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Fashion To Table Citrus Wedding Inspiration with Late Afternoon

We’ve been known to love a good farm-to-table fete around here. But fashion-to-table? It’s a love on a whole new level. Every citrus-infused inch from Twofold LA jumps off the page. And that beautiful gal rocking Monique Lhuillier? You might recognize her as Liz of Late Afternoon, who will be letting us in on her own wedding planning secrets tomorrow! Set your sights on this innovative inspiration captured to a T by Rebecca Yale, freshly added to The Vault.

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See this spread in beautiful print in the recent issue of Flutter Magazine as well!

From Twofold LAOur initial inspiration for this shoot was derived from the beautiful vibrancy of California’s citrus season. With an emphasis on citrus tones paired with lush greens and pops of white, the classic Mediterranean architecture of this stunning Bel Air residence was fused with more whimsical elements to cultivate a dream like quality. Breathtaking floral moments such as a garden of hanging wisteria by Celadon Celery, romantic floral arrangements by Emblem Flowers and an oversized floral headdress by Wild Vase helped each scene blend seamlessly into the already lush surrounding landscape. Beautiful fresh faced Los Angeles based blogger Liz Cherkasova of Late Afternoon looked both elegant and effortless in dresses from Monique Lhuillier paired beautifully with breathtaking gems by local jewelry designer Deanna Hamro. With an incredible team of creative vendors the shoot came together to strike a balance between that undefinable sense of California cool and elegant opulence.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Event Design: Twofold LA | Event Planning: Twofold LA | Floral Design: Emblem Floral Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Jewelry: Deanna Hamro | Ring: Trumpet And Horn | Catering: Haute Chef LA | Makeup: Marlaine Reiner | Hair: Alexis VonKuykendall And Lorien Meillon | Venue: Private Estate | Floral Installations- Staircase And Dessert Station: Celadon & Celery | Flower Crown: Wild Vase | Invitations And Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Model: Liz Of Late Afternoon | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Ribbon: Silk And Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Silk Fringe Napkins: Alexander Navas And Associates | Tableware Rentals: Borrowed Blu | Wardrobe Stylist: Ashley Zohar

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Sweet At Home Indiana Wedding

While I currently call the East Coast home, the Midwest will always have my heart. Hook, line and sinker. It’s the place where sweet backyard weddings like this gem happen, captured by the talented Kyle John. Think casual, homey charm infused with elegance for days, and Boldly Chic Events behind every bit. Want more? The Vault is where it’s at.

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From the Bride & Groom… The ceremony and reception were both held in the backyard of the home where Molly’s mother grew up. We wanted the wedding to be elegant yet relaxed, and for decor we relied on the surrounding natural beauty of the sycamores and gardens. Despite several sporadic downpours throughout the day, the clouds parted for guests to enjoy cocktail hour and the celebration lasted late into the evening with dinner and dancing. 

Photography: Kyle John Photography | Event Planning: Boldly Chic Events | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Rene’s Bakery | Invitations: The Aerialist Press | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids, JCrew, And Asos | Catering: Hoaglin Catering | Band: The Company Band | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Venue: At Home | Farm Tables And Vintage Furniture: Violet Vintage | Floral Design And Styling: Kelly Lenard | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Tent And Rentals: A Classic Party Rental

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Heartwarming Alabama Wedding Film with Tribute Flyover

Before you watch what might be the sweetest three minute film we’ve ever come across, scroll right below and read the backstory behind the love. It’s a beautiful narrative of life after loss, complete with a T-6 Warbird flyover commemorating the bride’s late parents. Eric Staples captured Chris and Ashley’s day with such craft and care, reminding us of what a wedding is really all about.

Chris & Ashley’s Story

From the filmmaker, Eric Staples… I’ve never witnessed a couple more in love than Chris and Ashley. Truly. There had been an overflow of emotions from the past couple years of hurt and healing, but joy is what found them on that warm, tranquil day south of Birmingham, Alabama. They were beaming every minute. We all were witnesses. But they may as well have been there alone, lost in each other, devoting their lives to one another. I’m blessed to now call them friends and am constantly inspired by their real, wonderfully messy and passionate love.

Ashley’s entire family are pilots, they live near a runway in Alabama and grew up flying. They each have a heart for adventure; it’s evident in Ashley’s eyes. In March 2010, her parents were flying a T-6 Warbird together off the coast of Florida when something went wrong and crashed into the waters. They were killed instantly. Ashley’s two brothers steadily walked her down the aisle to Chris. At the reception, Ashley had her Dad’s best friend and wingman, Billy Strickland, perform a flyover in a T6 Warbird to commemorate her parents, which you can see in the film.

I am so grateful for any opportunity to capture their story, offering hope and perspective.

Cinematography: Eric Staples | Venue: Alexander City

Elegant + Whimsical Crane Estate Wedding

To simply call this wedding “pretty” is one of the biggest understatements of all time. It’s the story of our very own editor, Michelle and her love, Paul vowing their forever with a celebration that’ll make any wedding lover weep – it’s just that perfect. Set at New England’s beloved Crane Estate, it’s whimsical yet timeless, elegantly styled yet so deeply personal. And that O’Malley duo? They’re to thank for every last image sitting in The Vault. Whether you’re looking for invite inspiration, pastels done right or just want to see an absolutely beaming editor-turned-bride, this wedding is all that plus a million times more.

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From The Bride… Plain and simple, weddings make my heart extraordinarily happy. So, you can imagine my overwhelming gratitude that not only do I have the unique privilege to do what I love for a living, but I basically have the best job ever. My favorite part on the daily? Reading your love stories. Because it’s a given that every great love comes with a great story, and I have the immense pleasure of sharing mine with you all today.

A month before graduating Parsons NYC my girlfriends and I decided that it was time to give internet dating a try. After two weeks of what I considered “online shopping for a soulmate” I expanded my search beyond NY, and that was how I found Paul from Boston. Upon reading his profile I instantly turned to my friend (and bridesmaid) exclaiming that I had just found my perfect person. I decided to be uncharacteristically bold and send him a message, praying he would reply. Thankfully he did and our connection was instantaneous with phone calls and Skype sessions lasting into the early mornings thereafter. Since he lived in New England and I was in New York, we didn’t meet in person for an entire month. The day we finally met he was waiting for me underneath a clock tower and like a rom-com brought to life – time literally stood still. Fast forward six months and I had left my beloved Big Apple for lovely New England, and after a four year whirlwind romance Paul proposed. 

We planned our wedding close to home with the beautiful Crane Estate as our venue. I’d always envisioned an outdoor ceremony with a reception that felt more like a dinner party with endless amounts of champagne and of course a few flower crowns. I’m not terribly big on following the norm and our first unconventional choice was choosing a Monday. It gave my West coast guests the weekend to arrive and also the intimate celebration we truly wanted. Our ultimate goal was to have everyone we loved sharing in our joy, and I have to say we got just that and more thanks to everyone involved. 

Every second of our wedding stands out as a favorite, but a few special moments that bring a smile to my face are: seeing my bridesmaids’ reactions after helping me put on my veil. When my best friend from pre-school snuck up to the bridal suite and we both instantly started to cry. Anxiously walking towards Paul for our First Look and seeing the excitement in his eyes. The monarch butterflies that floated around us as we took our portraits. My dad handing me a napkin before we walked down the aisle because I was already crying. Paul’s handwritten vows that he wrote in an journal as an ode to my roots. The handmade decor my Bridesmaid surprised me with. Sharing a dance with my father to our favorite song. Watching the little ones play croquet. When our cake knife broke mid-cut and we almost died laughing. Finally, seeing a shooting star as the evening came to a close.

Our photographers, Scott and Ashlee flew all the way from Seattle to captured our Big Day. They are truly the kindest couple and their  talent speaks volumes. Everyone was instantly at ease in-front of the camera as they snapped every candid kiss and meaningful moment with such care. I felt as if my heart was going to burst with joy when they sent over the memories they captured and I can’t wait to cross paths with them for every future life event.  

As we lined up to walk down the aisle, I felt the wave of emotions from the day wash over me. It was all so surreal, it was a day that I’d been dreaming of and it was happening! As my Bridesmaids’ (all crying I might add) walked down the aisle to Coldplay – Sky full of Stars I could feel a million happy tears streamed down my face. I was completely overwhelmed with gratitude that not only was I marrying my best friend, but also that I had six more to lead the way and share in our joy. Holding my Dad’s arm (who also officiated) we followed down the grassy lawn towards Paul to the tune of The Beatles – In My Life . Through tears and streams of sunlight, we exchanged personal vows in a short but sweet ceremony and shared our first kiss as newlyweds.

The ceremony was followed by a relaxed cocktail hour as Vogue Entertainment provided the ambiance with an array of modern music played on a selection of strings. Guests were greeted by signature cocktails and my dream “cheese cake“. While everyone was nibbling on passed hors d’oeuvres and mingling, Danielle of the Trustees flawlessly coordinated our day with elegance and ease. Transitioning from cocktails to dinner inside the Great House everyone found their seat amongst long linen covered tables complete with cascading centerpieces by Les Fleurs.

Sita and the team at Timothy S. Hopkins Catering crafted our dream menu – from lobster served on homemade potato chip to the fried goat cheese salad- every bite was to die for. After dinner guests were lead outside for a casual game of croquet, lots of wedding cake from Flour Bakery, and even more champagne. We shared our first dance to a string quartet version of George Ezra – Budapest and I remember thinking just how lucky we are. It was with huge smiles, sweet kisses, and grateful hearts that we shared an evening we’ll never forget. 

Now for some advice. Think about the advantages of a weekday wedding. We wanted a small celebration and our Monday nuptials gave us just that (plus a lot of vendors have availability on weekdays). Also, consider a first look! It relieved us of any nerves, and we got all of our formal portraits done before the reception. Plus for the sake of vanity my hair + makeup didn’t run the risk of falling flat! A great piece of advice we were given was try to stop seven times during the day to take a deep breath, do your best to take in that moment. Because like everyone says it goes by in a blur, but a beautiful on that you’ll try your hardest to remember every detail of. All in all, just remember that your wedding day is the most wonderful and meaningful beginning that is about your love together – so have a glass of champagne and enjoy every minute! 

Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Floral Design: Les Fleurs Andover | Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks | Invitations: The First Snowfall | Engagement Ring: Long's Jewelers | Ring: Long's Jewelers | Catering: Timothy S. Hopkins Catering | Calligraphy: DIY by the Bride | Groom's Attire: Macy's | String Quartet: Vogue Music Events | Venue: The Crane Estate | Accommodations: The Inn At Castle Hill | Bar Menu Signage: DIY By The Bride | Bridal Boutique: The Dress Theory | Bride's Headpiece: Untamed Petals | Bridesmaid Dress: Two Birds | Bridesmaid Dress: Joanna August | Bridesmaid Dress: Dessy | Bridesmaid Dress: BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dress: Macy's | Bunny Table Name Holders: Target | Cocktail Napkins: For Your Party | Flower Crowns: DIY by the Bride | Maid of Honor Dress: Adrianna Papell | Popcorn Bar Signage: DIY By The Bride | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Return Address Labels: Felix Doolittle | Ring Pillow: DIY By The Bride | Seating Chart: DIY By The Bride | Signage: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Veil: Handmade by Sara Kim | Watercolor Crest: DIY by the Bride | Wedding Cake + Desserts: Flour Bakery

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