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Gilded Wedding Inspiration for the Autumn Obsessed Bride

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons. – Jim Bishop … and so does this stunning style shoot from KR Moreno Photo. Ahh how we love Fall weddings, they’re filled with feelings of calmness, warmth and undeniable romance. Today we’re transporting you to everyone’s favorite season with this gorgeous golden-toned inspiration planned by Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events. Violet Rose Floral has us head over heels in love with her asymmetrical floral arch and heavenly arrangements. Keep on reading for all the must-see autumnal details…

From Violet Rose FloralPerched at 1165 feet, The Rove Estate sits at the highest point in Leelanau County overlooking sweeping views of lush Northern Michigan nature. This family-owned Vineyard was the perfect venue to showcase just one of the many beautiful and unique venues that Michigan has to offer for wedding and events.

The color palette was inspired by a gold velvet linen from Fabulous Events which complemented the changing colors of the leaves as Michigan transitioned into the Autumn season. We wanted that to be the focus of the shoot so we chose flowers that primarily consisted of white blooms creating a beautiful contrast between the colors.  Our couple read their vows in front of an asymmetrical floral arch, followed by a portrait session throughout the venues lush grounds. The bride wore a stunning Muse by Berta off the shoulder, soft ballgown with all over lace detail which proved to be the perfect combination of elegant and sexy.

The intimate reception dinner was carefully styled with wooden farmhouse chairs, fine flatware, and delicate menu cards designed by Ciara Claire that adorned each place setting. A lush floral runner was placed down the center of the table intertwined with candlelight for a romantic end to a beautiful day. 

Photography: Kaylea Moreno | Floral Design: Violet Rose Floral | Dress: Berta | Hair & Makeup: M. O. Hair and Beauty Lounge | Wedding Venue: Rove Estate Vineyard & Winery | Dress Salon: L'Amour Bridal | Linen: Fabulous Events | Paper Goods: Ciarra Claire Fine Art | Planning: Sincerely, Ginger Weddings & Events | Rentals: Event Theory | Rentals: 307 Events | Silk Ribbon: Shop Foraged Goods

From Engagement to Family with the Same Photographer

This may possibly be my favorite feature ever, and with thousands of Style Me Pretty features under my belt—that’s saying something. This is the story of Lauren & David (and sweet little Avalyn!)… from engagement to wedding, from maternity to baby, L & D have called on Koman Photography to stand alongside them and capture their most precious milestones. Truth be told, The Komans are some of my very favorite people in the industry, so I can see why Lauren & David adore them so! Take a walk through their journey below—I have no doubt it’ll inspire you to craft a lifelong relationship with your own photographer.

From Lauren… David and I met in high school while working at Jersey Mike’s. We both went off to college and reconnected 3 years later during summer break. It wasn’t long before we knew we were meant for one another and we got engaged two years later.

When it came time to find a photographer, I was instantly drawn to the Komans’ timeless, romantic, and artistic style. After meeting with John and Marlene, everything clicked and we felt so fortunate to have found them. They were very genuine, welcoming, personable and easy to talk with.

We were nervous about taking our engagement photos at first and they quickly eased our nerves. They guided us, while being non-invasive, were easy going and reassuring. This enabled us be ourselves in front of their cameras. We had such an enjoyable time laughing and hanging out with them. We couldn’t imagine anyone else taking our photos and capturing those intimate moments between us.

 

See Lauren and David’s full engagement session HERE!

They were equally as enjoyable to work with on our wedding day and captured our day flawlessly. When it came time to take maternity and newborn photos, we knew we wanted them to document this next chapter in our lives. 

 

See Lauren and David’s full wedding HERE!

John and Marlene are extremely creative, patient, talented and passionate about their profession and it truly shows in the quality of work that they do. We cannot imagine anyone else photographing the most special moments in our lives! They are an absolute pleasure to work with and we feel so grateful to have developed a lifelong relationship with them.

Photography: Koman Photography | Coordination: Laurel & Party Events | Wedding Dress: Love And Lace Bridal Boutique | Invitations: My Big Day Designs | Hair and Makeup: Rock Me Makeup | DJ: Vox DJs | Wedding Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Rentals: Pretty Vintage Rentals

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A Colorful Fall Wedding at Hotel Crescent Court Complete with the Cutest Flower Girl

For this beautiful couple – the perfect wedding day meant the presence of their closest family and friends, subtle tributes to their military backgrounds, lots of bright yellow and pink blooms from Anna Rayner… oh, and the cutest four-legged flower girl we ever did see. It was the most special day planned perfectly by Keestone Events! We can’t wait to share these gorgeous photos captured by Allen Tsai Photography of Tian Tian and Chris’s joy-filled day! See it all below and prepare for some majorly aww-worthy moments.

From Keestone EventsI loved planning for Tian Tian and Chris. This is a couple who aren’t afraid to let their personalities shine through and have fun.

From Tian Tian surprising Chris by arriving at the rehearsal in a taco costume (their wedding was a few weeks before Halloween) just for kicks — she did take it off after a few minutes — to Chris surprising her with Torchy’s Tacos as a late night snack at the reception, there were twists and turns throughout their wedding that kept their group of guests guessing and cheering all night long.

Both met in West Point and were in the military for five years. They incorporated aspects from that background such as cutting the cake with the West Point saber and doing a military style grog. For their wedding, the couple was drawn to bright florals which were balanced out with neutral linens and the warm tones of Hotel Crescent Court.

Tian Tian and Chris don’t live in Dallas and they, along with most of their guests flew in from various parts of the States to make it to their big day. Since Tian Tian’s family is from China, red wooden favors that mean “double happiness” were put on each place setting as a nod to her culture. I also cannot forget to mention Sandy, Tian Tian’s Old English Sheepdog who has been the most well-behaved (and supportive) flower girl in all the weddings we have done. Sandy was such a pro and MVP!

Photography: Allen Tsai Photography | Floral Design: Anna Rayner | Dress: David's Bridal | Cake: Panini Bakery | Stationery: Minted | Hair and Makeup: Jessica Jieun | Ceremony + Reception: Hotel Crescent Court | DJ + Lighting: Le Force Entertainment | Planning + Design: Keestone Events | Rentals: Big D Party Rentals

Elegant New England Wedding at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island

There’s nothing quite like a classic coastal New England wedding—especially when it’s set in Newport, Rhode Island. I may be a tad biased as my very own I dos were said on these waters! So, when today’s fete at Castle Hill Inn came across my desk, a sweet nostalgia came over me. Join me in the soul-warming gallery, captured by Rebecca Arthurs.

From the Bride… Brendan and I met while both attending medical school in Washington, DC and after much persuasion, he managed to convince me to move to his hometown of Boston to continue residency training. As a Californian native, it took some time getting used to the snow, however I quickly fell in love with the old-world charm of New England. We wanted our wedding to reflect what we loved most about New England and found that in the beautiful Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI. The easy elegance and unpretentious charm of Castle Hill Inn, with it’s beautiful coastline views and Adirondack dotted lawn was the perfect venue for us. The tented reception site created an indoor-outdoor space that allowed our guests to enjoy cocktails on the lawn, watch the beautiful late summer sunset, and enjoy the cool seaside breeze.

With its beautiful surroundings, CHI needed very little additional decor; however as a lover of flowers, finding a florist that could augment the beauty of CHI was important to me. Stoneblossom Florals did an amazing job of re-creating my dream color palette of the lightest blush surrounded by whites and greens. Hydrangeas, garden roses, rice flower, jasmine ivy, cafe au lait dahlias, etc elegantly dressed up the sperry tents. Chinese blessing scrolls my parents brought from their native Taiwan were flanked with Chinoiserie vases, a subtle nod to my Asian heritage.

Our stationers, Champagne & Ink, kept consistent with our theme and all our day of items were decorated with delicate pale pink florals. We wanted to forgo the traditional “Mr”‘ and “Mrs” chair signs, so they custom designed “Dr” and “Dr” laser cut chair signs. Although a small detail, this was special to us as it defines a large part of us as individuals and as a couple.

The best part of the night was sneaking away from the dance floor and wandering out towards the ocean. There was a moment when we looked back towards the lit up reception tent and couldn’t help but feel so lucky to be married, whilst surrounded by all the people we love.

Photography: Rebecca Arthurs | Cinematography: Buzz Media Company- Wedding Films | Event Design: Exquisite Events | Floral Design: Stoneblossom Floral and Wedding Design | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Cake: Confectionery Designs | Invitations: Champagne & Ink | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | DJ: Team Sayles | Venue: Castle Hill Inn | Bridal Boutique: Bridal Reflections | Linens & Tableware: Peak Event Services | Make-up & Hair: Jennie Kay beauty

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Classic Glam Winter Wedding in Charleston at Gadsden House

When choosing your wedding style, a surefire way to create a vibe that is truly you is to reflect your daily life and habits. Do you wear your hair down 90% of the time? Don’t feel pressured to do an up-do just because it’s your wedding. Do you dress up to the nines every Friday for date night? Do what this couple did and weave that same classic glam into your Big Day. With the planning genius of Pure Luxe Bride and Dana Cubbage there to capture it all—these two truly celebrated a day of their own.

From Dana Cubbage… Miranda + Brian’s wedding inspiration came from their style as a couple. “When we get dressed up, we plan to be the best dressed at the event, so we went with a formal wedding because we enjoy looking our best and having a great time!” said the bride.

Their planners, Francesca + Blake of Pure Luxe Bride, knew that Miranda + Brian wanted a classic glam wedding with hints of grey + gold and the final design was absolute perfection! It was an elegant, timeless design with beautiful finishes that really allowed the venue to shine. The bridesmaids wore a classic beaded gown by Adrianna Papell and the guys all wore classic black tuxedos, except for the groom – who wore grey.

Andraya of Flora created a gorgeous flower wall that served as a focal point for the ceremony and guests were greeted into the house for cocktail hour with a glass of champagne from the champagne tower! The cake table stole the show with gorgeous linens and an amazing floral installation on the mantle of the fireplace behind it – it was one of my favorite details of the day.

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Photography: Dana Cubbage Weddings | Videography: Dock House Digital | Event Planning: Pure Luxe Bride | Florals: FLORA | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Cake: Wild Flour | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Salthouse Catering | Hair + Makeup: Paper Dolls | Lighting: Charleston Uplighting | DJ: Stephen Darby | Men's Attire: Berlin's Formal Wear | Ceremony + Reception: Gadsden House | Dress Shop: The White Magnolia | Invitation: Basic Invite | Linens: Nuage Designs | Rentals: 428 Main Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Eventworks | Signage: J.Lily Design

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A Classic Wedding at The Breakers Palm Beach with an Old-World European Feel

Not only is this classic wedding incredibly gorgeous and complete with an old-world European feel, it’s also filled with the most thoughtful, sentimental details incorporated throughout the day. With a little help from Carrie Zack Events, this stunning bride personalized her wedding in just about every way you could possibly imagine. From a venue that’s near and dear to her heart, to the addition of Italian ruscus in her floral arrangements as a nod to her roots, to sewn in pearls from her mother’s wedding gown in the sleeves of her dress. We are beyond blown away by the sheer beauty and precious details of this timeless affair. See it all captured by Lance Nicoll Wedding Photography below!

From the Bride… Chris has spent a lot of time traveling the world for work. He worked in a private equity firm in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for three years. Prior to meeting me, he moved back to West Palm Beach FL to be closer to his family in Vero Beach FL and to take a job opportunity in Palm Beach. I had been living in Europe and working in the fashion industry as a model. I decided to move back to West Palm Beach to finish my degree, and that is when Chris and I met. Chris and I met 4th of July weekend three years ago during a sunset cruise for my friend’s birthday. Chris later asked our mutual friend, “Can you please help me ‘run’ into her again?”. Luckily the next day, our mutual friend coordinated a firework viewing party at their house where Chris and I were able to exchange numbers. The venue we chose for our wedding has always held a special place in my heart. Growing up, my family would vacation at The Breakers so the property is filled with all these precious memories that I hold so close to my heart. As a little girl, I can remember feeling awe struck at the all the history it’s gorgeous gilded-age walls hold. Getting married at The Breakers was like a dream come true! Walking down its beautiful hallways as a little girl with my dad was always a favorite memory of mine.

Chris and I love to travel. Our wedding was inspired by the travels we shared together. Chris had proposed at St. Michael’s Mount, in Cornwall England — a beautiful hilltop, castle on a tidal island on the Cornish coast. It was important to us for our wedding to feel timeless and classic with an old-world European romantic feel. That is why we chose white florals with a hint of fresh summer greens that featured Italian ruscus — (a shout out to my Italian-family roots that Jennifer from our floral and design team thoughtfully picked out). I also wanted all my sweet angelic bridesmaids in white. Their dresses featured classic lines with a gorgeous cowl back that felt timeliness and feminine to me. I really wanted the gilded age, baroque architectural features of the reception ballroom to stand out. We choose decor to highlight these features that kept with the old world setting. We used crystal candelabras and place hundreds of candles in the sills of the 12 arched floor to ceiling windows that encircles the ballroom. This made the amber wash light bounce and glisten all over the room highlighting the already opulent space. All the candle light was very romantic and soft. I worked very closely with my friend Siuleth at Eleven Note to create our invitation suite. For me, all the little details are what make an event amazing. So, having a hand crafted invitation set the tone for our elegant old-world European feel. Siuleth watercolored the iconic front of The Breakers for the invitation liner. Featuring the historic property in the invitation gave the guest a sense of what was to come

Siuleth also designed a custom chocolate bar wrapper that featured all the wedding weekend details and a personalized “thank you letter” from Chris and me. We paired the custom chocolate bar with bottle of Champagne for our welcome gift for the guests. To keep with our timeless and elegant feel, a harpist and violinist welcome ours guests to our ceremony which was held in a historic church that my family has been going to for generations. My bouquet was designed after my best friend/grandmother’s (Mimi). I love how elegant cascading bouquets are. Having mine designed after Mimi’s was a special way to honor her presence since she is no longer with us. My mom also had Mimi’s engagement diamond set in a necklace for me to have her “close to my heart” on my wedding day. Our floral designer use a mini Calla Lily for Chris’ boutonnière, which was what my parents choose for their wedding florals. So sweet! My dress was designed by Zuhair Murad. It was important to me for it to feel feminine, classic, but with a modern-twist which Murad is a master at! I had previously worn a dress by him for a fashion shoot and knew I had to get married in one of his designs. It was important to me to be able to wear the dress both at the ceremony and reception (since it is such a special day!), the slip that gave the bodice it’s structure during the ceremony actually slides out so it revealed a little more skin for the party and was easier to move it for all the dancing that followed. During the fitting, we had pearls from my Mom’s wedding dress sown into the sleeve (wrist area) so I could see a special piece (something borrowed) of my mother’s as I was holding my bouquet down the aisle. My mom and I are very sentimental, she gave me a beautiful “wish box” after she helped me get into my wedding dress. The box had all these wonderful hard-written wedding ‘wishes’ on heart shaped notes that she had collected from my closest family members and friends. It totally melted my heart!! Love her so much. A true treasure! We also loved adding little sentimental touches anywhere we could, I had a custom lucite clutch made with J + C and Stuart Weitzman J and C shoe clips to wear on the big day!

The cake was one of the first things guests saw once they entered the ballroom. I wanted it to be a focal point of the room and to mirror the center pieces we had. It had to be a piece of art all to its own. We had our recurring J + C placed one of the top tiers in gold script and each of the 6 tiers was separated by a layer of luscious florals. It really drew a lot of attention. Since it was a summer wedding, we choose light and refreshing flavors, lemon cake with lemon mouse and fresh raspberry filling. At the end of the night, we offered our cake in “To-Go” favor boxes that read “Midnight Snack #SladeGetsJade” since The Breakers is known for their OTT desserts, after the main course, The Breakers Signature Mini Martini Sundaes was presented to each guest. It had Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry Haagen Dazs IceCream, Chambord Macerated Berries 3 Chocolate Fluted Cups with Toppings (M&M’s, Reese’s Cups and Candied Almonds) and a Milk Chocolate Heart that Read, “Christopher loves Jade” in a bed of White Rock Sugar with Butler Passed Hot Fudge and Caramel Sauce. It added a fun and whimsical element to all the classic and elegant vibes of the night. Plus, who does not like ice cream sundaes in the summer! After all the guests entered the reception ballroom after the cocktail hour and got situation, Chris and I made a grand entrance and were escorted by a champagne parade with sparklers. It was the grand entrance of a lifetime! We went right into our first dance, Chris and I were choose “Color of Love” by Sade. The lyrics felt perfect for us and Sade is so chic! We also had a Bride and Groom signature cocktail called “The Slade” that was a rift on a Paloma garnished with an orchid (perfect for summer!). At about 11:00pm we had

“Cheeseburgers in Paradise”butler passed around the reception room and dance floor as a “late-night” bite. Everyone loved them! The planning process was one of my favorite parts! My mom and dad were so sweet and involved every step of the way. They are huge dancers and love music so they were tasked with finding the best band. They choose The Social, a 12 piece show band, which was a huge hit! They are an incredible show band and entertain like no other, we danced all night long! The girls even did a outfit change after dinner into these stunning gold lame jumpsuits. So fantastic, everyone loved it!! It was wonderful to have all my parents support and to share the planning process with them- such a special time for us all. We had an incredible team and The Breakers is beyond flawless to work with. They not only know how to make a wedding day beyond spectacular for the bride and groom but also for all the family and guests too! We really wish we could relive our wedding day, it was perfect, timeless and beyond what we could have imagined!

Photography: Lance Nicoll Wedding Photography | Event Design: The Breakers Palm Beach | Floral Design: The Breakers Palm Beach | Wedding Dress: Zuhair Murad | Venue: The Breakers Palm Beach | Invitation: Siuleth of Eleven Note | Planning: Carrie Zack Events

Colorful Fall Wedding at Terra Art Gallery in San Francisco

Where to begin with this incredibly intriguing fete… it’s almost too beautiful for words and has me a little star struck—thankfully Rebecca Yale‘s stunning captures will do the talking. Set at San Francisco’s Terra Gallery, it’s a celebration with some of the most striking installations I’ve yet to see, thanks to Kate Siegel Fine Events and Cherries Flowers. The team at Got Light joined in the fun as well, setting the mood with the most dreamy lighting. Watch it all unfold with Rebecca’s imagery below and in the full gallery.

From Rebecca YaleKatie and Andre were married on November 18, 2018 at the Terra Gallery in San Francisco. The day was planned and designed by Kate Siegel who transformed what the bride called “the white box” into a gorgeous lush space full of greenery and florals using gold, acrylic and a custom painting by Yonder Designs to inspire the design for the day. The gallery is two levels and Kate’s team did 4 incredible installations flipping both spaces throughout the evening. Katie and André began the day at the St Regis, which is located right next to the SF Moma. They had their first look outside the distinctive grey slate walls of the Moma and then took portraits in the courtyard of the Moma with their iconic Richard Serra sculpture and a few other outdoor installations, which served as the perfect backdrop to match their art gallery wedding. Their wedding party joined them dressed all in black suits and bridesmaids dresses of their choosing for photos at the Moma and against a fun art wall nearby.

Guests began the evening with the ceremony on the upper level which took place at sunset. Cherries Flowers spent 2 days installing hanging florals and lightbulbs from gold structures custom made for the wedding day which ran the entire length of the aisle. Kate installed real hedges strung with twinkle lights behind the ceremony space with a candle installation in front of the hedges the bride and groom stood in front of during their ceremony officiated by a judge and old family friend. The sides of the room were all draped hiding the walls and creating a more intimate space.

After the ceremony guests made their way downstairs for cocktail hour, which featured high top tables with grey velvet tablecloths and large floral installations on both bars with custom gold and acrylic drink signs created by Underwood. Guests made their way back upstairs to find the room transformed with the drapery taken down and showing the art from the gallery on the walls and the dinner tables all brought in, including long rectangular tables tucked into the gold structures that had created he ceremony aisle. The tables used the same grey velvet tablecloths and rich florals that had been used downstairs and were paired with acrylic and gold Details. Underwood created a custom seating chart with the guests names printed on an acrylic slab bolted to another acrylic slab with gold leaf on it creating a beautiful 3-dimensional work of art. The same acrylic and gold leaf was used on the table numbers and the signs for the cocktails and guestbook. Underwood created a custom logo for the bride and groom using a K & A in an abstract way on the bride and groom’s guestbook and on each place card held in acrylic holders at their seats.

Yonder designed an abstract purple and grey painting for the invitation that was used as a layer underneath a piece of vellum which had the text printed on it creating a beautiful multi dimensional effect and was tied together with a piece of black string also used on the ceremony programs. The same painting was used in the creation of the menu and the guestbook a lot with the abstract K & A logo. Each guest had an individual menu tucked inside a purple velvet napkin which featured the menu on one side and a thank you note from the bride and groom on the other with a selection of quotes printed on each thank you, to thank their guests for celebrating with them. The Bay Bride was visible from the venue and the bride and groom decided to embrace their love for their city by creating a custom post card with SF icons on a sketch on the front.

While guests dined upstairs the cocktail space was transformed with lighting and new lounge furniture was installed for an evening of dancing with an incredible stage with custom lightbulbs reminiscent of the ones on the 2nd floor. A champagne tower was set up in the entrance to the dance floor and a large dessert table with all the bride and groom’s favorite desserts light with purple and blue lighting to highlight the art on the walls and transform the space for an evening of dancing. The bride and groom kicked off the night with parents dances and then their own first dance before inviting everyone to the floor followed later in the evening by two special dances led by their friends including both the bride and groom crowd surfing and being thrown in the air during Magic Carpet Ride and a group sing-a-Long to Piano Man with all 200+ guests singing along.

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Event Planning: Kate Siegel Fine Events | Flowers: Cherries Flowers | Cake: Jasmine Rae Cakes | Stationery: Yonder Design | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Betty Zlatchin Catering | Makeup: Adam Campbell | Lighting: Got Light | Venue: Terra Gallery | Bride's Accessories: Alexis Bittar | Bride's Gown Salon: jinwang | Bride's gown: J. Mendel | Music: Jumpstart | Rentals: Abbey Party Rents | Rentals: DEKKO88 | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Standard Party Rentals | Rentals: Theoni Collection | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Stationery and Day of Paper and Escort Cards: Underwood Letterpress

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A Dreamy Intimate Wedding at Villa Le Fontanelle in Tuscany

Since the bride is from California and the groom from England, they knew they wanted an intimate destination wedding where all their closest friends and family could experience a fun, relaxing, once-in-a-lifetime weekend together. Tuscany was the winning locale (for obvious reasons…!) From the bride’s fairytale Hayley Paige gown to the adorable donkey adorned with flowers by Viola Malva – there’s so much to love about this stunning Tuscan affair! See all the details planned by Original Tuscan Wedding in these gorgeous photos captured by Rossini Photography.

From Rossini PhotographyTuscany is being every year more and more requested from couples who want to have their destination wedding in Italy. And it’s easy to understand why… A rich culture, rustic and romantic scenery perfectly mixed with the marvelous Renaissance art, and the taste of its world-renowned food and wine… All this things are basically the reasons why Tuscany checks all the boxes when planning a wedding! The whole day took place at Villa Le Fontanelle, originally a simple peasant farm, became in the XV century one of the properties of the Medici family. During the centuries the villa was home to several families, who changed its aspect many times. Every day since then has been dedicated to the planning and maniacal research of every single color, furniture and fabric in order to create a unique location, where nothing is left to chance.

Every day since then has been dedicated to the planning and maniacal research of every single color, furniture and fabric in order to create a unique location, where nothing is left to chance. A dreamy environment where beauty is manifested everywhere, a feast for the eyes and a shelter for the soul. Aware of the bride’s love for all things pink, her husband proposed with a pink sapphire engagement ring. It was the ring’s peachy pink color that set the colours of the wedding. The Hayley Paige dress was a beautiful amethyst shade, covered in intricate beading and floral designs throughout. With its cathedral length train and veil, it was fit for a princess! With light hues of pink and purple in mind, the bride together with the wedding planners, added peach, gray, white and silver to the wedding color story. These colors are reflected in the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets, flower arrangements and tablescape. The end result was romantic and elegant with a Tuscan flair.

From the bride… With Alec being from England and I from California, we always knew we would have a destination wedding; the question became, “Where?” We envisioned a beautiful and relaxing location, one that would offer new experiences and allow us to spend quality time with our closest family and friends. Wedding days can go by fast, so a place where time moves slower was ideal. Tuscany, with its rich culture and rustic scenery checked all the boxes. A wedding here would provide the romantic backdrop we sought, an opportunity to marvel at its Renaissance art, and a taste of its world-renowned food and wine. When deciding on a photographer, we were seeking someone who used light as a method of producing romantic style photos. Aware of my love for all things pink, Alec proposed with a pink sapphire engagement ring. It was the ring’s peachy pink color that set the colors of the wedding.

My Hayley Paige dress was a beautiful amethyst shade, covered in intricate beading and floral designs throughout. With its cathedral length train and veil, it was fit for a princess! We purchased the dress during one of her trunk shows at JLM Couture’s flagship store located in West Hollywood. Having Hayley Paige herself ask if I was saying yes to the dress while my mom, brother and others cheered is a memory I will cherish always! With light hues of pink and purple in mind, we added peach, gray, white and silver to our color story. These colors are reflected in the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets, flower arrangements and tablescape. The end result was romantic and elegant with a Tuscan flair. A cute local donkey adorned with flowers greeted guests and made for a fun photo opportunity. Mini olive oil bottles served as favors and traditional Italian food and beverages were served at dinner and made available throughout the evening.

Luca and Claudia from Rossini Photography are a wonderful married couple, which I think helps as they worked seamlessly together. They were always smiling, very friendly, and quite funny. With such an intimate wedding, we worried they would be noticeable. On the contrary, they were very discreet and natural, but also approachable (my dad still shares how much he loved speaking with Luca!). Prior to the wedding, we had shared a list of places we wanted to take couple photos at. At the top of our list, and where we ended up going, was San Miniato Church. The view this location offers is what dreams are made of! Seeing the end result, we can honestly say Rossini far exceeded our expectations. Looking back, our wedding does feel like a dream! When planning a wedding from abroad, it is easy to stress and worry about the end result. In our case, everything was based strictly on photos, ideas and conversations we had exchanged with our wedding planners. Come the wedding day, everything was as much a surprise for us as it was for our wedding guests. Our advice for couples planning a destination wedding would be to stay organized, do your research, and hire an experienced wedding planner with whom you mesh. Communication is key with successfully planning a wedding long-distance. Stay calm and remember to enjoy the process! The to-do lists may seem never-ending, but the end result is so worth it!

Photography: Rossini Photography | Flowers: Violamalva | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Engagement Ring: JuliaBJewelry | Hair Stylist: Pamela Leti | Groom's Suit: Calvin Klein | Bride's Shoes : Jimmy Choo | Bride's earrings: JCPenney | Bridesmaids Dresses : Adrianna Papell | Bride’s wedding band: JuliaBJewelry | Groom's Shoes : Steve Madden | Groom’s wedding band: JCPenney | Make Up Artist: Pamela Leti | Villa le Fontanelle: Villa Le Fontanelle | Wedding Planners: Original Tuscan Wedding | Wedding Favors: FavorZilla

How to Get the Unique, Hand-Crafted Engagement Ring You’ve Always Wanted

Finding thee perfect engagement ring is no easy feat. Sometimes you have an idea of a style you like but can’t seem to find a specific ring that speaks to you. Or, maybe you have something so lovely, unique in your head that you just can’t seem to find it in any jeweler. Well, worry not, bride, you are not alone in your ring shopping woes, there are a couple of things you can do to make this a whole lot less stressful. Like doing your research, phoning a friend, and visiting this unique engagement ring retailer. (Oh and champagne. Champagne never hurts either).

The moment we stumbled across Diamond Wish, we felt like we struck gold. They help remove the stress from the buying process place thanks to their specialized diamond search tool. With it, you can build your own unique engagement ring from a v. extensive selection of diamonds and gemstones. Then, they’ll handcraft it in-house, leaving you with a top-notch accessory that’s different from anything else.

Does it get any better? Spoiler alert: Yes, it does. Scroll on to learn more.

First Things First

Have you ever felt stressed walking out of a large chain retailer, where everything looks like the same cookie-cutter model you’ve seen all over? We’ve been there. LuckilyDiamond Wish is changing that. In fact, it’s their mission to offer you a fresh take on classic pieces – all selected by their gemologist experts – catered and customized to you and your lovely ring finger. (Pretty great, right?)

Make It Custom

Here’s how they make it work. With Diamond Wish’s diamond search, it’s easy to streamline your search. Their database of curated, expertly-inspected, GIA & EGL USA certified loose diamonds helps you pinpoint the best of what’s available – all in the budget you’re looking for. Then, one of their gem pros will hand-select your pick to give it the stamp of approval, before adding it to the setting of your choice. Once it’s all set, they’ll help you cash in on sweet perks like 30-day returns, free shipping, and free diamond appraisals too, to ensure you’re 100 percent on-board.

Keep scrolling below to get a taste of these unique ring options you’ll soon be swooning all over.

You’re Engaged!

Girl, you deserve a timeless diamond engagement ring. So with Diamond Wish, you can customize one exactly the way you want, first, by choosing a setting, then moving onto the fun part – selecting your diamond!

First to consider, the shape of your diamond (which is easier said than done when you have all the options in front of you). Maybe you’ll go with one of the top trends this year (looking at you, oval!) for an elongated pick that radiates royal style and flair. Want to take things further? Up the “wow” factor by going with a halo oval diamond engagement ring that dazzles even more with its line of glitzy accent diamonds.

But then again, we wouldn’t do the ring shopping process justice without bringing up the lovely handcrafted princess cut diamond engagement ring. Considered one of the classiest styles of the bunch, it boast a beautiful asymmetrical and square-shaped style that looks stunning, especially in a solitaire setting.

Okay, okay, enough of the side-chatter (sorry, we just can’t help ourselves!). We’ll let you craft up your own dream ring by filtering through characteristics like color, clarity, carat, cut, and price to make the perfect one for you. Decisions, decisions.

You’re a Gem(stone)

We’ve been standing on our soapbox preaching about unique ring options, and swapping a diamond for a gemstone is one of the best ways we know how. The good news is Diamond Wish provides all the pre-made gems one could want. Like the pink sapphire gemstone ring, a rare beauty that pretty much defines one-of-a-kind with its soft rosy hue. (Just picture this on a sleek, diamond-encrusted twisting silver band!). Or, there’s also the ever-popular blue sapphire engagement ring. With deep coloring, it’s both striking and romantic whether in a vintage or classic setting. (It’s no wonder our girl Kate Middleton went with this one!).

Last but not least, there the dazzling aquamarine gemstone ring. One look into the light and airy crystal gemstone and you’ll be dreaming of you next seaside getaway. Pair it with a silver halo setting, or any diamonds for that matter, and you’ll be ready to pack those bags and escape the cold. Au revoir!

Put a (Wedding) Ring On It

If you’re already married or shortly heading down the aisle, Diamond Wish offers a fabulous selection of stunning, handcrafted wedding rings for you too. Choose from a variety of pre-made styles, ranging from contemporary to vintage, in metals like rose gold, white gold, or yellow gold. Go the extra mile by adding diamond accent pieces as well. But if you’re still not finding what you’re looking for, create your own custom band with the help of a friendly staff member, no questions asked.


If you’re ready to build your perfect stack or seal the deal on finding a wedding or anniversary band, start by browsing their most-loved options available. Note: We won’t blame you for wanting ’em all!

More Diamonds, Please!

So, you love your ring and are looking for the next best thing. Diamond Wish also offers custom diamond earrings and pendants over at Diamondstuds.com. Browse the same tailored size, shape, and setting options to build a lasting jewelry piece that makes for the perfect gift or “treat yourself” thing. After all, the more diamonds the better, right?

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Modern & Whimsical City Wedding at JW Marriott Chicago

If you were to ask me what kinds of celebrations I love the most—which ones have earned a special place in my wedding-loving heart, I would surely say, “the ones that are bursting with blooms!“. This one from Emilia Jane, Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD and LK Events delivers that craving like no other. With JW Marriott Chicago as the reception backdrop, you can find yourself swimming in garden roses, ranunculus and peonies galore. Join us right this way for more.

Bridget and Lou first set eyes on one another in 2010 when they both started jobs at the same Kentucky-based company, a maker of fine American Whiskey (read: Bourbon!). Both would later admit to surreptitiously looking the other up in the corporate directory upon first sighting. Despite a clear initial attraction, the relationship started off as just friends. But after three years of cautious flirtation, or as Lou refers to it, his “evaluation period,” Bridget finally completed her due diligence and stated her intentions to acquire Lou as a boyfriend, effective October 2013. Hence began a whirlwind romance (okay, another three plus years) filled with the perfect blend of adventures, ski trips, Kentucky Derbies, dance floors, and way-too-serious conversations. Things culminated in 2017 on a family trip to Hawaii, where Lou asked for Bridget’s hand in marriage as the sun set over the Pacific.

The Wedding… Bridget is one of ten kids and the fourth sister in four years to be getting married; in other words, her family had established their go-to blueprint for executing memorable weddings. Booking the “family band,” The Headliners based in Florida, was the first order of business and the wheels were officially set in motion. Bridget’s sister Meg had just married Jim that past Memorial Day weekend at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.. Hoping to capture that same city-wedding sentiment and fun energy, we decided on Memorial Day Weekend 2018 in Chicago, checking all the boxes for entertainment, ease of travel, and just an overall really great city.

Stealing yet another detail from her sister’s wedding, we entrusted Holly Heider Chapple (the floral designer from Meg’s D.C. wedding) with full creative direction and floral design services. Thanks to her incredible vision and eye for detail, the ballroom was transformed into a masterpiece of flowers, color and even trees, a floral fantasy land! Bridget loves vibrant colors and elements of drama and Holly and her fabulous team truly elevated the design beyond anything we could have imagined.

When looking into different Chicago-based photographers, Bridget was drawn to Emilia Jane’s photography style. Emilia ended up being such a perfect fit, both in personality and aesthetic. Seeing her in action, doing her amazing photo thing while also efficiently navigating a large bridal party was truly impressive.

The wedding weekend festivities kicked off with the rehearsal dinner at the cozy and intimate Tortoise Club restaurant and followed the next night with a “Welcome Party” at the Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago, complete with tours of the Modern Wing. The wedding ceremony took place at the truly special Old St. Patrick’s Church in the West Loop, with the reception following at the JW Marriott in the Financial District. The JW Marriott events team and our LK Events team were such pleasure to work with and masterfully ensured all the wedding weekend details went off without a hitch.

Photography: Emilia Jane Photography | Floral & Event Design: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD | Ceremony Venue: Old St. Patrick's Church | Reception Venue: JW Marriott Chicago | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Halston Heritage | Catering: JW Marriott Chicago | Hair & Makeup: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists | Band: The Headliners Band | Transportation: Windy City Limousine | Formalwear: Principe Del Eleganza | Gown Designer: Rita Vinieris | Lighting & Drape: Frost Chicago | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Planning & Coordination: LK Events | Rentals: Northern Decor | Rentals: Tablescapes Event Rentals | Stationery Design: Julie Diamond

A Classic New England Summer Wedding at Basin Harbor

A timeless blush, green and white color scheme, a reception under a sprawling sailcloth tent and a view of the harbor… AKA the perfect ingredients for a charming, quintessential New England wedding. We couldn’t be more smitten with this stunning lakeside affair at the Basin Harbor. Rodeo & Co captured all the must-see moments while Nector & Root decorated the day in lush blooms, bringing the bride’s garden wedding dreams to life! The night ended with a bang thanks to a magical fireworks show (and Vermont creemees, of course!) Keep on reading to see the day unfold…

From the Bride and Groom… We had our dream wedding weekend at Basin Harbor, a picturesque resort nestled alongside Vermont’s Lake Champlain. All our guests stayed on-site at the venue, either in quaint lakeside cottages or the historic main lodge. As avid organizers, we planned activities throughout the weekend for our guests, showcasing our love of itineraries and Vermont.

The wedding weekend started on Lake Champlain aboard The Escape for a cocktail cruise. Later that night, everyone gathered for a Lobster Bake welcome dinner, dressed in their best British-themed hats and fascinators, a nod to Jonny’s English heritage. Prizes were awarded to guests with the best headgear.

Our wedding day commenced early the following morning with a friend-led yoga class in the Orchard Garden, followed by a touch rugby game—no tackling of the groom allowed!

Our outside ceremony had a garden theme, with a focus on flowers and green leafy plants. Our (rather large…!) wedding parties dazzled in light pink gowns and tuxedos. Time stood still, as we enjoyed a thoughtful speech by our best friend and officiant, Ashley, and emotional vows we wrote ourselves. Our friends shared readings, including an amusing collection of marriage advice we had requested guests write on their invitation RSVP cards.

After the ceremony, we took off on a getaway boat for a few private moments together. Upon returning to land for the cocktail hour, a stunning sunset unfolded, an unexpected treat.

Our wedding reception was held outside on the main lawn under a sailcloth tent. After a quick outfit change, we surprised our guests with two choreographed dances—a slow dance to “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges, followed by a more upbeat swing dance to “Sh-Boom,” by the Crew Cuts. From then on, our guests barely left the dance floor, until a surprise firework show over the harbor. The night was capped off with sparklers, classic Vermont creemees, a bonfire, and an after party at Basin Harbor’s local bar, The Red Mill. A Sunday farewell brunch culminated our perfect weekend.

Photography: Rodeo & Co. | Videography: Vermont Event Video | Floral Design: Erin Ostreicher Of Nectar & Root | Invitations: Momental Designs | Ceremony Venue: Basin Harbor Club | Reception Venue: Basin Harbor Club | Catering: Basin Harbor Club | Hair & Makeup: Edo Hair Salon | band: the vine shakers | Groom's Attire: Enzo Custom | officiant: Ashley Laporte- friend | Ceremony Musicians: Vermont Symphony Orchestra | Rentals: Vermont Tent Company | bridal gown: Rivini

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Classic Loire Valley Wedding at Chateau d’Artigny in France

Today’s story of love—captured by Oliver Fly and planned by Vanessa & Caroline of Creatrices de Mariages—is the stuff fairytales are made of. A chateau with grounds so pretty you won’t believe your eyes, a Bride so lovely you’ll have a hard time not staring and a ceremony graced with the Loire Valley sun. Oh, did I mention these two cuties?! They are the cherry on top. I can’t even with their presh little faces. There is truly SO much more that I couldn’t cram into the main imagery you see below—so make sure to click through the full gallery too.

From the planner, Vanessa & Caroline Créatrice de MariagesAmber & Jay wedding took place at the beautiful Chateau d’Artigny in Loire Valley. When we met them in Paris, we instantly connected and we knew what venue would suit them. They immediately loved Chateau d’Artigny and on their way back asked to book it! We had such an amazing time planning Amber & Jay’s wedding. They were so involved in the planning process with so many ideas and wishes. Their attention to details made us want to go further to perfect the wedding to the last little details. Everything was thought of: welcome signs, sunglasses engraved with their names, paper bags for the petal toss, the sparklers table with personalized matchboxes, the welcome boxes with chocolate and local sparkling wine…Amber and Jay wanted their guest to be pampered from the moment they arrived!

The couple love flowers and wanted to have a wedding surrounded by white flowers and greenery. The most challenging for the floral designer, Esther Lamarche, was not to use roses at all! The ambiance had to reflect the purity of their feelings and the French refinement. Amber wanted to use the Lisianthus, which was actually the flower of the season, as the main flower for all flower arrangement. Its purity and refinement reminded her of the majestic Chateau d’Artigny. A gem surrounded by nature. So, the floral designer selected very carefully some regional producers for a high quality variety of Lisianthus. The bride’s bouquet was only white lisianthus flowers which made it unique as it’s not usually a flower used for a bridal bouquet. The ceremony took place in the garden of Chateau d’Artigny and the idea was to have a wow effect with the arch, and it definitely had that effect! Everyone was amazed by this beautiful ceremony setting with the clear napoleon chairs, the arch and its crystal chandelier, the white carpet…everything was perfect.

We took time to work on the table top setting in white and gold. We wanted the table to be simple and elegant, not over the top. The menus had a touch of gold leaves and guest were offered gold macarons as well. The wedding cake was a marble cake with gold trim and was uniquely presented in a round flower arch.

Amber choose gold shades and calligraphy in order to match the delicate and romantic scenery of her wedding day. The use of gold ink for their place cards and gold leafs for their menus gave consistency to the overall while theme adding various textures to it. Also a monogram was created for their invitation and was used on the ‘day of stationery’. The choice of the paper was also quite important, as she needed the stationery to keep a modern look without shifting away from romanticism. As “details create the big picture”, Amber & Jay couldn’t go without adding custom signs for the day and little notes here and there for their guests, always while adding their signature calligraphy. Attention to details never go unnoticed, and stationery on their big day played a big factor in this.

The day started with preparations in the round room of the chateau with its spectacular arched ceiling. The ambiance was relaxed and the bridesmaids had a great time with the bride preparing for the big day. Once all the guests were seated and the groom and groomsmen were down the aisle, the bridal party made her way through the corridors to the garden approaching her groom. The processional was elegantly, accompanied by a classical duo of a harpist and violinist. The beautiful bride, Amber, with her hair down, in an all lace dressed walked down the aisle with her father by her side to the harp and violin version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. The ceremony was an emotional moment as it showed Amber and Jay’s intense love to each other. The cocktail, on the Chateau’s terrace overlooking the beautiful valley, was entertained by singer and guitar, who played as well during the reception dinner.

For the cherry on the top, the couple wanted to surprise their guests with a firework display at the end of dinner. The guests were invited to ‘sparkle’ the way for the newlyweds and after a moving toast from the groom, the fireworks surprised all the guests. Our surprise to the bride and groom was the electronic violinist who played accompanying the firework display.

The bridal party danced all night after the fireworks and it was truly a day they would cherish and remember forever!

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Photography: Oliver Fly Photography | Videographer: Cine Waltam | Wedding Planner: Vanessa & Caroline - Creatrices de Mariages | Floral Design: Esther Lamarche | Wedding Dress: Tara Lauren | Wedding Cake: Sweet Creations Cakes | Invitations: Paper Source | Bride's Shoes: Louboutin | Catering : Gilly Les Citeaux | DJ: Discotecnik | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Officiant : Love Gracefully | Venue: Gilly Les Citeaux | Ceremony Band: Caroline Lieby | Chateau: Gilly Les Citeaux | Day of Stationery / Calligraphy: Silent Word Studio | Electronic Violinist: Angie Violinist | Fireworks: Pyro Concept | Hair & Make Up: Harold James | Photography Assistant: Arnaud Mallez | Rentals: Options

Modern Garden Wedding Inspiration at the Arizona Biltmore

Who says garden weddings have to mean flower crowns, wooden signs and casual flair – been there done that! This modern wedding inspiration from Elyse Hall Photography and Wild One Events is putting a sophisticated spin on that classic garden wedding style. And we’re totally obsessed. From the historic private estate venue to the elegant floral design to a wedding dress that’s the gift that just keeps on giving, take in all the pretty below…

From Wild One EventsThere was a a lot of upfront planning put in to this wedding inspiration shoot between myself, the planner/designer, and Elyse, the shoot’s photographer. Right off the bat we knew we wanted to showcase a tented wedding reception, and the Arizona Biltmore was the perfect location to use as our foundation because of its classic infrastructure. We wanted to take the historical elegance of the Biltmore and infuse that into the details of the shoot. Overall, our main inspiration was making sure it felt as if this was a modern wedding with an elegant “private estate” feel to it, and to showcase what a different tenting can make when applied correctly to a venue to frame a space.

I chose a mild neutral color palette for the linens and soft seating so that it could be paired with the bolder more romantic tones of the florals. I wanted the flowers to not only bring in color but also give the tables visual interest with their organic garden aesthetic. Everything about the floral design added beautify and softened the other design elements. Our lounge furniture selection brought in an understated masculine elegance that was the perfect touch for cocktail hour and helped emphasize the “private estate” feel. The use of the ghost chairs in the ceremony and reception brought in a bit of modern that paired nicely with the venue’s natural surroundings without taking the concept too far, especially when they were set against some of the more classic elements in the reception.

In the back of my mind during planning was also wanting to ensure everything looked cohesive with the beautiful sailcloth tenting. The paper goods and invitation suite that was designed by Roots and Rain Creative were heavily influenced by the architecture and history of the Arizona Biltmore. This hotel is an icon here in Phoenix because of its rich history in our community and its famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. The main invitation features a hand drawn sketch by Emma (of Roots and Rain) of the hotel’s main entrance, and the vintage stamps that were collected for the postage feature Frank Lloyd Wright himself as well as other Arizona details. Each of these intentional design elements went in to tell the story of the inspiration for this wedding day.

The cake was one area where we took more of a classic approach in the design but still brought in a modern touch with the height and added gold texture on each layer. The colors from the flowers perfectly reinforced the floral color palette, and the placement of the cake table at the head of the tent was an exciting way to great guests as they entered for the reception. The beautiful Allison Webb gown from Schaffer’s our Bride wore felt like the icing on the cake because it was such a fun and modern spin on a classic ball gown! It played perfectly with the overall inspiration and looked beautiful on our bride. Overall, we felt as if everything came together nicely to tell this modern day love story of our couple.

Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Floral Design: Wild One Events | Gown: JLM Couture | Cake: Maeflower Cakes | Stationery : Roots And Rain Creative | Shoes: Bella Belle | Hair & Makeup: Hvh Artists | Venue: The Arizona Biltmore | Dress Boutique : Schaffers Bridal | Lounge Furniture: Prim Rentals | Planning & Design: Wild One Events | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Silk Ribbon: Tono Co | Tenting, Rentals, & Linens: Event Rents

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An Ethereal Garden Wedding at The White Sparrow Barn

The oh-so talented team at Moss Floral Design brought an ethereal garden scene indoors at The White Sparrow Barn – and the result was absolutely magical. Abundant greenery and a feminine color palette of soft pinks, blush and mauve danced across the barn’s blank canvas. The entire day planned by Ivory and Vine Event Co. was nothing short of a dream. Don’t miss a single moment of this enchanting affair at the full gallery of images captured perfectly by the always lovely, Stephanie Brazzle Photography.

From Stephanie Brazzle Photography… Ashley & Chad’s winter wedding was intimate, romantic and full of gorgeous details. Ashley and I began dreaming up her wedding with a palette of soft pinks, blush, muave and overflowing greenery, bringing an ethereal garden aesthetic to their stunning white barn venue, The White Sparrow.

The barn gave us an elegant, clean canvas to paint on, and we filled it with soft candlelight, french-inspired details like hand-monogrammed napkins for each member of the wedding party, and luxurious velvet textures. Moss Floral Design juxtaposed soft, refined garden roses with wild smilax, and added pops of deep pink, mauve and amber to contrast the bright, airy wood of the barn.

Ashley’s custom stationery suite designed by Scribbles and Swirls, incorporated a crest with French detailing, and nods to the anemone that were sprinkled throughout Ashley’s bridal bouquet and the arrangements that adorned the velvet-lined tables. Guests were nestled into the barn during a cozy, candle-filled ceremony, the barn doors open to let in the cool air and the sound of rain falling on the leaves outside.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed jazz music, inspired by the couples love of New Orleans, and sipped champagne as we transformed the barn for moody, romantic dining. We wanted to evoke a feeling of closeness, denoted by the soft, plush linens, tall pillar candles and Southern comfort food; a stunning evening spent with close family and friends.

photographer : Stephanie Brazzle Photography | Floral Design: Moss Floral Design | wedding dress: Sareh Nouri | wedding dress : Arte Latica | stationery : Scribbles And Swirls | catering : Vestals Catering | entertainment : Le Force Entertainment | wedding venue : The White Sparrow | Planning: Ivory & Vine Event Co. | Rentals: Bella Acento | Rentals: Beautiful Event Rentals | hamu: Tracy Melton Artistry | jewerly : Shapiro Diamonds | linen: BBJ La Tavola | robe: Lauren Leshansky | wedding : The White Sparrow

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Bohemian Country Wedding with a Touch of Whimsy at Barn of Chapel Hill

A white barn, the goodness of Chapel Hill and boho details… this is the beautiful combo that makes up today’s Southern fete planned by Kast Events. We’re getting to know these two Bride babes—from the thoughtful proposal to their favorite memories of their celebration—dive into the interview below and make sure to soak up the full day documented by Krystal Kast.

1. How did you meet?

We met in high school, East Chapel Hill High School, where we played soccer together. We grew up less than a mile apart on the greenway in Chapel Hill but didn’t know each other until I was a junior at East and she and her twin sister, Leigh, were on the soccer team. We came back together when I moved from Atlanta to Chapel Hill for medical school and Paige moved back from Boone when her dad was diagnosed with cancer so she could be with her family. We saw each other again at our yearly East reunion at TOPO the Friday after Thanksgiving (We never actually have real reunions because we have them yearly at TOPO—it’s bizarre). We have known each other for 15 or so years but started dating about 6 months to a year after she moved back to CH.

2. How did the proposal happen?

It happened on Christmas Day at our house in Chapel Hill. I had a book made for her—its a hard cover book made by LoveBook—with stick figures of the two of us and it’s called, “I love you – My reasons why” and I gave it to her on Christmas. Her family was in town and staying with us for Christmas so the whole clan was there and knew what was about to happen. I asked them to stay inside so I could give her the book and ring but slowly, one by one, everyone somehow made it out to the patio where we were sitting and wanted her to show them every SINGLE PAGE of the book. I literally couldn’t get on one knee because her mom was nearly on top of me it was ridiculous! But also sweet and cute. The last page of the book asked, “Will you marry me?” To which she replied, “Of course!”- it was awesome.

3. When did you know she/she was “the one?”

I knew she was the one a few years before we even moved in together… to me Paige is a no-brainer, but I think she needed to think about whether or not I was worthy of being her wife. So I waited… and waited… and waiteeedddd… and it was completely worth it.

4. Tell us about your wedding inspiration:

Boho, country barn style, pintrested to the max. Cheryl-Anne’s style was exactly what we were looking for. Greenery, flowers, rustic.

5. Any special details or fun memories from wedding day you’d like to share?

Paige wrote me the sweetest card I’ve ever received – it was actually perfect because not only was it the most thoughtful and loving writing I could imagine, it was specifically meant to keep me from crying during the ceremony, and it did!

I thought having our family members be such a big part of the wedding was really special – our brothers played the music, brother and sister did the readings – Alex and Cliff who are as much brothers as anyone, wrote us a freaking poem and then read it and it was adorable! And John, my younger bro, officiated and crushed it! The selfie guestbook has some real winners in it – as the book progresses you can tell people are getting drunker and the pictures are absolute gems!

And then during the ceremony there were the shotguns that were going off the entire time – what the hell was that? I thought it was funny, a “shotgun wedding” perhaps? The bug that crawled up John’s neck that I had to save him from.

We had an absolute blast! There are so many wonderful memories from that weekend that I can’t even really begin.

Photography: Krystal Kast Photogaphers | Event planning and design: Kast Events | Floral Design: The Barn of Chapel Hill | Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Whole Foods Market | Invitations: Indigo Envelope | Catering: Beau Catering | Hair and makeup: Salon 135 | Makeup and Hair: Wink Hair & Makeup | DJ: DJ Joe Bunn | Favors: Extraordinary Adventures | Ceremony and Reception: The Barn of Chapel Hill | Custom made rings: William Travis Jewelry | Dress designer: Claire Pettibone | Dress designer: Eddy K | Dress store: Gilded Bridal | Rentals: Cottage Luxe | Rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Rentals: CE Rentals

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Pastel Wedding Inspiration at Riverwood Mansion in Nashville

Spring is here babes! It’s finally here. That means wedding season is right around the corner and we’re rolling out a plethora of stunning color palettes to inspire you warm-weather fete. Nothing is more spring-classic than a pastel palette and that just what RSVP Events, Julie Paisley and Melissa Broadwell are delivering today. Dive into the dreamiest-ever gallery for more.

From RSVP Events… Our editorial focuses on pastel hues of lavender, pale blue, blush, and cream. The bride’s gown is a set of separates by Carol Hannah, with a billowy linen skirt and bustier in layers of tulle paired with a bouquet lush in dimension.

Her hair and makeup are rooted in simple loveliness, for the bride who truly feels like herself on her wedding day. Design elements focus on texture and intricate touches, from high texture florals and antique silver goblets to detailed chargers and the hand painted walls of Riverwood Mansion.

Photography: Julie Paisley Photography | Floral Design: Vintage Florals | Cake: Copper Whisk Cakes | Shoes: Bella Belle | Hair and Makeup: Leslie Ellis | Bridal Gown: Carol Hannah | Bride Model: Alexandra Madar | Furniture Rentals: Grand Central Party Rental | Groom Model: David Joniak | Location: Riverwood Mansion | Menswear: Street Tuxedo | Paper Goods: Victoria Fiaretti | Planning & Design: RSVP Events | Ring & Ring Box: Rough Luxe Fine Jewelry | Table Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Tabletop Rentals: White Glove Rentals

When Rustic Meets Romance at Hummingbird Nest Ranch

Today’s gorgeous wedding at Hummingbird Nest Ranch designed by Fancy Fete LA with planning from Love It Events will completely change what you think of when you hear the word “rustic”. Knot Just Flowers covered this sun-filled day with greenery and blush pink blooms galore. We’re obsessed with the organic ceremony design teeming with climbing floral on a towering tree – the scene is straight of a storybook! Being that I’m Armenian, I was so excited to see the traditional Armenian elements of their wedding ceremony! It was the perfect blend of both their cultural backgrounds. Check out all the magical details at the full gallery of images captured by Sposto Photography. Trust us people, this wedding is one for the books!

From the bride… We were traveling to Umbria, Italy for our friends’ wedding, and although I knew it was going to be an unforgettable trip, I didn’t know what was to come. Alborz proposed atop of the beautiful Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain  overlooking spectacular views of the city. We were posing for a photo, and all of a sudden I noticed him dropping to his knee and all I was thinking was “Oh my God. What is he doing? Is this really happening??? Is this the moment? What do I do with my hands?” I had hoped he would propose on this trip, but I was in shock! It was a magical moment that I will forever cherish. We had been together for nine years, and I always dreamt of this moment – envisioning it in front of our friends and family, celebrating and sharing in the joy and excitement with everyone, but the trip was actually a great way to embark on this new adventure. We were able to soak it all in and enjoy our time together traveling through Europe in this state of bliss versus jumping into wedding planning right away. We FaceTimed with our loved ones who could not wait to celebrate with us when we got back which was really exciting.

The beautiful architecture and landscape of Spain and Italy during our engagement-moon definitely inspired me to incorporate old world charm and rustic elegance into our wedding design. Being in Europe felt like being transported to another world, and since we were unable to have a destination wedding, we really wanted to create the same romantic and whimsical experience for our wedding guests through our venue and design details. We had a hanging “Sofreh Aghd,” at our wedding ceremony which was our unique spin on the several thousand-year old Iranian tradition. My grandmother had passed away six months before my wedding, so to keep her close I wore her necklace and carried her favorite blooms in my bouquet. I know she was with me all day. Other than flower girls, we decided to not have a wedding  party as we wanted to focus on each other and allow our closest family and friends to feel relaxed and be in the moment, but our parents and siblings walked down the aisle and participated in parts of our wedding ceremony which was really special. 

I was really inspired by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cakes, which was a sharp departure from the architectural confections of traditional weddings. We had three cakes with satiny buttercream strewn with blooms and one of the flavors was another unique and unexpected twist – cookies and cream! My father sang a beautiful song that he wrote for me called “My Baby Girl” which was a very emotional moment for me. I grew up singing with him while he played on his guitar, so it was a special nod to this memorable part of my childhood that we share.

After dancing off a family-style feast, I surprised my groom and our guests with an In-N-Out truck at midnight. He was so surprised and it was a total hit with everyone! It was nice to have something special and unexpected planned for him for once! Although we had a non-denominational wedding ceremony, it was important to us to incorporate cultural elements from both of our backgrounds; Iranian and Armenian, but we definitely put our own spin on these traditions. For the Iranian part of the ceremony we had a “Sofreh Aghd” display which includes many symbolic items, all of which represent an element of the couple’s new life together such as a mirror for a bright future, ornate eggs for fertility, gold coins for prosperity, honey for a sweet life, and so on. 

Since we did not have a traditional Armenian wedding in a church, I wanted to incorporate some  symbolic elements from my culture that were special and important to me such as: The Crowning, where the couple joins foreheads and are crowned as king and queen of their own kingdom, the home, which they will rule with wisdom, justice, integrity and loyalty. (This was one of our favorite parts of our ceremony. These beautiful and ornate crowns now adorn a credenza in our home as a reminder of this commitment.) The Common Cup; drinking of wine from a single goblet serves to impress upon the couple that from that moment on they will share everything in life, joy as well as sorrow, and that they will bear one another’s burdens. Whatever the cup of life has in store for them, they will share equally. A Pillow to symbolize the Armenian Blessing, “May you grow old on one pillow” wished to the couple to reinforce togetherness and physical closeness forever. Our “Sofreh Aghd” was a DIY dream that I had envisioned and it ended up being my favorite touch. Since we were getting married among trees in a beautiful olive grove, I wanted the table to be suspended from a tree branch like a swing, to appear as an extension of the tree, intertwined with greens and florals (as opposed to the traditional spread which is an elevated platform on the ground.) I searched high and low for the right mirror to turn into a swing to make my “Sofreh Aghd” dreams come true, and it turned out to be more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. Another DIY touch was our favor boxes which were filled with delicious Italian wedding cookies which we sealed with monogrammed gold wax seals and ribbon.   

Our favorite and most meaningful moment of the day was exchanging our vows. In that moment, it truly felt like no one else was there except the two of us. Of course all the other parts of the day are special and important, but this moment was the true purpose of our wedding day; our eternal promise and commitment to each other. We were speaking to each other from the depths of our heart and that moment made it all so real. Our next favorite moment was definitely our grand entrance. We entered hand in hand, dancing into the reception and got the party started right away! Our friends and family rushed the dance floor and we were overwhelmed and in awe from all the love, laughter, and joy surrounding us. Another favorite moment was definitely our first dance. We selected “1000x” by Jarryd James featuring Broods after seeing them together live in concert. When we heard those lyrics, we knew it was our song. Amidst all the chaos and excitement of the day it was one of those moments where everything just slowed down and I was able to lock eyes with my new husband and enjoy this special moment alone, dancing to a song that meant a lot to both of us.

I think it’s really important to include personal touches where you can, whether it’s in your ceremony or in design details. Let your love shine through! Feel free to break the rules or put your own spin on traditions to reflect your love story- everyone’s is different, and that’s what makes each wedding unique. Also, wedding planning and even your wedding day can be stressful at times, and not everything may go 100% according to plan, but don’t forget the big picture and purpose of it all. Everything will come together beautifully and if you stay true to who you are as a couple, everyone will feel the love and is guaranteed to have a fun and fabulous time! As long as you’re having a blast, your guests will, too!

Photography: Sposto Photography | Videography: Emma Lynn Cinema | Event Coordination: Love It Events | Event Design: Fancy Fete LA | Florals : Knot Just Flowers | Cake: Sasha G | Catering: Robert's Catering | Calligraphy: Truly Madly Ink | Lighting: Upstage Productions | DJ: Dj International Arsen | Officiant: Golnar Jahanbeni | Bar: Liquid Catering | Bridal Gown: Panache Bridal | Bridal Hair: Nigina Amini | Bridal Makeup: Deanna Paley | Ceremony + Reception: Hummingbird Nest Ranch | Dance Floor: Dancefloor Depot | Invitation: Sydney Beth Designs | Rentals: Rental Avenue | Rentals: Soiree8 | Rentals: My Lovely Events | Rentals: Otis & Pearl | Rentals: Fancy Tables | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Rentals: Sofreh Aghd Design

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Intimate Greece Wedding at Poseidonion Grand Hotel

Not only are we getting a peek inside this gorgeously intimate soiree planned by Deplanv today, we’re also getting a dose of amazing advice from the beautiful Bride. Set in Greece at Poseidonion Grand Hotel, this duo wanted a fete that would feel completely and utterly them. With a few pointers below, they achieved just that – all captured by Les Anagnou Photographers and Jim Grillas Films.

From the bride… We wanted a celebration that would be a true and authentic reflection of ourselves and of our love story. I think that was the motto that Samuel and I defined from the very beginning, when we started planning our wedding. We had been to too many weddings that, although often very beautiful, seemed to be someone else’s doing, rather than the bride and groom (be it a wedding planner, a family member, or – often – the couple trying to please or impress other people). We wanted something that would scream “this is us”.

All the choices that we made were guided by that idea, starting with our wedding planners — we made appointments with six different planners and met with all of them. We then made a decision based on our personal feeling and on the impression (and hope) that they would be able, regardless of their personal opinion, to deliver the wedding that we wanted. And they totally were. Our planners were the best allies and support we could have dreamt of, and we often talk about how happy we are to have done it that way instead of relying on wedding planner recommendations from other couples which, although certainly great too, were likely not right for us.

And so we applied this method to basically all of our decisions (and trust me, there are A LOT to make). We made sure that we chose providers (photographers, videographers, music band, etc.) that we truly liked and whose work we admired. We made it a priority to talk with each of them before the wedding and clarify our needs, our taste, what we liked and did not like.

In addition, we made sure to put in as much personal time as we could to work on small details which seemed like nothing but would make our friends and family feel like this was really us, Sam and Diane, welcoming them into our celebration. So, for example, we ordered colored beach towels for everyone as a wedding favor, but instead of just randomly giving the towels to everyone, we spent hours choosing a specific color for each guest, with their own personality and taste in mind. We signed each welcome letter by hand rather than simply doing it on a computer, and visited each hotel before the guests’ arrival to drop the letter and wedding favor in the rooms. We replaced the traditional seating place cards with printed pictures of the two of us and wrote the guest’s name on the card, making sure that each guest had a picture that would make sense to them (so for example, all our friends from New York had cards with pictures taken in New York).All these small things might seem worthless and very time consuming, but they add up and make your guests feel at home, which is what we wanted. For us, it was a way to show them how grateful we were that they had made that trip to come and celebrate our love.

Looking back, I have to say that this wedding was more amazing that we could have imagined in our wildest dreams. And if I am asked why, or how we achieved it, I would give the following advice: first, choose providers that you trust and who believe in your wedding and share your vision. This is the foundation for any successful wedding — if you have to start arguing with your wedding planners, the rest is going to be even tougher. Second: prepare, prepare, prepare. Everybody tells you “enjoy every second, it goes by in the blink of an eye” — and that is SO true. But in my opinion the only way to be able to enjoy every second is to work on every little detail in advance and make sure that you will not have to deal with anything on that day. Third (and most importantly): remember it is YOUR wedding. I feel like you get that advice from everybody and it sounds generic, but it really is SO IMPORTANT.

Be strong, be focused on what you want for that day, and have the courage to voice it and stand by those choices. So many people (everyone, actually) will come to you with advice, saying that you “cannot wear red nail polish at your wedding, you should have a French manicure”, that you “must invite that cousin even though you don’t know him, because it is your cousin” or that “those glasses are not nice enough, you should pay the additional price to have crystal glasses “, etc. — it never ends. And if you agree with that advice, then by all means, go for it. But if you don’t: have the courage (it does actually take courage) to say no. It is your wedding and 20 years from now, you will likely regret choosing purple flowers although you hate purple just because your mother or wedding planner thought it would look nice; but I am pretty sure you will never regret wearing that red nail polish.

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Photography: Les Anagnou photographers | Videography: Jim Grillas | Event Planning: Deplanv | Floral Design: Deplanv | Venue: Kaiki beach | hotel : Poseidonion Grand Hotel | Beach Bar: Kaiki beach | Music: Viparties Events DJs & More

An Italian Inspired Baby Shower!

A baby shower filled with pizza, gelato, and rosé floats, oh my! When planning her baby shower with friends, Katrina Scott of Tone It Up, enlisted the help of Be Inspired PR to bring her vision to life. “When Kat came to us with the opportunity to work with her on her baby shower for sweet Baby Bella, we didn’t think twice about it! Reminiscing on her and her husband’s babymoon to Italy, we worked together on bringing the ‘Ciao Bella’ theme to life. A champagne tap trailer (what?!) was out front to greet guests as they arrived, and this baby and her sweet mama were showered all day long!” Take a peak inside this dreamy shower, and get the new mamma’s tips on how to plan your own shower!

We transformed my living room into a comfy boho lounge. We don’t have a ton of seating so we rented a bunch of pillows, poufs, and cushions for guests! I needed more seating so I went to my favorite Southern California rental companies Archive Rentals for pillows, poufs, and cushions!


I contacted my favorite Macrame designer from Etsy, Macrame Elegance, to rent this beautiful tulle backdrop. My girlfriend Angela picked up a bunch of monstera leaves and palms to spray paint gold, which turned out to be the perfect touch of green all over the house.



Having a little champagne set up was the perfect way to greet everyone. Thank you to the entire team at Bubble Tap Trailer!


Archive Rentals also provided all of the place settings, flatware, green and pink goblets, more champagne flute! I love pink and green mixed together, so we went with those two colors with a touch of gold!

For all of the place settings Delovely Details made all the girl’s names in gold. She also made the amazing Ciao Bella sign! I think this was one of my favorite touches to the entire shower. It made everything feel so personal. Plus she made the cute drink stirs that say Baby Bella, which I packed some away for her future parties :)


I was also able to reuse the most beautiful pink depression glasses and cake stand I purchased for our wedding which was so special.


I am obsessed with fresh flowers! So for this special day I went to the talented Euri Wong from Bloominous and wow…she completely blew us away! Her arrangements made the entire shower. She did touches of dusty pink roses, marigold roses, tropical ferns, dahlias, and pampas grass (my faveeee). Everywhere we turned there was a breathtaking arrangement.


For rosé I went to my favorite local company, One Hope Wine! They’re based right here in the South Bay. They also sent these adorable mini champagne bottles for everyone as party favors! I bought the tags “Pop When She Pops” on Etsy.

The custom menu, rosé bar sign, and Photo Booth sign were made by Be Inspired. You can either have these made, or print something and put it in a frame!

My friend and talented chef, Jenny Messing, owner of Kitchen Vibes created the perfect menu! We were so inspired by the food during our trip to Italy, we decided to have a whole flatbread pizza spread and amazing charcuterie board!

The cake may have been the best thing we’ve ever tasted! We chose ‘Champagne Orange’, which was Plumeria Cake Studio’s top rated cake! They also put together the most delicious cookies, donuts, and treats! Treat yo self… and the baby!



Whether you’re planning a shower for a family member or girlfriend, or planning your own, here are my top tips!

  • Ask a few girlfriends to plan!
  • Cater or potluck style! This will make it sooo much easier for whoever is hosting.
  • Don’t overdo the games.
  • Make a playlist!
  • Buy containers for extra food. This is also something I forgot to do. We had so much leftover pizza, cake, and cookies that it would have been nice to send everyone home with some.
  • Use bud vases! If you’re doing the flowers yourself (or if you’re hiring a florist), flowers go a long way in little bud vases!
  • Hit up the craft store- this is where we got so many little things.
  • Polaroid Camera! This is always a hit!
  • Assign 1-2 party planners to take pics OR hire a photographer friend (I say friend too, since it’s such an intimate day).
  • Ask a girlfriend to take notes if you open gifts.

Tone It Up! [ ] Katrina Scott’s baby shower from Juice Box Media on Vimeo.

Photography: Nicole Hill | Videography: Juice Box Media | Floral Design: Bloominous | Invitations: A Fabulous Fete | Catering: Kitchen Vibes | Cake and Desserts: Plumeria Cake Studio | Custom Gift Boxes: Lauren Ashley Studio | Producer: Be Inspired PR | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Signage and Stir Sticks: Delovely Details | Wine: One Hope Wine | Wine Trailer: Bubble Tap Trailer

The Most Helpful Features to Add to Your Wedding Website, According to Past Brides

Between dress hunting and picking your bridal party, you, Ms. Bride, are one busy lady! And that’s not even beginning to address your inbox flowing with questions from guests (“Where are you registered?”, “What should I be wearing?”). Before the floodgates open, our advice to you is to set up a wedding website, STAT, to address all of these items in one resourceful space.

Luckily, our friends at Squarespace make that easy (because let’s be honest, most brides don’t have time to put learning to code on the itinerary!). Their user-friendly website builder is the all-in-one platform that includes the templates, tools, analytics, and security you need to create a beautiful hub to direct all of your friends and their plus ones. Better yet, they make it so simple to customize templates in the look and feel you want, all in just a few clicks.

So, now that we’ve got that covered, we tapped several past brides for their expertise on must-include items to make the most of your site. From geo-tagged maps to integrated registries, trust us when we say these tips will save you from stressing as you approach your big day!

Photography by Annmarie Swift

“Integrate your wedding theme throughout your website.”

“Don’t create a site, just for the sake of having a one,” says one bride. Make it really feel like it’s a natural extension of your day from the cursive font you use to the clever custom domain name you choose, she suggests. Luckily, Squarespace offers an extensive selection of award-winning wedding templates to cater to your event, whether you’re hosting a black-tie affair or a backyard bash. Then, once you have a template selected, you can adjust banners, edit pages, and add functionality to tailor it to your guests and their questions. “It’s that easy,” she adds.

 


Photography by Will Reid

“Add RSVP functionality.”

Dealing with extra stamps, postage, and follow-ups when it comes to your guest attendance is never fun. So one new Mrs. emphasized how helpful it was to integrate RSVPs directly on her website. (Since every Squarespace wedding website template comes with a built-in and customizable RSVP form, there’s no heavy lifting required on your end to make it happen!) This way, family and friends can simply click through to the page to mark their attendance and meal request, while she could manage all of the responses on the backend in a streamlined Google Drive document. 

Photography by Tara Bielecki

“Showcase activities to do in the area.”

If you have several guests coming in from out of town, it’s a good idea to recommend options for them to fill their time over the course of the weekend. One newlywed found people appreciated a dedicated page of things to do in the area close to the venue. “We included our favorite brunch spots, watering holes, even places they could go to get their nails done,” she says. They also encouraged their friends to use their wedding hashtag so they could integrate all of the fun via photos in an Instagram block on their account.


Photography by One Love Photography

“Provide a helpful map for guests to plan out their weekend.”

There will be many moving pieces throughout the course of your special weekend. And all of these (think wedding-facilitated events, hotel check-ins, and ceremony location) require some coordination. Keep your family and friends in the know by including a map on your site, pinpointing the key places they need to know, suggests another Mrs. Bonus: Squarespace allows you to geotag these spots too, so everyone will have the addresses they need to navigate from hotel to ceremony, effortlessly.


Photography by Joseph Rogero

“Plan to include as much information as possible.”

Another helpful approach for creating your domain? Include everything they’ll need to know on the site (including questions that come up during planning). Day of details, like what to wear, the timing of events, parking, and transportation were all “much appreciated by guests,” says a newlywed, noting that several of her pals didn’t even bother bringing the stationary with them because of this. Just make sure your page is mobile compatible, she adds. (Psst: All Squarespace templates are automatically mobile-friendly, thank goodness for that!)

There you have it. Five bride-approved ways to make your wedding website standout. Now, if you feel like you’re in a better place to start designing your own site, head to Squarespace.com/STYLEMEPRETTY for a free trial to get you started. Then, when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code STYLEMEPRETTY to save 10% off your first purchase.

Now go put those creative skills to the test!

Photography by The Lovely Drawer | Wedding Website: Aubrey by Squarespace