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Elegant Summer Wedding in Ischia

The fact that the Bride’s grandparents married on this Italian island years ago and now she too will say her vows here is amazing. But add in these sort of views, a ceremony site that radiates romance and this incredibly chic Delphine Manivet gown and I have to admit, I’m literally speechless. Taylor Barnes’s captured it all in this gorgeous gallery, also known as where I’ll be, mesmerized, for the rest of today.


From Taylor Barnes Photography… Myself and Faye love this wedding not just because of its phenomenal beauty but because of the people and their connection with the destination in which they chose. Natalie and Mark contacted me after seeing my work on Once Wed and after many transatlantic Skype conversations picked us to photograph their nuptials on the breath-taking island of Ischia. I had the pleasure of watching Natalie’s ideas develop and it was amazing to see it all tied together so well on the wedding day. I’m sure it wasn’t easy to bring all the elements together especially planning from so far away but it sure paid off.

The castello where they held the wedding was very exclusive, only choosing to do two weddings a year, ran by siblings. This venue was kept impeccably and the views were ones you would never forget… a perfect setting to marry the love of your life! Made even more special as Natalie’s late grandparents were married on the island bringing a different type of connection to the place, carrying on the tradition of getting married on the island.

The day was kept simple and was filled with Italian elements from the stunningly foraged floral arrangements to appetising food, it made our job pleasurable and effortless. With beautiful natural light and a spectacular colour palette it was easy to photograph the wedding on film.

Photography: Taylor Barnes Photography | Floral Design: Saipua | Wedding Dress: Delphine Manivet | Ceremony Venue: Castello Aragonese Ischia | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Calligraphy : Stephanie Fishwick | Groom's Attire: Individualized Apparel Group | Bride's Engagement Ring: Jessica Fields | Bride's Jewellery : Tiffany & Co. | Groom's Ring: Doyle And Doyle | Letter Pree: Foxy And Winston

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DIY Wedding Cake Pinata

Mad libs are amusing and scavenger hunts are sweet, but piñatas? Well, they’re the perfect addition to any fête. If you’re looking to interject some fun into your upcoming celebration look no further because we’ve got just the ticket. With our easy to follow DIY, you can celebrate that very special day with a beautiful wedding cake piñata. Scroll on for more!


2 packages of iridescent tissue paper
4 packages of pearly white tissue paper
Silver foil tissue
Fringe cutter
White cardstock paper
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Clothesline rope


step-1 Draw out four circles on the cardboard: 7” diameter, 11” diameter, and (2) 16” diameter. To make a perfect circle, trace a bowl or plate with the same diameter, or tie a pencil to a string and a tack. Cut out the circles.

step-2 Cut a 6” diameter hole out of the center of the 11” circle and an 8” diameter hole out of one of the 16” circles. Poke a hole in the center of the other 16” circle and the 7” circle.

step-3 Cut out cardboard strips that are 6”, 5”, and 4” wide and as long as they need to be to wrap around their circles (smallest width matches to the smallest circle).

step-4 Glue the cardboard strips to the circles, then glue the circles together in a cake shape. Before you add on the top layer, tie a knot on one end of the rope and string through the hole in the bottom of the biggest layer, up through the center of the other layers, and out through the hole of the top layer. Add in your pinata treats (may we suggest mini plastic bottles of booze?), then glue the top layer in place.

step-5 Cut the tissue paper into 5” wide strips. Layer 12 sheets of paper together and use the fringe cutter to cut 4” long fringe down the length of the strips. Separate the fringe into 4 groups of 3 sheets each and staple the 3 sheets together at either end. Repeat until all the tissue paper is fringed.

step-6 Starting from the bottom of the cake, glue the fringe around the cardboard. Place the next layer about 1” from the edge of the layer underneath. Place an iridescent layer after 2 of the pearly white layers.

step-7 Cut a 7” circle out of the cardstock and cut a hole in the center for the rope. Glue to the top of the cake.

step-8 Cut the silver foil tissue into 4” wide strips. Glue three sheets end to end, then twist into a rope. Repeat with a second set of sheets, then twist the two ropes together in the opposite direction of the original twist. Having trouble picturing it? Check out these instructions for fabric rope to get an idea. Make enough rope to go around each cake layer.

step-9 Hot glue the silver foil ropes in a ring around each cake layer. Hang the cake from a tree branch or the ceiling and let the happy couple whack away!

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Design & Styling: SMP Living

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Fall Palm Springs Estate Wedding

As a true creative talent, it’s no big surprise this product designer-turned-bride planned a day that easily claims a spot on our “LOVE” list. Along with the help of friend and fellow creative Oak And Owl, she spent her wedding planning days scouring flea markets and thrift shops (not to mention to trips to India!) for just the right pieces to bring the design vision to life. Lane Dittoe didn’t miss a beat, and you can see all the pretty results in the gallery right here.


From The Bride…Our relationship grew slowly; first date in August, second date in September, third date in October with the time in between filled with phone conversations, international Skype calls and emails. Early October we were walking in Del Mar and stopped to watch a small wedding taking place on the beach. It was a perfect California October day, warm and dry with long shadows and we both agreed – even without fully knowing that one day we would marry – that October was our favorite month and would be the perfect month to have a wedding.

Two years later Kjell proposed with his Norwegian great-grandmothers engagement ring after acceding by helicopter atop Tower Butte in Arizona, just before a 10-day long house boat trip on Lake Powell. We spend much of our leisure time in the desert and felt that it would be appropriate to celebrate our wedding in our favorite climate. We were drawn to Palm Springs as a destination, close enough for most of our guests to travel to easily yet far enough away to keep it special. I have designed gift and home décor product for HomArt for nearly 14 years and a close relationship with the owners of HomArt introduced us to John O’neil and Ed Smith, the owners of Casa De Los Arcos. John designed the home as a pièce de résistance to his architecture career and together they christened the home Casa De Los Arcos paying homage to the 84 arches throughout the home. The moment Kjell and I walked through the front gate of the property we knew that this home had all of the warmth, light and extraordinary details of the place we would want to celebrate our wedding day.

Nancy and I were grade school friends and in our adult years often talked of a collaboration of my product design and her floral design, from the moment I said “yes” to Kjell I knew that Nancy and I would finally have our first collaboration. Nancy’s knowledge and respect in the industry opened up connections for us to put together a talented team – Lane Dittoe for photography, Amy Clarke for hair and makeup and Signature Party for rentals. Partnering with Nancy on the event design was a great pairing between the two of us, sharing a similar design aesthetic and appreciation for the beautiful venue we wanted to compliment the arid setting with tillandsias and succulents while softening it with garden roses and greenery and warming up the whole palate with brass accents.

Over the course of 8 months Nancy and I scoured flea markets, thrift shops and online sources for vintage brass candlesticks and vessels. Two trips to India found me coming home with a second suitcase full of brass, both times given to me from Indian business contacts as a wedding gift. Having not found the perfect footed brass compotes that I had envisioned, Kjell welded smaller scaled brass candlesticks onto the bottoms of some of the brass bowls to give the added height we desired for Nancy’s reaching centerpiece arrangements. Since I live and breathe design on a daily basis it was engrained in me to design our own monogram and invitation suite and of course utilize HomArt product into the design of the day, from picture frames framing the bar signage to one of a kind furniture pieces from HomArt’s FOUND Collection to cast brass feathers on each guests place setting.

On the wedding day our guests arrived to Casa De Los Arcos via shuttle from the nearby Alcazar Hotel, which we had blocked for our guests for the wedding weekend. On a warmer than anticipated Palm Springs day our guests sipped champagne and infused waters in the air-conditioned home or under the misters on the patio before taking their seat on one of the lawns which flanks the pool in the backyard of the residence. Lead by the entourage of 4 nephews and a niece proudly taking on the roll of ring bearers, sign carriers and flower girl our bridal party (my sister and sister-in-law and Kjell’s best childhood friends) stood proudly next to us underneath the pergola as we exchanged vows in front of 99 of our close friends, family members and colleagues. During the cocktail reception Lane Dittoe captured Kjell and I in the “magic hour” light just as the sun was falling behind the San Jacinto mountains. Kjell and I both agreed that we don’t think that we had ever smiled so much for so long in our life, we were truly floating and it was so comfortable to be in front of Lane’s camera.

The lawns of Casa De Los Arcos provided a perfect layout for a double kings table to stretch down with the desert mountains as a backdrop. We dined under the stars on a locally and sustainably sourced meal cooked on site by the Foundation 10 Catering team. Wine flowed, toasts streamed and music floated through the air on our perfect Palm Springs October evening. While we encouraged coat & tie and “fancy dress” there were several details of the day that we chose to keep casual and perhaps non-traditional; the bridal party wore their own black suits and dresses, a ukulele played some of our favorite songs acoustically during the ceremony, we drank out of stem-less wine glasses and, salads and side dishes were served family style, all to encourage sharing and conversation and allow our guests to feel at home at Casa De Los Arcos.

Photography: Lane Dittoe | Coordination: The Walk Down The Aisle Coordination: Gina Leslie | Floral Design: Oak And Owl | Cake: Extraordinary Desserts | Catering: Foundation 10 Catering | Palm Springs, CA | Hair And Makeup: Amy Clarke | Grooms Suit: Vera Wang | Ceremony Music: Jillian Bordeaux | Custom Feather Brooch: The Whitedress | Bride Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Brides Dress: Reem Acra | Decor : Julia Long Adams With HomArt | Event Design & Coordination: Oak And Owl | Film Processing: Goodman Film Lab | Letterpress: The Aesthetic Union | Paper Goods: Brides Own Design | Photo Assistant: Jon CU | Reception Music: DJ Shige Koike And DJ Matt Dazzla | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Suite Photographed: Chris Bliss | Venue: Casa De Los Arcos | Palm Springs, CA

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Secret Garden-Inspired Alabama Wedding

You may think you’ve seen a “secret garden” wedding done before, but I can assure you that you’ve never a day quite as charming as this. Think ‘maids dressed in lavender, mixed blooms a’plenty and a pint-sized bridal party all sweet in a row. Simply Bloom Photography came along for the fun, and the gallery is every garden bride’s dream come to life.


From Simply Bloom PhotographyThe bride described envisioning a “secret garden” theme for her wedding day. She also outlined that her style is very eclectic and that her dress as well as the bridesmaids’ are flowing and ethereal.

Paige and Jesse were a dream couple to photograph and their wedding embodied just that. Every detail felt like an organic and artistic choice. It was apparent that they fully trusted all their vendors, because the final result was a masterpiece from each contributor.

One of our favorite moments to capture was when the bride saw her father for the first time on the day. It was everything Paige promised it would be: heartfelt, warm, emotional and plain moving, even for us behind the lens.

Photography: Simply Bloom Photography | Wedding Planner: Finery Boutique | Florist: In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Jacinda Gown By Watters | Cake: Diann Laney | Catering: Betty Lankford | Hair Stylist: Fringe Salon | Band & DJ: Act Of Congress | Make-up Artist: Nancy Finnegan | Plantation Mansion: Creekside Plantation