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Saturday Morning Movie: Bicycles + Sparklers = One Sweet Wedding

When life gets tough and you can’t turn that downward spiral upside down, what are you to do? We’ve all been there and when it happens, you gotta grab a guaranteed fix. For me, that comes in the form of fabulous (and happy tear-inducing) wedding clips. And this one delivers. From the written vows to the tandem bicycle sparkler entrance, Carl S. Miller Wedding Films captured magic – sit back and enjoy!

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From Carl S. Miller Wedding Films… I’ve known the Bride, Noel, for a number of years and so I was ecstatic when she asked me to film her marriage to Dan. The day and preparations began in their new home in the historic barrio district of Tucson, Arizona. The architectural lines within were a visual delight, and I tried to incorporate aspects of their home as a metaphor for their relationship: new home, new marriage, new life together. Saguaro National Park provided a breathtaking vista of mountains and cacti as the backdrop for their Southwestern ceremony. Their event designer and florist, Atelier de LaFleur, did a phenomenal job with the chuppah and floral arrangements to provide an aesthetic and color palette to complement the desert landscape. The celebration continued at the Tucson Museum of Modern Art, where the festivities were started by Noel and Dan’s jaw-dropping tandem bicycle sparkler entrance. Now that’s original. Their film is designed to not only show the beauty and elegance of their day, but to highlight the many subtleties that make their relationship unique to them.

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Photography: Keith and Melissa Photographers | Cinematography: Carl S. Miller Wedding Films | Event Design: Atelier De LaFleur | Floral Design: Atelier De LaFleur | Cake: Sugar Song Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Joshua Tree National Park | Reception Venue: MOCA | Catering: The Coronet | DJ: John Hislop | Band: Naim Amor | Bridal Boutique: J Bridal Boutique

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We’ve Discovered the Wedding Dress Of Your Dreams

You made it to Friday, in the dog days of summer no less, so I declare a necessary celebration. And so I present to you a wedding full of rustic, glam details – starting with this Berta Bridal dress. The intricate lace – from the stunning v-neck to those elegant long sleeves – have me rethinking all my wedding dress dreams. Tamara Gruner captured the whole look and more – including this bouquet from Fionna Floral that I predict will be all over Pinterest within hours. See it all starting now!

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From the Bride… We were living in California when we got engaged, but knew we wanted to get married in our hometown of Chicago with all of our family and friends. We both grew up in the Chicagoland area, and went to college and lived in the city, so we knew we wanted to have our ceremony in the city. Holy Name Cathedral has always been a special church for me growing up, with its beautiful architecture and long history in Chicago.

We wanted an intimate and romantic space for the reception, and we found the perfect room at Concorde Banquets. The big windows overlooking the grounds, the soft lighting, and delicious food made the entire evening magical.

I have always had a picture in my mind of what my gown would look like – anything but ordinary. My style is very simple but detail oriented. The silhouette of the dress is very elegant, but the lace adds a layer of romance I knew would blow Daniel away. The dress struck the right balance between modesty and sexy. While I didn’t initially look for a long-sleeved dress, my mother’s wedding dress was also long-sleeved – so when I tried it on, and it fit like a glove – I knew it was meant to be.

It was very important to both Daniel and I to bring our California life into the wedding. The colors we chose – dusty blues, muted jade greens, ivory and slate gray with a touch of blush – were inspired by the colors of the Pacific ocean. The soft gold in the chairs, votives and decor brought the warmth of the California sun. My former boss and good friends from Fionna Floral in Santa Cruz flew the flowers and herself from California and provided the lush, intimate, romantic setting that evoked the sunsets off of the Pacific Coast Highway that we cherish.

Our theme phrase was “Love in a Mist”, reminiscent of our days at the beach in California. The flowers in the long, cascade bridal bouquet were white and blue veronica, dusty blue hydrangea, tillandsia, garden roses in ivory tones, tulips, green hanging amaranthus, dusty miller, eucalyptus, passion vine, air plants, and some olive leaves and berries. The boutonnieres were white roses, lilac, olive/bay leaves and berries.

We wanted our guests to have a piece of our wedding that lasted longer than the night, so we bought baby succulents from California with little white pails for them to take home as a reminder that love continues to grow with the proper care.

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Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Floral Design: Fionna Floral | Wedding Dress: Berta Bridal | Cake: Central Continental Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Holy Name Cathedral | Reception Venue: Concorde Banquets | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Rings: Cartier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Concorde Banquets | DJ: DJ Leon | Groom's Attire: Prada | Bride's Handbag: Prada | Earrings: Helmut Lang from FarFetch | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Groom's Ring: Benchmark

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Not One, But Two, Soft + Totally Stunning Coastal Wedding Inspirations

I dream of escaping to the English coast, tucking into a seaside cabin and soaking up all the magic it has to offer. But until that dream becomes a reality, I’ll be making myself quite comfortable in this Vault gallery from Lucy Davenport. Created by Katrina Otter Weddings and Coco Wedding Venues, these scenes (yes, more than one!) are soft and subtly stunning; exactly like those coastal village wishes in my head. Roost Film Co captured the action live – see it and more right this way!

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From Coco Wedding Venues and Katrina Otter Weddings… We’re very much drawn to the rugged coastlines that we’re so fortunate to have in the UK. Whether it’s the tall swaying grass of the dunes in Sussex, the dramatic cliffs of Dorset or the stretches of sand in Northumberland – we love them all. So when we discovered Clovelly Village in Devon with it’s own pebble beach and stunning quay vista we knew this would be the perfect place for a sea-inspired shoot. This enchanting village has a timeless quality with its cliffs, gardens, pretty Manor House and cobbled streets.

With the venue chosen it was time to send the invitations to our guests. We had a custom stationery suite created by Calligraphy for Weddings with soft washed script on acetate and a beautifully blue envelope with vintage stamp.

Blue was an obvious choice for the coastal theme and to complement, we opted for a palette of lilac grey and rose quartz.

To highlight how couples can interpret a palette we decided to create two tablescapes – one muted and one bold – this light and dark thread followed us throughout the shoot.

The blossom orchard provided a soft and romantic setting for our first alfresco scene. Delicate blush chargers from Duchess and Butler and antique silver cutlery from Helene Millot were framed by a simple silk tulle runner from Kate Cullen. Atop the runner sat an array of succulents, grasses, seashells and white pillar candles.

Our florist, Garden and Wild, created the main centerpiece around a large Tillandsia Xerographica air plant; a mix of succulents, smaller air plants, varieties of asparagus ferns as foliage and white ranunculus flowers and hellebores. Our cool blue coastal tones came through in the star shaped cluster flowers called amsonia. To complete the look, we had green sea glass place names for our bride and groom.

To stop everything from looking and feeling too ‘pretty’ our furnishings from Virgina’s Vintage Hire added a contrasting rawness. Stripped wooden chairs with unexpected pops of traditional seaside colours were a unique choice.

To reflect this first muted palette our bride wore a delicate peachy-pink beaded halter neck top and full tulle skirt from Flossy and Willow. A bespoke veil in the softest pink, made by Britten, worked perfectly with a plaited halo and soft loose tendrils. The divine bouquet, one of three created by Claire and Tami, completed the look. Dicentra Alba (White Bleeding Hearts), Blush Foxgloves, Panicum grass, hellebores, grevillia foliage, eucalyptus nicholli foliage and foraged grasses were used to create this pageant bouquet.

Our second tablescape shows that bold is most definitely beautiful – the deep Parisian blue hemstitch tablecloth and Cassis Rose napkins by The Linen Works and the elaborate driftwood candelabra centerpiece by Nordic House were on loan from the lovely folks at Prezola. To continue the drama, we added in golden cutlery, pearl chargers, oyster shell candles from The Oyster Candle Co. and chunky wooden benches.

To anchor both tablescapes Kate Burt Cakes created this inspired grey marble-washed 3-tier cake with accompanying taster cakes brushed with gold. Delicately placed on billowing silk chiffon we added a simple urn of fresh greenery to frame. The golden seaweed, pink pearls and sugar urchin details were divine and would be sure to wow your guests.

Our second bridal look was an incredible Anna Campbell gown from Perfect Day Bride. The gorgeous pearls and beading reflected the cobbles of Clovelly’s winding streets whilst the scalloped design added a Mermaid-esque vibe. Once again we added a coloured veil and this time Britten chose blue to work against the ivory dress. This blue was mirrored in the silk ribbons adorning the bride’s incredible bouquet.

A large Allium was once again the focus and Claire threaded other flowers and foliage throughout, such as bear grass, coral fern, tillandsia xerographica, white ranunculus and eucalyptus.

Texture was key for this look and the sea breeze added a mesmerizing movement to the fabrics and florals.

For the final look we wanted to channel something slinky and a little bit sexy; this metallic hued silk bridesmaid gown by Jenny Yoo at Coco and Kate stole the show. The cold-shoulder trend ticked the fashion box whilst the silvery fabric made our model look like she was emerging from the sea. We wanted to show two bridesmaid accessory options; first was this delicate crown by Feather and Coal with matching gemstones and feathery tulle detailing, followed by a traditional flower crown and bouquet.

For the crown Claire used a Spray rose called ‘blanchette’, Nigella buds (love in the mist), eucalyptus parvifolia foliage, thyme foliage, hellebores and grasses. The bouquet mirrored this beautifully with the addition of grevillia, amsonia, succulents, air plants and silver senicio foliage.

Capturing the day was our wildly talented duo – Lucy Davenport Photography and ROOST Film Co. Their combined softness and attention to detail is dreamy and we’re so pleased with how they interpreted our vision.

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Photography: Lucy Davenport | Cinematography: Roost Film Co | Event Planning: Katrina Otter Weddings | Creative Consultants: Coco & Kat | Creative Direction: Coco Wedding Venues | Floral Design: Garden & Wild | Wedding Dress: Flossy & Willow (Willowby by Watters) | Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell | Wedding Dress: Coco & Kate (Jenny Yoo Collection) | Stationery:Calligraphy For Weddings | Bride’s Shoes: Emmy London | Jewelry: Sarah Brown Jewellery | Hair + Makeup: The Hair And Makeup Atelier | Venue: Clovelly Village Weddings North Devon | Bridal Boutique: Flossy & Willow (Willowby by Watters) | Bridal Boutique: Anna Campbell | Bridal Boutique:Coco & Kate (Jenny Yoo Collection) | Cake Table: Kate Burt Cakes | Cutlery: Helene Millot | Furniture Rentals: Virginia’s Vintage Hire | Hair Accessories: Feather & Coal | Lifestyle Pieces: Prezola | Model Agency: SKIN London | Oyster Candles: Oyster Candle Co. | Ribbons + Runner: Kate Cullen | Tableware: Duchess & Butler | Veils:Britten

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