I can’t tell you how excited I am today to launch this new series, Behind the Veil.  Each week, I’ll be featuring one of your favorite wedding bloggers, who has also been a bride.  She’ll share bits of her own wedding along with some advice for planning your own.  I asked each participant the same questions, (and gave them the option to answer what they wanted, so you’ll sometimes see a little variety) so I’ll be posting those, along with any other information, advice, or photos they choose to share.

Up first is one my favorite wedding bloggers.  Her blog, Snippet & Ink was one of my biggest sources of inspiration during my own wedding planning, and still is today.  And as far as I’m concerned, she is the master of inspiration boards (as in, invented them).  Without further adieu, Behind the Veil’s first blogger bride, Kathryn of Snippet & Ink:

As a wedding blogger, what is your favorite part of other people’s weddings?

As much as I love all the little details, the thing I love most is photos that really capture the emotion of a moment. Windows into what the day felt like.

What was your favorite part of your wedding?  

I loved everything about our wedding, but our ceremony was my favorite part of the day – walking into the church with my parents, being surrounded by loved ones, holding hands with my groom. A dear friend officiated, and she gave the most personal and thoughtful wedding address, and then to top it all off, our amazing wedding planners (Laurie Arons and Jenna Lam) surprised us with a boys choir singing Christmas carols as we exited the church. 

What was the first piece of wedding planning you did?

We chose the ceremony site and set a date – once we did that, everything else started to unfold.

In your opinion, what is one vendor no wedding can be without?

Every one of our vendors was vital in shaping our wedding, but without a doubt, the vendor that made the most difference in our experience of the day was the amazing ladies at Laurie Arons Special Events. Having a planner not only made planning easier, it allowed Ryan and me to be guests at our own wedding, enjoying the day without having to worry about things going smoothly. 

Do you do an inspiration board?

I did!

{go here for photo credits}

What is your favorite wedding memory?

There are so many, but one that stands out is at the very end of the night, after the band had stopped playing, our friends gathered around us in a circle and sang “Stand By Me” a capella. It was totally impromptu, and felt like ending the night in a giant hug.

What was your favorite wedding detail?

Again, it’s so tough to choose one favorite, but I sure did love my dress. It was pale gray, with a deep V in the front and back, and I felt like Grace Kelly in it.

Describe your wedding style.

I’d say my wedding style was timeless with a playful twist. 

If you could offer one piece of advice to planning brides, what would it be?

Don’t forget to think beyond aesthetic and design, and to really give thought to experience – your experience, and the experience of your guests. What will allow everyone to most enjoy the day? It might mean hiring a shuttle bus or valet parking, providing extra seating during the cocktail hour, or taking photos before the ceremony instead of after.

Lastly, how did you make your wedding YOU?

I look at weddings all day, everyday, and I wanted to be able to look back on my wedding and feel that it was ours and not just another trendy wedding. Because of that, I really tried to make choices based on what I loved, rather than what was trendy, or trying to be different, or because it’s what I thought people wanted to see.

{Kathryn’s wedding photos are by the amazing Elizabeth Messina}

I’m sure all of you are very familiar with Snippet & Ink, but if by some small chance you aren’t you really must rush there right.this.minute!  But be sure to have hours to spend swooning over the gorgeous wedding eye candy you’ll find!  And if you’d like to see more of Kathryn’s wedding, go here.

Thanks so much to Kathryn for sharing with us today!