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Here’s What You Should Do if it Downpours on Your Wedding Day (with no back up plan!)

Of all the wedding planning related worries, weather woes are probably at the tippy top of most couple’s worry list. But friends, I highly suggest you do what this duo did: don’t panic. It will all work out and this day planned by Classic Events and captured by Tenth & Grace is all the proof you need. Their entire reception was drenched after hours of downpour, but you’d never know it. Read the full story below!

From Tenth & Grace… The morning of the wedding, the day was bright and sunny. The forecast showed a 0% chance of rain. So the bride and wedding planner opted not to tent the reception, which was their rain plan in the event of inclement weather.

Fast forward a few hours and just as the bride is stepping outside to go to her first look, it starts POURING. For HOURS. The entire outdoor reception, which had already been set up (complete with linens and tablescape) was soaked. The ceremony chairs were soaked. Everything was completely drenched. We were able to do the first look and couples portraits under a covered porch.

Fortunately, it stopped raining after about two hours. The wedding planner put all the linens in the dryer and all the wedding guests grabbed towels to dry off tables, chairs, plates, etc. And the sun came out just in time for their (delayed) ceremony!

This wedding is the perfect illustration that the only thing that really matters on your wedding day is that you are marrying your best friend. The bride was so gracious and joyful even through some really tough circumstances.

From the Bride… Planning a wedding in only four months was scary, and at times even Ken and I did not think we could pull it off. Our wedding had so many sentimental details, and in such a short amount of time it all just fell into place. That was until the rain came, and when it came it poured. Most brides have at least a few days to both mentally and physically prepare for rain. We had about 15 minutes.

One hour before it was time to walk down the aisle the only rain in the entire state of Alabama was right over our wedding venue. We had no rain plan, no tents, and everything was already set for the ceremony. With the help of our bridal party, family members, vendors, and even some attending guests the moment it came time to walk down the aisle as the minister asked everyone to stand, they looked back and it was as if the rain had never happened. Everything was in its place. It truly was an amazing day.

Photography: Tenth & Grace | Florals: Lush Home Garden Event | Wedding Gown: I Do Bridal | Wedding Invitations: Ashton Daniels | Catering: Tyner's | Hair and Makeup: Zara McLaughlin | Band: Big Night Dynamite | Wedding Venue: Fort Conde Inn | Cake and Desserts: Flour Girls Bakery | Planning: Classic Events | Rentals and Lighting: Mobile Popcorn & Party Rentals

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We’re Calling It Now: Ochre Will Be the “It” Color of Fall 2019 Weddings!

Right now we’re living for all things ochre, and the talented team at Birds of a Feather Events is filling our minds (and feeds) with endless ochre wedding inspiration – from attire to stationery and even blooms arranged beautifully by Max Owens Design (that bouquet is everything!) We couldn’t be more excited to see where our Fall 2019 brides take this gorg wedding color. For now, head on over to the full gallery captured by Charla Storey Photography to see why we’re so obsessed.

From Charla Storey Photography The Olana is a 40 acre estate, complemented by its own lake. Inspired by French baroque architecture, this mansion was built as an homage to Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in Paris. 

The estate features lush landscaping, a tea room modeled after New York’s Tavern on the Green, an indoor and outdoor pool, a tennis court, a bowling alley, a basketball court, expansive private suites and more. From the marble floors, to the gold-plated elevator, to the hand-carved spiral staircase –The Olana mansion is rich with elegant details. 

This brand new Wedding Venue in Dallas TX asked out team to help them tell a story at this gorgeous new Venue. It was the perfect location to host this shootout idea for The Elevate Series, we had been dreaming up. The colors and tones paired perfectly with The Olana, and added romantic, dreamy, vibrant vibes.

Birds of a Feather Events, Max Owens Designs created a colorful summer time shoot that both fit the feel of the property but also brought out modern, delicate details. We love color and we love venues with a European feel and marrying concepts a new with old world is one of our favorite past times! This wild ochre garden is right out of a dream!

Design: Birds Of A Feather Events | Floral Design: Max Owens Design | Gown: Lovely Bridal Shop | Shoes: Bella Belle | Hair and Makeup: Natalia Issa Hair and Makeup Artistry | Venue: The Olana | Charla Storey: Charla Storey Photography | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Gowns: Marchesa | Host: The Elevate Series | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Paper Goods: Tie That Binds | Rentals: Bella Acento | Wedding and Events: The Olana

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Do You Want a Wedding Draped in Hundreds of Roses and Peonies? Check This Out.

THIS, friends. Can you even? File under: dream backdrop. I’m pretty sure this one will be plastered all over Pinterest in the coming months. Leave it to Holly Chapple and Chapel Designers, with Isha Foss and Shira Savada joining in all the fun, too. So, if you envision hundreds (or even thousands) of roses and peonies covering your celebration—head here for the full collection of images by Abby Jiu Photography.

This photo shoot took place during a workshop at Hope Flower Farm, taught by educator and wedding and event designer Holly Heider Chapple along with Isha Foss of Isha Foss Events. Support and styling came from former Martha Stewarts wedding editor Shira Savada and the shoots was photographed by photographers Abby Jiu and Lisa Ziesing, stylists in their own right.

This shoot was inspired by the abundance of peonies in the fields of Hope Flower Farm. The peonies were paired with an abundance of garden roses from Alexandra Farms and the most popular toned rose the Toffee Rose from GreenRose Farm in Ecuador. The golden tones of the toffee rose were an important influence in this shoot. This rose is the most sought after new rose on the market. The Toffee roses warm tone, works with all color palettes and is inspiring beautiful color stories throughout the wedding industry. The warmth of the golden rose was paired with rich velvet linens and furnishings. Luxurious rich fabrics are also on point with all all of these warm toned flowers. Modern accents of acrylic stationery and flatware were paired with antique spode china. The spode Chelsea Bird pattern plates pulled from the prop closet at Hope Flower Farm perfectly tied together the color story of golden tones mixed with deep pink garden roses and peonies. The plate while vintage has a very sophisticated and funky vibe.

We also like the idea of a smaller wedding hosted at a local bed and breakfast which makes for an intimate affair but allows for an abundance of beauty and decadent details. All installations and designs were created foam free which teaches our students and client how to be mindful of our environment.

The class and workshop was supported by Chapel Designers Cheri Taunton of Colorado Southern Charm and Mary Coombs from A Garden Party LLC. Chapel Designers: These student designers were intricate in creating this lush and lovely shoot. Samantha Wakelam, Nancy Armstrong, Nancee Kinzer, Noah Sanderson, Vicki Walker, Donna Claeys, Julie Swanberg, Tabatha Cantrell, Debby Mittelman, Mary James, Tracey Morris, Lori DeNicola, Kat Mullendore, MaryEllen Fairbanks, Kathy Bowen.

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography | Floral Design: Kathy Bowen | Floral Design: Nancee Kinzer | Floral Design: Ella & Louie | Floral Design: Mary James | Floral Design: Debby Mittelman | Floral Design: A Garden Party | Floral Design: Vicki Walker | Floral Design: Samantha Wakelam | Floral Design: Nancy Armstrong | Floral Design : Willrett Flower Co. | Floral Design : Southern Charm Weddings And Events | Floral Design : Cameron & Fairbanks | Floral Design : The Bearded Florist | Floral Design : Donna Claeys | Floral Design : Julie Swanberg | Floral Design : Tabatha Cantrell | Floral Design : Petaloso | Flowers: Pittsburgh Cut Flower Company | Wedding Dresses: Claire Pettibone | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Venue : Hope Flower Farm | Additional Styling/ Education: Shira Savada | Event Design /Education: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD | Event Design/Education : Isha Foss Events | Flowers/ Toffee Roses: Greenrose Ecuador | Garden Roses: Alexandra Farms | Models: The Artist Agency | Organization of Floral Designers: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD | Paper Goods: Kara Anne Paper | Peonies: Hope Flower Farm | Rental Furniture: Blue Ridge Vintage Affairs | Rentals: Select Event Group | Ribbon: Honey Silks And Company

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Summer Wedding Essentials For Your Guests To Beat The Heat

There is no denying that summer is a great season for weddings, but sometimes keeping your guests comfortable in rising temperatures can feel like an uphill battle. We’ve got some helpful tips and tricks to help your guests beat the heat!


PHOTOGRAPHY | Oliver Fly Photography

1. Keep it Indoors

No matter where in the world you’re getting married, if it’s summer, chances are it’s going to be hot! The easiest way to ensure that you and your guests are as comfortable as possible is to have your entire wedding indoors in a space that has air conditioning. We know that sounds easy in theory, but depending on the size of your venue, this could get tricky. If you haven’t locked in your venue yet, express your concerns about the heat to your wedding planner and search for a venue that has enough space inside for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. If you already have your venue and it isn’t possible to host the entire wedding indoors, consider doing a “flip”. A “flip” is when your planner and their team transform your ceremony location into a reception space, preferably while your guests are enjoying cocktail hour elsewhere. This technique will ensure that your guests are in a climate-controlled space for the majority of your wedding and only have to brave the elements for a brief window of time. 


PHOTOGRAPHY | Katie Lopez Photography

2. Keep them Hydrated

It’s always important to make sure that your guests stay hydrated, but even more so if your wedding is outdoors. Make sure that water is available during every part of your wedding. For the cocktail hour, and the reception, this is easy because your caterer will likely have waitstaff passing or refilling drinks, or guests can help themselves by going to the bar. Don’t forget about the ceremony. Depending on what time your guests arrive at your ceremony location, they may be outdoors for an hour or more by the time cocktail hour rolls around! Consider having a water station near the entrance where guests can help themselves to a small bottle of water or perhaps some fruit infused water on ice. If the thought of having your guests sipping bottles or even glasses of water during your ceremony makes you cringe, ask your caterer or wedding planner if they can arrange to have the waitstaff collect the glasses or bottles fifteen minutes before the ceremony begins–win, win! 


PHOTOGRAPHY | Sophie Epton Photography

3. Get Shady

If any portion of your summer wedding is being held outdoors, it’s important to throw shade (in a good way). Some shade may be built into your venue like an awning or an overhang. If your venue does not provide shade naturally – bring it in. Shade comes in many different shapes and sizes depending on your needs. Umbrellas and tents are great coverage options for larger outdoor spaces. To make sure that you have all of your guests covered, you may even consider giving out parasols that can function both as a shield from the sun and a sweet wedding favor! 


PHOTOGRAPHY | Luna de Mare Photography

4. Fans

Fans are a great way to keep the air circulating, minimizing the impact of soaring temperatures. If your venue is designed for outdoor ceremonies, like a patio or a courtyard, they may have fans built-in. If not, talk to your wedding planner about renting fans. Electric fans will offer your guests the most airflow, some may have mist capabilities (which is a definite plus). Paper fans are another great way to help your guests stay cool. Some printing companies even offer packages where they print your wedding program onto fans–you gotta love a 2-in-1!


PHOTOGRAPHY | Jose Villa

5. Get a Late Start

Timing is everything when planning a wedding. For summer weddings, we always recommend starting later in the day when things have cooled down a bit. Consider having your ceremony just before sunset and your reception in the evening. The photos of the sun setting while you’re exchanging vows are guaranteed to be swoon-worthy and your guests will be SO grateful!


PHOTOGRAPHY |   Rebecca Yale Photography

6. Offer Transportation (even if it’s walking distance)

Standing or sitting outside can be rough if it’s hot, walking is even tougher. Even if your ceremony and your reception are what you would normally consider “walking distance” from one another, we recommend providing transportation for your guests between the venues. It can be something as simple as golf carts or a shuttle. Your guests will be thankful that you spared them the walk.


PHOTOGRAPHY | O’Malley Photographers

7. Tone Down the Dress Code

If you’ve got your heart set on an outdoor summer wedding, opt for a less formal dress code, like dressy casual or just plain casual. This allows your guests to dress comfortably for the weather, rather than having to suit up in the sweltering heat. Encourage the men to wear light fabrics like linen and cotton and the women to wear comfortable sundresses or dressy separates. 


PHOTOGRAPHY | George Pahountis

8. Frozen Refreshments

What better way is there to keep your guests cool than serving frozen cocktails? From margaritas and piña coladas to champagne with a popsicle garnish–these frozen treats are sure to help your guests cool off. It’s a good idea to offer one or two non-alcoholic options to make sure that none of your guests feel left out of the frozen festivities.   


PHOTOGRAPHY | Amanda K Photography

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You’re Going to Want to Steal This Couple’s Genius Guest Book Idea!

If you’re thinking of having a tropical-inspired fete, look no further than today’s Maui wedding at Sugar Beach Estate! From guests being greeted by hula dancers and handmade flower crowns during cocktail hour to a surfboard guestbook and perfectly placed palm leaves, Platinum Weddings and Events outdid themselves with every single detail. Chris J. Evans photographed the celebration along with every moment between the bride and groom like those jaw-dropping sunset photos! Get ready to scroll and be sure to stop at that fabulous flower wall by Teresa Sena Designs!

From Platinum Weddings & EventsKia + Michael met on the Fourth of July in a beautiful cabin in the woods of Northern Minnesota. They refer to their love as a “you-know-it-the-moment-you-met type of thing” :-) Kia says that they “clicked instantly”! Although they did long-distance between Hong Kong (Michael is a pilot based out of Hong Kong) and Minnesota, their love only continued to grow. Michael proposed by taking Kia to a secluded beach at Margaret River down south in Western Australia. In honor of this memory, in conjunction with their Wedding in Maui, Kia + Michael’s Wedding Planner, Taryn, gifted the couple with two coffee table photo books on their Big Day (one of Margaret River and one of Maui, Hawaii), both with tailored calligraphy that read as follows: Margaret River
“Marry me, my wonderful, darling friend.” – Jane Austin and for the Maui book “Kia + Michael October 7, 2018”

Kia + Michael were married at the Sugar Beach Estate in Maui, Hawaii. The Bride + Groom enjoyed relaxing at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort while getting prepped for their Big Day, as a magnificent team of vendors selected by Platinum Weddings & Events brought their vision to life. Guests were lei-greeted by Hawaiian Hula Dancers before they made their way down a jungle path lined with tiki torches. Upon entering the Ceremony, they were greeted with lush tropical flowers and an incomparable ocean backdrop. Cocktails followed while guests enjoyed styling their own flower crowns for the celebration. A beautiful lounge was arranged with a congratulatory topiary wall, providing the perfect place for relaxing and photo ops. Guests transitioned to the Dinner Reception after signing the Groom’s Guest Book: a surfboard to be mounted in the couple’s new home! The Dinner Hall was dripping in tropical florals of pinks + greens; each table hosted a floral chandelier with glowing hand-blown glass bowls. The backdrop of the Head Table was an ombre wall of carnations. A beautiful, statement floral chandelier crowned the dance floor as guests celebrated into the night.

About Platinum Weddings & EventsPlatinum Weddings & Events Specializes in Full-Service Wedding Planning on the beautiful island of Maui. This all-encompassing service allows Platinum Weddings & Events to assist you with your Event from start to finish and provides you with customized care throughout the Wedding Planning Process. We are able to assist you with Event Design, Vendor & Venue Coordination, Budget Management and so much more! Planning a Destination Wedding is enough of a challenge in and of itself. Hiring a Wedding Planner on your Big Day ensures that your event runs smoothly and without hassle. You, your family members, and your friends can relax and soak in the unforgettable moments while your planner arranges all of the details that contribute to a flawless Maui Wedding.

There are so many things that make Platinum Weddings & Events unique! Most importantly, though, Platinum Weddings & Events is composed of real women living real life. We’ve got kids, mortgages, and to-do lists, just like you! We’re not interested in putting on a show for our clients or imposing our vision on your Wedding. Rather, we’re most interested in connecting with each of our couples in a genuine and considerate way so as to bring your vision to life. We understand the implications of hosting a Destination Wedding; as your Planner, we want to be your best friend throughout this process in the hopes of bringing your dreams to reality in a smooth and flawless way!

Photography: Chris J Evans Photography | Catering: Sugar Beach Events | Hair: Meili Autumn Beauty | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | Groom's Attire: MJ Bale | Bridal Gown: Katie May | Ceremony Musician: David Wolf Weddings | Chargers: Table Candy Event Rentals | Lei Greeters + Flower Crown Bar: Manutea Nui E | Linen: Reve Maui | Place Settings: Set | Planning + Design: Platinum Weddings & Events | Private Estate: Sugar Beach Events | Rentals: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals | Rentals: Signature Boutique Event Rentals | Rentals: Rio Event Design

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Edible Tablescapes Are Officially Cool for the Summer

This fresh new trend of incorporating fruit to your decor is taking the wedding world by storm – and we couldn’t be more obsessed. Type A Society and Paula LeDuc Fine Catering & Events joined forces to put a modern twist on traditional elegance (with a side of citrus!) Rich shades of blue, peach, blush, and emerald green graced the tabletop along with lush arrangements by Marigold and topped off  with delish summer fruits! Head on over to the full gallery to fall in love with this summer’s latest decor trend and so much more captured perfectly by Lynn Dunston!

From Lynn DunstonBrides with a love for fusing formal traditions with modern designs will fall head over hills in love with the details from this inspiration shoot produced and styled by Type A Society at the exclusive Beaulieu Garden, in the heart of Napa Valley.

The private estate is something quite spectacular with its old stone fountains, reflecting pools, and beautiful rose gardens. It was the perfect setting for this summer-inspired romantic wedding editorial. The color palette consisted of rich shades of blue, varying from pastel to navy, along with peach, blush, and green. Nothing screams summer like fresh fruit – pears, lemons, grapes, and papayas are just a few of the many fruits incorporated into the design.

An emerald green velvet table linen was used in the table decor, which contrasted beautifully against the blue and white floral-patterned china. The shoot featured three bridal gowns, each with a distinct bridal look. The first look included a classic off-the-shoulder Naeem Khan ball gown, which was paired with a Keren Wolf pearl crown, perfect for the elegant bride who loves a statement piece.

The second look, which featured a bow-backed Carolina Herrera gown completed with a pair of long gloves, was created for the glamorous bride who wants to add a modern twist to an Old Hollywood look. With its plunging front and back design, subtle lace details, soft ruffles, and lightweight design, the Rime Arodaky gown chosen for the third look is perfect for the refined bride or for the bride looking for a dress to transition from the ceremony to the reception.

Photography: Lynn Dunston Photography | Floral Design: Marigold | Wedding Dress: Naeem Khan | Wedding Dress: Rime Arodaky | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Cake: Frosted Cakery | Stationery: Aerialist Press | Reception Venue: Beaulieu Garden | Shoes : Bella Belle | Rings: Erstwhile Jewelry | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering & Events | Hair & Makeup: Carrie Aldous | Backdrop & Styling Mat: JRD Artshop | Bridal Accessories: Keren Wolf | Bridal Shop: Little White Dress Bridal Shop | Candles: Creative Candles | Earrings: Stil Works Studio | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Producer and Stylist: Type A Society | Rentals: Scout Rental Co. | Rentals: Otis & Pearl | Rentals: Party Crush Studio | Ring Box: Voeu Du Coeur | Veil: Claire Pettibone | Workshop: Vero

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The Sweetest Wedding Gifts for Your Groom

With the sheer number of wedding decisions you’re currently making, you might be totally overwhelmed. The last-minute small details often become the hardest to finalize, such as what gift you’re going to give your groom on the wedding day. If you’re considering sending something special over to your groom’s hotel suite, we’ve got you covered with advice on the sweetest wedding gifts for your groom.

For the Groom Who Loves to Make Music

If your groom doesn’t care about the typical type of wedding day gift (i.e. a nice watch), then don’t feel pressured to go that route. Instead, think of what he truly values and cares about or even something he needs but hasn’t wanted to treat himself to. One of my recent brides, Mary, actually gifted an acoustic guitar to her groom, Nolan. You can tell by his smile how much the guitar means to him and it was certainly a unique surprise. If your groom plays an instrument, gift him either a literal instrument like Mary did, a new speaker set, personalized drumsticks or guitar picks, or perhaps even a music lesson with one of his idols.

For the Tech-Obsessed Groom

If your fiancé is anything like my husband, he always loves “teching” out our home whether it’s a smart lock for our front door, an Apple TV, or even a Nest thermostat. Take note if your groom has been mentioning a new tech product he’s interested in and tell him to wait until after the wedding to make house investments. He’ll be totally surprised when you present it to him on the wedding day and probably a little too eager to go home to test it out!

For the Outdoorsy Groom

Have a groom who loves to fish, golf, camp, or perhaps even surf? Think about his sporting equipment and what might need an upgrade or perhaps what could fill out his collection that’s currently missing. If you’re not knowledgeable about his particular hobby, ask one of his friends or family members what item or collection of items would make a great wedding day gift.

For the Groom Who Appreciates the Arts

If your groom enjoys theatre performances or art galleries, a unique and insanely thoughtful gift idea would be a private tour of a production or showing he’d love. If that feels too difficult to secure, then simply score tickets to a production he’d gush over. Sometimes experiences can be more impactful than material gifts, so don’t be afraid to gift him something nontraditional. That said, maybe he’d love a custom commissioned piece of art from his favorite local artist!

For the Groom Who Loves to Cook and Bake

Proper tools are a must for cooking and baking. If your groom is an avid cook, gift him a new set of high-quality knives from Wüsthof or Shun. For the groom who really loves cooking from scratch, I highly recommend the book Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza. It teaches you how to easily make bread with only four ingredients. I can personally vouch for the recipes as my husband has baked several and the bread is delicious!

If your groom is more into baking sweets, I’m sure he’d love the timeless and chic KitchenAid stand mixer. While I totally would buy it in pink, I’d recommend choosing a more masculine or neutral color for your groom! If you’d like to gift something more experience-based, book him a cooking or baking lesson with a local chef.

For the Athletic Groom

To be honest, I have little knowledge about sports-related pastimes, but I do know that men who love a sport really enjoy being physically present at their favorite team’s games. Gift your groom great seats to an upcoming sporting event and I’m sure he’ll be thrilled! Especially if that game is hard to secure tickets for, there’s no doubt he’ll find it a super sweet gesture. If you’re totally not a fan of the sport, you can tell him the second ticket is for a friend.

If your groom is more interested in the personal fitness side of the athletic realm, a great gift would be a couple of sessions with a personal trainer. Even frequent gym goers could use improvement in their form and an assessment of their workout routines and goals.

Since it would be impossible to cover every single hobby, pastime, or personality in this post, there’s a chance your groom doesn’t quite fit into any of my categories. Don’t worry because you know your groom better than most people. Take other categories as inspiration to get you thinking about the sweetest gift for your groom. Whether that’s gifting him a puppy, surprise vacation, Michelin dinner, something handmade, or fancy new shoes, your groom will appreciate your thoughtfulness!

Cavin Elizabeth is a wedding film photographer based in San Diego, California. Her wedding work has taken her all over the United States and abroad. In addition to being a photographer, Cavin is an educator and an avid blogger of wedding planning tips for brides and grooms. She authored the book A Bride’s Guide to a Picture Perfect Wedding, which teaches couples how to make wedding plans that are best for photography. 

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“More is More” with this Colorful, Bohemian Cyrpus Wedding

For this boho, Cyprus wedding Fresh Events went with the Bohemian philosophy of ‘more is more,’ when it came to design and decor! Mixing different flowers, textures and, colors to give the space a fun and eclectic feel with each table designed a bit differently and wicker baskets hung as lanterns! Theo Georgiades captured it all with stunning natural light and every perfectly planned detail….and of course that dress!! Check out the full gallery here for some of the best tablescapes we’ve seen!

From Fresh EventsThe wedding of Stalo and Zenonas turned out to be one of the most special and significant events in the year of 2018. The couple has been supporting us since the very first day. So, when they decided to tie a knot and they asked us to style their special day, we realized that we had to create something unique for them, which would really represent their personalities and above all, their bond.

Stalo and Zenonas met 13 years ago when both of them were working at the same gym. They immediately realized that sparks flew when they met for the first time. Eventually, they fell in love with each other. Only after 10 years, Zenonas proposed to Stalo. We were so endlessly happy for them, and right after celebrating that wonderful occasion, we started to get ready for the big day. The couple trusted us fully with styling, and only after a few meetings, the preparations began.

As summer in Cyprus lasts until the end of October, and the autumn weather in Cyprus is beautifully smooth and the surrounding natural colors turn more vibrant, we decided to use our imagination and go with a bohemian style.

The reception venue was overflown with a harmonious versatile mix of flowers, colors, and textures. We used various textiles and patterns to give the space a sense of fun and eclectics. Warm earthy colors were perfectly combined and layered with saturated deep shades of purple and blue. Edgy solid wooden details and geometric shapes, which we incorporated into setup, were smoothed by delicate wildflowers, such as anemones, eryngium, eremurus, protea and garden roses.

Our motto was a common Bohemian philosophy of ‘more is more’. We mixed and matched natural materials of wood, sisal and pampas grass with delicate silk and cotton. Fringe tablecloths and soft pillows made the atmosphere cozier.

We tried to embrace the natural world and created unique arrangements hanging from the ceiling. Pampas grass and palm leaves gave a very relaxing, calm feeling to the venue, which was located on the seashore. To tell the full story of Zenonas and Stalo, we added various items, which they really loved: vintage bottles, boxes, and vases, to bring some chic and glamour to the wedding, we mixed these items with sparkly candlesticks.

The couple wanted to be surprised, so they did not visit the venue during the setup days. But on the wedding day when they showed up at the entrance of the venue, they were mesmerized. Stalo said that it seemed like a fairy-tale, a dream that came true. As for us, we could not be happier when we saw the couple smiling and dancing under the moonlight on that warm magical night.

We are always overwhelmed with happiness and joy when we bring another beautiful event to life. We think of ourselves as creators of everyday magic. We are honest, reliable, committed, innovative, respectful and efficient. We are never afraid of challenges, as we see them as great opportunities to improve and become better and stronger. And we always give more than we promise.

We are always thirsty for beautiful things and creativity and never stop exploring and expanding our imagination. The team of ‘Fresh Events’ is passionate about every single event; we always listen to a client and pay attention to one’s personality, cultural background, tastes, and aesthetical preferences. Our clients come from all over the world to celebrate their events in Cyprus. And despite the fact we are based in Cyprus, we are always open to new discoveries and ready to organize inspiring and magical weddings and events in any part of the world, with a blend of freshness, vitality, enthusiasm, professionalism, and passion.

Photography: Theo Georgiades | Videography: White Leaf Pictures | Event Design: Fresh Events | Event Planning: Fresh Events | Invitations: Redgrass Invitations | Catering: Pandora Catering | Rentals: Mint Event Finds

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Luxe Gold Wedding Inspiration for the Parisian-Obsessed

Glitz, glam and Parisian-inspired… that’s the vibe that Rikki Marcone Event Design and Paula Visco crafted in today’s slice of wedding inspiration. Yet, there’s a subtle earthy, organic touch in the floral design and details like the stationery that soften out the edges and pull you in. It’s proof that blending styles is always a good idea. Are you considering a combo of styles for your big day? Tell us in the comments!

From Paula of Paula Visco Photography and Rikki of Rikki Marcone Event DesignAs long-time fans of Cluny Bistro, we were always inspired by its rustic Parisian decor. This inspiration led us to design a wedding editorial within this gorgeous space. Cluny Bistro utilizes luxurious blues, exposed brick, light woods and marble accents to bring their sophisticated, European cafe feel to life. Their baroque light fixtures, ornate ceiling decor and bustling open kitchen are central to the Cluny experience.

This editorial took place in the event space of the venue that features blue, intricate, country-inspired wall panels. We leveraged this blue with complementary orange and cream tones to create an antiquated, relaxed feel.

The invitation suite by Ink & Aisle, tableware by Plate Occasions and cake by Staij & Co. were purposely modernized to juxtapose old with new. The engagement ring by Meg Lizabet Bespoke Jewellery, bridal headpiece, earrings, wedding gown from Sash & Bustle + bridal hair and makeup by Nicole Grittani Artistry reflected the old world charm we wanted to preserve. The groom was wearing a hopsack shawl lapel dinner jacket wool Ivory made from Dormeuil fabric, accompanied with a white cotton pleated Fly front placket tuxedo shirt and adorned with Reversible gold and pearl DAVIGNON cufflinks. The tuxedo trouser were simple and elegant made from Loro Piana super black 150’s wool. The handmade black silk velvet bow tie was designed to match the velevet tuxedo slippers. The finished touch was the silk printed diamond pattern handkerchief for the breast pocket of the dinner jacket. All garments and accessories are entirely handmade by DAVIGNON.

The flowers by Rikki Marcone were our opportunity to incorporate colour into this shoot. Neutrality was not the goal. We incorporated a ton of texture in the arrangements to contrast the soft tableware. Our colour selection continued through two-toned candle decor. The ceremony featured a rounded arch with a natural, untouched look. The bouquet, boutonniere and centrepieces continued this natural and relaxed feel.

Paula Visco captured the details with her signature bright and airy touch – truly accentuating the colour and vibrancy of this shoot while still honouring the soft, feminine details.

Photographer: Paula Visco Photography | Florist: Rikki Marcone Floral Design | Cake : Staij & Co | Rings: Meg Lizabet Bespoke Jewelry | Rings: Made You Look | Hair and Make up: Nicole Grittani | Groom: Dayo Olawo | Groom's Suit: Matthew Davignon | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride: Victory Omotayo | Chairs: Chairman Mills | Invitation : Ink & Aisle | Tabletop Rentals: Plate Occasions | Wedding Boutique: Sash And Bustle

How to Perfect Timeless Old Word Romance at Your Wedding

Today’s inspiration shoot will take you back in time and give you all of the vintage-romance you’ve been searching for! Janelle Rose Photography photographed and chose historic venue, The Paine Art Center and Gardens as the location, full of overflowing green gardens and picture-perfect backdrops to give you that old-world love kind of vibe. La Tavola brought rich green, velvet napkins to add just another vintage touch and the bride wore the MOST stunning Claire Pettibone dress, complete with removable lace, bell sleeves! Take a look below while I save that dress to my personal Pinterest board and add Etta James to my playlist.

From Janelle Rose PhotographyOur editorial takes place in the heart of Wisconsin amongst a sea of green gardens that you could get lost in. The intimate ceremony was framed by lush greenery by Briar Loft, with just a sprinkle of light coming through the window. Our bride’s hair is whisped with soft curls, and she wears a vintage-inspired gown by Claire Pettibone.

Our inspiration for this shoot was to bring a touch of old-world vintage back into the light. While we love a good fresh trend, we wanted it to bring it back to the basics & remember what it might have been like to get married when our grandparents were young. The Paine Art Center & Gardens was the perfect backdrop, it once served as a historic estate and now has been turned into an art museum, gardens, & wedding venue. The museum preserves the property’s historic architecture, with the mansion as the centerpiece, and many of the house’s interiors as they were created by founders Nathan and Jessie Kimberly Paine.

 Selections from the museum’s art collection, much of which was acquired by Nathan and Jessie, are featured in the many rooms and settings of the estate. Outdoors, the Paine maintains and enhances numerous display gardens as “galleries” of horticulture with varied designs and thousands of plant specimens.

It’s a place you can travel back in time to, a place you can remember all the love stories that have come before us, are amongst us, & yet to come. As we look forward into the beautiful new age of weddings we will always pause and remember what was.

Photography: Janelle Rose Photography | Event Planning: Elevate Events | Floral Design: Briar Loft | Cake: Whisk and Arrow | Shoes: Bella Belle | Makeup: Melody Sopa Artistry | Hair: Ashley Bauer | A La Crate : Candle Holders | Bridal Gown & Veil: Claire Pettibone | Ceremony/Reception: The Paine Art Center And Gardens | Chairs & Tableware: Event Essentials | Handmade Paper Goods: Pollen House | Ivory Tapers: Creative Candles | Linen & Napkins: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Models: The Rock Agency | Ribbons: Native Color Co. | Rings & Jewelry: William Thomas Custom Jewelry

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Would You Elope in Provence? If You Did It Could Look Like This…

I can’t count how many times I’ve ooh-ed and ahh-ed over a submission delivery from Koman Photography. Marlene and John are two of my favorite people in the industry (I know I shouldn’t have faves! But they are incredible). When they deliver inspirational shoots like this one here? It’s hard not to praise them. Along with styling and planning by Intens’ Events and florals by Fleurs de Fée, they brought to life what an uber romantic Provence elopement could look like and I am dying to see one of you do your own real version. Go ahead, dive in.

From Murielle of Intens’ EventsWhen the Komans and I decided to collaborate on this beautiful creative project, I immediately thought that Chateau de Tourreau would be the perfect backdrop. Built-in the middle of the 18th century, the chateau has survived the French Revolution and has become over the years the beautiful gem we know today. With its green shutters and beautiful park, it really has something special. Right from the start, we decided to include that green in our main color palette.

Through the design, we wanted to celebrate Spring, the rebirth of nature. When we leave winter and we are only at the beginning of Spring, there’s a burst of life, trees are in bloom and it’s like we are surrounded by clouds of flowers. We wanted these blooms to be our central theme and we chose each element of the shoot accordingly.

The first part of the shoot was a boudoir session. We created a soft and relaxing environment for our young bride. Fleurs de Fée designed this stunning floral arrangement mixing blooming branches and beautiful garden roses, in a soft color palette. Camille Bonardi created a natural look that highlights our bride’s beautiful curls and fresh complexion.

The intimate ceremony was set up in the park, using the fountain as a backdrop. Here again, Fleurs de Fée did an incredible job, using only white flowers and blooming branches, as if our couple was walking in a field, surrounded by all these Spring blooms. The bride and groom’s look was romantic, elegant and chic. The bride’s Claire Pettibone blush dress featured lots of delicate pastel flowers and Camille created a more sophisticated bridal look, beautifully styling our bride’s natural curls. The bouquet showcased a color palette of soft pinks and browns and was the perfect match to this sumptuous dress. For our groom, we chose a classic yet stylish look featuring a black tux and black bow tie.

The table setting was deliberately clean and simple as we wanted the focal point to be this burst of flowers gushing from the ground, ready to invade our table. We envisioned a refined tablescape showcasing a fresh color palette of immaculate whites, vibrant greens and antique gold, organic flowers and beautiful chargers, adding a touch of old-world charm to the design.

The cake, designed by Made in Cake, was a masterpiece all by itself and we were all very impressed by the meticulous and fabulous work she did on the sugared flowers. And what to say of the beautiful invitation suite created by Shelby from S. Libbrecht Studio, mixing green and white handmade paper with vellum.

We really feel like all the vendors involved have totally embraced the festive Spring mood we wanted to create and we are very grateful for the great job made by such a talented team.

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Photography: Koman Photography | Cinematography: Koman Photography | Floral Design: Antoinette Martin | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Shoes : Bella Belle | Hair and Make up: Camille Bonardi Hair & Make-Up Artist | Tux : RIVES | Venue: Chateau de Tourreau | Accesories: Nea Bridal | Bouidoir : Claire Pettibone | Cake Design: Made In Cake | Crystal Glasses: Cristallerie Saint Louis | Paper Goods: Shelby Libbrecht Studio | Photo Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Styling and Planning: Intens'Events Weddings | Table Linen: Mademoiselle Coton | Tabletop and Furniture Rental: Cañigueral | Veil : Claire Pettibone

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Take These Dresses As Proof That Subtle Color On A Bride Is *Stunning*

Raise your hand if your #dreamdress includes an all-white silhouette that looks dazzling on you. (*Us too.*) Well, today we’re throwing you a bit of a curveball by introducing the latest bridal trend that’s a departure from the classic hue. From pale pinks to soft blues, the below gowns are unique and lovely in every way — even without the ivory vibe you’re lovin’. Take in the trend, and see if it’s for you, by checking out the following selection we’ve rounded up.

Photography by Julia Kaptelova | Dress by Rara Avis

This sky blue selection is so *magical*, it could be straight out of a fairytale. Can you say wedding dress goals?

Dress by Maggie Sottero

Cue the oohs and aahs — this slim-fit option with tasteful lace motifs is fulfilling all of our outdoor ceremony dreams.

Photography by The Edges | Dress by Monique Lhullier

ML is back with another beauty. And we’re positively tickled pink over the style. Its tiered tulle skirt with complementary tie straps is unique, yet lovely in its own flattering way.

Photography Amanda K Photography | Dress by Alexandra Grecco

Once upon a time, we fell in love with this embellished, creamy blue dress. End of story.

Photography by Carlie Statsky | Dress by Lovely Bridal

This glitzy, champagne-colored long-sleeved frock is both boho and glam. It’s a win-win for any style preference.

Photography by Oliver Fly| Dress by Galia Lehav

When you’re having a hard time leaning into color, a delicate off-white option like this one is a winner. Paired with a tulle skirt, and embellished mesh bodice and it still gives off a bridal vibe, without being too on-the-nose about it.

Photography by Kylie Martin | Dress by Lazaro

This feminine gown has everything we want: a sweetheart neckline, floral illusions, and romantic features of blue down the skirt. We’re in-love.

Dress by Maggie Sottero

Classic brides will go crazy over this striking style. We’re living for the full skirt complete with a decked-out crystal top. What a stunner!

Photography by Anna Roussos | Dress by Madebride by Antonea

Consider this the ideal mix of classiness and beauty, with its plunging deep v (yes, please!), floral appliques, and a sweet velvet bow to bring it all together.

Photography by Julia Kaptelova | Dress by Aurora

Between the flowers in her hair and the floral overlays on her dress, we can’t get enough of this elegant dress.

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How to Turn a Destination Welcome Party into a One-Of-A-Kind Experience for Your Guests

What’s the best way to get your guests ready for the most amazing destination wedding weekend ever? A welcome party of course! There are so many directions you can take when it comes to welcome parties, whether it be a formal dinner or casual cocktails, the best and most important thing to do is embrace the local culture of your destination. This way, your guests will get a truly one-of-a-kind experience! Not sure where to start? Allow Golden Apple Weddings to lend a few helpful tips! While you’re planning, take some inspiration from this colorful gallery of images captured beautifully by Sotoris Tsakanikas. We’re still not over Kay Creations‘ vibrant florals…

From Golden Apple WeddingsTurning a welcome party into an experience is the right way to go when considering a destination wedding, especially when one finds themselves on Rhodes island. It is by far the largest and most historically steeped of the Dodecanese islands, and its cultural diversity has been influenced by an alloy of peoples that have inhabited the island under different guises. Medieval charm, oriental opulence, and Italian finesse are omnipresent. The local cuisine has acquired elements from the three continents that surround Rhodes, borrowing from Asia, Africa, and Europe, but is above all Mediterranean. And these various elements were selected, filtered and finally re-invented with a very distinct local character for our wedding welcome party inspiration.

The idea was to bring together local specialties that brilliantly combine traditional, fresh ingredients, native flavors, and hues that would serve as an appetizer for the couple’s guests. Instead of having welcome bags delivered to their rooms, the couple invites their loved ones to join them for cocktails, snacks, and goodies. Each guest can pack their own basket with a selection of items provided in a traditional welcome gift, like Rhodian artisan tiles, coasters and jewelry dishes, calligraphed postcards, gourmet treats, Koriandolino, a Rhodian liqueur whose characteristic feature is the sugar-coated coriander branch that is inside the bottle and looks like a small tree, a nod to the couple’s new roots together.

Then there’s “melekouni”, a pastry made of toasted sesame seeds, thyme honey, whole almonds, orange zest and cinnamon, Ritseli” a sweet preserve made only on Rhodes of grape-must, dried figs, quinces, and watermelon peels, and “talagoutes”, pancakes made with honey, walnuts, sesame seeds and cinnamon. And of course, the gifts would be remiss if there wasn’t for the Rhodian extra virgin oil, jars of honey, fresh fruit and florals that can be combined to arrange a unique bouquet for each guest. Decent bar and their mixologists set a wonderful niche for cocktails in the garden of the luxurious villa for the guests to enjoy two signature Rhodian cocktails, one flavored as the traditional “melekouni” sweet and the other made of Koriandolino which were also included in the couple’s gifts. We do believe a bespoke sling is a must to stir up a great party and nod to the destination the bride and groom to be have chosen. We wanted to create an intimate rustic-styled dinner under the pergola that would contain Rhodian and Mediterranean accents. The charger and dessert plates, as well as the tiles we placed in lieu of a table runner, were made to order from Nassos Keramik, a native ceramics artisan whose legacy and craftsmanship have made their way into several European aristocracy homes.

Allegoria Textile Delights from Italy added to the setting with fine linen and silk fabrics while cutlery and furnishings belong to one of the rarest 18th-century collections on the island, courtesy of a private collector. For the florals, we kept things vibrant as no welcome dinner should feel overwhelming or too formal, yet it has to exude exuberance and playfulness. We worked with lush arrangements of ranunculus in fiery shades of orange, amber, and marigold, Asclepias Beatrix, wine leaves, hypericum and spray roses for all the freshness they evoke. Manousenia Design created beautifully calligraphed menus employing Italian borne patterns we come across the Mediterranean, the Amalfi Coast and Rhodes itself, which all share the same verve and spirit. Our bride to be was styled by Anna Jill – Kiss From Fleur in a Greek designer caftan by Ancient Kallos, golden low heel sandals and Heart of Gold headpieces featuring golden bees and fleurettes, for her morning-looks. For the cocktail hour, her Zoya gown was a volume of silk and ruffles in copper. Our groom-to-be styled by our creative director Setty Lepida was dressed in head to toe Navy and Green smart casuals and Gucci loafers. Agis KP and Mika worked seamlessly to give our couple spruce day and evening looks in Charlotte Tilbury and Mac Cosmetics peach-toned makeup, a relaxed updo and gorgeous loose curls for the evening. We were thrilled for the opportunity to have our worked lensed by the talented Sotiris Tsakanikas whose fine images bottled up the beauty in perfect light.

Photography: Sotiris Tsakanikas | wedding planner: Golden Apple Weddings | Catering: Pane Di Capo | Makeup: Makeup by Mika | Hair: L’epoque d’Agis | Bride Styling: Kiss from Fleur | Bride's dress: Ancient Kallos | Cocktail bar : Decent Bar | Flatware: Nassos Keramik | Florals & Rentals: Kay Creations | Groom Styling: Setty Lepida | Groom's clothing: OGGI | Headpieces : heart of gold designs | Paper goods, stationery, escort tags & calligraphy: manousenia | Private Villa: Don Mansion The Hill | Textiles: Allegoria

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When the Bride and Groom Arrive to Their Reception via Razor Scooters

Here at Style Me Pretty, we have seen our fair share of creative getaways, but not too often do we see creative entrances, like this one of the bride and groom racing into their reception at The Mansion at Natirar on Razor scooters! Michelle Lange Photography photographed the entrance, along with all of the other wedding day details like the couples first look and the bridesmaids all white dresses! With some of the most romantic floral arrangements (and a ceremony arch that doesn’t disappoint,) Twisted Willow Flowers mixed soft blush, and ivory blooms with gold details to bring the event space to life! Take a look at one of THE cutest flower girls we’ve ever seen below and start thinking up ways you can make an entrance at your own wedding!

From the bride…Jake and I were married on April 28, 2019 in The Mansion at Natirar located in Peapack -Gladstone, New Jersey. The two of us could not have imagined a more perfect day – it was truly a fairytale come to life. Two months later and I am still swooning over all the beautiful photos we have to remember every moment of our wedding day.

When we began planning our wedding, I envisioned our day having a very soft and romantic feel and adding a very feminine touch with floral accents throughout. From live bouquets tied with blush silk, white petals to line the aisle and, a delicate flower arch, to my own wedding gown having floral embroidery covering the bustier, the floral accents throughout the day added the perfect feminine touch that I was looking for. Bridesmaids in all white (yes, all white!) and groomsmen in black tuxedos created the ultimate contrast within the bridal party and set the stage for a not-so-traditional, yet classic wedding.

Jake and I wanted to break away from some of the traditional elements of a wedding, and instead added personal touches that showcased our authentic selves. If the traditions fit our style, then we kept it and if it didn’t we threw the rule book out the window. We envisioned our day to be uniquely ours. As the bride, I did wear something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Although many couples still feel that seeing the bride before the ceremony may be bad luck, Jake and I decided to do a first look. To us, this was really special as it gave us some time to be alone and see each other before the ceremony. And if you are worried that a first look will take away from the emotions at the ceremony, it certainly did not! We also decided to write our own vows instead of reading the traditional scripted vows. And when we decided to ride into the reception on red Razor scooters (which of course was Jake’s idea), every single guest was literally laughing out loud. Overall, we wanted our guests to feel comfortable and have fun.

Although you would expect a large guest list at The Mansion, we wanted a very intimate day and capped our guest list at just under 70 people. By doing this, we felt that we could really connect with our guests from beginning to end and were able to enjoy the time with every person that was there. Containing your guest list and inviting those who are most important to you would be my first piece of advice to future brides and grooms. My second piece of advice is to do what feels right and what will make your day all that you have dreamt it would be, even if that means pushing tradition to the side at times. And lastly, keep it simple, have fun and enjoy the entire process. By the time you get to your actual wedding day, it goes by in the blink of an eye.

Photographer: Michelle Lange Photography | Floral Design: Twisted Willow Flowers | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry : Thomas Knoell | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Kleinfeld Bridal | Makeup: Beauty On Location | Hair: Laura Benedetti and Abby Opdyke | DJ: POSH Entertainment | Bridal Shop: Kleinfelds | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Natirar | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Getting Ready Robes: BHLDN | Hair Piece: Emma Katzka Bridal | Wedding Dress Designer: Maison Signore

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Home Blogger Almafied’s Globally Inspired but Classically Styled Space

Hoping to brighten up your Monday, we have SUCH a good home tour today! The incredibly chic Alma Arietta from Almafied is here, opening up her sunny California doors and sharing some insider tips on what it means to design thoughtfully and without stress. I’ve been a wee bit obsessed with her organic meets global aesthetic for a while now and am always inspired in the way that she beautifully mixes chain store finds with one of a kind moments. It’s all goodness and there is SO much more on her blog and on her gorg insta account too.

When we bought our 70’s ranch styled home here in the Bay Area 2 years ago, we knew there was a lot of work to be done but we loved that the home was in the same community as our home church and loved the neighborhood so we sold our last home and got to work!

How would you describe your design style?

I’d say my design style might be best described as California casual modern, embracing neutrals and expressing my love for simple+ casual+ fresh spaces! Being a neutrals lover, I find adding in texture and layering helps keep things interesting!

I also love a good trend, and love bringing them in through simple and more affordable pieces like a blanket, a bench, pillows, etc. That way, if I don’t love it for very long, I won’t feel bad to filter it out!

Our living room is the perfect example of my style mash-up – classic neutrals, dressed with tons of texture. A combination of big box items and flea market finds. We went with a global inspired theme for our main room (you can see ALL of the details and resources right here).

Our living room has gone through more than one design iteration. When we first moved in to our home, I wanted to feel the space out before deciding where we would take the design. I truly believe that you should let the location and structure of a house have some say on where you take the overall design.

The one thing that really spoke to me about this house, was the humble ranch style, clean and simple in structure, ceilings low at 8-9 ft tall all around. With the simple elements the house already offered, along with the neutral white walls, I knew I could give it personality with accent wall treatments, fun and interesting lighting, going bold but still warm with mainly brass finishes, and adding textural elements throughout.

How do you express your style through your design aesthetic?

The way I express my personal style, whether it’s the kitchen or a small little office, is by incorporating each space with touches of natural elements – wood finishes paired with organic but refined details. By staying true to this approach in each room, we’ve woven a sense of consistency through the spaces that makes our home feel so much more intentional.

What do you do when you just know a space needs a little extra love but you don’t have the budget?

Living in California, it’s only right to have some sort of greenery around year round, but especially in summer. That said, I prefer to not spend that much and just let the touch of nature speak for itself with a pretty glass vase. A little dose of green always makes things more beautiful. 

Another easy move…baskets. I love a neutral, modern yet inviting space but the way I try to keep it fun and youthful is by adding modern textiles and textures. One of my favorite textural object would have to be baskets. Baskets easily add natural storage and interest!

Any great big box stores that you love?

Yes! TJMaxx, Homegoods Anthropologie, Target, Ikea are some of my go tos for places I know I will find something I like!

What space in your home do you love the most?

Well, truthfully, I love all of it. But I’m a little partial to the way that our closet turned home office came out.  I don’t know about you, but for the every day mom who needs an easy access work space, but still needs to be with the kids or at least be nearby.

We could have used an entire room as an office (after some careful reshuffling), but we also needed a space for the kids to hangout – so the idea of transforming the closet into an office nook was born. My husband and I are both really pleased and so glad we did this! The kids love it also!

Any designers that you particularly love or find inspiration from?

I definitely look to Studio McGee, Amber Interior but also find so much inspiration on Instagram and get so much ideas from Chris Loves Julia, Eye For Pretty and House Seven Design! I could go on!

All of your spaces seem to have this same airy California vibe…laid back, while still being impeccable and thoughtfully designed. Can you talk a little bit about your design process?

To me, a new couch cover is like a blank canvas, pillows and throws are the art mediums and the different patterns and textures are like the different painting techniques. Sounds silly but it’s true. I look at every room as a chance to be creative, to design a space that is functional and yet beautiful and I give myself permission to take my time and to make changes when things need a little refresh. 

Now we know you love a good neutral, but do you have any tips for sprinkling your home with pops of color?

My sweet little girl’s room is full of color! But despite her ask of having pink on the walls, we instead embraced color in other ways with accents pieces. And her toys bursting from every basket will add the perfect amount of color anyway. It’s fun and playful like our big girl and easy to switch back to neutrals if that is what she wants to do as she gets older! So if you are in need of a little color, just throw some inexpensive pillows, blankets or artwork in the mix and you’ll get that look without a total commitment. 

What has been your biggest mistake you’ve made when decorating your home?

Probably my biggest mistake I made while decorating was thinking to go bold with a super large main wall (about 7 years ago) before even trying it on something smaller and the color I went with was yellow! It’s funny because it was totally out of my comfort zone but I went for it! In hind sight I’m glad I did, because I learned, girlfriend don’t be so impulsive! Test it out first if you’re gonna do something that bold! 


The Top 6 Tips to Keep in Mind When Planning a European Destination Wedding

Destination weddings can be intimate, exciting and undeniably romantic… but they can also be riddled with language barriers, complicated timelines and travel woes. That being said, if saying “I do” in a far-away locale has always been your dream – then don’t lose faith! Couture Events is here to bring you their top 6 tips that will make planning your destination wedding a total breeze. For some inspiration along the way, take in all the beauty this romantic shoot at Chateau De Villette has to offer. Couture Events thoughtful planned every detail while Floraison supplied the most breathtaking blooms in pink and cream hues. Be sure to check out the full gallery captured perfectly by Sophie Kaye Photography because every image is truly stunning. 

From Couture EventsWhen you find the one and you are deeply in love, it’s like something out of a fairytale. Where better to go than where the fairytales originated. So many beautiful tales came to live in Europe and to create your own there is completely a dream come true. We believe in intimate & romantic destination weddings. From Bordeaux to Lake Como we have some destination tips for your European wedding. There are so many gorgeous chateaus in France and this, Chateau De Villette, is one of our favorites because you can have your event here but also stay in this breathtaking chateau overlooking gorgeous gardens. Truly a Marie Antoinette moment!

Here are Couture Events top six tips for an European Destination Wedding:

1. Arriva presto – This is Italian for Arrive EARLY. Get there before your guests arrive, give yourself time to settle in. This will also calm your nerves and help you feel more comfortable in this setting. This way you are able to welcome your guests as they come into this beautiful place and experience and enjoy seeing each of them instead of feeling rushed or overwhelmed.

2. Confiance – Means TRUST in french. Hire professionals you trust is essential . We suggest hiring a professional planner & also a travel agent (yes two separate people who you can trust to do what they do best) who are able to communicate with the vendors and venue to take care of every detail for you. They can help you source and find local vendors in your destination or bring in vendors if needed. It may seem like an unnecessary expense but ultimately it will save you unnecessary stress of trying to communicate with all of the vendors yourself and figure out travel for you and your guests (don’t rely on the on-site hotel panner, they are there for the hotel, not for you.)

3. Licencia de matrimonio – In translation from Spanish to english is marriage license. Get your marriage license before your trip or do a small ceremony at the courthouse. Do this in your hometown to avoid frustration and roadblocks when you arrive at your destination. It’s a fun idea to get your marriage actually certified in a foreign country but it’s a lot of work and usually causes more aggravation then it’s worth.

4. Visit in Advance – Yes, this is english for “make sure you see your venue and the destination before you get there”, not all of England looks like Cornwall. We highly suggest that you visit your destination before you get married there. This will avoid any unrealistic exceptions and also give you a better vision for your wedding day.

5. Embrasser la culture – Is french for embrace the culture! Whether you are in Spain, Italy, or France for your wedding, we suggest you fully immerse yourself and your guests. Whatever that location is known for let that take priority. Give your guests a taste of the culture, this will also give you more options and better quality options when choosing caterers and can also ultimately help you save money. For example: DO NOT even think about serving Mexican in France… Choose a french dish and plan on the party going until 6am (“when in Rome” or in this case, France).

6. ο συγχρονισμός είναι το παν – Means Timing is EVERYTHING in Greek. Make sure you know what the weather will be like at that time. Weather is different in different parts of the world and while it may be beautiful where you are from in your destination the entire town might be shut down. For example, I once tried to visit Santorini in December… Thankfully my travel agent let me know Santorini mostly closes down in December. Make sure you check and have your professionals inform you on what it will be like at that time of year from their past experience.

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Photography: Sophie Kaye Photography | Design: Couture Events | Florist: Floraison | Stationery: Theoberry | Shoes: Bella Belle | Hair & Makeup: Emily Artistry | Wedding Venue: Villa Balbiano | Accessories: Lindsay Marie Design | Cinema: Randi Michelle | Fashion Coordinator: Coco Kliks | Model: Alison Cossenet | Planning: Couture Events | Tabletop Rentals: Madame de la Maison

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The Epitome of A New Orleans Wedding, Brass Band and All!

When it comes to New Orleans, two things come to mind…Mardi Gras and music! For Charles and Rebecca, they incorporated a little bit of both into their wedding day with Kinfolk Brass Band playing through the streets of New Orleans from the ceremony to the reception! Emilia Jane Photography captured all of the fun these two had and every detail thoughtfully planned by, Blue Gardenia Events including elegant centerpieces and beautiful textured linens to a fabulous flower wall and a gold stained cake! Take a peek below and check out the full gallery here!

From the Bride…We were spending Memorial Day Weekend in Washington DC visiting some friends. At the time, President Obama was in office and we were both so excited for the opportunity to tour the West Wing of the White House. Unfortunately, pictures aren’t allowed while on the tour, except in the Press Room which was our final stop. 

When we got to the press room, our friends suggested we each take turns standing at the Podium and taking a few pictures or “fielding some questions.” When it was my turn to “be interviewed,” I had no idea the final question would be from Charles asking me to marry him.

We were both excited and anxious about finding ways to incorporate New Orleans traditions with my (Rebecca’s) Assyrian traditions. It was surprising how much overlap there was between the two and how seamlessly they flowed together once we thought things through. For example, both Assyrian and New Orleans traditions call for a marked celebration of the Bride and Groom’s new life together with a procession of music (specifically using drums and horns), so we were able to use the Second Line as a way to start this celebration and end with an Assyrian song as we entered the reception together.

Finding ways to integrate both rich cultures in a balanced way required careful planning, but was definitely worth it. It was incredible to see both sides of our families and friends experience the nuances each of the traditions had to offer and it made the day feel that much more perfect!

Photography: Emilia Jane Photography | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Invitations: Gourmet Invitations | Ceremony Venue: Capitol Park Museum | Reception Venue: Roosevelt Waldorf Astoria | Makeup: Lynna Vo | Hair: Ali Vaszquez | Band: Brass A Holics | Black Acrylic Place Cards: Jen and Jules Designs | Floral: Bee's Weddings and Events | Lighting, Candle Decor & Custom Bars: Firefly Ambiance | Linens: Nuage Designs | Planning: Blue Gardenia Events | Second Line & Mardi Gras Indians: Kinfolk Brass Band | Tables & Chairs: Perrier Party Rentals

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You Need To See this Spain-Inspired Wedding Color Palette: Mimosa Yellow & Sky Blue!

There’s no question that blue and yellow are complimentary partners in crime. But today’s slice of Spain wedding inspiration from Muravnik Photography and DY Events gives that combo a twist, calling it mimosa yellow and sky blue. Doesn’t that sound whimsically colorful? It’s the perfect palette if you’re going for vibrant elegance and if so, there’s an entire collection of images below just calling to be added to your stack of inspo.

From Muravnik Photography… The minute we met Judit and Luka, it was clear that we would really need something special. Bright ginger hair and captivating beauty of the bride’s Catalonian face and Italian features of the groom gave us an idea to create something modern and fashionable but with some classic details.

It was crystal clear that only villa with peculiar interior and memorable style could convey their story. We were looking for a new wedding venue which would be yet unknown in the wedding industry. We were so lucky to have found not just the right place but also a real work of art – Villa Gran Villa Rosa with its harmonic fusion style. Villa complimented the visual perception of the couple and gave the right twist to their love story.

When we saw the venue, the first ideas that came into our mind were very classical and traditional for Spain. But we always love creating something new, especially for destination weddings, which are normally very classical. So, wedding designer Dina Yakushina decided to choose these stunning doors as a backdrop for the ceremony, but without adding any additional constructions like arches or chuppah as we didn’t want to fracture the existing geometry and pattern of these doors. She decided everything we needed here were flowers. But which ones?

So, we returned to the couple and to Spain itself, and more ideas came – it’s spring time, the time of bright and vivid colors, like yellow mimosa, and clear and limpid sky, fashion colors that many designers love. These colors are not common for weddings, especially yellow and blue together, so why not show how beautiful they are. Also, yellow is very traditional color for Spain, as well as the blue color that surrounds it – warm sea with beautiful beaches. So it all took shape – modern design, vivid colors, fashionable bride and groom and a historic Spanish villa.

Photography: Muravnik Photography | Floral Design: DY Events | Wedding Dress: Jesus Peiro | Stationery: ALEXANDRA KARTAMYSHEVA | Shoes: SERENA WHITEHAVEN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Wedding Land | Make up and Hair: Kateryna Usenko | Groom's Attire: Costume Code | Wedding Venue: Gran Villa Rossa | Rentals: Cañigueral | Robes: L' arca Barcelona

A Luxe Lake House For Everyone’s Inner Kid

Nothing quite says summer like those childhood memories spent at the beach or the lake. When Mel Bean Interiors took on the remodeling of this stunning Grand Lake home in Oklahoma, the goal was to bring those kid-like feelings to life. They made a big impact with minimal changes throughout much of the home. We would happily fill our summer days here on the lake!

From Mel Bean Interiors…Mel Bean and the team redesigned the lighting throughout the house, painted the walls a creamy neutral, and used a dark gel stain to take the inconsistently toned existing wood trim to a dark ebony. In the kitchen, they updated the existing kitchen cabinets using ebony stain and beautiful bronze hardware from Rocky Mountain Hardware and replaced the countertops with a leathered quartzite slab and slab backsplash.

The two major overhauls took place in the Master Suite and the “Dog House”. The Master Suite was completely reworked to create a much more functional space – complete with Master Bath and closet. The bathroom includes a large shower with lake views, all of which is clad is Walker Zanger Silver Travertine tile and slabs, and a Master closet which includes a stackable washer/dryer.

In the “Dog House”, Mel and her team captured former garage space to create the stunning white oak bunk room and it’s attached closet and bathroom. This space required extreme precision in the design of the bunks using the white oak planks and custom steel railing. 

KITCHEN

LIVING ROOM






SITTING ROOM






MASTER SUITE


THE BEDROOMS


THE ‘DOG HOUSE’






Photography: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography | Interior Designer: Mel Bean Interiors

A Central Park, Black Tie Wedding, Even Carrie Bradshaw Would Envy

There is just something I love about a New York City wedding! Maybe it’s the personal, intimate moments, all while the hustle and bustle of the city are happening all around you. Amanda and Will’s nuptials did exactly that, from a first look on the Loews Regency balcony with views of the city below to photos of the bridal party taken by Amy Rizzuto Photography making their way through Central Park. NST Pictures did what they do best and captured every NYC detail (like the brides very Carrie Manolo Blahnik’s) and every special moment between the bride and groom! Take a look below and start pinning away for your own city soiree!

The invitation suite designed by Bella Figura was so elegant and beautiful, and perfectly captured Amanda and Will’s wedding style! The map on the envelope liner was the perfect added detail to set the NYC tone.

After spending the morning with their family and friends, Amanda and Will finally saw each other for the first time on the balcony at the Loews Regency! The moment was so full of raw emotion and joy! Loews was the perfect location for their sweet first look as it overlooked Central Park where Amanda and Will would be getting married!

Amanda and Will were all smiles as she made her way down the aisle. I loved their personal vows during the ceremony! They were beautifully written and so thoughtful. The room was filled with so much love! After being pronounced husband and wife, Will and Amanda shared a kiss and made their way back down the aisle, hand in hand.

Photography: Amy Rizzuto Photography | Videography: NST Pictures | Florals: Stefan's Florissima | Wedding Dress: Legends by Romona Keveza | Cake: Lulu Cake Boutique | Invitations: Bella Figura | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Makeup Artist: Adelyn's Canvas | Hair Stylist: Ahern Beauty | Band: Starlight Music | Bridal Prep: Lowes Regency Hotel | Ceremony & Reception: The Central Park Boathouse | Photobooth: Margaret Huang

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