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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  1. Starry Night Design Studio

    Exquisite wedding! My favorite image is the one of the couple kissing with the cake in focus.

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  2. heidzilla

    Such a great wedding, and they picked the perfect photographers to get timeless images of their timeless style!

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  3. Vanessa@ The White Petal

    That picture of the ring bearer, omg so cute! Looks like he walked off a movie set, I love it! Such a magical wedding!

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  4. Alex

    These photos are AMAZING! Love it!

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  5. A Girl and A Camera Photography

    just beautiful !!

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  6. Anonymous

    Love it! Definitely has a vintage feel!

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  7. Pip Pip and All That

    The bottoms of the shoes! With the hearts? How wonderful! I also love how the invitation project created not only handsome invitations but also a cherished memory.

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  8. Emom

    the sepiatone photos work so well with the tone of the wedding! smiles..

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  9. Ellen

    Love the vintage feel! My favourite image is of the stunning room where you can see the bride make up being done through a mirror

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  10. Wedding Marquee Hire Tunbridge

    Such a great wedding, and they picked the perfect photographers to get timeless images of their timeless style!I also love how the invitation project created not only handsome invitations but also a cherished memory.

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  11. Leah

    Love that some local Cleveland talent made it to the blog! Love Genevieve's photos!

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  12. the delicious details- a wedding blog

    She has the perfect look for a vintage wedding with such glamor!Loved the kids outfits…the crowns, newsboy look;) perfect

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  13. wesela

    Boy looks like little golfer:) Cute!

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  14. Suzi Q

    Impressive invitations and they did it themselves, wow. Also, I liked Julia's words of wisdom about being flexible and enjoying the day. Perfect or not, it truly is a special day.

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  15. Jolette

    Oh wow! This is such a beautiful wedding, especially now that we know a bit about how it was planned and how it turned out. The sepia-toned outdoor photograph is my favourite! And I think the bride's hair looks fantastic even if it's not exactly what she wanted. :-) The cake sounds SO delicious too.

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  16. weddingness

    This is beautiful! I'm planning an antiquey winter wedding and it's so nice to see inspiration for seasons other than summer!

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  17. Anni @ Lovely in Love

    What a gorgeous wedding! Snippet & Ink, I love you for featuring weddings that are unique. I love the rustic style and am using it in my own wedding, but sometimes seeing rustic wedding after rustic wedding leads to a serious lack of inspiration and creativity. Keep the beautiful inspiration coming!

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  18. Kathryn

    Thank you Anni! Your comment totally made my day!

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  19. casablanca tagaytay

    I like the traditional with a taste of old english motif. so simple yet romantic.

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  20. Wedding venue Cheshire

    Those sparklers are such a beautiful touch- a little bit of nostalgia from youth for the special day- love it!

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  21. Genevieve

    So glad others have enjoyed this wedding because I know we did. I'm so glad a chilly Ohio winter wedding from such a lovely couple made it on Snippet. Thanks for posting!

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  22. SS

    Beautiful! Are the hearts on the bottom of the shoes a non-slip sticker? I feel like I've seen something similar on another wedding blog. Does anyone know where to get them? My wedding shoes are super slippery on the carpet!

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