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Lit Up With Love: Gabrielle’s Très Romantique Inspiration for a Parisian Wedding Affair

Paris – the City of Love and the city that has captured my heart. Long before I ever stepped foot on a quaint Parisian rue, I was fascinated by the allure of the city – its je ne sais quoi. My admiration for Paris was sparked when I was five years old and discovered that my name has French origins. Growing up, I remember watching one scene on repeat from The Devil Wears Prada – the sparkling montage of Paris at nighttime, set to U2’s “City of Blinding Lights.” I was mesmerized. My curious fascination turned into an enduring adoration when I began taking French classes and ultimately visited (and lived) in the city of my dreams. The culture, the architecture, the fashion, the cuisine, the feeling of simply strolling along the Seine or sipping a café on a terrasse – need I say amour? To me, the city represents all the things that fill life with beauty, wonderment, and purpose. It is the epitome of sheer romance, and I can’t imagine a more perfect destination for a wedding. So, from the archives of my Pinterest Boards, I have curated inspiration from how I dream of my future wedding day – a marriage of my signature feminine style and the city I adore most. I hope it fills you with joie de vivre and maybe even inspires you to take a trip to Paris to experience it for yourself!

 

First, tell us a little bit about the locale, season and setting of your inspo!

The City of Love (and Lights) is beautiful any and every time of year – it’s the dreamiest destination for the quintessential romantic bride! Though, nothing compares to Paris in the Spring with the cherry blossoms (cerisiers) and gardens abloom. The Jardin du Luxembourg and Jardin du Palais-Royal make exquisite backdrops for post-ceremony photo opps – exuding Parisian charm and the beauty of vibrant springtime flowers!

 

Can you describe your ideal type of venue to match the setting?

The Musée Rodin! This château-like museum, dedicated to the famed French sculptor, is perfect for Francophiles who want to infuse French culture and history into their special day! Plus, it features stunning indoor spaces (including a spiraling staircase) and lush gardens, making it not only breathtaking but also versatile! I envision the ceremony taking place in its enchanting gardens with the reception inside one of its palatial rooms. Or, I imagine a glass tent where the newlyweds and their loved ones dance the night away under the shimmering stars and twinkling lights of the city! 

 

Tell us about your color palette!

Soft blush, mauve, and cream hues are the focus of the palette – complete with pops of lilac and dusty blue!

 

Which wedding dress style fits your bridal aesthetic best?

Unapologetically feminine and distinctively elegant describe the essence of my dream bridal style for this Parisian affair! I picture a ball gown or trumpet-style dress with a sweetheart neckline – strapless or off-the-shoulder! I’m thinking of a Monique Lhuillier or Marchesa that features a little drama – think Monique Lhuillier’s iconic floral print gowns or Marchesa’s use of 3D floral motifs. I can even imagine a soft, blush gown for this occasion!

 

In a few words, describe the overall look and vibe of your inspiration. How do you want your guests to feel?

Ethereal romance, a refined Parisian-inspired occasion with touches of fairytale whimsy. Florals are the centerfold of the décor, and I imagine dainty crystal accents! I want guests to feel swept away by the enchantment of the day and the city! 

Wedding At Luxurious Villa D’Este Lake Como

This couple celebrates their Lake Como wedding in the sweetest of ways, with their baby daughter! Elena Renzi planned the waterside affair filled with food, fun, family, and friends.  The neutral color palette of blooms by Ratti Flora beautifully complimented the natural beauty of the location, and everything was artfully captured in the imagery by Koman Photography.  Visit the full gallery for a look at all the lovely.




From Koman PhotographyThree months after we met for the first time on a video call with Elina and Sam, they had their first baby Sofia, such a wonderful event! We fell in love with this lovely couple and their little girl and made sure that their wedding day was going to be simply perfect. In Persian culture, weddings are not to be celebrated quietly and discreetly but, on the contrary, they need to be joyful and lavish, which is why Elina and Sam chose to get married in the gardens of one of the most luxurious villas on Lake Como, Villa D’Este.



With its elegant structure that conveys its majesty at first glance, its large and beautifully designed spaces, and its access from the lake, it was the perfect location for such a sumptuous wedding. Organizing a Persian wedding is anything but simple, but it is the attention that tradition pays to the single detail that makes it truly impressive. Traditionally, couples pronounce their vows seated at a low table with a strong symbolic value: no one but the bride and groom and their loved ones may touch it, not even the wedding planner, who must leave it to the people in charge to bring the precious tablecloth and richly set the table.



On the table, the objects that stand out above all others are the mirror and the candelabra, representing light and fire each, two elements of great symbolic value. Other objects, some of which arrived directly from Iran, include a tray of spices, representing abundance; hard-boiled eggs, symbolizing fertility; crystallized sugar cones, invoking a sweet life for the bride and groom; decorated bread, the Koran and so on. Particularly moving is the moment when the bride and groom promise each other a conjugal future full of sweet words by covering each other’s lips with honey.



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Photography: Koman Photography | Cinematography: Koman Photography | Event Planning: Elena Renzi | Floral Design: Ratti Flora | Makeup: Davide Brustia | Hair: Carmel Ospina | Lights, Music and Outdoor Furniture: Blu Notte | Location: Villa D'Este

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Garden Whimsy Full of Blooming Summer Color At The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

Did someone say magic? Because that’s what this whimsical garden wedding is all about! The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe was the perfect stage for this bride and groom’s utterly gorgeous day with a feminine ambience. Native Poppy infused the space with florals that POP and feel like summer. It all couldn’t have been possible without the seamless work of Simply Gorgeous Events. Texture, color, and love unite in the full gallery, captured by Dear Lovers!

From Dear Lovers… The designer, Kayla of Simply Gorgeous Events, wanted to bring life and color into the garden space and they did just that and more!

The vision infused The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe with texture, color and blooming summer which resulted in the most utterly magical day. It was an extremely feminine ambiance with a warm color palette that braided lilac, blush, peach and rose together. There were so many flowers, it felt like the summer bursting into the wedding.

The bridesmaids wore mix matched dresses in patterned shades of blue that complimented the splash of pink in the florals beautifully. The bride and groom kept things classic, with the groom wearing a tuxedo and the bride donning a timeless off-the shoulder gown with sheer sleeves and a sleek updo.

Photography: Dear Lovers | Florals: Native Poppy | Wedding Venue: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe | Beauty: Beauty Bespoken | Planning and Design: Simply Gorgeous Events | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

Did You Know We Had Castles In The States? Here’s One of Our Favorites

Ever since you were little, you’ve been dreaming of your fairytale wedding, with your big dress, your true love, and what fairytale wedding would be complete without a castle? These days, travel is a little more complicated than it used to be so many couples are limiting their venue search to domestic locations. But, did you know that we have castles right here in the US? One of our faves, Saint Clements Castle in Connecticut dates back to the 1800s and is modeled after timeless 16th-century European estates. It has been lovingly restored and turned into not one but THREE gorgeous and unique event spaces that are just waiting for you to discover them! All three of the event spaces are located on the estate’s sprawling grounds and surrounded by unique gardens, charming courtyards, and an abundance of natural beauty. See which one speaks to you…

PHOTO: @mary.b.photo

 

River’s Edge at Saint Clements Marina

The newest addition to Saint Clements Castle & Marina, River’s Edge was created to mimic the historic exterior of the estate but boasts some beautifully modern upgrades like hardwood flooring, exposed wood beams, and crystal chandeliers. Oh, and did we mention that it has panoramic windows that showcase unrivaled views of the Connecticut River and let the gorgeous natural light pour in. River’s Edge can accommodate up to 140 guests for a lovely plated dinner. For your ceremony, couples are welcome to use the spacious Pier for a true waterfront experience. This event space is perfect for the couple who wants a beautiful rustic wedding with a bit of a modern twist. 

 

Prince Edward Ballroom

Light and airy and trimmed with coffered ceilings, stunning Firenze crystal chandeliers, wainscoted walls, a large dance floor, and Chiavari chairs, the Prince Edward Ballroom is what you think of when you think royal wedding. Its neutral color palette is perfectly timeless and will complement any wedding design. The property’s nearby sunken garden is the ideal space for an outdoor ceremony. Original stone steps lead down into a beautifully manicured garden that screams romance! The Prince Edward Ballroom can accommodate up to 260 guests and is perfect for a big fairytale wedding. 

PHOTO: @Kelcphotography

 

Waterford Room

Warm and well-lit, the Waterford Room has glistening crystal chandeliers, Chiavari chairs, rich wood accents, and windows that let in plenty of natural light. With room to accommodate up to 210, the Waterford Room, also gives your guests access to a charming courtyard and art gallery where they can mingle, enjoy cocktail hour, and take a ton of pics! And, for your ceremony, couples have access to the expansive lawn with a view of the Connecticut River as the backdrop. If you’re looking for that cozy countryside vibe, this one is the way to go! 

PHOTO: @joanna_fisher

 

Let Them Take Care Of Everything

Not only is it absolutely stunning, Saint Clements Castle & Marina is also an all-inclusive venue. That means that they handle everything from coordination and table settings to catering and even the cake! From the very start, you work with one of their expert event planners to discuss your dream day, and then, they make it happen! They have a full-service on-site kitchen and experienced culinary team that will craft you a visually stunning meal that you and your guests will never forget. Trust us, once you’ve got your venue booked, everything else just slides into place…especially with an all-inclusive package like this. Find out more about Saint Clements Castle & Marina here. The sooner you get your date reserved the better!

PHOTO: @mary.b.photo

 

Be sure to give @saintclementscastleandmarina a follow on Instagram to see how real couples have used these amazingly versatile spaces!

PHOTO: @gustavotessarophotography

 

All of the photos for this post were provided by the sponsor.

Venue: Saint Clements Castle

Charming Villa Regina Teodolinda Wedding On Lake Como

A whimsical color palette on Italy’s Lake Como feels like the chicest of fairytales.  Villa Regina Teodolinda set the stage for the dreamy day, and Figli Dei Fiori filled every moment with showstopping blooms.  You can feel the love perfectly captured in the incredible imagery by Duet Friday, see it all in the full gallery.




From Duet FridayLove story full of charm, glamour, nice details, and sweet accents – That is the wedding of Linda and Andrea. Having taken place in a splendid residence – Villa Regina Teodolinda which with its long history and the attractiveness that the centuries have given, a romantic allure and authentic atmosphere, the wedding turned out to be classy and stylish, modern and full of feelings and touching details starting from the choice of the color shade to match the villas interior to the trendy but at the same time sophisticated approach to everything. Though the bride and the groom met each other on the dating app, the desire for a classical wedding ceremony inspired them a lot. A two-year-long story when the lovers were head over heels in love with each other was followed by a romantic proposal on the roof of a friend’s house. And the desire to crown it all in the most breathtaking and amorous place was the logical conclusion. But the search for the location was at the same time based on practical approach and aesthetic ideas of the bride. Being situated just three hours from home – lake Come seemed ideal, especially taking into consideration the Italian roots of the groom. Lake Como is the halfway from the south of Italy and Switzerland, comfortable for all the guests to arrive at, and the best meeting point ever from each corner of the earth. Villa Regina Teodolinda is immersed in a wonderful English garden that stands out for about nine thousand square meters with its large lawns interspersed with shaded areas. In this frame of peace and serenity. The bride is in love with the lovely details that such a historic villa can offer as a compliment.



The interior rooms with splendid frescoes have this peculiar Italian bauble that can’t be copied. It appears as the result of aging mixed with the surrounding beauty and the spectacular panorama of the lake. The green frame of the Italian garden gave the ceremony and the banquet organized outside a true romantic note and sweet accent of eternal fashion. Lake Como is the breathtaking background that embraces and links together all the elements into unique environments and time knots. The choice of the photographer was based on her talent to reflect the feelings, to underline the details, and to add sparkling magic of film photography in order to make the photos a starting point as the new happy end story which flows into family life with no end. Airy and tender pics underline the harmony of the event and its fashion. The love of the photographer for the details which are perfectly whirled with the emotions is accrued in a miraculous way not overwhelming the impress help to practically penetrate into the mood and to feel the emotions on your skin simply admiring each element of the wedding.



Flower decor and tableware create an impact but don’t tear the attention from the couple. A well-balanced perfection gave a fantastic result. The color of the lake blue with a dust of grey and the sparkle of the sun continued in the most significant elements of the wedding. The dusty blue hortensias dominating the tables are like the splashes of the lake cascades so common along the banks. Numerous petals form the movement of the water. The magic continues as soon the last sunray disappears… and the lights of the garlands tangled with the branches of the tree and chandeliers above the table with their candle lights sparkle like the diamonds of pure water. The sigh… the gasp of excitement… and the fairytale on the lake become real and at the same time fragile. It is for sure a dream wedding with all the nice things that make the bride happy and add a sparkle in her eyes. And the reaction of the guests has totally proved this wow effect and the impact of the beauty and the sophisticated bride’s choice.



Photography: Duet Friday | Floral Design: Figli Dei Fiori | Wedding Dress: AT MODA SPOSA Freiburg - Fashion für Sie und Ihn | Wedding Venue: Villa Regina Teodolinda | Beauty: Daniela Guanziroli | Bride shoes: Charlotte Mills | Jewelery: Swarovski | Musical Entertainment: Blunotte Eventi | Silk ribbons: Luna ribbons | Weddings Rings: Bucherer

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Luxe Opulence In Park City In Dark And Moody Colors

If you’re ready to go from the runway to your wedding day, then this is the inspiration for you! East Made Co conceptualized, designed, and photographed a day filled with so much fashion-forward detailing we can’t get enough. From the opulent Marchesa gowns adorning our bride and her bridesmaid, to the dramatic and moody florals by Daylen from Sweet Root Village this editorial is opulence all the way. Fall in love with all the elegance in the full gallery.




From East Made CoThis entire gallery was shot on medium format film, and my goal in design was to infuse a luxury, East Coast-inspired style into the mountains of Park City, at an iconic ranch venue, 4U Ranch. Overlooking the changing autumn leaves and gorgeous mountainside, every element was truly a juxtaposition of opulent and rich design elements.



From the velvet tablecloth to the rich floral tones, and from the beaded Marchesa gowns to the moody yet modern sugar-flower cake, each detail was overflowing with a luxury wedding feel. Our bride wore a nude dress with voluminous tulle sleeves and beaded bodice, and her bridesmaid donned the most magnificent midnight blue cape we’ve ever seen.



Straying from typical tradition and allowing the bride and bridesmaid to both shine, there could be no better wedding fashion for the truly confident bride.



Floral Design: Sweet Root Village | Cake: Ballerina Baker | Stationery: Isidore Augustine | Rings: Victor Barbone Jewelry | Backdrops: Ultra Violet Backdrops | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Gowns: Marchesa | Hair/Makeup: Caitlyn Meyer | Hairpieces: Erin Rhyne | Linen: BBJ La Tavola | Location: 4U Ranch | Model: Krongthong Chantarasompoch | Model: Blair Jones | Model: Courtney King | Photography/Host/Creative Direction/Styling: East Made Co | Ribbon: East Coast Trimming | Styling Surfaces: Locust Collection | Tabletop: Wild Event Studio

Luxe Wedding Inspiration at Chateau de Villette in Paris

This stunning day at Chateau de Villette was the perfect combination of modern and ornate! Lush florals and elaborate paper goods took stage – and it’s a contrast we love oh so much. Smith James Events and Kaleb Norman James Design knocked this day out of the park to create the French fairytale you’ve all been waiting for. If things like classic gowns, dramatic draping, and clean lines inspire you, you’re going to want to check out the full gallery captured by Molly Carr Photography.

From Tory and Lauren of smith + james events… When designing this shoot we took our cues from the Chateau grounds and interior design, which is truly something to behold. Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife’s bathtub resides in the master bathroom. Enough said.

We focused our design on the combination of the strong, clean lines of the perfectly manicured chateau gardens coupled with the ornate, over the top styling of the chateau interior – we already mentioned the bathtub, but the dining room’s molding is also pure perfection. And we let this juxtaposition guide the overall aesthetic of the shoot.

When it came to the table design, we selected the dining chair because of its modern clean lines. And we loved the unexpected pop of black the chair brought, particularly when photographed in the soft morning light against the beautiful stone Chateau. The lushness of centerpiece floral and the ornate paper goods added more of that contrast we love so much.

Now, let’s talk about the fashion. We fell in love with the overall clean, classic design of the moire silk gown our bride wore. But our favorite part was the dramatic draping and an elongated train, both so exaggerated and so fabulous. The groom wore a beautiful suit and classic bow tie. When we found out that our models were celebrating their one year anniversary the day after our shoot we basically broke out into show tunes. Perhaps it was kismet. We certainly think so.

Photography: Molly Carr Photography | Event Planning: Smith James Events | Floral Design: Kaleb Norman James Design | Wedding Dress: Top Bridal Paris | Cake: Synies | Invitations: Grey and Cake | Reception Venue: Chateau de Villette | Beauty: Onorina Jomir Beauty | Rentals: Maison options | Video: Anna Lord Studio

Great Marsh Estate Fall Wedding With Velvet Details

Romantic modern at its finest, this Great Marsh Estate has stolen our hearts.  Adriana Marie Events planned a day filled with dreamy details incorporating neutrals, gold, matte black, and velvet touches for refined elegance.  From the grounded flowers filling the ceremony space to a reception space brought to life by blooms, Floral & Bloom Designs made everything feel magical.  The spectacular photos by Megan Noll Photography, are sure to stand the test of time.  You can see them all in the full gallery.




From Megan Noll PhotographyAllison and Kyle wanted to achieve a look that was romantic, timeless, yet effortlessly modern. We sought to find a venue that would embody a romantic character that we would shift to have a modern undertone. They ended up falling in love with the architecture of Great Marsh Estate, and we did just that. From the invitation suite to the wedding day, we incorporated taupe, lush neutrals, matte gold, and a touch of matte black and velvet elements for a warm and inviting atmosphere.



The velvet pieces were some of Allison’s favorites which started with a black velvet belly band on the invitation suite and ended with rich taupe velvet table napkins of the place settings. Leaning into the structure of the stables, complimenting with lush greenery, and drawing the guest’s eye to statement pieces like their custom “Let’s make pour decisions” was key in balancing the space. The result was a whimsical, timeliness, yet memorably modern event that will stand the test of time. Allison and Kyle had a gorgeous Great Marsh Estate wedding. Great Marsh Estate is a stunning wedding venue in Bealeton, Virginia, just one hour outside of Washington D. C. Filled with heritage and charm, Great Marsh Estate is a Georgian Mansion with restored period features.



The venue is over 121 acres of perfectly pruned lawn and woodland. Great Marsh Estate is equipped with beautiful suites for getting ready. The Stables reception hall is elegant and chic, and guests loved the fire pit area outside. Allison and Kyle had a beautiful wedding ceremony on the front lawn. The weather was perfect for the outdoor ceremony, and the backdrop was perfect. After, guests enjoyed the cocktail hour outdoors. Following the cocktail hour, guests moved indoors to the Stables for dinner and dancing. It was truly a perfect Great Marsh Estate wedding! 



Photography: Megan Noll Photography | Cinematography: Drawn To The Image | Event Planning: Adriana Marie Events | Floral Design: Floral & Bloom Designs | Wedding Dress: Love Couture Bridal | Wedding Dress: Beccar | Cake: Jisoo Cake Design | Invitations: Steph B And Co | Reception Venue: Great Marsh Estate | Catering: Serendipity Catering | DJ: Mixing Maryland | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Beauty: Caitlyn Meyer | Beauty: Janice Tan Co | Beauty: Kelley Unthank Makeup | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Photography - Assistance: Megan Noll Photography | Rentals: White Glove Rentals

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Colorful Wine Country Wedding at a Private Napa Estate

Proof that wine country wedding dreams do come true! Julia and Kyle chose a venue that was already filled with an abundance of natural beauty, and the result was a sunsoaked celebration offering stunning alfresco moments with a dress to match the vibe. A Savvy Event and Vignette Floral Design made the most out of the landscape with fun seating arrangements and fresh floral motifs. See the love and energy of the day unfold in the full gallery, captured by the talented Rebecca Yale Photography!

From Rebecca Yale Photography… Julia and Kyle met when they were both living in NYC and two of their closest friends were dating each other and they decided to set them up. Kyle reached out and organized drinks at Apotheke – a very cool speakeasy in Chinatown – and Julia was impressed with the choice! Soon after they made the plans, Kyle texted back saying he had a conflict that night and would have to postpone. Julia wasn’t free for a few weeks, so Kyle quickly changed his plans to make it work. Soon after, Kyle started keeping a calendar…

Julia and Kyle were married at a private estate in Napa, CA on August 28th. Like many 2021 couples, their wedding was originally scheduled for 2020 and had to be pushed a few times due to COVID, but the celebration was well worth the wait! They were joined by nearly 200 of their closest friends and family for a garden celebration with sprawling views of the Napa Valley.

The couple chose to skip a traditional wedding party and invited their friends to casually join them for getting ready and told them to wear whatever they felt best in! Their “Napa valley chic” dress code resulted in guests showing off in their best floral prints, which perfectly suited the bright florals designed by A Savvy Event and Vignette Florals.

The bride had a dress mishap a week before the wedding with her original dress not being tailored properly and luckily with the help of her stylist, Gabrielle Hurwitz, was able to find a gorgeous last minute replacement that perfectly suited the garden-vibe of the wedding. The bride has a love for jewelry and in addition to her traditional silver band for the Jewish ceremony, she wore her grandmothers vintage ring and had a sapphire and diamond band made. The bride honored the memory of both her mother and grandmother through the ring and by wrapping a piece of fabric from her late mother’s gown around her bright floral bouquet. Her mother had a love of foraging mushrooms and Vignette florals surprised the bride later in the day with some white mushrooms on the head table interspersed amongst the flowers in her honor.

The bride had an emotional first look moment with her father before having a first look with her husband-to-be, who wore a casual chic open-neck shirt with no tie under a beautifully tailored blue suit. The couple were joined by their families for their ketubah signing in the beautiful grand room of the private estate pre-ceremony. The ceremony took place in the front garden and the couple modernized the Jewish tradition of the bride circling the groom by both circling one another.

Post ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour and their signature drinks on the lawn next to the ceremony before making their way over to the side of the property for dinner and to take in the stunning views of Napa valley. Guests feasted on delicious farm to table cuisine and local wine before making their way over to the dance floor, where the couple shared a first dance and then after a quick traditional mother-son dance, the bride and her father opened up the dance floor with Lizzo’s Juice, inviting all their guests to the floor so they could start the horah. Guests danced the night away and took home miniature babkas made by the bride’s friend, “the babka bitch.”

From Julia… We went away for the weekend to spend time with Kyle’s extended family. We arrived a day late and met them on the beach for lunch. Once we arrived and saw no cars in the parking lot, Julia started to realize…the weekend with the family was all a ruse! Kyle proposed on the beach, and then we spent the rest of the weekend celebrating just the two of us.

When our initial Healdsburg, CA venue had fire damage, we couldn’t find another venue we liked for months. Our wedding was approaching and we thought we would have to settle. Luckily, Julia mentioned to a family friend that we were having this predicament. As we were boarding the plane from NYC to SF for a final venue search, we got an email that this family friend happened to sit next to someone at a holiday party that just got married at a exclusive private estate in Yountville, Napa. By chance, our planner and designer, Kelly McLeskey-Dolata of A Savvy Event, knew the only planner allowed to do events there. She got permission for us to view it on Sunday en route back to NYC and with a huge sigh of relief, we had *finally* found the perfect venue. Little did we know there was actually *no rush*, as we postponed our wedding due to the pandemic from September 12th, 2020 to August 28th, 2021. Luckily, all of our venues, beloved vendors, and friends/family were able to make it in 2021.

Although we were disappointed that we didn’t get to have our wedding in 2020, we kept perspective as we paused planning – a wedding is a blessing and is not a curse – whenever it happens, it will be what it will be. The world was going through so much pain that it felt small and we treated it as such. However, 22 months is definitely too long to plan a wedding – We would much prefer less time to anticipate it!

Pro tip – We asked our loved ones not to mention the pandemic/covid in their toasts as our marriage is not defined by it, and as we relived the day in our wedding film by Sean Kenney, we were really happy that we did this. It could have easily been 2019!

Julia’s favorite moment was walking down the aisle with her dad and seeing her community merged with Kyle’s community looking back at her. In that moment, she described “I felt overwhelming gratitude and joy for all those that came before us, the present moment, and a huge amount of relief that we were able to pull it off and have almost everyone we wanted there celebrate us as we step into our marriage.”

Kyle’s favorite moment was when dinner was starting and they announced our entrance – all of our family and friends got up from their tables and started cheering and high-fiving us. The love and energy was palpable and made the start of dinner a total blast!

Another pro-tip: if you want this to be modernized, tell your MC! The default can be very gendered to “Mr. and Mrs…”)

Julia’s advice to future couples… Don’t sweat the small stuff and it’s *mostly* all small stuff. Know that you’re in control. Invite who you want, set boundaries with those you don’t want to include (be it your bachelor/bachelorette party, the getting ready portion, or the entire event), and remember that it’s about you as a couple and not anybody else. Most importantly, keep finding each other throughout the celebration so you can enjoy moments together! Since our wedding celebration was spread out in 4 days, every night we went back to our room to debrief, relax and set the tone for the following day. This was one of the highlights for both of us! Also, we highly recommend beginning your wedding day with a meditation – it’s important for grounding and to walk into the day present. The goal is to feel PURE JOY! Lastly, wake up a few mornings before and simply surrender and trust that your months of planning and (if you have one) your planning team has got this. It makes it 100 percent more enjoyable to feel almost like a guest and not responsible for the details!

Lastly: Julia had bought her wedding dress right after their engagement from Romona Keveza’s Flagship in NYC. Unfortunately, 8 days before the wedding she had to make a challenging decision not to wear that dress after shipping it to California because it wasn’t fitting smoothly and looked undone – a style that doesn’t work with the fabric, she learned from The Wedding Detailors founder, Heidi. Julia thought to herself: if this is the worst that’s going to happen, this is pretty good. She found a last-minute dress in California, had it altered at a Dry Cleaner, and didn’t look back.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Videographer: Sean Kenney | Floral Design: Vignette Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Shoes: Alexandre Birman | Catering: Jessica Lasky | Hair and Makeup: Sarah Hyde | Bridal Boutique: Kinsley James Couture Bridal | Planning: A Savvy Event | Rehearsal Dinner Catering: Tre Posti Estate & Catering | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Clos Pegase Winery | Rentals: Theoni Collection | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Encore Event Rentals | Stylist: Gabrielle Hurwitz | rehearsal dinner dress: Markarian

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Modern Romantic Perfectly Pink Wedding

Playful shades of pink mix perfectly at this Little Rock wedding.  This elegant day planned by Anne Claire Allen Planning & Design is filled with style and polish.  You’ll love every minute, from the outdoor ceremony to the secret garden style reception tables overflowing with blooms by Silks a Bloom. Every joyful moment was artfully captured in the imagery by Erin Wilson Photography and Films, visit the full gallery to fall in love.




From Erin Wilson Photography and FilmsBrooklyn and Zach had to go through several changes for their wedding from a venue change to changing their dance location from indoors to outdoors at the last moment due to covid precautions and in the end, they ended up having the most fun elegant day to remember.



Brooklyn loves shades of pink and embraced the modern details of her venue and blended her soft artful style by implementing an abundance of soft blush florals, silky dark rose bridesmaids dresses, her bridal gown full of embellishments, candlelight and wine, and delicate flowers and their artful cake with sculptural details.



Their wedding day took them from an outdoor ceremony to a romantic indoor dinner reception to an extremely fun outdoor dance party with their band under the stars with the views of downtown Little Rock on their custom dance floor with pink velvet-soft seating. After all the changes and hurdles that Brooklyn and Zach went through they ended with the most fun and memorable day with all their favorite people and the loveliest ceremony where they joined lives together. They are just so beautiful together.



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Event Planning: Anne Claire Allen Planning & Design | Florals: Silks a Bloom | Cake: Mickey's Cakes and Sweets | Invitations: By Invitation Only | Lighting: Central Arkansas Entertainment | Band: jordan kahn orchestra | Wedding Venue: Forty-Two | Getaway Car: Rob Haynie | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Photography and Videography: Erin Wilson Photography | Rentals: Eventology | Welcome Boxes: Hudson and Steeple

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Unseen Moments From Summer House’s Kyle Cooke and Amanda Batula’s Wedding!

Calling all Summer House fans, boy do we have a treat for you. Like many of us, you may have tuned in to the explosive season finale as we finally got to witness Kyle and Amanda officially tie the knot! After a rollercoaster of a season, we couldn’t be more excited to bring you a behind the scenes look at what the cameras didn’t show you. We sat down with their amazing NYC-based planner (who actually planned my wedding, so I speak from experience!), Julie of Julie Lindenman Events to break down every unseen moment! Dying to found out more about that florist drama? How Amanda and Kyle actually felt the morning of? Plus a few hilarious bloopers!? Then keep on reading for an exclusive look, and don’t forget to head on over to the full gallery of details captured to perfection by Melissa Marshall!

What is it like working around a reality production crew while trying to make sure the wedding also feels authentic and meaningful?

One of the important conversations we had with the film crew was that we were planning a wedding for Amanda and Kyle and Bravo’s role was to remain as a  “fly on the wall” – no input or anything “redone” for TV.  This would be a live event/true to life as all real weddings are, and they were simply there to document it.  Kyle and Amanda had this mindset from the get-go too, so the entire day was planned authentically to them and their love story.  Kyle and Amanda are friends with the crew and are used to having cameras around them all the time but from a wedding production point of view, it added another element of pressure knowing we were being watched!  So much goes on behind the scenes that guests never know about, and we weren’t sure what they planned to capture and show.  

 

Any specific moments that you or the guests could really feel the impact of simultaneously filming?

Most people are used to videographers at weddings, only the cameras are much smaller and the crew is typically two people.  The TV crew was much harder to hide, so one thing we made sure of was that they all dressed the part (suits etc!) so they blended in as much as possible.

Amanda and Kyle had a rough season this year. Although many suspect their arguments were just a snippet of their relationship. Can you share some of the happier moments that you had with the couple?

One of the first things I picked up on when I met Amanda and Kyle was how down to earth they both were.  They’re authentic and good humored and they truly complement one another.  They were both so invested in making sure their wedding weekend was great for their families and guests and they wanted to enjoy the process as much as possible (despite a ton of stress in their lives which the show highlighted!)  Our first day meeting in the Batula’s backyard was a lot of fun.  Kyle and Amanda were fostering puppies at the time and they had driven all of them to NJ so we could have this meeting together, and Amanda was simultaneously telling me about her wedding aesthetic, cleaning up puppy poo, and somehow looking beautiful without a stitch of makeup on.  Both parts of that couple manage so much and make it look easy.  They also did a great job of incorporating their parents into the planning process and decision making.  Both Kyle’s and Amanda’s parents are so lovely; managing family dynamics can add another dimension to wedding planning, but theirs were part of the process throughout and it was fun to see how they added touches here and there for their respective families (making sure a “first look” with Amanda and her dad was added into the timeline, incorporating a mini lobster roll as a nod to Kyle’s New England upbringing – those types of things!)

 

Kyle seemed to be pretty stressed in the weeks leading up to the wedding, understandably so. As are many brides and grooms! Was he able to relax and enjoy the day?

I echo this – weddings can be so stressful, let alone during a pandemic, multiple postponements, coming down with COVID 2 weeks before your own wedding, and so many other planning hurdles we faced.  Even the days prior to the wedding there was so much going on, but that day both Amanda and Kyle were cool as cucumbers and just went with the flow.  They definitely were present on their wedding day and enjoyed being with their families and friends, taking it all in, and celebrating.  It was fun to watch the first look unfold on the Summer House finale and see the emotions they both shared.  There’s a whole lot of love between those two.

We have to know more about the florist drama! Can you share any more about this and about the new florist they found?

The first florist was not exactly someone in the wedding industry.  During a floral presentation, we gave them feedback that they didn’t like and they abruptly backed out.  A friend of Kyle and Amanda’s introduced Dearest Rachel and she moved mountains to be available and take on their wedding.  Her style, personality, and approach were so much more in line with the clients’ and it ended up being a perfect fit.  Later on Rachel and I realized we had actually worked together on her very first wedding years ago!  She deserves good karma and endless bottles of champagne for coming through the way she did. 

 

Any funny or blooper style moments you can share?

It was the peak of when those big red spotted lanternflies were making headlines about being an invasive species.  All of the news said if you see one to kill it.  I hadn’t seen a single one until I made the trip to NJ for the week – all week long I was smashing those bugs in their backyard!  I didn’t want them making an entrance at the wedding!

I would say the client catching COVID 2 weeks before their wedding was just wild.  All of the final things on their To Do list suddenly had to be done virtually since they had to quarantine.  Dance lessons were even virtual!  I’m just so glad they got better in time for the wedding (and tested negative of course!)

What do you love most about Kyle and Amanda as a couple and as a client?

Working with Amanda and Kyle was a lot of fun – they both have a great sense of humor and are incredibly down to earth and sweet.  They were really invested in their day fitting their vision, but had this incredibly calm and humble approach because of the hand they had been dealt being engaged through the pandemic.  Amanda might go down in history as the chillest bride ever.  She was so calm, she was even comforting me at one point!  I watched them turn lemons into lemonade (or Loverboy?!) time and time again throughout the planning process.  Between shuttle driver shortages, increased costs, unavailable rental product, and simultaneously filming their show all summer while working and planning a wedding, there was so much that could have gotten them down, but they stayed positive.  When you manage so many ups and downs like that as a team you come out stronger than ever, and I feel like their support of one another really shone through.  As the wedding neared we decided to add language to the menu cards with the help of Swell Press that read “We’ve waited 1,120 days for this, party accordingly” – and they did!

First Dance Song and its meaning to Amanda & Kyle?

Mango Tree by Zac Brown Band.  I had actually never heard of their song until they told me what it was and I absolutely loved it.  It has the most romantic and sweet lyrics:

“I love you, Say that you love me too, And we can turn the whole world upside down, Just us two, Nobody else will do, ‘Cause baby, you’re the only one for me”

Aside from the bride and groom, who was the best dressed at the wedding?

I might need them to answer this one! But I would say some of the cast members looked great.  Personally I was a fan of Andrea Denver’s look.  I also loved the bridal party’s attire, I’m a sucker for a champagne dress and all of them were beautiful.

Also fun to note that both Amanda and Kyle had outfit changes – it made for some awesome late night photos!

 

Who was more emotional during the vows, Amanda or Kyle?

From where I was standing, Kyle.  But they both got emotional at different times throughout the day/night.  During the ceremony I caught Amanda wiping away Kyle’s tears – if that isn’t the sign of amazing and heartfelt vows I don’t know what is.

How was Carl as the officiant?

Carl did an amazing job as wedding officiant.  For someone who had spent years witnessing their journey, he seemed like the perfect person to marry them.

 

Any Summer House-ers dominate the dance floor?

Everyone had so much fun.  I didn’t even know until seeing the photos that one of the band members penetrated the crowd and was doing splits on the dance floor!  People were being lifted up, drinks were flowing, the dance floor was packed… at the end of the night no one wanted to leave!  We finally transitioned to an outdoor after party on the Batula’s stone patio so that we could start the event breakdown.  There was a DJ and we tray-passed milk bar treats.

More from Julie Lindenman EventsWhen I met Amanda and Kyle in 2021, they had already had 3 other venues and 5 other dates from pandemic postponements and changes. It was time to find a new plan and get married already! They wanted a fail safe option and Amanda’s parents’ home in New Jersey became just that. They chose the backyard where we would first meet and measure for a sailcloth tent as the backdrop and we decided to map the entire day out from there.

Their original venue was sleek and had views of the city, so we wanted to incorporate that New York style into a backyard celebration. Sophisticated and modern in style, Amanda was really drawn to the color teal – it kept showing up in all of her inspiration! She also loved neutrals and romantic touches, so the design became a marriage of modern, fresh, and romantic. We used the color black as an accent throughout to balance the feminine florals and lighter tones.

Amanda’s background is in graphic design and she’s super talented (check out the Loverboy branding!). So she was really invested in the printed materials and signage of her day. We worked with the amazing Swell Press to create gorgeous invitations with that special teal color we loved. Amanda was very involved in that part of the process; we worked with Swell Press to select specific typefaces and modern shapes/textures all while using our whites, neutrals, teal, and black color palette. While Swell Press handled the invitations, escort cards, place cards, and menus, Amanda took on some DIY projects of her own, such as the escort card boards and specialty cocktail signs to name a few.

Amanda and Kyle wanted to focus on keeping the event fun, so a great band for plenty of dancing was a must and we added in a fun disco ball installation over the dance floor. We even added wax seals to each escort card that read “let’s party”! While guests were in the tent dancing we quietly set up a photobooth outside which became something fun for guests to explore and take part in. Amanda’s parents have bistro lights over their back patio area, so we decided to use string lighting within the tent so it felt like a continuation of their home. Incorporating a black and white checked dance floor helped elevate the space. The attire we settled on was Creative Black Tie Optional, and guests really showed up. It was another great way to elevate a “backyard” wedding.

There were lots of personalizations, such as having their good friend and Summer House cast mate Carl Radke officiate their wedding. Plus we had to incorporate Kyle and Amanda’s product Loverboy on the bars and in the specialty cocktails.

 

Photography: Melissa Marshall | Event Planning and Design: Julie Lindenman Events | Floral Design: Dearest Rachel | Wedding Gown: Amsale | Wedding Bands: Lauren B Jewelry | Catering: Bartleby & Sage | Tuxedo: Alton Lane | Transportation: BBZ Limousine & Livery Service | Bridal Hair: Beauty Icon NYC | Bridal Makeup: Sophia V Makeup | Ceremony Musicians: Diverse Concert Artists | Party Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Photo Booth: NYC Photo Party | Printed Materials: Swell Press Paper Co. | Restroom Trailers: Potty Shed | Specialty Drinks: Loverboy | Tenting: Sperry Tents NJ | Wedding Band: Hank Lane Music | Wedding Cakes: Afragola Dolce

What Should You Sip On At A Bachelorette Party? Well, It Depends On Your Girl

Sure, the bridal shower is cute, and the wedding itself is magical, but let’s be real, what girl doesn’t dream of her perfect bachelorette party? When you’re busy adulting, it’s hard to find time for your friends, especially when you’re spread out all over the country. Everyone is looking for a good excuse to get away and unwind with their favorite people–and what better excuse than celebrating one of your bestie’s last few days of singledom? Whether you’re planning the party or you’re the bride-to-be herself, once you’ve secured the location, the first item on the list of must-haves is drinks. Thankfully, this one is a no-brainer. Hello–who doesn’t like a cold glass of rosé? It’s perfect for red and white wine lovers alike, works for literally every season, and, like the perfect LWD, can take you from day to night. But all rosés are not created equal, you need one that’s not too dry and not too sweet (no hangovers here please!). Thankfully, the wine experts at Yes Way Rosé have spent years perfecting the perfect Provençal-style French rosé that all of your girls are sure to love! Plus, they’ve got more than just your standard wine bottles, they’ve got super-cute personal-sized bottles of bubbly, canned rosé , and a new dreamy blueberry and lavender canned spritz. Which one(s) should you stock up on? Well, that depends on the vibe and your girl.

 

Who’s That Girl? 

Every bride is unique and is looking for something different from her bachelorette party. Maybe she needs to dance like no one’s watching and have one last all-nighter or maybe she just needs to slow down and chill for a bit. The one thing that all brides have in common–they need good company and good drinks, the rest depends on your girl. There are three distinct types of brides-to-be and we’ve outlined their dream bachelorette weekends along with the perfect drink pairings from our fave go-to, Yes Way Rosé.  

 

Disco Glam 

Your girl is a little extra, to say the least. She’s a full cat eye in broad daylight kind of girl and we Stan her commitment to the lifestyle. You ladies have a big night out ahead of you, but you’ll definitely want to get your pregame started as you get all dolled up. You’ll want something jazzy that’s going to wake you up. Bubbly is the way to go! Greet all your ladies with their own mini-bottle of Yes Way Rosé’s crisp sparkling brut rosé made in the South of France. Make it personal by getting your DIY on and writing each girl’s name on their bottle in the best calligraphy you can manage–bonus points if there’s glitter or rhinestones involved. With tasting notes of white wildflowers, apricot, and pink grapefruit zest, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. After everyone’s done breaking the ice, break out the full-size bottles to keep the party going. Then, once everyone has slipped into their LBDs and their highest heels, you’re ready to hit the town.

 

Low-Key Nature-Lover

She’s a little more low-key. She loves hiking and being outdoors…but she also likes to let loose and have a good time with her girls. If that sounds like your girl, then grab yourself some of Yes Way Rosé’s Blueberry + Lavender Spritz and a basket because you’re going on a picnic. The newest addition to Yes Way Rosé’s collection of bevs is just 5% alcohol which means you can keep the good times rolling all day long and it’s only 93 Calories! Now, all that’s left is to invest in a beautiful picnic blanket, some totally necessary floor pillows, and tell your ladies to show up in their finest cottage-core fashion moments. Voila–you’ve got yourself the cutest dang bachelorette weekend we’ve ever seen!

 

Real World Escapee

Okay, so she needs to get away…like way away. Work and wedding planning have been stressing her out and she just needs a place to chill with her girls. One word–lakehouse. Go on Airbnb and find yourself the most adorable secluded hideaway with a fire pit, a waterfront view, some themed floats, and you’re golden! For a chill bachelorette weekend, you’ll want some slow sips that you can enjoy throughout the day. You’ll need something refreshing like Yes Way Rosé’s famous canned rosé, especially if the weather’s going to be bikini-friendly. It’s the same Provençal-style French rosé that you know and love, but travel-sized and chills perfectly in a cooler. It’s also the #1 French canned rosé in the country!  

 

Sippin’ Pretty

Did you know that you can also use any of Yes Way Rosé’s wines to create delicious cocktails and other fun recipes? They have an entire section on their website dedicated to exciting combos, like Le French Twist, a botanical sparkler that would be perfect for a warm spring day, or Rosé Floral Pops which are a must for a day on the lake! Your girls will be so impressed with your drink game and will have something cute to sip for every adorable selfie that comes their way. So stock up now for your epic bachelorette weekend. Here’s where you can score some Yes Way Rosé near you.

Drinks: Yes Way Rosé

Regal And Romantic Italian Charm at Bella Collina

You won’t believe the way baby’s breath was used at this Bella Collina wedding! Heather Benge Events dreamed up a heavenly day with a dreamlike quality that feels as if you’re inside a fairytale.  Baby’s breath installations by Eva La Florist and Intrigue Designs create a feeling of walking through the clouds, and Lia Giannotti perfectly captured the ethereal elegance in her artful imagery.  You can take a closer look at all the lovely in the full gallery.




From Lia GiannottiStepping into Bella Collina and taking in her grandeur makes you feel like you’re immediately transported into the Italian Countryside. All of the elements of this shoot came together in a truly opulent way. The lush neutral-toned florals, delicately detailed cake and romantic décor provided the perfect balance to the venue’s rustic charm. It was luxury at its finest, from large billowing containers of lush florals to the most beautiful baby’s breath installations that made the scene feel whimsical, romantic, and dreamlike. It was a feast for the eyes and had so many intricately crafted details. The neutral tones of blush and white stood out in beautiful contrast against the robust architecture of the surroundings. Adding elements of beautiful emerald green elevated the space and made it feel warm, rich, and inviting. My advice to couples who are inspired to step outside of the traditional, and create a more modern, yet soft, romantic, and whimsical look is to reach out to vendors who know how to create this look. They can help you brainstorm your visions and bring them to life. Also consider using the venue’s architecture to inspire floral installations and elements, such as the exquisite baby’s breath swaths wrapped around the columns, as well as creating a stunning focal backdrop for the cake. Used in this way, they softened the scene, and added beautiful visual interest, all while really bringing in the wow factor. Consider adding special touches, such as an intimate lounge area, inviting guests to sip their champagne, take in the scene, or mingle with other guests. This little nook was the perfect backdrop for placing lush emerald green furniture, surrounded by more opulent florals and candles, creating an experience, and an inviting space for all the guests to enjoy.



From Eva La FloristInspired by the grandeur of timeless luxury, the design featured crystal and gold materials with lush florals in a neutral color palette of white, ivory, and muted blush. The elegant details interwoven throughout the design created a timeless and romantic atmosphere. Flowers include English Garden Roses, Hydrangeas, and Orchids. The large pillars feature floral installations with lush baby’s breath wrapped around the pillars, cascading to the ground, creating a dreamy and romantic ambiance. Wedding cake designs often use flowers on the cake, but I love using flowers to create a focal for the cake. For this design, we created a floral installation using fresh baby’s breath that cascaded to the floor and placed the wedding cake on a stand with large golden rings to accent the cake. The dresser and candles added warmth and romance to the completed look.  For couples looking to create a luxurious environment, look to large-scale containers and lifted floral arrangements that allow your guests to see across the table while enjoying the beauty of the centerpiece display. From Ari of Eleanors Bridal… Sia is an unreleased gown from our newest bridal collection, and we are excited to see the styling and imagery that brought her to life. Our gowns are created for modern brides that want a unique spin on traditional silhouettes while remaining elegant and fashion-forward. Seeing the whimsical nature of the inspiration board for this Bella Collina styled shoot led us to know this gown belonged in the series. The texture and movement of Sia’s sleeves contrasted with the rich and robust architecture of Bella Collina created a beautiful juxtaposition that gives brides the opportunity to explore an entirely new style.



From Michelle Crawford of My Bakers Cottage Cakes… Bakers Cottage Cakes always encourages our couples to share details that inspire what they envision for their special day. Whether their inspiration comes from their wedding invitations, venue, color scheme, or time of year they’re getting married, our goal is to create the cake of THEIR dreams! For this beautiful collaboration, we poured through the inspiration photos provided for this shoot. We focused on the details, both small and large, the invitations, the bridal shoes, color palettes, furniture rentals, florals, etc. The first thing that jumped out to me, was the use of textures, along with a clean, white-on-white color palette with subtle hints of green. The vibe was a mixture of unconventional & traditional details. So while designing our sweet girl, (all of our cakes get names & this one was named Daisy, for her hand painted flowers), I wanted to use texture to add an element of depth to the design. We also added hand-molded pieces of floral applique, that were torn on the edges to mimic antique pieces of fringed fabric. We then rolled our Fondant pieces that would cover the cake with a basket weave pattern. We tore the edges of these fondant pieces as well, and then gently wrapped the cakes. We were going for a visual design that gave the impression of being wrapped in an antique, sunbleached quilt. Instead of adding sugar flowers, we decided to hand paint the florals, using soft muted colors, and a technique that would make the paint crack in places, so it would add a patina to our desired look. To finalize our design, I created a mold of a family cameo pin, and we used it as a “button”, placing it where the fondant overlapped each other, completing the wrapped “fabric” design.



Photography: Lia Giannotti Photography | Floral Design: Intrigue Designs | Floral Design: Eva La Florist | Wedding Dress: Eleanors Bridal | Cake: Bakers Cottage Cakes | Invitations: Korynne.co | Shoes: Something Bleu | Jewelry: Nicola Bathie | Groom's Attire: the modern groom | Beauty: Sunkissed And Made Up | Bridal Model: Salina Som | Concept and Planning: Heather Benge Events | Groom Model: Dawid Scierka | Host: Styled Shoots Across America | Linens: Nuage Designs | Location: Bella Collina | Rentals & Decor: Ocean Hawks Rentals | Ring Box: Lovely Ring Boxes | Styling Mats: Denise and Bryan Photography | Tabletop Rentals: Treasury Rentals | Vases and Containers: Bethel Event Productions

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Refined Elegance at Sunstone Winery With a Major Dose of #SecondDress Goals

From fashion statements to floral installations, today’s Sunstone Winery editorial is jam packed with must-see inspiration from start to finish. Every detail was thoughtfully curated by the talented team at Type A Society, with the help of some botanical magic by Le Bloomerie. Trust us, friends – the full gallery speaks for itself! All captured by Tara Hodges Photography.

From Tara Hodges Photography… Refined and classic elegance perfectly describes this summer inspiration shoot at Sunstone Villa and Winery. Lucious dusty pink and white florals were used throughout the day from the flowing garden style bouquet to the show stopping canopy above the reception table.

Every detail was thoughtfully curated for the perfect summer wedding day. Invitations from Littla Carabo Studio were classic and refined with a bold navy envelope to add a modern touch.

From the jewelry to the shoes, the bride’s details were vintage with a touch of modern glam. The wore a groom classic blax tux.

The guests waved green velvet ribbon streamers in the air to celebrate the bride and groom as they said “I do.” And for the reception, The bride changed from a formal wedding gown to a party dress is always such a great idea. Not only does it give you another look for the day, it’s also provide more comfortable attire for the party portion of the day.

A champagne tower is always a classic addition to the reception. And what could be a better ending to a perfect day than a dreamy, exit car? Thoughtful, creative touches like these make your wedding day unique and memorable.

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Photography: Tara Hodges Photography | Videographer: Katlyn Boone Cinematography | Event Design: Type A Society | Event Planning: Type A Society | Florist: Le Bloomerie | Gown: Daalarna Couture | Invitations: Little Carabao Studio | Shoes: Dior | Hair and Makeup: Toni Sanchez | Wedding Venue: Sunstone Winery & Villa | Car: Santa Barbara Speedster | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Gems: Eragem | Head Piece: Erin Rhyne | Reception Dress: 5th and Wilshire | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Styling Mat: JRD Artshop | Styling Mat: Chasing Stone

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This Romantic Red And Pink Wedding Was Filled With 1,600 Roses!

Everything is coming up roses at this beautiful Texas wedding.  SilentTea Studio planned a day teeming with elegant details from a swoon-worthy floral circular ceremony installation to a ballroom filled with flowers by Root and Bloom Floral Design.  Every moment is artfully captured in imagery by Studio OPiA, you can see the whole day unfold in the full gallery.




From the groom… During the days when we were friends, it sometimes came to my mind that whoever marries this girl is going to be so lucky. You are not only so beautiful but also with the best personality and high IQ. You are perfect. Now, who is the luckiest one? Within the 4 years, we are together, I don’t think we ever fight, not once. If God has a plan for me, this is the best plan.



From the bride… The best part about the relationship is that I can be who I am. And during the time we were waiting for our postponed wedding, we had our first son. We moved from Dallas to Salt Lake City, taking our newborn son and two cats with us, all on our own. We experienced a lot from the biggest move of our lives, and you showed me what a strong and responsible man you are, as a husband and as a dad.



The design is all about a princess’s wedding dream coming true. The epic mansion, ball gown, and 1,600 roses. The entire wedding is filled with roses, the traditional wedding flowers that symbolize ultimate romance and unconditional love. And fall foliage gives the floral design a warm fall touch.



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Photography: Studio Opia | Cinematography: StudioAGFA | Floral Design: Root + Bloom Florals | Cake: Cakes by Tayte | Invitations: Mon Sherri Ink | Ceremony Venue: The Olana | Reception Venue: The Olana | Catering: The Olana | DJ: Le Force Entertainment | Beauty: MK_Studio | Planning: SilentTea Studio | Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals

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A Southern Spring Affair With an Epic Escort Card Display

Today’s southern nuptials planned by Ashley Rhodes brought a tropical twist to Lowcountry. Em Creative Floral created the most stunning arrangements teeming with tropical foliage, along with a classic all-white bouquet made entirely of peonies for the blushing bride. The two tied the knot on the fifth of May, and as an ode to their wedding date, guests were greeted at the tented reception with a viral-worthy Maraca themed escort card display. Don’t miss out on the full gallery from Amy Arrington Photography to see every last detail.

From the Bride and Groom… We really just wanted our wedding to be all around, unique. We didn’t want to go with some of the current styles or trends, we wanted something different – elegant, elevated, black and white with green tropical it was! None of our guests are from the lowcountry, so that in itself was so special for everybody to experience. Kegan and I are from CA, OR and OH, so each of our guests made a huge commitment to be with us on our wedding day.

Our wedding experience was actually a three-day long wedding event! For our rehearsal dinner, our guests boarded boats and cruised down the May River to the rehearsal dinner venue. In our welcome bags, Kegan and I each picked items from importation geographical locations to be included (i. E. Our favorite crackers from a local San Francisco bakery, jam from a small company in Washington, DC where we lived for a year, etc.)

I think my most special memory was when we were going to do our first look, and since we only had one vehicle to take us out to the spot where we did our first look, Kegan had to be blind folded in the front seat, while I sat in the second row, right behind him. We got to hold hands (while he still couldn’t see me) and drive out to our first look spot together. Some would say this was a ‘hiccup’, but for us it felt like it eased the nerves a bit. Another special memory is that our vendors truly felt like friends and guests of the wedding, rather than vendors.

Due to COVID, from the time we got engaged, to our Palmetto wedding, it had been 2&1/2years, so we were just grateful to have had a wedding at all. The vendors, from the wedding planner, to the photographers, the cigar roller, and even one of the venue coordinators all were so friendly, personable, and truly made or day stress-free and blissful. To many of our vendors, we are probably yet another wedding in their crazy schedules, but to us, we felt like our vendors became friends! :)

If we could offer one piece of wisdom to couples currently planning a wedding, it would be… Don’t sweat the small stuff! Inevitably, something will not go exactly as planned (big or small), and you just have to embrace it and accept it as your own ‘wedding story’. My veil fell off as I was walking down the aisle, no biggie! :)

Photography: Amy Arrington Photography | Event Planner: Ashley Rhodes Event Designs | Floral Designer: Em Creative Floral | Wedding dress: Made With Love | Ceremony Venue: Montage Kapalua Bay | Reception Venue: Montage Kapalua Bay | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Katie May | Hair and Makeup: Bride's Side Beauty | Transportation: The Point Tours | Cigar Bar: Fernando Morales | Linen: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Plant Rentals: Fancy Plants of Savannah | Reception Entertainment: JLK Events | Rentals: Amazing Event Rentals | Rentals: Ooh! EventHaus

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White and Gold Wedding Inspiration in a Luxe French Chateau

It’s elegance all the way at this luxurious French chateau wedding.  Oui Mon Coeur and Katy Lunsford planned and designed a day filled with gilded details and chic touches.  A light and airy palette of neutrals, combined with the natural beauty of the venue, makes this the perfect inspiration for modern brides.  Images by Katy Lunsford tell a timeless love story overflowing with French style. Blooms by Veronique Lorre add to the ethereal quality of the day, get lost in all the lovely in the full gallery.




From Katy LunsfordA historic Cognac chateau, nestled amongst endless vines in sunny, unspoiled South West France, is the setting for this luxe white and gold editorial. The chateau, which opens its doors to weddings this summer, has undergone an epic transformation over the last 5 years, taking it from near-uninhabitable to the beautiful, luxurious home we see now. Owner, Jules Berry describes finding the chateau as a sleeping castle, the ruins of a French fairytale chateau, with heaps of history, hidden behind padlocked gates in the Cognac region of the Grand Champagne. She fell in love with the beautiful light flooding the property from all angles, and decided to restore the beautiful building to her former glory – but taking it so much further. Marrying modern comforts with timeless French style, the chateau is filled with gorgeous antique French furniture, gold roll-top baths, gilded mirrors, and glittering chandeliers. It is tastefully decorated in light, neutral tones, which creates a luxurious, yet contemporary chic space. Taking on such a restoration was no mean feat – especially such a historical building, in a foreign country, and involved some serious challenges, including creating a replica spiral staircase to allow access to the tower rooms, which before this could only be accessed by crawling across a narrow roof ledge. (You can follow their fascinating renovation story on Instagram @restorethechateau). 5 years later, No. 3 The Chateau emerges as the most magical of wedding venues, with a show-stopping edge of sleek luxury, as soon as you enter those now-unlocked gates.



For this editorial, we wanted to create something that would adequately showcase this stunning new venue, without distracting from its already gorgeous interior. We chose a classic all-white color palette, with hints of gold, to complement the opulent interiors and appeal to both the modern and more traditional bride. A truly fantastic team of France-based vendors pulled together to create magic, by marrying more classic wedding ideas played against modern and chic twists, but always with a luxurious aesthetic. France-based planner and stylist, Ajna of Oui Mon Coeur, tells us more: “To bring depth to an all-white color palette, we played with varying shades of whites and neutrals with soft gold accents to create a luxe feel. We also layered in a lot of different textures to create visual interest – from blind-embossed letter-press patterns on pillowy handmade paper, to carefully placed floral lace appliqués on sheer illusion sleeves, to put white linen tablecloths layered with diaphanous silk runners, and sumptuous ivory and gold brocade napkins paired with gold-rimmed Limoges china. Our gorgeous bride Andrea wore a couture gown by Daalarna Couture in a classical silhouette – channeling a hint of Grace Kelly – with long sleeves for a late September wedding. Her more traditional cathedral-length veil and exquisite Lena Rom headpiece play against modern pearl-drop earrings. Her look is finished with luxurious Freya Rose shoes, with stunning crystal-embellished heels. The intimate ceremony is performed with the golden limestone of the chateau as a backdrop. We chose a traditional arch shape, to echo the repeated arch shapes on the chateau façade, but updated the look with a triple-arch. To give it a modern twist, talented French florist Veronique Lorre left the central arch frame mostly bare, with clusters of larger, white statement blooms, and then covered the two smaller side arches in a modern single variety Limonium, dotted with white roses throughout.” Florist Veronique Lorre tells us more about the inspiration: “we envisioned this classical all-white wedding with a twist of modernity. We designed a triple-floral-arch statement piece to create a light, elegant and romantic ceremony backdrop that naturally echoes the arches on the chateau.”



For the cocktail hour, our couple sips signature cocktails mixed by the French Barmen by the stunning modern pool, before moving on to the romantic dinner setting. Dinner is overlooking the Cognac vines on one long, curved table with arches covered in feathery Limonium every few meters, installed as a method to hang sparkling crystal chandeliers above the open-air dinner tables. Candlelight glittered off the chandeliers and pale gold champagne awaited the guest’s arrival.  Veronique Lorre tell us, “We kept the same inspiration for the reception as the ceremony – re-purposing the same arches and flowers from the ceremony – with cloudy floral arches that seem to ‘float’ over the long table and bring a whimsical, ethereal, yet intimate atmosphere to the dinner. A refined, romantic mood was infused in the centerpieces, featuring a mix of all-white hydrangeas, vases of dahlias, and arrangements in golden French-style pedestal vessels beautifully blended with garden and spray roses, while taper and pillar candles bring a magical, intimate atmosphere at night.” As the sun sets over the vines the couple sneaks away for a romantic golden hour shoot amongst the Cognac vines, and as dusk falls the candles are moved to the stone steps to create a romantic evening setting for their first dance under the stars.



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Photography: Katy Lunsford | Cinematography: Clementine Ward, Awardweddings | Floral Design: Véronique Lorre | Wedding Dress: Daalarna Couture | Stationery: La Papeterie Design | Shoes: Freya Rose | Groom: Matthieu Pérange | Groom's Attire: Blandin & Delloye | Vintage Car: La Charente en Deuch | Wedding Venue: No. 3 The Chateau | Additional Planning & Creative Direction: Katy Lunsford | Bar: French Barmen | Bride: Andréa Ofildutan | Bride's Headband: Lena Rom | Cognac Favours: Cognac Bertrand | Decor Hire: Le Petit Pichet | Earrings: Freya Rose | Furniture Hire: Souchon | Hair & Make-up: Claire Jones Makeup Artist | Overall Planning, Styling & Creative Direction: Oui, Mon Coeur

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A Beautiful Homage To The Bride’s Parents Leads To An Unexpected Sign

They say rain is good luck on your wedding day and for this couple, it certainly is the case! After losing both her parents, it was especially important to our bride to honor them at such a momentous event.  As the rabbi officiating their ceremony began talking about Allie’s parents, rain started to fall from the sky making our bride feel as if her parents were truly watching over her on her wedding day.  Donovan-Groves Events planned the heartfelt day, and Blue Ridge Floral filled it with beautiful blooms.  You’ll love every image elegantly captured by Mina Von Feilitzsch Photography, see every sweet moment inside the full gallery.




From the bride… Beyond the typical challenges of being a COVID wedding (we were originally going to wed on Nov 1, 2020), I knew our wedding would be extra special. Unfortunately, I lost my father at the age of 18 and then lost my mother 6 years later, in 2017. I was an only child and extremely close with both of them. It was extremely important to me to commemorate them on my big day. There are so many ways people have commemorated loved ones no longer living and there is no one way that is meaningful to everyone.



After a lot of hard thinking, I came up with a few ways.  I included two empty chairs in the front row of the ceremony – one with my mother’s scarf and one with my father-in-law’s jacket, with my favorite picture of my father and me in the pocket. I found it most appropriate to walk down the aisle alone – there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd. I also chose to walk down to “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” a nod to my parents and grandmother. When I reached the middle of the aisle, my husband Lee came to meet me and we walked the rest of the way together – symbolic of our future together. When I reached my parents’ seats, a piece of my bouquet was made to break away and I placed a piece of it on my mother’s seat. The radar was watched closely and showed no sign of rain. Just as I started walking down the aisle, however, a rain cloud approached.



Every single person in attendance will confirm that just as our rabbi started talking about my parents, the clouds separated and the rain fell down. All of our vendors and guests told us they have never seen anything like it and how supernatural and surreal it was to experience. We did a quick change of plans and re-situated the ceremony under the winery’s covered patio. After the ceremony, the quick rain shower left us the most beautiful rainbow and sunset for incredible cocktail hour photos. Aside from being an incredibly planned party by our wedding planner, Adam of Donovan-Groves Events, at an INCREDIBLE venue (Jennifer Aniston married Justin Theroux there!), the miracle that happened during our ceremony was once-in-a-lifetime and a story that deserves to be shared!



Photography: Mina Von Feilitzsch Photography | Event Planning: Donovan-Groves Events | Floral Design: Blue Ridge Floral | Wedding Dress: The White Magnolia | Cake: Mariebette Cafe | Invitations: Design Inklings | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | DJ: Big Ray and the Kool Kats | DJ: The Bloom Trio | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Beauty: Carolyn Thombs | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Random Row Brewery

Make Sure Your Wedding Bar Is Properly Stocked–Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Let’s face it, there are two main things that can make or break a wedding–food and drinks! You’ve got the catering covered, but do you know what drinks you’re serving yet? While it’s always an option to let your bartender select the wine, beer, and liquor, we highly recommend taking this VERY IMPORTANT matter into your own hands. First, your guests can enjoy a custom cocktail made just for you, then, with dinner, you can share with them that incredible red that you two had on your very first date, for toasts, a glass of your favorite bubbly, and top off the night with a glass of your favorite go-to nightcap. But how? All it takes is a trip to your local Total Wine & More

One-Stop-Wedding-Shop

These days, weddings are all about the experience. Think wine pairings with dinner and special touches like surprising your dad with a glass of his favorite whiskey or your new hubby or wife with the cocktail you guys shared at that cool speakeasy you discovered together. For an experience like that, a custom drink menu is the only way to go. Talk to your caterer ahead of time to discuss what would pair well with the meal, then make your way to Total Wine & More, your one-stop-wedding-shop for all things drink-related. And, this isn’t their first rodeo! They have experts that work with couples and wedding planners to help you figure out exactly how much you should order of each bottle and even offer you samples along the way to make sure you’re 100% happy with your selections. Oh, and did we mention this is all complimentary?! So, one of these weekends, check one more thing off of your wedding planning to-do list and let the experts at Total Wine & More pour you a drink or two as you peruse their seriously impressive selection–you can even make a date out of it! 

 

Design Your Own Wedding Cocktail Menu

The cocktail hour at your wedding is a great time to get a little creative and really add some personal touches to your wedding without having to do a lot of painstaking DIY crafts. A good cocktail hour should have a menu with 3-4 drinks. These drinks should be seasonally appropriate and be personalized in one way or another. We recommend each person in the couple create a drink based on their favorite cocktail with a signature twist and then at least one cocktail inspired by your wedding location/destination. Not sure how to put your spin on a classic? This is where the experts at Total Wine & More come in. They can make recommendations on everything from the cocktail recipe itself to the glass to serve it in and what would make a great garnish. They also have cocktail recipes on their website that you can play with ahead of time to figure out which direction you want to go. Now, all that’s left is to name it! For your couple’s cocktails, nicknames and inside jokes that only your guests will get are always a great place to start. Simply add that to the name of the cocktail your drink is inspired by and there you have it. The destination-based cocktail is simple, just think of the most popular drink in your area. Are you getting married in Cabo? Well, then a twist on the Paloma is a no-brainer. Voila! You’ve got a custom cocktail menu and you didn’t even have to hire a pricey mixologist.

 

Return What You Don’t Drink

Not only does stocking your own bar give you and your guests a customized experience, it can save you a ton of money! When you purchase your beer, wine, and liquor through your venue or bartender, you’re also paying their markup. By going directly to Total Wine & More, you cut out the middleman and those crazy high markups. Plus, (and this is a big one!) you can return anything you don’t use! That’s right, so instead of spending a ton overestimating (because, let’s face it, it’s way better to overestimate when it comes to drinks) and letting it all go to waste at the end, you can simply load up the extra and return it for a full refund. But, we would recommend hanging onto a few bottles to break out on special occasions like anniversaries and birthdays. 

 

Unbeatable Selection 

It says it all in the name, Total Wine & More, but we need to stress how impressive their selection is! They stock over 8,000 wines, 2,500 beers, and 3,000 spirits! For wine, you can even shop by year, which is really fun! Imagine serving wine with your wedding dinner from the year that you first started dating? Come on! How romantic is that? If you’re looking for a more laid-back cocktail hour they also have kegs and beer from breweries local to your area! They also offer free pick up at their 200+ stores or, in some areas, you can even have it delivered, which is one less thing you have on your plate! 

 

They Do More Than Just Weddings

Now that you’re in on one of the best-kept industry secrets, the possibilities are endless. Total Wine & More can help you stock the bar for any party that may come your way, and with a wedding on the horizon, there will be plenty of reasons to pop some bottles. From wine for your engagement party and champagne for your wedding shower to liquor for your bachelor or bachelorette party, it’s a good idea to start stocking up now. 

 

Check out their selection online or find a Total Wine & More near you and be sure to give them a follow on Instagram for more inspo for your wedding drink menu. 

Elegant European Style In Upstate New York

It’s elegance all the way at this New York wedding.  From a champagne wall to a fantastic floral chandelier over the dance floor, Michelle Elaine Weddings planned the most magical of days.  DESIGNS BY AHN filled every inch of the occasion with blooms in shades of blush and cream.  You can feel the love and happiness of the day bursting from the incredible imagery shot by Kylee Yee.  Fall in love with every dreamy detail in the full gallery.



From Michelle Elaine WeddingsKatherine and Davis wanted a wedding that appeared organic with a lot of flowers and the surroundings of nature. She did not want anything to appear rustic or outdoorsy, she envisioned elegance in the grass. Katherine was also very specific in wanting their ceremony and cocktail hour fully open-air followed by a tented reception. While the property allowed enough indoor space for alternative options, she wanted to utilize the outdoor space no matter what; this was one of the most important things to her for their day. For the ceremony, there was an altar of full, lush florals accompanied by aisle arrangements that gave the illusion of naturally growing from the ground. To ensure guests’ comfort we had brought in large umbrellas to provide shade. The processional began with Davis and their beloved dog Pepper and ended with Katherine in the most stunning off-the-shoulder Pronovias ball gown. Exchange of vows, the kiss, a petal toss, and they were off to cocktail hour across the lawn.



By the time cocktails had taken place the sun was already moving and guests were able to enjoy the open-air and cooler temps. Specialty cocktails, one being A-Pepper-Ol Spritz, had a play on words, along with napkins illustrated with Pepper herself! A champagne wall for seating assignments was a refreshing and beautiful welcoming for guests. The reception was a floral wonderland from the lush entryway and over-the-top tall centerpieces for the head table, up to the greenery lined ceiling and overhead dancefloor installation. Tables were by roman numerals as they fit the romantic feeling more than the natural numbers of 1, 2, and 3. Place cards were beautifully tied around each napkin with silk ribbon, finished with one floral or piece of greenery. Their menu card was designed with their monogram on top laid on a beautiful leaf-designed dish to complete the vision. Two beautiful sitting areas with contrasting colors were set beside two ends of the dance floor so guests could give their feet a rest when it came time to party.



As the couple entered, Katherine was in her second look, a showstopping fully beaded, spaghetti strap, floor-length Millanova dress. The head table also had an unintentional second look with a previous mishap that was flawlessly recouped by the entire vendor team. Beautifully choreographed first dance, speeches, dinner, cocktails, laughter, dancing until the very end of the evening, and a sparkler send-off. This was one of the most spectacular weddings that made it through some tough times, from postponing and vendor changes to the uncertainty of family travel from China, but we did it! 



Photography: Kylee Yee | Videography: NST Pictures | Event Planning: Michelle Elaine Weddings | Floral Design: DESIGNS BY AHN | Cake: Nine Cakes | Invitations: Bella Figura | Catering: Gracious Thyme Catering | Transportation: The Good Life Co | Tent: Sperry Tents NJ | Bar Signs: Funky and Glitz | Beauty: Beautini | Beauty: Juliana Fink - JFink Beauty | Ceremony & Cocktail Musician: Jaclyn Duncan | Champagne Escort Cards: Jen and Jules Designs | Dog Napkins: The Emerald Hound | Live Event Painter: Janet Howard-Fatta | Lounge-Rental: Something Taylored Rentals | Pet Care: Pawfect for You | Reception Band: Affiniti NYC | Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals | Silk Ribbon for Place Cards: Stella Wolfe

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