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Romantic Pastel Rosemary Beach Wedding

When Beau and Meredith began planning their long-awaited wedding, a celebration anchored in faith was at the top of their list. Along with Shelby Peaden Events they wove in beautiful moments like their scripture-filled ceremony backdrop and the Bride’s brother who served as officiant. Myrtie Blue made certain the day had no shortage of gorgeous blooms, and as for the photos by Lauren Kinsey? We’re only just getting started.

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From The Bride…Beau & I are a bit all over the place — literally all over the map! Our story begins in the wonderful town of Norman, Oklahoma. It’s not necessarily a small town, but if you have lived there long enough, you can’t go anywhere without seeing at least three people you know. So, I have “known” Beau since I was little. He was the sweet little boy my momma always mentioned as “the man I should someday marry.” He dated my life-long best friend in elementary school, I watched him speed past every runner in our town’s Hershey’s Track Meets, we attended the same summer camp, and eventually attended the same high school, where we would pass each other in the hallways with a semi-awkward half-smile… you know how that goes.

According to Beau, he began falling for me our sophomore year of high school, but someone must have been a little nervous :) Thankfully, God gave him a giant nudge when placing us together in a small “class” of only four students, where we had plenty of time to talk. One month later we went on our first date to a Mexican restaurant, followed by a trip to Super Target where we ate ice cream and “chased” each other down the aisles in motorized shopping carts (real mature, I know). From that point on, Beau and I were inseparable. I would love to say that “the rest is history” or “and here we are today!”, but Beau and I didn’t really do normal – in fact, we chose to be abnormal.

Choosing the Town Hall as our ceremony site was probably the easiest decision we made throughout the entire planning process. Rosemary Beach is our place. Being in a long distance relationship and traveling back and forth between states throughout the years, this was always the one place that was constant in our relationship. We quickly (and easily) decided that the Rosemary Beach Town Hall would make the perfect location to celebrate together with our two “separate worlds” in our most favorite place!

My brother was the officiant at our wedding, and knowing him as a man who is passionate about the message of a Christ-centered marriage, I knew that he would be diving deep into the passage of Ephesians for our ceremony. After discussing our ceremony timeline with him the month before the wedding, I knew that what he had to say was exactly what was needed to be said–nothing more, nothing less.

Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding Photography | Event Planning: Shelby Peaden Events | Floral Design: Myrtie Blue | Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Confections On The Coast | Stationary: Morgan Moore | Ceremony Venue: Rosemary Beach Town Hall | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Anthropologie | Catering: Townsend Catering | Hair And Makeup: Lanna Bloodworth | DJ: Rock The House | Groom's Attire: J Crew | Bride's Belt: Camilla Christine | Veil: Veiled Beauty

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Let’s get straight to the point: Starwood Hotels & Resorts are awesome.  Why?  Because whether you’ve been dreaming of a breathtaking beach landscape, a rustic mountain retreat or even a big city locale, they have an exquisite hotel or resort for you.  Which means you can celebrate your wedding AND your honeymoon all in the same stay.  It’s what we call a serious win-win, lovelies.

With locations throughout the world (yes, WORLD), Starwood Hotels & Resorts makes planning your Big Day the easiest thing ever.  So that modern meets whimsical nuptials you’re planning in Paris?  They’ve got you covered.  Same goes with those snowy candlelit I do’s you’re throwing in Aspen, or that barefoot on the beach party in Tahiti.  Starwood Hotels & Resorts literally has a resort or hotel that covers all of your wants and needs… and wraps up your big day in top-notch customer service and crazy amazing amenities, from St. Regis to W Hotels to Westin and Sheraton (and many more!).

So now that you can’t stop thinking about your Starwood Hotel & Resort wedding (we don’t blame you), we should mention that when you book your wedding at a participating Starwood resort, you’ll receive a complimentary guest room and sparkling toast for your guests when your wedding is held before December 31, 2016.  Plus, you’ll receive up to 100,000 bonus Starpoints® to use towards your honeymoon at any Starwood Hotels & Resort worldwide!  I mentioned they were awesome, right?

Learn more about Starwood Hotel & Resorts’ amazing venues (I have my eye on a Westin that is quite nice) and soak in the inspiration on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.  Happy planning, lovelies!

Starwood Hotel & Resort Locations (Top to Botton): Le Meridien Tahiti + The Royal Hawaiian + The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beavercreek Mountain + The St. Regis Aspen + The Phoenician

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Glamorous Culinary Chicago Wedding

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. This Chicago fête? It’s got a little of everything. A show-stopping venue like The James Hotel? Check! A sparkling Jenny Packham gown? Check! A foodie feast at The Publican? Check! Tunes a la Toast And Jam? Check! Elle Rose Photo captured what can only be described pure glamour, and I can’t help but come back to the gallery for a second serving here.

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From Elle Rose PhotoBen and Claire live in Shanghai, but are both from Chicago and planned a gorgeous, food lovers wedding in the urban Fulton Market District of Chicago. What a visually stunning, and wildly fun wedding this was. There was glamour, heartfelt speeches, urban backdrops, huge smiles, sweaty dance moves, tons of love, and some sparklers to cap it all off. Oh – and food. SO much amazing food! I was seriously impressed that they were able to plan this wedding from around the globe! I loved getting to be apart of this intimate + personal wedding, and photographing the day as it unfolded was so great.

Claire wore a killer Jenny Packham dress, the Esme, and the whole day was flanked with amazing florals by Cornelia McNamara. Ben was dapper as ever in his custom Navy suit. The favors were sake glasses that came in small bags that were made by Claire’s mother from old kimono dresses that she hand carried over from Japan.

Their wedding program was the greatest idea ever – completely original. They made their wedding program, you know those cards/papers people hand out in church to say who is in the wedding, who is reading, and all that info – only they made a book. That was pretty much the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. It opened with the standard ceremony layout, then got into the bridal party. Each bridal party member had a page of their own with an interesting fact, and some awesome drawings around a picture of them. Then at the back of the book was a list of every guest that attended and a fun/interesting/ridiculous fact about them in their native language!

The reception and food were held and taken care of at The Publican Chicago. They wanted their pictures to represent them, not be overly “gushy” and so show off the urban backdrop of the Fulton Market area.

Photography: Elle Rose Photo | Wedding Coordinator: Matchmade Events | Floral Design: Cornelia McNamara | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | DJ: Toast And Jam | Church: St. Mary Of Celle | Hair Piece: Twigs & Honey | Hair Salon: Zazu Salon Gold Coast | Hotel: ACME | Hotel: The James Hotel | Restaurant: The Publican

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Blush & Sequin San Luis Obispo Wedding

This bride – well, she’s kind of a rockstar. Not only did she plan one insanely gorgeous day alongside Danae Grace Events and Tenley Erin Young, but she hand-wrote personalized letters to all 380 guests shared upon their entrance to the ceremony. It’s that same beautiful sentiment that carries throughout the whole day, and Danielle Poff Photography and CanaVP captured every last bit.  More in the gallery and film below!

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From Danae Grace EventsThe joy and love between Stephanie and Gavin is so deep and unconditional, and I wanted to create and design a wedding that encompassed their relationship, personality and style. Working with Stephanie, was every wedding planner’s dream as she completely trusted my design and left it all up to me. (She didn’t even know what her flowers were going to look like until the day of!) Her personality and style is down to earth but sophisticated and classy so I wanted to incorporate design elements that every guest would look at and think she picked it out and styled it. We started by creating a ceremony that was more organic and simple. We had custom built doors for a dramatic entrance for the family, bridal party and bride. One of my favorite elements was the Love Note heart, where it held individual hand written letters to each guests that attend (380 guests attended!) by Stephanie. These were passed out prior to the ceremony for them to read before she walked down the aisle. The thought behind it surpasses everything.

After the ceremony guests got to enjoy two different cocktail hours; we had a polished and shabby chic one with lounge vignettes and luxury draped cocktail tables and Gavin’s “Man Area” where we served Moscow Mules, Beer and had horseshoes and corn hole. When guests were invited into the main reception tent, we revealed an incredible, romantic and stunning setting. We mixed the linen square tables with descanso wood tables and vineyard chairs. We placed a gorgeous gold mirror with floral arrangements right behind the head table as a statement backdrop. We used a white, seamless, acrylic dance floor and had custom dance blocks placed around for people to dance the night away on. Tenley Erin Young is one of my favorite florists that creates flower perfection. We went from ivories, creams and greens at the ceremony, to pops of fuchsia at the cocktail hour and then ended with lavenders, soft blush and ivory for the reception. Not to mention, hundreds and hundreds of candles!

Every design element was executed and thought out perfectly. It was a perfect celebration of Stephanie and Gavin marriage!

Photography: Danielle Poff Photography | Florist: Tenley Erin Young | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake: The Sugar Lab | Invitations: Juniper And Juno | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Trumpet Vine Catering | Hair & Makeup: Bride Made Beautiful (Bri Gros) | Hair & Makeup: The Crown Studio (Melanie) | Hair & Makeup: Synergy Salon (Tiffany Rose) | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | Band: Elan Artists- The Source Gretchen Clements | Ceremony Music: Pieper Bill | Coordination: Danae Grace Events | Linens: La Tavola | Photobooth: Tinker Tin Trailer Co. | Pizza Oven: Bella Forno | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Scout Rental Co. | Signage: Lovelyfest | Venue: Loriana Ranch | Video: CanaVP

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