makeup: Darcy Hunt / Valet: Soiree Valet / Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation / DJ: Boutique Wedding DJs / Ceremony, Cocktail Music: Synchronicity Strings Quartet via Entire Productions / Band: Monophonics / Catering: Tasha De Serio / Lighting, Sound: Got Light

Alison Events and Jesse Leake are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.

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    Fridays used to be days when I shared a little about what was going on with me, and then some fave links from my web browsing that week, and then (cliché warning) I had a baby and had a hard time coming up with things to say. Certainly part of that could be attributed to baby brain and lack of sleep and not being able to think straight long enough to form complete sentences even in simple face-to-face interactions. But I think it’s also partly due to the fact that a huge part of my life now revolves around Caroline, and I’m a) not sure how much of her I want to share with the internets and b) not sure how much the internets wants to hear about mama/baby stuff. Or at least, not here on a wedding blog. Also, if I’m being honest, it’s Friday. Doesn’t your brain just kind of want to kick back and have a cocktail, because mine does. I still want to do some more personal writing in some form or another; these weekend link round-ups just aren’t the place for it, and I’m not quite sure where is.

    So, while I’m figuring that out, please enjoy these links, and have a lovely weekend! And if you’ve actually read all of this and have a (kindly-worded) opinion, I’m all ears!

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    If you’re in Denver you have to check out The Bumblebee Truck! Okay, okay, it’s my sister’s dessert truck (yes that’s her, she’s adorable, it’s annoying), and that’s why I can tell you: the sweets are insanely good! Pic by Christina McNeill.

    I don’t have a Cricut but these shadow puppets make me want one.

    Chic leather clutch for a chic bride.

    How to bake a bread balloon.

    Inspired by this hairstylist who spends his Sundays cutting hair for the homeless.

    The long term affects of bad news.

    New snack that I wasn’t sure about but now I’m kind of addicted: Toasted Sesame + Seaweed Popcorn.

    Beyoncé wasn’t built in a day. This definitely needed to be put on a t-shirt.

    A simply modern wedding announcement.

    And a simply darling wedding invitation.

    What is this leaf? Amazing!

    It wouldn’t be weekend links without a s’more recipe. Or two. Introducing: peanut butter s’mOreos and s’mores pretzel hand pies.

     

    And, in case you missed it on the blog this week:

    Romantic autumn wedding in New York from Trent Bailey.
    How to build an awesome wedding welcome bag.
    Timeless Russian wedding in Chicago from Clary Pfeiffer.
    Moody fruit and floral centerpiece from Sarah Winward.
    Perfect polka dot inspiration.

     

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    Christina McNeill is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.
    All opinions are my own.

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    I’ve been saving these polka dot pics for ages, and it finally occurred to me that I should share them with you guys! If you can’t get enough, you’ll find even more over on our polka dot Pinterest board.

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    1. buttons // 2. lanterns // 3. bow tie // 4. stockings // 5. clutch // 6. veil

     

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    7. goody bags // 8. bridesmaids // 9. streamers // 10. flute // 11. blusher // 12. cake

     

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    13. shoes // 14. cape // 15. mini cakes // 16. one-shoulder gown // 17. invitation // 18. dress

     

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    It’s been a few months but our friend, and Select vendor, Sarah Winward from Honey of a Thousand Flowers  and photographer Kate Osborne took a moment in the midst of wedding season to share some gorgeous late summer floral inspiration. I absolutely love these colors – I always appreciate when pink gets paired with something unexpected, like these moody, dark hues. Reminds me a little of this inspiration board from a few years ago…

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    From Sarah: “Middle to late summer is a time when so many fruits are available both on the stem and off. I like my flowers to really feel like the season they are in! For this berry-toned look, we incorporated blackberries, plums, and blueberries with the flowers. We let the fruit and candles spill between the flowers to create a whole tablescape that runs down the length of the table. To make the bright pinks and burgundy of the flowers feel a bit moodier I stuck with mostly dark foliage.”

     

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    In these arrangements, Sarah used: Yves Piaget Rose, Baroness Rose, Astilbe, Blackberry, Clematis, Ranunculus, Plum Foliage, Ninebark, Smoke Bush, Lemon Scented Geranium, and Penstemon.

     

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    Not tying the knot in late summer? Find more seasonal wedding flowers right here.

     

    Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.

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