Photo: A Bryan Photo
Sometimes you just need a break from wedding planning, and by Friday everyone is ready for a break anyway! So each week, we send you into the weekend with some of our favorite finds from around the web, from pretty products to tutorials to interesting articles, and whatever else strikes our fancy. We hope you enjoy, and of course have a happy, happy weekend!
I had no idea what a shrub was until now, and I’m very interested in trying one.
Elbow patches never looked so happy.
You can own Holly Golightly’s apartment (for a mere $10,000,000).
This gorgeous dress just looks like summer.
DIY edible confetti in any color!
Plus easy confetti throwers.
Smitten with these delicate little bowls.
I can barely manage more than a ponytail, but this hairpin is gorgeous.
Great round-up of three-ingredient desserts.
Loving the color in this save-the-date from Mr. Boddington.
Also, to all of you in Hawaii – stay safe!
From Angela: “I love this picture because it was a moment of bliss. The essence of candid. It pulls together everything great about our wedding day.”
From Russell: “I think this is right after our first kiss and we both look so happy, with all of our friends and family.”
Note: Russell and I picked our photos completely independent of each other! I can’t believe we ended up choosing almost identical photos!
You guys, I’m so excited about sharing Angela and Russell’s wedding with you, because it marks the beginning of extended real wedding features here on Snippet & Ink – couples who have gone above and beyond in sharing their weddings, in order to provide even more insight and inspiration for those of you in the midst of planning! We even have some budget breakdowns and ceremony content coming soon! And as always, we’ll be featuring beautiful photos and sweet details to go along with these great stories.
Take it away Angela and Russell!
“It was always really hard for me to imagine what kind of wedding ceremony I’d want,” says Angela. “Even when we were creating ours, it was hard. Luckily, we were able to pull together our love of classic taste, history, family, and fun! We had gelato for our guests directly after the ceremony. What’s better than eating an ice cream cone in fancy clothes with good friends?! It was the best.”
Your ceremony in three words: Classic, Thoughtful, Fun!
Why did you choose this location for your ceremony? My grandparents immigrated from Poland after World War II. After a long journey and lots of stops, they ended up in Lincoln, Nebraska. They became U.S. citizens in the courtroom where we got married. It’s no longer a courtroom, but we wanted to choose something that had a strong sense of history.
How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony? Planning our ceremony was actually really simple! We wanted to have Judge Urbom marry us, as the last sitting judge in that courtroom, so we were open to his ideas. He maintained an amazing reputation throughout his career as a federal judge, and we went into the whole deal with a lot of respect for him. The first time we all met, he handed us a printed copy of what he had already written! It was absolutely perfect – I think we only changed a word or two. It was a perfect mix of simple, true poetry and a realistic view on marriage and life together. Russell and I aren’t too sappy or emotional, so this was perfect for us.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? The location of our ceremony was probably my favorite part. Besides being a super beautiful space, the feeling was really overwhelming of being in the same place where my grandparents became citizens of this country. The historical significance of it all was really special. Oh, and we had a gold glitter aisle runner that was AMAZING!
Anything else? I play French horn and really wanted that to be a part of our day. Steven Cohen is an amazing French horn player and he worked to create custom arrangements for our ceremony, along with the pianist, Jennifer Novak Haar. The best part? He made an arrangement of Edelweiss for the processional. My maternal grandmother had a marble lipstick holder that played that song and rotated around so you could pick your shade for the day. That was a nod to her.
“We wanted to keep everything very relaxed for our guests, with outstanding food and a comfortable atmosphere. At the beginning of the planning process, Russell and I both said that it would be great to have the whole evening feel like a big dinner party. We totally succeeded with that!”
First dance: “This Magic Moment” by The Drifters. Does it get any better?! Not too slow, not too fast, old school, and awesome. We had a great DJ, Rik Minnick. He played all records and a great mix of everything we love from Johnny Cash to Bjork to Beyonce. People danced the night away!
Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. Our food was definitely the most special part of our celebration. Russell and I met through friends, but didn’t really get to know each other well until we made cheese together at Branched Oak Farm, a small organic dairy outside Lincoln. We had a huge spread of their cheeses, and served pork that they raised. Another farm provided the veggies for dinner and an artisan bakery where I worked baked lots of special bread and demi-baguettes for dinner.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Russell and I arrived at the cocktail hour about 20 minutes after it started. The entire venue was completely packed. You never really know how things are going to work out when you plan any event, but to see so many people smiling, eating, and drinking – that was awesome. We had a huge selection of cheese and bread and the guests loved it. Our amazing event designer suggested we put our jazz band kind of at the back of the venue, and around a corner. This kept people moving through, but also had an awesome effect on the sound – we had the buzz of laughter and conversation, mixed with upbeat jazz. It was perfect!
Photography: The Mullers, Karen Obrist / Event Planning & Design: Lovestru.ck Weddings + Events / Ceremony Venue: The Grand Hall at The Grand Manse in Lincoln, Nebraska / Reception Venue, Catering: Nebraska Club in Lincoln, Nebraska / Officiant: Judge Warren Urbom / Dress, Earrings: Watters, via Rhylan Lang / Shoes: Kate Spade / Veil: Sara Gabriel, via Ready or Knot / Lace Top, Gold Belt, Reception Dress by: Alexandra King / Suit: John Varvatos via Post & Nickel / Shirt: Post & Nickel / Shoes: Johnston & Murphy / Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos, Nordstrom / Stationery: Inclosed / Floral Designer: Hillis and Co. / Rentals: AAA Rentals / Music: Rik Minnick / Cake: Donna Roehrs / Hair, Makeup: Rebecca Forsyth of Bungalow/8
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Nebraska Wedding from The Mullers6 August 2014
A romantic garden wedding isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when I imagine a wedding in Arizona, but that’s exactly the kind of wedding Ashley and David had at the Whispering Tree Ranch. Here, the beautiful images by Brushfire Photography and Ashley’s thoughtful write-up about the day.
Shares the bride: “On the day of the wedding I hadn’t seen the elements of planning come together until I was walking down the aisle. I remember walking out with my dad to my favorite folk hymn, rounding the corner to the aisle and almost doubling over in joy – I think I actually let out a small laugh! Seeing the flower petals and plants adorning the way for such a symbolic walk to a new life was so beautiful to me. Family and friends bathed in an afternoon glow, seeing the sun gently peeking through the trees, my groom and our bridal party was standing under the chandelier hanging from the large green tree – it was an image I will remember for the rest of my life. All of it would have been meaningless without my now husband and our loved ones there, but those simple natural elements echoed joy to my heart as if the earth was celebrating with us in this holy experience. To me, it was a glimpse of heaven.”
Ashley’s advice for other brides? “Keep things simple, delegate and don’t get so preoccupied in planning that you don’t make time to prepare for love and life together after the wedding. Your wedding day is only one day and it’s a far more beautiful day if you prepare your heart for marriage and not just a wedding.”
Ashley and David stayed on budget by choosing their venue wisely, and by taking on lots of DIY projects: “We included DIY elements to complement our budget and to add personal touches throughout our ceremony and reception (but we also wanted to keep it minimal since such a beautiful natural, outdoor environment needs very little embellishment). We made place cards by tearing squares of heavy weighted paper, watercoloring them and hand writing the names in as fancy of a script as we could muster. I made floral crowns for the flower girls using simple materials from Michael’s (it was too hot in Phoenix for me to make live ones in advance and I didn’t want to be making anything on the day of). Our venue provided beautiful vintage china and I collaborated with the venue owner on simple flower choices and candles to adorn them. The goal was always fresh, natural, and simple with a touch of whimsy. My husband painted our chalk boards for the drink menus and Words of Wisdom table (we provided slips of paper and tiny stamped envelopes for people to write words of encouragement or wisdom on love, marriage and life together).”
Signature Drinks: Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, Lemonade, Fresh Lemons, Muddled Mint
Dessert: Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Hazelnut Filling and Whipped Cocoa Buttercream, made by the groom’s mother // Assortment of 15 Seasonal Pies, by Lux Bakery
Favors: Rose Petal Jam Favors by Boho Farm & Home
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We chose Whispering Tree Ranch because it was a gorgeous, intimate setting that fit our dreams of getting married outdoors surrounded by trees and open air (both rarities when living in a desert city). We fell further in love with the place after meeting the venue owner. She was so easy to work with and worked so hard to help create our perfect wedding within our budget.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Our taste is natural with a bit of rustic, vintage influence. We wanted the palette to be soft and simple, and allow natural elements to provide color and texture.
Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. There were a lot of personal touches in our wedding, from the invitation hand painted by my husband to the beautiful cake my mom made for us. Our pastor also provided us with a special gift during the ceremony. He gave us a vintage camera (I’m a photographer) that was mounted on a wooden box he made. Inside a the box was a collection of letters written by our parents and everyone in our bridal party. The idea was that on every anniversary we could pull ONE letter out to read – it will take us at least 13 years to read all of them!
What was the best advice you received as a bride? First, to delegate so that you can truly savor the day. This inspired me to do a little bit of planning and DIY-ing each week during our 5 month engagement, and then as the day drew closer I delegated tasks, allowing me to do nothing but relax on my wedding day – our family and friends were the only reason this was possible. Second, to remember that it is merely one day in the rest of your life together. This meant that we really made time for serious premarital counseling, reading books on marriage, talking about expectations for our life together.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Our budget was very strict. At the beginning of our engagement, my parents helped me by giving me a number of what they could afford and made it lovingly and abundantly clear that that was all they could do. Having those clear expectations in the beginning helped so much. I used a white Moleskine journal for my wedding planning and kept a running budget. We budgeted for the “Must Haves” first and then used what was left over for the smaller, more fun things like decor. If we couldn’t afford something that we loved, we simply made it ourselves or agreed that it wasn’t a necessity. We also really lucked out because our venue offered a variety of upgrades and vendors that were not only optional, but extremely affordable. // A big way to save money is to find one place where you can hold both your wedding and reception, and where you can reuse things like chairs and decorations. We really lucked out because our venue included a bunch of the materials (tables, chairs, place settings, flatware, drinkware) and offered a variety of upgrades and special pricing through preferred vendors.