Looking for a winter weather pick-me-up? Then you’ve come to exactly the right place, because today we’re spending some time with the new Spring 2017 Avery Collection from Maggie Sottero Designs and it’s amazing. Think organic, artful designs, stunning embellishments and body-skimming silhouettes. Scroll for the big ol’ dose of romance (+ sunshine) your day totally needed.
Fact: Maggie Sottero Designs creates gowns that are absolutely breathtaking… and the new Spring 2017 Avery Collection most definitely does not disappoint with gowns that will leave all of your guests talking. From demure styles with a twist (hello, McKenzie) to beyond beautiful detailing with beads, pearls and crystals (we’re looking at you, Petra) to unique trains like the cutout stunner on Odette, every last gorgeous creation is the definition of romantic whimsy with styles that will make your hearts sooo happy. I mean, we all want to look like a princess on the Big Day and Maggie Sottero Designs’ scalloped hemlines and vintage-inspired laces will do just that. We promise.
Whether you love the illusion lace of the Blanche or truly want to make a statement with the Bianca (that skirt!), contact Maggie Sottero Designs today to find your very own fairytale masterpiece. You absolutely won’t regret it, loves… these gowns are awesome.
In my own hunt for the perfect wedding destination a few years ago, Charleston was definitely a contender. You can’t beat those charming streets full of old world beauty—see? Dana Cubbage Weddings‘ captures of this day planned by Boutique Planning are pure Southern pretty through and through. Take a gander at The Vault, I think you’ll agree.
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From Dana Cubbage Weddings… Georgia-Leigh + Brian’s downtown Charleston wedding was the quintessential Southern soiree. These two DC residents wanted an elegant affair focused on celebrating with their family + friends… and they sure got it! The day started with a sweet First Look in the French Quarter area of downtown Charleston, followed by a TON of portrait time before we headed back to the William Aiken House for group + family photos. Their ceremony took place at Grace Cathedral downtown and it was an absolutely STUNNING church! After they said “I do!”, everyone hopped on a trolley and headed back to the venue for their reception. Georgia-Leigh and Ashley with Boutique Planning did an amazing job creating a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere for their guests at the William Aiken House. Guests were treated to a variety of lowcountry favorites and the dance floor was packed all night thanks to Asheville, NC-based band, The Business. At the end of the night, Georgia-Leigh + Brian exited through a tunnel of sparklers. It was the perfect end to their fairy tale day.
Photography: Dana Cubbage Weddings | Wedding Planner: Boutique Planning | Floral Design: Sara York Grimshaw Designs | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Cake: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Stationery: Ooh La La | Ceremony: Grace Episcopal Church/Michael Wright | Reception: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Bride's Shoes: Benjamin Adams | Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way | Catering: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Hair + Makeup: The Spa on Main | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Men's Attire: Vera Wang | Dress Boutique: Jean's Bridal | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals
When Jenna and Rory decided to set their wedding just outside Portland, Oregon, they were undertaking quite the task. Currently living in Amsterdam, their planning journey meant countless emails, Skype sessions, and virtual tours. But to say it all paid off would be an understatement. Take one look at the photos from Maria Lamb and you’ll see how their perfect day went off without a hitch.
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From the Bride… A British boy meets American girl through the Swoosh – Nike. Our passion for sport, fitness, and helping all athletes (including ourselves) brought us together at the HQ in Beaverton. When Rory was relocated to the Beaverton office he found himself sitting 3 cubicles away. I could hear that British accent and loud voice instantly. He made his presence known.
The relationship was hush-hush at first to ensure that we could uphold our professional reputation and keep the beginning of our relationship for us to create and determine the future. We dated for 4 months when visa complications had him shipped away to the European office in the Netherlands. As a very career driven and independent person, it was very hard for me to ever consider following my heart for love. After 8 months of long distance, 9-hour time difference (which means you text only), I took the leap of faith and head out to the Netherlands. But, I’m very practical and ensured I had a job lined up.
Rory and I have been exploring Europe for 1 year together. Many people would have thought he would have proposed as we watched the sunset in Positano, or as we played in the snow in the Swiss Alps, or sail through the blue waters of Croatia. Instead, he found the most simple of moments on New Year’s Eve when we were in Vermont. He knew that celebrating with my family would mean the most to me and took advantage of the fact the next day I would be surrounded by many that matter to me. These occurrences are rare with some of my family in Portland, some in Boston, us in Amsterdam, and friends in NY and California. He bought the ring and called my father on the phone only 10 days before. He says he was thinking about it for a while but realized after I jumped on a plane, this was the best moment.
We (I’m being generous with we) have planned the entire wedding from Amsterdam. Many hours of late night emailing and mainly done digitally through Skype sessions with vendors or virtual tours. However, I managed to make a few trips back to Portland to finalize some details and seal the deal on certain items. We wanted a simple affair that celebrated the many people who traveled for the day and ensured the ‘agenda’ was to spend the most time with the guests as we could.
Photography: Maria Lamb | Wedding Coordination: The Blooming Bride | Floral Design: The Blooming Bride | Catering: Devil's Food Catering | DJ: Stumptown DJ's | Officiant: Nike | Ceremony Music: John Wayland Harr | Transportation: Blue Star Bus | Venue: Vista Hills Vineyard | Tent Rental: Barclay Rentals | Dessert: Nineteen 27 S'mores | Dessert: Chefs Table Catering | Photobooth: Happymatic Photo Booth | Signs: Nike | Vintage Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals
When bride-to-be, Shirly came across a Dolce & Gabbana advertisement one day, she knew she’d just found her wedding inspiration. Featuring striking florals, rich black accessories, ghost chairs, lush greenery and brassy gold elements, it guided her fashion-forward approach to their wedding design…and the result is every modern bride’s dream. Mark and Shirley brought on an amazing vendor team with Esoteric Events, Kristina Adams, Amari Productions, Seniman Calligraphy, The Blushing Bird and La Tavola, to name a few. See it all this way!
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From the Bride… When we first started designing the look of our wedding, we struggled to unite vastly different aesthetics that we both loved. One day, I came across a Dolce & Gabbana advertisement and that became the focal point of our inspiration. We took the colors of the fashion forward florals and layered in rich black accessories and ghost chairs for a modern take, and then incorporated brassy gold elements and lush greenery and textures for some old-world romance. Thanks to our spectacular all-star vendor team, we are so happy with how everything came together!
We had only moved to Los Angeles from New York for two months before Mark proposed. So we thought it was very fitting to have our wedding in Southern California since we had many out of town family and friends traveling from Asia and the East Coast. We both wanted an outdoor celebration, and once we saw the venue with its sweeping vast views, we knew that was it. Our wedding day was truly the happiest days of our lives. It’s a remarkable feeling to be marrying your soul mate, surrounded by everyone you love. I couldn’t stop smiling all day, and no matter how hard I tried to stop it, I cried lots of happy tears!
Photography: Kristina Adams Photography | Cinematography: Amari Productions | Wedding Planning: Esoteric Events | Floral Design: Honey and Poppies | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Rachel Marvin Creative | Bride's Shoes: Sergio Rossi | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: RoomForty | Hair & Makeup: Chiali Meng | DJ: Vox DJs | Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Bridal Accessories: The Blushing Bird | Bride's Crown: Mignonne Handmade | Cake & Desserts: Mr. & Mrs. Creamery | Cocktails: Pharmacie | Day of Calligraphy: Letters To You | Invitation Calligraphy: Seniman Calligraphy | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth Backdrop: Drop It MODERN | Specialty Rentals: Etablir Shop