Today we’re off to Brooklyn, with a waterfront wedding from Dave Robbins and Ang Weddings and Events, full of thoughtful details and the most delightful getaway car I’ve seen yet!

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“I’ve always had a love affair with the city, and the Brooklyn waterfront, particularly near Dumbo, felt romantic to me, so when looking for a venue, I really wanted something on the Brooklyn waterfront that faced Manhattan,” says Sarah. “A friend of a friend mentioned Liberty Warehouse which we had never heard of, nor did we come across it in any of our research, but we loved the rustic feel of the space and warehouse, that it was right on the water facing the the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan, and that it was catered by The River Cafe. We really wanted to take advantage of the outdoor space, so having the wedding in a warm month was key. We lucked out that there was one date still available – it was a complete coincidence that we got married on July 4th facing the Statue of Liberty!”

Sarah kindly shared details of the wedding ceremony:

“I come from a practicing Jewish family where many on my side are quite religious. Additionally, my grandmother who was present, is a Holocaust survivor, so Jewish traditions were important to me and my family. However Bobby is not Jewish and although he was OK with us having a Jewish wedding, it was important to him that he and his family felt included and that everything wasn’t in Hebrew. Our officiant, Rabbi Gloria Milner, was great about explaining the ceremony to guests as we went through it and anytime there was Hebrew, we countered it with English. Additionally, we tried to find a more egalitarian, contemporary/modern version of the traditional Sheva Brachot (seven wedding blessings), and instead of the bride circling the groom seven times to protect him, we changed it up and I walked around Bobby three times, he walked around me three times, and then we walked together in a circle once. We also involved our family in the traditions of the ceremony instead of having the rabbi read everything which was a nice touch.

“A great touch that Rabbi Gloria thought of was to talk about how our two families with very different backgrounds were uniting together. It was even more poignant that it was happening on July 4th with the Statue of Liberty in the background. My grandparents were all immigrants and Holocaust survivors and my grandmother, who immigrated to this country after the war was with us that day. Bobby’s family on both sides had been in this country for a very long time. His father’s side first came here in 1684 and a relative on his mother’s side signed the Declaration of Independence. She did a great job of weaving our stories together.

“Another thing we did which was not traditional at all but was really well received was, in addition to writing our own vows, we each wrote a bio about one another that we read to our guests. As is often the case, the officiant will say something about the bride and groom but Rabbi Gloria suggested that this come from us instead. It was great advice and though at first I was reluctant to do it (I’m not a fan of public speaking), it was one of the best parts of the ceremony. What we both wrote was really from the heart, funny, and even people who’ve known us for years learned something about us. One of the many compliments we got after the wedding was about our ceremony and how it was the best ceremony they’d been to. People said it was beautiful, from the heart, and I couldn’t believe how many people told us they teared up including many men! One good friend who has been to many weddings said it was the only time he actually paid attention to an entire wedding ceremony!”

The bride tells us about her escort cards: “Since it was the Fourth of July, we decided to give out sparklers to our guests and thought it would be cute to incorporate them with the escort cards. I researched a ton of tags as I was trying to find something with a vintage feel. I finally found tags that worked on Etsy. To keep the look consistent with our invitations, programs, and menus, Judy Paulen Designs was able to print machine calligraphy on the tags. I then tied the sparklers to all the tags.”

Guests enjoyed a variety of passed desserts, including chocolate pudding and milk and cookies from Sugar Sweet Sunshine, a bakery near the couple’s home on the Lower East Side.

SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THIS BROOKLYN WEDDING AT LIBERTY WAREHOUSE.

 

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  To take advantage of the warmth and feel of the warehouse, we wanted everything – from the lighting and candles, to the vintage garden inspired floral arrangements – to have a similar feel and accent the space without taking away from the location and views.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Our first look was the most memorable moment. Though a close second would have to be shortly after the ceremony when we walked out together into the cocktail hour which was outside on the patio with the most ridiculous beautiful sunset as a backdrop. Everything looked amazing – the tables, flowers, food, and the guests!

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  I was told by numerous people that no matter how much you prepare, something will go wrong or not as planned and to expect it and just roll with it. It was great advice and a good reality check. Luckily, nothing of any importance went wrong!

What advice do you have for other brides?  Even though I knew how stressful planning a wedding can be, I was not prepared for just how stressful it was and this is coming from someone who works in a similar line of business. The best thing I did was hire a month-of coordinator. I strongly suggest that if it’s in your budget, to hire a coordinator of some sort – even if it’s just for the day – to handle all the wedding day logistics. If you can’t or don’t want to hire someone, ask a friend or family member that you know is organized and won’t mind dealing with the details on the day of the wedding. Go over these details ahead of time so they know what needs to get done and plan out a detailed timeline. The last thing you want to do on your wedding day is deal with the logistics of load-in times with vendors, making sure everyone is on time, that buses are picking people up and are not lost, and that everything and everyone is in it’s proper place, etc. You’ve been planning this day for months and this is supposed to be one of the best days of your life so enjoy it!

Photography: Dave Robbins Photography / Event Planning: Ang Weddings and Events / Venue: Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York / Floral Design: Verde Flowers / Dress, Brooch: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Earrings: Kravit Jewelers / Rings: Mimi So / Tuxedo: Martin Greenfield / Bridesmaid Dress: Seraphine / Hair: Melissa Hernandez, JAC Beauty  / Makeup: Maribeth MadronJAC Beauty / Band: Bobby Attiko via Hank Lane / Videography: Kiss the Bride Films / Officiant: Rabbi Gloria Milner / Lighting: Stortz Lighting  / Desserts: Sugar Sweet Sunshine / Cupcake Stand: Swoon Sweet Designs / Stationery: Judy Paulen Designs / Escort Cards, Ribbon: Green Acres Cottage from Etsy / Sparklers: Wedding Day Sparklers
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  • Liberty Warehouse Wedding from Dave Robbins

    9 April 2014
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    Lavender fields, candy-colored palette, a ferris wheel… all captured on camera by the talented Lisa Lefkowitz! I can think of no better way to spend the morning than with this whimsical wedding at Bear Flag Farm.

    This might be my favorite mismatched bridesmaid collection I’ve ever seen! The shades of blue and coral work so perfectly together, and with the rest of the wedding decor. The ladies carried bouquets of peonies, roses, irises, and other blooms in shades of pink and cream.

    Says the bride: “For the details of our ceremony, we took inspiration from our history as a couple, from our families, and from aspects of recent weddings we had attended (take notes!).”

    What inspired the bride and groom in their wedding planning? “The earliest inspirations for our celebration were the lavender fields of Provence, a nighttime carnival, and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Thanks to the farm’s natural beauty, it’s natural bounty, and Tina’s ingenuity, we were able to create a sort of romantic carnival in the French countryside feel, complete with lavender fields, a French quartet, a gourmet ice cream truck, a ferris wheel, and amazingly delicious food prepared with seasonal ingredients grown right on the farm. The farm itself was a source of constant inspiration. We were married among fruit trees under arches of flowers against a backdrop of greenery, enjoyed our cocktail hour under a dreamy star-filled tent, frolicked through the gorgeous lavender fields and rode the ferris wheel at sunset, and dined and danced the night away under hanging lanterns on a sunken lawn surrounded by sycamore trees.”

    Raj Tents added an extra touch of magic to Anna and Matt’s celebration.

    Guests found their table numbers on cards attached to the spokes of an old bicycle.

    Dinner was held on a sunken lawn, surrounded by sycamore trees. Large white lanterns hung over the tables and dance floor. Low centerpieces of hot pink peonies in turquoise vases added pops of color to the tables.

    SEE THE GALLERY FOR TONS MORE IMAGES FROM THIS WHIMSICAL CARNIVAL-INSPIRED WEDDING AT BEAR FLAG FARM.

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  After visiting several other potential venues, Bear Flag Farm just felt like “home.” We were enchanted by the serene and beautiful farm, whose lavender fields, orchards, vineyards, and sycamore trees are the stuff of paradise, and we were equally impressed by owner Tina Reikes, a wonder of a person who we would come to know as an all-around wedding-planning magician. We could see immediately that the farm would provide a spectacularly beautiful backdrop on which we would have the flexibility to bring to life our vision for our wedding day.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Toward the end of our celebration, the band performed a wonderful, French-English duet version of La Vie en Rose for our last dance. Part way through, we realized that our guests had begun to link arms and were slowly bobbing about us in a circle, creating an incredible moment in which the support of our family and friends was visually instantiated. Moments later, everyone treated us to a marvelously ridiculous kazoo send-off as we floated to our getaway car and made our escape together into the starry night.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  On a very practical note, more than one person suggested scuffing up the bottoms of my new shoes, which probably saved me from making an unintentionally grand entrance onto the dance floor.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Planning a wedding ourselves made us see other people’s weddings through an entirely new lens; attending other weddings is a wonderful way to identify things to incorporate (or avoid!) that might not otherwise come to mind. Also, as much as possible, surround yourself with vendors who know weddings inside and out; thanks to ours, we were able to simply enjoy our wedding day to the fullest – one of the best gifts we received!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Consider non-wedding-specific sources for bridesmaid dresses. Designers often require orders many months in advance and can be absurdly expensive, but we were pleasantly surprised that, with a bit of detective work, it was possible to find dresses we liked even better from other sources.

    Photographer: Lisa Lefkowitz / Venue: Bear Flag Farm in Winters, California / Event Planning & Design, Floral Designer: Tina Reikes of Bear Flag Farm / Gown: Monique Lhuillier / Alterations: Michael Sommerfield, Miosa Couture / Shoes: Dessy / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff, WHBM, J. Crew / Hair, Makeup: Maria Chang / Tuxedo: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen Tuxedos: Black Tie Tuxedo and Formalwear / Officiant: Joshua Greene / Rentals: Hartmann Studio Rentals, Classic Party Rentals, La Tavola Linen / Tent: RAJ / Lighting: Got Light? / Videographer: Koda Pictures / Transportation: California Wine Tours / Getaway Car: Wine Valley Convertible  Catering: Paula Le Duc Fine Catering / Stationery: Hello!Lucky / Music: Baguette QuartetteFil Lorenz Orchestra / Ice Cream Truck: Twirl and Dip / Live Event Painter: Agnes Csiszar Russo / Wooden Flower Place Cards: CompanyFortyTwo

    Lisa Lefkowitz is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.

    Dessy is a sponsor of Snippet and Ink. 

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  • Bear Flag Farm Wedding from Lisa Lefkowitz

    8 April 2014
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    No matter how many times I visit Bario-Neal‘s website, I always fall in love with their beautifully unique designs all over again! I’m reminded of personal favorites (hubby take note: I have a soft spot for the Aldine band…), and I find new styles to adore. And I love to imagine which engagement ring I’d pair with which band…

    Asymmetrical Avens Ring with Rough Diamond // Channel Narrow Band

    Reticulated Narrow Band One with Diamond | Reticulated Narrow Band Two

    Avens Ring // Aldine Thin Band

    Yucca Ring // Milla Curved Band with Diamonds

    Large Avens Ring in White Gold // Diamond Eternity Band

    Herkimer Diamond Ring // Milla Curved Band

    Grotto Ring // Dais Thin Band with Diamonds

    Which Bario-Neal rings would you wear together? I’d love to know! And if you already have your rings, how about one of Bario-Neal’s gorgeous enamel bangles for something blue you can wear again and again:

    The Philadelphia-based studio also offers custom jewelry, so if you love their style but want to make some changes, or if you have something totally new in mind, they can bring your vision to life. Not to mention, Bario-Neal is also known for their commitment to environmental responsibility, ethical sourcing, and marriage equality, so you can feel good about your purchase in every way!

     

    This post sponsored by Bario-Neal.

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    Gia Canali, one of our wonderful Select vendors, recently launched her brand new website, and to celebrate we’re sharing her images from this gorgeous, timeless wedding at the Stanford University Memorial Church…

    From event planner Amy Kaneko: “Nicole and Patrick’s wedding had such a strong and beautiful focus on family. They really prioritized including all their loved ones. In fact, they had the largest bridal party I’ve ever seen – a total of 61 people were actively involved in the ceremony! In addition to the bride and groom, parents and grandparents, there were 13 bridesmaids, 6 flower girls, 12 groomsmen, 2 ring bearers, 10 ushers, and 8 readers. That focus on family continued into the reception. About a fifth of the guests were children, so we created a “Kid’s Corner” with blankets, pillows, and arts and crafts set on low tables. They even decorated custom banners for the bride and groom to hang in their home. This emphasis on family felt completely right in the residential setting of Allied Arts Guild, just minutes from Nicole’s childhood home.”

    Huge blue hydrangea bushes made for a beautiful backdrop at the Allied Arts Guild, where the reception was held. Guests were invited to help themselves to fresh-squeezed lemonade and cucumber-mint water.

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    Centerpieces and decor incorporated olive branches and lush dinner plate dahlias. Natural linen tablecloths were a refined, rustic touch.

    Says Nicole, “Our caterer perfected the recipe for mint gelato from our favorite Italian restaurant in Chicago.” There were also Italian cookies made by the bride’s family, and the signature cocktail was another nod to the bride’s Italian heritage (called Il Postino and made with prosecco, rum, honey, lime).

    SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THIS TIMELESS WEDDING AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY.

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Patrick and I met during the winter of our junior year at Stanford and so we knew that we wanted to get married at Memorial Church on Stanford’s campus when we got engaged. Growing up in Menlo Park, I have memories of walking just a few blocks from our home to the beautiful gardens at the Allied Arts Guild, where our reception was held. It is a gorgeous setting and very close to our hearts!

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted the day to be about family and friends, food, and lots of fun! The many little ones that were involved in our wedding served as inspiration. We had 6 flower girls, 2 ring bearers, and other children involved in various aspects of the day, so we wanted to make it fun for the kids and have lots of places for them to hang. Food was also a source of inspiration. Our caterer, John Silva of The Culinary Eye, was absolutely fantastic! He worked with us to create the perfect menu with lots of Italian/Mediterranean flavors and details.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  There were so many special moments on our wedding day. Patrick and I chose not to see each other before the ceremony, so walking down the aisle was a wonderful and emotional moment. Another favorite moment was hearing my dad’s speech right before the dinner at our reception. It was so sweet and thoughtful, and it really captured the feel of our reception. And the chance to boogie on the dance floor with our family & friends was a perfect ending to the day!

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Yes! Lots! Patrick is Irish and I am Italian, and we tried to weave in some traditions from both of our cultures into our wedding day. We featured classic Italian wedding cookies and candies, made lovingly by my grandmother, great aunt, and cousins. I wore a veil made from pieces of my mother’s and maternal grandmother’s veils and carried a handkerchief wrapped around my bouquet that my paternal grandmother carried on her wedding day. Patrick’s sister, Jill, gave Patrick a few lucky Irish charms to keep in his pocket on the day of the wedding, too!

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  1. Celebrate your guests! It is a day that so many of the people closest to you will be together and it is a great opportunity to shower them with love! Patrick and I created personalized guidebooks for our out of town guests and included handwritten notes and treats. // 2. Consider getting help from a wedding planner! Amy Kaneko, of Amy Kaneko Events, could not have been more perfect! She is creative, organized, has an exquisite eye for detail, and is totally calming. She helped us prioritize vendors, set (and stay on) a budget, and flawlessly executed all of the day-of planning and coordinating.

    Photography: Gia Canali / Event Planning & Design, Stationery, Signs: Amy Kaneko Events / Venue: Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, California / Church: Memorial Church at Stanford University / Bride’s Dress: Marina Morrison Boutique / Shoes: BHLDN / Suit, Shirt, Tie: Brooks Brothers / Shoes: Cole Haan / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Floral Design: Natalie Bowen / Rentals: Hartmann Studio Rentals, La Tavola Linen / Music: Synchronicity Strings / DJ: Boutique DJ’s / Catering: Culinary Eye Catering / Cake: Prolific Oven Bakery / Hair, Makeup: Diana Luong / Videographer: REB6 Studios
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  • Stanford University Wedding by Gia Canali

    7 April 2014
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