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Modern Palm Springs Bash with a Cotton Candy Bar

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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Summer
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Estate
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Modern

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.

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Photography: Alyssa Marie Photography | Videography: Visioneer Media | Event Design: Samantha Dapper Event Design | Floral Design: Shindig Chic | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: The Sweetest Couple | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Makeup: Tara Buenrostro | Hair: Jen Plus Color | DJ: Hilo Productions | Tuxedo: Friar Tux Shop | Wedding Venue: The Cree Estate | Confetti Canon: Confetti Unlimited | Cotton Candy: Bon Puf | Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Getting Ready Venue: The Avalon Palm Springs | Photo Booth: Classic Photo Booths Palm Springs | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

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A Spring Inspired Table You’ll Want to Copy

Spring is here and it’s time to celebrate the season by cozying on up to this tablescape dreamed up by Oh So Inspired workshop. But to simply call this the ultimate spring fete would be a major understated – I mean, just look at that floral canopy! Kevin Chin Photography + Cinema captured it all to share and we’ve got every floral filled detail waiting in The Vault!

From Nancy Liu Chin Designs….“The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also. ” – Harriet Ann Jacobs

There is nothing as refreshing as a beautiful “Spring”. After a cool winter, one longs for the dreaminess, the sweetness of a new season. This feminine, garden styled table is perfection. So apt for a bright, crisp Spring afternoon. Whether it’s a bridal shower, an engagement party or a small brunch wedding reception, this combination of wisteria and cornflower blue would bring out the romantic and sentimental side in anyone.

This wonderful group of wedding professionals from all over the world came together to work on this stunning canopy at Oh So Inspired. Co-founders, Kelly McLeskey-Dolata and Nancy Liu Chin wanted to inspired their attendees to create something that was more complicated than your average centerpiece plus creating something first to finish was important for wedding professionals. Taught by esteemed floral and event designer, Nancy Liu Chin attendees were given instructions and advice on 1) how to work on large scale florals projects similar to this hanging floral canopy, 2) how to take a large scale project and break it down to smaller components that would make a job more manageable, 3) the importance of scale 4) creating a finished look from linens to flowers. Together, the group of attendees worked first on the canopy and later all were on deck to put together a table with Nancy’s styling help and Kelly’s pre planning of the rentals. It’s important when planning an event that your rentals include layers. From start to finish, the entire group of professionals worked together to fill the wooden canopy provided by Encore Events.

For those curious about this canopy, Nancy used over 200 strands of wisteria, 50 garlands of smilax and 10 bunches of luxurious green amaranthus. Various centerpieces in hand blown glassed provided by Save On Crafts lined the center of this table. Nancy likes using different sizes of glass for long tables so that your eyes are never drawn to one florals but will look around at the different colors and textures. The up and down motion that the various sizes of arrangements makes it more interesting. Open roses, sweet peas, lisianthus, dusty miller and other delicate flowers filled the table so that they work for this Spring concept. Blue colored water glasses added a bit of charm and accent of color. Kelly picked a wonderful overlay linen. Once again this delicate lace pattern create a multi layered affect. It’s having a neutral linen that is nothing but interesting. Elegant and stylish Frances Lane China adorn each place setting. Lilac place cards with white writing clipped to silver mercury holders were placed at each setting – it’s both efficient as it tells each guest were to sit but charming!

Hands on classes like this floral and styling class were just one of many wonderful creative classes that also included cake decorating, watercolor hand writing, and sketching taught by Oh So Inspired third co-founder, Mary Phan. Sessions of business advise from Sean Low, Leila Lewis of Be Inspired PR, and Marcy Blum amongst half a dozen lecturers helped professionals on subjects that included pricing, marketing, branding, social media. Most importantly, evening mixers and dinners set the tone to inspire where attendees were whisked away to secret locations. Oh So Inspired have announced their 2016 dates so be sure to check out their website at www.ohsoinspired.com. The 3rd annual OH SO INSPIRED begins November 6 – 9, 2016 in Sonoma, California.

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Photography: Kevin Chin Photography + Cinema | Event Planning: A Savvy Event | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Venue: Ramekins Sonoma | Chairs: Blueprint Studios | China: Frances Lane | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Encore Event Rentals | Workshop: Oh So Inspired

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A Romantic Wedding at a Santa Monica Restaurant

This stunner of a wedding has “chic” written all over it.  Think a crazy cool Santa Monica setting (hello, Tiato) meets beautiful blooms from A Touch Of Lavender meets a bride and groom who are adorable in every.way.possible.  In other words?  This wedding is sooo awesome.  Head to THE VAULT for every gorgeous image captured brilliantly by Alex Warschauer.  You’re going to love every last one.

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Fall
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Al Fresco

From Alex Warschauer… Shannon & Jonathan hired me for a wedding that was to take place at a gorgeous Santa Monica restaurant called Tiato. I met Shannon the morning of in her suite at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica. Upon arrival Shannon was just about to give out presents to her bridesmaids and family. Some of the gifts included floral manicure kits, cotton bathrobes, and even a Tony Danza shirt. While the girls got ready I was in the bedroom photographing the dress and accessories Shannon was going to wear. As I do with mot of my weddings, I wanted to get a shot of the wedding bands on one of the save-the-date’s. Shannon chose a beautiful cardstock with watercolor floral details and gold foiling. Besides for the wedding dress, which was stunning to photograph, I was blown away by the hanger it was on. I normally use my own custom hanger for the dress photos but this particular hanger was something straight out of a fairytale. After makeup and getting into the dress, Shannon made some quick adjustments to her outfit and was then headed outside to see her groom for the first look.

Jonathan was waiting for us across the street just off of the jogging path that over looks the beach. Everyone got into their positions; it was go-time for the first look. Without a whisper of a word, Shannon gave Jonathan two delicate taps on his shoulder. From the moment that Jonathan turned around and saw his bride for the first time his smile went from ear to ear. We took some quick shots on the deck and then we were headed out to Tiato for the ceremony.

Tiato has a great layout and an even better look. The ceremony took place at their intimate outdoor courtyard that boasts both rustic and woodland styling. Encompassing the guests and dining area were separate sections of herb and citrus gardens, succulents, and tea lights. The ceremony was very intimate with both couples reading hand written vows to one another. Once the ceremony concluded we headed outside with the bridal party for photos. We dodged cars for a bit standing in the middle of the street taking some gorgeous dusk shots. I took Shannon and Jonathan around the block for some industrial inspired photos and then it was back to the venue for cocktail hour and family photos. The reception took place outdoors and had a romantic ambiance about it. Everyone’s name card was attached to a potted baby succulent and the tables were tastefully decorated with white roses and babies breath. After speeches and dinner we headed inside for dancing and the cake cutting. Guests continued to dance well into the night while others could be found at the photo booth, outside roasting marshmallows over the fire pit, or at my favorite spot, the bar.

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Photography: Alex Warschauer | Coordination: Tara Talkington | Floral Design: A Touch Of Lavender | Cake: SusieCakes | DJ: DJ Pasha Entertainment | Venue: Tiato | Guitarist: Michael Stoltzfus | Photo Booth: Haute Photo Booth | Photography - Assistance: Lindsey Lawhon | Rentals: TLC Event Rentals

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