I recently came across the work of calligrapher and illustrator, Stephanie Fishwick, and was instantly smitten with her whimsical custom crests. What a charming alternative to a simple monogram! And what a perfect way to embellish wedding related stationery, from envelope flaps to program covers…
In addition to these more elaborate custom crests, you can Build-Your-Own personalized version with Stephanie’s Custom Crest Creator. Just choose a garland, an icon, and text, and you have your very own crest you can stamp all over just about anything you can think of! I can also imagine these as a very sweet gift for someone dear.
Garlands include wreaths of rosemary and thyme, nautical knots, and heraldic crests. Icons include a sun, bumblebee, zebra, even a pair of shoes. You can go with a classic monogram, a single initial, your name… the options are numerous!
I had a ton of fun playing around and building these six crests, though I have no idea how I would narrow it down to just one favorite combination! What would you choose? Stephanie’s custom crests start at $120.
Kate Headley is one of those photographers who captures moments you’d want to frame and put on your mantle – which isn’t to say she misses the sweet details; there are plenty of those, too! This North Carolina is no exception, starting with this gorgeous stationery suite, hand calligraphed by Maybelle for Bella Figura…
The groom’s white tie tuxedo was adorned with a calla lily boutonniere. The bride carried a bouquet of white peonies and garden roses. The two had their first look in the Duke Chapel’s famous arcade arches.
After the ceremony, the couple and their guests were transported to The Fearrington Barn for the reception, beginning with a bluegrass cocktail hour. His and Hers signature drinks were the “Blonde on Blonde” (vodka, St. Germain, freshly squeezed lemon juice, white grape juice, orange ginger bitters, sprig of rosemary, lemon peel) and an Old Fashioned.
In keeping with the playful feel of the celebration, favors were muslin bags stamped with a Beltie cow stamp (Belties live on the farm), filled with Hershey kisses and mini Cow Tales, all tied up with bakers twine.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding?Jason and I met as undergrads at Duke University. It’s a place that is very special to us, both as a couple and as individuals, and we knew the Duke Chapel would be the perfect venue for our ceremony. For our reception, we wanted something that felt elegant but also relaxed. Fearrington provided the perfect combination and exuded a Southern charm that we both loved.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?In planning our wedding, we were most inspired by our friends and family. Our main priorities were to spend as much time with them as possible and to make time for special moments. At the end of the day, we knew that we would remember the time with them more than the pretty details (although I do love pretty details!). For instance, I made it a priority to have a “reveal” with my dad before leaving for the Chapel. As an only child, I wanted to share with my parents, just the three of us, before the day began. We also included Friday welcome cocktails and a Sunday brunch, so that we could spend more time with all of our guests.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day?The last dance of the night. We both got on stage with the band and danced like crazy to “Don’t Stop Believing.” Not only was it ridiculously fun, it was so special to have all our closest friends and family cheering us on.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding?Jason was raised in the Greek Orthodox Church. To honor this, we circled the ceremonial table in our ceremony, which is a traditional element of Orthodox ceremonies.
What was the best advice you received as a bride?The best advice that I received was from my cousin. She reminded me to keep things in perspective. Looking back at her own wedding, she remembered being obsessed about some particular detail; however, she now can’t even remember what it was.
What advice do you have for other brides?Enjoy the ride with your fiancé! Planning a wedding can be stressful, but being engaged is such an incredibly special time. Never lose sight of why you and your fiancé are planning the wedding in the first place. It definitely helps put things in perspective when you’re nitpicking about the stationery’s shade of ivory!
I’m not sure it gets more stylish than this NYC elopement, with the groom’s classic tux and the bride’s gorgeous Aurelio Costarella gown. And while choosing a photographer is always a pretty big decision, when it’s just the two of you, it’s even more important! No surprise, then, that Nikki and Todd hired one of our all-time favorites (and a Snippet & Ink Select vendor!), Trent Bailey…
Why elope? “We didn’t have the time or patience for wedding planning,” says the bride. “We were feeling distinctly uninspired until I started Googling and realized elopements have evolved – eloping no longer means no frills. We could still have a beautiful day and gorgeous photographs to share with our family and friends while keeping the focus on us. The whole idea felt slightly indulgent but exciting and we knew it was the right decision.”
Why New York City? “New York has an energy and sense of urban romance unlike anywhere else in the world, so we decided it was not only the perfect backdrop for our elopement but also our ultimate honeymoon destination all in one.”
“The feeling of being amongst so much joy at the New York Marriage Bureau was amazing. So many different people with so many different stories all united in a kind of nervous elation. And later, as we shot photographs downtown, we couldn’t believe how many New Yorkers stopped and smiled or yelled their congratulations. It was wonderfully surreal.”
Nikki’s advice for brides? “Do what feels right for you and your partner. Eloping isn’t for everyone, but it felt right for us and we knew that was what mattered most. And be sure to find a great photographer to capture the moment.”
Snippet & Ink LOVES Bario-Neal! And by the end of this post, I know you’re going to love them as much as we do… especially when you see the pretty pair of earrings they’re giving away to one lucky reader! First, can we talk about these wedding bands? Who needs an engagement ring when you’re wearing a band like this? Classic expectations and modern design coming together perfectly…
Bario-Neal is also known as much for their unique designs as for their commitment to environmental responsibility, ethical sourcing, and marriage equality, so you can feel good about your purchase in every way.
See those pretty Large Cross Studs right up there? Bario-Neal is giving a pair away to one Snippet & Ink reader! That’s a $206 value! To enter, just hop over to the Bario-Neal website and shop around. Then come back to this post and let us know in the comments what your favorite piece of jewelry is and why.
Contest begins Monday, January 20, 2014 at 10:30AM PST, and ends Friday, January 24, 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).
Maybe I’m a little biased, since I was a winter bride, but I think a winter wedding is pretty much as romantic as it gets. Soft light, candle glow, cozy portraits… and this beauty from Aneta MAK has them all!
Says the bride, “There were three things I was really fussy about during planning: the flowers, the photos, and the dress. I must have tried on 30 but in the end my mum decided for me… it was the only dress that made her cry!”
“I wanted really delicate and soft flowers with a bit of ‘wild’ to them and loads and loads of candles. In the end the flowers were just exquisite. The ceremony and reception rooms were stunning and so romantic and that was all down to our florist, Jay Archer!”
Another fun detail? “Instead of a guest book, each table had blank cards with envelopes marked with the same number as the table, for our guests to write messages on. The idea is that we will open each numbered envelope on the corresponding wedding anniversary so we can keep reliving our night for over a decade! I think some of them were written quite late into the open bar, so should give us a good laugh!”
The groom’s grandmother baked the three-tiered wedding cake, complete with sugar roses, and a friend of the bride’s baked 80 cupcakes, “Which all disappeared rather fast once the booze kicked in!” says Vivienne.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We wanted a relaxed romantic day with lots of personal details and the hardest bit was finding the venue. We wanted something “old world” but not too formal, and many of the places we saw with a bit of history involved getting married in dark wood-paneled rooms with tiny windows. Finally we stumbled upon Northbrook Park which had a beautiful bright room with huge windows from end to end, and best of all for a winter wedding, a massive roaring fire!
Are there any moments that really stand out? The most nerve wracking moment (other than waiting to walk down the aisle) was definitely our first dance. We had a choreographed our first dance, and we snuck out between the courses of the meal to have a quick rehearsal, we were so nervous about it. In the end I felt like a princess on the dance floor and it was a really special moment when he lifted me at the end!
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?We met with four or five photographers and none of them felt right. Then we met Aneta, and though she was over our initial budget, we fell in love with her photos, and more importantly with her! You have to really like your photographer – after all they experience every moment right there with you! It was totally worth spending extra in the end. After all, the only part of your wedding you will have left in the long term is the memories and the photos, and ours are just stunning.
All in all, a dream day, where I got to marry the best man I have ever met. I don’t think either of us would change a thing.