I hope my hubby is reading this post, because today’s wedding took place at one of his favorite places on earth: University of Wisconsin’s Memorial Union. As the bride says, “The student union is in the heart of the University of Wisconsin campus, and feels like it has been our home for the last ten years. We sailed together on the UW Sailing Team and had all our practices and meetings right there on Lake Mendota at the Union. We have spent every weekend since graduation meeting on the Terrace with friends, sailing out of the Hoofers sailing club, and enjoying all that the Union has to offer. It felt like the ideal place to join our lives together.”

“During the ceremony, we brought elements of Judaism and the Lutheran faith together to create an awesome interfaith wedding that represented us as a couple.”

Despite the rainy weather, Liz and Aaron couldn’t miss the opportunity for wedding portraits on the Union Terrace.

The bride’s bouquet included hydrangea, tulips, and roses in cream and yellow.



What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted to plan a guest-centered event that brought our friends and two families together for a weekend of fun in the city we shared for the last ten years. Knowing we came from different backgrounds, we tried to incorporate both of our upbringings throughout the ceremony and festivities.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Liz: I enjoyed the time after the ceremony and before the reception when we took pictures with the wedding party. It was nice to relax a little and enjoy the company of our best friends! // Aaron: Liz and I were the last ones to leave the reception. We couldn’t get a cab back to the hotel, so we walked from the Union to the hotel, up State Street, right through the heart of Madison. We walked slowly, just talking. It was like we were in our own little world in the city we grew together in. It was pretty magical.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Take time to enjoy the day with just the two of you, even if it is just for a minute. Look into each other’s eyes and take in the best day of your lives – together!

Photographer: The McCartney’s / Event Planner: Beyond Elegant Events / Venue, Catering: Memorial Union in Madison, Wisconsin / Officiant: Happily Ever After Weddings / Dress: Vera’s Bridal Salon / Suit, shirt: Jos A Bank / Tie: Brooks Brothers / Shoes: Cole Haan / Bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew / Floral Designer: Daffodil Parker / Music: Street Life Band / Rentals: BBJ Linens / Hair, Makeup: Salon Rue Cler / Stationery: Sugar Pear Design
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A couple weeks ago I mentioned that my sister Lora’s wedding was cancelled because of the flooding in Colorado, and rather than reschedule, she and Grant had decided to go ahead and elope – and I cannot wait to share those pics with you in a few weeks. But today I’m sharing their darling invitation suite from our friends at Minted

Their wedding was going to be a picnic lunch at the Lyon’s Farmette outside of Boulder, so my sister chose a playful kraft paper design, and customized it to fit their wedding details: kraft paper backer, red ink, and black gingham envelope liner to match the black checked picnic tablecloths. Minted also created an additional corresponding card for the after party. When I asked Lora about her experience working with Minted she told me that “it was really easy to use the site and to customize the design,” which has been my experience, too. I think the invitation suite turned out to be so charming, and really set the tone for what would have been a sweet, fun, picnic wedding. Thanks Minted!

(Note: The save-the-date in the picture was a DIY project and is not part of the Minted suite.)


Photos by Christina McNeill.


Christina McNeill is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.
This post sponsored by Minted, but all opinions are my own (or my sister’s).

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Today, Snippet & Ink Select vendor Carrie Patterson takes us to Jackson Hole for a sweet, laid-back wedding…

Amanda and Jake chose a venue where their immediate families could spend the weekend.

Says Amanda, “Having the ceremony and reception in the same location really helped with how relaxed the day was. Everyone was given a glass of champagne when they arrived and could immediately start the cocktail hour right after the reception.”



Why did you choose this location for your wedding?
  We knew we wanted to rent a place for the wedding where we could have both the ceremony and the reception, and we wanted to be able to stay there with our immediate families. Jake is from Colorado and I spent a summer in Yellowstone National Park so Jackson Hole made sense. We found the villa and just feel in love with it. It was the first time a wedding had taken place there so we were taking a bit of a risk and also didn’t really have a Plan B if it rained. But it turned out to be perfect.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?
  We were both really on the same page that we wanted a relaxed and fun party that included a pig roast. We also wanted it to be outside. So that was really our inspiration. My mom also really helped with the whole look and feel.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?
  I really loved dinner. It was so relaxed and fun without set seating. Everyone just mingled and had fun and food and wine was delicious. Dancing after dinner was also so much fun. We put together a really fun mix of 80′s music and our favorite songs.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?
  To take a few minutes alone as a couple during the weekend to really absorb everything. It all goes by so quickly. And I’m really happy I took that advice to heart. The few moments alone with Jake that weekend are moments I will never forget.

What advice do you have for other brides?
  It sound cliché but I would say to have fun. At the end of the day, I had a blast the entire weekend and I’m happy I didn’t try to make it more formal than it was. It really was just a big party with our best friends and family and that’s exactly what we wanted.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Having the ceremony and reception in the same location really saved us money and transportation fees getting from one place to the other. Being able to supply our own alcohol really saved us money too.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Ryan Wright rented us the villa and offered to help with catering when we mentioned we wanted a pig roast. He and Joey Maligalig don’t own an official catering company but Ryan put together an amazing team of local chefs including Joey who created the perfect pig roast. It was everything we wanted it to be and more. We took a bit of a risk not hiring a local catering company but it paid off in spades and saved us some money.


Carrie Patterson is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.

Photographer: Carrie Patterson / Event Planner: Caryn Haman / Venue: private property in Jackson Hole, Wyoming / Dress, bracelet: J. Crew / Earrings: BHLDN / Suit: Brooks Brothers / Shirt: Armani / Shoes: Rob Laver Adidas sneakers / Bowties: MaineBows / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Stationery: Sarah Schmidt / Floral Designer: Char-Ral Floral Design / Rentals: Canvas Unlimited and Event Supplies / Cake: Atelier Ortega / Beverages: Liquor Store and Wine Loft / Hair, Makeup: Stephanie Bybee
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I’m pretty sure brunch is the best meal ever; add a wedding and it’s even better! June and Gabe fell in love over brunch, so it made sense to choose a brunch reception for their Nashville wedding. Photos by Austin Gros.

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“Our ceremony was timeless and very traditional,” says the bride, “with the exception of the music and writing our own vows.” Family and friends played cello, violin, and piano for the ceremony. Musical selections included “Claire De Lune” by Debussey, “Brighter than Sunshine” by Aqualung and “Carnival of the Animals” Camille Saint-Saëns.

Guests tossed handfuls of lavender buds at the couple as they walked out of the venue.


Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  It was actually Gabe’s first idea. He thought it represented us both in a lot of ways. We aren’t very farm house rustic or destination location kind of people; we also aren’t the kind of couple that likes big roses, lights and tiaras. We wanted simple yet sophisticated, and something that embodied our roots, Arizona and South Carolina.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The desert. June is from Arizona so we wanted to bring in some of those colors you see in an Arizona sunset.

What advice do you have for other brides?  You’re going to be exhausted! Just know that going into it, and refrain from getting cranky because of it. Also, when picking your food, make sure to choose it for your guests and groom, because you probably won’t remember to eat during that whirlwind of a day!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Most venues will give you the place for half off if you do a brunch wedding since they can do two events in one day and it’s basically extra money in their pocket. Plus the cost of the food is way cheaper too.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  It all goes by so quickly. There were so many people who carried us through that day. I think its important to remember that in addition to the bride and groom, there are so many people who want this day go perfectly. Utilize them. And remember, ask for help and take time to sit back and relax.

Photographer: Austin Gros / Venue: Schermerhorn Symphony Hall in Nashville, Tennesse / Event stylist: Jessica Sloane / Dress Designer: Red Doll by Tatyana Merenyuk / Suit: J.Crew / Shirt, tie: Billy Reid / Shoes: Hawkings McGill / Socks: Paul Smith / Floral Designer: Jasmin Trenary / Catering, Cake: Schermerhorn / Hair, Makeup: Jordan Byers
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Today’s wedding from Lisa Dawn is just magical. As the bride says, they were inspired by “a midsummer’s dream garden party with lots of lanterns, laughter and cocktails!”

I always ask couples why they chose their wedding venues, though when I saw these photos of Natasha and Jonathan’s beautiful celebration, it was pretty obvious why they chose Larmer Tree Gardens: “We wanted something a bit different and the Larmer Tree Gardens really captivated us and provided the perfect location – it is such a stunning garden with colonial buildings, a Victoria amphitheater stage and peacocks wandering around. We both knew that we wanted a traditional church wedding and the little quintessentially English village church in Tollard Royal was perfect. The village and gardens are near to where Natasha grew up so it was all greatly located.”

The historic reception venue boasts a gorgeous amphitheater and temple. Talk about great photo backdrops!

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Natasha’s bouquet was mostly green with touches of white and cream. It included hydrangea and roses.

The couple snuck away to take some lovely photos in the The Singing Theatre.

“For our wedding favors we had floating lotus flowers with little candles for everyone to place on the pond at dusk and make a wish. We also had candles in jam jars lining the paths and lanterns strung in the trees.”



What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Playing croquet on the lawn at the reception together, with a clear blue sky overhead, beautiful music filling the air and the sound of all our friends chatting and laughing with a drink in hand. It was such a fun and relaxed atmosphere and everyone we loved was there to enjoy it with us.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We were married in a church and had a fairly traditional ceremony conducted by the very charismatic Reverend Robert Prance. We arrived to the sound of the church bells being rung and the bride’s father walked Natasha down the aisle and gave her away.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Enjoy every moment of the day as it will fly past in a heartbeat and don’t get upset if something doesn’t turn out how your originally hoped. We had floating paper lanterns on the dell at sunset and I had a very clear image of how it would look – I hadn’t factored in the wind and it didn’t go exactly to plan, but it still looked great and everyone had a laugh about it.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  While the bride, bridesmaid and mother of the bride where getting ready in the morning, the groom went clay pigeon shooting with his father, the father of the bride, best man, bride’s brother plus a few others at Crichel Clay Shoot. Several of the group hadn’t shot before but the instructors were patient and everyone had a great time.

Photography: Lisa Dawn Photography / Church: St. Peter ad Vincula / Reception, Catering: Larmer Tree Gardens in Tollard Royal, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England  / Dress: Lucy Brown of Deco Bridal / Earrings: Jenny Packham / Suit: Gresham Blake / Shirt: Thomas Pink / Shoes: Kurt Geiger / Floral Designer: Rhea of New Street Flowers / Band: Straight Up / Cake: Candy and Cakes / Hair, Makeup: Farida Ghwedar
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