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A Garden Wedding Inspired by the Couple’s Love of Art

It’s not every day you come across a wedding quite as striking as this. And that’s saying a lot coming from an editor who sees pretty amazing nuptials on the reg. No surprise, vendor masterminds like A Modern Plan were behind the scenes on the making of this art-inspired celebration, and our beloved Jose Villa worked his usual magic behind the lens.

From the planner, A Modern PlanKatie + Clark are both from Alaska. They met in high school and are simply the most lovely couple. They share a strong love of art and traveling. Their wedding was filled with lots of personal touches. Katie’s love of the quaint flower shops in Paris was echoed in the beautiful abundant blooms displayed in vintage flower buckets by Brown Paper Design.

Clark and Katie’s affection of the arts was seen throughout their day. In the programs created by the bride and also their menus. Each menu had a print of one of their favorite paintings or drawings. The week leading up to the wedding date showed rain in the forecast. The rain added such an intimate touch to their day. A beautiful tent was set up at Beaulieu Garden for their reception and guests gathered around their ceremony with clear umbrellas. Such a beautiful day.

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Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Event Planning: A Modern Plan | Cake : The Whole Cake | Calligraphy: Bespoke Aesthetics | Lighting : Got Light | Dj : DJ CAMS | Venue: Beaulieu Garden | Classic Car: Wine Country Classic Limousine | Floral Design + Decor : Brown Paper Design | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Lounge Rentals : Found Vintage Rentals | Paper Goods : Made by the Bride | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals : Classic Party Rentals | Rentals : Encore Events Rentals | Shuttles: Napa Valley Tours & Transportation | Tabletop Rentals: Frances Lane | Tenting: Classic Party Rentals | Venue, Food and Rentals : Paula LeDuc Fine Catering

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The Details in These Gowns are Everything

In the world of dreamy wedding gowns, Morilee Madeline Gardner can seriously do no wrong. And their newest Reflections Collection? One of their best yet. Think beyond stunning styles boasting 3-D florals, sparkles + sequins and figure-flattering silhouettes just waiting to steal the spotlight. Yep, this is a collection that is all about the details… and it’s sooo gorgeous.

Whether you’re saying “I do” in a traditional ceremony at your family church or tying the knot in a more laid-back setting, the Morilee Madeline Gardner Reflections Collection has everything you’ve ever wanted… and so much more. From the dramatic detachable trains to the intricate details to the silky smooth fabrics, every last piece in this breathtaking collection will WOW each and every one of you guests and have you dancing the night away like a total princess. We love that.

From beautiful ball gowns to sassy fit and flares to A-line pretties, the Morilee Madeline Gardner Reflections Collection is your go-to for that gown of your dreams. Visit them today to start perusing the beautiful options… we can’t wait to see which gown you rock on the Big Day, lovelies.

The Cutest French Café Wedding Ever

Dom and Amanda first met at a restaurant, so celebrating their wedding at Colette Grand Café felt like coming full circle. They wanted an intimate affair with only their closet friends and family, and the pros behind Lexington and Co. Events helped them achieve exactly that. Amanda stunned in an ethereal Carol Hannah skirt, which was graciously gifted by a fellow bride she met online! Read the full story below and don’t miss a single image from the incredible ARTIESE Studios.

From the bride, Amanda… Dom and I met in the summer of 2014, shortly after he moved to Toronto, at a busy downtown restaurant. Being the cheeky flirt that I am, I took off his baseball hat and put it on my head. He later told me that he fell in love in that moment. One drink turned into dinner, which turned into a second dinner at another restaurant down the street, and so began our shared love of good food, good wine, laughter, and being together. We have been inseparable ever since.

We wanted to create a special, intimate celebration with just close family and friends. As soon as we walked into Colette Grand Café, we fell in love with the space and booked it right away. The décor is classic French style: warm and elegant. The ceremony took place in the sunny white latticework pavilion outside, framed with hanging ivy pots and a floral backdrop.

We have such a talented group of artists in our family and circle of friends, and they added so much sparkle to the day. Family and friends played acoustic Edith Piaf and Beatles songs during the ceremony and classic love songs by Dean Martin during the cocktail reception. My mom read a beautiful indigenous poem that left not a dry eye in the room. My aunts did makeup and dress alterations, and my cousin made our vintage-inspired, delicious wedding cake. Exquisite details by my sister-in-law, who runs a DIY blog, tied everything together with a bow.

I would be remiss not to mention a very special person I met throughout this process. When we started planning the wedding, I came across the dress online. It was a skirt, actually. An ethereal, blush pink linen skirt worn by a beautiful bride named Katie who lives in Pennsylvania. I called a store in Toronto that carries the designer, Carol Hannah, told them I wanted to buy the skirt, and made a fitting appointment. My mom and I showed up on appointment day to take measurements, and when we got there, the owner of the shop told me that there had been a mixup, and that my dress wouldn’t arrive in time for the wedding. I was heartbroken. I called seamstresses to see if it could be recreated. It couldn’t. I called other boutiques across North America that sold the skirt. No one would sell me a sample. As a last resort, I emailed the photographer, who photographed Katie’s wedding, and explained the situation. The photographer promised me he would contact her. That night, I got an email from Katie. She said she wanted me to have the dress, and that she would put it in the mail the next day. Her only request was that I send her a picture of me in the dress, so that she could put it next to hers. I will never tire of telling this story. It’s an uplifting reminder of the good in people, and the kind of person I want to be.

Special thanks to our wedding planner Lexi for bringing our vision to life, and photographer Therese for capturing the most memorable day of our lives with such grace and professionalism. We ate dinner by candlelight, we laughed, and we cried. Just me, my best friend, and the people we love. It was the perfect way to start our life together.

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Photography: ARTIESE Studios | Wedding Planning: Lexington And Co Events | Floral Design: Timberlost Designs | Gown: Carol Hannah | Cake: For the Love of Sweets | Reception Venue: Colette Grand Cafe | Makeup: Teresa Bove | Hair: Tony Pham of LAC + CO | DJ: Andrew Kekewich | Favors: Buy Some Love | Groom's Attire: Neil Barrett | Groomsmen's Attire: Suitsupply | Officiant: Enduring Promises | Venue: Colette Grand Cafe | Alterations: Lori Barnes | Decor: Fish & Bull | Musicians: Matt Dawson, Arjun Lombardi-Singh, Jacob Gelcer, Jim Gelcer

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A Cherry Blossom Printed Dress for the Ultimate Spring Inspiration

There are about a million reasons to adore this spring shoot, but first and foremost? The bride’s cherry blossom printed gown by Monique Lhuillier. It set the tone for a shoot filled with unexpected whimsy and Hylah White, Stacie Ford, Seniman Calligraphy, and La Tavola are a few key vendors who brought the vision to life. Spring brides, consider these images by Rebecca Yale all the inspiration you’ll ever need.

From Rebecca Yale… For this Spring wedding editorial we were inspired by the beauty of Kestrel Park, a 19th Century English Country home and gardens located in the heart of Santa Ynez, CA. Hylah White Special Events chose French blue to be the main color inspiration to play off the European feel of the venue. We loved how the light shade of blue complemented the cherry blossoms that were in bloom throughout the garden, which led us to choose a stunning cherry blossom printed gown from Monique Lhuillier’s unique RTW collection for our fashion forward bride’s ceremony dress.

Continuing the garden inspiration our bride changed into another beautiful RTW Monique Lhuillier gown with a beautiful high low hem allowing her to show off her beautiful floral booties designed by Joy Proctor for Bella Belle Shoes. Afterwards, the bride changed into a third stunning Monique Lhuillier bridal gown with a gorgeous lace bodice and layer upon layer of magnificent tulle for some golden hour portraits in the beautiful rolling hills of Santa Ynez.

The incredible Felissa from Of The Flowers made three unique bouquets inspired by each gown. Stacie Ford and Caitlynn Demetrician for Stacie Ford created beautiful and natural hair and makeup looks for each gown embracing and playing up the bride’s beautiful natural curls with delicate foliage inspired hair pieces by Hushed Commotion.

The reception table was set between the magnificent garden hedges and the stone castle-like horse stables, truly making the entire day feel like a fairy tale! Guests were welcomed to their seats with hand calligraphed place settings on their seats and each place setting had a beautiful torn edge menu with the same wax seal as the invitation.

Of the Flowers and Hylah White Special Events paired white and green centerpieces with beautiful marble slabs and a mixture of silver and crystal candlestick holders with french blue candles. Not to leave a detail untouched the scent of the flowers from the table was just as beautiful as the tablescape looked! A lovely dessert table was set beneath the blooming wisteria on the other side of the stables with macaron towers from Bottega Louie. The perfect ending to a fairytale wedding day!

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Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Floral Design: Of The Flowers | Invitations: Jasmin Michelle Designs | Shoes: Bella Belle | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Makeup: Stacie Ford Weddings | Hair: Caitlynn Demetrician for Stacie Ford | Calligraphy: Seniman Calligraphy | Tuxedo: The Black Tux | Venue: Kestrel Park | Desserts: Bottega Louie | Earrings: Chanel | Event Planner + Stylist: Hylah White Special Events | Female Model: Ciara Williams | Gowns: Monique Lhuillier | Hair Accesories: Hushed Commottion | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Ring Box : The Mrs Box | Silk Ribbons and Table Runner: Silk + Willow | Tabletop: borrowed BLU | Vow Books: Seniman Calligraphy

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