While there’s no doubt that this Bride’s beauty will catch your attention, there’s something else about her that struck me immediately. You see, I grew up watching Days of our Lives and this here is none other than Nadia Bjorlin aka Chloe Lane. And I now adore her even more after reading her love story that’s so much better than any soap opera plot line out there. Sarah Kate captured her and her Irish Groom’s special day creating a Vault gallery that sparkles – see it all here!
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From the Groom… Nadia and Grant met by shear and utter chance! Grant was scheduled to go to New York the day before Valentines Day when his Virgin America flight was cancelled due to the Polar Vortex in 2014. A last minute call came in for Grant to host a Valentines Day dinner in the Hollywood Hills. Nadia, who was the best friend with the owner of the house, was spending her first Valentines Day single for over eight years. While at the Valentines party, Nadia just so happened to bump right into Grant. As the night went on, Grant was struck by her shear beauty and literally felt like it was love at first sight. After a short conversation and a few cocktails, Grant asked where Nadia was from and what she did in the city (Nadia plays Chloe on “Days of Our Lives” which never aired in Ireland, where Grant is from, so he had no idea who she was). Once Grant realized Nadia was Swedish he spoke to her in the language, as he spent six months in architecture school in the south of Sweden, and this only made the immediate connection stronger! Long story short, Grant asked Nadia to unlock her phone as he “wanted to show her something” and then added his number to her phone and texted himself Nadia’s number. One week later they went on a date, three months later they moved in together. Grant took Nadia to an Irish Childrens charity event where the main prize for the raffle was a trip to Ireland. Grant purchased two raffle tickets and miraculously won! In August, Grant took Nadia home to meet his family. They traveled to the north coast where all of the “Game of Thrones” scenes are shot and sat on the edge of the Giants Causeway, a nature reserve in Northern Ireland. In one fell swoop he whipped out a ring and confessed his undying love to Nadia and his desire to be with her forever and have lots of babies! Grant and Nadia tied the knot in Palm Springs at the beautiful Colony 29 compound. The ceremony was under a beautiful arch surrounded by friends and family in the garden and the reception was close by under a beautiful tent!
The greatest part of the day for the couple was seeing everyone at the dinner from Sweden, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, the US, and even Africa. The environment at Colony 29 is that of a dream – Wolfgang Puck cooked an incredible meal for all. But most important was the look on their faces when they knew they both found each other and vowed their love in front of friends and family.
Photography: Sarah Kate, Photographer | Event Planning + Design: Emily Clarke Events | Floral Design: Flowers in Beverly Hills | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering | Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher | Wedding Venue: colony 29 | Bar: The Grand Bevy | Bride's Jewelry: candy ice | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
This donut bar? It’s the thing of dreams. Guests enjoyed every flavor you could ever want, but that’s only one piece of this perfect day. Captured by Ether & Smith, it’s an al fresco party done so right and we’re welcoming it into The Vault!
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From Honey Honey Photography… I knew immediately that Jenn & Mike’s wedding was going to be phenomenal when she said she was a wedding planner…and that they were planning on having donuts. And we all know a wedding with donuts is a good wedding. Jenn further described her colors to be red, blue, and white – but not just any red, blue, and white, they were well-curated shades, from a coral-red to a periwinkle-blue to the literal colors on the stunning and unique bridesmaids dresses.
Jenn chose a Monique Lhuillier corset paired with the prettiest full skirt – a match made in heaven. Guests were welcomed with champagne and popsicles on the front yard of a private estate in Palm Springs. The bride and groom exchanged vows and rings under a tree on the front lawn, with a beautiful garland arch that hung so naturally it seemed it was part of the tree. Mirrors were a big inspiration and were used as signs throughout the wedding. The reception was one the highlights – Jenn & Mike’s friends and family were seated at long grand tables with a custom bag with their names and a baguette. Palm trees soaring up high and the warm desert breeze as the perfect ambiance. Not only were the donuts impeccable, so was the cake, with its pink marbling and gold flecks, they were almost too beautiful to eat! The night came and so did the dancing – the perfect way to end their special day.
Photography: Ether & Smith | Cinematography: TwentySeven Studios | Coordination: Sassy Girl Weddings + Events | Floral Design: Peony & Plum | Invitations: Jenn Yamauchi Weddings & Events | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Free People | Catering: Miho Catering | Hair + Makeup: Kelly Zhang | DJ: Vox DJs | Groom's Suit: J.Crew | Officiant: Don Johnson | Venue: Villa Belle Etoile | Baguettes: L'Artisan Valley Bakery | Cake + Donuts: M Cakes Sweets | Cocktail & Bar Curator: JW Hawthorne | Dress Corset: Monique Lhuillier | Dress Skirt: Mount Tabor Park | Photo Booth: Mebo Photo | Popsicles: Front Porch Pops | Vintage Rentals: Etablir Shop
Three words: Cotton candy bar. If that doesn’t hook you, then these flamingo inspired details are sure to do the trick. Whatever the winning wedding detail may be, you’re sure to fall head over heels for this wedding captured by Alyssa Marie. Brimming with incredibly chic vignettes (thanks to Found Vintage Rentals), we’ve got it all waiting for you in The Vault!
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From the Bride… My fiancé and I got married this past September in Palm Springs, California. A spot that is very special to us and a place that I wanted reflected in our wedding style. Being an event designer, I felt so lucky to have some of my best friends in the industry be a part and help create such a special day in our lives.
Apart from the ceremony, the event décor and feel of our wedding weekend was the most important to me. I wanted the décor to be classic and elegant, while also modern. I wanted our guests to feel the style of our wedding from the moment they received the save-the-date, cocktail recipe included. From our welcome party on Friday evening to the pool party on Sunday, we were focused on our guest’s enjoyment on their mini-getaway to the desert. We rented an estate for the weekend so all of our events could be held in one place. My goal was finding a spot that was going to let me create whatever I wanted and not be limited by a traditional venue. We wanted to play up all that our location had to offer without looking like it had a theme. We went with an all-white color palette, to contrast the lush greenery and had our pops of color in our floral décor. I wanted as many elements to be custom as possible and took on many DIY projects, most of them including lots of gold foil, another theme running throughout. My dad built all of our oversized wood signage, our bar façade and the altar where we got married, something that was very special to me. I collected vintage cocktail glasses for months to be used during our reception and had a polka dot dance floor with a chandelier hanging from a Palm Tree. All of the details made the reception feel more personal and reflective of our style.
We wanted to include special touches throughout the ceremony and reception that felt unique to our guests. My favorite of all was our confetti cannons that went off as we had our first kiss. Only our vendors and bridal party knew, so the reaction as it went off couldn’t have been more amazing. Another detail I had to have was Bonpuf. She was one of the first details I locked down when I began planning. The cotton candy was such a hit at cocktail hour!
Style Me Pretty has been such a place of inspiration to me and I love the weddings you choose to recognize. It is an amazing resource to me to go to when I am searching for creativity with other weddings I plan and was so helpful with planning my own.
Photography: Alyssa Marie Photography | Videography: Visioneer Media | Event Design: Samantha Dapper Event Design | Floral Design: Shindig Chic | Wedding Dress: The White Dress | Cake: The Sweetest Couple | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Makeup: Tara Buenrostro | Hair: Jen Plus Colour | DJ: Hilo Productions | Tuxedo: Friar Tux | Wedding Venue: The Cree Estate | Confetti Canon: Confetti Unlimited | Cotton Candy: Bon Puf | Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Getting Ready Venue: Avalon Hotel Palm Springs | Photo Booth: Classic Photo Booths Palm Springs | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals