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Elegant NYC High Line Engagement Session

When this beautiful bride-to-be arrived at the High Line to meet her beau for a couples’ photoshoot, she had no idea he was about to propose — or that it would be captured on film! Oh, and the helicopter tour around the city and private dinner with both their families he planned after the shoot? Just icing on the cake. Captured by the always lovely Alicia Swedenborg, this e-sesh is jammed packed with urban charm, intimate moments, and happy smiles you can imagine. Take a peek at the full gallery here!


From The Bride…Paul and I met at NASDAQ, where we both worked, when I was on a work trip to NYC and was seated next to Paul by chance. After Paul unsuccessfully asked me out right then and there, he pursued me for months through witty emails and IMs from afar. When I finally moved to New York City 6 months later, I couldn’t say no to his relentless charm! 3 years later, after sharing trips around the world, meals in almost every restaurant in Manhattan, and the incredible love and support from our friends and families, Paul and I are so excited to start our married lives together!

Our mutual friend reached out to me months ago asking if I could convince Paul to pose for couples portraits to enhance his portfolio. Thinking I was completely in charge of the plans as usual, I committed us after pitching the idea to Paul. Unbeknownst to me, this was all part of a master plan to get me to the Highline, our first date location. When we arrived, Paul got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, and our friend was hiding in the bushes documenting the whole event!

After the proposal, we went to Hogs and Heifers, our classy part 2 of our first date, and shared our news with the bra-clad waitresses over a tequila shot. Paul brought me to a few more meaningful spots before telling me “there weren’t enough hours in the day to revisit all of our special places”. With that, we arrived at the Manhattan helipad, where both of our families were there to surprise me (enter: me completely losing it, ugly tears) and we took an amazing helicopter ride around the city.

After some bubbly and Skype sessions to family abroad, Paul’s brother, a sous chef, prepared a massive feast for our families at his restaurant, Lupa. We finished the evening with celebratory drinks at Houston Hall with our best friends. It couldn’t have been more perfect. And here I was thinking I was the planner in the family!

Photography: Alicia Swedenborg | Bride's Shoes: Tory Burch | Hair And Make Up: Glamsquad | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Groom's Suit: Charles Tyrwhitt | Venue: New York City | Bride's Dress: Alice And Olivia | Groom's Blazer: Mark Marengo | Groom's Pants: J.Crew | Groom's Shirt: Suit Supply

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Dorothy Draper-Inspired Bridal Tea at The Greenbrier Resort

My love affair with the 1950s started with the poodle skirts of “Grease” and continues now with this charming 1950s-inspired bridal shower tea designed by Strawberry Milk Events and captured by Abby Jiu. Fluffy pink peonies, bowls of bright lemons, charming linens from La Tavola, trays of sweets and the Dorothy Draper-designed room—it all adds up to the perfect party. See more in the gallery.


From Abby Jiu… Morgan & Jon had their destination wedding weekend at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV this June. The groom’s mother and sisters enlisted the help of Strawberry Milk Events with planning and designing a fun bridal tea in honor of the bride-to-be. We didn’t have to look far for inspiration – The Greenbrier is a designer’s paradise, decorated originally by one of the most famous decorators, Dorothy Draper herself. The hotel hasn’t changed much since since the 50’s – it oozes unique style and whimsy and is known for Draper’s use of bright colors and mixing bold patterns. We wanted the shower to feel very “a la Dorothy Draper” bright, cheery and whimsical…fun contrasting patterns and all. The two story room we choose to host the event was perfect – a striking black and white check floor with yellow floral patterned curtains featuring giant bows flanking the french doors to a sun-filled terrace. A bright patterned linen served as the table base with contrasting black and white striped chargers, gold flatware and hand-lettered menus in hot pink. Mounds of pink peonies and bowls of lemons were combined with gold candlesticks and tall vases of monstera leaves and gold painted pineapples. The tiered trays of tea sandwiches and sweets were also mixed in with the centerpieces to create a true afternoon tea setting. Everything was effortlessly elegant but maintained a sense of fun and playfulness, and vintage style. Ladies were asked to don their chicest sundress and 1940’s jazz crooned in the background while waiters popped the bubbly and friends and family offered up toasts and congratulations to the bride-to-be!

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Photography: Abby Jiu | Floral Design: Gillespie Flowers | Calligraphy: Sarah Bohl | Venue: Greenbrier Resort | Event Planning And Design: Strawberry Milk Events | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Select Event Group

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Dreamy + Romantic Garden-Inspired Montecito Wedding

A garden-inspired wedding is all about the flowers, and the floral details fromSweet Marie Designs at this Santa Barbara garden wedding definitely do not disappoint. The pretty continues throughout this dazzling fête thanks to a dream team of vendors like La TavolaAmbient Event Design and Diana McGregor—head to the gallery to see it all.

 

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From Soleil EventsFrom my first meeting with Alix and her Mom in a little coffee shop just north of Santa Barbara, I knew our partnership in planning an unforgettable event, would be equally unforgettable. The vision, at first, was more along the lines of bohemian summer romance, but as the design board and pins started to come together, a classic, elegant and romantic style began to emerge that was simply undeniable. Part of what informed the timeless look and feel of the day was the setting. The Valley Club of Montecito is nestled in one of California’s most exclusive neighborhoods where your Saturday morning cup of Joe at the local coffee shop means bumping into the likes of Oprah, Carol Burnett, or Ellen DeGeneres. The Club itself is among the most exclusive, boasting sprawling acres of green that extends from the Montecito foothills all the way to the shores of the blue Pacific. It’s breath-taking! What struck me about the location is its timeless, old world feel. One gets the feeling that every detail of its interior – from the equine themed oils on canvas, to the French antique furniture – has been preserved to perfection under the careful eye of the management and staff. Steve’s Aunt and Uncle were the member connection that secured the spot, and we were off and running!

What I loved about working with Alix is that she led first with her heart, and the priority was always to plan a beautiful but fun and inclusive celebration. She has traveled extensively around the world so her good taste met with a natural elegance, sprinkled with whimsy and humor. Since Alix and Steve already have the most ADORABLE child on the planet, Charlie, family was a theme that ran throughout our conversations.

The romantic and soft color palette of creams and peaches and greens worked well with the Club’s interior. One of the most unique rooms I’ve seen is the main dining room, which is beautifully painted with a garden motif from base-board to ceiling. Alise from Sweet Marie Designs was an incredible team member and brought in refined yet naturally striking floral design to accentuate the Club, rather than compete with its charms. Alise even went so far as to design and construct the wedding arch to our exact specifications – talk about the extra mile!

We chose ivory colored Dupionique silk linens from La Tavola, and footed mercury pedestal vases for the flowers. The element that tied the table together was the hand painted menu card from Lovely Paper Things. Carolyn created a little work of art to adorn the place setting, and it added depth, dimension, and beauty to the tables that perfectly tied into the flowers and the surroundings.

The weather on the wedding day was a Santa Barbara postcard in spades. Guest gathered for the ceremony on the driving range and enjoyed pre-ceremony beverages and a view to end all views. Vows were exchanged under the arch adorned with green vines, loose garden roses and blooming dogwood. Charlie was there clapping and breaking hearts as his parents sealed their vows. As a Grand Finale to the ceremony, Steve surprised his Bride with a flash mob of singers as they recessed up the aisle to a live chorus of The Beatles, “All You Need is Love”. Talk about romance!

Guests were invited to the Club Terrace for tray-passed champagne and cocktails, and as a nod to Alix and Steve’s good humor, a magician mingled among the crowd with some slight-of-hand that had everyone laughing. My absolute favorite detail of the event was the vintage family photo escort cards. Die-cut name tags from Honey Paper were attached to old Polaroid and Kodak photos that Alix found in a vintage shop. The photos were affixed to an over-sized picture frame with little gold pins and pale pink silk ribbon. The pictures were hilarious! Several guests wondered aloud if the photos were of long lost family members, and it was the perfect ice-breaker during the cocktail hour.

We moved inside the Club for an intimate, three course dinner, champagne toasts and speeches. During dinner, the team transformed the Terrace from cocktail hour to an after-party dance lounge with couches, overhead festival lights and fun photo ops with Outrageous Booth. To end the night on a sweet note, Amber at Enjoy Cupcakes helped translate Steve and Alix’s favorite desserts into not one, but 5 wedding cakes, each more decadent and gorgeous than the last. The cakes were displayed on a wooden in-laid table, atop sparkling
vintage cake pedestals. So sweet!

When I think back on Alix and Steve’s wedding, the words ‘love affair’ come to mind. They are two people completely in love with life, each other, their son, and their family and friends. Theirs is a wedding story that is as classic and naturally beautiful as they come. To them I lift a glass -cheers to a life of romance and moments like these! xoxo

From The Bride…My vision for the wedding was a combo of country club traditional, due to the location and relaxed California vibe since we are not as formal. Outdoors, as much as possible, romantic, warm, a lot of candle light, good food and drinks and of course music – we wanted people to have fun, most of all.

Our ceremony was incredibly special since our son was there! My brother pushed him down the aisle in a radio flyer tricycle and he clapped after we said our vows and Steve carried him back down the aisle with us as people planted in the audience sang All You Need is Love, a surprise arranged by Steve! The weather was perfect, sun was setting, blue sky. Steve’s cousin, an opera singer sang Some Enchanted Evening. Our reception had great speeches, good food, music and photo booth. A lot of dancing under the stars.


Photography: Diana McGregor | Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Wedding Dress: Ramona Keveza Couture | Invitations: Stationery Collection | Bride's Shoes: Gucci | Jewelry: XIV Karats Ltd | Makeup: Tomiko Taft | Hair: Brianna Stewart | Lighting: Ambient Event Design | DJ: Daisy O'Dell | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Ceremony Music: Aurora Ensemble | Venue: Valley Club Of Montecito | Cakes And Dessert: Enjoy Cupcakes | Childcare: The Little Guest | Escort Cards: Honey Paper | Event Coordination: Soleil Events | Get Away Car: Classic Motoring Car Rentals | Groom's Tie: Thomas Pink Tie | Linens: La Tavola | Magician: Mark Collier | Photo Booth: Outrageous Booths | Photobooth: Outrageous Booths | Photography - Assistance: Michelle Boyd Photography | Rentals: Ventura Rental Party Center | Wedding Day Paper: Lovely Paper Things

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Glamorous + Romantic Irish Manor House Wedding Inspiration

I’m convinced that Kilshane House is where the Irish “Downton Abbey” would take place. The stately architecture and expansive grounds evoke the classic glamour and elegance of the early 20th Century. And, these dreamy gowns, lovely cakes and romantic florals combined with the genius of Paula O’Hara‘s photography add even more beauty to this historic manor. See all the pretty here.

 

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From Paula O’HaraTrue old time glamour at Kilshane House. We wanted something simple, soft and elegant. Kilshane House has such beautiful locations and light inside and out. It truly is one of Ireland’s best wedding venues. It was easy for us to get swept up in the romance and warmth of this house. And we all fell in love with Matilda the deerhound who was such a quiet, gentle lady and a real star.


Photography: Paula O'Hara | Cinematography: Conor Stafford | Floral Design: Bella Botanica | Wedding Dress: Anabel Rose | Wedding Dress: Sharon Hoey | Wedding Dress: Verona Bridal | Wedding Dress: The White Gallery | Wedding Dress: Marian Gale | Wedding Dress: Myrtle Ivory | Cakes: Gift Cakes | Stationery: Four Hats Press | Rings: Rocks Jewellers | Makeup: Anita Conroy For The Powder Room Studio | Groom's Attire: Louis Copeland | Venue: Kilshane House | Creative Direction, Styling & Props: Alise Taggart | Earrings + Accessories: Myrtle Ivory | Film Scans: UK Film Lab | Hair Styling: Bridget Haren For Altamoda Hair & Beauty, Assisted By Nicole Mitchell | Magazine Commission: Ireland's Confetti Magazine | Models: Alex For Pulse Models | Models: Grace At 1st Option Models

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Elegant Vow Renewal in the Heart of Rome

My new Mr. doesn’t know it yet, but I’m already planning our future vow renewal. Can you blame me? I think not. Not when O’Malley Photographers and The Wedding Care send over a beauté like this one, set in the heart of Rome. Can you even handle that floral crown? And those shoes. More this way!

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From Cristina Ditta of The Wedding CareImagine wandering through an enchanted neighborhood in the heart of Rome, immersed in the scent of an orange grove and in the song of the sparrows. There’s a hidden little spot where it seems that time has never gone by, where the majestic beauty of the Eternal City, with its palaces and its art is the protagonist. The Wedding Care designed, planned and coordinated a romantic wedding vow renewal event that felt like being suspended in time. O’Malley Photographers captured every second of it.

Martina and Emiliano are one of the most gorgeous couples I have ever met. I have known them for some years now having also organized their wedding! When they came to me with the wish to renew their vows I was so excited because they were not only married, but were also head over heels in love with each other, something that is evident the moment you meet them. They are truly a lovely couple.

The bride wore a stunning ivory “Dress Ruota” 100% silk gown designed by Santarella, a gorgeous floral crown crafted with dark red English roses, nude and white carnations hybrid and blush rose branches realized by Nina E I Fiori.

The lovely couple enjoyed the magnificent beauty of the environment while sipping their authentic Italian espresso in beautiful porcelain by Seletti (courtesy of èstile concept store) and indulging in exquisite cakes and chocolates by Rosaria Garzone Cakes. When the last slice of cake was eaten and the sun went down, the special day designed by The Wedding Care and captured by O’Malley Photographers might have ended, but the fairy tale of a life together will never end.

Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Floral Design: Nina E I Fiori | Wedding Dress: Santarella | Cake: Rosaria Garzone | Invitations: Cecilia Boschi | Bride's Shoes: Gucci | Hair And Makeup: Muccino Amatulli | Calligraphy: Cecilia Boschi | Groom's Shoes: Campanile | Venue: Giardino Degli Aranci | Planning & Styling: The Wedding Care | Tableware: Seletti Via èstile Conceptstore

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Sophisticated + Chic Summer Wedding at Eilan Hotel + Spa

Did we just step into the French Riviera? Maybe Cannes? Because that is the sort of movie star glamorous vibe we have radiating from this summer wedding at the super chic Eilan Hotel + Spa in San Antonio. Mint Photography captured every gorgeous detail, from the BHLDN dress to the delicious dessert by Jennicakes; feel like a part of the posh paparazzi with these picture perfect moments right this way!

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From Mint Photography… Lauren and Sam’s beautiful event took place at Eilan Resort and Spa. The couple and wedding planner’s inspiration came from the grounds of the property. Eilan is a new luxury destination with a grand and glamorous atmosphere, which Lauren and Sam found very appealing. The bride wanted to play off the colors on the property. Neutral tones and light pink hues were found throughout the wedding decor and details, while using the bold architecture of Eilan as a complement to the upscale vibe the couple wanted to achieve. The ceremony took place on a balcony overlooking the beautiful villas and unique architecture on the property. A custom program sign was designed in calligraphy for guests to view as they entered the event. During cocktail hour guests mingled outdoors while listening to a live saxophonist and enjoying cocktails. Guests were also given organic honey in jars as a keepsake. The day was followed by an evening of dancing in a romantically lit ballroom with friends and family. Their day was romantic, luxurious with a very chic look.

Photography: Mint Photography | Event Planning: Events By JC | Floral Design: Flower Shack Blooms | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Jennicakes | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Eilan Resort And Spa | DJ: Northern Lights DJ & Live Music | Wedding Venue: Eilan Resort And Spa

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