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What to Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Date

When it comes to setting a wedding date, there can be a lot of pressure for the couple to make a decision. Some brides and grooms already have a date set in their minds from the moment they get engaged. Others have no idea what month they want, let alone a date. If you’re in that boat, don’t fret because we’ve got you covered! To aid you in the first crucial step in wedding planning, here’s what to consider when choosing your wedding date.

1. Familial Considerations

Although not the most fun topic, family illnesses, aging grandparents, or even the more positive topic of the pregnancy of a close family member can greatly impact when you set your date. If there are key guests you must have at your wedding who perhaps will fare better sooner than later, be sure to work around their health or schedules so they can be in attendance. Additionally, if you know that key guests might be in the prime in the first half of the day, consider a brunch wedding so they can fully enjoy your celebration!

2. Your Ideal Weather

Is the winter better than the spring? Is June really the best wedding month? Do you dream of being surrounded by snow in the mountains? Or do you prefer a mild breeze and sunshine in the French countryside? Callista Osborn of Callista and Company says, “Consider the landscape and weather at your ideal wedding venue. Are there blooming trees that peak in the spring, colorful autumn foliage, or dreamy dustings of winter snow? Don’t let weather be a deterrent, but rather research average weather patterns, and plan accordingly from the start to keep your guests comfortable in the sun, rain, or snow.”

3. Tourism in Popular Destinations

If you’re planning a wedding in a city that often has tourists, be mindful of dates and months that are busier than normal. Going during busy seasons could make travel more difficult. Additionally, it would make it a lot harder to get gorgeous portraits with minimal to no people in the backgrounds. Jennifer Fox, a wedding planner in Paris, advises, “When choosing a wedding date in Paris, it’s key to take into account the time of year, especially during the busy summer tourist season. To enjoy the city’s most iconic landmarks at their most intimate (and with the best lighting), it’s best to plan for a sunrise portrait session a day or two before your actual wedding. This way you are sure to capture the city at its most beautiful, while allowing yourself more time to sip champagne with your guests on your wedding day!”

By choosing a wedding date that gives you flexibility to go early and explore the city with your photographer, you can truly take advantage of the city’s beauty. It’s great advice to add on a portrait session during a time when most people aren’t even awake! That would solve the busy background issue and then your wedding will a piece of cake too since tourists wouldn’t be at your venue!

4. Choosing a Meaningful Date

If you’re open to any season and time of year, choosing a meaningful wedding date that’s based off of special past events can be a beautiful nod to your history. You could choose the date on which you first met, had your first kiss, or your anniversary. Or perhaps you two are big fans of a particular holiday and want to incorporate that date and its festivities into your celebration. You truly can’t go wrong with choosing a date that has significance to your relationship!

5. Prioritizing Your Dream Vendors

Nothing’s worse than having your date set in stone only to realize your favorite vendor is already booked. If you’re that bride or groom who’s had their heart set on a specific venue or photographer and can’t have your wedding without them, let their availability dictate your date. Inquire and tell them how much you would love them to be a part of your day and that you’re willing to choose whatever date they’re available within a specific month or season. That way, you get your dream team of vendors and don’t have to brainstorm your own date options!

6. Be Flexible

Sometimes being flexible with your date can be a huge blessing. For my own wedding, we originally wanted April 6th (a Saturday). Our dream venue had lower food and beverage minimums for Sundays. As much as we had out hearts set on Saturday, the financial logistics and the fact that we would be able to make better use of our full budget by choosing Sunday were absolutely worth it!

You might also want to be flexible in case you realize your date overlaps a time frame in which traveling would be difficult or costly for you and your guests. Michael Masi of Masi Events adds, “Just last week we were venue scouting in Palm Beach with one of our new full service clients.  They were initially interested in October dates.  Being as they are from the Northeast and not South Florida, I advised them about the potential for hurricanes that time of year.  So obviously weather is an important consideration when choosing your venue and location.

Beyond that though, it is important to be aware of other activities that may be annual or special occurrences in the destination of your choice.  For this same client, they made the decision on the wedding venue of their dreams, luckily the venue was available for February not October.  Hurricane issue averted! The dates available were February 1st and February 22nd of 2020.  They were ready to move forward with the 1st, when I advised them that the Super Bowl would be in Miami that weekend, nearly two hours away from their venue, but still in the area.  Before confirming the date, we check hotels, airfare and other travel expenses guests would be subject to in order to attend the wedding and decided that an over $500 difference in airfare tickets would be worth the move to the later date.” Way to go Michael for helping his couple avoid potential wedding disasters!

I couldn’t end this post without highly recommending that you hire a planner to help you make the right decision about your wedding date. Planners, working from experience, can foresee issues like traffic, weather, costs, and more when it comes to choosing your wedding date. Although you should wait until you have a date set in stone to contact other vendors, planners are a great exception to this rule. They’ll be a great asset to have before you even choose your date and venue!

 

Cavin Elizabeth is a wedding film photographer based in San Diego, California. Her wedding work has taken her all over the United States and abroad. In addition to being a photographer, Cavin is an educator and an avid blogger of wedding planning tips for brides and grooms. She authored the book A Bride’s Guide to a Picture Perfect Wedding, which teaches couples how to make wedding plans that are best for photography. 

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An Elegant Wedding Amidst The Rice Fields at Villa Kelusa in Bali

Considering that Bali is one of the top wedding destinations in the world, it’s safe to say we’ve seen A LOT of weddings in this tropical locale – but none quite like this beauty! Tamara and Lucky truly embraced the natural elements of Balinese culture. They incorporated everything from elegant bamboo and woven details to bird cages and jungle palms to their wedding decor – elements you can find walking through the villages of Bali. The bride wore an utterly romantic Oscar De La Renta gown as the couple exchanged vows under a tropical arbor created by Bloomz Fine Flowers. It was the dreamiest day all thanks to Hair Indah Wedding Planning & Design. Step inside this enchanting Bali affair below, all captured beautifully by Imaj Gallery

How did you first meet?

From the Bride…We met at a medical mission in southern Philippines. We were both doctor volunteers at an area devastated by one of the strongest typhoons to make landfall in history called Super- Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda. We joined in the initial relief efforts headed by common colleagues and first met there.

What was the vision for your wedding day?

What was most essential to us in considering our overall vision was to share our special place with our loved ones and honor love as well. We love Bali, particularly Ubud, as it was the location of our first holiday together and many thereafter. We envisioned the typical Ubud background of jungle and rice fields and thought white would stand out well against the lush green background. We decided to keep everything white from the flowers to the dress code. We wanted it to be tropical, natural, and very Balinese thus romantic. The naturally elegant bamboo and woven elements, jungle palms and fragrant white flowers, even bird cages, were what we always loved about Bali. So the decor reflected what one could typically find in the villages and along the country roads of Bali. We had 80 guests consisting of close friends and family which made our wedding feel cozy and intimate.

Describe the wedding, what made it unique and special?

The Ubud villa we chose had the perfect background of rice fields on a jungle ravine and the property layout allowed a natural progression from the entrance to ceremony onto the cocktails then the dinner tent along an elongated ridge. This created a Wow Factor & a surprise at each location along the way. Our guests came from all over the world to share this with us. The decor was particular to the region as we are from the Philippines and being from Southeast Asia we love decor made of bamboo, coconuts, woven baskets, rugs, and pottery. Balinese Penjors which are traditional bamboo poles festooned with rice & flowers welcomed our guests at the villa gates. We had some very personal elements such as amazing chandeliers adorned with fresh strands of jasmine blossoms & the hand crafted chandelier made in Bali which hung on the tree next our arch. We took the hand crafted Balinese chandelier home and now have it with us to remind us of that day! Both of my dresses, chosen & gifted by my Mom, were from Oscar de la Renta’s atelier in London where she works. Did I mention the hand built and crafted wood tent made especially for the site?! The wedding planner, the decorator and the caterer & the photographer were all really amazing! They really made the day what it was!!

Fill us in on the flowers used for floral arrangements!

Our floral arrangements were kept “wild but still pretty” and smelled amazing, using a lot of fragrant flowers typical of Bali including tuberoses, frangipani, white lotus flowers and jasmine. In addition there were lots of tropical leaves, fresh rice grass & coconuts throughout the venue.

Talk to us about your bridal style:

I was lucky enough to be styled by my mother who works in fashion. I wore an Oscar de la Renta gown and changed into a shorter lace dress later in the evening also by Oscar dela Renta. We chose both dresses instantly, with one fitting without needing to try anything else because we felt both were so perfect especially for Bali. My dangling white floral earrings were also by Oscar de la Renta. I wore a very thin custom By Chari bracelet in rose gold that had the letters L and T. My shoes were rose gold with embroidered flowers by Kate Spade. My bridal bag was also in a shade of rose gold by Cult Gaia. Our wedding bands were from Tiffany, mine was thin rose gold and the groom’s was black titanium and rose gold mix.

What about the handsome groom?

The groom’s bespoke three piece beige suit was custom made by Suit It Up Manila using a really light Dormieul linen blend fabric from London perfect for the Bali weather. His brown brogues were by Colehaan.

Photography: Imaj Gallery | Videography: Leura Film | Wedding Planner : Hari Indah Wedding Planning & Design | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Wedding Cake: Butter Bali | Jewelry: By Chari | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Their Own | Catering: M & M Concepts | Calligraphy: Pi Calligraphy | Groom's Attire: Suit It Up Manila | Bridal Handbag: Cult Gaia | Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade | Bride's Evening Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Custom Wood Flooring: Bali Art Rentals | Decorative Lighting: So-Watt | Earrings: Oscar De La Renta | Furniture Hire: Bali Event Hire | Furniture Hire: In Style Bali Rentals | Groom's Attire (shoes): Cole Haan | Hair & Make Up: Anja Buerck | Private Villa: Villa Kelusa | Sound & Lighting: Virtuoso Bali | Styling & Decor: Bloomz Fine Flowers | Table Ware: Semeja | Tenting: Bloomz Fine Flowers | Villa Interior Design: Kamala | Wedding Band: Lydia Rose | Wedding Celebrant: Heather Boylan | Wedding Day Stationery: Hari Indah Wedding Planning & Design | Wedding rings: Tiffany & Co.

Eclectic & Earthy Livermore Wedding at Wente Vineyards

The best part of fusing any wedding, but especially a multicultural one? Embracing your respective backgrounds while celebrating with your nearest and dearest. Recruiting the help of Amy Nichols Special Events, Radha and Piper crafted a day—honoring Radha’s Gujarati Hindu heritage—that was not only meaningful and harmonious but represented the modern, same-sex couple’s eclectic taste as well. Allan Zepeda captured it all, right this way.

From Amy Nichols Special Events… Radha and Piper met online and in the span of one week they had three 10-hour dates! A few years and many more conversations later, Radha proposed in a private, warm, and emotional engagement. Once they were engaged, Radha and Piper tapped Amy Nichols of Amy Nichols Special Events to coordinate their large and complex wedding day. After interviewing several planners, they chose Amy because they felt comfortable with her style of communication, her experience and because they just had a gut feel that she was going to be able to work with them to help create the experience they were looking for.

When it came time to start the planning, one large consideration was that Radha was one of the first openly gay member of her community, and her wedding to Piper truly opened hearts and minds. The wedding weekend included three days of ceremonies and celebrations, culminating in the wedding ceremony and reception at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California, east of San Francisco.

The wedding ceremony at Wente Vineyards included a baraat and a traditional mandap in a large tent erected for the ceremony to protect guests from the summer heat. The tent was decorated with woodland-inspired florals designed by Alicia K Designs, and included pops of color.

They wanted to make sure the entire event successfully captured a blend of both of their cultures and wasn’t fully overtaken by the Indian foundation of the wedding itself. Piper’s best friend officiated an additional western component of the ceremony, which was predominantly a traditional Indian Gujarati ceremony officiated by a Hindu pandit. They also had fun personal touches like steampunk-inspired escort cards, mini terrarium favors, and vintage scrolls as a guest book, which were all things that were meaningful to Radha and Piper.

When designing the overall wedding day, Amy Nichols Special Special Events tailored the wedding design to the couple’s eclectic, organic and earthy style. Working closely with Alicia K Designs, Amy and Alicia and kept their woodland-inspired tastes in mind with pops of color giving a nod to Radha’s Indian culture. Bright and eclectic florals of Mokara orchids, dahlias, scabiosa pods, pincushion protea, and greens were incorporated. Greenery was added to the tent supports to keep the natural feeling going, and provided the perfect backdrop as guests danced into the night. One of the best surprises of the night was Piper’s family surprising Radha’s family with a choreographed Bollywood dance routine — which had everyone crying with laughter.

Photographer: Allan Zepeda Photography | Planner: Amy Nichols Special Events | Floral Design: Alicia K Designs | Makeup: Faces by Lilliana | Hair: Sherrie Long Makeup Hair & Effects | DJ: Denon And Doyle | Officiant: Alan Katz | Ceremony/Reception: Wente Vineyards | Day of prop styling: Kelly Oshiro | Rentals (chairs, tables): Classic Party Rentals | Tent, Lighting, Dancefloor: Zephyr Tents | Video: Paperweight Films

How to Decide Which Photography Style Is Right for You

Luckily for me, I knew what kind of photography style I wanted for my own wedding. What I didn’t know was how in the world I was going to find the perfect photographer! It’s even harder when you have no idea what kind of imagery you’re drawn to. If that sounds like you and you’re already feeling overwhelmed, keep reading to learn how to decide which photography style is right for you!

Browse Instagram and Websites

Tanya of Tenth and Grace says, “The easiest way to determine the right photography style for your wedding is to expose yourself to a wide range of photographers and see what types of images resonate with you the most. Do you swoon over light and airy film images or do you gravitate toward dark and moody photos? Do you love romantic posed portraits or prefer a more candid photojournalistic approach? Instagram is a great place to discover a wide range of styles, or you can search recent weddings at your venue to see how different types of photographers have captured a wedding day there. Try to envision yourself and your wedding in a photographer’s work. And no matter which photography style you decide on, make sure you see full galleries from your photography prospects so you know how they capture a complete wedding day!”

Envision Yourself in Their Work

“The most important thing when deciding on what photographer you want to work with is connecting with their work. You may like multiple photographers from different styles, which is absolutely okay. At the end of the day, you need to pick whose work you see yourself in.  If you can picture yourself and your fiancé in the images of the photographer, they’re going to be a good fit for you.  Don’t try and change your photographers style though, we can only see the world through our own eyes so if you love a light and airy photographer’s ability to capture emotion, but want your wedding photos to be darker and moodier, find a darker and moodier photographer who also captures emotion like that.  Asking someone to be something their not never ends well.” remarks Rebecca of Rebecca Yale Photography.

Find a Connection

I always tell couples to forget about simply comparing photographers on paper. You should base your decision on so much more than a photographer’s prices and offerings. Your selection should be much more based on the photographer’s artistry and personality. Katie Grant adds to this idea by saying, “I’m a firm believer in, “when you see it, you’ll know it”. If a photographer’s imagery speaks to you and moves you to the core, if you keep going back to their page and scrolling through their galleries or Instagram, if you keep comparing back to them…then you know. I don’t think it’s always down to ‘style’, per se…there is so much more to emotionally connect with and I think that is more important. Connect with them and their vision and you’ll naturally find your style.”

Be Confident in Your Decision

Couples should be 100% sure about their decision to book their photographer. You don’t want to take too long to book and risk another couple snatching up the date, but you don’t want to be too hasty unless you’re absolutely certain it’s the photographer you love. There’s nothing worse than buyer’s remorse, especially when nearly all photographer retainers are non-refundable. Ask any important questions and review full galleries before booking to make sure this is your perfect match!

 

Cavin Elizabeth is a wedding film photographer based in San Diego, California. Her wedding work has taken her all over the United States and abroad. In addition to being a photographer, Cavin is an educator and an avid blogger of wedding planning tips for brides and grooms. She authored the book A Bride’s Guide to a Picture Perfect Wedding, which teaches couples how to make wedding plans that are best for photography. 

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A Refined Tropical Wedding at the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

An elegant, green and white tropical wedding in paradise?! Umm, yes please! We couldn’t be more in love with these stunning Hawaiian nuptials. From the palm leaf covered arbor dripping in hundreds of flowers by TOAST Santa Barbara to the al fresco reception under a canopy of string lights – the entire wedding day was designed to perfection thanks to Callista & Company! Check out every beautiful detail at the full gallery of images captured by O’Malley Photographers.

From Callista & CompanyChika and Ramon honored their individual heritages with a trilingual wedding celebration at the Four Seasons Oahu. It was of great importance to the bride and groom that their guests felt comfortable and informed throughout the wedding festivities, so they used Appy Couple to relay all the details in Japanese, Spanish, and English.

The wedding ceremony was officiated in English, with translations in Japanese and Spanish. Guests utilized a trilingual linen seating chart hanging in front of the sunset. Toasts were given in all three languages, and guests were gifted favor boxes sealed with stickers reading Thank You in English, Japanese, and Spanish. The refined, tropical floral design by TOAST gave the tablescape an amazing sense of place coupled with contemporary elegance. Thousands of flowers were strung and hung from the ceremony arch and along the chairs.

A canopy of lights shone overhead while guests danced the night away to a Hawaiian band, lead by Jeremy Hirokawa. A surprise hula performance ended the evening, then guests were led to an afterparty at the Bar at Hokulea, complete with a beautiful koa wood bar. A special thank you to the O’Malley Photographers for capturing everything so perfectly.

Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Videography: Fisheye Studio | Floral Design: TOAST Santa Barbara | Wedding Gown: Pronovias | Stationery: Libby Tipton | Hair and Makeup: Whikd Hawaii | Band: Jeremy Hirokawa | Wedding Venue: Four Seasons Resort Oahu | Linen: BBJ La Tavola | Planning & Design: Callista & Company | Rentals: Event Accents

A Modern Green and White Wedding at Cornerstone Sonoma with a Romantic Touch

Today’s gorgeous green and white wedding set in one of our favorite destinations, California’s Wine Country, is in a league of its own. From the elegant yet modern ceremony teeming with crisp white blooms to the tented reception complete with a jaw-dropping greenery chandelier – it’s seriously impossible for us to choose our favorite part!! What we can say is Amy Burke Designs absolutely NAILED the floral design for this breathtaking event. Jen Huang Photo captured every detail of the day flawlessly (per usual) while the festivities went off without a hitch thanks to Charmed Events Group, LLC. See all the can’t-miss moments below…

From Jen Huang PhotoOn a beautiful Fall afternoon, Allison and Ray were married amongst their closest family and friends for an intimate wedding in Sonoma. It was very important to the couple that their wedding be a reflection of their personal style: modern, minimal and glamorous with lots and lots of romance!

With a color palette of nearly an all white wedding accented with foliage and greenery, we set out to create a wedding that would impress! For the ceremony, we wanted to create a space that would WOW guests on first impression and set the right tone for the rest of the evening. As guests entered the gardens, their eyes were immediately drawn to the lush aisle that led to a ceremony arch that was filled with greenery and flowers. It transformed guests into a wine country inspired winter wonderland.

Allison and Ray share a passion for mountaineering and have traveled all across the world to do just that. As a nod to their shared passion, guests were arranged in tables that were named after their favorite climbing expeditions and Blushtype did an amazing job of drawing out silhouettes of each mountain! Guests had a great time finding their seats to something that they knew was so dear to the couple.

For the reception, we created a grand, tented space with a walkway lined with flowers. Clear Acrylic Boxes with foliage within indicated each guest’s seat and each guest received a personalized note from the couple that was wrapped up with a pretty bow along with their menu.

One of the true design stunners of this space was the greenery chandelier that hung from the middle of the tent and the centerpieces of greenery that seemed to hang mid air, elevating the space to perfection according to the couple’s style. Guests danced the night away in the bar while enjoying cake, dessert and good vibes.

Photography: Jen Huang Photography | Floral Design: Amy Burke Designs | Cake: Flour and Bloom Cakes | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | Hair & Makeup : designHerimage | Calligraphy: Blushtype Designs | Barn: Cornerstone Sonoma | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Planning, Design and Stationery: Charmed Events Group, LLC | Rentals: Standard Party Rentals

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Classically Elegant Italy Wedding at Villa Cimbrone in Ravello

All at once, this wedding feels like it took place 100 years ago and 100 years from now. It truly is the loveliest blueprint for what a timeless celebration looks like. Oliver Fly‘s imagery seems to float off the screen with beauty, and contained in each moment are charming details planned by The Wedding Boutique Italy. I don’t doubt that you’ll get lost while perusing the full gallery.

What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

From the beginning, we wanted a romantic and timeless wedding, and we used dusty blue as our main wedding colour, which was inspired by the colour of the view from Terrazza dell’Infinito at Villa Cimbrone.

Why did you choose to do a Destination Wedding and why did you decide to choose Italy and Villa Cimbrone as your final choice?

Usually weddings in Jakarta are very grand, around 1000-3000 guests. Aston and I were always fond of a small intimate wedding, where we can spend more time with our closest family and friends. We could only have had a small wedding by doing a destination wedding. We visited Villa Cimbrone last year for a summer vacation and it was indeed the most beautiful place we had ever seen on our travels. Villa Cimbrone came right into our minds when we were thinking about the place to hold our small and intimate wedding. 

The Villa was grand and beautiful, it has so many different sections of garden, so many areas to be explored, as well as being based in the a wonderful Ravello on the Amalfi Coast. Because our family and friends were going to travel so far for us, we wanted to make sure our guests had an amazing and unforgettable experience. We therefore planned the best events we could offer for them, starting by welcoming our guests with sunset cocktails at Belmond Hotel Caruso, then choosing to hold our holy matrimony at The Cathedral of St. Andrew in Amalfi because it is magnificent. The church is dedicated to the Apostle Saint Andrew whose relics are kept there. Then we had our wedding reception in Villa Cimbrone, and the next day we held a farewell boat party with the guests to show the beautiful Amalfi Coast from the sea, with stopover in Positano.

What was your color palette and your style vision?

Dusty blue, blush pink, vintage gold, white ivory, with modern classic style.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

The things that we decided to DIY were paper cones for petal confetti, ribbons for menu decoration, seating plan poster, table runner and holy matrimony book. We were very hands on planning the wedding, so that our guests could also feel that the whole wedding was unique in Aston & Stella’s way.

What was your favorite moment?

Our favourite moment of the wedding was the first time we looked at each other for the in the Cathedral for our Holy Matrimony. Aston had never seen me in my wedding gown until then, because he wanted to experience that feeling and ‘first look moment’ when he first saw me in the Cathedral.

What were your favorite details of the day?

  1. For our wedding cake, the wedding designer Made In Cake was from Provence. But we specifically asked her to use Amalfi Lemons for the flavour, to express the essence of our wedding venue.
  2. At last minute, the colour of handmade dyed ribbons for bouquets came out to be very different than what we ordered, so together with my Bridesmaids, we found a solution by making our own silk ribbon for the bouquet.
  3. My husband gave a personalized pin to each groomsman that says the character of that groomsman, the meaning of that was each of the groomsman represents that character of the groom.
  4. For my wedding gown, my bridal store was Truly Enamoured in Singapore. They curate international designer gowns for rent and purchase. When I was looking for the perfect gown, I didn’t seem to find the one that I was looking for. And then I saw this new gown from Berta’s newest collection online, and fell in love with it. A gown that I have never seen in real life, just from some pictures, but I suddenly felt that it was the one. My mom and dad also thought the same. So I, without doubt, ordered it, waited for almost 4 months to get it made and shipped from the U.S to Singapore. And my gut feeling didn’t lie, when I first tried it on, it was magical.
  5. The earrings that I was wearing on my wedding day were really special because they were an engagement present from my parents.
  6. We did luggage tags as wedding favors, because it’s a destination wedding, so we wanted a personalized luggage tags as wedding favours for our family and friends who had to travel across the globe to our celebration. We got ours made with Saffiano Faux leather in our wedding’s colour palette for each guest, very detailed laser-cut with our wedding hashtag’s calligraphy on- it was a perfect choice.

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

Choose your wedding organiser wisely and take care of your health, as you will need extra stamina because planning a wedding can be tiring, yet it’ll be worth it.

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From the Wedding Planner Catherine Bradfield, Founder of The Wedding Boutique Italy… Stella and Aston’s wedding was, without doubt, a combination of some of the most beautiful locations that the Amalfi Coast has to offer, so that guests had a truly wonderful experience over the three day celebration.

A Welcome Party in the stunning gardens of Belmond Hotel Caruso lined with olive trees, and the infamous Ravello vista, the cocktails flowed complemented by Caruso’s sumptuous canapés. On a previous trip to Ravello, Aston and Stella had loved the amazing gelato by Baffone, so they both wanted this to feature at the Welcome party, complete with Stella’s favourite flavour- Baffoncello! You will just have to come to Ravello to try it…

So we organised a really cute gelato cart with six different, delicious flavours and everyone loved it! Decor wise we opted for a more casual styling, just a few pretty touches to evoke a vibe of Amalfi Coast chic.

For the wedding day itself, although Ravello has really pretty Churches, the Amalfi Cathedral is in a league of it’s own- beautifully ornate within, set high up above the Amalfi Square with many steps to reach it. Stella was very brave in her heels and dress, as climbing the stairs was the only way to reach the doors ready for her grand entrance.

After the Catholic ceremony, we arranged for the guests to line the stairs with pretty petal cones for a fantastic exit as newlyweds- a fascinated crowd had gathered in the square and there was lots of cheers. It was a lovely moment!

Stella and Aston were swept away in their gorgeous classic wedding car, leaving guests to enjoy a spot of lunch in Amalfi, before heading back to Ravello for the evening celebrations.

Anyone who has visited the Amalfi Coast will have heard of Villa Cimbrone, arguably the most beautiful place on the whole of the Amalfi Coast (or maybe even in Italy) and by far one of our most popular venues. We are so lucky that our Senior Planner, Roberta, is local to Ravello and knows the venue inside out.

What better place to hold the wedding reception itself, in a historic castle with the most incredible fairytale gardens and infamous Belvedere Terrace (also know as the Terrace of Infinity)- somewhere that Gore Vidal himself said was the most beautiful place he had seen in all his travels, where the sky and the sea were each so vividly blue it was impossible to tell one from the other.

Oliver Fly (Photographer) and Giorgio Guerrieri (Videographer) were so happy with the location and there are so many amazing photo opportunities within the venue that they didn’t know where to start!

Guests were welcomed with a wonderful Aperitif in the gardens, and were able to wander round the rest of the property to explore and take photos on the Belvedere Terrace.

As the light fell, we put the finishing touches to the dinner tables in the crypt with the wonderful vaulted stone ceiling that Villa Cimbrone is so well know for. The colour palette was delicate and romantic, with gorgeous open blooms complemented by taper candles and wonderful calligraphy and stationary design by Veronica Halim.

As soon as the candles were lit, we invited guests to be seated- it’s always the most magical moment to watch the guests come down the stairs and see the dinner setting for the first time, the look on their faces means we know our work has been worthwhile.

Then we prepared the Bride & Groom’s grand entrance into dinner and a magical evening ensued, surrounded by flickering candlelight, and the incredible voice of Enrico singing and playing the grand piano, the room filled with laughter and delicious dining.

Catherine from Made in Cake designed a gorgeous and delicate cake for Stella and Aston, which was followed by their lovely first dance. After the reception, we had organised a fantastic after party at a great bar down in the square of Ravello so that guests could dance the night away until the early hours of the morning.

The next day, as a farewell, we organised a relaxing cruise along the Coast to Positano for Aston, Stella and their guests and the weather was just lovely. The Amalfi Coast is stunning whilst you are on land, but even more impressive seen from the water so we always highly recommend a boat trip during your stay.

Overall it was a wonderful few days, showcasing the very best that the Amalfi Coast has to offer. There is no doubt that it is the most magical place for a destination wedding of any size, and we love bringing our clients’ visions to life to create memorable and stylish celebrations.

Photography: Oliver Fly Photography | Videographer: Giorgio Guerrieri | Wedding Planning: The Wedding Boutique Italy | Floral Design: Nina e i Fiori | Wedding Dress: Berta | Ceremony Venue: Amalfi Cathedral | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Vezzo Studio | Make up: Catarina Pelosi | Hair: Orazio Spisto | Wedding Venue: Villa Cimbrone | Bridesmaids' Bracelet: Aeroculata | Stationery Production: The Distillery Asia | Brid's Veil: CINOBI BY TRULY ENAMOURED | Bridal Hair Accessories: ayyara | Bride's Bathrobe: Trulace Artistry | Bridesmaids' Bathrobes: Ginger Olive | Cake Designer: Made In Cake | Engagement Bouquet: Rosalinda Flowers | Flowergirls' Dresses: Sanny Halim Atelier | Flowergirls' Shoes: Sachlirene | Groom's Shoes: Lanvin | Groom's Tuxedo: Brillington Brothers | Groomsmen’s Pin: Aeroculata | Luggage Tags: Artluz | Ring Box: Bark and Berry | Stationery Design & Calligraphy: Veronica Halim Calligraphy | Wedding Rings & Band: Cartier | Welcome Bags: le ciel design by yuling | Welcome Event Venue: Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond

Late-Summer Black Tie Wedding at Graylyn Estate in North Carolina

Woven into the fabric of this celebration are personal details that made Emily and Will who they are. Those are the very best kind of details my friends—hint, hint; those are the ones that will make your day truly yours. Floral and Event Designer, Amanda Day Rose is sharing a bit of this duo’s sweet story below, along with a collection of images by Amanda Castle to make you feel as if you were there to witness it all.

From Amanda Day RoseWith its gorgeous classic backdrop, Emily and Will chose to marry at the exquisite Graylyn Estate in North Carolina under a romantic Chuppah covered in greenery. The tablecloth on the top of the Chuppah was from Emily’s grandparents, and survived the Holocaust. Emily relates this tablecloth to having her late grandparents watching over the whole wedding ceremony.

The couple wanted to incorporate as many personal details and family heirlooms as possible in their black tie affair, making it a meaningful, memorable celebration they and all their guests would always remember. Emily wore her grandmother’s pearls gifted to her by her late grandfather. Will wore cufflinks that Emily had gifted to him when they first began dating.

Emily and Will chose to use a sword to cut their cake at the end of the evening – a sword that has been in Will’s family for four generations! After a four course dinner where Emily and Will were able to spend plenty of time with their guests, the couple ended the evening dancing the night away with their closest friends and family.

Wedding Gown: Anne Barge | Cake: Regi Originals | Catering: The Graylyn Estate | Hair and Makeup: Beauty Asylum | Calligraphy: Sincerely Amy Designs | DJ: K2 Productions | Venue: Graylyn Estate | Florals & Event Design: Amanda Day Rose | Photo Booth: Zim Zoom Photobooth | Rentals: Party Reflections | Wedding Boutique: Posh Bridal Couture | Wedding Photographer: Amanda Castle Photography

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Blogger Bride Hilary Rose Shares 6 Registry Picks for The Couple Who Can’t Cook

Style Me Pretty Blogger Bride Hilary Rose is a recently engaged, Southern born and raised lifestyle blogger here to share her favorite wedding registry picks for couples who want to cook! 

It’s no secret that I’m no master chef in the kitchen. If you follow my blog, you won’t find any cooking tutorials, and watch my Instagram stories, you’ll see that I have about 5 go-to recipes in my back pocket; chicken nuggets, kale salad, spaghetti, baked chicken, and smoothies. Brent isn’t much better either! His cooking consists of buying some hunk of meat and a bag of steamed veggies. And when we’ve grown tired of those, or feel like treating ourselves to something different, we go check out a new restaurant in Charleston or revisit our old favorites (Brent is a creature of habit and loves being a “regular” at his favorite spots).

It’s not that I don’t like cooking, though, I actually do! There’s something so fun to me about spending a night in creating a meal that is exactly what you want, but I’ve never been good at it, so I didn’t know what supplies were the best for me to invest in. I just avoided it all together! However, Brent and I are engaged now, so we will be gratefully receiving wedding gifts from our amazing friends and family, and you can bet that cookware was at the top of our list to finally get us in the kitchen! When we have all the right supplies to make our favorite meals, I just know that we will be cooking at home way more and getting more adventurous when it comes to trying new recipes. That’s where Cuisinart comes in!

A meal that we LOVE but have never considered making for ourselves is fajitas. I’m a Texas girl so I could eat Mexican food every day, and lucky for me, Brent is also a sucker for it as well. Fajitas aren’t that easy to make without the right appliances, but I also didn’t want to limit myself to gadgets that are only good for a specific type of meal. Here are my 6 registry picks that I think are essential choices for the couple who can’t cook! Each pick is a staple that I believe will keep Brent and I, and anyone else who has shied away from cooking because they didn’t have the right appliances, in the kitchen without getting bored of the same old recipes.







#1 Cuisinart Professional Series 15 Piece Cutlery Block Set

Having a great set of knives is so essential. It’s just one of those staples that you will need for just about everything, and if you start out with a great, high-quality set, you will use it forever. We used these knives to chop the cilantro and the peppers, and it made cutting up the chicken so much easier.

#2 Cuisinart Airfryer Toaster Oven

Why didn’t I buy one of these years ago? Brent and I are huge foodies, and there are so many dishes that we love that we could have been making from home with this awesome airfryer toaster oven. It can make anything from fried chicken, mozzarella sticks, and wings, but it prepares them in a much healthier way. We used the airfryer to toast up the corn on the cob, but we love how versatile it is since it can toast, bake, broil, you name it. I see us getting a ton of use out of this.

#3 Cuisinart Griddler Five

Of course, we couldn’t make fajitias without a good griddler. This one is has great user-friendly controls and SO easy to clean! I’ve had a small grill in the past that was such a pain to clean I never used it, but the reversible plates on this one are removable so you can throw them in the dishwasher.

#4 Cuisinart Hammered Collection Copper Try-Ply Stainless 9 Piece Set

Until now, I had a hodge-podge collection of random pots and pans that I had accumulated since college, so I’m so excited to have a beautiful full and matching set! The hammered copper design is so pretty, plus they are amazing quality. They have Heat Surround™ technology that allows even heat distribution along the bottom and the sides of the cookware, and they are oven, broiler, and freezer safe.

#5 Cuisinart Dual Zone Wine Cellar

Brent and I have become quite the wine-o’s since we started dating, we like to have a glass with most meals at home, but we both like completely different types of wine. I’m into Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon, and Brent likes Riesling and light red blends. This Dual-Zone Wine Cellar is amazing for us because we can each have our own side that had the temperature set perfectly for our own wine.

#6 Cuisinart Coffee Center™ 12 Cup Coffeemaker and Single-Serve Brewer

I’m definitely the coffee drinker in the relationship, and being a blogger, I have a different schedule every day. I love having the option to brew an entire pot for a morning working from home or a single-serve cup when I have an early meeting or shoot.

I’m so happy with these 6 Cuisinart picks for our wedding registry! We had a blast cooking up these fajitas and I can’t wait to try so many new recipes as we use these cookware and appliance staples for many, many years to come.

Photography: N. Mickle Photography

Peter Rabbit Inspired This Adorable Baby Shower

It doesn’t get more picturesque than a Peter Rabbit themed baby shower in a lush garden! With the baby’s Spring due date, this mama-to-be knew she wanted to add a classic, Spring feel to her shower. Selecting the Peter Rabbit theme seemed like the perfect fit, especially after finding an ideal location for the event. Guests enjoyed the surroundings of the local nursery and even got to go home with handmade ceramics and plantings! Hop on over for all the details of this adorable baby shower!

From the mom-to-be and planner of the event: The inspiration behind the baby shower was the classic children’s book, Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter. As a lover of all things classic, and knowing we’re having a spring (almost Easter!) baby, it seemed like the perfect fit. Besides, who doesn’t love bunnies?!

With the theme in mind, I was on the hunt for a venue that would have an organic outdoor garden-style feel and The Nursery by Southwinds was just that. Their existing plant nursery could easily translate into the feel of Mr. McGregor’s Garden from the book.


The invitations and paper goods featured images of Peter Rabbit himself, coupled with adorable accents of vegetables and gingham prints.


To touch upon the theme in an elegant way, we chose natural linens in shades of moss and natural ivory, with accent linens in a crushed velvet, like rabbit’s fur, as well as the venue’s existing concrete top tables. Floral arrangements by Wisteria Lane Flowers brought in pops of color using wooden plantar boxes and stone containers. Sprinkling in actual vegetables on the tables gave it that garden feel.



The napkins were tied with velvet ribbon with white pom-poms on the end to mimic a bunny tail.


For the dessert station, Maria from Grace and Honey Cakes made adorable mini cupcakes and cake pops with fondant carrots, radishes, and peas with then a hand-painted cake of Peter Rabbit and Mother Rabbit.



We had activities for guests like filling out “Wishes for Baby”, Guess the baby food flavor, and a unique activity of pottery-making by Simple Things LA. Our guests loved making their own little dishes!

Lastly, our parting favor to the guests was another nod to the ending of the book with individually wrapped Chamomile tea packets. Peter’s mother gave him a cup of this tea before bed after his adventures in Mr. McGregor’s garden.

Photography: Anya Kernes | Floral Design: Wisteria Lane Flowers | Stationary: copper willow paper studio | Makeup: Faces by Frances | Baby Shower: The Nursery By Southwinds | Ceramics & Pottery Activity: Simple Things Ceramics | Design & Planning: Louise & Third Events | Desserts: Grace & Honey Cakes | Hand Lettered Signage/Calligraphy: JV Calligraphy | Linens: Wildflower Linen | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Tabletop Rentals: Cherished Rentals | Tea Packets: Aspen Arts Studio

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A Timeless Tented Wedding at The Ojai Valley Inn

Beside from the most beautifully organic climbing floral arbor by TOAST Santa Barbara and a knock-out Hayley Paige gown, what stuck out to us the most about today’s wedding were the contagious smiles and sheer happiness we saw in this gorgeous bride. Michelle Beller Photography perfectly captured every emotion of the day, you just can’t help but feel butterflies as you scroll though these stunning pictures. Bello & Blue Events planned every flawless detail, bringing the bride and groom’s aesthetic goals to life! See all the pretty below…

After attending a memorable destination wedding designed by Lindsey of Bello & Blue Events, Claire & Adam knew they wanted to collaborate with the Bello & Blue team for their September wedding at the iconic Ojai Valley Inn to create a memorable destination experience for their guests. On a perfect, sunny, California day, beneath a 200 year old oak trees adorned in blooms, Claire & Adam said I do surrounded by their nearest and dearest, even their sweet puppies (wearing floral collars) were a part of the nuptials! Inspired by Claire’s favorite flower, a Peach Juliet Rose, together with Bello & Blue, they designed a weekend of events for 120 of their closest family and friends. 

The details were abundant, and all classic, timeless, beautiful, and chosen very intentionally.  With such a stunning property and backdrop, Claire & Adam wanted to highlight the destination so they had a watercolor painting made of the setting and included that as an envelope liner for their letterpress invitation suite.  They also opted for acrylic signage to allow guests to take in the floral, and natural elements of the majestic setting, they didn’t want anything to take away from what was already in place, only enhance it.  Additionally, with the Spanish style decor and gorgeous tile detail featured all over the Ojai Valley Inn property, the place cards were the perfect pairing, marble tiles with guests’ names calligraphed as a keepsake. Finally, the florals, designed by Toast Santa Barbara, were the perfect combination of creamy whites, with lots of lush greenery accented with pops of peach to add the romance of the day.  All of this was tied up with a perfectly coordinated silk bow in the ideal shade of peach – this ribbon bound the invitations, wrapped the welcome boxes, and also the napkins so there was consistency throughout.  The end result was the most magical Ojai wedding weekend that was as much fun as it was beautiful! 

Favorite part of the wedding day for each of you?

From Claire & Adam… It’s hard to pick just one favorite part looking back on the wedding day- everything was so perfect!  Besides saying I do (of course), one of the best moments would have to have been the first look. We came down fully expecting it to be an emotional moment, but it was so much more dramatic and meaningful than we could have ever imagined.  The setting chosen by our photographers was an arbor surrounded by massively tall eucalyptus trees and there was a slight breeze blowing – it was perfect.  Another moment that felt so special was right after the ceremony when we snuck away into the Artisan Cottage to have a couple moments together before going to our cocktail hour.  We loved being able to reset as HUSBAND & WIFE(!) before going to entertain and celebrate with guests.  Finally, something that still makes us smile today would have to be the climax of our reception, having everyone on the dance floor screaming and dancing to the song “Shout”, with band members on the dance floor included!  We’ve never been so happy!

Favorite part of the planning process?

One of our favorite parts of the planning process was when we saw the first design moodboard of what everything was going to look like – we couldn’t believe how spot on Lindsey was with the aesthetic we were going for!  We just felt like she understood us, our vision, and the story we wanted to share with our guests.  On top of that, our weekend planning meetings in Ojai were such a blast!  We made so many mini vacations out of it and had the best time tasting the food, the wine, the cake(!) and curating the vision and guest experience for our dream weekend. 

Favorite wedding detail/moment?

One of our most favorite details was the watercolor image we had painted of the Ojai Valley Inn.  We utilized this as an envelope liner for our invitation suite, and it was such a beautiful detail.  Seeing it all come together was overwhelming and so exciting.  Oddly enough, it didn’t really set in until the first time we saw our wedding cake!  I am still not completely sure why, but I burst into tears as soon as I saw it.  It just reminded me that this was all happening, we were married and this party we so carefully planned was unfolding in the best, most beautiful way!

What advice would you offer to couples planning their wedding?

Our favorite part of our entire wedding was that we planned it together.  We wanted Adam to do it as a team and determine all of the details, everything, (besides my dress of course!) together.  It made the day, when it finally came, that much more special. We highly recommend working together!  You will be working together and communicating for the rest of your lives, planning a wedding is a great place to start and work out the kinks.

Also, trust that everything will come together.  There are so many pieces to consider and so many moving parts when planning a destination wedding.  We assembled a vendor dream team, and felt confident about everything, but panic set in about 2 weeks before the wedding day.  We struggled to understand how it was all going to work, how could all these little details come to fruition? It just seemed like such an insurmountable task to make everything come together but it did, seamlessly!  Trust that your planner and the vendors you have carefully selected are going to take care of you!  It all came together perfectly, and our awesome team made our wedding dreams come true!

Photographer: Michelle Beller | Cinematography: Vidicam Productions | Event Planning: Bello & Blue Events | Floral Design: TOAST Santa Barbara | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: Fantasy Frostings | Invitations: Pier 9 Graphic Design | Ceremony Venue: Ojai Valley Inn | Reception Venue: Ojai Valley Inn | Hair & Makeup: Cheek to Cheek Artistry | Lighting : Bella Vista Designs, Inc | Entertainment: West Coast Music | Tuxedos: The Black Tux | Bridal Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Calligraphy & Signage: Sweet Zion Paperie | Illustration Art: Rachael Roxanne by Hand | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Ojai Valley Inn | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Specialty Rentals: Found Rental Co.

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Intimate 26 Person Destination Wedding in La Jolla at La Valencia Hotel

Back in my early wedding planning days, La Jolla was on the dream list for wedding locations—and for good reason. Cavin Elizabeth‘s captures of today’s intimate 26 person celebration at La Valencia Hotel are exactly why, and maybe all the proof you need if you’ve contemplated La Jolla, too. Always Flawless Productions added their pretty touch for a truly personalized day for Megan and Nick—see it all here.

From Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyMegan and Nick, who currently live in Texas, have a shared history in San Diego. In fact, they got engaged right on the cliffs of La Jolla, so it was only fitting they and 24 of their closest friends and family fly back to San Diego to host their wedding at La Valencia.

Megan adds, “Once we decided on San Diego, we knew we had to have our wedding in La Jolla because it has such a special place in our hearts. Although we met in college in Texas, we both moved to California for the summer shortly after our first date. Our second date was on the cliffs in La Jolla, which is where Nick proposed six years later.”

Stunningly pink, La Valencia has a beautiful water view with the most chic landscaping. Letting the pink of the property hold its own, Megan chose a palette of grey and various blues for her stationery, flowers, and reception details. The invitations were printed on soft cotton paper with hand torn edges. Navy blue calligraphy accented the papers of the suite as a nod to the predominant color of the ocean.

For the ceremony, wild and organic arrangements with blue, ivory, and green flowers formed an asymmetrical backdrop on La Valencia’s intimate El Jardin space. Chic bistro chairs provided seating for their 24 guests and were introduced by two beautiful floral arrangements on both sides of the aisle.

Guests were led up to a private patio for the reception where one long table fit perfectly in this intimate space. Pink walls and the black and white stripe curtains framed the romantic and dreamy setting. Lush ivory, blue, and pink flowers fully filled the long table alongside blue and crystal glassware. The dinnerware from Hostess Haven included a dinner and salad plate in a soft grey tone paired with a matching grey napkin. An ivory hand torn menu with navy calligraphy was wrapped in twine with a sprig of rosemary for each guest. To complete the romantic and dreamy atmosphere, navy taper candles set the tone for the laid back evening.

Photography: Cavin Elizabeth Photography | Floral Design: My Sun & Stars Floral Co | Wedding Dress: Mon Cherie | Cake: JennyWenny Cakes | Stationery: Jen Simpson Design | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Hotel: La Valencia Hotel | Beauty: Elwynn and Cass | Gown Boutique: Brilliant Bridal | Music: SoCal Wedding Music | Planning: Always Flawless Productions | Rentals: Hostess Haven

Classic Fall Wedding at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards in Virginia

If a classic Southern wedding is on your agenda, you’ll want to cozy up to today’s soiree at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. Complete with planning by Donovan-Groves Events, blooms by Nature Composed (how good?!) and a “burying the bourbon” tradition, every details is Southern to a T. See it all unfold in the gorgeous gallery captured by Elisa Bricker!

From Elisa BrickerThis beautiful wedding was one of my favorite fall weddings to date. Carly and David were clearly over-the-moon to be celebrating with their friends and family (and their sweet pup Dixon made an appearance too!)

Some of my favorite details from their day were the textured boutonnieres by Jenn of Nature composed (the men never get enough flowers on the wedding day do they?) and the vintage post cards of Charlottesville that they couple collected and used as a guest book.

This couple didn’t forget the southern tradition of burying the bourbon! Burying bourbon is a southern tradition that is supposed to ward off rain the day of the wedding. The tradition is that the bride and groom-to-be must visit their venue exactly a month before the wedding date and bury a bottle of bourbon upside down. Carly and David had beautiful weather on their wedding day, and had a bourbon and cigar bar (where their bottle was displayed) to celebrate!

Photography: Elisa Bricker | Floral Design: Nature Composed | Cake: Cakes by Rachel | Reception: Pippin Hill Farm | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hair and Makeup: Carolyn Thombs | Band: Bachelor Boys Band | Paper Suite: Just Paper and Tea | Planning and Design: Donovan-Groves Events

Colorful Nevada Wedding at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch

When it comes to crafting your wedding style, babes, the possibilities are endless. Take today’s fete for instance; with the help of Amorology, this couple achieved their perfect wedding profile — desert racetrack chic. Layers of Lovely graced the day with their stunning florals, while Ana Lui documented every moment for the most beautiful memories in image form. Now tell us, what’s your dream wedding style?

How did you meet?

We met in 2007 at Hooters in Costa Mesa, California. Three years later I finally agreed to go on a date with Jeffrey. The rest is history.

How and when did you get engaged?

An intimate moment approximately one year later at our new home in Newport Coast. We went to look at the progress of the renovations one evening, and Jeffrey popped the question.

What made you choose your wedding location?

Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch is our home away from home since one of Jeffrey’s main passions is racing. Spring Mountain is a private motorsports ranch located 45 minutes outside Las Vegas and boasts one of the country’s largest race tracks. It’s set against the backdrop of the beautiful desert and mountains that surround the track.

What do you do for a living?

Jeffrey is in private equity and I’m a stay at home mother to our beautiful daughter Liana.

Why did you choose Ana Lui to capture your photos?

Ana Lui came highly recommended by Amorology. After looking at her social media and website, we were sure that she would be able to capture our special day perfectly. Once we met her, we knew she was the perfect fit. We felt so comfortable with her, and she worked well with our eclectic family dynamic. The end result was more than we could’ve hoped for.

What was the best part of your wedding?

The best part about our wedding was that it FINALLY happened! We absolutely loved that we got to share our home away from home with our close friends and family. Amorology exceeded our expectations and transformed a huge garage into a stunning space for our reception. We loved how intimate it was, and just being able to enjoy everyone’s company.

Is there anything you would change?

We wouldn’t change a thing? We wish we could relive that weekend over and over again.

Did you have any entertainment on the day?

We made a weekend out of it! Our guests enjoyed laps on the race track in corvettes, helicopter rides behind the track, dirt bike and ATV rides and shooting targets in the desert.

Describe the style of your wedding decoration in 3 words:

Desert racetrack chic

Where did you honeymoon?

Since we have a five year old, we wanted to include her. We took most of our family and went to Walt Disney world!

When do you plan to return to your wedding location?

We’ve already been back! Since we have a home there, we visit often.

From Amorology… For Jessica and Jeffrey, things got off to a quick start finding love! Their relationship continued for years and after having a darling daughter together, they decided it was time to make it official and gather their friends to celebrate their love and become Mr. and Mrs. Inspired by there joint love of racing and their his and her’s race cars, we couldn’t help but create a Petal to the Medal concept for their big day together! Mixing modern elements with classic romance and touches of glam, we took too Nevada as their destination wedding spot at the Spring Mountain Motor Resort! At their home away from home, where they are often found playing, the Resort offered the perfect opportunity for their guests to enjoy a day of fun where they could take a helicopter ride, play in the lake, or race around in the desert prior to their nuptials! 

With the sun setting down on their ceremony, Jessica and Jeffrey were married on the dock of the lake underneath a custom block base arch by Backup Backdrops adorned with greenery, roses, and pampas to create a modern and romantic feel. Following the ceremony, guests sipped on a Winner’s Cup (Moscow Mule) and a Race Car Róse and gathered in pretty lounges near the water. After cocktail hour, guests were invited to find their names and table numbers on mini calligraphed racing flags paired with a fun roadmap backdrop that read “You Make my Heart Race.” Excited about the challenge of transforming the race car garage into the reception space, we began by softening the walls with draping fabric and hand dyed banners hung from the ceiling to add intimacy and color! We tied in the ceremony block base arch by creating a similar structure to frame the head table and had Layers of Lovely adorn it with lush florals. Velvet linens and chairs continued to soften the space, while black and white racing striped napkins added a fun element to the tabletop! Dusty rose, burgundy, blush and earth tones of caramel, rust, and bone created soft romance throughout the day. Guests then shifted gears following a delicious dinner enjoying cake and then had fun visiting a late night cookie truck! From there, guests danced the night away and ended the evening with sparklers and watched the couple race off in their race car! 

Photography: Ana Lui Photography | Cinematography: Wooden Box Films | Floral Design: Layers of Lovely ~ An Inspired Floral Art Studio | Wedding dress: Casablanca | Wedding cake: Freed's Bakery | Invitations: Prim & Pixie | Wedding shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Katie May | Make Up & Hair: Swell Beauty | Calligraphy: Twinkle And Toast | Lighting: Led Unplugged | DJ: Vox DJs | Grooms attire: Friar Tux | Assistant Photographer: Ana Lui Photography | Backdrop: Backup Backdrops | Decor - Hand Died Fabric Panels: Ashley Renuart | Dessert: The Cookie Bar | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Ranch: Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch | Rentals: Folklore Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Hostess Haven | Rentals: Quest Drape | Rentals: Rsvp Party Rentals | Wedding stylist: Amorology

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Elegant and Modern Wedding at a Private Napa Estate

When it comes to Napa Valley weddings, this one doesn’t fit the typical mold, and we have A Savvy Event to thank! An affair filled with a champagne bar, velvet napkins, and jumpsuits instead of dresses, this day is truly one for the books and The Edges Wedding Photography captured it all! The chic and modern estate served as the perfect venue with rolling vineyards in the background and lush green and white florals by Nancy Liu Chin Designs. With her girl gang by her side (decked in their leather jackets,) this bride sipped champagne and danced the night away with her Mr!

From the Photographer…Lauren & Steven’s destination wedding in Napa Valley was an elegant celebration with lots of modern, edgy twists added to the typical wine country wedding. The venue is a chic, minimalistic and modern estate surrounded by vineyards, but you could easily see it being in the middle of LA or Miami.

The private estate served as the perfect backdrop for all the elements Lauren & Steven wanted to incorporate. Lauren bought all her bridesmaids leather jackets as gifts. They looked great paired with grey jumpsuits instead of dresses so they could be more comfortable during the day and dance all night!

Lauren also had a beautiful custom leather jacket made with her new last name printed across the back. Such a great contrast to her elegant, lace wedding dress from Anna Maier. The invitations were actually designed from the pattern of the lace on her dress by Ceci New York

For the reception, they incorporated many clear elements in the chairs, table numbers, and signage to match the all-glass structure of the venue. It was beautifully layered with velvet napkins from La Tavola Fine Linen Rental and lots of neutral flowers and garlands draped over the long tables.

Some of the guest’s favorites included a champagne bar at cocktail hour (with a catchy song lyric as a creative addition) and a whiskey bar and hand cigar roller during dancing.

Photography: The Edges Wedding Photography | Videographer: Kindlewood Films | Floral Design: Nancy Liu Chin | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier | Invitations: Ceci New York | Rings: Charles Stern | Catering: the girl & the fig CATERS! | Hair & makeup: Caysi Jean | Lighting: Got Light | DJ: First Class Weddings | Bridesmaid Jumpsuits: Hayley Paige | Leather Jacket Calligraphy: Once Upon A Lauren | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Planning: A Savvy Event | Private Estate: Napa, CA | Rentals: Theoni Collection | Rentals: Encore Events Rentals | Signage: Blush Type

Minimalist Meets Mid-Century Modern Wedding Inspiration at the Penthouse Riverside Wharf

Everyone’s favorite trend nowadays isn’t just good for your home décor, it’s also perfect for your wedding design! This stunning style shoot from Taralynn Lawton Photography shows you exactly how to bring that chic mid-century modern look to your Big Day. With the help of Roxanne Bellamy and Simple Florals, this gorgeous shoot is filled with inspiration – from contemporary minimalism in the bride’s gown to subtle and organic texture in the floral arrangements. We have a feeling these pics are about to take over Pinterest wedding boards everywhere..

From Taralynn Lawton… When Roxanne of Roxanne Bellamy Events and myself started planning a shoot together, we knew we wanted to create a bridal and wedding inspiration that was effortless and understated, yet bold and fashion forward at the same time. So we thought what better way to express both the bold and the understated than by channeling the Mid-Century Modern style? Combining design elements from the period for the tablescape with contemporary minimalism in the fashion, we created a light and airy wedding inspiration filled with sleek lines, gentle curves, mixed metals, subtle textures, and organic blooms by Simple Florals.

One of the star pieces in Roxanne’s design were the curved lucite chairs sourced from Bubble Miami. Their transparent nature kept the design light and refined while their unique shape added a pop of excitement to the tablescape! With the form of the chairs in mind, we knew we wanted to juxtapose their playful curviness with more angular lines throughout the inspiration while keeping with the airy see-through motif. Crystal of Made Divine brought this to life with her hand crafted stationery suite, featuring a perfectly clear acrylic invitation with modern white lettering.

Crystal also brilliantly tied in the marble design of the place settings in the envelope liners and the velvet texture of the table linens in the gold stamped “His & Hers” vow books. And of course there’s the bridal fashion!! What fun we had here. I knew from the start I wanted something sleek and minimal with an architectural flare, and the girls at Chic Parisian did not disappoint when they pulled this stunning Romona Keveza gown! Continuing our theme of mixing curves and angles, we sourced two different ring inspirations, a minimal oval solitaire in rose gold from Susie Saltzman and platinum princess cut with a more ornate setting and diamond halo from Dadlani Jewels. We styled them with fun geometric jewelry in mixed metals, including statement piece earrings by Jenny Bird. With our focus being on fashion and form, we wanted to keep the setting simple yet chic. The Penthouse at Riverside Wharf in downtown Miami was the perfect space to highlight our styling with it’s floor to ceiling windows, white walls and concrete flooring, providing a contemporary and elegant atmosphere that allowed our design element to really shine.

Photography: Taralynn Lawton | Florals: Simple Florals | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Stationery : Made Divine | Hair & Makeup: Elizabeth C. Williams Hair & Makeup | Venue: Penthouse Riverside Wharf | Bridal Salon: Chic Parisien | Chair Rentals: Bubble | Earrings: Jenny Bird | Linens: Nuage Designs | Oval Engagement Ring: Susie Saltzman | Planning & Design: Roxanne Bellamy Events | Shoes (Booties): Jimmy Choo | Square Engagement Ring, Stacking Gold Rings, Studded Bracelet: Dadlani Jewels | Strappy Slingbacks and Pointed Pumps: Louboutin | Tabletop Rentals: The Coveted Co | Talent Agency: Cassidy Roney

Blue Greek-Inspired Wedding of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

Meet Rachel and Corey, loveliest duo ever. Not only is their wedding day ridiculously gorgeous, layered with all sorts of something blues… but their meet cute is so darling, mostly because it took them so long to actually officially meet! Anticipation is so alluring, isn’t it? But when they did, they were inseparable. Read their story for yourself below and soak in their soiree planned by HauteFêtes, bloomed by Carla Kayes and captured by Kristina Adams.

As told by HauteFêtes, Fine Weddings & Events… Rachel and Corey are truly every planner’s dream couple. They are kind, considerate, easy going and care deeply about each other, as well as those around them. Their romance began in law school when their eyes met across a crowded lecture hall, like in the movies, except they didn’t share a knowing smile and race into each other’s arms. Instead, Rachel sat down next to Corey’s best friend and proceeded to take notes for the duration of their lecture. Six months later, Rachel was still taking notes and Corey had yet to introduce himself. But, then fate intervened in the way of a small writing class. With two spots left, Rachel raised her hand to register and immediately, Corey saw his opportunity and did so, too. From that moment on they were inseparable and finally, in March 2017 while on a hiking trip to Waimea Canyon on Kauai, Corey popped the question and Rachel agreed to marry him.

As we got to planning their wedding, they knew the venue had to be somewhere that would feel inviting and intimate, but could also inspire an organic and natural theme throughout design details, from their invitations to their favors. Because of their love of the great outdoors, the couple chose to make it official with a garden-inspired ceremony at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. They fell in love with the charm of the historic venue with its sprawling gardens, tree-lined lawns and quiet spaces. Inspired by the beauty of the California landscape, for their color palette, we kept things neutral with shades of green, ivory, the palest blue and a touch of taupe. They wanted their wedding spaces to feel connected and their design to feel timeless and, despite having nearly 200 guests, we achieved that with lush greenery, romantic floral, billowing chiffon, lounge vignettes and lots of twinkling lights from crystal chandeliers, market lights and candles. Since the couple is also big on good food and spending time with friends, we also made sure that their celebration was centered around bringing their closest family and friends together for a weekend of great eats, starting with woodfired pizza and wine at a local winery and ending with brunch on the Inn’s patio.

Despite their passion for the outdoors, Rachel and Corey have a timeless and classic style. For the wedding, Corey a custom Giovanni Bresciani navy blue tux and Jared Lang shoes while Rachel wore a stunning Martina Liana lace dress which we paired with an organic bouquet of tea and garden roses, peonies, ranunculus and delicate lacy hydrangea that looked as if they’d been gathered from the garden. For her ‘maids, Rachel selected Jenny Yoo dresses in a pretty pale blue hue.

Since the couple are both lawyers, their wedding ceremony was conducted like a trial presenting the case to be wed, California rulings on marriage, and ultimately culminating in their guests being asked to rule ‘ye’ or ‘nay’ in favor of the marriage to which everyone unanimously yelled ‘ye!’ After, guests made their way to the upper lawn for an al fresco cocktail hour and delicious tray passed hor d’oeuvres, with a masculine leather sofa that balanced out all the pretty tables for guest lounging. They later found their hand calligraphed seat assignments on a vintage apothecary table that we layered with hops and vines. Finally, guests made their way to a gorgeous reception with cabanas and open air dining, where long tables were topped with soft dusty blue linens, scalloped china, and white hemstitched napkins each with a calligraphed place name tied onto a sprig of olive with white silk ribbon. Vintage silver flatware and marbled candleholders added a vintage touch to the elegant but organic setting.

Throughout their day, we also incorporated elements that reflected Rachel’s pride in her Greek heritage. They gifted guests bags of sugared almonds or ‘koufetta’, the traditional Greek wedding favor, hand-stamped with olive branches that mimicked their invitations, while their cake sat on a bed of olive branches. Additionally, the chiffon-swagged cabanas were reminiscent of the sails of Greek boats, with the cut-lace linens in homage of Greek design. Finally, some favorite details were Rachel’s sketches of the façade of The Inn which we incorporated into the wedding stationery, and Corey’s squirrel cookies they served with the desserts in honor of the baby squirrel they’d rescued on a hike which served to capture their spirit and love of history and the great outdoors.

Rachel and Corey put a lot of trust in us to make their wedding day beautiful, down to earth and every bit a reflection of the two of them. While the overall wedding was a joy to design and plan, we were simply thrilled watching all of the most important people in their lives have such a wonderful time together – some of whom had only just met. That was probably the best part of the entire wedding weekend.

Photography: Kristina Adams Photography | Floral Design: Carla With Enchanting Blooms | Stationery: By Priscilla Lee | Hair and Makeup: Danielle Ryan Beauty | Band: Brothers Gow | Wedding Venue: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe | Bakery/Dessertier: Hey There, Cupcake! | Cigar Bar: El Canito Cigars | Design + Planning: HauteFetes | Lighting/Production/Cabanas: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals (furniture + tabletop) : Archive Rentals | Rentals (linens): BBJ La Tavola

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The Most Effortlessly Beautiful Spring Wedding Inspiration

Soft, delicate florals arranged beautifully by Keep Floral, captivating textural details and a romantic color scheme suitable for any season – these are a few of our favorite things you can expect to see in this STUNNING style shoot planned by Tied With A Bow Weddings and captured by Sara Corona Photography. Prepare to fall in love with every detail. Just wait ’till you see the tablescape complete with modern lines and dusty blue, mauve and rose gold touches. It’s time to get inspired…

From Sara Corona PhotographyFall in love with weddings that seek romance and appreciate the effortless beauty of florals and complimentary colors. Captured beautifully in film by Sara Corona, this curated “floral abundance” editorial was curated to illustrate a fine art wedding with soft colors and textural details that could be utilized to bring out the beauty in any season.

Colorado based wedding planner Tied with a Bow Weddings designed a refined yet colorful wedding inspiration alongside a talented group of creatives with a color palette of dusty blue, mauves and rose gold touches . The stunning centerpiece was designed with soft textures that juxtaposed the natural textures in the hanging installation by Colorado florist, Keep Floral. The tablescape was designed with modern lines, warm candlelight atop a traditional whitewashed farm table. The table was set with a luxe velvet tablecloth by Soirée Linen and a mix of modern and vintage stemware, blush place settings and rose gold flatware from House of Yonder.

Lush blooms with varying mauve tones complimented the tones of the table design. Katy Pierson Cakes designed a beautiful marble toned cake with stunning handmade sugar flowers. Inspired by the free and whimsical mauve florals, stationer Beautifully Noted dabbles in playful lettering and a dusty rose palette. Featuring a botanical watercolor envelope liner and paired with a luxe velvet ribbon and antique gold wax seals, this suite is just that––sweet! Custom hand-torn place cards adorn the place settings, while the couple’s promises to each other find a forever home in her signature His and Hers vow booklets.

A gorgeous custom ring by The Diamond Reserve added a touch of vintage glam to this organic suite. The bride was dressed in a stunning Mira Zwillinger floral appliqué gown from Little White Dress, and adorned with a stunning veil by Hope Couture Bridal. Whimsical stylings paired with soft colorful details made for a perfect day with countless inspiration items for blushing brides-to-be that are looking for a bit of color in their day!

“Celebrate, charm, decorate, dress, live – colorfully”- Kate Spade

Photography: Sara Corona Photography | Florist: Keep Floral | Cake: Katy Pierson Cake | Jewelry: The Diamond Reserve | Hair and Makeup: Smash Beauty Bar | Chairs: Charming Chairs | Dress Boutique: Little White Dress Bridal Shop | Dress Designer: Mira Zwillinger | Linen: Soiree Linen | Model: Romelle | Paper Suite: Beautifully Noted | Planning: Tied With a Bow Weddings | Rentals: Yonder Floral And Decor House | Veil: Hope Couture Bridal

Tying the Knot in Paradise at Maui’s Haiku Mill

If I were to do it all over again, Haiku Mill would be at THE tippy top of my venue list. Lush greenery, old world charm and a Maui zip code are all part of its repertoire. And this gorgeous affair planned by Elements by K.H. & Co, with florals by Teresa Sena Designs and images by Jana Dillon does it so much justice. It’s a celebration that matches tradition with unique details like forgoing a cake cutting for a champagne tower or draping the reception in the most spectacular ceiling of greenery. This is paradise found.

From the Bride…That feeling when you can’t stop looking at something…yup, that was how we felt about this venue. As someone who had poured over Pinterest, wedding sites, and magazines (embarrassingly before I ever had a wedding to actually plan), I thought I had seen it all. I put together a nice tidy list of prospective venues for our wedding, but none of them spoke to us as a couple. It wasn’t until I got to a photo of a greenery-soaked stone mill, that both of our eyes popped out of our heads. “Wow, I like THAT one!”….was Marshall’s reaction, and the one I always hoped my future groom would have.

So off to Maui we went (twist our arms), to take a look at Haiku Mill, praying that it lived up to the expectations the photos left us with. Spoiler alert, it did not disappoint. It encompassed everything that we were looking for; intimate space for a small wedding, old world European charm, natural elements to work with, and all in a location not too inconvenient from our friends and family in California — it was perfect.

We wanted to frame our day with tradition, while also staying true to who we are as couple. While we had a traditional ceremony led by Marshall’s Uncle Bob, and a small bridal party, we veered off the beaten path by foregoing things like the bouquet and garter toss, and opted for a ceremonial champagne tower in lieu of a cake cutting.

Working alongside Tara Lee Murphy and Kimiko Hosaki from Elements by K.H. and Co made planning a wedding 2,300 miles away as stress free as possible. They made our greenery ceiling come to life, and ensured we had the best vendors supporting us day-of. Garnish Craft Cocktails provided the most delicious beverages and coached us through the entire process of menu selection. While Cutting Edge Catering put together the most decedent three-course menu, and even executed on my desire to have coconut bowls filled with homemade ice cream for dessert!

Our attire choice was inspired by old photos of Marshall’s grandparents. Looking at pictures of them from the 1950s donning a tux, and a classic cut gown, it was so timeless, and something we wanted to replicate for a day that will live forever in photos. Marshall and his groomsmen went with a classic black tux, the bridesmaids wore simple black off-the-shoulder gowns, and I….have a backstory on that wedding dress.

I had purchased a custom gown from a local designer in March 2017, and didn’t receive it until April 2018. When I tried it on, it was a disaster. The cut was wrong, the fabric was off, and the overall construction made me feel like they had forgotten to make it until last minute. To keep it short, I was devastated. Six weeks to go until my wedding day, I had no dress. La Soie in Walnut Creek came to the rescue and allowed me to come in appointment-less, and desperate. A brand new, never worn gown, was striped from the mannequin I saw in the window, and I fell so in love with it, I didn’t want to take it off. Some magic of local seamstresses took it in 10 sizes, and it became the vision I never knew I had for a dress; it was perfect.

I couldn’t have dreamed up a more wonderful day to become a wife, and begin our lives together as a couple in paradise!

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Photography: Jana Dillon | Videographer: Driftwood Films | Event Planner: Lindsay Miller with Elements Luxury Events | Florals: Teresa Sena Designs | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Invitations: Reverie Paper Co | Stationery: Indigo Blue Design Co | Ceremony Venue: Haiku Mill | Reception Venue: Haiku Mill | Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Reformation | Catering: Cutting Edge Catering | Hair and Makeup: Jessica Waite Makeup Artistry | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | Band: Shea Derrick And Full Flavor | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Groomsmen's Attire: Menguin | Transportation: TP Transportation | Transportation: Chauffeured Services | Venue: Haiku Mill | Bar Service: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering | Groom Gift: Rolex | Rentals: Island Rents | Rentals: Signature Boutique Event Rentals | Table Settings: Set

Classic & Elegant Texas Wedding at The Grand Ivory

The very first thing on my wedding planning wish list was a gorgeous venue. A gorgeous white venue to be exact. There’s nothing quite as fresh and classic as a clean backdrop and today’s spot, The Grand Ivory, is all that and more and fulfilled the vision of Ann and Quan—with the help of Pop Parties. To document their celebration, they called on Allen Tsai and Brad & Monica Wedding Films and I’m SO glad they did, so we can all be be virtual guests!

From Allen Tsai PhotographyAnn and Quan wanted a clean, classic, and elegant wedding and they sure achieved it with the perfect design from Pop Parties! The Grand Ivory was the perfect backdrop for their wedding with the clean walls and beautiful natural lighting. Paired with lush greenery and touches of white and blush floral design by R Love Floral, it truly brought their wedding vision to life!

For the classic and elegant touches, Ann wore a stunning Vera Wang gown and had all of her bridesmaids in gold sequin gowns. Quan went with the classic black tux and bowtie look.

The reception design was the perfect balance of everything. The aisle floral pieces from the ceremony were re-purposed onto the head table creating a lush greenery organic vibe. The tables were a mix of long rectangular wooden tables with low floral arrangements to keep the organic look consistent, but also mixed in with round tables featuring tall centerpieces with blush and ivory linens to create that elegant look. The couple chose to serve Babes Chicken, their favorite restaurant while together and it truly was a wonderful celebration from start to finish!

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Photography: Allen Tsai Photography | Cinematography: Brad & Monica Wedding Films | Planner: Pop Parties | Floral Design: R Love Floral | Cake: Fancy Cakes By Lauren | Catering: Babe's Chicken | Hair and Makeup: Daniela Bell Beauty | Officiant: Love Notes | Transportation: Echo Transportation | Wedding Venue: The Grand Ivory | Bridal Gown: Vera Wang | Entertainment/Lighting: Le Force Entertainment | Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Photobooth: Joy Squad | Rentals: TLC Event Rentals

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