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Elegant Beverly Hills Wedding of Allie Rizzo and Scott Sartiano

Combine one stunning model with a dapper groom, add in a classic California hotel and some beautiful florals, and you have one incredibly breathtaking wedding. Allie Rizzo wed restaurateur Scott Sartiano in an elegant celebration that has me staring at photo after photo in this gorgeous gallery by Dorian Caster; join me here and you just may spot a couple other famous faces amid all the loveliness.

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From the Bride… We planned our wedding in eight weeks. Just enough time for our closest friends and family to make the trip but not long enough to overthink and stress the day. We are both extremely laid back and had put off getting married for a few years to avoid all the fuss that surrounds weddings.

We love the timelessness of the Beverly Hills Hotel and often go for breakfast there. One day while we were there, we inquired about the possibility of holding our wedding on the property. After a ten minute walk through of the Rodeo Room and the Polo Garden we decided that this was the place we wanted to have our wedding.

We loved the storied history of this place and knew our family and friends coming in for the wedding would enjoy the experience. My eighty-four year old grandmother loves John Wayne and Elizabeth Taylor and wanted to see all the rooms they had stayed in. My bridal suite was next to Howard Hughes bungalow in the years that he lived at the hotel. It’s the ultimate California fixture having even been used as the imagery for the Eagles landmark album Hotel California.

The ceremony held in the Polo Garden was covered in rose petals and buckets of baby’s breath lined the aisles while the string quartet played Fleetwood Macs ‘Songbird ‘and guests sipped champagne. We loved the outdoor ceremony and the perfect October weather. We both have southern backgrounds so being in a garden with a slightly rustic feel felt familiar and fitting.

After the ceremony guests headed to the Rodeo Room for cocktails followed by a four course dinner and dancing. The tables were set with natural white and green floral arrangements accented by floating candles.

The key word when designing our wedding was “simple.” Our first dance was to U2’s “All I Want Is You” and guests spent the rest of the night dancing to both a live band and DJ Jesse Marco. The flow of the day was perfect and our only regret is how quickly it went by.

Photography: Dorian Caster | Floral Design: CJ Matsumoto | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Joanie & Leigh's Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Beverly Hills Hotel | DJ: Jesse Marco | Music: Clover String Quartet | Photobooth: Bosco | Rentals: Designer Specialty Linens | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Elegant, Classic California Wedding in Beverly Hills

Beth Helmstetter is pure genius. Honestly, every single thing she touches I want to marry. Her design sense is off the charts, and this sparkling Beverly Hills wedding is the prettiest proof. With the amazingly talented Holly Flora providing the blooms and one and only Birds Of A Feather on hand to snap up every spectacular moment, let’s just say this gallery is beyond beyond.

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From Birds Of A FeatherBeth Helmstetter designed the most elegant, classic, and sophisticated backyard wedding I’ve ever seen at this private home in Beverly Hills. There were thousands upon thousands of white roses everywhere, the bride looked like a movie star, and the reception was held under a canopy of fairy lights.

From The Bride…We wanted our wedding to encompass all the things that we love because it was the one day that we could share them with all the people we love. We were inspired by the setting of Michael’s parents’ family home — especially the beautiful garden with its lush hydrangeas and roses. We combined what we both loved — for Michael, the outdoors, dark wooden and rustic accents and, for me, white flowers, romantic lighting and chandeliers. Michael is from England so there were hints of his hometown as well in certain areas of our wedding — Beatles music as we walked down the aisle, English gardens and, of course, tea for all the guests.

Photography: Birds Of A Feather | Videographer: Evangeline Lee | Event Design: Beth Helmstetter Events | Floral Design: Holly Flora | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Wedding Cake: Vanilla Bakeshop | Bride's Shoes: Charlotte Olympia | Make-up: Kira Nasrat | Hair: Bradin Palestino | Groom's Suit: J Lindeberg | Venue: Private Estate

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High Tea Baby Shower

We took an office vote and decided a baby shower inspired by Laduree is probably the best idea ever. From the patisserie to the elegant table settings, Modern Dame and Holly Flora left no high tea detail unturned for this soon-to-be mom. Who looks mighty gorgeous in her rose floral crown, might I add. If you love macarons, and pink and all things decadent and pretty, then don’t miss the rest of Krista Mason‘s images in the gallery.

From Modern Dame … When I found out my cousin-in-law, Hanna, was pregnant with a baby girl, I was over-joyed especially since I knew Hanna was secretly hoping for a daughter. I was even more excited when she agreed that I could help plan her baby shower. I recalled Hanna telling me that she was craving sweets during this pregnancy, macarons to be specific. So, immediately the famous Parisian patisserie, Laduree, came to mind.

Inspired by the patisserie, I started designing the dessert table first. I reached out to my favorite pastry-designer, Sweet and Saucy Shop to create a one-of-a-kind dessert table. The macaron towers, petite fours, custom sugar cookies and panna cotta shots all emphasized Laduree’s signature details with pretty sugar flowers, glittered bows and roses.

I also had Brag Designs create a romantic and whimsical backdrop for the dessert table. The backdrop she created using fluffy big white roses and pastel-toned butterflies was definitely something everyone talked about. It went perfectly with the dessert table and added that wow-factor.

Holly Flora, who is amazing, created romantic Parisian pink floral centerpieces using dahlias, sweet peas, garden roses, lisianthus, and hydrangeas. She also incorporated vintage tea sets and glass cloche which added perfectly to the theme and looked so elegant.

In order to enhance this Parisian Laduree themed shower, I wanted to have matching china, teacups and gold flatware. Dish Wish’s garden-themed china was perfect! We even alternated different pattern china to give it more a shabby chic look. The gold flatware definitely added that nice touch to the overall table setting. The La Travola floral applique linens were also an elegant and whimsical detail that made a beautiful effect to the dining and dessert table. Hanna and the guest had an amazing time and I was thrilled to hear that the mom-to-be was really happy with the shower and she will forever cherish this shower.

Photography: Krista Mason Photography | Event Planning: Modern Dame | Floral Design: Holly Flora | Cake: Sweet And Saucy | Invitations: Studio 9 Designs | Favors: Bird Pick Tea And Herb | China And Flatware: Dish Wish | Linen: La Tavola | Paper Floral Backdrop: Brags Design | Rentals: Town And Country

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Upcoming Trunk Shows at JLM Couture Flagship Salon

Sometimes I think about how fabulous getting to plan another wedding would be — especially if it meant dress shopping at the amazing JLM Couture Flagship Salon in West Hollywood. Known for their incredible selection of gowns and top-notch service, JLM is a first-stop when it comes to picking out the white dress.  This November, they’re hosting three incredible trunk shows that are not to be missed!

From November 7-9, 2014 JLM Couture will host a Hayley Paige show with designs straight from the 2015 spring collection as well as a designer appearance by Hayley Paige. The Alvina Valenta collection will be featured from November 14-16, 2014 with a designer appearance by Jessica Williams and from November 21-23, 2014 the Lazaro trunk show will take place with a designer appearance by Lazaro! I mean, does it get more amazing than that?! Not only do these shows showcase off-the-runway designs by some of the industry’s top designers, but you’ll also get to take advantage of special pricing!

Finding your dress at a trunk show definitely has its advantages (spoken from a past bride who bought at a trunk show!). JLM Couture is offering brides who purchase their gown at any of the three November shows a 10% discount! To request your appointment, head over here or call 424.249.3909!

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Glamorous Garden Wedding at the Beverly Hills Hotel

This wedding is best described by the bride as boho with a side of fancy, fancy which translates into equal parts killer style and vendor dream team. From design by Yifat Oren & Stefanie Cove, to richly hued florals by The Velvet Garden and Gia Canali behind the lens. In the full gallery you’ll find a moonlit ceremony so enchanting followed by a ballroom reception with glamour tucked into every nook.

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From Gia Canali….Nicole and Doug are among our favorite couples ever, for so many reasons, not least of which is their abundance of humor and their exuberance. Their moonlit ceremony-in-the-round was incredibly romantic. And they didn’t have a seated dinner reception. It was more like a roving feast with an endless dance party.

The bride wore her grandmother’s antique jewels and the groom wore his grandfather’s cufflinks. They had champagne in coupes and Kir Royals as their signature drinks.

From The Bride…It was Nicole’s birthday and Doug woke her up with their dog Sheldon dressed in a tuxedo. (Sheldon is from the streets, but his essence is fancy. So we always thought he belonged in a tux and joked about it constantly). Nicole thought this was just a very thoughtful way to ring in her 28th year. When Doug suggested a hike in Griffith Park, Nicole threw on some sweat pants, and they both decided Sheldon should keep his tuxedo on. When they reached a beautiful plateau, where they normally stop to stretch and drink water, Doug asked a stranger to take a photo of them. Nicole picked up Sheldon and smiled for the camera, but did not feel Doug next to her. When she turned around to see what was up, he was on his knee with a ring. The stranger who Doug had asked to photograph the moment, was actually “a plant.” They had done a “dry run” two weeks prior, and he got the whole thing on video. When they got back to their house, Doug had arranged for all Nicole’s favorite foods (so, cheese) and champagne to be waiting for them upon arrival. That night, Doug surprised Nicole again, when she walked into a room filled with all of their closest friends, who thought they were there to celebrate her birthday. After a day like this, Nicole wasn’t sure whether Doug was trying to marry her or give her a heart attack and kill her.

Nicole got deep into Pinterest. Stone Fox Bride has some amazing boards to pull from. When we decided our dress code was going to be “Bohemian Black Tie,” Nicole had a blast making this super intense board for inspiration. It is mostly photos of Elton John wearing feathers and sequins. So, not that helpful to guests who were looking for a “rational explanation.”

We wanted it to just be a kick ass party from start to finish. We also had this theme of “circles”—putting the emphasis on inclusiveness and warmth. The dance floor was a giant circle, we drank from coupes, and most importantly, we got married “in the round.” That night, there were no separations, sides, or factions. Just total unity and oneness. At least that’s what we told people—the true reason is that we love being the center of attention.

- We read our own vows, and Doug final vow was, “I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life…looking for your cell phone.”
– Nicole, hopping on stage, and singing “Crazy in Love” with the band, which brought the house down. It was a completely impromptu moment, brought on by the Nicole’s “magic weave” (clip-in hair extensions really are everything).
– After the band played, DJ Sam French got on the ones and twos and everyone danced until 3:30 am.
– Also, Superman crashed the wedding, and bought everyone jack and cokes.

The best advice we received was to live in the moment as much as possible and don’t be a dick. Our advice is the same to other couples live in the moment as much as possible and don’t be a dick. As well as the sense of joy and gratitude that we each felt was palpable. We truly LIVED every moment.

Photography: Gia Canali | Floral Designer: The Velvet Garden | Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Makeup: Kristie Streicher | Hair: Tommy Buckett | DJ: DJ Sam French | Wedding Venue: The Beverly Hills Hotel | Baker And Cake: The Butter End | Day-of Paper & Programs: Tiny Pine Press | Event Design And Production: Yifat Oren & Stefanie Cove | Invites: Rifle Paper Co. | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Revelry Event Designers | Suit: John Varvatos | Tie: Lanvin | Veil: Stone Fox Bride

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Hayley Paige Trunk Show at JLM Couture Boutique

I’m having a serious I-wish-I-was-a-bride moment right now since hearing about the Hayley Paige Designer Trunk Show taking place at West Hollywood, California’s incredible JLM Couture Boutique.  From August 22-24th, brides can feast their eyes — and try on! — gowns from the Spring and Fall 2014 collections. Mark your calendars, my dears!

Known for her fresh, lively and feminine designs featuring incredible detail + texture, each Hayley Paige dress is more stunning than the last. At the upcoming trunk show, brides will get the chance to meet the uber talented designer as she helps brides find the gowns of their dreams!

To make an appointment at JLM Couture Boutique for the Hayley Paige Trunk Show, call 424.249.3909 or head over here. Happy dress shopping, lovelies!

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