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A Travel Lover’s Dream At This European Inspired Texas Hill Country Wedding

Christine and Garret’s love story has some travel-loving ties in it, so it made perfect sense that they would model their wedding off the lush, old-world vibes of France and Italy. When the bride is a wedding planner you know every little detail will be thought out- and it was! Christine, the owner of Houston Soirée, planned her own wedding day to perfection. Her custom crest was featured throughout each part of her day in subtle but impactful areas, even on a custom dance floor! Blooms by Tamara Menges Designs added just the right touch of romance, and every magical moment was all beautifully captured in the imagery by Alicia Yarrish. You can see all the pretty in the full gallery.




From Published + PrettyAfter meeting online and talking for a few months, Christine and Garret found out he was childhood friends with her current neighbor. Garret made a plan to visit them both in-town and one date turned into two. Fast forward through four years of dating, the pair planned an international trip for Christine’s birthday. It was at the Eiffel Tower that Garret asked Christine to marry him, and of course, she said yes!



Houston Oaks was the perfect venue for this couple. It provides such an amazing backdrop for a European-inspired wedding day. With Southern France and Italy feeling landscaping, French architecture in the Ladies Lounge, the iconic 15th-century French chapel that was brought over and placed where it stands today.



Overall the design came together so beautifully- the Italian greens and French blues paired so well with subtle pinks throughout, every detail was picture perfect. And most importantly, Christine and Garrett made so many amazing memories that day that they’ll be able to re-live through their photos.



Photography: Alicia Yarrish | Dress: Belleame Bridal Houston | Cake: Dolce Designs | Invitations: Little Carabao Studio | Catering: Houston Oaks Country Club | DJ: DJ A.M. Productions | Officiant: Officially Oaks | Transportation: Sam's Limousines | Venue: Houston Oaks Country Club | Beauty: Etoilly Artistry | Bottle Engravings: She Made It Like That | Dance Floor: Mikes Dance Floors | Day-of Coordination: Two Be Wed | Floral: Tamara Menges Designs | Linens, Rentals & Furniture: The Secret Floral Garden | Musicians: Divisi Strings | Planning and Design: Houston Soiree | Wedding Submission Services: Published Pretty

You’ll Love This Modern Twist On A Standard Wedding Reception

Want to encourage more mingling at your wedding? For their special day, Tyler and Gabriella came up with the perfect solution. In lieu of a traditional sit-down dinner, the couple opted for small passed plates and lounge seating to put an emphasis on fun. CJ Matsumoto & Sons filled the day with fantastic florals from beginning to end. You can feel the love and joy of the day jump out in the exquisite imagery by Lauren Fair Photography. Take a trip to the full gallery to get a closer look at all the lovely.




An elegant and stunning day was spent celebrating the marriage of Tyler & Gabriella at Tyler’s family home. After their first look, the wedding party took photographs overlooking the beautiful bay on the grounds of Terranea.



The pre-reception and ceremony were held in the front garden of the home, with a stunning array of florals, enchanting crystal chandeliers, and a jaw-dropping alter making a perfect setting for these two to tie the knot. Bridesmaids in powder blue walked down the aisle alongside groomsmen in classic black tuxedos as one of the bride’s best friends sang a sweet song to guide them.



Instead of a traditional seated dinner, the couple opted for small plates passed dinner to encourage mingling. Meanwhile, the DJ accompanied by a live saxophone player and drummer set the tone for a fun night.



Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Floral Design: CJ Matsumoto | Wedding Dress: Bridal Elegance | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Brideside | Catering: Crumble Catering | DJ: DJ Live | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Beauty: John Dolio | Rentals: Town And Country Rentals | Weddings Rings: Tiffany & Co | Weddings Rings: David Yurman

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This Destination Puglia Wedding Feels Like A Dream Inspired By The Desert

Pack your bags for Puglia for this dreamy destination wedding. With a wheat, rust, and amber color palette, the desert inspired the design for this special day planned by Elegante Weddings and Events. Boho yet garden chic vibes were artfully orchestrated in the florals by Lilla Bespoke Floral Design. Lush and low tablescapes, with eclectic natural wood and soft blush taper candles, created a glow through the multi-course dinner. It was a sight to behold, beautifully captured in the stunning imagery by bonphotage. Get lost in all the beauty in the full gallery.




From bonphotageKyla and Madison’s Puglia destination wedding was out of a dream. The white backdrop of the stunning Masseria Grieco in contrast to the bold and lush florals and natural vegetation from the region made it a dramatic and elegant location for this stunning wedding.



This LA-based couple decided on a destination wedding to escape the fast-paced life of the city and bring all their friends together to an unexpected location. The ceremony had a large, circular arch as a parallel to the symbolism behind the wedding bands.



With the use of pampas grass, cappuccino and toffee garden roses, lisianthus, olive greens, and other local foliage the aesthetic of the wedding complimented the location. It was an incredible celebration of two wonderful people finding each other and being surrounded by so much love and joy.


Photography: bonphotage | Event Planning: Elegante Weddings and Events | Floral Design: Lilla Bespoke Floral Design | Ceremony Venue: Masseria Grieco | Catering: Rotondo Catering | make up: saras brides | DJ: dj gius

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Introducing the First Annual Style Me Pretty Best Of Awards!

Today is most certainly a “pinch me” moment type of day. The kind where you couldn’t sleep the night before ‘cause you were too excited for the morning. The grab your glass and pour yourself a little extra bubbly level of excitement! Why all the drama, you might ask? Well… let’s just say we have some pretty BIG news, news we know you’re going to love. 

Friends, we’re finally able to announce something we’ve been working our little tails off to make happen for quite some time. Roll out the red carpet, cue the confetti – because it’s finally here! The entire team at SMP is beyond thrilled to introduce you to our first annual Style Me Pretty Best Of Awards! Together, alongside a world renowned panel of judges, SMP will shortlist the loveliest, and most awe-inspiring weddings, images and vendors of 2021 – from the best “brought us to tears” moment to the most viral floral designs. The winners of each category will then be chosen by votes from you all – our lovely readers!

Lauren Fair Photography

It brings us so much joy to celebrate the love stories of our beautiful couples, and the talented vendor teams who bring their wedding dreams to life, through the pages of Style Me Pretty. But somewhere along the way, we discovered our desire to find an even bigger and, *ahem*… shinier way to honor the beauty we admire through our screens. Truth be told, we can’t think of a better time to recognize the efforts of our amazing vendors than right now – as they endure THE busiest, most demanding wedding season of.all.time. I think we can all agree, they’re really more like wedding warriors. 

We truly hope you’re just as excited as we are to get this Best-Of-ball rolling – because we’re going to need your help! So without any further ado, let’s chat details… 

Eric Kelley

THE CATEGORIES

BEST OF WEDDINGS

The best of the best, the prettiest of the pretty – these are the weddings that made our hearts flutter fastest from 2021!

Best of Spring/Summer Weddings 2021

  • SMP Editor shortlisted
  • Reader voted

Best of Fall/Winter Weddings 2021

  • SMP Editor shortlisted
  • Reader voted

Best of Weddings Overall 2021

  • Reader voted
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BEST OF MOMENTS

We know this may sound a little cliché – but here at SMP, we live to celebrate the significance in every moment. The ones that make us laugh, the ones that make us happy cry, the ones that surprise… and the ones we’ll never forget! Weddings are simply a series of moments strung together to create a seamless celebration. From wildly creative escort displays that play on a certain theme, to a best kiss moment that deserves it’s very own Princess Diaries foot pop! We’re celebrating the best wedding moments of 2021 that are simply unforgettable.

All are open entry → SMP Shortlisted → Reader Voted

  • Best escort card display moment
  • Best floral moment
  • Best ‘down the aisle’ moment
  • Best reception design moment
  • Best wedding cake moment
  • Best dress moment
  • Best wedding exit moment
  • Best ‘brought us to tears’ moment
  • Best kiss moment
  • Best flatlay moment – A big thank you to our sponsor, Sourced Co., a resource that provides wedding pros the tools to thrive in our aesthetic-driven industry. They offer the best of the best styled stock imagery and acrylic styling blocks to help creatives market their business — their way. 
Jose Villa

INDEPENDENT AWARDS

The Top 3 Most Featured LBB Vendors of 2021 (per category)

  • Selected by SMP
  • Photographer
  • Planner
  • Florist
  • Cinematographer
  • Rentals/Decor
  • Stationery
  • Entertainment
  • Catering
  • Beauty
  • Venue
  • Fashion
Jen Huang Photography

 

MEET THE JUDGES

Sure, we know a knockout image when we see one – but to be able to confidently shortlist our nominees, we knew we needed a few extra pairs of expert eyes. 

 

Joy Proctor of Joy Proctor Design

I am an optimist, an African, a lover of antiques, music, sushi and gardening. I am honored to be regarded as one of the most highly sought after wedding designers in the world. My product collaborations  and prestigious publication features have earned me global recognition as a trend setter in the wedding and events industry.  

I believe in creating intimate environments that fit perfectly in their locale, hand selecting the very best artisans to execute my vision. Understated elegance is the cornerstone of my design. Every detail is tasteful. All decor is intentional.

 

Lauren Fair of Lauren Fair Photography

I specialize in iconic, exquisite, joy-filled weddings both in the Northeast and destinations around the world. My photography focuses on joyful, editorial, stylish images full of beautiful light and natural emotion. 

I, along with my husband Tim, spend my free time traveling, restoring our old farmhouse, relaxing in our favorite Jersey beach town, and designing homes.

I’ve been gratefully named one of the 100 Most Inspiring + Influential People in the Wedding Industry by the Knot and one of the 75 Best Photographers in the World by BRIDES Magazine, as well as one of the Top Photographers in America by BRIDES – but I believe the best accolades come from happy clients.  

 

Rebecca Yale of Rebecca Yale Photography

With a degree in photography & aesthetic philosophy from NYU, Rebecca Yale has a true passion for creating memorable & meaningful imagery.  Rebecca was named one of the top photographers in the world by Harper’s Bazaar, BRIDES and Destination Weddings Magazine. Rebecca was named Belle Lumiere Photographer of the Year for 2018 and was the recipient of Rangefinder Magazine’s 2017 Grand Prize Award for Wedding Photography. Her work has also been awarded by PDN, Royal Geographic Society and National Geographic, and has been published in countless publications and exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. 

Rebecca is Los Angeles based, but available for travel worldwide and has photographed in over 55 countries. Rebecca is a believer in love knowing no bounds. She is committed to the promotion of diversity, inclusivity and celebrating our differences as they are what makes us beautiful.  

 

Jen Huang of Jen Huang Photography

I approach photography with a romantic, fine art sensibility. My imagery is understated yet evocative, resulting from clear and polished creative direction that elicits light-filled, painterly portraits. My use of fresh and simple composition, and natural light has evolved from a deep love and respect for the old masters – Rembrandt, Vermeer, Botticelli. I am a fiercely dedicated medium format film photographer and my creative process is imaginative, industrious and detailed. In each capture, I aim for perfection and beauty.

Over the last ten years, my work has taken me to spectacular celebrations and sophisticated soirees in over twenty countries on six different continents. Past clients have included prominent global leaders, celebrated directors and actors, and distinguished executives. I have been named one of the top 25 film photographers in the world and a “photographer’s photographer” by Martha Stewart Weddings. My work has been featured in numerous international publications, including Rangefinder, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country Weddings, Brides Magazine, The Knot, Martha Stewart Magazine, The Boston Globe and New York Magazine. My clients describe my work as “painterly,” “nuanced,” “refined” and I am honored to be a leading choice amongst internationally acclaimed planners and designers. 

I am a native New Yorker living in Southern California. When I am not working, I can be found renovating a hundred-year-old home with my husband, two rambunctious little boys, and a silly french bulldog named Gatsby.

 

Jenny Quicksall of Jenny Quicksall Photography

Hi—I’m Jenny, a Los Angeles Wedding Photographer who’s fueled by a fresh-air adventure, great fashion finds, and a good spa day (or two). 

Growing up, I was always the unofficial photographer among my friends and family. What started as a hobby quickly became a passion I couldn’t shake. So, when I found myself less than thrilled at my job as a project manager, I made the decision to turn my love for photography into a career.

I  shoot on film as well as digital—and my work has been featured in publications ranging from Martha Stewart Weddings and Style Me Pretty to The Knot and the cover of Inside Weddings. I’ve also been named the Best Photographer by California Wedding Day three years in a row. 

When I’m not behind my camera or connecting with (and styling!) couples, you can find me sculpting and sweating at a barre class, treating myself to a manicure, online shopping at Nordstrom, or spending time with my husband and our two incredible daughters. A lover of outdoor adventures and a serious Francophile, I spend much of my spare time dreaming about living in Paris where I eat croissants at a sidewalk cafe and say things like c’est délicieux!

 

Mikayla Manuirirangi of Ink & Press Co. 

Mikyla Marie Manuirirangi, an Idaho native married to a New Zealand kiwi, is the owner and designer behind Ink & Press Co. An artist of many forms, Mikyla is passionate about meaningful design and draws her greatest inspiration from the works of her favorite artists.

Mikyla is based in Scottsdale, Arizona but works with couples from all around the world. Mikyla was listed as one of BRIDE’s top 20 stationers in the industry. Her work has been featured on Vogue, Martha Stewart Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Magnolia Rouge, Wedding Sparrow, Green Wedding Shoes, published in The Knot, Adorn Magazine, and more.

 

🥂 NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! 🏆

Follow the steps on our entry page to submit your chosen images – we are so excited to see all of your beautiful entries! 

Should you have any questions or comments regarding the Style Me Pretty Best Of Awards, please feel free to reach out to us at awards@stylemepretty.com!

XOXO,

 The Style Me Pretty Team 

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Atlanta Braves World Series Winner Hits His Wedding Out Of The Park

Atlanta Braves baseball pitcher, Will Smith, pitched the final ball of the evening for the World Series win. For his wedding day, Will and his bride Taylor also hit it out of the park. Filled with fall tones and fabulous floral installations designed by Kelly Lenard, the entire day was nothing short of spectacular. Browne & Towers helped plan a day filled with meaningful moments like incorporating the couples’ love of baseball into the design. The talented Shauna Veasey Photography was there to capture all of the love in her artful imagery, see it all in the full gallery.




From Browne & TowersThe groom, Will Smith, is a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves and you’ll notice unique baseball details throughout the wedding day as a nod to the couple’s love for the sport. Instead of a traditional guest book, friends left their autographs on baseballs which were planned to be repurposed into a creative art piece for the couple.



Taylor, the bride, wanted to fully embrace the Fall season. We achieved that by offering guests warm apple cider upon arrival at the venue along with cozy fire pits during cocktail hour. The florist, Kelly Lenard, played with unique Fall tones throughout the spectacular floral installations.



The bride and groom’s favorite meal of the day is breakfast, so we made sure to include some breakfast-inspired hors d’oeuvres such as mini chicken and waffle bites. It was a magical day filled with lots of meaningful details!



Photography: Shauna Veasey Photography | Event Planning: Browne & Towers | Floral Design: Kelly Lenard | Wedding Dress: Made With Love Bridal | Cake: cake envy | Invitations: By Invitation | Reception Venue: Meadowlark 1939 | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Fame And Partners | Catering: Bold American Events | Calligraphy: One Creative Factory | DJ: Fade To Black Productions | Beauty: Lauryl Estelle | Draping: Unique Event Elements | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Linens: Party Tables | Live Painter: Kate Scrinver Art | Place Settings: The Prissy Plate Company | Rentals: Crush Event design | Tenting & Flooring: Sperry Tents Southeast | Wedding Dress Boutinque: Lovely Bridal Shop

The Best Last-Minute Gift Ideas for All the Brides In Your Life

Okay, so we’ll always be on team “Hey, let your friends enjoy their engagement for a minute,” but we’re also well aware that a lot of brides do get bitten by the planning bug pretty early on in the process… So, who are we to say not to indulge those whims?! If you’re racking your brain trying to come up with a gift that checks the boxes for being thoughtful, beautiful, on-point, and right on time (in more ways than one), stress no more, because we’ve got you covered. Our Ultimate Wedding Planning Guides are perfect, especially if any of your bestie brides have been long-time fans of Style Me Pretty, our aesthetic, and our voice. 

Photo by Simon Ly Photography

The abridged version of the goals of our curated planning guides 

We (i.e. Abby and all the editors at SMP + our amazing network of vendors, wedding talent, and celebration tastemakers #SMPLittleBlackBook) wanted to design the most go-to resources for readers who are new to the ‘I do’ world and thirsty for all the knowledge and inspiration it takes to plan a trip down the aisle. Consider our Ultimate Wedding Guides the perfect planning companions — here to provide your faves with support and guidance as they navigate the unique and complicated, yet incredibly-beautiful season of planning their weddings. 

Photo by Ash Baumgartner

And here’s why they shine as last-minute gifts for your favorite girl

🥂 No shopping or shipping required. As soon as you scope out the guide or guides that you know she’ll love, click “Add to Cart” or “Buy It Now” and pay, and you’ll have the downloadable PDF ready for her within minutes. This is major for you, because holiday shopping at the eleventh hour is never fun, nor are the postponed shipping notifications… Who else has “We’re sorry, but your package will be delayed…” texts coming in on the daily? Ugh! 

🥂 Digital means that the details, tips, design advice, and real wedding inspo are easily accessible. While you can absolutely purchase and have the guides printed as a physical gift for your bestie bride-to-be, you don’t have to. In fact, going back to that earlier point about not putting any pressure on the happy couple in the beginning (and letting them celebrate and embrace fiancé-hood first, before the planning starts), going in hot with all the planning books and magazines, vendor reccos, and how-tos can be overwhelming. But sending your girl a digital planning guide that she can discreetly read on her phone, tablet, or laptop (while she’s at work or WFH), gives her something to jump into and square away any preliminary planning curiosities — traditional wedding or microwedding, for starters?

🥂 Great follow ups to all of her recent double taps on the Gram. If one of your VIPs in life just said ‘YES’ to vows to come, then you’ve probably witnessed her starting to follow all of the VIPs in the wedding world. Depending on what she’s been loving on social, lately, you can gift her with a guide that either inspires or provides answers to some of her biggest questions. Going with our venue guide can say “Hey! I know you’ve been going back and forth about whether to do a modern ballroom or a boho barn wedding, BOTH are great, but feel free to take a peek at all your options!! Alternatively, if you know she’s going dress shopping soon (like in the next week or two or over the Christmas/NYE holiday), you can gift her with a style guide that provides a total wedding fashion FYI.

Shop our Ultimate Wedding Guide Shop right now for the pretty and practical gifts (individually or bundled!) your soon-to-be bride will absolutely adore. Each and all of our guides would also pair nicely with a note that says “Your planner is on the way, too!” Not necessary, of course, but certainly an extra special something-something, especially if you’ve accepted the role of Maid or Matron of Honor…

Photo by Madeleine Collins Photography
Modern And Chic Scottsdale Wedding Full Of Fun

This formal affair is all about effortless, elegant style. Some Like It Classic planned the picture-perfect wedding day in Arizona, filled with exquisite details like a custom seating chart adorned with pampas grass and velvet dressed reception tables. Organic floral arrangements by Carte Blanche Design added a classy, bohemian touch that carried throughout the design. Every magical moment was artfully captured in the imagery by Elyse Hall Photography, visit the full gallery for a closer look.




From Elyse Hall PhotographyAs the pandemic hit many industries hard, receiving product orders had lasting effects on the wedding industry. For Brianna and Austin, it was their stationary. With invitations stuck in Australia and little hope of arriving on time to send to guests, the groom decided it was time to pivot. A graphic designer by trade, Austin took it upon himself to design new invitations for their big day. The result was anything but second best.



In the forefront of the iconic Camelback Mountain, Brianna and Austin said their vows in a heartwarming, religious ceremony surrounded by their wedding party dressed in timeless neutrals. A custom statement seating chart display created by The Details Duo adorned with pampas, welcomed guests from cocktail hour to dinner where velvet dressed tables awaited.



Lounge furniture gave a functional design element that filled the space with a minimalist look. With every detail thoughtfully chosen, this postponement was a day worth waiting for.



Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Event Planning: Some Like It Classic - Wedding & Event Design | Floral Design: Carte Blanche | Cake: A Bake Shop | Reception Venue: El Chorro | Make up: Makiaj Beauty | DJ: Desert House Productions | Linen: Latavola Linen | Rentals: The Details Duo - Custom Escort Display/Photo Backdrop/Cards | Video: Everly Films | photobooth: Flashbulb Photobooth

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This Lake Como Editorial is a Modern Renaissance of Italian Elegance!

If you’ve ever dreamed of saying your “I Do’s”  surrounded by the majestic, rolling landscape and Lake Como, you’ll fall head over ‘hills’ for this editorial shoot at Villa Sola Cabiati! Federica Beni blissfully captures the spirit of Northern Italy with a fun, fall flair by incorporating a warm color palette and floral arrangements by Floraison that beautifully accentuate the natural fresco and stucco textures of the venue. With unexpected pops of color and whimsical touches in the tablescape, you’ll love this modern renaissance of Italian elegance, which you can experience in the full gallery by Stephanie Lynne Co.!

On the shores of Lake Como, with impressive mountains that rush into the water and little villages displayed all along the coast, you can find the stunning luxury Villa Sola Cabiati, one of the gems of this secluded area in North of Italy.

The interior and the majestic façade facing the lake inspired the concept of this editorial, with elegance, sophistication and art being the key elements that guided the designer when defining the overall vibe.

A young, beautiful couple would gather an intimate group of loved ones to celebrate their “I do”s in this stunning place where every cozy corner, inside and outside, seduces and enchants. You can see attraction in their eyes, excitement and that glimpse that makes a viewer dream of true love.

The beautiful warm fall shades of amazing floral arrangements embellished the main sets of this intimate wedding, where an elegant modern touch perfectly mingled with the stuccos and the frescoed walls.

Photographer: Stephanie Lynn Co | Videography: Koman Photography | Design and Styling: Federica Beni | Wedding Cake: MonAnnie Cakes | Venue: Grand Hotel Tremezzo | Beauty: Alessandro Mancino & Marco Carpentieri | Bridal gowns: Eva Lendel | Dinnerware: Tableset | Earrings for dress with tulle gown: Amelie George | Floral arrangements: Floraison | Floral assistant: NOSiOKO | Host: Amy Mulder Photography | Lace styling mat: Olive and Oak Mat | Male shoes: Gianbattista Garofalo | Modeling Agency: Wonderwall Management | Modeling Agency: 4 Upper Models | Papers: Acqua and Ink | Planning & coordination: Before the Moon | Rings, Earrings for sparkling dress with veil: Maison Artaner Paris | Silk ribbons: Silk and Willow | Table, chairs and table linens: Sofi Design | Veil: Noon on the Moon | Wedding Submission Services: Published Pretty | Workshop: The Seasons Workshops

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A Dreamy Destination Wedding on a Cliff Front in Bali Adorned in an Array of Pinks!

Dreamy yet sophisticated, with pops of pinks is the perfect way to describe this destination wedding, which casually takes place on a cliff front in Bali at Hedonism Villa which offers a jaw-dropping backdrop. With hues of pinks from the florals to the bright bridesmaid dresses and acrylic details from ceremony to reception, the day felt like a dream, planned by Tirtha Bali with decor and styling by Hanamizuki by Tirtha!…. What made the day even more special, the bride’s sister an up and coming couturier, Stella Lunardy, designed her wedding insanely gorgeous wedding gown! Now, take a peek below at all of the magic that Gusmank Wedding Photography captured!

From Sachi Kondo…When Steffi said yes to Ari, she didn’t picture a sentimental affair exclusively shared with her nearest and dearest. All she knew was that her heart longed for a tropical escape. Having trimmed their guest list from hundreds to a handful, the couple’s stunning cliff-front nuptials were simple and understated but close
to perfection.

Tirtha Bali planned an intimate celebration for couple Steffi and Ari that exceeded their expectations, from the welcome picnic party, livened up by fresh tapas, to the intimate ceremony adorned with pops of fuchsia, designed by the talented decoration team from Hanamizuki by Tirtha. As a fashion-savvy doctor, the wedding designers wanted to capture the beautiful contrasts of Steffi’s personality. Delicate yet bold, dreamy yet sophisticated, cute yet elegant. Steffi had one request for her wedding theme— pink. Away from the fairytale princess kind, she sought something more bold and exciting. The Hanamizuki team put together a color palette just the way the bride had in mind: a feminine play on blush pink and dusty rose; ecru for a touch of modernity; and fuchsia to make a stunning statement.

The ceremony was set on the lush lawn of Hedonism Villa, a venue that marries local beauty with an ethereal Mediterranean feel. Upon entering, sloping down towards the emerald green infinity pool, your eyes are met with an acrylic gate embellished with roses, anthurium, lisianthus and bougainvillea in the exact shades of the color palette.

For her special day, Steffi wore a delicately pleated ivory gown made by her sister Stella Lunardy, an up-and-coming couturier. The gown cascades so effortlessly and elegantly on her frame while her bridesmaid donned identical pleated dresses in fuschia, adding a more vibrant hue under Bali’s crystal clear sky.

The dinner arrangement perched on the deck by the cliff overlooking the ocean was wonderfully dreamlike. With crystal chandelier glittering over from heaven. Everything appeared surreal.

The couple thanked Tirtha for the seamless experience, from initial thoughts to the d-day everything was materialized even from hundreds of miles away. “I thought planning a destination wedding from Jakarta would be complicated or time-consuming. But Tirtha made long-distance planning a breeze.” Steffi said. “Every little detail was covered. I was amazed. I didn’t have to dedicate a lot of time or energy. The team took care of everything.”

Steffi and Ari lived their dream destination wedding in Bali. Oftentimes, she still plays back the scene in her head, exchanging vows at a dream venue like Hedonism Villa. “With the beautiful ocean as the backdrop, watching the sky turn from orange to a hundred shades of pink to a dark navy blue. This kind of amazing moment gives me goosebumps every time I think about it,” the bride reminisced.

Photography: Gusmank Wedding Photography | Cinematography: Evermotion Photography | Wedding Dress: Stella Lunardy | Makeup: Sheila Kho | Bridal Robe: Lune Home | Decor + Styling: Hanamizuki by Tirtha | Headband: Stella Lunardy | Location: Hedonism Villa | Planning: Tirtha Bridal

Mediterranean Charm Meets Undeniable Elegance At This Villa Wedding in Ravello

This Amalfi Coast wedding dazzles with a mix of Mediterranean charm and undeniable elegance. Our couple turned to noneother than Amalfi Soirée to plan a day filled with carefully curated details that leave a lasting impression. Hand-painted limoncello bottles from Antichi Sapori di Amalfi serve as wedding favors, and the long reception table overflowing with roses and delphiniums designed by Kuts Flowers is nothing short of breathtaking. Sergio Sorrentino captured the joyful moments in timeless images that will undoubtedly become lovely family heirlooms, you can see it all in the full gallery.



From Sergio SorrentinoThe bride, in addition to being a popular fitness influencer, is an experienced and caring nurse who fought the battle against Covid-19 from the front line. I had the opportunity to know Alanna in a deep way, and to appreciate all her beautiful qualities. What I’ve appreciated the most is certainly her resilience and her indestructible optimism. Even when the pandemic kept her separated from Reid for 7 months, preventing her from joining him in Europe, she never lost her kindness.



The wedding ceremony and reception were held at Villa Eva, a refined private villa overlooking the sea. At the opening of the gates of the wedding venue, musicians led a small group to the surprise wedding location. Everyone was amazed to discover the wide gardens full of flowers and the jaw-dropping panoramic view.



After the dinner, which took place in an atmosphere of great complicity and intimacy, the guests went wild on the dance floor under the stars. Guests said it was the best wedding they have ever been to.



Photography: Sergio Sorrentino | Event Planning: Amalfi Soirée | Floral Design: Kuts Flowers | Wedding Dress: Rime Arodaky | Favors: Antichi Sapori d'Amalfi | Wedding Venue: Villa Eva | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Music: Wedding Music

Amalfi Coast Wedding In One Of The Most Beautiful Gardens In Europe

You won’t be able to take your eyes off of this amazing Amalfi Coast wedding. Held at Villa Astor, an extraordinary private residence boasting one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe, Central Italy Wedding planned a day that rivals the beauty of the location. The romantic floral arrangements styled by Carolina Floral Design beautifully compliment the elegance of the day which was artfully captured in the imagery by Federico Lanuto Photography. Visit the full gallery for a closer look at all the lovely.




From Central Italy Wedding The inspiration for this styled shoot starts from the location, Villa Astor, one of the most beautiful venues in Sorrento, a magical place overlooking the sea. A historic home of insurmountable value with lush gardens full of plants and flowers, and even with natural caves.



Once you arrive, you would never take your eyes off the breathtaking panorama and that sea that goes from turquoise to emerald, and it is precisely this last color that we wanted to use as a contrast in the palette of neutral tones. The floral arrangements were harmonious so as not to overwhelm the beauty of the villa, as for the ceremony we recreated a semi-arch that followed the shape of the crypt entrance as if to blend in with the vegetation.



For the table set, centerpieces and crystal candelabra, alternating with fruit bowls, and with a mise en place with gold details. The formal dress with long puff sleeves, the deep neckline, and the lightness of the fabric was a reference to the interiors of the villa, rich in statues and ancient beauties as if to bring back a Greek Goddess with gathered hair supported by gold “leaves” and long pearl earrings. For the second change dress, a short skirt on the front and a loose hairstyle, embellished only by floral gold pendants.



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Photography: Federico Lanuto Photography | Videographer: 2Become1 | Event Design: Central Italy Wedding | Wedding Planner: Central Italy Wedding | Florist: Carolina Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Maria Laurenza | Cake: Irene cake design | Invitations: Laura Elisabeth Patrick | Reception Venue: Villa Astor | Reception Venue: Villa Astor | Bride's Shoes: Bella Belle | Ring: Taya Gioielli | Earrings: Nea Milano | Hair and Make-up: Joanna Falanga | Rentals: Allestimenti le Rose | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

A Lush Ceremony in the Nash Conservatory at Kew Gardens, Which Used to Reside in the Grounds at Buckingham Palace!

I sooo wish I knew about this venue when was getting married – Kew Gardens in London was Princess Augusta’s small botanic garden, mother of King George III, founded in 1759, and has since turned into a major scientific institution. The Temperate House is the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world and the Nash Conservatory, where the couple had their ceremony, used to be in the grounds at Buckingham Palace. Oh, not to mention the beautiful couple who tied the knot once again on their first wedding anniversary, broke with tradition by walking down the aisle hand-in-hand, and announced they were expecting during the ceremony. I’ve been happy crying all day just at thought of witnessing their love story! See all the details of their special day, planned by Emma Joy The Wedding Planner with blooms by Larry Walshe, at the full gallery – captured by  Taylor & Porter!

From Emma-Joy the couple’s Planner… Lauren and Ollie legally tied the knot in 2020 and they couldn’t wait to celebrate in style with their guests once Covid restrictions were finally lifted in the UK. In fact, so eager were they to start planning, that they emailed me before our Prime Minister had even finished making the announcement!

With venues closed and show rounds still taking place virtually, finding the perfect setting might have been a challenge. But Kew Gardens is one of the couple’s favourite places and just round the corner from where they live, so it turned out to be easy. When they told us they had availability on Lauren and Ollie’s first wedding anniversary, we knew it was meant to be!

Kew Gardens is certainly an incredible venue. It has grown from the small botanic garden that Princess Augusta, mother of King George III, founded in 1759, into a major scientific institution and much-loved destination. The Temperate House is the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world and the Nash Conservatory, where the couple had their ceremony, used to be in the grounds at Buckingham Palace. Luckily for Lauren and Ollie, it was moved brick-by-brick to Kew in 1836!

Having planned their small wedding last year, I already knew their style really well and I found Kew itself very inspiring. I designed a joyful palette of soft pink and white and kept the overall feel natural and romantic. Larry Walshe used hundreds of garden roses, dahlias and other seasonal blooms, many of them British-grown, to create a floral backdrop of dreams.

In a break with tradition, Ollie drove his gorgeous bride to their ceremony and the couple walked down the aisle together. It was a beautiful and very personal service, during which they announced the wonderful news that they’re expecting a baby!

Being foremost a botanic garden, there were understandably lots of rules and logistics I had to consider during the planning process. For instance, because real flowers aren’t allowed inside the Temperate House in case they contaminate the plant collection, we had a magnificent display of candles instead. Exposed wood dining tables, gold cutlery and linen napkins created an elegant yet rustic feel and guests enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime experience of dining beneath a canopy of exotic plants and trees. It was a magical scene as darkness fell, the candles flickered and the moon shone.

After dinner, everyone danced the night away to the fantastic Gatsby band. It was incredible and Taylor & Porter captured the beauty and emotion of the day perfectly.

 

Photography: Taylor Porter | Videographer: Reel Love Films | Event Planning: Emma Joy The Wedding Planner | Floral Design: Larry Walshe | Wedding Dress: Suzanne Neville | Cake: Lucy Burton | Ceremony Venue: The Orangery At Kew Gardens | Reception Venue: The Orangery At Kew Gardens | Catering: Blue Strawberry | Hair and Make Up: Sanni Sorma Makeup & Hair | Band: Gatsby Band via Young Guns | Celebrant: Tamryn Lawrence, Wild and Oak | String Quartet: Apollo Strings | Film Processing and Scanning: PhotoVision Prints | Furniture: Wedhead | Production: Oxygen Events | Statonery: Emma Bradstreet | Tablewear: Duchess & Butler | Tiara: Victoria Fergusson

This Couple Had A Wedding Of Epic Proportions In A Former Post Office!

Once bustling with mail carriers and patrons, The Old Post Office has been transformed into an event space of epic proportions. The Simply Elegant Group worked with our bride and groom to create a day most couples only dream of, filled with romantic blooms and pampas grass designed by Kehoe Designs. The entire day was elegantly captured in the beautiful imagery by Mandelette Photography, you can see it all in the full gallery.




From the bride… We met in New York in 2015 while working at the same hospital, Nikko was an orthopedic surgery resident and I was an operating room nurse. We had several mutual friends and got to know each other during social events outside the hospital. Nikko eventually worked up the nerve to ask me out and we started dating. The rest is history.



Flash forward a couple of years, we had moved to California for my fellowship. We were looking to do a celebratory end-of-the-year vacation. I suggested we do the road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway. We took a sunrise hot air balloon flight in Napa and he proposed mid-flight.



After having to postpone things because of the pandemic, we were finally able to celebrate our big day on 8/7/21. It was an incredible day surrounded by friends and family celebrating our love.



Photography: Mandelette Photography | Event Planning: The Simply Elegant Group | Floral Design: Kehoe Designs | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Of Sorrows | Reception Venue: The Old Post Office | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: The Paramount Group | Hair: Alex Brown | Band: The Patrick Lentz Band | Beauty: Magda Rod Makeup

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This Inspiration Shoot Is Proof That Love Can Conquer All

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade! This inspiration shoot is proof that your destination wedding plans can still be brought to life in your own backyard. Outstanding Occasions planned a day that demonstrated that no matter the circumstances you can create beauty anywhere. From the hand-tied bouquets that also served as guests’ escort cards to custom floral drinks, each detail feels intentional and special. LUX Wedding Florists filled the day with fabulous flowers, and Elyse Hall Photography artfully told a story of love overcoming all in her imagery. See it all in the full gallery.




From Elyse Hall PhotographyAt a time when most couples couldn’t wrap their head around revisioning, the plans of what once was to what now could be, we felt the need to show how truly beautiful and celebratory an intimate wedding can be. So from the desire of celebrating beauty, diversity, intimacy, and love came our styled shoot vision.



The design vision for this shoot was to feel like a soft and romantic outdoor celebration that had layers of classic, whimsy, and romance. Each detail was carefully selected to play a nod to European details and textiles while still feeling fresh and modern with monochromatic color schemes.



The tablescape was set in monochromatic linens and plate ware with vintage style flatware rounding out each place setting allowing the soft whimsical blush floral to stand out amongst the romantic candles. We hand-selected a beautiful real couple and group of diverse extras to showcase in the shoot to show that not all weddings fit into the same mold, and different is even more beautiful.



Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Event Planning: Outstanding Occasions | Floral Design: LUX Wedding Florsists | Dress: Schaffers Bridal | Invitations: Victoria York Design | Reception Venue: Royal Palms Resort | make up: Hvh Artists | Linen: La Tavola | Rentals: Prim Rentals | Video: Love Story Films

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You’ll Love The Classic Charm Of This Chic Huntington Beach Wedding

The recipe for a perfect wedding? Chic details, a pretty color palette, and breathtaking views. This California wedding at Hyatt Huntington Beach has all three. With the help of Milk Events, the dreamy day delighted guests at every turn. A classic combination of green and white led the design and was highlighted in the fabulous flowers by De Flora Event Flowers. Mallory Dawn Photography was there to capture every magical moment in her artful imagery, you can see it all in the full gallery.




From the bride and groom… Geoffrey and I are college sweethearts who got engaged while both finishing graduate school. He popped the question in Malibu after a helicopter ride with just the two of us- something that I’ll cherish forever.



We visited many venues, but since Geoffrey’s family would be flying in from Taiwan, it was important to choose a venue where guests could feel like they were on vacation with easy access to their hotel rooms throughout the entire weekend. For that reason, we fell in love with Hyatt Huntington Beach for the resort feel and the beautiful ocean scenery as a backdrop for our ceremony.



Leaning into the classic wedding theme, I knew that I wanted specifically a film photographer to capture our wedding. I always love looking back at my parent’s old wedding and family photos and remember my dad using film cameras growing up. I knew we had to choose someone skilled in film photography so we chose Mallory from Mallory Dawn Photography and she was one of my favorite vendors to work with.



Photography: Mallory Dawn Photography | Videography: SJ Videography | Florals: De Flora Event Flowers | Catering: Top Catering | Band: Downbeat La | Ceremony Music: Mari Haig | Backdrops: Outsource Itt | Beauty: Vivian Tran | Draping: Team Impulse Events | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Planning & Design: Milk Events | Portrait Station: Halogen Pictures | Rentals, Dance Floor & Lighting: TMMPRO

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Hydrate Through the Holidays With Drinkware That’s Festive in More Ways Than One

Water = life, but not everyone loves the stuff — and that’s totally okay, if you can get hydrated in other ways (via more fruits and vegetables in your diet, drinking other thirst-quenching elixirs, avoiding alcohol in excess, etc.). But during the holidays, there are endless temptations and indulgences in our midst that make it hard to remember the easiest and simplest way to stay healthy: by hydrating. If you’re getting married, too, you have lots on the horizon for the new year, so you’ll want to ensure you’re in tip-top shape to plan a wedding and keep the “You’re engaged!!” party going from now through your nuptials. 

If drinking water isn’t headlining your to-do list (especially with an “I do” list getting longer by the minute), here’s a trick you can follow with picks from our own Style Me Pretty Shop: Sip from bottles and glasses, mugs and tumblers that celebrate your being a bride, with besties along for the ride. 

Photo by Anya Kernes Photography

Here are a few favorites from our Wedding Planning and Wedding Party Shops. 

The Tumblers 

A few years ago, the “Wedding Planning Wine Glass” was a staple for every bride, and while it’s definitely still a part of the planning-without-stress toolkit, we like the tumbler takeover. Our bride and bridesmaid tumblers are adorable and appropriately bridal without all the extra bling. Available in a white and blush palette, respectively, the tumblers say “bride” and “bridesmaid,” and are embellished with a diamond gem over the ‘i’ and a sweet hand-sketched heart at the end. The included metal straws are a perfect nod to eco-consciousness and sustainability, too. 

And if you’ll be having a holiday-themed bachelorette, then maybe think about having these festive “Wedding Party Cup” tumblers in tow for morning mocktails and post-drinking detox sessions. There are so many fun holiday recipes that can be mixed up sans spirits!   

 

The Mugs 

We’d be lying if we said we didn’t love a good “Does this ring make me look engaged?” mug, because we obviously do, but there’s something to be said for mugs that allude to an aisle in your (or your bestie’s) future without going too overboard. Our ceramic mugs absolutely #UnderstoodTheAssignment, and they’re fit to hold all of your favorite beverages, including hot and cold drinks such as coffee, cocoa, tea, juice, wine, beer and more. The latter of which aren’t all that hydrating, but it’d be a missed opportunity if we failed to mention them… 

For you – the bride 

This one features a carnation pink design with gold foil accents that display a lighthearted message of “Sipping Pretty.” And what bride doesn’t want to be sitting pretty while their planning is underway? Sending those safe, stellar, comfortable, and confident vibes out into the universe can only manifest good things to come.  

For your squad – the bridesmaids 

This one says “Lovely Bridesmaid” in sweet scripted lettering. The gorgeous gold foil lettering is accompanied by gold floral accents over a pure white exterior. A rose-colored interior gives it a soft and elegant touch of style. 

 

The Custom Water Bottles 

If your wedding is happening during the holiday season or early next year, you’ll still want to keep the healthy hydration habits in high gear. That’s why our personalizable stainless steel water bottles are so clutch. Have your whole wedding party sipping in style the morning of your wedding and at your farewell brunch. White for the ladies? Black for the guys? Vice versa, perhaps, or a mix of colors for both sides? Any way you want to go, your teams will rally behind you. 

How about that for a holiday season wedding welcome bag for your crew? You can even add ingredients for a delicious spa water that they can create and add to their bottle before they arrive at your wedding suites the next morning. 

And be sure to take a peek at our Ultimate Wedding Beauty Guide for even more tips on getting yourself wedding-ready (hydration is a MAJOR part of it, by the way). Shop everything at our Style Me Pretty Shop right now! 

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The Anatomy Of An Invitation Suite: What’s Included?

There is a lot of flexibility in what pieces can and should be included in an invitation suite. While a few pieces are vital, stationery is designed to fit your event and what you need, uniquely. 

“The typical invitation suite includes what we call The Basics: invitation, reply card and envelopes for both. Most clients will also have a details insert of some kind, and some order a custom map.”

–Emily Foran, Three Little Words

For all the tips, tricks and advice from the pros, check out our Ultimate Stationery Guide on Amazon or our SMP Shop

Photo by Anya Kernes Photography, LBB | Stationery by Olive Saint Lily

 

Save the Dates

Save the dates are traditionally mailed 6–12 months prior to the wedding, and let guests know a date and the general location of the wedding. They are particularly helpful if you and your partner are hosting a wedding with out-of-town guests, or if you’re planning a longer engagement. By sending these cards, guests will know they weren’t forgotten, and will have advance notice to start making arrangements and securing their spot on your special day. 

Because they are often sent early in the wedding process, most of the details and decisions for the wedding will not be finalized, and that’s okay! When sending save the dates, the only things you need to know are a firm date, the city/state of the event, and a general sense of how the day will look and feel.

Be sure to include:

  • Names of couple
  • Wedding Date
  • City, State 
  • Venue Name (Optional)
  • Wedding Website (Optional, although if you’ve already gotten your wedding website up and running, this is a great place to show it off and give your guests a place to go for all their questions)

Photo by Anya Kernes Photography, LBB | Stationery by Olive Saint Lily

Main Invitation

The main invitation card lies at the heart of each invitation suite. Traditionally, invitation wording has fairly strict etiquette. However, if you’re hosting an informal event, the etiquette can loosen a little. You can read more about invitation wording in the etiquette section of this guide.

Since the design of the main invitation suite happens closer to the big day, there’s more opportunity to bring in elements from the event itself. If you’re ordering custom stationery, your designer could incorporate a floral illustration using the varieties of flowers that will be used in the centerpieces, or use envelopes that match the bridesmaids’ dresses. View the invitation suite as a bridge between concept and reality, and use it to express your vision in a different format. The opportunity for creative design choices increases when you incorporate additional cards in the suite.

Be sure to include:

  • Who is hosting
  • Names of couple
  • Date and Time
  • Venue 
  • City (State is optional)

Photo by Luna de Mare Photography | Stationery by Plume Calligraphy

Response Cards and Envelopes

While technology has opened up doors for how guests can RSVP, traditional etiquette calls for a good, old-fashioned response card. Usually the smallest card in the suite, a response card includes a line for the guests or a hired calligrapher to write their names and mark whether or not they’ll be attending the event. Some response cards also include a section where guests can select their meal preference (a large majority of venues nowadays allow guests to choose their entrées tableside, but if that isn’t the case with yours, then here’s where you’d do it!), and in recent years, it’s become good practice to include a line where they can write any dietary restrictions.

The corresponding envelope should be pre-addressed to whoever is collecting response cards, AND include postage as well. No matter how pretty the invitation is, people can get lazy and lack the motivation to mail that baby back in! If you make the process of responding easier with a stamp already on it, more guests will get the picture and do their best to drop it in the post in a timely manner. Mailing invitations in the proper time frame,  so that they don’t have too much or too little time to reply, will increase the amount of people who respond as well. 

Be sure to include:

  • Reply by Date
  • Line for guests’ names
  • Boxes to mark attendance status
  • Dietary Restriction Line (Optional)
  • Meal selection (Optional)

Photo by The Ganeys, LBB | Stationery by Emily Mayne Studio, LBB

 

Details Card

A details card can be included in a suite to give guests more information on lodging, travel, navigation, menu choices, dress code, and other things they should know about the event. They are particularly helpful if your ceremony and reception venues are different, if you’re hosting out of town guests, or if you’re planning a more complex or formal event.

Things you may include:

  • Dress Code
  • Menu Options
  • Lodging Recommendations
  • Wedding Website
  • Notes on weather or landscape, if outdoor wedding
  • Other things guests should know

Photo by Kristyn Harder Photography | Stationery by Plush Invitations

 

Illustrated Maps

When ordering custom or semi-custom suites, some designers offer illustrated maps. These cards are a fantastic way to show off your venues, and create a statement piece worth remembering. While most guests will opt to use a GPS to find their way, illustrated maps can give a general sense of where venues are located within a city. Not to mention, they’re really fun to look at!

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This Washington D.C. Wedding at Meridian House Is Giving Major Twilight Vibes

Justine and Brennan’s Washington D.C. nuptials were all about classic and organic beauty! Meridian House provided a breathtaking backdrop for SRS Events to plan a timeless affair dressed in a French Blue-focused color palette. Wild Pollen’s loose floral arrangements created a garden-like feel for the ceremony while a jazz trio accompanied the warm and inviting reception design, filled with taper candles and votives. Embrace the feeling of love in its purest form at the full gallery, photographed by Alicia Lacey

Justine and Brennan first booked their wedding venue in late 2019 and then sought to hire their wedding planner, SRS Events, right before COVID struck. From living in DC, Justine and Brennan knew they wanted to host their wedding in the city and show their friends and family why love they to call DC home. Meridian House is historical in and of itself, from being built in 1919 and was designed by the renowned architect, John Russell Pope, who designed the Jefferson Memorial, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Archives. It is also unique to downtown DC in that it has several beautiful outdoor spaces suitable for a wedding ceremony and cocktail, including a Linden Tree grove with the original trees imported from Europe when the home was built.

Justine fell in love with her wedding dress online, from seeing it on a distant friend on her Facebook! She found out the designer, Sarah Seven, and set about purchasing the dress and having it altered to fit to her to perfection. Justine selected Wtoo bridesmaid dresses in French Blue and allowed them to select their favorite style. Although finding the perfect bridesmaid dress was one of the hardest parts of planning, then end result was absolute perfection, and paired perfectly with their organic sweet pea bouquets!

The couple and their wedding planner created a natural, romantic yet timeless and elegant wedding day, incorporating pastel blues, whites, creams and greenery tones. Letterpress save the dates and invitations with delicate soft blue florals gave guests a hint of the wedding design to come.

The florist created a floral design that she describes as:
The aesthetic for the wedding will create a beautiful floral experience that incorporates natural elements to compliment the surrounding space. Arrangements will evoke a feeling of serenity and naturalism, while embodying a loose, organic feel to reflect the raw movement of the flowers. Unique textures and greenery will add a subtle yet impactful organic garden inspired feel. The over-all feeling of your big day will invite guests to relax, dance, and celebrate at an intimate, urban garden inspired event.

Flowers used include: garden roses, lisianthus, dahlia, sweet pea, clematis, ranunculus,
tulip, hydrangea, hellebore, seasonal greens and foliage.

Justine’s bouquet was petite to not overwhelm her tiny frame, and beautiful dress. In fact, we had a bridal bouquet mockup created to ensure everything would be perfect on the wedding day.

Although the wedding happened in mid-2021 after vaccines had come out, it was very important to the couple that the celebration was safe for guests. As such, they decided to downsize their guest list to 85 guests, and make it a requirement that all guests were vaccinated before the wedding. One final surprise they received during their planning is the best man’s wife went into labor the day before the wedding!

The bride got ready in her childhood home in Bethesda Maryland, about 20 minutes from the venue, and the groom got ready in their own home in Washington DC. It was so special for the bride getting ready in her childhood home with so many of her closest friends surrounding her.

The ceremony was held in the Linden Tree Grove, which has the perfect aisle way in between the trees leading to the beautiful asymmetrical floral arch as the ceremony focal point with the sounds of the string musicians in the background. The couple’s close friend, Peter, who was also a groomsman, officiated their ceremony. In DC, anyone can apply for an authorization to be able to legally sign the marriage license! After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the garden and enjoyed various bites such as Argentinean steak crostini, Gruyère gougère, and butternut squash bisque soup sips and specialty drink libations of Blackberry Smash and Whiskey Sour. A jazz trio provided music during cocktail hour.

For the reception design, lots of candles from tapers, pillars and votives were used to create a warm, inviting and romantic ambiance in the dining room. Tables featured either a beautiful floral compote centerpiece or a mixture of dark sage foliage and pillar candles. The couple chose to sit at a sweetheart table and the fireplace mantle adorned with florals was the perfect backdrop for them. The 3-tier wedding cake featured two delectable flavors: Apple cake, pear butter, salted caramel buttercream and elderflower soaked lemon cake, blackberry jam, vanilla buttercream. Alternating white floral sprigs festooned the cake displayed in the library.

After sharing a first dance to Conversations in the Dark by John Legend, the couple sneaked out for a private sparkler moment with the photographers before they departed. After dancing the night away, the newlyweds enjoyed a honeymoon in Turks and Caicos. Congratulations to Dr Justine Record and Mr Brennan Thews!

Photography: Alicia Lacey Photography | Event Design: SRS Events | Event Planning: SRS Events | Floral Design: Wild Pollen | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop | Invitations: ZOLA | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Catering: Main Event Caterers | Band: Bachelor Boys Band | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Transportation: Rma | Wedding Venue: Meridian House | Beauty: Up Dos For I Dos | Beverages: ACE Beverage | Day-of Paper: Minted | Rentals: Select Event Group | Video: Rising Virgo

Shades Of Neutrals Shine At This Intimate California Countryside Celebration

Surrounded by the lush green and natural beauty of Park Winters, a countryside retreat nestled in the heart of California, this wedding has a decidedly clean and fresh feel we can’t get enough of. Natalie Choi Events planned a day that dazzles with shades of neutrals setting the scene for a chic affair. From the bridal bouquets to the sweetheart table, blooms by Rise Floral, filled the day romance. The love of the day was elegantly captured in the imagery by Stephanie Gan Photography, you can see it all in the full gallery.




From Natalie Choi EventsDanielle & Ed met right before the pandemic hit, and nurtured their love through many hours spent indoors as they rode out the waves of 2020 together. They were finally able to celebrate their love in September of 2021 in an intimate wedding surrounded by their closest friends and loved ones at Park Winters, a countryside retreat nestled in the heart of California.



Danielle chose a neutral palette rich in textures for their wedding, from velvet linens to whitewashed bentwood chairs, with pops of colors provided by the late summer/early autumn blooms. She wanted her wedding to feel classic but modern, which was achieved through matte stoneware plates with gold flatware for a touch of elegance.



As the sunset, the reception was illuminated by suspended strings of bistro lights while guests dined in the light of the taper candles and votives lining their long banquet tables. Danielle wore a total of three dresses over the course of the day, starting with a classic gown for the ceremony, followed by a sparkly strapless dress for dinner and a draped, silky dress for dancing.



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Photography: Stephanie Gan Photography | Videography: Amy Hung Films | Event Planning: Natalie Choi Events | Floral Design: Rise Floral | Cake: Palette CakeS | Hair and Makeup: Joyce Zhou | DJ: DJ Jeremy Productions | Wedding Venue: Inn At Park Winters | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Standard Event Rentals

A Black-Tie London Wedding in the ‘Love Actually’ Church!

We dare you not to fall in love with this London wedding. Held at the iconic Claridge’s, Lily & Sage planned a day of epic proportions. Stationery designer Rose & Ruby created bespoke stationery with a hand drawn illustration of Claridge’s, hand torn Italian textured paper, delicately calligraphed place card scrolls and a beautiful monogram alongside other feminine details for the day. Blue Sky Flowers filled the day with blooms that will take your breath away. Every detail was documented artfully by Molly Carr Photography who went above and beyond to capture the magic, you can see it all in the full gallery.




From Lily & SageThe bride came to us with a dream to get married at Claridge’s hotel in Mayfair, London. We fell completely in love with the beauty and history of the hotel. Originally planned for September 2020, the wedding was pushed back several times due to Covid-19, making the day itself even more special when it finally came around and truly magical.



Their heartfelt ceremony was at the historic Grosvenor Chapel. Built-in the 1730’s, this chapel was featured n the all-time-favorite British film, ‘Love Actually’. Their daughter and son acted as flower girl and ring bearer, along with nine other of their closest little ones who served as flower girls and page boys.



We designed a timeless French style setting with an abundance of white flowers and greenery by Blue Sky Flowers which were paired with French infused details, intricate glassware, chargers, and nude tapered candles. Macrons and pale wooden Louis XIV style seating created a romantic and intimate setting in the stunning ballroom.



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Photography: Molly Carr Photography | Cinematography: Tynegate Films | Event Planning: Lily & Sage | Floral Design: Blue Sky Flowers | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: Edible Essence | Invitations: Rose & Ruby Paper Co. | Ceremony Venue: Grosvenor Chapel | Reception Venue: Claridge Hotel | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Pronovias | DJ: Leigh Storey | Groom's Attire: Boggi Milano | Rentals: Duchess & Butler | Rentals: Options great hire | Weddings Rings: Cartier