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Are You Caught Up On All the Wedding Celebration Events You Can Have Before Your Big Day?

That’s one of the wonderful things about weddings: it’s not just one day you have to look forward to – there are several exciting occasions and special days you’ll get to plan or just attend (ah, perks of being the guest of honor) over the course of your engagement. If you can allow yourself to enjoy every single one of them, and embrace being a bride as much as possible, you might not even have post-wedding blues once the ‘I Dos’ are all done. #BrideOut ✌️

You’re probably well aware of the traditional lead up events, such as an engagement party or bridal shower, but what about a couples shower? Or a bridal luncheon? Are those on your radar? If not, then consider this your go-to glossary for all wedding+ parties. Yes, we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, so celebrating in person won’t always be possible – but that’s okay, a lot of these events can be optimized as virtual experiences (and, actually, they might even be better that way). 

Given that the majority of you reading this were once fans of in-book magazine quizzes (and/or know your way around a Buzzfeed quiz REAL well), we thought it’d be fun to do one of our own. Circle the celebration or set of circumstances that you believe go along with the following special event explanations. We’ve included some Style Me Pretty Shop swag that best matches the vibe, too, so you’ll have some hints along the way. 

Photo by The Ganeys

Oh! And have fun. That’s the point of these wedding festivities, after all. 

This event happens shortly after you’ve got a ring on your finger.

It can be hosted by your parents or even by you, if you and your partner want to dive into planning with a party to bring all of your people together first. Hint: these fete-worthy props are perf for the picture! 



A. Bridal shower
B. Engagement party
C. Bachelor/bachelorette party
D. None of the above

Who should be invited to your bridal shower?

A. Everyone you know
B. Just your (the bride’s) side of the family
C. Whoever’s not invited to the wedding
D. The bridal party, close family, and close friends


True or False:

A couple’s shower may take the place of a traditional females-only bridal shower or be added to the celebration timeline if you want to gather family, friends, coworkers, etc. for a complementary event that mixes crew members from both of your sides. 

This event can happen one to four months before the wedding

It is usually hosted by the maid of honor and bridesmaids (although family members of the bride can absolutely be involved). It can be a single night, a long weekend, or even a 3 or 4-day trip to a destination location: the goal? One last fling before the [wedding] ring. Hint: these picks will ensure no one feels left out from all the fun!

A. Bachelorette party
B. Stock the bar party
C. Bridal luncheon
D. Ask-the-girls brunch 

A BLANK is a newer tradition in the wedding celebration timeline

Wherein the bride receives lingerie and pretty little things to wear/use in the bedroom. It’s usually hosted by the maid of honor and bridesmaids and happens (at most) a few weeks or days before the wedding (as the gifts are intended for the wedding night, honeymoon, and/or any night in the newlyweds’ first year). 

 

A. Bedroom bash
B. Lingerie shower
C. Sips and sexy fest 
D. Any of the above


True or False:

These gifts make wonderful tokens of gratitude for your best girls – they’ll love getting them at your bridal luncheon, the day or morning before your wedding.

  

Answers (doesn’t this look familiar?):

1. B.
2. D. (the guest list for the bridal shower is up to the host’s discretion, entirely, but it’s typically intimate and inclusive of the closest friends and family from both sides)
3. True
4. A.
5. B. (while the event is technically called a ‘Lingerie Shower or Party,’ the host can create a whole theme for it be it a boudoir bash or a sugar and spice soiree)
6. True

Whether you’ll be having them all or just a few before you say ‘I Do,’ you can bring some extra pretty to every one of your wedding celebration parties with items from our Style Me Pretty Shop

A Spring Elopement Inspired By the Romance and Whimsy of This Unique Monique Lhuillier Gown!

Say hello to an inspiration shoot that embodies everything we love about Springtime weddings – organic arrangements that look like they’ve been picked straight from the garden, airy gowns, and sunset portraits in blooming fields. Magnolia Hill Farm provided the most beautiful, sunflower-filled backdrop for today’s stunning Spring elopement. Passiflora Studios and Jenny Haas Photography drew inspiration for the overall design from the whimsical Monique Lhuillier gown, complete with a soft pastel color palette. For all the pretty details, head on over to the full gallery!

From Jenny Haas PhotographyThis Spring elopement style inspiration shoot featuring our bride and groom Grace and Devin, was designed by Passiflora Studios and Jenny Haas Photography.

Our inspiration was drawn from the romance and whimsy of the unique Monique Lhuillier gown, and soft pastel colors of spring. Our shoot took place at Magnolia Hill Farm with a vast landscape. 

Caroline with Passiflora designed an arch in the courtyard for the ceremony space as the golden sun was beginning to set over the rolling hills making for the perfect backdrop.

 

Photography: Jenny Haas Photography | Floral Design: Passiflora Studio | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Gown: La Jeune Mariee Bridal Boutique | Cake: Flourish Cake co. | Invitations: Simply Created Design | Hair: Lauren Wolf Hair Design | Groom's Attire: H&M | Wedding Venue: Magnolia Hill Farm | Beauty/ Makeup: angie warren artistry

Break Out the Bubbly, it’s Nearly Pool Party Season!

Oh, hey Summer. I see you over there, waiting patiently to envelop us in your fruity cocktails and crystal blue swimming pools. And thanks to this AHHHHH-dorable party, I just wanted you to know…I’m so ready. Planned to charming perfection by Pamela Barefoot, with wall-worthy photographs by Lisa Blume, I am heading to the kitchen now to whip up something frozen and fabulous.

Goodstone Inn’s serene pool and picturesque countryside backdrop was the obvious location to throw a summer soiree! We wanted the party to evoke a fun, flirty and easy going vibe!

The venue has an iconic ivy wall which provided an exceptional welcome spot with our hot pink signage and our pool models decked out in vintage suits.

Guests entered the party through a green hall way adorned with soft pink palm leaves, leading to the pool terrace. They were greeted by a steel drum band playing in the background and hot pink, orange fruity cocktails.

An exquisite meal of light lunch fare was served on the lawn adjacent to the pool, overlooking the sprawling green mountains.

We went all in on the summer vibe. From pool floats to jelly tote favor bags filled with sunglass and beach towels, to brightly patterned linens and a beach ball backdrop. An afternoon of food, fun photos, great music and mingling with friends was the perfect way to welcome in the summer season!

Photography: Lisa Blume Photography | videographer: Monachetti Weddings | Design: Pamela Barefoot Events | Floral Design: Philippa Tarrant Floral Designs | Invitations: Stephanie B Design | Backdrop & Signage: Brightly Ever After | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Location: Goodstone Inn | Rentals: BD3 Design | Rentals: DC Rental | Rentals: Something Vintage Rentals | favor cookies: salsa sweets | music: Bialeks Music | rentals: Select Event Group

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This Floor to Ceiling Luxury Wedding Has 3 Fabulous Floral Walls!

With an installation that took two whole days, it’s safe to say this luxury California wedding is Above The Top, which happens to be the name of the couple’s event rental and production company! With the help of Flowers by Cina the couple created a romantic timeless aesthetic, filling the day with 3 stunning lush flower walls with an overhead wisteria treatment that included a crystal chandelier. The best part? The bride and groom’s two daughters were there to join in the celebration. Erin Kaiulani Photo captured every heart-stopping moment with love and incredible attention to detail. Watch this jaw-dropping day unfold in the full gallery.



From Erin Kaiulani PhotoSo much detail and planning went into this Above the Top event. Both the reception ceiling and ceremony flower wall took two days to complete, by Flowers by Cina, and the mirror flooring literally reflected all her hard work!



The ceremony included large blush pink drapes lightly flowing with the sea breeze from the ocean down below the golf course. Trying to keep the focus on the couple, guests were seated in clear ghost chairs with ivory cushions. Acrylic columns held clear vases overflowing with white and blush pink roses. The mirrored aisle was lined with climbing floral arrangements.



The reception took place in a ballroom. Towering centerpieces paired with cascading blooms made for a lavish reception and a magical night celebrating love. Keeping in line with their ceremony, mirrored tabletops and an abundance of blush blooms contributed to the romantic vibe. The couple danced under floral ceiling installations paired with centerpieces on acrylic stands created an elevated reception vibe.



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Photography: Erin Kaiulani Photo | Cinematography: Storytime Motions | Event Planning: Above The Top | Floral Design: Flowers by Cina | Cake: Patty's Cakes | DJ: Nick Nack | Wedding Venue: Waldorf Astoria | Beauty: Cynful Makeup | Rentals: Above The Top Party Rentals

Smaller Scale Weddings Don’t Mean Smaller Details and This Parisian Inspired Editorial Will Give You All Of the Proof!

A little PSA for anyone out there planning a small wedding…a small wedding doesn’t have to mean small details! In fact, we think just the opposite – the smaller the wedding, the bigger the details, and today’s editorial shoot at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, planned and designed by K. Saw Weddings is about to give you ALL of the proof. Inspired by chic, Parisian styles, they delivered a small yet mighty wedding display featuring jaw-dropping florals by Le Bloomerie from the ceremony arch to the tablescape and not one but FOUR different gowns…even mixing in some colored dresses to the different setups! Check it out below to see all of Stella Yang Photography‘s stunning images!

From K Saw WeddingsOur vision for this shoot is dedicated to all the couples out there who are planning their weddings in a very creative way. Smaller-scale weddings are now a trend, but it does not mean you have to compromise your beautiful wedding vision. As a matter of fact, indulging with unique details to express your style as a couple is now the best opportunity to do so!

Creating this dream shoot very much represents me as a wedding designer and a stylist. I’ve always been in love with anything chic, fashion-forward with hints of elegance in all the right places. I call this editorial “A Chic Parisian Rendezvous” because I have always been inspired by Parisian styles where vintage meets modern which equals GLAM. The color palette I’ve chosen includes black and pink as my main color with a touch of blush and coral hues on our florals to neutralize and soften our palette. I’ve incorporated different types of textures from my velvet table linens to tulle gowns which all blended well together.

Gathering the perfect vendors to make my vision come to life is the first step in planning this editorial shoot. Collaborating with a talented photographer, Stella Yang who captured every little detail so perfectly, followed by Kyle of Studio Arcady who filmed this shoot creating the perfect vibe I was exactly looking for. It started raining the day we produced this editorial and the sky was gloomy but he pulled it off so beautifully as we selected upbeat music to lift the mood. It may rain and pour but the show must go on!

The first thing that inspired me was the Pink and black dresses designed by Millia London. I’ve always been in love with the Black and Pink Combo which reminds me of chic storefronts in Paris! I thought Fairmont Sonoma would be a perfect venue for this, with their blush buildings- a reminiscent of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in South of France. Because couples in California are unable to do destination weddings at this time, we learn to appreciate the beauty of what’s in front of us and that’s our very own wine country in California. Words from Fairmont Sonoma, “ Since first opening our doors, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa has set the stage for thousands of Happily-Ever-Afters. Nestled in the heart of wine country, we invite you to host a destination wedding your guests will not forget! Adorned with lush landscaping, and a variety of historic reception spaces, we can’t wait to bring your wedding vision to life.”

For our Ceremony Scene, Melissa of Le Bloomerie created a breathtaking arch full of garden roses. From Melissa, “ There is no better way to pair the romance of Paris but with the most elegant Garden roses, Eugenie with her feminine tulle like petals, Constance and her soft delicate petals that fade from the darkest pink to a light shade of cream, and the old world elegance of the Romantic Antique rose. The wedding arch was filled with an array of ombré garden roses, their ruffles, and fruity scents remind one of a stroll down Champs D’Elysees. The bridal bouquet captured the modern and chic flair of Paris with garden roses with and lace-like sweet peas.“

Our bride wore glamorous gowns by BERTA from one of the most sought-after bridal boutiques in San Francisco, SF Bridal Galleria. She wore an off-shoulder mermaid gown embroidered with florals and glittery patterns which added glam to her whole look. For the reception dress, she wore a sweetheart neck-lined gown with a floral bodice and tulle A-line with a jaw-dropping slit! Our beautiful bride was glammed up by one of the most talented HMUA based in San Francisco, Rachel Lusk. Words from Rachel, “ I wanted to keep Vanessa’s bridal look effortless and sophisticated, focusing on soft yet glamorous makeup and refined, polished hairstyles. Glowing skin, soft waves, and a chic chignon paired exquisitely with her Berta gowns!” We’ve collaborated with Lindsay Marie Designs by selecting her dainty little earrings to keep a softer bridal look. We’ve also featured Trumpet and Horn’s Edessa ring in Amethyst enclosed in dainty diamonds to add a hint of opulence to our design. Next to our bride is our groom looking dapper in his white Tux from The Black Tux rocking the European cut paired with his nice velvet slip-on shoes adding a rich texture to his outfit.

We’ve created a luxury picnic set up where our Bride wore my favorite Pink Tulle Dress from Millia London paired with Nikki Bootie from Bella Belle Shoes. Luxury Picnic by Cali Picnics in collaboration with tablescape rentals from Amore Society to complete the look. I’ve selected blush pink chargers with a lace pattern to infuse softness to the scene paired with chiffon napkins adorned with a matching menu by The Vintage Inkwell. Words from Molly of The Vintage Inkwell, “The menu and name card combo has a custom modern crest and a soft silk ribbon to complement the beautiful pink florals. “ We also collaborated with Lux Event Rentals who assisted me in designing our cocktail hour set up. Words from Nick of Luxe Event Rentals, “For cocktail hour, our couple enjoyed a glamorous custom lounge with sumptuous blush velvets, modern silhouettes, and sleek gold accents paired with marble high top tables and a classic statement bar.”

For our Reception Scene, I’ve incorporated the Black and Blush combo on my tablescape selection with a modern pattern in black and white on my tablescape with smoke goblets to pair with. I’ve selected mauve velvet linen and silk runners from Amore Society and deeper blush chairs from Lux Event Rentals for a glamorous vibe. To complete the look, we’ve added lush floral centerpieces designed by Le Bloomerie. From Melissa, “ The tablescape captivated the pleasure and fun-like journey that Paris often takes the traveler own with pops creamy peach ranunculus and pink ranunculus.”

For our stationery flat lay, we infused a hint of vintage yet a chic vibe on our design and color palette selection. Words from Molly, “ The Hampshire suite reflects classic vintage designs, but we wanted to add some modern touches with the bold type font and deep blue velvet ribbon and envelopes.” Stella Yang styled and photographed our flat lay so beautifully which summarized our whole theme.

For our Cake moment, I’ve collaborated with WhaT’s More Cake to create a stunning blush cake. Words from What’s More Cake, “ I believe that every woman had a pink dream when she was a girl. When it comes to the ultimate Chic cake, I wanted it to be in a color palette with different shades of pink. The flexibility and elasticity of fondant helped me to create a textured yet fluid canvas. I chose to use handmade wafer paper flowers to bring in some softness and elegance, while the whole structure of the cake feels modernism.”

To conclude our dream shoot, we incorporated another fashion-forward detail for our last scene as a cherry on top where our model wore a black tulle Millia London dress where she wore a headpiece specially curated by Melissa of Le Bloomerie, words from Melissa, “The headpiece captured the Avant-garde and couture world of old and new Paris alike with hellebores, garden roses, and sweet peas.” We added this detail as a unique bridal yet fashion-forward portrait to inspire brides to express themselves in their own unique way!

Photography: STELLA YANG PHOTOGRAPHY | Videography: Studio Arcady | Event Planning & Design: K. Saw Weddings | Floral Design: Le Bloomerie | Wedding Dress: Berta | Cake: WhaT's More Cake | Invitations: The Vintage Inkwell | Ceremony Venue: Sonoma Weddings | Shoes: Bella Belle | Rings: Trumpet & Horn | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa | Accessories: Lindsay Marie Design | Assistant Florist: Blue Crane Floral | Bridal Salon: Bridal Galleria | Bride Model: Vanessa Wilkinson | Cocktail Dress: Millia London | Furniture Rentals & Design: Lux Event Rentals Design | Groom Model: Colin Wilbur | Hair and Makeup Artist: Rachel Lusk Hair and Makeup | Modeling Agency: Stars Management | Tablescape and Linens: Amore Society

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Looking For A Gift For Your Bride Tribe? You’re Going To Want to Check Out ALEX AND ANI’s New Bridal Collection!

Whether you’re asking your besties to be bridesmaids or gifting your soon-to-be mother-in-law, ALEX AND ANI, the eco-friendly jewelry brand has something for everyone (even the bride) with their redesigned Bridal Collection. Launched on April 8th, the collection includes bangles with charms that read ‘I Pick You’ and ‘Happily Ever After’ and even ‘Bride’ so you can gift yourself too! Now…gather your list of girls and pick out a bangle to add to their charmed arm!

ALEX AND ANI is a Made in America jewelry brand founded in Rhode Island in 2004. The jewelry is crafted with recycled materials making them not only eco-friendly but also nickel-free! Designed to connect you to your life’s journey, while expressing yourself freely and showing off what makes you, you – through your accessories!

‘Happily Ever After’ Charm Bangle which comes with matching stationery for a personalized note

From a single bangle to a full charmed arm, there is truly a meaning for everyone and everything. What’s even better? They offer seasonal collections, zodiac symbols, necklaces, rings, and even customizable options!

So, if you’re newly engaged, ready to say ‘I Do,’ or already have, ALEX AND ANI is there throughout your journey from engagement to wedding planning to motherhood and beyond.

 

Jewelry: Alex And Ani

The Flamingo Nursery that’s Breaking Hearts Left and Right…It’s that Cute

Flamingos are having their moment in the spotlight and so to is wallpaper. Now mash each of those pretty details together and this Cole & Sons papered nursery is the result. Blending vintage finds and family heirlooms with modern accessories and whimsical pink flamingos, it’s a dream space perfect for little Poppy James. Tour every cute nook and cranny captured by Shanni Weilert in the vault.

This is the flamingo infused nursery of my daughter, Poppy James. Her room is a blend of new contemporary and vintage finds both from flea markets as well as items from my husband and I’s childhoods. 

Nursery Sources

Wallpaper: Cole & Sons | Gliding Chair: Buy Buy Baby | Bookshelves: Land of Nod | Crib: Hand me down | Side table: TJ Maxx | Dresser: Antique | Tabletop Lamp: Antique | Pig Rocker: Land of Nod | Floor Lamp: TJ Maxx | Burp Cloth holder: Petite Pehr Designs | Burp Cloths: The Poppie Shop | Overhead Light: Shades of Light | Hippo Stuffed Animal: The Poppie Shop | Upholstered Bench: Land of Nod | Crib Skirt: Land of Nod | Toss Pillows: Target | Flamingo Stuffie: Target | Poppy’s Headband: The Poppie Shop

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Photography: Shanni Weilert

A Floral Adorned Oak Tree Was the Main Event at This Sunstone Winery Summer Wedding

Who wouldn’t dream of saying “I do” underneath a floral adorned oak tree surrounded by rolling vineyard hills… I mean, can you say dreamy?! Today’s gorgeous couple did just that at Sunstone Winery in front of 40 of their nearest and dearest. Forage Florals took inspiration from the natural landscape to beautify the wedding design with her gorgeous arrangements, while Santa Barbara Elopement had the day going off without a hitch. Lucky for us, Sposto Photography was there to capture every last detail so we can swoon over this full gallery for days to come.

From the Sposto Photography This gorgeous intimate destination wedding included around 40 guests, all of which traveled from Canada to celebrate Stephanie and Cole’s union. The day was perfect and Stephanie and Cole are the kindest people with amazing chemistry in front of the camera. The ceremony took place in the vineyard under an ancient oak tree adorned with wedding florals. 

Their cocktail party included a delicious wine tasting from Sunstone Winery, simple round table setups with pedestal floral arrangements, vineyard cross-back chairs matching the ceremony seating and blue velvet linens that aligned with the groom’s custom suit. I just love that this simple, stylish on-site cocktail reception at the Villa. 

From the Bride… Cole and I had our first date at a wine bar, fell in love touring wineries in Portugal, and took a wine tasting course to learn a new skill together – so getting married at a vineyard felt like the perfect fit. Although we live in Toronto, Canada, we came across Sunstone Villa in our venue search and could not imagine a more beautiful place. We invited an intimate group of our closest friends and family to join us. We wanted our wedding to feel like a vacation for our guests. We started the afternoon with champagne in the vineyard, followed by the ceremony, then wine tasting in the villa courtyard (all accompanied by a string quartet, which we felt complemented the setting beautifully). 

We finished the day enjoying craft cocktails over sunset on the rooftop of Kimpton Canary Hotel, then with dinner paired with wine we specially chose. Although planned in less than 8 months, from more than 4,000 kilometres away, thanks to our amazing team of carefully selected vendors, the day came together perfectly (the floral arch created by Forage Florals was the stuff of dreams!). We are so grateful for these memories, and to have been able to share this experience with our friends and family.

Photography: Sposto Photography | Coordination: Anna J Photography | Floral Design: Forage Florals | Cake: Lele's Patisserie | Ceremony Venue: Sunstone Villa | Catering: The Lucky Hen Larder | Hair and Makeup: Page Beauty | Officiant: Barbara Mousouris | Transportation: Eos Transportation | Ceremony Rentals: The Tent Merchant | Musicians: Gavin Roy | Specialty Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

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Here’s Exactly What You Need To Include On Your Rsvp Response Cards

While technology has opened up doors for how guests can RSVP, traditional etiquette calls for a good, old-fashioned response card. Usually the smallest card in the suite, a response card includes a line for the guests or a hired calligrapher to write their names and mark whether or not they’ll be attending the event. Some response cards also include a section where guests can select their meal preference (a large majority of venues nowadays allow guests to choose their entrées tableside, but if that isn’t the case with yours, then here’s where you’d do it!), and in recent years, it’s become good practice to include a line where they can write any dietary restrictions.

For all the tips, tricks and advice from the pros, check out our Ultimate Stationery Guide!

Stationery: Every Little Letter| Photography: Tiffaney Childs Photography

The corresponding envelope should be pre-addressed to whoever is collecting response cards, AND include postage as well. No matter how pretty the invitation is, people can get lazy and lack the motivation to mail that baby back in! If you make the process of responding easier with a stamp already on it, more guests will get the picture and do their best to drop it in the post in a timely manner. Mailing invitations in the proper time frame,  so that they don’t have too much or too little time to reply, will increase the amount of people who respond as well. Customize your response cards right here on SMP in our stationery shop (BONUS: they come with coordinating envelopes and you can have your address printed right on them)! 

Stationery: Milk & Paper Co. | Photographer: Ether Smith

Be sure to include:

  • Reply by Date
  • Line for guests’ names
  • Boxes to mark attendance status
  • Dietary Restriction Line (Optional)
  • Meal selection (Optional)
  • LBB Stationery: Inquisited 

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    A Colorful California Winery Wedding Full Of European Inspired Touches

    If a destination wedding isn’t in the cards this year, why not bring the destination to you? This couple filled their special day with European touches that have us feeling like we’re on vacation. The bride and groom collaborated with Sisti & Co. to create a meaningful day that felt fresh and fun. Carmen Santorelli Photography was there to capture the love of the day and all the dreamy little details. Check out the full gallery for all the inspiration.



    From the bride… Our vision for an intimate wedding included a romantic, sunset ceremony surrounded by our nearest and dearest. European cities are always lined with window boxes full of flowers, and we thought that would be another way to add a European touch to the ceremony.



    We wanted to have a private, dinner reception to follow and as many traditional wedding elements incorporated as possible. We wanted to make sure that we represented the winery authentically since the owners are Italian, so we thought using seasonal hops and heuchera (coral bells) would be a beautiful way to tie in the beginning of the harvest season (the winery was actually harvesting grapes that day), with the eventual fall colors of the heuchera.



    The current climate of our world right now may make things seem hopeless, but remember to hold on to the important things you have, such as your significant other and loved ones. It can be devastating to have to reschedule a wedding or start from scratch, but what I have learned is that love transcends all obstacles. Everything will fall into place one way or another.



    Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography | Design: Sisti Co | Dress: Enzoani | Cake: Sisti & Co. | Wedding Venue: Cordiano Winery | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Paper: Bijou Creative | Planning & Florals: Sisti Co | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Ribbon: Hey it's oh so pretty | Tabletop: Hostess Haven

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    A 400-Person Spring Wedding Turned Intimate Fall Affair At Camp Lucy

    Believe it or not, this wedding was actually the scaled down version of Sarah and Ben’s original vision. Highland Avenue Events and Bows And Arrows produced an event with textured warmth, through peachy candles, soft-hued bouquets, and a romantic arch to frame the chapel at Camp Lucy. With health and safety as their top priority, the pair celebrated their love with their closest friends and family. If you’re searching for the perfect spring color palette, you need to view the full gallery of images, curated lovingly by Kayla Barker — and be ready to give your Pinterest board a major refresh!

    From Lindsey of Highland Avenue EventsSarah & Ben were planning a wedding for the history books. They were set to marry on April 18, 2020 at Camp Lucy surrounded by 400 guests, each who truly mattered to them and their families. At their final walkthrough in early March, we discussed this new virus going around but were hopeful it was more media-hype than something genuinely concerning. Within a week things were looking grim with the virus and we had to select a course of action as final counts and payments were due.

    Sarah & Ben chose safety above all else and decided to postpone the large celebration. While the big gathering would wait, their love simply couldn’t. And with that, they held an intimate family-only ceremony at her parent’s home outside of Houston, TX on their original wedding date. It was full of emotions and love, and captured on video to share at their future larger gathering. 

    As the months passed, Sarah and Ben decided the best course for their larger celebration was a scaled-down version of the original plan. We would still hold it at Camp Lucy, but our design needed to be tweaked. As much as we all loved the “waves” of floral and suspended tube lights we planned through the Sperry tent along with so many other show stopping details, it felt overly extravagant given the circumstances and the current world situation. 

    We kept the feeling of textured warmth but shifted the design to help guests feel simultaneously celebratory and safe. Bows and Arrows shifted the floral waves into beautiful rings around the tent polls and the most romantic and lush arch framing the Ian’s Chapel bell tower. Our layered place settings were swapped out for rolled flatware and covered glasses, and our favors shifted from custom bottle openers to monogrammed masks. Guests were welcomed with colored wristbands indicating their comfort with close contact from others. We kept it as open-air as possible and provided ample lounge areas where friends could cozy-up at a distance. It was a drastic change from the wedding we dreamed of initially, but it evolved into a beautiful, thoughtful and unforgettable day that allowed Sarah, Ben and their dearest friends to gather safely in celebration of marriage. While weddings may look a bit different now, with the right planning and adjustments, love is most definitely not cancelled.

    Edited by Lauren Megerdichian and Carly Zumar

    Photography: Kayla Barker Fine Art Photography | Videography: The Brothers Martens | Event Planning: Highland Avenue | Floral Design: Bows and Arrows | Cake: Cakes ROCK!!! | Ceremony Venue: Camp Lucy | Shoes: Bella Belle | Catering: Whim Hospitality | Hair and Makeup: Maitee Miles | Lighting: Intelligent Lighting Design | Band: Empire 6 Band | Transportation: Transportation Consultants | Day-of Paper: Papellerie | Draping & Custom Face Masks: Unique Design & Events | Dress Designer: Nardos Design, Dallas Texas | Invitation Suite and Monogram: Stamped Paper Co. | Place Settings: Table Manners | Rentals: Whim Hospitality | Rentals: Birch And Brass Rentals

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    You Have To See The Flowers At This Florist’s Wedding

    With a wedding florist as the bride, you know this special day is going to be spectacular. Show-stopping florals, foliage, and color by Mulberry and Moss lead the design aesthetic for a California wedding filled with charm. The couple turned to their close friends at Weddings by Susan Dunne to create a day that made their wildest dreams come true. Every image by Sposto Photography is more beautiful than the last. Watch the love unfold is the full gallery.



    From the bride… My two sisters and two closest girlfriends were my bridesmaids. Getting ready with this small group was one of my favorite memories of the day. We toasted with champagne as we took photos and waited for guests to arrive.



    Being a florist and part of the wedding industry myself, one of the many things that made this day so special to me was to have close friends as our wedding vendors. Our planner Susan of Weddings by Susan Dunne, our photographer Shauntelle of Sposto Photography, Kelley & Paul of 618 Studios, and my entire floral team are all people who are so dear to me, and to see them working together and pouring so much into making our day special was something that can only be described as magic.



    When it came to planning wedding day details, the most important thing to both Joey and I was for our wedding to have an intentional, smooth flow, and an elegant high-end experience for our guests. What we ended up with was an intimate wedding with our closest friends and family, with an open-air reception, and – although this was a few pivots from our original vision – we now couldn’t imagine it any other way.



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    Photography: Sposto Photography | Videographer: 618 Studios | Wedding Planner: Weddings by Susan Dunne | Florals: Mulberry & Moss | Invitations: Sydney Beth Designs | Bride's Shoes: Sam Edelman | Catering: Room Forty | Hair and Makeup: Page Beauty | Bar: Pharmacie | Bridal Boutique: Love And Lace Bridal Boutique | Ceremony and Reception: The Harper | Cocktail Napkins: The Emerald Hound | Dress Designer: Laudae | Linen Table Runners: Linen Home Decor | Photo Booth: Social Scenes Photo Booth | Rentals: Sweet Salvage | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Robes: Le Rose | Seating Chart + Welcome Sign: Heidi Davidson Design

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    A Covid Friendly 40th Birthday Party

    For most of us, not being able to hug our favorite people has been the hardest part of 2020. Having people over for an impromptu drink, meeting up for a bite to eat or any other of those little moments we took for granted in years past. But even harder, is celebrating huge milestones – birthdays, graduations, weddings, babies born and relatives lost – without the people we love. Which is why today, we are soaking up the lovely in a 40th birthday – celebrating the lovely Kristan at Cora Bella Events – that was crafted in a way that felt safe and meaningful. Doesn’t get any better than this. Photos by Rachel Howden.

    As a wedding planner during COVID-19, I wasn’t sure I wanted to dive into party planning mode when social bubbles opened-up a month or so before my 40th birthday. Most of my wedding couples had been postponed to 2021 and I was in one of the worst burnouts of my career. I could tell my creativity was suffering, and I needed time to rest, recover and collect myself.

    I talked myself into doing a nice dinner at home with my husband Paul and putting a celebration off until I could do the big, fun bash I had originally envisioned. Once I gave myself permission to skip celebrating my 40th I felt a wave of relief wash over me, and with that I found renewed creative capacity emerging.

    I got to planning an intimate, micro-distanced picnic, where I could have up to 12 of my dearest friends and family . After postponing nearly all my 2020 weddings, safety was my highest priority, which dovetailed nicely into guest comfort and experience.

    I wanted my friends and family to have a few hours respite from the COVID world, and I knew that started with them feeling safe. We set-up hand washing and hand sanitizing stations. We sat households 6’ apart and wore masks when moving about the backyard. Each guest had their own picnic basket with a personalized wine glass.

    I had a bartender pour all beverages to minimize high touch points throughout the day. After that, it was on to décor. The caterer had curated boho décor items for their social bubble picnics, so it was up to me to put my unique spin on it.

    The overarching theme was “Cheers to 40 Years,” as I am known for my proclivity of finding a way to pair champagne with any cuisine or occasion.

    I then added in neutral-chic-glam touches through rentals, florals, custom printed goods and favors. One of my favorite touches was partnering with my 15-year-old cousin, Daisy of Daisy May Co., for custom stickers to put on the hand sanitizer favors. They were gold foiled and read “Spread Cheer not Germs.”

    While I was not her first customer, I was her first custom order. Her mom, April of Penny Ann Designs, handled the custom paper goods, so it was a quaint family affair.

    No party of mine would be complete without my 13 years-young malti-poo, Truffles Marie. She is always happy to play fetch, sit in laps and give kisses to anyone who is willing.

    When my guests arrived, the COVID world faded away as they grabbed a glass of bubbly, smiled, and said, “oh this is very much Kristan, why am I not surprised?”

    And, with that I knew I had fulfilled my own brief. We had a lovely afternoon and I cherish the memories of my 40th. It was more meaningful and intimate than the big bash I thought I wanted. Looking back I wouldn’t change a thing.

    Photography: Rachel Howden Photography | Event Design: Cora Bella Events | Event Planning: Cora Bella Events | Floral Design: Enchantment Floral | Invitations: Penny Ann Designs | Catering: Al Dente Events | Favors: Daisy May Company | Al Dente Events: Al Dente Events | Rentals: Pleasanton Rentals

    Sometimes Altering Your Wedding Plans Makes For the Dreamiest Southern California Backyard Wedding Day!

    Sometimes the best advice given is to ‘just get married!’….and I have to say that may be my favorite piece of advice that I have heard from a COVID bride! For this couple, their elaborate dream venue wedding quickly changed once the pandemic hit and their vendors changed gears to an intimate, backyard wedding at the groom’s family home! With a beautiful table and multiple lounge areas overlooking the water, Intertwined Events transformed this backyard into the couples perfect wedding day. Full of overflowing floral installations by Lily Roden Floral Studio, and an adorable flower girl (pup,) Christine Skari had no shortage of photo op’s! Check it out below and remember….just get married.

    From Lily Roden Floral StudioAnnmarie and Mike were great friends in high school… They even attended prom together. After college, they ran 5 marathons together, including the New York Marathon, and started traveling together, but they didn’t start dating until their late 20s. Mike relocated to Dallas after they started dating. Mike made it official when he popped the question in Carmel by the Sea, California. 

    With two very busy work schedules, Mike and Annmarie quickly set a wedding date with the help of Intertwined Events and chose their dream venue, Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel.

    As preparations progressed the couple rode the ups and downs of planning a wedding during Covid-19. As numbers in California worsened, they made the difficult decision to downsize their lavish Ritz Carlton affair and instead tie the knot in an intimate church ceremony and celebrate at Mike’s family home.

    All vendors quickly changed gears and began to design an epic backyard reception, which included multiple lounges overlooking the ocean and a show-stopping floral installation adorning the front door for all guests to enjoy. Annmarie and Mike didn’t want to sacrifice a single detail if they didn’t have to. Annmarie’s advice to any Covid bride is “just get married”… an intimate elopement can be just as romantic as a lavish bash!

    On their wedding day, Southern California graced us with the most beautiful sunshiny day. Annmarie started the day by running 6 miles at sunrise while Mike relaxed at home with his groomsmen. The couple recalls one of their favorite things was actually getting to see and talk to their small group of wedding guests, which included their dog, flower girl Henley (who has since gone viral in her flower leash and collar on TikTok).

    In the end, Annmarie and Mike wouldn’t have it any other day. The ceremony was intimate, private, and romantic! It included their original design and their closest family and friends… not a single detail was sacrificed!

    Photography: Christine Skari Photographer | Event Planning: Intertwined Events | Floral Design: Lily Roden | Cake: Grace and Honey Cakes | Ceremony Venue: St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Parish | Reception Venue: Family Home | Catering: 24 Carrots Catering and Events | Brides Dress: Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon | Brides dress: Anne Barge | Furniture & Tabletop: Signature Party Rentals | Furniture & Tabletop: Edge Design & Decor | Furniture & Tabletop: Theoni Collection | HMU: KG Hair & Make Up | Invitations / Signage / Paper: Darla Marie Designs | Linens: Latavola Linen | Napkin Ribbon: Tono and Co | Video Streaming: Honored Occasions | Vintage Bentley: White Rose Limo

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    A Field Of Whimsy Dinner That Celebrates Friendship in the Prettiest Way

    Set in a wild field in Ontario, this editorial cherishes life’s most special moments. Since the pandemic has affected so many relationships, this shoot celebrates togetherness and friendship in the prettiest of ways. In whimsical and ethereal fashion, Little Bird Event Co designed a setup that is fresh, beautiful, and original. The table-length floral design in which The Bourbon Rose created is what we call the epitome of lush. From the softly lit candles to the bride’s fanciful Hannah Tikkanen gown, this is the shoot of our dreams. For more daydream worthy images, head to the full gallery, captured by the genius that is Vicki Bartel

    From Vicki Bartel… Inspired by the current times, an intimate gathering to celebrate the things we treasure most – love, friendship, togetherness, and of course a good meal.

    Set in a wild field, full of all of our dreams, dining under an angelic sunset, friends broke bread and created memories to last a lifetime. Mixing vintage elements with new designs, it was pivotal to create a scene that spoke to our senses for a farm to table dining experience.

    From the fresh florals adorning the table in our favorite palette of toffee, ivory, blush and dusty rose, to the meal served, every sense was captivated and revitalized.

    Infusing seasonal goodness, including local fruits and vegetables, with the gorgeously curated paper good details, the table was set for the meal of our dreams.

    Edited by Lauren Megerdichian and Carly Zumar

    Photography: Vicki Bartel | Videographer: White Lavender Films | Event Planning: Little Bird Wedding Event Co | Floral Design: The Bourbon Rose - Floral Design Co | Stationary: Momento Design Studio | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Fitzroy Dress Rental Magic | Catering: The Butchers Table Windsor | Hair & Makeup: Ashley Castagna | Bridal Gown: Hannah Tikkanen | Decor: Wild Dandelion Rentals | Furniture: Modish Rentals | Model: Kaila Turner | Model: Melaina Lynn | Photography Property: Vicki Bartel | Wine: Pelee Island Winery

    6 Rules in Designing a Practical Playroom with Pretty (Forever) Style

    Having 3 kids who range in age from 6 to 12, I know that playroom chaos is real. There are so many toys, so much wear and tear. And so. much. mess. So building a space that is both functional for the kids (that they can easily clean themselves!) and pretty at the same time is a challenge. But with a few simple rules, it’s totally and completely doable. Need proof? Keep on reading! The darling playroom below is designed by With Mabel and photographed by Vicki Bartel.

    While the playroom mess is inevitable, we do believe that there are a few tricks that can keep it from getting out of control, from the rugs you choose to the types of storage your install. First up? Pattern Play.

    CONCEAL WITH PATTERNED RUGS. A good rug is the foundation, the starting point, to any successfully designed play space. While there are a lot of great wipeable flooring options on the market, they don’t always check the “pretty” box. If you want the kids to really be comfortable and play for hours (so that you can have that much needed coffee/wine/Bravo break), and you want to keep your style sanity, a soft multi-colored, pattered rug is just the ticket. The pattern and color will help disguise any spills and stains that happen over the years which will go a long way in helping to make sure the room doesn’t age and that it retains its original look.

    OVERKILL ON STORAGE. Most playrooms don’t come with wall to wall built ins, so making your own storage solution is key. For my own playroom (not seen here) we actually bought 5 bottom kitchen cabinets with feet from IKEA. The center 3 were drawers, and the ends were cabinets with shelves. They fit perfectly against a long wall and provide more storage than we need. Well, so we thought, because as it turns out…I’m raising 3 hoarders. Bottom line? More storage than you need is KEY to ensuring that the kids have a spot for everything and can do much of the cleanup on their own.

    CREATE DESIGNATED PLAY SPACES. We have a lego table, a place to watch TV, a grocery/kitchen space and a book nook. Creating specific areas designated to their favorite activities ensures that the mess stays contained into its own space. Each space should have storage for toys, markers, etc – even simply in the form of baskets, a good art cart or lego bins.

    ADD SHELVING. Shelving is great for many reasons. For one, it can preserve anything that they make that might feel special. Wonderful art projects, complicated lego builds, special gifts that they don’t want damaged. It can also keep the more fragile toys away from the destructive hands of little siblings. Or, they can just be used to hold their favorite books, cover-side out, so that they add both a decor moments and a nice temptation to actually read the books!

    EMBRACE COLOR. Not just in the carpet, but all over the space. The more you try to stick to a color palette, the messier the room will seem when toys are brought in that don’t fit the look. Embrace color from the very beginning – in the art, in the books, in the furniture – and the brightly colored toys that the kids love, will always seem like they have a place.

    PURCHASE WITH MESS IN MIND. Whether you choose paint that you can easily wipe down – furniture covered in sunbrella fabric, tables that don’t soak up markers and paints and well, kid stuff – make your purchases with mess in mind. Will save you enormous cleaning headaches and will ensure that with a sponge and a spray, your space will be good as new. I say this as I stare at a wooden craft table that has glitter baked into each and every crevice.

    There are so many wonderful ways to ensure that even the kids’ favorite spot in the house fits in with the greater home design and we hope that we have cracked the code on a few of them. And just because we full believe in your power to design pretty and yet practical spaces, here’s one last bonus tip to get you started.

    Bonus Tip: WHEN ONE COMES IN, ONE GOES OUT. For every new toy that your kids bring in, they must donate an old one. Easier said than done, I know. But if you can start this rule when they are very little, you just might bypass any inclination to hold on to old toys that ultimately just clutter up your space and make it harder and harder to retain the adorable style that you started with.

    Photography: Vicki Bartel | Design: With Mabel | Builder: Gray Development

    A Breathtaking Pop Of Blue Wedding In Aspen

    When Colorado natives Tyler and Lindsey got engaged, they knew Aspen was the place to make all of their wildest wedding dreams come true. The bride, owner of Bello & Blue Events, with the help of her team combined the spirit of the wild west with high-end glitz and glamor for a day guests won’t soon forget. Neutral tones mixed with pops of blue beautifully play with the majestic Rocky Mountains in the background. Every incredible inch was perfectly documented by Lauren Fair Photography. Don’t miss all the fabulous details in the full gallery.



    From the bride… We loved the wood doors we had at the entrance of the meadow. Tyler and I picked those out at a warehouse sale and had them refurbished so they could stand alone in the meadow and create a special entrance with double doors as you might see in a beautiful church.



    We chose ghost chairs for the ceremony seating so the setting could really shine, and accented the scene with lush floral along the back of the chairs, a lush rose petal “aisle runner”, and a lovely organic arch dripping in greenery, and our favorite flowers. It looked like it belonged in the setting, like it grew right out of the meadow, which is exactly what I was going for.



    One of our favorite design details was our bar – We had a custom sketch of the ceremony view drawn and inlay into the bar front. Behind were shelves filled with beautiful glassware and an acrylic sign that had our monogram. The sketches and monogram hang in our house today as a special reminder of our favorite day.



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    Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Cinematography: Elysium Productions | Event Planning: Bello & Blue Events | Floral Design: Bello & Blue Events | Wedding Gown: Tara LaTour | Cake: Katy Pierson Cake | Stationery: Sweet Zion Paperie | Shoes: Louboutin | Jewelry: Steven's Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Catering By Design | Hair & Makeup: LoLa Beauty | Entertainment: jordan kahn orchestra | Groom's Attire: Ted's Clothiers | Ceremony Music: Imprint Events Group | Wedding Venue: T Lazy 7 Ranch | Accomodations: St Regis Aspen | Bagpiper: Michael Lancaster | Bowties: Brackish Bowties | Bridal Boutique: anna be bridal boutique | Lighting & Event Design: Pink Monkey Solutions | Linens: BBJ Linen | Live Painter: Julia Copeland Dordoni | Photo Booth: Social Light | Rentals: Event Rents

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    A Jaw-Dropping Two Day Wedding In Lake Como With Persian and Lebanese Influence

    Villa Balbiano is truly an awe-inspiring Italian jewel, so Sogol and Jad made the perfect decision to host their wedding at one of the most glamorous locations on Lake Como. As they come from two different backgrounds, The Lake Como Wedding Planner worked with the couple to uniquely plan and design this amazing event that embraced both their traditions. Ratti Flora worked her magic to display the most eye-catching purple wisteria which hung over the reception. One word to describe this celebration? Magical. Fall in love with the full gallery of images, captured amazingly by Manisol Wedding

    From Manisol WeddingThis is a two-day Wedding in Villa Balbiano, Lake Como. The couple, Sogol and Jad, live in Dubai but have Iranian and Lebanese heritage, respectively: therefore, they decided to have a two-day Persian-Lebanese Wedding (with a twist!) to embrace both their traditions. Rachel Birthistle and her team, The Lake Como Wedding Planner, took care of organizing and designing this amazing event in the perfect setting of Villa Balbiano. Built by the end of the Sixteenth Century, Villa Balbiano is the perfect venue for a large destination wedding, its garden is perfect for a big tensile-structure or open-air dinner! In this case, the couple used the symmetrical lakeside garden for the first part of the wedding (the traditional Sofreh), and the front of the villa for the second part (the Wedding ceremony called Zaffa). On the first day, Sogol and Jad had the Iranian ceremony of the Sofreh.

    During the Sofreh, the bride and groom sit in front of a table filled with symbolic items and exchange their rings and vows, while their female best friends read love poems and thoughts to them. Sogol and Jad wanted something a little different here, so Rachel and her team designed a modern take on the traditional setup. Using monochrome colors and perspex plinths to display the items. Every item on the table has a specific meaning: the mirror represents bringing light and brightness to the couple’s future, the spices represent protection against bad luck, the almonds represent fertility and prosperity, and so on. The ceremony took place in the lake-facing garden of Villa Balbiano. All the guests, and the spouses, arrived there by water taxi and enjoyed an Italian-style aperitif afterward. In contrast to the decor of the evening, wedding guests were asked to wear light-colored dresses and suits; whilst Sogol wore a stunning Victoria Beckham white jumpsuit while Jad rocked a black and white suit. The day ended with a big pre-wedding party with DJs and live musicians in the halls of Villa Balbiano.

    The second day was the actual wedding and seated reception. Sogol and Jad got ready in the amazing rooms of Villa Balbiano, while the team of The Lake Como Wedding planner and Rattiflora were preparing one of the most beautiful set-ups we had ever seen: three open-air imperial tables with small gazebos above that were filled with rich colored flowers and purple wisteria hanging over them. Which by night created the most beautiful glow above the guests. Sogol and Jad’s wedding ceremony followed the Lebanese tradition of the Zaffa. The Zaffa is an ancient wedding march in which the groom and his friends, accompanied by Arabic drummers and dancers, walk towards the wedding ceremony. It is somehow similar to the Indian Baarat. Jad had one – and it was really impressive and exciting! – walking into the backyard garden of Villa Balbiano. Once Sogol stepped out of the villa, holding hands with her mother and father, the music changed to violins and a romantic first kiss proclaimed them Husband and Wife. After the ceremony, we shot some couple pictures inside the halls of Villa Balbiano and then headed to the dining area. The dinner was accompanied by three Italian tenors singing and preceded by speeches served by the couple’s best friends. After the dinner and cutting cake in front of the lake, the party started: there were DJs, live music, and even a full casino (with S&J branded dollars!) to celebrate the night away. It was a stunning wedding that will always be in our hearts. Some words from the bride: “Magic was a word I so often heard but never encountered until I got to Lake Como. I decided that day if I were to ever get married this is where it had to be. A few years later I was back at lake Como celebrating my wedding. I so often go back to the pictures that my wonderful photographer took, capturing the essence of that weekend. The air was fresh, the lake sparkly and the music and laughter of my guests filled the space. I fell in love over and over again. My husband and I couldn’t have picked a better destination to celebrate our love or a more perfect and impeccable team behind us. Thank you Lake Como Wedding Planners for introducing us to the best teams out there️ – we cannot wait to have our anniversary there this time with our little boy Noah!

    From the planners… We had such a wonderful time planning and designing this wedding with the mix of traditions that made it really special and unique to Sogol and Jad. We loved the fact that they were open to doing something a little less traditional to reflect their personal style. The glycine over the tables really reflected the local area which during spring becomes full of the stunning flowers cascading all around the lake. We love to bring all these elements together, the location, the traditions, and the tastes of the clients that really make a wedding unique. 

    From the Photographers and Videographers… Sogol and Jad’s wedding was simply amazing to witness. The love they share between each other and with their friends and families from all over the world filled the days with magic. Villa Balbiano is an amazing venue to shoot at and the whole mood of the wedding was the definition of Beauty. It is definitely one of the weddings we remember with the highest joy!

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    Edited by Lauren Megerdichian and Carly Zumar

    Photography: ManiSol Wedding | Cinematography: ManiSol Wedding | Event Design: The Lake Como Wedding Planner | Event Planning: The Lake Como Wedding Planner | Floral Design: Ratti Flora | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Wedding Dress: Victoria Beckham | Bride's Shoes: Aquazzura | Catering: Visini | Entertainment: Blunotte Eventi | Wedding Venue: Villa Balbiano | Beauty: Cherie Spisso | Rentals: The Como Collection

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    A Classic Home Tour Full of Gorgeous Pattern

    I am all for pattern and color but often struggle with finding a way to make it seem cohesive and elegant. This home designed by Banner Day is a lesson in all of the above. From the moment you step through that high gloss black door, you’re met with stunning wallpaper, beautiful pops of color and pattern and insanely good lighting. And you best believe I’m tucking that sun room in my “Must Have Someday” folder. Tour the full space captured by Colin Price right here.

    Well situated amongst the leafy lanes of Burlingame, sits a picturesque house on a lovely corner. Complete with a white picket fence, this house overflows in charm with all the details that matter, coved ceilings, arched doorways, and original hardware.

    Using just a bit of effort, we transformed this house into a home. When husband and wife have different ideas of how to furnish a home it can be a challenge or an opportunity to introduce and implement new ideas.

    Although the clients both loved the traditional aesthetic there were strong opinions on both sides regarding certain aspects of each room. We found compromise and collaboration, resulting in a stunning home.

    Photography: Colin Price | Interior Design: Banner Day

    Party Theme Idea: Al Fresco Flower Arranging

    As the weather warms and yet we are still tethered to the rules of social distancing, we’re always looking for safe and fulfilling ways to gather with our friends and family. One look at this perfect Flower Arranging Party and we knew we had found our next get together! Designed by the lovely Darcy of Seascape Flowers, planned by E Events Co. and photographed by Carlie Statsky, this is proof that some pretty stems and great food are all you need for a wonderful Spring celebration!

    From Darcy of Seascape Flowers…My mom and I own a boutique flower shop in Santa Cruz, where we specialize in everyday flower deliveries, weddings and events. We always love to get together with our wedding friends and I’ve been dreaming about doing something out at the farm ever since the day we signed on the dotted line.

    I noticed that people had been struggling emotionally and I also know that flowers make people happy and spark joy. Thus, the seed was planted. Let’s have a social distancing flower workshop party with our friends! But what I realized after the date was selected and the invitations had been sent… it was also the day after my moms 60th birthday! So it was a win all the way around. 

    While a flower making party seems like something only a florist can pull off, think again! With a little creative thinking and some thoughtful planning, it’s a wonderful opportunity to bring friends together, to brighten everyone’s day and to leave guests with a beautiful way to infuse beauty into their home.

    For our own get together, we started with a tour of the farm while drinking ice cold margaritas. We then sang happy birthday to my mom and dove right into our flower making adventures. After our guests were satisfied with their design, we ate fried chicken that we had pre-packed in individual containers, along with cake and other sweets and treats.

    It was just perfect! Everyone left with a beautiful bouquet and a smile. Ever since, I’ve been planning the next workshop (behind my moms back) and I can’t wait to have everyone come out to our farm again!

    Through this pandemic, I have learned that flowers are more important than to simply to grace someone’s event or home. Flowers make people feel good, they make people happy from the inside out. And if ever there was a need for a simple and easy way to capture happiness, now is the time.

    Host a Flower Arranging Party of Your Own
    Here is everything you need to pull off a seamless floral party from supplies to cocktails.

    FLOWERS.  If you host your party on a Sunday, you can hit up local farmers markets for inexpensive blooms. If not, don’t worry. Places like Trader Joe’s and local garden centers carry beautiful flowers that also don’t break the bank. And if that doesn’t work, hit up your local florist or garden center a week ahead of time, explain what you are doing and see if they can order you flowers in bulk from their wholesale market or can offer you a discount on stems themselves. Having larger blooms like Hydrangeas, will cut down on the amount needed per person. As will greenery clippings from your yard that can really help fill out the bouquets or arrangements.

    Pro Tip. “When building your bloom bar, try to stay within a particular color palette. It will help your guests’ designs come together easily and makes for a beautiful display.”

    STATIONS. Each person will need a place to craft their bouquets or arrangements. A few 6′ foldable tables covered with inexpensive fabric or table linens will do the trick. If you don’t have one, one of your friends just might. So do rental companies and they are often quite affordable.

    TOOLS. Pruning shears, pretty ribbon, buckets for collecting stems, scissors.

    Pro Tip. Be sure to have plenty of clippers for everyone! My favorite are these from ARS. They are light weight and hold an edge really well. Or, you can always go to your local hardware store and find them in their garden section.

    SUPPLIES. Large floral buckets filled with water (or any vessel to hold the bulk flowers), Mason Jars / Vases (for arrangements) or Butcher Paper (cut in squares) for bouquets, pretty ribbon/twine (for securing bouquets), pitchers of water for guests to fill their vessel.

    Pro Tip. If your guests are going to be bringing their own vase, make sure you have easy access to a water supply. I like having pre-filled watering cans on hand to make sure that everyone can jump right into designing!

    FOOD & DRINKS. Seeing that we are still rocking the social distancing situation, having individually packed food and drinks is a must. I love the to-go packages of Fried Chicken that Darcy did in today’s party, though any easy to pack up food will do! Pretty sandwiches, bags of gourmet chips, mason jar salads, the sky is the limit. For drinks, stick to cans of champagne or rose, bottled limoncello, seltzer etc.

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    HOW TO. The how-to part of a flower party is totally straight forward. Place flowers – divided by type or color – into individual buckets for your guests to peruse. Make sure all supplies are already set at each work station prior to their arrival. Turn the music on and invite guests to grab a drink, some snacks or dive right into making their own arrangement!

    Pro Tip. When teaching your guests how to build their bouquets, it’s always good to start with a good base of greenery. The greens and fillers become the glue that will hold your arrangement together as you start to add in your focal flowers and your more delicate dancing flowers.

    If you want to crank up the pro-factor, invite your local florist to come speak and give your guests some fun tips on arranging and preserving their beautiful florals! It’s great advertisement for the florist and will give the attendees some fun info to take home with them!

    Photography : Carlie Statsky | Event planning & design : E Events Co. | Cake & desserts: Edith Meyer Wedding Cakes | Floral and venue: Seascape Flowers | Paper goods & signage: Pigment And Parchment | Seascape Flowers Modern farmhouse: Seascape Flowers | Vintage Truck : RJ Vintage Trucks | linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | rentals : Chic Event Rentals

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