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A Whimsical 10-Year Vow Renewal at The Apiary

Boy oh boy… do we love the magic of vow renewals. Our hearts can’t help but melt over the thought of two people coming together to reaffirm their love and commitment after years have passed. Whether it be an intimate affair of just two or one big celebration – we’re all for it! Today we’re sharing a romantic 10-year vow renewal at The Apiary between the sweetest couple. Refined Social Events planned every memorable moment and Kelli Lynn was there to document the day unfold. Just wait until you see their little girls all dressed up with flower crowns to match. Yup. Cuteness. Overload.

Leah & Jon met over 10 years ago! When they decided to get married, they knew they didn’t want to wait, so in jeans and a t-shirt they decided to go to the courthouse and elope. They found someone on the street to be their witness and had a sweet little ceremony at the courthouse! Knowing they wanted a beautiful wedding one day, Leah & Jon decided to wait and have a big 10-year vow renewal!

They chose to renew their vows at a hidden gem in Lexington, Kentucky called Apiary Fine Catering & Events. This venue is nestled in downtown Lexington and with its rich tones and lush greenery, this place is absolutely stunning! 

Leah and Jon wanted to incorporate her style along with Jon’s Japanese heritage. One way they honored Jon’s heritage was to incorporate a wall of paper origami birds and specially made chop sticks that had their names engraved on them. So many unique touches made this day incredible!

As a photographer, this vow renewal was a dream! It was an intimate celebration with their closest family and friends. It was such an honor to capture a couple’s love story, especially when it is already over 10 year in the making. You could sense how much in love Leah & Jon are after 10 years of marriage and that is just inspiring!

Working with Refined Social Events is always a treat because they work so well to make their couple’s vision come to life. This vow renewal was everything our bride & groom envisioned and I think it just shows that even if you didn’t have your ‘dream wedding’ in the beginning, that your marriage is the most important aspect and that you can always still have your dream wedding down the road!

Photography: Kelli Lynn Photography | Event Planning: Refined Social Events | Wedding Dress: Twirl Boutique | Cake: Martine's Pastries | Catering: Apiary | Makeup: Kristin Gray | Hair : Hairport | Calligraphy: Claudia Engle | DJ: Cd Productions | Wedding Venue: Apiary | Car: Gold Shield Cars | Rentals: Canvas Event Furniture

A Budget Breakdown on a Deceptively Luxe Kentucky Wedding

When I started Style Me Pretty a million years ago, I envisioned a place where mom and pop shops could sit next to celebrity planners. Where the line between editor and reader was blurred. Where we simply came together to celebrate weddings in their many forms and functions, with their million dollar budgets right alongside their backyard charm. But we’ve gotten away from that. And while I think you can steal ideas from any wedding and make them your own, it’s even more fun to see weddings where you can actually relate to the person saying I-do. Where you can see yourself in all of the beauty. So today, we have just that. A $15,000 wedding where the innate loveliness leaps off the page and yet the cost of said loveliness, stays right where it should. Perfect photography by Kaylie Plummer.



What was the “vision” for your wedding? Rustic Mountain Wedding

What was your actual budget? : $15,000

*We’ve broken the entire budget down at the bottom of this post! SO interesting to see how she made her budget work so hard for her and her lovely hubs.  



How far did you think your budget would take you and were you surprised when it wasn’t as far as you had hoped?

We were so close to meeting our budget! The day before the wedding we had to make the ultimate decision to rent a tent for the reception due to inclement weather which put us a bit over. I was very surprised at how fast things began to add up, especially in the final month of planning.


What did you DIY?

I chose to DIY my wedding invitations, part of my bridal gifts, wedding signs, and lighting. Here is a look at some of those projects:

  • For our invitations, I bought a template on Etsy and then had them printed at a local print shop. I used the same template design from my invitations for some of our wedding signs, simply having them printed in larger formats. 
  • I bought vinyl Monogram decals from a coworker to adhere to champagne glasses as a gift for each of my bridesmaids.
  • We purchased used string lights from a friend and bought 2 more matching sets from Michaels to coordinate. The groomsmen tied them around the center pole of the tent and then draped the strands from the center to the outer corners. It looked perfect!
  • While not a DIY – a few other tidbits that helped us save by going about it a different way. We rented an AIRbnb for the ceremony and reception; We supplied champagne and the reception was BYOB- Bring Your Own Bottle! It was a great way to save money but also became a conversation starter for our guests to chat about — why they chose a particular liquor or bottle of wine. etc. 



What are your top most important cost-savings tips?

My most fun cost saving tip is in making details pull double duty. For example, we gave our guests party favors that they could also use during the reception: a monogramed stadium cup with our wedding logo.

We also used in – season flowers which saved a ton.

We made an effort to buy things as we went – cups, utensils, napkins, plates, and straws – in bulk from places like Costco and Sam’s Club. We ended up saving a lot of money this way as we were able to take advantage of deals and sales along the way.



Any regrets or challenges that you faced in pulling off the wedding of your dreams?

My biggest regret was not having a coordinator for the reception. After the ceremony things only get more chaotic. I wish I could have had more organization of the events after, so guests didn’t wait around for food, first dance, or speeches. HIRE a coordinator, it will be worth not having that additional stress.

Any advice or tips for couples who have big dreams and smaller budgets?

Create a budget first! Communicate with your partner and work together as a team. The stress of planning a wedding is not something that the bride alone should carry. Include your family, lean on them for help and don’t be afraid to buy used items. Also…enroll in a marriage counseling. It saved us financially and spiritually!!

What was your most memorable wedding moment?

The most memorable wedding moment was “the first look”. The look on his face when he turned around was enough to make my knees weak and my heart burst with love! “You my dear, are mine forever and always!”

Bridal Rapid Fire!

Ceremony Vows: Wrote your own or Traditional? Traditional
Ceremony Readings: Genesis 2:18-24
Bridal Party and Groom Entrance: Nuvole Biancheby Ludovico Einaudi
Bride Entrance: Love by Muziq Soulchild
Ceremony Exit: Marry You by Bruno Mars
First Dance Song: Why I Love You by Major
Last Dance Song: In My Feelings by Drake
Menu: Red State (BBQ); Brisket, Pulled pork and pulled chicken
Favors: Plastic Stadium cups with wedding date, names, and a quote

BUDGET BREAKDOWN

Ceremony and Reception: $2,500
Officiant: $600
Food Service: $1,100
Beverages: $300
Cake: $290
Desserts: $100
Reception extras: $350
Wedding gown and Alterations: $1,075
Groom Suit and Alterations: $225
Hair Styling: $165
Bridal Makeup: $75
Shoes: $32
Bridal Accessories: $45
Pre-wedding Pampering: $60
Flowers: $700 (Which included 9 boutonnieres for the men, 1 Bride bouquet, 7 bridesmaid bouquets, 7 centerpieces, centerpiece greenery, archway flowers, and flower girl petals) The bridesmaids’ bouquets were used as centerpieces for the reception.
Ceremony + Reception Décor: $270
Ceremony +Reception Music: $500
Photography: $1,500
Videography: $200
Save the Dates: $110
Invitations: $120
Stamps: $60
Bride’s ring: $474
Groom’s Ring: $326
Favors: $130
Bridesmaids’ Gifts: $120
Groomsmen Gifts $90
Rentals: $2,580 (Seating, tables, tent, etc)
Lighting: $40

Total: $16,717

Photography: Kaylie Plummer | Videography: One Touch Media | Floral Design: Evelyn Kramer | Wedding Dress: Meant to be Boutique | Cake: Confused Confections | Rings: Kay Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Make up: Brittany Moses | Hair: Lauren Morgan | DJ: Edmund Murrell | Groom's Attire: Macy's | Rentals: Goff Tents | private residence : Jacks creek lake house | sandals: Steve Madden

Southern Fall Wedding at Ashford Acres, Kentucky

Give me all the fall vibes, please! Bright coral, moody crimson, and some pretty mauve tones are all over this beautiful autumnal wedding inspiration shoot from Ashford Acres in the Bluegrass State. And could these cuties be any more smitten with each other? Love the way Leah Barry Photography captured the fun-loving and romantic side of Teagan and Christopher…

From Leah Barry PhotographyWe chose Ashford Acres Inn, in Cynthiana, Kentucky, as the backdrop to our styled bridal shoot for its rich history and welcoming warmth. Beautifully constructed in 1858, this home later became a hospital for wounded soldiers during the Civil War. This moment in time is what inspired our love story between our bride, Laurel Teagan Williams and her groom, Christopher Ryan Gallagher.

We painted a picture of the bride’s grandmother being a nurse on this estate, four generations prior. It was on this historic land where she met her husband who was a young, injured soldier. She stood by his side through his recovery and they quickly fell in love. The bride wanted to honor her family’s heritage and chose to start the next chapter of her own love story where her grandmother’s began so long ago.

Our design vision for this styled shoot was inspired by our desire to bring color back to midwest wedding design. We began with a soft yet stunning color palette of dusty rose, soft blush, earthy reds, caramels and golden hues gave a romantic and serene sophistication to the foundation of the entire design.

The wild, organic form arrangements were balanced with a delicate whimsy of accent blooms and brought together with textural dimension. The tablescape was designed with understated elegance and simplicity in mind. Subtly textured white-washed dinnerware balanced the rustic nature of the wooden dining table. Modern gold flatware offered an elegant juxtaposition to the antique brass candlesticks that accompanied.

A variety of stylish vintage-inspired glassware was selected incorporating frosted ombré high-ball glasses, gold gilded champagne flutes and embossed lavender drinking glasses. Luxurious velvet and vintage wool textiles added visual softness through the selection of minimalist, dusty rose, velvet chairs and ornamental rugs. The stationery design followed the contemporary simplicity of the overall tablescape using a refined serif typeface and soft layering. The menus were printed on frosted vellum backed by gold leather for a chic and polished look. The invitation suite had an unexpected element of transparency using a vellum envelopes with printed liners for guests’ names and addresses.

We chose 2 gowns for our bride to wear as a transition of mood throughout her wedding day. The fitted lace ceremony gown was more traditional with a sweetheart neckline and off-shoulder sleeves. This look was accented by a jeweled headpiece and a crystal beaded silk belt. A silver tear drop diamond pendant and bracelet completed her look. The reception collection was an airy and elegant lace gown with pearl beading and delicate straps. Diamond stud earrings and a strand of rose pearls were chosen to complement. Our groom wore a timeless, two-piece, navy suit with a champagne silk tie and accenting dove grey suede Derbys.

The couple’s wedding rings were no exception to the elegant sophistication carried throughout the styled shoot. The bride wore an emerald cut diamond surrounded by a halo of pave set diamonds to add a vintage touch to a modern silhouette. The milgrain detailing matches the beading of the pave set diamonds surrounding the center stone and down the band perfectly. The groom’s wedding band was an exquisite masculine blend of mahogany, bone, and tungsten. Both rings are full of graceful detailing and beauty, just like the marriage they represent.

Photography: Leah Barry Photography | Event Planner: Wolf & Bird | Floral Design: Roots Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Lace Bridal Couture | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Five Dot Design | Ceremony Venue: Ashford Acres | Reception Venue: Ashford Acres | Bridal Jewelry + Rings: Kirk & Company Jewelers | Hair + Makeup Artist: Very Mary Hair | Headpiece : Twigs & Honey | Men's Ring: Manly Bands | Reception Dress: Chic Nostalgia | Rentals: Queen City Vignette | Veil: Jaclyn Jordan New York

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A Southern Kentucky Derby Themed Wedding in a Polo Barn

In a sea of bright sunshine, pretty blooms, and lush Kentucky pastures, Emily and Jon celebrated their nupitals with close friends and family. Bride Emily got ready at her family farm, Winstar Farm, which actually produced Justify, this year’s Triple Crown Winner! I’m from the area so I am TOTALLY fan-girling right now… how cool! Their cheerful and sweet Southern wedding included the prettiest outdoor ceremony and we’re drooling over the photos by Jeff & Michele Photo!

From Jeff & Michele PhotoJon & Emily are free-spirited, relaxed, friendly, and a couple that embodies adorable. Emily is truly elegant and gracious. John is confident, yet subtle. Their love is filled with smiles and a very natural and endearing glow.

Emily’s getting ready was held at a historic house on their family-owned Winstar Farms, known most recently for producing the 2018 Triple Crown winner, Justify. Overflowing with lush greenery and flowers, their Lexington Kentucky wedding was nothing less than dreamy.

Having grown up around horses and horse racing, Emily incorporated aspects of that into her wedding day, while also including elegant decor that helped their traveling guests experience a taste of both the horse culture as well as a taste of Kentucky class.. The Polo Barn at Saxony Farm provided an excellent equestrian setting for her Lexington, Ky Summer Wedding.

Photography: Jeff & Michele | Event Planner: Bit By Bit Events | Floral Design: Stems | Wedding Dress: Eva Lendel | Cake: Martine's Pastries | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Bayou Bluegrass | Hair + Makeup: The Knot | Band: The Company Band | Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Polo Barn at Saxony Farm | Donuts: North Lime Donuts | Film Lab: State Film Lab | Rentals: Purdon’s Rental | Rentals: Canvas Event Furniture | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

This Bride Evokes All the Audrey Hepburn Prima Ballerina Vibes

It’ll come as no surprise that Audrey Hepburn’s earliest career ambitions were to become a professional ballerina and the beloved actress will forever be known as one of the most fashionable women in history, and we couldn’t help thinking of Audrey the moment we laid eyes on this bride. Amy Cambell Photography captured Shannon in her Amsale gown, which looks like it was made for her with its crepe bodice and sheer back that fit the bride like a glove and the tulle skirt that harkened back to her own ballet days. Clearly, this would be a timeless, elegant affair, so don’t miss a second of it, filmed by Reel Special.

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From Amy Cambell Photography Shannon and Colin’s wedding was planned to perfection. The couple wanted a formal day with neutral hues and lush greenery. Beige hues were found in the gorgeous floral details with greenery, the amazing paper suite, and even in both mothers’ dresses to seamlessly blend with the bridal party. The Apiary in Lexington Kentucky was the perfect reception venue blending the outdoor gardens with the indoor tablescape.

From the bride… In most aspects of my life, I appreciate elegance in its simplest form. That concept became the guiding design principal for our wedding. As I worked through details with my wedding planner, Camille Tucker, we defined elegant simplicity with a neutral color palette punctuated by soft gold accents. We worked alongside Elizabeth Earnest Floral Design, a master of highlighting the beauty and elegance found in a plant’s natural form. Floral design centered around layered white florals and an array of greenery textures. While formality was a priority in all of our events for the day, Colin and I also wanted our reception to exude intimacy. We kept the guest count to 165 and achieved an intimate setting through a plated dinner in The Apiary’s dining room, known as the Orangerie, on tables overwhelmed with tall arrangements of nothing but lush greenery, small arrangements bursting with white blooms, and an abundance of candlelight. The end result took my breath away.

Classical ballet played an important role in my childhood and teenage years and seemed to leave a lasting impression, as I found myself attracted to tulle and its ethereal quality. After a whirlwind weekend in Atlanta with my mother, sister, and future mother-in-law, I decided on an A-line Amsale dress composed of a crepe bodice with a sheer back atop a soft tulle skirt. For the ceremony, I completed the look with a floor length veil (because when else do you get to wear a veil?) and some fabulous hand-beaded earrings by Mignonne Gavigan.

Colin and I went back and forth on whether or not to do a first look. We were enamored by the romantic quality of seeing each other for the first time as I walked down the aisle. After much discussion, however, we decided to do a first look. We were swayed by the idea that by doing a first look, when we walked out of the church as a married couple, we were done with all the formal obligations of the day and had the entirety of the evening to celebrate our new marriage. We experienced every second of our cocktail hour and reception alongside our guests, and I couldn’t have been happier with our decision.

Cocktail hour began immediately following the ceremony and took place in the formal gardens of The Apiary. In lieu of a signature cocktail, guests were greeted with champagne garnished with a lemon twist and were free to mingle as a harpist set the mood. Light, summery hors d’oeuvres were passed and consisted of a chilled cucumber soup, whipped brie, and fish tacos. Guests transitioned inside for toasts and the cutting of the cake, a lemon cake with vanilla swiss buttercream. Following the cutting of the cake, the Orangerie doors were opened, and guests flowed inside for the plated dinner. Our dinner consisted of a compressed watermelon salad, a pork tenderloin entrée, and our cake was cut and served as the dessert course. We danced the rest of the night away to a fabulous local band, Encore of Lexington.

Colin and I were married at Central Christian Church, a historic church in downtown Lexington that I have attended since childhood. Following our ceremony, we descended the front stairs of the church as our loved ones showered us with white rose petals. We drove away in a white vintage Bentley, listening to the cheering and laughter of all our closest family and friends. It was truly a magical moment.

After our engagement, Colin’s grandmother, Maxine, wrote a letter of congratulation in which she shared Shakespeare’s commentary on love, Sonnet 116. We invited Maxine to share these words with all of our wedding guests and had her read Sonnet 116 during our wedding ceremony. The words that touched Colin’s grandparents throughout their marriage were now a part of our marriage from the very start.

When Colin and I began dating, he lived in an apartment near the construction of what would become our wedding venue, The Apiary. We often took walks to nearby restaurants and bars, walking past what we heard would be a new event venue. One night, as The Apiary was nearing completion, we walked past and peeked through the iron gates, trying to steal a glimpse at the new construction. I found myself looking at a maze of formal gardens unlike any I’d ever seen. I knew I’d get married there as soon as I laid eyes on it. Two years later, when Colin and I got engaged, The Apiary was the first decision we made, and after we booked it, I knew everything else would fall into place.

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Photography: Amy Campbell Photography | Cinematography: Reel Special Productions | Event Planning: Camille Tucker Events | Floral Design: Elizabeth Earnest Florals | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Kathy Martinolich | Ceremony Venue: Central Christian Church | Reception Venue: Apiary | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bridal And Formal | Catering: Apiary | Hair and Makeup: Ana Crane | Calligraphy: Marcardin Calligraphy | Band: Encore of Lexington | Ceremony Music: Michael Rintama | Transportation: Gold Shield Cars | Transportation: test | Hotel: 21c Museum Hotel | Bridal Boutique: Bridals By Lori | Cocktail Hour Music: Elaine Cooke | Paper Goods: Cardinal And Straw Fine Paper Goods | Rentals: Bryants Rent All | Rentals: All Occasions Event Rental | Rentals: Canvas Event Furniture

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Why Finding the Perfect Wedding Vendors has Never Been This Easy

We all know that you can’t have an amazing wedding without an amazing team of vendors, but we also know that finding that oh-so-awesome dream team takes a lot of work and research. Unless, you make plans to attend the Outer Banks Meet + Greet at Sanderling Resort on Sunday, March 10th from 5 – 9 pm. It’s your chance to mix and mingle with the best in the biz, plus find those wedding pros that will turn your destination wedding on the Outer Banks into the celebration you’ve always wanted.

Duck, North Carolina is one of those vacay spots you never want to leave and Sanderling Resort sits right smack-dab in the center of all of the action. With gorgeous views, luxe accommodations and a talented staff that knows a thing or two about dream weddings, you can count on that celebration of the century to happen. Now add in a meet + greet with talented OBX Wedding Professionals, hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings, a reception style dinner and dessert samplings and it’s not just an evening planning your big day… it’s a lot of fun, too. You can even dabble in Sassy S’mores at the Firepits at the Event House. (Yum.)

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Trust us on this one, you guys – the Outer Banks Meet + Greet at Sanderling Resort is one of those events you seriously can’t miss. Mark those calendars for March 10th from 5-9 pm, then visit Sanderling Resort to purchase tickets, book rooms and learn more about getting those engagement pictures taken. You’re going to have a blast.

Your Sneak Peek At One Of Miami Beach’s Most Stylish Wedding Venues

You know what’s better than ogling over one of our fave South Beach venues? Seeing one seriously stylish duo tie the knot in that very space. We call that that a win-win, and we suggest you cozy on up for one of the prettiest weddings ever at the W South Beach. It’s one glam detail after another that will have you booking this Miami hot spot in a heartbeat.

When it comes to your Big Day, we know that finding that dream locale isn’t always easy – whether you plan on tying the knot with only a few in attendance or want to host a luxe reception in that over-the-top Miami style we all love. The W South Beach makes it so, so easy with an experienced team of wedding professionals that will help you create that statement-making event you’ve always wanted – big or small. From their breathtaking Atlantic views to their fabulous amenities to their FOUR venues (check out the tree-filled Grove, one of our faves), they have you covered. And don’t just take our word on it – take your cue from this stunning duo, who hosted what can only be described as a movie-like celebration, complete with an outdoor ceremony and a ballroom reception with dancing ’til dawn.

W South Beach is all about next level weddings with every glamorous detail that you could possibly imagine. Trust us, your every want will be taken care of, right down to their amazing Whatever/Whenever® service, aka, the best concierge service on the planet. Need even more proof? Take it from beautiful bride, Samantha – The best part of working with the W was not having to worry about our day not being beautiful. The venue itself is so stunning without anything extra, it was comforting to know that, no matter what, it would be beautiful. Working with Marina made everything about the day less stressful. She really helped organize our dream wedding from start to finish!

See more of their beautiful day here, then contact Marina Serret at 305.938.3028 to get planning.

The Key to the Perfect Outer Banks Wedding

We don’t need to tell you that the Outer Banks in North Carolina is a gorgeous place to tie the knot – the beauty in this seaside paradise truly speaks for itself. But if you’re on the lookout for a resort that can host your Big Day sans any stress on your part, we can help. The Sanderling Resort sits right on the Atlantic and has some amazing venue + package options that will bring your entire vision full-circle. Check it out.

The key to any amazing wedding? Finding the right locale. And with Sanderling Resort, you can pretty much sit back and relax while their planners take care of it all for you, starting with helping you land on the right package option. Sanderling Resort offers five elopement packages for 15 – 60 guests that include everything from wedding cakes to s’mores around the fire pit. Their full-service package works for those larger celebrations for up to 180 guests and their winter package waives the facility fee and the food and beverage minimum, which is awesome. And if you want to talk venues – you can tie the knot seaside on their beautiful beach or Observation Deck, host a grander event at their House + Deck or Pavilion, or celebrate in an intimate soiree at their Kimball’s Kitchen or Keeper’s Loft.

From their fresh southern coastal cuisine to their team of pros that know everything there is to know about planning a seaside wedding, we love Sanderling Resort and their breathtaking Outer Banks locale. To find out more about planning your Big Day, call their fab team of wedding planners at 877.300.0624 or visit their website here.

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THIS Is How You Throw the Ultimate South Beach Wedding

Thinking of saying “I do” in South Beach? Then let this gorgeous wedding (and couple) be your guide. Literally everything about their day screams total glamour – from the decor to the dance ’til your drop reception to the luxurious W South Beach locale. Find out so much more about throwing your very own dream wedding below.

Miami is made for marrying. And the W South Beach? They know how to get it done. From your very first moments of planning to your last sip of champagne, their team of wedding professionals will help you create that wedding you’ve always wanted, just like this gorgeous couple’s Big Day. They definitely took advantage of the amazing views from the oceanfront locale, awesome venue choices (indoor AND outdoor) and customizable menus. We love the way they transformed the Great Room into an ultra-luxe Miami party, and are especially smitten with The Grove for an al fresco reception up to 150 and the Cabana at WET for an intimate celebration if you’re looking for something a bit different. And don’t even get us started on the gorgeous rooms, guest amenities and fun activities. We love the WOW factor.

Whether you plan on saying “I do” with just a few close friends and family or want to throw the celebration of the century like this stunning duo, the W South Beach can make it all happen… and beautifully. From their amazing staff to their Whatever/Whenever® service (they’ll truly bend over backwards) to their awesome wedding packages, you honestly can’t go wrong. For site tours and booking, contact Marina Serret at 305.938.3028 to get your Miami party started.

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Contact the W South Beach to ask about SAYING “I DO” IN STYLE

  • Complimentary in-suite couples massage for bride and groom during the wedding weekend
  • 1 -Year-Anniversary complimentary room night with breakfast in bed
  • Cabana for the day after the wedding with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot
  • Complimentary 1 Hour of Wonderful Bar
  • Special pricing for Rehearsal Dinner and Wedding Brunch available
  • Minimum revenue applies

Photography : Max Photo | Wedding Dress: Stephen Yearick | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Makeup: Veronica Gonzalez | DJ: DJ Xio | Officiant: South Florida Officiant | Monogram, escort cards, welcome sign, & welcome bag stationary: Siuleth of Eleven Note | Bridal Robes: Etsy | Cake and Dessert Bar: Elegant Temptations | Ceremony and Reception Venue: W South Beach | Floral Design and Decor: Nellie Matos | Here Comes the Bride Sign: The Ritzy Rose | Programs: Infinity Paper | Reserved Sign: Etsy

An Insider’s Guide To Your Birmingham Wedding

When it comes to tying the knot, Birmingham is one of those hidden gems that makes your wedding weekend just as fun as it is stylish. Trust us, just one stop in “The Magic City” and you’ll be smitten. Which is why we’re teaming up The Westin Birmingham to bring you a little insider’s guide on how to make the most of your Birmingham celebration. From fun activities to amazing restaurants, we’ve got you covered.

BEST SPOT FOR PHOTO OPS

Our Pick: The Westin Birmingham.

Why we love it: We all know that choosing a venue with stellar photo ops is sooo important, and The Westin Birmingham will definitely not disappoint. We can’t get over the vertical wall and stairs combo that jumps out at you the second you walk into the lobby (hello, drama) AND the views of Uptown from the rooftop pool. Taking those newlywed images to an entirely new (breathtaking) level has never been easier.

Our Pick: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Why we love it: Three words: sooo many flowers. Plus, gorgeous greenery and awe-inspiring structures, too. Which means that you can snap those moments with your love surrounded by everything from beautiful roses to tulips to camellias, the perfect backdrop for those fall wedding captures. Bonus? It’s just a 10 minute drive from The Westin Birmingham, so you don’t have to miss your entire cocktail hour.

FAVE RESTAURANTS 

Our Pick: Todd English P.U.B.

Why we love it: No wedding is complete without a fabulous lineup of restaurants on the itinerary, and if one of those restaurants happens to be in the lobby of The Westin Birmingham? Even better. Todd English P.U.B. boasts a full Raw Bar, plus a lineup of traditional American “comfort foods” that will leave your tummies happy. And the Bloody Mary Cart? A must for your morning-after brunch AND a quick jaunt down from your luxe accommodations.

Our Pick: Perry’s Steakhouse

Why we love it: Just a short 20 minute Uber from The Westin Birmingham’s Uptown location, Perry’s Steakhouse is one of our fave spots in Birmingham. Why? It’s tasty award-winning menu will get you every. single. time. and the cocktails are super tasty. We suggest trying this locale out for a yummy rehearsal dinner or bachelor/bachelorette party.

Our Pick: Galley and Garden

Why we love it: And speaking of rehearsal dinners, the Galley and Garden is a beautiful spot for that night-before celebration with your nearest and dearest. We’re sort of obsessed with the historic Merritt House locale and the beautiful private dining options will really make your evening stand out. Oh, and the food? Spectacular.

FUN ACTIVITIES

Our Pick: Top Golf Birmingham

Why we love it: Guys, Top Golf is the best. Whether you’ve never picked up a club in your life, or happen to be the next Jordan Spieth, trust us on this one: you and your guests will love it. Plus, with good food, good drinks and fun to be had by all, it’s the perfect spot for any of those pre-wedding parties you have on the lineup… or a getaway with your love post-nuptials.

Our Pick: Sips n Strokes

Why we love it: If you’re looking for a more laid-back activity, Sips n Strokes is IT. Think wine, painting (your very own works of art) and tons of laughs with your besties. We’re loving this Birmingham hot spot as an amazing girls’ getaway with your bridal party – or a fun activity with all of your nearest and dearest who are in town to celebrate you and your love.

Our Pick: Locked in Birmingham

Why we love it: Having a list of activities for your guests is one of the most important parts of planning your Big Day and they’ll absolutely LOVE you when you add this brain charger to their itinerary. Because nothing says “bonding experience” quite like a game that requires you to use clues to escape from a room with your friends and family. So fun, you guys.

Ready to plan the week or weekend of a lifetime? Contact The Westin Birmingham as your starting point. They’ll take care of all of your wedding dreams (luxe accommodations, beautiful venues) and the city of Birmingham will handle the rest of the fun.

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Blogger Bride Love You, Mean It’s Wedding Reveal!

Have you been following along with blogger bride Ali Barshop of Love You, Mean It’s wedding plans.? From engagement session fashion to a monogrammed bridesmaid brunch, we just knew her celebration was going to be a good one. And this classic Southern wedding with a very fashionable twist does not disappoint. With a custom gown by Nardos Design, planning and florals by Lauren Chitwood Events, the most gorgeous imagery by Leslee Mitchell, and a film by When It Clicks, get lost in this romantic and charming Kentucky affair.

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Peek Back at Ali’s Wedding Journey

Meet Ali | Engagement Session | Bridesmaid Brunch

From the Bride… Oh my! It’s hard to put into words how grateful I am as I look back at these photos. I’m so happy that I finally get to share a glimpse into our wedding day with you all. When trying to describe this special day, I can’t seem to find a better word than “perfect,” because y’all, it was absolutely PERFECT! A day I’ve pictured forever became a reality and I married the man of my dreams!

The inspiration for our wedding day was to create a romantic and comfortable oasis with a touch of Kentucky charm. For many of our guests, it was their first time to visit the bluegrass state, so we wanted to showcase the beautiful landscape of my hometown. Besides the elements of green from the scenery and rustic accents from the barn, I wanted everything else to be white. Everything from the stunning Jenny Yoo bridesmaid dresses to the flowers falling from the ceiling fit perfectly into my vision. I wanted it to feel like you walked into a little slice of heaven.

For me, I had a clear vision for what I wanted our day to be. That being said, wedding planning still had its ups and downs. Planning an event for hundreds of people is no joke and there are a lot of moving parts. I’m so grateful I had the support of my amazing family, especially my mom, who was on the ground and acted as our eyes and ears as we planned the wedding from Texas. For those of you who are currently planning, my biggest piece of advice would be to continually remind yourself what this day is truly about. When you start to feel stressed or frustrated, remember the most important part of the day is that your surrounded by the people you love. Anything you hoped to do but can’t for one reason or another will not be noticed and everything that you can do is truly just icing on the cake!

It should come as no surprise that one of my favorite parts of wedding planning was designing and creating my dream dress alongside Nardos Design. After two full days of dress shopping I had found a few dresses I liked, but still didn’t have the feeling that I’d found the one. After just minutes of talking to Nardos, she sketched up my vision, combining my favorite aspects of the other dresses into one amazing dress that just felt right. The reason I loved my dress so much was that it was truly three dresses in one. With the detachable skirt, it could go from having the most stunning train to a bustled ball gown to the perfect little column dress to dance the night away. From sketching up the design to picking out the perfect fabric to match my bridesmaids’ dresses, the process was so fun and truly a once in a lifetime experience.

I remember waking up the morning of the wedding and feeling a calmness I can’t explain. The impending thunderstorms on the forecast couldn’t even break my mood. By noon, it was our final opportunity to decide if we’d move the ceremony inside the Keeneland clubhouse or take a chance with the weather and do the ceremony outside like I’d always imagined. We had to take our chances! Getting ready with all my girls at the home I grew up in was exactly what I had wanted for the morning of. We were relaxed and comfortable as we all got dolled up.

Mother Nature had our back because the morning rain cleared and it turned into the most beautiful sunny afternoon. The ceremony and reception were beautiful, fun, and all that we had imagined. But boy did it go by fast! That being said, Ben and I made a point during the reception to take a step back to take it all in and remember that while this night may have flown by, our love will last for the rest of our lives!

Photography: Leslee Mitchell | Videography: When It Clicks | Event Planning: Lauren Chitwood Events | Floral Design: Lauren Chitwood Events | Wedding Dress: Nardos Design, Dallas Texas | Cake: Martine's Pastries | Invitations: August Blume | Ceremony Venue: Keeneland Library | Reception Venue: Keeneland Library | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair & Makeup: Ana Crane | Band: Burning Las Vegas | Blogger: Ali Barshop | Bridesmaids' Robes: Piyama | Welcome Bags: To & From Gifts

Something Old, New, Borrowed + Oh So Beautifully Blue!

Bring on the blues! From the various hues for the bridesmaids to the tablescapes and florals, this Kentucky wedding is brimming with beautiful blues and I’m downright smitten. Rachael McCall captured them all and I’m bookmarking this beauty to come back whenever I need my Southern wedding fix (which, let’s be real, is quite often). Fall head over heels for all the delightful details and magical moments right this way!

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From Rachael McCall… Bethy and Carl were one of the most genuine and calm spirited couples I have ever photographed. Their wedding day was planned so perfectly that when you arrived at the venue, you just knew it was going to be a great wedding. Bethy is a triplet. I state that because she and her two sisters are all so different. I thought it was an interesting correlation at this wedding because there were three different areas of the day that were so widely different. She started at the castle to get ready, they moved to the lush gardens for the ceremony, and finished the night off under a modern wood fixture to party the night away. That is one thing I loved about this venue, that there were such different ambiances throughout the day. The amazing florals and designers did a great job tying up the three locations with tints of blue and calming creams to carry you through the wedding. From the insanely gorgeous train on her wedding dress to the choreographed dance between the bride and groom, these two had a great mix of elegance and fun. The night ended when the red jeweled limo from 21c Hotel picked them up to sweep them away!

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Photography: Rachael McCall | Videography: Love the Renauds | Event Planning + Design : Shelly Fortune Event Design | Floral Design: Rose & Honey | Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia | Cake: Sweet Stuff Bakery | Invitations: Cardinal And Straw Fine Paper Goods | Catering: Masterson's Catering | DJ: Kentucky Pro DJ | Wedding Venue: Yew Dell Gardens | Beauty: Z Salon & Spa | Bridal Boutique: Rebecca's Wedding Boutique | Music: Highland Chamber Players | Photography - Assistance: Samantha Moore Photography | Rentals: Fifty Chairs | Rentals + Decor: Bryants Rent All

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Inspiration that Brings the Dreamiest Garden Romance to Life

For the recent Bestow Workshop, this group of insanely talented vendors, including Jenny Haas, Tracy Burch, Leah Barry, and Evergreen Flower Co. dreamed up inspiration for a gorgeous garden celebration. Filled with lace, florals, and alfresco dining, it is the epitome of romance and begs the question, why wouldn’t you opt for a dreamy garden affair?

The Bestow workshop was a collaborative vision from Jenny Haas, Tracy Burch, Leah Barry, and Heather Edgar. We envisioned deeply romantic, clean lines, a muted color palette of golden yellow, pink, nude, and a deep emerald green. Our vision for the couple was one that could easily express romantic emotion. Heather created a lovely floral halo, it was perfectly paired with our head table center piece, and bridal bouquet. Kelsey Malie created the most romantic invitations with delicate writing. Everything came together beautifully for our workshop attendees.

Photography: Tracy Burch Photography | Photography: Leah Barry Photography | Photography: Jenny Haas Photography | Floral Design: Evergreen Flower Co. | Gown: B.Loved Bridal | Cake: Sugar Realm | invitations: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | Makeup: Emily Brun Makeup | Hair : Sweetly Pinned | Calligraphy : Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | Ribbon and Napkins : The Lesser Bear | Set Design: Evergreen Flower Co. | Tables : Rework Furnishings | film processing : The Find Lab

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9 Wedding Locations You Havent Heard About Yet

We know that finding the perfect wedding venue isn’t always easy, especially if you’re looking for something that totally speaks to you and yours. So today we’re running through a list of nine (yes, NINE) fab venues we absolutely love, so you can find that dream locale. Scroll for some hidden gems you haven’t even heard of.

THE ST. REGIS WASHINGTON, D.C.

Why we love it: Just steps from the White House, The St. Regis Washington, D.C. is the perfect mix of luxe accommodations and upscale wedding offerings – all with a dash of historical charm. You can opt for a cocktail hour in the Italianate revival lobby, or celebrate your “I do’s” in the Astor Ballroom with its hand-stenciled ceiling (an original 1926 decorative feature) and Palladian windows overlooking The Astor Terrace. This place is beautiful, you guys – and it’s no wonder it continues to be named the “Best Hotel for Small Weddings” by Washington Magazine. It’s just that good.

What you can’t miss: The Astor Terrace. Perfect for ceremonies OR receptions, this gem of an outdoor space features a dreamy fountain. Need we say more?

W SCOTTSDALE

Why we love it: Located smack-dab in the middle of Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, W Scottsdale is every modern lovin’ bride’s dream. Think totally chic contemporary spaces (both indoor and outdoor) perfect for celebrating your Big Day, plus amazing accommodations that will make your entire wedding weekend.

What you can’t miss: Their fab W Insider service. It’s concierge plus some with everything you’ll ever need just a push of a button away. Whatever you want, whenever you want it.

LE MÉRIDIEN DELFINA SANTA MONICA

Why we love it: Situated just three blocks from the ocean with great access and breathtaking views, plus offering up some awesome amenities for guests (hey there, Bicycle Programme), Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica seamlessly combines a glam spot to say “I do” with all of that laid-back Southern Cali charm we love so much. We’re obsessed with their Pool Terrace receptions, not to mention their chef-inspired catering menus and views of the Pacific Ocean.

What you can’t miss: Their venues. From the Delfina Ballroom to the Terrazza GardenLe Méridien Delfina Santa Monica has you covered when it comes to celebrating in style.

HOTEL COLONNADE CORAL GABLES, A TRIBUTE PORTFOLIO HOTEL 

Why we love it: Ideal for those travel lovers who want to say “I do” in complete luxury, the Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables has elegant weddings (and accommodations) down to an absolute science. From their 23,000 square feet of event space to their gorgeous venue options (hello, marble-tiled rotunda) to their talented staff that knows everything there is to know about throwing the perfect wedding, you’ll most definitely be making a statement.

What you can’t miss: Their Make a Green Choice Program. Guests receive a $5 food credit or 500 SPG points just for making the choice to conserve natural resources in their room. We love that.

THE WESTIN CHICAGO NORTHWEST

Why we love it: It’s hard not to fall in love with a setting as pretty as Hamilton Lake and when you add in a climate-controlled tent and fully-renovated guest rooms, you have yourselves one of the prettiest wedding locales in all of Chicago. Plus, the Westin Chicago Northwest also offers up a plethora of indoor + outdoor venue options, customizable menus AND your very own wedding specialist.

What you can’t miss: Their 24-hour room service. (Enough said.)

SHERATON SAN DIEGO HOTEL & MARINA

Why we love it: You honestly can’t go wrong with a San Diego wedding, and the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is the epitome of a perfect SoCal soiree with a gorgeous seaside location and deluxe amenities. Now add in a stunning garden ceremony spot (with marina views) and indoor venue options that are just as cool and you have the perfect place to say “I do.”

What you can’t miss: The Culinary team. They’ve been named “Best Caterer” by San Diego Magazine for 15 years running. Yum.

THE EQUINOX, A LUXURY COLLECTION GOLF RESORT & SPA, VERMONT

Why we love it: You know we can never get enough of Vermont weddings and if you’re looking for the perfect destination spot: this is it. From their three unique venues (Pond Pavilion, Colonnade Ballroom and Meadow House) to the amazing views of the Equinox Mountain and the Taconic Mountain Ridge, The Equinox Resort has everything you’ll ever need for that dream wedding… AND can accommodate anywhere from 80 to 250 guests.

What you can’t miss: The activities. This four-season resort offers up a world of fun-filled adventures, from golfing to skiing to fishing to snowshoeing – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

THE ST. ANTHONY, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, SAN ANTONIO

Why we love it: Four words: Open-air rooftop ballroom. Yep, you can literally dance the night away under the stars. Plus, the St. Anthony has been hosting weddings for over a century, so you know you’re in good hands with their talented staff of event professionals. From their gorgeous rooms to their convenient downtown locale, you won’t be missing a thing.

What you can’t miss: The details. From crystal chandeliers to a winding staircase to theatrical lighting and a 19th Century French tapestry, get ready for some non-stop oohing and ahhing.

THE WESTIN GALLERIA & OAKS HOUSTON

Why we love it: If you’re having a celebration with a lot of out-of-town guests, you can’t pick a locale better than the Westin Galleria & Oaks Houston. Its Uptown location paired with its amazing guest amenities and reception space for up to 1,000 makes it the ideal location for those looking to explore the Galleria neighborhood of Houston. Think shopping, dining and spa-ing the days away. It’s perfect.

What you can’t miss: The Monarch Ballroom. With floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the city, this 24th floor gem is a reception dreamland.

Visit SPG Weddings to find out even more about these hidden gems AND all of the amazing perks of having an SPG Wedding. You can thank us later, friends.

How To Give Your Wedding a Hip Vibe at a Historic Venue

If you’re after charm, historic venues are a fabulous choice. But what if you want a more hip vibe, too? Playing with a combo of styles is a great way to truly personalize your fete, and mixing the old with new proves to be uber gorgeous—just take it from Lovely Leaves, the design mastermind behind this urban, organic editorial. Exposed brick serves as a mighty pretty backdrop, while overflowing greenery graces the table. Ready for more? Peruse the entire gallery captured by Kelli Lynn.

From Giselle Callahan of Lovely LeavesThere’s something special about The Livery, a feeling you get when you walk through the space that takes you back in time to historic Lexington. A local landmark, the venue was initially built in 1868 and still features the original exposed which brick painted-over over the years creating a sort of rustic elegance overflowing with Southern charm. Horse culture is and has always been supreme in Lexington and at one time, the Livery stabled horses and carriages passing through the beautiful city. Now a gallery for local urban artists Allen and Evan of KRFT GOODS, the walls showcase pieces from their recent collections of wood art.

Our inspiration shoot was inspired by the venue and has a hip, urban feel with organic elements. We utilized a ton of southern smilax creating a gorgeous garland heavily draped down to the floor. The table featured a clean white linen topped with crystal wine glasses, glass candlesticks with pale blue taper candles. Modern gold flatware was paired with layered blush, linen and smoke heirloom china and beige napkins with crisp menus. Lexington is known for family traditions and history and we definitely wanted to tie that in: Vintage pieces, chairs and the cake table came from B&B Vintage and with a cake from family-owned Kentucky bakery Batter & Buttercream.

Caitlin and Cal are actually engaged to be married next year and we could not have found a more adorable and in-love couple to model. Absolutely gorgeous, Caitlin is a UK cheerleader and lives and breathes Kentucky spirit. Her gown was from Southern favorite Twirl Boutique which is also located in downtown Lex. Her naturally deep red hair was styled into a sweet, classic updo by Dana of Pink LouLou and contrasted boldly against the kelly green door of The Livery. Clematis grows wild in Kentucky. Raised in Texas, I have never seen something so amazing and I was thrilled to mix the star-shaped blooms into her bouquet with Keira garden roses, andromeda, tea roses, hellebore and white lilac. Blue suede shoes and rose boutonnieres completed the couple’s look.

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Photography: Kelli Lynn Photography | Design: Giselle Callahan of Lovely Leaves | Floral Design: Lovely Leaves | Wedding Dress: Twirl Boutique | Wedding Dress: Stella York | Cake: Batter & Buttercream | Stationery: Haley Michelle Designs | Wedding Venue: The Livery | Artist: KRFT GOODS | Beauty: Allison Johnson Pink Loulou | Rentals: Bryants Rent All | Rentals: B&B Vintage Rental

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A Little Creative Problem Solving Results in a Chic Southern Wedding

When this Bride, the beautiful Southern blogger behind Glitter & Gingham, fell in love with The Apiary as her reception venue, she was crushed to find out that the space couldn’t accommodate a seated dinner for her number of guests. Instead of letting this discourage her, she consulted with the team at Shelly Fortune Event Design and came up with the perfect solution! They opted for a cocktail style reception – no seating chart, no table settings, no real timeline. The end result was fun, casual, and comfortable – and lucky for us, Aesthetiica Photography and Reel Special were there to capture the day and share it all here.

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From the Bride… Hey y’all! I’m Shelby Back, and I’m the southern life and style blogger behind Glitter & Gingham. And I’m so excited to share our wedding with you all today! Our day was such a fairytale, and we owe it all to our amazing vendors.

For a little back story, Tyler and I actually went to college together, but weren’t friends and didn’t start dating until a few years after we graduated. I admittedly dragged my feet when we were set up by some mutual friends, and I definitely still give him a hard time about that! Thankfully I gave in and the rest was history, so they say. When I finally got to know Tyler, I was immediately taken aback by his kind nature, his handsome smile, and his ability to make me feel like all is right in the world.

I was never the little girl who dreamt of her wedding, never the little girl who grew up dreaming of prince charming, and he changed all of that for me. I was suddenly dreaming of our wedding, but I had no idea where to start or what I wanted! Cue Shelly Fortune Events. Once we were engaged, we knew we could not do this alone, so we sought out help from Shelly and her team to plan our wedding – it was easily one of the best wedding investments we could have made. She understood what was important to us on our wedding day and made it happen.

We wanted our day to be fun, memorable, and feel like “us”. Most importantly, we wanted our day to be about LOVE – the love we have for each other, the love we have for God, and the love we have for those nearest and dearest to our hearts who were there that day to help us celebrate. Shelly understood that, and she understood my wedding “style” when even I didn’t understand what I wanted our wedding to look like. From the lucite chairs, to the bold and bright flowers, she made the space feel warm and inviting, which set the tone for the entire day!

After 14 months of planning, Tyler and I tied the knot in front of 250 guests during a classic Catholic ceremony in Lexington, Kentucky. It was followed by a fun and romantic reception at our stunning venue, The Apiary. The Apiary was the first venue we visited when we started looking, and I had my mind set on that space right away. It shattered my sit down dinner dreams when space became an issue for the amount of guests we wanted to invite, so we took a different approach – we opted for a cocktail style reception. No seating chart, no table settings, no real timeline. This allowed for more socializing and flow through the venue throughout the night; people ate what they wanted, lounged and drank when they wanted, and danced the night away! It couldn’t have felt more like us!

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Photography: Aesthetiica Photography | Cinematography: Reel Special Productions | Floral Design: P.G. Howard Designs Florist | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: The Cake Lady | Church: St. Peter Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Apiary | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Apiary | Hair and Makeup: Allison Johnson Pink Loulou | Band: Jordan English Band | Bridal Boutique: Bridal And Formal | Bridal Boutique: Twirl Boutique | Bride: Shelby Back | Event Design and Coordination: Shelly Fortune Event Design | Groom's Cake: Tinker's Cake Shop | Paper Goods: Cardinal And Straw Fine Paper Goods

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Major Bridal Inspo at This Springtime Kentucky Farm Shoot

What’s more idyllic than a Kentucky farm during sunset? After looking at this springtime wedding shoot by Morgan Worley Photography, we’re convinced – not much. From the romantic calligraphy on the stationery suite to the lace, long-sleeved bodice of the bride’s gown, you’re sure to be inspired. Even more pretty waiting for you, right this way.

From Morgan Worley PhotographyWe wanted to capture the beauty of springtime, and the newest Kentucky venue, Ironwood, was the ideal setting with its breathtaking landscape. Our beautiful, real life couple’s romantic cuddles and light-hearted fun moments bring to light the happiness and joy that arises when winter disappears and the birds and leaves return for another season of new life and sunshine. Petal and Pine’s bouquet and Cakery’s adorable cake perfectly complement the lace and tulle dresses from Regiss Bridal. Sarah B. Calligraphy brought the entire shoot together with her pops of peachy pink.

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Photography: Morgan Worley | Floral Design: Petal and Pine | Cake: Cakery | Stationery: Sarah B. Calligraphy | Hair and Makeup: House of Haper | Venue: Ironwood | Bridal Boutique: Regiss Bridal | Models: LeeAnna Toney and Jess Hunt

5 Bridesmaid Dress Trends Your Besties Will Actually Love

When it comes to choosing the perfect bridesmaids dresses, keeping your besties happy is priority number one. Which means finding gowns that are chic, show off all of their best features AND bring the bride’s vision to life. That’s where Brideside and their lineup of designer dresses comes in to play. From romantic Jenny Yoo frocks to glam Sorella Vita numbers, they’ve got you sooo covered. Scroll for five trends we’re all about in 2017.

HUES OF BLUES

Remember when mixing and matching bridesmaid gowns meant your bridal party had to wear the exact same dress, but each chose a different neckline? Yep, those days are gone. Now you can mix it up with color to add dimension to your ladies, all while keeping the look completely cohesive. We love playing with the many blue options available from Brideside, from seaglass to sapphire to that gorgeous hue of navy that is everything you’ve ever wanted.

Photo Credit: (Top to Bottom): Joanna August + Wtoo

BOHEMIAN FLAIR

You and your love are definitely more Coachella than ballroom, so your wedding day look should totally reflect that. And that includes your bridal party. With Brideside, you can peruse their lineup of dreamy gowns that are so, so perfect for your one-of-a-kind besties, whether that’s an ulta-boho look with flowy chiffon overlays or an off-the-shoulder number that is the epitome of romance with a dash of bohemian flair.

Photo Credit: Joanna August

FLORAL TAKEOVER

Beautiful blooms aren’t just for those centerpieces and bouquets… they’re also an awesome way to make your besties stand out. Think drop-dead gorgeous floral prints in amazing textures like chiffon and embroidered tulle and you are sooo on the right track. Jump right in and have all of your besties rock stunning floral numbers from Brideside… or mix it up with a few florals and a few solid prints. It’s also a perfect way to have your Maid of Honor stand out. All in all, it’s beautiful, my friends.

Photo Credit: Jenny Yoo

ROSE GOLD ROMANCE

You know we never say “no” to a metallic anything. But rose gold? We love it a little extra special. This beautiful hue is the perfect way to add a little modern romance to your festivities and we’re totally on board with the glitzy and glamorous sequin options available at Brideside. Want to add just a touch of shine, but not go overboard with the bling? Mix and match the sparkle with solid blush hues for a subtler look that is just as special.

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SLEEK AND SEXY

Your ladies aren’t your average besties, so shouldn’t their dresses match their crazy cool personalities? With Brideside, you can dive head first into looks that are sleek, sexy AND sophisticated… just like your loves. Which means saying “goodbye” to full skirts and “hello” to slim silhouettes and flat-front shapes that are flattering and hip-hugging and so, so easy to re-wear. It’s ultra-modern and completely versatile and, well… we love.

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Ready to find those gowns of your besties’ dreams? Visit Brideside today and talk to a complimentary style consultant about their amazing designer assortment of gowns, new showrooms opening this spring and their Try at Home program, which makes your life beyond easy. Oh, and if you sign up with Brideside by May 25, 2017, you’ll receive 15% off your entire bridal party. Just another reason to love them, you guys. Happy shopping!

Bridesmaid Gowns: Wtoo | Bridesmaid Gowns: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaid Gowns: Watters | Bridesmaid Gowns: Joanna August

5 Ways to Involve Pets in Your Wedding

Hands down, there’s nothing better than a sweet fur baby making an appearance on your Big Day. So if your best friend happens to be an adorable pooch (or cat, or bird, or pig…), we’re teaming up with The Westin Birmingham to run down a list of 5 ways to include your loves in the most important celebration of your life. Prepare for a cuteness overload below.

ONE: AS THE CUTEST BEST MAN OR MAID OF HONOR EVER

There’s nothing cuter than a pet in a bow tie or floral crown, so when it comes to stealing the show (they will), let your sweetie shine as your Best Man or Maid of Honor. You’ll love it, your guests will love it and it will most definitely go down in history as one of your fave wedding moments.

Photography: Jose Villa

TWO: AS THE PERFECT FAVORS

Love your furry friend more than anything? Then be sure to pay tribute to them in every possible way. One of our faves? A cute little favor that also happens to be in the shape of their likeness. It’s taking “puppy treats” to an entirely new level and your guests will appreciate the ode to your sweet little pooch.

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography

THREE: AS YOUR INVITATION SHOWPIECE

Want your fur baby to make a giant wedding statement? Then include them in your invitation suite, so your nearest and dearest know just where your heart is. It’s creative, unique and, let’s be honest, sooo darn cute. We’re totally on board with this.

Photography: Brumley & Wells / Invitation Design: Karen O’Bryan

FOUR: AS CRAZY CUTE ESCORT CARDS

And speaking of paper, why not include Fido on your escort cards? Whether you’re having a romantic soiree, a modern celebration or something else entirely, it’s a detail that will leave everyone talking. We promise.

Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography

FIVE: AS THE MOST ADORABLE RING BEARER IN THE WORLD

Your nephew is definitely a cutie, but you know what’s even cuter? Having that sweet little guy walk your adorable pooch down the aisle. It’s a double dose of sweetness that will make your entire day. We promise.

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From the cutest Best Man ever to a yummy treat your guests will love, including your fave fur baby in the celebration of the century is a definite must. Just be sure to book a pet-friendly venue like The Westin Birmingham, so that everything goes off without a hitch. Think breathtaking views of Uptown, an amazing locale close to awesome eateries and shopping and a team of talented wedding coordinators that will take your pet-centric celebration to the next level. You’re going to love every moment of your Big Day… and so will your best friend.

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Photography: Brumley & Wells | Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography | Invitation Design: Karen O'Bryan

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Looking for that perfect seaside locale? We’ve got the answer right here.

Celebrating your “I do’s” in paradise is sort of the end-all, be-all of glam weddings – and when it comes to finding that perfect locale to host your drop-dead gorgeous “party of the century”, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel has you totally covered. Think world-class resorts, seriously stunning ocean views and wedding pros that will make all of your dreams come true. It doesn’t get better than this, loves… take a look below.

Destination weddings are all about kicking back with your toes in the sand, sippin’ those tasty libations and really, really pampering yourself AND all the ones you love. Whether that’s a day of fun-filled activities (hello, kayaking and beachside yoga), or simply spending some luxurious time in a Sanibel spa. That’s the beauty of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel… with a plethora of amazing resorts and inns to choose from, you’re guaranteed a weekend (or week!) of total fun. From your sure-to-be awesome bachelor + bachelorette parties, to those breathtaking “I do’s” with the ocean waves crashing in the distance and the goodbye brunch with your nearest and dearest, it’s a vacation of a lifetime meets a beautiful wedding celebration. Ah, yes… that’s the best way ever to tie the knot.

We can’t say it enough, you guys… contact The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel TODAY to start planning that dream destination wedding with wedding experts that know everything about celebrating your “I do’s” in paradise. Then enter for your chance to win a romantic getaway for a much-needed preview. Details are below!

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What: The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is giving away a romantic getaway! See why there is no better place to say, “I do” and honeymoon.

How: Pin your “I do” and honeymoon, too! Choose your favorite wedding venue and honeymoon destination from The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel’s Pinterest board for a chance to win!

Who: One lucky person will win a three-night stay for two in a gorgeous Southwest Florida resort, plus a $1,000 travel voucher from Expedia!

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