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English Manor Wedding Inspiration

At first glance, this shoot might look like your typical English garden inspiration. But take a closer look and you’ll see an east-meets-west approach with a subtle Asian flair. Euphoric FlowersPocketful of DreamsCakes By Krishanthi along with a whole team of talent crafted up the pretty and Weddings By Nicola and Glen photographed the gallery you simply can’t afford to miss.

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From Weddings By Nicola and GlenWe recently photographed a wedding inspiration shoot at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, one of the most famous luxury hotels in Britain renown for its 2 Michelin star food and idyllic countryside setting. The overall concept was Fusion – Where East Meets West and was designed, styled and co-ordinated by Vicki & Michelle of event design house Pocketful of Dreams.

From Michelle of Pocketful of Dreams… Inspired by the stunning Japanese Tea Gardens at the venue, we worked from a back story of a stylish British couple who had been heavily influenced by their travels to the Orient and set out to create a look that had an elegant feel with stylish and thoughtful touches across all the décor and details, subtly and creatively portraying that Far East influence. We worked with a rich, warm colour palette of burgundy, wine, soft pinks and peach with a grounding base of oyster silk, all offset by plenty of leafy greens. Brass and antique gold tones were then added to establish a luxe/old world feel that emulated a refined luxury.

Photography: Weddings By Nicola And Glen | Floral Design: Euphoric Flowers | Bridal Dresses & Accessories: Kate Halfpenny | Cakes & Sweet Treats: Cakes By Krishanthi | Decor Items: Brollies Galore | Decor Items: Amara | Decor Items: Farley Prop Hire | Design Concept & Styling: Pocketful Of Dreams | Furniture: Vintage Style Hire | Groom’s Outfit: October House | Make-up & Hair: Sarah Elizabeth For Claire Hanson’s M.A.C.H Beauty Team | Paper Goods: Gemma Milly | Venue: Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons

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Our Favorite Furry Friends

You know what every Thursday evening needs?  A little dose of adorable.  Any by “a little dose,” I mean a full-fledged attack of cuteness, courtesy of some of our favorite furry friends from weddings past.  Think dapper pups in bow ties, cuddly kittens and horses dressed to perfection (seriously).  It’s a smile-inducing fur fest and the heartwarming begins in one, two, three…

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Sunny Al Fresco Wedding in Ojai

There are wedding tents and then there are stunning masterpieces of drapery under which the prettiest al fresco weddings occur. This Ojai affair photographed by Michael Costa most certainly falls under the latter. And it comes baring floral gifts by Flowerwild and the most elegant details crafted by Jill La Fleur. Have a look at the full gallery right here and tell me you haven’t seen a more gorgeous tent. Am I right?

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From The Bride…My only requirement when looking for venues for our wedding was that I wanted to be able to dance under the stars. After visiting the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa I realized this was the place I pictured in my dreams. After our first site visit, our search for a wedding venue was over. We never anticipated that we would only visit one wedding site and call it a day, but that is what happened. What really captured our hearts was the beauty and tranquility of the grounds. It truly was the perfect place for our dream wedding. The wedding was on a beautiful, sunny day in October 2012. After exchanging vows under the magical canopy of a 100-year-old Oak Tree, our guests were whisked off to the herb garden where they sipped on the Inn’s signature drink, the Pink Moment, and nibbled on an assortment of appetizers. After a short hour had passed, our guests were escorted through the garden down to lawn where we met them for an unforgettable night of dinner, dancing, and cake accompanied by a sundae bar. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Everything had fallen into place perfectly. My dream had become a reality. The stars were out and our hearts were full…. what a night it was. Miller and I had known each other for quite some time before we had actually started dating. We both attended Newport Harbor High School and ran in the same group, but we never thought we would end up together. After high school, Miller left for college at the University of Colorado Boulder, and I went off to San Francisco State. Six years later, we unexpectedly reconnected at a mutual friend’s wedding in Mexico. After meeting at the beach bar on the first day, we were inseparable. That was it for us! Five years later we tied the knot and had our dreamy wedding at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. I got to dance under the stars and marry the man of my dreams, what a lucky girl I am. Today we still live in Newport Beach. Miller is Vice President at Farmers and Merchants Bank and I am a stay at home mom with our beautiful 3-month-old daughter, Hannah. Life is good for the Akins Family!

Photography: Michael & Anna Costa Photography ~ Michael Costa | Event Planning: Jill La Fleur Wedding Planner | Floral Design: Kate Flowerwild | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Invitations: Dauphine Press | Ceremony Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: AA Jewelry Box | Bridesmaids Dresses: Swoon | Lighting: Lewis Barker Decor Services | Groom's Shoes: Kenneth Cole | Officiant: Pastor Low Norris | Assistant Coordinator: Jenn Curti | Bride's Hair: Kristine Norris | Bride's Reception Dress: Erin Fetherston | Bridesmaids Jewelry: Dara Ettinger | Decor: Casa De Perrin | Dog's Bowtie: Silly Buddy | Groomsmen Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Hair & Make-Up: Mar Team Hair & Make-Up | Linens: La Tavola | Music: Anthony Ybarra | Music: Bobby Joyner Band | Reception Dress Belt: The White Dress | Rentals: Nicole Classic Party Rentals

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Plum Pretty Sugar Summer/Early Fall 2014 + A Giveaway!

Truth be told, I still wear my Plum Pretty Sugar robe that I got ready in the morning of my big day. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan. So when I laid eyes on their brand-new summer/early fall 2014 collection that’s full of new styles and patterns perfect for getting ready, honeymoon and everyday, let’s just say it was a swoon fest!

With gorgeous new styles that are perfect for everyday + everything, this Plum Pretty Sugar collection has it all! When getting ready for the big day, I’m loving the collared, button-down Boyfriend Shirts, Tiered Maxi Dress (with removable spaghetti straps!) Maxi Robe and Jumpsuit. Perfect for the honeymoon (and for ever after!), I can’t get enough of the Petal Shorts + Crop Top, Playsuit, Side-Tie Pant and Cross Back Dress. Shown in some fabulous tried + true patterns as well as some newbies, Plum Pretty Sugar has flirty, feminine and fabulous down to a science!

To see the full collection + to start your shopping cart, head over here! And to top it all off, we’ve got a fabulous giveaway for our SMP readers!

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The Prize: A lucky reader will win a set of three tiered maxi dresses! (value of $204)

To Enter: Head over to Plum Pretty Sugar’s site and take a look around. Then come back over here and comment on this post with the name of your favorite piece in the new collection!

To Win: One winner will be selected at random and announced on the WIUP on Friday, August 1, 2014.

Terms & Conditions: Can all be found right here.  Good luck my dears! xoxo

Photography: Marisa Holmes | Hair + Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy


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