I have a few favorite photographers whose work I feature again and again, but I also absolutely love sharing new talented photographers with you (well, they’re new to me, anyway). Wentzu Chang is one of those photographers, and she got in touch with me about featuring the wedding of her friends, Jenny and Kyle – and how could I say no! The couple wanted an outdoor setting where all of their guests would feel comfortable, so they chose the Temescal Canyon Gateway Park in the Santa Monica mountains for their charming DIY wedding.

Jenny wore the same ballet slippers that her mother wore on her wedding day.

The couple grew amaranth and zinnias from seed for boutonnieres and bouquets. Centerpieces were herbs from the Hollywood farmer’s market, planted in containers that Kyle made out of wood recycled from and old fence at Jenny’s parents’ home.

Jenny and Kyle wrote their vows and ceremony, and a friend officiated.

Large Marge Sustainables created a delicious vegetarian menu. The couple provided their own alcohol.

Instead of purchasing a wedding cake, the couple challenged their guests to a bake-off. Several guests filled the dessert table with cakes, cookies, and cupcakes.

Venue: Temescal Gateway Park

Bride’s dress: LoriMarsha

Groom’s fair trade hemp suit: Rawganique

Flowers: DIY

Catering: Large Marge Sustainables

Congratulations Jenny and Kyle! And thank you to Wentzu Chang for sending over your beautiful photos – I hope you’ll be back on Snippet & Ink soon!

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I know most of us are looking forward to Spring right now, but this vintage-inspired winter wedding was just too lovely not to share with you (Julia and Brett describe their wedding vision as old world European meets post-war America, with some inspiration pulled from Moulin Rouge and Amelie). Plus, I’m really excited to share Genevieve Nisly‘s photography with you – she’s a talent you’ll want to know about.

Julia and Brett designed and made the stationery suite themselves, from the rounded corners to the gilded edges (with Martha Stewart materials from Michael’s), and each invite was customized for its recipient. Says Julia, “Not only did we save several thousand dollars creating our own stationery, but it grew into one of the elements of our celebration that we really cherish, and that received an overwhelming response from the recipients.”

Julia on her dress: “I saved massively by buying a floor sample, and I cannot say better things about [the designer] Eden Bridals – unbelievable customer service. They sent me a list of every boutique in the United States who had sample of my dress in my size, and by finding the size I needed, I ultimately needed no alterations whatsoever, which was also a great cost saver.”

“Huge money saving tip: Buy fewer slices of cake than you need, especially if you have another dessert or cookies like we did. Our cake served 82 and though we had 125 guests, we were still was able to save the top and had many slices left over.” The cake included layers of red velvet, almond, lemon and spice, all frosted in Crème de cacao butter cream, and it was topped with vintage handmade bride and groom clothespin ornaments that Brett’s parents used to announce their engagement to Brett’s mother’s family.

Ceremony venue: Saint John the Baptist in Canton, OH

Reception venue: The Canton Club

Bride’s dress / shoes: Eden Bridal’s / Zappos

Flower girl dresses: J.Crew

Ring bearer’s ensemble: eBay

Groom’s 3-piece suit: Target

Ring pillow / crowns: Insignes

Paper / envelopes: Envelopper Inc.

Cake: And Eat It Too

I just had to share this tidbit from Julia, for any bride who worries that everything won’t turn out exactly as you’ve planned or envisioned: “The only thing I had really really really always envisioned for my wedding was to wear my hair in perfect marcel and finger waves, and it unfortunately just didn’t happen. I could have cried about my hair, but I just had to let it go. I found the love of my life and married him, and we had the most gorgeous and fabulous party with our family and friends from all over the world, and that is what matters. Have a vision, be flexible, prioritize, and let it go when you must. Don’t lose focus on what it’s really all about. Like every one told me, something (or ten things) always go wrong at the last minute. They totally did, and we lived.”

Congratulations Julia and Brett – thank you so much for sharing all of these wonderful details with us, and thank you to Genevieve Nisly for sending along this beautiful photos! You can see lots more from this wedding over at Genevieve’s blog.

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Megan and Mihir kicked off their wedding weekend at The Old Village Post House in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Calder Clark designed and planned the party, and my buddies at A Bryan Photo took the photos…

The decor was a charming blend of classic and modern – I love those cork-wrapped candle holders!

Venue: Old Village Post House in Mount Pleasant, SC

Flowers: Blossoms Events

Stationery: Dulles Designs

Linens: DC Rental

Congratulations Megan and Mihir, and thank you to A Bryan Photo and Calder Clark Designs for sharing these photos and details with us!

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I’ve been one of Jonathan Canlas‘ biggest fans for at least as long as I’ve been blogging, and then last November I finally got to meet him in person. Not only is he one of the most talented photographers out there, but he’s also totally hilarious and fun. You’ll never see him without a camera, constantly capturing moments, constantly honing his craft, and (if it this is even possible) his work just keeps getting better…

Not only is Jonathan exactly what you’d want in a wedding photographer, he’s also totally dedicated to educating digital photographers about the art of film photography. Several times a year, he holds a workshop called Film is not Dead – and guess who’s speaking at the San Diego workshop in July? Yours truly! There are still a few spots left, so go sign up! If you’re interested in learning more about film, or if you want a photographer who will work magic at your wedding, Jonathan Canlas is your guy!

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