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Elegant + Romantic Houston Garden Wedding

I can’t decide what I like most about this wedding—the sweet watercolor invitations, the precious flower girls and ring bearers, the pretty wedding cake, the gorgeous River Oaks Garden Club or the crazy-in-love Bride and Groom. Luckily I don’t have to decide, because the photos from Mint Photography are totally pin-worthy. See them all here.

 

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From Mint PhotographyThis gorgeous affair took place at the insanely beautiful River Oaks Garden Club. The detailing of the venue alone makes for one jaw-dropping event. Kayley and Clayton designed their wedding off the beauty and garden style feel of the venue. Delicate touches of pinks and green hues were applied throughout the details of their day giving the event a soft, romantic, and garden-inspired feel. The majority of the wedding was held outdoors, in multiple garden areas throughout the property.

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Photography: Mint Photography | Floral Design: HEB | Wedding Dress : Galina For David's Bridal | Catering: Demeris Catering | DJ: LG Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Venue: River Oaks Garden Club

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Rustic + Elegant North Carolina Barn Wedding

This North Carolina barn wedding is the epitome of rustic elegance. With a focus on family and enhancing the natural beauty of Claxton Farm, this sweet duo pulled off the wedding of their dreams starting with pretty stationery from Gourmet Invitations and ending with a dreamy tented receptionCarrie Coleman and Two Cents Photography captured it all for you here.

 

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From The Bride…Zach and I both grew up moving around a lot, so neither one of us really had a place that felt like “we have to get married here.” So we decided to have a destination wedding, and we wanted to pick a place that wasn’t too difficult for our guests to travel to. Being North Carolinians, and Zach being a Tar Heel, we knew we wanted to get married in North Carolina. It came down to either beach or mountain wedding. When we visited Asheville for the first time, we knew. This would be the place where we would get married, the place that we would come back to for years to come, the place that is “ours”. After much research, we found Claxton Farm and we knew it was perfect. And with the help of Shay Brown of Shay Brown Events, it was. With months and months of praying for good weather, we got exactly that. The sky was a beautiful Carolina blue, contrasted against the lush greens all around us. It was perfect. Shay helped bring my rustic elegant vision to life.

Zach and I wanted the whole wedding to be centered around family. Our daughter Emma Grace was the flower girl, my uncle was our officiant, my brother played the ceremony music, and we had flowers honoring and celebrating the presence of Zach’s older sister Emma, who passed away when Zach was in high school. We wanted the entire feel of the wedding to be centered around love. One of my favorite details of the wedding was the two doors we had with old family photos hanging.

We wanted to enhance the natural beauty of the venue, without taking away from it. Claxton Farm was a blank canvas for Shay to really get creative, and boy did she! We used lush greenery, mixed with soft neutral florals. It complimented the natural beauty of Claxton Farm and the mountains of North Carolina perfectly. The entire wedding was visually stunning. It was like a fairytale!

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Photography: Carrie Coleman | Cinematography: Two Cents Photography | Event Design, Planning & Floral Design: Shay Brown Events | Invitations & Paper Goods: Gourmet Invitations | Floral Design: Bobby Marks | Cake: Artista Cakes | Makeup: Pop Of Color | Hair: Cody’s Wedding Creations | Band: Groove Collection | Favors: Dot And Army | Transportation: Young Transportation | Venue: Claxton Farm | Cocktail Hour Band: Jon Corbin | Linen Rentals And Chargers: BBJ Linen | Popcorn: Poppy | Rentals: Upstyled Setting | Rentals: Classic Event Rental

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Elegant NYC High Line Engagement Session

When this beautiful bride-to-be arrived at the High Line to meet her beau for a couples’ photoshoot, she had no idea he was about to propose — or that it would be captured on film! Oh, and the helicopter tour around the city and private dinner with both their families he planned after the shoot? Just icing on the cake. Captured by the always lovely Alicia Swedenborg, this e-sesh is jammed packed with urban charm, intimate moments, and happy smiles you can imagine. Take a peek at the full gallery here!


From The Bride…Paul and I met at NASDAQ, where we both worked, when I was on a work trip to NYC and was seated next to Paul by chance. After Paul unsuccessfully asked me out right then and there, he pursued me for months through witty emails and IMs from afar. When I finally moved to New York City 6 months later, I couldn’t say no to his relentless charm! 3 years later, after sharing trips around the world, meals in almost every restaurant in Manhattan, and the incredible love and support from our friends and families, Paul and I are so excited to start our married lives together!

Our mutual friend reached out to me months ago asking if I could convince Paul to pose for couples portraits to enhance his portfolio. Thinking I was completely in charge of the plans as usual, I committed us after pitching the idea to Paul. Unbeknownst to me, this was all part of a master plan to get me to the Highline, our first date location. When we arrived, Paul got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, and our friend was hiding in the bushes documenting the whole event!

After the proposal, we went to Hogs and Heifers, our classy part 2 of our first date, and shared our news with the bra-clad waitresses over a tequila shot. Paul brought me to a few more meaningful spots before telling me “there weren’t enough hours in the day to revisit all of our special places”. With that, we arrived at the Manhattan helipad, where both of our families were there to surprise me (enter: me completely losing it, ugly tears) and we took an amazing helicopter ride around the city.

After some bubbly and Skype sessions to family abroad, Paul’s brother, a sous chef, prepared a massive feast for our families at his restaurant, Lupa. We finished the evening with celebratory drinks at Houston Hall with our best friends. It couldn’t have been more perfect. And here I was thinking I was the planner in the family!

Photography: Alicia Swedenborg | Bride's Shoes: Tory Burch | Hair And Make Up: Glamsquad | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Groom's Suit: Charles Tyrwhitt | Venue: New York City | Bride's Dress: Alice And Olivia | Groom's Blazer: Mark Marengo | Groom's Pants: J.Crew | Groom's Shirt: Suit Supply

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Dorothy Draper-Inspired Bridal Tea at The Greenbrier Resort

My love affair with the 1950s started with the poodle skirts of “Grease” and continues now with this charming 1950s-inspired bridal shower tea designed by Strawberry Milk Events and captured by Abby Jiu. Fluffy pink peonies, bowls of bright lemons, charming linens from La Tavola, trays of sweets and the Dorothy Draper-designed room—it all adds up to the perfect party. See more in the gallery.


From Abby Jiu… Morgan & Jon had their destination wedding weekend at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV this June. The groom’s mother and sisters enlisted the help of Strawberry Milk Events with planning and designing a fun bridal tea in honor of the bride-to-be. We didn’t have to look far for inspiration – The Greenbrier is a designer’s paradise, decorated originally by one of the most famous decorators, Dorothy Draper herself. The hotel hasn’t changed much since since the 50’s – it oozes unique style and whimsy and is known for Draper’s use of bright colors and mixing bold patterns. We wanted the shower to feel very “a la Dorothy Draper” bright, cheery and whimsical…fun contrasting patterns and all. The two story room we choose to host the event was perfect – a striking black and white check floor with yellow floral patterned curtains featuring giant bows flanking the french doors to a sun-filled terrace. A bright patterned linen served as the table base with contrasting black and white striped chargers, gold flatware and hand-lettered menus in hot pink. Mounds of pink peonies and bowls of lemons were combined with gold candlesticks and tall vases of monstera leaves and gold painted pineapples. The tiered trays of tea sandwiches and sweets were also mixed in with the centerpieces to create a true afternoon tea setting. Everything was effortlessly elegant but maintained a sense of fun and playfulness, and vintage style. Ladies were asked to don their chicest sundress and 1940’s jazz crooned in the background while waiters popped the bubbly and friends and family offered up toasts and congratulations to the bride-to-be!

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Photography: Abby Jiu | Floral Design: Gillespie Flowers | Calligraphy: Sarah Bohl | Venue: Greenbrier Resort | Event Planning And Design: Strawberry Milk Events | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Select Event Group

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Dreamy + Romantic Garden-Inspired Montecito Wedding

A garden-inspired wedding is all about the flowers, and the floral details fromSweet Marie Designs at this Santa Barbara garden wedding definitely do not disappoint. The pretty continues throughout this dazzling fête thanks to a dream team of vendors like La TavolaAmbient Event Design and Diana McGregor—head to the gallery to see it all.

 

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From Soleil EventsFrom my first meeting with Alix and her Mom in a little coffee shop just north of Santa Barbara, I knew our partnership in planning an unforgettable event, would be equally unforgettable. The vision, at first, was more along the lines of bohemian summer romance, but as the design board and pins started to come together, a classic, elegant and romantic style began to emerge that was simply undeniable. Part of what informed the timeless look and feel of the day was the setting. The Valley Club of Montecito is nestled in one of California’s most exclusive neighborhoods where your Saturday morning cup of Joe at the local coffee shop means bumping into the likes of Oprah, Carol Burnett, or Ellen DeGeneres. The Club itself is among the most exclusive, boasting sprawling acres of green that extends from the Montecito foothills all the way to the shores of the blue Pacific. It’s breath-taking! What struck me about the location is its timeless, old world feel. One gets the feeling that every detail of its interior – from the equine themed oils on canvas, to the French antique furniture – has been preserved to perfection under the careful eye of the management and staff. Steve’s Aunt and Uncle were the member connection that secured the spot, and we were off and running!

What I loved about working with Alix is that she led first with her heart, and the priority was always to plan a beautiful but fun and inclusive celebration. She has traveled extensively around the world so her good taste met with a natural elegance, sprinkled with whimsy and humor. Since Alix and Steve already have the most ADORABLE child on the planet, Charlie, family was a theme that ran throughout our conversations.

The romantic and soft color palette of creams and peaches and greens worked well with the Club’s interior. One of the most unique rooms I’ve seen is the main dining room, which is beautifully painted with a garden motif from base-board to ceiling. Alise from Sweet Marie Designs was an incredible team member and brought in refined yet naturally striking floral design to accentuate the Club, rather than compete with its charms. Alise even went so far as to design and construct the wedding arch to our exact specifications – talk about the extra mile!

We chose ivory colored Dupionique silk linens from La Tavola, and footed mercury pedestal vases for the flowers. The element that tied the table together was the hand painted menu card from Lovely Paper Things. Carolyn created a little work of art to adorn the place setting, and it added depth, dimension, and beauty to the tables that perfectly tied into the flowers and the surroundings.

The weather on the wedding day was a Santa Barbara postcard in spades. Guest gathered for the ceremony on the driving range and enjoyed pre-ceremony beverages and a view to end all views. Vows were exchanged under the arch adorned with green vines, loose garden roses and blooming dogwood. Charlie was there clapping and breaking hearts as his parents sealed their vows. As a Grand Finale to the ceremony, Steve surprised his Bride with a flash mob of singers as they recessed up the aisle to a live chorus of The Beatles, “All You Need is Love”. Talk about romance!

Guests were invited to the Club Terrace for tray-passed champagne and cocktails, and as a nod to Alix and Steve’s good humor, a magician mingled among the crowd with some slight-of-hand that had everyone laughing. My absolute favorite detail of the event was the vintage family photo escort cards. Die-cut name tags from Honey Paper were attached to old Polaroid and Kodak photos that Alix found in a vintage shop. The photos were affixed to an over-sized picture frame with little gold pins and pale pink silk ribbon. The pictures were hilarious! Several guests wondered aloud if the photos were of long lost family members, and it was the perfect ice-breaker during the cocktail hour.

We moved inside the Club for an intimate, three course dinner, champagne toasts and speeches. During dinner, the team transformed the Terrace from cocktail hour to an after-party dance lounge with couches, overhead festival lights and fun photo ops with Outrageous Booth. To end the night on a sweet note, Amber at Enjoy Cupcakes helped translate Steve and Alix’s favorite desserts into not one, but 5 wedding cakes, each more decadent and gorgeous than the last. The cakes were displayed on a wooden in-laid table, atop sparkling
vintage cake pedestals. So sweet!

When I think back on Alix and Steve’s wedding, the words ‘love affair’ come to mind. They are two people completely in love with life, each other, their son, and their family and friends. Theirs is a wedding story that is as classic and naturally beautiful as they come. To them I lift a glass -cheers to a life of romance and moments like these! xoxo

From The Bride…My vision for the wedding was a combo of country club traditional, due to the location and relaxed California vibe since we are not as formal. Outdoors, as much as possible, romantic, warm, a lot of candle light, good food and drinks and of course music – we wanted people to have fun, most of all.

Our ceremony was incredibly special since our son was there! My brother pushed him down the aisle in a radio flyer tricycle and he clapped after we said our vows and Steve carried him back down the aisle with us as people planted in the audience sang All You Need is Love, a surprise arranged by Steve! The weather was perfect, sun was setting, blue sky. Steve’s cousin, an opera singer sang Some Enchanted Evening. Our reception had great speeches, good food, music and photo booth. A lot of dancing under the stars.


Photography: Diana McGregor | Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Wedding Dress: Ramona Keveza Couture | Invitations: Stationery Collection | Bride's Shoes: Gucci | Jewelry: XIV Karats Ltd | Makeup: Tomiko Taft | Hair: Brianna Stewart | Lighting: Ambient Event Design | DJ: Daisy O'Dell | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Ceremony Music: Aurora Ensemble | Venue: Valley Club Of Montecito | Cakes And Dessert: Enjoy Cupcakes | Childcare: The Little Guest | Escort Cards: Honey Paper | Event Coordination: Soleil Events | Get Away Car: Classic Motoring Car Rentals | Groom's Tie: Thomas Pink Tie | Linens: La Tavola | Magician: Mark Collier | Photo Booth: Outrageous Booths | Photobooth: Outrageous Booths | Photography - Assistance: Michelle Boyd Photography | Rentals: Ventura Rental Party Center | Wedding Day Paper: Lovely Paper Things

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Glamorous + Romantic Irish Manor House Wedding Inspiration

I’m convinced that Kilshane House is where the Irish “Downton Abbey” would take place. The stately architecture and expansive grounds evoke the classic glamour and elegance of the early 20th Century. And, these dreamy gowns, lovely cakes and romantic florals combined with the genius of Paula O’Hara‘s photography add even more beauty to this historic manor. See all the pretty here.

 

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From Paula O’HaraTrue old time glamour at Kilshane House. We wanted something simple, soft and elegant. Kilshane House has such beautiful locations and light inside and out. It truly is one of Ireland’s best wedding venues. It was easy for us to get swept up in the romance and warmth of this house. And we all fell in love with Matilda the deerhound who was such a quiet, gentle lady and a real star.


Photography: Paula O'Hara | Cinematography: Conor Stafford | Floral Design: Bella Botanica | Wedding Dress: Sharon Hoey | Wedding Dress: The White Gallery | Wedding Dress: Marian Gale | Wedding Dress: Anabel Rose | Wedding Dress: Myrtle Ivory | Wedding Dress: Verona Bridal | Cakes: Gift Cakes | Stationery: Four Hats Press | Rings: Rocks Jewellers | Makeup: Anita Conroy For The Powder Room Studio | Groom's Attire: Louis Copeland | Venue: Kilshane House | Creative Direction, Styling & Props: Alise Taggart | Earrings And Accessories: Myrtle Ivory | Film Scans: UK Film Lab | Hair Styling: Bridget Haren For Altamoda Hair & Beauty, Assisted By Nicole Mitchell | Magazine Commission: Ireland's Confetti Magazine | Models: Alex For Pulse Models | Models: Grace At 1st Option Models

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