Hallie and Glenn’s wedding was the perfect blend of modern romance and timeless elegance, and we’re so glad photographer Erich McVey was there to capture it! Overflowing with gorgeous lush greenery, the venue gave the feeling of an intimate backyard celebration. From Hallie’s incredibly stylish gown to the special olive branch details throughout, this day was filled to the brim with classic beauty.

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“I had always imagined my wedding in my parents’ backyard so I knew we had to find a venue that would feel similar,” says Hallie. “We had stayed at the Clifton Inn in Charlottesville once or twice as a family and it was always in the back of my mind. The real deciding factor was that we would have the whole inn to ourselves for that special weekend: since most of Glenn’s family was coming from across the country, we knew this would be perfect. They were really able to be a part of everything, without having to go back and forth to a hotel between events. We had the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception at the Clifton and everything was flawless.”

 

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Hallie and Glenn’s invitation suite by Brown Linen Design featured botanical envelope liners, vintage stamps, and modern calligraphy.

 

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Hallie looked effortlessly chic wearing a bodice featuring geometric seaming paired with a fit and flare skirt with a dramatic draped train.

 

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The Ceremony

“After speaking to Rev. Bhavani Metro, we knew right away she was the perfect fit for our ceremony. Being an Interfaith Minister of Integral Yoga since 1980, it is very important to her to honor all traditions. After speaking with Rev. Bhavani for over an hour on the phone, and meeting her in person a few months later, she really got to know us as a couple. Even though we didn’t want any religious touches to the ceremony, she was really able to create service that reflected our personalities and values and connection as a couple. Rev. Bhavani turned our ceremony into something very significant and meaningful, even in such a short period of time!”

 

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Your ceremony in three words:  Laid-back, personal, intimate.

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  Glenn and I are not religious at all so we really wanted to ceremony to be universal and very ‘us.’ Rev. Bhavani sent us a ton of templates and options for the different parts of the ceremony and we kind of picked and chose what we liked for each. I would say it was traditional in terms of the language but also had a lot of our own touches. Very personal but short and sweet at the same time.

 

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What was your ceremony music?  I asked two of my cousins, Peter and Hannah, to play the music for our ceremony and it was perfect! Peter played some of his own stuff on the piano as the guests were being seated. As the girls came down the aisle in twos, he played “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. When I walked down with my dad, he and Hannah (violin) played Canon in D together, and as we walked out Peter closed with “Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog” and sang along too! It was such a fun touch!

What were your ceremony readings?  We had one reader in the ceremony, Beth Klineman, our close family friend who was also my Kindergarten teacher! She read a little piece from Charlotte’s web that I just love:

“Why did you do all this for me?” Wilbur asked. “I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.” “You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.”

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Our favorite part about the ceremony was feeling and seeing all of the love and support we had while standing up there. From our wedding party (most of whom we have known since we were about 2 years old) to all of our friends and family who traveled so far for us – it could not have been a better. Knowing that they were just as excited as we were about being married could not have felt more special.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Be present! It sounds cliché but the whole night goes by so quickly – you won’t even feel like you were there.

 

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The Reception

“Every single second of our reception was my favorite. I never imagined it would all come together as perfectly as it did. Glenn and I both agree that the feeling we had that night will never be topped. Just the warmest feeling of love and support in the tent. But if I had to choose just one favorite moment, it would actually be a moment before the reception. After Glenn and I finished with pictures, the two of us and my mom hopped on a golf cart to go down and see the tent before anyone was in it. I think we all got chills. It was the most beautiful set up I have ever seen. And of course seeing the reaction from all of the guests was pretty special too!”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I have a very rustic and loose style – some may call it organic. For most people, flowers are the main focus, but I like a lot of bark, sticks, stones and greenery, and wanted the reception to have an earthy, rustic look, with nothing too perfect or pristine. An ‘enchanted forest’ theme kind of came into its own with the amazing greenery around the tent poles. Olive branches were another motif – not only do we love the look of them, but my parents have a very special Papillon at home named Olive who we all could not love more. We thought it would be a bit overwhelming for her to come to the wedding, so we figured she could be there in spirit.

 

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Family Style Menu:  Greens: Garden arugula with house made ricotta, pears & lemon shallot dressing // Veggies: Balsamic grilled seasonal vegetables / Roasted fingerling potatoes with olive oil, sea salt & thyme // Land & Sea: Braised beef short ribs with stone ground grits & roasted onions / Seared sea scallops with melted leeks, carrots and bacon // Sweet: Hallie’s specialty pound cake with buttercream frosting and cream cheese filling // Late Night Snack: Blue Ridge Pizza Co. wood-fired truck

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail?  Yes! This was a last minute addition but it was a hit. It was a vodka, cucumber and basil drink named “The 27” after the favorite number we both wore while playing lacrosse!

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  I have a little bit of an obsession with pink and black leopard print, and wanted some slights hints here and there without going too crazy. The outside of our cake was very unassuming and beautiful with a white buttercream frosting and some olive leaves and olives, but the Clifton Pastry Chef made an amazing pound cake that was pink and black leopard print on the inside – I have no idea how he did it! This was one of my favorite details.

 

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Special songs:
First Dance: “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
Father/daughter dance (Glenn and his mom came in halfway through my dance with my dad): “Cruisin’” by Smoky Robinson

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  Everything was perfect. I would maybe add about 3 hours to the ceremony…

 

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Photography: Erich McVey / Event Planning & design:  Simply Chic Events / Venue, Catering, Cake: The Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia / Officiant: Sacred Ground Ceremonies / Dress, Veil: Carol Hannah / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / EarringsErickson Beamon / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor / Suit, Shirt, Tie, Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Cufflinks: UPenn Cufflinks / Stationery, Calligraphy: Brown Linen Design /  Floral Design: Beehive Events / Hair: Hair by Shana Dee / Makeup: Nour Kazoun / Rentals: La Tavola, Skyline Tent, Party Rental Ltd. / Transportation: Ambassador Limo / Reception Music: The Source via Elan Artists / Late Night Snacks: Blue Ridge Pizza Co.

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Wedding programs have become so creative and unique recently, some of you brides-to-be might be gathering inspiration and wondering, “where can I actually find programs like this?” Believe it or not, you don’t have to be a graphic design pro to get Pinterest-worthy programs. MagnetStreet has spent the past 10 years creating personalized wedding stationery for every style, and this week they’re offering Snippet & Ink readers a chance to win $500 toward wedding programs!

 

 

Whether you’re looking for flat or folded programs, MagnetStreet has dozens of styles ready to be printed on premium paper. They even have wedding program fans for our warm weather brides!

 

 

No matter how diverse or simple your color palette may be, MagnetStreet’s designs are completely customizable with online color previews. Want to change the wording or font to better fit your personalities? Go for it! They’ll even send you a free sample of your program to be sure it’s just right.

 

 

When you order something this exciting online, waiting out the shipping time feels impossible. MagnetStreet gets it – in as little as 1 business day, they’ll have your order printed and on its way to you with FREE shipping!

 

Want to win our $500 wedding program giveaway? All you have to do is browse MagnetStreet’s designs and comment below telling us which one is your favorite! Good luck!

UPDATE:  The contest is now closed.  Congrats to Diana who said: “Love these looks and the Sweetly Charmed is my favorite!”.

Contest begins Monday August 17, 2015 at 9:30AM PST, and ends Friday August 21, 2015 at 11:59PM PST. Winner will be selected by Snippet & Ink and announced on this post. Please note: winner must live in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec).

Official contest rules.

 

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With its vineyard views and rustic ruins, Kunde Winery was a breathtaking venue for Ashvi and Dan’s August wedding. We love all the gorgeous details, from the lush bridal bouquet to the fiery red and gold bridesmaid gowns, and we’re so inspired by the way the couple combined Jewish and Hindu traditions to create a ceremony that was meaningful for them.

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Ashvi carried a lush bouquet that included hydrangea, ranunculus, anemones, orchids, and silver brunia.

 

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We’re both originally from the East Coast, but we thought it would be fun to have our wedding out West after a recent move to San Francisco. We chose Kunde because we knew it would be the type of place our friends and family would be thrilled to visit. The winery estate is vast and picturesque with endless charm. We immediately fell in love with the Dunfillan Winery Ruins and were blown away by Boot Hill’s dramatic views from the middle of a vineyard and wanted to share this taste of California Wine Country with our guests.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Choose vendors you trust and let them work their magic.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Approach wedding planning as an adventure before marriage. Although stressful at times, it can also be a memorable and exciting journey!

 

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Ashvi’s bridesmaids wore a mix of gold and vermilion dresses.

 

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Says the bride, “We had floral garlands hanging at the Ruins’ entrance, which are common in Hindu tradition.”

 

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The Ceremony

We choose the Ruins for our ceremony because it provided a romantic backdrop with a little dose of the vineyard’s history.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Scenic, Playful, Musical.

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  We researched the similarities between Hindu and Jewish wedding traditions and wove together a ceremony that included elements from both. We wanted our ceremony to highlight the likenesses between the two cultures.

 

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Who officiated your ceremony?  Rabbi D’vorah Rose. She had experience officiating interfaith ceremonies, and was eager to help us craft a ceremony that reflected who we are as a couple—both culturally and personally.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We were married under a wedding canopy, called a Huppah in Judaism and a Manavara in Sri Lankan Hindu tradition. We concluded our ceremony with the Jewish Sheva B’rachot (Seven Blessings) and the Hindu Saptapadi (Seven Steps).

 

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What was your ceremony music?  We had a New Orleans style jazz band – it was really fun! Processional: Girl of My Dreams / Bridal Processional: La Vie en Rose / Recessional: Mahogany Hall Stomp

What were your ceremony readings?  These I Can Promise by Mark Twain / I’ll Be There For You by Louise Cuddon

What were your vows like?  Our vows are memorialized in our Ketubah (Jewish marriage contract) designed by Ketubahworks. Dan and I wrote the language together in the months leading up to our wedding and gathered a small group of family and friends to witness our Ketubah signing the day before our wedding.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The location! We loved how the open-top, stone structure felt tucked away in a meadow. Getting married in the Ruins surrounded by huge oak trees felt majestic and, at moments, surreal.

 

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The Reception

“I’d describe our reception as an amazing party with all of our nearest and dearest!”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We both appreciate simple, elegant design with bold splashes of color and wanted our decor to complement the property’s expansive, breathtaking beauty. We chose Mediterranean cuisine to go with the venue’s breezy Mediterranean vibe, and we opted for a family-style dinner. We thought sharing food could be a great way for our guests to make new friends!

 

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Please tell us about any special details from your reception.  Laurel Anderson at Esla Events and her team styled a couple of cabanas as additional seating areas for the guests. These were a lovely way to provide shade on a hot summer’s day in Sonoma Valley.

 

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Menu:  Salad: Grilled Summer Peaches with red oak leaf lettuce, almond crusted goat cheese and sherry vinaigrette // Entrees: Orecchiette Pasta with sauce à la checca, heirloom tomatoes, garlic, basil, parmesan cheese / Grilled Angus Beef Top Sirloin with garlic and herb compound butter / Ocean Skewers with seared sea scallop, tiger prawn skewers and savory couscous // Side Dishes: Market Grilled Vegetables zucchini, eggplant, squash, colorful peppers, mushrooms, baby artichokes, with lemon and thyme marinade // Dessert: Harvey’s Donut Station / S’mores Station / Cutting Cake (Dulce de Leche Cake and Carrot Cake)

 

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Are there any fun details you’d like to tell us about?  We worked with Laurel at Esla Events to create custom fill-in-the-blank cards for our guests as an alternative to a guestbook (think Mad Libs).

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  We’ll be going on our honeymoon nearly a year after our wedding. Looking back, it could have been nice to spend a couple days alone right after – a “mini-moon” if you will – to catch up on sleep and enjoy each other’s company.

 

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Special dances: 
First dance: Me Gustas Tu, Manu Chao (we danced salsa)
Father/daughter: What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  How much fun everyone had! Nearly all the photos from the reception are of people smiling, dancing and having a blast. What more could we ask for?

 

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Photography: Carlie Statsky / Venue: Kunde Family Winery / Event Planning & Design: Esla Events / Officiant: Rabbi D’vorah Rose / Dress: Jenny Packham / Shoes: Aerin Lauder / Clutch: Karen Millen /Earrings: Elizabeth Cole  / Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG, David Meister, Monique Lhuillier, Donna Karan / Suit, Shirt: Artful Gentleman / Tie: J. Crew / Shoes: Gucci / Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas with DIY Customization / Calligraphy: Janis Anzalone / Floral Design: Studio Choo / Hair: Sunshine Hair Art, Melisa Hall, Makeup: Melisa Hall / Rentals: Bright Event Rentals, Frances Lane, Hartmann, La Tavola Linen / Ceremony Music: SF Feetwarmers / Reception Music: Boutique DJs / Catering: Alex’s Catering / Cake, Dessert: A Spoonful of Sugar, Harvery’s DonutsAlex’s Catering

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Mascarpone soft serve with balsamic vinegar? Yes please. (Maybe with the help of a home soft serve machine?)

I love paper and packaging and this ad melted my heart a little bit.

And on a related note… if there are photos you really care about, print them out.

Stephen Colbert on why women should be in charge of everything.

Dress the rainbow – delightful!

Online dating in the 1960s.

Tiny house jamboree.

Prickly pear margaritas – love that color.

How astronauts watch the Perseid showers.

 

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