Though these high school sweethearts are originally from Texas, Morgan and Charlton have called California home for the past ten years, and they wanted to share their love of the wine country with friends and family, so they chose to host their wedding celebration at Vintage Estate in Yountville. Meg Smith was there to capture the day on camera…


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“I borrowed my grandmother’s dinner ring from my sister, and for my something blue my sweet friends gave me a beautiful Laura Merken clutch with my new initials monogrammed into it in blue,” says Morgan. “Additionally, as navy blue is one of our favorite colors, all of our bridesmaids wore blue dresses and they were considered my something blue.”


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Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  We are both huge fans of California’s wine country – the breathtaking vistas, the world-class food, and of course the best wine on earth! Yountville is special for us as we are both huge foodies and in particular fans of Thomas Keller’s restaurants. Vintage Estate provided the perfect combination of what we dreamed of for a wine country wedding: a gorgeous setting that featured the natural beauty of Napa, excellent food and wine that allowed us to showcase so much of what we love about the region, and most importantly the space needed for our large guest list without sacrificing an ounce of charm.


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How did you go about planning your wedding?  We wanted our wedding to be a showcase of everything we love about Northern California, but also just a really fun celebration of all the people in our lives. So the venue, flowers, photography, music, food and drink were all major factors for us. We enlisted the help of a wedding planner, Your Event By Erin, who was critical in helping us find the right details and helping keep everyone running together – and to say she was invaluable running the wedding on the day-of is a vast understatement!


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The Ceremony

“We are both huge college football fans and the my team was down to the last thirty seconds of a very important game when everyone told me I had to begin walking down the aisle. I tried to delay the start, but ultimately ended up walking down the aisle with seconds to spare in the game. When I first got up to the altar I asked if anyone could tell me the final score (my team had won)!”


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Your ceremony in three words. Beautiful, relaxing, and traditional

Who officiated your ceremony?  Levi Weintraub, one of our first and dearest friends from San Francisco, became ordained a few years before our engagement and we knew immediately we wanted him to officiate when we got married.

Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? We had a traditional ceremony, however, we customized all parts of the ceremony to really relate back to our personal lives and the relationship we’ve built together. The readings we included played on our love for literature, but also told our journey with each other.


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What was your ceremony music?  The Eloquence String Quartet played the following which are several of our favorite songs:
Parents’ entrance: Yellow by Coldplay
Bridesmaids’ entrance: In My Life by The Beatles
Bride’s entrance: Moon River by Henry Mancini
Recessional: Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles

What were your ceremony readings?  William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 116″ and “Union” by Robert Fulghum.

What were your vows like?  We each wrote our own vows – Charlton has a tendency to get carried away, so we limited ourselves to 2 minutes each. They included a snippet of an email that I had written to Charlton in 2005, that was just as relevant then as it is today.


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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  During the ceremony, we both felt like we had tunnel vision and were alone with our officiant – which made it feel uniquely ours; as if it was our most private moment.


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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We were high school sweethearts, so we had 12 years’ worth of close friends plus our family who we wanted to include. We’ve lived in California for over a decade but are originally from Texas, so we anticipated many out of town guests, which made it very important to us that the venue we chose reflect how beautiful and relaxing the place we call home can really be. We wanted people to feel the elegance and charm Napa offers but to also feel as if they came together effortlessly (I’m laughing as I write this).


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The Reception

“The reception was So. Much. Fun. The cocktail hour began immediately after the ceremony on the adjacent lawn, and featured signature cocktails from the bride and groom and some of our favorite California wines. Dinner seating was a king’s table for the wedding party and rounds for other guests, which led to some friendly rivalry about which table was the most fun – and later led to some truly hilarious outbursts during the best man’s speech. We kicked off the dancing with a twist – the DJ played R. Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix)” for a few seconds before moving into our real first dance, Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love.” After dances with our parents, Jackson 5’s “ABC” opened up the dance floor to everyone and it stayed packed until we called it a night with Mumford & Sons’ “Lover of the Light.” Guests danced, drank great wine, played corn hole on a custom California vs. Texas set, and laughed more than we had ever seen at a reception. When it was over, many guests (and both of us!) immediately had the same refrain: “Can we do it again next weekend?”


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Did you have a signature cocktail?
Groom’s drink: Vieux Carre
Bride’s drink: The Magdalena (tequila base infused w/ poblano pepper)

Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  Charlton made “birthday cake truffles” as thank you gifts for guests – miniature balls of cake covered in a shell of white chocolate and dusted cake crumbs (recipe from Momofuku Milk Bar, NYC). Also, we spent many hours at the Alameda Flea Market finding antique frames and decorations that help fit our rustic elegance theme.

Special songs:
First Dance: “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison
Father/Daughter: “Drive” by Alan Jackson
Mother/Son: “A Song For Mama” by Boyz II Men


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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Take your groom and step back every hour for a full minute. Take a look at all the people you love that are around you and take a mental picture. These are some of my favorite memories and they are so strong in a day where so much was a blur (also thanks to my fabulous photographer and videographer, the day is much more put together).

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Make a decision and don’t second guess it. At the end of the day you could contemplate the details of every item and vendor up until your wedding day. Once you find one you love, move on and really just enjoy how it’s all coming together!

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?
I wish I’d made the decision to get a videographer sooner! This was a last minute add on for us and truly one of the best things you can do. We look at our photos and video highlights constantly as nothing can bring your wedding day back to you like these two items. We really loved the people we worked with and having trust in them is critical.


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Photography: Meg Smith / Venue, Catering: Vintage Estate in Yountville, California / Event Planning: Erin Donoghue / Videography: Weddings on Film / Dress, Veil: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Prada / Monogrammed Clutch: Laura Merken / Drop Earrings: ABS by Allen Schwartz / Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters / Suit: Ermenegildo Zegna / Tie: The Tie Bar / Shirt: Eton of Sweden / Shoes: Versace Collection / Cufflinks: Paul Smith / Pocket Square: Turnbull & Asser / Socks: Happy Socks / Groomsmen Attire: Black by Vera Wang / Stationery: Antiquaria Design Studio / Calligraphy: Ruthanne Baker-Mander / Floral Design: Poppy’s Petals / Hair: Maria Aguilar / Makeup: Lanay Morrison, The Makeup Girl / Rentals: Wine Country Party & Events / Ceremony Music: Eloquence String Quartet / Reception Music: Boutique DJs / Cake: Susie Cakes / Favors: Homemade Momofuku Milk Bar Birthday Cake Truffles

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  • Wine Country Wedding at Vintage Estate by Meg Smith

    2 July 2015
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    Need the perfect summertime cocktail for your 4th of July festivities?  Paula Le Duc has you covered with this delicious Blueberry Sonata, the latest addition to our signature cocktail series!  Original recipe from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering and photos by Josh Gruetzmacher.



    Blueberry Sonata


    tritan coupe glass
    Isi Whip Cannister with two N20 chargers
    • 3/4 oz. bar syrup
    • 12 blueberries (muddle well)
    • 3/4 oz. lemon juice
    • 2 oz. gin

    Directions: Muddle blueberries, add ice; shake and strain into coupe glass. Using an Isi Whip Cannister that has been double charged with N20, top with Paula LeDuc’s house-made lemon-sage foam. Garnish with lemon sage foam; sage leaf and 3 skewered blueberries on a sword pick.

    House-Made Lemon & Sage foam:

    In an empty, chilled Isi Whip Cannister add:
    2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
    2 oz Art in the Age Sage Liqueur
    1 oz. sage Simple Syrup, more to taste as needed based on personal preference (equal parts sugar, water, fresh sage leaves)
    4 oz Fresh, strained Lemon Juice
    Seal tightly with Isi lid
    Charge with one N20 cartridge and shake hard for 10 seconds
    Remove spent cartridge and then charge with a second N20 cartridge
    Shake again and then let chill in refrigerator for one hour. Shake well before each use.



    We’d love to see your creations! Share your homemade Blueberry Sonata on Instagram and tag us @snippetandink for a chance to be featured.


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    It took me a long time to buck up the courage to drive around Los Angeles, luckily we moved from Texas to such a walking friendly neighborhood. Franklin Village is a small section of streets just north of true Hollywood but south of the valley area. It has two coffee shops, a cafe, several delicious restaurants, a bookstore, and several other small establishments. I’ve never been the one to love the “cool” places in a city, or go out much at night. I’m a bit of a recluse and most of that is too loud, or busy and overwhelming for me. I love reading, hiking, and taking pictures. So if you are visiting the city and just need a day off from doing “cool” things, here are some of my weekly activities. Especially if you have an Air BnB in Franklin Village, Beachwood Canyon, or Los Feliz.



    I live on Beachwood Dr. which happens to lead straight up to the Hollywood sign, you can see it from the road of my apartment. To start the day I walk down towards Franklin St – just a few minutes walk. My first stop is usually The Daily Planet – it’s a beautiful shop covered in ivy that has a wonderful selection of interesting magazines. I’m a sucker for publication design since my background is in graphic design. With my magazine in hand (either an art magazine, Interview or Angeleno) I head next door for coffee at the Bourgeois Pig. It’s a great little nook where I find so much inspiration!



    Just a bit further down the strip is Counterpoint Books, a recycled book and record/music store. Anytime I’m planning for travel jobs, I’ll pop in there and pick up a few books for the plane. Its not very large but they always have an interesting mix of beautiful old prints and fun modern fiction.



    Cherry Pick Vintage is probably more Los Feliz, but it’s on Franklin and walkable so I count it! Its a great little clothing store with a seafoam green exterior. I’ve gotten so many items here, to wear and for random fashion shoots.



    There are some great restaurants on both sides of the book store, but if I’m with my best friend doing what we call “senior dinner” (dinner at 4:30pm) than we normally walk another block down to Pimai Thai, its so much quieter and less busy. The veggie eggrolls and Pad See Ew are amazing, but the servers are likely to forget you exist which I have grown to find charming.



    Somewhere between The Daily Planet and Counterpoint is Upright Citizens Brigade which I guess counts as a “cool” LA thing I love to do. With shows at $5, we go see improv more than movies!



    If I’m not catching improv then you’ll probably find me hiking, though I think it’s more a meander than a hike. You’ll want to drive to get there unless you are in the mood for a proper hike, but you should definitely stop at a great little flower shop call My Fair Lady’s Flowers. You won’t find a huge selection, but she always has a few interesting flowers there.



    This also happens to be the entrance of the Hollywoodland area. And right next door is Beachwood Canyon Cafe, which is my favorite brunch spot, get The Runyon Scramble (you’re welcome). Hop back in your car and hang a left at the Beachwood Market and drive up till you see a castle (yup, a castle). A trail opens up from there and its more of a local spot. It overlooks the Hollywood reservoir and it has a great view of the sign too.



    If you’re looking for a relaxed day with fewer social interactions, a little walking, and no parking stress in LA, than this Franklin Village stop makes for a great day!


    This Mini Moon post was written and photographed by M.K. Sadler.  See more Mini Moon posts right HERE. 


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    There’s something so special about a small wedding. There’s still lots of planning involved, but perhaps less production, so the whole thing feels a bit more relaxed and intimate. Not to mention it’s easier to DIY just a handful of invitations than to make a hundred of them! Erin and Mark tied the knot on a Friday evening with 19 guests in attendance, then everyone walked next door for a delicious meal at the newlyweds’ favorite local restaurant. If you’re aiming for a lovely low-key wedding with just your very closest friends and family, or even if you’re going big but you want some beautiful ideas, then read on!


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    In addition to a few other DIY projects, the bride and groom made their own wedding stationery with watercolors and a unique monogram that appeared at the reception, as well.


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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  I didn’t receive any advice, mostly because I myself have been in the wedding business for 8 years. But the advice I gave myself was to have FUN!

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  To relax, enjoy it, make sure it’s what you want and reflects who you are, and to go with the flow because not everything will work perfectly.


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    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  If we did it all over again (which I’d love to do because it was so much fun!), I think we would have an after party someplace.


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    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  We were on an incredible budget. I had just bought a house, we were coming out of a long and cold winter in Maine which drains everyone financially, and although our wedding was very important to us, we didn’t want to be drained financially after. From our attire, to food, to venue, to photographer, etc. we spent a total of about $4,000 (and about 80% of that total was the photographers because being a photographer myself, I knew that feeling confident with who we hired was essential). Otherwise, we traded. We have so many friends in the wedding business and they not only gifted us their talents, but we were also able to pay them back in other ways. We will be forever grateful to them! Our venue was very cheap, and we actually didn’t have to pay anything for our reception space, so that all cut down on costs. Also, the venue limited our guest list which was HUGE in terms of cutting costs. We were able not to skimp on food, alcohol, and other things because the guest list was small.


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    The Ceremony

    “The ceremony space is a beautiful, light filled, large room in an old mill building. We attended many art openings in the space when it was used as a gallery, and when we settled on our spot for the reception which was literally right next door, we knew this was the perfect spot to hold our ceremony and cocktail hour. It was such a big space for a group of 21 people, but I loved the fact that we were all huddled together during the ceremony. It felt so intimate, but spacious and free.”


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    Your ceremony in three words.  Love. Unique. Laughter.

    How did you go about planning your ceremony?  One of my best friends is a marvelous officiant. She guided us through the process, gave us tips and pointers, and made us feel like everything was going to go very smoothly. The most important part for us was that it reflected who we were as a couple.


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    Who officiated your ceremony?  Maria Northcott of A Sweet Start. She is fantastic, and even if she wasn’t one of my best friends, I would have still hired her!

    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  We did the usual exchange of rings, read our own written vows, and also did a ring warming where we passed our two rings around to all of our guests to hold and bless. It’s not really a tradition, but we stood on a very old rug that belonged to my late uncle whom I was very close with.

    What was your ceremony music?  I walked down the aisle to a jazz song played by a talented jazz pianist I went to college with, who is part of the band Micromasse in Maine.

    What were your vows like?  We wrote our own vows which turned out to be pretty funny. Mark read his first and they were really quick and short. I, however, had written quite a bit! I ended them with an excerpt from Beyonce’s song “End of Time” for some slight comic relief because everyone knows I have a little obsession with Queen Bey!


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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  My favorite thing about our wedding ceremony was looking into my soon-to-be husband’s eyes and see how much he loved me. His favorite thing was seeing me walk down the aisle and hearing my vows.


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    The Reception

    “Our reception was fun, intimate, delicious, and full of wine and laughter and relaxing! Also, the room was gorgeous beyond my wildest dreams. The stylist (Emily Hricko of Emily Elizabeth Events) and florist (Amy Maloney of Pretty Maine Flowers) made a room that was so beautiful and stunning my jaw dropped when I walked in!”


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    Why did you choose this location for your reception?  One of our favorite restaurants that we frequent regularly is Frontier Cafe in Brunswick, Maine. The restaurant is inside a big mill building, with beautiful wooden floors, white brick walls, and very large windows overlooking a river. And it’s right next to the gallery space where we held the ceremony. In the back of the space is a small room for private functions. When Mark and I tossed around the idea of having our reception at Frontier, I knew it was the perfect place for us. However, the space only holds 20 people max, which meant our guest list had to be severely limited. It was a hard decision, but we made it work!

    What was your first dance song?  We danced to “My Romance” which is a classic jazz standard. Our friend played it on the piano.

    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  We made custom placemats for all of our guests which they got to take home with them. They were like mini chalkboards with each guest’s name written in chalk, then sealed so they wouldn’t smudge. Mark also made some unstretched paintings on canvas which become our “guest book” and we hung them in the reception room.


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    Menu:  Frontier house salad: Mixed greens, shaved Parmesan, and Frontier vinaigrette // Goat cheese stuffed chicken: herbed goat cheese stuffed natural chicken breast, wild mushroom risotto, haricots verts // blueberry pork: pancetta wrapped pork tenderloin with a dijon and Maine blueberry pan sauce served with Yukon Gold and parsnip puree, and roasted baby Brussels sprouts


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    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We had a delicious spice cake topped with a buttercream frosting made by our friend and talented chef and baker Tara Barker of A Baking Life.


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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Our love for one another and the life we’ve built together. We kind of infused our lifestyle and aesthetic into planning our wedding. The most important things to us our family, friends, food, and art! And we had them all.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  I think my favorite part was being able to thank all of our talented friends who made our wedding day so amazing.


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    Photography: Henry + Mac / Ceremony Venue: Coleman Burke Gallery in Brunswick, Maine / Reception, Catering: Frontier Cafe and Cinema / Event Planning & Design: Emily Elizabeth Events / Officiant: Maria Northcott of A Sweet Start / Dress: BHLDN / Shoes: Madewell / Jewelry: Rand Papele / Tie, Shirt: J. Crew / Shoes: Sebago / Floral Design: Amy Maloney of Pretty Maine Flowers / Makeup: About Face Maine / Ceremony Music: Micromasse / Reception Music: Playlist using Demerbox / Cake: Tara Barker of A Baking Life / Videography: Everyday Films

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  • Intimate Maine Wedding at Frontier Cafe by Henry + Mac

    30 June 2015
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