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“Fairytale Garden Party” Style Wedding

In my humble opinion, blush pink is one of those colors that will never (and should never) go out of style. It’s sweet, it’s subtle, and it was the perfect color palette anchor for Briana and Patrick’s Sarasota wedding at the Ringling Museum. Designed around the idea of a fairytale garden party, the images by K&K Photography are one dreamy moment after another, including this happily ever after kiss you simply have to see.

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From the Bride… Patrick and I met at a bar in New York City during Hurricane Sandy. We lived in New York City together for two years before moving to Sarasota, Florida.

I wanted to plan my wedding a la carte – meaning I wanted to pick and choose each element to create an experience that transported my guests into a fairytale garden party. I wanted to create an environment that was all-encompassing and focused around a celebration of love, family, and incredible friendships. I found images online of what my wedding looked like in my mind and our wedding planner (Nicole) did an unreal job executing.

My color palette was white, blush and natural greens accented with gold. The venue could not have been more perfect for my vision and ended up being the perfect backdrop for photos. I knew I wanted sprawling greenery and overflowing orchids for the florals. I wanted ethereal lighting in the way of moonlight, string lights and chandeliers in the trees as opposed to any direct lighting or up lighting. It was important that I have long wooden feasting tables without linens, laden with gold trimmed plates and flatware that felt opulent but also inviting.

As most of our guests were traveling from New York and Massachusetts we wanted the food to be indulgent Florida fare and served an incredibly fresh and decadent menu (with the most incredible chef and catering staff, Fete!). My brother officiated the wedding and we entrusted him to craft a meaningful ceremony and he ended up setting the mood for the whole night with a dissertation on love, companionship and Kanye West’s “Bound 2”.

For my dress, I wanted something chic that felt like me (not like I was wearing a costume) – the dress I wore on my wedding day was actually my second dress after the first one was ruined by the tailor! Picking my dress and shoes and accessories was definitely the most fun! The bridesmaids dresses I found at Bloomingdales and fell in love with as they encapsulated the vision of my wedding, and they had pockets which the girls appreciated!

My one piece of advice for brides is to constantly remind yourself that this process should be FUN – don’t get caught up in things being perfect or feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, enjoy the journey and make sure you and your partner (and your parents, and bridesmaids…) are having fun every step of the way! Also, being meticulously organized will make the process so much easier.

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Photography: K and K Photography, LLC | Event Planning: NK Productions Wedding Planning | Floral Design: Victoria Blooms | Stationery: Citrus Press | Bride's Shoes: Gianvito Rossi | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Aidan Mattox | Catering: Fete Catering | Hair & Makeup: Fresh Salon | Lighting: Affairs In The Air | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Officiant: Bride's Brother | Transportation: Sprinter Van Rental | Venue: Ringling Museum of Art | Bride's Dress: Gemy Maalouf

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A Ridiculously Stylish Miami Wedding

If real weddings won medals, this one would undoubtedly snag the gold for chicness. With layers upon layers of thoughtfully designed style and Masi EventsThierry Isambert Culinary + Event DesignUnearthed Vintage and Jarrell Entertainment working their magic behind the scenes, there’s no denying this day is one for the books. Kat Braman photographed, and the fun is only just getting started.

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From the Bride… We always knew we wanted our wedding to be outdoors and we wanted the reception to be one big fancy-dress dinner party with delicious food, free-flowing wine, and all night dancing.

The overall vision changed dramatically as we started out planning an October wedding in the Hudson Valley, which meant cool weather and warm fall colors. But we ended up wanting more of a warm weather destination feel and Miami is still hot and gorgeous in October. Carlos spent several years in Miami for his residency and still has great friends there. We went there together on our first weekend getaway, and try to go back at least once or twice a year. So it’s come to be a special place for both of us. And who doesn’t love a weekend in Miami?!

Stylistically I wanted to approach it the same way I would an interiors project – lots of small thoughtful details and layers that in the big picture added up to feel harmonious, striking a fine balance between an elegant black tie wedding and a good old fashioned throw down! Carlos and I love to throw parties and entertain our friends and family, so it was very important to us that the evening encapsulated that same sense of intimacy you would feel in our home.

Because the Deering Estate is such a spectacular setting, both indoors and outdoors, we let it do most of the work and kept the color palette and decorations very neutral and unobtrusive. My bridesmaids were super chic in a variety of black dresses and a jumpsuit, and the flowers were a flawless mix of whites, ivory and greenery. I spent hours and hours putting together inspiration boards for each aspect of the evening and my amazing team of vendors ran with it! They captured all the subtle nuances I was looking for and the night came together beautifully.

Our photographer, Kat Braman, was beyond words. We had already spent a weekend with her in New York taking photos at our home upstate and around Brooklyn. So we were really comfortable with her on the day of and felt confident that she would capture the essence of the celebration on film. And she did a fantastic job! We couldn’t have asked for better photos.

The entire weekend was filled with lots of little moments that meant so much to each of us. We both wanted live music for the ceremony and the cocktail hour. I grew up playing the cello and still think it’s the most beautiful sound in the world so that was a necessary for the ceremony. For the cocktail hour, we wanted something jazzy and loose. In came Chad Bernstein to the rescue. He’s a local musician (who also runs an amazing non-profit called Guitars Over Guns) that was recommended to me by a vendor. He put together a trio for the ceremony including himself on trombone, a cellist and a guitar and created a custom arrangement our music selections.

Carlos makes world-famous empanadas so we wanted to send everyone off at the end of the night with one of our favorite treats for the bus ride back to the beach. We ordered them from a local Argentine restaurant and they were delicious. Not as good as Carlos’ but a close second!

My maid of honor’s father officiated our wedding. We’ve known him for years and it was so special to have both of them standing up with us. I put the transcript for the ceremony and our vows into this lovely musical composition notebook and also used it as the guest book for the reception. In the back of it, I’ve saved lots of little mementos from the weekend so now we have one big scrapbook full of well-wishes and love, and lots of happy little reminders.

My father is a loquacious man, so we knew his welcome toast would be something to remember. But he surprised even me, bringing out a book I’d written in elementary school as a Father’s Day gift, listing all the things I liked about him, complete with illustrations. It was so sweet and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Then 10 minutes later I literally had to get up and remove the mic from him his hands. I don’t think anyone will forget that moment!
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My biggest piece of advice to other brides is if you don’t hire a videographer, ask someone to record the ceremony! I was having such an out-of-body experience during the ceremony, I didn’t even hear the music as I was walking to meet Carlos. All of our friends kept saying how beautiful the music was and I totally missed it! I would also love to be able to hear us saying our vows to each other again – we wrote our own and would love to relive that moment. That was, after all, what the entire day was about!

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Photography: Kat Braman | Event Coordination: Masi Events | Event Planning : Masi Events | Wedding Dress: J. Mendel | Wedding Cake: Earth And Sugar | Invitations: Paperless Post | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Rings: Vale Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Shakuhachi | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Self Portrait Studio - Azaelea Red Dress | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Elie Tahari | Catering: Thierry Isambert Culinary + Event Design | Hair and Makeup: Carolyn Jones Makeup | Lighting: Illumene | DJ: Jarrell Entertainment | Favors: Catalina's Bake Shop | Groom's Attire: Seize Sur Vingt | Venue: Deering Estate | Bridal Shop: Bergdorf Goodman | Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Musician: Chad Bernstein | Film Processing: State Film Lab | Florals + Design: Julia Rohde Designs | Getting Ready: The Edition Miami Beach | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage | Veil: Tia Mazza

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Bells + Bright Colors for this Sweet Summer Wedding

With ringing bells and warm colors, these two became husband and wife and we have the perfect pics by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography and the film by Life Stage Films to prove it. The Fearrington House played host (and event planner and floral designer) for this sweet Southern wedding and we can’t get enough. But no need to fret, there’s plenty of pretty to go around in our Vault right this way!

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From The Fearrington HouseEllie and Nick were married August 6th, 2016 at Fearrington Village. On a gorgeous summer day, these two tied the knot under the Pecan Trees with a beautiful ceremony, and danced the night away in The Fearrington Barn. The couple incorporated details of their venue with custom invitations featuring drawings of Fearrington’s “Beltie” cows and The Barn. Family and friends celebrated the newlyweds with dinner, dancing and an incredible sparkler send-off.

From their vows, “I vow to live with transparency, sharing my greatest joys and my deepest sorrows with you as well as everything in between, even when it feels messy and out of control.” Congratulations to this wonderful couple!

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Photography: Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography | Videography: Life Stage Films | Event Planning: The Fearrington House | Floral Design: The Fearrington House | Wedding Cake: The Fearrington House | Hair + Makeup: Face Forward Hair & Makeup Designs | Ceremony Music: Tony Williamson | Wedding Venue: The Fearrington House | Film Processing: Indie Film Lab | Paper Goods + Maps + Albums: Indigo Envelope

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Pretty Shades of Berry + Blue Wedding for a Winter Wedding

A rich, jewel-toned color palette is one design decision I can always get behind, especially for a winter wedding like Lauren and David’s. They wed at St. Petersburg, Florida’s Museum of Fine Arts for a classic, wildly stunning setting and you can see every moment captured by Emily Katharine.

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From the bride… David proposed in his hometown of Florence, Italy in the fall of 2015. As soon as we got back from our whirlwind trip of meeting his family and celebrating our engagement we started planning! Living in Florida I knew that I wanted a wedding in the cooler months and having a longer engagement sounded appealing after realizing everything that went into planning a wedding.

We knew we wanted to get married in downtown St. Petersburg so we could show off our city to all our family and friends! We looked around at a few different venues but I had my heart set on the Museum of Fine Arts early on. It is right next to a park with giant Banyon trees and backs up to the water and creates such a beautiful backdrop for our outdoor ceremony.

My dad built us a beautiful arbor that my sister-in-law decorated for us to stand under. Getting married in January made me want to have winter colors that still fit with our warm Florida weather. We went nontraditional with blue suits for the guys and burgundy dresses for my bridesmaids. I accented with lots of gold and kept the same color scheme inside for our reception.

Our nod to David’s heritage was a personal bottle of olive oil for all our guests with a family recipe attached. We had great blue up-lighting against the walls which created such a fun atmosphere for dancing after we finished our seated dinner. We chose not to do a send-off and instead celebrated into the night with all our family and friends!

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Photography: Emily Katharine Photography | Videography: Sunshine City Films | Wedding Planning: Kristen Hansen (Flawless Fetes) | Floral Design: 2 Birds Events | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Azazie | Makeup: Dena Miaoulis | Hair: Denise Burkle | Favors: Mazzaro's Olive Oil | Ties: The Tie Bar | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Transportation: Jolley Trolley | Venue: Museum Of Fine Arts | Bridal Gown: CC's Bridal | Catering + Cake: Olympia Catering | DJ + Lighting: Kelly Gump, South Tampa DJ | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

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