Best Red Lipsticks for Kissable Valentine’s Day Lips

Your lips are going to be getting a whole lot of love on Valentine’s Day, so they need to be looking perfectly kissable and we have all the tools you need to make that happen. Step one: prep your pretty pout. Step two: find your perfect shade of Valentine’s Day red below. Step three: pucker up and get ready for the most romantic day of the year!

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Bouquet Breakdown: Nautical Westport, Massachusetts Wedding

Every time I stare at this bouquet I find that I have no words, only heart eyes. That’s right, it’s the type of pretty that is emoji inducing. A lush layer of pastel blooms, Petal Floral Design is the brains behind this pastel beauty – and trust me what I say that you’ll want to know all about it below!

Nautical Westport, Massachusetts Wedding

  • 3 stems of white clematis
  • 3 stems of white clematis
  • 2 stems of white campanula
  • 1 stem of white veronica
  • 2 stems of ivory lace cap hydrangea
  • 3 stems of peach stock
  • 5 stems of majolica spray rose
  • 3 stems of blushing bride protea
  • 5 stems of ivory ranunculus
  • 3 stems of anemone with black center
  • 5 stems of o’hara garden rose
  • 4 stems of kiera garden rose
  • 3 stems of bay greens
  • 2 stems of japanese stewardia foliage
  • 1 stem of ivory pieris
  • 2 yards of silk sari blush
  • 3 yards of 1″ antique white
  • 3 yards of 2.5″ bespoke blush
  • 1 yard of 1.5″ bespoke blush
  • 1 yard of 1.5″ antique white

From Petal Floral DesignI create most of ours and bridal bouquets. it is hands-down my favorite element to a wedding day design. Each bouquet has a personality unique to itself. The morning of a wedding I arrive early, before anyone else is on site, coffee in hand, music turned up, I start designing.

I’ll begin with the bouquet recipe but I learned early on that each bouquet has a personality of its own and I should just let it express itself. I play with the movement of the foliage until the shape and form come into their own. This is always an entrancing process.

This bouquet felt fresh and fun because of the variety that our client Lindsey brought to each stage of her wedding design plan. The bridal bouquet felt less like a repeat design and more like the perfect fit for its moment, complementing the diversity in the ceremony, cocktail and reception flowers.​

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#SMPWedding101 – Unexpected Elements Guests Love

We plan for every single essential and wedding must-do but what about when Mother Nature decides to arrive with a storm? Or how about the fear of dehydrated guests? Planning for these little details is what Katie Dunn of Events By La Fete does and she’s gathered up some of her favorite unexpected elements that are guaranteed to make your guests fall even more in love with your wedding celebration.

1. Sweat Proof:

Mother nature can wreak havoc on an otherwise perfectly planned day. To keep your guests from overheating on a super hot day, hand out iced lavender towels as guests enter your ceremony space or late night on the sweaty dance floor!

2. Overhead Protection:

Umbrellas in your wedding colors are always useful if rain is in the forecast OR if its a particularly hot day they can shield guests from the sun. In North Carolina a really hot day also means a good chance for a sprinkle or two, so these umbrellas can serve double duty.

3. Liquid Love:

Don’t forget to have something on hand for your guests to drink before the ceremony begins. Spa water is always a nice addition, especially if guests have been traveling.

4. Welcoming Committee:

Seasonal and local welcome baskets are always much appreciated as guests check into their hotel. If you are getting married in the fall, why not have seasonal pumpkin spice cookies and packets of hot cider. For the spring and summer, fresh fruit is a nice (and healthy) addition! Here in North Carolina, we have a plethora of local goodies that we like to include in welcome bags to give out of state guests a taste of local flavor, including: Krispy Kreme donuts, Southern Season peanuts and Cheerwine!

5. Bathroom Break:

Thoughtful bathroom baskets are a must, especially in the female bathroom! Don’t forget things like phone chargers to include for the on-the-go guest that didn’t have time to recharge before they arrived. Staples should include lip gloss, mints, shout wipes and hair ties!

6. Stylish Signage:

You can never have too many signs! Signs at the food stations, signs at the bar, signs to indicate the timeline of the evening, a sign for the gift card table and cake table, just to name a few. Remember to include a list of ingredients on any food related table so guests with a particular food allergy can be informed.

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Napa Valley Estate Wedding at Beaulieu Garden

For me, “Napa Valley” and “incredible al fresco weddings” are pretty much one and the same. And this dreamy summer lovefest planned by Rosemary Events only further proves my point. Photographed by Samuel Lippke Studios, it’s got all the elements for a storybook day – Vera Wang gown and five-tier creation by Sweet On Cake included. Go get lost in The Vault for a weekend that’s officially off to a perfect start.

Al Fresco

From Rosemary EventsJust one day of venue scouting and Brittany & Justin fell head over heels for the beautiful Beaulieu Gardens Estate in Napa Valley. It was the perfect location for their fabulous and glowy evening under the stars.

Joined by 150 friends and family, the couple exchanged vows on a gorgeous summer day under a Chuppah covered with Amaranthus (Brittany’s favorite) in the beautiful sunken garden at Beaulieu Gardens. Guests were greeted with Blackberry Lemonade and Minted Iced Tea then seated in rustic wooden chairs under linen covered cabanas shading them from the July sun.

Justin looked handsome in a classic black tuxedo and began the procession walking in with his Mom. Bridesmaids wore dresses by Love Shack Fancy in complementing fabrics and carried bouquets of peach garden roses with raspberries and thistle. They walked in, accompanied by Justin’s groomsmen, to “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles. Brittany looked stunning in her Vera Wang gown and carried a beautiful bouquet of white garden roses and Amaranthus. Both her Mom and Dad accompanied her down the aisle to an instrumental version of the song from her favorite childhood movie (the one she used to play over and over) “If We Hold on Together”.

Most important to Brittany and Justin was that the ceremony incorporated all the special religious and family traditions representing their respective backgrounds. They worked together with Rabbi Brian and Pastor Larry who created one of the most moving and special ceremonies I have had the pleasure of witnessing. It appropriately ended as the couple walked out through a shower of rose petals to the instrumental version of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” by performed by Ever Music Group.

Guests mingled after ceremony enjoying cocktails and delicious bites from Paula Le Dec Fine Catering and jazz by Ever Music Group. When it came time for dinner, they collected seating cards from wooden shutters placed along the beautiful vine covered path leading to the dining arbor.

The dining tables were a magical backdrop for the extraordinary feast prepared by Paula Le Duc Fine Catering. A continuous golden ribbon stretched the length of each of the long tables and wove through each place setting. Casa de Perrin chargers of Italian glass and 24K set each place, then were finished with a gold flatware, gold napkin, a mix of crystal and Riedel glassware, menus by Tiny Pine Press, a pair of individual crystal salt & pepper cellars for each guest and a golden ribbon monogrammed with each guest’s name. Footed bowls held stunning arrangements of yellow and creme garden roses accented with berries and thistle, spilled with amaranthus. These gorgeous arrangements lined the tables and were accented with smaller arrangements each displaying single ingredients of the larger arrangement and bowls of floating candles. The arbor was twinkling with beautiful gold chandeliers. The pool was aglow with white globes of varying sizes.

Guests ate an amazing Salad of Peaches and Arugula, Salmon on a Cedar Plank served w/ Farro and main course of Bavette Steak. Laughter and toasting followed, Brittany and Justin cut their cake and took the dance floor for a romantic first dance to “Shining Star”. Ever Music Group appeared for a lively Hora dance and then a friend of Justin’s, DJ Chris Fox from Boutique DJs, spun their favorites and kept the dance floor hopping.

It was a magical departure as guests walked through a sea of bubbles and were offered Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches as a sweet finish to the party but the fun continued at an after party at the nearby Reddwood restaurant.

The evening was absolutely magical and glowing. What was so incredibly wonderful about Brittany and Justin (and Brittany’s wonderful parents) was the effort they took to make sure that each and every guest felt special and taken care of. The mood was infectious. There was so much love in the air.

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Photography: Samuel Lippke Studios | Cinematography: Weddings On Film | Event Planning + Design: Rosemary Events | Floral + Event Design: Nicole Sillapere | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Sweet On Cake | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Love Shack Fancy | Catering: Paula Le Duc Fine Catering | Hair + Makeup: Jam Leonard | Lighting: Got Light? | DJ: Boutique DJS | Ceremony Music: Ever Music Group | Venue: Beaulieu Gardens | Alterations: Heidi Johnson | Invitations + Stationery: Tiny Pine Press | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linens | Rabbi + Pastor: Rabbi Brian & Pastor Larry Keen | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Napa | Sound: Delicate Productions | Tabletop: Casa De Perrin

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