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Soft and Romantic Spring Wedding Inspiration

It’s official, Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow which means an early Spring is upon us! Well, at least we hope so!!  We just can’t wait to see tulips in full bloom at every turn and smell that fresh Spring air again. But until then, we’ll just be staring at this stunning inspiration shoot from Renee Hollingshead that satisfies all our Spring cravings. Emma Job from the Petal Report and Adriana Marie Events designed every inch of this gorgeous shoot, giving brides a modern yet ethereal take on the typical Spring wedding look.

From Emma Job from The Petal ReportThis intimate and inspirational editorial was focused to create a vision for couples that want to incorporate modern details mixed with an ethereal and refined authenticity for their nearest and dearest. Ambiance was crucial for the setting to show off the true feeling behind this vibe.

Crimson & Clover incorporated a mixture of tall candlesticks as well as pillar candles to add to the lighting throughout the space and popped some of their go-to spring blooms to soften the tablescape. The spring season was picked for this look as it to inspire those getting married in the year to come.

The spring season was picked for this look as it to inspire those getting married in the year to come. Our blushing bride, instead of having just a “something blue” we decided to incorporate the hue throughout her day. From the details within the paper goods, the delicate napkin tied across the dinner plates, to the tiny flowers popped in throughout the day, there was not a moment untouched by the shade. The modern paper touches are one of our favorite parts, paired with the soft edges of the china and natural linen textures throughout the space. A bit of personality from the “couple” in the ceremony runner to tell their full story, paired with the abundant greenery to fill the all white space of Prism for interested.

Photography: Renee Hollingshead Photography | Event Design: Cayleigh Hopkins | Event Design: Adriana Marie Events | Floral Design: Crimson and Clover Floral Design, Inc. | Cake: Catherine George Cakes | Stationery: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | Hair and Makeup: Vintage Veils | Wedding Venue: Prism | Bridal Gown: Wren Bridal | Model : Cate Thompson | Rentals: White Glove Rentals

Behind the Scenes of a Floral Workshop by Myrtle et Olive in Tokyo

Flowers are my love language. I think in another life I owned a little bloom shop on a beach somewhere, or maybe that’s still to come in this life. Retirement plan? I like it. If I ever make that happen, I’ll surely be signing up for a workshop like this one, hosted by floral genius, Myrtle et Olive. Along with Megumi Maris to capture the event and Paper Tree Toyko at the planning seat, we’re getting a behind the scenes look into the turning gears of a bloom workshop and what it takes to craft the lovely images we all get heart-eyed over on the regular.

From Heather of Myrtle et OliveI often feel that photographers and florists have a lovely symbiotic relationship. Photographers are our companion, our teammate throughout the entire design experience. It takes a great team of like-minded artisans to create the most beautiful editorial.

My designs are often influenced by my surrounding environment and culture. I love to create something that’s an authentic and organic extension to the location. That’s when a great photographer comes into design formula – your work is only as beautiful as what you can artfully document. I can’t stress how important it is to communicate with your collaborating photographer. I always do a walkthrough together with my partnered photographer to determine the best location for set up and for lighting, to achieve the best photographic result for the design. I will always have a conversation with the photographer to create an ideal shoot list and to plan out the shoot schedule together to ensure that we can make the best use of time and light on the day of the event.

Photographers often inspire me with their vision as well, we work together to perfect the balance, proportion, and rhythm of pre-styled lifestyle shots. As a florist & creative director, I want to bring the best out of one’s photography style, hence I try to work with a floral palette that goes well with the photographer’s preferred brand hues, some might go for a more mature neutral tone and some might enjoy working with a more bold and bright palettes. Respecting each other’s advice and expertise will often take your work to the next level.

For our first workshop in Tokyo, I wanted to fuse aesthetics elements of Japanese and Western culture into my design concept. Japan is well known for its celebration of seasons, particularly in its food. I incorporated seasonal fresh ingredients such as fig and dried blood orange to compliment our floral, which are all locally grown in an abundance of fall tones. It is often said that Japanese dishes are a feast for the eyes as well as nourishment for the body, as each course is beautifully presented in a dish of a shape and color. We included this important cultural element in our tabletop styling.

From Megumi Maris PhotographyFor Myrtle et Olive’s workshop in Tokyo, we worked with tricky lighting because we did not get the rental space until late afternoon and the studio was shaded by buildings. There was also orange cast coming from indoor lighting as well. I used as much of the available natural light as possible and used a reflector when needed. Hence, the entire set up needed to be by the window, furthest away from the orange cast. We were limited with time and space, we only had 1.5 hours to shoot all of the styling portions of the workshop. However, with communication ahead of time and a great shoot list, our team was able to work beautifully together. Everything was perfectly orchestrated and it flowed so well together.

Photography: Megumi Maris | Planner: Paper Tree Tokyo | Floral Design: Myrtle et Olive | Calligrapher: Maki Shimano | Venue Sponsor: Wako World

Romantic Fall Desert Wedding at El Chorro in Paradise Valley

I melt for a good groom-swooning-at-the-bride shot, and this wedding right here? It’s got a few sweet ones sprinkled throughout. Gahhh, can you even? I think we can all agree this duo is simply the cutest and when you pair them with details planned by A Day to Cherish Weddings & Celebrations and adorable guests like this, the result is a darling day that pulls you in. See the whole thing right this way.

From Benjamin Clifford PhotographyBeing a wedding photographer, it’s hard not to appreciate all the effort and care that goes into a spectacular wedding. Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing a stunning wedding at the beautiful El Chorro wedding venue. It was an excellent setting for such an occasion, nestled between the desert mountains of Paradise Valley, Arizona. My clients, Rebecca and Nathan, couldn’t have been more delighted by the natural beauty and luxurious treatment they received. The event was gorgeous from start to finish, and the memories preserved there will undoubtedly be remembered fondly by all who attended.

We managed to take a few photos of her alongside the lively desert fauna, creating a simply enchanting scene. The bridesmaids dressed in pale pink looked lovely together next to the bride, and we were able to get a few photos of them as well. After a few more shots of the groom looking his best and the couple finally together, we were ready to move on to the wedding ceremony. The event lawn was a spectacular venue with perfectly trimmed grass, white-blossomed trees, and the looming desert mountains in the distance. When Nathan and Rebecca were finally together on the event stage, hand-in-hand with solemn expressions, every seamlessly entwined element was finally in place. The couple walked away with brimming smiles. The following walk around the grounds allowed us several more romantic shots of them together freshly married. It was lovely to see them both bubbling from the excitement of their union. From there it was on to the Casa Paloma for the reception, showcasing the dazzling luxury El Chorro is known for. White, gold, crystal and blush adornments filled every table, with bouquets and candles to top it off. We finished with a series of shots of the couple’s first dance, taking to the floor in a wonderfully intimate moment while their friends and family looked on.

When it was all said and done, we managed to capture a fantastic set of stunning photos from the event. It was a wonderful day to be involved in, and one I’m sure won’t be forgotten.

Photography: Benjamin Clifford Photography | Cinematography: Luxium Weddings | Event Planning: A Day to Cherish Weddings & Celebrations | Floral Design: LUX Wedding Florsists | Cake: A Bake Shop | Invitations: Minted | Hair & Makeup: Makiaj Beauty | Entertainment: Ryan Meeks of Non-Stop Entertainment | Wedding Venue: El Chorro | Beer Burro: Haul N Ass Productions | Bridal Boutique: Bella Lily Bridal | Hand Lettering: Wildly Written by AK | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Event Rents- Phoenix

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How Revelry Is Reshaping the Way to Shop for Your Wedding Wardrobe

Ugh, there are so many stressful logistics when it comes to wedding and bridesmaid dress shopping. From securing appointments that work for everyone’s schedule (which is near impossible) to making sure everyone feels included and comfortable during the try-on process.  Think there’s no way of avoiding these icky details? – guess again! Revelry is completely changing the game of shopping for your wedding wardrobe needs. Read on for these 4 life-changing details…

Revelry X Style Me Pretty Giveaway

Guess what! We have a super exciting giveaway launching today on our instagram page! One lucky winner will receive their choice of a FREE wedding dress + up to four bridesmaid dresses (yup, we’re not kidding…) Hurry up and click this link to enter- the last day to enter is 2/17. The winner will be announced on 2/18… good luck, ladies!

1. In-Home Try On

Our favorite online-only brand offers samples to try on (Yup. No purchase required.) in the comfort of your own home, no matter where you are in the country! We know what you’re thinking – FINALLY!!! No more crowded dressing rooms, no more pressure to rush your decision process, no more trying on a size 14 when you’re actually a size 4 and NO more pushy sales people (hallelujah!) Both you and your bridesmaids are going to feel so much less stressed and so much more relaxed. It allows everyone to speak freely about exactly how they’re feeling in each dress and truly let loose and have fun in the comfort of your own home! It’s literally a dream come true and we are SO grateful that brides now have this option to consider.

2. Sample Boxes

SO, want to hear what other perks you get with an in-home try on? Get this –  Revelry will send you everything you need to help make your experience as seamless as possible by providing a Sample Box that includes everything you need to say “yes” to the dress! Inside the box you’ll find measuring tapes, fabric and skin tone illusion swatches, samples in your size, as well as plenty of helpful information – just think of it as a personal stylist in your own home!

3. Size Range

Michelle, the lovely founder of Revelry, has always pushed for the brand to be inclusive of all different shapes and sizes (beyond thankful for this). That being said, Revelry and Revelry Bridal offer a wide range of sizes as well as height options for both bridesmaids and brides. Here’s the rundown:

Bridesmaids:

  • Sizes 0-32
  • 4 height options (cocktail, petite maxi, regular maxi, tall maxi)

 Bridal:

  • Sizes 0-24
  • 2 heights (regular and tall)

4. Various Lining & Illusion Colors

This is MAJOR. Revelry Bridal offers 5 (that’s right – 5!!!) different skin tone options for illusion details on all dresses. How incredible is that? It’s about time women of all colors have the chance to create a wedding dress that is personalized to them – without the hefty alterations price tag. We are so amazed and grateful for the strides that Revelry is taking to be inclusive of all shapes, sizes and colors in their designs. They are truly trailblazing the way for the future of the bridal industry!

A Bright Fall Wedding in Wine Country at Solage Calistoga

This happy wedding day at Solage Calistoga brings the spirit of Fall to whole new heights! Trust us, just one look at this wine country celebration from Rebecca Yale Photography and Simone Lennon Events will instantly brighten your day. Prepare to “ooh” and “aah” at Loop Flowers’ heavenly arrangements of brightly colored blooms in orange, pink and yellow hues. Top it all off with a knock-out Vera Wang gown and there you have it – we couldn’t be more in love with this golden beauty!

From Rebecca Yale This was a destination wedding for the bride and groom who came in from TX for an intimate wedding with their closest friends and family. Simone Lennon used the Fall landscape as inspiration and Loop Flowers created lush Fall inspired florals in tones of orange, pinks and yellows.

The bride wore an embellished Vera Wang gown, which she paired with heirloom jewelry including a pearl necklace the bride’s mom wore on her wedding day and a watch made into a cuff the grandmother wore on hers. The bride’s mother wore Carolina Herrera in robin egg’s blue to match the bridesmaids and also wore many heirloom jewelry pieces passed down from her mother who they honored with a photograph tied to the bouquet.

Yonder Design created an elegant white and gold invitation suite and save the date with a custom logo for the couple and letter pressed the pattern of the tablecloths on to the back of the suites and the envelopes were lined with a tan linen fabric.

Yonder created a slate bar menu using their same logo to show off their custom cocktails and printed letterpressed menus with hand calligraphed names at the top acting as place cards for the guests.

A whimsical element was brought to the day with the larger than life escort card display at the entrance with hand torn paper escort cards. Loop Flowers transformed the all white space with a large floral and light bulb installation over the dance floor which created a wow moment when everyone entered from cocktail hour.

A custom white dance floor was created to match the clean aesthetic and bright pops of florals lined the tables with orange velvet napkins and bowls with fresh pomegranates, figs and kumquats. Each place setting had a beautiful mini arrangement tied with ribbon sitting atop the menu, which was flanked with grey and gold flatware.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Floral Design: Loop Event Arts | Stationery: Yonder Design | Hair and Makeup: The Glamourist | Bride's Mother's Dress: Carolina Herrera | Dress Designer: Vera Wang | Gown Pressing and Tailoring: The Wedding Detailor | Lighting and Suspension: Got Light | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Theoni Collection | Rentals: Standard Party Rentals | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Simone Lennon Events: Simone Lennon Events | Venue and Catering: Solage Calistoga | Vow Books: Wedding Story Writer

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Classic Greece Wedding at Archontiko Riziko in Chios

When in doubt, go for a destination wedding! While you might be thinking a far-away-fete will be a challenge to plan, it’s so worth it. Especially when you turn your celebration into a week-long event like this Victoria and Peter did. With Joanna Loukaki guiding the planning process, the result was truly a day to remember. Thanks to Vasilis Kantarakis Films, we get to be virtual guests today. When you’re done enjoying the beautiful film, make sure to scroll through Nikos Gogas lovely images.

From Vasilis Kantarakis Films… Growing up, Victoria used to spend summers with her Italian family in a small town called Cervinara, right outside of Naples. It was while falling in love with Italy as a child that she began dreaming of a destination wedding. When she first met Peter, she had no idea she was falling in love with someone who had spent their childhood summers similarly. He would return each year to his parent’s birthplace and homeland, a small island called Chios off the mainland of Greece. When Peter and Victoria took their first trip together to visit Chios and then Cervinara, they knew that a destination wedding would be the best way to include all parts of their international families. So, they turned their destination wedding into a week long vacation for all their friends and family, and they couldn’t be happier with the celebration or each other.

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From Joanna Loukakis, the planner… When we first visited together with Victoria and Peter the historic venue, we could see in their eyes it was their dream location! Set in the medieval Kampos area, the 1700’s estate has breathtaking views citrus groves in all directions. Beautiful organic and natural elements incorporated with tones of blue and a splash of gold, were some details of the romantic dinner scenery.

Wedding Cinema: Vasilis Kantarakis Films | Wedding Planner: Joanna Loukaki | Florist: Loukakis Flowers | Cake maker: Eva Houkouroglou – Eve and Butter | Caterer: Chef Kovas | Makeup Artist: Matina Maraitaki | DJ: Linaris George | Antique car: Private collector | Cocktail Bar Catering: Oz Cocktails | Dinnerware: White Lilac | Hairstylist: Anna Boula | Musicians – Live Band: Avgoustidis bros | Post ceremony refreshments and treats at the church: Premier Giorgos Koumpis | Reception venue and bride’s preparation: Archontiko Riziko | Rentals: Zazoo | Special Lighting: Focus Audio Vision | Stationery + Printed Materials: Entypo | Wedding Photographer: Nikos Gogas

Colorful + Cultural Wedding Blue Hill At Stone Barns in New York

Having meticulously planned my own wedding, I can attest that it takes a lot to get to that end result. So, when I see a celebration like this one, jam-packed with layers of personalized details, I not only see the love, but feel every curated, every carefully crafted moment…thanks to the uber-talented designer Bride, who made all that beauty come to life. From incorporating her own art to seamlessly blending two cultures together, she truly thought of every last detail. Even asking her 90-year-old uncle to be the ring bearer (sweetest thing ever)!! With The Wedding Library at the coordination helm, Peartree Flowers on bloom duty and Sophie Kaye behind the lens, it was a truly special celebration and one that I promise you’ll want to cozy up to!

The theme of the wedding was A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a Chinese twist. Set at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, nestled in a beautiful countryside landscape just beginning to turn to autumn, the celebrations made every effort to pay tribute to the natural surroundings, from the carefully selected menu to the elaborate decor. The hallway leading to the reception featured a romantic cascade of hanging vines and fall foliage in a gradient of colours, while the tables were covered with flowers and tall, lush branches, dripping with hanging candles, to transform the space into a glowing enchanted forest. The overall effect was both sophisticated and magical.

As both the bride and groom are Jewish, and the bride is Chinese as well, the wedding represented a true marriage of the two cultures. Before the ceremony, the families and wedding party participated in a private tea ceremony and Ketubah-signing, during which the bride wore a traditional Gua dress from Hong Kong, while the groom donned a Chinese “cabbage blossom” over his suit. At the reception that evening, everyone danced the Hora, and to close out the night, they had a Taiwanese-style send-off, offering Chinese wedding candies to their guests.

The chuppah was the centerpiece of the ceremony, a gorgeous floral structure with moody and romantic hanging blossoms. At nightfall, it was revamped into a lantern-lit pavilion that guests could walk through to get from the hayloft to the main restaurant. The effect was utterly ethereal, with the soft, rosy glow from the lanterns lighting up the dark courtyard. It was the perfect way to repurpose the chuppah, and served as a stunning and memorable bridge between both cultures!

As for the bride’s gown, she chose a romantic, off-the-shoulder dress with beaded flowers across the shoulders by Israeli designer Chana Marelus, who personally added unique embellishments to the dress. Veil-designer Daphne Newman created a bespoke veil with matching flowers and beadwork. As a special touch, Daphne embroidered Kim and Isaac’s names onto the petals of one of the flowers in the center of the veil. Isaac wore a custom-made blue Zegna suit with a red velvet bow tie, and gifted his groomsmen and the two fathers with kimono bow ties in varying shades of red, each with a different pattern, to compliment the bridesmaids’ dresses. Finally, the guests wore burgundy kippot during the Jewish ceremony.

As Kim is an artist and is often commissioned to design wedding invitations, it was a dream come true for her to be able to design the artwork for her own wedding. She created and hand-lettered all of the paper goods, from the personalized crest and invitations to the escort cards and the custom-made mugs in the gift bags. The wedding suite featured whimsical illustrations of significance to both Isaac and Kim, as well as auspicious Chinese motifs and symbols to honour Kim’s heritage.

From the beginning, Kim and Isaac knew that deciding on a color scheme would be nearly impossible; Kim’s love of colors has had a huge influence on her artwork, and would play a big role in the wedding as well. Instead, they chose to draw inspiration from the mood and environment of the day: autumnal foliage and crisp chinoiserie as an homage to the season, bridesmaid dresses ranging from the palest blush to a deep burgundy as a nod to Chinese wedding colours, and rich jewel-tones for the tables and bouquets to tie everything together. On the whole, the tapestry of colours was what helped make the day so festive and unique, and full of warmth and happiness.

From The Wedding LibraryI just adored this wedding – full of color, cultural elements, and the sweetest couple. The bride, Kim, illustrated their incredible invitations, all paper goods, and the favors. I was so excited to shoot with such an amazing color palette – a pastel blue runner, a vibrant chuppah, and the most painterly florals made up their wedding day details. The couple involved moments from both of their families and religions, with traditional jewish elements, chinese lanterns, and a tea ceremony.

Photography: Sophie Kaye Photography | Coordination: The Wedding Library | Floral Design: Peartree Flowers | Gown: Chana Marelus | Ring: Susie Saltzman | Hair + Makeup: Natalia Bizinha Makeup Artist | Wedding Venue: Blue Hill At Stone Barns | Bride's Instagram: Kim Zeluck | Bride's Website: Kim Zeluck

A Tropical Destination Wedding at Ak’iin Beach Club in Tulum

If we could get an invite to any wedding on SMP – this tropical destination wedding in Tulum captured by Magdalena Studios would be reallyyy high on our list! The bride and groom said “I do” with their toes in the sand in front of a round floral arbor by Pentaflor Event & Flower Design and crystal clear ocean waves. The blushing bride donned a pretty two-piece dress while her bridesmaids stunned in unique maxis of various warm hues. What followed was a cocktail hour filled with decadent displays of coconuts, pineapples, a tiki bar, live music and a reception that is just too perfect to put into words. Welcome to wedding paradise!

From Magdalena Studios Searching for destination wedding inspiration from a couple who did it perfectly? Look no further than Claudia & Richard! This Tulum wedding was one for the books with no detail left behind! Stunning earthy greens and ocean blues surrounded the couple as they tied the knot on a white sand beach under a tropical arbor arch! After the “I do’s,” the newlyweds and their guests celebrated as the sun set to live music, with dinner tables designed to perfection and a choice of coconut or tiki bar (or both)! We want to relive this day over and over!

From the Bride… We met online while Claudia was living in NYC and Richard was living in Tulum, Mexico. Richard claimed on his profile that he spent “several months a year” living in NYC, which only became true AFTER they started long-distance dating. After weeks of e-mailing and one Skype date, Richard bought a ticket to New York for their first in-person date. The date went well, and they have been together ever since!

The family-owned wedding venue made everything extra special and personalized. We were very familiar with the space, personally know the wedding planner and many of the staff, and we were even able to have our beloved rescue pup Taco roam free during the event. The wedding was a blend of Mexican and American sensibilities and customs to honor our backgrounds, our guests, and the location. We chose a ‘natural luxury’ theme to let the beauty of the venue shine, the handblown glass, bejuco (wicker) decorative globes and hanging lamps, local copal incense, mezcal for toasting, menu, drinks, plate chargers, table decorations and foliage all made locally or from Mexico.

Midnight snack of empanadas in both Argentine and Mexican styles also nod to bride and groom’s backgrounds. Our favorite wedding moment was having our son Adrian be the ring bearer and walk down the aisle with Richard/groom’s former nanny Celia. Tips to other couples planning their day: Sending paper save-the-dates and invitations but having people RSVP online was a good mix of traditional and convenient. E-mailing guests a Google photos link for people to upload their casual shots was also a fun way to share images with everyone.

Photography: Magdalena Studios | Event Planning: Akin Beach Club | Flowers: Pentaflor | Cake: Shoebox Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Akin Beach Club | Reception Venue: Akin Beach Club | Shoes: Jewel by Badgley Mischka | Engagement Ring: Elisa Solomon | Jewelry: Luis Rea | Rings: Las Americas Jewelry in NYC | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Catering: Akin Beach Club | Makeup: Jessica Hereen | Hair: Karina Dominguez | Hair: Prep Hair | Venue: Akin Beach Club | Dress Designer (Skirt): Jenny Yoo | Dress Designer (Top): Tadashi Shoji | Dress Store: BHLDN | Garter: b.tempt’d by Wacoal | Groom Shoes: Paraboot Shoes | Groom Suit: John Varvatos | Grooming: Karina Dominguez | Hair Accessories: Lori London | Live Band: One the One | Paper Goods: Designed by bride! Claudia Meyer | Rentals: Royal Table Cancún | Ring box: Las Americas Jewelry in NYC | Veil: Paris by Debra Moreland

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Colorful Maryland Winery Wedding at Rocklands Farm

If ever there were two Brides with the happiest of smiles and a kind of love that you can feel popping right out of your screen, it’s surely Lea & Becca. Their love is contagious and that’s completely apparent in every single snap from Luck & Love Photography. Hello, adorable first look! They’re sharing their story below, along with an abundance of details that made their day truly unique.

From Luck & Love PhotographyThe details of this day were beautiful! Becca’s details included a handkerchief with a custom stamp for Lea & Becca in the middle, her great-grandmother’s necklace, and a ring from her mother’s side of the family. Lea also had Keds that she & Becca had died themselves. Lea’s mom helped her get into her dress and helped put on her late grandmother’s necklace. Lea’s late grandmother and grandfather were married on exact same date as Lea & Becca would be married on. Lea’s dress was so beautiful, and the brides would discover later on that their lace actually matched – even though their dresses were so different!

Lea & Becca signed their Ketubah, surrounded by their family and friends. Lea’s dad spoke to the importance of the Ketubah, and the story of marriage. Once the rain had slowed, it was time for their ceremony! At the chuppah, Becca walked around Lea and then Lea walked around Becca. Lea’s father officiated the ceremony seeped in tradition. Lea & Becca had written their own vows. Becca talked about how the moment she met Lea, there was a spark that Lea ignited in her, and that Lea continued to light that spark every day. It was nerdy and beautiful, and started the waterworks for everyone present. Lea talked about how she had always imagined finding her “Rebecca” since she was a child – literally, when she had played the main love interest was always named Rebecca – and how glad she was she found her Rebecca in Becca. It really was a beautiful day filled with love, acceptance, and happiness!

Some words from both brides… Our favorite part was the ceremony itself. My (Lea) father was our Rabbi which was both intimate and inclusive at the same time. Rocklands Farm is such a naturally beautiful venue and the thoughtful decorations by our florists (Sungold Flower) and event team (Simply Fresh), plus the warmest host (Janis, the owner of Rocklands) made us feel so comfortable. We decided to exchange vows during our ceremony which turned out to be a real highlight for us–we loved having an opportunity to tell our feelings and vows to each other under our Chuppah (Jewish alter we stood under) and share that intimacy with our friends and family. Our ceremony was full of such love, inclusivity, laughter, and the happiest tears.

Our wedding style was definitely rustic-barn because of the space itself, which totally compliments us as a couple: we love the outdoors, animals, and abundant natural beauty, which Rocklands provided endless amounts of. Rocklands has the charm of a functioning farm with piglets and cows roaming the meadows behind our ceremony site, but also has a massive collection of decorations to accent different tables and spaces beautifully. Neither of us are crafty, creative, or artistic, but we outsourced to our Step Mother and our Grandmother hand stitched 95 kippot (Jewish caps) that were beautifully strung between two ladders at the entry of the ceremony site. We also included a picture of our photographer (Meg Lucks at Luck & Love Photography) with a note asking our guests to not use personal cameras or phones because Meg’s got us covered. And we also had a bin of toy instruments (clappers, maracas, and various whistles) and called them our “Recessional Beats” for our guests to help cheer us down the aisle after our ceremony. These little things helped make our wedding unique and fun!

Our advice to others: Be incredibly organized with your time and your planning. So much goes into planning a wedding between vendors, timing, and last minute changes, but it helps to be organized! The other piece of advice: this is [hopefully] the only wedding you will ever have. Take little moments with your new wife or husband to just look at your event. We took many 30 second moments to just look at our lives converging all to celebrate us. As everyone says, it flies by so quickly, so taking time to just step back and watch this group of people who will never again assemble in the exact same way. If things fall off schedule or fall through for whatever reason? Don’t worry about it. This will still be the best day of your life. Last piece of advice: if you can afford it, hire both a photographer and a videographer. We hired Luck & Love Photography and In Motion Video (Baltimore, MD) and both did an absolutely fabulous job. Our video is absolutely stunning and allows us and our families to relive the wedding. Our photographs are also so beautiful and captured the natural beauty of Rocklands Farm and our whole evening so perfectly. We would change a thing, it was perfect.

Photography: Luck & Love Photography | Videography: In Motion Video | Florist: Sungold Flower Co | Catering: Simply Fresh Events | Men's Attire: Enzo Custom | Bride's Dress: Vows | Bride's Dress: Fairytale Brides on a Shoestring Boutique | Bridesmaid Skirts: Tulle And Chantilly | Hair & Make Up: Makeup by Ana B | Live Band: The Original Moonlighters | Winery: Rocklands Farm

Vibrant Indian Wedding at Butterfly Lane Estate in Santa Barbara

I had to hold myself back from putting every single image in this gallery from Taryn Grey into a featured board. It is that beautiful my friends. Hannah & Zohair celebrated their love with family and friends in a seamless cultural fusion that sings with color and happiness. Event of the Season made that dream come true for this Bride & Groom with their planning and design genius. When you’re done scrolling some of the stunning highlights below, I urge you to cozy up right here for the rest!

From Event of the Season… Working with Hannah & Zohair on their wedding design was a really fun process. They met in the Funk Zone of Santa Barbara and envisioned a romantic, colorful, and classic Indian fusion wedding. The palette was composed of variations of deep saturated and vibrant pinks and reds with accents of rich orange, purple and navy with pops of gold. Guests were welcomed with a grand champagne tower display accented with colorful fruits and floral details. The ceremony featured a large mandala inspired design created with petals and floral garlands that went the full length of the aisle. At the end of the aisle were petite gold vessels filled with colorful blooms and petals. The arch was accented with one large offset floral piece, organic arrangments at the base of each side, and one of our favorite elements, colorful hanging tassels. The best parts of the ceremony were the appearance of the couples 3 pups, Simba, Rajah, and Johnny Walker Black, and performance by two of their closest friends. After the ceremony, the couple changed into traditional Indian attire. Cocktail hour on the terrace showcased a large full floral elephant, bringing in the symbol of Zohairs family heritage from India, that acted as the centerpiece for a beautiful charcuterie display. An illustration of the couple and their 3 pups, created by Chasing Linen, was available for guests to sign their special wishes. After the cocktail hour guests were invited to find their seats from a display of hanging floral garlands, drawing from the design of the ceremony arch. The reception was set with colorful lounge groupings, linen-draped tables, clusters of vibrant blooms and candles, and modern metallic pendants and lanterns strung overhead. All details were captured perfectly by Taryn Grey Photography.

Photography: Taryn Grey Photography | Event Design: Event of the Season | Event Planning : Event of the Season | Floral Design: Coco Rose Design | Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes | Ceremony Venue: Butterfly Lane Estate | Reception Venue: Butterfly Lane Estate | Catering: Omni Fresco Catering | Makeup: 805 Makeup | Hair: Beauty By Blythe | Lighting : Bella Vista Designs, Inc | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Music: Gavin Roy | Rentals: Town And Country Rentals | Rentals: Party Pleasers

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A Picturesque Destination Wedding at The Rim Golf Club in Arizona

Black bridesmaid dresses, a breathtaking ceremony view and a romantic candlelit reception are just a few of our favorite things about this dreamy destination wedding at The Rim Gold Club. Sassy Soirees left no detail unturned when planning this day inspired by the beautiful mountains of Arizona. Sarah’s Garden created arrangements full of rich colors like bold reds, deep greens and a touch of soft pink! Don’t miss a moment at the full gallery captured by Rachel Solomon Photography!

From the Bride… In the fall of 2012, Jack and I met in Minneapolis, where we embarked on a two year graduate program at the University of Minnesota. Upon first meeting Jack, I was struck by his generosity and impacted by the selflessness he exhibits everyday and in each interaction. After close to two years of cherished friendship, Jack and I started dating. I was born and raised in Arizona and, despite leaving for the Midwest after high school, I had always known that I would return home to get married.

When Jack proposed in the fall of 2017, I was thrilled to learn that he shared in my excitement for planning a wedding inspired by the natural beauty of the mountains of Arizona. We knew we wanted an intimate gathering of our closest family and friends, and having a destination wedding allowed us to offer our guests the thrill of travel and adventure – something that brought us together as a couple. It was heartwarming and uplifting to watch our guest’s travels unfold, all centered around our wedding day at the The Rim Golf Club in Payson, Arizona.

We were fortunate to have a beautiful and sunny, yet crisp, late fall day for our wedding. We chose black and white attire and simple, classic gold decor to allow the breathtaking views of the Mogollon Rim to take center stage. The colors of the open-air backdrop were stunning alone, but we chose to accent Mother Nature’s beauty with rich colors in our details – including my “something blue”, a pair of brilliant blue M. Gemi bow adorned flats, and a palette of bold reds, soft pinks and deep greens throughout our floral design.

Our most treasured memories from our wedding day are the moments that were inspired by our love for our family and friends: connecting over a few holes of golf prior to the ceremony, toasting with the very same gold-rimmed champagne glasses that my parents used on their wedding day close to 30 years ago, and dancing with our guests to “Sweet Caroline” – a father/daughter tribute in honor of my late father. We gave our guests Rim Club wine glasses as favors and have since enjoyed reminiscing in the homes of our friends and family members who have served wine in these glasses that are so very special to us. Looking back on our day is now one of our favorite things to do together, and we can’t imagine a more perfect setting to celebrate our marriage. We were so fortunate to partner with a truly incredible and amazingly talented team of vendors who worked tirelessly and seamlessly to create a day we will never forget.

Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography | Event Planning: Sassy Soirees | Cake: Mogollon Moose | Reception Venue: The Rim Golf Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair: Miriam Kenly | DJ: Elite Event Services | Bridesmaids Retailer: Bella Bridesmaid | Floral: Sarah's Garden | Gown Boutique: Posh Bridal Couture | Gown Designer: Enzoani | Menswear: The Black Tux | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Stationery & Paper: Parkside Prints | Strings: The Encore Quartet

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You Won’t Believe These David’s Bridal Wedding Dresses Are Under 1K

So, you want to look like a million bucks on your wedding day without splurging on the crazy price tag? We totally get it. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice style in order to be budget-friendly! Lucky for you, David’s Bridal has some of the most gorgeous gowns that fit your individual style AND your wedding budget #blessed. Keep on reading to reveal the 7 wedding dresses from David’s Bridal that are ALL under 1K, leaving you guilt-free and looking gorgeous as ever.

With their wide variety of silhouettes, lengths and styles – it’s pretty much impossible not to find what you’re looking for. On top of all that good stuff, they also offer sizes that range from 0-30… this way every woman can find a dress that’s a perfect fit. In case you were wondering – yup, David’s Bridal also offers veils, headpieces, jewelry, shoes, shapewear, in-house alterations (I mean… we could go on, but you get the picture – they’ve got it all!) Keep on reading to reveal the 7 wedding dresses from David’s Bridal that are ALL under 1K, leaving you guilt-free and looking gorgeous as ever.

1. Galina Signature Plunging Sequin Tulle Ball Gown Wedding Dress: $958

This tulle ball gown is perfect for the classic bride who wants a soft, romantic look on her wedding day. It features a plunging neckline, rows of pearl and crystal beading at the waist and a sequin underskirt. How gorgeous does this gown look paired with this pave crystal flower hair comb – adding the perfect dose of sparkle to the overall look!

2. Melissa Sweet Beaded Blouson Two-piece Sheath Wedding Dress: $958

For the bride who wants to feel comfortable and covered on her wedding day with a side of vintage flair – this sweet two-piece is just for you! It’s complete with a beaded and embroidered blouson-bodice, a tulle sheath silhouette, cap sleeves and stunning embellishment. To top it all off, don these dazzling drop earrings from David’s – they’re the perfect match!

3. Galina Signature Strapless Wedding Dress with Tulle Slit Skirt: $798


A bustier-style illusion bodice and a side-slit? Umm, hello gorgeous! This romantic gown lets you show a little leg while still looking oh-so bridal.

Fun fact: Did you know 1 in 3 US brides choose to walk down the aisle in a wedding dress from David’s?

4. Galina Scalloped Lace Split-front Sheath Wedding Dress: $499

We have a feeling boho brides are going to love this one. How gorgeous is the scalloped lace and curve-hugging sheath silhouette?! Obsessed. If you want this exact bridal look, add this jeweled organza sash encrusted with pear, round, and marquise crystals and these embellished ankle strap heels.

5. DB Studio Scalloped One-shoulder Lace Sheath Gown: $199.95

We’ve never seen a one-shoulder dress quite so darling. Finished with flattering side rushing and scalloped detailing – this dress is the definition of understated elegance. Let this leafy crystal sprig sash define your feminine curves and accessorize with a pair of boldly glam chandelier earrings.

6. Cap Sleeve Crepe Sheath Wedding Dress: $499

For the bride who’s hoping for a dress that shows off her beautiful shape while staying modest and classic – this high neck crepe sheath complete with a keyhole back is officially your dream wedding dress! The only way it could get better? When it’s worn with teardrop earrings, cross strap heels and a matching crystal clutch in hand of course!

7. Lace Appliqué Illusion Mesh Sheath Dress: $199.95


If you thought it’d be near impossible to find dress from under $200 that features floral lace appliqué… surpriseee! How perfect is this one-of-a-kind gown?

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

Seaside Malibu Wedding at The Adamson House

When I see the name Amorology pop up, I know I’m in for a gorgeous treat… everything they touch turns to pure wedding gold! Today’s fete is no exception and it so happens to be the wedding of fashion blogger, Maxie Elise, who made the most stunning Bride. Ashley Kelemen joined in on all the fun—lens in tow—leaving us lots and lots of pretty to look at.

From Amorology… College sweethearts Megan and Tyler’s love story began when she fell in love with his pants. The sleepy boy who sat near her in class was well-known for these pants, enough to warrant him a very special nickname. Puzzle Pants (aka Tyler) and Megan’s romance blossomed from their love of late nights, long mornings, and nap times, and we decided to weave this story into the concept of their wedding – Lovers & Dreamers.

Their wedding sat by the seaside at historic Adamson House in Malibu, CA where gentle waves lapped calmly at the banks of the shore. Dappled sunlight shone through the leaves of the Sycamore tree under which they wed as they said I Do, and guests sauntered into the courtyard area to be greeted by custom cocktails from Barcon – sip on a Suit & Ty or a Farmer’s Daughter (a nod to Tyler’s city boy background and Megan growing up on a farm) as you watch the clouds roll by. Their lovers and dreamers were then led to their seats by a sleep mask customized with their names and table assignments. We alternated between wood tables and rounds draped in gilded gold linens from La Tavola. Wood tables were set with simple linen plates upon wooden chargers, with rose gold flatware, indigo edged-napkins, and classic cut crystal glassware, while rounds got simple linen chargers and pink sky napkins. We used velvet ribbons on the plates to add another pop of color in there with small sprigs of berries brought in by Olive Willow to complement the lush florals that crowned each table.

After warming up on the dance floor, guests were invited to enjoy “the rest” – i.e. a scrumptious spread of delicious goodies brought in by Hey There Cupcake. Guests continued to dance through the evening under the night sky and breezy palm trees to end a day that was altogether very Cali-cool, calm, and collected.

Photography: Ashley Keleman | Event Planning & Design: Amorology | Floral Design: Olive Willow Designs | Cake: Hey There, Cupcake! | Stationary: Betlem Calligraphy | Catering: MIHO | DJ: Vox DJs | Backdrop: Backup Backdrops | Bar Services: Barcon Cocktails | Bride: Maxie Elise | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Premiere Party Rents | Table Top Rentals: Hostess Haven | wedding: The Adamson House

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Timeless and Ethereal Wedding Inspiration at The Walper Hotel

Modern minimalism mixed with romantic touches of elegance and ethereal décor – at first, it’s hard to imagine how this design combination would look… but after seeing this shoot from Rainbow Chan Weddings & Events… we are completely in love. Top it all off with the dreamiest neutral palette and heavenly blooms by Sweet Woodruff and there you have it – the perfect recipe for a modern yet timeless wedding. Don’t miss out on all the fairytale-worthy details of this shoot captured by Artiese Studios at the full gallery!

From Rainbow Chan Weddings & EventsOur shoot at the Walper Hotel in Kitchener, Ontario combined modern minimalism with fairytale worthy décor elements to create a timeless, ethereal aesthetic. This hotel is truly unique – it encapsulates the charming “small town” feel of Kitchener with its traditional architecture dating back to 1893. However, the décor and style of the hotel isn’t what you’d expect from a century old building.

There is a distinctly midcentury modern feel to it – very minimalistic with clean lines and pops of colour. The finishes are extremely on-trend and updated. The mix of the classical architecture and ultra-modern finishes gives this venue a timeless feel – like it would fit seamlessly into more than one era.

The beautiful floral design by Sweet Woodruff takes the greenery-heavy trend to an extreme. The incredible arch is made entirely of wild greens is definitely non-traditional, but the organic, lush styling makes it feel whimsical and fairytale-esque. The white walls and mid-tone floors make this look feel entirely timeless. The gown from Blushing Bridal, bridal cape from Noon on the Moon and bouquet tie in seamlessly. Clean lines and versatile, minimalistic design mean that this look could work in any space and any era. 

The tablescape uses the same neutral tones and classic design, but incorporates some trendy elements like the two-tone flatware, knotted napkins and crystal chairs. The blush accents add a romantic and ethereal feel, which tie this tablescape into the theme. The cake display encapsulates this whole theme – clean lines with a pop of ethereal romanticism. We love creating romantic, beautiful looks that give a nod to tradition but feel up to date and cutting edge. The Walper Hotel provided a perfect backdrop for this aesthetic.

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Photography: ARTIESE Studios | Cinematography: SDE Weddings | Floral Design: Sweet Woodruff | Wedding Dress: Pearl Bridal House | Wedding Dress: Blushing Bridal Boutique | Stationery: Ivory and Twine | Venue: The Walper Hotel | Bridal Cape: Noon on the Moon | Chairs rental and Stemware: Chairman Mills | Creative Director, Planner, Producer: Rainbow Chan Weddings | Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist: Windy Chiu | Plates, Flatware and Napkins: Plate Occasions | Ring and Earring: Cynthia Findlay Antiques

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A Tropical Destination Wedding at The Cove Eleuthera

Grab your sunhat and sandals cause today we’re jetting off to the white sands and crystal clear waters of the Bahamas with Simply Sarah Photography! This stunning tropical fête planned by Boy Meets Girl Weddings is a beach lover’s dream. Guests dined in paradise under palms trees and cafe lights at the most picture perfect reception locale of all time. If anyone needs us, we’ll just be over living vicariously through these stunning wedding photos for the rest of the day…

From the bride… Josh and I met at Tishman Speyer (where we both still work) in the summer of 2012 while I was interning. We would often see each other at Equinox and became friends. Throughout my senior year of college, Josh would randomly check in to see how I was doing. I started working at Tishman a week after graduation. A few happy hours and nights out later, our friendship turned into something more. While there is nothing wrong with a traditional wedding, I knew it was not what I wanted for Josh and I.

I loved the idea of bringing our closest family and friends together for a full weekend, but wanted to do it somewhere that was intimate and small, an oasis. After finding The Cove in Eleuthera, I knew that would be the place. For our rehearsal dinner, I drew my inspiration from a beach club in Mykonos that was very Boho chic yet cool and relaxed. Mish, our event designer, nailed it in every way. For the wedding reception, I wanted to create an insanely fun atmosphere that was a cross between the most epic house party with friends and a night out in Ibiza. To say it was the best night of our lives is a total understatement.

Photography is a very intimate aspect of a wedding and we were so lucky to have had Sarah and Will there to capture our love and the best weekend of our lives. Everyone who knows me will grow tired of hearing me sing Simply Sarah Photography’s praises. Is she that good? YES, her incredible talent truly warrants this type of admiration. Aside from Sarah’s mind-blowing abilities behind the camera, she is the most kind-hearted, interesting and wonderful person. Sarah has a gift for understanding that she is not just taking photos, but capturing the soul and emotion of a moment, one you will look back on and cherish for the rest of your life.

If you’ve seen Sarah’s photography you will understand that she does not need a review. Simply, her work speaks for itself. Sarah and her amazing husband Will showed up early to our wedding weekend to scout and plan ingenious opportunities to shoot us in breathtaking, off-the-beaten-path locations. The two worked fervently and brought a fresh perspective to shooting our celebratory weekend. Every moment spent with Sarah and Will was serene and gave us an opportunity to reflect on the momentous occasion.

Photography: Elizabeth Lanier Photography | Event Design: Boy Meets Girl Weddings | Event Planning: Boy Meets Girl Weddings | Floral Design: Boy Meets Girl Weddings | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: The Cove Eleuthera | Wedding Venue: The Cove Eleuthera | Processing & Development: PhotoVision Prints

Modern Wedding at Mission San Juan Capistrano + Marbella Country Club

I’ve seen bridesmaids in many a hue, but today’s mauve ‘maids might be my favorite as of late. Woven with blush, peach and ivory bouquets, this beautiful Bride is surrounded by a melody of the prettiest pink palette. Natalie Bray captured ever color, every detail, every smile and kiss to perfection. See it all here, and do not miss the sweetest writeup from the Groom below.

The grooms description of his bride… She is the most genuinely good person I’ve ever met. Her heart is so pure, and she takes such good care of the people she loves. She is also the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen. She disagrees when I say she’s perfect, but I truly think she is. She’s also such a strong, independent, and energetic person. She works hard all day and always finds the energy to work out, cook, and look after herself and me. Before I met Allison, I wondered what my purpose in life was. Now I know. Being her husband and taking care of her for the rest of my life is the most fulfilling, meaningful thing that I could ever do.

From Natalie BrayI just adored these two and they had a lot of beautiful details to go along with their glowing love. Allison chose a stunning 2 piece gown from Robert Bullock that it her perfectly. One of her favorite accessories was her something borrowed, a diamond studded antique bracelet passed down in the family. Her look was completed with colorful florals from Wild Muse.

The couple chose to a more traditional route and have ceremony in church they loved and had portraits on the historic grounds afterwards. The reception was more fun and lively with a surprise serenade from Jack to his new Wife. Everyone was in awe and their love was electric. As guests entered the reception and took their seats, Allison and Jack wrote personalized notes to each and every guest as their place card for celebrating with them. It was very sweet watching everyone read them. It definitely meant a lot. The four tier cake was a showstopper with gorgeous florals cascading perfectly.

Photography: Natalie Bray Studios | florist: Wild Muse Florals | cake : Sweet Traders | Stationery: Shine Wedding Invitations | Ceremony Venue: Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano | Reception Venue: Marbella Country Club | DJ: Extreme DJ | Brides Dress: Robert Bullock | HAMU : Laguna Cliffs Salon | Ribbon : Tono Co | Second Photographer : Kels Michael

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Intimate + Glamorous Wedding at Malibu Rocky Oaks Vineyard

If I had to list a top ten for best scenery around, Malibu Rocky Oaks would surely make the cut. Can you really beat a view like this? It was the perfect setting for this duo, who said their intimate I dos with their very closest loved ones. Love & You Studios also received an invite, to capture it all. Cozy up, right here.

From Love & You StudiosOur beautiful couple had a very small and intimate wedding celebration with only their immediate families. It was a very special family gathering, a day filled with so much love and happiness, great food and lots of dancing. The whole wedding design was absolutely stunning and reminded us of a summer night in Tuscany. The ceremony florals had lots of elevated whites incorporated in the design that looked amazing with the natural backdrop of Malibu Hills. One of our favorites was the brides bouquet that was loaded with peonies, mock orange, olive, and white tweedia. The main reception table had a modern garden table setting with some very unique details such as velvet napkins and hand marbled menus in acrylic frames.

Photography: Love & You Studios | Wedding planner: The Elegant Ninja | Floral Design: Poppy Design Co. | Dress: Galia Lahav | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Made By Meg | DJ: Vox DJs | Venue: Malibu Rocky Oaks | Menus: Cecile's Paper Co. | Rentals: Premiere Party Rents | Video: Hoo Films

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Feminine Spring Wedding Inspiration at Tyler Gardens

Spring has sprung on SMP thanks to this heavenly wedding inspiration planned by Ronnie Anderson Events! This shoot is filled with dreamy Claire Pettibone gowns, blooming fleurs in soft, pastel hues and a round arbor that will seriously take your breath away. Check out the full gallery of stunning captures from Lauren Fair Photogprahy, Emily Wren Photography and du soleil photographie!

From du soleil photographieThree photographers, three florists and three gorgeous Claire Pettibone gowns, this shoot was a stunning example of creative collaboration and partnership.

Coming together for the Tyler Gardens Spring Open House soiree, a team of creatives from various specializations in the Philadelphia wedding industry brought to life this lush floral Spring wedding editorial concept. Highlighting romantic shades of this season such as peachy pink of lovely blooms and fresh green of new leaves, coupled with the elegant gauzy ethereal Claire Pettibone gowns, this wedding inspiration is full of life and femininity.

Lauren Fair and Emily Wren are undoubtedly masters at capturing these beautiful details, and having the opportunity to work alongside of them was an honor and a wonderful learning experience for me. Lauren Fair never ceases to amaze with just the perfect composition and stunning styling of every detail she sets her eyes one and Emily Wren simply wows you with her mastery in capturing movements, bridal elegance and architecture. Working together as fellow photographers is a gratifying and heartwarming experience, and seeing the difference in each photographer’s perspective is both insightful and delightful.

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Photography: Emily Wren Photography | Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Photography: du soleil photographie | Cinematography: Schoen Films | Floral Design: Faye and Renee Floral and Event Design | Floral Design: Kelly Lausten | Floral Design: Laura Clare Fine Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Invitations: Heather Ashley | Shoes: Bella Belle | Catering: Piccolo Trattoria | Hair and Makeup: Air Hair And Makeup | Wedding Venue: Tyler Gardens | Bridal Boutique: Nicole Bridal | Model: Kaitlyn Sapp | Danijel Trifkovic | Model: Jamie McNulty | Model: Maria Dasana | Planning: Ronnie Anderson Events | Table Stationery: Alisa Wismer Design | Venue Management: Open Aire Affairs

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Elegant Garden Wedding in San Diego at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

I’m quite certain that any fete that starts off like this and ends like this is a wedding win. All the hands up emojis! Everything in between is pure inspiration gold my friends, thanks to Before I Do Events, Carmen Santorelli and the entire vendor team. Get your pinning on right this way babes!

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From the Bride… Richard and I met 8 years ago during college in San Diego. We were in a few of the same classes but were always too nervous to say hi. We finally met at a dance for my sorority and the rest was history. A little over a year ago while on vacation, Rich popped the question! Being someone who secretly loves to organize and plan, I was ready to dive into finally getting to plan OUR wedding!

We started our planning by finding the perfect location – that was easy. We chose San Diego because it’s where we met and fell in love. It’s a special place to both of us. I’m also lucky enough to have grown up in San Diego.

As we started looking at venues, we knew we wanted a place where we could be outdoors and also create a weekend getaway for our guests. We stumbled upon the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Since Rich and I were living in Los Angeles at the time, my mom stepped in and offered to visit the venue for us. As she was driving home she immediately called and said “We had to get down for a visit as soon as possible!” We did and from the moment we stepped onto the Inn’s property we were immediately overwhelmed by its beauty. From the sprawling green lawns, to the lush gardens and trees your breath is taken away. After one visit, we knew it was the perfect place.

After booking our venue, we had to put together an amazing team of vendors to help us pull off our dream wedding. In addition to finding vendors we absolutely loved, I felt it was important that they had previously worked together. There is so much planning and coordination that they each do, I felt having experience working together would make the day of that much easier.

We knew we wanted to focus on the design, florals, photography, and videography. We were recommended to Alicia at Before I Do Events. During our first call, we instantly connected and I felt that she truly understood the style and feeling we wanted to achieve – a garden party with a classic and timeless feel. Alicia was a huge help in providing us with amazing vendor recommendations, bouncing design ideas off of and guiding us throughout the entire planning process. She also made sure that our wedding day went off without a hitch.

For the ceremony and reception we wanted it to feel light, airy and effortless while highlighting the beauty of the venue. We decided on a neutral color palette, touches of antique brass and tons of candlelight on the tables to create a timeless and romantic feeling during the reception. Hannah from Modern Bouquet perfectly captured our vision. From our gorgeous bouquets to the lush and sprawling arrangements, Hannah truly outdid herself.

Rich and I knew that the day would pass in the blink of an eye. Knowing this, it was important for us to work with an amazing photographer and videographer. When we found Carmen Santorelli we were just in awe of her work. Looking through her photographs, she is able to capture so much emotion while emitting a soft, romantic and dreamy feeling. Her work perfectly aligned with the aesthetic we wanted.

Having a videographer was one of my must haves. I found Audrey Alba Films and loved what I saw. In every video I watched, they were able to capture so many of the special moments that happen throughout the day. Being able to watch and listen to our ceremony, my dad’s speech and see our first dance is something I’ll always treasure.

We really tried to make sure that everything was thought out and personal to us. One of the most memorable moments was asking my little brother Ryan be our officiant. It was important to us that we chose someone who knew us both as individuals and also as a couple – Ryan does. At first he was nervous but in the end he did such a great job! His ceremony speech was filled with heartfelt stories and memories that really highlighted our relationship and the love Rich and I have for each other.

You really can’t put into words how much excitement, love and happiness you’ll truly feel on your wedding day. All the time you’ve spent planning and thinking of every little detail is done. You’re able to relax and enjoy the day with your closest family and friends. Rich and I made it a point to stop and appreciate every moment throughout our experience. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.

Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography | Floral Design: Modern Bouquet | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Michele Coulon Dessertier | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Groom's Attire: Friar Tux | Wedding Venue: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe | Arch: To Be Designed | Bridal Salon: The Dress Theory | HMUA: Blush and Adore | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Live Art: Chasing Linen | Musician: Still Listening Productions | Paper: Sweet Paper | Planning + Design : Before I Do Events | Rentals: Abbey Party Rents | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Video: Audrey Alba Films

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Magical Winter Wedding Inspiration at Foster Creek Farm in Big Sky

Attention all winter brides – this one’s for you! Today’s inspiration shoot captured by Larissa Cleveland Photography with design from Habitat Events is bringing so much life to winter in Big Sky. Habitat Floral Studio’s arrangements took the warmth of a winter sunset and turned all those cozy, romantic feelings into a bouquet. This shoot is complete with an intimate bonfire, a reception dripping in candlelight and a surprise visit from a four-legged friend! See all the magic unfold below…

From Larissa Cleveland PhotographyWhen the evenings start to turn dark a little earlier and the weather begins to hover around the freezing mark we start to crave everything cozy: soft furs, intimate fireside dinners, and loads of candlelight. Most couples opt for an indoor ceremony with a slope-side feel during the winter months but there is something magical and unconventional about setting a cozy prairie scene under the winter sky.

The prairie landscape lends so much inspiration with it’s range of brown and caramel hues, providing a prefect warm backdrop complete with tufts of grasses peeking out from the snow. We wanted to play off this neutral palette and bring in complimentary tones with just a hint of the deeper almost black hues you see in the landscape this time of year; some might consider these elements stark but to us it is what makes this time of year special.

The design inspiration is pulled directly from the landscape. From the hand sketched invitations, the Montana inspired water colored sugar cookies in the welcome gifts, to the natural earthy grasses and branchy pods used in the floral pieces; we wanted all roads to lead back to the open sky and a Montana wintery scape. Early winter sunsets are perfect for a ceremony glowing with candlelight as the sun falls behind the hills.

To enhance the setting, piles of Mongolian sheep furs and cozy blankets accented the rustic wood benches. We used impactful blooms combined with textural woody stems, like magnolia branches, to really take the landscape outside and pull those elements into the florals.

The reception space was nestled up to a beautiful fireplace, perfect for an intimate meal. The tablescape combines delicate elements such as hand-died silk napkins with textural pieces like the leather place cards and aged pewter chargers to create that sweet spot where the soft and rustic mingle together. That same inspiration carried over to other elements such as the cake, which had a subtle embossed feel similar to the snowy hills surrounding the reception barn. And, of course, no Montana evening would be complete without cocktails by a bonfire! 

Photography: Larissa Cleveland Photography | Event Design: Habitat Events | florist: Habitat Floral Studio | dress: Zuhair Murad | Ring: Studio Pandora | Makeup: Fumi Makeup | Hair: Brooklynn Studio | tux: The Black Tux | Venue: Foster Creek Farms | Cake, Custom Cookies and Invitation Suite: Jasmine Lilly Creative | Ceremony and Reception: Foster Creek Farms | Models: Rocky Mountain Entertainment Agency | Silk ribbon, leather place cards and welcome sign: Olive and Bay | dress atelier: jinwang

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