Amy and Greg wanted a wedding that focused more on the friends and family gathered to celebrate, than on making a big production. The result was an intimate summer wedding at a favorite restaurant – proof that small and simple can be just perfect…
From Lidia of La Fleuriste, a Snippet & Ink Select vendor: “Amy had mentioned an affinity for smaller blooms, such as lily of the valley, spray roses, etc. Her bouquet included a variety of petite garden roses, sweet peas, sweet basil, lisianthus, lily of the valley, ranunculus, and accents of organic greens. Her head wreath was made with lily of the valley and creeping fig.”
More from Lidia: “I loved the process of working with Amy on her wedding flowers. She was such a sweet bride! She contacted me after seeing my work on Snippet & Ink, and in the months that followed, we met in person and exchanged numerous emails about flowers, vases, and inspiration. Amy wanted a very classic look – focusing on white flowers with hints of natural greenery. She mentioned that Greg’s father was Italian and this became a subtle theme for the day. It was also appropriate given the venue for the wedding. As part of the altar décor we used olive branches featured in Tuscan cachepots. I even included stems of sweet basil in her bouquet.”
Your ceremony in three words. Short, simple, traditional.
How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony? I looked up “Traditional Roman Catholic Vows” on Google and followed that. What was important to us was that they were the same words that many other people had said before us.
Who officiated your ceremony? Greg’s dad officiated our ceremony. It just seemed like a natural fit.
Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? Our ceremony was very minimalist: the traditional walk down the aisle, giving away of the bride, the vows themselves, and the kiss. We didn’t have any readings. I would just say to other brides who are planning and who might be like me and thinking that to have a ceremony that is long and/or personalized is somehow going to be boring for people (or for you!), really give it a lot of thought before making that decision. You want to show everybody a good time, but you also want to put the appropriate emphasis on what this day is all about.
What was your ceremony music? My processional music was a lovely instrumental song by a Welsh band called Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci called The Blues Trees from the album of the same name. Our recessional song was also by that band and from that album and it is called Fresher than the Sweetness in Water.
What were your vows like? Taken from the Internet, we did not write them ourselves, but after reflecting back, we both wish we’d written at least part of the ceremony ourselves. It was great to have the tradition, but the ceremony didn’t end up feeling personal enough for us.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? The kiss.
“We knew that, to save money, we wanted to have our reception and ceremony in the same place. And we couldn’t imagine having a reception in a place that did not have amazing, rustic, delicious food and great wine and cocktails. Plus Pizzaiolo is one of Greg’s parents’ favorite restaurants. And also they have a beautiful backyard, complete with a fountain and a bocce court.”
How would you describe your reception? Like a big dinner party.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The simplicity and conviviality of both weddings in the first Godfather movie.
Did you have a signature cocktail? We had two. Mine was something called Smoke and Flowers (it involves, among other things, smoky scotch and St. Germain) from Hotel Delmano in Brooklyn (where we live). And Greg’s was a classic Negroni.
What was your wedding menu? To be completely honest with you, I can’t remember. We didn’t know what our menu would be until we arrived at the wedding (they shop for a wedding dinner a lot like any other dinner service there, using the greenmarket), and we were so busy talking and introducing ourselves to people that we didn’t really have time to take in the name of each dish. I do remember that all of the food was rustic, simple, and delicious, and that everybody loved it.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? In honor of Italy, America, and my family’s love of this kind of ice cream, we had a Neapolitan cake, with alternating layers of strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla cake – naked, so you could see the layers and frosted with an Italian meringue buttercream with chopped up strawberries in between.
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? They’re not pictured, but I made our save the dates out of vintage airmail stationary using the font from Moonrise Kingdom. It’s a hand-drawn font, but I got a printout of all the letters and numbers and then using airmail paper (which happens to be transparent) traced the letters onto the page. I was pretty proud of myself.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? It’s not about the wedding; it’s about the marriage.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Nothing will matter more to you on that day than being surrounded by people you love and who love you. Make your guest list your number one priority.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? If you pick a space (or spaces) with good design built in, you will have to pay less to embellish it and you will also have less to worry about. Pick people whose work you really love and feel a connection to and then see what they can do within your budget. I was very lucky with my photographer and my florist – I never felt pressured to spend more than I had and I always felt they were excited to work with me, on my side, and wanted to create something beautiful and cool. I also think that a wedding doesn’t have to be at all splashy and in fact some of the best weddings are the ones that are the most humble and modest. It’s really about the people you have there and the connection you feel with them.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Cutting the cake was fun, because it’s such an iconic moment. Plus we hadn’t seen the cake before, and it was so beautiful.