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Stylish Miami Art Deco Anniversary Session

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this anni-sesh from Cody Hunter Photography has earned a spot at the tippy top of my favorites list. Bold statement, I know. But once you set your sights on this gallery, you’ll be ready to pin your heart out, too. From the striking black number ala Rent The Runway and happy stripes to palm tree heaven at The Raleigh with mojitos in hand, this magnetic duo sure kicked off year four in serious style.

From Cody Hunter PhotographyLauren & Tylor wanted something special for their 4 year anniversary. Not just a typical Florida beach session. Together with Elleson Events they created a completely out of the box anniversary session. Once they’d settled on spending their anniversary in Miami (they are from Sarasota, FL) – a fun art-deco, vintage vibe was created. Complete with a fun day roaming the streets of Miami with mojitos in hand and ending the night at The famous Raleigh Hotel on Miami Beach.

Photography: Cody Hunter Photography | Design: Hollie Raulerson / Elleson Events | Dress: Rent The Runway | Hair And Makeup: Salon Tease Naples | Tux: The Black Tux | Hotel: The Raleigh | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Swimsuits: American Apparel

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20 Wedding Photos That Prove Balloons Aren’t Just For Birthday Parties

There a few things more festive and fun than balloons. It’s why they’re used in almost every celebration ever, and now, balloons are making their way into weddings in seriously stunning fashion. From expressive love letters to whimsical, oversized balls of fun, balloons are the perfect accessory for any wedding photo. Check out the newest (and arguably most festive) wedding trend below!

Wedding Balloons
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#BridalBeautyBreakdown: Mattely in Love

Sometimes I catch myself thinking about how much easier it would be to be a boy, but then I remember how much fun it is to be a girl, especially when I see something like the stunning photo below. The look, photographed by Jose Villa for Aria’s wedding dress collection, is quite simply makeup perfection, and your beauty fairy godmother, Mar from TEAM Hair and Makeup and TEAM Bridal Extensions, is breaking it down step-by-step and product-by-product for you below!



This look is all about clean skin with a matte effect! But, it’s so important to use the right right moisturizer and primer first! If you have dry skin, use a moisturizer in a lotion or cream form; if you have oily skin, use a gel moisturizer first. After moisturizing, layer with a specialty matte primer, like Perfect Matt by Kryolan. Using the right products under the makeup will make for a smoother finish in the foundation and you won’t have to use as much product either.

Concealer + Foundation

This look was created with a secret airbrush formula to create a natural, matte appearance, but don’t worry, you can get the same look at home. Start with concealer, covering up any blemishes, unevenness and dark spots. Then, apply an airbrush foundation (Temptu is widely considered the gold standard in airbrush makeup, but if you want an easier application, try Diorskin Airflash by Dior) by spraying a light layer across your face in a zig-zag motion, after vigorously shaking the bottle first. After you’ve applied a layer, take a foundation brush and blend into your skin until you’ve achieved the desired coverage. Your photos will last a lifetime, so make sure you have the right foundation for your skin color with a quick swipe of the cheek with the foundation. If the color disappears in the skin then its the right hue, but if it looks light or too dark then your entire face will too.

Cheeks + Highlighting

This gorgeous look features a combination of two blushes to create depth—Nars Orgasm with Mac Mineralize Blush in Dainty. Give your cheeks a natural-looking flush by applying the color starting at the apple and blending in a downwards motion while moving the brush up towards your temple. Then, highlight your skin with Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, which creates magic on all skin tones. Using your finger (a pro should be using a brush) dab on the ocular bone under your eye and gently tap in until blended. This will create a soft glow, which will pop in photos and look amazing in soft light or a candle-lit reception. Finally, swipe a translucent powder across the whole face to buff away any harsh lines.


Powders are your best friend when it comes to brows—they give off a more natural and soft appearance—and using an eyebrow brush keeps the brow looking full without looking like fuzzy caterpillars! The stiff bristles grab the color and adhere it to the brow when you fill in your natural shape. To keep your brows looking natural and full, always go a shade lighter than your first choice. And, apply the color lighter on the inner corner of the brow, and intensify your color as you sculpt the brow towards the tail end—this will give your brows the look of dimension and fullness.


Swipe a touch of creme shimmer  across the eyelid that will brighten the eyes and look flawless all day. Then, apply a color like Bobbi Brown’s Rich Brown in a subtle cut crease to give the eyes a more earthy, natural feel. Finish the look with eyeliner, using an angled eyeliner brush to apply gel liner along your tightline and waterline and fill in. This technique allows for definition without the drama. Apply layers of volumizing mascara (waterproof, of course!) to make your eyes really sparkle.


Keep your lips looking pretty and totally kissable with a long-lasting lipstick like L’Oréal’s Infallible Pro Last Lip Color. Tap the color onto your lips and blend for a pouty, natural look. Finish with a little bit of gloss to ensure the color stays put.


The secret behind this model’s gorgeous, lush locks? Hair extensions! In fact, most brides and actresses you see are wearing some sort of hair extension—they allow you to have any hairstyle if you have a creative stylist and the right tools. This look features the TEAM Bridal Extensions in Felicia. Start with a simple wrap around the curling iron’s barrel going away from the face, let it cool, then added in an all-in-one hair extension. For product, less is always more! Set the hair with Big Sexy hair Whether Proof Hair spray and a little salt spray added in for texture. Tousle the hair and voilà—you’ve got beachy, romantic beautiful hair!

Mattely in Love Product Recommendations
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Mattely in Love Product Recommendations
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Tips: Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup and TEAM Bridal Extensions | Photography: Jose Villa | Wedding Dress: Aria

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Bouquet Breakdown: Organic + Elegant Historic Home Wedding

If you’re a hopeless romantic (and, really, aren’t we all?!), then I know you were already swooning for last week’s Organic + Elegant Historic Home Wedding — and particularly weak in the knees for the black and blush anemone, peony, and jasmine stunner, crafted by Maxine Owens of The Southern Table. Thankfully, Maxine was kind enough to share all the pretty details with us, so read on to get the scoop!

Organic + Elegant Historic Home Wedding

  • White Anemone
  • Blush Gardenia Peonies
  • Kiera Garden Roses
  • Patience Garden Roses
  • Blush Spray Roses
  • Spirea
  • Black Scabiosa
  • White Veronica
  • White Lilac
  • Blush and White Ranunuclus
  • White Astilbe
  • Snowberry
  • Cocculus
  • Camelia
  • Blush and White Sweet Pea
  • Jasmine Vine
  • Gunni Eucalyptus Foliage
  • Clematis Foliage

From Maxine Owens…. Our design process starts with really getting to know and understand the key element in the event: The Bride!  We love spending time with our brides and couples to get to know them as people, who they are, and what they want their guests to experience and feel at their wedding.  There are the basics, like colors, types of flowers they like, but we’re really interested in finding out what elements are special to them and what makes them unique as a couple.  Creating a custom design that helps them express themselves and share that with their guests is our ultimate goal.

Upon meeting Sara, we immediately fell in love with her overall vision for her wedding.  Together with Birds of A Feather Events, we created a dreamy floral concept for a classic garden look focusing on the natural elegance of whites, creams, and greens with pops of delicate blush.  When designing, are alway inspired by our brides’ wedding venues and why they select them.  Sara is a librarian and opted for an historic mansion with large, mature trees and lush green courtyards.  The stately house features influences of English Georgian and French Renaissance styling.  We aimed to continue this aesthetic through our choices of floral in order to create a consistent and seamless design.

With her neutral color palette, we combined soft, delicate blooms such as peonies, sweet pea, and garden roses with bold dark pops of black scabiosa and black and white anemones for definition.  Since Sara loved a garden feel, we combined these blooms with different textured greenery.  Camelia, gunni eucalyptus, spirea, and clematis foliage are some of my favorite greens to use.  And we couldn’t resist a little bit of trailing vine, so we definitely needed the gorgeous blush and white jasmine as an accent.  Putting these elements together in a loose, organic composition helped create that timeless garden feel she was looking for.  We accented the bouquet with hand-dyed blush and ivory silk ribbon from Froufrou Chic as a final romantic, feminine touch.  And thank you to Apryl Ann Photography for capturing Sara and her bouquet so perfectly!

Floral Design: The Southern Table | Photography: Apryl Ann Photography

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