Tomorrow we’re flying to Wisconsin to spend Thanksgiving week with Ryan’s family – fingers crossed the plane ride with Caroline goes as smoothly as possible! Any tips for flying with a 6 month old? I’m also hoping to contribute a pie to Thanksgiving dinner, something seasonal but not obvious, but the truth is that I’m not much of a pie baker. I’m thinking maybe a chocolate pecan pie or this butterscotch pie, but I’m open to suggestions, so please share!
The events that come from Bespoke Only, a boutique event design studio, are as seamless as they are stylish. Creative director Melissa Lee brings her refined aesthetic and meticulous standards to each wedding, creating celebrations with a modern approach to understated luxury.
“As modern as it is timeless.” That’s the best way to describe the beautiful work of Belatheé Photography, which balances fine art, photojournalism and portraiture. Lovely reminders of such an important day.
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Stacy McCain Event Planning specializes in custom, one-of-a-kind events of all sizes. By building relationships with their clients, and with passion and creativity, they can make your vision a reality.(Photos by Gia canali, Gertrude & Mabel.)
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Max and Sherri’s story marks a first for our Snapshots of a Marriage series here on Snippet & Ink… we’ve met couples who were separated by war or who even met in grade school, but Max and Sherri are the first to have met and fallen in love online before ever meeting in person!
Max and Sherri met when Max’s band was looking for a female musician to sing on a few tracks. He was already a fan of her music, so he used the opportunity to introduce himself by email. Lots of chatting and emailing ensued over four months before the couple met in person. They even sent each other songs they had written about each other before meeting! “Sherri and I literally started writing songs together for the singular purpose of wooing each other, and once we got the wooing done, it was to continue to expand upon our love for one another.”
Once they did meet, Max says, “It was amazing and I moved pretty much immediately to be near her. It was kind of a whirlwind thing but we really did give it time to grow. We didn’t want to rush things.” But before they knew it, they were married and starting their life together.
Since their wedding five years ago, Max and Sherri have used what they learned emailing back and forth in the early months of their relationship to their advantage. Sherri explains they always try to “be honest and over-communicate.” Max agrees this is a key to their marriage. He says there’s nothing that he’s ever felt he couldn’t communicate to Sherri, which helps the two keep from having lingering issues that eventually boil over.
From the beginning of their marriage, Max has made sure to fight against the stereotype he saw as a child. “I never really got advice from my parents about getting married. I think they just wanted me to make my own way. I do remember the social stereotypes about being married and about how much it saps your love for each other. I never believed in that. I just thought, it can’t be that way. I’m a hopeless romantic; I kind of decided to go the other way.” He adds, “We’ve never been more in love than we are today.” Clearly something’s working!
The couple’s advice to those planning their weddings today is exactly what you might think would come out of the mouth of such a creative person: “Try to understand that marriage is an extension of the passion that you have for each other. It’s not an archaic legal ceremony, it’s just basically a really intense form of commitment on a soul level. I think it’s like the most romantic thing in the world.” A wonderful, poetic reminder of how romantic marriage is, five years in.
(PS – Max and Sherri have recently released an album called Two of a Crime, so you can hear a few of the love songs that brought them together!)
SNAPSHOT SUBMISSIONS Do you know a married couple whose relationship you admire? Or maybe you’re married and want to share your words of wisdom! We’re now accepting submissions from couples who have been married for ten years or longer. Email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org with your first names, how long you’ve been married, and a few sentences about why you’d like to be interviewed for our Snapshot of a Marriage series.
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Why did you choose this location for your wedding? It has a beautiful view, good food, and a great deck for a wedding ceremony.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Simple elegance and the company of good friends and family in a relaxed, beautiful and tropical setting.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Saying “I do” to the man I love. Sneaking away after the ceremony for photos and seeing a huge green turtle swim below our photo site! It was magical!
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? We were so happy to have our closest family and friends witness our marriage in a gorgeous, natural setting. With the tropical sun on us and the ocean breeze, we felt like God was pouring his blessings on us!
Yesterday’s bride was a wedding planner, and today’s bride is a wedding photographer – it’s so fun to see how wedding vendors tie the knot! Kelli and Kevin opted for an intimate, rustic wedding at a Colorado bed and breakfast…
Kelli’s favorite moment from the day? “At the very end of our ceremony, after we had done a huge group prayer, and then we were pronounced husband and wife. I remember falling into Kevin’s arms, hugging him tightly and thinking, God is so good. That was the constant feel of the day.”
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Why did you choose this location for your wedding? In planning our wedding, we really wanted our friends and family to be treated well and we wanted a simple, cozy venue in the mountains. The B&B was perfect because it provided a place for all of our favorite people to celebrate with us the entire weekend, and we had a lot of creative freedom to transform the quaint and rustic space into a beautiful wedding day.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We are both artists and we love people and the mountains so we wanted that to be the focus. We wanted a Kinfolk feel to our reception, with family style dinner and candles and flowers everywhere so our guests could really enjoy themselves and it felt like being around the dinner table with family. Our aesthetic and styles are very different, mine being simpler with clean texture, and Kevin’s being more bold, masculine and quirky. In the end, we married the two styles together, and I think it turned out better than expected.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Keep it simple and really enjoy every part of the day, and let everyone else figure out the details. As a wedding photographer, I know how chaotic weddings can sometimes be, but being a bride was different. I didn’t care about the details as much as I thought I would. Instead I really took everything in that day… the cold air, the smell of trees, the people, what I was feeling, seeing Kevin’s tears as my dad walked me down the aisle. I remember it so vividly even though it was such a fast day.
What advice do you have for other brides? Remember the reason for all the planning: you’re marrying your best friend and the person you get do life with forever. The details will come together how they are suppose to, so it’s not worth it to get worked up over the little things that seem to be going wrong. If you’re one to be more of a perfectionist (like I can be sometimes) it’s best to delegate tasks to people that are willing to help. Then just let things fall into place as they should.