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Bringing a Big Dose of Modern to this Napa Black Tie Affair

Black and white wins every single time in our book. It’s so classic and elegant even when paired with modern details. Now throw a crazy talented bunch of wedding vendors into that mix including design by A Savvy Event, florals by Nancy Liu Chin, a whole lot of pretty imagery by Lindsay Madden Photography and a film by Reel Eyes Media, and it takes this already stunning affair and truly makes it shine. Plus there’s a fairy godmother of wine tucked in the gallery and what’s not to love about that?

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From A Savvy Event…Katlin and Nawder Alavi were just a girl from Florida and a boy from Texas, until they met each other at SMU during their college years. They fell in love, and eventually moved out to a beautiful apartment in the marina district of San Francisco. Their home is clean, and white, with many modern elements. When Katlin and Nawder first started planning their big day, they knew that they wanted to bring a similar style to their wedding.

With the help of Kelly from A Savvy Event, the Alavis planned a romantic, elegant, black tie affair at Meadowood Napa Valley. The entire weekend of events was picture perfect, from their welcome party and rehearsal dinner at Brasswood Estate, to their brunch and croquet game on the lawns at Meadowood.

Because the groom and his family are Persian, it was important to the couple that they incorporate Persian elements into the ceremony. Katlin and Nawder had two officiants, and a Persian-American ceremony. In following with the Persian traditions, they had a sofreye aghd, filled with beautiful elements such as a mirror, candlesticks, beautifully crafted flatbreads, decorated eggs, sugar, gold coins, and more. Traditionally this portion of the wedding is very colorful, but in keeping with Katlin and Nawder’s design aesthetic, it was filled with white and metallic accents.

Cocktail hour was held on the fairway of the golfcourse, with playful elements such as a woman wearing a champagne skirt, which the guests enjoyed immensely. They offered signature drinks from a bar surrounded by elegant lounge areas, all enclosed with greenery.

Dinner was held in an open air tent on the upper lawn. The tent was intended to define and elevate the outdoor space, so that the guests felt as if they were simultaneously inside a black tie venue while enjoying the beauty of Meadowood’s outdoor spaces. The head table ran down the middle of the tent, with chandeliers hanging above. The silver mirrored tables used to seat the bridal parties and bride and groom reflected the lights shining from above, creating a sparkly ambiance throughout the meal. The rest of the surrounding tables were covered in metallic tablecloths of two variations, all of which complemented each other and the head tables. The florals were white with hints of greenery and sage colors, in modern vessels to create a clean contrast with the more romantic china and table scapes.

Nawder’s most important request was to have a fantastic band that could sing into the night. So, they flew one up from Los Angeles and danced the night away with their guests.

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Photography: Lindsay Madden Photography​ | Event Planning: A Savvy Event | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin | Wedding Dress: Custom Made | Invitations: Yonder Design | Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Calligraphy: Sarah Hanna | Lighting: Lux Production | Entertainment: Elan Artists | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Meadowood Napa Valley | Hair & Make Up: Professional Makeup Artistry | Hair & Make Up: It's A Date at The Powder Room | Photobooth: Giggle and Riot | Rentals: Hensley Event Resources | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals: Glassy Baby | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Rion Designs | Sofreh Aghd Designs: Fancy Little Details | Video: Reel Eyes Media

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The Perfect Signature Cocktail for Every Event in your Wedding Lineup

We all know that every fabulous celebration deserves an equally as fabulous cocktail. So to help you choose the perfect libation for every event on your wedding itinerary, we’re teaming up with the experts at Total Wine & More to run down the recipes that will steal the show. From rosé sippin’ at your bridal shower to a touch of rum at your bachelor party, these tasty treats just work. Take a peek below.

BRIDAL SHOWER: rosé slushy

If you know us well, then you know we love anything and everything to do with rosé. And this yummy little number? Our happy place. From the Belvoir Elderflower & Rose Lemonade to the sprig of lavender, it’s an ice-filled concoction that will take your bridal shower to the next level. Plus, it’s sooo pretty.

FIND THE RECIPE HERE!

BACHELOR PARTY: THE PLUM STORM

Beer and whisky on the rocks might be the original bachelor party staples, but we’re here to tell you… it can be sooo much more. With this tasty cocktail, your man will be serving up plums, ginger beer and dark rum in a concoction that is the best twist ever on the timeless Dark & Stormy.  Yum.

FIND THE RECIPE HERE!

ENGAGEMENT PARTY: WATERMELON CHAMPAGNE

You can’t properly toast your newly engaged status without the perfect glass of bubbly, but when it comes to celebrating the biggest news ever, you need more than just the standard glass of champagne. Enter this dessert in a glass that is one part champagne, one part watermelon juice and all parts sooo yummy. We’ll cheers to this one anytime, my friends.

FIND THE RECIPE HERE!

REHEARSAL DINNER: HAWAIIN BLACKBERRY MOJITOS

This little beauty is the type of yummy sip that tastes just as good as it looks. Think crushed blackberries, lime juice, fresh mint leaves, sparkling water AND white rum (we love George Ocean White Rum) all coming together to form a cocktail that is perfect for celebrating the BIG event to come, aka, rehearsal dinner perfection. Orrr… you can make it this weekend, if you want.

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THE WEDDING: APPLE ROSEMARY BOURBON

When it comes to signature cocktails, nothing is more important than the one you serve up on THE big day. But if you are worried about choosing the can’t-get-enough-of-this-drink that will make all of your guests happy, don’t be. This Apple Rosemary Bourbon is perfect for sipping during cocktail hour, toasting during dinner AND refreshing your palette after dancing the night away. Bourbon is good, y’all (we recommend Watkins Select Bourbon)… and this is no exception.

FIND THE RECIPE HERE!

It all starts with a fabulous recipe… but making sure your bar is stocked for every last pour? That’s where Total Wine & More comes in to play. Think of it as a cocktail superstore that is basically your party’s lifesaver with a never-ending lineup of delicious wines, spirits, beers AND accessories, all in one fab place. We sort of adore the aisles and aisles of yumminess (read: we’re obsessed), and when it comes to guaranteeing your signature cocktail will be a hit, there’s no better place with their crazy knowledgeable staff who can most definitely guide you in the right direction. I mean, they have 120+ hours of training and taste 1000+ products a year, you guys. They def know their stuff, so stop by one of their locations today or visit their website to check it out… then get ready to mix your hearts out.

Bridal Shower (Rosé Slushy): Photography: Erin McGinn + Styling & Recipe: Abby Capalbo | Bachelor Party (The Plum Storm): Photography: Josh Deaton + Calligraphy: Darling Devotion | Engagement Party (Watermelon Champagne): Photography & Recipe: Lauren Kelp | Rehearsal Dinner (Hawaiin Blackberry Mojitos): Photography: Kylie Martin Photography + Styling: Kylie Martin Photography + Recipe: Caroline Potter | Wedding (Apple Rosemary Bourbon): Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography + Concept, Design and Styling: Daly Digs

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Pop the Question to Your Bridesmaids with These 6 Chic DIY Ideas

An engagement all starts with that one simple yet magical question: “Will you marry me?” And while these four words will undoubtedly form the most significant question your groom will ever ask, it is actually only the first of many proposals that will define this beautiful season of your life! Before long, after the initial excitement and surprise has worn off, you (as a newly minted bride-to-be) will begin to realize you have one pretty major question to pop yourself!

Yes, we’re talking about your bridesmaids. These are the girls that have seen you through all of your ups and downs that life has to offer. They have been there to support you through your struggles, and to celebrate you through your successes. You, of course, want to invite them to share in your special day in a way that they will remember forever. But if you find that you are drawing a blank on the perfect way to pop the question to your girls, no worries! We have rounded up 6 of the chicest ways to ask your besties to be there for you, and the best part is, they are all fun, unique, and completely DIY status!

Curate a Custom Goodie Box

Assembling a custom bridesmaid box from scratch can be the ultimate way to ask your friends to come along for your wedding ride. Not only can you personalize this gift depending on each girl’s individual personality, but it is also a great shipping-friendly option for those pals who live out of town. Throw in items such as your favorite bottle of wine, monogrammed knick-knacks like tumblers and ring trays, jewelry to wear on the day-of, or even something as simple as paint chips representing your wedding colors.

Say it with Champagne

Sometimes the best way to pop the question is none other than popping open some fresh, crisp bubbly! Gifting a bottle (or mini bottles) of your preferred champs to your favorites is a light-hearted, classy, and celebratory gesture that will most definitely get your friends on board with the wedding vibes. And if you want to add a little more of a DIY touch, hit up the pages of Etsy for custom-made champagne labels, available in an entire range of designs and easily applied to any glass bottle. Your maids will love to show off their own personalized bottles as they enjoy champagne specifically chosen by you.

Put a Pen to Paper

What is more DIY than writing a lovely note to each one of your gals on beautiful stationary? Not only is this route super glam and traditional, but it also lets you express your gratitude in a way that is genuine and truly from the heart. Including funny memories, inside jokes, and other special reasons about why she is so important to you will help to make this handwritten ‘proposal’ note one-of-a-kind. Plus, it will serve as an amazing wedding souvenir that your friend can cherish forever.

Plan a Luxe Surprise

If you are able to swing it (and are good at keeping a secret), plan an enjoyable excursion so you can pop the question to all of your bridesmaids at the same time. This is the best way to create a shared experience that you are all guaranteed to rave about for months to come. Whether you want to host a quaint Sunday brunch at home, schedule a full-on spa day, or even organize an elegant group dinner at your favorite local hot-spot, the sky is the limit when it comes to planning a luxe surprise.

Sweet Treats for the Win

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t have a sweet tooth? Presenting your maids with a scrumptious sweet treat is always a popular tactic when asking the big question. Whether it is an iced cupcake made in your own kitchen, an adorably decorated batch of custom cookies from a chic bakery, or even a mini bag of rosé gummie bears, there is always something for everyone when it comes to sugar.

If All Else Fails, Confetti!

And if you are still finding yourself stumped on swanky ways to pop the question to your closest gal pals, remember that you can never go wrong with confetti! It is bright, shiny, and always gets people in the mood to celebrate. Stuff some party confetti in an envelope along with your handwritten letter, or in your specially curated goodie box for an added surprise. In the end, no matter what way you decide to ask your best girls, unwrapping any of these chic options will certainly induce tons of smiles and excitement, and it will absolutely set the tone for the best time of your life!

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Adrienne Holland is a freelance writer and watercolor artist based in Greensboro, North Carolina. When she isn’t working on a new piece, she can be found redesigning rooms in her cottage, spending time outdoors with her boyfriend and lovable border collie, or with her friends overusing Snapchat filters.

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A Clean, Modern Take on a New England Wedding

In a day where clean lines and modern design reigns king, it only makes sense that the incredible Belle Mer plays backdrop. Set right on the sea, the venue was everything Samantha and Zach were looking for. Add in the abundance of white-on-white florals from Greenlion Design and the images from the ever-fabulous Rebecca Arthurs and you have a day to remember from beginning to end.

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From the bride, Samantha… Zach and I met in college at The University of Michigan, but we did not start dating until a few months after graduation when we lived in the same building in New York City.

My vision for the wedding was a formal evening with a modern sophistication in a waterfront location. My favorite moment of the wedding day was the first look – it was such an honest and raw moment and something special that I will always remember.

From the floral designer, Greenlion… Samantha and Zach both were drawn to clean lines and simplicity. We incorporated lush large philodendron leaves to add a contrast to the clean groupings of white hydrangea, tulip, and orchids we used in the centerpiece work. It complimented the space beautifully. The chuppah was hand-crafted from vines and we added lush organic style florals in greens whites and creams for a bold ceremony backdrop.

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Photography: Rebecca Arthurs | Event Planning: Exquisite Events | Floral Design: Greenlion | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Shoes : Giovanetti Rossi | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Belle Mer: A Longwood Venue | Makeup : Deb Houghton | Band: Night Rhythm | Groomsmen's Attire: My Suit | Venue: Belle Mer: A Longwood Venue | Ceremony Programs: Wedding Paper Divas | Escort Cards: Heather Belle Ink | Grooms Shoes: Del Toro | Menu Cards : Katlem Design | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited

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