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Glamorous Riviera Maya Destination Wedding

This Mexico destination affair is the kind of wedding that deserves to be swooned with a cocktail in hand. A margarita on the rocks, to be be specific. Because when you’ve got images as beautiful as Emily Blake’s and glam-filled moments designed by Mishka  and Planner 1 Events, there’s just no telling how long a trip to the gorgeous gallery will last. Get started here!


From the Bride… Sean & I value our time with our friends and family above all, so our top priority was finding a big house near the water where we could gather for several days before and after the actual wedding celebration. We both love Mexico, so we narrowed our search to the Caribbean side (equidistance from our families on the West and East coasts) and went in search of a venue that would set the stage for the multi-day wedding celebration we envisioned.

Although we knew the elements that inspired us, we needed help putting it all together. That is where our wedding designer Mishka came into play. The first time we met Mishka in Mexico, we both breathed a sigh of relief and knew we wanted her on our team. She coordinated site visits for us and helped us find our dream venue in Puerto Aventuras.

The Haciendas’ gorgeous architecture and decor definitely inspired us. We envisioned a romantic, nature-inspired, elegant, Old World wedding there. Hacienda Del Mar’s courtyard provided the soulful space we sought for our ceremony. The tree-lined walkway made a stunning natural aisle. The Caribbean Sea was elegantly framed by the arched portals. We fell in love with the place and couldn’t wait to bring our friends and family there.

We chose ivory, poppy red and Mexican pink as our primary colors and used soft blush and peach to create a natural, romantic feel. We accented with gold metallics and lace details. The bridal party wore rich shades of charcoal which contrasted beautifully with the ivories, greens and vibrant colors of Mexico. We wanted to bring natural elements into the courtyards, so florals and greenery were our priority in the design process. Colorful Bougainvillea surrounded the guest seating area. Gabi of Planner One Events blew us away with her exquisite arch and romantic floral centerpieces.

I agree with the advice other brides have given: enjoy the day above all else. For us, that meant having a professional team. We saw our wedding reception as an opportunity to throw a great party for our guests—one that would require help to pull off. We knew we wanted to be ‘hands on’ in planning, but we wanted to be able to let go once the wedding day arrived. So, my advice is to hire a team of people you like and trust. Not only was Mishka’s design exactly like we imagined, but she became our friend and supported us the whole way. Neither she nor the LM Wedding team balked at any request. We feel so blessed to have found Mishka, the amazingly talented Emily Blake, hairstylist Kristen McNulty, and our coordinator, LM Weddings, who made planning a wedding 4,000 miles away a breeze.

One of our highlights from the day was right after the ceremony. While our guests made their way to the cocktail reception, Sean and I stole a minute alone to enjoy our first sip of champagne as newlyweds. We entered the reception alongside our Mariachi band as they burst out an impressive version of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. We felt exuberant and the sound of the horn playing could not have been a better fit for that moment.

There were so many moments throughout the afternoon and evening when we locked eyes, held hands, kissed, and just breathed in the love all around us. We felt all the planning, everything had been executed exactly as we had hoped. But our biggest success was that our guests seemed to exude happiness and radiate love. We could truly feel the love in the air. Whenever we think back on it, we feel that rush of love and we see the smiling faces of our dearest friends and family. That, to us, made it the wedding day of our dreams.

Photography: Emily Blake Photography | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Floral Design: Planner 1 Events | Invitations: Oblation Papers & Press | Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Gourmet Soberanis | Event Design: Mishka | Calligraphy: Alesia Zorn | Grooms Attire: Estes Men's Clothing | Coordination: Maju | Makeup: Melissa | Venue: Del Mar And Corazon

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A Classic Farm Wedding in Pennsylvania

A wedding through KT Merry’s eyes; it’s safe to say there’s nothing quite like it. And if you’re a lover of pastel hues and the most classic of classic weddings, then this number, originally featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, will speak to your soul. It’s a Silver Buttons Farm wedding filled with soft pinks, all white flowers, and a truly beautiful tented reception planned by I DO Wedding Consulting along with blooms by Murphy & Klien Floral Studio. See it all here.


From the Bride, Alanna… Even though my parents recently sold their beautiful, old home in Bucks County and moved to New York City, Yardley will still always feel like home to me as that is where I was born and raised. Craig and I knew we wanted a wedding outside of the hustle and bustle of New York City, and I always knew I wanted to get married in a beautiful church with a tented reception in a unique setting – not a cookie cutter venue that churns out weddings. We really wanted to make our wedding an “event”, elegant and memorable, but we also wanted it to feel relaxed, homey and rustic. Bucks County is all of these things and so we knew we could find a great venue there and we were excited to make our wedding almost a “destination” of sorts for all our New York City friends who had never been to the area.

Craig and I fell in love with Silver Buttons Farm the moment we visited it for the first time. It was exactly what we were looking for. It is quintessential Bucks County – long tree lined driveway, beautiful old home on a gorgeous piece of property, and then an amazing and immaculate big white barn that has been totally refurbished and renovated. It truly is an amazing place filled with old artifacts, signs, farm equipment, you name it – not a single detail has been over looked by the owner. Even better, the owner is a wonderful man who really gives you free rein to use the space and
all his “stuff” however you would like. For Craig and I , this venue was the perfect mix of rustic and elegant – we could host the cocktail hour in the barn and then the dinner under a beautiful tent right next to it.

All this being said, we didn’t end up choosing Silver Buttons originally. We went with a charming Bed and Breakfast that had a wedding and event planner on staff, because we thought the whole process would be easier than having to do it all ourselves at the barn. However, after a few months and a few meetings had passed – I still could not get Silver Buttons out of my head and began to feel regret that I had taken the easy way out and not followed my gut.
Luckily, after speaking with Craig and my parents, they supported my decision to make the switch and we were back at Silver Buttons Farm. I could not have been happier and we were very fortunate that the B&B was understanding and gave us a full refund on the deposit we had made.

I am so happy that I followed my heart and made the switch. The whole day could not have been more perfect and the venue and tent looked more amazing than I could have hoped. It was the perfect setting and it gave our guests the exact experience that we wanted them to have.

The church we were married in was also a great find. St. John the Evangelist in Lambertville is a beautiful and historic church that fit in perfectly with the theme of our weekend. When you step into it, you feel like you could be in some ancient city in Europe, not in New Jersey. Our priest, Father Robert, was so warm and welcoming and really made the whole process a joy for Craig and I. It was also fun for our guests to get to experience both sides of the Delaware River – the sister towns of Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, PA have so much history and charm and we were thrilled we got to put them both to use.

From the Photographer, KT… While shooting portraits I asked Alanna and Criag to walk into a tall grassy field. We started shooting and suddenly I looked down to see the most adorable little fawn sleeping just below me. I was able to take a quick photo of her before she woke and darted off to find mom. Come to find out, Craig’s nickname for Alanna is ‘Fawny’ after how she walks in high heels with her long and thin legs! Definitely my most memorable moment shooting!

Photography: KT Merry Photography | Flowers: Murphy & Klien Floral Studio | Cake: The Caketeria | Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper | Ceremony: St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Silver Buttons Farm | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Max Hansen | Calligraphy: Therese Swift- Hahn Of Bella Scrittura Calligraphy And Design | Bride's Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Groom's Tux: Brooks Brothers | Tent And Flooring: EventQuip | Wedding Planning: Lynda Barness I DO Wedding Consulting

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Will You Be My Bridesmaid DIY with Freixenet

If there were one thing the ladies at Style Me Pretty had to pick to take to a desert Island, it would most definitely be a sparkling beverage. Forget the water, we’re all about the bubbly. We happen to be connoisseurs of a great glass of cava and our new favorite is Freixenet. It’s scrumptious and the perfect pour for bridal showers, wedding receptions or to wet your whistle while you’re perusing inspiration for the big day. And as you’ll see, it makes for cute bridesmaid gifts too.

Aside from the beauty of that sleek Freixenet bottle, there is the scrumptiousness waiting inside. The technical term for this process of sparkling wine making is the “methode champenoise” and the not-so-technical term is yummy goodness produced in Spain. So raise a glass to your new favorite beverage of choice and be sure to check out the All Love Sparkles Sweepstakes from Freixenet. Each week, until May 2, one lucky duck will win 125 Mini bottles + 1 Memory Magnum. Find all the details right here.

And now take a look at how we incorporated Freixenet into a super simple, crazy cute Will you be my Bridesmaid DIY. These beauties are designed to make your besties feel as special and important as they are to you. We wanted these boxes to feel celebratory, so we started with our favorite sparkling wine, then built a chic, french-inspired, feminine gift box around that feeling. After receiving a box like this, your girls will be as excited about kicking off your wedding festivities as you are!


Mini Freixenet Bottles
Gold Champagne Flutes
Will You Be My Bridesmaid Cards & Labels
Paper Mache Boxes
Black & White Striped Paper
Black & White Polka Dot Paper
Black Kraft Paper
Gold Dot Coasters
Black & White Striped Straws
Pink Rock Candy
Pink Nail Polish
Raspberry Macarons
White Shredded Paper Fill
Gold Leaf Marker
Black Paint Marker
Gold Glitter Ribbon
Glue stick

step-1 Wrap each box with either striped or polka dot paper. Cut the paper to size for each side of the box and use the glue stick to adhere, then firmly press the paper to smooth out any air bubbles. Wrap each lid in black paper in a similar fashion, then line the inside with a piece of striped or polka dot paper. We liked mixing a dotted lid with a striped box and vice versa.

step-2 Write the name of your bridesmaid on a bottle of Freixenet in gold leaf marker. Our trick for making it look like calligraphy? Write it in a loose, thin cursive first, then go back and make all the vertical strokes of each letter thick and leave the horizontal strokes thin. Worried about making mistakes? Have no fear! A black paint marker matches the Freixenet bottle perfectly so you can “erase” your mistakes!

step-3 Write a heartfelt note to your bridesmaid inside the card- this is a great moment to let her know how much her friendship means to you and how excited you are to go through this major life event with her by your side.

step-4 Fill each box with shredded white paper, then add all the goodies- a bright nail polish, sweet macarons, and of course a darling glass to enjoy her bubbly!

step-5 Wrap the box with a glittery gold ribbon and seal with the illustrated floral label that came with your bridesmaid card. Leave on her doorstep to surprise her, or wrap carefully and ship to her address. Even better, bring over an extra bottle of Freixenet and toast together!


Photography: Ruth Eileen | Mini Sparkling Wines: Freixenet


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Enchanted Winter Wedding Inspiration

True story – it snowed last week here in little ol’ New England. Snowed! So while this wintery wedding inspiration shoot may seem a bit off-beat for April, let me assure you those flurries haven’t left for good just yet. And let’s be honest, with Kate IncerGracie Blue and Laura Leslie on the job, cold weathered days never looked sooooo good. Have a peek at the gallery and Incer Studio’s film below!


From Kate Incer…

The Inspiration:

This shoot drew inspiration from envisioning a timeless love story between a bride and a groom, perhaps from decades past. Theirs is a love that makes the world stand still if only for a moment. A wintry wedding, whose chilled air beckons you to hold one another tight, is filled with romance and ethereal elegance.

I wanted to include beautiful thoughtful details and highlight gilded accents that provided just the right touch of golden sparkle. Lovely lace, soft furs, shimmering linens, enduring stone, and twisting foliage offer the perfect balance of textures and tell a rich story. Our unplanned star of the shoot – the bevy of swirling snow flurries – created an idyllic frosty dreamland rarely encountered in the South. We embraced this powder white beauty with open arms.

The Location:

Could we have asked for anything more breathtaking? Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club served as the ultimate backdrop for this shoot in all its serene snowy splendor. Stunning views of snow-covered pastures and dramatic landscapes surrounded us. Tranquil woodlands, rolling hills and icy waters flowing through the white fields were spectacular sights to behold. This storybook setting was made all the more intimate with rustic wooden cabins and our candlelit stone fireplace.

Color Palette:

Our color palette included rich gold, blush pinks, deep black, and abundance of white courtesy of Mother Nature.


The gorgeous gown from The Sentimentalist, curator of all things lovely, was an exquisite vision in lace by Sarah Seven. This dreamy number epitomized our inspiration of ethereal elegance with delicate lightness and glimmering metallic threads. A downy fur stole made it winter perfection. Our maids donned flirty black frocks; each look had their own signature style, but complimented one another flawlessly. An oversized face-framing bow for one maid and embroidered organza lace for the other. Our groom wore a dashing black tux and bowtie whose fine dots made him even more dapper. His black patent shoes finished off his polished look.

The Details:

I find details to be so important for storytelling and they do so much to bring personalized beauty to a scene. Charm from new and old pieces combined seamlessly. For our picturesque tablescape, blush sequin linens were the foundation for a spectacular array of English vintage china. Beautifully crafted menus, gold rimmed goblets + silver and gold flatware completed our place settings. A dramatic garland of greenery and florals with gold candlesticks amidst flurries of snow made it all oh so romantic and surreal.

Our paper goods suite was artfully designed for our couple and featured black, gold, and ivory.
With a soft spot for signage and making things by hand, I created a cork and paper piece that reads “Together is a beautiful place to be.” The glittery golden text, each piece hand-cut, was made all the more pretty by adding fresh flowers to the sign.Three heavenly cakes shimmered in gold with sweet blackberries, anemones, lisianthus, and wax flower. These golden beauties stood proudly on milky white cake stands in the pristine sugar-like snow.

The stone fireplace was enrobed with grand branches whose green leaves peaked out from the veil of snow. Holly’s masterful design made the foliage appear as if it had beautifully sprouted from the stone itself. Our intimate hearth had rows of white candles flickering atop wax-dripped bottles my husband and I lovingly fashioned. This scene could be translated as a sublime ceremony backdrop or the perfect spot for a celebratory toast and kiss by candlelight.


It was an absolute dream being surrounded by such talent! The beautiful work of all those involved was truly inspiring and I am so thankful for their amazing contributions.

Photography: Laura Leslie Photography | Photography: Gracie Blue Photography | Cinematography: Incer Studios | Floral Design: Holly Bryan Floral And Botanical Design | Cakes: Blooming Flour Bakery | Bridesmaids Dresses: Anthropologie | Hair: Robn Johnsen | Bridal Gown: The Sentimentalist | Bridal Sash: Twigs & Honey Headpiece From The Sentimentalist | China: Vintage English Teacup | Groom’s Attire: The Modern Gent | Invitation Suite & Paper Goods: Moore Custom Creations | Linens: I Do Linens | Makeup: Andrea Carter Artistry | Models : Jenna Lombardi, Andrew Lombardi, Hilary Huff, Brittany Keith | Styling, Event Design & Signage: Kate Incer | Wedding Venue: Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club | White Faux Fur Stole: Tulip Bridal

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