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Sparkly New Year’s Eve Wedding

I’ve been following Rhi of Hey Gorgeous Events ever since I landed in the wedding industry, but it’s not without good reason. She’s one of the best and brightest in the biz, and when Rhi sent us her latest wedding work of art – a pink and gold New Year’s Eve celebration - I pored over every image from Jen and Jonah longer than I care to admit. Take a peek back at this sweet couple’s engagement, and don’t miss the gallery + Studio 213 Films’ amazing video for a whole lot more.

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From Hey Gorgeous EventsKatie and Bryan were married on New Year’s Eve at the Contemporary Art’s Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio (their beautiful engagement session was actually featured on Style Me Pretty that same day about an hour before Katie walked down the aisle!) Dear friends and family travelled from near and far not only to ring in a new year but to love on the sweet couple as they started a new chapter in their love story. Aside from the gorgeous bride and the handsome groom, the event had so many details tied in with the bride’s love for blush, peach, mint and gold. The big overhead ceremony aisle canopy made completely out of ribbon, lush blush, peach and white florals in gold vessels, sequin linens that sparkled when the light hit at the right time, a massive dance floor ceiling treatment that set the tone for the reception party; this wedding really had it all and more.

Yet right before I sent up the signal to the bridal party to let them know the processional was about to start, we got some bad news. Katie had lost her engagement ring. As the string quartet played, the guests eagerly anticipated the bride’s big reveal, and poor Bryan stood at the alter confused and wondering what was going on (sorry Bryan!), Katie and her girls were scrambling around trying to find her ring at what probably was the worst time to be doing so. I met her halfway up to the bridal suite to get things back on track and told her all that mattered in that moment was the kind groom waiting for her at the alter. And that we would find the ring no matter what. Her Dad held her hand, she shook her head, wiped away a few tears and together they trekked down the thirty plus stairs to the 250 awaiting guests. The ceremony began at long last and the show went on.

Immediately after I sent Katie off down the aisle, we got the news that the ring had been found; by a very gracious janitorial employee who had discovered the ring sitting in the corner of the venue restroom! From there the ring went from the hands of the employee to my husband, to a guest, to the videographer, to the photographer, to the best man, to the groom and finally back into the hands of our sweet bride. Katie was reunited with her most special piece of jewelry at the exact moment when it came time to exchange the rings. Bryan was a little confused as to we he was handed three rings instead of the two he was expecting but Katie burst into happy tears at the sight of thought to be long lost possession. There would continue to be many more moments of happy tears and sheer joy that day, all of which shined brighter than any diamond ring.

When it came close to midnight everyone stood on the dance floor and counted down to the start of 2014 via the large screen which was live streaming the Times Square coverage. At midnight a confetti canon erupted sprinkling colored bits over all of the happy guests embracing their loved ones as Auld Lang Syne began to softly play. It was beyond a pleasure being a small sliver of the Sapp’s happily ever after, and an honor to work with such a talented team who made it all possible.

Photography: Jen And Jonah | Videography: Studio 213 Films | Cake: Maribelle Cakery | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: Funkys Catering | Bride's Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Contemporary Arts Center: Contemporary Arts Center | Planning, Design, Florals & Coordination: Hey Gorgeous Events | Rentals: All Occasions Event Rentals | Stationery : Smitten On Paper | Tassels And Noise Horns: Stephanie Shives Studio

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Elegant Beachside Wedding in La Jolla, California

The perfect printed linen is one of those small elements with a big impact. It takes the beauty of this modern beach wedding designed by Before I Do Events and adds a layer of chic so beautifully photographed by Carmen Santorelli. Seashells, modern beach lounging and lovely blooms by Isari Flower Studio – that’s what this gem is all about. Click here for more and be sure to have a look at the film captured by Enjet Media below.

 

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From The Bride…I feel that Anthony and I are the epitome of ‘what’s meant to be will be’, and that theme shined through on our wedding day. We fell in love with our gorgeous beachfront venue, so we decided to take on the challenge of planning our wedding in just four months in order to secure our dream location. With the help of the amazing team at Before I Do Events and all of our incredible vendors, it proved to be no challenge at all, and everything easily fell into place just perfectly as it was meant to be, for the big day.

We wanted our wedding to be classic with romantic hints of vintage, and Parisian-inspired touches throughout. Most of all, we wanted the wedding to be ‘us’. From the wood planks that lined the aisle with the things we love about each other (how Anthony proposed), to our personally written vows, to our family-style dinner from one of our favorite restaurants, to our basketball themed grand entrance (yes, my husband dunked in his tux), to our delicious dessert bar – it was a night centered around everything we love, including each other and our dearest friends and family.

Love and genuineness filled the room, and we had a blast dancing the night away. We also made it a point to take some time out together to take it all in, which was great since time flew by. After the party ended and Anthony and I got back to our hotel, and we did an impromptu photo shoot on the beach, and we then found ourselves playing ping pong in our wedding clothes (then maybe or maybe not headed to Jack in the Box). It was the best, most perfect night because it was just so ‘US’.

Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography | Floral Design: Isari Flower Studio | Wedding Gown: Romona Keveza From Isis Bridal | Hair Stylist: Jamee | Band/DJ: Still Listening Productions | Beverage Service: Giuseppe Catering | Catering Service: Tapenade | Chair Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals | Desserts: Hostess Haven | Furniture Rentals: Farm Tables And More | Linens: La Tavola | Location: Scripps Seaside Forum | Makeup Stylist: Krysta Demetris | Printwork: Jillian From Coastyle Events | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Transportation: Embassy Limousine | Video: Enjet Media | Wedding Coordination + Design: Alicia From Before I Do Events

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Modern Beach House Wedding Inspiration

Backyard weddings are one of our favorite genres. They’re personalized and cozy and dripping in laid back elegance. And if that backyard happens to be mere feet from the ocean, consider it a whole new level of awesome. This photo shoot is oceanfront beauty paired with chic modern details and the idea of a casual beach house get together. Conceptualized and crafted by Lavender & TwineCassidy Rae Events and These Bud’s A Blooming, these images will have you rethinking that backyard affair and maybe moving it seaside.

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From Lavender & TwineThe inspiration for this modern and romantic shoot was sparked by an incredible tiled wall–a wall accenting a one of a kind modern beach house. We wanted to help couples think outside of the box, and inspire a fresh take on a modern beach wedding. With a mixed palette of neutrals, greens, and whites with pops of oranges and gold, this is the perfect combination for a modern yet elegant wedding.

The stunning floral arrangements were provided by These Buds A Blooming. Allie put something together more gorgeous than I ever imagined. I mean, did you see that bouquet?! The soft textures in the arrangements combined with the edginess of the succulents and pops of color are a perfect fit with this modern vibe.

Incredible linens were provided by La Tavola. The textured grey linen cloth was the perfect anchor for the table design with dishware provided by Town and Country Rentals. The modern print napkins added a little something extra special. The custom silverware gave the perfect balance of modern elegance.

The cake was provided by The Sugar Lab with a last minute placement of an air-plant as the cake topper. It was the perfect finish to the intentional imbalance of the cake. The use of geometric shapes and blocks made this cake truly something special.

Our gorgeous bride looked amazing in a Paolo Sebastian gown that continued the grey palette through the wardrobe. Crystal Robinson Makeup did an amazing job styling the already stunning brides hair and makeup.

Photography: Lavender & Twine | Event Design: Cassidy Rae Events | Wedding Dress: Paolo Sabastian From Nearly Newlywed | Cake: The Sugar Lab | Linens: La Tavola | Floral Design & Styling: These Bud's A Blooming | Makeup & Hair : Crystal Robinson | Models: Morgan Lott Of Mawwaige Films | Rentals: Town And Country | Venue: Private Residence

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Romantic Spring Wedding at Historic Hotel

I dare you to find a wedding more timelessly elegant than this Maryland “I do.” Set at the historic Antrim 1844, it’s got charm like you wouldn’t believe in a sea of neutral shades, and the gallery from the fabulous Kirsta A. Jones? It’s guaranteed to make your Monday soooo much sweeter.

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From The Bride & Groom…We did our best to make sure all the details of our wedding reflected us as a couple as well as our family history.

It was important for us to find a venue that could host all of our wedding activities since it was the first time our families would be meeting. Our friends and families rented out the adorable houses and stayed on property the entire weekend. We held our rehearsal dinner at the Smokehouse Restaurant Friday night then hosted a Welcome Party for out of town guests after the dinner. It was so special to us to have everyone all together in such an intimate setting.

The dessert table was one of my favorite parts of the wedding! It was a way for us to incorporate several different heritages. Steve’s mom and god mother made all the Greek pastries and Amy’s mom made the mini pecan pies (in honor of her southern roots). Steve’s Aunt, who was born and raised on Smith Island, made the Smith Island cakes (chocolate, coconut and pineapple).

Smith Island is a small island (current population= 364 people) at at the southern-most part of the Eastern Shore and is only accessible by Ferry. Steve always loved going to his Aunt & Uncle’s for any party because they’d always have a Smith Island cake (at least one). The cakes are very laborious. Each layer is baked individually and stacked one on-top of another to create 7 layers stuck together with deliciously rich icing. 7 layers is the “official” sign that it was made on Smith Island….it’s recent popularity has spurred many to bake 8-10 layers but the pros learned over the years that anything over 7 tends to topple over.

Our save the dates, invitations, menu cards, etc had the same design on each of them. Steve incorporated that design and customized the corn hole set for the wedding. The lawn games (Jenga and Ladder Golf) as well as the wedding sign came from Sean Pumphrey.

Photography: Kirsta A. Jones | Flowers: Violet's Florist | Wedding Gown: Tara Keely | Wedding Cake: Gateau Monique | Invitations: Anne Marie Gaines | Rings: Zachary's Jewelers | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Hair: Jessica Tiddes | DJ: AJ Productions | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Antrim 1844 | Lawn Games (Jenga & Ladder Golf): Play With Wood | Wedding Signs: Play With Wood

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