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How One Wedding Blended Two Cultures Seamlessly

Every once and a while a wedding comes along that’s truly unlike anything we’ve ever seen. A wedding where style and heart intersect and cultural beauty reigns king. That very wedding is what’s about to unfold from the lens of Luna de Mare. The bride and groom sought to pay homage to their Arabic and Mexican heritage, and from the invites by Beacon Lane to the food and drink enjoyed by guests, no detail when untouched. Consider this gallery your guide to multicultural wedding perfection.

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From Luna de Mare… Located along the Central Coast of California, Sunstone Villa & Winery in Santa Ynez is the perfect backdrop for the wedding of your dreams. The peachy hues of French limestone, and lush grape vines in the vineyard offer a beautiful landscape as a setting for an al fresco experience. Melva & Ali chose to incorporate both their cultures into a blended affair, featuring Mariachis and Arabic Dancers. Their Ceremony took place at the Villa’s two giant Oak trees, with cascading Florals and Olive leaves in front of their closest friends and family, with a nod to both cultures.

Once the ceremony concluded, guests were ushered to the front lawn of the Villa, with Mariachi’s singing, as a nod to the Bride’s heritage, while Caterers served different culinary delights, from mini Tacos sitting atop limes with a single serving of Patron, to Mediterranean food and their speciality cocktails, the Melgarita, AC Mule, and Calismash.

During the Reception, they were entertained by special dances from the Groom’s heritage, and later enjoyed dinner & dancing under the stars, near the Villa’s vineyard. As a nightcap, they chose to continue with an intimate after-party in the Winery Barrel Room, for those who were up for an extended evening with the pair, while they noshed on late night burgers from the In & Out truck they had waiting for their guests.

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Photography: Luna de Mare Photography | Videography: Cana Family | Event Planning & Design: La Fleur Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Camellia Floral Design | Gown: Ines Di Santo | Invitations: Beacon Lane | Shoes: Emmy London | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Haute Catering | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Groom's Attire: Dolce & Gabbana | Groomsmen Attire: http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/michael-michael-kors-blue-birdseye-classic-fit-suit?ID=2885647&CategoryID=17788#fn=BRAND%3DMichael Kors%26sp%3D1%26spc%3D27%26ruleId%3D78|BS|BA%26slotId%3D1 | Venue : Sunstone Winery & Villa | Bridal Salon: Lovella Bridal | Groom's Shoes: Prada | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: The Booth & Bus Co, | Rentals: Archive Rentals

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Planning that amazing honeymoon? You’ll want to read this first.

Trying to plan THE perfect honeymoon? Well, you’re in luck. Because today we’re taking a trip with some of our fave blogger beauties as they galavant across the globe and kick up their heels in paradise, honeymoon style.  Think Rebecca Laurey, Amanda from 100 Layer Cake and Kimberly from Eat Sleep Wear + a bevy of Mr & Mrs Smith locales you have to see to believe. Live vicariously below.

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Whether you’re in the mood for some relaxing beach time, can’t wait to spend your days adventuring or simply want to curl up next to a roaring fire and read, Mr & Mrs Smith has a honeymoon spot that will deliver that blissful break you’ve been yearning for. (Wedding planning is hard work, y’all.) From their never-ending list of luxe boutique hotels and resorts to their fabulous 24/7 customer service to their crazy cool perks and membership bonuses, you’ll be pampered from the very moment you decide to escape to the Bahamas for a week post-wedding. They’ll even leave a little somethin’ extra upon your arrival, like champagne, spa treatments and picnic lunches. (Sooo nice.) Oh, and if you find your little slice of heaven (aka, your awesome hotel) somewhere for less, Mr & Mrs Smith will match that price AND give you a $75 voucher. I know, I know: we feel the same.

Visit Mr & Mrs Smith today to plan that honeymoon you and your sweetie have always dreamed of.  I’m thinking Paris or London. Who’s with me?

These Grooms Planned the Ultimate Entertainment: Synchronized Swimmers

Rade and David’s destination wedding in the South of France is one fete you’re sure to favor. With Wedding Angels at the helm, it was a day filled with synchronized swimmers, stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, and an all-white theme that’s anything but vanilla. Captured by Ashley Ludaescher Photography, we’ve got their entire celebration waiting for you to fall in love with via The Vault

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From Ashley Ludaescher PhotographyRade and David and their guests came all the way from Los Angeles to celebrate their marriage on the French Riviera, one of their favorite places in the world, and it was definitely one for the books! The wedding was held at the fabulous Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, located at the southern tip of the Saint Jean Cap Ferrat peninsula. They chose an all-white theme for the day, from the flowers to the guest’s attire. For their ceremony, they chose location that offered stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and the dinner celebration was held next to the seaside infinity pool. Before exchanging vows, David’s aunt read the supreme court opinion authored by Justice Kennedy and the words had almost everyone crying happy tears.

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

As the sun set over the sea, guests were ushered down to the pool in the bubble funicular and were greeted by synchronized swimmers and serenaded by a violinist playing while floating in a bubble in the pool. The incredible dinner was highlighted with speeches from those closest to Rade & David and the overwhelming love surrounding the couple was incredible to witness. The night ended with a pool party & dance party lasting into the wee hours of the morning. More weddings should end the party in the pool

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Photography: Ashley Ludaescher Photography | Event Planning: Wedding Angels | Floral Design: L'art des Fleurs | Reception Venue: Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat | DJ: DJ Nick Boot | Groom's Attire: Brioni | Groom's Shoes: Sperry | Lighting + Audio: Succes Event | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Chateau Chevre D'Or | Synchronized Swimmers: Apsara Events

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Stunning Color Palette Inspiration for the Fall Bride

It’s officially THAT time of year. The time when we pull out of the cozy blankets, drink all the pumpkin lattes we can get our hands on (#noshame) and stare at the all the fall inspiration shoots from our favorite vendors. *Enter* this pretty from Honey And Cinnamon Italian Wedding Planner + photographed by Sophie Epton. One peek at the first image and you’ll see why we’re madly in love.

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From Honey & Cinnamon Italian Wedding Planner… Lost in the beauty of the Tuscan countryside, this bridal inspiration was particularly treasured because of the impressive venue we have found and of the magic you can breathe all around, with its stunning garden, the amazing villa, and the ancient charming atmosphere. That was exactly what we wanted to create and we specifically choose a palette with touches of burgundy and blush to enhance the styling with a vibrant beautiful color. The styling conceived by Federica, from Honey and Cinnamon, was simple but refined in very few details.

“I imagined a delicate and elegant bride, walking down the paths of the amazing Italian Garden, where perfect hedges create an amazing view for the visitor and the wisteria dominate all. We created elegance with a stunning bridal dress created by Anna Fucà Atelier, a very soft gown made or organza with a precious body made with delicate lace. The bride was beautifully prepared by the talented touch of Organic Brides with neutral shades to give this ethereal refined touch. She wore a unique hair piece designed by Orchidée de Soie, shoes by Bella Belle and above all the stunning jewels of Susie Saltzman to give a touch of pure elegance to this romantic set. She was embracing a gorgeous bouquet born from the talent of ISA’ Events, specifically designed loose and messy in the beautiful shades of dusty rose and burgundy of peonies, hellebore, ranunculus, roses and viburnum all together magically mixed. Sophie was able to capture the true essence of this work, giving everything a sense of ethereal elegance. Working with her was pure magic!”

Various the sets we re-created: a walk in the Italian garden, sitting down in the shade of the imposing sculpture where romantic ceremonies are often celebrated and where a beautiful cake created by Alessandra Frisoni was standing for its shots the marvelous view of the Tuscan hills, a romantic table set for two in the lawn in front of the pool where the elegance of the stationery suite conceived by The Little North Sea Studio, a pose in front of the villa and dreaming of her romantic and never-ending love.

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Photography: Sophie Epton Photography | Floral Design: ISA Events | Cake: Alessandra Frisoni Studio Cake | Makeup + Hair: Stella - Organic Brides | Venue: La Foce | Calligraphy + Paper Goods: The Little North Sea Studio | Dress Designer: Anna Fuca | Event Planning + Styling: Honey And Cinnamon Italian Wedding Planner | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Hair Accessories + Ribbon: Orchidee De Soie | Jewelry Design: Susie Saltzman | Model- Martina Tinozzi: 4 Upper Models | Tableware: FLAVIO SAMPAOLO S.R.L.

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