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A Modern, Masculine Take on a Traditional Mexican Wedding

I was lucky enough to see the vendors behind the Jose Villa 2015 Mexico workshop in action, and let me tell you, it was a total dream come true. First the welcome dinner, then the engagement, and now the “I do” that’s unlike any wedding you’ve seen. We’ve got one last Jose workshop post up next, but in the meantime join me in applauding each and every artist behind this incredible day and styled details.

From Mindy Rice


The ceremony was a work of ART … literally! We asked artist Karina Puente to recreate a traditional arch on to the textured adobe wall of a local hacienda. The softness of the charcoal drawing was absolutely amazing as the altar backdrop. Traditional Equipales chairs provided seating while candles and floral in abundance, were clustered in a purposely haphazard way! The final product might have been my favorite to date! So interesting as you can tell it was a creative group effort!


Wanting to take a direction less traveled, Lynn, Augusta and I decide to give the wedding dinner a more modern look, yet we wanted the colors and tones to reflect a more traditional Mexico. Our inspiration from color was gathered from our surroundings – the exterior of the Hacienda, the aged black moss that beautifully highlights the buildings and the soft caramel color of Piloncillo – a local sugar harvested in the region.

Karina Puente used a charcoal medium that was consistent throughout the workshop. An exaggerated agave mural was designed to hang behind our dinner table. The juxtaposition of white canvas and black charcoal was rustic in style yet modern in contrast. The table was dramatic, as the details we choose were strong and masculine. Hammered bronze candlesticks were paired with bronze glazed pottery. The floral, though minimal, was chosen to stand alone. White King Protea, black Rex Begonia leaves, Allium Nigrum, dried wild yarrow and Jacaranda accented the vessels and candles. Hammered domed lighting fixtures hung above the table in pairs.

The place setting was bold. Anna Weatherly china in black, gold and white, was paired with a subtle Heath plate in a color called “mist” . The Ebony flatware was a perfect compliment to the paper suite Amber Moon designed – thick agave colored menus were letter-pressed in a more modern font. Black leather was incorporated as a backing and also as the guest name tags, each attached with a brass brad in the upper left corner.

The linen, a textured caramel colored silk, was dramatic with a wide band of black . Each was fitted to the table, transforming the room with it’s tailored masculine look.

Jose Villa 2016 Mexico Workshop

Dates: November 6 – 10, 2016
Location: Hacienda El Carmen

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Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Wedding Dress: Temperley London | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Cake: Maggie Austin Cake | Engagement Ring: Trumpet and Horn | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Calligraphy: Anne Robin Calligraphy | Venue: Hacienda El Carmen | Candles: Creative Candles| Custom Artwork: Karina Puente | Custom Wax Seals: Written Word Calligraphy | Dress Bust: Found Rentals | Film Maker + Photography: Joel Serrato | Fine Catering + Welcome Gift Snacks: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Floral + Design: Mindy Rice | Floral + Design: Studio by Fleur | Floral Assistant: La Musa de las Flores | Food Styling: Diana Perrin | Food Styling Backdrops: The Surface Library | On-site Wardrobe: Summer Watkins | Paper + Design: Amber Moon | Planning + Design: Easton Events | Printed Paper: Czar Press | Table Cloths: Designing Linens | Table Rentals: Classic Party Rentals – Santa Barbara | Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Wardrobe Stylist: Geraldine Magazine | Welcome Party Napkins: Jan Barboglio

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Exciting News from Lovely Bridal Shops!

Bust out the bubbly, loves, because we have some exciting news. Yep, one of our fave bridal shops, Lovely, is expanding to FIVE new locales in 2016 (Lovely Charleston just opened this month!), which means even more of you pretties get to experience their fab customer service and ah-mazing lineup of designer gowns. Spreading Lovely to brides across the country deserves a virtual celebration… and it starts right here, right NOW.

With new shops opening in Charleston, Dallas, Chicago, Phoenix and Houston and over 100 bridal gowns IN STOCK from some of your fave designers, Lovely is THE place to visit when searching for that dress of your dreams.  Which means that whether you fancy yourself a romantic lady, a modern fashionista or decidedly classic, Lovely’s talented staff can help you narrow down the look and style you’re aiming for… one that will most definitely WOW.  Not to mention that they’ve recently relaunched their bridesmaids collection with even more details that will make you happy.  We love that… and the dazzling sequins.

Ready to book your appointment with the fabulous team at Lovely?  Head to their revamped website to find the location nearest you, plus view their monthly online magazine, The Loveliest, to peruse their monthly look book, read exclusive interviews, find out about product releases AND must-attend parties. Sooo fun.

Photography: Jennifer Sosa | Makeup: Brittany Spyksma | Hair: Allie Ellis


Why We Can’t Get Enough of this Celeb’s Pear Cut Engagement Ring

Nikki Ferrell is one lucky lady. Not only is the former “Bachelor” star recently engaged (see her stunning e-sesh from Alea Lovely here!), but she’s sporting a gorgeous pear-cut diamond ring on her left hand. A combination of the brilliant and marquise cuts, pear cut diamonds are one of the most unique and glamorous cuts around. Get the look and learn about all the diamond cuts below!

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A Hipster Chic Wedding With Major Floral Moments

Warning: this wedding will make your heart flutter. A celebration complete with a moss dance floor, a misty ceremony, and a petal station, this couple celebrated in true PNW style. With the ever-so-talented Maria Lamb Photography behind the lens snapping it all to share, we’ve got it waiting for you in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Malachi and I love nature and when we started planning the wedding we pictured a space that had the essence of a enchanted secret garden with a hint of Lord of the Rings. Roses, dahlias, lavender, rosemary and lots of green moss were essential to the vision and our floral designer/decorator Andrew fit it all in to the decor. My luscious and slightly heavy bouquet was layered with lavender, greens, roses and dahlias. The colors we chose were all different shades of greens, pinks and blues. We added a personal touch by creating all of the wooden props in Malachi’s wood shop Against the Grain Studio, which is now transitioning into a family business Milbourn Woodwork! The backdrops, wooden table rounds, sweetheart table, and various stumps were all created in his shop just two weeks before the wedding! He started his own furniture company 7 years ago and is an amazing woodworker but deadlines can be a little rough for him! (sorry honey!)

The Grotto was a perfect location for our ceremony because of its immense natural outdoor beauty and it did not need a ounce of added decor! We made it to Ceremony without a drop of rain until halfway through it started to mist. That is when Maria Lamb took one of my favorite photos, the mist added a dreamy pacific northwest touch to the wedding.

The sun broke out just as the ceremony was ending and it turned out to be a lovely day as we headed to the World Forestry Center for the reception. When we arrived we were amazed at how Andrew had decorated the tent to fit our vision. He added a fountain surrounded by the moss, dreamy flower covered gate and a petal station. Our guests loved showering us with petals while we danced the first dance. We feel very blessed to have been able to celebrate with all our family and friends and very thankful to everyone that helped along the way.

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Photography: Maria Lamb Photography | Event Planning: The Perfect Occasion | Cake: Saint Cupcake | Ceremony Venue: The Grotto | Reception Venue: World Forestry Center | Rings: VK Designs Ethical Jewelry | Woodwork Decor: Against The Grain Studio