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Sperry Tents

Give me a tented wedding any day of the week and my heart is happy.  But give me a wedding celebrated under the sailcloth canopies of Sperry Tents and that’s an entirely new level of pure, unadulterated joy. Think breathtaking silhouettes, solid wood support poles and seriously sweet pennant flags waving in the breeze.  It’s romance meets elegance and it’s exactly how your wedding should be.

There are weddings, and then there are weddings held under the handcrafted goodness of Sperry Tents. Those are the type of weddings where sophistication takes center stage with sweeping panels of genuine sailcloth intricately crafted by sailmakers in coastal New England.  Imagine an array of tent sizes, creative lighting and luxurious floor options seriously perfect for your Big Day, no matter the size of your party.  So whether you plan on dining with an intimate group of 50 or dancing the night away with 500 of your favorites, Sperry Tents’ nationwide network of licensed providers has a tent just waiting for your creative touch… and flare for the amazing.

Contact the Sperry Tents Southeast location nearest you to begin your journey towards your dream wedding.  Offices are now open in Naples and Miami, Florida, as well as Charlottesville, Virginia and Charleston, South Carolina.  Happy planning, lovelies!

Photography: IRIS Photography + Al Gawlik Photography + Concept PhotographyNeil Landino


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The first weekend of May is here, and it can mean only one thing: spring wedding season has arrived! And for all you brides-to-be on the lookout for the a perfectly unique locale to marry your one and only, let me introduce you to St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra, Florida. This gorgeous spot on Florida’s historic coast is adorned with charming inns dripping with Old World detail.

Whether you’re choosing St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra as the perfect destination locale or as a getaway after you’ve tied the knot, you’ll find a unique twist on romance in these Florida gems. With incredible venues boasting romantic balconies, gorgeous greenery and offering customizable packages perfect for every couple, you’ll want to learn more about saying “I Do” on Florida’s historic coast. Head over here for details or call 888.898.1710.


Rime Arodaky

Loves, if you haven’t yet met Rime Arodaky, it’s soooo time you do.  Because this talented French designer knows a thing or two about making you look all kinds of beautiful.  Imagine a breathtaking collection of gorgeous gowns + honeymoon attire that will completely change your wedding world.  It’s boho chic meets rock ‘n’ roll for your big day and beyond… and we can’t get enough.

Known for her intricate lace detailing, stunning silhouettes and bohemian-inspired stylings, Rime Arodaky’s fabulous new line, “La malle de la mariée” (“The Bride’s Suitcase”), brings a sweet Coachella meets Californian vacation vibe to your honeymoon… and beyond.  Think gorgeous lace cover-ups, beautiful gowns and uber-chic swimwear, all with that dash of rock ‘n’ roll that appears in every fabulous masterpiece Rime Arodaky creates.  Which means that you’ll look just as amazing saying “I do” as you will frolicking on the beach post-wedding with your sweetie.

To start your wedding journey with Rime Arodaky, visit her website for more information on her breathtaking + custom-fit gowns, or to make an appointment.  And for that perfect honeymoon or summer look, visit the Rime Arodaky eshop.  And for your daily dose of inspiration, follow Rime Arodaky’s Instagram NOW!


Weddings at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort

There are beach resorts in Florida, and then there is the LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort; a Naples wonderland of drop-dead gorgeous accommodations, top-notch service and luxurious amenities at every turn.  Think seaside “I do’s” meets an elegant ballroom reception meets an entire weekend of lounging around with your sweetie.  Put simply, it’s amazing.

Whether you’re saying “I do” for the first time, renewing your vows or simply planning your honeymoon in paradise, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is THE place where all of the above happens, and it happens perfectly.  From your choice of stunning venues (pristine beach + fab pool + breathtaking ballroom) to the team of professionals that will walk with you step by step through the planning process to your end of the night walks underneath a golden sunset.

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Elegant Cultural Southern Wedding

Two bourbon tasting bars, several couture sari’s, and plenty of pops of color, this GlenLary Estate horsefarm affair from One Fine Day is literally overflowing with beauty. Add in a completely in love (and completely gorgeous) couple, two cultural ceremonies (one Hindu and one Christian) and gorgeous photography by Amy Campbell, and we officially have gallery worth celebrating, right here!


From the beautiful Bride… Ajay and I met in the summer after I finished residency but before I started my fellowship in oncology. At that time he worked for the Boston Bruins and I was working in a lab doing cancer research; our lives in fact couldn’t have been more different! But from the moment I met him, I knew the line of my life had changed forever. Within a few months we were in love, and just after 2 years he proposed to me at Pier’s Point, a beautiful park overlooking the Boston Harbor.

Ajay was born in Boston and is a Boston boy through and through, but his family is originally from Rajasthan in India. It was important to us that we really highlighted that. And though I’ve lived in Boston for the past 8 years, I am from rural Kentucky and bourbon, basketball, horses and bluegrass are in my blood. From early on, it was obvious that to really do things right we would need to do two ceremonies: one Hindu and one Christian.

Nothing beats down south for beautiful, relaxed venues. Initially we flirted with the idea of getting married in Boston, but in my heart I knew I wanted to go home. I secured one of the most gorgeous places in the state; a working horsefarm and restored mansion out in Bourbon County, Kentucky. After that, everything fell into place for our wedding, which stretched out over two days.

The theme of our weekend was family, friends and fun. I didn’t want anything to be stuffy…it’s the south after all! I was blessed to have an amazing wedding planner (single most important thing I did) who was a true partner in creating the event design and ambiance. For the interfaith/intercultural couples out there, we did both our ceremonies in 1 day like so: Hindu ceremony, cocktail hour, Christian ceremony, Cocktail hour, reception.

My lehenga and the bridesmaids sari’s were couture and complete works of art. They were hand made for us, comprised of silk and chiffon and hand dyed in a beautiful ombre. These were a surprise from Ajay’s aunt, who is a designer and artist in Bombay. The jewelry for the Indian ceremony were heirlooms from Ajay’s family. Several generations of Rajput brides have worn those gold pieces encrusted with diamonds, rubies and emeralds, and I felt so honored to be a part of the tradition.

The beautiful birch Mandap was hand made by my father, built to his exact engineering specifications, and my mother sewed the raspberry silk canopy. In between ceremonies my florist quickly took down the canopy and cut down the pink and red flowers, leaving only the beautiful greenery and white flowers for the Christian ceremony. I brought a string quartet in from a neighboring state and had them play “Wild Horses” by the Rolling Stones for my walk down the aisle. My Christian dress was Carol Hannah from Project Runway, and was made from blush tulle and linen. My childhood minister came in from Texas and married us with traditional vows, but we also said our own. Ajay’s were amazing….its tough to work in a Michael Jordan reference into your vows! I brought in a traditional Kentucky bluegrass band to play the second cocktail hour, which was replete with not one but two bourbon tasting bars. For dinner we did a southern menu, and for dessert we did cupcakes, ice cream from a local favorite, and pecan pie. By the end of the reception it was pouring rain but no one cared…it was a dance party!

My advice to any brides is to hire the people that you get good vibes from, even if you feel like maybe they are a bit more expensive or conversely they are relatively young. I went by that rule and I had an AMAZING team of professionals who made our day so beautiful; people still are talking about how much fun they had!

Photography: Amy Campbell | Wedding Planner: Mackenzie Spalding- One Fine Day | Florist: Hide And Seek Design | Wedding Gown: Carol Hannah | Catering: Dupree Catering + Events | Lighting: Vincent Lighting Systems | String Quartet: Innocenti Strings | Bluegrass Band: Hot Chocolate And The Marshmellows | Ceremony + Reception: GlenLary Estate | Hair + Makeup: Ana Crane | Ice Cream Cart: Graeters | Lehenga + Sari Designer: Anuradha Singh | Rentals: Refined Social Events | Rentals: Purdons

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