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Glamorous Garden Affair in Beverly Hills

Mindy Weiss knows how to throw an amazing event and the proof is in the pudding, my friends. Pudding that translates into the blush colored garden wedding of Lauren’s Lyst practically dripping in glamour and crafted at the hands of talents like Marks Garden, Simone And Martin Photography and a film by Vidicam Productions. Have a look here for even more from the day including two other fab events filling this wedding weekend.


From the Bride… Our wedding day was a beautiful blend of love, warmth, glamour and intimacy. The celebration marked a beginning and an end for us, as it followed nearly four years of living states apart. We would often dream of “our someday,” a point in which our lives would not be separated by plane rides or road trips. As my husband said in his vows, “our someday now turns into everyday.” Indeed, the wedding made our dream of a life together a magical reality.

We wanted our guests to feel the magic, too. Planner extraordinaire Mindy Weiss helped us create a celebration that overflowed with love. A rehearsal party and bridesmaid luncheon kicked off the memorable weekend. Our vision for the wedding day itself was to create a romantic oasis through rustic finishes. We combined natural materials with rare vintage finds. The space felt warm and intimate, despite our large guest count. Close friend Gilles Mendel, of J. Mendel, designed my gowns, which I felt beautiful in.

Above all, the most memorable part of the day was certainly the love felt between us and among us. Personal vows inevitably led to tears and giggles, and we waited to see each other until I walked down the aisle. I also wrote a song, which was played during the ceremony.

Guests later enjoyed cocktails, followed by great food and a lot of dancing. My parents surprised us with a performance from Colbie Calliat, because her music has been always been a special part of our love story.

An after-party designed like a disco room kept everyone there until the early morning. We were impressed anyone made it to our post-wedding brunch! My husband and I capped off the night by walking the aisle again when all was quiet, marking the start of our marriage, our future and our “everyday.”

Photography: Simone And Martin Photography | Videographer: Vidicam Productions | Wedding Dress: J Mendel | Cake: Sweet Lady Jane | Invitations: Lehr And Black | Catering: Wolfgang Puck Catering | Lighting: Images By Lighting | Draping + Furniture : Revelry Event Design | Florals: Marks Garden | Flower Girl Dresses: Doloris Petunia | Music: West Coast Music | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Wedding Design: Mindy Weiss Party Consultants

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Classic Beverly Wilshire Hotel Wedding

Give me a traditionally elegant ballroom affair, and I’ll be one very happy blogger. There’s no question about that. And when that ballroom beauty happens to include a candlelit dinner, lush cream florals, and cake from The Butter End…I might just get a wee bit upset I wasn’t invited. Hazelnut Photography’s images tell the whole gorgeous story, and you can find them all waiting right here.


From Hazelnut Photography… Ashley & Brett love to travel. Seeing and experiencing all the world has to offer is important, and something that they love to do together. Brett has lived all over the world and Ashley has a deep affinity for all things Parisian. The ornate trims and classic color scheme of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills was the absolutely perfect backdrop for their nuptials. The hotel has a rich history in Southern California, but each detail is a nod toward the rich European aesthetic.

Ashley took notes from their incredible venue and create a classic, lush wedding with blush & cream tones. Ashley wore her great-grandmothers’ earrings and bracelet, they were the perfect complement to her incredible Reem Acra gown & Jimmy Choo shoes.The first look took place in the incredible Royal Suite. The beautiful light and incredible architecture only enhanced a beautiful & emotional moment between the two of them. They sipped champagne and the anxiety of the day washed away. As the sun dipped below the horizon, Ashley & Brett signed their Ketubah, surrounded by their family members and then headed to the Terrace for the ceremony. The reception was nonstop dancing, an amazing party full of love and laughter!

Photography: Hazelnut Photography | Cinematography: Couture Motion | Coordinator: Laurel & Party Events | Floral Design: Empty Vase | Wedding Gown: Reem Acra | Bakery: The Butter End | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair & Makeup: Veronica Lane | Calligraphy: Candy Mannis Firestone | Band: TC & Traffic Jamm | String Quartet: De Bois Entertainment | Hotel: Beverly Wilshire Hotel | Lighting Design: Images by Lighting | Tuxedo: Hugo Boss | Venue: Beverly Wilshire Hotel

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Wedding Dress Shopping with Devon Rachel

Hello Pretty Brides! Devon of Devon Rachel here today to discuss my personal favorite part of this wedding planning process: the gown. Oh, the gown. This part of the planning excites me to no end. Every girl wants to play dress up in a too-beautiful-for-real-life boutique. If you’re anything like me, you might occasionally have a Beyoncé in the wedding gown moment. Have no shame, girl. It’s your big day!

Because there are endless options for wedding day looks, I set out to BHLDN’s Beverly Hills shop-in-shop within Anthropologie to try out four (completely) different styles. And let me tell you: it was Heaven on Earth. 

As self-proclaimed fashionista, I respect and admire all styles and types of wedding gowns and fashion. How could you not love all the beauty? I have to say I’m bohemian at heart, but I have a love for girly glam and classic styles as well. So I decided to play dress up in four head to toe (completely different) looks from BHLDN: Modern, Bohemian, Old World Glamour, and Classic inspired by iconic brides. Let the games begin!

The Modern Bride

The modern bride isn’t afraid to break tradition with fresh silhouettes, non-traditional colors and bold details paired with clean lines. She’s fashion-forward and is after a unique wedding gown that she may even be able to wear again. The Skylar Sheath short dress is perfect for the modern bride.

The Bohemian Bride

Breezy silhouettes with lots of texture define the Boho bride’s natural and carefree attitude. She wants to feel comfortable, not “overdone” but luxurious fabrics and special details like lace, embroidery or subtle beading elevate her look for her wedding day. She would complete the look with Bohemian jewelry and/or a flower crown. The Sian Gown and Regnant Halo headpiece make a fabulous pair.

The Old World Glamour Bride

Inspired by a bygone era, look for bold, feminine silhouettes and body-hugging column wedding gowns that cascade over curves. And plenty of glitz – whether you go for allover sparkle or graphic, Art Deco-inspired placed stonework. Think Gatsby. The Snowflake gown with delicate vintage earrings will complete the glamorous look.

The Classic Icon Bride

Drawing inspiration from iconic brides like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, look for timeless shapes like column wedding gowns or A-line wedding gowns with exquisite tailoring and feminine touches. A wedding gown with sleeves, whether full-length, or a slightly off the shoulder, is always sophisticated and elegant. The Blythe gown, paired with a short and sweet blusher veil, vintage inspired bracelet and delicate earrings really bring the Audrey Hepburn look to life.

What are you inspired by for your big day? Which side of your wonderful personality would you like to shine bright (like a diamond)? xoxo, Devon

Photography: Jana Williams | "Boho" Dress: BHLDN's Sian Gown | "Boho" Headpiece: BHLDN's Regnant Halo | "Classic" Dress: BHLDN's Blythe Gown | "Classic" Veil: BHLDN's Short & Sweet Blusher | "Glamour" Dress: BHLDN's Snowflake Gown | "Modern" Dress: BHLDN's Skylar Sheath

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Devon Rachel

Contributing Editor, Blogger Bride