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Colorful + Romantic Elegant Garden Wedding

classically elegant spring wedding but add in bright pops of pretty pink and yellow, and the whole celebration takes on a chic twist. I have a feeling these pics by Lauren Gabrielle are going to be popping up all over Pinterest within minutes (my boards might have already gotten a boost of beauty themselves). Join me in the treasure chest of our VAULT right this way!

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Spring
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Al Fresco

From the Bride… I’ll always remember that first date. I hadn’t been that nervous since I was a teenager. I slowly walked up to the sushi restaurant and took a deep breath. There he was. Handsome, smiling ear to ear and standing to pull out my chair. When dinner was over, we headed next door for yogurt where we sat on the patio, talking and laughing for hours. I’ll never forget when Kevin ran into a little Greek restaurant next door and bought grape leaves; which I thought was a little odd, but moved past it quickly. He later told me he had watched the owner looking out the window with no customers and felt compelled to give him a little business. I was already falling in love with this man.

Kevin later asked me, “When did you know?” I told him, “Date two.” On date two, I was even more nervous than that first date. My heart raced as I approached him, but there was something so calming about his demeanor and presence. Our cheeks hurt so much from laughing so hard for hours on end. As the restaurant was closing and he walked me to my car, we made plans for the next night. From that moment on, we both knew something magical was happening.

Eight months later, on our way home from a family vacation, Kevin stopped at Tiffany & Co., saying we should look at rings. That day was just as I would’ve imagined. Kevin’s challenge in a proposal was that I just wanted to be surprised. 11 months into our relationship, I arrived at Kevin’s for an ordinary Saturday night of dinner and a movie. He had a beautiful bouquet and box of truffles waiting for me; which didn’t strike me as odd; he’s no stranger to romantic gestures. As usual, he asked if we could have a chocolate before dinner. I opened the box to find he had already eaten a truffle…and replaced it with a stunning engagement ring. Completely surprised, I turned to find him on one knee.

11 months later, all of our planning came together in a beautiful, flawless, incredibly happy day. There may have been flaws or mishaps, but if there were, we never knew. From the intimate garden ceremony to the cocktail hour behind a beautiful, historic mansion to the tented reception… everything was perfect to us. Our team of vendors had come together to create a fairytale wedding including personal touches. Our favors were jams brought in from my favorite Santa Barbara farmer’s market from my time living there, sushi appetizers reminiscent of our first date, truffles to remind us of our engagement and surprise groom’s cupcakes with words Kevin’s friends and family used to describe him were just a few of the personal touches. And this begins our story…

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Photography: Lauren Gabrielle Photography | Photography: Ana Lui Photography | Event Planning: Merren Events | Floral Design: Molly Taylor & Co. | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Catering: A Taste Of Excellence | Makeup: MKleinman Artistry | Hair: Jackie Renee Salon | Band: Bruno Music Group | Groomsmen Ties: Louis Vuitton | Venue: Stan Hywet Hall And Gardens | Cake + Cupcakes: White Flower Cake Shop | Chandeliers: All Occasions | Chocolate Truffles: Honadle's | Jam: Mama's Preserves | Linen Rentals: L'nique Linens | Tent Rentals: Everything Tented | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Organic + Ethereal Beachside Wedding Inspiration

On the shores of Lake Erie, A Charming Fete created an elegant, organic wedding wish come true, with Borrow Rentals‘ pretty pieces and not one, but two, beautiful gowns. Inspired by the blue-hued beach pebbles, shells and sparkling water, Emily Millay captured a scene that I could get quite comfortable in – and that’s what I’m happy to do today in our VAULT – join me right here!

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Summer
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Elegant

From A Charming Fete… The rocky shell and pebble covered beach of Lake Erie was the inspiration and backdrop for this newlywed styled shoot. We wanted to capture the story during the cool blue and foggy gray light of the early morning. Beautiful flecks of light started to shine through as the sun rose. Waves rolled onto the shore where we created a water inspired sweetheart table with clear Lucite napoleon chairs, vintage whitewash table, slate colored napkins and tons of vintage sterling candlesticks. White clematis vine draped onto the simple yet elegant tablescape. Fresh floral and vines decorated a minimalist cake set atop a wood and marble cake platter. The blue moody calligraphed stationery pulled in the color tones of the shore. Our model dipped her toes into the shore and plunged a little deeper into the open water. She changed into a second dress, a mist blue/gray gown with sheer sleeves and high front slit, her long wavy hair blew with the breeze. Her airy neutral bouquet of garden roses, clematis, astilbe and lisianthus wrapped in draping hand-dyed silk ribbons washed ashore.

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Photography: Emily Millay Photography | Event Design: A Charming Fete | Floral Design: Molly Taylor + Co. | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes | Stationery: Rose Gold Studio | Makeup: Beauty Therapy Inc. | Hair: Lather A Salon | Venue: Rocky River Beach | China + Chairs: Event Source | Second Blue Dress: Joanna August | Veil: The Mantilla Company | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother | Vintage Table: Borrow Rentals

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Romantic + Cultural Lakefront Tented Wedding

Wrapped up in whimsy, A Charming Fete just gets us. Because not only did they always craft seriously gorg weddings, but they’ve also attract the coolest clients. Take this Bride who donned the biggest grin and loveliest of lovely lace gowns. It’s the type of pretty made all the more memorable thanks to Borrow Rentals and Aster + Olive Photography snapping up every detail. See it all in THE VAULT!

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Summer
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Elegant

From A Charming Fete… Dominique and Michael were one of the most lovely, cultured and well-traveled couples we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. When we met them they were splitting their time between Myanmar (Southeast Asia) and New York City but decided to host their wedding at the groom’s father’s breathtaking lakefront property in Cleveland, Ohio.

They wanted their wedding to be a little less traditional and more of a huge celebration, a gathering of friends and family coming together from across the globe. In lieu of a guestbook, guests pinned a note onto their home country on a giant world map. There was no shortage of international representation with a DJ who flew in from London and the officiant (who actually introduced the couple) flew in from Bangkok to marry them. The heartfelt ceremony took place on the water’s edge with guests overlooking the scene from the upper level of the modern beach house deck. The gardens were pristine and the multi-level decks and stone pathways leading from the home to the shore held several resting spots and even a cocktail bar where guests could stop and refresh.

The vibe of the dinner tents was natural and organic with neutral blue toned florals and blue-stripe bistro napkins. The dessert table hosted an array of deliciousness made by a New York City pastry chef and dear friend of the bride and groom, who had come into town for the preparations. The dessert bar included an assortment of Momofuku Milkbar cakes, chocolate filled croquembouches and carrot halwa (a traditional South Asian wedding dessert). The groom’s mother, a local artist made sake cups for all of the guests and the bride and groom led in a sake toast, the champagne was served at the bar. At dusk the beach house lit up the night and the real party began. The perfect end to this evening was the massive fireworks display that filled the sky, exploding over the lake in celebration of the most magical and perfect day. It was an absolute honor to take part in their wedding celebration.

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Photography: Aster + Olive Photography | Event Planning And Design: A Charming Fete | Floral Design: Molly Taylor And Co. | Wedding Dress: Rue De Seine | Cake: Robert Templer | Invitations: Etsy | Catering: Spice Of Life Catering Co. | Makeup: HER DAY Makeup | Hair: Lather A Salon | Lighting And Sound: Rock The House | DJ: Timur Nusratty | Venue: Lakefront Private Property | Jazz Musician: Aaron Ali Shaikh | Napkins, Flatware, Plates: Event Source | Rentals: Borrow Rentals | Tent Rentals: Aable Rents | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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