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Bohemian Wedding in Carmel with a Fall Color Pallete

I’m all about the sunshine and beach time but you must admit, there’s nothing quite like a crisp Fall day. And this wedding encompasses all the amazing bits and pieces of Fall – the rich colors, the cozy surroundings, al fresco dining by candlelight. It’s bohemian perfection crafted by Bash Please, with florals by Sweet Marie Designs and photography by Christian Cruz For Max & Friends. Click here for the full gorgeous affair.


From The Bride…As soon as James and I got engaged, we agreed on the one major detail of our wedding – that it would be a mini-vacation for all who attended. With this in mind, we set forth to find the perfect church as we felt that our marriage would be the cornerstone for our intimate wedding. We drove up the Pacific Coast, stopping in Malibu and Santa Barbara before having our breath taken away by the majestic beauty and tradition of the Carmel Mission and the city of Carmel. From that point on, we knew that we wanted Bash, Please to help us make our dream weekend a reality after having attended and being captivated by their creative mindset at their wildly popular Cream Event. Upon meeting Melissa and later Sydney, we imparted our desire to make every detail of our wedding weekend, bespoke.

We knew that a Fall wedding would lend itself well to all that Carmel had to offer as well as our love of hearty food, deep, rich colors, and the crispness or air that only a perfect Fall day could bring. We wanted a celebration that was unique yet approachable, where our guests felt comfortable and happy and were able to experience elements they maybe hadn’t experienced before. We knew upon meeting each of the creative, talented vendors that it was a match from the start. Alise made sure that our flowers were rich, vibrant and unique (and surprised me with out of season peonies in my bouquet!). Pharmacie made sure that guests were able to partake in uniquely curated cocktails. Our photographers – Christian and Reinna, were such a dream to work with, they captured our day beautifully and made it a seamless effort. A Chef by trade, James oversaw all of the culinary details for the weekend. From the salmon tartarecones with cilantro caviar to the mini candy crab apples that circulated during the dance, it was one unforgettable meal. Steve and his team exemplified the term “a restaurant without walls.” We wanted each dining experience to truly stand out with unexpected little touches like the vintage Absinthe Cart making rounds at the rehearsal dinner to the “roomforty campfire” deconstructed s’mores and mini candied crab apples passed during our first dance. The private residence we selected for our celebration overlooked the Ocean. We knew that our guests would drive up the long and windy Point Lobos Ridge road not knowing what to expect when they got to the top.

The big reveal on our big day, was one of the best surprises of the weekend! Clouds hung low above the patio, and every guest expressed at some point “We are dining above the clouds!” Indeed we were floating in the clouds, not only then but during the entire weekend. An unforgettable marriage and wedding – indeed.

Photography: Christian Cruz For Max & Friends | Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Cake: Susie Cakes | Invitations: Pitbulls And Posies | Ceremony Venue: Carmel Mission Basilica | Reception Venue: Point Lobos Ridge Estate | Catering: Roomforty | Cocktails/Bar Services: Pharmacie | Coordination & Event Design: Bash Please | Day-of Paper Design: Bash Please | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Save The Date Design: Lauren Spencer King | Special Tabletop Decor: Casa De Perrin

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Karen Willis Holmes 2014 Collection

Oh, Karen Willis Holmes, you and your stunning dresses can do no wrong. And that is totally evident in this photo campaign for their incredible, new collection! The soft + romantic, yet fashion forward designs focus on simplicity and construction; let me tell you dears — these gowns are truly breathtaking. Striking in their simplicity, yet impeccably detailed, Karen Willis Holmes has created a gorgeous line using silky tulles and delicate laces, embroidery and silk georgette draped overlays. Ranging from bright ivory to soft nude tones, there is something in this collection for every bride! Known for their incredible attention to detail, the Australian-based designer offers both a Bespoke collection and her KWH by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES collection, which is her off the rack range of wedding dresses.  Available in the Karen Willis Holmes flagship stores in Australia, New York City and also through stockists worldwide, you won’t want to miss this stunning line of dresses! For more information and to make an appointment at the New York store (7 Centre Market Place, New York, New York 10013, between Broome & Grand streets), call 646.912.929, email newyork{at} or head over here.

Photography: 35mm Wedding Photography | Floral: Flowers In A Vase | Stylist: Sarah Rowe | Prop Stylist : Oh Perfect Day | Hair + Makeup : Trish Sousa MUA | Model : Natalia Strezelczyk

St. Louis Zoo Engagement

A day at the zoo with Jordan Brittley behind the lens makes for the most darling engagement you’ll ever come across. Complete with animal watching, cotton candy eating and carousel riding, these two sweeties took “day date” to a new level, and lucky for us it’s all sitting pretty right here

From the Bride… For our engagement session we went to the St. Louis Zoo. We took pictures on the train, in the bamboo and on the carousel! Jordan is extremely creative, had great ideas about photo opportunities, and the whole experience was so fun!

Photography: Jordan Brittley | Venue: St Louis Zoo

Modern NYC Loft Wedding

The modern design lover in me is geeking out and it has everything to do with this Manhattan “I do” captured by Robert And Kathleen Photographers. Of course, the pretty comes as no surprise when the Bride happens to be the floral genius behind The Mini Rose Company. She brought on Mary Bradley Events to help design the day, and results are a gallery of clean lines and minimalist perfection.


From Robert & Kathleen PhotographersThinking about how weddings should look is something that comes naturally to Samantha. An incredibly talented floral designer, she knows weddings inside and out. They are, quite often, her job. But knowing how they should look and experiencing how they feel for the bride and groom are two very different things. A complete Type A personality, Samantha thought of every detail and made sure everything was in the best hands with event coordinator Mary Bradley, so that, once she was in her gown, she could stop planning the details and start living in the moments.

When the final buttons we fastened on her gown, Samantha stood still, looking radiant bathed in the light of the large loft windows. A stillness came over the room for a few seconds, an acknowledgement of the significance of the day that was about to unfold. Then, there were some tears and a few excited hugs from her very best friends. All that was left to do now, was wait. Wait for the man who had changed Samantha’s life simply by becoming a part of it, the man who made her happier than she ever could have imagined. The man who, in a short time, would become her husband. She was placed in a seat of honor and with the women she held dearest in her heart by her side, and she waited for him. The room filled up with friends and family greeting her and holding her hand as she offered them blessings.

When the music shifted, she knew it was time. She heard the singing first, the sound of men’s voices together in song getting louder as they got closer. They were in a circle, surrounding Myles. When they were nearest to her, the circle opened. There he was. In keeping in tradition, Samantha and Myles had not seen each other for a week before this day, and the looks on each of their faces said that the wait was well worth it. Myles was speechless, gazing with wonder at the gorgeous woman before him. Samantha was beaming, the joy and excitement radiating from her face. The room grew quiet as Myles walked over to her. He whispered in her ear and, ever so gently, placed her veil over her face. She held back the tears as she looked up at him smiling, knowing that in just a few short minutes she would see him again at the front of the aisle.

Throughout the ceremony and reception that followed, one thing was made unmistakably, undoubtedly clear: if there is one thing Samantha is even better at than floral design, it’s picking a husband. And that’s saying something. As you’ll see from the stunning arrangements of vivid blooms, flowering branches, and soft candlelight, Samantha knows how to make a wedding beautiful. But what’s even more evident when you see the way she and Myles look at one another, is that Samantha knew just how she wanted to feel on her wedding day – the way she does every day when she’s with Myles.

Photography: Robert And Kathleen Photographers | Event Planning: Mary Bradley Events | Floral Design: The Mini Rose Company | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Caterer: Oasis | Hair: Marina Vance | Band: Nafshenu Orchestra | Make-Up Artist: Olga Shikhris | Venue: Studio 450

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