With her blue suede shoes, the best updo ever, and a smile that never stops, this Bride did it all right. Despite some little challenges (we’re talkin’ a wedding party of 18!), this spring celebration was smooth sailing, with the help of Hello Blue Photo who captured every blush and gold detail that we keep pinning and pinning. See all the goodness in our Vault right this way!
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From the Bride… Our inspiration for the wedding came from a combination of elements. I began to feel overwhelmed with the printed bridal magazines and found myself constantly on Style Me Pretty’s Vault. We wanted it to be so classic that when we are showing our grandchildren pictures from our wedding, it would be timeless. I also started to follow a lot of wedding vendor’s accounts on Instagram (Details Details, Bloom Box Designs, Revelry Event Designers, etc.) for daily inspiration.
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club was the first venue we saw. We’ve always envisioned ourselves getting married in Palm Springs since it is our favorite weekend getaway spot, but the second we saw the beautiful hardwood floors, classic gold chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling French windows, we knew that we found THE venue. Our event coordinator, Nicole, was so accommodating and genuinely wanted to make our wedding day everything we’ve ever dreamed of. Decorations were fairly easy to select due to how classic the venue was. The gold chandeliers dictated the gold chiavari chairs, gold chargers and gold accents. The white French windows and walls created such a bright inviting feeling to the space and I wanted to accentuate that with white linens, candles, and floral arrangements. I wanted to incorporate the soft pink color that the bridesmaids’ wore by adding light pink flowers in the arrangements and tying the favors with blush pink ribbon.
I can not say enough about Christina, Hello Blue Photo. There were so many reasons why we chose her and we are so happy with the outcome. We met with quite a few photographers prior to meeting with Christina and did not really vibe with them. The second I met Christina, I felt like I’ve known her for years and we instantly clicked. I had no doubt in my mind that she knew exactly what we were looking for in photography and completely understood where our vision was. My husband and I are not very comfortable in front of the camera and didn’t want the wedding to feel too posed. We wanted a photographer who would capture genuine, natural, clear and candid pictures. We knew that we disliked photos that are too edited and cheesy poses. Christina captured exactly what we were looking for and more! We had a fairly large wedding party (eighteen total!), and Christina and her team took charge the day of the wedding! They made sure we had all the pictures we wanted taken and encouraged such natural interaction in the process. We plan on using Christina for all photography needs in the future!
Photography: Hello Blue Photo | Coordination: Nicole Manalo with Carmel Ranch Mountain Country Club | Floral Design: Design d’Fleur | Wedding Dress: Astrid & Mercedes | Cake: Edelweiss Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Schutz | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JLM Couture, Inc | Hair + Makeup: At Your Side Planning | DJ: Vox DJs | Groom's Attire: Theory | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club | Bridal Boutique: Love & Lace Bridal | Bridal Boutique - Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mary Me Bridal | Bride's Accessories: Nordstrom | Getting Ready Venue: Rancho Bernardo Inn | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Veil: Love & Lace Bridal
We’re big fans of Shannon Leahy (read: she’s awesome), so when she told us she was launching a fab WED School to teach each and every one of you how to plan + design your Big Day like a pro, well… happy dancing ensued. Think a self-study training platform that will walk you through the creative process + develop your unique sense of style to design a day that is totally chic and totally you. YES.
We all love Shannon Leahy and her stunning, stop-you-in-your-tracks weddings, so signing up for her WED School (aka, Wedding & Event Design School) to learn everything there is to know about creating a breathtaking event is sort of a no-brainer. I’m talking tips and tricks the pros use, plus step by step tools that will give you that cohesive + professional + beyond breathtaking day you’ve always dreamed of… one that will leave all of your guests talking with each and every gorgeous detail. It’s awesome.
So what are you waiting for, loves? Head to WED School today to sign up for your very first course, Event Design 101. You’ll learn the skills you need to throw the greatest wedding ever, plus master all sorts of celebrations, from gorgeous dinner parties to intimate anniversary parties to baby showers and more. In other words? You’ll be planning like a pro in no time at all. Contact them NOW to get your party on.
What: WED School is giving a free event design course to one lucky winner! (Value $399)
How: Simply leave a comment below telling us which aspect of your wedding planning experience your most excited about!
Who: One lucky reader, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 22, 2016. For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck, lovelies! xo
Photography (Top to Bottom): Josh Gruetzmacher (Image 1, 2, 5) + Silvana Di Franco (Image 3) + Sasha Gulish (Image 4)
Carmel Valley Ranch is simply made for marrying, we all know that. So take those breathtaking views + rustic, yet completely elegant vibe and pair them up with a talented team of vendors like Coastside Couture, Seascape Flowers and The Hair + Makeup Company and the results are pure magic with a serious side of romance. See every moment (+ one cute duo) from Carlie Statsky in THE VAULT.
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From the Bride… I wanted our wedding to be a representation of who Matt and I are as people; laid back but very much in love. During the stresses of wedding planning, it’s easy to get stuck on making every detail “perfect” but it’s important to come back down to the main theme and go with something that truly illustrates who you are inside and out! We went with a soft, romantic feel with pops of bright colors against muted tones of green, a color combination that has been my favorite since I was a little girl. Seeing our ceremony site for the first time took my breath away. I was looking at my vision, a sheer idea on paper come to life on the most beautiful California summer day, and the best part… there was a groom waiting at the end of the Aisle to marry me.
Photography: Carlie Statsky | Event Planning + Design: Coastside Couture | Floral Design: Seascape Flowers | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: The Buttery | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Carmel Valley Ranch | Hair + Makeup: The Hair + Makeup Company | Band: Keith Johnson All Stars | Bow Ties: Handmade By Emy | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Carmel Valley Ranch | Menus + Programs: Vintage Sweet Design | Place Cards: Lettered Life | Rentals: Chic Event Rentals | Robes: The Paisley Box | Thank You Cards At Table: The Pretty Invitation