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See What Unlikely Source Inspired This Wedding

Chris and Alice are innovators. Reason being? Their big day was inspired by mustard seeds. That’s right, and if that doesn’t make you think twice about your average spice then maybe a talented vendor team like A Good Affair Wedding & Event ProductionTEAM Hair and MakeupElevated Pulse ProductionsFound Vintage RentalsLittle Hill Floral Designs and Brandon Kidd Photography will. Watch dreams become reality in The Vault!

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From A Good Affair Wedding & Event ProductionFrom the moment I spoke to Alice on the phone I knew we were a perfect match for one another. She wanted someone who would help her find the perfect venue for her Southern California destination wedding and someone who would give her a personal experience during the planning process. We clicked right away and I knew I was in for a really amazing time with Alice and Chris! When it came to designing their wedding I wanted to incorporate personal details that had meaning for them and capture Alice’s eclectic style into the design. Going for an All Saints meets Romance vibe I set out to create an outdoor ceremony and reception at Montage Laguna Beach that was romantic but relaxed. Their intimate wedding had guests from all over the world, all first timers to California so we wanted them to experience what SoCal is all about. From the CA cookies to the In-N-Out truck for late night snacks, we created surprises throughout the day for them to enjoy. What I loved most about Alice and Chris’s wedding was the custom lighting canopy at dinner and the gorgeous ceremony, it truly was the perfect oceanfront destination wedding.

From the Bride… Chris and I met in 2008 at Washington University in St. Louis while pursuing our MBA degrees. Prior to orientation, I had sent him a Facebook friend request with the intention of getting to know ALL my new classmates but Chris will stand by that I made the “first move!” Our class was split into two groups, Chris and I were in the opposite groups, so, I didn’t get to know him until a few months later into our program. I remember one of the first times I saw him in the hallway, I tried to high-five him, but instead, I hit him in the eye! Over the next several months, Chris and I began to have classes together and of course, that led to “study dates”. Chris and I never had a “first date” – our relationship evolved from friendship to love little by little. I truly believe this is what makes our connection so strong.

Mustard seeds have a very special meaning in Chris’ life. Inspired by his Mom and taken from the scripture, it is symbolic of faith. We filled small apothecary bottles with mustard seeds and used it as place card holders by tying our guests’ table assignment with a leather band. We love to travel and our guests travelled from all over the world to share in our special day. Rather than a traditional guest book, we asked our guests to sign our globe (found at Anthropologie). Chris and I wrote on our vows and it was really special to recite our own written words in front of family and friends. True to my personality and an ode to our favorite show, I quoted Cam Tucker from Modern Family.

Even though Chris and I met in St. Louis and were living there at the time, it was not our hometown. Since almost all of our guests would have had to travel, we thought it would be more fun to visit a destination with beautiful landscape and amazing weather. Chris and I love California and immediately, the vision of warm sun, crashing waves and cool breeze appeared. We wanted a venue that would put you at ease the moment you stepped onto the property, a venue that embodied nature and simply put you at peace. When we stepped through the grand entrance of Montage Laguna Beach and stood at the balcony, we literally gasped and it took our breath away. We knew then it was the perfect venue.

Every wedding is unique, take the time to research and set priorities early with your fiancé. Always come back to these priorities when decisions become tough. It’ll help guide the way!
For the bride – even with a designer/planner, your life will be consumed with wedding planning because you find it fun but your partner likely won’t! Set aside time to talk about the wedding rather than letting it dominate every conversation and meal. My approach with Chris was that I would set aside 30 minutes each week to share with him all the progress that had been made and where I needed his input. Rather than asking him to help come up with a concept, I often asked him to pick between 2-3 options. Another quick tip: when he says he doesn’t care, he genuinely doesn’t care, don’t push him, go with what you like!Hire the best photographer and videographer your budget allows. The love, joy and touching moments of the day captured will last a lifetime.

Photography: Brandon Kidd Photography | Cinematography: Good Time Productions | Floral Design: Little Hill Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Darla Marie Designs | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair + Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup | Band: The VIP's | Favors: Melissa Barbakoff | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Officiant: Rev. Dr. Mike Decker | Bride's Veil: Vera Wang | Bridesmaid Dress: Amsale | Bridesmaid Dress: Adrianna Papell | Bridesmaid Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony Musician: Denny White | DJ + Photobooth + Lighting: Elevated Pulse Productions | Event Planning + Event Design: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production | Late Night Catering: In-N-Out Burger | Renals: Found Vintage Rentals

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A Teenage Love Story with a Surprise Twist 58 Year Later!

When Audrey and Elvie married at just 17 and 18 years old, they knew they love was the real deal. 58 years later, their children and grandchildren helped throw the surprise of their life. Their event planner granddaughter, who works with Alluring Events & Design organized a backyard vow renewal officiated by their son with three generations of family in attendance. Wendy Warrick photographed, and it’s a true testament to the beauty of marriage.

From Alluring Events + DesignAt the ages of 15 and 16 Audrey and Elvie met in church and started dating, it didn’t take long for them to realize their love for each other. At the time, Elvie drove a black 1950 Mercury that he kept in pristine condition (a very cool car for a 16 year old boy). One day he decided he’d use orange paint and paint “Audrey” across the passenger door so the world would know that Audrey was his girl. Just a few short years later, on June 21, 1958, at the ages of 17 and 18, Audrey and Elvie were married in Porterville California.

Fast-forward 58 years, 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren later to June 21, 2016 and you get an unforgettable anniversary surprise. Their grand daughter, Rachele, a planner with Alluring Events + Design, along with the help of her family, designed and planned a surprise 58th anniversary vow renewal for their ‘Nana and Papa’.

“Earlier in the day we arrived at Nana and Papa’s house and got them ready for the big day, it was hard to keep the secret and get them all dolled up in dress clothes on a 95 degree day, but they went along with the surprise and trusted our excited (and mysterious) expressions.”

The first surprise of the day was a styled photo shoot just for the two of them. Next they were whisked off to a second location and kept inside until the reveal of the next big surprise was ready; the vow renewal in the backyard of their daughter’s home. It was an evening filled with tears and laughter as they walked down the aisle and recommitted their love and lives to each other. Their son officiated the intimate ceremony and their 3 generations of family watched in the seats behind them. Audrey and Elvie were absolutely surprised by the events of the day; each moment was a rush of emotion and joy.

“We wanted the evening to be just like Nana and Papa; Sweet, simple and a little bit country. The details and décor we chose were intentional and thought through; each piece had a purpose and represented them. Nana’s favorite shades of blue adorned the table and fruit picking baskets were used in the centerpieces to reflect their newlywed years when they spent hours each day working in the fields and orchards picking fruit together to support their young family. Vintage china, antique chairs, galvanized elements and shabby accents helped bring in the ‘country cottage’ feel that Nana and Papa love. Even the dinner we chose was a meal full of their favorite foods; fried chicken, honey cornbread, chicken and dumplings, fried okra and bacon green beans, with sweet tea and lemonade to drink plus peach, apple and strawberry rhubarb pies for dessert, yum!”

The love was palpable and it was clear that Audrey and Elvie had created a legacy of love and people who adored them in every way. They are a shinning example of unconditional love and devotion. It was a magical evening with memories that will be cherished forever. “Grow old with me, the best is yet to be”.


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Photography: Weddings by Wendy Warrick | Floral Design: Alluring Events & Design | Venue: At Home | Dessert Cookies: Yellow Kitchen Cakes | Event Planning, Design, Styling + Coordination: Alluring Events & Design | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Signage: Throne Invitations | Tabletop Rentals: Botanica Events By Audrey Chaney

A Mykonos Wedding That’ll Kick Your Wanderlust Into Overdrive

Pack your bags pretties because we’re headed across the world to a little place called Mykonos. It’s the Greek island that brings all your Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants travel dreams to life plus backdrop to this INSANELY dreamy wedding day. MykonosWedding by Aikaterini planned, Anna Roussos photographed, and you might never convince me to leave all that’s waiting in The Vault.

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From Mykonos WeddingTom & Kylene chose Mykonos as the island that suits them both best for their happy and original spirit. They flew their friends and family from the US and from Athens, Greece, to make this dream come true.

It was a warm day and for a May wedding it couldn’t have been a better weather situation. Kylene and her bridesmaids were prepared in the private villa where the couple was staying during all their stay on Mykonos island. Tom and his groomsmen were prepared in a luxury suites hotel near by. A small chapel with magnificent views to the sea, provided the perfect scene for their Christian Orthodox ceremony.

All guests upon arrival found their seats on the outdoor space of the chapel, around the orthodox ceremony table waiting for the couple to make their entrance. Traditional musicians lead the way for the arrival of the groom first and later of the bride. All Greek Christian Orthodox ceremony customs took place. The two large beautifully decorated candles symbolizing the light preceding each one of the couple for all their life together. The ‘koufeta’, the sugar covered almonds, that symbolize the joys and sorrows of marriage as well as fertility. The rice and the rose petals that were thrown to the couple during the ceremony which symbolize abundance and a life strewn with rose petals and the single glass filled with red wine that sealed their love and union. ‘The two that became one for the rest of their lives’.

Kylene’s parents and sisters, were beaming watching her marry the love of her life, and wishing them well. The bride’s so cute little dog pet starred during her entrance and ceremony, wearing bows that matched the whole wedding concept.

Following the ceremony, guests arrived to Nammos Beach Restaurant for the reception and were invited to enjoy a cocktail on the beach lounge especially prepared, with carpets covering the sand, making it a convenient floor to the ladies with high heels. Signature cocktails and drinks were served and while guests where relaxing after the overwhelming ceremony, another overwhelming event was about to happen. The couple arrived by sea, standing on the bow of a stylish polished motorboat, decorated with flowers. None of the guests was expecting anything like this, everyone stood amazed watching the couple as the boat was approaching.

The dinner was delicious as expected, followed by speeches from the family and guests and a few hours of energetic music and dancing. Food, music, champagne, and exquisite sweet surprises to keep the guests entertained through out. The bride, wore a lovely open back dress, embellished with shining elements, custom made by a friend. The groom wore a Hugo Boss tux as well as his groomsmen, showcasing the groom’s style and personality. The flowers chosen to match the classic style, were white and pink roses with olive leaves that made a lovely statement in the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets and in the table centerpieces.

From The Bride…A few months into dating, my Greek-American boyfriend and I went on our first trip together to Greece. It was during that trip that we said our first ‘I love you’s’, wrote our names in the white volcanic rock in Santorini, and he brought me to see the church where he said he someday would like to get married.

It was a magical trip trip where I fell in love with not only my future husband, but Greece itself. Fast-forward three years and I was back in Mykonos, Greece with all of our close friends and family walking up to that same church to meet my awaiting fiance.

Planning our wedding, however, was not quite as magical as that first trip to Greece. Of course I had my Pinterest boards full of inspiration, bookmarked wedding blogs, and dogeared magazine pages, but I quickly learned that planning a wedding in Greece would not be as easy as I had imagined. Coming from the US, I was not accustomed to the slower pace of life that Greece operates under,as well as different legal requirements for the ceremony and lack of resources on the island.

I was lucky enough to schedule my dream photographer from Greece, Anna Roussos, found a fantastic florist (Studio 7) who was just opening a shop on Mykonos, and hired an excellent wedding planner (MykonosWedding by Aikaterini) to help with all the details, who knew everyone involved and coordinated everything in such a way I never had to worry about anything.

In the end, we had the most beautiful Greek Island wedding I could have hoped for. The weekend started out with a welcome party at our villa with traditional Greek food catered from one of our favorite little restaurants. This was a great night for our extended families to meet for the first time.

The next day was our Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony at a small church atop a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea, complete with traditional Greek musicians to accompany us up the path. Our reception followed at Nammos Restaurant on Psarrou Beach with the most delicious dinner and even some Greek dancing which continued late into the night. The weekend wrapped up with a wooden boat sailing trip to the Island of Delos where we explored the ancient ruins, then returned to Mykonos in time to watch the sunset over the famous windmills.

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Photography: Anna Roussos | Event Planning + Design: MykonosWedding by Aikaterini | Floral Design: Studio 7 | Invitations: Aerialist Press | Ceremony Venue: Orthodox Church | Reception Venue: Nammos | Bride's Shoes: Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair + Makeup: BeautyWorld Mykonos | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Hotel: Greco Philia

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The Cutest Little White Chapel Wedding With Big Style Moments

The bride’s two favorite crafted moments of her wedding day are the very details that left me speechless. I’m talking about the stationery suite by Momental Designs and that floral chandelier the pros at Florals by the Sea designed to perfection. But then of course, there’s the gown from Little White Dress, and every other pretty second captured by the amazing Lauren Kinsey. More inspiration right this way.

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From The Bride…My husband proposed to me in Seaside, Florida, our favorite place in the entire world. The southern charm, white sands, and laid back lifestyle are home to us. It was easy for us to decide where we would get married.

We wanted our wedding to be laid-back, true with the Seaside Way. I had a palette in mind of grey (Adam’s favorite color), dusty blue, blush, cream, and gold. This came to life in the flowers, decor, bridesmaids dresses, paper goods, and the groomsmen bowties. The style vision was casual but elegant and a little bit boho. Nothing overtly beachy, but nothing that felt stuffy or formal.We wanted personal touches, such as our family wedding photos from multiple generations and little blush drink stirs in the shape of Mickey since Adam loves disney. DIY details such as the drink stirs, gold sugar rims around the champagne glasses, customized monogrammed pillows, picture frames of Adam and myself and our family, made the decor personal.

I had two favorite crafted details. One was the floral chandelier made by Florals by the Sea and the other was our wedding programs made my momental designs. The floral chandelier was unlike anything I had ever seen, it was unique with tea lights hanging in delicate glass. Every guest had to sneak a picture. Our program was perfect in every way – complete with a sketch of chapel, and a gold tassel.

My dress was the second dress I tried on, a combination of two dresses, making it completely unique. We purchased the dress first thing after we got engaged, in a shop in Denver. The designer Reem Acra had always been a dream designer of mine.

Our day was unforgettable. We started the day getting ready, bridesmaids had hair and make up in elegance cottage located in the heart of Seaside, complete with mimosa’s and chicken salad sandwiches. The groomsmen slept in, (lucky them) and helped each other tie their bow ties. They also played more than one round of beer pong in the courtyard of Natchez cottage, a seaside icon, a short walk from the chapel where we would get married.

I had my great grandmother’s handkerchief with me for good luck.

Adam and I had our first look outside of Seaside Chapel, where we saw each other for the first time on our wedding day. It was a dream come true getting married in the Seaside Chapel, the crisp white wood walls, and cross made out of sand and seashells I have known my whole life. My family and I attended many Sunday church visits to this chapel. The laid back, simple atmosphere of the church was reflective of Adam and myself.

We took pictures with our family, and then it came time to walk down the aisle.

Our song “Make you Feel My love” played on the violin as I walked with my dad to see Adam. My cousin read our favorite poem, I carry your heart by EE Cummings, and Adam’s good friend Austin married us, with sweet words, personal anecdotes, and prayers. After a short and sweet 20 minute ceremony (we wanted to get to the party!) we exited the chapel as our friends threw pastel pink petals. Our golf cart awaited us come with a “just married in seaside!” hand written sign.

Florals By The Sea decorated the reception space to perfection. I work as a buyer in home decor, so I was a very particular bride when it came to the decor. Florals By The Sea made all of our dreams come true. Better than I could have even imagined. Marja created a “lounge” under a clear top tent that was perfect for a break between dancing and for our cocktail hour.

Adam’s favorite part of the decor was the whiskey and cigar bar. We have a tradition in my family (originally from Ohio) that during every Ohio State game, for initiation into our tailgate group, you have to take a shot of Jack Daniels and chase it with a powdered sugar donut (silly I know!). We made sure to have powdered donuts on the whiskey bar.

One of our favorite parts of the evening was getting to sneak away with our photographer Lauren to take pictures on the beach during sunset. It was the first time we had been alone as husband and wife. The evening was perfect and the breeze cooled us down (it was 88 degrees and humid all day!).

On our way back from the beach, we stopped at my family’s cottage, named “costal cutie” (the one with the green door!).

We ended the night with dancing, dancing, and more dancing. Our DJ rated our crowd a “10!” on the fun scale. We were whisked away at the end of the night in a Packard convertible, headed to our after party at the groomsmen’s cottage.

It was memorial day weekend so our guests were able to enjoy themselves and stay awhile. Our guests came from NYC, Boston, Columbus Ohio, Texas, Denver, Chicago, and more! We spent the weekend with everyone we love, celebrating our love. A bonfire on the beach and our shrimp boil rehearsal dinner were two highlights of the weekend other than wedding day.

Our goal was to be relaxed, enjoy the beach, share our love with our friends.

We want our guests to know how appreciative we are that they made the trip to celebrate with us and how thrilled we are with each and every vendor that shared their talent and expertise.

My one piece of advice to brides – Have a long engagement! Enjoy the time with your fiance, planning with your family, and getting to know your vendors. It all goes by so fast! Take time to soak it all in and enjoy.

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Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Event Planning: It's A Shore Thing Wedding and Event Planning | Floral Design: Florals By The Sea | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: At Your Side Planning | Invitations: ON PAPER | Stationery: Momental Designs | Ceremony Venue: Seaside Interfaith Chapel | Reception Venue: Lyceum Lawn | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Catering: 331 South | DJ: B-Boy Productions | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Bridal Boutique: Little White Dress Bridal Shop | Bridal Boutique - Bridesmaids' Dresses: L'elite Boston | Guitarist: Kyle LaMonica | Robes: Sandy Waters Store

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