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Whimsical + Elegant Backyard Wedding Inspiration

Surrounded by salty air and oh-so-beautiful scenery, this next piece of paradise is sure to ignite some wanderlust. Not only does it include one cute as can be puppy, it also has some of the most beautiful organic touches a la Mauis Angels Weddings. Every capture from Wendy Laurel is more beautiful than the last and you can see it all here!

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From Wendy Laurel… Mauis Angels designed this updated Hawaii take on the backyard wedding. Backyard weddings have grown up and can be as elegant as any wedding. On Maui, backyards often come with golden sunshine, palm trees, and a spectacular ocean view.

With The Olowalu Planation Estate as our backdrop and a picture perfect Maui day, we designed a set up that embraced a modern backyard elegance with a few entertaining details. Hues of grey and blush, accompanied by ivory and white undertones were intricately placed throughout which undeniably brought out the very best of the custom designed Joelle Perry gown. The Geronimo balloons were simply for fun, as was our model dog Tyrone who enjoyed his very own bite sized peanut butter cake that Cake Fanatics carefully created to accompany the other bite sized desserts.

Jes with Maui’s Angels dreamed up the beautiful hand tied bouquet along with the gorgeously placed accents of david austin garden roses, silver dollar eucalyptus, dusty miller and white peonies. And a big thanks to Amber with Schyne Designs who carefully crafted the lovely invitations and dessert frills and also our dear friend Sunya who helped us build and execute the details on our handmade dining canopy. All in all, the day was just as any other perfect Maui day, magical and with these amazing vendors, one that we will hold close to our heart.

Photography: Wendy Laurel | Event Design: Mauis Angels Weddings | Floral Design: Mauis Angels Weddings (jes) | Wedding Dress: Joelle Perry | Calligraphy: Schyne Designs | Desserts: Cake Fanatics | Private Home: Olowalu Plantation House | Rentals: The Collection Maui | Suit And Hairpiece: Ellys Formalwear | Tableware: Set Maui

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Relaxed Costa Rica Beach Club Wedding

Set on the stunning white sand shores of Costa Rica, this international couple’s desination “I Do’s” eschewed many formalities of more traditional affairs, in favor of a relaxed and modern feel we love. FourNineteen Weddings made this stunning couple’s dream come true, and we’re so lucky that Costa Vida Photography was there to capture it all! Click through the gallery for more, and be transported to paradise!

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From FourNineteen WeddingsThis is the story of a Venezuelan girl and a guy from Chicago, that live in New York and decided Costa Rica was the perfect destination for their wedding… and I must admit this has been one of the most fun weddings we have ever planned. For Marcella and Brandon’s wedding, we threw our usual timelines out the window; they were set on one thing, and it was to get people dancing as soon as the ceremony was over. And so they did.

With very laid back and simple styling (mostly white, with a few pops of green and purple here and there), Marcella and Brandon wanted their guests to feel at ease, avoiding all usual wedding formalities. There was no seating plan, and guests were free to sit where they wanted; at tables, on daybeds, in cute little lounge areas, and even at cocktail tables strategically placed inside the pool (on shallow water, of course!). A variety of lighting installations gave the night a particular glow, from chandeliers, to glass bulbs with candles, to paper lanterns… an eclectic mix that just added to the chilled out vibe.

Our team created cute signage and handmade 90+ ribbon and bell wands for the ceremony and set up a DIY photo guest book. The floral team took care to create various different looks, making each floral piece different.

Dinner was presented as a station buffet open for a good part of the evening, so guests could eat when they felt like it. A fabulous dessert table closed off the buffet area, with a variety of macaroons, mousses, cake pops and bars, enough to fulfill any sweet tooth around!

At around midnight, the very Venezuelan “hora loca” was a huge success, with guests donning wigs, giant sunglasses and other props to officially dance the night away!

Photography: Costa Vida Photo | Videography: Jonathan Yonkers | Event Planning: FourNineteen Weddings | Floral Design: Artflower | Cake: Victoria Zoch | Ceremony Venue: Reserva Conchal | Reception Venue: Reserva Conchal Beach Club | Hair And Makeup: Maravilla Weddings | Rentals: D'Gala Events

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Black Tie Cabo San Lucas Wedding

Just because the bash takes place on the beach, doesn’t mean you have to abandon all elegance and glamour. This Bride took her love for all things chic (her dress is the same one that Ms. Carrie Bradshaw wore on the cover of Vogue) and brought a black tie affair to Mexico for her nighttime nuptials. Sara Richardson snapped away and we have these gorgeous goodies to enjoy for the rest of today.

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From the Bride… Mark and I knew we wanted a destination wedding from the moment we got engaged. We both love to travel, and loved the idea of having a multiple day celebration with our family and friends in a fabulous location. Cabo holds a special place in our hearts as it was one of the first places we went together, and really the place we fell in love.

Planning the design elements of our wedding was so much fun! I am obsessed with all things stripes, and thought an all-white color palette with blacks and gold would set that off perfectly. I worked with an amazing graphic designer who was able to create paper goods that matched my visions perfectly, and also ordered a few things from Etsy. Unfortunately, we were unable to bring our French Bulldog, Monte, to Cabo. Wanting to incorporate him, we made one of our custom drinks the “El Monte” and also created “Monte’s Recovery Kits” for our welcome bags.

My wedding dress was the third one I tried on. I instantly loved it, and as a huge Sex and the City fan, finding out it was the dress Carrie wore for her Vogue cover made it even more special. The dress really set the tone for the rest of wedding planning. Mark and I both love getting dressed up, and thought it would be a fun twist on the typical bleachy Cabo wedding to have a black tie affair at night. We started our ceremony just after the sun had set, which allowed us to have a beautifully lit chandelier and romantic overhead lights. We choose to have our head table in the center of the room, with the other tables around us to create an intimate and inclusive feel with our loved ones.

Our entire wedding week was a dream come true. From our fantastic welcome dinner at Los Tres Gallos, to our day after pool party, we wouldn’t trade a thing. Our friends and family are still reminiscing, and getting to relive the week through photos and videos will be something we will always cherish. We are so thankful for all of the amazing vendors who made this day so special for us; everything was precisely what we wished for. We can’t wait to go back to Cabo for years to come!

Photography: Sara Richardson | Videography: Jorge Ibarra | Wedding Coordinator: Jazmin Cesena At Casa Dorada | Floral Design: Florenta Flower Design | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBG Max Azria | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: 12 Tribes At Casa Dorada | DJ: DJ Alex | Groom's Attire: Tom James | Groomsmen's Ties: Tom James | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Casa Dorada Resort & Spa | Groom's Cufflinks: Tiffany & Co. | Groom's Tie: Baroni | Groom's Watch: Panarai | Hair & Make-up: Suzanne Morel | Sash: Vera Wang | Signage, Menus & Programs: Katie Kemp Design | Veil: Vera Wang

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Sweden Farm Engagement Session

Engagement sessions never fail to turn me into a sappy mess. They are such a sweet look into a couples’ beginning, and when we get to see it through the lens of Clean Plate Pictures, we all benefit. The Bride to be’s family farm turned into the sweetest of backdrops, leaving us with some serious sweetness.

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From Clean Plate PicturesI was lucky enough to photograph a dreamy engagement shoot with Londoners Helen and Sam on a family farm in Sweden. Helen spent her childhood summers on the farm so it was a really special place for the two of them. We had a perfect summer afternoon to wander the fields, explore an ancient viking grave site and play house in a 1930s farm cottage. Helen and Sam will be getting married this summer in an art gallery in London – I’m so looking forward to photographing more memorable moments.

Photography: Clean Plate Pictures | Venue: Family Farm

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Romantic Thailand Destination Wedding

This wedding right here, this unbelievably romantic and glamorous bash, is something out of a movie. That’s all I could think of as I went through Sandra Aberg’s beautiful photos, over and over again. The Wedding Bliss and IAMFLOWER worked magic, creating a wedding wonderland for these two lovebirds to say “I do” and we’re the lucky ones who get to obsess over these photos all day long.

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From Sandra Aberg… The story of how Bo and Nat met is like a fairytale. Their first meeting was 13 years ago. Bo was studying architecture at Cornell University and returned to Thailand for a short visit. During her time back she attended a university presentation with her best friend, and the professor giving the talk was Nat. They both remember each other from that first encounter. Nat remembers a skinny young girl that was not his student and Bo remembers the handsome architect. That was their first meeting but they did not see each other again until 10 years later on an airplane to Singapore.

Bo was going to see the World Architecture Festival and Nat was going to be a judge at the competition, and they recognised each other right away. They ended up spending the next four days together with their common friends and quickly realised how many common interests they had like design, arts, and architecture.

Bo had just moved back to Thailand after spending four years working in Shanghai, so Nat offered to show her around Bangkok for upcoming special arts events and exhibitions and they both grew very fond of each other. There was just one problem…

Bo’s father, a Chairman of Central Group, one of Thailand’s biggest conglomerates, had asked his daughter to sign a contract when she was 14 years old and before she was sent to study abroad. The contract stated that she should not have a boyfriend until she graduated!

Bo was confident and knew that Nat was the right one for her so she ran to her mother and asked for advice on how to make her father accept Nat as her boyfriend. Her mother arranged a meeting between Nat and Bo’s father. Bo’s father agreed to meet Nat but not for a general lunch or dinner. Instead, he requested to have an official one-on-one interview with Nat with the purpose of finding out if Nat would be the right one for Bo. He didn’t want the billionaire son-in-law but instead wanted to see the guy who was smart and had a good heart with great ambition, a guy who could take care of his daughter in life’s best and worst situations. After the first meeting, Nat passed the first round but was asked for more interviews with Bo’s family. After many interviews and tests Nat finally got approved by all members. Nat then surprised Bo with a proposal at The Siam Hotel Bangkok, the place where they had their first official date.

After a big celebration in Bangkok, Bo and Nat decided to have a destination wedding to celebrate with only their close friends and family, which was about 250 people from all over the world. They chose Phuket as the destination due to the beauty of the beach and scenery. Also, they fell in love with the brand new hotel, Point Yamu by Como, situated at the tip of a peninsula with a stunning panoramic view. As architects they fell in love with the design and structure of the building and it just felt right from the first time they walked in there. To help them plan this amazing event they had the wedding planners from The Wedding Bliss take care of all the details and decor.

From The Wedding BlissThis wedding was the wedding of the year in Thailand and had to be treated that way. Nothing was left to chance and every detail of the day was carefully planned. Bo and Nat wanted a pure romantic western styled wedding at Point Yamu by Como and wanted to begin with a Christian wedding ceremony followed by a sunset cocktail reception and dinner.

Inspired by the already stunning scenery and amazing design, we created a beautiful outdoor venue on the main lawn of the hotel with a view of the ocean as a backdrop for both the ceremony and the dinner. The location was decorated with chandeliers and hanging flowers to create a complete luxury dream fairytale wedding. The colours were rustic gold mixed with blush pink, white and greens.

To enhance their common interest in architecture, the registration table was decorated with the couples favourite architect books and the wedding favour was an architect ruler with the tag written “The Measure of Love is to Love without Measure.” We also created a gallery with images from their engagement session hanging from the outdoor roof with jars with flowers and ivy to enhance the couples love for art. In the pool area we put up a big Bo & Nat structure to create a nice backdrop for pictures and fun.

The overall feel was inspired by Bo’s unique character and style – a beautiful feminine woman with both elegance and class. We came up with the idea of transforming the whole lawn into a European flower garden. We used all imported flowers such as Pink David Austin Rose, Soft Pink Cymbidium, Ivory Rose, Soft pink Ranunculus and grey leaf. Both the ceremony and the reception was held in this amazing setting and was changed from ceremony to dinner in under two hours to great delight and surprise for all the guests that in the meantime were enjoying the sunset reception at the pool.

Photography: Sandra Aberg Photography | Cinematography: Narakorn Photography | Floral Design: IAMFLOWER | Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta | Invitations: Rabbit on the Moon | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Anyallerie | Groom's Attire: Button Up | Wedding Venue: Point Yamu By COMO | Graphic Design: Farmgroup | Groom’s Bow Tie: Lanvin | Lighting & Sound: Final Cut AV Phuket | Makeup & Hair Day 1: Kanakorn Kamjatpai | Makeup Day 2: Nontapat Amornchai | Ribbon: Sling Ribbon & bow | Second Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Veil: Oscar de la Renta | Wedding Planning: The Wedding Bliss By Nanya

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