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This Hawaii “I Do” Will Have You Day Dreaming Of A Destination Wedding

Say Aloha to this Hawaii wedding filled with muted blues, silver accents, neutral tones, and the most beautiful garden blooms. The talented Erica Goldsmith of Couture Events Hawaii created a day that dazzles. From the romantic ceremony filled with cascading, natural greenery, and crystal hanging chandeliers to the open-air reception featuring tables covered in ethereal blooms by Teresa Sena Designs, every second of this special day delights. Dmitri and Sandra Photography were there to capture all the magic in their artful imagery. Head to the full gallery for all of the beautiful details.



From Couture Events MauiTina and Maverick always knew that they would have a destination wedding in Maui as it holds a very special place in their hearts. They dreamed of having a fun and classic, yet natural and romantic Maui wedding surrounded by their family and friends. They also wanted their guests to experience something unique, a different venue with an incredible backdrop that would absolutely wow everyone in attendance: The Haiku Mill.



Our couple placed a big emphasis on amazing food and specialty crafted cocktails for their celebration and wanted to fully experience every aspect with their guests. The elegant decor continued throughout their celebration with artfully crafted furniture and seating placed under the graceful mango tree in the courtyard.



Their dinner reception was straight out of a fairy tale! Seating charts were uniquely placed onto chic crystal decanters, tables were covered in ethereal blooms, tall, twinkling taper candles, lovely blue runners, and topped with beautiful place settings. As the sun went down, flickering candles and crystal chandeliers filled the spectacular space with a romantic glow as everyone celebrated the love of this amazing couple.



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Photography: Dmitri & Sandra Photography | Cinematography: Sunlit Films | Floral Design: Teresa Sena Designs | Dress: Martina Liana Bridal | Ceremony Venue: Haiku Mill | Reception Venue: Haiku Mill | Shoes: Louboutin | Catering: Cutting Edge Catering | Hair and Make Up: MeiLi Autumn Beauty | Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy | DJ: Maui DJ Services | Officiant: Pia Aluli | Cake Design: Cake Fanatics | Linen Rentals: Winters Events | Mixologist: Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering | Musician: Marvin Tevaga | Planning and Design: Couture Events | Rentals: Inspiration Events Hawaii | Rentals: Haiku Mill | Rentals: Adorn Company | Table Top Rentals: Set Maui

Love, Laughter, And All Of The Feels By The Lakeside At Lake Bomoseen Lodge in Vermont!

All of the love, all of the laughter, and ALL of the feels can be felt in Ali + Tim’s wedding video by Sixpence Studios! There was laughter from the beginning…during the couple’s vows which carried over to maid of honor and best man speeches, which you could hear throughout Lake Bomoseen Lodge. From an awesome first look to dancing the night away, Garrentee Photography captured the memories to share with us all! Check out the heartfelt video below!

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From Sixpence StudiosMy favorite weddings are the ones where I’m laughing so hard I have to concentrate on holding the camera still. Ali and Tim’s wedding was one of those. From the giggles during their vows, to the speeches where we laughed, then full on guffawed when Ali’s maid of honor compared their infant selves to their fathers “I had no hair, and you had a drink in your hand.”

We filmed Ali + Tim’s wedding in the summer of 2019 in Lake Bomoseen, Vermont. Vermont is slowly opening back up, and by July 4th we should be back to business as usual. The joy we feel reliving Ali + Tim’s wedding through their film, is the perfect way to get back into the wedding season spirit!

Photography: Garrentee Photography | Cinematography: Sixpence Studios | Floral Design: Vermont Country Flowers | Ceremony Venue: St. Matthew of Avalon | Reception Venue: Lake Bomoseen Lodge | DJ: Top Hat Entertainment | Dessert Table: Just Another Chrissy

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The Bride Stunned in an Edgy Jumpsuit at This Intimate Topanga Canyon Elopement

The striking details from this Topanga Canyon wedding simply cannot compare. Simona and Greg enlisted the help of Kaleb Norman James to make their dream wedding a reality, in a timeless and intimate form. Their private estate venue proved to be the perfect location for a timeless affair, full of perfectly coordinated elements. We just can’t get enough of these classic white with touches of blue details and that bridal jumpsuit adorned with elegant Italian lace. For the ultimate dose of pretty, dive into the full gallery of stunning images, as taken by Michael Radford — you don’t want to miss them!

From Michael Radford Photo Simona and Greg were married on March 6th in a beautiful canyon in Southern California. 

Due to the pandemic, they chose to keep their guest list small, and invited only their closest family and friends. 

With the help of Kaleb Norman James, they put together a timeless, yet intimate wedding with lots of beautiful details.

Edited by Lauren Megerdichian & Carly Zumar

Photography: Michael Radford Photography | Event Planning: Kaleb Norman James Design | Floral Design: Kaleb Norman James Design | dress: Rime Arodaky | Catering: 24 Carrots Catering and Events | Wedding Venue: Private Estate | Linen: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Paper Goods: Grey and Cake | Rentals: Theoni Collection

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A Taste Of French Elegance In The Hills Of California

If you can’t travel to France, why not bring France to you? Charming Peony Studio did just that when designing this editorial which transports you to Provence, France, without ever leaving the golden California coast. With endless valleys and hills covered in budding vineyards, acting as a lush green backdrop for a garden ceremony and reception, Sunstone Winery & Villa was the perfect place to bring this inspiration to life. The day features an elegant boudoir shoot and not one but two dreamy bridal gown moments from Claire Pettibone. Sean Thomas Photography brings all the details to life in beautiful imagery. Watch it all unfold in the full gallery.



From Sean Thomas PhotographyBeing heavily inspired by the Old World architecture, Yuliya with Charming Peony Studio, couldn’t wait to create the perfect Provençal wedding editorial, which was captured by Sean Thomas Photography and recorded by the Hugo Film Company. She began by imagining an elegant and tasteful bridal boudoir with all of the undertones of romance and classic styling.



The bride’s bouquet was filled with Tulips, Sweet Peas, Butterfly Ranunculus, and Garden Roses. The ceremony space was placed in front of the wood and iron Villa entry door, which acted as an old-world frame for the floral and green ceremony three-quarters arch, created with Blush Tulips, Japanese Spirea, Ranunculus, and Sahara Roses.



The table was magnificently styled with a light pink floral and lace linen from La Tavola. With beautiful plates, chargers, silverware, and glassware from Borrowed Blu and the paper place settings and menus by Every Little Letter, the tablescape was giving the guests a luxurious garden-inspired setting in which to have their meal and celebrate the newlyweds.



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Photography: Sean Thomas Photography | Videography: Hugo Films | Cake: Hey There, Cupcake! | Shoes: Bella Belle | Jewelry: All About Romance | Jewelry: Bounkit | Calligraphy: Every Little Letter | Wedding Venue: Sunstone Winery & Villa | Bridal Gowns: Claire Pettibone | Furniture Rental: Theoni Collection | HMUA: Beauty Bespoken | Linen Rentals: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Men's: Friar Tux | Planner/Stylist/Florist: Charming Peony Studio | Ribbons: Fringe + Rose | Ring Boxes: Amonie Ring Box | Silk Slip & Robe: Lauren Leshansky | Tabletop Rentals: borrowed BLU

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Outdoor Garden Romance at Sunstone Winery With Whimsical Details & Beautiful Backdrops!

Outdoor weddings are seriously stunning and after the last year, we realized how important they really are. This romantic editorial at Sunstone Winery proves just how gorgeous they can be especially with these beautiful backdrops. Designed and planned by Styled Shoots Across America and Heather Benge Events, luxury and garden romance was showcased from the beautiful blooms by La Fleur De Jour to the gorgeous gown by Styled Gowns. Check out The Fourniers captivating images below and take note of the unique escort card display in an old boat filled with champagne!

From The FourniersThis spring editorial shoot was held at the Sunstone Winery, a vineyard and wedding venue in Santa Yenz, California.  Designed by Styled Shoots Across America, the inspiration for the decor was to highlight how luxurious a wedding venue can look from the outside. Each year, weddings adapt to style changes and trends.  It is significant to share outdoor weddings this year. 

This shoot was a beautiful representation of how things change, and while things might not go as we originally planned, it doesn’t diminish the celebration of love.  It heartens us to know that sometimes, our second plan is better than the first.

Styled Shoots Across America effortless wove together the soft florals and romantic tones of the decor amidst the magnificent backdrop of the rolling blue Santa Yenz mountains, enticing grapevines, and the soft glow of the California sun.

Photography: The Fourniers | Event Design: Heather Benge Events | Event Planning: Styled Shoots Across America | Floral Design: La Fleur Du Jour | Wedding Dress: Styled Gowns | Cake: Love and Sugar Cakery | Invitations: Momental Designs | Groom's Attire: the modern groom | Wedding Venue: Sunstone Winery & Villa | Beauty: Sunkissed And Made Up | Rentals: Nuage Designs

You’d Never Know This Shoot Didn’t Take Place in the French Countryside!

Prepare to be transported! This styled shoot is bringing us all the European destination wedding feels despite taking place in sunny California. Heather Benge planned a pastel-filled day brimming with soft, romantic details. For the ceremony, CeCe Designs created a floral arch with sprawling garden roses to bring a decidedly European touch while allowing the venue’s stunning architecture to shine through. All the dreamy details of the day were artfully captured in the imagery by Lisette OC Photography. Take a trip to Europe in the full gallery.



From Lisette OC PhotographyWhile couples everywhere may have had to put their dream destination wedding on hold due to COVID-19, it’s still possible to achieve a dreamy destination-esque affair to celebrate your love with your guests. The design team behind this styled shoot brought soft, organic, and romantic details to this ceremony & reception design, all based around a pastel color palette primarily consisting of lilac and blush tones.



For the stationery suite, a romantic design with old world-European flair came to life to add a special touch. When it comes to style, the bride wore a lilac-toned tiered gown, adding a modern pop of color while still feeling classic in the silhouette. The groom’s navy tux perfectly balanced her romantic gown!



The reception space was accented with asymmetrical floral installations, and the tables were set with handmade personalized engraved cheese boards that doubled as guest favors and place cards. The cake pulled everything together with floral touches, especially lavender to mimic the shades throughout the bride’s gown and the florals!



Photography: Lisette OC Photography | Floral Design: CeCe Designs | Gown: Styled Gowns | Cake: Nicole Bakes Cakes | Stationery: Invitations by Whitney | Hair & Makeup: Sunkissed And Made Up | Venue: Sunstone Winery & Villa | Charcuterie Boards: Legacy House Creative | Concept & Planning: Heather Benge | Host: Styled Shoots Across America | Linens: Nuage Designs | Menswear: the modern groom | Rentals: Party Pleasers

A Downtown Miami Wedding Filled With Personal Touches, Sentimental Moments, and a Steal-Worthy Beer Bar

This Downtown Miami wedding sprinkled with personal touches may just bring a tear to your eye. If this day doesn’t represent the value of a father-daughter bond, we truly don’t know what does. Planners from Oh my Occasions uniquely embraced the couple’s love story and brought it to life, and boy did it get the “oh my” reaction it deserves. Aesthetically pleasing floral arrangements stole the show thanks to the artistically talented team at Event Bliss Design. Between epic views of the city and a customized beer tap wall, this Miami wedding will surely long be remembered and cherished. Head on over to the full gallery steal-worthy inspiration, captured by Kt Crabb Photography.

From Kt Crabb Photography… Katrina’s father stepped onto the dance floor with his wife in hand, Katrina’s mother. The room fell quiet as he looked down and paused for a moment. “I’m so grateful to be alive to see this moment.” As Katrina had expressed earlier, her father is often not a man of many words. “My dad has also battled health problems in the past, so him being present at my wedding and giving a heartfelt speech was everything to me.” Of course, he brought his sense of humor as he grabbed a sheet of paper with his speech and let it unfold into what looked like a novel as the paper was long enough to drag on the floor. The room erupted in laughter as he glanced over to catch a glimpse of the reaction he seemed to value most, his baby girl.

The bride and her father hold such a unique bond. He walked her hand in hand from the car up the staircase to the cathedral. However, he too wanted to witness the moment the doors opened for the first time in the cathedral. He stood partway down the aisle as she walked towards him to join together before reaching Jeremy at the altar. “My father standing halfway symbolized that he is always there for me when I need him the most. He’s there to catch me when I fall, guide me, and offer a helping hand (literally and figuratively because my dad is a handyman!).”

Hearing and witnessing the role Katrina’s father held in her life proved that her life partner would need to be someone just as special. According to Katrina, “My mom always told me when you visit a new church, make a wish. On November 9, 2008, as I stepped inside St. Augustine Church for the first time, I wished, ‘I wish I will meet my future husband.’ After the mass, I met Jeremy outside on the steps of the church. At that time, I had no idea that God just granted me my wish. It wasn’t until we started dating when I first thought, ‘Wow, how funny would it be if this guy ends up as my husband!’.” This serendipitous story was one Katrina kept close to her heart and shared with Jeremy for the first time on their wedding day through her gift to him, a hand-crafted album full of moments and stories of their life together.

Their wedding day was sprinkled with personal touches throughout. From momentos of their travels abroad to the deep love for uniquely crafted beer, and of course, freshly made donuts. Their unique personal touches invited their guests in first hand to experience their love story. They gifted their guests with their own custom beer blend created for their wedding day which was later served in their personalized beer tap. Their wedding day was held at the EPIC Kimpton hotel in Miami, a city near and dear to their hearts. The EPIC hotel offered great views of their favorite city while they prepared for such a life-changing moment together. “While we were sitting at our sweetheart table during dinner, we had another moment to look around the ballroom- this time with all of our guests sitting in their seats, eating, drinking, and having fun. We were so humbled to see all of our close family and friends there to celebrate us. We took in a deep breath, had a big sigh of relief, drank a beer from our custom beer tap wall, and said, “wow, this is so beautiful”. This simple, little moment between all the big moments, was one of our favorites.”

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Edited by Lauren Megerdichian & Carly Zumar

Photography: Kt Crabb Photography | Cinematography: Third Re3l Cinema | Floral Design: Event Bliss Design | Cake: Sweet Guilt by Angelica | Ceremony Venue: St Patrick Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Epic Hotel | DJ: xentric entertainment | Beauty: bellelite | Beer Tap Rental: Grace & Ingrid Events | Car: Florians Classics | Planning: Oh my Occasions

Beautiful Spring Colors Put Romance In Full Bloom

Step inside a romantic soiree that’s sure to steal your heart. The Simply Elegant Group planned a day; for couple Fran and Steph, brimming with special touches and overflowing with love. Blooms in blush, peach, and pink tones designed by Ashland Addison Floral & Event Decor make us believe that love truly is in the details. You can feel the joy and happiness of the day in the exquisite imagery by Mandelette Photography. Don’t miss every last detail in the full gallery.



From Mandelette PhotographyFran and Steph met while they were working in treasury, and their relationship really took off! The pair decided to get new jobs, and have been dating for many years. Then this year, Steph popped the question to Fran on a trip near Breckenridge, Colorado where Fran said, “yes of course!”



The pair are so sweet together; both incredibly kind a bit on the shy side. You would never be able to tell from the photos that they aren’t professional models!



The stunning cake was baked by no other than Jen from Sugar on Top Bakeshop. What an amazing soiree it was!



Photography: Mandelette Photography | Event Planning: The Simply Elegant Group | Floral Design: Ashland Addison Floral & Event Decor | Wedding Dress: Grace And Ivory | Cake: Sugar On Top Bake Shop | Invitations: The Chicago Calligrapher | Ceremony Venue: Room 1520 | Beauty: Blush Braids Beauty Bar | Beauty: Alyssa Diana Makeup | Rentals: Blush and Borrowed | Rentals: Vintage Place Settings | Rentals: F S Linens

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How to Not Let Bad Wedding Weather Rain on Your Parade

After everything that has transpired in the last year and caused couples to chart out entirely new courses for their wedding days, we’re ecstatic that things are slowly returning to a semblance of normality (although we know that ‘normal’ isn’t really a thing anymore, and we kind of like it that way). Contingency planning isn’t a walk in the park no matter what the circumstances, but we don’t think we’d be speaking out of turn if we said that we’d happily get back to weather-related fallbacks if those were the only ‘just in case’ considerations on the table. Rainy days, windy days, too-hot temps or too-cold conditions can absolutely do their best to put a damper on your day, but if you have alternate accommodations and amenities at the ready, you’ll be just fine. That’s no lie, either: we’ve written about buckets of bad-weather best days ever and they’ve all turned out 👌. After all, if the two of you can put on rain boots and jump in puddles when the pressure kicks in, you’ll be in a much better position to weather future storms together – and that’s marriage goals, for sure! 

So, where should you start when your pre-wedding to-do list is already flooded with things to figure out? Well, first things first, remember that there is a difference between not letting weather bother you and not caring about the weather at all. A relaxed and stressing-less attitude is great, because it keeps you flexible and allows you to roll with the punches, but you’ll still need to plan ahead and have plans A, B, and yes, even C in place before the potential big day clouds roll in. 

Photo by Clary Pfeiffer 

In the event your plan A (that’s your just-about-perfect, no solutions or substitutions needed scenario) doesn’t vibe with the weather on your wedding day, here’s what we at Style Me Pretty love for successful and buttoned up backup plans:

Plan B (the big picture things):

This is what you’ll need to work out with your venue well before a forecast is on the horizon. If you’ll be having an outdoor wedding at an estate, a mansion, a country club, a vineyard, a stunning farmstead, etc., how will you be providing cover if inclement weather ensues? Can you tent? Does the venue have one or more indoor spots should the weather be too intense to remain outside (even with guests sheltered under a tent, draping, or a canopy)? While your venue coordinator and on-site team will have the best frame of reference for how the weather should play out during the time of year you’ll be getting married, you can also rely on your wedding planner/designer (if you have one! And if you don’t, it’s a great reason to bring someone aboard if your budget allows) to troubleshoot any concerns or questions that need clearing up well in advance and to help you navigate weather-specific nuances on the days leading up to your wedding.   

Photo by Clary Pfeiffer
Photo by Lauren Fair Photography

Plan C (the little things that mean the most):

This is what you’ll need to spend some time brainstorming as you get closer to your event day. When your weather predictions are looking grim at 10 or so days out, you’ll want to be proactive about what to do in a pinch (i.e. should you push back the ceremony a bit if the weather looks promising to turn around?), and you’ll need to keep all of your vendors posted on your thought process (because they’ve probably been through plenty of ‘what do we do with this weather?’ worries in their tenure and will know what to have prepared for your party). Talk to your photographer about your entire shot list and what he or she suggests for handling your ceremony captures, your individual and couple portraits, your bridal party pictures, etc. And add some periphery budget for any day-of triaging involving guests: umbrellas for rain, personal fans, auxiliary AC units, and hydrating refreshments for soaring, heat-stroke-level temperatures, disposable hand warmers or blankets, thermoses of cocoa or artisanal coffee, portable heaters for unprecedented chills.  

Photo by Sylvie Gil
Photo by Sarah Ingram

While we don’t have a magic fix for wedding day weather flops, we promise that we’re doing gorgeous-weather dances every day and every night for our couples and sending all of the best vibes out into the universe for you! We also put together a whole collection of Ultimate Planning Guides to help you maneuver hiring a wedding planner, choosing your venue, finding the right vendors for your style, etc. All of them have helpful hints about weather planning, too! 

And here are a few more things that can help, if inopportune weather turns out to be your #somethingblue, after all! 

For your tent

For your touch ups

For your toasts to a great wedding day (even if the weather didn’t cooperate)

Oh! And embrace all of that good luck that’s supposed to come from the storm!

Photo by Brittany Frisch
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Understanding Exactly What It Means to Be a Luxury Wedding Planner – The Why Behind the Price

The editorial team here at SMP recently had the exciting opportunity to interview planner extraordinaire Becca Atchison, Founding Partner & Creative Director at Rebecca Rose Events. She’s spilling all the details about exactly what it means to be a Luxury Wedding Planner – from their typical clientele and the average cost of their services, to words of advice and questions to ask before signing the dotted line. Keep on reading for everything you’ve been curious to know about the luxury wedding world.

Photography by Olivia Suriano

 

How would you describe the typical “luxury” bride or groom? What are they looking for?

I hesitate to use the term “luxury” to define or describe any bride or groom, but rather to describe a standard of quality that is important to a couple. We all define luxury in a different way and it’s a relative term. That said, when we say that we offer a service to the luxury market, we generally mean that we’re best suited to serve couples and families who value a planning and design process that is incredibly comprehensive, cohesive, and feels effortless, comfortable, original, and truly elevated from start to finish. 

Our clients place a high priority on the guest experience, and while it isn’t always about opulence, there is a mutual understanding that we will create a powerful moment of extravagant celebration in their lives. Luxury is never just about the way a wedding looks, or how much is spent to create a certain look. It’s about the way a wedding is felt, lived, and enjoyed. Therefore, our work is highly tailored to each couple’s unique preferences, personalities, hosting style and sensibility. 

A couple who seeks the professional guidance of a luxury wedding planner or designer expects excellence and customization. There is often a greater focus on original artistry. We carefully orchestrate a live event that will be filled to the brim with thoughtful touches that elevate the way their guests encounter that moment of celebration. In our view, it’s important that a luxury wedding should exceed traditional expectations, and bring exceptional hospitality to the forefront. 

Photography by Corbin Gurkin

What is the average budget for a luxury wedding?

This can vary tremendously, but it is traditionally accepted that a luxury wedding budget will range from approximately $100k to $500k, and a budget above and beyond $500k are considered “ultra luxury”. Though it’s helpful to have those defining parameters as a starting point in terms of understanding the economic impact of the wedding industry, not every luxury wedding necessarily involves a budget upwards of $100k, and it’s most helpful to consider the investment per guest, rather than an overall figure. Over the course of the pandemic, we saw a renewed focus on creating a luxury experience with a smaller overall headcount. For example, I would argue that a $70k-$80k wedding for 40 guests could be easily be considered a luxury experience, considering that represents an investment of $1,750 to $2,000 per person and is sure to involve an elevated approach to hospitality!

Photography by Olivia Suriano

What are some services that go beyond the typical call to action for a wedding planner that you provide?

It’s a fair baseline expectation that any full-service wedding planner will give professional guidance, help source vendor partners, review contracts, create timelines, coordinate with vendors, and oversee the onsite execution of the wedding. That’s a very simple characterization of a complex process, but that’s what any client should reasonably expect from any full-service wedding planner, even at a low level of experience as a baseline. 

A full-service planning approach for a luxury wedding is significantly more involved, and much more often described as a concierge style of service. Our clients invest more, but there is also a much greater return on that investment. In addition to logistical orchestration and event design, we also guide responsible budget stewardship. 

Each wedding is different, but in general we know that there are some core elements of our approach that will always exceed the bounds of typical expectations of the average wedding planner. Some examples of this include invitation assembly and mailing, comprehensive RSVP management, creation and maintenance of custom wedding websites, etc. Those aren’t service upgrades that we charge for on an a la carte basis. They’re services we provide to all of our clients as part of our overall process. Our company is unique in that we are a comprehensive planning, design, and production company, so we’re also creating original design plans that encompass in-house fresh floral design and onsite installation, graphic design and print production, etc. 

Perhaps one other pronounced difference is that we don’t merely pull from preferred lists of vendors. Each and every time we begin working with new clients, we treat that wedding as the individual project it will be, and we do extensive research and vetting to build a custom team of professionals who will be the very best fit to serve our clients and work together to create a cohesive and wonderful experience. In other words – I’m not going to hand our clients a list of ten photographers and say “pick one”. Instead, I’m going to bring  significant time, effort, and expertise to the table and curate no more than two or three selections (sometimes even just one!) that I feel will be the very best options for our clients. 

Everything is custom. Every part of our approach is tailored to our clients and their preferences so that we blend our expertise and experience with their wishes and dreams to produce the most exceptional results. 

Photography by Heather Beerman

What’s something you wish couples knew when considering hiring a wedding planner?

Comparing wedding planners is not comparing apples to apples! Every company is different. For example, not every wedding planner is a designer, and vice versa. And not every planner who offers event design has an in-house design team. No two planning companies are quite alike, and it’s important to find a person (or team) that you feel a comfortable connection to such that you can see yourself discussing important or sensitive family dynamics, budget goals or concerns, and other details you may not so readily share with even your close friends. 

The season of your engagement as you prepare for your wedding is so emotionally significant, and while your wedding celebration should feel personal and joyful, it’s equally important that the planning process leading up to it feels that way too. A planner who has your trust and a good connection with you as a couple, will be able to serve you infinitely better than one who you aren’t able to trust. It’s worth it to spend the time up front really considering the expertise, experience, demeanor, personality, references, portfolio, and conversation/communication style of any planner before hiring one. While pricing is obviously important if you have budget concerns, the adage is true: you will get what you pay for. There is no single more important investment you can possibly make in the success of your wedding and your happiness throughout the process than to select and entrust the right planning team. 

Photography by Heather Beerman

What questions should potential couples ask their wedding planner before booking?

Ask about the planner’s processes, and their approach to planning, event design, and onsite coordination. Ask how many people you can expect to work on your wedding day. Ask for references. Don’t be afraid to discuss your expectations and budget parameters candidly. It’s important that you hire a planner who has experience working with the level of financial investment you are preparing to make – whatever it may be, and that works both ways. A planner who typically produces weddings with a $2k+ per person budget is likely not a good fit for a client who has a budget of $700 per person, and vice versa because their knowledge of that level of the market will be lacking. 

Photography by Henry Photography

What would be your best piece of advice for couples when it comes to determining their overall wedding budget?

Unless you truly have unlimited resources at your disposal, the healthiest way to determine a budget for your wedding is to enlist the professional expertise of a wedding planner – even if for nothing other than hourly consulting to help you gain a realistic understanding of what your wedding will cost. The next step is to determine a “do not exceed” amount. Whether that amount is $20k, $200k, $500k, or $1 million, this advice remains the same. That doesn’t mean your wedding has to cost every penny of that amount, but it is incredibly helpful to have something to work backwards from. The alternative is to work upwards… with no end in sight until you hit a figure that feels uncomfortable to you. In theory that may not seem that bad, but practically speaking, it’s a recipe for wasting time at best, disappointment or sacrifice in quality at worst, and the need to backpedal. A father of the bride once told me, “you know what a wedding costs”, but the truth is that he may as well have said that I know what a house costs. There is literally an infinite amount of possibilities, and like buying or building a house – a level of budget expectation is critical if you want to avoid costly investment mistakes that you can’t unwind. 

Any skilled and experienced planner can offer you estimates and ranges, and help guide wise decision-making when it comes to making choices that align with your financial goals. But no planner can do that without knowing two critical pieces of information: (a) your estimated headcount and your degree of willingness to adjust that count if needed, and  (b) your expectation for the budget and/or a do-not-exceed number. Without that information, everything is guesswork done in the dark. Start by thinking through those two questions and then allow a seasoned professional to guide you and present you with realistic options. 

Photography by Perry Vaile

What are some of your most memorable wedding day details from past weddings?

Oh goodness, there are so many, and we work very hard to create memorable details at every single wedding throughout the entire event. Sometimes it’s the way the entrée is presented in synchronized fashion. Sometimes it’s the way the lighting is programmed to change at just the right moment to signal a transition for the guests. Sometimes it’s the family recipe we print on a cocktail napkin to share the significance of the hors d’oeuvres being enjoyed. 

When we think about wedding day details, we think far beyond the idea of having cute “stuff” for the sake of having stuff. If there’s a print element or floral arrangement, a personalized/monogrammed pillow, a large installation, or anything else of that nature – we want to be sure it is deployed in a way that is thoughtful, cohesive, intentional, and functionally relevant. Stuff is just stuff, but design elements that are created to further a cohesive story are the type of details that make all the difference. Similarly, food and beverage service or live performances that are orchestrated to blend into that story are a game-changer in how a couple, family, or guest experiences a wedding! To us, memorable wedding details are those that are grounded in a cohesive design plan that engages all five senses. 

Photography by Ally and Bobby 

What should couples know about the fees associated with hiring a luxury wedding planner? What does the typical breakdown of what’s included look like?

Fee structures can vary greatly depending on the location, unique business model, and experience level of the planner, but overall it’s important to understand that a luxury wedding planner’s fees will be – and should be – a significant portion of your budget. In fact, it’s a red flag if you find a wedding planner offering to plan and manage a luxury wedding at a price point that aligns with a planner operating in the average wedding market. While each project is different and there is no way to know at the start of it exactly how many hours we’ll devote to any particular client’s wedding, we know from experience that our time will measure in the hundreds of hours – easily 400-500 – sometimes even before we reach the wedding week. Whether your planner charges a flat fee, or a percentage based fee (set as a percentage of the overall wedding budget), it’s reasonable and prudent to expect the final compensation to align with 15-20% of the overall budget. The industry standard is 18%. That can seem high to some at first, but if you consider the amount of time and responsibility required, you will quickly understand that a planner should cost more than the band, more than the photographer, more than most other vendor services. If you’re hosting a luxury wedding, a planner of the right caliber is a tremendous asset to have in your corner and can help maximize and protect your investment in literally every other facet of the wedding. At the end of the day, no single other vendor or entity will pour more time, thought, expertise, or hard work into your wedding celebration than your planner, and nobody else can possibly be as effective an advocate for you or your overall vision. 

Event Planning: Rebecca Rose Events

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Soft Spring Colors Inspire In This Romantic Editorial At The Swan House

Buttery yellows, shades of peach, and french blue will have you dreaming of the prettiest of spring days. This inspiration shoot at The Swan House revels in the beauty of the season. The distinctive European feel of the venue guided the romantic design and styling aesthetic by Godfreys Weddings. Enemies of the Average highlighted the beauty of the location with incredible floral moments, like a fountain encased in flowers that served as the ceremony site. You’ll love the artful imagery by Lauren Berry Photography. Take a closer look in the full gallery.



From Lauren Berry PhotographyThe Swan House with its breathtaking views, voluminous florals draping ever so delicately over the stone and staircase, sounds of water flowing from the fountains, and the romantic European feel is a happy awakening for the senses.



With blooming lush gardens abound, Godfrey’s Weddings created a high-touch wedding inspired by the natural beauty of the venue and its European charm, incorporating flowy organic styled spring florals bursting forth with a hint of soft spring colors by Enemies of the Average. We wanted to illuminate the garden and fountain and incased it in exquisite soft spring florals ascending from the ground giving more height and dimension to the space.



The color palette incorporated colors reminiscent of a beautiful spring day with French blues, lavender, buttery soft yellow, shades of peach, blush, and soft whites. The cake with its intricate floral design was masterfully crafted by Cake Envy. The reception table was adorned with spring blooms, tapered candles, & hand-calligraphed place settings affixed with French blue tassels.



Photography: Lauren Berry Photography | Design & Styling: Godfreys | Floral Design: http://www.aAtlanta History Center: Swan House & Grand Overlook Ballroomtlantahistorycenter.com/ | Wedding Dress: Elite Pour La Vie | Cake: cake envy | Shoes: Bella Belle | Hair & makeup: Erin Ryser | Invitations & Paper Goods: Inquisited | Location: http://www.aAtlanta History Center: Swan House & Grand Overlook Ballroomtlantahistorycenter.com/ | Models: Rachel Hegner from Salt Model & Talent | Rentals: Atlanta Party Rentals | Table Decor: Table Made Co. | Vow Books: Wedding Story Writer

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The Vibe Was “The Kennedys Meets The Biebers” and the Results Were (Obviously) Epic!

Ohhh boy we love a wedding with a good theme. Today’s seaside bash planned by Jet Set Wed was designed with a concept of “The Kennedys Meets The Biebers” in mind, and we couldn’t be more obsessed. La Playa Beach & Golf Club was the perfect location for their nuptials, as they danced the night away with the sounds of the ocean and toes in the sand. See all the beach wedding inspo at the full gallery – all taken by Hunter Ryan Photo!

1. What made you decide on a micro-wedding with only fam?

Trey and I have been together for 10 years and over a few glasses of wine on our balcony, we realized we simply couldn’t wait any longer so we decided on a 9 person wedding with immediate family only. We didn’t want our families to stress over planning a wedding in a pandemic – so we woke up the next morning and immediately started planning the surprise. We essentially planned our entire wedding start to finish in less than 2 weeks. I laugh looking back, there was a point in time I was calling every church in south florida, begging them to marry us!!!

 

2. Any fun surprises for your family/guests?

Over dinner with both of our families, we surprised them with the news we were getting married just a few weeks later (and that we’d already planned the whole thing!) We wrote them each letters thanking them for their love and support during the tenure of our relationship. We went on to tell them ‘we are getting married with the 9 people we love the most in one of the places we love the most!’ The lights in the restaurant were dim and everyone had the hardest time reading the letters.. we still laugh at the memory of the look on each of their faces when they realized what was happening.

3. Talk to us about the details of the week leading up to the Big Day!

The main reason we chose a small and intimate wedding was so we could really enjoy a week of wedding celebrations! We’re both so close with our families we couldn’t picture it any other way!

My parents have a house on Marco Island and Trey’s family rented a house a few doors down. The week was full of celebrations and golf carting back and forth between houses and the beach. We kicked the week off with a backyard BBQ featuring my dads famous pulled pork and my moms espresso martinis. My sister surprised us with a video montage of all of our family and friends congratulating us.. not a dry eye in the house.

The week went on with lots of boating, beaching, dolphin watching and margarita making. We invited Tiff from Hunter Ryan Photo to join us and capture our family throughout the week as we truly were- just hanging out! These turned out to be my favorite photos – my family giggling on the dock over coronas, taking the golf cart around town and watching sunset on the beach. (By the end of the week, she became family.. our 10th!)

For our rehearsal dinner, I took a note after Hailey Bieber for my look- a Sarah Seven white mini dress and Jennifer Behr bow. We chose one of our favorite Italian spots in downtown Naples- Campiello. I actually ate spaghetti and meatballs the night before the wedding. I’m not sure how many brides would do that.. the perk of a family only wedding!

4. Give us all the deets on the day itself!

Signing up for such a small wedding, we got to do some fun things we could have never done with a big wedding. We tried to go for ‘The Kennedys meets The Biebers’. After we said I Do at the church, we took a catamaran out in Naples… it was hands down our favorite part of the day. Trey and I had champagne in our hands and spent the next few hours dancing and waving at each boat as they drove by beeping and cheersing us! It was socially distant magic.

After our cruise, we took the limo over to La Playa where Trey and I changed and headed down to the beach for dinner. Jet Set Wed organized the most beautiful table on the beach with an acoustic guitarist. We kicked off dinner with charcuterie and champagne tower and watched sunset with our feet in the ocean. We had dinner and ended the night with a dance party. I’ll remember twirling that night in that sand for the rest of my life.

5. Any heirloom/small touches/meaningful moments?

The night before the wedding Trey gifted me an album filled with all the love letters we’d written to each other over the ten years- through college and long distance.

From the photographer… Surrounded by only family (9 in total) they planned an entire week of festivities to cherish all together. (I have pics of other events besides wedding- but didn’t include – just let me know if you’d like to see those) They had a lovely “welcome” beach picnic Tuesday in Marco Island. Friday was their rehearsal at Campiellos in Naples FL. Saturday they wed at a church, followed by a 2 hour catamaran cocktail sail. They wanted to give their family the Naples ‘experience’ and nothing typical – so they set sail for a relaxed cocktail hour. After sailing in a tux and bridal gown- they duo changed into their 2nd outifts (a 2nd dress from designer Sarah Seven – slim fit for the beach, and a more casual suit for the groom). They had a custom toes in the sand dinner right on the edge of the water. Enjoying charcuterie and a champagne tower they all watched the sunset – before their seaside dinner reception for 9.

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Photography: Hunter Ryan Photo | Cinematography: Curtis Kennedy Films | Event Planning: Jet Set Wed -Kehrin Hassan | Floral Design: Kaleidoscope Floral | Cake: Sweetified Bakery | Ceremony Venue: St Agnes Catholic Church | Reception Venue: La Playa Beach Golf Resort | Lighting: Luna C.E. Productions | Entertainment: Caleb Neff | Transportation: Naples Transportation | Beauty: Duality Artistry | Boat: Miss Naples | Bridal Gown: Sarah Seven | Custom Structure: Luna C.E. Productions | Linen: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Paper: Script Me Pretty | Rentals: Party Time Rental | Veil: BHLDN

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A Romantic Dusty Blue and Blush Wedding At the Inn at Barley Sheaf Inn

Today’s heartfelt wedding day at the Inn at Barley Sheaf Inn is full of sentimental details and swoon-worthy designs. Original Events Co truly brought the couple’s dream day to life, while the Bride’s guardian angel watching over her on that special day took care of a few details out of their control – like the clouds parting to bring the bluest skies just in time for their ceremony. We get chills just thinking about what that moment must have felt like! Twisted Willow Flowers blew us away with their delicate arrangements, perfectly complimented the dusty blue and blush color palette of their day. See it all at the full gallery – captured by Lauren Fair Photography!

From the Bride… As a girl, I have been planning my whole wedding my whole entire life way before I even met Devin! When he proposed, I couldn’t wait to start a new journey with my best friend and I was so excited to put my mental catalog of wedding ideas into reality. However, when the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold and safety restrictions were being released, we had to make a difficult decision to postpone our original June 2020 wedding to August 2020. The restrictions were taking a lot longer to lessen than we expected so we then had to move our wedding date two more times! We hoped and held onto the possibility of our original wedding vision and had many sleepless nights going back and forth but we knew in our hearts what we had to do. The safety and health of our families and friends became our number one priority and meant more to us than anything. After a tough and heartbreaking decision, we decided to look at outdoor venues which is how we found the beautiful Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm in Holicong, PA. After doing a last minute venue walk through – we got in the car and looked at each other and just knew we found the place and despite the heartache and tough choices we had to make, we were excited all over again over the possibility that our wedding can indeed still happen.

We had to basically re-plan a whole new wedding with a blank canvas in less than two months. We were fortunate enough to have supportive and wonderful vendors along this roller coaster of a journey from day one. Randi from Original Events Company was kind enough to join the process last minute and helped us with all the last minute re-planning. Her and Christy from Papertree Studio made a awesome team. After getting to know each other, our vendors knew that it was important for us to weave our love interests, personalities and love story into the design of our big day. We truly had the best wedding team!

From our best friend Ago from high school being our officiant who created personal vows and shared stories of us to personal and custom touches in every design aspect we chose . We wanted the day to feel very organic, warm and genuine as much as possible. Our vendors made that possible more than we could have ever imagined and it was the most magical day we have ever lived.

It is well known by all how much we are in love with our English bulldog Max and we wanted him to be a part of our big day as much as possible. Papertree Studio included him in our custom wedding invitation suite on the prettiest handmade paper that ended up being the same handmade paper for our day of dinner menus that she designed for us. Our best friend Gio walked Max down as the ring bearer in a blue tuxedo bandana that matched the groomsmen suits. Max was printed into Devin’s bespoke custom suit jacket liner and also debuted as being a cake topper on our lemon and raspberry filled wedding cake. His face was also on the cocktail stirrers of our his and her cocktails that Devin with a hobby of being a mixologist actually mixed himself for all our guests! The bride’s drink was called “Strawberry Maxarita”!

Someone who we also very much wanted to be there but unfortunately couldn’t was the bride’s father who recently passed away from leukemia. It was important to acknowledge him by finding uplifting ways to memorialize him. Papertree Studio and Randi from Original Events Company created a beautiful mantle piece with photos of him next to a lit candle with framed lyrics from the song “Let it be” by my dad’s favorite band – the Beatles. My “something blue” was a heart cut from my dad’s denim jeans that was sewn into my Alexandra Grecco wedding dress. I wanted something soft and romantic with floral embellishments. The dress paired so well with my matching Alexandra Grecco cathedral veil that had hand embroidered pearls.

Aside from all the details, we all felt that my dad was truly there. Every day was a sunny day up until of course – our wedding day. We were nervously checking the weather every minute on the day of. It was gloomy and rained all morning and due to the rain, we had to change a few plans and encountered a few set backs. As we had to change some major elements with the set up, we were so upset because we felt as if we fought so hard to make this day possible that yet again, the universe was trying to make it impossible. The string quartet was performing as guests were arriving and just minutes before I walked down the aisle to them playing “With or Without you” by U2, the rain stopped and the sun came out between the trees where the ceremony was held behind the enormous floral arch that Twisted Willow Flowers designed for us. Guests who had umbrellas were blessed with the bluest skies. As summer was ending, leaves began falling and the glow from the sun touched every ones faces. I knew that was my Dad telling me “I’m here and everything is going to be okay” as I walked down the aisle to start this brand new chapter with Devin. Everyone knew the sun came out because of my dad.

We wanted our escort seating hutch to be romantic and unique. The hutch was decorated with family photos, beautiful vessels and vintage books. Papertree Studio and Randi from Original Events Company created seating charts in gold frames where guests found their names and assigned tables. Gorgeous blooms poured out of the drawers from Twisted Willow Flowers. Next to the hutch, we had custom hand sanitizers made for guests to take to the reception.

Devin and I met in the summer so the season summer always holds such a meaningful time in our hearts. Paper Tree designed the most beautiful cloth signages that stood during cocktail area that said “You are the type of love that always feels like summer” and that saying couldn’t be anymore true.

We love traveling the world and we have been to more than 12 countries together. We had post cards for guests to sign as our guest book during the cocktail hour.

We wanted the reception to be a big reveal so we had our guests walk along a path with luminary pathway lights up until the outdoor tent. Along with traveling, we have seen sunsets allover the world which is why we chose the color scheme with our flowers. When I first connected with Amanda from Twisted Willow Flowers, I told her that I wanted flowers everywhere! She did just that! Twisted Willow Flowers came up with beautiful late summer sunset tones from white and dreamy blushes to soft butter into rich ambers. It mimicked what a gorgeous summer sunset would be. Place seatings included menus on handmade paper with custom gold wax seals, gold silver ware, gold rimmed chargers, goblets and candles in glass votives. The textured floral center pieces and rustic seasonal fruit matched so well with our farm tables draped with dusty blue table runners. Our favorite piece that Amanda designed and set up for us was the floral installation with the basket weave lanterns over the dance floor. It looked so dreamy between the string lights in the tent.

To this day, guests are still reminiscing about our father/daughter dance. I had my older brother Sean dance with me to Ben E. King “Stand by me” with childhood photos of our dad and us. In the middle of the song, my younger brother got up and brought our mom up to the dance floor. Everyone was crying and our hearts were so full. We will remember that moment forever.

The whole day was filled with so much light and love. We danced the rest of the night away and had a after party filled with smores around a fire pit. As guests walked out, we surprised them with a grilled cheese food truck for a night cap. You can feel the magic captured by Lauren Fair’s associate: Minh. At the end of the day, all we wanted was to celebrate each other in front of our favorite people in the safest way possible and we did just that and much more. We truly would go through all the ups and downs of re-planning over and over again to re-live the amazing day that we had. I believe that our wedding is a true example that love is worth fighting for and regardless of any pandemic, set back or weather – love always wins.

Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Cinematography: Yours Truly Media | Design: Papertree Studio | Event Design: Original events Co | Floral Design: Twisted Willow Flowers | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Gracco | Cake: The Caketeria | Invitations: Papertree Studio | Wedding bands: Jewelry by Eric | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Makeup: Make Me Up Eva | Hair: Top Knots By Aimee | Lighting: Philly Wedding Lighting | DJ: POSH Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Carlos Coto Summit Tailors | Men's Attire: Generation Tux | String Quartet: Highline String Quartet | Wedding Venue: Inn At Barley Sheaf Farm | Dog Walking Service: Pawfect for You | Food Truck: Grilly Cheese | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Rentals: White Glove Rentals

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Art Nouveau Glasshouse Inspiration Shoot In Santorini

If you’re dreaming of a destination wedding, have we got the inspiration for you! The iconic Santorini sunset set the tones and palette of this shoot with muted mauve, eggplant, peach, marigold, and citrus and spice accents. In lieu of a ceremony arch, mother-daughter team Julia & Evita designed a glasshouse where the beautiful two-bride couple could stand beneath a spectrum of colors shining through. Betty Flowers Santorini filled the day with beautiful blooms and fabulous pampas grass arrangements that inspire. The artful images by George Liopetas Fine Art Photographs are sure to take your breath away. Get transported to Greece in the full gallery.



From George Liopetas Fine Art PhotographsThis art nouveau glasshouse inspiration shoot from Santorini, Greece is all about the sweet decadence and opulence of the Great Gatsby era, coming with wild elegance and statement-making style! Rocabella Hotel & Spa in Santorini became the perfect stage for Julia and Evita to create this dreamy wedding where elegance and delicious romantic notes came together seamlessly to bright full circle a ceremony that is out of the ordinary.



New kid on the block, Greek designer Crochelle dressed our two brides in ethereal two-piece wedding gowns that channel beautiful creature aesthetics, while Poniros Jewellerey provided diamond creations depicting the iconic flora of the island, the Santorini vine into a unique black diamond engagement ring, and volcanic flower coordinating pieces.



Dreaming of adding some Great Gatsby glam to your wedding? If you have your hearts set on an era-themed wedding that oozes minimal opulence, my guess is that is all the inspiration you need.



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Photography: George Liopetas Fine Art Photographs | Cinematography: Jim Grillas | Coordination: The Secret Owl | Event Planning: Julia and Evita | Floral Design: Betty Flowers Santorini | Wedding Dress: Crochelle | Cake: Alexandra's Cakes | Reception Venue: Rocabella Santorini Hotel & Spa | Jewelry: ponirosjewellery | Catering: Spicy Bites | Calligraphy: Julia and Evita | Beauty: Renia Bledaki | Beauty: Spa Nails Del Mar e’ Sol Santorini | Beauty: Morgan Belleville | Chairs: Sphinx Wine Restaurant | Editorial: Setty Lepida | Marbles: Grigoris Kouskouris

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A Whimsical Garden Wedding With A French Chapel At The Marquess, An Old World Estate!

A whimsical garden paired with the sweetest French-style chapel at The Marquess is everything you need to get through the middle of the week! Serene Events and Design put together a romantic, garden party with old-world European vibes, that is an absolute dream mixed with florals by The Little Fleur Co. and a diffuser escort card table (such a great idea!) Check out all of the intricate, special details (like those La Tavola blush velvet napkins) and XO and Fetti Photography’s stunning images!

From Serene Events and DesignInspired by old-world architecture, elegant details, and whimsical florals, this spring wedding editorial coordinated by Korina from Serene Events and Design channeled the beauty of garden romance and the passion behind creating special moments in every unique love story. Featuring a striking gown by Claire Pettibone, romantic blooms by The Little Fleur Co., and mouth-watering cocktails by Jucy Bartending with the lush background of The Marquess, couples are invited to take inspiration from a spring garden and European old-world details. The Marquess has an intimate french chapel on the property. This charming ceremony spot was the perfect backdrop for a dreamy couple. We wanted the florals to appear part of the chapel and Zeyda from Little Fleur Co. did just that. The whimsical vines flowed out onto the ground and grew up on the sides of the sanctuary. It framed the large wooden doors flawlessly. The Tuscan, wooden chairs surrounded the chapel as the bride and groom exchanged endearing smiles. 

I knew I wanted to do something special for the escort table. Our scent is closely linked to our memory and can take us immediately back to a specific time in our lives. I was reminded of the unique moments in my life and how a certain perfume can take me back to my first dance or scented colored markers can take me back to grade school, so the idea of reed diffusers entered my mind. I wanted to create something memorable for guests and also visually engaging. While white lilies and spring moss fill the air, guests are led to their individual reed diffuser which leads them to their table. Guests are able to take their diffuser home and enjoy the fresh wedding scent as memories fill their heads.

The stunning dress by Claire Pettibone is a flawless addition to the old world wedding. With touches of green, the lace transcends down the sleeves and train, giving our bride the most elegant and whimsical look. I absolutely love how the splashes of green remind us of the green gardens and blooming stems.

Jucy Bartending poured customized, craft cocktails as the bride and groom swooned over each other. The bar was surrounded by abundant greenery and the warmth of the sunshine. Included on the menu was a fresh pear and rosemary cocktail, a lemon and earl gray port wine, and a pineapple and coconut rum blend.

When it came to the guest table, we wanted the garden to follow them. I was inspired by my time in Paris when I visited the Palace of Versailles. There is a quiet & charming cafe in the gardens surrounded by the historic grounds. It is one of my favorite spots and I think back to it often. Blooming branches took the center stage as classic gold taper candles lit the area. Elegance was brought to the table as a chandelier hovered above. I wanted to incorporate textures with La Tavola’s fine linen. The pink velvet napkins complimented the intricate cream linen.

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Photography: XO and Fetti Photography | Videography: Lace and Lapel | Event Design: Serene Events and Design | Floral Design: The Little Fleur Co | Dress: Claire Pettibone | Stationary: Epoch Design | Ceremony Venue: The Marquess | Reception Venue: The Marquess | Make up and Hair: Done by Domonique Baez | Tux: Generation Tux | Bridal Accessories: The Veiled Beauty | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Cake & Desserts: Mandy Rose Confectionary | Cocktails: Jucy Bartending | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Rentals: MTB Event Rentals

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Love in Lilac: A Spring Editorial

Villa Antonia is nestled in the breathtaking Texas Hill Country and embodies the old-world charm of an Italian villa along with Texas views. This editorial designed by Drops of Honey Designs is the perfect combination of European elegance paired with bold color. Blooms by Lovelily Flowers in yellow, pink, purple, and pops of blue highlight the love and happiness of the day. Just one look at the artful imagery by Ashlen Sydney Photography is sure to put a smile on your face. Visit the full gallery to enjoy every last detail.



From Drops of Honey DesignsThis Editorial Series Shoot was inspired by the transition and life that Spring brings. The shoot design began after taking a site visit to the venue and stumbled upon this greenhouse that was being used for storage, but once housed plants when the venue belonged to a family that lived on site.



The yellow, pink, purple, and pops of blue color palette we primarily used in the flowers, tabletop items and stationery symbolized happiness, optimism, creativity, calmness, and inner peace, which we could all use and be inspired by after the year we’ve had.



Once I saw the various windows, light, and textures that lived within the space I knew we had to design our table around it, and allow for the other designs to be influenced by the colors we would use in the table design. We used blossoming branches throughout the shoot to symbolize new life blossoming and chose a colorful gown to tie the entire story together.



Photography: Ashlen Sydney Photography | Event Design: Drops of Honey Designs | Floral Design: Lovelily Flowers | Wedding Dress: Millia London | Cake: Feathers & Frosting | Shoes: Marchesa | Jewelry: Nicole Mera | Men's Attire: Friar Tux | Wedding Venue: Villa Antonia | Beauty: Keziah Bevans Bridal Hair & Makeup Artistry | Chair Rentals: Moontower | Cocktails and Apps: La Pera | Envelope Calligraphy: Alexis & Lynn | Film Lab: The Find Lab | Host: The Editorial Series | Paper Design: Beautifully Noted | Rentals: Peerless Event Rentals

A Tuscany Inspired Summer Editorial In Sunny California

Take a trip to Tuscany with this Italian summer-inspired celebration at Santa Ynez, California’s Sunstone Winery. Heather Benge Events designed a day that will leave you feeling transported. From the ceremony arch to the show-stopping reception table, CeCe’s Designs created floral moments that will sweep you off your feet. The beauty of the day comes to life in the imagery by Katie Trauffer Photography. Enjoy every last detail of this summer stunner in the full gallery.



From Katie Trauffer PhotographyTucked away in the heart of the rose-drenched Santa Ynez Valley, Sunstone Winery is like an Italian countryside dream with authentic touches around every corner to truly transport you and your guests. With misty, rolling hills in backdrop and villas nestled among the sprawling vineyards, this venue is the very definition of romance.



Inspired by the painterly beauty all around, this inspiration session featured romantic details evoking sweet summer days lounging among the Tuscan countryside. Whether it was an existing feature like Sunstone’s two-story climbing roses or a styled moment like CeCe’s Designs rose laden ceremony entrance, I wanted to showcase how every element of this day came together to seem both intentionally crafted and like it was always there.



To bring this intimate celebration to life, Heather Benge Events and her team designed the tablescape with a relaxed and romantic yet elegant feel incorporating billowing curtains, comfortable lounge seating from Party Pleasers, delicate floral stationary from Invitations by Whitney, and custom cheese boards from Legacy House Creative that doubled as seating assignments and the perfect gift!



Photography: Katie Trauffer Photography | Event Planning: Heather Benge Events | Floral Design: CeCe's Designs | Dress: Styled Gowns | Cake: Nicole Bakes Cakes | Stationary: Invitations by Whitney | Men's Attire: the modern groom | Wedding Venue: Sunstone Villa | Charcuterie Boards: Legacy House Creative | HMUA: Sunkissed And Made Up | Host: Styled Shoots Across America | Linens: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Party Pleasers

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Beach Lovers Need to See This Sanibel Island Cocktail-Style Micro Wedding

From the laid back beach setting to the cocktail reception – today’s wedding planned by Jennifer Buono Events is giving us allll the summer in paradise vibes. The darling couple decided to forego a traditional sit down dinner and opt for a more lounge like feel with a cocktail-style soirée at Casa Ybel Resort, dressed in a color palette of warm, island-inspired hues. To see all the steal-worthy beauty from their day, check out the full gallery of details – all captured by Hunter Ryan Photo!

From the Bride… We knew we would get married from the very start of our relationship. After a personal tragedy, and grieving together, we realized there was nothing holding us back and life’s too short to not be with the person you love for as long as you can. In the midst of COVID, we decided to have a small, intimate ceremony at the place that brings us the most peace and happiness – the beach. It was very important to me that the backdrop be a sunset. My dad, who passed away in 2013, loved sunsets. It was one of the ways I felt like he was present with all of our loved ones. After some research and calling around, we decided Sanibel and Casa Ybel in particular would give us the intimate, sunset wedding we dreamed of. Laid back, but elegant was the feel we wanted. A tall order, but Jennifer and her team exceeded expectations. When we sat down to plan our guest list, there were 80 people we knew absolutely had to be there- and we were so blessed that 75 were able to make it!

We chose to not have a sit-down dinner, rather a lounge feel with different stations of food to not only give people more time for mingling and having fun, but to ensure everyone could keep a safe distance if they felt more comfortable doing so. There were sanitizing stations and masks available as well. After a long, very personal conversation with Tiffany at Hunter Ryan (my photographer) I decided to wear my dad’s wedding band that day, and we also wrote our own vows. There was not a dry eye in the house! Jennifer(the planner) suggested steel drums for the ceremony and cocktail reception to give a laid back, Caribbean feel and it was one of the most memorable touches! You could find Josh at the cigar bar surrounded by friends and family most of the evening. It was a hit!

From planner… Using a fresh, modern take on a more traditional island beach soirée, we went with a relaxed, warm color palette for Megan and Josh’s wedding. We created an ambiance that eluded to that true Caribbean feel, drawing inspiration from the island atmosphere and its natural tones and textures. From the whimsical nature of the florals, to the soft blues and natural tones in the textiles, every element had a special connotation for the couple on their wedding day.

In creating this experience for the guests, it was important that we set the tones for a laid back, open air fete from the beginning. Emily Baird Design put together an incredible invitation suite, using natural taupes paired with the warmth of blues and creamy ivories. We loved this look because it embodied the ocean and beachy vibes in an elegant, fun way for guests to become excited about. Carrying the design over to the wedding day, Emily used miniature white sand dollars, tethered wraps and fun prints for guests at every touch point. For the welcome bags, we wanted to include a mixture of sustainable items, so we opted for the comfort foods of their home in Indiana and memories from their time here in Florida. We hand selected beach totes and packed them with a caramel + cheddar popcorn mix from their hometown, Kristi’s Cookies from Florida, an earthy holiday candle from Blackbarn Home guests could enjoy when they went home, custom matches, a guide for shelling, and hand sanitizer (for safely mingling with friends and loved ones). We knew there was potential for a brisk evening, so we brought in cozy blankets for guests to wrap themselves in throughout the cool night. One of our favorite aspects were these lounge pairings brought in by Vivant Rentals. Using the same patterns from their invitations and menus, we created a custom inlay for the couples’ bar, and paired the look with cozy white lounges.

Photography: Hunter Ryan Photo | Event Planning: Jennifer Buono Design | Floral Design: Kaleidoscope Floral | Gown: Marie Gabriel Bridal Couture | Cake: Sweetified Bakery | Reception Venue: Casa Ybel Resort | DJ: DJ Jacob Towe | Tent: Sperry Tents | Beauty: Duality Artistry | Paper: Emily Baird Design | Rent: Vivant Rentals | Steel Drummer: John Patti

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Planning Your Bach? How About Yoga, A Pool Party + Curated Cocktails For The Ultimate Girls Getaway!

Now that weddings are back on for the most part, that also means so are bachelorette parties! WOO! And, if you’re not quite sure what to do with your gal pals, Amy Abbott Events has a few ideas from spa days to outdoor dinners with all of the Instagram worthy back drops. With the best gift bags for your best girls, curated cocktails and a dinner with floral filled tablescape by Floweriize, we think you’ll get all of the inspiration you’ll need by checking out this ultimate girls getaway photographed by Leila Brewster! Now tell. us…where are you headed?!

From the planner, Amy Abbott EventsLooking for fun ideas for a bachelorette weekend for a bride and her tribe? We’ve got you covered! With brides finally being able to celebrate their weddings, bachelorette parties are back on track again – but you can still stay safe while having fun! The perfect bachelorette weekend itinerary in a post-COVID world can take place in a private hideaway venue, where friends can gather together and enjoy the festivities in a safe and secure environment.

We’d suggest morning yoga to get the day started, so you can ease into the rest of the day’s activities with a clear head and a refreshed energy! Follow up with some decadent spa time – after all, this trip should be about celebrating and pampering yourselves, so what better way to treat yourself than a soothing facial or relaxing massage?! Afterward, there’s nothing like a little afternoon pool party and picnic (complete with a DJ!) to keep the day feeling lively and get everyone excited for the evening festivities!

Begin your dinner with a cocktail hour and photo session in front of a scenic or fun backdrop – this getaway is all about making memories, after all, so be sure you capture them! We love the idea of having live entertainment and a mixologist to create curated cocktails to make the evening feel extra special!

If you’re looking for something memorable, you can’t go wrong with dinner on the lawn under dazzling chandeliers with a beautiful tablescape – talk about Instagram-worthy! You’re in for a night of wonderful conversation between girlfriends and the perfect bachelorette retreat!

Photography: Leila Brewster | Videography: Elysium Weddings | Floral Design: Floweriize | Cake: Knockout Desserts | Catering: Cabo Private Chef | Hair & Makeup: Leo Salon and Spa | Transportation: Impala Travel | Venue: San Vicente Resort | Butler: Nikko Guzman | Candles: Baja Candle Co | Custom Hand Painted Sign: Serendipity Cabo | Desserts: Meraki | Invitations, Menus & Place Cards: The Paperie Shop | Lighting & Production: VVR Pro | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Lounge Sets & Chairs: Del Cabo Event Design | Mixologist: Oswaldo | Music: Caly y Juan Coral | Music: alex alanis | Planning and Design: Amy Abbott Events | Pool Floats: FUNBOY | Silverware, Flatware, Candle Holders: Bazaar Cabo | Styling & Gifts: Baja Candle Co | Styling & Gifts: Wes Candy Co | Styling & Gifts: Revolve | Styling & Gifts: Chanel | Styling & Gifts: Nordstrom | Styling & Gifts: Rachel Parcell | Styling & Gifts: Veuve Clicquot | Styling & Gifts: Grace Anderson

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Spring Awakening Editorial with Tones Inspired by Monet’s Garden

We’re falling head over heels for this spring editorial inspired by the subtle tones of Monet’s Garden at Giverny. Kast Events designed a day filled with darling details that have us dreaming of the French countryside. Wild Fleurette added intrigue with beautiful free-flowing blooms artfully arranged. Every carefully curated element was exquisitely captured by Nikki Santerre Photography. Be sure to take a trip to the full gallery for a closer look at all the lovely.



From Nikki Santerre PhotographyWe were ever inspired by movement and light at the lovely Early Mountain Vineyard. The flowers in the BHLDN sleeve coordinated perfectly with the vibrant anemones in the design by Wild Fleurette!



Cheryl Ann, of Kast Events, had a vision of emulating the French Countryside, using feminine blush umbrellas in the cocktail hour vignette overlooking the rolling hills of Charlottesville.



As Cheryl Ann said, “We were all itching to stretch into the creative space after such a long year, and this collaboration fulfilled that void we each had been feeling.”



Photography: Nikki Santerre Photography | Floral Design: Wild Fleurette | Gown: Blue Sage Bridal | Cake: Sugar Euphoria | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Makeup: Regan Wolfrey Makeup Artist | Hair: The Honeycomb Collective | Accessories: BHLDN | Designer: Kast Events | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Furniture Rentals: Cottage Luxe | Location: Early Mountain Vineyards | Paper: Ivy and Linen Design | Rentals: Emerson James | Rentals: American Party Rentals | Umbrellas: Party Tables