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Elegant Santa Barbara Resort Wedding

When you’ve got a team of talented vendors like Anna Of Michael + Anna Costa Photo and Grass Roots behind your Big Day you’re pretty much guaranteed un-stoppable style. Add in some California sunshine and the unequaled scenery that is Santa Barbara, and you get a gallery that’s as good as it gets. See it all in The Vault!

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From the beautiful Bride… Tim and I met in graduate school while studying journalism, and quickly bonded over our mutual loves for traveling, long-distance running and the beach (we both ran track in college and worked as lifeguards in our earlier days). Tim grew up in Connecticut, and I grew up in California, and it shocked me to find out he’d never visited my great state. So early in our relationship, I whisked him out for an epic road trip down Highway One from San Francisco to San Diego. Along the way, we met up with my parents for a couple of days in Santa Barbara. While there, we went on a bike ride along the coast, pedaling our way to The Biltmore, Four Seasons. We parked our bikes and took a long stroll around the hotel’s beautiful grounds.

Three-and-a-half years later, Tim proposed—in New York City, where we both live—and we began searching high and low for a wedding venue from afar. We remembered that lovely afternoon at the Four Seasons, and it seemed like the perfect spot. For me, it was doubly sweet, because I grew up taking weekend trips to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles and have some of my favorite childhood memories there. As for Tim, it seemed like the ideal place to bring in his out-of-town guests for the celebratory weekend.

We especially loved the Biltmore’s Spanish architecture (we’d vacationed in Spain a few years back), its lush gardens and its proximity to the Pacific. That sparked our theme of “California coast meets travels abroad.” I had fun picking out beachy touches like sea urchin place-card holders, and we definitely worked in some Euro accents. Before we met, Tim had lived in Germany, so it just seemed right to adorn our wedding dinner table with a cursive script of the German words for Mister and Misses—”Herr” and “Frau.”

Our specialty drink—Coganc, ginger ale, and a spiral of orange—was inspired by a family boat trip down the Charente river, in the Cognac region of France. We called it the “Jarnac,” after the town where we started and finished our trip.

The best part was watching our family and friends from around the country (and world—my sister and her husband flew in from Australia), laugh, talk, and dance amid the wonderful setting—that, and the whales that just so happened to swim up the coast during our cocktail hour. Our families joke that we hired them for the evening.

Photography: Anna Of Michael + Anna Costa Photo | Event Design: Bijoux Events | Floral Design: Grass Roots | Wedding Dress: Mark Zunino | Cake: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore | Hair And Makeup: Shine Blow Dry Bar | Calligraphy: Sophia Uretz | Lighting: AMS Entertainment | DJ: AMS Entertainment (DJ Brad) | Groom's Attire: Jos A. Banks Traveler's Collection | Officiant: Jon Ireland | Transportation: Darin & Sierra Fiechter | Venue: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara | Cake Topper: LHCalligraphy | Guitarist: AMS Entertainment (Jon Francis) | Invitations & Menus: Paper Source | Place Card Holders: Beachy Chic Decor

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Glamorous Garden-Inspired Ranch Wedding in Santa Paula

It’s not easy to turn a rustic ranch into a glamorous wedding wonderland, but this family-focused fête did just that with sparkly gold sequins, an explosion of coral charm peonies and natural wood elements. Add in the Bride’s adorable two children, sweet moments as a new family captured by Anna Delores Photography, and a Little Gem Photo Booth and you’ve got a perfect day. See it all here.

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From Anna Delores PhotographyWeddings have long been celebrations of new unions not just between a couple, but among families. Casey and Chad’s wedding at Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula was a beautiful example of just that. Casey’s son Connor and daughter Peighton were just as much a part of the wedding day as Chad and Casey themselves, and Chad’s “thank you” speech acknowledged his love for his new kids (who are already hopelessly in love with him, of course).

Amy Jordan of Stella Bloom Designs collaborated with the bride, Casey, to create colorful floral arrangements of coral charm peonies, pink ranunculus and roses, and organic greenery. Combined with exposed wood farm tables and sparkly gold sequins, the glam-meets-rustic vibe was a perfect fit for the venue at Limoneira Ranch.

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Photography: Anna Delores Photography | Floral Design: Stella Bloom Designs | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Catering: Plated Events | DJ: Bruce Barrios | Officiant: Dean Merrill | Venue: Limoneira Ranch | Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Paper Goods: Meghann Miniello | Photo Booth: Little Gem Photo Booth

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Romantic Berry Pink Sonoma Wedding

You know what Tuesdays need? More color. More every shade of the berry rainbow color to brighten up the mid-week slump. Take that pretty palette and pair it with the talents of Shannon Leahy EventsFlowerwildJulie Morgan and Josh Gruetzmacher and you’ve got the makings of a backyard wedding gone totally glam. Tucked inside the The Vault you’ll find meaningful moments honoring the Groom’s African heritage plus more inspirational photos than you could possibly count.

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From Josh Gruetzmacher Photography… Marianne and Randy were married at her parent’s home in Sonoma on a beautiful summer day. They loved the idea of having the wedding at the family home as a way of adding memories to the long list of fond memories that they’ve had there over the years. They wanted the wedding to have an approachable elegance, so they brought in Shannon Leahy Events to help bring their vision to life. They utilized the existing pathways through the oak trees as a way for the guests to get to the ceremony site next to the coi pond. Bright, juicy florals by Flowerwild adorned the ceremony aisle and floral arch. The adjacent orchard and garden were perfect for the cocktail hour. Finally dinner was served in the tent build-out followed by dessert and dancing. Shannon Leahy and her team wanted to keep everything natural flowing seamlessly from the landscape through the various design elements and and the tent build out. They used lots of wood tones, sisal carpets, raw linen and copper accents to mimic textures already found on the property. This neutral backdrop allowed the bright fuchsia, purple and pink florals to be a fun pop of color and to define the color palate. The groom has always been interested in graphic deign and he designed the invitation and worked with Yonder design to print and produce the other paper goods for the day. They had bottles of wine grown on the property for the for the guests to take home as a favors at the end of the night.

Another special touch that they were able to incorporate into their day was the African tradition, tasting of the flavors flavors during the ceremony. The four flavors are vinegar, cayenne pepper, lemon, and honey, and they are used to signify the bitter, the spice, the sour and the sweetness a couple should experience during their lifetime of marriage.

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher Photography | Event Planning: Shannon Leahy Events | Floral Design: Flowerwild | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Perfect Endings | Bride's Shoes: Alexander McQueen | Catering: Olive and Vine | Catering: Global Gourmet | Hair and Makeup: Julie Morgan | Lighting: Wine Country Party | Groom's Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna | Groom's Shoes: Bontoni | Officiant: Rev. Cristhal Bennett | Transportation: Pure Luxury | Venue: Private Estate | Linen Rentals: La Tavola | Paper Goods: Yonder Design | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Rentals: Wine Country Party | Rentals: The Ark | Tent Rentals: Zephyr Tents | Tent Rentals: Blueprint Studios

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Oh So Inspired Retreat Giveaway

To all those with wedding wishes that extend beyond their own special day, we have an adventure for you! Our friends at Oh So Inspired are giving away a free spot and discounts for this year’s retreat for all those passionate about planning! Whether you dream of joining the industry or if you’re a seasoned pro, this is the opportunity for you! In addition to the free registration, the winner will also bring their vision to life with HoneyBook’s Inspiration to Reality Photo Shoot! Read on for all the details below!

Do you dream about being a wedding professional but don’t know where to start? Are you a wedding pro who want to meet some of the industry’s most successful vendors? Do you want to grow your creative business? Any current or potential wedding professional would be benefit from this opportunity!

The winning board** will receive 1 free registration to attend the Oh So Inspired retreat in Sonoma, California from November 1-4, 2015 (valued at $2850*)!

Oh So Inspired will also take the winning board and bring it to life during the retreat’s “HoneyBook’s Inspiration to Reality Photo Shoot!”

CONTEST RULES

1. Create a Pinterest board by September 4, 2015 – you can create as many as you wish!

2. Name your board and include “Oh So Inspired + HoneyBook” (example, Fresh and Breezy for Oh So Inspired + HoneyBook)

3. Pin away. Create a Sonoma inspired board. It can be formal, rustic, relaxed and elegant – let your creative juices go nuts! It must include HoneyBook’s signature aqua blue in the color palette though! All boards should include at least 15 images (as it’s #OhSoInspired15).

4. On the description of each image, copy the following text: #StyleMe Pretty for #ohsoinspired15 + blog link

5. Once you are done creating your dream board, comment a link to it on this blog post below.

6. Winner will be selected by September 10, 2015 and winners will be announced on September 11, 2015 on Style Me Pretty’s weekly #SMPWedding101 post and contacted via email or phone call.

7.** There will be a 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place winner:
1st place winning board will receive 1 free registration to attend Oh So Inspired 15!
2nd place winning board will receive $1000 off the $2850 registration to attend Oh So Inspired 15!
3rd place winning board will receive $400 off the $2850 registration to attend Oh So Inspired 15!

8. Prizes are only valid for Oh So Inspired 2015 in Sonoma and cannot be used for future retreats. Should a winner forego or relinquish their prize, there will not be an alternate winning board.

9. *No lodging or transportation is provided.

About the retreat… Sometimes it’s not finding inspiration, but rather cultivating it from what already exists.

In 2014, Oh So Inspired started when Nancy Liu Chin of Nancy Liu Chin Designs, Mary Phan of Very Mary Inspired & The Sketchbook Series, and Kelly McLeskey-Dolata of A Savvy Event got together to share how each reignited a passion for their work. For Kelly, it meant remembering that her goal was to provide her clients with a unique event – each one a stand-out because of her care and creativity. Nancy needed to challenge herself again – delving deeper to create original designs that might perhaps serve as motivation for others. Mary’s journey took her back to her roots as a sketch artist, but also down a new path as a teacher – her endeavor fueled by the excitement of the students in her classes.

For these women, the inspiration necessary to take their work and business to the next level sparked a desire to bring a different kind of learning. With the success of the inaugural Oh So Inspired retreat in Sonoma, they hope to continue to share with you, a way to find that something within. Perhaps it will click during the sharing of stories, or an AH-HAH moment will strike after hearing one of our presenters speak, or maybe you’ll awaken the inner artist after participating in one of the many interactive lessons. In the end, the goal is for you to see that Oh So Inspired is really just Oh So You… We can’t wait to meet you!

Photography: KT Merry | Event Design: A Savvy Event | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin Designs | Venue: Ramekins Culinary Institute & Inn | Calligraphy & Paper Goods: Forever Heyday | Creative Partner: HoneyBook | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Blueprint Studios | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Table Top Accessories: Pottery Barn | Table Tops: Small Masterpiece

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Flower-Filled Garden Party Bridal Shower

It’s not at all surprising that this bridal shower is completely stunning, after all, the bride-to-be is a wedding planner: Lotta Alexandersson of  Mint Design! With a beautiful eye for details—the Champagne drink station, dreamy flower arrangements, and adorable cookies—this bride’s shower, captured by Mariel Hannah, has us dying to see the wedding! See all the pretty here.

From the beautiful Bride-to-be… This bridal shower was a very special one to me, as it was my very own bridal shower. Being a wedding planner and planning your own wedding is an incredible feeling. I was finally a bride and was able to go through all the same feelings and emotions that my brides go through leading up to their big day.

Nestled in a private residence, my mother-in-law hosted the most beautiful garden party bridal shower for my closest family and friends.  A long table seating 40 women lined the back yard patio. A flower filled water fountain and the vast greenery of the back yard served as the perfect backdrop for this fabulous afternoon. Guests were greeted by our “drink pretty” drink station with a gold sugar rimmed champagne flute that had their name written on a beautiful piece of Silk and Willow ribbon. Rose petal infused water was served in large carafes for easy access for guests to self serve. The bridal party received a custom cookie with their title in the wedding, which was placed at on top of their piece of cake! Such a sweet touch by Bord A Petit Catering!

I was drawn to neutral tones with touches of bright pink and coral hues, which were seen throughout the loose floral arrangements. Wooden and glass candleholders danced on the tables with taupe and peach colored candlesticks. Cream colored plates, gold flatware, linen napkins and a shapely champagne flute was presented at each seat. Guests were served a plate with various hors d’oeuvres as a light lunch to accompany the overflow of champagne. At the end of the long table, I created a three fold wooden backdrop with a simple greenery laurel wreath garland that was the perfect touch to finish the backyard and distinguish the table to frame it in the vast backyard. I incorporated cream-colored yarn in various design elements as it is soft and feminine and blows so subtly in the wind. The yarn chandelier hung above the cake off centered, not to take away from the cakes’ simple beauty. The party favor was a little clay pot that I spray painted a cream color, which held soap in the shape of a rose. They were so sweet and simple.

The florals included some of my favorite blooms. Peonies, dahlias, garden roses, ranunculus, tulips and spray roses to name a few. The greenery springs consisted of smilax, jasmine vine and Italian ruscus. They were a perfect pop to the simple elegance of the candles.

Photography: Mariel Hannah | Floral Design: Mint Design | Cake: De Coeur | Catering: Bord A Petit | Venue: Private Residence | Cookies: Imperial Sweets | Event Planning & Design: Mint Design | Paper Goods: Matinae Design Studio | Rentals: All Celebration Rental | Rentals: Walker Lewis Rents | Rentals: Walker Lewis Rents | Ribbon: Silk And Willow

Rustic Glam Mountain Lodge Wedding

Filled with glitter, gold feathers, balloons, and adorable doggies in a stunningly rustic mountain setting, this fun loving couple’s outdoor nuptials are simply bursting at the seams with bright, dazzling details. With photographer Emily Heizer and Light The Moment‘s drone capturing it all on film and video, you won’t want to miss a moment of this gorgeous day in the wedding film below!

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From The Bride…Together we planned a magical day that we would remember forever! We wanted to be able to be ourselves, show off our unique style and decor while enjoying ourselves in a beautiful yet relaxed mountain setting. We wanted glitter, gold, feathers, balloons and bright flowers to help accentuate our already stunning venue at The Hideout! We had the BEST of the best for our photography and videography including a drone flying over the ceremony and reception to capture all the angles we would of missed! Our adorable dogs were a part of our ceremony and truly were the icing on the cake for our wedding. We looked at one, and only one venue and it was perfect for our families who were traveling and it best explained our adventurous personalities. We are lucky to have this EXCLUSIVE video and I guarantee there is nothing else out there like it!

Photography: Emily Heizer | Videography: Light The Moment | Wedding Coordinator: April Mosher | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Catering: Candace Lockhart | Makeup: Jackie Trombley | Hair: Angela Zajic | Cake & Desserts: Grace Gore & Sarah Woldt | Private Venue/Home: The HideOut At Kirkwood