Meet some of the brilliant wedding professionals we’ve invited to be part of our Snippet & Ink Select vendor guide. One glance at this work and you’ll know why they’re among our favorites…

Britt Chudleigh is an award winning photographer who combines photojournalism and editorial aesthetics, and who loves capturing the individuality that each couple brings to their wedding day.

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With the creative capacity to transform any venue, Alison Events designs and executes utterly unique celebrations, bringing unforgettable experiences to life. (Photos by Lisa Lefkowitz, Mel Barlow.)

Known for her cinematic and Americana-style imagery (captured on both film and digital), Kate Headley uses light, personality, and movement to capture photographs full of rich details, candid portraiture and whimsical moments.

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With a background in fashion photography, Jemma Keech loves shooting film to create luminous photographs, full of soft light and beauty.

Jamie Street and Michelle Pullman are the two gals behind Rad + In Love, who are excited to be doing what they love: capturing the honest beauty and emotion of your wedding day.

 

Snippet & Ink Select is a handpicked selection of wedding vendors and companies we believe in. These are the vendors we would recommend to our sisters and our best friends, because their work represents the best the wedding industry has to offer. Learn more about Snippet & Ink Select.

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Dress shopping, budgets, family politics… wedding planning can be downright exhausting! Planning a honeymoon, on the other hand, can be completely stress-free if you go with a honeymoon registry from Traveler’s Joy. Not to mention, they’re giving away $300 to one Snippet & Ink reader, so read on for the details!

Traveler’s Joy makes it super easy to set up your honeymoon registry in just minutes. With 50 pre-made theme-based (think mountains or beach) or location specific (think Costa Rica or Paris) registries, you can instantly add items and experiences with just one click. Of course, if you’re finding all kinds of ideas on your own, you can update, edit, and delete items at anytime.

Whether you dream of strolling along the Seine, zip-lining in Costa Rica, or relaxing on the beach in Fiji, Traveler’s Joy gives your loved ones the chance to contribute to the trip of a lifetime. And because you can register for any portion of your honeymoon, you’re not limited to flights or hotel stays – you can register for experiences like sailing lessons or horseback rides, or even for items like items luggage or snorkeling gear.

Traveler’s Joy has thought of everything to make the process as easy as possible. Dying to take a $300 helicopter tour of the island? Split it into 3 gifts of $100, making it possible for friends and family to contribute to more expensive items and experiences with manageable gift portions.

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The first $300 of honeymoon activities and experiences are on Traveler’s Joy: “Whether it is surfing lessons, a spa treatment, or an amazing bottle of champagne on the beach, let us treat you!” 

To enter:
1) Register here with Traveler’s Joy
2) Like their Facebook page here.
3) Leave a comment below sharing your dream honeymoon destination. Make sure to include your name and email address so we can contact you if you win!

In addition, this year, Traveler’s Joy is running an amazing special offer: every month between May 1 and October 31, they’ll pick one lucky couple on their wedding day and TRIPLE the honeymoon gifts they receive from their Traveler’s Joy registry! All you have to do is register before April 30, 2014, and you’re automatically entered to win!

So what’s your honeymoon style? Island? Urban? Gourmet? Adventure? If you’re not sure, check out the real member registries and honeymoon stories for inspiration!

 

Contest begins Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 9:30AM PST, and ends Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:59PM PST. Winners will be selected by Snippet & Ink, and notified by email. Please note: winners must live in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec).

Official contest rules.

 

This post sponsored by Traveler’s Joy.

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This bride’s romantic style is absolutely breathtaking… the cowl-neck gown, the 20′s style Juliet cap veil, the ballet slippers… and it all fits so perfectly against the backdrop of Laguna Gloria, with delicious flowers by one of our Select vendors, STEMS.

Kate’s inspiration? Simply, “Bay laurel and Cynthia Warren’s work.”

We’ve heard of a few couples who choose to have a private meal before joining their guests – I love this idea! For Kate and David, it was the best part of the day: “David and I had a secret meal upstairs in the house after our pictures, before being presented. Meg (the amazing caterer) had a table set, with champagne and (very) full plates. I have never felt so excited or childish… I couldn’t even sit still for two seconds. I was scarfing my food standing up (it was all so insanely delicious) while running over to look out at our guests, and then back to sit with David, then champagne. We both needed good food badly, and more importantly, a little moment of privacy after such a significant ceremony, and that set us up to feel even better going into the rest of the night.”

SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR ALL OF THE GORGEOUS PHOTOS FROM THIS AUSTIN GARDEN PARTY WEDDING.

 

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  It speaks for itself, really.  We knew we wanted to be married outside, and for the whole night to feel casual, comfortable, and classic, too, of course. We loved being near the water, and in so much lush greenery. The architecture of the house itself is so beautiful. David is from Houston and was actually born in Austin, while I am from Louisiana, originally. I had always imagined being married in Louisiana, so we went back and forth in deciding what state. Ultimately, Austin felt right in the end since this is really where we started our life together, and Laguna Gloria was hands down the only venue that made sense for our vibe.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  It was overall pretty traditional. We had a traditional Episcopal service, with traditional classical music played on strings. David and I didn’t see one another all day. I wore the whole ‘something old, something new something borrowed, something blue’. We were presented as a couple. I tossed the bouquet, and at the end of the night, David drove us off.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  So much good advice – none of which actually means anything until the weekend arrives. Like: Delegate! Your loved ones offer to help and truly mean it – so involving people to help you out is a good thing. You can’t do it all yourself (this was a hard one for me)!

What advice do you have for other brides?  It of course will not be perfect because nothing is. There will be plenty of small things you care about that don’t look right, or even bigger things that aren’t what you had in mind, but it really doesn’t matter in the end. Everyone still has a blast. It’s such an amazing and surreal weekend of events – there will likely be no other time in your life when people come from all over to celebrate you and your partner. It’s an incredibly humbling and sacred time, so be full of gratitude and relish in it. As you will hear often: don’t sweat the small (or big) stuff. If you decide to have a big ceremony/reception and go forth with the whole kit and kaboodle, know there will be drama, no matter how chill of a person you are. The good news, is that there will be some tough but worthwhile growing pains in the process – you learn a lot about your own and your partner’s (and your families’) priorities, expectations and temperaments.

Photography: The Nichols / Venue: Art Museum of Austin in Austin, Texas / Day-of Coordinator: Casey Dennis, DNA Events Austin / Floral Designer: STEMS Floral Design / Officiant: Reverend David Boyd / Bride’s Dress, Veil: Jenny Kim Couture / Shoes: Chloe / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Tie: Vaida / Letterpress: Carriage House Design Company  / Rentals: Marquee, Whim / Music: Figure Eight / Catering, Cake: Meg Schwarz of Spoon & Co / Calligrapher: Mia Carameros / Makeup: Avery Allen

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  • Garden Party Wedding at Laguna Gloria

    16 January 2014
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    If you love soft curls and garden roses, if you love trailing vines and rustic elegance, then you are going to love this wedding at Mission Ranch from Christina McNeill, one of our Snippet & Ink Select vendors! Read on for all of the romantic details…

    Did Jessica and Tom incorporate any traditions into their wedding? “We did!” says the bride. “I am Jewish and Tom was excited to honor that with smashing the glass to commemorate the end of our ceremony and the beginning of our marriage. My grandmother, who is 94 years old and flew up from Los Angeles was extremely proud to see that moment. We also had our chuppah designed by our florist and it came out so breathtakingly beautiful!”

    “I loved staying on site at the Ranch along with my immediate family and some of our wedding party. Our honeymoon cottage was right across the road from our ceremony and reception; it just felt so intimate and not too hotel-ish.”

    Dinner was held in the patio barn, complete with rustic barn windows and a copper-topped bar.

    SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR LOTS MORE GORGEOUS DETAILS FROM THIS ROMANTIC CARMEL WEDDING.

     

    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Tom and I chose the Mission Ranch, Carmel as a destination wedding to honor both of our hometowns. I’m from San Diego and Tom is from Sonoma county. The view of the beach and the pastures represented us both and felt far enough to feel like a vacation but not too far to keep guests from attending.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  My favorite part of the day was when Tom and I read our personal vows to one another during our ceremony. I remember reading mine to Tom, I felt as if it was just he and I alone; at that moment no one else existed. It was eight years in the making and worth every tear! Another favorite moment was walking into our reception and seeing the ambience that was created by our florists. We were taken back by the candles, beautiful centerpieces and smiles that greeted us as our favorite songs played.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice was given to me by my girlfriend, Divya – she advised me to go slow during the ceremony and enjoy every minute of the love and happiness people are ready to share with you.

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Remember it’s your partner that you are walking down the aisle to. Hold that thought in your mind when you make all your decisions. I did so when I tried on my wedding dress, as I tasted cakes, and picked out flowers. Nothing else matters except the love you have for one another, so don’t worry about expectations, just focus on what’s important: each other.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  The day was absolutely beautiful weather and as my guests enjoyed cocktail hour, they were entertained with whale sightings out the coast of Los Lobos. Mission Ranch was a truly magical experience.

    Photography: Christina McNeill / Venue: Mission Ranch in Carmel, California / Floral Designer: Fionna Floral / Dress: Amy Kuschel / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan via Nordstrom / Suit: Hugo Boss / Stationery: Tiny Prints / DJ: SightNSound / Cake: Layers Sensational Cakes / Hair, Makeup: Katie Donaghy with It’s a Date

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  • Romantic Wedding at Mission Ranch, Carmel

    15 January 2014
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    The lovely and talented Sarah Winward is back with some stunning January flowers for us – has she convinced you to have a winter wedding yet?! She’s one of our Select vendors, and as soon as you see these flowers you’ll understand why. I just love the neutral tones here, and I can just imagine these flowers in a room full of candlelight… Photos by Leo Patrone.

    From Sarah: “I love a neutral color palette in the months after the holidays. This one has some golden hued accents with the copper beech and mocca amaryllis to keep it from feeling too icy. The Nymph amaryllis has a double bloom, so it is full and works great as a focal flower. Anemone are a great seasonal attention grabbing flower, and are wonderful if you trying to tie some black or navy blue into your color palette.”


    From left: Smilax, Nymph Amaryllis, Mocca Amaryllis, Viburnum.


    From left: Astilbe, Astrantia, Anemone, Quicksand Roses, Copper Beech.

     

    Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor.

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