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Romantic Stonebridge Manor Wedding

If there’s one thing that pulls on my heartstrings like no other, it’s a Bride and Groom‘s expressions of love during their ceremony. It’s the melt-me-to-a-puddle-moment and queue the waterworks—yep, I’m that guest. And this stunning duo? They’ve filled this gallery from Elyse Hall Photography with plenty of beautiful expressions that will make you blush. See them all here.

Not only is my heart aching over this beautiful couple, but did you see this lush bouquet from Butterfly Petals?! You can almost smell the sweet blush roses and dahlias.

Soft, romantic tables draped in La Tavola linens made for a dreamy reception.

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From the beautiful Bride…Bernard and I met on the first day of high school through a mutual friend. Little did he know that I had called dibs on him days before at orientation when I saw him walk into the auditorium (I could not resist those eyes!). A few months later he asked me to the homecoming dance and the rest is history! We have now been together for eight years and survived four of long distance while he was at the Air Force Academy and I was at the University of Arizona. When it came to planning our wedding I had no idea what I was doing! Not to mention we both had just graduated right before he proposed and would be moving together to a small town in Mississippi to begin his pilot training, so all of my planning was done from across the country! Luckily, I had some amazing support and friends who had no qualms about FaceTiming me from random stores while shopping for wedding details.

As a couple we absolutely love being outdoors – so it was hard for us to imagine our wedding inside a traditional ballroom. We toured many different venues and became very discouraged that we were not going to find a place before our big move. On one of our last days in Arizona we went to Stonebridge Manor and once I saw the garden feel and bistro lighting I was sold. We always imagined an intimate, romantic wedding surrounded by greenery and soft lighting – once the sun went down it was truly breathtaking. The day was exhausting at the beginning because I was so worried that I had forgotten a huge detail and that all my planning and hard work would go to waste, but once my dad took my arm and I saw my husband smiling at me from the other end of the aisle, an emotional wave came swelling over me and I was the happiest I have ever been. We were surrounded by our closest friends and family, dancing and laughing, not wanting the night to end – our wedding was perfect in every way. Everyone kept saying, “Let’s do it again next weekend!”

Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Videography: The Story Is Told | Bride's shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaids' dresses: ModCloth | Hair and makeup: Allison Pynn | DJ: Mike Mancini of Mancini Entertainment | Favors: HotRef.com | Reverend: Rich Stoffan | Bowties: Tux And Tulle | Bride's dress: Lillian Lottie Couture | Bride's ring: Shane Co. | Bride's robe: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bridesmaids' jewelry: Francesca's Collections | Chair signs: Z Create Design | Floral: Butterfly Petals | Garter: Garter Queen | Groom's ring: Tiffany & Co | Guestbook: Bleu de Toi | Linens: La Tavola | Paper goods: Celebrations in Paper | Tuxedos: Men's Warehouse | Wedding Venue: Stonebridge Manor

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Elegant BrookGreen Garden Wedding Inspiration

My fiancé and I came very close to considering South Carolina for our wedding, with his Southern family roots. And I can easily say that Brookgreen Gardens would have been my number one choice if we went that direction. All it took was one peek at this ridiculously pretty shoot from Pasha Belman and Blossoms Events to determine that. I mean, this tree? This dinner setting? These blooms? It’s all so wildly beautiful, and you can see even more right here.

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From Blossoms EventsEver changing, simply amazing. It’s how Brookgreen Gardens describes itself and if you’ve ever been it is easy to see why. Brookgreen Gardens is a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve located just south of Murrells Inlet, SC, and one of the most beautiful places in the South. The gardens were founded in 1932 on 9100 acres of former plantation land that have become the largest public sculpture garden in the United States.

Beyond its history and beauty, Brookgreen Gardens also holds a special place in the hearts of the Blossoms Events team. For several years now it has been a home away from home for us as we have designed, styled and produced weddings and events across the gardens. Our main effort in this styled shoot was to showcase an incredibly beautiful wedding venue and bring awareness to the amazing creations it is capable of.

We teamed up with the talented Pasha Belman Photography and wedding fashion gurus The Little White Dress to tackle the massive expanse of beautiful oaks, blooming gardens and exquisitely crafted sculptures. We hope you find the gardens as amazing as we do and make this a stop on your next trip to the Coastal South.

Photography: Pasha Belman | Floral Designer: Blossoms Events | Cake: Incredible Edibles | Shoes: Nina | Makeup Artist: Paige Winesette | Hair Stylist: R. LOZIER SIGNATURE SALON | Grooms Outfit: Formal Wear Of Myrtle Beach | Bridal Shop: The Little White Dress | Design And Planning: Blossoms Events | Dress 1: Justin Alexander #8735 | Dress 2: JUSTIN ALEXANDER #8724 | Jewlery: Nina | Male Model: LEE FULCHER | Model: PAIGE WINESETTE | Venue: Brookgreen Gardens

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Rustic Elegant Wedding at Bacara Resort

I see a whole lot of wedding photos everyday but you know which ones are my absolute favorite? When the bride is laughing, wholeheartedly smiling. And this beautiful bride, captured by Laurie Bailey, looks like she is having the time of her life. Decked out in a Vera Wang gown and saying her vows at the stunning Bacara Resort & Spa, this celebration is one that feeds my feel-good searching soul.

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From The Bride… Falling in love after three years of dating had been easy. Coming up with a brilliantly romantic proposal and then planning and executing it flawlessly was a challenge. But what was truly hard was coming up with and then communicating a wedding vision. We had made Chicago our home. It housed our favorite people and restaurants but when it came to our wedding, all of the things we loved about the city, having people we loved nearby and intimate knowledge of all the bars and restaurants that might host a rehearsal dinner were the very reasons it seemed to fall short. What we wanted, we realized, was to create something that was different from our daily experience. So, in our infinite brilliance, we decided to find a venue where we could trap our friends and family in and force them to spend time with us.

As we looked at nearby venues, Lauren continued to find a problem with each one – why? Because she was trying to recreate her California upbringing in the Midwest. We may have continued down this futile path had we not visited Lauren’s father in Santa Barbara. Staring out the airplane window at the Pacific Ocean it became clear this was where we wanted to get married, but we were not ready to give up the grandeur, architecture, and great food and drink that is indicative of Chicago. Thus we combined these dichotomous concepts and arrived at our romantic-garden-beachy but not gimmicky, black-tie, grand but intimate wedding.

Armed with an image that did not exist anywhere but in our minds we sought out to create it. We probably would not have gotten very far and would still be trolling wedding blogs had we not found the brilliant and equally talented Donna Romani. With her help we hit the ground running. First stop – venue. Some of the venues were just not right, others stretched our budget to its outer limits. Dejected, but not defeated, we began the drive to the Bacara Resport and Spa. As the spacious lobby opened up in front of us, Elliot’s eyes sparkled and he got as excited about “wedding stuff” as a Midwestern man would allow himself. Grandeur – check, beach – check, outdoor gardens – check, great food -check, amenities, pools and restaurants tempting enough to entice our friends to make the trip – check. Giddy fiancée – check.

Creating the wedding combined our ideas with Donna’s. The paper suite was easy. We wanted something grand that would be appropriate for a black tie wedding making calligraphy the obvious choice, but we also wanted something that was beachy and unique. With Betsey Dunlap’s unique, not-your-momma’s calligraphy in the shape of a wave we got just that. Next we set out to ensure that the Midwestern man who had gotten giddy about a wedding venue was properly represented. As a furniture designer, Elliot’s love of wood is only rivaled by his love of Lauren. So obviously, both needed to be at the wedding.

Initially we choose the wooden ceremony structure, dark wood ceremony chairs, and exposed wooden feasting tables as a way to incorporate Elliot into the wedding, but it also created a more intimate feel. We (Lauren) also decided that we could carry this idea further by utilizing our (Elliot’s) talent with laser cutting to make wooden wedding accents. “It will be cool and intimate,” Lauren said, “It will be a lot of work and I don’t know if I’ll have time,” Elliot responded, and so it was decided – Elliot would be making wood medallions for the save the dates, and personalized his and her coasters and signage. Lauren made some sketches on napkins or whatever was around when inspiration struck and Elliot magically (with a lot of hard work) made real objects out of them. It was totally worth it because we literally could not be happier with the end product. Both masculine, intimate, unique, and made by Elliot, these personalize accents were such a hit that people were taking them home by the handful. What they will be doing with coasters that say our names is beyond us.

Our florals were also a combined effort. Wanting something simultaneously masculine and romantic, we decided on an unstructured overgrown design that incorporated neutral colors like whites and greens. This allowed the stunning ocean views and the words themselves to be the star of our ceremony. Furthermore, our loved ones added decoration. The bridesmaids were asked to wear long pastel gowns and the guests were asked to dress black tie. In their finery the guests themselves decorated the lawn and the bridesmaids looked like “flowers” to quote Lauren’s mother.

Leaving an open chair for Lauren’s brother who could not be there, we began our favorite part of our wedding. When not riveted by what our guest called “masterful words of wisdom” by Jon Ireland, and the hand chosen readings from Jane Eyre (one of Lauren’s favorite books), guests could enjoy the unrivaled views. Per our request cell phones etc. were turned off so that guests could watch us exchange the vows we had written for each other directly rather than through their cell phone camera lens. As great as it is to have lots of pictures, we wanted our guests be present and share this pivotal moment with us. Plus, we hired Laurie Bailey as our photographer so we knew we would be getting great pictures. As we walked down the aisle through a shower of rose petals and lavender that our guests had made themselves at our tossing station we thought, “I hope everyone else was crying as much as we were.”

Luckily they were. Our teary eyed guests went down to cocktail hour where a similar neutral palate incorporating the beach with laser-cut seashell escort cards with sea glass and sand, our subtle nod to the beach, awaited them. Everything was beautiful, a simple combination of all the elements we loved without becoming a caricature, but it was not sufficient to demand everyone rent a tux. So we added pops of dark plum to our unstructured centerpieces, chandeliers, candlelight, and shimmering iridescent table clothes and mercury glass containers to our reception. True to our original concept, we did not want anything too over the top but still wanted a grand black-tie wedding, and these unexpected elements did just that and also added an element of surprise for our guests who may have thought they knew what to expect – silly them. As we dined under the open sky, which added to the imitate garden feel, by the light of crystal candlesticks and chandeliers, twinkling lights, and the stars, we thought “this was exactly what we wanted,” immediately followed by “thank god we hired such great vendors.”

Photography: Laurie Bailey Photography | Videography: Lunchpail Productions | Event Planner: Donna Romani Events | Florist: Tenley Erin Young | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Robyn Loves Cake | Stationary: Blackbird Letterpress | Reception Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa | Brides Shoes: Valentino | Calligraphy: Betsy Dunlap | DJ: Gavin Roy Presents | Grooms Attire: Burberry | Ceremony/Cocktails: Ybarra Music | Laser-cut Wood Pieces: Elliot Eakin | Lighting/Draping: LBPS | Linen Rental: La Tavola | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Wedding Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa

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