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Romantic Summer Wedding at Rancho Valencia

The elegant simplicity of this Bride’s gown, the colors of the romantic venue, her son walking her down the aisle; all these parts came together to create a wedding to remember, warming my heart at every glance of Troy Grover’s photos. LVL Weddings & Events made magic with La Tavola’s linens and Sweet Marie Designs, and Luke Lindgren captured all the live action, making my tear right up – all this way!

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From Troy Grover Photographers… Ranee and Josh met in Basalt, Colorado, when Josh bought Swedish Painting Company, including the condo above it. Little did he know, his future wife lived there with her son. As luck would have it, Ranee’s dishwasher broke about two weeks later. After trying to fix it, Josh ended up buying a new one. The day it was installed, she came home to find a note on it that said, “Let’s celebrate clean dishes with a drink. Say yes!” And the rest is history.

Although Ranee is from Texas and Josh had called New York home, they settled together as a family in Aspen, Colorado. When trying to choose a location for their upcoming wedding, they knew none of those locations were quite right for them, and decided sunny San Diego would be a perfect getaway for their guests. When they stepped into Rancho Valencia, Ranee and Josh fell in love with everything about it. Upon learning that Josh’s parents celebrate their anniversary there every year, they knew it was fate!

The vibe of Rancho Valencia was less formal than Ranee originally envisioned their wedding to be, but using Josh’s love for the color blue, and Ranee’s love for monogramming, they created the perfect theme for their day. Their custom logo they designed ended up being the center of the design for the wedding. It was on invitations, linen napkins, cake, chair backs, guest gift bags, cocktail napkins, and even the ring bearer’s pillow. Ranee’s favorite detail to plan was the navy linen napkins with the white monogrammed logo that was at every seat for the reception. Because the napkins were used after she officially became an “Austin” she changed the logo from “RJ” to just an “A.” Because of that, they were able to give some of the napkins to Josh’s parents, who helped so much with the wedding, and his grandmother.

Above all, Ranee’s favorite thing about the whole weekend was watching her son add the final touches to his very own cake and meeting Lindsey Sinatra and team at A Wish and a Whisk. Her son is an avid watcher of cake designing shows, so the couple decided in lieu of a groom’s cake, to have a special cake designed by her son instead. When Ranee mentioned this detail to Heather Hoesch, their wedding planner from LVL Weddings & Events, she knew Lindsey was on one of the Food Network shows and was available to make the cakes. After enthusiastically creating many ideas, Ranee’s son decided on an Aspen themed cake, with the top reading “Let’s make new tracks.” Lindsey created all the details so he could add them onto the cake himself. Ranee’s son said this was definitely his favorite part of the wedding!

Their main priority for their wedding was for all their guests to feel like they were on vacation and to have a relaxing wedding day. Ranee started the day with just her and her son, laughing and spending breakfast together – her favorite memory of the day. Then the girls took a yoga class before getting ready and the guys took a tennis lesson. Rancho Valencia provided the rest of the atmosphere and the day felt exactly like they had hoped. She urges brides planning their weddings just to focus on the day, family, and friends. All the little things you worry about, no one will notice, they will just remember the ambiance and how fun the day is.

Photography: Troy Grover Photographers | Videography: Luke Lindgren Cinema | Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Cake: A Wish And A Wisk | Wedding Venue: Rancho Valencia | Event Coordination: LVL Weddings & Events | Linens: La Tavola Linen

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Ethereal Forest Bridal Inspiration

When I was a little girl, I’d explore the woods beyond my house, diving into my own magical world. This shoot by Ryan Ray brought me back to those days and I couldn’t be happier. Sapphire Events set up a scene worthy of my fantasies and with Kim Starr Wise’s floral creations, I’m struggling to focus on anything today but this beauty. Work can wait; I need much more time in this wonderous world.

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From Sapphire Events… Set in a pine forest on the outskirts of mystic New Orleans, this ethereal design evokes a sense of hushed urgency in the serenity and quiet calm of nature at sunset. The Sarah Janks gown is simple and intimate with its flowing layers of silk organza and its daringly high slit, catching the breeze as our bride briskly skips from patch of grass to cool leaves on the forest ground. Into the woods she treads nimbly and effortlessly, anxious to find herself in her husband’s warm embrace. Her bouquet – a wild and unruly collection gathered by the best florist in New Orleans, takes shape with blooms and greens sourced from the surroundings, as though the bride foraged her own assembly of forest blossoms just prior to her escape into the arms of her betrothed.

Photography: Ryan Ray Photography | Event Planning: Sapphire Events | Floral Design: Kim Starr Wise | Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks | Venue: Garrett Field | Beauty: Kiss And Makeup | Event Styling And Design: Valerie Gernhauser Of Sapphire Events

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Whimsical + Romantic New Orleans Wedding

What do you get when you take the ever chic style of New Orleans, add in a dash of Disney, and throw in one dashing couple? One fabulously fun fete that’s hard to beat. Tying The Knot planned and designed a La Tavola-decked out affair to remember, with Kim Starr Wise providing romantic fall florals. Marissa Lambert and Foto Buddy captured all the magic in the gallery here — trust us, this is not one to miss!

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From Tying The Knot Wedding Coordination… This bride and groom had a classic wedding with pops of muted colors! They share a love for Disney, so they incorporated a few subtle touches from the most magical place on Earth, like their escort cards as fast passes and tables named after their favorite rides! Their wedding also featured kisses in front of the New Orleans streetcar, whimsical lighting, lush organic flowers and a second line band to end the night! It truly was their happily ever after – New Orleans style!

From the Bride… From a young age, I have been enthralled with storybook romances, and couldn’t wait for the day I would meet my match. My dream came true during my first year of law school when I met Ron at a Valentine’s Day party. It was love at first sight, and five years later, Ron asked me to marry him on sunny spring day in a rose garden in Brooklyn.

There was no question in our minds that we wanted to get married in New Orleans. Not only is Ron’s family from there, but we felt that the city’s unique blend of fun-loving energy and timeless romance perfectly reflected who we are as a couple. City Park’s Botanical Garden and Pavilion of the Two Sisters was the first and only venue we visited. The glass encased Pavilion providing views of the beautifully manicured surrounding flowers and trees made for the perfect setting for our garden fairytale wedding!

We selected Elyse Skansi Jennings of Tying the Knot Wedding Coordination to help us plan our happy ending, and she and her team were integral in bringing our vision to life. We wanted our wedding to be both romantic and whimsical. We opted for a color palette of plum, blush, and gold, which we felt was appropriate for the time of year, but also captured the look and feel we were going for. Our invitations were sent to guests as a stacked package, which contained overlapping rustic magnolias and other enchanted patterns as well as a mix of formal and handwritten scripts. The package was finished with metallic gold baker’s twine and a custom monogrammed tag and mailed to guests in a gold glitter lined kraft envelope that was hand addressed in metallic plum ink.

We carried over this mix of formal and whimsy to our wedding reception as well. We opted for an outdoor cocktail hour in the Camelia Garden, which we adorned with festoon lighting, candles, and floating gardenias. Inside, guests found their seats at tables named after Disney rides – a nod to our fun-loving side. We dressed the tables in several different metallic neutral linens to provide the room with some added dimension and formality. The floral center pieces were a beautiful garden mix of roses, dahlias, tulips, hydrangeas, and greenery. Flowing garlands and hanging votives covered the lattices throughout the Pavilion, and fresh roses tumbled down the side of our tiered cake.

Because many of our guests were from out of town, we wanted them to experience a taste of New Orleans cuisine at our wedding, so provided several food stations containing local specialties such as jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, and shrimp and grits. After dancing the night away to music by the amazing Gina Brown and Anutha Level, we passed out beignets, and finished off the night with a traditional second line band. In lieu of sparklers, guests waved blush sequin wands that were hand-crafted by me and my mom.

Our wedding was truly the most magical night of our lives and a the perfect start to our happily ever after! We can’t say enough good things about Elyse and Tying the Knot, without whom our day would not have been so spectacular.

Photography: Marissa Lambert | Videography: Foto Buddy | Floral Design: Kim Starr Wise | Wedding Cake: Pure Cake | Ceremony Venue: Corpus Christi Church | Reception Venue: Pavilion Of The Two Sisters | Makeup Artist: Ashley Sievert Beauty | Hair Stylist: Ginger Dufriend | Band: Gina and Anutha Level Band | Cake Stand: Nola B Style | Candle Decor: Luminous Events | Ceremony Musicians: New Orleans Finest | Linens: La Tavola | Photobooth: Big Easy Photobooth | Planning And Design: Tying The Knot Wedding Coordination | Rentals: Event Rental | Second Line Band: Kinfolk Brass Band

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Romantic Italian Villa Wedding Inspiration

Sally Pinera describes this Bride she captured as blissfully content and in love, discovering the perfect place to say “I do” at this Italian-inspired villa. Her description alone drew me right in but then I fell into the gorgeous gallery, bursting with soft florals and a gown that becomes more enchanting at every glance, and I’m ready to play hooky the rest of the day and just soak in all this beauty. Don’t you agree?

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From Sally Pinera… As she walks along the gardens of her Italian Villa, she realizes that her heart is full and this is where she belongs. A lover of romance and beautiful things, our bride knows this is the perfect place to say I do.

Our bride pulls inspiration from her home in Italy. With the natural colors of the cobble stones and the romantic feel of the ocean, she is inspired with a soft color palette of creams, blush and gold. She loves the classic look of crystal glasses, tapered candles and dainty accessories. She is beautiful inside and out and her wedding day showcases it all.

Photography: Sally Pinera | Event Design: Divinity Holt | Floral Design: Amanda Burnette | Wedding Dress: Zahavit Tshuba | Cake: Sweet Fix RVA | Calligraphy: Poppy & Scooter | Venue: The Mill At Fine Creek | Makeup & Hair: Elle Style Studio | Model: Taylor Burton | Vintage Ring: Trumpet & Horn

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Contemporary Multi-Cultural Wedding at The Carolina Inn

A sense of calm came over me as I admired these stunning photos from Perry Vaile; she captured the breathtaking beauty of combining both Pakistani and Tibetan cultures into one simple and intimate ceremony, leaving me speechless. I’m thinking every Monday morning should start on this sort of note; see every peacefully pretty moment right this way!

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From Perry Vaile… This stunning couple chose to celebrate their wedding in a beautifully unique way – not only did they incorporate their own family traditions by wearing traditional clothing (the Groom in a tailor-made Sherwani, and the Bride in a Tibetan red gown), but they also choose to have a very simple and intimate ceremony with only a handful of those closest to them, followed by a large reception (where they switched to a tux and short white dress) in a beautiful ballroom. The couple used beautiful cherry blossoms throughout their day and gave guests Ilam tea as a favor and Krispy Kreme donuts for the dessert!

Photography: Perry Vaile | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Makeup: Courtney Hughes | Hair: Enrique Weffer | Band: GrooveTown | Wedding Venue: Carolina Inn | Bride's Shoes (Flats): Ivanka Trump | Wedding Dress - Red: Designed By Bride, Made In Nepal. | Wedding Dress - White: Jill Stuart

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