photo by EPLove
UPDATE: our 2017 internship positions have been filled!! Thank you to everyone who applied!
Earlier this year, I was delighted to join forces with the one of my favorite floral designers in the world, Svenja Brotz from Chestnut & Vine, to help craft and bring to life a styled shoot that Svenja had been toying with for months. The root of the vision was a European-inspired setting, with textural elements and clean design. It was such a joy helping the Chestnut & Vine team bring that vision to life, with the help of an all-star team of vendors, and a GORGEOUS venue, Chalk Hill Clematis, tucked away in the heart of Sonoma County.
More gorgeous images and inspiration on Green Wedding Shoes!
Many thanks to all of the incredible vendors who made the shoot possible:
Venue: Chalk Hill Clematis
Floral Design: Chestnut & Vine
Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography
Wedding Dress: LOHO Bride
Wedding Shoes: Bryr Clogs
Groom’s Suit: The Black Tux
Wedding Cake: The Whole Cake
Linens: La Tavola Linens
Dinnerware: Frances Lane
Furniture Rentals: Bright Event Rentals
Paper Goods: Sweet + Crafty
Hair and Make Up: Fox & Doll
Jewelry: Melissa Joy Manning
Ceramic Vessels: Gerhard Ceramics
photo by Kara Brodgesell Weddings
Thank you so much to all of the amazing candidates who applied!! Check back in early 2017 when we'll be on the lookout for an amazing new team of interns for our 2017 season!
Winter gets a bad rep in the wedding world.
And I get it. There are a gazillion reasons why wedding season is typically April through October each year. Winter is cold, everyone’s calendars are slammed with work holiday parties and family gatherings, and who REALLY wants their wedding to compete with the season of reindeer, elves, and Colin Firth / Liam Neeson / Hugh Grant in Love Actually??
But let’s step away from the Christmas/Holiday madness for a minute. Winter is a time of year that always feels more slowed down, more cozy, more lush, and somehow more unplugged — like somehow you feel more connected to others and more in the present moment just because it's winter. Which means that by getting married in December, January, or February, your wedding will naturally capture all of those magical wintry elements (coziness! leisure! connection!) without any extra $$ or DIY projects required.
Still need more convincing?? Here are 6 tips to really capture the real spirit of the season, sans Santa:
1. Lush Greenery and Hearty Flowers
Unless you’re going for a “luau in the snow” kind of theme, think about what kind of flora might sustain a cold winter’s night. For greens, think eucalyptus, olive branches, and bay leaves. For flowers, think about incorporating textural statement flowers like proteas, cotton blossoms, or blue eryngium thistles.
2. “Tuscan Winter” with Citrus & Texture
Svenja Brotz of Chestnut & Vine once created an arrangement for me for a styled shoot that was essentially cut kumquat branches in a raw stone/cement vessel. It was brilliant in its simplicity and balance, and that kind of pairing of elements is perfect for a winter wedding (and perfect for a farm table, family-style meal at a villa in Tuscany… please pass the tirimisu!).
3. Blankets, Blankets, Blankets
Even if your winter wedding takes place in a Colorado ski lodge with nine giant fireplaces roaring at the same time, offering blankets for guests to borrow during cocktail hour and the reception — especially if you’ve got a lounge area or two — is going to make guests feel especially cozy and well-cared for.
4. Classic, Timeless Paper Suite
Avoid the red/green or gold/silver trap by avoiding color altogether. Stick with simple, elegant paper goods featuring a heavy textured off-white card stock and black ink calligraphy (I’m a big fan of Paper Source’s luxe card stock).
5. Winter-ize your Ceremony
Try picking (or suggest that your friends/family pick) readings or poems for the ceremony that celebrate the magic of winter. Or get creative with music — I recommend checking out the “Winter Nights” playlist by Mashable on Spotify for inspiration.
6. Repurpose and Reclaim what is “Holiday”
Subtle and delightful are key here. If your venue allows it, use tapered candles in your table decor. Try serving regular, decaf, and Irish Coffee alongside your wedding cake. Offer bags of roasted chestnuts as a late night snack. Splurge on a couple of sweet almond extract candles for the bathrooms. You get the idea!
Happy winter wedding season!!
all photos by Christina McNeill
It's amazing the impact how one little coffee date can have.
Earlier this spring, I met up with the lovely Christina McNeill, an extremely talented wedding (film!) photographer who I had met last year at Wedding Games SF (we crushed it on Team Blue in case you were wondering). Coffee turned into a 2 hour wedding shop talk, and I told her about a styled shoot idea that's been swimming around in my head for over a year. The rest, as they say, is history!
Three months and 1,200 doughnut holes later, I am so thrilled to have my DIY Day After Wedding Brunch Styled Shoot featured on Snippet & Ink this week! CLICK HERE to read all about my inspiration for the shoot, with tips on how to get a little crafty for your post-wedding morning get together (who do you think your Beyoncé of the Dance Floor will be??).
Many thanks to the wonderful and amazing Chestnut & Vine for all of the gorgeous florals for this shoot. Also thanks to Magbooth for re-printing photos from one of my 2012 weddings (they are the best!!), Pizzaiolo for the generous use of their back patio, and La Tavola for the lovely runners. And of course, a huge thanks to my amazing interns, Georgina and Rachel -- this shoot would not have been possible without them!
PSA: WE FOUND BOURBON-SOAKED JERKY!!
When gifting your bridal party, why does it seem that picking something out for the ladies is always simpler? Groomsmen gifts get pigeonholed into three options: tie, flask, or cufflinks. Snoor-fest!
There is a multitude of fun and creative options for your man’s side of the bridal party that’ll knock those traditional gift ideas right out of the park.
When brainstorming ideas for what to give, try thinking about choosing gifts based on personality. This makes things feel less generic, and creates the opportunity to reflect on how awesome your groom’s dudes really are. I've narrowed it down to five personality types: The Athlete, The Outdoorsman, The Minimalist, The City-Slicker, and The World Traveler. I've also listed some favorite websites at the bottom to give you even more unique (and cool) gift giving possibilities!
MIDDLE: Custom Baseball Bat | The Man Registry
If you’re as obsessed with baseball as Rebecca (see her blog post comparing wedding planning to The Sandlot), you’ll love this baseball bat from The Man Registry that can be engraved however you’d like it. Choose the groomsman’s name, an inside joke, nickname — the possibilities are endless!
LEFT / RIGHT: Louisville Slugger Shades | Shwood
Maybe your fan likes to kick it in style. These shades from Shwood will keep the sun outta your eyes at any Giants game. They’re made from authentic Louisville slugger wood; pretty cool!
LEFT: Survival Kit | Manready Mercantile
Have a dude who is always down for a hike? Leave him prepared with this hand sewn pouch from Manready Mercantile, featuring: 6 feet of paracord, a small compass and a petite bundle of strike-anywhere matches.
MIDDLE: Bourbon Jerky | Manready Mercantile
Best addition to any campfire (or groomsmen gift)? This here jerky. Soaked overnight in Bulleit Bourbon whiskey, this stuff is the real deal.
RIGHT: Warhorse Workshop Bracelet | Manready Mercantile
Perhaps your outdoorsman appreciates hiking in style. This bracelet is made from braided Kangaroo leather with a deer antler closure. Known for durability, it’ll keep any groomsman fresh on the trails.
LEFT: Bison Made Wallet | Manready Mercantile
Handcrafted in the USA, this leather iPhone wallet is perfect for the no-fuss kind of guy. Slip in his phone, I.D, and cash and he’s good to go.
RIGHT: Poquito Wallet | Madera
Hailing from Australia, these wallets are from renewable timber and are as simple as can be. Slim, purposeful, and effortless cool.
The City Slicker
LEFT: Comb + Bottle Opener | Cool Material
A stainless steel comb doubles as a bottle opener. Keeps your dude lookin’ swell, even if he’s cracked a few too many.
MIDDLE / RIGHT: Lighter Cufflinks | Cool Material
I KNOW I said I wouldn’t include cufflinks. But these are vintage style lighter cufflinks. Flaming cufflinks here, people. The perfect addition to any bad-boy, city slicker’s wardrobe.
The World Traveler
LEFT: Waterproof Journal + Space Pen | Apolis
A water proof journal and space pen... because sometimes you need to take notes while scuba diving, right?
MIDDLE: Picture Dictionary | Flight 001
A pocket sized photo dictionary that allows you to point to a picture when you don’t know the word. Perfect for the guy who is adventuring across the globe.
RIGHT: Leather Passport Cover | Tom's (made by Apolis)
Simple and chic, this passport cover by Apolis is timeless. Apolis means “global citizen,” and their company believes in creating social change through business practice, which is an awesome bonus.
My go-to websites when searching for groomsmen gifts (or gifts for any of the men in my life!) are Manready Mercantile and Cool Material. Both feature a wide range of guy-approved gifts that are uniquely different and useful.
Because truthfully, we all just want to give the important men in our lives one kickass gift.
Above: Intern Stephanie and some of her favorite personal snapshots from the past year :)
I’m Stephanie, Be Hitched's new summer intern. I’ll be adding some magic to this here blog and our Instagram (http://instagram.com/behitched) account, along with assisting Rebecca at events (I’m a pretty lucky gal!).
Give us the basic rundown on who you are and where you’re from.
I’m a junior at UC Berkeley and I grew up in the East Bay. I’m originally from New Jersey, although I lost my accent long ago (and yes, I did spend my summers at the Jersey Shore!).
When you were 5, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A horseback-riding-dancing-actress; I was quite the aspirational multitasker.
Describe your perfect Saturday.
My weeks are filled with work and studying, so I covet my weekend time. I’d love a day chock full of reading, drawing, hiking, sharing good food with friends, and ending the day curled up with a cup of tea and an interesting film.
What’s your favorite season and why?
SUMMER! High-waisted shorts and sundresses are my go-to, along with s’mores around a campfire, and swimming on a warm night.
Oh gosh, so many. Pad Thai, pancakes, avocados, and just about every fruit.
Tell us about your favorite family trip.
Many of my summer’s were spent hiking & kayaking in Mendocino and Mount Shasta; both places are dear to my heart. I’m also very fond of Charleston, the most charming city I’ve yet to meet.
Local Natives, Florence & The Machine, Ben Howard, The Clash (the list could go on forever!)
What are your favorite flowers?
Sunflowers! The happiest looking flowers ever. And succulents are pretty dang cute too.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed and A Million Little Pieces by James Frey.
What inspires you?
Passionate people, dance, photography, books, the curiosity of little kids, and the vastness of nature.
sweet v. salty — sweet
forest v. beach — forest; particularly one next to a lake!
earlybird v. night owl — both! depends on the day.
sunrise v. sunset — sunrise
coffee v. tea — TEA! you could say I’m a tad bit obsessed (especially with La Boulange’s Chai)
Random fact about you– GO!
I lovelove photo booths; no matter when or where, if there’s a booth I’ll be in it!
I can’t wait to share more as my internship unfolds!
Use what you've got -- if Instagram is part of your life,
utilize it as a tool for crowdsourcing wedding pics.
The other day, one of my brides asked me a question that I'm getting asked more and more frequently, which is:
“What’s the best way to collect all of the pictures our friends will be taking at the wedding on their phones?”
Yes, there are a ton of different apps and sites out there that promise to make this easy, but from what I've experienced through my couples, the results are often mixed. One of the easiest (and most universally understood) ways I've seen to share and collect photos is through good ol' reliable Instagram and a custom wedding hashtag.
I recently stumbled upon this super handy A Practical Wedding article, How to Crowdsource Your Wedding Photos With Instagram. It describes a great and easy system for getting those pics offline and saved for future use in whatever form you choose.
And here's another little insider tip -- your planner, florist, and other vendors are freaking excited about your wedding, and we get some pretty awesome behind-the-scenes shots! If you do come up with a wedding hashtag, share it with your vendors too!!
Golden Globes Bingo | design & styling by Be Hitched
The Golden Globes have quickly become one of my favorite awards shows of all time… in spite of the fact that I maaaaaaaay have just discovered them for the first time this year.
Here are just a handful of reasons why I’ve seen the light:
and of course, the reason for this post…
If you’ve ever been to an Oscars party and played Oscars Bingo, you know what this game can do — it basically turns the awards show into a champagne-drinking, kale salad-eating sporting event, with ladies (and guys!) shouting,
“Camaaan, teleprompter fail! I just need the teleprompter to fail!”
“YESSSSSS! Tears on stage!”
“I just need one winner to be in the bathroom when their name is called! Is that too much to ask??”
So to make things a little more fun for Sunday’s Golden Globes viewing, I’ve created a whole set of Golden Globes Bingo cards, which you can download for free here:
If you’re getting some friends together to watch on Sunday, I hope you’ll enjoy playing Golden Globes Bingo as much as I enjoyed designing the cards :)
p.s. The 71st Annual Golden Globes will air on NBC at 5PM PST on Sunday, January 12th.
Love this photo by Greg Slick Weddings
My name is Rebecca Pfiffner, owner of Be Hitched,