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I didn’t get a chance to spend as much time browsing around this week as I usually do, but I did find some gems nonetheless. Here they are – my favorite links from around the web this week. And have a happy weekend!
Punched leaf napkin rings.
A beautiful Mothers Day brunch for a good cause.
Need help naming your hipster bar?
Hen party invites from Mr. Boddington.
Strawberry sour cream ice cream just sounds like summer.
Who said tree houses are just for kids?
This week on Snippet & Ink:
Berry- and emerald-hued floral inspiration.
Gorgeous limited-edition wedding websites from Riley & Grey.
Rustic, romantic, woodland-inspired wedding.
Classic wedding style in New Orleans.
Lakefront wedding with an amphibious getaway car.
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If you’re not already in the mood for summer, you will be once you see this lakefront wedding from Wisconsin photographers Ray + Kelly. They’ve captured the day so perfectly, you’ll feel like you were there! Also, these newlyweds had quite possibly the best getaway car of all time…
Lucky Luxe stationery set the tone for the relaxed lakeside celebration.
One of the many DIY projects the couple and their families took on was making and painting various signs, including one that exclaims, “Yay! You’re here!”
Says the bride of their wedding venue: “Dan and I lead an active lifestyle and love everything about being outdoors in Wisconsin – fishing, camping, waterskiing, etc. After searching for unique venues across the state, we came to the realization that it would be so much more meaningful and unique to have it in my parents’ backyard where I grew up and where we enjoy so much of our summer. Their property is located on a small isthmus between two lakes with amazing views of both lakes! We knew it would be a lot of work (we had many wedding planning sessions on the pier that summer – rough life!) but also knew that if we could pull it off, we would cherish the memories and talk about forever the day we we transformed the backyard into our wedding location. And we did, and we do.”
“We got married on a small deck in the corner of the yard, with the lake behind us and our guests seated on the hill above us. That location is so special to me, and I can still close my eyes and be right there, with the warm summer air and all of our loved ones around us…. it was just perfect and I’ll never forget what it felt like to be exactly in that place and that moment.”
“We surprised everyone by having a neighbor pick us up from the pier after the ceremony in his antique Amphicar with a Just Married sign across the back. We couldn’t stop laughing as we drove off, waving to our guests and honking at the other boats. That moment was just surreal.”
“A storm after dinner was a fun surprise – what’s more exciting than a summer storm at the lake?! It came on really quick and people took shelter wherever they could (I think a few guests even maybe have gotten stuck in the portable restrooms!), but we rolled down the tent sides and continued to have fun until it passed. I remember a young man from the catering staff coming up to me, soaking wet, and saying, ‘Ma’am, my boss wants me to let you know that we are going to stay inside until the storm passes so that everyone doesn’t end up looking like me!’ I just laughed, he was so clearly having fun getting soaked. It was clear that everyone had adopted the laid back “at the lake” mentality.”
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We were really inspired to stay true to who we were as a couple, and to embrace our unique venue and informal style. Ray + Kelly’s blog captured the wedding days of many couples with similar non-traditional locations, and I actually spent hours poring over the the small details and unique touches that made those weddings feel so simple and authentic. I also had a pretty killer Pinterest inspiration board.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We followed tradition to an extent, but really took care to make everything feel like “us.” The bridal party arrived by boat, and used the pier as the “aisle.” I didn’t carry a bouquet, but had the groom’s sister, groom’s mom, and my mom all hold bunches of wildflowers that I collected (along with hugs and a few tears) as I walked by, which together formed my bouquet. Some traditions we skipped altogether, like cutting a cake and doing the formal first dances. If it didn’t feel natural, we didn’t do it.
How did your families play a role in your wedding? We were also thoughtful of how we asked others to participate in our day, giving people special roles that fit them. It gave us a chance to celebrate our families’ unique talents and personalities. Dan’s family has a number of talented singers who sang an (awesome!) rendition of “Stand By Me” during the ceremony. His sister read a really cute adaptation of The Lovely Dinosaur during our ceremony. His brother designs board games and computer games for a living, and he created a really fun trivia activity as a pre-dinner icebreaker. // My family rolled their sleeves up and worked hard to help get the venue just right. They built handmade signs for around the yard, trimmed trees, built new steps where we were concerned about old ones, lit lanterns at dusk and built a cozy fire pit later that evening. I remember, just before the ceremony, looking outside and seeing my uncle in his dress clothes clipping a final few stray branches with a pair of hedge trimmers and thinking “Wow, we seriously could not have pulled this off without our families.” I am still asking questions about what happened during the storm, like “So who covered the boat? Where did band get the tarps and towels from?”
What advice do you have for other brides? Never lose sight of the meaning of the day and who you are as a couple.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? We had a beautiful patio set up for dancing later in the evening. Our band took the brunt of the rain, staying outside to hold down tarps over their equipment. After the storm passed and they dried everything off, the stars came out and they played until late in the evening. Growing up, I can remember other lake weddings, and loved listening to the music twinkle from across the lake. Many neighbors wandered over to join the fun, and I remember looking down at one point to see a group of people I didn’t know dancing in the street.
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Wisconsin Lake Wedding from Ray + Kelly24 April 2014
New Orleans is such a uniquely romantic city, and couples who choose to tie the knot there have uniquely romantic weddings. Lucia and Myles chose one of their favorite places in the city for their ceremony, followed by a reception down the street from their home. Greer Gattuso shared these timeless photos of the celebration:
Calligrapher Holly Hollon designed a beautiful and personal suite of save-the-dates, invitations, and programs. “I felt this detail set the tone for our wedding,” says Lucia.
“My mom always had flowers in our house, whether off a magnolia tree or from her garden,” shares the bride. “Because I grew up with a great appreciation and love of flowers, having beautiful flowers in my wedding was very important to me. Thanks to our florist, Kim Starr Wise, and our wedding planner, Elyse Skansi, we had an incredible wreath of flowers hanging over us in the Peristyle, and similar wreathes were created for our reception to hang in the tent. My bouquet was a magnificent asymmetrical bouquet in shades of cream and white with garden roses, gardenias, ranunculus, sweet peas, camellia foliage, peonies, and anemones. I will never forget when I first smelled the bouquets made of tea roses for my bridesmaids because it was the smell of pure happiness for me. I can still smell them.”
Says Lucia: “City Park is a very special place to me. I’ve run in the park almost every day since before Hurricane Katrina. It’s covered in centuries old live oak trees that surround ponds and marshes, as well as beautiful structures and bridges built by the WPA. After the levies broke, the park was devastated, just as I was and almost everyone else who called New Orleans home. Since the storm, I’ve seen the park heal and develop into an even more beautiful space than it was before. It’s a place of reflection and of community, and I often imagined having my wedding there at my favorite spot, the Peristyle. To marry Myles, the love of my life, in this sacred place with all of the people I love and who have supported me over the years was, aside from the birth of our daughter, the most incredibly happy moment of my life.”
“When we began planning the wedding, I was pregnant with our daughter, Evangeline. She was born in March, and we were married in November, at which point I was pregnant again! Myles and I were already committed to one another in the deepest sense, through our daughter and the baby we were expecting. So, having a family with Myles was my inspiration, as well as our desire that our friends and family have a blast. We wanted the wedding to be a reflection of our life together through its location, the food we love, and a lot of amazing music!”
Lush centerpieces of pink and cream roses, sweet peas, and anemones were arranged in a variety of vintage milk glass containers.
The simple buttercream cake was adorned with gardenias.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Our reception was held at the historic Pitot House, an 18th century Creole colonial home located on beautiful Bayou Saint John. We live just down the street, and it meant so much to have our reception right in our own neighborhood, which also happens to be the best neighborhood in the world!
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? My favorite part of our wedding was dancing with Myles to the Lost Bayou Ramblers under a beautiful tent on Bayou Saint John with all of our friends and family. The Lost Bayou Ramblers were the perfect combination of our backgrounds: a lot Cajun and a little punk. We absolutely loved that everyone was dancing with us. There was no way that you could hear that music and not dance! The icing on the cake was when Myles’ groomsmen from Southwest Louisiana performed what they described as a “Seafood Jubilee,” an unforgettable, choreographed dance that they had coordinated with the band before the wedding.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? I carried the handkerchief that my mother carried when she married my sweet father. My mother and I share the same name, and the handkerchief, which belonged to my mother’s great aunt, was embroidered with our initials.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? A very wise man told me I should only focus on the love and happiness that Myles, my friends, and my family would bring to the occasion. Nothing else mattered.
What advice do you have for other brides? Get a wedding planner as incredible as Elyse Skansi, if you can.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Our incredibly talented friends played music at our ceremony. Not only did this save us money, but it made our ceremony all the more meaningful and personal.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Myles and I felt so lucky to have had our daughter Evangeline at our wedding. Our only regret was that in the chaos of the day, our sweet dog Izzy was left at home. She was there with us in spirit, though!
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Pitot House Wedding from Greer G Photography23 April 2014
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!