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Picnic in the Park Engagement Session + WIUP

Another wonderful week of pretty has come to a close, lovelies. And even though its high summer tide, we wanted to leave you with this fall engagement session from Dawn Alexandra Photography to cozy on up to. So go ahead, curl up and take a peek at all the loving moments here and make sure to keep scrolling for reminders, discounts and our lucky contest winners below!


From The Bride…Our engagement session took place in the front yard of an old abandoned house in old Escondido. Somehow during the extreme drought Southern California has felt this year, our engagement session fell on a weekend of rain. An hour before the shoot, the rain stopped and we were able to continue umbrella-free. Though my hair was not a fan of the rain, it brought a touch of the fall season that we were looking for. Fall is my fiance, Cameron, and I’s favorite time of year. Our first date, the proposal and wedding have had / will have a fall backdrop and feel. There is something about enjoying the outdoors in a cozy flannel and boots. Our florist and photographer went the extra mile to say the least for our fall styled shoot. Flowers by Hilary brought our elegant, organic style into the picnic without making it too over-the-top and cheesy. She started with a warm blanket then worked her magic with creating a casual place setting complete with candles – a must for us! I was obsessed with the look of the naked cake and it tasted great too! We just love her style, she is incredible to work with. Dawn from Dawn Alexandra Photography is one of my favorite photographers! She has a fresh look in her photographs. She made Cameron and I feel completely comfortable in front of the camera which isn’t easy to do. Dawn knows we love the colors of fall leaves and you can see she incorporated them nicely. Cameron and I had the best time wrapped in each other and showing our love. We hope you enjoy the photos!

Photography: Dawn Alexandra Photography | Floral Design: Flowers By Hilary | Makeup: Blushing Makeup Artistry | Venue: Escondido | Vintage Place Settings: Verity Jane Vintage

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Romantic Destination Wedding at Stryker Winery

I think barrel rooms were created solely for wedding receptioning. Well, that and the whole wine storing thing but more importantly how amazing is a dinner amongst the wine? And this beauty is made even more so when floraled and crafted at the hands of one of our absolute favorites, Jacin of Lovely Little Details + snapped to perfection by Edyta Szyszlo Photography. It’s a wine lovers dream and a wedding lover’s inspiration. See even more right here.


From The Bride…Our vision was pretty basic, host a great time for our closest family and friends in a place that we loved so that we could share the “official” merging of our worlds. Our wedding was a destination event for almost all of our guests, so it was important that the location for ceremony be a place that had meaning for us (or was something special). And we love food, wine, friends, and family…so those were the critical ingredients.

There were so many great moments during our wedding day (seeing one another for the first time, the sight of friends enjoying themselves, and most of the dances were all particularly great snapshots), but two moments really stuck out. First, despite a heat wave that shocked even die hard Californians, the ceremony was just about perfect. Sarah walking down the aisle with everyone arrayed around a perfect spot in the vineyard after a year of planning was a memory to cherish. Second, when we entered the “barrel room” for dinner, everyone was seated two long tables in a (thankfully) chilled space. Jazz was playing, our friends and family were chatting and enjoying the evening, and we were officially starting our life as a married couple. The shot had been imagined in our minds for almost a year, and it was everything we had hoped.

Three pieces of advice for planning a great wedding: (1) start using a calendar with your goals, deadlines, and details early; (2) pick people (planners, photographers, etc.) whom you trust and connect with so that you can relax about details; and (3) focus on the little pieces up front so that you relax on the big day.

Photography: Edyta Szyszlo Photography | Wedding Planner: Lovely Little Details | Caterer: Culinary Eye Catering | Hair & Makeup: Betten Chaston | DJ: Spintronix | Officiant: A Beautiful Ceremony | Dance Floor: Encore Events Rentals | Florals: Lovely Little Details | Furniture Rentals & Lighting: Wine Country Party & Events | Linen Rentals: La Tavola | Photobooth: Tomfoolery SF | Winery: Stryker Winery

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Central Park Engagement With a Frenchie

Give me a Central Park, an adorable couple plus a grumpy little Frenchie named Abe and I’ll give you a smile as wide as my screen. Of course, the amazing photos from Vicki Grafton only ups the ante, and some time in this gallery equals a Friday well spent!

From Vicki Grafton… Rebecca and Danny’s Spring engagement in Central Park with their frenchie pup Abe. They currently live in NY while Becca gets her law degree and are planning their fall wedding near Becca’s home town in PA.

Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Dress: Free People | Hair And Makeup: Brides By S|B

Black Tie New Jersey Estate Wedding

A few months back I had a chance to meet the fabulous Kristin behind Reverie Events and let me tell you she’s just as sparkling and sweet as the wedding magic she creates. But when Kristin teams up with the equally lovely Kay English…well, they’re basically unstoppable. *Enter* this spring black tie affair that’s “classic elegance” to a pretty little T. The gallery is what wedding dreams are made of and the film by Right Side Up Productions is just a scroll away!


From Kay English… On the first warm day of the year, March 22, 2014, Nicole & Christopher said their I dos at The Ashford Estate in Allentown, New Jersey. Where many brides had previously played upon the French Chateau nature of the magical mansion, Nicole and Christopher worked with the talented Reverie Events to bring out the luxurious texture and depth, with a resulting fox-and-hound-inspired gala to rally the horses and cheers for a simple, elegant and truly memorable affair.

With a warm color palette of neutrals and gold with navy notes, texture was king. From the suede that held the scrolled programs to the thick, navy velvet ribbon that tied the napkins and five flower girls’ nosegays. From the dark-stained standalone wooden table numbers and suede-wrapped julep cups that held lush arrangements of muted blooms and greenery scattered among the romantic candlelight of the five-pronged bronze candelabras on each table, to the luxurious and intricate lace of the bride’s graceful, deep keyholed gown that glimmered with delicate baby sea pearls and crystals.

Gold-plated plaid marked the custom-designed invitation suite as well as the three best men’s Burberry ties. The matron of honor wore a Pippa Middleton-inspired midnight navy gown, complete with black lace cap sleeves and a stunning black lace back with a mile-long row of nearly 40 covered buttons.

The bride walked into the candlelit barn chapel to a unique composition, “Pachelbel Meets U2,” marrying the classic “Canon in D” to “With or Without You.” A Scottish bagpiper paraded guests into the estate where the signature cocktail — an Old Fashioned — began a cocktail hour in the conservatory where tables were detailed with brass trophy cup vases pouring with opulent greens.

Golden horseshoes — displayed on dark wooden boards with brass pegs, complete with laurel greenery adorning the top inspired by thoroughbred’s winning wreaths — guided guests to the spectacular ballroom as the sun began to set. A decadent black & white chocolate buttercream cake stood tall at four tiers and was dotted with the bride’s elegant blooms of white jeanne moreau d.a. roses, ranunculus and white anemones.

The 10-piece band had the entire 200+ room on its feet as the new Mr. & Mrs. were announced into their first dance, Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing” . . . and well into the night before guests were swept off the dance floor with warm chocolate chip cookies as they made their way to the estate library for post-dancing cocktails.

Photography: Kay English | Videography: Right Side Up Productions | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Wedding Cake: The Bake Works | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Catering: Merri Makers | Hair & Makeup: Gillian Moritz, Beauty Artist Group | Band: The Charles St. Paul Dance Band | Bride's Engagement Ring: Custom, Gabriel & Co. | Flowers & Event Design: Reverie Events | Invitations & Day Of Paper Goods: Reverie Events | Liquor: Neptune Liquors | Matron Of Honor's Dress: Jim Hjelm Occassions | Veil: Custom | Venue: Ashford Estate

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