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Elegant Oheka Castle Wedding

Layer upon layer of luxurious elegance is about to unfold before your eyes, in the form of Rebecca Yale‘s artful imagery. With a slightly Art Deco vibe, this Oheka Castle affair glows with rich detailing that we crave on the daily here at SMP… a perfectly styled invitation suite, designed by Bella Figura, a bouquet from Ava Flora with a mind of it’s own and that dress, oh that dress. It’s a doozy, darlings.

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From Rebecca YaleSandy and Kain’s wedding celebration at Oheka Castle was a gorgeous day full of elegant details and a celebration fit for royalty. From the absolutely stunning bouquet and floral arrangements from Avaflora to her gorgeous Monique Lhullier dress every detail was perfection! I had the pleasure of photographing Sandy and Kain’s engagement party last year, so it was so much fun to work with them again and document their beautiful wedding day. I absolutely love getting to know my couples during the planning process and these two are just the sweetest! The love for each other and their big families was evident in every moment of the day and was a joy to capture for them.

From the beautiful Bride… Kain and I originally met in High School, and reconnected right after college. We met up in New York City one chilly winter night. Kain and I had been dating for 3 years before he proposed on Sunday, March 24th 2013 at Lenz Winery, my favorite vineyard on the North Fork of Long Island. It was a breezy spring day so naturally; I wanted to go inside the barn turned tasting room to keep warm. As we were walking in, Kain asked me to wait because he had something to ask me. When I turned around, he was already on one knee asking me to marry him! This overwhelming happy feeling just came over me like I never felt before! I was so excited but couldn’t stop shaking at the same time, I couldn’t stop smiling! I was on cloud nine!

I planned the entire wedding myself, but with MUCH help from my mother…thank goodness for her! I chose Oheka Castle for our reception because I wanted an Art Deco feel that exuded luxury and glamour. The garden and grounds of Oheka are absolutely gorgeous and the Castle itself is stunning! I had an Art Deco theme throughout the wedding. The color mix was ivory, light blush, and gold. Kain went to his family jeweler and designed my gorgeous custom oval-cut platinum engagement ring with a double diamond halo. For our wedding bands, Kain wanted something simple since he isn’t used to wearing jewelry. Kain chose a simple platinum wedding band and I chose a natural round wedding band. It’s gorgeous!

When initially looking for my dress I knew I wanted one that was romantic, timeless, and that made me feel beautiful. I chose a two-tone ivory gown featuring a lace bodice embroidered with lace and embellished with crystals, pearls, and baby glass beads. It also featured a textured organza tufted skirt with a quaint keyhole back. I knew I definitely wanted to keep my dress very traditional by choosing beaded, lace sleeves and a ball gown, but I also wanted to something modern which is why I chose the princess cut bodice with the keyhole back. I loved the mix of traditional and modern at the same time. My Monique Lhuillier wedding gown delivered timeless elegance with a modern edge. My cathedral length veil featured leaping scallops of lace edge. As far as my shoes, I wanted a classic shoe that I knew I could wear even after the wedding was over which is why I chose a glamorous strappy nude Manolo Blahnik. And blue nail polish on my toes (my something blue)! Kain’s Mother contributed to my “something borrowed” – a vintage diamond bracelet which was also used as a ‘something borrowed’ when Kain’s brother married my sister-in-law in essence starting a Family tradition. My bridal purse was a small YSL purse with a gold chain. I used it for all of my bridal events: bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, and wedding day. I wore my hair swept to the side in loose curls and a crystal grape cluster headpiece by Twigs and Honey.

I had 5 bridesmaids. They all wore the same Adrianna Papell beaded one shoulder dress. We searched around all day in New York City and kept seeing very plain generic bridesmaids’ dresses. I wanted my girls to really love their dress and feel just as gorgeous and confident as I did in my wedding dress. I also wanted to get the Art Deco feel from the dresses. So when I saw my bridesmaids come out of the dressing room one by one with the dress, I just knew it was the one! They all looked stunning in them and I knew all of us as a group would really have a ‘wow’ factor. The beading on the dresses really complemented my wedding dress and I felt as if they were a true accessory to me, the bride.I gifted all my girls a crystal grape cluster comb by Twigs and Honey for them to put in their hair the day of the wedding. It matched my crystal headpiece from Twigs and Honeys. The flower girls wore custom made tulle dresses designed and made by my Aunt. The ring bearers all wore classic mini tuxes with bow ties. They had silver brunia boutonnieres with hints of eucalyptus.

I carried a gorgeous cascading bouquet with blooms in shades of white and cream with accents of blush. Florals included roses, snow berry, lisianthus, calla lilies, and orchids. Draping foliage such as ivy and eucalyptus was included and stems were finished in a lace ribbon cuff and pearl accenting. Bridesmaids carried a garden bouquet with blooms in shades of blush, champagne, and mauve with accents of green. Flowers included roses, snow berry, lisianthus, and silver brunia. The centerpieces had an Art Deco look to them. Table numbers were in gold with ivory table linens. Godiva chocolate wedding favors with gold ribbon were on all the tables with a letterpress favor card from Bella Figura. Our precious favor cards were letter pressed with a small poodle and a sweet message. Kain and I adopted a toy poodle from North Shore Animal League last year and we wanted to incorporate her in the wedding! This was the perfect way!

Father/Daughter dance was “The way you look tonight” version by Steve Tyrell, I grew up loving “Father of the Bride” Since I am from Peruvian decent, I always grew up dancing to Salsa at my family gatherings. The wedding wasn’t any different. Kain and I are also big fans of obscure 80s songs and New Wave music. Therefore, it was tricky to try to find someone that not only mix both but was familiar with those types of genres! Towards the end of the night, we also had an amazing surprise performance by professional Salsa dancers!!!

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Videography: Love And Brain Films | Floral Design: Ava Flora | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Dress: Mark Ingram | Invitations: Ipanema Press | Invitations: Bella Figura | Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph's Church | Reception Venue: Oheka Castle | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Makeup: Jackie Norrito | Hair: Lulus Hair Studio | DJ: Play Something Good | Favors: Godiva | Groom's Attire: Burberry | 1933 Packard Presidential: All Star Limo | Hair Accessories: Twigs And Honey | Veil: Paris By Debra Moreland

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Modern Sophisticated Southern Wedding at Duke Mansion

A chic color palette of metallics and black and white makes for a guaranteed stylish soiree; add in one athletic and glamorous couple and the whole bash becomes even more beautiful. Planned and designed by The Graceful Host, this Southern wedding takes sophistication to a whole new level, and Lauren Rosenau snapped every second of it for us to crush on in this gorgeous gallery right here!

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From The Graceful HostEmily Breeze and Montell are both athletes from Virginia who knew of one another growing up, but never formally met. They were introduced by a mutual friend, but were completely uninterested in each other originally. In fact, neither of them were attracted to each other in the beginning! But after developing a strong friendship and talking daily, their friendship turned into a sweet romance. Then during a trip to Chicago, which is one of their favorite cities to visit, Montell proposed to Breeze. And shortly after their dream proposal, Breeze and Montell jumped right into planning for their October wedding!

When planning for their wedding our bride knew that she wanted something different – something that stood out from the rest. This bride wanted a wedding style that was all her own, with a color palette that was timeless. With an ivory, gold, and black color palette we created a design centered around a mix of traditional Southern elegance with modern sophistication. The bride and groom choose the venue, the Duke Mansion, for it’s elegance and historical roots. For the decor, we used lush textures with the floral and linens, and then mixed in pops of geometric prints giving a nod to modern style among the more classic designs. All-white, elaborate floral centerpieces and floral chandeliers by New Creations Flower Company filled the dinner tent beautifully. In addition to the metallic elements throughout the design, we included many mirrored accents throughout the tablescapes, like the oversized mirror seating chart and mirror place cards. The 8 foot mirrored tables from Nuage Designs were simply breathtaking and spoke to our bride’s style perfectly!

Even with our bride’s desire to stand out from the traditional in her decor, she still wanted to have a wedding that would stand the test of time in other ways. Breeze choose a Modern Trousseau gown from Hayden Olivia that had a classic shape with some major flare. As a professional athlete, the wedding dress was an important and personal purchase for Breeze. And she added heirlooms to her bouquet from the her paternal grandparents as a way to honor their memory on the wedding day; just as the color palette was rooted in tradition, but executed in a new and unique way.

The guest experience was of utmost importance to Breeze and Montell. We had jazz singers serenading guests during dinner, and then to get the party started, Split Second Sound was on hand to entertain all night long! A cigar roller was present during cocktail hour to pass out freshly rolled cigars and teach guests about cigars – which was actually a surprise from the bride to her groom! And then as another surprise, local mixologist Bob Peters was available to serve a few specialty drinks chosen by the bride and groom especially for their wedding.

One of the bride’s most emotional moments of the day was walking down the aisle with her dad. Just before the wedding ceremony the skies opened and it started to pour down rain! We were fearing the worst thinking we might have to pull the intended outdoor ceremony indoors. As the wedding planner, deciding to keep the outdoor wedding outside rather than pull everything indoors as it’s raining and guests are arriving is not an easy decision. But my gut was telling me that everything was going to be okay – even when the radar was impossible to predict! It was the right decision in the end, and the bride got to have her dream ceremony outdoors in the beautiful garden at the Duke Mansion. The moment I sent Breeze down the aisle to greet her groom was one of the best of my career – and I love seeing the emotion on her face as she’s walking with her dad! Our beautiful bride is an only child, so this day was special just as special for him, too. For this daddy’s girl, this amazing moment is priceless. The two of them cried a lot – and it was perfect!

Photography: Lauren Rosenau Photography | Floral Design: New Creations Flower Company | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Wedding Cake: Kathy Allen Cakes | Shoes: Valentino | Wedding Bands: Diamonds Direct | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Duke Mansion | Makeup Artist: Erin Ashley | Hair : Mirror Bomb Studios | Calligraphy: The Graceful Host | Groom's Attire: Men's Warehouse | Wedding Venue: Duke Mansion | Bridal Boutique: Hayden Olivia | Event Design And Planning: The Graceful Host | Invitations And Paper Goods: Pink Toast Ink | Mixologist: Bob Peters | Reception DJ: Split Second Sound | Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Party Reflections | Tent: Party Reflections

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Modern Earthy Equestrian Wedding Inspiration

Fancy hats, mint juleps and beautiful horses are right around the corner m’dears. I’m so looking forward to this year’s Kentucky Derby and this shoot from WINK! and onelove photography is the reason why. It’s an earthy-modern take on equestrian life and it’s oh-so-good. Florals by Ella & Louie, an incredibly gorgeous Claire Pettibone dress and this beauty—so, so good.

From WINK!… The first time Chrissy told us about Whispering Rose Ranch, we couldn’t believe our ears. It had all the makings to be one of the most inspired Wedding Venues in the Santa Barbara region. Inspired by the breathtaking scenery, gold light, and Carolina Herrera’s early Equestrian Days, This luxurious Ranch was so magnificent that we knew we had to share it with you all! After seeing the property, we knew that we wanted to emulate the art of Horse Back Riding and Equestrianism, and veer away from the rustic mentality. We took cues from the Solvang’s lush color palette: rich greens, neutral tones and gold sunsets. We named our style “Modern, Earthy Equestrian” and incorporated vintage trophies from Horse Shows from the 1950s.

In addition, we loved working with the idea of ribbon throughout, inspired by old show ribbons. It allowed us to highlight organic, clean lines in a chic way. Shot by the incredible onelove photography, we collaborated to evoke the essence of equestrianism and the idea that maybe our bride had spent the morning riding in the hills, just her and the quiet, vastness of Solvang’s beauty, only to pull her hair back for an impromptu wedding ceremony. The bride had her hair and make up done by the amazing Amy Castaniero of The Blushed Company, who executed two different looks with beauty and ease.

In the first look, our bride wears a clean, white blazer, accented with a lace crop top and finished off with a stunning white trumpet skirt from Chic Little Devil. The sexy, sophistication of the bride’s suit was heightened with a sleek ponytail and a perfect velvet ribbon, harkening back to her riding days. We kept make up clean, fresh, and dewey, with a deep plum lip to evoke a sophisticated, polished feel with a punch. For the more traditional bridal look, our Bride wore a Claire Pettibone (also sourced from Chic Little Devil) that was nothing short of heavenly. The long sleeved, lace detailing felt both classic and contemporary, while still feeling incredibly organic. Tracey of Ella and Louie designed all of the amazing florals for our table scape and incorporated an array of simple flowers including eucalyptus and other greenery, Carolina Pine, and an assortment of white flowers, including white roses picked early that morning. The Bouquet was a culmination of all of the different florals, and was fastened with plaid ribbons in navy, tans, and deep greens.

Last but certainly not least, we showcased Dish Wish Girl’s amazing china, flatware, and stemware. We were inspired by the idea of embossing and chose gorgeous, white china with equestrian flair. The tarnished silver flatware was a perfect accent and worked with the crystal cut coupes and smoky stemware to round out our color palette. The remainder of the table scape was strategically filled with locally sourced trophies that acted as vessels for our florals, rough cut white crystals, votive candles in baking tins, and vintage horseshoes. We had such an amazing time designing and coordinating this shoot and are so grateful to our Santa Barbara dream team for bringing our vision to life! We cannot wait to return to this gorgeous escape in the heart of Solvang!

Photography: onelove photography | Design: WINK! | Floral Design: Ella And Louie | Hair And Makeup: The Blushed Company | Dessert: Pie Hole LA | Dress Designer: Claire Pettibone | Estate: Whispering Rose Ranch | Producer: Chrissy Deferville | Rentals: Dish Wish

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Rustic Elegant Spring Wedding at Airlie Center

I believe subtly is underrated and just the littlest whimsical touches can pack the biggest punch. Case in point, this elegant spring wedding planned by Events in the City, infused with some sweet and stylish horseshoe details; not overdone, but still noticed. Kristin Moore captured them all and you can consider this gorgeous gallery your dose of good luck for the weekend ahead.

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From Kristin Moore Photo…. Sara and Mike had an elegant wedding at the beautiful Airlie Center in Virginia. Their day was flawlessly executed with the help the incredible planners of Events in the City, and everything from the lush flowers, golden horseshoes and candlelit rustic tables was perfect. They had a simple outdoor ceremony and danced the night away surrounded by candles and under a canopy of cafe lights in the gorgeous pavilion, and enjoyed a unique cake designed by Charm City Cakes.

Photography: Kristin Moore Photo | Event Planning: Laura Ritchie Of Events In The City | Florist: Growing Wild | Cake: Charm City Cakes | Stationery: The Dandelion Patch | Catering: Airlie Center | Hair & Makeup: Modern Bridal Studio | DJ: Premier DJ Services | Wedding Venue: Airlie Center | Rentals: DC Rental

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Classic Glam Triunfo Creek Vineyards Bridal Session

Sometimes it’s just the simple beauty of a bridal session that puts stars in my eyes. A classic BHLDN dress with detailed beading, a lush bouquet from Peony And Plum, a glamorous red lip and a majestic horse… ready to be captured by Krista Mason‘s lens. Triunfo Creek Vineyards served as the loveliest al fresco backdrop and this gallery is the pretty proof.

From Krista MasonThe inspiration behind this session was a glamorous bold look. Using a soft red lip, half up hair-do and the stunning Avalon dress from BHLDN the bride looked absolutely beautiful! Our groom in a grey suit with a blue velvet jacket and teal bow-tie just topped it all off. The exquisite white bouquet by Peony and Plum added to the classic look. And can we talk about the magnificent horse! What a great addition he was with the beautiful setting at Triunfo Creek Vineyards!

Photography: Krista Mason | Floral Design: Peony And Plum | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Makeup: Susie Chhuor | Hair Stylist: Jane Shu | Wedding Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards | Model: Barret | Stylist: Nunn Better Design

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