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Leven Rambin + Jim Parrack’s Al Fresco Texas Wedding

You know her from roles on our favorite shows like One Tree Hill, Grey’s Anatomy and All My Children, but today Leven Rambin is stepping into the role of bride with a look inside her autumn wedding to Jim Parrack (a.k.a . Hoyt from True Blood.) Taking cues from the venue, Leven and Jim’s planner, Something To Celebrate designed a day infused with European-style elegance and Heather Curiel came on board to capture. Consider your wedding plans infinitely inspired, and pin every bit inside The Vault.

From the Bride, Leven… I really wanted my wedding to have an ethereal, bohemian elegance to it. I was so inspired and elated once I found the venue, Le San Michele in the tiny town of Buda, Texas. Virginia, the owner, has turned her home and property into an adorable, unique, modern shabby church paradise with hints of European elegance. I immediately fell in love with all the lighting fixtures she had in the trees and the Moroccan lamps that scatters the property. The gardens added a romantic feel, too.

I wanted earthy Pastel tones more appropriate for a spring wedding, but I didn’t care! I knew exactly what I wanted down to every detail and my planners and florists nailed it. When I arrived, my breath was taken away at how accurately they were able to make my vision come to life! It was small and intimate and absolutely perfect.

The Karaoke on the back patio after a delicious dinner was SUCH a hit! We sang, danced, and partied until the wee hours! Numerous guests have told me it was the best and most beautiful wedding they’d ever been to, and that it was like a fairytale! And that’s exactly what I was going for, so I’m very happy!

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Photography: Heather Curiel Weddings | Event Planning + Design: Something To Celebrate | Floral Design: Petals Ink | Wedding Dress: Susan Neville | Cake: Sweet Treets Bakery | Catering: Crave Catering | Makeup: Corina Kramer | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Venue: Le San Michele | Reception Music + Karaoke: Altared Wedding Productions

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Invite Style with these Stationery Trends

Planning your next big celebration? Allow me to introduce you to the ultimate invitation inspiration. That’s right – from vintage stamps to wax seals – we’ve searched high and low in The Vault to find what we feel are the next big stationery trends, and we’ve got them all waiting for you to discover below!

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Chic Valentine’s Day Elopement Inspiration

The countdown is officially on to Valentine’s Day, so we’re sprinkling in the  x’s and o’s a wee bit early. And on today’s lovefest agenda? An elopement inspiration shoot photographed by Caroline Tran. Tucked inside The Vault you’ll find each and every detail, including this pretty bloomage by Kelly Oshiro giving us a serious dose of color crush.

From Caroline Tran PhotographyWhat’s more romantic than a Valentine’s Day wedding? Here, we envisioned a chic city elopement, held at the couple’s loft. The fireplace is decorated simply with pillar candles and brass tapers and serves as the backdrop for the ceremony and first dance. Lush red, with hints of gold and gray, serve as the color scheme. The bride wears an elegant ball gown by Carolina Herrera and carries a lush bouquet with red garden roses, strawberry gomphrena and smoke bush.

For the couple’s celebratory dinner, it’s all about fine dining. Seasonal pomegranates are used both in the floral arrangement, in the cornish hens, and in the elegant arugula salad with pomegranate pearls, all by Mr. & Mrs. Creamery. A bar cart serves double duty as champagne and the cake table.

This editorial was part of a upcoming video photography workshop by Caroline Tran and SLR Lounge. You can see a sneak peek of the video right here. Kelly and Caroline along with Joy Proctor will also be speaking at The Art of Styling Workshop, March 23rd, 2016 in Santa Barbara. 

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Photography: Caroline Tran Photography | Cinematography: SLR Lounge | Styling: Kelly Oshiro Design | Floral Design: Kelly Oshiro | Wedding Dress: Diamante By Carolina Herrara | Invitations: Minted | Jewelry: 33 Jewels | Hair + Makeup: Studio MM&B | Calligraphy: Gloria Kim | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Food Styling: Mr. & Mrs. Creamery | Linen Rentals: Hudson Grace | Location: Caroline Tran Studio | Models: Steve Steinhardt & Hannah Bergman | Monogrammed Hatbox: Trousseau & Co | Production: Caroline Tran Workshop | Rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Tabletop Props: Porch

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Romantic Surprise Penthouse Proposal

You know how we feel about surprise proposals, and today we’re kicking off a week long worth of romance with the ultimate ask. Surrounded by 20 (literally) love-filled balloons Daniel asked Kim about forever and the results are beyond sweet. Just Because Vancouver was the visionary behind the scenes and Kim James Photography captured it all to share and we’ve got it waiting for you in THE VAULT!

From Just Because VancouverWhen Daniel reached out to us to plan his proposal, we knew immediately that his over-the-top affection for Kim had to be matched in his surprise engagement. There is no better place than the 48th floor of an $18 million penthouse at Hotel Georgia’s Private Residences. Surrounded by 20 abundantly love-filled Big Love Balls, Daniel stood in the middle of this breathtaking 6,800sqft canvas with sweeping panoramic views. While Kim was obliviously being glammed up for her fake “photo-shoot” in another room, a bouquet of flowers, champagne and hors d’oeuvres were waiting for her on the most romantic balcony in Canada. Daniel wanted something breathtaking – and breathtaking is what he received.

From the Bride-to-be…Late July, my agent Grace had sent me an e-mail confirmation for an upcoming jewelry catalog booking that would be for the brand Olive and Piper, and was set to take place on Wednesday August 12th. The evening before, I packed so many different dresses for the shoot and planned to bring a big 5 pound watermelon for a church picnic after.

On arrival at the Private Residences at Georgia Hotel, I was lead to a room where hair and make-up would take place. I saw signs on the door saying “Make-Up & Hair” and “Photoshoot in Progress”. I was thinking the shoot was set up very professionally! Even more surprising, was when one of my all time favourite make-up artists greeted me, Annie. We both ‘had no idea’ we would be working on this ‘shoot’ together.

When we finally finished, I opened the doors to where the shoot was being held, and noticed massive white blow-up balls that said “love” in bold black letters on them. I stood there, confused. Out of nowhere, my boyfriend showed up from behind one of the Big Love Balls.

Feeling overwhelmed, I saw the most genuine and nervous smile, happy, teary eyes and as he spoke, I heard words filled with so much love. I could barely hear what he was saying, but I knew what was happening. He got down on one knee and I can only pray I said “YES!”. He really got me! What a surprise!

The unbelievable plan was explained to me, how I was ‘punked’ and how the entire shoot was a set up through Just Because Vancouver, a wedding proposal planning company. I was told how it was Daniel receiving my wardrobe photos and selecting the dress I would wear that day. I learned Daniel had went to ask my parents for their blessing the day after I went on my most recent work trip to Singapore. I could not of dreamed of a better surprise engagement. This marks my most treasured and best day alive yet.

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Photography: Kim James Photography | Cinematography: Farawayland Studios | Floral Design: Flower Factory | Jewelry: Cavalier Jewellers | Hair + Makeup: ACMakeup | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Venue: Private Residences At Hotel Georgia | Champagne + Hors D'oeuvres: Hawksworth Restaurant | Decor + Styling: Big Love Ball | Groom's Hair: Barber & Co. | Modeling Agency: Luxe Models | Modeling Job: Olive & Piper | Proposal Planner: Just Because Vancouver

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