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Modern Twist on a Classic Wedding at Kestrel Park in Santa Ynez

There are too many adorable and meaningful details of this day to count… but the one that truly shines is described best by the planner, Intertwined Events“Each night before bed, Karlie + Adam tell each other 3 reasons why they appreciate one another. It only seemed right to include this personalized element into the day. Each escort card was a card to that person on why they were appreciated by the couple, along with their table assignment!” And friends, there are SO many more moments like that woven into this celebration, that I believe will inspire you to craft a day that is uniquely you. Read the full story below, paired with imagery from Adrian Jon.

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From Intertwined EventsThis wedding had one of the funniest, most personalized ceremonies we’ve witnessed, the longest dining table we’ve ever seen and a crowd of people dying to get their selfie (more on that later), making this wedding one for the books!

Karlie, a life and career coach, and Adam, a comedy talent agent, first met at a party. At the end of the night, she gave him her number, but he never called. Fast forward five months later, they matched on a dating app. The first thing she said? “You never called.” And the rest was history. Karlie and Adam are a match made in goofball heaven. These Los Angeles natives made it official by tying the knot on September 1st at Kestrel Park in Santa Ynez, California.

For their wedding day, Karlie and Adam wanted something romantic, but true to their laidback style. All of the greenery at Kestrel Park carried throughout the day organically. What really makes these two stand out are their personalities! Both Karlie and Adam are outgoing, bubbly and absolutely hilarious… you can’t help but smile when you are around them! As many intimate and stunning, romantics photos there are of these two, there’s just as many of Adam in his true funny guy form!

Guests arrived at Kestrel Park on a party school bus that featured the couple’s wedding hashtag #ThePrincessAndTheG on the side of it! Upon arrival they were greeted with beverages and gorgeous views of the Kestrel Park property. The ceremony was full of fun and laughter. Karlie’s nephew took his job as ring ‘bear’er very seriously – he was literally dressed as a bear! Adam’s friend and client, comedian Orny Adams, officiated the wedding. There were plenty of laughs and jabs at the two throughout the ceremony, but Adam’s reaction when he saw his future wife walk down the aisle was simply priceless. When the groom sheds a tear when he first sees his bride, we have to shed one too! Orny officiated the ceremony perfectly, with moments of laughter, but also moments of pure joy as he interviewed all the bridal party and family in advance on what made Karlie and Adam perfect for one another; it was one of the most intimate and personalized ceremonies we’ve witnessed.

Cocktail hour took place in the garden. Guests were treated to his and her cocktails – blackberry mint mojitos and spicy cucumber margaritas.

Each night before bed, Karlie + Adam tell each other 3 reasons why they appreciate one another. It only seemed right to include this personalized element into the day. Each escort card was a card to that person on why they were appreciated by the couple, along with their table assignment!

At the reception, guests dined at a 168ft long table. That’s right! 168ft LONG! This table went on for what seemed like days. Though it was long, the family style table evoked the feeling of being at an intimate dinner party. Karlie and Adam were sat at a sweetheart table in the middle, where they could see all of their family and friends.

On Instagram, Adam is infamously known for photobombing people kissing and taking a selfie – what he calls #Ginivisigram- so you know there were plenty of selfies of these two kissing throughout the night! Photographer, Adrian Jon, even got in on the action! Debois Entertainment rocked the night away! Guests were on the dance floor all night long and if they weren’t, they were enjoying the late-night grilled cheese bar.

Adam’s career revolves around comedy while Karlie’s career is about empowering women and supporting them to their dream life. Let’s just say it was a dream to work with this powerhouse and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for them!

Photography: Adrian Jon Photography | Videography : Forrey Films | Planner: Intertwined Events | Floral Design: Knot Just Flowers | Cake: SusieCakes | Wedding Invitations: River & Bridge | Catering: Omni Fresco Catering | Hair and Makeup: Design Visage | Lighting: SPARK Creative Events | Entertainment: DeBois Entertainment | Transportation: Jump On The School Bus | Venue: Kestrel Park | Venue: Kestrel Park | Day Of Paper: River & Bridge | Photo booth: LA Pix Photo Booth | Rentals: Found Rentals | Rentals: Ventura Party Rentals

Elegant Pastel Wedding at Saratoga National Golf Club

From one wedding dress with two looks to a classic tented reception to the homemade wine made by the Bride’s father, there’s so much to love woven in the fibers of this celebration planned by Christine Wheat. I don’t doubt that you’ll find yourself swooningly smiling at every image from Michelle Lange. Take a look here for more.

From the bride… Since Spencer and I both have Upstate New York roots (we met in high school!), we were thrilled to tie the knot in Saratoga Springs. We loved the idea of creating a venue from scratch so we opted for a big tented wedding on the grounds of Saratoga National Golf Course. Our goal was to create a modern and elegant space with a touch of rustic charm. With collaboration efforts from Rain or Shine, Mazzone Hospitality, Renaissance Floral Design & Christine Wheat Special Events, our wedding dreams became reality – a beautifully draped clear top tent filled with muted florals, long farm tables, giant chandeliers, tons of greenery and tapered candles – not even the rain could take away the beauty of this tent! Michelle Lange and Eric Floberg did such an amazing job at capturing all the big moments and little details.

Every moment of the day was a favorite, but walking into the dining tent while the guests were still enjoying the cocktail hour was really special. It was awesome to soak up the environment, that we had spent so many months creating, just the two of us. My parents also surprised us by recreating a local ice cream shop for dessert – such a memorable way to end the night!

Thanks to the team at Angela’s Bridal in Albany, I was able to achieve having two wedding day looks with just one dress. I wore a Paloma Blanca lace fit-and-flare dress with a full tulle skirt over the top for the ceremony. The tulle skirt was removed for the reception!

One of my favorite details was how we paid tribute to my Italian roots. Homemade wine was served (made by my father & his cousin) and homemade Italian wedding soup (made by my mother) was the first course, served in individual soup pots. I also loved the escort card wall, which displayed ombre escort cards with gold calligraphy on a wooden board. It was a work of art!

Photography: Michelle Lange Photography | Cinematography: Eric Floberg | Wedding Planning: Christine A. Wheat Special Events Firm | Floral Design: Renaissance Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Cake : Saratoga National Golf Club | Wedding Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Hair and Makeup: Make Me Fabulous | Band : New York Players Band | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Wedding Venue: Saratoga National Golf Club | Bridal Shop: Angela's Bridal | Invitation Design : JennyCDesign

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Jenny by Jenny Yoo’s 2019 Collection Puts a Modern Twist on Tradition

Sculpted femininity, dramatic lines, and custom embellishments are just a few of the breathtaking elements you’ll find in Jenny by Jenny Yoo’s 2019 collection. Jenny believes that while weddings are a tradition, rules can and need to be modified… and this collection is the perfect reflection of that. Every gown somehow seamlessly blends youthful spirit and sophisticated glamour in every design leaving us completely in awe. With a diverse range of styles that feature architectural open backs, ultra-modern fits and romantic ballgown skirts – there is truly a dress here for every type of bride. And do you want to know the best part about them? They’re totally affordable. Reveal the gorgeous gowns below!

AMELIA

I mean, could this gown be any more gorgeous? It’s perfect for the modern bride who still wants that hint of romance. It’s complete with an ethereal soft tulle skirt, an off-the-shoulder neckline and a sweep train. Oh heavens we’re in love.

MARTINA

The Martina gown blends soft, elegant romance with a seductive silhouette. It features a plunging semi sheer tulle V-neck bodice, delicate lace, a circle-cut skit and a long decadent train. We’re living for this effortlessly beautiful gown.

HOLLAND

We envision Holland at a beautiful summer garden wedding. She’s made of form-fitting Knit Crepe, delicate floral applique and an ethereal tulle illusion open back. This gown is proof that a few simple details make for one wow-worthy dress.

LEIGH

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the sheer beauty of this dress. We’re speechless over here! This classic ball gown is made entirely of elegant embroidered Organza. We love the chic fold at the neckline and fitted bodice, accentuating the regal ball skirt and court train. I mean, how could you not fall in love with this gorgeous ball gown.

ELIZA

Looking for a dress that is as versatile as it is beautiful? Meet Eliza! This gown offers the option of a fold over neckline that can be worn over your shoulders or tucked under your arms for a sleek strapless look. Just look at that back…

DAWSON

Um hello, Megan Markle? Is that you? We’re living for this modern design inspired by the Duchess of Sussex’s famous reception dress. We’re calling it now: halter wedding dresses are going to be huge in 2019.

CONNOR

Plunging V-neck? Check. Romantic classic ball gown? Check. Chic beaded embroidery? Check! This gown truly has it all. It’s the perfect combination of sophisticated and sparkle!

ARDEN

The Arden gown is an ethereal bride’s dream come true. It’s complete with a classic fit and flare silhouette in their stunning, sparkly beaded Ada lace. The plunging V-neck gives it that extra dose of drama that ties the whole look together!

ANDREWS

Soft and seductive, cool and romantic – the Andrews gown is a breath of fresh air. It features delicate spaghetti straps, a low back, beaded lace and elegant Luxe Chiffon. Beach brides, this one’s for you!

WHITLEY

Made entirely of their chic and flexible Knit Crepe, the Whitley gown is perfectly bridal while still being fun and flirty. It’s simple, chic and STUNNING. We love it!

French Riviera Elopement at Château Saint-Martin

If spending months planning a wedding simply isn’t your thing (that’s absolutely OK!), might I suggest having a peeksie at this little gem. An editorial dreamt up by Linda Champenois and Jeremy Froeliger, it will tempt you to go for an elopement—complete with the most alluring Inbal Dror number and a James Bond-style getaway car from Provence Classics. Sign me up. There’s so much more than the beauty below, make sure to savor it all here.

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From Linda ChampenoisWhen Jeremy Froeliger, photographer, contacted me to offer me to realize a photoshoot in Vence, in the South of France, to represent an elopment, it was an obviousness for me, to showcase this precious moment and the freshness of the gorgeous region, the French Riviera. In the Chateau Saint Martin, 5 stars, from the Oetker Collection, the charm of Provence and luxury are ubiquitous. Modernity and elegance are only one as our couple of young lovers.

Our heart stroke was the Chapel with the work of Erick Ifergan, the tree of life, idyllic for an intimate ceremony. Throughought this scenography, we wanted to represente an elopment in the French Riviera, with sophistication and modernity whilst having always the authenticity of this XII century castle. A vintage car from 1958 MGA Roaster, a sumptuous Couture dress by Inbal Dror, freshness from the garden roses in the bride bouquet, an extraordinary panoramic view, define a fantastic place for a wedding that we wanted to share through the work of each professional of the team.

Photography: Jeremy Froeliger | Videographer: Julien Duthe | Coordination: Un Jour Petillant | Floral Design: Linda Champenois | gown: Inbal Dror | Cake: wedding cakes and co | stationery: Ivy Cousin | shoes: Emmy London | accessories: Debbie Carlisle | bridal shop: Metal Flaque Paris | car: Provence Classics | castle: Eden Rock St Barth | creative director: Linda Champenois | hair artist: Barnabas Boros | jewels: Djoline Joailliers | model: Raphael hidrot | model: Manon stormacq | mua: Care By Janna | organization: Linda Champenois | parfum: Fragonard

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A Romantic Sunrise Engagement Session on the Brooklyn Bridge

As Carrie Bradshaw once said… “Year after year, twenty-something women come to New York in search of the two ‘L’s: Labels & Love.” Well, this gorgeous engagement session from Erika Parker Photography is the perfect combination of both! The minute we laid eyes on this stunning dusty blue Carol Hannah gown we were instantly blown away by it’s romantic movement and ethereal style. This dress paired with the iconic location of the Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise and there you have it – the most romantic NYC photo shoot ever.

From Erika Parker Photography… The Brooklyn Bridge is an icon in New York City. It’s a remarkable work of architecture. It evokes emotions of nostalgia, romance, but is also very industrial, and urban. Carol Hannah makes beautiful gowns, that flow and have such incredible personalities. They Myrina gown made by Carol Hannah is one of my favorites. I love it because its not traditional, yet is so elegant and ethereal.

The fabric moves in a way that doesn’t seem like its from this Earth. I always see this dress photographed at the beach, or on a beautiful mountain top. These venues absolutely do it justice, but I wanted to show that an urban setting can be equally as spectacular. Not every bride can have a wedding in the mountains or at the beach, and there are a lot of ways to be creative in your own environment.

For years I’ve wanted to do a sunrise shoot on the Brooklyn Bridge, and this shoot was everything I’d hoped it would be. True, we were up at 3am to start hair and make up, but it was oh so worth it. The sun crept up over the bridge, making the sky pink, and slowly warmed into yellow. It was truly an incredible morning. I want couples to be inspired by this shoot, and to realize that they can also do something like this, if it is planned correctly.

Photography: Erika Parker Photography | Gown: Carol Hannah | Hair and Make Up: SB Beauty | Accessories: Mickey Lynn | Model: Natalia Harris | Model: Nick Zibz

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A Lush Summer Wine Country Wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

This perfectly sun-kissed day captured by Luna de Mare Photography at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards just left us completely smitten. From the heart-stoppingly gorgeous floral arbor by Southern Blooms to the bride’s two piece Reem Acra gown… every detail of this day thoughtfully planned by Amore Events is pure wedding perfection. Prepare for all the heart flutters, this one’s a real good one…

From Luna de Mare PhotographyAs New Yorkers, Fei-Fei and Evan wanted to escape to Virginia’s wine country, with rolling hills and lush vineyards as a destination getaway for their wedding, and they chose the incomparable Pippin Hill for their celebration.

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect as Fei-Fei walked down the aisle in a stunning Reem Acra two piece gown towards a tuxedo clad Evan who smiled sweetly under the arbor of overflowing florals created by Southern Blooms for this black tie affair.

Every detail was thoughtfully crafted, from the custom Invite suite and matching programs, to the perfectly placed monogram embroidered linens on the tablescape. It was an impeccably executed event with Amore Events at the helm. 

Once the ceremony concluded, as the couple celebrated their post I-do’s among the lush hydrangeas, guests were invited to sip on Pippin Hill wine and signature cocktails, nosh on aperitifs and savor the gelato favored by the couple as a little sweet surprise.

It was a truly remarkable celebration well into the night complete with a grand sparkle exit at the end of their beautiful evening. Truly an honor to capture, and one of my favorite vineyard weddings to date.

Photography: Luna de Mare Photography | Videography : Josh Gooden Cinematography | Floral design : Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Designs | Gown : Reem Acra | Cake : Cakes by Rachel | Shoes : Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair : Avenue 42 | Band : Men of Distinction | Groom's Attire: Black Lapel | Wedding Venue: Pippin Hill Farm | Escort Cards : Paper Birch Designs | Event Design & Coordination : Amore Events by Cody | Furniture Rentals : MS Events | Invite Suite & Programs: Sable & Gray | Linen: Festive Fare | Make Up Artist : Susan Lim

Modern Chic Garden Wedding at Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

Killer ceremony backdrops are my weakness and today’s modern garden soiree, set at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, has the very sweetest canvas for saying I do. A single curved-trunk tree that hugs it’s limbs outward, making for the best photos and what I’m sure was an incredible experience for anyone who attended this fete. Couture Events glammed up the day head to toe in the chicest of details, leaving Bryan N. Miller and Thomas Wedding Cinema plenty to capture with his lens. Dive in right here.

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From Couture EventsRyan and Sara are a modern couple that wanted a chic wedding in a garden. She is a nurse and he is a surgeon, their love for each other is evident but their love for others also shines through in everything they do. Being from Canada and both very busy and successful in their careers the couple just wanted to show up on their wedding day and love every element. They trusted us to create this dream California Garden day wedding for them and were so surprised and delighted by the outcome. The oversized structure that we placed over their head table was a focal point that we covered in gorgeous florals. Combining the grace and elegance of the garden with the modern white and chic wedding they wanted was a dream come true. We also were able to get creative with an acrylic structure for their ceremony that was modern yet elegant when placed in the garden.

Photography: Bryan N. Miller Photography | Videography: Aqua Vivus | Florist: Splendid Sentiments | Wedding Gown: Berta | Cake: JennyWenny Cakes | Invitations: Shine Wedding Invitations | Make Up: Makeup By Kandice | Hair: Blush and Adore | Calligraphy: Dixie on Dallas | Entertainment: Still Listening Productions | Wedding Venue: Inn at Rancho Santa Fe | Ceremony Arbor: Arc De Belle | Chairs and Chandeliers: Hire Elegance | Design & Coordination : Couture Events | Draped Structure : Southwestern Teepee Rentals | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Lounge: To Be Designed | Tabletop: Bright Event Rentals

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Modern Ethereal Wedding at Toledo Glass Pavilion in Ohio

This celebration at Toledo Glass Pavilion is a little bit of everything wrapped into one… it’s modern, yet has classic charm; it’s ever so subtly ethereal, yet completely unfussy. There are moments like this that will make you want to go a little pin-crazy (have at it!) and ones like this, that’ll give you all the warm and fuzzies for your own Big Day to come. Thanks to Jenna Nicole Photography, we can be inspired by all the beauty this fete has to offer.

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From the Bride… Zachary and I were dating for five years before he popped the question on the wooden bridge at our favorite park, Wildwood, in Toledo, OH. Rewind five years prior on our first of many walks that we strolled, where we named the bridge ‘our spot’. The proposal was so sweet and simple. Zachary had planned a random Wednesday dinner reservation and told me that we needed to leave early because he wanted to go on a walk before dinner. As we walked down the path we had taken so many times before, he knelt on his knee and asked me to be his always. Of course, I said yes!

The wedding design process was so special to me. It was a chance to incorporate our personalities into our wedding day and make it not only special for us, but for our families and friends as well. I had known for a very long time that I wanted to have a wedding that made guests and myself feel like they were in an ethereal, dreamy fairytale with a modern flair. Zachary and I researched venues online in the city where we met, as it only felt right to get married in the place that we fell in love. We landed at the Toledo Museum of Art- Glass Pavilion and we knew as soon as we walked in that we had found our place. With all walls being made of glass, it felt like we were in a glass palace with views of lush greenery; the perfect blend of a garden, modern wedding. Beautiful galleries guests could venture through during cocktail hour and a glass blowing demonstration, it would be equally special for guests to share in our day.

My mother and I joke that the wedding process was not as strenuous as some might think; things fell into place after Zachary and I chose the venue. My mother and I planned many girls’ days where we designed the floral arrangements, color scheme, and invitation suite, to execute my vision of what the day would be like. One of my favorite memories of wedding planning was when Zachary and I took a day trip to meet with our wedding cake designer and baker, Wendy Kromer. My grandmother had instilled the love of baking within me and her gift to us was our wedding cake. When we walked in to Wendy’s studio on the lake, she allowed us to sample over a dozen cake flavors, frostings, curds, and preserves. We handpicked combinations of cake, ganache, frosting, and preserves for our wedding cake. It was the best day sharing smiles and cake with my love, and we couldn’t wait to share it with everyone on our big day.

Another special element of the day was our wedding favors. As a child growing up, my parents would take my sister and I to art museums, exhibitions, and glass blowing demonstrations. My father took the initiative to have our favors hand made by a glass artist. He arranged for the favors to be crafted into small glass hearts with swirls of blues and whites. As for the gown, that may have been the hardest, yet most fun part of the planning. My mother, nana, and I went to probably five stores before I found the gown. I had envisioned an off the shoulder, beaded bodice, tulle ball gown with a cathedral veil. It was quite the journey of trying dozens of dresses, but finally I found the one. I knew that Zachary would like any dress I would wear on our day, but I knew that he favors the more traditional aspect of things.

On August 18, 2018, we were married at the gorgeous Historic St. Patrick Church in Toledo, OH followed by a reception at the Toledo Museum of Art- Glass Pavilion. It was the most magical, dreamy day filled with love and pure joy. It seemed as though our families had worked together and supported us during our whole relationship and that day was a genuine image of our love for one another and our families. If I were to give brides a piece of advice to take with them on their wedding planning journey, it would be to allow your wedding day to truly take into account your personality and allow your wedding style to reflection of yourself and your partner.

From Jenna Nicole PhotographyFrom the unique reception venue, down to the tiny details of the stationary, this wedding combined classic & ethereal statements to create an overall dreamy event.

Zachary & Olivia met in college & married in the stunning Historic St. Patrick’s of downtown Toledo. The joy that surrounded the bride and groom was obvious all throughout the day (just look at the pictures of the couple as they exit the church surrounded by their friends and family for a small glimpse of this joy!)

The stationary details set the tone for the day. The letter pressed invitations featured simple text on a white background. This was complemented by the other pieces of the invitation suite, which had a greenery illustration on the edges of the cards.

Olivia wore a ballgown with a tulle skirt that had delicate beading on the sleeves and throughout. The elegant design of the dress was echoed in Olivia’s Badgley Mischka heels as well as her hair that was twisted into a classic updo.

Olivia & her bridesmaids got ready at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Toledo. Some of my favorite pictures are of Olivia’s flower girl, her niece, as she twirled around in her gown to match Olivia.

As guests entered Zach & Olivia’s reception space, held in the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art, you could tell by their faces they were instantly wowed by the environment.
The glass walls encompassed the space all throughout the building which emphasized the dreamy feel of the wedding. White flowers and greenery anchored the middle of each table, and kept the space feeling minimal & elegant in design.

The cake, designed by Wendy Kromer Confections, was placed in the center of the space and the rest of the room seemed to revolve around it. The detailed design of the cake, sitting multiple tiers high, seemed to echo the detail that was evident throughout the entire wedding day.

When the sun set, the reception space transformed. The pitch black sky outside of the glass walls served as a perfect backdrop for the lights in the reception space to reflect upon the glass and create the illusion of stars.

The bride & groom celebrated into the night and ended their perfect day with a final dance together, surrounded by all their guests, and then an exit into the night.

Photography: Jenna Nicole Photography | Videographer: Levi Hutmacher | Floral Design: Hafner Florist Inc. | Cake: Wendy Kromer-Schell | Wedding Cake: Wendy Kromer-Schell | Stationery: Rock Paper Scissors Michigan | Ceremony Venue: Historic St. Patrick's | Reception Venue: Toledo Museum of Art Chef Joe Felix | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Toledo Museum of Art Chef Joe Felix | Makeup: Jennell Ahmad | Hair: Diedre Anderson | DJ: Sounds of Music DJ | Groomsmen's Attire: Ticknors | Dress Boutique: Henri's Cloud Nine | Dress Designer: Mori Lee | Earrings & Hair Accessory: BHLDN | Film Processing: The Find Lab | Getting Ready Venue: The Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Toledo | Ring Boxes: The Mrs Box | Robes: Etsy - Mod Party | Signs: Chicago Factory Gifts | Table Numbers: Moments & Memories Engraving

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A Contemporary Mountain Wedding at Keystone Resort in Colorado

If you ask us, the mountains and modern flair are a match made in wedding heaven. This jaw-droppingly attractive pair tied the knot at Keystone Resort in Colorado, where the bride grew up skiing every season with her family. The beautiful views are only matched by her stunning Moliere Bridal strapless gown and heavenly arrangements of white blooms from Ali Fortunato Botanics + Styling. Gibson Events designed the sun drenched reception complete with ghost chairs and elegant drapery. See all the wow-worthy moments captured by Brett Heidebrecht at the full gallery!

From Brett Heidebrecht PhotographyBrittan and John David met while attending the University of Oklahoma – Boomer Sooner! Mutual friends introduced them at the OU vs. Bama football game in New Orleans, and soon after the two were an item. Fast forward a couple of years to the couple living together in Oklahoma City. John David came up with a crafty (and scary!) way to propose to the love of his life.

John David pretended their chocolate lab, Fitzgerald, ran away. Frantic and in tears, Brittan was running around trying to find him when a random number called her cell phone saying they found the dog and to meet them in a field close by. Once she arrived, Fitzgerald sat there quite happy and safe with a sign around his neck that said, “Will you please marry my daddy?” Now happy tears and smiles, Brittan said, “Yes!” The two began planning their mountain top destination wedding in Keystone.

Brittan grew up skiing at Keystone with her family. So when it came time to choose a place to marry her best friend, it was the perfect place! The couple decided on a mountain chic feel for their wedding, with the gorgeous mountains as the wow factor. The day was accented with a palette of white, ivory and gold. Brittan trusted her planner, Gibson Events, and florist, Ali Fortunato, with the vision for her wedding and was so beyond happy with the results! They took her ideas and turned them into a gorgeous reality. Her vendor team totally transformed the reception space and took the couple’s breath away!

Brittan’s favorite moment shared with John David was their first look on top of Keystone Mountain. They rode up on the gondola separately and met on top of the deck. They were both nervous, but the moment their eyes locked, that melted away. They enjoyed that special moment together! The couple wanted to make sure their guests had an amazing dining experience. They served a plated dinner course starting with a mixed greens salad with candied walnuts and pears.

After the sorbet intermezzo, a duo of filet mignon and pan-seared salmon paired with parsnips, whipped potatoes and roasted vegetables ended the delicious meal. Brittan’s advice to couples, especially those planning mountain weddings… “Don’t stress about the weather, snow was in the forecast during my wedding week. It almost gave me a panic attack, but the day turned out to be 100% perfect, including the weather! Hire professionals to help you. It will take all the stress out of the wedding process – exactly how it should be!”

Photography: Brett Heidebrecht Photography | Event Planning & Design: Gibson Events | Floral Design: Ali Fortunato | Invitations: Chirps Cheers | Ceremony: Timber Ridge | Reception: Timber Ridge | Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Moliere Bridal | Catering: Timber Ridge | Makeup Artist: Chelsey Ann Artistry | Hair Stylist: French Twist | Calligraphy: Blue Eye Brown Eye | DJ: DJ Cyn | Groom's Attire: Q Clothier | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Transportation: Colorado Mountain Express | Brides Gown: Moliere Bridal | Brides Gown Designer: Mikaella Bridal | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Kendra Scott Jewelry | Jewelry & Rings: BC Clark Jewelers | Photo Booth: Flashbox Photo Booth | Rentals: Pink Monkey Solutions

Intimate Charleston Celebration at Legare Waring House & Zero George Restaurant

From California to Charleston, this duo celebrated in classic Southern style and their wish is that “50 years from now we hope that our children and grandchildren will look back on our wedding photos and comment how classic the wedding location and attire were,” Pure Luxe BrideThe Happy Bloomand thanks to the help of their planner , I have a feeling this fete will be forever timeless. See the entire day in the gallery, all captured by .

From the planner, Pure Luxe BrideIntimate is the perfect word to describe Taylor + Jonathan’s elopement at the Legare Waring House. This sweet couple from California invited their closest friends and family for a true Charleston celebration. They chose to incorporate the Charleston skyline and oaks into their details as seen on the invitations and wax seal. After getting ready at Zero George, they hopped in a classic car and arrived to the venue in style. Guests found their seats for the ceremony with hand calligraphed sweet grass fans sitting on each pew. Sunlight was carefully seeping through the Spanish moss that hangs on the branches of the giant oak tree under which Jonathan and Taylor said their “I do’s”. Surrounded by less than 20 of their favorite people, everyone enjoyed a delicious catered meal together at a gorgeous white wash farm table for dinner. The table was accentuated with grey taper candles, lace plates, hemstitch napkins, and lush floral centerpieces in pale hues of bush, yellow, and ivories. Each detail was carefully curated to make sure each guest felt truly special.

From the bride, Taylor…

How was your wedding perfectly “Southern”?

The wedding was classically Southern, mostly due to the small details, not just the physical location in South Carolina. Whether it was the moss hanging from the massive live oak trees at sunset, the gentlemen enjoying bourbon and cigars after dinner, the antebellum architecture, the lace wedding dress, etc. Almost every important aspect of the wedding had some Southern feel to it, and the overall feeling of the wedding was oriented around family and a sense of Southern hospitality.

What was your vision for your wedding day? What made you choose certain colors or decor?

The vision for our wedding day was to have a timeless feel; 50 years from now we hope that our children and grandchildren will look back on our wedding photos and comment how classic the wedding location and attire were. We picked colors and decor that reflected a garden affair and the surrounding plantation grounds.

What is the moment you remember most about your wedding day?

I think the moment we remember most about our wedding day was standing under the live oak tree, holding hands, and reciting our vows; we both remember looking out and seeing how happy our families were, and we were so happy that it was the most perfect weather on the most perfect Spring day, and that there was nothing in the world that could have made that moment any more special than it was.

What’s next for you and your husband?

We will be moving from San Francisco to Washington, DC, in July (only a few weeks away!) Jonathan will be an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center, and I am looking to join a dental practice in the Virginia suburbs of DC.

Photography: The Happy Bloom | Florals: Branch Design Studio | Cake: Sablee | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Beckham Jewelry | Catering: Mosaic Catering & Events | Hair + Makeup: Wedding Hair By Charlotte | Suit: Brooks Brothers | Vintage Car: Dream Classic Rentals | Hotel: Zero George Restaurant | Bridal Boutique: Bridal Galleria | Bride's Gown: Ines Di Santo | Historic Site: Legare Waring House | Invitation Suite: Low Country Calligraphy | Music: Classical Charleston | Planning + Design: Pure Luxe Bride | Rentals: Eventworks | Rentals: Ooh! Events | Vow Books and Place Cards: Seniman Calligraphy

9 Simple Tips For A Stress-Free Wedding Registry

Whether you’re perusing the internet to choose your registry items or clutching a scanner gun in the aisles of your favorite home store… registering for a wedding can be a stressful process. The idea sounds so fun, but when it really comes down to it – sometimes it feels like what you register for is just as big of a commitment as WHO you’re marrying! Well lucky for you, we totally get it. And we’re here to save you from all that unwanted registry shopping stress so you can actually enjoy this should-be-fun experience! Here are 9 simple tips that will help make registering an absolute breeze.

Getting ready to register? Check out our registry guide for more tips, links, and inspiration.

Be true to you
What’s your style? The whole point of your registry is to create a wish list for what you want to start your new life. It should reflect your own personal look and feel as a couple. Look through pictures together and talk about colors and patterns you both like. Discuss your entertaining priorities. Do you love to cook? What appliances will you actually use? Will you host family for the holidays? That gravy boat might seem superfluous now—until you consider the Thanksgiving meal you want to host in the future.

Take stock
One of the best ways to figure out what you need is to inventory what you already have. From that list, decide what you want to keep and what you want to upgrade with registry items. Now is a good time to update linens, flatware, and cookware, at least. Fill in the gap with three categories: what you need now, what you’ll need in five years, and heirloom pieces to pass down to your children. Need help figuring out essentials? Let Wayfair’s registry checklist be your guide!

Look for perks
Limit the number of registries to just a few stores or even one only store. A great way to decide where to register is to look for perks for both you and your guests. Consider benefits for your guests like online shopping and direct shipping. For example, Wayfair makes it SO easy for you to manage your registry and for your guests to order online! They offer free shipping, free returns, group gifting (major bonus!), completion discounts (an extra 10% off), a registry checklist for you to stay organized and SO much more!

Register early
You can (and should) start registering soon after you get engaged. It’s helpful for guests purchasing gifts for pre-wedding festivities, like an engagement party, bridal shower, etc. And you’ll get more items from your wish list. Win-win!

Visit in person
Don’t rely solely on pictures, it can be very beneficial for you to check out the product in person just to triple check that you love it! The items on your registry should reflect the quality and style you want in your home. The best way to guarantee you’ll love them is to see and compare in person. How else are you supposed to pick the perfect sheets?


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Make it a date
Marriage is all about compromise – and so is your registry. At the end of the day, the gifts are for both of you. Go register together to ensure you both get what you want. Take turns taking lead on areas you’re more passionate about. For instance, you might care more about the china, while he’s focused on the bedding. Celebrate a job well done with fun cocktails or a romantic dinner to cap the day.

Pick price options
It might be tempting to register for mostly high-priced items. It is a wish list, after all! But your registry should consider guests’ budgets. Vary the price points, so friends and family can all find options they can afford. Think about thresholds: under $50, under $100, under $200, etc.


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Set the table
Even if your apartment only holds six people and one dog, register for 8-12 complete place settings. Odds are at some point in your life, you’ll host a group dinner or a holiday celebration. And if your “fun uncle” accidentally breaks a salad plate, you’ll have a backup. Register for extra barware too. Wine glasses are notoriously fragile.

Add more items
Rule of thumb: the number of registry items should at least double your guest list. Again, people want options – especially if they’re buying multiple gifts for wedding and pre-wedding celebrations. Check back a few weeks before the wedding. If you’re running low on items, register for more as-needed. If you under-register, you might end up with presents you’ll never use. Or worse, gifts you don’t want and can’t return!


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Bonus: Say Thank You!
Don’t forget the thank-you notes! Show your appreciation by writing and mailing your notes in a timely manner—two weeks for gifts received before the wedding and one month after your honeymoon for gifts received during or after.

Getting ready to register? Check out our registry guide for more tips, links, and inspiration.

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Madeline Littrell is a Dallas-based writer and PR strategist. Born and raised in Tennessee, she loves big hair, country music, and chicken fingers.
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Modern & Elegant Spring Wedding at Vibiana in Los Angeles

I’m not quite sure how I’ve made it all these years blogging for SMP and am just now experiencing this stunning Los Angeles venue, Vibiana. Babes, it. is. STUNNING. And it was the scene of this modernly elegant wedding from some of the best in the biz, Koman Photography, Simply Sera Events and Bloomwell & Co.. Trust me when I say you’ll lose a bit of time in this gallery, but it’s sooo worth it. Go, go!

From the Couple… We met in New York City and had been dating for less than a year when Jonathan proposed with a custom puzzle featuring a collage of pictures of us together as well as the final puzzle piece with the words “Will you marry me” in the corner. Now hat we decided that we wanted to be married, then came the tough part of putting it all together. Both of us live in New York but we planned on getting married in Southern California, where both of our families are.

The whole wedding planning process was overwhelming and we knew that in planning a long distance wedding we would need someone we could trust to come up with the big picture vision and also execute all the small details. A friend connected us to Sera Kang of Simply Sera Events, who worked with us every step of the way from venue hunting, the design process, and day-of-coordination. From the beginning, Sera took the time to really get to know us and build out a design vision that was completely us. We flew out to California to look for a wedding venue and once we saw Vibiana we knew that it was the one.

Vibiana was originally a cathedral built in the late 1800s and had the most beautiful architecture. As soon as you walked in, you felt that the space was both grand and warm at the same time and since it was a blank canvas we knew that once Sera worked her magic it would be perfect. For the overall vision, Sera went with an elegant and classy design pairing modern elements like marble with timeless and rustic elements like wax seals and lush greenery. For the palette, she layered navy blue and gold to the french blue and gray palette to add richness and since our wedding was in August, she added some colors like mustard yellow and pink hues for pops of colors for the season.

We both avoid being in photos and tend to be awkward in front of the camera, so we knew that when choosing a wedding photographer, they would have their work cut out for them. Sera referred us to Marlene and John Koman and in addition to loving their natural shooting style, they helped us feel at ease in front of the camera and somehow made us look comfortable and happy! The day of the wedding was the first time we saw everything come together, and wow was it worth it! Sera’s team executed everything perfectly and we didn’t have to worry about a thing. Marlene & John captured all the important moments from the wedding, including the ones we didn’t get to see, and we are so happy with how they turned out.

We had the most amazing live band from Downbeat LA that got everyone dancing, and the band members even joined us on the dance floor to keep the party going. Allie’s team from Bloomwell & Co decorated the entire venue with the most gorgeous florals, and there were little touches everywhere you looked – gold & blue flatware, gold acrylic name cards, and live water color portraits as favors that really took our wedding to the next level. Overall, we were absolutely blessed with such an amazing team that made our perfect wedding even better than we could have ever imagined.

Photography: Koman Photography | Floral Design: Bloomwell & Co. | Wedding Dress: Isabelle Armstrong | Cake: Sweetlee Made | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair and Makeup: Kohnur | Band: Downbeat La | Wedding Venue: Vibiana | Cufflinks: Montblanc | Dance Floor: TMMPRO | Flatware: Casa de Perrin | His Attire: Paul Smith | His Shoes: To Boot NY | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Live Watercolor Artist: Chasing Linen | Photobooth: Pocket Pic Photobooth | Planner and Designer: Simply Sera Events | Rentals: MTB Event Rentals

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Classic Blue & White Wedding at The Woodmark Hotel

Sarah & Pat’s love story goes way back to when they were just wee babes! From baptismal school to grade school, high school and college, they are “school sweethearts” in every sense of the phrase—making their wedding day a long time coming. They recruited the team at Valley & Company Events to bring their classic vision to life, complete with something (french) blue woven in. Lora Grady captured it all, right this way.

From Valley & Company Events Sarah and Pat first met as infants in baptismal school and then went on to attend grade school together, high school, and college, so their wedding day was full of family and thoughtful touches years in the making. Bride Sarah envisioned a perfectly classic wedding day steeped in tradition with a church ceremony, cathedral veil, and romantic details through greenery and white flowers that spoke to her timeless style, peppered with bits of fun. Their guests exited the gorgeous church ceremony with bags of petals and gave them the most lively farewell we’ve ever seen – 200+ guests lined the stairs for the picture-perfect moment that’s one for the books. Despite it being a drizzly September evening on the water, you wouldn’t have guessed it as our reception tent was decked out in all-white flowers, French blue linens, white chivari chairs, and gauzy draping that made the tent feel so intimate, despite the larger guest count. The icing on the wedding day was probably the delivery of Dick’s Drive-In cheeseburgers and fries, a Seattle staple! Nothing like seeing guests dancing in tuxes noshing on their favorite guilty pleasure!

Photography: Lora Grady Photography | Ceremony Venue: Villa Academy | Reception Venue: Woodmark Hotel | Hair and makeup: Salon Maison | DJ: Michael Garcia | Calligraphy goods: Libby Tipton | Design and Floral: Valley & Co. | Getaway car: British Motor Coach | Invitaitons: Minted | Planning: Valley & Co. | Rentals: Cort Party Rentals

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Allure Bridals Has Us Smitten by Their Spring 2019 Collection

Gorgeous styles, innovative fabric and soft Mikado skirts are just a few of the amazing things you can expect to see in Allure Bridals’ latest collection. Their jaw-dropping silhouettes and intricate detailing highlight the overall beauty, drape, texture and versatility of their new fabrics. Come take a look and prepare to fall head over heels in love…

There is truly a gown for every gal in this collection.  Whether you’re a classic bride who prefers soft silhouettes and silky texture or a boho bride who loves intricate geometric designs and isn’t afraid to show a little bit of skin – there is a dress in this collection to fit every individual style! We’re SO excited to see our gorg 2019 brides don these stunning dresses down the aisle.

Allure Bridals knows that beautiful brides come in all different shapes and sizes – and they want to make sure every bride can find the wedding dress they’ve always dreamed of that will accentuate those unique and gorgeous curves. It’s the reason why all of the dresses at Allure Bridals are available in sizes 0-30. This way, no bride will have to sacrifice trends and style for comfortability on your wedding day!

Don’t forget to check out the full gallery of gowns (and some chic bridesmaid dresses too!) Your dream dress just might just be much closer than you think! Already want to try one of these dresses on? You can find them at authorized Allure Bridals retailers nationwide. Check out their store locator to find one that’s closest to you. Happy shopping!!

Intimate Puerto Vallarta Summer Wedding at Hotel Playa Fiesta

If a destination wedding is you dream, I urge you to take a moment to experience this beautiful spot. Puerto Vallarta checks off the sun, sand and views in an instant and this fete at Hotel Playa Fiesta is the pretty proof. Eventives Destination Weddings stood by this Bride & Groom in planning their celebration and it made for one truly love-filled getaway—from the ceremony overlooking the ocean to the fireworks at the end of the first dance. From start to finish, Alyssa Nikole snapped it all up, so we can join in the fun, too.

From Eventives Destination WeddingsTo find the perfect venue for these love bird’s Destination Wedding wasn’t an easy task but, gosh, we did find the most beautiful, accommodating and charming private beach-front boutique hotel to host, not only the wedding, but also almost the entire wedding group for the wedding week. The wedding ceremony took place at the gorgeous ocean-front pérgola of the hotel, that seemed perfectly designed for Angela’s dream wedding. The foliages and florals hanging from the ceiling, the fresh ocean breeze and the sound of the waves hitting the rocks made the perfect setting for the lovely ceremony, officiated by the pastor of the church were Chisom’s attends every Sunday. The wedding vibe was romantic and earthy: full of greenery, neutral and blush florals, candles and other meaningful details for the couple. Guests enjoyed refreshing margaritas and mojitos to the sound of a cuban band, during the cocktail hour. The sketch artists making personalized sketches for guests as wedding favors turned this wedding into a unique and fun celebration. The fireworks at the end of the first dance and the love in the air made the guests feel like they were in a fairy tale.

Photography: Alyssa Nikole Photography | Event Planning: Evelina Chavez | Floral Design: Dan Cristhian Rios | Wedding Cake : Charme Reposteria | Stationery: Kukaramakara Diseño y Producción | Ceremony Venue: Playa Fiesta | DJ : Ruben Serna | Cuban Band: Carnaval Latino | Hair & MUA: Bonita Hair and Makeup studio | Rentals : Trendy Mobilario

Tented Pennsylvania Wedding at Rooke Chapel at Bucknell University & One Barn Farm

For these college sweethearts—hosting their wedding at Bucknell University, back where it all began—only seemed fitting. Their day commenced with a sweet ceremony at Rooke Chapel, followed by a tented reception at One Barn Farm. Every classic detail, planned with the help of Michelle Elaine Weddings, and captured by Dreamlove Wedding Photography made for a charm-filled day. NST Pictures documented all the love, and trust me when I say this is a must-see video… I may or may not have grabbed the Kleenex over the vows! And — be sure to join in the toast… sláinte!

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From Michelle Elaine WeddingsHaving met back in college at Bucknell University, Meg and Christian saw no better place to host their perfect day than back where it all began. As a former Bucknell swimmer, the perfect location for the men to get ready was the locker room where Christian and his groomsmen used to spend a lot of time before and after swim practice. The Bride got ready at a beautiful rental home right on Bucknell’s golf course. Guests arrived on campus at Rooke Chapel just in time to watch the groom and his groomsmen be led to the chapel by bagpipes. It was really quite romantic. The ceremony was perfect and heart-felt and once concluded, the happy couple went off to take photos around campus. One area that was important to them was the Christy Mathewson Gates. To the students, these gates represent their entrance into and exit from the University as you only walk through them on your very first and very last day at Bucknell. After a ton of fun wedding party photos, everyone hopped in the trolley and headed to One Barn Farm, a beautifully elegant estate seated at the base of rolling Pennsylvania mountains in Union County. The cocktail hour was held in the historic Bank Barn and surrounding lawn, equipped with corn hole and other lawn games. At the end of the cocktail hour, guests were ushered from the Barn to the sail-cloth Sperry tent by a super fun brass-band second line for the dinner and dancing. The Bride and Groom led the way as everyone danced and followed down to the tent. Lawn games, an amazing band, decor for days and those breathtaking views, add in the most fun crowd you will ever see, and it was truly the “wedding of the century!”

Photography: Dreamlove Wedding Photography | Videography: NST Pictures | Wedding Planner: Michelle Elaine Weddings | Floral Design: Oleander | Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal | Cake: Gable House Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Rooke Chapel at Bucknell University | Reception Venue: One Barn Farm | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Catering: Weddings by JDK | Hair and Makeup: Emily Carcaramo | Calligrapher: Swell Anchor Studio | Band: The Love Revival Orchestra | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Transportation: Rohrer Bus Service | Tent: Sperry Tents DC | Bagpiper : Gigmaster | Bowties: The Tie Bar | Paper Goods: Minted | Rentals : Oleander | Trolley: A J Limo Coach

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An Industrial Chic Wedding at the Horticulture Building

When an industrial wedding venue comes to life with greenery, blooms and candlelight – the result is truly magical… and todays wedding planned by Toast Events and captured by Laura Kelly Photography is the perfect example of just that. The bride looked like a fairytale princess in her whimsical Hayley Paige ballgown and matching tiara. Arrangements by Wedecor abundant with fluffy white peonies and greenery stole our hearts and stole the show at the reception. The most special part of this whole day? An excerpt of the bride’s unapologetically honest and undeniably romantic vows. Read on below…

From the Planner, Toast Events… She didn’t know it yet. But I knew that what was about to happen, was the beginning of the rest of her life. Zach was proposing and I was right behind him hiding in a bush. Even though we had planned their proposal, I had never actually met either of them. Fast forward 2 years, there she stood in-front of the church doors just about to walk down the aisle with her veil blowing in the wind. In that moment I truly felt privileged to have been the wind beneath her wings, always in the background gently guiding her to this very day. Brittany & Zach sealed their vows in the Basilica Notre-Dame followed by their reception in the Horticulture Building. Minimalistic, effortless and free of overly fussy details was the underlining decor principles. Brittany took special care in investing in the best of what she loved while trusting her vendors to take her wedding from what she envisioned to something which was more beautiful than she could have ever expected.

From the photographer, Laura Kelly Photography… I knew her love for her friends and family through getting to know them over the course of our friendship. It is no secret that everyone who knows Brittany wishes that they were a member of the Dinardo family. Her words were from the heart. And each sentiment held more meaning than perhaps any of us could even understand.

“It is our relationships that makes the world around us significant and meaningful. I believe that with my whole heart, that the people in this room make my life, make OUR life, what it is. We are blessed. We are so loved. And it is thanks to all of you.”

I’ve gotten to know that sentimental side of Brittany over the years. The incredibly kind-hearted, strong person who loves so deeply. And yet for some reason I couldn’t imagine the words she would use for Zach. Their relationship is unlike any I’ve ever known; as strong and consistent as a ten foot wave, but never fluffy, never coated with glitter. She’s more likely to roll her eyes rather than swoon… They are the definition of opposites who make each other better. A yin and yang in perfect harmony. Always improving. Always thriving. I couldn’t picture the moment where she would turn to face her new husband, Zach. And to be honest, I’m glad I never pictured it. Because it was better than anything I could have ever imagined. It was Brittany in a way that we all knew and loved her. It was my favourite moment of the entire day.

“Zach, I am not often nice to you in an obvious way. I don’t always love you publicly. But I truly love you more than I like to say out loud. You are a calming force in my hectic life. Thank you for building this life with me that I love so much. Thank you for always loving me. I’ll love you forever.”

From the Bride… Our wedding day was magical from start to finish! We couldn’t have been happier with everything, from the ceremony at the cathedral where my parents were married over 30 years ago, to the absolutely stunning reception put together by Elise and her team at Toast Events. I’d had my eye on Ottawa’s Horticulture Building for several years, but had no idea how to transform its big open space into our dream wedding reception. Elise and our wonderful group of vendors executed flawlessly, and walking into the building right before cocktail hour was an experience I’ll never forget. The love and happiness that Zach and I felt at our wedding was overwhelming. Sharing amazing food, drinks, dancing and conversation with our very favourite people on that beautiful day in June is a memory that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. 

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Photography: Laura Kelly Photography | Cinematography: Matt And Kat Films | Floral Design: Wedecor | Dress: Hayley Paige | Invitations : LaFabere | Church : Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica Of Ottawa | Reception Venue: Billings Estate | Catering : Centurion Centre | Makeup : Klava Zykova | Hair Stylist : Kirsty Macdonald | DJ: Brian Oddo | Jewels : Sarah Walsh Bridal | Planner & Designer : Toast Events

You’ll Never Guess How Much These Stunning Davids Bridal Gowns Cost

Let’s just say it – sometimes it can be so difficult to find a wedding dress that you’re obsessed with that’s also in your price range. It can suck the fun right out of what’s supposed to be the happiest time in your life! So, before you get discouraged, you need to consider a trip to David’s Bridal! David’s Bridal’s huge assortment of high quality wedding dresses features a broad spectrum of silhouettes, lengths and styles, that are all SO affordable! This way, you can find your dream dress (and actually buy it) without all that unwanted stress. On top of all that good stuff, David’s also offers everything you need to complete your wedding day look – from veils and headpieces to shoes and handbags.

We bet you’re thinking – okay so, what’s the catch? Well, there really is none! It’s no wonder 1 in 3 US brides choose to walk down the aisle in a wedding dress from David’s. To help you start your search, we’re rounding up our top 3 picks from David Bridal’s Spring 2019 Collection that are all under 1.5K (yup, that’s right.) From beautiful beading to romantic lace details – these dresses are easy on the eyes and easy on your wallet….

1. Oleg Cassini Lace Sheath Wedding Dress with Removable Overskirt: $1,450

This elegant Chantilly lace wedding dress will have you feeling like a true princess on your wedding day (especially when paired with these gorgeous teardrop earrings). Want to hear the best part about it? It’s essentially 2 dresses for the price of one! Don the romantic lace-appliquéd overskirt during the ceremony and remove it at the reception to dance the night away with ease. We’re obsessed with this versatile dress paired with this fingertip-length tulle veil!

2. Galina Signature Allover Lace Applique Halter Ball Gown: $1,358

This dramatic ballgown is perfect for the bride who craves that extra shimmer and shine. It features romantic lace appliqués, metallic embroidery and more than 3,000 sequins all the way from the halter neckline down to the chapel train. We seriously can’t stop staring at this dazzling beauty. Oh, and just in case you wanted a little extra sparkle, how perfect is this simple crystal tennis bracelet?

3. Oleg Cassini Ballerina Bodice 3D Floral Trumpet Wedding Dress: $1,258

Obsessed with 3D flowers, lace appliqué and beading? Then this dress was made for you. It is the epitome of elegance, opulence and sheer bridal beauty. It’s complete with a ballerina bodice, a low, sheet illusion back and a trumpet skirt that adds the perfect dose of drama. Accessorize with a matching crystal and pearl headband and halo teardrop earrings, and you’re guaranteed to stun every guest in the room.

Photography: Becca Brendler | Floral Design: Wild Folk Studio | Florals: Fifty Flowers | Makeup: Glamour Cosmetics | Hair: Maricruz Polito | Venue: Wild Folk Studio | Modeling Agency: Maggie Inc | Styling and Creative Direction: Mstarr Event Design

Colorful Fall Celebration at Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs, Texas

Where do I begin with this sweet, sweet celebration… well, 30 seconds into the film from Purely Ruined Studios is a good start. Or, the colorful details designed by Westcott Weddings. Or, the grand surprise from the Bride’s parents during the reception: a personalized video recording from NEEDTOBREATHE of the song “Clear” that she walked down the aisle to. That should give you a clear view of how incredibly beautiful this day was. See it all captured by Brittany Jean below.

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From the bride, Megan Mancini… Before ever visiting in person, I knew Camp Lucy was one of the most beautiful places to get married just by the pictures. Our families both value the opportunity to all stay together, so the onsite lodging was definitely a main reason for hosting our wedding weekend there. Camp Lucy is not only a wedding venue, but a Hill Country resort with an excellent restaurant and extremely high-end luxury lodging that made it feel like a vacation for our family and wedding parties. Once Jacob and I saw the magnificent stone arch and the view of the Texas Hill Country, we both knew this is where we wanted to tie the knot. There was no other wedding venue that compared. From the architecture to the mature landscape, it had everything we could have wanted and more!! It was truly the most romantic place in the world!

My inspiration for our day mainly revolved around whimsical romance with bright colors mixed with fall tones. The main accent color was dusty blue! My favorite memories mainly come from our ceremony. The sweet, raw emotion from my new husband and the heartfelt vows we spoke to one another is something I will never forget: “all I am I give to you, all I have I share with you” — we still say this to one another almost every week. Another sweet memory was our grand surprise from my parents during the reception: a personalized video recording from NEEDTOBREATHE of the song “Clear” that I walked down the aisle to. This song means so much to me and Jacob and we were dumbfounded when we heard the band personally congratulating “Jacob and Megan” on our wedding day! How special! Lastly, the entire night, we danced our hearts out with all of our close friends and family!

The florals were one of my favorite details of our day! They were carefully designed with each color in mind (and my favorite part of the planning process). Also, the table assignments board by Boarding School Collective was an extremely well-done artistic installation that left guests gawking. BSC also created a large DJ backdrop for the reception using the same floral print from our invitations. The swanky lounge furniture in the reception space was another favorite—I loved having the vintage set to create a homey, warm feel. Lastly, the Sperry tent for dinner was so grand and romantic—we added some bistro lights and it created the most incredible ambiance.

My advice for brides and grooms who are planning right now: Don’t let the details overwhelm you. Take time to remember the excitement of getting engaged and WHY you were so excited when he popped the question. Let that be carried with you throughout the planning process to keep you centered on the main thing. Also, gather a team of vendors you truly trust — you’ll be able to enjoy your day that much more knowing the work is getting done exactly how you envisioned!

Lastly, don’t forget to hug your parents! It’s a big day for them, too!! Also, make sure you are sharing a room with your biggest cheerleaders the night before your wedding. Waking up to your positive, affirming, joyful friends will help the day start off feeling like a party!

Photography: Brittany Jean Photography | Videography: Ryan Gerecke | Event Planning and Design: Westcott Weddings | Floral Design: Whim Hospitality | Cake: Cathycake | Catering: Whim Hospitality | Hair and Makeup: Mindy Orsak | Lighting: Ilios | Venue: Camp Lucy | After-Party Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Ceremony and After-Party Music: Look No Further Entertainment | Ceremony and Reception: Camp Lucy | Cocktail Hour and Dinner Music: Django Foxtrot | Dessert Display: Melody's Joy | Lounge Rentals: Loot Vintage | Magician: Ben Jackson | Paper Goods and Signage: The Boarding School Collective | Photo Booth: Oh Happy Day Booth | Rentals: Whim Hospitality | Sperry Tent: Whim Hospitality

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A Romantic Poolside Wedding at Casale del Gallo

Intimate destination weddings will always be a good idea. Let this poolside celebration captured by Peter & Veronika in Rome’s countryside at Casale del Gallo be your proof! There’s just nothing more romantic than exchanging vows in front of a small group of your absolute closest friends and family – especially when you’re tying the knot in a place as romantic and special as Italy. Keep on reading to see the magic of this day unfold…

From Bride and Groom… We met at the University of Alabama nearly 6.5 years ago, the connection was immediate. After school, we landed in New York City pursuing our dreams. When deciding to settle down, we then moved back to Erin’s hometown of Nashville, TN. 

After the engagement, we toured all of the usual venues in and around Nashville but nothing felt quite right. At the time, Erin was sourcing leather for her handbag line, ELT Collective, and an idea started brewing – We threw out a curveball: a destination wedding in the countryside outside of Rome.

We wanted a memorable experience to remember for us and our guests. Nestled along the Apian Way, we contacted Guilio at Casale Del Gallo—a fourth-generation Roman countryside estate as our destination wedding venue. After carefully weighing the pros and cons, our decision was made and we were off to the races!

Joined by our closest friends and family, the Christie-Thompson wedding party of merely 31 guests made the trek to Rome for four nights of traditional Italian culture. We spent time exploring the natural beauty of the richly historical family property – complete with olive tree groves, swimming pools, pizza ovens, local vineyards and a public golf course. Other days were spent in the heart of this historic city, navigating the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Vatican City.

The wedding day was spent cooking and enjoying an Italian brunch and lounging by the pool with friends. In the golden hour, we moved to the front of the house for the ceremony. Under a gorgeous floral and greenery arch, we said “I do” with one of my closest childhood friends as Officiant. I wore a custom-made, hand-tailored Italian Wool suit by Hickey Freeman. Erin combined two dresses from Lela Rose; she wore the “Desert Gown” for the cocktail hour and added the cape from her “Cape Gown” for the ceremony. 

As the sun set on the country hills, we gathered in the gardens for an antipasti cocktail hour featuring an array of local meats, cheeses and wines. The music began to play as we moved to the gardens for dinner. The harvest moon rose high as we shared our first dance to Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon,” with the band’s Italian twist. We enjoyed a traditional Italian five-course meal, all cooked in the kitchens on site, including two homemade pastas. The table was dressed with whimsical olive branches, candles and white and pink garden roses. As the night wore on, we floated between the dance floor and the table, enjoying great company and great wine… all we could ask for!

Photography: Peter & Veronika | Floral Design: Noosheen | Wedding Dress: Desert Gown | Invitations: Grace Niu | Makeup and Hair: Janita Helova | Band: Alma Project | Wedding Venue: Casale del Gallo | Cape Gown: Lela Rose | Groom suit: Hickey Freeman