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East Meets West Wedding Inspiration That Celebrates a Significant Hindu Tradition

This East meets West inspirational shoot at Prestwold Hall in the United Kingdom graciously combines neoclassical architecture and lush, exotic gardens. Weddings with cultural representations are incredibly hot right now, and this shoot is proof, as it served to recognize a special Hindu ritual. Tes Moments worked her planning magic to create a color palette that reflected the romance between her couple, and Niche Weddings & Events used the structure of the venue to design a floral display that we believe is the cherry on top to the aesthetics of this day. Get ready to fall in love in the full gallery of pretty details, captured by the amazing Sophie May Photo.

This concept is a showcase of East meets West in a luxury fusion style rather than fully traditional. The setup is the after-wedding feeling where the couple have some alone time and re-evoke those cherished moments before the wedding ceremony. We also have the reception where the elegance is highlighted with the soft and subtle tones which are used to give this beautiful and dreamy style. The theme Promise I Make To You originates from the rituals of seven vows which is performed in a Hindu wedding where the bride and groom go around the sacred fire seven times. Going for a fusion style does not mean one is not cultured which generally is the perception in the Asian culture. The mood was to reminisce those vows and there is no better place than Prestwold Hall which is a beautiful stately home in the heart of Leicestershire. This is a Grade 1 listed home which has been the seat of the Packe family where the architecture is of neoclassical style and beautiful gardens reflecting the classical symmetry of the house and looking at the rising parkland. 

For this venue, the S-Type Jaguar was the perfect choice as it was oozing modern elegance. The conservatory, dining area and the outside of the house were the main parts which were used for this shoot as they all had a different character, elegance and beauty. Simple is Beautiful, Elegant and Luxurious. The womenswear was selected based on a darker pink colour for the main ceremony where the details of the embroidery made it different from the traditional red bridal. For the reception, focus was on the lighter colour of coral. 

The menswear focused on a lighter tone of ivory and embroidery was not heavy on the whole attire whilst for the reception, the focus was darker but with subtle embroidery which made it stand out. For both set up, the bride was always the focus and the photographer captured all the key moments of that journey from miss to mrs. For the jewellery, fine diamonds were used as they complemented the outfits as well as the dainty shoes. In terms of hair and makeup, we went for flowing and Hollywood curls and natural make up which made the bride beautiful. The Coral, Soft Peach, Ivory and lighter tone palette created this dreamy luxurious look through the tablescape, chairs, centerpieces, stationery, florals, cake, macaroons, damask Linen and embroidered napkin. 

For the cake, David Austin and Avalanche Roses were the inspiration behind as they are both specific varieties which are popular with Brides. We also used the sugar flower where each petal was hand cut, sculpted and dusted instead of fresh flowers to create a different visual experience. The soft wooden peach charger plate was enhanced with the damask ivory linen which transformed the beautiful room. To announce the arrival of the bride and groom, we used the violinist who started on a Bollywood theme mixed with pop music. The whole shoot and concept felt original, beautiful and romantic and was captured beautifully by the photographer. My advice to couples will be: Create those moments which are yours to cherish forever through pictures and guests experience by infusing your personality and culture together.

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Written by Lauren Megerdichian and Carly Zumar

Photography: Sophie May Photo | Cinematography: Noordinaryfilmsuk | Floral Design: Nicheflowersleicester | Wedding Dress: Ekta Solanki | Stationery: Quint London | Shoes: Emmy London | Groom's Attire: Ahsans_menswear | Venue: Prestwoldhall | Beauty: Fatinhasadomua | Cake & Favours: Dolce Lusso Cakes | Car: Coventryweddingcars | Chairs: Rosetone Event Furniture | Crockery: Duchess Butler | Event Planning & Concept: Tes Moments | Jewellery: Pelumibakes | Linens: Just 4 Linen | Macaroons: Pelumibakes | Model: Oliverandrosi | Napkins: The embroidered napkin Company | Violinist: Raylouisecoyleviolin

A Wedding Planner’s Atrium Baby Shower

Editor’s Note: Being a wedding planner means you have exquisite taste, an eye for details, and knowledge of the coolest venues your city has to offer. All of those key characteristics come directly into play in this GORGEOUS atrium baby shower! Take a look!

When a wedding planner is expecting, you know her baby shower is going to be next level beautiful! Natalie put her expert planning skills to use to bring her French country vision for her baby girl’s shower to life.

The festivities took place in the atrium at The Manor House Event Center in Mason, OH. The venue boasted floor to ceiling arched windows and a glass ceiling to bathe the room in gorgeous natural light rain or shine. Lisa created custom floral arrangements with a soft, classic, feminine touch to bring life and natural beauty to the space.

And J Char designed unique round menus showcasing the brunch menu for the morning’s celebration. Natalie’s family lives out of town, so it was such a gift for her to be able to put her talents to use in designing a stunning baby shower so they could come in and celebrate with her stress-free. This dream team of vendors came together to bring her vision to life and make sure her baby girl was celebrated in style!

Photography: Kortni and Chris Photography | Event Planning: Natalia's Event Planning | Floral Design: Little Bit of Green By Lisa | Cake: The Confection Bar | Invitations: J Char Designs | Wedding Venue: Manor House | Balloon Garland: USA Balloonatics | Rentals: Prime Time Party & Event Rental | Rentals: Queen City Vignette | Rentals: LOST & FOUND Vintage Rentals

Cozy Meets Elegant In This Modern Farmhouse Inspiration Shoot

An elegant wedding that feels super intimate? Sign us up! Inspired by the idea of a weekend away at a modern farmhouse, Adriana Marie Events dreamed up an inspiration shoot that’s giving us all the feels. From the warm color palette to the plaid details, it’s safe to say that we are in love. Fabulous florals by Victoria Clausen Floral Events bring life to the day, and it’s all beautifully captured by the ever-talented Perry Vaile Photography. Take a look at all the warm and cozy details inside the full gallery.



From Adriana Marie Events… Inspired by the modern farmhouse and surrounding landscaping of the beautiful Foxhill Farm Estate, we sought out to inspire with lush pops of color and pattern.



We imagined a story of a secluded weekend away for a mini wedding inside the restored great room of this historic home. A warm fire, cozy velvet, and plaid, brought the idea to life.



Abundant bright florals, greenery, and an ethereal backdrop of the rolling hills and tree lines came together to create the perfect intimate atmosphere. The overall look and feel created wedding inspiration magic.



Photography: Perry Vaile Photography | Floral Design: Victoria Clausen Floral Events | Gown: Nicole Bridal | Gown: Julie Vino | Cake: Peony and Meringue | Invitations: Emily Baird Design | Jewelry: Lindsay Marie Design | Beauty: Caitlyn Meyer | Models: The Artist Agency | Planning: Adriana Marie Events | Rentals: White Glove Rentals

Raise Your Hand If You Are on the Hunt for Little White Dresses! Well, David’s Bridal Has Got You Covered!

Besides THE dress, there are so many other white dresses you need once you’ve said yes! From an engagement party to a bridal shower and rehearsal dinner to a second look on your wedding day, David’s Bridal has got you covered with their new Little White Dress Boutique! Casual and cool dresses for all of your wedding-related events (even those smaller, intimate nuptials, since it seems those might be a lasting trend, far after the pandemic.) Available in sizes 0-30W, it is safe to say…it’s time to move over LBD the LWD is here to stay as a closet staple for any bride-to-be! Ready to start shopping? Click through the gallery to find your dream dress for every wedding event!

Photography: Brooke Nash Photography | Floral Design: Flowers By Semia | Makeup: Glam Done Wright | Hair: Rhode Island Wedding Hair Stylist: Cassandra Broccoli | Venue: Newport Beach House: A Longwood Venue | Dresses: David's Bridal

This North Carolina Wedding Gives New Meaning To Pretty In Pink

Calling all pink lovers, you are in for a treat! Rebecca Rose Events took this bride’s favorite color and created the most exquisite day around it. From lush blooms to floral textured table linens, everything at this al fresco affair is coming up pretty. The open-air reception stuns with some of the most romantic tables we’ve ever seen. Heather Beerman captured all the lovely details in her beautiful imagery. Check out the full gallery for a closer look at all the fun!



From Rebecca Rose EventsWith health and safety their utmost priority, Charisse and Ryan chose to forego their plans to host 150 guests in the mountains of Virginia for a summer 2020 wedding celebration. Instead, we worked with this thoughtful and gracious couple to reimagine, relocate, plan, design, and produce an intimate celebration at Half-Mile Farm, a luxury country inn by Old Edwards in Highlands, North Carolina.



Following their ceremony on the Farm’s event lawn, family guests enjoyed an open-air, farm-fresh dinner under the exquisite Porte Cochère. Charisse adores flowers and loves the color pink, and we made sure to incorporate both in as many design elements as possible, even adding a layer of floral fabric texture to their al fresco dinner, with a blush floral linen overlay.



The happy couple concluded the evening with a “concert on the lawn” by East Coast Entertainment’s Park Brothers, under a small sailcloth tent with a few of their guests. It was the perfect alternative to a dancefloor, as a safe and enjoyable way to spend the evening celebrating.



Photography: Heather Beerman | Videography: Inkspot Crow Films | Floral Design: Rebecca Rose Events | Wedding Dress: Terry Costa | Wedding Cake: Cotton Leigh Bakery | Stationery: Rebecca Rose Events | Hair and Makeup: Be Pretty Charlotte | Calligraphy: Carole Murray | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Half-Mile Farm | Charger Plates: Emerson James | Linens: Nuage Designs | Live Streaming: 8317 Productions | Music: East Coast Entertainment | Planning, Design & Production: Rebecca Rose Events | Tent, Chairs, & Tabletop Rentals: Professional Party Rentals

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
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An Intimate Garden Wedding Full Of Modern Whimsy

Gardens have long served as a source of inspiration for romance, and this wedding amongst the greenery does not disappoint. Filled with modern whimsy, the bride and groom worked with Milk Events and Weddings By Darlene to design and execute a day that included special details at every turn. Our favorite? The couple’s flower girl, their dog Unagi! Blooms By Morgan turned up the romance by filling the day with beautiful florals in soft hues. You can feel the love in the beautiful images by Ether & Smith. Head to the full gallery for endless amounts of inspiration.



From the bride… I was fortunate enough to find a Spanish inspired venue that was rustic and modern romantic. I gravitated to marble and gold as the running theme throughout, and really wanted to see the florals marry that throughout the wedding. I realized it fit really well with the style of the dress, venue architecture, and the landscape.



Given that the wedding happened during the pandemic, I realized having an intimate guest list is more special. Unagi, my fur baby, made an exclusive walk down the aisle as the flower girl. But the most memorable moment was during the vow exchange. I thought that after several times of practicing, I wouldn’t get choked up, but it definitely took a while before I finished my vows in person!



My best advice for couples planning their wedding is to remember that your partner always has your best interest at heart. Learn to trust the person you’re in love with, and it will reciprocate back.



Photography: Ether & Smith | Coordinator: Weddings by Darlene | Florist: Blooms by Morgan | Cake: Etta Avenue Cakes | Stationery: Minted | Ceremony: Allied Arts Guild | Ring: Brilliant Earth | Caterer: Cafe Wisteria | Calligrapher: Paper Dog Calligraphy | Bridal Store: Weddings And Dreams | Cocktail/Reception: Cafe Wisteria | Dessert: La Vie Douce Design | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Makeup and Hair Artist: Grace Lin | Reception Dress: Andrea Leo Couture | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Veil: sara gabriel veils | Wedding Designer: Milk Events

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue: You’ll Want These Figured Out Way Before Your Wedding Morning

So, at first thought, ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue’ just seems like an old school wedding tradition that has totally worn out its wear. And we get it, it’s not a critical part of the wedding picture – getting married without them doesn’t mean your day will be cursed or your future will be destined for failure – not by any stretch of the imagination. But like other things that give your day a sense of ceremoniousness, in a sort of “without your old, new, borrowed, and blue, were you even a bride?” kind of way (and let’s be clear about this, you absolutely are, that’s not conditional), this wedding prescription is just lots of fun. Brides look forward to planning out their ‘somethings,’ and when they get stuck or need some new inspiration, they can turn to the closest people to them to source something special. 

The cool thing about the wedding-ism in this day and age, is that there truly is no formula to honor it: the old, the new, the borrowed, the blue, they’re all up to you and your own interpretations. They don’t have to be woven into your wedding ensemble, they don’t even have to be noticeable to anyone but you, and to be honest, they don’t even have to be tangible – for instance, maybe you and your fiancé dated and broke up years ago and then got back together and engaged shortly after. Your relationship and decision to wed, then, can be your something old and something new. It makes sense, it’s meaningful, and better yet, it’s modern. 

Photo by Will Reid

Whatever you choose to use as your something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue, though, should be well-thought-out and intentional. It’s easy to fall into a “I’ve got my something blue, and that’s the hardest, so I’ll just come up with the rest later” trap and then arrive at your wedding morning without the rest of the rhyme reasoned out. That’s why we’re all for getting these ducks in a row well before your big day. 

  1. If you’re asking your parents or your grandparents for something old, you’ll want to approach the topic well in advance – especially if you’re considering an heirloom or something that’s preserved and not taken out very often. 
  2. If you’re asking your mom or sister or best friend for something borrowed, you’ll also want to clue them in on your plans pretty quickly. You/they may have to seek out alterations or get their item cleaned before you can use it (like a veil, a pair of shoes, estate jewelry, etc.). 
  3. If you’ve come up with your somethings, it might even help to give your photographer a heads up about what they are when you send them over your pre-event shot list (a few weeks prior to your party); doing so can ensure you’ll have them packed up and poised to shine in all of those getting-ready photos. 
Photo by Lace and Luce

Granted, all of the props and products in our Style Me Pretty Collection are something new, but if you use them for your own wedding day and then pass them on to your siblings, cousins, friends (maybe even your own daughter one day, decades from now), you can keep the something old and something borrowed alive and well! 

Here are some favorites to consider for your own I Dos.

Photo by Adrian Jon Photography 

Something Old

We mentioned before that this wedding tradition doesn’t have any boundaries or limitations, and it’s absolutely true; that said, when it comes to ‘something old,’ we think a piece of jewelry that was, perhaps, worn by your grandmother or mother on their own wedding days (or maybe even when you were born!) is the perfect tribute. It’s also a fantastic way to incorporate something vintage or classic into your modern wedding day look. 

Photo by Sarah & Ben Photography

Something New

This category is probably the easiest of the four, because anything that you get in your role as the bride is probably new: your engagement ring, your wedding planning paraphernalia, your wedding dress, if this is your first wedding, your being a bride is something new – as is your new last name (if you’ll be taking one!)! But something new can also relate to trends you’ll be embracing on your wedding day (be it neon signs, hanging installations, etc.). 

Photo by Sarah & Ben Photography 

Something Borrowed

Like something old, something borrowed involves collaborators – from your blood relatives to your new family-in-law, close friends to your soon-to-be spouse him/herself. Maybe you’re borrowing your mom’s veil, maybe you’re wearing a hair pin that your MOH wore when she got married, or maybe you want to buy something to really show those special pieces off… or happily pass along over the years. #Sisterhoodofthetravelingdresshanger, anyone? 

Photo by Kate Preftakes Photography

Something Blue

This category may not be the easiest, but it’s probably where you can be most creative. Consider dropping hints to your hunny about something blue for the gift he or she gets you (the wedding morning gift exchange is another thing that doesn’t have to happen, but it’s sooo nice if it does!), treat yourself to some statement blue-hued jewels or shoes, or ask your girls to get in on it with their own blue jewelry or pretty powder blue nails (to match white or vanilla-toned bridesmaid dresses?). You can even do a duo of blue French macarons or meringues for your favors… guests will love being part of your traditions! 

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A Family Affair Backyard Wedding Complete With Bistro Lights and a U Shaped Dining Table

It’s true — home is where the heart is. We thought we’d seen it all when it comes to backyard weddings, but the sheer beauty of this one proved us wrong! This family affair was a nod to togetherness and social bonding. With plenty of warm candlelight, lush florals, and classic china, Tailyr and Sam enjoyed an evening of love, all thanks to the incredible work of Rachael Ellen Events. To match her elevated backyard wedding, Tailyr wore an effortlessly elegant Sarah Seven gown. We’re certain this celebration was truly one for the family album. To see all the pretty details, take a look at the full gallery of gorgeous images, all captured by Mary Claire Photography.

From Rachael Ellen Events… When Tailyr and Sam became engaged, they weren’t sure what their plans would entail but they knew they wanted to create something intimate and social for those who truly mattered most. Their backyard wedding truly was a family affair, with only their nearest and dearest in attendance. The wedding took place at the groom’s family home where they decorated the yard with bistro lights and a U shaped dining table.

We opted for this design as it felt intimate and inclusive. The tables were adorned with ivory linens, classic china and glassware, modern gold flatware, french blue napkins, and dozens of petite garden inspired arrangements. The length of the tables were covered in taper candles and each place setting was adorned with a rough edge wax seal name card created by Ink & Press Co. Our goal with the design was to create something that felt romantic and incredibly special for the small number of guests who were in attendance.

After the sun set, the bride put on a denim jacket with pearl adornments to match the pearls on her Sarah Seven dress. These pearls were also what inspired the cake design! The guests were served Mexican food from the couples local favorite spot and enjoyed pies handmade by the grooms mother. The grooms sister was the photographer, her sister in law the videographer, and the brides cousin the DJ. The brides mother even did the groups hair!

Despite the twists and turns of this year, they truly made this a family affair to remember. The couple, avid Star Wars fans, made their exit through a tunnel of light sabers.

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Written by Lauren Megerdichian and Carly Zumar

Photography: Mary Claire Photography | Cinematography: Kenna Lynn Films | Event Design: Rachael Ellen Events | Event Planning: Rachael Ellen Events | Floral Design: Rachael Ellen Events | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: A Bake Shop | Invitations: Ink & Press Co. | Makeup: Katie Gurley Artistry | Hair: Kasie Noble | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

An Honest Update From SMP on the Changes We’ve Made to Champion a True Change in Our Community

As many of you may know, last summer we compiled a list of 6 promises to champion a true change against racism and inequality in the wedding community. And while we are only just beginning, we would like to invite you further into the conversation and share some of the initiatives that we are working on to ensure that Style Me Pretty is at the forefront of a deep, long lasting industry-wide change. 

Before we dig in, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you. To you…our readers. Who were willing to share their experiences, frustrations, their anger and pain. Who were willing to offer ideas, brainstorm with our staff, take time out of your very busy worlds to help us understand how deep the scars of racism go and what steps we can take to begin to heal. Without the help and patience of all of you – along with our incredible team of Diversity Panel members (more on these rockstars below) – we would be ill equipped to really understand the nuances of how racism big and small has affected our community. 

And now, it’s time to report back to you on exactly what changes have been made since our promises made in June of 2020. As always, this is an ongoing and open conversation and we welcome any and all thoughts as to how we can better ourselves and continue to invoke meaningful, important changes within the wedding industry

 

Promise 1: Champion Black vendors and ensure their work is regularly celebrated on SMP.com

In order to ensure the work of the BIPOC community is regularly celebrated on SMP.com, we have created a masterlist of minority vendors, sourced from our own research, roundups of Black wedding vendors, and more. We intend to use this masterlist to ensure we are featuring minority vendors as often as possible – if we need to source more content, or reach out to vendors for advice-driven pieces, we can refer back to our masterlist. 

We also want to mention that after our promises went live back in June, we have received an outpouring of submissions featuring Black couples and POC couples, but also from minority vendors (self-identified). We are still in the process of working internally with our Diversity Panel on how to best identify minority vendors who submit to SMP. This will be one our main focuses as we move forward in the New Year. 

Promise 2: Undertake a Diversity Audit of all content posted in 2020 to date

You may remember us sharing the disappointing results of our first Diversity Audit back in August. But now, we are sharing our latest results below that reflect the content changes we have made since then. While this may only be one small piece of the puzzle, we are very proud of how far we’ve come in doing our part to accurately portray the representation of BIPOC couples on our site. 

In the period from January 2020 to May 2020, prior to our commitment, there was a total of 282 post, of which 230 featured a bride or groom. The breakdown of which is as follows:

  • White / Caucasian: 158 (69%)
  • Asian: 40 (17%)
  • Black / African American: 20 (9%)
  • Hispanic / Latino: 12 (5%)

In the period from July 2020 through December 2020, there was a total of 245 posts, of which 217 featured a bride or groom. The breakdown of which is as follows:

*We would like to preface this by noting that we set ourselves a goal for our numbers to be in line with the US census.

  • White / Caucasian: 103 (47%) 
  • Asian: 18 (17%)
  • Black / African American: 66 (31%)
  • Hispanic / Latino: 11 (5%)

Between January to May 2020, only 2% of the celebrations we published were same sex weddings. In June 2020, this increased to 4%, however we continue to face challenges in the representation of Same-Sex BIPOC couples. Despite our best efforts to actively seek out this specific content, we unfortunately do not receive enough of these submissions on a regular basis. This will be another main area of focus for us in 2021. In the meantime, we encourage couples and vendors alike to please submit weddings and styled shoots that feature same-sex BIPOC couples for consideration to SMP. We will continue to produce a diversity audit every 6 months and will, of course, be sharing the results publicly with our community. 

Promise 3: Actively seek out and feature more weddings of BIPOC couples

Following on from our promise to audit our content and share the results, we promise to continue to do better. Our overarching goal with this promise is to ensure that every person, no matter the color of their skin, their culture, their sexual orientation, gender identity or their religion, feels comfortable, at home and inspired when they read Style Me Pretty. 

As part of this, we are committed to continuing to actively seek, and even more regularly featuring the weddings of Black, biracial, and other minority couples. We want to ensure that our readers regularly see themselves in the content of our site and on our social channels, and so realize the need for our content to be more representative of the different ethnicities that make up the population around us. 

As mentioned above, after sharing our initiative back in June, we have received so many more submissions featuring BIPOC couples than ever before, and it’s definitely shown through our Audit results. But we need to keep up the pace! So we kindly ask for your help once again to please, submit, submit, submit! 

A Note on Plantation Weddings – As of January 2020, we have ceased publishing any wedding or styled shoot content that occurred at a plantation venue. Despite our best efforts and due diligence, some venues with a history of slavery have admittedly slipped through the cracks. This is why we have since created a mandatory checkbox for vendors when submitting a feature to us that confirms the images were not taken at a plantation venue. We have been consulting with a professional for the last few months and working with our Diversity Panel specifically on this sensitive subject – so you can expect more to come on this soon.

Promise 4: Educate and empower our staff to take action against racism in our industry

We believe that change begins with us, not just as an organization, but also as a group of individuals who represent Style Me Pretty. We know it’s incredibly important to educate ourselves on the systemic racism faced by Black individuals, and use both our individual and collective voices to take a stand.

As part of our internal commitment, we’ve opened up the conversation within our team to discuss how we can be a true partner to the BIPOC communities, and created these 6 promises together as a pact for us to all do better. We’ve encouraged every member of our team to be part of this movement by taking time to do their research, contribute to our diversity panel discussions, and attend webinars so they can make changes within their day to day processes that have previously reinforced the inequality within our industry.

Finally we have made a donation in each of our employee’s names to the Black Lives Matter cause of their choice. Each year, we will continue to do the same, giving each employee $100 to donate to the charitable organization of their choice. We believe that words without action are fleeting in the wind, so if you can we encourage you to also join us in donating to one of the following organizations: 

Promise 5: Incorporate a wider range of voices and increase BIPOC authors and contributors throughout SMP

In and effort to incorporate a wider range of voices and increase BIPOC authors and contributors throughout SMP, we’ve brought on 4 wonderful contract writers, all of whom are a part of the BIPOC community, to contribute 101 tip-driven content on an ongoing basis, further establishing themselves as experts in their field. We’re excited to continue recruiting new vendors as we move forward with this initiative – sharing their talent, wisdom, tips and tricks with our readers! If you know someone in the BIPOC community who might be interested, or if you yourself are interested in contributing to SMP, please reach out to lauren@stylemepretty.com for more information.

 

Promise 6: Develop a Diversity Panel with our vendor partners to keep the conversation top of mind

In our final promise, we committed to keeping the conversation going and ensuring we don’t just speak about change – but actually make it happen. Since then, we’ve assembled a Diversity Panel consisting of the most incredible group of professionals, representing BIPOC voices and views within our industry, who continue to hold us accountable for the promises we’ve made. To ensure our commitments align with their current needs, we plan to host one Diversity Panel discussion per quarter. During our past two meetings, we’ve been fortunate enough to listen to their stories, learn how to become a better ally, and collaborate to foster the conversation into meaningful action. For example, as a result of our past discussions, we have actioned the above mentioned items – such as adding an optional ethnicity indicator on our Little Black Book membership application, adding the mandatory ‘non-plantation wedding’ checkbox for submissions, and hiring 4 BIPOC contributing authors to the SMP team to name a few.

Our Diversity Panelists have brought incredibly important topics to the table, ranging from what terminology to use when speaking about BIPOC couples and individuals, all the way to how our industry can foster the growth of new and budding BIPOC vendors. Raw reactions and unfiltered opinions flow openly as Panelists have discussed personal experiences working at specific venues with histories that are extremely hurtful to Black vendors. They’ve expressed their concerns about the lack of representation for LGBTQ content on social media, and their frustrations surrounding the overall absence of sufficient diversity demonstrated at industry-wide events. Our panelists have given us a better idea of how to measure the success in our Promises, continue to educate us on the severity of the issues they face, and encourage us to take our place as a leader in our community – further holding us accountable for the commitments we’ve made. 

With gratitude, we want to take a moment now to publicly list the amazing members of our Diversity Panel below: 

 

Abul Shah

Abul is a top wedding photographer in the London area, has travelled all over the globe photographing beautiful couples, and has been featured by Nikon, Rangefinder, Harpers Bazaar, Brides Magazine, and Esquire.

Andrew Roby

Andrew is a top DC Event and Wedding Planner with an impressive 13 years of experience creating incredible and impeccable events.

Caroline Lima

Caroline is a fine art wedding photographer with over a decade of experience traveling all over the world to capture incredibly beautiful events.

Jacuqline Hallgarth

Jacqueline is a top wedding designer and planner hailing from Los Angeles – her experience is rooted in the luxury hospitality industry and her eye for design paired with flawless event execution is the perfect combination.


Joy Proctor

Joy is a celebrity wedding designer and editorial stylist – her unique concepts and innovative approach to design has earned her international praise as a trendsetter in the wedding industry.

 

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Nicole-Natassha Goulding

Nicole has been named one of the Top Wedding Planners in Canada as a top Black wedding industry professional by Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, Wedding Chicks, Wedding Sparrow and many more.

 

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Rebecca Yale

Rebecca is an internationally acclaimed destination wedding photographer with a B.A. from NYU and has been named one of the top wedding photographers in the world by Harper’s Bazaar, BRIDES and Destination Weddings Magazine.

 

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Sacia Matthews

Sacia is a wedding photographer who resides in Charleston, South Carolina – she not only captures such lovely and intimate events, but is also known for her liberating and beautiful boudoir sessions.

 

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Ty Pentecost

Ty is a classic fine art film photographer located in the Bay Area who also travels throughout the United States.  She is an educator and mentor who has taught photography related classes for the past 7 years.


We couldn’t be more appreciative of our panelists who have selflessly aided SMP in getting where we are today, and where we’ll continue to go in the fight against racism. Our goal in 2021 is to extend the reach of our Diversity Panel outside of SMP internal employees to the wider SMP community, please stay tuned for more info. If you’re interested in joining our Diversity Panel and would like to learn more about the process – please email megan@stylempretty.com

To read more about Style Me Pretty’s Diversity Policy – please click here

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A Venue Change 10 Days Before This Couple Said I Do And You Wouldn’t Have Even Known!

You would never guess by looking at the below, stunning imagery by atmosphere, that this couple had to change their venue just 10 days before they tied the knot, after the pandemic already forced them to change their original date! Dream Weddings Europe planned the couples picture-perfect day with florals by Decorelle who created striking floral arrangements of red and pink hues that emanated feelings of love, passion, and strength. Held at Forte Da Cruz, a fortress by the sea this hopeful and happy couple said I do with 50 of their closest family and friends who traveled to Portugal from all around Europe…a true testament of love.

From Dream Weddings EuropeShirley and Kweku are a French couple from Strasbourg. After their engagement at the beginning of 2019, their first option for a destination wedding was Morocco, but during the first stages of wedding planning they realized it was not exactly what they were looking forward to, and a friend suggested them Portugal as an option for their wedding destination. Accidentally, Shirley and Kweku found Dream Weddings Europe in their Google searchings, and they decided very quickly to get married in Portugal. The beautiful couple dreamt about a magical wedding date – 20th June 2020. Of course, many couples in 2019 were dreaming about a special wedding in 2020 and we didn’t find many venues available for their date. But after some destination inspections, Shirley and Kweku found the right venue.

All the planning process was such a pleasure! Because S&K are such kind and nice people. Any wedding planner can just dream about such lovely clients! But then Coronavirus came. Until the end of May, we were dreaming to still have a wedding on the 20th June 2020, but of course, it didn’t happen. We postponed the wedding to the 9th October 2020. We should say that S&K are not only nice people, they are also very smart and very positive. And this is so important during COVID times. We chatted frequently by messages and video calls and we all always believed this wedding would happen.

But, ten days before the wedding, when we were thinking that everything was finally under control, the venue said they couldn’t accommodate the wedding or a party at all. We immediately started looking for an option and found another venue nearby – Forte da Cruz (which was not available for the original date). And it was available! We readily made all changes necessary to the wedding design, logistics and timings and we had such a great wedding! 50 guests from all around Europe came to Portugal to celebrate this day with Shirley and Kweku. All their dreams became true! And it was one of the most beautiful and happy weddings we have ever planned.

From Dream Weddings Europe:

Shirley and Kweku are a French couple from Strasbourg. After their engagement in the beginning of 2019, their first option for a destination wedding was Morocco, but during the first stages of wedding planning they realized it was not exactly what they were looking forward to, and a friend suggested them Portugal as an option for their wedding destination. Accidentally, Shirley and Kweku, found Dream Weddings Europe in their Google searchings, and they decided very quickly to get married in Portugal. The beautiful couple dreamt about a magical wedding date – 20th June 2020. Of course, many couples in 2019 were dreaming about a special wedding in 2020 and we didn’t find many venues available for their date. But after some destination inspections, Shirley and Kweku found the right venue. All the planning process was such a pleasure! Because S&K are such kind and nice people. Any wedding planner can just dream about such lovely clients! But then Coronavirus came. Until the end of May, we were dreaming to still have a wedding on the 20th June 2020, but of course it didn’t happen. We postponed the wedding to the 9th October 2020. We should say that S&K are not only nice persons, they are also very smart and very positive. And this is so important during COVID times. We chatted frequently by messages and video calls and we all always believed this wedding would happen. But, ten days before the wedding, when we were thinking that everything was finally under control, the venue said they couldn’t accommodate the wedding. A party at all. We immediately started looking for an option and found another venue nearby – Forte da Cruz (which was not available for the original date). And it was available! We readily made all changes necessary to the wedding design, logistics and timings and we had such a great wedding! 50 guests from all around Europe came to Portugal to celebrate this day with Shirley and Kweku. All their dreams became true! And it was one of the most beautiful and happy weddings we have ever planned.

Photography: atmosphere | Event Planning: Dream Weddings Europe | Floral Design: Atelier Decorelle | Cake: T Bakes Atelier | Invitations: In love| unique moments | Invitations: Olga Brilenkova | DJ: Deluxe Evento | Wedding Venue: Casa Dos Penedos | Rentals: A C Luxury Rentals | Rentals: Fashion Moments

An Intimate Backyard, Chicago Wedding Incorporating Special Family Heirlooms!

When COVID throws you curves, sometimes you just bend with them like this bride and groom who changed their downtown Chicago wedding to an intimate wedding at the bride’s childhood home. The couple got to incorporate special family heirlooms throughout the day, like the mother of the bride and godmother’s wedding china and silver and reurposing both of their parents wedding cake topper! Classic blooms by Willow Florists adorned the ceremony arch as the couple said I Do and Emilia Jane Photography captured all of the magic!…and now the happy couple get to do it all over again this year with a bigger celebration!

From the Bride…After five years of dating, Marc proposed in April of 2019 while we were on vacation in Malibu, CA. Over the next 11 months, we planned our dream of a downtown Chicago wedding set for July 18th, 2020. Our plans most definitely changed but our wedding date did not. The alternative was an intimate wedding at my childhood home. In only six weeks we planned what would be without a doubt the most memorable day of our lives. It was a day filled with an unimaginable amount of happiness as we exchanged our vows in front of 30 family members. In a time when the world seems upside down it truly made us realize what’s important in life and gave us the most unexpected yet meaningful wedding of all time. How lucky are we to be able to celebrate our wedding day twice, with two different weddings. We can’t wait to do it all over again in 2021 but until then there is one thing I know for sure- there is no place like home.

It turns out there is beauty in changing your plans. We loved the extra detail that we were able to incorporate. For our table setting we used my Mother and Godmother’s wedding china and silver, our dear friend calligraphed the seating arrangements, and one of our family friends officiated our ceremony. Both of our parents were married in the year 1975 and looking through their wedding albums we noticed they both had the same cake topper on their wedding cakes. We were able to repurpose theirs and make it ours too.

We used music throughout the day to remember our loved ones who couldn’t be with us. Marc’s late father Randy was the biggest Beatles fan, so a string duo played “In My Life” as I walked down the aisle and our ceremony was concluded with “All You Need Is Love”. We shared our first dance to “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole, which was also Marc’s grandparent’s song.

As a bridal consultant for Vera Wang Chicago, I decided on a simple, yet classic crepe slip gown from the Vera Wang Fall 2020 Collection. I wanted to add something unexpected and decided on an Ivory blazer with satin lapels. It was customized for me with the black embroidered words “I DO”- a signature theme found throughout the collection. Adding this over my shoulder made for some of my favorite photos and looked so high fashion especially in our black and white photos.

Photography: Emilia Jane Photography | Florist: Willow Florists | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Tux: Knot Standard

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Charlotte’s Zoom Birthday Party

Editor’s Note: Coming up with creative ways to make sure those around you are celebrated is the name of the game in the new pandemic climate we find ourselves in. This adorable zoom 4th birthday party does just that! It’s festive, safe, and totally inspiring. Take a look!

In the midst of the pandemic, new types of celebrations are taking place. I absolutely loved photographing Charlotte’s Zoom Birthday party.

Her mom, who is also a talented event planner, created this intimate yet whimsical celebration. One that I will personally remember forever as historic documentation of life during COVID -19.

The theme was trolls, so of course, our micro party was hosted online by a real Troll! Charlotte’s friends gathered remotely for the event and danced together. They even made handmade gifts for her. After a couple of hours of games and dancing, Charlotte made a wish and blew the candles.

She was the happiest little girl in the world! All of her friends received a party box delivered contactless and kept the party on at home. This was one of my favorite events ever, I’m so lucky I got to document it.

Photography: BU | Event Planning: The Treehouse | Cake: Kedby Kay | Stationery: Lexy Kay Paperie | Bon Bon boxes and Troll Pod: Ooh La La Paperie | Entertaiment (Troll): Bella Princess Parties NJ

Must-Know Tips on How to Incorporate Chinese Heritage Into Your Wedding From a Top Photographer

When it comes to incorporating culture into your wedding, the options are endless! This shoot at The Santa Barbara House will inspire you to get in touch with your roots. The amazing Jen Huang Photography is here with the best tips on how to incorporate Chinese heritage into your wedding. More of a visual learner? — You needn’t worry! Jen has captured the most beautiful images, inspiring Chinese brides on beauty and fashion for their wedding day. The color red plays a vital role in Chinese weddings, as it is linked with success, love, loyalty, fertility, and honor, so there’s no wonder why Chiali Meng incorporates the color into her work or why this lovely model can be seen wearing a classically cultural red dress from East Meets Dress. Without further ado, read on, and be sure to view the full gallery of special images.

From Jen Huang PhotographyBridal beauty and fashion inspiration for the Chinese bride. As a Chinese-American artist it’s always been important for me to showcase traditional Chinese art and culture, especially as I have been taught and inspired by Chinese history and art since I was young. I want Chinese American women to know that their culture is beautiful, meaningful and accessible – something they can easily incorporate into their wedding to honor their heritage, if they choose to do so. We dressed our model in East Meets Dress gowns, and created hair and makeup looks inspired by Chinese wedding traditions throughout history. Some ideas to incorporate Chinese heritage into your wedding include… 

 

1. Think about wearing multiple dresses during your wedding day and wear a traditional Chinese wedding dress, or cheongsam as one of your outfits.

 

2. Host a tea ceremony for your family. A tea ceremony is the traditional way for Chinese brides and grooms to thank and honor each others families.

 

3. Hire lion dancers as entertainment for your reception – wow your guests with this bright, color and entertaining show. Live dancers, dressed as lions and dragons dance to celebratory music and weave their way amongst guests, they can even help lead everyone to the dance floor if you need a fun transition.

 

4. Serve traditional wedding sweets such as bridal pastries and red bean soup for dessert. Even if you’re having a western meal, switch up your dessert by incorporating traditional Chinese favorites as an option for guests to try.

 

Written by Lauren Megerdichian and Carly Zumar

Photographer: Jen Huang Photography | Wedding Dress: East Meets Dress | Hair and Makeup: Chiali Meng | Location: Santa Barbara Speedster

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Here’s Why We’re Welcoming Jewel Toned Color Palettes With Open Arms in 2021

There’s no wonder why the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia are one of the most beautiful and iconic parts of the American landscape…OR why countless couples are drawn to hosting their weddings amidst the mountains transforming with fall color. With the incredible design help of Wild Fleurette, this mid-November shoot at The Ivy Rose Barn showcases how beautiful a fall wedding can be, even after the leaves have fallen to the ground. We just can’t help but crush hard on the vibrant floral entryway that added visual interest to an otherwise simple greenhouse and the unbe-leaf-able flatlays inspired by Sugared Fig Paperie’s invitation suite. Designs like this are the reason why we’re welcoming jewel toned color palettes with open arms in 2021. Don’t miss the full gallery of captivating imagery, all taken by Nicole Colwell Photography.

From Nicole Colwell Photography… Here in the Blue Ridge Mountains couples are drawn to hosting their wedding in the fall. However, Mother Nature is moody here in SWVA. One day in October the temperature will be 85 and the next day 40 degrees and our leaves are vibrant and full for weeks at a time or a wind storm can make fall disappear over night.

With this in mind we planned an editorial in mid November to showcase how beautiful a fall wedding can be even after the leaves have fallen to the ground.

Our inspiration was driven by the natural beauty that surrounded the greenhouse. We love fall weddings but didn’t want our design to be too predictable. We decided on a more vibrant color pallet, with jewel tones, mixed with different textures and florals that are jaw dropping.

 

Written by Lauren Megerdichian and Carly Zumar

Photography: Nicole Colwell Photography | Event Design: Nicole Colwell Photography | Floral Design: Wild Fleurette | Gown: Jaclyn Jordan New York | Cake: Blush Baking Co. | Invitations: Sugared Fig Paperie | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Catering: Pumpernickel Pickle | Tux: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: The Ivy Rose Barn | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Linens: Latavola Linen | Models: Marilyn's Agency | Rentals: The Heirloom Collection

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Winter Wonderland Baby Shower

Editor’s Note: This blissful wintery wonderland of a baby shower actually makes us almost happy to have an extended winter this year! Take a look, draw in all kinds of inspiration, perhaps put on some swanky jazz music, and enjoy all the details of this Winter Wonderland Baby Shower.

From petite treats to glittery tablescapes, no detail was left unnoticed at this gorgeous couples’ baby shower.

And if we do say so ourselves, personalized acrylic details have never been fitting than with this party theme! The snowflake ornaments actually made us gasp a little bit with how gorgeous they are!

The color scheme made you truly feel like you were walking in a winter wonderland. From lush linens to crips florals and gorgeous table settings, the whole set-up was jaw-dropping.

And to top off a truly well-thought-out event, just take a little peek at the hot chocolate bar. Truly, it is a masterpiece.

Check out the gallery for more details!

Winter Wonderland Baby Shower.

Photography: Mariel Hannah | Event Planning + Design: Detailed Touch Events | Floral Design: Birchwood Floral Design | Stationary: Matinae Design Studio | Custom Napkins: For Your Party | Desserts: Franco Baked | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Location: Bakersfield Country Club | Rentals: Walker Lewis | Tabletop Rentals: Borrowed Blu

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Modern Garden Elegance At Hummingbird Nest Ranch

Extending over 126 acres, Hummingbird Nest Ranch is a modern oasis for brides. Julia and Monty picked this idyllic spot, complete with a grand lawn and mountain vistas, to say “I Do.” The ceremony was held underneath a showstopping chuppah overflowing with greenery and lush blooms designed by Butterfly Floral. Guests then entered the elegant reception space where a custom canopy filled with candlelight and flowers took guests’ breath away. Harutyunyan Events perfectly put together every special touch and darling detail. One image is more beautiful than the last, lovingly shot by Mi Belle Photographers. Get lost in all the romance in the full gallery.



From the bride and groom… Monty proposed on a private balcony in Positano just as the sun was setting. This magical moment was witnessed by Monty’s brother and his wife who were hiding around the corner with a bottle of champagne!



Hummingbird Nest Ranch has a perfect outdoor location adjacent to a pond, willow trees, and olive tree groves. The most unique feature of our wedding was the spectacular canopy structure set up on the lawn. Bob at A Rental Connection and Inna at Butterfly Floral did an outstanding job creating a magical and perfectly lit canopy with sparkling chandeliers and lush vines.



In a particularly magical corner of the canopy structure was a nod to our engagement in Positano with shelves covered in cigars, lemons, and ready to drink shots of limoncello!



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Photography: Mi Belle Photographers | Cinematography: Light Up Video | Event Planning & Design: Harutyunyan Events | Floral Design: Butterfly Floral | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Porto's Bakery | Invitations: Paper Source | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Vera Wang | Catering: Command Performance Catering | Hair & Makeup: Cheek to Cheek Artistry | Band: Downbeat La | Favors: Exceptional Children's Foundation | Favors: Light 4 Life Cause | Favors: Stone Candles | Groom's Attire: b.spoke | Officiant: Rabbi Jonathan Aaron, Temple Emanuel | Wedding Venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch | Bride's Ring: Catlevy Diamond Co. | Dance Choreographer: Emma Mesrobian | Groom's Ring: XIV Karats | Groom's Shoes: Magnanni | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Seating Chart & Calligraphy: Peony & Plum | String Trio: Bravo Strings

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A Seaside Love Story Which Brings Us to the Hamptons For A Wedding Day Designed by the Bride!

I always love a good ‘how you met’ story and this is a good one! A yacht captain and a girl who loves the sea meet in Montauk are just destined to say I do, and that is exactly what they did at The Bridgehampton Inn with those dearest to them by their side. The bride who wanted an elevated nautical theme, designed the day herself with her thoughtful vendors like Sag Harbor Florist who crafted beautiful blooms, and Lauren Fair Photography who captured the stunning images below. Check it out below and be sure to read all about how they met, planning their day…and don’t skip over their adorable pup!

From the bride, Tatiana…I grew up sailing and spending as much time as possible on, in, and near the water. My family enjoys fly-fishing in the rivers of Wyoming and Montana and sport fishing in the northern Atlantic until the frost sets in. In warmer weather, I can be found under the water with a tank on my back or lying on the bow of a boat somewhere. To say that we’re an aquatic family would be putting it mildly- I might as well have gills and fins. So when I met Matthew, a yacht captain from the Outer Banks, dockside beneath the glow of a lighthouse on a balmy Montauk night the irony was not lost on me. I was reluctant at first meeting him as his booming North Carolina accent seemed to play into the preconceived reputation most captains have. However, a few weeks in, my careful New York armor began to fall and I allowed myself to be swept away by this man from the sea.

When Matthew proposed I knew I wanted to reference the place where it all began and our shared love of the ocean. However, as I scoured over Pinterest and searched blog after blog I couldn’t find any examples of a “nautical” affair that wasn’t too youthful or obvious. I didn’t want stripes, sand dollars, or “knot” puns. So I had to get creative and set out to curate a unique, “elevated nautical” aesthetic; “baute couture” as my aunt put it. Knowing this was going to be a completely bespoke endeavor I turned to Etsy. Anna Moore of Prim Pretty Prints used the reference of the lighthouse in a custom stationery suite. The ink color pulled right from Benjamin Moore’s “Old Navy” interior paint.

Our fall date allowed for moody neutral tones and sandy, muted accents. I described our florals and tablescape using Dutch oil paintings by Koning, van Spaendonck, and van Walscapelle. Lots of chunky depth and bright whites, with flickers of gold. My art student background was showing. Sybille van Kempen, owner of The Bridgehampton Inn and Anastasia Casale of Sag Harbor Florist embraced our taste and met us with deep plums, fresh figs, and luscious dahlias. We wanted a formal, warm, candlelit feel, with a subtle nod to the sea. The vendors fell into place and with the addition of our lovely photographer, Lauren Fair Photography, we were on our way.

It all sounds like it was smooth sailing. But this year has proved to be a challenge to even the most resilient, well-balanced of spirits. We were faced with cancellations, postponements, quarantine, and the unpredictability of our own immune systems. Planning a wedding in a normal year is stressful but this year pushed us to our limits. Whenever a hiccup arose we always discussed the idea of canceling. But our date had sentimental value, my grandmother’s birthday, and so nevertheless we persisted. A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor, after all.

We always wanted an intimate wedding and so trimming our guest list a bit more wouldn’t be a problem. All precautions were taken to uphold the law and to make our guests feel comfortable. We adhered to social distancing rules at both the church, Bridgehampton Presbyterian, and during our dinner at The Bridgehampton Inn. The weather, unpredictable at best during October in New York, was dry and mild enough to open the large french doors of the historic inn and make use of the fluidity of the space. The string quartet played softly in the garden as we made our way into cocktail hour as the new Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Carter.

I suppose, in hindsight, this year gave us every opportunity to succumb to the sadness, uncertainty, and anxiety that seemed to be looming around every turn. Yet we saw our wedding as a small chance to shine some light into the lives of those we love. After all, love wins, and happy memories made with family and friends will last long after the trials of this year are over.

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Floral Design: Sag Harbor Florist | Invitations: Prim Pretty Prints | Ceremony Venue: Bridgehampton Presbyterian | Reception Venue: Brideghampton Inn & Restaurant | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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You’ll Love The Colorful Explosion At This California Wedding

The bright pops of color in this California wedding are sure to bring a smile to your face. Aaron and Elizabeth teamed up with the powerhouse planning and design team from Michel B. Events to create their intimate wedding that still brings the wow. The couple said “I Do” at a ceremony in the round surrounded by beautiful blooms designed by Siren Floral Co. Guests were then delighted by the glass reception table lined with breathtakingly bold hues. Joel Serrato Film Photographer captured the magic of the day in the beauty of his imagery. Every inch of this special day stuns, be sure to see it all in the full gallery.



From the bride… We met and fell in love at 13,000 feet. I was in Phoenix, AZ for my grandfather’s 90th birthday where he took the entire family skydiving to celebrate. Aaron was my instructor and there was an instant spark between us. He later proposed in the same way that we met – at 13,000 feet. He popped the question on another skydive while we were under the parachute.



We found our incredible wedding planner Michel B. Events and started dreaming up all of the details for the weekend, then COVID-19 hit. Michel helped us to get excited about our new reality, which meant that we could make the weekend even more special for guests. What we created was more intimate and meaningful, we spent time with each individual guest, and each detail could be amplified.



One detail we wanted to keep regardless of wedding size was extravagant florals. Rachael and her team from Siren Floral Co. adorned the long glass dining table in a runner of bright flowers and glass oil candles. Each flower seemed to be more unique than the last, perfectly complementing the Ojai sunset. We can only describe it as pure
magic, a night that we will never forget.



Photography: Joel Serrato Film Photographer | Cinematography: Elysium Productions | Floral design: Siren Floral Co. | cake: Sugar Lab | Stationery: Lotus & Ash | shoes: Stuart Weitzman | hair and makeup: Janet Villa | Location: Ojai Valley Inn | bridal gown: Sareh Nouri | gifts: mayware ceramics | linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | music: Jason Sulkin | music: lily press harp | planning + design: Michel B. Events | rental design: Theoni Collection | tablescape design: Casa de Perrin

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This Gorg Micro Wedding at Elawa Farms Is the Epitome of High Fashion

Trust us, the minute you lay eyes on today’s full gallery captured by Jessica Bedore Photography, you’ll quickly realize why we caught ourselves doing a double-take after finding out this was an actual real wedding. I mean… that dress, those blooms, the stunning couple – can you really blame us?! Storybook Weddings and Events and Bird and Bumble – you’ve truly outdone yourselves with this beauty. Don’t mind us, we can’t help but stare…

From Storybook Weddings and Events… This stunning mini wedding was the epitome of high fashion, over the top florals, and a love for the details. The juxtopostion between the organic gardens at Elawa Farms and the lavish ground arrangement for the ceremony and couture gowns from Dimitras Bridal Couture made this day truly unforgettable. 

Our beautiful bride began the day in a Valentini Spose with a stunning corset bodice and sweetheart top. It was breathtaking as she and her groom had their first look. The ceremony was inspired by the gardens surrounding them, and they wanted it to feel loose and organic and almost like it was growing out of the ground to embrace around them as they said their “I Do’s.” 

The florals were bold with color and full of textural blooms. It was a sea of Gladiolus, Amaranthus, Lisianthus, Scabiosa, Snapdragons, Elaeagnus Foliage, Quicksand Rose, Combo Rose, Burnet, Mums, Spray Roses, and Rose Hips. The small celebration continue with champagne and an extravagant table design featuring textural linens from La Tavola and BBJ. The table was filled floral cups and candles and married with the beautiful cut crystal glassware and organic coupe dinnerware. The placesettings includes handmade paper menus that were indiviualized as well as small baguettes from a local french bakery, Maison Marcel. The intimate affair was elegant and stunning. 

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Photography: Jessica Bedore Photography | Cinematography: Bea Rose | Floral Design: Rebecca Hawkins | Wedding Dress: Ysa Makino | Wedding Dress: The Atelier by Jimmy Choo | Wedding Dress: Valentini Sposi | Cake: Toni Patisserie | Invitations: Sugared Fig Paperie | Reception Venue: Elawa Farm | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Catering: Maison Marcel | Groom's Attire: Knot Standard | Accessories: Maria Elena Hairpieces | Beauty: KMD Hair Design | Beauty: Joanna B Artistry | Bridal Boutique: Dimitra's Bridal Couture | Planning: Storybook Weddings & Events | Rentals: Halls Rental | Rentals: BBJ Linen | Stylist: Styled By Ariana

Love Meets Art At This Modern Inspiration Shoot

Love is in the air at this Hamptons styled shoot at the Parrish Art Museum. With inspired style and an eye for detail DM Events & Design created inspiration that every bride will fall in love with. Porcelain Vine Floral Design played with texture and subtle hues to create eye-catching florals at every turn. Just wait until you see the reception table with flowers that seem to grow straight out of the center! You can feel the magic of the day in the imagery by Stephanie Brauer. Visit the full gallery for tons of timeless touches.



From DM Events & DesignLocated in the fabled Hamptons, Parrish Art Museum is a force of limitless beauty. Between the perfectly executed structure and lush, overgrown landscape, it’s an absolute dream for the couple who wants a showstopper venue.



Dawn Goldsmith of DM Events & Design teamed up with wedding photographer Stephanie Brauer and Marta Prachar of Porcelain Vine Floral Design to curate an understated design to complement the venue itself. Playing with subtle hues, textures, and prints, the concept quickly soared from minimalist to timeless, much like the art hanging on its walls.



With the venue being a cultural destination, it was so important to the team to honor that by having a bride and groom from two different backgrounds celebrating what matters most: love.



Photography: Stephanie Brauer Photography | Floral Design: Porcelain Vine Floral | Cake: Sarah & Simon Cake Design | Stationery: Paperfinger | Reception Venue: Parrish Art Museum | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Acrylic Sticks: Acrylic Sticks | Bridal Dresses: Amsale | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Hair & Make-up: Willow House Beauty | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Lounge Rentals: The Event Bird | Masks: Tracy N Collection | Models: New Icon NY | Planning & Design: DM Events & Design | Rentals: Elite Tent Party Rental | Welcome Bags: The Giftwell

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