I’m really excited about today’s wedding, not just because it’s epitomizes my idea of simple beauty, but also because Cappy Hotchkiss was the photographer, and I’ve been dying to get her work up on Snippet & Ink forever. Here is what the beautiful bride, Michelle, said about her September wedding:

Our wedding was a challenge to balance the groom’s conventional style with the bride’s more un-traditional flair. We wanted to celebrate Jewish customs, while instilling a sense of us as individuals. We were married by groom’s family rabbi, but marched down the aisle to Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend.” We said the seven blessing to commemorate a Jewish marriage while guests munched on popcorn and drank lemonade. The groom wore an awesome retro fedora for our “couple’s photos” but donned a yarmulke for the ceremony. The bride covered her tattoos under the chuppah with a tallis (prayer shawl) that our mothers wrapped around both of us. We had a kosher caterer that served a vegetarian meal at the reception. We thought of our wedding as the first opportunity in a marriage to compromise and make everyone happy.

During wedding ceremonies I’ve attended as a guest, I get hungry and can’t stop wondering when things will wrap up so I can eat. With that in mind, our caterer provided fresh popcorn and lemonade for guests to enjoy during the nuptials. I made labels that read: “Popcorn, Good for Noshing and for Tossing. Eat what you want and THROW the rest at Michelle and Joseph as they make their way down the aisle after exchanging vows.” The popcorn doubled as snacks and an eco-friendly alternative to rice. The popcorn labels doubled as escort cards. If you’re gonna do it yourself, make things easier, not harder. Efficiency is key.

After the ceremony we went to Yichud, which is a custom where the bride and groom seclude themselves and enjoy their first moments as husband-and-wife together. We didn’t exchange our own vows during the ceremony, but wrote each other love letters that we read to one another in the bridal suite. It was so intimate and lovely. We plan to read each other these love letters on every anniversary. Jewish or not, it is worthwhile to take time to reflect and absorb everything that happened. If nothing else, a wedding keeps you busy. You won’t get much privacy during the reception, so why not set aside ten or fifteen minutes to be alone together?


At first I was intimidated by having a larger sized wedding, but Joe wanted to celebrate with all his friends and family. We were able to create the feeling of intimacy. Our wedding party consisted of our parents and siblings. We took our couples photos together at a gorgeous park with only the photographer present. We shared an intimate post-ceremony drink in the bridal suite and read each other love letters. And, it turns out, the more the merrier! We had so much fun with everyone there, even I admit that I wouldn’t have wanted anything smaller.

Venue: Bet Am Shalom in White Plains, New York

Bride’s dress: Nicole Miller

Groom’s suit / tie: Hugo Boss / Theory

Flowers: House of Flowers

Wedding programs: DIY printed at Staples

Ketubah: The Aesthetic Sense

Catering: Foremost Caterers

Thank you so much to Michelle and Joe for sharing your wedding day with us – it’s such a beautiful day, and the details you shared make it that much more inspiring. Wishing you all the best for a lifetime of happiness! Thank you, too, to Cappy Hotchkiss, who takes some of the prettiest wedding photos out there.

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Another vintage-inspired board today, but a totally different look from yesterday’s. More feminine, more glitzy, more urban sophistication. I think the key to a vintage look for your wedding is to update it so that it doesn’t look like a themed costume party. Though a flapper wedding could be really fabulous…

Mood: vintage whimsy
Palette: oyster gray, pearl pink

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Top row from left: flapper photo via Paris Apartment, glitter paper moon photo booth from Martha Stewart Weddings, vintage music paper cake topper by Studio d.Sharp
Row 2: silver glitter favor cup by Studio d.Sharp, zinnia and ranunculus bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: pink and gray velvet jewelry boxes and pink and gray bridesmaid dresses both from Martha Stewart Weddings, shoe photo by Bret Cole
Row 4: headband from Jennifer Behr, paper flower boutonnieres from Charleston Weddings, stationery suite by Mr. Boddington’s Studio

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I recently read an article (cannot for the life of me remember where I read it) about the resurgence of vintage style, and the desire for artisan, hand-crafted things, and how almost anywhere you look you’ll see anachronistic jumbles of designs and things reminiscent of bygone days. Not that I needed to read an article to tell me this, but it did get me thinking about how this trend is certainly present in the wedding world. That, combined with this film about the inspiring architecture and design firm, Roman & Williams, plus my desire to incorporate Root Liquor into an inspiration board, all led up to today’s post. Not everything here comes from the same era or region, but there’s a common thread in the palette and feel of each element, and I don’t think any of it takes itself too seriously except for that love of hand-crafting and thoughtful design. It’s all mostly somewhat masculine, but I think the tiniest bit of blush pink could balance it nicely.

Mood: vintage, vintage, vintage
Palette: caramel, whiskey, leather,

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Top row from left: peeling theater poster via Decorology, dapper gentleman via The Sartorialist, Leica camera via Dress Design Decor, Root Liquor from Art in the Age
Row 2: photo of picture frame wall by Elizabeth Messina, Western Union telegram wedding invitation by Greenwich Letterpress via Once Wed
Row 3: gramophone photo by Justin & Mary, brown and white striped necktie by Billy Reid, salted caramel and chocolate cake by Baked via Amy Atlas, cocktail ring photo by Johnny Miller
Row 4: Tobacco Warehouse photo by Raquel Reis, bistro table via The Bride’s Guide, photo of apothecary jar “bud vase” by Tec Petaja, nude blusher veil by Che Bella via MSP Magazine

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Can you think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day than with gorgeous, eco-friendly jewelry? Enter Brilliant Earth. Not only are they committed to sustainable practices, using reclaimed and recycled precious metals in their jewelry, but they are also committed to craftsmanship and quality. And with five basic style collections – Classic, Modern, Nature, Antique, and Glamorous – plus the option to have something totally custom made, they have something for everyone.
{Some examples of the Glamorous and Modern collections.}
{Pieces from the Antique and Nature collections.}

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