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Step Up Your Party Game With These Tips!

Engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette shindig – whatever the occasion, a pretty celebration is always a must. Luckily we’ve got the entertaining experts at TRUE Event here to dish a few tips along with industry favorites, Hartford Prints! They’re recapping a recent West Elm event and pulling out ways you can steal the color-loving look for yourself. Read on for all the fun!

Summertime Party Tips with True Event!

ONE |  Don’t be afraid to use color! Whether it’s with flowers, linens or decor items, you can change a mood in an instant with color.

TWO |  Get crafty with paper accessories!

THREE |  A fun way to add details is with signs, colorful straws or decorative napkins. Come up with a color scheme and get shopping!

FOUR | Coming up with a signature drink is a great way to get your guests excited about the party. Think of the season you are entertaining and use fresh herbs to add flavors or make it look pretty!

FIVE | Don’t be afraid to get crafty hitting up your local craft store. It’s always a great way to get inspiration and make your event special, unique and not cookie-cutter.

SIX | Keep it simple. Don’t overthink the menu – have four main dishes that you know are tried and true and can rely on beforehand so you aren’t stressing out before the party.

From Hartford Prints!New Orleans is one of our favorite cities. From the bright colors of the French Quarter to the syncopated sounds of jazz music, New Orleans is definitely a place to indulge your senses. When we brainstormed creating wedding stationery for the West Elm couple, we immediately thought of this city and its historic “funkiness!” West Elm is definitely a store that brings out a couple’s personal style and story. Whether it’s looking for the right sofa or the perfect accent pillow, a couple registering at West Elm is definitely in the mood for something high-quality, yet unique. The geometric shapes, moderns fonts, and color block overlay of our New Orleans suite speak perfectly to the couple looking for handmade, high-quality, and one-of-a-kind wedding paper. We love how the bright white, chartreuse, and turquoise of the paper contrast so beautifully against the rich boldness of the mid-century modern table. We also drew inspiration for the graphic pattern from the geometric design of many of the accent decor. Our paper – like West Elm itself – brings out the creative, artistic, and adventurous side of any couple!

From True EventWhen we started to plan this fun event with Hartford Prints & West Elm we envisioned an airy spring atmosphere with spring colors emanating from the beautiful patterns and geometric shapes! This really lends itself for a super fun design working off of the invitation suit designed by Hartford Prints. We knew adding inviting colors and a tropical theme with floral touches would bring on a festive mood. Katherine from KD & J Botanica created the most amazing floral arrangements with adding mini pineapples to make it feel very tropical! Roe from Festivities catering provided the perfect little brunch menu for couples to nibble on while they made their perfect registry. And it isn’t a party for the ladies if they aren’t getting all dolled up! Upstyle provided brow and lip color tips for the spring wedding season. Julia Elizabeth Photographer captured this little soiree so perfectly!

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Photography: Julia Elizabeth Photography | Floral Design: KD&J Botanica | Invitations: Hartford Prints! | Catering: Festivities | Makeup: Upstyle | Event Design + Coordination: TRUE Event | Location: West Elm | Tea: David's Tea (Glitter And Gold)

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This Blush-Hued Affair is What Romantic Dreams are Made Of

News flash: we love a little romance.  So this blush-hued beauty captured by the uber-talented Elena Wolfe? Basically everything. From the stunning barn setting to the adorable bride and groom to the mismatched maids.  See every breathtaking moment (including a gorgeous cake from J Cakes) in THE VAULT right this way.

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Travis and Lindsay were both enrolled as freshman at North Carolina’s East Carolina University in fall 2007. Lindsay, a North Carolina native, pledged Alpha Phi sorority in her first year of college. It was through one of her good fraternity friends that she met Travis, a native of Stamford, Connecticut. Lindsay and Travis remained friends throughout their early college years until they began dating during their junior year. During their final years of college, Lindsay and Travis remained head-over-heels for each other. After graduating in 2011, Travis and Lindsay moved back to their hometowns. They continued dating through a long distance relationship until Lindsay made the decision to move north in 2012.

For their last vacation of summer 2014, Travis and Lindsay adventured to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It was on this trip that their lives would forever change. After a romantic dinner on their first night stay, Travis suggested for them both to sit out on their balcony and look at the stars. Little did Lindsay know, Travis was about to ask her a big question. Travis gently sat Lindsay down in the one of the outdoor balcony chairs, where he then leaned in for a kiss. He followed by gazing into her eyes and speaking sweet words, elaborating on how their relationship has blossomed over the past five years and he truly could not envision himself without her. After vowing himself to remain hers forever, Travis got down on one knee and asked Lindsay to marry him. Of course, she said “YES!”

Lindsay anticipated a longer engagement because she had envisioned her wedding day since she was a little girl. During the year and a half that she and Travis were engaged, she planned her wedding herself, without the help of a wedding planner. The theme she wanted for her spring wedding day was timeless romance. This elegant setting was expressed throughout many details of her and Travis’s special day.

The bridesmaids sparkled in various styles of Adrianna Papell and Aidan Mattox light pink dresses, while the bride stunned in an ivory Judd Waddell fit and flare gown, featuring a lace bodice and beaded belt. To finish off her romantic look, the bride also donned a cathedral length veil lined with matching lace.

Lindsay and Travis chose to be wed at St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church and their reception followed at the Barns at Wesleyan. Both venues fit her romantic vision perfectly. Her soft color palette consisted of blush pinks, ivories and gold. Lush peonies and garden roses were the focus of her floral arrangements. Dim lit tree branches and an array of family wedding photos were highlights of the cocktail area, while dramatic chandeliers and opulent sheer fabric hung lavishly from the ceilings in the main dining area.

Travis and Lindsay’s love for one another was captured from the moment they laid eyes on one another at their first look at the Wadsworth Mansion to the very end of the night. The newlyweds said their goodbyes under a sparkler send off, and then jumped into a vintage 1965 Rolls Royce. It was then they began their next chapter of their happily ever after.

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Photography: Elena Wolfe Photography | Floral Design: Just For You Floral Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Judd Waddell | Cake: JCakes | Ceremony Venue: Saint Sebastian's Church | Reception Venue: The Barns at Wesleyan Hills | Engagement Ring: David Harvey Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Aidan Mattox | Hair + Makeup: Naomi's Studio & Salon | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Bridal Boutique: A Little Something White | Film Processing: Pro Photo Irvine | First Look: The Barns at Wesleyan Hills | Photography - Assistance: J-Anderson Photography

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5 Reasons Why Yacht Weddings are Awesome

Listen up, loves. We know choosing a wedding locale isn’t always easy (read: it’s insanely difficult), so today we’re teaming up with our friends over at The Duchess to make things a little bit simpler. Think of it as a gentle nudge in the right direction with our fave reasons why yacht weddings are so very, very awesome. Get ready to set sail for the day of your dreams and dive in below.

OH-SO-ELEGANT

We all want to say “I do” in high style and the experts over at The Duchess will most definitely make that vision a reality with seriously stunning hardwood dance floors, full-service bars for cocktail sippin’ and beautiful contemporary decor at every corner.  I mean, this is the wedding of your dreams on the high seas and it should be all sorts of elegant.

UNIQUE, UNIQUE, UNIQUE!

You and your love aren’t like any other duo you know, so shouldn’t your wedding be as unique as you are? With a wedding on The Duchess, you’ll be treating your guests to a night unlike any they’ve EVER experienced, all while floating on the crystal blue ocean waters.  Think climate controlled interiors, a state-of-the-art sound system and outdoor furniture for lounging under the stars.  Treating your guests to a wedding of a lifetime has never been easier… or more fun.

 

A TOUCH OF NATURE

One of the best ways to tie the knot? Surrounded by nature.  But that doesn’t mean you have to trek through the mountains with your loved ones to do it. With a wedding on The Duchess, you can breathe in the fresh air and surround yourself with beautiful blue waters, all while rockin’ those sky high heels you LOVE.  It’s a win-win, my friends… star gazin’ included.

BREATHTAKING VIEWS

And speaking of breathing in the fresh air… the views from The Duchess are insanely amazing.  Think the New York City skyline amazing, with 360 degrees of your fave city adding that extra touch of glamour to your evening.  Not to mention that The Duchess’ newly built second deck is MORE than perfect for soaking it all in.

INTIMATE SETTING

Whether you’re planning on a small gathering of just your nearest and dearest or a larger affair of 400, setting sail on The Duchess guarantees an intimate celebration with no outside distractions allowed. Yep, no resort guests, tourists or other weddings will distract from your moment and, well… that’s just awesome.

Contact The Duchess TODAY to learn more about their fabulous wedding celebrations… and don’t forget to ask about hosting your rehearsal dinner or cocktail party at their sister property, Fish Bar.  Happy sailing, loves!

Photography: Allan Zepeda + I Do Weddings

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