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Pops of Pretty

Labor Day weekend, a time for end-of-summer BBQs, back to school shopping (classes or not, it’s time for new chic supplies) and the perfect excuse to kick back and relax with plenty of pretty from the past week. Summer may be coming to a close but that doesn’t mean we’re saying goodbye to style or sparkle anytime soon. And in case you need a refresher, we’ve got these gems from ALL over to keep our creative cravings fueled. More beauty in our Vault right this way!

CALIFORNIA

The secret to solving a bad day around these parts? Show us a long sleeved lace gown and train to match and we’ll be smiling from ear to ear. This Cali celebration delivers serious style points and more, making our wedding blogger worries disappear in a flash.

DESTINATION

Not only do these cuties own a game farm in South Africa, working to protect the mighty elephant, but they chose to have their engagement shoot among this natural beauty, with some adorable friends in tow, making this one shoot we won’t forget anytime soon.

SOUTHEAST

A woodside ceremony infused with sweet charm, complete with lush, beautiful bouquets and ending with one classically chic cake; this wedding right here is why we’ll never tire of Southern celebrations.

NORTHWEST

What do you get when you combine two of our all-time favorite things, the serene sea and dreamy dresses? This bridal and boudoir shoot that leaves us breathless, complete with perfectly windswept hair and a beaded lace gown that we yearn to live in every single day.

MID-ATLANTIC

While most Gatsby-inspired styles are dominated by black, white and metallics, this chic shoot has rich purples and pinks to add even more pizazz and depth, and we’re loving every bit of it.

DESTINATION

If you’re looking for a winning combo of rustic romance, look no further than this English countryside celebration where pretty petals, twinkling lights and some insanely chic shoes set the stage for a sweet and stylish soiree.

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Bouquet Breakdown: Elegant + Whimsical Crane Estate Wedding

If you loved the Elegant + Whimsical Crane Estate Wedding, starring our editor-turned-bride, Michelle, then prepare to get giddy with glee, because today we have the scoop on her lovely late-spring bouquet, from floral designer Kerianne Nelson of Andover-based Les Fleurs. Read on below, then head on over to the full gallery to see the pretty all over again!

Elegant + Whimsical Crane Estate Wedding

  • 5 Stems Alyson Garden Rose
  • 5 Stems White Majolica Spray Roses
  • 5 Stems Festiva Maxima Peony
  • 5 Stems White Astilbe
  • 6 Stems Blushing Parasol Garden Spray Rose
  • 4 Stems Moonstone Gem Garden Spray Rose
  • 5 Stems Quicksand Rose
  • 3 Stems White O’Hara Garden Rose
  • 3 Stems Local Mock Orange
  • 3 Stems Local White Dogwood
  • 2 Stems Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Foliage

From Kerianne Nelson…. Michelle was such a treat to work with! When we first met to talk about flowers in our shop we were both so giddy about all the gorgeousness going to happen for their June wedding!!  We look at flowers and the way the can be arranged as naturally as we can for each season, using local greenery as well as blooms to create a story and sense of season.  A subtle whimsy mixed with traditional elegance is a good way to describe our signature style.  I like to design bouquets for our clients at the crane estate that feel organic to the venue and setting, as if they could have been cut from there gardens.  

For Michelle it was about a soft palette, local greens and statement blooms.  We designed a mock bouquet together a few weeks before their big day in our store and I think the true bridal bouquet on the day I made for her was even more perfect!! We had more seasonal foliage available than when we initially met and the season was just right!!  I went with a soft a-symmetrical composition, romantic with the feeling of an estate garden.  Some of the foliage available was still flowering (mock orange and dogwood) which added such a special touch to Michelle’s bouquet, it was a way of telling anyone who saw this pretty piece of floral art perfected photographed by the amazing O’Malley’s, their wedding was a date in June in New England.  

I finished Michelle’s bouquet with my signature 1-sided bow and gorgeous tails in a mix of gray, blush and ivory ribbons Michelle brought to me. 

Floral Design: Les Fleurs | Photography: O’Malley Photographers

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#SMPWedding101: Advantages of a Weekday Wedding

Would you believe me if I told you weekday weddings are a thing? I bet you would if I told you I got married on a Monday, and if that doesn’t convince you, then maybe a few famous faces ( like Cameron and Jen) will. We’re asking Erin of Sterling Social to tell us the advantages of booking a weekday wedding and why you really should consider it – more below!

VALUE

Your ceremony and reception venue(s) will offer reduced rental fees and lower food/beverage minimums for a non-weekend date. This then gives you more money to put towards things like flowers, décor and music which will all likely offer reduced weekday pricing as well.

ENDLESS OPTIONS

Your options for venues are endless and you’ll avoid running into date issues. This way you can find your picture perfect location!

SPECIFIC DATES

Allows couples to be married on a specific anniversary/date that is special to them as this particular date might not fall on a weekend.

WEEKEND PREP

You can plan other wedding events such as a Rehearsal Dinner or Brunch on Weekend dates that either lead into or extend into a weekend. For example, if your wedding is on a Monday then have your Rehearsal Dinner that Sunday evening before and start your celebrations with family and friends at the start of the weekend that leads into your Monday wedding.

TRAVEL

For any guests that have to travel, a weekday can be a more affordable when it comes to flights, hotels and rental cars.

INTIMATE

It’s great for those wanting an intimate wedding with lower guest counts.

More Weekday Wedding Inspo

Inspired by Cameron Diaz’s weekday wedding | 5 reasons to have a weekday wedding

ONGOING GIVEAWAYS + DISCOUNTS…

Waldorf Astoria
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THIS WEEK’S DISCOUNTS…

For our California Brides… Discount from L’Relyea Events, The Ranch at Laguna Beach 

For our New England Brides… Discount from Sweet Monday Photography

 

Tips provided by: Erin of Sterling Social

Pink Sonoma Vineyard Wedding

The only thing more incredible than the hilltop views of Sonoma Valley is the wedding set here. Inspired by the Tuscan countryside and gussied up with pink-on-pink bloomage by Urban Botanica, it’s a day with a decidedly chic flair and we can’t get enough. Clary Pfeiffer told the story through her lens, and we’re welcoming every last image into The Vault.

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Settings
Vineyard
Styles
Rustic

From The Bride…My girlfriends and I decided to go to an 80’s cover band concert on a whim one night. While dancing to “Tainted Love” in the middle of the crowded venue, I locked eyes with a handsome guy in a blue shirt and we spent the rest of the evening talking over the music. Andrew was the sweetest, most charming, and down-to-earth guy I had ever met and I will never forget how enamored I was that night. A couple months after we met in Dallas, Andrew told me he was moving to San Francisco for a job opportunity that he couldn’t turn down. I understood and respected his decision and we said our goodbyes.

I thought that was the end of our fleeting romance, but I was very wrong. Andrew and I ended up doing long distance for a year and a half. We spent countless hours on the phone every night and racked up many miles traveling to see each other. I truly believe our situation was a blessing in disguise. Long distance was one of the toughest things either of us had been through, but it helped us to build an incredibly strong relationship that can withstand just about anything. I decided to move to San Francisco (one of the best decisions of my life) and Andrew asked me to marry him after 9 months of living in the same city.

We got married on a beautiful, sun-filled day at our favorite winery in Sonoma. Viansa Winery sits on a hilltop overlooking Sonoma Valley, but looks more like a villa tucked away in the hills of Tuscany. We envisioned a romantic garden setting for our ceremony, so we said our ‘I-dos’ in Viansa’s courtyard surrounded by olive trees and ivy. Our lush floral arrangements featured soft pastel hues of light peach, dusty rose, and pale sage.

My bouquet was wrapped in Andrew’s grandmother’s handkerchief from when she got married 60 years ago. We were surrounded by so much love that day – it all felt like a dream. We enjoyed dinner and touching speeches by Andrew’s three brothers, my sister, and my best friend as the sun was setting behind us. We danced the night away under twinkling lights and ended the evening with a flower petal toss as Andrew and I made our exit. It’s true what they say…you find love when you least expect it. And I still have my ticket stub from that concert.

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Cinematography: Nebulous Dream Productions | Coordination: Viansa (Kristen Hardy) | Floral Design: Urban Botanica | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Sweetie Pies | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jim Hjlem | Hair: It's A Date At The Powder Room | Calligraphy: Fully Made Designs | Ceremony Music: Garden Strings | Venue: Viansa Winery

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