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You’ll Love The Cable Car At This Stylish San Francisco Wedding

We’ve heard about arriving in style, but how about in your very own cable car?! This couple transported their entire bridal party from the ceremony to reception in a quintessential San Francisco way for a big wow. The inspired ballroom celebration, beautifully orchestrated by Bustle Events, was dripping with greenery throughout the space. The sweet snaps of the day were artfully captured by Anna Marks Photography. Visit the full gallery for a closer look at all the darling details.



From Bustle Events… The bride and groom married at the iconic Saints Peter and Pauls Church surrounded by their family and friends from all over. After the ceremony, Katie, Phil, and their bridal party hopped on a cable car and made their way to the Bentley Reserve for their reception.



The reception space reflected the couple’s love for modern clean lines and still had touches of organic and boho style. We started with a modern edgy place setting consisting of black, warm gold and greys. Laura’s Floras created the most beautiful green and white centerpieces with lots of overflowing vines and greenery.



After dinner guests enjoyed cake from the couple’s favorite bakery Susie Cakes and in honor of Phils New Orleans roots the bridesmaid participated in the cake pull from the groom’s cake. Guests danced the night away and delighted in the magic of the day.



Photography: Anna Marks Photography | Event Planning: Bustle | Floral Design: Laura's Floras | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: SusieCakes | Invitations: Aerialist Press | Ceremony Venue: Saints Peter And Paul Church | Reception Venue: Bently Reserve | Catering: Melons Catering | Band: Hip Service | Hair & Make up: Salt Spelt Beauty | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Standard Party Rentals

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A Whimsical Garden Wedding With Pops of Periwinkle Fit for a Southern Belle!

This whimsical garden wedding planned by Samantha Anderson Events will instantly brighten your day! From a darling color scheme of periwinkle, lavender, natural greens, and warm autumnal accents to the bride’s romantic floral gown… there’s just so much pretty here to help you get inspired. Not to mention the sweetest floral arrangements from Propogate Studio that are every bride’s dream. See all the southern charm at the full gallery, captured by Tenth and Grace!

From Samantha Anderson EventsCassie and Drew’s wedding design featured a whimsical, garden aesthetic. Blush tones with pops of periwinkle, lavender, natural greens, and warm autumnal accents made their pastel-hued color palette perfect for the fall season! 

Long guest tables were lined with ornate candelabras, hand-wrapped in foraged wood-like vines, and accented with juicy late fall/winter fruits like pomegranates, blackberries, and figs nestled into the tabletop display. 

A mix of soft, pastel and striped linen tables were topped with gold compotes overflowing with florals and greenery surrounded by blush taper candles which provided a soft glow throughout the space. Overhead lighting with trailing, natural greenery was strung throughout the tent. 

A 360-Lounge set featured coordinating pillows and was centered around a show-stopping floral arrangement constructed in a stone urn. Placed near the coordinating stripe fabricated bar, the lounge area was the perfect spot for guests to grab a drink, get cozy on a sofa, and sip and catch up with friends. 

The photo booth was done up with a plush, periwinkle sofa with growing vines and florals on a personalized marble backdrop. The escort display featured a watercolor map with the couple’s favorite Charleston landmarks dictating tables and guests seat assignments. The mix of pastel accents, warm candlelight, and unique design elements truly brought their romantic, garden vision to life!

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Photography: Tenth & Grace | Videography: Seagrass Creative | Event Planning: Samantha Anderson Events | Florals: propagate studio | Bakery: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Catering: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Hair and Makeup: Lashes And Lace Charleston | Bar: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Ceremony Entertainment: Palmetto Strings | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group | Escort Display Map: Mojo Fine Art | Linens: Party Tables | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Paper Goods: Alexa Nelson Prints | Photo Booth: Lowcountry Photo Booth | Reception Entertainment: Emerald Empire Band | Rentals: Eventworks | Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals | Rentals: Simply Elegant Event Rentals | Rentals, Lighting & Draping: Lowcountry Entertainment | Watercolor Icons: Hatch Cove Designs

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Round Up: Statement Chairs

Here’s the deal, we love a nice little hack that can economically bring the style of your home from a 5 to a 10, and nothing does that quite as well as a statement chair.

We have a strong argument to believe that the type of chair you put in your home can define your style.

Typically, accent chairs like to come in pairs and work together to define the look of your home.

A statement chair is typically a singular chair that is placed in your home to do what the name insinuates — make a statement. Now these can also come in pairs, but a statement chair also gives you the flexibility and freedom to act on a GREAT find without feeling the need to make it a set.

Statement chairs also typically break outside of the classic definition of styles — meaning we could try to sound smart and name these chairs but we’d get like 9/10 wrong.

But, the best thing about the statement chair is its ability to make even the MOST mundane space jazz up. So whether you’re renting, filling out your first home or slowly replacing your college furniture, getting a *good* chair can really step up your style.

So now that we’ve given a little background information, the real beauty of these chairs comes when looking at them, so take a look and getchu a statement chair for your own home! And at the bottom, we linked up some of our favorite statement chairs for your general perusing.

1. Dynamic Duo

What’s better than a statement chair? A statement chair with a little leg-lifting buddy.

from: bradytolbert

2. Velvet Beauty

Velvet is really having a moment, especially in chair form.

from: daytripstudio

3. Bold Color

Feelin’ a little bold? Go for color! This is a great way to experiment with different colors with just a smidge of commitment.

from: marieflanniganinteriors

4. Kid’s Room

Take advantage of the fact that kids rooms are supposed to be fun and whimsy and choose a statement chair accordingly!

from: madredallas

5. Subtly Exotic

The great thing about this chair is that it has a traditional body with a COOL frame. It’s classic with a bit of spice.

from: palomacontrerasdesign

6. The Hallway Icon

Another amazing thing about the statement chair is its ability to jazz up even the most unsuspecting of places — like the hallway! Don’t underestimate the power of this tool.

from: redesignhomellc

photo: stofferphotographyinteriors

7. Tres Chic, Tres Détendue

Has relaxing ever looked so chic? No, we think not. And has an earthy temperature ever looked so chic? No, it has not.

from: caro_kmartin

We’ll be back with accent chair information because it’s a true home decorating power tool.

A Luxe Monochromatic Dubai Wedding That Wows

This ultra-cool wedding didn’t use any flowers in the reception design! The result? A luxe paradise you can’t take your eyes off of. Tropical leaves popped against a monochromatic color scheme at this destination Dubai celebration. Save The Date Weddings seamlessly planned the perfect day, complete with choreographed dance routines underneath a lush green ceiling installation that will leave you breathless. The stunning scenery and sweet moments were beautifully captured by Maria Sundin Photography. Take a trip to Dubai and enjoy all the glamour in the full gallery.



From Save The Date WeddingsThis was a glamorous multicultural destination wedding in Dubai. The groom is from America, however both the bride and groom have Nigerian heritage, therefore the wedding had a traditional element.



We did this wedding without flowers, we only used tropical leaves, a monochromatic style, and modern elements. From the acrylic invitations to the custom made ceremony backdrop every detail was well thought out.



The entire celebration was filled with style, elegance, and extravagance. It was a destination wedding that was certainly worth it for guests to travel for!



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Photography: Maria Sundin Photography | Videography: Itsoura | Florist: Tulipano Decor | Wedding Dress: The Bridal Room | Reception Venue: Five Palm Jumeirah | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: TNL Designs | Makeup : Temitayo Beauty | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle | Sitting Chart: E-Walls Studio | Stationary Designer: Save The Date Weddings | Tabletop: Party Social | Wedding Planner & Designer: Save The Date Weddings

Bold Blue Living Room Filled with DIY Hacks

This living room tour by Chari Herndon is just FAB. They way she spiced up her furniture with some bold DIY hacks proves that you can do anything that you put your mind to. We’re obsessed.

I get so many questions about my bold and colorful space, and how I maximized the space in a smaller living room. I decorated my 805sqft uptown Houston apartment on a budget.

I purchased all of my decor, accents , and furniture from Wayfair, IKEA, and Target. I completed DIY hacks on my IKEA coffee table, bookshelf, and barcart (I love a good IKEA hack).

Color, is one thing I am not afraid of in my home, and cobalt blue and gold reign true in my space. My artwork was commissioned by the artist, Whitey Austin, who created my 3 one of a kind canvas paintings for my space. It’s always been a dream of mine to own black artwork, and these three paintings are my most prized possessions. I am the blogger behind chichomestyle. Com.

I love entertaining, so I wanted to style a space that’s welcoming, but also is a reflection of my bold and bubbly personality. A space that is lively and full of color.

I have often times felt restricted as to what I can do with a a space I’m renting. It’s pushed me to be more creative with my styling, and design choices, and I think I’ve successfully designed a home that is the perfect reflection of me!

Photographer: Arzu Vargas Photography | Home: AMLI Uptown | Interior Decorator & Blogger: Chari Herndon

An Autumn Estate Wedding That Overflows With Elegance

Hello gorgeous! If you love classic elegance, then this is the wedding inspiration for you. From a candlelit barn ceremony filled with greenery as far as the eye could see to a ballroom reception that will take your breath away, we are adoring every inch of this celebration! Outdoing themselves as always Faye and Renee Floral And Event Design created a fairytale experience from start to finish, and the magic of Lauren Fair Photography was there to capture it all in swoon-worthy pictures. Head on over to the full gallery, this is one you won’t want to miss!



From the bride… We envisioned the day as an elegant, timeless aesthetic with French estate glamour and an intimate feel. I always dreamed of wearing Galia Lahav on my wedding day, and it was a dream come true when I stepped into my custom long-sleeve lace gown sparkling from head to toe and draped with pearls.



We imagined a romantic, luxurious, modern fairytale ceremony dripping with green and white flowers from floor to ceiling, and lots and lots of candles. As I walked down the aisle the sun was setting, the violins were playing and the barn was overflowing with white and green flowers. It was such a romantic moment that I’ll never forget.



One of my favorite moments was when Joe and I walked into the ballroom to see the rest of my vision come to life! Faye and Renee Floral And Event Design were there to greet us and the raw emotion we had in that moment will never be forgotten, I was speechless!



Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Reception Venue: Ashford Estate | Floral + Design: Faye and Renee Floral and Event Design | Paper Goods: Darling And Pearl

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Fall In Love With This Intimate Southern California Wedding

A Southern California wedding inspired by the Mediterannean coast?! We’re there! You’ll be hard-pressed not to love every detail of this charming outdoor wedding day for two teachers. The couple tied the knot in the most beautiful of ways, with a celebration beautifully orchestrated by Crowned Events, that told their unique love story. Can we talk about the escort card display thoughtfully crafted like vintage school name cards?! You’ll be head over heels for every image perfectly captured by Dear Lovers Photography. Come along for all the romance with us in the full gallery.



From Crowded EventsFor Amanda and Trenton, we created a timeless and romantic style with complimentary Mediterranean accents that worked cohesively with the architecture and decor at the Darlington House. We centered their color palette around the brick and shades of blue throughout the traditional Spanish tiling displayed around the property.



For their ceremony, we took advantage of the beautiful pre-existing arches on the Egyptian Patio and had Leela, of Organic Flora, create a grand, installation comprised of olive branches and blooms. One of our favorite parts of Amanda and Trenton’s design was their escort display, created by Sophia Loves Letters. When we spoke to Amanda and Trenton about their shared passion for teaching, the idea came to create vintage name cards for their seating chart!



Their color palette really came alive in the reception space, where their tables were topped with pale yellow runners, vintage inspired tableware, sky blue napkins and pops of gold, set to a backdrop of lemon trees and terracotta tiles. Each table was adorned with lush, organic feeling arrangements and candles that gave off a soft, romantic ambiance.



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Photographer: Dear Lovers | Videography: Dear Lovers | Florals: Organic Flora | Stationary: Sophia Loves Letters | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Renz Rags | Makeup: Beauty Bespoken | Hair: Beauty Bespoken | Wedding Venue: Darlington House | Bride's Gown: Eli By Flora | Cake "Cannolis": Buon Appetito | DJ/Band: Thomas Giglio Events | Groom's Tux: Clints Tux Shop | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Planning & Design: Crowned Events | Rentals: Event Party Rentals | Rentals: Hostess Haven | Veil: Veiledbeauty

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This Enchanting Garden Venue Is Straight out of a Jane Austen Novel

Do we have any Jane Austen fans in the house? If your answer was a big *ummm, duh*, then boy do we have a treat for you! This styled shoot is basically Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s wedding if they tied the knot in 2020. Crowned Events planned this romantic shoot to perfection, choosing the dreamiest location of Kestrel Park as their setting. Prepare to fall in love with every arrangement from Bloom Babes and for your jaw to drop to the floor when you see the bride’s regal Galia Lahav gown (it.is.everything.) See all the magic unfold at the full gallery, captured by the ever so talented Dear Lovers!

From Dear LoversBeing from New Zealand, i’ve always had a special affection for anything that reminds me of my English heritage, and wanted to create something different. Something that was old world, English inspired and romantic with some warm colour and depth. 

We chose the breathtaking Kestrel Park in Santa Ynez for this editorial, one of the most magical spots in Southern California straight out of a Jane Austen novel with it’s 19th century style English country house and 100 acre grounds. 

We took advantage of Kestrel’s beautiful light, historic details and the fields that had turned golden in the summer heat to set the scene. With warm honey, cream and terra-cotta florals by the lovely ladies of Bloom Babes to compliment the delicate nature of the venue, a dream was brought to life. 

Galia Lahav’s “Nevis” gown with the dramatic “Nova” skirt was the perfect feature piece to adorn our bride as she strolled through the gardens. Our groom wore a cream linen suit complimented by a brown wool vest inspired by Great Gatsby’s iconic suit. 

Delicate paper goods by Epoch Design, paired alongside tea stained vintage poems, antique accessories and warm florals added character and history to our couple’s getting ready details. A headdress by Maria Elena, all in gold to reflect the bleached golden fields and the vintage feel of the bride’s gown was the perfect finishing touch to her look.

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Videography: Dear Lovers | Florals: Bloom Babes | Gown: Galia Lahav | Stationery: Epoch Design | Shoes: Something Bleu | Jewelry: Honey Jewelry Co | Hair + Makeup: Beauty Bespoken | Suit: Mango | Venue: Kestrel Park | Accessories: Design and created by Christina Sfez | Crown: Maria Elena | Estate: Kestrel Park | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Photography + Design: Dear Lovers | Planning + Design: Crowned Events | Table + Chair Rentals: Theoni Collection | Tabletop: borrowed BLU | Veil: Veiledbeauty

Luxury And Romance Awaits You On The French Riviera

The romance of the French Riviera will take your breath away! Step inside a day filled with luxury, opulence, and above all else love. Wanderlust Wedding artfully harmonized the day to create a jaw-dropping experience from extravagant welcome bags to the very last dance. An abundance of greenery and delicate blooms, beautifully executed by Wayne Riley Flowers, perfectly compliments the splendor of the location. All the incredible moments were expertly captured by Ashley Ludaescher Photography. Get transported to the south of France and enjoy all the glamour in the full gallery.



From Wanderlust WeddingThe Four Seasons Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat has amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea and a luxurious aesthetic, therefore Melanie and Tom wanted to bring a natural and organic touch to their wedding day. The hotel lobby has these grand windows overlooking the pine trees that bring you down to the sea, it’s literally an abundance of greenery that we wanted to continue in the wedding decor.



Their day was all about delicacy and treating their guests to a great experience, guests were gifted beautiful bags containing local products such as Pastis alcohol, lavender soap, French madeleines and French candy for guests to discover our local treats.



The idea was to have the perfect balance between nature, the sea and the luxury of the Riviera. That’s why we decided to go towards a mix of delicate blooms and imposing greenery for each space, ceremony, cocktail, and dinner, perfectly put together by Wayne Riley Flowers.



Photography: Ashley Ludaescher Photography | Event Planning: Wanderlust Wedding | Floral Design: Wayne Riley Flowers | Wedding Gown: Belotti Couture | Stationery: Crème De Papier | Hair & Makeup: Harold James | Venue: Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat Four Seasons | Cocktail Hour Band: Lizzy & The Gentlemen | Furniture and Tableware Rentals: Options | Guest Favors: Une Pincee De Provence | Production: Audio Visions | Reception Band: The Spinettes | Wedding Gown Designer: Sixtine Nice

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This Enchanting Destination Venue Will Transport You Straight to Dubai Circa 1950

The minute we laid eyes on this stunning wedding inspiration from The Purple Chair, we were immediately mesmerized by its old world charm and ability to transport us to somewhere new. The all-star vendor team were inspired by the walls of Al Seef Heritage Hotel in Dubai to create a styled shoot that encompassed the natural beauty and complimented the unique architecture of the venue – all while keeping the design modern and fresh. Head on over to the full gallery captured by Lizelle Goussard to see all the enchanting details.

From The Purple ChairEnchanting Arabia – Old world meets new at this locally inspired shoot that took place at the Arabian Heritage hotel, Al Seef. Beautiful traditions intertwine with modern designs to bring together this shoot by The Purple Chair, wedding designers in the UAE. 

When first lying eyes on this venue we were instantly inspired and knew we had to create a unique setup that captured all its glory. The region is proud of its iconic architecture and that is evident in this modern venue that was built to preserve the past. The detailing in the walls, doors, and overall ambiance creates an instant unique experience for anyone who visits and transports them back to the 1950s. 

We worked with the areas natural beauty to create a setting that was the backdrop of this wedding inspiration. Keeping the authenticity evident in the style was important to us whilst adding elements and colors that brought life to the neutral tones. Lizelle Photography captured the old world charm with stunning images that showcased the bride wearing a modest Bo and Luca wedding gown with intricate details and hand embroidery. 

Regional crafts and textiles, clay pots, traditional carpets and brass vases were some of the items used to encompass the old, whilst on the other hand, modern table wear from The Supper House beautifully complimented the accessories and added an exciting element to brides who would also like to embrace the current trends. The cake design by Zoya Cakes was carefully selected to bring a modern taste to the shoot with its edges, whilst remaining classic with its smooth white exterior. We worked closely with Papier Handmade who crafted an elegant stationery set that beautifully married the old and new worlds. We pride ourselves in creating location inspired setups for our weddings and that was the vision behind all the elements curated for this shoot and its creative direction.

Photographer: lizelle Goussard | Dress: Bo & Luca | Cake: cakesbyzoya | Stationery: Papier Handmade | Hotel: The Sam Houston Hotel | Concept, Styling and Florals: The Purple Chair | MHA: Monica MH Beauty | Model: Larissa Göldner | Props: Curatedza | Ribbon: Silk and bramble | Tablewear: The Supper House

Get The Look: Cozy Chair Corner

Do you remember those old school “get the look” magazine articles that broke down the ways that you too — yes you too! — could be runway ready in the MOST fab day-to-night outfit?

Firstly, those articles set extremely disappointing expectations for an outfit to NEED to carry us from day to night. We were CONVINCED that every morning you had to thoroughly think through your outfit long enough to ENSURE that it would get you to the office and then to the club.

But aside from clothing expectations, those articles we so helpful when it came to identifying why you liked what someone else is wearing, and helped you achieve those same qualities for a lot less mulah!

Now translate that to our homes. We’re on a misison to equip everyone with the tools and knowlege to confidently own their own home, and this is our next step!

So, without further delay, our first-ever “Get The Look!” featuring a particularly cozy corner. You may not be able to have an interior designer come into your home and fix it up from top to bottom, but you can take what you like and learn from it and apply it to your own home!

Here’s the inspiration pic by Amber Interiors and we can just imagine how inspiring our morning coffee would be if we woke up to a setting like this! Seriously it is gorgeous.

A couple of structural things that make this setting so amazing:

1. The windows! The brightness of this space is mainly due to those amazing windows. They don’t have any dressings on them (curtains, shades, blinds…nada) which makes them pop EVEN more.

2. The paint: You really can’t go wrong with white paint! “Dove White” is a safe bet to take if you can’t decide. It’s creamy without being yellow, bright without being stark and sleek without being too grey.

3. The trim work: If you paint your walls all white and it looks extremely bare, chances are you need some trim! The trim work around the windows here makes them even more of a feature.

4. The ceiling: Seriously amazing. Having exposed lines on your ceiling like this — Whether through shiplap, beadboard, paneling, whatever! — makes them seem sky-high without being boring.

5. The floors: The mid-toned floors in this photo really make the accessories pop and stand out while making everything feel warm and inviting.

So now that you know the structure, here’s the fun part — the accessories! Here’s the breakdown.

1. cream chairs with subtle stripes  //2. round black table with interesting legs //3. tall sleek blue lamp//4. textured wood beaded garland//5. neutral textured pillows //6. deep green throw blanket with tassels //7.  “antique” slate rug//8. simple stemmed Greenery (that doesn’t die :)//9.  coffee table books

So get to it! Go get a cozy corner in your home.

 

photographer: Tessa Neustadt | Design: Amber Interiors

A Sunset Inspired California Inspiration Shoot That Will Steal Your Heart

There’s a special place in our hearts for the California sunshine, so is it any surprise that this styled shoot inspired by the sunset has us head over heels?! Overflowing with style, JMK Events created a warm and sunny editorial bursting with beautiful details. All the pretty was perfectly captured by Alice Che Photography. With floral styling by Oak And Ash Floral, you know this one is going to be good! Step inside the full gallery for a closer look at all the lovely.



From Alice Che PhotographyWith its expansive vineyards, ivy-covered buildings, and cypress tree-lined paths, Viansa Sonoma was the perfect setting for this editorial inspired by the beautiful oranges, yellows, and pinks of the sunset. Mahshed of Paper Ocelot set the tone for the shoot with the most incredible paper goods.



Jess of JMK Events designed the perfect tablescape with a beautiful, neutral lace linen from La Tavola Linen and lovely florals from Oak and Ash setting off the wooden chargers and elegant gold flatware from Theoni Collection, topped by hand-calligraphed menus on organic handmade paper.



Ma Petite Maison Cakes created a beautiful ruffled white cake with sugar flowers that mimicked the texture of the floral appliqué Alexandra Grecco dress from Lovely Bride SF.



Photographer: Alice Che Photography | Planner: JMK Events | Florist: Oak And Ash | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bridal Shop | Cake: Ma Petite Maison Cake Design | Stationery: paperocelot | Shoes: Bella Belle | Dress Designer: Alexandra Grecco | HMU: Camille Goldston Hair & Make Up Artistry | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Theoni Collection | Ring Boxes: The Mrs Box

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The Sweetest Ways to Make for a Pinterest-Worthy Wedding Ceremony

Okay, so it sounds a littleee bit cliche to say, but when people ask us why we dig weddings, we can’t help but say that it’s just because we’re so in love with love. No matter how different each wedding is, there’s still a fool-proof formula that all of the celebrations follow: each partner gets ready with his or her crew, perhaps there’s a first look, the guests show up, the marrying pair takes their places, there’s an exchange of vows ((complete with a first kiss that kills!)), and once they’re pronounced “official lovers for life,” the party can begin! But truly, the party don’t start till they walk in… if we can borrow some words from Ke$ha herself.

We can’t think of a better way to welcome people to your best day ever than with a ceremony that’s Pinterest-worthy, signed, sealed, and delivered with all the little things that make your love SO big. At the end of the day, your nearest and dearest are absolutely coming for the vows, but we’d be lying if we said they weren’t staying for the wows.

Whether you’ll be working with a planner to plan out your pledge-swapping service or curating a creative ceremony with your closest confidant, you are more than welcome to scoop up some ceremony must-haves on our brand new shop page, exclusively on Style Me Pretty. From inspiring backdrops to props that make your pint-sized [bridal] party people oh-so-ready for their closeups, these items are everything for setting the scene to say ‘I Do.’

A warm welcome.

Of course, guests know that they’ve arrived at the right place when they see peers coming in in droves, dressed to the nines, and ushers handing out programs with the couple’s names in plain sight. But sweet signage can help out, too! We love wooden signs, beautifully calligraphed, especially when they say just a little bit more than a simple ‘welcome.’

A little something to dry the tears.

Granted, if a guest has been to a fair share of weddings, he or she knows what the potential is for tears. A lot of guests come prepared with tissues, for those tiny dabs, but what if there was a tissue or two already at their seat? Cute blush and gold floral tissues at that… We can already imagine those posts on Pinterests #ceremony #tissues #tears #guestSOS

A couple must-haves for the minis.

Truthfully, your tiny tribe will be turning heads and catching all of those ‘awwwwws’ no matter what they’re wearing and what they’ve got in their hands. But what’s a flower girl and her boutonnière-bearing ring bearer to do without their photo-ready props? A glam flower basket for her, a glam ring pillow for him? All we need to see next is a fluffy little fur baby strutting down the aisle with something cute on his/her collar! ((Promise, we’ll have something perfect for that picture soon enough!))

A #somethingblue for her when/if she sobs.

… And as the bride, that’s your right! Seriously, some of the sweetest, most memorable moments happen during the ceremony ((or even beforehand in a much-anticipated first look)), when handwritten vows are shared and special prose is spun between spouses. If a little nose-blowing and tear-drying has to transpire, then so be it! We’re big believers in the something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue adage, so a baby blue handkerchief definitely does the trick for us. Just make sure your MOH has this on her for a quick handoff when things start to get heavy!

An altar backdrop with some drama.

Remember those photo canvas backdrops you used to pose against when you were younger? Well, take that old-school photo vignette vibe and make it a little more [wedding] fashion with a beautifully-emblazoned banner hung up at the altar. We’re big fans of the “this one’s my favorite” wedding day walk quote backdrop for guests to muse over during the ceremony, and we love the “together is a beautiful place to be” backdrop banner for guests to gravitate towards during cocktail hour. Imagine all the “my forever wedding date” Instagram posts you’ll be seeing pop up after your perfect day! This banner is like a magnet!!

And a guest book table that gets it done.

Because LBH, a couple shouldn’t have regrets once their wedding day is done; not having entries from your besties to read on your honeymoon flight is too sad ((hopefully some of those tissues are left over…)). That’s why we suggest going with a gilded look that’s too pretty for guests to pass up! And some elegant, richly romantic candles, of course, to light the way.

Like we said before, guests stay for the party, but they come for the commitment. The promises and the cherished words between you two are what matters, but the pretty totally counts for something, too 😉. Pick up some favorites from our curated ceremony collection by shopping on-site right now!

Danielle Halibey is a writer, editor, and publicist living in New Jersey. She has been immersed in the world of weddings since planning her own whimsical, romantic affair in 2014. And isn’t that what they always say, “those who can’t do, teach?” Well, once her nuptials were over, she still had stuff in the ‘I Do’ industry to do. She writes regularly for top wedding blogs including Style Me Pretty and Wedding Chicks, and has garnered millions of press impressions for brands in the wedding space: fashion, beauty, wedding talent+tastemakers and more. 

Bright Colors and Botanical’s For This ‘Isle of Capri’ Cabo Wedding Day!

Unlike most brides, today’s knew exactly what she wanted for her wedding day and her vision never veered off course and boy do the results show! Planned by Del Cabo Weddings, this tropical-inspired wedding was full of bright botanicals, the couple’s family (and pooch) and even a couple of swings of the golf club! Bright pinks and blues filled the day along with handmade fans as the escort card display! Take a look below and see all of the magic that LA76 Photography captured AND all of the eye-catching, jaw-dropping natural backdrops!

From Del Cabo WeddingsThis was the bride’s first wedding but the groom’s second: his 3 children and their beloved dog, Benji, were all in the wedding party, which made for an extra special day. The bride’s style was “The Isle of Capri,” a blend of beach colors, elegance, Mediterannean and, Italian. She never veered from that vision at all.

The bride’s color palette was hot pink, blue-white, and natural wood, bringing an extra brightness to the day. The bride’s gown was a Marchesa and her shoes were blue Manolo Blahniks. The bride’s florals were: Bouganvillias, Ranuncalos, Mini Roses, and Orchids in shades of deep pink & magenta with a lot of greenery.

Although the bride had no favors or DIY elements, she brought in gorgeous hand made fans from Columbia that had guests names and table numbers on them for the escort card display. The bride’s favorite moments were: the ceremony and reception, the roof florals, the surprise fireworks and the golf drives. Also, the culinary experience at Cabo Del Sol, where the chef prepared a magnificent Italian Dinner, served Italian family-style. He also hand made a special Italian Wedding cake, called a “Millefoglie Cream Cake” or “Cake of a thousand leaves.”

If the bride had one piece of advice it would probably be: Don’t change your mind or veer from your style vision, because that’s exactly how she herself operated, and the results speak for themselves!

Photography: LA76 Photography | Floral Design: Del Cabo Weddings | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Wedding Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hair & Makeup: Olga Bustos | Ceremony Music: Musicale Cabo | Transportation : Vivo Luxury Transportation | Ceremony, Dinner, Reception : Cove Club Cabo Del Sol | Design & Decor: Del Cabo Weddings | Dinner Music: DJ Alex | Fans: The Salon at Warren | Mariachi Music: Mariachi Cabo-Trio | Planning: Del Cabo Weddings | Production : VVR Pro

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Field Guide: The Ultimate New Mom Shopping List

Congratulations! Your little one is on their way!

There’s so much excitement in the preparation stage of having a baby. But knowing just what to get for your upcoming bundle of joy can be tricky waters to navigate. The world tells you that you absolutely NEED this thing and that thing and two of these things over there, and then they tell you that you absolutely have to have this brand or it’s useless. But it doesn’t have to be hard! It can totally be fun. So we gathered up some of our favorite options filtered by practicality, aesthetic and cost!

And in honor of the meme that inspired this blog, all of the items linked up have free shipping, and that’s the greatest gift we could ever bequeath to you :)

CAR SEATS

A must-have to even go home from the hospital. You’ll see all kinds of

Infant car seat: This car seat is only for up to 35lbs typically and has a detachable base so that you can carry it around with your child. You’ll want it to be ultra-safe, light and sturdy.

Save: Chicco Keyfit 30 
Splurge: UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat

Carseat that grows with your child: This car seat isn’t as mobile, but takes your child from birth to booster so you can buy one and done! So while you can’t take this unit out of the car to carry your baby around, it’s pretty nice not to have to buy another one down the road.

Save: Safety 1st Grow and Go
Splurge: Maxi Cosi Pria 85 Max

STROLLERS

There is so much pressure in finding a stroller! It’s almost like picking out an infant car, and this thing will be with you for quite some time so you’re going to want to take some time to really think it through. Take into account your lifestyle needs first and foremost and it will help narrow down the options from there. Things you’ll want to look for: good wheels, good structural bones, and good, safe clips!

Travel System: This is a stroller unit that has an attachable car seat, and comes in SUPER handy when you’re wanting to transfer a sleeping baby to a stroller. These are typically a little more expensive, but the effectiveness is worth it. And they grow with your kid so it’ll be the only stroller you need for you first child! Plus, many of these travel units also come with a car seat so you can

Save: Chicco Bravo
Splurge: Bugaboo Cameleon 3

Multiple children: This is where you can REALLY start to overthink things! After having one kid, sometimes the last think you want to think about is when the next one is coming. But, if you think about this now you could possibly never have to buy another stroller and that’s worth the brainpower

Save: Evenflo Pivot Xpand Modular Travel System
Splurge: Uppababy Vista

Jogging: Jogging with baby is honestly a great way to get a workout in while also spending time with your kid. While you can get away jogging with some strollers if their wheels are big enough, you’ll really need a jogging specific stroller for this activity! You’ll need to look for three large wheels, good shocks and reclining capabilities for your little one because they will probably fall asleep.

Save: Baby Trend Manta Snap Gear Jogger Stroller, Vega
Splurge: BOB Rambler Jogging Stroller

Compact: After your kid leaves the infant stage, you’ll likely want to look into a small, easily foldable on-the-go type stroller. Many compact strollers are super convenient for travel and many of them can even fit in the overhead compartment and that’s a true luxury.

Save: Pockit Lightweight Stroller
Splurge: Babyzen YOYO+ Stroller

NURSERY

Crib: The crib is the focal point of the nursery, the place where your baby will (eventually, hang in there moms it’s coming!) sleep, and honestly it can feel like a daunting decision now that they come in all shapes, sizes, styles, and functions. Functionality is super important here and safety is always #1, but something that looks good always helps too! (also, the two we added also convert to toddler beds and that’s a win-win)

Save: Storkcraft Beckett 3-in-1 Convertible Crib White Fixed Side Crib
Splurge: Babyletto Lolly 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit

Mattress: A baby mattress is supposed to be a little firm, breathable and VERY cleanable. You’ll want your little one to be comfortable but not sinking in the mattress. If they start to turn over a little early, you’ll want a breathable mattress. Nightly accidents are inevitable.

Save: Serta Perfect Embrace Crib & Toddler Mattress
Splurge: Newton Baby Crib Mattress and Toddler Bed

Linens: Firstly, you’ll probably hear this a million times but your baby doesn’t need anything but a fitted crib sheet for the first year! No blankets, pillows or anything else in the crib protects them from accidental suffocation, so a fitted sheet is all you need!

Save: Burts Bees Organic Fitted Sheets
Splurge: Posh Peanut Crib Sheets

Rocking Chair: Rocking chair is a staple in any nursery. You’ll spend many evenings in this chair trying to get your little one down! So you’ll want to make sure it’s comfortable, but now they make them not only comfy but also really, really cute. There’s a pretty big difference in a rocker vs. a swivel chair, and you can read more about that below!

Save: CorLiving Aquios Bentwood Contemporary Rocking Chair
Splurge: Delta Children Emma Upholstered Rocking Chair

Swivel/ Glider Chair: While a rocking chair is back and forward, a swivel chair goes back and forward and around in circles and is more of a wavy motion. Both are effective! But the swivel makes more of a range of motion. Because of this, they typically have a skirt instead of a see-through leg look so it’s kind of down to aesthetic for what you want to choose. They’re also quite a bit more expensive.

Save: DaVinci Olive Upholstered Swivel Glider with Bonus Ottoman
Splurge: Carter’s by Davinci Adrian Swivel Glider with Storage Ottoman in Cream Linen | Water Repellent and Stain Resistant Fabric

Baskets: Baskets are every mom’s new best friend and secret weapon of organization. Nursery organization can be super intimidating because you’re dealing with new stuff you’ve never had to use before, but when in doubt — use a basket. It’s also a really great idea to keep a large basket with sturdy handles in your living room so that you can throw all your little one’s strangler items and take it back to the nursery in one big swoop. Contained messes are approachable messes! SAY IT LOUDER FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK.

Decorative Baskets: Cotton + Rope Basket
Diaper Station Basket: Baby Basket with Handles
Living Room Basket: INDRESSME XXXLarge Cotton Rope Basket
Dresser Storage Basket: mDesign Soft Fabric Dresser Drawer and Closet Storage Organizer Set for Child/Kids Room, Nursery, Playroom, Bedroom

Changing Station: The changing station is very underrated. Making sure you spend time on functionality here can be the difference in tackling a blowout with confidence or a scramble! The other big misconception here is that you have to get a SPECIFIC changing station. You can totally do that! Or, you can use an existing dresser you have and put a changing pad one it and viola! You have a changing station, and you saved a lot of money.

Save: Linen Perch Baby Changing Basket with Quilted Liner
Splurge: South Shore Yodi Changing Table with Drawers

Baby Monitors: You’re going to want to be really thoughtful here. A baby monitor can bring you peace of mind that can be all the difference in not only your babies sleep but yours as well!

Save: Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens
Splurge: Owlet Smart Baby Monitor Duo (Smart Sock + Camera)

BATHTIME

Baby hygiene care is actually something you have to be pretty intentional about. You’ll want bathtime to be as safe as possible, and that includes products you use + HOW you administer the bath.

Shampoo: The caliber of what you need will heavily depend on your baby’s skin sensitivities. So keep this in mind as you choose what kind of shampoo and body wash you want to use!

Save: Johnson’s Tear Free Baby Shampoo
Splurge: Noodle & Boo 2-in-1 Newborn Hair & Baby Body Wash for Baby

Bath Gear: The right bath unit keeps your baby safe while they’re in the tub or sink! While they’re tiny, they won’t be fully submerged, these bathtime helpers keep them nice and safe.

Save: Angelcare Baby Bath Support
Splurge: Blooming Bath Lotus 

Grooming: Nail trimming, hair brushing, temperature taking — these are all things that your little one will need!

Save: Royal Bunny Baby Grooming Kit
Splurge: Large Health and Grooming Baby set by Fridababy 

GADGETS + GEAR

Baby Carrier: Free hands are a true luxury after having a baby, and being able to carry your baby close by AND have free hands is a God-send. There are two main types of baby carriers — a wrap and a heavy-duty option. The wrap keeps your baby close at hand, but can only hold the baby up to about 35lbs. The heavy-duty carrier is a little bulkier, but can hold your baby for much longer!

Wrap: Moby Evolution Baby Wrap Carrier
Heavy Duty: Ergobaby Carrier, Omni 360 All Carry Positions Baby Carrier

Bouncer: Bouncers/rockers allow you to set your baby down and soothe them at the same time. This is extremely helpful doing tasks like, oh you know, getting ready in the morning, cooking or the million other things you still need to accomplish with your little bundle nearby.

Save: Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker
Splurge: BABYBJÖRN Bouncer Balance Soft, Cotton

Set ‘Em Down: By now you’re getting the vibe that babies like to be held and sometimes we, as moms, have to improvise in order to get things done. These cushy options let you set your baby down on a stable, flat surface and gives them a “hug” like feeling that helps them sleep and feel snug even when you’re not holding them. There are two brands that are front runners here, and both are about the same price so it’s really dependent on what look/benefits you want.

Dock-a-tot
Snuggle Me Organic 

Diaper Wastebaskets: One of our favorite scenes from Friends is when Rachel learns what this is. You don’t want stinky diapers just sitting in a normal trashcan, and getting one of these will seriously save the scent of your home. Big time.

Save: Playtex Diaper Genie Complete Diaper Pail
Splurge: Ubbi Steel Odor Locking

Nursing: Mom info you need to know! If you’re nursing, your insurance provider will likely pay for a mechanical pump! So before you pull the trigger and purchase one, see what your provider will do first. These other things are just little helpers along with the process.

Nursing Pillow: Boppy Nursing Pillow
Cover:PPOGOO Nursing Cover 

High Chair: Your kiddo might not be able to sit up for a bit, but it’s a good idea to have one on hand for when they’re ready! You’ll want to look for cleanability, safety and style because honestly, it will be pretty prominent in your home.

Save: BABY JOY Convertible High Chair
Splurge: 4moms high Chair 

PRODUCTS

Pacifiers: Do you know there are different sized pacifiers for different ages? Speaking from experience, your little one can comically gag themselves from the wrong sise one. Look for BPA free, soft and able to be linked up with a paci-clip.

Save: Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier
Splurge: BIBS BPA-Free Natural Rubber Baby Pacifier

Detergent: Knowing that your baby’s clothes make direct contact with your baby’s skin, picking a laundry detergent is really important! Plus, it smells really, really good. Baby detergent is the best.

Save: Dreft Stage 1: Newborn Hypoallergenic Liquid Baby Laundry Detergent
Splurge: Noodle & Boo Ultra Safe Laundry Essentials Hypoallergenic Plant-Based Laundry Detergent For Baby

Bottles: Picking a good baby bottle can help with the number of bubbles that your baby takes in which helps to eliminate unwanted gas bubbles. Pro tip — go ahead and get the bigger bottle! They’ll be drinking 6oz in no times and you don’t want a bunch of too-small bottles.

Save: Evenflo Feeding Classic Clear Plastic Standard Neck Bottles for Baby, Infant and Newborn
Splurge: Comotomo Baby Bottle

Diaper Bags: There are SO many diaper bag options. Like SO many. At the end of the day, you even can just use a tote bag with an insert. Good things to keep in mind: backpacks keep your hands free, your husband might end up carrying it more than you so you might want to bring him in on the convo, and you might want to start cheap to know what you want before spending big bucks to discover you might not even need one.

Save: Diaper Bag Backpack, RUVALINO Multifunction Travel Back
Splurge: Fawn Design Premium Vegan Leather Diaper Bag and Backpack

Tummy Time Mat + Play Gym: It’s so important to start tummy time as soon as possible because it helps your babies learn to use their arm muscles and chest muscles to help them flip over which can reduce the risk of SIDs. Getting one with an attached play gym helps entertain them when they’re flipped over.

Save: Sassy Stages Developmental Play Gym
Splurge: The Play Gym by Lovevery

CLOTHES + ACCESSORIES

Basic Onesies: When in doubt, a basic white onesie is never the wrong choice. People LOVE buying baby clothes, so the probability of people buying adorable cute little outfits is really high. But you may not get many basic onesies, and these are so good to have on hand.

Socks: Babies get COLD. And a lot of heat leaves through feet and hands. Keeping your little one’s appendages covered up and warm helps to keep them nice and cozy.

Bows: If you’ve got a little girl, bows can get REALLY expensive really fast. And you’re going to want different colors for different outfits! There are SO many options for baby bows on Amazon that are super affordable and really inexpensive for the quantity you’re receiving.

Bibs: You might think that bibs are exclusively for eating, but once those little babies start drooling you realize that bibs are a total necessity.

MOM HACKS

Doona: This is probably one of the greatest baby inventions in a long time. It’s a car seat with wheels that POP DOWN. This will last for about 8 months to a year and give you some buffer room to learn what kind of stroller you want.

Subscriptions: You can set up diaper and wipe subscriptions through Amazon which cuts down store visits and with a newborn that is invaluable.

Gripe Water: Something you’ll learn with a newborn REAL quick is that it’s going to take a while to learn WHY they’re crying. One reason for frequent tears is a lil bit of hidden gas bubbles, and this all-natural solution is literally magic. It works in seconds and can calm down colicky babies.

Burp Rags: You will go through these like crazy, so getting good, thick ones that can go in the wash is a lifesaver.

Formula Dispenser: This is amazing for bringing extra food on the go with you. You’re not going to tote around the entire bin of food, so getting a dispenser (it’s so cheap!) is a no-brainer.

Sleepy Time Playlist: This can be a soothing piano, Kacey Musgraves, Norah Jones, Jazz — whatever works best! It’s just really nice to have a playlist on hand with music that you know won’t have a major symbol strike mid-tune :)

Pacifier Clips: These are not to be forgotten — baby spits out that pacifier so fast and you reeeallly don’t want it to land on the ground and send you into a whole sanitization tizzy, so loop it up with a clip.

NICE THINGS TO HAVE

These things aren’t “needs,” but they sure are nice and handy to have early on.

Take-Home Outfit: This is a particularly special outfit to take them home from the hospital! It’s kind of an old-school tradition, but it’s really fun to look back at how tiny and cute the outfit is. And you want them to look good for their debut into the world!

Baby Book: Filling out a baby book is a great way to distract your time while waiting for baby to arrive! These books are fun to look back on and can be a sweet pass down to them.

Milestone Cards: Your little one is going to turn a month before you know it! Keep an eye out for cute ones and snag ’em when you find them so you’re prepped and ready to document each month as they come.

Big Nursery Animals: A nursery feels complete with an over-sized animal. We can’t tell you why, but it just feels *right*

Sophie: For whatever reason, every baby loves Sophie. It’s cute, it squeaks and it’s great for teething.

Wubanubs: These are the cutest little paci’s and they’re actually pretty practical too. They sit on babies belly and keep the paci within reach to latch to again which is actually really, really helpful while they’re learning to use their hands to get paci’s.

 

Photo: Gray Malin

The Dreamiest Of California Weddings At Calistoga Ranch

Get ready to fall in love! This Calistoga Ranch wedding perfectly captures the beauty of California. With a crisp white, green, and blue color palette and free-flowing florals, this celebration is sure to make your heart flutter. The couple’s unique vision was expertly brought to life by the ever-talented Callista & Company. The stunning snaps of the special day, by Caroline Yoon Fine Art Photography, are not to be missed. Head to the full gallery to get a closer look at all the dreamy details.



From the bride… I think what made our wedding meaningful and special to us was the smallest details that maybe were not obvious to all our guests. These details reminded us that this day is about us. For example, Nick’s mother who passed when he was young loved hydrangeas, and Laura’s Floras included dried hydrangeas in our arrangements.



As an inside joke, Nick has always insisted that splitting your green beans, while time-consuming is worthwhile for the way they better absorb its accompanying sauce, and as a small joke, we had the chef split just Nick’s green beans.



The idea for a croquembouche dessert originated as a playful joke in a passing conversation but ended up being another way to bring our personality, humor, and love of food to the celebration. The love and intimate details we infused into the day made it all the more special.



Photography: Caroline Yoon Fine Art Photography | Floral Design: Laura's Floras | Dress: Rivini | Cake: Bouchon Bakery | Stationery: Where's The Party | Hair and Makeup: Blush Makeup & Hair | Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy | Entertainment: Dart Collective | Wedding Venue: Calistoga Ranch | Bridal Boutique: The White Dress | Gifts: The Shed | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Planning and Design: Callista & Company | Rentals: Theoni Collection | Shuttles: Napa Valley Tours & Transportation | Tea Ceremony: Brasswood Estate

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The Sweetest Ways to Add Pressed Flowers to Your Wedding Day

Although I’ve never succeeded in making them turn out beautifully by my DIY efforts, pressed flowers are so gorgeous when done by someone who actually knows what they’re doing! If you like the idea of including them in your decor, here are the sweetest ways to add pressed flowers to your wedding day.

On Your Desserts

What’s sweeter than cake? Pressed flowers on cake.
Emily Olivia Photography / Where the Ribbon Ends

How about pressed flowers on cookies? I’d definitely have at least two!
Rebecca Yale / Twine Events

If you’re a fan of favors, consider gifting guests lollipops filled with edible pressed flowers. How fun!
LolliLollies

Table Numbers and Escort Cards

She adds, “Using pressed flowers to dress up your day of paper goods is another great option – imagine the delight of your guests when they see pressed flowers on each menu when they sit for dinner!  For an elevated take on place cards or table numbers, consider including pressed flowers between sheets of thick acrylic.”
Alicia Mink Photography / Design by Laney

Erin of Plum Sage Flowers remarks, “A beautiful way to utilize pressed flowers in wedding decor is to incorporate them into the escort card and table numbers at the reception. This is a beautiful, delicate detail that will ensure this aspect of your decor is unique.”
Kimi Domino / A Fabulous Fete

If you want your guests to have a larger “take home” from the wedding, give them a framed press flower escort card. It can decorate their hallway tables, mantle, or side tables!
Jose Villa / Sarah Winward

Susan of Peony and Plum shares this gorgeous use of pressed flowers in a glass table number. How darling!
Geoff Rivers / Peony and Plum

In Your Hair

This one of a kind pressed flower barrette from Pressed Flower Jewelry would be such a sweet statement in a half up, half down hairstyle.

The Most Amazing Photo Backdrop

This large framed piece of pressed flowers by Singular Assortment got me thinking of how amazing it would be to have an even larger version for a photo backdrop. You could commission someone to make it for you or create your own. If a full head to toe backdrop sounds too overwhelming, opt for a backdrop meant to be photographed with people from the waist up.

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A Boho Desert Inspired Day With All of the Culture and Floral Elements You Could Ask For!

Dripping in flowers, from the escort cards to the favors and every detail in between, this culturally inspired wedding at the beautiful Rancho Las Lomas, will have you calling your own florist to add more to your own special day! For bride and groom, adding in their heritage to the details was a huge part of their day and they called upon A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production to perfectly plan it all. With gorgeous elements from Found Rentals and of course the florals around every corner by JL Designs & Events, you know the images are going to one in a million and boy did Sanaz Photography deliver! Take a peek below and get your florists number ready!

From A Good Affair Wedding & Event ProductionAreanna and Orlando were such a unique couple that we had the pleasure of working with! Areanna’s Native American roots and Orlando’s Mexican background inspired us to bring elements of each culture into the wedding design. We wanted to create a Boho vibe and turn Rancho Las Lomas into a botanical earthly backdrop with a palette of dusty rose, desert blue, taupe, oatmeal, and gold. From the linens to the florals we incorporated so many unique details.

Dried pampas grass was the perfect touch for a textural desert boho feel. We designed and built a custom wall with the bride’s favorite wildflower seed packets for each guest’s escort card. For a unique photo opp, we dried bunny tail grass and dusted coordinating colors hanging in bundles from a copper stand. The wedding invitations featured a beautiful wildflower design with a vellum top wrapped with jute twine.

The cake was adorned with hundreds of dried floral blooms and crafted by Simply Sweet Cakery. Velvet linens in trendsetting hues really made the design pop under a canopy of bistro lighting and Papel Picado (a beautiful nod to Orlando’s Mexican heritage).

The bride loves medicinal teas and created favors for each place setting, which made for added table decor. Cocktail hour featured a colorful and beautiful lounge vignette from Found Rentals.

Areanna wore a traditional lace gown and added gorgeous heirloom native accessories including beaded moccasins and assorted jewelry that were sentimental for the ceremony.

Photography: Sanaz Photography | Cinematography: One Story Weddings | Florist: JL Designs & Events | Stationery: Luxe Marie Stationery | DJ: Elevated Pulse Productions | Wedding Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Beauty: 10.11 Makeup | Cake & Cookies: Simply Sweet Cakery | Lounge: Found Rentals | Photo Booth: Pixster Photo Booths | Planning, Design & Production: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production

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Chic Pink and Green Baby Shower

This sweet pink and green baby shower is giving us some MAJOR spring fever! Just take a look and you’ll get what we mean. Please take note of the AHmazing swing.

My sister, mother and I had the honor of throwing one of my life long best friends, Stephanie, (who is really more like family – we call her our sister!) a baby shower for her soon-to-be baby girl, Susannah.

Stephanie has begun decorating her nursery and the first thing that went up is this gorgeous green and white floral wall paper. She’s going to add accents of a sweet peachy-pink so it feels just right for baby girl. Given this information, we decided that a pink and green shower was the only way to go for our girl.

Stephanie’s style is very traditional and timeless; so we carried that throughout the design of the shower. Dixie Design gifted us with gorgeous invitations that featured a pink and green floral crest with pops of yellow butterflies. The envelope liner was a pink and white stripe, and I absolutely loved the mixture of patterns. The invitation set the tone for the day, so we matched everything we could to it to create a cohesive look.

We filled every nook and cranny we could with flowers that were gifted to us from Fifty Flowers. My mother, sister and I spent an entire day creating the arrangements which we so enjoyed. The flowers we chose from Fifty Flowers were: pink astilbe, white peonies, lily of the valley, dried blush Italian ruscus, dried pink canary grass, charity garden roses, dinner plate dahlias, light pink ranunculus, pink Japanese sweet peas, white with a hint of blush anemones, and various greenery.

Keeping with the floral theme, we rented a stunning pink and green floral linen from La Tavola which we placed a human sized floral arrangement on to create a big statement piece. We used this table for her guest book, which was a darling Beatrix Potter story book – everyone wrote a note to her future baby girl on a different page.

The shower was at 11am, the perfect time for brunch. The mother to be has celiac, so we made sure everything edible was gluten free, including the fried chicken and waffle bites – yum! Everyone sat around a long family style table dressed with white chivari chairs, pink taffeta linens, green shantung silk napkins tied with a white silk ribbon, and white chargers. Each place setting had a place card with their name hand painted by Shannon Kirsten and a few pieces of dried pink canary grass held on by a wax seal.

The florals on the dining table were in white vases we found from Target. Some had a scalloped edge and some had a sweet hobnail detail. We found they worked perfectly with the aesthetic we were trying to achieve. We finished brunch with cake – a piece of chocolate and a piece of vanilla (both gluten free!) from a local bakery, Hometown Desserts.

Time to move guests indoors to open presents. We opened presents around my sisters fireplace which was adorned with a beautiful piece of garland and a decorated cross on the mantle. The main focus of the room however, was the adorable bassinet that Stephanie registered for from Pottery Barn Baby. The white wicker gave it a vintage feel and it couldn’t have been cuter with a fluffy pink bow on top.

Once gifts were over, we sent everyone on their way with a small bouquet as their favor. We wrapped greenery and flowers in pink wax paper and tied them off with a bow and tag from Dixie Design that matched the invitation. All in all, the day was a big success and filled with lots of smiles and love for Stephanie and baby.

Photographer: Alisia Thompson Photography | Flowers: Fifty Flowers | Cakes: Hometown Desserts | Invitations: Gina Langford | Catering: Pier 22 | Calligraphy (place cards, mama sign): Shannon Kirsten Illustration | Chairs: US Tent Rental | Dining table linens + napkins: Linens By The Sea | Event Designer + Hostess: Molly Boyd Event Design | Floral Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Hostess + owner of the home where the shower took place: Sarah Tucker | Pram Napkins: Emily McCarthy | Private Residence: Sarah Tucker

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How to Pull off the “Organic Glam” Look at Your Modern Wedding

We love a bride who isn’t afraid to go glam – from her sparkling Pnina Tornai gown to the chic courtyard reception decor, this couple nailed the organic glam look like no other. Wanderlust Wedding planned the entire day to perfection while Jeremy Ferrero was behind the lens, capturing every must-see moment the bride and groom are sure to remember forever. SB Floral Design absolutely blew us away with their inventive, baby’s breath adorned ceremony display that’s unlike anything we’ve laid eyes on – check it out, along with so many more inspiring details, at the full gallery!

Word from the bride… For my dress, I knew I wanted an A-line and I love glitter, so when I found the Pnina Tornai dress at Kleinfeld, there was no question. I loved it’s more classic cut & style but the sparkle added the extra glam that represents my style. We had custom alterations to have the skirt go all the way around and it was extremely nice to have the ability to remove the skirt for late-night dancing.

Our inspiration was Organic & Glam. We had lovely greenery and earth toned spaces and gardens at the chateau, to which we are added sparkly chandeliers, geometric gold arches and elevated clouds of baby’s breath for florals. Our colors were white, gold and black, as we’re not really the pastel type. 

The octagon was a recurring element in our wedding (our wedding backdrop/arch, invitation and menu were all octagons) as it represents totality and infinity, and our wedding date was the 8th. Every detail in the event was purposeful; The date, June 8th (608), for instance, is the area code in which we met in (Madison, WI)! Though we can’t take credit for that, we only realized it after the fact, so I guess it’s just fate ;). We picked the Chateau de la Napoule because we knew we wanted to be on the water and upon hearing the romantic tale between Henry and Marie Clews, we knew it was the one. Not to mention, we visited the chateau when it was a gloomy, rainy day and we STILL decided it was the one. 

We love the organic colors and moody tones, not to mention the Game of Thrones vibes. Lastly, we love the reveal that is created throughout the entire space; walking through the grounds feels like an adventure and you are never sure what will be around the corner, be it a beautiful garden or piece of art. It’s imperfect and has character, which we felt the other spaces we visited lacked. Put simply, and with no offense to others, we are not the pink villa type ;). We kept the florals white, green and simple, as the venue had a lot of natural greenery on its own. Baby’s breath and peonies were the main players, and baby’s breath is actually called “the Bride’s flower” in Romania, which is where the bride was born. Peonies were just a long-time favorite :)

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Photography: Jeremy Ferrero | Cinematography: Gione Da Silva | Event Planning: Wanderlust Wedding | Floral Design: SB Floral Design | Floral Design: Mademoiselle Jules | Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Cake: Made In Cake | Stationery: Crème De Papier | Catering: Pavillon Traiteur | Make up: Sophie Killian | Hair: Kevin James Pierce | DJ: Thomas Dusseune | Location: Chateau De La Napoule | Other photographer: Ingrid Lepan | Photography Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Production: D&X Events | Rentals: Options | Tablecloths: Nuage Designs | Wedding Dress Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal

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