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Citrus-Infused Guatemala Wedding

Captured by Stacy Able, this Guatemala wedding is chock-full of color and whimsy, with pretty little details everywhere you look (read: citrus chandeliers!) The day was planned by I Do, Guatemala who pulled off the Bride’s vision by ending the evening with late-night tacos and a paper lantern send-off. And as for the gallery? Well, it’s a total must.


From The Bride…As soon as we got engaged, I knew exactly where I wanted to have our wedding. We had visited Lake Atitlan in Guatemala the prior year and I had fallen head over heels for the land. I’ve always had an affinity for anything tropical, especially banana leaves, bright florals, and all things citrus. The thought of having a wedding with a blue lake and volcano back drop, amongst giant palms, green foliage, and every bright flower imaginable just seemed dreamy to me.

The gardens and grounds of Hotel Atitlan were perfect – they even had butterflies, parrots, and peacocks roaming around. Our wedding was a destination for all 50 of our guests, half coming from the US and half coming from Europe, and we wanted to show them all the special parts of Lake Atitlan that we fell in love with. The more I experienced Guatemala throughout our trips, the more I admired their details and local native craftsmanship. I had fun creating the welcome bags for our guests and was excited at the thought that this would be their first impression and glimpse of Guatemala and the wedding weekend. On one of our planning trips we visited the town of Santa Catarina Palopó and picked a beautiful selection of hand woven, brightly patterned textiles made by the local women. Back home, my mom cut and sewed these textiles into tote bags with handles. We filled the bags with some of our favorite products of Guatemala – locally made bottles of spicy green hot sauce, a bag of Guatemalan coffee beans, and a bottle of the countries Ron Zacapa rum – in addition to a “Just in Case” emergency kit and some snacks and treats.

Our wedding day scene was filled with overwhelming plants and flowers everywhere you looked, cobblestone paths leading to each tucked away area for the ceremony and reception, Spanish style architecture in the background, and a picturesque view of the lake and volcanoes. My love for oranges and citrus worked perfectly in this setting and created a consistent theme throughout the wedding day decor. During the ceremony we offered chilled bottles of orange and lemon San Pellegrino drinks with pink striped straws. A simple floral arch of pink and white flowers and green leaves framed the view of the lake while guests looked on. For our reception dinner, we planned it at sundown so our guests could enjoy the sunset; they sat at one long rustic wood table along the lake.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always envisioned a single long table for my wedding dinner as I always wanted it to feel more like a large and cheerful dinner party then anything else. White linen table runners ran down the center of the tables with white chiavari chairs lining either side. Different shades of pink roses, white lisianthus and green hydrangeas filled glass vases and bottles with lit candles placed in between. The details were important to me, even down to the salt and pepper dishes. I like simple and clean but still soft and pretty.

As I mentioned before, I also love anything citrus and I think this setting called for citrus all day long! Each place setting had a clean, crisp folded white napkin with printed menu cards tucked inside. As a name place card, we set vibrant, large oranges with green leafy stems at each seat – and nametags tied on with twine. My favorite and most anticipated of the details were the citrus chandeliers hanging over the table. Multiple circular chandeliers made of oranges and leafy greens with candles hung from long vines within the tent. These were the focal point of the tables, the feature that helped create a certain tropical-naturally beautiful-whimsical vibe to the setting; a setting which I wanted to be less formal and more pretty and fun.

With my husband being European, an after dinner espresso was a must and this was one of his few requests. We asked the owner from our favorite local café, a young and cool South Korean coffee lover, to set up an espresso and coffee bar, which was not only satisfying and delicious but entertaining too! Guests drank hand-dripped coffee out of brightly colored mini ceramic mugs that fit in with the décor perfectly.

We also had a French hipster DJ named Olivier keeping the music and dancing going throughout the night. It was a worldly and eclectic group of not only guests but vendors as well! We ended the night with a firework show that left an excited and awe-inspiring feeling for all who experienced it. Late night, we chowed down on what we’ve collectively agreed were “the best tacos ever” and sent off large paper lanterns into the night sky over the lake. This was the sign off to a beautiful and adventurous weekend in Guatemala for all our guests and us. Carlo and I felt so happy and fulfilled with our closest family and friends surrounding us in this beautiful place. It was simply perfect.

Photography: Stacy Able Photography | Wedding Planner: Diana | Wedding Gown: Jenny Packham | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Grooms Attire: Dries Van Noten | Grooms Shoes: Paul Smith | Coffee Station: Cafe Loco | Headpiece: Untamed Petals | Invitation Suite: Lucky Penny Paperie | Wedding Gown Shop: Panache Bridals | Wedding Venue: Hotel Atitlan

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Day After Wedding Session

If we’re being honest, the wedding day goes by in a flash – so a day after portrait session? Well, it should kind of be a given. Slipping on that dress one more time, getting all dolled up and posing by your beloved make for some unbelievable memories, and these photos from Carmen Santorelli have me thinking that maybe even three years post-wedding (in my case) it’s never too late. More snaps right here!

From Carmen Santorelli…  Nancy and Kevin felt like their wedding day came and went way too fast, and they didn’t have enough time for beautiful portraits together, in a more relaxed setting. So they brought their furry babies, their flower girl and ring bearer, got decked out in their wedding attire, and we headed out to Lake Hodges for a lovely day after session. Plenty of Petals created a beautiful bouquet for Nancy, and we spent some time together, taking in the sunset and the lovely California light.

Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Makeup + Hair: Thao Trinh

Rustic Elegance Malibu Wedding

I am smitten with this Bride, not only for her BHLDN gown and Seed Floral crown, but because of her laid-back demeanor. Barefoot and in love, she wed her groom on the dreamy grounds of Saddlerock Ranch, while the talented Heidi Ryder captured every lovestruck moment. Ending the evening with SusieCakes and a vintage getaway car, this gallery is one that cannot be missed.


From Heidi Ryder….Megan and Brian’s wedding was nothing short of spectacular, but that’s just what happens when a Southern belle and a film director come together to celebrate their union and throw a big, fun party!

Megan grew up in Alabama and wanted to pay homage to her laid back southern roots. She spent the entire day barefoot because it reminded her of running barefoot outside during the warm Alabama summers. Her flower crown and simple but gorgeous BHLDN dress completed her boho look.

The decor pulled in elements of Southern charm and Hollywood elegance with rustic, dark woods, succulents, eucalyptus and olive leaves, lavender and gorgeous peonies, garden roses and anemones. Guests took home precious jars of honey and enjoyed dinner and dancing under a giant oak tree adorned in strands of twinkle lights. It was a magical evening that was as classy as it was uproarious. The live band had everyone on their feet all night long and the bride surprised the groom with a Carvel ice cream cart, a nod to his favorite childhood summer treat that he enjoyed on the Jersey shore. Their first dance started off sweet and slow and then, as a surprise to everyone in attendance, they busted out a choreographed dance (complete with the cabbage patch and running man) to Barry White’s ” You’re My First, My Last, My Everything.” It was the perfect thing to get the party started, and if there’s one thing this group knew how to do, it was party!

The ceremony was beautiful and started with an epic moment where their entire bridal party walked together to the ceremony as one big group so as to hide the bride until it was time for her to appear. Seeing that many people walk together towards the aisle was something I’ve never seen before and it had a very, all-for-one, one-for-all feeling to it. Very awesome!

Megan and Brian had a vintage car waiting for them at the end of the night, and guests tossed lavender at them for their big send off. All in all, it was a magical and beautiful evening.

Photography: Heidi Ryder | Videography: DP Weddings | Floral Design: Seed Floral | Wedding Gown: BHLDN | Cake: SusieCakes | Ceremony Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Reception Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Catering: WhoaNelly! Catering | Band: AMFM | Bride's Hair: Alicia Ricks For Alicia Nicole Hair Design | Rentals: A Rental Connection

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Gorgeous Gifting with Wedding Paper Divas

‘Tis the season of gifting m’dears, and when it comes to weddings, treating your family and friends to a few fun goodies is always a fab idea! From your day-of favors to post-wedding thank you’s and even holiday gifts, Wedding Paper Divas is your one stop shop for paper pretties, goods that’ll show off your engagement and wedding photos, and fancy ribbons and bows to top off all the lovely.

We think a gorgeous package is just as important as the gift inside. So when it comes to all the toppings, like shimmery and satin ribbons, tulle, gift tags and enclosure cards, Wedding Paper Divas takes the cake. I’ve personally been eyeing the Gold Shimmer Ribbon and adorable mini Enclosure Cards. Best part? You can even coordinate your package design with your wedding stationery!

From photo decor for Mom including canvas art, calendars and mugs—to personalized gifts for your ‘maids like monogram notepads and address stamps, there’s plenty to stock up on for all of your nearest and dearest. On my holiday list this year? A lovely Address Stamp for Mom and pretty Notepads for my girls to keep organized during wedding planning! We’re even creating a fun photo wall to share some of our engagement photos on Canvas Art—a little holiday gift to ourselves.

And bonus! Wedding Paper Divas is in the giving spirit, ‘tis the season! Leave a comment below telling us what pretty item you’d pair with your photos for gifting and you’ll have a chance to win a $300 Wedding Paper Divas credit. Winner will be chosen on 12/24. Head over and get your gifting on in style!

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Gold-Dotted Wrapped Gift Image: Laura Clarke Photography | Scalloped Black & Gold Enclosure Cards and Shimmer Ribbon: Wedding Paper Divas | Photo Canvas Art and Address Stamp: Wedding Paper Divas | Silver & Kraft Gift Image: Valerie Busque