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This Backyard Wedding Is Basically “Father of the Bride” IRL

You’ve seen Father of the Bride, right? It’s pretty safe to say we’ve found the real life version that’s better than the movie any day. After becoming engaged, these two knew her childhood home was the perfect spot to tie the knot, and with the help of Intertwine Style they transformed her parent’s garden into a ceremony masterpiece. Almond Leaf Studios worked their usual magic behind the lens and there’s even more to pin this way.

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From the Bride… I met Alex through mutual friends about four years ago. We hit it off instantly and talked to each other for the majority of the night. His intellectual curiosity and sense of humor are what initially drew me in and I have been smitten ever since! He proposed to me in our apartment kitchen on a Friday night with my dream ring from Satomi Kawakita. The ring is extremely simple and not your typical engagement ring by any means, but it is exactly what I wanted. The beauty and meaning behind the simplicity of the ring is perfect. We had friends over for champagne and dreamed of things to come!

My parents have maintained a beautiful garden at my childhood home of about 22 years. Growing up, the garden was a place to hang out and nibble on berries, pick flowers, and just enjoy the outdoors. It is a place I hold dear and when Alex and I got engaged it was instantly my ideal venue for our ceremony. Aligning our reception venue with the lush, dreamy, and nostalgic vibe of my parents’ garden was key for me. Luckily, a generous family friend offered up her peony farm, Oscar-Morse Peonies, which was a dream come true. We visited the farm as the sun was setting and I knew it would be perfect. I let the venues essentially guide the rest of my decision-making.

For floral design, we were lucky enough to have peonies from both Oscar-Morse and my parents’ garden. Having watched my parents’ peonies bloom yearly as a child, it meant so much to see them in bouquets and arrangement on our big day. Beyond the sourcing of the flowers, Kelly Lenard was a genius with the design! I wanted lush, soft, muted colors along with some blush/pale yellow/ivories. My dress was a color called “Butter” so I wanted some yellows in my bouquet to complement that. I also wanted a bit of an edge to the all the softness, which is where we integrated smoke bush, Do-Tell peonies, and rex begonia leaves. She executed on the vision flawlessly.

I wanted my dress to be chic, not fussy, and I wanted it to be Houghton Bride. When I saw Alice in Ivory was holding a Houghton trunk show I instantly booked an appointment. I am entirely obsessed with what Houghton has been doing in the bridal industry, and while Katharine Polk’s designs can lean a bit more “City Bride,” I *loved* every dress I tried on and ultimately chose the Kate Dress. It was the perfect fit for me and the garden wedding. To make it a little more ethereal, I added the Jennifer Behr Coronet and a thin belt. For bridesmaids I wanted a more formal spin on the slip-dress and Joanna August’s Kimi dress was a perfect fit.

The day was absolutely perfect and I cannot thank our vendors enough for all that they did to make it run seamlessly! The day went by faster than I ever could imagine and Almond Leaf Studios did a great job at capturing the day and emotion. We’ll look back on these pictures for years to come and think of what a happy day it was!

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Photography: Almond Leaf Studios | Coordination: MerryMe Events | Styling: Kelly Lenard | Floral Design: Kelly Lenard | Wedding Dress: Houghton Bride | Cake: Adam's Cake Shop | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Childhood Home - Private Residence | Reception Venue: Oscar-Morse Peonies | Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Matterhorn | Hair: Jennifer Lewallen | DJ: EA Pro Music | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Bridal Belt: xLittlebee | Bridal Boutique: Alice In Ivory | Bride's Hair Piece: jennifer behr | Bride's ring: Satomi Kawakita | Flower Girls: Zara | Rentals: Burns | Ring Bearer: Zara | Wildflower Seeds: Etsy

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Beachy Bachelorette Party? You Need These Mermaid Gift Sets!

Hello brides-to-be, Olivia from LivvyLand here and I’m sharing some fun news…I went to Costa Rica for my destination bachelorette trip! For our tropical beach getaway to celebrate I crafted my ‘maids a fun gift to welcome them to paradise and as soon as we touched down in Costa Rica my fabulous crew went from bridesmaids’ to mermaids for an entire week of beach festivities!

If you saw how I asked my bridal party to be a part of my big day, it’s no secret that I thoroughly enjoy coming up with themed gift sets and making them come to life! Between being a Pinterest fanatic and my career as a fashion blogger, let’s just say creating these precious little sets is a ‘happy place’ of mine – not to mention getting to see the look on everyone’s faces when they open them up is truly the absolute best! I thought up a batch of items that would coincide perfectly with the ‘mermaid’ theme of the shindig and be useful throughout the trip. Here’s what I included in my mermaid gift sets:

Ramblers | Since we’ll be roaming from the pool to the beach, I opted for cups that can keep drinks extra cold throughout the day. I worked with Rambler On to customize YETI Lo Ball cups for my bridal party – each one says “Let’s Be Mermaids” on one side and then has their monogram on the back. I think we’re all set for a “cheers” photo opp!

Nail Kit | When doing some extensive mermaid research, I spotted this idea on Pinterest and knew I had to add it to my gift set! I got super lucky and found the glittery scale nail files at CVS (honestly, I’m not sure the cashier has ever seen someone so excited about nail files, ha!) and then scooped up the polish colors by Essie. My color scheme was coral and a mix of light blues and mint greens, so I grabbed polish colors within that spectrum. Finally, I tied each one with a dash of twine and voila, cutest little nail polish sets!

Bracelets | A beach getaway just calls for beaded bracelets with bursts of color, and when I saw these pretties by Gold & Gray I was completely hooked! I got one per gal, but if you’re feeling ultra festive you could pass out a few per person so they can stack them up!

Matching Tees |  I love the idea of a matching bachelorette bridal party, and after scouring the internet for the perfect tee fit for a flock of fabulous mermaids, I decided this adorable coral Wildfox number was the one! For starers, it’s the color of Ariel’s hair (Little Mermaid reference), and two, I love the word ‘Mermaid’ written across the front – it’s got that effortless, playful look that I was hoping to find. Not to mention, everyone can use a breezy tee to throw on over a swimsuit after a day at the beach!

Shell Hair Pins | Such a fun and easy DIY activity! All you need is a hot glue gun, a pack of bobby pins, some small shells and pretty paper. I ventured to Michael’s for all of the items – they have a ton of itty bitty shell options in different colors to choose from.

Mermaid Inspired Cards |  A gift set is never complete without a super adorable card that just sums it all up! My sister is an artist and runs the Etsy store Kimberlee Artworks, so I knew she could make my vision come to life. She hand painted these watercolor prints with pastel scales in the background and handwritten text – beyond precious and so perfect to top off this mermaid gift package!

For all you beach bachelorette babes, I hope this gave you some fun planning inspiration! This is the time to treat your fellow mermaids like queens, so have an absolute blast with it! xx

Follow Olivia’s Journey down the aisle!


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Photography: Olivia Watson | "Let's Be Mermaids" Cards: Amazon | Beaded Tassel Bracelets: Gold & Gray | Blogger Bride: Olivia Watson | Mermaid Bikini Swimsuit: Amazon | Mermaid Tee Shirts: Amazon | Monogrammed cups: Rambler On | Nail Polish: Amazon | Starfish Veil : Amazon

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Engagement Rings That Take Home the Gold Medal

The countdown is on until the 2016 Olympic Games commence in Rio on August 5th. And in honor of the momentous occasion, we’ve rounded up the prettiest gold, platinum and rose gold (the bridal version of silver and bronze) engagement rings that will make any woman wearing them feel like a winner.

Gold + Silver + Bronze Engagement Rings
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Gold + Silver + Bronze Engagement Rings
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An At-Home Wedding We’d Die to Attend!

This wedding is a day of three parts. Part one, a beautiful ceremony in front of the bride’s family home. Part two, champagne at sunset. And part three, a tented reception that’s straight from our dreams. Kuddos to Tracie Domino EventsA&P DesignsSperry Tents, and the entire vendor crew for a stunning celebration captured by Justin DeMutiis Photography and Voila Cinematic.

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From Justin DeMutiis PhotographyAs guests arrived for Caroline and Brad’s wedding at her parents’ home on Snell Isle, they were guided through a three-part journey of celebration. Starting with a garden-inspired ceremony at the front of the home where the couple exchanged vows, followed by cocktails at the gorgeous guest house where guests sipped champagne and watched the sunset, to the final transition where the guests followed the whimsical light of the luminaries along the water’s edge, until they were welcomed into the luxurious glowing sailcloth tent for an event of dinner and dancing.

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Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography | Cinematography: Voila Cinematic | Event Planning: Tracie Domino Events | Floral Design: MMD Events | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Cake: The Cake Zone | Stationery: A&P Designs | Hair + Makeup: Rachel Reumann | Band: Kamil Haddad | Officiant: Michael DeArruda | Officiant: St. Athanasius Syriac Church | Hotel: Vinoy Renaissance | Hotel: Hollander Hotel | After Party Catering: Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally | Backup Generator: Coastal Rental Center | Brunch Venue: Vinoy Renaissance | Catering + Rehearsal Dinner: Parkshore Grill | Ceremony Music + DJ: Impulse Entertaiment | Event Decor: MMD Events | Executive Restrooms: Waterloo Washrooms | Gown Boutique: Blush Bridal | Security: Sunken Gardens | Tent Rentals: Sperry Tents | Valet: 717 Parking

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