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We Would Travel Clear Across the Globe to Attend This Wedding!

Just like the guests at this celebration, we too would’ve traveled clear across the globe to attend. Because when you’ve got Kim Balasubramaniam at the helm planning a champagne-fueled celebration in the Cotswolds countryside, well we’d say that’s more than worth it. Complete with a stunning garden ceremony it was a day filled with love, fun, and happiness a.k.a the perfect evening in England for them to take back home to Shanghai. See it all captured by Zosia Zacharia Photography in The Vault!

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From Zosia Zacharia PhotographyDaisy and Haibin’s wedding was a real international affair, with the bride, groom and all their guests traveling from all sides of the world to the picturesque setting of the Cotswolds. The wedding day started at Lucknam Park hotel and spa – a beautiful Palladian mansion with a sweeping driveway and over 500 acres of parkland. This picture perfect couple wore an Oscar de la Renta gown and a Tom Ford suit; a real touch of glamour in the countryside!

Daisy and Haibin were whisked away in a vintage Rolls Royce adorned with a garland of flowers to the setting for their wedding reception; Valentina’s Lost Orangery. Guests were invited to the celebrations with a stunning invitation by Cutture which featured a 3-D silhouette of the Orangery and couple (there is a photograph of the couple above the water on what looks like a bridge – which is exactly the same as their invitation). A colour palette of palest blush, peach and sage green with a pop of coral and ran throughout every element of the wedding from the stationery to Daisy’s beautiful bouquet.

The Lost Orangery is a completely hidden gem in the Cotswolds countryside – the Orangery and the stunning gardens provided the perfect backdrop for a day’s celebrations; as soon as we saw the venue we knew it would be ideal – it had us as soon as we saw the outdoor chandelier!

During the cocktail hour, which took place by the water, guests who had flown in from around the world, feasted on canapes and champagne to the sounds of an acoustic double bass and guitar duo. Fragrant flowers filled the venue, even decorating a little rowing boat on the lake; Georgia from Westwood Design used English roses, orchids and dahlias in tones of blush, peach and coral which echoed the blooms in the gardens themselves.

The intimate nature of this wedding allowed all the guests to be seated for dinner on one long table in The Orangery. Urns of fragrant flowers and fruit ran along the length of the table and candles placed in antique brass candlesticks completed the look. A personalized menu sat at each place setting and the guests enjoyed a delicious five course wedding breakfast.

The couple were keen for the evening to be a fun affair, so Daisy changed into a gorgeous red Oscar de la Renta mini dress, and popped on some Dolce and Gabbana heels. A close-up magician delighted the guests and we had a jazz band playing in the background.

The party continued long into the night, with some guests even taking to the microphones themselves! A celebration filled with love, fun and happiness and the perfect memory of England to take with them as they start their new life together in Shanghai.

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Photography: Zosia Zacharia Photography | Event Planning + Design: Kim Balasubramaniam | Floral Design: Westwood Design | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Stationery: Cutture | Bride's Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana | Rings: Harry Winston | Catering: Eat5Star | Makeup: Kate Kelvin | Band: All that Jazz | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Venue: Valentinas Lost Orangery | Film Processing: Carmencita Film Lab | Getting Ready Venue: Lucknam Park | Magician: Daniel Roberts | Ribbons: Kate Cullen | Ring Boxes: The Mrs Box | Vintage Rolls Royce: Premier Carriage

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The Ultimate Fall Wedding Designed in Shades of Orange

If you want to spoil your wedding guests in the very best way, take notes from Chris and Andrew. They treated their six guests to the celebration of a lifetime at the height of autumn splendor. The day included a heartfelt ceremony, yummy spiced cocktails, cozy blankets, and a knockout table design brought together by Kate SiegelMax GillBright Event Rentals and La Tavola. Grab yourself a PSL and get your fall fix in the gallery shot by Sylvie Gil.

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From the Grooms… We pulled our color inspiration from the persimmon tree, on the side of the house, and the stonework around the home. We wanted to embrace our surroundings and play off what was already naturally there. As a result, we drew from the beautiful fall colors, which ended up being the perfect color palette!

Chris’ parents have a house in St. Helena so we love the town and know the area well. It looks especially great in the fall when the leaves have turned colors!

We actually had our “official” wedding in Nevada City, CA (in Gold Country) however a lot of our close friends could not make it – or were not invited due to space constraints. Consequently we decided to hold another ceremony and reception for close friends in the Bay Area that couldn’t make the initial event.

We had such an incredible time. It was a beautiful day; the air was crisp but the sun was shining and there was no wind (which is something you hope for when planning an outdoor event!) The leaves of the trees had already turned colors, but the leaves had not yet dropped. We were very thankful to be surrounded by close family and friends.

From Kate Siegel Fine Events Chris and Andrew’s wedding is the height of curated autumn style – each detail so thoughtfully chosen to draw feelings of warmth and intimacy out of the fall splendor. A color palette inspired by persimmon trees – deep orange, yellows and reds – perfectly matched the changing leaves of their St. Helena venue and lent a coziness to a ceremony with only six guests.

Shades of grey marked the invitation suite and cake, giving a neutral contrast to the November opulence. Dark wood pieces mixed with industrial accents balanced warmth with masculinity and modernity, while tall, carved candelabras added a classic touch. A stunning table garland designed by Max Gill mixed an array of foliage and florals into a lovely, wild centerpiece of the outdoor reception.

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Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Event Planning: Kate Siegel Fine Events | Floral Design: Max Gill | Cake: The Whole Cake | Invitations: Yonder | Lighting: Theoni Collection | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Groom's Shoes: The Black Tux | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals: The ARK

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Scary Chic Wedding Details You’ll Want to Steal

If you thought Halloween was restricted to one day a year, think again. Because we’re rounding up a few of our favorite wedding day details that are as chic as they are synonymous with the season. That’s right, we’re swapping out the scary for stylish and thankfully we’ve got every hauntingly beautiful bit waiting for you to favorite below! P.S. Find more Halloween inspiration in The Vault!

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An Ode to Halloween: Our Favorite Black Gowns

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Rain Didn’t Ruin This Backyard Wedding!

If you think four inches of rain within an hour is enough to derail an outdoor wedding, you better think again. In fact, “After a brief delay in the bride’s family home as the worst passed overhead, guests cast off their shoes and gents rolled up their pant legs for a parade of umbrellas to usher the Wellie-clad bride and groom as they wed under a tree in Sara Kate’s parents’ backyard,” described Gibson Events. Go see the fun for yourself through the lens of Brett Heidebrecht.

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From Gibson EventsInterior designer Sara Kate Huff of Sara Kate Studios and Commercial Real Estate investor Jason Little aren’t known for doing things less than exceptionally.

When it came to her wedding the free flowing bride-to-be didn’t want to be tied to a theme or color, but more a feel. She wanted a bright, eclectic aesthetic that mirrored her personality. Using vintage textiles and furniture pieces from the bride’s inventory she and event designer Lindsay Gibson envisioned a comfortable, quirky and one of a kind wedding at the bride’s parents’ estate. With inspiration in hand, two floral design teams The Southern Table and Poppy Lane Design worked in tandem to create wild, natural flower arrangements and installations in shades of red, pink, peach, orange, white and green.

As many know in theory but fewer know in practice, it is the joining of souls, not the weather that determines the joy of a wedding day. Sara Kate and Jason took in stride the four inches of rain that fell in an hour beginning about half an hour before their ceremony was to begin. After a brief delay in the bride’s family home as the worst passed overhead, guests cast off their shoes and gents rolled up their pant legs for a parade of umbrellas to usher the Wellie clad bride and groom as they wed under a tree in Sara Kate’s parents’ backyard where she’d had a tree fort as a child.

Following the nuptials, the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed a reception in a tent aglow with strung lights and candles. Tables came alive with dynamic floral arrangements antique china, glassware and vintage flatware from the bride’s own collection. During dinner guests were entertained when Sara Kate took the dance floor with her father and Jason with his mother. The group had secretly been taking ballroom dance lessons and showed off their skills to Nat King Cole’s “L-O-V-E.”

The groom’s wedding day priority was the music. While they were celebrating their engagement in London, the couple heard an amazing DJ at a cocktail lounge. Sara Kate and Jason spoke to DJ Junior Otamon for a while at the lounge and asked him on a whim if he’d consider a wedding reception in Oklahoma! He agreed and brought the house down at the party with his mix of soul and R and B classics.

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Photography: Brett Heidebrecht Photography | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Amy Cakes | Invitations: Blue Eye Brown Eye | Catering: Cheevers | Hair + Makeup: Chelsey Ann Artistry | DJ: DJ Fusion | Cocktail Entertainement: Box Talent | Design + Production: Gibson Events | Personal + Ceremony Floral Design: The Southern Table | Reception Floral Design: Poppy Lane Design | Rentals + Decor: Marianne's Rentails | Tent Rentals: Sperry Tents | Valet: Exquisite Valet

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