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Sonoma Ranch Wedding Inspired by All Things French

If you have a love for all things French or an affinity for a good glass of bubbly then you will adore this gem to bits. It’s French countryside by way of Sonoma captured in such a pretty way by Jose Villa. With layered neutrals, hand-crafted signage and wildly elegant flowers and garland designed by Flower Wild and planned by Rosemary Events  this talented bunch has made some serious magic.

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From Jose Villa PhotographyMarilyn & Spencer came to me in search of the perfect intimate, European style setting for a French inspired wedding. We found it in a charming Sonoma villa on a beautiful 75 acre Sonoma Ranch and designed a wedding for them celebrating all their favorite things – all things French.

Their hilltop ceremony was at a lookout at the top of the ranch with views of the surrounding countryside. Marilyn arrived in a vintage Rolls Royce. Kate Holt from Flowerwild added the finishing touches to the already gorgeous setting with loosely grouped herbs tied with silk ribbon streamers on the aisle. Garlands of Pittosborum lined the path. Framing the couple on either side of the stage were large baskets spilling with clematis, bridal veil, spirea, garden roses and other various blooms.

Afterwards, the couple led a procession down the hill to the home where the reception was held. On arrival guests sipped champagne and enjoyed a selection of artisan cheeses and charcuterie while listening to the sounds of Ever Music Jazz ensemble. The delicious French inspired meal was prepared by Ramekins, Sonoma and featured many of Marilyn & Spencer’s favorites.

Guests dined on a beautiful stone patio set beneath towering redwoods where they were seated at long wood tables. The area was lit with stringer lights and tons of candlelight. Gorgeous white florals and caramel roses were set on a burlap runner that was laid over a layer of very loosely woven cheesecloth on the wood tables for a softer more feminine feel.

At each place setting ceramic coupe chargers were graced with a white & taupe grain sack striped napkin from La Tavola Linen. Atop the napkin was a “taupe on white letterpressed” menu and a singular bloom of garden rose. At each guests’ seat was a hand calligraphed place card in the form of a mini butcher paper scroll that wrapped around the stem of the wine glass.

A French wine riddling rack from Chateau Sonoma was filled with floral and little butcher paper cones for guests to drop well wishes for bride and groom

When guests came back into the house for dancing, the room was a glow with amazing candelabras. A beautiful dessert station & wedding cake by Sweet on Cake offered a sweet finish to the meal. Marilyn even arranged a surprise Guittard Hot Chocolate station for Spencer so he could indulge in his favorite after dinner treat. The couple kicked off the dancing with “Let it be Me” by Ray La Montagne and didn’t stop dancing until the bitter end. It was a gorgeous evening.

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematography: Joel Serrato Films | Event Planning: Rosemary Hattenbach Of Rosemary Events | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Catering: Ramekins Culinary School | Hair And Makeup: Mar Romero Of Team Hair And Makeup | Calligraphy: Neither Snow | Lighting: Twilight Design | Grooms Attire: Dolce & Gabbana | Officiant: Dan Melligan | Bride's Dress: Vera Wang | Bride's Jewlery: Haute Bride | Day Of Papers: Tiny Pine Press | Event Design And Flowers: Kate Holt Of Flower Wild | French Wine Rack: Chateau Sonoma | Music: Ever Music Group | Music: DJ Goyo | Rentals: Wine Country Party | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Specialty Car (59 Rolls Royce): San Francisco Limousine | Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation | Wedding Venue: Anderson Ranch

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Pop Art Wedding Inspiration

I’m all about breaking the “mold” and when it comes in the form of one absurdly cool shoot from Magnificent Milestones, you better believe things are about to get good. Inspired by the ’60′s Pop Art movement and translated into a wedding setup  - not to mention the most amazing floral backdrop by Dilly Lily - the gallery from Amanda Hein is modern bride’s heaven on earth.

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From Magnificent MilestonesOne of the most familiar representations of Americana and the party decade of the 1960s, the Pop Art Movement also acted as inspiration for this colorful shoot. From bold, saturated colors and fonts to cheeky floral portraits of the bride and groom, the details came together to create a party as lively as the couple it celebrates. This perfectly executed shoot, captured by Amanda Hein Photography, drew on the spirit of sheer joy and vibrancy that can be found in Pop Art and in celebrations of love everywhere.

The crisp, clean venue of Chez-Chicago, new to the city of Chicago, added contemporary glamour to the festive details and provided an elegant backdrop to the amped-up color palette of the décor.

Invitations, menus, and other punchy paper pieces created by Magnificent Milestones used multiple Pop Art elements, from geometric designs and patterns to ultra-Mod fonts. Splashes of lively pinks, oranges, yellows, and reds reflected the energetic soul central to Pop Art. Even Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans made an appearance, acting as labels for veggie chips as colorful as their surroundings!

The expertly selected floral arrangements, done by Dilly Lily/Christine Noelle Design, were a kaleidoscopic vision of hot pinks, sunny yellows, and vivid tangerines. The floral mosaics of the couple drew on the work of Roy Lichtenstein—another respected Pop Art personality. Renowned for his comic strip-inspired paintings, Lichtenstein used large dots in bold colors in the same technique used to print graphic novels and cartoons. These playful portraits added an ultra-personal touch while keeping with the lighthearted theme.

The floral centerpieces and the bright white tables from Tablescapes were a match made in heaven. The crisp, clean surroundings were reflected flawlessly in the simple, bright white furniture, creating a stunning contemporary canvas for the Pop Art-inspired details.

This play between contemporary flair and Pop Art playfulness was further repeated in the fabulous fare from Entertaining Company—from the vibrant, fresh green color of the chimichurri and triangular shapes of the New Zealand baby lamb chops, to the bold circles found in the Round Crabcake and the Layered Vegetable Tian with heirloom tomatoes, to the vibrant Blood Orange Martini. We absolutely loved the application of geometric shapes and bright colors found throughout the shoot!

Photography: Amanda Hein Photography | Floral Design: Dilly Lily | Catering: Entertaining Company | Paper: Magnificent Milestones | Rentals: Tablescapes | Wedding Venue: Chez Chicago

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Rustic-Glam Brooklyn Wedding

When you pair a rich purple + sparkling gold palette in a city chic setting, pretty thing are bound to follow. Just take these NYC nuptials captured by Brklyn View Photography. Think an edgy take on urban romance with pin-able moments all along the way. Grab your coffee, dive in and enjoy.

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From Brklyn View Photography… When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible”. It’s probably the most famous quote from “When Harry Met Sally” (an all-time favorite of mine) and sums up the love between Adrienne and Steve perfectly. These two are meant to be together. The happy couple included this quote as part of their vows during their romantic wedding ceremony at the Brooklyn Winery and there was not a dry eye in the room.

From the love and emotion that swept through the winery, you could see their happiness blossom as they became husband and wife. Adrienne looked radiant in her lace wedding gown and intricate gold and crystal headpiece from Twigs and Honey. As a creative couple, Adrienne handcrafted many of the weddings details which included hand stamping the escort cards, designing the invitations and using a few of their favorite movie stars as table numbers. Adrienne & Steve are one of the nicest, sweetest and most thoughtful couples and I’m so honored I could be part of their wedding day. I’m beyond thrilled for them and wish them lots of love and happiness for many years to come. Congratulations Adrienne & Steve!

Photography: Brklyn View Photography | Florist: SPINA | Reception Venue: Brooklyn Winery | Brides Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dido Bridal | DJ: Scratch Weddings | Grooms Attire: Mens Warehouse | Accessories: Twigs And Honey | Brides Dress: Lovely Bride | Dessert: Peter Pan Donuts | Getting Ready Locaiton: Brooklyn Photo

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Outdoor Art Gallery Wedding in Miami

In Miami there lies a pretty art gallery that happens to have one very fabulous green garden. It’s a space transformed by Danielle Cipriani and Unearthed Vintage into a coconut toting, family style reception who’s laid back, simple details only add to the overall beauty of the day. Take one look at the gallery captured by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography and you’ll be smitten too.

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From The Bride…Miami was always where we envisioned getting married. I am the editor of racked.com and Andy is the CFO of jugofresh. We are in New York City, and Miami was our first trip together as a couple. When we moved here more than four years later, it seemed fated. When you’re our age (early 30s), you’ve been to more than a dozen weddings, and you’ve drawn up a list of likes and don’t likes. We both agreed we wanted the event to feel like a casual backyard dinner–just a bit more sophisticated. The M Building in Miami’s Wynwood, an underused space that doubles as an art gallery, was a perfect match. Since our guests were flying in from all over the country, we wanted to make the night really fun and relaxed for them, too. Our friends at Coconut Cartel made custom coconuts for people to enjoy when they arrived, which really helped set the mood. The entire night was incredible, but the ceremony was really the highlight. We met Levi Felix, our officiant, when we went on a digital detox [thedigitaldetox.org] retreat outside San Francisco a few years ago. He was such an amazing and genuinely warm and kind person, and we were thrilled when he agreed to travel all the way to Florida for our wedding.

Photography: Jessica Lorren Organic Photography | Wedding Gown: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: House Of V | Catering: JugoFresh | DJ: DJ Wasabi | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Officiant: Levi Felix | Coconuts: Coconut Cartel | Drinks: September Wines & Spirits Wines | Jewelery: Satomi Kawakita | Planning: Danielle Cipriani | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage | Venue: The M Building

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