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The Barn Wedding Given a Completely Modern Look

You KNOW we love barn weddings, but this particular celebration is quite unlike the typical day that comes to mind. Washed in a sea of white + gray with gold accents and elegant draping, it brings a fresh, modern vibe to the farm table without a speck of burlap or single mason jar in sight. TOAST Santa Barbara designed the florals, Michelle Beller photographed, and there’s much more this way.

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From the Bride… What happens when a TV Producer and a Lawyer walk into a bar? Well, they get married… We met in 2011 at a bar in Santa Monica, CA. Every Wednesday, the bar has Trivia Night and every Wednesday, Wayne and his team (Sacred Guardians of the Trivia Temple), and my team and I (Donna Martin Graduates) would go and compete. It is at that bar, on a Wednesday night that they met, and have been together ever since.

Trivia/games, friends, and travel are 3 things that have always encapsulated us as a couple. So we wanted to encompass those 3 things during our wedding day. We decided to have our wedding in Solvang, California because one of our first dates was in Santa Barbara. We are both from the East Coast, so we wanted our friends and family to feel the magic of Wine Country, and also wanted our Los Angeles friends to have a “stay-cation.” It was a wonderful place, because the town is so quaint, that we took over 2 hotels in the town, so everyone got to know each other very well before the wedding even began.

Because getting to Solvang is a long drive from Los Angles (nevermind flying in from around the country) it was important to us to make the trek worthwhile for everyone involved. We didn’t want our friends & family to feel like just “guests” at our wedding. Personalizing the ceremony, the reception and everything in between was our goal. My Best Friend officiated the wedding, Wayne’s Brother sang and played the guitar to their first song, the Candy Bar and bags were done by my mom, Candy. One thing we were really excited about, was the place cards, we put nicknames/private jokes on each card so everyone had to guess which one was theirs, and that was a big hit. In addition to the cards, our ceremony program was a booklet that included trivia of the bridal party, the groomsmen wore socks that matched their personality, and games like bacci ball & beer pong was definitely a crowd pleaser. We wanted each person to know how important it was that they were there, but how important they were in our lives.

Our wedding was one of the best days of our lives, and absolutely one of the most fun, but the beauty of the day didn’t just come from the gorgeous flowers and scenic views, but from the love that was so strong, it almost blew us away.

So, what happens when a TV Producer & a Lawyer walk into a bar? The answer is pure bliss (well, let’s talk after we have kids) ;)

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Photography: Michelle Beller | Coordination: Details Event Planning | Floral Design: TOAST Santa Barbara | Cake: Whoa Nelly | Invitations: Papel Paper & Press | Catering: Whoa Nelly | DJ: Tendaji Lathan | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Location: Private Ranch, Solvang Ca. | Photo Booth: Action Photo Booth | Rentals: Town And Country

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The Perfect Fall Colors for Your Bridal Party

Looking for that perfect color for your bridal party?  We’ve got you totally covered.  Think Hayley Paige Occasions’ Fall 2016 Collection and a bevy of stunning looks that will make your besties glow. I mean, it’s literally your go-to for fab styles AND fab hues. Get ready to rock that autumn wedding below.

With one show-stopping gown after another, Hayley Paige Occasions’ Fall 2016 Collection is all about beauty and superior workmanship.  From the beaded accents to the intricate lace details to the flattering (+ ultra-feminine) silhouettes, each silky smooth gown (the fabrics are ah-mazing) is seriously stylish AND fashion-forward. In other words? Your bridal party will love you… and you’ll love their look.

Spend some time perusing the Hayley Paige Occasions’ Fall 2016 Collection in the Look Book, then visit an authorized Hayley Paige Occasions retailer TODAY to get your fashion on.

Sylvie Gil’s Vintage Inspired Workshop in the South of France, Part II

If by chance you haven’t already perused the pretty that was Part I of this workshop, you should definitely do so because Part II? Well, it’s somehow even more mezermizing than the first. Inspired by the region with Chateau de Varennes resides, Jesse Tombs styled a day filled with rich hues of dijon and bold bits of burgundy Sylvie Gil Photography has captured it all to share in The Vault!

Young, exuberant, fresh, ethnic inspired and lux,”Jesse Tombs

MORE INFO HERE ON SYLVIE GIL’S 2017 WORKSHOP!

Style Me Pretty is so excited to be a part of Sylvie Gil Workshops, a fine art photography workshop in a luxurious 18th century Chateau in Burgundy, France. Photographers, this is wonderful chance to take your business to another level, find your own personal style, attract your dream client, and make new industry friends in a relaxed atmosphere, all while enjoying amazing food prepared by a French chef!

Sylvie and her team of industry gurus will share their successful business formulas, how to book your ideal clients, and how they design and photograph gorgeous styled shoots

Dates for the 2017 workshop will be announced tomorrow, Sept 28th right here. xoxo

From Jesse TombsTwo affluent young 70’s Parisians, with a family home in Burgandy, take over the Chateau De Varennes while their parents are on holiday in Morocco. I wanted the look to feel young, exuberant, fresh, ethnic inspired and lux. There is so much white and cream and pink in the wedding industry so I challenged myself to push the boundaries of color and work with colors that I hadn’t used before.

The mustard color of the dinning table linens was inspired by the location of Burgundy, which is a huge exporter of mustard from Dijon, a nearby region in France. La Tavola Linens provided us with beautiful velvet linens and table runners that were made for their new 2016 collection, they were the first time they had been used in fact. We mixed wooden and silver flatware with brightly colored raw linen napkins to add texture and depth to the design. Place cards at each place setting we created by the talented Yonder Design based in San Francisco. Olive colored cow hide was used and paired with acrylic tortoiseshell and then etched with each guests name. The combination reads current, but individually these pieces are so 70’s inspired, but somehow it all works together.

Holly Flora a LA based floral designer worked with us to create juicy, bright almost edible looking blooms. The colors added a cheerfulness that could not be added from any other element. Her garden inspired blooms look freshly ripped out of the Chateau De Varennes gardens, casually elegant, while not trying to hard to be perfect. The invitation suite, also by Yonder Design is modern, textured and sharp.

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Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Floral Design: Holly Flora | Gown: Oscar De La Renta | Gown:Vera Wang | Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: Styled By Two’s Company | Jewelry: Bekah Anne | Rings:Trumpet & Horn | Makeup: Little Miss Make Up | Tuxedo: The Black Tux | Business Master: Richard Photo Lab | Chateau: Chateau de Varennes | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Lingerie: Girl with a Serious Dream | Lingerie: Claire Pettibone | Media Editor: Style Me Pretty | Other Attire: Gossamer | Paper Goods: Yonder Design | Rentals: La Boheme Deco | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Stylist: Alison Events, LLC | Veil: Jannie Baltzer | Workshop Sponsor: Flutter Magazine

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How To Master Your First Dinner Party Together

Throwing that first dinner party as newlyweds?  Sort of a right of passage.  But for all of you lovelies with skills that are more “take out” than “Giada” (shh… we won’t tell), we’ve teamed up with OXO for a how-to on hosting that perfect, stress-free soiree. From bar to bites, we’ve got you totally covered.  Get those invites ready and scroll below to entertain your hearts out.

SIMPLIFY THE BAR MENU

I probably don’t need to point out that every party needs a few amazing cocktails, but just in case… Yes, yes it does.  So if you are wondering how to turn yourself into the Mixologist of the Century, we have some recommendations.  First, choose one or two specialty drinks that represent you + your love (think Cosmopolitans as an ode to that first date in NYC or Vodka Lemonades for all of those summers spent relaxing on the beach) then mix it up with a white and red wine option for all of your guests that prefer vino. Next, keep some fab bar tools on hand, like OXO’s SteeL Cocktail Shaker and OXO’s SteeL Vertical Lever Corkscrew that will totally help you master the art of the yummy drink.  And finally, grab a glass of cold white from OXO’s SteeL Wine Chiller (another must in our kitchens), kick your feet up and soak in the admiration from all of your impressed guests.

MAKE MINIATURE APPETIZERS & DESSERTS

Sometimes planning that menu can be a tad bit overwhelming (trust us, we’ve sooo been there), but you can definitely de-stress by adding just a few miniature appetizers and desserts to the lineup and using a really, really good pan like OXO’s Half Sheet Jelly Roll Pan. (Fab bakeware makes all the difference.) Think bacon wrapped dates, spinach quiches and creole salmon cakes for a tasty welcome, then tackle those mini pies, cookies and chocolate peanut butter bites like it’s no one’s business. You know, so you can totally wow your friends.

SERVE UP THE COFFEE

Guys, no dinner party is complete without a good cup of jo, and you most definitely need to do your research when it comes to brewing up the best.  We’re totally on board with OXO’s Barista Brain 9-Cup Coffee Maker, a pot known for its ultra-cool look (hello, LED interface) and hand-crafted feel.  But honestly? Along with OXO’s Burr Grinder, you can easily grind and brew a GREAT cup of coffee. (Trust us.) So whether you plan on adding a little libation or drinking it black, give your guests a little extra treat while they sit back and relax for that nightcap.

DON’T STRESS ABOUT LUNCH OR DINNER THE NEXT DAY

If we’re being honest, dinner parties are ah-mazing, but laying on the couch in our yoga pants munching on leftovers? Just as good.  We always, always have an awesome storage set on hand, like OXO’s 8 Piece Bake, Serve & Store Set, which makes airtight storage in the refrigerator or freezer a breeze. The dishes can also go directly from the freezer to the oven, so there’s no need to thaw if you’re in a hurry to heat those extras for dinner. Not to mention that clean-up is oh-so-easy. I mean, who can argue with that?

For even more helpful tools and products, visit OXO to channel your inner Abby Larson and host like a pro on your next big night in.