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To usher in the weekend, we’ve got a whole lot of pretty up our sleeves thanks to Stevee Danielle Hair and Makeup. For the past five years, these hair + make up gurus have been bringing the salon directly to brides and their ladies. With an incredible staff that trains weekly on bridal specific styles + makeup looks, you can rest assured that you’ll be looking your best on your big day!

Available 24/7,  Stevee Danielle Hair and Makeup with do their magic in their studio or on location (with no traveling fees!). They use the best brands (MAC + Dinair for airbrush) and make sure you and your ladies are looking gorgeous! Head over here for more info and to book your big day.

Welcome to the family, Stevee!  We are so excited to have you! xo

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Dreamy Spring Inspiration

Dare I say that this is my favorite shoot ever?  Yes, I totally do.  Because this, loves, is the definition of pretty in every sense of the word. An ethereal take on a nature-inspired affair, its dreamy blooms from Calie Rose meets fab paper goods from West End Girl meets the yummy of Culinary Crafts (brunch, y’all).  See it captured by Kristina Curtis here and in the sweet film from Krissi Cook below. 

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Seasons
Summer
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Elegant

From Kristina Curtis… A collage of wreaths hung above a classic sofa which set the sweetest backdrop for our bride. The wreaths immediately transformed this space into a lovely statement piece. Our bride held a soft and subdued bouquet which was paired with a champagne gown, tied with a silk apricot sash. English garden roses, andromeda, hydrangea, and lisianthus provided a romantic feel to the florals. A juniper berry chandelier suspended above the table. Blue and gray floral china embellished with folded bow napkins and warm tea completed our simple and charming table for two. A vintage dresser held our delcious brunch where we served mini french toast with homemade syurp topped with berries and whipped cream, egg benedict, lobster and braised short ribs. Refreshing orange juice shooters for our drink. Darling white rabbits playfully jumping in fresh pedals concluded our dreamy spring tale.

Photography: Kristina Curtis | Videography: Krissi Cook Films | Floral Design: Calie Rose | Wedding Dress: Bree Lena Designs | Invitations: West End Girl | Food: Culinary Crafts | Venue: Private Residence | HMUA: KL Artistry | Linens & Dresser: Susan's Party Rentals

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Rustic Wedding at The Forge

This wedding is gorgeous; there’s no doubt about that.  It’s a day that weaves stunning details with a laid-back charm that is hard to duplicate.  But peel back the layers upon layers of pretty and you’ll find an affair rich in love and family.  A day that is full of DIY charm, laughter and a whole lot of dancing.  It’s the epitome of l.o.v.e and you can see it all captured by Eliza J. Photography in the full gallery.

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Winter
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Tented
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Rustic

From Eliza J. Photography… This wedding is full of foliage and rustic elegance! We loved the mountainous backdrop and all the industrial flare the venue had to offer! This incredible team put together the most beautiful of events and all was filled with an amazing amount of love. Both Matt (the groom) and Grace (the bride) lost their fathers and have been raised by beautiful widowed mothers. Because of this, people graciously pitched in to offer their help and services, truly making this wedding an act of love in every form. Homemade pies were all cooked by friends of the families and hot chocolate with donuts were served by local teenagers from the neighborhood.

The venue itself wasn’t made for weddings nor has it ever been used for one, but the owners made an exception for this family because they could see the amount of love that was going into the event and they wanted to be a part of it. I’m just grateful I could be there to witness everyone come together. It was a beautiful feeling to be surrounded by so many loved ones and by so much beauty all in one place!

Photography: Eliza J. Photography | Wedding Dress: The Perfect Dress | Food: Marvelous Catering | Wedding Venue: The Forge | Visual Display: Doug Smith-Scene Makers

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Vintage Winter Wonderland Wedding Inspiration

As the chilly days slowly fade away and spring peeks it’s pretty head into the world, we’re gathering up the last bits of snow-covered inspo for all you sweeties planning winter soirees next year. So when Koman Photography and Everly Events sent over this vintage sweetness, we knew it had to have a home in the lineup. Complete with a cozy stole and graceful mare, this gallery will warm your soul.

From Koman Photography….We are very excited to submit this beautiful Winter Wedding and Engagement Inspiration Shoot today! John and I were apart of an amazing team of extremely talented artists who planned, designed, and created a magical setting at the Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah.

From Shirley Han of Everly Events Here in Southern California, while we have abundant amounts of sunshine, snow is one thing we rarely ever get to see! Our winter’s here feel a lot like summer, so for this shoot, I dreamed of going somewhere cold, beautiful, and covered in snow, so that I could get the winter I have always dreamed of. Travelling is also a huge passion of mine, so I knew this was the perfect opportunity to venture out into a new and undiscovered place, which is why we thought Park City in Utah was the perfect location and backdrop for our winter wonderland. This was also an amazing opportunity and fun challenge for me to reach out to vendors who were all based out in Utah – it was a great chance to expand my network and meet some amazing people out there!

I was very fortunate to be able to work with the amazing photographers Marlene and John of Koman Photography, who love travelling and adventure just as much as I do, and they happened to be in Utah already on a snowboarding trip, so as my eyes and ears out there, they were able to find this amazing location tucked away behind the Canyons Resort in Park City. It was a long, arduous drive from Orange County to Park City (11 hours to be exact!) but it was so worth it for the scenery, snow, mountains, and the beautiful wildlife that surrounded us. The adorable yaks, majestic horse, and peacocks that were walking around the venue while we were shooting had to have been one of my favorite highlights from the day!

This inspiration shoot was a personal one, I was so fortunate that my dear friends James and Ellis (who also happened to recently get engaged in real life) were able to join me on this road trip to Utah and agreed to be my models for this shoot. There is something I love so much about working with real couples – not only for their natural love for one another, but also because I am able to tell their real story throughout the photo shoot as well.

When putting together design for this shoot, I envisioned lots of soft flowing lines and textures, so I selected a dress for our bride that was lush and simple, that would just blend right in with the snow. Paired with a lush and soft fur stole and hand knit mittens, Ellis kept warm and beautiful out in the chilly snow. The florals for the shoot were designed to be organic, natural and free-flowing to complement the outdoors that we were immersed in. The bride’s bouquet was loosely hand-tied with beautiful garden roses and wild vines to give it that natural feel. The flowers were the perfect color to pop against the white snow and give a hint that spring time is just right around the corner. We included beautiful props from Refined Vintage Rentals such as the old-fashioned telephone, dresser, and love letters from James that he wrote to Ellis during their early dating years. And lastly, no photo shoot is complete without an adorable teepee pitched in the snow for our lovely couple to sit in surrounded by lots of throws and pillows!

A big thank you to our contributors: To Marlene and John of Koman Photography for always shooting the most beautiful and romantic images. To Heidi Min for coming with me on this trip and being my right hand woman in the design and set-up of this day. To Natalie and Alex of The Petal Coop for their beautiful floral designs. To Lynette of Refined Vintage Events for her amazing vintage rentals, which looked so beautiful in the snow! To Katherine Ross of Script Merchant Calligraphy for designing and writing up one of my favorite lyrics from The Beatles, a perfect complement to this love story. To Cassidy Budge from Flour & Flourish for the gorgeous cake, dessert, and sugar flowers that were all handmade by her (so amazing!). To Chloe of Bella Wedding Bridal for the beautiful wedding dress and hair accessories. To Katie Livingston for her beautiful hair and make-up designs that made our beautiful Ellis even more beautiful. And to Friar Tux for the beautiful grey suit that made James look so handsome and picture perfect. This day could not have been made possible without each and every one of you!

Photography: Koman Photography | Event Design: Everly Events | Event Design: Heidi Min | Floral Design: The Petal Coop | Wedding Dress: Bella Wedding Bridal | Calligraphy: Script Merchant Calligraphy | Venue: Canyons Resort | Cake And Desserts: Flour & Flourish | Engagement Dress: Asos | Hair And Make-up: Beauty By Katie Livingston | Rentals: Refined Vintage Events | Suit: Friar Tux

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50 Shades of Winter Gray Wedding Inspiration

There may be a certain movie hitting the big screens as we speak, but this photo shoot, inspired by this scandalous movie’s title, is decidedly more tame. But tame doesn’t mean boring, as D’Arcy Benincosa captured every stunning shade of gray and silver and the very real love between one newly married couple. This is one seductive shoot we can promise you’ll enjoy without any risk of blushing involved.

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Winter
Settings
Hotel
Styles
Elegant

From D’Arcy Benincosa This shoot was inspired by the real wedding between this beautiful couple! We loved the colors and details and decided to use their true love story as a background for our “50 Shades of Winter Gray” shoot!

From The Bride… Mike and I were destined for each other. Our mom’s were friends during high school in Cleveland, Ohio. My mom met my father while he was going to school there and moved to Utah to be with him. Mike’s parents moved here a few years later and our parents would get together from time to time. We have pictures of he and I on his first birthday. As time went on our parents lost touch. Years later, at a New Year’s Eve party, we met and started dating. By our third date we figured out that we had played together as children!

Living in Utah we love the mountains and love Park City! Our wedding (and this shoot) was simple and elegant with shades of greys, white florals, and jewelry from where I work at O. C. Tanner (where our rings were designed).

Photography: D'Arcy Benincosa Photography | Floral Design: Jolleys Gift & Floral | Wedding Gown: Augusta Jones (redesigned By) Mary Rino | Cake: Le Loup | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Jewelry: O.C. Tanner Jewelers | Groom's Shoes: Sperry | Groom's Suit: Kenneth Cole | Belt: Anthropologie | Makeup & Hair: April at Bella Cosa MUAH | Stylist & Invitations: Tiffany Fox | Washington School House Hotel : Washington School House Hotel

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Let’s talk about bridesmaid dress shopping for a moment, shall we?  That weekend when you and your besties bop around trying to find that perfect gown that totally fits your vision AND looks great on every.single.girl in your bridal party.  It starts out as fun, but after the third salon, well, you know how it goes.  Enter Brideside, the online boutique that makes shopping for bridesmaids seriously easy and fun.

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