Weddings are already overflowing with love and surprises, but when the groom goes out on a limb to make the day ultra special for his bride… cue the waterworks! Valentine’s Day may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to bask in the love, so we rounded up ten romantic gestures that will melt your heart in the sweetest way imaginable. Take note, grooms-to-be — no pressure or anything!
If I had gotten married in the South, I would envision my day to look something like this… layered with elegance, charm, richness and intimacy. To me, that embodies everything a Southern wedding should be, and RO & Co. Events, Petal and Pine and Julie Paisley nailed it with this slice of inspiration. What’s your favorite detail? Let us know in the comments below!
From RO & Co. Events… As a Los Angeles-focused wedding planner and designer for the past 6 years (formerly the co-owner/creative director at GATHER Events), I have gotten to know my LA turf rather well. As I step into my exciting new solo event planning and design venture, RO & Co. Events, I am focused on traveling outside my home base and partnering up with the greater special event community across the country. There is so much talent out there!
On a recent visit to Nashville, I was struck by the dynamic of this beautiful southern city—rich in history and tradition, but with a clear eye on modern sophistication. Half expecting to see a honky tonk on every corner, instead I found sleekly designed restaurants, gorgeous coffee houses and modern event venues that would rival any larger city.
Inspired by the contrast of the city, we created a modern, sophisticated take on southern charm. Julie Paisley Photography beautifully captured the aesthetic we were envisioning. With a focus on stark and sophisticated black and white, we added a hint of warm hues of blush and Potter’s Clay, one of Pantone’s hot colors for Fall. Metallic gold details were peppered throughout.
The Cordelle, built in the late 1800s, created the perfect backdrop for our shoot. Located in the heart of bustling Nashville, its exposed brick and 100 year old Hackberry trees tell the story of bygone days. 12th table’s eclectic modern furnishings bring the ceremony, dinner table and lounge spaces into an of-the-moment aesthetic.
Petal and Pine’s abundant textured arrangements feel fresh, organic and unfussy. The modern design and calligraphy of Hew + Co’s paper goods were punctuated with a curated collection of vintage stamps from Verde Studio.
Real-life couple Angela and Rico relived their wedding day as our models. Can’t you just feel the love between them? Our bride stunned in a beaded Bo and Luca gown provided by the incredible Nashville bridal boutique, The Dress Theory. Locks By Leslie created a natural but glamorous hair and makeup look. Rico dazzled in a sleek ensemble from The Black Tux.
Aperitif Events & Cocktails created gorgeous, colorful libations. This one (in the champagne coupe) is a recipe of light rum, lemon juice, rosewater thyme simple syrup, fig puree, muddled raspberry, cyan and egg whites. It’s a perfect fall color in the prettiest shade of pink. Cheers to Nashville!
From Julie Paisley… It is always a joy when a planner contacts me to shoot an editorial, especially when it’s at one of my favorite venues in Nashville. I loved this shoot, being able to work with some of my favorite Nashville vendors and connecting with new ones is always a treat. I also loved working with our real couple, Angela and Rico they were amazing!
Photography: Julie Paisley Photography | Event Design: Ro & Co Events | Floral Design: Petal and Pine | Wedding Dress: Bo & Luca | hair and makeup: Leslie Ellis Hair and Makeup | Wedding Venue: The Cordelle | Rentals: 12th Table | bride's earrings: Untamed Petals | cocktails: Apertif | groom’s attire: The Black Tux | models: Rico Allen | models: Angela Allen | paper goods and calligraphy: Hew + Co. | vintage stamps : Verde Studio | wedding dress boutique: The Dress Theory
If there’s one thing wedding planners, Francie and Britt of 42 North know, it’s how to deck out an event in gorgeous, fresh greens. They’re stopping by to share a few of reasons every bride should consider infusing greenery into their design plus insider advice to pull it off with ease.
Enhance Your Venue
Using greenery helps the wedding to feel like it belongs wherever it is and helps it to blend into the landscape while also feeling festive and elegant. And seeing as ‘Greenery’ is the Pantone color of the year, it’s perfectly fitting to find creative uses of that palette to complement the natural setting.
Neutralize a Color Palette
A lot of brides tell us at the beginning of the design process that all their friends are asking them “what are your colors?” We wholeheartedly disagree with this way of thinking! You shouldn’t limit yourself to two or three colors when planning your wedding, rather there should be an entire palette that inspires your vision. Greenery helps neutralize and bring together your other colors without any one color overpowering the aesthetic. It’s the tie between all the other decor elements happening in the room, tent, garden, and more.
Create Interest + Movement
Blooms are beautiful, of course, but greens create movement in a way that’s difficult to achieve with flowers.
Get the Effortless, Organic Vibe
Weddings are trending towards elegant and Tuscan-inspired designs with free-flowing florals, using a ton of greenery with an otherwise neutral palette which creates an al fresco vibe wherever you may be!
Complement the Scenery
For outdoor cocktail hours, consider utilizing the great outdoors – weaving your unique floral collection into the branches of live trees, or using greenery from the surroundings to bring softness to the bar setup.
This wedding has me craving summer in a serious way and it has everything to do with the stunning imagery from Judy Pak. She told the story of Christina and Scott’s seaside wedding, including their perfectly unique ceremony set in a boathouse. The always fabulous Katydid Signature Floral & Event Design complemented the day with blooms galore and it’s all the inspiration a nautical bride needs.
From the bride… We met at Syracuse University (go Orange!), fell madly in love in New York City, where Scott proposed on our roof, and got married two years later in Bay Head, New Jersey on a VERY windy September day. We both grew up spending our summers down the shore and knew it was the perfect place to tie the knot. Our ceremony was in a boathouse which was a really unique, simple and raw space. We brought in garlands and white flowers to bring some romance to the room. The ceremony was very personal and reflected our playful and passionate personalities.
After the ceremony, we departed by boat and set sail into the most stellar sunset. We’ll never forget sailing away, watching all of our family and friends wave and cheer – happy tears were flowing! After a few laps around the bay we headed to the reception and before we docked, Scott’s mom surprised us with a classic jersey shore beach plane fly-over announcing our marriage. It was epic!
Our reception was filled with unforgettable toasts, delicious local seafood, floor shaking dancing and ended with an after-party filled with all of our favorite jersey shore boardwalk food. We were so lucky to have wonderful vendors. A special thank you to the amazing Judy Pak who captured the day with her natural and magical film photography. Our day was pure bliss – filled with tons of laughter and love! A huge thank you to both of our families for making our dream wedding come true.
Photography: Judy Pak Photography | Cinematography: Cullen Wedding Studio | Floral Design: Katydid Signature Floral & Event Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Invitations: A Fabulous Fete | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Hair + Makeup : Aleksandra Ambrozy | Band : Atomic Funk Project | Groom's Attire: My Suit | Wedding Venue: Bay Head New Jersey | Draping : Fabrico Events | Groom's Shoes : Hugo Boss