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A Relaxed Beachside Wedding That’s Totally Elegant

Is there anything more captivating than a California wedding? The short answer is no, but the longer answer? Well it goes a little something like this celebration. With Wedding Kate on hand orchestrating elegance, this is one soiree that’s sure to stun. From the indoor reception to the sunkissed ceremony, Laurie Bailey Photography captured it all we’ve got it in The Vault!

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From Wedding KateNot every couple is as natural as Madison and Patrick. As we sat at our menu tasting, it seemed as they didn’t have a care in the world. Food came out, they tried it, gave a whole hearted thumbs up and just went about being madly in love. And really, that’s what this thing called a wedding is all about.

Madison’s effortless style was the design focus of her wedding day. Nothing stuffy or overdone. Loose, beautiful flowers and subtle, soft colors truly set the backdrop for their love story. We used florals that spoke to the couple, enhancing the venue but also bringing forth an unexpected whimsy. The combination of greens and shades of white was executed perfectly by Camellia Floral Design. Madison chose a soft, natural arch for the alter, opposed to the overdone, heavily fabricated structure. When she saw it for the first time, I knew we nailed it. Branches and blooms formed a beautiful, organic shape that was hard to take your eyes from.

Madison wore a gorgeous, ethereal gown with tulle and lace detail that fit her personality perfectly. The trailing ribbons from her bouquet seemed to dance in the salt water breeze as she prepared to walk down the aisle. Patrick, quite the gentleman, wore a sharp suit, adorned with the sweetest matching boutonnière. They were the classic couple, exuding elegance, grace and above all, love!

The wedding day was one from the movies where truly nothing went awry. The guests just beamed with excitement for the couple, and hoards of friends from college and younger days cheered and hollered for the newlyweds. Through the night, Patrick kept beside his bride, whisking her around the dance floor in between menu courses and hugs and kisses with family and friends. At the very end, we escorted guests out to enjoy the warm Pacific air as we bid the couple farewell. Off they went from this thing, this wedding, hand in hand and even more madly in love.

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Photography: Laurie Bailey Photography | Event Planning: Wedding Kate | Floral Design: Camellia Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Invitations: Black Ink | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Engagement Ring: Kim Faison | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair: Mobile Bridal Salon | Band: Soulville Band | Bow Ties: The Tie Shop | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis | Bridesmaid's Earrings: J.Crew | Earrings: 23rd Street Jewelers | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Mother of the Bride's Dress: Samantha Elizabeth Designs | Photo Booth: Thought Box Photo Booth | Rings + Jewelry: XIV Karats Ltd

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All White Wedding Inspo That Proves Cactus Is Totally Chic

For those of you that think white is totally underwhelming, then you’re invited to peek at this pretty in The Vault from the ladies at Lovelyfest. Because this lovely little inspiration? It’s kind of everything. Complete with cactus details and major style moments (hello tassel cake, leather envelopes, and boho bride), Jen Rodriguez Photography captured it all to share!

From the ladies at LovelyfestWhen we dream about all the places we’d like to travel to in the world, Tulum, Mexico is at the top of our list. With it’s white sand beaches, historical ruins and effortless bohemia, it is definitely a one-of-a-kind destination. Even though we weren’t able to travel across the globe for this shoot, we took inspiration from it to create a high-end, textural, all-white wedding. This wedding inspiration is fit for a modern, upscale couple who loves that Mexican vibe. We were inspired by the romantic, natural feeling of the Riviera Maya, and centered the shoot around a natural palette of greens, white, ivory, grey, terra cotta, and wood.

Living on the California coastline, we are surrounded by wedding venues that are both very put together and polished, and those that are less ‘finished’. With the latter, we are able to use decor and our imaginations to completely transform spaces into our bride and grooms’ dreams. That’s precisely why we chose this empty greenhouse as the location for our shoot. The moment we laid eyes on the barren, white-washed greenhouse, the ancient ruins in Tulum came to mind. We knew our palette would go perfectly inside, and that with the right decor and vendors, the magic of Mexico would come alive.

With high-end weddings it’s important to reach out to vendors that go above and beyond in their craft. For this shoot, we carefully curated our vendor team and were lucky to work with some of the best in the industry. We had the opportunity to raid the warehouse of Elan Event Rentals, and pick out furniture (more like art pieces) that would capture the essence of Mexico. Because he travels around the world to source his rental pieces, it didn’t take long for us to find what we needed. The sophisticated construction of his wooden furniture paired with his intricate and detailed accessories lent us the cohesive Tulum vibe we were after. One of our favorite pieces was the hand-carved black and white skull that lent a slight edginess to the overall mood. Floral genius Stella Bloom Design created the most incredible textured arrangements to top the dining table with, full of all-white florals and touches of cacti and palms. The florals were accented by handmade terra cotta pots, all-white pillar candles and simple yet beautiful stemware and china. We wanted to bring in each color of our palette into the tablescape, and Rosey Calligraphy’s sun-dyed Saltillo tile place cards pulled everything together perfectly.

Paired with a white-on-white tassel layer cake from Papercake events, a cactus grove reaching over 20 feet in height, and the most beautiful Mexican model couple, this shoot resulted in a high-end wedding that would fit perfectly in Tulum. Or anywhere for that matter! With flawless makeup and hair by Jess Wilcox, a gorgeous lace Rue de Seine gown, and a Frieda-inspired floral headpiece, our bride effortlessly pulled off an upscale and bohemian look. Jen Rodriguez photographed everything in her timeless way and it couldn’t have turned out any better. Now get us all on a plane to the Riviera Maya!

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Photography: Jen Rodriguez Photography | Event Design: Lovelyfest | Floral Design: Stella Bloom Designs | Wedding Dress: Moondance Bridal | Cake: Paper Cake Events | Invitations: Rosey Calligraphy | Hair + Makeup: Jess Wilcox | Venue: Private Estate | Bridal Boutique: Moondance Bridal | Furniture: Elan Event Rentals | Models: Brittanee Marksbury & Jorge Merino

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Escape the Oridnary with This Stylish Resort Inspired Engagement Session

Summer is here and it’s time to soak up the season. First up? This stylishly saturated engagement session from Jen Huang. Bursting with blooming rosebuds and a dress we’re about all about to be borderline uhb-sessed with, we’ve got it all waiting for you to pin and peruse via The Vault!

From Jen HuangYou might recognize this stylish and gorgeous bride and groom to-be as Lauren Anaka and Luca Sbisa – Luca plays for the NHL (Vancouver Canucks). I’m so excited to share their beautiful, lush, tropical engagement photos shot in Santa Barbara, California. Lauren’s Cartier jewelry, beautiful white lace dress, and simple heels were perfect resort-wear for the lush, tropical landscape that we shot in – the photos almost remind me of shooting in Hawaii. I love that Santa Barbara is host to so many different types of foliage so that we can go from desert landscapes to rainforest gardens. One of my favorite photos is that of Lauren running alongside Luca, especially because she did it so gracefully in her Saint Laurent high heels! Such a delightful couple, I can’t wait for their wedding coming up in a few months!

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Photography: Jen Huang Photography | Dress: For Love And Lemons | Bracelet: Cartier | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Beige Heels: Schutz | Black Heels: Tribut Ives Saint Laurent | Groom's Shirts + Shoes: John Varvatos | Leather Jacket: Iro | Pants: Paige | Watch: Breitling

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