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This Bride Didn’t Let A Forgotten Wedding Dress Stop The Fun!

This Bride wins awards even before she walked down the aisle. After forgetting her dress as she jetted off for her destination wedding, she went to work and got the gorgeous Inbal Dror gown back to her, safe and sound the night before her “I do’s”  – it had traveled through five airports! Relieved? Oh yes. Worth it? Totally. It’s one beyond beautiful bit from this whole stunning celebration in Barcelona, captured by 2 Brides Photography and Ankerprod. A Spanish I Do planned it all and the results are just jaw dropping. See it all right this way!

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From the Bride… We wanted to ensure our guests let loose and had an unforgettable evening. They were, after all, traveling a long way (flight commute times ranged from 7.5 hours to 25 hours). We incorporated various modern references that we love in our lives in our wedding such as have a string quartet perform the Game of Thrones opening song for the bridal party’s walk down the aisle and EDM music for our entrance.

We are also very big foodies so food and drink played an instrumental part of our day. Charles wouldn’t let me have a wedding without traveling to Barcelona (after 30 hours of flying and five airports later) to taste the food and sample the wine list. We greeted our guests with specialty cocktails of our favorite drinks, jamon leg station, a paella booth, along with 13 other appetizers… all before their three-course dinner (in case they were hungry).

What was your favorite moment?

Let me start with the fact I actually left for my destination wedding forgetting to bring my wedding dress. After much stress, my favorite moment would definitely be when I received my wedding dress the night before the wedding. After it’s made a pit stop through five airports and two days in Munich during Oktoberfest.

My other favorite moment was seeing the reaction of my guests’ faces as they arrived at our venue. We had kept the location a secret (no sneak peek Google pictures) and arranged for bus shuttle service to pick everyone up (I also had to ban my bridal party from social media posting before guests arrived). Our guests’ stunned faces as they arrived, just filled our hearts with joy! The ceremony was also absolutely amazing where we could declare our love in such a romantic flower-filled arches and hear each other’s vows.

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc.

I wanted white, cream and green colors for my flowers to match my theme as well as my dress.

I wore this amazing Inbal Dror mermaid dress with detailed beading with a long nude colored train. I tried on quite a lot of dresses (and fell in love with many) but I think you need to choose a dress that you look best in photos as the dress can come out very different on film!

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be?

Hire a planner! I really enjoyed working with my planners who had such excellent taste and incredible organizational skills. My planners sorted out all the coordination during the day with details such as ensuring we didn’t accidentally bump into each other during getting ready shots. Due to weather, we had to scrap our original plans for the wedding in the garden but they pulled everything together on the day better than we could have hoped for.

Another tip is, please book a few days off work before needing to fly to your destination wedding. I didn’t take any time off and I felt so rushed in the end – I filled six suitcases to carry for my wedding and honeymoon in Amalfi Coast and as a result, I accidentally left my wedding dress at home as I left for the airport!

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Photography: 2 Brides Photography | Videography: AnkerProd | Event Planning: A Spanish Do | Floral Design: Alblanc Atelier | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hair + Makeup: Nikoleta Makeup | String Quartet: Quarteto Gaudi | Wedding Venue: Finca Mas Solers

A Colorful Wedding in Barcelona

Does it get any better than a stunning wedding in Spain? Short answer: no, no it doesn’t. Just take one peek at the pretty Diez & Bordons captured as proof. Because when you’ve got the talented Detallerie on hand planning every detail to perfection you know you’re in for a real treat. See it all in The Vault!

From DetallerieGrace and Chris a truly genuine couple, the bride from Hong Kong and the groom from London, who were looking for a wedding which was far from the classic English style celebrations. So they chose Detallerie to be their wedding planners to make their dreams come true.

Grace was radiant with her two Otaduy pieces which Detallerie helped her find and they also styled her with a blue and peach bouquet: the chosen colours for the rest of the wedding. Detallerie created a space for the ceremony in the shade of a mulberry where they left Chinese parasols as a nod to Grace’s family heritage. Following the ceremony, they celebrated with the ‘tea ceremony’ in a more intimate setting for close family, which is a tradition in China.

They enjoyed canapes, in particular the Jamon which was adored by all, in the garden. Detallerie also prepared an area where they could play a game of petanca, a game that has become a tradition in their family. They had dinner out on the patio of the house, making sure the blue linens and the peach colours were at the center stage of it all. Detallerie designed the graphics for them and used peaches to support the hand written calligraphy place cards. As a surprise, an animated and fun live band were waiting for them in the dance area to kick off the dancing! They danced to the best pop-rock songs until the early hours of the morning.


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Photography: Diez Bordons | Event Design: Detallerie | Event Planning: Detallerie | Wedding Dress: Otaduy | Stationery: Detallerie | Catering: Sibaris | Venue: Sibaris

The Chicest Bridal Boudoir Shoot We’ve Ever Seen

The older I get, the more I believe in slowing down. There’s beauty in the process, just as much as the destination, and that rings true on your wedding day. This shoot by Audra Wrisley captures all that and the details are to die for. With a variety of looks (this chic leotard is my favorite) and a halo braid, the style of this whole shoot is hitting high note after high note. See it all in our Vault right this way!

From Audra WrisleyA wedding day takes so much preparation, and once the day arrives it often passes in the blink of an eye! Slowing down to soak in all the details is crucial. This fashion editorial from Barcelona portrays those quiet moments of a bride getting ready, before going out into the whirlwind of her wedding day.

For this shoot, we had the pleasure of photographing the stunning new designs by Spanish fashion house Cortana, paired with luxury lingerie pieces by the renowned Andres Sarda. These Barcelona based brands are the epitome of the city’s forward thinking fashion scene for brides, that has brought impeccably designed but wearable creations to the international stage.

The Monument Hotel hosted our shoot, located in the heart of the city on Passeig de Gracia, which provided a modern backdrop for the shoot full of charming Catalan architectural features. This recently opened 5 star luxury hotel presents a similarly progressive vision, and also treasures Barcelona’s heritage by incorporating pre-modernist influences in their beautiful spaces.

All pieces are accompanied by sophisticated floral designs by Gang and the Wool, accentuating the garments’ fabric, textures and colors.

Photography: Audra Wrisley Photography | Floral Design: Gang And The Wool | Wedding Dress: Cortana | Hair + Makeup: Le Salon | Venue: Monument Hotel | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Lingerie: Andres Sarda | Model: Alba Puigvert

The Sweetest Spanish Wedding We’ve Ever Seen

And just like that I’m ready to get married all over again, but this time? I’d jetset off to Barcelona with just my sweetie and recreate this stunner of an inspo. Overflowing with elegant amber hues and fab florals, Muravnik Photography captured it all to share and believe me – it’s gooood. See it all for yourself in The Vault!

From Muravnik Photography Preparing the shoot for Muravnik photography Barcelona workshop we decided to work with a real couple – Lisa and Claudio, getting inspiration from their story. Lightness of flowing silks and buff masonry walls of a Spanish manor of the 16th century, noble shine of gold and magical gardens of the Renaissance, blinding glow of diamonds, frozen in the color of burnt sugar, luxurious floral arrangements of orchids, ranunculus, roses, peonies and jasmine, caressed by copper rays of the setting sun – Our story breathes the air of a languid late afternoon in Spain. The story, created under the notes of pale golden Chardonnay, retained aristocratic elegance and refined luxury, all tied up by the sweetness of a vanilla Spanish sky.

Lisa’s morning began in the garden of a Spanish manor writing a letter to her beloved Claudio, tracing calligraphic monograms on handmade paper. A cream dessert colored boudoir lingerie made of natural silk, soft hair, a slight touch of make-up to emphasize the natural beauty of the bride created a gentle romantic image.
The bride’s vanity table was decorated with a composition of garden flowers, with noble accents of peony-roses and peonies, which complemented a vintage perfume bottle containing the bride’s favorite honey aroma.

Oneness with nature and harmony is felt in every detail, starting with the weightless style of bridal gown in contrast with the groom’s more classic looks, finishing with sophisticated orchids decorating the backs of forged iron chairs. The emerald-green landscape of the Santa Clotilde Gardens in Cataluniya, boasting classic sculptures, old staircases covered with wild ivy, mesmerizing views of the sea create a powerful equilibrium between luxury and finesse, the beauty of the moment frozen in time, under the rays of a setting sun.

Antique silverware was chosen for the table, classic patinated gold plates, decorated with 24-carat gold ornaments, crystal glassware and bronze chandeliers on a silk tablecloth. Plated steel vase with floral arrangements of orchids, peony-roses, peonies, jasmine and other garden flowers. The gentle sounds of classical music and the light of the candles top off the wedding dinner with a dreamy, romantic atmosphere.

When we created the wedding story of Lisa and Claudio, our main reference point was harmony, a combination of elegance and luxury in every detail while retaining a sense of proportion to emphasize our couple, their feelings and emotions of the moment. Love, romance, tenderness are some of the most recurrent themes in the fine-arts. Our classical approach to the art of wedding composition makes it so each one of the stories we create are filled with beauty, elegance and pure feelings.

Photography: Muravnik Photography | Event Design: Muravnik Photography | Event Design: Elena Goryainova | Event Planning: Oh My Love Wedding Planners | Floral Design: Elena Goryainova | Ceremony Venue: Santa Clotilde Gardens | Jewelry: Art Jeweller | Hair + Makeup: Kateryna Usenko | Stationery + Calligraphy: Varvara Novgorodova | Cake Pedestal + Tray: Bon Renom | Ceremony Wedding Dress: Eleganceallure | Chairs: Cromons | Floral Design Assistant: Floratelie | Lingerie: White Chic Lingerie | Model: Lisa Veltman | Plates : Vista Alegre | Reception Venue + Accommodations: Mas Mauri | Runner + Ribbons: Silky Rivers | Seaside Wedding Dress: Cathy Telle

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He Proposed with a Pair of Pink Louboutins… And a Stunning Ring!

Grooms to be, take note.  THIS is how you do a stylish proposal.  Think a crazy fabulous trip to Barcelona, a fun-filled photo shoot, a pair of hot pink Louboutins AND the ultimate surprise, aka, a stunning ring on bended knee.  I mean, seriously?  This guy’s a keeper.  See so much more of him and  his breathtaking bride captured by En Route Photography in THE VAULT.

From En Route Photography… Handy contacted me a few months after he met Miranda in Florida…when you know you know and he couldn’t have been more certain that he has found the perfect woman for himself. Shortly after they started going out, their friends started preparing a trip to Barcelona and he instantly knew that it’s where he wanted to propose to his dream girl. Fast forward to last summer where he told her he arranged a photo shoot (AND video) to capture some memories of their first European trip together. But that’s not all, he also got her the cutest dress and a killing pair of pink Louboutins for the shoot. And then he got down on one knee…

Photography: En Route Photography | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Venue: Park Güell - Gaudí

Soft Pink + Gold Barcelona Wedding

You might not be surprised to learn that the bride behind this ahhh-mazing wedding? Well, she’s none other than European fashion blogger, Mes Voyages à Paris. Along with Bodas De Cuento helping plan by her side, she pulled off the ultimate lovefest complete with a Rosa Clará gown fit for a princess. See every dreamy pink and gold detail captured by Joseba Sandoval sitting pretty right here.

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From The Bride…Even before becoming engaged I knew my wedding would breathe the nostalgia of the past. It had to be rustic and vintage but with the glamour of Paris – our favorite city.

The first thing we did was to decide to work with Bodas de Cuento, our wedding planners, who helped us during the organization and wedding design process. Then, we worked to find the perfect venue for the reception which could achieve this mix of feelings and contrasts. When I saw that classic Catalan country house from the 18th century, Masia Ribas, I realized it was the place for us. It had to be there. The gorgeous forest would be the perfect and bucolic rustic scenery and the house will allow us to achieve that combination of a vintage, romantic and glamorous atmosphere for the moment of the dinner.

Then we knew we had to think of colors. Colors were really important for us thinking about our wedding decoration and ambience. We needed some golden to evoke that palace air, off-white and brown would get the vintage-rustic atmosphere and pale pink would wrap everything in an atmosphere of romance and sweetness.

As a fashion blogger, I have worked with many photographers and to me was really important the style of photography I wanted for our wedding memories. When I found Joseba Sandoval of Romance Weddings, I knew that him and Mar had to be part of our big day. I discovered their work on Style Me Pretty and it was love at first sight. They do a magical work, and it was just a dream for us to count on them to shoot our big day. We also found Basilico Studio for our wedding film and they were able to perfectly capture all the emotions experienced that day.

After the colors, we wanted to set the tables decor and we tried different combinations of chair, shallow dish, cups … at first moment it was not easy because I already had the picture on my mind of what I was looking for, but finally we found the perfect one. When I visualized the pink linen tablecloth and golden Napoleon chair, I just could imagine how would the full salon look like, and all the other wedding stuff was really easy to find: the flowers, the details and even my dress.

The dress was almost the last thing I decided a few months before the wedding. Once again, I had to unify vintage, glamour, rustic, princess dress but far away from the obvious style. Working in fashion, I just wanted to feel very unique with my own personal touch. It was a Rosa Clará amazing gown in which creation process I could participate: strapless dress and cut at the waist, crafted in rustic ottoman silk skirt with a skirt full of scarves and open back. Also, for the church I wore a French bolero in guipure lace with mounted sleeves and boat neckline. The veil was silky tulle, off-white color. I also chose non-traditional wedding shoes -iconic YSL Tribute sandals in pale pink, a gift from my lovely sister. The tiara and the belt were made by order because I wanted something gold in my dress just to be paired with the golden details in the tables.

For the party I wore a second wedding dress: strapless pink tulle gown of Hellenic inspiration. And to continue with the decor, outdoor details like a large chandelier that hung from an ancient tree were those little things that made the wedding be our dreamed wedding. The photocall in pink and with an Instax camera created a magical and totally vintage corner. Like the corner of the seating plan, made of wooden boards hanging from an ancient tree. Like the swing, an element that was the delight of the guests and, at the same time, fulfilled a dream.

The floral design was made by Pedro Navarro, his work is really gorgeous and he worked in an amazing way our inspiration. My wedding bouquet was made also by him, with hydrangeas in pink and pistachios tones, branched roses in pastel champagne and pink English roses, white and pink astilbe and Italian green eucalyptus. The bouquet was holded by a piece of vintage lace that I found in Paris, and dated from the 20’s (Belle Époque). Like a secret treasure I could hold in my hands with tons of love while I was walking down the aisle, with Beyonce’s Ave Maria, to be reunited with my future husband, at Santa Maria Reina de Pedralbes church, in Barcelona.

Photography : Romance Weddings by Joseba Sandoval Photography | Videographer: Basilico Studio | Design: Two Little Draws | Wedding Planner : Bodas de Cuento | Wedding Gown : Rosa Clará | Wedding Cake: Victoria´s Cake | Church: Santa Maria Reina De Pedralbes | Shoes: Tribut Ives Saint Laurent | Catering : Le Chef | Make Up : Laia Martin | Hair: Backstage Barcelona | Wedding Venue: Masia Ribas | Bridal Robe: Victoria's Secret | Caligraphist: Happy Letters | Floral Artist : Pedro Navarro | Headpieces And Belt: India Tiaras Y Tocados | Wedding Design: Bodas de Cuento | Wedding Design : Mónica Sors | Wedding Rings: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Wood Signs: Woow Low

Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter Love Shoot

If there is anything more romantic than strolling through the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona hand in hand with your love while enjoying the last sunny rays of the day, I really, really don’t know what it is. In fact, I’m absolutely convinced by these pictures from Veronica Hansen Wedding Photography, it doesn’t exist!

From the lovely couple… When people ask us how we met, they’re often surprised when I tell them that Ollie was my 8th grade crush. Being from a small town in Texas, it is not uncommon for love stories to begin in high school. I know that this is the part where most hopeful romantics are expecting that to be our story as well… however, our love story had a bit of a sense of humor and decided to make us wait nearly thirteen years to actually get passed the opening credits. After graduating high school we went separate ways for College and experienced different journeys, until one fateful day in 2011 when the magic of technology brought our worlds back together. A simple catching up message opened the door for what would become the love of our lives. By the time our paths came back as one, Ollie was stationed overseas and our relationship became rooted around traveling to see one another. Therefore it seemed only natural to have our photos, capturing our overwhelming love towards each other, taken while traveling.

For our anniversary we were delighted to take a cruise through Europe, which would land us in Barcelona, Spain for one day. I ardently admired Barcelona based wedding photographer, Veronica Hansen’s brilliantly talented work and had previously mentioned to Ollie that it would be my dream to have her as our wedding photographer and to do our engagement photos. I worried that the odds of her being available on the one quick day that we would have in Barcelona were slim, but we knew that we had to at least try. When I told Veronica our story, she went above and beyond to make our dream come true for us while we were in Barcelona. Because we were all three in different countries during the planning of our photo session, we used Skype to arrange the logistics. Veronica and I Skyped one blissful afternoon and I was blown away at how deeply she cared about not only our story but also telling it through her photos, she took every little detail to heart and what came out of that is nothing short of perfection.

The day of our photo session was nearly effortless, with the exception of my less than stellar choice of wearing very high-heeled shoes on the centuries-old cobblestoned sidewalks, in the middle of the summer at that. Ollie and I are somewhat old souls and have a great appreciation for gothic architecture, churches, and little cafés, so when we learned of the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona it could not have been more perfect. What we could not have expected was that Veronica had taken every single detail that I had mentioned in our Skype meeting and had spent many hours working to make the day truly unforgettable and to bring all of the details of our dream photo session into reality.

Our day began by meeting Veronica at pre-determined location near the docks where our cruise ship was docked; she had even taken the liberty of creating a map equipped with pictures for us to easily locate her. We spent some time in the city just enjoying the beautiful scenery. Once it was time for our photo session, Veronica led the way as we walked into the Quarter, which was set aglow by the picturesque beams of the sunset, all the while teaching us all about the city of Barcelona; it was as though we had an amazing photographer and tour guide all in one! Our photo session went seamlessly, except for us having to stop every so often for me to change shoes—ladies, bring a pair of flats when walking in Barcelona! We ended our day with a cup of gelato, a new and growing friendship with Veronica, and photos that still to this day take my breath away.

I’ve often heard that true love is like fine wine, it gets better with time…as history has shown in our story, every passing day only gets better and these pictures capture that sentiment flawlessly. I could not have asked for anything more.

Photography: Veronica Hansen Wedding Photography | Location: Gothic Quarter

Elegant Barcelona Destination Wedding

You know it’s a beautiful wedding with just 5 minutes and 35 seconds of a (stunning) highlight film grabs on to your heart and tears stream down your face. With Yes, I Do behind the planning, I knew I’d love it, but after watching the intimate emotions captured so well by FOCUSLAB, I’m floored, and quite honestly, wiping tears from my eyes.

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From FOCUSLAB… Alex and David have lived a lifetime separated just by some blocks in their city, New York, going to the same parties, same restaurants, with some common friends, but without running into each other, but as in all great stories there is something unexpected happened, they met in Spain and this country became important in their story, so they decided to get married there. Alex and David were preparing a wedding that reflected their day-to-day: full of details, stylish and a big celebration for their friends, who have traveled from the States (and all over the world) to be with them. The trip is an important point in their history so they decided to give their guests a unique experience of traveling and visiting a new city.

Furthermore we have to add the warmth of the vows that they read each other and the speeches that their guests, basically best friends and family, gave and that helped us to explain the story of this couple.

Wedding Planner: Yes I do | Dress / Shoes: Alexander McQueen | Filmmakers: FOCUSLAB

Barcelona, Spain Bridal Shoot from Sansaara Photography

This bridal session is like the prettiest thing I have ever seen.  And I am not kidding.  It’s a breathtaking Barcelona backdrop meets a stunning Santos Costura gown meets some crazy gorgeous stylings from Belle & Chic… and you know what?  It’s all kinds of amazing.  The kind of amazing that will make you want to grab your honey, fly to Spain and shoot some serious pretty with the oh-so-talented Sansaara Photography.  See it all right here in the full gallery.

From Sansaara Photography… The location of this bridal shoot was the historic Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, Spain. Esther Friedrich of Belle and Chic assisted on the shoot. The dress was made by rising Catalan haute couture designer Santos Costura. The styling was kept fairly clean and simple given the location, making the bride the main focus of the images.

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Photography: Bijal and A.Y. Shah of Sansaara Photography | Production Assistance + Styling: Esther Friedrich of Belle & Chic | Wedding Dress: Santos Costura | Hair + Makeup: Meritxell Seva

West Chester, Pennsylvania Wedding from Alison Conklin Photography

This wedding is all about the beauty of nature – kind of the perfect way to celebrate May Day, don’t you think? With a mix of peonies, mint hues and lavender sprigs a plenty fashioned by Table Art, these details really set the scene for an elegant, ethereal feel just as the Bride had envisioned. And with images captured by Alison Conklin, those Bride-to-Be musings were brought to life in the form of beautifully photographed pictures. See them all right here.

From the Bride… I still can’t believe how magical the day was. I remember all of the details perfectly. Mike and I were elated all day and just kept asking each other if it was really happening. I felt, and still feel, like the luckiest girl to have had married my best friend that day. Mike is truly the kindest and most loving boy I know. I had no idea where to start planning for a wedding. Growing up, I was never the little girl who dreamed about her wedding day. I was out looking for frogs or playing street hockey with my brother and the neighborhood boys. I didn’t know where to even start the planning process, but it really came together and was surprisingly easy and stress-free. I went in to it open minded and excited, reminding myself what the day was about and not to get caught up in all of the wedding planning craziness!

I had no theme or particular color scheme in mind. I just went with what I love and wanted the details to reflect me as best as possible. I love nature, so I went with a lot of earthy tones and textures. I also knew I wanted to use wild flowers and incorporate herbs somehow.   I wanted it to have a serene and ethereal feel. I explained what I had in mind to my florist (Christina from TableArt) and she literally made my vision a reality. She was wonderful. I loved everything from the moss on the tables to the sprigs of rosemary in my bouquet.

I never want to forget anything about my wedding day, and I know I never will thanks to the most amazing photos I have from Alison Conklin. She captured every moment perfectly and gracefully. Not only is she so talented but she is such a pleasure to work with. I can’t imagine the day without her. She was so calming and sweet, and just amazing! There was just so much love all around the whole day. Everything was perfect – the flowers, the music, the food. The best part by far was sharing all of those special moments with our families and friends.

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Photography: Alison Conklin Photography  | Floral Design: Table Art | Wedding Planner: Rebecca Richman, Queen of Hearts | Wedding Venue: Greystone Hall | Caterer: Jeffrey Miller Catering | Stationary+ Invitations: Christina Lupo, Queen Of Hearts + Christina Carnevale, Paper Rock Scissors | Band: Barcelona | Cinematography: Aubert Films, Darrel | Cake: Jeffrey Miller + Table Art | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Makeup: Kat Sterett | Hair: Jessica Pineda | Groom + Groomsmen Tux + Suits: Jos. A. Bank

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Real Wedding: Jennifer and Christian, X

Thank you so very much to Jennifer and Christian for sharing their gorgeous day with us…I think that I speak for everyone when I say that it was hugely inspiring. To know that you can design a magazine worthy wedding on a budget of $10,000 by looking to your own talents and ingenuity, well, it’s really exciting!

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photos by Yvonne Wong

One last note to all of our readers…Jennifer is one of those super, creative types that probably has the ability to make everything she touches turn into something beautiful. But, even if you aren’t as design savvy, there are some really important lessons you can take from her wedding…

-“Brand” your affair. Whether it’s through a monogram, a chic but simple color palette, a particular style…think about your wedding like you might think about a business and thread one theme throughout the entire affair. And by theme, I don’t mean theme per se, rather a recognizable trait.

-Look to stores like Target and IKEA for inexpensive finds, like table runners, great vases and such.

-Keep your guest count low…the smaller your wedding, the more you’ll be able to do. For some brides, this isn’t even a remote possibility but for others, it’s a great way to stick to your budget.

-Find a place that already has personality. It could be a great restaurant in your neighborhood, an art gallery, a garden. Someplace that already has an ambiance so that you can save $$ on decor.

-Arrange the flowers yourself. HUGE savings here. With that said, if you are a high stress person, skip this one.

-Look to your own passion to add a little personality to your affair…if you love music, burn a CD of your favorite songs as your wedding favors. If you are a great cook, attach your favorite recipe that uses a particular herb to a cute jar filled with that same herb.

Hopefully, in today’s wedding, you’ve discovered some good ways to cut corners without cutting style! If you guys have other tips, don’t be shy…in this economy, we’ll take all of the advice we can get!

Real Wedding: Jennifer and Christian, IX

Today’s wedding is a lesson in all things chic. And, as the day turned into evening, if it’s possible…it got even better.

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Here are some of the vendors that Jennifer and Christian worked with to design their dream wedding…

Venue & Caterering by Torre Amat, Dessert/Cake by Oriol Balaguer, Letterpress by the bride’s own company, Pigweed Press, Photography by Yvonne Wong, Coordinating by Gordan Hall and Veil by Twigs and Honey.

I’ve asked the fabulous Jennifer to tell us a little more about her letterpress studio, Pigweed Press, as those stationery details that we featured earlier were AMAZING.

“Since I do mostly custom work at the moment, my aesthetic and style can definitely vary (I strive for versatility). However, I do tend towards clean designs in either modern or traditional styles. My invitations are a good example of this but this time, mixing both modern and traditional (which Barcelona seems to have a lot of). Or rather reinterpreting the traditional in a more modern way.

The motif is supposed to evoke tilework which Spain has a lot of. But I wanted to make sure it wasn’t too literal and kept things sparse and clean. I threw in a (less conventional) script font as a throwback to tradition and counter balanced it with a really clean sans serif. We chose oranges because it was a fall weather and the green-blues to compliment it.”

SO, so lovely.

Real Wedding: Jennifer and Christian VIII

The details from today’s featured wedding are what really sing. The bride was so incredibly thoughtful with her favors…capturing the essense of the natural surroundings with small jars of Spanish Paprika, paired with her own passion for letterpressed stationery. There is a sense of cohesiveness with each and every element and yet nothing seems overly matched or designed. I love that.

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photos by Yvonne Wong

Here are the details from the bride, Jennifer…

I am fortunate to have my own letterpress studio, so I letterpressed everything and anything I could. The hardest part was deciding on a design. Favors included a glass vial of Spanish Paprika that doubled as a placecard holder in addition to letterpressed stationery personalized with each guest’s name.

Welcome baskets included travel/information packets (filled with contact info, wedding venue, directions, local sights, restaurant recommendations – all letterpressed, of course), wine, toiletries, Spanish playing cards, first aid kit, Evian Facial Spray, detergent for the washing machines and leather luggage tags.

Since we arranged lodging for our guests, everyone also received a packet in the mail in advance of flying to Spain – a letterpressed card and map with the apartment address to show the cab driver at the airport in case language was an issue. We also sent postcards from Spain to each of our guests (so they would receive them upon their return), thanking them for making the long haul to Europe on our behalf. (Some only took 4 days to arrive!)

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To have your own letterpress studio is pretty unique and definitely shaved a pretty penny off the overall cost. With that said, you can achieve a really similar feel, using nice card stock and your home computer/printer. If you aren’t design-savvy, enlist the help of a friend who is, to help you create a wedding brand of sorts that you can weave into different, unexpected elements.

Here are Jennifer’s sources some of the products that she used…the glass vials were found at Specialty Bottle, the Table Runner was found at Target for $9.99 though is no longer available (they do have some cute designs though) and the blue stationery boxes were found at US Box.

Real Wedding: Jennifer and Christian, VII

We heart today’s wedding so much, we’re putting up more posts than we ever have on any featured wedding. It’s just such a refreshing style with a light, airy blue and bright orange color palette, a bride that is simply stunning and an effortless elegance that just makes me happy. Plus, the whole wedding was pulled off for $10,000 making it even sweeter.

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all photographs by the incredibly talented Yvonne Wong

From the lovely bride, Jennifer…

I prepped most things Stateside. Being on a tight budget, I tried to make as much as I could and bought most of the materials for favors and welcome baskets here and lugged everything through customs with fingers crossed. (One friend joked, “it looks like you’re taking bomb-making material overseas – good luck with that.”) Truth be told, I did have to hit up the Barcelona IKEA and the bodega across the street from our lodgings for a few things that wouldn’t travel well (many bottles of wine, baskets, glasses, candles, etc).

Much credit actually goes to my mom who did all the flowers including my bouquet. That’s part of how we saved a bundle (a total of 200 euros at the flower market). The morning of the wedding was crazy…trying to pick out flowers and ask lots of questions in quasi-Spanish which none of us speak (“Donde?”). But, in the end, it’s really one of the main reasons we were able to stay on our budget.

More to come!

Real Wedding: Jennifer and Christian, VI

Okay, if you aren’t sitting down…you probably should. I know, painfully dramatic, but this time, a dramatic introduction is totally warranted. We are finally on to Jennifer and Christian reception…an elegant, refined but completely playful style that encompasses the easy going, intimate vibe that Jennifer wanted.

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Images by Yvonne Wong

Ummm, hello. Do you see what I mean? This reception is the definition of fabulous, the reason why I love what I do. Everything is perfect…from the tailored, preppy linens to the bright, but totally elegant centerpieces. The little bottles are filled with Spanish paprika for guests to take home, doubling as a placecard holder. And, the little blue boxes are filled with personalized letterpress stationery for each guest.

Again, there are no words. This is my dream wedding realized…and on a $10,000 budget to boot!

Real Wedding: Jennifer and Christian, V

Love, love, love today’s real wedding. Before we dive into the absolutely gorgeous reception (seriously, people…there are no words), thought I would share a few really fun pictures of the fabulous bride and groom…

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I am not sure who I love more…the adorable bride or the photographer, Yvonne Wong, that captured such beautiful, but totally whimsical photographs. I’d say both are keepers!

More to come!

Real Wedding: Jennifer and Christian, IV

If you are just joining us, Jennifer and Christian were married in Barcelona this past September at a gorgeous estate with close family and friends. Their ceremony was incredibly intimate, with guests closely surrounding them, very much a part of the ceremony…

yvonne wong real wedding

photography by Yvonne Wong

From Jennifer…

We scoped and planned everything via internet, relying on photographs and email communication. I even found my quasi-wedding coordinator on Barcelona’s Craigslist. We also reserved an entire apartment rental building so that all our guests could stay together. We even started a blog to help guests plan their trip. It was a completely virtual affair!

One other quick tidbit…I also wanted to mention (brag, really) that my wedding dress was an Alberta Ferretti that I found at Filene’s Basement closing sale for under $100.

So much more to come!


Real Wedding: Jennifer and Christian, III

I am so madly in love with today’s wedding…mostly because the bride is so ridiculously lovely, the details are flawless and the venue is ridiculously gorgeous. But, also because the bride and groom stuck to their $10,000 budget, something that is really hard to do these days.

yvonne wong real wedding

all images by Yvonne Wong

From Jennifer, the bride…

We decided on a destination wedding for many reasons including (a) we love Spain (b) wanted an excuse to go on a vacation with our closest friends and family (c) it was more affordable than having one here! We wanted an outdoor wedding taking place in the fall – so that meant somewhere reasonably warm. We thought Barcelona was the perfect backdrop – wonderful weather, great food, lovely ambiance, and a festive atmosphere. As anticipated, planning a wedding abroad was an interesting and, at times, trying process but it paid off big in the end.

More to come!

Real Wedding: Jennifer and Christian, II

A few more gorgeous “before” pictures of Jennifer and Christian’s $10,000 Barcelona affair…

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all photos by the lovely and talented Yvonne Wong

You are going to die when you see just how beautiful this wedding turned out. The bride is a stationery designer so she has that great eye for style that a perfect wedding often requires. Lots more coming up in a few!

Real Wedding: Jennifer and Christian

Obsessed. And that is putting it rather lightly. Today’s wedding is so fabulous, I am 100% sure that you are going to bookmark it in your must-have folders, pulling it out every time you need a little wedding pick-me-up. I had such a hard time narrowing down the photographs (which are amazing by the way), finding just the right shots to tell the story of the day…so forgive me if I am a little long picture winded today!

Jennifer and Christian were married this past September in the gorgeous city of Barcelona, Spain. Their utterly beautiful wedding was pulled off for a mere…wait for it…$10,000. Yep, it’s true. It’s one of the loveliest weddings I have ever seen, and it was designed on a budget that makes me jump for joy.

Before we dive into all of the details, I wanted to share with you the stunning “preparation” pictures that the amazingly talented Yvonne Wong shot…

yvonne wong real wedding

SIGH…it’s just so, so beautiful. Stay tuned to hear from Jennifer and see how the rest of the day unfolded! We have TONS of inspiration on the way.