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A Gorgeous Berry Color Palette for a Luxe Ranch Wedding

Leave it to Joel Serrato to photograph one of the most striking weddings I’ve come across in quite a long time. No surprise, the equally amazing Smith + James Events was behind the planning and design, playing up the beauty of Santa Barbara in a serious way. There’s no question, Christine and Joshua’s berry-hued love affair is worth every last second spent in the gallery.

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From Tory Smith of smith + james events… Christine was an amazing bride who put a lot of trust in us to make her wedding day beautiful. Her one request? She wanted color – which we were thrilled to hear! At smith + james, we approach every wedding we design by first taking into account the venue and its surroundings. It’s important that all the details make sense within the environment and don’t feel forced or out of place.

The San Ysidro Ranch is a warm and inviting hotel set among the lush, Mediterranean-inspired Santa Barbara landscape. This setting played a major role in our inspiration and we ended up going for a refined yet organic feel. Santa Barbara is a town of unpretentious luxury, and we wanted to bring that vibe to the decor. We went with textural, elegant florals in vessels of wood and glazed terra cotta evocative of the area. We were really happy with the way the whole day came together and even more thrilled to have been a part of Christine and Josh’s love story.

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Photography: Joel Serrato Films + Photographs | Floral Design: Heirloom Design House | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Calligraphy : Anne Robin | Venue: San Ysidro Ranch | Paper Goods: Amber Moon | Planning + Design: Smith + James Events | Tabletop Rentals : Casa de Perrin

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A Dutch Castle Wedding So Pretty We Thought it was a Styled Shoot

I’m not sure whether it was the castle scene, the Bride’s beyond gorgeous style or the quaint reception setting, but I could have sworn this slice of beauty was a styled shoot at first sight. That’s how incredibly pretty this Dutch wedding day is. Captured by Nastia Vesna & Maksim Gladky, it’ll transport you to another world, where a 20’s inspired style meets a secret garden.

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From Nastia Vesna & Maksim GladkyIt was Warm autumn day, a fairytale castle, beautiful guests, delicate décor in deep shades, noble style of the bride and groom, dim lights of candles, playing jazz on a background, and the air is full of love and warmth.

From the Bride… Our story began in Amsterdam where we first met as the students in 2010. What followed then was a colorful kaleidoscope of unforgettable moments in which we found ourselves immersed – late evening walks and bike rides across Amsterdam canals, weekend getaways all over Europe, Christmas markets in Germany, New Year Eve’s in French Alps, summer vacations in Spain and finally very romantic proposal in one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Florence.

Even though we both come from Moscow and are currently based in London, it did not take us long to decide that we want to get married in Amsterdam – the city to which we felt deeply attached and which changed our lives to the best.

Planning of the wedding started with falling in love with the dress – once I saw Jenny Packham designs, I realised that I will not walk down the aisle in any other gown but hers. It just felt so right and so “me”! The model I chose was actually not from the latest collection and luckily I still managed to find it at Bloomfeld Luxury Bridal. For the hairpiece I wanted something matching but modest not to overdo the total look. As for the shoes, one of my main criteria was being able to dance in them the whole night long, and Valentino’s Tango pumps definitely lived up to their name.

We managed to find the location rather quickly. I had already heard about Kasteel de Hooge Vuursche from few friends and liked the pictures. Once we got there we became sure that the place ticked all the boxes – beautiful and elegant, with amazing outside garden, large windows, plenty of natural light and cosy dining room. I believed that finding location should be the most difficult part of the wedding planning process. Since we coped with this task so easily, I decided not to hire a wedding planner and plan the wedding myself. Though challenging, it was great fun and experience I enjoyed a lot! Actually, I even decided to become a wedding planner myself and have recently joined Wedding Blues agency London team.

The vintage style of the dress set the tone for the wedding – “Among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars” (“The Great Gatsby”). I wanted just a hint of 20’s in the decoration and the atmosphere: jazz music, Art Deco font for the stationery, candle light. As for the colour palette, my personal preferences matched perfectly with the season: deep jewel stones and grape tones both for the flowers and the dress code for the guests.

Our main goal was to create intimate and cosy atmosphere so that the guests and ourselves can enjoy the day and relax. This is exactly how we look back at our wedding: exceptionally beautiful and warm autumn day both in terms of the weather and the vibe.

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Photography: Nastia Vesna&Maksim Gladky | Videography: OatStudio | Floral Design: Don Florito | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Shoes: Valentino | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Castle: Kasteel De Hooge Vuursche | Film lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Hair piece: Valentino | Styling + Day of Coordination: NINA Weddings

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This Fashionista Bride Is Our New Girl Crush

I think we can all agree Casandra is our new fashion idol. She geniusly paired a chic knee-length BCBG dress with a cathedral length veil for a nontraditional bridal look that stole the show. Big time. Her love Andy looked equally dapper as they wed in Panama City Beach, with Myrtie Blue behind every floral design moment. Pin your heart out in the photo gallery by Mi Amore Foto.

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From Mi Amore Foto Casandra and Andy live in Brooklyn, but decided they wanted a beach, destination wedding. While they wanted it to feel like their guests were at the beach, they also made sure it felt elegant and timeless. They chose Brian of Myrtie Blue to do the florals with soft, romantic colors.

The bride wasn’t traditional in any sense and knew that a long and formal dress wasn’t for her. She chose a knee length BCBG dress with a gorgeous cathedral length veil. Casandra got ready at one of the beautiful homes in Carillon Beach and the ceremony took place in The Meeting House. The reception was tented and on the lawn next to The Meeting House. The ceremony was so full that they had to put chairs outside and people were still pouring in.

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Photography: Mi Amore Foto | Wedding Planning: Peach & Pearl Events | Floral Design: Myrtie Blue | Wedding Dress: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Wedding Cake: Confections On The Coast | Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Venue: Meeting House | Shoes: Prada | Reception Catering: Townsend Catering | Hair + Makeup: Rachel Christine Of Dear Bride

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Your Guide to the Proposal + Ring of Your Dreams

National Proposal Day is just around the corner and you know we’re gearing up to celebrate in every way possible. It’s what we do. So to kick things off a little early, we’re teaming up with our friends at Shane Co. for a little engagement how-to, aka, your guide to nabbing that proposal and ring of your dreams… and it’s all based on YOUR distinct personality. Scroll to find “the one” for you + yours below.

FOR THE BOLD AND OUTGOING DUO

You and your love have never been ones to sit quietly in the corner, so your proposal and ring need to POP just as much as you.  No worries. Shane Co. has you totally covered with a lineup of gorgeous rings that will make that bold statement you’re going for… and are the perfect addition to that show-stopping proposal your special someone is planning. From the Double Halo Diamond Infinity Engagement Ring to the Round Double Halo Engagement Ring to the Double Halo Diamond Engagement Ring for 1.00 Carat Oval, your outgoing selves will love each and every one.

FOR THE WORLDLY PAIR THAT LOVES TO TRAVEL

If you spend the majority of your time living out of a suitcase, then it’s sort of a no-brainer that your proposal comes with a side of destination dreaming.  Whether that’s a sandy beach in paradise or high atop a beautiful castle, your ring needs to match the wanderlust that fills your heart. Shane Co. suggests looking for a vintage-inspired ring that is filled with mesmerizing details…. just like those amazing locales you and yours love to visit. Think the Vintage Halo Diamond Engagement Ring in 14k Yellow Gold and the Round Diamond Vintage Engagement Ring with Milgrain Detail… just to name a couple.

FOR THE CLASSIC AND ROMANTIC SWEETIES

When it comes down to it, we’re all a little bit classic and romantic. Am I right? But if you can’t picture your proposal without a dozen roses and your special someone on bended knee, then you’ll most definitely want to peruse the classic beauties at Shane Co. From show-stopping solitaires like this Round Diamond Engagement Ring with Pavé Setting in 14k Rose Gold to a gorgeous Classic Cathedral Round Diamond Platinum Engagement Ring, the only thing more romantic than your proposal will be your e-ring.

FOR THE OUTDOORSY AND ADVENTUROUS TWOSOME

For all of you sweeties that prefer spending your time high atop the mountains, rather than tucked under the blankets watching a movie, Shane Co. suggests an infinity ring to symbolize all of those endless adventures that are sure to be on your horizon. Just imagine: you hike to your fave spot, your love gets down on one knee and presents a beauty like the Infinity Cathedral Diamond Engagement Ring with Milgrain Detailing or the Round Diamond Platinum Cathedral Engagement Ring with Pavé Setting. That’s a proposal and ring we can sooo get on board with. We’re sure you agree.

Whether you dream of a romantic ring + proposal, want something a little more bold or picture something else entirely, Shane Co. has a ring that will fit you and yours to a T. Head there now to check out all of the beautiful options. I mean, National Proposal Day is just around the corner, loves. It’s time to start shopping!

Featured Couples: @daddyvogues and @pdenny12 (Bold & Outgoing) +  Nicole and Michael (Worldly & Love to Travel) + Kimberly and Scott (Classic & Romantic) + @candacelizabeth (Outdoorsy & Adventurous)

*This post is sponsored by Shane Co.