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A Courthouse Elopement That’s Crazy Stylish

Whether you’re sharing your vows in front of 500 guests or chose to elope with only your dearest, every bride needs a bouquet that makes a statement. *Enter* The Hidden Garden who whipped up this floral beauty for the occasion. Christine Doneé came along to photograph the courthouse “I do” and we think you’ll wholeheartedly love.

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From Christine DoneeOne of the reasons I love photographing elopements so much is because it really exemplifies what a wedding is all about: the love of two people and their decision to commit to each other for the rest of their lives. It’s an incredibly romantic, and often times intimate way to start your journey together, and really reminds us what is most important.

Mollie and Allen’s celebration almost didn’t happen that day because Mollie had taken a tumble down some stairs the morning of, but they decided to keep everything as planned, noting that she could get some much needed r&r on their honeymoon the following week. Even though the day might not have started out on the right foot, it ended with joyous smiles, two people very much in love and glasses full of champagne with friends.

Inspired by weddings seen on Style Me Pretty, Mollie planned a stylish, yet relaxed, elopement at the beautiful courthouse in Beverly Hills. She opted for a knee-length lace dress, while Allen chose a tailored blue suit from Zara. The Hidden Garden team created the bouquet and boutonniere out of the most beautiful peonies and roses, and their friends surprised them with a bottle of champagne after the vows were said.

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Photography: Christine Doneé Photography | Floral Design: The Hidden Garden | Wedding Dress: Karen Millen | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Rings: Single Stone | Hair + Makeup: Meg O'Hare Beauty | Groom's Attire: Zara | Venue: Beverly Hills Courthouse

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The Only Secret Garden Wedding Inspiration You Need to See

Greystone Mansion may be a hidden gem nestled in Beverly Hills, but there’s no hiding the pretty from this inspiration session that took place there. Every detail — from Lavenders Flowers‘ feminine bouquet to Foil & Ink‘s understated invitations to the lovely Trumpet & Horn ring — plays up the estate’s grandeur while creating a sense of modern romance in hues of whispery pastels and soft pink. See every beautiful moment, captured by McCune Photography in The Vault!


From McCune PhotographyGreystone Mansion is one of the most beautiful properties in Southern California, a hidden gem nestled in Beverly Hills. The beauty & history of the property are truly swoon worthy, full of grandeur and lush european inspired gardens from the early 1900’s. The inspiration behind this bridal session was to capture the beauty of the modern day bride within the secret gardens and hidden passages of Greystone.

Janelle, from Lavenders Flowers is a true artist. She has an amazing eye for detail when creating arrangements. She created a very natural, organic and dreamy bouquet that incorporated Ranunculus, Roses paired with some Lilies. The color palette included very soft pastels with pops of muted pinks that were feminine and romantic.

Design Visage has an amazing with making brides glow and look stunning. The final touches and details with hair & makeup to the Myra Callan headpiece was very simple yet whimsical. It complemented the etherial look behind the Sarah Seven Lafayette wedding gown which was heavenly.

Jacki, from Foil & Ink created the invitation suite and calligraphy. She is known for her simple, pretty and unique designs. I love how her creations indulge the senses with the variety of texture and paper she uses. Each design she creates is truly one of a kind.

Everything about this shoot was so much fun to photograph. Loved getting to work with such creative and talented vendors to help make this vision come to life.

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Photography: McCune Photography | Floral Design: Lavenders Flowers | Wedding Dress: The Dress Theory | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Hair + Makeup: Design Visage | Invitations + Calligraphy: Foil And Ink | Venue: Greystone Mansion | Bridal Boutique: The Dress Theory | Film Processing: The Find Lab | Hair Accessories: Styled By Two's Company | Model: Brittany Marie | Ribbon: Tono & Co | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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This Beverly Hills Ballroom Affair is the Definition of Glamorous

This wedding is filled with stunning details.  And I mean filled.  From the drop-dead gorgeous florals from Peony and Plum to the exquisite rentals from Found Vintage Rentals to the design stylings of CCL Weddings, every.last.moment is absolutely breathtaking.  But my favorite detail of all?  A groom who literally can’t stop smiling… that, my friends, is true love.  See it all captured beautifully by Valentina Glidden in THE VAULT.

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From Valentina Glidden Photography… Michelle and Michael’s love was so evident on their wedding day. I knew it was going to be an incredible day the moment they saw each other during their first look and Michael lost it. He was so emotional and excited and it was hard for everyone around them to hold back tears. At some point during the photos I asked for them to give me a serious look, and Michael, with the biggest smile on his face, said he couldn’t help but smile. He was too happy.

From CCL WeddingsWhen Michelle and Michael began wedding planning, they wanted to ensure the wedding would not only be a reflection of their love story but their personalities as well. Michelle and Michael’s wedding embodied timeless elegance and could not have taken place at a more perfect venue – The Montage located in Beverly Hills, California.

The bride’s wedding inspiration began when she stumbled across a couple of garden wedding photos during the initial stages of wedding planning. She wanted to incorporate a garden feel on the hotel terrace for the ceremony. With the help of Found Rentals’ architectural pieces we created a focal point that portrayed an entrance to a secret garden. Peony and Plum adorned the entrance with an abundance of greenery and floral pieces while BTB Event Rentals created a dreamy aisle with their drapery and chandeliers.

Moving over to cocktail hour, guests munched on appetizers and sipped on specialty cocktails including the groom’s “Magic Mike Mojito.” During the couple’s first encounter, the groom cracked several crab claws for his future wife. Little did he know that crabs were Michelle’s favorite food. She was impressed by his chivalry and the rest is history! In memory of their first encounter, the couple decided to use metal crab claw crackers as their escort cards that were displayed on a custom installation reading the phrase “You Crack Me Up.”

The reception complimented the chic couple as guests dined in tufted, high-back chairs, chandelier centerpieces graced every dining table, and the cake from Sweet Lady Jane made an impression on all the guests.

During the planning process, the bride mentioned that she absolutely loved the style in which patrons brought out desserts at restaurants in Paris. Michelle wanted to somehow have her wedding guests also experience a memory she enjoyed. Three gourmet dessert carts were curated and assembled with Bottega Louie gourmet marshmallows, Godiva chocolates, Bouchon macarons, Sugarfina candy and much more!

The couple’s grace and style were definitely highlighted on the wedding day, but most importantly their genuine love for each other was the greatest celebration of all.

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Photography: Valentina Glidden | Cinematography: The Cub Team | Event Planning + Design: CCL Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Peony & Plum | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Sweet Lady Jane | Hair + Makeup: BE.NYLA | DJ: Adagio Entertainment | String Quartet: OC Strings | Venue: Montage Beverly Hills | Backdrop: Modest Peach | Ceremony Rentals: Best Of The Best Event Production | Ceremony Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Reception Rentals: TMMPRO | Reception Rentals: Revelry Event Designers

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