Last September, my sister’s wedding was cancelled due to the catastrophic flooding in Colorado. Instead of postponing their nuptials, she and her fiance ran off to the wine country to get hitched that very weekend. This is the story of their elopement, with beautiful photos from Select vendor, Christina McNeill. And if you missed it earlier, you can see Part One of Lora and Grant’s wedding story right here, where my sister talks about planning a wedding that didn’t happen.
The newlyweds celebrated with a post-wedding lunch from Bouchon Bakery, including a raspberry eclair (especially fitting since the bride is a pastry chef!).
What better place for a fall wedding than on the groom’s family’s 150-year old pumpkin farm!
From the red barn ceremony backdrop, to the dahlias grown by a friend, Jessica and Wallis’s Colorado wedding is rustic and sweet and we know you’re going to love it!
Processional music was performed by like acoustic guitars and local characters. We had them dress as they felt comfortable, blue jeans and flannel. We chose “If Not For You” by Bob Dylan for the Processional (which Wallis’s parents played at their own wedding), and “Everybody’s Talkin’” by Harry Nilsson for the Recessional (because Jess grew up listening to it with her parents).
In addition to the invitations and signs that Wallis designed, and the flowers that a friend grew, we also created a beer garden and we pulled hops from the farm to decorate the tables.
It’s the imperfections that will make the day perfect. Jess’s uncle who performed the ceremony told us that. It couldn’t have been more true. Our families bonded together setting up the tables and tent decorations and while we were getting dressed, they put their own special touch on the table settings and decorations.
We have such a sweet wedding to share with you today! After a heartfelt ceremony held in the ‘fairy ring’ of ancient redwoods, these two treated guests to a fun summer camp vibe, but with an elegant, grown up twist (Archery? Live band? Champagne bar? Yes, please!) My favorite detail has to be the heart-and-arrow escort card displays, which not only look oh so cute, but were a sweet recognition of the couple’s new shared surname… Pierce!
Jen told us she and Skyler first met when she was just 15! “We apparently circled in and out of each other’s lives at several different points before it stuck. We met each other at a high school dance, and I used to go to the coffee shop he worked at. We dated in our twenties before going our separate ways after about six months, before finally getting together nine years later!”
I did have something old and borrowed – I wore my mom’s veil, which we had altered to be more modern. We replaced the puffy headpiece so popular back then (!) with a comb, and used only one of the longest pieces. It happened to be edged in the exact same kind of lace as my wedding gown that I had already purchased without knowing they were the same lace! I also had something new (white sapphire earrings), and something blue (garter.)
We both thought of marrying in the redwoods right after Skyler proposed, because of the spiritual energy that’s palpable there. Earlier that year we had driven through bigger redwoods on a roadtrip from a friend’s wedding, and loved them. We realized the redwoods north of the Bay area (Eureka/Humboldt) were too far from an airport for guests, and other areas of redwoods we liked, like those in Big Sur, were in parks where we’d have to do everything from scratch (bringing generators/chairs etc.). So that narrowed it down to a handful of venues that are already set up for weddings south of the Bay area, and closer to airports.
The laughter and the tears, and the amazing flowers! The flower circle at the alter was even more spectacular than anything I had seen, and even better than what I had given our florist, Nancy Liu Chin, reference to. Several of our guests posed for their own pictures there after the ceremony, because it was so gorgeous!
For some reason, perhaps stemming from the rehearsal, I thought our officiant was going to ask Skyler to say his vows first. So on the day when she turned first to me and said, “Jen, do you take Skyler to be your lawfully wedded husband?” I just stared blankly at her. She gently prompted me with “you’re supposed to say yes” – and then everyone (including me) cracked up. Of course I said yes, and the ceremony continued! Our whole ceremony was quite emotional; we were both a little teary at times, and then in moments like this there were was all-around laughter, too.
My mom was amazing and took care of getting all the candles that were a big part of the ceremony and reception, (some LED of course because of the woods but they looked so real and added the extra twinkle to the fairy-like venue!) Skyler and my sister Amanda made two incredible escort signs to look like archery targets, with each name on wooden dowels with fletching like an arrow. It took her weeks and she never wants to do anything remotely DIY ever again, haha!
Nobody Does It Better by Carly Simon was our first dance, and Beyond the Sea by Robbie Williams was our joint parent dance. Skyler and I only took two lessons the week before the wedding (my parents too) and we were trying to get the steps just right with the dip at the right time in the music that I wasn’t soaking it in as much as I would have liked. So that I’d advise against. Either take dance lessons long before so you really know it, or just go with the flow and do what comes naturally to you as a couple.
We’re so excited to share this beautiful wedding with you today, in conjunction with our longtime friends at Maharani Weddings! Gabrielle & Samir tied the knot in a modern celebration that combined the best of both Indian and Italian cultures, that should inspire all brides-to-be.
Just wait until you see the fireplace where they said their vows – glittering with candlelight, it is dripping in wild florals that look like they’re growing right out of the walls!
Says bride Gabrielle, “we felt surrounded by family and friends who were really happy for us, in a beautiful, intimate setting with lots of flowers and candles.”
Our pastor who married us helped. He is a family friend, and wanted to make both families feel included and involved, so his warm and inviting presence was perfect.
We wanted an intimate, romantic, warm environment for celebrating with family and friends.
The bride and groom took their first spin on the dance floor to Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud.
Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a winter wedding as cool as this one! Rachel & Dave married on their fifth anniversary at super cool members-only club The Battery in San Francisco. They incorporated romantic florals, fun nods to Dave’s Scottish heritage, and some bold, modern elements (like their acrylic stationery… and that dress!) which fit perfectly with the vibe of their luxe urban setting.
Dave wrote a cute poem on the bottom of my shoe, which was a total surprise and I loved it! Also, as one of Dave’s wedding gifts I made him a video highlighting all of our vacations together – it was something I had been putting off forever, so I think he enjoyed reliving those moments.
We wanted everything to feel comfortable and not forced, so we chose to forego a lot of the typical wedding traditions because they just weren’t us. The Scottish elements we incorporated (groom and groomsman wearing kilts, our bagpiper) were the most ‘traditional’ things we included. I did have something borrowed, something blue, a six pence, and a tartan garter from Dave.
We chose The Battery for our wedding and reception because the building and décor are stunning. Dave and I both work in construction and love history, architecture and design – The Battery has it all! The building was built after the earthquake in 1907 and sits in the middle of the city near the iconic Transamerica pyramid. The interior is modern and luxurious with rich colors, patterns and textures in each space. We were able to use three different spaces within the building for the ceremony, cocktails, dinner and reception, which gave our guests a change of scenery for each part of the day, without the hassle of traveling across the city.
Our wedding cake was one tier Lemon Zing and one tier Banana Bread Heath Bar. Dessert was included with the meal, so we didn’t find it necessary to have piece of cake for every guest. We had a small cake for cutting that served twenty-four – so those who wanted additional dessert were given a piece of cake.
We’ve got a sweet summer mountain wedding to share today! What do I love the most? The wildflowers and fresh greenery everywhere you look, especially the bride’s colorful bouquet and flower crown (and mini babies’ breath versions on the adorable flower girls). Of course I also love that they included Snippet & Ink founder Kathryn’s sister Lora’s super cute dessert truck The Bumblebee.
Bride Courtney’s incredible wildflower bouquet is made entirely from florals grown right on the property!
The mountains have always been a place of solitude and peace for me. We visit Colorado at least once a year and thought it would be so special to have a mountain wedding. When we stumbled upon the Lyons Farmette and River Bend, we knew we had found our place! A family member officiated our ceremony. We wanted someone who knew both of us very well so this was an easy choice!
Our pastor is a family member and he was able to give us a template that he usually follows for weddings. From there, we were able to personalize our special time. We chose scripture readings for both of our mothers to read during the ceremony. We also had live, acoustic music for our ceremony and reception and they played a song while my grandmother sang.
Towards the end of the night, I found a quiet spot above the dance floor in a sweet, vintage chair with a warm cup of coffee. It was between both of my grandmothers which was very special. As I looked around, I saw our closest friends and family members laughing and dancing, some were playing lawn games, gathered around the fire pit in conversation, couples were walking along the river, all below the soft glow of the twinkle lights in the mountain trees. It was such a great moment that I will always remember.
This English interfaith wedding is so stunning that it’s easy to get lost in its beautiful details (the bride’s incredible, ornate outfit! The historic mansion! That light!) What we love most about it, though, isn’t in the details at all – it’s the way combined their different faiths, cultures and backgrounds into an effortlessly stylish day. Get ready to be seriously inspired!
We decided to get married at Wrest Park after we visited the site a year before in a torrential downpour. We knew in an instant we would book it! It was the first and last place we looked at and a big tick off the list. Also, it was halfway between both our family’s homes, and an easy train ride from London for our friends.
We decided to fuse both my Hindu Gujarati heritage with the Groom’s English background and began the day with a civil ceremony. This was followed by Indian street food canapés on the library terrace, and then a traditional Hindu ceremony, with a sitar player.
Today’s bride describes her elegant and family-focused Sonoma wedding as a “resplendent gathering of family and friends on a magical summer day in the Valley of the Moon.” With families coming from all over the world, the couple beautifully blended their two cultures, Greek and Swedish, to create a stunning, musical and magical Midsummer night wedding.
We had two signature cocktails: a cucumber & basil gimlet that was inspired by a summer cocktail recipe from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson who is Swedish, and the Stockholm 75, which is a cocktail recipe from the Absinthe Brasserie & Bar in San Francisco—one of our favorite cocktail bars.
Since Sam and Lexie first bonded over their mutual love of the Lone Star State while working in Washington, D.C., it only made sense for this sweet couple to celebrate the start of their marriage with an elegant affair in Dallas, Texas. From glowing tea lights to gorgeous, flowy, long-sleeved bridesmaid gowns, their day was filled with the most romantic, ethereal details. And in a true show of selflessness, Lexie has some amazing tips for making your wedding just as much about your guests as it is about you as a couple.
We chose to get married in the Dallas Texas LDS Temple because of our faith. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe that marriages performed in temples are sacred and bind a husband and wife for eternity. Throughout our lives, we dreamed of going one day to a temple with the one we love to make promises with God and each other. We specifically chose the Dallas Temple because Sam’s uncle could officiate the wedding. It made our day even more special to have the ceremony performed by a beloved family member. To top it off, we two native Texans couldn’t imagine a better place than the Lone Star State to tie the knot.
The LDS temple marriage follows a standard pattern. Our ceremony began with words from the officiator, Sam’s uncle. We then made simple vows to one another and to God, and ended things by kissing one another, exchanging rings, and hugging all those present.
Though Lexie and Sam went for a classic and timeless look, they included elements that brought a bit of whimsical, vintage-inspired flair to everything. Lexie completed her bridal look with a beautiful jeweled crown, and her bridesmaids wore romantic long-sleeved gowns in a dusty shade of blue.
We loved all of the details of the wedding! We really wanted our wedding to be natural, classic, and a real party for all of our guests.
The biggest advice I have for brides-to-be is to let go and enjoy your day! To make this possible, think through as many details as possible before the day of. Luckily, I had a superstar of a mom and a seasoned wedding planner who thought through everything well in advance. Because those details were taken care of, I was really able to enjoy every minute of the wedding we had taken months and months to plan. Along with that, make sure to take in all of the wonderful details of your wedding. Spare a moment to really look at the florals, table settings, and design elements. Eat the food and drink the drinks. It was really special for me to experience every detail we had worked so hard to plan.
Says bride Lexie, “While we did have a large cake (that was nearly entirely fake!), we also put smaller one-layer cakes on each of the tables that guests could eat from. Since we anticipated left over cake, we also provided cake boxes for guests to take home extra cake.”
Once the dancing began, it became quite the party. We even had my 85-year-old grandma can-can kicking on the dance floor! We got tons of compliments from both old and young guests. Some people even wanted the link to our playlist! Working with Jim was a breeze. His online system allowed us to easily handpick all of the songs we wanted and create the dance party of our dreams.