Happy Valentine’s Day love birds! Not sure if I’ll get it done, but I have grand plans to make a Paris-Brest for the first time for dessert tonight. Do you have any romantic plans? Before you head out for the Valentine weekend, here are some links from around the web…
From the bride’s gorgeous lace gown to the elegantly rustic ceremony backdrop, this Nashville wedding is beyond beautiful and romantic – not to mention the whole thing was captured by Elizabeth Messina, my dear friend (and wedding photographer!). Breathtaking is really the only word. There are literally hundreds of jaw dropping photos of this wedding; do yourself a favor and check them out in the gallery…
The bride’s bouquet incorporated peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, anemones, and jasmine. I love the way the deep burgundy ranunculus and black anemone centers add depth to the pale pink and white blooms.
Says the on-site planner: “Romantic blossoms in pastel pinks and ivory were displayed in our collection of pink depression glass, medicine bottles and milk glass, for simple yet magically romantic decor. Heather added additional texture to the tabletops with pale pink tulle overlays and slate heart table numbers [from BHLDN].” A garland of cascading ribbons adorned the back of the bride’s chair.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? John and I love to travel and on one of our trips we fell in love with the city of Nashville. We decided it would be the perfect destination for our wedding. We wanted our wedding weekend to reflect us as a couple, letting our guests experience the city as we would, exploring the local sights and culinary scenes in the days leading up to the wedding. We fell in love with the simple charm and beauty of Cedarwood. Their all inclusiveness allowed us to plan the wedding from afar, focusing on the details that mattered most to us – photography, food and the overall comfort of our guests, letting the rest fall into place.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?We envisioned an intimate outdoor wedding surrounded by the beautiful Southern landscape and antebellum charm of Cedarwood. Rustic Southern elegance was our vision, balancing the femininity of blush and lace with slate. Fall being our favorite season, we incorporated mercury glass pumpkins in the decor and had tiny pies in mason jars for favors.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? We were engaged for four years before saying I do and everything about that day was so memorable, from the first looks to saying our vows with only our closest family and friends as witnesses. I had an overwhelming joy and childlike giddiness that come over me the whole day. I was just so happy to be marrying my one and only love and best friend.
I love the look of red lipstick, but I’ve always been a little afraid to try it myself, so I’m thrilled to have Lora Kelley here to tell us how to do it without looking like a circus clown. And really, what better time to give it a go than Valentine’s Day?! Share your red lipstick look with us on Instagram and make sure to tag @snippetandink - we’ll re-gram some of your pics next week!
Lora’s Tips for Perfect Red Lips
Tip #1: Choosing the right color. The best advice I’ve heard is from makeup artist Rae Morris. Ask yourself if you prefer Tango Tangerine or Ballet Pink Rose. If you opt for Tango Tangerine, then you’ll probably love a warmer red. If you j’adore Ballet Pink Rose, you’ll probably want a cooler red. The great thing is that if you have a warmer red and want to add some coolness, you can pop a cool-toned pink gloss on top and voila! You have a new color. The same works for a cool red: sweep some golden gloss over the top for a warmer red.
Tip #2: Avoiding the “vixen” look. I’m dreadfully prudish and I love a good red lipstick. The way I avoid looking to crazy is by keeping my eye makeup in check. Our model is wearing little more than some sleek black liner, Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat, very light Sable Eye Colour in the crease, and of course mascara. You can add a retro swing by going cat-eye with the liner. I also recommend letting your red lip be the statement of your outfit, keeping colors minimal. If you’re making it an evening look, keep the dress Kate Middleton approved.
Tip #3:Be precise. I recommend Laura Mercier’s smoky eyeliner brush. Even though it’s not technically for lips, I have redefined its use to be my go-to lip brush. It’s a fine point synthetic brush with excellent precision for lining the lip.
Says the bride: “Andrew and I met through Teach for America. We were both assigned to teach in Kansas City and actually met while doing our training in Los Angeles. We both ended up teaching 5th grade and got to know each other throughout our teaching.”
The bride’s mom took on lots of DIY projects for the wedding, including custom cornhole boards, flower arrangements, and homemade jam favors in strawberry and apricot. A friend of the couple created all of the wedding day signage.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding?We wanted to choose a location that our family and friends could spend the weekend relaxing and celebrating together. We also loved the beautiful barn and outdoor setting.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We focused on bringing together our family and friends. The bride’s mom Nancy served as the creative force being all of the thoughtful details for our wedding day.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Spending the evening celebrating and dancing with our family and friends!
What advice do you have for other brides? To utilize the amazing talents of your family and friends to help make your day special. From jam making to flower arranging, our family and friends played a huge part in making every part of our wedding amazing!
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Our wedding was on the Sunday of Labor day weekend and out of town for most of our guests. Our rehearsal dinner included most of our guests, which turned our wedding day into more of a weekend. We loved being able to spend so much time celebrating with those we love!
Wanting a small, intimate wedding, Sam and Reid headed to Wales, where they were wed under a canopy of umbrellas in a sweet little garden, surrounded by their closest friends and family. The bride wore her mother’s dress and a ring of flowers in her hair; the groom wore a key on his lapel. Select vendor Kate Murphy was there to photograph everything, from the big moments to the little details.
Says the bride: “Although we wanted a relaxed and low-key wedding, the small details were important to me, and I took extra care with them. There was a hint of a “Secret Garden” theme, as this story was very special to me and my mother who passed away 5 years ago. My sister-in-law made my beautiful bridal headpiece with tiny keys woven into it, and the men’s boutonnieres were keys as well (alluding to finding the key to the secret garden).”
“The flowers for the table and my bouquet were gathered on the morning of the wedding from the nearby fields and arranged by my good friend Rachel, who also set the table with beautiful books, tea cups and doilies that belonged to my grandmother. Our family style dinner was made that day by our parents and friends. It was all a labor of love that we are so incredibly grateful for. The efforts of our loved ones resulted in a day that was deeply personal.”
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? “Why Wales?” We got that question so many times I started betting people I could guess what their first question would be after I told them where Reid and I had decided to get married. We chose Wales for a few reasons: 1. We wanted a very small, intimate wedding; 2. We figured the best way to do this was to have a wedding very far away; and 3. We know people in Wales and believed their beautiful home, garden and village would be the perfect setting. Dwygyfylchi (prounced Dew-guh-vul-key) is a little village in North Wales tucked into the mountains near the sea. It has a charm, a rugged beauty and a family that I adore dearly…and I knew all of those components would magically meld to create the wedding of our dreams.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day?It is so hard to choose one moment, as they were all so dear to us. I think my favorite part of the day was dinner. Originally we had planned to eat outside on the terrace overlooking the garden, but because of the rain we relocated to the dining room. We cobbled together two long tables into one giant square table we all sat around. It was a family style dinner, with delicious homemade food that had been lovingly prepared that morning. We were able to relax, laugh, talk and eat with everyone since we were all so close together around the table. It was intimate and lovely.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We did things a little differently for most of our wedding decisions, from having a destination wedding to making all our own food to gathering our own flowers. But I did wear my mother’s wedding dress, which was one of the most special aspects of the wedding to me, as she couldn’t be there with us.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Be in the moment. Don’t get sucked into all of the details that can take time and attention away from just being present. And don’t get upset over the things that happen that you didn’t count on and can’t change. It’s better to laugh and move on than get upset on what’s supposed to be one of the happiest days of your lives.
What advice do you have for other brides? Stick up for what you really want. It was very difficult to tell our extended families that we were getting married overseas and only inviting our parents as family. But because of certain family dynamics, it was what was going to be best and least stressful for us as a couple. As a bride, you get advice coming at you from all directions, but you really have to be true to yourself and not be bowled over by everyone else’s opinions of what your wedding should be. Make it what you want.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides?Spend your money on what’s important to you. Being photographers ourselves, photos were the most important investment to us, so we put most of our budget there and then had our close friends and family help with everything else. But DEFINITELY invest in a wonderful photographer.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Being photographers ourselves, our photographer choice was of utmost importance to us, so we asked the incomparable Kate Murphy, who captured the moments, big and small, with such grace and perfection. And our dear friends Jeremiah and Rachel Spray (the same Rachel who styled everything!) created a beautiful video for us that transports us back to the day immediately.