I always love seeing wedding photos, but when they come from a reader, and when that reader found her venue through Snippet & Ink, that’s even more of a treat! Karen and Nick booked the Acqua Hotel for their May wedding after seeing it in this real wedding feature, and planned a beautiful celebration. (Karen also made an inspiration board to help her vendors understand the vision she had for the day!) I also have to point out Aubrey Trinnaman‘s gorgeous photography – this is a lady whose work I imagine we’ll be seeing plenty of in the future…

Before the ceremony, the bridal party took photos in the Marin Headlands. Though the day started out foggy, the fog lifted in time for the ceremony.

Karen and Nick’s budget friendly decor included 36″ white balloons and bright orange flowers in IKEA vases.

Karen and Nick used miniature clothespins to attach seating cards to the balloon strings.

Buttons were customized with quotes and photos about Nick and Karen, things like “Virginia is for Lovers,” “I Heart NY,” and “Coke tastes better out of a glass bottle” (Nick loves Coke, and guests enjoyed Coke in glass bottles, as well as Guarana, a drink from Brazil where Karen is from). Karen says, “The buttons were a hit with guests who added flair to their outfits throughout the evening.” (You can have custom buttons made at Busy Beaver Buttons.)

Venue: Acqua Hotel, Mill Valley, CA

Bride’s dress / shoes / headpiece: La Sposa / J.Crew / K. Autumn

Bridesmaid dresses / Groomsmen vests: J.Crew

Flowers: Yasmin at Wildflower Event Florals

Cupcakes: Teeny Cake

Congratulations Karen and Nick – thank you so much for sharing your lovely wedding day with us! And thank you to Aubrey Trinnaman for sharing these incredible photos. I really hope we’ll be seeing much more of her work soon!

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  1. miss fancy pants (the bride)

    Love that bouquet!

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  2. organizacja wesel

    Really really nice fotos!!! Greet from Poland:)

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  3. Starry Night Design Studio

    This is a beautiful wedding with some wonderful photos. But I especially loved the photo of the bride wiping away a tear of joy! Great image – gave me chills.

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  4. Jolene

    Love the shoes – where are they from?

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  5. michelle

    AHHH!! I'm a friend of the bride's and was there at the wedding. It was amazing. What a fun surprise to see this in my blog reader this morning.GO NICK AND KAREN!

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  6. margaux

    lovely!! where did they get the buttons made? i'd like to design some myself. any recs?

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  7. Joanna Goddard

    i LOVE the bride's orange shoes — and the couple looks gorgeous and so happy!!!

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  8. Dandelion and Grey

    BEAUTIFUL! I love the shots of them with the whole bridal party right along the coastline! And her hairpiece is STUNNING! xo

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  9. Design Mom

    The photo of the bride wiping her eyes. And the shoes! Wonderful.

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  10. Weddings by Two

    Can you tell me who makes those shoes? I want them! And I want to live in California. Nice photography!

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  11. Sarah @ Foglio Press

    Such beautiful photos! And I love the white balloons with the placecards…great idea!

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  12. forget.me.knot.weddings

    So pretty! I love the aqua blue and red!

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  13. rachel

    those shoes!! what a beautiful, fun wedding.

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  14. Christina

    I am a friend of a the bride what a great entry on their wedding! The pictures are amazing! Their wedding was soo much un and I'm glad I was able to share that momentous and joyous day with them! :)

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  15. Kathryn

    Jolene and Weddings by Two, the orange shoes are from J.Crew.Margaux, you can have buttons custom made by Busy Beaver Buttons.

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  16. Kate Harrison

    This is so bright, charming and classic. I love all the touches. Congrats to the lovely couple and bravo to all the amazing talents involved!! :)

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  17. Jo Ann

    gorgeous wedding and amazing images. I especially love the one of the bride int he field with the wind blowing her dress…wow!

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  18. Stacey H

    Loved seeing these pics! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. tcamp

    love the sparklers

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  20. Abby

    I love the pre-wedding pictures in the field. Those are absolutely lovely, especially the one with the bride's dress blowing in the wind!

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  21. Marisa

    Would the bride share where she got those classic earrings from? I have been looking for that exact pair!!!love the whole wedding

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  22. Emily

    So lovely!! I love the buttons that they made and the cute cupcakes.

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  23. Karen

    Blogger liu.karen said… Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments, and Kathryn for the wonderful post! The earrings are from Roberta Chiarella, and they are called the "Sarah Earrings." http://robertachiarella.com/cgi-local/SoftCart.exe/online-store/scstore/products/c03098f.html?L+scstore+ddpd8100ff368436+1269274854Best of luck to all the future brides out there!

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  24. Amberdawn

    Love those orange shoes!

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  25. Julie

    does anyone know where i could get those cute little buttons made??

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  26. Kathryn

    Julie – you can get custom buttons at Busy Beaver: http://www.busybeaver.net/

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  27. HazelQ

    Ohh I love this wedding because it has my wedding colors, it's soo hard to find wedding inspiration with these colors (white, orange and blue/turquoise). Those shoes are gorgeous but I guess they're sold out because I can't find them anywhere :(

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