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Pastel Glamour in Santa Monica

It may be fall, but today we are fully embracing spring thanks to this wedding of lifestyle blogger turned Bride, Whitney of See Shop Eat Do. Her day is a sea of pastel details, a bounty of blooms by Stephanie Grace and all mixed with classic sensibilities. To say this is a stunner is a complete understatement. Catch even more captured by Paige Jones, in the full gallery right here.

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From The Bride…Justin and I are both from Canada originally, but we met and got engaged here in Los Angeles, by the beach. We wanted our wedding to be romantic and traditional yet unstuffy, and to reflect what we both love so much about California. Having our reception at Casa Del Mar, an oceanfront hotel rich in Santa Monica history was the perfect fit. Our color scheme of blush pink, white and gold ran through all aspects of the event from our invitations to the bridesmaid dresses to the florals. Our bouquets and arrangements also had plenty of greenery in them which helped to lend a lush, California-casual vibe to the decor. It was really important to us that our guests, many of whom had flown in from other countries, have an amazing time and our band did a great job of getting everyone up and dancing from the second the reception started to the last song of the night.

Photography: Paige Jones | Videography: WADE Koch | Cake: Sweet Lady Jane | Makeup Artist: Fiore Beauty | Florals And Planning: Stephanie Grace | Party Rentals: Del Rey Party | Venue: Casa Del Mar

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Cocktail Hour with Wedding Paper Divas

Truth be told, we love a good cocktail hour around these parts. Signature drinks, lawn games, mingling with guests… it’s the kick-off of many a wedding bash and a great way to set the tone for your reception. A simple way to do that is with a few fun paper goods! We’re loving Wedding Paper Divas new reception goodies, from personalized coasters and napkins to song request and advice cards.

Classic Elegance
For the more classic couple looking for a hint of elegance, make a big impression with the Lavish Accent coasters and enclosure cards. A perfect match for your signature martini and gold detailing.

Tips for Bar Decor

  • Offer fancy garnishes like fresh florals and golden sugar for rims
  • Let your guests make song recommendations in advance with a pretty tray of song request cards
  • Consider a pretty backdrop! We love this DIY mirrored cocktail menu

Romantic & Playful
Turn up the volume on your romantic, playful affair with a bit of floral fun. We paired the Summer Circlet coasters with advice cards from the Blossoming Union suite for a fresh approach.

Tips for Bar Decor

  • Add a colorful citrus to your bar for a pop that will invite your guests right in
  • Have your bartender prep signature cocktails in advance and have them ready to go on lovely coasters. No one likes to wait in a line!
  • Get creative and rent a vintage bar cart, topped with unique items like the library card holder shown above

With the wide array of designs, it’s easy to choose items that will match your look. Get the party started with Wedding Paper Divas!

Classic Elegance Photography: White Loft Studio | Romantic & Playful Photography: Michelle March | Romantic & Playful Vintage Decor: Unearthed Vintage


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Seaside Engagement Session at Crane Beach

Around these parts she’s known as our LBB extraordinaire, but today our dear Melissa - also the voice behind Yours Truly - is sharing a look inside her very own engagement. It’s a day at the sea made for two captured by Rebecca Yale, and the images that follow are unbelievably gorgeous. Read on for the Groom-to-be’s proposal recap, and peek back as Melissa talks invites with Wedding Paper Divas!

From Rebecca Yale PortraitsI was so incredibly honored when Melissa asked me to photograph her engagement! We shot on the gorgeous Crane Beach on one of the last beautiful warm days of summer as the sun set behind us and turned the sky and ocean around us the most beautiful shade of pink. Melissa and Shawn were such a pleasure to photograph! I adore engagement sessions because they are such a wonderful opportunity to capture some real moments of this unique time in your life of being young and in love and just being yourselves. Melissa and Shawn could not have been more genuinely in love and they were so sweet with each other the whole shoot, which makes my job so fun – and hello supermodel alert – I felt like I was on a fashion shoot on the beach with these two stunners! We were having so much fun we shot every inch of available light as the sun set around us, and luckily didn’t get in too much trouble for staying out on the sand after dark, because I just couldn’t stop shooting these two!

From the Groom-to-be… After dating Melissa for 8 years, I decided it was time for me to buck up and finally ask the woman that I so dearly adore to finally do the honor of marrying me. So first things first, I started backwards planning on how I was going to pull it all off.

Since we’re both scuba divers, I thought it would be amazing to propose underwater. We both love the ocean, we live only a couple miles from our local beach and in the summer, we’re usually on our boat when we have free time. The first gift I ever gave her was the conch shell we included in our engagement photos that I found while scuba diving in Turks & Caicos for my marine biology course in college. So it only seemed fitting to do it by the water.

With my parents having recently retired near Palm Beach in Florida, I planned a getaway to visit them and everything was set. I had my father do a recon of the best dive shop in the area prior to our arrival, to say the least, but unfortunately the rough seas that week didn’t cooperate, so I had to switch to plan B.

My parents took us to see The Breakers and my mother recommended to propose in the botanical garden, which was beautiful, but it didn’t feel quite like us, so I held off and waited to take her to a secluded area of Delray Beach we had planned to visit the next day. We found a quiet little cabana and within five minutes of setting up our spot, I asked “Melissa, will you marry me?”. You should have seen her face—she never saw it coming. It was perfect, tears of joy, and an absolute “Yes” with a hug and a kiss followed by a celebratory piña colada at a fun tiki bar across the street called The Sandbar.

Photography: Rebecca Yale | Floral Design: Yours Truly | Hair & Makeup: LuxeBar | Blush Pink Dress: Revolve Clothing | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Location: Crane Beach | Print: Julie Song Ink | White Sundress: Nordstrom

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Glamorous Boca Raton Courtyard Wedding

Oh, to be a guest at this Boca Raton wedding. To experience a day filled with seamless details and old world charm, all nestled in the stunning courtyard of The Addison. Of course, soaking in the florals by Xquisite Events and that Momofuku Milk Bar cake wouldn’t hurt one bit, either. Luckily Kallima Photography captured the whole affair and I can live vicariously in the full gallery here.

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From Kallima PhotographyColette and Josh were married outdoors in the courtyard of The Addison. We spent hours photographing them at the Boca Resort and Spa, where they prepared for the day, and did their first look. Trolley’s took guests from the hotel to the venue a mile down the road.

The bride wore a BHLDN wedding gown, and the groom wore a custom one-off suit. Bridesmaids were dressed in various shades of gold and bronze. The reception was full of eye candy. Everything from the wood farm tables draped with seeded eucalyptus, to the signature drink adorned with a gold pom pom stirrer. The Bride carried a heirloom gold sparkle clutch, and the couple had a signature perfume made for them to wear on their wedding day.

The Groom works for Barney’s New York and has impeccable style. These two are a power couple and had friends come from near and far to their gorgeous outdoor wedding at The Addison in Boca Raton Florida. Xquisite provided the florals and event design, and really outdid themselves. The chuppah was covered with seeded eucalyptus, green moss, and roses placed throughout, with white drapery hanging loosely over the edges. Succulents, Anemones, Craspedia and Dusty Miller were on the reception tables. The first dance was held on the stone dance floor underneath twinkling lights. The Bride opted to change out of her stunning and delicate BHLDN gown halfway through the reception, putting on a flirty Cynthia Steffe shift dress. The gorgeous ‘naked’ cake was flanked by a pistachio cake from Momofuku Milk Bar NYC that was to die for.

Photography: Kallima Photography | Floral Design: Xquisite Events | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Wedding Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar NYC | Invitations: Banshee Press | Ceremony Venue: The Addison | Reception Venue: The Addison | Bride's Shoes: Nine West | Jewelry: Jennifer Meyer | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Madewell | Hair And Makeup: Jennifer Cruz | Lighting: Frost | DJ: Elegant Occasions | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Groom's Shoes: Dolce And Gabbana | Bow Tie: Cordial Weddings | Bride's Earrings: Vintage Polo | Bride's Reception Dress: Cynthia Steffe | Coordination: Creative Touch | Custom Perfume: Ann Gottlieb | Custom Tote Bags: Creative Touch Party Design | Groom's Bow Tie: Cordial Weddings | Preparation: Boca Raton Resort & Club | Transportation: Molly's Trolleys

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