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Sonoma Wedding at Annadel Estate Winery

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.

In the Greek tradition, on the day of the wedding, it is customary to give the bride a gold lira (coin) for prosperity and this was given to me by my father before I left for the church. Another special moment was when we (the bridal party) danced a traditional Greek dance before entering the limousine for the church. In the limousine, traditional wedding songs, both Swedish and Greek, were sung by my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law and by my stepmother and sister.

“My religious background is Greek Orthodox and my husband’s is Lutheran but we decided to marry in the Orthodox church. In the Orthodox faith, the marriage ceremony must be performed in a church. I loved the location of the Nativity of Christ Church in Novato because it is up on a hill with rolling views of Sonoma county in the distance. It has beautiful tall Mediterranean cypress trees as you enter and this reminded me of the Orthodox churches seen in Greece. It also has an impressive bell tower that is built in the tradition of the Catholic mission churches in California so the church represents a unique blend of architecture in the California wine country.”

There was not much planning involved because the marriage ceremony in the Greek Orthodox Church has remained more or less unchanged through the centuries. It was important for us to have a small wedding party comprised of our siblings, our “koumbaroi”, and our flower girls, to have live music being played while guests waited for the ceremony to start, and to make an exit to greet our guests before heading to the reception.

While the guests mingled in the courtyard of the church and later as they entered the church from the courtyard, we had a string quartet playing classical compositions. With the help of our landlord in NYC, who had trained as a violinist at the Juilliard School, we selected songs that we enjoyed and that had meaning for us as a couple. These included a quartet by Dvořák called “Cypresses” which was a reflection of the Mediterranean Cypress trees in front of the church, a piece by Edvard Grieg, a Scandinavian composer, called “Wedding Day at Troldhaugen”, and a classical rendition of The Beatles “In My Life”, which is one my favorite songs from childhood.

We did not have improvisational vows because the Orthodox rite presupposes the couple’s commitment. The exchange of rings at the beginning of the ceremony is a silent representation of this commitment. I really liked that the vows were implicit to the act of marriage; it felt more profound that way.

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.

Try to plan for multiple days for time with family and friends because it is the only time in your life when so many special people will gather together to celebrate with you. It is a fleeting moment. Because we had so many guests from out of town (national and international), we planned for events leading up to and after the wedding and deferred our mini-moon to a few days later. It was the best thing we did because one or two days to soak it all in is not enough.

Our favorite part of the reception was the dinner—it was the culmination of all of our planning and was one of the most intimate moments we will ever feel in our lives. As we sat outdoors at Annadel surrounded by our family and friends, in the golden hour of sunset, amidst the glowing flower arrangements, with the lightest breeze warming our skin, enjoying the unparalleled wine and food of the wine country, we knew that we were experiencing something unforgettably magical.



Botanical Wedding at Cheekwood Gardens & Museum of Art

every part of their wedding day deeply personal, from the stationery suite’s hand drawn botanical details designed by one of the bride’s best friends, to the palette of white, green and gold – and wow, greenery has never looked so glamorous as at their reception! What a great fit against the backdrop of their beautiful venue, Cheekwood – and even that choice was quietly personal (its red brick is a nod to the red brick university campus were they met).

Despite their careful planning, they could still roll with the punches – when it started pouring rain and their dream outdoor reception fast became an indoor one, they say it “made the night even better than we planned!”

Before we got engaged, we loved going to Cheekwood each season (they always have something fun going on!) so we had a lot of personal memories there. It honestly had the perfect mix of everything we wanted – formal without being stuffy, beautiful without trying too hard, unique but not too off the wall.

Sarah’s grandfather passed away a few months before our wedding so she had a piece from one of his blue handkerchiefs sewn into her dress. Colin wore his father’s gold cufflinks and had his grandfather’s gold bracelet in his pocket.

Don’t Sarah’s bridesmaids look pretty in dreamy, flowing pastels? Keeping their dresses within a similar palette and having them all wear simple crowns of greenery keeps it cohesive, and suits the garden venue beautifully.

No one other than us and our officiant stood during the ceremony – that way all guests could easily see, hear and not be distracted by a fidgeting bridal party. We served popsicles and made our programs thick so people could discreetly use them as a fan since it was so hot out.

I could feel everyone’s smiles and tears, waiting for Colin and I’s big moment to start, and when I took hold of his hands there was a wash of calm. How happy and present and full I felt in that precise moment is something I will keep with me forever.

Elements that looked or felt DIY weren’t really part of the look we were after, but we used one of my best friend’s calligraphy for our invitations, ceremony programs and dinner menus – she created an original of each and then we had them printed.


Best Real Weddings of 2017 : Dramatic Forest Wedding in Oregon

Next up in Our Best Weddings of 2017 is this dramatic forest wedding in Oregon photographed by Christy Cassano-Meyer…

I have never seen anything like this wedding – it’s part fashion editorial, part glamorously dark fairytale – one with a happy ending, of course! Louise & Cameron had their hearts set on marrying in the Pacific Northwest, where Cameron is from, but didn’t let the practicalities of a forest setting sway them from the romantic, elegant day they envisaged. This is no exaggeration – who could not only dream of a black tie forest wedding but pull it off with such style.

We knew right away that we wanted to have our wedding in Oregon. No question. Not only because it is where Cameron was born and raised but also because we love the Pacific Northwest. Being born in the Philippines and growing up in Florida, I have always been around tropical places all my life, so when Cameron first took me to Oregon I just fell in love with the place. The tall trees, mountains and all the greenery! It’s just a totally different scenery from what I’ve always been around. Horning’s Hideout provided all that without being too far removed from the city of Portland where most of our guests were staying.

I’ve always imagined having a small intimate ceremony within tall trees. Birds chirping, a babbling brook – a very organic yet elegant feel. I wanted to stick to a classic and elegant look that was in a somewhat unconventional environment.

One day, about six years ago, Clair de Lune by Debussy came on. I’ve heard this piece before but never the solo piano version. It was very unlikely of me, however, I started envisioning it as the song to walk down the aisle to! Yes, I have been dating Cameron already for some time by then, and yes, I may or may not have turned into ‘that girlfriend’ that also envisioned him at the end of said aisle. Haha!

We went for the traditional vows. We feel these vows encompass all the things one should say when committing themselves to one another. Also, for us, nothing is more meaningful than reciting the same words that have been used by our parents and even other couples from history’s past to bond their marriage for years and years.

We chose this spot overall because of the tall trees, greenery and landscape. It was just all breathtaking. We also wanted to give our guests who have not been to the Pacific Northwest a chance to enjoy what we love so much, however this time, in black tie style, of course!

Everything will turn out amazingly regardless of any imperfections that may happen that only you would be able to see. But really… you won’t notice it on the actual day. Also, think of a rain plan from the start for outdoor weddings (including the ceremony portion!) Your plan B should be just as aesthetically pleasing to you as your original plan. It will help prevent from feeling you had to settle on something you didn’t absolutely love just because of the rain.

Don’t stress over things you can’t control. Thoroughly enjoy the couple of days leading up to the wedding with family and friends. Especially the ones you don’t see often!

It truly was a magical day that we want to relive at least a few more times! (Thank goodness for our amazing photographer and videography team; because of them, we will be able to!)


Classic Summer Wedding at Cherry Hills Country Club

We may be barely out of winter, but just looking at this wedding is like taking a sip from an icy Mint Julep on an August day… which just happens to be exactly what these newlyweds and their 160 guests did! With beautiful photos from Snippet & Ink Select vendor Danielle DeFiore, this is a classic country club wedding that feels so fresh!

My former figure skating coach, William Schneider, officiated. I grew up as a competitive figure skater, so my coach was a very big part of my life both on and off the ice. When Sam and I got engaged, it was Sam who asked Billy to officiate!

Bride Emily told us “it’s always a good idea to sleep on a big decision. Or a little decision! You don’t want to have to undo something later if you change your mind.” I can only guess she took her own advice, because it’s definitely hard to imagine she and Mad Men-esque groom Sam wanted to undo even a tiny part of this utterly gorgeous day!




Best Weddings of 2017 :Classic New England Wedding at Menauhant Yacht Club

A classic New England wedding at it’s best and there’s no wonder why this charming coastal wedding made our Best Weddings of 2017!

There is something so charming about this wedding. It’s hard to go wrong when you stick to classic New England style (right down to serving mini lobster rolls at cocktail hour!), but Ashley and Ryan also injected their fun, laid back personalities into their day. So there are plenty of lovely traditional details, including a church ceremony down the road from where the groom grew up, gorgeous soft florals, and vintage pastel linens. Then they made it their own with lots of personal touches, including a literal boat-full of beer, neon sunglasses for everyone on the dance floor and a fun, sporty version of a sparkler exit!

Grace Memorial Chapel is a beautiful and charming chapel located just 400 feet from Ryan’s family’s cape house – so the location was a given!

The ceremony was very intimate, largely because the chapel is best suited for about 150 guests. We crammed everyone in, even adding a few folding chairs. It really felt as though our wedding party and parents in the front pews were all up there getting married with us. That feeling was very special.

Menauhant, Ryan’s family neighborhood in Falmouth, is where he has spent his summers since childhood and has always been a huge part of our love story. For our wedding we wanted to strike a balance between formal and laidback elements, and the cape is the perfect place for that. We always knew we would get married there.

Ashley says, The only tiny issue was that the cape can get chilly at night. It was important to us that people stay cozy, so we had beautiful monogrammed blankets by Faribault draped over some of the chairs at the reception.

We were so glad our younger guests were part of our wedding because they provided plenty of free entertainment rocking out on the dance floor during dinner!
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Momofuku Milk Bar chocolate chip wedding cake with a white chocolate dipped strawberry. Our late night menu included mini ice cream cones and chipwiches.

Guests were greeted with lemonade, vodka, soda, and thyme cocktails in mason jars at the reception. Also, two days before the wedding, Ryan decided he just had to have Clase Azul tequila and Ashley agreed, especially because it comes in a pretty blue and white bottle. Several bottles were overnighted and a bartender commented he had never seen tequila disappear so fast at a wedding!



Colorful California Wedding at Dawn Ranch

Color was second only to love on Megan and Evan’s wedding day! As the bride says, for her, color “exudes happiness” so there was plenty of it at their celebration. Bold colors, playful details (like paper airplane ceremony programs!), and a darling couple with mile-wide smiles make this charming wedding one you won’t want to miss.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding? I wore my great grandmother’s diamond and sapphire bracelet – for something old and something blue. I also had small pieces of lace from my mom’s and mother-in-law’s wedding dresses sewn into the train of my gown as a silent tribute to both sets of parents.

Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Dawn Ranch Lodge was the perfect venue to celebrate our love for one another while sharing the weekend with our family and friends in wine country. All wedding guest stayed in charming cabins on site throughout the weekend and were invited to attend the Friday night rehearsal dinner “I Do BBQ” – an evening topped off with burgers and s’mores around the fire pit for dessert. The bright rustic flowers, handmade bow ties and vibrant bridesmaid dresses were a tribute to our playful and authentic love for one another and my passion for color.

Neither of us are very religious, and felt that it wouldn’t be appropriate to ask an unfamiliar minister to officiate. Instead, we chose a very close family friend, for a non-religious ceremony. We chose Eric because he grew up with Megan, and their families shared many celebrations together throughout the years. It felt like a perfect fit. In addition, we felt his genuine personality and light heartedness was a perfect tribute to our relationship.

The feeling that we were sharing the most intimate day of our lives with family and friends who have supported us both individually and as a couple throughout many stages in life. It was amazing to have the love and support from the most important people in our lives from all over the country together in one spot.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? When each guest took their seat, they found a single river rock on their chair. We asked each guest to make a wish for our future together on the rock, and then collected the rocks at the end of the ceremony. They will eventually be used in the garden of our first home.



Moody Outdoor Romance Wedding with Gorgeous DIY Flowers

When it comes to labor of love, we are really touched by their beauty. You can DIY your flowers, the bride from the box flowers, with the help of family and friends, they will see you will see each bouquet of flowers and central decorations are gathered together.

On this russet day, the bride wore a Spanish dress, especially next to the blue bridesmaid dresses.

We have a common love for the outdoors, so we get married outside, we just don’t know where. We designed for wedding design reflects our love of outdoor, also blended in a dark and moody colors, when we started looking for inspiration, I prefer outdoor woodland theme, and moody’s design. I also like the dark color, so I know I want our wedding, from all the flowers and flax, to the color of my nails and lips.

The flowers were our biggest DIY. My amazing bridesmaids, my mom, and a close family friend created the centerpieces, bouquets and everything else the flowers (from Blooms By The Box) went into.

We got married on Friday and had a rest at my parents’ house. The next day, most of the guests came back to eat, enjoying the happiness of the wedding weekend without any pressure. It’s good for my family and for us. It gives us time to spend with all of us, and let our excitement last for a day.

I fully understand that many couples can’t enjoy a full honeymoon after a wedding, but even after a few days in what I think is a super healthy place, both of you have experienced it. Like me, most brides (and perhaps the groom) spend most of their time planning the day.





This 140 Year Old Resort in the Alps Just Got a Makeover

This 140 year old Swiss hotel just got a makeover. And by makeover we mean everything from a destination spa to a wood-heated grotto to 142 rooms with bubble lamps and Swiss modern art. Waldhaus Films Hotel and Spa has aimed to reclaim a property that began in 1869 as a spa and later became a hotel in 1877. The end product is a luxurious destination that is both grand in scale and in hospitality.

Just ninety minutes out of Zurich, this resort in the Alps is commanding attention. Some of its features include a stylish library, a ballroom, a prosecco bar and five in-house restaurants. Indulge in Alpine luxury and breathe in the mountain air at Waldaus Films Hotel and Spa.


Waldhaus Films Hotel and Spa has three lodging options for the modern traveler. Take your pick from the Grand Hotel, Villa Silvana and Chalet Belmont. The Grand Hotel is for the classy and the elegant, Villa Silvana is perfect for those looking for an idyllic ambiance and last but not least, Chalet Belmont is for the rustic and tranquil lover.

Not only as a hotel accommodation, but also as a wedding hall.


There are five culinary destinations for you to choose from during your stay at Waldhaus Films Hotel and Spa. The Grand provides cuisine from around the world, Epoca specializes in traditional recipes, Pomodoro is the Italian restaurant on property, Il Tschaler focuses solely on cheese and La Tavolata is located at their Belle Epoque museum and wine cellar.

While Waldaus Films Hotel and Spa provides culinary enthusiasts mouth-watering options, they also have two in-house bars, Chadafo Bar and Summit Bar, to help you master the après ski cocktail.


tuscany destination wedding photographer

We can all agree that getting married in Tuscany is a dream come true. Whether you’re looking for seascapes along the Mediterranean or gorgeous vistas near Florence as a backdrop to your nuptials, Tuscany will never go out of style.

Booking a wedding photographer in Tuscany, a true Italian, will give your wedding day memories that little extra flair. With a knack for the moments, the real things, he infuses his imagery with Italian sunshine and romance all while preserving your wedding with a contemporary style.

Duccio Argentini’s passion for photography began early at age eleven and he hasn’t stopped since. Two hundred and fifty Tuscan weddings later, this Florentine native knows how to shoot the good stuff and puts everyone in your wedding party at ease, allowing you to enjoy your day and the memories that he captures ever after!



A Beautiful Downtown Detroit Wedding

Today we’re bringing you their recent downtown Detroit wedding.

The ceremony took place at the gorgeous Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Their wedding was captured among some of the city’s coolest backdrops like Detroit’s baseball stadium – Comerica Park, the Michigan Central Station, local street art, Monroe Street in Greektown, and a rooftop overlooking the skyline.